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  • 1 hour Lagos to reward 20 best teachers with vehicles Vanguard
    Teacher By Adesina Wahab and Glory Olojo Twenty outstanding teachers in public schools in Lagos State will be acknowledged and rewarded with brand new vehicle each as part of efforts to motivate teachers in the state. The State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said this on Saturday during the formal launch and graduation ceremony of EKOEXCEL teachers professional development and training programme in Ikeja, Lagos. The governor, who promised that the selection process would be transparent, said there was nothing too big to motivate teachers with and that their reward should not be left to be got in heaven only. ... more
  • 1 hour Lassa Fever: NCDC confirms 195 cases, 29 deaths in 11 states Vanguard
    The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has disclosed that 29 deaths and 195 confirmed cases of Lassa fever had been reported in 11 states of the federation. Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General, NCDC, who disclosed this in a statement he signed on Saturday in Abuja, explained that the current figures were as on Friday, Jan. 24. Ihekweazu, said out of the confirmed cases, 89 per cent were from Ondo, Edo and Ebonyi States. The NCDC boss said that the increased number of cases at this time of the year was not unusual due to ecological factors. He said ... more
  • 1 hour We don’t know details of NASS N128bn budget, Senators Vanguard
    NASS By Henry Umoru SOME Senators have declared that they do not have details of National Assembly N128 billion budget. Disclosing this yesterday, Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Public Accounts,  Senator Ibrahim Hadejia, All Progressives Congress, APC, Jigawa, North East said that the details of N128 billion for the National Assembly were not there  and he does not know anything about it. Senator Hadejia was responding to a question on the  budget of the national Assembly,  why it was difficult for the National Assembly to give details of their budget except the service wide vote whose details are not there ... more
  • 1 hour Again Senator Musa cries out, begs FG, state Govt, Security agencies to come to their aid Vanguard
    …Says his people are Kidnapped, Raped and killed By Henry Umoru FOLLOWING fresh attack on his constituents yesterday by armed bandits,  Chairman, Senate Services Committee, Senator Mohammed Sani Musa, All Progressives Congress, APC, Niger East has again appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari, the State Governor and all Service Chiefs in the country to as a matter of urgency, come to the aid of his people by finding a lasting solution to the Menace. In a statement he personally signed and made available to  Vanguard yesterday, Senator Musa who raised the alarm of continued attacks on his people, said that ... more
  • 1 hour PARENTS’ BURIAL ON FEBRUARY14: Kinsmen divided over Nnamdi Kanu’s return Vanguard
    Nnamdi Kanu BY UGOCHUKWU ALARIBE, Umuahia As Afaraukwu kinsmen of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, prepare for the burial of their traditional ruler, Eze Okwu Kanu, and his wife, Ugoeze Sally Kanu, there are speculations on whether Kanu will return home from the United Kingdom (UK) to pay his last respects to his parents. It is customary in Igbo land for children living outside the community to return home for the burial of their parents. There are fears, however, that the Federal Government may arrest the IPOB leader over his agitation for ... more
  • 2 hours AS CORONA VIRUS RAGES… We are prepared to handle disease – NCDC Vanguard
    By Sola Ogundipe As global attention remains focused on the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus strain (2019nCoV) that has continued to spread across the world, the Federal Government says it is well positioned to handle cases of Coronavirus in the in the unlikely event that it is detected in Nigeria. The Head of Research and Knowledge Management of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, Dr Chinwe Lucia Ochu, who disclosed this in Lagos, said Nigeria has put enough measures in place to tackle such cases. “The NCDC is well positioned to handle any case of Coronavirus that comes ... more
  • 2 hours Francis Atuche finds a new thing Vanguard
    Francis Atuche, the former Managing Director of the defunct BankPHB, has found a new thing outside the banking industry. The retail store, Hubmart, which he recently established, has become a Mecca for shoppers in Lagos. ALSO READ: Edo 2020: Oshiomhole preaches peace after thugs destroyed platform, vehicles The mall boasts of an exquisite range of products, including renowned local and international brands, and it is built-in choice locations deliberately to offer customers world-class shopping experience. Not only this, Atuche, who is the Senior Adviser, Homeland Real Estate Company, is also a big player in the real estate industry. ALSO READ: Barca ... more
  • 2 hours BATTLE FOR THE SOUL OF APGA: I am the legitimate National Chairman — Njoku Vanguard
    Chief Edozie Njoku was elected as the National Chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, in Owerri, last year, but was stopped from assuming leadership by court injunctions. In this interview, he speaks on the decision of the person, who instituted the suit leading to the injunction, Victor Oye, to discontinue his case. Njoku also speaks on his plans to rebuild the party. By Levinus Nwabughiogu Last week, it was reported that you have returned as the National Chairman of APGA. Can you tell us what transpired? APGA conducted two parallel conventions.  One was done in Owerri and another one ... more
  • 2 hours The Wonders of Christ’s Unstoppable Power to Save (4) Vanguard
    By William  Kumuyi
    Kumuyi All these should excite you about having a relationship with Jesus because it is a win-win venture. This should be reason enough to take it quite seriously. Perhaps you are over there masticating the thought that your goodly nature is enough and could strike a deal with God. But the fact is your goodness would hinder you because no sinner can be too good enough for God to the extent of not needing saving from the Saviour Jesus Christ. Better still, yours might be that because you are handsome and or very beautiful and since ... more
  • 2 hours Ifeanyi Aderafasin a proud mom Vanguard
    Ifeanyi, the wife of Senior Pastor, House on the Rock, Paul Adefarasin, is a proud mom. Her son, Alvin, made her proud as he bagged a master’s degree in international business with merits. ALSO READ: West Ham suffer FA Cup misery, Spurs held at Southampton The elated mother couldn’t hide her joy and she shared it on her social media page. According to her, “it is good to watch your children grow and to reap the harvest of your years of labour and sacrifice. Thankful to God for watching and keeping Alvin and causing his ways to be prosperous”. Vanguard ... more
  • 4 hours Imo rerun: Election witnesses low turnout of voters  Vanguard
    NYSC members officiating elections. By Chinonso Alozie – Owerri The Okigwe North Federal Constituency, re-run elections in Imo State, yesterday witnessed a low turnout of voters. Vanguard at about 10am visited some areas within the Okigwe North federal constituency, and witnessed only few areas had a good number of voters presence. While some areas witneseed low turn out of voters many of them saw the late arrival of voting materials. For the areas that were hit with voters apathy, in Isiala Mbano local government area, included 013, Umuneke Village Anara, 001, Central school Eziama. Others 008, Central school ... more
  • 5 hours Why APC should be wary of Oshiomhole acting as National Chair – Idahosa Vanguard
    Adam’s Oshiomhole A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon Charles Idahosa, has reaffirmed that the former governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has no legal authority to function as National Chairman of the APC. Speaking with journalists in Benin City, the Edo State  capital, Idahosa said Oshiomhole having been suspended by his ward, can no longer flaunt himself as the legitimate chairman of the party at the national level. Idahosa, who is a former political adviser to Oshiomhole, noted that any action taken by the embattled national chairman is null and void because it is an ... more
  • 5 hours The stripes of a prophet Vanguard
    As a new believer, the Lord asked me one of his intriguing questions. He said: “Femi, would you like to be a prophet?” I did not answer. The last thing I wanted to be was a prophet. I saw no glory in it but problems and difficulties. Later, I addressed the question indirectly. I told the Lord I did not want the ministry of Isaiah. To me, Isaiah’s ministry is frustrating. He is called to preach to people who will not receive his word. God says: “Go and speak this message to the people: ‘You will listen and listen, ... more
  • 5 hours Abule Egba explosion: Sanwo-Olu seeks NNPC’s support for compensation of displaced victims Vanguard
    Babajide Sanwo-Olu with some of the displaced persons By Olasunkanmi Akoni Lagos State Government has said it would be meeting with the management of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to find a way of paying compensation for victims of the January 19 pipeline fire in Abule Egba, area of the state in which several buildings and properties worth millions of naira destroyed in the process. Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, made the remark on Saturday, when he led delegation on a sympathy visit to 300 displaced victims currently being resettled in Igando Emergency Relief Camp in Alimosho by ... more
