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  • 2 hours 2023: South East must produce president –Group Sun |Politics
    Sunday Ani The Chancellor of the Nigeria Presidential Project 2023 (NPP 2023), Dr Walter Obiora Oji, has declared that for equity, justice and fairness to prevail in Nigeria, the Southeast geopolitical zone should be allowed to produce the next president after Muhammadu Buhari in 2023. He, therefore, called on the political parties to zone their presidential candidate positions for the 2023 general elections to the zone. Dr. Oji made the appeal yesterday at the inauguration of the Lagos State chapter of the NPP in Festac, Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of the state. The former gubernatorial candidate in Enugu ... more
  • 2 hours Edo guber results: Heavyweights in show of strength Sun |Politics
    In what appears like a show of strength, most of the political heavyweights in Edo State yesterday won their polling units for their political parties at the governorship poll, except Capt. Well Idahosa Okunbo, who lost in his Oredo LGA ward 2, unit 3. In the Ward 2 result, PDP polled 101 votes to defeat APC that got 57 votes. This was as Governor Godwin Obaseki won his Oredo Ward 4, unit 19 with his party PDP polling 184 as against APC’s 62 votes. In Ward 3, Esan North-East, where the centre of the Speaker of the state House ... more
  • 2 hours Gunshots in Akpatason’s ward; thug smashes his car windscreen Sun |Politics
    There were sporadic gunshots at Uneme-Nekhua, Ward 1, Unit 9 in Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of Edo State, where the Deputy Majority Leader, House of Representatives, representing the constituency, Hon. Peter Akpatason, voted yesterday. Addressing journalists, the visibly angry Akpatason lambasted the security personnel for not showing up on time when they were needed, saying that their delay almost led the people to resort to self-help, but he was able to calm his people down. Akpatason, who is a member of the All Progressives Congress, said one of the known thugs hauled pebbles at the voters with the intention ... more
  • 3 hours Dep gov, Shaibu, boasts of victory at polls Sun |Politics
    Ighomuaye Lucky, Benin   Edo State deputy governor, Philip Shaibu, yesterday, boasted that Governor Godwin Obaseki and himself would emerge victorious at the polls. Shaibu said this while speaking with journalists shortly after casting his vote at his polling unit, Ward 11, Unit 5 at Jattu, Etsako West Local Government Area. He voted at about 10:30 am. “I am optimistic that we will win the election. You know I am a man of the people and we have a technocrat as a governor; people who ordinarily would not have come are out to vote are all here; so I ... more
  • 3 hours …As APC dep gov candidate, Gani Audu, Akoko-Edo residents vote, optimismistic of winning Sun |Politics
    The deputy governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), Gani Audu, yesterday voted at his polling unit, Ward 7, Unit 13, Ughioli Primary School Aviele, Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo. He arrived at the polling unit at about 11:10am and commended the electoral process as well as the way and manner the electorate conducted themselves. The peaceful conduct of the electorate was contrary to insinuations that there would be violence during the election in Edo North. Instead, there was peace and calmness at Ughioli Primary School, where Gani Audu cast his vote. Speaking to journalists, he ... more
  • 3 hours Violence, vote-buying, lack of social distancing trail poll Sun |Politics
    Tony Osauzo, Daniel Kanu and Ighomuaye Lucky   ‎Violence, vote buying and disregard for social distancing, yesterday, trailed the conduct of the Edo State governorship election. Despite the massive deployment of security personnel to protect voters and forestall violence, there were several reports of violence in voting centres across the state. ‎In Egor Local Government Area, the wife of the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was battered, when she resisted thugs who allegedly took away voting materials. ‎Similar acts of violence were reported in many parts of the state, during which thugs reportedly shot at voters and ... more
  • 3 hours Obasanjo’s alarm: Yakassai, Kokori, Momoh give ex-president hard knocks Sun |Politics
    Omoniyi Salaudeen Nations, like human, have their own peculiar challenges. And as a dynamic process of change and continuity, sometimes these problems come in torrents, deluging the system and institutions of governance like a surging wave of the ocean.  In the recent time, the world at large has had more than enough experience to share about the challenges occasioned by the ravaging effect of COVID-19 pandemic particularly its existential threat to the human race. Somehow, the fear is waning, but many global economies are still largely in the doldrums. Nigeria is not an exception. But beyond the dwindling fortune ... more
  • 3 hours Asari Dokubo EXplodes: Buhari hates Niger Delta Sun |Politics
    There are corruption allegations levelled against some administrators of NDDC, involving the present acting MD, immediate past acting MD, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs and even members of the National Assembly, what’s your take? The NDDC was created to fail from its inception. I was in the fore-front for the demand for a fair share of the resources of the Niger Delta by their own people. We held series of meetings before the NDDC came to light, we held series of meetings with Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo, the first meeting was on the 12th of June 1999 where all the Service ... more
  • 3 hours Obiano, Arthur Eze, Ngige feud not about Anambra 2021 election – Muo-Aroh Sun |Politics
    Geoffrey Anyanwu, Enugu A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Okey Muo-Aroh, has described as unfortunate the face-off between the Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano and business mogul, Prince Arthur Eze. He also frowned at the altercation between Prince Eze and the Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, urging the Igbo to appreciate the asset they have in Arthur Eze who he said is a builder of human capital. Exerpts: Your state Anambra has been tensed for some time now following altercations between Governor Willie Obiano and a prominent son of the state, Prince ... more
  • 3 hours Southern Kaduna crisis: Peace summit cosmetic, to score  cheap political points –Asake, SOKAPU President Sun |Politics
    Noah Ebije, Kaduna President, Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU), Jonathan Asake, has said that due process must be followed to involve all stakeholders for a peace summit on the crisis in the region to be held.  Asake, who is a former House of Representatives member during President Olusegun Obasanjo administration, said a situation whereby relevant stakeholders are given 24 hours notice to a peace summit is unacceptable by his people, adding that such a summit is cosmetic in nature and just intended to score political points by the powers that be. The SOKAPU national leader bared his mind on ... more
  • 3 hours Zamfara insecurity: Group petitions Buhari, begs for intervention Sun
    Romanus Ugwu, Abuja A group under the auspices of Patriots for the Advancement of Peace and Social Development (PAPS) has petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari, urging him to intervene in the mounting security tension in Zamfara State by ordering security agencies to arrest, investigate and possibly prosecute those fuelling it. In a press statement issued in Abuja by the chairman of the organisation, Dr Sani Abdulahi Shinkafi, the group accused members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) of beating the drums of war in the state, accusing them of being behind the security situation. He said the appeal had become ... more
  • 3 hours Lagos okays reopening of cinemas, gyms Sun
    Lukman Olabiyi   The Lagos State Government has approved the reopening of cinemas and gyms as soon as possible, with a maximum of 33 per cent occupancy. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced this during a briefing, yesterday. Cinemas and other recreational outlets were shut in March to curtail the spread of the COVID-19. Speaking at the press conference, Sanwo-Olu said:”Henceforth, cinemas and gyms are permitted to reopen as soon as possible, with a maximum of 33 per cent occupancy, which means that there must be a minimum of two empty seats between occupied seats; and in the case of gyms, ... more
  • 3 hours Insurgency: NAF urged to pursue viable solutions through partnership Sun
