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Ijaw Religious Group Accuses Akpabio Of Working Against NDDC Act, Berates Avengers Over Silence



The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has been accused of circumventing the Act establishing the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

Ijaw traditional religion, the Egbesu Sacred Order (ESO), while making the accusation, also derided the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) for playing dumb in the face of what it described as impunity in the NDDC and the office of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP).

ESO serving Priest, Ellington Bakumor, in a statement accused Akpabio of deliberately refusing to act in line with the commission’s Act.

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While passing a vote of no confidence in Akpabio, Bakumor said the minister is antithetical to the vision and mission of the Act establishing the NDDC

“The Minister is retrogressive elements for the the Buhari-led government, clearly his presence and actions are threats to the existing peace being enjoyed” he added.

On the Avengers, the Priest wondered the whereabouts of the Militants who disguise themselves as freedom fighters to pursue a selfish purpose, only to vanish when Ijaw people were in need of them.

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Bakumor said it was unthinkable that the NDA would be silent at a “critical time when impunity now relaxes untamed in the NDDC”.

He said the rights and voices of the commoners had been pocketed by the Akpabio, whom he claimed imposed himself as a feudal lord of the commission.

“Why has the Avengers gone dumb?, Why the silent against the unconstitutional actions of Godswill Akpabio, a clear case of a feudal lord dictating the activities of the NDDC.

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“We also call on President Muhammadu Buhari to act swiftly by consulting the Niger Delta leaders beyond party lines and across all boards to find suitable replacements for both the Amnesty office and the NDDC”, he said.


Drama As US-based Model Accidentally Uploads ‘Cozy’ Photo With Davido



A U.S-based model identified as Bonita Maria has caused a stir on social media after inadvertently sharing a ‘cozy’ photo of herself and Nigerian singer, Davido.

The photo which has sent the internet into a frenzy captured the model and Davido in what appeared to be an intimate pose.

The duo could be seen close together in a relaxed, comfortable pose, with Davido’s arm around her.

Despite the photo’s swift retraction, it quickly made rounds across various social media platforms, with netizens speculating on the nature of their relationship.

Although as of press time, representatives of the singer are yet to comment on the trending photo.

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Davido, a prominent figure in the Afrobeats music scene, has been under the public eye for both his musical achievements and personal endeavors.

With numerous awards and accolades to his name, including multiple MTV Africa Music Awards and BET Awards, Davido has established himself as a global ambassador for Afrobeats music.

The singer’s distinctive style, characterized by infectious rhythms and catchy melodies, has earned him a dedicated fan base worldwide.


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Nigeria May Adopt Chinese Water Transport System



Nigerian maritime stakeholders and authorities have concluded plans to understudy the Chinese waterways transport model with a view to perfecting Nigeria’s waterways transportation system.

In a statement, the Head of Maritime Roundtable Breakfast Meeting, MBRBM, Mrs Tosan Edodo-Emore, said that China being the largest country with the largest inland waterways is apt to teach Nigeria on how best to manage and improve water transport system.

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She said that the Consul General of the People’s Republic of China, Madam Yan Yuqing, is expected to share the Chinese experience with the Sino-Nigeria Maritime Relationship and lessons to be learnt from China at the summit scheduled for April 18, 2024.

According to the Edodo-Emore, the Summit themed, “Security and New Technologies in Inland Waterways Transportation”, will have some heads of maritime institutions

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NAFDAC Alerts Nigerians On Banned Soap



The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has drawn Nigerians’ attention to the ban on Dex Luxury Bar Soap (No 6 Mystic Flower), by European Union (EU).

The notification is contained in a public alert with No. 012/2024, signed by NAFDAC Director-General, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, and issued to newsmen in Abuja on Sunday.

The product does not comply with the cosmetic products regulation; it also contains Butyphenyl Methylpropional (BMHCA), which is prohibited in cosmetic products due to its risk of harming the reproductive system.

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“It also causes harm to the health of unborn children and may cause skin sensitisation.

“It is as a result of the defective nature of the product that the EU banned it.

“The products is not in NAFDAC database; importers, distributors, retailers and consumers are to exercise caution and vigilance within the supply chain,” she said.

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Adeyeye called on marketers and consumers to avoid the importation, distribution, sale and use of the product, saying that product’s authenticity and physical condition must be carefully checked.

She called on members of the public in possession of the product to discontinue sale or use, and submit stock to the nearest NAFDAC office.

The NAFDAC boss advised healthcare professionals and consumers to report any suspicion of adverse reaction or substandard and falsified regulated products to the nearest NAFDAC office on 0800-162-3322 or via email:

She also encouraged healthcare professionals and patients to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of the product, to the nearest NAFDAC office.

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