  • 5 hours Insecurity: My people under siege, Senator Musa cries out again Vanguard
    By Dirisu Yakubu The lawmaker representing Niger East, Senator Mohammed Sani Musa, has again raised the alarm over worsening security challenges in his senatorial district. Residents of Shiroro Local Government Area in Niger State came under heavy attacks Saturday morning when armed bandits in numbers allegedly invaded the villages of Kudodo, Galapai, Dnakpala, Makera and Dnalagwa killing scores, raping and abducting people. In what seems to be coordinated attacks, adjoining villages like Amale, Tunga and Adunu were not spared, as the bandits left on their heels more deaths, destruction and abduction, Vanguard gathered. ALSO READ: I wonder why people ... more
  • 5 hours Faith in the Redemptive names of God (30) Vanguard
    JEHOVAH – ELOHEEKA (THE LORD THY GOD ) TEXT: EXODUS 20:2,5,7 INTRODUCTION Exod 20:2 Easy English ‘I am the Lord your God. I brought you out of Egypt, out of the country where you were slaves. Exod 20:5 Easy English You must not bend down your head to a false god, nor worship it. I, the Lord your God, will be angry if you do not remember me. I will punish the children for the bad things that their fathers do. I will even punish the grandchildren and their children. I will do this to those who hate me. ... more
  • 6 hours 2021 Guber race: Drop me, lose Ondo Gov Akeredolu dares APC Vanguard
    Says I’m only one who can win Ondo for APC Ondo people sought me out to lead them; I didn’t pay them to elect me Says nobody can give power, which belongs to God only
    Governor Akeredolu                                                                Soni Daniel Ahead of next year’s election, in which his position is being eyed by some interested party members, Ondo State Governor, Chief Rotimi Akeredolu, has dared the leadership of the ... more
  • 6 hours Leah Sharibu’s dad dismisses news of girl giving birth in Boko Haram custody Vanguard
    Leah Sharibu Leah Sharibu, a Christian girl kidnapped and held in Boko Haram captivity for over one year, has reportedly given birth to a baby boy. Leah, according to Sahara Reporters, was delivered of the baby a few weeks ago following her forceful marriage to a top Boko Haram commander, according to a reliable source close to the terror group. The source said Leah, who refused to renounce her Christian faith, was forced to accept Islam before being married to a top commander of the terror group. Leah was among dozens of girls seized from a school in Adamawa ... more
  • 9 hours Barca beaten by Valencia in early blow for Setien Vanguard
    Barcelona’s Argentine forward Lionel Messi gestures during the Spanish league football match Valencia CF against FC Barcelona at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia on January 25, 2020. PHOTO: AFP Quique Setien’s honeymoon period lasted less than a fortnight as he tasted his first Barcelona defeat on Saturday in his second La Liga game in charge after a 2-0 loss to Valencia. A Jordi Alba own goal and Maxi Gomez’s strike at Mestalla raise early doubts about Setien’s appointment and give Real Madrid the chance to move three points clear at the top of the table when they visit Real ... more
  • 10 hours Akwa Ibom Re-run: INEC says dissapointed at disruptions in polling units Vanguard
    By Chioma Onuegbu – Uyo The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, in Akwa Ibom state, has expressed disappointment over the disruptions reported in Ukana West (Ward 11), Units 5, 8, and 9 as well as Ikpe Annang (Ward 5), Unit 12 in Essien Udim local government Council during Saturday re-run election. The electoral umpire in its preliminary report on the re-run election signed by Odaro Aisien HOD, Voter Education and Publicity INEC, in the state and obtained by Vanguard, in Uyo about 8:30 pm said it had thought lessons would have been learnt from what led to the nullification ... more
  • 10 hours Abule Egba explosion: Sanwo-Olu seeks NNPC support Vanguard
    Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu By Olasunkanmi Akoni Lagos State Government has said it would be meeting with the management of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to find a way of paying compensation for victims of the January 19 pipeline fire in Abule Egba, area of the state in which several buildings and properties worth millions of naira destroyed in the process. Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu made the remark on Saturday, when he led delegation on a sympathy visit to 300 displaced victims currently being resettled in Igando Emergency Relief Camp in Alimosho by the state government. ... more
  • 10 hours Edo politicians: Remember Lassa Fever Vanguard
    Obaseki & Oshiomhole By Tonnie Iredia In a typical society, particularly a democracy, there are two sides to what is generally known as the Social Contract Theory. The two sides are the government and the people. Whereas it is the duty of the people to perform civic duties such as voting at an election, payment of taxes and engaging in community development schemes; government on its part is to protect the people from every harm such as diseases and crimes. Government is also expected to organize policies that would improve the living standards of the people.  Where these roles ... more
  • 10 hours Kano rerun election: I will emerge victorious ― Doguwa Vanguard
    Ado Alhassan Doguwa By Bashir Bello and Abdulmumin Murtala – Kano The former Majority leader, House of Representatives and a contestant in the Saturday re-run election, Ado Alhassan Doguwa has expressed optimism in the election saying “I will emerge victorious in the Doguwa/Tudun Wada Federal Constituency re-run election.” Doguwa who spoke to journalists after casting his votes at his polling unit expressed satisfaction with the high turnout of voters which he described as impressive. The former House leader said the turnout of voters during the re-run is an indication that the people of his constituency are anxious to see ... more
  • 11 hours Dickson offers automatic employment to 104 first class graduands Vanguard
    Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson By Samuel Oyadongha – Yenagoa Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has offered automatic employment to 104 First Class graduates of the state-owned Niger Delta University, Amassoma in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area. Dickson gave the directive during the 5th Combined Convocation ceremony of the NDU from 2015 to 2019 academic sessions. The beneficiaries include 13 best graduating students of the different faculties of the institution which convokes 15,853 graduands with 91 making First Class. He said the directive was in conformity with his administration’s policy of absorbing first-class students into the civil service. ... more
  • 11 hours West Ham suffer FA Cup misery, Spurs held at Southampton Vanguard
    West Ham United’s Swiss striker Albian Ajeti (L) vies with West Bromwich Albion’s Nigerian defender Semi Ajayi (R) during the English FA Cup fourth round football match between West Ham United and West Bromwich Albion at The London Stadium, in east London on January 25, 2020. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP)  West Ham crashed out of the FA Cup as their former manager Slaven Bilic led West Brom to a surprise 1-0 win, while Tottenham were held to a 1-1 draw by Southampton in Saturday’s fourth-round action. Albion boss Bilic, sacked by the Hammers in 2017, made eight ... more
  • 12 hours Lassa fever: 29 deaths, 195 confirmed cases reported in 11 states — NCDC Vanguard
    Lassa Fever The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has disclosed that 29 deaths and 195 confirmed cases of Lassa fever had been reported in 11 states of the federation. Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General, NCDC, who disclosed this in a statement he signed on Saturday in Abuja, explained that the current figures were as at Friday, Jan. 24. Also read: LASSA FEVER: NCDC confirms 16 deaths in 8 States Ihekweazu, said out of the confirmed cases, 89 per cent were from Ondo, Edo and Ebonyi States. The NCDC boss said that the increased number of cases at this ... more
  • 12 hours 2021: Drop me and lose Ondo, Akeredolu dares APC Vanguard
    Akeredolu Soni Daniel – Northern Region Editor Ahead of next year’s election governorship election in Ondo State, in which his position is being eyed by some interested party members, the state Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, on Saturday dared the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) not to replace him with any other person if it wishes to win the state. Akeredolu, who became the governor of the state in February 2017, told journalists in Abuja that he is the only person who could win the election for APC in Ondo State given his pedigree, achievements, and general acceptability by ... more
  • 13 hours Impeachment: Trump lawyers prepare to deliver defence in Senate Vanguard
    United States President Trump Donald Trump’s lawyers prepared to deliver his first full-throated defence Saturday in the Senate’s historic impeachment trial after Democratic prosecutors spent three days making their case for the United States president’s removal from office. Capping 24 total hours of arguments, Democrats told the 100 senators that Trump abused the power of the presidency in pressuring Ukraine to launch investigations that would help him politically, and then sought to block efforts by Congress to investigate. Democrats said they had met that burden of proof, as lead House impeachment manager Adam Schiff warned that Trump would remain ... more
  • 13 hours Police arrest Abuja monarch, secretary over cop’s murder Vanguard
    …CP condemns barbaric act, vows to fish out other culprits.
