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Customs generates N13.11 billion from Onne Port

• Terminal operators bemoan delay in construction of port access roads The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Area II Command, Onne Port, Rivers State, said it generated over N13.11 billion for the month of September. Meanwhile, the Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN), has bemoaned the slow pace of work on the Marine Beach Bridge, […]

Etim Esin expects improved performance against Tunisia

Former international, Etim Esin, has advised the new boys in Super Eagles camp to raise their game in today’s encounter against the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia and prove they deserve to be in the team Nigeria will meet Tunisia in their second friendly match of the current FIFA window today in Klagenfurt, Austria. The Eagles […]

Fury calls off Wilder trilogy fight, plots Joshua bout in 2021

Tyson Fury has officially called off his trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder after failing to agree a date in 2020, reports standard.co.uk. Instead, Fury has turned his attention to a heavyweight world title reunification fight against Anthony Joshua next year. The 32-year-old Briton had been due to fight American Wilder for a third time in […]

The men in Roland Garros

The top two male tennis players in the world were in Paris with the same quest. World number one, Novak Djokovic, sought to increase his haul of 17 grand slam titles a step closer to the second ranked Rafael Nadal, who aimed to tie Roger Federer’s 20 majors. Six matches stood in their respective paths […]

Pulev says Joshua fight is set for London on December 12

Kubrat Pulev will fight heavyweight world champion, Anthony Joshua, in London on December 12, Bulgaria’s IBF mandatory challenger said on Monday. The 39-year-old had been scheduled to meet Joshua on June 20 but the fight was postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. “No turning back, no procrastination! Kubrat Pulev vs Anthony Joshua! The date is […]

We’ll push till you clinch WTO DG seat, Buhari assures Okonjo-Iweala

President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, assured former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, that Nigeria would explore every opportunity to seeing her emerge as next Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The Nigerian is one of two candidates contesting for the topmost job of the multilateral institution. Buhari, who received the one-time Managing Director (Operations) […]

Why we are partnering France on Oyo’s economy, by Makinde

Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde, yesterday, said the state was partnering with the French Government to broaden the state’s economy and ensure better life for its people. Makinde, who stated this while receiving a delegation of the French Government led by French Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Jerome Pasquier, at the Executive Council Chambers of the […]

Ogun governor orders release of three protesters charged with “attempted murder”

Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun on Tuesday said he has ordered the release of the protesters arraigned and charged with attempted murder. Abiodun said that all charges have been dropped against the three – Matairu Faruq, Olatoye Olalekan, and Adeniji Sodiq. “On my instruction, the Attorney General has reviewed the evidence in the investigation case […]

Sanwo-Olu orders Police to release all arrested EndSARS protesters

The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has directed the Police to release all those arrested during the #EndSARS protests. To that end, the Police had released the following individuals: Nkemakolam Okpara Felicia, female; Nduka Treasure Chiamaka, female; Adefila Olanrewaju, male; Adeola Adebayo, male; Ayodeji Ayeni, male; and Adebola Ojabodu. Sanwo-Olu, in a statement signed […]

Income volatility, Q3 earnings lift NSE index further by 5.30%

Profit-taking towards the end of the week, the crash in money market rates, and investors repositioning ahead of the Q3 corporate earnings season triggered increased buying interests on the equities sector of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). At the close of transactions last week, the All-Share Index (ASI), and market capitalisation appreciated by 5.30% to […]

Leverage agriculture to boost foreign exchange earnings, NBCC president advises

President of the Nigerian-Belgium Chamber of Commerce (NBCC), Timi Austen-Peters, has said that the potential in the agriculture sector can bail the country out of the perennial foreign exchange (FOREX) crisis if the value chains are developed to enhance its export value. Austen-Peters stated this at a webinar hosted by the chamber and Agricultural Fresh […]

Premier League reform plan looks like power grab, UK minister says

The minister who oversees sport in Britain, Oliver Dowden, said on Monday he feared a plan by Liverpool and Manchester United to restructure the English Premier League was a power grab. He said it was a move which could prompt a deeper look at the governance of the sport. The two clubs are backing a […]

