Hearing the news of @ibidunni_ighodalo ‘s demise was really saddening but I know that she is in a better place right now. I pray that the Almighty himself will comfort the family of @pastorituahighodalo in Jesus name.
General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has assured that the late ex-beauty queen, Ibidun Ighodalo, is in a “better place”.
Adeboye tweeted this on Thursday morning in reaction to Ibidun’s death on Sunday.
He described the news of the former Face of Lux as “really saddening”.
“Hearing the news of @ibidunni_ighodalo’s demise was really saddening but I know that she is in a better place right now. I pray that the Almighty himself will comfort the family of @pastorituahighodalo in Jesus name,” he wrote.
Nigerian most-wanted hacker, Ramoni Igbalode, alias Ray Hushpuppi, recently arrested by the International Police (Interpol) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), has considerable cases of cyber crimes being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The Commission is familiar with grisly details of his money laundering transactions, involving many high-profile cyber criminals facing trial in Nigeria.
The Commission is engaging with the FBI in tracing victims of his fraudulent transactions and other fraudsters having direct involvement with him.
Local cyber criminals with money laundering networks with him, are also being investigated.
Hushpuppi was arrested on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 in United Arab Emirates in connection with $35 million ventilator scam.
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The Serie A has resumed and DStv and GOtv will broadcast games featuring Inter Milan and Atalanta, both teams fighting to clinch a UEFA Champions League spot, live to football fans this weekend on SuperSport.
The games, scheduled to hold from 20-21 June, will be broadcast live on SuperSport 9 to DStv Premium. Compact Plus and Compact subscribers, and SuperSport Select 2 and SuperSport Select 5 to GOtv Jolli and GOtv Max subscribers.
The league’s first game is on Saturday as Torino welcome Parma to Turin’s Olympic Stadium. The game will kick-off at 6:30pm and will be broadcast live on SuperSport 9 and SuperSport Select 5. Torino will be desperate to break a six-game losing streak which has seen them slip down the relegation zone. Parma will, however, look to Ivorian star Gervinho for inspiration as they seek to climb from ninth place and challenge for a spot in Europe next season.
Also on Saturday, Hellas Verona will play host to Cagliari at Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi. The match will air live at 8:45pm on SuperSport 9 and SuperSport Select 5. Torino won just once in their last five Serie A matches before the break, but that’s plenty better than Cagliari, who are yet to taste victory in a match in any competition in 2020.
On Sunday, Atalanta host Sassuolo at the Gewiss Stadium in Bergamo. The match will be broadcast live at 6:30pm on SuperSport 9 and SuperSport Select 2 and 5. Atalanta have been one of the most entertaining team in Serie A this season, and manager Gian Piero Gasperini will be hoping his team can pick up where they left off back in March.
The biggest game of the weekend sees Inter Milan host Sampdoria at the San Siro on Sunday. The match kicks off at 8:45pm and will be broadcast on SuperSport 9 and SuperSport Select 5. Inter’s bid to win the league title has taken a nosedive, though victory in this game in hand will bring them back to within six points of table toppers, Juventus.
After the four catch-up games, the 27th round of action will be played with matches scheduled from Monday, 22nd to Wednesday, 24th June 2020. The first match of the day will be an encounter between Lecce and AC Milan on Monday 22 at 6:30 pm. The match will air live on DStv SuperSport 8 and SuperSport Select 5 on GOtv. Later that evening, Champions Juventus will have a face-off with Bologna on Monday 22 at 8:45pm live on SuperSport 8 on DStv and SuperSport Select 5 on GOtv. On Tuesday 23 will feature two matches, one between Verona vs Napoli at 6:30pm on SuperSport 8 on DStv and SuperSport Select 5 on GOtv and final match for the day between Genoa and Parma at 8:45pm.
There is also action from the Premier League, as Tottenham Hotspur hosts Manchester United. The match will be aired live on Friday at 8:15pm on SuperSport 3 to DStv subscribers. Both teams are looking to get themselves back into contention for a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League, and this head-to-head battle could go a long way in deciding their fate.
t is Merseyside derby this weekend as Everton play host to champions-elect, Liverpool at Goodison Park. The match will be aired live on Sunday at 7pm on SuperSport 3. This derby sees the return to action of league leaders Liverpool, as they look to move to within a touching distance of their first title in 30 years. It will also give African football fans the chance to see some of the continent’s top players in action, including Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Alex Iwobi amongst others.
