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  • 2 weeks Lagos-Ibadan rail: LASG to close Jonathan Coker road, demolish Costain Bridge Vanguard
    Lagos-Ibadan rail Lagos State Government on Thursday announced that it would be closing down Jonathan Coker axis, Ifako-Ijaiye, on Saturday for installation of Level Crossing Rubber Panels by the contractor handling the Lagos-Ibadan rail project. It added that the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) would also commence demolition of parts of the existing Costain bridge and hoist the beams of the new bridge. The state Ministry of Transportation said in a statement that the road closure and the bridge demolition were to facilitate completion of the construction of the ongoing Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail line. “In line with ... more
  • 2 weeks Gov. Bello orders demolition of campaign billboards Vanguard
    Orders seizure of cars using his name as plate numbers
    Yahaya Bello Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi has ordered the demolition of all campaign billboards erected by parties and candidates in the build-up to the Nov. 26, 2019 governorship election in the state. Bello, who gave the order in a statement issued in Lokoja on Thursday, also directed owners of vehicles using his name as plate number to remove them immediately or get arrested. The statement signed by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Mohammed Onogu, further directed removal of campaign stickers, handbills, and posters embossed on vehicles, tricycles, ... more
  • 2 weeks Black Thursday: 20 armed robbers storm two banks in Ondo, kill two Policemen Vanguard
    Dayo Johnson Akure. Two policemen were Thursday shot dead by group of armed robbers who stormed two banks in ile-Oluji area of Ondo state. Vanguard gathered that the two old generation banks (Name withheld) were simultaneously attacked around 4pm. No fewer than twenty of the robbers reportedly invaded the two banks and blew off the entrances with the aid of dynamites. Reports had it that about ten other bank workers and customers were seriously injured. Vanguard was informed that the robbers acting on tip off, arrived the banks at closing time when customers were in a hurry to beat ... more
  • 2 weeks Trump unleashes fury at impeachment enemies during prayer event Vanguard
    Donald J. Trump President Donald Trump unleashed his fury against those who tried to remove him from office at a prayer breakfast Thursday, a day after his acquittal by the Senate in his impeachment trial. Speaking from a stage where he was joined by congressional leaders, including Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who led the impeachment charge against him, Trump shattered the usual veneer of bipartisanship at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington. “As everybody knows, my family, our great country and your president have been put through a terrible ordeal by some very dishonest and corrupt people,” Trump ... more
  • 2 weeks 7.5% VAT deductions on voice calls is under FIRS ― Pantami Vanguard
    Minister of Communications, Dr. Isa Ibrahim Pantami Communications and Digital Economy Minister Isa Pantami said that the 7.5 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) deductions on voice calls and text messages fell under the purview of Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS). Pantami made the clarification in a statement signed by his spokesperson, Mrs Uwa Suleiman, and made available to newsmen on Thursday in Abuja. The statement noted that the ministry was not mandated to handle the issue The Minister explained that the ministry was inundated with complaints and enquiries concerning the recent 7.5 per cent VAT deductions on voice ... more
  • 2 weeks Okada Ban: PDP blames Buhari, sympathizes with Lagosians Vanguard
    President Muhammadu Buhari The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) sympathizes with Nigerians living and working in Lagos for the excruciating ordeal they are facing following the ban on the use of commercial motorcycles and tricycles (Keke Marwa) in the state. Also read: Visa curb: Full text of the media briefing by Mike Pompeo and Geoffrey Onyema The party, however, noted that the ordeal should be blamed on President Muhammadu Buhari who, in 1985, allegedly terminated the initial Lagos Metro Rail Line project started by the government of Alhaji Lateef Jakande to facilitate mass transportation within Lagos, as Nigeria’s commercial ... more
  • 2 weeks NPFL: Lobi Stars miss top-spot chance, hold Rangers in Makurdi Vanguard
    Lobi Stars forced Rangers International to a 1-1 draw in a pulsating rescheduled NPFL matchday 6 decided at the Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi on Wednesday. The game started on a very good note as both teams exhibited some flashes of good football. It was an action-packed encounter full of talking points and great intensity as the two teams showcased good football artistry to the delight of the scanty spectators at the stadium. ALSO READ: Premier League clubs vote to revert to extended transfer window deadline The first clear cut chance of the game rested on Samad Kadiri of Lobi ... more
  • 2 weeks Sokoto State gets sexual assaults’ referral centre Vanguard
    The Sokoto State Government in collaboration with some international donor agencies has established a sexual assaults’ referral centre to provide immediate and long term remedies for survivors of Gender-Based Violence (GBV). The state Commissioner for Women Affairs, Hajia Kulu Sifawa, said this on Thursday in Sokoto at a two-day pre-commencement sensitisation workshop. Sifawa said that it was part of the “Spotlight Initiative Project’’ aimed at eliminating violence against women and girls. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Spotlight Initiative is a project sponsored by the European Union, UNICEF, the Federal Government of Nigeria, UNFPA and UNESCO. She ... more
  • 2 weeks El-Zakzaky: Kaduna High Court fixes Feb. 24, 25 for trial Vanguard
    El-Zakzaky A High Court in Kaduna on Thursday fixed Feb. 24 and Feb. 25, for the continuation of trial of leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife, Zinat. Justice Gideon Kurada, the trial judge, at the resumed hearing of the case on Feb. 6, again adjourned the case to allow the defendants appear in court to take their plea. Mr Femi Falana (SAN) told newsmen after the adjournment that Zinat, the second defendant and wife of El-Zakzaky was ill, therefore his clients were not in court. The IMN leader and his wife ... more
  • 2 weeks Court remands teenager for allegedly raping 20-year-old woman Vanguard
    A Chief Magistrates’ court in Oredo, Benin on Thursday ordered that a teenager, Marcus Mekpagbe, who allegedly raped a 20-year-old woman, be remanded in Oko correctional centre. Chief Magistrate Patricia Igho-Braimah adjourned the case until March 4,  for hearing. Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, ASP Osayomwanbor Omoruyi, told the court that Mekpagbe, committed the offense on Jan. 23, at No 5, Osatohamwen street, Court Rd, in Okada Magisterial District. READ ALSO: 30-year-old conductor arraigned for robbery, rape Omoruyi alleged that the defendant raped the 20-year-old woman while sleeping. He said that the defendant was a friend of the victim’s family. The ... more
  • 2 weeks Premier League clubs vote to revert to extended transfer window deadline Vanguard
      Premier League clubs have voted to move the closing date of the summer transfer window. At Thursday’s shareholders’ meeting, the clubs voted to revert to the traditional date at the end of August/early September after two seasons where the window closed on the eve of the campaign. That means this summer’s window will close at 1700 BST on Tuesday, September 1, with August 31 being a Bank Holiday. ALSO READ: Tokyo Olympics organisers blast virus rumours, say Games will go ahead A Premier League statement read: “At a Shareholders’ Meeting today, Premier League clubs voted to adopt a change ... more
  • 2 weeks Breaking: INEC deregisters 74 political parties Vanguard