Police arraign three Ogun #EndSARS protesters for attempted murder

Nigerian Police Force on Monday arraigned three EndSARS protesters arrested during a peaceful protest in Ogun State. The three protesters, Adeniji Sodiq (25 years old), Mutairu Faruq (19 years old), Olatoye Olalekan (23 years old) were charged with four count charges including attempted murder, according to the charge sheet seen by The Guardian. The police […]

UK police arrest 31 suspected of online child abuse

Police in Britain said Monday they had arrested 31 suspected online child abusers and seized more than 300 phones, laptops and other items during a recent week-long operation. Officers from a unit dedicated to tackling online child sexual abuse and exploitation, which now features around 200 specialist officers, executed 91 search warrants during the operation […]

Bangladesh mulls death penalty for rapists as protests rage

Dhaka, Bangladesh – As protests flare across Bangladesh over a series of rapes and sexual assaults, its government says it is considering the death penalty for the offenders. Law Minister Anisul Huq told Al Jazeera that his ministry is set to place a proposal before the cabinet on Monday to make urgent amendments to the […]

SARS dissolution is victory for Nigerian youths – Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said that the dissolution of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, was a victory for Nigerian youths. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the dissolution followed nationwide protests against the anti-robbery squad. Sanwo-Olu said this on Sunday while speaking with journalists […]

Diesel, the king of fuels in India, is making way for petrol

For decades, diesel has underpinned India’s economic growth and the fortunes of its refiners, but the pandemic has caused the nation’s most consumed fuel to lose some of its luster. Since Covid-19-lockdowns have eased across India, diesel consumption has trailed the rebound in gasoline with trucks remaining idle amid a softer economy. Motor fuel use, […]

Deadly flooding displaces thousands across Mekong region

Elderly residents and small children clung to inflatable tyres as soldiers and police used rope lines to bring them to safety beyond rising floodwater in Cambodia’s western province of Battambang, which is expected to worsen on Sunday. Hundreds of families in three Cambodian provinces – Pursat, Battambang and Pailin – have been forced to evacuate […]

South Korea concerned over North’s display of new weaponry

South Korea has expressed concerns over Pyongyang’s suspected new long-range missile that was displayed in a military parade on Saturday as Seoul urged the resumption of intra-Korean talks. During the military parade celebrating the 75th year of the founding of North Korea’s ruling party in Pyongyang, a variety of weapons systems were shown to a […]

Uptown beats Elizade Nigeria to win WCGC trophy

Uptown Printing Limited pair of Grace Ihonbare and Rachel Danjuma at the weekend in Abuja beat Elizade Nigeria to win the national finals of the World Corporate Golf Challenge (WCGC) title. With over 49 teams in attendance at the event organised by Falcon Golf Development Company at the IBB International Golf and Country Club, Abuja, […]

Nadal defeats Djokovic for 13th French Open title, and 20th grand slam

Rafael Nadal of Spain defeated Serbia’s world number one player, Novak Djokovic, 6/0, 6/2, 72 at the French Open final yesterday to equal Roger Federer’s haul of grand slam titles. It was Nadal’s 27th victory in their career 56 meetings. It was also Nadal’s 100th win contrasted with two losses at Rolland Garros. Djokovic lost […]

Fayemi, Yahaya, others laud APC’s victory in Ondo guber election

State PDP urges members to remain calm The Ekiti State governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has congratulated the Ondo State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, on his re-election for a second term in office. Fayemi, in a statement in Ado-Ekiti, yesterday, said Akeredolu’s electoral victory was an attestation to the fact that the electorate would always reward […]

Okorocha faults critics of 2021 budget, attacks Imo panel

Former Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha has defended the Federal Government’s proposed N13.08 trillion budget for 2021. The N5.21 trillion deficit in the 2021 budget, representing 3.64 per cent, is to be financed with new borrowings amounting to N4.28 trillion. President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday presented the budget proposal to a joint session of the […]

African Union lifts post-coup suspension of Mali

The African Union on Friday lifted its suspension of Mali which went into effect after a military coup toppled the West African nation’s government in August. The decision comes three days after the West African regional bloc ECOWAS announced it was ending its tough post-coup sanctions on Mali, saying it wished to back the country’s […]

