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  • 3 days 2 docked over alleged illegal possession of gun, cultism Vanguard
    Two men, Ibrahim Idowu, 27; and Chima Asinobi, 35; were on Friday arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court, over alleged illegal possession of gun and belonging to an unlawful society. The defendants, whose house addresses were not provided, were charged with conspiracy, belonging to an unlawful society, possession of firearm and breach of peace, to which they pleaded not guilty. The Prosecutor, Insp. Evelyn Ehiemua, told the court that the defendants committed the offence with some persons who are still at large on Jan. 23, at Ikorodu, Lagos State. Ehiemua alleged that the defendants were caught by the police with ... more
  • 3 days NYSC offers free medical treatment to 1,000 in Niger Vanguard
    NYSC members The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has offered free medical treatment to 1,000 residents of Maikusidi community and environs in Wushishi Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger. Mrs Funmilayo Ajayi, NYSC Coordinator in Niger, said on Friday that the gesture was part of the NYSC quarterly initiative tagged “Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers (HIRD).’’ News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the exercise was carried out in collaboration with Late Alhaji Muhammad Makusidi Global Foundation. Ajayi said the outreach was part of the policy of the scheme to identify rural community in need of medical attention and ... more
  • 3 days Minister urges religious leaders to curb vices among youths Vanguard
    Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu mni FCT minister of state.Ramatu Aliyu The FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, on Friday urged religious leaders to use their God given positions to curb social vices bedevilling the youths in the country. Aliyu gave the advice when a delegation of National Leader of the Arewa Pastors Non-Denominational Initiative for Peace led by its National Chairman, Bishop John Abu Richard, paid her a courtesy call in Abuja. The minister admonished clergymen in the country to pray against insurgency and other vices bedevilling the nation, stressing that the peace and stability of Nigeria was ... more
  • 3 days FG calls for unity, tolerance among Nigerians Vanguard
    *Pauline Tallen The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Pauline Tallen, has urged Nigerians to love, tolerate and live peacefully with one another. Tallen made the call on Thursday in Abuja, at the 5th International Conference on Love and Tolerance: tagged “Countering Violent Extremism for Peaceful Coexistence” organised by UFUK Dialogue, a Non-Governmental Organisation. The Minister, who was represented by Princess Jumai Idornije, Special Adviser to the Minister on Technical Matters, said that people needed love and tolerance for unity. “There is unity in diversity, that is the strength of Nigeria our country, and will forever remain ... more
  • 3 days Discordant tunes over flight diversions Vanguard
    Safety concerns over weather to blame — Airlines Airlines should have diverted to Abuja — Minister Installation of Category 3 Instrument Landing System in progress — Ministry By Lawani Mikairu That Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos has been experiencing low visibility due to the prevailing harmattan haze is no longer news. This is because the inclement weather is an annual occurrence and predictable. Indeed, most countries in the sub-Sahara region are plagued by annual harmattan haze which affects clear visibility for flight operations. But presently in contention is the dust raised by foreign airlines diverting their flights to Accra, ... more
  • 3 days Rivers fuel strike aborted as Wike intervenes Vanguard
    By Egufe Yafugborhi
    Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike PORT HARCOURT – NORMALCY is creeping in Rivers state as disputing parties yesterday aborted four days of fuel tanker drivers and marketers strike which had unsettled transportation, forced hike in fares and dealt untold hardship on motorists and commuters. The fuel dealers, mainly of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) had shut businesses in solidarity with the Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) arm of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG) demanding unconditional release of fuel trucks impounded by various security agencies for alleged shady deals. READ ... more
  • 3 days Executive Order No 5, Buhari’s height of respect for Nigerian engineers -Onu Vanguard
    By Egufe Yafugborhi
    Ogbonnaya Onu PORT HARCOURT – NIGERIA’s Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu has said the creation of Presidential Executive Order No. 5 underscores the measure of respect and value President Mohammadu Buhari places on Nigerian professionals, especially engineers. Onu yesterday in Port Harcourt, Rivers stat as Chairman of the occasion of investiture of George Chukwulewa Okoroma as the 18th President, Association for Consulting Engineering in Nigeria (ACEN), challenged indigenous engineers to strive to surpass the best in the world. READ ALSO:Onu Woos Foreign Investors on Methanol Policy He said: “The place of engineering in ... more
  • 3 days FG calls for tolerance, peaceful coexistence among Nigerians Vanguard
     Mrs Pauline Tallen The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Pauline Tallen, has urged Nigerians to love, tolerate and live peacefully with one another. Tallen made the call on Thursday in Abuja, at the 5th International Conference on Love and Tolerance: tagged “Countering Violent Extremism for Peaceful Coexistence” organised by UFUK Dialogue, a Non-Governmental Organisation. READ ALSO;Edo 2020: EU tasks politicians on restraint in quests for power The Minister, who was represented by Princess Jumai Idornije, Special Adviser to the Minister on Technical Matters, said that people needed love and tolerance for unity. “There is ... more
  • 3 days Rivers State remains my top priority — Wike Vanguard
    Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike PORT HARCOURT — Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, has reiterated his commitment to the development of the state, saying that Rivers State remains his top priority at all time. Speaking during a courtesy visit by the leadership of One Million Youths for New Rivers State at Government House, Port Harcourt, yesterday, Wike noted that he was working to place Rivers State at the top. READ ALSO:INSURABLE INTEREST: A key underlying principle of an insurance contract He said: “My commitment is to Rivers State. My focus is on whatever will make Rivers State ... more
  • 3 days No Lassa fever in Niger, govt declares Vanguard
    …reintroduces monthly sanitation By Wole Mosadomi
    Lassa fever Minna—Niger State Government, yesterday dismissed insinuation of outbreak of Lasa Fever in the state, insisting that there was no case of Lassa Fever recorded in the state. This came as the state government announced immediate reintroduction of the monthly sanitation cancelled by the immediate past administration. Briefing newsmen after the weekly State Executive Council, SEC, meeting, Commissioner for Health and Hospital Services, Dr Muhammad Sidi, said “There had been no single case of Lassa Fever recorded in Niger State because government has taken steps to guard against it. “Sensitization on the ... more
  • 3 days Nigeria has no data on migration —ILO Vanguard
      Lagos—THE International Labour Organisation, ILO, yesterday in Lagos, stressed the importance of statistics to migration, saying member countries must have reliable labour statistics for effective implementation of the relevant labour migration policies, laws and certification programmes with ILO’s convention. Director of ILO Country Office for Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Liaison Office for ECOWAS, Mr. Dennis Zulu who spoke at a three three-day capacity building workshop on, ‘’Labour Migration Statistics in Nigeria’’, informed that, timely and reliable labour statistics remained an essential requirement for evidence-based policy-making in any given society. Represented by ILO’s National Project Coordinator, Mr ... more
  • 3 days Nollywood actor, Frank Dallas, dies in hotel room in Abia Vanguard
    Ss AGN declares three days of mourning and prayers in his honour
    Frank Dallas Benjamin Njoku Nollywood actor and production manager, Frank Dallas, is dead. He reportedly died in his hotel room in Umuahia, the Abia State on Wednesday, where he was attending a summit. Following his sudden demise, the National President of AGN, Mr Emeja Rollas, has declared three days of morning and prayed in honour of the late actor. In a statement signed by the Guild”s PRO, Monalisa Chinda-Coker, the president has cancelled all official activities of the guild at all levels for three days. ALSO READ: ... more
