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  • 1 hour Election offenders: INEC opens a new vista Vanguard
    By Tonnie Iredia One interesting venue I have missed since Covid-19 pandemic emerged early this year is the typical Nigerian airport where one learns so much about the country’s politics from fellow travellers who engage in debates and discussions while awaiting their usually delayed flights. But all through last week, I got more than I bargained for, with friends and relations expressing their divergent views on the governorship debate which featured the two leading candidates in yesterday’s edo governorship election, Governor Godwin Obaseki (PDP) and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu (APC). Comments by two of my visitors were particularly hilarious ... more
  • 1 hour NDDC, Igbo Presidency and the one-man odyssey Vanguard
    By Dele Sobowale “England expects every man to do his own duty. Thank God I have done my duty” – Horatio Nelson, 1758-1805. Mr. Udoh was a class teacher I will never forget – even if my life lasts (God forbid) 100. He was our Standard Four A teacher at St Peters School, Faji, Lagos Island. Mr. Udoh (sorry I cannot bring myself to call him Udoh), from either Cross River or Akwa Ibom, was a staunch Catholic, a workaholic and a very stern disciplinarian.  Every class had two arms – A and B. The brighter kids were ... more
  • 2 hours Robert W. Gore, the inventor of Gore-Tex fabric, dies aged 83 Vanguard
    Robert Gore. Robert W. Gore. Robert W. Gore, whose invention of what created the breathable-yet-waterproof fabric known as Gore-Tex revolutionized outdoor wear and helped spawn uses in numerous other fields, has died. He was 83. Gore, who was president of W. L. Gore & Associates for almost 25 years and company chairman for 30 years, died on Thursday at a family home in Maryland following a prolonged illness, company spokesperson Amy Calhoun confirmed Saturday. Gore discovered a new form of a polymer in 1969 at a company lab in Newark, Delaware. His father, who began the ... more
  • 2 hours US mourns judicial icon Ginsburg as political battle ensues Vanguard
    The United States was mourning the passing of justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman to serve on the nation’s Supreme Court and an icon of equality who was famed for her sharp-worded dissents. Mourners gathered early on Saturday outside the Supreme Court building in Washington to lay wreaths and pay their respects to Ginsburg the day after she died aged 87 after a long battle with cancer. Her death has sparked anguish and fear among the liberal-left, as conservatives gear up for a process to replace her on the court, possibly even before the November election. President ... more
  • 2 hours The Enemies of The Cross (1) Vanguard
    By Femi Aribisala A lady brought her sister to see me. She was in dire straits. Everything about her life had collapsed around her. All the things and the people she had pinned her hopes on had disappointed her. “What would you like me to do?” I asked her. “I no better help than any of the other people you have talked to.” “I would like to give my life to Christ,” she insisted. “I just want to give my life to Jesus Christ.” The lady was rather taken aback by my reaction. “But why do you want ... more
  • 2 hours China issues new regulations on foreign companies amid TikTok row Vanguard
    China issued a swift retaliation in response to a looming ban on US downloads of the Chinese owned apps TikTok and WeChat. On Saturday the country’s Ministry of Commerce announced regulations for its “unreliable entity” list, which target foreign companies they say compromise their national security. Any company that gets added to the list can face a raft of hurdles and restrictions in the country including fines and restrictions on employees. ALSO READ: Enugu welcomes Ibom Air, as airline says it has right aircraft to fly route The news came just one day after the US Commerce Department issued ... more
  • 3 hours US security intercepts envelope addressed to White House containing poison ricin Vanguard
    United States White House in Washington US Federal officials intercepted an envelope addressed to the White House that contained the poison ricin, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press on Saturday. The letter was intercepted at a government facility that screens mail addressed to the White House and President Donald Trump, the official said. A preliminary investigation indicated it tested positive for ricin, a poison found naturally in castor beans, the official said. The official was not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Federal investigators were working to ... more
  • 3 hours Military arrest 11 suspected members of a cult group in Jos Vanguard
    The Special Military Task Force maintaining peace in Plateau has arrested one Hussaini Isah believed to be the leader of ‘Sara-suka’, a suspected cult group operating in some parts of Jos North Local Government Area. Also arrested were 10 others suspected to be members of the group. Maj.-Gen. Chukwuemeka Okonkwo, the Commander of the task force, who paraded the suspects on Saturday in Jos, said that they were arrested at Gangare community of the area. Okonkwo said that the arrest signified a major breakthrough in the determination to rid Jos of bad elements. “We shall not rest until ... more
  • 3 hours Lawmaker urges FG to deploy more security to Sokoto Vanguard
    A Member of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Yusuf Kurdullah has urged the Federal Government to deploy more security personnel to Gudu and Tangaza Local Government Areas of Sokoto State to protect residents from recurring attacks by bandits. Kurdullah who was reacting to the recent attack by bandits at Gidan Madi in Tangaza LGA, made the call while briefing newsmen in Sokoto on Saturday. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Police had confirmed the death of a Divisional Police Officer and an Inspector during the Gidan Madi attack by bandits dressed in military uniform. The police ... more
  • 3 hours Banditry: Lawmaker urges FG to deploy more security to Sokoto Vanguard
    A Member of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Yusuf Kurdullah has urged the Federal Government to deploy more security personnel to Gudu and Tangaza Local Government Areas of Sokoto State to protect residents from recurring attacks by bandits. Kurdullah who was reacting to the recent attack by bandits at Gidan Madi in Tangaza LGA, made the call while briefing newsmen in Sokoto on Saturday. The Police had confirmed the death of a Divisional Police Officer and an Inspector during the Gidan Madi attack by bandits dressed in military uniform. The police also said about 100 gunmen attacked the ... more
  • 4 hours Environmental advocates call for total ban of plastics Vanguard
    Volunteers at the Bonny Cantonment shoreline during a cleanup exercise to commemorate the International Coastal Clean-Up Day on Saturday in Lagos Some environmental advocates have called on the Federal and State Governments to find alternative and innovative ways of ridding the environment of plastic wastes. The advocates made the call during a clean up exercise at the Bonny Cantonment, Victoria Island on Saturday in Lagos. The exercise was carried out to commemorate the International Coastal Clean up Day marked annually on every third Saturday in the month of September. One of the advocates, Dr Leslie Adogame, Executive Director, Sustainable ... more
  • 4 hours Sport – slavery for local athletes in Nigeria! Vanguard
    By Dr Segun Odegnami Sport is presently slave labour in Nigeria. Without exaggerating, and I am asserting with all sense of responsibility, most athletes in the Nigerian domestic sports landscape are living in poverty. The evidence is all around us in the level of respect they enjoy in society and in the poor treatment they receive in their clubs and their status in public. Unlike what happens in more advanced climes, local Nigerian athletes may be heroes in their community, but only a handful are celebrated as national role models and accorded the kind of respect they get ... more
  • 5 hours Enugu welcomes Ibom Air, as airline says it has right aircraft to fly route Vanguard
