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11:07

I didn’t endorse Buhari in 2015, rejected Osinbajo’s offer – Femi Kuti




Nigerian Afrobeat singer and son of Music legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti has denied endorsing President Muhammadu Buhari in 

2015.

A Twitter user identified as @McAnthony had accused Kuti of endorsing Buhari and that he is likely to support Tinubu’s 

ticket in 2023.

@McAnthony wrote: “Femi Kuti endorsed Buhari in 2015, I won’t be surprised if he supports batshit. He does not matter in 

the scheme of things.

“Baba you welcomed Osinbajo to your house.”

Responding, Femi stated that although he was approached by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to campaign for Buhari in 2015, he 

rejected the offer because of his father.

His tweets read: “How you all come up with fabricated lies beats me.

“But why all the lies? You heard me endorse him or ever anyone? Thank goodness the video is on YouTube.

“To be clear, Osinbajo came to my house to ask me to join their campaign and I told him no, rumours started to spread that 

I supported them.

“When he came in front of the crowd was my opportunity to clear it. Go and watch and come back.” Dailypost
11:07

Jurgen Klopp Gives Update on Liverpool’s Transfer Window




The German was speaking at a press conference ahead of the Reds second league game against Crystal Palace on Monday, 

August 15th, 2022. According to Klopp, the club will not buy any player but a player that will fit in perfectly with the 

formation of that team.

It has to be the right player, not just a player. If we had the right solution then we would have done it already. We are 

not stubborn. We have had a lot of conversations already and it doesn’t look like anything will happen.

Liverpool have been hit with injury worries and the latest player that has been ruled out of Thiago Alcantara who will be 

out for six weeks. The Anfield club failed to beat Fulham in their opening league game but will be looking to get maximum 

points against Crystal Palace. Notjustok
11:06

Osun river contamination: Concerned group frowns at alleged neglect by govt




An Osun-based organisation, Urban Alert has frowned at the state government for allegedly paying lip service to the issue of contamination of the Osun River.

The organisation said it was shocking to see the Osun State Government issuing an impromptu warning to tourists and traditionalists, against drinking from the Osun River on the eve of the Osun Osogbo festival.

In a press release signed by Oluwatosin Olanrewaju, the group’s Communication Officer, on Friday in Osogbo alleged that the state government also neglected other water bodies polluted by gold mining activities in the state.

The press statement said, “For more than a year, the uncertainties surrounding the change in colour of the 213km iconic 

Osun River have faded, with the deployment of science and technology to unravel the puzzle and bring facts to the tables 

of all stakeholders.

“Urban Alert expresses its dissatisfaction over the initial denial of the Osun State Government on the harmful elements 

uncovered by the organization and the response of the government to the life-threatening issue.”

While noting that it has been scientifically confirmed that the Osun River has been heavily contaminated with mercury, 

lead and cyanide by the illegal and unregulated licensed gold miners operating in the state, Urban Alert added that 

independent investigations have shown that arsenic, iron and nickel have also contaminated the Osun River at a level 

harmful to man and livestock.

“Despite vigorous engagements with the Federal Government, the Osun State Government and other stakeholders, nothing 

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“Having informed the Osun State Government and all appropriate organs of the Federal Government of the deleterious effect 

of the Osun River contamination, no serious step has been taken for the safety of the affected communities and the Osun 

Osogbo Sacred Grove which sits on the bank of the Osun River.”

It alleged that response of the state government and many federal agencies to the poisoned river has been lukewarm and 

lacked the determination needed to address the issue of illegal and unregulated licensed gold mining that has not only 

degraded the environment but has contaminated water bodies and desecrated sacred grounds.

Urban Alert also alleged that the inaction of the Osun Government, and its lack of commitment to the safety of over 2 

million residents of the affected communities, traditionalists and tourists at the Osun Osogbo Sacred Grove (UNESCO World 

Heritage Site), is a clear indication that the safety of the people and access to safe water is not a priority to the 

state government.