Lagos Assembly holds emergency session over #EndSARS protest

Lagos State Assembly on Friday held emergency plenary to address the ongoing #EndSARS protest in the state. The protest which started on Wednesday with youths seeking the dissolution of the SARS unit of the Nigeria Police Force over cases of harassment and extortion by its personnel. The Nigerian youth in continuation of their protest on […]

OPS wants Ehingbeti summit to focus on infrastructural development, job creation

As Lagos sets the pace for the next decade with its Ehingbeti economic summit, the organised private sector (OPS) has stressed the need for government to focus on infrastructural development, job creation, among other social issues. The OPS also advised that the government should invest in technology while enabling entrepreneurial youth domiciled in the state […]

Nigeria can earn $12m annually from minerals, says Chamber

• Seeks NEPZA cooperation for minerals export processing zones The Nigeria Chamber of Mines (NCOM), has revealed that the country can earn as much as $12million yearly from the Solid Minerals sector if properly harnessed and developed. “I wish to observe that Nigeria is blessed with different categories of solid /industrial minerals such as kaolin, […]

Belgium explores areas of economic cooperation with Nigeria

The Belgian Embassy is currently exploring new areas of cooperation, to expand the existing bilateral relations between the European country and Nigeria. The new Belgian Ambassador to Nigeria, Daniel Bertrand, disclosed this when he spoke with The Guardian about his plans during a visit to Lagos. Bertrand, during the four-day visit, paid a courtesy call […]

Abductors planned killing me day I was rescued, lawyer narrates

Operatives of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the Rivers State Police Command have rescued an abducted lawyer, Bisola Ajayi. The 25-year-old female lawyer was kidnapped on Sunday at her residence in Rumuokwurusi Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State but was rescued on Wednesday in a thick forest in Etche Local Government Area of the state. […]

Ibrahimovic in doubt for Milan derby after virus test

Zlatan Ibrahimovic looks likely to miss the Milan derby this month after his club AC Milan announced Thursday that the veteran Swede had again tested positive for coronavirus. Ibrahimovic, who went into quarantine two weeks ago when he first tested positive, must test negative twice before he can return to the Milan squad, whose next […]

Ibori Golf, Country Club hosts Anyansi handicap kitty

The lush green course of the Ibori Golf and Country Club (IGCC) will begin from today, host a kitty to celebrate the new handicap of Chike Anyansi, who has risen to handicap 28. According to the organisers of the competition, about 100 players from the Aba Golf Club, Benin Golf Club, Python, and Port Harcourt […]

Djokovic, Nadal face new-look Roland Garros road blocks

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, with 36 Grand Slam titles between them, are both just two wins away from creating more tennis history at Roland Garros but standing in the way in Friday’s semi-finals are Stefanos Tsitsipas and Diego Schwartzman. Tsitsipas is the first Greek player to reach the last four in Paris while the […]

Protesters besiege force headquarters, demand scrapping of SARS

CSOs, NANs, others seek an end to the brutality, want decentralisation of police force Protesters against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), yesterday, besieged headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) in Abuja, demanding the scrapping of the unit. Leader of the #RevolutionNow campaign, Omoyele Sowore, joined the protesters, who disrupted vehicular movement along the Shehu […]

Why we don’t respond timely to emergencies, by NEMA

The Head, Gombe Operational Office of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Simon Katu, has explained that lack of resources prevents the agency from making it to disaster scenes in the target 20 minutes. Speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting organised for journalists in Bauchi yesterday, Katu said: “We need to let the public know that […]

NES refutes report describing economy under Buhari as unstable, directionless

The Nigerian Economic Society (NES) has debunked media reports that its president, Professor Sarah Olanrewaju Anyanwu, described the country’s economy under the Muhammadu Buhari administration as unstable and directionless. Addressing journalists at a media briefing in Abuja yesterday, Anyanwu said she was determined to correct the misrepresentation of facts and misleading report in a national […]

Abuja schools re-open October 11

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Muhammad Bello, has directed the re-opening of all schools in the territory on Sunday, October 11, 2020, for the 2020/2021 academic session. Bello disclosure this yesterday at a news conference in Abuja, explaining that while boarding schools resume on Sunday, day schools would resume on Monday, October 12. He […]

