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Hearn wants Joshua-Fury all-British showdown this year

Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn wants a blockbuster all-British heavyweight unification fight with Tyson Fury this year after Fury battered Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas to become a two-time world champion, reports AFP. Fury brought Wilder’s five-year reign as WBC heavyweight champion to a halt in seven rounds in their rematch on Saturday. Fourteen months […]

SARS operative slumps, dies in office

Plain-clothed operatives attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Lagos State police command are mourning the death of their colleague. The operatives are also seeking divine help to stop the cold hand of death from taking away officers in their unit. It was gathered that on Friday, a newly promoted senior operative of the unit, […]

No victim died in Abeokuta market crisis, says police

After the crisis that erupted last Thursday following the shooting of two persons at Olomoore market, Abeokuta by men of an anti-cultism team of Ogun State police command, the command has dispelled rumour circulating on social media that the two victims have died. While chasing some cult boys, the police had accidentally shot two men […]

Reps ommittee summons NIMASA to explain unaudited accounts

The House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts has summoned the management of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to appear before it on Feb. 25, to give reasons for its unaudited accounts. Chairman of the committee, Rep. Wole Oke, who made the announcement during an investigative public hearing into the presentation of […]

AngloGold’s annual earnings surge 72% on higher bullion rates

South Africa’s AngloGold Ashanti on Friday reported a 72% jump in annual earnings, underpinned by higher bullion prices and solid performance from its Kibali operations in Democratic Republic of Congo. The gold miner’s headline earnings per share – the primary profit measure in South Africa – rose to 91 cents in the year ended Dec. […]

Edo, Ondo: INEC fixes date for party primaries

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed date for party primaries and nomination of candidates for the Edo and Ondo governorship elections slated for September 19 and October 10 respectively. The party primaries for Edo state will hold from 2nd to 27th June, while that of Ondo State will hold from 2nd to 25th […]

Lagos shop owners lament demolition in spite notification

Some shop owners at the Ikotun market have lamented the demolition of their shops in spite of notification by the government because of its impact of their livelihood. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that parts of the market was demolished in order to reconstruct the roundabout and expand the road for easy vehicular movement. […]

US judge sides with migrants in case against Border Patrol

Michael Bloomberg attacked Sen. Bernie Sanders at Wednesday’s Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas, with the billionaire former New York City mayor claiming the self-described democratic socialist’s ownership of multiple homes makes him a hypocrite. Bloomberg also accused Sanders of trying to “throw out capitalism” — something that he said resulted in “communism” in other […]

Iran’s Guards Urge ‘Maximum Turnout’ in Parliamentary Elections

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps urged Iranians to vote in large numbers in an election that’s been overshadowed by concerns of low turnout after the mass disqualification of reformist and moderate candidates. The chief of staff of Iran’s armed forces, General Mohammad Bagheri, called for “strident and maximum” turnout on Friday in order to counter […]

‘Cheap shot’: Sanders fires back when Bloomberg goes after ‘socialism

Michael Bloomberg attacked Sen. Bernie Sanders at Wednesday’s Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas, with the billionaire former New York City mayor claiming the self-described democratic socialist’s ownership of multiple homes makes him a hypocrite. Bloomberg also accused Sanders of trying to “throw out capitalism” — something that he said resulted in “communism” in other […]

Reps urge Fed Govt to appoint more Supreme Court justices

The House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to appoint more justices to the Supreme Court to accelerate determination of cases and dispensation of justice. This followed the adoption of a motion of Urgent Public Importance by Onofiok Luke (APC, Akwa Ibom) during Thursday’s plenary presided over by Deputy Speaker Idris Wase. The motion […]

‘Amnesty’ plan for repentant Boko Haram members risky

A proposal before the Senate for the rehabilitation of repentant Boko Haram members has been described as “risky”, although not totally out of place. The Senate on Thursday got a Bill seeking “An agency for the Education, Rehabilitation, De-radicalisation and Integration of repentant insurgents in Nigeria (Est, etc) Bill, 2020”. It is sponsored by Senator […]