    FCT Commissioner of Police, CP Bala Ciroma By Kingsley Omonobi – Abuja. Following the murder of a senior Police Officer, ASP Eric Isaiah and one Moses Emmanuel over land dispute by persons mobilised by the traditional ruler of Ushafa community, Alhaji Mohammed Baba and his secretary, Danlami Busa in Abuja, and injuries inflicted on other police personnel, the Commissioner of Police, CP Bala Ciroma has ordered the arrest of the traditional ruler. This is just as the CP ordered a manhunt for all those including the prime suspect in ... more
  • 13 hours Bauchi supplementary/rerun polls record large turnout of voters Vanguard
    Voting taking place in Dugmani village voters of Zaki LGA of Bauchi during the supplementary elections. PHOTO: NAN The supplementary/re-run elections in two Local Government Areas of Bauchi state recorded large turnout of voters, according to report. Whereas supplementary election is being conducted in Zaki Local Government Area, INEC is also conducting re-run election in Gamawa Local Government Area. NAN Correspondent monitoring the exercise reports witnessing large turnout of voters in units the exercise is being conducted in Sakwa, Murmur North and Mainako in Zaki. Mohammed Hassan, Presiding Officer (PO) in-charge of Daladagum unit in Dugunmi town, told NAN ... more
  • 14 hours Edo 2020: Oshiomhole preaches peace as platform, vehicles destroyed Vanguard
    All Progressive Congress National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole By Ozioruva Aliu The crisis rocking the Edo state All Progressives Congress (APC) continued as the platform built for speakers and two vehicles in the venue were destroyed and burnt overnight by unknown persons. But addressing a mammoth crowd at Iyekhe off Poly Road in Auchi, Etsako West local government area, Oshiomhole said the APC is a party of peace and would continue to preach same even as he assured that the people would win the governorship election in the state. The rally was to receive over 30,000 members of the opposition ... more
  • 14 hours Edo 2020: Oshiomhole preaches peace after thugs destroyed platform, vehicles Vanguard
    All Progressive Congress National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole By Ozioruva Aliu The crisis rocking the Edo state All Progressives Congress (APC) continued as the platform built for speakers and two vehicles in the venue were destroyed and burnt overnight by unknown persons. But addressing a mammoth crowd at Iyekhe off Poly Road in Auchi, Etsako West local government area, Oshiomhole said the APC is a party of peace and would continue to preach same even as he assured that the people would win the governorship election in the state. The rally was to receive over 30,000 members of the opposition ... more
  • 14 hours Lagos to reward 20 best teachers with vehicles Vanguard
    Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu By Adesina Wahab and Glory Olojo Twenty outstanding teachers in public schools in Lagos State will be acknowledged and rewarded with brand new vehicle each as part of efforts to motivate teachers in the state. The State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said this on Saturday during the formal launch and graduation ceremony of Eko Excel Pre-Service Professional Development and Technology Training Programme in Ikeja, Lagos. The governor, who promised that the selection process would be transparent, said there was nothing too big to motivate teachers with and that their reward should not be ... more
  • 14 hours Imo rerun: Election witnesses low turn out of voters  Vanguard
    By Chinonso Alozie – Owerri The Okigwe North Federal Constituency, re-run elections in Imo state witnessed a low turn out of voters. Vanguard at about 10 am visited some areas within the Okigwe North federal constituency and witnessed only a few areas had a good number of voters presence. While some areas witnessed low turn out of voters many of them saw the late arrival of voting materials. The areas that were hit with voters apathy, in Isiala Mbano local government area,  included 013, Umuneke Village Anara, 001, Central school Eziama. Others 008, Central school Anara, 014 Dialum Hall, ... more
  • 15 hours Amotekun: Northern groups accuse South West of ‘coercion’ Vanguard
    …says north may launch similar security outfit …says federal government has failed to provide security
    Southwest governors at the official launch of Amotekun The Coalition of Northern groups has stated that though the south-west region reserves the right to initiate moves to protect its people from security threats through “Amotekun”, such moves must be within the context of the laws of the land. In a statement issued in Kaduna on Saturday, the group accused the federal government of paying lip service to the issue of security in the country, adding that the north particularly deserves to create its own ... more
  • 15 hours Only God inspires my music, not women – Singer, Hanujay Vanguard
    By Ayo Onikoyi Nigerian singer, comedian and content creator, Aghogho Hanu Agbodje known mostly by his stage name, Hanujay has established himself as a talent to watch in the music industry. He’s an indigene of Warri, Delta State, Nigeria. In spite of having started music 4 years ago, he has drop two Eps to show how creative, dynamic and talented he is. He has released over 20 songs plus over 100 unreleased, still in the pipeline. To date, he has also dropped 4 professional music videos plus a fleet of viral and promotional contents. In this interview with AYO ... more
  • 15 hours Magu charges Nigerians to unite, support corruption fight Vanguard
    Magu By Soni Daniel The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu has urged Nigerians to unite and support the anti-corruption fight in order to bring Nigeria back to the path of glory. Magu who stated this on Saturday, in Abuja, during the EFCC’s Fitness Exercise organised in collaboration with EFCC Ambassadors with the theme: “Let’s Unite in the War Against Corruption”, said Nigerians are too endowed with human and material resources that the citizens should not be living in penury. The exercise, which was organised in collaboration with the EFCC Ambassadors, a group ... more
  • 15 hours FG acquires six training airplanes for NCAT Vanguard
    By Dirisu Yakubu – Abuja As part of its commitment to implement the national aviation roadmap, the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government has acquired six new state-of-the-art aircrafts for the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, NCAT, Zaria. Speaking while inspecting the aircraft in Austria, Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika said the new training airplanes are to be delivered within 3 weeks. “In our effort to catch up with technology in line with our approved roadmap, we have acquired six new aircraft for training at NCAT Zaria. “Our efforts has earned Zaria the status of ICAO regional training ... more
  • 15 hours Zidane defends Bale after latest injury set-back Vanguard
    Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane defended Gareth Bale on Saturday after the Welshman picking up another injury and also said Eden Hazard is close to a return. Bale will miss Madrid’s La Liga game against Real Valladolid on Sunday after he sprained his ankle during Madrid’s Copa del Rey win over Unionistas de Salamanca on Wednesday. Bale had opened the scoring in a 3-1 victory. It is his third injury this season. Bale spent just over a month out before Christmas with calf and thigh problems. He missed Real Madrid’s Spanish Super Cup triumph in Saudi Arabia through illness ... more
  • 15 hours Gunmen kidnap transporter, demand N15m ransom Vanguard
    Gunmen By Paul Olayemi A Transporter, Paul Akpodiete, who was returning back to Sapele in Delta State on his way back from Ibadan, Oyo State where he had gone to deliver some goods has reportedly been kidnapped by armed gunmen along the Benin Lagos road just before Gbogi, in Edo State. A family source said Paul was kidnapped just after 4 pm on Wednesday. A source explained how the kidnappers carried out the act “He was returning to Sapele after taking delivery of some goods in Ibadan and was almost close to Gbogi when they kidnapped him and one ... more
  • 16 hours APC commends Abia South peaceful re-run elections Vanguard
