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  • 2 hours Why Imolites should support Uzodinma –Chief Okoli Sun |Politics
    Imolites have been urged to put the past behind them and unite in support of the government of Governor Hope Uzodinma. A business mogul and estate developer, Chief Don Okoli, who made the call in Owerri at the weekend said it was because his steps so far have shown that he has a good vision for the state and also has the capacity to translate the vision to prosperity for all Imo people. Okoli also said that the need for all Imo people to support Uzodinma’s government has become more imperative following the release of the details of the Supreme Court judgment on the Imo governorship ... more
  • 2 hours …As Northern group berates Supreme Court, supports protests in Imo Sun |Politics
    Sola Ojo, Kaduna A group of Northern youths under the aegis of Arewa Youth Assembly yesterday berated the Supreme Court on its judgment that sacked Emeka Ihedioha and replaced him with Senator Hope Uzodima as Imo State governor. The apex court had on January 14, nullified the election of Ihedioha as Imo governor and declared Uzodinma as the winner of the March 19, 2019, governorship election, which action has elicited mixed feelings. To show its opposition to the ruling, the group through its clerk, Desmond Minakaro, threw its weight behind the recent protest embarked upon by main opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) ... more
  • 3 hours Eco currency: Issues, debate on Nigeria’s policy option Sun |Politics
     Omoniyi Salaudeen                                     It was a dream come true for the ECOWAS leaders at their 55th Ordinary Session held recently in Abuja when Eco currency was unanimously adopted for the purpose of achieving economic integration of the Africa sub-region. All things being equal, the single currency is expected to be issued this month. The adoption was the climax of over 30 years of planning, deliberation and the ultimate resolution to bring member countries under a single unified currency. Following the epic-making event, however, ... more
  • 3 hours Though my father supported Buhari, he wasn’t APC card-carrying member –Ikedife Jnr. Sun |Politics
    David Onwuchekwa, Nnewi One of the foremost agitators for Biafra and former President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide, Dr Dozie Ikedife joined his ancestors on December 18, 2018. Until his death, Ikedife was the deputy chairman of the Supreme Council of Elders of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (SCIPOB). And since after his death, the agitation for Biafra from his own camp seems to have suffered a setback with reference to his own inputs. But his first son, Mr Dozie Ikedife (Jnr), who was deputy governorship candidate on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last gubernatorial election in ... more
  • 4 hours Asia moves to deepen cultural ties with Nigeria Sun
    Aidoghie Paulinus, Abuja Asian countries, yesterday, declared their readiness to deepen ties with Nigeria at the multilateral level, particularly in the field of culture. The need to deepen ties with Nigeria, according to the Asian countries, was to ensure that the relationship with Nigeria received very robust impetus so that Asians and Nigerians can forge cultural alliance. Speaking with Sunday Sun during the third Asian Film Festival in Abuja, the representative of the Indonesian Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr Usra Hendra Harahap, Mr. Isman Pasha, said the entire Asian countries were together in ensuring that the gap between Nigeria and Asians ... more
  • 4 hours Groups take campaign against sexual harassment to UNEC Sun
    Felix Ikem, Nsukka The Gender Development and Policy Centre (Gen-Cent), University of Nigeria, Nsukka, (UNN) in collaboration with Women Aid Collective (WACOL) has taken the campaign against sexual harassment in tertiary institutions to the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus (UNEC). The Centre, which promotes gender research and policy matters, had earlier launched the anti-sexual harassment campaign in Nsukka campus of the university December last year. Speaking at the event which was held at the Main Hall of UNEC on last Friday, the Director of Gen-Cent, Prof. Anthonia Achike urged students to speak out whenever they encounter incidences of sexual harassment, ... more
  • 4 hours MOUAU clears Vice Chancellor of sexual harassment allegation Sun
    The management of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU), Abia State, has cleared the Vice Chancellor, Prof Francis Otunta, of allegations of sexual harassment leveled against him by a female staff of the institution. It disclosed that the allegation was a product of frustration and vendetta by the said staff because she was disciplined in line with the extant rules of the university. In a statement signed by the Registrar and Secretary to Council, Mrs. Jacinta N. Ogwo-Agu, MOUAU declared that Prof Otunta “at no time or place did harass physically or sexually the said Dr Mbah as he ... more
  • 4 hours Multichoice Talent Factory to host West Africa masterclasses on acting for camera Sun
    Multichoice Talent Factory (MTF), the creative shared value initiative of Multichoice, is set to host Masterclasses on Acting for Camera in the West African sub-region. The Masterclasses will take place in Lagos on 28 January and in Accra, Ghana, on 30 January. The one-day Masterclasses will have as facilitator international award-winning director, Denny. Y. Miller Speaking on the Masterclasses, Femi Odugbemi, MTF Academy Director (West Africa) said, Miller, who won awards for directing Isibaya and Swartwater, will be at both masterclasses to teach participants drawn from industry groups in new techniques in acting for camera. Miller, who has been in ... more
  • 4 hours Gov Abiodun eulogises late OGBC boss Sun
    Omoniyi Salaudeen Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has described the late General Manager of Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation (OGBC), Mr. Oludiji Akinhanmi, as a dedicated and well-respected member of government, who served the State conscientiously and proved himself as an outstanding professional in his calling. The Governor, who spoke through his Deputy, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele, during the burial service for the deceased, held at the African Church, Rock of Ages, Owudotun Parish, said, it was always sad to lose a loved one at his prime, especially, when he had so much ahead of him. While extending his condolences to ... more
  • 4 hours Hope Reality Movement congratulates Uzodinma, calls for support Sun
    Daniel Kanu Following the reversal of the election of Hon. Emeka Ihedioha and swearing-in of Senator Hope Uzodinma as Imo State governor by the Supreme Court verdict of January 14, 2020, a group, Hope Reality Movement (HRM) has urged Imolites to rally support around Uzodinma for the sake of building a peaceful and strong state. This is as the group also congratulated the new governor on his victory, urging him not to disappoint, rather raise the bar of leadership. The group said the verdict of the apex court was commendable. “In view of the election, which was fraught with irregularities ... more
  • 4 hours Emeka Ihedioha: Chief executive blown away by judicial wind Sun |Politics
    ‘The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born, that there is a genetic factor to leadership. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.” –Warren Bennis   Daniel Kanu  The Supreme Court judgment that swept away Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha as the governor of Imo State on Monday, January 13, came as a bombshell that may perhaps still leave him confused, if not devastated for a long time. It was a judgment that left some of his colleagues who were yet to receive their own verdicts at the time in great panic ... more
  • 4 hours Bulkachuwa lauds Ugwuanyi’s efforts in Enugu judicial system Sun
    The President of the Court of Appeal, Hon. Justice Zainab Adamu Bulkachuwa, has commended Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, for his giant development strides, particularly in repositioning the state judiciary. Justice Bulkachuwa gave the commendation when she led some eminent jurists from the various divisions of the Court of Appeal and High Court judges in the country to the Government House, Enugu, on a courtesy visit. She expressed delight at the interventions of Ugwuanyi’s administration in the state judiciary, especially the ongoing construction of the first ever Enugu State Customary Court of Appeal headquarters complex, which is over 90 ... more
  • 4 hours Controversy trails NASS N128bn budget Sun
