Concerned senators to push for immediate release of Kanu, Dasuki

Chief Mao Ohuabunwa, senator representing Abia North, has hinted that a group of concerned senators under his leadership have concluded arrangement to push for the immediate release of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader, Nnamdi Kanu and former National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki. This was even as he called on the Attorney General of the…

FIFA bans Messi for four matches

Argentina’s captain Lionel Messi has been heavily punished by world football governing body FIFA for misconduct during a recent Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying match. In the tie which was against Chile, the Barcelona superstar scored the only goal, a penalty, in the 1-0 win victory, before talking himself into trouble. Messi hated the decisions…

INDIA: 2 Nigerian students escape death after mob attack

The death of a class 12 student identified as Manish Khari who gave up the ghost after a suspected drug overdose witnessed an attack on Nigerian students and other African nationals. Two of the students narrowly escaped death after they were hit and stabbed with different weapons, as they landed in hospital. According to reports,…

5 sacked PTAD deputy directors to refund salaries

The Pensions Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) has dismissed five deputy directors over alleged employment scam. The sacked deputy directors were Godson Ukpevo, in charge of Civil Service Pension department; Uloma Uruakpa, Customs, Immigrations and Prisons Pension department; Taiwo Ogundipe, Parastatals Pension department; Atiku Saleh, Police Pension department; and Roz Ben-Okagbue, Pension Support Service department. According…

Morgue employee accidentally cremated while taking deep nap

48-year old Henri Paul Johnson who decided to take a nap on a stretcher after working for sixteen hours straight has been accidentally cremated by his colleague who mistook him for a corpse. According to the Beaumont Police Department; Johnson was fagged out and drifted into a deep sleep when another employee who mistook him…

Senate halts REC screening, say Magu must go

The Senate on Tuesday refused to go ahead with the process of confirmation of the 27 persons sent to it by President Muhammadu Buhari as INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC). Feelers from the red chamber suggest that the move is in protest over the refusal of the president to sack the acting chairman of the…

Shekau alive and running, Defence Minister claims

Nigerian Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, on Tuesday confirmed that Abubakar Shekau, leader of the terrorist group, Boko Haram, is still alive and on the run. Dan-Ali’s confirmation came amidst several claims in the past by Nigerian Army of the death of the leader of Boko Haram, one of the most dangerous terrorist organisations in…

AI develops own ‘alien language’

Researchers at the Open AI group (of Elon Musk fame) have made new strides in creating an AI that uses grounded, compositional language the way we do. This is both inspirational — what could be the dawn of new era in communication — and more than a little alarming. For decades, a faction of AI…

We didn’t buy any vehicle at N298m, Senate screams

The Senate is still trying to extricate itself from the Range Rover Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) said to have been purchased for the upper chamber, but impounded by the Nigeria Customs Service. The Senate in a statement on Tuesday, signed by Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Publicity said it paid…

Wikki Tourists hopeful of a win against Enyimba to ease tension

Following a four-match ultimatum issued to the coaching crew of Nigeria Professional Football League side Wikki Tourists by the club’s management, the side has drawn one game, won one, lost another, and are strongly in need of a win in their Wednesday’s clash against Enyimba. The team Captain, Mustapha Ibrahim, says he understands that “the…

After killing 3 for helping soldiers, Boko Haram abducts 10 in same village

The people of Kalari village in Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State, has again been attacked by the terrorist Boko Haram group, who abducted 10 villagers; four women and six youths. This was disclosed in Maiduguri on Tuesday by the Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in Borno, Mr Ibrahim Abdullahi….

PHOTOSCENE: Army shooting competition kicks off in Sambisa without Buhari

The Nigerian Army Small Arms Championship kicked off at Camp Zairo, Sambisa Forest (NASAC) on Tuesday without the presence of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari. The President who pulled out of the event without reason adduced was represented by the minister of Defence, Brig Gen…

Newswatch: Sad end to ‘a way of life’!

