INEC Stops Supplementary Election In Bayelsa, Gives Reasons

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has put on hold supplementary elections in Brass Constituency 1 in Bayelsa State, following a court order.
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Why I’m Able To Influence Elections In Nigeria – Tinubu

National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, says his moral authority plays a role in his ability to influence elections.

Nigerian Newspapers: Top 10 Headlines Today Saturday, March 23rd, 2019

Good morning Nigeria and welcome to the Concise News roundup of top 10 Nigerian newspapers headlines for today, Saturday, March 23rd, 2019.

‘I Believe In The People’s Will, I Will Not Pressure Voters’ –Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has dismissed allegation that he is trying to force his will on Nigerians during the supplementary elections on Saturday.

Festus Keyamo Breaks Silence On Bribing Charly Boy

The spokesman of the President Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation, Festus Keyamo has said he did not pay money to Charly Boy.
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Kano Governorship Supplementary Election: Live Updates From Concise Election Monitoring Room/ Live Reports

Welcome to Concise election monitoring room in Kano, Nigeria as elections will hold in some parts of the state to decide who becomes the next governor of the state.

Bauchi Governorship Supplementary Election: Live Updates From Concise Election Monitoring Room/ Live Reports

Welcome to Concise election monitoring room in Bauchi, Nigeria as elections will hold in some parts of the state to decide who becomes the next governor of the state.

Sokoto Governorship Rerun Election: Live Updates From Concise Election Monitoring Room/ Live Reports In Sokoto

Welcome to Concise election monitoring room in Sokoto, Nigeria as elections will hold in some parts of the state to decide who becomes the next governor of the state.

Benue Governorship Supplementary Election: Live Updates From Concise Election Monitoring Room/ Live Reports

Welcome to Concise election monitoring room in Benue, Nigeria as elections will hold in some parts of the state to decide who becomes the next governor of the nation’s Food Basket state.

MOST READ

Osun Gov Election: What Davido Said After Tribunal Declared Adeleke Winner

DMW Boss and multiple-award winner, David Adeleke, aka Davido, has congratulated the people of Osun state following a tribunal which favours Ademola Adeleke

Osun Election Tribunal: Atiku Reacts As PDP’s Adeleke Is Declared Winner

The presidential candidate of the PDP in the 2019 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, has congratulated Senator Ademola Adeleke after the tribunal declared him winner of the 2018 Osun governorship election.

Adeleke Vs Oyetola: Osun Election Tribunal Delivers Judgment On PDP’s Petition

The Osun State Governorship Election Pet‎ition Tribunal sitting in Abuja is currently delivering judgment on the petition filed by the PDP and its candidate in the September 2018 election, Senator Ademola Adeleke, challenging the declaration of the APC and its candidate, Gboyega Oyetola, as the winner of the poll.

Nigerian Newspapers: Top 10 Headlines Today Friday, March 22nd, 2019

Good morning Nigeria and welcome to the Concise News roundup of top 10 Nigerian newspapers headlines today, Friday, March 22nd, 2019.

Nigeria Vs Seychelles Lineup, Time, Where To Watch Match

The Super Eagles  of Nigeria are seeking to end their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification on a winning note as battle Seychelles this Friday.

See Condition Blackface Gave To End Face-off With 2face

Blackface, a member of the defunct group, Plantashun Boiz has given the conditions that can bring an end to his saga with 2face Idibia.

Biafra: Court Issues Verdict On Abaribe, Others Over Nnamdi Kanu

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has struck out a suit filed against Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, Femi Fani-Kayode and others over the whereabouts of the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu. 

Prophet Speaks On Presidential Election, Tells Atiku What To Do

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar should withdraw his court case over the election, according to Prophet  Anthony Nwoko.
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NEWS

Thugs Burn Electoral Materials, Chase Away INEC Staff In Benue

Suspected political thugs on Saturday burnt electoral materials and overpowered security officials in Chito, the headquarters of Azendeshi ward in Ukum LGA of Benue State.

Osun Tribunal: Ekiti Gov Candidate Vows To Reclaim Mandate

People Democratic Party Governorship candidate in Ekiti state, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, vows to reclaim his mandate at the tribunal following Ademola Adeleke's Victory in Osun state.

Nigerians Show Concern As MC Oluomo Compares NURTW Members To Lawyers, Doctors

Several reactions have trailed a comment made by a chieftain of the NURTW, MC Oluomo Akinsanya, that members of the union are professionals like those in law, engineering and the rest.

