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Why I escorted Saraki’s wife to EFCC headquarters –Dino Melaye

Senator representing Kogi West Federal Constituency, Dino Melaye, has explained why he went along with the Senate President’s wife, Toyin Saraki, to the headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Nigeria: Six Dead, 11 Injured in Maiduguri Park Explosion

The National Emergency and Management Agency (NEMA) has said that six people were killed by an explosion that occurred at a crowded market in Maiduguri, on Friday.

Why I visited EFCC – Melaye

The Senator Representing Kogi West Senatorial District in the upper legislative chamber, Dino Melaye, has defended his recent visit to the headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Truck kills 20 pilgrims in Mexico

No fewer than 20 people were killed and 30 others injured on Thursday when a heavy truck crashed into a crowd of pilgrims in Mazapil municipality, State of Zacatecas, Mexico, media reports have said.

Gov Abubakar urges journalists to abide by profession ethics

Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State has urged journalists working in the state to always abide by the ethics of their profession.

Beijing to host 2022 Winter Olympics

Beijing is set to become the first city to have hosted both the Summer and Winter Olympics after it was chosen to stage the 2022 Winter Games.

Oil price won’t rise even with reduced quote – OPEC

Organisation for Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has said that prices for oil would not significantly rise even if the cartel’s daily production quota is reduced by 2 million barrels from the current 30 million.

Alleged money laundering: EFCC grills Enugu PDP chairman

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Friday, had arrested the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Enugu State in the state, Ikeje Asogwa, over allegation of money laundering.

Nigerian Army re-engages retired soldiers

The Nigerian Army has re-engaged a number of its retired officers to serve as consultants and instructors at the Nigerian Army School of Artillery (NASA), Kachia, Kaduna State.

NAICOM releases guidelines for market conduct, business practices by insurance companies

The National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) on Tuesday released guidelines for Market Conduct and Business Practice for all Insurance institutions in the country.The Commissioner for Insurance (CFI) Mr Fola Daniels, represented by the Director of Authorisation and Policy Directorate (NAICOM) , Mr Piu Agboola, presented the guidelines at the 2015 Maiden Insurance Mega Conference in Abuja.The CFI said the commission was releasing the guidelines in exercise of the power conferred on it by provisions of section 49 (1) of National Insurance Commission Act 1997.According to Daniel, the release of such guidelines is the beginning of Risked Based Supervision in Insurance Industry of Nigeria.He said the guidelines were partly an extract from the World Bank Risk Based Supervision.Daniels said the guidelines, among others, set out the framework for fair policies procedures and effective claims management.They also include trade practices and fair treatment of customers, operations, pricing, commi…

120 terror suspects, others arraigned in Kaduna

No fewer than 120 members of the dreaded terror gang, also known as Sara-Suka, and other criminals were arraigned before a Kaduna State Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

Buhari, Cameroonian president, Biya, strategise against Boko Haram

The Cameroonian Minister of Communication, Issa Bakary, said on Tuesday that security issues are expected to dominate talks as the country’s president, Paul Biya, hosts his Nigerian counterpart, Muhammadu Buhari, on a two-day State Visit.

Mikel can be Chelsea’s captain — Mourinho

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has listed Super Eagles’s midfielder John Obi Mikel among the leaders in his squad, owing to the number of years he has spent at the Stamford Bridge.

Buhari needs 100 days of honeymoon –Tinubu

A national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu says that President Muhammadu Buhari requires at least 100 days of honeymoon before starting to enforce his change agenda.

Ajimobi bars journalists from Oyo Secretariat

Oyo State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi has, on Tuesday, ‎barn some journalists from entering the Press Centre of the Governor’s Office, at the Agodi Secretariat, Ibadan.

APC backs Buhari’s probe of Jonathan’s govt

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed strong support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to probe the immediate past government of Dr Goodluck Jonathan.

