FG dumps Plastic National Identity Card for Digital Identification

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BREAKING: Russia becomes first country to approve a COVID-19 vaccine, says Putin

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Beirut explosion: Lebanon’s government resigns, blames corruption for tragic incident

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Plane Crash: 16 people killed as Air India crashes

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Fuel scarcity imminent as NUPENG moves to begin strike in Lagos

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TikTok Threatens Legal Action In US Over Trump Order

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BREAKING: Buhari Approves Extension Of Eased COVID-19 Lockdown By Four Weeks

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the extension of the second phase of the eased lockdown for another four weeks.

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BREAKING: 20 Killed, Several Injured In Fresh Kaduna Attack

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BREAKING: NUC begins assessment of universities ahead resumption

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BREAKING: Shoprite to pull out of Nigeria

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Lagos Govt Shuts COVID-19 Isolation Centre In Eti-Osa

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#COVID-19: Lagos To Reopen Worship Centres August 7 And 9 – Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu says places of worship in the state will be reopened from August 7.

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Court dismisses suit against Senator, Elisha Abbo

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Money Heist to end with fifth and final season, adds 2 to cast

The heist is coming to an end.

Netflix’s international juggernaut Money Heist is returning for one last season. The upcoming fifth season will be its last, and production will begin Monday in Denmark before filming in Spain and Portugal.

When we last saw them, The Professor’s (Álvaro Morte) team was declaring war on the authorities during their job at the Bank of Spain as he was discovered by Alicia Sierra (Najwa Nimri), the inspector who’s been chasing him.

A heist began to save Rio (Miguel Herrán), but it cost them beloved team member Nairobi (Alba Flores). The show will be entering uncharted territory when it returns, going beyond the heist to avenge her death.

“We are moving from a chess game – a mere intellectual strategy – to a war strategy: attack and contention,” series creator Alex Pina tells EW of the gang avenging their fallen comrade. This new goal raises the stakes while keeping the story fresh and maintaining the adrenaline that has always run through Money Heist. The war they’ve been pushed to start results in “the most epic part of all the parts we’ve shot,” according to Pina.

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The Professor and his team’s world will have some new faces in it next season. Actors Miguel Ángel Silvestre (above), known for playing Sense8’s Lito, and Patrick Criado (below) are joining the ensemble cast. While Pina didn’t reveal full details about the new faces and how they’ll fit into the story, he did tease what they’ll bring to the final season. “We always try that our opponents be charismatic, intelligent, shiny,” he explains. “In this case, in pure war film genre, we also look for characters whose intelligence can measure up against The Professor’s.”

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Pina also says audiences will get to know Denver’s childhood friend Manila (Belén Cuesta) much better over the final 10 episodes, and teases a standoff between Sierra and The Professor.

“Adrenaline is within Money Heist’s DNA. Every thirty seconds things take place and disrupt the characters, a turn of the screw to the action. The adrenaline mixed with feelings arising from absolutely complex, magnetic, unforeseeable characters will continue until the end of the heist to the Bank of Spain,” Pina says. “However, the gang will now be pushed into irreversible situations, into a wild war: it is the most epic part of all the parts we’ve shot.”

Watching The Professor’s intricate plan come to life has grabbed the attention of tens of millions of Netflix subscribers. Not only is Money Heist one of Netflix’s most popular shows of all time, but it is also the most popular non-English series from the streamer; part 4 of the crime drama, which premiered in April 2020, was watched by 65 million accounts in the first four weeks of release — that’s a million more than Tiger King, which premiered a month earlier, and just two million less than Stranger Things 3, which debuted in summer 2019.

Pina points to the show’s constant movement between action and emotion, as well as its underlying messages, to its global appeal. From heists to standoffs, the series has always centered the gang and their stories. “It is action and feeling, it is black comedy and drama, romance and pathos,” he shares. As for the themes of the show, Pina says viewers relate to the political and socioeconomic stance of The Professor’s team. What makes the citizens on the show rally behind the gang has also worked in getting audiences on their side.

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Money Heist Parts 1-4 are available to stream on Netflix.

President Buhari celebrates Sallah with family in Abuja (Photos)

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FG Announces Dates For NECO, NABTEB, Common Entrance Exams

The Federal Government has announced the dates of the examinations for students in various graduating classes in the country.

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Just In: Muslims begin downsized hajj amid pandemic

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Sallah: FG Declares July 30, 31 As Public Holiday

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#Covid-19: FG Extends Phase Two Of Eased Lockdown By One Week

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FULL LIST: Buhari Names Train Stations After Several ‘Prominent Nigerians’

Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo is not among the “deserving Nigerians” whom President Muhammadu Buhari has named some railway stations after.