The top match from La Liga this weekend is the meeting of Sevilla and Barcelona from Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Friday. It airs live at 9pm on SuperSport 7 to DStv subscribers, and SuperSport Select 2 and 5 to GOtv subscribers. The teams’ last meeting on October 2019 brought an impressive 4-0 home win for Barca – with Luis Suarez, Arturo Vidal, Ousmane Dembele and Lionel Messi all netting.
However, Los Nervionenses will be determined to claim revenge on home soil as the team, led by former Spain manager Julen Lopetegui, push for a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League.
For more details on these games and other fixtures, visit www.dstv.com and www.gotvafrica.com or download MyDStvApp and MyGOtvApp to subscribe or upgrade, and join in on the excitement. And while you’re on the move, you can stream matches on DStv Now.
We all know Telenovelas leave us expressing all the emotions available to mankind….and that’s what we absolutely love about them! So, if you are a fan of unexpected plot twists and tear-jerking moments, then this list below is for you.
Spoiler Alert! Most of programmes have details about the next episodes.
Telemundo (channel 14)
- Decisions S1 airs daily at 7pm. On this Thursday’s episode, Carlos, a swimming instructor, is told by his boss that one of his students is suing him for sexual harassment. Later, he’s questioned by a detective.
- Dangerous Affairs airs weekends with back to back episodes from 2:20pm. On the episode airing Saturday, 20th June, Jaime threatens Juan Pablo, telling him to give himself up to the police. Meanwhile, Yesenia visits her brother in jail and talks to him about Mauricio.
- The Way To Paradise airs daily 9pm. On this Thursday’s episode, Gato Gordo reports Paola to the police for possession of drugs. Meanwhile, Catalina tell the DEA agents that she accepts his offer.
- Brand new! Iron Rose S2 premieres Monday, 22nd June at 7pm. The formidable Iron Rose, Altagracia Sandoval, has become a mere legend to her enemies ever since she suddenly vanished. She comes out of hiding and returns to Mexico to solve the disappearance of her former lover, Saul.
Zee World (channel 25)
- Age Is Just A Number airs daily at 6pm. On the episode airing Thursday, 18th June; Gautam kidnaps Sahil and the Agarwal family suspects Vedika for the kidnapping. Puneesh hires criminals to harass Vedika Mathur.
- Season 2 of This Is Fate airs daily at 7pm. Two sisters embark on a new journey to a new city. Destiny has been unkind to them.
FOX Life (channel 20)
- Along Came Love airs weekdays at 2:50pm. On Thursday’s episode Juan tells Lilian that he has a way of getting rid of Luciana. Martha is shocked when Luciana tells her that her work visa was denied and so, she must return to Mexico.
- Secrets At The Hotel airs Weekdays at 3:40pm. On the next episode; Natalia arrives with the priest for Andres and Belen’s wedding. Teresa asks Diego if he had something to do with Belen’s disappearance.
Follow GOtv on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for more quality programmes in June. Visit www.gotvafrica.com or download the MyGOtv app from the iOS and Android store to find out more and for self-service options. You can also pay for your GOtv subscription using – USSD CODE (*288#), PAGA, Quickteller, Automated Teller Machines and Bank Apps. The GOtv toll lines; Etisalat (09085330333), MTN (08139842260), Airtel (07080630900) & GLO (08117930333) are also available to speak with customer service representatives.
Contrary to his widely publicised promise to engage stakeholders critical of its recently released code, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) announced a re-endorsement of the controversial regulation.
The re-endorsement was presented as a reconsideration of some of the amendments considered irksome by industry stakeholders.
The code, issued on 27 May, proposes sweeping amendments to how the industry will function when it takes effect. But the amendments provoked angry reactions from industry stakeholders, who were furious that the code was finalised without stakeholder consultation and accused the NBC of seeking to jeopardise investments as well as kill creativity in the industry via provisions to regulate exclusivity, mandate sub-licensing and control prices at which creators sell their content.
Prominent figures such as Jason Njoku, CEO IrokoTV, his wife, Remi, who heads ROK Studios, and Naz Onuzo, a movie producer, were stinging in their criticisms of the code.
Evidently stung by stakeholders’ complaints, the NBC, in a statement issued on Friday and signed by Ekanem Antia, Assistant Director, Public Affairs, said its board will meet this week and “smoothen the rough edges of the new amendments”. While thanking those who contributed to the new code, the NBC said it had become obvious that more voices need to be heard and that stakeholders who have ventilated their opinions be given adequate audience.
Yesterday (the first working day of the week) in Abuja, however, Dr Armstrong Idachaba, acting NBC Director-General, addressed a press conference where he re-endorsed the code. According to Idachaba, the loudest criticisms have been around Sections 6.2.8, which seeks to regulate exclusivity in sports broadcasting rights and 9.0.1, which compels right holders to any popular content to sub-license to other operators, including competitors.
