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I Didn’t Invite Soldiers To Protect TVC & The Nation To Avoid Bloodshed – Tinubu
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I Didn’t Invite Soldiers To Protect TVC & The Nation To Avoid Bloodshed – Tinubu

Former governor of Lagos State and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, says he didn’t request security operatives to stop “attackers” that razed The Nation Newspaper and Television Continental to avoid bloodshed. He made this known in a statement on Sunday titled, ‘The #EndSARS protests; a fundamental lesson in democratic governance’. Hoodlums had massively looted shops and set fire to several public and private properties, including Television Continental and The Nation newspaper, both of which have been linked to him. This followed the shootings of some protesters at the Lekki toll gate plaza by soldiers. While Tinubu confirmed that he is a financier of the media houses, he denied making money from the Lekki toll gate plaza. He said, ...
King Sunny Ade is not my son’s father — Raymond Dokpesi’s daughter, Homto says
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King Sunny Ade is not my son’s father — Raymond Dokpesi’s daughter, Homto says

Homto Dokpesi, daughter of DAAR communications owner, Chief Alegho Raymond Dokpesi, has denied claim of Fuji star Sunny Ade being the father of her son.   Reacting to rumours of King Sunny Ade being the father of her child in an interview with The Nation, Homto stated that she doesn't know the fuji star personally.   She said;   King Sunny Ade had done a song in honour of my dad years ago. I think I was about five years old at the time and my name was mentioned in the song. I still get people saying to me, ‘Oh, this is the face of Homto from that KSA Song’. King Sunny Ade always plays in all of our events that I can remember. Even as far back as my dad’s 35th birthday. He performed at my village in Agenebode for my grandfather’s burial. He performed at m...
Fresh South South Headache Forces Atiku To Return Home To Rejig Campaign – The Nation
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Fresh South South Headache Forces Atiku To Return Home To Rejig Campaign – The Nation

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, is facing fresh challenges in the Southsouth, thus slowing down his campaign ahead of next month’s election. The Southsouth leg of his campaign which was originally scheduled for flag off on Tuesday, January 8, has been put off to enable the party “organize a bigger rally.” Party sources however told The Nation that the postponement was brought about by the inability of the PDP governors in the zone to work together on how to drive Atiku’s presidential campaign. Atiku who had been in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) for some days, returned home yesterday to rejig his campaign against the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). It was also gathered that the party and Atiku are trying to find ways ...
EFCC To Push For Diezani’s Extradition
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EFCC To Push For Diezani’s Extradition

Former Petroleum Resources Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke is to be extradited from Britain, The Nation learnt yesterday. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is to approach Attorney-General of the Federation Abubakar Malami( SAN) this week with a request to file charges against Mrs Alison-Madueke based on its findings. As part of its investigation, the EFCC has traced N47.2 billion and $487.5million to the ex-minister, it was gathered. Besides, about N23,446,300,000 and $5milion (about N1.5billion) have been located in various Nigerian banks. But only about $37.5million Banana Island property has been finally forfeited by the ex-minister. Justice Chuka Obiozor of the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, ordered the final forfeiture of the property. Accor...
Nigerian Newspaper Headlines Today: 29th June
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Nigerian Newspaper Headlines Today: 29th June

Punch Buhari signs medical residency training bill into law President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday signed two bills into law. Vanguard Plateau killings: Buhari urged to fulfil campaign promise on security Past Students Leaders Forum, PSLF, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to fulfil his campaign promise of stamping out violent activities of militia groups in the country upon assumption of office or resign his hallowed position. The Sun UN, Amnesty unveil figures on killings IN separate reports, two global bodies, Amnesty International and the UN, have passed a damning verdict on the human rights situation in Nigeria. They both unveiled sordid record of wanton killings and maiming in the country between 2017 and this year Thisday UN: How Boko Haram, Military Killed, Maime...
EFCC Recovers Property & Cash Worth N2.273b From Fayose, Omisore & Musiliu Obanikoro
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EFCC Recovers Property & Cash Worth N2.273b From Fayose, Omisore & Musiliu Obanikoro

EFCC has recovered property and cash worth N2.273 billion from Governor Ayodele Fayose, ex-Deputy Governor Iyiola Omisore and a former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, out of the N4.685 billion allocated to them by the Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA). According to The Nation, the said cash, which was sourced from the $2.1 billion voted for arms procurement, was meant for the 2014 governorship campaign by Fayose and Omisore on the ticket of PDP. The trial of Omisore by EFCC is expected to begin any moment from now because charges have been preferred and filed against him. The EFCC is awaiting a date from the court for the arraignment of Omisore, who might be re-arrested. The prosecution of Fayose is withheld till after the completion of his tenur...
”I Never Left Psquare, I Waited Two Months Before Moving On” – Paul Okoye Says
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”I Never Left Psquare, I Waited Two Months Before Moving On” – Paul Okoye Says

