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Nigerian football star, Imoh Ezekiel and his wife welcome their first child, a baby girl
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Nigerian football star, Imoh Ezekiel and his wife welcome their first child, a baby girl

Nigerian footballer, Imoh Ezekiel, and his wife have welcomed their first child together, a baby girl.   The 27-year-old striker, who plays for Al-Jazira FC in the United Arab Emirates, took to Instagram to announce the arrival of his baby daughter.   Sharing a video of the adorable infant and a photo of his wife rocking her baby bump before she gave birth to their child, the proud father wrote: "Welcome Princess. Forever Grateful To God.'   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Mci (@mycelebrityandi)
Governor Zulum Hails UAE For Convicting Boko Haram Sponsors, Messages Buhari
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Governor Zulum Hails UAE For Convicting Boko Haram Sponsors, Messages Buhari

Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum has expressed excitement over the conviction of alleged Boko Haram sponsors in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Zulum said he was glad that for the first time in 11 years, there appeared to be a headway on tracking some financiers of the sect. The governor lamented that Boko Haram had killed thousands of citizens, displaced millions, and damaged private and public properties worth billions of Naira. In a statement on Tuesday by his spokesman, Isa Gusau, Zulum urged President Muhammadu Buhari to set up a multi-stakeholder committee to follow up on the UAE findings. He noted that such intelligence if authenticated, be used to expand search on other Boko Haram sponsors within and outside Nigeria. Zulum suggested that team members be drawn...
UAE Relaxes Islamic Laws, Allows Alcohol, Cohabitation Of Unmarried Couples
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UAE Relaxes Islamic Laws, Allows Alcohol, Cohabitation Of Unmarried Couples

The United Arab Emirates announced on Saturday a major overhaul of the country’s Islamic personal laws, allowing unmarried couples to cohabitate, loosening alcohol restrictions and criminalizing so-called “honor killings.” The broadening of personal freedoms reflects the changing profile of a country that has sought to bill itself as a Westernized destination for tourists, fortune-seekers and businesses despite its Islamic legal code that has previously triggered court cases against foreigners and outrage in their home countries. The reforms aim to boost the country’s economic and social standing and “consolidate the UAE’s principles of tolerance,” state-run WAM news agency reported, which offered only minimal details in the surprise weekend announcement. The government decrees b...
Aisha Buhari Jets Out To Dubai For Delivery Of Daughter, Zahra, As Agitation Against Police Brutality Continues In Nigeria
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Aisha Buhari Jets Out To Dubai For Delivery Of Daughter, Zahra, As Agitation Against Police Brutality Continues In Nigeria

This revelation is against widespread belief that Mrs Buhari was in Nigeria at the moment especially after she lent her voice to calls by young citizens for an end to police brutality earlier in the week. Nigeria’s First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari, is currently in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, with her entourage ahead of the expected delivery of a baby by her daughter, Zahra. This revelation is against widespread belief that Mrs Buhari was in Nigeria at the moment especially after she lent her voice to calls by young citizens for an end to police brutality earlier in the week. On October 17, the First Lady posted a video on social media that had a photo of President Muhammadu Buhari in a meeting with service chiefs using the hashtag #AChechijamaa, meaning “rescue the people” in Hau...
Etihad Airways Gets FG’s Nod To Resume International Flights
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Etihad Airways Gets FG’s Nod To Resume International Flights

‌Following the decision of the United Arab Emirates to begin visa issuance to Nigerians, Etihad Airways has been approved to operate international flights into Nigeria Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, made this announcement on Thursday during a briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, which held in Abuja. He noted that the foreign carrier was already talking with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority regarding the process. Similarly, Emirates Airlines are also scheduled to operate flights into the country starting with Abuja and Lagos. He said, “UAE has commenced issuance of visas today. Consequent upon that, Emirates Airlines will begin operations from tomorrow. They are allowed to start daily flights into Abuja and Lagos. “Their sister company from the sa...
UAE May Reverse Visa Restriction On Nigerians Today Amid Airline’s Ban
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UAE May Reverse Visa Restriction On Nigerians Today Amid Airline’s Ban

Barring any last-minute hitches, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), will today, review the visa restriction placed on Nigerian travellers, following the ban of Emirates Airlines from the most populous black nation. Sources at the company’s office in Lagos confirmed that the issue was being reviewed, and the “right” diplomatic approach taken. This came as aviation stakeholders commended the Federal Government for going “tough and playing tit-for-tat with countries that would not accept Nigerian travellers into their domains.” The Federal Government, following pressure from some quarters, banned Emirates Airlines from Lagos and Abuja airports, effective today, over refusal to grant fresh visa applications submitted by Nigerians. The government earlier banned European carriers, w...
Israel Signs Peace Treaties With Arab States At White House Ceremony
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Israel Signs Peace Treaties With Arab States At White House Ceremony

