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The police confirmed the detention of music promoter Sam Larry, a pivotal moment in the investigation following Mohbad’s death.

Mohbad, known for his Afrobeat and street-style music, died at 27, sending shockwaves through the music world and drawing condolences from fans and celebrities.

The circumstances surrounding the musician’s passing have prompted intense speculation, with the police withholding specific details about Larry’s detention and potential charges.

Kaduna election petition tribunal upholds Uba Sani’s victory

The Kaduna State Gubernatorial Election Petition Tribunal has upheld the election of Governor Uba Sani of the All Progressives Congress (APC) while dismissing the petition filed by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate, Isah Ashiru Kudan.

The lengthy judgement, spanning five and a half hours, saw a three-man panel of judges led by Justice Victor Oviawie, Justice K. Damlat, and Justice N. Nonye strike out the petition because the preliminary notice was filed out of time, after the seven days prescribed by the constitution, and was deemed to have been abandoned.

FG declare Monday pubic holiday to commemorate 63 independence anniversary

The Federal Government has declared Monday, October 2, as a pubic holiday to commemorate Nigeria’s 63rd independence.

The process for the celebration commenced on September 25th with a world press briefing.

A public lecture and symposium titled “Actualizing the Vision of Renewed Hope for Socio-Economic Development Through Effective Leadership, held at the State House on Thursday.

Addressing the gathering, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Sen. George Akume shed light on critical aspects of Nigeria’s socio-economic potential that could be unlocked through the implementation of policies and programmes by the current administration.

Nigeria loses bid to host AFCON 2027

Nigeria on Wednesday lost out in a bid to co-host the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

The Governing body of African football, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) took the decision to deprive Nigeria and Benin Republic from hosting the AFCON tournament.

The hosting right was given to Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

East Africa would be hosting the Mondial for the first time in the history of the competition.

Fire kills over 100 at Iraq wedding

At least 100 people were killed and more than 150 wounded when fire broke out at a wedding celebration in the in Iraq.

The Ministry of Health spokesman Saif al Badr said health officials “recorded 100 deaths and more than 150 injuries as a preliminary toll as a result of the wedding hall fire incident in Al Hamdaniya.”

17,000 civil servants allegedly delisted from IPPIS

The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) has reassured over 17,000 of its members who were reportedly delisted from the Federal Government’s payroll under the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

News of the delisting from the IPPIS portal, stemming from their alleged failure to comply with verification exercises spanning over five years, had caused apprehension.

INEC releases timetable for Edo, Ondo Guber Polls

Edo State Governorship election will hold on Saturday 21st September 2024.

Party primaries will hold from 1st – 24th February 2024 while the submission of the list of nominated candidates via the online portal will start at 9:00am on 4th March 2024 and close at 6:00pm on 24th March 2024.

Similarly, the Ondo State Governorship election will hold on Saturday 16th November 2024 and party primaries will hold from 6th – 27th April 2024 while the submission of the list of nominated candidates via the online portal will start at 9:00am on 29th April 2024 and close at 6:00pm on 20th May 2024.

IGP presents over N1.3bn to families of deceased officers

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kayode Egbetokun presented cheques for over N1.3 billion to the next-of-kin of police officers who lost their lives between 2021 and 2023.

The ceremony took place at the Force Headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday.

The presentation of the cheques was part of the Group Life Assurance policy and the IGP Family Welfare Insurance Scheme, both designed to provide essential financial support to the families of officers who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the nation.

Senate confirms Yemi Cardoso as CBN governor

The Senate has confirmed the appointment of Yemi Cardoso as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor.

Also confirmed were four deputy governors of the apex bank

They were confirmed following a screening by the upper legislative body.

Labour declares indefinite strike from Tuesday

The leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) have declared an indefinite and total strike from the Tuesday, 3rd of October over what they called non-challant attitude and refusal of the Federal Government to take steps to assuage workers’ suffering following the petroleum subsidy removal.

The decision was taken after a the Joint National Executive Council and National Administration Council Meeting in Abuja,

The unions urged Nigerians to stock their homes with sufficient foodstuff that would last during the period of the shutdown next week.

Nigeria records 453 deaths from diphtheria

The Federal Ministry of Health has raised an alarm over a growing diphtheria outbreak spanning multiple states in Nigeria.

The outbreak has claimed about 453 lives among confirmed cases, resulting in a case fatality rate (CFR) of 6.3%.

As of September 24, 7,202 confirmed cases, originating from 105 local government areas across 18 states and the Federal Capital Territory, have been reported.

Compiled by Saadatu Albashir: Editing by Julian Osamoto