  • 3 days Buratai to troops: We are days away from finally defeating Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorism Vanguard
    You have done it before, you can do it again
    Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, with AK47 rifle, aims at a target during shooting competition at a range in Shittu Alao Barracks in Keffi, Nasarawa State, on Wednesday. FILE By Kingsley Omonobi – Abuja Following recent heavy victories and bloody nose inflicted on several Boko Haram and ISWAP hideouts and bases as well as the neutralization of many of their Commanders, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai has declared that defeating the terrorists finally and ending Boko Haram menace is just a matter ... more
  • 3 days Exam malpractice: Adamawa state poly sacks 4 lecturers Vanguard
    By Umar Yusuf YOLA—The management of the Adamawa State Polytechnic, Yola, has terminated the appointment of four of its lecturers over alleged examination malpractices especially alteration of examinations results. The affected lecturers  (names withheld) were alleged to have been involved in examination results alterations and award of fake results to students who did not sit for the exams. A statement by the Polytechnic Information and Public Relations Officer, Albert Matila, said the management took the decision to terminate their appointment at its 140th meeting on Wednesday 19th February, 2020″. READ ALSO:Oyo to prosecute illegal motor park operators ... more
  • 3 days Close ranks to save Nigeria from disintegration, OMPALAN urges Presidential aides Vanguard
    By Emmanuel Elebeke
    A map of Nigeria ABUJA—Elders of the nation under the aegis of Oil and Solid Mineral Producing Area Landlords’ Association of Nigeria, OMPALAN, have called on senior aides of President Buhari to bury their hatchet and present a common front in order to salvage the country from the menace of terrorism, corruption and all forms of lawlessness. The leaders expressed concern for the deteriorating security situation in the country and called for urgent action to address the ugly trend before it collapses the country. READ ALSO:OMPALAN begins national dialogue on herders/farmers clashes The OMPALAN leaders, ... more
  • 3 days FIRS seeks Lagos support to hit N8.5trn revenue target Vanguard
    By Olasunkanmi Akoni The Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, is seeking the cooperation of the Lagos Inland Revenue Service, LIRS, to realise its N8.5 trillion revenue target to fund the 2020 budget. Executive Chairman, FIRS, Muhammed Nami, who made this known during a courtesy visit to Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu at Ikeja, had described as “unusual” the target by President Muhammadu Buhari. He stated: “Some of the multinational companies in Nigeria, some of them as far back as 2011 was the last time they declared their profit and debt taxes in Nigeria.  We are of the view ... more
  • 3 days Imo is financially distressed ― Uzodinma Vanguard
    Begs Buhari to refund N32bn spent on Federal Roads Says State is backward in education
    President Muhammadu Buhari and Hope Uzodinma of Imo State By Johnbosco Agbakwuru Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State on Thursday declared that the state was financially distressed and educationally backward. Senator Uzodinma, who was declared governor by Supreme Court on 14th January said that infrastructure in the state especially roads were in bad shape. Speaking to State House correspondents after meeting behind closed doors with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, he said the essence of the meeting was to ask ... more
  • 3 days Please don’t give us unfit Monarch, Anambra community begs Obiano Vanguard
    Obiano By Vincent Ujumadu Hundreds of indigenes of Isulo in Orumba South local government area of Anambra States yesterday stormed the Government House in Awka and pleaded with Governor Willie Obiano not to issue a certificate of recognition to someone who, according to them,  was not fit to be their traditional ruler. The protesters, who were led by a 95-year-old man, Chief Anthony Maduafor said they were taken aback when information filtered into the community that the governor was planning to issue a certificate of recognition to someone who was not the choice of the people ... more
  • 3 days Service Chiefs are very dispensable Vanguard
    IT has been years since President Muhammadu Buhari came under intense pressure to get rid of the current crop of Service Chiefs: General Gabriel Olonishakin, Chief of Defence Staff; Lt-General Tukur Buratai, Chief of Army Staff; Vice Admiral Ekwe Ibok-Ette Ibas,  Chief of Naval Staff; and Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar, Chief of Air Staff. The obvious reason is that the security situation in the country has worsened under their watch. Though the Boko Haram Islamist insurgency in the North East suffered initial setbacks which the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, infamously described as a “technical defeat”, they have made ... more
  • 3 days Delta IPMAN burnt illegal petroleum products boats Vanguard
    By Innocent Anaba The anti-bunkering team of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, in collaboration with soldiers of the 19 Battalion, Koko Barracks, Warri North LGA, Delta State, have destroyed four large boats. The boats were recently caught loaded with smuggled crude oil and petroleum by-products in the Bini and Escravos rivers, in the state. Head of the state’s IPMAN anti-bunkering unit, Wilfred Elebiri, who led the operation, said the boats were caught during their three-day operation to sanitise the coastal areas and waterways across the state of all forms of oil theft. ALSO READ: Nigeria loses ... more
  • 3 days Guy Gargiulo: Departure of a humanist Vanguard
    Guy Gargiulo By Gbenga Omotoso Guy Gargiulo: FIRST, a confession: The subject of this article is well known to this reporter. Our first meeting was in September 1974. The sun was getting set to set, its recession a bit slow. Behind the hills that ring the town, the sun was showing its face, bright but weak. And there he was, just after a long row of palm trees that lined the red-earth, dusty road that led to the school premises, mowing a field of green grass that had grown wild. He had on only a pair of white shorts, ... more
  • 3 days Cultism now in primary schools— FCT Minister Vanguard
    By Omeiza Ajayi Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Malam Muhammad Bello, has lamented the growing menace of cultism even in primary schools, charging members of the Federation of Muslim Women Associations in Nigeria, FOMWAN, to restore family values in the society by working hard to eliminate cultism and drug abuse, especially among children and women. Chief Press Secretary to the minister, Anthony Ogunleye, in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, said Malam Bello gave the charge during a courtesy visit by a delegation of the FCT branch of the association led by its Amirah Hajia Usman. According ... more
  • 3 days Declare your assets, Nwabueze challenges Buhari Vanguard
    President Muhammadu Buhari By Clifford Ndujihe Elder statesman and legal icon, Professor Ben Nwabueze, SAN, has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to avoid unnecessary controversies and declare his assets publicly if he has nothing to hide. At the public presentation and launch of the book:  ‘’One Step Ahead–Life as a Spy, Detective, and Anti-Graft Czar written by a former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mrs. Farida Waziri, last week, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, and the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, traded words over the refusal of President Buhari to ... more
  • 3 days We make N40,000 daily from extorting motorists, okada riders—Fake soldier, police Vanguard
    Fake soldier By Olasunkanmi Akoni & Bose Adelaja Two suspects arrested by operatives of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit (Task Force) for impersonating security officers have revealed how they make at least N40,000 daily from the illegal operation before they were arrested. The suspects, Monday Job, impersonated a Police Officer using his commercial motorcycle, popularly called, Okada, along Oshodi axis, while Rasak Oloyede, paraded himself as an Army Officer using his commercial bus for fraudulent acts along Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway. In his statement the fake officer, Job, who hails from Akwa Ibom State, confessed that he ... more
  • 3 days People Talk: N35m Camry 2020 model for NASS (2) Vanguard
