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Saturday, October 23, 2021

October 23, 2021

Sex Video: 19-year-old Girl Who Allegedly Blackmailed Former Bayelsa Commissioner, Charlotte Delhi Granted N5m Bail

Liverpool & Charlotte

...I almost committed suicide - Victim

The Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa has granted a N5 million bail to Miss Charlotte Delhi, 19, who was charged to court by DSS over the involvement of blackmail of a former permanent secretary of the Bayelsa state ministry of education, Dr. Walton Liverpool.

Liverpool, whose nude picture was allegedly posted on social media by the accused, said he met the accused through Facebook on the 23rd of August, 2021 and had a consensual encounter at Golden Gate Hotel, Yenagoa.

He said the nude video allegedly released by the accused has caused him psychological and physical pains.

He hinted that he almost committed suicide and fainted after his immediate and extended family viewed the said video on the internet.

According to Liverpool, "On the 8th of September, 2021 after I was hosted to a reception after the day I got my academic PhD from the Imo State University, Owerri.

"After the ceremony, I retired to my room to sleep. At about midnight, I received a Whatsapp message on my phone announcing a package for me.

"I inquired who the sender of the message was and asked the nature of the package. I was told that they have made a video of me.

"When I asked for the identity of the sender, they told me not to worry and that I should cooperate with them and the matter will be over. "

He told the court that he was asked to pay the sum of N15million or else the nude video will be posted on social media.

"I Pleaded that I will pay the sum of N1million and pleaded that I needed to sell a property to raise a million naira. They sent me another message that I should pay the sum of N5 million. They threatened not to accept anything less.

"After six days, on the 14th of September, 2021, I was alerted that my nude video have been posted on Facebook.

"They tagged members of the State House of Assembly, present and former State Commissioners, Local Government Chairmen and former Chief of Staff to Governor, Rt. Hon. Talford Ongolo. "

However, both counsels during the tendering of evidence argued on the admittance of the list of WhatsApp conversations between Liverpool and the accused.

The presiding judge adjourned till November 9th, 2021 to rule on the issue of the exhibit to be admitted by the court.

Friday, October 22, 2021

October 22, 2021

I Was Raped When I Was 13 - Former Man Utd Defender, Evra


Former Manchester United and France defender Patrice Evra has said he was sexually abused as a teenager.

In an interview to publicise his new autobiography, Evra told The Times on Friday the abuse took place when he was a 13-year-old schoolboy. 

The now 40-year-old Evra said that far more difficult than detailing the abuse in his autobiography or speaking about it an interview, was telling his mother for the first time.

“Of course, she was devastated,” he told The Times. “It was a tough moment for me. I have still to tell a few of my brothers and sisters and close friends.”

Evra said he had decided to make a public revelation in order to help children who may be in a similar situation.

“I don’t want people to feel pity,” he explained. “It’s a difficult situation. 

“A mother does not expect to hear this from their own child… 

“Only now when I am 40 years old do I tell her. It was a big shock for her. A lot of anger. She said she was sorry. 

“She said: ‘You must not put it in your book, it’s private Patrice,’ but that’s when I say, mum, it’s not about me, it’s about other kids then she says OK, she understands.”

Evra added he did not plan to take legal action against his alleged assailant.

“The first thing my mum says is, ‘if you don’t sue him, I’ll sue him. If he’s still alive, I’m going to kill him’…But I buried this thing so deep I didn’t think about (prosecution).”

Evra also told The Times that when he was 24 and playing for Monaco, he received a call from police regarding accusations against his alleged abuser but that he felt unable to tell them what had happened to him.

“Living with that was one of my biggest regrets because I could have helped so many people,” he added.


October 22, 2021

Woman Arrested For Selling Her 3-month Old Baby For N150k In Calabar, Armed Robbers Nabbed While Robbing


Ikechukwu Uche (Vanguard)

The Cross River State Police Command has neutralized a kidnap syndicate, gun-running gang while parading a mother of three for selling her three-month-old baby.

Briefing journalists on the achievement of the Command, the Commissioner of Police, CP Aminu Alhassan said his men were ready to smoke pit criminals from the state as no stone would be left unturned in policing the state.

He disclosed that a tactical team of Anti Kidnapping & Cultism Squad, AKCS led SP Awodi has been ahead of the criminals following various successes recorded by the squad.

According to him, four notorious kidnapping / Armed Robbery suspects were bursted by AKCS based on a distress call while they were robbing residents of Intergro at 8 miles, Calabar

“Upon receiving the call, the Dragon Squad led by SP Awodi swung into action, by swiftly moving to the scene, The hoodlums on sighting them opened fire. There was a gun duel which left the suspect injured, four were arrested including 19-year-old Samuel Ejeje.

“They confessed to being members of Skylo Confraternity and they have been terrorizing resident of 8 miles, Ikot Effanga, Ikot Ishie and it’s environs, We are on their trails as efforts are on towards the recovery of (3) AK 47 rifles they claim they have,” Aminu said.

Speaking further he said one Kingsley Mbaku was apprehended based on intelligence that transport locally made AK 47 and moves them to Cameroon.

“We recovered a locally fabricated AK 47 with 200 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition, we also arrested a mother who sold her three months old baby for 150,000 naira amongst others,” he said.

He explained that 30 suspects were arrested within the period under review while a Camry, a bus,3 motorcycles,18 phones, wraps of Indian hemp were recovered.

CP Aminu appealed to Cross Riverians and Nigerians at large that lawlessness or self-help cannot proffer solution in any enlightened society but seeking legal redress in settling was more profitable.