    Fred Itua, Abuja Barely 48 hours to the resumption of the upper legislative chamber, senators are protesting the secrecy surrounding the details of the National Assembly’s N128 billion budget. Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Public Accounts, Ibrahim Hadejia and a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) from Jigawa State, said that they are oblivious of the details of the National Assembly budget. “I am not aware that the details of the budget are not given. Was it not the details that gave birth to the N37 billion renovation of the National Assembly? If the details were not there, ... more
  • 4 hours Uzodinma: PDP attacking supreme court highest point of rascality –Gulak Sun |Politics
    Aidoghie Paulinus, Abuja The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) 2019 Gubernatorial Primary Election in Imo State, Ahmed Ali Gulak, has dismissed misconception in some quarters that the newly sworn-in governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, may not perform after all. Gulak, a former special adviser on Political Matters to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan and one-time speaker of the Adamawa State House of Assembly, expressed confidence that with the coming of Uzodinma, it is a new dawn in Imo. Amongst other issues such as APC after the Buhari administration, visa-on-arrival policy, withdrawal of troops from internal security operation and Amotekun, ... more
  • 4 hours Southwest floating regional security outfit speaks volumes –Okhai, PPC presidential candidate Sun |Politics
    Daniel Kanu Victor Okhai, a core professional producer, scriptwriter, director, and journalist ran for the 2019 presidential election on the platform of the Providence People’s Congress (PPC). In this exclusive interview with Sunday Sun, he spoke on crucial national issues, including Operation Amotekun, Southwest security outfit launched last week, waning integrity of the judiciary, rising debt profile, and political party deregistration, among others. Excerpt: The Supreme Court has been upholding and overturning governorship elections…? (Cuts in) The rule of law has been thrown to the dogs; we no longer have confidence even in the judiciary, unfortunately. Judiciary should be the ... more
  • 4 hours Fire guts Amu market in Mushin, destroys goods worth billions Sun
    Steve Agbota Properties worth billions of naira were on Saturday, destroyed in the fire outbreak, which gutted building materials sections and other valuable items of Amu market in Mushin, Lagos State. According to an eyewitness, the fire started from one of the several lines of the shop within the market in the early hours of the day. The actual cause of the inferno, which Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) currently battling with could not be ascertained at press time, as there was no power supply within the market. The eyewitness said that the fire started around 12:27 am from a ... more
  • 4 hours New emirate law: Why we dragged Kano govt to court –Prof Auwalu Yadudu Sun |Politics
    Desmond Mgboh, Kano Prof Auwalu Yadudu was a former legal adviser to the late General Sani Abacha, former military Head of State. He was also a delegate to the National Conference where he served as the deputy chairman of the Standing Committee on Law, Judiciary and Human Rights. A very simple, friendly, but highly regarded and disciplined academic, the Professor of Law of Bayero University, Kano, shares his viewpoints on the judgment of the Supreme Court on the Imo governorship election dispute, the setting up of Amotekun, a regional security outfit by states in the Southwest region and the current ... more
  • 4 hours Ndigbo are using wrong approach for 2023 presidency –Ralph Obioha, Ohanaeze chieftain Sun |Politics
    Elder statesman and Second Republic member of the House of Representatives, Chief Ralph Obioha, is bold and courageous. He has always barred his mind frankly on crucial issues not minding whose ox is gored. The former National Chairman, Justice Party, has paid his dues as far as politics in Nigeria is concerned. He was not only at the forefront, but also a committed leader of the defunct National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) in Canada and the United States, and lost almost everything he had in the struggle. The former chairman, Ohanaeze Ndigbo caretaker committee, told Sunday Sun on why he disagreed ... more
  • 5 hours Lagos govt supports demolition structure in Atlas Cove Sun
    Philip Nwosu The Lagos State Government said it supports the demolition of illegal structures around Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipelines in the villages at the Atlas Cove area. They said that the military-led operation would rid the area of illegal bunkerers siphoning refined products  from the NNPC pipelines in the area. The Director of Technical Services at the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development in Lagos Muritala Adekunle-Balogun said that the state government would not fold its arms while the country’s fortunes are being looted by suspected saboteurs, noting that most of the structures in the areas the team ... more
  • 5 hours Uzodinma’s realistic disposition’ll  lift Imo –Uba, ex-guber candidate Sun |Politics
    Imo State governor, Hope Uzodinma, has been described as a realist who prefers being practical than theoretical. According Dr. C. Uba, who contested the 2019 Imo State governorship election on the ticket of  the People’s Redemption Party, Uzodinma will bring his wealth of experience to bear, to the benefit of Imo State. Uba, in a statement  signed by  Daniel Nwude, coordinator of his governorship campaign last year, said Uzodinma will usher in more meaningful developments in the state and unify the good people of Imo state. While accusing the immediate past government led by Governor Emeka ihedioha of planting seeds of discord, hatred ... more
  • 6 hours Land tussle: Ota community backs Obasanjo’s ownership claim Sun
    Laide Raheem, Abeokuta The traditional head of Iliwo Itele in Ado-odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun state, Chief Adekoya Adesina Fashina, has declared that expansive Itele Ota land owned by former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo was duly purchased from their forefathers and documents backing it handed over to him. The Baale, who on the matter at a press conference in Abeokuta, yesterday, condemned the litigation steps taken by those described as “disgruntled elements” against Obasanjo’s brother, Chief Abraham Idowu Akanle and his wife, declaring that “they shall all be put to shame, if they fail to retrace their steps.” Responding ... more
  • 6 hours APGA crisis: Otti not suspended, remains leader of party in Abia –Pub Sec Sun |Politics
    Okey Sampson, Umuahia The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Abia State chapter has described as a joke taking too far for some members of the immediate past executive of the party led by Augustine Ehiemere to claim that Dr Alex Otti, the governorship candidate of APGA in the state has been suspended from the party. The Publicity Secretary of APGA in Abia, Chief Ebere Uzoukwa said there was no time Otti was suspended. Uzoukwa said it was unfortunate that those he referred to as “political refugees seeking asylum at Government House, Umuahia” have again made mockery of themselves and their ... more
  • 6 hours Investment drive: Gov Abiodun meets UK companies in London Sun
    Ogun State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun last week met with executives of at least nine UK-based companies in a bid to pull investments into the state. The governor, who attended the UK-Africa Investment Summit 2020 in London, had promised to represent the interests of the people of the state both at the summit and on the sidelines. The Summit, facilitated by the UK Department of International Trade under the Investment Promotion Programme, is a platform that avails participating countries the opportunity to establish a new phase of partnerships on investments and mutually beneficial economic prosperity. The governor had an assessment ... more
  • 7 hours Anambra moves against unapproved building plans Sun
    Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha In order to curb incident of collapse of buildings in Anambra state, the Awka Capital Territory Development Authority (ACTDA), has urged land developers to secure approval for their building plans from the relevant authorities. The Managing Director of ACTDA Ven. Amaechi Okwuosa, gave the advice in an interview with newsmen urging developers to engage the services of professional engineers and architects to curb building collapse. He said that the government would not hesitate to sanction any developer or mark any building for demolition that was not approved by the agency and other relevant bodies. According to ... more
  • 7 hours Crisis looms in Oyo over LG impasse Sun
