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  • 1 day Poverty: North can’t boast of happy leaders – Emir Sanusi Sun
    Noah Ebije, Kaduna Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi has said that with the high level of poverty and illiteracy in northern Nigeria, no leader from the region can boast of happiness. The Emir of Kano spoke on Monday at the 60th birthday celebration of Governor Nasir El-Rufa’i of Kaduna State. Emir Sanusi urged the leaders from the zone to invest heavily in education and as well ensure eradication of poverty among the people. He said: “When we talk about birthday, we talk about happiness. Just last week, someone asked me, are you happy? And I said I am not. ... more
  • 1 day Hoodlums attack Customs personnel over smuggled rice in Ogun Sun
    Steve Agbota Officers and men of Nigeria Customs Service Ogun State command supported by personnel of the Nigerian Army on patrol have been attacked by daredevil persons suspected to be rice smugglers in Ogun State. In a press statement issued by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Abdullahi Maiwada the attack took place at 02:30 hours of Monday, February 17, 2020, after the officers and men of the command identified a hideout used by unscrupulous elements to stockpile smuggled rice and other prohibited items. According to him, in an effort to evacuate the ‘uncustomed’ goods from the scene, some daredevil criminals ... more
  • 1 day Christians must let love guide their actions – Pastor Akinyemi Sun
    Christians have been charged to bring love into all situations they find themselves in life no matter the pains, brokenness, and disappointments they may experience in their day-to-day dealings with men. Giving the admonition on Sunday in a special Valentine’s day message titled ‘Finding God in Your Weaknesses’, Pastor Tunde Akinyemi, Director of Operations for Africa, Kingsword Ministries International also said the three-dimensions of love is God loving us, we loving him back and then on our part, demonstrating love to others. The cleric who based his teachings on 1 Peter 4 verses 8-1 also gave the examples of Bible ... more
  • 1 day Katsina killings: Buhari sends Kyari, others on fact-finding mission Sun
    Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a delegation led by Chief-of-Staff, Abba Kyari, to get a full brief on the security situation in Katsina State, and the attack that claimed many lives in Batsari Local Government Area at the weekend, the presidency has said. The delegation who were in Katsina on Monday will also condole Governor Aminu Bello Masari and Emir of Katsina, Abdulmuminu Kabir Usman, over the recent killings by bandits. In a statement by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari in a condolence message delivered by the chief-of-staff, commiserated ... more
  • 1 day Delta community, police disagree over death toll in herdsmen attack Sun
    Paul Osuyi, Asaba The people of Uhweru kingdom in the Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State have described as ‘falsehood’ the position of state police command on the alleged attacks by suspected herdsmen in some communities of the kingdom where about eight persons reportedly killed. The police had in a statement by the command’s public relations officer, Onome Onovwakpoyeya said one person was recovered with bullet wounds and was now receiving treatment. But the President-General of Uwheru Kingdom, Cassidy Akpodafe, insisted that 11 persons from the communities were allegedly killed by the arms-wielding herdsmen during sustained attacks last ... more
  • 1 day 23 died during relief distribution to Nigerian refugees in Niger Sun
    Timothy Olanrewaju, Maiduguri No fewer than 23 persons have died in a stampede during distribution of relief materials to Nigerian refugees in Niger Republic by officials of Borno State government. The stampede occurred at MJC Boys and Girls Club, a local arena in Diffa, northern province of Niger, some Borno officials told our correspondent on condition of anonymity. Nigeria shares border with Niger Republic in the northern part of Borno State. “The process of distribution was ongoing when the incident occurred. Many people were rushing and the situation was difficult to control,” another source said. The source said the victims ... more
  • 1 day Benue: Moro drums support for Idoma governor Sun |Politics
    Rose Ejembi, Makurdi The Senator representing Benue South Senatorial District, Comrade Abba Moro has called on the Idoma people not to relent in their determination to clinch the Benue governorship seat in 2023. Moro said in doing this, there was need for the Idoma people to court the support of their Tiv brothers to realise the dream of having an Idoma man as governor of the state comes 2023 and even beyond. The former Minister of Interior made the call on Monday during a town hall meeting with his constituents on the ongoing campaign against hate speech and protection against ... more
  • 1 day Urhobo youths vow to defend communities against herdsmen attacks Sun
    Paul Osuyi, Asaba Urhobo youths in Delta State on Monday decried the incessant killings in their communities by gunmen suspected to be herdsmen. The youths specifically condemned last weekend’s attacks on Uwheru Kingdom where about eight persons were killed while properties and farmlands were also destroyed. Speaking to newsmen on one of the communities ravaged by the marauding herdsmen, the president of the Youth Wing of Urhobo Progress Union (UPU), Efemena Kelly Umukoro stated that no tribe has the monopoly of violence in the country. Umukoro who expressed deep concern over the renewed attacks, said Urhobo youths cannot fold their ... more
  • 1 day Police extend curfew in Bayelsa; 8 suspects arrested for violent protests Sun
    Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa The three-day dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed on Bayelsa State as a fallout of the violent protest that greeted the Supreme Court ruling which sacked the All Progressives Congress (APC) Chief David Lyon and Senator Degi Biobarakuma Eremieyo has been further extended by the Bayelsa State police command. The curfew imposed on Friday, February 14, was initially slated to end on Sunday but has been extended due to the prevailing security situation in the state. The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Uche Anozia, while briefing newsmen at the command’s headquarters in Yenagoa on Monday disclosed that the credible intelligence ... more
  • 1 day Police extend curfew in Bayelsa; 8 suspects arrested for violent protests Sun |Politics
    Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa The three-day dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed on Bayelsa State as a fallout of the violent protest that greeted the Supreme Court ruling which sacked the All Progressives Congress (APC) Chief David Lyon and Senator Degi Biobarakuma Eremieyo has been further extended by the Bayelsa State police command. The curfew imposed on Friday, February 14, was initially slated to end on Sunday but has been extended due to the prevailing security situation in the state. The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Uche Anozia, while briefing newsmen at the command’s headquarters in Yenagoa on Monday disclosed that the credible intelligence ... more
  • 1 day Ahead Supreme Court review: Imo APC, PDP chieftains relocate to Abuja Sun |Politics
    George Onyejiuwa, Owerri Most chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo State have relocated to Abuja ahead of the Supreme Court review of Imo state governorship election ruling between Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha and Senator Hope Uzodinma. Also, officials and aides of the Uzodinma government have equally relocated to the Abuja for the same purpose. According to our correspondent’s investigation, the traffic at the Sam Mbakwe Cargo Airport was unusually heavy because of the number of stalwarts of both parties who were sighted at the airport. One of the officials of the ... more
  • 1 day Katsina massacre: Bandits snatched babies from mothers’, threw them into burning fire – Village Head Sun
    Agaju Madugba, Katsina Leaders of Tsawan community in Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State on Monday relived gory details of last weekend’s attack which led to the mass slaughter of residents in the area. The bandits had launched an onslaught on the community as well as the neighbouring Dankar village killing a total of about 30 residents. “The bandits snatched babies from their mothers and threw the infants into burning fire,” the Tsawa village head, Ibrahim Zangina, told Governor Aminu Bello Masari who paid a condolence visit to the survivors. According to him, the attackers stormed the village riding ... more
  • 1 day Delta APC sacks state secretary Sun |Politics
