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Top Nigerian Newspapers Headlines For Today, Friday, 26th November, 2021

Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspapers headlines in Nigeria for today, Friday, 26th November 2021

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, November 25, issued a new directive to security agencies over the state of the nation.

Naija News understands that a National Security Council meeting was held earlier at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

At the meeting, President Buhari was briefed about the current security challenges including unrest along Abuja-Kaduna road. The recently concluded Anambra governorship election was also discussed at the meeting.

Another subject of discussion at the meeting was the election of a Nigerian, AIG Garba Umaru, who emerged out of four other candidates, as the vice president of Interpol for Africa.

The president who frowned at the security tension along Abuja-Kaduna road ordered security agencies to get into action and mount surveillance at different points necessary.

The plan to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty before 2023 is still on track, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has said.

Malami made this known on Thursday during the commissioning of the 155km stretch of the Sokoto-Tambuwal-Jega–Koko-Birnin Yauri Road, Phase I & 2 in Koko, Kebbi State.

In a statement issued by his spokesman, Umar Jibril Gwandu, the minister stated that all inherited uncompleted projects would be completed before 2023.

Malami stated that these projects when completed would show Nigerians that the promise of change and next level delivery are real.

He stated that the road project was started by the Goodluck Jonathan administration on 13th December 2012, adding that the completion was proof that the current administration was committed to providing jobs.

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has asked the Muhammadu Buhari government and governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to learn how to deliver dividends of democracy from the Peoples Democratic Party governors.

Naija News reports that Abubakar said this at the official commissioning of the 4.2km Gombe Maiduguri by-pass road on Thursday in Bauchi.

The former vice president asked the Buhari government to provide infrastructural development for Nigerians in order to tackle unemployment, insecurity, and other social ills in the country.

He claimed that only PDP-controlled states are constructing roads and commissioning projects, mocking states controlled by the All Progressives Congress.

Abubakar, therefore, commended Governor Bala Mohammed for constructing the road which would be beneficial to the people of the state.

A former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, on Thursday, stated that the next recruitment of Boko Haram fighters may come from out-of-school children in Nigeria.

Obasanjo made this claim while addressing participants at the presidential youth mentorship retreat held at Youth Development Centre, Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, Ogun State.

According to Obasanjo, no one needs an oracle to know that the 14 million out of school children may turn to Boko Haram recruits in the next ten years.

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The Head of INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB), Nigeria, AIG Garba Baba Umar has emerged the duly elected Vice President (Africa) and Executive Committee Member of the International Criminal Police Organization (ICPO) – INTERPOL.

This was made known in a statement to Naija News on Thursday by Force spokesperson, CP Frank Mba.

AIG Garba was elected in the early hours of today, 25th November, 2021 in the 89th INTERPOL General Assembly currently holding at the Halic Congress Hall, Istanbul, Turkey.

6. CBN Asks Buhari Govt To Increase Investment In Non-oil Sector

The Central Bank of Nigeria has advised the Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government to increase investment in the non-oil sectors as a source of foreign exchange earnings.

Naija News reports this was disclosed by the CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele, while reading a communique at the Monetary Policy Committee meeting.

While commended the federal government’s effort to diversify the economy, Emefiele called for further support to increase non-oil exports.

He said, “The Committee also commended the gradual diversification of the economy with the increased contribution of the non-oil sector to Government revenues and called for more support to increase non-oil exports as a source of foreign exchange earnings into the economy.”

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has reacted to the ongoing plans by the federal government to totally put an end to the fuel subsidy regime in the country.

The Labour union also rejected plans to introduce the payment of ₦5,000 for 40 million poor Nigerians in order to cushion the immediate effects of the fuel subsidy removal.

President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba made this position known in a statement on Wednesday containing his reaction to the government’s proposal to end fuel subsidy by next year and pay ₦5,000 to 40 million Nigerians to cushion the effect.

Ayuba accused the government of taking a unilateral decision on the matter without carrying along the NLC and other stakeholders.

According to the NLC President, negotiations between the organized labour and the federal government had been adjourned indefinitely only for the government to surprise them with the introduction of a new policy on fuel subsidy removal.

