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Naira Marley, Slimcase, CD Q to thrill fans at Remo Ultra-Marathon    

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The Marlian fans are set to enjoy his performance as the organisers of the Remo Ultra-Marathon has said that the musician, Afeez Fashola, a.k.a. “Naira Marley” with others will rock the 50km race in Sagamu, Ogun.

The Project Director, Seyi Johnson, in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency said that Naira Marley would perform alongside winner of “City People Music Award” Slimcase for Best Collabo of the Year.

NAN reports that the organisers of Nigerias biggest Marathon race, Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, Nilayo Sports Management Ltd., will hold the Value Jet IAU African Championships 2019 in Sagamu on Dec. 7.

The 50km race is expected to have about 4,000 athletes from 35 countries across the world participating which is reputably the largest road races.

Johnson, however, said that Naira Marley, Slimcase, CD Q and others would light up the stage as part of the entertainment aspect of the 50km race at the Sagamu International Stadium.

“The marathon will be spiced up with lots of entertainment to light-up the race because we don’t want it to be boring.

“Artistes such as Naira Marley, Slimcase, CD Q and others will be performing and it will be an entertainment which everybody will enjoy because we are expecting a full house.

“The race will be plug and play which will start from the stadium and the marathoners will round the route five times.

“We are looking forward to see that athlete that will conquer the 50km race because the route is different from what we have been doing before,” he said.

NAN reports that the 50km ultra-race for both foreign and local categories will have the winners goes home with 2,000 dollars, second place runner will be 1,500 dollars richer, while the third place winners will pocket 1,000 dollars.

For Nigeria local 5km run, the winner will receive N500,000, first runner-up will have N300,00, while the second runner-up will take  home N150,000.

(Edited & Vetted By: Peter Ejiofor)
(NAN)

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OAUSTECH wins US-based Seeding Lab’s multi-million naira scientific research equipment

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The Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology (OAUSTECH), Okitipupa in Ondo State, has won the US-based Seeding Labs’ Instrumental Access Programme Award as well as a multi-million naira scientific research equipment.

This information was contained in a a statement issued  on Wednesday in Okitipupa by Prof. Sunday Ogunduyile, the institution’s Vice-Chancellor and made available to newsmen.

Ogunduyile said that the Department of Biological Sciences of OAUSTECH was one of the 18 outstanding departments in 10 countries across the globe chosen by Seeding Labs to receive the scientific equipment.

The research equipment includes: spectrophotometer, balances, water bath, water purification system, co2 incubator, water jacketed incubator, microscopes, timer, aquafast multi-two meter, thermal cycler, 8 channel pipette, submersible water pump, and an ultra-low temperature freezer.

Ogunduyile said that the selection of awardees for the donation was carried out through a highly competitive and rigorous selection process in a scientific proposal considered worthy and honoured by Seeding Labs.

According to him, Seeding Labs is a non-profit making charitable organisation based in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, which strives to empower every scientist to transform the world.

He added that Seeding Labs had built a coalition of more than 170 public and private sector partners to provide scientists in developing nations with lab equipment, training, and other vital resources to improve education, research, and economic development.

The VC also quoted Christina Viola-Srivastava, the Director of Programmes at Seeding Labs as saying that ‘the 2020 Instrumental Access awardees were selected for their potential to solve problems and change lives through science’.

Meanwhile, Ogunduyile, who confirmed the arrival of the equipment promised that the institution would put the equipment to good use and improve the department’s research productivity as well as enhance the training of both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

“I am indeed grateful to Seeding Labs for the donation of a large quantity of scientific equipment, as this feat of the award is another milestone in the quest to make OAUSTECH a hub of research and innovation.

“I also expressed deep appreciation to Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for introducing the Seeding Labs’ Equipment donation programme to the institution and for his provision of financial and technical support at every stage of the application process.

“This is a clear indication of the governor’s passion for the enhancement of qualitative education in the state.

