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  • 1 day Helicopter pilot in Bryant crash had FAA violation in 2015 Vanguard
    This undated file photo provided by Group 3 Aviation shows helicopter pilot Ara Zobayan standing outside a helicopter, at a location not provided. PHOTO: AP The pilot of a helicopter that crashed into a Southern California hillside, killing Kobe Bryant and eight others, was reprimanded five years ago for flying without permission into airspace while he had reduced visibility, according to a Federal Aviation Administration enforcement record. Ara Zobayan was counselled by an FAA investigator after he violated FAA rules by crossing into busy airspace near Los Angeles International Airport on May 11, 2015, according to the record, which ... more
  • 1 day Haaland’s 12th goal in eight games moves Dortmund to second in win over Bremen Vanguard
    Borussia Dortmund earned a hard-fought 2-0 win away to Werder Bremen on Saturday afternoon, with Erling Haaland once again starring for his side. Werder Bremen started the clash brightly as they looked to peg the away side back, but Dortmund began to grow into the contest. However, while BVB saw as much as 60% of the ball in the first half, they struggled to create any real openings. Omer Toprak wasted a glorious opportunity for the hosts midway through the first half, poking wide from a free-kick, and both teams went into the break goalless despite Bremen causing ​Dortmund ... more
  • 1 day Creator of LEGO figure dead at 78 Vanguard
    Jens Nygaard Knudsen, who designed the iconic Lego minifigure with interchangeable legs and torsos, has died while in hospice care from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), his former colleague said Saturday. The 78-year old former designer passed away on Wednesday at a hospice centre where he had stayed for a week, according to Lego designer Niels Milan Pedersen, a former colleague for Nygaard Knudsen. “His imagination was so fantastic. If we had a brainstorm it was more like a brain hurricane, because he had so many ideas,”Milan Pedersen told AFP. Nygaard Knudsen, who died at the Anker Fjord Hospice outside ... more
  • 1 day Oyo govt. warns against unauthorised road closure Vanguard
    Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde The Oyo State Government has warned worship houses, event planners and centres as well as clubs to desist from indiscriminate closure of public roads. This was contained in a statement issued in Ibadan on Saturday by the State Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism. The statement qouted Dr Akin Fagbemi, the Chairman of Oyo State Road Transport Management Authority (OYRTMA), as giving the warning when he led a team to monitor authorised blockade of roads for social events across the state. Fagbemi said the Seyi Makinde administration frowns at the disregard to extant laws ... more
  • 1 day Milan fashion week carries on despite virus proximity Vanguard
    Guests wait for the start of the “China, We are With You” fashion show from Chinese designer Han Wen, who is based in New York, kicking off the fashion week in Milan on February 18, 2020. – Milan Fashion Week kicks off on February 18, but coronavirus proves to damper the celebration of fashion and business, with thousands of Chinese designers, buyers and journalists abandoning the trip. (Photo by Andreas SOLARO / AFP) It was business as usual Saturday for Milan Fashion Week despite a clutch of coronavirus cases including two fatalities near the northern venue. Barely 60 kilometres ... more
  • 1 day Ondo PDP elects Alabere as deputy chairman Vanguard
    Peoples Democratic Party Mr Tola Alabere,  a former Senatorial Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo South, has emerged the state’s deputy chairman of the party in the state. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that he emerged unopposed at the Ondo South PDP Congress held at the party’s Secretariat in Igbokoda, Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State. NAN reports that Alabere hails from Ugbo community under Constituency I of Ilaje council area. He emerged the winnner through a unanimous decision of party leaders at the congress following the zoning of the post to Ilaje ... more
  • 1 day Don’t use God’s name to cajole people into marriage ⁠— Cleric Vanguard
    Rev. Samuel Adedayo, a cleric at the Evangelical Church Winning All in Ilorin, has admonished young ladies to beware of men who use the name of God to lure them into marriages that is against their will. Adedayo gave the advice at a seminar for singles and the married organised by Christ Foundation Bible Church in Ilorin on Saturday. He said that most men who approach a lady in the name of God are mostly not confident of themselves gave the warning. He said that it is natural for a man to see, admire and approach a lady to ... more
  • 1 day Kaduna govt confirms new case of Lassa fever Vanguard
    Lassa fever The Kaduna State Ministry of Health on Saturday said it has recorded successfully treated two lassa fever victims out of the eight confirmed cases on admission in hospitals. The government, however, a 40-year-old man confirmed to be carrying the disease on at the ABUTH, Zaria, is now receiving treatment at the Infectious Deseases Control  Centre. The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Amina Mohammed-Baloni, said in a statement on Saturday in Kaduna that four of the patients had died. She explained that only eight out of the 74 suspected cases reported from Jan. 22, were confirmed to have ... more
  • 2 days Fintiri urges traditional rulers to mobilise subjects for self-help projects Vanguard
    Gov Fintiri Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa has tasked traditional rulers in the state to do more in mobilising their subjects to engage in economic ventures and self-help projects. Fintiri made the call Saturday in Guyuk, headquarters of Guyuk LGA at the installation and presentation of 1st class staff of office to Mr. Kuruhaye Dishon II as the new Kwandi Nungurya of Lunguda Chiefdom. Fintiri said by engaging the people in such meaningful measures the traditional institution would complement the government’s effort, particularly at the grassroots level. “As custodian of our culture, traditional rulers must learn to play a ... more
  • 2 days Israeli forces kill suspect armed with knife in Jerusalem ―Police Vanguard
    Israeli forces shot and killed a suspect in Jerusalem’s annexed Old City Saturday after he approached officers posted near one of the gates armed with a knife, police said. “At approximately, 11 am a terrorist approached border police officers at Lion’s Gate armed with a knife. He ran towards them,” a police statement said. “Police responded by calling upon the terrorist to stop. He continued to approach them and they responded again by shooting the terrorist to prevent any further danger. The terrorist was shot and killed.” A woman in the area was “injured lightly by shrapnel” and taken ... more
  • 2 days Togo goes to polls as president seeks likely fourth term Vanguard
    People wait to cast their votes in the presidential election in Lome, Togo, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. PHOTO: AFP Togo went to the polls Saturday in an election widely expected to see President Faure Gnassingbe claim a fourth term in power and extend his family’s half-century domination of the West African nation. The incumbent, 53, has led the country of eight million people since 2005 following the death of his father Gnassingbe Eyadema, who ruled with an iron fist for 38 years. The head of state has travelled to the north of the country to vote in Kara, whence ... more
  • 2 days Klopp explains why Man United should not be blamed over Haaland Vanguard
    Jurgen Klopp has explained why not even Liverpool would have stood a chance of signing Erling Haaland. Haaland joined Dortmund from Salzburg for around £18million in January and has made an immediate impact in Germany. The teenager has been an awkward, clumsy force of nature, scoring 11 goals in his first seven Dortmund games. ALSO READ: Lassa fever: What makes Lagos a bad case That has led to criticism of Manchester United, who were one of the main contenders to sign Haaland this winter but reportedly pulled out of a potential deal due to a reluctance to negotiate with agent ... more
  • 2 days Lampard puts VAR in dock after Lo Celso gets away with ‘leg breaker’ Vanguard