He questioned the move by the government describing it as shady.

According to the union, the model of deregulation been adopted by the federal government is not the solution to Nigeria’s problems but will create more problems including hyper-inflation and security challenges.

The Anambra State government has berated the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly leaking that it has placed Governor Willie Obiano on a watchlist.

In a statement to newsmen the Anambra commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C. Don Adinuba, accused disgruntled politicians of using the anti-graft agency to attack Obiano.

Adinuba stated that it has not been a secret that Governor Obiano has always revealed that he would leave Nigeria for his base in the United States at the expiration of his tenure.

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Recall that reports had emerged that the anti-graft agency decided to place the governor under the watchful eyes of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) ahead of the expiration of his tenure.

The anti-graft agency asked the Service to inform it anytime Obiano is travelling out of the country from any of the international airports, as well as other points of entry and exit.

Although the EFCC has not formally preferred any charge against Obiano since he is still enjoying immunity from prosecution as a sitting governor.

Reacting the Anambra government maintained that Obiano was ready to answer questions about his eight-year tenure in office.

Adinuba noted that the governor who is currently in the United States did not leave the country in disguise or sneak out.

The Nigerian Senate has warned Ministries, Departments, and Agencies of the federal government against the illegal activity of secret recruitment.

The Senate noted that thousands of Nigerians are jobless while some top government officials carry out secret recruitment of their own people and hide under the pretense of employment embargo on government jobs to deny other qualified citizens.

The red chamber of the National Assembly, therefore, charged the affected government officials to henceforth carry out open recruitment or provide official evidence of the embargo on employment.

The observation was made by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Character Commission and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Senator Danjuma La’ah.

He spoke on Wednesday when he defended the 2022 budget report before the Appropriation panel of the red chamber.

In his view, youth unemployment is a major factor contributing to the security challenges facing Nigeria and must be addressed squarely for the country to make progress.

To this end, he said his committee had mandated all the MDAs to increase their personnel cost with a view to opening up spaces for the employment of jobless Nigerians.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo has called on the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to release the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, immediately.

Naija News reports that the group made the call in a statement by its Secretary-General, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro.

According to the apex Igbo group, the illegal extradition of Kanu from Kenya left the government with no option than to free him.

The group slammed Northern leadership, especially the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF and the Coalition of Northern Groups who have kicked against the Unconditional release of Nnamdi Kanu.

Ohanaeze warned the northern groups to desist from fanning the embers disunity, stressing that “they should allow President Muhammadu Buhari do his job by getting Nnamdi Kanu released.”

Those are the top Nigerian newspapers headlines for today. Read more Nigerian news on Naija News. See you again tomorrow.

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“Nigerians Cannot Have This Type Of Evil Come Up Again In 2023” – Wike Predicts APC Crash Before 2023 Elections

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has predicted that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will be hit by turbulence which will crash the party before the 2023 general elections.

The Governor also urged Nigerians to reject APC which he described as an ‘evil’ party and vote for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

While submitting that both the PDP and APC will have their fair share of turbulence ahead of the 2023 general elections, the Rivers State Governor maintained that PDP will survive but the APC will be submerged.

Wike made his view known on Thursday during an interview with the African Independent Television (AIT) in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

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In his words, “There is turbulence that will not have a crash, which is a normal turbulence. There is turbulence that there will likely lead to a crash. Our own turbulence in PDP is the normal turbulence, which I believe we will get through it, but APC turbulence is a turbulence that is likely to lead to a crash.”

He added that “Nigerians are tired of the misrule of APC and will not allow their evil to continue beyond 2023.

“Nigerians are waiting. Nigerians cannot have this type of evil come up again in 2023. We will be doing a disservice to Nigerians to allow this to continue.”

Meanwhile, Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri has submitted that the All Progressives Congress (APC) should be ready to taste the bitter pill of defeat in the 2023 general elections.

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The Governor made the submission on Thursday in Yola, the state capital where he noted that the people of the state have lost confidence in APC and just as they voted for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2019, they will do it again in 2023.

Fintiri spoke when he played host to members of the state Forum of Councillors, stressing that the PDP will defeat all other parties including the APC when the election comes.