    The All Progressives Congress (APC), Chairman Abia State Chapter, Mr Donatus Nwankpa, has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) on the conduct of Aba South Local Government Area (LGA), of Abia state re-run election. Nwankpa made the commendation while monitoring elections at the Umuogele Primary School, Aba South, on Saturday. “The exercise so far, from the places we visited, is peaceful and we are also impressed with the turnout. “We are looking forward to a peaceful conclusion, just as the beginning was peaceful. “Our agents are not complaining, unless something changes, you can see the level of security ... more
  • 16 hours 1,292 students gets speaker’s N8.2m scholarship in Katsina Vanguard
    By Bashir Bello Not fewer than 1,292 students have benefited from N8.2 million worth scholarship disbursed by the Speaker, Katsina State House of Assembly, Tasi’u Musa Maigari. Maigari who distributed the scholarships to the students in his constituents, Zango Constituency, at the weekend said the gesture was borne out of a desire to support the students to attain their educational pursuits. He urged the students to rededicate themselves to their studies in order to excel in their academics. The Speaker further assured of his continuous support to people of his constituents for the development and advancement of the area ... more
  • 16 hours Isaba community denies abducting Aladja indigene Vanguard
    …says they respect peace brokered by Delta Govt
    Delta Map By Festus Ahon – Asaba The people of Isaba Community, Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State have denied the allegation of the abduction of one Mr Michael Kevwe, levied against it by Aladja community, Udu Local Government Area. Isaba community in a statement protesting against the allegation described it as a ploy to truncate the peace deal recently brokered by the state government between both communities. The Isaba community in a statement signed by Mr Henry Ofoleyon and Austin Deinfegha, Chairman and Secretary of Isaba Central Government ... more
  • 16 hours Finance Act will stimulate Nigerian economy — Osinbajo Vanguard
    Prof. Osinbajo Nigerian Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Saturday asserted that the Finance Act 2020 would stimulate the Nigerian economy and put the country on the path of geometric economic growth.  Osinbajo made the assertion at the Inspiration Conference 2020 of the Redeemer’s Men Fellowship (Lagos Regions) in Lagos.  The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the conference had as its theme: “Galvanised for Geometric Growth”.  He said the bill, which was signed by President Muhammadu Buhari on Jan. 13, was aimed at shoring up revenue for all levels of government to meet up with their expenditure.  This, he ... more
  • 17 hours Bizarre: Epileptic teenager raped in Edo Vanguard
    A fourteen year old epileptic teenage girl has been raped by a forty year old man, Vincent Akande in Edo state. Report has it that the victim was by the riverside at Ososo community, fetching stones for sale, when Akande accosted and violated her. READ ALSO: Anthony Joshua to present world championship belts to Buhari In his ruling, according to TheCable, Nosa Musoe, chief magistrate of the Igarra magistrate court, Akoko-Edo, said the accused was “deceptive” and sentenced Akande to 14 years’ imprisonment without fine. Reacting in a statement signed by Priscilla Usiobaifo, founder/executive director of BraveHeart Initiative for ... more
  • 17 hours UN bars officials from using Whatsapp over security concerns Vanguard
    United Nations officials do not use WhatsApp to communicate because “it’s not supported as a secure mechanism,” a UN spokesman said Thursday after UN experts accused Saudi Arabia of using the online communications platform to hack the phone of Amazon chief executive and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos. The independent UN experts said Wednesday they had information pointing to the “possible involvement” of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in the alleged 2018 cyberattack on the billionaire Amazon.com Inc. chief. ALSO READ: Jeff Bezos phone ‘hacked by Saudi crown prince’ via WhatsApp They called for an immediate investigation by ... more
  • 18 hours Boeing backs out of experimental spaceplane project Vanguard
    To say it’s been a rough couple of years for Boeing would be an understatement. The company has endured a number of significant setbacks from the crashes and subsequent worldwide grounding of its 737 MAX aircraft to delays its Starliner spacecraft, which it eagerly wants to deliver to NASA and now we have another to add to the list. In a new statement issued by Boeing, the company reveals it is backing out of the experimental spaceplane program that it had been working on with the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Boeing says it will redirect its ... more
  • 18 hours Kyrgios sets up Nadal showdown after five-set thriller Vanguard
    Nadal-Kyrgios Firebrand Nick Kyrgios scraped past Karen Khachanov Saturday in five thrilling sets to set up a grudge match against top seed Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open fourth round. The Australian showman came through a tense battle with the Russian 16th seed after 4hrs 26 mins in front of passionate home support on Melbourne Arena to win 6-2, 7-6 (7/5), 6-7 (6/8), 6-7 (7/9), 7-6 (10/8). “Mate, it was crazy, I don’t even know what to say right now, it was insane, I have no words for how I’m feeling right now,” said Kyrgios. “This is epic, man, ... more
  • 18 hours Appoint our members as judges, lawyers with disabilities tell ECOWAS Court Vanguard
    By Nwafor Sunday Association of Lawyers with disabilities in Nigeria (ALDIN ) Thursday, visited Hon. Justice Edward Asante President of ECOWAS Court and other Judges, making case for the appointment of Lawyers with disabilities as Judges and speaking ill of the groups marginalization in the society. In his presentation, the president of the association, Daniel Onwe ESQ, listed other reasons for coming to the court, noting that it was part of their on-going project, which is on advocacy for accessibility of the justice administration system to persons with disabilities. Onwe stated that People with disabilities were not put into ... more
  • 18 hours Amotekun: Yoruba World Congress activates help desk to collate suggestions Vanguard
    By Adesina Wahab The Yoruba World Congress, YWC, has set up a help desk that will help in collating suggestions, concerns, and observations by people about the operation of the regional security outfit, ‘Operation Amotekun’. The step, according to the YWC Secretary-General, Prof. Anthony Kila, in Lagos on Saturday, would help ensure that the outfit remains people-centered and people-owned. “The YWC is calling on people of goodwill and all those that are free from hatred and mischief to express their support and suggestions as well as highlight their concerns or doubts on Amotekun,” he said. Prof Kila also added ... more
  • 19 hours Breaking: Soldiers cannot defeat Boko Haram alone – EU tells Buhari Vanguard
    President Muhammadu Buhari By Nwafor Sunday Janez Lenarcic, the European Union (EU) Commissioner for Crisis Management, Friday advised President Muhammadu Buhari to apply international law and international humanitarian law in dealing with Boko Haram. He said ‘military effort alone would probably not be sufficient’ in tackling Boko Haram in the country. “We would like to support your efforts. We believe all relevant actors; military, civilian as well as humanitarian should come together. The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs is suggesting such high level dialogue. “In situations such as what we have in the northeast, international law and international humanitarian ... more
  • 19 hours FIFA ban: NFSC rallies support for Siasia Vanguard
    Siasia Members of Nigeria Football Supporters Club (NFSC) have appealed to Nigerians to contribute their widows mite to enable former national teams handler, Samson Siasia raise legal fees of $250,000 to fight his appeal at the Court of Arbitration in Sports (CAS). Siasia was recently slammed with a life ban from all football activities by FIFA and the former U-20 and Super Eagles handler, came out Wednesday to appeal to 200,000 Nigerians to contribute N 500 each to enable him raise the legal fees required for the appeal. President General, Dr. Rafiu Oladipo stated that they were still at ... more
  • 19 hours Manchester United interested in Ighalo, Slimani Vanguard