    Frank Lampard blasted VAR on Saturday after Tottenham midfielder Giovani Lo Celso was not sent off for a “leg breaker” stamp on Cesar Azpilicueta in Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Spurs. Blues boss Lampard was furious that Lo Celso’s ugly second-half foul on Chelsea captain Azpilicueta was not punished with a red card by either referee Michael Oliver or VAR official David Coote in Stockley Park. The VAR review concluded the challenge was not serious foul play, which would have triggered a dismissal but replays made it clear that was the wrong call. The row came just days after Manchester ... more
  • 2 days VJ Adams, Lyta to headline The Connect Party in Ilorin Vanguard
    VJ Adams By Ayo Onikoyi The city of Ilorin, as well as Kwara State in general, is getting ready for The Connect Party, a new event series scheduled to hold on Sunday which will serve to unite lovers of entertainment in the state and beyond. The event which continues to rouse the anticipation of many in Ilorin and beyond will be graced by some of the biggest acts in the entertainment industry, with popular On-Air Personality and entertainer VJ Adams and music acts such as Lyta and Picazo among those listed on the performance roaster. READ ALSO: One dies in ... more
  • 2 days Three persons, houses, burnt as petrol tanker explodes in Ogun Vanguard
    James Ogunnaike – Abeokuta At least three persons including a woman, her daughter and a vulcanizer on Friday suffered varying degrees of burns following a petrol-laden tanker, which fell and exploded at Ijaiye-Tutun, Alamala Barracks in Abeokuta North local government area of Ogun State. The victims were rushed to Federal Medical Center, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta for medical attention. She identified the victims as Ashimiyu Otunba (vulcanizer), the woman as Risikatu Otunba and the daughter whose name could not be ascertained as of the time of filing this report. READ ALSO: Apple’s newest iPhone might arrive as soon as next month About ... more
  • 2 days Guardiola suggest longer stay at ‘exceptional’ Man City Vanguard
    Pep Guardiola has not ruled out signing a new long-term contract at Manchester City. City boss Guardiola insisted earlier in the week he would stay and “fight” for the club even if their two-year ban from European football is upheld. The 49-year-old Spaniard said he expected to talk with City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak about his future “at the end of the season, or in the middle of next season, and we will see”. ALSO READ: Pep insists City stars ‘completely committed’ amid Sterling rumours “My happiness. I’m looking for my happiness, that’s the only thing I’m looking for,” ... more
  • 2 days Forensic Sketch Art: Using art to solve crimes Vanguard
    By Avril Eyewu-Edero In 2015, I was called to help with a homicide case of a 70-year-old man that had just returned from Ireland three days before he was murdered in his home in Amuwo Odofin area of Lagos state. The greatest challenge the investigation team had was finding the suspected killer, the Security guard that had only been employed two weeks before the murder. Soon after the incident, he was seen fleeing the scene. Unfortunately, when the security guard, who claimed that he was from the Niger republic was employed, his details including a picture of him wasn’t ... more
  • 2 days Is this a stunt or has social media humbled Gloria Osei? Vanguard
    Gloria Osei (her Twitter DP) Gloria Osei is trending on Twitter. But not as the fire-spitting devil-may-care daring capitalist we are familiar with. That one would say “I refuse to be silent. I have dealt with… an E-mob determined to E-lynch me. The last thing I will do is hide in fear and keep quiet. “They say silence is the best answer for a fool, but in situations where the foolish is the majority, it is always best to use your voice…. Don’t let fools be your narrator…this is the best you would get from me. An insult-laden tirade.” ... more
  • 2 days Bimbo Manuel’s ‘Alhaji’ examines erectile dysfunction Vanguard
    By Ayo Onikoyi Alhaji, a stage play by Nollywood veteran, Bimbo Manuel, is themed around the rarely discussed issue of how erectile dysfunction affects men. In the play, Alhaji, the main character, played by Yinka Akanbi, finds he suffers from this ailment and is unable to discuss his medical problem with his three wives or anybody at all for fear of losing face. READ ALSO: Harry and Meghan to stop using ‘royal’ brand Bimbo Manuel, the writer of the play, says  Alhaji is a conversation about a serious matter, inviting enthusiasts to come and have a good time at ... more
  • 2 days Pickford has personality to brush off criticism, says Ancelotti Vanguard
    Carlo Ancelotti Carlo Ancelotti believes Everton and England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has the personality to shrug off the recent criticism of his performances. Pickford’s mistake, letting Christian Benteke’s equaliser slip under him, in the 3-1 win over Crystal Palace put the focus back on his individual form after a mixed 18 months. The England number one was criticised by former player turned pundit Gary Neville in September for laughing when 3-1 down to Manchester City, while others have scrutinised Pickford over other perceived failings. However, the 25-year-old has received the backing of his manager ahead of Sunday’s game at ... more
  • 2 days Why Rohr’s Eagles can’t play beyond their level ― Ben Iroha Vanguard
    Today we serve you the concluding part of the interview we had with former Nigeria international, Ben Iroha. He spoke on his experiences as a coach with the various national teams and what can make Nigeria football great gain. Iroha spoke with Weekend Editor Onochie Anibeze and Deputy Sports Editor, Jacob Ajom. Excerpts
    Nigerian players pose for the official team picture, 24 June at the Stadium in Toulouse, south of France, before their 1998 Soccer World Cup third Group D first-round match against Paraguay. (Standing from top left: Kanu, Sunday Oliseh, Taribo West, Peter Rufai, Uche Okafor, Rashidi ... more
  • 2 days Iran reports fifth coronavirus death, most outside Far East Vanguard
    File Photo Iran on Saturday ordered the closure of schools and universities in two cities hit by a coronavirus outbreak that has killed five people in the Islamic republic — the most outside the Far East. The move came as Iranian authorities reported one more death among 10 new cases of the virus. Since it emerged in December, the new coronavirus has killed 2,345 people in China, the epicentre of the epidemic, and 16 elsewhere in the world. The COVID-19 outbreak in Iran first surfaced on Wednesday, when authorities said it claimed the lives of two elderly people in ... more
  • 2 days South Sudan rebel leader Machar sworn in as vice president Vanguard
    South Sudan rivals Salva Kiir (left) and opposition leader Riek Machar at talks last year which have finally produced a new government. PHOTO: AFP South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar was sworn in as first vice president on Saturday, formally rejoining the government in the latest bid to bring peace to a nation ravaged by war. President Salva Kiir hailed the “official ending of war” and said peace was now “irreversible” as the new unity government was formed after more than a year of delays and bickering over crucial issues. It is the third time that bitter foes Machar ... more
  • 2 days Why I delayed Krizbeatz’s second album — AMEEN Vanguard
    By Ayo Onikoyi As fans continued to query the delay of the release of Krizbeatz’s second studio album which has been the talk of the town for months, his manager and PR executive, Oyin Ameen has given reasons for the postponement. Ameen, who oversees the new project disclosed that Krizbeatz worked hard on the new project and that rushing its release may hamper the success of the project as visuals are needed to enhance the message of the songs. “We have been recording the album since 2018. We have many of the biggest artistes on the continent on the ... more
  • 2 days Kogi Assembly advocates joint security operation to curb spate of kidnapping Vanguard
    Kogi-Assembly Kogi House of Assembly has decried the spate of kidnapping and armed robbery on the state highways and called on the state government to set up a joint security taskforce to check the menace. The House made the call at plenary on Friday in Lokoja, following the adoption of a motion on a matter of urgent public importance raised by Kilani Olumo (APC-Ijumu) on the high rate of kidnapping on Kabba-Obajana road. Olumo had told the House that the fear of kidnappers was now the beginning of wisdom for most travelers plying the road in that axis and ... more
  • 2 days Giroud, Alonso back in favour as Chelsea sink Spurs Vanguard