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Port Harcourt Residents Cry Out As Black Soot Takes Over City

People living in Port Harcourt have cried out following the increase in deadly black soot in the atmosphere due to activities of illegal refiners in the state.

Naija News understands that there has been rising fear in Rivers State due to the increasing rate of black soot in the atmosphere.

Amongst residence who has voiced their issues is Udauk, who took to Instagram to share recent photos of the present situation of the atmosphere in Port Harcourt.

Udauk said that people cannot move around their daily activities without wearing a mask due to the unhealthy atmosphere.

She also added that the deadly soot is making people sick, calling on the government to intervene. 

Sharing the video, she wrote;

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Those in Port Harcourt how do you cope with this soot I was raised in that pH, but currently it has become unhealthy for me to stay I can’t even travel home and stay for a week cause it affects me I literally feel sick… This situation is Killing people silent and the govt is doing nothing about it”

In another post, she wrote; ”This is Port Harcourt at 9.00am today Dec-1-2021. This picture was taken at the mile_1 Flyover looking towards Government House. Just about 2km from govt house.

“This is the situation all over Port Harcourt. It is a daily occurrence.

“The government has to do something before it gets out of hand.

“The people are dying silently.”

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Apostolic Church ‘Pastor’ Kidnaps Catholic Priest, Begs God For Mercy

A self-proclaim pastor who identified himself as Izuchukwu Anoloba has been apprehended by men of the Nigerian Police Force over alleged involvement in a kidnapping operation.

Naija News understands that the 35-year-old man was arrested alongside others by a team of police officers for allegedly kidnapping a Catholic priest, Fidelis Ekemgba in Imo State.

Acknowledging his involvement in the punishable act, Anoloba who was paraded at the state command headquarters on Thursday said that he got ₦1.5m from the ransom the priest paid them.

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“I am a pastor with Apostolic Church of Christ in Lagos. I got ₦1.5 million from the kidnap of the priest. I never knew I will be arrested. I regret my actions because I am now a disgrace to the body of Christ and my family,” Anoloba confessed.

Parading the suspects and others, the state Commissioner of Police, Rabiu Hussaini, said the self-proclaimed clergyman had held the catholic priest for over seven days and made him to pay a ransom of ₦5 million to them.

The CP disclosed that Anoloba was apprehended in Lagos following intelligence gathering by men of the anti-kidnapping unit of the command.

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He disclosed that the priest, 45, in charge of St. Peters Catholic parish in Umunohu Amakaohia in the Ihitte/Uboma Local Government Area of the state, was double-crossed and whisked away by his abductors.

Commending his men for a job well-done, CP Hussaini reiterates his determination to make life unbearable for criminals in the state.

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Man To Wed Two Pregnant Women On The Same Day In Delta

A wedding invite making the rounds on social media has indicated that a man from Delta State will be marrying two pregnant women on the same day.

The man, identified as John Erere Nana will be tying the knot with his brides on Saturday, December 4, 2021 in the Southsouth state.

The women identified as Patience and Elohor, both from Udu Local Government Area of Delta are both with child.


This is not the first case of a man getting married to two women in Delta as it seems to be the norm in that part of Nigeria.

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A 34 year old farmer known as Ekpe Akpove had also married two women on the same day in August.

In other news, the father of Omolara Olatubosun, who is the baby mama of the Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Oladapo Olatunbosun, has refuted recent allegations made by his daughter against the monarch.

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Naija News reports the mother of Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi’s first child, Omolara Olatubosun accused the traditional ruler of failing to take care of his first daughter until she was ten years old.

This came after Ooni of Ife had in a post on Instagram recalled his experience having his daughter, Adeola Ogunwusi at the age of 19. Read more

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2023: Wike Reveals ‘Candidate’ He Will Support For PDP Presidential Ticket

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has revealed that he will only support a person who is prepared to lead and not just bear the title of ‘president’ to emerge as the 2023 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He added that whoever would emerge as the 2023 presidential candidate of the PDP must be ready to confront the ‘evil’ called APC.

This is as he predicted that there will be turbulence in the PDP for the presidential candidate of the party to emerge.

