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Fans remember Kobe Bryant one year after death

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Basketball fans gathered across Los Angeles on Tuesday to remember Kobe Bryant, one year to the day after the former NBA superstar perished in a helicopter crash with daughter Gianna and seven others.

Fans laid flowers and Los Angeles Lakers memorabilia at a makeshift memorial outside the Staples Center, the arena where Bryant became a city icon during a two-decade playing career.

Bryant, 41, his daughter and fellow passengers died on January 26 last year when the helicopter they were travelling in slammed into a hillside in Calabasas in foggy conditions. In a post on Instagram, Bryant’s widow Vanessa published a letter she had received from one of her daughter’s best friends which read in part: “You have probably heard this, but if I ever become a mom, I hope my daughter turns out exactly as yours did.”

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Vanessa Bryant added in the post: “I miss my baby girl and Kob-Kob so much, too. I will never understand why/how this tragedy could’ve happened to such beautiful, kind and amazing human beings. It still doesn’t seem real.”

Bryant’s former Lakers team-mate Pau Gasol was among those who tweeted their messages of remembrance.

“I miss you, hermano… not a day goes by that you are not present in what I do,” the Spanish international wrote.

“Your spirit, your drive, your ambition, your love… continues to shine in my life and in many others. … I hope you and Gigi are smiling down seeing how strong, sweet and amazing your girls are.”

Lakers legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson simply posted a picture of himself in Lakers uniform alongside Bryant.

“Kobe will always be my Lakers brother for life,” Johnson wrote.

The Lakers meanwhile posted a black and white photograph of Bryant planting an affectionate kiss on his daughter’s head, with a caption: “Family is forever.”

Other Los Angeles sporting franchises also paid tribute. The Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team posted a photo of the pitching mound at Dodger Stadium emblazoned with Bryant’s “24” jersey number in Lakers colours.

The Los Angeles Galaxy Major League Soccer team also posted a pitcher of Bryant and his daughter, with a caption reflecting their nicknames: “Mamba & Mambacita forever.

Bryant won five championships with the Lakers during his career before finally retiring in 2016.

Since his death, dozens of large-scale murals have appeared on walls throughout Los Angeles.

An emotional 2020 season for the Lakers culminated with LeBron James leading the team to their first NBA championship in 10 years last October.

The team are not playing on Tuesday, and not planning a formal tribute to Bryant when they play in Philadelphia.

Lakers star James said last weekend he was still struggling to come to terms with his close friend’s death.

“Man, it’s a saying that says, ‘Time heals all,’” James said. “And as devastating and as tragic as it was and still is to all of us involved with it, only time (will help). And it takes time.

“Everyone has their own grieving process. Everyone understands that everyone individually is different. Everyone is going to grieve differently.

“All you can do as a friend or a loved one or anyone in our brotherhood or our familyhood that we have here in the Lakers organization is to put an arm around someone when they need it.”

The National Transportation Safety Board meanwhile is due to announce the results of its investigation into the deadly crash on February 9.

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Immigration Recruitment Exercise Commences

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The Nigerian Immigration Service has announced the commencement of their recruitment exercise.

In a press release on Monday, the Civil Defense, Correctional Fire, and Immigration Services Board approved the commencement of the NIS 2019/2020 recruitment exercise.

Of all the 45,323 persons that sat for the Computer Based Test, 6,105 persons have been shortlisted by the board to attend the final screening of credentials and physical fitness.

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The shortlisted candidates will be invited for the screening via text and emails on Monday, May 10, 2021.

Applicants are advised to check the official website of the NIS for their names and screening details: exam location and guidelines for the recruitment exercise.

Selected applicants are to print out their invitation slips which will be used to admit them into the screening venue.

According to the release, the screening will commence on May 24, 2021, and does not attract any fee.

Applicants are also advised to tender any complaints and report to the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Crimes Commission (ICPC) or the NIS website.

The release signed by Aisha Ahmed Rufai, the Director/Secretary of the CDCFIB, stressed that applicants whose names do not appear on the website should not visit the venues of the screening exercise.

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Nigerian Tweeps Mourn As Adeboye Loses 42-Year-Old-Son

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Nigerians have taken to Twitter to mourn Dare Adeboye, the son of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye.

It had earlier reported that the third surviving son of the 79-year-old general overseer died in his sleep on Wednesday, at Eket, Akwa–Ibom. He was 42 years old.

