Economic Turnaround Possible Only If…

By Atedo Peterside As part of their 14th Daily Trust Dialogue, the management of Daily Trust requested a presentation from me on “BEYOND RECESSION: TOWARDS A RESILIENT ECONOMY”. My focus will be on “Towards a resilient economy”, because virtually all the actions and policies that are required to help build a resilient economy are the…

Why President Buhari Ran(n) to Gambia and Away From Rann

By Reno Omokri… President Muhammadu Buhari wants to intervene in The Gambia to prevent a breakdown of law and order which will lead to a humanitarian crisis. The Gambia has a population of 1.8 million people, while Kaduna has a population of 6 million people of which over 2 million of those are in Southern…

Jammeh departs Gambia today, to go int exile

Ousted Gambian President Yahya Jammeh is prepping up to go on exile after he accepted to step down following last ditch diplomatic efforts made by the leaders of Guinea and Mauritania who were both in the capital, Banjul, to get him to cede power. Jammeh in a statement issued on state TV on Friday night,…

NBS: 73% of Nigeria’s prison population un-sentenced

A staggering percentage, about 73%, of Nigeria’s prison population are un-sentenced. The facts are contained in a report recently published by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). The figures are for 2015. “Overall, 72.53 percent of the prison population during the period under reference were un-sentenced,” NBS said. According to the Bureau, Lagos State has…

10 foods that help you get strong, energetic and fit

Getting stronger and fitter now means that you’ve pretty much got to alter your diet completely, rather than relying on quick-fixes. You’ve also got to make some seriously good choices about which foods to eat and which foods to ditch. To help you out, let’s take a look at the top 10 beneficial foods that…

Fulani herdsmen killed over 5,500 in Agatu crises, LGA boss reveals

The Sole Administrator of Agatu Local Government Area, Benue State, Mr. Mike Inalegwu, has revealed that brutal attacks by Fulani herdsmen against the farmers of the area since 2013 claimed over 5,500 lives. Inalegwu disclosed this in Obagaji area of the state during a peace meeting initiated by the state Governor Samuel Ortom and his…

British man falls to death at Qatar World Cup building site

A British man has fallen to his death at a World Cup stadium building site in Qatar, with the contractor, a joint venture between Belgian and Qatari firms, still working with local authorities to establish the cause of Thursday’s death. The man who is yet to be identified lost his life as construction conditions have…

Gay ACT: Man allegedly inserts hot heater in son’s anus (Graphic photo)

The Borno State Command has reportedly arrested a top civil servant in the state who is said to have infliced serious injury on his 10-year-old son. He reportedly punished the boy by allegedly inserting an electric heater into his anus over suspicions that he is engaging in homosexual activities. According to reports, the son of…

Apple slams chip maker Qualcomm with $1bn lawsuit

Luxury phone and gadget makers Apple is piling onto the lawsuit train just ahead of the weekend, following in the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s footsteps with a roughly billion-dollar suit against the San Diego-based mobile chip maker Qualcomm. Apple was specifically named in the recent FTC filing, which accused Qualcomm of engaging in an anti-competitive…

Prosecutors arrest S.Korea minister in graft probe

Days after summoning and questioning Samsung group CEO Jay Y. Lee over ongoing graft probe involving President Park Geun-hye and her friend Choi Soon-sil, special prosecutors in South Korea have arrested the culture minister in connection with the probe. According to reports, the minister Cho Yoon-sun was arrested for suspected involvement in drawing up a…

18-yr-old suspected of plotting terror attack arrested in Austria

An unidentified 18-year-old suspect believed to be neck deep in plotting terror attacks has been arrested in the European city of Vienna, the capital of Austria. According to Austria’s Interior minister, a potential “terror attack” in Vienna has been averted with the arrest of the 18-year-old suspect who is planning deadly bomb attacks in the…

Gerrard returns to Liverpool as coach

English Premier League side Liverpool FC have confirmed the return of former midfielder and club captain Steven Gerrard as a member of the coaching staff of the club’s Academy. The 36-year-old, who himself started his career in Liverpool’s academy before going on to play for the Reds, retired from professional football in November 2016, after…

Morocco fights back, thumps Togo 3-1 at AFCON

Morocco fought from a goal down to beat Togo 3-1 at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations to ensure they have control of their fate as they go into their final group game, after Ivory Coast drew 2-2 with DR Congo on Friday. Barely five minutes into the game, Mathieu Dossevi put Togo ahead with…