    By Omeiza Ajayi ABUJA: The Independent National electoral Commission INEC has deregistered 74 political parties out of Nigeria’s 92 parties. INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu made the declaration at a news conference Thursday in Abuja. He said the decision of the commission was in line with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as well as the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended). Details later… The post Breaking: INEC deregisters 74 political parties appeared first on Vanguard News. ... more
  • 2 weeks Scotland’s finance minister quits over messages to boy Vanguard
    Derek Mackay Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Thursday announced the suspension of her finance minister and a full investigation after revelations he sent a string of messages to a 16-year-old schoolboy. Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Sturgeon faced a barrage of questions in the devolved parliament in Edinburgh about the scandal involving Derek Mackay, which was detailed in the Scottish Sun tabloid. Mackay, 42, resigned with immediate effect, just hours before he was due to deliver a set-piece address announcing the government’s budget. “Derek Mackay has apologised unreservedly for his conduct and has recognised, as I do, ... more
  • 2 weeks Gynecologist wants gov’t to formulate laws to curb Female Genital Mutilation Vanguard
    Dr Sesan Oluwasola, a Gynecologist at the University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan, on Thursday, urged government to formulate laws that would curb the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Nigeria. Oluwasola made the call in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) as the world commemorates the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation with the theme ‘Unleashing the Youth Power’. He said “we need more of government’s intervention in terms of policy. “If there is a law in the country that bans female genital mutilation practice, it becomes easier to prosecute whoever is still ... more
  • 2 weeks Tokyo Olympics organisers blast virus rumours, say Games will go ahead Vanguard
    Tokyo 2020 Olympics organisers said Thursday the Games would “go ahead as planned”, slamming misinformation over the new coronavirus for triggering panic. Chief executive officer Toshiro Muto revealed that organisers have set up a task force to combat the fast-spreading disease that has killed over 560 people and infected at least 28,000 — the vast majority in mainland China — but promised that the Games would be not derailed from their July 24 start date. “The Olympics will go ahead as planned,” he told reporters after a project review of the Paralympics, which are scheduled to take place after ... more
  • 2 weeks Man arraigned for allegedly cutting friend’s hand Vanguard
    A 24-year-old man, Bashiru Akinyemi, on Thursday appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly using a cutlass to cut his friend’s hand. Akinyemi, who resides at Mushin, Lagos, was charged with breach of the peace, threat to life and assault. He, however, pleaded not guilty. The prosecutor, Insp. Edet Akadu, told the court that Akinyemi committed the offences on Jan. 26 at 2.20p.m. at No. 58, Alhaji Otta St., Mushin. “Akinyemi assaulted one Rilwan Adepelu by using a cutlass to cut his left hand following a dispute,’’ Akadu told the court. READ ALSO: My husband beats me ... more
  • 2 weeks Chinese hospitals discharge 1,153 recovered patients of coronavirus infection Vanguard
    A total of 1,153 patients infected with the novel coronavirus had been discharged from hospital after recovery by the end of Wednesday, Chinese health authorities said on Thursday. Wednesday saw 261 people walk out of the hospital after recovery, the National Health Commission said in its daily report. READ ALSO: In China over 500 dead from coronavirus By the end of Wednesday, a total of 563 people had died of the disease and 28,018 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection had been reported in 31 provincial-level regions and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps in China. Xinhua Vanguard ... more
  • 2 weeks Kidney failures: Borno summons science researchers to find causes Vanguard
    Prof Babagan Zulum, Governor of Borno state By Ndahi Marama In reaction to growing cases of kidney failures affecting citizens, Borno state has on Thursday thrown open invitation to foremost science researchers to submit proposals for investigation into the causes of prevalence in some parts of the state. The researchers will focus on water, environment and other possible causes. The invitation, which appears to be a declaration of war against rampant kidney failures, followed a directive issued by the state governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum during his visit to a kidney dialysis centre at the State Specialist Hospital, Maiduguri ... more
  • 2 weeks Video: Buhari attends induction of Nigerian Air Force new combat helicopters Vanguard
    President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, attended the induction of three attack helicopters – two Agusta 109P helicopter and one Mi-171E helicopter, saying the Federal Government would do all it can to tackle insecurity. The President noted in his address that the government would not fail the trust Nigerians reposed in him, adding that the diversification of the economy to the non-oil sector was another priority for his government. READ ALSO: WAR: Bandits fire on Police helicopter, lose 250 members in Kaduna “About a year ago, I also inducted two Agusta helicopters into the air force. These aircraft will ... more
  • 2 weeks 6 central banks to hold digital currency meeting in April – Nikkei Vanguard
    Leaders of six major central banks undertaking joint research on digital currencies are considering holding their first meeting in mid-April in Washington, the Nikkei newspaper reported on Thursday. A Bank of Japan executive said no timetable has been fixed for any meeting of the group, but said central banks must respond flexibly to rapid digitalisation to stay relevant as issuers of money. “In Japan, we don’t have any plans now to issue central bank digital currencies (CBDC),” BOJ board member Takako Masai told a news conference in Nara, western Japan, on Thursday. “But we need to make an effort ... more
  • 2 weeks Nigeria ready for second peer review process of APRM Vanguard
    The Chief Executive Officer (CEO), African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) National Secretariat, Princes Gloria Akobundu, has expressed Nigeria’s readiness for the second round of APRM. Akobundu made this known in her speech delivered in Addis Ababa, on Thursday, and made available to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. She noted that the country had put in place all necessary structures for the effective implementation of a second peer review process of the APRM. READ ALSO:With abstract platforms, we can make learning attractive Speaking on the implementation of APRM process in Nigeria at the 30th meeting of the Committee ... more
  • 2 weeks Police Tactical Forces storm Ansaru terrorists camp in Birnin Gwari Vanguard
    kill over 250 terrorists, bandits As group shoots at Police helicopter with GPMG
    The Nigerian Police Force Against the backdrop of the formation of a new terrorist group, Ansaru who had been mobilising and terrorising Nigerians in the North West, Police Special Forces, backed by helicopters have attacked their camp in Birnin Gwari forest in Kaduna State, killing over 250 of them. This is just as the new terrorist gang whose membership has been confirmed to include armed bandits, fired one Bell aerial surveillance helicopter belonging to the Police with a General Purpose Machine Gun, but the Police pilot ... more
  • 2 weeks US astronaut lands on earth after 328 days in space Vanguard
    Koch and Meir prepare for their first spacewalk. NASA astronaut Christina Koch made the most of her first trip to the International Space Station by breaking the record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman and conducting the first all-female spacewalk with fellow NASA astronaut Jessica Meir. “We caught each other’s eye and we knew that we were really honored with this opportunity to inspire so many, and just hearing our voices talk to Mission Control, knowing two female voices had never been on the loops, solving those problems together outside — it was a really special ... more