Following the incident, many Nigerians have taken to social media to express sadness and condole Adeboye and his wife.

A member of the House of Representatives from Ondo East-West Constituency, Biola Makinde, commiserated with the Adeboye family on the death of their son.

Makinde tweeted, “I commiserate with Pastor Enoch Adeboye, his family and entire members of Redeemed Christian Church of God, on the demise of his son, Dare Adeboye. I send warm embrace to you to give peace and comfort at this difficult moment. You equally have my prayers and positive wishes.”

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The Nigerian Baptist Convention, via its Twitter page, also sent condolences to the family.

“Our prayer and thoughts are with the family of the General Overseas (Pastor E A Adeboye) and the entire member of RCCG for the loss of his son (Pastor Dare Adeboye). May the Lord console the family and the church of God.”

A tweep, Ugoh Benny, also mourned with the family. “My thoughts and prayers are with Papa E.A Adeboye and the entire RCCG family on the demise of their son. It’s a sad day indeed and may God by his Spirit supply the fortitude to bear this loss,” Benny tweeted.

@damilare4peace tweeted, “No father or mother deserves to bury their child, Daddy and Mummy G.O.’s faith in God is being tested right now. Losing a son at 79 is the most heart-wrenching experience. May Dare Adeboye’s soul find rest and May God comfort Daddy and Mummy G.O.”

@OjoAjinde also sympathised with the entire RCCG family as he tweeted, “I and my family sympathise with the entire Redeemed Family and most especially to Daddy G.O. on the loss of his son (Pst. Dare Adeboye) to eternal bosom of his Master. May God continue to uphold the Adeboyes.”

“May Dare Adeboye’s soul find rest. May God comfort Daddy and Mummy GO,” @truthwiththegods tweeted.

According to @startop30, “My sincere condolences to the family of Pastor Adeboye on the loss of his son, Pastor Dare.

Meanwhile, some tweeps still haven’t come to terms with the fact that Adeboye lost his son.

@kennygee_70 wrote, “Just read that Pastor Adeboye lost his son (still praying it’s a wrong message). May God comfort and console him and the entire family of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, may the hand of death be stayed.”

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Doctors to discontinue strike, FG begins payments Friday –Gbajabiamila

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The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has said Following an exhaustive meeting with members of the National Association of Resident Doctors, they have hinted that they are ready to suspend their planned resumption of strike on Friday.

A statement issued by the Office of the Speaker said the doctors, at the resumption of the meeting with Gbajabiamila, which began last week, said they would suspend the planned resumption of the strike as soon as they got payment for their salary arrears, ranging from one to five months.

The statement issued by the Special Adviser to the Speaker on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, said the doctors took the position after the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, said funds were available for the payment, while assuring that her ministry would pay immediately a verified list of the beneficiaries was received.

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According to the statement, when the Director-General of the Budget Office of the Federation, Mr Ben Akabueze, who was one of the stakeholders at the meeting, confirmed that his office was in receipt of the list, the minister gave her word that payment would be made by May 7.

The statement was titled ‘Resident doctors hint at suspension of planned strike…after exhaustive meeting with Gbajabiamila.’

The resident doctors had on April 1, 2021, embarked on an indefinite strike, making demands that included non-payment of house officers, abolishment of bench fees, non-payment of national minimum wage, salary shortfall for 2014, 2015 and 2016, residency training allowance, and payment of resident doctors on GIFMIS platform.

All the issues raised by the doctors were resolved, except that of salary shortfall for 2014, 2015 and 2016. The issue involves all health workers with a cost implication of about N23bn, which the Minister of State for Health, Sen. Olorunnimbe Mamora, described as “huge and complicated.”

Also, there were claims that a case on the matter was before a court, which the Speaker asked the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, to produce the relevant court papers to back the claim as the resident doctors said their checks revealed there was no pending court case anywhere on the matter.

It was then agreed jointly by the doctors, the House led by the Speaker and officials of the ministry of health that the matter should be set aside until court papers were provided.

Others present at the meeting, which lasted up to late Tuesday evening, were the Deputy Minority Leader, Toby Okechukwu; Minority Whip, Gideon Gwani; Chairman, House Committee on Healthcare Services, Tanko Sununu, among others.

On the part of the Executive arm were Dr Ehanire; Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs Folasade Yemi-Esan; Chairman of the Committee of CMDs, Dr Jafaru Momoh; the NARD President, Dr Okhuaihesuyi Uyilawa, among others.

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