The Governor however assured that the kind of turbulence he is envisaging is not the type that will tear the party apart but the process won’t be easy.

Wike made the submissions on Thursday in an interview with a national television in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

He said: “Let nobody come and tell you that in arriving at a presidential candidate that it will be easy. No way, it can never be. You know, there are two types of turbulence.

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“There is turbulence that will not have a crash, which is a normal turbulence. There is turbulence that there will likely lead to a crash. Our own turbulence in PDP is the normal turbulence, which I believe we will get through it, but APC turbulence is a turbulence that is likely to lead to a crash.”

The Rivers State Governor added that he believes Nigerians are ready to vote for the PDP in 2023 as the party has redeemed itself and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has also not met the aspirations of the people.

“PDP has redeemed its position towards what Nigerians are expecting, because Nigerians are tired of what is going on in the country. So they need an alternative, and the only alternative as it is today is the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP),” he stated.

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Wike submitted that “And so, if you want to run for presidency under PDP, I will not support somebody who’ll just want to bear the name of former presidential candidate, I will not agree to that. I must see that you are prepared for it, and to confront this evil called APC.”

Speaking further, Wike declared a vote of confidence in the newly-elected PDP National Working Committee (NWC) headed by Dr. Iyorchia Ayu.

He said even before their inauguration by December 9, 2021, they have started doing impressive work by engaging Nigerians and party members.

On who will succeed him as Rivers State Governor, Wike assured that he would not impose any candidate on the people of the state.

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‘Holy Hookup’ – Nigerians React To New Online Dating Site Launched By RCCG

The opening of an online dating platform for mature singles by the Redeemed Christian Church of God, the City of David Parish has stirred a lot of reactions on social media. 

Naija News earlier reported that a senior pastor overseeing the parish, Idowu Iluyomade, disclosed in a forum that the platform would be launched.

Pastor Iluyomade while speaking at the forum called on single to interact and create an atmosphere that would allow them to make decisions for life partners.

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He however said the people who connect have to do their due diligence.

When a single lady or young man registers on the site, the information would still have to be processed before approval.

The site has a disclaimer that reads in part, “Every registrant must conduct his or her own independent background check before connecting with another registrant on this platform. The Redeemed Christian Church of God, City of David Parish makes no representations or warranties and expressly disclaims any and all liability concerning any damages sustained by any registrant as a result of connecting with anyone on this platform”

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Youthful Nigerians on social media expressed gladness, commending the pastor creating such a thoughtful idea for the singles and unmarried.

However, some were curious as to the type of interactivity that would be condoned on the site. Others questioned if non-members can participate in the registration.

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#ENDSARS: LASU Students Vow To Join Sanwo-Olu In Peace Walk

Students of the Lagos State have pledged to join Babajide Sanwo-Olu on the Walk of Peace proposed by the State governor.

Recall that Sanwo-Olu had in a press conference on Tuesday invited some youths in the state to join him in the “historic march for our dear Lagos.”

Those invited are Folarin Falana (Falz), Debo Adebayo (Mr Marcaroni), Dele Farotimi, Temitope Majekodunmi, Segun Awosanya (Segalink), Adedotun (Just Detoun), Seun Kuti, Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu and Commander of Rapid Response Squad (RRS), CSP Yinka Egbeyemi and others.

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Some of the activists invited by the governor had, however, rejected the invitation stating their different reasons.

However, President of the Student Union Government, LASU, Comrade Oladipupo Uthman Badmus on Thursday, pledged on behalf of his fellow students to support the governor in the walk.

Naija News understands that the SUG president showed interest in the walk when the Governor visited the school on earlier today.

Sanwo-Olu who commissioned a new students’ arcade at the school was welcomed by the SUG president, Speaker of the Students Union Representatives, Rt. Hon. Mustapha Adejuwon and hundreds of students.

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The students who commended Sanwo-Olu’s giant strides in the state, especially in the education sector, said they will embark on the walk with the Governor for peace and prosperity of the state.

The Walk of Peace which, according to Sanwo-Olu, will “herald the healing of the land,” will likely have in attendance some notable members and activists of the EndSARS campaign.

