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Mercy Eke launches Foundation, offers N5m grants to business owners

Fans of Big Brother Naija winner, Mercy Eke are presently jubilating following her latest achievement.

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This comes after Mercy announced the launching of her charity foundation.

According to the reality star, the charity foundation is a way for her to help those in need like business owners, sick people, the poor, single mothers, widows, students and homeless children living in the streets.

Mercy also promised to give out N5M to a few people with brilliant business ideas but are struggling to start one.

Taking to her official Instagram page to make this special announcement, the 28 -year-old millionaire wrote;

“The Mercy Eke Foundation is finally here. I have always wanted to give back, and I’m glad…

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San Antonio, Texas Shooting: A man was fatally shot by Texas police after he allegedly fired at family members and a TV news crew

The man, who authorities have not yet named, was digging through debris from a house fire in San Antonio when a news crew arrived to report on the blaze, according to the affiliate.

The suspect was described as a man in his 20s and a nephew of person whose house burned down, MB reported.

As the news crew interviewed family members about the house fire, the man emerged with two handguns and allegedly fired at them multiple times, according to San Antonio Police Chief William McManus.

The team from KSAT ran from the scene and family members tried to flee in an SUV while the man fled to another home with “a number of people” inside, who were known to the suspect, McManus said.

Officers were able to get the people out of the house and the man went behind the residence and began moving between two sheds, according to the chief.

Police locked the man out of the house at that point, and when he saw officers at the screen door, he began shooting at them, McManus said.

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“We did not intend to engage the individual, this was a plan to keep him locked out of the house to make it easier for us to apprehend him, but he saw the officers at the door and started shooting at them through the door,” the chief told reporters.

“Five officers returned fire and he is deceased in the backyard right now,” he said.

The officers involved in Monday’s fatal shooting have between five and 18 years with the department, and they will all be placed on administrative duty until the district attorney reviews the case, McManus told reporters.

San Antonio firefighters have labeled the house fire as suspicious, according to MB.

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After being called out for smoking marijuana, Actress Tonto Dikeh open up on eliminating bad habits.

Nollywood actress cum philanthropist Tonto Dikeh has opened up on giving up some of her bad habits.

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This comes a few days after she engaged in a war of word with her former best friend and controversial crossdresser Bobrisky, who dragged her for always claiming she’s born again and still smokes marijuana.

In a post shared on her Instagram page, the actress advised her fans and colleagues to eliminate what does not help them evolve.

The single mother of one said she’s looking at some of her bad habits and has decided to let go of them.

Tonto Dikeh said she had grown past some of those bad habits and didn’t belong there anymore, and she is truly going to let go…

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Lagos Yoruba Nation rally: Sanwo-Olu orders probe of lady allegedly killed by stray bullet

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has ordered an investigation into the killing of a 14-year-old girl in Ojota during the Oodua Republic Mega Rally on Saturday. 

Recall a young girl was found dead at the scene of the rally at Ojota with claims that she was killed by a stray bullet, a claim that was denied by the state police command who said the corpse was not fresh and appeared to have a wound sustained from a sharp object.

?Sanwo-Olu orders investigation into killing of 14-year-old girl during Yoruba Nation Rally

In a statement released on Sunday by Moyosore Onigbanjo, the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Sanwo-Olu commiserated with the deceased’s family and ordered a thorough investigation into the death.

The statement read: “Our attention has been drawn to the death of a 14-year-old girl in Ojota during the Oodua Republic Mega Rally on Saturday, 3rd of July, 2021.

“We commiserate with the family of the deceased. The Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has ordered a thorough investigation of the death. A Coroner’s Inquest has immediately been requested in line with sections 14 and 15 of the Coroners’ Systems Law, Laws of Lagos State 2015, to determine the cause and circumstances of death.

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By Section 14(1) (d) of the Coroners’ System Law of the State: ‘A report of death shall be made to any of the agencies for the report of death or the office of the Coroner and be subject to post-mortem examination where there is reasonable cause to believe that the cause of death was: violent, unnatural or suspicious.’ 

Section 15(1) and (9) further enjoins the Coroner to hold an inquest whenever he or she is informed that the death of the deceased person was in a violent, unnatural or suspicious situation or believes an inquest is desirable following the report of a reportable death.

“As a government, the security and well-being of citizens are of utmost importance to us. The state assures the public that everything will be done to ensure that the cause of death is known. The findings of this investigation will be made public in due course and appropriate sanctions meted out to anyone found culpable.”

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The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, slammed the southern governors for banning open grazing.

Governors of the Southern states in the country are currently in a meeting in Lagos state to discuss issues concerning the state of the nation.