“It is on this premise that I advise CrossRiverians to be calm, focused, and go about their legitimate business, as the police Command will never relent in tackling and providing robust security architecture for the citizenry at all times as required by law,” he stated.

Funding by Vanguard further revealed that a car snatching syndicate also paraded have been terrorizing residents of Calabar metropolis for long, were also apprehended.

Vanguard gathered that they specialize in carjacking especially from church premises, they dismantle the engine within 30 minutes as they steal the cars.

On her part, Esther Okon a 23-year-old mother of three told Vanguard that she had to sell her 3months old baby for 150,000 in a bid to pay her house rent and foot other bills.

October 22, 2021

Beware Of New Virus That Steals Banking Details From Phones, Computer - NCC Alerts Nigerians


Sodiq Oyeleke

The Nigerian Communications Commission has alerted millions of Nigerian telecom consumers of the existence of new, high-risk, and extremely damaging, Malware called Flubot.

The commission warns that the virus steals banking details from devices.

This was contained in a press statement by the commission titled, ‘NCC alerts telecom consumers on Flubot Malware… Lists measures to guard against attack.”

NCC noted that according to the information received from the Nigeria Computer Emergency Response Team, Flubot “targets Androids with fake security updates and App installations”.

How the virus works

The statement quoted ngCERT as affirming that Flubot “impersonates Android mobile banking applications to draw fake web view on targeted applications and its goal transcends stealing personal data and essentially targets stealing of credit card details or online banking credentials.

“FluBot is circulated through Short Message Service and can snoop “on incoming notifications, initiate calls, read or write SMSes, and transmit the victim’s contact list to its control centre.”

“This malware attacks Android devices by pretending to be “FedEx, DHL, Correos, and Chrome applications” and compels unsuspecting users to alter the accessibility configurations on their devices in order to maintain a continuous presence on devices.

“The new malware undermines the security of devices by copying fake login screens of prominent banks, and the moment the users enter their login details on the fake pages, their data is harvested and transmitted to the malware operators’ control point from where the data is exploited by intercepting banking-related One Time Passwords and replacing the default SMS app on the targeted Android device.

“Consequently, it secures admittance into the device through SMS and proceeds to transmit similar messages to other contacts that may be on the device it has attacked enticing them into downloading the fake app.

“It suffices to say that, when Flubot infects a device, it can result in incalculable financial losses. Additionally, the malware creates a backdoor which grants access to the user’s device, thus enabling the invader or attacker to perform other criminal actions, including launching other variants of malware.”

How to guard against the virus

The NCC hereby wishes to reiterate the advisory of ngCERT as follows:

In view of this discovery and understanding of the process by which this malware operates, and in order to protect millions of telecom consumers and prevent criminal forces, irrespective of location, from using telecom platforms to perpetrate fraud and irredeemable damages, the NCC advised that:

1. Do not click on the link if you receive a suspicious text message, and do not install any app or security update the page asks you to install.

2. Use updated antivirus software that detects and prevents malware infections.

3. Apply critical patches to the system and application.

4. Use strong passwords and enable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) over logins.

5. Back-up your data regularly.

6. If you have been affected by this campaign, you should reset your device to factory mode as soon as possible. This will delete any data on your phone, including personal data.

7. Do not restore from backups created after installing the app. You may contact ngCERT on *[email protected]* for technical assistance.

8. You will also need to change the passwords to all of your online accounts, with urgency, around your online bank accounts.

9. If you have concerns that your accounts may have been accessed by unauthorised people, contact your bank immediately.

October 22, 2021

Unpaid Salaries: "Go & Ask What C'River Get As FAAC Before You Talk About Gratuity & Salaries, Are We The First To Owe"? - Ayade's Chief of Staff Queries

Hon. Orim

The Cross River State government has justified the non-payment of over six months salary of road sweepers, pensions to retired civil servants and other salaries in the state.

Recall that road sweepers recently staged a peaceful protest in Calabar, the state capital, to demand for the payment of their monthly five thousand naira (N5,000) salary, which has not been paid for over six months.

Also, on the 12th of October, 2021, the Organized Labour in the State embarked on strike over the nonpayment of gratuities to retirees of both state and local government councils’ workers for the past six years.

Other grievances of the Unions are non-remittances of deductions from workers’ salaries and the full implementation of the minimum wage to both state and local government workers.

Also listed are non implementation of promotions arrears to workers of both state and local government councils’ workers and reinstatement of pensioners wrongfully removed from payroll.

Reacting to a post on Facebook by Dr. Joseph Odok, an All Progressives Congress (APC) member, appealing to the state governor, Prof. Ben Ayade to listen to the cry of the workers, the Chief of Staff to the governor, Hon. Martin Orim, said the state would not be the first to owe salaries.

Dr. Odok had written:

"Dear Governor Sir Benedict Ayade please look into the issue of unpaid salaries and gratuity. It is making negative headlines. I know those who don't love you will blackmail me before you for raising it"

Hon. Orim wrote:

"Go find out what Cross River State get from FAAC as monthly allocation before you come to social media to talk about gratuity  and salaries. Besides is the state owing salaries? Even if they do, will it be the first administration or state to owe salaries? . I don’t know why you’re always looking for cheap popularity"

October 22, 2021

Nnamdi Kanu Ordered For The Murder of Akunyili’s Husband, Gulak, 184 Others


Eniola Akinkuotu (Punch)

The Federal Government has blamed the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, for the murder of Chike Akunyili, the wife of the late Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, Prof. Dora Akunyili.

The government further accused Kanu of being responsible for the murder of a former Presidential Aide, Ahmad Gulak, and over 184 others in the South-East.