On Monday, Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, announced that the president had given approval that stations along the Lagos-Ibadan and the Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri corridors should be named in honour of some of the nation’s leaders.

Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo are among those that stations were named after.

Below is a full list of those who were honoured:

LAGOS

  • Mobolaji Johnson   Ebute Metta Station
  • Babatunde Fashola  Agege station
  • Bola Ahmed Tinubu Apapa station
  • Lateef Jakande     Agbado station

OGUN

  • Yemi Osinbajo Kajola station
  • Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti Papalanto station
  • Wole Soyinka Abeokuta station

OYO

  • Segun Osoba       Olodo station
  • Ladoke Akintola  Omio-Adio station
  • Obafemi Awolowo Ibadan station

KOGI

  • Adamu Attah       Itakpe station
  • Olushola Saraki   Ajaokuta station

EDO

  • Augustus Aikhomu Itogbo station
  • George Innih Agenebode station
  • Anthony Eromosele Enahoro Uromi station
  • Tom Ikimi Ekehen station
  • Samuel Osaigbovo Ogbemudia  Igbanke station

DELTA

  • Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Agbor Station Complex
  • David Ejoor Abraka station
  • Micheal Ibru Opara station
  • Alfred Rewane (Ujevwu station) and
  • Mike Akhigbe  Railway Village, Agbor
  • Alex Ekwueme (Operation Control Centre)

Nigerian govt announces date for commencement of WAEC exam

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Secondary schools to reopen August 4 — FG

The federal government has announced August 4, 2020 as the date for resumption of secondary schools across the country.

This was contained in a statement issued on Monday by Ben Bem Goong, director of press and public relations, ministry of education.

According to the statement, the decision was reached after a meeting of stakeholders in the education sector on Monday.

Only students in exit classes are expected to resume, so that they can participate in the West African Examination (WAEC) exercise scheduled to begin on August 17, 2020.

“Secondary schools in the country are to reopen as from the 4th of August, 2020 for exit classes only. Students will have two weeks within which to prepare for the West African Examinations (WAEC) due to start on the 17th of August, 2020,” the statement read.

“These were the unanimous decisions reached today at a virtual consultative meeting between the Federal Ministry of Education, Honourable Commissioners of Education of the 36 states, the Nigeria Union of Teachers, (NUT), the proprietors of private schools, and Chief Executives of examination bodies.

“It was agreed that the exit classes should resume immediately after the Sallah break, from the 4th of August, 2020 to enable them prepare for the WAEC examinations scheduled to commence from the 17th of August, 2020.

“The meeting also resolved that a passionate appeal be made to the Federal Government through the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 and public spirited Nigerians for assistance to schools across the country to enable them fast track the preparations for safe reopening, as agreed.”

Another meeting is scheduled for Tuesday “between the federal ministry of education and chief executives of examination bodies namely, NECO, NABTEB and NBAIS to harmonise their examination dates, which will be conveyed to stakeholders expeditiously by the Federal Ministry of Education”.

In March 2020, schools across the country were closed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although it was announced earlier in July that schools would reopen, the decision was reversed and federal government colleges were exempted from taking part in the WAEC examinations for the year 2020.

Various reactions followed the decision, with the house of representatives, as well as other stakeholders in the education sector, urging the government to reconsider.

The ministry of education had eventually announced that it would discuss with WAEC on a possible shift in the date for the commencement of the examination, which was earlier scheduled to begin on August 4.

On July 13, 2020, the ministry of education released guidelines to ensure safety and prevent the spread of the coronavirus in school environments.

Nigeria is now safer than it was five years ago – Chief of Army Staff, Buratai

Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, has stated that Nigeria is safer and more secured than it was in 2014

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Buhari Attends Virtual Meeting Of ECOWAS Extraordinary Session

President Muhammadu Buhari participates in a virtual extraordinary meeting of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ) on June 23, 2020.

President Muhammadu Buhari is at a virtual meeting of the Extraordinary Session of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government.

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#NDDC Probe: Akpabio lists names of lawmakers who got contracts

This is as the probe into the alleged corruption in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) continues.

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“No New Foreign Students For All-Online Classes”- US

US President Donald Trump waves upon arrival to Morristown Municipal Airport, New Jersey on July 24, 2020. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP)
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Helicopter service to the rescue as FG partially closes Third Mainland Bridge

Ahead of the partial closure of the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos on Friday and the attendant traffic gridlock, an Aviation logistics firm, Tropical Arctic Logistics Limited (TAL) would start helicopter shuttle services to convey people from the Mainland to the Lagos Island.

