February 1, 2020

Presidency Reacts To US Visa Ban On Nigerians

STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE   UNITED STATES SUSPENSION OF THE ISSUANCE OF IMMIGRANT VISAS TO NIGERIANS   On 31st January 2020, the United States (U.S) Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced temporary travel restrictions on six (6) countries including Nigeria.   For Nigeria, the restriction is the suspension of the issuance of “immigrant visas” to Nigerian passport holders only. This suspension shall come into effect on 21st February 2020. The suspension does not apply to other U.S visas such as those for official, business, tourism and student travel.   The DHS states the suspension of “immigrant visas” became necessary following a review and update of the methodology (performance metrics) adopted [Read]

Atiku Reacts To US Travel Ban Against Nigeria

Atiku Abubakar, former presidential candidate on the platform of the PDP in the last presidential election, posted a couple of tweets in reaction to the travel ban against Nigeria, expressing sadness and stating reasons why he believed the US should reconsider its decision against Nigeria   See tweets and responses below   I received with sadness the policy of the government of the United States of America to place Nigeria on its travel ban list.   While I understand the reasons given by the Trump administration (the failure of the Muhammadu Buhari led administration to share information and to address issues of terrorism), the ban does not take into account [Read]

Everyone shows love and support to the dead because they are no more a competitor”- Timaya

  Nigerian singer, Timaya has revealed why people support and show love to the dead as soon as news of their death is announced.       This may be in reaction to the tonnes of love shown to Kobe Bryant and his daughter who died in a helicopter crash last Sunday.       Giving reason why such happen, Timaya tweeted:   “Everyone shows love and support to the dead because they are no more a competitor”. This is coming just days after basketball legend, Kobe Bryant, his daughter, Gigi and 7 others lost their lives in a helicopter crash.       [Read]

Plot To Remove Secondus As PDP Chair Thickens, Stakeholders Shop For Replacement

Plot To sack the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus has taken another dimension, as party stakeholders, it was learnt yesterday, are presently shopping for replacement.   Those gunning for his removal, it was gathered are surviving founding fathers of the Party, former National officers of the Party, incumbent and former governors, former and serving members of the National Assembly of the Party, former and serving state Chairmen of the Party.   It was gathered that the arrow heads of the plot have already zero on a member from South West to take over the position from Secondus.   It was further learnt that the [Read]

Travel Ban On Nigeria: Official US Statement

Official US Statement Regarding The Travel Ban On Nigeria And 5 Other Countries   The information is on the official page of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and it seems to target mostly immigrant visa applicants whose visas have not yet been granted.       Burma, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan, Tanzania Will Face New Restrictions   WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf announced that President Donald J. Trump signed a proclamation, which places new, tailored visa restrictions on six countries that failed to meet a series of security criteria, demonstrating that they could be a risk to the homeland. Acting [Read]

Trump Finally Adds Nigeria To His Restricted Travel list – NY Times

President Trump adds Africa’s biggest country, Nigeria, as well as Myanmar, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Sudan and Tanzania, to his restricted travel list.   WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Friday added six countries to the nations facing stringent travel restrictions, virtually blocking immigration from Africa’s most populous nation, Nigeria, and from Myanmar, where refugees are fleeing genocide.   Beside Nigeria, varying degrees of restrictions will hit three other African countries, Eritrea, Sudan and Tanzania, and one former Soviet state, Kyrgyzstan. Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya could also be caught in the crossfire. The total number of countries on the restricted travel list now stands at 13.   Immigrant visas, issued mostly to foreigners [Read]

Mercy Johnson: I Don’t Play Nude, Romantic Scenes In Movies Any More

Mercy Johnson, a Nollywood actress, says she can’t play nude or intimately romantic scenes in movies anymore because she now answers to lots of people.   The 35-year-old mother of three disclosed this when speaking with Goldmyne — following the premiere of her movie ‘Legend of Inikpi‘.   The gifted movie star said, although she has made some errors and choices she’s not proud of in the past, her sense of judgment and maturity has heightened with age in recent times.   “When I do that, what would the younger girls do? When you grow past a certain level, you try to go ahead and do better. For me, you [Read]

Manchester United Confirms Signing Odion Ighalo

The Manchester United Football Club (MUFC) have confirmed signing Odion Ighalo from Shanghai Shenhua on loan until the end of the season.   MUFC can confirm that Odion Ighalo will join us on loan from Shanghai Shenhua until the end of the season. Welcome, Odion! [Read]