    Paul Osuyi, Asaba The fresh crisis rocking the Delta State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) got messier on Monday when the enlarged State Executive Committee (SEC) removed the state secretary of the party, Chidi Okonji, over alleged insubordination, gross dereliction of duty among other accusations. The executive committee at a meeting in Asaba presided over by the state chairman, Jones Erue also immediately sworn-in Alex Nwadiamu as Okonji’s replacement. Also sworn-in were the new deputy state chairman, Moses Ogodo, three zonal chairmen, state woman leader, and two others as replacements for those earlier suspended by the party. But ... more
  • 1 day Gunmen abduct UNICAL lecturer, accountant in Calabar Sun
    Judex Okoro, Calabar An associate professor with the Institute of Public Policy and Administration, (IPPA), University of Calabar, (UNICAL) David Ugwu, and a staff of Cross River Newspaper Corporation, Mr Maurice Archibong, have been kidnapped in Calabar, Cross River. While Prof. Ugwu was picked up by gunmen at his residence at second transformer in Atimbo while watering flowers in the evening, Maurice was abducted on Sunday along Ette Agbor Street in Calabar Municipal at about 9:00pm. The gunmen shot sporadically in the air to scare residents of the area before whisking away Ugwu. A witness, Emmanuel Etim, said the professor ... more
  • 1 day Tragedy hits Edo community, 5 leaders die, others injured in deadly auto crash Sun
    Ighomuaye Lucky, Benin Tragedy has occurred at Udeni community in Uhunmwode local government of Edo State following the death of five of its leaders in a fatal road accident. The accident reportedly occurred at Egba junction along Benin – Auchi expressway at about 7.30 pm on Saturday night. The victims were said to have been returning to the community after attending a funeral ceremony of an in-law to one of the community leaders in Benin City, the state capital. Four of the occupants were said to have been burnt to death while another victim simply identified as Jerry died at ... more
  • 1 day Go, Oshiomhole, go, aggrieved protesters tell APC chair, ground secretariat Sun |Politics
    Romanus Ugwu, Abuja A group under the auspices of All Progressives Congress (APC) Youths Stakeholders’ Forum, on Monday grounded activities at the headquarters of the ruling party, demanding immediate resignation of the national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomole. Displaying placards with various inscriptions like ‘Oshiomole Must Go’, ‘Oshiomhole is the problem of APC’, ‘Oshiomhole must go before he kills APC,’ among others, the protesters stormed the headquarters in the early hours of Monday, chanting anti-Oshiomole songs and disrupting vehicular and human traffic. The protesters maintained that Oshiomhole’s continued stay in office was not only a curse and but would ... more
  • 1 day IPAC celebrates court ruling stopping INEC’s from deregistering parties Sun |Politics
    Romanus Ugwu, Abuja The Inter-Party Adversary Council (IPAC) has described the court judgement stopping the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from deregistering political parties as a victory for democracy and the unborn generation. National Chairman of the council, Peter Ameh who made the comment while addressing newsmen shortly after the ruling, said that late Gani Fawehinmi gave the 33 political parties that went to court the courage. He insisted that there was no way the commission would have succeeded in the illegality it perpetrated against the parties and the fundamental human rights of Nigerians. “We have every reason to thank ... more
  • 1 day Kano Emirate crisis: High Court dismisses kingmakers’ suit Sun |Politics
    Desmond Mgboh, Kano A Kano High Court presided by Justice Ahmed Tijjani Badamosi has dismissed the case filed by the five kingmakers challenging the creation of four additional emirates in the state. In his ruling on Monday, Justice Badamosi held that the suit had already been overtaken by events given the fact that the law creating the new emirates in the state had been nullified by another high court in the state. According to him, since the Kano Emirate Law 2019 had already been nullified by the judgment of Justice Usman Na’aba on November 21, 2019, continuing the present case ... more
  • 1 day Police rescue one of six JAMB staff kidnapped in Kogi Sun
    Emmanuel Adeyemi, Lokoja Police on Monday in Lokoja said they were able to rescue one of the six staff of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), that were abducted on Sunday along the Obajana – Kabba road, in Kogi State. According to the police public relations officer, Willy Aya, CP Ayuba Ede immediately swung into action and ordered the Anti-Robbery Squad to go after the hoodlums in a bid to rescue the victims. The victims who are said to be from the Abuja head office of the organization were said to have been kidnapped around noon on their way ... more
  • 1 day Shekau’s video: Muslim scholars dare B’Haram leader, task him to emerge from hiding Sun
    Noah Ebije, Kaduna Reacting to the recent video clip released by the leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, Muslim scholars (Ulama) in the country have dared him to come out of hiding and face the nation’s security apparatus if he is courageous enough. This was even as the Ulama said the video clip featuring Shekau was evident that the Federal Government’s fight against the insurgents has failed. Addressing a press conference on Monday, the secretary-general of the Supreme Council for Shar’ah in Nigeria (SCSN), Nafi’u Baba Ahmad reminded President Muhammadu Buhari of the campaign promise he made in 2015 to ... more
  • 1 day Air Peace to commence direct flights to India – Onyema Sun
    Aidoghie Paulinus, Abuja Almost a year after the Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Abhay Thakur, disclosed that Air Peace might begin direct flights to India from Lagos, the Chief Executive Officer, Air Peace Limited, Mr Allen Onyema, has said that Air Peace has been designated to commence direct flights from Nigeria to India. Onyema made the disclosure during the maiden edition of the ‘India-Nigeria Business Forum’ held in Abuja. The forum which was at the instance of the Indian High Commission in Nigeria, was a follow-up to the first-ever India-Nigeria Joint Trade Committee (JTC) meeting held in New Delhi ... more
  • 1 day Buhari’s purported 20-day vacation fake news – Presidency Sun
    Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja The Presidency has described as a fake news report that President Muhammadu Buhari is purportedly billed to travel to the United Kingdom for 20 days, and from there proceed to Saudi Arabia. It has therefore urged Nigerians to be careful what they consume as news, and also share with others, particularly from social media. The Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, further described the report as falsehood from mischievous minds. He said: “Purveyors of fake and concocted information are currently on overdrive, and Nigerians are urged to be careful about what they consume as news, ... more
  • 1 day I left Gov’t House fulfilled man – Dickson Sun |Politics
    Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa The immediate past governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson, has said that he left the Creek Haven Government House, Yenagoa, a fulfilled man. The former governor in a statement by his media aide, Mr. Fidelis Soriwei, said it was to the glory of God that he left Government House in a blaze of glory in spite of the shocking array of political forces which turned against him after all the assistance he rendered to them. He lamented that the security of Bayelsa was outsourced to criminal elements who unleashed an orgy of violence on the ... more
  • 1 day Again NAF jets destroy ISWAP training camp in Borno Sun
    Molly Kilete, Abuja The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Monday said its Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, has destroyed a training camp belonging to the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP), at Kirta Wulgo on the fringes of the Lake Chad in the northern part of Borno State. Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola who made this known in a statement said: “In another successful air raid by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) in its ongoing air interdiction campaign dubbed ‘Operation RATTLE SNAKE 3’, Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE ... more
  • 1 day Sokoto plans to use N65.7b loan for massive infrastructure – Tambuwal Sun
    The Sokoto State government has announced plans to utilise the N65.7 billion loan it will raise on massive infrastructural projects and investment in critical projects in agriculture, health, housing, urban renewal projects, construction of roads and bridges as well as education. Unveiling the economic development plan at the management retreat of Sokoto State Ministry of Finance held at the weekend in Lagos, Commissioner for Finance, Hon. Abdussamad Dasuki, said this would be achieved through a multi-faceted approach. According to, the Special Adviser Media and Publicity to the Governor,  Muhammad Bello, Dasuki, said the state government was embarking on the massive infrastructure development ... more