Supplementary Election: Agents Clash Over Vote-Buying In Kano

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) agents clashed at Gama Wards with 83 polling units in Kano over alleged vote-buying.

Supplementary Election: Watch As Bauchi Voters Chase Politicians From Polling Unit

Voters in Bauchi chased out politicians from disrupting the process at Kagadama polling unit in Dass Local Government Area of the state.

Kano Supplementary Election: Journalists Escaped Being Lynched In Kano

Some journalists escaped been lynched by hoodlums during the supplementary Governorship election in Kano State on Saturday.

Supplementary Elections: Scores Injured, One Killed In Taraba

One person has been reportedly killed and houses burnt in Ussa Local Government Area of Taraba State on Friday evening.

NURTW Members Not Thugs But Professionals Like Lawyers, Doctors – MC Oluomo

A chieftain of the National Union of Road Transportation Workers (NURTW), MC Oluomo Akinsanya, has said members of the union are professionals like those in law, engineering and the rest. 
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Tragedy As JSS2 Student Gets Electrocuted In Nsukka

The Nsukka Catholic Diocese has confirmed the death of a student, allegedly electrocuted on Thursday night at the Queen of Rosary Secondary School, Nsukka.

Katsina Residents Kill Suspected Kidnappers

The constant cases of kidnapping and banditry in Katsina State have taken a new dimension in Kankara town of the state after two persons were being kidnapped.

Buhari Assents To Bill Baring NYSC From Posting Engineers To Teach

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed Engineers (Registration etc) Amendment Bill, 2019 which stops the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) from posting graduates of engineering to teach.

POLITICS

PDP Demands Cancellation Of Kano Gov’ship Supplementary Election

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano State has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to cancel the re-run governorship election ongoing across the 28 local government areas of the state.

Supplementary Election: PDP Alleges Election Rigging In FCT

The Peoples Democratic Party has alleged that the All Progressives Congress is planning to rig the outcome of the Bwari Area Council rerun election scheduled to hold on Saturday.

Plateau Governorship Supplementary Election: Live Updates From Concise Election Monitoring Room/ Live Reports

Welcome to Concise election monitoring room in Plateau, Nigeria as the people of the Northcentral state troop out to choose the governor for the next four years, following the inconclusive March 9 elections.

APC Governorship Candidate Speaks On Selling His Mandate

The Governorship candidate of the APC, in Abia State, Uche Ogah, has dismissed the insinuation that he sold his mandate to the Peoples Democratic Party PDP.

Oyo Governor-Elect Makinde Reacts To Adeleke Tribunal Declaration

The Governor-elect of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde has congratulated Ademola Adeleke over his victory at the Osun State Election Tribunal. 

Senate Presidency: APC Backs Ahmad Lawan For Post

The All Progressives Congress (APC) Yobe North Senatorial district is backing the Senate leader, Ahmad Lawan, to serve as the Senate President of the ninth assembly.

Ebonyi Election: APC Assembly Candidate Withdraws, Joins PDP

The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate Innocent Nomeh, contesting for the Ezza North West state constituency, has withdrawn from the supplementary election.

What PDP Said About Adeleke’s Victory At Osun Election Tribunal

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the victory of the party's governorship candidate in Osun State, Ademola Adeleke, at the Election Tribunal as a win for democracy.
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Osun Election Tribunal: Oyetola Reacts To Defeat To PDP’s Adeleke

Governor Gboyega Oyetola has said he is heading to the Court of Appeal following the judgement by a tribunal in Osun, upturning his victory at the state governorship election.

What Will Happen To Ortom In Benue Supplementary Poll – Akume

Senator George Akume has declared that Governor Samuel Ortom and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are bound to lose Saturday’s supplementary election to the All Progressives Congress (APC) despite their loud boasts and expression of confidence.

Osun Election Tribunal: APC To Appeal Tribunal Judgment

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun says it will appeal the tribunal judgment that declared Senator Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party winner of the 2018 governorship election in Osun.

SPORTS

Euro 2020 Qualifier: Lukaku Out Of Belgium’s Trip To Cyprus

Romelu Lukaku has been ruled out of Belgium's Euro 2020 qualifier against Cyprus due to a foot injury.

Venezuela Pummels Argentina As Messi Suffers Groin Injury

Argentina suffered a shock 3-1 defeat to Venezuela on Friday as Lionel Messi made his first international appearance since the 2018 World Cup.

England Thrash Czech Republic As Sterling Scores Maiden Hat-Trick

Raheem Sterling scored his maiden international hat-trick as the Three Lions of England humiliated the Czech Republic 5-0 in 2020 Euro qualifier.