By Abdulrazaq Magaji… My first major assignment for Newswatch, once Africa’s most cited and best known newsmagazine, was to do preliminary work ahead of the fiftieth anniversary of the golden rule of late Sultan Abubakar Siddiq III. It was one assignment that took me to many parts of the north to talk to people who…

Fuel scarcity looms as indebted marketers are denied licence

The possibility of sustaining stable fuel supply chain in Nigeria looks gloomy as the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, has directed the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) not to renew import licence and loading of petroleum products to oil marketing companies indebted to government through…

Much Ado About a Certificate?

Akintokunbo A Adejumo… I have written many times on a singularity, or perhaps we should call it a genetic aberration or bane of development and progress in our dear country – it is the inability to find the Truth; nobody speaks the Truth; nobody wants to hear the Truth. Even when the Truth is glaring…

More trouble for Oboli as court orders seizure of her movie

Nollywood actress Omoni Oboli now has more trouble to contend with after a Lagos High Court judge ordered the seizure of the released copies of her disputed movie titled ‘Okafor’s Law’. According to reports, an Anton Piller order was issued by Justice Ibrahim Buba of a Federal High Court in Lagos, for the seizure of…

​Nigeria will avoid London friendlies in future, Rohr says​

After playing just one out of the two scheduled international friendlies due to visa troubles faced by the Etalons of Burkina Faso, the Nigerian team’s Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr has said future friendlies will not be held in London. In place of the cancelled Burkina Faso tie, the Nigerian squad formed two teams among themselves…

Neymar not ready to leave Barca – Calderón

Amid reports from Spain claiming that English Premier League giants Manchester United are prepared to sign Brazilian superstar Neymar this summer, former Real Madrid president, Ramón Calderón, has said he’s sure Barcelona will not let him go. According to the Spanish newspaper on Monday, the Old Trafford club are willing to activate the release clause…

Dino appears in Senate robed in academic gown

Controversial Senator Dino Melaye, appeared ‎in Senate, on Tuesday fully kitted in his academic gown. Melaye who shocked lawmakers and appeared while others were already seated, did not retire to his seat immediately. Instead, he took a long walk around, exchanging pleasantries with his colleagues, who were thrown into laughter. It took the intervention of…

Ortom calls Wike idle governor as feud between them deepens

The rift between governors of Benue and Rivers states, Samuel Ortom and Nyesom Wike respectively continues to widen by the day. The Benue governor has described Wike as an idle governor who has nothing else to do but interfere in matters in other states in order to divert attention from the gross failure of governance…

Ex-Gov Suswam, others land in court over alleged N9.8bn SURE-P, police funds fraud

Former governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam and two other persons have been sued before an Abuja Federal High Court over the diversion of N9.79billion meant for police reform programme and Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P). The Federal Government levelled a 32-fraud and money laundering charges against Suswam on Monday, accusing him of diverting…

‘Why Obasanjo can’t marry Baba Ijebu now’

Mrs Taiwo Obasanjo, wife of former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has stated the real reason she filed a suit at an Ikeja High Court, seeking to stop the May 11 wedding of her son, Olujonwo Obasanjo. Mrs Obasanjo said she filed the suit to stop the wedding after receiving prophesies and warnings from men of…

Borno villages in dilemma as Boko Haram kill 3 for helping military

Villages in troubled parts of Borno State are in a seeming dilemma as their communities have been invaded by the terrorist group Boko Haram, who accuse them of aiding the Nigerian military. Security sources have confirmed that insurgents invaded Kalari Abdiye village, in the Konduga area of Borno state, between 2:00 am and 3:00 am…

Man burns down father’s house with himself inside

Tragady struck in the Delta community of Abraka when a popular hotelier mysteriously set himself ablaze. According to reports, the yet-to-be identified hotelier who runs his business within the Delta State University community, set himself ablaze at his father’s house located some metres away from his hotel. He died in the inferno which razed his…

Trump’s son in-law set for questioning over Russia ties

One of President Donald Trump‘s son in-laws and his most senior advisers Jared Kushner will be questioned over his ties with Russia, White House sources have confirmed. Jared who reportedly met with Russian ambassador and executives of Russian state development bank during 2016 election campaign will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee. White House spokesman…