“Exclusivity to programming shall not be allowed for sporting rights shall not be allowed in the Nigerian territory. We are simply saying in furtherance, therefore, that no broadcaster or licensee shall acquire foreign sporting rights in such a manner as to exclude persons or broadcasters in Nigeria from sub-licensing the same,” said Idachaba.
Industry figures maintain that the NBC failed to ask for their input, simply ratified what it had finalised and argued that Section 9.0.1 and others remain in force.
“Nigeria is a democracy and democracy should permeate all spheres of our national life. Multi-stakeholder engagement is a key element of democracy. No such thing happened. The NBC has acted like Moses the lawgiver. It acted dishonestly by giving an impression that it was ready for engagement and doing something else,” said a movie producer, who prefers anonymity.
He explained that not one line of the code has been reconsidered or reworked and as such, it cannot be taken that NBC re-looked the code.
“Once it comes into effect, every provision will have teeth. Even production industry people who think they will not be affected will be shocked. The victim is always the last to know. They have changed the story to make it read like it is only exclusivity to sports that is being regulated. We can read; they are minded to regulate every programme genre,” he added.
Union Bank, one of Nigeria’s foremost financial institutions, has announced the release of its 2019 Citizenship, Sustainability, and Innovation (CSI) report – an annual report outlining the Bank’s social and environmental investments during the year in view. The report gives a detailed, year-long account of responsible business practices, innovation, and community impact.
The 2019 report was prepared in line with the Nigerian Sustainability Business Principles (NSBPs) and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standards, highlighting Union Bank’s commitment to transparent reporting of its CSI efforts. The report also provides insight into the Bank’s commitment to making lives better for Nigerians by enabling success and championing development in Nigeria, in line with 14 out of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Speaking on the release of the report, the Chief Executive Officer, Emeka Emuwa, expressed his satisfaction at the contributions of the Bank as a leading financial institution committed to making lives better for Nigerians. He said:
“We have continued to make progress in embedding Citizenship, Sustainability, and Innovation into our operations as a Bank. Last year when I presented our scorecard, I highlighted that our focus for 2019 would be to deepen our sense of shared ownership and accountability. We have achieved this and more by making significant, and strategically aligned contributions aimed at enabling youth empowerment, social innovation, arts, and culture, and fostering a globally competitive economy.”
After more than a century in business, Union Bank has solidified its position as Nigeria’s most trusted financial partner, innovating in response to evolving customer needs and championing growth and development for all, especially those at the bottom of the pyramid.
Underscoring this commitment, last year, Union Bank won three awards at the 2019 Sustainability, Enterprise and Responsibility (SERAs) Africa CSR Awards – ‘Best Company in Environmental Excellence’, SERAS Innovation Prize Award and the Second Runner Up award in the Most Responsible Company category.
The Executive Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has appointed Ibadan-born Adesola Adeduntan as a member of The Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF)
Adeduntan, a Managing Director at First Bank, was appointed in the newly reconstituted boards of The Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) and The Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF).
A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile, explained that the new board appointment of Adeduntan and others, which take immediate effect, were necessitated by the vacancies in the two organisations.
The Governor thanked the previous members of the two Boards for their meritorious and conscientious service to the State.
Sanwo-Olu also congratulated and thanked the new members for accepting to serve their State and help improve on the achievements of their predecessors.
Sanwo-Olu noted, that the new members were carefully chosen based on records of excellence in their chosen fields.
Membership of the LSETF board is four years.
The new boards’ compositions are as follows:
LSETF: Mrs Bola Adesola, Chairman; Mr Sinari Bolade Daranijo, Member; Mrs Tatiana Mousalli-Nouri, Member; Mr Segun Ojelade, Member; Ms Kofo Durosinmi-Etti, Member; Mr Idris Olorunimbe, Member; Mr Ronald Chagoury Jnr., Member; Mrs Abisoye Tejumola, Executive Secretary.
LSSTF: Mr. Kehinde Durosinmi-Etti, Chairman; Mr. Segun Agbaje, Member; Mr. Ebenezer Oneyeagwu, Member; Dr. Adesola Kazeem Adeduntan, Member; Mr. Emeka Onwuka, Member; Mr. Tayo Akinmade Ayinde, Member; Engr. Bamgbose-Martins, Member; Mr. Agboola Oshodi-Glover (Rtd DIG), Member; Mr. Yemi Idowu, Member; Otunba Niyi Adewunmi, Member; Dr. Ayo Ogunsan, Member and Hon. Dr. Abdul Razaq Balogun, Executive Secretary.