  • 1 day Inmates own narrative in stage play Prison Chronicles Sun |10ment
    Olamide Babatunde, Lagos In all the stories about the hustle and bustle of urban living, very few share the narratives of those whose freedom are the price they pay behind the high bars of correctional facilities. This is why Wole Oguntokun’s “Prison Chronicles” remains a stellar classic, years after it was written, and the choice of Nevana Productions for its 2020 edition of the Lagos theatre festival. Lagos Theatre Festival is the biggest theatre festival in sub-Saharan Africa, the project partners with British Council, Nigeria, annually, to serve stage performances to lovers and converts of theatre. The director of the ... more
  • 1 day Makinde appoints ex-NURTW boss as disciplinary committee chair for 33 motor park managers Sun
    Oluseye Ojo, Ibadan Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde has appointed former factional chairman of National Union of Road Transports Workers (NURTW) in the state, Alhaji Mukaila Lamidi, fondly called ‘Auxiliary’, as chairman of the disciplinary committee for the motor parks in the 33 local government areas of the state. The disciplinary committee and the 33 groups of parks managers were inaugurated by the Commissioner of Public Work, Infrastructure and Transportation, in the state, Prof Raphael Afonja, on behalf of the governor at the Conference Room of the Ministry of Works, Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan, on Monday. The disciplinary committee also has ... more
  • 2 days Imo: Supreme Court must reverse judgement – Nnamdi, guber candidate Sun |Politics
    Fred Itua, Abuja Ahead of Tuesday’s hearing of Emeka Ihedioha Appeal by the Supreme Court, the governorship candidate of Reform and Advancement Party in the 2019 governorship election in Imo State, Mr Okere Kingdom Nnamdi, has advanced reasons why the apex court should reverse its earlier decision. Addressing reporters in Abuja on Monday, the legal practitioner said the judgment was erroneously premised on results from 388 polling units when only 366 polling units’ results were admitted in the Election Petition Tribunal before being expunged at the lower courts. He said: “It is obvious that the Supreme Court relied only on ... more
  • 2 days Northern Governors hail Aisha Buhari for positive impact on the most vulnerable Sun
    Gyang Bere, Jos The Northern Governors’ Forum says that First Lady Aisha Muhammadu Buhari has made a positive impact on the lives of the most vulnerable and least privileged Nigerians. In a statement by the Forum’s Chairman and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, who felicitated with the First Lady on her birthday, Mrs Buhari was described as a passionate mother who has deployed the influence and goodwill of her office to the benefit of the downtrodden and the less privileged. He said: “As a mother of the nation, you have done so much to impact the lives of the ... more
  • 2 days Wema Bank chairman, directors must appear in court, judge insists Sun
    Lukman Olabiyi, Lagos Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke of the Federal High Court, Lagos has insisted that Wema Bank Plc and its seven officials cited for contempt must appear before the court. Last Friday, Justice Aneke ordered had ordered Wema Bank and six officials cited for contempt for disobeying the order of the court to appear before the court on Monday, February 17, to explain why they should not be sent to prison for flagrant disobedience to the court’s order. The affected officials of the bank are Managing Director Ademola Adebise, Chairman Babatunde Kasali, Deputy Managing Director Moruf Oseni, Executive Director Wole Akinleye, ... more
  • 2 days Prof Ndoma-Egba raises alarm over rising cases of liver cancer in Nigeria Sun
    Judex Okoro, Calabar The newly-elected President of European-African-Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (E-AHPBA), Nigerian Chapter, Professor Rowland Ndoma-Egba, has warned against the rising cases of cancer in Nigeria, particularly liver cancer which is the 5th most common and the 4th deadliest form of cancer in the country. Speaking during the inauguration of the Nigerian Chapter of the Association held in Calabar, Ndoma-Egba, the immediate past Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, tasked the country to take the lead in developing the speciality in the West African region and Africa generally in stemming the scourge of liver cancer. According ... more
  • 2 days Court orders arrest of ex Customs boss Dikko Sun
    Godwin Tsa, Abuja The Abuja division of the Federal High Court on Monday issued a bench warrant for the arrest of the former Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Abdullahi Inde Dikko, over his continued failure to attend court. Dikko is standing trial before Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu in a fraud charge filed against him and two others by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC). Justice Ojukwu in her ruling noted that Dikko’s lawyer, Solomon Akuma (SAN), who on the last adjourned date undertook to ensure that his client attends court today, only turned around ... more
  • 2 days ADF rejects IG’s policing plan for South-East Sun
    Magnus Eze, Enugu The Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) has rejected a community policing proposal for the South-East region. The Igbo civic group insisted that there was no going back on its plan for a regional security agenda for the region, designed, implemented and controlled by people from the zone. The South-East Governors had a security summit organised by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu in Enugu, last week, accepted and adopted community policing as presented by the Nigeria Police. The decision has been severally criticised by people from the region who prefer a special security outfit for the zone. ... more
  • 2 days Boost for auto industry as Innoson earns SON quality certificate Sun |Biz
    Moses Akaigwe “With the award of MANCAP certificate to Innoson vehicles, SON is  saying that the brand is fit to be used in Nigeria and beyond. With this award, Innoson vehicles can now proudly display the MANCAP certification mark as evidence that it has undergone evaluation and testing to verify that it will perform as indicated and conforms to Nigeria Industrial Standard.” It was with this confirmatory statement that the Director General/Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Osita Aboloma, on Wednesday, February 12, presented to Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company Limited {IVM}, Nnewi, the Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP) Certificate at an ... more
  • 2 days KIA XCeed, ‘Imagine by KIA’ concept acclaimed in ‘iF Design Awards’ Sun |Biz
    Moses Akaigwe The KIA XCeed urban crossover and the ‘Imagine by KIA’ concept have been awarded with prestigious 2020 iF Design Awards. Both vehicles demonstrate KIA Motors Corporation’s design-led approach to product development, and the brand’s evolution in an age of electrified mobility.   Winning a prize in the ‘Professional Concept’ category, the ‘Imagine by KIA’ concept is a visual embodiment of KIA’s desire to champion and popularise exciting electric cars. The XCeed was awarded in the ‘Product’ category, following the successful introduction of the new urban crossover to the European new car market in 2019. This double achievement once ... more
  • 2 days NWFL deserves FIFA’s $.19m largesse to clubs – Abdulrahman Sun |Sports
    The board of the Nigeria Women Football League headed by Aisha Falode at the weekend came out to make a case for the league board to be given a percentage of the FIFA largesse to Nigerian clubs, whose players were paraded at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. NWFL Chief Operating Officer, Alhaji Ayo Abdulrahman said at the weekend from his base in Abuja, that, what the world football governing body, FIFA and the Nigeria Football Federation should understand is that, without the women league board, the clubs cannot play in any organised league. And it is from management of ... more
  • 2 days Group urges Lagos state govt to increase BRT fleet on Ikorodu corridor Sun |Biz
    Brown Chimezie Moved by high numbers of passengers that are in need of modern means of transportation in Ikorodu area, a group, Concerned BRT Commuters, has called on the Lagos State Government to approve deployment of buses to complement the Primero fleet that is already operating in the area. In a statement, Coordinator of the group, Abiodun Awobokun said deploying other BRT buses to that route would not only ease challenges faced by commuters in the area, it would also increase government revenue drive. Furthermore Awobukun said the group was willing to partner the state government through useful advice to enable the government attain it ... more