Rohr Explains Why He Sidelined Iheanacho For Seychelles, Egypt Games

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, has said he left out Kelechi Iheanacho from the squad for the matches against Seychelles and Egypt so he can force his way into the Leicester City team. 

Euro 2020: Bulgaria Narrowly Escape Defeat Against Montenegro

The Bulgaria midfielder Todor Nedelev netted a doubtful late penalty kick to secure a 1-1 home draw in their Euro 2020 opening, qualifier against Montenegro.

Nigeria vs Seychelles: Super Eagles End AFCON Qualifiers With Win

The Super Eagles of Nigeria ended their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualification series with a 3-1 win over Seychelles in Asaba, Delta state on Friday.

Check Out Nigeria vs Seychelles Official Line-up

Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi, Odion Ighalo and captain Ahmed Musa will lead Nigeria's attack in a dead-rubber Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier on Friday.

U23 AFCON Qualifier: Amapakabo Confident Of Qualifying Despite 0-2 Loss

Nigeria’s U23 national team Head Coach, Imama Amapakabo is optimistic of turning the tide against Libya in the second leg of their U23 African Nations Cup qualifier to be played in Asaba on Monday
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Quadri, Abiodun In Battle For Final Spot At The ETTU Cup

Nigeria’s duo of Aruna Quadri and Bode Abiodun will be facing the biggest battle of their career this season as they lead their Portuguese club – Sporting into the second leg semifinal of the ETTU Cup against star-studded French side – GV Hennebont.

Luka Modric Wins Yet Another Major Award

Croatia and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has been crowned the world’s best male athlete 2018 by the International Sporting Press Association (AIPS) at a gala ceremony in Zagreb on Wednesday.

Premier League: Rooney Speaks On Liverpool Title Push

Former Everton and Manchester United captain says he cannot bear the thought of Liverpool winning the Premier League title this season

Entertainment

BBNaija Reunion: Celebrities Have Their Struggles – Alex

Alexandra Asogwa Amuche popularly known as Alex Unusual is a model, dancer, actress, fashion enthusiast and former BBNaija third runner up housemates says people shouldn't thinks that celebrities are perfect.

BBNaija Reunion: People’s Opinions Doesn’t Pay Bills – Nina

The former housemate of Big Brother (BBNaija) of 'Double Wahala' Season Nina Chinonso Onyenobi took to her Instagram page two hour ago saying People's opinion, views don't pay bills.
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BBNaija Reunion: Watch As Alex And Cee-C Finally Reconcile

The former Big Brother (BBNaija) housemates of 'Double Wahala Season, Alex and Cee-C have reconciled their difference in regards to the video that surfaced on social media. 

BBNaija Reunion: Watch As Alex Threatens To Destroy Big Brother Camera

Alex who burst into tears during the show expressed anger that she had been trying to resolve her rift with fellow housemate, Cee-c but all efforts proved abortive.

BBNaija Reunion: Alex’s Manager Condemns Tobi For Kissing And Telling

BBNaija star Alex's manager, Naomi Adenuga, has berated Tobi Bakre for telling Miracle about the alleged sex he had with her client in their hotel room in South Africa.

BBNaija Reunion: Miracle Reacts After Nina, Cee-C Revealed Alex And Tobi Had Sex

Big Brother Naija 2018 winner, Miracle issued a warning to his ex-girlfriend, Nina, Cee-C, and Alex, not bring himself and his friends into their lies and propaganda.

Efia Odo Reveals She Believes In God, Not Bible

Ghanaian actress, Efia Odo has revealed that she believes in God but does not regard the Bible as any serious book worth attention.

Burna Boy and DJDS Join Forces For New EP ‘Steel & Copper’

Nigerian Afro-fusion artiste, better known as Burna Boy, has teamed up with DJDS, American production duo, to drop a new joint EP titled, ‘Steel & Copper.’
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Nigerian Singer Accuses Teni, Wizkid Of Stealing His Song

An upcoming Nigerian singer, identified as Official Bad Boy JP, has accused Wizkid, his music producer and Teni of stealing a song he did a long time ago.

Tonto Dikeh Defends Meeting Estranged Husband In Club

Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh, has reacted to statement by her estranged husband, Olakunle Churchill, who said he met her at a night club.

Kate Henshaw Fires Warning At Social Media Trollers

Veteran Nollywood actress, Kate Henshaw has spat out hot to people who hide behind their keypads to spew disrespect others.