This is according to a committee set up by the President. Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to investigate Kanu, who is standing trial for terrorism.

The 24-member committee comprised members of the Federal Ministry of Justice, the Federal Ministry of Information, the Nigeria Police Force, the Department of State Services, the National Intelligence Agency and the Defence Intelligence Agency.

The committee, which was headed by the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), said consequent upon the instigating directives of Kanu, members of IPOB and the Eastern Security Network, carried out massive attacks on democratic institutions especially facilities of the Independent National Electoral Commission with a view to hampering democratic process in Nigeria.

It said the attacks that were carried out between October 2020 and June 2021 led to the killing of 175 security personnel.

The report read in part, “Acting on the instigating directives of Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB members and #EndSARS protesters attacked and killed many security agents, destroyed several public and private properties, including police stations, public transport buses and other facilities across the country.

“That on October 21, 2020, Nnamdi Kanu through an online call-in radio programme(Radio Biafra), further instigated IPOB members to burn down all police stations and kill government security forces, which was carried out, and security personnel (especially police officers) were killed and public and private properties destroyed.

“That 175 security personnel were killed by IPOB/ESN, comprising 128 policemen, 37 military personnel and 10 other security operatives. Killing of prominent Nigerians: Recently there were gruesome killings of traditional leaders: Obi 1 of Okwudor autonomous community, Eze E. AnayochukwuDurueburuo and Eze Sampson Osunwa of Ihebineowerre autonomous community as well as the killings of Dr. Chike Akunyili and eight others as well as the killing of Alhaji Ahmed Gulak on May 30, 2021.”

The committee found that as a consequence of Nnamdi Kanu’s broadcasts, there were 19 attacks on INEC facilities that resulted in the destruction of offices as well as burning of 18 INEC logistical vehicles, several election materials, equipment and ICT gadgets in Abia, Akwa-Ibom, Anambra, Cross River, Enugu, Ebonyi and Imo states.

The Presidential committee stated that 164 police stations and formations, including police Headquarters, Owerri, Imo State were attacked by IPOB/ESN leading to the death of 128 policemen while 144 were injured and 628 vehicles were destroyed.

It said 396 firearms and 17,738 ammunition were carted away during the IPOB/ESN attacks.

“That there were three IPOB/ESN attacks on Nigerian Correctional Service, including the Headquarters of NCoS, Owerri, Imo State where 1,841 inmates escaped. That the Headquarters of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Umuahia, Abia State was also attacked by IPOB/ESN leading to the death of one officer,” the report read.

October 22, 2021

Secondary School Shut In Delta As Female Student Killed In Cult Clash

Ogume grammar school, Ogume, Delta State has reportedly been shut down by the state government following a cultist clash within the school premises which left a female student dead and properties worth millions of naira destroyed.

A female student of the school was killed while properties worth millions of naira were destroyed when the hoodlums invaded the school with all kinds of weapons last week.

It was gathered that the hoodlums also assaulted the principal before she was rushed to the general hospital, Kwale for treatment.

The school’s ICT centre, principal’s office, her car and the administrative office amongst others were burnt down by the rampaging cultists.

The State Commissioner for Secondary Education, Mrs Rose Ezewu, announced the closure of the school on Wednesday, October 20, in Asaba during a meeting held with the leaders of Ogume community.

Mrs Ezewu said that the decision of the state government to close the school was in the best interest of the community and the state in general as it was designed to guarantee the safety of teachers and students of the school.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

October 20, 2021

Court Orders Suspension Of Ongoing Strike By Organized Labour In C'River, No Court Can Stop Us, Labour Insists


Justice Sanusi Kardo of the Industrial Court of Nigeria in Calabar, has given an order suspending the ongoing strike and sit at home action embarked upon by the Cross River State Branch of the Nigeria Labour Congress and other affiliate unions in the state.

The unions went on strike on Tuesday, October 12, citing the Cross River State government's failure to meet its demands.

It listed 14 issues in contention which included nonpayment of gratuities to retirees of both state and local government councils’ workers for the past six years.

Others are the non remittances of deductions from workers’ salaries and the full implementation of the minimum wage to both state and local government workers.

Also listed are non implementation of promotions arrears to workers of both state and local government councils’ workers and reinstatement of pensioners wrongfully removed from payroll.

But on Wednesday, Justice Sanusi Kardo of  the Industrial Court of Nigeria in Calabar, gave an order ordering the suspension with immediate effect, the ongoing strike and sit at home action embarked upon by the Cross River State Branch of the Nigeria Labour Congress and other affiliate unions in the state.

Honorable Justice Kardo gave the order on Wednesday, October 19, 2021 in Calabar restraining Labour and other affiliate Labour groups from further holding rallies pursuant to the strike and locking up government premises.

The Industrial Court Justice ruled that the strike action embarked upon by the Nigeria labour Congress (NLC) in the state did not comply with S.18 of the trade dispute Act. 

Justice Sanusi Kardo further urged parties to negotiate on any issues if there are any to be negotiated to arrive at amicable resolution. 

The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Cross River State had instituted legal action against NLC in the state for embarking on strike since last week and locking up government offices. 

He contended that labour did not comply with the requirements of the law before embarking on the current industrial action.

No Court Can Stop Us - Labour

Meanwhile, the Organized Labour has said that no court can suspend its ongoing action.

The Union in a memo on Wednesday, said: “A government with no Conscience” they stated that the Ayade led adminstration was shopping for a court order to truncate the ongoing strike.

“Instead of settling our demands, the government of Prof. Ben Ayade is rather shopping for a court order to truncate the ongoing strike action.