Bloomgist News learnt that the advertisement materials of the helicopter service provider have been trending since the announcement of the partial closure which has triggered fear and apprehension from members of the public.

Fear, apprehension as FG shuts Third Mainland for six months Despite assurances by the Federal Government that the closure would be partial, many residents of Lagos have expressed fear over the traffic gridlock which the partial closure would trigger.

Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola had also announced alternatives routes including: Costain, Ebute-Metta and Ijora that road users could use during the period of the repair, a statement by Boade Akinola, Director of Press in the Ministry said. Fashola had said:

“The Bridge is 11.8km; we are closing 3.5km so it is a partial and not a total closure.”

Bloomgist News gathered that TAL has scheduled helicopter services to take care of the people especially the high net worth individuals who dread the gridlock that the closure might trigger.

AW139 Helicopters, Sikorsky S-92A helicopters, among others in its fleet, according to information gathered on its website. A source told our correspondent that the service would cost $500 (N194, 000 at the official exchange rate) while a return ticket would cost $1000 (N388,000). The flight takes off from the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA2) Ikeja to Ozumba Umbadiwe in Victoria Island.

The source who spoke with our correspondent on condition of anonymity because he was not in a position to talk to the press said, “So far the response from people on the service has been very positive.

Many businesses have made enquiries on this service and they are very much interested going by the kind of gridlock envisaged on the Third Mainland Bridge and the alternative roads when the partial closure takes effect.”

It was learnt that in keeping with the COVID-19 social distancing guideline, the flight would take only eight passengers instead of about 15 which it was configured to carry.

COVID-19: Lagos says it spends between N100k and N1m on each COVID-19 patient daily

Lagos state government has disclosed that it spends between N100,000 and N1m daily to treat each coronavirus patient in the state

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NDDC probe: Senate tells Buhari to sack IMC as corruption uncovered

President Muhammadu Buhari has been told to terminate the current NDDC IMC

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Nigeria’s debt to hit N33trn as FG plans fresh N4.28trn loan

Nigeria’s debt burden will hit N32.91trillion as the federal government has notified the National Assembly of a fresh plan to borrow N4.28 trillion to fund the 2021 budget.

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Hushpuppi has not been released – Lawyer (Details)

Gal Pissetzky, lawyer to suspected Internet fraudster and Instagram celebrity, Ramon Abass, aka Hushpuppi, has disclosed that his client has not been released.

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BREAKING: Boko Haram executes five aid workers

Suspected members of the extremist Boko Haram sect have shot dead five persons believed to be humanitarian workers.

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NDDC crisis: Pondei can now be invited by probe panel – Gbajabiamila

Femi Gbajabiamila has made a U-turn away from his previous decision on NDDC probe

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Covid-19: Madagascar hospitals reaches full capacity as Covid-19 cases surge

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Covid-19: Oyo state govt cancels 3rd term for secondary schools

Oyo state is taking a fast leap ahead of others amid Covid-19 crisis

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Federal government extends ban on international flights

Due to the COVID-19, the Nigerian government has extended ban on international flights in the country

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BREAKING: Third Mainland Bridge Will Be Closed From Friday until January 2021 – FG

The Federal Government says the Third Mainland Bridge will be closed on Friday at midnight and will not be reopened until January 2021.

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Just In: PDP caucus in House of Reps threaten to impeach President Buhari

– PDP members in the House of Reps have disclosed that they are considering impeaching President Buhari

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Senate asks all service chiefs to resign

Senate vs SGF: We never threatened to shut down Buhari’s govt - Senate
Senate vs SGF: We never threatened to shut down Buhari’s govt – Senate

The Nigerian senate has asked the service chiefs to step aside.

The resolution of the upper legislative chamber followed a motion sponsored by Ali Ndume, senator representing Borno south and chairman of the committee on army.

Gabriel Olonisakin, chief of defence staff; Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff; Sadique Abubakar, chief of air staff; and Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, chief of naval staff; are all due for retirement.

Despite calls for their sack, President Muhammadu Buhari has kept them in office.

Reveal lawmakers who got NDDC contracts within 48hrs – Gbajabiamila to Akpabio

Speaker of the house of representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has given Godswill Akpabio, minister of Niger Delta affairs, 48 hours to name the lawmakers who got contracts from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

Speaking on the floor of the house on Tuesday, Gbajabiamila also commended Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, chairman of the house committee on NDDC, from withdrawing from the probe of the commission.