  • 2 weeks 2023: Five years after, INEC considers creation of new Polling Units Vanguard
    By Omeiza Ajayi
    Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ABUJA: Over five years after its botched attempt to create additional 30, 027 Polling Units, the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has hinted of plans to create more units across the country before the 2023 general elections. Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu gave the hint yesterday in Abuja when he received Geographic Information System GIS support equipment donated by the European Centre for Electoral Support ECES. According to him, Nigeria is currently underserved with its 119,973 polling units and over 57,000 voting points. READ ALSO:Rerun election: INEC rejects Akwa-Ibom LGA’s results ... more
  • 2 weeks Police Command debunks social media’s rumour of raiding Vanguard
    The Lagos State Police Command says that it is not planning any raid for Thursday and Friday throughout the state from 8p.m. It advised Lagosians to disregard the message circulating in social media describing it as fake news. The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, gave the advice in a statement he made available to journalists on Thursday. READ ALSO:Community Policing to commence in Edo -CP “The information is not only false but mischievous, calculated toward creating fear in the minds of the people,” he said. Elkana urged the public who had received the fake news ... more
  • 2 weeks Overhead water tank falls into classroom, kills two students in Anambra Vanguard
    Two students were killed and two others injured on Wednesday when an overhead Tank filled with water fell into a classroom of Royal Kings Foundation nursery and primary school Nkpor-Agu in Idemili North LGA of Anambra State. The 13-meter tank which had a capacity of 2,000 cubic meters, fell down while the pupils were learning in their classrooms. According to the PPRO, Anambra state police command, SP Mohammed Haruna, in a statement said on the 05/2/2020 at about 11:15 am, an overhead Tank filled with water fell into a classroom of Royal Kings Foundation nursery and primary school Nkpor-Agu in Idemili ... more
  • 2 weeks Police Inspector commits suicide to avoid murder trial Vanguard
    The Nigerian Police A Police Inspector, Okon Essien, detained at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Yaba, for allegedly shooting and killing one Mr Hassan Stanley, has allegedly killed himself to avoid trial. The Command’s Spokesman, Bala Elkana, said that Essien was arrested at Akodo on Jan. 1, alongside three of his colleagues namely; Insp. Lawrence Adegboye, Insp. Olorunloju Olusegun and Sgt Ovbioghi Joseph. “The Police officers intercepted four suspects namely, Samson Ugonah, Omachi Godwin, Hassan Stanley and Prosper Okoye along Area 12, Offshore Oil Dangote Refinery Project, Akodo. READ ALSO: Police file terrorism charges against Wadume, Army Captain, ... more
  • 2 weeks CSR: How growing awareness shapes corporate attitude, performance Vanguard
    by Princewill Ekwujuru Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)  adoption or non-adoption is increasingly becoming a critical determining factor of corporate performance due to growing awareness and interest among consumers and stakeholders. According to experts who spoke to C&M, adoption of    CSR practices has become imperative as consumers and stakeholders now care more about CSR ever than before, and are demanding changes in the way companies do business. The experts also stressed the need for companies to be more transparent with their dealings, play a more active role in addressing social, cultural, and environmental issues that will endear them to ... more
  • 2 weeks FEC approves N65.9bn for road projects Vanguard
    The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved N65.9 billion for road projects across the country. Minister of State for Works and Housing, Abubakar Aliyu, told State House correspondents on Wednesday after the Federal Executive Council (FEC)meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. News Agency of Nigeria(NAN)reports the meeting was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari. The minister said that the ministry presented two memos to the council which were approved. “The first memo is to seek council’s approval for the award of contract for construction of Jalingo-Kona-Lau-Karim-Lamido road phase II which is about 29km. “The contract at the cost of ... more
  • 2 weeks Safety of pension fund, our priority — Labour Vanguard
    Says it’s a matter of life, death
    Ayuba Wabba By Victor Young The issue of pension is very emotive and has remained a sensitive discourse over the years because every worker today is a potential pensioner tomorrow. In this chat, President of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Ayuba Wabba, speaks to Pension and You on some burning issues in the nation’s pension sector. Excerpts States and CPS The states are at Liberty. The issue of the contributory pension is not mandatory. Today one of the best pension schemes in Nigeria is from Jigawa State, it is not contributory. Jigawa State ... more
  • 2 weeks US Senate acquits Trump of abuse of power Vanguard
    In this image from video, presiding officer Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts swears in members of the Senate for the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. PHOTO: AP The US Senate Wednesday acquitted President Donald Trump of abuse of power, the first of two impeachment charges, following a historic two-week trial. The Republican-majority Senate voted 52-48 to acquit Trump of charges that he withheld military aid to Ukraine to pressure Kiev to investigate political rival Joe Biden and help his re-election effort. “Is the respondent, Donald John Trump, guilty or not guilty?” Supreme ... more
  • 2 weeks What Twitter will do if you tweet false and/or doctored contents Vanguard
    No room for doctored information *The rules on @twittersafety and funny reactions According to new Twitter rules, when you see certain markers in your twits, it is either you have twitted or re-twitted manipulated/doctored information. This is a new move by the micro-blogging platform, Twitter, to stop or control the spread of misinformation. ALSO READ: Twitter to test ways to limit online abuse(Opens in a new browser tab) In a blog post, Twitter said going by the new rules: “Tweets that share synthetic and manipulated media are subject to removal under this policy if they are likely to cause ... more
  • 2 weeks Updated: Trump acquitted of all impeachment charges Vanguard
    In this image from video, presiding officer Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts swears in members of the Senate for the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. PHOTO: AP United States President, Donald Trump drew on staunch Republican support Wednesday to defeat the gravest threat yet to his three-year-old presidency, winning acquittal in the Senate on impeachment charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Only the third US leader ever placed on trial, Trump readily defeated the effort to expel him from office for having illicitly sought ... more
  • 2 weeks Within hours of vote, Trump launches scathing attack on Romney Vanguard
    U.S. President Donald Trump Senator Mitt Romney warned that he would face blowback from U.S. President Donald Trump after he decided to vote to convict the leader of his party on abuse of power in the impeachment trial. Within hours, the attacks started to come in. Trump posted a minute-long video in which the voice-over accused the conservative politician of being a “secret asset” of the rival Democratic Party, while denouncing him as “slippery” and “stealthy.” “Posing as a Republican, he tried to infiltrate President Trump’s administration as the secretary of state,” the attack ad charged, referring to speculation ... more
  • 2 weeks Kano Assembly removes Majority Leader Vanguard