In a new interview with The Nation, Paul Okoye of the now defunct group, PSquare, says he never left the group when his twin brother, Peter, opted out and that he moved on with his solo career after waiting for two months to see if the fallout could be resolved. In the interview, Paul said “I never left and I don’t know why people keep asking me that. It might be the fourth time it’s happening but I always wait. But this time the difference is that I did not wait. So I don’t have issues on that.” Speaking further, Paul said the earlier days of their separation was strange to him because he had never performed alone but now he is used to it “There was a bit of a breakdown when it happened and everyone was in shock because usually when things happen like that, I wait for almost nine month...
Former Lagos State Police Commissioner, Arabamen Dies At 72
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Former Lagos State Police Commissioner, Arabamen Dies At 72

Former Lagos State Police Commissioner (PC), Young Arabamen, is dead, aged 72. Arabamen’s death was confirmed by his first son, Ose, who said his father died at about 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday. According to Ose, the ex-PC suffered a brief illness and was recuperating before he breathed his last. “My father died in his sleep. He was sick briefly and was recuperating before he died. He passed on March 14, at about 10:00 p.m. in his sleep,” Ose told The Nation. “Before he went to bed, he took some soup. I will say his death was peaceful. We have not made burial arrangements yet. We are still meeting. Further actions would be communicated to the public,” he said. Meanwhile, until his death, Arabamen served as Deputy Commissioner of Police and Force Police Public Relations Officer ...
Woman Slumps To Death After FSARS Arrests Son, 17
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Woman Slumps To Death After FSARS Arrests Son, 17

A woman has reportedly died of shock after her son’s arrest by some Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) operatives.   Mrs Asiata Adeyanju, 42, slumped and died close to her 9, Ajenifuja Street, Ilupeju, Lagos home on Wednesday night. She was said to be hypertensive.   The Nation gathered that the FSARS operatives from Ipakodo Division in Ikorodu, who have been allegedly picking people up in the area in the last two weeks, arrested Muiz, the deceased’s 17-year-old son, when he was about switching on the generator in front of their home.   The operatives, said to be in black vests with the inscription “FSARS”, allegedly slapped Muiz and hurled him into an unmarked van. A neighbour simply identified as Emmanuel, a teacher, was said to have been slapped b...
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‘Empty Containers Occupy Over 40% Of Lagos Ports’

Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Managing Director Ms Hadiza Bala Usman has ordered terminal operators at the Lagos ports to declare the number of empty containers there. Over 40 per cent of the space at the ports is believed to be occupied by empty containers. The NPA, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), the Nigerian Shippers Council  and the Nigeria Customs Service, it was alleged, do not have a record of the number of empty containers in most of the terminals across the country. Speaking with The Nation in Lagos, a senior official of the Federal Ministry of Transport (FMoT), who  pleaded not to be named, urged the government to stop operators from using the terminals as storage facilities. Transport Minister Rotimi Amaechi and the NPA, the  official s...
APC Spokesperson, Joe Igbokwe Attack Atiku, Says He’s A Liar, Desperate
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APC Spokesperson, Joe Igbokwe Attack Atiku, Says He’s A Liar, Desperate

Publicity Secretary of the Lagos State All Progressives Party, APC, Joe Igbokwe, has described former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar as a liar. Meanwhile he said the former Vice President lied when he told Nigerians he left the APC because of unfulfilled promises and other reasons. Igbokwe, however, admitted that some people will follow Atiku to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, but insisted that the Waziri of Adamawa cannot defeat President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019. According to him, Atiku, who is already 71-year-old, is desperate to be Nigerian President. Igbokwe told The Nation, “The former VP has moved to the PDP and there is no doubt some people will go with him. “But, whether that will translate to victory for him is what is very clear because nobody can beat Buhari. ...
“How Kate Henshaw Assaulted Me At Event” Photo Journalist Narrates Experience
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“How Kate Henshaw Assaulted Me At Event” Photo Journalist Narrates Experience

