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China Launches Train Able To Travel Lagos-Kano Under 90 Minutes

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China on Tuesday advertised “the world’s first 600 kilometers per hour high-speed maglev train”, according to state newspaper People’s Daily.

Grassroots.ng understands that theoretically, the train could travel from Lagos to Kano under 90 minutes.

However, China has no track line yet for the train, according to Chinese publication, Global Times.

“But some cities are planning to build high-speed maglev lines, and have entered the stage of research and demonstration,” the publication said earlier this week.

Chinese news agency Xinhua said it was “self-developed” by Chinese company China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC).

The Asian economic giant is touting the technology as its “latest scientific and technological advancement in the field of rail transit”.

The train is built on maglev technology, a system of train transportation that uses two sets of magnets, one set to repel and push the train up off the track and the other for movement, taking advantage of the lack of friction.

Maglev technology was conceptualised in early 20th century and has since undergone numerous improvements.

According to a CRRC engineer, Liang Jianying, the train being unveiled works by being suspended, driven and guided without contact between the train and the track by means of electromagnetic force, with its resistance only coming from the air.

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BREAKING: U.S. Court Orders FBI Investigate Abba Kyari Over Multimillion-Dollar Fraud

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A warrant of arrest has been issued for Nigeria’s police commissioner Abba Kyari, Peoples Gazette can report based on court documents.

Otis Wright of the United States District Court for the Central District of California ordered the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to track down Mr Kyari and produce him in the United States for his role in a multi-million dollar fraud perpetrated by Ramon ‘Hushpuppi’ Abbas, a notorious Nigerian fraudster.

Mr Abbas was arrested in Dubai last June and he pleaded guilty to fraud in the U.S. this week. The FBI said Messrs Abbas and Kyari have been friends and were both involved in a conspiracy to launder money.

Mr Kyari was also indicted of receiving bribes from Mr Abbas to arrest a member of the syndicate in Nigeria.

American prosecutors first sought a court warrant to arrest Mr Kyari on February 12, 2021, according to court documents seen by The Gazette. Another warrant was requested on April 29, 2021.

Judge Wright’s permission for the FBI to arrest Mr Kyari and hold him in U.S. custody was unsealed on July 26.

Mr Kyari in a hurried statement denied allegations of conspiracy with Hushpuppi, saying he only met him two years ago and did not benefit financially from the fraudster.

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Techeconomy.ng Wins ‘Most Innovative Digital Media Platforms Of The Year’ Award

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Techeconomy.ng, a Nigeria-based digital news platform, has been decorated as the ‘Most Innovative Digital Media Platforms of the Year’ in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, at Titans of Tech Hall of Fame 2021 edition.

The colourful event took place over the weekend at Oriental Hotel, Lagos and was attended by Tech influencers in Nigeria and other dignitaries in the country.

The Managing Consultant, TechTV, Don Pedro Aganbi, organisers of the high-octane Titans of Tech Hall of Fame Awards, said the Awards ceremony was designed to celebrate Hi-Tech most important movers and shakers; the revolutionaries, icons, organisations and institutions that are behind the technological wind of change that has engulfed Nigeria.

He described TechEconomy.ng as a digital news sites organisation dedicated to innovation. “The platform helps the audience to understand ICT and business related news – aiding them in analysing what works and what doesn’t. With a strong focus on original content TechEconomy also shares the latest news in mobile and apps, social and audience, reporting and production. It also has a section focusing on the diversity of business models in the industry. So, it was not a surprise that they won in this category”, Aganbi said. 

The award was presented to Mr. Peter Oluka, editor of TechEconomy.ng, by Mr. Ajibola Olude, executive secretary of the Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria (ATCON).

In his response, Oluka thanked the organisers for honouring them, stressing that the team will continue to work round-the-clock to explore and explain the changing world around us in the technology sector while tilting the lenses on the emerging markets.

He dedicated the award to members of the team and the reader.

In his words: “I dedicate this award to the members of our team for their resilience which contributed to us receiving this award.

“Also, our readers across Nigeria, US, UK, South Africa, India, European Union, Ghana, Kenya, Netherlands, China, Russia and other parts of the world, we appreciate your support.

“One of the ways to rate news platforms is not just about the traffic but the impact you create in the lives of the reader. We have in the recent past received emails from researchers who feel elated because they deduced insights from our publications that aided their research works.

“So, we are grateful to the TechTV team led by Don Pedro Aganbi for the honour done to us by inducting TechEconomy.ng into the Titans of Tech Hall of Fame Award”.

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[OPINION] Bride Price In Igbo Culture

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By Charles Ogbu.

Just before you allow yourself to be confused by social media confusion, know this:

In EVERY part of Igbo land, the only condition upon which a bride price will not be paid on a bride during a TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE ceremony is if the bride is discovered to be pregnant in which case, the bride price payment is postponed until she delivers. This culture is almost uniform amongst every Igbo people in every part of the world.

Aside the above condition, THERE CAN BE NO TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE WITHOUT BRIDE PRICE.

The bride and the groom have absolutely no say when it comes to the bride price stage. In most cases, the intending couple don’t even know when it’s paid. If the bride is summoned, it is only to confirm from her that she is still interested in the groom for the family and Umunna to know whether to proceed with the bride price and subsequent ceremonies. She has absolutely no opinion on whether or not her bride price will be paid or how much. The only thing she can do if she is smart is to LOBBY the Umunna and her family FROM BEHIND to reduce the MARRIAGE LIST, not bride price.

It is worthy to point out here that some families take as little as hundred naira, fifty naira or even less while some simply accept whatever amount the groom’s family presented as the bride price, touch the money before returning the entire bundle back to the intending in-laws with an instruction, ga jiri ya netara anyi Ada anyi nwanyi (use it to look after our daughter). In this case, the bride price is deemed to have been paid.

Another important point to note is that in every part of Ala-Igbo, you are not considered married TRADITIONALLY until the bride price is paid. Even the customary law and court recognises this.

In Igbo culture, if a man pays a bride price on a woman and somehow, they separate, the woman is still considered married to the man and every child she bears belongs to that man that paid bride price on her even if those kids are fathered by Uncle Lucifer.

A traditional marriage in Igbo land is not dissolved through court divorce. It is dissolved through the returning of the bride price. In cases where the groom’s family refuses to collect the bride price either to tie down the woman and stop her from moving on with her life or for any other unholy reason, the bride price is taken to the customary court or the in-laws village head or Igwe or any ranking member of the family and deemed to have been returned and the marriage deemed dissolved TRADITIONALLY.

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