Senate passes vote of confidence on Saraki’s leadership

The Senate, on Tuesday, unanimously passed a vote of confidence on Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu and other principal officers.

Sholly Bright dies

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Mr Joshua Oluwasola Morakinyo (a.k.a. Sholly Bright) of Dekunmo Compound, Iseke Oyo, is dead.

Build your home with durable materials, couple advised

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By Olawale Rasheed

A clergyman has appealed to the young ones planning to marry to ensure that they build their matrimonial homes with durable materials so that the marriage could last.

RTEAN chief woos Ajimobi for post in govt

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By Rasheed Olawale

OYO State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi has been urged to appoint at least a member of Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) as commissioner in his cabinet when it’s time to do so.

All set for Oranyan festival 2015

Speaking on the uniqueness of the festival, Archbishop Ayo Ladigbolu, in a statement. said Alaafin Oranmiyan owned the celebration and because of this, everyone is willing to join Iku Baba Yeye, the Oranmiyan of Yorubaland to celebrate his own festival. No one can prevents anyone from celebrating with him.

Oyo, Chinese firm sign MoU on construction of light rail in Ibadan

Oyo State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding  (MoU) with a Chinese firm, CCECC for the construction of a light rail transport system covering about 24 kilometres within Ibadan, the state capital.

Buhari, agent of new Nigeria —Prison boss

President Muhammadu Buhari has been described as the new agent of Nigeria who everybody is looking at to effect the promised change.

Thumbs up for Ibarapa Central LG chairman

By Rasheed Olawale

HON  Yemi Akinlabi, the caretaker committee chairman of Ibarapa Central Local Government of Oyo State, has been commended over his performance in the area.

We have spent over N60m on Ilero Town Hall project —Oyewumi

ILERO Town Hall project in Kajola Local Government Area of Oyo State has gulped over N60 million so far.

12 states prone to flood —Agency

The Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency (NHISA), has recently warned that 12 states might experience high flood this year.

Omala of Imalaland marks 10th coronation anniversary

HIS Royal Highness, Oba (Apostle) Moses Adelani Adegboyega Olabode, Odunfa II, Omala of Imalaland in Ogun State, has recently marked his 10th coronation anniversary on the throne of his forefathers.

Emulate Gov Ajimobi, political office holders urged

By Opeyemi Idowu

POLITICAL office holders and appointees in Oyo State in particular, have been advised to emulate the leadership style of the state governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.

Child bomber hits Damaturu

A girl aged about 10 has carried out a suicide bombing in north-eastern Nigeria, killing at least 16 people, police say.

Nigerian troops kill 20 Boko Haram members in Borno, recover weapons

Troops of the Nigerian Army have killed 20 terrorists at Faljari, along the Dikwa-Maiduguri Road, the Army has said.

Big Brother Africa 2015 cancelled

Popular television reality show Big Brother Africa also known as BBA, will not be coming off this year due to inability of the organisers of the show, Africa Magic and Endemol’s to get sponsorship for the show.

We are behind Toyin Saraki’s EFCC probe -PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said it is responsible for the invitation of‎ the wife of the senate president, Toyin Saraki, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

JTF nabs suspected pipeline vandals in Delta, Bayelsa

The Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta, Operation Pulo Shield, said it had arrested five suspected sea pirates and two pipeline vandals in Bayelsa and Delta respectively.

Saraki congratulates Odusile, challenges him to Eliminate quacks

Senate President Bukola Saraki has congratulated the newly elected President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Alhaji Waheed Odusile and urged him to take seriously the task of eliminating quacks and fake journalists who give the profession a bad name.

Walcott agrees £100,000 a week new four-year deal at Arsenal

Theo Walcott has agreed a new contract at Arsenal.

Guardiola agrees Manchester City deal from next season

Pep Guardiola has agreed to take over as Manchester City manager from next season, claim reports in the Middle East.