  • 2 days UTME: 1.9m register as exercise ends Sun
    The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) said has registered over 1.9 million prospective candidates for its 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) as the exercise ends today. This year’s registration for the examination bagan on Monday, January 13. The board’s head of Media and Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin said yesterday, that there would be no extension for the registration of candidates for both the UTME and the direct entry (DE) as being speculated in some quarters. “I like to say that the board is pleased with the way the exercise has gone so far and with this, we have ... more
  • 2 days Forensic accountants poised to prevent fraud, corruption Sun
    The Society for Forensic Accounting and Fraud Prevention (SFAFP) has stated its determination to prevent fraud and corruption in Nigeria by refocusing from fraud auditing to corruption auditing.  This was revealed ahead of the Society’s year 2020 Proficiency Training on Forensic Accounting, Fraud Prevention and Management which begins May and runs till August 2020 while induction of new members for the year is in four batches: March 28, 2020, June 20, 2020, August. 22, 2020, and November 24, 2020. Prof. Suleiman Aruwa, a board member of SFAFP said fraud has traces but corruption traces cannot even be seen. “So we ... more
  • 2 days 2021 AFCON Race: Eagles, Leone Stars to clash in Asaba Sun |Sports
    The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has announced that Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba will host next month’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match between the Super Eagles and the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone. NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi said the federation at the weekend finally settled for Asaba for the match slated for March 27. The Stephen Keshi Stadium has become a fortress for the Super Eagles after the goalless draw against Uganda in November 2018. With the NFF, having picked March 27 for the first match, the Sierra Leone Football Association is now most likely to opt ... more
  • 2 days Blood flows in Umuahia as Abia Warriors, Enyimba fans clash Sun |Sports
    Emma Jemegah The much-anticipated Abia derby between Abia Warriors and Enyimba of Aba turned bloody yesterday as supporters of both teams clashed leading to assaults on the chairman of Enyimba, Felix Anyansi-Agwu. Daily SunSports gathered that the crisis started in the 25th minute when Abia Warriors were awarded a penalty but was missed and the resultant jubilation from the Enyimba supporters allegedly led to the crowd violence In the ensuring melee, it was learnt that the Enyimba chairman who was trying to intervene in the clash between the Enyimba of Aba fans and Abia Warriors supporters (the Columbia stand) but ... more
  • 2 days Ex- international, coaches hail YSFON U-16 boys Ramat Cup Sun |Sports
    Ex- international, Sam Elijah and coaches Bashiru Hassan, Akinola Olatunji and Babangida Issa have commended organisers of the 37th edition of the annual YSFON U-16 Boys Ramat Cup presently going on at the Mahaha play Field, Kano State; saying that the competition has lived up to expectation. Elijah, a member of Saudi 1989 U-20 World Cup team and presently YSFON Kwara State Academicals Team Director noted that as a product of youth tournament, he was happy that Kano State Government has been consistent in sponsoring the championship for the past 10 years, noting that the tournament had helped in taking ... more
  • 2 days Delta State Schools Sports Festival: Zonal preliminaries starts Tuesday Sun |Sports
    The 2020 Delta State School Sports Festival zonal trials will take place tomorrow and Thursday, as seven centres have been picked for athletics and three venues for ball, racket and board games. A statement released in Asaba at the weekend by the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the competition, indicated that athletics zonal trials for Zone A, made up of Aniocha North, Oshimili North and Oshimili South Local Government Areas will hold at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, while Zone B, which comprises Aniocha South, Ika North East and Ika South will also have their turn at Agbor Township Stadium, ... more
  • 2 days MASVI Invitational Cycling tourney gets routes Sun |Sports
    The organisers of the maiden edition of MASVI Invitational Cycling Road Race has mapped out the routes for the race scheduled for February 29, 2020. The Race Director, Osaretin Emuze, who led the Route Mapping Team to Owan West on Thursday said the sponsor of the one day race, Mr. Sunday Ajayi would flag off the race at the Owan West Local Government Secretariat in Sabongida-Ora. Stressing that the male and female riders drawn from seven states of the federation will ride through Uzalla, Uhonme-Ora, Emen-Ora, Avbiosi, Uzebba, turn at Okagbon and go through Olepire, Ifon and end at the ... more
  • 2 days Maltina School Games flags off today with state preliminaries Sun |Sports
    All is now set for the preliminary round of the newly instituted Maltina School Games, as action will commence today across the four states penciled down for the pilot phase of the new school sports initiative. Over 500 schools will take part in the track and field events that will produce finalists across the states ahead of the national finals in Lagos next month. Set to impact over 20 million school children, this innovation into the school calendar by Maltina brand was designed to promote and foster national unity and raising active kids through sports. Lagos, Kano, Anambra and the ... more
  • 2 days Buhari must move against the insurgents Sun |Opinion
    Uzodinma Nwaogbe The recent killings by the Boko Haram elements must be visited with resentment, organization,intelligence, strategy, professionalism and determined approach by President Muhammadu Buhari and the security chiefs, if they mean resolving this menace once and for all. This Boko Haram insurgency must be taken seriously by Mr. President because the killings are increasing by the day and, these elements are widening their reach. Thousands of Nigerians have been killed by these sect, Muslims, Christians, men, women, young and old, there is no sense in searching where the killing has recorded its highest casualty, is it among the Christian ... more
  • 2 days Nigeria’s democracy, youth restiveness and drug abuse Sun |Opinion
    Ademola Orunbon It is the belief of many that democracy should guarantee people good life. A stable democracy piloted by visionary leaders who possess the intellectual clouts to see issues at their broader and more complex perspectives should ensure a strong, stable, vibrant, virile economy with an enabling peaceful and stable political environment. Under a condition like this, the citizens can benefits maximally and fullest from democracy – good living condition, employment generation, security of lives, property and equal opportunities for self-actualization. It must be the quest for a society where every individual can pursue his or her own aspiration ... more
  • 2 days Safeguarding critical national infrastructure Sun |Opinion
    Gbenga Adebayo Imagine that a loved one or close friend is having an asthma attack. You do not have a smartphone with signal coverage to get an uber to get to the hospital. All attempts to contact emergency services are futile. You would want answers. Often, those answers are devastating because the actions could have been avoided in the first place. Connectivity is the very lifeblood of our nation. Without it, our access to security, family, business and other individuals are compromised. Critical National Infrastructure refers to the critical assets, systems and functions that are integral to a country’s capacity ... more
  • 2 days Mobilising for Igbo presidential bid Sun |Opinion
    CHUKS OGBONNA Circumstances have made the Igbo presidential bid engaging. That the issue ought to be of immense concern to the generality of Ndigbo is undeniably true. Yes, the necessity of building bridges across the federating units of the country against its realization cannot be overemphasized; but, mobilizing Ndigbo themselves is a crucial task that has to be urgently embarked upon. One is of the opinion that crusades, in fact, of evangelistic fervour ought to be a veritable modal of sensitizing Ndigbo across the length and breadth of the five Eastern States on the expediency and timeliness of their quest ... more
  • 2 days Volte-face: FG’s N450bn fuel subsidy provision stokes fresh deregulation fire at petroleum summit Sun |Biz