    Ighalo (L) and Slimani (R) Strikers Odion Ighalo and Islam Slimani are loan targets for Manchester United following Marcus Rashford’s injury. Former Watford forward Ighalo is with Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua and has two years left on his contract while Slimani is on loan at Monaco from Leicester. Nigeria international Ighalo scored 17 goals in 55 Premier League appearances for the Hornets before securing a move to Chinese League One in 2017. READ ALSO: Pogba’s agent hints at potential Manchester United exit Slimani has 13 goals in 46 appearances for his parent club Leicester but has been loaned ... more
  • 19 hours Wuhan Doctor dies of coronavirus while treating patients Vanguard
    By Sola Ogundipe with Agency report A Wuhan hospital doctor has died nine days after contracting the deadly coronavirus as he battled to save infected patients in the city – as the death toll from China’s outbreak jumped to 42 from a total of 1,399 confirmed cases on Saturday. Liang Wudong, 62, a retired medical doctor who had been treating patients in Wuhan, died from the virus according to an announcement by China Global Television Network in a tweet. Wudong, who was drafted in to help with the outbreak, died even as it was reported that another doctor, Jiang ... more
  • 19 hours Netflix releases docuseries as coronavirus spreads to Europe Vanguard
    The Netflix logo is shown in this illustration photograph in Encinitas, California on October 14, 2014. Netflix Inc shares were down 3.1 percent at $435.28 after the announcement. The streaming video company will announced its quarterly results later on October 15. Picture taken October 14, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake Netflix quietly released a new six-episode docuseries called “Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak” on Tuesday right in time for the alarming spread of the Wuhan coronavirus. In “Pandemic,” viewers meet the “heroes on the front lines of the battle against influenza and learn about their efforts to stop the next ... more
  • 19 hours Murder of Chief Odunukwe: How killer squad was smashed Vanguard
    …Syndicate’s attempt to kill arrested member in Police net …Why deceased’s shout for help was not heard …How another victim narrowly escaped …Don’t be too anxious to be rich, Prime suspect advises youths
    The Suspects By Evelyn Usman The name Chief Ignatius Odunukwe, was not one that rang a bell to Nigerians except to those who had direct dealings with him, or those who benefited from his philanthropic gestures. This was because despite being a thriving entrepreneur, he was also unassuming and carried himself with an air of humility and willingness to help those who ... more
  • 20 hours Delta Air Lines fined $50,000 for discriminating against Muslim passengers Vanguard
    Delta Air Lines was Friday fined $50,000 by the US Department of Transportation to settle allegations it discriminated against three Muslim passengers who were ordered off their planes. In its consent order, the department said it found Delta “engaged in discriminatory conduct” and violated anti-discrimination laws when it removed the three passengers. In one incident on July 26, 2016, a Muslim couple were removed from Delta Flight 229 at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris after a passenger told a flight attendant their behavior made her “very uncomfortable and nervous”. “Mrs X” was wearing a headscarf and the ... more
  • 20 hours Raging fire destroys multi-million naira properties across Lagos in 24hrs Vanguard
    By Olasunkanmi Akoni It was a day of fire rage in Lagos early hours of Saturday as several properties were gutted in separate fire outbreaks across the state. Several properties worth millions of naira were destroyed in the inferno. At press time, no loss of life was recorded in the tragedies. The fire outbreaks occurred at the following areas: A residential building at Number 16 Ogunjimi Street, Agbotikuyo, Agege; Residential building at Oba Akinjobi Close on Ikeja, Maryland G.R.A; At number1 Mukuolu Street on Ajayi Road, Ogba and Amu Timber Market in Mushin, Local Government Area. The extent of ... more
  • 20 hours Hong Kong: Carrie Lam declares virus emergency Vanguard
    Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Saturday declared a virus emergency in the Asian financial hub, announcing a package of measures to limit the city’s links with mainland China. Schools, now on Lunar New Year holidays, would remain shut until Feb. 17, while inbound and outbound flights and high speed rail trips between Hong Kong and Wuhan would be halted. Lam said all official visits to the mainland and official Lunar New Year celebrations would be scrapped immediately. ALSO READ: Coronavirus: Death toll hits 41 as cases soar to nearly 1,300 in China She also said she had sought the ... more
  • 20 hours Lassa Fever: Expert emphasises environmental hygiene Vanguard
    Dr. Boniface Okolo, the Director of Public Health, Enugu State Ministry of Health, has advised Enugu residents to be conscious of their environmental hygiene to avoid being infected by deadly diseases. Okolo gave advice against the recently reported case of Lassa Fever in Enugu in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu. He said that ensuring a hygienic environment would reduce the number of rodents that cause Lassa Fever, as well as other deadly infections. READ ALSO: Lassa fever: 50 placed under watch in Rivers as one dies He advised the public to fumigate their ... more
  • 22 hours NIS rescues 9 girls being trafficked to Lebanon, Dubai, others Vanguard
    Muhammad-Babandede CG Nigeria Immigration Service: Happy with the Jigawa arrest The Operatives of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Command in Lagos, has apprehended another 9 girls being trafficked. The girls were on their ways to Lebanon, Cairo, Dubai and India on Ethiopian, Peace, Egypt and East Airlines. Also read: Don’t date guys who have money but ones who spend money – Thick Barbie The service Public Relations Officer, DCI Sunday James made this known in a statement on Saturday in Lagos. According to him, four of the girls claims to be travelling for employment ... more
  • 22 hours Edo workers jubilant as Obaseki pays new minimum wage Vanguard
    …civil servants, others get credit alerts
    Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State. Workers in Edo State have been paid the new minimum wage, as civil servants and other members of the state’s workforce were in a frenzy mood when they received their pay on Friday, January 24, 2020. The governor had in his New Year message, assured civil servants that the state government will commence payment of the new minimum wage in January. A cross-section of the workers, who spoke with journalists in Benin City, the Edo State capital, said they were impressed with the governor’s unflinching commitment to ... more
  • 22 hours Crononavirus: Death toll hits 41 as cases soar to nearly 1,300 in China Vanguard
    A police officer checks the temperature of a driver at a highway in Wuhan, in China’s central Hubei province, on Jan 24, 2020. (Photo: AFP) A deadly viral outbreak in China has now killed 41 people, while the number of infected cases has soared to nearly 1,300, authorities said Saturday (Jan 25). The 15 new deaths all took place in Wuhan, the city of 11 million where the deadly respiratory contagion first emerged, the Hubei Health Commission said. At least 444 new cases of the virus have been found, raising the total number to 1,287, the National Health Commission ... more
  • 23 hours LMC seeks to end inappropriate rivalry between Katsina United and Kano Pillars supporters Vanguard
    …Imposes fines on both clubs for the Matchday 15 fracas in Katsina With a view to permanently ending the continued aggressive rivalry between supporters of Kano Pillars and Katsina United, the League Management Company (LMC) has ruled that subsequent Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) matches between Kano Pillars and Katsina Utd will be played without fans until both clubs and other stakeholders reach an understanding that will guarantee peaceful behaviour of the fans and respect for public order during the matches. The decision is part of a wide-ranging exercise of summary jurisdiction by the LMC in the aftermath of ... more
  • 23 hours JUST IN: Fire guts Amu plank market in Lagos (Video) Vanguard