    Kano State House of Assembly on Wednesday removed its Majority Leader, Alhaji Labaran Abdul-Madari, and replaced him with his Deputy, Alhaji Kabiru Hassan-Dashi. Abdul-Madari, an APC member representing Warawa Constituency was removed following a motion of urgent public importance presented by Alhaji Muhammad Uba-Gurjiya, also an APC member, representing Bunkure Constituency. The motion was seconded by Mr Ali Ibrahim-Shanono, representing Bagwai/Shanono. READ ALSO: Kano govt earmarks N4.3b for developmental projects News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Uba-Gurjiya was sworn on Tuesday during plenary presided over by the Speaker, Abdulazeez Garba-Gafasa, following his success during the recent re-run ... more
  • 2 weeks Stop disinformation that can divide Nigeria, Presidency tells CAN Vanguard
    By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
    President Muhammadu Buhari ABUJA—THERE appears to be no end to the war of words between the Presidency and the leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, over the killings by the Boko Haram sect, as the former has accused the latter of disinformation capable of dividing the country. Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari had in an article published in ‘’Speaking Out; a guest opinion column for Christianity Today’’ said over 90 percent of Boko Haram victims were Muslims. The President had also said that the perception that members of the sect were always targeting Christians in ... more
  • 2 weeks FG’s plan to borrow N2trn from Pension fund, threat to CPS — NECA Vanguard
    Demands reconstitution of PenCom Board By Victor Young Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association, NECA, yesterday rejected reported plans by the Federal Government to borrow about N2 trillion from the Pension Fund to augment infrastructural development, saying it is a threat to the Contributory Pension Scheme, CPS. This came as the association demanded immediate reconstitution of the board of the National Pension Commission, PenCom, dissolved five years ago by President Muhammadu Buhari. NECA in a statement by its Director-General of NECA, Dr. Timothy Olawale, the umbrella body for employers in the country, said “the idea of the pension fund of workers ... more
  • 2 weeks Britain is restructuring, so too must Nigeria its baby Vanguard
    Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) poses with Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari during their bilateral meeting at the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London on January 20, 2020. (Photo by Eddie MULHOLLAND / POOL / AFP) By Olu Fasan LET’s start with a basic point but allow me to use metaphors in making it. Here’s the point: Britain is Nigeria’s father, and Nigeria is Britain’s baby. If that sounds controversial, then consider this: Without Britain, there would have been no Nigeria. When George Goldie came here in the 1800s, he didn’t meet any entity called “Nigeria”; rather, he met territories ... more
  • 2 weeks Arthur Nwankwo: Exit of an intellectual giant, activist Vanguard
    IF writing alone could save Nigeria from doom occasioned by bad leadership, the powerful, prolific pen of Dr. Arthur Agwuncha Nwankwo would long have done so before his death on Saturday, February 1, 2020. Unfortunately, Nigerians now have scant regard for literature. Nwankwo’s pen could not stop writing until his death. He must be sorely disappointed that his country remained pitifully in bondage in spite of all his literary efforts to save it. Indeed, in his most recent writings on the worsening Nigerian situation, he had raised the alarm about certain leadership deficiencies at a time the country is ... more
  • 2 weeks Boko Haram: Are we running out of options or will? Vanguard
    Boko Haram fighters By Gambo Dori THE fight against Boko Haram has seemingly reached an impasse. After 10 years of fighting against what we all thought was a ragtag group of misguided religious hooligans, we have probably reached the lowest point now. All the gains of 2015/16 that we all hailed are being obliterated before our very eyes. The insurgents have sprung up in the bushes and the highways killing and maiming citizens whether as residents of villages or hapless commuters on the roads. They have also added kidnapping for ransom to the very long list of their atrocities, ... more
  • 2 weeks People Talk: Nationwide protest by CAN over insecurity (3) Vanguard
    By Bose Adelaja & Olayinka Latona “Frankly speaking, Christians have conducted themselves in a peaceful and orderly manner by registering their displeasure about the rate on insecurity in the country truly but to whom much is given, much is expected. “I admonish the government to play its role by ensuring security coverage for all.” —Seun Kazeem, Tourist “The protest is a good step in the right direction to represent the interest of Christians so that the security challenges in the country are not taken with levity. “This has sent a signal to the government that security of lives and ... more
  • 2 weeks Why are Nigerians living in denial? Vanguard
    By Ikechukwu Amaechi Nigerians: WHEN the discourse is on Muhammadu Buhari and the state of affairs in Nigeria under his watch, opinions are sharply divided along ethnic and religious lines. My write-up last week on “What will be Buhari’s legacy?” expectedly elicited such strong responses. The president is a very divisive figure. Those who claim to love him more than the rest of us are always up in arms defending him. They impute ulterior motives to any criticism of him, no matter how constructive. It is worse when your name sounds Okoroish. You are tarred with the brush of ... more
  • 2 weeks Much ado about Okada ban Vanguard
    By Ayodele Okunfolami BARELY a week after debunking reports that a definite decision had been taken on the operations of commercial motorcycles and tricycles, Lagos State Government came with a ban on these crude means of transportation in six local government areas in the metropolis. This is not the first time that there has been an attempt to outlaw or restrict the operations of these rickshaw automobiles as a means of transportation as previous administrations have toed the same path; still these Okadas remain innumerable. Reasons for these proscriptions are always ambiguous. They always float from security, to safety, ... more
  • 2 weeks The pillars of crime in Nigeria Vanguard
    President Muhammadu Buhari By Oludayo Tade PRIOR to his ascendancy to the exalted number one position in Nigeria, ‘General Daura’ had promised to block corruption loopholes, fix the economy and end the problem of insecurity. Things happened so fast that people could not probe how age, education, health, agility and personal idiosyncrasies may obstruct the implementation of the promises. They were confident ‘General Daura’ will outshine Otuoke lucky boy with his exploits against Maitatsine and his acclaimed ascetic lifestyle. The beneficiaries of ‘change’, who had rejected Baba Hannan thrice, repackaged him and went to town to drum support for ... more
  • 2 weeks Kirk Douglas, ‘Spartacus’ actor dies aged 103 Vanguard
    Kirk Douglas in Spartacus. PHOTO: Alamy United States (US) silver screen legend Kirk Douglas, the son of Jewish Russian immigrants who rose through the ranks to become one of Hollywood’s biggest-ever stars, has died, his family said Wednesday. He was 103. One of the last survivors of the golden age of cinema, Douglas was renowned for the macho and not-always-likeable tough guy roles he took on in around 90 movies over a six-decade career. “It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103,” his son, movie star ... more
  • 2 weeks Shootings rock Diocese of Mbamili Cathedral Church Vanguard
    …Youths disrupt ongoing cathedral building project …As Bishop sends SOS to IGP, others There were sporadic shootings, Tuesday night, at Cathedral Church of St Michaels, Umuikwu Anam, Anambra West Local Government, Anambea State, by some hoodlums who went to pull down the ongoing cathedral building of Diocese of Mbamili. Addressing newsmen, yesterday, at Cathedral Church of St Michaels, Umuikwu Anam, the Bishop, Diocese of Mbamili, Rt. Rev. Henry Okeke  sent a save-our-soul message to the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, and other law enforcement agents to save his life and that of his family, his priests and lives ... more
