360Recommends: Lady Donli – Ice Cream Ft. Tomi Thomas

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Lady Donli is a 20-year-old Neo-soul/alternative artist from Kaduna State in Nigeria. A student of Law in the U.K., She cites Erykah Badu, ASA, Nneka and Andre 3000 as her primary influences. Her music swings from alternative jazz to R&B to Hip-Hop.

She currently has 3 musical projects to her name, the most recent “Wallflower” has been circulating in the alternative indie scene in Nigeria and continues to gain her online recognition. She is the co-founder of the collective SAFI and is part of a new wave of African music currently challenging the norms and breaking boundaries in the music scene.

“Ice Cream feat. Tomi Thomas” it is a song that reflects its title perfectly. It’s a sweet and sticky jam that is perfect for the summer. Lady Donli sings of a lover that she knows is no good for her, just like well, ice cream.

Her lush vocals are complemented perfectly by the richness of Tomi Thomas’s voice making this track a dessert you’ll be enjoying all summer long. Already featured on Complex Magazine’s “Bout to Blow” this summer alongside Wizkid’s “Come Closer Ft. Drake” and Katy Perry “Bon Appétit Ft. Migos”, “Ice Cream is definitely a summer smash and Lady Donli is poised to leave her mark on 2017.


 
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Illegal Migration: 10,000 Nigerians Die Crossing Mediterranean Sea, Desert

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At least 10,000 Nigerians have died between January and May 2017 while trying to illegally migrate through the Mediterranean Sea and the deserts, the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has said.

Saturday Punch quoted NIS Assistant Comptroller-General, in charge of training, manpower and development, Mr. Maroof Giwa, as saying this while speaking in Ilorin, on the sidelines of a training on ‘trafficking in persons/smuggling of migrants at various borders’.

He said 4,900 Nigerians died in the Mediterranean Sea while the rest died while going through the deserts in their bid to cross to Europe.

Also speaking, the Kwara State Comptroller, NIS, Mrs. Abiodun Abimbola-Ojo, said the command rescued no fewer than 36 victims of trafficking from 2015 till date.

She also urged people to provide NIS with useful information that would aid the agency to effectively combat trafficking.

Giwa said Nigeria is a member of many international instruments and had signed a number of agreements and treaties, particularly regarding trafficking in persons and smuggling of illegal migrants.

He noted that there is therefore the obligation for the country to implement such agreements, adding that illegal migrants and traffickers (from Nigeria) go through Niger Republic, Mali, Libya and Morocco.

“Smuggling of migrants is taking a front burner in world affairs today. Almost every day, you hear stories of boat capsizing and people trying to reach Europe. Nigerians are dying almost every day.”

“This year alone, 4,900 Nigerians died on the Mediterranean route to Europe. There are countless others who died on their way through the deserts; we have even lost count. Many more perished on that route.”

“In fact over 10,000 people have died on the Mediterranean route and the deserts. Those who died in the deserts are far more than the dead victims along the Mediterranean route.”

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Get Familiar: MVP – Awon Temi (prod. CIQ)

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The Microphone Killer – MVP is out with Awon Temi

After the release of his E.P last year, ‘TUSH’ (Turnt Until Something Happens), with singles that featured YCee, Toby Grey, Koker and more. MVP drops the much anticipated single and his first song of the year, “Awon Temi” – a term in the modern Yoruba street slang for “Where My People At”. MVP recruits Jagz Nation’s producer, CiqSounds on the beat, uses his lyrical prowess and creative mind to fuse this afro-trapped hip hop song, “Awon Temi”.

Awon Temi unleashes the current state of mind of the independent young rapper ahead of his rumoured anonymous mixtape to drop come October.

With his cover of “Who You Epp” and the Tush E.P, MVP has gained support and been recognised by the likes of Olamide and Jesse Jagz in recent times. This song will not only get you motivated but will also let you see the need to support your own! This is undoubtedly the hottest Nigerian Hip-Hop Song in 2017. 

ENJOY!

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360Fresh: LA – Jofunmi (prod. Que Factor & Michael Synx)

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LA is out with a fine tune titled “Jofunmi” released as a sequel to the sensational “Don’t Mind“.

On Jofunmi; LA puts in words; the story of a fellow trying to romantically get involved with her. Like her previously released materials, she effortlessly shows her music prowess on the Que Factor and Michael Synx produced song.

Quotable Lyrics: <em>He say he wan put me for loving // Boy don’t go there // He say he like the way that me whine it // Boy don’t go there // So me drop it on the rhythm and go crazy // Boy you know I work it and I no lazy // Boy you know I gat it yeah I go crazy</em>

Check on it below:


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AMCON Takes Over Wokson International Over N5bn Debt

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The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) has been ordered to take over all the assets of Wokson International Limited and its promoter, Dr. William Oki, over an indebtedness of over N5bn.

