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Start charging rents on monthly basis – FG to landlords

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The Federal Government has told landlords in Nigeria to start collecting rents on monthly, quarterly or half-year basis.

FG said that’s better than the current practice of charging one, two to three years of advance rents.

It noted that in the post-COVID-19 era, most tenants are owing rents or facing eviction.

The government said it was evident that most houses available for sale or rent belong mostly to individuals and private companies, compared to those the state or the Federal Government could provide.

Works and Housing Minister Babatunde Fashola said this yesterday at the opening ceremony of the 15th Abuja Housing Show.

The minister, who was represented by the Minister of State for Works and Housing, Abubakar Aliyu, said: “It is evident that most houses available for sale or rent belong mostly to individuals and private companies, compared to those the state or Federal Government have available.

“Therefore, many of the tenants who owe rent, who face eviction or who seek to rent or buy property due to the pandemic are dealing with private citizens or companies and less so with government agencies.

“Consequently, my recommendation for improving access and affordability in the COVID-19 era and beyond, as presented at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting and which is still apt for this gathering, is for private companies and individuals to give back some of what they control to citizens in the way that the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) has given back to citizens some of what it controls.

“For example, in- cases where the rents of businesses or some individuals are due for renewal, the private landlords can give back by accepting monthly, quarterly, or half-yearly rents, instead of one, two or three years rents in advance.

“The risk of defaults can be secured by bank guarantees or insurance bonds provided by the tenants or the employer in exchange for a direct debit mandate from the employee for the deduction of his rent from his salary to pay the landlord.

“Where rent has fallen into arrears, it is possible to emulate what the FGN did through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to reschedule payment on loans by rescheduling the payment for the tenant to more affordable terms, instead of adopting eviction.”

“My girlfriend in BBNaija claims to be single” – Broda Shaggi laments

Famous Comedian and brand influencer, Broda Shaggi has revealed in a recent post shared by him, on his verified Instagram page that, his girlfriend who’s among the Big Brother Naija Season 6 housemates, has denied him, while claiming that she was single.

See the post below;

“He is not Nigerian, can’t contest for President” – Group drags Atiku to Court

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A group Incorporated Trustees of Egalitarian Mission for Africa (EMA) has begged a court to declare that former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar is not a Nigerian.

The group made the declaration in a suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/177/2019. Joined in the suit are: Atiku, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) as 1st to 4th respondents respectively.

It was also learnt that the Attorney-General (AG) of Adamawa, Afraimu Jingi through his lawyer Chief L.D. Nzadon is seeking to be joined in the suit filed by a group against Atiku and three others.

Jingi while representing Adamawa state government told the Federal High Court, Abuja, that former Vice President Atiku Abukakar was eligible to vie for the office of the president.

Chief L.D. Nzadon, in the motion dated April 26 and filed June 24, sought an order of the court to be joined in the matter.

Moving the motion, Nzadon based his argument on 21 grounds. The lawyer described the matter as “a public interest suit to ensure that the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) is complied with in the election of the President of Nigeria.”

He said the Adamawa AG is a chief law officer of the state who must be brought in as a party.

“The Attorney-General is traditionally the guardian of the public interest in any public interest litigation,” he added.

According to him, this matter can not be effectively and conclusively determined unless the Attorney General of Adamawa is joined as a party.

Nzadon said Atiku, against whom the suit was primarily directed, is a citizen of Nigeria from Adamawa who had been elected as a Governor of the state in 1999 and served as the vice president of the country between 1999 to 2007.

He said the suit threatens the right of not just the ex-vice president to contest the office of president “but that of the citizens of Nigeria of Adamawa State origin covering 12 out of the 21 Local Government Areas in the state.”

The lawyer listed the local government areas to include Ganye, Jada, Toungo, part of Mayo-Belwa, part of Fufore, part of Song, part of Hong, Maiha, Mubi-North, Mubi-South, Michika and Madagali.

He said the total population of the citizens of Nigeria from Adamawa who would be affected by the outcome of the suit was about 2 million people going by the 2006 National Population Census.

“Every citizen of Nigeria whatever his ethnic, religious or cultural background or persuasion should have the same right to vie for any political position under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as any other citizen.”

“To disenfranchise the citizens of the 12 local government areas of Adamawa State in relation to the office of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is to discriminate against them contrary to Section 42(1)(a), (2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended),” Nzadon told the court.

According to him, Adamawa has the highest number of Nigerian citizens from the former Trust Territories of Northern Cameroon of the three states that have such citizens, to wit: Adamawa, Taraba and Borno States.

The lawyer said it would be extremely difficult to get each one of these Nigerian citizens to defend this action in court. “This is a public interest Suit and can best be defended by the Adamawa State Government through its Chief Law Officer, the Attorney General of Adamawa State.”