    By Lawani Mikairu Enugu State government, represented by the Deputy Governor, Madam Cecelia Ezelio has expressed appreciation to the management of Ibom Air for adding Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu to their routes. This is just as the Chief Operating Officer of Ibom Air, Mr George Uriesi said the airline operates the right aircraft type that will make the newly introduced Enugu route profitable to operate. Uriesi made the declaration while answering questions from newsmen during the inuagural flight of Ibom Air to the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu on Monday. The Enugu State Deputy Governor, Madam Cecelia ... more
  • 5 hours Ebonyi police confirm alleged murder of motorcyclist by suspected lunatic Vanguard
    The Nigerian Police The Ebonyi Police Command has confirmed an alledged murder of a commercial motorcyclist in Abakiliki, Mr Elias Ofoke, by a man suspected to be mentally deranged . The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Loveth Odah, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abakaliki, on Saturday that the incident happened at Udensi Bridge on September 18. Odah said that an eyewitness told police that the suspect was attacked by some youths in the area, who beat him to a state of coma, over an undisclosed offence. “We were told that the suspect was ... more
  • 5 hours Five new signings to watch in Serie A Vanguard
    Serie A There will be a clutch of new faces when the 2020/21 Serie A season kicks off this weekend. AFP Sport looks at five new signings to look out for in Italy this season: Victor Osimhen (Napoli) Napoli paid French club Lille a club record fee of up to 80 million euros ($94.6 million) to bring the Nigeria forward to southern Italy on a five-year deal. The total fee is almost double Napoli’s previous club record of around 40 million euros paid for Gonzalo Higuain in 2013 and Hirving Lozano last year. Osimhen scored 18 ... more
  • 5 hours Edo youths deserve better deal – Oboh Vanguard
    ADC candidate, Mabel Oboh By Jacob Ajom As the people of Edo State go to the poll to elect a new governor this morning, a former British and Commonwealth Light heavyweight boxing champion, Peter Oboh has called on youths in the state to know who they cast their votes for. Speaking on the governorship election which his sister, Mabel Oboh is also a contestant, the former pugilist said, much as he was praying for his sister’s success, the overall interest of Edo youths who had been taken for granted for too long, was uppermost on his ... more
  • 6 hours #BBNaija: Again, Nengi rejects Ozo, says she doesn’t need his ‘stupid love’ Vanguard
    Big brother Nigeria housemate, Nengi, on Saturday during the party time told fellow housemate, Ozo who has been proposing love to her that she doesn’t need his “Stupid love” It seems like both housemates had an unsettled issue before the party started and when Ozo approached Nengi for reconciliation, she told him to leave her alone, saying that she doesn’t need his “stupid love”   The post #BBNaija: Again, Nengi rejects Ozo, says she doesn’t need his ‘stupid love’ appeared first on Vanguard News. ... more
  • 6 hours Edo 2020 Guber election results collation [Live Updates] Vanguard
    Edo 2020 Governorship election results as uploaded on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Result Viewing Portal. Collation center Etsako Central At John boys model G/S, Fugar. WARD 5 PU 4 TOTAL NUMBER OF ACCREDITED VOTERS: 1424 REGISTERED VOTERS: 4001 TOTAL VALID VOTES: 1416 REGECTED VOTES: 7 TOTAL VOTE CAST: 1423 AA-0 ADC-1 ADP-1 APC -851 APGA-0 APM-0 APP-0 LP-0 NNPP-0 NRM-0 PDP-563 SDP-0 YPP-0 ZLP-0 ESAN SOUTHEAST LGA Results UBIAJA 1 (Ward 06) No. Of Registered Voters- 10,496 No. Of Accredited Voters- 3,208 AA- 0 ADC – 20 ADP – 8 APC – 1,458 APGA – 0 APM-0 ... more
  • 7 hours Ondo 2020: I’m the most qualified, experienced to be governor ― ZLP candidate, Ajayi Vanguard
    — Will reduce AAUA Tuition fees from N150,000 to N50,000 By Dayo Johnson CANDIDATE of the Zenith Labour Party in the governorship election, Hon Agboola Ajayi has said that he is the most qualified and experienced to be the governor of the state. Ajayi spoke at Ore, in Odigbo council area of the state during the flag-off of its campaign which attracted party chieftains across the 18 council area of the state. The National leader of the party and immediate past governor of the state, Dr Olusegun Mimiko led other party chieftains to the rally. Ajayi said that ... more
  • 7 hours ONDO 2020: I’m the most qualified to be the governor ― ZLP candidate, Ajayi Vanguard
    ….will reduce AAUA Tuition fees from N150,000 to N50,000”
    Agboola Ajayi By Dayo Johnson, Akure Candidate of the Zenith Labour Party in the governorship election, Hon Agboola Ajayi has said that he is the most qualified and experienced to be the governor of the state. Ajayi spoke at Ore, in Odigbo council area of the state during the flag-off of its campaign which attracted party chieftains across the 18 council area of the state. The National leader of the party and immediate past governor of the state, Dr Olusegun Mimiko led other party chieftains to the ... more
  • 7 hours Morrocans protest over Israel normalisation agreements Vanguard
    Hundreds of Moroccans demonstrated on Friday against the “Arab normalisation” of ties with Israel. The backlash comes after agreements this week between the Jewish state, the UAE and Bahrain, described by the Palestine-supporting protesters as “treacherous countries”. “From this place, in front of the Moroccan parliament, we send a letter of support to the Palestinian people, a letter of attachment to the freedom of al-Aqsa and Jerusalem, said Jamal Choubaki, Palestinian ambassador to Morocco who participated to the protests. ALSO READ: NBA: Buck’s Giannis Antetokounmpo wins MVP for second consecutive year The most shouted slogan I have heard today ... more
  • 8 hours NBA: Buck’s Giannis Antetokounmpo wins MVP for second consecutive year Vanguard
    Giannis Antetokounmpo is fast becoming an NBA legend. The Greek basketball player of Nigerian descent has been crowned with the most valuable player award for a second consecutive year. At just 25, he’s the 12th player in history to win the award twice in a row. The Bucks forward, nicknamed “The Greek Freak” also won the Defensive Player of the Year title in the same season. ALSO READ: Homeless woman delivered of baby boy under Lagos bridge Only 2 others before him accomplished the same feat: Nigerian Hakeem Olajuwon in 1994 and Michael Jordan, in 1988. He’s also ahead ... more
  • 8 hours Ekiti partners NEPC to export banana Vanguard
    By Rotimi Ojomoyela – Ado-Ekiti Ekiti State Commissioner for Trade and Industries, Mr Muyiwa Olumilua, has reiterated the commitment of the Fayemi-led administration to creating an enabling environment for individuals and corporate bodies. Speaking in Ado Ekiti while declaring open a Stakeholders’ Forum on Banana Development for Export, Olumilua noted that the various proactive programmes embarked upon by the investor-friendly administration has created an enabling environment for investment to thrive in the State. Olumilua listed some of the administration’s projects to include the establishment of a cargo airport to ease transportation of goods to and from the State, ... more
  • 8 hours Ebonyi Tragedy: We’re saddened, aggrieved by colossal loss of lives — Buhari Vanguard
    Sympathizes with State govt
    President Muhammadu Buhari By Johnbosco Agbakwuru – Abuja President  Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his condolences to the government and people of Ebonyi State over the motor accident on Akaeze-Ukwu River Friday night, in which several passengers were feared dead. President Buhari in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu in Abuja, Saturday said, “We are saddened and aggrieved at this colossal loss of human lives.” READ ALSO: 36 persons feared dead as bus plunges into Akaeze river in Ebonyi He said that the thoughts ... more
  • 8 hours PDP alerts INEC of plots to replace Edo North’s results Vanguard
    …Laments killings, cautions security agencies By Dirisu Yakubu As collation in Saturday’s governorship election in Edo state continues, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has alerted the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the Department of State Services, DSS, of alleged moves to replace election results where the PDP is leading, particularly in Edo North Senatorial District. The allegation was contained in a statement signed by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan. Also read: COVID-19: INEC unveils policy on conducting elections ahead of Edo, Ondo gov’ship elections The statement read: “While we charge our members to remain vigilant and follow their ... more
