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Gov. Al-Makura sacks political appointees in Nasarawa

Governor Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa State has disengaged all his political appointees ahead of his exit from office on May 29.

Al-Makura announced the disengagement of the appointees during an expanded state executive council meeting on Wednesday in Lafia.

He said the decision was to ensure a seamless transition from his administration to the incoming administration of Mr Abdullahi Sule, NAN reports.

Al-Makura, however, said that some appointees handling critical positions that have to do with the day-to-day running of government would maintain their positions until May 29.

He also directed all Commissioners to tidy up their hand-over notes and submit same to him on or before May 20.

The governor said the hand-over notes would be a guiding document to their successor.

He explained that even after submitting the hand-over notes, all the commissioners would remain on their desks until May 29.

“We came together and we shall leave together.

“We would all work relentlessly towards a seamless and exciting transition to the new administration,” Al-Makura added.

He thanked the commissioners and his other appointees for their support in helping to make the state better than they met it in 2011.

The Governor attributed the success story of his administration to the commitment, doggedness and resilience of his team, saying that the achievements were results of collective efforts.

Al-Makura urged the people to accord his successor the same support in whatever capacity they found themselves in order to take the state to the next level.

Responding on behalf of the aides, Mr David Ayewa, a Senior Special Assistant to the Governor, thanked the governor for giving them the opportunity to serve the state.

He also pledged their unalloyed support to the incoming administration to be inaugurated on May 29.

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EPL: Lampard to replace Sarri as Chelsea manager after Europa League final

Chelsea are preparing to fire Maurizio Sarri, regardless of whether he wins the Europa League and want to bring in Frank Lampard as his replacement, Sky Sport Italia reports.

Sarri has struggled to win over fans despite a solid first season in charge at Stamford Bridge, in which he reached the final of two Cups and finished third in the Premier League.

Nevertheless, the Blues are looking to change their manager after the Europa League final and want Lampard to usher in a new era.

The former Chelsea midfielder is currently preparing to face Aston Villa in Derby County’s promotion play-off decider at Wembley next week.

Stamford Bridge bosses have been impressed with the way Lampard has carried himself and are believed to be keen to bring him back along with Petr Cech.

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‘Yahoo Yahoo’: Zlatan Ibile chides fans in new single titled 4nights in Ekohtiebo

Nigerian artist, Omoniyi Temidayo, popularly known as Zlatan Ibile, has dropped new single few days after he was released by the EFCC.

Recall that Zlatan and Naira Marley were arrested by the EFCC over their alleged support of internet fraud also known as ‘yahoo yahoo’.

While Zlatan was released, Afeez Fashola aka Naira Marley has remained in custody of the graft agency.

But Zlatan has now taken to the studio to release a single entitled ”4nights in Ekohtiebo”

In the single, Zlatan chided those he tagged ‘fake friends’ who turned their back on him while he was in detention.

The song composed in Yoruba is translated thus: “Pretend you were dead, see who will shed tears over your death. Pretend to be broke and see who’ll ignore you.

“We eat and drink together. Just four days and you can’t hide your hatred for me. You guys didn’t expect me to return. Nobody is holy and don’t be quick to judge”.

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‘Yahoo Yahoo’ – Naira Marley remanded in prison pending ruling on bail application

Nigerian musician, Azeez Fashola, aka Naira Marley was, on Monday, arraigned at the Federal High Court in Lagos over an alleged credit card fraud.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) charged him with 11-counts of the offence before Justice Nicolas Oweibo.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges when read to him.

The judge then adjourned the case until May 30 for the hearing of his bail application.

Justice Oweibo ordered that the musician be remanded in prison until his bail application is determined.

Marley risks seven years in jail if found guilty in accordance with Section 33 (2) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act, 2015.

EFCC had arrested Naira Marley in connection with an alleged advance fee fraud known as ‘yahoo yahoo’ in the Nigerian parlance.

Following his arrest, the anti-graft agency filed an 11-count charge against him.

The charges with suit number FHC/L/178C/19 were filed before a Lagos High Court.

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