Access Bank’s South African division begins operation, guarantees customers’ satisfaction

Access Bank South Africa Limited officially opened for business, on Monday, with a promise to help customers achieve their aspirations. While speaking at the event, Access Bank CEO, Herbert Wigwe, said the SADC region represents the strongest economy on the African continent. “This means Access Bank SA is firmly seated in one of the principal geographical areas apart from Nigeria, in terms of the size of the economy, and unlocks the gateway to the entire Southern African region,” he said. Wigwe highlighted Access Bank’s solid presence in Zambia too, saying…

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Tyson slept with prison counselor to reduce prison sentence

Mike Tyson, former heavyweight boxing champion, earned over $300 million during his career and lived a lavish lifestyle that included $7 million necklaces, $2 million gold bathtubs, and exotic pets, but he also had numerous run-ins with the law. When he was in the prime of his career, Tyson was arrested for raping an 18-year-old beauty pageant contestant. Although he maintains his innocence, Tyson was convicted in 1992 and sentenced to six years in prison. Tyson ended up serving only three years of the sentence. However, few people know that…

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Biden to allow up to 62,500 refugees into US after criticism

United States President, Joe Biden, announced Monday, after coming under fierce criticism, that he was raising the maximum number of refugees allowed into the United States this year to 62,500 — up from the 15,000 cap imposed by his predecessor Donald Trump. The change follows backlash from allies over Biden’s earlier decision to keep the Trump-era limits — a politically costly moment of confusion that stood out in a White House notable for its iron discipline in its first three months. “This erases the historically low number set by the…

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Bill and Melinda Gates set to divorce

Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft and his wife and fellow philanthropist Melinda announced on Monday they are divorcing after a 27-year marriage. One of the world’s wealthiest couples — with a joint fortune estimated at $130 billion — the Gates have channeled billions into charitable work around the globe via their hugely influential foundation. In announcing their split on Twitter, the couple said they would continue their joint work on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which funds programs in global health, gender equality, education and other causes. “After a…

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Covid-19: US regulators recommend ‘pause’ in use of J&J vaccine

Top US health authorities recommended a “pause” in the use of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine “out of an abundance of caution” as they investigate any links between it and blood clots, a regulator said Tuesday. The US Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control are assessing the “potential significance” of six reported cases of a rare blood clot in patients who have received the shot, the FDA tweeted. “Until that process is complete, we are recommending this pause,” it said. The regulator said that as…

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Austrian Catholics fly rainbow flag in solidarity for LGBT

Following the Vatican decision last month that the Church couldn’t bless same-sex partnerships, the Catholic church of the parish of Hard is one of many in Austria which decided to fly the rainbow flag in solidarity with the LGBT community . The powerful Vatican office responsible for defending church doctrine, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), handed down a ruling that same-sex unions could not be blessed despite their “positive elements”. The office wrote that while God “never ceases to bless each of His pilgrim children in this…

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Reno Omokri leads protest against Buhari’s medical tourism in UK

Pastor Reno Omokri, a social media activist and former aide of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan flew from his base in the United States of America to lead protest against Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari who left Nigeria for medical attention in the United Kingdom. The rally, tagged #HarassBuhariOutofLondon took place on April 2, 2021 at President Muhammadu Buhari’s residence, Abuja House, 2 Campden Hill, Kensington, London W8 7AD. According to Omokri, “The rally was held in strict compliance with COVID19 protocols with protesters massing in groups of six.” He said the London…

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FG, Delta State at loggerheads over Ibori’s £4.2m loot

The British Government’s resolve to return to Nigeria £4.2million (about N2.2 billion) funds recovered from friends and family members, traced to the former governor of Delta State, James Ibori has stirred up controversy, pitting the Federal Government against the Delta State government. The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami yesterday, disclosed that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has directed that the £4.2million returned loot be deployed to complete the second Niger Bridge, Lagos-Ibadan and the Abuja-Kano expressway projects. The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ms. Catriona Laing, said…

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Boko Haram: 5,000 displaced Nigerians repatriated from Cameroon

About 5,000 Nigerian refugees from Borno State that fled to Cameroon due to the Boko Haram insurgency, returned to their homeland on Monday in a voluntary repatriation process. Cameroon’s Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Nji, said this in Maroua, the chief town of Cameroon’s far north region just before take-off for Nigeria’s Borno State. The first batch, consisting of 5,000 refugees who spent six years in Cameroon’s Minawao refugee camp, boarded buses as they began the journey. Nji said “we have taken all the precautions and all the necessary measures…

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Diggers banned as Congolese villagers discover gold in South Kivu

  Gold-rich ore discovered in a village in Congo’s South Kivu province has driven authorities to ban mining there until more oversight is established, the provincial mines minister said on Thursday. The discovery of gold-rich ore in Luhihi in late February brought throngs of diggers to the site, South Kivu Mines Minister Venant Burume Muhigirwa said, putting pressure on the small village around 50 km (30 miles) from the provincial capital, Bukavu. Subsistence mining – extracting minerals with rudimentary tools – is common across Democratic Republic of Congo, and the…

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