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Aisha Buhari Hits Hard On Pantami


Aisha Buhari hits hard on Pantami, tells him to do the right thing

Wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha, on Sunday, took a swipe at the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isah Pantami, challenging him to summon the courage to do the “right things” he has been preaching as an Islamic cleric.

The First Lady, in a veiled attack aimed at Pantami on her Twitter handle, said he has failed to live up to expectations as an Islamic scholar and needs to have the fear of God in what he does.

Aisha who also shared an old video of Pantami on her verified Instagram page, showing the Minister shedding tears during one of his sermons at a mosque, posted a cryptic message in Hausa which reads:

“A chire tsoro a yi abinda ya dace,” which translates to “Be courageous and do the right thing,” in English language.

In the short video, Pantami is seen suddenly bursting into tears when he asked his reciter to read a verse on the fear of Allah.

It is unclear why the president’s wife posted the video, but feelers from the Presidency believe she is no longer comfortable with Pantami’s recent closeness to the President where he seems to be the one arranging most of Buhari’s day to day itineraries.

In recent times, Pantami had taken up the position of a spokesman for Buhari, even coming out to tell Nigerians about the President’s feelings like he did when 25 commutters were killed in Plateau State in August.

Pantami had told Nigerians that Buhari was so devastated that he could not eat for the whole day.

That statement, amongst others, are some of the issues that are said to have angered the First Lady and she seems to have had enough, hence her decision to come out in full blast.

Isa Ali Ibrahim Fantami also known as Sheikh Pantami is an Islamic cleric and current serving Minister of Communications and Digital Economy in Nigeria.

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TCN Restores National Grid

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has announced the restoration of the national grid after its partial collapse on Monday.

This was made known by Mrs Ndidi Mbah, TCN’s General Manager, Public Affairs in a statement in Abuja.

Mbah said that the national grid experienced partial system disturbance at about 10.51 am, as a result of a sudden drop in system frequency, which created system instability.

She said that the restoration of the affected grid commenced immediately at 11.55 am with Osogbo/Ihovbor, followed by Jebba/Osogbo, Kainji/Jebba, Benin/Onitsha, Shiroro/Kaduna, Shiroro/Katampe and Alaoji/Ikot-Ekpene.

Others are Lokoja/Gwagwalada, Odukpani/Ikot Ekpene, Benin/Omotosho, Oke-Aro/Ikeja west, Egbin/Oke-Aro and Kaduna/Kano.

She said the grid restoration has almost been completed, adding that the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) regrets any inconveniences caused.

Mbah said NESI appreciated the understanding of electricity customers within and outside the country.

According to her, NESI is committed to leveraging the concerted interventions instituted so far to enhance power supply reliability so that the issue of system disturbance will soon become outdated.

She said the National Control Centre would launch a full-scale investigation “to establish and ascertain the cause of the partial disturbance as this unwholesome event has resulted in aggregated generation loss.



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Chukwudi Ajaegbu, 35, Arraigned For $11,000 Fraud

A 35-year-old importer, Chukwudi Ajaegbu, has been arraigned before the Ogba Magistrate’s Court for allegedly obtaining $11,000 fraudulently from one Austine Ukaoha in the Ikeja area of Lagos State.

Ajaegbu appeared before Magistrate F.M. Onamusi on a three count charge.

The defendant, with others at large, were said to have conspired to commit felony, to wit stealing, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 411 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, Nigeria 2015.

According to the police, sometime in 2010 on Bread Fraint Street, in the Balogun area of Lagos, the defendant, with others at large, conspired among themselves to obtain the sum under false pretences.

The charges read in part, “That you, Chukwudi Ajaegbu, on the same date, time and place, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did fraudulently obtain the sum of $11,000 from one Austine Ukaoha, under the pretence of importing goods from China, the presentation known to be false, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 314 (3) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, Nigeria 2015.”

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Magistrate Onamusi adjourned the matter till December 7, 2022.

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2023: NBC Tasks Broadcasters On Professionalism

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has tasked broadcasters to handle political campaigns with professionalism.

The director-general of NBC, Balarabe Ilelah said this on Monday at a multi-stakeholders dialogue held in Abuja.

As campaigns for the 2023 elections are set to begin on September 28, Ilelah asked broadcasters to ensure not to allow hate speech or fake news on their platforms.

“This is in addition to ensuring equity in airtime allocation and coverage of political parties’ activities, particularly during prime times,” he said.

“It is also the time for you to make money from political adverts and campaigns, but ensure that this is done within the ambit of law.

“Broadcasters are also required to handle live political rallies with care and due professionalism. This is in addition to studio-based live political interviews/broadcasts. Because of the sensitivities of such programmes, broadcasters are advised to install delay mechanisms.

“Remember that broadcast stations are held responsible for any breach. The stations shall, therefore, assume and accept editorial responsibility”, he added.

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