Supreme Court verdict stained me says Lyon’s deputy

All Progressives Congress (APC) deputy governorship candidate in the Bayelsa State governorship election in Bayelsa State Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo on Thursday said the Supreme Court judgment which nullified their victory has damaged his reputation. The party on Thursday filed an application for a reversal of the February 13 verdict. The Supreme Court held that Degi-Eremienyo, […]

Buhari won’t quit over insecurity, says Government

Those calling for the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari over the rising insecurity in the country should hold their breath. The President will not resign but will remain in office till the end of his “overwhelming mandate”. Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed observed on Thursday that “incendiary and reckless” comments by some Nigerians, […]

Obaseki revokes Ibori’s C of O

Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has revoked the right of occupancy granted to a former Delta State Governor James Ibori on a property on Plot 103A, Aiguobasimwin Crescent, Old GRA, Oredo Local Government. Obaseki said he revoked the property in the exercise of the power conferred on him by sections (28) 1 and 38 of […]

EU pledges N32m aid to fight Lassa fever

The European Union (EU) has announced the allocation of €80,000 (N32 million) in humanitarian funding to assist in Lassa fever eradication in Nigeria. The fund will be used to assist families affected by the outbreak of the disease. The EU fund is also expected to support the Nigerian Red Cross in promoting hygienic practices and […]

Buhari: Fed Govt committed to restoring peace in Plateau

President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated his administration’s commitment to restoring peace and prosperity in Plateau State. The President spoke on Thursday when he hosted Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong and other dignitaries from the state at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. A statement by his Special Adviser (SA) on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, […]

Samsung wins tech award

Samsung Heavy Industries Nigeria (SHIN) has won the technological breakthrough award at the Nigeria International Petroleum Summit (NIPS). The firm was also nominated in the award for excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and award for project of the year categories. It won the award for technological breakthrough for the innovations it deployed during the […]

UPP joins APC

The United Progressive Party (UPP) has announced the collapse of its structures nationwide into the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) following its recent deregistration by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). In a statement yesterday, former National Chairman of the party, Chief Chekwas Okorie, said the National Executive Committee (NEC), the Board of Trustees (BOT) […]

10 years after, Enugu PDP secretariat project still in limbo

The Enugu State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has since its inception in 1999 produced various chairmen. They include Chief Charles Egumgbe, who is the current Commissioner for Chieftaincy Matters, the traditional ruler in Aninri council of the state, His Royal Highness, Igwe Onyioha Nwanjoku, Chief Vita Abba, Mr. Ikeje Asogwa, also Chairman of […]

Anthony Joshua may be crowned Ajagungbade of Yorubaland

World heavyweight boxing champion, Anthony Joshua, will bag a chieftaincy title in his hometown, Sagamu when he returns to Nigeria in March. Joshua was given a hero’s welcome in Sagamu on Wednesday when he paid an unscheduled visit to the town, his first appearance in Nigeria since he reclaimed his WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO […]

Heartland FC banned for two seasons

• To pay N16.65m to two ex-players Heartland FC of Owerri has been banned from signing new players for the next two registration seasons until it complies with a ruling of the League Management Company (LMC) in separate complaints of unlawful termination of contract and indebtedness filed by two former players of the club, Maduabuchi […]

Ministry signs adopt-a-talent MOU with Halogen over Adekouroye

The chances of Nigeria performing well at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have gotten another boost with the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare signing a Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of the ministry for the adoption of world number one woman wrestler, Odunayo Adekouroye by Halogen Company. Speaking at the brief event, […]

Unfit Ndidi out of Leicester City clash with Man City

Wilfred Ndidi has been ruled out of Leicester City’s Premier League clash with Manchester City tomorrow. The midfielder has missed his side’s past two games – draws with Chelsea and Wolves – due to a knee problem. Manager Brendan Rodgers says he will not rush Ndidi back to face the champions and risk any setbacks […]

Abiodun seeks transfer of federal roads to Ogun, Lagos

Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State and former Governor Segun Osoba yesterday met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, where they demanded the handover of Epe-Ijebu-Ode and Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta roads to Ogun and Lagos states respectively. Abiodun, who spoke with journalists after their closed-door meeting with the President, said they were in the […]