    Chelsea’s French striker Olivier Giroud (C) celebrates after he scores his team’s first goal during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge in London on February 22 2020. (Photo by Ian KINGTON / AFP)  Olivier Giroud and Marcos Alonso came in from the cold to inspire Chelsea’s 2-1 win against Tottenham as the Blues cemented their grip on fourth place in the Premier League on Saturday. Giroud and Alonso had been reduced to fringe figures in Frank Lampard’s first season as Chelsea manager. But Lampard restored both veterans to the team at ... more
  • 2 days Para-Powerlifting Federation: Why I resigned ― Queen Oboh Vanguard
    It was a bombshell. Nobody, not even board members of the Para-Powerlifting Federation foresaw what their President, Queen Oboh had off her sleeves, as events of the 2020 World Championship were drawing to a close at the International Conference Centre, Abuja. Starting from the successful hosting of the world championships which the federation attracted a lot of commendation, the President shocked the packed hall with the announcement of her resignation as President of the sporting body. Efforts by journalists to speak to the President on the reasons behind her resignation were unsuccessful then as officials of the body denied ... more
  • 2 days Pickford has personality to move on from criticism — Ancelotti Vanguard
    Carlo Ancelotti believes Everton and England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has the personality to shrug off the recent criticism of his performances. Pickford’s mistake, letting Christian Benteke’s equaliser slip under him, in the 3-1 win over Crystal Palace put the focus back on his individual form after a mixed 18 months. The England number one was criticised by former player turned pundit Gary Neville in September for laughing when 3-1 down to Manchester City, while others have scrutinised Pickford over other perceived failings. However, the 25-year-old has received the backing of his manager ahead of Sunday’s game at Arsenal as ... more
  • 2 days RCCG extends assistance to over 50 widows of policemen in Sokoto Vanguard
    The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Sokoto Province, Region 18, on Saturday extended food assistance to more than 50 widows of Policemen who lost their lives in service. The widows, who are resident in Sokoto State even after the death of their spouses, were each supported with 4kg bag of rice and cooking ingredients by the RCCG. Presenting the items at the Sokoto Metro Area Command, the RCCG Pastor, Mr. Oluwabunmi Isiaka, said that the aim was to appreciate the sacrifices the slain officers made in safeguarding citizens. “We are here today to share with you the sorrows of ... more
  • 2 days Service chiefs would have resigned in civilised society ― Ango Abdullahi Vanguard
    Prof Ango Abdullahi Top member of the Northern Elders Forum, Professor Ango Abdullahi, has submitted that with the growing security challenges in the country, the service chiefs, in a saner clime would have thrown in the towel. In an interview with Vanguard where he spoke about security anomalies in Nigeria, Professor Abdullahi explained that the summit, which brought Afenifere, Ohaneaze and PANDEF together in Abuja was part of a restructuring process. “We (the north) are not afraid of restructuring. I coordinated Ohanaeze, Afenifere and PANDEF in three summits in Abuja, it is part of the restructuring. We are not ... more
  • 2 days Kebbi govt. restates commitment to creating more jobs, wealth Vanguard
    Kebbi State Government has restated its commitment to creating more jobs and wealth through partnership, investment and industrialisation in the state. The State Commissioner of Information and Culture, Alhaji Mamuda Mahmud-Warra, stated this when he led journalists on an inspection visit to GB Food Tomato Factory, Gafara Village in Ngaski Local Government Area (LGA), of the state on Saturday. Mahmud-Warra explained that the inspection was part of efforts at publicising some of the development projects of the Gov. Atiku Bagudu-led administration. “As you can see, this is a modern tomato factory, the first of its kind in Africa, established in ... more
  • 2 days Adamawa lawmaker trains youths on entrepreneurship, leadership principles Vanguard
    No fewer than 50 Youths from Adamawa South Senatorial District, have been trained on entrepreneurship and leadership development in the state. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the training was initiated and organised by Sen. Binos Yaroe, representing Adamawa South Senatorial District in the senate. Speaking at the closing ceremony of the training in Numan on Saturday, Yaroe, said the aim of the programme was to empower youths with knowledge on good leadership and entrepreneurship skills. “The Programme is designed to teach five each selected youths from nine Local Government Areas (LGAs), of the district. “The training is to ... more
  • 2 days Contraband: Border Patrol Team intercepts 52 trailers in Katsina Vanguard
    The Joint Border Drill Operation Sector 4, says it has arrested 52 trailers suspected to be conveying contraband from Niger Republic into the country. Its Coordinator, Alhaji Aliyu Mohammed, told newsmen in Katsina on Friday that the trailers would “go through scrutiny to verify their true contents”. “The trailers are carrying date palm and tiger nuts; the examination is to ensure that they have not concealed prohibited items,” Mohammed said. According to him, the vehicles were intercepted and arrested along Jibia axis, a border town in the state, one week ago. “You all know that we have a period ... more
  • 2 days IDP coordinator seeks assistance on feeding, education of inmates Vanguard
    Pst. Solomon Folorunsho, the Coordinator, Home for the Needy and the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp in Edo, has appealed for assistance from corporate organisations and philanthropists in tackling its feeding challenges. Folorusho made the appeal in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday at the IDP camp in Uhorgua, near Benin. He explained that though there were other challenges faced in the camp, feeding was the topmost challenge in the camp which presently has almost 4,000 inmates. He explained that in feeding the inmates the camp uses an average of 10 bags of garri and 15 ... more
  • 2 days Group calls for National Disability Commission Vanguard
    Persons Living with Disabilities (PLWDs) on Friday called on the Federal Government to establish the National Disability Commission (NDC) to help toward the realisation of the objectives of the National Disability Act. It will be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari signed the Act on January 17, 2019 with a provision to set up NDC as a regulatory agency to ensure compliance with the provisions of the Act. Mr Gab Nnamani, the President, Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities, Enugu State, made the call at the end of a three-day capacity building workshop for PLWDs on the “Use of Freedom ... more
  • 2 days LAPO equips 3,304 micro business owners with financial skills Vanguard
    *Supports rural farmers with N11bn By Moses Nosike For Lift Above Poverty Organization, LAPO, Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) are agents of economic growth, job generation and poverty reduction all over the world. In Nigeria, they are playing an important role in income distribution, employment and wealth creation. As a part of her contributions to the development of this vital sector of the economy, Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO) is engaged in the capacity development of microenterprise operators as well as supports the growth and development of their businesses. In 2019, 3,304 micro-entrepreneurs mostly women received lectures on ... more
  • 2 days Lagoon of death where Military personnel, doctor, others perished  Vanguard
    …Frustration made me take a dive – barren woman …Strange voices were asking me to plunge – survivor By Evelyn Usman Uneasy calm pervades the Gbagada home of the Daibos, whose son, Toju Davies, was reported to have plunged into the lagoon from the Third Mainland bridge in Lagos, last Saturday. Twenty-one-year-old Toju,  who had just completed his First degree study in Quantity Survey, from the University of Lagos, had ordered for uber  penultimate Saturday. However, midway into the journey, he was reported to have begged the driver to stop, on reaching the Third Mainland bridge, explaining that he ... more
  • 2 days Ecobank Nigeria to host regional trade forum 2020, reiterates Africa wide network advantage  Vanguard
      Lagos, February 21, 2020 –All is set for Ecobank Nigeria’s 2020 Regional Trade Forum in Lagos. The forum taking place in March will be a two-day event, providing the opportunity for exporters and importers within the African region to exhibit their products in a marketplace scenario with panel discussions by highly experienced and diversified stakeholders and leaders of thought in the industry. Ecobank Nigeria is a member of the Pan African banking group with unparalleled Africa wide Network Advantage across 33 countries catering for businesses and providing world-class trade services to its customers.  The Ecobank Group network has ... more
