A man who died in a shooting in West London has been identified by the U.K Police as Alexander Kareem, a younger brother of ex-Big Brother Naija housemate, Khafi.
20-year-old Kareem was gunned down while walking home from a convenience store close to his family home in Shepherd’s Bush, West London, in the wee hours of Monday, BBC reports.
He was pronounced dead an hour after suffering from wounds to his chest and abdomen.
A 42-year-old woman who lives close to where the shooting took place told BBC that it was a “traumatic experience” for it to happen so close to home.
The witness had been falling asleep when she heard a noise and looked outside to see a man on the ground being helped.
His death had left his family, friends and neighbours mourning for his abrupt exit as he “was friends with everybody.”
“After leaving school Alex was the same goofy guy – he was always happy – and always had a smile on his face,” an unnamed friend told BBC.
Khafi, 29, who previously said she joined the UK police force after a 16-year-old pal was knifed to death near her family home, is now distraught after learning her brother died in a similar way.
Khafi shared a black square on Instagram on Saturday where she wrote, ’00:40′ with a broken heart emoji.
She had previously praised her brother in a March birthday post when he turned 20 for his ‘life’.
Sharing a photo of herself near Alex’s, she wrote on Instagram: “I thank God for your life and do not take you for granted!! I love you very much and I’m so proud of everything you are doing for yourself.
“You are a go getter and I pray God blesses every step forward you are making.”
No arrest yet
Coming at a time when there is a global call for justice for victims of violence and brutality, Mr Kareem’s mourners are demanding the arrest of those involved in the killing.
The police are appealing for information about a white Range Rover driven by his killers which was found burned out three miles away in Ealing but they said no arrests had yet been made.
Police Chief Inspector, Wayne Jolley, said: “We are determined to bring those responsible for this unnecessary and terrifying violence to justice.
The Federal Government has approved N13 billion as intervention fund for pest control in 12 northern states, to reduce the effects of COVID-19 on the nation’s food sector.
The 12 `frontline’ states, to benefit from the fund are Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara, Katsina, Kano, Jigawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa, Taraba, Yobe and Borno States.
The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development made the disclosure in a statement issued on Saturday.
The Minister, Alhaji Muhammad Nanono, said that the intervention fund was to ensure uninterrupted agricultural activities during the 2020 farming season in the states.
He explained that the fund would also be used to control trans-boundary pests and minimise the impact of COVID – 19 as well as guarantee nutritional and national food security.
Nanono emphasised that the present administration “is determined to fight any menace that will truncate the successes recorded so far in the agricultural sector”.
He said that government was mindful of reports of desert locust outbreaks in East Africa and the Middle East with the possibility of a spillover of locust swarms into West Africa and Nigeria.
According to the statement, the minister also performed the flag-off of the 2020 dry season control of trans-boundary migratory birds for the 12 frontline northern states at the Birnin Kebbi International Airport in Kebbi.
Nanono said that the flag-off was performed in Kebbi because of the state’s extensive agricultural activities.
“The choice of Kebbi State for the flag off is deliberate, in view of the extensive agricultural activities in the state and the immense cooperation and collaboration of the state government in the implementation of agricultural interventions over the years,” Nanono said. (NAN).
First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Nigeria’s leading financial inclusion services provider on Thursday, 11 June 2020, presented 20,000 units of e-learning devices to the Lagos State government at the State House in Marina, Lagos. The devices are planned for distribution to school children.
With the gesture, the Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu said the State had found a “real development partner” in FirstBank, noting that the intervention came at a time the Government was massively deploying technology to transform the conventional mode of teaching and learning.
The presentation of these devices which is also in partnership with Robert & John (an edu-tech company that owns Roducate) is part of activities implemented to close the gap caused by the disruption in children education’s due to schools’ closure, following the COVID-19 pandemic. So far the Bank has enabled over 10,000 free sign-ups to the Roducate e-learning platform with the goal to empower one million students.
“When we were developing our vision to change the face of education in Lagos, we knew from the outset that we could not achieve much progress in improving the quality of learning without using technology as a strong enabler. So, it is not out of place that we are witnessing more infusion of technology in learning and this intervention by FirstBank could not have come at a better time,” said Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State.
“It feels great when you have people and organisations share in your vision and working with you to realise it. I’m glad to say that we have found a real development partner in FirstBank, which has supported us to actualise the vision we have signed to achieve. Many years back, nobody foresaw Coronavirus (COVID-19) would come and disrupt our ways of life. These devices will be useful to our pupils in the current circumstances we have found ourselves.”