  • 8 hours Decline in COVID-19: Sanwo-Olu orders phased reopening of primary, secondary schools from Monday Vanguard
    Pre-primary schools remain shut Lagos records a total of 50 flights daily since restart of airports By Olasunkanmi Akoni As Lagos recorded a decline in cases of COVID-19, the State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwoolu on Saturday, ordered that pre-primary schools in the state are to remain closed just as other private and public primary schools are to reopen in phases commencing from Monday, September 21st. Sanwo-Olu announced this while briefing the media on the 18, update on Coronaviris, COVID-19 pandemic situation report in Lagos, held at Lagos House, Marina. According to Sanwo-Olu, “It has become necessary to issue ... more
  • 9 hours Homeless woman delivered of baby boy under Lagos bridge Vanguard
    Baby, mother and emergency workers. By Bose Adelaja A 35 years old woman, Ms Blessing Emmanuel, on Saturday, fell into labour and was delivered of a baby boy under the flyover bridge in Ajah area of Lagos State. The incident occurred at about 4.30p.m. The woman, who hails from Cross River State, was said to be homeless, but personnel from Lagos State Ambulance Services from Eti-Osa, were said to have come to her rescue. ALSO READ: Sanwo-Olu orders phased reopening of schools, pre-primary remains closed, religious houses regulated Both mother and baby were said to be ... more
  • 9 hours PDP alerts INEC of alleged plots to replace Edo North’s results Vanguard
    …Laments killings, cautions security agencies By Dirisu Yakubu As collation in Saturday’s governorship election in Edo state continues, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has alerted the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the Department of State Services, DSS, of alleged moves to replace election results where the PDP is leading, particularly in Edo North Senatorial District. The allegation was contained in a statement signed by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan. The statement read: “While we charge our members to remain vigilant and follow their results ‘bumper to bumper’ to all the collation centres, we, however, caution the security agencies against ... more
  • 9 hours #EdoDecides: PDP churning out doctored election results, fake figures — APC Vanguard
    By Omeiza Ajayi The All Progressives Congress APC has accused the Peoples Democratic Party PDP of churning out fake results for Saturday’s Edo state Governorship election, urging the public to ignore same. The APC in a statement by the spokesman of its campaign council “laughed at the speculative results by the PDP where they churned out fake figures in the pretence that it has already secured majority votes”. Also read: Ondo 2020: Akeredolu floors, Agboola, Jegede in Ondo mock election According to the statement, PDP’s “electoral vaudeville” will not secure them the elections, noting that the figures ... more
  • 9 hours Sullivan Chime reconciles with Nnamani, as Enugu top shots realign for 2023 Vanguard
    *Chime Top politicians in Enugu State have begun some kind of realignments for the 2023 elections. Immediate past governor of the state, Sullivan Chime who battled his predecessor Chimaroke Nnamani and almost rendered him politically irrelevant in the state yesterday visited the man who ‘made’ him governor and reconciled with him. He paid Senator Chimaroke Nnamani homage and the reconciliation, we gathered, was one of the early steps towards building a united front for the 2023 elections. Another source in Enugu said that it was simply an initiative for peace and the state governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi ... more
  • 10 hours Tottenham snap up Reguilon on loan from Madrid Vanguard
    Tottenham have confirmed the signing of Sergio Reguilon from Real Madrid. The left-back arrives as part of a double swoop by Jose Mourinho’s side on the Spanish giants, with Gareth Bale also sealing a sensational return to the club on Saturday. Reguilon starred on loan with Sevilla last season, helping them to Europa League success and a fourth-place finish in LaLiga. ALSO READ: Bale in sensational return to Spurs on loan from Madrid His form earned Reguilon a first senior cap for Spain earlier this month amid reported interest from Manchester United, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain. However, Tottenham have sealed ... more
  • 10 hours Card readers not working: Nobody should be unable to vote, Oshiomhole laments Vanguard
      Idowu Bankole The immediate past chairman of the All progressive congress, APC, and former governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has on Saturday (today), lamented the poor functioning of some election card reader deployed for the Saturday’s (Today) Edo state governorship election in the state. Oshiomhole stated that the turn out was impressive and depicts the readiness of the people for democracy but faulted INEC’s inability to provide a working ‘machines’ for the electioneering process. Also read: #EdoDecides2020: PDP alleges invasion of Urhonigbe by thugs Addressing journalists, shortly after voting Oshiomhole said, “Since 1999, this ... more
  • 11 hours Bale in sensational return to Spurs on loan from Madrid Vanguard
    Gareth Bale of Real Madrid looks on during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Real Madrid and Ajax at Bernabeu on March 05, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images) Gareth Bale has completed a sensational return to Tottenham from Real Madrid on a season-long loan deal. The Wales star departed north London for the Spanish capital seven years ago for what was then a world-record fee and has gone on to win the Champions League four times and LaLiga twice with Madrid. However, the forward found himself increasingly on ... more
  • 11 hours El-Rufai to participate in Kaduna Marathon competition Vanguard
    Nasir el-Rufai …says he has already registered …Race to gulp N300 million By Ibrahim HassanWuyo Governor Nasiru Ahmad El-Rufa’i of Kaduna state has said that he had already registered to participate in the forthcoming Kaduna International Marathon and  would not do more than 5km. He spoke in Kaduna on Saturday, saying the maiden Kaduna International Marathon 2020 scheduled for November 21,  2020 is expected to gulp N300 million with 10 elite athletes expected from across the world.. According to him, the 21km half marathon race, with the theme: Let’s Run Together’, was aimed at talent hunting, ... more
  • 11 hours Sanwo-Olu permits full reopening of religious houses, schools; pre-primary remains closed Vanguard
    From left— Professor Akin Abayomi, Commissioner for Health; Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, Deputy Governor; Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, Commissioner for Information and Strategy; Governor Babajide Sawo-Olu, and Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo, Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General, during the governor’s briefing on COVID-19 update and opening of schools, cinema, gym and religions house, at Lagos House, Marina, on Saturday. PHOTO: Bunmi Azeez. By Olasunkanmi Akoni Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has said Churches and Mosques to can begin to hold full services, while private and public primary schools are to reopen on Monday, September 21. However, he ordered that ... more
  • 11 hours FG includes Emirates in the list of ban airlines to Nigeria Vanguard
    As EU urges Nigeria to reverse restrictions on their carriers By Lawani Mikairu The Federal government has announced the inclusion of Emirates Airlines among those ban from operating into the country. The new ban will come into effect from Monday the 21st September 2020 as part of the principle of reciprocity that the government put in place to protect its sovereignty.Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika who made this known through his twitter handle said the decision was reached after a meeting weekend the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 had with European Union Ambassadors who sought to ... more
  • 11 hours Three-man gang kidnaps, rapes job seeker in Anambra Vanguard
