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Abuja to Hosts Miss Heritage Global Pageant

Abuja, the Nigerian capital city, has been selected to host this year’s edition of the Miss Heritage Global pageant with beauty queens from 60 countries already booked to compete for honours in the show which is tagged #Abujatotheworld and slated for October 2021.

The 2019 edition of the pageant was hosted in Accra, the Ghanaian capital city.
The event, which is billed to last 10 days, will commence with an international Entertainment Economic Summit in the last week of September at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.

Addressing a press conference in Abuja, Monday, President of Miss Heritage Global, Nhlanhla Shabangu, said the event will showcase Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage in cuisines, fashion, dance etc., as the contestants will also undertake a tour of the country’s heritage sites to learn about Nigeria as well as experience everyday culture in “Africa’s most culturally influential country”. “Nigeria is at the front of putting African culture forward on a global stage and so it has been our goal to host Miss Heritage global in Nigeria from inception. Everywhere around the world people are listening to afrobeat and eating African food because of Nigeria’s influence and now we are bringing the world to experience the source of all this cultural creativity”, said Shabangu.

According to him, “hosting Miss Heritage Global puts a global spotlight on Nigeria’s culture in an educative and entertaining experience that has something for everyone”
Shabangu said the Miss Heritage Global 10-day experience will allow the world to see the authentic side of Nigeria outside of mainstream media narratives through the contestants’ firsthand experience which they will share online.

“The 10 days event programme also aims to promote cultural diplomacy by engaging the diplomatic corps from participating countries in the host country through various networking events that opens up the opportunity for international business and collaboration. All of this culminating into a captivating live show celebrating world culture through music, fashion, and dance which will be broadcast live on http://www.missheritage.org”, he stated.

Commenting on the kind of beauty that will wear the Miss Heritage crown, Vice President and creator of Miss Heritage Global, Ronald Tisauke, who was also at the Press briefing, said, “Miss Heritage Global is the woman who has demonstrated openness to learning a new culture, while displaying pride for her own.

At the core of the MHG brand is unity in diversity, so the Miss Heritage Global Queen is a cultural ambassador who embodies the ability for humanity to come together and despite our cultural differences”.

Contestants in the pageant are expected to arrive Nigeria on October 1, 2021 and will take part in several pre-pageant events fixed to boost the show.

Earlier in his welcome address, President of Entertainment Economic Summit Africa Group (EESA), who chaired the event, Alhaji Musa Mantu, said the event will be held in collaboration with federal government agencies to promote Nigeria’s rich heritage.

Stating that EESA aims at driving new initiatives and partnerships for the good of the new digital economy and the sustainability of the entertainment industry in Nigeria and indeed Africa at large, Alhaji Mantu thanked organizers of the event for selecting Abuja as host city from over 120 interested cities across the world.

Mantu said entertainment and tourism have the potentials to boost Nigeria’s economic fortunes, away from oil, if properly harnessed.

Quoting PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC), Mantu said “apart from the tourism, arts and digital economy industries, the media and entertainment industry contributes more than $717 billion to the United States economy. The film and television industry alone contributes more than $41 billion each year to the economy and provide nearly two million people with employment. Nigeria as the highest content producing country in the world at the moment can be a direct beneficiary and If Africa can create one market, then, we can compete favorably well with any market globally.”

Speaking also, Media Partner for the event, Charles Ndudim, said Abuja is about to experience a show that will turn its fortunes around.
According to him, the Miss Heritage Global pageant is the biggest event in the tourism and entertainment calendar scheduled for 2021 adding that all Covid-19 prevention protocols will be fully observed in the management of the event.

He urged Nigerians to be ready for an event that will not be easily deleted from their memory in a long time.

19-year-old UNILORIN Student Commits Suicide After Losing N300m To Forex

A 300-level student of the Department of Agriculture, University of Ilorin, Gbenga Favour Olaoye-Akanbi, has committed suicide after he was allegedly duped by a forex trader, Eseka Chuckwutem Gospel (ESG).

Family sources told SaharaReporters that Olaoye-Akanbi was discovered dead on Sunday after drinking poison.

The 19-year-old student was said to have invested over N300 million belonging to his colleagues and friends in a business run by ESG.

Speaking to SaharaReporters, a friend of the deceased and an investor with the firm explained how they were duped.

