GAMBIA: Barrow sworn-in, warns soldiers to stay in Barracks

Gambia’s president-elect, Adams Barrow was on Thursday sworn in as Gambia’s president at the country’s embassy in Dakar, Senegal. The new president after his inauguration sent out an order to Gambian soldiers to remain in their barracks. “Those found illegally holding arms will be considered rebels,” he warned. This effectively means Gambia now has two presidents,…

PHOTOSCENE: Buhari departs Abuja for his vacation

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday departed Abuja for the United Kingdom for a 10-day vacation. According to the presidency, Buhari while on vacation will also take time out to visit his doctors. He was seen off at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja by among others, the service chiefs, his SA Media and Publicity, Mr…

NFF President Pinnick gets FIFA Committee appointment

The global football governing body, FIFA, has named the President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, member of the Organising Committee for Competitions. The Organising Committee for FIFA Competitions is one of the nine standing committees among Governance, Finance, Development, Member Associations, Referees, Players’ Status, Football Stakeholders, and Medical, for organization of…

Saraki, Ekweremadu, Utazi clash over Buhari sending troops to The Gambia

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, his Deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu and chairman, Senate committee on Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes, Chukwuka Utazi, on Thursday, clashed over the deployment of Nigerian troops to Senegal, en route The Gambia. The clash started when Senator Utazi, relying on Order 43 of the Senate Standing Rules and Section 5(4), of the…

PDP Senator jumps ship to APC, Akpabio fumes

A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senator from Akwa Ibom State, Nelson Effiong, has defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). The lawmaker who represents Akwa Ibom South in the Senate, made the announcement on the floor on Thursday, citing an intractable crisis in the opposition PDP as reason that necessitated his defection to APC….

Buhari writes Senate for another medical vacation

In less than two years since his inauguration on May 29, 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari is seeking another medical vacation, The president on Tuesday wrote the Senate informing the red chamber that he is taking a ten-day medical vacation from  Monday January, 23 to February 6th, 2017. According to the letter read out at Senate…

How we’ll get Nigeria out of recession –Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday spoke on programmes and plans of the Federal Government to salvage the dire economic situation in Nigeria. According to Osinbajo, empowerment of Nigerians is at the heart of the Social Investment Programmes of the Muhammadu Buhari administration, even though it also has a social welfare component to help the…

Prophet who predicted Mugabe’s death dragged to court

Three days after his arrest, Prophet Patrick Mugadza of Kariba town was dragged to court on Wednesday. The clergyman was arrested after he predicted that 92-year-old President Robert Mugabe, was not going to see the end of this year. During court proceedings, prosecutors could not formally lay charges of criminal nuisance on Mugadza because his…

At last APC to hold second National Convention in April

Buffeted by a myriad of internal crisis, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has disclosed its intention to hold a second convention in April. The party has therefore set out to convene a National Executive Council (NEC) meeting where it will decide the venue for the event. The party’s new National Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi…

Police arrest 2 masterminds of Tukish Int’l School kidnappings

The Nigeria police have moved a step closer to Resolving the kidnap of some pupils and staff of the Nigerian Turkish International College (NTIC). This is as Operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team, led by ACP Abba Kyari, have apprehended two men suspected to be behind the abductions. Reports say the suspects…

NSE LIVE! Equities extend losing streak with 0.13% drop

Nigerian equities posted a negative performance again on Wednesday as the market remained under selling pressure from the fast moving consumer goods and oil and gas sectors. All-Share Index (ASI) dropped by 0.13 per cent to close at 26,245.34 points while the aggregate market capitalization of all quoted companies on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE)…

New Apple app offers medical consultation to Nigerians

An application by Apple dubbed Ada now offers Nigeria and other African countries the opportunity to access and receive medical support. The custom-built Artificial Intelligence engine was developed by their team of medical doctors and scientists who have made it their mission to make personalised health information accessible for everyone at a period in time…

… Just before the Gambian implosion

By Joseph Edgar… Nigerians in their enthusiasm are edging on our President to send troops. Everybody is feeling a sense of de ja vu, it will be swift and simple. It is a small country with little or no military capacity, hence the swift decision to send troops. Senegal has sent troops to the border…

