Lagbaja Sealed Multi-Million Naira contract with Globacom

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Afro-Highlife music star, Lagbaja has  joined the exclusive list of artistes signed on as brand ambassadors with Nigeria’s telecommunications giant, Globacom.

Though no official statement  from Globacom on its deal with the Afro-Highlife musician, sources within the telecoms giant’s corporate headquarters said Lagbaja has signed a mouthwatering deal in scores of millions of naira bracket.

The masked musician performed his first major task as Glo ambassador on Wednesday 20 March during the unveiling of the network’s new strap line tagged “Unlimited”. This was followed same day with the release of a Glo theme song, “Unlimited” in a rare collaboration between Lagbaja with pop stars and fellow Glo ambassadors, P-Square.

The new song, an upbeat mixed-genre, was released as part of the grand preparation for the 10th anniversary of Globacom on 29 August.

Mohamed Jameel, Globacom’s Group Chief Operating Officer, said the new pay-off line marks a natural progression in the growth of the Glo brand identity and represents the unparralleled commitment of the company to its subscribers.

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Police Free Kidnappers Victims

The Imo state police command has invaded a kidnapper’s den in Eziachi community in Orlu local government area, where they arrested five kidnap kingpins and released three victims.

The Commissioner for Police, Mr Mohammed Katsina said, at a press briefing, that the information of the kidnapper’s hide-out was disclosed by one of the kidnappers Chika Nwaburije who was arrested few days ago while trying escape to Benin Republic.

He had been declared wanted by the Nigerian Police a week ago.

Mr Katsina added that as soon as Chika was arrested, he gave reasonable information to the police about their hide-out and where they keep their guns which enabled the police to apprehend the other members of the gang.

The suspects who confessed to be kidnappers disclosed that they also manufacture locally made guns and in the past six months have kidnapped 3 victims demanding up to sum of 1.5 million naira each.

However, Mr Katsina disclosed that the freed victims have been taken to the nearest hospital where they are receiving treatment.

 

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Army Arrests16 Suspected Oil Vandals In Abuja

 

The Nigerian Army has apprehended 14 tankers said to be carrying crude oil stolen from a pipeline of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in Abaji local government in Abuja.

Briefing journalist in Abuja, the Commandant, Guards Bridgade Battalion, Brigadier General Emmanuel Atewe said the tankers, which belonged to one Mr. Joseph Ameachi, were arrested in Toto local government area of Nasarawa state.

Ameachi, he added, tried to bribe his way out of the situation with the sum of N140, 000, however confessed during investigation that the he and other members of his syndicate broke and syphoned the crude product from pipelines belonging to the NNPC  in Abaji Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory.

Speaking further, General Atewe said, Mr. Amaechi was arrested alongside 15other suspects and one AK 47 riffle and a magazine gun.

The suspect will be handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for further investigation and prosecution.

The tankers were seized on their Kano state in the north western part of Nigeria.

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Judge’s Absence Stalls Cynthia Osokogu’s Murder Trial

The absence of the trial judge in the murder case of the late Cynthia Osokogu on Friday stalled proceedings.

No reason was given for the absence of Justice Olabisi Akinlade of the Lagos High Court, Ikeja.

A court official merely stated that she was “indisposed.”

The matter was consequently adjourned till the 12th of April for continuation of trial.

Ms. Osokogu, 24, was allegedly drugged and murdered inside a hotel room in Festac Town in Lagos by men she met and became friends with on the social media site Facebook last July.

Okwumo Nwabufor and Olisaeloka Ezike; the principal suspects had been charged with conspiracy to commit felony and murder of the deceased.

The other suspects; Osita Orji, the pharmacist who sold the Rophynol drugs to the alleged murderers and Nonso Ezike who sold the deceased’s Blackberry phone were charged with reckless, negligent act and possession of stolen property respectively.

All the suspects were in court today, including Mr. Orji who had been out on bail after the judge ruled in his favour last month.

Nonso, Olisaeloka’s younger brother, who had also been granted bail, but under stricter terms is still in prison custody as he is yet to meet the conditions.

After the new trial date was confirmed, Mr. Orji left the court with a friend, while the other suspects waited for the prison wardens to take them back to the Black Maria.

The murder trial has seen the prosecution call two witnesses, both of them former employees at the hotel where Ms. Osokogu died.

Chris Obiaka, counsel to Mr. Orji said that the trial has been enjoying an accelerated trial, as promised by the judge.

“The important thing is not to rush proceedings. It is to ensure that justice is done and done accordingly,” Mr. Obiaka said.

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Kano After Luxurious Bus Blast

The city of Kano has not gotten over Monday’s suicide attack on the popular Sabon Gari luxury park as the once buzzing transportation arena is deserted and covered in ashes

More worrying now is the fear of near collapse of business and commercial activities in the city.

In this story we take a look at the fears of some travellers and business people who come in and out of the nation’s second most populous city in the aftermath of the tragedy.

And as we tell you this unfortunate tale, we like to warn our viewers that the visuals you are about to see may be disturbing.

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Bishop Oyedepo’s daughter’s traditional wedding.

The first daughter of Winners Chapel General Overseer, Bishop David Oyedepo, has married the love of her life, Steve Ogah, in a traditional wedding ceremony

Their white wedding is to take place Saturday March 23rd. Steve is one of Bishop Oyedepo’s personal assistants

Prophet Obadare of CAC Dies At 83

Prophet Obadare of Christ Apostolic Church and later founder of the breakaway World Soul-Winning Evangelistic Ministries (WOSEM) ministry, died at home in Nigeria, according to his New York-based son, Pastor Abraham Obadare Jnr.

The legally blind prophet, who once commanded thousands of worshippers, was aged 83.