  • 2 weeks IPMAN laments long closure of NNPC depot in Enugu Vanguard
    Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria By Chinedu Adonu INDEPENDENT Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, Enugu Depot branch, has called on the South-East governors and other Igbo leaders to intervene and engage the Federal Government on the urgent need to revitalise the long abandoned Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, in Emene, Enugu State. IPMAN chairman, Enugu Depot, Chinedu Anyaso, lamented that the abandonment of the Enugu depot had been adversely affecting the people of the zone and beyond as they have to travel very far to lift petroleum products. Rising from a general meeting of  the association  and ... more
  • 2 weeks FG’s refusal to honour agreement: Prepare for strike, ASUU tells members Vanguard
    By Ola Ajayi THE Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, yesterday, accused the Federal Government of being notorious for breaching mutual agreements just as it directed its members to be ready for a strike that could be declared anytime. Describing the Federal Government as a serial defaulter, the academic union, through the Chairman ASUU University of Ibadan Chapter, Professor Deji Omole, said the government had betrayed the trust of the people had in it to reposition the education system in the country. Speaking with newsmen after its Congress, Professor Omole lamented that despite its efforts at making Nigeria great ... more
  • 2 weeks Northern groups launch Arewa version of Amotekun Vanguard
    By Ibrahim Hassan Shege ka Fasa, a security outfit created by the Coalition of Northern Groups, CNG, was launched yesterday to operate as the northern regional security outfit similar to Amotekun. The CNG said the reason for setting up the outfit was to complement the police and military in efforts to deal with the security problem in the region. The outfit would also  carry out  specific and general task that would realign attitude and thinking of the public with the ideals and objectives of the founding fathers of the region. Presenting what was described as the northern regional security ... more
  • 2 weeks Police file terrorism charges against Wadume, Army Captain, others Vanguard
    Hamisu Wadume The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has slammed a16-count charge bordering on terrorism, murder, kidnapping and gun-running against Taraba kidnap kingpin, Bala Hamisu, also known as Wadume, Captain Tijjani Balarabe and 18 others. Also on the list of defendants are Staff Sgt. David Isaiah; Sgt. Ibrahim Mohammed; Corporal Bartholomew Obanye; Private Mohammed Nura; Lance Corporal Okorozie Gideon; Corporal Markus Michael; L/Corporal Nvenaweimoeimi Akpagra; Staff Sgt. Abdullahi Adamu; Private Ebele Emmanuel; ASP Aondona Iorbee and Inspector  Aliyu Dadje and Auwalu Bala, aka Omo Razor. Others in the charge sheet are Uba Bala (aka Uba Belu); Ahmad Suleiman (aka ... more
  • 2 weeks Insecurity: You aren’t doing enough, Gbajabiamila tells IGP, service chiefs Vanguard
    Speaker of House of Reps, Femi Gbajabiamila By Tordue Salem Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, yesterday told the Inspector General of Police and service chiefs to redouble their efforts in the fight against insecurity in the country. He noted that though the service chiefs were doing a lot, the anxiety among Nigerians was enough reason for the military commanders to do more, challenging them to take the battle to criminals. Gbajabiamila, who spoke   at a meeting of the joint House Committees on  Defence, Army, Navy and Air Force, with the Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of ... more
  • 2 weeks Insecurity: Wake up to your responsibilities, IGP challenges govs at session with Senate Vanguard
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  • 2 weeks Ihedioha officially seeks Supreme Court’s review on Judgement Vanguard
    Ihedioha-Uzodinma By Idowu Bankole Former Governor of Imo State, Rt. Honourable Emeka Ihedioha has on Wednesday officially approached the Supreme court of Nigeria, led my by Justice Tanko Muhammed to review a Judgement delivered against him and his party the People’s Democratic Party, PDP Also read: PDP cannot win election in Edo – APC chieftain Reports reaching Vanguard indicates that the Immediate past Governor of Imo state has today approached the Supreme court seeking a review of the judgement that removed him from office and pronounced the current governor of the state, Hope Uzodinma winner of the 2019 ... more
  • 2 weeks NSCIA to Buhari: Declare security emergency now Vanguard
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  • 2 weeks Edo govt demolishes Kabaka’s T. Latifa Hotel Vanguard
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  • 2 weeks How I stole millions from people with ATM card – suspect Vanguard
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  • 2 weeks Trump to make statement Thursday on impeachment acquittal Vanguard
    Donald Trump addresses his impeachment during a Merry Christmas Rally at the Kellogg Arena on December 18, 2019. PHOTO: Getty Images United States President, Donald Trump said that he will issue a formal statement on Thursday after his acquittal on two impeachment charges. “I will be making a public statement tomorrow at 12:00 pm from the @WhiteHouse to discuss our Country’s VICTORY on the Impeachment Hoax!” he tweeted. Shortly before, he tweeted a montage depicting a fake cover of Time magazine declaring him president for all eternity. Trump was acquitted in two Senate votes, based entirely on his ... more
  • 2 weeks Buhari’s service chiefs; Doguwa’s wives by Rotimi Fasan Vanguard
    President Buhari with service chiefs at the independence anniversary parade in Abuja If President Muhammadu Buhari was a groom and his service chiefs were his brides the relationship between him and them could neither be more faithful nor stronger than it is at present. Buhari loves his service chiefs warts and all. It seems there is nothing anybody can say that could lead to a divorce between the president and his beloved service chiefs. But like the relationship between the Kano State legislator, Alhassan Ado Garba or Doguwa and his wives, the relationship between Buhari and his service chiefs ... more
  • 2 weeks Pregnant women may pass coronavirus to unborn children Vanguard
    By Sola Ogundipe Pregnant women infected with the new coronavirus may be able to pass it to their unborn children, doctors at the Wuhan Children Hospital said on Wednesday, according to state broadcaster CCTV. The doctors said it was possible after an infected coronavirus patient gave birth to a baby on Feb. 2. The newborn was given a test 30 hours later and confirmed to have the virus, the doctors said. The newborn has stable vital signs and no fever or cough, but was experiencing shortness of breath, the doctors said. Chest x-rays showed signs of infection and there ... more
  • 2 weeks Okada Ban: Aggrieved riders riot in Iyana Ipaja, Lagos Vanguard
    By Arogbonlo Israel Commercial motorcyclists, popularly known as “Okada” and tricycle “Keke NAPEP” operators, in the early hours of Monday, disrupted normal activities as they barricaded major roads in Alimosho LGA, area of Iyana Ipaja in protest of the Lagos State government ban of their operation. Recall that the state government had earlier announced plans to commence total enforcement of Reform Traffic Law of 2018 on activities of the operators on restricted routes and bridges across 15 Local Government Areas of the state starting from February 1st. The Okada riders, who had earlier poised for war with the ... more
  • 2 weeks Lassa Fever: Nigeria records 6 new deaths as confirmed cases rise Vanguard
    Lassa fever By Sola Ogundipe Nigeria has registered an increase in the number of Lassa fever cases since the beginning of 2020, with 365 positive cases and 47 deaths reported from 23 states across the country. The Week 5 situation report released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC on Wednesday, indicated there are 23 States reporting at least one case of the disease up from 19 in the previous week. The affected states are Edo, Ondo, Bauchi, Borno, Ebonyi, Nasarawa, Kano, Kogi, Kaduna, Adamawa, Cross River, Delta, Osun, Ogun, Abia, Taraba, Plateau, FCT, Gombe, Enugu, Kebbi and ... more
