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*Italy-Bound Lady, Pregnant Woman, Fake Soldier Arrested For Drug Trafficking*

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*Italy-Bound Lady, Pregnant Woman, Fake Soldier Arrested For Drug Trafficking*

 

 

*Italy-Bound Lady, Pregnant Woman, Fake Soldier Arrested For Drug Trafficking*

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, continued their nationwide ‘offensive action’ against drug traffickers in the past week, seizing hundreds of kilograms of illicit substances at the airports, courier firms, hideouts and destroying hectares of cannabis farms in the remote forests.

This is contained in a statement signed by Femi Babafemi, NDLEA
Director, Media & Advocacy and made available to NAOSRE on Sunday.

According to the statement, attempts by a female passenger, Isesele Obehi and one Emmanuel Chibuzor Omebere to export illicit drugs to Europe through the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja were thwarted by narcotic officers who arrested them shortly before they boarded their flights.

Shuaibu Yusuf

While Isesele was nabbed on Saturday 11th September, 2021 during outward clearance of Ethiopian Airline flight at Gate B departure hall of the Lagos airport on her way to Milan, Italy with three hundred and twelve (312) sachets of Tramadol, weighing 1.5kg, concealed in crayfish and dried vegetables, Chibuzor was equally caught with 137.45 grams of the same drug concealed in foodstuff at the Abuja airport on Thursday 2nd Sept during outward clearance of Turkish Airline flight to Istanbul, Turkey.

Isesele Obehi 

In the same vein, efforts by desperate traffickers to export varying sizes of consignments containing cocaine, heroin and other illicit drugs through courier firms were also foiled. Some of these include 475grams of heroin concealed in food items going to Canada;
202grams of cocaine hidden in body cream containers going to Australia; 720grams of Cannabis Sativa tucked in computer hard drives heading to United Arab Emirates, UAE and another 2.1kg of cannabis hidden in body cream bottles going to Oman, while 60grams of cocaine concealed in degree certificates meant for Australia was also seized, all from three courier firms in Lagos.

Curiously, a 38-year-old pregnant woman, Kate Ngozi Nwuju was arrested on Tuesday 14th Sept at her residence in Rumueme, Mile 4 area of Port Harcourt, Rivers state with 4.5kilograms of cannabis following intelligence that she sells drugs.
Also, one Aliyu Saidu, suspected to be a fake soldier was arrested with 2.3kg of Cannabis Sativa in a commercial bus from Lagos to Makurdi, on Monday 13th of Sept at Aliade checkpoint, Benue State.

In Kano, one Shuaibu Yusuf, was arrested on Friday 17th Sept with 537kg of cannabis sativa, concealed among bags of cement in a truck, while in Ogun state, five persons were arrested on Tuesday 14th Sept after their truck conveying 552kg cannabis was intercepted at Ogere Remo, along Lagos-Ibadan expressway. In a related development, narcotic officers on motorised patrol on Friday 17th Sept, arrested a 21-year-old Law Ubi at Marian Road, Calabar, Cross River state with 67.4 kg cannabis while a follow up search of his residence the following day, Saturday, led to the recovery of 4.2grams of Cocaine from his apartment.

In Edo, operatives stormed remote forests in Ovia North East area of the state between 8th and 16th Sept, destroyed over 14 hectares of cannabis farms, and recovered 172.6kg of cannabis.

Three female and a male suspects were also arrested in raids across Owan East and Akoko Edo areas of the state. Different quantities of cannabis and local mixtures called monkey tail were recovered from them.

Commending the officers and men of the Lagos airport, Abuja airport, Benue, Kano, Ogun, Rivers, Cross River and Edo commands as well as those of the Directorate of Operation and General Investigation, DOGI, of the Agency for maintaining the heat on drug dealers, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) said their efforts “further reaffirm our determination that those in this criminal trade will always have the new NDLEA to contend with; whether in their homes, on the streets, at the ports and deep in the forests, we’ll chase them with every legitimate force and smoke them out, up to the last man or woman if they fail to repent.”

Bovi and his wife, Kris Asimonye, are celebrating their 12th wedding anniversary (Photos)

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Bovi and his wife, Kris Asimonye, are celebrating their 12th wedding anniversary (Photos)

 

Bovi and his wife, Kris Asimonye, are celebrating their 12th wedding anniversary (Photos)

 

NewsReport gathered that Comedian Bovi took to Instagram to celebrate his 12th wedding anniversary with his wife, Kris Asimonye/

 

Bovi, who posted a photo of their hands clasped, wrote:

2021 IGBO DAY/ NEW YAM FESTIVAL (IRIGI)

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HRM EZE DR. AMB. Chukwudi Ihenetu Ezendigbo (Ghana)

2021 IGBO DAY/ NEW YAM FESTIVAL (IRIGI)

 

2021 IGBO DAY/ NEW YAM FESTIVAL (IRIGI)

 

HRM EZE DR. AMB Chukwudi Ihenetu Ezendigbo (Ghana) joins families and friends in the diaspora to celebrate the 2021 yam festival NewsReport gathered.