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Full List: Terrorists Plotting To Attack Southeast Communities – IPOB Raises Alarm

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has asked traditional rulers, youths and leaders in some southeast communities to be at alert over impeding attacks by terrorists.

Naija News reports that the group disclosed this in a statement on Thursday by its spokesperson, Emma Powerful.

The group stated that it uncovered a plot by the faceless hoodlums to attack the communities.

According to IPOB, youths, traditional rulers and community leaders must be on high alert to frustrate the attacks.

The statement read in part, “IPOB intelligence unit uncovered this wicked plot, hence the decision of the IPOB leadership to alert the affected communities of this impending attack.

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“The communities according to our intelligence include: Ibiasoegbe, in Imo State; Ihiala, in Anambra State; Mgbidi, in Imo State; Ubuluisiuzor, in Anambra State; Nnempi, in Imo State; Orlu, in Imo State; and Akata, in Imo State.

“We want the traditional rulers, and other local authorities in these communities to be at alert and mobilise their youths to be vigilant and watch out against any invasion by terrorists under any guise. They should mount cameras and use drones to capture the scene as evidence against these criminals, who must one day certainly stand trial at the Hague.

“IPOB will stop at nothing in ensuring our people enjoy peace and safety, especially this festive season. We did it before, we shall do it again.

“Biafra land must witness peace again no matter how hard the enemies try to unleash mayhem.”

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After Ten Years Of Practice, Fake Lawyer Nabbed

A fake lawyer identified as Stanley Ejirogene who has been practicing for over 10 years was arrested by security operatives in Port Harcourt.

Naija News reports that Stanley was remanded in prison custody by a High Court.

The suspect who has been practicing for over 10 years, was exposed in court on Wednesday, December 1, during cross-examination, when he could not tell the court the University and law school he attended. Naija News learnt

According to reports, Justice, C. Nwogu remanded the defendant at the request of the Port Harcourt NBA Chairman, Prince Nyekwere, pending the result of their investigation.

Nyekwere in a chat with journalists after the incident said, they were notified by the Supreme Court that they do not have his name, as a lawyer. His name was also not on the database of the Nigeria Bar Association.

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In other news, students of the Lagos State have pledged to join Babajide Sanwo-Olu on the Walk of Peace proposed by the State governor.

Recall that Sanwo-Olu had in a press conference on Tuesday invited some youths in the state to join him in the “historic march for our dear Lagos.”

Those invited are Folarin Falana (Falz), Debo Adebayo (Mr Marcaroni), Dele Farotimi, Temitope Majekodunmi, Segun Awosanya (Segalink), Adedotun (Just Detoun), Seun Kuti, Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu and Commander of Rapid Response Squad (RRS), CSP Yinka Egbeyemi and others.

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Some of the activists invited by the governor had, however, rejected the invitation stating their different reasons.

However, President of the Student Union Government, LASU, Comrade Oladipupo Uthman Badmus on Thursday, pledged on behalf of his fellow students to support the governor in the walk.

Naija News understands that the SUG president showed interest in the walk when the Governor visited the school on earlier today.

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UCTH Doctor Crystal Akpan Did Not Kill Himself – Family

The family of Crystal Akpan, a doctor at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) has denied reports that their son committed suicide as falsely circulated on social media.

Naija News reports that the family denied the reports in a statement to newsmen on Thursday by Casper Akpan on their behalf.

The family stated that the late doctor had complained that he was not feeling well and that he was weak after returning home from work.

The statement revealed that his wife contacted the head of his unit in UCTH who thereafter sent two medical doctors to treat and attend to him.

Casper Akpan added that the health condition worsened after some days and Crystal Akpan eventually died on October 26, 2021.

The statement also denied that the late doctor failed his residency examination.

See the full statement below:

THE UNTOLD STORY ABOUT LATE DR. CRYSTAL OBADIAH AKPAN

The family of Late Dr. Crystal Obadiah Akpan was never interested in joining issues or even reacting to the mischievous information going around on social media as we were deeply saddened and shocked over the demise of our Son and would never have considered the media as a medium of mourning the great lost. It is beyond callous and reprehensible to upload the picture and name of the deceased on social media as a news item that he committed suicide even when the cause of death has not been known.