    Olakunle Olafioye   The Nigerian Air Force has been urged to pursue viable solutions by partnering knowledge-led organisations that will support its vision and mission in the fight against insurgency and terrorism in the country. A top security expert and President of the Association of Industrial Security and Safety of Nigeria (AISSON), Dr Onah Ekhomu, gave the advice during a courtesy visit to Air Officer Commanding Logistics Command of Nigerian Air Force, Air Vice Marshal Lawal Alao. Ekhomu noted that “the new threat environment has the enemy targeting command and control capabilities, targeting power and information infrastructure, and targeting ... more
  • 3 hours Health workers slam NMA over pharmacists’ consultancy cadre rejection Sun
    Agatha Emeadi   The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA)’s rejection of the approved Scheme of Service for Pharmacist Consultancy cadre in the Federal Public Service has drawn the ire of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations (AHPA) as they criticised the body’s ceaseless denigration of other healthcare professionals in the country.   The union comprising six registered trade unions, while reacting to NMA’s position, condemned what it termed an age-long disdain for other professionals by medical doctors. The NMA had through its national publicity secretary; Dr. Aniekeme Uwah, referred the approved Scheme of Service for ... more
  • 3 hours Powerful forces around you shielding bandits, Northern group tells Buhari Sun
    Okwe Obi, Abuja   A Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to be wary of his inner circle of friends, as some power individual within the corridors of power are allegedly shielding suspected bandits from arrest and prosecution. CNG called for the re-arrest of one Abdulmalik Zubairu Bungudu, whom it said, allegedly plotted to disrupt the House of Representatives bye-election in Bungudu, but was released “owning to pressure from powerful influencers from the seat of power.” While addressing newsmen in Abuja, CNG Spokesperson, Abul-Azeez Suleiman, said a strong petition would be addressed to President Buhari ... more
  • 3 hours Ganduje enjoins Muslims to pray for peace Sun
    Desmond Mgboh, Kano Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has called on the Muslim Ummah to continue to pray for peace and stability of the country and Kano in particular. The governor made the call, yesterday, while delivering his closing remarks at the Annual Zikir and Prayers for National Unity organised by the Majalisul Shura Litaraqa Al-Tijjaniyya held at the Kano Emir’s Palace. Ganduje, who was represented by his Deputy, Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, said: “It is only through prayers and submitting ourselves to the Almighty Allah that the situation we are in today can be addressed. “As we ... more
  • 3 hours Ekiti police place N5m bounty on wanted suspected robbery, kidnap kingpin Sun
    Priscilla Ediare, Ado-Ekiti Ekiti State Commissioner of Police, Tunde Mobayo, has declared one Oguntoyinbo Samuel, male, wanted. Mobayo in a statement signed by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Abutu Sunday, on Saturday in Ado-Ekiti, disclosed that Oguntoyinbo was suspected to have masterminded different bank robberies and kidnapping incidents in both Ekiti and Ondo states. The police chief explained that the suspect’s real name is Oguntoyinbo Samuel popularly known as Eleven (11) and Bado in Ekiti State and Ondo states respectively. He said that the suspect is an indigene of Iyin Ekiti in Ekiti State. Mobayo urged any person with ... more
  • 3 hours Lagos Judiciary ’ll soon witness unprecedented development –Sanwo-Olu Sun
    Lukman Olabiyi Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, declared his administration’s preparedness to refurbish physical infrastructure in the state’s High and Magistrate courts. The governor made this known to newsmen after a tour of the High Court buildings in Ikeja and Igbosere over the weekend, disclosing that his administration would soon set up a joint committee between the judiciary and executive to start work almost immediately. He said the planned refurbishment was to ensure better service delivery so that people who use the courtrooms would have a feel of new and refreshing atmosphere. “We will also be seeing a ... more
  • 3 hours Kaduna: Stakeholders in justice system meet on implementation of VAPP law 2018 Sun
    Sola Ojo, Kaduna Critical stakeholders in the administration of justice in Kaduna State met at the weekend to develop an implementation framework for Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Law 2018 in the state. This was at the instance of a leading non-governmental organisation in the advocacy and campaign against violence against women (VAW), Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA). Project Officer, WRAPA, Kaduna, Bukola Ajao, said though the law had been signed since December 1, 2018, many people were unaware of it. “With this meeting, we will develop an implementation framework to push for the effective implementation of ... more
  • 3 hours Facebook to develop Nigerian tech talents in Lagos Sun
    Enyeribe Ejiogu Global social media firm, Facebook, has announced its preparedness to open a new office in Lagos. The opening of Lagos office, the second office on the African continent, is aimed at supporting the entire Sub-Saharan Africa region. The office is expected to become operational in the second half of 2021 and the first on the continent to house a team of expert engineers building for the future of Africa and beyond. Head of New Product Experimentation, Ime Archibong, said: “The opening of our new office in Lagos, Nigeria presents new and exciting opportunities in digital innovations to ... more
  • 7 hours Edo 2020: Ignore fake INEC websites, figures, APC warns Sun
    Tony Osauzo, Benin The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State on Saturday night warned of fake Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) websites supposedly sponsored by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to win an advantage in the ongoing election. The party dismissed speculative results by the PDP, saying that PDP’s ‘electoral vaudeville’ will not secure them an electoral victory. According to a statement by the Edo APC Media Campaign Council Chairman, Mr John Mayaki, the figures and images being bandied in the media are false that should be disregarded. ‘Before the election, we warned that PDP has prepared doctored ... more
  • 8 hours Poly Ibadan sacks lecturer over sexual scandal Sun
    Oluseye Ojo, Ibadan The authorities of The Polytechnic Ibadan have terminated the appointment of a lecturer in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning of the institution, Mr Kelani Ajadi, over sexual scandal with a female student. The institution made this known in a letter dated September 15, 2020, entitled “The Polytechnic, Ibadan terminates the appointment of Chief Lecturer.” and signed by the Registrar and Secretary to the Governing Council of the institution, Mrs Modupe Fawale, which was made available to journalists in Ibadan on Saturday. The letter reads: ‘You will recall that you were engaged in inappropriate behaviour ... more
  • 8 hours Bagudu promises govt support for flood victims, farmers Sun
    Olanrewaju Lawal, Birnin Kebbi Kebbi State Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu has promised flood victims and farmers who have lost their livelihoods of government support. Bagudu disclosed that arrangements are ongoing to commence dry season farming to augment the huge losses caused by the devastating flood disasters. The Governor spoke in Birnin Kebbi on Saturday during a Stakeholders Meeting on the menace of flood and insecurity in some parts of Zuru Emirate. Bagudu said that the 2020 floods and rainfall have greatly surpassed the earlier predictions by NIMET and other weather agencies. According to the Governor, the unprecedented flood disasters ... more
  • 8 hours Ebonyi: Buhari mourns victims of Akaeze-Ukwu river tragedy Sun
    Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the motor accident on Akaeze-Ukwu River in Ebonyi State Friday night, in which several passengers were feared dead. A bus carrying over 30 passengers returning from a burial had plunged into the river along the Akaeze-Ishiagu expressway, in Ivo Local Government Area of the state. President Buhari expressed his sadness in his condolences to the government and people of Ebonyi State. In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Mr Buhari is quoted as saying: ‘We are saddened and aggrieved ... more
  • 9 hours COVID-19: Solidarity, cooperation, right choices for virus’ defeat – China’s consul general Sun
    China’s Consul General in Lagos, Chu Maoming, has declared that international solidarity, cooperation are the right choices for for defeating Coronavirus. he explained that China had made major strategic achievements in the battle against COVID-19. He said with nationwide efforts, China had basically controlled the epidemic, successfully resumed work and school and gradually brought its economy back on track, making the country the first major economy to return to growth since the outbreak. “In order to commend role models in the battle, most recently, an important meeting was held in China, at which President Xi Jinping made a keynote ... more
