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I’d love to go on date with Rema – Singer, Tyla

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South African singer, Tyla Laura Seethal, known as Tyla, has revealed that she would love to take Nigerian Afrobeats star Rema on a date.

In a recent interview with Apple Music, Tyla was asked which celebrity she would like to take to prom, and she mentioned Rema.

She said, “Rema would be cute. I hung out with him last year, and we took pictures together. That was so dramatic.

“After that situation I realised that Hollywood is just vibes like you can’t trust everything you see cause that looked like a scandal. Even I started believing [we were dating]. But we are just friends.”

DAILY POST recalls that Rema sparked relationship rumours with Wizkid’s ex, Justin Skye, after he thrilled her to a birthday date in August.

Rema has also been rumoured to be romantically involved with label mate Ayra Starr in the past.

However, Ayra Starr debunked the rumours, describing Rema as a “brother.”

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Contempt threat against NLC, TUC leaders over public protest uncalled for – Femi Falana replies FG

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Human rights advocate and constitutional lawyer, Femi Falana, has clarified that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) have every right to organize the nationwide public protest scheduled for February 27 and 28, asserting that it does not constitute contempt of court.

As a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Falana emphasized that Nigerian workers are entitled to freedom of assembly and expression as enshrined in the country’s Constitution. He urged the federal government, in a strongly worded letter to the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, to ensure maximum security for the workers and to participate in the protest.

In response to the AGF’s threat of contempt charges against the NLC and TUC leaders, Falana’s letter dated February 24 countered the threat, arguing that it lacked legal basis.

Falana pointed out the history of negotiations between the government and the labor unions following the removal of fuel subsidy in 2023, which resulted in court orders restraining the unions from striking. Despite compliance with these orders, the unions challenged them, and the contempt proceedings initiated by the government were subsequently withdrawn.

He highlighted subsequent legal actions initiated by the government against the unions, noting that these actions were contested by the unions on grounds of abuse of court process and lack of jurisdiction. Falana emphasized that since the contempt proceedings were withdrawn, there is no basis for the government’s threat of contempt charges regarding the planned protest.

He cited legal precedents affirming citizens’ rights to protest on matters of public interest without the need for police permits, emphasizing the democratic importance of freedom of speech and assembly.

Falana urged the government to respect these fundamental rights and directed the Inspector-General of Police to provide adequate security for the protesters in accordance with the Police Establishment Act.

In conclusion, he called on the government to reconsider its stance and assured that the protests would be conducted peacefully.

The federal government had previously warned of invoking relevant laws to charge the NLC leadership with contempt if the protest proceeds, citing it as a breach of agreement and a challenge to the court’s authority. The AGF, Prince Lateef Fagbemi, conveyed this warning in a letter to Falana, urging the NLC to abandon the protest to avoid violating the court’s order.

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Presidential Election: INEC Report Shows Peter Obi Swept South-East With 87% But Had Less Than 7% In Northern Zones

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of Nigeria has published a performance assessment of the four major political parties involved in the presidential election held on February 25, where President Bola Tinubu emerged as the winner.

Earlier reports from SaharaReporters detailed INEC’s explanation for the failure of the result viewing portal (IReV) during the February 2023 presidential election. Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) won the election, followed by Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party and Peter Obi of the Labour Party.

In a comprehensive 526-page post-election report released on the first anniversary of the election, INEC disclosed that before the election, a total of 87,394,106 out of 93,469,008 registered voters nationwide had collected their permanent voters’ cards (PVCs).

The report highlighted the diverse outcome of the election in terms of party representation across executive and legislative positions nationwide. The performance analysis across six geopolitical zones showed varying degrees of success for the APC, PDP, Labour Party (LP), and New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) in meeting the required 25% threshold to win states in the presidential election.

Moreover, the report provided a breakdown of PVC collection state by state, indicating varying rates of collection ranging from 82% to 99% of registered voters.

The commission emphasized that out of the 93,469,008 registered voters, 87,209,007, representing 93%, collected their permanent voters’ cards before the election.

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Controversial circular: Nigerian nurses drag NMCN, Registrar to court

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Nigerian nurses have taken legal action against the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN) regarding its recent directive requiring verification of certificates for nurses and midwives by foreign nursing boards or councils. The Registrar/Secretary General of NMCN, Dr. Faruk Umar Abubakar, is named as the second defendant in the lawsuit. This move follows a circular issued by Faruk on February 7, 2024, which has stirred varied reactions.

The contentious circular mandates that eligible applicants must possess at least two years of post-qualification experience from the date of receiving their permanent practicing license. Applications with provisional licenses will be outrightly rejected. Additionally, the Council demands a letter of Good Standing from the applicant’s current workplace and last nursing training institution, with responses directed solely to the Registrar/CEO, Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria. The Council explicitly states it will not accept such letters from the applicants themselves.

Under the umbrella of the Incorporated Trustees of University Graduates of Nursing Science Association, aggrieved nurses have approached the Federal High Court in Enugu for a legal interpretation of Faruk’s actions. The lawsuit, numbered FHC/E/CS/22/2024, has been filed by the plaintiffs’ counsel, Barr Chijioke Ezeh.

The plaintiffs seek a declaration that Faruk, as the second defendant, lacks the authority to issue circulars or directives that contravene the Board of Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, especially considering the dissolution of said board by the President of Nigeria on June 19, 2023. They also demand the nullification of all directives contained in Faruk’s circular, labeling them as unlawful and void. Additionally, they request the court to compel the second defendant to rescind and cancel all directives, as well as to issue a perpetual injunction against him from issuing further contradictory directives.

Furthermore, the nurses are requesting five million Naira in damages for the distress caused by these actions. No hearing date has been scheduled yet. Meanwhile, Ezeh has emphasized that his clients resorted to legal action due to perceived acts of impunity and arbitrariness by Faruk, which they believe undermine the established laws governing the NMCN and infringe upon nurses’ rights. They particularly highlight concerns about the circular’s impact on nurses’ independence from medical doctors and its potential violation of constitutional rights to freedom of association.

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