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Mozambique denies accusations of abuses in insurgency-hit province

Mozambique on Thursday denied accusations by rights group Amnesty International that soldiers had committed atrocities, saying the acts were carried out by Islamist insurgents impersonating troops. Militants with links to Islamic State have stepped up attacks in Mozambique this year, alarming governments across southern Africa. Amnesty said on Wednesday it had seen videos showing soldiers […]

Mitsui OSK to spend $9.4 million on Mauritius clean-up after oil spill

Japan’s Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd said on Friday it would spend about 1 billion yen (7.35 million pounds) on measures to help Mauritius, including the clean-up of the island’s mangrove forests and contribution to an environmental recovery fund. A bulk carrier owned by Japan’s Nagashiki Shipping and chartered by Mitsui OSK ran aground on a […]

Severe floods hit 760,000 people in West and Central Africa

Nigerien student Hachimou Abdou has had to catch a boat to classes since river water swamped his route to university in the capital Niamey – one of about 760,000 people hit by severe flooding in recent weeks in parts of West and Central Africa. Floods are common during the rainy season, but in recent years […]

Police and protesters clash as Mali starts post-coup transition talks

Police fired tear gas to disperse campaigners for civilian rule before substantive talks over Mali’s political future began in Bamako on Thursday, a sign of a deepening rift over who should lead the post-coup transitional government. About 100 supporters of the M5-RFP coalition, which led months of protests against now-deposed President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, clashed […]

Nigerian academics in UK lift students

The Association of Nigerian Academics in the United Kingdom (ANAUK) has provided financial support to privately sponsored Nigerian students in British higher institutions. At the height of COVID-19 pandemic, many students experienced severe financial hardship due to their inability to work and little or no support from their families and educational institutions. In response to […]

Police advise vehicle owners

The Ogun State Police Command has advised the public especially those who lost their vehicles /motorcycles to thieves or left abandoned to report at Agbara and Idiroko Divisional headquarters for identification and claims within 14 days of this publication. Agbara vehicles One unregistered Mazda 323 Saloon Car; One Mazda 626 with registration number FL 293 […]

We must return FESTAC town to original plan

The Managing Director/Chief Executive of Federal Housing Authority (FHA), Sen. Gbenga Ashafa, yesterday promised to return FESTAC Town in Lagos to its original plan. He spoke during a tour of FESTAC Town with FHA Executive Director of Business Development AbdulMumin Jibrin and other officials. He warned that illegalities in the estate would not be condoned, […]

DSS invites Mailafia again, says life in danger

A former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Dr. Obadiah Mailafia has received a third invitation from the Department of State Security (DSS) in less than two months. He was asked to appear on Monday, September 14 by 11am. Mailafia told The Nation on Friday his life was in danger because certain […]

JOHESU seeks Keyamo’s intervention

Health workers under Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) have called on Minister of State for Labour and Employment Festus Keyamo to intervene in the dispute between them and the Federal Government. JOHESU Chairman Bio Josiah accused the Federal Government of short-changing members in the payment of COVID-19 Inducement Allowances. He said the Federal Ministry of […]

PDP Reps sue Mohammed, AGF, NBC over broadcasting code

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the House of Representatives has dragged the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed and the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) before the Federal High Court in Abuja to invalidate the controversial 6th broadcasting code. A copy of the originating summon sighted by The Nation in Abuja joins Attorney General of […]

Nigeria, Korea to deepen cooperation in shipping

Nigeria and South Korea have agreed to intensify their collaboration in trade and shipping development. This was disclosed in Lagos, during a meeting between the Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh, and Consul General, Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Nigeria, Kim In-Taek. Both countries have maintained good maritime […]

Marketers hopeful deregulation, gas policies will bolster refining activities

Nigeria can develop into the refining hub for West and Central Africa, therefore becoming a net exporter of refined products following the Federal Government’s new policies on alternative energy, total deregulation, liberalization of the petroleum downstream sector, and the coming on stream of new modular refineries, Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN), has said. […]