On Tuesday, Israel signed historic agreements with two Gulf states, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. Prior to the ceremony, which U.S. President Donald Trump presided over, the American leader offered Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “special token of affection,” which consisted of a “key to the White House and a key to our hearts.” Trump referred to Netanyahu as an “amazing leader.” “You have the key to the hearts of the people of Israel,” responded Netanyahu, “because of all of the things you have done for the Jewish state.” Prior to the signing, Trump referred to “at least five or six additional countries” that “want to see peace [with Israel], they’re tired of fighting.” Trump was likely referring to Saudi Arabia, Oman, Sudan and Morocco. There’s going to...
Donald Trump nominated for 2020 Nobel Peace Prize
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Donald Trump nominated for 2020 Nobel Peace Prize

US President, Donald Trump, has been  nominated for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in reaching the agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.   The Nobel Peace Prize is one of five Nobel Prizes, alongside Physiology or Medicine, Literature, Chemistry and Physics. The winner is selected by a panel of five members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee which is appointed by the Parliament of Norway.   Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian Parliament and chairman to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, submitted Trump's nomination.   Tybring-Gjedde in 2018 had also submitted a nomination for Trump to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his Singapore summit which hosted Kim Jong Un. "For his merit, I think he has done more trying...
FBI kidnapped my client, the US had no authority to take him – Hushpuppi’s lawyer says
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FBI kidnapped my client, the US had no authority to take him – Hushpuppi’s lawyer says

Gal Pissetzky, lawyer to instagram celebrity Ramon Abbas a.k.a Hushpuppi has continued his social media defence of the alleged fraudster, claiming he was 'kidnapped' by the FBI as no legal documents were made for his arrest and no extradition treaty exists between the US and the UAE where Hushpuppi was residing.   Hushpuppi was arrested in june in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, by the Dubai Police and later handed over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the United States.   The FBI in affidavit alleged that the suspected Nigerian fraudster “conspired to launder funds stolen in a $14.7 million cyber-heist from a foreign financial institution.”   He was also accused of being involved in a fraudulent scheme which defrauded a New York-based law firm of app...
408 Nigerians Evacuated From India and UAE Arrive Nigeria
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408 Nigerians Evacuated From India and UAE Arrive Nigeria

408 Nigerians who were stranded in India and the United Arab Emirates UAE have arrived the country. According to the Nigerian Diaspora Commission NIDCOM, 162 of them were evacuated from India while 246 were evacuated from the UAE. According to NIDCOM, all the evacuees tested negative for COVID-19 before boarding the flights. ''246 Evacuees arrive Murtala Muhammed Int’l Airport, Lagos at exactly 3:30 pm local time via Emirates from UAE today, Wednesday 8th of July, 2020. A big thank you to the Nigerian Mission in Dubai and the UAE government for paying for the flight Tickets and the cost of #COVID?19 test for 131 evacuees. All Evacuees tested Negative to #COVID19 and will now proceed on 14 days SELF-ISOLATION as mandated PTF on #COVID-19. Air Peace flight conveying 162 Ev...
Hushpuppi is Nigeria’s Most-wanted Hacker- EFCC says
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Hushpuppi is Nigeria’s Most-wanted Hacker- EFCC says

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has described Hushpuppi as “Nigeria’s most-wanted hacker” who has a case to answer with the agency. In a statement released today June 18 by its spokesperson, Dele Oyewale, the agency said it is working with the FBI to trace the victims of Hushpuppi's alleged fraudulent transactions as well as trace other fraudsters that might have direct involvement with him. The statement reads;   ''Nigerian most-wanted hacker, Ramoni Igbalode, alias Ray hushpuppy, recently arrested by the International Police( Interpol) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation( FBI), has considerable cases of cyber crimes being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission( EFCC). The Commission is familiar with grisly details of his...
Nigeria, U.S. Fight For Hushpuppi’s Custody From UAE
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Nigeria, U.S. Fight For Hushpuppi’s Custody From UAE

The arrest this week of a Nigerian Instagram celebrity has pitted Nigerian detectives against their counterparts from the United Arab Emirates and the United States. Nigeria and the U.S. launched the battle for the possession of Ramon Abbas, a.k.a.: Hushpuppi, following his arrest and detention by Emirati authorities earlier this week, according to two officials familiar with the development. “Immediately we got confirmation that he had been arrested in Dubai, we all started fighting to get him,” a senior Nigerian detective told PREMIUM TIMES on Friday. “He is a subject of multiple and conflicting interests between Nigeria and the United States.” Officials said the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) has been leading America’s effort to take possession of Mr Abbas because...
Hushpuppi Faces Extradition From UAE To Nigeria
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Hushpuppi Faces Extradition From UAE To Nigeria