Saraki’s CCT trial to continue Feb

Chairman of the CCT, Danladi Umar has adjourned till February 8 for the prosecution to call more witnesses, in the ongoing trial of Senate President, Bukola Saraki. The second prosecution witness in the case, Amazu Nwachuckwu, on Wednesday told the court that some of the documents the defendant used in operating a foreign account has…

Nigerian newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Thursday morning

Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers: 1. The kidnappers of the Director of Finance of Isa Local Government in Sokoto State, Alhaji Bello Bodinga, and three others, have demanded for a N250 million ransom. This is according to the State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Abdulkadir. The victims were abducted on Monday by…

Osinbajo reads riot act to CBN, Finance Ministry on naira value

Worried by persistent fall in value of the Nigerian currency, the naira, which lost more than 90 per cent value in 2016, the Presidency has given both the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Finance Ministry some marching orders to shore up the currency within the first quarter of 2017. Naira, has since December 2016…

AFCON: Cameroon come from behind to earn first Group A win

Four-time champions Cameroon opened winning in Group A as they fought back to deny debutants Guinea-Bissau a historic first win at the CAF Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday. The first-timers went into a sensational early lead against Cameroon, but the Indomitable Lions came from a goal down to claim a dramatic 2-1 victory –…

Nigeria, Senegal amass troops on The Gambia border to sack Jammeh

The stage seems set for the forceful sack of President Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia by the combined forces of the ECOWAS region, led by Senegal and Nigeria. Early signals to that effect emerged Wednesday as Senegalese authorities announced their readiness to storm Banjul mid-night Wednesday to force out Jammeh if he refuses to quit,…

More witnesses testify in alleged graft case of Justice Ademola

As the trial of a Federal High Court judge, Justice Adeniyi Ademola continued on Wednesday, the third of the 14 witnesses to testify against the defendants said she never received nor laundered gratification for the embattled judge. The federal government arraigned Justice Ademola before an Abuja Federal High Court on the allegation that he received…

Women storm court over Mrs Jonathan, send message to EFCC

Angry women supporters of former First Lady Patience Jonathan, again on Wednesday stormed the Lagos Federal High Court during the hearing of her suit. The former first lady is suing the the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over the seizure of $15.591(about N4.8 billion) she claims is her money. The women groups in their…

Gambia’s Vice President steps down

The Vice President of Gambia Isatou Njie-Saidy has resigned her appointment following the political chaos caused by the refusal of President Yahya Jammeh to step down from power after the December 1st polls which he lost to his exiled opponent Adama Barrow. Njie’s resignation came on the same day the Minister of Higher Education, Research,…

Garuba Umar is new Lagos Police Commissioner

Four days after he was promoted to the rank of Commissioner of Police (CP), Garuba Umar, has been appointed as the new Commissioner of Police for Lagos State. Read also: Taxi driver stabs colleague to death in scuffle over prostitute Umar who now replaces Fatai Owoseni, who has been posted to the National Institute of…

The Tragedy of Nigeria And Lord Denning’s Analogy

By Remi Oyeyemi… Mr. Peter Ajayi, the man who as the Managing Director employed me into the stable of the Sketch Newspapers in 1988 was the one who introduced me to the seminal brilliance of Alfred Thompson Denning. Mr. Ajayi had summoned me into his office sometime in March 1989 to call my attention to…

ALLEGED N4.9BN FRAUD: Please hands off my case, Fani-Kayode tells judge

Former Minster of Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has demanded that Justice Muslim Hassan of the Federal High Court Lagos remove himself from his ongoing trial. The former minster is being tried by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged N4.9 billion fraud. He hinged his reason on the argument that the judge…

Senate passes MTEF, approves Buhari’s N2.32trn loan

The Senate, on Wednesday, passed the 2017-2019 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and the Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP). The Red Chamber retained the exchange rate at N305 to $1 as proposed by President Muhammadu Buhari. It however raised the oil benchmark from $42.50 to $44.5 per barrel. The Senate also approved Federal Government’s borrowing plan…