    By Bose Adelaja, Olayinka Latona & Rose Chukwu “Considering the state of things in Nigeria, this is a really wasteful plan and it will only demonstrate the height of selfishness and unproductiveness on the part of the NASS members. “Obviously, the funds for the cars are available. These funds can be used for other productive sectors which can better the lives of people ” -Tanimola Femi, Corps Member “Excluding the fact that it is a waste of money, let them encourage local manufacturers and buy made in Nigeria car. Innoson Motors is there. That is the way to boost ... more
  • 3 days NCDC confirms 103 deaths from Lassa fever Vanguard
    By Sola Ogundipe A total of 103 people died from 586 confirmed cases of Lassa fever out of 2,176 suspected cases in 101 Local Government Areas of 26 States of the Federation within the first seven weeks of 2020. An update of the Lassa fever Situation Report (Epi Week 07: 10 – 16 February 2020) released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, confirmed that the deaths were reported with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 17.6 per cent which is lower than the CFR for the same period in 2019 (21.1 percent). According to the NCDC, in ... more
  • 3 days Islamic rulings on outbreak of Coronavirus Vanguard
    Health workers fumigating. In the name of Allah, Most Merciful, Bestower of Mercy, Dear brothers and sisters, in recent days, health professionals around the world have become increasingly concerned with the spread of dangerous infectious diseases. Outbreaks of swine flu, avian (bird) flu, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), and very recently coronavirus and lassa fever have meant that infectious diseases have taken on a global context and are now on the agenda of world leaders and health policy makers alike. In developed and developing countries, health officials are focusing on infectious disease research and linking it to policy-making and ... more
  • 3 days Coca Cola installs equipment to boost MNCH services at Alimosho GH Vanguard
    By Princewill Ekwujuru The Coca Cola  Safe Birth Initiative (CSBI) has presented equipment valued at about $742,000 (N267million) to Alimosho General Hospital, Lagos. Speaking at the unveiling, Business Unit Public Affairs, Communications & Sustainability Director, Coca-Cola West Africa, Clem Ugorji, said, “the Safe Birth Initiative is a part of the company’s wellbeing programme to support the efforts of the government in reducing the alarming numbers of women and newborns who die from birth-related complications every day. The initiative was borne out of the company’s desire to ensure mothers and babies come home alive as part of the company’s effort ... more
  • 3 days China uses anti-malaria drug, plasma against coronavirus Vanguard
    Chinese health authorities say an anti-malaria drug is effective in treating coronavirus patients. The authorities also report that blood plasma taken from recovered patients has been used to treat those who are critically ill. Officials tstated  that the anti-malaria medicine was given to over 100 patients in clinical trials. They said the patients’ conditions improved as a result. They added that there are no safety concerns with the drug. READ ALSO: China uses anti-malaria drug, plasma against coronavirus The authorities said that a week after a 54-year-old man started taking the medication, the virus disappeared. Officials are reportedly planning ... more
  • 3 days COVID-19 cases in China fall for 2nd day Vanguard
    Chinese central bank disinfects, destroys cash to contain virus By Sola Ogundipe For the second day straight, the number of the COVID-19 cases in China fell even as the death toll in mainland China passed 2,000 on Wednesday although the number of new cases fell for a second straight day, as authorities tightened already severe containment measures in  Wuhan city. By Wednesday morning, China’s National Health Commission reported 1,749 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections, the lowest daily rise since Jan. 29, while Hubei province – the epicenter of the outbreak – reported the lowest number of new infections ... more
  • 3 days Insecurity: It’s time to revisit 2014 confab report — Gambari Vanguard
    Boko Haram fighters By Dirisu Yakubu ABUJA— FORMER Minister of External Affairs, Ambassador Ibrahim Gambari, has said Nigeria must revisit the 2014 National Conference report to effectively checkmate the spate of killings and security challenges across the country. The former minister made this suggestions yesterday in Abuja during a public lecture, titled “Development Resolution: Overcoming Global Conflicts and their Local Interactions,”   organised by Ubuntu Centre for African Peace building in collaboration with West African Network for Peace building, WANEP, and Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development, SCDDD. He said: “There is lack of confidence in the current arrangement; ... more
  • 3 days INSECURITY: 10 feared dead in Edo cult killings Vanguard
    •Edo State govt condemns renewed cult clash •9th victim of Uwheru herdsmen attack dies at DELSUTH •10th victim rushed in for gunshot complications •Urhobo group threatens govt ; says they may resort to self-help if… •Hunger looms in Urhoboland •Curtail activities of rampaging herdsmen, UPU tells security agencies By Festus Ahon, Brisibe Perez & Ozioruva Aliu BENIN CITY—  No fewer than 10 persons were, yesterday, killed in Benin City, Edo State, as rival cult groups, Aye and Eiye confraternities, engaged in reprisal attacks. The fight heightened tension in the affected areas, as fear gripped residents. This came on a ... more
  • 3 days FG yet to explore full potentials of gas – NSE chairman Vanguard
    … As cost of power alone consumes over 40 % of manufacturing cost By Elizabeth Uwandu Worried over the huge cost of power generation incurred by the manufacturing industry, the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Apapa branch hosted a public lecture tagged,” High cost of energy in industrial sector- exploring the gas solution,” to seek ways to diversify the energy sector. Speaking at the event that saw new members inducted into the society, the chairman of NSE, Apapa branch, Engr. Sunny Ejeje said it was high time Nigerian government looked inwards in making gas a major source of power generation ... more
  • 3 days Alleged ‘Husband Killer’ Maryam Sanda appeals her death sentence Vanguard
    Insists she was denied fair hearing By Ikechukwu Nnochiri Determined to live, daughter-inlaw to a former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Maryam Sanda, has appealed against the judgement of a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory that convicted and sentenced her to death by hanging. Maryam, who was on January 27, found guilty of stabbing her husband, Bilyamin Bello, a real estate developer to death at their Abuja residence in 2017, said she was denied fair hearing by the trial court. In the 20 grounds of appeal, she lodged before the Court of Appeal in Abuja, ... more
  • 3 days Senate moves to establish national agency for ex- Boko Haram members Vanguard
    Nigeria Senate By Henry Umoru THE Senate has begun  moves to establish a National Agency that would be saddled with among others, the responsibility of educating, rehabilitating, de- radicalization and integration of ex- Boko Haram insurgents. The Bill titled, ” National Agency for the Education, Rehabilitation, De- radicalization and Integration of repentant Insurgents in Nigeria (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB.340) was read the first time yesterday at Senate plenary. The Bill is sponsored by former Governor of Yobe State, Senator Ibrahim Gaidam, All Progressives Congress, APC, Yobe East. If the Bill succeeds, it will then put in place a ... more
  • 3 days Budgeting Process: Senate to hold round table discussion with the Executive Vanguard
    Nigeria Senate …Sets to have a Budget with a purpose By Henry Umoru THE Senate has resolved to organise a round table discussion with the Executive on how to review the Nation’s budgeting practices and National Planning process, with a view to coming up with a more synergized and collaborative system that will both effective and efficient. According to the Senate, the discourse with Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government would allow for a holistic review of Nigeria’s Budgeting practice that would have a purpose, visionary as well as speak the vision and must at the end of the ... more
  • 3 days Togo election expected to extend ruling dynasty’s hold Vanguard
    President Faure Gnassingbe of Togo Togo’s president, Faure Gnassingbe, looks set to claim a fourth term at the polls on Saturday and extend his family’s half-century domination of the West African nation. After weathering protests in 2017 and 2018, Gnassingbe pushed through constitutional changes last year enabling him to run again — and potentially remain in power for another decade. The weekly demonstrations calling for Gnassingbe to go were the biggest challenge in years to the dynastic rule that saw him take over after the death of his strongman father in 2005. But a combination of government repression ... more