    Adewale Sanyaolu Except urgent steps are taken to address the imbalance between the actual landing cost and retail pump price of fuel across the country, Nigeria’s financial crises may ultimately take a turn for the worse in the years ahead. The apprehension came on the heels of a recent disclosure by the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, that the Federal Government was setting aside the sum of N450 billion in the 2020 budget for fuel subsidy. This mind bugging figure is about N145 billion higher than the N305biliion it budgeted for fuel subsidy in 2018. Ahmed said ... more
  • 2 days Nigeria’s solid mineral sector potential still largely untapped –Minister Sun |Biz
    Charles Nwaoguji Nigeria’s solid minerals and mining sector is still largely untapped despite its glorious past and abundant resources waiting for development. This includes also the high-value metallic minerals, industrial minerals, and energy minerals. Its 0.33 per cent contribution to the Gross Domestic Product in 2015, was seen by most commentators as a practical reversal from the historically higher percentages (about 4-5 per cent in the 1960s-70s). However, following a decade of reforms starting in 1999, this contribution represents a cautiously optimistic restart of the development of the sector. In the ensuing reform, some of the changes witnessed by the ... more
  • 2 days Stakeholder, experts identify challenges to implementation of AFCFTA Sun |Biz
    Merit Ibe Ahead of  the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) in July,  the Nigeria’s industrial sector has identified the need for the country to address current market challenges to ensure its gets benefits of the agreement. There are indeed genuine concerns about how manufacturers can overcome domestic gaps to compete under a liberalised African market, amidst the advantages that include improved ease of doing business across the continent, enhanced Africa’s investment profile (foreign investors see Africa as a single market), opportunities for knowledge and technology transfer, improved mobility of talents  among others. The AfCFTA Forum, which ... more
  • 2 days La Casera unveils product, rewards partners Sun |Biz
    The La Casera Company Plc. has unveiled three new variants of its Bold soft drinks, in addition to existing Bitter Lemon flavour.  In its bid to ensure that its consumers continue to be uniquely refreshed, the company launched the Orange, Tropical and Ginger variants of the iconic drink to the admiration of guests. The company also awarded cash gifts to its esteemed partners for their support and loyalty. Impressed by the sterling performance of its trade partners in 2019,  the company showered cash gifts to its loyal distributors,  spread across the company’s trade regions of Lagos, West, East and North. ... more
  • 2 days MAN identifies improved infrastructure as key to realising benefits of AfCFTA Sun |Biz
    Charles Nwaoguji The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) has advised the Federal Government to get its policies right by making them industry- friendly, as the operational phase of the AfCFTA commences on July 1, 2020. MAN explained that a conducive environment can only attract needed investment as the only guarantee for a competitive intra-African trade. Its President, Dr. Mansur Ahmed, while speaking at the 2020 edition of the MAN Reporter of the Year Award in Lagos last week, urged the government to show readiness by addressing the supply side constraints of lack of infrastructure, to be able to enjoy the ... more
  • 2 days Our intervention’ll  increase power generation by 1,200WM –Seplat Sun |Biz
    Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc has said the Assa North-Ohaji South (ANOH) gas and condensate processing plant in Imo State slated to commence operations in 2021, will further boost the power generation in Nigeria by over 1,200 megawatts. The General Manager, Gas at Seplat, Mr. Okechukwu Mba, disclosed this at the Nigerian International Petroleum Summit (NIPS) 2020 held in Abuja. Speaking during a panel session titled: ‘Charting the Way Forward for Gas’ the Seplat GM said strategically the company is positioned to access Nigeria’s main demand centres, adding that current well stock delivery was around 300 Million standard cubic feet ... more
  • 2 days How to avert cooking gas explosion Sun |Biz
    Adewale Sanayolu Except urgent steps are taken, Nigerian may soon become an unsafe haven for the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), sector, popularly called cooking gas over the poor safety and environmental culture prevalent in the industry. At the peak of this concern is rising wave of cooking gas explosion across the country due to poor handling and indiscriminate construction of LPG plants, especially in residential areas. The menace has claimed several lives, leading to the untimely deaths of adults and minors. Also not spared is the loss of properties and many business ventures with the most recent being the Kaduna ... more
  • 2 days Imo: Can the Supreme Court reverse itself on Ihedioha? Sun |Politics
    Wilfred Eya Tomorrow, February 18, the Supreme Court will hear the appeal filed by Chief Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), asking it to review its judgement on the governorship election held on March 9, 2019, in Imo State. The apex court fixed the date one month after it sacked Ihedioha on January 14 and declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Hope Uzodinma, as the duly elected governor of Imo State. But  now, with last Friday’s swearing in of Senator Douye Diri as the duly elected governor of Bayelsa State, after the nullification of ... more
  • 2 days Nigeria is dying Sun |Columns
    Nigeria faces an existential threat. Slowly but surely, Nigeria is dying. Its demise will not be by implosion and a bang, as some had forecasted, but by agonising segmental dissipation, and a whimper. The National Assembly’s recent knee-jerk effort to review the Constitution panders to the incremental approach, when the needed review should devolve to the people as was done in 2014. With ongoing zonal coalescing and alignments, the nation is already at risk of a constitutional force majeure. Nigeria will not decline into a categorical failed state, it will just disintegrate, courtesy of bad leadership and the crass unwillingness ... more
  • 2 days Northern governors rejoice with el-Rufai at 60 Sun
    Gyang Bere, Jos The Northern Governors Forum has felicitated with Kaduna State Governor Mallam Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai as he  marks 60. Chairman of  the forum and Governor of Plateau State,   Simon Bako Lalong,   in a statement said it is joining the family, friends and  associates of Governor el-Rufai to celebrate God’s grace upon his life. The group  added that the governor had made tremendous impact in the journey to his golden age. Lalong , also described Elrufai as a man who had  passed through many challenges in life, ‘‘but has equally demonstrated high degree of resilience, determination and character ... more
  • 2 days Kebbi dispatches over 140 coaches to monitor 956 primary schools Sun
    Olanrewaju Lawal, Birnin Kebbi To evaluate performances of over 1,452 trained primary one teachers, the Kebbi State government has deployed over 140 monitoring officers to 956 primary schools across the 21 council areas of the state. The affected teachers were trained under Better Education Service Delivery for All  (BESDA) to ensure improvement of primary one pupils under the guide of Reading and Numeracy Activities (RANA) scheme, and their enrolment in the state. Daily Sun gathered  that 120 mentors and coaches as well as BESDA officers converged on  Birnin Kebbi for the meeting of LGEA Desk Officers and RANA coaches/mentors on ... more
  • 2 days Kano seals pact with TCN for construction of 132KVA transmission line Sun
    Desmond Mgboh, Kano Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje,  has  signed a Memorandun of Understanding (MoU) with the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) for the construction of a 132 KVA transmission line. Chief Press Secretary,  to the governor, Abba Anwar, in a statement yesterday,  explained that the MoU was signed  between the government of Kano, Jigawa and Katsina States on one hand and the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Abuja. The transmission line, according to the MoU will pass through Daura-Kazaure-Dambatta-Babura and 2x60MVA, 132/33KV Substation at Kazaure and Babura and 2x60MVA 132/33KV Substation at Mashi, with Turnin and Turnout ... more
  • 2 days Buhari has failed northern Nigeria Sun |Columns
    President Muhammadu Buhari was a cult figure in northern Nigeria. I am not sure if he still is. Prior to the 2015 general election, he enjoyed the euphoric chant of ‘Sai Baba’ that trailed his campaign movements across the country. Today, ‘Sai Baba’ is gradually changing to a new sing-song.  Recall that last week, Buhari went to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, on a sympathy visit. It was soon after he returned from a five-day trip to Ethiopia for the African Union summit. On hand to welcome him was a large crowd of Borno residents. But, instead of ‘Sai Baba’, ... more