AFCON: Defending champions Ivory Coast draw​ ​2-2 against DR Congo

Reigning champions Ivory Coast netted-in twice against DR Congo to earn a 2-2 draw and keep alive their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon on Friday. Neeskens Kebano’s low drive opened the scoring for DR Congo in the 9th minute of the game, but Wilfried Bony equalised with…

FG, States, LGAs N13billion richer in January

Nigeria’s three tiers of government got a slightly fatter pay packet in the month of January. Every month, the Federal Government, States and Local Government Areas gather to share the income that has accrued to country. With N400bn shared in January, the figure represents an increase of N13.121bn over what was allocated to all federating…

Jonathan leaves the past behind, visits Obasanjo in his home town

The visit of former President Goodluck Jonathan, to his estrange political father, ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, may probably be the most surprising visit the former Nigerian military head of state and democratic president may have had in recent times. Regardless of the role Obasanjo played to make sure that Jonathan was not returned as Nigeria’s president,…

FOR THE RECORDS: What PRESIDENT Trump said at his inaugural speech

Read Donald Trump’s inaugural speech as delivered:. Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: Thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people. Together,…

SERAP, NUJ drag FG to UN over crackdown on journalists

Following the arrest of Premium Times publisher and a correspondent with the online newspaper by the Nigerian Police, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) have dragged the Nigerian government to the United Nations (UN). The groups sent an urgent appeal to Mr. David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on…

At last! Jammeh finally accepts to step down

Gambia’s long-time leader Yahya Jammeh has finally accepted to step down following last-ditch diplomatic efforts made by the leaders of Guinea and Mauritania who both arrived in the capital, Banjul, to get him to cede power. Embattled Jammeh has now called for an extension to the midday deadline served by ECOWAS asking that he be…

Sony Music partners telcos, eyes music streaming in Nigeria

A landmark agreement has just been reached by Sony Music Entertainment after it reached a partnership with Nigerian telecoms companies MTN, Airtel and Etisalat in the area of music streaming. Reports say Sony Music pushed for the partnership after noting the big growth prospects of music streaming in Nigeria, especially with falling internet data costs…

Security operatives kill 11 IPOB members, injure many celebrating Trump

At least 11 members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) were reportedly shot dead on Friday, with many more injured. They were allegedly shot by Nigerian security operatives during the group’s solidarity rally for Donald Trump, the new United States (US) President at Okporo, around Artillery axis of Port Harcourt, Rivers State. A statement…

Real reason Dangote shut its tomato factory, sacked 900 workers

More facts have emerged as to why Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, shut down his tomato paste plant in Kano, with about 900 jobs on the line. The conglomerate cited shortage of dollars and poor sales as reasons. Reports say dollar scarcity has also seen Dangote cut down on other food businesses such as flour…

Tight security, celebrity protests greet Trump’s inauguration

There is tight security in and around the streets of Washington DC and New York City as many await the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. Trump’s road to inauguration has been characterised by protests with demonstrators expressing their misgivings about the new incoming administration. Reports say A-list Hollywood figures like Robert de Niro, Alec Baldwin…

EFCC, SEC seal MoU to fight capital market fraudsters

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have sealed a relationship to fight fraud in Nigeria’s capital market. Both the EFCC and SEC this week signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will among others promote the efficient investigation and conclusion of all capital market cases as well…

Australian Open: Murray, Federer, others advance to round-of-16

World No. 1 Sir Andy Murray has made it into the fourth round of the Australian Open after beating Sam Querrey in straight sets on Friday. Murray was in tremendous form as he dealt with the big-serving American with his remarkable returning ability and superior movement, showing no signs of overconfidence or extra pressure as…

Buhari’s treats Ndigbo as second class citizens, Ohanaeze cries

The new elected President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, has decried what he said is the present administration’s treatment of the eastern part of the country as second class citizens in Nigeria. According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari has been truthful to his public declaration that his appointments must favour the states that…

Pictures of Maje Ayida’s second babymama surfaces online

Celebrity fitness instructor Maje Ayida who is yet to reply or say a word about all his ex-wife Toke Makinwa wrote in her book entitled “…On Becoming” is in the news again; this time, the pictures of his second baby mama has surfaced online. News that Maje has a 5-year-old son named Ajani by his…

Uber settles $20m lawsuit with FTC

Uber has settled a lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission for $20 million. The lawsuit alleged that the ride-hailing app recruited drivers by misleading them about the amount of money they could earn through the app and the auto financing deals they could get through Uber’s Vehicle Solutions Program. The lawsuit claims that Uber…