    Oluseye Ojo, Ibadan Fresh crisis is looming in Oyo State over the seeming impasse arising from the recent dissolution of council administration in the state, as the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its rival opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) are warming up for a show down over the legitimacy of the newly constituted administration for the 33 Local Governments and 35 Local Council Development Areas in the state. The embattled Chairman of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) in the state, Ayodeji Abass-Aleshinloye, had last week claimed that the association already secured a letter from the Inspector ... more
  • 13 hours Dickson offers automatic employment to 91 First Class graduates of NDU  Sun
    Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa  Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has offered automatic employment to 104 First Class graduates of the state-owned Niger Delta University, Amasomma. Dickson gave the directive during the 5th combined convocation ceremony  of the NDU from 2015 to 2019 academic sessions. The governor in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Fidelis Soriwei, said the directive was in conformity with his administration’s policy of absorbing first class students into the civil service. Highlighting the restoration government’s efforts at  making huge investments in the education sector, Governor Dickson ... more
  • 13 hours Lassa Fever: 195 confirmed cases, 29 deaths in 11 states – NCDC Sun
    Fred Ezeh, Abuja The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed that 195 confirmed cases of Lassa Fever have been reported in 11 states, with 9 deaths so far recorded. It also disclosed that 89 per cent of the confirmed cases are from Ondo, Edo and Ebonyi states, and the increase in the number of cases at this time of the year was not unusual due to ecological factors. NCDC Director-General Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, in a statement released in Abuja on Saturday, disclosed that the NCDC has activated a National Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) in response to ... more
  • 14 hours Despite arson attack, Oshiomhole receives 30,000 PDP defectors into Edo APC Sun |Politics
    Tony Osauzo, Benin Violence, which has become part of crisis-ridden Edo State All Progressives Congress (APC), continued Saturday, as a podium for a rally, two vehicles, hundreds of chairs, were destroyed and burnt overnight by unknown persons at the rally venue at Iyekhe, off Poly Road in Auchi, headquarters of Etsako West Local Government Area. In spite of the arson attack, suspected to have been carried out by rival factional members of the party, the rally held with the heavy turnout of party bigwigs and faithful Addressing a large crowd of party members, National Chairman of the APC, Adams ... more
  • 14 hours Bandits raid Niger communities, kill 11, kidnap 4 women, steal over 300 cattle Sun
    John Adams, Minna Armed bandits numbering about 50 overran no fewer than five communities in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State in the early hours of Saturday, killing 11 people and rustling over 300 cattle. The bandits, who invaded the communities at about 6:00 am, ransacked the communities, moving from house to house without any resistance for several hours. One of the victims of the attacks identified as Saidu had his two wives raped by four of the bandits in his presence before he was shot at a close range. Communities that were affected in the latest attack are ... more
  • 15 hours Akinlaja Emerges Ondo State Zenith Labour Party Chairman Sun |Politics
    Former Federal parliamentarian who represented Ondo East and West Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives for two consecutive terms, Honourable Joseph Iranola Akinlaja, has been formally inaugurated as Ondo State Chairman of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP). This latest political milestone was achieved on Saturday, January 25, after a successful state congress which held at the party’s secretariat in Akure, the Ondo state capital. While delivering his inaugural victory and acceptance speech as chairman of the ZLP, the shout of “Ina Njo ogiri o sa” (Akinlaja’s nickname) rented the air in strong force by his supporters and the party ... more
  • 15 hours NATE to fabricate rice dryer, other agric machines this year Sun
     The Nigerian Association of Technologists in Engineering (NATE) said it would embark on fabrication of rice dryer, shea butter and castor oil seed processing machines this year. Mr Ibidapo Kayode, Lagos State Chairman of NATE, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Lagos that the fabrication would help boost the nation’s agricultural sector. He said most farmers in the country faced huge losses for lack of proper preservation due to improper drying of grains such as rice. “Research has shown that Nigerian farmers do not only face the challenge of how to de-stone the ... more
  • 15 hours FRSC doctorates 25 newly promoted officers in Nsukka Sun
    The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) on Saturday decorated 25 newly promoted officers in Nsukka Unit Command. Mr Kalu Ogbonnaya, the Enugu State Sector Commander of FRSC, at the decoration ceremony in Enugu, congratulated the officers and urged them to be more committed to their work. The Sector Commander was represented by Assistant Corps Commander, Mr Salimon Alia. “I congratulate all of you that are being decorated today with new ranks because not all that went through that promotion examination nationwide were successful. “You must know that your elevation to new ranks calls for more commitment and dedication to work, ... more
  • 15 hours MTN empowers 2,000 Nigerian with “Kiosk as a Service” scheme Sun
     MTN Nigeria says it is empowering over 2,000 retailers across the country with its “Kiosk as a Service” scheme. The “Kiosk as a Service” is a scheme that empowers retailers with an omnibus stall that enables each retailer to provide MTN’s bouquet of products and services more efficiently. Part of the services available for customers are SIM registration, (mobile money) MoMo, 4G migrations, buy airtime and so much more. Funso Aina, MTN Nigeria Senior Manager, External Relations, in a statement in Lagos on Saturday, said the scheme would start in the South-West region of the country with over 180 already installed ... more
  • 15 hours Bauchi Supplementary, rerun polls, an improvement over 2019 exercise – REC Sun |Politics
    The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Bauchi State, has described the ongoing supplementary and rerun elections in Zaki and Gamawa councils as an improvement over 2019 polls. The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, stated this on Saturday  while fielding questions from newsmen in Gamawa. “The current peaceful, large turnout of voters, as well as the electoral processes, have shown that there is improvement compared to the last elections. “The process is 90 per cent peaceful; there is large turnout of voters and there was no reported case of votes buying and other electoral malpractices,” ... more
  • 15 hours Mobile court prosecutes 300 sanitation offenders in Nasarawa Sun
     A Mobile Court handling environmental-related cases on Saturday prosecuted 300 people suspected to have violated environmental sanitation laws in Lafia, Nasarawa State. Addressing the court, the prosecutor, Abubakar Mohammed, who is also a Chief Environment Officer, said that the suspects were arrested while transacting their private businesses when they should be engaged in sanitation exercises. He said that the offences violated Section 9(2), of the State Environmental Sanitation Laws, and urged the court to sanction them accordingly, to serve as deterrent to others. After listening to the submission of the prosecutor, the Judge, Shittu Umar, convicted some of them, sentencing them ... more
  • 16 hours Dozens  of guest escape death as fire guts hotel in Imo Sun
     George Onyejiuwa , Owerri Dozens of guests scampered for safety onSaturday morning following a fire outbreak at a  hotel in Owerri, the Imo state capital which wreaked havoc on the hotel. The fire affected  four heavy duty generators, car as well as a nearby building. It was learnt that the sudden fire outbreak at the  hotel, which is  which located  behind Concorde Hotels, Owerri, forced guests to abandoned their rooms and personal effects and scampered for safety. Some other guests who had parked their cars were seen trying to remove them from premises of the hotel. When our reporter ... more
  • 16 hours Niger begins payment of N30,000 new minimum wage to junior civil servants Sun
    John Adams, Minna After months of negotiations and threat from the organized labour, the Niger state government has begun the payment of the N30,000 minimum wage to civil servants on grade levels 1-6. It was learnt that the payment of the new wage commenced with the payment of the January salaries on Friday to workers in the public service in the state but the adjustment was only noticed in the junior staff salaries. The payment of the minimum wage is coming barely two weeks after the organized labour issued a 21 day ultimatum to the government to pay the minimum ... more
