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Nigeria moves to recover N5tr debts owed AMCON

The Federal Government has begun a move to recover over N5 trillion outstanding debts owed the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON). The government has formally inaugurated an inter-agency committee to speedily resolve the challenges in recovering the debts. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who inaugurated the committee on Monday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, charged […]

CBN imposes extra charges on cash deposits, withdrawals

Withdrawals and deposits of physical cash in Nigeria will now attract processing fees payable by individuals or corporate owners of bank accounts involved. Nigeria’s central bank said the measure was put in place to encourage its cashless policy and will take effect on September 18 in Lagos, Kano, Rivers, Ogun, Anambra, Abia and Nigeria’s capital […]

‘MTN is target of claims, threats in Nigeria’

MTN Group Limited, formerly M-Cell, the South Africa-based multinational mobile telecommunications company, operating in many African, European and Asian countries, is not new to controversies.But MTN’s love for high-risk emerging markets like Nigeria is biting it big time. The telco has been caught in web of claims, charges, fines and all manners of harassment by […]

Nigeria moves to dominate global oil industry with 100 firms

Sixty-three years after the discovery of oil in commercial quantity, the Federal Government yesterday said Nigeria was poised to play a commanding role in the industry globally through 100 indigenous companies.Speaking at the launch of ‘Project 100’ in Abuja, the Minster of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, stated that the move would reduce influx […]

Buhari pledges to improve agriculture, economy in Kano

President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged to improve agricultural activities and economic diversification in Kano, if re-elected. Buhari gave the assurance yesterday, while addressing supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) during a presidential campaign rally at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano. The president, who assured the jubilant crowd that the APC government will not disappoint […]

Second-string Spurs knocked out of Cup by Palace

Tottenham Hotspur went out of their second domestic cup competition in four days as Crystal Palace’s Connor Wickham and Andros Townsend struck first-half goals to secure a 2-0 FA Cup victory in a lively fourth-round clash on Sunday. Spurs, beaten by Chelsea in a League Cup semi-final penalty shootout on Thursday, had their woes compounded […]

Solskjaer puts his United winning streak to Burnley test

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer aims to continue his impressive start as Manchester United manager at home to Burnley on Tuesday, with the case for him to be appointed permanently seemingly growing by the week. The FA Cup fourth-round victory at Arsenal on Friday took the Norwegian caretaker manager’s record to eight successive wins since taking over […]

Bashir vows to bring peace as demos called in war zones

President Omar al-Bashir vowed Monday to bring peace in the state of South Kordofan where Sudanese forces are fighting rebels, as protesters planned to hold anti-government rallies in the country’s conflict zones. Deadly protests triggered by a government decision to raise the price of bread have rocked the east African country for weeks. The demonstrations […]

Onnoghen’s suspension not linked to election

Nigeria’s government has denied suggestions that the suspension of the country’s top judge on corruption charges was linked to next month’s election. President Muhammadu Buhari replaced Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen on Friday, sparking claims he had breached the constitution and was trying to manipulate the judiciary. The European Union, Britain and the United States each […]

PDP, NBA, others protest over Onnoghen’s suspension

Nigeria’s opposition People’s Democratic Party, members of the Nigeria Bar Association and Civil Society Organisation of Nigeria are protesting over the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen. Atiku Abubakar, PDP’s presidential candidate, is currently giving an address at the Shehu Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja. The NBA also took off its protest […]

Zimbabwe fire brigade on frontline after protests

Zimbabwe’s widely respected fire brigade usually tackles house fires and traffic accidents, but it became a symbol of the regime during anti-government demonstrations that turned into violent looting and arson. The crews were blocked from reaching blazes by protesters who erected barricades of burning tyres across roads, while crowds pelted their trucks with stones. “It […]