He said, “The investment is forex. The guy’s name is Eseka Chuckwutem Gospel. We started the investment together this year. It seems he stopped trading, so he turned indirectly to a Ponzi scheme without the knowledge of those investing.

“He has a particular group. Most people in that group collected money from other people to invest in his business. The late Gbenga collected money from different people to invest with ESG at a certain percentage.

“Later on, the investment crashed, and the guy was arrested. With the help of some senior police officials, he was released. So over time, people that were with ESG as investors (they had borrowed money to invest) were now being pressurized to repay the loan they took. I am one of the investors, too; we were under a lot of pressure to pay up. So I think because of this guy’s age, he is just 19-year-old, he couldn’t withstand the pressure and committed suicide.”

A course mate of the deceased said he assured them that forex is not a Ponzi scheme and that he had back up funds, much enough to pay every one of his investors their capital and profits even if things went wrong.

“It’s so sad; I have over N5m investment deal with him. He claimed to be the one doing the trading initially, but when the problem started around June, he started mentioning one Eseka Chuckwutem Gospel as his boss. He told us they were arrested together, but that our money was safe with him.

He later promised to pay everyone’s capital before December. I was surprised when I saw people posting his pictures with RIP today,” he told SaharaReporters.

17 Year Old Die In Ondo After Smoking “Colorado” Drug

A 17-year-old boy has died in Ondo State after taking a psychotropic substance popularly known on the streets as ‘colorado’.

The boy identified as Joshua, who took the hard drug over the weekend, gave up the ghost after being in coma for two days.

According to sources, the deceased who was residing in Oba-Ile, Akure South Local Government Area if the State where the incident happened, took some portion of the substance from his friends who were already in the habit of taking hard drugs.

Following his weird behaviour within minutes of taking ‘colorado’, his friends were said to have called his siblings who rushed him to the hospital where he later gave up the ghost.

According to one of the sources, “when few moment after Joshua took a puff of colorado, his friends said he had difficulty in breathing and later he began to hallucinate.
“His friends were scared of his reactions and they quickly called on his people.”

‘Colorado’ is one of the banned psychotropic substances that is currently prevalent among youths. The hard drug is said to be made from synthetic plant.

ASUU STRIKE: FG Mortgaging Future of Nigerian Students: CoalCity Youth Council

A youth organization known as CoalCity Youth Council (C.Y.C) has has said that Nigerian Government together with ASUU are frustrating the future of Nigerian Students following the nine months industrial action.

The Council through her National President, Comrade Ifebuchi Chime made this known in Enugu while arguing that, the educational system in Nigeria today is in bad shape unlike what was obtainable in early 70s, 80s, down to 90s.

He reiterated this while examining the efforts made by both Federal Government of Nigeria and Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, as they failed to reach an agreement towards calling off the ever prolonged industrial action in Nigeria which has hampered academic activities in all our Federal Institutions in the past nine months. As he described the failed process a waste of time and resources.

Chime, while issuing an appraisal on this fruitless efforts so far, opined it is quite unfortunate and disheartening to see this unbalancing gimmick games been played on the future of Nigerian students after the Minister of Labour and Employment Dr Chris Ngige announced 9th of December 2020 as the end point to the lingered strike without reaching a concrete agreement with the body of ASUU.

“Let this be sent to both bodies, especially Federal Government of Nigeria. CYC cannot afford to fold their arms as a Government and watch the future of our youths and their academic life run into ruinous. Something meaningful should be done to enable our future leaders return back to classrooms. Nigeria students are bearing the pains while two big elephants are fighting”, he noted.

The National President of the Council also emphasised that, it is the duty and responsibility of our Government to provide quality and good educational system as he charged FG to look into the recent agreement reached with the University teachers, such as full payment of six to nine months withheld salaries and check-off dues of ASUU members. Also, the N40 billion earned academic allowance and N30 billion funding for revitalisation which was supposed to be remitted since 11th day of December, 2020 based on the agreement reached with representatives of both parties.

No Record of COVID-19 Patients among Corps Members in Abia Camp

The Abia State Government has stated that there is no record of confirmed Covid-19 case in the state National youth Service (NYSC) camp as erroneously reported few days ago.

