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  • 1 month Esports federation rejects ministry’s plan to sack board DailyTrust
    … It’s an illegal body, says ministry   The Esports Federations of Nigeria (EFN) has once again rejected plans by the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to inaugurate an interim committee following the leadership crisis rocking the federation. In a statement signed by the president, Agbor Clinton, the federation is urging President Muhammadu Buhari to come to the aid of the federation so as “to prevent the possible sanctions looming from international bodies over the major setback caused by the ministry.” It will be recalled that the president had alleged the ministry was interfering and ... more
  • 1 month Lampard to learn from Bayern mauling DailyTrust
    Chelsea manager Frank Lampard insists his injury-depleted side will learn from their 4-1 mauling at Bayern Munich to bow out of the Champions League 7-1 on aggregate in the last 16. Having lost 3-0 to Bayern at Stamford Bridge in the first leg in February, an injury-depleted Chelsea were brushed aside on Saturday as Robert Lewandowski, the Champions League’s top-scorer with 13 goals in seven games, netted twice and created two more. “It’s a good exercise for us to go up against Bayern and their Champions League experience, with a lot of our players having debut seasons. I can see ... more
  • 1 month Ali Nuhu unveiled as BFN brand ambassador DailyTrust
    Popular Kannywoood actor, Ali Nuhu has been unveiled as Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN) Brand Ambassador. The move is in line with BFN’s vision of promoting badminton through partnership with celebrities in the entertainment industry. Nuhu, who has become popular in the film industry especially in the northern part of the country where ‘Kannywood’ reigns supreme, will help propagate the game of badminton in the country. Apart from Nuhu, the Federation also has Alibaba, Mozez Praiz, Kunle Bamtefa, DJ Jimmy Jatt, Sound Sultan and Kunle Afolayan, notable names in the entertainment and sports industry as Brand Ambassadors. The addition of ... more
  • 1 month Willian set to leave Chelsea DailyTrust
    Chelsea winger Willian has announced that he will be leaving Chelsea after seven years with the club. He dropped the hint via his Twitter handle on Sunday (yesterday) afternoon. Willian is now expected to pen a contract worth £150,000-a-week at Arsenal. Arsenal have reportedly offered him a three-year deal after turning down a two-year contract to remain at Stamford Bridge. Willian made 47 appearances across all competitions for Chelsea in 2019/20, but his future has been subject to intense speculation for some time and he only agreed a short-term contract extension covering the end of the coronavirus-hit campaign in June. ... more
  • 1 month Halep undecided on US Open DailyTrust
    Reigning Wimbledon champion Simona Halep said on Sunday she had not yet decided whether to play at the US Open but added she dreaded “tough conditions” posed by the journey. “I haven’t made the final decision yet,” said the 28-year-old Romanian, who will be playing a WTA tournament on a clay court in Prague next week. “The travelling from Europe is a little bit tough with changing flights – we don’t have straight flights – so it’s going to be tough for me personally, mentally,” she told a video conference. “I don’t want to put myself into that stress. As ... more
  • 1 month Special Assistant on Unmarried Women DailyTrust
    I at first thought it was amusing political theatre when I heard of the appointment of Balaraba Ibrahim as Special Assistant on Women Affairs [Unmarried] to the Governor of Bauchi State. I however sat up and paid attention when I saw online a copy of her appointment letter signed by Mohammed Baba, Secretary to the Bauchi State Government. Dated August 4, 2020, it had an intimidating official reference number, GO/SS/POL/S/83. Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed apparently has a Special Adviser and Special Assistants, maybe even a Commissioner, on Women Affairs. He clearly thought they were not adequate to cover this all-important ... more
  • 1 month Lagos hospital gets 7 days to clear park or face revocation DailyTrust
    Lagos State Government on Sunday issued a seven-day ultimatum to the authorities of Lagoon Hospital in Apapa, Lagos, to remove trailers and containers in the hospital’s car park. Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who gave the ultimatum while inspecting road projects in Apapa, said the hospital’s car park had been turned to a container terminal. Effective management of medical waste Lagos confirms Lassa fever case, isolates patient at LUTH Sanwo-Olu warned that the land would be revoked by government and turned to public use if within seven days, the hospital failed to convert the property back to its original use ... more
  • 1 month 3 senators, 1 rep absent at Ebonyi PDP congress DailyTrust
    Three senators from Ebonyi State and a member of the House of Representatives were among prominent members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) absent from the state congress. Those absent were Sen. Sam Egwu for Ebonyi North, Sen. Ama Nnachi representing Ebonyi South and Sen. Obinna Ogba for Ebonyi Central Senatorial zone. COVID-19: Ebonyi PDP holds congress despite gatherings ban from Headquarters Tribunal sacks Ebonyi PDP Rep, declares APC candidate winner From the House of Reps, Iduma Igariwey of Afikpo north/south federal constituency, stayed away from the congress. It comes as the congress elected a new executive to ... more
  • 1 month Tinubu can’t impose policies on Edo, says Labour Party DailyTrust
    The candidate of the Labour Party in the September 19 governorship election in Edo state, Isaiah Osifo, said former Governor of Lagos State and leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Sen.Bola Ahmed Tinubu cannot impose his ‘retrogressive’ politics on Edo people. Osifo said this in Benin on Sunday in reaction to comments credited to the APC leader on the alleged invasion of the Edo State House of Assembly. Why Tinubu is angry with Obaseki — PDP Edo 2020: Obaseki has committed impeachable offence — Tinubu “In Lagos State, Tinubu has succeeded in putting the destinies of over ... more
  • 1 month SERAP tells World Bank to monitor Buhari, Govs on $114m COVID-19 grant DailyTrust
    Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP) has urged the World Bank President David Malpass to encourage the Federal Government and 36 state governments to publicly commit to transparency and accountability in the spending of the $114.28m credit and grant for COVID-19. SERAP also urged Malpass to put pressure on authorities and the 36 state governors to accept voluntary scrutiny by Nigerians and civil society regarding the spending of the funds and use of the resources, including on how they will spend the money to buy medical equipment, and improve access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene. SERAP condemns attacks ... more
  • 1 month Ending insurgency: A conversation with Boko Haram DailyTrust
    Abdulwahab Usman, a 32-year-old is a repentant member of the Boko Haram sect who hails from Bama local government in Borno state. He has just graduated from the De-radicalization Rehabilitation and Reintegration (DRR) camp in Malam Sidi, Gombe State, under the programme of Operation Safe Corridor of the Defence Headquarters. He explains how to bring an end to the decade-old Boko Haram insurgency in the country. Daily Trust: How did you become a member of Boko Haram? Insecurity: Enough of this talk When I was a Boko Haram member Usman: I joined the Boko Haram sect in 2014 ... more
  • 1 month Several dead, many missing after monsoon rains in Pakistan DailyTrust
    At least 13 people died after heavy monsoon rains and flooding wreaked havoc in several parts of Pakistan, officials said on Sunday. Persistent rain flooded dozens of villages in the southern province of Sindh and the south-western province of Balochsitan during the last three days. Pakistan plane crashes into houses, with 107 on board Pakistan struggles to combat devastating locust plague At least seven people were killed in Karachi, the country’s most populous city. Additionally, six people died in Balochistan in the last 24 hours, officials said. Hundreds of people were displaced by flooding in both the provinces. ... more
