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Airport reopening: All passengers must arrive three hours before take off- FAAN says

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As the Federal government prepares to lift the ban on domestic flights, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has said that passengers who would be travelling via any of the flights will now be required to be at the airport three hours before takeoff time.

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In a tweet posted on its handle this afternoon, FAAN said the three hours early arrival is necessary to allow time for passengers to go through the necessary COVID-19 checks before boarding flights.

#COVID__19 Flight Resumption Protocol for Passengers: You are advised to arrive at the Airport 3 hours before your flight due to the new COVID-19 safety checks.”the tweet read

Airport reopening: All passengers must arrive three hours before take off- FAAN says
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INTERPOL confirms Hushpuppi’s arrest, plans to extradite him and two others to Nigeria

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The International Police (INTERPOL) Nigeria has confirmed the arrest of Instagram celebrity Raymond Igbalode a.k.a. Hushpuppi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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Commissioner of Police (CP) INTERPOL in Nigeria, Garba Umar, confirmed his arrest to The Nation, He said plans are on the way to extradite him to Nigeria.

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“It is true that Hushpuppi was arrested by the INTERPOL. We are currently working on bringing him to Nigeria to face charges of fraud. Some of the offences were committed here in Nigeria and he has to answer for them. He is not alone in it; there are accomplices in the country who we are currently on their trail” he said

Hushpuppi and two of his associates, Mr Woodberry and Efe, were arrested three days ago, June 10, for allegedly hacking into the United States (US) unemployed database and impersonating citizens qualified for unemployment funds. According to The Nation, Huspuppi and his accomplices in Nigeria, Dubai and other countries allegedly defrauded the US government of over $100 million meant for Native Americans in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic.

They were arrested after weeks of investigation by the US Secret Service, following the alarm raised in May about a crime ring of suspected Nigerians who broke into the personal information of citizens and used false unemployment claims to cart away hundreds of millions of dollars reserved to help jobless American people.

They were alleged to have filed in so many names of Americans who were still working to various state unemployment offices and collected money from the system. They were alleged to have used information stolen from first responders, government personnel, and school employees.

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Nigerian governors set to declare state of emergency on sexual and gender-based violence against women and children

Worried by the outrageous numbers of rape cases recorded in recent times, Nigerian Governors have agreed to declare a state of emergency on sexual and gender-based violence against women and children.

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The governors took the decision at the 10th COVID-19 teleconference meeting held on Wednesday, June 10. A communique released by the chairman of the forum and Governor of Ekiti state, Kayode Fayemi, the governors resolved to also ensure that sexual offenders are made to face the full wrath of the law.

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The communique in part reads

”Declare a State of Emergency on Sexual and Gender-based Violence. Governors strongly condemned all forms of violence against women and children and committed to ensuring that offenders face the maximum weight of the law;

Call on State Governors that have not already domesticated relevant gender-based protection laws to domesticate the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act, the Child Rights Act and the updated Penal Code to increase protection for women and children and ensure speedy investigation and prosecution of perpetrators in addition to creating a sex offenders register in each State to name and shame.”

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Hushpuppi & Friends Arrested By FBI In Dubai

Flamboyant Nigerian billionaire popularly known as Raymond Hushpuppi has allegedly been arrested by agents of the FBI in Dubai. Rumours have it that Hushpuppi was arrested alongside his close friend and alleged accomplice, Woodberry from their palatial home in Dubai.

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The arrest was the result of months of investigation by the FBI following a fraudulent deal that involved Hushpuppi and his crew, they were said to have collected some money from the USA and were unable to properly launder it as they normally do, hence resulting in the FBI being able to build a strong case against them and enough to get a warrant for their arrest, It is noted that Hushpuppi’s phone has been switched off since the time the arrest.

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Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen loses his father

 Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen loses his father

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Super Eagles striker, Victor Osimhen, who plays for French Ligue 1 club Lille, has lost his father, Patrick Osimhen, to the cold hands of death.

The 21-year-old superstar confirmed his father’s death in a Twitter post he shared on Sunday morning, May 24. He wrote: ‘RIP DAD. no word to describe this feeling.’

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‘I don’t care whether it is Rohr or not we need a competent coach’ – Sport Minister Sunday Dare

?I don?t care whether it is Rohr or not we need a competent coach? ? Sport Minister Sunday Dare

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Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has waded into the debate surrounding the Nigerian Football Federation’s negotiations with Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr for an extension of his contract.

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Rohr’s four year contract with the national team expires in June and he has been in negotiations with NFF on a new deal. Rohr has accepted new conditions such as living in Nigeria and being paid in Naira- placed in his contract, but has added his own moderations to the contract with the NFF yet to make a decision on his new deal.

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The delay to Rohr’s contract renewal has increased speculation that the federation might not want the German tactician to continue as manager of the Super Eagles.

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Sunday Dare has now come out to say what the national team needs a competent coah whether it is Rohr or not. He added that his desire is to see that the Super Eagles is in the best hands, given the quality of players in the national team.

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“All I want is a coach that is competent, I don’t care whether it is Rohr or not. The name doesn’t matter, but does he have the credentials?” Dare said in a video made available to media.  

