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I Get Jealous When I See Portable With Other Women – Actress Ashabi Says

Nigerian actress, Akinyanju Omobolarinde, popularly known as Ashabi Simple, has revealed that she gets jealous when she sees her baby daddy and singer, Portable, with other women.

The actress made this known in an interview with Punch, stating that she cautions herself because he is a celebrity and would be surrounded by women.

Ashabi stated that despite the ‘Zazuu’ singer’s hectic lifestyle, he still dedicates time to visiting her, stressing Portable is very protective regarding his relationship.

She said, “When it comes to his relationships, he is very protective. When I see him with other women, I sometimes get jealous, but I caution myself, knowing that he is a celebrity. However, he is always open and that is better than hiding (keeping secrets). I am used to it all.

“If I am dating him because of his money, I would be tired by now. No one forces Portable to do anything, and I do not have a problem with that, because I do a lot for myself. I have always been like that. Before I started my clothing business, I worked as a bus conductor, bartender, and I sold pieces of jewelry, before I started attending filmmaking class and working in the film industry as a manager. And, that was where I started making money.”

Expressing admiration for Portable’s dedication to his craft, the actress said the singer is vibrant and full of energy.

She added, “I strive to achieve what I want. I am not in competition with anyone. If I want to compete with anyone, that should be my husband, because he is also an entertainer. I look up to him; he is more like my mentor. Despite being made, he is still vibrant and full of energy.”

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Atiku Refuses To Release Academic Records

Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the 2023 elections has reportedly refused to release his academic records.

Recall that the former Vice President sent his lawyers to the United States to legally force Chicago State University (CSU) to release the academic records of President Bola Tinubu.

Atiku had accused Tinubu of forgery of a certificate from an American university. Atiku had questioned the copy. of the CSU certificate Tinubu presented to INEC as evidence of his educational qualification to run for president.

Arguing that he needed the documents to strengthen his case at the Supreme Court after the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) dismissed his petition against the election of the president, Atiku persuaded the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to order CSU to release to his representatives the academic records of Tinubu, who claimed to have graduated from the university with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

On 19 September, Jeffrey Gilbert, a US magistrate judge, granted the request and ordered CSU to release the records within 24 hours.

Although Tinubu filed an appeal against the order, a judge, Nancy Maldonado, dismissed the objection, concurring that Atiku had the right to access the records.

According to Premium Times, it requested the former vice president through a letter dated October 3, 2023, to provide copies of the academic certificates he obtained from primary school up to the university.

The news platform also said Atiku should provide his Master’s degree certificate, as claimed in his filing to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) when he ran in the 2019 and 2023 presidential elections.

Seven weeks after the letter was sent and without a response from the former vice president, the news platform said it sent him a reminder dated November 13 and sent copies of both the original letter and the reminder to Atiku’s residence in the highbrow Asokoro area and to his media office at the Central Business District, both in Abuja.

It said the reminder and the letter were received and acknowledged, adding that Atiku’s spokesperson, Paul Ibe, promised to ensure a prompt response to the request.

Yet, Atiku did not reply to the letter or make the requested information available to the public through other channels.

In the letter, Premium Times wrote: “We respectfully congratulate Your Excellency on your success in obtaining the academic records of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu from the Chicago State University after a valiant legal battle at the United States District Court, Northern Illinois.

“Your stated reason for the pursuit of the documents is to support your challenge of the authenticity of the certificate presented by President Tinubu to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the 25 February 2023 presidential election.

“We also see it as a patriotic endeavour to set high ethical standards for Nigerian public figures, in particular those seeking high public offices, and to promote the noble principles of transparency and honesty in the conduct of public affairs in our country.

“We find it especially commendable that you have chosen to do this through the judicial route, thus again cementing your reputation as a democrat and an adherent to due process.

“It is in the same interest of transparency that we hereby respectfully request your own academic records.

“Making the records available to us will demonstrate that you did not demand from your opponent what you are not willing to give.

“Sir, what we seek from you are your admission records, transcripts and certificates from all the academic institutions that you attended at home and abroad, including for the award of a Master’s degree.

“To raise even higher the bar of transparency and moral exemplariness, Your Excellency may wish to add your employment and business records as well.

