Good Morning!! Welcome to the Eye9ja roundup of the top 10 Nigerian newspapers headlines for today Friday, February 19th, 2021.
1. Mama Rainbow hints On Lateef Adedimeji’s Wedding Date
Nollywood old-timer, Idowu Philips, better known as Iya Rainbow says she will reveal Lateef Adedimeji’s wedding date soon. If the stories making the rounds on the internet is anything to go by, Adedimeji is getting married to Oyebade Adebimpe, popularly known as MO Bimpe.
The 78-year-old actress who described Adedemiji Lateef as her last born shared a photo of him and said she will be announcing the date of his wedding soonest to her followers.
2. Orlu: Residents Refute Reports Of Nigerian Military Bombardment Of City (EXCLUSIVE)
Residents of Orlu in Owerri of Southeast Nigeria’s Imo State, have refuted online reports that the Nigerian military conducted airstrikes in the town, purportedly in search of the controversial Eastern Security Network (ESN).
Chinwe Nchekwube, a native of Orlu, told AllNews on Thursday that she contacted her elder brother who is a resident of the town, and he debunked the “rumours”.
3. Nigeria Unexpectedly Out Of Recession
Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 0.11 (year-on-year) per cent in the fourth quarter of 2020 according to reports from the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics on February 18, implying an exit from recession for Africa’s largest economy.
The surprising rebound means Africa’s largest economy may recover faster than expected as oil prices and output increase this year. It could also point to the growing dominance of the non-crude sector, according to Joachim MacEbong, a senior analyst at SBM Intelligence in Lagos.
4. Hoodlums Invade Osun School, Government Orders Closure
Osun State Government on Thursday announced the closure of lfeoluwa Co-Educational Grammar School, Osogbo, after the school was invaded by suspected hoodlums.
The spokesperson for the Osun State Police Command, Yemisi Opalola, had told The PUNCH that about 20 youths carrying cutlasses and other dangerous weapons had stormed the school premises and caused chaos.
5. Netflix Releases Premiere Date For Toyin Abraham’s Fate Of Alakada
Toyin Abraham’s movie Fate of Alakada has got a release date on Netflix.
The movie was directed by Kayode Kasum and had its theatrical release on October 1, 2020. It is the fourth movie in the Alakada franchise and the direct sequel to the 2017 comedy Alakada Reloaded.
6. Chrome introduces New OS With Built-In Screen Recorder
American multinational technology company, Google has announced that a built-in screen recorder is coming to Chrome OS in March.
Google desires that the tool will make it easier for students and teachers to record virtual lessons. “Teachers have long recorded lessons to help students do homework and study for tests, but in the past year it’s become downright critical for virtual learning,” reads Google’s blog post.
7. Mixed Reactions As Ethereum Speeds Up To New Record High
Ether soared to new record highs on Thursday, just one week after Ethereum futures launched on Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME).
The second-largest cryptocurrency by market value reached a new lifetime high of $1,928 at 11:15 am WAT, having first breached the previous record of $1,821.49 reached on February 13, according to CoinDesk 20 data.
8. Senate Tell Buhari To Declare the State Of Emergency Over Security Issues
The Senate has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency on security nationwide following the renewed cases of kidnapping, armed banditry, insurgency and other cases of insecurity across the country.
The Senate made the call on Wednesday backing a point of order by Senator Sani Musa representing Niger East, on the abduction of students and staff of Government Science Secondary School in Kagara, Niger State in the early hours of Wednesday.
9. FIFA Ranking 2021: Belgium Stay On Top, As Nigeria Drop One Point
Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has released the latest power ranking of nations with Belgium retaining the top spot for the third year in a row ahead of World cup winner France.
Belgium, France, Brazil, England and Portugal continue to occupy the top spots, with the leading trio of Belgium, France and Brazil only separated by 37 points. Nigeria dropped one position from December’s 35th to sit at number 36.
10. Terrorists, Not Bandits Abduct Kagara Students – Niger Senator
A senator representing Niger East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Sani Musa, has said it was terrorists and not bandits that abducted the students of Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State.
The Senator made this known during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Wednesday.