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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Grammy-nominated gospel singer, Tory Sneed dies from Coronavirus complications

Grammy-nominated gospel singer, Tory Sneed has died from Coronavirus complications at the age of 52.

Sneed who earned a Grammy nomination for his work on the Youth For Christ’s 1999 album “Higher", died early Monday April 27, at a hospital in Jacksonville, Florida.

The singer's friend and radio personality, KD Bowe penned down a tribute to him on social media. He wrote;

‘I don’t know how to make sense of this. ‘

I’m not ok, man. Covid19 sucks. Will y’all please pray for Emily & the kids? Please? RIH, King. Or walk around it … all day. #RIPTroySneed.

The gospel music star released his first album 'Call Jesus' in 1999, following it up with another six – while his last, All Is Well was released in 2012. Over his career as a solo artist, Sneed had several hit songs within the gospel realm including Work It Out and My Heart Says Yes, which both peaked at number two on Billboard’s gospel chart. He’s also known for the upbeat Hallelujah.

The deceased helped form Youth For Christ, which was comprised of members between the ages of 12 and 18 from the Georgia Mass Choir. He served as a producer on Youth For Christ’s “The Struggle Is Over,” which landed at No. 1 on Billboard’s gospel songs chart in 2006.

NNPC filling station fire claimed 30 vehicles – LASEMA

At least 30 vehicles were destroyed when fire broke out yesterday at a Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) filling station in Ogba

The Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, announced on Tuesday, April 28, that the fire outbreak at Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) filling station, Ifako-Ijaiye, Lagos, destroyed 30 vehicles.

The filling station is located at YayaYaya Abatan bus Stop, off Colleage Road, Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government Area of Lagos State.

Oke-Osanyintolu said a tanker with 33,000 litres of diesel caught fire while discharging its contents into an underground tank at the NNPC filling station. Fortunately, no casualty nor fatality was recorded.

Also during the fire, a man reportedly made away with a Range Rover Sport 2008 model while helping to move cars from a car dealership close to the burning petrol station (

'' Is this a deliberate attempt at debilitating Northern population?" MURIC tackles NCDC over lack of COVID-19 testing centers in Kano

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has expressed worries over the spike in the number of mysterious deaths in Kano state.

In the statement released and signed by its director, Prof Ishaq Akintola, MURIC wondered why Kano state which is highly populated, lacks COVID-19 testing center.

The Muslim body in its statement asked if this a ''deliberate attempt at debilitating Northern population with its attendant impact on Muslim majority population in the country''.

“Too many people are dying in Kano these days. It is too unusual. We suspect COVID-19. We need help in Kano very urgently. This is an S.O.S. The Federal Government must act with dispatch. We cannot afford to play the waiting game in this matter. We may not overwhelm COVID-19 even if we succeed in containing it in the rest of the country. This is because Kano is strategically positioned. The virus can easily spread to the North West, North East and then down South.

“Records have shown that the advent of the virus in some Northern states is not unconnected with the ancient city of Kano. The index cases in Adamawa, Plateau, and Jigawa are from Kano. Even two of the index cases in Kaduna are from Kano. That is an indication that the virus is very active in Kano State. Kano already has 77 cases of Corona virus at the last count but even that figure is debatable.

“More disturbing is the rumour that the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in the state has locked up its offices and its officials are not responding to distress calls. The only testing centre in Kano which is situated at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital has also been allegedly locked up. So where did NCDC get its figure on Kano? Something is fishy here. We are surprised that testing centres are almost nonexistent in the North. Is this a deliberate attempt at debilitating Northern population with its attendant impact on Muslim majority population in the country?

“We therefore demand an inquiry into circumstances surrounding the alleged closure of NCDC office in Kano State as well as the paucity of testing centres in the whole North.'' the statement read

The Islamic body also called on all Muslims to respect the order of the Federal government banning all religious gatherings until the pandemic has been defeated.

“We advise Kano citizens in particular and the rest of Nigerians in general to take half a tea-spoonfull of habat as-sauda (black seed) with honey every morning to boost their immunity. Warm water should be added thereafter. During his lifetime, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) recommended habat as-sauda as remedy for all diseases. Some COVID-19 patients have also testified to the effectiveness of habat as-sauda.

Apart from this, we must be frank with ourselves. We should stop disobeying health officials and the authorities. FG advised against crowding. The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) also warned us to stop holding congregational prayers. We in MURIC also warned that Nigerian Muslims should not try to be more Muslim than Muhammad (peace be upon him). But some of us did not listen. We insisted on attending Jumu’ah prayers. We must go back and read Qur’an 4:59 and pay attention to what the Qur’an says on obedience to constituted authorities. Where are those scholars who misled you now? Where are they?

“Nigerian Muslims are currently enjoying a majority status in the area of demography. We must avoid anything capable of decimating our population. We urge Kano citizens to strictly obey rules set by health officials, particularly social distancing, washing hands regularly with soap, using sanitizers and staying at home. You must break the cycle of this killer virus. Above all, the government must be vicious to be triumphant. Violators of lockdown rules must be dealt with according to the law while the lockdown on Kano must not be lifted until the rate of death slows down to a reasonable level.”

Former Jigawa Speaker, Adamu Ahmed dies in Kano

Former Speaker of Jigawa State Assembly, Rt. Hon. Adamu Ahmed Sarawa is dead at the age of 66 after a protracted illness.

The deceased served as Speaker of Jigawa State House of Assembly for eight years during the tenure of Dr. Sule Lamido (2007-2015). He is said to be the longest-serving speaker since the creation of the state in 1991, who had never faced any impeachment threat.

Ahmed died on Monday night, April 28, in Kano and will be buried at his home town, Gurgun Daho of Kafin Hausa local government according to Islamic rites. He is survived by two wives and many children.

