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  • 4 hours Boko Haram destroys 73 houses, 28 shops in Borno villages  Sun
    Timothy Olanrewaju, Maiduguri   No fewer than 73 houses and 28 shops have been destroyed by Boko Haram during attacks on three villages in the central part of Borno.   Boko Haram raided Borri, Wanori and Kaleri-Abdule villages in Konduga Local Government, some 25 Kilometres to Maiduguri on Thursday night, leaving woes and pains at its trail, residents said. State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Executive chairman, Hajiya Yabawa Kolo while briefing the state governor, Babagana Zulum during an assessment visit to the villages on Saturday said the insurgents struck at about 8pm last Thursday and set fire on hours and ... more
  • 4 hours 2,000 Katsina pilgrims return from S/Arabia Sun
    At least 2,000 pilgrims from Katsina State have returned home after performing the 2019 Pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, according to an official. Alh. Ahmed Mohammed, the Chairman of the Katsina Pilgrims Reception committee disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Katsina on Saturday. Mohammed said that the pilgrims arrived in Katsina in four batches in the past seven days. He added that the pilgrims arrived home in good health, very happy, excited, and in high spirits “We are expecting the remaining 1,000 pilgrims to arrive home in the next few days through Max Air Airline whose owner ... more
  • 4 hours Delta declares war against illegal levy collectors Sun
     Paul Osuyi, Asaba The Delta State Government has expressed its resolve to fully implement the Public and Private Properties Protection Law also known as ‘anti-deve’ law that proscribed forceful entry into development sites, illegal collection of development levies and extortion by thugs to pave way for accelerated development in the state. The state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Peter Mrakpor made this known during a meeting with Petroleum Depot operators in the state. He assured property developers and investors in the state of the full implementation of the law that prohibits forceful entry and collection ... more
  • 4 hours NAPTIP arrest transborder kidnapper suspects Sun
     Fred Ezeh, Abuja Operatives of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) have arrested one Chika John Nnodim, for alleged involvement in the kidnap of three Ghanaians. Also arrested were two other Nigerians, Samuel Udoetuk Wills and John Oji, who were alleged to have been involved in the kidnapping of the three Ghanaians girls aged between 15 and 21 years, and transported to Nigeria. Ghana High Commission, Abuja, reported the case to NAPTIP in April 2019, alleging the kidnap of their citizens from Ghana to Nigerian, appealing for their urgent rescue. ... more
  • 4 hours FG Livestock Plan: Plateau will be densly populated by Fulani, PIDAN warns Sun
    Gyang Bere, Jos A coalition of Plateau ethnic groups under the umbrella of Plateau Initiative for Development and Advancement of the Natives (PIDAN) has said that the National Livestock Transformation Plan of the Federal Government will increase the population of Fulani herdsmen in the state. The group appealed to the Plateau State Government to make available the draft of Ranching Policy in the state to various communities for their input and ensure that the policy accommodates all livestock and not only cattle. This was contained in a communique signed by the PIDAN President, Prof. Aboi Madaki, and Secretary General Nanle ... more
  • 4 hours Ortom to attend TICAD7 in Japan Sun
    Rose Ejembi, Makurdi Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom will be participating in the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) scheduled to hold in Yokohama, Japan, between August 28 and 30. In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, Governor Ortom and other Nigerian Governors will take part in the main Conference as well as its side events. The statement added that at this year’s TICAD with the theme ‘Africa and Yokohama, Sharing Passion for the Future’, President Muhammadu Buhari is also expected to deliver Nigeria’s statement. “TICAD, initiated by the Japanese Government in 1993 and ... more
  • 4 hours Taraba crisis: Jukun youths issue seven-day ultimatum to Tivs Sun
    Sylvanus Viashima, Jalingo As the communal clashes between the Jukuns and Tivs in Taraba State continue to heat up, the Southern Taraba Youth Forum have given the Tiv people in the state a seven-day ultimatum to reopen roads in the state or risk closing any chance for peace between their communities. Spokesman of the forum Mr Dodo Danlami, who addressed a press conference in Jalingo, said that the crisis has persisted because the Tiv people are “uncooperative” and have a “sinister motive”. “We are of the strong conviction that the present crisis has remained intractable because of the uncooperative attitude ... more
  • 4 hours Okorocha urges IGP to disregard Ihedioha’s petition against him Sun
    Sen. Rochas Okorocha, the immediate past governor of Imo has urged the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu to disregard the petition against him by the present Governor, Emeka Ihedioha. He said that the Nigerian Police Force, being a reputable organisation, should not allow itself to be distracted by “such deceitful petition” which he said lacked merit. Okorocha made the call in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media Mr Sam Onwuemeodo. The former governor said that Ihedioha petitioned the police just because he addressed his supporters in the state when he travelled to the area. The ... more
  • 5 hours Niger Gov orders revocation of illegally acquired land in Bobi Grazing Reserve Sun
    John Adams, Minna The Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, has ordered the immediate revocation of all lands illegally acquired within the Bobi Grazing Reverse in the Mariga local government area of the state. The Governor gave the directive on Friday when he personally led a high powered delegation from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to inspect ongoing projects at the Bobi Grazing Reserve with a view to fast-track the completion of 35,000 hectares of the grazing reserve. The officials of the CBN, led by the Special Advicer to CBN Governor on Development Finance, Mr Anthony Ifechukwu, were in Minna as ... more
  • 5 hours Buhari hails Jubril Aminu at 80 Sun
    Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated renowned Professor Jibril Aminu on his 80th, describing him as man with a pedigree of excellence, stewardship and dedication to the growth of the country and of humanity. The President said he joins academia, statesmen and political leaders in celebrating the medical doctor, consultant and scholar for scoring many firsts in his chosen career, and promoting a culture of multi-disciplinary impact through commitment and focus, serving the country variously as minister, diplomat, administrator and senator. In a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, Buhari ... more
  • 6 hours On Slavery Remembrance Day, Buhari says practice persists despite Abolition Sun
    Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari in an opinion piece published in the Washington Post newspaper to mark the United Nations’ International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition on August 23rd, said that celebrating the abolition of the international slave trade was not enough. According to the President: “We must use it as a platform to eliminate slavery in all its present-day forms. We should reflect in memory to find a better future, one that should ensure freedom for all.” In the article titled: “Slavery still exists. We must take action,” said slavery is not ... more
  • 9 hours Kogi Chief Judge sets up panel to investigate Deputy Governor  Sun
    Emmanuel Adeyemi, Lokoja The Chief Judge of Kogi State, Justice Nasiru Ajanah, on Friday constituted a 7-man panel to investigate allegations of gross misconduct raised by the state House of Assembly against Deputy Governor Simon Achuba. The appointment of the panel was made in line with the provisions of section 188 of the 1999 Constitution of Federal Republic Of Nigeria (as amended) and after a vacation court sitting in Lokoja had set aside its earlier ruling restraining the Chief Judge from constituting a committee to investigate the Deputy Governor. Achuba had approached the court on Monday, 19 August, for an ... more
  • 9 hours 14-year Enugu girl was with boyfriend, not kidnapped – Police Sun