    By Vincent Ujumadu A three-member gang has reportedly abducted and eventually raped a 24 -year old girl at Awkuzu in Oyi local government area of Anambra State after promising her a job. Members of the gang also kept her for two days during which they were allegedly raping her despite collecting N400,000 ransom from her relatives. According to the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, in the state, Mr. Mohammed Haruna, the three suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident. The PPRO said: “On the 19/9/2020 at about 2:pm, police operatives attached to the Command Special Anti ... more
  • 12 hours LASG seeks quality healthcare service for increased patients’ patronage Vanguard
    The Lagos State Health Service Commission on Saturday charged healthcare providers to uplift medical practices for increased patients’ patronage across all public health facilities in the state. Dr Benjamin Eniayewun, Permanent Secretary of the Commission, gave this charge as he led a nine-man delegate on an assessment tour of public health facilities in line the Hospitals’ Transformation Support Initiative. Eniayewun said the initiative was proffered by health providers as an aid to qualitative delivery that was measurable with international best medical practices. “The healthcare business is growing exponentially in a more competitive sphere. READ ALSO: Sustainable cities: Experts task ... more
  • 12 hours Wrap-up: An overview of Edo governorship election (VIDEOS) Vanguard
    The Edo governorship election on Saturday held across the 18 local government areas of the state with a commendation for the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) for the peaceful conduct of the election from observers. Correspondents of the News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN), who monitored the exercise in the three senatorial districts of the state, report that voters and election monitoring groups expressed satisfaction over the process in spite of the pre-election apprehension of violence. Also read: Edo Election: Again, INEC Chairman warns staff members against partisanship NAN observed high turnout of voters across the polling ... more
  • 12 hours Police exhume baby buried alive by grandfather in Bauchi  Vanguard
    By Charly Agwam – Bauchi The Nigeria Police, Bauchi State Command said it has arrested a grandfather, Bawada Audu of Rimin Zayam, Toro local government area of the state who allegedly buried his own grandson alive. According to the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ahmed Wakil, Audu had seized the newborn baby boy from his 17 years old daughter, Hafsat Bawada, and buried him alive before the case was reported to the police by a human right organisation. “On 16/09/2020 at about 10:00hrs, in a joint operation between the police and human rights organisation, one Hafsat Bawada ‘F’, ... more
  • 13 hours #EdoDecides: Soldier threatens to slap anyone who asks him to settle dispute at polling unit Vanguard
    One of the soldiers deployed to maintain peace and security in the governorship election process at Akoko-Edo council area of Edo state has threatened to slap anyone who approaches him to settle a dispute. As part of measures of tackling insecurity, the federal government had deployed additional security operatives in Edo But many of them have lamented hardship, saying provisions were not made for their welfare. At Akoko Edo, a soldier simply identified as Nasiru told TheCable that he would ignore anyone who calls his attention to any dispute, recounting how he had resolved misunderstanding among some people ... more
  • 13 hours Alleged sex-for-mark video: IMSU students get 7 days to prove allegation Vanguard
    IMSU By Chinonso Alozie Students of Imo state University, IMSU, Saturday got a seven days ultimatum to present to the public a sex-for-grade video involving one of their lecturers, Professor Victor Njoku of Chemistry department, as failure to do so those behind the viral naked video of Njoku, would face the music. This warning was delivered in Owerri by the state coordinator of Progressive Graduate of the Department of Pure and Industrial Chemistry of the university, Comrade Munonye Obinna and co-coordinator, Frank Ufomadu. They said that based on their findings, Professor Njoku’s private residence was invaded ... more
  • 14 hours Edo election: Security team investigates reports of gunshots Vanguard
    Heads of security for the Edo governorship election announce on Saturday that they have set out to investigate various areas and polling units where cases of gunshots were reported earlier during accreditation and voting. Mr Adeleye Oyebade, Deputy Inspector-General of Police, who heads the Edo election Security Monitoring Team, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that they were moving to areas where they had earlier received complaints of gunshots. Oyebade added that their visit was to also ensure that election activities were going on according to electoral laws. READ ALSO: #EdoDecides2020: Collation of results on going at ... more
  • 14 hours #EdoDecides2020: Collation of results on going at Ologbotsere Primary School, Ugbekun Vanguard   By Akpokona Omafuaire ELECTION is peaceful at Ologbotsere Primary School with huge turnout where there are 23 polling units at Ikpoa/Okha with voters conducting themselves well even as a collation of results commencing. There are no skirmishes as at the time of filing this report. A policewoman who spoke to Vanguard said she was scared initially when she saw the huge crowd but was happy by the voters’ conduct. Vanguard The post #EdoDecides2020: Collation of results on going at Ologbotsere Primary School, Ugbekun appeared first on Vanguard News. ... more
  • 14 hours #EDODECIDES: VIDEO: Egor ward 9 PDP supporters jubilating after collation of results Vanguard
  • 14 hours #EdoDecides: PDP supporters jubilate after announcing results at Egor, Oba market Oredo (VIDEO) Vanguard
    Videos by Akpokona Omafuaire #EdoDecides: PDP supporters jubilate after announcing results at Oba Market Oredo (VIDEO)   Also read Edo: Don’t accord advantage to anyone, INEC boss warns personnel   Vanguard News    The post #EdoDecides: PDP supporters jubilate after announcing results at Egor, Oba market Oredo (VIDEO) appeared first on Vanguard News. ... more
  • 14 hours ONE CHINA POLICY: Chinese military flies 18 warplanes near Taiwan during US envoy’s visit Vanguard
    Keith Krach (right) and Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu. GETTY IMAGES China’s military sent 18 planes including fighter jets over the Taiwan Strait in an unusually large show of force Friday as a U.S. envoy held a day of closed-door meetings on the self-governing island claimed by China. Under Secretary of State Keith Krach, who handles the economic growth, energy and the environment portfolio, held talks with Taiwan’s minister of economic affairs and vice-premier. He also met with business leaders over lunch and was to dine with President Tsai Ing-wen later Friday. In response to Krach’s ... more
  • 14 hours #EdoDecides2020: PDP alleges invasion of Urhonigbe by thugs Vanguard
    By Gabriel Enogholase Edo State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has said that the “lions and tigers have invaded Urhonigbe North and Southwards.” A statement by the State Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Chris Nehikhare in Benin yesterday said, “They came in a commando-style seating on top vehicle bonnets armed with-sized shotguns shooting into the air. They scared away voters and Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, staff and seriously injured many. ALSO READ: Edo is APC state, deputy governorship candidate insists “They collected the ballot boxes and are at this minute thumb printing at a police station. ... more
  • 14 hours Aston Villa sign Lyon forward Traore Vanguard
    Aston Villa signed Burkina Faso forward Bertrand Traore from Lyon for a reported £17 million ($21 million) on Saturday. Traore returns to the Premier League after starting his career with Chelsea, where he spent three years with Villa’s current assistant manager John Terry. The 25-year-old’s signing is another boost to Villa’s attacking options after the arrival of Ollie Watkins from Brentford for a club record £28 million earlier this month. “We’re delighted that Bertrand has chosen to come to Villa,”  manager Dean Smith told his club’s website. ALSO READ: Zidane confirms Bale in talks with Tottenham, says deal ‘still ... more
  • 15 hours I’m angry because we’ve not been paid – Policeman deployed for Edo election Vanguard
