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Popular music executive, Andre Harrell dies at age 59

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Andre Harrell, founder of Uptown Records and former head of Mo Town Records has died.

The veteran music executive who discovered Sean Combs better known as Diddy and later went on to head Motown Records.

He died aged 59 and the cause of his death is unknown.

DJ D Nice, a DJ for popular Club Quarantine series revealed the sad news on Instagram Live, Friday night and several US media houses have confirmed his passing away

Harrell started his career as an artiste, a member of the rap duo Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde, whose single “Genius Rap” was a hit in 1981.

In 1983, Harrell teamed with Russell Simmons, the founder of Def Jam Records, and became vice president and later General Manager of the label.

In 1986 , he founded Uptown Records, and signed the then young P.Diddy.

He later went on to head Mo Town records. Harrell also launched the careers of Mary J.Blige, Al B. Sure and Jodeci.

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Secessionists Will Be First To Run Away When Problem Starts – Lai Mohammed

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Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, on Sunday said that secessionists will be the first to run away when any problem starts.

The minister assured the Federal Government was working hard to improve national security and prevent all secession tendencies.

Mohammed, who spoke on Sunday in Lagos when he appeared on Bond FM radio programme, “Ibi Abasede”, urged Nigerians not to listen to promoters of secession.

“Those who support separation and secession will be the first to run away when any problem starts.

“We should not listen to them as many of them have about four passports of other countries,” Mohammed said.

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Wike defends Obaseki’s N60bn printing claim

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Rivers State Governor,Nyesom Wike has said claims by Governor Obaseki that the Federal Government printed N60 Billion to share to federating units in March cannot be regarded as false.

He said this while challenging the central bank of Nigeria to declare if money was printed or not.

According to him Obaseki being a former member of the APC understands them ,therefore cannot make statements from the blues if they didn’t print N60BN.

Instead of the Governor of central bank Mr Godwin to address the issue he has opted to issue a veiled threat to states to pay bail out loan given to them by the federal government. Governor wike said according to a statement released by his special assistant on media Kelvin Ebiri

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Heavy Explosion Rocks Benue, Many Feared Dead

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Heavy explosion has rocked Oshigbudu, Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State, killing many people, Aprokorepublic has learnt.

The ugly incident happened on Sunday afternoon when a tanker conveying petroleum product, fell on the road side in a residential area of the community.

The inferno, according to an eyewitness, razed shops and houses of residents of the area.

The Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency, Dr Emmanuel Shior confirmed the incident today.

According to him, a statement will be issued subsequently, noting that he would inform the state governor, Samuel Ortom on the incident.

 

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