N’East crisis now money-making venture, Senate laments

The Senate, Wednesday, raised the alarm that the crisis in the North East region of Nigeria has been turned into a money-making venture. Senators also raised the alarm over acute hunger ravaging Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states. Immediate-past Senate Leader, Ali Ndume raised the alarm in a motion tagged ‘The…

EFCC declares ex-Gov Shema’s aide wanted over alleged N1bn SURE-P scam

Idris Kwado, aide to embattled former governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shema, has been declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). He is wanted over an alleged N1 billion fraud involving the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P). Kwado, said to be the Managing Director, Idris Kwado and Sons Limited and Aminu…

Real reason tech start-up Efritin.com stopped operations in Nigeria

The exit of a tech start-up Efritin.com from the Nigerian market left many surprised especially after its entry was described as a perfect match for Nasper’s OLX which was the market leader at the time. While giving reasons for its exit, Nils Hammer, CEO of Saltside Technologies (the Swedish-based parent company to Efritin) informed that…

Taxi driver stabs colleague to death in scuffle over prostitute

Tragedy struck at the White Sand area of Ijora Badia when a cab driver identified as Sodiq Fatai was stabbed to death following a scuffle with a rival simply named Asunmo over a prostitute. Reports say Asunmo approached Fatai challenging him over his relationship with the lady whom he (Asunmo) was dating when the scuffle…

Ex-Apprentice contestant sues Trump over s*xual assault denial

Summer Zervos, a one-time contestant on Donald Trump’s reality television show “The Apprentice,” has filed a law suit against the newly elected American President for denying he s*xually assaulted her. Zervos who filed the lawsuit in New York alleged that Trump made false and defamatory statements about her in rejecting the accusation, causing her emotional…

Reps want Buhari to urgently end S’Kaduna killings, summon Buratai, IGP

Nigerian House of Representatives has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately order the military and the police to end the killings in Southern Kaduna by being pre-emptive and ensure they detect the particular areas often attacked. The Reps members have also summoned the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen Tukur Buratai, the Inspector-General of Police…

Ademola kept several millions in bags at home, witness tells court

A witness told the Court on Tuesday that Justice Adeniyi Ademola stashed hundreds of millions of naira and other foreign currencies in different bags at his home. This was disclosed by a second witness, Ike Ihuoha, at the resumed trail of the Federal High Court judge at the Federal High Court Abuja. Ihuoha, an officer…

Partial coal mine collapse in China claims 9 lives

Despite years of trying to deal with the persistence of safety measures in the mining sector, nine lives were again lost when a partial coal mine collapse occurred in northern China. Reports say the partial collapse occurred when a group of workers were doing maintenance work inside the mine shaft killing nine people in the…

AFCON: Mali, Egypt draw, Ghana beat Uganda to top group

In their opening game at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, Ghana bagged the full three points as Andre Ayew’s penalty was enough to give Ghana a 1-0 win over Uganda in Group D. The four-time champions’ bid for a first African Cup of Nations title in 35 years started in a lackluster opener against…

NSE LIVE! Equities lose N33bn on FMCGs selloff

Nigerian equities set again into its topsy-turvy pattern on Tuesday as a considerable selloff within the fast moving consumer goods (FMCGs) companies reversed the net gain of N17 billion recorded on Monday with a net capital loss of N33 billion. Losses recorded by highly capitalised FMCGs stocks such as Nestle Nigeria, Nigerian Breweries, Seven-Up Bottling…

Special Report… The slumbering economic giant called Ariaria market (2)

Concluding part…. Anih who has been into the business of shoemaking for more than 18-years says the year 2016 was different, and that despite the fact that materials are a bit costly, the demand for goods have been encouraging. Interestingly, the shoemaker says he is not aware that the FG ordered 50,000 pairs of boots…

Headstrong Jammeh declares state of emergency over foreign interference

Long-serving Gambian President Yahya Jammeh seems really desperate to hold onto power after declaring a state of emergency. He cited undue foreign interference in the recently staged December 1st polls which he lost to his exiled opponent Adama Barrow as one reason. While speaking on national TV, Jammeh said the declaration was necessary “due to…