This is after Justice Babs Kuewumi of the Federal High Court, Lagos Division, granted an injunction against Wokson International Limited in Asaba and Warri in Delta State, on the application of the Corporation.

In a statement issued on Friday, AMCON said that it on Thursday moved in and took over all the assets of the company and its promoter as ordered by the court through Mr. Robert Ohuoba, the receiver, who also received protective orders from the court.

The assets, which are now under AMCON, include asphalt plants, hotels and several houses belonging to Wokson and Oki.

The order also froze all accounts of Wokson and Oki anywhere and in any financial institution in the name or belonging to the duo.

The statement quoted the order as stating, “All financial institution served with the order hereby made shall comply by filling at the Registry of the Federal High Court affidavits showing cause and serving same on the claimant’s legal practitioner and in the event that money is found in any account standing in the credit of the defendant, to transfer such sum to the nominated account of the claimant forthwith.”

The court also directed the Inspector-General of Police and the Commissioner of Police, Delta State Police Command, to assist and protect the bailiffs of the Federal High Court and the AMCON-appointed receiver, Ohuoba.

The Head, Corporate Communications, AMCON, Jude Nwauzor, said, “We saw it coming because the said debt is long overdue. I want you to understand that before we get to this stage with any of our obligors, we must have patiently tried to resolve the matter without going to court. Anytime we end up taking over assets such as in the case of Wokson, it means all efforts by AMCON to get the obligor to amicably repay the indebtedness have proved abortive.

“When we had exhausted all avenues of peaceful resolution, there was no other option available to the corporation than to commence enforcement action against Chief Oki, the promoter of Wokson International Limited, as mandated by the court and as provided under Sections 49-52 of the AMCON Act.”

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360Recommends: LA – Don’t Mind

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With her previous material “Irie” still gaining so much love, “LA” who’s also referred to as “Ladern“; take’s things up the notch with a new release dubbed “Don’t Mind“.

Don’t Mind by “LA“, has all the necessary ingredients to be your definition of a feel good music.

Quotable Lyrics: <em>Y</em><em>ou know you dey give me fever // Weaken my heart and my liver // Oya oya baby come over // Over over //  Me wan be your number 1 lover // Me wan be your bad girl pleaser // But you keep turning me over // Over over</em>

“LA“ originally released the song on the 5th of May 2017 via her Soundcloud page (click here).

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Nigerian Army Announces Date For 76th Regular Recruit Intake Screening

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The Nigerian Army has announced that it would conduct the zonal screening for its 76th regular recruitment intake for trades/non trades men and women from May 27 to June 9.

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The Chief of Administration, I. M. Alkali, a Major-General, made the announcement in a statement issued on Friday, May 19, 2016.

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It would be recalled, in January, Army spokesman, Sani Usman, a Brigadier-General, had in a statement said that the screening initially scheduled to hold from January 22  to 3 February 2017 had been postponed due to the activities of fraudsters demanding money from applicants.

However, in a new statement, Alkali said: “The Nigerian Army wishes to announce to the general public that 76 Regular Recruits Intake Zonal Screening Exercise earlier postponed will now hold from 27 May- 9 June 2017.”

He said successful candidates from the pre-screening examination are to attend the zonal screening at the designated zonal centres for their respective states.

He said: “Candidates are advised to come along with a pair of white vest, a pair of blue short, white canvas, white socks, original/photocopy of credentials, four passport photographs, two full size post card photographs and writing materials”.

“Note that candidates selected after the zonal screening exercise will commence training immediately at Depot Nigerian Army, Zaria.”

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Can Nigeria Defend Itself?

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Can Nigeria Defend Itself?, By ‘Tope Fasua

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Maybe this is the type of article that causes the ‘intelligence’ people in Nigeria to invite you for questioning. But I don’t mean to impugn their efforts but to make what is otherwise a very simple observation. The question is: If the world went mad again and went into a physical World War III, do we have the capacity to defend ourselves?

Let’s hang that there for a minute.

This article was written by Tope Fasua. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

You see, I’m actually an anti-war campaigner. When the ‘modern’ world bristled and huffed that they wanted to go to war with Ghaddafi in Libya, I was so pained I started a group on social media called “Good People of Africa”, and we gathered over 12,000 members. I spent some money doing that. We tried to campaign that that war was wrong-headed and would destroy not only Libya but the whole of Africa. We have been proven right. The war crimes committed by the USA, France, UK and the rest, have been covered up and since most of the world is not discerning, no one cares and no one knows that thousands of women and children were wasted by ‘coalition’ forces, especially the Americans, who purportedly wanted to remove Ghaddafi by lobbing 20,000 missiles into the heavily populated Libyan capital city, Tripoli.