Troops kill more terrorists in North East, bandits in North West

Multiple accidents claim two lives in Ilorin The Armed Forces of Nigeria has announced the killing of Boko Haram/Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists in the North East and bandits in the northwest part of the country in various airstrikes and land operations. It also disclosed that the Nigerian Navy would participate in the […]

Emergency responders rattled as another gas explosion hits Lagos

Another heavy explosion has hit a gas station in Lagos. The number of victims is yet to be ascertained. According to National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) spokesman, Ibrahim Farinloye, the explosion occurred around 6.am at Best Roof Gas Station located at Unity Bus Stop, Fatade area of Baruwa in Alimoso Local Government Area of the […]

African refiners seek financial solutions, infrastructure upgrade

African Refiners & Distributors Association (ARA), has stressed the urgent need for countries on the continent to finance downstream projects, especially refineries, as part of measures to ensure cleaner air, and mitigate premature death. With continuous importation of dirty fuels into the continent while refineries are yet to meet required standards, the World Health Organisation […]

Renewed profit-taking halts market rally as index loses N143b

Barely 24 hours after experiencing its highest climb in many months to N15 trillion mark on Tuesday, renewed profit-taking by investors at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), made the bears regain control on equity transactions, thereby reversing the 14 days of consecutive bull runs as market capitalisation shed N143 billion. Yesterday, the All Share Index […]

Ighalo’s chances won’t be reduced by Cavani’s arrival at Man United, says Akanni

Former international, Waidi Akanni, has expressed optimism that former Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo, will have equal opportunities as much as Uruguay’s international, Edinson Cavani, who, on Monday, was added into the Manchester United’s squad from PSG as a free agent. Ighalo is currently on loan from his Chinese club, Shanghai Greenland Shenhua, and has […]

YSFON secretary urges NFF to cede youth football to federation

Secretary of the Ogun State chapter of Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria (YSFON), Kehinde Adeyemi, a sports psychologist, has called on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to cede all underage football to YSFON to ensure holistic grassroots development. Adeyemi, who is also the Director of Sports at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, said the appointment […]

NFF confirms live coverage as Belmadi explains decision to play Eagles

Nigerians can watch tomorrow’s international friendly between the Super Eagles and the Fennecs of Algeria live through either African International Television (AIT) or SuperSports, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has disclosed. Nigeria will take on African champions, Algeria, in the first of two international friendly games in Austria this FIFA window. The second game against […]

FG okays N654m for hybrid spectrum against illegal frequencies in S’East

Approves $3.02b Port Harcourt-Maiduguri narrow guage project, others The Federal Government, yesterday, approved N653.8m to procure and deploy hybrid spectrum monitoring system to tame activities of illegal broadcast frequencies in the South East. This followed Federal Executive Council’s (FEC) approval of a memo, which sought to strengthen the security and Nigeria’s territorial integrity through adequate […]

Akpabio warns of flood disaster in Niger Delta

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, has warned of imminent flood disaster in the Niger Delta. Akpabio issued the warning at the official presentation of the Inter-Agency Committee’s report on the assessment of potential impact of flooding and level of preparedness in the region for 2020 seasonal rainfall in Abuja, yesterday. According to […]

Why Nigeria remains poor, by Peter Obi

Former Anambra State Governor Peter Obi insists only massive investment in education sector will make Nigeria a developed nation. Delivering the 60th Founder’s Day lecture titled: “Nigeria at 60 and the Journey So Far” at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), yesterday, he blamed inadequate funding for public education for the country’s poor economy. According […]

Poor remuneration exposes Nigerian justices to temptation, Senate declares

Compromises and corrupt tendencies exhibited by Nigerian judges and justices in the adjudication and dispensation of justice has been blamed on poor remuneration packages. This was the submission of the Senate yesterday as its Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, disagreed over method to be adopted in screening the eight justices recently nominated […]

Amid opposition, Senate okays N4 trillion loan to fund 2021 budget

• Prunes Buhari’s entourage for fiscal document presentation Ignoring protests from some lawmakers, the Senate has given President Muhammadu Buhari the green light to borrow N4.28 trillion to fund the 2021 N13.08 trillion budget fraught with a N5.19 trillion deficit. Approving the 2021-2023 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP), the Red […]

