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Dangote writes Ohanaeze over influx of Almajiris to Nigeria’s South.

Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, has refuted claims assertions that his company’s trucks were being used to transport Almajiris from the Northern part of Nigeria to the South.

His reaction was contained in a letter dated May 27 and addressed to the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, John Nwodo.

It was released to DAILY POST Wednesday night by Emeka Attama, Nwodo’s media assistant.

The letter entitled, ‘Allegation of illegal haulage against Dangote Industries Ltd’, was signed by Anthony Chiejina, Group Chief Communications Officer.

Nwodo and other Southern and Middle Belt leaders recently expressed concern about the influx of Almajiris to the Southern States.

Dangote Industries denied the “spurious and misleading allegations”, and appealed to the public to expose those carrying out illegal haulage activities.

Dangote insisted that its trucks are permitted to transport only cement, limestone, high grade gypsum, sugar, salt, seasoning and branded sacks/bags.

The letter urged Ohanaeze and the general public to report any Dangote truck driver involved in such with evidence.

The company urged citizens to forward details such as truck type, content, colour, plate number, location and if possible, photographs.

The company also released phone lines for complaints: 08131768000, 08131771111, 08131770999 and 08131771000.

Montpellier Appoint Ex-Nigeria Winger John Utaka As Youth Coach.

Montpellier have appointed their former player and ex-Nigeria international John Utaka as coach of their U19 team.

The 38-year-old returns to Stade de la Mosson with the ambition of earning his coaching badge in the Ligue 1 club’s youth set-up.

Utaka spent two-and-a-half years at Montpellier between 2011 and 2013, and he helped La Paillade win their first-ever top-flight title in the 2011-12 season.

His brace in the club’s 2-1 win over Auxerre secured Montpellier’s triumph on May 12, 2012.

Ahead of his new sojourn, the Nigeria national team sent a congratulatory message to him.

“And the journey in coaching begins for John Utaka, the attacker with the Montpellier youth coach post. All the best poacher,” the Super Eagles official account wrote.

Utaka is the latest Nigeria legend to take up a coaching role after ex-captain Joseph Yobo was appointed as an assistant coach to Gernot Rohr in the national team.

Yobo also joined in felicitating with his former international teammates who scored six goals in 49 appearances for the Super Eagles.

Barcelona Super Star Begs For Davido’s Private Jet To Return Home.

Super Falcons striker Asisat Oshoala looks to be finding it hard to return home due to the lockdown in Spain, where she plays for Barcelona Femení.

The Barcelona striker indicated that she would like to return home to spend time with her families.

This is coming as a result of the cancellation of the Spanish Primera Iberdrola earlier this month due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The four-time African Women’s Footballer of the Year winner, who observed the Ramadan fast in Spain, revealed she wants to return home to join her family.

Taking to her Twitter page and writting in Pidgin English, Oshoala wrote, “Abeg who get private jey wey him no dey use for now. Please comman carry me from barcelona to Lagos, I want to go home.”

Do You know ?? Bank Alert Can Cure Depression – Reno Omokri

Popular social media commentator, Reno Omokri says he knows that depression exists but he has seen it disappear after the receipt of bank alert.

The popular figure further advised anybody suffering from depression to try every legal means of making money first before agreeing to diagnosis.

He made this known via a tweet on his official Twitter handle on Wednesday.

Abia Assembly reacts as Buhari signs Executive Order 10 into law.

The Abia State House of Assembly has reacted to signing into a law Executive Order 10, by President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, which ensures full implementation of the financial autonomy granted to the state legislature and Judiciary.

DAILY POST recalls that President Muhammadu Buhari had signed the order into law last Friday.

Umar Gwandu, Special Assistant on Media to the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, made this known in a statement issued to journalists in Abuja.

This means that Nigerian States’ Legislature and Judiciary Arms no longer have to wait for Governors for funds but would be more independent.

However, Abia Assembly presided by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Chinedum Orji during its plenary seasion, in Umuahia on Wednesday, appreciated the President for the courageous step into signing the Executive Order, towards ensuring dividends of democracy get to the masses at the grassroots.

Meanwhile, the 2nd Vice Chairman of Nigeria Bar Association(NBA), Monday Onyekachi Ubani, has highlighted President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government signing into law Executive Order 10, which gives for the full implementation of the financial autonomy granted to State legislative and Judicial arms of government.