Man City to Barcelona: We’ll pay £100million for Lionel Messi

English Premier League side, Manchester City, have made it crystal clear to Spanish giant, Barcelona, that they are ready to pay a record £100million fee to bring super star Lionel Messi to the Etihad Stadium, report says. City currently sit ten points behind leaders Chelsea, and are outside the Premier League’s top four, with Manager…

Buhari regrets as Air Force bombs, kills over 50 IDPs

President Muhammadu Buhari has regretted the accidental bombing of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPS) in Rann community Borno State, by the Nigerian Air Force. The Air Force is engaged in the final phase of mopping up of terrorist Boko Haram in the North-east. The President in statement through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi…

Players who move to China are wasting their careers – Arjen Robben

Bayern Munich star Arjen Robben has criticized players moving to the Chinese Super League for huge money, saying a transfer to China is basically acknowledging one’s career is over. The Netherlands international, who had just signed a new deal that would keep him at Bayern till 2018, is saying this at a time when a…

Fani-Kayode’s counsel, others refuse to cross examining EFCC witness

Defence counsel to Femi Fani-Kayode and others arraigned with him at the Lagos Federal High Court by the EFCC on Tuesday refused to cross examine the prosecution witness after he testified against them owing to pending application in court. Fani-Kayode, who was former Director of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Organisation and Nenadi…

Senate, Julius Berger, Minister, engineers disagree on closure of Abuja Airport

Discussions on plans by the Federal Government to close the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja for six weeks continued Tuesday at the Senate. The talks reached an advanced stage, with Senators, Ministers, Julius Berger Construction Company and the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) expressing divergent opinions on the issue. While lawmakers insist that the airport…

CCT TRIAL: Banker narrates how Saraki moved $3m abroad

Senate President Bukola Saraki’s ongoing trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) continued on Tuesday with a witness, Nwachukwu Amazu, a banker with GTBank, testifying how Saraki transferred $3million abroad during his days as Kwara State governor. The CCT Chairman Danladi Umar had on the occasion asked the defendant if he needed water and…

Aviation sector enters 2017 with fear, sends SOS to govt

The aviation sector has raised the alarm over imminent danger that needs to be removed, if a total collapse of the industry must be averted in 2017. Included among the factors are: reviewing government policy that has allowed multiple foreign exchange system drastically affect operators’ business plans in 2016. Others are, persistent scarcity of Jet…

Senate to confront FG over non payment of judges’ 4 months salaries

The Senate, on Tuesday, frowned at the alleged refusal by the Federal Government to pay some Federal Judges their four-month salary arrears. Accordingly, two committees, Finance and Judiciary, have been mandated to investigate the claims and ensure that the salary arrears are paid promptly. The two committees are also expected to report back next Tuesday…

Operators doubtful of improved power supply

There is no likelihood that the epileptic power supply in Nigeria will improve in the nearest future, as a fresh row over debts settlement has hit major operators in the sector. Since the privatization of the power sector in 2013, there has never been any love lost among the three sub units that emerged. Though…

VP Osinbajo in Delta on peace mission

The vice president, Yemi Osinbajo on Monday led a Federal Government team to Delta State as part of government’s efforts to resolve the lingering Niger Delta Crisis. The visit was said to be for an Interactive Engagement and Fact-Finding Mission with Oil-Producing Communities in a renewed effort at resolving the crisis in that region. On…

Why my people bombed UNIMAID mosques –Shekau

Leader of the terrorist group, Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, has claimed his group was behind the bomb blast that rocked the University of Maiduguri, (UNIMAID) Borno State on Monday. Two suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers had on Monday sneaked into the university environment and detonated explosive devices at a mosque within the university, killing four…

MMM, Sambisa And The Boy Died

By Reuben Abati… “Happy New Year, my brother” “What do you mean happy new year, more than two weeks into the New Year. Have I not been in touch with you since January 1?” “But for you the New Year has just started. Your January 1 was not on January 1” “Looks like you have…

TURKISH INT’L SCHOOL: Abductors reduce ransom to N750m

Two days after kidnappers of staff and students of Turkish International School, located in Isheri, a border town between Lagos and Ogun states, demanded the sum of N1.2 billion as ransom for the release of kidnapped victims the abductors have now reduced the ransom to N750 million. According to some family members of the kidnapped…