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Female Corp Member Among Passengers And Driver Who Died In Imo Accident

Sanni Mariam, a 26-year-old female National Youth Service Corps, NYSC member, of 2023 Batch C Stream 2, has died in a fatal accident which occurred in Imo State on Thursday, Dec. 7.

Other passengers and the driver were also reported dead when their vehicle had an accident en route to Lagos.

Mariam was returning from her state of deployment, Benue State, and boarded a commercial bus heading to Lagos through Imo before tragedy struck.

Though camping was supposed to end next week Thursday, Mariam was granted exeat.

Mariam, a Computer Science graduate from Universite Protestante de Lafrique de l’Ouest, Benin Republic, was said to have won many awards for her platoon, including the Scrabble platoon game

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Ondo Commissioner Confirms Akeredolu’s Forged Signature

Mr Rasaq Obe, the commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources in Ondo state, has confirmed that the signature of the state Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, was forged.

Since returning from his medical vacation, Akeredolu has been recuperating in Ibadan, Oyo state. The letter confirming the signature forgery was released just after supporters of the state’s deputy governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa raised an alarm of Governor Akeredolu’s signature being forged to siphon money from the state coffers.

According to him, the irregularities were discovered when a file from his ministry was returned through the office of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG).

It read;

“It has been confirmed that the signature of Mr. Governor on a certain document has been forged. The irregularities in the signature were first observed when a file from my ministry was returned through the office of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG). This is the only file that has been returned so far out of the five files that were sent for Mr. Governor’s approval about two months ago.

“Upon closer inspection, I noticed significant differences between the suspicious signature and handwriting and Mr. Governor’s known signatures and handwriting in the file. Concerned about the gravity of the situation, I decided to seek a forensic review before disclosing my discovery. I sent the suspicious signature, handwriting samples, and copies of the old regular signatures to forensic experts, who have now confirmed that the suspicious signature and handwriting were indeed forged.

“Despite the inherent risks involved, I have chosen to fulfill the obligations of my office by reporting this alarming development to you as the highest-ranking member of the State Executive Council after Mr. Governor. I firmly believe that this is the course of action our esteemed leader, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, CON, would take in such a situation.

“Considering the possibility that such forgery may be widespread, this heads-up is of utmost importance to the government and people of Ondo State. I have attached a copy of the forensic report and relevant pages from the file for your reference.

“I urge you to treat this matter with the urgency it deserves and take appropriate actions to address the situation. It is crucial that we restore the integrity of our processes and ensure that such a disturbing development is swiftly punctuated.”

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Deborah’s Killing: Jatau Released After 18 months In Detention

Rhoda Jatau, the Bauchi state resident who condemned the heinous killing of Samuel Deborah in Sokoto State, has regained freedom after 18 months in detention.

Sources indicate that her release, which occurred late Friday, was facilitated by the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council, NIREC, and the Christian Solidarity Worldwide Nigeria, CSWN.

Jatau, a mother of five, was remanded since May 2022 on blasphemy charges for sharing a video condemning the brutal lynching of Deborah, a 200-level student at Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto.

Although her bail conditions were not disclosed, it was gathered that the Inter-Religious Council played a vital role in securing Jatau’s release.

The prolonged detention of Jatau sparked an outcry from the Christian community in Nigeria, prompting swift action by CAN, NIREC, and CSWN.

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How Radio Station Rejected Me, 9ice For Singing In Yoruba – Reminisce

Nigerian rapper, Remilekun Abdulkalid Safaru, popularly known as Reminisce, has opened up about how he was rejected at a radio station because he raps in his indigenous language.

According to the ‘Ponmile’ crooner,  his first major rejection was when a radio station rejected him and singer, 9ice’s CDs because they performed their music mostly in Yoruba.

He disclosed this in a recent interview with Zikoko.

He stated that they abused them, stating that 9ice sings like a native doctor while he raps like a buffon.

Reminisce said, “My first major rejection was with 9ice on the Island at a radio station where we went to submit our music CDs for airplay, and the feedback we got was that we would never make it.

“They said 9ice was singing like Babalawo [native doctor] cos he sings in Yoruba.

“The other guy told me: ‘why am I rapping like a buffoon, can’t I see Ruggedman? He said that we should both go back and look for something to do with our lives and be better.

“That was my first major rejection. I will never forget it, even 9ice I’m sure he hasn’t forgotten it.”

