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The United Kingdom has resumed work and study visa applications processing in Nigeria.

Nigerians were urged applicants to proceed to UK visa application centres for their Priority Visa Services in their country.

In a post via its verified social media handles, UKinNigeria posted, “From January 24, TLS will resume offering some Priority Visa (PV) Services in our Nigerian visa application centres. PV services will only be available to customers applying at VACs in Nigeria in work and study routes. These services will only be available via the TLS website and can be purchased when making a VAC appointment.”

The United Kingdom Mission in Nigeria had on January 10, 2022, announced a temporary suspension of the Flexi Appointment, known as the walk-in service, at its Visa Application Centres.

 

In a statement on Monday, the mission noted that the move was to ensure the safety of its customers who stand outside the VAC.

The Mission added that visa applicants will not be attended to should they appear before their appointment date.

The UK Mission, however, stated that there would be exceptions for serious cases such as health emergencies, which would be on a case-by-case basis.

The statement added that applications for student visas are being processed within the normal time frame.

“We are aware that large numbers of prospective students are queuing outside of the Visa Application Centre to try and secure a visa appointment. Student applications are being processed within the customer service standard of 15 working days,” the statement added.

Nollywood star, Mercy Aigbe, has cleared the air concerning her new marriage as she claimed that her new lover, Adeoti Kazim, also known as Adekaz, and her ex-husband, Lanre gentry was never friends.

She made this known on Wednesday in a message which she sent to the hosts of TVC talk show, Your View, where they discussed her new relationship.

The topic for the show was ‘Nollywood actress Mercy Aigbe marries ex-husband’s friend’ and towards the end of the show, the actress called the main show host, Morayo Afolabi-Brown on the phone.

Afolabi-Brown then announced that Aigbe was trying to call them on the show but as she couldn’t reach them, the actress has sent a text.

“I just want to clear the impression, Adekaz isn’t Lanre Gentry’s friend,” Afolabi-Brown read out Aigbe’s text to the viewers of the show.

Aigbe had set the internet agog on Sunday when she unveiled popular movie marketer, Adeoti, as her new lover.

She also took to her Instagram page on Monday to shower praises on her new lover on his birthday

Aigbe’s estranged husband, Gentry, had shared a picture of himself, Aigbe, Adeoti, and Adeoti’s wife on his page as he revealed that the “truth” was finally out.

The ace actress separated from her estranged husband in 2017 after she alleged that she suffered domestic violence in her marriage.

Since their separation, the duo had frequently engaged in social media clashes since then.

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The House of Representatives, Wednesday, alleged that 71 million Nigerians still operate their banks’ accounts without identification, just as it noted that trillions of Naira belonging to the Federal Government were being held by commercial banks.

The House, therefore, set up an ad hoc committee, headed by Unyime Idem (PDP, Akwa Ibom), to investigate the unremitted funds as well as infractions by the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.

The resolution followed the consideration of a motion presented by Dachung Bagos from Plateau State at the plenary.

In his motion, Bagos noted about 45.85 million bank accounts were yet to be linked after the introduction of the Bank Verification Number (BVN) by CBN in 2014.

He said: “About seven years after the introduction of the BVN into Nigeria banking system, about 45.85 million bank accounts across Nigeria are yet to be linked to BVNs.

“Data released by the Nigerian Inter–Bank Settlement Systems (NIBSS) on June 23, 2021, disclosed that the total number of bank accounts in Nigeria as of May 2019 is pegged at 122.071 million.

Gospel artiste Sammie Okposo with other colleagues are billed to grace the annual gospel concert organised by popular gospel singer, Tope Alabi tagged ‘Praise the Almighty’.

The 2022 edition, according to Alabi, holds at the Police College, Ikeja Lagos on Sunday, February 20.

The Wellu Wellu master, as he is fondly called, has been at the centre of controversy when apologised for an affair with an American in the last trip in the now-deleted Instagram post.

 

The Nation observed in the early hours of Wednesday, January 26, the apology post has disappeared from his verified Instagram page @Sammieokposo.

Following the confession, Dunamis International Gospel Centre deleted his name from the list of gospel artists slated to minister at a concert on Friday, January 28.

Other gospel singers, including Nathaniel Bassey, Dunsin Oyekan, Judikay and Enikay are also billed to grace Tope Alabi’s concert.The Nation observed that Alabi has started a countdown on her Instagram page with many of her fans looking forward to attend.