  • 3 days Europa: Eriksen scores first Inter Milan goal, Ajax lose at Getafe Vanguard
    Inter Milan midfielder Christian Eriksen scored his first goal for the club since last month’s move from Tottenham Hotspur to set up a 2-0 win at Ludogorets Razgrad in the Europa League on Thursday. Manchester United were held 1-1 at Club Brugge and Getafe pulled off a surprise 2-0 home win over last year’s Champions League semi-finalists Ajax in other round-of-32, first-leg ties. Inter were frustrated by more than an hour by their Bulgarian opponents until Eriksen fired a low shot into the net from just outside the penalty area in the 71st minute. Romelu Lukaku sealed the win ... more
  • 3 days Nearly 900,000 pangolins trafficked in Southeast Asia ―Watchdog Vanguard
    Pangolin Nearly 900,000 pangolins are believed to have been trafficked across Southeast Asia 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, ... more
  • 3 days Senate moves to establish Nigerian Army University Vanguard
    …As bill abolishes catchment area syndrome being adopted by conventional universities for the proposed institution
    Senate By Henry Umoru THE Senate has begun moves to establish Nigerian Army University, just as it is designed to abolish catchment area syndrome that is presently being adopted by conventional Universities if the proposed institution comes on board. The Bill for the establishment of the Nigerian Army University which would be sited at Biu, Borno State, was read the first time yesterday on the floor of the Senate. The Bill is sponsored by the former Senate Leader and Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, ... more
  • 3 days Bundesliga turnover passes four billion euros mark Vanguard
    The total turnover of the 18 clubs in Germany’s Bundesliga passed the four billion euros mark in 2018-19 for the first time, it was announced Tuesday. The figure of 4.02 billion euros ($4.34 billion) released by the German Football League (DFL) is an increase of 5.4 percent on the previous season. Compared to their main European rivals, the Bundesliga still lags behind the English Premier league, which made 5.8 billion euros (£4.8 billion) in 2018-19. However, the German league is only slightly behind it’s Spanish rival La Liga, based on recent figures. The latest figures for the French, Spanish ... more
  • 3 days FRSC launches magazine in Anambra to educate road users on safety Vanguard
    FRSC A magazine, “Safety Focus”, aims at educating road users on safety measures to reduce avoidable road accidents in Anambra, was on Tuesday launched by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC). The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that launch of the magazine was part of the activities by Anambra Command of FRSC to mark the 32nd anniversary of the corps. The Anambra Sector Commander, Mr Andrew Kumapayi, said in Awka that about 90 percent of passengers and freights were transported by roads due to absence of fully functioning railways and water transportation system. According to him, this ... more
  • 3 days SERAP berates Buhari over comment on NASS being ‘highly overpaid Vanguard
    President Muhammadu Buhari Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has faulted the statement credited to President Muhammadu Buhari to the effect that “it is wrong for Nigerians to perceive the National Assembly as being “highly overpaid” for doing little.” SERAP deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare stated: “Buhari’s statement directly contradicts his own Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption, which has repeatedly stated that members of Nigeria’s National Assembly are grossly overpaid. According to Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), a Nigerian senator earns at least N15m monthly while a member of House of Representatives earns N13.5m monthly.” “If President Buhari wants to find ... more
  • 3 days Lagos govt, NTDC agree to boost tourism in Lagos Vanguard
    The commissioner and DG, NTDC, Mr Folorunsho Coker during the visit of the latter to his Abuja office. By Olasunkanmi Akoni The Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, has said that the state government was prepared to collaborate with the Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation, NTDC, to strengthen tourism in the state and in Nigeria. Speaking, during a visit to the Director-General of the NTDC, Mr Folorunsho Coker, alias, “Folly Coker“ in Abuja, on Wednesday, Akinbile-Yusuf, said that her ministry would take advantage of the unique opportunity provided by NTDC to reach out to major ... more
  • 3 days Security: Kwara govt proposes IDs, uniform for commercial motorcycle operators Vanguard
    Kwara State Governor, Abdulrazaq The Kwara State Government has initiated issuance of Identification Cards (IDs)and uniforms for commercial motorcycle operators as security measures to curb crimes in the state. The state Commissioner for Works, Mr Suleiman Rotimi, made this known on Thursday in Ilorin during a meeting with commercial motorcycle operators better known as “Okada” riders in the state. Rotimi said that the measure became necessary sequel to the influx of motorcyclists from other states into Ilorin and other towns. He said that part of the security strategies adopted was the introduction of new single uniforms, IDs with bar ... more
  • 3 days KEDCO introduces whistleblower policy Vanguard
    The Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) has disclosed it has introduced whistleblower policy to reward anyone who informed the company about stealing of electricity, meter bypass and vandalization of the company’s facilities. Dr Mahmud Abubakar, Team Leader, Strategy Group, KEDCO, disclosed this in Katsina on Thursday while presenting a paper at a “Public Consultation on Extraordinary Tariff Review of the Multi-year Order. He also decried that only the average of 170, 000 out of 470, 000 of its customers settle their monthly electricity bills in Jigawa,  Kano and Katsina states. Abubakar also revealed that some of the customers ... more
  • 3 days NAF destroys ISWAP hideout, neutralises insurgents in Borno Vanguard
    NAF jet The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says it has destroyed an Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) hideout at Bukar Meram on the fringes of the Lake Chad Basin in northern Borno. NAF said it also neutralised some of the insurgents fighters at the same area. Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, who made this known in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, said the operation was conducted on Wednesday. Daramola said the feat was achieved on Feb.19, in air strikes conducted as part of the ongoing “Operation Rattle Snake III” after ... more
  • 3 days Oxygen spotted in another galaxy for first time ever Vanguard
    The galaxy UGC 8058, also known as Markarian 231. Oxygen has been detected outside our home galaxy the Milky Way for the first time ever. Molecules of oxygen have been tracked to a strange and distant galaxy millions of light-years away. The oxygen was uncovered in Markarian 231, which is powered by an “extremely bright” nucleus. Markarian 231 is a wild and highly volatile galaxy that we still know very little about. But the mystery galaxy now appears to support the existence of oxygen – boosting our understanding of the distant universe. “With deep observations towards Markarian 231…we detected ... more
  • 3 days Security: Kwara Govt proposes ID cards, single uniform for okada riders Vanguard
    The Kwara State Government has initiated the issuance of Identification Cards (IDs)and uniforms for commercial motorcycle operators as security measures to curb crimes in the state. The state Commissioner for Works, Mr. Suleiman Rotimi, made this known on Thursday in Ilorin during a meeting with commercial motorcycle operators better known as “Okada” riders in the state. Rotimi said that the measure became a necessary sequel to the influx of motorcyclists from other states into Ilorin and other towns. READ ALSO: Minimum wage, VAT, Okada ban pressure inflation He said that part of the security strategies adopted was the introduction of ... more
  • 3 days We are retelling African story through CNN’s Avant-Garde — Herbert Wigwe Vanguard
    Herbert Wigwe From the last decade to date, Africa has witnessed an upsurge of creativity in the areas of Arts, Fashion, Music and Film. It becomes imperative to introduce a platform that will serve as a springboard to help launch these creative minds to the rest of the world. Access Bank through the Avant-Garde series on CNN has taken up the mantle to do just that. Also read: Western nations sponsoring Amnesty International to destabilize Nigeria — AU  Avant-Garde tells stories about contemporary African culture on CNN, in a bid to better connect the world to the African continent by ... more