While noting its disappointment at the attitude of the governments in addressing the contamination of the river, it warned 

that the lives of the traditionalists, tourists and residents of the state and beyond will continue to get exposed to 

toxic elements through the Osun River, if the polluters are not held responsible and the extant laws governing mining and 

the environment not activated. Dailypost
11:05

Grain ship to dock in Ukraine, leave for Africa




A ship approached Ukraine on Friday to pick up wheat for hungry people in Ethiopia, in the first food delivery to Africa 

under a U.N. plan to unblock grain trapped by Russia’s war on Ukraine and bring relief to some of the millions worldwide 

on the brink of starvation.

Closing in on the half-year mark, the war has sent food prices sky-high and left poorer countries with ever less hope they 

would be getting supplies from the breadbasket of Europe. On Friday, European Council President Charles Michel announced 

though that the first World Food Program transport for Africa was poised to depart.

He said the ship would load in a Ukrainian port and depart for Ethiopia, saying "cooperation of all involved actors is 

key" to avoid food shortage and hunger around the world. Such a move would be a big step in the food crisis caused by 

Russia's invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24.

The ship, Brave Commander, would take more than 23,000 metric tons (27,500 short tons) of grain and export it to Ethiopia.

While Ukrainian and Western officials have repeatedly spoken of the crucial role of grain shipments from Ukraine's Black 

Sea ports in staving off a global food crisis, many of the first dozen vessels to leave the ports were bound for 

destinations in Turkey and Western Europe.

Some analysts attributed this to the need to free up scarce docking space, saying that ships which have been trapped in 

the ports the longest were likely prioritized.

If such news provided a rare glimmer of hope from the gloomiest of surroundings, it was offset by the incessant fighting 

in eastern Ukraine, where the war entered its 170th day. Specifically, the Donbas town of Kramatorsk was hit by 11 rockets 

overnight. Seven people were killed and 14 others were wounded in the region, which remains cut off from gas, running 

water and electricity.

"Three quarters of the population of the region have already been evacuated, because incessant shelling by the Russian 

army doesn't leave civilians any choice — it's either to die from wounds, or from hunger and cold in winter," Donetsk 

regional governor Pavlo Kyrylenko told Ukrainian television.

The world also continued to worry about the threat of a nuclear disaster in eastern Ukraine where shelling has hit the 

area, which is home to Europe's largest nuclear plant.

Shelling near the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia facility continued overnight. Russian forces fired more than 40 rockets 

at the city of Marhanets, which is across the Dnieper river from the power plant. Three people were wounded in the most 

recent shelling, including a 12-year-old boy. The neighboring city of Nikopol was shelled as well, said Valentyn 

Reznichenko, the governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region.

The U.N. nuclear chief warned late Thursday that "very alarming" military activity at the nuclear plant could lead to 

dangerous consequences.

International Atomic Energy Agency Director-General Rafael Grossi urged Russia and Ukraine, who blame each other for the 

attacks at the plant, to immediately allow nuclear experts to assess damage and evaluate safety and security at the 

sprawling nuclear complex where the situation "has been deteriorating very rapidly."

He pointed to shelling and several explosions at Zaporizhzhia last Friday that forced the shutdown of the electrical power 

transformer and two backup transformers, forcing the shutdown of one nuclear reactor. Africanews
11:04

Why I may get married in secret – Luchy Donalds spills




Nollywood actress, Luchy Donalds has disclosed why she may conduct her wedding without the knowledge of anyone.

Taking to her Instagram story, the movie star stated that people should not be surprised that she will get married one day and nobody would know about it.

According to the curvy thespian, her reason for this is due to the fact that she doesn’t know how to gather individuals for an occasion.

She stated that she doesn’t know how to send invites and this is why people may wake up to the news that she’s married without knowing when it occurred.

In her words:

“You people should not be surprised that one day I will get married and nobody will know because you see this thing about gathering people to come for an occasion for me, I no sabi do am at all… I don’t know how to invite or gather people for anything o” 

Gistreel
00:58

Osun police arrest kidnappers of popular Osun businesswoman, Ero Arike





The Osun State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of three persons connected to the kidnapping of Osun businesswoman, Falilat Oyetunji, popularly known as Ero Arike.



Oyetunji, DAILY POST gathered, was kidnapped at Temidire area, Olorunda village, Iragbiji, Boripe Local Government where she went to visit her mother, on Tuesday, August 8, 2022.