Nine injured in Dutch gas blast building collapse

A suspected gas explosion in The Hague has caused a home to partially collapse, injuring at least nine people including four who were plucked from the rubble, Dutch emergency services said Sunday. The blast ripped off part of the front of a residential building in the densely populated Laakkwartier suburb. Neighbours said they heard a […]

Purge in police as IGP retires seven DIGs

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Adamu Mohammed has retired seven deputy inspectors general of police (DIGs) who were his seniors, police sources have said. Among the affected officers are Maigari Dikko, DIG, Finance and Administration and Habila Joshak, DIG, Operations. Others are Emmanuel Inyang, Information and Communications Technology; Agboola Oshodi-Glover, Logistics and Supply; Mohammed Katsina, […]

NJC meets today without Onnoghen, Mohammed

The National Judicial Council (NJC) will hold an emergency meeting today over the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen. The meeting will be held in Abuja by 10:00 a.m. Sources say neither Onnoghen nor Ibrahim Mohammed, the acting CJN will be allowed to preside over the meeting. Also, the Nigerian Bar […]

Senate reads minimum wage bill

Nigeria Senate on Thursday for the first time read the minimum wage bill seeking an increase in the national minimum wage from the current N18,000 to N27,000. A minimum wage bill of N27,000 and N30,000 for state and federal workers respectively was on Wednesday sent to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari. Prior to […]

INEC faults Ezekwesili’s withdrawal from presidential race

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has faulted the withdrawal of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria’s presidential candidate, Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili, from the race based on constitutional provisions. The Commission said it is impossible for any presidential candidate to withdraw from the race now. According to the timetable and schedule of activities for the […]

Government concessions Warri Port, gets in N36.4 billion

The Federal Government has concessioned the Terminal ‘B’ Warri Old Port, in Delta State, to Ocean & Cargo Terminal Services Limited, in a bid to increase efficiency, improve service delivery, and ensure modernised port development. The concession of the port is also expected to engender reduction in the cost of shipping and clearing of cargo […]

Ugandan leader wants MTN to list shares on local exchange

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said telecom firm MTN Uganda needs to sell shares on the local stock exchange to facilitate domestic ownership of the company and ensure more of the money it earns stays in the country. A unit of South Africa’s MTN Group, the company is the East African country’s largest telecommunications firm, controlling […]

Buhari vows more anti-graft battle, Atiku flays president

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday took his reelection campaign to Sokoto State where he promised not to betray the confidence reposed in him by Nigerians.“ I will not allow anybody to steal. Any corrupt person will be prosecuted. The Federal Government is trying its best in all ramifications,” the president told supporters of the All Progressives […]

Ezekwisili quits presidential race

The leading female candidate in Nigeria’s presidential election said on Thursday she had withdrawn from the race weeks ahead of the poll to help build a coalition to provide a viable alternative to the country’s two main parties. Former government minister Obiageli Ezekwesili, co-founder of a group to raise awareness about more than 200 girls […]

Cardiff striker Sala missing after suspected plane crash

Premier League club Cardiff City’s record new signing, Argentine striker Emiliano Sala, was missing on Tuesday after a light aircraft he was travelling in disappeared over the English Channel. Sala, signed on Saturday from French club Nantes for a reported fee of 17 million euros ($19.3 million), was flying to Cardiff aboard a small plane […]

Onnoghen urges appeal court to stop his trial

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, yesterday approached the Court of Appeal, seeking an order to stop the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) from proceeding with his trial. Onnoghen, through his counsel, Chief Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), asked the court for an oral order stopping the CCT from proceeding with the trial. Awomolo stated […]

China’s population growth slows

China’s population grew at a slower rate last year despite the abolition of the one-child policy, official data showed Monday, raising fears an ageing society will pile further pressure on an already slowing economy. There were 15.23 million live births in 2018, a drop of two million from the year before, data from the National […]

