OB Lulu-Briggs; Tributes galore as Aisha Buhari, GEJ, Wike grace state funeral for rivers billionaire
ABONEMA, the historical Kalabari town in Akuku Toru Local Government Area, Rivers state stood still Saturday as Governor Nyesom Wike, chief host, led the state funeral for Rivers billionaire and philanthropist, High Chief O B Lulu-Briggs in the climax of a weeklong burial ceremony.
Present to join the flourish of tribute at the event were First Lady of Nigeria, Haija Aisha Buhari, represented by Mrs. Alange Timipre Sylva, wife of Minister of Petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylva, former President Goodluck Jonathan, his wife, Patience, among dignitaries from far near who extolled virtues of the late business mogul.
Aisha said, “High Chief O.B Lilu-Briggs as foremost philanthropist and an ardent businessman from the great Kalabari Kingdom of Rivers in the Niger Delta Region is well known to Nigerians and beyond for his proficiency in the oil and gas sector.
“His son, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs is well known to the first family and has good relationship with us. The first family decided to show our support at the time of grieve to the Lulu-Briggs family. We take solace in the confidence that Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs is capable of flying the Lulu-Briggs family flag high.”
Source – Vanguard
Tanzanian PM dispels rumours about President Magifuli’s health after Covid-19 speculation
Tanzanian Prime Minister has dispelled rumors about President John Magufuli’s health after days of wide speculation that he was ill with Covid-19.
Kassim Majaliwa said he was surprised people were questioning the President’s whereabouts, adding that the leader was “fine and continuing with his daily activities,” as he spoke during a Friday prayer session at a mosque in the country’s Njombe region, according to state broadcaster Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation.
President Magufuli, who makes weekly public appearances at Sunday church services, hasn’t been seen since February 27, fueling speculation that he is ill and was being treated abroad
Unconfirmed reports have appeared in regional media outlets suggesting the leader had been admitted to Nairobi Hospital for Covid-19 this week. CNN has been unable to confirm the status of the President.
Source – CNN
Buhari orders military, Kaduna govt to rescue abducted students safely
President Muhammadu Buhari has urged the military and Kaduna State government to ensure that some of the abducted students in the state that are still missing should be rescued and returned safely to their families.
President Buhari also issued a stern warning to would-be terrorists and bandits targeting schools, saying the country will not allow the destruction of the school system.
The President in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu in Abuja, commended efforts of the Kaduna State government and early response of the military which led to the rescue of 180 students including eight staff members.
He commended efforts and contributions of local intelligence in significantly thwarting the kidnappers, saying that a country which has an efficient local intelligence network is a safer country.
Source – Vanguard
Okonjo-Iweala arrives Nigeria for first working visit as WTO DG
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the newly elected director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), has arrived in Nigeria for a one-week working visit.
This is her first visit to Nigeria since she assumed office as the first female and first African WTO DG on March 1.
Okonjo-Iweala was received by Nasir Sani-Gwarzo, the permanent secretary of the ministry of industry, trade, and investment.
“The whole objective is to see how the WTO can better assist Nigeria and Nigerian entrepreneurs with respect to improving the economy,” she told journalists.
Source – The Cable
Actress Rosy Meurer poses with newborn son
Nollywood actress, Rosy Meurer shared the photo of herself posing with her newborn baby, King Churchill Junior, she welcomed recently with Olakunle Churchill, ex-husband of actress Tonto Dikeh.
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Gunmen kill retired DIG’s wife in Benue
Eunice, wife of Ibe Aghanya, a retired deputy inspector-general of police, has been killed by unknown gunmen in Benue state.
Aghanya served as commissioner of police in Benue, and later became DIG in charge of zone 2.
The Benue police command confirmed that the assassination occurred on Saturday afternoon.
According to NAN, Catherine Anene, Benue police public relations officer, said the victim was killed at her Makurdi residence, behind Kismet Hotel.
Anene added that investigations into the incident is ongoing.
The deceased is said to be the owner of Euniland Bread, located in Makurdi.
Back in 2008, gunmen had reportedly attacked Aghanya’s residence in Benue — at the time, he was commissioner of police in Kogi state.
He also served as commissioner of police in Ekiti state.
Aghanya’s wife’s death comes less than two weeks after gunmen killed Terkula, brother to Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue state, during the attack which occurred on March 2.