  • 2 days Stanbic IBTC set to share insights at Social Media Week Vanguard
    By Moses Nosike Experts from the leading end-to-end financial solutions provider, Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, a member of Standard Bank Group, will be sharing insights at the 2020 edition of the Social Media Week (SMW) in Lagos. The event is scheduled to hold at the Landmark Centre, Lagos, from Monday, February 24 to 28. SMW Lagos, heading into its eighth year in 2020, is a conference and festival of tech and innovation, where attendees learn how to leverage technology in order to harness opportunities in diverse sectors like agriculture, technology, and entertainment. The theme for this year’s edition of ... more
  • 2 days Zambia suspends collection of blood for HIV survey assessment after resistance from citizens Vanguard
    The Zambian government on Friday suspended an exercise to collect blood samples from citizens for an HIV assessment project after it received resistance from citizens. The Ministry of Health sent out its staff around some residential areas for a pilot phase assessment of the Zambia population-based HIV Impact Assessment Survey. But the health staff faced resistance due to the current security situation where people’s homes and public institutions were gassed and have instilled fear in citizens. READ ALSO: Uroye, 24 others push bill to protect HIV/AIDS patients The security situation is tense after unknown people started gassing people’s ... more
  • 2 days Pastor invited for family deliverance dies in his sleep Vanguard
    A pastor, who is to perform a deliverance on a family in Anambra State, died in his sleep hours before the exercise. It was gathered that the pastor was invited to Anambra from Warri, Delta State. A member of the family, who pleaded anonymity, said that the development was a rude shock to everybody. He said, “Somebody recommended him to us as a very powerful man of God. We invited him to a family deliverance because our family has been having some issues recently. READ ALSO: There is real danger in losing call of God ― Pastor Folu Adeboye ... more
  • 2 days Buhari, our service chiefs and their abiding loyalty Vanguard
    President Muhammadu Buhari By Kolawole Abe A silent and resilient reminder of unforgettable events to leaders in most climes of the world is history, which has always dwarfed the power of mistiness. If men had the domineering power to stop history and shatter the cord of leaders from lessons of history, there is no extent that the energy would be exhausted until the mission is effectuated. With history’s “nuisance,” a leader needs a superb aptitude to discern deception from falsehood, even from his volley of personal aides. None is really dependable. Also read: 2.9% economic growth projection achievable in ... more
  • 2 days Alleged ritual murder of Victory Chikamso: Court fixes April 30 for judgement Vanguard
    By Egufe Yafugborhi A High Court in Port Harcourt has fixed April 30, 2020 for judgement in the case of eight-year-old Victory Chikamso who was allegedly murdered and her body parts dismembered in Eliozu, Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State. Trial Judge, Adolphus Enebeli fixed the judgement date yesterday after parties in the matter adopted final written addresses. Lezina Amegwa, counsel to Ifeanyi Dike, the prime suspect and first defendant in the matter, while addressing the court admitted that his client committed the murder, but maintained that he did it in a state of mental imbalance and prayed ... more
  • 2 days Zulum: From vice president to president Vanguard
    Prof Babagan Zulum, Governor of Borno state Restructuring Nigeria is a task that must be done, it does not matter what some reactionaries say. One major step is to recognize leaders who are capable of doing things right just like Babagana Umara Zulum. Those who want Nigeria to remain as one cannot be talking of a president from the North after 2023. It is senseless. Anyone who thinks because Dr. Goodluck Jonathan completed President Umar Yaradua’s tenure in 2015, the South must wait must be fraudulent. Also read: Rare Ethiopian crown, hidden for 21 years in the Netherlands, returns ... more
  • 2 days I have no intention of joining ‘coronavirus infected’ APC — Fayose Vanguard
    Fayose By Rotimi Ojomoyela Contrary to insinuations making the rounds, former Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose has said he has no intention of leaving the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressive Congress (APC). Fayose who described APC as a coronavirus infected party said that someone of his status and pedigree can never contemplate joining. The former Governor who was reacting to a statement by the APC in Ekiti State, that he was not qualified to join the party, said “it is funny that the APC in Ekiti State lied and went further to react to its ... more
  • 2 days Over 500 cases of coronavirus reported in Chinese prisons Vanguard
    More than 500 inmates have been infected by the coronavirus in prisons across China, prompting the firing of several officials, according to reports Friday. In Hubei Province, where the illness emerged late last year, 271 cases were reported, mostly at the Wuhan Women’s Prison, Justice Ministry official He Ping told reporters, according to Agence France-Presse. ALSO READ: Solidarity with the Chinese on the Coronavirus frontline Its warden was dismissed for failing to prevent the outbreak, local newspaper Hubei Daily reported. In Shandong Province, seven guards and 200 prisoners at the Rencheng lockup tested positive, officials said. Local justice official Xie ... more
  • 2 days Obaseki flags off countdown to Edo 2020 Vanguard
    Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo on Friday flagged off the countdown to the 2020 National Sports Festival (NSF) holding in Benin, saying the festival would help to unite the entire nation. Speaking at the countdown and sensitisation rally at the Edo Government House in Benin, the governor pointed out that it was exactly 31 days to the NSF. “This festival is a festival of unity to unite Nigerians. It is a festival to encourage Nigerian youths and a festival that will take the country to the next level. READ ALSO: Open Day: Obaseki interacts with pupils, assesses impact of ... more
  • 2 days FG promises to create 300, 000 jobs in Plateau through agric scheme Vanguard
    Gov Simon Lalong of Plateau (L) and Hon Sabo Nanono (R) during Lalong’s visit to his office, recently in Abuja. PHOTO: NAN The Federal Government through the Ministry of Agriculture is set to create about 300,000 jobs in Plateau, through its Agriculture Mechanisation Scheme. The Minister for Agriculture, Mr Sabo Nanono made the disclosure when Gov. Simon Lalong visited his office in Abuja. A statement by Dr Makut Machan, Director of Press and Public Affairs to Gov. Lalong and made available to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Jos, quoted the minister as saying that the scheme ... more
  • 2 days What would you do differently? Vanguard
      Any time the question pops up and the respondent says: “nothing,” I scream hypocrite! That is what you are, a hypocrite if you claim you will change nothing about yourself or situation if you were to start all over. You also deny your fallibility if you claim you will not change anything about yourself or situation if you have the opportunity to start all over again. I am not talking about situations beyond our control like our heights, looks, breast size, penis size, complexion, etc. But you even find some people artificially altering these features that are supposed ... more
  • 2 days A message to the North: The South is getting fed up! Vanguard
    Nigerian Flag I have a story to tell the North. I hope it receives it in good faith. I love the North. So I have decided to tell the North how his brother the South truly feels. The South loves the north but the South is getting fed up. The truth may taste bitter but it sets free. I will throw away political correctness and let the North know how the South feels because the North has to sit up and shape up. Also read: Buratai to troops: We are days away from finally defeating Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorism ... more
  • 2 days Domestic accident shut me out of Taraba for 2 months — Gov Ishaku Vanguard