But the businessman was rescued by policemen about 20 minutes after she was kidnapped.



In a statement made available by Yemisi Opalola, the Osun State Police Command spokesperson, she confirmed that Oyetunji had been pre-warned on Saturday, August 6, of plans to kidnap her.



The mastermind of the plan, Opalola revealed was one Basiru, a former staff member of Ero Arike Company, and an indigene of Iragbiji.

Two persons of Northern extraction were also involved in the plan to have Oyetunji kidnapped.



According to the statement, “It was in the early hours of Saturday, 6th August, 2022, that an informant, (name withheld) came to inform Mrs Fasilat Oyetunji, ERO ARIKE that he saw some people, led by the former staff of her ERO ARIKE company, one Basiru, from Iragbiji arranging and planning how to kidnap her, then, she came to inform the police about it.

“The Police operatives of the anti-kidnapping squad Osogbo were detailed for the assignment and the surveillance was emplaced.



“The informant was asked to play along with the kidnappers. Today, when consummating their plan, men from the anti-kidnapping squad swung into action and nabbed the three suspects while their driver disappeared with the vehicle they brought for the operation.”

Opalola disclosed that two dane guns, one long knife and a jackknife were recovered from the suspects.



One of the suspects, who inflicted an injury on himself on his stomach, with the jackknife, the police spokesperson stated, has been taken to the Osun State University Teaching Hospital, Osogbo for treatment.



She, however, stated that investigation on the matter was still ongoing. Dailypost 

00:48

“Stop pitying Annie Idibia” – Bisi Alimi speaks on actress’ marriage




Popular gay rights activist, Bisi Alimi gives a take on the storm surrounding Annie Idibia‘s marriage with 2Face Idibia.



This comes following a lengthy apology penned by the singer some days ago which stirred speculations of impregnating another woman despite his long list of baby mamas


In reaction to the Idibia family saga, Bisi Alimi emphasized that Annie Idibia deserved everything the marriage offered as she is an enabler of it all.



“Annie Idibia is an enabler, stop having pity for her. Men like Tuface, need women like Annie to make the puzzle complete. Good luck to them both,” he wrote. Gistreel 

00:40

Soludo suspends LG Chairman over alleged killing of wife




Anambra State governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo has suspended the transition committee chairman of Nnewi North Local Government Area, Hon Mbazulike Iloka.

Iloka, who is popularly known as Mba Mba, was suspended over the circumstances surrounding his wife’s death last Sunday morning.



Iloka’s wife, Chidiebere, was said to have slumped and died on Sunday morning, after serving her husband breakfast.



But those who know the coupe insisted that Iloka may have killed his wife, as he has a record of consistently battering her.

Signs of violence was also found on her body, while a huge wound on her head aroused suspicion, leading to public outcry over her death.

In a letter of suspension, which was signed by Anambra State Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy and Community Affair, Tony Collins Nwabunwanne, the chairman was asked to hand over to the head of Local Government administration, to avoid interfering in investigation.



The letter read: “Following the sad news of the death of your wife, late Mrs Chidiebere Iloka on 7th August 2022, there have been a massive outcry over the circumstances leading to her death, including alleged possible homicide.

“While you are presumed innocent until the completion of investigations, it has become imperative that you step aside to allow unfettered investigation and justice.



“Consequently, you are directed to step aside and to hand over the affairs of the local government to the head of local government administration, not later that 12th August 2022, until further notice.”



Iloka has only recently been appointed chairman of the local government. He has only been in office for about a week before his eventual removal. Dailypost 

00:37

“Envy is destroying our people” – Yul Edochie spills




Presidential aspirant and actor, Yul Edochie, expresses concern about the slow disease consuming the society called envy.


The actor who once faced severe backlash for taking a second wife laments the rise in envy towards those progressing in life.


Yul Edochie, in an Instagram story, encouraged the need to focus on one’s progress rather than spiting that of others.


“Envy no one. Clap for others until your time comes. Envy is destroying our people.

Many aren’t progressing cos they spend so much time worrying about what others are doing rather than doing their own.



If you know how much time you lose in a day just flipping through social media, watching what others are doing. There’s always something you can do to move yourself from point A to B.