Their missiles and bullets only had “To whom it may concern” written on them, as they mowed down anyone who was unlucky. I hate war. I truly hate war. But the world still goes crazy from time to time. That Libya war was one of my main grudges against Mr. Goodluck Jonathan, because he basically signaled the start of the one-sided ‘war’, being the first African leader to endorse Resolution 1973 with which the United Nation under NATO resolved to go and ‘assist’ the people of Libya by taking out their leader who was ‘killing his people’. It was all fraud.

And it was a harrowing time for me. We saw what happened in the end. Jonathan thought those guys were good to strike a deal with. But they always come for more, and are never satisfied. Our brother Obama – a guy one cannot but love as a human being but who nonetheless saw to the further buckling of the African continent – enabled the bombing of Libya back to the Dark Ages, and with the fall of Libya came an influx of heavy arms into Nigeria and the empowering of whatever it is they call Boko Haram – some small sect which suddenly acquired so much power, money, ammunition and intelligence such that they made mincemeat of us and killed over 50,000 Nigerians. The romantic story being painted around them and the Chibok girls just wants to make one puke. Whoever those guys are certainly have no time for romance and honour. They are drugged-out and cold blooded. I don’t see any humanity in Boko Haram and no one should attempt to lend them some.

Back to the issue of defence. Recently, one of the top military brass under Jonathan was quoted to have complained that ‘the USA refused to sell us weapons; how did they expect us to defeat Boko Haram’. It is that statement that prompted me to examine the issue. The man said it with such an air of finality, helplessness and entitlement; as if we were fighting Boko Haram on behalf of the USA. We could as well have been contractors to the USA with the way our military complained then, and some still do now.

However the war was fought on Nigerian soil, fully. And the victims were all Nigerians – but for a Norwegian intern killed in the bombing of the UN Building in Abuja. At the peak of the war, it was obvious that Nigeria was the target, and for anyone who cared to be inquisitive and logical, it was certain that whoever perpetuated that war had serious logistics and intelligence backing beyond some scraggy army put together by one Muhammad Yusuf.

The phenomenon called Boko Haram suddenly morphed, to the extent that several times they beat our Army hands down and even seized their entire armoury. They were cocky enough to film their own exploits and release them on social media, while our Army dared not, for the cards were stacked against them. Yet someone said they did not go to school. Some Nigerians have become Boko Haram experts; experts at coming up with fantastic new scenarios that border on the ridiculous each them they are cornered into another illogicality.

On the sidelines of the Boko Haram carnage, people like Badeh, Amosun, Dasuki and his boys, and whoever was close to the action (I mean the action of money-sharing while boys were sent to the war front with their bare hands), smiled to their private Fort Knox. They made so much unbelievable money that they didn’t know what to do with themselves. They acquired estates upon estates until there was none left to acquire. It was in that era that Ambassador Oke instructed his wife to keep God-knows-how-much but about $50million is remaining of the heist, in one flat in Ikoyi. It is the secrets of that era, among others, in this luckless country full of untruth, that Professor Bolaji Akinyemi, and Chief Emeka Anyaoku are asking not to be investigated or released because it will be a breach of ‘intelligence’.

Sometimes I wonder if Nigeria and intelligence are not a contradiction in terms… ‘Intelligence’ indeed! Expensive ‘intelligence’ and ‘black budgets’ that could not save 50,000 of our citizens, and counting? That ‘intelligence’ stands discredited. I don’t see any intelligence where monies meant for buying weapons are simply converted to personal use, because the military and intelligence top dogs know that they were unto a charade, albeit an expensive charade, which cost so many innocent lives.

I happened briefly on a World War II movie recently and seeing the German Panzers, British F16s, American Frigates and Japanese fighter planes, I realised suddenly in a panic, that Nigeria is not even at the level that these countries were in 1945, and that we are unlikely to get there in this lifetime, because we haven’t even started. This goes for most of Africa, but I think the North African countries and South Africa will get there ahead of us – except sometime suddenly changes. Even Kenya, and certainly Ethiopia will get there ahead of us. Are we not so dependent on their airline now? They may not have manufactured the airplanes but they are taking such good care of them and making a statement to the world. A friend flew Ethiopia with me recently and commented with bitterness that if he were the MD of Airbus or Boeing (aircraft manufacturers), he would refuse to sell to Nigeria, even if she had the cash. This is because we haven’t shown that we can appreciate anything, like the Ethiopians are doing with their aircrafts, and we will cause reputational damage to these big companies when as a result of mismanagement, planes start dropping from the skies. As a Nigerian, I often feel that we are living on borrowed time.

