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Senator Kalu Leads FG Delegation To Revive Abandoned Power Projects In Abia-North
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Senator Kalu Leads FG Delegation To Revive Abandoned Power Projects In Abia-North

The Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Orji Kalu, on Friday, led a high-powered delegation from the Federal Government to inspect abandoned power transmission projects in Abia-North Senatorial zone. We gathered that the Federal Government delegation drawn from the Ministry of power arrived Abia state on Thursday, this was in response to Senator Kalu's earlier request in a letter dated 20th October to the Power Ministry for the revitalization of six uncompleted power transmission stations sited in Arochukwu,Umuahia,Ohafia and Isuikwuato LGAs of the zone. The Federal Government's team led by the Honourable minister of Power Engr. Mamman Kwagyang Saleh followed by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Power; Chinyeaka Christian Ohaa, Managing Director Transmission Company of Nigeria; Eng...
How FG Delegation To Silicon Valley Benefited Nigerian Startups – Osinbajo
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How FG Delegation To Silicon Valley Benefited Nigerian Startups – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has outlined how is trip to the Silicon Valley in the United States has benefitted Nigerian start-ups, some of whom have gotten funds to grow their business. Osinbajo disclosed this milestone when he spoke on the Fire Side Chat with Nick Clegg, Facebook VP of Policy and Communication, a former Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He explained that there have been active partnerships between Nigerian start-ups and some US tech firms, assuring Nigerians that more investment is expected to pour in. “Both tours were extremely successful. At the Silicon Valley, Nigerian start-ups got a chance to pitch their products to tech sector investors, that was very good, in fact before we left Silicon Valley, one of our venture platforms was able to sign ...
Chad Requests Electricity Supply From Nigeria
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Chad Requests Electricity Supply From Nigeria

The government of Chad Republic has made a formal request to the federal government to  to connect the country to the Nigerian electricity grid. of getting connected to the Nigerian electricity grid to the federal government. Chadian Ambassador to Nigeria, Abakar Saleh Chachaimi made the request during a visit to the Minister of Power, Engr. Sale Mamman in Abuja. While the ambassador stressed the historical and economic value of connecting Chad to Nigeria’s electricity grid, the Minister of Power on his own part said it would help in enhancing the long existing relations between the two countries. Mamman who approved the request to host his counterpart from the Republic of Chad for a technical analysis of the request, said Nigeria would evaluate it within the various projects...
Kano Set to Deport Another Batch of 2,000 Almajirai
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Kano Set to Deport Another Batch of 2,000 Almajirai

Kano State Government is set to deport at least 2,000 Almajirai boys who underwent isolation in three quarantine centres in the state. The Kano State Commissioner for Education and Chairman Almajiri Repatriation Committee, Alhaji Sanusi Kiru, disclosed this on Sunday, May 17, when he led a delegation of women in Da’awah and some civil society organisations who inspected two quarantine centres at Kiru and Karaye respectively. He said the Almajirai pupils were isolated to ensure that they were in good health before being sent back to their states of origin, pointing out that those from Kano State would be handed over to their parents and guardians. Kiru maintained that basic social amenities coupled with hygienic feeding was strictly observed in all the three quarantine centres ...
UNIJOS Student was Mistakenly Shot by Soldier
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UNIJOS Student was Mistakenly Shot by Soldier

The gruesome killing of Rinji Bala, a 20-year-old 300-level student of University of Jos has been confirmed by Nigerian Army Special Task Force, Operation Safe Heaven (OPSH). Ibrahim Shittu, Media Officer of OPSH said the sad incident occurred when personnel of the task force responded to a distress call on activities of cultists and armed robbers at No. 18th Street axis, opposite Hwolshe community on Tuesday May 12. He described the incident as unfortunate and further disclosed that some suspects were arrested. Shittu further revealed that the family of the deceased has been visited by a delegation from OPSH, and investigation is ongoing to ensure that justice is served. Shittu said; “Operation Safe Haven regrets the unfortunate death of a civilian by name Mr Rinji Peter B...
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US Vice President, Mike Pence’s Staffer Tests Positive for Coronavirus

A staff member in US Vice President Mike Pence’s office has tested positive for coronavirus, a spokesperson for Pence announced on Friday evening. Though Pence’s office did not identify the individual or provide other information about the person or the job they hold, the announcement however marks the first known positive test for the virus among the White House staff, and it comes amid new concerns about the safety of Washington politicians, government officials and those who work for them. Katie Miller, Pence’s press secretary said in a statement; "?This evening we were notified that a member of the Office of the Vice President tested positive for the Coronavirus. Neither President Trump nor Vice President Pence had close contact with the individual. Further contact tracing...
President Trump Tests Negative for Coronavirus, White House Says
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President Trump Tests Negative for Coronavirus, White House Says