  • 16 hours APC chieftain diverts election materials, kidnaps INEC staff – Akpabio Sun
    Joe Effiong, Uyo Despite officially withdrawing from senatorial, House of Representatives and state constituency re-run elections on Saturday, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been accused of diverting election materials and abducting INEC staff during Saturday election in Esdien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. A chieftain of People Democratic Party (PDP) and the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Mr Ukpong Akpabio, who made this known to reporters observing the election, said that all election materials for six units in Akpautong in the re-run election in Essien Udim Council Area have, however, been recovered in ... more
  • 16 hours 3 dead, eight injured in Delta lone crash Sun
    Paul Osuyi, Asaba Two middle aged male passengers and a female passenger of a commercial bus belonging to Delta Line Transport Company, have reportedly lost their lives following a fatal crash by the vehicle. Eight other passengers of the ill-fated vehicle which was coming from Onitsha end of the Benin-Asaba-Onithsa highway, are said to be in critical condition in the hospital. The lone accident occurred at Otulu junction, near Asaba at about 7pm on Friday when the driver of the vehicle lost control of the wheel following a burst tyre apparently as a result of high speed. The deceased victims ... more
  • 16 hours Lassa Fever: Ekiti govt tasks residents on clean environment Sun
    Kehinde Adewole, Ado Ekiti The Ekiti State government has called on residents of the state to always ensure a clean environment to prevent the outbreak of Lassa Fever. Deputy Governor Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi gave the advice on Saturday while monitoring the first edition of the monthly environmental sanitation exercise for the year. Egbeyemi admonished the people of the state to always clear the bush in their surroundings and also cautioned against sun-drying food items on the roadsides where rats can have access to them. According to a statement by the Special Assistant (Media) to the Deputy Governor, Odunayo Ogunmola, the ... more
  • 18 hours APC Rep member, Council Chairman in counter suspension drama in Edo Sun |Politics
    Tony Osauzo, Benin A group, Afemai Action Youth Vanguard, said yesterday that the Chairman of Etsako Central Local Government Council, John Akhigbe, has lost all rights and privilages as a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), following his suspension by the party leadership in his Ward 2. ‎The group made the clarification in a statement in Benin, following claims  and counter claims of suspension of the member representing Etsako Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon Johnson Oghuma, Chairman of Estako Central Local Government Council, Hon. John Akhigbe and Chief J.B Aloye, by factions of ... more
  • 18 hours Northern group carpets Supreme Court, support protest against rulling Sun |Politics
     Sola Ojo, Kaduna A group of Northern youths under Arewa Youth Assembly on Saturday carpeted the Supreme Court over its recent judgement that sacked Emeka Ihedioha and his replacement with Sen Hope Uzodima as Imo State Governor. The apex court had on January 14, nullified the election of Chief Emeka Ihedioha as Imo State governor and declared Senator Hope Uzodinma as the winner of March 19, 2019, governorship election in a circumstances that had been trailed by mixed feelings. To show its opposition to the development, the group, through its clerk, Desmond ... more
  • 18 hours NBTE commends Yabatech for setting standards among Polytechnics Sun
    Prof. Modupe Adelabu, Chairman, Governing Board of National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), has commended Yaba College of Technology (Yabatech) for setting standard among polytechnics in Nigeria. Adelabu, who was the former Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, gave the commendation while inspecting ongoing TETFund projects in the college. Yabatech in the latest Polytechnic webometric ranking in Nigeria moved to 3rd position from the 7th position. Adelabu praised the administration of Mr Obafemi Omokungbe who within a year transformed the college into a peaceful and rancor free environment with stable academic calendar. She said that if the college continue to maintain its ... more
  • 19 hours Land Tussle: Ota Community backs Obasanjo’s ownership claim Sun
    Laide Raheem, Abeokuta The traditional head of Iliwo Itele in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State, Chief Adekoya Adesina Fashina, has declared that the titles on Itele Ota land owned by former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, was defective. He affirmed that the former president’s expanse of land in the area was duly purchased from their forefathers and documents to it handed over to him. The Baale, who spoke on Saturday at a press conference in Abeokuta, also condemned the litigation steps taken by those described as “disgruntled elements” against Obasanjo’s brother, Chief Abraham Idowu Akanle, and his wife, declaring ... more
  • 20 hours Groups take campaign against sexual harassment to UNEC Sun
    Felix Ikem, Nsukka The Gender Development and Policy Centre (Gen-Cent), University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) in collaboration with Women Aid Collective (WACOL) has taken the campaign against sexual harassment in tertiary institutions to the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus (UNEC). The Centre, which promotes gender research and policy maters, had earlier launched the anti-sexual harassment campaign in Nsukka campus of the university December last year. Speaking at the event, held at the Main Hall of UNEC on last Friday, the Director of Gen-Cent, Prof Anthonia Achike urged students to speak out whenever they encounter incidences of sexual harassment, stating that ... more
  • 20 hours NIS prevents trafficking of 9 girls Sun
    The Operatives of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Command in Lagos, has apprehended another 9 girls being trafficked. The girls were on their ways to Lebanon, Cairo, Dubai and India on Ethiopian, Peace, Egypt and East Airlines. The service Public Relations Officer, DCI Sunday James made this known in  oa statement on Saturday in Lagos. According to him, four of the girls claims to be traveling for employment without knowing their employers nor aware of the nature of job they were going for. “This discovery was made after intensive interrogation by NIS officials,” he said. James ... more
  • 20 hours Rooney fails to inspire as Derby draw goalless with Northampton Sun |Sports
    Former England captain Wayne Rooney failed to inspire his Derby County side as they were held to a 0-0 draw away to fourth tier Northamption on Friday. In an FA Cup fourth round tie, Northampton forward Vadaine Oliver went closest to a breakthrough in the first half, striking the crossbar from close range. As second tier Derby failed to muster a shot on target, they now face the prospect of a replay. But there was some drama, with Derby claiming that Northampton’s Charlie Goode should have been sent off for hauling Jack Marriott to the ground when he was through ... more
  • 20 hours Oba of Benin calls for peaceful co-existence, unity among Nigerians Sun
    The Oba of Benin, Omo N’oba N’edo Uku Akpolokpolo Ewuare II on Friday called for the peaceful co-existence and unity among Nigerians. Ewuare II made the call during a courtesy visit on the governor of Niger, Alhaji Abubakar Bello, at Government House, Minna. “There is need to pray for peaceful co-existence and unity of Nigeria,” he said. He said that Edo and Niger states have a long sustained relationship dating back to its creation by the ex-military President, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (rtd). The traditional ruler, who was happy with the warm reception accorded Edo indigenes in the state, added that ... more
  • 20 hours Korean blockbuster film “Extreme Job” lights up Asian Film Festival in FCT Sun |10ment
    Abuja residents and members of the diplomatic community were thrilled on Friday night as Korean blockbuster action comedy film, “Extreme Job” premieres at the ongoing 2020 Asian Film Festival in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Asian film festival holding from Jan. 23 to 26 at the Caeser Hall, showcases the best of Asian films, with daily screening of films from participating countries. The film fiesta is set to screen movies from Japan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Korea, Palestine, Syria, Iran and China. NAN reports that ‘Extreme Job’ is a 2019 South Korean action comedy ... more
  • 20 hours UTME: NSCDC pledges partnership with JAMB in Anambra Sun