    Early morning inferno on Saturday razed the popular Amu Plank and Building Material market in the Mushin area of Lagos. Properties worth hundreds of millions of naira were destroyed in the inferno. The source of the fire remains unknown but the fire has since destroyed many shops and planks in the market. According to eyewitnesses, the Lagos State Fire Service did not arrive at the scene three hours after the fire began. READ ALSO: Plane fighting Australia wildfires crashes, killing three people A trader in the market, Oluwatoyin Atanda, said her family has lost all they have to ... more
  • 23 hours 34 US soldiers suffered traumatic head injuries in Iranian missile strike Vanguard
    …President Donald Trump had initially said no troops had been injured in the January 8 strike on the Ain al-Asad air base in western Iraq   Strikes were in retaliation for the killing of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani
    Image used to demonstrate the story The Pentagon has revealed that 34 service members had been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury following missile strikes by Iran on a base in Iraq earlier this month. President Donald Trump had initially said no troops had been injured in the January 8 strike on the Ain al-Asad ... more
  • 23 hours I did not say Amotekun is illegal ― Malami Vanguard
    Malami The Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, has denied saying that the South-West regional security outfit codenamed ‘Operation Amotekun’ is illegal, according to him he was misquoted. Malami disclosed this during a chat on Radio Nigeria Abuja on Thursday morning, he explained that he did not say that Amotekun was illegal. He stated, “I was misinterpreted on Operation Amotekun, I did not say it’s illegal. “I said the Operation Amotekun should be properly backed by law, so if at the end of this government, if the operation has been backed by law, any government that eventually succeeded ... more
  • 24 hours FCT police arrests traditional ruler, secretary of Ushafa community for inciting killing of police ASP  Vanguard
    By Kingsley Omonobi Following the murder of a senior Police Officer, ASP Eric Isaiah and one Moses Emmanuel over land dispute by persons mobilized by the traditional ruler of Ushafa community, Alhaji Mohammed Baba and his secretary, Danlami Busa in Abuja, and injuries inflicted on other police personnel, the Commissioner of Police, CP Bala Ciroma has ordered the arrest of the traditional ruler. This is just as the CP ordered a manhunt for all those including the prime suspect in the encounter, one Moses Peter, who partook in the attack and killing of the Police officer. FCT Police Public ... more
  • 1 day Nigeria’ll end North-East insurgency, like it did Civil War — Buhari Vanguard
    By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
    President Muhammadu Buhari PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari yesterday assured that Nigeria will soon see the end of the insurgence that has bedeviled the North-Eastern part of the country like she saw the end of the Nigeria/Biafra civil war. President Buhari gave the assurance when he received the European Union (EU) Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarcic, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He said that Nigeria had seen similar occasions in the past, but managed to overcome and forged on. The President also assured that the newly created Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development will ... more
  • 1 day Thursday blues for Buhari Vanguard
    By Emmanuel Aziken Buhari, if we remember, came to power in 2015, with a three-point agenda on security, anti-corruption, and economy. However, as he returned last Thursday, the question as to the delivery of the agenda after nearly five years in power was an issue. Particularly oozing as the president touched ground was the brouhaha that arose on Thursday morning after Transparency International released the 2019 report on the country. The report saw Nigeria slide two places in the Corruption Perception Index, CPI, from 144 to 146. It was a damming report that inevitably questioned the moral fiber of ... more
  • 1 day ‘Plots to unseat Obaseki will fail’ ― Umahi Vanguard
    Ebonyi State Governor, Engr. David Umahi (3rd right); his wife, Rachael (4th right) and wife of Edo State Governor and Chairman, Southern Governors’ Wives Forum, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki (2nd right), and other governors’ wives from the southern states, during a quarterly meeting of the Forum, held in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State Capital. The Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, on Friday said that Mr. Godwin Obaseki will be re-elected as Governor of Edo State, stressing that nothing will stop the governor’s re-election because Obaseki has done well and deserves to continue in office. Obaseki is a member of the All ... more
  • 1 day Lagos-Ibadan railway: Amaechi mounts pressure on contractors Vanguard
    …CCECC promises double effort Four days after the last inspection tour of the Lagos-Ibadan Railway Project, where the Hon. Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi expressed displeasure over the slow pace of work in which he mounted pressure on the contractors (CCECC) to speed up the level of work, the Minister has satisfactorily confirmed that there had been remarkable improvement from the Ebute-Metta to Apapa axis of the project. Amaechi made this known to journalists, Friday, after he embarked on an emergency inspection tour of the area alongside the Chairman of CCECC Group, Zhao Dialong, who ... more
  • 1 day 2022: Anambra needs home grown governor —Okolo, governorship aspirant Vanguard
    BY VINCENT UJUMADU THE race for the person to succeed Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State in 2022 has begun, with politicians intensifying consultations in various parts of the state. Last week, one of the contenders for the number one seat in the state, Sir Damian Okolo met a cross section of stakeholders in Awka, during which he argued that Anambra needs a home grown governor who understands the people and is very familiar with the state. Okolo, a lawyer and an Estate Surveyor and Valuer, informed the stakeholders that he would contest the election on the platform of ... more
  • 1 day Tension as INEC concludes 2019 polls today Vanguard
    Ekpenyong, Akpabio, Jibrin, Doguwa, others know fate By Clifford Ndujihe, Politics Editor
    Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) THERE is tension in some states of the country as the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC,concludes the 2019 general polls today in 28 constituencies. The tension is on account of the violence and high-wire rigging that characterised a host of recent elections especially Kogi governorship election where a woman leader of the peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was locked up in her house and burnt with the building. READ ALSO:AKPABIO VS EKPENYONG: Uncertainty in Akwa Ibom over senatorial rerun Arising from the 2019 ... more
  • 1 day Is Ize-Iyamu joining APC for protection? Vanguard
    By Tony Alile When, in 2015, news filtered in about the misuse of money meant for the purchase of arms to fight insurgency, many people waited with bated breath to find out who the culprits would turn out to be. In a matter of months, the can of worms was let open and the names of some of the most influential and prominent people in the government of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan started popping out, with Col. Sambo Dasuki and the smooth-talking Deziani Alison-Madueke being the notable ones. READ ALSO: Jonathan’s country home attack: Politically or criminally motivated? The tentacles spread ... more
  • 1 day REVEALED: How Fela’s music influenced Burna Boy Vanguard
    •Burna Boy on stage …His grandpa, Benson Idonije speaks on how he met Fela …Burna Boy’s interest in Miles Davis, Manu Dibango, Hugh Masekele, Angelique Kidjo, Jimi Hendrix …What will happen if Burna Boy wins the Grammy Award tomorrow …How he dropped Saxophone for marriage By Fred Iwenjora Benson Idonije made a big name as a renowned broadcaster, presenter, music critic and music manager. For 35 years he talked to lovers of music on radio and taught many broadcasters across Africa on how to be the best in the trade. He also spent another 20 years writing about music for ... more