    The Police Command in Enugu State has described as false the kidnap alarm raised by a father, Mr Frank Anioma, over his daughter, Miss Kosisochukwu Anioma. The Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Ebere Amaraizu, said in a statement on Saturday in Enugu. He said that Anioma took to the social media to announce his daughter’s kidnap as well as reported to the police. Amaraizu said that the fake kidnap alarm was raised on Aug. 22 and the police operatives of the Anti-Kidnap Unit immediately swung into action. He said that contrary to the fake social media hype, fresh facts had ... more
  • 10 hours NAF special forces destroy Boko Haram base, kill scores in Sambisa Forest Sun
    Molly Kilete, Abuja The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says that its fighter jets have destroyed more Boko Haram terrorist strongholds and killed scores of their fighters at Bula Korege on the fringes of Sambisa Forest in Borno State. Director of Public Relations and Information Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, who made this known in a media statement, said: “Scores of Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) have been neutralized and their hideout destroyed at Bula Korege on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest in Borno State. This was achieved yesterday, 23 August 2019, in devastating air strikes conducted by the Air Task Force ... more
  • 14 hours Joshua vs Ruiz re-match: Beware of distractions, Oboh warns AJ Sun |Sports
    Former British Commonwealth and WBO Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Peter Oboh, has counselled Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz over the rematch that is guaranteed to remain a boxing history for life. Andy Ruiz Jr’s trainer Manny Robles has revealed frustrations over a delay in the start of camp for their rematch withAnthony Joshua. After knocking out Britain’s unified heavy weight champion and taking his titles in June, the Mexican-American must now defend against him again later this year in Saudi Arabia. Speaking against this backdrop, Oboh who dropped boxing ... more
  • 16 hours Royal rumble in Anfield as Liverpool hosts Arsenal Sun |Sports
    Emma Njoku A lot will be at stake later today when Liverpool hosts Arsenal in the star fixture of Matchday 3 in the new English Premier League (EPL) season. Every fixture involving both sides is always a thriller as no other Premier League fixture has seen more goals. In their past 54 league games, a total of 155 goals were recorded, including six hat-tricks, two of which were scored by Robbie Fowler, while Thierry Henry, Peter Crouch, Andrey Arshavin and Roberto Firmino accounted for one each. On paper, Liverpool are favoured to carry the day in today’s clash. Arsenal never ... more
  • 16 hours Africa Games: Oshoala warms up for Algeria with goals for Barca Sun |Sports
    Striker Asisat Oshoala was on target and also assisted one as Barcelona Femeni thrashed CE Seagull 5-1 in the Copacat semi-final on Thursday. Oshoala, the former African Footballer of the year, has been on an impressive form all through the preseason and was a constant thorn in the flesh of CE Seagull. The attacker picked up a knock in their final pre-season game, and was substituted late on, but his goal yesterday has further confirmed her fitness status. She will be available for Nigeriaís trip to Algeria as the Falcons continue their quest for a Tokyo 2020 Olympic games ticket. ... more
  • 16 hours LaLiga Santander: Messi ready for Real Betis test Sun |Sports
    LaLiga Santander’s week two schedule brings further stiff tests for the big boys, alongside very tasty derby clashes up and down the country. LaLiga returned with a bang last weekend, with early reminders of the level of competition coming, as defending champions, Barcelona, were beaten in Bilbao by Athletic Club while all three promoted sides went unbeaten. Barça could have captain Lionel Messi fit and available tomorrow evening when they host Real Betis, who, of course, were the only opposition team to win at the Camp Nou last term. Real Madrid’s will want to keep up the momentum generated by ... more
  • 16 hours Emulate Adewunmi Ogunsanya’s support for boxing –DG, Lagos Sports Commission Sun |Sports
    Director-General, Lagos State Sports Commission (LSSC), Mr. Oluwatoyin Bolowotan, has urged prominent Nigerians to emulate the commitment of Mr. Adewunmi Ogunsanya (SAN), Chairman, GOtv Boxing, to the revival and growth of boxing in the country. Bolowotan made the call on Thursday while speaking at the closing ceremony of the maiden Lagos State Inter-club Boxing Challenge. The three-day competition, sponsored by Ogunsanya, attracted over 100 male and female boxers from boxing clubs in Lagos State to the Rowe Park Sports Centre, Yaba, Lagos, where it held. Bolowotan described Ogunsanya as strong pillar of support for boxing in the country through GOtv ... more
  • 16 hours NFF General Secretary, Sanusi, on CAF duty in Ghana Sun |Sports
    The General Secretary of Nigeria Football Federation, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, has been appointed by the Confederation of African Football to serve as the match commissioner for today’s CAF Confederation Cup first round, second leg match between Ashantigold of Ghana and Akonangui FC from Equatorial Guinea. Both teams ended their first leg encounter in Equatorial Guinea 1-1. The return clash is scheduled for the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi. Dr. Sanusi has also been appointed by world football ñruling body, FIFA, as match commissioner for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying match between Sierra Leone and Liberia scheduled for Freetownís Siaka ... more
  • 16 hours Sports Minister receives Afro Basket trophy, NBBF Sun |Sports
    The victorious D’Tigress team and some members of the Nigeria Basketball Federation board, led by its president, Engineer Musa Kida, paid a courtesy call on the newly appointed Minister of Sport, Dare Sunday, in his office in Abuja, yesterday. The brief ceremony, which had the Permanent Secretary and high ranking officials of the ministry of sports, saw the presentation of the 2019 Afrobasket Women trophy to the minister. While presenting the trophy, NBBF President, Engr Kida, described the occasion as a significant one which marks the beginning of many things to come for the new minister while in office. He ... more
  • 16 hours Corruption denying me guinness world record –Bash Ali Sun |Sports
    Emma Jemegah Former World Boxing Federation (WBF) Cruiserweight champion, Bash Ali has blamed corruption and bad administration for the delay of his much-awaited Guinness World Record fight in Nigeria. In this interview, Ali, who has the highest national honour ever awarded to a Nigerian athlete, Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) and the third Nigerian to win a world boxing title after Dick Tiger and Hogan Kid Bassey, is hoping that the new Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare, would correct the mistakes of his predecessors by bringing the fight to fruition.   You’ve not fought since 2004, so ... more
  • 17 hours APC ‘ll retain power beyond 2023 –Oshiomhole Sun |Politics
    Romanus Ugwu, Abuja National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has assured party faithful and Nigerians that the ruling party will retain power beyond 2023 general elections. Speaking during a meeting between the APC Progressive Governors Forum and the National Working Committee (NWC) at the party headquarters, which lasted several hours on Friday, Oshiomhole admitted that he has had challenging periods since assumption of office last year. The five-man delegation of the PGF, comprising the governors of Kano, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje; Kebbi, Atiku Abubakar Bagudu; Kwara, Abdulrahman Abdurazaak, and Yobe deputy governor, Idi Barde Gubana while ... more
  • 17 hours How soldiers killed policemen that arrested me – Wadume, Taraba kidnap kingpin Sun
    Notorious Taraba-based kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Bala Wadume, in this exclusive interview conducted by CHIOMA IGBOKWE opened up on his childhood, family, life of crime and deals with security agents. he spoke in Hausa.   Nigerians would want to hear from you, who really is Hamisu Bala Wadume? I am 34 years old and married to four wives. I have only four children as two of my wives are yet to conceive. We are eight of us from my mother’s womb and my parents are dead. Due to financial constraint, I had to drop out of school after Junior Secondary School. ... more
  • 18 hours Engagement Blues Sun |Columns
    It is common to think that all someone feels after getting engaged is a sense of completeness, satisfaction, and exhilaration. But for some people, this is not usually the case. People expect engaged couples to beam with smiles and look into each other’s eyes with passion. They are expected to be in a hurry to sign the dotted lines and start their lives together as man and wife. But sometimes, things don’t go as planned as some people develop cold feet about getting engaged. Some people who were elated to be engaged suddenly feel a sense of panic a ... more