  • 1 month 60 dead on Imo payroll, audit shows DailyTrust
    At least 60 dead people are still on the payroll of the Imo State Secondary Education Management Board (IMSUBEB), an audit has revealed. Apart from the 60 who have crossed the 60-year retirement age and still drawing salary, another 40 who absconded from service are still on the payroll of the agency. The shocking revelation was made at the weekend when the committee set up by Acting Chairman of IMSUBEB, Ukagba Stella, to look into its activities submitted its report to Governor Hope Uzodimma. Receiving the report, Governor Uzodimma, said, “No amount of distraction will deter government from completing the ... more
  • 1 month Bayelsa PDP refuses to pay N105m rent to landlord DailyTrust
    The owner of a building that housed the secretariat of the PDP in Bayelsa, Chubby Ben Walson, is demanding the party to settle six years of rent debt amounting to N105 million before the party vacates his property. Walton rented the six-winged storey building to the party since 2008. He said the party instead of paying, wrote him to say it is vacating the building. A high court on June 19 ruled the party should pay the landlord outstanding rent of N105m. Walton said: “After the judgement, the party through one of his executive approached his lawyer on how to ... more
  • 1 month N41b scam: UBA has case to answer, Senate insists DailyTrust
    The United Bank for Africa will have to explain unauthorised withdrawal of N41 billion from accounts of NITEL/MTEL domiciled there by liquidators of the telecommunication firms. That’s according to the chairman of the Senate committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, Senator Ayo Akinyelure. The Akinyelure-led committee had summoned the UBA Group Managing Director, Kennedy Uzoka, to appear before the panel last Wednesday over the allegation but the planned probe could not hold due to exceptions taken by the Chairman/CEO of UBA, Chief Tony Elumelu to amplified allegations by the Senator against the Bank. Elumelu had, in his reaction to ... more
  • 1 month Stamp duty war: NIPOST tackles FIRS again DailyTrust
    The Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) has said the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) lied about NIPOST’s stamp duty account with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). NIPOST’s General Manager Corporate Communications, Franklin Alao, said in a statement on Sunday that the NIPOST’s account with the CBN was duly opened for the purpose of stamp duty and was not illegal. “Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) attention has been drawn to a publication by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) that NIPOST operated an illegal stamp duty account. According to the publication, the Director of Communication and Liaison of FIRS made the statement ... more
  • 1 month What Zulum, North East Govs demands from FG? DailyTrust
    The Northeast Governors forum on Saturday charged the Federal Government to ensure that the Armed Forces intensify effort to secure sections of the communities that are difficult to involve in public participation in the region. The forums announced Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum as its Chairman for the period of two years, while urging the Armed Forces to ensure safe access to farmlands for farmers. Governors to meet over insecurity, attack on Zulum No sabotage in counter-insurgency operation, army replies Zulum The communique was read by the forum’s Chairman, Governor Zulum of Borno at the end of ... more
  • 1 month Sympathisers throng Kashamu’s residence, await burial DailyTrust
    Hundreds of sympathisers, loyalists and political followers on Sunday, thronged the residence of Senator Buruji Kashamu in Ijebu – Igbo, Ijebu North Local Government Area of Ogun State to mourn the loss of the former governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state. Kashamu who represented Ogun East senatorial district in the 8th National Assembly, died on Saturday, from COVID -19 complications in Lagos. 12 things you should know about late Senator Buruji Kashamu Buruji Kashamu dies of COVID-19 His remains arrived from the Lagos on Saturday night into the town for burial. The entire ... more
  • 1 month Ohaneze youth backs Umahi on call for retention of Service Chiefs DailyTrust
    The Ohanaeze Youth Assembly (OYA) has thrown its weight behind Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi over his call for the retention of “performing” Service Chiefs. The South-East youths said it aligned with the governor as his recommendation is without any bias and remain the best so far in the country. Don’t sack service chiefs, Umahi tells Buhari Insecurity: Governors to confer with Buhari, service chiefs Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Nigeria Army Reference Hospital, Abakaliki, on Friday, Umahi had urged President Muhammadu Buhari to increase funding and logistics for the military, rather than contemplating sacking the ... more
  • 1 month Afghanistan to release 400 ‘hard-core’ Taliban to start peace talks DailyTrust
    Afghanistan agreed on Sunday to release 400 “hard-core” Taliban prisoners, paving the way for the beginning of peace talks aimed at ending more than 19 years of war. Under election-year pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump for a deal, allowing him to bring home American troops, the war-torn country’s grand assembly, or Loya Jirga, on Sunday, approved the release, a controversial condition raised by the Taliban militants to join peace talks. Airstrikes kill 10 militants in eastern Afghanistan Muslim nations condemn terror attack on Afghan mosque “In order to remove an obstacle, allow the start of the ... more
  • 1 month Fayose Condemns Obasanjo over comment on Kashamu’s death DailyTrust
    Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has condemned Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo’s comment on the death of Senator Buruji Kashamu. Obasanjo, had alleged in a statement on Saturday that Kashamu used maneuver of law and politics to escape from facing justice on alleged criminal offence in and outside Nigeria. Buruji Kashamu dies of COVID-19 12 things you should know about late Senator Buruji Kashamu Kashamu died from coronavirus complications on Saturday in Lagos. The late politician cum businessman battled a move to extradite him over allegations of drug dealing while he was in the US. In December ... more
  • 1 month COVID-19 burden surpasses 46,000 with 453 new infections DailyTrust
    The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says COVID-19 cases in Nigeria increased by 453, with total infections now 46,140. The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Saturday. COVID-19 figures climb against health workers Edo 2020: APC, PDP violating COVID-19 protocols The health agency noted that six more persons had died from the disease. It said till date, 46,140 cases had been confirmed, 33,044 discharged and 942 deaths recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. The NCDC said that the new cases were reported in 19 states and the FCT. ... more
  • 1 month Why Tinubu is angry with Obaseki — PDP DailyTrust
    The Peoples Democratic Party National Campaign Council (PDPNCC) for the September 19 governorship election in Edo State has alleged that the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ahmed Bola Tinubu, is angry with Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State because he refused to “dance to the tune of a cabal in the APC.” Tinubu said Friday night that Obaseki committed an impeachable offence over his “perverse” action in the crisis rocking the Edo State House of Assembly. Edo 2020: APC, PDP violating COVID-19 protocols PDP to Tinubu: Allow Edo people to decide their destiny He said ... more
  • 1 month Buni, Oba urge peace, clean campaign in Edo DailyTrust