President Donald Trump has tested negative for coronavirus, the White House has announced. The news comes just hours after Trump revealed during a Saturday press briefing at the White House that he took the test on Friday amid concerns about his exposure to several people who have been infected for the virus. "Last night after an in-depth discussion with the President regarding COVID-19 testing, he elected to proceed," according to the statement about the results released by press secretary Stephanie Grisham with Trump's permission. "One week after having dinner with the Brazilian delegation in Mar-a-Lago, the President remains symptom-free. I have been in daily contact with the CDC and White House Coronavirus Task Force, and we are encouraging the implementation of all their bes...
Nigerian Man Arrested for Drug Trafficking in Saudi Arabia, Freed after NDLEA Proved the Substance was Planted on Him
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Nigerian Man Arrested for Drug Trafficking in Saudi Arabia, Freed after NDLEA Proved the Substance was Planted on Him

A Nigerian man, Ibrahim Ibrahim, who was facing trial over drug trafficking allegation in Saudi Arabia, has been released by the Saudi Arabian authorities after the Nigerian government were able to prove his innocence. Mr Ibrahim's release was secured by the National Diaspora Commission in collaboration with the government of Zamfara state, his home state. He was arrested in 2017 in Jeddah after the Saudi Arabian immigration officers found illegal drugs in his bags. Three years after, a delegation from the Diaspora commission and Zamfara state government, arrived in Jeddah with documents to be presented as evidence during his trial retrial which was today February 18th. Amongst the documents was a statement from the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA, stating that they ha...
US Assures Afghans it Will not Abandon Them after Agreeing First Step of peace deal with Taliban
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US Assures Afghans it Will not Abandon Them after Agreeing First Step of peace deal with Taliban

The US has promised to support and stand by Afghans if the Taliban militants decide to break terms of a new deal being discussed between the US, Afghanistan government and the Taliban.   On Friday, the U.S. government and the Afghan Taliban agreed to the first step of a peace deal, a major milestone after months of talks over ending a war that has gone on for more than 18 years.   The US war in Afghanistan which has spanned through 4 U.S presidents with four different strategies of handling the Taliban and it's hold on the Afghan government and economy is set to come to an end as the United States finalizes its plans to reduce violence in Afghanistan by negotiating a peace deal with the Taliban. According to CNN, an Afghan source close to the negotiations has s...
29 Dead, 195 Infected as Lassa Fever Spreads to 11 States – NCDC
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29 Dead, 195 Infected as Lassa Fever Spreads to 11 States – NCDC

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced the casualty figure in the recent Lassa fever outbreak across the country as it activated a National Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) to coordinate response activities on Saturday January 25. NCDC DG, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu said 195 confirmed cases and 29 deaths were reported in 11 states as of January 24. Two Kano health workers were also confirmed dead in the recent outbreak in which 89% of the confirmed cases are from Ondo, Edo and Ebonyi. Ihekweazu said; “Over the last three weeks, NCDC has deployed Rapid Response Teams to support five of the affected states”, the agency said. “The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire led a high-level delegation to Kano State on the 25th of January 2020, following the deaths o...
Supreme Court Judgement Still Shocking- Ex-Imo Governor, Emeka Ihedioha
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Supreme Court Judgement Still Shocking- Ex-Imo Governor, Emeka Ihedioha

Emeka Ihedioha, the immediate past governor of Imo state, has said that the January 14th ruling delivered by the Supreme court in which his tenure was abruptly cut short, is still shocking to him many other Nigerians. Speaking when a delegation of PDP chieftains led by its party chairman, Uche Secondus, paid him a visit in his Abuja home this morning, Ihedioha said We are as shocked as yourselves. That event will define our electoral system. It is at the foundation of our electoral processes. It is not about Imo State but about our electoral processes. We are clam, calmness out of shock.” Also speaking, the party chairman, Uche Secondus said the figures put forward by the Supreme court which enabled it declare Hope Uzodinma winner of the March 9th 2019 election, are not adding...
PDP Blasts Buhari For Allowing His Daughter Use Official Presidential Jet
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PDP Blasts Buhari For Allowing His Daughter Use Official Presidential Jet

Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) has faulted President Muhammadu Buhari for authorising the presidential jet to chauffeur his daughter, Hanan, to an event in Bauchi state. The opposition party described the development as a direct abuse of his office and completely improper. In a statement on Saturday, the PDP asked the president to apologise to Nigerians who look up to him in terms of integrity, uprightness and respect for rules. The statement read partly thus: Presidential Jet: The PDP states that President Buhari directly abused his office and exhibited the worst form of corruption by detailing the officially restricted Presidential jet to chauffeur his daughter, Hanan, reportedly, for her private photography event in Bauchi state. The party describes the action as ...
Man Utd Chiefs To Visit Saudi Arabia Amid Bin Salman Takeover Interest
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Man Utd Chiefs To Visit Saudi Arabia Amid Bin Salman Takeover Interest

A delegation of Manchester United top brass are set to visit Saudi Arabia as rumours of a take over by the Gulf state's Crown Prince refuse to disappear. Discontent surrounding United's ownership by the American Glazer family has been apparent since their takeover in 2005, paving the way for reports of a possible takeover by 34-year-old Mohammed Bin Salman. Although they have attended in the past, an appearance by United officials at the Future Investment Initiative organised by the Saudi Royal Family's sovereign wealth fund later this month will do little to quash rumours of a purchase. According to The Transfer Window podcast's Duncan Castles, the Glazers themselves have attended in the past and United are set to be represented again at the conference in the Ritz Carlton in ...
Saraki-led Senate blocked Magu’s confirmation because of ‘skeletons in their cupboard’ – Alaafin of Oyo
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Saraki-led Senate blocked Magu’s confirmation because of ‘skeletons in their cupboard’ – Alaafin of Oyo

The Alaafin of Oyo Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, on Thursday August 1 alleged that the Saraki-led Senate blocked the confirmation of Ibrahim Magu as the substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) because of 'skeletons in their cupboard.'    The Oyo Monarch made the allegation while hosting a delegation led by the Ibadan Zonal Head of the Commission Friday Ebelo. The Alaafin of Oyo stated that the productiveness and virtue of Ibrahim Magu is extolled by recent reports of recovered stolen funds in local and foreign currencies.   “The eighth National Assembly tried, they did everything possible not to get (Ibrahim) Magu appointed. Why? It is because they have skeleton in their cupboard,” he declared. “We must encourage you. We must s...
MKO Abiola presidency would’ve prevented religious problems in Nigeria – President Buhari
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MKO Abiola presidency would’ve prevented religious problems in Nigeria – President Buhari

President Buhari has described late MKO Abiola as a bridge builder who could have prevented the religious and tribal issues besetting the country now from coming up if he had been allowed to rule Nigeria.   The President stated this today in Abuja when he received elders and leaders of thought from Ogun State at the State House. “If MKO Abiola was allowed to rule, the religious and tribal issues now in Nigeria would not have been as strong because he ran on a Muslim-Muslim ticket, chose his deputy from Kanuri, a minority tribe, and because of his personality, he went across Nigeria and was accepted. He used his resources and energy to convince Nigerians that all he wanted was a solid Nigeria and nothing else.” President Buhari also said that he named the National Stadium, a na...
You Won’t Believe What President Buhari Called Abuja Residence For Voting Against Him
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You Won’t Believe What President Buhari Called Abuja Residence For Voting Against Him

President Buhari has described residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), as a necessary evil he must protect even though they did not vote for him and his Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo in 2019 general elections. The President said this today June 4th when FCT permanent secretary, Christian Ohaa, led a delegation of Abuja residence comprising religious leaders, National Assembly members, civil servants, service chiefs and heads of other security agencies among others to pay him Sallah homage to mark the successful completion of this year’s Ramadan fast. While speaking to the delegation, the President Buhari said that he would continue to protect the seat of power because any negative thing that happens to the place would also affect him and the entire residence. “I want to ...
Nigeria is Future of the World –German Ambassador to Nigeria
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Nigeria is Future of the World –German Ambassador to Nigeria

German Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Bernhard Schlagheck, has said Nigeria is the future of the whole world. Schlagheck said this when he received the delegation of “Follow the Money and Connected Development (CODE)” an NGO, in his office on Friday in Abuja. He said that Germany and Nigeria shared similarities in diverse areas, adding that Nigerians could contribute towards growth of their country through tracking governance processes to ensure accountability. Schlagheck said, “there are developments in every society that must be tracked. To achieve that, there is need for distinction of people to do such. “Nigeria as the future of Africa is the future of the world, of mankind that we can ask many important questions and of cou...
Zamfara: Council of chiefs reaffirms stance on ‘killing of villagers’
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Zamfara: Council of chiefs reaffirms stance on ‘killing of villagers’

