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BREAKING: Sanwo-Olu invites DSS to join probe of Mohbad’s death + press statement




BREAKING: Sanwo-Olu invites DSS to join probe of Mohbad’s death + press statement

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has invited the Department of Security Services to join the probe of late singer, Ilerioluwa Aloba, popularly known as Mohbad.

This was contained in a statement signed by Lagos state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, on Tuesday.

Mohbad, a former signee of Naira Marley at Marlian Records, died last Tuesday at the age of 27.

The state government also commiserated with the family and fans of the former Marlian Records signee.

“We feel the pains of losing such a talented and promising young man, who made a name for himself in a highly competitive industry. May the Almighty grant his soul rest and comfort his bereaved family and fans,” the statement reads.

In addition to the police special investigative team in Lagos to probe the death of Mohbad, “Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has invited the DSS to join the investigation and widen the dragnet with inter-agency collaboration and use of best-in-class technology to unearth the truth.

“Mr. Sanwo-Olu has directed that all those who may have played any role whatsoever in any event leading to the death of MohBad be made to face the law after a thorough investigation.


“Consequently DSS has also joined the investigation so as to get justice for the youngster, his family and teeming fans,” it added.

The state government pleaded with all those who may have vital information that may assist the investigation process to avail the investigating team of such.

“Government also appeals to the investigating team to guarantee the confidentiality and protection of all witnesses who may come forward with vital information or indicative evidence that may assist the process,” it added.

Meanwhile, the management of Mohbad, on Monday night, announced a candlelight procession and tribute night for the late artiste.

Since Mohbad’s death, his music fans and sympathisers have called for a proper investigation to know the cause of his death.

Taking to the social media handles of the late singer, the management “appreciate the outpouring of love from Fans across the world to the ones who’ve organised events in their communities as a way to honour and pay respect to our shining light we say thank you. Join us for Mohbad’s candlelight procession and tribute concert.”

BREAKING: Sanwo-Olu invites DSS to join probe of Mohbad’s death + press statement


High price of cooking gas taking toll on us, several South-West residents lament



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High price of cooking gas taking toll on us, several South-West residents lament

SEVERAL residents of some states in the South-West zone of the country are lamenting the astronomical increase in the price of cooking gas, saying it is severely affecting them.

The residents told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in separate interviews that unless government intervened urgently, the situation may force them to discard using gas to cook.

They said they may have no other choice than a return to using charcoal, firewood and sawdust, among other archaic means of cooking.

NAN reports that 12.5 kilogramme (kg) of gas now sells for between N10,000 and N10,625 as against the N8,700 it was being sold before in some parts of the zone.

A 6 kg equivalent goes for between N4,800 and N5,100 instead of N4,176.

The residents, who expressed shock with the cooking gas situation, said that they never prepared for such an astronomical increase.

They lamented that this has come particularly with the increase in the price of petrol, with its attendant negative effects.

The residents appealed to government to, as a matter of urgency, step up measures to address the situation in order to reduce the sufferings of Nigerians.

A housewife, Mrs Eunice Alabi, a resident of Ayegun-Fasade in Egbeda Local Government Area (LGA) of Oyo State, said the situation is not economically wise for her.

“A low income-earner like me cannot afford to buy a kilogramme of cooking gas at a cost of N850. That is the situation we are in now,” she said.


Alabi said she had already returned to the use of a sawdust stove at little or no cost to her, aside getting sawdust from a nearby sawmill.

Mr Michael Tubosun, a commercial motorcycle operator at Iwo-Road in Ibadan North-East LGA, contended that using gas to cook now had become the exclusive right of the rich.

He said he had bought a charcoal pot for his wife to cook.

Also speaking with NAN, a roadside beans and yam vendor at Oluwo junction in Egbeda LGA, Mrs Jelilat Yusuf, said she had embraced the use of firewood for cooking.

“I thought I was becoming modern by using gas, but now I can not afford gas again,” she said.

According to Yusuf, firewood is cheaper and makes her to make more profit than using gas.

Although she expressed concern about the smoke from firewood, which, she said might not be good for her health, Yusuf however said she had no choice.

“Since gas has gone out of my reach, I have no choice.”

She implored government to intensify efforts toward bringing down the price of cooking gas and foodstuffs.

An environmentalist, Mr Bola Ogunrinde, however, said using the alternatives to gas could be dangerous to health.

“Dioxin, one of the substances released when plastic is used and inhaled, can instantly cause coughing, shortness of breath and dizziness,” he stated.

A gas retailer, Mr Zacheaus Akinlabi, also said he had witnessed a marked reduction in the number of customers patronising him due to the sudden increase in gas price.

“Since the hike in price of gas, some of my customers have stopped patronising me, while the few that come around only buy the fewN kilogrames they can afford,” Akinlabi said.