Donald Trump suggests Kim Jong Un is alive but won't reveal the truth about the North Korean dictator's health

US president, Donald Trump has suggested that Kim Jong Un is alive but refused to reveal the truth about the North Korean dictator's health.

During a press conference at the White House on Monday, Trump was asked about Kim's well-being due to conflicting reports on Kim's status that he has died, while reports out of South Korea say he is alive.

'I can’t tell you exactly. Yes, I do have a very good idea,' Trump responded when asked about it. 'But I can't talk about it. I just wish him well. I’ve had a very good relationship with Kim Jong-un,' Trump said.

Trump went on to defend his own policy with North Korea saying: 'If I weren't president, you would have been in war with Korea.

'You would have been in war with North Korea if I wasn't president. That I can tell you. He expected that. That I can tell you. I hope he's fine. I do know how he's doing relatively speaking. We will see you'll probably be hearing in the not too distant future,' Trump teased.

Commenting on Kim's message to workers in the country published in North Korean state-media Sunday, Trump said. 'He didn’t say anything last Saturday. Nobody knows where he is so he obviously couldn’t have said it,' Trump added.

'This is breaking news, that Kim Jong-un made a statement on Saturday – I don’t think so,' Trump said.

There have been rumors and conflicting reports over Kim's health since he failed to attend an event that honored his Kim's grandfather, Kim Il Sung on April 15, and he has not been seen in public since.

Several report said that he underwent a life-saving heart surgery,which either wasn't done rapidly enough, or it was botched completely by the surgeon, after he clutched his chest in early April and fell down while visiting the countryside.

I was too young and didn’t understand the concept of marriage- Elikem Kumordzie speaks on his failed marriage to Pokello Nare

I was too young and didn?t understand the concept of marriage- Elikem Kumordzie speaks on his failed marriage to Pokello Nare?
Ghanaian actor and fashion designer, Elikem Kumordzie, has once again spoken about his failed marriage to Zimbabwean socialite, Pokello Nare.

The ex reality stars, who met during season 8 of Big Brother Africa (The Chase) in 2013 got married in September 2015. But less than two years after they tied the knot, their marriage hit the rocks.

Speaking during a recent Instagram live session with fellow fashion designer and Radio host, KOD, Elikem explained that age was also a factor in his failed marriage.

When asked by KOD, If there are things he could have done to save his marriage if he had the opportuning to do it again, he said: 'There was an interview Pokello did some time ago and she said, Elikem was not ready for marriage. 

I got married at 26 – 27, maybe she was right. Pokello is three -years older and at the time we got married, I think she was 29 -30. 

Maybe she was seeing something at that time, I couldn't see. But now that I have turned 31, am seeing a lot of things I didn't see at 27. 

In considering people and appreciating people, maybe she was right to some extent because I must have not understood the concept of marriage and sacrifice, he told KOD

“I don’t remember too well when we fell off but there was this long period of time where things just went off. She has to be there [Zimbabwe] and I have to be here [Ghana ] and then we had to separate,” he added

Elikem and Pokello Nare, who both share a son together have since moved on with new partners.  See photos below...

I was too young and didn?t understand the concept of marriage- Elikem Kumordzie speaks on his failed marriage to Pokello Nare?
I was too young and didn?t understand the concept of marriage- Elikem Kumordzie speaks on his failed marriage to Pokello Nare?

Nasarawa records first COVID-19 case

Nasarawa state has recorded its index case of Coronavirus.

The state governor, Abdullahi Sule, announced this at a press briefing on Tuesday morning, April 28.

According to the governor, the index case is a woman who returned from Kano State to Kokona Local Government Area of the State. He said she has been quarantined at the isolation facility in Lafia Specialist Hospital.

Floyd Mayweather opens up on loss of his ex-wife Josie Harris, and uncle Roger Mayweather )

Retired American boxer, Floyd Mayweather has opened up on the loss of his ex-wife, Josie Harris, and his trainer uncle, Roger Mayweather, who both died last month.

Josie Harris, the mother of three of his children was found dead on Monday, March 2, 2020. The 40-year-old was discovered unresponsive in a car when police in Valencia, California were called to the scene.

Few days later, Floyd's uncle, Roger Mayweather died at the age of 58 after his battle with diabetes.

Struggling with his own personal grief while Coronavirus is ravaging the world, Mayweather has now filmed a short video in which he has set out what he is going to do next, in order to help.

'I haven't had a chance to really come out and talk to the world, talk to the people,' Mayweather said in a recorded post on his Instagram channel.

'I've been dealing with a lot. As far as dealing with the loss of the mother of my children, she was a significant other, a great woman and a great person.

'And dealing with [the death of] a great trainer, an uncle, a father figure, Roger Mayweather. I've been dealing with a lot and haven't had chance to come out and speak to the world.'

Discussing the plight of the coronavirus pandemic, Mayweather continued: 'I'm affected by this. It hurts to see what the world is going through, but I want us to stick together and keep believing,

'No-one is perfect. I'm not perfect and strive to be a perfectionist every day. I make mistakes all the time and the only thing I can do is try to become better. But I'm here to help this world become a better place.'

Mayweather, who is worth around $565 million (£452m), went on to confirm he will help in the fight against coronavirus.


So with everything going on I'm going to continue to do my part and, I don't have to show the world what I'm doing. I can do something behind closed doors, it's not about the money,' Mayweather added.

'The money I'm giving up will be to feed the people and help the people who don't have a lot in this situation.

'I will continue to give back and I will never talk about it. As long as god knows I'm doing a good deed, that's what's important to me.

'To everyone in the world, from Floyd Mayweather and the money team, we love you all and we will always be there for this country as well as this world.'
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