“I also thanked Mr Femi Agagu, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology and Prof. Akinbo Adesomoju, the Chairman, Governing Council of OAUSTECH among others for their immense contributions in making the application a success.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that OAUTECH, formerly Ondo State University of Science and Technology (OSUSTECH), was established in 2008 with a mission to provide a sound scientific, technological and professional training for students.

NAN recalls that the state-owned institution was re-named after late Dr Olusegun Agagu, a former governor, by Akeredolu on Dec. 31, 2019 to immortalise him for his contribution toward establishing the institution.


Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Yemi Idris-Aduloju (NAN)

 

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NMA lays foundation for multi billion naira headquarters

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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has pledged timely completion of its multi billion naira headquarters’ building in Abuja, using indigenous construction experts.

The President of the Association, Dr Francis Faduyile, said this at the ground breaking ceremony of the the proposed seven-storey-building on Wednesday.

Faduyile said that the project, which would cost over eight billion naira, would boost the image of NMA when completed.

He explained that the project was delayed because the association had  legal battles over the ownership of the plot of land located in the Maitama Area of Abuja.

He said that it took the commitment and doggedness of the NMA executives to win most of the cases to arrive at the actual commencement of the building.

”We met a lot of court cases on this land and resolving those cases took a lot of time. But we are happy that everything is fine now and the actual construction is commencing,” Faduyile said.

He commended members of the association, its local organising committee, the building committee headed by Dr. Frank Odafe and other stakeholders for their determination and doggedness.

He promised that the building would be ready in a few years time.

On the choice of an indigenous company for the construction of the building, the president said that as an association, NMA encouraged the use of indigenous professionals to achieve its aim.

He also commended Dutum Construction Company Limited, the firm handling the project,  for its resolute to ensure the commencement of the work.

Speaking on behalf of the building committee, Odafe said that with God on the committee’s side, the building would be delivered in due time.

Also, the Managing Director of the construction company, Mr Tope Runsewe, appreciated the NMA for trusting them with the project.

He gave assurance that the company would deploy all the professionalism at its disposal to ensure that the building is completed in due course according to specifications.

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Caritas Nigeria distributes multi- million naira palliatives to vulnerable Nigerians

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Caritas Nigeria, an NGO, on Saturday distributed the third phase of a multi-million Naira worth of palliatives for vulnerable Nigerians to cushion the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

At the event in Abuja,  Rev. Fr Uchechukwu Obodoechina, Executive Secretary, Caritas Nigeria, told the News Agency of Nigeria that hopefully the palliatives would minimise the hardship and suffering of vulnerable people.

Obodoechina said that a good number of Nigerians live on daily income from their menial jobs, this period would become unbearable for them.

While noting the difficulty in staying indoors, Obodoechina charged the government to do more in overhauling the situation of testing for COVID-19 before it gets out of hand.

According to him, the lockdown should continue and Government should intensify testing.

”A lot of Nigerians are not taking the COVID-19 seriously and are not using protective measures, so easing the lockdown may be disastrous.

”Government must use the power the citizens have given to it to protect the citizens and do the right thing.”

The Cleric noted that the world was, “fighting a war but a very different kind of war and it’s no deceit, it is very real and it will cripple us in many ways.

”We must understand it and protect ourselves, let us move forward with faith, trust, hope and confidence that we can overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.

”Let no one deceive himself or herself, Coronavirus is real and is a threat to humanity and everything we stand for,” he added.

Obodoechina also charged the government to fish out those using the situation to enrich themselves because some people were enriching themselves during this ugly situation.

”some people often use emergencies and crisis to enrich themselves.

“They use situations of calamity to enrich ourselves, anybody who tampers with palliatives, relief materials provided for the vulnerable and the poor is committing a criminal offence and should be dealt with as a criminal.

“Those who are charged with the responsibility of distributing relief materials should be honest and do it as unto their God; they should know that it is about saving humanity.

“It is about dignity of the human person; don’t keep anything aside for yourselves whether it is money or materials or foodstuff.