  • 2 days WHO, UNICEF rate Osun high on polio eradication Sun
    Osun State Task Force Committee on Immunisation has disclosed the healthcare performance indices on polio eradication has been rated higher above many other states in Nigeria by World Health Organisation and United Nation For Children Educational Fund. According to the committee, available result has shown that Osun came second on Smart Survey by scoring 97 percent. Osun Immunisation Task Force Committee, led by the Executive Secretary, Osun Primary Health Care Board, Oluwole Fabiyi, made the disclosure in Osogbo while briefing the Secretary to the Government, Oluwole Oyebamiji, about the successes and challenges encountered by the committee. The committee further said ... more
  • 2 days … Ogun restates commitment to end virus Sun
    Adewale Banjo Ogun State governor’s wife, Bamidele Abiodun, has restated the administration’s commitment to eradicate transmission of the Wild and Circulating Vaccine Derived Polio Virus among children, as well as ensure optimal healthcare for all citizens. Mrs. Abiodun, who stated this during the flag-off ceremony of the First Round 2020 National Immunisation Plus Days (NIPDs), at Family Health Centre, Oke Ilewo, Abeokuta, said this could be achieved through regular health interventions programmes. She said regular campaigns of NIPDs were paramount in ensuring progress was sustained in curtailing the transmission of polio virus among under-five years children, noting that the state ... more
  • 2 days Border closure: Ogun opens complaint centre Sun
    Laide Raheem, Abeokuta Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has said a complaint centre with a dedicated telephone number will be activated where citizens can lodge complaints to curtail alleged sharp practices by security men and paramilitary officers in border towns.  Abiodun made this known at the weekend, while reacting to complaints of extortion lodged by members of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), South West chapter, who visited him in his office at Oke Mosan, Abeokuta. According to the governor, when the complaints centre becomes fully operational, citizens would have direct access to government where complaints of harassment and ... more
  • 2 days Ondo: APC ex-chairman joins guber race Sun |Politics
     Bamigbola Gbolagunte, Akure All Progressives Congress (APC) former chairman in Ondo State, Isaac Kekemeke, yesterday announced his decision to contest the October governorship election.   Kekemeke, a former commissioner for Works and Transport, had also served as the secretary to the state government. At a news conference in Akure, the state capital, the former APC chairman said his decision to contest the election was due to his desire to serve his people. He debunked insinuations making the rounds that he was not a serious contender as it was alleged that he was, through his ambition, planning to serve as running mate ... more
  • 2 days Task force impounds 215 vehicles, prosecutes 98 in Ikoyi Sun
    Moshood Adebayo Special Committee on the Clean Up of IKoyi and Victoria Island, yesterday announced it has impounded 215 vehicles, arrested and prosecuted 98 persons for various environmental offences since the commencement of the exercise. Lagos State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello, who also chairs the committee, disclosed those arrested included street traders who displayed their wares on walkways, road set backs. He said those operating illegal car wash  centres and automobile mechanics who converted public spaces to mechanic workshops as well as some drivers of contravened vehicles, were arrested. Bello further explained that those arrested ... more
  • 2 days 215 vehicles impounded, 98 people arrested, prosecuted in Ikoyi/VI Clean-up Sun
    The Special Committee on the Clean-Up of Ikoyi and VIctoria Island said  that it had impounded 215 vehicles, arrested and prosecuted 98 persons for various sundry environmental offences commencement of the exercise. Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello,  said this  in a statement  by the Director,  Public Affairs of the ministry, Mr Kunle Adeshina,  in Lagos, yesterday. Bello said that theehicles were impounded from various areas in Ikoyi and  on Vctoria Island for parking in prohibited zones and mechanic workshops located in unauthorised places. He said that those arrested include: street traders who displayed their wares ... more
  • 2 days …Kano conclude plan for take off of Hisbah Academy Sun
     Desmond Mgboh, Kano Kano State government is to step up arrangement for the take-off of the proposed Hisbah Academy, which will serve as a training ground for Hisbah Corps in the state. The Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, announced this during a visit to the head office of the Command at the weekend, stressing that his administration is determined to make the Board more articulated and responsive to the needs of the people. The Governor, who inspected the structures at the headquarters of the Board, pledged to improve the infrastructure there with a view to providing a more conducive working ... more
  • 2 days Expert urges ex-Presidents to lead pact for structured nation Sun
     Sunday Ani A strategic security expert and chief executive, Scutarii Advisory, Mr. Hilly Cookey-Gam has urged former Nigerian leaders to chart ways for a new nation, devoid of rising insecurity threats as well as social disorder. Cookey-Gam noted that the growing insecurity in the country has brought to the fore, urgent need for an advanced form of statecraft, hence, past and present leaders are expected to champion the cause for a greater nation. Describing some security threats like bomb blasts, Amotekun and the IPOB agitation as politically-motivated, he disclosed that a new national security strategy has been formulated to check ... more
  • 2 days Surgery for church hermaphrodites Sun |Columns
    “So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” (Revelation 3:16) The year is gradually unfurling its trove, and it is full of surprises. The Mbakas and other Nostradamuses have twirled their crystal ball and told us what they claimed to have seen or heard God say. Most of these things are so snarled in controversies, lesser mortals like us are wondering why God would speak differently on the same issue to his various ‘instruments.’ In fact, the instruments are at one another’s throat in a war of attrition that ... more
  • 2 days My heart goes out to David Lyon Sun |Columns
    In many ways, and for too long, politics has been sickeningly uncharitable to Nigeria and Nigerians. Look at our winner-takes-all mindset and reality. Look at the loss of our sense of humanity and modesty. Look at our barefaced p-d-pilification and a-p-cilisation of everything we represent. Pray, who builds a country the way Nigerians do Nigeria? Look at our government-people relations. Look at our top echelons’ horrendous quality. Look at how our very existence has been infected by sheer nepotism, monumental corruption and crass hypocrisy. Even a diehard patriot looks at our indices and gets a sense that Nigeria is a ... more
  • 2 days APC leaders marginalising northerners –Ex-SGF, Lawal Sun |Politics
    Fred Itua, Abuja Immediate-past Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal, has accused the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) of deliberating sidelining northern members of the party. Addressing newsmen in Abuja at the weekend, Lawal said the North currently has no ranking member in the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party. He wondered why available positions zoned to the North were yet to be filled. He also questioned the suspension of key northern members of the NWC, despite plans to reconcile aggrieved members of the party by a new committee. He said APC must ... more
  • 2 days Oshiomhole under fire Sun |Politics
    John Adams in Minna As the Supreme Court verdict on the 2019 Bayelsa governorship election continues to generate reactions across the country, chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have continued to rue the loss, calling on those responsible for the unfortunate development to pay for their actions or inactions. A cross-section of party leaders have blamed the loss on the failure of leaders of the party to stick to the rules as well as what they called  highhandedness of the national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole. Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, Festus Keyamo, said the blame for the loss ... more
  • 2 days We’re ready for Edo election – EOD Sun |Politics