Focus. e dey your hand. Envy no one. YUL EDOCHIE,” he wrote.




Gistreel 

00:33

EPL: Raheem Sterling reveals massive surprise he got from Pep Guardiola




Former Manchester City star, Raheem Sterling has said that it came as a ‘massive surprise’ to him when the club’s manager, Pep Guardiola began dropping him on the bench.



Sterling was suddenly reduced to the bench for large parts of last season despite putting up a strong performance whenever he was on the pitch.



“It was a big surprise [losing his starting role].

“A massive surprise. A change of events all of a sudden,” Sterling opened up to reporters on Thursday.



The England international completed a shock move from Manchester City to Chelsea this summer in order to remain in contention for a place in the England team for the 2022 World Cup coming up in November. Dailypost

00:30

Nigeria loses N101bn worth of oil - OPEC




Nigeria’s crude oil production plunged by 2.3 million barrels in July 2022 when compared to what the country produced in the preceding month of June, data from the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries showed on Thursday.



In its latest Monthly Oil Market Report for August 2022, OPEC stated that crude oil production figures based on direct communication indicated that Nigeria’s output dropped by an average of 74,000 barrels per day in July.

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This implies that for the 31 days in July, the country lost about 2.3 million barrels of crude oil. The organisation further stated that the average cost of Brent crude, the global benchmark for oil, during the month under review was $105.12/barrel.



By losing 2.3 million barrels in July this year, it means Nigeria’s oil earnings fell by about $241.1m or N101.13bn (at the official exchange rate of N419.37/$) in the month under review.

Data from OPEC showed that Nigeria’s oil production in June 2022 was 1.158 million barrels per day, but this dropped to 1.084 million barrels per day in July.



The country had produced 1.024 million barrels per day in May this year, according to figures released by OPEC on Thursday.

The Federal Government, operators and experts have consistently fingered crude oil theft in the Niger Delta as the major reason for Nigeria’s poor output and its continued failure to meet the monthly oil production quota approved by OPEC.



The Chief Executive Officer, Centre for the Promotion of Private Enterprise, Dr. Muda Yusuf, blamed the challenges in the oil sector on the high level of insecurity across the country.



This, he said, had continued to discourage investors in the sector, leading to lower production of crude oil and lower earnings for Nigeria despite the increased cost of crude.

He said, “Investors in the oil and gas sector continue to lament the challenges posed by insecurity, oil theft, unstable policies and inappropriate fiscal regimes.



“The downstream sector has continued to be weighed down by the pricing regimes and the regulatory environments which have continued to dim the growth prospects in the sector.”

Meanwhile OPEC stated that crude oil prices dipped in July, as against their costs in June, adding that crude in OPEC Reference Basket fell by $9.17 or 7.8 per cent month-on-month in July to average $108.55/barrel.



“Oil futures prices remained highly volatile in July, amid a sharp drop in liquidity. The ICE Brent front month declined $12.38 or 10.5 per cent in July to average $105.12/barrel and NYMEX WTI declined by $14.96 or 13.1 per cent to average $99.38/barrel,” the global oil cartel stated. Punchng

13:11

Buhari sets development targets for new ECOWAS leadership




The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Thursday, received at State House, Abuja, the new President of the ECOWAS Commission, Dr Omar Alieu Touray, and his management team, telling them the kind of sub-regional body West African leaders desire, and must have.



This was contained in a statement on Thursday signed by Buhari spokesperson, Femi Adesina, and titled, ‘The ECOWAS we desire, and must have, by President Buhari’.

“I wish you success in your assignments, which we hope can collectively drive our sub-region to one that is economically integrated, politically stable, and socially in harmony with itself, to the admiration of our continent, and, indeed, global community.



“That is the ECOWAS we desire, and must have. You cannot afford to disappoint us,” Buhari told the ECOWAS delegation.

The President said as the host of the ECOWAS Commission, Nigeria expects that the scrupulous processes that led to the new appointments “would impact on the fortunes of our Organisation in terms of efficient and effective service delivery that bears positive impact on the lives of our citizens.”