“I think we should be patriotic; that you are a Nigerian, you should do the best to help people, that is how we can have an integrated nation,” he said.

He, however, noted that although the government had tried in combating the spread of the virus, it needed to brace up and double it’s efforts.

Obodoechina urged government to ensure the judicious and transparent use of the donations and records should be kept in the archives of history.

”Government should expand the number of testing centres, medical supplies and more laboratories.”

Rev fr. Zacharia Samjumi, who noted that Nigerians were courageous and resilient people, added that they would triumph over the pandemic.

Samjumi urged the government to try other means to help the people and intensify testing.

Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Ifeyinwa Omowole (NAN)

 

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COVID-19: Withdraw old naira notes from circulation, group tells CBN

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The Association of Progressive Nigerians has appealed to the Central Bank to withdraw old and tattered naira notes from circulation as the country is battling COVID– 19 pandemic.

The group made the appeal in a statement it issued in Lagos on Saturday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the statement was jointly signed by Alhaji Mohammed Bello, the group’s president and Mr Oluwole Aina, its general secretary.

The group said the appeal became necessary as the continued recirculation of old, tattered naira notes, which had passed several hands, might lead to further spread of the pandemic.

“We hereby appeal to the CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, to please withdraw these old and tattered naira notes from circulation as continued recycling of such notes may endanger public health and lead to the further spread of the dreaded Corona Virus.

“We observe with sadness that what most banks are doing is to push out these dirty naira notes in endless recycling of what should have been withdrawn and replaced with freshly minted notes.

“It is more worrisome that when you withdraw from ATMs across the country, what you have on your hands are dirty, mutilated and tattered naira notes which ought to be rejected outright by all Nigerians lest they expose themselves to a health hazard,” the group said

According to the pan-Nigerian group, such dirty notes, once received by banks, are immediately sent to the mint for replacement in advanced countries.

“We appeal to the CBN governor to ensure that the best international practices are observed in the handling of old naira notes.

“Our naira notes should be seen as a national symbol and we should not diminish our country in the comity of nations”, the group added.

Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Social distancing violation: Court discharges Naira Marley, others following apologies

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An Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court on Thursday discharged the case filed against hip hop artist, Adeyemi Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley, a politician, Babatunde Gbadamosi, his wife Folashade.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the trio were charged to court for attending the 43rd birthday party hosted by Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele for her husband Abdul-rasheed Bello aka JJC Skillz.

They were initially to be charged on April 8 on four counts of flouting the Lagos State social distancing directive.

However, following directives from Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo ,SAN, the Lagos State Attorney-General (A-G), all the charges were withdrawn on the condition that they tender a formal apology to the Lagos State Government and the Presidency.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Yewande Aje-Afunwa in a ruling, struck out the charges against the defendants.

“Upon the oral application of DPP on behalf of A-G which allocation is brought under Sections 71 and 73 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law.

“Which is pursuant to the fact that the three defendants have complied with conditions of the unchallenged application of DPP for the withdrawal of this charge /44/2020.

“Leave is hereby granted by this court to the A-G to withdraw this charge against the three defendants. Accordingly, the three defendants are hereby discharged,” she said.

Aje-Afunwa commended the competence of the prosecution and defence teams in the handling of the case.

“I commend the three defendants for taking responsibility for their errors. There is a manual by the State for restorative justice,” the Chief Magistrate said.

Earlier, the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Mr Yhaqub Oshoala told the court that the defendants had complied with all the stipulated conditions for the withdrawal of the charge.

“They have all written individual letters of apology and undertaking to support the government in all areas to curtail the COVID-19 pandemic and to go into self isolation for 14-days,” Oshoala said.

Defence counsel to the Gbadamosi, Mr Wale Akoni, SAN, and Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, SAN, both confirmed the position of the DPP to the court.

They said that Babatunde and his wife Folashade had both tendered letters of apology and undertaking to the police at State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) Panti, for onward transmission to the Honourable Attorney-General of Lagos State.

Naira Marley’s counsel, Miss Ayinde-Marshall also confirmed that the singer has also submitted his letter of apology and undertaking to the police.