In a statement on Wednesday, Ubani said provisions of the Executive Order was explicit that the Accountant General must ensure the Allocations to these two other arms of government get to them directly, especially of those States where the governors have disregarded the implementation of the constitution.

Continuing, he said, “The State legislative assemblies are mandated to appropriate the sums of money due to the States’ Assemblies and the judiciaries by giving them priority in their budgeting process.”

Ubani lamented that there is no single local government area in Nigeria that receives in full her allocations from the federation account as the funds are being tampered with by state governors amounted in billions of naira.

The senior lawyer commended the President for his backing of the total implementation of financial autonomy for the legislature and Judiciary, describing as innovation brought to.

Nnamdi Kanu reacts as Asari Dokubo declares Biafra .

Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has reacted as a former Niger Delta warlord, Alhaji Dokubo, declared that only Biafra would bring solution and liberation to the people of South East, South South and other regions in the country.

In a viral video, which the IPOB leader also shared on his Facebook page, Asari, an ardent believer in the Biafra struggle and former militants leader, said “The only solution, the only guarantee to my future, to your future, the future of my generation unborn, is Biafra.

“If you are not in support of Biafra you are a traitor. You are a traitor and the generation to come will cane you if you’re alive.

“They’ll spit and urinate on your grave for betraying them . You are a coward. When it comes to talk you are afraid you are a coward that why you don’t want to stand up, you want to remain where you are; I will not remain with you.”

Reacting, Kanu insisted that the struggle has been built on consistency, discipline and application.

“IPOB is consistent, disciplined and applied, we do not change, never, ever, ever!” He wrote while sharing

“Only Biafra can save Niger-Delta, today, tomorrow and forevermore. Truth is godliness.”

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Avoid false performance claims, apologise for failure – PDP tells Buhari.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Thursday said President Muhammadu Buhari should avoid false performance claims and alleged empty promises on the celebration of May 29 Inauguration Day.

It also asked Buhari to apologize for the alleged tragic failures of his administration.

The party even averred that the requested apology was predicated on the alleged wrecking of the nation that allegedly imposed hardship and created acute despondency across the country in the last five years.

PDP spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, said this in a statement to newsmen in Abuja.

Ologbondiyan added, “The PDP stresses that President Buhari should also address the manifest manipulations, bloodletting, intimidation, coercion, abuse of power and human right violations that characterized the 2019 Presidential elections as such is the only way to achieve healing in our national polity.

“Our party further advises President Buhari against living in denial of the ugly fact that his administration and his dysfunctional All Progressives Congress (APC) had deserted, betrayed and abandoned underprivileged Nigerians, particularly our youth, after the APC deceived them with false promises to grab power in 2015.

“The PDP further urges Mr. President not to allow his handlers to push him into sugarcoating the colossal failures of the last one year, which had been characterized by humongous corruption, worsened insecurity and economic hardship, while the President, who had promised to lead from the front recedes deeper into the luxury and safety of Aso Presidential villa

“Our party calls on President Buhari not to give room for presidential advisers to further ridicule his office by making him read another windy speech that would be laced with vacuous promises, doctored performance claims and myriads of incorrect and unsupported statistics that would end up being at total variance with the harsh realities on ground.

“Mr. President should know that he cannot use the COVID-19 pandemic as excuse for failure as his administration had since lost grip of the security and economic situation in our country even before the outbreak of the scourge.

“Nigerians hope that President Buhari would always recall that the PDP handed over a robust economy which was rated as one of the fastest-growing in the world, only for him to bring our nation to its knees as the world’s poverty capital and a debtor country within a space of five years.

“President Buhari should use the occasion to reflect that his administration had ruined our productive sector with harsh policies leading to the closure of businesses, the dearth in foreign and domestic investments and acute unemployment, with over 40 million job losses.

“Mr. President should contemplate on the alarm raised by the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige, that unemployment rate under this administration will hit a devastating 33.5 percent this year.

“Mr. President should also reflect that under his watch, our naira which was valued at N160 to a dollar under the PDP, fell to N500 and then to the current N390; that his administration increased the price of fuel from where the PDP left it at N87 per liter to N145 and only reduced it to N125 after much pressure from our party; that his government increased the Value Added Tax (VAT) from 5% to 7.5%, despite the attendant spike in costs of food and essential services.