Our stand against homosexuality is irrevocable -Onaiyekan

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Cardinal John Onaiyekan, the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Diocese, on Sunday, said the position of the Church in Nigeria against homosexuality was irrevocable.

UNILORIN working to develop Ebola vaccine -VC

The Vice-Chancellor, University of Ilorin, Professor Abdulganiyu Ambali, has said the institution’s Ebola Research Committee is working toward developing a vaccine for the Ebola virus.

British Airways offers amazing summer discounts for First Class Flyers

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British mega carrier, British Airways has announced amazing discounts for this summer in its First Class cabin, from Lagos and Abuja, Nigeria.

The truth about Osun finances -Ex-HOS

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Former Head of Service (HOS) in Osun state, Mr. Olusegun Akinwusi has revealed that the state finances was not as bad as being painted by the state governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola.

I want to score goals, win trophies -Costa

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa has said he has no intention of changing the way he plays the game despite criticism that he is too aggressive.

Boko Haram kills 15, injures many in Borno villages

Boko Haram members had invaded Kwata Mai Kadir and other surrounding villages of Askira-Uba Local Government Area of Borno State killing 15 people and injuring unspecified number of armless residents.

Odusile emerges NUJ president

The Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ) has elected Mr Abdulwaheed Odusile of the Nation Newspapers as its new president.

Africa on the move – Obama

United States President, Barack Obama, has praised Africa’s economic and business potential in a speech in Nairobi on the first full day of his visit to Kenya, the BBC reports.

Bar Refaeli to marry businessman in September

Bar Refaeli, an Israeli top model, will marry her businessman fiancee in September this year.

Bolt wins 100m at Anniversary Games

Six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt twice dipped below 10 seconds as he won the men’s 100m final in 9.87 seconds at the Anniversary Games.

Chelsea, PSG in battle of champions

In a battle of two champions, English club Chelsea will meet French team Paris Saint-Germain in a heavyweight 2015 International Champions Cup match at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturday.

Mourinho will get Falcao back to his best – Essien

Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has praised Jose Mourinho’s ability to bring the best out of his players and backed him to ensure Radamel Falcao is back to his best.

Lawmaker endorses Akpabio for Senate leadership

A serving member of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Mr Idongesit Ituen,  has said the former governor of the state, Senator Godswill Akpabio’s achievements while in office have given him the leverage to serve Nigeria in any capacity, including the post of minority leader in the senate.

Turkey vows to follow up IS strikes

Turkey has vowed to keep up a crackdown on Islamic State (IS) militants, after launching its first air strikes against their positions in Syria.

Obama dines with Kenyan family

US President Barack Obama’s gathered with members of his extended family in Nairobi Friday, kicking off a two day visit to his father’s native Kenya.

Police kill seven militants in S’Afghanistan

Units of police backed by the army have killed seven militants in Taliban former stronghold the southern Helmand and Zabul provinces over the past 24 hours, said a statement of Interior Ministry released here Saturday.

US blasts Burundi elections

United States (US) Secretary of State, John Kerry, on Friday, called Burundi’s election “deeply flawed” and urged President Pierre Nkurunziza to hold a “meaningful, serious” dialogue with the African country’s opposition, the State Department said in a statement.

Tension, as Tompolo, ex-MEND commanders meet in Bayelsa

Tension is mounting in the Niger Delta region following the call for a meeting of all former leaders and commanders of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) by Government Ekpemupolo (aka Tompolo).

I never accused United States Government of helping Boko Haram - Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said there was no truth in claims in the local and international media that he accused or indicted the United States Government of helping the terrorist group, Boko Haram.

Burundi president wins controversial third term

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza was Friday declared the outright winner of controversial elections, handing him a third consecutive term at the helm of the central African nation despite opposition protests and international condemnation.

NLC demands N90,000 minimum wage

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has proposed a new minimum wage of N90,000 to the Federal Government and Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA). The proposal is coming after five years of the national minimum wage regime.

