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Runtown and Sudanese-Australian model, Adut Akech, 20, spark relationship rumours with loved-up videos









Nigerian singer, Runtown, 30, and South Sudanese-Australian fashion model, Adut Akech Bior, 20, have sparked relationship rumours.



The pair took to their respective Instagram accounts to share loved-up videos of them enjoying a stroll with the father of one seen planting a sweet kiss on the model.

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This is unacceptable. Reopen churches now- CAN tells state governments yet to open churches









Reverend Samson Ayokunle, the president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has described as ''unacceptable and unreasonable'' the continuous closure of worship centres by some state government.



Several state governments closed worship centers as part of measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus in their states. While some states have reopened and issued guidelines for worshippers to adhere to, some others like Lagos and Ogun state governments are yet to reopens worship centers.



In a statement released by his Special Assistant, (Media and Communications), Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, the CAN boss said it is unacceptable for these state governments to continue to lockdown churches.




“The President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), His Eminence, Rev Dr Samson ‘Supo Ayokunle, on behalf of the Association, has called on all State governments that are yet to reopen churches under their watches to do so now because the continued lockdown order on the places of worship is no longer acceptable and reasonably justified.

Despite the directive given by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 with regards to the re-opening of places of worship nationwide, some states like Lagos and Ogun are yet to allow worship places, especially churches, to be reopened. What sin have the places of worship committed?

With the sudden emergence of the coronavirus pandemic, the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) at all levels, agreed with the government on the need to close down the places of worship, economy, schools and every other facet of life.

But with the reopening of the economy, especially the markets (both organized and the unorganized markets) along with the plan to reopen airports and schools, the closure of churches anywhere in the country is no longer tenable and acceptable. In what way are the opened and roadside markets more organized than the church which warranted their opening?

Is it not our members in the places of worship that do go to markets and other sectors opened? Why are they allowed to go to markets and disallowed from going to places of worship? Is it because the marketers cannot contact the virus in the markets and airports?

It is our opinion that while the government and other relevant stakeholders are working hard to get cure for the COVID-19 pandemic, the Church too has a role to play by seeking for divine solutions as well” the statement read in part
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Government has declared war against the arts - Soyinka reacts to amended NBC code









Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka has reacted to the amended 6th broadcasting code by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) which has ignited a controversy in the last few weeks.



Soyinka described the amended code as an “economic sabotage” and also accused the government of declaring war on arts and its producers.



The Nobel Laureate who said he discovered some “potentially dangerous aspects” while reading excerpts from the newly proposed NBC broadcasting code, said the new code will place unfair burden on the sector and also restrict intellectual property rights.



He said in the statement;




“I think it is about time the government come out openly and admit that it has declared war against the Arts and its producers, instead of its present tactics of piecemeal attrition.

“Just when we were reeling from the action of the Ministry of Youth and Development in joining hands with book pirates by providing a free-loading portal for the works of Nigerian authors, among others, along comes a new regulatory hit against the cinema and video enterprise, and its operators.

“Let me quickly utilise the opening of this new flank to commend the Director-General of the Nigerian Copyright Commission for his prompt attention to the complaint by Nigerian authors.”

He added that some of the regulations restrict intellectual property rights with who they choose to work with.

Noting that the new code will place unfair burden on the sector, he, therefore, asked the government to desists from stifling the industry.

“And now it is the turn of a sister industry to be placed under siege! I have just read excerpts of the newly proposed NBC broadcasting code and become aware of some potentially dangerous aspects of the code. Whilst one concedes that some of the regulations are well-intentioned, I shudder to imagine unintended consequences such as backhanded censorship in the age of digital media.

“These restrict intellectual property rights and their scope of exploitation with whomsoever one chooses to collaborate. It is economic sabotage writ large, directed against thousands of practitioners. Regulatory? This is strangulatory in effect!

“Several practitioners’ voices have been raised in protest. For one such insider’s detailed and passionate exposition on the deleterious provisions of this Code, I shall draw particular attention of policymakers to Chris Ihidero’s Why Does the NBC Want to Kill Local Content in Nigeria?