  • 9 hours Edo 2020: PSC decries deployment of unarmed personnel to polling units, commends police conduct Sun
    Molly Kilete, Abuja The Police Service Commission (PSC) has commended the conduct of police personnel deployed to monitor the gubernatorial elections in Edo state. It, however, decried the deployment of unarmed security personnel at voting units, saying it exposes the election to serious threats in some locations. The Commission in a statement said its official deployed to monitor the elections in the State covered all the three senatorial zones and visited 132 polling units in nine Local Government Areas. It also said it received a total of 53 calls and 32 text messages on its three dedicated telephone numbers ... more
  • 9 hours Edo 2020: PSC decries deployment of unarmed personnel to polling units, commends police conduct Sun |Politics
    Molly Kilete, Abuja The Police Service Commission (PSC) has commended the conduct of police personnel deployed to monitor the gubernatorial elections in Edo state. It, however, decried the deployment of unarmed security personnel at voting units, saying it exposes the election to serious threats in some locations. The Commission in a statement said its official deployed to monitor the elections in the State covered all the three senatorial zones and visited 132 polling units in nine Local Government Areas. It also said it received a total of 53 calls and 32 text messages on its three dedicated telephone numbers ... more
  • 9 hours Gunmen kill one in Kogi abduct three Sun
    Emmanuel Adeyemi, Lokoja Gunmen reportedly dressed in Fulani attire are said to have invaded Egume community in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State, killing one individual and abducting three others. The assailants are said to have carried out the attack at a hotel bar known as Royal Garden Relaxation Spot, along Anyigba-Ankpa highway, An eyewitness account said the gunmen stormed the bar where people were relaxing and started shooting sporadically as customers took cover. It was gathered that the deceased was allegedly struggling to escape before he was shot dead, while one of his friends who was sharing ... more
  • 9 hours Lagos okays reopening of cinemas, gyms Sun |10ment
    Lukman Olabiyi, Lagos The Lagos State Government has approved the reopening of cinemas and gyms as soon as possible, with a maximum of thirty-three per cent (33%) occupancy. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced this during a briefing in on Saturday. Like most public places, cinemas and other recreational outlets were shut in March to curtail the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. But while some public places like markets, banks, airports, amongst others have been allowed to reopen, cinemas, beaches and other places of relaxation remain closed. Speaking on the development, Governor Sanwo-Olu said: ‘Henceforth, cinemas and gyms are permitted to ... more
  • 9 hours Lagos okays reopening of cinemas, gyms Sun
    Lukman Olabiyi, Lagos The Lagos State Government has approved the reopening of cinemas and gyms as soon as possible, with a maximum of thirty-three per cent (33%) occupancy. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced this during a briefing in on Saturday. Like most public places, cinemas and other recreational outlets were shut in March to curtail the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. But while some public places like markets, banks, airports, amongst others have been allowed to reopen, cinemas, beaches and other places of relaxation remain closed. Speaking on the development, Governor Sanwo-Olu said: ‘Henceforth, cinemas and gyms are permitted to ... more
  • 9 hours Edo 2020: Rivers deputy gov, traditional rulers condemn siege on Wike’s hotel Sun
    Tony John, Port Harcourt Rivers State Deputy Governor Mrs Ipalibo Banigo has condemned the blockade on the hotel of Governor Nyesom Wike by officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force in Benin City, Edo State. Mrs Banigo, in a statement from the Government House in Port Harcourt, on Saturday said that it was unfortunate that, while the police could prevent Governor Wike, who is the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) National Campaign Council Chairman for the 2020 Edo State gubernatorial election, to carry out his legitimate duties, the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governors were allowed to move freely. The ... more
  • 10 hours Edo 2020: PDP, APC battle it out as results pour in Sun |Politics
    As the Edo State governorship election concludes, some polling unit results are already coming in, with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), currently in the lead. LGA: Oredo WARD 4‎ (Governor Obaseki’s ward and unit) Unit: 19 PDP: 184 APC: 62 VOID: 5 WARD 3, Esan North-East Arue primary School Voting Centre. Hon. Speaker, Frank Okiye’s voting centre: WARD 3 unit 4: APC: 5 PDP: 197 WARD 3 unit 5: APC: 61 PDP: 150 WARD 3 unit 6 (Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly Hon.. Frank Okiye polling unit) APC: 8 PDP: 315 Total votes at the centre: PDP: 662 ... more
  • 10 hours Edo 2020: Gunfire at lawmaker’s ward, thug smashes car Sun
    Ighomuaye Lucky, Benin There were sporadic gunshots at Uneme-Nekhua, Ward 1, Unit 9, in Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of Edo State, where the Deputy Majority Leader, House of Representatives, representing the constituency, Hon Peter Akpatason, voted Saturday. Addressing reporters, the visibly angry Akpatason took it on the security personnel for not showing up on time when they were most needed, saying that their delay almost had his constituents resort to self-defence but that he was able to calm them down. Akpatason, who is a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said one of the known thugs hauled pebbles ... more
  • 10 hours Edo 2020: Gunfire at lawmaker’s ward, thug smashes car Sun |Politics
    Ighomuaye Lucky, Benin There were sporadic gunshots at Uneme-Nekhua, Ward 1, Unit 9, in Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of Edo State, where the Deputy Majority Leader, House of Representatives, representing the constituency, Hon Peter Akpatason, voted Saturday. Addressing reporters, the visibly angry Akpatason took it on the security personnel for not showing up on time when they were most needed, saying that their delay almost had his constituents resort to self-defence but that he was able to calm them down. Akpatason, who is a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said one of the known thugs hauled pebbles ... more
  • 10 hours Edo 2020: Violence, vote-buying, lack of social distancing mar polls Sun |Politics
    Tony Osauzo, Daniel Kanu and Ighomuaye Lucky, Benin ‎Violence, vote-buying and disregard for social distancing trailed the conduct of the Edo State governorship election on Saturday. Despite the massive deployment of security personnel to protect voters and forestall violence, there were several reports of violence in voting centres across the State. ‎In Egor Local Government, the wife of the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was said to have been beaten for resisting thugs who allegedly took away voting materials. Similar reports of violence were said to have characterised the election in many parts of the State, with ... more
  • 10 hours Edo 2020: Violence, vote-buying, lack of social distancing mar polls Sun
    Tony Osauzo, Daniel Kanu and Ighomuaye Lucky, Benin ‎Violence, vote-buying and disregard for social distancing trailed the conduct of the Edo State governorship election on Saturday. Despite the massive deployment of security personnel to protect voters and forestall violence, there were several reports of violence in voting centres across the State. ‎In Egor Local Government, the wife of the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was said to have been beaten for resisting thugs who allegedly took away voting materials. Similar reports of violence were said to have characterised the election in many parts of the State, with ... more
  • 11 hours Kaduna introduces elite marathon race, to gulp N300 million Sun
    Noah Ebije, Kaduna The Kaduna State Government has introduced an elite and youth international marathon race to attract investments to the State. According to the organisers, the maiden Kaduna International Marathon 2020, billed for November, is expected to gulp N300 million with 10 elite athletes expected from across the world. Addressing a world press conference on Saturday at Sir Kashim Ibrahim House, Kaduna, Governor Nasir El-Rufai said the 21km half marathon race, with the theme “Let’s Run Together”, is aimed at talent hunting, engaging the youth and attracting investment opportunities to the state. Governor El-Rufai said, there would be ... more