Plans are underway by the International Police (INTERPOL) to extradite Dubai-based Nigerian big boy, Ray Hushpuppi from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Nigeria to face alleged multiple fraud charges. The INTERPOL is also on the trail of other accomplices in the alleged fraud who are resident in Nigeria to bring them to justice. Commissioner of Police (CP) INTERPOL, Garba Umar disclosed these to The Nation yesterday while confirming the arrest of Hushpuppi whose real name is said to be Ramoni Igbalode. He said: “It is true that Hushpuppi was arrested by the INTERPOL. We are currently working on bringing him to Nigeria to face charges of fraud. “Some of the offences were committed here in Nigeria and he has to answer for them. He is not alone in it; there are accomplices in...
253 Nigerians Arrive From UK, Taken To Isolation Centers
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253 Nigerians Arrive From UK, Taken To Isolation Centers

The second batch of 253 Nigerians evacuated from the United Kingdom yesterday arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos. This came 48 hours after the first batch from Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) were brought into the country by Emirates Airlines. The latest returnees were flown into the country on British Airways flight BA9155. The Boeing 747 aircraft with registration Number G-CIVO which conveyed them touched down at 1.45pm. The returnees disembarked from the aircraft after over 30 minutes through a motorised gangway rather than the usual avio-bridge. After the usual temperature screening by officials of the Port Health Services, they were led into luxurious buses which took them to the isolation centers already prepared for them. However, so...
‘All right, f*ck you’ – Inter icon Zenga was a ‘real a*sh*le’, says Kragl
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‘All right, f*ck you’ – Inter icon Zenga was a ‘real a*sh*le’, says Kragl

The former Italy goalkeeper left a bad impression during his short time working with the now-Benevento midfielder Former Inter star and current Cagliari coach Walter Zenga is "a real a*sh*le", according to Benevento midfielder Oliver Kragl. Kragl played under Zenga as a member of Crotone, who were managed by the former Italy star from 2017-18. The midfielder joined the club from Frosinone in July 2017, but departed just six months later to join Foggia on loan after just five appearances. Zenga, who played in two World Cups and was named 1987 Serie A Footballer of the Year, has managed the likes of the New England Revolution, Wolves, Palermo and Sampdoria while also enjoying stints in Turkey, Romania, Serbia, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. But his brief time working...
COVID-19: Onyeama Says Evacuation Of Nigerians Abroad Starts Next Week
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COVID-19: Onyeama Says Evacuation Of Nigerians Abroad Starts Next Week

The Federal Government will next week commence the evacuation of Nigerians stranded abroad on account of the coronavirus pandemic . It said two airlines had agreed to bring back the citizens at affordable rates . The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, who disclosed this during a briefing by the Presidential TaskForce on COVID- 19 in Abuja on Monday , noted that the nationals would be brought back in batches of 200. Over 2,000 Nigerians in United States , United Kingdom , United Arab Emirates , China and other countries had registered for the evacuation after agreeing to subject themselves to mandatory coronavirus testing and 14 -day quarantine on arrival in Abuja or Lagos. The minister stated that the government has been working to put in place adequate isolation cent...
UAE Extends Closure Of Mosques, Churches
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UAE Extends Closure Of Mosques, Churches

United Arab Emirates, UAE has extended the closure of mosques and places of worship until further notice, according to state news agency WAM. The extension was made as part of the precautionary measures taken to prevent the spread of coronavirus. UAE is home to thousands of mosques, over 40 churches, and a Hindu temple. The announcement comes days ahead of Easter, the holiest day in the Christian calendar. UAE first announced the suspension of prayer in all houses of worship on 16 March 16. The ban was meant to last four weeks. At the moment, there are 2,990 coronavirus cases in the UAE, with 14 deaths.
Manchester United Scrap Middle East Training Camp Amid Security Concerns
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Manchester United Scrap Middle East Training Camp Amid Security Concerns