“We urge Mr. President to pause and ponder over the fact that whereas the PDP administration paid off foreign debts and grew our economy; his administration has continued to accumulate debts and depleting our foreign financial instruments with reckless abandon.”

However, the opposition party claimed it is appalling that in the last five years, the Buhari Presidency cannot point to any landmark development project it initiated and completed in any part of the country.

“Instead, what we get is a chaotic federal executive that resorts to recycling of imaginary achievements and attempting to appropriate PDP’s projects in critical sectors of our economy.

“The PDP, therefore, urges President Buhari to align with the expectations of Nigerians by apologizing for his failures and getting more competent hands to manage the affairs of our nation in the remaining three years of his administration.”

Education Minister gives update on reopening of schools, reveals how classes will be taken.

The Federal Government has disclosed that it’s considering reopening schools amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, disclosed that federal government was considering morning and afternoon classes when it reopens schools across the country.

Nwajiuba made the disclosure while speaking at the daily press briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja.

He explained that the government could not afford to risk the safety of students across the country.

“We may have classes in the morning and classes in the afternoon so that we will have the whole of the infrastructure divided provided they can serve us.

“I am not sure we will have classes at night. But we can do with morning and afternoon for now,” he said.

The Minister said the decision was based on advice from experts as well as those of the World Health Organisation, WHO.

Recall that the minister had last week assured Nigerians that Federal Government was working towards reopening schools amid the pandemic.

Lagos govt predicts what will happen between September to November.

The Lagos State Government has predicted a sharp decline in the cases of COVID-19 by November this year.

The Commissioner for Health in the state, Prof. Akin Abayomi, stated this during the Ministerial Press Briefing to commemorate Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s one year in office.

“It is difficult to predict when the pandemic will end in Nigeria because this depends on a lot of factors.

“But in the next four to six months (between September and November), we will see a sharp decline in the number of cases in the country, and this will signal that we are coming towards defeating the outbreak,” Abayomi said.

According to him, Lagos State was likely to reach between 90,000 to 120,000 cases of coronavirus.

Abayomi, however, insisted these figures do not signify a peak period for the state.

There are currently 3,756 confirmed cases in Lagos.

Adamawa confirms two coronavirus deaths and 11 new cases.

Adamawa State has confirmed two fresh deaths from COVID-19, bringing to three the number of related deaths so far in the state.

The government has also announced 11 fresh cases, bringing to 38 the total number of infections that the state has had so far.

The state Commissioner of Health, Professor Abdullahi Isa, who gave an update on the coronavirus epidemic during a press briefing in Yola on Wednesday, also indicated that seven COVID-19 patients have just been discharged.

The state had earlier discharged 13 patients in two batches, meaning that in all, 20 patients have so far been discharged in the state.

Zlatan’s New Babymama Is 23 Year Old Davita Lamai Based In UK

Nigerian rapper, Zlatan Ibile welcomed his first child, a baby boy, Shiloh Toluwalase on the 29th of March 2020, and for the first time since then, the singer took to his page to share photos of the toddler in spirit of children’s day.

Not long after showing him off Read Here, fans and followers have been speculating who the singer’s baby mama is — while some people have guessed that it’s Seyi Awonuga, the lady he has been linked with for a while now, she actually isn’t.

Zlatan’s baby mama is 23-year-old Davita Lamai who resides in the United Kingd — Davita is a 2019 graduate of the University of Kent.

Shortly after Zlatan showed his baby to the world, Davita also shared some videos with the baby writing: “My new best friend ”

Davido Sets To Drop New Song With Cynthia Morgan Titled {Call Me}

Nigerian singer, David Adeleke simply known as Davido is collaborating with current trending artiste Cynthia Morgan on a song.

The DMW boss has notified everyone on the forthcoming song via his Instagram page with a short video to spice up.

After tweeting Cynthia Call Me on his twitter handle few days ago, he’s then recorded his own verse as promised.

This is a potential jam indeed. Where are the 30BG gang??

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“My Dad Who Disowned Me Is The One Enjoying Instead Of My Late Mum” – Cubana Chief Priest

Cubana Chief Priest has taken to social media to lament the demise of his mum, as he said she missed out on enjoying the fruit of her labour.