The Emir of Anka, Alhaji Attahiru Ahmad Muhammad, has reaffirmed the Zamfara State Council of Chiefs’ stance on allegations of killing of innocent villagers during air raids by Air Force jets across different communities. The emir stated this in his palace in Anka Local Government Area in an interactive session with reporters while reacting to media reports that the council has apologised to the Air Force. The emir said the council had not in any way rescinded its claims over the killings. He also insisted that the list of casualties was authentic and had been submitted to the Chief of Air Staff Air Marshall Sadiq Baba Abubakar,  through an Air Force delegation led by AVM Idi Lubo, who was in the state for a fact-finding mission. The emir said Air Marshall Abubakar, through his...
Herdsmen: Fayemi Reacts as Ekiti Monarch Faults Police claim on Killings
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Herdsmen: Fayemi Reacts as Ekiti Monarch Faults Police claim on Killings

A traditional ruler in Ekiti State and Olu of Iyemero, Oba Ebenezer Ogungbemi, has insisted that two people have been killed in the attack allegedly carried out by suspected Fulani herdsmen in a farmstead in the town. The monarch dismissed the claim by the Commissioner of Police, Mr Asuquo Amba, that preliminary report indicated that nobody died during the attack. Some suspected Fulani herders on Monday invaded a farmstead called Eda in Iyemero in Ikole local government and shot a seven year old boy during a raid and a couple whom the husband later died in the hospital. Having been reported that two people died in the attack, the police, in a statement by Amba on Tuesday, dismissed the claim that two people were killed, describing ...
Aisha Buhari Speaks on Zamfara State Killings
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Aisha Buhari Speaks on Zamfara State Killings

The Wife of the President, Hajiya Aisha Buhari, has described the killings in Zamfara State as unfortunate. Aisha said this as she donated relief materials to 5, 000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), in Zamfara. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the relief materials, which comprised food items and clothing materials, were donated through her non-governmental organization, Future Assured Foundation. Aisha, who was represented by the Administration and Liason officer of the organisation, Hajiya Fadimatu Rafindadi, said the gesture was aimed at supporting the victims of banditry attacks in the state. She urged communities to embark on prayers and seek for Allah’s interventions in the problem. She also urged the ...
Why Buhari, Osinbajo met with CAN
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Why Buhari, Osinbajo met with CAN

The delegation of the CAN leadership numbering about 30 were led by the association’s president, Dr. Samson Olasupo Ayokunle. The meeting started by 11:02am with the arrival of President Buhari to the council chamber of the State House. Also in attendance are the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha and some ministers. The meeting is being held behind closed doors and is the first meeting the Christian body will be having with the President after the February 23 Presidential election where President Buhari was declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. Though the agenda was not made public, the CAN is expected to use the opportunity to congratulate the President for his victory at the poll a...
WRESTLING: NWF Announces African Championships Team
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WRESTLING: NWF Announces African Championships Team

The Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF) has announced a tentative 22-man list expected to represent the country at the 2019 African Senior Wrestling Championships in Hammamet, Tunisia. The list is made up of 16 athletes, 5 officials and an accompanying referee. Subject to the availability of funds for their flight tickets and accommodation, the 22-man delegation is expected to depart Nigeria early next week for the continental showpiece slated for March 26-31 in the north African nation. The list, which is headlined by 8-time (consecutive) African Champion Blessing Oborududu, also has Commonwealth Champions Odunayo Adekuoroye and Aminat Adeniyi as well as Mercy Genesis, Ifeoma Nwoye, Sunmisola Balogun, Hannah Reuben, Emmanuel Ogbonnaya, Amas Daniel, all African champions in their ...
FG Working Hard to Reverse Terrible Mismanagement of Economy – Buhari
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FG Working Hard to Reverse Terrible Mismanagement of Economy – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said that the Federal Government was doing its best to correct and reverse the terrible mismanagement the country had experienced in previous administrations in the country. President Buhari who stated this when he received a delegation of non-career Ambassadors, who came to State House, Abuja, to congratulate him on his re-election, said, “and with some luck, our best will be good enough.” He said Nigeria was trying to live within her means, “so we can improve our lot,” adding that government was determined to upgrade the country’s profile, both locally and internationally. The President said it would be inexcusable for government not to take care of its Ambassadors in their various stations, hence the special attention being paid to th...
I Will Work Harder This Time,– President Buhari Promises Nigerians
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I Will Work Harder This Time,– President Buhari Promises Nigerians