Fabregas makes Monaco debut in draw

Cesc Fabregas made his Monaco debut as Thierry Henry’s side held Marseille to a draw at the Stade Velodrome. Fabregas, who joined the Ligue 1 club from Chelsea last week, was powerless to prevent Maxime Lopez from firing Marseille ahead after 13 minutes. Youri Tielemans equalised for the visitors with a well-taken goal seven minutes […]

Messi makes history with 400th LaLiga goal

Lionel Messi scored his 400th La Liga goal as Barcelona beat Eibar at the Nou Camp to regain their five-point lead at the top of the table. Messi, the all-time leading scorer in the Spanish top flight, finished into the bottom corner for Barca’s second. The landmark goal comes in the Argentine’s 435th league game. […]

Buhari pledges to end illegal tax collections

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in Abuja pledged that the Federal Government would look into the issue of illegal tax collections to encourage more private sector businesses to thrive in the country. The president made the pledge when he received the leadership of the Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers Association of Nigeria (AUFCDN) […]

US vows to pressure Venezuela’s ‘illegitimate’ Maduro

The United States on Thursday refused to recognize Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s legitimacy as he started a controversial new term and urged rank-and-file government employees to empower the opposition. “The US will not recognize the Maduro dictatorship’s illegitimate inauguration,” national security advisor John Bolton tweeted. “We will continue to increase pressure on the corrupt regime, […]

Bayern to appeal as Mueller suspended for Liverpool tie

Bayern Munich said Friday they will appeal the two-match Champions League suspension handed to Thomas Mueller which means the Germany international will miss both legs of their last-16 tie against Liverpool. European football’s governing body UEFA handed Mueller a two-match ban on Friday following his sending-off in the 3-3 draw away to Ajax in their […]

Sarri struggles to spark misfiring Chelsea

Maurizio Sarri must solve Chelsea’s striker crisis as his spluttering side bid to get back on track against Newcastle on Saturday. Sarri’s fourth-placed team are clinging onto a three-point lead over fifth placed Arsenal in the Premier League, leaving them with no margin for error in the race to qualify for next season’s Champions League. […]

Cheque transactions fall 5% as BVN-linked accounts hit 36m

Transactions carried out through cheques fell by 5.02 per cent in 2018, against 2017 levels, indicating that more customers are embracing other payment alternatives, especially electronic. Statistics obtained from the Nigerian Interbank Settlement System (NIBSS), showed that in 2017 there were 10,814,991 volume of cheques valued at N5.3 trillion. But in 2018, the volume of cheques […]

Spurs present Solskjaer with biggest Man United test yet

Manchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faces his biggest task since taking over from Jose Mourinho when his team face the man some believe could eventually replace him – Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino. Spurs, third in the Premier League standings, host sixth-placed United, who trail them by ten points, at Wembley on Sunday in […]

NFF plans 10 friendly matches for Falcons

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) yesterday revealed that it has firmed up plans to provide African champions, Super Falcons, with what could turn out to be their best–ever preparation for the FIFA Women’s World Cup finals. According to, the games include participation in a four–nation invitational tournament in China from January 17 to 20, […]

Heartbreak and disbelief as Murray announces retirement

Tennis ace Andy Murray’s tearful announcement Friday that he’ll be forced to retire this year prompted a volley of tributes to the man, fond recollections of a historic career and encouragement to serve up a fitting farewell. American star Andy Roddick led the tributes to the former world number one, describing his 11-time opponent as […]

China to back Nigeria’s anti-insurgency battle with N2b

China has pledged N2 billion (¥50 million) in military equipment to support Nigeria’s counter-insurgency operations against Boko Haram. The Ambassador of China to Nigeria, Dr. Zhou Pingjuan, said the initiative was part of military cooperation agreed upon by both nations in 2018. He made the disclosure during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) […]

Bashir backers stage Sudan rally as rival demo planned

Crowds gathered Wednesday in Sudan’s capital in a show of support for the embattled regime of President Omar al-Bashir following several weeks of deadly anti-government protests. The rally by hundreds of backers of Bashir, who has ruled Sudan since 1989 when he swept to power in an Islamist-backed coup, came as rival protesters prepared to […]