“Comrades, discountenance any directives from any person from the state government, not even a court order can break our determination to get justice from the government.

“We cannot be slaves in our state, don’t pay attention to any directives from anyone in government continue to stay at home until you hear from us,” they stated.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

October 19, 2021

Photos: Nigerian Man Poisoned To Death By His Close Friend In Indonesia

A Nigerian man, Chisom popularly known as Mikky Miguel has died after he was allegedly poisoned by a friend in Indonesia, NaijaCover Reports.

One Prince Ebukason Victor, who disclosed this in a Facebook post on Monday, October 18, said the deceased father of two, who is married to an Indonesian national, buried his late father few months ago.

"What a Wicked Word, he buried his Father few months ago and now they have to poison him in Indonesia. Some people has mind ohhh to take a life you didn't give. What will you gain by k!lling someone who did nothing to you, because of jealousy and you have to poison him to end his Life half way. Guys let's be very careful who we hang around with not everybody that call you blood or laugh with yoy are real , some are dëvil. Mikky May your soul rest in peace." He wrote.

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October 19, 2021

Kanye West Officially Changes Name To "Ye"

Kanye West officially changes his name to Ye

The artist formerly known as Kanye West will now be officially known as simply Ye.

A Los Angeles judge granted the rapper's name change request, a communications officer at the Los Angeles Superior Court confirmed.

The 44-year-old star filed the request in August, citing "personal reasons."

The rapper, best known for hits such as Gold Digger and Stronger, already used Ye as a nickname and in 2018 used it as an album title.

Shortly after the album's release, he tweeted: "The being formally known as Kanye West. I am YE."

Now he's made it official and his previous full name - Kanye Omari West - is no more.

While his Twitter handle was already Ye, his Instagram account and website were still using his previous name as of Tuesday.

As well as being a shortened version of Kanye, the new moniker also has religious significance for the star.

"I believe 'ye' is the most commonly used word in the Bible, and in the Bible it means you. So it's I'm you, I'm us, it's us," he said in a 2018 interview with radio host Big Boy.

"It went from being Kanye, which means the only one, to just Ye being a reflection of our good, our bad, our confused, our everything."

Ye released his latest album Donda in August, featuring 27 tracks with a running time of two hours.

He then claimed his label, Universal Music Group, had released his much-delayed 10th studio album without his approval.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

October 16, 2021

EFCC Quizzes Former Kano Governor, Kwankwaso Over ₦10 Billion Pension Fund


Former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, today reported to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and is currently being grilled by a team of operatives at the Commission’s headquarters Abuja over allegations of abuse of office, diversion of public funds and fraudulent allocation of government properties to cronies.

Kwankwaso, who is also a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, was first invited by the EFCC in September but failed to honour the invitation.

An associate of the politician informed Vanguard that he might have been invited in relation to a petition by some retired employees of the Kano State Government who had earlier petitioned the EFCC, complaining that the former governor mismanaged pension remittances to the tune of N10 billion between 2011 and 2015, to fund a housing project for his cronies.

But the EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, declined comment on the interrogation of the former governor when contacted by the newspaper on Saturday.

October 16, 2021

FULL LIST: APC Elects New Excos In Cross River

Cross River APC elects new State Executive Committee

State Chairman - Barr. Alphonsus Eba

State Deputy Chairman - Eka Williams

State Secretary - Barr. Bassey Offiong Mensah

State Assist. Secretary - Hon. Joseph Ogar

State Legal Adviser - Barr Awah Pius

State Assist. Legal Adviser - Barr. Umoh Etim Effiong

State Treasurer - Godwin Inyang John

State Assist. Treasurer - Dr. Mathew Egong

State Organizing Secretary - Engr. Thomas Aruku

State Assist. Organizing Secretary - Dr Owoh Erim Agbor

State Publicity Secretary - Erasmus Ekpang

State Assist Publicity Secretary - Hon. Emmanuel Edem Inyang

State Financial Secretary - Effiom Bassey Effiong

State Assist. Financial Secretary - Mr Erong Igwe

Stats Women Leader - Dr. Pauline Akor

State Assist Women Leader - Mrs Maria Asumpta Offiong

Zonal Vice Chairman North - Emmanuel Ateb

Zonal Vice Chairman Central - Hon. Abubakar Ibiang

Zonal Vice Chairman South - Mrs Tity Ndofon

State Youth Leader - Emmanuel O. Bassey

State Assist Youth Leader - Elemi Cyril Emmanuel

Senatorial Youth Leader North - Dr. Joseph Idagu Ogar

Senatorial Youth Leader Central - Hon. Samuel Ankwo

Senatorial Youth Leader South - Mr. Cyril Ene

Senatorial Women Leader North - Mrs Inakefe Janet

Senatorial Women Leader Central - Mrs Love Eroma Agbor

Senatorial Women Leader South - Dr. Helen Isamoh Egodo

State Auditor - Mr Charles Iru Iyam

State Assist Auditor - Offum Festus Agbor

State Welfare Secretary - Hon. Okora Ekawu

State Assist Welfare Secretary - Eld. Akiba Ayi Okpok

State Special Leader - Chief Edet Ita Asia

Ex Officio 1 - Mr Joseph Ibia

Ex Officio 2 - David Alui Along

Ex Officio 3 - Lukpata Benedict Ikade

Ex Officio 4 - Chief Enebong Umana

October 16, 2021

Alphonsus Ogar Eba emerges Cross River APC Chairman

Alphonsus Eba


Barrister Alphonsus Ogar Eba Saturday emerged the State party Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross River State.

Ogar emerged chairman through a consensus voice votes by party stakeholders as he went into the race unopposed. 