NSE LIVE! Equities open with modest rally

After losing N71 billion last week, Nigerian equities opened this week with a tinge of bargain-hunting as investors sought out undervalued value stocks. All key indices at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) showed improved performance. With 17 gainers to 12 losers, average day-on-day gain stood at N11 billion, equivalent to 0.12 per cent. Aggregate market…

Shakespeare predicts great future for Ndidi

Leicester City ​Boss Craig Shakespeare has been impressed with ​Super Eagles midfielder ​Wilfred Ndidi since ​his arrival​ at the ​Premier League side​ in January​.​ The 53-year-old manager, who took charge of the club some weeks ago, opined that the young Nigerian has a great future in the game, as no-one expected him ​(Ndidi) ​to fill…

Ivory Coast-Senegal friendly abandoned as spectators invade pitch (Photos)

An international friendly match between Teranga Lions of Senegal and the Elephants of Ivory Coast at the Charlety Stadium in Paris was abandoned when a group of fans invaded the pitch on Monday night. Liverpool’s Sadio Mane gave Senegal the lead from the penalty spot in the second-half, with Cyriac Gohi Bi levelling the scores…

TMG faults Buhari’s nomination of 29 RECs, says it lacks gender balance

The Transition Monitoring Group has decried what it says is the total lack of gender balance in the nominations of 29 Resident Electoral Commissioners for INEC by President Muhammadu Buhari. The group stated that “only two women nominations out of the 29 RECs, is a far cry from the required 35% affirmative action, pledged in…

ABUJA AIRPORT: Re-construction remains 6 not 18 weeks, Minister Lai says

Nigerian Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said there was no truth in reports that the ongoing reconstruction of the runway of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, has been extended from six to 18 weeks. A statement released by Senior Adviser to the minister, Segun Adeyemi, quoted Mohammed as stating this…

Like Buhari, ex-President Jonathan says he has no certificate scandal

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has denied ever having a certificate scandal and faulted the listing of his name by a national newspaper among prominent Nigerians that have questions surrounding their academic certificate. Jonathan’s denial is coming a day after the Presidency also refuted claims that President Muhammadu Buhari also has a certificate issue. President Buhari,…

ILE-IFE CLASH: OPC says IGP is a bigot, want him sacked

Dr. Frederick Fasehun, Founder of the Yoruba socio-cultural group, Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), has called for the sack of the Inspector-General of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris, over charges of tribalism and prejudice. Fasehun stated that the police boss has shown himself to be a bigot, unfit to head the nation’s police force. The OPC President…

Saraki faces panel, says Senate is being blackmailed over position on Customs

President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki, on Monday, raised the alarm that the Senate is being blackmailed by unnamed persons, whom he said are aggrieved. He declared that the grievances follows a resolution passed by the Red Chamber which ordered the reversal of the controversial vehicle verification policy introduced by the Nigerian Customs Service…

Ex-Adamawa Gov Ngilari serving 5 years prison term granted N100m bail

Former governor of Adamawa State, Mr Bala Ngilari, who was on March 6, sentenced to five years in prison without an option of fine, was on Monday granted bail in the sum of N100million. Ngilari was imprisoned following his trial on the violation of the Public Procurement Act in the award of contract for the…

PARIS CLUB REFUND: Falana urges EFCC to prosecute Saraki, others

Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to without delay recover the stolen London/Paris loan refund money and immediately prosecute all indicted suspects involved in the loot. Senate president, Bukola Saraki was reported indicted in the scam by the EFCC in a report the agency submitted…

PHOTOSCENE: Ambode launches rebranded Neighborhood Safety Corps

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday launched the rebranded Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps, with a pledge that the security of lives and property in the State is now non-negotiable. A total of 177 Salon Cars and Vehicles equipped with communication gadgets, 377 motorcycles, 377 helmets, 4,000 bicycles, metal detectors for ensuring that illegal…

Melaye graduated from Ahmadu Bello University –VC

The Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Professor Ibrahim Garba, has cleared the air on whether or not Senator Dino Melaye graduated from the institution. Appearing before the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions on Monday, the Vice Chancellor said Melaye graduated from the institution as Daniel Jonah Melaye with a degree…