Taking to his Instagram page, he wrote that his dad disowned him and didn’t believe in him, but is the one enjoying him today.

He also lamented the demise of his mum, who strongly believed in his dream and aspiration, but is not alive now to enjoy him.

See what he wrote below;

“Sacramento Baptismal !!!! E Get As This Life Be, My MaMa Wey Believe Me Die No Come Dey To Enjoy The Fruit Of Her Labour, E Come Be My PaPa Wey Been Disown Me Na Him Come Dey Chop The Whole Glory….This Life No Balance, RIP MaMa Wey Born”

Popular Singer, Joeboy Celebrates His Birthday With Amazing Photos (Drop Your Well Wishes)

Nigerian singer, Joseph Akinfenwa Donus, known professionally as Joeboy is celebrating adding a new age today.

In regards to the aforementioned event, the ‘Baby’ crooner took to his Instagram page to serve his fans ‘red hot’ photos of himself.

Sharing the photos, Joeboy wrote:-

“Thank God for the gift of life”.

Joeboy rose to stardom after he was found by Mr Eazi who saw an Instagram video of his cover to Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You”.

‘My Special One’ – Timaya Writes As His First Daughter Turns 8

Popular Nigerian Singer and self-proclaimed ‘best baby-daddy’ is in a celebratory mood today as he first daughter, Emma, clocks a new age.

‘YIPEEEE!!It’s my first fruit’s birthday.God bless you my sunshine as you turn 8 today. May God’s love and blessing be yours today,now and forever. Mummy loves you silly,’ Barbara wrote.

The Egberi Papa of Bayelsa on his part, also took to Instagram to celebrate her writing:-

“HAPPY BIRTHDAY my special one. I LOVE U EMMA.”

Sensational Dancer Poco Lee Excited As He Receives Car Gift From A Fan

Nigerian dancer, hypeman and MC, Iwe Pascal widely known as Poco Lee has taken to Instagram to show off the car which he received from an anonymous fan today.

The elated dancer who is now a proud owner of a white Lexus SUV, shared a photo of the whip on his page, and urged all his fans to say a prayer for the giver.

Sharing a photo of the car, Poco Lee wrote;

“PLEASE HELP ME SAY A PRAYER TO THE GOOD SOUL THAT BLESSED ME WITH A CAR TODAY🙏🙏😩

Read How Man City Passed Up A Big Chance To Sign Van Dijk

Manchester City passed up the chance to land Virgil van Dijk when the exit door opened at Celtic, with former Hoops boos Ronny Deila revealing that his transfer advice fell on deaf ears.

The Dutch centre-half first starred on British soil during a productive two-year stint at Parkhead. His potential was quickly noted by those in the Premier League, with a switch to England only becoming a matter of time.

Southampton ultimately won that race, but only after those at the Etihad Stadium had been sounded out.

Van Dijk would register on City’s radar two-and-a-half years later, but once again they missed out on his signature as a record-breaking £75 million ($92m) transfer to Liverpool was completed.

He could have been an established star in Manchester by then, but current New York City boss Deila saw his recommendation waved away.

The Norwegian tactician told Si Ferry’s Open Goal: “Did I get in touch with City? Yes. I said you have to take him. They said, ‘okay, tell me the best European game he has played and we will watch it’.

“I couldn’t tell them what game that was because he hadn’t had any real good European games. He was really dominant in Scotland but he got sent off against Inter away.

“That was a big test. I think if he had played fantastically in that game, he would have been bought.

“I think the big clubs think Scottish football is too low level and they don’t want to take a chance on a player for that kind of money. In Europe, then you can show how good you are. I think van Dijk was good, but he didn’t have that one really, really good game in Europe.”

Man United Confirm Huge £127m Rise In Debt As Impact Of Covid-19 Is Revealed

Manchester United have confirmed their net debt has risen to £429 million ($525m), an increase of £127m ($155m), in the first three months of the year.

United’s quarterly results, released on Thursday morning, showed the debt has increased by 42 per cent since last year and also highlighted the impact Covid-19 is having on the club financially.

The increase, the club say, is down to an overall decrease in cash and cash equivalents, with adverse movements in the pounds sterling to US dollars exchange rate.

The results show finances up until March 31, which includes three weeks where games were suspended due to the pandemic, and the club said they will revise predicted revenues of between £560m ($685m) and £580m ($710) for this year because of the financial impact of the coronavirus.