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How I Almost Quit Nollywood Over S3xual Harrassment – Mercy Aigbe

Popular Nigerian actress and filmmaker, Mercy Aigbe Adeoti has opened up on how she almost left the movie industry over s3xual harassment.

The movie star, in a recent interview with ‘Your View’, a talk show on TVC, said a producer made passes at her after a movie audition despite earning the role for the upcoming film.

Mercy added that though she had other challenges in the industry, she made her way to the top through consistency.

She said, “I once met a producer in Surulere, and I expressed to him how much I would love to act. He told me he had an upcoming film, and invited me to his office for an audition. I passed three stages of the audition. After the last audition, I was given a minor role. I told him that was not the character I was auditioning for, and he replied that the director said he did not know me, and that was why he said I should be close to him (the producer).

“He had been making passes at me before then, but he did not come out clean to me until that day. He then stood up and tried to touch me. I was very upset, and I told him he could not do that to me, because I had earned the role.

That was a huge insult to my person, and I thought if that was what it took to be an actress, I did not want to be an actress anymore. I tore the script and eventually left. On my way home, I cried because I had left a well-paying job to join Nollywood, and I was already a single mother at the time.”

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Gov Adeleke Offsets Salary Debt Owed To Osun Civil Servants

Osun State Governor, Sen Ademola Adeleke has reportedly paid off the half-salary debt owed to civil servants in the state by the previous administration.

Adeleke noted that the debt was accumulated during the administration of Rauf Aregbesola, but that no action was taken to resolve the issue during the tenure of the immediate past governor, Adegboyega Oyetola.

In a statement released by the governor’s spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed, it was revealed that this is the fourth payment made since Adeleke assumed office.

The statement also highlighted that the governor had previously approved a phased payment approach to address the 30-month half salaries debt.

Additionally, a similar agreement has been reached with pensioners to settle a significant outstanding pension and gratuity amounting to N75 billion.

However, Governor Adeleke has emphasised proactive measures taken upon assuming office, including the issuance of a circular on phased payment by the Head of Service under his directive

“I revealed in several rallies last year that our administration would swing to action and activate the payment process once elected.

“I acted when we assumed office and we came up with a circular on the phased payment issued by the Head of Service on my instruction.

“I want to assure workers that we will stick to the circular. The implementation will continue unabated alongside other welfare packages for both active workers and retirees.

“I am committed to the implementation of the payment of palliative allowances recently approved by me for both workers and pensioners across the state, including local government workers,” Adeleke said.

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CAF Awards 2023: Oshoala Makes Final Shortlist For Women’s Player Of The Year

Asisat Oshoala is on track to secure her record-extending sixth CAF Women’s Player of the Year award, according to Daily Post.

Oshoala was among the three players who made the final shortlist for the Women’s Player of the Year award, as announced by the Confederation of African Football on Thursday.

The Barcelona Femeni star became the first woman to claim the award for a record fifth time in 2022.

The 27-year-old played a key role in Barcelona Femeni’s UEFA Women’s Champions League success last season.

South Africa’s Thembi Klagtlana and Zambia’s Barbara Banda are the other players in contention for the award.

Klagtlana, who plays for the American side Racing Louisville Football Club, won the award in 2018.

The winner will be revealed at the CAF Awards Gala on Monday, December 11, 2023, at the Palais des Congrès, Movenpick, Marrakech, Morocco

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Nigerians Should Have No Business With Poverty – Catholic Bishop

The Catholic Bishop of Ekiti Diocese, Most Rev. Felix Ajakaye has tackled Nigerian political leaders.
According to him, with the abundance resources the country is blessed with, Nigerians should not have any business with poverty.
Ajakaye noted that governments at the state and federal levels should put in place measures to ensure that Nigerians live dignified lives.
The bishop made the remarks in his welcome address at the graduation ceremony of vocational skills trainees and distribution of Start-Up Kits for 400 persons trained by Caritas Nigeria in Ekiti State.
“Nigerians have no reason to be poor, but sadly enough, we are still far away from good governance.
“If we want to eradicate poverty in Nigeria we can do it, but our government and citizens must mean it. It is not about the government alone, let everybody be involved in the process.
“Government should be able to provide an enabling environment, where people can be able to help themselves, and create an environment where people can learn skills.
“Citizens on their own should be willing to take up their responsibilities. Government cannot cater for all, but if you show your skills and develop interest, it will be better for society,” the bishop said.