  • 18 hours How parents can curb sibling rivalry Sun |Columns
    According to Wikipedia, sibling rivalry is a type of competition or animosity among siblings, whether blood related or not. One thing for sure is that sibling rivalry is inevitable once you have more than one child. Sibling’s fighting is a common occurrence in families. Children learn important life skills like dealing with power struggles, managing conflicts, resolve differences, being assertive, standing up for themselves, negotiating skills and  compromise during such fights. Children fight to get attention, to feel powerful, to handle boredom and annoying a sibling may seem more exciting than anything else going on. They also fight to connect ... more
  • 18 hours Kogi West: Court sacks Dino, orders fresh polls Sun |Politics
    Godwin Tsa, Abuja The Kogi State National Assembly/State Assembly Election Petition Tribunal on Friday voided the election of Dino Melaye as the Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District. In a unanimous judgment, the three-man tribunal held that the election that produced Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as a Senator was flawed. The Justice A.O. Chijioke-led tribunal upheld the petition by Senator Smart Adeyemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a fresh election. Counsel to Adeyemi, Dapo Otitoju had, while making his final submission on July 23, 2019, prayed ... more
  • 18 hours Alleged rape: Why I ignored PFN invitation –Fatoyinbo Sun
    Fred Ezeh, Abuja Embattled Senior Pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) Biodun Fatoyinbo, said on Friday, that he has no confidence in the ability of the investigative panel set up by Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) to conduct fair and impartial investigation into the alleged rape case against him. In addition to that, the Pastor said the PFN investigation team had taken actions and made public pronouncements that indicated that they have taken side in the matter. The Pastor’s aide, Ademola Adetuberu, in a statement released in Abuja, on Friday, explained that the action was also based on ... more
  • 18 hours Buhari approves licensing of online radio, TV stations Sun
    President Muhammadu Buhari has approved wide ranging reforms in the broadcasting industry, including the licensing of online radio and television stations. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who disclosed this in Abuja on Friday when he received members of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) on a courtesy visit, was responding to a request made by BON for the review of the Broadcasting Code. “I just want to use this opportunity to inform you that Mr. President has actually already approved a review of the Broadcast Code that is going to take care of many of the ... more
  • 18 hours FRSC, AFF to launch anti-corruption mobile App Sun
    The Federal Roads Safety Corps, FRSC, and the Akin Fadeyi Foundation, AFF, conveners of the Corruption Not In My Country project, a micro level anti-corruption TV drama, have announced a major strategic partnership. The partnership, which was consummated at the FRSC headquarters during the week, will be driven by technology, using the ‘ReportCorruption App’ developed by the AFF and funded by the MacAuthur Foundation. Tagged FLAG’IT, the App shall serve as a tool to strengthen FRSC’s capacity to be integrity-driven, improve on public service delivery and be very responsive to public feedback. It shall also be a platform where citizens ... more
  • 18 hours APC caretaker committee takes over Ogun secretariat Sun |Politics
    Laide Raheem, Abeokuta The Caretaker Committee of the Ogun State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), yesterday took over the party secretariat located at Iyana Mortuary Area of Abeokuta of the state capital. The committee led by its Chairman, Yemi Sanusi, and accompanied by other members of the committee, party chieftains and security operatives, arrived the compound around 10 am, and headed straight to the offices within the complex. Addressing newsmen after inspecting the facilities, Sanusi, explained that his members were at the secretariat to assess its condition as the party, saying it will start to function immediately. Prior ... more
  • 18 hours Foreign elements now control Boko Haram –Gov. Zulum Sun
    Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja Borno State governor, Babagana Zulum, on Friday, admitted that although Boko Haram insurgency started from the state, it has now been hijacked by foreign elements due to the nation’s porous borders. He made the disclosure after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, over Wednesday’s attack on Gubio and Magumeri local government areas in northern Borno, by Boko Haram insurgents. The governor said that the composition of the insurgents cuts across different ethnic groups, adding that even expatriates have joined in the attack. The two local government areas have a combined population ... more
  • 18 hours Gunmen kidnap businessman, wife, friend in Enugu Sun
    Magnus Eze, Enugu An Nnewi based businessman, Chief Ernest Otugo, his wife and friend, simply identified as Chief Reuben, have been kidnapped around Amaokwe, along the old Enugu-Awka road in Udi Local Government Area of Enugu state. They were said to have been abducted by suspected herdsmen about 8:30pm as they travelled to Enugu from Nnewi, in a chocolate colour Toyota Venza on Thursday. Saturday Sun gathered that Otugo is President General of Ibite Olo community in Ezeagu Local Government Area of Enugu state while his friend hails from Awka Offemilli, Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra state. One ... more
  • 18 hours Buhari approves reshuffling of perm secs Sun
    Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reshuffling of some Permanent Secretaries and accounting officers in the federal service following the restructuring /creation of new ministries by the Federal Government. According to a statement issued on Friday in Abuja by Director, Communication, Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Olawunmi Ogunmosunle, the approval was contained in a circular signed by Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita. The statement reads in part, “Further to the creation of new ministries and restructuring of some ministries by President Muhammadu Buhari, the following officers ... more
  • 18 hours Tinubu tasks Sanwo-Olu on good governance Sun
    The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the Minister for Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, yesterday graced the cabinet retreat organised for members of the Lagos State Executive Council and permanent secretaries. The appearance of the two former governors of Lagos was aimed at boosting the morale of the cabinet members and to equally share experiences based on practical knowledge in the art of governance.  The retreat was being held at the instance of the Lagos State government to enable cabinet members and permanent secretaries key into the policy thrust of the ... more
  • 18 hours Lagos govt marginalising Aworis, monarchs cry out Sun
    Tunde Thomas Awori traditional rulers in Lagos State have decried what they see as marginalisation of Aworis by successive administrations in the state in the last 20 years. While calling on the National leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and the leadership of APC in the state  to take urgent steps to  redress the situation, the monarchs speaking through the Ojomu of Ajiranland, Oba Tijani Akinloye,  said  they are not happy with the way Aworis  are being treated in Lagos State. Citing the composition of the new Lagos State Executive Council as an example, Oba Akinloye said ... more
  • 18 hours Ogunoye installed 13th Olowo of Owo Sun
     Bamigbola Gbolagunte, Akure The new Olowo of Owo, Oba Ajibade Gbadegesin Ogunoye yesterday completed all traditional rites leading to his installation and was subsequently presented with the staff of office by Ondo State governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu. Ogunoye had in the last 21 days been observing various traditional rites ahead of his formal installation as the Olowo of Owo. The monarch who was installed the 13th Olowo of Owo was led to the palace by some traditional chiefs and senior Omo Olowo after he completed the traditional rites. As a mark of honour for the new monarch and in accordance ... more
  • 18 hours 2-week-old baby dumped in Ebonyi teaching hospital Sun