Responding to the submissions of the defence counsels, Oshoala applied that the charges against the defendants be struck out by the Chief Magistrate.

” I hereby apply that the charge be struck out against the defendants as they have undertaken to work with the government to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We thank the court for the manner in which it handled the case,” the DPP said.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
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‘Naira Marley’ fans storm court in support of singer, as Lagos drops case

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In spite of the lockdown still in place, dozens of fans of singer, Azeez Fashola, aka Naira Marley, were at the premises of an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court to show support for their idol, the Nigeria News Agency reports.

NAN reports that the fans, also known as Marlians and no fewer than 200, came to show massive support for Marley who was to be arraigned on Wednesday alongside a politician, Babatunde Gbadamosi and his wife, Folashade Gbadamosi.

They were alleged to have contravened the COVID-19 induced social distancing directives of the Lagos State Government.

NAN reports that there was pandemonium outside the court premises when Naira Marley and his co-defendants were being driven away by the police after the four-count charges against them were dropped by the Lagos State Government.

There was a huge stampede with loud cries of “Marlians” by the fans some of whom ran after the police vehicles to catch a sight of the singer.

The security officials present had to fire some gunshots in the air to disperse the fans.

One of the Marlians, Mr Ismail Adewale, an estate agent who goes by the alias Lord Mayor, told NAN that he came to the court to show his love, solidarity and support for the singer.

“I like Naira Marley because he represents an average man on the street, he also represents an identity of the street guys. We love his music and what he projects,” the fan said.

Adewale said, though Naira Marley flouted the law, the court should temper justice with mercy and give him a lenient sentence.

“What he did is against the enactment of the social distance law but that does not mean he should not be charged because there is a law in place.

“We just want Lagos State Government and the people at the helm of affairs of the court to temper justice with mercy.

“If he is going to be tried in court, it is not because the government does not like him, they are just using him as a deterrence because he is an ambassador of an average man on the street,” he said.

Adewale noted that no one is above the law and that even American superstars such as R. Kelly and Michael Jackson have had to face trial when they were accused of committing crimes.

Another Marlian, Miss Abiodun Bakare, said that she came to the court to show some love to the singer.

“There is nobody above the law, I just love Naira Marley and I will always be his fan,” said Bakare, who described herself as a businesswoman.

Mr Bolaji Akinrele, a student, also told NAN that he was in court to see Naira Marley and to witness the outcome of the court case.

He described the singer as the “voice of the voiceless people on the streets”.

Akinrele noted that though he felt Naira Marley was being unfairly treated by the government and the press, the law must take its course.

“I love Naira Marley because of his music and his attitude toward the government. He tells us the truth and let us know how the government is treating us.

“The government treats us like we do not have rights. They do not give us our entitlement. For example, in this time of Coronavirus, we are supposed to collect some entitlements, but we are not getting anything.

“There should be someone enlightening us on what is going on and I think Naira Marley is the one who has been doing that,” he said.

Another Marlian, Miss Saidat Abiodun, said she came to also show love to Naira Marley and other fans at the court premises.

“I just love him, his music and his person. I do not think the government is treating him badly. If he commits an offence, he has to face the law,” Abiodun said.

NAN also reports that the defendants were attendees of the 43rd birthday party of Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele’s husband, Abdul-Rasheed Bello, aka JJC Skillz.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Wale Ojetimi
(NAN)

 

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Social distancing: Naira Marley, Gbadamosi to tender apology as Lagos withdraws charges

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The charges against Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) politician Babatunde Gbadamosi, his wife, Folashade, and musician Afeez Fashola (a.k.a Naira Marley) were on Wednesday withdrawn by Lagos State.

The Gbadamosis and Fashola were charged with flouting the Cessation of Movement and Stay at Home Order made by President Muhammadu Buhari and the Social Distancing Order given by Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that they were docked before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates Court.