    The Chairman, All Progressives Congress Caretaker Committee and Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni, and the Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, have advised party supporters to avoid violence and campaign of calumny in next month’s governorship election in Edo State. Buni gave the advice in Benin during the flag-off of its governorship campaign and presentation of the party’s flag to the candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu. PDP to Tinubu: Allow Edo people to decide their destiny Edo 2020: You lack moral authority to speak on Ize-Iyamu, Buhari tells PDP “You should not be involved in violence during the ... more
  • 1 month Smallholder farmers still lack access to agricultural insurance – Report DailyTrust
    New scorecard research conducted by ActionAid Nigeria (AAN) has revealed that smallholder women farmers have extremely low access to insurance services in the last five years. This was against the backdrop of warnings by agricultural experts that Nigeria will be the highest hit by climate change if the nation does not offer urgent and lasting support to the agricultural sector, coupled with increasing flood episodes washing away farmland across the country. Don’t hurt your earnings, see what causes watery spots in cabbages How N29bn import ban may change maize farmers’ fortunes The research was conducted to review farmers’ ... more
  • 1 month Ahmed Lawan sponsors wedding of 300 vulnerable women DailyTrust
    Senate President Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan has sponsored the wedding of 300  vulnerable families in Yobe North. Speaking to journalists in Gashua shortly after the procession, the senate president’s representative, the Speaker Yobe State House of Assembly, Ahmed Lawan Mirwa, said the mass wedding programme was aimed at supporting the families of the less privileged. Bean varieties you may consider this planting season Hope as Yobe begins Climate Action Plan He said the programme would also discourage social vices such as rape, child abandonment among others. In his remarks, the coordinator of the programme, Muhammad Garba Gagiyo who is ... more
  • 1 month Sack your governors before talking about Ize-Iyamu, Buhari replies PDP DailyTrust
    The Presidency has advised the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to first sack its incumbent governors and senators undergoing trials in courts just like the governorship candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, in order to have a moral ground to talk on corruption. The PDP had on Friday described the endorsement of Ize-Iyamu by President Muhammadu Buhari as an act that encouraged corruption. PDP to Tinubu: Allow Edo people to decide their destiny Edo 2020: APC, PDP violating COVID-19 protocols The party also condemned the presentation of a flag to ... more
  • 1 month Southern Kaduna: Northern govs canvass support for El-Rufai DailyTrust
    The Northern Governors Forum has condemned the persistent attacks in southern Kaduna. In a statement by the chairman of the forum and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, the governors said the persistent attacks on villages in the area despite all efforts by the Kaduna State government and security agencies raise serious concern and condemnation. Plateau State Governor and Chairman of Northern Governors Forum Simon Lalong Northern Governors condemn attacks in Southern Kaduna The statement said this recent attack where the Atyab villages were affected showed the desperate attempt by criminal elements to cause pain and sorrow among ... more
  • 1 month Why we inherited NEPU’s struggles for emancipation of downtrodden – PRP DailyTrust
    As it marks the 70th founding anniversary of the defunct Northern Elements Progressive Union (NEPU), the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), has described itself as the direct heir of NEPU and its legendary struggle for the emancipation of Nigeria’s downtrodden, exploited and oppressed working masses. The PRP National Chairman, Alhaji Falulu Bello, in a statement on Saturday, said “Just like NEPU, PRP holds the principle of converting machinery of government from an instrument of oppression into an agent of emancipation.” Airlines ineptitude: How long can this continue? Security tops agenda as Northeast governors meet in Maiduguri The national chairman ... more
  • 1 month El-rufai: Give presidency to south in 2023 DailyTrust
    … It’s Your Opinion – APC Why He’s Canvassing For Power Shift – Don   Kaduna State Governor, Nasiru Ahmad El-Rufai, yesterday said that after President Muhammad Buhari’s tenure ends in 2023, the presidency should be zoned to the southern part of the country. President Muhammadu Buhari’s nephew, Malam Mamman Daura, had recently said that there was no need for zoning the presidential ticket to any part of the country. Speaking in the Hausa Service of the BBC, he said Nigeria’s political space should be left open for the best candidate to emerge as ... more
  • 1 month US warning re-echoes security concerns DailyTrust
    Nigerians were piqued by last week’s ominous signal from the Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command in Africa, Major General Dagvin Anderson, who warned that Al-Qaida and ISIS are deploying several strategies to establish themselves in Nigeria’s North-West.   Major General Dagvin Anderson had warned that the Islamic State in West Africa and Al-Qaeda terrorist groups were exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic and gradually taking over the West African region after losing ground in Syria, Iraq and in the Middle East. But this was downplayed by the Nigeria’s Defence Headquarters when the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, said ... more
  • 1 month Kano residents groan under burden of abandoned road projects DailyTrust
    The several uncompleted (and some abandoned) roads in Kano State have left residents and visitors of the commercial centre of Nigeria faced with many difficulties. During the dry season, thick dust that characterised the roads adversely affects their health, particularly the asthmatic patients; while during the raining season, the roads become unmotorable with flooding and several potholes. To businesses on these roads or those that are linked by these roads, the daily sales they make are significantly reducing as most motorists usually take alternative routes to avert the potholes and dust that greet them whenever they ply these roads the ... more
  • 1 month Covid-19 figures climb against health workers DailyTrust
    There is a reported increase in COVID-19 infection among health workers. About 1,805 of them have been infected, according to the NCDC, and 1,022 resident doctors were exposed while 319 were confirmed with the disease as at July end. What do experts say? There are concerns over the growing number of health workers infected with COVID-19 across the country. The Director General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, in an exclusive interview with Daily Trust on Sunday, said as at Wednesday,  Nigeria recorded 1,805 cases of COVID-19 among health workers as at the end of July. ... more
  • 1 month That US charge of Al-Qaeda infiltration DailyTrust
    The charge made by a top American soldier last week that international terrorist groups Al-Qaeda and ISIS are penetrating Nigeria through its troubled northwestern corner caused concern in this country and heightened worries about pervasive insecurity in the country. Major General Dagvin Anderson, commander of US Special Operations Africa, said on Wednesday that Al-Qaeda was seizing upon Africa’s ineffective grappling with the coronavirus pandemic to advance their goals in vulnerable societies in Nigeria and other African countries. He said they are moving into our northwestern corner and aim to move further downwards to what he called “littoral areas.” According to ... more
  • 1 month Abdulsalami returns from medical trip DailyTrust
    A former Head of State, retired General Abdulsalami Abubakar, yesterday returned to Minna, the Niger State capital, after three months medical trip abroad. Abdulsalami who was received by family members at the Minna International Airport was said to be in good health. Heavy security build up was noticed at the airport from Friday evening when the entire airport was condoned off by security agents in anticipation of his arrival which was later postponed till Saturday morning. Apart from a few vehicles believed to be for close family members, nobody was allowed into the airport. A Nigerian Air Force plane with ... more