NIMASA key in stopping Nigeria’s oil dependence – Diri

Says country’s future lies in maritime development Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Duoye Diri, has revealed that the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is key in efforts to wean Nigeria from its dependence on crude oil. Diri who stated this on Monday in Lagos, when he paid a courtesy visit to the headquarters […]

TStv acquires EPL right, broadcasts live matches today

Direct to home pay television operator, TStv Africa, yesterday announced that it has acquired rights to broadcast English Football League (EFL) live matches to Nigerians starting with today’s kick off of the championship, the company announced on its Facebook page yesterday. EFL is the second tier of the English Football League contested by 24 clubs. […]

Brooks Koepka ruled out of U.S. Open 2020 through injury

Two-time winner, Brooks Koepka, has withdrawn from next week’s U.S. Open at Winged Foot due to injury, according to independent.co.uk. Koepka has struggled with a left knee injury, which saw him sidelined for three months last season and also needed on-course treatment to his hip during his title defence at the U.S. PGA Championship in […]

Klopp shrugs off rivals’ spending as Premier League kicks off

Jurgen Klopp has warned Liverpool’s title rivals that splashing out on new signings is no guarantee of success as the Premier League champions start their new campaign against Leeds on Saturday. Klopp’s side are back in action just seven weeks after Jordan Henderson lifted the trophy to mark the culmination of Liverpool’s first title-winning campaign […]

Edgal, new SARS boss shares hotlines

The New Commissioner of Police in charge of the Nigeria Police Federal Special Anti-robbery Squad (FSARS), Imohimi Edgal, has released special hotlines, calling on citizens to report excesses of operatives of the unit across the country. The citizens’ complaint hotlines are: 08121226468, 08081911644 and 09095097307. Others are: 08055911306 and 08062856290. It was gathered that Edgal […]

FG okays extra N8.9b hazard allowance for health workers

The Federal Government has approved additional N8.9 billion as COVID-19 hazard allowance for health workers in the country. Besides, procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE) for hospitals and isolation centres is to get more attention. Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, who […]

President receives, woos Adesina on infrastructure deficit

• AU considers uniform currency, market for African nations President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, received president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, imploring him to lend support to his administration’s quest to address the infrastructure deficit in Nigeria. Congratulating him on his re-election, Buhari reminded his visitor “nothing succeeds like success.” He lauded […]

CJN tells Edo, Ondo election tribunals to guard against intimidation

INEC to deploy five RECs, 13,000 others for Edo Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad, yesterday, swore in 85 judges who will adjudicate on election petition tribunals in the Edo and Ondo states’ governorship polls. The CJN, however, urged the members to be firm and not to be swayed by sentiments and blackmail […]

Strictly Politics – Tackling Insecurity in the Nation

It’s Strictly Politics with Segun Adebowale. On this edition join us as we discuss issues of insecurity and how to stand against them.. The Next Episode will be showing on Wednesday by 1:30PM GMT+1 & Sunday by 4:30PM GMT+1. You can download the “LIVE TV APP” on Android & Apple store to watch Loveworld Plus […]

U.N. peacekeepers resume protection of Congo’s Nobel Laureate

United Nations peacekeepers on Wednesday resumed protection of Congo’s Nobel Prize Laureate Denis Mukwege, who received death threats in recent weeks after he called for justice over serious human rights violations. Mukwege has won international recognition, including the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, for decades of work treating female victims of the conflict in Bukavu in […]

Large fire erupts in Beirut port area, a month after massive blast

A store of oil and tyres at Beirut port burst into flames on Thursday but there were no immediate reports of injuries, a little more than a month after a massive blast devastated the port and surrounding residential area of the Lebanese capital. The army said it was not immediately clear why the oil and […]

Russia protests Germany’s ‘accusations and ultimatums’ on Navalny

Russia on Wednesday issued a strong protest to Germany over the alleged poisoning of opposition figure Alexei Navalny, denouncing what it said were baseless claims and warning of a major risk to diplomatic ties. The foreign ministry in Moscow said it had summoned German ambassador Geza Andreas von Geyr and protested “unfounded accusations and ultimatums […]