However, the charges were not read to them as the state Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Mr Yhaqub Oshoala, said that the state intended to ‘step down’ the charges due to advice from the state Attorney-General, Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN).

Oshoala said that the state was not a “persecutor but a prosecutor”.

He, however,  gave three conditions to the defendants for withdrawal of the  charges.

“The first condition is that there will be a personal apology to the president and governor; the second is that they will give an undertaking to comply with the COVID-19 Regulations.

“Finally, they will go into self-isolation for 14 days and report back to the court,” he said.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Mr Wale Akoni (SAN) represented Babatunde, Mr Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN) represented Folashade, while Ms Damilola Ayinde-Marshall represented Fashola.

Following the submission of the DPP, the defendants through their counsel accepted the conditions.

Thus, the DPP applied to withdraw the charges.

Akoni expressed appreciation to the state and confirmed to the court that his client accepted the conditions.

 

Thanking the court also,  Adegboruwa said, “On behalf of the third defendant (Folashade), I express appreciation to His Excellency, Mr President, and the governor, the attorney-general, the DPP and his team, the police and, most of all, the court.

 

“The third defendant is a law-abiding citizen and accepts all that three conditions as stipulated by the DPP.”

 

Ayinde-Marshall, Fashola’s counsel, thanked the president, the governor of Lagos, the police  and the DPP.

“My client is a law-abiding citizen and a strict supporter of government policies. We undertake that we will fulfill the conditions,” he said.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Yewande Aje-Afunwa, ordered that  the defendants should communicate their acceptance of the conditions through the Legal Section of the Force Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Yaba, Lagos.

Aje-Afunwa adjourned the case April 9 for mention.

Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Ijeoma Popoola
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Social distancing: Journalists barred from court during Naira Marley, Gbadamosi’s arraignment 

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Journalists were on Wednesday barred from covering the arraignment of musician Azeez Fashola (a.k.a Naira Marley) and politician Gbolahan Gbadamosi before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court.

The development followed backlash by Nigerians on flouting of social distancing directives  during arraignment of Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele, and her husband, Abdulrasheed Bello, on Monday.

 

Footage of journalists clamouring to take videos clips and photos of the actress and her husband on Monday was received with backlash because the media professionals  did not also observe social distancing in carrying out their duties.

Fashola and Gbadamosi are among those who attended the 43rd birthday party of Akindele’s husband on April 4.

They were arraigned for flouting the social distancing directive of the Lagos State Government by attending the party along with more than 20 other persons.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the directive forbids gathering of more than 20 people.

The aim is to curb coronavirus spread.

Akindele and Bello were arraigned for the same purpose.

An officer, Mr Summonu Kazeem, from Area G Police Command, who spoke with NAN, said he got an order `from above’ that journalists should not be allowed into the court premises.

At the time of filing this report, journalists from both print and electronic media were outside the court premises.

Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Ijeoma Popoola
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Police detains Naira Marley after surrendering self, to appear in court Tuesday

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The Lagos State Police Command will, on Tuesday, arraign a controversial singer, Azeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley, over his alleged violation of government’s restriction order to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus in the state.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Naira Marley was identified to be among the more than 20 guests, who attended the birthday party which Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele, organised for her husband, in violation of government’s restriction order.

A Lagos Magistrates’ Court, had, on Monday, found Akindele and her husband, Abdul-Rasheed Bello, popularly known as JJC Skillz, guilty of illegal gathering and sentenced them to a 14-day community service and a fine of N100,000 each.

Consequently, the command ordered Naira Marley to make himself available at the command or be declared wanted for alleged violation of the state’s order on social distancing.

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Bala Elkana, in a statement on Monday, confirmed that Naira Marley was now in their custody and would be arraigned in court on Tuesday.

“Azeez Fashola, a.k.a Naira Marley, is now in police custody. He will also be charged to court for violating the restriction order.

“The command has launched a manhunt for the remaining persons who attended the party.

“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, CP Hakeem Odumosu, expressed his profound gratitude to Lagosians and other well-meaning Nigerians, who spoke up against the violations,” he said.

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