  • 1 month Rejigging the security architecture DailyTrust
    And the blood keeps flowing, turning our verdant agricultural land crimson. Gory tales of killings greet us daily in the news media: 13 family members killed in Kogi, 4 cops in Ebonyi; 33 killed by Fulani militia in Southern Zaria; six killed in a mortar attack on Maiduguri. The Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Umar Elkanemi, cries out: “We are no longer safe.” The state governors cry out: “We are vulnerable to attacks.” True. Two or three days after the governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Zulum, released repentant and rehabilitated Boko Haram foot soldiers to begin a new ... more
  • 1 month Yes, it is time to finally bury “zoning” DailyTrust
    Recently Mallam Mamman Daura the normally taciturn nephew of President Buhari did something he rarely does; he granted an interview. What is more, in the interview he granted the BBC Hausa service, he weighed in with his opinion on the issue of ‘’zoning’’ or ‘’rotation’’ of the presidential seat among the geo-political zones in the country. He said having tried the idea three times now it was time to jettison it in favour of electing a leader who will merit it by competence and ability to win over Nigerians with his vision and charismatic appeal (sic). And then they came ... more
  • 1 month Our Salesmen in Beijing DailyTrust
    The flurry of reactions that trailed the alleged ceding of Nigeria’s sovereignty in certain loan agreements with China last week must’ve been interpreted by those in the know as amusing, misinformed or, more accurately, typical sensationalism. Nigeria was sold a long time ago. So much has changed since Nigeria, intoxicated by the oil boom and pan-Africanism of the 1970s, boasted that it had come of age and threatened Western powers meddling with its interests as Africa’s self-appointed Big Brother. Nigeria packed a punch when the Portuguese armed forces invaded Guinea in 1970, bellowed loud when Western powers were reluctant to ... more
  • 1 month Our population lies are catching up with us (I) DailyTrust
    Amidst the utter confusion around COVID-19 and the swirling conspiracies some of which are believable or at least should be investigated, a worrisome statistic about future population outcomes rented the waves about two weeks ago. In short, the statistic, published by Vollset, S. E. et al for The Lancet, an academic journal, which for the purpose of my write-up but it must be mentioned, is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, concluded that by the year 2100, Nigeria’s population will be around 750million. The same report holds that Chinese population will have dropped from the current 1.4billion to ... more
  • 1 month Edo 2020: You lack moral authority to speak on Ize-Iyamu, Buhari tells PDP DailyTrust
    The Presidency has advised the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to first sack its incumbent governors and senators undergoing trials in courts in order to have a moral ground to talk on corruption allegation against the governorship candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu. The PDP had on Friday described the endorsement of Ize-Iyamu by President Muhammadu Buhari as an act that encouraged corruption. Buhari’s meeting with Ize-Iyamu, dent on his image, war on corruption Edo 2020: Buhari endorses Ize-Iyamu The party also condemned the presentation of flag to the APC ... more
  • 1 month Security tops agenda as Northeast governors meet in Maiduguri DailyTrust
    Governors of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe states are meeting in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital with security topping the agenda of their discussion. The meeting was a follow up to the one first held in March in Gombe, which was hosted by Governor Inuwa Yahaya. Nigerian Military neutralises more Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists in Northeast Terrorists suffer more defeat, surrender in northeast The opening ceremony was held at the Government House in Maiduguri after which the Governors went into closed session. Present were; governors of Adamawa, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri; Bauchi, Bala Mohammed and Gombe, Mohammed Inuwa ... more
  • 1 month Juventus name Pirlo as new coach DailyTrust
    A former Italy and Juventus star, Andrea Pirlo, was Saturday named as the Italian champions’ new coach, just hours after Maurizio Sarri’s sacking. Sarri, 61, leaves Juventus after just one season, a day after the Turin giants crashed out of the Champions League in the last 16 to French club Lyon. UPDATED: Juventus sack Sarri as Pochettino tipped as possible replacement Barcelona, Juventus in separate deals for Arthur, Pjanic The 41-year-old Pirlo, who has no previous top-level coaching experience, has signed a two-year contract until June 2022. He had recently been appointed coach of the Juventus U23 side, ... more
  • 1 month 12 things you should know about late Senator Buruji Kashamu DailyTrust
    A former Senator representing Ogun East, Buruji Kashamu, was announced dead on Saturday after suffering from COVID-19 complications. Senator Murray Bruce announced the senator’s death in a tweet. BREAKING: Buruji Kashamu dies of COVID-19 Stay out of Ogun PDP crisis, Kashamu tells NWC, Fayose Daily Trust has highlighted few things you probably don’t know about the politician here: Kashamu was born in Ogun State, Nigeria on 19 May 1958. He started his education at Ansarudeen Primary School, Ijebu Igbo and left in 1972 to complete his primary school education at St. John Modern School, Lagos. Kashamu then ... more
  • 1 month Oluwo to Sanwo-Olu: Replace Tinubu Square with BolaTinubu’s image DailyTrust
    Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, has called on Lagos State Governor , Babajide Sanwo Olu to replace the Tinubu Square in Lagos with the image of former Lagos State Governor Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Ahmed Tinubu whom he described as a modern liberator of human mental capacity. Oluwo, in a statement weekend by his spokesman, Alli Ibraheem, described the Late Efurunoye Tinubu as a schemist who got her fame and wealth through aiding and selling of slaves, saying honouring such an image is an insult to the victims of slave trade. He stated Yoruba heroes are known for exceptional ... more
  • 1 month I don’t mind dying over Maryam Yahaya — Ardent fan DailyTrust
    Musa Abdullahi, an ardent fan of Maryam Yahaya, who took poison about three weeks ago for his inability to meet the actress, has returned to Kano in order to fulfill his long held dream of seeing his most adorable screen diva. The 21-year-old man said he had no regrets taking sniper, a chemical substance, with the bid to kill himself out of frustration because he could not meet the actress whom he had been longing to see. How Kannywood fan attempted suicide over Maryam Yahaya Maryam Yahaya’s nose piercing picture sparks reactions from fans Speaking to Daily Trust ... more
  • 1 month Benue: Moro wants Idoma governor in 2023 DailyTrust
    The Senator representing Benue South Senatorial District, Comrade Abba Moro, on Saturday, stressed the need for power to shift from the Tiv areas of the state to his Idoma tribe in 2023. Our correspondent reports that the Idoma tribe of Benue south are yet to hold on to the foremost seat since the creation of the state in 1976. Appeal court affirms Abba Moro’s election Benue Assembly shuts down as Speaker, member test positive for COVID-19 Moro, in his remark during the PDP state congress held in Makurdi, urged the Tiv tribe, who make up two senatorial districts ... more
  • 1 month Buruji Kashamu dies of COVID-19 DailyTrust
    A former Senator Representing Ogun East, Senator Buruji Kashamu, is dead after suffering from COVID-19 complications, Senator Murray Bruce has disclosed. “I have just lost my good friend of forever to #COVID19. Buruji Kashamu’s many battles with the law Group petitions US government, wants Kashamu extradited “Until his death, Sen. Buruji Kashamu and I were inseparable. “He died today at First Cardiology Consultants, in Lagos. “May his gentle soul rest in peace. “I pray his family and loved ones the fortitude to bear this heavy loss.” he tweeted.