Police and protesters clash as Mali starts post-coup transition talks

The first day of consultations over Mali’s political future kicked off with police firing tear gas to disperse supporters of an alliance of political parties, a sign of a deepening rift over who should lead the post-coup transitional government. About 100 supporters of the M5-RFP coalition, which led months of mass demonstrations against deposed President […]

Profit-taking drags stock indices further by N38 billion

Profit-taking continued to take a toll on the equities sector of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), extending negative sentiment to three consecutive trading days, causing market capitalisation to slide further by N38 billion. Yesterday, the All-Share Index (ASI) decreased by 72.41 absolute points, or 0.28 per cent to close at 25,424.91 points. Similarly, the overall […]

Onne Customs to dismantle bottlenecks, says no room for compromise

The new Controller of the Nigeria Customs Service (NSC), Area II Command, Onne, Rivers State, Comptroller Auwal Mohammed, has vowed to dismantle all bottlenecks and block revenue leakages to ensure smooth delivery of the Federal Government’s mandate in the sector. Mohammed, who spoke during a meeting with stakeholders and the outgoing controller, Comptroller Galadima Saidu, […]

Pantami projects 21 per cent digital economy by 2021

The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, has projected that Nigeria’s economy would go 21 per cent digital by 2021, as digitalisation is becoming the most adopted economy globally. According to him, the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic brought to light the importance of the digital economy in the growth of any […]

Football legend Nwankwo Kanu commends Simba TVS’ quality service

• As new workshop opens in Kano Former Super Eagles Captain, Kanu Nwankwo Tuesday in Kano commended Simba TVS, exclusive distributors of the official motorcycle and tricycle of the Nigerian national team, for the company’s unparalleled commitment to quality customer service nationwide. Kanu, special guest at the inauguration of a further TVS workshop in Nigeria’s […]

Bob Arum’s Top Rank, including Tyson Fury, debuts in Nigeria

Nigerian boxing fans have been given the opportunity to watch all the fights involving boxers on Top Rank Promotions’ stable, including one arm of the world heavyweight boxing title holder, Tyson Fury. For nearly half a century, Top Rank has produced some of its most exciting bouts. Top Rank’s current stable of champions represents the […]

FIFA’s mini stadia in Ugborodo, Kebbi to begin in two weeks

• Delta community leaders praise Pinnick To boost football development at the grassroots level, the World soccer ruling body, FIFA, is set to construct two mini stadia in Nigeria. One of the projects will be sited at Ugborodo community in Warri southwest Council of Delta State, while the other will be located in Kebbi State. […]

LASEPA, foundation partner to boost eye health among workers

The Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) has partnered with Kingstripes Care Foundation, a non-governmental organisation, to boost clearer vision among staff in the agency. In a statement made available to The Guardian yesterday, 200 workers of the public health agency benefited from a two-day free eye screening facilitated by the partnership. Themed ‘Enabling Clearer […]

Why East Africa leads in continental growth, by SAP chief

As the world starts to recover slowly from a year of constant disruptions and challenges, East Africa is leading other regions as the fastest growing economy, with Ethiopia and Rwanda recording strong growth. Managing Director for Central Africa at Systems Applications and Products in Data Processing (SAP), Pedro Guerreiro, in a statement yesterday, referred to […]

El-Rufai not ready for peace in Kaduna, SOKAPU alleges

Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU) has alleged that Governor Nasir el-Rufai is not ready for peace in the state. According to SOKAPU, until the governor renders apology to Southern Kaduna people and the elders over his derogatory comments against them, it will be taken that the peace process of the government is a ruse. Speaking […]

Senate extends constitution amendment memoranda submission date

The Senate has extended the closure of submission of memoranda from various interest groups in Nigeria regarding the review of the constitution. Its committee in charge of the exercise, which made the announcement yesterday in Abuja, shifted the deadline by nine days. Deputy Senate President and Chairman of the Committee on Constitution Review, Ovie Omo-Agege, […]