The meeting which is being hosted by Lagos Governor Bababjide Sanwo-Olu, has in attendance Governor Seyi Makinde (Oyo); Dapo Abiodun (Ogun); Gboyega Oyetola (Osun); Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti) and Nyesom Wike (Rivers). Others are Duoye Diri (Bayelsa); Emeka Ugwuanyi (Enugu); Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo); Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta); Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom).

Deputy Governors Philip Shaibu (Edo), Ude Chukwu (Abia), Placid Njoku (Imo) and Kelechi Igwe (Ebonyi) represented their state governors.

Governors Willie Obiano (Anambra) and Ben Ayade (Cross River) are yet to arrive at the meeting

The last time the governors met in May was when they took the unanimous decision to ban open grazing in the region.

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Critical stakeholders have, however, warned the governors not to allow Nigerians to perceive their meetings as a “mere gathering” where empty threats or resolutions are made.
They said the governors should deploy better strategies by involving their representatives in the National Assembly, engage the State Houses of Assembly and also seek collaborations of socio-cultural and political organisations, to get their aim and objectives achieved.

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Spokesman, Middle Belt Forum, Dr Isuwa Dogo, commended the governors’ determination to meet and take a stand, especially at this uncertain period. But they all tasked them to go beyond making resolutions.

Akinrinade commended the governors for having the courage to reconvene, and also said the present challenges confronting Nigeria would linger till the next century “except something urgent is done. You must remain resolute in the demand for restructuring.”

He enjoined the governors to mount pressure on elected representatives from their various states in National Assembly to support restructuring.

“I wonder what Southern lawmakers in the National Assembly are doing about restructuring? They seem not to be serious about it.”
 
To him, the governors should as a matter of necessity impress it on Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila and all Southern Senators to kickstart the debate on how to restructure the country.
 
The retired general also said the governors must be more assertive in their demand for state police in the meeting tomorrow. “I think after tomorrow’s meeting, the governors should return home and begin to lobby their states Assembly to raise Bill on State Police. Their demand now should be a full-fledged State Police and nothing more. They should also make their stand known to President Muhammadu Buhari that he must come out and speak on the state of insecurity in the country. 

Opadokun said the governors must act their talk. He said it was not enough of the 17 southern governors to make pronouncements. They should make their state Houses of Assembly legislate the Asaba Resolutions into law to give it a force of law. If the governors can collaborate with lawmakers, it will become more effective and remain a credible voice for the marginalised southern part of Nigeria.”
 
Dogo challenged the governors to deploy tactical strategies to get their demands achieved. He urged them to ensure they deploy their numerical strength to persuade the National Assembly and their various States Assembly to implement and recognise the resolutions of the 2014 National Conference.

“If they are serious, they can also get support from States like Adamawa, Plateau, Taraba, Southern Kaduna, Sokoto, Kwara and Kogi. They should mobilise all the socio-political and cultural bodies to support restructuring and how to implement the conference report. By the time they do this, President Buhari will have no choice than to adhere to their demands.”

The State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, was said to have confirmed that the parley would deliberate on insecurity, true federalism, open grazing, State Police, restructuring, and food security, among others.
 
The meeting would also discuss the aftermath of the Asaba gathering to assess if any meaningful success was made.
 
MB reported that nearly all the governors are likely to be in attendance because of the near-war situation Nigeria is in at the moment and how insecurity is currently affecting their states.

But a serving member of the House of Representatives, who did not want his name in print, disclosed that northern lawmakers are watching Gbajabiamila closely and would not hesitate to initiate an impeachment motion against him if he tries anything they perceive to be against the interest of their region. 

It would be recalled that the governors, at the last meeting, which was hosted by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State and attended by 15 of the 17 Southern governors, arrived at a 12-point resolution, which included the banning of open grazing of cattle in all the states.

Recall that the governors in a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting in Asaba, banned open grazing as part of moves to address killings and kidnapping by herdsmen.

But a few days after the meeting, the Presidency faulted the ban on open grazing. The Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, had, in a statement, said, “It is equally true that their (governors’) announcement is of questionable legality, given the constitutional right of all Nigerians to enjoy the same rights and freedoms within every one of our 36 states (and FCT), regardless of the state of their birth or residence.”

Also, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, slammed the southern governors for banning open grazing.

According to the AGF, open grazing ban is the same thing as Northern governors banning spare parts trading in their own region, considering the fact that southerners comprise a majority of spare parts traders in the North.



The President, during a recorded television interview in June, also backed Malami’s position, adding that he had directed that grazing routes be recovered.