Fayose emerges chairman of PDP Govs Forum, makes promise to APC

Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose, has emerged the new chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors Forum. He has also vowed to ensure his party sacks President Muhammadu Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC) from the seat of the presidency in 2019. Fayose succeeded former governor of Ondo State Olusegun Mimiko who has served out…

Nigeria can’t survive without borrowing –Adeosun

Until Nigeria generates enough foreign exchange and finds solution to its over bloated head cost, the country will not cease going to international credit institutions for loans. This was the view of the Finance Minister, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, who at a public function in Abuja disclosed that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration was passing through…

GAMBIA: Military push on hold as final talks with Jammeh hold Friday

Disgraced former President Yahya Jammeh has one more chance to prevent bloodshed and avoid a violent removal from office. With troops already on ground inside The Gambia, reports say that a last ditch attempt is being made to have Jammeh relinquish authority peacefully. Peace talks are said to be holding Friday morning and t is…

NSE LIVE! Equities drop by 0.17% in third straight negative session

For the third consecutive trading session, Nigerian equities on Thursday closed in the negative as continuing sell pressure in the consumer goods sector continued to shape the overall market position. The two main benchmark indices at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) showed that the market declined by an average of 0.17 per cent on Thursday,…

Mexico extradites drug lord El Chapo to the US

Notorious drug lord El Chapo has been extradited by Mexico to the United States of America. He is to face drug trafficking offences and other charges there. El Chapo has been moved to New York where he will face an indictment which accuses the notorious drug dealer of using hit men to carry out murders,…

Russian man wanted by US for hacking arrested by Spanish police

A Russian man wanted by the United States of America for alleged hacking has been arrested by Spanish police operatives with deliberations underway to extradite the suspect. Security operatives have been on the look out ever since Stanislov Lisova, a computer programmer was declared wanted after an FBI warrant was issued against him through Interpol…

AFCON: Tunisia, Senegal through to quarter-finals

Tunisia gained their qualification into the quarter-finals a huge boost after scoring twice in the second half to beat Algeria 2-1 in a Group B, Africa Cup of Nations match on Thursday in Franceville. The Carthage Eagles of Tunisia went ahead when Aissa Mandi scored an own goal from a left-wing cross delivered by Youssef…

Renewed fears mount over MMM removal of all payment requests

The jubilation and excitement that greeted the announcement of MMM return to business in Nigeria appears to be fading into another round of fears following the scheme removal of all payment requests on its system. Nigerian participants were mocked, cajoled and caricatured when the scheme announced temporary shutdown of the site and promised to resume…

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…

Pep Guardiola and his collection of wristwatches (Photos)

Manchester City Boss Pep Guardiola is one of the highest paid football managers in the world, and is known for his enviable collection of wristwatches that are worth tens of thousands of pounds. Regarded as one of the best players of his generation, Guardiola was a creative and technically gifted midfielder who spent the majority…

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…

GAMBIA: Jammeh’s lawyer on the run, flees Banjul for Senegal

Scores of Gambians are beginning to leave the shores of their country in droves with fears on the rise that President Yahya Jammeh’s attempt to overturn the December 1st elections he lost to his now exiled opponent, Adama Barrow may spark a civil war. The latest to flee the capital of Banjul is Jammeh’s attorney…

Man arrested for threatening to kill Trump

A Florida man has been arrested by cops after he allegedly posted a message on his Twitter time-line threatening to kill President-elect Donald Trump. The man identified as Puopolo, 51, was arrested on Tuesday and reports say he allegedly admitted to making the threat. “This is 16 January, 2017. I was requested to type this…

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…

Barrow set to declare self President in exile

Adama Barrow, acclaimed winner of The Gambian presidential poll, who was meant to be sworn-in Thursday but is hiding in Senegal on the advice of ECOWAS leaders, may declare himself President-in-exile. Barrow is reported to have reached out to Gambians and other friends, inviting all to his inauguration billed for Thursday at The Gambian embassy…

Defending champion Djokovic crashes out of Australian Open

Defending champion Novak Djokovic has crashed out of the Australian Open after an epic battle with Denis Istomin that saw the six-time champion beaten 7-6 (10-9) 5-7 2-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 on Thursday. The world No. 2 had won the Melbourne event in five of the last six years but was pushed throughout the match…

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…

Lady accused of dating Tonto Dikeh’s husband cries out (Video)

Fair-skinned actress cum model, Rosaline Meurer, the lady accused of having an affair with Oladunni Churchill, the husband of Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh has cried out in a video saying the insinuations are not true. Rosaline who reports say is the reason behind the cracks in the 17-month-old marriage of Tonto Dikeh has overtime made…