In attendance to observe the conduct of the Congress was a 7-man state Congress Committee including Alhaji Abubakar Malami, Barrister Emilia Okonji, Chairman and Secretary respectively.

The new state APC Chairman, while thanking Governor Ayade who is the leader of the party in both the state and the South South Region, elders of the party for the confidence reposed in him, however promised not to betray the trust, even as he called for members to support him so that the party can retain power in the state come 2023.

The Congress which witnessed delegates from the 18 local government areas, also had party chieftains from the three senatorial comprising Minister of State for Power, Jeddy Agba, former Senate Leader, Senator Ndoma Egba, former Minister of Niger Delta, Pastor Usani Usani Uguru, Senator John Owan Enoh, member representing Abi-Yakurr Federal Constituency, Hon. Alex Egbona, Hon Legor Idagbo, Mike Etaba, Speaker of the House of Assembly, Eteng Jones Williams. 

Addressing party faithful, stakeholders after emerging party chairman, Eba thanked the delegates and the party for the opportunity given to him to serve as Chairman.

Friday, October 15, 2021

October 15, 2021

EPL: Manchester United Striker, Marcus Rashford Returns Against Leicester


Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has confirmed that Marcus Rashford is included in his side’s squad to face Leicester City on Saturday evening.

Solskjaer said this during his pre-match press conference on Friday.

Rashford is yet to play this season for Man United, having undergone an operation on his shoulder last month.

“He’s in the squad, yes. If he’s going to start or not, I can’t tell you now because it wouldn’t be right, but he’s worked really hard throughout the whole lay-off, “Solskjaer said.

“He’s been really bright this week, he had a 60-minute involvement behind-closed-doors last week so he’s fit and raring to go.”

Man United head to the game after playing a 1-1 draw with Everton in their last match.

Meanwhile, Providing the latest update on his situation, Rashford wrote on Twitter: “I see the doctor on Friday for a consultation. All being well, I will get the green [light] to join in with contact training again.”

October 15, 2021

Bitcoin Hits $60,000, Nears Record High With Growing ETF Hopes

Agency Report

Bitcoin hit $60,000 for the first time in six months on Friday, nearing its record high, as traders grew confident that U.S. regulators would approve the launch of an exchange-traded fund based on its futures contracts.

Cryptocurrency investors have been waiting for approval of the first U.S. ETF for bitcoin, whose recent rally has been fuelled in part by anticipation of such a move, which is seen as speeding up the mainstream adoption of digital assets.

Bitcoin, the world’s biggest cryptocurrency, rose 4.5% to its highest level since Apr. 17 and was last at $59,030. It has risen by more than half in value since Sept. 20 and is now close to its all-time high of $64,895.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is set to allow the first U.S. bitcoin futures ETF to begin trading next week, Bloomberg News reported on Thursday.

“It is widely expected that Q4 will see significant progress around a bitcoin ETF in the U.S.,” Ben Caselin, head of research and strategy at Asia-based cryptocurrency exchange AAX, said.

Friday’s moves were spurred, he said, by a tweet from the SEC’s investor education office that stated: “Before investing in a fund that holds Bitcoin futures contracts, make sure you carefully weigh the potential risks and benefits.”

“We have seen more institutional build up, especially in the past few weeks, than we have at any time since the (bitcoin price) crash back in April,” said Noelle Acheson, head of market insights at Genesis Global Trading.

SEC Chair Gary Gensler has previously said the crypto market involves many tokens which may be unregistered securities and leaves prices open to manipulation and millions of investors vulnerable to risks.

The Bloomberg report, citing people familiar with the matter, said that proposals by ProShares and Invesco are based on futures contracts and were filed under mutual fund rules that Gensler has said provide “significant investor protections”.

The SEC did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the Bloomberg report. 

October 15, 2021

UNICAL Pegs Admission Cutoff Mark For 2021/2022 Session At 150, Sets Date For Aptitude Test

 The University of Calabar has pegged its cutoff mark for admission into the institution for 2021/2022 academic at 150 and above.

The was contained in a release by the University on Friday.

The statement reads:


We make this announcement for the benefit of all candidates who scored 150 and above in the Joint Admissions & Matriculation Examination and who have chosen University of Calabar as their First Choice in their application for admission into the University for the 2021/2022 academic session. 

The First Choice aptitude test exercise has been scheduled to take place from Monday, November 22nd to Friday, November 26th, 2021.

Opening of Portal/Registration

Registration will start from Tuesday, Oct 19th, 2021 when the portal will open for that purpose. Please note that the portal will however be shut down at 12.00 mid night on Monday, November 15th, 2021.

October 15, 2021

71-year-old Man Dies During Sex Romp With Prostitute

By Daud Olatunji

Tragedy struck in Sagamu when a 71-year-old man, identified as Ajibola Olufemi Adeniyi, reportedly died during a sex romp with a commercial sex worker inside a hotel in Ogun State.

Our correspondent gathered that the incident happened on Monday at 50/50 hotel Ogijo, Sagamu Local Government Area of the State.

The deceased, a resident of 22, Akilo Street, Bariga, Lagos State, had visited the brothel to ‘relax’ with one of the prostitutes therein, who was simply identified as Joy.

A hotelier in the area who pleaded anonymity confirmed the incident, saying, “In the course of the sexual intercourse, the man slumped and died immediately.”

According to the source, the police from Ogijo Division had visited the scene to evacuate the lifeless body of Adeniyi, where they also recovered his ATM card and driver’s license.

“As police try to locate the family of the man, his body was deposited at the morgue of Sagamu General Hospital, Ogun State.