    I have just lost ... more
  • 1 month NDDC: Pondei lists contracts paid under ‘duress’ to get National Assembly budget approval DailyTrust
    The Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Prof. Kemebradikumo Daniel Pondei, has listed some of the contracts the commission was coerced to pay by the National Assembly before its 2019 annual budget could be harmonized. He said in a statement on Saturday in Abuja that some lawmakers, especially members of adhoc Committees held the commission hostage over the years with the annual budget approval. NDDC IMC embezzled N6.2bn earmarked for palliatives – staffer NDDC probe: Uduaghan dismisses reported N429m road contract allegation According to him, they were arm-twisted to pay for most of the ... more
  • 1 month FG to transform civil service with technological innovations – Yemi-Esan DailyTrust
    The Federal Government of Nigeria says it has commenced aggressive deployment of technological innovations to transform the nation’s public service sector to effectively discharge its mandate to the nation. The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HoCSF), Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, said this on Friday in Abuja at the award ceremony of the maiden edition of the Federal Civil Service Innovation Competition 2020. FG initiates 43 reforms in civil service in five years Stop thinking there’s job security in civil service-HoCSF Dr. Yemi-Esan disclosed that arrangements have been concluded on the establishment of a service innovation department ... more
  • 1 month Insecurity: Police disrupt protest by southern Kaduna youths DailyTrust
    Police have disrupted a protest by some youths under the auspices of Concerned Southern Kaduna who were calling for an end to killings in the area. Daily Trust gathered that the protesters were to converge at NNPC Junction in Kaduna on Saturday Morning around 8 am when the heavily armed policemen arrived the scene and ordered them to leave. Southern Kaduna attacks: Makarfi urges residents to eschew violence Northern Governors condemn attacks in Southern Kaduna The Police Public Relation Officer in Kaduna State, ASP Mohammed Jalige, told Daily Trust that they were not informed by the conveners of ... more
  • 1 month CUPP, CDD condemn attacks on peaceful #RevolutionNOW protesters DailyTrust
    The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) and the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) have condemned the attacks by security agents on #RevolutionNow protesters in parts of the country. This is contained in separate statements in Abuja by the CUPP National Secretary, HighChief Peter Ameh and the CDD Director, Idayat Hassan. CSOs ask FG to end #RevolutionNow protests SERAP condemns attacks on #RevolutionNow protesters Arrests, teargas trail #RevolutionNow protests Ameh said that Nigeria is a democratic state, and as such, citizens are afforded with the constitutional right to engage in peaceful protest. “The presidency is, therefore, ... more
  • 1 month Nigerians can now watch Barcelona, Real Madrid live matches on startimes DailyTrust
    Football lovers in Nigeria can now watch Barcelona, Real Madrid and other Spanish teams as popular pay TV, StarTimes, bagged the broadcast rights for the transmission of LaLiga Santander and the UEFA Nations League in the country. With effect from September, the digital TV operator will be the home of Lionel Messi and Christian Ronaldo. Sallah: StarTimes rewards Kano, Jigawa, Katsina customers Laliga: Chukwueze’s Villarreal secures away win as Awaziem, Omeruo suffer home defeat StarTimes secured four-season transmission rights for the Spanish top league, which will be broadcast in French language, from 2020/21 to 2024 season across sub-Saharan ... more
  • 1 month Nigerian Speakers condemn ‘siege’ on Edo Assembly DailyTrust
    The Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures in Nigeria has condemned the recent ‘siege’ on Edo State House of Assembly. This was contained in a statement signed by Chairman of the group and Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, on Saturday. Edo Assembly crisis: PDP tackles AGF over directive to IGP Edo 2020: Obaseki has committed impeachable offence — Tinubu While reacting to the incident, the group alleged that the siege were carried out by thugs loyal to Governor Godwin Obaseki. According to the Conference of Speakers, “the removal of the roofs” of the ... more
  • 1 month Juventus sack Sarri after Champions league exit DailyTrust
    Juventus have sacked their head coach, Maurizio Sarri, after the club’s exit at the UEFA Champions League round 16 tie against Lyon. The Serie A champions suffered 1-0 away defeat against the French side before the COVID-19 lockdown. Finally, UEFA Champions League returns EPL: Chelsea, Man Utd secure champions league slots In the returning match played on Friday, the Sarri-led Juve attempted to overturn Lyon’s lead but faced stiff resistance as the aggregate stood at 2-2 at the end of the encounter. Despite Cristiano Ronaldo’s double in a home 2-1 win on Friday, Juve fell 2-2 on aggregate ... more
  • 1 month 774, 000 recruitment: Kaduna flags-off employment of 23,000 workers DailyTrust
    Kaduna State government has flagged-off engagement of 23,000 youths and middle working class into the special public works programme on behalf of the Federal government of Nigeria. Performing the ceremony under strict adherence to COVID-19 guidelines at Fatika in Giwa Local Government Area of the state, the chairman of the state selection committee and the Commissioner of Human Services and Social Development, Hajiya Hafsat Baba, said the target beneficiaries were among the 774, 000 people set to be enroled in the 36 states of the federation, including Federal Capital Territory. Job Alert: Chief Information Technology Officer 774,000 jobs: Nasarawa ... more
  • 1 month Edo Assembly crisis: PDP tackles AGF over directive to IGP DailyTrust
    The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said the directive by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, to provide security for certain individuals “parading” as members-elect of the Edo State House of Assembly is unconstitutional. Malami had, in a letter dated August 5, 2020, directed the IGP to provide security for the 14 newly sworn-in members of the Edo State House of Assembly. El-Rufai wants 2023 presidency zoned to south We deliver projects in Edo, don’t stuff dollars in Babariga, Obaseki mocks Ganduje He explained that his ... more
  • 1 month WAEC: Ganduje sets up 12 examination centres for boarding students DailyTrust
    Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State says he has designated 12 centres for exit students of the 33 public boarding secondary schools, to write the West African Examination Council (WAEC) examination. WAEC examination is scheduled to start on Aug. 17. WAEC: Students, parents, teachers fear mass failure, demand extension WAEC releases 2020 WASSCE timetable Alhaji Bello Shehu, Executive Secretary, Kano State Secondary Schools Management Board (KSSSMB), told newsmen in Kano that the measure was to protect students and stem further spread of COVID-19 pandemic. Shehu disclosed that students from GGUC Kachako, GGSS Sumaila and GGSS Albasu would sit ... more
  • 1 month Police kill 8 bandits, recover 30 cows in Katsina DailyTrust
    The Katsina State Police Command said it has killed eight suspected bandits and recovered 30 cows after an encounter at Zamfarawa village of Batsari Local Government Area, LGA. The spokesman of the command, SP Gambo Isah, said: “On 06/08/2020 at about 01:00hrs, DPO Batsari Division led “Operation Puff Adder” and “Sharan Daji” to Zamfarawa village Batsari LGA of Katsina state based on the report that bandits numbering over forty (40), armed with AK 47 rifles, shooting sporadically, attacked the village, killed one Shafi’i Suleiman, M, aged 65yrs, and Yakubu Idris, M, aged 70yrs and rustled an unspecified number of cows. ... more
  • 1 month FG evacuates 325 more Nigerians from U.S. DailyTrust
    The sixth evacuation flight from the United States U.S has departed for Abuja and Lagos with 325 passengers on board. In the manifest are 128 males, 174 females and 23 infants, according to the Consul General of Nigeria in New York, Mr Benaoyagha Okoyen. FG evacuates 170 volunteers from Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda We’ve evacuated 6,317 Nigerians – FG This brings to 1,739 the total number of stranded Nigerians evacuated from the U.S. by the Federal Government so far. According to the flight schedule, the Ethiopian Airlines plane will fly directly to Abuja, and then proceed to Lagos. ... more
  • 1 month El-Rufai wants 2023 presidency zoned to south DailyTrust
    The Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasiru Ahmad El-Rufai, has said that he will not contest for the 2023 presidency. In an interview with Hausa Service of the BBC, El-Rufai suggested that the 2023 presidency be zoned to the southern part of the country after the expiration of the tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari. Don’t sack service chiefs, Umahi tells Buhari Why we initiated Kashim Ibrahim Fellowship – El-Rufai He said: “Many have been saying that I want to contest for president since I was a Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). “This does not make sense. ... more