  • 11 hours Kaduna introduces elite marathon race, to gulp N300 million Sun |Sports
    Noah Ebije, Kaduna The Kaduna State Government has introduced an elite and youth international marathon race to attract investments to the State. According to the organisers, the maiden Kaduna International Marathon 2020, billed for November, is expected to gulp N300 million with 10 elite athletes expected from across the world. Addressing a world press conference on Saturday at Sir Kashim Ibrahim House, Kaduna, Governor Nasir El-Rufai said the 21km half marathon race, with the theme “Let’s Run Together”, is aimed at talent hunting, engaging the youth and attracting investment opportunities to the state. Governor El-Rufai said, there would be ... more
  • 11 hours Jimoh Aliu: Ekiti Deputy Governor pays tribute to late theatre icon Sun
    Priscilla Ediare, Ado-Ekiti The Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, has paid tribute to the late theatre icon, Chief Jimoh Aliu. Egbeyemi eulogised the late artiste for using his talent in promoting arts and culture locally, nationally and internationally. The Deputy Governor, in a statement by his Special Assistant (Media), Odunayo Ogunmola, described the late Aliu as a worthy Ekiti ambassador who placed the name of the state on the global map of theatre, arts, culture and entertainment. Egbeyemi described the death of the former National President of the Association of Nigeria Theatre Arts Practitioners (ANTP) as a ... more
  • 11 hours Jimoh Aliu: Ekiti Deputy Governor pays tribute to late theatre icon Sun |10ment
    Priscilla Ediare, Ado-Ekiti The Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, has paid tribute to the late theatre icon, Chief Jimoh Aliu. Egbeyemi eulogised the late artiste for using his talent in promoting arts and culture locally, nationally and internationally. The Deputy Governor, in a statement by his Special Assistant (Media), Odunayo Ogunmola, described the late Aliu as a worthy Ekiti ambassador who placed the name of the state on the global map of theatre, arts, culture and entertainment. Egbeyemi described the death of the former National President of the Association of Nigeria Theatre Arts Practitioners (ANTP) as a ... more
  • 12 hours Lagos judiciary will soon witness unprecedented development – Sanwo-Olu Sun
    Lukman Olabiyi, Lagos Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has stated the intention of his administration to scale up and refurbish physical infrastructure in the state High and Magistrate Courts. The Governor said his motive was not only to scale up and refurbish physical infrastructure but also to look into the welfare of judges and magistrates. He made this known to newsmen after a tour of the high courts in Ikeja and Igbosere on Saturday, September 19. Sanwo-Olu disclosed that his administration would soon set up a joint committee between the judiciary and executive to start work almost ... more
  • 12 hours Molestation: Lagos socialite Lascatter denies estranged wife’s allegation Sun
    Lukman Olabiyi, Lagos Lagos socialite, Temidayo Lucky Kafaru, aka Lascatter, has denied the allegations made against him by his ex-wife, Diana Faith Logico, that he raped her and sexually molested their 5-month-old son. Lascatter, in a press statement issued by his lawyer, Omo-Elo Akokaike, stated that all the allegations made against him are false and an attempt to tarnish his image. The statement reads: ‘Temidayo in the highest terms, states and denies emphatically each and all the allegations that he had carnal knowledge of his house help or was engaged in unnatural acts with his own beloved son. All ... more
  • 12 hours Molestation: Lagos socialite Lascatter denies estranged wife’s allegation Sun |10ment
    Lukman Olabiyi, Lagos Lagos socialite, Temidayo Lucky Kafaru, aka Lascatter, has denied the allegations made against him by his ex-wife, Diana Faith Logico, that he raped her and sexually molested their 5-month-old son. Lascatter, in a press statement issued by his lawyer, Omo-Elo Akokaike, stated that all the allegations made against him are false and an attempt to tarnish his image. The statement reads: ‘Temidayo in the highest terms, states and denies emphatically each and all the allegations that he had carnal knowledge of his house help or was engaged in unnatural acts with his own beloved son. All ... more
  • 12 hours Edo election: Security team investigates reports of gunshots Sun |Politics
    Heads of security for the Edo governorship election announce on Saturday that they have set out to investigate various areas and polling units where cases of gunshots were reported earlier during accreditation and voting. Mr Adeleye Oyebade, Deputy Inspector-General of Police, who heads the Edo election Security Monitoring Team, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that they were moving to areas where they had earlier received complaints of gunshots. Oyebade added that their visit was to also ensure that election activities were going on according to electoral laws. NAN reports that though the electoral process has been peaceful, ... more
  • 13 hours 3-storey school building collapses in Lagos Sun
    A three-storey building of the Excell College, a private school in Ejigbo, Lagos, collapsed on Saturday, two days to reopening of secondary and private schools in the state. The building is located at No. 15, Ansarudeen St., by Ile Epo Bus stop, Iyana Ejigbo. NAN reports that public and private primary and secondary schools in Lagos State are to re-open on Monday after about six months closure due to COVID-19. Lagos State-owned tertiary institutions re-opened on Sept. 14. The Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, told newsmen that no person was trapped in ... more
  • 14 hours Ekiti police declare suspected robbery, kidnap kingpin wanted with N5m bounty Sun
    Priscilla Ediare, Ado-Ekiti Ekiti State commissioner of police, Tunde Mobayo, has declared one Oguntoyinbo Samuel, male, wanted. Mobayo, in a statement signed by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Abutu Sunday, on Saturday in Ado-Ekiti, disclosed that Oguntoyinbo was suspected to have masterminded different bank robberies and kidnapping incidents in both Ekiti and Ondo States. The police chief explained that the suspect’s real name is Oguntoyinbo Samuel but popularly known as ELEVEN(11) and BADO in Ekiti State and Ondo State respectively. He said that the suspect is an indigene of Iyin Ekiti in Ekiti State. Mobayo, urged any person ... more
  • 14 hours Why entrepreneurship fails in Nigeria – Daramola, ex-Rep member Sun |Biz
    Okwe Obi, Abuja A former member of the House of Representative and Chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Abimbola Daramola, has attributed the failure of entrepreneurship to the lack sufficient knowledge and skills by entrepreneurs. Daramola, who spoke yesterday in Abuja while addressing potential entrepreneurs on how to weather the bad economic storm, called on governments to institutionalise entrepreneurship by setting up well-equipped training centers across the country where Nigerians can learn various skills, rather than dishing out grants to novice in the name of empowerment without ascertaining their skills. The ex-lawmaker, who recently launched a scheme called ... more
  • 14 hours BENGONET harps on guidelines to promote integrity in running organizations Sun
    Rose Ejembi, Makurdi Benue Non Governmental Organization Network (BENGONET) has harped on the need to develop guidelines and recommendations for promoting integrity in running organizations through the instrumentality of the constitution in an increasingly globalized world. Chairman of BENGONET, Mrs. Rachel Ityonzughul stated this on the occasion of the 13th Annual General Meeting of BENGONET Rural Development Initiative (BENGONET) held recently in Makurdi, the Benue State capital. “With many research activities now taking on a global dimension, it is imperative to discuss positive approaches towards inculcating best practices, including examining the role of CSOs in setting the standards for ... more
  • 14 hours Edo Deputy Governor, Shaibu, boasts of victory at polls Sun |Politics
    Ighomuaye Lucky, Benin The Edo State deputy governorship candidate, Philip Shaibu, yesterday, boasted that he is confident that governor Godwin Obaseki and himself would remain victorious at the polls. Shaibu said this while speaking with journalists shortly after casting his vote at his polling unit at Jattu, Etsako West local government. Shaibu voted at his Ward 11, unit 5, at about 10: 30 am. “I am optimistic that we will win the election. You know I am a man of the people and we have a technocrat as a governor, people who ordinarily would not have come are out ... more