A food vendor, Mrs Funmi Durodola, said that she had shifted from using gas to charcoal.

Although Durodola said that a bag of charcoal had also increased from N3,500 to between N4,700 and N5000, nevertheless she said it was still more economical than gas.

Mrs Tolu Adejo, a mother of three, said: “When gas was between

N700 and N750 per kg, my husband usually refilled for us, while we support our cooking with firewood, especially when we wanted to cook beans.

“To make matters worse, kerosene is also beyond our reach and so we now use firewood, alongside plastic and nylon to do our cooking, because we just have to survive,” Adejo said.

The situation is the same in Ilorin in Kwara, as most residents have resorted to use of charcoal and firewood due to the hike in the price of gas.


Mrs Munirat Bello, a teacher at a private school in Ilorin, said she had embraced the use of charcoal to complement the little gas she could afford.

A housewife, who also plaits hair for a living, who simply identified herself as Mama Bashira, also said that the situation had gone bad for her.

She said she had to resort to the use of charcoal.

“A bag of charcoal sells for as low as N1,500 if a person can get it straight from the farm and if well-managed, it can last for a month or even more,” Mama Bashira said.

Similarly, Hajia Lateefah Yusuf, a business woman, expressed surprise with the sudden increase in gas price, in spite of what she called the rhetoric of abundance of gas in the country.

A civil servant with Kwara Ministry of Agriculture, Mrs Abosede Buraimoh, described the situation as very worrisome and unbearable, calling for urgent intervention by government.

An artisan, Mrs Titilayo Oshagbemi, said she had stopped patronising gas stations due to the hike in the price of the product.

“I prefer to buy a bag of charcoal at the rate of between N3,000 to

N3,300, than to buy 5 kg gas at the rate of N4,750 or N5,400, while the charcoal will last longer than gas,” she said.

For Alhaja Tawal Aliyu, an artisan, the price of gas has become ‘scary’.

“How can I buy 1 kg of gas for N850 with the current economic hardship? No. I will rather get firewood to cook,” Aliyu lamented.

A resident of Ilorin, Mrs Afusat Jimoh, described the situation as frustrating, saying most people had dumped their gas cylinders and picked charcoal stoves.

“I’ve told my children to go and keep our cylinder somewhere in the

store. I am conveniently using my charcoal stove now. It saves me more money,” she said.

Mrs Toyin Aina, who said that many people had resorted to the use of kerosene stoves and charcoal stoves, called on the Federal Government to “act fast.

“This is because things are now very hard and tough in Nigeria.”

One of the attendants at a gas station, Mr Mubarak Bello, said patronage had dropped since the gas price had increased.

The Founder of Green Environment Movement, an environmental non-governmental organisation (NGO), Mr James Akinyemi, however said that using nylons and plastic to aid burning of charcoal could result in cancer.

According to him, burning plastics releases toxic chemicals into the air which, when inhaled, can cause cancer.

”Poly chlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and dioxins are among the most toxic chemicals commonly released into the air when burning plastics.

”Chronic exposure to these chemicals can interfere with hormone functions and cause cancer.

“So, it is better to avoid burning of plastics and nylons as much as possible,” he said.

Akinyemi noted that the economy was not friendly with the recent increase in price of gas.

He however cautioned people against using items that could have negative effect on their health.

NAN checks in Ogun also indicate that 12.5 kg of gas now sells for between N11,200 and N12,800 in some gas stations across the state.

NAN also reports that the situation has led to an increase in prices of foodstuffs as well as reduction in the quantity served for certain

prices at various restaurants and food joints.

Mrs Florence Akpan, a food vendor at Adeoyo area of Ijebu-Ode, said that sales had dropped significantly due to increase in gas price.

“Customers now complain about the reduction in the quantity of food being sold to them.

“I now cook small quantity of food because sales have really gone down and there is nothing I can do because I have to cover my cost and add small profit margin too.


“Times are really hard for both buyers and sellers now. It is a serious matter,” she said.

Another food vendor at Oke-Ilewo area of Abeokuta, Mrs Dorcas Sobowale, told NAN that for her to continue in business, she had resorted to using charcoal.

“While a bag of charcoal costs N5,000, 12.5 kg of gas now sells for N12,800.

“Although cooking with gas is more convenient and faster, I have to make the necessary sacrifice and adjust to using charcoal and firewood to survive in business.”

A gas retailer, Kabiru Adegoke, said the price of cooking gas was not stable, “as it goes up and down in a matter of days.

“Patronage has really been affected due to the high cost of gas per kg, which is now N840 from the N700 we sold it two weeks before now.

“Hardly do we now see people filling up their 12.5 kg cylinder again.

Rather, they fill in small quantities like 2kg and 3kg,” Adegoke said.