Russian opposition leader paraded in court a day after arrest

A day after he was arrested alongside a dozen others for defying a ban on rallies to protest against government corruption, Russia opposition leader, Alexei Navalny was paraded in court on Monday. Navalny was grabbed a day before by police while walking to the rally from a nearby subway station. He posted a selfie on…

Real reason Buhari backed out from Sambisa visit

As the Nigerian Army Small Arms Championship (NASAC) commenced today, indications have emerged as to why President Muhammadu Buhari backed out of a visit to the dreaded Sambisa Forest, venue of the competition. Earlier, the Chief of Training and Operations, Army, Major General David Amadu, had during a press briefing on Friday in Maiduguri to…

NEW FOREX POLICY: CBN forces banks to sell at N360/dollar

In its bid to stabilize and improve on recent gains made by Naira against the Dollar, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Monday directed all banks to immediately begin sale of forex for BTA, PTA, Tuition and Medical fees to customers at not more than N360 per dollar. Said to have been authorized by…

Meet Kabir, the man who instigated Senate to probe N4tn leakage in Customs

Based on the move by the Senate Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff to investigation how over N4 trillion was lost by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) between 2006 and 2016, Ripples Nigeria dug deeper to unearth why and how it reached the decision. Findings revealed that the decision to probe the government agency headed…

AMCON hands over Keystone Bank to new investors

Following the sale of Keystone Bank to Sigma Golf-Riverbank Consortium by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), the new investors have finally taken possession with a view to repositioning the bank immediately. A statement from the bank said the handover took place last Friday after the Completion Board Meeting to consummate the acquisition and…

POST REJECTION WAR: Saraki fights back as Magu indicts him in N19bn Paris Club scam

Barely two weeks after the Senate rejected the approval of Ibrahim Magu as substantive chairman for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) the commission’s report has indicted Senate President Bukola Saraki in the diversion of about N19billion Paris Club refund. The EFCC report submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari, associated Saraki, some of his aides…

ANAMBRA: Residents of Igboukwu community flee over imported shrine

A shrine reported to have been imported from Umueri community, in Anambra East Local Government Area, has scared away residents of Umuechefu Obiuno quarters, in Igboukwu community, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State. According to reports, the shrine named ‘Iyioji Ogbu’ is on a genocide mission to the area, forcing residents to flee the…

JAPAN: Avalanche claims 6 students who went on mountain climbing trip

Six high school student who went on a mountain-climbing outing trip in Nasu ski resort in Tochigi prefecture, Japan have been declared dead after they were engulfed in an avalanche. According to local authorities and police, the avalanche had hit early on Monday on the mountain in Tochigi prefecture north of Tokyo. Read also: Hong…

After questioning, special prosecutors seek ex-president Park’s arrest

Days after disgraced and impeached South Korean President Park Geun-hye was invited for questioning in connection to a corruption scandal that toppled her, special prosecutors in Seoul are now seeking her arrest. The former president whose executive immunity ended after her removal from office was confirmed by the country’s top court earlier this month is…

CAF Secretary General El Amrani resigns

Less than a fortnight after long-serving President Issa Hayatou was dethroned by Ahmad Ahmad, the secretary general of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Hicham El Amrani, has resigned. The 37-year-old El Amrani, who has served in the position at the continent’s football body for six years, said in a letter to football associations that…

Presidency claims Buhari has no certificate scandal

Despite the certificate scandal that rocked the presidential candidacy of President Muhammadu Buhari before the 2015 general elections, the Presidency on Sunday declared that he has no certificate scandal. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had in 2015 claimed that Buhari was not qualified to contest the 2015 Presidential elections because he has failed to fulfil…

Senate, Customs feud deepens

The seeming face-off between the the upper chamber of the National Assembly, the Senate and the Nigeria Customs Service has been taken a notch further. The Senate Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff, has revealed its plans to commence investigations into how over N4 trillion was lost due to revenue leakage in the Nigeria Customs…