  • 2 weeks Elon Musk’s wealth rises by $13bn as Tesla hits stock boom Vanguard
    Elon Musk is charging up his fortune. The Tesla chief’s net worth has grown more than any other billionaire’s so far this year amid a massive stock boom for his electric-car company. Musk added $4.7 billion to his fortune on Monday, when Tesla’s share price surged nearly 20 percent to close at a new high of $780, according to Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index. His wealth has ballooned by a total of $13.5 billion, or 48.9 percent, since the start of the year — an increase larger than anyone else on Bloomberg’s list of the world’s richest people. ALSO READ: Nigeria now ... more
  • 2 weeks Coronavirus: LG pulls out of Mobile World Congress Vanguard
    LG Electronics has become the first major technology company to pull out of the 2020 Mobile World Congress (MWC) over concerns about the coronavirus outbreak. The technology convention is due to take place in Barcelona at the end of this month and is one of the largest events in the industry calendar. ALSO READ: WHO convening experts on drugs, vaccines to set coronavirus research agenda LG said it would instead hold separate events in the near future to announce its latest gadgets. “LG Electronics is closely monitoring the situation related to the novel coronavirus outbreak, which was recently declared a ... more
  • 2 weeks Bayelsa council chief appoints 118-year-old woman as special adviser Vanguard
    The vice-chairman of Kolokuma/Opokuma local government area of Bayelsa State, Brian Wotari, has appointed an 118-year-old woman, Omonigbalebo Dani Orogono, as his “special adviser on elder matters.” Orogono’s appointment was contained in a letter dated February 4, 2020, and signed by Bedford Ineye, one of the vice-chairman’s aides. READ ALSO: Photos: Trailer crushes Keke NAPEP driver, 3 others to death in Bayelsa “It is my pleasure to inform you that you have been appointed as Special Adviser on Elder Matters to the Vice-Chairman, Kolokuma/Opokuma LGA,” the letter read. “Your appointment is with immediate effect. Congratulations and accept ... more
  • 2 weeks Nigeria, 5 other African countries can diagnose Coronavirus — WHO Vanguard
    Test kits being sent to 29 labs By Sola Ogundipe There are currently six laboratories in Africa with  capacity to diagnose the novel coronavirus. The laboratories are in Nigeria, Ghana,  Madagascar, Sierra Leone, Senegal, and  South Africa. Disclosing this during a media briefing on novel coronavirus preparedness in Africa, the  World Health Organisation, WHO, confirmed that more laboratories in the Africa region are upgrading their diagnostic capacity. The WHO said while there are no confirmed cases of new coronavirus reported in the African region,  the  2019-nCoV is high risk for some African countries, because of close ties with China, ... more
  • 2 weeks WAR: Bandits fire on Police helicopter, lose 250 members in Kaduna Vanguard
    Special Operatives of Operation Puff Adder of the Nigeria Police backed by the Special Forces of the Police Airwing, in a daring offensive operation, stormed one of the largest operational camps of the Ansaru Terror Group (also housing other bandits and kidnappers) located in Kuduru Forest, Birnin Gwari, Kaduna State and successfully neutralized over 250 high-profile members of the Ansaru Terror Group. The operation which commenced in the early hours of today, 5th February, 2020, according to Frank Mba, police spokesman, was carried out by a combined team of operatives of Operation Puff Adder made up of the Police Mobile ... more
  • 2 weeks Neymar: Mbappe can become one of the best players in history Vanguard
    Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar has a great relationship with teammate Kylian Mbappe and he has tipped the 21-year-old to become one of the best players to have ever played. In Mbappe’s short career to this point, he has already played a key role in Monaco lifting the Ligue 1 title before going on to lift more silverware with PSG, while he also helped lead France to World Cup glory in 2018. ALSO READ: Premier League Chief Executive admits VAR needs improvement “Kylian is a phenomenon,” Neymar told”He has the potential to become one of the best players in history.”To ... more
  • 2 weeks Rivers gov’t to impound broken down, indiscriminately parked trucks Vanguard
    By Egufe Yafugborhi, Port-Harcourt Rivers State Governments has said it would start impounding fuel tankers found broken down or indiscriminately parked in Port Harcourt and environs. The state Commissioner for Transport, Sam Soni Ejekwu, who declared the new order in Port Harcourt Wednesday during an interactive session with the leadership of the tanker drivers, gave the truck owners seven days to free the roads of all trucks so affected. Successive administration in Rivers have been unable to tackle the nuisance and hardship posed to other road users by tanker drivers who park indiscriminately on roads leading to major fuel ... more
  • 2 weeks We’re committed to 70% broadband penetration by 2025 – Pantami Vanguard
    …Promises to Addressed All Challenges Before 2023 By Emmanuel Elebeke The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) has reiterated government’s commitment to realize a minimum of 70% Broadband Penetration in Nigeria by 2025. He stated this on during the visit of Phase 3 Telecoms Limited led by its Executive Chairman Mr. Stanley Jegede at the Ministry’s Headquarters in Abuja. The Minister said that Digital Economy Policy and Strategy for digital Nigeria cannot be achieved without Broadband penetration in the country. “Whatever we do we relied so much on broadband penetration. That is why any ... more
  • 2 weeks Court of Appeal upholds ICPC Board nominee’s 12-year jail term Vanguard
    ICPC spokesperson, Mrs. Rasheedat A. Okoduwa The Court of Appeal sitting in Ilorin, Kwara State, has upheld a High Court judgement which jailed Dr. Saadu Alanamu, former Chairman of the Governing Council of Kwara State Polytechnic, for 12 years. In a statement, Wednesday, spokesperson for the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, Rasheedat Okoduwa, the commission said Alanamu was nominated into its Board in 2017, but dropped over an allegation of corruption. It added that Alanamu had been found guilty of collecting N5m bribe from a contractor, Salman Sulaiman, reward for the award of a contract ... more
  • 2 weeks Two serving NYSC members to tie knot Friday Vanguard
    By Bashir Bello – Kano Kano State National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) is about to witness historic moment as two serving Corp members are set to tie the knot on Friday in the state. The duo of Mohammed Alhaji-Musa (a native of Afo from Nassarawa state) and Hauwa Yahaya-Bagudu (a native of Nupe from Niger State), both 2019 Batch ‘A’ corps members met each other on camp during the three weeks orientation course and were attracted to each other leading into marriage. The State Coordinator, Malam Ladan Baba who confirmed the development to newsmen in the state, said the ... more
  • 2 weeks [ICYMI] VIDEO: Nancy Pelosi rips up copy of Trump’s State of union address Vanguard
    As President Donald Trump finished his State of the Union Address on Tuesday night, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was seen ripping up a copy of the President’s speech. .@SpeakerPelosi tears up of State of the Union speech.#SOTU #SOTU2020 — CSPAN (@cspan) February 5, 2020 Asked immediately after Trump’s speech why she tore up the transcript, Pelosi told reporters: “Because it was the courteous thing to do,” adding that it was “the courteous thing to do considering the alternative.” It isn’t clear what she meant by an “alternative.” READ ALSO: Trump to deliver victorious ... more
  • 2 weeks ICYMI: Demons truly give money to ritualists — Olalekan, cleric Vanguard
    Alhaji Junaid Yunus Olalekan, lslamic cleric and social analyst, speaks on money rituals.