This is hilarious, barbaric, character assassination, inhumane, and very unthinkable that a source not even a member of the family can feed the masses with fake and cooked stories on social media that late Dr. Crystal Akpan committed suicide. The true story is that late Dr. Crystal Akpan Came back from work on the 21st October 2021, and began complaining of not feeling well and weak. After which the wife of the deceased contacted the head of his unit in the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) who thereafter send two medical doctors to treat and attained to him. Some close family members who were informed, went to visit and pray for him. Asking to know what kind of illness, the wife said that he was receiving treatment for malaria.

The wife also made efforts and took the husband late Dr. Crystal Akpan to see a professor in the cardiology Unit to access and attend to him physically. Unknown to them that his health condition will further worsen. After “some days”, he gave up the ghost on the 26th October 2021. However, an autopsy was demanded in order to ascertain the cause of his death. The family has gone severally to demand the result, the hospital said that it was not yet ready. As we speak, the result has not been officially given to the family. The question is, who paid bloggers to spread this unfounded information on social media? Was the family contacted or interviewed to ascertain the truth/fact surrounding his demise? Is that a professional way of announcing his demise to the public without considering the mental health of his lovely wife, children, and family? We think there is foul play somewhere. “This is wickedness”, and every wicked act as a reward, if not now then certainly later. If not by God then by the devil. God will expose every conspiracy leading to the death of Late Dr. Crystal Akpan.

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Conversely, if a harmful substance was diagnosed in the said autopsy as painted by anonymous source. Did they considered that it could be a third party poison? Think about it, does sniper last in someone’s body for four days as circulated that he took Sniper? How come the conclusion that he committed suicide? Was there a suicide note to justify the claims of the viral news stories by unnamed source from UCTH to be posted on different media?

The story alleged that he committed suicide because he failed his residency exam that he had been writing repeatedly without success, how come he got to the level of a senior registrar in Cardiology unit? In 2016, he passed both the National and West African colleges and became a senior Registrar in Cardiology unit until his demise. He exhibited good work ethics throughout his years of joining Residency with an excellent doctor-patient relationship. Dr. Crystal Akpan attended several courses and obtained numerous certificates during his years of Senior Residency programme such as:

Leadership and management in Health from University of Washington Global Health Project Management from University of Washington
Conducting Research Responsibly in Global Health from University of Washington.

Health Resource Management from the National Post Graduate Medical College of Nigeria.

We hereby debunk the notion that Late Dr. Crystal Akpan committed suicide. To this effect, we urge the masses to disregard the information earlier posted on social media. Stop adding salt to our injury. People should respect the dead and the family of the deceased and allow us mourn our dear son, a Light quench in daylight. The public should refute the suicide information on media concerning Late Dr. Crystal Akpan.

Late Dr. Crystal Akpan was a devout Christian who served God from his childhood till his departure. He was an adviser, a counsellor, a Sunday teacher, an encourager salted with the word of God to give hope to anyone that cross his path. How then will you think such a man with a great future and prospect take his life? Late Dr. Crystal was never hostile or violent. He was very humble, down to earth to serve humanity. He was a functional and active church member who served in different unit and department in his church.

He was loved by his patients because he went beyond the call of duty to care for their spirit, soul and body, and always showed concern for others. At this point the family hereby bring to the knowledge of the public that LATE DR CRYSTAL AKPAN DID NOT COMMIT SUICIDE. He took ill after he came back from work and died after four days. The Public should take note: the family will not hesitate to take any legal action against any individual, collectively or organization that will again write against this statement from the family. Members of the public and blogs carrying false information about the deceased should desist forthwith, retract the said malicious publications and issue a public apology to the family in a reputable national daily within one week to avoid legal action. May his gentle soul rest in peace. Amen.

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PRESS RELEASE

RE: DR. CRYSTAL OBADIAH AKPAN COMMITTED SUICIDE FOR FAILING PROFESSIONAL EXAMINATION

It has become imperative that the public is abreast of the following facts:

That Late Dr. Crystal Obadiah Akpan was a Senior Registrar at the Cardiology unit, University of Calabar Teaching Hospital and by virtue of the said position he wrote several professional exams and passed.