Demonstrate of Culture by Yoruba Actors in Ghana performed at the event on stage

with other cultural performances see photos and videos.

BUA and Wartsila OY of Finland Sign Contract for Construction Of 70MW Power Plant

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Wartsila and BUA

BUA and Wartsila OY of Finland Sign Contract for Construction Of 70MW Power Plant

 

BUA and Wartsila OY of Finland Sign Contract for Construction Of 70MW Power Plant

 

BUA has agreed to build a 70-megawatt dual-fuel power plant for the BUA Cement Sokoto Line 4 in Sokoto state, Nigeria, with Wartsila OY of Finland.

 

This news follows BUA’s recent declaration that it plans to expand its production capacity in Nigeria over the next three years by building new units NewsReport gathered.

 

Furthermore, this will be Wartsila’s second facility for BUA Cement, with the first being the BUA Cement Sokoto power plant, which will be commissioned alongside the plant in November 2021.

 

Abdul Samad Rabiu, Chairman of BUA Cement Plc, who signed on behalf of the cement maker, said that BUA Cement will continue to invest strategically in the West African cement industry to help bridge the massive infrastructure and housing shortage.

 

Rabiu claims that: “BUA Cement is pleased with Wartsila’s progress on the power plant we originally purchased for our BUA Cement Sokoto Line 3 project, which we expect to start commissioning in November alongside the power plant.

 

We believe Wartsila will bring the same level of efficiency, technical expertise, and professionalism to bear in ensuring that the new power plant for the 3 million Mtpa BUA Cement Sokoto Line 4 is completed on time by the end of next year, as we work to increase BUA’s total capacity in its Sokoto plant to 8 million metric tonnes by early 2023 and 17 million metric tonnes across all of its plants.”

 

“On his part, Mark Thiriet, Energy Business Director at Wartsila West Africa said Wartsila was proud to partner with BUA Group on this BUA Cement Sokoto Line 4 project. He said that Wartsila will bring its technical expertise and globally recognized technology to bear in bringing the project to completion.”

 

“BUA Cement Plc is Nigeria’s second-largest cement company and the largest producer in its North-West, South-South, and South-East regions. BUA Cement operates strategically from Okpella, Edo State and Kalambaina, Sokoto State with its headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria.”

 

“Currently the second most capitalized manufacturing company on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), BUA Cement is committed to quality – a differentiating attribute, driven by its people, innovation, and technology; and positioned to solving West Africa’s cement under capacity while driving economic growth and development.”

 

Lai Mohammed: Media Is to Blame for Nigeria’s Image Problem

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Lai Mohammed

Lai Mohammed: Media Is to Blame for Nigeria’s Image Problem.

 

Lai Mohammed: Media Is to Blame for Nigeria’s Image Problem.

 

Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s communications minister, has blamed the country’s bad foreign image on media activities.

According to the minister, “any image crisis Nigeria is experiencing now is primarily owing to the country’s media’s negative representation of the country.”

“If one picks up most newspapers, watches most television stations, or listens to most radio stations in Nigeria today, he or she will be correct in believing that Nigeria is a country at war,” Mr Mohammed remarked on Thursday at the headquarters of the News Agency of Nigeria.

President Muhammadu Buhari, on the other hand, has frequently been chastised for demonizing the country and its people in front of international media.

Mr. Buhari stated in 2018 during a meeting with world executives at the Commonwealth Business Forum in London that the bulk of Nigerian youngsters are lazy and ignorant.

Mr Buhari reiterated his notion that Nigerians are to blame for the country’s economic troubles in a recent interview with local channel Arise News TV.

If the youths want to get work, they should “behave themselves,” because their criticism of his administration scares investors away from the country. He cited the #EndSARS protests which rocked the country in October 2020 as one of those activities that cast his regime in bad light.

In making the assertion, the president took no cognisance of his regime’s low human rights ratings and incoherent economic policy.

Mr Mohammed said the media only gave perfunctory attention to the successes of the military in quelling separatist agitations in the South-East and South-West, and the current campaign against bandits in the North-West.