    The Anambra State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has pledged collaboration with the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), to facilitate successful conduct of the March 2020 UTME examination. The Commandant of the Corps, Mr David Bille, stated this when he paid a courtesy visit to the JAMB State Coordinator, Mr Cyril Mozie, in Awka on Friday. Bille said that the Corps would support the campaign against examination malpractice, encourage students to focus on their studies to promote quality education and provide security during the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). He reiterated the Corps commitment ... more
  • 21 hours Lalong doesn’t interfere with Plateau LG funds – Ubandoma, Lar’s political son Sun |Politics
    Gyang Bere, Jos The Chairman of Langtang North Local Government Council, Hon. Ubandoma Joshua Laven, and political son of the pioneer National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the late Chief Solomon Lar, has said that Governor Simon Lalong has never tampered with Plateau State Local Government funds. He noted that apart from the statutory deduction for funding of Plateau State University Bokkos, state security outfits, Operation Rainbow and Universal Basic Education in the State co-sponsored by the state and local government, Lalong does not interfere with local government finances. Hon. Laven, who is the only surviving PDP Local ... more
  • 22 hours LASEMA confronts Mushin timber market fire in Lagos Sun
    The Lagos Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) has given an account of battling the fire which broke out in Amu timber market in Mushin in the early hours of Saturday. According to the agency’s Public Affairs Officer Nosa OKUNBOR, “the fire outbreak, which was reported about 01:25 a.m through distress calls to LASEMA’s Control Room via 767, is currently being curtailed with virtually all First Responders in place and at work. “The First Responders had long been at work since about 02:00 a.m, in spite of the rumours spreading that the Fire ... more
  • 23 hours Ex Kogi commissioner to serve 19-year jail term for stealing over N19m in farmers funds Sun
    Emmanuel Adeyemi, Lokoja An Okene High Court on Friday sentenced a former Commissioner of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Zacheaus Atte, to 19 years imprisonment for embezzling N19 million, being monies meant for farmers in Kogi State. The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) had dragged the former commissioner before the high court on an 11-count charge bordering on conspiracy, diversion of funds and other sundry issues. After due prosecution of the case with all evidence tendered and witnesses testified in the case, the trial judge, Justice JJ Mejabi, however, found Atte guilty of 7 of the 11-count ... more
  • 1 day Nigeria cannot grow with current educational curriculum – Emir of Kano Sun
    Mohammed Munirat Nasir, Gusau The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, says that for Nigeria to attain sustainable development propelled by knowledge, the country’s education curriculum must be changed to fit the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Sanusi gave the advice while speaking as the chairman at the pre convocation lecture of the first convocation ceremony of the Federal University Gusau (FUGUS) in Gusau, Zamfara State. He said Nigeria’s current curriculum is not capable of meeting the demand in this era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. “You cannot have the same curriculum and be doing the same thing over and over. ... more
  • 1 day Fire guts Amu market in Mushin, goods worth billions destroyed Sun
    Steve Agbota, Lagos Properties worth billions of naira were on Saturday destroyed in a fire outbreak which gutted the building materials sections of Amu market in Mushin, Lagos State. According to an eyewitness, the fire started from one of the several lines of shops within the market in the early hours of the day. The actual cause of the inferno, which the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) currently battling with, could not be ascertained at press time, as there was no power supply within the market. The eyewitness said that the fire started ... more
  • 1 day The Word of Faith is in thy mouth Sun |Columns
    I have never seen any fel- low who refused to enter the bus until he has examined the driver’s driving license, so as to assure himself that he would be safe if he entered that bus. He even struggles to enter, especially, at the busy hour of the day. That is faith! The same thing applies when we ride the okada of some-one we had never met before. We have confidence in him, without considering if he knows how to ride it or whether he is even in- sane. Faith! Imagine what ... more
  • 1 day People think beauty queens are brainless –Helen Prest-Ajayi, ex-Miss Nigeria Sun |10ment
     Tony Ogaga In 1979, Helen Prest-Ajayi was crowned Miss Nigeria after a keen contest. At the time, Miss Nigeria was the only beauty pageant in the country. But till date, Helen’s reign remains one of the most glamourous in the history of pageantry in Nigeria.  In this chat, the former beauty queen talks about her reign, turning 60, and what transpired the day she met the late heavy weight champion, Mohammed Ali. Enjoy it. Normally, when you read about beauty queens, it is either they talk of Nollywood, music or running an NGO. You are a lawyer but tell us ... more
  • 1 day Day I was assaulted for playing husband snatcher –Ijeoma Thomas Sun |10ment
    Abia State-born actress, Ijeoma Thomas, has been made to pay the prize for stardom on several occasions. According to the talented actress, who also doubles as a movie producer, she has been called all sorts of names, including a husband snatcher, due to the kind of roles she plays. She disclosed: “There is this movie I did, Ala Di (Husband madness), I was so mean in it. I did a whole lot of things in the movie. I collected people’s money and snatched my sister’s husband. I even snatched another person that wanted to marry her. In the movie, I ... more
  • 1 day Lagos agog for theatre festival Sun |10ment
    The 7th edition of the Lagos Theatre Festival is set to hold in multiple locations within the Lagos metropolis, including National Museum, African Artists Foundation, British Council, and Alliance Française, with Freedom Park as the main festival hub. According to the organisers, this year’s festival will explore the theme, ‘Going out of Bounds’ and will feature over 120 events including drama, opera, dance, comedy, and spoken word. Aside evening events of karaoke, comedy, music performances and disco, there will also be learning opportunities with workshops and panel discussions for talent development. The Festival Executive Director, Bikiya Graham-Douglas, noted: “LTF remains ... more
  • 1 day No serious competition in Nollywood –Martha Orhiere Sun |10ment
    For versatile actress, Martha Ehinome Orhiere, there is no serious competition in the movie industry despite the alarming number of new actresses gracing the screens. In a chat with Inside Nollywood, the Edo State-born script interpreter, says, “I don’t know about any competition in the movie industry. I don’t see life as competition; I just know that time and place happen to everything. It just doesn’t come at the same time for everybody. But if you know your stuff and you know what you want, with time, no one will be able to hide a lamp under the bed. Everyone’s ... more
  • 1 day The time is ripe for Lagos Infrastructure Development Fund Sun |Opinion
    Abiodun Dina It has been estimated that Lagos State will require a conservative sum of about $50 billion in five years to bridge the infrastructure gap in the state. Critical areas identified include Roads and drainages ($20bn), Power ($10bn), Intermodal Transportation ($9.3bn), Information and Communication Technology (ICT) ($5bn), Provision of Portable water ($3bn) and Environment (N2.7bn). Whereas, the State budget for year 2020 is N1.168Tn ($3.2bn). As ambitious as this may, it will take the State about 18 years to realise the goals in the aforementioned sectors if it is able to realise the proposed budget estimate, for the period. ... more
  • 1 day As Imo Assembly boards the Titanic… Sun |Opinion
    Yinka Olujimi With the successful execution of the judicial coup that pole-vaulted Hope Uzodinma to office as Governor last week, I instinctively knew that it was only a matter of time for our party of integrity, the great All Progressives Congress (APC), to seize more crowns in not only Imo State but also the entire stretch of the hitherto impregnable southeast Nigeria. It’s a classic tale of progression from zero to hero! Until last week, our party had no single member in that Assembly. But, today, thanks to the supreme twisters in the Supreme Court, we are now in the ... more