    Obinna Odogwu, Abakaliki A two-week-old baby was yesterday discovered under a staircase at Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki (AE-FUTHA), where it was dumped and abandoned by the mother. The baby, Saturday Sun gathered, was wrapped and put inside a Bagco bag before being placed under a staircase at the female surgical ward of the federal hospital. At the moment, doctors and nurses at the Neo-natal ward of the hospital are battling to save the life of the newborn said to be a baby girl. It was not clear the motive behind that ugly act, but it was suspected ... more
  • 18 hours Insecurity: Why Nigerians must embrace Ruga –Atiku Bagudu Sun |Politics
    Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Governors Forum and governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu, said the #RevolutionNow protests by the “Global Coalition for Security and Democracy in Nigeria” was misplaced.   Bagudu, who was in the red chamber from December 2009 to May 2015, in this interview with JULIANA TAIWO-OBALONYE said aggrieved citizens should learn to channel their grievances through their representatives in the National Assembly, saying it is wrong for citizens to protest under a democratic government. He also warned that Nigerians must embrace the federal government Ruga initiative if there is going to be an end ... more
  • 18 hours Ihedioha has squandered over N70b in three months – Okorocha Sun |Politics
    Immediate past governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha has accused his successor, Emeka Ihedioha of being arrogant, anti-masses and mismanaging over N48 billion he left behind barely three months in office. In this interview with STANLEY UZOARU,  he also spoke on the alleged attacks on his family and government properties recovered from his wife as well as daughter’s shops. He also attacked his party, the APC for lying against him before President Buhari during the last general elections.   What do you think about the idea of a panel set up by the Imo State government to probe you? It’s ... more
  • 18 hours Nigeria isn’t working, let’s break it – Prof. Nwala, ADF President Sun |Politics
    President of Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF), Prof. Uzodinma Nwala has described Nigeria as unworkable union, and advocated for parting of ways for every group to have peace. In this interview with VINCENT KALU, the president of the Igbo socio-political organisation noted that the country is in a “near crash” state and stressed that other countries that had dissolved their union are now peaceful and experiencing development. Are you not frightened by the state of insecurity in the country and its future? I’m not alone; everybody is aware that with the situation, the future of the country is very bleak, if ... more
  • 18 hours Why South may not get 2023 presidency – Ex-Minister, Ogunlewe Sun |Politics
    The people of Southern Nigeria, who are waiting to have the presidency back in 2023 have been warned that their expectation may be farfetched  if the indices on ground are anything to go by. Former Minister of Works, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe who gave the warning, however, described the call for the scrapping of zoning in the country by Gov.  Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State as unpatriotic. In this interview with TUNDE THOMAS, Ogunlewe who recently crossed to APC from PDP described the governor’s call as self-serving. He also spoke on other national issues.  What is   your reaction to the ... more
  • 18 hours AA rejects court ruling on Uche Nwosu Sun |Politics
    Romanus Ugwu, Abuja. The Action Alliance (AA) has rejected last week’s ruling by a Federal High Court in Abuja, nullifying the candidature of its candidate in the Imo State 2019 governorship election, Uche Nwosu. Reacting to the ruling, the party argued that it was given in error, insisting that its candidate never sought for the ticket or enlisted by the Independent National electoral Commission (INEC) as the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate. The party further emphasised that the Federal High Court ruling contradicts the earlier Supreme Court ruling that had confirmed Uche Nwosu as the governorship candidate of the ... more
  • 23 hours Panic as hoodlums throw bomb close to Bayelsa PDP ward congress venue Sun
    Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa The attempts by some governorship aspirants to stall the conduct of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) local government ward congresses in Bayelsa State heightened on Friday evening as some suspected thugs threw dynamite close to the PDP state secretariat. According to investigations the hoodlums realising that they could not access the PDP secretariat, threw the dynamite on the main road to cause panic. Eyewitness account said the suspected thugs also fired some gunshots. “I think the purpose was to cause panic and give the impression that there was violence because where they threw the explosive was a little ... more
  • 24 hours New ministries: Buhari approves reshuffling of Perm Secs Sun
    Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reshuffling of some Permanent Secretaries and accounting officers in the Federal service following the restructuring /creation of new ministries by the Federal Government. According to a statement issued on Friday in Abuja by Director, Communication, Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Olawunmi Ogunmosunle, the approval was contained in a circular signed by Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita. The statement reads in part, “Further to the creation of new ministries and restructuring of some ministries by President Muhammadu Buhari, the following officers ... more
  • 24 hours Benue: Gov. Ortom congratulates Akume Sun |Politics
    Rose Ejembi, Makurdi Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has congratulated the Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Senator George Akume over his appointment and subsequent inauguration. The Governor, in a letter signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase to the Minister, expressed confidence in the ability of Senator Akume to use his wealth of experience in public service to bear on the discharge of his duties.  “As an illustrious son of Benue, I wish to identify with you, and I am optimistic that your new appointment will open a new vista of greater service for the development of ... more
  • 24 hours Your utterances are unfortunate – Ortom replies Akume, Jime Sun |Politics
    Rose Ejembi, Makurdi The Benue State government has described the verbal attack on the state governor, Samuel Ortom by the Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Sen. George Akume and the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Emmanuel Jime as unfortunate. Our correspondent gathered that Akume had, during a reception in his honor after his inauguration in Abuja, stated that he single-handedly made Ortom governor and not the Holy Spirit as he claims. Jime, on the other hand, was said to have, heaped unprintable insults on the Governor, calling him an uneducated man and alleged that ... more
  • 1 day Buhari meets ex-US envoy, Young Sun
    Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja   President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in Abuja, met former Ambassador of the United States to the United Nations, Andrew Young, and said his administration would maintain focus on health and education and require the support of well-to-do individuals in the country to achieve success in these areas. Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement said Buhari noted that the country recorded free-polio incident in three years, saying this was achieved with local and international support. Buhari told Young, who was accompanied by the board of Emeka Offor Foundation ... more
  • 1 day FG moves to regulate online radio, TV outfits Sun
    Aidoghie Paulinus, Abuja The Federal government, has disclosed that it will soon licensed online radio and television in the country. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the disclosure in Abuja when he received members of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON). The Special Assistant to Mohammed, Segun Adeyemi, in a statement made available to our correspondent, said the minister’s disclosure was in response to a request by BON members who had during the visit, called for the review of the Broadcasting Code. Mohammed however said President Muhammadu Buhari had approved wide-ranging reforms in the broadcasting industry amongst ... more
  • 1 day Ogun APC caretaker committee takes over secretariat Sun |Politics
    Laide Raheem, Abeokuta The caretaker committee of the Ogun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Friday took over the party secretariat located at Iyana Mortuary Area of Abeokuta, the state capital. The committee led by its chairman, Yemi Sanusi and accompanied by other members of the committee, party chieftains and security operatives, arrived at the compound of the secretariat around 10.am, and headed straight for the offices within the complex. Addressing newsmen after inspecting the facilities, Sanusi, explained that his members were at the secretariat to assess its condition, saying it would start to function immediately. Prior ... more