    A policeman at one of the checkpoints on Auchi-Igarra road in Edo has expressed anger over the non-payment of allowances for officers on election duty in the state. According to the officer, other policemen who were deployed from other states for the purpose of the election had been paid, but officers working in Edo have not received their allowances. READ ALSO: Edo 2020: Obaseki expresses disappointment over malfunctioning of card readers Some of the policemen were seen stranded on the Igarra-Auchi highway, attempted to fix a Mercedes Benz car conveying them to their duty post. Citing the officer ... more
  • 16 hours EDO 2020: Three things Ize-Iyamu said after casting his vote Vanguard
    Ize-Iyamu By Nwafor Sunday ‘I am confident of win this election’, says the All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate in the ongoing Edo governorship election, Pastor I Osagie Ize-Iyamu. He made the declaration few minutes after casting his vote at Ugboko ward 4, unit 26, Orhionmwon Local Government Council of the state at about 9:25 am. READ ALSO: Breaking: Obaseki finally casts his vote Reacting to the covid-19 protocol, the outspoken cleric said, He also commended INEC for adhering to the Covid-19 protocol. “The process is good and going on smoothly; there is no thuggery and ... more
  • 16 hours EDO DECIDES: Card reader failure reported in Esan West, Central Vanguard
      The card readers provided for the Edo Governorship election to authenticate fingerprints of voters in Esan West and Esan Central Local Government Areas of Edo on Saturday failed to recognise some voters. Correspondents of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), who monitored the election in the areas, report that while the Card Readers easily identified the voter cards, they failed to authenticate their fingerprints. ALSO READ: PANDEF faults security siege to Wike’s hotel in Edo This abnormally was noticeable at the polling units in Ward 5 (Uhunmudumu Primary School), and units 14, 15 and 16 ( Emado Primary ... more
  • 16 hours Angry ‘mad’ man kills okada rider in Ebonyi Vanguard
    …Ebonyi Govt. should fish out mad men from our Streets – Okada Union By Peter Okutu AN angry ‘mad’ man (name withheld) in the early hours of Saturday, was reported to have killed an Okada Rider, Mr. Elias Ofoke in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State Capital. The victim, a father of six children, hails from Agbaja Unuhu in Abakaliki Local Government Area of Ebonyi State. He left his family this morning in search of daily bread, only to lose his life in a controversial circumstance. Reports revealed that members of Neighborhood Watch Security Outfit had early this morning tried ... more
  • 16 hours PANDEF faults security siege to Wike’s hotel in Edo Vanguard
    Nyesom Wike By Emma Amaize The Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, has condemned the siege by police officers to the hotel Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, lodged in Benin City, the Edo State capital, describing the action as a serious threat to democracy. PANDEF youth leader, Chief Vincent Oyibode, reacting to the siege, called on the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu to,  “as a matter of urgency,  order the withdrawal of the over 300 policemen.” “We are worried about the danger this undemocratic action of the police will cause to democracy in Nigeria. READ ALSO: Edo 2020: ... more
  • 16 hours #EdoDecides: Obaseki, wife vote at Emokpae Model primary school in Benin city (VIDEO) Vanguard
  • 17 hours Breaking: Obaseki finally casts his vote Vanguard
    By Nwafor Sunday The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate in the ongoing gubernatorial election in Edo, Godwin Obaseki has cast his vote. Obaseki had waited for about an hour on the queue before casting his vote. READ ALSO: Breaking: Vote buying in Edo as aggrieved voters protest There was pandemonium at his polling unit 19, ward 04 in Oredo local area when a fight broke out between party supporters. Vanguard had equally reported how aggrieved voters protested against vote buying at Emokpae Model Primary on Mission Road.     The post Breaking: Obaseki finally casts his ... more
  • 17 hours Edo: Presiding Officers, Observer commend electoral process in Ward 4 Vanguard
    Some Presiding Officers in the Sept.19, governorship election in Edo and an international Observer team, Centre for Strategic Conflict Management, have commended the peaceful electoral process in Oredo Ward 4. They gave the commendation at the on-going governorship election on Saturday in Benin. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the Oredo Ward 4 is the voting point of the incumbent governor, Godwin Obaseki. A presiding officer in the Ward 4 poling unit 25, Jonathan Ayo, commended the electorate for conducting themselves peacefully and in an orderly manner during accreditation and voting. According to him, the process so ... more
  • 17 hours Edo is APC state, deputy governorship candidate insists Vanguard
    By Ozioruva Aliu THE deputy governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), Gani Audu’ voted in his polling unit, Ward 7, unit 13, Ughioli Primary School Aviele, Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo at about 11:10 am where he said Edo State is an APC state and that the party would reclaim the state. Audu commended the process and the way and manner the electorate have conducted themselves. He said: “You can see, Edo is an APC state. I don’t have any doubts at all that we will win this election, APC will win this election ... more
  • 17 hours Breaking: Vote buying in Edo as aggrieved voters protest Vanguard
    Aggrieved voters are currently protesting against vote buying at Emokpae Model Primary on Mission Road, where Obaseki will cast his vote. A woman who asked newsmen to hide her identity said, she will collect the money and vote for the candidate of her choice Also TheCable reported that in polling unit eight, ward two of Okpon area in Ovia south-west, Benin, voters were seen discreetly exchanging their permanent voter cards (PVC) for money with party agents. READ ALSO: [Video] Edo 2020: Impressive voters turnout as voting begins A man wearing a party identification card was seen exchanging N1,000 ... more
  • 17 hours #EdoDecides: Edo is an APC state, deputy governorship candidate insists Vanguard
    By Ozioruva Aliu THE deputy governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), Gani Audu’ Saturday voted in his polling unit, Ward 7, unit 13, Ughioli Primary School Aviele, Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo at about 11:10 am where he said Edo state is an APC state and that the party would reclaim the state. He commended the process and the way and manner the electorate have conducted themselves. He said “You can see, Edo is an APC state. I don’t have any doubts at all that we will win this election, APC will win this ... more
  • 19 hours Aguero could be out of action until November ― Guardiola Vanguard
    Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero could miss the first two months of the 2020/2021 English Premier League (EPL) season, manager Pep Guardiola said on Friday. Guardiola said this was because Aguero was yet to train with the club since suffering a knee injury in June. The Argentine was sidelined for the last 12 matches of Manchester City’s 2019/2020 campaign, including their two UEFA Champions League fixtures in August. ALSO READ: PHOTOS: EDO 2020: Polls open amid massive security, movement restriction Guardiola said the 32-year-old may not be fit until November. “We knew the injury was difficult,” Guardiola said. “He ... more
  • 19 hours Restriction order in Edo: Motorists, travellers stranded in Okpella Vanguard
    Many motorists and travellers are stranded at Okpella, Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo, due to restriction of movement order during the governorship election. The police directed a restriction order on the movement of vehicles between 11:59 p.m. on Friday and 6:00 p.m on Saturday. Articulated vehicles and others were on long queues on Benin-Auchi-Okene way, having been stopped and parked by the military officers on duty. Some of the truck drivers who spoke to NAN said that they thought they could beat the restriction period before the beginning of the election. READ ALSO: PHOTOS: EDO 2020: ... more
  • 20 hours Visa Ban: Sanctioning electoral offenders disrespectful to Nigeria’s sovereignty ― FG Vanguard