Protests in sector over operation of Islamic insurance in Nigeria

Operators in the sector are questioning why the authorities have licenced two Islamic insurance companies to operate in the country. This at a time the Nigerian business community is yet to fully accept the appointment of CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele to head an international Islamic banking institution, the International Islamic Liquidity Management Corporation. The brand…

EGYPT: 8 policemen killed, 4 others injured in checkpoint attack

An attack on a security checkpoint by unknown assailants in Egypt’s New Valley province in the Western Desert saw the killing of eight policemen and the wounding of four others. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the deadly attack which occurred at Naqb checkpoint, about 70km from Kharga city, at about 8:15pm local time…

Wike runs to court to stop police probe of Rivers rerun poll

Rivers State Governor Nyesom has described police investigation of allegations of crimes committed during the December 10, 2016 rerun elections in the state as illegal. He also stated that the probe is unconstitutional, null and void and asked Abuja Federal High Court to stop it. This was as he applied for an interim order of…

Investors receive N30bn unclaimed dividends

Nigeria’s apex capital market regulator, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has stated that more than N30 billion has so far been paid to investors in the Nigerian capital market from the backlog of unclaimed dividends. In a statement, the Commission said that as a means to further reduce the unclaimed dividends profile and curb its…

Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Tuesday morning

Good morning! Here are today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers 1. Oil marketers have alleged that officials of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) extorted them during the loading of petroleum products at the depots. The Vice President, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Alhaji Abubakar Dankingari, who made the claims, said NNPC officials were…

Turkish cops nab main suspect of New Year nightclub attack

The main suspect of a New Year nightclub attack in the city of Istanbul which claimed the lives of 39 people and wounded dozens more has been arrested by Turkish police in the city’s Esenyurt district. The suspect who had operated under the cover name Abu Muhammed Horasani, was caught in a hideout with his…

Senate now under APC control, must line up behind Buhari –Oyegun

The All Progressives Congress (APC) national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has said that the party is now in firm control of the Senate with the emergence of Senator Ahmed Lawan as Senate Majority Leader. He said the upper chamber has no other option at the moment than to line up behind President Muhammadu Buhari’s projects…

NSE LIVE! Equities net N17b gain as investors scramble for banks

Banking stocks led Nigerian equities to a positive start this week, sustaining a modest rally that saw quoted equities closing last week with a gain of N26 billion. Increased demand for banking stocks placed many banks in the buyers’ market, enabling the sellers to increase their prices. With many banks dominating the advancing stocks and…

The slumbering economic giant called Ariaria market

With the fall in prices of crude oil in the international market, the Nigerian government has resorted to looking inwards to raise the much needed resources to finance its activities. It has to this end embarked on a drive to get Nigerians to patronize locally made goods, as opposed to a craze for imported products,…

Why price of cooking gas may not crash despite improved supply

While news of improved supply in cooking gas holds some relief for Nigerian households, there are concerns that the price of this essential item may not crash anytime soon. Over the weekend, Ripples Nigeria gathered that the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Company had delivered about 13000 tonnes of LPG to its Lagos jetty. This…

AFCON: DR Congo beat Morocco 1-0 to top Group

Democratic Republic of Congo assumed top of Group C following a 1-0 win over Morocco as Junior Kabanaga fired home the winner in the Gabonese city of Oyem at the on-going Africa Cup of Nations. The Kazakhstan-based forward’s 55-minute strike secured the win for the Leopards who successfully survived a late onslaught from the North…

Pipeline bombardments have killed over 20,000, Osinbajo tells N’Deltans

Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday told the people of Gbaramatu kingdom in Delta State that attacks on pipelines in the region from 1998 till 2015 have killed over 20,000 persons. The vice president stated this when he visited Delta State on Monday as part of the ongoing efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal…

INEC begins strategizing ahead 2019

Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it is re-strategizing to ensure the electoral process is strengthened based on policies that will bring about fairness, transparency, credibility and impartiality.   The Commission’s chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, who stated this on Monday at the opening of a two-day strategic…

