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First Batch Of Evacuees From Ukraine Expected To Arrive In Nigeria On Thursday

The first batch of Nigerian evacuees from Ukraine is expected to arrive in Nigeria on Thursday.

This was disclosed in a statement on Wednesday by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Gabriel Aduda.

 

According to the statement, chattered flights will begin picking up Nigerian evacuees back home from the neighbouring countries surrounding Ukraine on Wednesday.

So far, we have the following records of evacuees received by Nigerian embassies at: Hungary (650 persons), Poland (350 persons), Romania (940 persons) and Slovakia (150 persons),” the statement read in part.

“The capacity and route of the airlines are as follows: Max Air to Romania 560 persons, Air Peace to Poland, 364 persons and Air Peace to Hungary 360 persons”.

Aduda assured Nigerians that the government is working round the clock to see that citizens are brought back home safely.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved $8.5m dollars to the ministries of Foreign Affairs and Humanitarian, Disaster Management, and Social Development, towards the evacuation of over 5,000 (registered and unregistered) Nigerians stranded in Ukraine.

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Chike Set to release new album titled “The Brothers Keeper”

Chike Set to release new album titled “The Brothers Keeper”

Talented Nigerian singer and songwriter, Chike has made an announcement of his forthcoming project titled, “The Brothers Keeper” album.

The new album would be his second studio project following his widely accepted project tagged, “Boo Of The Booless” released in 2020.

Chike took to his Twitter handle to make this revelation with a post and caption that read;

“Working tirelessly to make #TheBrothersKeeper🕊 worth it.”

According to the artist, the album would be made available on the 28th of January, 2022. He went further to post snippet of a song he featured Nigerian rapper, Olamide on.

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BREAKING: Russia vs Ukraine: Roman Abramovich hands over Chelsea

Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich, has handed the club over to a charitable organisation.
Abramovich made this known in a statement on Saturday. This is following the decision of Russian President, Vladimir Putin ,to go to war with neighbouring Ukraine.

European Union, EU, are seizing assets belonging to Russians and the Russian government as part of their sanctions on the country.

There have been calls for Chelsea to be taken away from Abramovich and the billionaire businessman on Saturday handed the club’s care and stewardship over to Chelsea’s Charitable Foundation, saying he believes they are in the best position to take proper care of it.

His statement reads:

“During my nearly 20-year ownership of Chelsea FC, I have always viewed my role as a custodian of the Club, whose job it is ensuring that we are as successful as we can be today, as well as build for the future, while also playing a positive role in our communities.

“I have always taken decisions with the Club’s best interest at heart. I remain committed to these values. That is why I am today giving trustees of Chelsea’s charitable Foundation the stewardship and care of Chelsea FC.

“I believe that currently they are in the best position to look after the interests of the Club, players, staff, and fans.”

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Ukraine: FG To Begin Evacuation Of Nigerians From Wednesday – Onyeama

Air Peace and Max Air may begin the evacuation of Nigerians from Ukraine on Wednesday, the Federal Government has announced.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, stated this on Monday during a meeting with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.

Onyeama said the evacuation will be done following the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari.

With Ukraine still at war with Russia and a no-fly zone effective across the country, the evacuation is expected to take place from neighbouring countries.

Earlier on Monday the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said hundreds of Nigerians have been received in Poland, Hungary and Romania by Nigerian embassies in those countries.

Nigerians have continued to flee Ukraine after Russia invaded the East European nation last week.

Talks commenced between both parties on Monday but fighting has continued in Ukrainian cities.

Evacuation efforts

Many Nigerian students in Ukraine have called for help in leaving the conflict hotspot.

The nation’s embassy in Ukraine initially asked citizens to take responsibility for their own security but have since reversed course.

On Monday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said 130 Nigerians have been received by the country’s embassy in Romania.

In a statement, the ministry explained that it has also provided accommodation for them while arrangements are being made to take them back home.

“Also, officials at Budapest, Hungary have received and accommodated 74 Nigerians safely, where they are being documented for subsequent travel arrangements back to Nigeria,” the statement, signed by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Ambassador Gabriel Aduda, read.

According to him, another batch of about 200 Nigerians is expected in Budapest later in the day. He also said 52 persons have been received in Warsaw, Poland. Of the number, 23 are being processed at the Polish Government Reception Point at Hala Kijowska.

“The camp is well organised with beds and beddings, food, heating, clothing, and medicals for evacuees,” the statement added.

“We assure Nigerians that all hands are on deck and arrangements are being put in place to effectively evacuate our citizens, in safety and dignity.”

The Federal Government’s recent move was a sequel to the Russian invasion of Ukraine about five days ago. On Sunday, the ministry said the Hungarian and Romanian governments have approved visa-free access to Nigerians coming from the Eastern European nation.

“For now, movement to the Hungarian Zahony border and Romanian Suceava, Tulcea, Satu Mare County & Maramures borders is advised, as they have approved visa-free access to all Nigerians coming from Ukraine and arrangements for accommodation and feeding before evacuation is arranged,” Aduda said.

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Wizkid shuts down Dubai with splendid stage performance (Video)

As singer, Davido thrilled London with an unforgettable performance at the O2 Arena, Grammy winner, Wizkid took Dubai on a ride with his spirited display.

Starboy who stormed the United Arab Emirates to entertain his fans and lovers of Afrobeats with some of his awesome jams got so much love from the audience who vibed and flowed with his rhythm.

 

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It is not in doubt that these two Nigerian superstars, Wizkid and Davido are making the country and continent proud as they never fail to deliver at any given moment.

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Bamise’s Murder: Court Orders Remand Of BRT Driver For 30 Days

A Magistrate Court at the Yaba area of Lagos has ordered the remand of a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) driver, Mr. Andrew Nice, over his alleged involvement in the death of his passenger, Oluwabamise Ayanwola.

Magistrate Omobola Salawu ordered the remand for 30 days following an application by the Police.

The officer in charge of legal, Yetunde Cardoso, who represented the police had filed the remand application which premised it on four-count of the alleged murder, sexual assault, misconduct, and interference with a corpse.

The suspect will be remanded in custody to enable the police conclude their investigations as well as to await the outcome of the legal advice of the Director of Public Prosecution.

Outside the court, the counsel to the Ayanwola family, Ayo Ademiluyi condemned what he described as the refusal of the Governor to pay a condolence visit to the grieving family.

“Lagos State Government is the franchisor of the franchise agreement of the Bus Rapid Transport which the Lagos Bus Services Ltd is executing. We also want to say that the Lagos Bus Service Ltd has a corporate criminal liability hanging on its neck in this case.”
“We want to call on the Inspector General and the Commissioner of Police to move swiftly to arrest the Managing Director of Lagos Bus Services Ltd and all its top directors within the next 24 hours,” said the lawyer.

He also disclosed that the BRT driver had made video evidence to the police, stating what he knew about the crime. The lawyer however said he could not give details of the evidence until it is tendered in court.

He warned against any attempt to tamper with the evidence and also called on the Lagos State Government‘s pathologist to conduct an autopsy to determine if indeed the late Bamishe’s body was mutilated.

Further proceedings in the court have been fixed for April 11.

22-year old, Bamise Ayanwola went missing after boarding a BRT bus on Saturday, Feb. 26.

She was said to have boarded the bus with number 240257 going to Oshodi at about 7 pm at Chevron Bus-Stop.

She was however found murdered last Monday on Carter Bridge, Lagos Island.

The police confirmed that her body was found dumped by the roadside after an unidentified man reportedly informed officials of Ebute Ero Police Station on Saturday evening.

The corpse was later taken to the Mainland Hospital mortuary.

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