  • 3 days Six workers rescued from underground cigarette factory in Spain Vanguard
    Spanish civil guards stand in an illegal underground tobacco factory during a police raid in Monda, near Malaga, in southern Spain. PHOTO: Reuters Spanish police have rescued six workers who were left trapped and gasping for air in a counterfeit cigarette factory located in a bunker four metres (13 feet) underground, police and Europol said Thursday. Both Europol and Spanish police said it was the first underground counterfeit cigarette factory discovered in the European Union. Police found the site last week underneath some stables near Moran, a mountain town in the southern province of Malaga. Capable of producing more ... more
  • 3 days Four NSCDC officers kidnapped in Kogi Vanguard
    The police in Kogi have confirmed the kidnap of four officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) by unknown gunmen. The spokesman of the police in the state, DSP William Aya, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lokoja that the officers were kidnapped at a spot in Alo-Offoke community on the Itobe-Ayingba road. The officials were said to be travelling to Makurdi for promotion examination when their vehicles were stopped by the kidnappers. ” Information gathered reveals that four civil defence personnel were among the kidnapped victims, “Aya said, indicating that those kidnapped may ... more
  • 3 days Martial grabs key goal for Man Utd in Bruges Vanguard
    Anthony Martial struck a crucial away goal as Manchester United ground out a 1-1 draw against Club Brugge in Belgium on Thursday in the first leg of their Europa League last 32 tie. Nigerian forward Emmanuel Dennis lobbed a stranded Sergio Romero from 30 yards to give Belgian league leaders Brugge the lead on 15 minutes at a chilly, rainswept Jan Breydelstadion. Martial though hauled United level before half-time with an excellent run and finish after pouncing on a defensive lapse from Brandon Mechele. United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made six changes to the side that beat Chelsea on ... more
  • 3 days Malawi MPs reject bill to amend presidential election law Vanguard
    Malawi lawmakers on Thursday rejected a bill that would have meant a president could only be re-elected after securing at least 50 per cent of votes cast, dismissing a landmark order by the country’s top court. In its historic ruling, earlier this month the Constitutional Court overturned last year’s election of President Peter Mutharika and also ordered that a candidate should be chosen by more than 50 per cent of the ballots cast. Under the current first-past-the-post electoral system for choosing a president, Mutharika won the election with 38.5 per cent of the votes cast, a narrow win against ... more
  • 3 days PDP: People with disabilities, others advocate for increased political participation Vanguard
    Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) By Charly Agwam – Bauchi People with disabilities, in collaboration with women and youth groups, have called on the leadership of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bauchi state to support increased participation for marginalized groups. The marginalized groups which were supported and trained by the International Republican Institute (IRI) pleaded with the party leadership to honour the 35 per cent affirmative action for mainstream marginalized groups in the structures and processes of the party. Speaking at an advocacy meeting on Thursday, PDP youth leader, Murtala Abubakar who spoke on behalf of the groups said the ... more
  • 3 days Edo govt condemns cult-related killings, warns against exploiting youths Vanguard
    The Edo State Government has condemned the spike in cult-related killings in the state, cautioning that government will not condone any act of violence or anyone who exploits delinquent youths to cause mayhem in the state. In a statement, Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr Crusoe Osagie, said it has become expedient to sound a note of warning to anyone disrupting public peace and safety, noting that security agencies will spare no resources in bringing violators to book. ALSO READ: Amotekun Bill scales second reading at Ogun assembly According to him, “We are ... more
  • 3 days Mourinho explains Alli’s tantrum during Spurs’ loss to Leipzig Vanguard
    Jose Mourinho insists that Dele Alli was angry at his own performance and not at him after the Tottenham midfielder’s tantrum in their 1-0 loss to RB Leipzig on Wednesday night. Spurs, without Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, struggled to create chances in the first leg of the last-16 tie and lost courtesy of Timo Werner’s second-half penalty. Ben Davies gave the spot-kick away with a clumsy challenge on Konrad Laimer in the 56th minute and it leaves the Premier League top-four hopefuls with a deficit to wipe out in the second leg. ALSO READ: Mourinho says the ‘situation couldn’t ... more
  • 3 days Ogun seeks transfer of Sagamu, Ikorodu, Ota roads to state Vanguard
    Plans to employ additional 75,000 youths for Anchor Progressive By Johnbosco Agbakwuru Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun yesterday pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Federal Ministry of Works to transfer Shagamu – Ikorodu road, Epe-Ijebu-Ode road, Lagos -Ota-Abeokuta to the state. The Governor also said that the state hoped to employ about 75,000 youths for the newly launched Anchor Programme Scheme. Speaking to State House correspondents after meeting behind closed doors with President Muhammadu Buhari alongside a former governor of the state, Chief Segun Osoba at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the governor said the aim of ... more
  • 3 days Boxing: Deontay, Fury gear up for rematch Saturday Vanguard
    The much-awaited rematch between two heavyweight champions will come off in Las Vegas, United States this Saturday. Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder are gearing up for this highly anticipated bout. “This is the biggest fight in the last 50 years in the heavyweight division so both men are putting it on the line and the fans are the only winners here on that Saturday night because we both have a lot to lose. We’re gonna put on an entertaining fight and may the best man win.” Reporter: “Are you still sticking by (your prediction of a) 2nd round knockout?” ... more
  • 3 days Almajiri menace: Poor fathers should beg for alms, not children — Emir Sanusi Vanguard
    *Calls on houses of assembly, police, courts to protect women, girl-child
    The Emir of Kano By Johnbosco Agbakwuru Emir Kano, Muhammad Sanusi, on Thursday, said fathers who are too poor to cater for their children should beg for alms themselves and stop sending out their children as Almajiris. He also recommended the arrest of any parent that sends out a child to beg for alms and called for enactment of laws by state governments to tackle injustices in marriages. The Emir made the calls at a national conference by Future Assured Initiative, the non-governmental organisation of Aisha Buhari, the First ... more
  • 3 days Buhari reiterates support for peace efforts in Plateau Vanguard
    President Muhammadu Buhari By Johnbosco Agbakwuru – Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, reassured that the Federal Government will continue to support efforts by the Plateau State government towards a peaceful, prosperous and tolerant society. Receiving Governor Simon Lalong and other stakeholders from Plateau State, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, President Buhari appealed to residents and indigenes of the State to support the governor’s development agenda. According to him, ‘‘Plateau is strategic to Nigeria. It is geographically unique with its diverse environmental and huge economic potential. This clearly shows the State’s incredible potential in tourism, agriculture, and mining. ‘‘It ... more
  • 3 days US sanctions Iranian officials for barring candidates Vanguard
    Donald J. Trump The United States on Thursday slapped sanctions on five Iranian officials in charge of vetting candidates for the Islamic republic’s parliamentary elections, in which thousands, predominantly moderates, have been barred from running. The officials targeted ahead of Friday’s vote include Ahmad Jannati, a 92-year-old cleric who, according to the Treasury Department, oversaw the disqualification of nearly half the 16,033 potential candidates including dozens of sitting MPs. Along with his role on the election-supervising Guardian Council, the ultra-conservative also plays a key role on the body that selects the regime’s supreme leader. “The Trump administration will not ... more
  • 3 days Okada ban: Taskforce nabs two fake uniform officers Vanguard