“Our security agencies have also successfully tackled the separatists in the South-East and South-West and the militants in the South-South.

“Unfortunately, these efforts have only been perfunctorily reflected in the reportage of the security challenges that we face.

“This is not only unfair, especially to those who are sacrificing their lives to keep us safe, it is unpatriotic,’’ he said.

Many of the military campaigns against self-determination groups have, however, been criticised by local and international rights bodies for blatant abuses.

Mr Mohammed emphasised that the media must be fair in its reportage.

“We are not saying the media should not report on the security challenges we face.

“All we are saying is, be fair and report accurately the efforts being made by the state and federal governments to tackle the challenges,” he said.

Fw: SCOA Boss Commends Unity Bank, Others for Facilitating Supply of N15.5B worth of Trucks

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SCOA Boss Commends Unity Bank, Others for Facilitating Supply of N15.5b worth of Trucks, Equipment to Julius Berger 

 

Fw: SCOA Boss Commends Unity Bank, Others for Facilitating Supply of N15.5B worth of Trucks

 

The Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of SCOA Nigeria Plc, Dr. Massad Boulos has commended Unity Bank Plc and other banks for facilitating a credit facility of N15.5 billion for the importation and supply of 33 MAN Platform Trucks and equipment to construction giant, Julius Berger Plc.

The equipment is to be deployed for the construction of the 380km Abuja-Kaduna-Kano roads.

“I commend Unity Bank, their MD and the members of the Executive Management; and the entire team of banks who have worked closely with us on this project,” he said.

Unity Bank advanced the largest sum of N4.24 billion for SCOA Equipment, which is a portion of the N17 billion total line of credit that the Bank extended to both SCOA Motors and SCOA Equipment.

The other seven Banks – Heritage, Zenith, Providus, Wema, UBA, Union and Coronation Merchant Banks – pulled the total sum to facilitate the equipment supply deal to be deployed for the construction of roads across the country.

Of the 33 trucks that the total sum covered, 16 trucks were delivered during the first phase and handed over to Julius Berger. The second phase, which will see to the delivery of the remaining 17 trucks will be executed next month.

Commenting during the official handover ceremony of the equipment to Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, the Managing Director/CEO of Unity Bank Plc, Mrs. Tomi Somefun stated that the involvement of Unity Bank in the project financing deal was in line with the Bank’s strategic business objective to redistribute resources and channel funds to critical sectors of the economy.

“We looked at the strategic importance of this project and how such infrastructure could contribute to stimulating economic activity and decided that Unity Bank must play its part. Unity Bank will continue to provide support to such projects as we have been doing in other critical sectors of the economy such as agriculture,” said Somefun who was represented at the ceremony by Mr. Wale Ogunride, Directorate Head, Lagos and South West Zone, Unity Bank Plc.

Speaking further, Boulos stated at the handing over event that the partnership with Unity Bank and the other banks “is like no other considering the parties involved especially SCOA Nigeria and Julius Berger”.

Access Bank has successfully issued a $500 Million Eurobond.

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Access Bank has successfully issued a $500 Million Eurobond.

Bank has successfully issued a $500 million Eurobond.

Access Bank Plc has announced the successful offering of a $500 million 144A/RegS Senior Unsecured Eurobond as part of its Global Medium-Term Note Programme.

According to a notice signed by the company’s secretary, Sunday Ekwochi, and made available on the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) website, the transaction drew massive interest from top quality investors worldwide, including the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, and was anchored by a number of large tickets.

The offering achieved the lowest (outstanding) Nigerian bank Eurobond coupon, supported by an over 3x oversubscribed orderbook of over $1.6 billion, which represents the largest orderbook ever for a Nigerian bank Eurobond transaction.

The bond which will mature on the 21st of September, 2026, was issued with a yield and coupon of 6.125%, with interest payable semi-annually in arrears. The coupon of 6.125% is another first in the corporate Eurobond issuance space.

Interestingly, the bond is already trading at a premium from issue levels with bids around 5.89% levels whilst offers are around 5.78% as the unmet demand from the auction filtered into the secondary market. (101/101.50 indicative price).

BREAKING: Abdulrasheed Bawa Slumps At A Public Event, Is Hospitalized- EFCC

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Abdulrasheed Bawa

BREAKING: Abdulrasheed Bawa Slumps At A Public Event, Is Hospitalized- EFCC

 

BREAKING: Abdulrasheed Bawa Slumps At A Public Event, Is Hospitalized- EFCC

 

Abdulrasheed Bawa of the EFCC collapsed on Thursday morning and was transported to an Abuja hospital NewsReport gathered.