Mrs Fauziyah Adebiyi, another resident of Abeokuta, lamented that life had been really difficult since the sudden increase in the price of gas.

She said what would have been the next and easy alternative was kerosene stove, “but sadly enough, kerosene itself is a no-go area now.

“The last time I needed half a bottle just to mix an insecticide, I

was told it was N400, meaning that a bottle is N800. How does one buy that easily with the hardship in the land?” Adebiyi queried.

For Mr John Akpan, a landlord in Mowe area of Obafemi-Owode LGA of Ogun, he has had to unfortunately ban the use of charcoal in his house.

Akpan said his tenants had resorted to the use of charcoal in

the wake of gas price increase.

He said the kitchen and other areas within his two-storey building had become messy, with the walls stained with coal.

“I know times are hard, but if the situation continues unchecked, I

will have to spend money on painting the house from time to time,” Akpan said.

In her reaction, another gas user, Mrs Taiwo Akande, said she had been switching between electric stove and gas cooker for her cooking.

“We are still using the old metering system in my compound. So, I use electric burner for most of my cooking whenever there is power.

“I may have to resort to charcoal when our prepaid meter is installed and the situation persists,” she said.

Mr Johnson Adigun, an urban and regional planner, listed alternative means of cooking to include: kerosene, charcoal, saw dust and firewood, all of which he, however, said had “far-reaching” consequences.

According to him, firewood often pollutes the environment and worsens the climate change crisis, aside the health implications like lung cancer which can lead to premature death.

To Mr Kayode Ahmed, an environmentalist, one of the possible consequences of using firewood and charcoal for cooking is deforestation.

Ahmed said such situation could arise when trees were not planted to replace those being cut for firewood.

Another environmentalist, Mr Ola Oresanya, maintained that the use of bio-gas and solar stove as alternative sources of cooking might not be detrimental to the environment.

“Bio-gas is the most environmental-friendly, and also a renewable source of energy.

“Using solar to cook is also reasonable and not having any adverse effect on the environment,” he said.

High price of cooking gas taking toll on us, several South-West residents lament


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I would have depreciated Naira to N600 – Peter Obi



Peter Obi

I would have depreciated Naira to N600 – Peter Obi

The Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, mentioned during his appearance on Arise TV on Monday morning that, if he were Nigeria’s president, he would have depreciated the nation’s currency to N600.

Obi expressed dissatisfaction with the prevalent use of the US dollar as an unofficial medium of exchange in the country, emphasizing his intention to impose substantial penalties on individuals who frequently transact in dollars rather than using the national currency, the naira.

“Nobody floats what you don’t have supply of,” he criticised the Tinubu administration’s purported floating of the naira.

He pointed out that the new management team must think through every policy including looking at the “exchange rate, inflation” and other key policies in the area.


He said floating of the naira “is not something you do haphazardly.

“Nobody floats his currency without adequate supply.”

He said rather than haphazardly floating the naira, “we should have worked on criminals and excesses in our foreign exchange regime.”

He explained that the naira was over valued and was increasingly under pressure because of under supply and the dollarisation of the country’s economy.

“We should have devalued to about N600 while managing to deal with supplies and deal with the issues that control the exchange rate.”

According to him, “what controls the exchange rate is your reserve and what controls your reserve is your export.”

I would have depreciated Naira to N600 – Peter Obi

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Former Chicago State University President to sue Tinubu over forged certificate



Dr. Elnara Daniel, Bola Ahmed Tinubu

Former Chicago State University President to sue Tinubu over forged certificate

This is not a good time for the embattled president of Nigeria, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as a former president of the Chicago State University, Dr. Elnara Daniel said she had concluded plans to drag him to a US criminal court for forgery.

The former CSU president according to some documents sighted by Nigerian Concord Newspaper said it was a criminal act for the president of Nigeria to forge her signature on the certificate he is parading.

Dr. Daniel said in the document that she has finalized her papers to sue Tinubu but is only waiting for the institution to release his academic records to the former vice president of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar tomorrow, Monday as directed by District Judge Maldonado before storming the court for her suit against Tinubu.


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The former Chicago State University president said she didn’t sign the controversial certificate which Tinubu presented to INEC during his nomination process last year, noting that she was not even a staff of the institution until 19 years after the certificate was forged

Daniel wondered how she could sign a certificate which was allegedly issued in 1979 when she actually began work at the institution in 1998.

She said her plan to press a criminal charge against Tinubu was a result of the pressures by her family, friends and associates to clear her name from allegations in the media that she was bribed by the embattled Nigerian president to sign the forged CSU certificate.

She pressed further in the document that she never had any student by that name “Tinubu” throughout her stay as the president of the Chicago State University.

Former Chicago State University President to sue Tinubu over forged certificate

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