Africa has 60m farms, says report

There are 60 million farms in Africa, the Africa Agriculture Status Report (AASR) unveiled at the ongoing virtual African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) Kigali, Rwanda, has revealed. This is coming on the heels of Food and Agriculture Organisation(FAO) prediction that the agricultural market in Africa will reach $1 trillion by 2030. This year’s AASR focuses […]

‘Why Edo will vote for Ize-Iyamu’

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State, Prince Blessing Edigin, in this interview with Southsouth Bureau Chief BISI OLANIYI, speaks about the crisis in the chapter and the September 19 governorship election, among other issues. Excerpts: WHAT is responsible for the face-off between a former National Chairman of APC, Comrade Adams […]

BREAKING: Trump nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

American President Donald Trump has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. He was nominated by Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian Parliament, who told Fox News that for his merit, Trump deserved it. Gjedde said: “For his merit, I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most […]

Ministers move to end doctors strike

•Parley in Abuja today •Patients leave hospitals THE Federal Government on Tuesday initiated moves to arrest the on-going strike by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) and the planned strike by health workers. Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige; the Minister of Finance, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed and the Minister of Health, Dr. […]

Niger exports fuel to Nigeria as Egypt, Algeria build 13 refineries

Neighbouring Niger Republic, which started commercial oil production in 2011, now exports petroleum products to Nigeria, as Egypt and Algeria lead African operations with 13 refineries. Both countries (Egypt and Algeria) have combined capacity of 1.4 million barrels per day. For decades, Nigeria’s three major refineries have been grounded to near-zero capacity utilisation with all […]

Nigeria’s border closure not good for regional trade, says NESG

The Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), has charged the Nigerian Government to speed up plans of reopening closed land borders. The group in a statement titled “Matters of Urgency” said “expedite actions” should be taken on the “closed borders given its negative impact on trade and employment.” Nigerian Government said the borders were closed to […]

Enugu Rangers regroup September 13 ahead 2020/21 season

Former champions, Enugu Rangers, will begin preparations for the 2020/2021 season on September 13, the management of the club has disclosed. Enugu Rangers, who last won the Nigerian Professional Football League title in 2016 and took the Aiteo Cup in 2018, said they are determined to win both titles this coming season. Speaking during a […]

Californians airlifted from fires as dangerous winds arrive

Dangerous dry winds whipped up California’s record-breaking wildfires and ignited new blazes Tuesday, as hundreds were evacuated by helicopter and tens of thousands were plunged into darkness by power outages across the western United States. The arrival of strong gusts after the Labor Day weekend’s unprecedented temperatures saw most of California placed under severe weather […]

I am ready for winner of Fury, Wilder trilogy, says Joshua

Joshua is ready to take on the winner of the Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder trilogy match in 2021, and he feels he’ll beat both of them. If Joshua had it his way, he would fight the winner of the Fury-Wilder 3 right away in early 2021, but he probably won’t be able to do […]

Buhari orders ministers, MDAs to stoutly defend regime’s achievements

Worried about relentless criticism of his administration, President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, directed his ministers as well as the ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to leave no stone unturned in defending the policies and achievements of the Federal Government. He specifically ordered them to go on the offensive, and stop sitting idly allowing “political opponents to […]

Ronaldo at the double, France see off Croatia in World Cup final repeat

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a stunning brace to take him to 101 international goals for Portugal in a 2-0 victory over 10-man Sweden in the Nations League on Tuesday, while France won a repeat of the 2018 World Cup final 4-2 over Croatia. Ronaldo broke the mythical 100-goal mark on the stroke of half-time, the 35-year-old […]

What I told Trump about Christian massacre, by Buhari

•Nigerian president accuses previous govts of encroaching on cattle routes •Says US leader accused him of killing Christians President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday stunned guests when he revealed what transpired between him and President Donald Trump over the American leader’s allegation that the Nigerian government was supervising the killing of Christians under his administration. President Buhari […]

Protests in Oyo, Osun over fuel price, electricity tariff hike

Protesters, Onitiri urge Buhari to rescind decision • OPC warns president against impending danger of increase • New electricity tariff will affect energy already paid for, say DisCos Scores of students, workers and civil society groups stormed the streets of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, yesterday, to express displeasure with the hike in price of […]
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News Focus – C.A.M.A Prt 2

CAN demands suspension of bill, says its war against Christianity in Nigeria.. Join Marshall Anthoni Ononye with his Guest as they discuss issues of the nation.