Sheriff ignores ceasefire agreement, says Makarfi should leave PDP alone

The moves by Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson-led Peace and Reconciliation Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may not have yielded the desired result as the national chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff, seems to have ignored the party’s ceasefire agreement. Sheriff on Sunday in Abuja, avowed that the national caretaker committee led…

OGOJA: Man poisons restaurant food killing 2, 46 hospitalisation

Paul Nchui, who allegedly poisoned food that led to the death of two persons and 46 hospitalised in Oboso community of Mbube in Ogoja Local Government Area of Cross River State, has been apprehended by the police. Nchui’s arrest was confirmed by the state Police Command Public Relations Officer, Irene Ugbo, who said that the…

Miss Otobo’s mum visits Apostle Suleman in church, begs for forgiveness

Three days after the mother of controversial Stephanie Otobo, in Sapele, Delta State opened a fresh controversy revealing that she has not seen her daughter in the last three years, the elderly woman visited Omega Fire Ministries headquarters in Edo state today to publicly ask for forgiveness from Apostle Johnson Suleman. Popularly called Mama Tope,…

OHIO: 1 dead, 14 injured in nightclub shooting

Tragedy struck at the Cameo Night Club in Cincinnati, Ohio when a gunman opened fire killing one person and injuring 14 others in the process. Initially, police sources said the gunmen were two in number but after further investigations, it was revealed that only one shooter was involved in the incident which authorities say is…

Lawmaker fingers Fulani herdsmen in brutal murder of DELSU staff

The rampaging menace of Fulani herdsmen played out again at a farm in Delta State when a 50-year-old senior staff of Delta State University, was brutally murdered. Commenting on the incident in a statement, Hon. Evance Ochuko Ivwurie, Member Representing Ethiope East Constituency in the State House of Assembly said the victim was hacked to…

Tompolo’s kinsmen tell Army to keep Egbesu sword and bear the consequence

Pere Oboro Gbaraun II, Aketekpe of Gbaramatu Kingdom, has said that the Nigeria Army should not bother to return the Egbesu golden sword it allegedly took from the community. According to him, his people believe strongly that the “stolen symbol of authority can and will avenge its desecration.” This was even as the traditional council…

Nigeria to revive suspended EEG, clear over $670.25m backlog

The coast may be clear for Nigerian exporters of non oil products, as the Federal Government says it has concluded plans to settle the outstanding $670.25 million it owes the international body, Export Expansion Grant (EEG) by the end of March 2017. The EEG suspended Nigeria from all its activities since 2013 after the Federal…

Russian opposition leader, others arrested for protesting against govt corruption

Thousands of demonstrators thronged the streets of Moscow to join protests organised by Navalny, a Kremlin critic and anti-corruption campaigner, who urged people to take to the streets to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Read also: Hong Kong elects first female leader Navalny called for the protests after publishing a detailed report…

Fashola reveals how FG plans to remove Nigeria from recession

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola has revealed that the Federal Government is concentrating on infrastructure development to get the country out of its worse economic recession in 25 years. The minister said the plan, in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s vision is to develop the nation’s infrastructure which will improve…

Nigeria to rake in N14.67tn investments in 2017

If all things go well, Nigeria will rake in about N14.67tn into its economy from both foreign and local investors before the end of the 2017 fiscal year. This is according to statistics obtained from the Ministry of Budget and National Planning, at the weekend. Details of the projection showed that, when compared with 2016…

After Arizona crash, Uber suspends self-driving car program

Uber Technologies Inc suspended its pilot program for driverless cars on Saturday (March 25th) after a vehicle equipped with the nascent technology crashed on an Arizona roadway, the ride-hailing company and local police said. The accident, the latest involving a self-driving vehicle operated by one of several companies experimenting with autonomous vehicles, caused no serious…

Hong Kong elects first female leader

Carrie Lam whose victory was predicted as she had Beijing’s support has been elected as the first female leader out of Hong Kong. Eric Cheung, a professor at the University of Hong Kong, told CNN that Beijing’s preference for Lam ahead of the vote was clear. “It shows how ridiculous our system is,” he said….

