- AFRICAN AMERICAN BILLIONAIRE, OTHERS, TO SPONSOR CHIBOK GIRLS’ EDUCATION:
President Muhammadu Buhari’s media aide, Mr. Garba Shehu, yesterday, revealed that just as the Federal Government of Nigeria had assumed a foster-parent role of the Chibok girls who were long abducted by Boko Haram, others have shown interest in the welfare of the girls. He said, “A black American billionaire, Mr. Robert Smith who is currently sponsoring the education of 24 girls from Chibok, among them the first set of escapees from Boko Haram, at the American University of Nigeria, Yola, has offered to pay for the education of the 21 girls released through negotiations and is offering to take responsibility for all the others who will hopefully be eventually set free.”“The Murtala Mohammed Foundation in the country is equally interested,” he also said.
- Canadian Sisters arrested for extortion in Nigeria (Caption Photo):Two Canadian sisters, Jyoti and Kiran Matharoo, are detained in Nigeria, reportedly facing accusations of extortion. Specifically, Politics Nigeria reported that the Matharoos are accused of attempting to blackmail oil tycoon Femi Otedola, who Forbes listed among the richest billionaires in Africa this year. The 54-year-old Nigerian businessman is chairman of Forte Oil Plc, an importer of fuel products, and the founder of Zenon Petroleum and Gas Ltd. He also owns a number of other businesses involved in shipping, real estate and finance. Culled: ottawacitizen.com
- LMC to launch NPFL U15 Youth League in 2017:
Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clubs will from the coming season raise youth teams for players aged 15 years and below to compete in the new NPFL Youth League. This is even as the League Management Company (LMC) declared a surplus/savings of N483 million in its operations for the 2015/16 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season.This was contained in the financial report submitted by the Chairman of the LMC, Shehu Dikko and accepted with commendations at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the LMC held in Enugu on Sunday, December 11. Culled: npfl.ng
- Startrek Movie star dies at 60:Few days after we received the sad news of the death of British pop icon, George Michael at age 53, another star in Carrie Fisher died yesterday aged 60.The Star Wars star had a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles, a family spokesperson confirmed her passing.Speaking on behalf of Billie Lourd, Fisher’s daughter, the family’s spokesperson Simon Halls said in a statement to E! News, “It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning.”
- PARALLEL MARKET FOREX UPDATE: Naira exchange at 485 per Dollar; 580 per Pound Sterlings; and 490 per Euro.