FG announces two-day total shutdown of Third Mainland Bridge

The Federal Government has announced its plan to completely close a section of the Third Mainland Bridge for repairs within two days. This was announced yesterday in a statement by the Federal Controller of Works, Lagos, Joshua Popoola. The total closure of the section between Adekunle and Adeniji Adele will take place from midnight of […]

Ronaldo, Juve internationals reported for breaking coronavirus isolation

Cristiano Ronaldo and other top Juventus players could face legal action for rejoining their national teams despite coronavirus rules after two positive cases at the Italian champions, local health authorities in Turin said on Wednesday. As well as the Portuguese star, several South Americans including Paulo Dybala, Juan Cuadrado, Danilo and Rodrigo Bentancur also left […]

Kuwaiti emir names top security official as crown prince

Kuwait’s new emir, Sheikh Nawaf, on Wednesday named his half-brother Sheikh Meshal al-Ahmad al-Jaber Al-Sabah, a long-serving top security official, as crown prince. Sheikh Meshal, 80, has been deputy chief of the Kuwait National Guard since 2004, largely staying out of the political scene and away from disputes within the royal family. The Sabah ruling […]

Budget 2021 presentation: Senate reduces President’s Entourage

Nigeria Senate disclosed on Wednesday that only governorship officials directly involved in budget preparation would be allowed to accompany President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly to present the 2021 budget proposal to the joint session of the National Assembly. The President is expected to present the 2021 national budget estimates to the joint session […]

Nigeria, 15 nations begin joint military operation in Gulf of Guinea

The Nigerian Navy on Wednesday deployed six warships and 65 gunboats in a joint multinational maritime exercise comprising 16 foreign Navies from Europe, America and Africa. The participating countries are the U.S., France, Italy, Brazil and Gulf of Guinea countries, including Angola, Benin, Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Others are Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, […]

Alleged extrajudicial executions: Senate mandates 3 committee to investigate SARS

The Senate on Wednesday mandated its Committees on Judiciary, Human Rights and Police Affairs to investigate alleged extrajudicial executions by officers of Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) in some parts of the country. The committees are also to investigate Human Rights abuses by Security Agencies in the country and make recommendations. The resolutions of the […]

Kaduna appoints Bamalli Emir of Zazzau

The Kaduna State Government has announced the appointment of Alhaji Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli as the 19th Emir of Zazzau. “He succeeds HRH Alh. (Dr.) Shehu Idris who died on Sunday, 20th September 2020, after reigning for 45 years,” Kaduna State local government affairs commissioner Ja’afaru Sani said in a statement. “Alhaji Bamalli is the first […]

Barcelona President Bartomeu faces vote of no confidence

Barcelona edged closer to a change of president on Wednesday when it was confirmed that Josep Maria Bartomeu will face a vote of no confidence after turbulent times at the club. A petition against Bartomeu passed the required 16,250 signatures last month and those signatures have been officially verified, a group leading the campaign said […]

NSE celebrates World Investor Week

The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has joined the International Organisation of Securities Commission (IOSCO) to celebrate World Investor Week (WIW), which started on October 5. It will end to Friday. World Investor Week is a week-long global campaign organised by IOSCO to raise awareness on the importance of investor education and protection, and highlight the […]

Osimhen rated 3rd in summer signings

Victor Osimhen’s ground-breaking transfer to SSC Napoli from Lille has been rated third in the Top 10 list of most expensive signings this summer. The Blue Azzurri in July announced the capture of the 21-year-old striker on a permanent transfer for a for a club record fee of 70 million euros plus another 10 million […]

Victor Moses in limbo at Chelsea

Former Super Eagles striker Victor Moses is in limbo after Inter Milan failed to sanction his permanent move from Chelsea. The Italian club’s owners Suning ‘did not approve the move’. That means Moses is back at Stamford Bridge with nowhere to go. The Blues have Cesar Azpilicueta and Reece James at right-back. And the versatile […]

Jonathan urges Niger Delta youths to shun violence

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has urged Niger Delta youths to shun violence to support the economic development of the region and the country. Jonathan spoke on Tuesday in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, when executives of the Movement for Survival of Izon Ethnic Nationality in the Niger Delta (MOSIEND) visited him. Jonathan said the youth […]