“The sexual worker has also been arrested by the police to unravel the cause of the man’s death,” our correspondent was told.

The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, could not be reached as of the time of filing this report.

Our correspondent gathered that the incident happened on Monday at 50/50 hotel Ogijo, Sagamu Local Government Area of the State.

The deceased, a resident of 22, Akilo Street, Bariga, Lagos State, had visited the brothel to ‘relax’ with one of the prostitutes therein, who was simply identified as Joy.

A hotelier in the area who pleaded anonymity confirmed the incident, saying, “In the course of the sexual intercourse, the man slumped and died immediately.”

According to the source, the police from Ogijo Division had visited the scene to evacuate the lifeless body of Adeniyi, where they also recovered his ATM card and driver’s license.

“As police try to locate the family of the man, his body was deposited at the morgue of Sagamu General Hospital, Ogun State.

“The sexual worker has also been arrested by the police to unravel the cause of the man’s death,” our correspondent was told.

The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, could not be reached as of the time of filing this report.

October 15, 2021

Bomb Explosion Rock Calabar, Army Reacts

File photo for illustration

By Obio Monday

There was pandemonium in and around Eburutu Army Barracks area of Calabar Municipality in Cross River State, as deafening sounds rocked the area on Friday afternoon.

GRASSROOT REPORTERS reports that the bomb explosion shattered roofs and walls of buildings close to the barracks while some of the buildings were pulled down by the heavy explosion.

Reacting, the Nigerian Army claimed responsibility for the explosion, explaining that the  exercise is a routine one carried out by the military "to detonate expired explosives."

A statement signed by Capt. Dorcas Oluwatope Aluko, Assistant Army Public Relation Officer, 13 Brigade, reads:

"The 13 Brigade Nigerian Army would be conducting a disposal of expired explosives at the Shooting Range Calabar from 14 to 17 October 2021.

 "The exercise is a routine military exercised aimed to detonate expired explosives. Members of Ikot Effangha, Ikot Ansa,and Lemina communities are advised to stay off range area during the exercise.

 "The general public are equally urged not to panic from sound of explosives but go about their lawful daily activities."

October 15, 2021

Eid Ul Mawlid: FG Declares Tuesday, October 19 Public Holiday





The Federal Government has declared Tuesday  October 19th, 2021  as Public Holiday to mark this year’s Eid-ul-Mawlid Celebration in commemoration of the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him).

Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who made this declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, congratulates all Muslim faithful both at home and in the Diaspora for witnessing this year’s occasion.

He admonishes all Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of love, patience and perseverance which are the virtues of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), adding that doing so would guarantee peace and security in the country.

Ogbeni Aregbesola enjoined Nigerians, particularly Muslims, to refrain from violence, lawlessness and other acts of criminality. As the indisputable leader of our race, we must show responsible leadership in Africa.

While calling for a stop to all divisive tendencies across the country, the Minister urges all Nigerians and the youth in particular, to embrace the virtues of hard work and peaceful disposition to fellow humans, irrespective of faith, ideology, social class and ethnicity and cooperate with President Muhammadu Buhari’s led-Administration in its effort to build a progressive and enviable nation that all citizens would be proud of.


Dr. Shuaib Belgore

Permanent Secretary


15th October, 2021

October 15, 2021

Federal Government Reaches Agreement With Asuu On Payment Of Salaries

THE Federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have resolved that payment of the next tranche of the arrears of earned allowances would be paid on or before the end of October.

The government said it would also ensure that issues of promotion arrears and inconsistencies in the implementation of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) as it affects the university lecturers are sorted out and payment made on or before the end of this month.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

October 14, 2021

Military Confirms Death Of ISWAP Leader Abu Musab al-Barnawi


The leader of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) jihadist group, Abu Musab al-Barnawi, is dead, Nigeria’s top military commander said on Thursday.

ISWAP has not given any confirmation of al-Barnawi’s death and Nigeria’s military has claimed before to have killed jihadist commanders only for them to reappear.

“I can authoritatively confirm to you that al-Barnawi is dead. As simple as that. He is dead and remains dead,” Chief of Defence Staff General Lucky Irabor told reporters, without giving details on how or when the death had occurred.

October 14, 2021

Army Says 13,243 Repentant Boko Haram Terrorists & Their Wives Surrendered In The Last One Week

Solomon Odeniyi

The Defence Headquarters on Thursday said a total of 13,243 repentant terrorists and their families surrendered to troops of the Armed Forces of Nigeria at different locations in the North East in the last two weeks.

Speaking in Abuja on Wednesday at a briefing on military operations between October 1 and October 14, the Director, Defence Media Operations, Brig. Gen Benard Onyeuko, said of the number, about 3,243 are adult males while 3,868 are women. Children constitute about 6,234 of the total figure.

He added that no fewer than 29 terrorists were killed while 13 terrorists and their collaborators were arrested during the period.

Onyeuko said, “Consequently, more terrorists have continued to lay down their arms and surrender to our troops with their families as they could no longer withstand the offensive operations within the theatre. Some of these feats were recorded at; Gwoza – Yamtake – Bita road; Gwoza – Farm Centre – Yamtake road; Mandara Mountain area as well as Pulka and Hambagda towns; all in Borno State.

“Cumulatively, within the period a total of 29 terrorists were neutralised and 13 terrorists including their informants/collaborators and logistics suppliers were arrested in the course of the operations.

“Additionally, a total of 38 assorted weapons and 968 rounds of assorted ammunition as well as 48 rustled livestock among several other items were recovered. So far, a total of 13,243 terrorists and their families comprising 3,243 adult males, 3,868 adult females and 6,234 children, have surrendered to oun troops at different locations in the North-East.”