“If I may invoke a contemporary tragic image to render graphically what Ihidero and others have pleaded on behalf of both creators and consumers of this artistic productivity:

“Let government kindly take its knee off the neck of this industry. Please – let it breathe!”
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Kwara state governor's Chief of Staff, Aminu Logun has died












The Chief of Staff to the Kwara State Governor, Aminu Logun, has died.



Logun's death was confirmed on Twitter by Fafoluyi Olayinka, the Special Assistant, New Media to the Kwara State Governor, Abdulrasaq Abdulrahman.




“Kwara State Chief Of Staff, Aminu Adisa Logun Is Dead.. Indeed, death is the next thing after birth. Black Tuesday here in Kwara.”Fafoluyi said



The late Logun was appointed the Chief of Staff of the Kwara State Governor in 2019 few weeks after Governor Abdulrazaq was sworn in.

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Remains of one of 43 students who went missing in Mexico more than five years ago identified





















Olachi, the daughter of Nigerian gospel singer, Buchi, has graduated with a First Class Honours in Mass Communication (Advertising) from Babcock University.





Her proud father took to his social media accounts to celebrate her success.





Buchi wrote: 'Babcock University results are out, and my daughter, Olachi has made a beautiful First Class in Mass Comm (Advertising)! Praaaaise the Lord!!!




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Court of Appeal affirms Yahaya Bello as Kogi state governor












The Court of Appeal in Abuja has affirmed the election of Kogi Governor Yahaya Bello.



In a judgement delivered today July 4, the five-man panel of justices of the court upheld Governor Bello’s election, dismissing the appeals filed by four political parties challenging the governor’s re-election in the November 2019 governorship poll.



Those who filed the appeals were the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Social Democratic Party (SDP), the Action Peoples Party (APP), and the Democratic Peoples Party (DPP).



In its appeal, APP had claimed that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) unlawfully excluded it from the governorship election in the state. While delivering judgment, Justice Mohammed Shuaibu dismissed the party's appeal. He also affirmed the decision of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal which dismissed the petition filed by the APP and awarded a cost of N100,000 against the party.



The appellate court also dismissed the appeal filed by the Democratic Peoples Party (DPP) challenging Governor Bello’s victory in the November 2019 governorship election.



The SDP candidate, Natasha Akpoti's appeal was dismissed on grounds that she could not prove the allegations of corruption and voter intimidation against the governor.



On his part, Mr. Musa Wada of the PDP was penalized by the court and his appeal was also dismissed. Wada was ordered to pay a sum of N100,000 each to Governor Bello, the All Progressives Congress (APC), and INEC, who were listed as respondents in the appeal.



INEC on November 18, 2019, declared Bello winner of the state governorship election. He polled a total of 406,222 votes to beat his closest rival, Wada who scored 189,704 votes and Akpoti who garnered a total of 9,482 votes.

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322 Nigerians evacuated from the US arrive Lagos (photos)



































322 Nigerians evacuated from the US have arrived in Nigeria. The evacuees were stranded in the US due to the Coronavirus pandemic.





















The evacuated Nigerians departed the US onboard an Ethiopian airline flight and arrived at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos on Saturday, July 4.





















According the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission NIDCOM, all the evacuees tested negative for COVID-19 and will now proceed into the mandatory 14 days self-isolation.







''Evacuation Update: 322 Evacuees arrives at Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos via @flyethiopia ET 509 from the USA.




All Evacuees tested Negative to #COVID19 and will now proceed on 14 days SELF-ISOLATION as mandated by @NCDCgov, @Fmohnigeria, and PTF on #COVID-19.'' NIDCOM wrote on Twitter










While welcoming the evacuees, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, chairman of the Commission, said another flight from India with evacuated Nigerians is expected in the hours of tomorrow, July 5. She however disclosed that some of the passengers were not allowed to board the flight because they failed to produce their COVID-19 test results.







''Welcome home from the USA , as we await flight from India in the early hours of tomorrow. Unfortunately , some passengers were not allowed to board because they did not present their COVID 19 tests'' Dabiri-Erewa tweeted










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