Toyin Aimakhu may have not gotten over her ex, Adeniyi Johnson

Controversial Nollywood actress Toyin Aimakhu, who now wishes to be addressed as Toyin Abraham, seems not to have gotten over her ex-hubby, Adeniyi Johnson judging by her latest message on Instagram. Moments after her estranged hubby, got married secretly to another actress Seyi Edun who reports say was the main reason Toyin separated with Adeniyi,…

Embattled Heritage Bank sacks 400 workers

Less than four months after Heritage Bank had denied suffering mass withdrawal of customers’ deposits, the bank has embarked on mass sack of staff. Reports indicate that at least 400 of its workforce have been laid off within January 2017. The bank is still smarting from a series of crises, including a query by the…

How Nigeria loses $2bn annually from tourism sector -Report

Nigeria has in the past 10 years failed to reap from yearly revenue, estimated at $2 billion from the tourism sector, so said the World Travel Market (WTM). In its report on the activities of the sector, globally, published by it’s London-based unit, World Tourism Watch, while countries like UAE, South African and Ethiopia have…

BRAZIL: 30 inmates feared dead in another outbreak of prison violence

A fresh outbreak of prison violence which occurred late Saturday in one of the overcrowded facilities in the northeastern region of Brazil has claimed the lives of at least 30 inmates. According to a source who pleaded anonymity because forensic work is still under way, about a dozen inmates in the Alcacuz prison located in…

S.Korea prosecutors seek warrant of arrest for Samsung leader

Special prosecutors in South Korea are seeking a warrant for the arrest of the head of Samsung group Jay Y. Lee who was summoned days ago as a suspect over ongoing graft probe involving President Park Geun-hye and her friend Choi Soon-sil. An official at Seoul central district court said the arrest warrant must be…

Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Monday morning

Good morning! Here is summary from Nigerian Newspapers 1. 10 members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) were on Sunday reportedly killed at Abaji area of Kastina Ala local government area of Benue State by unknown gunmen. The CJTF members were having a meeting at Tse-Igber village in Abaji community when gunmen stormed the…

CRUDE OIL: Libya increases supply dropping price of Nigeria’s Brent

Libya, the only country exempted with Nigeria from OPEC crude oil cuts has pumped more supply of the products to the international market, a situation that has seen Nigerian light oil suffer some price losses and reduced demand. Though crudes from both countries are at variant, reports of the market monitored by Ripples Nigeria on…

32 dead as Turkish plane crashes into village

Rescue and security operatives are said to be having a tough time searching for bodies after a Turkish Boeing 747 plane crashed into a populated village near Kyrgyzstan’s Manas airport, killing at least 32 people. According to Flightradar24 the plane belonged to MyCargo Airlines, a Turkish cargo airline based in Istanbul. Read also: World powers…

3 suspects arrested by Belguim police in anti-terror raids

The ongoing war against suspected terrorists continued in Brussels when three suspects were arrested by Belgium police during a series of raids in the suburb of Molenbeek. According to spokeswoman for the Brussels prosecutor’s office, Ine Van Wymersch, four searches were conducted where some of the Paris and Brussels attackers lived or transited. Read also:…

AFCON: Mahrez bags brace, earns Algeria a point

Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez scored twice for Algeria in a 2-2 draw against Zimbabwe in their opening Group B fixture on Sunday at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon. The current African player of the Year opened the scoring in the 12th minute before Kudakwashe Mahachi scored to cancel out the lead…

Sevilla end Real Madrid’s unbeaten run

Spanish side Sevilla FC defeated Real Madrid 2-1 to end their 40-match unbeaten run as Stevan Jovetic scored a dramatic stoppage-time winner in their La Liga clash on Sunday. Both teams couldn’t net in a goal in the first half, and not until the 67th minute did Cristiano Ronaldo put the visitors ahead with a…

‘Magu continued stay at EFCC embarrassing to Nigeria’

The stay of Mr Ibrahim Magu as head of the the anti graft body, Economic and Financial ‎Crimes Commission (EFCC) in acting capacity is still drawing flakes from different quarters. A civil rights movement under the aegis of Coalition for Good Governance and Change Initiative (CGGCI), on Sunday expressed pessimism that the continued occupation of…