President Buhari today reassured Nigerians that he would not let them down in his second term in office. He said this when he received the leadership of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), who paid him a congratulatory visit at the state house in Abuja. According to him, he would work harder in the next four years to address the challenges facing the country. “This is my last lap, I will try to work harder. I assure you, I will not let you down.” he stated Chairman of the ACF’s board of trustees, Alhaji Adamu Fika who led the delegation, said the visit was to congratulate the president on his victory at the polls.
Pharaohs To Hit Nigeria on Chartered Aircraft
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Pharaohs To Hit Nigeria on Chartered Aircraft

The delegation of Senior National Team of Egypt, Pharaohs, will arrive in Nigeria on Sunday, 24th March aboard a chartered aircraft, for the prestige international friendly with the Super Eagles. Officials of both the Nigeria Football Federation and the Egyptian Football Association have confirmed that the team will fly into the Asaba Airport direct from Niamey, Niger Republic – where they are due to play that country’s senior team on the final day of qualifying campaign for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. The Pharaohs, like the Super Eagles, have made sure of a place at the finals taking place 21st June – 19th July ahead of the final day of qualifiers, even before Egypt was handed the hosting right for the championship. Seychelles’ Pirates are the Eagles’ opponents for the final ...
Olympic Eagles to Tackle Libya in Bengerdan
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Olympic Eagles to Tackle Libya in Bengerdan

Nigeria’s U23 squad will take on their Libyan counterparts in the first leg, first round of the 3rd Africa U23 Cup of Nations qualifying series at the Bengerdan Stadium in Bengerdan, Tunisia on Wednesday, 20th March. An official of the Libya Football Federation said yesterday that the Bengerdan Stadium has an artificial turf and that the match will start at 3pm Tunisia time. The delegation of Nigeria’s U23 squad will land at the Djerba International Airport, which is 20 minutes’ drive to the town of Bengerdan. Libya is still unable to play international matches at home due to the after-effects of the Arab Spring political turmoil that began in 2011. When the country’s senior team, Mediterranean Knights hosted the Super Eagles in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Octob...
IGP Adamu Mohammed Receives Delegation Of Messengers Of Peace
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IGP Adamu Mohammed Receives Delegation Of Messengers Of Peace

The new Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed has received a delegation from Messengers of Peace Foundation, led by Dr. Suleiman Adejo, the National President in a warm and confident manner. The visit to IGP by Messengers of Peace Foundation was to decorate him as a member of the organisation and also x-ray the overall preparedness of the Nigeria police ahead of 2019 general elections coming up soon. Fortunately, their intentions were confidently renewed as IGP Adamu Mohammed promised to maintain and promote peace prior to the elections and after. Before now, Messengers of Peace have remained one of the outstanding NGOs that have continued to promote peace across Nigeria. The foundation has demonstrated it's capacity through it's annual event on peace and national developm...
Rohr To Include Best U-20 Player In Eagles Squad For Seychelles, Egypt
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Rohr To Include Best U-20 Player In Eagles Squad For Seychelles, Egypt

Rohr in Flying Eagles Camp As the Flying Eagles’ delegation to the 21st Africa Under-20 Cup of Nations depart for Niamey, Niger Republic today, Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, has challenged the players to give their very best and qualify for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup. The Franco-German gaffer has also pledged that he would be at the competition venue to pick the best Nigerian player and include him in the senior squad. “I watched the team’s training session and I see they are good. They are ambitious and I will be in Niger Republic to see some of the matches. “I have decided to pick one or two of them, the best ones, to give them a chance when we regroup for the matches against Seychelles and Egypt in March,” Rohr, who watched the Flying Eagles train on Tuesd...
Fashikun Goes Home Today
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Fashikun Goes Home Today

The late former THISDAY sports correspondent Olajide Fashikun will be laid to rest today in his home town, Obbo Aiyegunle in Ekiti Local Government Area of Kwara State. Aged 54, the former national handball star and administrator died after brief illness last Sunday at the Federal Medical Centre in Ubaka, Abuja. According to Burial programme released by the FCT chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Fashikun will be buried at the Community Burial Ground in Obbo Aiyegunle. A Service of Songs held yesterday evening at the Union’s secretariat at Utako before the body will begin the final journey home this morning. Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, NOC President, Habu Gummel and several national sports federation presidents were at the wake where glowing tributes were paid ...
No Food Sellers Allowed At The Polling Booths
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No Food Sellers Allowed At The Polling Booths