  • 1 day Nigerians to organise  cultural festival in Denmark to boost country’s foreign direct investment  Sun
    Chinelo Obogo     The organisers of the forthcoming Nigeria Cultural Festival (NICUFES 2019) in Denmark, have said that the main purpose of the event is to promote economic partnership and boost Nigeria’s image abroad.   Speaking during a press conference in Lagos, the organiser, Olugbenga Ogunniyi, revealed that Stephen Omotehinse, the chairman of Afrowood Media, will host the event in Denmark and that they were hopeful the festival would provide a vibrant platform for economic partnership and collaboration among Nigerian investors and their Scandinavian counterparts with a view to promoting foreign direct investment (FDI) flow into ... more
  • 1 day OML 34 operators raise concern over pollutions cause by oil thieves Sun
    Ben Dunno, Warri Asset Management Team (AMT) of Oil Mining Lease (OML) 34, Nigeria Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), its business partner, Niger Delta (ND) Western, has decried the level of environmental degradation caused by the activities of oil thieves in the region. The Manager, Government, Community Relations and Security, under the AMT, Mr. Sheidu Aighedo, raised this fresh alarm in Warri on Wednesday while speaking on behalf of the Chief Operating Officer, NPDC/NDW OML34 AMT, Chief Edirin Abamwa, during an interactive media session. Although not ruling out claims of conspiracy between indigenes, security agencies and the cartel behind these criminal ... more
  • 1 day Breaking: Court slashes Shell’s OML 11 lease period to 20 years Sun
    Godwin Tsa, Abuja The Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday refused the request by Shell Petroleum Development Company directing the Minister of Petroleum Resources to renewal the Oil Mineral Lease 11 for a period of 30 years. Rather, Justice Taiwo Taiwo ruled that renewal would be for 20 years and not 30, as requested by the company. The suit by Shell was instituted against the Minister of Petroleum Resources and the Minister of State. President Muhammadu Buhari doubles as the Minister of Petroleum Resources The post Breaking: Court slashes Shell’s OML 11 lease period ... more
  • 1 day APC ‘ll retain power beyond Buhari in 2023, Oshiomhole boasts Sun |Politics
    Romanus Ugwu, Abuja The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has assured party faithful and Nigerians that the ruling party will retain power beyond 2023 general elections. Speaks during a meeting between the APC Progressives Governors Forum and the National Working Committee (NWC) at the party headquarters, which lasted several hours, Oshiomhole admitted that he had had challenging periods since assumption of office last year. The five-man delegation of the PGF, comprising the governors of Kano, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Kebbi, Atiku Abubakar Bagudu, Kwara, ... more
  • 1 day Illegal fish biz feuling insurgency – Theatre Commander  Sun
      Timothy Olanrewaju, Maiduguri Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj Gen Olusegun Adeniyi said people engaged in illegal fish business, supplies of petroleum products and cattle rustling are Boko Haram collaborators, desperate to prolong the insurgency in the North East. Gen Adeniyi while coordinating the burning of four truck-loads of fish and hides confiscated from some commercial drivers from security agency on Friday said the counter-insurgency war was been frustrated by illegal businesses including fish trade in the Lake Chad area, diversion of petroleum products and cattle rustling. “Boko Haram insurgency will not end if ... more
  • 1 day Not all insurgents are Nigerians – Zulum Sun
    Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja Borno State governor, Babagana Zulum, on Friday, admitted that although Boko Haram insurgency started from the state, they have now been hijacked by foreign elements due to the nation’s porous borders. He made the disclosure after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, over Wednesday’s attack on Gubio and Magumeri local government areas in northern Borno, by Boko Haram insurgents. The governor said that the composition of the insurgents cuts across different ethnic groups, adding that even expatriates have joined in the attack. The two local government areas have a combined population of almost 300,000 ... more
  • 1 day Minister of Foreign Affairs not chased out of Vienna meeting – FG Sun
     Aidoghie Paulinus, Abuja  The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has dismissed a video which purportedly showed the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, being chased out of a meeting in Vienna, Austria. The spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ferdinand Nwonye, in a statement issued in Abuja, said the incident captured in the video took place three years ago. Nwonye added that the video was an outcome of a very pleasant and informative interactive session whereby at the end of the parley, a group of no more than five individuals complained vociferously that it had not been ... more
  • 1 day Oyo guber: Court decides Makinde, Adelabu’s fate on later date Sun |Politics
    Oluseye Ojo, Ibadan Justice Suraju Muhammadu-led Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, sitting in Iyaganku, Ibadan, Oyo State capital, has reserved judgement in the petition filed by the 2019 governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Chief Adebayo Adelabu, against Governor Seyi Makinde of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had returned Governor Makinde winner of the March 9, 2019 governorship poll, having scored 515,621 votes to defeat Adelabu, who polled 357,982 votes. Justice Muhammadu, who was assisted by Justices Musa Bazza and Elizabeth Orji, said the judgement Day would be communicated to ... more
  • 1 day Why I revived ministry of police affairs – Buhari Sun
    Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has stated why he returned the Ministry of Police Affairs. During Buhari’s first term, the police was under the ministry of interior. According to him, it was purposely to drive the new initiative of ensuring proper provision of security for lives and property, with proactive intelligence gathering to nip crimes in the bud before they escalate. Police Affairs headed by Maigari Dingyadi, was among the six new ministries announced by President Buhari on Wednesday. The President who had an audience with traditional rulers from the North led by His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar ... more
  • 1 day Buhari to address TICAD7 in Japan Sun
    Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari will on Sunday depart Abuja for Japan to participate in the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) holding in the city of Yokohama, August 28-30. The opening session of TICAD7 with the theme of the conference is “Africa and Yokohama, Sharing Passion for the Future,” will be performed by the Japanese Prime Minister and host, Shinzo Abe. TCAD7 is expected to focus on Africa’s “economic transformation and improvements in business environment and institution through private investment and innovation, promotion of resilient and sustainable African society for human security and peace and stability ... more
  • 1 day Cyber crime: Full list of Nigerians on FBI list Sun
    Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), on Thursday, announced a massive bust of online fraudsters who are mostly Nigerians. According to the FBI, it has apprehended a total of 80 suspects for cyber crime and money laundering, with 57 more being hunted globally in investigations which began since 2016. It said the suspects were involved in schemes resulting in the fraudulent transfer of at least $6 million in fraudulently-obtained funds and the overall conspiracy was responsible for the attempted theft of at least an additional $40 million. Below are the Nigerians ... more
  • 1 day Oil prices slide as U.S.-China trade war escalates Sun |Biz
    Oil prices fell sharply on Friday after China unveiled retaliatory tariffs against about $75 billion worth of U.S. goods, marking the latest escalation of a protracted trade dispute between the world’s two largest economies. Brent crude futures LCOc1, the international benchmark for oil prices, fell 88 cents to $59.04 a barrel by 1327 GMT. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures CLc1 slid by $1.33 to $54.02. “Policymakers and investors remain cognisant of the economic headwinds that are gathering force, given that the U.S.-China trade conflict threatens to drag on for longer,” said FXTM market analyst Han Tan. China’s commerce ... more