Ethiopia bars journalists from flying to Tigray regional vote -passengers

At least 12 people, including four journalists and a senior think tank analyst, were barred on Monday from flying to Tigray, four of the passengers said, after Ethiopian security officials said the region’s elections later this week were illegal. Ethiopia’s upper house said on Saturday plans by the Tigray region to hold an election on […]

West Africa leaders say Mali junta must name a president by Sept. 15

West Africa’s regional leaders have given the military junta in Mali until Sept. 15 to name a transitional president and a prime minister, according to a statement read at the end of a summit on Monday. The heads of state of the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said the president and prime […]

Korea tasks FG on National eGovernment Master Plan

The Country Director, Korea International Cooperation Agency in Nigeria, Woochan Chang, has tasked the Federal Government to proactively implement the National eGovernment Master Plan, to ensure digital transformation of the Nigerian economy. Chang noted that the National eGovernment Master Plan is not just about the roadmap, but that its actual implementation will lead to the […]

Honeywell, Chams, others lead stock market N12b losses

Transactions on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), reopened on a downturn yesterday, following price losses suffered by most blue-chip stocks, especially Honeywell Flour Mills, and Chams, causing market capitalisation to depreciate by N12 billion. At the close of trading Monday, the All Share Index (ASI) shed 23.41 points or 0.09 per cent to 25,582.23 points. […]

Electricity consumers insist new tariff ill-timed

The implementation of a new tariff by the electricity distribution companies (DisCos) across Nigeria, has stoked a controversy with the operators, as consumers refuse to accept the increment, calling for its reversal. The 11 DisCos had rolled out an electricity tariff template to implement a new service reflective tariff, which will see some consumers pay […]

Chelsea table £18m for Rennes goalkeeper as Kante nears Inter Milan move

Chelsea has been the busiest of the Premier League clubs in this summer’s transfer window. The Blues have completed the signings of Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Malang Sarr, Thiago Silva, and Kai Havertz and are still eyeing more deals, while a number of players have been put up for sale. They are set […]

Lagos National Stadium ‘clean up’ 75 percent completed, says Nesiama

• Final stage of demolition takes place on Thursday The Ministerial Implementation Committee on ‘restoration’ of Lagos National Stadium says the demolition of ‘illegal structures’ within the complex is 75 per cent completed. The exercise, which is aimed at returning the stadium to its original design, began last week, and is expected to last for […]

‘Nigerian clubs need better funding, facilities to compete with North Africa’s’

Enyimba of Aba FC Chairman, Chief Felix Anyansi-Agwu, believes North African teams will continue to dominate CAF inter-club competitions with their superior financial muscle and their ability to get the necessary logistics better than counterparts from other parts of the continent. Since Enyimba won the CAF Champions League back-to-back in 2003 and 2004, no other […]

Ozil may start Arsenal’s first game of 2020/2021 season

Mesut Ozil is reportedly in the running to start Arsenal’s first game of the season this weekend, and fans are split on the news, reports football.london.com. The Germany international who faces an uncertain future was a surprise starter in the Gunners’ final pre-season game, against Aston Villa. And according to The Sun, he could even […]

Tokyo 2020 Olympics to hold with or without COVID-19, says IOC vice president

International Olympic Committee (IOC) Vice President, John Coates, has revealed that the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics slated for next summer “will take place with or without COVID-19,” reports thehockeypaper.co.uk. Although details are still to be ironed out over spectators and whether there will be limited attendance, Coates also forecasts that the 2020 Tokyo Games will be […]