Oyetola approves N708m to offset pension arrears

Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola on Tuesday approved N708 million to pay pension arrears of retired civil servants. He said payment of the approved funds would begin on October 8. A statement by Head of Service Mr. Festus Olowogboyega said N508 million was approved to pay the pensions of retired civil servants, while an additional […]

‘Best teacher award testimony of Fayemi’s commitment to education’

The emergence of an Ekiti teacher, Mr. Olaoluwa Asubiojo, as the ‘Best Teacher in Nigeria’, has been described as a testimony of Governor Kayode Fayemi’s commitment to improved education in the state. House of Assembly Speaker Mr. Funminiyi Afuye made the remarks on Tuesday in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media, Tai […]

Sanwo-Olu to deliver 3,004 houses

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has promised to increase the state’s housing stock through pragmatic models that will incorporate private sector partnership, encourage local contents and cut costs, while also creating employment. He spoke during the celebration of the World Habitat Day with the theme: ‘Housing for all; a better urban future’. The governor said: […]

NDE trains 800 Ekiti youths

The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has said it has begun the training of 800 youths from across Ekiti State under the Basic National Open Apprenticeship Scheme (B-NOAS), for vocational skill acquisition. The skill acquisition covers computer, fashion designing, shoe and bag making, GSM repairs, hair dressing, barbing, bead stringing and catering. The Coordinator, Mr. […]

Ethiopia bans flights over huge dam ‘for security reasons’

Ethiopia has banned all flights over an enormous dam it is constructing on the Blue Nile River for security reasons. the head of its civil aviation authority has said, as the country’s president said the project would start generating power in the coming 12 months. Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt have been locked in a bitter […]

Rioting charges dropped against Kentucky legislator Attica Scott

Felony rioting charges have been dropped against a Kentucky legislator and others arrested last month during protests demanding justice for Breonna Taylor. Prosecutors lacked the evidence to continue pursuing the rioting charges against state Representative Attica Scott and 17 others, Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell said during an arraignment hearing in Louisville, Kentucky on Tuesday. […]

Lebanon’s president says consultations on new government start next week

Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun said on Wednesday parliamentary consultations to choose a new prime minister who will form the country’s next government will begin on Oct. 15. Lebanon’s government resigned on Aug. 10 in the wake of a devastating blast that killed nearly 200 people and wrecked swathes of the capital, Beirut. Mustapha Adib, the […]

Taiwan lays to rest ‘Mr Democracy’ Lee Teng-hui

Taiwan laid to rest on Wednesday former President Lee Teng-hui, dubbed “Mr. Democracy” for burying autocratic rule in favour of freewheeling pluralism and defying China’s drive to absorb an island it regards as a wayward province. President Tsai Ing-wen attended Lee’s state funeral held at a military cemetery in the mountains outside of capital Taipei. […]

French Open: Collins halts Jabeur’s dream run as Podoroska upsets Svitolina

American Danielle Rose Collins reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinals when she outlasted Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur 6/4, 4/6, 6/4. In the other match, Argentina’s Nadia Podoroska achieved an upset 6/2, 6/4 victory over Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina, the highest seed remaining in the women’s draw. The match was suspended on Monday after Collins had won the […]

‘Non-tariff barriers could slow down AfCFTA if not addressed

• Africa’s economy could gain $20 billion from NTBs removal Africa is on the verge of becoming the world’s largest free trade area with the launch of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). If not addressed, non-tariff barriers (NTBs) could slow down this effort. Although the negative impact of NTBs on intra-regional trade had […]

SON DG targets quality local production, reduced red tapes

The newly appointed Director-General and Chief Executive of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria, Farouk Salim has stated that efforts would be geared towards reducing red tapes and stimulating the production of quality goods locally for self-sufficiency. Salim took over the baton of leadership from the former DG, Osita Aboloma. Sharing his vision for the organisation, […]

Organisers promise excellent Felix Anirah football tourney in Delta State

• Winners to pocket N1.5 million Organisers of the third Felix Anirah Football Tournament (FAFT 2020) have promised to deliver an excellent tourney. Members of the organising committee were unveiled at Sapele Atlantic Club, Delta State on Monday. The 2020 edition of the soccer tournament has been extended beyond Delta, Edo states, as neighbouring Bayelsa […]