  • 1 day If Prince Harry was a Nigerian prince Vanguard
    By Muyiwa Adetiba You have got to feel for Prince Harry. This time last year, he was literally the golden haired boy. He was a royal among royals: the quintessential upper crust. He was fawned upon, if not loved, by friends, family and a fascinated public. He had a beautiful wife who draped his arm and a son who was soon to be born into a privileged world. In short, the Duke of Sussex had the world at his feet and his head in the rarefied clouds. Many around the world would kill to be in his shoes. But ... more
  • 1 day Lagos-Ibadan Railway: Amaechi mounts pressure on contractors Vanguard
    Four days after the last inspection tour of the Lagos-Ibadan Railway Project, where the Hon. Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi expressed displeasure over the slow pace of work in which he mounted pressure on the contractors (CCECC) to speed up the level of work, the Minister has satisfactorily confirmed that there had been remarkable improvement from the Ebute-Metta to Apapa axis of the project. Amaechi made this known to journalists, Friday, after he embarked on an emergency inspection tour of the area alongside the Chairman of CCECC Group, Zhao Dialong, who was on a visit to the ... more
  • 1 day Why election losers cry from the heart Vanguard
    Security operatives manning the ballot boxes  By Dr. Ugoji Egbujo They fight tooth and nail. Someone told me that to prosecute an effective  governorship election in Imo that about 5 billion naira could be needed.  It will sound outrageous until you start. You will start with notice me philanthropy and mid-night meetings. Those who come to the meetings will have to go back with something.  This early stage of warming up to small gods costs quite a bit. READ ALSO: Abubakar Garba: The pensioner who returned excess gratuity Then when the time comes you may  have to buy ... more
  • 1 day Professor Osisioma B.C Nwolise drops his gown: A Homage Vanguard
    By Hon. Olumuyiwa Wahab Jimoh “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify the name of your father in heaven” While it is good to be a light, it is however not sufficient if we hide our lights from shining not only for ourselves but for the people around us. It is also critical that our light create sparks of vision in the minds and hearts of men and women we come in contact with so that our lights will shine on their paths and lead them on the journey of ... more
  • 1 day Change of guards at MTV Base’s parent company, ViacomCBS Networks Africa Vanguard
    Craig Paterson and Monde Twala have been elevated to lead ViacomCBS Networks Africa Madrid/Johannesburg. ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI) announced that following the departure of VCNI veteran, Alex Okosi, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of VCN Africa and BET International at the end of February 2020, Craig Paterson and Monde Twala will be named as co-General Managers of ViacomCBS Networks Africa.   Okosi took over leadership of BET International in 2017 and has continued to advance the value of the brand internationally, delivering double-digit distribution growth and improving profitability and margins.  Under Okosi’s leadership, BET International elevated its presence ... more
  • 1 day Multichoice unveils new reality TV show ‘Ultimate Love Vanguard
    Ultimate Love, the new reality show from MultiChoice Nigeria, is set to hit DStv and GOtv screens on Sunday, February 9, 2020. The show will have eight males and eight females placed in a secluded location known as the “Love Pad”, with hopes that they will find life-long love. The contestants will have to compete and carry out different tasks and win the votes of the public. The winning couple will not only have won each other’s hearts and the hearts of viewers but will also win an all-expense-paid traditional wedding ceremony and a fully furnished house – if ... more
  • 1 day Police inspector found dead in patrol van in Delta Vanguard
    By Festus Ahon, ASABA Ogwashi-uku, a small village close to Ogwash-uku, Aniocha South Local Government Area, Delta State, has been thrown into confusion as an inspector of Police attached to the State Command was found dead inside a patrol van in the area. The Police patrol team which was at a checkpoint along Ogwashi-Uku axis of the Asaba-Ughelli expressway were reportedly taken unaware by the suspected assailant(s) who were targeting their riffles. Also read: S-Court settles 13yrs dispute, affirms Uwaukoni as Iyasei of Ogwashi-Uku Kingdom The Vanguard gathered that the deceased who was simply identified as Williams ... more
  • 1 day STATE OF THE NATION: Yakasai, Utomi, NaAbba, Uranta preach unity, peace in Lagos Vanguard
    By Dapo Akinrefon Elder statesman, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai; former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Ghali NaAbba, Prof. Pat Utomi and Mr Tony Uranta, on Friday, warned that if urgent steps were not taken to address the issues bedevilling the country, Nigeria could become extinct. The notable Nigerians, who met behind closed doors at Sheraton Hotel in Lagos, include Elder statesman, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai; former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Ghali NaAbba, Prof. Pat Utomi and Mr Tony Uranta, Mrs  Nkoyo Toyo, former Commissioner for Information in Ogun State, Mr Kayode Samuel; Sen. Ewa Henshaw, Dr ... more
  • 1 day Police Inspector found dead inside patrol van in Delta Vanguard
    The Nigerian Police By Festus Ahon – Asaba Oolloh-Ogwashi-uku, a small village close to Ogwash-uku, Aniocha South Local Government Area, Delta State, has been thrown into confusion as an inspector of Police attached to the State Command was found dead inside a patrol van in the area. The Police patrol team which was at a checkpoint along Ogwashi-Uku axis of the Asaba-Ughelli expressway were reportedly taken unaware by the suspected assailant(s) who were targeting their riffles. The Vanguard gathered that the deceased who was simply identified as Williams was found in the pool of his own blood with ... more
  • 1 day EFCC arraigns Port Harcourt cleric over N23m fraud Vanguard
    Economic and Financial Crimes Commission By Davies Iheamnachor – Port Harcourt Justice I. M Sani of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has granted N5 million bail to a cleric in Port Harcourt, Mercy Daniel Ogbonaya, who was charged of fraud by the EFCC. The Port Harcourt Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC arraigned the suspect for obtaining money by false pretence contrary to section 1(sub 1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Related Offences Act and punishable under section 1(3) of the same Act. The one-count preferred against ... more
  • 1 day Court remands two men over alleged murder, possession of firearm Vanguard
    Shina Abubakar – Osogbo An Osun State Magistrate Court sitting in Ile-Ife on Friday remanded one Chukwuna Ezekiel, 40 and Azeez Mumini, 35, over alleged murdered and possession of firearms. The charge sheet disclosed that Ezekiel unlawfully fired and killed one Elijah Ogunniyi with a gun. It added that Mumini hides one locally made double barrel gun used to commit the murder offence, having used it to kill Ezekiel in order to help the alleged killer to escape punishment. According to the sheet, Mumini unlawfully has in his possession one locally made double barrel gun without lawful authority. ALSO ... more
  • 1 day Buhari attends niece’s wedding in Abuja, blesses couple Vanguard
    President Muhammadu Buhari Friday in Abuja attended the wedding (Nikkah) of his niece, Hajiya Hadiza Lawal, who got married to Muhammad Tukur Ibrahim, at the National Mosque. At the event, the President blessed the couple, while clerics used the opportunity to pray for peace and stability in the country. In his sermon, the Administrator of the National Mosque, Ambassador (Professor) Shehu Galadanchi preached the virtue of love among humanity, urging obedience to Allah. READ ALSO: CBN raises Cash Reserve Ratio to 27.5% He also called on leaders to be truthful to their followers and sustain their trust. The President’s ... more
  • 1 day Nigerians spend over N300bn yearly on malaria treatment ―Virologist Vanguard