FG playing to the gallery on probes – Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has said the announcements by the All Progressives Congress led Federal Government to probe the immediate past Peoples Democratic Party's government of Dr Goodluck Jonathan was mere 'playing to the gallery'.

Pay salaries, or face strike, NLC tells governors

A factional leader Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Joe Ajaero, on Friday advised state governors owing workers to pay their salaries to avoid protest by the organised labour.

Don’t attend Tompolo’s meeting, ex-militants tell members

Repentant militants from the South-South, under the aegis of National Council of Niger Delta Ex-Agitators, have called on its members not to attend the 'crucial' meeting being convened by an ex-militant leader, Mr. Government Ekpemupolo, popularly known as Tompolo.

Buhari’s anti-terror strategy working –APC

The National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said the recent successes recorded against Boko Haram, is a product of a methodical and focused approach adopted by the Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration.

Army retires 11 generals

Eleven generals of the Nigerian Army Ordinance Corps in Lagos were, on Friday, pulled out of service.

Step up action against Boko Haram, PDP govs tell Buhari, military

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors, on Thursday, urged President Muhammadu Buhari and the military to step up their actions in the fight against Boko Haram refused to cease in the North East of the country.

Ex-Speaker: 8 Ekiti PDP exco to join APC

A former Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Olufemi Bamisile, has said eight serving State Executive Committee members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State will soon join the All Progressives Congress.

Insurgents planning to bomb VIPs’ houses –Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said the disclosure he made at the National Economic Council meeting was to the effect that insurgents were planning to bomb houses belonging to very important personalities.

NYSC bars pregnant women, nursing mothers, PG students from service

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has barred pregnant women, nursing mothers and students engaged in postgraduate studies from enlisting in the national service across the country, until they are free to participate effectively.

EFCC suspect dies in Kirikiri prison

Alhaji Suleiman Yerima, a businessman and foreign exchange dealer, who was remanded in prison custody, following an ongoing trial by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has been reported dead.

Michael Oke, a great achiever

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By Bayo Adekunle

The premises of Sabe Community Secondary School, Sabe in ATISBO Local Government Area of Oyo State, was agog with the presence of dignitaries from all walks of life to witness the retirement ceremony of the school’s principal, Mr Michael Adebisi Oke (a.k.a. Landlord) after 35 years of meritorious service.

Iyalekoto lauds love, cooperation, unity among royal family

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By Abiodun Oladipupo

THE existing love, cooperation and unity among all the members of the royal family of Alaafin of Oyo, has been commended by one of the Ayabas.

All set for Oranyan festival 2015

THE ancient city of Oyo has started to wear a new look following preparations to celebrate the Fourth Edition of Oranyan Festival, which is scheduled to hold from September 6 to 12 this year at Aganju Palace Square, Aafin Oyo.

Osinbajo, NGF chairman meet over CBN loan

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Alhaji Abdulazeez Yari, on Tuesday met behind closed-doors to discuss the modalities of the bailouts recently approved for states by the Federal Government.

I’m alive -Jonathan ex-CSO

The Chief Security Officer to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Gordon Obua, has dismissed reports of his death, saying he is alive and healthy.

Oronsaye gets bail on self-recognition

A Federal High Court, on Tuesday, granted bail to a former Head of Service of the Federation, Mr Stephen Oronsaye‎ on self-recognition.

NIMASA appoints acting DG

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Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agent (NIMASA), has on Tuesday, announced Mr Calistus Obi as the Acting Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of the agency.

Burundi votes amid gunfire, blasts

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza is standing for a third consecutive term in elections that have been denounced by his opponents as unconstitutional.

Rivers CJN denies secret meetings with Wike

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Mahmud Mohammed, Monday, refuted reports that he has within this month, hosted the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom‎ Wike, twice in his chamber at the Supreme Court.