    By Olasunkanmi Akoni Operatives of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit (Taskforce) have arrested two suspects for impersonating security officers in Lagos. Chairman of the agency, Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP, Olayinka Egbeyemi, disclosed that while one of the suspects, Monday Job, impersonated a Police Officer using his commercial motorcycle, popularly called “Okada” for commercial purposes on restricted routes, while the second, Rasak Oloyede, presented himself as an Army Officer using his commercial bus for fraudulent acts along Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway. Egbeyemi stated that after their arrest the two suspects confessed to the crime, saying that they ... more
  • 3 days Guardiola breaks silence over Man City future after FFP allegations Vanguard
    Man City boss, Pep Guardiola Pep Guardiola insists he is “100%” sure he will remain as Manchester City boss next season, even if they were forced to play in League Two. City face potential sanctions following allegations that they have breached FFP rules, but have insisted the claims “are simply not true”, and will appeal the ruling. The potential ban from European competition has led many to question the future of Guardiola at the club, but the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss is adamant he has complete trust in the club’s hierarchy. ALSO READ: Guardiola to stick with ... more
  • 4 days Blame state govts’ for deforestation — Falana Vanguard
    Falana By Dirisu Yakubu Constitutional lawyer and rights activist, Femi Falana has accused state governments in the country of playing a part in the continuous destruction of forests in their various domains. The Senior Advocate of Nigeria stated this on Thursday in Abuja at a one day workshop on “Preventing Illicit Trade in Nigeria’s Endangered Plant Species,” organized by the HEDA Resource Centre in partnership with the Environmental Investigation Agency, EIA, and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. Lamenting the danger of environmental destruction, Falana maintained that some state governments trade in forest resources as a way of ... more
  • 4 days ASUU asks accountant general to resign over unremitted deductions Vanguard
    Ola Ajayi – Ibadan Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has called for the resignation of the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) Ahmed Idris for alleged gross incompetence. The academic union argued that the alleged failure of the Accountant General to release remitted deductions of University workers’ salaries for the month of January three weeks after payment of their salaries was a deliberate plan to make university staff suffer. In a statement jointly signed by the Ibadan Zonal Coordinator of the Union, Dr. Ade Adejumo and the University of Ibadan Chairman, Professor Ayo Akinwole stated that salaries are ... more
  • 4 days Mile 12 plantain market leader arraigned for defrauding traders of N40m Vanguard
    By Onozure Dania A Market Leader (Baba Oloja), in charge of Ikeoluwa Plantain market, near Owode Onirin, Mile 12, Lagos, Adeshina Oyegunle, was Thursday arraigned before a Lagos Magistrate’s Court, sitting in Igbosere for allegedly defrauding traders to the tune of N40,160,000. Oyegunle 62, alongside three others, Kalamu Isa Iyanda, 52; Akeem Oyedeji, 52, and Sunday Oluyemi, 47, were docked before Magistrate Miss O. Onamusi. The defendants whose residential addresses were not given are facing a six-count charge, bordering on conspiracy, fraud, stealing, and malicious damage of property. The Prosecutor CSP Charles Onwumere told the court that the defendants ... more
  • 4 days NSF: Edo will surprise Nigerians, says Shaibu Vanguard
    As the National Sports Festival draws near, and the host state, Edo, begins a 30-day countdown to the biennial events and the State’s Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, has said the event will be a launchpad to project new athletes for the global stage. Shaibu, who stated that sports facilities have been put in place around the state also expressed government’s readiness to put up a superlative host, consequent upon the successful completion of the Edo Sports Festival. “With the completion of the Edo Sports Festival, that means, we now have new athletes added to the established ones. That also ... more
  • 4 days David Silva races to recover from injury in time for Real Madrid clash Vanguard
    Silva Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola hopes David Silva will be fit for next week’s Champions League clash against Real Madrid after the midfielder was injured during the 2-0 win against West Ham. Silva limped off in the closing moments at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday after being caught by a crunching tackle from West Ham’s Angelo Ogbonna. Guardiola immediately asked Silva about the extent of the injury on the touchline and, while he does not think the problem is especially serious, there is still some doubt about his availability for the last 16 first leg in Spain next ... more
  • 4 days Egypt, Algeria, South Africa at high risk of suffering from coronavirus ―Study Vanguard
    Egypt, Algeria and South Africa are at high risk of suffering from the deadly coronavirus, a study released Wednesday suggested. The Lancet medical journal reported that the three African countries were at particular risk because of higher levels of travel and trade with China, where the COVID-19 virus first arose. Egypt’s health ministry announced last week the first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus in Africa — a foreigner whose nationality was not revealed. “African countries have recently strengthened their preparedness to manage importations of COVID-19 cases,” said study author Dr Vittoria Colizza, of France’s Sorbonne University. These include temperature ... more
  • 4 days Technical Director: NFF denies Daniel Amokachi Vanguard
    The Nigeria Football Federation has stated that Bitrus Bewarang remains the Technical Director of the football governing body, and that at no time has the body called for applications from candidates for his position, not to talk of appointing anyone into the post. “This clarification becomes necessary against the background of wide-circulating but totally misleading reports of the appointment of Mr. Daniel Amokachi, a former Super Eagles captain and coach, as head of NFF technical department,” Chairman of the NFF Technical and Development Committee, Alhaji Yusuf Ahmed Fresh, said in Abuja on Wednesday. ALSO READ: Leicester make ‘initial approach’ ... more
  • 4 days Updated: UNILAG lecturer bags 21 years prison sentence for rape Vanguard
    A Lagos High Court, sitting in Ikeja, Thursday sentenced a lecturer at the University of Lagos, Akoka, Afeez Baruwa, to 21- year imprisonment for raping an 18-year-old girl admission seeker. Also read: Lagos’ Lassa fever patient is a Law student from Ebonyi ―Commissioner for Health Vanguard The post Updated: UNILAG lecturer bags 21 years prison sentence for rape appeared first on Vanguard News. ... more
  • 4 days US, UK blame Russia for 2019 cyber attacks in Georgia Vanguard
    Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin Britain and the United States on Thursday accused Russian military intelligence of orchestrating a “reckless” campaign of cyber attacks against Georgia last year. The allegations follow the hacking of some 2,000 websites in the former Soviet republic, including those of the president, courts, and media, in a massive cyberattack in late October. “The GRU’s reckless and brazen campaign of cyber-attacks against Georgia, a sovereign and independent nation, is totally unacceptable,” British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said in a statement. “The Russian government has a clear choice: continue this aggressive pattern of behaviour against other countries, ... more
  • 4 days BREAKING: UNILAG lecturer bags 21 years for rape Vanguard
  • 4 days Senate moves to establish agency for repentant Boko Haram members Vanguard
    The Senate on Thursday began moves to establish an agency that would see to the rehabilitation, deradicalisation and integration of repentant insurgents in the country. A bill, sponsored by Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe East senatorial district, was read for the first time on the floor of the Senate Thursday. Already a subject of fierce push back, the bill offers further concession to Boko Haram militants who choose to cease fire. Last month, the Nigerian military said no fewer than 608 repentant Boko Haram insurgents were undergoing the De-radicalisation, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (DRR) programme under its Operation Safe Corridor in ... more
  • 4 days NIRSAL facilitates N102 b Agric loans Vanguard