Manchester United have scrapped plans for a training camp in the Gulf region during next month's winter break because of security concerns. United do not play for 16 days between Premier League ties against Wolves on 1 February and at Chelsea on 17 February. Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plans to give his squad a few days off before going away for a training camp. While the destination had not been decided, Qatar and Dubai would have been near the top of United's list. In January last year, Solskjaer took his squad to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and sent some of his players there again in November during an international break. United have also previously used the Aspire Academy in Qatar's capital Doha for a winter training camp. There has been a rise in tensions in...
Police Wade Into Case Of Head Of Federal Agency’s Son Caught With Lamborghini
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Police Wade Into Case Of Head Of Federal Agency’s Son Caught With Lamborghini

The police have waded into the case of the federal agency’s head whose son was caught in Dubai, United Arab Emirates driving a Lamborghini and with $5 million cash. Already, the Finance Director of the organisation has been summoned by the police The Managing Director is also fighting back, querying and suspending people in the Accounts and Audit Departments of the agency, which is very vital to the economic revolution programme of President Muhammadu Buhari The bank, a very prominent bank, allegedly used to launder money to different parts of the world, is also being investigated. It is a messy affair in the agency.
UAE unveils first multi-entry five-year tourist visas
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UAE unveils first multi-entry five-year tourist visas

The United Arab Emirates on Monday introduced a multiple-entry visa scheme valid for five years for all nationalities, with the aim of turning the Gulf state into a tourism hub. “#UAE Cabinet chaired by @HHShkMohd, approves new amendment for tourist visas in #UAE,” the government of Dubai Media Office tweeted, referring to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE prime minister and ruler of Dubai. The new tourist visa will be valid for 5 years and can be used for multiple entries and is open for all nationalities,” the Dubai Media Office wrote.
Ex Attorney-General, Bello Adoke Voluntarily Returns To Nigeria After Legal Deadlock
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Ex Attorney-General, Bello Adoke Voluntarily Returns To Nigeria After Legal Deadlock

Mohammed Bello Adoke, former attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, has left Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for Nigeria after a five-week legal deadlock. He had been arrested by Interpol on arrival in Dubai on the morning of November 11 when he went for his medicals. Interpol was executing a warrant of arrest issued against Adoke — even though it had been quashed. Although the high court of the federal capital territory issued the warrant on April 17, 2019 based an application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the court vacated the order on October 25, 2019. While the warrant was sent to Interpol by Nigeria, the vacating order was not transmitted to the global body. The Interpol had requested Adoke’s lawyers to get the Nigerian author...
Buhari Vows To Tackle 77% Rise In Crude Oil Theft
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Buhari Vows To Tackle 77% Rise In Crude Oil Theft

President Muhammadu Buhari, has vowed to bring crude oil theft to its kneels by looking at practical solutions to the menace. The President gave the assurance at the ongoing 24th World Energy Congress (WEC) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on Tuesday. Buhari’s pledge may not be unconnected with the 77 per cent rise in oil pipeline vandalism as contained in the June monthly report of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) with 106 pipeline breaches in June, up from just 60 in May. Represented by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipreye Sylva, Buhari said the Federal Government would deliver Final Investment Decisions (FIDs) on at least four key projects within the nation’s oil and gas industry by the end of last quarter this year. He said his vision w...
Kano State Partners UAE For Kano–Dubai Twin-City Project
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Kano State Partners UAE For Kano–Dubai Twin-City Project

For closer ties between Kano state and United Arab Emirates, a modern and global city development project would soon be on board between the state and UAE, called Twin-City Concept, with the view to bringing closer economic cooperation and cultural fertilisation for mutual sustainable development. This was revealed by the UAE Ambassador in Nigeria, Dr Fahad Obaid Al-Taflaq, when the Governor of Kano State, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, paid him a courtesy visit at the Embassy, in Abuja, Wednesday, with the aim of strengthening relationship between the state and the Arab Emirates. Pleased with the high level presentation and articulation of Kano’s interest in the about-to-be-strengthened ties, as posed by Ganduje, Dr. Obaid reveals that, “Because of the importance we attach to Kano ...
Sowore collected “millions of dollars” to topple Buhari Government, DSS alleges in fresh court documents
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Sowore collected “millions of dollars” to topple Buhari Government, DSS alleges in fresh court documents

The Department of State Services has alleged in fresh papers filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja that the convener of #RevolutionNow protests, Omoyele Sowore, met with “foreign collaborators” in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, and other countries on how to topple the Muhammadu Buhari government”. DSS also alleged in the court document seen by Punch correspondent on Tuesday that Sowore received “millions of dollars” from the alleged collaborators to sponsor attacks in Nigeria with a view toppling the government and ensuring the release of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, from custody. However, the identities of the alleged foreign collaborators, the details of the meetings and how much was allegedly taken by Sowore were not disclosed in the co...
Photos Of The Incredible Lifestyle Of Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo
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Photos Of The Incredible Lifestyle Of Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo

It is never in doubt that no one is given a good or a bad life. It is also true that it is up to you to make life good or bad. It is obvious that Rev. Biodun Fatoyinbo, the Senior Pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, has programmed a good life for himself, according to TheNation's report. In doing this, he ensures he transforms the lives of thousands through his ministry. Rev. Fatoyinbo is no doubt a highly sought-after public speaker. It will be recalled that he marked his birthday two years ago by hosting family members and close friends to an exceptional celebration in the United Arab Emirates. His exotic preference for top notch designers and state-of-the-art cars cannot be contested and he lives like a king in his Abuja home, which boasts of colourful interior and ext...
New report claims son of Sharjah’s ruler might have died during a ‘sex-drug’ party
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New report claims son of Sharjah’s ruler might have died during a ‘sex-drug’ party

The son of Sharjah's ruler died aged 39 in London yesterday after unconfirmed reports of a 'drug-fuelled orgy'. Men's fashion label owner Sheikh Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi was the son of Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, who rules the city in the United Arab Emirates. Sources said a quantity of Class A drugs had been found at the penthouse flat in Knightsbridge where his body was discovered but the police have yet to confirm or deny this. Officers were said to have found the drugs after being called in by medics, according to The Sun. A source told the same publication: 'There had apparently been a party where some guests were taking drugs and having sex. 'It is suspected that Sheikh Khalid may have died suddenly as a result of taking drugs. As well as the police inq...
Emir of Sharjah loses 39-year old son
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Emir of Sharjah loses 39-year old son

The fashion designer son of the ruler of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates has died in London. Sheikh Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi, 39, was the owner of a British fashion label, Qasimi, which has been in business since 2008. Three days of mourning have been declared in the emirate and flags have been ordered to fly at half mast. In a statement about Khalid Al Qasimi, government of Sharjah said: "The Ruler’s Court expressed its deepest condolences to His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, family of the deceased and members of Al Qasimi family, praying to Allah the Almighty to rest his soul in Paradise."
Atiku Files N2.5bn Libel Suit Against Buhari’s Aide, Lauretta Onochie
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Atiku Files N2.5bn Libel Suit Against Buhari’s Aide, Lauretta Onochie

A former Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has carried out his threat to sue President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Assistant on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie, for her alleged libellous tweet via her Twitter handle on May 7, 2019. The post allegedly suggested that Atiku was on the watch list of security operatives in the United Arab Emirates and had travelled to shop for terrorists in the Middle East. Atiku, through his lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), filed a N2.5bn suit against Onochie before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja on June 26. “To say that the claimant is shopping for terrorists knowing same to be untrue and without any foundation is not only dishonest and reckless, but is calculated and politically designed to instigate security agent...
Ghana coach Appiah reveals takeaways from Namibia loss in test fixture
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Ghana coach Appiah reveals takeaways from Namibia loss in test fixture

The Black Stars boss sheds light on Sunday's preparatory match against the Brave Warriors ahead of the continental showpiece Ghana coach James Kwesi Appiah says he is not worried by Sunday's fall to Namibia in an Africa Cup of Nations warm-up tie in the United Arab Emirates. The Black Stars suffered a stunning 1-0 loss to the Brave Warriors in the first of two preparatory games for the June 21-July 19 championship in Egypt. Manfred Starke scored the solitary goal in the 35th minute, with Ghana missing an opportunity to level the score when Mubarak Wakaso stepped up for a penalty in the second half.
Tanzanian Wealthiest Man, Reginald Mengi Dies At 75, Leaves Behind $560m For His Young Wife
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Tanzanian Wealthiest Man, Reginald Mengi Dies At 75, Leaves Behind $560m For His Young Wife

Reginald Mengi, one of Tanzania’s wealthiest and most storied businessmen, has died at the age of 75, leaving behind $560 million for his 39-year-old wife, Jacqueline, former Miss Tanzania. Tanzanian media and executives at his family office confirmed on Thursday morning that Mengi passed on in the early hours in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Tanzania’s President John Magufuli sent a condolence message via his Twitter page early on Thursday. “I am shocked at the death of an elder and a friend Dr. Reginald Mengi. I will remember him for his immense contribution to the development of our country and for the words he wrote in his book (titled) I Can, I Must, I Will. Sorry to members of his family, IPP workers and the entire business community,” the President said. Mengi was one...
“We Will Bring An End To Banditry And Insecurity” – Muhammadu Buhari
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“We Will Bring An End To Banditry And Insecurity” – Muhammadu Buhari