    The Nigerian government has said it considers it disrespectful to the Sovereignty of the country for any outside country to apply punitive measures such as visas restriction on its citizens. The Nigerian government made this known in a statement issued by Mr Ferdinand Nwonye, Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday in Abuja. This comes as a response to the recent announcement of the U.S. and the United Kingdom to impose visa restrictions on those who undermine electoral processes. The Nigerian Government said it was committed to providing all necessary logistic, financial and security support to ... more
  • 20 hours PHOTOS: EDO 2020: Polls open amid massive security, movement restriction Vanguard
    The governorship election in Edo begins peacefully with impressive voters’ turnout in most wards across the state, NAN reports. Although the situation does not suggest the likelihood of violence, there is a massive security presence in cities, town and villages. With total compliance with restriction movement across the state, the processes of making the election peaceful and credible is uninterrupted. Major streets, especially in Benin, don’t witness the usual traffic as the residents move to their respective polling stations for accreditation. Also reports from other areas of Edo, such as Uzzebba, Igueben, Auchi, Ososo, Ekpoma, Jattu and ... more
  • 20 hours Edo Decides: Photos Live Updates Vanguard
    Accreditation and voting commenced at PU 02, Imaguero College II, Ward 11 in Edo State. Polling officials implementing safety guidelines. PU 02, Imaguero College II, Ward 11. PHOTO: Yiaga/Twitter   PU 02, Imaguero College II, Ward 11. PHOTO: Yiaga/Twitter   PU 02, Imaguero College II, Ward 11. PHOTO: Yiaga/Twitter   PU 02, Imaguero College II, Ward 11. PHOTO: Yiaga/Twitter Female voter casts her vote in PU 02, Imaguero College II, Ward 11 in Oregon LGA. PHOTO: YIAGA/Twitter Vanguard News Nigeria. The post Edo Decides: Photos Live Updates appeared first on Vanguard News. ... more
  • 21 hours Edo 2020: Security takes over INEC office Vanguard
    By Ozioruva Aliu THERE is heavy presence of security personnel at the Benin City office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) along Ramat Park. The electoral umpire had moved back to its permanent office after vacating the premises to a rented apartment along Sapele Road as a result of flooding. READ ALSO: How Edo Battle will be won and lost today Two Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) were stationed before and after the office while traffic is being diverted to follow one lane. Gun-wielding policeman and soldiers were sighted on the premises. Vanguard News Nigeria The post ... more
  • 22 hours France’s economy minister tests positive for COVID-19 Vanguard
    French economy minister Bruno Le Maire announced Friday he has tested positive for COVID-19 but said he had no symptoms and was working from home as cases soared again in France. Le Maire, who is responsible for reviving a French economy battered by the months-long pandemic, is not the first member of President Emmanuel Macron’s government to have been diagnosed with the disease. “I tested positive for Covid-19 this evening. I immediately placed myself in isolation at home in line with the health regulations issued by the government,” Le Maire said in a tweet. “I show no symptoms. ... more
  • 22 hours Consultant Obstetrician Gynaecologist discovers new techniques for stopping bleeding in women after delivery Vanguard
    By Peter Okutu A Consultant Obstetrician Gynaecologist working at the Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, Dr. Chidi Esike, has discovered a new technique for stopping life-threatening bleeding that kills women after delivery. The new technique developed by Dr Esike called ESIKE’S TECHNIQUE preserves women’s wombs in addition to effectively stopping the bleeding. The ESIKE’s TECHNIQUE was published in the most recent edition of the highly respected OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY, the official journal of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists volume 136 number 3 of August 2020. Between 2009 and 2018, the Esike’s Technique had been used ... more
  • 22 hours Some mothers’ cynicism on marriage ruins their daughters’ relationships Vanguard
    By Bunmi Sofola A writer once observed that “some of the virtues needed for a happy marriage such as enthusiasm, loyalty, courtesy, and patience, have become so platitudinous that they fade into the background noise of the modern world; yet unacknowledged, their presence or absence shapes the outcome of every relationship. ” I get more and more alarmed as I listen to young men to talk about their girlfriends with a lot of cynicism. According to those young men, girls of today are supposed to be callous and so materialistic that they drop rich men friends for richer ... more
  • 22 hours Nigeria’s football chain has been broken — Ifeanyi Onyedika Vanguard
    ….Relishes coaching Dolphin to win FA Cup back-to-back ….Says with good management, Super Eagles can become an all-conquering team …..Insists it’s not yet time for govt to hands-off football in Nigeria   In this concluding part of the interview with former Green Eagles striker, Ifeanyi Onyedika, he tells us how life has been as a coach and recommends steps Nigeria must take to make the national team become dreaded in Africa and beyond. As a coach, Onyedika raised his profile after winning the FA Cup (now Federation Cup) back-to-back, a rare feat. Onyedika spoke with Weekend ... more
  • 23 hours Gospel music is suppressed in Nigeria – Mercy Oseghale Vanguard
    By Prisca Sam-Duru Award-winning Nigerian contemporary gospel singer and pastor, Mercy Oseghale is one artiste that strongly believes that gospel music is not getting the kind of reception it desires in Nigeria. The gifted singer already has two albums; ”Lord Help Me’, containing hit tracks such as ‘Quaze’, and ‘Warm Love’, which was produced by Cobhams Asuquo and Rotimi Akinfenwa. The poor reception of the industry and impact of Covid-19 pandemic notwithstanding, Oseghale just dropped a new single titled ‘Idinma’, while her third album will soon be released. “Gospel music is not getting the kind of attention that ... more
  • 23 hours Coronavirus deaths on the rise in France Vanguard
    France coronavirus The number of coronavirus deaths in France is rising for the first time since the end of lockdown, the public health agency said Friday, warning that all outbreak indicators are worsening. The country recorded 13,215 new cases in 24 hours, said the agency — a new daily record since a widespread testing campaign was launched — and 123 deaths. A total of 403 people were admitted to hospital in 24 hours for coronavirus complications, bringing the total for the week to 3,626, of which 571 were in intensive care. The Sante Publique France agency ... more
  • 23 hours Oghenekaro Itene lands endorsement deal in the US Vanguard
    By Benjamin Njoku Footballers dream of an appearance at the World Cup, the same way actors, dream of an appearance in a Hollywood feature film. For Nigeria-born Oghenekaro Itene, this fulfillment has come with her role in Chase a 2019 American action thriller film. This has, of course, transformed the way brands look at Oghenekaro. Now a regular face on some of the prestigious film events in the Hollywood, the United States, Oghenekaro has inked a deal as Nature Herbal Life Brand Ambassador. A leading US manufactural of Herbal Supplements which includes the world famous Bitter Leaf Capsules ... more
  • 23 hours Edo election: Prices of livestock increase in Benin markets Vanguard
    Chicken The prices of livestock in Benin have increased due to the governorship election holding on Saturday in Edo. Most traders interviewed told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent that the increment of livestock, especially chicken, was as a result of the high patronage of customers. They also said that the increase in prices was due to an announcement that central markets would be closed to customers to prepare for the election Checks on some shops at Uselu, Oba, Ekiosa, New Benin and Santana markets on Friday, showed that majority of the traders stocked more ... more
  • 23 hours 22 years after, ‘The Village Headmaster’ returns to TV screens Vanguard