Call for Buhari’s resignation unnecessary, says Archbishop

• Cleric urges President to change leadership style • Group warns against politicisation of security issues in Nigeria • Accuses opposition parties of sponsoring protests on service chiefs’ removal Against the backdrop that President Muhammadu Buhari should resign because of the insecurity situation in the land, the United International Association Of Pentecostal Bishops said the […]

Amotekun; Lagos Assembly to set for public hearing Monday

The Lagos State House of Assembly yesterday backed the South-West Security Outfit, code-named Amotekun, and has fixed a public hearing for Monday, February 24, 2020. The Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, subsequently committed the bill to the House Committee on Information, Publicity, Security and Strategy for a public hearing during plenary. The committee, headed by Tunde Braimoh, […]

Mediterranean diet linked to gut microbiome improvements

New research has found that older people who adhered to a Mediterranean diet for a year had healthier gut microbiomes and improved measures of frailty. A new study shows that older individuals who follow a Mediterranean diet have better gut health and reduced frailty. Mediterranean-type diets — rich in vegetables, legumes, nuts, and whole grains […]

Simple psychological ‘trick’ moderates political views

Giving people false descriptions of their political opinions depolarizes these views, a new study finds. New research may have found a way to bridge political divides. The level of polarization currently evident in the political discourse of the United States has created a climate of heightened animosity. Such a dramatic, virulent divide makes productive discussion […]

How mitochondria respond to exercise, high fat diet

Dubbed the powerhouses of the cell because they turn nutrients into energy, mitochondria are tiny organelles that live inside the cell and are key to metabolic health. New research offers fresh insights into how they work and what keeps them healthy. New research brings us closer to a better understanding of what keeps mitochondria healthy. […]

Tunisia names new governmnet, avoids risk of early election

Tunisia’s designated Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh‮ ‬on Wednedsay named a new coalition government‮ ‬after reaching an agreement with Ennahda moderate Islamist Party, the biggest power in Parliament, ending an ongoing political crisis of four months. Tunisian Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh (C) leaves for a meeting with Tunisian President Kais Saied (not pictured) in Tunis, Tunisia […]

Malawi maize output to climb 8.8% as rains return

Malawi’s maize production will increase by 8.8% in the 2020 crop season as much-needed rainfall helps to raise yields, its agriculture ministry said on Thursday. The small southern African nation, among the poorest in the world, is heavily dependent on agriculture. The sector employs nearly 80% of the population and accounts for two thirds of […]

Libya govt dims hopes of salvaging U.N. ceasefire talks

Libya’s internationally recognised leader on Wednesday dashed hopes of quickly reviving U.N. ceasefire negotiations after his side withdrew, saying talk of them resuming had been overtaken by events as eastern forces continue to shell the capital. Fayez Mustafa al-Sarraj, Libya’s internationally recognized Prime Minister, visits Tripoli port after an attack, Libya February 19, 2020. REUTERS/Ismail […]

Paracetamol abuse could cause liver, kidney failures

A medical doctor with the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Gbenga Adebusoye, has warned that abuse of paracetamol in general and in tenderising meat in particular, could lead to liver and kidney failures. Dr Adebusoye gave the warning in a telephone interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday. He said drugs were chemicals […]

Police arrest man over alleged possession of fake currency

The Police in Jigawa has 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. Jinjiri said the suspect was arrested on Wednesday in […]

Lassa fever hits Lagos as Nigeria deaths rate rises

An outbreak of Lassa in Nigeria has killed 103 people this year, health authorities said, as the first confirmed case was reported in the economic hub Lagos. “Cumulatively from week 1 to week 07, 2020, 103 deaths have been reported with a case fatality rate of 17.6%,” said the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) […]

Customs to close supermarkets, shops selling foreign rice, others

Nigerian Customs Service has warned off supermarkets and shops in some parts of the country to stop patronising foreign rice and other prohibited goods. “In our effort to suppress smuggling, the Nigerian Customs Service Kano/Jigawa area command deemed it fit to write and seek for your cooperation to stop patronising foreign rice and other prohibited […]

APC senator introduces bill to create agency for repentant Boko Haram

The Senate on Thursday introduced a bill to establish an agency to de-radicalise repentant Boko Haram insurgents. The bill christened “National Agency for the Education, Rehabilitation, De-radicalization and Integration of Repentant Insurgents in Nigeria (Est, etc) Bill, 2020” was sponsored by former Yobe Governor, Senator Ibrahim Geidam, representing Yobe East Senatorial District. Details later.