He added that troops killed at least 40 bandits and arrested bandits’ collaborators on the wanted list of security operatives in the country during the same period.

Onyeuko said, “Troops of operation Hadarin Daji arrested some notorious armed bandits’ collaborators who have been on the watch list of security agencies namely; Mamuda Aliyu Dangulbi, Rilwan Sani Dangulbi, Yusuf Adamu Dangulbi and Yakubu Umar Maihuja at Dangulbi village in Maru LGA of Zamfara State.

“These arrested criminals and items recovered have been handed over to appropriate prosecuting agencies for necessary action.”

He stated that in the period in focus, using a force package of Nigerian Air Force platforms, multiple airstrikes were executed on bandits’ enclaves in successive passes in different locations.

“One of which was at the Kwaga forest within Birnin Gwari general area in Kaduna State. In the course of the operation, no fewer than 40 armed bandits were neutralised and several structures which served as their logistics bases were destroyed,” he added.

Onyeuko said troops also discovered and deactivated a total of 51 illegal refining sites.

The military spokesman said the sites cumulatively had a total of 76 ovens, 52 cooking pots/boilers, 22 cooling systems, 102 reservoirs, 16 large dugout pits and 513 storage tanks as well as drums and sacks laden with illegally refined oil products.

October 14, 2021

Strike: "We Have Met Your Demands", C'River Govt Insists, Chides Labour For Failing To Attend Meeting

Prof. Ivara Esu


The Cross River state government has faulted Organised Labour's insistence on industrial action despite meeting their demands.

The labour union listed their demands to include “payment of gratuities to our retirees of both state and local government, pending since 2014 and 2012 for state and local government retirees, respectively, remittance of deductions from workers’ salaries, full implementation of the minimum wage, implementation of promotion arrears, and reinstatement of pensioners wrongfully removed from payroll”.

The Deputy Governor of the state, Professor Ivara Esu who spoke at a scheduled meeting with labour leaders, which they failed to show up,  decried their belligerant posture, wondering why they failed to keep to their part of the agreement with government.

The Deputy Governor also condemned labour's failure to turn up for the meeting and their resort to locking up government offices.

"We called those who signed this document to come for a meeting with us. Not necessarily for negotiations but at least let us hear who they represent, and perhaps what they are about.

"Though organized labour is not known to law in terms of issues between employer and employee, they signed this document and we invited them for a meeting and we have been waiting here not even one of them has shown up", the evidently upset Processor Esu said.

Enumerating governmet's efforts at fulfiling its agreement with labour, the Deputy Governor disclosed  that "the implementation of promotion of workers has just been approved by His Excellency, the Governor to commence in phases and even as we speak in the last salary payment, this was implemented.

"In terms of remittances from workers salaries, the Governor has also approved four months and that three months be made ready in the first instance and these things are verifiable and these guys are not aware, they don't ask questions, they just wake up to declare a strike"

Continuing, Professor Ejemut said: "I must say the practice of locking government offices and preventing people who want to work in having access is unacceptable.”

October 14, 2021

Victims Of NBA Forex Investment Scam Protest In Portharcourt, Seeks Arrest Of Alleged Scammer

Dennis Naku (Punch)

Victims of a failed foreign exchange trading company in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Wednesday, protested against the failure of the chief executive officer of the firm, Maxwell Odum, to pay them their dividends or return their capital after one year of investment.

The group threatened to dump the corpse of any investor that died from frustration over the collapse of the scheme at the doorstep of the founder’s family house.

The victims, who marched to the palace of the Paramount Ruler of Elekahia community, delivered a protest letter to the traditional ruler and sought his intervention.

Speaking to journalists, the protest leader, Christian Agadaga, asked the traditional ruler to summon Odum, owner of the NBA Forex Trading and Capital Investment Limited.

He said, “Nigerians from all walks of life are disgruntled; some have died out of frustration, some are in deep pain and hospitalised because Maxwell Odum, an indigene of Elekahia community, defrauded Nigerians of billions of naira.

“We also use this opportunity to call on the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, to shift a little focus on financial banditry, because Maxwell Odum is a financial terrorist and a bandit. He should be fished out. He (Odum) cannot be smarter than Nigeria.

“We are calling on the President to mandate the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba Alkali, to fish out Maxwell Odum.

“As investors, we have also made a decision that henceforth, any person that dies as a result of NBA forex fraud, we will liaise with the family of that victim and take the dead body to the house of Maxwell Odum in Elekahia.

“We know that it will be shameful, but he has caused us more shame; we are not backing out no matter how long it takes for us to get back our money.”

The Chairman, Rivers State Civil Society Organisations, Enefaa Georgwill, urged the traditional ruler to rise above sentiments, adding that his reputation was at stake.

“For us as civil society organisations, we appreciate the fact that the paramount ruler will hear from all sides; we know that his royal highness will live above board by not taking sides with his kinsmen and subjects,” Georgewill added.

Responding, the Paramount Ruler, Elekahia community, Anthony Akarolo, thanked the group for their peaceful conduct, even as he promised to investigate the claims and intervene.

He said, “This is a very serious matter and I won’t allow it to lie low; I am going to approach the parents and the boy himself to know how he came about all this.

“But I want you to apply diplomacy in what you do so that at the end of the day, you’ll get good results. But if you are violent, everything will go wrong.”

Efforts to reach Odum proved abortive as his mobile telephone did not connect.

Also, text messages sent to his phone were not replied to as of the time of filing this report.

The company, located along the busy Aba highway in Port Harcourt had been shut since December 2020.