Mr Bawa, 41, was speaking at an event at the Presidential Villa in Abuja when he fainted on stage and had to be helped back to his seat by other participants.

He was then quickly taken to a hospital. It was unclear whether the EFCC chief, who looked young and vigorous, had been suffering from any diseases prior to today’s occurrence.

In his address before to the incident, Mr Bawa was lamenting the prevalence of identity theft in Nigeria.

In February 2021, President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Mr Bawa as the chairman of the anti-graft office.

CP Odumosu’s Officers Reject N500, 000 Bribe, Nab Robbery, Cultist Suspects

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CP Odumosu’s Officers Reject N500, 000 Bribe, Nab Robbery, Cultist Suspects

 

CP Odumosu’s Officers Reject N500, 000 Bribe, Nab Robbery, Cultist Suspects

The discipline and intuitions Commissioner Hakeem Odumosu of Lagos State Police Command has inculcated into the officers and men of the Command have started yielding fruits.

In a statement signed by the Command’s spokesman, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, Odumosu’s renewed determination to ensure criminals no longer have field day in Lagos has led to the arrest of criminals in the past few days.

According to the statement made available to the National Association of Online Security Reporters, NAOSRE, Lagos Anti-crime patrol team of the Area ‘J’ Command, Elemoro, has arrested an armed robbery suspect and a suspected cultist with a locally-made double barrel gun and three cartridges.

The 23 years old armed robbery suspect, Alabi Timothy who resides at 9, Baale Street, Majek, Ajah, was arrested on September 9, 2021 at General Paint, Garden area, Lekki during a routine stop and search by the police.

A locally-made double barrel gun and two live cartridges including an expended cartridge concealed in a bag were recovered from the suspect.

Similarly, a 22 years old self-confessed cultist, Badmus Toheed (male, who belongs to the Aye Confraternity} was arrested with a live cartridge in the General Paint ghetto area, Ajah same day.
The suspect confessed that he was initiated into the Aye Confraternity sometime in June, 2021.

In related developments, two suspects have been arrested for offering bribe to the police to secure the release of the two suspects and pervert the course of justice. While 34 years old Adariku Sunday, resident of 66, Henry Smith Close, Abidjan GRA, Ajah , offered the sum of N400,000 bribe in cash to secure the release of 43 years old robbery suspect, Folorunso Akeem, offered the sum of N100, 000 cash to secure the release of the suspected cultist.
Determined to ensure justice through thorough investigation, the uncompromising police officers in charge of the case rejected the bribe.

While commending the professionalism and uncompromising act of the police officers, the Commissioner of Police admonishes other police officers to emulate the incorruptible ones.
The Commissioner of Police has, however, directed that the case should be transferred to the Command’s Tactical Team for further investigation and prosecution.

AMP @25, Movie Producers Celebrate founding Fathers. 

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Peace Anyiam

AMP @25, Movie Producers Celebrate Founding Fathers. 

 

AMP @25, Movie Producers Celebrate Founding Fathers. 

Sept 12, 2021

The leadership of Nollywood’s premier guild, Association of Movie Producers
Nigeria, (AMP) has called out the founding fathers of the association for special recognition and appreciation.

This is in commemoration of their 25 years anniversary which came upon the 6th of September 2021. According to the president of the association, Ms. Peace Anyiam Osigwe MFR, the association has made enormous progress in the last 25 years and the input of these founding fathers cannot be over-emphasised. In her words, “We cannot forget the labour of love and sacrifice of these eminent pioneers of our guild (both dead and alive), leading to the registration of AMP on the 6th of September 1996. People like late Amaka Igwe, late Eddie Ugwoma, Olorogun Zeb Ejiro MON, Joe Dudun, etc. The seed these illustrious Nigerians sowed 25 years ago has yielded multiple fruits today and we are highly grateful to them and many others who played strategic roles in the early development of the association.

Today, we have over 80% of the active movie producers in Nigeria registered under this umbrella, with the attendant local and international alliances, partnerships and recognition, the association has really evolved. As part of the 25th-anniversary celebrations, we shall be having a night of honor, to honor a filmmaker, the man who has given AMP his time, finance, love, and has been a patron of our association for 15years. This nite is to honor Andy Boyo as the longest-serving Patron of AMP on the 17th of October, this is also the launch of the AMP Creative  Cooperative.

The celebration of the 25th Anniversary will be in May next year, we shall also ensure that these founding fathers are immortalised in the annals of Nollywood’s history among several other activities” The Association of Movie Producers (AMP), Nigeria is the umbrella body for all movie producers in Nigeria’s Nollywood.