Anxiety as NURTW members lay siege to Ondo Assembly

• We intend holding prayer session with union leadership, says Speaker • Firm seeks probe of toxic deaths in the state • Indigenous professionals plan debate for guber candidates • Pledge neutrality, transparency There was a mild drama at the Ondo State House of Assembly, yesterday when thugs and hoodlums laid siege on the Assembly […]

Nigerian languages going into extinction – NICO

The Executive Secretary, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Mr Ado Muhammed Yahuza, has said that some Nigerian Languages might go into extinction if urgent measures were not taken to reverse the trend. Yahuza said this at the 2nd edition of the Nigerian Indigenous Language Programme (NILP) on Monday in Abuja. According to him, some […]

Ethiopian flight arrives Abuja amid pomp, passengers decry coronavirus test fee

Following the resumption of international flights after five months of COVID-19 lockdowns, Ethiopian Airline, yesterday, landed Abuja from Addis Ababa at about 1:35p.m. The ET 911 flight, with about 120 passengers on board, was received amid pomp. Originally billed to land 12noon, the plane was delayed by some flyers that were yet to pay their […]

Fire guts over 50 shops, houses in tanker explosion

• Woman crushed to death in Ekiti Five houses and 49 shops were gutted by fire in an explosion that occurred at Lambata town, Gawu Babangida Local Government Area of Niger State on Sunday night when a tanker loaded with 36,000 litres of PMS collided with a trailer. However, no life was lost, as the […]
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Against All Odds – Leeway to Hope

He gave up on life and lost all enthusiasm of applying himself to anything that was futuristic; Young Moses knew it was only a matter of time before the cold hands of death snatch him away. In wait of death day, he decided to change location and among his relatives, he chose Uncle Wueseter Tor […]

Insight – Peer Pressure

Discussing Peer Pressure, watch this insightful episode with our panel of discussants & get informed on why this case is an issue to be dealt with..
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Prime Sports – NBA

Catch the latest news making the rounds in the world of sports, on Prime Sport. Showing on Loveworld Plus Monday to Friday, 9.30AM GMT+1

Man City’s Mahrez and Laporte test positive for coronavirus

Manchester City players Riyad Mahrez and Aymeric Laporte have tested positive for coronavirus just five days before the start of the new Premier League season, the club announced on Monday. City said in a statement that French defender Laporte and Algerian international forward Mahrez were self-isolating in accordance with Premier League and government rules. “Neither […]

Nigerian doctors begin strike over pay, facilities

Nigerian doctors in state-run hospitals began an indefinite strike on Monday to demand a pay rise, better welfare and adequate facilities, union leaders said. The industrial action by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), which represents some 40 percent of doctors, is the latest in a string of stoppages by medics to hit Africa’s […]

Anthony Joshua denies alleged affair with Mahrez’s wife

Anthony Joshua’s team have come out fighting after the heavyweight superstar was linked to the wife of Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez, reports dailymail.co.uk. Joshua, 30, has reportedly been spotted out and about with 26-year-old Rita, who has two children with Mahrez but is now separated from the footballer. Reports in the Sun stated that […]

Osinbajo, others okay journalists’ coverage of virtual court hearings

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) have thrown their weight behind coverage of virtual court proceedings by journalists. The eminent lawyers said since section 36 of the 1999 Constitution provides that court sittings must be in public, journalists participating in covering […]

Marketers urge full deregulation of downstream oil sector

The Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association of Nigeria (DAPPMAN) has urged the Federal Government to take a further step towards full deregulation of the downstream sector, saying it will enhance national economic growth. In March this year, the government introduced a price modulation policy where international product prices and associated landing costs in Nigeria […]

Sanwo-Olu, Tinubu urge new Oniru to ensure unity, peace in Iruland

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the National Leader, All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, yesterday, urged the newly-installed Oniru of Iru Kingdom, Oba Abdulwasiu Omogbolahan Lawal, to strengthen the existing bond of unity and peace in Iruland for the overall development and progress of the Kingdom. They said that Lawal’s passion for […]