During a previous protest by aggrieved investors last year, Odum, in an audio message, assured that he would refund their money, saying the company was going through some challenges.

But nothing has been heard from him since then. 

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

October 12, 2021

IPOB: Actor, Chinwetalu Agu Released From DSS Custody

The Actors Guild of Nigeria, has secured the release of Nollywood actor, Chiwetalu Agu from the Department of State Service on Tuesday.

AGN made this known via a statement on their official page titled, “Chiwetalu Agu released to Actors Guild Of Nigeria”

The statement signed by the AGN Communication Director, Monalisa Chinda read, “The National President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Ejezie Emeka Rollas has yet again secured the release of Actor Chiwetalu Agu from the custody of the DSS.

“On behalf of the Guild, I was at the DSS office with my colleague, the Senior special Assistant on Military Affairs and Inter Governmental Relations to the President Steve Eboh to receive Mr. Agu today.

“The elated veteran Actor thanked God for surviving the ordeal and commended the leadership of the Actors Guild of Nigeria headed by Ejezie Emeka Rollas for their relentless efforts in securing his release from the detention.”

October 12, 2021

Return To Work Tomorrow Else You'll Be Sanctioned - C'River Govt Threatens Striking Workers

By Obio Monday

The Cross River State Government has threatened to sanction workers under its employ who refuses to return to work tomorrow, October 13, 2021.

The Organized Labour had embarked on an indefinite strike today, October 12, to press home its grievances.

The unions listed their demands to include “payment of gratuities to our retirees of both state and local government, pending since 2014 and 2012 for state and local government retirees, respectively, remittance of deductions from workers’ salaries, full implementation of the minimum wage, implementation of promotion arrears, and reinstatement of pensioners wrongfully removed from payroll”.

But in a statement signed by the State Head of Service, Mrs. Geraldine Akpet-Ekanem, on Tuesday, the government directed all permanent secretaries and workers to resume duties tomorrow or face severe sanctions.

The statement reads:
"Following the industrial action embarked on by the Organized Labour in the State, on Tuesday, 12th October, 2021, the State Government has directed all Permanent Secretaries and Workers to return to work with effect from tomorrow, Wednesday 13 October, 2021 at 8am. This is to enable relevant officers facilitate completion of payment of salaries of Civil Servants who are yet to be paid.

The statement added that "all Civil Servants are directed to adhere strictly to this directive as failure to comply will attract severe sanctions".

October 12, 2021

Cally Air Carries Passengers Without Luggage

By Divine Kelechi

There was mild drama as a scene was created at Margaret Ekpo International Airport, Calabar.

Passengers were brought to calabar from Abuja without their luggage.

The airline apologized and took responsibility as they try to calm the agitating passengers.

October 12, 2021

ICPC Re-Arraigns Obono-Obla For Forging His WAEC Result

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has arraigned a former presidential aide, Mr Okoi Obono-Obla, over allegations of certificate forgery.

Obono-Obla is the former Chairman of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel (SPIP) for the Recovery of Public Property.

He was charged with two counts before Justice C.L. Dabup of the Jos Judicial Division of the High Court of Plateau State, a statement by ICPC’s spokesperson, Azuka Ogugua, said on Monday.

ICPC maintained its allegations that the former SPIP chair presented a fake result with a credit pass in English Literature to the University of Jos, with which he secured admission to study law.

“The charge filed before Justice C. L. Dabup revealed that while Obono-Obla did not seat for the Ordinary Level, General Certificate Examination (GCE) in English Literature in 1982, he presented a result of the same GCE to the University of Jos, in 1985, containing Credit 6 from Mary Knoll College, Ogoja,” the statement alleged.

“He was alleged to have committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 366 of the Penal Code Law of Plateau State.”

But Obono-Obla was said to have entered a not guilty plea on each of the two counts when they were read to him.

Thereafter, his counsel, M.A. Agara, filed an application in which he urged the court to grant his client bail on self-recognisance.

Obono-Obla’s counsel had also filed a motion contesting the jurisdiction of the court on the matter, as well as accused the prosecution of bringing a defective charge before the court.

He prayed the court not to allow the charge to be read to the defendant.

In his argument, ICPC’s lead counsel, Henry Emore, who opposed the motion challenging the jurisdiction of the court, submitted that the defendant was brought before the court because the offence of certificate forgery was allegedly committed in Jos where the court seats.

He, however, did not oppose the bail application, he urged the court to admit the defendant to bail on stringent terms.

Justice Dabup, in her ruling on the bail application, admitted Obono-Obla to bail in the sum of N1 million with one surety in like sum.

She also ruled that the surety must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court and must submit an affidavit of means, including a tax clearance certificate showing evidence of payment for three years.

The judge later adjourned the case till November 25, 2021, for trial.
Chief Obla

October 12, 2021

11 Months Unpaid Salaries: UCTH Interns Takes Protest To Abuja, Summits Petition Against CMD To Senate


Medical interns undergoing a mandatory 1-year internship programme at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH), on Tuesday, October 12, continued their protest over the non-payment of their over 11 months salaries by the management of the hospital.

The interns comprising doctors, medical laboratory scientists, pharmacists and other paramedicals, had staged similar protests in Calabar, but their demands were not met.

They accused the hospital management of paying deaf ears to their plight.

Addressing the interns in Abuja, Senator Rochas Okorocha, who received the petition against the Chief Medical Director, Prof. Ikpeme Ikpeme, assured the interns that the Senate will act on the petition.

The protesting interns

Senator Okorocha subsequently, laid the petition on the floor of the Senate and was referred to the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to report back within four weeks.