    …creates 400, 000 jobs Emma Ujah, Abuja Bureau Chief The Nigerian Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending, (NIRSAL) has facilitated over N102 Billion as loans from Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) for various activities in the Agricultural Value Chains in the country. Also read: QuickCheck announces Strategic Partnership with Jumia&PayAttitude to provide loans to Thousands of Nigerians The institution’s Managing Director, Mr. Aliyu Abdulhameed, disclosed this in a chat with journalists in Abuja. According to the MD, NIRSAL has paid out a total of N4.6 Billion as claims to providers of finance (Deposit Money Banks) on Credit Risk ... more
  • 4 days Fatal Arrogance: Book exposing El-Zakzakky, IMN as a terrorist group launched in Abuja Vanguard
    Towards setting the narratives straight on the issues of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria for the understanding of their nefarious plans against the unity of the nation, a book exposing the evils of Ibrahim El-Zakzakky and his shittes movement, the Islamic Movement of Nigeria has been unveiled in Abuja. Speaking at the occasion, Chancellor of Centre for International and Strategic Studies CISS Prof Ahmed Danfulani noted that the mission and vision of IMN have not been officially stated, however, El-Zakzaky has severally made statements that mirrors the missions, goals and intentions of the group. Also read: Leverage technology to ... more
  • 4 days Former Emir of Gwandu calls on Buhari to sack Munguno, Abba Kyari, Service Chiefs Vanguard
    President Muhammadu Buhari A former Emir of Gwandu, Major Mustapha Jokolo (rtd), has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno and the Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari. Jokolo who was ADC to Major General Muhammadu Buhari when he was military Head of State, however, expressed sadness over the crisis in the Presidency. Major Jokolo equally asked President Muhammadu Buhari to listen to voices of Nigerians and sack the Service Chiefs. While speaking on a radio programme monitored in Kaduna, the monarch noted that altercations between officers holding sensitive offices had ... more
  • 4 days Oyo withdraws criminal case against ex-federal lawmaker Akinlabi Vanguard
    By Adeola Badru A criminal case instituted by the Oyo State Government against Mr Kamil Akinlabi, a former member of the House of Representatives and Chairman, Oyo State Road Maintenance Agency (OYSROMA) has been discontinued and withdrawn by the state. Also read: Army/IMN Clash: CSO asks court to stop IMN Spokesman, Musa, others from publishing book The suit (Oyo vs Akinlabi) Hoy/5c/2016 which was to be revisited after several adjournments, was dismissed by Justice Iyabo Yerima at court four of the State High Court in Ibadan. The former federal lawmaker was in 2016 arraigned before the state high ... more
  • 4 days CALSER writes Buhari over terrorism, wants Zulum, Borno elders to appreciate military Vanguard
    President Muhammadu Buhari The Centre For African Liberation and Socio-Economic Rights (CALSER), on Wednesday, penned an emotional letter to President Muhammadu Buhari on the war against terrorism, calling on Governor Babagana Zulum and Borno elders to support the military. In the letter signed by convener Princess Ajibola, CALSER revealed that the governor, as well as the political elites in the state, aren’t giving enough moral support to the troops on the frontline. Also read: Boko Haram/ISWAP attacks: CALSER mourns Nigerien troops, insists on UN global sanctions for France, other promoters of terrorism At every slightest opportunity, the group ... more
  • 4 days Makinde approves immediate payment of responsibility allowance to ORTMA officers Vanguard
    Seyi Makinde …we are poised to work more- ORTMA boss By Adeola Badru GOVERNOR Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has approved the immediate payment of Responsibility Allowance (RA) to officers of the State Road Traffic Management Agency (ORTMA) to serve as motivation to members of the paramilitary outfit across the state. Responsibility Allowance is a benefit that is being derived by any government agency who engages in certain tasks beyond their normal assignment and the stipulated working hours for workers in the state civil service. Also read: Oyindamola Aje emerges ‘Best Science Student’ The Director-General of the agency ... more
  • 4 days Covid-19 infections drop as China reverts diagnostic guidelines Vanguard
    The number of new confirmed Covid-19 infections in China dropped significantly on Thursday as health authorities reverted a decision to count clinically diagnosed patients as confirmed cases. Only 394 new coronavirus infections were counted across China over the past 24-hour period, compared to 1,749 new cases added on Wednesday. The National Health Commission reported a total of 74,576 infections across mainland China and 2,118 deaths including 114 casualties over the past 24 hours. The commission on Wednesday reversed a change in the diagnostic guidelines for coronavirus patients that allowed cases in Hubei province – the epicentre of the outbreak ... more
  • 4 days Edo 2020: EU tasks politicians on restraint in quests for power Vanguard
    Mr Ketil Karlsen, European Union Ambassador to Nigeria, has urged politicians to show restraints in their quest for power. Karlsen gave the advice on Thursday in Benin during a visit to Chief Dan Orbih, state Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and leaders of the party. He also appealed for peace and non-violence in the forthcoming Edo governorship election, adding that the EU was also meeting with other political parties on the same message. He advocated collaborative effort in order to amend the electoral law and pledged EU’s willingness to support the process. He explained that the EU ... more
  • 4 days Drop case or face disgrace, Imo stakeholders warn Ihedioha Vanguard
    Emeka Ihedioha Imo stakeholders, Wednesday, urged the former Imo governor, Emeka Ihedioaha to hearken to the voice of reason and discontinue his legal battle against Governor Hope Uzodinma or face unmitigated disaster in his political career. According to them, unless Ihedioha drops his review case at the Supreme Court, he may turn into a political leper after being defeated again by Governor Uzodinma. Former chairman of Iwuanyanwu Nationale, Price Lemmy Akakem; prominent businessman and philanthropist, Chief John Enyogasi and chairman of Traditional Rulers Council in Orlu, Eze Godwin Okeke, averred that Ihedioha might be heading to political perdition because ... more
  • 4 days Edo Govt plans new city layout in Iyekogba axis Vanguard
    Godwin Obaseki Edo government says it will expand the Benin City-Iyekogba axis in ward 2, of Orede Local Government Area (LGA) for proper planning of communities in the area. Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo disclosed this in Iyekogba, after inspecting the newly constructed roads in Irhiri, Aruogba, Obazagbon, Obagienevbosa, Ogheghe and Ogbekpen communities in Ward 2, Oredo LGA on Wednesday. He expressed satisfaction with the standard of the roads, noting that roads became a priority going by the state government plan to expand Benin city axis for building of infrastructures. READ ALSO:Years after: 11 War-torn villages in Ebonyi ... more
  • 4 days Bill for establishment of Police Academy passes 2nd reading in Senate Vanguard
    A bill for the establishment of the Nigeria Police Academy, Wudil, Kano as a degree awarding institution on Wednesday, passed second reading in the Senate. This followed the presentation of the bill during plenary by the sponsor, Sen. Halliru Jika (APC Bauchi). Leading the debate on the general principles of the bill, Jika said that it was read the first time in the Senate on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. READ ALSO:Senate begins 2019 budget debate today The bill, he said sought to provide for the legal framework for the Nigeria Police Academy which officially took off in 1988 ... more
  • 4 days Why we returned  schools to Missions — Fayemi Vanguard
      By Rotimi Ojomoyela
    Governor Kayode Fayemi Ekiti—The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, on Wednesday disclosed that his administration decided to return schools to missions and original owners in order to restore moral value in schools and arrest the activities of “profiteers and undisciplined” elements in the system. He added that the actions would also rid the schools of decadent practices like ; ICT fraud called ‘yahoo’ , truancy and examination malpractices. Dismissing the fear that the federal government sponsored school feeding programme had been cancelled,  Fayemi said the delay was caused by removal of the policy ... more
  • 4 days What makes a great teacher: Pedagogy or personality? Vanguard