  • 1 day We’re overhauling Police to tackle security challenges – Buhari Sun
    President Muhammadu Buhari says the Nigerian Police Force structure is being overhauled, re-positioned and primed with modern technological gadgets to meet rising security challenges across the nation. The President stated this when he received traditional rulers from the North led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Friday. He also disclosed that an intelligence loop among all security outfits had been created. According to him, the ongoing reform of the police will include recruitment of more hands, cultivation of stronger local intelligence and networking with communities, traditional rulers and adequate training. President ... more
  • 1 day Appointment: Don’t forget your promise to electorate, APC support group advises new ministers Sun
     WOLE BALOGUN, Ado Ekiti A support group of the All Progressives Congress (APC) under the argues of BOS Ideology Support Group (BOSISG), has advised the newly- inaugurated ministers, particularly Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, newly appointed Commissioners and Special Advisers in Lagos to ensure that they follow the footsteps and the exemplary leadership of the former governor of the state, Senator Bola Tinubu, saying that would guarantee success and brighter future for them in government. The group also urged the governor and other APC appointees not to forget their promise to deliver the ... more
  • 1 day Zidane cannot contemplate goalkeeper Navas leaving Real Madrid Sun |Sports
    Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says he cannot imagine his team parting ways with triple Champions League winning goalkeeper Keylor Navas, even as reports gather pace that the Costa Rican has asked to leave the Spanish club. Navas has been at Madrid since 2014 and was their number one during their unprecedented hat-trick of Champions League titles between 2016 and 2018. The number one goal keeper lost his place in the team since Belgium keeper Thibaut Courtois joined last year. The Costa Rican was left on the bench in Madrid’s 3-1 La Liga win at Celta Vigo last week and ... more
  • 1 day Q2 2019: Jumia reports €17.3 million profit Sun |Biz
    Chinenye Anuforo Jumia Technologies AG has announced that it recorded €17.3 million, a 94 per cent year-on-year (yoy) increase in gross profit for the quarter ended June 30, 2019. This is even as the company confirmed to Daily Sun that it has sacked three top management staff after discovering inflated sales figures in its Nigerian business. According to its results, the technological firm’s gross merchandise volume (GMV) increased this quarter by 69 per cent compared to 58 per cent in the second quarter of 2018, due to a variety ... more
  • 1 day Oyo governorship: Makinde, Adelabu, INEC adopt final written addresses at tribunal Sun |Politics
    The Oyo State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has admitted  the final written addresses filed by Seyi Makinde of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Adebayo Adelabu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and INEC in a petition challenging Makinde’s victory in the March 9 election. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Adelabu and his party, APC, are challenging the declaration of Makinde by INEC as the winner of the election. NAN also reports that Makinde, the candidate of the PDP, polled a total of 515,621 votes to  defeat his closest rival, Adelabu, who had 357,982 votes. Other respondents in ... more
  • 1 day Fraud in US: Turn yourself in voluntarily or be extradited, FG urges indicted Nigerians  Sun
      Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja The Federal government has urged Nigerians among the 80 persons indicted by the United States for massive email fraud and money laundering in the US to turn themselves in voluntarily or be extradited. The Chairman/CEO of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, who expressed sadness over the development in a statement, expressed hope that they would be given fair hearing. She said her commission was deeply concerned about the news of the court indictment of 80 persons, mainly Nigerians, in various parts of the US. “We acknowledge the fact that accusation does not mean guilt, ... more
  • 1 day No shaking; Dino reacts as tribunal nullifies his election Sun |Politics
      Godwin Tsa, Abuja The National Assembly and State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Lokoja on Friday sacked Senator Dino Melaye as the Senator for Kogi West. In its judgment, the tribunal ordered that fresh elections should be held in the senatorial district. But reacting to the judgment, Senator appealed to his supporters to remain calm saying, “no cause for alarm.” Senator Dino who has his eyes on the governorship position of the state, said even if the ruling was in his favour, it would have been appealed. He insisted that there would be fresh senatorial election in the ... more
  • 1 day NSCDC launches agro rangers in Imo Sun
    Stanley Uzoaru,  Owerri The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Imo State command has launched its new crime bursting arm “Agro rangers” to compliment the efforts of other units of the command. State commandant of the Imo NSCDC, Ibrahim Raji while welcoming the Agro rangers team after their two weeks successful training with other commands in Katsina State at the weekend disclosed that the team would help in combating crimes in farmlands. He promised that related attacks by invaders on farmlands and forest in the state would be put to rest as ... more
  • 1 day AA rejects court ruling on Uche Nwosu Sun |Politics
    Romanus Ugwu, Abuja The Action Alliance (AA) has rejected last week’s ruling by a Federal High Court in Abuja, nullifying the candidature of its governorship candidate in the Imo State 2019 governorship election, Uche Nwosu. Reacting to the ruling the party argued that it was given in error, insisting that its candidate, Uche Nwosu, never sought for the ticket or enlisted by the Independent National electoral Commission (INEC) as the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate. The party further emphasised that the Federal High Court ruling contradicts the earlier Supreme Court ruling that had confirmed Uche Nwosu as the governorship candidate ... more
  • 1 day Tribunal sacks Melaye, orders fresh elections Sun |Politics
    The National Assembly/State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Lokoja on Friday sacked Senator Dino Melaye as the Senator for Kogi West. In its judgement, the tribunal ordered that fresh elections should be held in the senatorial district. The three man panel led by Justice A. O. Chijioke in a unanimous judgment on Friday accepted Adeyemi’s ground and order for reelection into the senatorial axis. Details later. The post Tribunal sacks Melaye, orders fresh elections appeared first on The Sun Nigeria. ... more
  • 1 day BBNaija (S4): ‘Omashola TV’ steals the show Sun |10ment
    Omashola Oburoh, a housemate in the ongoing Big Brother Naija reality show, has stunned fans with his creative project, ‘Omashola TV’. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Omashola’s makeshift television was part of the wager presentation by his group, ‘The Icons’. The television was modeled after the old box televisions that required aerial tuning, and contained programmes such as the BBNaija show and Warri TV. Omashola designed the television entirely from scrap, waste material in line with the theme of the wager task. The innovation earned him praise from other housemates, especially Mike who specially congratulated him. Fans also ... more
  • 1 day Nigeria will surmount current security challenges – Gov. Abdulrazaq Sun
    Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara on Friday expressed the hope that the current security challenges facing the nation would soon be a thing of the past. Abdulrazaq, who stated this in Ilorin while declaring open a three-day regional convention of the Full Gospel Business men’s Fellowship International holding in Ilorin, said the Federal and state governments were fully committed to tackling the challenges. The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Mr Kayode Alabi, said, “I wish to assure you all that government is engaging the situation with all the resources at its disposal.” Abdulrazaq,  who called on religious bodies ... more
  • 1 day Grasshoppers ravage farms in Gombe Sun