  • 1 month Ogun monarchs demand removal of LG Chairman over disrespect DailyTrust
    Traditional rulers in Ogun Waterside Local Government Area of Ogun State have asked the House of Assembly to remove the Transition Chairman in the council, Femi Onanuga, for alleged arrogance and disrespect to the traditional institution. The monarchs described him as unfit to occupy the position owing to his “disrespect” to them. Village head allegedly rapes 15-year-old daughter in Ogun Ogun village head in police net for defiling daughter Daily Trust reports that Onanuga’s tenure extension has been suspended by the House of Assembly following petitions written against him by the people of the LGA. The State House ... more
  • 1 month Don’t sack service chiefs, Umahi tells Buhari DailyTrust
    Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has called on President Muhammadu Buhari not to listen to the call for sack of security chiefs. Many, including some members of the National Assembly, have called for the sack of the service chiefs in the face of the current security challenges in the country. Gov Umahi, daughter, 3 others recover from COVID-19 Noose tightens around service chiefs However, Governor Umahi noted that rather than contemplating sacking the service chiefs, the President should increase their funding and logistics. The governor, who stated this during the ground breaking ceremony of Nigeria Army Reference ... more
  • 1 month We deliver projects in Edo, don’t stuff dollars in Babariga, Obaseki mocks Ganduje DailyTrust
    Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki has said that Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje is in no position to assess his performance or any other governor in the country because of the baggage of the viral video of him stuffing dollars collected from contractors circulated on the internet recently. The Special Adviser to the Edo State Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, said Governor Obaseki delivers sustainable projects to better the lives of Edo people and does not go about stuffing dollars in babariga, like  Ganduje. Edo 2020: Buhari meets Ize-Iyamu, Buni, Ganduje at Aso Rock Kano ... more
  • 1 month Lebanon: Judge orders detention of top officials after port blast DailyTrust
    A Beirut judge has ordered the detention of the director of Lebanese customs and a port director, after the massive blast which ripped through the capital city’s port. Tuesday’s explosion killed 154 people and injured more than 4,000, according to the Health Ministry, with many still missing. Lebanon: Two huge Beirut explosions kill 73, injure thousands What we know about the Lebanon explosions Lebanese customs boss Badri Daher, his predecessor, Shafik Merhi, and port director Hassan Kuraitim will reportedly be kept in detention as long as investigations into the disaster continue. On Thursday, 16 people were detained ... more
  • 1 month Boko Haram: Group leads support campaign for Troops DailyTrust
    A group under the aegis of Initiative for One Nigeria (ION), has vowed to hold massive campaigns to create awareness in support of the military’s efforts in the war against Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists. There have been reports of the resurgence of the extremist groups in the country with the latest one coming from the United States that another violent extremist group, Al-Qaeda has started penetrating the northwestern part of Nigeria. Al-Qaeda infiltrating northwest, US alerts Nigeria Sabotage not responsible for Boko Haram resurgence – Ex-Senate President Speaking at a press conference on Thursday in Abuja, the Secretary-General of ... more
  • 1 month US worried over ‘deteriorating political climate in Edo’, seeks peaceful election DailyTrust
    The United States embassy in Nigeria has expressed concern over the “deteriorating political climate in Edo State and are disappointed with the role played by some political actors in the state.” The US embassy in a statement on its Twitter Handle, @USinNigeria said the United States supports democratic process where the will of Nigerian People is reflected in results. PDP, APC fight dirty over Edo crisis Edo Speaker to AGF: Don’t allow desperate politicians to use your office to cause crisis Tension has risen in Edo state, South South Nigeria following Thursday’s swearing in of 14 members-elect who ... more
  • 1 month U.S. imposes sanctions on Central African rebel leader DailyTrust
    The U.S. has imposed sanctions against a rebel leader in the Central African Republic, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said in a statement on Friday. Pompeo’s office imposed sanctions on Bi Sidi Souleymane, leader of the Return, Reclamation, Rehabilitation (3R) rebel group. United States places N2.52bn bounty on Boko Haram leader, Shekau United States, Iran and the rest of the World The group is accused of committing numerous human rights abuses and displacing thousands in the troubled country since 2015, the statement said. The sanctions freeze the rebel leader’s assets and impose a travel ban on Souleymane, also ... more
  • 1 month We’ve been cut off from Rivers and Bayelsa – Odual community DailyTrust
    For residents of Odual kingdom, accessing their ancestral home is like the proverbial camel passing through the eyes of a needle. Despite its rich mineral resources and prominent sons and daughters who have occupied positions of authority in the country, the sleepy and rustic Rivers community still lacks basic infrastructural facilities. Bayelsa community tackles Agip over violations Police nab cult leader who killed 4 Church members in Bayelsa In 2005, one of the prominent sons of the community, Mr Henry Ogiri, who was the Executive Director of Finance and Administration at the NDDC, initiated the reconstruction of the ... more
  • 1 month NEDC launches N6bn education endowment fund DailyTrust
    The North East Development Commission on Friday announced the launch of an N6 billion Education Endowment Fund (NEDC-EEF) to confront challenges facing the region as a result of Boko Haram activities. The chairman, Board of Trustees of the commission, retired Maj.-Gen. Paul Tarfa, who disclosed this in Abuja yesterday, also inaugurated a nine-man committee to supervise the effective use of the fund. NEDC and integrity destruction N100bn probe against NEDC politically motivated, will fail – NEDA Speaking during the inauguration, Tarfa said when the scheme fully takes-off, no fewer than 20,000 indigenes of the region would become direct ... more
  • 1 month Southern Kaduna attacks: Makarfi urges residents to eschew violence DailyTrust
    A former governor of Kaduna State, Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi, has called on the people of southern Kaduna to eschew violence and embrace dialogue. Makarfi in a statement issued by his spokesman, Muktar Zubairu, on Friday, lamented the resurgence of violence in the area. Those killings in Southern Kaduna Insecurity: Don’t travel to Kano, Kaduna, Rivers, others, UK warns citizens He said he believed that resort to violence as an expression of grievance complicates rather than solves problems. “It is his conviction that constructive communication between and among people and communities is the surest recipe to mutual respect and ... more
  • 1 month NCDC announces 443 new COVID-19 cases, as total infections hit 45,687 DailyTrust
    The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 443 new cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country. This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 45,687. “Marriage: The COVID-19 way” Mitigating COVID-19 threat to adolescent health The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Friday. The health agency noted that six more persons have died from the disease. According to it, till date, 45,687 cases have been confirmed, 32,637 cases have been discharged, and 936 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. The NCDC ... more
  • 1 month PDP, APC fight dirty over Edo crisis DailyTrust
    Avoid Rivers, Zamfara experiences – Buhari It’ll be easy to defeat Obaseki – Ganduje Emerging signs of uncertainty are clouding the September 19 governorship election  in Edo State as the crisis between the two major political parties in the race, All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), deepens. Governors elected on the platform of the PDP said the crisis had shown the alleged height of political brigandage and desperation by the APC to win the election by force. The PDP Governors’ Forum in a statement yesterday through its Director-General, CID Maduabum, ... more
  • 1 month WAEC: Students, parents, teachers fear mass failure, demand extension DailyTrust
    The Federal Government recently announced that students in exam classes across secondary schools in the country would resume on August 4, 2020 to prepare for their final examinations, which begins August 17. The schools were asked to make adequate preparations in adherence to the stipulated COVID-19 protocols to safeguard staff and students. These include fumigation of schools, provision of clinic, mandatory temperature check, wearing of face mask by staff and students and the observance of social distancing, in addition to handwashing and use of hand sanitizers. Although many expressed excitement at the news of schools reopening, saying it was long ... more
  • 1 month CSOs ask FG to end #RevolutionNow protests DailyTrust