I have never felt so humiliated as I did last weekend during the book presentation of ‘Loud Whispers’, a book written by Erelu Bisi Fayemi, the former first lady of Ekiti State which held at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos on December 3, 2017. In the course of doing my work as a photojournalist with The Nation newspaper, I needed to capture images of the event which I was duly invited to. Looking for a vantage point during the unveiling of the book, I scurried to take images. However, to my utter consternation, I saw no other person than Kate Henshaw, who was co-mc of the event who started harassing me and other photojournalists present. All of a sudden, she started hurling insults on the photojournalists as they went about their duty. She freely called us names such ‘foo...
Telecoms Sector Attracts $68bn Foreign Investment – NCC
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Telecoms Sector Attracts $68bn Foreign Investment – NCC

The Nigerian telecoms sector has attracted $68 billion to the economy in Foreign Direct Investment, FDI, the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, said Tuesday. The NCC Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, Umar Dambatta, said this at a sensitisation workshop in Lagos, The Nation newspaper reported. Mr. Dambatta, who spoke on code of corporate governance for the telecom industry, said these achievements were accomplished in spite of the recession ravaging the economy. The NCC boss also said the sector’s contribution to the Gross Domestic Product, GDP, has increased to 9.8 per cent. This, according to him, has enabled other sectors of the Nigerian economy to develop.
Biafra: DSS To Quiz Soludo, Utomi, Others
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Biafra: DSS To Quiz Soludo, Utomi, Others

The Department of State Services (DSS) is set to invite three ex-Ministers and some other prominent Nigerians for questioning, following their announcement by a secessionist organisation, Biafra Zionist Federation (BZF) as cabinet members. On Monday, BZF announced the formation of an interim government for the Republic of Biafra, with one Barrister Benjamin Onwuka as the President. Some of the people listed as Ministers at a press conference the group held in Enugu include former Minister of Power, Prof Barth Nnaji; former Minister of Information Prof Jerry Gana and another former Information Minister, Labaran Maku. The pro-Biafra organisation also named Prof. Pat Utomi as Foreign Affairs Minister; Prof. Chukwuma Soludo as Governor of the Central Bank of Biafra (CBB) and Mrs. Arum...
Biafra: Why Nnamdi Kanu Has Not Been Re-arrested – Police Chief
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Biafra: Why Nnamdi Kanu Has Not Been Re-arrested – Police Chief

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Friday explained why the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, is yet to be re-arrested. Idris, who spoke during a working visit to The Nation’s corporate headquarters in Lagos, also said the Arewa Youths were yet to be picked up, based on the decision of the National Security Council. “We have the National Security Council in place chaired by the Acting President. We have been meeting and analyzing each of these threat messages from separatist groups. “We have to analyse the pros and cons. As you are aware, the police are on top of the situation. “As an organisation, what we take as paramount is the maintenance of law and order. There was a time we ordered the arrest of the leaders of groups making thr...
Paris Club Loot: Governor Agrees To Refund $2.5m
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Paris Club Loot: Governor Agrees To Refund $2.5m

The state governor accused of building a hotel with $3 million of the controversial London-Paris Club loan refund has sneaked into Aso Rock Presidential Villa in search of soft-landing. The Nation gathered yesterday that the embattled governor had in the last 48 hours been roaming the corridors of the Presidential Villa in desperate search for help. He was said to have offered to refund the balance of $2.5 million quietly to the EFCC without being further investigated, given that one of the proxies used to launder the funds had already surrendered $500,000 to the anti-graft agency. It was learnt that the governor, who disguised to enter the Villa, avoided the prying eyes of journalists at the seat of power. A government source said: “The governor was looking visibly disturbed, ...
FG To Drop Babachir Lawal & Oke Over $43.4m Contract Scam, Shops For Replacement
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FG To Drop Babachir Lawal & Oke Over $43.4m Contract Scam, Shops For Replacement

Suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Babachir David Lawal and National Intelligence Agency (NIA) Director-General Ayo Oke are to be relieved of their duties, it was learnt yesterday. This is the outcome of the probe into the isuues in which the two top government officials were involved. Acting President Yemi Osinbajo led the three-man committee that investigated the two officials. The other members are Attorney-General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami and National Security Adviser (NSA) Gen. Babagana Munguno. A massive shake-up has been planned for the NIA and the SGF’s office. Official sources said the government would soon release the findings and recommendations of the Presidential Investigative Committee, whose report was submitted to Presid...
Pastor Chucks Ogene Of Glory Chapel Escapes Assassination
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Pastor Chucks Ogene Of Glory Chapel Escapes Assassination