That on the 21st October, 2021, the deceased came back from office and started complaining of body weakness without more. A team of doctors (his colleagues) from UCTH were invited to his residence to examine him and they said all his organs were in good condition. The doctors thereafter gave him some malaria medication and left. The wife further took him to see a professor in the cardiology unit, at UCTH for further examination.

The deceased continued to complain of body weakness and loss of energy as was observed from the tone of his voice until his unfortunate and sudden demise on the 26th day of October, 2021 at his residence and all effort to resuscitate him at the hospital failed.

That the hospital elected to conduct an autopsy on him to ascertain the cause of death, the result of the autopsy has not been presented to the family despite several demands for it and the reason given by the hospital is that, the result is not ready.

That it is beyond callous and reprehensible to upload the picture and name of the deceased on social media as a news item that he committed suicide even when the of death has not been known.
That it beat our imagination how the marauders of this mischievous news came to the conclusion that the deceased committed suicide by drinking snipe. The questions begging for answers are: was there any suicide note? Who is the source of this news? These question and more shall find answers at the appropriate time.
That the deceased was a practical Christian who until his demised served God at the Unical Chapel of Redemption, Calabar; a quintessential Medical Practitioner, a father who love and cared for his family and will never do anything to hurt anyone let alone himself.

That the continuous circulation of the watered down and abridged version of the events that led to the deceased demise and aftermath of his tragic death failed to capture the magnitude and essence of this truly unfortunate debacle .

That by this press statement, members of the public and blogs carrying false information about the deceased should desist forthwith, retract the said malicious publications and apologize publicly to the family, failure to do so, will leave the family with no choice but take legal action against them.

That in view of the above, the bereaved family expresses gratitude to the deserving members of the public for their unalloyed support and in the same veins would like the public to respect the dead in these trying times. May the soul of Late Dr. Crystal Akpan rest in peace. Amen.

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Father Of Ooni Of Ife’s Babymama Speaks After She Accused Him Of Abandoning His First Daughter

The father of Omolara Olatubosun, who is the baby mama of the Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Oladapo Olatunbosun, has refuted the recent allegations made by his daughter against the monarch.

Naija News reports the mother of Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi’s first child, Omolara Olatubosun accused the traditional ruler of failing to take care of his first daughter until she was ten years old.

This came after Ooni of Ife had in a post on Instagram recalled his experience having his daughter, Adeola Ogunwusi at the age of 19.

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Reacting to his daughter’s claims, Olatunbosun in a Interview quoted by Kemi Filani, said the relationship between his family and that of the traditional ruler is cordial.

According to the 78-year-old, his relationship with the Ooni’s father John Ogunwusi, which dates back to 1970 while they were colleagues at the Western Nigerian Broadcasting Service, remained intact till date.

He said, “I can vouch for the integrity of my noble friend, Baba Oba John Oluropo Ogunwusi, and Oònirìsà Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Òjája, too.

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“As a man known for Yorùbá culture and traditions, I will always respect the stool of Oduduwa and Àrólé Oduduwa. I am not a bastard.

“That noble family has never done anything wrong to my family to warrant arrogantly damaging their reputation in the mass media or the press. I am not a bastard.”

The ex-broadcaster and poet said Adeola is an adult now whose happiness and progress in life should be paramount.

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Osun 2022: ‘APC Did Not Win In 2018’ – Gov Aspirant, Lasun Yusuf

The former lawmaker representing Irepodun/Olurunda/Osogbo/Orolu Federal Constituency of Osun State, Lasun Yusuf, on Thursday declared his intention to contest in the 2022 governorship election in the state.

The former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives in his statement stated that nobody can stop him from contesting in the electoral process.

Lasun alleged that the All Progressives Congress didn’t win the governorship election in 2018, which saw Adegboyega Oyetola emerge as the winner.

The APC chieftain who lost out to Oyetola in the 2018 APC primaries, stated this while speaking with newsmen at the APC National Secretariat, in Abuja, on Thursday.

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Lasun was at the National Secretariat of the party to purchase his Governorship expression of interest and nomination forms.

He further stated that the current Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, was compensated for his current position because of the role he played in the Osun APC primary.

