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Friday, April 24, 2020




We just have to do our best and live the rest , we all past away one day wealth can't buy life

TV presenter Ant McPartlin's £31million divorce from estranged wife Lisa Armstrong is finalised after 2 year battle

British presenter, Ant McPartlin's £31million divorce from his estranged wife Lisa Armstrong, has reportedly been finalised, meaning he is now free to propose to girlfriend Anne-Marie Corbett.

Their 12-year marriage was officially dissolved this week after a court granted a decree, according to Mail Online.

The former couple split in January 2018 before their union legally came to an end during a 30-second hearing in October 2018.

During the hearing, Ant had to technically admit adultery with his former PA and girlfriend, Anne-Marie as their romance began while he and Lisa were still married.

A source told The Sun: 'It's been an extremely difficult road with a lot of heartache and unpleasantness, but it's finally done. It's over.

'Ant's been desperate to start the next chapter of his life and at least now he and Anne-Marie can plan for the future. It won't be long before they are married.'

It was recently reported that Ant would have to close his £20 million television business to fund the divorce.

According to Companies House, the presenter's production business Teecourt Limited has filed paperwork to cease trading in the coming weeks.

Earlier this year, Saturday Night Takeaway host Ant was reported to have handed over £31 million to Lisa, including their £5 million home in West London, after an 'eight-hour negotiation'.

Veteran actor, Yomi Obileye, has died

Yomi Obileye, a Nollywood veteran actor, has died. He died in the early hours of today April 24. May his soul rest in peace, amen.

Police confirm arrest of estate chairman who allegedly killed promising footballer on vigilante duty

Police has confirmed the arrest of James Olu, the Chairman of the Victory Estate, Iba, Lagos State, after he allegedly shot dead a young footballer who was returning home from vigilante duty (read here).

#JusticeForStephen began trending on Twitter after 26-year-old footballer Stephen Doubra Benson Legbe was shot dead on Saturday, April 18, 2020.

There was a bit of commotion in the area following Stephen's death as residents asked for justice for the slain footballer who was supposed to have traveled out of Nigeria to further his career but was held back due to the pandemic.

Residents claimed Mr James Olu, an ex-naval officer and also the Chairman of the Landlord's Association at Victory Estate, Iba, Lagos State, has threatened multiple times to kill Stephen as both men were never in good terms.

On Saturday, as Stephen was returning home after joining the youths in his area to guard the neighbourhood against the One Million Boys robbery gang, Mr James, who also did vigilante the night before, met him and they had an altercation. It allegedly ended with Mr James shooting Stephen.

Residents say they had no idea Mr James would follow through on his threat and they went after Mr James. When they didn't find him at home, they destroyed his properties,

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, has confirmed the arrest of Mr James and said the incident is being investigated.

Some states are yet to submit samples to know if they have Coronavirus cases - NCDC DG, Chikwe Ihekweazu

Director-general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu has revealed that some states are yet to bring in samples for testing to confirm if they have cases of Coronavirus.

Chikwe made the disclosure in an interview on Channels TV on Friday April 24. He stated that while the NCDC is improving on its testing capacity for COVID-19, it is worrisome that samples have not been sent in by some states.

The NCDC DG said;

“It is a bit like pretending like the problem does not exist because you are not looking for it.

“In every state, we expect a certain number of people to fit the case definition of an acute respiratory infection without an underlying cause.

“If you take away contacts with travellers and with confirmed cases, the third part of our case definition which says anyone with an acute respiratory infection for which there is no underlying cause should have a sample collected to know whether they have this disease or not.

“So, we expect every state to submit a certain number of samples for testing every day. We have seen that some states have not submitted a single sample.

"We are doing an analysis on the number of samples we've received from some states, which we will share with all the governors.

“We are going to send it back to them for them to look at their data and be honest with their people that there are no cases in their states."

While the NCDC disclosed that it has so far conducted 9,522 tests as of Wednesday April 22, 26 out of the 36 states in addition to the federal capital territory (FCT) have confirmed cases as of Friday April 24. Nigeria currently has 981 confirmed cases of Coronavirus.

Davido explains the reason for the hate he gets

Davido is of the opinion that those who hate him only do so because they are "mad" about his father's wealth.

He said this while responding to a Twitter user.

"Davido doesn't deserve the amount of hate he gets," the Twitter user wrote.

And Davido responded: "What hate ?? The just mad my Dad rich !! MY FANS LOVE ME !!"