  • 15 hours World Cleanup Day: CWED, Kaduna traders call for ban on plastics Sun
    Sola Ojo, Kaduna As the world commemorates this year’s Cleanup Day, Centre for Water and Environment Development (CWED) and traders in Mando, Igabi local government, Kaduna, Kaduna State, on Saturday called on the government to place a ban on indiscriminate usage of plastics and polythene as a critical step to save the environment. World Cleanup Day is an annual global social action programme aimed at combating the global solid waste problem, including the problem of marine debris, coordinated by the Estonian organization Let’s Do It! World. To these groups, people will naturally come up with other perishable materials to ... more
  • 15 hours Gov. Ganduje urges Muslims to pray for peace, stability Sun
    Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has called on Muslims to continue to pray for peace and stability in Kano and the country at large. Ganduje made the call at the closing of the Annual Zikir and Prayers for National Unity organised by the Majalisul Shura Litaraqa Al-Tijjaniyya at Kano Emir’s Palace. Hassan Fagge, the Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Nasiru Gawuna, stated this in a statement in Kano on Saturday. Represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Nasiru Gawuna, the governor said that it was only through prayers and total submission to Almighty Allah that the current ... more
  • 16 hours Obaseki, wife vote, after waiting for 40 minutes Sun
    The main contender the Edo Gvoernorship tussle, Godwin Obaseki who is also the incumbent governor has voted with his wife in at their PU 19, Ward 04 of Oredo LGA.  Obaseki stood on the queue waiting for his turn  for more than 40 minutes. The post Obaseki, wife vote, after waiting for 40 minutes appeared first on The Sun Nigeria. ... more
  • 16 hours Former governor, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun arriving Oredo Ward 2, PU 1 to cast his vote. Sun |Politics
    Former governor, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun arriving Oredo Ward 2, PU 1 to cast his vote. The post Former governor, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun arriving Oredo Ward 2, PU 1 to cast his vote. appeared first on The Sun Nigeria. ... more
  • 17 hours Gani Audu’s finally cast his vote, expresses optimism of winning Sun |Politics
    Ighomuaye Lucky, Benin The deputy governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), Gani Audu’s who later arrived his polling unit, Ward 7, unit 13, Ughioli Primary School Aviele, Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo at about 11:10am to cast his vote, commended the process and the way and manner the electorate have conducted themselves. He said there is no doubt in his mind that the APC will win the election because the state is an APC state. “You can see, Edo is an APC state. I don’t have any doubts at all that we will win this ... more
  • 17 hours FG conducts promotion exams for Directors Sun
    Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja The Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) has released the time-table for the conduct of year 2020 Directorate Level Examination Exercise in the Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs). The commission’s spokesperson, Eniola Babaoye, in a statement on Friday said that the accreditation for the promotion examination exercise will begin on Monday 21st September and end on Monday 28th September, 2020. Babaoye said the promotion exercise is scheduled to begin on 5th October and would ends on 12th, October, 2020. “Officers who have spent three years on SGL 14 as at 1st January 2020 are qualify for the ... more
  • 17 hours Gunmen invade relaxation spot in Kogi, kill one, injure many Sun
     Three gunmen attacked Royal Garden Relaxation Spot in Egume, Dekina Local Government of Kogi on Friday, killing one person and injuring many others, the police said on Saturday. Accordding to state police command, the armed men shot sporadically into the premises of the relaxation spot at about 7:45 pm on Friday. A statement by the command spokesman, DSP William Aya said that the attackers later fled the scene. The statement did not disclose whether the armed men robbed their victims, but said the Divisional Police Officer in Dekina mobilized operatives to the scene immediately after learning about the incident. ... more
  • 17 hours Motorists decry deplorable roads in Southern Kaduna Sun
    Motorists and other road users in Jema’a, Sanga, Kaura and Jaba Local Government Areas in the South of Kaduna State,  have decried the deplorable state of roads in their locality. The motorists, who spoke in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday, cited the Kafanchan-Kagoma-Kwoi, Kagoro-Manchok and Forest-Sanga-Akwanga roads among those in dire need of attention. Malam Audu Balarabe, a commercial driver, stressed that the poor condition of the roads had forced commercial vehicle drivers in the area to jerk up their fares. “A journey that is supposed to take a small amount of time, ... more
  • 17 hours NDLEA clarifies stand on drug integrity test for intending couples Sun
    The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has shed light on why those intending to go into marriage should undergo a “drug integrity test”. The Head of Public Affairs, NDLEA, Mr Jonah Achema in a statement on Saturday in Abuja said that what the agency proposed was totally different from what was reported. Achema said that the clarification became neccessary following the report circulating on the media that the agency was to conduct drug test for ladies before marriage. NAN gathered that a report had been circulating on social media by an online publication that the ... more
  • 17 hours Ember Months: FRSC urges motorists to drive patiently, apply controlled-speed Sun
     The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has advised motorists to be patient and apply controlled-speed on the highways during this Ember-months period. The FRSC Sector Commander in Enugu State, Mr Ogbonnaya Kalu, gave the advice while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Saturday. NAN reports that the Ember-months included the months of September, October, November and December. According to Kalu, the insinuation that blood sucking demons take over roads during Ember-months period is never true. “It is human negative attitude that most times lead to increase in crashes and even deaths,’’ he said. “The ... more
  • 17 hours Edo Polls: Ize-Iyamu votes at Ugboko ward 4, commends conduct of Election Sun
     Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Edo Governorship election on Saturday, Sept. 19 cast his vote at Ugboko ward 4, unit 26, Orhionmwon Local Government Council of the state at about 9: 25 a.m. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that Ize-Iyamu joined the queue at his polling unit located at Iguododo Primary school at about 9:20a.m. before casting his vote at about 9: 25a.m. Speaking to journalists after exercising his franchise, Ize-Iyamu commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the peaceful and smooth electoral process. He also commended INEC for ... more
  • 17 hours Edo Polls: Ize-Iyamu votes at Ugboko ward 4, commends conduct of Election Sun |Politics
     Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Edo Governorship election on Saturday, Sept. 19 cast his vote at Ugboko ward 4, unit 26, Orhionmwon Local Government Council of the state at about 9: 25 a.m. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that Ize-Iyamu joined the queue at his polling unit located at Iguododo Primary school at about 9:20a.m. before casting his vote at about 9: 25a.m. Speaking to journalists after exercising his franchise, Ize-Iyamu commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the peaceful and smooth electoral process. He also commended INEC for ... more
  • 17 hours Peace and calmness at Gani Audu’s Unit Sun |Politics
     Ighomuaye Lucky, Benin Contrary to the insinuation that there will be violence during the election in Edo North, there is peace and calmness at Ughioli Primary School Ward 7, Aviele in Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State where the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate, Gani Audu is going to cast his vote though he is yet to arrive to perform his civic right. The electorate have since queued up to cast their votes. The security personnel are vincible everywhere to quell any forms of violence that might tend to arise ... more
  • 18 hours Troops rescue 22 kidnapped victims in Zamfara, Katsina Sun