INEC In Kwara State Make Grand Rule For General Elections. Following a tip of that, some politicians are planning to use food vendors as vote-buying agents in the forthcoming general elections the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Kwara state has said that no one will be allowed to bring food items to polling centres. Speaking at a stakeholders’ forum in Ilorin today, Kwara state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Garba Madami, said that the electoral body now collaborates with anti-graft agencies like EFCC and ICPC to monitor vote buying and selling with determination to reduce it to the barest minimum. Naija News recalls that, the INEC Boss, Professor Mahmud Yakubu had made the allegation that politicians wanted to use food vendors to induce voters. He said...
With an epic letter, President Trump blocks Nancy Pelosi’s international travels as US government shutdown continues
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With an epic letter, President Trump blocks Nancy Pelosi’s international travels as US government shutdown continues

President Donald Trump’s conflict with Democrats over a partial U.S. government shutdown has escalated with Trump denying House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi  the use of military aircraft for an overseas trip.   The move by Trump is in apparent retaliation for Pelosi's suggestion that he should delay the annual State of the Union address scheduled for the Capitol or he sends in his address in writing.   Pelosi had been scheduled to travel on a military aircraft as part of a congressional delegation to Belgium, where NATO is based, and Afghanistan to visit American troops stationed there.   In a letter to Pelosi denying her delegation the use of a plane, President Trump called the trip an “excursion.”   “In light of the 800,000 great American workers not ...
Media Marathon Committee Meets Tandoh, Solicits Support of Lagos State
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Media Marathon Committee Meets Tandoh, Solicits Support of Lagos State

Members of the Lagos Media Marathon Committee on Tuesday paid a courtesy visit to the Executive Chairman of the Lagos State Sports Commission Dr Kweku Tandoh. Among other things, the visit was mainly to solicit support from Lagos State towards the success of the maiden media marathon in Nigeria slated for May 1, 2019. Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Tony Ubani, led the delegation of the Lagos Media Marathon to the Lagos Sports Commission. Others in the delegation include Debo Oshundun, the Chairman of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) Lagos branch, as well as Adekunle Salami, Tosin Omoniyi and Tunde Eludini. The delegation through its chairman, Ubani formally requested for permission from the Lagos State Government to use the already mapped out route fo...
Defend Your Votes, Atiku, Secondus Charge North-east
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Defend Your Votes, Atiku, Secondus Charge North-east

Tell IRI, NDI to treat Buhari with caution INEC expresses concern over security personnel’s perceived bias Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja and Segun Awofadeji in Gombe The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and the National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, have enjoined the people of the North-east region to defend their votes during the election and join the rest of the country in the mission to rescue the nation. They also called on the party’s supporters in the region not to allow the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), police and other security agents to deprive them of their votes. Atiku and Secondus spoke yesterday at the party’s North-east zonal rally in Gombe, Gombe...
Dennerby: Falcons Not Going to Make up the Numbers in France
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Dennerby: Falcons Not Going to Make up the Numbers in France

Thomas Dennerby FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP Duro Ikhazuagbe Super Falcons Swedish Coach, Thomas Dennerby, has warned other qualified countries for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup that the African champions are not just going to France to make up the numbers but to make an impact in global women’s soccer. After the Nigerian senior women’s team defeated South Africa in penalty shoot out to win the 2018 AWCON and grabbed a ticket as one of the few countries that have never missed the World Cup since inception in China in 1991, Dennerby is upbeat about his team. “We should have the mission to come here (France) and make an impact at the World Cup. Nigeria is ripe for that, but adequate preparation will be key,” observed the coach who was among the country’s delegation that inspec...
Buhari: Corrupt Leaders Will Not Escape Anti-corruption Dragnet
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Buhari: Corrupt Leaders Will Not Escape Anti-corruption Dragnet

Muhammadu-Buhari President Muhammadu Buhari says leaders who undermine the economy by denying workers their benefits, while stuffing personal accounts with public funds will not escape the current anti-corruption dragnet. The president stated this when he received All Progressives Congress (APC) delegation from Benue State, led by Sen. George Akume, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. President Buhari said the Federal Government’s bailout to states and Paris Club funds were basically to alleviate the sufferings of the people, describing misappropriation as unjust and unfair to workers. He said: “I honestly don’t know how people sleep when workers have not been paid. The workers have to pay rent, buy food, send their children to school and they have health care to take care of. “I as...
Endorse Buhari Now, Get Presidency In 2023- SGF Boss Mustapha Tells Igbos
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Endorse Buhari Now, Get Presidency In 2023- SGF Boss Mustapha Tells Igbos

Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, has reitereated the  presidency's promise to hand over power to the Igbos in 2023 if they support the second term ambition of President Buhari.   Mustapha stated this today when President Buhari met with a delegation of South East leaders in the state house in Abuja.   Speaking to state house correspondents after the meeting, Mustapha said that the fastest way for the Igbos to acqualize their dream of occupying the seat of power, is for the region to support the Buhari re-election bid in 2019 and then by 2023, the Igbo presidency can now become a reality. “This obviously might not be most appropriate time. You remember there was a programme in the south-east where Mr. President asked me to represent him an...
Eagles, Cranes Set Asaba Aglow in Celebration of AFCON 2019 Tickets
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Eagles, Cranes Set Asaba Aglow in Celebration of AFCON 2019 Tickets

Nigeria and Uganda go toe-to-toe again in an international friendly expected to attract a huge crowd to the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba this evening. Both countries are celebrating qualification for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations following Matchday 5 games over the weekend. The Super Eagles were held to a 1-1 draw by South Africa’s Bafana Bafana at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg to be sure of a ticket from Group E ahead of the final matchday, while the Cranes pipped Cape Verde 1-0 in Kampala to be sure of finishing as Group L winners. A holiday atmosphere would most certainly have been guaranteed, but Nigerians have learnt not to take matches against Uganda lightly since a certain Phillip Omondi scored a brace to stop the Eagles from reaching the Final of the Africa Cup of Nati...
Leon Balogun Out of Super Eagles, Uganda Friendly
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Leon Balogun Out of Super Eagles, Uganda Friendly

Leon Balogun will miss Super Eagles friendly against Uganda in Asaba on Tuesday after he was allowed to return to Europe, officials have said. The Brighton central defender will therefore be the only one from the 23-man squad for the vital 2019 AFCON in South Africa who will not be available tomorrow in Asaba. Like the Super Eagles, Uganda have also qualified for next year’s AFCON in Cameroon after they pipped visiting Cape Verde 1-0 at home on Saturday. The Nigerian delegation arrived in Asaba yesterday afternoon on a chartered flight ahead of the friendly tomorrow.
Eagles Make History as First Passengers on International Flight out of Asaba Airport
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Eagles Make History as First Passengers on International Flight out of Asaba Airport

Super Eagles players and officials boarding the first international flight out of the Asaba Airport …Thursday evening Super Eagles players and officials made history yesterday as the first passengers to fly out of the Asaba Airport on an international flight to South Africa. The three-time African champions were earlier scheduled to travel by road to Benin City to catch the chartered flight to Johannesburg for this weekend’s AFCON 2019 qualifier against South Africa. But aviation authorities who had declared that the chartered Boeing 737 aircraft belonging to Max Air may not be able to take off from the run way of the Asaba Airport due to technical issues, later gave the airline all-clear signal to land there to pick the Nigerian contingent. The news of the first internationa...
Oyo-Ita Pledges to Revive Civil Service in N’east
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Oyo-Ita Pledges to Revive Civil Service in N’east

Winifred Oyo-Ita The Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, has pledged to revive the civil service destroyed by the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-east. Oyo-Ita made the pledge during a courtesy visit to Ambassador Adamu Onoze, the Nigerian High Commissioner to Rwanda on Monday in Kigali. She said that the purpose of her visit to Rwanda was to learn how the Rwandans survived and excelled in their civil service after the 1994 genocide. She said the visit was part of the implementation process of the 2017-2020 Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan. “We are here to learn how the Rwandans came out of the genocide they faced and came up with a very efficient civil service seen as one of the best in Africa. “We are here to interro...
ECOWAS Knocks Security Agencies Over Role In Osun Poll
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ECOWAS Knocks Security Agencies Over Role In Osun Poll

An ECOWAS official said while INEC conducted the Osun governorship election professionally, the same could not be said of the security agencies.   File Photo The Economic Community of West African States has said the international community and voters in Nigeria believe that security agents might have been used in creating problems for the electoral process. The Head of Political Affairs, ECOWAS, Dr Remi Ajibewa, said this when he and other ECOWAS officials visited the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission, according to a statement on Sunday. Ajibewa said while INEC conducted the Osun governorship election professionally, the same could not be said of the security agencies. The statement, which was signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Ch...
FG Sends Delegation To Visit Leah Sharibu’s Mother, Assures Her Of Her Release
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FG Sends Delegation To Visit Leah Sharibu’s Mother, Assures Her Of Her Release