3 dead, houses razed as gunmen attack Benue community

Fresh attack on Tse-Chia village by gunmen near Kasar in Zaki-Biam witnessed the killing of three people and the razing of houses and property. The incident is coming five days after some invaders attacked and killed several people in Zaki-Biam, headquarters of Ukum Local Government Area, Benue State. According to reports, the gunmen were alleged…

UK cops say London attacker visited Saudi Arabi 3 times

Further investigation into the life of the London attacker Khalid Masood reveals that the 52-year-old visited Saudi Arabia on three occasions. UK police say Masood’s trips to Saudi Arabia included two stints teaching English — but he was not on any security watch-list, the kingdom’s London embassy said late Friday. “The Royal Embassy of Saudi…

CENTRAL CONGO: 40 policemen decapitated by militia fighters

The wave of killings and lawlessness across the vast central African nation of Congo DR which broke out after the government of President Joseph Kabila failed to step down has continued following the deadly ambush of no less than 40 policemen. Reports say the policemen who were driving from Tshikapa to Kananga were attacked by…

NSE RoundUp! Nigerian equities lose N71bn amidst global decline

Nigerian equities witnessed a reversal in the immediate past week as macroeconomic concerns dampened investors’ appetite for quoted shares. Despite increasing inflow of corporate earnings reports and dividend recommendations, most equities at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) still closed on the negative, reechoing the downtrend that marked global share prices during the week. The benchmark…

Buhari backs out from Monday’s visit to Sambisa Forest

President Muhammadu Buhari and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria will no longer be at this year’s Nigerian Army Small Arms Championship holding in the Sambisa forest on Monday March 26. Earlier, the Chief of Training and Operations, Army, Major General David Amadu, had during a press briefing on Friday in Maiduguri…

After altercation, Fashola visits Ambode, promises to refund debt owed Lagos

After their squabble over Lagos road project, the state former governor and current Minister for Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, on Saturday visited his successor Governor Akinwumi Ambode at the Lagos House Ikeja. He assured during the visit that his ministry had made representations to the Federal Executive Council on modalities to pay debts…

Political differences best settled out of courts- Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday threw his weight behind the Governor Seriake Dickson-led Peace and Reconciliation Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). According to him, a political solution remains the best option to tackling the ongoing crisis in the PDP. The ex-Nigerian leader who received the governor and members of his committee in…

Dino Maleye : Ahmadu Bello University – A condescending incompetence

By Joseph Edgar… We have always been told that the Ahmadu Bello University was an excellent citadel of learning, the pride of Nothern Nigeria and the alma matter of some of the greatest Nigerians, including the distinguished Senator Dino Malaye, if we are to believe him. However, ever since the certificate scandal was broken by…

Senate says it’s been vindicated over rejection of Magu as EFCC boss

The Senate says it’s position on EFCC’s acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu and why it refused to confirm his appointment has been justified. Spokesman of the Senate, Dr. Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi has stated that the leaked report of the Directorate of State Security (DSS) sent to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami,…

CONFIRMED: Nigeria friendly with Burkina Faso cancelled

Super Eagles’ friendly with the Etalons of Burkina Faso scheduled for Monday in London has been called off after several Burkina Faso players failed to gain visas to enter the United Kingdom. The Eagles drew 1-1 with Senegal on Thursday night after Kelechi Iheanacho’s late penalty cancelled out Moussa Sow’s opening goal at the Hive…

B/Faso friendly may be cancelled as only 8 players get visa

Although there has been no official statement by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) concerning the matters arising, but the friendly game between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Etalons of Burkina Faso is on the brink of being cancelled. Reports have it that the Burkinabé FA Boss, Sita Sangaré, said his players and coaching…

PMB’s HEALTH: Gloating is of no value

By Femi Adesina… I learnt an enduring lesson on the day General Sani Abacha died. It was June 8, 1998, and death had laid its icy hands on the maximum ruler, and the scepter had fallen from the grip of the king. I was deputy editor of National Concord, the newspaper owned by Basorun M.K….

