Friday, 24 September 2021

BUSINESS AND ECONOMY

BY Alao Abiodun/ THE NATION

In March 2021, pop star Innocent Idibia, popularly known as Tubaba or Tuface Idibia, and his wife, Annie, celebrated eight years of marital bliss.

In 2012, 2face had proposed to Annie on Valentine’s Day, a move that stirred her to tears when it happened as she wasn’t expecting it.

Going forward, the couple got married on March 23, 2013 in a star-studded wedding ceremony in Dubai.

They have two beautiful daughters, Isabella and Olivia.

But all does not seem to be well, following Annie’s recent outburst on Instagram, over 2face relationship with one of his baby mamas, Pero Adeniyi.

Annie had called out Tuface, for defying their marital vows.

She alleged: “Your baby mamas constantly use your children as an excuse for all sorts of rubbish.”

She also inferred that Tuface spent days with Pero, who has three children for the superstar, during a trip to the US.

Checks by The Nation shows 2face and Annie started dating when she was 15. Their relationship has, however, faced turbulent times.

2face during his relationship with Annie, had different affairs with other women. He is a father of seven; five from his previous relationships with other women and two with his wife, Annie.

His video African Queen, which saw Annie make appearances is the first video to be aired on MTV Base Africa.

2face Idibia once opened up on why he married his wife, Annie despite having kids from several other women.

He said: “When I used to repeat just 3 sets of clothes, she would always hold my head, look me in the eyes and tell me things will be fine one day.

“When I wasn’t handsome, she would call me her prince charming. When I wasn’t celebrated, she called me her king and said she is my number one fan and to this day, she still is.”

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BY Gbenga Bada / THE NATION

There are seeming cracks in Innocent 2face Idibia’s nine-year-old marriage to wife, Annie Idibia over one of his baby mamas, Pero Adeniyi.

In an Instagram rant in the wee hours of Thursday night, Annie Idibia called out Tuface, who is now known as 2baba, for defying their marital vows and spending a night together with Pero.

She alleged: “Your baby mamas constantly use your children as an excuse for all sorts of rubbish.”

She slammed Tuface for sleeping under the same roof with his children’s mother, Pero Adeniyi, whenever he’s visiting the kids they share.

“What kind of man takes his kids to Disney and spends the night in the same apartment with the kids and their mother? How many times have you gone to see your kids with Pero? And she stays with you and the kids under the same roof for nights?”

Continuing, the ‘Blackberry Babes’ actress wrote,:“I try to stay gracious, you are not the first man on planet to have kids by different women. Everything I do is to show the good human that I’m, but today this move you, Efe Frankie and your family took is unacceptable.”

Annie also accused her husband of always ganging up with his family members to do things that will bring public disgrace to her.

She also noted that she deserves better from him having stood by him even when it was obvious his family never liked her or their relationship.

“I’m a patient woman, I’m not a fool innocent. Your family never loved me from the beginning! No matter how hard I tried, I was never worthy to them. I have made so many sacrifices for you and all your children and God knows I have tried.”

The award-winning singer and father of seven shares five children with other women from his previous relationships and two with his wife, Annie Idibia.

He got married to Annie in a society wedding in Dubai in 2012.

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BY Gbenga Bada / THE NATION

BBNaija Shine Ya Eye housemates, Angel, Cross, Saskay, Yousef and Whitemoney have collectively won N1.5million.

The five housemates won the prize money after winning the Storm task on Day 25.

The BBNaija Housemates had to once again dig through their creative tool sets to come up with an entertaining television commercial for the Storm Body Spray.

The instruction for the task was simple. They had to develop and present a creative and entertaining television commercial that included a suitable song or jingle.

Team Love, led by Yousef, came up with a story of a guy in love who proposes to his girlfriend but is quickly rejected because of the bad odour coming from his armpits when they hugged. They ended their commercial with a catchy jingle that goes something like, “Bad energy stay far away, stay far away.”

The five won N1,500, 000, which they will share among themselves.

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has taken into custody a former Abia Governor, Sen. Theodore Orji and his son, Chinedu over alleged N48billion security votes.

The two leaders are also expected to account for N2billion Ecological Fund and conversion of Sure-P funds.