“FirstBank and all technical partners that worked on this project have written their names in the heart of students that will be using the device to learn. They will be forever grateful for passing the future to them.”
The e-learning device is configured in line with the government’s accredited curriculum for primary, secondary and tertiary schools across various fields of academic endeavours, such as science, commercial and arts. It is built to promote cost-effective learning as there is minimal need for internet connectivity, whilst learning on the device is on-going.
Speaking on the presentation, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, Chief Executive Officer, First Bank of Nigeria Limited said: “The e-learning initiative aligns with our Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability initiatives and falls under one of our key strategic pillars, Education.
“We are excited to promote education and have consistently demonstrated this in our support of 10 universities and 3 secondary schools on infrastructure projects; our support of 10 universities with professorial Chairs and provision of financial literacy, entrepreneurial and career counselling to over 80,000 students in over 80 secondary schools in the country,” he added.
The Bank has also collaborated with IBM and Curious Learning to ensure the e-learning initiative swiftly moves across the country to school children and individuals with the need to promote the pursuit of knowledge, irrespective of age.
The partnership with IBM, offers the Digital-Nation Africa program, an online youth-focused learning programme that enables innovation and skills development on emerging technologies through focus areas such as Artificial Intelligence, Coding, Cloud, Internet of Things, Blockchain, Data Science and Analytics, and Cybersecurity whilst Curious Learning offers academic-based contents for students aged 3-8, using fun, self-guided learning apps to help them with their cognitive skills at a fundamental level.
Nigerian singer-songwriter and dancer Omoniyi Temidayo Raphael, known professionally as Zlatan Ibile, has lambasted some notable figures in the Nigerian entertainment industry, including Burna Boy, Kizz Daniel, and Joeboy on his Instastories.
The 25-year-old ZANKU originator called out the singers for different reasons on Saturday.
According to claimed that Burna Boy refused to congratulate him on the birth of his child, claimed that Oberz taught Kizz Daniel how to make music and implied that Joe Boy is ignorant of the music business in the now-deleted posts.
He wrote, “Joeboy fit sabi sing, e fit sabi fit get numbers pass me. Does he know about music business or is he just famous?”
“I told @burnaboygram that my girl had a child, instead of congrats he told if I knew what I was doing.
“iamkizzdaniel Can’t even blow his brother’s clothing line, how he wan blow @IK_Kuddy na user you! Just because of that word was why I must see him blow more than Kizz.”
On Thursday, Zlatan claimed that Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele asked him to stay away from Naira Marley who was one of the guests at the party she hosted at her Lekki home on April 6, in violation of the coronavirus lockdown which was in place at the time for which she was arrested and fined.
“@funkejenifaakindele said I should stay away from Naira Marley because of my brand. She f***ked with Naira Marley, they arrested her,” he wrote.
The acting chairman of the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, says the anti-graft agency is yet to be involved in the arrest of popular Nigerian Instagram celebrity, Ramon Abbas popularly known as Hushpuppi.
It was widely reported that Hushpuppi was arrested in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) alongside some of his friends by International Police (Interpol) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for alleged fraud.
But in an interview on TVC News Journalists Hangout, on Friday, Magu said the commission has not been briefed about the case, adding that if the commission is informed, it would assist.
He said, “We are yet to be involved in the case of Hushpuppi, but if they happen to give us this thing (details) we would assist.”
According to Magu, the commission is not all about arrest and prosecution of internet fraudsters but also involved in rehabilitating the suspects.
“We are not all about arresting, prosecuting and chasing of internet fraudsters, and taking away the proceeds of their crime, but we are also trying to see whether we can rehabilitate them.
“Because most of these boys are either undergraduate or graduate from higher institutions, so they can be better people to our country.
“The menace of Yahoo boys is also a course of concern, we are collaborating with other law enforcement agencies.
“Yahoo boys have an association with their mothers who do not feel what their children are doing is a crime actually. It is called the “Yahoo Yahoo Mothers Association, a situation where the mother would go abroad, and the child would stay there and help them siphon funds from credit card fraud.
“So we are doing everything possible to arrest the situation,” he added.
The embattled Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, is finalizing plans to decamp to another party following his disqualification by the Screening Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) over discrepancies in his academic certificates.