In a flier shared on her Instagram page, she said: “Friends, are you ready to be part of ‘Praise the Almighty 2022’? We are glad and honoured to have some of the amazing Ministers of the Gospel at this year’s edition. @pastorpoju, @nathanielblow, @dunsinoyekan, @officialjudikay, @officialenkay, @sammieokposo @spiritofsaco. Date – 20th of February, 2022, Venue – Police College Ground, GRA, Ikeja. Start time – 2pm prompt Nigerian time. Mark your calendar.”

 

 
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Wednesday, 26 January 2022 14:00

Psquare set to release first song in five years

Peter Okoye and Paul Okoye, the Psquare brothers, are set to release their first collaborative song since their controversial split five years ago.

 

The duo parted ways in 2017 after a disagreement on the role of Jude Okoye, their older brother, as manager.

Last November, they ended their nearly five-year feud and thereafter held their first headline concert in December.

The pair took to their individual Instagram pages to share a photo of themselves alongside a terse post urging fans to anticipate the project.

 

“You’re ready? …incoming,” the post read.

 

 
 
 
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A post shared by Mr P (@peterpsquare)

Peter had earlier blamed the constant comparison from fans — over who is better between the duo — as part of the reasons they broke up.

“For those trying to troll us, if it is painful for you, it’s not painful for us. You guys don’t matter anymore. Let me say it openly if you are a P-Square angry fan, you guys don’t matter anymore. It’s not about you guys anymore, it’s about us. Go and deal with your sour,” he had said.

 

“Don’t let me hit on you guys because you guys don’t even deserve it. Because you guys are among the people that contributed to the break-up. Two brothers doing their own thing, you try to say one is better than one. Una don get wetin una want.”

 

 

Nigeria’s women have been ranked as the highest consumers of skin-whitening creams in Africa.

The data drawn by CNN ranked Nigeria as the top consumer of the creams.

The data explained that 75 per cent of women in Nigeria patronise whitening products.

 

This is followed closely by Senegal at 60 per cent, Mali at 50 per cent and Ghana at 30 per cent.

Whitening creams are cosmetic products that reduce the melanin or pigment in the skin to make it appear lighter.

The skin-whitening industry predominantly caters to women worldwide and people of colour in every region.

 

These creams contain ingredients that work to decrease body’s production of melanin.

Melanin is responsible for the pigment in the skin made by cells called melanocytes.

But many of these creams have been found to have dangerous side effects and are unapproved for use.

 

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The world’s oldest male gorilla, aged 61, has been found dead in his habitat at Zoo Atlanta in the United States.

 

Named Ozzie, the gorilla was found lifeless on Tuesday by his care team.

The cause of death is, however, yet to be established.

It is understood that the zoo officials are still awaiting the results of a necropsy, although the western lowland gorilla, which was also the third-oldest of its kind in the world, was diagnosed with COVID-19 last September.

 

Veterinary staff had reported that Ozzie started experiencing a decrease in appetite last Thursday.

In a press release, Zoo Atlanta said it was difficult to get him to eat during the days leading up to his passing.

They said Ozzie exhibited symptoms like facial swelling, weakness, and inability to eat or drink 24 hours before death.

 

“This is a devastating loss for Zoo Atlanta. While we knew this time would come someday, that inevitability does nothing to stem the deep sadness we feel at losing a legend,” Raymond B. King, Zoo Atlanta’s president, said.

“Ozzie’s life’s contributions are indelible, in the generations of individuals he leaves behind in the gorilla population and in the world’s body of knowledge in the care of his species.

“Our thoughts are with his care team, who have lost a part of their lives and a part of their hearts.”

Ozzie was the only surviving member of the original group of western lowland gorillas who arrived at Zoo Atlanta with the opening of The Ford African Rain Forest in 1988.

 

He made zoological history in 2009 by becoming the first in the world to voluntarily take a blood pressure test.

Ozzie was the third oldest gorilla in the world.

The oldest is 64-year-old Fatou of the Berlin Zoo in Germany.

The second oldest is 63-year-old Helen, of the Louisville Zoo in Kentucky.

 

Before his COVID-19 diagnosis, employees at the zoo said they had noticed that the gorillas had been coughing, had runny noses, and showed changes in appetite.

