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Obaseki To Shaibu: Stop Profaning God’s Name Because Of Politics

The Governor Godwin Obaseki led administration in Edo State has doubled down on the deputy governor, Comrade Philip Shaibu and his political aspiration to succeed the governor with a warning that he should stop profaning the name of God in his politics.

The government reacted as it accused Shaibu of trying to gain publicity by giving the impression that he was locked out of the Government House Chapel.

The government said that the viral images of Shaibu holding mass in the lawn was meant to give the image of religious persecution, a claim it said did not exist as it revealed that Shaibu was present when the State Executive Council resolved to renovate the Government House Chapel.

The SSA, Religious Matters, and Pastor-in-Charge, Edo State Government House Chapel, Rev’d Osagie Ehrunmwunse, have equally tongue-lashed Shaibu, asking him to focus on his gubernatorial campaign and stop profaning God’s name.

Ehrumwunse stated that Shaibu has unfortunately continued to stir controversy over the renovation of the Interdenominational Government House Chapel. According to him, the Deputy Governor is trying to use things that “we as Nigerians and Edo people see and hold as sacred, such as religion, to whip up political sentiments.”

He continued, “In the last couple of days, we have seen posts on social media and various media outfits suggesting that the State Government has shut down the Chapel and prevented people from using it as a place of worship.

“Following closely from this narrative, our dear brother, the Deputy Governor, held an outdoor mass with some catholic faithful, clearly showing that he is the mastermind behind the persons circulating the Update and the accompanying false commentary, as his actions seek to curiously authenticate their false claims”.

The Reverend lamented that it is unfortunate that the Deputy Governor has embarked on what he described as  “this lowly adventure”, attempting to stoke religious animosity to embarrass the government, in which he serves.

“We want to bring the attention of the public and other relevant stakeholders to the fact that the Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu was present (as shown in the EXCO Extract attached to this statement) at the 57th EXCO Meeting held on 1st of November 2023, when approval was given for the renovation and remodeling of the Government House Interdenominational Chapel. He served as Vice Chairman of the Council in that meeting.




Pregnant Married Woman Arrested For Faking Kidnap, Sharing Ransom With Boyfriend

Operatives of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command have arrested an expectant mother who faked her own kidnap and demanded for N2 million as ransom from her husband.

It was gathered that the woman shared the ransom money with the man suspected to be her boyfriend, and whom she connived with to defraud the husband.

FCT Commissioner of Police Benneth Igweh, who paraded the suspects yesterday, said: “About 19:40hrs on March 11, one Chiedozie Ubah of Saburi II Dei-dei, Abuja, reported at Gwa Gwa Police Division that his pregnant wife, Rosemary Ubah, left for the hospital on same date but did not return home. He later received a call from his wife’s number telling him that she had been kidnapped and demanded for two N2 million ransom before her release.

“He transferred the money into his wife’s account as instructed and later brought his wife to the station after her release. During interrogation, the wife freely confessed to have conspired with one man named Walter Ezeala living on the same street with them at Saburi to extort money from her husband.

“The said Walter was arrested and he confessed that he got N800,000 from the ransom money.

“N793,500) cash, two ATM cards and two android phones were recovered from them.”

In a similar development, Igweh narrated how operatives of the command arrested a man who faked also his own kidnap to test the loyalty of his girlfriend.


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Dollar To Naira Exchange Rate For Today 22 March 2024

Find below, the Dollar to Naira exchange rate for today, 22 March 2024.

Lifestyle Nigeria has obtained the official dollar to the naira exchange rate in Nigeria today, including the Bureau De Change (BDC) rate and CBN rates.

What Is The Official Exchange Rate For Dollar To Naira Today?

The exchange rate between the Naira and the US dollar according to the data released on the FMDQ Security Exchange, the official forex trading portal showed that the Naira opened at ₦1536.83 per $1 on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, and closed at ₦1453.28 per $1 on Thursday, March 21, 2024.

However, the Naira is trading as high as ₦1,400 per Dollar at the black market even though the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) announced the unification of all segments of the foreign exchange market.

The apex bank, had in a circular on Wednesday 14th June 2023, said all FX windows were now collapsed into the investors & exporters (I&E) window.

The statement read, “Abolishment of segmentation. All segments are now collapsed into the Investors and Exporters (I&E) window. Applications for medicals, school fees, BTA/PTA, and SMEs would continue to be processed through deposit money banks.

“Re-introduction of the “Willing Buyer, Willing Seller” model at the I&E Window. Operations in this window shall be guided by the extant circular on the establishment of the window, dated 21 April 2017, and referenced FM/DIR/CIR/GEN/08/007. All eligible transactions are permitted to access foreign exchange at this window.

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Abure Ajaero – .

The National Chairman of the Labour Party (LP) Comrade Julius Abure, has warned the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Joe Ajaero, against utilizing the NLC’s platform, finances, and assets for his aspirations to vie for the presidency in 2027 or the governorship of Imo State.

Abure issued this warning in Asaba, Delta State on Wednesday in response to the closure of the Labour Party’s National Headquarters by protesting NLC members. The protesters were calling for his swift removal as the National Chairman of the party.

He said: “I must state today that the leadership of NLC under Joe Ajaero is on the part of destroying the successes we have recorded in the 2023 general election.

“I had expected that as a responsible trade union centre, a responsible labour leader; number one should have teamed up with Labour Party to see how we can team up together to make the country better.

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Abure continued, “Unfortunately and ironically too, the NLC is the one that is on the part of war against Labour Party. I must state clearly that Ajaero as NLC President has not been able to organise a successful strike action. Not even a single protest or even picketing government establishment in order to bring government to accede to the numerous requests of workers.

“As we speak, there are unfair labour practices meted out to workers by several organisations in the country. I have not seen Joe Ajaero go to such organisations to picket them.”

While stressing that Joe Ajaero is not officially affiliated with the Labour Party, Abure clarified that the party is not under the ownership of the NLC as asserted by the labor union.

He said: “Over the past few years, NLC has been claiming ownership of Labour Party. l must state clearly that NLC is not the owner of Labour Party. The party is not owned by NLC.


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