He added that when the founding fathers met on 28th May, 1975, to establish ECOWAS, what was uppermost on their minds was the promotion of economic cooperation between the member-States in order to raise the living standards of citizens hence driving the economic development of the sub-region in an integrated manner.



Buhari said, “Forty-seven years after, this core objective for the formation of ECOWAS remains critically relevant to our national and sub-regional aspirations. Issues of inter-state cooperation and collaboration, harmonisation of policies, integration of programmes, conflict management and security of the sub-region, have continued to necessitate the need for our solidarity and collective responses to our common challenges, such as climate change, terrorism, health issues, good governance and the sustainability of democracy anchored on rule of law and ultimately, development and progress for our citizens.”



He told the new management team that citizens of ECOWAS must directly feel the impact of the organization through people-oriented programmes and projects that include effective advocacy around core issues of concerns to the sub-region.



“May I emphasize the importance of team-work and the necessity for the new Team to work assiduously to re-position ECOWAS in order to deliver to the expectations of our citizens through a careful fine-tuning of our sub-region’s development agenda 2050, that is guided by the African Union Agenda 2063, and conscious of the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda 2030.

“With many Development Experts on your Team, I have no doubt that you will evolve appropriate partnerships and working relationships with Development Partners across the globe, to maximise opportunities for progress,” President Buhari submitted.



Dr Touray thanked Nigeria for the support she gave to the candidature of the new team members, pledging that they would live up to the expectations of West African leaders, “as we are fully conscious of the priorities set for us.”



He said they would work with member-States to pursue their objectives, “and make ECOWAS institutions what you want them to be.”  Punchng 

13:07

Willian Reportedly Set to Return to the Premier League




The Brazilian left the Gunners at the end of the summer transfer window in 2021 after spending 12 months with the North London club. The 34-year-old moved to Corinthians in his home town in Brazil but has failed to find joy at the club on and off the field.



Sky Sports News confirmed the news on its official Twitter account on Thursday, August 11th, 2022. According to reports, Willian has terminated his contract with Corinthians, he is looking at the possibility of joining newly promoted side, Fulham Football Club.



He has started talking to the management of the London club and will want to complete the move before the end of the transfer window. The former Chelsea player reportedly received racial abuse from supporters of the Brazilian club and this is making the place inconvenient for his family.


Notjustok 

13:03

Thai police say murdered Nigerian and lover may have links to drug smugglers




The police in Thailand say a Nigerian man and a Vietnamese woman recently found buried in Chok Chai district of the Asian nation were lovers, and their deaths may be linked to transnational crystal methamphetamine trafficking.



Pol Gen Suchart Teerasawat, Thailand’s deputy national police chief, according to a report carried by the Bangkok Post, said the dead couple were identified with the help of serial numbers on the woman’s silicone breast implants and the man’s fingerprints.

Investigators checked the silicone breast implants’ serial number against a manufacturers’ database, which showed that the implants were sent to Vietnam. The Vietnamese embassy in the Thai capital, Bangkok, also helped the police match the dead woman’s finger prints. 


This helped identify her as a 33-year-old Vietnamese woman named Nguyen Thi Van, while the dead man’s fingerprints proved a match for Anabon Chika, a 38-year-old man from Nigeria.



Pol Gen Suchart said investigators had surveillance camera footage from areas around the burial site and were checking on vehicles seen entering the area around the time the pair were believed to have been killed and buried.



The report said information exchanged with neighbouring Vietnam suggested the murdered couple might have been linked to a major crystal methamphetamine trafficking gang, as the house where they resided in Vietnam was a suspected transit point on a known smuggling route.



However, investigators remained uncertain whether international traffickers were directly involved in their murder.



On the evening of July 28, a mushroom collector found the two bodies after noticing a fresh pile of earth covered with branches in a community forest. When exhumed, their bodies were naked and each covered with a thin layer of concrete.



Investigators found spent cartridges and bullets less than two metres from the grave.

Pol Gen Suchart said the cartridges, the bullets and the source of the cement used to cover the bodies were still being followed up.

Relatives of the murdered Nigerian had not yet picked up his body. Police had been contacted by an elder brother, who initially confirmed the victim’s identity from photos and dental records.



Accounts given by relatives of the victims pointed to them being lovers, said Pol Gen Suchart.

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