    A Coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) has asked the federal government to initiative well-calculated and stringent measures to put a permanent end to #RevolutionNow protests in the country. Members of the #RevolutionNow group led by the convener who is an opposition politician, Omoyele  Sowore, had launched a protest in some states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) two days ago, where many of its members were arrested by security operatives. Addressing a press conference in Abuja yesterday, the convener of the Civil Society Groups for Peace, Justice and Development (CSGPJD), Comrade Yusuf Yahuza, said the activities of #RevolutionNow group ... more
  • 1 month Abuja road that leaves motorists with bittersweet experience DailyTrust
    The Dutse-Alhaji road has left residents with bittersweet experience. The road project was awarded by the Satellite Town Development Department (STDD), an agency of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) about two years ago. At the beginning of the project being handled by Setraco Construction Company (SCC), Moses Olaniyonu was happy at the pace and quality of work done. A few months after the commencement of the project, “I thought the traffic congestion and untold hardship of motorists due to the damages to their vehicles and other body was over. But I never knew I was in for a long ... more
  • 1 month Boko Haram reintegration: A good step, difficult to embrace DailyTrust
    It’s on record that the military had in 2016 launched Operation Safe Corridor, an initiative mainly for the deradicalisation and rehabilitation of ex-Boko Haram members. It was said that the aim of the operation is to reintegrate repentant Boko Haram members into society. Following the launch of the of the operation, it was gathered that many insurgents surrendered themselves to security operatives as repentant Boko Haram members seeking rehabilitation and reintegration. It’s also obvious that many people didn’t support the idea of reintegrating the terrorists back into the community as a result of their barbaric acts. Boko Haram means “Western ... more
  • 1 month Mitigating Covid-19 threat to adolescent health DailyTrust
    Farida was stepping into a dangerous world. Peer pressure, curiosity, sex, drugs, teenage pregnancy, teenage crime, gang—anything was possible. At age 17 she joined a group  called the “9ja Girls” in Kaduna. She was just one girl in the group of 15-19-year-olds, learning what to do with her life and her health. She was taking lessons in jelly and soap making as she turned 19 this year. Then the coronavirus pandemic struck. Social distancing was in force, lockdown was the norm. “I still needed to keep in touch with 9ja Girls,” she says. The group went virtual. A WhatsApp group ... more
  • 1 month Double burden of HIV and noncommunicable diseases DailyTrust
    A new research to study the burden, prevalence and incidence of non-communicable diseases among people living with HIV/AIDS is underway. The study is a cohort research in which 200 people living with HIV will be registered, alongside another 200 negative for HIV. They will be registered and tested periodically for noncommunicable diseases for two years. Starting with Kubwa Hospital as first site, the research will expand to other sites including University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Nyanya General Hospital, Asokoro District Hospital and Police Clinic. “The aim is to characterize the burden, prevalence and incidence of noncommunicable diseases in people living ... more
  • 1 month Why I have my eyes on NETFLIX – Sheshe DailyTrust
    Mustapha Ahmad, popularly known in Kannywood as Alhaji Sheshe, is the CEO of Sheshe Movies and J.S Inuwa investment. He has produced more than 15 movies including ‘Ta Faru Ta Kare’, ‘Matata Ce Sheda’, ‘Kazamin Shiri’, ‘Taqaddama’, ‘Sarauniya’, ‘Rumana’, ‘Danbala’, and ‘Hikima’. In this interview, he talks about why he has his eyes on NETFLIX, being a producer in the industry, and more. Excerpts: Weekend Magazine: How did you get into the movie making business? Alhaji Sheshe: I have been interested in the industry from childhood. There were times when I visited movie locations during break time while ... more
  • 1 month How mum left us a story DailyTrust
    My mum, Mrs. Asabe Simon Bivan, passed to glory on June 28, 2020, my birthday. Typical of the writer she was, she probably needed to leave us with a story.   It was 8am, or thereabout, when I got the call from my elder brother, Abel. “Mum’s struggling to breathe,” he said. “They are giving her oxygen now. Please, pray.” “I will,” I replied, my heart beating like an entire band was there. Then I looked around, at the dining area where a cake sat, yet to be cut, specially made by my loving wife, Winnie. It was June 28, ... more
  • 1 month “Marriage: The COVID-19 way” DailyTrust
    I sensed that something was wrong the moment I saw the look on Atika’s face. Her usual dazzling smile wasn’t there when she walked towards me. At first I thought she didn’t recognize me in the half-dark corridor that leads to her mother’s room, but by the time we came level with each other and she still only greeted me with a brief ‘Welcome Aunty’ I knew I was right about her mood. ‘How are you Atika?’ I asked and followed up with ‘Is Mummy in her room?’ ‘Yes, she is Aunty and I’m fine, thank you.’  She replied before ... more
  • 1 month X-raying Garricks’s songs-inspired story collection DailyTrust
    Title: A Broken People’s Playlist Author: Chimeka Garricks Publisher: Masobe Books Pages: 254 Reviewer: Nathaniel Bivan When you read a good book, it’s easy to talk about. This is the case with Chimeka Garricks’s ‘A Broken People’s Playlist’. You may have read many stories, those that made you howl or misty-eyed, but you will most likely never forget some in this short story collection, especially the first. It breaks a heart into bits and I wonder why writers have to be this cruel, even if life is sometimes. ‘Lost Life’ ... more
  • 1 month Wages of foolhardiness DailyTrust
    In spite of all the public warnings against flouting COVID-19 safety protocols as well as the frightening statistics of infected person and fatality figures which the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) have been publishing in the past six months, the manner in which Nigerians in most parts of the country move about as freely as air and without observing non-pharmaceutical safety measures has continued to give health authorities some worry. That’s a symptom of strong-headedness. Many years ago, I read a newspaper article in which the writer attempted to define the predictable attitude of different African nationals. The writer ... more
  • 1 month A bad beginning makes a disastrous end DailyTrust
    Today, I want to talk about the beginnings and the beginners: beginning writers and beginning an essay. The most important part of an essay is the beginning. Get it right and you do not only get the reader to read to the end but also, you may get them to forgive other infractions.  A professor once told us that a good beginning makes a better end. This is true in writing. What is not true is its prequel:” a bad beginning makes a good end.” No. It does not. There are those who have the natural gift to get things ... more
  • 1 month Those killings in Southern Kaduna DailyTrust
    The Kaduna state government has recently imposed curfew in Zango Kataf and Kauru local governments due to the escalation of tension in the affected areas. However, there is uproar by the southern Kaduna people union (SOKAPU) and Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) over what they alleged as ethnic cleansing by the suspected Fulani marauders. These ethnic and religious associations have blamed the Kaduna state government for not doing enough to arrest the situation. The accusation came barely when the executive governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasiru El-Rufai promised to implement the 1992 Zangon Kataf crises white paper report to a ... more
  • 1 month Covid-19 deniers and the rest of us DailyTrust
    Covid-19 hit the world unlike anything has in a long, long time. We’ve had plagues in the past, and dealt with them in different ways. But this time, it’s different. It’s a world that’s connected in unprecedented ways, so when a virus breaks out, you can only imagine the speed with which it’d travel. In the blink of an eye, the whole world was under lockdown, as infection rates spiked, and death tolls climbed. Confined mostly to home, and only skeletal office visits, where else would one get a daily fix of human connection? Yes, social media. At once a ... more
  • 1 month CONDUCTING PRODUCTIVE MEETING I: Participation/Participant I DailyTrust
    Managing an Institution can be complex and tasking. Arising from this and because of the enormity of the responsibility Leaders usually delegate tasks to subordinates and sometimes to a group of staff.  When and where a group is assigned a task to perform, the group would have to have sa eries of discussions usually during meetings so as to address the assigned task.  Meetings are held in organisations, not just to address or execute task but to also review activities, plan activities, share knowledge and or experiences to mention but a few reasons.  Public, private and or nongovernmental organisations have ... more
  • 1 month Why did they win while I failed? DailyTrust