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…

15-yr-old Mexican student shoots teacher, classmates, kills himself

A 15-year-old Mexican student went berserk when he opened fire with a gun at a private school in northern Mexico city injuring his teacher and three other students before killing himself. According to State security spokesman, Aldo Fasci, four of the injured, including the shooter himself, had bullet wounds to the head and were in…

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…

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…

IDPs BOMBING: Buhari cancels FEC meeting, sends ministers to Borno (Photos)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday called off the weekly Federal Executive Council Meeting. He instead sent a team to Maiduguri on condolence visit, over the accidental bombing of an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp by the Nigerian Air Force which left over 50 IDPs and aid workers dead and many more injured The President’s team…

IDPs BOMBING: Buhari cancels FEC meeting, sends ministers to Borno (Photos)

IDPs BOMBING: Buhari cancels FEC meeting, sends ministers to Borno (Photos) President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday called off the weekly Federal Executive Council Meeting. He instead sent a team to Maiduguri on condolence visit, over the accidental bombing of an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp by the Nigerian Air Force which left over 50 IDPs…

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…

Marriage, not for me, Funmi Iyanda says

Broadcaster, journalist, blogger, producer and host of now rested talk show, New Dawn, Funmi Iyanda revealed in a series of tweets posted on her time-line that she has never wanted to be married. Funmi noted in the message on social media that she however “likes it for others who like it for themselves”. Read also:…

Australian Open: Murray joins Evans, Federer, Kerber, others in 3rd round

Tennis superstars Sir Andy Murray, Dan Evans, Roger Federer, Angelique Kerber, Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori were all involved in Wednesday’s second round actions at Melbourne Park, as the Australian Open reaches Day 3. The world No. 1, Murray, cruised past Andrey Rublev 6-3 6-0 6-2, while Evans caused a major upset, stunning the tennis…

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…

Learn from Pope Francis, Freeze urges Nigerian pastors

Vocal radio personality, Daddy Freeze born Ifedayo Olarinde has fresh words for Nigerian clergymen whom he once described as Yahoo pastors in suits. In a post on Instagram, the controversial Cool FM presenter advised that Nigerian pastors emulate the life of Pope Francis whom he says does not hate Muslims, neither does he preach for…

5 ways to deal with work stress

In a recent global survey of 1,000 corporations across 15 countries, commissioned by The Regus Group it was found that the levels of workplace stress have risen over the last two years. These heightened stress levels are costing world economies billions of dollars in lost productivity and health related problems, according to an article on…

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…

Nigeria may lose IMF loan over romance with China

Nigeria may lose its application to secure part of a $30 billion loan from the IMF because of its current policy that favours tying its economy to that of the China’s. To fund the 2016 budget and the proposed 2017 budget, still with the National Assembly, government had packaged a robust loan proposal, which will…

Davido fires manager on snapchat, hires new one

Days after announcing that he’ll be dropping three hot new singles, one produced by TripleMG’s Tekno and others featuring American artistes in the year 2017, DMW boss, Davido shocked many when he fired his manager Kamal Ajiboye on Snapchat. The father of one made the announcement when he posted a message on the social media…

Anti-Trump protester sets self-ablaze

An unidentified anti-Trump protester set himself ablaze outside the Trump International Hotel on Tuesday night prompting staff inside the hotel to put calls through to the police and the fire department. The protester who suffered non-life-threatening burns and was taken to hospital by police said he was protesting against Trump who he said was ‘incapable…

No plans to dump PDP, Ekweremadu assures

Senate Deputy President, Ike Ekweremadu, has finally rejected claims that he is nursing plans to defect to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Ekweremadu’s denial is coming, one day after members of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senate Caucus held a meeting, where the Deputy President of the Senate was advised to make a public statement…

Gambia’ legislature extends Jammeh’s tenure by 3 months, ECOWAS jolted

The Gambia’s National Assembly jolted ECOWAS member countries on Monday as it announced extension of President Yahya Jammeh’s tenure by three months beginning from Wednesday. Jammeh lost an election in December 2016 and vowed to stay in office until the supreme Court rules on his petition against the poll. His refusal to leave office had…

No doubts Messi will remain with Barca – Xavi

Following rumours of a Lionel Messi’s sensational switch away from the Nou Camp to the Premier League in a £100million deal, his former Barcelona team-mate Xavi has said the speculations are nothing more than a ‘noise’. The Catalan club had recently admitted they are struggling financially to meet the Argentinian’s wage demands, but hoped to…

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…