    Christopher Oji The Police Explosive Ordinance Disposal Department (EOD), has said that it’s officers and men were fully prepared for the Edo State on coming election. The EOD also said that henceforth officers and men of the Command would carry onslaught to criminal hideouts. Commissioner of Police in charge of the command, CP Maikudi  Shehu, during his first quarterly Conference with officers and Unit Commanders at EOD office, Ikeja, Lagos, Thursday, said there was no cause for alarm about the on coming election in Edo State. CP Shehu, said when the news on the explosive in Benin City Edo State, ... more
  • 2 days Bayelsa: Sylva calls for calm over sack of Lyon, apologises to Buhari Sun |Politics
    Minister of Petroleum and former governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva, has called for calm and restraint over nullification of the election of All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, David Lyon, by the Supreme Court and the swearing in of Douye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as governor. In a statement, Sylva also apologised to President Muhammadu Buhari for the disruption of his programme in relation to his earlier scheduled visit to Bayelsa to witness the inauguration of Lyon as governor before the Supreme Court judgment. Supreme Court last Thursday voided the election of Lyon over the qualification of ... more
  • 2 days … Diri offers Sylva, APC candidate olive branch Sun |Politics
     Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri, has waved the olive branch at leaders of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state. Specifically, he extended his hands of fellowship to the APC leader in the state and Minister of Petroleum, Timipre Sylva and the former governor-elect, David Lyon. Diri, who stated this during a thanksgiving service at the Gloryhand Chapel, Government House, Yenagoa, said APC leaders are Bayelsans that should work with the state government to bring development to the state. According to him, Sylva, Lyon and other leaders of the opposition should join hands with him to build ... more
  • 2 days Tension, anxiety in Imo as Supreme Court reviews case Sun |Politics
    Godwin Tsa and Fred Itua, Abuja and Stanley Uzoaru and George Onyejiuwa, Owerri Fresh tension and  uncertainty have again pervaded Imo State as the Supreme Court hears the fresh appeal filed by sacked governor, Emeka Iheadioha, tomorrow. The state has been boiling in the last few weeks following the apex court’s ruling which replaced Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with Senator Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The verdict and subsequent inauguration of Uzodinma had sparked protests in different parts of the state and even Abuja, with the leadership and members of the opposition taking their  protest ... more
  • 2 days …Elders warn against interference Sun |Politics
    Elders in Imo State have appealed to political parties and other interest groups not to interfere in the judgment of the Supreme Court and the review appeal. Former minister of Information, Walter Ofonagoro, who spoke on behalf of the elders after a meeting in Owerri, noted that the apex court decision should be considered as final by the contending parties, but however, said anyone dissatisfied had the right to seek for a review. Ofonagoro said what the elders were, however, against was for some persons to try to dictate or interfere in the matter. However, former minister of Justice, Kanu ... more
  • 2 days Still on the environment! …Air pollution Sun |Columns
    From conception, humans begin to interact with their environment and all through life it is a never ending relationship. Man has an influence on the environment and the environment has an influence on man. It is important to understand that the environment is anything that is external to man which can have an influence on his health. People have varied concepts of what an environment is, some say an environment is what they can see around them. However, the environment consists of physical, social and biological components which are constantly interacting with each other. From the WHO definition of health ... more
  • 2 days NDDC: Nunieh needs special protection Sun |Columns
    The acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Dr Joi Nunieh, has stamped her feet on the turf with a clear message to corrupt contractors: Your days are numbered. Nunieh, considered by Niger Deltans as the best candidate for the job of bringing sanity to NDDC, has not disappointed so far, if feelers from various stakeholders in the oil-rich region are to be believed. She is determined to carry out a forensic audit of the commission as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari. Because the forensic audit was a presidential directive, you would expect all involved especially the ... more
  • 2 days Insecurity: The challenge of sincerity Sun |Columns
    Avid readers of this column are definitely going to be surprised why for the second time consecutively we are bringing up the issue of insecurity. They ought not to be, security is the bedrock of every human society and if political history is true, without security, the concept of society as we know it today would not be. Our country we have been having security challenges but we all agree that it has become terribly aggravated in the last five years. Between last week when we spoke on this issue of insecurity and today, so much has happened to raise ... more
  • 2 days Fever Sun |Columns
    I decided to discuss fever, because both lassa fever and corona virus present with fever as the first symptom. We are not praying for corona virus to come to Nigeria, but it is good to know as Minister of Health stated on Wednesday February 12, 2020, that Nigeria has equipped 3 centres that can diagnose corona virus. We know that death from lassa fever is now put at 70, while suspected cases increased from 700 to 1,708. Confirmed cases are now put at 402, and still counting. Since fever is the first symptom of both diseases, let us educate ourselves ... more
  • 2 days How Sugar Rush became box office success Sun |10ment
    The movie, Sugar Rush has garnered a lot of engagements amongst movie lovers in Nigeria, especially with the positive conversations on social media.  Released to the cinemas on December 25, 2019, the movie has created a lot of enthusiasm and anticipation from cinemagoers as a result of the reviews from the early birds. This shows how well the movie did in the cinemas and with excellent publicity strategy around it, there had been anticipation before the release date. According to reports, after being released to cinemas, the film made over N40 million in its first weekend, raking over N58.76 million ... more
  • 2 days My life as stripper –Jean Great Natasha Sun |10ment
    Vera Wisdom-Bassey Jean Great Natasha is the CEO, Madam Titi Entertainment Academy, located in Port Harcourt, River State. She was a stripper, singer and actress. Born to an American father and Nigerian mother, the 27-years-old lady recently had a divine encounter at The Lord’s Chosen crusade ground, Mgbidi, Imo State where, according to her, she saw the light and became a new being. Recalling her experience as a strip dancer and entertainer, Natasha narrated: “Thank God, I have been saved and now I am a new being. I was a strip dancer and a cultist. I took to this lifestyle ... more
  • 2 days Insurgency: Buratai promotes 3 soldiers for outstanding performance Sun
    Three soldiers of Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD) have been rewarded with special promotion to the next rank for their outstanding performance in the ongoing war against insurgency in the North East. The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, decorated the soldiers during a visit to their camp on Sunday as part of his operational visit to troops in the north east. The three soldiers, Felix Ugwu, Kehinde Goban and Ishaq Yesif, are serving at Super Camp 3 in Buratai, Biu Local Government Area of Borno. Ugwu was promoted from the rank of Warrant Officer to Master Warrant Officer while ... more
  • 2 days In Support of ASUU on IPPIS Sun |Opinion
      Auwal Ahmed Ibrahim Goronyo The Academic Staff Union of University is asking the Federal Government of Nigeria a simple question. Why NNPC, NIDC, CBN, FIRS and other lucrative revenue parastatals are not in the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS? While up to today there is no sufficient answer from the side of government regarding this question raised by the ASUU Chairman, University of Abuja branch, Dr. Kassim Umaru. There is dichotomy in every sphere of Nigerian lives and organizations. There is dichotomy between degree and Higher National Diploma, human rights in respect to gender opportunities, fit people ... more
  • 2 days FG tasks fire officers on effective service delivery Sun