BUSINESS

Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) 2019 Winners Shortlist (PDF)

The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) has released the shortlist of winners for its 2019 TEF Entreprenuer on Friday. 

Aisha Buhari Commends Elumelu Foundation For Transforming Lives

The President's wife, Aisha Buhari, has lauded the Chairman of Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), Tony Elumelu, for transforming the lives of young entrepreneurs.

Manufacturers Caution Nigerian Govt Against VAT Increment

The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) has advised the federal government against increasing Value Added Tax (VAT) rate.

Nigeria Refineries Lose N132bn

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has said the country's refineries' operating deficit jumped by 39 per cent to N132.5bn in 2018, compared to the previous year.

TraderMoni Scheme: VP Osinbajo Puts Market Tour On Hold

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has stopped his visits to markets across the country for the Tradermoni scheme of the Federal Government. 

NSE Suspends Trading In Diamond Bank Shares

The Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE) has suspended trading in the shares of Diamond Bank Plc following the court sanction of the Scheme of Merger with Access Bank Plc.

FG Speaks On Selling Lagos Trade Fair Complex

The Federal Government has said it does not plan to sell the Lagos Trade Fair Complex as speculated, Concise News understands.

FIRS Boss Urges Nigerians To Prepare For VAT Increase

Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Babatunde Fowler, on Tuesday called on Nigerians to be ready for an increase in Value Added Tax (VAT) by between 35 and 50 per cent in 2019.
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NERC Rues Power Distributors’ Estimated Billing

Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has said that electricity distribution companies have not effectively implemented the methodology for estimated billing issued by the regulator. 

World’s Most Expensive Perfume Worth ₦471m Launched In Dubai (Photos)

The Spirit of Dubai Parfums has unveiled the world’s most expensive and luxury unisex perfume, Shumukh, valued at Dh4.752 million (₦471m).

Nigerian Startup EZ-Farming Rev Up Agritech Space With Highest ROI For Investors

Fast-rising Agritech startup, EZ-Farming has assured that its strategic agribusiness model of rapidly scaling small farms into commercial sizes and equipping the next generation of farmers.

WORLD

Rwanda Jails ISIS, Al-Shabaab Suspects

Rwandan judicial authorities on Friday sentenced 13 people to five years and two others to ten years in jail after convicting them of belonging to extremist groups including al Shabaab and Islamic State and providing them support.

New Zealand Shooting: Prime Minister Receives Death Threat On Twitter

New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern has reportedly been receiving death threat on social media.

New Zealand Shooting: Nigerian Imam, Lateef Alabi Still Grief-Stricken A Week After

Nigerian Imam, Alabi Lateef Zirullah is still visibly pained by the horrific killing last week Friday of 50 persons at two mosques in New Zealand by a gunman named Brenton Tarrant.

Kenyan President Suspends His Social Media Accounts

 Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenyan President on Friday suspended his social media accounts citing infiltration by unauthorised individuals.

Schoolgirls Jailed For Defacing Burundi President’s Picture

Three teenage schoolgirls in Burundi have been sent to prison to await trial for scribbling on a picture of President Pierre Nkurunziza in textbooks.

Many Dead As Chemical Plant Explodes In China

At least 47 people reportedly dead, 600 receiving medical treatment as the chemical plant in eastern China exploded on Thursday.

Cyclone Idai: Obama Calls For Solidarity Towards Victims In Southern Africa

Barack Obama, Former United State President on Wednesday called upon Americans and citizens of the world to help families affected by the floods in the Midwest of the country, and Cyclone Idai in Southern Africa.

Again, 5 Mosques Attacked Amidst Islamophobia In Britain

No fewer than five mosques in the English city of Birmingham were attacked overnight, police confirmed the incidence on Thursday in the latest spate of Islamophobic occurrences in Britain.
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Trump Slams ‘Corrupt’ Media In Extraordinary Rant, Defends His Twitter Use (Video)

US President Donald Trump on Thursday attacked the mainstream media for being "so dishonest" in their reportage.

US-Backed Forces Deny Report Of ISIS Final Defeat

US-backed forces pressed an offensive against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group in its last redoubt in Syria on Thursday (March 21), denying reports the extremist empire had fallen.

ISIL Will Be Eliminated Tonight! Trump Declares

US President, Donald Trump has declared that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) will be eliminated from its last territory in Syria today (Thursday).

TECH

Facebook Stored Hundreds Of Millions Of Passwords In Plain Text

Facebook stored passwords for hundreds of millions of users in plain text, exposing them for years to anyone who had internal access to the files, according to Krebs on Security.