    Wale Adenuga By Benjamin Njoku Twenty-two years after it went off-air, the iconic TV drama series, ‘The Village Headmaster’ which kept viewers glued to their television set in the 80s, is due to hit the silver screens again. The popular TV drama series is returning to the screens at the instance of Wale Adenuga Productions (WAP), which has sealed a partnership deal with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA). “History was made on Friday 4th September 2020, when Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Management and Wale Adenuga Productions (WAP) Management met to sign an MoU officially marking the ... more
  • 23 hours Will refineries work this time? Vanguard
    refinery … Inside NNPC’s plan to revive local production  By Ibrahim Awalu In what has been described as a popular move,  the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, commenced genuine efforts at revamping Nigeria’s moribund refineries.  This step was informed by the Corporation’s belief  that it was high time the nation got serious with the refineries and ensure that crude oil is refined to meet Nigeria’s energy needs.  Another key reason,  which perharps stands as the driving force is the need to crash the price of fuel,  which is now determined by market forces following the ... more
  • 23 hours Hostage story: What Zeb Ejiro failed to tell the world – Chidi Nwokeabia Vanguard
    By BENJAMIN NJOKU Although peace has since returned to the Association of Movie Producers,AMP, after two weeks of infighting and accusations, especially in the light of the allegation by the BoT Chairman, Chief Zeb Ejiro that he was held hostage for hours, while the just concluded general election of the body lasted in Asaba, the Delta State capital, a member of the body’s AMPNEC, Mr.Chidi Nwokeabia , has insisted that the record must be put straight immediately despite the new development. Recall that Ejiro penultimate Saturday, had confirmed that he was held hostage for hours after he refused to ... more
  • 23 hours Coping with the myths of losing weight Vanguard
    weight-loss By Bunmi Sofola Most people struggle to lose weight and their efforts are not helped by the numerous myths surrounding losing weight. Here are some of them: Myth 1: Missing breakfast is a good way to lose weight –  you’ll have heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day – and it’s true. When you’re asleep you are fasting, and it’s important to break this ‘fast’ by eating when you wake up. If you don’t, you’ll miss out on much-needed vitamins and minerals. You could also end up feeling hungry later in ... more
  • 23 hours How Edo Battle will be won and lost today Vanguard
    What will count for Obaseki •Factors that can earn Ize-Iyamu victory •How Nigerians can monitor results — INEC •2.3 million register, 1.7 million to vote •After Kogi, Edo cannot be worse What will count for Obaseki By Dirisu Yakubu NO governorship election has generated the variant of heat likethe Edo poll slated to hold across 192 wards today. With a population of a little over 4 million people spread in 18 local government areas, Edo is neither the largest nor the richest state in Nigeria. Nasarawa, a local government in Nasarawa state boasts ... more
  • 23 hours This Cheese has moved! Vanguard
    By Muyiwa Adetiba Change happens all the time Unfortunately, many of us are reluctant to embrace change. I am probably one of the worst in this regard. I will delay and make excuses until I run out of room and excuses. Electronic payment is one example of my lazy attitude towards change. Zoom is another one. I am probably one of the last of my peers to get on board on these two. Just as I was when computers first came into our consciousness. Or e-mail. But I can say I am still slightly better than some. I ... more
  • 1 day Duties of the wife Vanguard
    By Francis Ewherido A marriage is a union of a man and a woman (women in cases of polygamy), with the woman being the wife. Each spouse in a marriage has duties he/she has to fulfil for the marriage to run smoothly. Shirking of responsibilities by spouses is one of the major reasons why marriages fail. So, knowing and performing your marital duties is very important. I am talking essentially to young people preparing for, already in, marriage. We have mentioned some of these duties in passing over time, but today we want to focus on them. Incidentally ... more
  • 1 day Gov AbdulRazaq empowers residents to end poverty Vanguard
    Kwara State Governor, Abdulrazaq By Demola Akinyemi   Determined to put an end to extreme  poverty among the people, Kwara State Government has commenced disbursement of interest-free loan, tagged ‘Owo Isowo’, to petty traders under its social investment programme.  The initiative, a component of the Kwara State Social Investment Programme (KWASSIP) also includes safety nets for the aged and vulnerable. READ ALSOOndo 2020: Jedege advises citizens to reject violent politicians with votes According to the anchor of the programme, Mohammed Brimah, “Owo Isowo is an interest-free loan of a minimum of N10,000 and beneficiaries which cut ... more
  • 1 day Two African women still in running for WTO top job Vanguard
    Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Two African women are among the five candidates still in the running to take the World Trade Organization top job. No Africans and no women have ever been at the helm of the global trade body. On Friday the pool of eight candidates was whittled down to five. It includes women Amina Mohamed of Kenya, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria, and Yoo Myung-hee of South Korea. Male candidates still in the running are Liam Fox of Britain and Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri of Saudi Arabia. The narrowing of the field came after the WTO in recent ... more
  • 1 day Neymar to lead Brazil in World Cup qualifying Vanguard
    Brazil coach Tite kept faith with a troubled Neymar on Friday, choosing him to lead the Selecao as they launch their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign next month. Young Lyon midfielder Bruno Guimaraes comes into the squad and could make his international debut while Real Madrid striker Rodrygo also returns. The five-time world champions play Bolivia in Sao Paulo on October 9, then travel to Lima to face Peru four days later. The matches were originally scheduled for March, but were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The return to international play could be a welcome break for ... more
  • 1 day Italy records more than 1,900 cases in highest rise since early May Vanguard
    Italy has recorded 1,907 new cases of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the highest daily increase since early May, the Health Ministry reported on Friday. Ten more people have died of the virus, officials said. The last time a similar rise in daily infections was recorded was on May 1, with 1,965 new cases. READ ALSO: COVID-19: We have intensified campaign on Wildlife Trade Policies —  Duke-Ekpenyong Since the outbreak of the pandemic, Italy has reported 294,392 cases and a death toll of 35,668. Infections have been rising steadily over the past six weeks, ... more
  • 1 day Ondo 2020: Jedege advises citizens to reject violent politicians with votes Vanguard
    The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship Candidate in Ondo State, Mr Eyitayo Jegede, has appealed to his teeming supporters across the state not to allow unprovoked attacks from the ruling party to deter them from coming out to vote on Oct. 10. Jedege disclosed this on Friday in Oba-Akoko in Akoko South-West Local Government area. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that PDP had earlier visited Oba-Akoko on Wednesday, Sept. 16, on its campaign tour before it was disrupted by hoodlums in the Oba community. NAN also reports that no fewer than 15 vehicles in the motorcade ... more
  • 1 day Trump says U.S. dealing well with ‘tough,’ ‘smart’ Taliban Vanguard
    President Donald Trump on Friday complimented the Taliban for being tough and smart and said the United States is dealing well with the Afghan militant group. The Taliban, whose rigid Islamist government was overthrown by U.S. forces which invaded Afghanistan a month after Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, began peace negotiations with the Afghan government this week to end two decades of war. ALSO READ: Come out with names of election riggers, make them lose visa privileges ― Clark tells US, UK, EU “We’re dealing very well with the Taliban,” Trump told a news conference. “They’re very tough, they’re very ... more
  • 1 day Gnabry hits hat-trick as ‘hungry’ Bayern run riot in historic Bundesliga opener Vanguard