“This cause will be defeated by the non-joinder of the citizens whose civil rights and obligations will be affected in violation of Section 36(1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended),” he said.

“The citizens of Adamawa in the 12 local government areas ought to have been joined as necessary parties to this suit but were not. The presence of the said citizens is necessary to enable the court to effectually and conclusively adjudicate upon and settle the questions involved in the action.”

“The government and people of Adamawa State have a greater interest in this suit than the 4th respondent (AGF). It is the constitutional responsibility of the Adamawa Government to advance and protect the political, social and economic interests of the citizens of Nigeria from Adamawa State.”

“The applicant is a necessary party to this suit without whose joinder the citizenship issues affecting the indigenes of Adamawa State from the 12 of the 21 local government areas in the state can not be determined with finality,” the lawyer said.

Since counsel to other parties in the suit did not oppose the motion, Justice Ekwo granted the prayer. The judge, who gave the applicant seven days to file and serve all their processes, adjourned the matter until Sept. 27 for hearing of the substantive suit.

Both Atiku and the PDP had since asked the court to dismiss the suit which they said was grossly lacking in merit. In a preliminary objection be jointly filed with the PDP, Atiku, maintained that he is “a bonafide citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.

He told the court that aside serving as Vice President from 1999 to 2007, he held many public/private offices in Nigeria, including serving as Governor of Adamawa State and as a Commissioned Officer of the Nigeria Customs Service.

He said both his parents, grandparents and great grandparents were born in Nigeria and they lived, died as Nigerians and were buried in Nigeria. Atiku told the court that he is qualified and eligible to be elected into the office of the President of Nigeria, adding that the Plaintiff filed the suit malafide.

“I know as a fact that this suit as filed by the Trustees of the Plaintiff is aimed at maligning the person and integrity of the 1st Defendant”.

He further queried the locus standi of the group to challenge his nationality, saying it failed to show before the court, the interest it has above other citizens of Nigeria to be entitled to the requisite jurisdiction to institute the action.

I came because of the opportunities BBNaija offers – Boma reveals why he’s in the house despite his Hollywood fame

Big Brother Naija housemate, Boma has shared insight on why he auditioned for Big Brother Naija reality show season 6.

Recall that Boma is a Hollywood actor who featured in popular Tv series, ‘Blacklist’, alongside other roles.

Before entering into BBNaija ‘Shine Ya Eye’ house, Boma had about 200k followers and became the first housemate to be verified on Instagram.

Asked why he came to Big Brother, Boma speaking to the housemates on Sunday night said he came for connections and opportunities the platform offers.

According to him, “I came because of the opportunities this platform offers us.

“I have accomplished a lot before coming here but I want the world to know what I do and create magic by working with other people.

“I want more visibility.”

Vladimir Putin Boasts He Can Hit Enemies With An Unpreventable Strike (Photos)

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Vladimir Putin boasts he can hit enemies with an ‘unpreventable strike’ just weeks after Russia fired warning shots in path of British warship

Vladimir Putin boasted yesterday that Russia had the power to launch an ‘unpreventable strike’ against its enemies in a show of strength following the confrontation with Britain in the Black Sea.

The Russian president told a navy day parade in St Petersburg: ‘We are capable of detecting any underwater, above-water, airborne enemy and, if required, carry out an unpreventable strike.’

It comes as military officials announced tests of advanced new weapons – some of which come from an arsenal Mr Putin has described as ‘invincible’.

He added: ‘The Russian navy today has everything it needs to guarantee the protection of our country and our national interests.’

Putin said Russia had secured its place among the world’s leading naval powers, including by developing ‘the latest hypersonic precision weapons still unrivalled in the world’.

The United States, China, France and other major powers have announced plans to develop their own hypersonic weapons and are expected to soon catch up.

With the second-largest arsenal of nuclear weapons in the world and a huge cache of ballistic missiles, Russia already has more than enough military capacity to deter its enemies.

Russia was marking the 325th anniversary of the founding of its navy with ship parades at major ports on Sunday.

Putin attended the main parade of more than 50 vessels in St. Petersburg, which included ships from the navies of Iran, Pakistan and India.

The Iranian frigate Sahand, which sailed down the Neva River in the parade, and the sea-based vessel Makran attracted attention from naval observers due to their unusually long voyages to Russia.

Parades also took place in the Russian naval bases of Severomorsk, Caspiisk, Baltiisk, Sevastopol, Vladivostok and at the Russian naval base in Tartus, Syria.

Putin’s words follow last month’s incident when Russia said it fired warning shots and dropped bombs in the path of a British warship to chase it from Crimean waters.

‘They’ve turned into money laundering agents’ – CBN bans sale of FX to BDCs

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says it has stopped sale of foreign exchange (FX) to Bureau De Change (BDCs) operators in the country.

Godwin Emefiele, governor of the apex bank, announced this at the end of the monetary policy committee meeting in Abuja on Tuesday.