  • 1 day Tribute to my friend, Festus Keyamo @ 50 Sun |Opinion
     Louis Odion, FNGE As he hits the golden jubilee milestone (on January 21), I couldn’t think of a better depiction of that biblical line, “a friend that sticks closer than a brother”. Sure, the story of his extraordinary climb from the bottom to the zenith of his chosen career – law – is now public knowledge. Without the proverbial silver spoon, without a godfather, Festus pulled himself uphill, earning the Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) on account of winning a number of landmark cases that have undoubtedly extended the frontiers of jurisprudence in Nigeria. I was there when Festus started ... more
  • 1 day Sen Ubah v. Obinna Uzoh: Rigging through the courts Sun |Columns
    Our democracy is in trouble and there is no point pretending that all is well with our Judiciary. Our electoral jurisprudence rather than improving to give us justice in our election appears to be creating more road blocks. We must be careful, for if we lose the courts, we lose everything including the nation.  It’s a shame that our politics is now characterized by widespread fraud with extensive judicial dimension. With the aid of willing judicial officers, the consent and will of the people are undermined, thus making nonsense of John Locke’s thesis on democracy as a system where the ... more
  • 1 day Health benefits of pineapples Sun |Columns
    Pineapple is the only known source in nature of the enzyme Bromelain. Bromelain actually digests proteins. Once you swallow a pineapple, the acids in your stomach destroy the enzymes. Although Bromelain is found in every part of pineapple, it is most plentiful in the stem. Pineapple peels also contain medicinal properties which has numerous benefits on our entire body. So, when next you buy a pineapple, don’t throw the peels away. All you need do is to wash properly before peeling; cook the peels and drink the water.  Pineapples are loaded with vitamins A and C, fiber, potassium, phosphorous and ... more
  • 1 day Onome Ebi tasks CAF on Women Champions League Sun |Sports
    Super Falcons centre-back and five-time Women’s World Cup player Onome Ebi believes the time is right now for women’s football in Africa to have a Champions League style tournament. “The men already have the Champions League, the time is now for the women’s equivalent in the continent. I don’t know why people are not thinking in that direction”. Speaking very passionately about this she continue “Let us have the champions of Cameroon, South Africa, Nigeria and maybe 3 other countries and have a tournament. I believe that will push African women’s football to the level it should be”. Apart from ... more
  • 1 day Wilder, Fury rematch: The real challenge for Joshua – Oboh Sun |Sports
    Former British, Commonwealth and WBA International light heavyweight boxing champion, Peter Oboh has said that the February 22nd rematch between Deontay Wilder the current WBC Heavyweight boxing champion and former WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Furry will be the most difficult fight to predict who among these two hard men and heavy punchers will fall first. And who among these two big punchers will experience his first defeat by via ‘knockout’? Let us be realistic, if any boxer can beat Anthony Joshua at Joshua’s best ... more
  • 1 day CAF Confederation Cup: Injury ravaged Rangers seeks redemption in Cairo Sun |Sports
    Coach of the ‘Flying Antelopes’, Rangers International F.C of Enugu, Nigeria, Salisu Yusuf is optimistic of returning from Cairo, Egypt with a good result as he leads his injury ravaged side to trade tackles with high flying Pyramids F.C in a match day 5, Group A, Total/CAF Confederation Cup encounter. Speaking before the team jetted out to Egypt from the Muritala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, Friday, the vastly experienced gaffer said that despite that fact that most of his tested legs were down and out with one form of injury or the other, he is positive of the match day ... more
  • 1 day Fuludu under attack over Delta Football stagnation Sun |Sports
    Delta State football stakeholders have charged members of the Ethics and Integrity Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, to do the needful by addressing allegations of misappropriation of funds leveled against former acting chairman of the Delta State Football Association, Edema Fuludu, MON. Rising from a meeting held at the Patrick Okpomo Football House in Asaba to discuss and prefer solutions to matters relating to football in the state and the current crises rocking the Delta State Football  Association, the stakeholders in a communiqué, where they passed a vote of confidence on the Nigeria football Federation as well as ... more
  • 1 day NOGIG 2020 : ExxonMobil targets bright start against NLNG Sun |Sports
    Paul Erewuba Preliminaries of the football event of the 2020 Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry Games beginning Monday at the Legacy Pitch, National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos will see the defending champions ExxonMobil taking on NLNG in the opening match. In the final of NOGIG 2018 events, ExxonMobil defeated hard-fighting Chevron 1-0 in a pulsating match that saw to the best of football in exhibition. “It is a game we must win in order to set a perfect tone for the successful defence of our trophy and send a signal to other contestants that we are not going to let go ... more
  • 1 day I’m chasing Enyeama’s record in Israel – Adeleye Sun |Sports
    Bolaji Okunola Israel based goal keeper, Adebayo Adeleye who is currently standing between the sticks for Hapoel Katamon F.C of Israel has expressed his intention of following the legacy laid down by legendary Vincent Enyeama who remains an Idol before soccer followers across the globe. Adebayo in an interview with The Sun Sports on Saturday further hinted on his availability to feature for the Super Eagles in the nearest future, his perception on coach Gernot Rohr tutored team, his views on the new AFCON date and the implication regarding Nigeria’s performance in the forthcoming AFCON 2021 in Cameroon, as well ... more
  • 1 day National Sports festival: Kebbi, Kaduna grab football tickets for North West Sun |Sports
    Olanrewaju Lawal, Birnin Kebbi Kebbi and Kaduna states have qualified for football in male and female categories at the just concluded North West Zonal elimination held in Birnin Kebbi. The 20th National Sports Festival, North West Zonal elimination kicked on of last Wednesday with seven states from the Zone slugged it out in various games. The results our Correspondent gathered from the officials shows that in Basketball male, Kano and Zamfara qualified while in the female category, Kano and Kaduna qualified. In hockey male category, Kaduna and Katsina qualified while Kaduna qualified in the female category alone. In Beach volleyball, ... more
  • 1 day Gowon’s war memoirs (2): ‘Ojukwu’s excuse, absolute nonsense’ Sun |Columns
    For absenting himself from the meetings, Ojukwu tried to use insecurity as excuse.  But to me, that was absolute nonsense.  Even in Accra, in Aburi, there could be the question of insecurity there.  Anything could have happened.  If we wanted, could we have not have arranged for some deranged persons in Ghana to deal with that particular problem?  That was really the question that he tried to raise.  That it is insecurity.  We promised him security.  That all of us were there and none of us would have had any desire to hurt or harm him, or to hurt the ... more
  • 1 day Secrets you shouldn’t keep from your partner Sun |Columns
    It is not okay to start a marriage on deceit. It is sad that a lot of people are deceiving their partners into marriages while keeping important information from them.  You don’t lie to your man or woman about something that might affect them in the long run if both of you eventually get married. You are starting off on a wrong foot. Lay all your cards on the table. Be honest with your partner. A young lady is confused about what to do after she discovered some antiretroviral drugs hidden in a suitcase in her fiancé’s house. Her traditional ... more
  • 1 day Our toxic partners Sun |Columns
    Kate Halim Relationships are hard and nobody is perfect. Men and women have all been guilty of being unkind to their partners at one point or another. That’s just life. But sometimes, occasional insults or constant mean comments are more than just a bad moment and are actually signs you are dealing with a toxic partner and could be in a toxic relationship. There are behaviours that some men and women exhibit that are destructive to their relationships. Some men and women spoke to Heart Congress about how they knew they were in relationships with toxic people and what ... more
  • 1 day Operation Amotekun has come to stay –Shuaib Oyedokun Sun |Politics