Text of briefing by President Buhari and President Obama

President Obama: Well, it’s a great pleasure to welcome President Buhari and his delegation here to the Oval Office for his first visit since the historic election that took place.

Ondo workers threaten indefinite strike over unpaid salaries

Workers in Ondo State are threatening to down tools indefinitely if the state government fails to act promptly on the delays in the payment of their salaries.

14 arrested over assassination of Benue PDP chieftain

Fourteen suspects have been arrested by Benue State Police Command for alleged involvement in last week’s assassination of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, stalwart and elder statesman, Chief Atoza Ihindan, in Katsina-Ala Local Government Area.

Obama praises Buhari for pursuing peace, security

President Barack Obama welcomed President Muhammadu Buhari to the White House on Monday and hailed him for working to restore "safety, security and peace" to Nigeria.

Let Jonathan be, Fayose tells Obasanjo

Ekiti State governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, on Monday, told former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo to stop attacking the immediate past president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan.

Bomb Blast Kills 2 At Police Checkpoint In Damaturu

A suspected Boko Haram suicide bomber has killed himself and a police officer at a checkpoint ‎at the outskirts of Damaturu, Yobe State, witnesses said.

The checkpoint is located along the Kano-Maiduguri highway.

Sources in Damaturu said the explosion occurred at about ‎1:30pm when police officers at the said checkpoint stopped a suspicious Toyota Highlander heading for Maiduguri.

“As the policemen asked the passengers of the Highlander to disembark from the vehicle and file through the checkpoint one after the other, one of the passengers who had explosives hidden under his clothing, detonated the bomb, killing himself and a policeman,” Bukar Ali, an eyewitness said.

The source said other policemen and the passengers were seriously injured.

Police is yet to confirm the attack.

Aregbesola denies plan to fire 10,000 workers

Osun State governor, Rauf Aregbesola has denied speculations that his administration was planning to sack 10,000 workers.

Al-Makura stops saponsorship of pilgrimage in Nasarawa

Nasarawa State governor, Alhaji Tanko Al-Makura, has suspended all forms of government's traditional sponsorship for pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia for either the lesser or major Hajj.

Abia police arrest auto mechanic for alleged kidnapping

The Police Command in Abia, has arrested on Ifeanyi Nwunni, an auto mechanic in Umuahia, for allegedly kidnapping a taxi-cab driver at gunpoint.

FRSC warns motorists against driving under influence of alcohol

The Lagos State Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Hyginus Omeje, on Monday warned motorists to desist from driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages or hard drugs.

Attack at Ekiti tribunal: Police arrest Senator’s aides

The Ekiti State Police Command has arrested two loyalists of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in connection with the recent violence which rocked the premises of the election petitions tribunal, sitting at the State High Court complex in Ado-Ekiti.

Police commission disowns recruitment advert

The Police Service Commission has disowned an online advertisement on the recruitment of general duty police officers.

APC to members: Respect law enforcement agencies

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Niger State has advised its members to respect constituted authority in their conduct, especially in government offices, in order not to turn themselves into a nuisance and cause disorderliness in the state. In a statement signed by the Publicity Secretary, Mr Jonathan Vatsa, the party noted that though it has formed the government, members should not be seen taking situations for granted by not respecting those in constituted authority.According to the APC, “of serious concern is the few recent altercations with security personnel and the members of the party.”It will be recalled that most recently the brawl between the State Security Service (SSS) and the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Dr. Ibraheem Dooba, raised a lot of concerns in the state.

IBB to Buhari: Change tactics against Boko Haram

Former Head of State, General Ibrahim Babangida, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to change the tactics he is using against Boko Haram.

Lamido, 2 sons get bail

A Federal High Court in Abuja, on Tuesday, granted bail, on self-recognition, to former ‎Gov. Sule Lamido of Jigawa‎ and his two sons charged with money laundering.

PDP writes Buhari, warns president against “cosmetic governance”

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has assured President Muhammadu Buhari that it would not get involved in distracting or detracting him from delivering good governance to the Nigerian people.