    Teacher MaryJane Ikeakaonwu teaches in Bridge International Academies Despite the harsh economic situation in the country, many Nigerians are still ready to spend their last kobo on getting quality education for their children. In fact, it is common to see some parents selling their personal effects to buy books, learning aids and tools for their children or even doing that to pay their school fees. However, if a parent denies himself the luxuries of life to get his child educated, and the school has the best of facilities, the role of the teacher cannot be overlooked. Then the question ... more
  • 4 days Larry Tesler: Computer scientist behind ‘cut-copy-paste’ dies at 74 Vanguard
    Larry Tesler, an icon of early computing, credited as the inventor of ‘cut, copy and paste’ has died at the age of 74. Mr Tesler started working in Silicon Valley in the early 1960s, at a time when computers were inaccessible to the vast majority of people. It was thanks to his innovations – which included the “cut”, “copy” and “paste” commands – that the personal computer became simple to learn and use. Xerox, where Mr Tesler spent part of his career, paid tribute to him. READ ALSO: Computer Village Crisis: Osundairo residents send SOS message to LASG ... more
  • 4 days Bayelsa: Leave judiciary alone, group warns political class Vanguard
    Wants Oshiomhole, Lyon arrested By Dirisu Yakubu A coalition of Civil Society Group for Democracy yesterday warned the political class to leave the judiciary alone to do its job, rather making reckless comments capable of heating the polity and causing disaffection among the people. This is as the coalition counselled the Supreme Court to stand by its judgments delivered on the 2019 general elections, particularly its recent ruling on the Bayelsa state governorship election, to safeguard the independence of the nation’s judiciary. Addressing newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja, convener of the group, Mr Conscious Richard, commended the apex court ... more
  • 4 days Police arrest man over alleged possession of fake currency Vanguard
    The Police in Jigawa have arrested a 33-year-old man over alleged possession of fake currency in Kazaure Local Government Area of the state. The police spokesman in the state, SP Abdu Jinjiri, confirmed the arrest to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Dutse on Thursday. READ ALSO:Six suspected robbers arrested in Aba Jinjiri said the suspect was arrested on Wednesday in Kazaure town after he bought six bags of rice and two cartons of spaghetti at the cost of N98,400 from a shop in Kanti quarters. He said the suspect allegedly used counterfeit notes to pay for the ... more
  • 4 days Two Japan cruise ship passengers die from coronavirus Vanguard
    Two passengers who were suffering from coronavirus on the Diamond Princess cruise ship off the coast of Japan have died, officials said Wednesday. Japan’s health ministry said that the two patients — a man and a woman in their 80s — are among the first people aboard the boat who have died from the disease. Japanese broadcast outlet, NHK, said the two Japanese cruise passengers were an 87-year-old man and an 84-year-old woman. They both had existing pulmonary issues, authorities said. READ ALSO: Daily cured cases of COVID-19 surpasses new cases – Embassy The Diamond Princess, docked in ... more
  • 4 days Insecurity: Catholic Church builds police station for own varsity,Abuja community Vanguard
    26 students bag first-class as Veritas University holds 8th convocation Saturday By Joseph Erunke
    Catholic bishops ABUJa- AGAINST the backdrop of increasing rate of insecurity in the country, the Catholic Church has taken proactive measure in protecting its university institution by building a police station for Bwari Community where its university, Veritas University, is situated. The police station which is expected for commissioning and subsequent handover to the Nigeria Police on Saturday, is aimed at assisting the force to tighten security around Bwari,the institution’s host community. READ ALSO:VC harps on importance of ... more
  • 4 days Nigerians free to sue FG for refund of ransom paid to kidnappers ― Falana Vanguard
    Says AGF’s Office reduced to an NGO
    Femi Falana By Dirisu Yakubu Lagos lawyer, Femi Falana, SAN, Wednesday, called on Nigerians paying a ransom to secure freedom for their abducted loved ones to feel free to approach the courts to compel the federal government to refund same because, in his words, “the responsibility for protecting lives and properties lies squarely with the government.” Falana disclosed this yesterday at the 18th Anti-Corruption Situation Room, ACSR, organized by the HEDA Resource Centre in partnership with the McArthur Foundation. The senior advocate who was the keynote speaker at the event also flayed ... more
  • 4 days Nigerian lawyers, firms must acquire skills to gain from AfCFTA —Akpata Vanguard
    By Innocent Anaba Senior Partner, Templars, a law firm with head office in Lagos, Mr Olumide Akpata, has called on lawyers in the country to acquire the right skills and collaborate with foreign firms to be able to take advantage of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area, AfCFTA, which Nigeria ratified last year. He warned that if Nigerian lawyers are unable to provide service in highly technical areas, foreign lawyers and law firms would take over such services. Speaking in Lagos, yesterday, at the Africa Trace Roadshow, put together by Templars and BakerMcKenzie, a law firm with branches in ... more
  • 4 days Skill G Innovation STEM centre berths in Abuja Vanguard
    By Joseph Erunke   A PRIVATELY-owned Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, STEM and Artificial Intelligence centre, the first of its kind in Nigeria, has been set up. Christened Skill G Innovation Centre for STEM Education, the Abuja centre is meant for the advancement of technical education, science and mathematics in Nigerian schools. In an interactive session with the media, the Managing Director, Prof. Gregory Ibe, described it as a turnkey project company that would incubate and impart the idea of technical education. READ ALSO:Ughelli-Asaba dual carriageway will complement Warri Port activities – Okowa “The basic aim for establishing ... more
  • 4 days Mother of 12 delivers self of quadruplets in Kaduna village without health care Vanguard
    *No antenatal, as nearest hospital is a canoe and okada away
    The quadruplets and the house in which they were born. By Ibrahim Yakubu “I have been going through serious pains and stress. It’s not easy.” It certainly cannot be easy for the speaker, Zainab, aged 30, who recently gave birth to quadruplets in a Kaduna village without help from anyone. And the mother of 12 never went for antenatal. Makwalla village in Igabi, Kaduna State, where Zainab lives, lacks the necessary facilities and the distance between her and the nearest health centre, added to poor transportation, ... more
  • 4 days Supreme Court: Justices on their way out Vanguard
    By Henry Ojelu, At a public function last year, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mohammad Tanko raised concerns over the heavy workload on justices of the Supreme Court. The CJN pointed out that it would be difficult for the justices to cope with the volume of cases before them if nothing is done urgently. Although not expressly stated by the CJN, one of the core factors responsible for the issue raised by him is the number of justices at the apex court. At the moment, there are 13 Justice of the Supreme Court, whereas section 230 (2) (b) ... more
  • 4 days A detainee has a right to bail by Justice Usman Bwala Vanguard
    By Justice Usman Bwala A person who is imprisoned or detained has a right to an early trial or be released on bail, James Danbaba vs The State 2000 14 NWLR (Pt 687) 396 at 409. Where there is a delayed investigation or trial a person can apply for bail pending the conclusion of investigation or trial. Bail, therefore, is applicable in three stages: bail before trial; (2) bail during trial; and (3) bail after conviction. We shall start with bail before trial. What is bail? Bail is a common word in every society, however, its meaning and applicability ... more
  • 4 days Years after: 11 War-torn villages in Ebonyi receive relief materials worth millions of naira Vanguard
    Relief items brought to the community by SEMA and PDA By Peter Okutu The community of Offia Orji in Ndiegu Okpuitumo, Abakaliki local government area of Ebonyi State, Thursday, received relief materials worth thousands of naira in the State. The community comprising eleven villages were deeply affected by its conflict with Cross River State, during which numerous lives were lost and properties including houses were destroyed in 2017. The relief materials which included bags of Beans, pads, salt, tissues, bags of sugar, cartons of detergent, bags of rice, cartons of Ndomie, bags of garri, packs of bottled water, ... more
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