When Richard Quest returned to London after his expensive PR stunt for Nigeria, he couldn’t help but draw one conclusion about the essence of Nigerian-ness. He said that our ethos is, “If we can buy it, why build it?”. And so we buy, buy and buy. We go for the latest of everything and are so arrogant about it. We have nothing. We invent and create nothing yet we act as if the world is beneath our feet. That is a very foolish way to be. Of course we have been complaining like this for decades now, but those who rise to leadership positions have never found the spine to do the necessary.

Now, it is important to first of all take care of the bread and butter – food, shelter, clothing for your people. That is the first line of real defence for a people. We are not even there yet on those counts in Nigeria. Then it is important to build industries and an economy. However, without your own physical defense capabilities, all that can turn to dust in a second. A country that depends entirely on the manufactures and thinking of other countries, is really no country, at the end of the day. I fear and shudder for Nigeria.

If we aren’t at the level of Europe in 1945, where do we start? Meanwhile the world has moved on to supersonic levels. Drones now do the heavy lifting. There are heat-seeking intelligent missiles which can be deployed by young boys licking lollipops 10,000 kilometres away and are so precise in their capabilities. There are cluster bombs which are designed to obliterate any and every thing; living or inanimate, in radiuses of many kilometres. There is nuclear power. There is cyber war that can throw a country into disarray in a matter of seconds. There are biological weapons that can wipe off entire civilisations in a matter of minutes. Where is Nigeria in all these? Still calling itself ‘Giant of Africa’? How do our military brass feel about this? And about some of their bosses who have ensured that we are in permanent reverse? What can we do going forward? When will Nigeria start to even be a country that can defend itself against invasion by Cameroon or Niger without having to run to Russia, China and America or whoever else? Or will we only be famous for stacking dollars in the planes of our ‘men of God’, scouting around the world for what we should be producing? Are we not in serious trouble already?

Perhaps we should just remain at the level that we are – being so vulnerable. Perhaps we should keep praying about these and other problems that stare us in the face. Or perhaps it doesn’t matter. But if we choose to continue being an unserious country where nothing works, we should then not call ourselves ‘giants’, or claim that we are keeping $50 million cash for ‘covert’ operations such as ‘toppling governments abroad to pave way for friendlier regimes’ and other such fantasies. Even if we are better than many other banana republics, we should remember that those are not our benchmarks. Nigeria can definitely do better. Much better.

‘Tope Fasua, an Economist, author, blogger and entrepreneur, can be reached through topsyfash@yahoo.com.

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Osinbajo Bans Touting, Orders 24-Hour Operations At Apapa Port

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Nigeria’s Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, has ordered the resumption of 24-hour operations at the Apapa port and outrightly banned touting by officials or unofficial persons at any port; be it air, land and sea ports in Nigeria.

This is coming barely a day after he signed three Executive Orders dealing with the business environment, local content in public procurement and timely budget submission. The Orders take effect immediately.

The acting president, in the Order, issued on Friday, said that, “the Apapa Port shall resume 24-hour operations within 30 days of the issuance of this Order and there shall be no touting whatsoever by official or unofficial persons at any port in Nigeria.’’

According to the directive on port operations, “on duty staff shall be properly identified by uniform and official cards while off duty staff shall stay away from the ports except with the express approval of the agency head. The FAAN Aviation Security (AVSEC) and Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) Security shall enforce this order.’’

To address the menace of touting at the ports, the Order expressly stipulates that “all non-official staff shall be removed from the secured areas of airports. No official of FAAN, Immigration, security agency or Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) or any other agency is to meet any non-designated dignitary at any secure areas of the airport.”

The acting president also directed that the official approved list of dignitaries that have been pre-approved to be received by protocol officers shall be made available to AVSEC and other relevant agencies ahead of their arrival at the airport.

According to the Order, “any official caught soliciting or receiving bribes from passengers or other port users shall be subject to immediate removal from post and disciplinary as well as criminal proceedings in line with extant laws and regulations.’’

“All relevant MDAs at the airports shall within 30 days of the issuance of this Order merge their respective departure and arrival interfaces into a single customer interface, without prejudice to necessary backend procedures.’’

On the harmonisation of activities of agencies operating at the ports, Mr. Osinbajo ordered that “all agencies currently physically present in Nigerian Ports shall within 60 days harmonise their operations into one single interface station domiciled in one location in the port and implemented by a single joint task force at all times, without prejudice to necessary backend procedures.’’

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