D’BANJ LOSES 1 YEAR OLD SON DANIEL
** In a very sad turn of events, Singer Dbanj and his wife Lineo Didi Kilgrow have today lost their son Daniel. Daniel Oyebanjo III turned one last May
Dbanj’s son, who he welcomed with his wife, Lineo Didi Kilgrow, last year drowned at the family residence in Ikoyi today June 24th. D’banj wasn’t at home at the time. The little boy’s body has reportedly since been moved to a morgue in GRA.
There’s no official statement from Dbanj to confirm the news but he shared an ‘All black’ image on his instagram page minutes ago with the caption, ‘trying Times. But my God is Always and Forever Faithful’.
*. Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, has said that there will be no use of the electronic voting system in the 2019 general elections. The chairman of the electoral body disclosed this when he spoke at the International Press Institute world conference which took place in Abuja. Some Nigerians have called for the use of electronic voting in the forthcoming election. They argue that electoral voting will prevent rigging and electoral malpractice during the election.
*. The Plateau State Government has imposed a dusk to down curfew in three local government areas of the state, following escalation of the Barkin Ladi violence to Jos South Local Government Area. A statement by the Secretary to the Plateau State Government, Rufus Bature, said the curfew is to prevent further loss of lives.
People protesting the killings in Barkin Ladi this afternoon, barricaded the Bukuru, Jos express way, smashing vehicles and injuring road users.
1. FOREIGN SCENE:
President Trump is clearly not playing with anyone when it comes to fair trade and the United States. Moments ago he tweeted, ‘the United States is insisting that all countries that have placed artificial Trade Barriers and Tariffs on goods going into their country, remove those Barriers & Tariffs or be met with more than Reciprocity by the U.S.A. Trade must be fair and no longer a one way street!’ This comes on the heels of his current trade war with China, Canada and other allies.
2. FOREIGN SCENE:
Saudi Arabia has announced that it would allow women to drive for the first time in decades, ending a longstanding policy that has become a global symbol of the oppression of women in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia, home to Islam’s holiest sites, is an absolute monarchy ruled according to Shariah law. Saudi officials and clerics have provided numerous explanations for the ban over the years. A Saudi woman behind the wheel, Some said that it was inappropriate in Saudi culture for women to drive, or that male drivers would not know how to handle having women in cars next to them.
3. AFRICAN ISSUES
Father Paul Ogola of St Monica Catholic Church in Rapogi, Migori County, south-west of Nairobi, Kenya, has been suspended for rapping in church as a way of preaching the gospel. The 45-year-old priest was suspended on June 3 for alleged misconduct by the Homa Bay Diocese. Fr Charles Kochiel, the judicial vicar of the inter-diocesan tribunal of Kisumu, confirmed the priest’s suspension. The church officials took issue with Fr Ogalo’s style of preaching and suspended him for a year to “reconsider his manner of preaching.”
4. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Saturday declared that time will determine his position in the affairs of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Saraki noted that although he does not want to dwell on the issue of whether he is still wanted in APC or not, “time will tell” what happens. The Senate President made the declaration at a farewell dinner for delegates of the International Press Institute (IPI) World Congress which he hosted in Abuja. On the IPI World Congress in Africa, Saraki expressed hope that in the near future Africa receives nod to host it again.
5. STATE GOVERNMENT:
The police in Plateau State have confirmed 86 people dead in the violence that erupted on Saturday in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area. The violence, allegedly by armed herdsmen, almost led to reprisal attacks by in Jos, the state capital, on Sunday; leading the government to declare a curfew. In a statement on Sunday evening, the police also confirmed that six persons were injured, with 50 houses razed. A resident of the Barkin Ladi had earlier told PREMIUM TIMES that 120 people were killed by the attackers.
The immediate past governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, has explained that he deliberately avoided the APC national convention held on Saturday and Sunday to avoid breakdown of law and order. Mr. Kwankwaso said he and his supporters intended to attend the convention but did not due to the APC leadership of John Odigie-Oyegun refusing to recognise the congresses that favoured his loyalists at the state, local government and wards in Kano.
The senator gave his stance in a statement he sent out which he also circulated on his Twitter handle.
7. APC CONVENTION:
A national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, on Sunday asked former President Olusegun Obasanjo to stop interfering in the affairs of the ruling party. He spoke in Abuja at the venue of the national convention of the party. Mr Tinubu, who described Mr Obasanjo’s interference as “busy body”, argued that the achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari in three years could not be compared to those of the administrations of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which ruled the country for unbroken 16 years.
8. LOOTED FUNDS:
Nigeria is set to partner foreign consultants, comprising legal practitioners and other experts in Switzerland on a voluntary offshore asset repatriation scheme. Mr Abubakar Malami, the Minister of Justice, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bern, Switzerland on the sideline of a meeting held at the Nigerian Embassy. Malami said that under the scheme, experts would collaborate with the Swiss Government to target funds that have not been identified in ongoing investigations.
9. ABARIBE’S ARREST:
Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, has asked President Buhari to direct security agencies to respect the fundamental rights of Nigerians. The lawyer said this while responding to the arrest of Eyinnaya Abaribe, a senator from Abia state. Operatives of DSS arrested Abaribe on Friday and searched his house hours later. In a statement on Sunday, Falana asked the DSS to either charge the senator to court or grant him administrative bail. He recalled how the “human rights community” fought for Buhari when he was an opposition leader.
Nigerians and the entertainment industry as a whole has been thrown into mourning following the sudden death of Dbanj’s 13-month old son, Daniel The Third who reportedly drowned in a pool today. Fans and celebrities who simply can’t swallow the bitter pill have all taken to socail media to mourn the death of Daniel who only celebrated his first birthday a month ago. Don Jazzy wrote, ‘Just heard the worst news in a long time’.
Dbanjs manager, Frank Amudo also wrote, ‘Trying Times Try God. He Is Still Worthy Of All Our Praises ..