Akeredolu’s campaign kicks off in Akure as Tinubu explains role in crisis

Thirty-Three days to the governorship election in Ondo State, the lines seem to be falling in places politically for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate and governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, as the opposition base is contracting by the day. It was funfair last Saturday at the Akure Stadium, where the party flagged off […]

FG increases efforts to grow insurance premium to N1 trillion

You took over as Acting Commissioner for Insurance in August 2019, before you were formerly confirmed as substantive Commissioner. During this period, you moved fast with getting activities started. Can you give us an idea of some of these activities and what you hoped to achieve with them? We are far behind schedule, so we […]

Bank harps on need for strong savings culture, introduce new product

Polaris Bank has launched ‘Polaris Target Savings Account’ to help Nigerians imbibe healthy savings culture as a means to building a strong financial base. The Bank in a statement released at the weekend quoting its Group Head, Products & Market Development, Mrs Adebimpe Ihekuna said “The savings culture is gradually going into extinction as people […]

Investors repositioning for interim dividend pay out

•Analysts predict gloomy outlook amid higher fuel, electricity prices, inflation •As banks lift NSE index by 1.17 percent Investors are currently repositioning for interim dividend-paying banking stocks, as the half-year (H1) scorecards continued to spur transactions on the equities sector of the Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE), in which the market witnessed five consecutive bull runs […]

UN begins withdrawing troops from protection sites in South Sudan

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said Friday it has begun withdrawing troops from various camps around the country where tens of thousands of civilians sought protection during its civil war. The camps were set up in the capital Juba and other key cities after civil war erupted in 2013, prompting thousands to […]

Messi release clause not valid, Jorge Messi tells La Liga

Jorge Messi, the father and agent of Lionel Messi, published a response to La Liga on Friday, insisting the Barcelona striker’s 700-million-euro release clause no longer applies. Messi senior claims the release clause is removed once the player takes up the option in his contract to leave for free, which Messi’s side believe he did […]

Rescuers sift Beirut rubble amid signs of life a month after blast

Rescue workers in Beirut dug through the rubble of a collapsed building with their hands on Friday after signs of life were detected under a mound of debris one month after a huge explosion shattered the capital. A group of workers pulled up chunks of concrete and other broken masonry as they dug down in […]

Russia presses Germany for more detail on Navalny, urges ‘transparency’

The Kremlin said on Friday that it wanted dialogue with Germany over the case of opposition politician Alexei Navalny and that Russian doctors who treated him initially were much more transparent than the German doctors treating him now. Germany, where Navalny is in hospital, has said he was poisoned with a Soviet-style Novichok nerve agent […]

Suspect in Portland shooting killed by police during arrest

Police shot and killed an anti-fascist activist on Thursday as they moved in to arrest him for the alleged fatal shooting of a right-wing activist in Portland, Oregon, last weekend, officials said. Michael Reinoehl, 48, was wanted on a charge of murder when members of a fugitive task force shot him dead in Olympia, Washington […]

Long-missed pink flamingos return to Kenya’s Lake Nakuru

Eight years ago, rising water levels in Kenya’s Lake Nakuru drove away the clouds of pink coloured flamingos that were the park’s biggest draw. Rangers say their disappearance triggered a drop in visitor numbers by for the Nakuru National Park. The return has rekindled hopes of a gradual rebound in an area heavily reliant on […]

U.S. to cut $100 million in aid to Ethiopia over dam dispute

The United States has decided to cut $100 million in aid to Ethiopia amid a dispute with Egypt and Sudan over a dam Ethiopia is building on the Nile, a congressional source told Reuters on Wednesday. Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt have been locked in a bitter dispute over the filling and operation of the Grand […]

Elderly Guinea president confirms 3rd term bid, vows to represent young people

Guinea’s octogenarian President Alpha Conde said on Wednesday he would be the candidate of young people and women in October’s election, confirming his party’s announcement that he would seek a third term. Conde’s candidacy has drawn fierce criticism from his opponents, who say he is violating term limits. They called for fresh protests after his […]