Tony Momoh: Jonathan Never Resigned Because Of Insecurity, Buhari Won’t Resign

Temidayo Akinsuyi, Lagos   Prince Tony Momoh, a former Minister of Information on Wednesday said President Muhammadu Buhari will not resign due to the insecurity challenges facing the country.   Momoh, who was responding to calls by Eyinnaya Abaribe, Senate Minority leader asking President Buhari to resign said former President Goodluck Jonathan never resigned despite the incessant attacks by Boko Haram terrorists during his tenure.   Momoh who said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) also contributed to the insecurity in the country said President Buhari was elected by Nigerians to serve till 2023 and he will complete his tenure no matter what Abaribe said.   “Why should the President resign? [Read]

Osagie Ehanire: We Can Handle Coronavirus

We can’t ban China trips – Lai Mohammed No Nigerian infected in China The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has assured that Nigeria has the capacity to detect and respond to the coronavirus if it is imported into the country. The coronavirus, a deadly new virus which originated in Wuhan, China, has killed more than 170 people and spread to several provinces in the country as well as other countries. Thousands of people have been infected.   The origin is suspected to be a food market that “conducted illegal transactions of wild animals” in Wuhan. Speaking yesterday at the inauguration of the inter-ministerial and multi-sectoral committee on the novel [Read]

Corper Augustine Ohimai: Prostitute Dies During Sex With NYSC Member In Nasarawa

Suspect, 27, on his way to NYSC orientation camp in Bauchi, stops over in Nasarawa   ◗ Pays prostitute for brief hours of sex, flees leaving dead body in hotel room, arrested five months later in Benin City   ◗ I have a fiancée, I only want to experience sex with a prostitute, suspect says       On August 20, 2019, when the naked body of a young woman was found stone-cold dead inside Room C4 in City Rock Hotel, Maraba, Nasarawa State, there was pandemonium, fear and uncertainty. All that was known was that the young man that lodged in the room the previous night brought her in [Read]

Bishop Oyedepo Was Not Denied Visa By US – Winners Chapel

  Mainstream and online media spaces this morning were abuzz with the news that Bishop David Oyedepo was denied entry visa to the United States on Thursday, January 30, 2020. We wish to put it on record and categorically submit that this piece of information is NOT TRUE. At no time was the Bishop denied visa, nor did he create a scene at the US consulate in Lagos, as purported by some mainstream and online newspapers.   The Bishop renewed his visa, last year, without any initial denial or drama, or scene. The Bishop was NOT at the Embassy or Consulate yesterday or even anytime this year. Bishop has been [Read]

NYSC Disclaimer On Payment Of Arrears To Corpers – NYSC

The attention of the Management of the National Youth Service Corps Scheme has been drawn to a false story purported to have emanated from the Director – General of the Scheme, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim to the effect that Corps Members would receive arrears as a fall out of the recent pay raise given to them by the Federal Government which has been roundly appreciated by Corps Members and Nigerians.   Indeed, the fulfillment of the promise of the increment by the Federal Government is borne out of utmost concern for the welfare of our patriotic youths and commencement date is *January 2020* as budgeted in the 2020 fiscal year. [Read]

Kadpoly Sacks Danjuma Alhassan Over Sexual Harassment

The Kaduna Polytechnic Management has terminated the appointment of a former Head of Department, Civil Engineering, Engineer Danjuma Alhassan over allegation of sexual harassment of a female student of the institution. The Governing Council ‎of the Polytechnic had at its 91st regular meeting held on 30th January, 2020 ‎ of Kaduna Polytechnic approved the termination of the Lecturer’s appointment. This was contained in a letter issued on 31 -January,2020 and signed by ‎Samuel Y. Obochi, ‎Deputy Registrar, Information & Protocol‎ For the Registrar‎. [Read]

Minimum Wage: Labour Gears For War With 15 Governors

Frank Ikpefan, Abuja and Toba Agboola     Organized labour has commenced mobilization of workers in 15 states of the federation for a strike to press home demand for the full implementation of the new minimum wage of N30,0   The states, according to labour sources, are yet to demonstrate enough commitment in  keying into the new dispensatio   The bone of contention in most of the states is the consequential adjustment of the new salary structur   Sources said labour leaders had been placed on standby for an industrial actio   The states were given up till on Friday to conclude negotiation on the matte   But The Nation [Read]