Spain buys €6.5bn oil from Nigeria

The Spanish Government, on Tuesday, said it bought oil and gas worth 6.5 billion Euros from Nigeria in 2014.

NBC blocks Radio Biafra’s signals

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information, Dr. Sade Yemi-Esan, on Tuesday said the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) has succeeded in stopping the signals of ‘Radio Biafra’ because it was not licensed.

Shell’s pipeline spilled 306 barrels of crude —JIV report

A breach on a 20 inch crude delivery pipeline from Kolo Creek fields to Rumuekpe in Rivers State, discharged some 306 barrels of crude into the swamps.

NLC directs Osun worker to resume strike

The Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress in Osun State, Mr Jacob Adekomi, on Wednesday, has directed workers to resume the suspended strike.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu admitted to hospital

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is in a Cape Town hospital being treated for an infection.

Issues as govs probe NNPC’s remittances to federation account

When the federal government through the National Economic Council (NEC) made bold its efforts at addressing the seemingly, intractable shortfall in the public revenue and accountability in the nations prime source of revenue, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), many agreed that it was long overdue.The National Economic Council (NEC), headed by Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, set up a committee to investigate a shortfall of N3.5 trillion in remittances by the NNPC into the Federation Account since 2012.The inquest into the accounts of the corporation was necessitated after a briefing by a director of funds in the office of the Accountant General of the Federation, on the position and management of the Federation Account, which indicted NNPC of remitting only N4.3 trillion out of its earnings, estimated at N8.1 trillion, within the period under review.The committee which has its members drawn from the ranks of the state governors, who are expected to report back to …

Bomb explosion rocks ECWA church in Jos

An explosion has occurred at Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) church in Tudunwa, Angwan yashi, near the Federal Secretariat in Jos, Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State.An eyewitness near the church said the noise from the explosion was very loud and that casualties might be high as worshippers were at the church for the Sunday service.Exactly a week ago another bomb attack struck the Redeemed Church in Yobe State, killing the pastor and a number of other church members.The frequency of the bomb attacks is on the rise after they went down in the run up to the general elections.

2016 U-20 Women's World Cup: Falconets depart for Liberia with 18 players

Nigeria U-20 women team are expected to leave Nigeria, on Wednesday, with a 27-person delegation for Liberia. The delegation includes 18 players and nine officials as the team will face the Liberia female team for a place at the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup billed for Papua New Guinea.Despite reports of a fresh outbreak of Ebola virus disease in the west African country, the Confederation of African Football has opted not to move the match to a neutral venue.Caf has appointed Aissatou Inter Keita of the Republic of Guinea as referee for the match billed for the Antoinette Tubman Stadium on Sunday.She will be assisted by compatriots Fantagbe Kaba, Manty Keita and Isatou Touray as assistant referee1, assistant referee 2 and reserve referee respectively. The match commissioner is Fatou Camara from Mali.The winner of the fixture will proceed to the third round of qualifiers, to play the winner of the Namibia/DR Congo fixture.

Sunday Oliseh to take over as Super Eagles coach

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) are in advanced talks with former Nigerian international, Sunday Oliseh, over taking over as Super Eagles coach.

World’s oldest man dies at 112 in Japan –Guinness World Records

Sakari Momoi, certified as world oldest living male by Guinness World Records, died on Sunday, July 5 in Japan, an official said at Saitama City, North of Tokyo, where he had lived for many years.

Buy books, not bullets, Malala urges world leaders

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Malala Yousafzai, on Tuesday said diverting eight days of global military spending could ensure 12 years of free primary and secondary education to every child in the world. “Books are better investment in our future than bullets. The sum of 39 billion dollars each year may appear a huge number, but the reality is that it is not.

