Welcome to the Eye9ja roundup of the top 10 Nigeria news headlines for today Friday, April 9th, 2021.
1. LIFE: Richard Okorogheye, The 19-Year-Old Nigerian Student Whose Death Devastated Britain
The English Police on Wednesday confirmed the body of a man found in a lake in Epping Forest, Essex, is that of missing 19-year-old Richard Okorogheye.
Okorogheye is of Nigerian descent, and had been declared missing for roughly two weeks.
2. Edo 2020: Presidency, Minister, Edo Governor Resolve Issue, Games Continue
The uncertainty surrounding the continuation of the 20th Edo National Sports Festival (NSF) has been resolved following re-assurance by the Nigerian Government to support the Edo State Government.
Speaking in Benin on Thursday, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development Nebeolisa Anako said: “Following the news making the rounds that the Edo State Government will shut down the National sports Festival if the Federal Government support does not come through, the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development is the Organiser of the National Sports festival while the Edo State Government is the host.
3. How UBA Staff Defrauded Several Customers Of N15 Million Right Inside Bank’s Building
Monday Sule Ilemona, a staff of top Nigerian commercial bank, United Bank for Africa (UBA), has been accused of duping five customers of N15 million.
According to FIJ, a customer, Mberede Lovelyn Chiamaka had invested N11 million alongside her husband, Onuba Julius, in UBA’s Target Account.
4. IPOB: Nnamdi Kanu’s Former Secretary Reveals Only Way To Defeat Pro-Biafra Group Leader
Amaka Ekwo, the former Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB’s) New Media and Special Duties Coordinator and Press Secretary to Nnamdi Kanu says “if you want to defeat Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, start your agitation and make more achievements than him for people to follow you”.
Ekwo made known her thoughts on Thursday via her known Twitter handle.
5. Afrocandy Turns Hardcore Porn Actress
It’s Thursday and AllNews travels back in time to 2017 when US-based Nigerian actress and singer, Judith Mazagwu, popularly known as Afrocandy, took the plunge into hardcore pornography.
Several clips of Afrocandy “doing it” with a male partner that year was the biggest confirmation of her venturing into hardcore pornography.
6. PayPal Co-Founder Calls Bitcoin A “Chinese Financial Weapon”
PayPal co-founder and billionaire investor Peter Thiel warned that Bitcoin could be a “Chinese financial weapon” that will threaten the U.S. global power.
Speaking at a virtual event hosted by conservative non-profit, the Richard Nixon Foundation, Thiel was commenting on whether China’s central bank-issued digital currency, or CBDC, posed a threat to the U.S. dollar’s status as a global reserve currency. The comments come at a time when fears over China’s assumed control over bitcoin are resurfacing.
7. President Buhari’s Late Driver Not Detained Or Tortured To Death – DSS
The Department of State Services (DSS) has said that the late official driver to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr. Sa’idu Afaka, was not detained or tortured by the service before his death.
A statement by Dr. Peter Afunanya, the DSS Public Relations Officer on Thursday in Abuja, said that reports in some section of the media that the department tortured the late driver to death was misleading information.
8. Facebook’s Move To Kill Monopoly Lawsuit Gets U.S. Reaction
Facebook Inc. made moves to get the monopoly fight against it thrown out even before it started. But it received a push back from the Federal Trade Commission. The commission urged the judge handling the agency’s antitrust lawsuit to reject the social-media company’s request to dismiss it.
The lawsuit claimed that Facebook holds monopoly power over personal social networking in the U.S. and maintains it by “acquiring competitive threats and hindering the emergence of rivals,” the FCT said in a filing late Wednesday in Washington federal court.
9. We Are Being Provoked By Incessant Attacks On Northerners In The South – Arewa
Prominent northerners on Wednesday held a meeting in Kaduna over the state of the country, saying that some attacks on northerners in the South were meant to provoke the region.
The pan-Norther socio-political group, the Arewa Consultative Forum, said this at a northern submit organised by Professor Ango Abdullahi, which was held at the Arewa House in Kaduna.
10. House of Reps To Pass Bill Permitting Wearing Of Hijabs For Military Officers
A bill in the House of Representative titled, Religious Descrimination (Prohibition, Prevention) Bill 2020 has passed the second reading in the House.
The bill is seeking to compel the Armed Forces and paramilitary organisations to permit female officers to wear Islamic veil, popularly known as hijab.
The bill was sponsored by the Deputy Chairman of the House Committee on Finance and Member representing Bida/Gbako/Katcha Federal Constituency, Saidu Abdullahi.