The State Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, who was briefing newsmen in Umuahia on the erroneous impression regarding Corps members that recently passed out from the State Orientation Camp at Igbere. Bende LGA, said that Government is satisfied with the prevention and control measures put in place by the NYSC management at the camp.

Chief Okiyi Kalu noted that all Corps members and visitors to the camp were subjected to Covid-19 test and made to comply with the necessary protocols right from the gate of the camp using the Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) kit, adding that out of the 6 positive RDT results who were immediately moved to the Abia State Specialist Hospital and Diagnostic Center, Amachara, for confirmation tests, 5 returned positive PCR results and were subsequently isolated and managed with 4 already discharged in line with NCDC protocols. However, one is still being managed at the isolation center.

He noted that at no time were the 6 Corps members with positive RDT results allowed to enter the camp. He further gave the breakdown of the tests conducted at the camp as 1,181 RDT tests comprising 973 Corp members and 208 non Corp members with 6 Positive results and 5 PCR confirmation.

The Commissioner reiterated that the state government “is satisfied with the measures put in place by the management of NYSC in the state to prevent the spread of the disease in camp and is fully supporting the Corps with our epidemiology, surveillance and rapid response teams”.

Chief Okiyi who stated that media report of 17 confirmed Covid-19 patients among Corp members is erroneous and should be discarded assured that testing and surveillance processes will continue throughout every camping period and beyond for those serving in the state.

In her contribution, the Abia State Cordinator of the National Youth Service Corps, Lady Bona Fashakin, insisted that the Abia State Orientation Camp of the Corps is Covid-19 free as they have consistently subjected all Corps members and staff to compulsory testing before entry into the camp while all the Covid-19 protocols are observed inside the camp. According to her, those who test positive at the entrance are immediately conveyed by ambulance to Amachara for PCR confirmation without being allowed to enter the camp until certified free of the virus.

#EndSARS activists begin mass shutdown of accounts with Access Bank

Aggrieved activists over the weekend mobilised for the mass closure of Access Bank accounts and the boycotting of the bank’s products and services.

The punitive action, some of the activists said, would start from today, Monday, November 16, 2020, and is in retaliation for the bank’s closure of the accounts of some chieftains of the recent #EndSARS protests.

Below are some of the tweets preparing the ground for the mass action:

JuwonSanyaolu @AyowoleSanyaolu: As we all close our Access Bank account in protest against freezing the account of some #EndSARS Protesters, let’s also remember that @simplyEromz, EndSars activist, will be spending the 8th day in illegal detention without being charged to court.

#FreeEromz #SaturdayMotivation

Uchechukwu @UcheJ07: If you are still banking with @myaccessbank You support tyranny and you are spitting on the people who lost thier lives during the #EndSARS protest…

Close your access Bank account #BoycottAccessBank
@DirectorSolomon: If you are still banking with @myaccessbank
You support tyranny and you are spitting on the people who lost thier lives during the #EndSARS protest…

Close your access Bank account #BoycottAccessBank
Bida Boy @kennysax2 Replying to @myaccessbank:
You switched of your security light and cameras during the #endsars protest.

You sacked 800 staffs including my cousin during #COVID19
You granted the top of your building for evil men to use against young Nigerians.

Access bank will never trend for good reason.

No_Nonsense_Queen @QueenNonsense: 2 things we ask here.

Close your access bank account..

Never send money to someone through access bank.

#BoycottAccessBank
Naija @Naija_PR: Some Nigerians have decided to close their Access Bank account because of what happened to some of #EndSARS protesters account

Eloquent RealtorPurple heartElectric light bulb @only1oleever:
BREAKING TIPS: ways to boycott Access Bank

close your account with them

stop sending money to any access bank account holder, let them give you another account to send money to #BoycottAccessBank

Mazi Edunwannem @Edunwannem: If you see me on Monday walking into
@accessbank, am going in to close my access bank account. Na person wey dey with me I go dey with.

#EndSarsNow Raised fistFlag of Nigeria @kennytrips: I don’t have bank account with Access Bank to close but I have just unfollowed them here. Visit the Twitter account and unfollow too.
@myaccessbank you made the wrong move.