The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has dropped a statement concerning the issue of insecurity in the north western part of the nation. see his full statement... "My trip to the United Arab Emirates provided another opportunity to present Nigeria to the world as an attractive investment destination. I delivered the Keynote Speech at the Annual Investment Meeting, and met with the Deputy Prime Minister of UAE & the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi" "In my meeting with Nigerians living in the UAE, I was asked about what the Next Level entails. The Next Level will be focused on consolidating on what we have done in the last four years, in line with our campaign promises on security, the economy & the fight against corruption." "I seize every available opportunity...
Buhari Opens Up On ‘Two Nigerians Found Honourable’ During His Military Rule
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Buhari Opens Up On ‘Two Nigerians Found Honourable’ During His Military Rule

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said that only two Nigerians were found honourable during the trial of public office holders during his military rule. Speaking during a town-hall meeting with Nigerians in Dubai, United Arab Emirates(UAE), the President who recalled how he sent President Shehu Shagari and other top government officials to prison over corruption, said Bilyaminu Usman, a junior minister, from Jigawa State, and Adamu Chiroma, a minister of finance and governor of central bank were the two Nigerians found honourable by the panels that investigated politicians. Buhari was responding to a question by a Nigerian based in Dubai had asked the president: ” What are you doing to bring treasury looters to justice ? Your boss, your subordinates and others. Many are sayin...
FIFA Seeks Co-Host With Qatar To Expand Tournament
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FIFA Seeks Co-Host With Qatar To Expand Tournament

FIFA moved a step closer on Friday to expanding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams and hopes to confirm the plans in June if a suitable co-host can be found. An internal feasibility study supporting the expansion, which is being strongly pushed by President Gianni Infantino, was given full backing by the FIFA council in Miami. A final decision will now be taken in Paris on June 6 after FIFA and Qatar jointly submit the names of potential co-host nations to the governing body’s Congress. Infantino, who also confirmed a new Club World Cup with 24 teams will begin in 2021 to replace the Confederations Cup, told a press conference: “You have in front of you a happy FIFA president. “I am always happy but especially today because we have taken some important decisions. “We ca...
Taiwo Awoniyi- Back at Mouscron with a Bang
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Taiwo Awoniyi- Back at Mouscron with a Bang

After Nigeria crashed out in the second round against Germany at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, the lackluster performance of the Flying Eagles did not deter European teams from scrambling for the signature of a member of the squad – Taiwo Awoniyi. He stood out of the lot and immediately became the toast of most European clubs. Prior to the 2015 U-20 World Cup, Awoniyi also had a scintillating performance for the Golden Eaglets at the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup held in the United Arab Emirates. However Awoniyi still struggling to actualise his potential in Europe After the 2015 U-20 World Cup, Awoniyi was courted by Porto, Sporting Lisbon and Benfica, but he briefly settled for Swedish club, Kalmar. The young Nigerian trained with the first team on his arrival in Sweden. But he did not s...
Five Things From The Asian Cup’s First Round
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Five Things From The Asian Cup’s First Round

We look at five things we learned from the opening round of group games at the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates: Australia’s defender Trent Sainsbury (R) fights for the ball with Jordan’s forward Baha Faisal during the 2019 AFC Asian Cup football game between Australia and Jordan at the Hazza Bin Zayed stadium in Al-Ain on January 6, 2019. (Photo by KARIM SAHIB / AFP) – Home advantage counts – It has been a long time since Iran or Saudi Arabia were kings of Asia but with the tournament back in the Middle East, they have looked in ominous form. Iran, Asia’s top-ranked team, swamped Yemen, the lowest in the competition at 135 on the FIFA listings, 5-0 in the biggest win of the first round. Iran haven’t lifted the trophy since 1976, when they completed a run of three straight v...
Ronaldo Beats Griezmann, Mbappe to Globe Soccer Best Player Awards
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Ronaldo Beats Griezmann, Mbappe to Globe Soccer Best Player Awards

                                                      Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo claimed the Best Player as the Juventus superstar scooped two honours at the 2019 Globe Soccer Awards. Ronaldo reigned supreme in Dubai, where he beat Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann and Paris Saint-Germain sensation Kylian Mbappe to the award on Thursday. It marked the third consecutive year Ronaldo was crowned the award’s best player and fifth in total since 2011. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner also received the Fans’ Award at the ceremony in the United Arab Emirates. “What better way to start the New Year. Thanks for the appreciation and the care that I have received today,” Ronaldo wrote in an Instagram post as he shared a photo of the award alongside Jorge Mendes, who...
Ronaldinho Banned From Leaving Brazil Over Debt
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Ronaldinho Banned From Leaving Brazil Over Debt

