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FCTA Demolishes Shanties, Kiosks, Beer Parlours in Wuse Parks

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 By Laide Akinboade 

In order to restore the master-plan of Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), under the aegis of Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC) on monday 23rd September 2019 demolished shanties, beer parlours and other illegal structures in designated Parks and Gardens in Wuse Zone 6 area of Abuja.

Surich Park, and two other Parks in Wuse Zone 6, were affected by the demolition exercise for operating without approval or outside the land use.

People were seen running helter-skelter, salvaging what valuable properties they can lay their hands on before and during the demolition exercise.

Speaking during the exercise, Director, Development Control Department, Murktar Galadima, noted that it was a follow up to its ongoing sensitization campaign and enforcement of development standard,which the government will continue till it have achieve its goal.

Galadima said it’s going to be all over FCC, wherever there are designated parks, to ensure prevailing activity is in line with what was approved for the development of such parks.

He also cautioned operators of Parks and Recreational Spots not to do any transaction with any person that is not officially assigned to do that kind of transaction.

According to him: “This administration have been up and doing in regards to implementation of our standard.

“I’ll like to caution them (operators of parks) not to deal with anybody not officially assigned to do that responsibility, because sometimes some touts will claim that they’re working for the constituted authorities whereas it’s not true.

‘However if any of our staff is found wanting, we are going to apply the civil service rule.”

Similarly, Director, FCT Parks and Recreation Department, Arc. Ali Ukele, said the affected parks are not designed for recreational purposes but supposed to be developed for basic Park form, which entails they should have green and park benches, and we are not supposed to have buildings in them; so that’s the infractions observed.

He said: “There are some park operators that have approved allocations, but a lot of them don’t have, so if you don’t have and you are operating illigally this operation will also catch up with you.

“We have shanties where people are sleeping within the parks, and you can see all sort of things in the Parks, there are laundry services, and all sort of shanty related activities, so we can’t allow the trend to continue.

“Also, there are security threats, because people sleep in Parks, and we have complaints from residents, because people come from parks and then rob or disturb them in the night, then disappear into the parks, so this is the issue.”

Recall that FCTA about two weeks ago through AMMC going round parks and gardens had earlier identified parks and spots that do not conform with the Parks and Recreational Spots FCT standard, warning illegal operators to vacate as a matter of urgeny.

Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC) comprises of a joint team drawn from relevant departments and agencies.

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Rapper Drake Loses $615,000 Bet on Joshua vs Ngannou Fight

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Canadian International  rapper, Drake,  has  lost a massive 600,000 dollars bet after Anthony Joshua knocked out Francis Ngannou in their  much-hyped heavyweight showdown in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Reports says that Anthony Joshua  secured  a brutal knockout(KO), against   Francis Ngannou in the second round of  the ‘Knockout Chaos’ clash  on Friday night.

The superstar recording artiste, known for placing massive bets on sporting events, posted earlier on Instagram that he was  betting $615,000 on Ngannou to beat Joshua outright.

“Betting on a scary man,” Drake said.

Drake joined several fans of combat sports to believe that Ngannou could get the job done against Joshua, and if the bet had clicked, it would have paid out $1.

9million .

Although Drake has recorded some big wins and losses in betting, he has gained notoriety with the “the Drake Curse”, assertion by fans accusing him of ‘cursing’ athletes and teams after being pictured with them.

The ‘curse’ has affected numerous victims such as quarterback Johny Manziel,UFC fighter  Kamaru Usman, Tennis star Serena Williams,  and even the entire Kentucky Wildcats Basketball team in the United States.

In January, the rapper  lost over half-a-million pounds when he incorrectly backed Sean Strickland to defend his UFC middleweight championship against Dricus Du Plessis.

One of Drake’s biggest bets in 2023   was on YouTube boxer,  Logan Paul to knocout Conor McGregor’s training partner Dillon Danis in their Misfits Boxing fight.

The rapper won $1.3million after Danis was disqualified in the final round for trying to choke Paul unconscious, prompting a massive brawl to break out in the ring.

Earlier before that fight, Drake missed out on a $920,000 payout after Nigerian born Israel Adesanya lost his UFC middleweight title to Sean Strickland.

Drake was routing for Adesanya to knockout Strickland in their world title clash, but Strickland produced a massive upset to win on points.(NAN)

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Nollywood Stars, Fans Celebrate Veteran Actor Pete Edochie at 77

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Nollywood stars and fans have felicitated with veteran actor, Pete Edochie as he clocked 77 on Thursday, March 7. expressing gratitude to God for his life.

Actress Rita Edochie, who happened to be  the celebrant’s  brother’s wife, took to her Instagram page @ritaedochie to  celebrate the Nollywood icon.