News Express

PHOTOS: Prince Lawrence Ezeh charges Enugu Youths to take power, donates bus to Group

The chairman of Buzuzu
Construction Company Limited, and Price of Mburubu ancient Kingdom, Engineer Lawrence Ezeh has charged youths of Enugu extraction to strive hard to take over political leadership of the state, come 2023.

Ezeh gave the charge at the 3rd year anniversary of Coal City Youth Development Initiative, which was marked at Ascott Hotel, New Haven Enugu.

He was accompanied by the Prince of Nkerefi, Hon Onuoha, the President-General of Mburubu Town Union, Hon Emmanuel Edeh as well as the publisher of Jungle Journalist Media Limited, ThankGod Ofoelue.

Addressing the Assembly of young men and women, the Prince of Mburubu, as he is fondly called decried the tendency of the youths to allow themselves be easily bought over by politicians during elections.

He also asked them to stop selling their conscience for money and then turning around to complain that they have been shortchanged when denied political relevance in leadership.

Responding, the chairman of of the group, Hon Arinze Chilo-Ofiah thanked the engineer for his advice and promised that the youths would strive to act on his advice.

Highpoint of the event was the donation of a Toyota Hummer bus to the organisation by Eng Ezeh.

Handing over the keys to the Chilo-Ofiah and the founder, Mr John Paul Anih, Ezeh stated that he gave the bus because the youth group had solicited for one, and no one had shown any sign to assist.

He charged them to make good use of the utility bus for the benefit of Enugu Youths and people.

PHOTOS:

Anambra police command resumes patrols across state

Anambra State Police command has resumed its regular security patrols and check points across the state in a bid to deter criminals.

The resumption of the security patrols and check points was necessitated due to the shutdown of the security posts during the October #ENDSARS protests Nationwide.

The move by the state police command also seeks to gain on-the-spot assessment of the various flash points in the state, police check points, patrol teams and security posts to ascertain the level of damage done and the normalcy restored, and also to get information on level of crimes committed during the absence of the police in order to strategize on more ways of securing lives and property of the state’s residents .

Addressing Journalists, the Anambra state Commissioner of Police, Mr. John Abang said the move became imperative due to observed criminal activities by some misguided elements who rob members of the public of their belongings especially during the period, and assured that the police personnel have been deployed to all parts of the state to ensure normalcy.

Mr. Abang who spoke through the command’s Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Haruna Mohammed revealed that the state police personnel have been sensitized and briefed on police Public relations while the welfare of the members of the command is being taken care of by the federal government.

The Police Commissioner also hinted that a total number of ten persons have been arrested during their first day of their resumption of patrols at Upper Iweka Onitsha.

Mr Abang went further to extol the state residents for their support and partnership in rebuilding the vandalized facilities and appreciated their tireless support to the command which has demonstrated that there is existing peace, love and acceptance between Ndi Anambra and the police. Up Sot

Reacting to the return of the security agencies to their posts, a petty trader, Mrs. Ebele Nwoye and a road user, Chief PC Emenaka at Oye-Agu junction, Ifitedunu said that the development has restored their confidence in going about their businesses without fear and urged the state residents to remain law abiding.

A newspaper vendor at Ugwu-Nwasike Ogidi Ifesinachi Kalu and Ejike Obiana recalled how dangerous the area had become due to the absence of the police personnel as residents of the area have been living in fear. Up Sot

At Afor Nkpor and Nkpor Junction, a restaurant owner Mr. Christopher Onyekuba, Ifeanyi Uzoegbu and Felicia Nnakwe asked the police personnel to rewrite the perception of the public about them which will go along way in Promoting good working relationship between them and the members of the public. Up sot

Other places visited included, Amawbia round about off, old Enugu-Onitsha Express Way check point, Enugwu-Ukwu-Abagana boundary check point, Upper Iweka Onitsha, Obodo-Ukwu Junction, Bridge Head Onitsha and Three-Three.

Akwa Ibom Govt refutes claims by Cross River Police on transportation of hoodlums

Press Release

The grave allegation by the Police Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Police, Cross River State Command that the perpetrators of the dastardly acts of looting and arson that occurred in the Cross River State Capital, Calabar, came from Akwa Ibom is manifestly untrue and misleading.

This State Government’s position was arrived at after a comprehensive review of existing evidence by security agencies in our state. It became clear that the attacks on public and private property in Calabar was not and could not have been carried out by people who were transported from our state for that purpose, as there was no such transportation of hoodlums by water, from our state to Cross River State, as claimed by some fake reports.