Imo names seven-member board for Heartland FC

Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, has appointed a seven-member board for Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) side, Heartland Football Club of Owerri. According to a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Cosmas Iwu, the board is led by Chief Charles Ezekwem as chairman, while Chief Ifeanyi Chukwudi is the General Manager. Other […]

Amateurs are killing Nigeria’s economy, NES tells Senate

Lawmakers pledge to actualise late Oko’s vision for education The Nigeria Economic Society (NES), yesterday, declared that the nation’s economy was being destroyed due to non-inclusion of its members in the National Economic Management Team (NEMT). Its President, Professor Sarah Anyanwu, who was accompanied by professors Peter Shibayan and Eyilola Olaniyi of the Department of […]

Fayemi to deliver Arewa House 50th anniversary lecture October 31

Arewa House, the internationally-acclaimed centre for historical documentation and research, has outlined an elaborate programme aimed at celebrating its 50 years anniversary. The one-week programme will kick-off on October 31, 2020 with a lecture to be delivered by Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi. This yearly lecture […]

Zulum raises panels for quick resettlement of Borno IDPs

Kogi medics seek speedy implementation of new pay Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State has inaugurated two panels to return Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to six border communities with Cameroon. The communities in Gwoza and Marte councils that were severally attacked by Boko Haram terrorists in the last decade include Marte, Kirawa, Ngoshe, Hambagtha, Asghashiya […]

Lagos Assembly set to criminalise encroachment on LASU lands

• VC alleges military annexing school’s property • House approves N153 billion for Lagos rail mass transit • Ogun to execute 60 projects across 20 local councils Lagos State House of Assembly has directed the management of the Lagos State University (LASU) to come up with a legislation that will criminalise anybody or a group […]

Alleged N2bn fraud: again absence of judge, Maina stall trial

The absence of Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja, and Abdulrasheed Maina, Chairman, defunct Pension Reformed Task Team (PRTT), on Tuesday, stalled the continuation of the N2 billion money laundering trial again. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) had reported that the ongoing trial of Maina was, on Monday, hindered by the […]

Buhari to present 2021 Appropriation Bill to NASS on Thursday Oct. 8

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Oct. 8, present the 2021 Appropriation Bill to the Joint Session of the National Assembly. President of Senate, Ahmad Lawan, read the letter from Buhari, conveying his intention to present the budget to National Assembly at plenary on Tuesday in Abuja. “May I crave the kind indulgence of the distinguish […]

Jonathan urges Niger Delta youths to shun violence

Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday urged Niger Delta youths to shun violence and embrace peace for the development of the region and the country at large. Jonathan gave the advice when the executive of Movement for Survival of Izon Ethnic Nationality in the Niger Delta (MOSIEND), paid him a visit in Yenagoa. The former […]

Trio win Nobel Physics Prize for black hole research

Roger Penrose of Britain, Reinhard Genzel of Germany and Andrea Ghez of the US won the Nobel Physics Prize on Tuesday for their research into black holes, the Nobel jury said. The physicists were selected “for their discoveries about one of the most exotic phenomena in the universe, the black hole,” the Nobel Committee said. […]

Buhari approves new salary, retirement age for teachers

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a special salary scale for Nigerian teachers as well as increased years of service from 35 to 40. The President made the announcement, yesterday, as the world marked World Teachers’ Day. The declaration came as the non-teaching staff of the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), yesterday, swelled the ranks of […]

Again, CAS postpones Siasia’s appeal against FIFA ban to February 2021

World sports highest conflict resolution body, the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) has again postponed a hearing on the appeal filed by former Super Eagles Manager, Samson Siasia, over his life ban by FIFA to February 2021. The case, earlier scheduled for March 19, 2020, was first postponed to today, October 6, 2020, before […]

IMF approves aid for world’s 28 poorest countries

The International Monetary Fund on Monday approved new emergency aid for 28 of the world’s poorest countries to help them alleviate their debt and better cope with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement, which follows a similar measure passed in mid-April for 25 countries, is intended to help the countries cover their debt […]

Spain detains software creator McAfee wanted in US

Anti-virus software creator John McAfee, who is wanted in the United States for tax evasion, has been arrested at Barcelona airport, police said Tuesday. Officers detained the 75-year-old on Saturday as he was about to board a flight to Istanbul and he was being held at a jail near Barcelona awaiting extradition to the United […]