According to her, the celebrant has been loving, caring, concerned and amazing, adding that she is delighted to be his sister-in- law.

She thanked God that she had no regrets knowing Edochie as her brother-in-law due to the kind of person he is.

” In over 30 years of knowing you as my dear husband’s brother, I have never  known any regrets nor discomfort .

“Ibobo , you have been remarkably loving, caring , concerned and amazing. I am greatly delighted to be your sister-in- law.

“I have said it before and I will say it again, in my next life , I will surely be married by the Edochies.

 “On this special day that marks another year of wonderful existence, I want to take a moment to celebrate the incredible person you are.

“Happy birthday my great husband, your charisma, wisdom and warm heart  have left an indelible mark on everyone fortunate enough to know you.

“May this year bring you so much  joy, success, unforgettable moments. As you blow out the candles, may your wishes soar high and your dreams come true.

“Your presence in our lives is a true blessing, today is a reminder to cherish the remarkable soul that you are.

“Here is to another year of laughter, love and unforgettable memories, cheers to you my great brother-in- law like no other.

“I will always love and respect you, live in longevity and soar immensely. Wishing you more of March 7,  the great lion of Africa,”she wrote.

Also,  actor Yul Edochie,  son of the legend, took to his Instagram page to wish his daddy a remarkable birthday celebration.

He wrote, “A very happy birthday to you, Daddy. The Lion of Africa. The Legendary Chief Pete Edochie @peteedochie. The most handsome 77yr old man. Ibobo Umueri,  The Greatest. I wish you many more beautiful years filled with God’s blessings.May God lead you always..’

Actor Kanayo O Kanayo wrote, “We are birthday mates. He makes it a duty to call me on  March 1. Ebubedike,  Ogadagidi, Mmuo nabu. Great to celebrate you while you are alive and kicking wellA fan @amoson_01: “Happy birthday, living legend. My Godfather. God bless your new age. Many more fruitful years to come sir.”

Another fan @donracy wrote, “Happy birthday Ogadagidi nwoke ike. Age in grace sir.”

Meanwhile, the celebrant Pete Edochie, also known as ‘Lion of Africa’,  has taken to his Instagram page @peteedochie to celebrate himself for the gift of life as he marked  77 years on earth.

Edochie flooded his Instagram page with adorable pictures in different outfits with a warm smile to specially celebrate his 77th birthday with a caption ‘Ibobo 77.” (NAN)

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German-based oil Company Unveils Nollywood Actor, Pete Edochie as Ambassador

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A Nollywood actor, Pete Edochie, was on Saturday, unveiled as the brand ambassador of Rowe Motor Oil distributed by a German based company, 9th Integrated Energy Solutions Ltd.

Speaking during the endorsement held in Enugu, Mr Okechukwu Benjamin, the Managing Director, of the company, said the deal was a multimillion Naira contract that would last for two years.

The managing director said the deal was renewable after its expiration in 2026.

He said the company chose Edochie because of his class and impeccable character in Africa and beyond as a reputable movie star.

He explained that 9th integrated Energy Solutions Limited was a German company that brought Rowe oil into Africa and owned the franchise for the whole of Africa.

“We are here today to officially unveil Chief Pete Edochie, as the brand ambassador of Rowe oil Nigeria and we are glad that he accepted the offer.

“Our product is a German premium oil that comes with a seal which makes it difficult to be adulterated in the market.

“We have different categories of the oil that would improve Nigerian vehicles, their engine efficiency and save fuel for them.

He added that they sold the oil based on specification of vehicles.

Reacting, Edochie thanked the company for choosing him noting that companies endorsed him as their brand ambassadors because of his reputation and impeccable character.

Edochie popularly known as “Okonkwo and Ebubedike” by his fans, said he had managed to live above board within a society marked with criminal tendencies, describing the offer as a “credible achievement”.

“I am glad to be here and to be made the ambassador of Rowe oil and I am stating my reputation on the quality of this product.

“I have enjoyed a very international marketable reputation for a very long time and I am glad to say that if you go outside this country, first thing they come across as a thespian is Pete Edochie.

“It is a not magic. When I did Things Fall Apart, I became so celebrated even before the Nollywood came into existence.

“There are some parts of the world I am being  moulded and people lean on them to take photographs and pay,” Edochie said.

Speaking on his endorsement, the Nollywood actor, who expressed gladness over the organisation’s choice, said the Rowe oil was unique as it sustained the life of a car.

He said Nigeria had come of age to be introduced into things that were  modern and scientific, hence, there was need for them to patronise the oil due to its quality and effectiveness. (NAN)

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