The pastor in charge of Glory Chapel in Jakande Estate, Oke-Afa, Lagos, Chucks Ogene, has escaped assassination attempt on Thursday morning, The Nation reports. The pastor was attacked with a knife at home by a man who claimed he was sent to kill the pastor. It was further revealed that the pastor wrestled with his alleged attacker for over 20 minutes and sustained injuries on his shoulder, palm and back. He was later rescued by residents as he was left almost dead in front of his step -mother’s eatery by the assailants. According to reports, the attacker, who was later identified as a resident of Jakande Estate, entered the pastor’s apartment through the window. He reportedly hid in the pastor’s children’s room, but was unfortunate as Ogene, who went out to turn off the pumpin...
Amaechi: Jonathan’s Government Blew N34b On River Niger
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Amaechi: Jonathan’s Government Blew N34b On River Niger

AFTER paying a contractor N34 billion for the dredging of the River Niger, former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration failed to get the job done. The Muhammadu Buhari administration is spending N100m on the job, Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi said yesterday in Lagos. It was at the opening of a conference on Fast-tracking Port Reforms hosted by The Nation in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Transportation and Epsilon Limited. The minister said: ”When the River Niger was first approved for dredging by the previous administration, it was approved for N47billion and N34billion was paid to the contractor. Dancers were called in and there was a party. “We are not dredging the River Niger with billions of naira; we are dredging the River Niger with just N100m. Wh...
“Buhari’s Government Harassing My Family” – Jonathan
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“Buhari’s Government Harassing My Family” – Jonathan

Ex-president criticises anti-graft war ‘Mua’zu, Jega disappointed me’ former President Goodluck Jonathan believes that his family is being hounded by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration. He said he lost the 2015 election because he was betrayed by the former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Adamu Muazu and some Northern leaders in the party. Jonathan, who made his feelings known in a book, “Against The Run of Play”, written by the Chairman of ThisDay Editorial Board, Mr. Olusegun Adeniyi, said Buhari could still fight corruption using a different style. He said: “I feel sad about the way my family is being hounded.” “Society is like a building. You build it one block at a time. If every president decides to go in to dismantle what ...
Air Force Personnel Stabs NDLEA Official At Lagos Airport
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Air Force Personnel Stabs NDLEA Official At Lagos Airport

An official of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) was on Thursday stabbed by Nigeria Air Force (NAF) officer over attempt by the latter to force the former to close before the 7pm deadline agreed by stakeholders at the Hajj and Cargo Terminal international wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos. The Nation gathered that trouble started when the NAF officer was trying to enforce the 7:00pm close time agreed by stakeholders . The NAF officers did not wait for 7:00pm, but decided to chase out workers, including agents and NDLEA officials out of the area, a situation which the NDLEA official resisted. It was gathered that the NDLEA asked the NAF officer to wait till the agreed time before asking him out of the area. The narcotic officer reminded the NAF offic...
Shehu Sani Blasts El-Rufai For His Anti-Tinubu & Southwest Comment
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Shehu Sani Blasts El-Rufai For His Anti-Tinubu & Southwest Comment

KADUNA State Governor Nasir El-Rufai was under fire yesterday for denigrating the contributions of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his Southwest base to the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2015 elections. The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts, Senator Shehu Sani, took a swipe at El-Rufai, describing the governor’s remarks on the APC stalwart as the height of ingratitude. In a statement made available to The Nation, Sani, representing the Kaduna Central Senatorial District, said the contributions of the former Lagos State governor and the Southwest to the victory of the APC in the last general elections, was unparallel, contrary to El-Rufai’s claim. According to him, without Tinubu, the victory over the then ruling Peoples Democratic Pa...
“Boko Haram Infected Me With HIV/AIDS, VVF, During Marathon Sex In Sambisa”
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“Boko Haram Infected Me With HIV/AIDS, VVF, During Marathon Sex In Sambisa”

on’t know if I got it from the marathon sex or from the three husbands I married’ Fifteen-year-old reveals terrifying details about her life as an insurgent bride Fatima Kabir, a 15-year-old ex-wife of the factional leader of Boko Haram, Maman Nur, said she was infected with HIV/AIDS after she was forced to have marathon sex with many sect members at the group’s Sigil Huda camp, Sambisa Forest. Kabir and her 14-year-old accomplice, Amina Shua’ibu were arrested by officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Borno State command on Friday night. At the time of her arrest, she was also discovered to be two months pregnant for a sect member. Kabir told The Nation in an interview in Maiduguri, Borno capital, that she was an ex-wife wife to Nur and that she was intro...
Osborne Towers: EFCC Invites Ex-governor, Others
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Osborne Towers: EFCC Invites Ex-governor, Others