    Prof. Olatunji Kolawole of the Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Ilorin, says Nigerians spend over N300 billion annually on malaria treatment. Kolawole disclosed this in his paper presentation at the 190th Inaugural Lecture of the university entitled: “Transcending the Viral World: a Tale of Mimicry, Knockdown and Knockout”. He stated that Nigeria recorded over one million malaria cases per year and a treatment cost of about N3,000 per treatment. The don asserted that Nigeria currently accounted for 25 per cent of cases worldwide according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) report of 2017. “The high ... more
  • 1 day Rerun: PDP reveals Akpabio’s alleged rigging plans Vanguard
    The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Akwa Ibom State has raised alarm over plans by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs Senator Godswill Akpabio and the All Progressives Congress, APC, to allegedly rig the rerun elections in Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District through the mercenary of DIG Michael Igbizi, armed thugs and fake police. Also read: Stakeholders in agriculture sector commend Akwa Ibom’s transformation Speaking to newsmen in Uyo, the PDP National Legal Adviser and Chairman of the PDP election committee for Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District, Barr. Emmanuel Enoidem accused Akpabio and the APC of attempting to prove a ... more
  • 1 day Manchester United turn to Ighalo, Slimani for redemption Vanguard
    Ighalo-Slimani Manchester United are considering bringing former Nigerian striker, Odion Ighalo to strengthen their attacking options following the long-term injury to Marcus Rashford Skysports reports. Former Watford forward Ighalo is with Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua and has two years left on his contract while Slimani is on loan at Monaco from Leicester. Ighalo scored 17 goals in 55 Premier League appearances for the Hornets before securing a move to Chinese League One in 2017. READ ALSO: Vardy: Rodgers says striker’s injury not as bad as first feared Alongside Ighalo, United are also looking at securing the services of Islam ... more
  • 1 day France confirms first cases of coronavirus in Europe Vanguard
    France has announced two cases of a deadly new virus from China, the first in Europe. The two confirmed cases were announced on Friday by the French health minister, Agnes Buzyn, who said both people had travelled to China. The minister said she expects more cases. “We have two cases,” she said. “We will probably have other cases.” One reason why France is the first European country to have confirmed cases is that it has developed a test allowing medics to rapidly diagnose infected people, Buzyn said. One of the pair, a 48-year-old man, passed through Wuhan, the epicentre ... more
  • 1 day Militant sentenced to five years for abandoned Berlin bomb plot Vanguard
    A 32-year-old radical militant, on Friday, was sentenced to five years and four months in prison for helping to plan a terrorist attack in the German capital, Berlin. According to the ruling by the Berlin Regional Court, the Gesundbrunnen Shopping Centre has been considered as a target, but the militants abandoned their plans for fear of being detected. The accused, identified only as Magomed Ali, under Germany’s stringent privacy laws, arrived in Germany in 2011 from the Southern Russian region of Dagestan. He was allegedly radicalised in the Berlin Fussilet Mosque attended by Anis Amri, who killed 11 ... more
  • 1 day Militant sentenced five years for abandoned bomb plot in Germany Vanguard
    A 32-year-old radical militant, on Friday, was sentenced to five years and four months in prison for helping to plan a terrorist attack in the German capital, Berlin. According to the ruling by the Berlin Regional Court, the Gesundbrunnen Shopping Centre has been considered as a target, but the militants abandoned their plans for fear of being detected. The accused, identified only as Magomed Ali, under Germany’s stringent privacy laws, arrived in Germany in 2011 from the Southern Russian region of Dagestan. He was allegedly radicalised in the Berlin Fussilet Mosque attended by Anis Amri, who killed 11 ... more
  • 1 day NAF postpones induction of new helicopters Vanguard
    Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Abubakar Sadique The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has postponed the induction of the newly acquired Agusta power helicopters. The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, who disclosed this in a statement in Abuja, Friday, said a new date for the event would be announced in due course. READ ALSO:NAF destroys Boko Haram facility in Borno He said: “The induction ceremony has been postponed. A new date for the event will be announced in due course.” (NAN)   Vanguard   The post NAF postpones ... more
  • 1 day Banking sector gross credit grows by N2trn in 7 months — Emefiele Vanguard
    CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele The Central Bank of Nigeria governor, Godwin Emefiele (CBN) says the Banking Sector Gross Credit has grown by two trillion nairas in seven months. The CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele disclosed this while briefing newsmen on the outcome of Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting held in Abuja on Friday. Also read: Nigeria, UK investors seal N153.4bn commercial deals Emefiele said that the gross credit in the industry grew by two trillion nairas between May and December 2019. He noted that the credit was channelled primarily to ... more
  • 1 day Many cadets withdrawn from NDA over acts of indiscipline Vanguard
    …others Demoted after Periodic Dossier Review By Kingsley Omonobi – Abuja Authorities of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) on Friday disclosed, that some scores of Cadets have been withdrawn from the Academy and others demoted, having been found wanting in discipline and general conduct. The Academy Public Relations Officer, Major Abubakar Abdullahi confirmed the withdrawals to Vanguard but was silent on the number of Cadets involved. Major Abdullahi said that the relegation and withdrawal of the Cadets followed the conduct of the Academy’s periodic dossier on all cadets aimed to preserve discipline and improve general administration. He said the ... more
  • 1 day UI offers admission to 4,359 out of 19,482 Vanguard
    The Senate of the University of Ibadan on Friday approved the provisional offer of undergraduate admission to 4,359 candidates for the 2019/2020 academic session. The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Idowu Olayinka, who presided over the emergency Senate meeting, said that out of this figure, 4,100 had been processed through JAMB while about 3, 709 had paid the acceptance fee for admission. Also read: UNN’s Faculty of Arts to honour Ned Nwoko with Icon of Philanthropy Award The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the figures were contained in a release by the Senate of the university and made available ... more
  • 1 day TI report on Nigeria unfair, untenable — ICPC Vanguard
    Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC The Independent and Financial Crimes Commission (ICPC) said that the Transparency International (TI) report on Nigeria was unfair and untenable. Spokesperson of the Commission, Mrs Rasheedat Okoduwa in a statement on Friday said that TI has consistently failed to recognise the efforts of the present government to tame corruption in the country. Also read: 2020 Budget: GOPRI writes NASS, seeks increase on allocation to Nigerian Army She added that these efforts included an increasing number of cases filed in court and jail terms secured in several convictions against corrupt persons ... more
  • 1 day Four employees of French Christian NGO missing in Iraq Vanguard
    Jeanne Der Agopian (L), press relations officer, and Benjamin Blanchard, directer general of the French charity, SOS Chretiens d’Orient (Christians of the Middle East) give a press conference in Paris. PHOTO: AFP. Four employees of a French Christian NGO, three French nationals and one Iraqi, have been missing in Iraq’s capital, Baghdad since Monday, the charity announced Friday. The four men working with the influential SOS Chretiens d’Orient (Christians of the Middle East) charity went missing near the French embassy in the Iraqi capital, the organisation’s director Benjamin Blanchard told a news conference in Paris. No ransom demand has ... more
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