According to sources well wired in his camp, the Governor has been making furious calls to Abuja,pleading for an opportunity to propose an idea that would see him contest on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party or the Aanother party but return to the APC if backed by the Presidency in the polls.
However, it is unlikely that the Presidency would agree to such plans. The APC, a party to which the President belongs, has lined up aspirants considered more popular in the state than the embattled Obaseki, a fact that was reaffirmed yesterday after jubilation broke out in the state with the announcement of the governor’s disqualification.
More so, nurturing such deal makes the candidacy of Obaseki problematic for any party willing to offer him its ticket – particularly a major one like the PDP – given that he intends to merely use it as a placeholder to contest the election before switching back to the APC should he manage to secure victory.
When contacted about the possible scenario, members of the APC expressed confidence that the embattled Governor is free to pursue his ambition on whichever platform suits him as, according to them, he is an unpopular and drowning politician set for an embarrassing defeat at the polls.
The members recalled his lackluster administration and the failure to deliver on critical promises including the creation of 200,000 jobs to the people of Edo State.
“Even in defeat, Obaseki continues on his path of treachery, deceit, and dishonesty. He is plotting to trick a party into offering them his platform while also holding talks with Abuja, asking for support on the condition that he will return to the APC if helped to victory. If any party ignores this obvious warning signs and still offer him their platform, then that is on them. As for us in the APC, we have already moved on from him and our main focus now is conducting our primaries and preparing for the election proper,” one of the APC members said.
Another PDP stalwart and former Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, who reacted to Obaseki’s disqualification and next political step berated the governor for his lack of loyalty while disclosing that he never stood a chance against Adams Oshiomhole, his benefactor and APC’s National Chairman whom Obaseki betrayed.
“One of the most important virtues in life is LOYALTY. Never bite the finger that fed you. Obaseki has learnt this lesson the hard way. I have known Oshiomhole for years. He is a formidable adversary, a skillful fighter and a tough cookie. Obaseki could have never outmaneuvered him,” Femi Fani-Kayode said in a tweet.
Nigerians, contrary to popular belief, do not pay higher subscription for Dstv than subscribers in other countries. A look at the websites of DStv in Ghana, Kenya and South Africa shows that Nigeria pays over 55 per cent less than other countries on the continent.
Also, in a financial report released by MultiChoice Group on Wednesday, South Africa has 43% of its subscriber base and generates 66.35% of its revenue while Nigeria generates 10.89%.
It further showed that a profit of $617.69 million was generated in South Africa with a trading margin of 30% while Nigeria did $329 million, 100% less than what was realised in South Africa.
MultiChoice Group listed its challenges in Nigeria as: sporadic payment of government employees; food and travel inflation which had a negative impact on consumer spend; and low oil price which increased the risk of currency weakness.
Nigeria records 627 fresh COVID-19 cases, another high for two consecutive days, the Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) says.
In a tweet on Friday, the centre said Nigeria has 15,181 cases of the COVID-19.
The NCDC also said that as at June 12, 12 deaths were recorded.
It, however, said that no new state had reported a case in the last 24 hours.
NCDC said that Lagos State again led the state ranking with 229 cases. Abuja trailed behind, reporting 65 infections.
Other states with fresh infections include Abia (54), Borno (42), Oyo (35), Rivers (28), Rivers (28), Edo (28), Gombe (27), Ogun (21), Plateau (18), Delta (18), Bauchi (10), Kaduna (10), Benue (9), Ondo (8), Kwara (6), Nasarawa (4), Enugu (4), Sokoto (3), Niger (3), Kebbi (3), Yobe (1), and Kano (1).
The NCDC said that till date, 15181 cases had been confirmed, 9891 active cases 4891 cases have been treated and discharged deaths , 88, 432 samples have been collected, and 399 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
The health agency said that in spite of the difficulties faced as it responds to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in the country, it will remain focused and committed to its mandate of protecting the health of all Nigerians.
The NCDC called on Nigerians as they celebrate Democracy Day to reflect on their journey as a nation and TakeResponsibility for the future they all seek.
NCDC said it is ready to active the GeneXpert labs in locations and would start functioning on June 14.
Meanwhile, the measures for COVID-19 still remain easing of lockdown phase 2, public spaces, mandatory use of face masks, temperature checks, Physical distancing of 2 metres, Facility/business owners must provide hand washing facilities or sanitisers.