While the ex-Governor was intercepted at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja before boarding a flight, his son reported to the EFCC headquarters.

According to a source, the ex-Governor, who has been on the Commission’s watch list, was intercepted at the Nnamdi International Airport, Abuja at about 1000 hours on Thursday and brought to the headquarters of the EFCC at Jabi, Abuja for the continuation of his interrogation.

The source said: “He is being quizzed alongside his son, Chinedu, the current Speaker of the Abia State House of Assembly, who turned himself in this afternoon upon learning of the arrest of his father.

“Senator Orji and his sons, Chinedu and Ogbonna, are under investigation by the EFCC for offences bordering on misappropriation of public funds and money laundering.

“The ex- Governor is alleged to have collected N500million monthly as security vote for eight years as governor of Abia state between 2007 and 2015.

“Other issues relate to the alleged mismanagement of N2billion Ecological Fund and conversion of Sure-P funds.”

The Head of Media and Publicity of EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed the arrest of the former Governor.

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BY Gbenga Bada August/ THE NATION

Maria has emerged fourth Head of the BBNaija Shine Ya Eye edition House and granted immunity from possible eviction.

Maria emerged after all the 22 housemates gathered at the arena for the ‘Head of House’ game on Monday, August 16, 2021.

It was the same game of dice rolling and boxes with instructions to determine the third HoH in the BBNaija Shine Ya Eye edition.

All the 22 housemates took turns in throwing the dice and participated in the game at the kick-off

Maria eventually won the game but she won’t be sleeping in the HOH lounge as she was barred by Biggie as punishment for inviting Liquorose and Peace to the lounge.

With this development, Maria heads the House into the fourth week’s task and activities.

Biggie gave unrestricted visits from housemates to the Head of House lounge but no sleeping over.

As usual, the Head of House (HoH) title comes with some extra privileges.

Maria gets to sit on the throne-like HoH chair, gets information directly from Big Brother, and reads out the day’s task to the other housemates.

This privilege was one of the reasons the HoH challenge is usually hotly contested for.

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By Kehinde Olusanya/ THE NATION

BBNaija Shine Ya Eye housemate Niyi has alleged Angel and Beatrice tried to make moves at him.

In the Friday, August 6 diary session, Niyi narrated to Big Brother how Angel made advances at him ‘like five times’ during the shower even when she’s not there to have a bath but he refused to do anything with her.

Niyi told Big Brother that Beatrice also made advances at him saying even if he’s married, his wife will understand.

However, he declined, refusing to do anything with her.

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By Kehinde Olusanya/ THE NATION

BBNaija Shine Ya Eye housemates Sammie and Liquorose have become N500 Abeg Naira richer after winning the first Friday arena games.

Biggie also stated two winners, both male and female, will emerge from the game.

As the Head of House, Boma started the game followed by other housemates.

The games began with Big Brother explaining the procedures of how the games will be played by each housemate standing on the start line, jogging through the tires, climbing the hill, going underneath the ropes, jumping over the stands, pulling a tyre to the end line and ending their game by shouting ‘Abeg I don finish’.

After they all played, Sammie and Liquorose were declared the winners by Big Brother and were rewarded with N500 Abeg each.

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* $1.2 billion for Lagos-Calabar coastal rail
• NNPC gets $2.76b for stake in Dangote Refinery

The rehabilitation of the Warri and Kaduna refineries, acquisition of 20 per cent stake in Dangote Refinery and the construction of the Lagos-Calabar coastal standard gauge rail line, are among the contracts approved yesterday by the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

Contracts worth $15.44 billion in the Transportation and Petroleum Resources ministries got the nod at the meeting chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Other contracts were approved for Education and Power ministries.

Information and Culture Minister Lai Mohammed, said $11.2 billion was approved for the Lagos-Calabar standard gauge rail line.

Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Timipre Sylva, said his ministry got approval on two memoranda, which included the award of $1.484 billion for the rehabilitation of both Warri and Kaduna refineries. A 20 per cent minority stake in Dangote Petroleum and Petrochemical Refinery will be acquired for $2.76 billion.