    Former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Shuaibu  Oyedokun has  declared  that Nigeria is gradually sliding into  a one party state. Oyedokun who is currently member, PDP Board of Trustees in this interview with TUNDE THOMAS noted that the hullabaloo over the Southwest security network, Operation Amotekun is uncalled for because the initiative is an idea that has come to stay. He also spoke on other national issues: What’s your position on  the opposition to Operation Amotekun, the new security outfit  recently launched by South-West governors  by the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, and the ... more
  • 1 day Who should pay the bill after a date? Sun |Columns
    According to Myka Meier, the founder of NYC-based Beaumont Etiquette which offers dating etiquette course, the person who invited the other person out on a date should pay. However, if the date and location was a mutual decision, always offer to pay your half.  Nigerian men berate Nigerian women at every given opportunity because of this issue. They ask when women will stop depending on men for money and when they will start paying or even split bills on dates like their Western counterparts? I got friend-zoned by a potential boyfriend because I paid for what we ate on a ... more
  • 1 day Set up your own security outfit now, Izuogu urges S’ East govs Sun
    Stanley Uzoaru, Owerri Elder statesman, Dr. Ezikiel Izuogu has slammed the Southeast governors for not pioneering the recent move by the Southwest governors that led to the launch of operation Amotekun in their region. The inventor of the Emagnetodynamics car, told our correspondent that considering the insecurity challenges witnessed in the Southeast, the governors of the region should have initiated the move. He reprimanded the governors for not thinking in that direction, maintaining that the zone needed the security outfit more than any other zone in the country just as he urged them to take the issue of security seriously. ... more
  • 1 day 4 arrested for Ogun LG boss’ kidnap Sun
    Laide Raheem, Abeokuta Four suspects have been arrested by men of the Ogun State Police Command over the alleged abduction of Vice Chairman of the Transition Committee of Remo North Local Government Area of the State, Hon. Taiwo Soniyi. The suspects included: Muhammad Abdullah, 25; Ibrahim Dikko, 20; Gambo Abdullah, 25; and Mohammed Sulaimon, 23. Three of the suspects were arrested in the forests along the Fidiwo-Ipara road in Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of the state, while the fourth suspect was apprehended at Idi-Ayunre area of Ibadan, Oyo State. The suspects, Saturday Sun gathered, has collected N1.7million as ransom before ... more
  • 1 day Amotekun: Okupe commends VP, argues for state police Sun
    Former governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ogun State in 2003, Dr Doyin Okupe has congratulated the Federal Government over the parley with South West governors on the region’s new security outfit codenamed Operation Amotekun and called for a holistic approach towards the security challenges in the country. In an open letter addressed to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, titled “Re: Amotekun And Related Matters,” Okupe wrote:   “Let me congratulate your government and you personally for your timely and statesmanly intervention on the previously raging matter of the creation of Amotekun as a local and support security ... more
  • 1 day How Maina rejected N2bn bribe, EFCC witness tells court Sun
    Godwin Tsa, Abuja A prosecution witness, Khalid Aliyu, in the trial of former Chairman of Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, yesterday, told a Federal High Court how Maina rejected an N2 billion bribe from the accused persons in the police pension fraud. Aliyu who is also Maina’s younger brother, made the disclosure during cross-examination before Justice Okon Abang of the Abuja division of the court. The former PRTT boss is standing trial with his son, Faisal, alongside his company, Common Input Property and Investment Ltd for money laundering offences. While Maina was facing a 12-count on charge bordering on ... more
  • 1 day Manchester United offers Ighalo loan deal Sun |Sports
    Bunmi Ogunyale Striker Odion Ighalo is a loan target for Manchester United following Marcus Rashford’s injury. Former Watford forward Ighalo is with Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua and has two years left on his contract while Slimani is on loan at Monaco from Leicester. The Nigeria international scored 17 goals in 55 Premier League appearances for the Hornets before securing a move to the Chinese League One in 2017. After their 2-0 defeat to Burnley at Old Trafford in midweek, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer indicated that the club – six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea after successive defeats – are in need of ... more
  • 1 day Suspected assailant stabs police officer to death in Delta Sun
    Paul Osuyi, Asaba An inspector attached to the Delta State Police Command has been found dead inside a patrol van along Ogwashi-Uku axis of the Asaba-Ughelli expressway in Delta State. The deceased, identified as Williams was found in the pool of his own blood with multiple cuts on his body, an indication that suspected assailants allegedly stabbed him to death while he was taking a nap. Our correspondent reliably gathered that the incident took place at a checkpoint by Obasanjo Farms at Olloh, few kilometers from Ogwashi-Uku main town at about 8 pm on Thursday. It was learned that the ... more
  • 1 day Enugu bans sale, distribution of unauthorized water Sun
    The Enugu State government has banned the sale and distribution of water by water tankers and other vendors from unauthorized sources in the state “particularly the Ibusa Street Water/Stream in Independence Layout, Enugu”. A statement by the Commissioner for Information, Nnanyelugo Chidi Aroh, stated that the ban was in furtherance of the commitment of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s administration to protect the health and safety of residents of Enugu. Aroh added that the state government has consequently directed all relevant agencies in the health and environment sectors to ensure strict compliance with the directive and arrest, impound and prosecute, in line ... more
  • 1 day First Class undergraduate bags 5 years jail term in Ondo Sun
    Bamigbola Gbolagunte, Akure A final year student of Business Administration in a private university located in Ondo State, Fisayo Adetoro, has bagged 13-years jail term. The convicted student was found guilty of impersonation, forgery and money laundering. Adetoro, who was said to be a first-class student with 4.5 Cumulative Grade Point Aggregate (CGPA), was convicted by Justice Folashade Olubanjo of the Federal High Court 1, Akure, in a criminal case filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), Ibadan zonal office. He was originally arraigned on January 18, 2017 on a six-count charge, but pleaded not guilty ... more
  • 1 day FG receives 6 new training aircraft Sun
    Uche Usim, Abuja Efforts to boost pilots training at the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria, Kaduna State, gained traction on Friday, as the federal government formally received six new aircraft in Austria, which will be delivered to the college in three weeks. The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika made the disclosure on his verified Tweeter handle on Friday. He said: “Just received, in Austria, six new state-of-the-art aircraft for NCAT, Zaria. To be delivered within three weeks. “In our effort to catch up with technology in line with our approved roadmap. Our efforts have earned Zaria the status ... more
  • 1 day CBN warns against Nigeria’s rising debt Sun
    Uche Usim, Abuja The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Friday foreclosed the possibility of devaluing the naira, saying it has sufficient foreign reserves to meet all its obligations without recourse to hurting Nigeria’s currency. CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele who made the disclosure at the 271st MPC meeting and first one in 2020, held in Abuja, said the decision was taken by all 11 members of the MPC who were in attendance. Emefiele was reacting to speculations by economic experts who opined that the apex bank may likely devalue the naira amidst a ... more
  • 1 day Lassa fever: 76 persons test positive in Edo Sun
    The Commissioner for Health in Edo, Dr Patrick Okundia on Friday in Benin said that 76 out of 175 suspected cases of Lassa fever tested positive to the epidemic. Okundia made this known during a Lassa fever committee meeting, chaired by the state Deputy Governor, Mr Philip Shaibu and representative of the World Health Organization (WHO). “A total of 76 suspected cases of Lassa fever were confirmed yesterday in the state and they are currently on admission in the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital. We have not recorded any new death but have also reduced our case fatality rate to less ... more