    Leroy Sane (right) set up two goals for Serge Gnabry (left) and then scored one himself. PHOTO: BBC Sports Leroy Sane said all-conquering Bayern Munich crave even more silverware after the Germany winger scored on his debut in Friday’s historic 8-0 thrashing of Schalke in the opening game of the new Bundesliga season. “We’re still hungry, even though we won the treble last season,” said Sane after creating two goals for Serge Gnabry, who claimed a hat-trick in the goalfest at the Allianz Arena. “Winning our first game at home 8-0 is obviously super. “It felt ... more
  • 1 day Trump announces 13 billion dollars in emergency relief to Puerto Rico Vanguard
    President Donald Trump US President Donald Trump on Friday announced that the United States will send 13 billion dollars in emergency relief to Puerto Rico, a Caribbean island and US territory that was devastated by a hurricane three years ago. “Today my administration is making the largest emergency relief award in history to rebuild Puerto Rico’s electrical grid and educational system,” Trump announced during a press conference. “We’re awarding 13 billion dollars to permanently repair and replace thousands of miles of transmission and redistribution lines that should have been done many years ago.” Critics of the ... more
  • 1 day Lawmaker promises APC befitting secretariat in Kwara Vanguard
    Rep. Tunji Ajuloopin, member representing Ekiti/Isin/Irepodun/Oke-Ero Federal Constituency of Kwara, has promised a befitting party secretariat for the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Irepodun local government area of the state. Ajuloopin made the promise in Omu-Aran, the headquarters of the local government, on Friday during an expanded meeting of the party. The lawmaker said that irrespective of some of the challenges bedeviling the party either at ward, council or state level, it was still on the right path. Ajuloopin harped on the need for party supremacy and admonished members not to relent in contributing their quota to the ... more
  • 1 day After Kogi, Edo cannot be worse Vanguard
    By Emmanuel Aziken One of the most intriguing claims of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC leading to today’s governorship election in Edo State is that the votes of the people will count! It was a claim the chairman of the commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu reiterated in the regular pre-election session with stakeholders earlier in the week. Saying that votes will count inevitably drew reference to the well-noted claim by many Nigerians that votes, where they were cast in recent elections, did not count in the declaration of the final results. Coming against the background of the last ... more
  • 1 day How FG delegation to Silicon Valley benefited Nigerian Startups by VP Osinbajo Vanguard
    Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has outlined how his trip to Silicon Valley in the United States has benefitted Nigerian start-ups, some of whom have gotten funds to grow their business. Osinbajo disclosed this milestone when he spoke on the Fire Side Chat with Nick Clegg, Facebook VP of Policy and Communication, a former Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He explained that there have been active partnerships between Nigerian start-ups and some US tech firms, assuring Nigerians that more investment is expected to pour in. “Both tours were extremely successful. At the Silicon Valley, Nigerian start-ups got ... more
  • 1 day Electricity Tariff Hike: Hospitality industry under pressure to lay off workers Vanguard
    Rejects tariff increase, calls on FG to rescind decision By Gabriel Ewepu – Abuja As electricity tariff hike plunges businesses to total collapse, the Nigerian hospitality and tourism industry is under pressure to lay off millions of workers as they are unable to pay heavy bills under the new tariffs. This was made known in a statement signed by the Secretary, Network for Electricity Consumers Advocacy of Nigeria, NECAN, Uket Obonga; President, Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria, FTAN, Alhaji Rabo Saleh; President of Nigerian Hotels Association, NHA, His Royal Highness, Patrick Anyanwu; and President, Hotel Owners Forum ... more
  • 1 day BREAKING: Unspecified number of persons feared dead, two vehicles burnt in Friday night tanker explosion Vanguard   By Olasunkanmi Akoni Unspecified number of persons are feared dead and two vehicles burnt in a late evening fire on Friday, when a tanker loaded with Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, suddenly engulfed in flames at Anthony inward Gbagada, Lagos State. According to the General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, “The agency responded to distress calls at about 10 45 pm, and upon arrival at the scene of incident, it was discovered that a tanker with unknown registration number conveying PMS lost control while in motion and ... more
  • 1 day Liverpool boss Klopp delighted to seal deal for Thiago Vanguard
    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp revealed he only recently considered the prospect of signing Thiago Alcantara after previously believing he would be “out of reach”. The Premier League champions confirmed on Friday that they had captured the 29-year-old from Bayern Munich in a deal worth up to £25million (€27.5m). Thiago has arrived at Anfield on a four-year contract, with the Reds paying an initial £20m (€22m), plus an additional £5m (€5.5m) in potential bonuses. ALSO READ: 36 persons feared dead as bus plunges into Akaeze river in Ebonyi Klopp has been a long-time admirer of the midfielder but did not think the Spain international ... more
  • 1 day Kenya to resume outdoor sports after coronavirus pause Vanguard
    Kenya on Friday announced the phased resumption of all outdoor and non-contact sporting activities, six months after these were stopped due to the coronavirus pandemic. Sports Minister Amina Mohamed gave the green light for non-contact sports such as athletics, cricket and golf. High contact sports such as football, boxing, judo, karate and water sports remain suspended. “The guidelines we have released today are subject to be reviewed according to the global situation of Covid-19,” she said, adding that individual testing would not be mandatory. However, where required the cost of the tests should be borne by the relevant ... more
  • 1 day Bandits kill 2 policemen in Sokoto, 5 farmers in Katsina Vanguard
    Bandits Bandits have killed two policemen and five farmers in two separate attacks in Sokoto and Katsina respectively, police said. Armed gangs, called bandits by locals, regularly raid villages in the North, killing and kidnapping people as well as looting and burning homes. A gang of around 100 gunmen dressed in army camouflage stormed a police station in the town of Gidan Madi in Sokoto state on Thursday, killing two officers and injuring another, police spokesman Muhammad Sadiq said. Residents in Gidan Madi told AFP that the attackers carted away weapons from the police station before ... more
  • 1 day BREAKING: Photos, videos as tanker explodes at Anthony Vanguard
  • 1 day COVID-19: NIMR unveils new molecular testing kit Vanguard
    Prof. Babatunde Salako, Director General of NIMR The Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) on Friday unveiled the first SARS-CoV-2 Isothermal Molecular Assay (SIMA) kit in the country to boost COVID-19 testing capacity. Speaking at the unveiling, Prof. Babatunde Salako, Director General of NIMR, said the testing kit was developed to ease the challenges posed by the current method which required heavy laboratory and expensive equipment to function. Salako said that SIMA testing kit is a fast and sensitive point of care test for COVID-19 infection using the molecular technique that is reliable. “As a foremost ... more
  • 1 day AU ramps up pressure on Mali junta to restore civilian rule Vanguard
    Vice-President of the CNSP (National Committee for the Salvation of the People) Colonel Malick Diaw (C) takes a seat with other military leaders during the opening of two days of talks aimed at validating the terms of reference for a transitional government in Mali, on September 5, 2020, in Bamako. Photo: AFP The African Union (AU) has called on the military junta in Mali to quickly appoint civilian leaders to manage an 18-month transition towards elections after last month’s coup. The AU’s 15-member security body late Thursday echoed the West African regional bloc ECOWAS, which imposed ... more
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