    Grasshoppers have ravaged many farms in Shongom and Balanga Local Government Areas of Gombe State, an official, Mr Sunday Lah, has said. Lah told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gombe on Friday that the damage was more devastating in Burak and Dadiya villages where the grasshoppers ravaged all crops planted. “The farms in those areas were completely ravaged because the incident was high and alarming, nothing was left for farmers. “The grasshoppers ravaged all the farms in the areas and crops like Soya Beans, Maize, Sorghum were completely eaten up,” he said. Lah who is the Director Extension ... more
  • 1 day Police in Enugu investigate death of woman in a farm Sun
    The Enugu State Police Command has directed for a full scale investigation into the alleged murder of a woman in her farm in Emene community near Enugu. Commissioner of Police, Mr Sulaiman Balarabe, gave the directive in a statement by the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, SP Ebere Amaraizu in Enugu on Friday. The commissioner said that a thorough investigation would establish what actually happened and persons involved as well as their motives among others. “The Command is advising members of the public to continue to be law abiding and avoid anything that will truncate the existing peace and security ... more
  • 1 day BBNaija (S4): Again, ‘The Icons’ wins wager task Sun |10ment
     ‘The Icons’ group of the ongoing Big Brother Naija reality show, have won this week’s wager task. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the group has been on a streak as this is their third win in a row following their nomination task win and previous wager win. ‘The Icons’ beat out ‘Cruisetopia’, whose members except Venita are already up for eviction, in the series of games set by Biggie on Thursday. In line with the theme of the week, the ‘Pepper Dem Gang’ were tasked on three elements around the subject of healthy living. Judged on creativity, participation ... more
  • 1 day `Gimme a name for my Album,’ Davido appeals to fans Sun |10ment
    Afropop star, David ‘Davido’ Adeleke has asked fans to help title his upcoming album. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the ‘Fia’ singer posed the challenge to his fans through his Twitter account @iam_davido on Thursday. He tweeted, “Gimme a name for my Album. Three songs left to record !! I want a fan to name my Album.” Fans went on to give their opinions on what the new album should be named, often debating among themselves. Most of them, however, asked that the album be named Psalms after that bible book written by his namesake, King David. @Jaymiller1 ... more
  • 1 day Tenant allegedly rapes landlady to death in Ekiti Sun
     WOLE BALOGUN, Ado-Ekiti A tenant, identified as Abraham Tumise has allegedly raped a middle aged woman, Bukola Olarenwaju in Olorunda area of Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State capital. Daily Sun gathered that the tragic incident happened on Thursday evening. It was learnt that  deceased, a mother of three, was at home alone after her husband had gone to work while the children were said to have gone on holiday coaching when the incident happened. The suspect, Abraham was alleged to have broken into the woman’s room, threatened her with a cutlass and tied her up before performing the ... more
  • 1 day Internet fraud: FBI nabs more Nigerians in U.S. Sun
    Scores of Nigerians have been arrested in U.S. by the Federal Bureau of Intelligence (FBI) in a major conspiracy to steal millions of dollars through fraud schemes and launder the money through a Los Angeles-based network. The arrest comes few days after Forbes celebrated Nigerian young billionaire, Obinwanne Okeke popularly known as Invictus Obi was arrested over $12 million internet scam. Okeke, named by Forbes in 2016 as one of the world’s 30 Entrepreneurs under the age of 30 to watch, was accused of milking a branch of U.S. owned Caterpillar subsidiary in the UK of $11.5m, among other fraudulent ... more
  • 2 days Nwodo to Kanu: Provocative speeches can’t give us Biafra Sun
    Magnus Eze, Enugu President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, has advised the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, to retrace his steps, saying that no amount of abusive, provocative and flammable speeches can give the Igbo Biafra or restructuring. Nwodo in an open letter to Ndigbo, which he released on Thursday night, noted that a recorded speech made by the IPOB leader streaming in the social media wherein he had threatened that he (Nwodo) would not leave Germany alive if he attended the New Yam festival of Ndigbo Germany, where former Deputy Senate President, Ike ... more
  • 2 days How government regulations impact property, paints’ sector Sun |Biz
    Maduka Nweke, manweke@gmail.com Finished property may not have great value if the right paint is not applied. Paint has a way of increasing the ratings and the value people attach to buildings. This is reason, a lot of people contract the services of experienced painter to add value to their property. The above is correct, however, lack of regulation on the side of Paint manufacturing has made it possible for every Dick, Tom and Harry to start Paint manufacturing business in their two bedroom apartments. Aside the fact that these paints are produced without the requisite formula and authorised solutions, the ... more
  • 2 days How to get rid of cockroaches in kitchens Sun |Biz
    The kitchen and bathroom are the two rooms that cockroaches are attracted the most. That is because cockroaches are always in search of food and water just like every other living creature, which leads them to your kitchen for a snack. There are several things you can do to get rid of roaches in your kitchen, and make sure that they never come back. The first thing you need to do is choose your weapon of choice and pick a pesticide to put down throughout the kitchen (recommendations below). Then you will need to check for and fill any small ... more
  • 2 days Increase tariff to discourage paint importation –Babatunde Sun |Biz
    Maduka Nweke The Federal Government has been urged to discourage activities that could lead to the importation of paints in the country by increasing tariff on anything that has to do with paint importation. Speaking at a press conference for the Paint Manufacturers’ Association (PMA) 2019 Coating Show billed for October  28 and 29 this year, the Chairman, Mr. Ambolu S. Babatunde, said the Association has been seeking increase of tariff on importation on Paint. The aim, he said, is to discourage the importation of paint since Nigeria is self-sufficient. He said that Nigeria is self-sufficient in calcium used in ... more
  • 2 days UK house prices rise marginally in August Sun |Biz
    According to the latest Nationwide Building Society, House Price Index, the average UK property price currently sits at £211,671 – a new record for the Nationwide index. UK property prices rose by 0.3 per cent in July compared to June, and were 2.9 per cent higher than they were in the corresponding month previous year. “The annual pace of house price growth remained broadly stable in July at 2.9 per cent, only a touch lower than the 3.1 per cent recorded in June,” said Robert Gardner, Nationwide’s Chief Economist.  “On the surface, this appears at odds with recent signs of ... more
  • 2 days Valuers urged to discourage slum growth in cities Sun |Biz
    Estate Surveyors and Valuers in the country have been urged to do everything in their practice to promote activities that will increase urbanisation and ones that will discourage cities slum. Niji Raji,  Chairman, Raden Investment Ltd. while speaking at the Investiture of the 26th Chairman and Executive Committee Members of the Lagos Chapter of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV) in Lagos recently called on real estate surveyors and valuers to be more proactive in influencing measures that would facilitate proper urbanisation of the country. Raji said that many cities of the country were rapidly becoming slum ... more
  • 2 days FG, States, LGAs share N769.523bn in July Sun |Biz
    Uche Usim, Abuja Nigeria’s three tiers of government shared a total of N769.523 billion as July allocation of the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC). The figure comprised revenues from Value Added Tax (VAT), Exchange gain and Gross Statutory revenues.  The committee announced that as at August 22, 2019, the balance in the Excess Crude Account was $274.407 million. Out of the total revenue of N769.523 billion, the Federal Government received N299.799 billion, States got N190.381 billion, and the Local Government Councils received N143.569 billion. Also the Oil Producing States received N42.917 billion as 13 per cent derivation revenue, while the ... more
  • 2 days FG begins TAM of refineries to meet target Sun |Biz