Farmers attract $200bn World Bank loan to Nigeria

Small and medium-scale farmers in Nigeria have attracted $200 million World Bank loan facility to the country. The bank’s loan will have a low-interest rate, and a maturity of 25 years, with a five-year grace, or moratorium. The International financial Institute was quoted by Reuters as confirming the development, adding that the money will help…

ALLEGED e-PASSPORT FRAUD: Senate summons Dambazau, AGF, others

Senate has summoned top officials of President Muhammadu Buhari administration and four private companies to appear before it to explain an alleged multi-billion Naira fraud in the e-passport scheme. Top officials of government invited to make clarifications are the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami; Accountant General of the…

Eagles’ll be at their best against B/Faso, Rohr promises

After securing a 1-1 draw against Senegal on Thursday, Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr is optimistic that his side will be at their best on Monday when they face the Etalons of Burkina Faso in another friendly tie in London. Rohr, who said he is “satisfied with the whole attitude” of his players during the…

SENEGAL FRIENDLIES: Organizers to refund money for failed livestream

​While dissociating itself from ​the failure to have Thursday’s friendly between the Super Eagles and ​​Teranga Lions of Senegal in London streamed live​, ​the ​Nigeria Football Federation ​(NFF) has ​said organizers of the tie will refund​ ​the monies ​of ​​fans​ who paid to watch​.​ Many Nigerians paid N500 each to watch the friendly on the…

THE FACTS THAT NAILED MAGU: AGF gets report.

The office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) is now in possession of the Department of State Security (DSS) report that sealed the fate of Ibrahim Magu, Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Magu recently failed Nigerian Senate’s screening for confirmation of his appointment, having be renominated a second time…

Mr. President, your govt has been reduced to theatre of absurd –Fayose

Outspoken Ekiti State governor, Ayo Fayose, has said that governance of the country has been reduced to a theatre of the absurd as occasioned by appointees of President Muhammad Buhari. While he called on Buhari to take charge and call members of his cabinet to order, he said that what Aisha, the President’s wife said…

Army General Court Martial jails soldier, denotes others

The General Court Marshal (GCM) of 7 Division, Nigerian Army sitting in Maiduguri, Borno State has sentenced a soldier serving with Operation LAFIYA DOLE to two years imprisonment for assault while another lost seniority for prejudice to military discipline. The soldier (name withheld) alleged to have committed the offence on a minor was found guilty…

CONTRACT AWARD TO 20 GHOST COMPANIES: Ask PINE not me – SGF

Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, has said that the Presidential Initiative on the North East (PINE), should be answerable for all questions in respect to grass-cutting contract awards and not himself. He said, “To the real and more important issue, the general public should not be made to believe that…

UK Parliament attacker linked to Nigeria

Investigations into the identity of the London Parliament attacker, reveals that Khalid Masood (the suspect) has a Nigerian step-father who lives with his mother in the tiny village of Trelech, Carmarthenshire, with a population 745. Reports say Khaleed was born as Adrian Russel, but later adopted his mother’s husband’s surname, Ajao. His step-dad is identified…

Ousted Egyptian President, Mubarak regains freedom 6-yrs after

Egypt’s ousted President; Hosni Mubarak has regained freedom six-years after a top appeals court on March 2 acquitted him of charges that he ordered the killing of protesters during the 2011 popular uprising that led to his ouster. 88-year-old Mubarak returned home following his release from custody after legal proceedings that took years since his…

FIFA RANKINGS: Super Falcons climb to 34th, remain 1st in Africa

Super Falcons of Nigeria moved up one spot to 34th position in the latest FIFA Coca-Cola women’s World Ranking released on FIFA’s official website on Friday. The reigning Africa Women champions who won the AWCON title last year in Cameroon, remain number one in Africa, followed by the Black Queens of Ghana, who maintained their…

Belgium police arrest man who tried to drive his car into crowd

A 39-year-old suspect identified as Mohammed R has been arrested by cops in Antwerp, Belgium after he attempted to drive his car into a crowd in the northern part of the country. The attempt by the suspect who is said to be a Frenchman of Tunisia origin who was arrested in possession of a rifle…