Egypt’s once-reviled street dogs get chance at a better life

Karim Hegazi spends his days in a Cairo clinic taking care of animals long considered a menace in Egypt. Stray dogs roam in almost every Cairo neighborhood — lurking in construction sites, scavenging through trash and howling nightly atop parked cars. The government says there’s around 15 million of them. They bite some 200,000 people […]

Debate night brawl: Bloomberg, Sanders attacked by rivals

From the opening bell, Democrats savaged New York billionaire Mike Bloomberg and raised pointed questions about Bernie Sanders’ take-no-prisoners politics during a contentious debate Wednesday night that threatened to further muddy the party’s urgent quest to defeat President Donald Trump. Bloomberg, the former New York mayor who was once a Republican, was forced to defend […]

S Korea reports 1st virus death as 2.5M urged to stay home

Yonhap news agency says South Korea has reported its first death from a new coronavirus. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did not immediately provide details. The report came as South Korea is struggling to cope with the outbreak and its economic fallout. Earlier Thursday, South Korea said it has confirmed a total […]

Israeli PM’s rival denies wrongdoing amid probe reports

Israel’s leading opposition figure Benny Gantz denied wrongdoing on Thursday after media reports said Israel would examine an allegedly shady deal between a company he headed and Israeli police. The reports say Gantz is not a suspect in the affair. But the development comes less than two weeks before national elections and during a campaign […]

Israel, Palestinians defuse agricultural trade crisis

Israel’s defense minister said Thursday that the country would allow Palestinian agricultural exports, a move aimed at defusing what has been an escalating trade crisis that had heightened Israeli-Palestinian tensions. Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett said in a statement that Israel would allow the agricultural exports after the Palestinians began accepting Israeli beef. There was […]

Libya govt dims hopes of salvaging U.N. ceasefire talks

Libya’s internationally recognised leader on Wednesday dashed hopes of quickly reviving U.N. ceasefire negotiations after his side withdrew, saying talk of them resuming had been overtaken by events as eastern forces continue to shell the capital. A near year-long battle for control of Tripoli worsened on Tuesday when the eastern-based Libya National Army (LNA) of […]

De Bruyne lifts Man City spirits after Euro ban

Manchester City cruised to a 2-0 win over West Ham on Wednesday as Pep Guardiola’s side returned to action for the first time following the club’s shock two-year ban from European competitions. Goals from Rodri and Kevin De Bruyne lifted City’s spirits as they cemented their hold on second place in the Premier League. The […]

Guardiola takes swipe at Barcelona over Man City’s Euro ban

GuardiolaPep Guardiola went to war with his former club Barcelona on Wednesday as Manchester City’s manager defended his current employers in the wake of their European ban. Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu has “thanked” UEFA for banning City from the Champions League and Europa League for two years, a shock sentence handed out on Friday […]

‘Cut, copy and paste’ inventor dies

Larry Tesler, an icon of early computing, 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 […]

Sanwo-Olu vows to uphold sanctity of judiciary

LAGOS State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said on Wednesday that his administration would strive to preserve the sanctity of judiciary, for it to be independent and uphold the rule of law. The governor, who spoke when he hosted the delegation of justices of the courts of appeal led by their President, Zainab Bulkachuwa, at the Lagos […]

Solskjaer praises Ighalo’s scoring ability

MANCHESTER United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is happy to report that loan signing Odion Ighalo has already displayed his goalscoring abilities throughout his first training sessions as a Red. The Nigerian striker has joined the club from Shanghai Greenland Shenhua until the end of this season and made his anticipated debut during the final minutes […]

