Welcome to the Eye9ja roundup of the top 10 Nigeria news headlines for today Tuesday, April 20th, 2021.
1. LIFE: Meet Evangelist Ismail Badmus, Popularly Known As Baba ‘Lori Iro’
If you followed the Lori Iro Trend in February, then you already know Evangelist Ismail Badmus. He is the 72-year-old who inspired the song and slang that broke the internet at the time. The chorus of his evangelism song, “Lori Iro” became a hashtag for flagging falsehood and it trended for days on Twitter and other social media platforms.
Before the year 2014, Ismail Badmus could not have imagined himself preaching the gospel on the street, even composing a song in the process. He was a Muslim. He was born into a Muslim family with over 100 siblings in Ibadan, Oyo State. He was converted to Christianity later in 2014. Read more here.
2. Police Confirm Attack On Anambra Zonal Headquarters
The Anambra State Police Command has confirmed that hoodlums in the early hours of Monday, April 19, 2021, attacked its Zonal Headquarters in Ukpo rea of the state.
Confirming the incident via a press statement made available to AllNews Nigeria, DSP Nkeiruka Nwode, Zonal Public Relations Officer said the attackers were instantly repelled, and some of their arms seized. Read more here.
3. How To Check Bank Verification Number On Airtel
Bank Verification Number (BVN) is one of the most important numbers requested across different channels as a means of identification when operating bank accounts. So for easy access, here is how you can quickly check or retrieve your BVN number on your Airtel line using your mobile phone.
BVN is a biometric identification system established by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on February 14, 2014, in alliance with the Nigerian Interbank Settlement System (NIBSS) to reduce illegal banking transactions.
4. Nollywood Director Niyi Akinmolayan Showers Praises On Netflix’s ‘Nezha Reborn’
Nigerian filmmaker Niyi Akinmolayan has hailed the Netflix movie New Gods: Nezha Reborn, rating it miles ahead of Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon.
New Gods: Nezha Reborn premiered on Netflix on April 12, 2021, and it centres on the mythology of the titular Chinese god who has to face new foes when he is reincarnated in the form of a young bike racer.
5. Facebook Plans To Announce Social Audio Products
Facebook Inc. is set to launch a number of new social audio products to meet the rising demand for audio-based social media products amid the pandemic aided by the Swedish media streaming company Spotify, as well as including its own application to rival the popular app Clubhouse.
The plan came after Clubhouse ended a Series C funding round led by California-based venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, valued the start-up at about $4 billion, quadruple the estimate from January, according to Bloomberg.
6. Repentant Militants, Kidnappers Become Pastors After Rehabilitation
No fewer than eight repentant Niger Delta militants and kidnappers undergoing rehabilitation in the Omega Power Ministries (OPM) rehabilitation centre are now pastors in the church, General Overseer, Apostle Chibuzor Chinyere, has said.
Chinyere, who is the founder of the church disclosed this in a telephone interview with the press in Abuja on Monday.
7. UTME 2021: Remita Commences Sale Of e-PINs To JAMB Candidates
Remita, a payment platform, has commenced the sale of Universal Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) ePINs to candidates seeking admission into tertiary institutions.
This follows a recent announcement by the examination body, the Joint Admission and Matriculations Board (JAMB), of the sale of ePINs for UTME and Direct Entry (DE) registrations till May 15, 2021.
8. Tottenham: Jose Mourinho’s Former Assistant At Chelsea Emerges One Of Leading Candidates To Replace Sacked Portuguese Tactician
One of the leading candidates for the vacancy at Tottenham Hotspur following Monday’s sack of Jose Mourinho is Brendan Rodgers – according to the bookies.
The Leicester City manager worked as Mourinho’s assistant during his first spell in charge at Chelsea. Rodgers spent a large amount of time travelling around Spain studying different coaching methods and was eventually invited by manager Mourinho to leave his role of academy director at Reading and join the Chelsea Academy as their head youth coach in 2004 after a recommendation by Mourinho’s assistant.
9. IPOB Reacts To Made-up Miyetti Allah Allegation, Brags About Creating ESN In Northern Nigeria
The banned Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) says its vigilante group, the Eastern Security Network (ESN), will be launched in the northern part of Nigeria soon.
This is as the pro-Biafra organization vowed that it would resist the rumoured deployment of 5,000 vigilantes to the South-East region by the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN).
10. EXCLUSIVE: Sunday Igboho Accused Of Terrorising Soka Land Owners, Forcefully Collecting 500k ‘Omo Onile’ Money
Activist, Sunday Adeniyi Adeyemo, widely known as ‘Sunday Igboho’ has been fingered as the man behind a squad, made up of thugs who intimidate landowners of Soka Area of Ibadan, Oyo State, South-West Nigeria.
Before now, Igboho has been accused of land grabbing, using armed thugs against original owners of such lands. But he has also in the past defended himself against the allegations on several occasions, saying he only fights on land matters “when he is invited to do so”.