Buhari urges African soldiers with political ambition to resign

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday declared that the era of coup in Africa was gone, urging military officers with political ambition on the continent to resign or face their constitutional role.He called for respect for constitutional provisions in the constitution of the oil-rich West-Central African nation of Gabon, following an attempted military takeover in that country. […]

UN priortises ICT skills for economic development

The United Nations (UN) has hinged economic developments on increased information and communications technology (ICT) skills, especially among developing countries. Speaking through its specialised agency for ICT, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the UN noted that skills are fundamental for participation in today’s information society, and correlate positively with social well-being and economic productivity. The […]

Court restrains INEC from accepting APC candidates in Rivers

A Federal High Court in Port Harcourt has delivered judgments in two separate suits, asking the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to acknowledge Rivers State’s All Progressives Congress (APC) candidates at the general elections. Justice Kolawole Omotosho gave the injunction yesterday sequel to a suit by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which prayed it […]

No new minimum wage, no vote, Labour tells FG

Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Monday threatened to boycott the 2019 general election should the Nigerian government fail to activate a new minimum wage. Nigeria’s current minimum wage is N18,000 approved in 2008 by late president Umar Musa Ya’aruda’s administration. NLC assistant secretary in charge of information, Denja Yakub, who spoke on Nigeria Info FM, […]

Israel ex-minister and Netanyahu mentor Moshe Arens dies

Moshe Arens, a former Israeli defence minister and one-time mentor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, died Monday aged 93, officials said. Arens, an aeronautics engineer, was also known for having played a key role in Israel’s aerospace and military industries, including by pushing for the development of the Lavi Israeli fighter jet. Netanyahu and Israeli […]

Court bars all APC candidates in Rivers

Barely two months before the February general election, a federal high court sitting in Port Harcourt Monday barred all candidates produced by the primaries of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State. The court, presided by Kolawole Omotosho, also restrained the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from recognising any candidates of the APC […]

Buhari inaugurates APC Presidential Campaign Council

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday inaugurated the All Progressives Congress (APC) Campaign Council and asked Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the co-chairman of the council to fully take charge of the campaign. Speaking at the inauguration of the Council at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, the president, who is the Chairman of the Council, said the […]

SERAP demands names of fraudulent power projects contractors

Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has been asked to provide the names and details of contractors that allegedly collected money for electricity projects but failed to execute them, from 1999 to 2018. The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) made the request, exercising its Freedom of Information (FOI) right. According to SERAP, […]

NSCDC boss charges personnel on dedication, hard work

Abdullahi Gana, the Commandant-General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has charged personnel of the Corps to be more dedicated, hard working and committed to their duty in 2019. Mr Soji Alabi, Media Assistant to the Commandant General, said in a statement on Friday in Abuja, that Gana made the remarks at a meeting […]

Massive data leak targets German officials including Merkel

“Personal data and documents belonging to hundreds of politicians and public figures were published on the internet,” government spokeswoman Martina Fietz told reporters. “The government is taking this incident very seriously.” She said the political officials included members of the Bundestag lower house of parliament, the European Parliament as well as regional and local assemblies. […]

Don’t distract, allow me work, Buhari tells labour unions

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged labour unions in the country to allow his administration concentrate on fixing infrastructure, rather than distracting it. He made the appeal yesterday while playing host to the Executive Committee of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) in the State House, Abuja. “In three and a half years, we have […]

Sharapova suffers injury blow ahead of Australian Open

Former world number one Maria Sharapova’s Australian Open preparations suffered a blow after a thigh injury forced her to retire from the Shenzhen Open quarter-final clash against Aryna Sabalenka on Friday. Sharapova struggled to move on court and conceded the opening set 6-1, with coach Thomas Hogstedt urging the Russian to take her game to […]