Ronaldinho has been banned from leaving Brazil by a judge. The ex-Barcelona is scheduled to appear at the Dubai International Sports Conference this week. The 38-year-old football legend has been barred from making the trip to the United Arab Emirates by a court in South America. Brazilian judge Newton Fabricio demanded that Ronaldinho and his brother Assis Moreira have their passports taken off them by authorities. The seizure order was made to guarantee the payment of a £1.75million fine imposed on the pair for breaking environmental construction regulations four years ago. They were prosecuted for causing damage to the environment in the building of the Ronaldinho Gaucho Institute in the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre. The charity helps work with young and impoverished pe...
Anthony Joshua And Cristiano Ronaldo Pose For Photo In Dubai
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Anthony Joshua And Cristiano Ronaldo Pose For Photo In Dubai

World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and Cristiano Ronaldo posed for a photo on Thursday evening. The pair, who are regarded as arguably the best in their respective sports, are currently enjoying breaks away in Dubai in a bid to escape the chilly winter conditions of England and Italy. The duo met up following Ronaldo's night of success after he was crowned Player of the Year at the Globe Soccer Awards in United Arab Emirates. Source: rushhoursport
Soccer-Four Years To Next World Cup But Will It Be 32 Or 48 Teams?
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Soccer-Four Years To Next World Cup But Will It Be 32 Or 48 Teams?

Wednesday marks exactly four years to the kickoff of the next World Cup in Qatar Qatar could yet be an instrument to help end regional tensions and the first 48-team tournament if FIFA president Gianni Infantino gets his way. The head of world football’s governing body has been pressing in recent weeks for the 2022 finals to expand from the 32 teams in Russia this year to 48, even. It was previously planned that the expansion of the World Cup would happen when Canada, Mexico and the United States jointly host the 2026 finals. “We are looking at it. If it is possible, why not?” Infantino said last month. “We are discussing with our Qatari friends, we are discussing with our many other friends in the region and we hope that this can happen.” Qatar have not yet responded to the idea but p...
Operatives Of EFCC Seize N1.1b Worth Of Gold At Abuja Airport
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Operatives Of EFCC Seize N1.1b Worth Of Gold At Abuja Airport

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has seized gold worth about $3, 131, 412.39 (N1, 127, 308, 460.39) being allegedly exported to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, illegally.   According to a report by TheNation, EFCC named one Abba Ali Yahaya as the brain behind the deal.  Apart from impounding his passport, about €112,000 undeclared by Abba, has also been forfeited over alleged violation of the nation’s Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act.   The precious metal was handed over to the suspect by a syndicate of illegal miners operating in Zamfara State. The anti-graft agency is already on the trail of four members of the said syndicate said to have perfected ways of beating security agencies at the nation’s airports. The suspect, who admitted to be a cou...
68-year-old Saudi Prince Reportedly Marries 25-year-old Woman After Paying Bride Price Of 50 Million Dollars
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68-year-old Saudi Prince Reportedly Marries 25-year-old Woman After Paying Bride Price Of 50 Million Dollars

A 68-year-old Saudi Prince married a 25-year-old woman after paying a bride price of 50 million Dollars, according to online reports. Sultan Bin Salman married his young bride in an extravagant ceremony and the video has been shared online. The wedding convoy had between 20-30 white Range Rovers and no fewer than 30 large boxes were offloaded from a white luxurious bus to be presented to the bride's family. Diamonds were also gifted the bride. A chariot filled with gifts for the bride and her family was also seen at the venue of the wedding. The bride is believed to be Emirati - from the United Arab Emirates. Social media users have taken to various social platforms to react to the wedding. Some say the woman has been bought. Others say as long as she's of age, it doesn't matte...
Hushpuppi Party With Peter Okoye In Dubai; Washes His Legs With Champagne
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Hushpuppi Party With Peter Okoye In Dubai; Washes His Legs With Champagne

Hushpuppi parties with Peter Okoye, where he spent up to N20million to blow on luxurious drinks. The clubbing was held in Dubai recently. Nigerian big boy, Hushpuppi, has in his usual fashion, splashed a whooping amount of money while he partied recently in the United Arab Emirates. The Gucci kingpin continues to fuel his expensive lifestyle by throwing some over here, some over there – in the video seen below, he washes his legs with one of the expensive wine he was seen with at the party. He showed off the receipt of one of his purchases which is for N4.5million as he says he’s blown almost blown away N20million at a stretch. See photos and videos below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-VwmY4Tk50
Spying On Your Spouse’s Phone To Attract $133,000 Fine In Saudi Arabia
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Spying On Your Spouse’s Phone To Attract $133,000 Fine In Saudi Arabia