There is a clear difference between an act committed by non-indigenous residents and that committed by people who are visiting for the purpose of commuting crime. The statement by the PPRO paints a picture that the hoodlums left Akwa Ibom to Cross River to commit the crime-this is false as both Naval Ships and other security agencies within the jurisdiction can attest that there was no such movement .

We are deeply concerned about such a careless statement by a Police Officer, as it has the capacity to create strife between the sister states. Moreover, We are also conscious that the now dreaded and globally condemned Xenophobia has its origin in such negative indiscretions.

We hereby restate here and for the records that, no hoodlums were loaded and transported in boats from Akwa Ibom to Cross River State as claimed by some reports and that the people who wrecked the senseless carnage in Calabar, did not go from Akwa Ibom state to commit the crime.

Signed:

Comrade Ini Ememobong

Honourable Commissioner for Information & Strategy

29102020

Civil Society Group calls for inclusion of activists in Enugu State #EndSARS panel

PRESS STATEMENT
28Th Oc tober, 2020.

APPRECIATION OF SETTING UP OF ADMINISTRATIVE PANEL OF INQUIRY BY THE ENUGU STATE GOVERNOR TO HANDLE THE CASE OF ENDSARS VICTIMS: CALL FOR INCLUSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COMMUNITY AND ONE MORE YOUTH IN THE ADMINISTRATIVE PANEL AND EXPANSION OF THE TERMS OF REFERENCE.

The attention of International Solidarity for Peace and Human Rights Initiative had been drawn to recent action of Enugu state of setting up of a special panel of Inquiry called Administrative Panel of Inquiry to look into the case of various category of losses suffered by residents of Enugu state as a result of violence and destruction that took over the hitherto peaceful ENDSARS protest.

We see this intervention as a welcomed initiative giving the high level of calamity that has befallen so many people following the violence that characterised the later part of the protest.

Setting up of the Administrative Panel has cleared the confusion and uncertainty that have beclouded the mind of the affected victims and families of casualties of the protest as well as concerned members of the public of what becomes their fate.

With the setting up of this panel, it is clear that all the perons that have lost their property, sustained various cstegory of injuries and families of those who lost their loved ones will receive adequate compensation .

While appreciating the Governor for this intervention, we call on him to include representatives of human rights Civil Society Organisations and National Human Rights Commission in the panel as wrll as add one more youth from a general youth platform to complement the student youth already there as a member.
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The expediency of this demand is necessitated by the unique nature of the issues to be handled by the panel which bother mainly on human rights violations including extra-judicial killings, the social class of the victims and those the recommendation of the panel will revolve around for implementation.

Our call is also necessitated by the fact of special knowledge, experience and skill that human rights activists/defenders possess on areas of human rights violation investigation and report which form the core aspect of the panel’s responsibility

Even though there is youth there to represent the students, thst is not adequate enough giving the nature of the issues at stake. Out of about 6 persons in our record who were extra-judicially killed, all are youths. The youths should be more than one in such a panel as the recommendation of the panel will affect them and they are the ones to drive the process of implementation of the outcome.

We therefore call on the Governor to include representatives of human rights organisations and National Human Rights Commission in the panel as well as add one more youth to complement the one already there who is a student.

We also suggest that the Terms of Reference should be expanded to include the following:
1. To investigate the circumstances that triggered off the violence protest and the destruction and when the violence and destruction started .
2. To recommend ways of forestalling future occurrence.

The need for including these in the terms of reference is for the government and the prople to have the opportunity of discovering and knowing the real truth of what transpired during the period of the protest and to know what really made the hitherto peaceful protest to transit into violent dimension which led to the recorded monumental loss in both human and financial resources. More importantly it will help the government and the people to avert future occurrences

It is good to pay compensation to the victims of violence and destruction but it is also very expedient to know how the violence started, what triggered it off in the first place and how to avert or prevent it in the future. It is also good to set up a panel but is also very essential to use the people that will give the correct result and people that will matter in the course of implementation of the outcome in csrrying out the assignment.

Your Sincerely,

Comrade Osmond Ugwu.
President,

Dr Jerry Chukwuokolo
Secretary.