Facebook Messenger Finally Adds Quoted Replies

Facebook Messenger just recently added a vital missing feature - quoted replies.

iOS Finally Gets WhatsApp Business App

Facebook-owned WhatsApp announced its Business app back in September 2017 and launched it next year in January.

Samsung Galaxy S10 5G Set For Release On April 5

Samsung officially confirmed that it is going to release its first 5G smartphone, Galaxy S10 5G - which will also be the first in the industry - on April 5.

Facebook Announces Oculus Rift S Headset With Higher-res OLED Displays

Facebook-owned Oculus has announced a new-generation Rift headset called the Oculus Rift S.

Telcos Mull Tariff Review, May Increase Call Rates

Telecommunications operators are considering a review of call tariff in selected states in the country, The Punch reports.

Google To Shut Down Inbox By Gmail On April 2

Google, according to reports, has announced plans to shut down Inbox by Gmail on April 2, 2019.

Google Fined $1.7 Billion For Search Ad Blocks In Third EU Sanction

Google was on Wednesday fined 1.49 billion euros ($1.7 billion) for blocking rival online search advertisers, the third large European Union antitrust penalty for the Alphabet business in two only years.
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Toyota, Suzuki Charge Up Partnership For Electric Cars

Toyota Motor Corp and Suzuki Motor Corp on Wednesday said they planned to produce electric vehicles (EVs) and compact cars for each other to better compete with fast-changing technologies in the global auto industry.

Facebook Agrees To Advertising Overhaul To Settle U.S. Discrimination Suits

Facebook has agreed to change its paid advertising platform as part of a wide-ranging settlement to prevent discriminatory and “harmful” practices, the company and U.S. civil rights groups said on Tuesday.

Google Announces Browser-based Streaming Game Service

Google announced on Tuesday that it would launch a browser-based video game streaming service dubbed Stadia that attempts to capitalize on the company’s cloud technology and global network of data centers this year.

HEALTH

NAFDAC Gives New Regulations On Marketing Of Breast Milk Substitute

National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and ControL, said it has set a new regulation on marketing Code of breast milk substitute in the country.

Ogun Inaugurates 40-Bed Surgical Ward

Ogun State Government has inaugurated a 40-bed surgical ward at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOTH) in Sagamu.

Nigerians Lack Access To Water, Sanitation, Hygiene Services – UNICEF

The United Nations International Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF) representative in Nigeria, Mr Mohamed Fall, disclosed over 3.6 million people lack access to potable water, sanitation and hygiene services in the country.

NAFDAC Confiscates Expired Food Products Worth Millions in Sokoto

The Director-General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Moji Adeyeye on Thursday disclosed that the agency has confiscated and destroyed assorted contaminated food products in Sokoto State in February.

50 Plateau Women To Benefit From Free VVF Surgery

Dr Edmond Banwat, Chief Medical Director (CMD), Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH), has disclosed that no fewer than 50 women are to benefit from free Vesicovaginal Fistula (VVF) in Mangu Local Government of Plateau.

13 Children Die After Borno Measles Outbreak

At least, 13 children have been killed by measles outbreak in Borno State, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef). 

Buhari Advocates Synergy To End Tuberculosis In Nigeria

The wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, has advocated for more synergy among stakeholders to end the spread of tuberculosis epidemic in Nigeria.

Female Weed Addicts Derive Mind-blowing Pleasure During Sex – Study

A new study has found out that women who smoke weed frequently have more satisfying orgasms compared to females who don't smoke cannabis.
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NCDC Announces 53 New Cases Of Lassa Fever In Nigeria

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC has confirmed 53 new cases in Nigeria.

Medical Expert Calls On FG To Assist In Making Nigeria Polio-Free

Dr Towoju Olumunyiwa, a medical practitioner, has called on Federal Government to embrace measures that could make Nigeria polio-free.

World Glaucoma Week: Optometrists To Offer Free Eye Test

Nigeria Optometrists Association in Enugu State has urged its members in hospitals to offer free eye tests in its efforts at eradicating glaucoma.

OPINION

Is Being Nigerian A Misfortune?

An opinion piece by Omoshola Deji, a political and public affairs analyst..

Nigeria’s Democracy, Progress Under Buhari

An opinion piece by columnist Muhammad Ajah

Should IGP Idris Leave Or Stay On?

Columnists Muhammad Ajah sheds light on calls for President Muhamadu Buhari not to extend the tenure of Inspector General of Police Idris Ibrahim.