Maradona tests negative for coronavirus, says his lawyer

Former Argentine soccer player Diego Maradona tested negative for COVID-19 on Monday, allaying fears he had contacted the virus after hugging a colleague who was later found to have tested positive, his lawyer said on Monday. The man who led Argentina to the World Cup in 1986 took the test after coming into close contact […]

Pompeo meets Asian ‘Quad’ allies in Tokyo with eyes on China

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held talks on Tuesday with key Asia-Pacific allies in Tokyo, presenting a united front on the regional challenge posed by an increasingly assertive China. The top US diplomat is meeting his Japanese, Australian and Indian counterparts on a trip that was scaled back following the coronavirus crisis in Washington, […]

North Korea’s Kim orders 80-day ‘battle’ to boost economy

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered a nationwide drive to boost the ailing economy ahead of a key party congress in January, state media reported Tuesday. The decision was made during a meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party and comes as the coronavirus pandemic and recent floods have added yet more pressure on […]

WHO calls for action against rising ‘pandemic fatigue’

The World Health Organization warned European countries Tuesday about “pandemic fatigue” which it says threatens the continent’s ability to tackle the coronavirus. “Although fatigue is measured in different ways, and levels vary per country, it is now estimated to have reached over 60 percent in some cases,” WHO Europe director Dr Hans Kluge said. He […]

Minister to investigate allegations against SARS personnel

The Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Muhammad Dingyadi, has pledged to ensure a comprehensive investigation into allegations of infractions against personnel of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police. The Press Secretary to the Minister, Mr Osaigbovo Ehisienmen, disclosed this in a statement on Monday in Abuja. Dingyadi said the idea was to […]

Thomas Partey: Arsenal complete £45m deal for Atletico Madrid midfielder

Arsenal have signed Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid on a long-term deal after paying his 50m euros (£45.3m) release clause. The 27-year-old Ghana midfielder made 35 league appearances and scored three goals for Diego Simeone’s side as they finished third in La Liga last season. He played 188 times for Atletico after joining the club […]

Negative fixed income returns, bellwethers push NSE index by 2.53%

As ASI erases year-to-date losses As declining returns across fixed-income assets continue to buoy investors’ appetite in bellwether stocks, the All-share index (ASI), erased its year-to-date losses on Friday, appreciating by 2.53 per cent to close at 26,986.77 per cent last week. This is despite the one-day holiday declared by the Federal Government on Thursday, […]

Economic downturn scuttling insurance industry recapitalisation

One of the major problems currently facing underwriting businesses is their inability to raise their capital base to meet the proposed requirement. This is becoming a source of worry for many industry stakeholders. Although the Coronavirus outbreak is flattening, the pandemic has set the global economy spiraling, with recovery in some countries predicted to remain […]

Premier League pacesetters Everton sign Norwich defender Godfrey

Everton has signed defender Ben Godfrey from Norwich on a five-year contract for an initial fee reported to be around £25 million ($32 million) in the first major move of transfer deadline day. The Canaries announced on Monday they had received a club-record fee for the 22-year-old, whose new deal ties him to Carlo Ancelotti’s […]

Int’l Friendly: Etebo out, as Super Eagles officials arrive in Austria

Super Eagles and Galatasary SK, Turkey midfielder, Oghenekaro Etebo, has been ruled out of the international friendly match between Nigeria and two North African countries – Algeria and Tunisia. The team’s Media Officer, Toyin Ibitoye, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday that Etabo pulled out after he sustained an injury in club’s […]

SAN applauds as court rules Exxon Mobil can be sued in Nigeria

Mr Emeka Ozoani, on Monday lauded a court ruling which upheld joining of Exxon Mobil Corporation in a suit challenging alleged unlawful retirement of an executive of Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN). Ozoani told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the ruling had erased doubts that the multinational company could be sued in […]

Six-goal humiliation leaves Man Utd mired in crisis again

Manchester United slumped to their worst defeat in nine years on Sunday as Tottenham’s 6-1 rout at Old Trafford plunged the Red Devils back into a familiar state of crisis. United have not contended for the Premier League title since legendary former manager Alex Ferguson retired in 2013. However, hopes were high that the club […]
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