Macron to meet Ivory Coast President on Friday in Paris-Elysee

French President Emmanuel Macron will meet Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara on Friday at the Elysee Palace in Paris, his office said on Thursday. Ouattara said in early August he would seek re-election in October, formally accepting the ruling party’s nomination to be its candidate and defying opponents who say the constitution forbids a third […]

Thousands rally to support Congo’s threatened Nobel Laureate

BUKAVU, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) – A city in eastern Congo has rallied in support of Denis Mukwege, the Congolese Nobel Laureate who received death threats in recent weeks after he called for justice over serious human rights violations. On Thursday his supporters snaked through the streets of Bukavu, the lakeside home of the […]

Kenyans fear ‘ecological disaster’ if two swollen lakes merge

The fresh waters of Kenya’s Lake Baringo teem with birds, fish, hippopotamuses and crocodiles and sustain tens of thousands of people. But none of them can survive in the alkaline Lake Bogoria nearby. Cormorants sit on a tree submerged under rising water due to months of unusually heavy rains in lake Baringo, Kenya, August 25, […]

Ethiopia’s Tigray region to holds poll, defying federal government

Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region will head to the polls on Wednesday in defiance of the federal government, the latest challenge to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed from a slew of regional leaders flexing their muscles ahead of next year’s national elections. Abiy has overseen sweeping democratic reforms since taking power in Africa’s second most populous nation […]

Rare individuals can ‘block and lock’ HIV in their chromosomes

A study has revealed how an unusual and rare group of people known as “elite controllers” prevent HIV from replicating in their bodies without any need for treatment. New research looks into why HIV does not replicate in certain people with the infection. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimate that at the end of 2019 […]

64% of Nigerian employees risk burnout, severe mental health

About two-thirds (64%) of Nigerian employees are at risk of employee burnout, a condition caused by excessive and prolonged stress, says a new report from a survey conducted by WellNewMe, a health technology company. The survey, which gathered information regarding the risks of burnout faced by employees in Nigeria, said that the condition could lead […]

IFC discloses $39m fund for Nigeria’s plastics, recycling industry

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), has announced a $39 million financing package to build a Continuous Polymerisation PET Resin plant in Ogun State, which would source over 20 percent of its raw materials from local waste plastics, thereby strengthening Nigeria’s recycling and manufacturing sectors. The financing package includes a $24 million senior ‘A’ loan from […]

Players’ performance in Europe best advertisement for NPFL, says Amokachi

Special Adviser on Sports to President Muhammadu Buhari, Daniel Amokachi, has described the performance of Nigerian players in European football as the best advertisement for the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL). He said translating such good outings to the Super Eagles’ matches would draw attention to the players, prompting more clubs to scout for stars […]

‘CBN’s directive on Forms M will dampen economic growth’

The recent directive by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to all authorised dealers on Forms “M” has the potential to frustrate the on-going efforts of the Federal Government to return the economy to growth, Organised Private Sector (OPS), has warned. It also warned that the directive has potential to an economic downturn already being […]

Cautious optimism as Nigeria tackles aeropolitics

Call it a child of necessity and you would not be wrong. The Federal Government recently hinted on a tit-for-tat work plan for the aviation sector, to pay back countries that were lately ‘unfriendly’ with Nigerian carriers. It was the first time of admitting that something is wrong with the air trade relations. Not many […]

Promoter takes battle for quality boxers to record studio

In a bid to reposition boxing and make it the sport of first choice at the grassroots level, Ibadan-based promoter, Oshinmi Ezekiel, has released a song, titled Ese O’gboyinbo (punch doesn’t hear English). The young promoter explained that he wants to use music to entice youths to boxing, adding that blending hip-hop with the sport […]

Ronaldo a doubt as Portugal prepare to face weakened Croatia

Cristiano Ronaldo is a doubt as Portugal start the defence of their Nations League title against Croatia on Saturday in Porto and Sweden on Tuesday in Solna. Ronaldo is with the Portugal squad but has a toe infection and did not train on Wednesday or Thursday. He was instead doing “gym work”, the Portuguese football […]
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