Abba Kyari almost became Obasanjo’s VP in 1999 - President Buhari's nephew, Mamman Daura

President Buhari's nephew, Mamman Daura has penned down a glowing tribute to his uncle's Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari who died of Coronavirus last week.

Daura described Kyari as an intelligent man who was recommended as running mate to Olusegun Obasanjo after Nigeria returned to democracy in 1999.

He wrote;

“These times coincided with the country’s return to democracy and Malam Abba was among those enthusiastically espousing the cause of General Obasanjo.

“On his selection as PDP candidate, a group of women and youths in the PDP lobbied Obasanjo to pick Malam Abba as his vice presidential running mate. After heated debates, Obasanjo eventually picked Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

“In the 2003 elections, Malam Abba was in opposite camps with President Obasanjo. General Muhammadu Buhari had declared his intention the previous year to contest the presidency and Malam Abba joined his team and worked wholeheartedly in all the campaigns through the drudgery and injustices of the 2003, 2007 and 2011 elections without losing hope or sight of the ultimate goal.

He further revealed that the late Kyari stood firmly behind Buhari and his “perseverance paid off” in 2015, when Buhari won the presidential election.

Daura added;

“To his great surprise, the president appointed Malam Abba as the chief of staff. Fortified by the rigours of a Cambridge education and varied experience in banking, industry, investment and journalism, Malam Abba set himself the task of defining the role, functions and status of the chief of staff. He started by consulting previous incumbents of the position he could reach as a way of educating himself of the challenges ahead of him."

President Buhari's nephew also recalled how Kyari lived a very simple life and never took up the flamboyance people in his class were known for.

“He lived a fairly simple life and habitually wore a red cap, white clothing and black shoes. He had to be forced by his friends to change the cap and he wore the shoes to the ground before buying a new pair.

“Malam Abba Kyari was a man blessed with mountainous gifts and uncommon attributes of intelligence, diligence, hard work, loyalty to friends and worthy causes.

“I first set eyes on Malam Abba about 47 years ago. I was at my desk at the New Nigerian newspapers office scribbling something or other when the gate messenger brought a sheet of paper with a name ‘Abba Kyari Chima’ wanting to see the editor.

“When he came in he looked winsome and slightly diffident. After pleasantries I wanted to know his reason for coming to New Nigerian. He said he read and liked an editorial in the paper a few days earlier headed: ‘Solution looking for a Problem’ and he resolved to work with us. After swift enquiry, I was told there were no vacancies in the newsroom nor in sub-editing. But a lowly position existed as proof reader as someone had just left.

“I was about to apologise to him that what was available was beneath his station. Malam Abba quickly said: “I will take it.” After formalities he was enrolled as a staff of New Nigerian.

“By ‘taking it’ he was taking a sizeable cut from his previous teaching job’s pay as the salary scales in the New Nigerian where Malam Abba and I worked were historic in their frugality. You couldn’t get fat on the wages of the New Nigerian in the mid -70s.”

Daura also disclosed that Kyari who helped revive the United Bank for Africa (UBA) before becoming its chief executive officer, was greatly influenced by some Indian professors.

“When Mr. Hakeem Belo-Osagie assembled a team of investors and managers to help revive the collapsing UBA, Malam Abba was persuaded to join the group and after weeks of diligence the group acquired UBA and Malam Abba joined the bank as a Senior executive.

“Needless to relate, he eventually became the bank’s chief executive and on retirement was persuaded to remain as non-executive vice-chairman.

“Malam Abba was at odds with many senior members of the government on economic policies. Many Nigerian elites tend to lean towards the Bretton Woods one-size-fits-all solutions long discredited and demonstrably failed in so many so-called third World countries. Malam Abba tended to look inward for solutions and was not an ideologue.

“He was heavily influenced by two Nobel laureates, the great West Indian economist, Professor Arthur Lewis and the eminent Indian Professor Amartya Sen, the latter Malam Abba frequently called to exchange views. Despite holding firm views, his advice to the president was dispassionate, even-handed and did not hide unpleasant facts, in the best traditions of public service. In point of intellect, he stood above all ministers and special advisers in this government.”

Daura further revealed that Abba Kyari donated his house in Maiduguri, Borno state to internally displaced persons (IDPs) since he was no longer living there. The President's nephew said 75 persons were also being taken care of by the ex-chief of staff, alongside his children.

He added;

“Few people knew that over ten years ago, he turned his house in Maiduguri (since he no longer resided there) into accommodation for IDPs. At some stage there were 75 people whom Malam Abba was feeding, clothing and looking after; in addition to their children’s education."
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