Hell is your portion, PFN tells Boko Haram

The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), on Tuesday, described as wicked and barbaric the continuous onslaught in churches and mosques perpetrated by the Boko Haram sect, asserting that hell fire is the portion of the perpetrators.

Ihedioha wins round 2 at Tribunal

The gubernatorial candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the last general election, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, has won the second round of his ruling at the Election Petition Tribunal.

Emefiele recommends micro-finance initiative to grow nation’s economy

Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Godwin Emefiele, has said that if the country must witness accelerated development and become one of the top 20 economies in the world, it must take the micro-finance initiative into the national financial system.

Mourinho extends Blues contract

Jose Mourinho is poised to sign a new four-year contract at Chelsea.

Keshi to challenge sack

Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, has disclosed from his base in the United States that he is yet to receive any official letter from the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) informing him of his dismissal.The NFF released a press statement on Saturday night confirming that it had sacked the former Eagles skipper two months after he signed a new two-year deal as head coach of the Nigerian national team.Keshi has also said he would go to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) to seek redress.“I haven’t received any letter to that effect. Today is Saturday, anyway,” Keshi told newsmen shortly after the NFF announcement.“They think their deceit will fool Nigerians? We’ll meet in CAS where justice will prevail,” he said.New Telegraph

FAAN: Maiduguri Airport to commence commercial operations

The Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr Saleh Dunoma, says the just re-opened Maiduguri International Airport is now free for commercial operations.This is contained in a statement issued by the FAAN’s General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mr Yakubu Dati, in Lagos and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).The statement assured Nigerians and airport customers that security had been beefed up within and outside the airport for passengers’ safety.NAN reports that operations at the airport was suspended in December 2014.Subsequently, the joint military task force took over the airport following a raid on nearby military units by Boko Haram.Dunoma, in the statement, assured staff working at the airport, of management’s support as they operated in the midst of security challenges.The FAAN chief urged them to keep supporting the federal government, especially the armed agencies that were using their facilities.“I urge FAAN workers to remain committe…

Six female bombers involved in Borno attack -Police

The Borno State commissioner of Police, Mr Aderemi Opadokun, has confirmed Friday's Boko Haram attacks on Borno towns, which he said involved six female suicide bombers.In a text message to the enquiry on the incident by our correspondent, the commissioner said there was an attack by the terrorists on Zabamari village, near Dusuman village in Jere local government area at about 1855hrs of 3/7/15."Six (6) female suicide bombers detonated IEDs on their bodies while trying to infiltrate Maiduguri via Muna garage on Mafa-Dikwa road, killing themselves and many others."He added that 21 persons were injured in the incident.Culled

I accept my appointment with humility –INEC boss

The Acting National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mrs. Amina Zakari, has said she accepted her appointment with humility.She told journalists in Abuja on Thursday, a day after her appointment, that she would do her job diligently and that the commission would continue to work hard with the aim of delivering on its assignments.Zakari said her tenure should be seen as the continuation of the former Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega.Jega left the commission on Tuesday after the expiration of his five-year tenure.The new acting chairman of the commission said, “I accept my appointment with humility and with dedication to serve. I believe it is just a continuation to what the former Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, has started which has been at a high level and there shouldn’t be any problem.“I have been part of the process: I have known the problems, challenges and I have seen the successes. What is remaining is for us to build on the successes and…

Liberia confirms third Ebola case in new outbreak

Liberia confirmed a third new case of the deadly Ebola virus on Thursday, as the disease re-emerges nearly two months after the outbreak was declared over in the West African nation, a senior health official said.Liberia, where 4,800 people have died out of the 11,200 killed in the West African Ebola outbreak, was declared Ebola-free on May 9 even as the disease has continued to infect new victims in neighbouring Sierra Leone and Guinea. But Liberia’s success story has been undermined this week by the discovery of new cases, reports Reuters.“We have, as of yesterday, three confirmed cases. One expired, who was the 17-year-old boy … The two live cases are 24 years old and 27 years old. They are stable,” Deputy Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah said on Thursday.New Telegraph

