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    No regrets, I still believe in love

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    Popular Gospel artist Nikki Laoye has hinted at the end of her marriage to singer Alex Oturu several months after speculations on social media. The female singer recently shared a post pointing out her inability to mark her 8th wedding anniversary. Laoye noted that she has no regrets and still believes in the power of love.

    It appears another celebrity marriage in the Nigerian entertainment industry has come to an inevitable end, and this time around, it involves a popular female gospel artist.

    The gospel musician, Nikki Laoye, recently took to the Instastory channel of her page, pointing out that Wednesday, December 11, should have marked the occasion of her 8th wedding anniversary.

    She, accompanied the sentence with a different paragraph that suggested that she is no longer with her husband, Alex Oturu.

    Laoye noted that life happens, and she is grateful to God for the fact that everyone is alive and well.

    "I just realised that today would have been my 8th year wedding anniversary, But hey, life happens.In everything, I still give God thanks because everyone is doing great.

    Everyone is Alive and well and we will all find the happiness that we truly need in Jesus name Amen," her post read.

    The songstress added that she does not have nay regret, and she still believes in the power of love.

    Nikki's post comes after several months of widespread speculations about her divorce on social media.

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    Accident in Abuja
    At least one person lost her life when a trailer conveying an excavator, failed break and ran into several vehicles at the Manya interchange Wednesday morning.

    A middle age lady was said to have lost her life while several others were badly injured in the accident.

    The FCT Ministerial Task Team on Traffic Free Flow was commended for clearing traders off the road before 9:30am when the accident occurred.

    The trailer conveying an excavator to a construction site fails break while descending Kugbo Hill. On getting to Nyanya it crushed several vehicles before smashing Golf Volkswagen saloon car which was totally crushed.

    The remains of the dead woman has since been conveyed to the Nyanya General Hospital Mortuary while the injured were moved to the Asokoro District Hospital by the Federal Road Safety Corps.

    The Chairman, FCT Ministerial Task Team on Traffic Free Flow, Ikharo Attah, who joined in the rescue believe it’s time for roadside trading to stop across the FCT to forestall such disasters in the future.

    Attah also called on drivers of heavy duty vehicles to ensure their vehicles are always in good shape, particularly their breaks.

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    A giant 4m-long (13ft) king cobra was discovered in a housing estate in southern Thailand on Sunday - and catching it wasn't easy.

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    Rescuers later released it into the wild, and said it was one of the biggest they had ever encountered.

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    One AIbrahim Aremu has been arrested by the Ogun State Police Command for allegedly being in possession of about 300 wraps of Indian hemp.

    He was arrested following information received by the police at Enugada division about his activities as a leader of a cult group terrorising Itun Seriki community, Totoro Abeokuta.

    Information further revealed that the suspect is also a ‘big-time’ dealer in illicit drugs and that his cult group always uses his abode as their meeting point from where they plan how to carry out their notorious activities.

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    A passenger identified as Chukwuma Anthony Ezeh, on Wednesday slumped and died at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.

    An official source at the MMIA arrival terminal told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the passenger slumped on arrival from China and died while waiting to collect his luggage

    Ezeh, according to information on his passport, was 47 years old at the time of the incident.

    Spokesperson of the Police MMIA Command, DSP Joseph Alabi, who confirmed the incident to NAN at about 9.25p.m. on Wednesday, said the passenger came on board Ethiopian Airline.

    According to him, the incident happened at about 3:15p.m. and the deceased was confirmed dead at the MMIA Clinic.

    “While walking at the arrival hall the man slumped and died,” he said.

    Alabi added that Ezeh’s corpse had been deposited at the Air Force Base Hospital mortuary. (NAN)

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    Following his untimely death on Sunday morning in Chicago, US rapper, Jarad Anthony Higgins widely known as Juice WRLD is now the most most-streamed artiste in the United States.

    According to a report Rolling Stone, the Chicago rapper’s discography earned more than 38. 2 million streams on Sunday, which was the same day he died, nearly 24 million more than any other artist has received that day.

    BuzzAngle Music’s numbers for project units, which is a measure that tallies digital and physical album sales, digital song sales, and audio streams, shows that Juice’s latest album, Deathrace for Love, sold 10,300 project units the day Juice Wrld died.

    While his debut album Goodbye & Good Riddance sold 13,000 units,

    His succesful single “Lucid Dreams” was the most-streamed song on the day of his death. The song was also the leader in digital sales after it racked up 3,000 digital downloads while his song “Legends” earned 1,700 downloads.

    Other songs like “Robbery” and “All Girls Are The Same” all trailed behind “Legends” and “Lucid Dreams,” which samples Sting.

    The 21-year-old rapper died after he suffered a seizure at Chicago’s Midway International Airport on Sunday, which caused him to bleed from the mouth.

    He was pronounced dead shortly after the rapper arrived at the hospital.

    His ex-girlfriend, Alexia Smith, in an interview with Daily Mail also claimed that she witnessed him abusing drugs while they dated in 2018.

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    A 60-year-old man, Taofeek Shotayo, is currently in police custody for allegedly having carnal knowledge of the 10-year-old stepdaughter of his neighbour, after luring the innocent girl with N600.

    Abimbola Oyeyemi, Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, said the incident happened at the Obantoko area of Abeokuta.

    In a statement issued on Wednesday, Oyeyemi said the suspect was arrested on Monday following a complaint lodged at the Aregbe Police Station by the victim’s stepfather.

    The PPRO explained that the suspect allegedly lured the victim into his room in the Abule Aro area of Obantoko, Abeokuta, with N600 and defiled her.

    “The complainant stated that he got to know about the incident when he and the victim’s mother noticed a sudden change in her behaviour, which prompted them to question her intensively. The victim narrated how the randy old man slept with her after he had given her N600 and further stated that it was the second time he would defile her.