    Alhaji Junaid Yunus Olalekan What is your take on the view that African traditional religion may die as Christianity and Islam flourish? African traditional religion is as multifaceted as the population of Africans. I don’t think that it will die as soon as it is being envisaged. Rather, it will continue to hide under Islam and Christianity. In actual fact, most Africans are still believers in traditional voodooism rather than Islam and Christianity. They just prefer to wear the garment and facade of Islam and Christianity ... more
  • 2 weeks Premier League Chief Executive admits VAR needs improvement Vanguard
    The Premier League’s chief executive Richard Masters has accepted that the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) ‘needs improvement,’ ​but insists that this season and the next will be a “work in progress”. While VAR has had some obvious success since its introduction to English football, there have been plenty of controversial and contentious rulings, leading to an inevitable increase in frustration regarding the system and the use of it. It was ​recently revealed which teams have benefited the most from the introduction of VAR surrounding key decisions. Despite the growing irritation, 82 percent of the 1,419 supporters that took part ... more
  • 2 weeks Omo-Agege condemns killing of Catholic seminarian Vanguard
    Deputy President of The Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege *** Calls for Overhauling of Nigeria’s Security Architecture By Henry Umoru DEPUTY President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo Agege, All Progressives Congress, APC, Delta Central, yesterday condemned in very strong terms, the killing of a Catholic seminarian in Kaduna, just as he vowed that the National Assembly will work with the Executive to resolve the security challenges confronting the country. Also read: SHOCKER!! Catholic Bishop of Nsukka diocese ‘Igwebuike Onah’ spotted on a bike Omo- Agege who spoke yesterday in Abuja when he played host to the alumni ... more
  • 2 weeks Boko Haram: PDP hits Buhari over 90 per cent Muslim casualty claim Vanguard
    President Muhammadu Buhari Urges him to apologise to Nigerians By Dirisu Yakubu The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has described President Muhammadu Buhari’s remark that the bulk of the victims of the dreaded fundamentalist sect, Boko Haram are Muslims, as divisive statement capable of endangering peace in the land. Writing as a guest opinion columnist for Christianity Today, President Buhari had said: “It is the reality that some 90 per cent of all Boko Haram’s victims have been Muslims. They include a copycat abduction of over 100 Muslim schoolgirls, along with their single Christian classmate; shootings inside mosques, and the ... more
  • 2 weeks Army can’t prevent Nnamdi Kanu, members from attending parent’s burial — IPOB Vanguard
    A protestor gestures as he takes part in a demonstration in Durban, South Africa, on May 30, 2019 during a Freedom March for Biafra held worldwide and organised by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to mark the anniversary of the unilateral declaration of independence in 1967 that sparked a brutal 30-month civil war in Nigeria. (Photo AFP) By Chimaobi Nwaiwu Nnewi The Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB, yesterday said no amount of intimidation and harassment by the Nigerian Army and other security agencies will prevent its members from going to pay the last homage to the deceased parents ... more
  • 2 weeks Oil jumps 3% on reports of effective coronavirus drug Vanguard
    Oil prices jumped by more than 3% on Wednesday on media reports that scientists have developed a drug against the fast-spreading coronavirus that continued to weigh heavily on global economic activity. News that the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its producer allies are considering further output cuts to counter a potential squeeze on global oil demand further supported that had collapsed by more than 20% since early January. ALSO READ: Breaking: Declare State of Emergency on security, NSCIA tells Buhari Both Brent crude oil futures and U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude jumped by more than 3% ... more
  • 2 weeks Coronavirus: Lawmaker wants special funding to contain disease outbreaks Vanguard
    Sen. Ibrahim Oloriegbe,  Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, has advocated for a special fund to prevent and contain disease outbreaks in the country. Oloriegbe stated this on Wednesday in Abuja at a stakeholders breakfast meeting on the role of the legislature in funding epidemic preparedness in Nigeria, organised by Nigeria Health Watch, a Non-governmental Advocacy Organisation. He suggested that the special fund be sourced from both the public and private sectors. He said the fund should be made mandatory through legislation. READ ALSO: Coronavirus: WHO supports FG effort to scale up preparedness “This fund should be referenced through legislation where ... more
  • 2 weeks PDP youths tackle Ayade over councils’ chairmen Vanguard
    By Dirisu Yakubu & Alice Ekpang – Abuja A youth group of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Cross Rivers state chapter, on Wednesday, besieged the party’s national secretariat, Abuja in protest against what they called the imposition of local government chairmen and vice-chairmen by the state governor, Professor Ben Ayade. The group under the auspices of Yala Political Development Forum led by the President, Ogar Joseph Odey accused the governor of handpicking the chairmen and vice-chairmen of the local governments without resorting to the constitutional mode of conducting primary elections, adding that if valid primaries were not conducted across ... more
  • 2 weeks ICYMI: Nigeria will repay Abacha’s loot if stolen again ― US Vanguard
    Abacha The United States said on Tuesday the soon to be repatriated $308million recovered from the family of the late maximum ruler, Gen. Sani Abacha, must be placed in a secured account by the Nigerian government. Washington said the Federal Government would be required to replace the fund if it is stolen from the account. The Spokesperson for the US State Department, Morgan Ortagus, said in a statement that this was one of the agreements reached between the US, Nigeria and the Island of Jersey where the funds are being kept. The US said the arrangement was consistent with ... more
  • 2 weeks Eat the poor to save Nigeria Vanguard
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    Nigerian Flag By David Hundeyin I was at an old friend’s wedding on Saturday, which doubled as a school reunion of sorts. There I ran into people that I had not seen in more than 12 years and we immediately started gossipping about our friends and schoolmates who were not present. I quickly clocked that the number one reason for their absence was being based outside Nigeria. Of the entire Grange School class of 2006, we could identify three, maybe four of us who were actually in Nigeria, out of a graduating set of 40. ... more
  • 2 weeks Boxing: I’ll take Deontay Wilder out ― Tyson Fury Vanguard
    Tyson Fury Tyson Fury believes that he physically hurt WBC heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder, several times in their first meeting back in December of 2018 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Fury will challenge Wilder for a second time on February 22nd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. For the rematch, Fury had made a lot of changes to his team – including a new head trainer. ALSO READ: Ejide: I’m ready to solve Nigeria’s goalkeeping problem After five fights together, Fury made a decision to replace head trainer Ben Davison. Their relationship began in late 2017 ... more
  • 2 weeks Driver docked over alleged theft of N16m truck Vanguard