Besides the Lagos-Calabar coastal line, Mohammed said the FEC also approved funding for the Kano-Jibia and Lagos-Maiduguri rail lines.

Mohammed added: “Under the former administration, an approval was given, but was nothing was done, but today, the council has given approval to commence the Lagos-Calabar coastal route.

“This particular route is very important because after the Lagos-Kano route, this Lagos-Calabar coastal route, actually will link all the coastal cities in the country. The proposed route alignment is to go from Lagos to Shagamu, Shagamu to Ijebu-Ode, Ijebu-Ode to Ore, Ore to Benin City, Benin to Sapele, Sapele to Warri, Warri to Yenagoa, Yenagoa to Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt to Aba, Aba to Uyo, Uyo to Calabar, Calabar to Akamkpa to Ikom, to Obudu Ranch, with a branch line from Benin City to Asaba, Onitsha Bridge and then Port Harcourt to Onne Deep Seaport.

“This particular project is very important, especially for our coastal economy. The cost of the project is $11,174,769,721.74 and we have six years for complete this project.”

Sylva said the rehabilitation of the refineries in Warri, Delta State and Kaduna, in Kaduna State, have been approved at a combined cost of $1.484 billion.

He explained that 15 per cent of the budget for the rehabilitation of the two refineries in Port Harcourt, which was awarded earlier this year, had been paid to the construction firm working at site.

The minister said FEC approved the award of contracts for the rehabilitation of Warri and Kaduna refineries to Messers Saipem SPA and Saipem Contracting Limited at $1.484 billion.

“The completion of the rehabilitation of Warri and Kaduna refineries is going to be in three phases. First phase will be completed within 21 months, in 23 months phase two will be completed and in 33 months, the full rehabilitation will be completed.”

Minister of State for Education Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba said: “Today (Yesterday), the Federal Ministry of Education presented two memos. The first one dealt with ratification of convention Nigeria had already assented to. The convention seeks to regularise the recognition of certificates and diplomats all across Africa.

“The second memo dealt with the award of contract for the building of two blocks of social science complexes at Adamawa State University in Mubi for a total sum of N1, 103,000,000 which was a TETFUND allocation that emerged from the year 2017 through 2021.

Power Minister Mamman Saleh said: ”The FEC has graciously approved two projects. One is the construction of 2×60 MVA 132 33 sub-station at Gagarawa, Jigawa State in favour of Messrs Power Control and Appliances Limited, in the sum of N154,212,396.05.

“The second one is the award of the contract for the engineering, procurement and construction of 2 by 30 MVA 132 33 sub-station at Ibiono-Ibom, Akwa Ibom State in favour of Messrs YEMEC West Africa Limited in the sum of $6.2 offshore plus N1.8 billion onshore.”

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By Kehinde Olusanya/ THE NATION

BBNaija Shine Ya Eye housemates Cross and Niyi have exchanged heated arguments over who took the largest quantity of bread.

On Thursday morning, Cross approached Niyi about the small quantity of bread that remained without him taking his share.

According to Cross, he was told by someone that Niyi was the last to take from the loaf of bread.

The issue escalated when Niyi allegedly said it is a ‘first come, first serve’ mood with the bread.

Cross wouldn’t hear any of it as the statement as he walked away to the kitchen, explaining the matter to Whitemoney and Sammie.

Niyi followed Cross to the kitchen telling him to stop putting words in his mouth because he never said what Cross thought he said.

Apparently, Niyi told Cross that he can’t quantify what he took because other people took before him, so he doesn’t understand why Cross came at him like he was the only one that took out of the bread.

The matter ended with both of them walking away from each other.

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By Adeniyi Adewoyin/ THE NATION

Big Brother Naija Shine Ya Eye housemate, Yousef has revealed he has a crush on Liquorose.

Yousef told fellow housemate Whitemoney during a conversation on Monday.

Yousef and Liquorose had kissed during a truth and dare game on Sunday night.

Speaking to Whitemoney, Yousef said he kissed Liquorose because he is crushing on her.

He said although he is yet to tell her about his feeling but he waited for Sunday night.

“Liquorose is my crush but I haven’t told her. For real she is my crush,” said Yousef

”Although I haven’t told her, I waited for that moment to kiss her during last night’s game.”

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