    *Says, I’ve committed no impeachable offence *Accuses APC of smear campaign against his administration By Femi Bolaji, Jalingo Taraba state governor, Darius Ishaku has declared that his absence from the state for about two months was occasioned by ‘domestic accident’ which he was still recovering from. His declaration came days after leaders of All Progressive Congress, APC in the state cried out that state affairs had been on standstill since late December when the governor left the state. The APC also said it was an impeachable offence for the governor to leave the state for two months without handing ... more
  • 2 days Delta communities accuse CP of compromise over herdsmen killings Vanguard
    •As he recants  statement on police participation in exhumation of slain farmers •DTSG officials allege conspiracy between security personnel, herders By Perez Brisibe Residents of some communities in Delta state have descended on the state Commissioner of Police, Hafiz Inuwa, accusing him of compromise in the manner he handled last week’s reported attacks on communities in Uwheru kingdom in Ughelli North Local Government Area of the state by armed Fulani herdsmen which claimed eight lives Indigenes of Agadama, Ohoror and other agrarian communities in the kingdom had over the years, lamented the incessant attacks on them by armed Fulani ... more
  • 2 days Herdsmen reign of terror in Delta community Vanguard
    •We now farm at night to escape herdsmen attacks — Residents •They rape, kill, occupy our farmlands •We’ve been living in perpetual fear for 12 years •State, FG have turned deaf ears to our cries BY Perez Brisibe
    Herdsmen For residents of Uwheru kingdom in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State, the fear of Fulani herdsmen is the beginning of wisdom. They have now resorted to going to their farms in the middle of the night between 1am and 3am when the herdsmen are already sleeping after taking their herds for grazing. The women also can no ... more
  • 2 days CAF: landmines buried in the sand! by Segun Odegbami Vanguard
    From atop my little observatory, high up in the hills of Wasimi Orile, I am looking down at African football and, particularly, at the Confederation of African Football, CAF. The organization is hardly recognizable from what we thought was a shambolic mess that Issa Hayatou left at the time he was justifiably ousted in a palace coup by some courageous federation Presidents. Almost two years down the line, that ‘mess’ is now smelling like roses! CAF has become less than a shadow of itself. Some of us who were most vociferous and vehement in our call for a halt ... more
  • 2 days AFN LEADERSHIP SAGA: A House divided by Yeni Olus (2) Vanguard
    It’s been a week since the two factions of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) both organized competitions in Ozoro, Delta State, and Akure, Ondo State respectively. It must be said though that the turn out in Akure far exceeded that of Ozoro, demonstrating that more athletes and coaches are siding with the Olamide George faction. Most of the big names on the domestic scene also showed up in Akure. It also appears that the crises may be heading towards a resolution, although not in a manner we may expect. For starters, the Gusau-led faction suffered a hit in ... more
  • 2 days OFFICE OF THE REGISTERED TRUSTEES TO THE ESTATE OF IYALODE EFUNROYE TINUBU Vanguard
    Public notice! Public Notice!! Public Notice!!! This is to bring to the attention of the general public that the office of the Inspector General of Police Monitoring Unit, by virtue of a Petition lodged by the Trustees to the Estate of Late Madam Efunroye Iyalode Tinubu, which has been approved for investigation, is currently carrying out a detailed investigation into the activities of their erstwhile Attorney – ADAMAKIN INVESTMENT AND WORKS LIMITED and its Promoter MR. AKINFOLABI AKINDELE in relation to the mismanagement of the family property, criminal breach of trust and financial misappropriation between 2012 ... more
  • 2 days I was hypnotized, almost used for money rituals by my boyfriend — Teenager Vanguard
    The Victim By Evelyn Usman Her stricken scream of help me rented the air at the early hours of Tuesday,  jolting residents of Mechanic Village in Jakande Estate, Oke-Afa, Isolo area of Lagos, from sleep. But none went out to know the cause because it was too late to do so. Her piercing cries gradually subsided,, with a man’s voice ordering her to get out of the house. By morning, her personal effects were seen littered in front of a barbing saloon which served as home for her and  her 28-year-old boyfriend. By the time residents went  out to ... more
  • 2 days North misused opportunity to hold power; Nigeria now needs progressive minds — MBF National President Vanguard
    By Peter Duru, Makurdi National President of Middle Belt Forum, MBF, Dr. Pogu Bitrus, has stated that the North misused the opportunity of holding onto power for several years with nothing to show for it. He maintained that any insistence to have power retained in the north would not help the north and could equally destroy the entire country. Dr. Pogu Bitrus who made the assertion yesterday in a telephone interview with Vanguard in Makurdi observed that the north was holding onto power as a means to cling on and control the resources of the country. He said ... more
  • 2 days Comedian I Go Dye takes Project “SORT” to more LGs in Delta State Vanguard
    Francis Agoda AKA I Go Dye By Ayo Onikoyi Ace comedian, writer and social commentator, Francis Agoda widely known as I Go Dye has announced intention to stage the second edition of his Delta State talent hunt tagged “Sorting Out Raw Talents (SORT)’ under his Francis Agoda Path of Honour, FAPOH,’s initiative which was designed to create social support, advance youths resourcefulness, civic responsibility, promote peace, acknowledge leadership qualities, promote artistic works and curb youths’ restiveness. According to the humour merchant, unlike the first edition which held only in three local government areas of Delta State, namely; Agbor, Warri ... more
  • 2 days DJ Cuppy, Teni, others bag Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Nominations Vanguard
    By Ayo Onikoyi Nigerian music superstars Teni and DJ Cuppy have been nominated for the Favourite African Star and Social Media Star respectively at the Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2020. The event which will be hosted by American Rapper, Chance The Rapper, will take place in Inglewood, California and will stream across YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter handles and channels will air on Nickelodeon (DStv channel 305) and Nick Toons (DStv channel 308) on Sunday, March 22, 2020. READ ALSO: Tiwa Savage’s son, Davido’s daughter among over 10 thousand kids for Nickelodeon’s Nickfest 2019 Also nominated are international superstars ... more
  • 2 days FITNESS: How Granada, Mallorca Clubs optimise player performance Vanguard
    By Sola Ogundipe Spanish football clubs Granada CF and RCD Mallorca each have an ace up their sleeves when it comes to enhancing their fitness training. Granada CF: Local muscle vibration gives Andalusians best injury record in Spanish football When Victor Lafuente was appointed as the fitness coach at Granada in the 2018/19 season as a member of Diego Martinez’s coaching staff, he proved instrumental in the club’s promotion from LaLiga SmartBank last time round. Granada has the third-lowest salary limit in LaLiga and is in a restructuring process initiated by the arrival of Chinese owner, Jian Lizhang in ... more
  • 2 days Commissioner urges police cadets to exhibit good conduct Vanguard
    The Nigerian Police Samuel Aruwan, Kaduna State Commissioner, Internal Security and Home Affairs, has advised police cadets to be good ambassadors, exhibit quality conducts and patriotism in service to the nation. Aruwan gave the advice when some students of Police Academy Wudil from the state paid him a courtesy visit on Friday in Kaduna. Aruwan said that as potential police officers, the cadets must learn to be disciplined, which is the hallmark of all regimental force. READ ALSO: Police kill two armed robbery suspects in Abuja “As ambassadors of Kaduna State, I advise that you study and train hard ... more
  • 2 days The political coup at Gov Emmanuel’s father’s burial Vanguard
    By Emmanuel Aziken When in 2018 a major crack erupted in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Akwa Ibom State with the defection of a few members to the All Progressives Congress, APC it was easily assumed that the hegemony of the PDP over the state would be easily eroded. The fire cracks that followed that uncommon defection and the intrigues that foreshadowed the 2019 elections in the state left the impression of permanent enmity among not just the local political champions in the state, but also among their associates from outside the state. The hardening of positions ... more