    A 33-year-old truck driver, Koker Ehieni, who allegedly stole and damaged his employer’s truck worth N16 million, was on Wednesday arraigned at the Igbosere Magistrates’ Court, Lagos. Ehieni, whose residential address was not given, is standing trial on a three-count charge of unlawful damage and stealing. The police prosecutor, Mr. C. C. Onwumere, told the court that the defendant committed the offences on January 19, at Alausa, Ikeja in Lagos. He said the defendant unlawfully damaged the truck with registration number AGL 556 XR, belonging to the complainant, one Kingsley Ukwu. Onwumere said the defendant stole the truck but ... more
  • 2 weeks NPFL: Rangers International plot Lobi stars fall in Makurdi Vanguard
    Rangers International Football Club of Enugu coach Salisu Yusuf has said that the club have perfected plans to get a decent result against Lobi Stars FC of Markudi. Lobi Stars FC will be hosting Rangers FC in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) rescheduled matchday six today in Markudi. “We have prepared well, induced the player with what they need to know and what is expected of them in the match. ALSO READ: African players in Europe: Salah double moves Liverpool closer to title “Though, this match is like a derby because Lobi Stars FC coach worked with Rangers ... more
  • 2 weeks Ejide: I’m ready to solve Nigeria’s goalkeeping problem Vanguard
    Goalkeeper Austin Ejide said he is in the best form of his career as he began his bid for a Nigeria recall six years after his last appearance. Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr is facing something of a goalkeeping puzzle ahead of March’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Sierra Leon. First-choice Francis Uzoho is out of action for a lengthy period with a knee injury, while South Africa-based Daniel Akpeyi despite being the most experienced keeper playing at the moment has struggled to convince fans he is the natural replacement. Others in line include Ikechukwu Ezenwa, who ... more
  • 2 weeks Ighalo took pay cut to sign for ‘dream club’ Man Utd Vanguard
    Ighalo Lifelong Manchester United fan Odion Ighalo said he had no hesitation in taking a pay cut to complete his dream deadline-day switch to Old Trafford, enduring a sleepless night as the deal was hammered out. United were already short in attack following the summer departures of Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku and a back injury sustained by Marcus Rashford, making a reinforcement during the January transfer window of crucial importance to the Old Trafford club. United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looked at a variety of options and eventually completed a late loan deal for ex-Watford striker Ighalo, who ... more
  • 2 weeks More videos/photos: Okada dealers, riders, miscreants clash with police in Lagos Vanguard
    Hell was let loose in the early hours of Wednesday, in Iyana-Ipaja area of the state when dealers of motorcycles, popularly called “Okada,” riders and miscreants, known as “Area Boys,” engaged the police in a violent confrontation over enforcement of the recent ban by state government on Okada and others. See videos and photos below: The post More videos/photos: Okada dealers, riders, miscreants clash with police in Lagos appeared first on Vanguard News. ... more
  • 2 weeks Senate gives MDAs two weeks to defend Buhari’s loan request Vanguard
    The Senate has given Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government a two-week window period to appear before the Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts to defend President Muhammadu Buhari’s loan request presently before the National Assembly. The call on MDAs to appear before the Panel was made by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, following a point of order raised on the floor by the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Clifford Ordia (PDP – Edo Central). Coming under Order 43 of the Senate Rules, Ordia bemoaned the failure of relevant Ministries and Agencies of government to appear before the ... more
  • 2 weeks Delta licenses 15,000 teachers in TRCN roll- Commissioner Vanguard
    The Delta State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr Patrick Ukah, said that the state had licensed 15,000 teachers out of 45,000 that registered with the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN). Ukah, who said this in a statement on Wednesday, expressed satisfaction that Delta State was rated as one of the highest in the country in the area of compliance. According to him, the state will continue to sustain its lead in compliance by ensuring that more teachers registered with the council. READ ALSO:Hours after NECO cleared him, Ifeanyi Ubah says he wasn’t given fair-hearing He ... more
  • 2 weeks Community policing: Plateau Govt. to strengthen Operation Rainbow Vanguard
    Chairman, Northern Governors’ Forum and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong Plateau Government says it will strengthen the state’s security outfit, Operation Rainbow, preparatory to the commencement of community policing in the state, according to a Communique issued by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Danladi Atu. The communique was issued in Jos at the end of a peace and security community dialogue with the theme: ‘Domestication of Community Policing in Plateau State Exploring the Indigenous Options’. READ ALSO:Lagos demolishes illegal structures, impounds cars, convicts 4 Recall that operation rainbow, a home grown security outfit, was established in ... more
  • 2 weeks VIDEO: Iyana-Ipaja boils as Okada dealers, riders, miscreants clash with police Vanguard By Olasunkanmi Akoni Hell was let loose in the early hours of Wednesday, in Iyana-Ipaja area of the state when dealers of motorcycles, popularly called “Okada,” riders and miscreants, known as “Area Boys,” engaged the police in a violent confrontation over enforcement of the recent ban by state government on Okada and others. The situation which led to commotion and destruction of properties was said to have started around, which also resulted into traffic jam as motorists were caught in the clash. Several vehicles were smashed and shops looted by miscreants who seized the opportunity to loot ... more
  • 2 weeks Buhari greets AfDB President, Adesina, at 60 Vanguard
    Buhari and Adeshina  President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Akinwumi Adesina, on the joyous occasion of his 60th birthday on Feb. 6, 2020. The president, in a congratulatory message by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Wednesday, extended good wishes and prayers of Nigerians for longer life and greater heights. President Buhari joined staff, directors of the Bank and affiliated multilateral institutions in celebrating the milestone and innumerable contributions of the former Minister of Agriculture and Rural development in Nigeria, to Africa and the global ... more
  • 2 weeks Many dead after two avalanches strike in Turkey, killing rescuers Vanguard
    At least 20 people have been killed after two avalanches struck in Turkey. Many are feared to have been buried under the snow, while eight rescue workers have also died in Van, a mayor said. According to Metro UK, the emergency services were called to a highway near the mountain-surrounded town of Bahcesehir, in Van province, which borders Iran, after an avalanche struck late Tuesday. READ ALSO: Thousands stranded on cruise ships as Coronavirus deaths near 500 The first avalanche buried a snow-clearing vehicle and a minibus, killing five people and leaving two others missing. The vehicle’s operator ... more
  • 2 weeks No going back on okada, keke ban ― Sanwo-Olu Vanguard
    Sanwo-Olu The Lagos State Government says it will not reverse the ongoing enforcement of its Transport Sector Reform Law of 2018, which restricts the operations of commercial motorcycles, popularly known as Okada and tricycles, popularly known as Keke NAPEP in 15 local councils across the state. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said this on Tuesday while speaking at the official launch of commercial operations in water transportation by Lagos Ferry Services (LAGFERRY) at an event held at Badore Ferry Terminal in Ajah. The governor said the state government would not give in to the “blackmail and uninformed criticism” of its ... more
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