     The Nigerian Army troops of Operation Sahel Sanity fighting banditry and kidnapping in the northwest region have foiled bandits’ attacks and rescued 22 kidnapped victims. The troops also recovered arms and ammunitions in various operations in Zamfara and Katsina States. Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, the Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, made the disclosure in a statement issued in Gusau on Friday. According to him, troops deployed at Moriki and Jangeru, responded to a distress call on Sept. 13, and folied a planned bandits’ attack on Mai-Zuma village in Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara. This, he ... more
  • 18 hours Restriction order in Edo: Motorists, travellers stranded in Okpella Sun
    Many motorists and travellers are stranded at Okpella, Etsako West Local Government area of Edo, due to restriction of movement order during the governorship election. The police directed a restriction order on movement of vehicles between 11:59 p.m. on Friday and 6:00 p.m on Saturday. Articulated vehicles and others were on long queues on Benin-Auchi-Okene way, having been stopped and parked by the military officers on duty. Some of the truck drivers who spoke to NAN said that they thought they could beat the restriction period before the beginning  of the election. Mr Bello Abdulraman said: “I am coming ... more
  • 18 hours FEMA alerts Abuja residents of severe flood Sun
     The FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has once again issued a high alert on prospect of severe flood within the FCT, especially the riverine parts of the city. The Director-General of FEMA, Alhaji Abbas Idriss, issued the alert in a statement on Saturday in Abuja. Idriss said the red alert became necessary following rainfall and repeated floods being witnessed in different parts of the country and around the FCT, Idriss said though FCT was not on the red alert, but could be at the risk of heavier flooding because of its closeness to neighboring red line States. ... more
  • 19 hours Ibadan Poly sacks lecturer over alleged sexual misconduct Sun
    The management of The Polytechnic, Ibadan (TPI) has terminated the appointment of its lecturer, Kelani  Omotosho, over alleged sexual misconduct with a former student.  This is contained in a statement signed by the institution’s Registrar, Mrs Modupe Fawale in Ibadan on Saturday. The management said the lecturer, from the department of Urban and Regional Planning, was sacked for allegedly embarrassing and tarnishing the image of the institution. In the termination letter dated Sept 15, 2020 and signed by the registrar, it read: “you will recall that you were engaged in an inappropriate behaviour and poorly managed relationship with your former ... more
  • 19 hours Again, gunmen storm Kaduna city, kidnap 10, injure one Sun
     Noah Ebije, Kaduna Barely 24 hours after gunmen invaded a Kaduna suburb of Barkallahu where they kidnapped and went away with seven persons, similar incident happened Saturday night along Yakowa way in Kaduna metropolis where 10 persons were abducted, and one person injured. However, eyewitness account said police acted swiftly upon a distress call, “otherwise the gunmen would have done worst than this. “Few months ago the neighbouring Jaruwa community was invaded by gunmen and some people were kidnapped, including a police woman “However, we thank God for seeing this day. Kidnappers on rampage in ... more
  • 19 hours Edo governorship election begins amid massive security, movement restriction Sun |Politics
     The governorship election in Edo begins peacefully with impressive voters’ turnout in most wards across the state, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. Although the situation does not suggest the likelihood of violence, there is massive security presence in cities, town and villages. With total compliance with restriction movement across the state, the processes of making the election peaceful and credible is uninterrupted. Major streets, especially in Benin, don’t witness the usual traffic as the residents move to their respective polling stations for accreditation. Also reports from other areas of Edo, such as Uzzebba, Igueben, Auchi, Ososo, Ekpoma, ... more
  • 22 hours Edo Decides Live updates Sun
      Edo Election: At Uruekpen materials arrived on time, voting commenced on time, security adequate By Daniel Kanu Today is the D-Day that Edo people will decide the next governor of the state. All the drumbeat of war that has Disturbed the stste will fade today. In all parts of the state activities are on. At Iruekpen (Edo central) there is adequate security as Army mounted check-points. At Ogbomoide Primary school which is under Ward 6, with 3 Units (6,7,8) materials have arrived when Daily Sun visited at 8.03 am except Unit 6 which arrived late due to bus ... more
  • 1 day When the saints go marching in… Sun |Columns
    At Enugu, that great day, 42 years ago, as Ify and I were holding hands, not only as brother and sister, but also as a couple, the Assurance Voices Band from Lagos, led by our brother, Robinson Owolabi, burst out melodiously, ‘When the saints, go marching in…’ That marching-in was into our Reception Hall at the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, amidst the hilarious cheer by the unusually-large audience. It was nothing, however, to be compared with the Rapture day, when all the saints of God, dead and alive, will be marching into Heaven. Not the Assurance Voices, but ... more
  • 1 day Female Ooni of Ife resurrects in Abiodun Jimoh’s film, Luwo Gbagida Sun |10ment
    The story of first and only female Ooni of Ife, Luwo Gbagida, is being made into a movie.  Two-time winner of AMVCA awards for film excellence, Abiodun Jimoh, is the brain behind the epic production. According to him, Luwo Gbagida, which chronicles the story of the first and only female Ife monarch, would be released soon. “We’ve heard about Efunsetan Aniwura, Efunroye Tinubu (Madam Tinubu), Queen Amina, and Queen Moremi to mention a few, but why is it that nobody ever talked about Luwo Gbagida?” Jimoh asked rhetorically. He added: “Luwo Gbagida was a woman who came before her ... more
  • 1 day My encounter with homosexual in Nollywood –Victor Iyke Sun |10ment
    Actor cum filmmaker, Victor Iyke has recalled some of his nasty experiences while chasing a career in Nollywood.  According to him, the Nigerian entertainment industry is akin to Sodom and Gomorrah where homosexuals abound. “Homosexuals are everywhere in Nollywood. And yes, I had encounters with them while chasing a career as an actor. They are part of the reasons I started making my own films, to be in charge so that no one would give me such conditions before giving me a movie role,” Iyke told Inside Nollywood. Nevertheless, the award winning filmmaker looks forward to starting a family ... more
  • 1 day Music made me wealthy but people thought I did money ritual –Morocco Sun |10ment
    Paul Osuyi, Asaba Maduka Morocco is a household name especially in the eastern part of the country where he held sway with his Ekpili brand of music.  He started his music career in 1962 against the wishes of his parents who wanted him to be a doctor or lawyer. He was rejected at home but later blossomed, crowning his career with a ceremonial title of Eze Egwu of Ekpili. In this interview, Morocco who recently turned 76, speaks on his successes and challenges, as well as his plans to celebrate 60 years on stage. Enjoy it. Who is Nwamaduka (Maduka) ... more
  • 1 day You can’t hate the rich and hope to be like them Sun |Columns
    He celebrated his birthday a few months ago and his family took to their social media handles to wish him a happy birthday. His name is Fewa Otedola and he is billionaire Femi Otedola’s only son. He is a handsome young man who is also autistic. Autism is a developmental disorder that impairs the ability to communicate and interact. It is a disorder that impacts the nervous system. And some Nigerians came on the family’s social media handles to say horrible things about the young man. They insinuated that Otedola used his only son for money rituals and that ... more
  • 1 day Chukwueze, Nwakali set for La Liga action Sun |Sports
    Eagles Players, Samuel Chukwueze and Kelechi Nwakali will be on parade for their respective clubs this weekend as StarTimes brings all the live actions of La Liga matches. Chukwueze will lead Villarreal in their La Liga fixture against Eibar on Saturday at 3 pm, while Nwakali’s newly-promoted Huesca will face Cadiz on Sunday also at 3 pm. Nwakali made his La Liga debut as a substitute last Sunday and had a 100% success pass rate to help his side secure a draw against Chukwueze’s Villarreal. All La Liga matches air live on StarTimes’ Sports Premium Channel, a channel dedicated ... more
  • 1 day NBBF to hold leagues in bubbles Sun |Sports