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has assured the families of kidnapped Dapchi schoolgirl Leah Sharibu and two abducted aid workers that the Federal Government will leave no stone unturned to secure their release. The Minister gave the assurance on Friday when he led a three-member Federal Government delegation to Maiduguri in Borno State and Dapchi in Yobe State. In Dapchi, the delegation, which also includes Hajiya Aisha Abubakar, the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, who also oversees Women Affairs, and the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Hajiya Khadija Abba Bukar Ibrahim, met with Mrs Rebecca Sharibu, Mother of Leah, as well as other members of their family at an emotion-laden ceremony. Alhaji Mohammed said Presiden...
Foreign Observers: Vote Buying, Insecurity, May Hamper 2019 Elections
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Foreign Observers: Vote Buying, Insecurity, May Hamper 2019 Elections

The International Republican Institute (IRI) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI) yesterday identified several challenges that could hamper the successful conduct of the 2019 general election in Nigeria. Briefing journalists during a joint pre-election assessment in Abuja, the two United States bodies warned that if these challenges were left unaddressed, “they could limit the ability of Nigerians to experience a fully participatory and credible process during the 2019 general elections.” The National Network Coordinator of West Africa Network for Peace Building, (WANEP) Anna Jones, who addressed journalists on the IRI and NDI observations, highlighted these challenges to include inappropriate voter inducement schemes and vote buying; incitement to violence and disinformat...
Inadequate Funding, Legal Framework, Threats To 2019 General Elections Says IRI, NDI
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Inadequate Funding, Legal Framework, Threats To 2019 General Elections Says IRI, NDI

Two global election watchdogs, the International Republican Institute IRI and the National Democratic Institute NDI have lamented the growing delay in finalizing the legal framework for the 2019 elections. At a joint news briefing Friday in Abuja to signal the end of their second pre-election assessment mission to Nigeria, the groups said despite noticeable improvements in the electoral process, the delay in the release of funds for the general elections remained a pressing challenge. The delegation said it has taken note of the consensus among political, civic and governmental stakeholders on proposed amendments to the Electoral Act 2010 which could improve the credibility an transparency of elections in 2019. “After weeks of back and forth between the executive an legislative br...
Breaking: Labour Insists On Strike After Meeting With FG
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Breaking: Labour Insists On Strike After Meeting With FG

After meeting with the federal government delegation in Abuja, members of the organized Labour, Wednesday insisted on going on strike as scheduled. Ayuba Wabba the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President said that after meeting with the Minster of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige and other federal government delegation, the failure of both parties to reach an agreement on the issues raised implies that the strike will still proceed as planned. ASUU calls for reopening of negotiation with FG Recall that Vanguard had reported that Organised Labour and federal government delegation were in a closed door meeting to find a way of preventing the billed strike which would commence by 12: 00 mid night. Details later:
President Buhari Vows To Continue To Be Fair And Equitable In All His Appointments
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President Buhari Vows To Continue To Be Fair And Equitable In All His Appointments

President Buhari has vowed to ensure that all appointments in his administration is distributed equitably among the 36 states of the federation.   President Buhari who has been accused repeatedly of lopsided appointment since the beginning of his administration, made the promise when he spoke with a delegation of Akwa Ibom state elders in the state house Abuja yesterday September 17th. “I have taken note of your appreciation of appointments into the Federal Service from your state. I assure you that I shall continue to be fair and equitable in federal appointments to all states of the country,” Buhari told the delegation Last week, Nigerians on social media accused President Buhari of nepotism and tribalism after the removal of the acting DG of DSS Matthew Seiyefa and the ...
Umahi Cuts Short Visit To Commiserate With Predecessor
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Umahi Cuts Short Visit To Commiserate With Predecessor

Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi has cut short his official trip to Port Harcourt, to commiserate with the family of his predecessor, Chief Martin Elechi over the death of his son, Onyekachi. Umahi Newsmen report that Onyekachi, Elechi’s third child and a Lecturer at the Ebonyi State University (EBSU) Abakaliki, died of undisclosed causes on Sept. 14. Umahi, who led a high-powered government delegation to his predecessor’s home at Alike, Ikwo Local Government Area (LGA) of the state, thanked the deceased’s family for receiving him and his entourage. “We thank you for accepting us to pay this condolence visit as I was in Port Harcourt on an official visit last Friday when I heard the tragic news. “Expectedly, all the phone lines of their excellencies (Elechi and wife) were off which ...