    Dear Nabilah, I’m a young chap in my late thirties. I went into politics with strong patriotic feelings to right the many wrongs besieging our society so that my children’s generation will grow up in a better society. I worked tirelessly for the election, unfortunately, I did not win. I know that’s the will of Allah and I’m probably better off by not winning. I also see it as a lesson for next time in sha Allah. But from time to time I find my mind indulging in a lot of negative thoughts mainly around why did I ... more
  • 1 month How Nigerian grandma, Ghanaian, played role in Beyoncé’s ‘Black is King’ DailyTrust
    Many people across the world waited anxiously for the release of Beyoncé’s ‘Black is King’, and it came with a few surprises.   Nigeria’s Mojisola Odegbami and Ghana’s Emmanuel Adjei were among those who played significant roles in Beyoncé Knowles’s ‘Black is King’, the visual album that serves as the companion piece to her music release, ‘The Lion King: The Gift.’ A CNN report said 69-year-old Odegbami did not anticipate that a trip to the United States would land her a part in two music videos in Beyoncé’s ‘album which premiered on Disney on July 31. Beyoncé’s album is based ... more
  • 1 month We’re overcoming poverty through financial literacy, skills acquisition – IDPs DailyTrust
    Life was extremely difficult for Esther Oota at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Abagana along Makurdi-Lafia highway in Benue State for over one year. Oota, alongside her husband and eight children, had fled their Ukpam village in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State in early 2018, after suspected herders invaded the locality and rendered the villagers homeless. The middle-aged woman’s family was among thousands of others that trooped into several camps set up by government across the state to provide temporary shelter for its homeless citizens, a development which marked the beginning of hardship for many whose ... more
  • 1 month How rape ‘pandemic’ triggered calls for castration DailyTrust
    Bilkisu Bilyaminu (not real name), may not have decided what punishment was appropriate for her two married cousins who raped her, but what the culprits later got as punishment from the court was no justice to her. The 14-year-old’s case, similar to that of many others, was reported in one of the local government areas outside Kano metropolis, and was taken up by Isa Wali Empowerment Initiative (IWEI), a non-governmental and non-profit organization focusing on vulnerable groups, like women and children. Bilkisu’s case was first reported late 2019 to an IWEI-trained paralegal official in her community, one of those trained ... more
  • 1 month Edo women, priestesses rally support for Obaseki, condemn removal of Speaker DailyTrust
    Hundreds of Edo State women, on Friday, stormed the premises of the State’s House of Assembly in solidarity with governor Godwin Obaseki and the speaker of the house, Frank Okiye. The women, under the aegis of Women wing of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), from all the local government areas of the state, also condemned what they described as illegal impeachment of the Speaker, Frank Okiye. Edo 2020: You will emerge victorious, monarch tells Obaseki 2 ‘speakers’ emerge as Edo Assembly crisis deepens Daily Trust reports that the rally caused heavy gridlock at the ever busy Ring Road, thereby ... more
  • 1 month Follow legal means to win Edo election, Buhari tells APC leaders DailyTrust
    President Muhammadu Buhari has urged the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders and campaign team to do all that is necessary, following legal and constitutional means, to win the election. President Buhari spoke on Friday in Abuja while receiving the APC governorship candidate in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, at the State House. Edo 2020: Buhari endorses Ize-IyamuBuhari’s meeting with Ize-Iyamu dent on his image, war on corruption‘ The President received Pastor Ize-Iyamu alongside Caretaker Committee Chairman of the APC and Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni; Chairman of Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) and Governor of ... more
  • 1 month Ooni of Ife appoints Shagari’s grandson, Bala DailyTrust
    The Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty (H.I.M) Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, has appointed Bello Bala Shagari as the Managing Director of Royal African Young Leadership Forum (RAYLF-AFRICA). This was contained in an appointment letter to Bello Bala Shagari, which was signed by Dr. Ayobami O. Oyedare (PhD), Chief Executive Officer, Global Outreach of His Imperial Majesty of Ife. Nigeria will overcome Coronavirus – Ooni FG: Most parts of Nigeria to experience flooding soon Until his appointment, Bala was the former president of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN). Bala is a grandson of Shehu Usman ... more
  • 1 month Court sacks Zamfara APC excos DailyTrust
    A high court sitting in Gusau, Zamfara State capital, on Friday dissolved the executive council members of wards, local government and state levels of the All Progressive Congress in the state. Alhaji Surajo Garba and 138 others, who are political allies of Senator Kabir Garba Marafa had earlier sued the state party executive council members challenging the 2018 party Congress. Edo guber: ‘Oshiomhole may cost APC victoryCross River APC crisis resolved They said that there were irregularities and that they were disenfranchised. Delivering the judgement that took about four hours, Justice Bello Tukur Gummi, said the complaints ... more
  • 1 month COVID-19: Nigeria approves return of sports DailyTrust
    The Federal Government of Nigeria has approved the return of non-combat sports after sporting activities were suspended as a result of COVID-19 pandemic in March. It also approved the use of recreational parks for supervised physical exercise only. Sports ministry eager to resume sporting activities amid COVID-19 crisis YSFON president, Gawuna urges youths to sustain interest in sports It emphasised recreational parks are not to be used for social interaction purposes, asking those unable to enforce this to remain closed. The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu, disclosed these during its briefing ... more
  • 1 month Labour gives Air peace, Bristow ultimatum to reinstate sacked workers DailyTrust
    The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has given Air Peace, Bristow Helicopters and Turkish Airlines two weeks to reinstate their sacked workers. The NLC president, comrade Ayuba Wabba, gave the ultimatum in a statement made available to journalists on Friday. Air Peace sacks pilots as talk over pay cut collapses Bristow airline sacks over 100 pilots, engineers Air Peace, Bristow Helicopters had recently disengaged many of their pilots and engineers. The statement reads: ”it was insensitive for the companies to sack the workers considering the traumatic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.” Wabba said: “NLC condemns and rejects the recent ... more
  • 1 month Aisha Buhari flown to Dubai for medical treatment DailyTrust
    The First Lady, Hajiya Aisha Buhari, has been flown to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for medical treatment. Daily Trust learned that the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari travelled out of the country at the Sallah weekend due to persistent neck pain after returning to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, from Lagos. Edo 2020: Buhari endorses Ize-Iyamu Edo 2020: Buhari meets Ize-Iyamu, Buni, Ganduje at Aso Rock Last month, Hajiya Buhari paid a condolence visit to Florence Ajimobi, widow of the former governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, at the Glover Road, Ikoyi residence of the Ajimobis in ... more
  • 1 month Buhari signs amended Companies and Allied Matters Bill DailyTrust
    President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday, assented to the Companies and Allied Matters Bill, 2020 recently passed by the National Assembly. A presidential aide, Femi Adesina, in a statement, said President Buhari’s action on the important piece of legislation had repealed and replaced the extant Companies and Allied Matters Act, 1990. ‘Buhari’s meeting with Ize-Iyamu dent on his image, war on corruptionEdo 2020: Buhari endorses Ize-Iyamu Adesina said the amended law had introduced several corporate legal innovations geared toward enhancing ease of doing business in the country after 30 years. The innovations, according to the statement, include: “Filing ... more
  • 1 month Why we increased hate speech fine to N5m — Lai Mohammed DailyTrust
    The Federal Government of Nigeria says it increased the fine for hate speech from N500,000 to N5 million in the amended National Broadcasting Code to deter people who are willingly violating the provision to destabilize the country. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, gave the explanation on Friday when he featured on a TVC live Programme, “This Morning” monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja. Edo Speaker to AGF: Don’t allow desperate politicians to use your office to cause crisis NBC raises hate speech fine to N5m The minister had earlier announced the ... more
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