While appearing before the panel probing the NDDC on Monday, Akpabio said most of the contracts awarded by the agency were to members of the national assembly.

The speaker said if the minister fails to name the lawmakers, the full “wrath” of the house will be brought against him.

Gbajabiamila said Akpabio came to play games but “we do not play games here”.

“I am giving the minister 24 to 48 hours, to publish the names, the contracts, the companies, date, amount and the projects,” he said.

“Failing which, this house will bring the full wrath of the house on him. It is important that we set this record straight.

“The minister owes it to himself, to the committee, to people of Niger Delta, and the country to publish it. I will reserve my judgement. The minister came there to play games, but we do not play games here.”

Jonathan visits Buhari — 3 days after railway was named after him

Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa in Abuja.

Mr. Jonathan visited Buhari three days after Buhari named the railway complex in Agbor, Delta state, after his predecessor.

Though we are yet to learn the reason for the meeting, we strongly believe it may be linked to Jonathan’s appointment by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to lead its mediation team to help resolve the socio-political tension Mali.

The former president paid his first visit to Buhari during his second term on October 10.

He also visited his successor on January 30.

Forbes: Jeff Bezos adds to his fortune as he makes $13 billion in one day

American billionaire business man, Jeff Bezos added $13 billion to his net worth on Monday, the largest single-day jump for an individual since the Bloomberg Billionaires Index was created in 2012.

Buhari’s associate, Ismaila Isa-Funtua, is dead

A close associate of President Muhammadu Buhari and Second Republic minister, Ismaila Isa-Funtua, has died.

Ismaila Isa-Funtua

Mr Isa-Funtua died Monday night while keeping a doctor’s appointment, according to family sources.

He is suspected to have died of cardiac arrest as he was not known to be seriously sick.

The Katsina-born newspaper publisher and industrialist was a minister under the civilian administration of Shehu Shagari.

A member of the 1994-1995 Constitutional Conference, he was also the founder of Bulet International Nigeria Limited, which built some of the iconic public buildings in Abuja.

A relative of the deceased octogenarian, Mohammed Isa, confirmed the news of his death to Bloomgist News

He said Mr Isa-Funtua will be buried on Tuesday in Abuja.

Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, also confirmed the death.

Mr Shehu said Mr Isa-Funtua was returning from the mosque where he went to pray when he suddenly fell ill and decided to go see a doctor.

Acting NDDC boss collapses during grilling by house of representatives committee (Video)

Kemebradikumo Pondei faints
The acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Prof Kemebradikumo Pondei, fainted on Monday during an investigative hearing at the National Assembly.

Kemebradikumo Pondei, acting managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), passed out during a session of the house of representatives committee probing the commission, on Monday.

He passed out while testifying before the panel.

Other participants at the meeting made spirited effort to revive him.

After he came around, he was taken out of the venue.

The panel subsequently adjourned the session for 30 minutes — though there was a motion that today’s session be adjourned till a future date.

Pondei appeared before the panel last Thursday, but he stormed out of the session after he accused Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, chairman of the NDDC house committee of complicity in the fraud at the agency.

He said the chairman cannot preside over a case that he is an accused.

Tunji-Ojo withdrew from the session on Monday.

Godswill Akpabio, minister of Niger Delta affairs, is still expected to testify before the panel.

The panel is investigating the alleged mismanagement of N81.5 billion by the interim management of the NDDC led by Pondei.

BREAKING: 134 Nigerians Stranded In Sudan Arrive In Abuja

134 Nigerians who had been stranded in Sudan have returned to the country.

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BREAKING: President Buhari Names Railway Station After Goodluck Jonathan

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the naming of the railway complex in Agbor, Delta State, after Nigeria’s former President, Goodluck Jonathan.

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Two suspects held as NAF opens investigation into Arotile’s death

The Nigerian Air Force on Friday stated that it was investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of its Flying Officer, Tolulope Arotile, in a road accident, adding that two persons were being held.

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COVID-19: FG Gives Guidelines To School Owners For Reopening

The Federal Government has given school owners across the country up to July 29 to meet specific guidelines towards the reopening of schools at a date to be announced in due course.

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Just in: Police Arrest Suspect In Brutal Killing Of Tech Entrepreneur And CEO Fahim Saleh

After initial reports that slain tech CEO Fahim Saleh had been the target of a professional hit on Tuesday, New York City police Friday arrested the entrepreneur’s 21-year-old personal assistant, who was expected to be charged with murder.

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Breaking: Embattled ex-NDDC MD Nunieh finally appears before House of Reps panel

– The embattled former NNDC MD, Joy Nunieh has appeared by the House of Reps committee

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