    Joseph Inokotong, Abuja Worried by the incessant fire outbreaks and the resultant negative effects on the economy, the Federal Government has directed the Federal Fire Service to carry out measures that would prevent the trend across the country through rendering effective services to Nigerians. Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola who gave the directive at the commissioning of 2,200 regular Fire Service Cadet Officers, 150 drivers and 96 new fire-fighting trucks, instructed the service to ensure effective service delivery to Nigerians, through the deployment and utilization of the huge fire-fighting assets for optimal impact wherever they may be needed and ... more
  • 2 days I learnt much from Dickson while serving Bayelsa for 8 years – Iworiso-Markson Sun |Politics
    Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa The immediate past Commissioner for Information and Orientation in Bayelsa, Daniel Iworiso-Markson has profoundly thanked former governor, the Hon Henry Seriake Dickson for giving him the rare opportunity to serve the state in different capacities. He said the immediate past governor first appointed him as his Senior Special Assistant on Media, later Chief Press Secretary and in another surprised elevation, Commissioner for Information and Orientation. According to him, the eight years he served Bayelsa under Dickson was a watershed, as the erstwhile governor did not give anything to chance to justify the mandate Bayelsans gave to him. ... more
  • 2 days Imo ALGON plans one-million-man march for Uzodinma Sun |Politics
    George Onyejiuwa, Owerri Ahead of the Tuesday’s Supreme Court judgment review, elected local government officials from the 27 council areas of Imo State under the aegis of Association Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), will on Monday assemble in Owerri, the state capital for a one-million- man march in support of Governor Hope Uzodinma’s administration. This is even as they commended the seven-man panel of justices of the Supreme Court for their landmark judgement of January 14, 2020. They also accused the People’s Democratic Party of stoking anti- Uzodinma and Supreme Court protests in the state in a bid to breach ... more
  • 2 days Kano govt plans to set up Hisbah academy   Sun
        Desmond Mgboh, Kano   Kano State government is stepping up arrangement for the take-off of the proposed Hisbah Academy, which will serve as a training ground for Hisbah corps in the state. The governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, announced this during a visit to the head office of the command at the weekend, stressing that his administration was determined to make the board more articulated and responsive to the needs of the people.   The governor who inspected the structures at the headquarters of the board, pledged to improve the infrastructure there with a view to providing a more ... more
  • 2 days BUA, Dangote trucks kill 4 along Nyanya-Keffi Expressway Sun
    Isaac Anumihe, Abuja Social and business activities were grounded  when  two trailers loaded with cement rammed into each other at Kugbo Road, along Nyanya-Keffi Expressway,  killing four occupants. An eyewitness told our correspondent that a Dangote Cement driver  was trying to avoid a stationary car in front of him when another trailer loaded with BUA Cement lost its brakes and hit the Dangote trailer killing all the occupants of the BUA trailer. One of the occupants died in his sleep while two of the ‘motor boys’ ... more
  • 2 days Lagos Assembly denies secret approval of Magodo Phase One land Sun
     Sunday Ani The Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Lands has denied media report that the legislative body secretly approved land for the Ojoko family at Magodo GRA Phase One, describing it as spurious and unfounded. Debunking the report on Friday at a press briefing in the Assembly Complex, the Land Committee’s Chairman, Hon. Richard Kasunmu, said the committee was only mandated to investigate the cause of the land tussle between Ojoko family and Magodo GRA Phase 1 Gateway Zone Community Development Area (CDA) and that it ... more
  • 2 days We shall reclaim our mandate in Bayelsa – Sylva Sun |Politics
      Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa The Minister of State for Petroluem and former governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva has expressed optimism that  governorship mandate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State will be restored. He also apologised to President Muhammadu Buhari “over the avoidable disruption to his busy schedule which was caused by the events of the moment.” Sylva the leader of the APC in Bayelsa in his first public statement on the Supreme Court ruling which sacked the APC governor-elect, Chief David Lyon and the deputy-governor ... more
  • 2 days Ex-Imo speaker, Dikeocha, bombs Agabi on Supreme Court comment Sun |Politics
    Stanley Uzoaru, Owerri Former Minister of Justice, Kanu Agabi has come under critism over his comment on the Supreme Court judgement of January,14 validating Senator Hope Uzodinma as the governor of Imo State where he said that the apex court should reverse the judgement. In a reaction to his comment, former speaker of the Imo State Assembly, Godfrey Dikeocha noted that Agabi’s utterance are made without prejudice to the subsistence of the case before the Supreme Court. According to Dikeocha “it is mind boggling how a so-called Senior Advocate of Nigeria would leave the venue of his case and take ... more
  • 2 days Police arrest most wanted cult leader, 8 others over murder in Lagos  Sun
    Christopher  Oji The Lagos State police command has arrested suspected  most wanted Aiye Confraternity cult leader, Samora, and eight other members of his strike force in Ikorodu area of the state . The suspects were arrested by  the command’s Special Strike Force on Social Miscreants for murder, armed robbery and other related offences. Also in police net are five suspects arrested for allegedly robbing people on Valentine’s day. Lagos State police public relations officer, DSP Bala Elkana said  Samora and eight members of his gang were arrested in Ikorodu  and ... more
  • 2 days Cult war: Security takes over Rivers community after clashes, 4 dead Sun
    TONY JOHN, Port Harcourt Rivers State police command said it has deployed its personnel to the troubled Okporowo community in  Ogbakiri clan in Emohua Local Government Area of the state, following cult war that broke out between members of the  same group. State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Nnamdi Omoni, who confirmed that cult clash to journalists in Port Harcourt, disclosed that some lives were lost during the clash. Our correspondent gathered that the incident occurred at the weekend, and the victims were members of a particular group. ... more
  • 2 days B’Haram: Zulum visits 120,000 refugees in Niger Republic over repatriation Sun
    Timothy Olanrewaju, Maiduguri Borno State governor, Babagana Zulum has commended the government and people of Niger Republic for hosting about 120, 000 refugees, from Borno, in the country’s northern region. Zulum who visited the refugees at Diffa, capital of Diffa Province in Niger weekend for preparation towards ‘dignified’ repatriation and willing return of the refugees to Nigeria, said the Nigerien authority has proved their brotherliness. Spokesman to the governor, Isa Gusau in a statement said the refugees, men, women and children, were among thousands of people that fled communities in the northern part of Borno to neighbouring Niger Republic in ... more
  • 2 days No bandit camps in Niger forest – Police commissioner Sun
    John Adams, Minna After months of onslaught by bandits on Niger communities, heads of various security agencies in Niger State led by the state Commissioner of Police, Adamu Usman, at weekend visited the Sarki Pawa forest in Munya local government where the bandits were said to be using as their hide out to lunch attacks on people in the nearby communities. The move was,however, a wasteful one at it was discovered that the bandits had no operational camps in the area but in the neighboring Kaduna State forest from where they lunch attacks on Niger communities. The commissioner of police ... more
  • 2 days Supreme Court application review: Imo indigenes pray, demand courage from justice Sun |Politics
     Romanus Ugwu, Abuja A group of young professionals and businessmen from Imo State, under the auspices of Imo Concerned Citizens Forum (ICCF) has warned that no threat from Governor Hope Uzodinma, will cow and intimidate the indigenes from continuous protest against the unjust ruling of the Supreme Court. Convener of the group, Engr Kingsley Onwubiko, in a statement  revealed that many peace-loving indigenes of Imo will embark on fasting and praying for courage on the side of Supreme Court justices to redress the injustice of the first ruling. While commending Imo people for showing ... more
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