Spying on your spouse’s phone in Saudi Arabia now carries a 133, 000 dollars fine and up to a year in prison, under a new law that aims to “protect morals of individuals and society and protect privacy’’. The punishment would apply to both men and women in the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom, according to a statement on Tuesday by the ministry of culture. It could tend to protect husbands from their wives. As in many other parts of the Muslim world, Saudi laws on divorce, inspired by scripture, often required wives seeking alimony to provide evidence of abuse or sexual promiscuity. A husband’s phone could be a rich source of such evidence. The Anti-Cybercrime Law, says “spying on, interception or reception of data transmitted through an information network or a computer wi...
Fed Govt Seeks Forfeiture Of Ekweremadu’s 22 Properties
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Fed Govt Seeks Forfeiture Of Ekweremadu’s 22 Properties

The Federal Government has applied to the Federal High Court in Abuja for an order of temporary forfeiture of about 22 properties allegedly owned by Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu in Abuja, London, the United States and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. In the ex-parte application filed on yesterday by the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property (SPIPRPP), Ekweremadu is accused of breaching the Code of Conduct for public officers by allegedly failing to declare about 22 properties in his last assets declaration form. The Nation reports that,the ex-parte application was filed for the SPIPRPP by Festus Keyamo (SAN). It prays the court for an order “temporarily attaching/forfeiting the properties listed in Schedule B hereunder to the Federal Go...
Akbar al-Baker: Qatar Airways will Report A ‘Very Large Loss’
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Akbar al-Baker: Qatar Airways will Report A ‘Very Large Loss’

Qatar Airways will report a "very large loss" because of a regional political dispute that has slapped restrictions on the airline, its chief executive said on Wednesday. The Qatari airline lost access to 18 cities in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt, and Bahrain when those countries imposed a blockade on the country last June, accusing Doha of supporting "terrorism". Qatar denies the charges. "We will announce a very large loss during the current financial year, which ends this month," Akbar al-Baker said, without giving further details. Qatar coup documentary When asked if it was running short of cash, Baker said in an interview with Reuters TV that Qatar Airways may need to call on its state owners for extra funds should the blockade continue. "Not for the fo...
Chad, Qatar Restore Ties In Wake Of Arab States Rift
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Chad, Qatar Restore Ties In Wake Of Arab States Rift

Chad and Qatar have restored diplomatic relations, their governments said, six months after the West African nation cut ties with Doha in the wake of a rift among Arab states. Chad closed Qatar’s embassy and expelled its diplomats last August, accusing its government of trying to destabilise Chad via its northern neighbor, Libya. The move came after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic and commercial ties with Qatar in June for allegedly supporting extremist groups, meddling in their internal affairs and backing regional foe Iran’s agenda. Qatar denied all the accusations. In a statement reported by the Qatari state news agency QNA, Qatar’s foreign ministry said the two countries’ foreign ministers signed a memorandum of understanding on Tues...
EU Removes Panama, Seven Others From Tax Haven List
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EU Removes Panama, Seven Others From Tax Haven List

The EU has removed eight countries, including Panama, from its new tax haven blacklist, after they pledged to address its concerns, in a move swiftly condemned by activists. The United Arab Emirates, Tunisia, Mongolia, Macau, Grenada and Barbados were also lifted from the list by finance ministers, in a move that comes just weeks after the bloc unveiled its original list of 17 non-EU nations. The decision drew criticism from campaigners including Oxfam who say the EU’s commitment to tackle tax avoidance after the “Panama Papers” leak last year has now been watered down. “Eight jurisdictions have been removed from the EU’s list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes, following commitments made at a high political level to remedy EU concerns,” an EU statement said. &nb...
Globacom In Alleged $282m, N1.499B Debts, May Not Buy 9Mobile
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Globacom In Alleged $282m, N1.499B Debts, May Not Buy 9Mobile

Globacom, Nigeria’s second-largest telecommunications network, may not be able to acquire 9Mobile as widely reported in the media. 9Mobile, formerly known as Etisalat Nigeria was taken over in July 2017 following N541 billion debt overhang. Mubadala Group, the major investor from the United Arab Emirates, pulled out of Emerging Markets Telecommunications Service (EMTS), the fourth largest telecommunications service operator in Nigeria as a result of the debt owed to a consortium of thirteen (13) banks. The United Arab Emirates investor insisted that the brand name is dropped, leading to the birth of 9mobile July 13, 2017. However, months after the rebranding process of the nation’s second-largest mobile network, the telco is now up for sale, with five bidders making the final l...