    Joe Apu The Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF has revealed that the men and women’s league who be organized in a bubble. The bubble which is akin to the 2020 NBA Bubble, also referred to as the Disney Bubble or Orlando Bubble, which will be an isolation zone is intended to bring the teams together to play in line with COVID- 19 protocols. According to the technical committee chairman of the NBBF, Babs Ogunade, the federation is eagerly awaiting an all clear from the Ministry of Youth & Sports Development to get cracking. “The federation understands the feeling of our ... more
  • 1 day 2020-21 Season: Napoli confirms Osimhen’s squad 9 jersey Sun |Sports
    Bolaji Okunola Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen has been handed the club’s number 9 jersey ahead the new 2020/2021 Italian season billed to kick off today. Osimhen was earlier awarded the Naples jersey number 15 following his €70million mega transfer from French side, Lille. The Italian side via various social media platforms, confirmed the lanky striker will be flaunting a number 9 jersey which was previously worn by Argentine Gonzalo Higuian and Spain’s goal poacher Fernando Llorente. The post which was spotted on instagram, read: “ It’s official, Osimhen will wear jersey number 9. Blues on fire.” The 21 year ... more
  • 1 day Antetokounmpo wins second straight NBA MVP award Sun |Sports
    Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo has won his second consecutive NBA MVP award, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Antetokounmpo joins Stephen Curry, LeBron James, Steve Nash, Tim Duncan, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Moses Malone, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell as back-to-back MVPs. Antetokounmpo joins Jordan (1987-88 season) and Hakeem Olajuwon (1993-94 season) as the only players to win the MVP and Defensive Player of the Year awards in the same season. Standing in front of thousands of adoring fans at a downtown rally in Milwaukee last July, the Bucks superstar politely asked them for a ... more
  • 1 day Hearn closer to formalising Joshua/Fury fight contract Sun |Sports
    A contract formalising the world heavyweight title unification fight between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury is on the verge of being sent out, the former’s promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed. Earlier this year, the pair agreed terms in principle that would see them meet in an all-British clash where both men will put their belts on the line. Both Joshua and Fury have opponents to defeat before they can finally fight, with AJ set to face mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev while the Gypsy King will face Deontay Wilder for a third time. Hearn, who represents WBA, WBO, IBF and ... more
  • 1 day UFC: Adesanya signs multi-year sponsorship deal with Puma Sun |Sports
    Ahead of his UFC 253 title defense, Israel Adesanya is announced to have a new major sponsor, becoming the first MMA fighter to sign an endorsement deal with Puma. Adesanya is now a Puma ambassador, and will have an apparel and shoe deal with the German multinational company. “We’re ecstatic to be welcoming one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed athletes to the Puma family,” Pancho Gutstein, general manager of Puma Oceania, said in the announcement. “Not only is Israel a fearless and incredibly talented athlete, but his passion for dancing, fashion, anime, and his memorable personality makes him a ... more
  • 1 day Osaka withdraws from French Open Sun |Sports
    Japan’s Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the upcoming French Open with a hamstring injury, she said on Thursday. The 22-year-old had her left hamstring taped when she battled back against Victoria Azarenka in the U.S. Open final in New York on Saturday to win her third Grand Slam title. “Unfortunately, I won’t be able to play the French Open this year,” the world number three wrote on social media in a message she also posted in Japanese. “My hamstring is still sore so I won’t have time to prepare for the clay – these two tournaments came too close ... more
  • 1 day CBN, INFRACO and the infrastructure challenge Sun |Opinion
     Arize Nwobu The importance of infrastructure in expanding national production capacity and increasing a country’s wealth cannot be overemphasized. Research reports have noted that lack of infrastructure in many developing countries is one of the most significant limitations to economic growth and achievement of Millennium Development Goals. Economic infrastructures include roads, rail, airports, bridges, tunnels, cycle highway and water. Others include education, technology, telecommunication, standards and values, environment, safety and resilience. Soft infrastructures include all the institutions that maintain economic, health, social and cultural standards of a country such as law enforcement agencies, educational programmes, official statistics, emergency services ... more
  • 1 day Racism, Black Lives and the Testosterone Paranoia (2) Sun |Opinion
    Henry A. Onwubiko While such Amendments have served to tranquilize the erupting rebellions and social unrests in Western Cities, they only broaden the repertoire of strategies available to the ruling white supremacists for reform to sustain their declining national and unilateral global power. Amendments that directly challenge the organized use of violence by the police and their testosterone paranoia to protect racial privileges and white supremacy such as the defunding of the police their disarmament, and creation of community policing by the people as proposed by the Black Lives Matter Movement are rejected by most western governments as attempts ... more
  • 1 day Lawyers & mentors: Ebun Sofunde, SAN: Joining Rotimi Williams, my best move Sun |Columns
    At 38, Ebun Sofunde, SAN, made history as the youngest Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 1988.  He is a Co-founder of the legal firm: Sofunde, Osakwe, Ogundipe & Belgore. Sofunde, 71, is a highly brilliant litigator who has made significant contributions to Nigerian Jurisprudence through his countless landmark cases. The 2016 Chamber Global Directory describes him as a “widely respected litigator.”  In today’s “Lawyers & Mentors” series, Sofunde pays tribute to Chief Rotimi Williams, the colossuswhose footprints traverse Nigerian Jurisprudence: I never set out to set a record as the youngest SAN at 38.  It just happened, in May ... more
  • 1 day Insecure men and their drama Sun |Columns
    Nigerian women need to stop dating insecure men. These men bring nothing but drama, missed opportunities to progress, tears, regrets and more drama. I don’t understand why young ladies allow insecure men destroy their lives and future because they have the misfortune of dating them.  Dear woman, if you are dating a man who is not interested in seeing you grow, improve and succeed, dump him fast. He will destroy your life. If you make the mistake of marrying such a man, you will spend your years walking on egg shells so as not to offend him. You won’t ... more
  • 1 day I don’t joke with sex toys –Nkechi Blessing Sun |10ment
    For screen diva, Nkechi Blessing, life is dull without sex toys. To her, the tools of sexual enjoyment are so important, she doesn’t joke with them.  In a chat with Inside Nollywood, Nkechi made it clear that if an opportunity presents itself and she finds herself in the Big Brother House, she would rather satisfy her sexual desires with different sex toys rather than have actual romp in the full glare of the cameras. The role interpreter, who is fiercely rooting for Olamilekan ‘Laycon’ Agbeleshe to win the Big Brother Naija’s N85 million, says she would do anything to ... more
  • 1 day Edo guber: Obaseki, Ize-Iyamu in tight race in fight for political survival Sun |Politics
    Tony Osauzo, Benin Today, is the D-Day, when the people of Edo State will go to the polls to cast their votes to either elect a new governor or re-elect incumbent Governor Godwin Obaseki for another term of four years. The political atmosphere in the run-up to today’s election has been very charged, as the campaigns have been trailed by both physical violence and hot verbal exchanges, which combined to heighten the political tension in the state. The peace initiative by the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, has however finally led to the signing of a peace pact ... more
  • 1 day Edo guber: We’ll crush troublemakers –DIG Oyebade Sun |Politics
    Ngozi Uwujare The Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Research and Planning, Adeleye Olusola Oyebade who is heading police operations for the Edo State governorship election coming up today, (Saturday) has vowed that his men will not spare anybody no matter how highly placed who tries to foment trouble or prevent the electorate from exercising their franchise at the poll. “Let me tell you, we are not going to spare anybody who plans to disturb the peace and tranquility of Edo State before, during and after the governorship election. Our men are fully on ground. We have ... more