How NIA got property where $43.4m was found Amaechi seeks N2b compensation Detectives are to question a former governor and some high-profile owners of apartments in Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos where $43.4million was recovered last Wednesday. Besides, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has identified how the controversial apartment 7B, where the $43.4m was kept, was acquired. Also recovered were £27,000 and N23m cash. The EFCC has intensified investigation into the roles played by some apartment owners and tenants on how the cash was brought into the Towers, The Nation has learnt. The anti-graft agency is said to be suspecting that some owners or tenants may have been complicit in the matter. A source said: “The more we investigate this $43.4m haul, the mo...
Skye Bank Blocks Patience Jonathan From Accessing Her Unfrozen Account
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Skye Bank Blocks Patience Jonathan From Accessing Her Unfrozen Account

Reports say when Mrs. Jonathan got to the bank to withdraw from her account, she was not granted access on the ground that the EFCC has blocked the account again. Former First Lady, Patience Jonathan was reportedly blocked from accessing her newly unfrozen bank account. Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of a Federal High Court in Lagos had last Thursday issued an order unfreezing Mrs Jonathan's account in the Skye Bank, which contains $5.8million. It was learnt that on Monday, April 10, Mrs. Jonathan, alongside her aides went to the Skye bank's Maitama, Abuja, branch to withdraw from the account, but she was not granted access on the ground that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has obtained a stay of execution of the court order. Citing a source at the bank, The ...
“Senator Peter Nwaoboshi Has 20 Bank Accounts In 6 Banks”
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“Senator Peter Nwaoboshi Has 20 Bank Accounts In 6 Banks”

FLASH James Ibori's Senator Peter Nwaoboshi took N4billion from Delta State for a contract he didn't execute, has undeclared assets in Lagos EFCC probes lawmaker’s assets missing on Code of Conduct Bureau form A senator is the subject of a massive probe for not executing N4 billion contracts awarded by the government of Delta State, The Nation learnt yesterday. Sources told The Nation yesterday that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was also looking into how the lawmaker operates 20 accounts in six banks with different signatories. Besides, the senator allegedly used a company, to buy a 12-storey building in Apapa, Lagos, belonging to the Delta State Government for N805 million. The Nation learnt that the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) record showed that the ...
Century Power Begins 2000mw Power Plant Construction In Anambra
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Century Power Begins 2000mw Power Plant Construction In Anambra

Century Power Limited, a subsidiary of the Obijackson Group, owners of Nestoil Limited, plans to start the construction of a-2000megawatts (Mw) thermal power plant in Anambra State, it was learnt. The power plant, which will be sited at Okija in Anambra State, has been structured in such a way that the first phase, which will give an output of 465Mw and will commence operation in 2018. Its Assistant General Manager (AGM), Group Business Development, Mr. Simeon Tor-Agbidye, told The Nation that the firm is tidying up arrangement for gas supply to the power plant from the East-West gas pipeline also known as the Obiafu/Obrikom – Oben (OB3) gas pipeline. The gas will be taken from the eastern part of the pipeline. He also noted that a subsidiary of the Obijackson Group – Energy W...
“Buhari Has Anaemia”, Femi Williams, Professor Of Medicine
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“Buhari Has Anaemia”, Femi Williams, Professor Of Medicine

A medical expert, Professor Femi Williams, categorically said yesterday that President Muhammadu Buhari, was anaemic. This, the certified physician in Anatomic Pathology from London and Ireland, told The Nation in an interview, could only have been responsible for the blood transfusion which the president got during his medical vacation in the United Kingdom. Buhari admitted on his return home on Friday that he had transfusion in London. “We now have a pretty good idea of diagnosis, which is now comprehensive or good enough to say that the diagnosis of President Buhari’s illness is anaemia,” Williams said. “You cannot be transfused if you don’t have anaemia,” he explained. He had, in a previous diagnosis based on the president’s photograph published in the newspapers, ruled ...
5th Edition Of The Nigerian Sports Award: See Full List Of Winners (Pictures)
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5th Edition Of The Nigerian Sports Award: See Full List Of Winners (Pictures)

The 5th edition of the Nigerian Sports Award has come and gone but would be remembered for a long time to come because of the glitz and glamour and the attendance by personalities from all parts of the country. Dignitaries were in no small amount present at the award ceremony. Right from the beginning when nominations opened, it was clear that each categories will be keenly contested though the categories are not as many as previous years owing to the general performance of Nigerian sports in 2016. A major high point of the night is the special recognition award dubbed #FirstSportingHeroes, where people who made Nigeria proud long time ago were recognized for their outstanding performances even till as far back as 1985. Below are the list of winners of the awards in each categorie...