Sani Zoro urges Osinbajo to visit northeast

Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Mr Sani Zoro on Thursday called on the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, to conduct urgent assessment needs of the humanitarian situation in the northeast. In a statement in Maiduguri, Zoro lamented the deteriorating humanitarian situation, sequel to the resurgence of Boko Haram attacks in […]

Outrage as Buhari’s niece heads INEC’s collation centre

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has come under criticism over its appointment of Mrs. Amina Zakari as head of the agency’s collation centre committee for the 2019 presidential election. Zakari is widely believed to be President Muhammadu Buhari’s niece. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday rejected the appointment of Zakari who had been INEC’s […]

FG provides only N5.12bn for N1.2tr non-oil export debts

Despite having a backlog of unpaid incentives for non-oil exporters hovering at about N1.2 trillion, the Federal Government will this year, honour only N5.12 billion of such debts based on provisions made in the 2019 budget. Indeed, there were expectations last year that some of the backlogs would be cleared before third quarter end, but […]

How PDP will make Nigeria work again, by Peter Obi

Vice Presidential candidate of the PDP, Mr. Peter Obi, has disclosed how the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would make the country work again.He said the problem with Nigerian was more because of the inefficiency in programme implementation, rather than policy formulation. Obi stated this during a live interview on Channels Television.According to him: “This All […]

Sanchez set for Man United return under Solskjaer

Alexis Sanchez is in line to make his Manchester United return at Newcastle United today and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident of getting the best out of him. The Chile international has been sidelined since sustaining a hamstring injury in November, the latest setback in a faltering start to life at Old Trafford since his […]

Somalia orders top U.N. official to leave

Somalia’s government has ordered the top United Nations official in the country to leave, accusing him of interfering with national sovereignty days after he raised concerns about the actions of U.N.-supported Somali security forces. The foreign affairs ministry said in a statement late on Tuesday that Nicholas Haysom, the Special Representative of the U.N. Secretary-General […]

Government begins mandatory use of NIN in provision of services

The Federal Government yesterday began implementation of the mandatory usage of the National Identification Number (NIN). The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), which announced the development, said it was in line with the government’s directive on identity management in the country. All federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) that take records of personnel and provide […]

‘Crude oil production witnessed nine per cent increase in 2018’

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) yesterday said daily crude oil production recorded an upward swing of about 2.09million barrels in the outgone 2018. The increase, which translates to 9 per cent, when compared with the 2017 average daily production of 1.86million barrels, is an indication that the nation maintained year-on-year improvement, NNPC Group Managing […]

China will not give up use of military force over Taiwan – Xi

China will not give up the use of military force as an option to ensure the reunification of Taiwan, President Xi Jinping said Wednesday, while insisting the island would ultimately be reunified with the mainland. Beijing “reserves the option of taking all necessary measures” against outside forces that interfere with peaceful reunification and Taiwan independence […]

‘Insecurity may mar polls’

The Northern Traditional Rulers Council Assembly (NTRCA) has warned that kidnappings, banditry, insurgency, farmer-herder clashes and other forms of crimes might hamper the conduct of the general elections. It also urged politicians to honour the signed peace accord, saying this would reciprocate President Muhammadu Buhari’s pledge to ensure free and fair polls. In a communiqué […]

FG provides funds to meet ASUU demands

The protracted strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) may soon to be called off. Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, who gave the hint in Onitsha, Anambra State said that funds had been provided to meet most of the demands of the union. He said the Federal Government would make […]

Mayweather floors Japan’s Nasukawa in just two minutes

Floyd “Money” Mayweather beat Japanese kickboxing phenomenon Tenshin Nasukawa by a technical knockout Monday after just two minutes of a New Year’s Eve “exhibition” bout that brought the US boxing superstar out of retirement for a big pay day. In a mismatched contest, Mayweather floored Nasukawa, a kickboxer less than half his age, three times […]
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