Lasun said, “Nobody born of a woman can do to me what they did to me in 2018. My party, the APC did not win the Osun State Governorship election.”

This is coming days after Leaders of the party in Ede South/Ede North/Egbedore/Ejigbo Federal Constituency of Osun State warned that no aspirant from the federal Constituency should contest in the Osun APC primary against the Governor.

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The party leaders at the press conference disclosed that any party member from the federal Constituency who contests with the governor would be rejected by the party and they would not have their support in any form whatsoever.

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Why Nnamdi Kanu Was Not Present In Court – Ejimakor

Aloy Ejimakor, Special Counsel to the leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has revealed why his client was not present in court today.

Naija News earlier reported that Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja adjourned the trial of the IPOB leader till January 18, 2022.

In her ruling, Justice Nyako also ordered DSS to allow Kanu to practice his faith, change his clothes, and be given the maximum possible comfort in the detention facility.

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In a statement on Thursday issued after the court sitting, Ejimkaor said his client was not in court due to the decision of Justice Nyako and the DSS.

He stated the presiding judge and the secret police concluded that Kanu’s presence in court was not needed.

Ejimakor submitted that no security operative was present in court and around the premises, unlike previous proceedings.

He revealed that the court granted the Biafran leader the maximum possible comfort in the detention facility.

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He said: “That he be allowed free practice of his Jewish faith including access to his Jewish religious materials. That the DSS obey all previous orders granted in the matter, including allowing Kanu any visitor of his choice.

“That Kanu be permitted, at his option, to mingle freely with other inmates or any other persons at the detention facility.”

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We Do Not Cut Soap In My Place, 2face Reacts As Friend Shares Strange Experience

Veteran Nigerian Singer, 2face Idibia has reacted to a hotel in his home state that divides a bathing soap in half for its customers.

A friend of the veteran who visited Benue shared a picture on his status of a soap in a hotel room cut in half and stated that it was a real-life experience of cut soap for me.

Reacting to the picture his friend shared, 2face said that such does not happen in his hometown.

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The term cut soap for me in Nigeria is used to depict asking someone to show you the ropes for being good at something or achieving a feat easily.

In other news, a Nigerian man has shared an experience he had after paying for a room in a hotel that cost him ten thousand Naira for a night.

The man who was not pleased with the condition of the hotel and their service claimed that he approached the people in charge of the facility to return his cash which they failed to adhere to.

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The unpleased customer in a video spotted online disclosed that the bed in the room he was offered has a spring-like hostel bed. Read more

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Osogbo Deputy Chief Imam Dies – Oyetola Mourns

Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola has commiserated with Muslim faithful in the state over the demise of the Deputy Chief Imam of Osogbo, Haroon Adediran.

Naija News understands that the clergyman died at the age of 87 On Wednesday, December 1, 2021.

Adediran is said to have died after battling an undisclosed illness for some time. He has since been buried in Osogbo in accordance with Islamic rites.

Reacting to the demise of the cleric in a statement signed by his press secretary, Ismail Omipidan, Oyetola expressed shock at the passage of the cleric, saying the late Adediran lived a pious and exemplary life that was devoted to the service of Allah and humanity.

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“I am extremely shocked and sad to learn of the passing of our father and Deputy Chief Imam of Osogbo, Sheikh Haroon Adediran Samonigogo. His death is a huge personal loss because he was like a father to me,” the governor said.

Oyetola added: “Sheikh Haroon was a friend and supporter of our administration and always offered us wise counsel. He will be greatly missed. I pray Allah to forgive his shortcomings and admit him into Aljanah Firdaus.”

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has described the tragic boat accident in Bagwai Local Government area of Kano State as sad and painful.

Naija News reports that 29 passengers have been confirmed dead and seven others injured in the boat accident which occurred on Tuesday.

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Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Commissioner for Information in Kano, Muhammad Garba, said 14 passengers involved in the mishap are still missing, adding that rescue operation is ongoing.

Garba submitted that the boat capsized while carrying about 49 passengers from Badau village to Bagwai town for an Islamic celebration.

He, however, stated that Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has ordered the setting up of a committee to investigate the incident and provide measures to prevent such accidents.

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