    The  Federal Government on Thursday, said it had begun the overhaul of its refineries starting with the Port Harcourt Refinery to achieve its 2023 target of ensuring that local refineries operate optimally. The Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mr Mele Kyari, disclosed this while speaking on ‘Harnessing oil and gas potential for national development.’ He spoke at the Annual Conference of the Association of Energy Correspondents of Nigeria (NAEC) in Lagos. Kyari said that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), had given itself a three-year deadline to review the operations of its refineries, support condensate plants and open up ... more
  • 2 days Communication Ministry pledges to pull 50m people out of poverty Sun |Biz
    Walter Ukaegbu, Abuja Newly  inaugurated Minister of Communications, Prof Isa Pantami, has charged Directors, Heads of Parastatals and Staff under the ministry to uphold the tenets of team spirit in the discharge of their duties just as the permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. Musa Istifanus, has stated that the Ministry would help government to pull out 50 million people living below poverty line within 30 months. Pantami who assumed office immediately after his  inauguration on Wednesday disclosed he would uphold the team spirit the ministry is known for in the discharge of his duties in order to achieve the ... more
  • 2 days NNPC under-remitted N77.92bn in 2017, says NEITI  Sun |Biz
    Uche Usim, Abuja A pilot study on the petroleum industry conducted by the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), has revealed the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) shortchanged the Federal Government by failing to remit N77.92 billion earned from crude sales into the federation account in 2017. The report, released by the Executive Secretary of NEITI, Mr Waziri Adio, also revealed that the total revenue from the sale of federation share of oil and gas for 2017 was $14.5 billion—$13.18 billion or 90.8 per cent from crude oil and $1.32 billion or 9.1 per centfrom gas. The report added that ... more
  • 2 days FRC unveils professionals’ registration portal to curb quackery Sun |Biz
    Omodele Adigun In order to curtail quackery among the professionals, the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) of Nigeria Thursday in Lagos unveiled a new registration portal for professionals in the financial industry. According to its Chief Executive Officer, Mr Daniel Asapokhai, the unveiling of the new individual registration portal is a continuation of the Council’s effort to achieve its mandates through a friendlier, responsive and cost-saving process that makes it easier to do business  with government. He explained that the new individual registration portal would enable every professional register with the Council at the comfort of his or her office or ... more
  • 2 days Life after executive retrenchment Sun |Columns
    Imagine this scenario you get to the office in the morning in high spirit. Then, your secretary hands you a letter. You open it and gosh! The shocking summary is: you are fired! What? Oh yes, your services are no longer required. Things like this happen every time in job situations. In some cases, you’d have seen it coming, especially if the company wasn’t doing well and needed to down size. Job loss is the nightmare of every employee, but for the top executive, it can be a terrible experience. For the lowly paid worker, job mobility is a lot ... more
  • 2 days Iwobi makes Everton debut today Sun |Sports
    Everton’s manager, Marco Silva, has confirmed that Alex Iwobi will make his debut for the club in today’s English Premier League fixture against Aston Villa.  Silva yesterday has provided an update on the fitness of Iwobi ahead of today’s clash against at Villa Park. The Portuguese manager suggested that the Nigeria international is not in tiptop condition as he didn’t take part in pre-season training before his move to The Toffees on deadline day.  Iwobi was a non-playing substitute as Everton registered their first win of the new season against Watford and Silva has hinted that the Super Eagles star ... more
  • 2 days Shame Sun |Columns
    Shame: A painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behaviour. Shameless: A lack of shame, especially about something generally considered unacceptable. There is a cultural practice in parts of Yorubaland, mostly modern-day Ondo and Ekiti states. Every year, around the time of the New Yam festivals, communities come together to show their displeasure towards any person or group of people who did something deemed to be unacceptable during the year. Groups of young people would gather in front of the person’s house and sing songs of derision about their misdeeds. Theft, adultery, swindling, ... more
  • 2 days Tokyo 2020 qualifier: 18 home-based Super Falcons storm Algeria tomorrow Sun |Sports
    Emma Njoku Eighteen home-based Super Falcons will depart the country for Algeria tomorrow ahead of  2020 Olympics qualifying match against the senior women national team of Algeria on Wednesday. The Nigeria Football Federation, in a press release, yesterday,  said Head Coach, Thomas Dennerby, had to settle for home–based professionals following the inability of foreign–based players to make the trip due to club engagements. The delegation will fly aboard Turkish Airline into Istanbul and then connect to Algiers from Turkey’s commercial and economic capital. Meanwhile, world football–governing body, FIFA, has appointed officials from Mali to take charge of the clash, which ... more
  • 2 days CAF Champions League: Playing behind closed doors won’t save Rahimo –Afelohkai Sun |Sports
    Enyimba of Aba’s first choice goalkeeper, Theophilus Afelokhai ha said playing behind closed doors will not deter his team’s resolve to overturn the first-leg defeat to Rahimo FC in this year’s Confederation of Africa (CAF) Champions League. A 1-0 defeat in Burkina Faso, means the two times African champions need outright win to confirm their place in the next round of the competition. In a chat with footballlive.ng, Afelokhai stressed the need for synergy, but admitted playing without the fans in the stands will seem a bit odd. Afelokhai said:“Honestly, we just need to win the game, playing behind closed ... more
  • 2 days Egbe tasks new sports minister on facilities  Sun |Sports
    FIFA licensed match agent, Ebi Egbe has congratulated new sports minister, Sunday Dare on his appointment, even as he charged him to ensure that his tenure is one that would see a change in the face of the nation’s sporting facilities. Egbe in a statement yesterday said the new sports minister must as a matter of priority take steps to upgrade the nation’s sporting facilities. He noted that most of the sporting facilities owned by the federal government have been left to decay insisting that Nigeria would not excel in sports under the present situation. “I m happy President Muhammadu ... more
  • 2 days World Volleyball C’ship: Nigeria U19 demolishes South Korea in Tunisia Sun |Sports
    Nigeria pummel South Korea 3-0 (25-20, 28-26, 26-24) at the ongoing 2019 FIVB World U19 championship in Tunisia.  The president of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Engineer Musa Nimrod praised the players for their feat against the Asian side. Nimrod said the win against South Korea is victory for Nigeria and Africa. He urged the boys to go all out in their subsequent matches. Nimrod said, “I am happy with the performance of the boys in Tunisia. Before the match, I spoke with team and told them not to be intimidated by any side. I was full of joy when I saw ... more
  • 2 days .. Nigeria dusts Madagascar in table tennis events Sun |Sports
    Nigeria and Egypt played with ease in their group matches of table tennis event at the 12th African Games holding in Rabat, Morocco. As the top seeds in men and women events, Kenya and Madagascar were no match to the Nigerians, while the Egyptian men also thumbed Eritrea and Congo DRC to top group A and B. They are expected to get a bye to the quarterfinals stage. Just like it happened in the men’s event, so it was in the women category, as the Nigerian ladies, led by six-time Olympian, Olufunke Oshonaike, walloped Congo Brazzaville and Uganda 3-0, while ... more
  • 2 days AAG 2019: Taekwondo’s Nwosu delivers Nigeria’s first gold medal Sun |Sports
    Female Captain of the Nigeria Taekwondo Team to the All African Games, Chinazum Nwosu, has delivered the first gold medal for Team Nigeria at the on-going All African Games in Morocco. The golden girl achieved this feat by defeating hosts and number one seed, Morocco’s El Bouchti Oumaima 26 – 22. In earlier bouts, the Nigerian, who was the number three seed for the tournament, defeated Ethiopia’s Gosaye Fikado 14 – 12 in the semi-finals and Kenya’s Wangari Mwangi 28 – 9 in the quarterfinals en route to clinching her maiden African title. Nwosu, an undergraduate of the University of ... more
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