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Why I relocated to United States – Tekno

Afrobeat singer, Augustine Miles Kelechi, popularly known as Tekno, has announced that he has moved out of the country and is now based in the United States. 

According to the ‘Enjoy’ crooner, he left Nigeria because the country’s name was “changed” to UAR.

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Recall that Nigeria’s House of Representatives received a proposal to rename Nigeria in June 2021.

Adeleye Jokotoye, a tax consultant in Lagos State, who proposed that Nigeria should be renamed the United African Republic, argued that the current name was not given to the country by its citizens but by Flora Shaw, wife of Lord Lugard, a colonialist, adding that it does not promote unity amongst citizens.

According to Tekno, UAR is unacceptable, noting that he will come back home when it’s changed back to Nigeria.

Tekno said: “As you all already know I have moved out of Nigeria since they called it UAR.

“I am not from UAR, I am a full Nigerian.

“When it’s back to Nigeria, I will pull back home but right now, I live in the United States of America.”

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‘My face is covered in shame’- Actor Funsho Adeolu blasts Jide Kosoko over threat to Frustrate Iyabo Ojo and Nkechi Blessing in the Nollywood industry

Nollywood actor Funsho Adeolu has taken to social media to blasts veteran actor Jide Kosoko alongside other stakeholders of the Theater Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria over threat to frustrate Iyabo Ojo and Nkechi Blessing in the Nollywood industry.

News earlier reported that the decision follows the condemnation of their colleague, Baba Ijesha, alleged of defiling the foster daughter of Nigerian comedienne, Princess.

Nkechi Blessing and Iyabo Ojo also clashed with some TAMPAN members, such as Yomi Fabiyi, Lege Maimi, who kicked against them for openly condemning Baba Ijesha.

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However, veteran actor Jide Kosoko during a press briefing over the weekend, said the association frowned at the derogatory statements made by Iyabo Ojo and Nkechi Blessing against the Association and the industry as a whole.

It also barred directors in the association from working with the two Nollywood stars.

Reacting, Funsho Adeolu in a post shared on Instagram said he’s ashamed of the leadership of the association adding the do not have the interest of their members at heart.

He wrote: My face is covered, not because of covid but in shame on behalf of those who call themselves leaders of local association and do not have the interest of members at heart. God is watching o

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My God will work against your entire generation yet unborn -Nkechi Blessing

Actress, Nkechi Blessing has taken to Instagram to place a huge curse on veteran actor, Jide Kosoko, following her Suspension from Nollywood.

This comes after Jide Kosoko disclosed during a press briefing in Lagos on Saturday, June 26 that Nkechi Blessing and Iyabo Ojo are not members of Tampan and as such cannot be suspended.  However, if as practitioners they engage in activities that drag the name of the union to mud, the union will work against them.

According to Nkechi, Jide Kosoko should tell the public her offence and why he has the right to suspend her from Nollywood.

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Speaking further, the 32-year old said that Kosoko threatened her life by saying he will work against her.

She however mentioned that God will work against the veteran;s generation and he will be disgraced.

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“Mr Jide Kosoko just made a public threat to my life… sir i hope you are ready for what you started… you will work agaisnt me? On what offense? You will explain to the world hen i get una time for now 120 million on my mind

Coming from a Father? Hmmmmmm. You will work against me? My God will work against your entire generation yet unborn.. Only if you can come out and tell the world what my offence is..you are suspending someone that is not your member? No be Juju be that? This video is trending and has ur voice on it..Let me watch you try if GOD no disgrace you call me Bastard!”

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DJ Cuppy paid her dad Femi Otedola a visit in one of his mansions abroad.

DJ Cuppy in her father’s house Recently, the Gelato crooner paid her dad Femi Otedola a visit in one of his mansions abroad and she shared lovely photos.

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Recall DJ Cuppy never jokes with spending some personal time with her family. Every time the singer visits her parent’s home, she makes sure to share photos on her social media page.

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Actress, Kemi Afolabi- ‘I am Contented with you mine Dara.

Actress, Kemi Afolabi has taken to her official Instagram page to gush over her only child, Dara

According to Kemi Afolabi, her child is enough for her and she does not want anything else.

Sharing some recent photos she snapped with Dara who lives in at the boarding house, the proud mum wrote;

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“I am CONTENTED with you mine @darasimiadesipe”

See how some of Kemi’s fans reacted to the photos she shared;

@hardeyholar87 wrote “Beautiful like momma”

@ayomi_shindara wrote “Our beautiful Dara my namesake she so cool I just love her keep making your mom happy …may she never have a single regret of riding you to the world”