  • 1 day Why Tinubu should be Nigeria’s next President –Lanre Rasak Sun |Politics
    A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Lanre Rasak has expressed doubts over the preparedness of the Southeast and former PDP Deputy National Chairman, Chief Olabode George to clinch the 2023 presidency. According to the notable politician, the South should however takeover from President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 and he believes former Lagos governor, Bola Tinubu is the right person. He spoke with LAWRENCE ENYOGHASU. You were silent when Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was allegedly having issues in the presidency. Why? Osinbajo’s problem with Buhari is mere speculation. I didn’t believe it. I know too well that Buhari ... more
  • 1 day Amotekun will promote S’West, S’East, S’South secession plans – Tanko Yakasai Sun |Politics
    Elder Statesman, Tanko Yakasai, has said that the Southwest security network, code-named, ‘Operation Amotekun’, is a private army in the making. The founding member of Arewa Consultative Forum, in this interview with VINCENT KALU, urged the Yoruba to drop the security outfit and embrace the federal government’s initiative on national security. He warned that the idea is capable of encouraging the secession agenda of some elements in the Southwest, Southeast and South- South geo-political areas of the country. He equally warned Amotekun operatives and those promoting them not to dare the nation’s security forces Fifty years after the civil war, ... more
  • 1 day Fayemi, Ewi, Adams for OPU World Congress Sun
    Ekiti State governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Ewi of Ado, Oba Rufus Adeyemo Adejugbe Aladesanmi, and the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams are among the dignitaries expected at the 2020 edition of the Oodua Progressive Union World Congress. The event, which is the 6th edition is slated for all members of the Oodua Progressive Union (OPU) from across the 87 countries in the world,. They will, on Monday, January 27, converge on Ado Ekiti, Ekiti state capital to celebrate the annual Congress of the organization. The group, presently in 87 countries in the world, was established in 2011, with ... more
  • 1 day Akpabio/Ekpenyong senatorial election rerun: Police, Akwa Ibom govt disagree on movement restriction Sun |Politics
    Akwa Ibom State government and the Nigeria Police, Akwa Ibom State Command, have disagreed on movement restriction during the Ikot Ekpene senatorial election rerun. The Appeal Court ordered rerun elections in Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District, Ikot Ekpene Federal Constituency and Essien Udim State Constituency, to hold today, but only in Essien Udim local government where the March and April 2019 general elections were marred by violence. Consequently, the state police command had said there would be a restriction movement in the state except those on essential duties. “There will be a massive deployment of human and material resources to the ... more
  • 1 day Buhari focusing on skills acquisition to tackle poverty, youth restiveness –Ari, ITF DG Sun
    Gyang Bere, Jos The Director-General of Industrial Training Fund, (ITF), Joseph Ari has expressed strong commitment of the President Muhammadu Buhari in providing skills acquisition to the vulnerable persons to combat the scourge of unemployment and youth restiveness in the country. He noted that the commitment of the fund to skills acquisition was because it is the most proven solution to poverty among Nigerians. Ari disclosed this yesterday during a press briefing on four cardinal projects of the ITF in the first quarter of 2020, held at the STF headquarters, Jos, Plateau State. “Our commitment to skills acquisition is based ... more
  • 1 day Sokoto rerun: EFCC warns politicians against vote buying Sun
    Tunde Omolehin, Sokoto The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Sokoto zonal office has warned politicians and residents of the state not to engage in vote buying during today’s rerun election. Its Zonal Head, Abdullahi Lawal, gave the warning yesterday while addressing journalists as part of its preparation to monitor the election. He urged the electorate to avoid being used by politicians, adding that anybody caught in such financial illicit act will be arrested and made to face the law. “Whoever is caught with either vote buying or selling will be arrested and charged according to the law,” he stressed. ... more
  • 1 day FG woos investors to Nigeria’s creative industry Sun
    The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has urged investors to take advantage of the burgeoning opportunities in Nigeria’s creative industry, which he described as the fastest growing sector of the nation’s economy, in terms of business opportunities, employment, earnings and entertainment. The Minister made the pitch at the 11th Tourism Investment and Business Forum for Africa (Investour), which was held on the sidelines of the ongoing International Tourism Trade Fair (FITUR) in Madrid, Spain, on Thursday. He said the sector currently employs about 1 million people, directly and indirectly, and has the potential to employ millions more, ... more
  • 1 day We’re not rubber stamp National Assembly –Senate President Sun
    President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, for the umpteenth time on Friday, dismissed the insinuation that the ninth National Assembly is a rubber stamp legislature. Lawan who returned to Nigeria Thursday morning after about three weeks private visit abroad said no amount of blackmail will discourage the present Assembly from working with the executive arm of government for the betterment of the people. The Senate President was responding to a surprised belated birthday presentation by his North East Support Group at the Dutse Airport in Jigawa state on his way to his Yobe North Senatorial District in Yobe State. Lawan ... more
  • 1 day Man kills wife, with a hoe in Niger Sun
    Police in Niger said one Suleiman Gimba of Maratu village in Nasko Local Government Area of the state, had allegedly killed his wife, Aishatu Suleiman, after a minor misunderstanding. The Commissioner of Police in the state, Alhaji Adamu Usman, disclosed this in an interview with journalists in Minna yesterday. Usman said the incident occurred on Jan. 22, at about 11:50 p.m. when Suleiman had a minor misunderstanding with his 35-year-old wife, Aishatu Suleiman. He said the suspect hit Aishatu with a hoe on her forehead, which resulted in her death on the spot. “Consequently, the suspect fled to an unknown ... more
  • 1 day 21 killed, 195 injured in Bayelsa election violence –Panel Sun |Politics
    Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa No fewer than 21 people were killed and 195 others injured during the botched governorship rally of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) in Nembe, Nembe Local Government Area, Bayelsa, a panel of inquiry set up to document level of damage has revealed. Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson who received the report of the panel from the Chairman, Commissioner of Police, Akpoebi Agberebi (rtd)  described the incident as barbaric. The governor in a statement described the level of violence perpetrated in Nembe as tragic and sacrilegious. “What took place in Nembe, should be referred to as, ‘Nembe massacre.’ It’s ... more
  • 1 day Okigwe North re-run: APC vows to sack PDP Sun |Politics
    George Onyejiuwa, Owerri Following the sacking of Emeka Ihedioha as the governor of the state by the Supreme Court and the installation of Senator Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress, as the governor of the state, the pendulum of state power has suddenly swung to the APC ahead of the Okigwe North Federal constituency rerun ordered by the court. It will be recalled that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Hon. Obinna Onwubuariri had won the Okigwe North seat, which comprises Onu Imo, Okigwe and Isiala Mbano for the second time, but the appellate court nullified his election ... more
  • 1 day Plateau records 5 cases of Lassa fever Sun
    The Plateau Commissioner of Health, Dr. Nimkong Ndam, yesterday confirmed five cases of Lassa fever in the state. Ndam told newsmen in Jos that the patients suffering from the ailment had been admitted in two hospitals in the state, adding that three of them were undergoing treatment; one just completed treatment, while the fifth one had been discharged. He said Lassa fever was not new in the state because the area had experienced the disease before. “However, the health personnel are on the ground to handle the situation and they have the required protective kits to wear while treating such ... more
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