  • 1 day How Oshiomhole, Igbinedion, Ikimi, Imasuagbon, Odubu, Shuaibu, Urhogide, others will impact Edo gov poll Sun |Politics
    TUNDE THOMAS   Ahead of  the Edo governorship election coming up today, there has been a lot of tension, and anxiety, not only among the key gladiators, and  other stakeholders but generally among Nigerians on how the exercise will go. However, while  Edo people are expected to turn out in their large numbers to exercise their franchise ,some prominent Edo indigenes have expressed  support for candidates of their choice, and here is  a run  up on  how  they can influence the poll. Although the former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Comrade Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole is not  a  ... more
  • 1 day 1.7m to vote in Edo as voters abandon 483,000 cards in inec office Sun |Politics
    Records at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), indicate that no fewer than 1.72 million persons are eligible to vote in the Sept. 19, Edo governorship poll while 483,796 eligible voters will not participate. An INEC document titled “Delimitation of Edo State”, shows that the ineligible voters in Edo is on account of failure to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs). The consolidated figure of registered voters in the state as at August 2018 stands at 2,210,534 registered voters, while only 1,726,738 collected their PVCs, the document indicates. The document shows that Edo has 18 Local Government Areas, with ... more
  • 1 day Why 2023 presidency should not be tied to zoning or religion –Yusuf Ali, APC chieftain Sun |Politics
    Yusuf Ali is a grassroots politician and chieftain of the APC in Kaduna State. In this interview with NOAH EBIJE in Kaduna, Ali said removal of fuel subsidy by President Muhammadu Buhari government was in order because other infrastructures were suffering over payment of trillions of naira for subsidy. The APC chieftain noted that, “From available information, between 2006 and 2019, fuel subsidy cost the government over N10trillion. In other words, funds that were supposed to go into the development of infrastructure and provision of social services like health, education, water, sanitation, maternal health, etc ended up in the ... more
  • 1 day Constitution amendment no solution, but national conversation –Olisa Agbakoba Sun |Politics
    Rights activist, Chief Olisa Agbakoba, SAN, has said that the proposed constitution amendment by the National Assembly will not yield anything. He rather recommended what he calls, national conversation.  In an interview with VINCENT KALU, the senior lawyer, pointed out that the country will continue to be in a motion without movement until there is devolution of political power.  What do you make of the various conversations going on in the country at the moment? We haven’t tackled the fundamental problems that ought to create unity in diversity; a conversation that everybody runs away from, not just this government, ... more
  • 1 day 31 killed in Ebonyi road accident Sun
    Chijioke Agwu, Abakaliki No fewer than 31 persons have reportedly died in a road accident along Akaeze-Ishiagu axis of Afikpo-Okigwe highway in Ivo local government area of Ebonyi state. It was gathered that the incident occurred on Friday at about 5:45pm. An eyewitness told our correspondent that the accident occurred when an Enugu-bound Mercedes Benz 608 bus conveying people returning from a burial ceremony in Ebonyi state attempted to overtake a trailer just before a bridge in the area . The driver of the bus was said to have lost control of the vehicle and veered off into the ... more
  • 1 day Edo guber: Don’t compromise standard, INEC warns staff Sun |Politics
    Romanus Ugwu, Abuja The Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, has read riot act to the Commission’s regular and adhoc staff participating in Saturday’s Edo State governorship election, warning them not to  compromise standard. In the message he sent to them ahead of the crucial poll, the INEC boss reminded them that the eyes of both Nigerians and the international community are on the Commission to conduct a free, fair and credible poll. He further challenged them to ensure that no party or candidate is accorded any undue advantage over the other, promising that the management ... more
  • 1 day BEDC begins new tariff system Sun |Biz
    The management of Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) Electricity Plc has commenced the implementation of a new Service-Based Tariff structure effective from Tuesday, September 1st, 2020. The new dispensation Service-Based Tariff (SBT) contained in a Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) Order signed by its Chairman, Prof. James Momoh, is a leap into a regime where customers of BEDC across the franchise states of Delta, Edo, Ekiti, and Ondo will be migrated to a threshold where there will be continuous improvement in the quality of service delivery that the company offers. According to the management, the new SBT will allow ... more
  • 1 day Edo guber: TMG makes case for mobile court to try electoral offenders Sun |Politics
    Ighomuaye Lucky, Benin The Transition Monitoring Group (TMG), in collaboration with the Edo State Civil Society Organisations (EDOCSO), yesterday, called on the federal government to set up electoral malpractices mobile court to deal with electoral offenders. TMG Chairman, Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, made the call in Benin, while briefing journalists on its observation during the electioneering campaign for the Edo State governorship election. She said the mobile court became necessary in view of persisted electoral offenders and to strengthen our democracy. “The mobile court, when established, will try electoral malpractices offenders during electioneering campaign and on election day,” she said. ... more
  • 1 day Ebeano political family pays solidarity visit to Ugwuanyi today in Enugu Sun |Politics
    All is set for a solidarity visit, today, by the Ebeano Political Family, to the governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Gburugburu). According to a statement by the Coordinator of the Ebeano Political Family, Dan Shere, “all present and former political office holders, as well as their numerous supporters and well wishers”, are cordially invited to the event. The coordinator added that the underlisted are invited to the event, which will commence by 1pm, in strict compliance with COVID-19 guidelines such as wearing of shield/face masks and observing of social/physical distancing: All former senators, all former House of Representatives ... more
  • 1 day Oil prices rise after OPEC warn members to stick to quotas Sun |Biz
    Oil prices rose for a fourth day in a row on Friday, putting crude on track for a weekly gain of about 10 per cent, after Saudi Arabia pressed allies to stick to production quotas and banks, including Goldman Sachs, predicted a supply deficit. Brent crude was up 18 cents at $43.48 a barrel by 0756 GMT while U.S. oil futures rose 17 cents to $41.14. Both contracts are set for their strongest weekly gains since early June after Hurricane Sally cut U.S. production while OPEC and its allies laid out steps to address market weakness. Goldman Sachs predicted ... more
  • 1 day Okonjo-Iweala, 4 others move close to clinching WTO DG job Sun
    Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s candidate aspiring to the position of Director General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has won the first run of elections and has along with four others advanced to the second phase. The other contestants, who are from Kenya, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, and the UK, on Friday advanced to the next round of voting after six days of confidential consultation with members. Amb. David Walker, Chair of the WTO General Council in a briefing on the outcome of the election told the Head of Delegation meeting that the entire organisation’s membership was committed and ... more
  • 1 day Edo guber: Commercial activities boom in Benin, hotels fully booked Sun |Politics
    Less than 24 hours to the governorship election in Edo, socio-commercial activities have taken another dimension even as the public brace up for restriction of movement during the poll. Some residents of Benin say restriction of movement in the past elections brought hardship to many people who never envisaged the restrictions, and they won’t like a repeat. Hotel reservations within Benin and its environs were booked up by visitors to the state while many non-resident eligible electorate that came for the elections were stranded for some hours in search of accommodation. A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria ... more
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