  • 2 days 13 Fulanis remanded in Ekiti prison over unlawful possession of firearms Vanguard
    By Rotimi Ojomoyela – Ado Ekiti Thirteen herdsmen were on Friday remanded in Ekiti prison by an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ court over alleged unlawful possession of firearms to kidnap Those arraigned are, Abubakar Ali, Salisu Isah, Okasa Musa, Yususa Sani, Abu Magaji, Umar Magaji, Adamu Shelihu, Umar Sefiu, Sale Musa, Mustapha Usman, Musa Isah, Mutaka Wa and Usman Abubakar. The defendants of no fixed address are standing trial on two-count charge of unlawful possession of firearms and conspiracy to kidnap. READ ALSO: Ekiti to translate Amotekun law, others into Yoruba language The prosecutor, Insp.Johnson Okunade, told the court ... more
  • 2 days How Rio Ferdinand, Davido, others shut down Lagos Vanguard
    By Juliet Ebirim Football icon, Rio Ferdinand, recently threw football fans into a frenzy, when he came to Nigeria for the spectacular Guinness Night Football event. The Pan African tournament finale saw players from Cameroon, Uganda, and Kenya enjoy a sensational night of friendly rivalry in Lagos, hosted by Rio. READ ALSO: Rio Ferdinand blasts Man United after 2-0 defeat to Burnley The ultramodern Legend Hotel Private Jet Hangar was venue to the unforgettable extravaganza, with vibrant expressions and diverse football-themed elements – from monkey post to foot snooker. Guests were also treated to a Guinness inspired fashion ... more
  • 2 days INSECURITY: Why we still have problems — Ango Abdullahi Vanguard
    Ango Abdullahi •Says Amotekun,  Shege Ka Fasa reactions to insecurity •They should operate within the laws of Nigeria •Coordinating Afenifere, Ohanaeze, PANDEF in three summits is part of restructuring By Chioma Gabriel, Editor Special Features When the Northern Elders Forum passed a vote of no confidence on President Muhammadu Buhari, it demanded a thorough overhaul of the leadership of Nigeria’s security and public safety agencies, and the injection of higher levels of competence, integrity and accountability in the manner our troops and the police and security agencies deal with security challenges. The Forum also expressed dismay over the fight ... more
  • 2 days Killings: Why Boko Haram singles out Christians – Army Commander Vanguard
    Boko Haram terrorists By Abdulmumin Murtala, Kano UNABLE to weather sustained attacks from the military against their activities, the Boko Haram insurgents have resorted to guerilla tactics and targeting Christians to cause confusion and chaos in the country, the Commander 7th Division of Nigeria Army in Maiduguri, Brig Gen Abdul Khalifa Ibrahim, has said. In recent times many Christians had been killed by the insurgents leading to outcry by Christian elders and groups about plots against Christianity in the country. On December 24, 2019, Boko Haram attacked a Christian village, Kwarangulum, 10 miles from Chibok on trucks and ... more
  • 2 days What Buhari doesn’t want to hear about roads — Fashola Vanguard
    •Says states are free to take over federal roads in their domains •Lists what FG considers before road repairs, construction •Clears air on said 17 million housing deficit By Soni Daniel, Northern Region Editor Works and Housing Minister, Babatunde Fashola, is obsessed with how to rehabilitate all the federal highways in Nigeria and build new ones to make all parts of Nigeria accessible and reduce the pains that Nigerians encounter as a result of deplorable roads. However, while the desire to achieve that target remains very strong, the resources to do so remains limited, thereby making it difficult for ... more
  • 2 days Amaechi: From hero to zero Vanguard
    Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi By Emmanuel Aziken These are not the best of times for Rt. Hon. Chibuke Amaechi. Though he is the campaign manager of the president, whatever is the outcome would surely not soothe the bitter pill he is being forced to swallow in his native Rivers State. Amaechi is among the handful of political office holders in the country who have held one office or the other since the advent of the Fourth Republic. That is apart from the five months he spent in exile while his cousin, Celestine Omehia held the office of governor. As Speaker ... more
  • 2 days My Val’s day experience: Senior girls wanna have fun too Vanguard
    By Muyiwa Adetiba I barely knew her. But the little I knew I liked. She came across as warm and unpretentious when our paths crossed. She is petite, light complexioned and still shapely for a grandmother. She also didn’t have the airs some half-castes seem to acquire. Our two brief conversations though were light, polite and very much on the surface. So I was slightly taken aback when I got a text message purportedly from her a day or two after the second meeting inviting me to a party. The party was for Thursday, Valentine’s Day. I used the ... more
  • 2 days Fenerbahce ends contract with French international Rami Vanguard
    Turkish club Fenerbahce announced Friday that they were ending the contract with French World Cup-winning defender Adil Rami, who had failed to make his mark since his pre-season signing. The club said the relationship was ending on friendly terms. “A mutual agreement was found with footballer Adil Rami and his contract has been ended. We wish him the best for the rest of his career,” the Istanbul club said in a statement. READ ALSO: Klopp writes to ‘cheeky’ Man Utd fan who wants Liverpool to lose The 34-year-old was signed in August for one season, with an option for ... more
  • 2 days Poachers sentenced to life for murder of Kazakh antelope defender Vanguard
    A court in Kazakhstan on Friday sentenced three poachers to life in prison for beating to death a state ranger charged with protecting the endangered saiga antelope. In a high-profile case that shook the Central Asian nation, a group of poachers attacked two rangers on duty in January last year. One of the rangers, 52-year-old Yerlan Nurgaliyev, died of his injuries in a hospital. His death highlighted the scale of poaching in Kazakhstan, home to the largest population of saiga in the world. Another ranger was shot dead attempting to apprehend poachers in July last year. Seven poachers were ... more
  • 2 days DIY virus protection: Hong Kongers making own masks amid shortages Vanguard
    With chronic face mask shortages in the midst of a virus outbreak, Hong Kongers have started making their own — with a pop-up production line and seamstresses churning them out on sewing machines. In one of the most densely populated cities on earth, face masks have become hot property as people scramble for protection against the new deadly coronavirus. Long queues — sometimes thousands strong — routinely crop up outside pharmacies when supplies are in, and there is anger at the government’s failure to have stockpiled. Some are turning to DIY solutions — albeit of questionable quality. Judy, a ... more
  • 2 days Nearly 900,000 pangolins trafficked worldwide: watchdog Vanguard
    Nearly 900,000 pangolins are believed to have been trafficked worldwide in the past two decades, a wildlife watchdog said Thursday, highlighting the challenge in tackling the illicit trade. As the world’s most heavily trafficked mammal, the creatures are targeted for their body parts which are highly valued in traditional medicine in countries including China and Vietnam, and their meat is seen as a delicacy. Also known as the scaly anteater, the shy, primarily nocturnal animals have been heavily poached for years in biodiverse Southeast Asia and are being increasingly targeted in Africa. In a new report, watchdog TRAFFIC estimated ... more
  • 2 days Rivaldo: I neither understand nor agree with Braithwaite’s signing Vanguard
    Rivaldo has criticised Barcelona’s decision to sign Leganes striker Martin Braithwaite outside the transfer window. The former Blaugrana player explained that he would rather promote a forward from the academy instead of proceeding with an emergency signing.”Honestly, I neither understand nor agree with [Braithwaite’s] signing for several reasons,” he told Betfair. “Firstly, because this signing was made outside the window and, in addition, because Barcelona could have chosen a kid from La Masia instead of [making] this transfer.”I see no reason to make such an effort to incorporate a forward who, with all due respect, I doubt is the ... more
  • 2 days Banditry: Kebbi govt to sustain welfare of soldiers families Vanguard