    “Upon the report, the DPO, Aregbe Division, DSP Ope Olasunkanmi, detailed his detectives to the scene and the suspect was promptly arrested. He has made a confessional statement to the police, while the victim has been taken to hospital for medical attention.”

    Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson, has ordered that the suspect be transferred to the Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and prosecution.

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    The Rivers State Police Command has assured that its homicide department would do everything within its powers to bring to book suspected rapists and murderers of a final year student of the Rivers State University identified as Miss. Itonyo Maltida Mark.

    The 24-year old was said to have been raped and then brutally stabbed by her assailants inside her off campus apartment close to Eagle Island part of Port Harcourt.

    Matilda’s body was found in pool of her blood in the early hours of Tuesday, December 10.

    The Command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Nnamdi Omoni, also a Lawyer, confirmed the incident and that the remains of the lady had been evacuated and deposited at the morgue.

    Omoni also said the immediate family of the deceased had been contacted and that they were helping the police with information to unravel the mysterious murder.

    There was outpouring of lamentations by people around when an ambulance, accompanied by security personnel, evacuated her lifeless body from her apartment in Eagle lsland, Port Harcourt.

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    American singer and actress, ‘Cassie’ Elizabeth Ventura has shared the first glimpse of her baby daughter, Frankie Stone Fine on social media.

    The “Me & You” singer was pictured holding her daughter’s hand in the adorable black and white image posted to her Instagram page.

    “She’s just different. Frankie Stone Fine. My BFF”, she captioned the photo.

    The 32-year-old Cassie, parted ways with American rapper and businessman, P Diddy after 11 years together. Thereafter, she found love again in Alex Fine, her personal trainer.

    According to TMZ, the couple christened the new baby born in L.A. County hospital on Friday, December 6 Frankie Stone Fine.

    The baby girl weighed in at 8 lbs., 4 oz and measured a smidge over 21 inches long at birth.

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    PUNCH AND ITS SINISTER MOTIVES FOR ATTACKS ON PRESIDENT BUHARI
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    The reported new editorial policy of the Punch Newspapers to address President Muhammadu Buhari as Major General in his official title and refer to his government as a regime instead of administration, comes to us as totally curious and utterly incredible.

    The paper claimed that it is changing President Buhari’s official title to General because of his government’s alleged disregard for the rule of law.

    Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), for that is his title, and he was indeed a Major General, but today retired from that position and now twice democratically elected president of Nigeria – is not the choice of Punch Newspaper’s editors and owners, that is clear.

    He is, however, the two-time electoral choice of the voters of Nigeria, those very people who Punch Newspapers described this morning as “lethargic”: a disdaining epithet apportioned to decent, hard-working, everyday Nigerians for not agreeing with, and for not having voted in line with their publication’s editorial and political opinions.

    Punch’s editorial today is, however, entirely in line with holding and exercising the right of free speech and freedom of the press, as my friend and colleague, Femi Adesina said earlier today.

    Femi, Special Adviser, Media and Publicity said the fact the Punch can insult the President in a front page editorial and they go home to sleep, peacefully, is the best testimony to the prevalence of the freedom of the press and of expression in the country.

    To quote him, “rather than being pejorative, addressing President Buhari by his military rank is another testimony to free speech and freedom of the press, which this administration (or regime, if anyone prefers: it is a matter of semantics) has pledged to uphold and preserve.”

    In countries around the world where this right does not exist, newspapers do not publish articles such as the one Punch did today; nor do they get to express political opinions contrary to that of government. The exact freedoms Punch claims are missing are self-evident here – in print, on the internet – for all Nigerians and the whole world to see.

    There is nothing wrong with expressing contrary opinions to this government – nor being in opposition to the president: this is the right of very Nigerian.

    However, calling for the armed overthrow of the democratically elected administration is a different matter entirely: this Punch has in no way done – but others who they seek to defend, have.

    There is the difference. Punch: oppose the government as much as you want to.

    We welcome your contribution to the debate. But we ask you not to throw insults at the good voters of Nigeria for not agreeing to your choice at the last election.

    Oppose in good humour: for that is the mark of the true democrat – that which you purport to be.

    It is not within the power or rights of a newspaper to unilaterally and whimsically change the formal official title or the designation of the country’s President as it pleases.

    It is unprecedented and absurd in our recent political history. The Punch never changed President Olusegun Obasanjo’s title from the President to General Obasanjo, despite the latter’s refusal to comply with Supreme Court judgment, ordering him to release N30 billion of Lagos State local councils funds.

    When General Ibrahim Babangida who wasn’t democratically elected assumed the title of President, why didn’t the Punch challenge him or address him by any title it so desired?

    In fact, IBB closed media houses for several months and years, including Punch.

    But the paper didn’t stop addressing him as President, despite the fact that he wasn’t elected.

    It is obvious that the Punch newspapers are playing partisan opposition politics which has nothing to do with journalism.

    The Constitution of Nigeria recognises the President as the formal official title of the occupant of that office. Can the Punch newspapers, in their hubris address the President as Prime Minister as it pleases?

    Is it within the paper’s responsibility or power to change the official title of the man who occupies the office of the President? Does that mean any newspaper is free to address the Comptroller General of Customs a Colonel rather than his official title?

    The Punch newspaper should separate journalism from partisan politics. What it is embarking upon is purely political and it is designed to play to the gallery and cause confusion.

    Punch Newspaper’s double standards in cuddling some of our past dictators and their open contempt for President Buhari clearly show that the paper has sinister motives for its current curious editorial judgment. Its personal hatred for and animus towards President Buhari should not be allowed to becloud its good judgment.

    Garba Shehu is the Senior Special Assistant to the President.

    Source: NAN

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