Emefiele said the apex bank received about 5,000 applications every month for BDC registration, adding that the operators are making efforts to dollarise the Nigerian economy.

The CBN governor said BDC operators have become a conduit for illegal financial flows working with corrupt people to conduct money laundering in Nigeria.

“They have turned themselves away from their objectives,” he said.

“They are now agents that facilitate graft and corruption in the country.

“We cannot continue with the bad practices that are happening at the BDC market.”

Emefiele added that there is evidence of prevailing ownership of several BDCs by the same promoters to procure multiple FX from the central bank.

“Several international organisations, embassies patronise BDC through illegal forex dealer to fund their institutions,” he added.

“We will deal ruthlessly with Nigerian banks that deal with illegal BDCs and we will report foreign organisations patronising them.”

He said the CBN will henceforth channel weekly allocations of dollar sales to commercial banks to meet legitimate FX demands.

He also mandated banks to sell forex to every customer.

Kanye West living in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium until he finishes ‘Donda’ album

Kanye West has reportedly been living inside an Atlanta stadium while working on his new album.

A representative for the performer said the rapper planned to remain inside Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium until he is finished with his album.

The rep disclosed this to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

This comes after West held a massive listening session at the stadium last Thursday and was seen on social media attending a soccer match over the weekend.

“Donda,” which was slated to release last Friday, is now due Aug. 6. The Grammy winner’s album was named after his mother, Donda West, who died at the age of 58 following plastic surgery complications in 2007.

The album features star-studded collaborators, including Lil Baby and Jay-Z, who Kanye previously teamed up with for their 2011 Grammy-nominated joint album “Watch the Throne.”

“I ride hard for my own” – Tonto Dikeh says as she shares new photos, looking extremely beautiful

Renowned Nigerian movie star, filmmaker, producer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, brand ambassador and brand influencer, Tonto Dikeh fondly called King Tonto or Tontolet by fans sparked reactions online after she shared new beautiful photos on social media.

The pretty actress took to her verified instagram handle to share some new pictures of herself rocking lovely outfit along with a pink wig and a nice wristwatch. Tonto Dikeh was also seen enjoying herself with a cup of juice.

Captioning these pictures, the mother of one revealed that she ride hard for her own.

Girl who became pregnant at 13 and claimed 10-year-old boy was responsible is pregnant again

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A girl who became pregnant at 13, and claimed her 10-year-old boyfriend was responsible, is expecting another child.

Darya Sudnishnikova, from Zheleznogorsk in Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia made headlines last year when she claimed her boyfriend Ivan, who was 10 at the time and still in primary school, got her pregnant.

Girl who became pregnant at 13 and claimed 10-year-old boy was responsible is pregnant again

However, Darya later told police that she had been raped by another 14-year-old boy.

She gave birth to daughter Emilia in August 2020 at the age of 14.

Darya, now 15, says tests show she is now six weeks pregnant, and she has seen a gynecologist.

The schoolgirl broke down in tears as she told a Telegram online channel: “The father of this child is Maksim (her 17-year-old boyfriend), because for the past five or maybe even eight months I have had no other sexual partner.

“I don’t know what to do, I really do not.

“I cannot decide on an abortion, because I do not know exactly how many weeks.

“If it is really six weeks, it is already a foetus.

“But I cannot have this baby because I clearly realise that I am unable to raise another child.

“I already have one. I will not have any time for the second one.”

Her daughter Emilia, or Milya, is 11 months old.

She said: “She was deeply shocked and said: ‘Shall I beat you with a belt or…?’ I said – ‘No, please’.

“Then she asked, ‘Who is the father?’ I said ‘Maksim’.”

She said her mother told her to take a pregnancy test and it came out positive.

“Damn. I still cannot believe this,” the pregnant teen mum said.

She revealed that her boyfriend insulted her when he found out she’s pregnant.

She reposted a message from her boyfriend which read: “You are so stupid…

“You got pregnant and claim this is my child. You do not have brains at all…”

#BBNaija: Hilarious moment Peace was shocked by Yousef’s accent as he pronounces ‘Veto’ as ‘Beto’ (video)

Peace, who won Head of House and took Yousef with her, was shocked to discover that Yousef pronounced “veto” as “beto”.

The Big Brother Naija housemates are staying together in the Head of House suite after Peace chose Yousef as her deputy assistant.

While they were in bed, Peace is heard talking to Yousef about veto power and Yousef repeated after her with an accent.

But Peace thought Yousef had made a mistake and she corrected him, saying it’s “veto”. Yousef repeated after her, pronouncing the “V” as “B”.

After trying to correct him multiple times, Peace asks Yousef to recite the English alphabet.

“Say A to Z,” Peace tells Yousef after trying to get him to pronounce the letter V.

Watch below.

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