    Bagudu Kebbi Government says it will continue to support families of soldiers engaged in various security operations including the fight against banditry and insurgency in the state. Gov. Atiku Bagudu made this known while addressing Muslim faithful at the Duku Barrack’s Juma’at Mosque, Birnin Kebbi on Friday. The governor observed the Friday prayer at the mosque along with his Deputy, Alhaji Samaila Yombe, Chief of Staff, Alhaji Suleiman Muhammad, former House of Representatives member, Alhaji Bello Dantani and retired Deputy Comptroller-General of Customs, Abubakar Shatiman- Gwandu. Bagudu expressed appreciation to the soldiers for their sacrifices, gallantry and love for ... more
  • 2 days Shopify joins nonprofit behind Facebook’s Libra currency Vanguard
    Online commerce platform Shopify on Friday said it has joined the nonprofit association behind Facebook’s planned Libra cryptocurrency. Canada-based Shopify signed on as a member of the Libra Association after a string of companies dropped out in the face of criticism by regulators worried the borderless digital money is a threat to national sovereignty. “We spend a lot of our time thinking about how to make commerce better in parts of the world where money and banking could be far better,” Shopify said in a blog post. “We’re excited to be part of the Libra Association and look forward ... more
  • 2 days Repatriated funds earmarked for critical projects – Presidency Vanguard
    Shehu Johnbosco Agbakwuru – Abuja The Presidency said on Friday night that all the funds repatriated back to Nigeria have been earmarked for identified critical projects across the country in accordance with the agreement. The Presidency in a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said it would be willing to give the needed clarification on any matter around a recent tripartite agreement between Nigeria, the United States and the Island of Jersey. Reports had said the President Muhammadu Buhari administration was planning to dispense part of the repatriated $308 ... more
  • 2 days Insecurity: Gov. Ugwuanyi signs Enugu security trust fund bill into law Vanguard
    Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State on Friday signed the state’s Security Trust Fund bill 2020 recently passed by the state House of Assembly into Law. The Commissioner for Information, Mr Chidi Aroh disclosed this on Friday while briefing newsmen after the State Executive Council Meeting. Aroh said the moves were part of efforts being made to strengthen the resolve of the state government to provide security for residents. The commissioner said the security trust fund law would ensure private sector participation in the security architecture of the state in a transparent way. He said the management of the trust ... more
  • 2 days HAPPENING NOW: Adamawa boils as army, Boko Haram engage in fierce gun battle Vanguard
    Men of the Nigerian Army and members of Boko Haram are currently engaging in a fierce gun battle at Garkida, a town in Gombi Local Government Area of Adamawa State. An indigene, who spoke with Vanguard confirmed the report, stated that there are casualties as the army engages the terrorists. ALSO READ: 50 years after civil war: Nigeria better as one nation — Osinbajo Garkida Town is a town in Gombi Local Government of Adamawa State. It is located on the Gombi-Biu -Damaturu Federal Road, which shares proximity with Southern Borno and Sambisa Forest. The post HAPPENING NOW: ... more
  • 2 days ‘Joyous’ Neymar reveals he will miss Brazil carnival Vanguard
    Neymar Neymar revealed on Friday that he will not be travelling to Brazil for the carnival season after receiving criticism for attending in previous years while injured.
    Pep insists City stars ‘completely committed’ amid Sterling rumours https://t.co/AF9dglQbRc #vanguardnews pic.twitter.com/4IQ5zsHtOq — Vanguard Newspapers (@vanguardngrnews) February 21, 2020 “It is with immense joy that I won’t be going to carnival in 2020,” the Paris Saint-Germain forward said in a video on Instagram. “This is good, no controversy this time.” READ ALSO: Neymar accuses ‘scared’ PSG of allowing him to ‘suffer’ The world’s most expensive player returned to ... more
  • 2 days 13 herdsmen remanded in Ekiti prison over unlawful possession of firearms Vanguard
    Herdsmen By Rotimi Ojomoyela Thirteen herdsmen were on Friday remanded in Ekiti prison by an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ court over alleged unlawful possession of firearms to kidnap. Those arraigned are, Abubakar Ali, Salisu Isah, Okasa Musa, Yususa Sani, Abu Magaji, Umar Magaji, Adamu Shelihu, Umar Sefiu, Sale Musa, Mustapha Usman, Musa Isah, Mutaka Wa and Usman Abubakar. The defendants of no fixed address are standing trial on two-count charge of unlawful possession of firearms and conspiracy to kidnap. The prosecutor, Insp. Johnson Okunade told the court that the defendants committed the offence on Feb.20 in Emure-Ekiti. READ ALSO: Delta Police ... more
  • 2 days Police arrest 3 notorious kidnappers, rescue victim in Kaduna Vanguard
    The Nigerian Police The Kaduna State Police Command says it has arrested three notorious kidnappers and rescued a victim in the state. The Command Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige, disclosed this in a statement issued on Friday in Kaduna. The statement said the command on Feb. 19, received information through the DPO, Kasuwar Magani, on alleged kidnap of one Hadiza Gambo, 22 years old, of Bungel Ladugga village in Kajuru Local Government Area. “She was kidnapped by some suspected armed bandits to unknown destination. ALSO READ: Police kill 2 armed robbery suspects in Abuja “The Command promptly ... more
  • 2 days Police kill 2 armed robbery suspects in Abuja Vanguard
    The Police Command in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Friday killed two suspects during exchange of fire with armed robbers in Dawaki area. The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the FCT, DSP Anjuguri Manzah disclosed this in a statement in Abuja. He said the armed robbery gang had engaged police operatives in a fierce gun duel at the robbery scene. Manzah said the suspects were overpowered and dislodged by police operatives while responding to a distress call from the area. “Disarrayed by the prompt response of the police operatives, the hoodlums in a bid to escape, shot sporadically at the operatives and ... more
  • 2 days NSE market indices dips 0.65%, amid Nestle N112 loss Vanguard
    Nigerian Stock Exchange The market indicators of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Friday declined by 0.65 per cent, amid loss posted by Nestle. Specifically, the All-Share Index which opened at 27,568.91 shed 180.29 points or 0.65 per cent to close at 27,388.62. Similarly, the Market Capitalisation lost N94 billion or 0.65 per cent to close at N14.268 trillion from N14.362 trillion posted on Thursday. A breakdown of the price movement chart indicates that Nestle topped the losers’ chart, dropping by N112 to close at N1,113 per share. Nigerian Breweries came second with N3.05 to close at N48.45, while ... more
  • 2 days Investigation opened into whether Messi was spied on by Argentine government Vanguard
    Argentine federal judge Rodolfo Canicoba Corral has launched an investigation in Argentina on whether Lionel Messi was victim of espionage by the Mauricio Macri government. The Barcelona captain’s name appeared in a list of more than 60 people who were on a database of the Argentine revenue service (AFIP) and the country’s National Directorate for Migration. ALSO READ: Man United new boy Ighalo impresses Solskjaer Although the investigation began in 2020, two years ago journalist Carlos Pagni reported in La Nacion that Messi was spied on due to “a connection that appeared in the Panama Papers.”Corral is investigating whether the ... more
  • 2 days Again, court sentence woman to death by hanging for killing husband in Kano Vanguard
    By Bashir Bello – Abuja A High Court sitting in Kano State has on Friday sentenced a woman, one Rashida Saidu to death by hanging for killing her husband, Adamu Ali in the state. Rashida, a resident of Dorayi Quarters was allegedly said to have pushed down the deceased from a one storey building during an infighting which eventually led to his death a year ago. READ ALSO: Court remands man for allegedly stabbing bartender to death During the trial, the prosecution Counsel, Mariam Jilbrin had told the court that Mrs. Saidu engaged her husband in a fight at ... more
  • 2 days Harry and Meghan to stop using ‘royal’ brand Vanguard
    Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will no longer use the “Sussex Royal” label when they begin their new life outside the royal inner circle in the spring, their spokeswoman said Friday. The couple will formally step down as senior royals from March 31 and will no longer carry out duties on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II after that date. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex do not intend to use ‘SussexRoyal’ in any territory post Spring 2020,” said the spokeswoman. They will also not use the name for their new non-profit organisation, due to be announced in the ... more