Nigeria set to stop polio in 5 weeks time

Nigeria is set to stop the transmission of the polio virus.In an recent interview with journalists, the executive director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, (NPHCDA), Dr Ado Muhammed, revealed that since July 2014, no case of wild polio virus was reported in Nigeria.He said, “It is almost a feat. About few weeks away, it will be one year without a case of polio in Nigeria. That translates to Nigeria interrupting wild polio virus transmission for the very first time in the history of this country.”He explained that Nigeria would be taken off the list of polio endemic countries, two years after, which would be in 2017, if there was no re-infection of polio and no new case reported after two years post-interruption.“Nigeria would be deemed to have eradicated polio and will be issued a certificate. Interruption is one year after the last case which will be in about five weeks time precisely on July 24, 2015. Then eradication will be two years after the date of interruption…

Another Ebola outbreak in Liberia: Be on alert, FG tells health ministries

The Federal Government had advised Nigerians to be vigilant and embrace basic hygiene as Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) re-emerges in Liberia.This is contained in a statement signed by the Director, Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Health, Ayotunde Adesugba,  in Abuja on Tuesday.The statement urged Nigerians not to panic on the development in Liberia, as ministry was reactivating its response mechanism and increasing the level of its alert.“All state Ministries of Health and health facilities are hereby advised to raise their alert level and report any suspected case to the Federal Ministry of Health,’’ it stated.A seller of bananas walks past a slogan painted on a wall reading “Ebola” in Monrovia on August 31, 2014. Liberia on August 30, 2014 said it would deny permission for any crew to disembark from ships at the country’s four seaports until the Ebola epidemic ravaging west Africa was under control. According to the statement, a new case of the EVD has been reported in L…

Robot crushes man to death

Robot has grabbed  a worker at a Volkswagen factory in Germany and crushed him against a metal plate. which eventually led to his died.The 22-year-old man died in an hospital after the accident at a plant in Baunatal, 100km north of Frankfurt.He was said to be working with a team of contractors installing the robot when it grabbed him, according to the German car manufacturer.Heiko Hillwig, from Volkswagen, blamed “human error” rather than the robot.He said: “It can be programmed to perform various tasks in the assembly process.“It normally operates within a confined area at the plant, grabbing auto parts and manipulating them.”Another contractor was there at the time when the accident happened, on Monday, but wasn’t harmed.He declined to give any more details about the case, citing an “ongoing investigation”.

6 children missing in Lagos boat mishap

Six teenagers have been declared missing after a boat capsized, on Wednesday, along the Ojo waterways in Lagos.

Buhari, Osinbajo meet with Gbajabiamila’s reps group

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday night, met with 30-man delegation of the 174 All Progressives Congress (APC) members of the House of Representatives loyal to Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila behind closed-doors.

Davido, Yemi Alade, Diamond Platnumz, Bucie and Cassper Nyovest to perform at MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) 2015

Davido, Yemi Alade, Diamond Platnumz, Bucie and Cassper Nyovest have been added to the performers line-up of the 2015 edition of MTV Africa Music Awards billed to hold later this month in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Godwin singer, Korede Bello becomes Glo ambassador

Globacom has endorsed Korede Bello  as its brand ambassador.

UI workers protest non-payment of allowance

Academic activities were paralysed at the University of Ibadan, on Wednesday, when the three unions in the institution protested non-payment of their earned allowances for the month of June.

Group partners UN to increase access to budget

Civic technology and transparency advocacy group, BudgIT Nigeria has partnered with the United Nations (UN) to increase access and ensure transparency in government budgets.

Zakari’s appointment as INEC Acting chairman followed due process – Presidency

The Presidency has denied allegations by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that President Muhammadu Buhari‎ did not follow due process in the appointment of Mrs Fatima Zakari as the Acting Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

IG disbands LG revenue collection road blocks