A veterinary lab at the University of Georgia had returned positive test for the respiratory illness.

Zoo officials had also said they believed vaccinated employees passed on the virus to him while asymptomatic.

 

 

Over 33,000 have signed a petition to stop foreign institutions from demanding an English proficiency test, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) from Nigerians.

Checks by The Nation show the petition on change.org titled “Stop asking Nigerians to write IELTS” has 33,800 signatures as at the time of filing this report.

IELTS is one of the world’s known English language tests for work, study and migration. It is an international standardised test of English language proficiency.

 

Annually, thousands of young Nigerian migrants take IELTS tests physically in different locations all over Nigeria as part of the requirements to secure admissions into universities overseas or work abroad.

The Nation learnt the test costs over N80,000 per time and expires after two years.

One has to re-sit if they have not been successful with their applications for UK scholarships.

But many Nigerians lamented that they had lost several opportunities because they could not afford the high cost of the test despite having tertiary education in English language.

Many social media users have taken to Twitter to proffer logical requests with the hashtag — #ReformIELTSPolicy topping Twitter trendsmap.

Some of the requests include cancellation of two-year expiry clause, including Nigeria in the UKVI exemption list, reducing test cost and increasing validity period .

The founder of Policy Shapers, Ebenezar Wikina, said: “Nigeria is not a French-speaking country but if a Nigerian writes DELF for N16,000, the result is valid for life but despite being an English-speaking country, I have to write IELTS for N89,500 and my result expires in 2 years Do the math! #ReformIELTSPolicy #IELTS #TOEFL.”

Another user, Samuel Ajayi said: “I join Nigerians asking for a change in IELTS policy. Why should my English proficiency expire after 2yrs? I heard the French proficiency test does not expire & it’s way cheaper than IELTS Help spread this till they respond. It’s a win for all. @UKinNigeria #ReformIELTSPolicy”

Jacob Sule advised: “Dear Ambassador, To further strengthen the partnership between Nigeria and UK, I join fellow Nigerians in solidarity to say #ReformIELTSPolicy, As you know, english is our official language. Therefore, the 2yrs validity of the #IELTS & it’s subsequent expiration is no longer acceptable.”

 
 
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The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has said the Federal Government didn’t suspend the removal of fuel subsidy because of the 2023 elections.

Adesina said this when he appeared on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme, on Wednesday.

“It is a valid thing [to do],” he said of the government’s suspension of the removal, adding, “but is this done because of elections next year? No.”

“It is done because as the minister (of finance) stated, the timing is not auspicious, inflation is still high. In the past eight months, we saw inflation reducing but the last month, it went up again; further consultations need to happen with all the stakeholders.”

Adesina also stated that the intention of the Federal Government to extend the removal of fuel subsidy by 18 months was not to set a booby-trap for the next president.

 

“That was not the intention, the intention was also stated – the timing is not right, it will exacerbate the hardship of the people and the President genuinely cares,” the presidential spokesman said.

“Politics is a part of our lives, but elections will just be one event in the life of the country. When elections come, they go, the country continues. This fuel subsidy, whether it stays or goes, is going to have a serious impact on the economy.”

 

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Gospel artist Sammie Okposo has taken down his apology to wife, family, friends, and congregation less than after 24 hours after posting it on social media.

The apology post contained an appeal for forgiveness from his wife, family, friends and fans over his amorous affair with an American lady simply identified as African Doll.

The Nation observed that in the early hours of Wednesday, January 26, 2022, the apology post has disappeared from his verified Instagram page, @Sammieokposo.

This is coming after Dunamis International Gospel Centre deleted his name from the list of gospel artists slated to minister at a concert on Friday, January 28, 2022.

On Sunday, January 23, 2022, African Doll with whom Okposo had an affair, opened up on their relationship.

The Houston-based American alleged that she got pregnant for the singer and didn’t know he was married until the affair had blossomed.

 

In her exclusive interview with YouTuber, Obodo Oyinbo TV, African Doll accused Okposo of putting her in a family way and leaving her to her fate.

African Doll also alleged that when she informed Okposo about the pregnancy, he told her to do the needful and get rid of it.

However, since his apology post went viral, the singer has gone silent, failing to react to the pregnancy allegations by African Doll.

 

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