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Two Al Jazeera Journalists Jailed In Egypt Handed Presidential Pardons

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The two Al Jazeera journalists jailed in Egypt have been handed Presidential pardons on the eve of Eid-ul Adha.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi announced on Facebook that he is pardoning “100 young people trapped in issues related to the breach of the law on demonstrations and some humanitarian and health cases”.

Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were jailed in August for ‘aiding a terrorist organisation’, referring to the Muslim Brotherhood; alongside another colleague Australian Peter Greste- who was deported in February.

“We’re delighted for them both and their families. It is hard to celebrate though as this whole episode should not have happened in the first place. They’ve lost nearly two years of their lives when they were guilty of nothing except journalism,” Al Jazeera acting director general, Mostefa Souag said of the release.

They however called for all charges against other journalists of theirs who are also being tried by Egyptian authorities to be dropped.

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Gospel Singer, Sammie Okposo dies at 51

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Gospel singer and Welu Welu crooner, Sammie Okposo is reportedly dead.

According to a report making the rounds, the music producer slumped on Friday morning and died. He was aged 51.

Okposo made headlines early in the year after he publicly apologized to his wife, Ozioma for cheating on her with another lady in the United States.

In the apology which was shared on his Instagram page, the singer lamented over the incident which he noted happened in 2021.

The singer further stated that the development has seen him step aside from ministerial work until “full restoration.”

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Any man who doesn’t own a house or car before marriage doesn’t have a future, says Lilian Afegbai

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Nigerian actress and reality star, Lilian Afegbai has said a man who does not have a house and car of his own before settling down is not serious with his life.

She stated this on Toke Moments show while talking about how she desires to be with a man who lives comfortably.

According to the Big Brother Africa alumni, she is doing well for herself and would expect that her man can also afford to buy his own house rather than pay rent.

Lilian, however, said she is not looking for a billionaire because in reality that standard may be far reaching.

She explained that buying house in Nigeria does not really require having so much money as she is already making down payments for her own house.

The screen diva further said that any man who cannot buy a house for himself can’t be with her because it means they are not mentally inclined.

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TikTok bans influencer for spreading fake news about Kiki Osinbajo

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A Liberian TikTok content creator identified as @Realcharley22, has been banned by the social media platform for spreading fake news about a daughter of the vice president of Nigeria, Kiki Osinbajo.

The TikTok influencer had posted earlier in the week that Kiki was arrested in the United Kingdom because she was in possession of large amount of money in dollars.

Although the user, who posted photos and videos to support the claim, had since come out to refute the news after Nigerian blogger, Tunde Ednut, posted that it was untrue.

Consequently Nigerians in their numbers rushed to report the page for deceiving the public and checks on the page on Saturday revealed that the account was no longer on TikTok.

@Realcharley22 barely 24 hours after sharing the false video, shared another video apologising to Kiki and Nigerians for the post saying his source confused the lady in the video for Kiki.

He said, “I want to apologise to Kiki Osinbajo because she never got arrested. The story is not true and my source deceived me and took someone else as Kiki.

“I want to make a disclaimer on the video I posted earlier, I am so sorry, my followers and Kiki Osinbajo, she never got arrested.

“Popular Nigerian blogger, Tunde Ednut just confirmed on Instagram that it is false, Kiki never got arrested. He asked me to take down the story and it is confirmed that the story is false.”

Kiki reportedly flew into Abuja with her father on Tuesday after the VP’s trip to Lagos, where he spoke at the UN World Tourism Organisation global conference.

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