  • 3 days Reaching Champions League would be among top triumphs, says Mourinho Vanguard
    Jose Mourinho says delivering Champions League football for Tottenham next season would be among his greatest managerial achievements as he battles what he calls the worst injury crisis in Europe. The Portuguese boss, whose Spurs fifth-placed side face Chelsea on Saturday, previously claimed that finishing second in the Premier League with Manchester United in 2017/18 was his best feat despite winning league titles in four different countries and a pair of Champions League trophies at Porto and Inter Milan. Mourinho is being forced to play the remaining quarter of the season without a recognised striker as Harry Kane and ... more
  • 3 days US and Taliban to sign peace agreement at end of month, Pompeo says Vanguard
    The United States and the Taliban will sign an agreement on Feb. 29 at the end of a week-long period of violence reduction in Afghanistan, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Taliban said on Friday. Afghan, international and Taliban forces will observe the reduced violence period beginning at midnight (1930 GMT), an Afghan official and Taliban leaders said earlier. “Following lengthy negotiations between the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and the United States of America, both parties agreed to sign the finalized accord in the presence of international observers,” a Taliban spokesman said in a statement. ALSO READ: FCT ... more
  • 3 days Reasons artificial sweeteners are fattening Vanguard
    The lives of everyone watching their weight were recently thrown into disarray when a leading food expert claimed that far from making us thinner, ‘diet’ products containing artificial sweeteners may actually be responsible for weight gain. For many of us, low-fat versions of our favourite foods—yogurts, fizzy drinks, spreads, biscuits, crisps, and cheese —make us feel we can safely indulge in a little of what we want without piling on the pounds, by swapping natural sugars (at 40 calories a gram) for sugar substitutes that have just two calories. But although chemical sweeteners were once thought to be the ... more
  • 3 days Abuja High Court frees NFF’s Pinnick over financial misappropriation Vanguard
    An Abuja High Court yesterday finally declined to join the names of President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick and the General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi to a case of financial misappropriation brought before it by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. In his judgment, Justice Peter O. Affen refused the amendment sought by the EFCC to include Pinnick and Sanusi to a trial involving three members of staff of the NFF (two of whom are no longer with the federation) with regards to the utilisation of $8.4million grant from world football governing body, ... more
  • 3 days Kofi Annan Centre to support NOSDRA with capacity enhancement Vanguard
    The National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) says it is collaborating with Ghana-based Kofi Annan International Peace and Training Centre (KAIPTC) to strengthen the capacity of its staff. Austin Udeh, Assistant Director, Public Affairs, NOSDRA in a statement issued in Abuja, said a five-man team from KAIPTC paid a courtesy visit to the Director-General of NOSDRA, Mr Idris Musa on Friday. Speaking during the visit, Musa expressed deep gratitude over the new collaborative engagement with the centre. He said the collaboration had culminated in a staff member of the agency undergoing a rewarding training programme at the ... more
  • 3 days Fayose denies plans to dump PDP Vanguard
    Ayodele Fayose Former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose says he is not contemplating dumping the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for another party. Mr Lere Olayinka, his Media Aide, said this in a statement in Ado Ekiti, on Friday. Olayinka, explained that the claim in some quartres that Fayose had concluded arrangements to embrace the All Progressives Congress (APC), was false. “Someone of the status and pedigree of Fayose can never join APC,” he said. ALSO READ: Fix Ado-Akure road, Fayose begs FG He said, a statement purportedly made by the state chapter of APC to the effect that the ... more
  • 3 days FCTA arrests 123 traffic offenders, convicts 110 Vanguard
    The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has arrested 123 traffic violators and convicted 110 from Monday to Friday. Malam Wadata Bodinga, Director of FCT Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS) made the disclosure while briefing newsmen on Friday. He said this was part of renewed efforts by the administration to rid the city of traffic violations. Bodinga restated the resolve of the service to apprehend anybody that drove against traffic no matter how highly palaced in society. He said so far, five Directors had been apprehended for violating traffic rules in Abuja, saying that the FCTA was not only ... more
  • 3 days Klopp writes to ‘cheeky’ Man Utd fan who wants Liverpool to lose Vanguard
    Jurgen Klopp has sent a letter to a “cheeky” young Manchester United fan explaining that he can not grant his request for Liverpool to lose matches so they do not win the Premier League. With his side 22 points clear of Manchester City it would take more than a few defeats to prevent Klopp’s unbeaten side from being crowned English champions for the first time since 1990. Daragh Curley, 10, from Northern Ireland, wrote to Klopp saying Liverpool were “winning too many games”. “If you win nine more games then you have the best unbeaten run in English football,” ... more
  • 3 days Ndidi won’t be risked against City, says Leicester’s boss Vanguard
    Leicester City will not rush Wilfred Ndidi back from a knee injury until he is completely fit, manager Brendan Rodgers said yesterday with the team short of defensive midfield options. Ndidi required surgery last month after taking a knock in training. Although the Nigerian played twice at the end of January, Rodgers wants him to recover fully before he is selected again. ALSO READ: World rugby chiefs to review transgender policies No player has made more tackles and interceptions in the Premier League this season than the 23-year-old Ndidi who has helped Leicester climb to third in the table. ... more
  • 3 days Champions League: Setien optimistic despite Messi doubts Vanguard
    Quique Setien Barcelona coach Quique Setien has insisted they can win the Champions League, despite Lionel Messi claiming the team are not playing well enough to go all the way in Europe this season. Setien also rejected suggestions his players could be affected by off-field problems at Barca after Messi reiterated his disagreements with technical secretary Eric Abidal in an interview with Mundo Deportivo this week. Messi said, “the way we are at the moment, I don’t think it’s enough to win the Champions League”. Barcelona play away at Napoli in the last 16 on Tuesday. Asked about Messi’s ... more
  • 3 days AFAN, Institute partner on new farming methods, soil analysis Vanguard
    Farming: The Kaduna State Chapter of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) says it will partner the Institute of Agricultural Research, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria to boost food production in the state. Alhaji Nuhu Aminu, the state Chairman of the Association made this known in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Zaria. Aminu said the partnership would guide the association in its plan to obtained a loan facility for its members under the Anchor Borrower Scheme. He said that the association decided to obtain the loan for the members to ensure that the farmers ... more
  • 3 days Police to produce more Ajunwas — Mba Vanguard
    All is now set for the 12th edition of the Police Games between February 29 and March 7 in Awka, Anambra State. Deputy Commissioner of Police and Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, who spoke to the press on Thursday, said a total of 31 sports would be competed for at the event. Mba added that there were plans to use this event not only to prepare the police athletes for the forthcoming National Sports Festival in Benin but also to begin the process of bringing out athletes that would take over from great police ambassadors like Chioma Ajunwa, ... more
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