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“Look at our footballers, they play in some of the best clubs in the world and are coached by some of the best coaches.

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“So if you want to coach a Nigerian team, you better be sound because the invited players that are going to represent the country train under the best coaches, therefore, we don’t want a player that is sounder than the coach.”

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Rohr has been in charge of the Super Eagles since 2016 and led the side to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. He guided the  three-time African champions to clinch their eighth bronze medal at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

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American lady invited to Nigeria by a young man she met on the internet dies in Delta (photos)

American lady invited to Nigeria by a young man she met on the internet dies in Delta (photos)
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A 67-year-old United States citizen who was invited to Nigeria by her young Nigerian lover who she met on the Internet, has died of suspected Coronavirus complications in Delta State, SaharaReporters reports.

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American lady invited to Nigeria by a young man she met on the internet dies in Delta (photos)

The lady who arrived Nigeria on March 3, died on Sunday May 10, after manifesting symptoms of the virus and was rushed to a private hospital at Osubi, Orerokpe under Okpe Local Government Area of the state.

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American lady invited to Nigeria by a young man she met on the internet dies in Delta (photos)

A security official attached to a police station in the local government, disclosed that the young man and the white lady had been lodged at a hotel in Osubi town since she arrived in Nigeria.

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“The young man and the American white lady lodged in a hotel in Osubi where they spent some weeks. The white lady fell sick and she began to manifest some symptoms of COVID-19, especially severe coughing. At this stage, her lover rushed her to a private clinic in Osubi but she gave up the ghost this morning.

Immediately she died at the hospital, her Nigerian lover carried her corpse in a Venza car to the Orerokpe Police Division and he was arrested by the police. While still at the station, a doctor was brought and took samples from the corpse for test.” the security guard who spoke on condition of anonymity said

The Delta state government is yet to comment on the incident.

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COVID-19: ‘Home ain’t where you were born, Home is where the leaders care about you’ – Nigerian man says after receiving $2,290 from Canadian Government

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A Nigerian man based in Canada has taken to Twitter to praise the Canadian government after they sent him $2,290 as financial support during the Coronavirus pandemic. 

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This comes after the Canadian government announced back in March that Canadians who are out of work because of the Coronavirus pandemic will be eligible for up to CAN$2,000 ($1,399) a month for four months. 

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According to @ChuksJaphet, he received a deposit of $2,000 from the Govt of Canada few days ago and another additional cheque of $290 as support just yesterday.

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He wrote: ‘Few days ago, we received a deposit of $2,000 from d Govt of Can , today we got another cheque of $290 as support. Meanwhile, all Nigerian Govt could say was come back home and I will bear d flight cost. Home ain’t where u were born. Home is where d leaders care abt u.’

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The health system in UK failed my cousin who died amid the Coronavirus pandemic – Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde

 The health system in UK failed my cousin who died amid the Coronavirus pandemic - Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde

Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde has announced the death of her cousin from a kidney transplant complication. 

The Nollywood actress stated that the health system in UK failed her cousin, as he couldn’t get proper medical care because the hospitals were focused on Coronavirus and help didn’t get to him fast enough. 

Omotola tweeted; 

I lost a Dear Cousin Yesterday in London. I am hurting . He didn’t get Covid-19. He died from a kidney transplant complication, couldn’t get proper healthcare because the Hospitals were focused on covid and help didn’t get to him fast Enough. How sad.

Smh .. Jalad is gone. He died alone. Jalad was too loved to die alone. The health system in UK failed him.

 The health system in UK failed my cousin who died amid the Coronavirus pandemic - Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde
 The health system in UK failed my cousin who died amid the Coronavirus pandemic - Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde
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Metuh sentenced to 39 years in prison

The former PDP spokesperson was found guilty of money laundering and sentenced to 39 years behind bars.

Olisa Metuh appears in an Abuja court in handcuffs on January 25, 2016 (SaharaReporters)
Olisa Metuh appears in an Abuja court in handcuffs on January 25, 2016 (SaharaReporters)

Chief Olisa Metuh, who was the National Publicity Secretary or spokesperson of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), has bagged a 39-year jail term for money laundering.

Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja handed Metuh his sentence on Tuesday, February 25, 2020.

Metuh was found guilty on all 7-count charges preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Arrested in 2016, Metuh and his company, Destra Investment Limited, were prosecuted for the N400 million he allegedly received from the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) in 2014.Former PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh (Punch)Former PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh (Punch)

The NSA was at the time headed by Col Sambo Dasuki.

Dasuki who was granted bail only recently, is still on trial for allegedly misappropriating a certain $2.1billion that was earmarked for the procurement of arms for the military in the fight against terrorist sect Boko Haram.Dasuki was Jonathan's NSA. He's still on trial (The Nation)Dasuki was Jonathan’s NSA. He’s still on trial (The Nation)AFP

The EFCC and the Buhari led federal government allege that Dasuki used the money for the Goodluck Jonathan election campaign of 2015 instead.

Concurrent sentence

However, Metuh’s 39-year jail term will run concurrently; which essentially means that the former PDP spokesperson will spend seven years in prison.

On counts one and two, Metuh bagged seven years each, on count three, five years; count four, seven years; counts five and six, three years each and count 7 earned him seven years.