“Operationally, the impact of the pandemic and measures to prevent further spread continues to disrupt businesses in a number of ways, most significantly in broadcasting and matchday operations,” the report said.

The club’s chief financial officer Cliff Baty also confirmed on a call to investors that the financial impact of Covid-19 up until March 31 was £23m ($28m).

This figure comprised the money they are expected to have to pay back broadcasters plus lack of revenue from a Premier League away game at Tottenham, postponement of home games and the temporary closure of the Megastore and museum.

Broadcast revenue, meanwhile, was down by over 50 per cent from the previous year, to £26m ($32m), and the club expect they will have to pay back broadcasters around £20m ($18m) as a result of games not being shown due to the pandemic.

Loftus-Cheek Expects Chelsea To Challenge For The Premier League Title

Ruben Loftus-Cheek believes Chelsea’s exciting young squad are capable of competing for major honours in the near future, with the 24-year-old hoping to aid that cause.

The England international was closing in on a return to action before English football shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic.

A serious Achilles problem has kept him stuck on the sidelines for 12 months, with Frank Lampard yet to be put in a position where he can call upon another home-grown star.

Loftus-Cheek has, however, worked hard to get himself back to full fitness and intends to be in contention for minutes whenever a green light is given for the Premier League to resume in 2020.

He told Chelsea’s official website:

“I was back training before lockdown but only just so I’ve been doing a lot of what the other boys have been doing, general fitness stuff, but I’ve also had some individual responsibilities to keep my Achilles in check, just to stop any further injuries. It’s been calf workouts and stuff like that, just keeping my body strong for whenever we go back.”

The highly-rated midfielder added on his injury struggles: “It was frustrating for sure.

“I’ve put a lot of hard work into getting fit and had just finished what was kind of like my pre-season. I was training with the group and then doing my own stuff afterwards with the fitness coaches, which was really hard trying to get fit to play as quickly as possible.

“I’d been doing that for weeks and weeks and started to feel like I was very close but then lockdown came. It was frustrating but that’s life – I’ve just had to carry on keeping fit by myself.

“At the start of the season, I was still injured and at the start of my rehab but I didn’t know it would go on for so long.

“I thought it would be quicker so I had in my head if I can get back around midway through the season then I can hopefully build up my fitness and be sharp to be in contention for the Euros.

“Obviously it didn’t happen like that and it took me a long while to feel good in my body after my injury and have the confidence. Having the tournament next summer now is a good opportunity for me to stay injury-free, stay healthy and try to play my best football for when the time comes.”

Read How Lukaku Didn’t Lay ‘A Finger’ On Chelsea’s Champions League Trophy

Romelu Lukaku admits to having not laid “a finger” on the Champions League trophy when Chelsea conquered Europe in 2012, with the Belgian still resenting Andre Villas-Boas for leaving him out of a successful squad.

The potential of a powerful Belgian striker was bought into by the Blues following the appointment of the Portuguese coach who was intended to follow in the footsteps of Jose Mourinho. However Villas-Boas would last only a matter of months at Stamford Bridge, with Roberto Di Matteo eventually replacing him on an initial interim basis.

Chelsea went on to claim a maiden continental crown under the Italian tactician who had become a firm fan favourite in his playing days.

Lukaku, who was just a teenager and made only 12 appearances in his debut campaign, was invited to travel with the squad that lifted the most prestigious of prizes in Munich.

He had, however, been overlooked for that competition by Villas-Boas and took little joy from the celebrations which followed a thrilling penalty shoot-out victory over Bayern.

Reflecting on that time, Lukaku told HLN:

“Di Matteo told me that I would stay with the group until after the final. He thought everyone should come along, including the ones who were suspended and the few boys who were not in the Champions League squad. I am also grateful to him for that.”

He added:

“This win is one of the things I’ve always dreamed about. You want to celebrate something like that with the team at that time. That is nice in itself at the age of 19. I am happy for the whole club, but there is one man who took a lot from me: the previous trainer (Villas-Boas). I will never forgive him for that.”

“I didn’t touch it with a finger. Because I didn’t win this trophy myself.

“This has been the case since I was 11: if I have not contributed anything, it is not my trophy. Only if you have contributed to a cup or a title yourself, you can also show it off.”