SAMBISA TOUR: Sorry we can’t meet your conditions, FG replies #BBOG

The conditions the Bring Back Our Girls Group (BBOG) gave for it to join in the one day tour of Sambisa Forest, has been turned down by the Federal Government. The government had in a letter dated January 11 and signed by Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, asked Oby Ezekwesili, one the co-ordinators of the group,…

Frustrated, Manufacturers threaten to drop support for govt policies

The Federal Government’s hope of getting the country out of recession in 2017 may hit a brick wall, if operators in the real sector carry out their threat of total withdrawal of support on policies not tailored at the survival of manufacturing industries in Nigeria. They have highlighted a number of conditions under which they…

Remain in PDP we don’t want you, Enugu APC tells Ekweremadu

APC rejects call for Ekweremadu to join party Contrary to the insistence of some members of the ruling party that for Ike Ekweremadu to retain his position as deputy Senate president he must join the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Enugu State chapter of the party has said he will not be welcomed in the…

PHOTOSCENE: Armed Forces Remembrance Day across Nigeria

The nation today remembers its fallen heroes, by marking the Armed Forces Remembrance Day 2017. Wreaths were laid at cenotaphs across the nation to mark the day. President Muhammadu Buhari also had a chat with men of the army fighting insurgency in the Sambisa Forest via a video call as part of activities to mark…

OPC warns Boko Haram escapees to stay away from S’West

The Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) has hailed the Department of State Services (DSS) for its vigilance, which led to the arrest of suspected Boko Haram members in Lagos State. The group also warned escaping members of the sect and other criminal elements in the South West and other states with OPC presence that they would…

Osinbajo off to Niger Delta to checkmate crisis

In further efforts to address the Niger Delta situation, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, is to visit a number of oil communities in the region. His visit which is billed to take him across some Niger Delta states begins Monday, January 16, 2017, with a visit to Delta State, after which he is also to…

12 feared dead after commuter bus plunged into river in Oyo

Tragedy struck in the South Western city of Oyo when a commuter bus travelling to Ilorin plunged into the Odo-Oba River from Oyo/Ogbomoso Road killing no less than 12 passengers. According to a source, the incident occurred when the commuter bus was trying to evade a vehicle that strayed into its path which made the…

FG invites #BBOG to Sambisa, group gives conditions

In what seems a move to show what it has done in the fight against terrorism, the Federal government has invited the #BBOG to join in a tour to the Sambisa Forest. The vast forest area used to be the operational headquarters of the Boko Haram Terrorist group, until the Nigerian military dislodged the sect…

Chelsea return to winning ways, thrash Leicester City 3-0

League leaders Chelsea FC have resumed with their winning style after thrashing current League title holders Leicester City 3-0 on Saturday. The Antonio Conte’s side had seen their 13-game winning streak ended in a 2-0 defeat by Tottenham in their last Premier League game, but Saturday’s win means the Spurs defeat remains their only defeat…

Guinea-Bissua hold hosts Garbon to draw at AFCON opener

In the opening game of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, first-timers Guinea-Bissau had their dream debut after holding host nation Garbon to a 1-1 draw in the tournament opener in Libreville. The hosts scored through Pierre Aubameyang early in the second half when striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had the honour of scoring the first goal…

Arsenal score four at Swansea City

Arsenal FC struck in all four goals of the match against Swansea City A.F.C on Saturday in their Premier League Match Day 21 clash at Liberty Stadium. Arsene Wenger’s men returned to the top four with a handsome victory, consigning coach Paul Clement to a demoralizing defeat in his first Premier League game in charge…

Kane scores hat-trick as Tottenham thump West Brom 4-0

Spur’s star winger Harry Kane struck a hat-trick on Saturday in Tottenham’s display of total dominance against West Bromwich Albion in a 4-0 win at White Hart Lane. The England striker opened the scoring in the 12th minute by smartly lifting Christian Eriksen’s neat through ball, before Gareth McAuley made the scoreline 2-0 in the…

Syrian refugee sues Facebook for failing to take down false posts on him

A Syrian refugee identified as Anas Modamani has sued Facebook for failing to take down false and incriminating posts on the social media site linking him to crimes. According to the lawyer of the refugee whose selfie with German Chancellor Angela Merkel went viral, his client is suing the social networking site after it failed…