103 die of Lassa fever in 16 states

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) yesterday said 103 people have died of Lassa fever since its outbreak last December 30. The figure is from 16 states, namely: Ondo, Edo, Ebonyi, Kano, Kogi, Kaduna, Taraba, Plateau, Bauchi, Enugu, Abia, Benue, Borno, Gombe, Sokoto and Katsina. The number of confirmed cases this year stands at […]

CAN leaders march for Leah Sharibu

CHRISTIAN Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Wednesday held a church service and a peaceful march to mark the second year of Miss Leah Sharibu in Boko Haram captivity. In Abuja, CAN President Rev. Samson Ayokunle and the Senior Pastor, Dunamis International Gospel Center, Dr. Paul Enenche, warned that killings in the country could lead to […]

Buhari, Lawan decry Nigerians’ perception of lawmakers

President Muhammadu Buhari has said Nigerians perceive Federal lawmakers as collecting a lot of money for which they do little or no work. He said this perception emanated from the lack of understanding of the job the legislators do for the nation. The President spoke yesterday in Abuja at the unveiling the Green Chamber magazine, […]

Buhari replaces Nunieh with Pondei as NDDC Acting MD

THE Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has a new Acting Managing Director. He is Prof Kemebradikumo Pondei. He replaces Dr Joi Nunieh, a lawyer, who had been heading the NDDC Interim Management Committee (IMC) since inception. Pondei is a professor of medicine at the Niger Delta University and former provost of the institution’s College of […]

World Bank approves $250m facility for Ogun

THE World Bank has approved a $250million fund for developmental projects in Ogun State. Ogun is one of the six states approved by the world financial institution to support development priorities in the country, including improving immunisation, enabling a stronger business environment for the private sector, expanding the digital economy to promote job creation and […]

We are not recruiting, PSC warns

THERE is no on-going recruitment of cadet assistant superintendents and cadet inspectors, the Police Service Commission (PSC) said on Wednesday in a statement by its Head, Press and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ani. The commission cautioned Nigerians against falling for conmen who may want to extort them by promising to assist in job placements. Ani said: […]

Senate demands sources of $22.6b loans, guarantee

Indications emerged last night that the Senate had asked the Federal Government to disclose the sources of its proposed $22.6billion loans as preconditions for their approval. It also demanded sovereign guarantee for the loans to ensure repayment. The loans will however be obtained over a four-year period and spent on 39 projects across the country. […]

Board says Crisis between Oluwo, other monarchs is avoidable

The apex decision-making body in Iwoland, the Iwo Board of Trustees, comprising Iwo elders, has said the altercation between the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Adewale Akanbi and the Agbowu of Ogbaagbaa, Oba Sikiru Akinropo, is avoidable. Rising from a meeting to review the fallout of the peace meeting involving the Oluwo and the monarchs […]

FIFA’s Wenger wants offside law totally changed

FIFA’s head of global development, Arsene Wenger will attempt to make a major change to the offside law, which could end a run of contentious decisions in the game since the introduction of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR). Wenger, who was manager of Premier League club, Arsenal for 22 years, wants a player to be […]

Afe Babalola, Adebanjo, Nwodo insist on Nigeria’s restructuring

At 85, Akintoye urges sober reflection President of Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, his Ohanaeze Ndigbo counterpart, Nnia Nwodo and Aare Afe Babalola (SAN) yesterday insisted on restructuring of the country. They urged Nigerians to persuade National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to prevail on President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently […]

Man in court for allegedly beating wife to death

A man, John Onyema, who allegedly beat his wife, Esther to death, was yesterday docked in an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State. The defendant, aged 53, had appeared on a charge of murder. His plea was not taken. Earlier, Onyema, who was helping homicide detectives in their bid to unravel how her […]

NSA absent from FEC as Fashola accuses NCC of siding telcos

The crisis in the power sector took the front burner during deliberations yesterday at the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting. In the memo presented to the gathering that lasted several hours, the Minister of Power, Saleh Mamman, spoke on the electricity distribution companies (DISCOs) which he stated had failed to honour their commitments to […]