Showing posts from September, 2015

RTEAN scribe commends Emir of Okuta

The Emir of Okuta in Baruten Local government Area of Kwara State, HRH, Alhaji Hon (Dr) Idris Saro Abubakar, Kperogi-Afon Serobatete III, has been commended for his love and leadership qualities.

RTEAN Ogbomoso drags sister union, NURTW to Soun over crisis

By Opeyemi Idowu

THE cold war between members of Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) and its sister union, the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) is gradually spreading round the whole of Oyo State with RTEAN dragging NURTW members to the Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Jimoh Oyewumi Ajagungbade III.

Oranyan festival boosts Alaafin’s fame •4th Edition ’ll take new dimension •Medical, trade missions coming •Raises profile of Oyo metropolis •Expect free medical care from US •Oyo indigenes urged to welcome, open doors for guests •Mobile hospital donated to Kabiyesi

Vice Chairman, Oranyan 2015 Planning Committee, Archbishop Ayo Ladigbolu, has said that the 4th Edition of the unique festival would take a new dimension this year.  He disclosed this while fielding questions from Heritage Echo crew during a special interview.  Speaking on behalf of the committee’s chairman, High Chief Yusuf Akande Ayoola, Layinka I, who doubles as head of Oyomesi and Basorun of Oyo, Archbishop Ayo Ladigbolu listed the good things packaged for this year’s edition of the festival to include....  Oh for details, why don’t you find out in this special interview below.

I’ll emulate Adekunle Fajuyi’s patriotism —Grand daughter

A grand daughter of the first military governor of the Old Western Region, Lt. Col. Adekunle Fajuyi, has said that she would live to emulate his patriotism that made him give himself up in the coup that killed him.

Democracy brings nothing to Oyoland —Fatokun

Since 1999, the state of things in Oyoland in terms of socio-economic development is not encouraging at all.

Stand firm in God’s presence, Olagundoye charges new ordainees

Diocese of Oyo, The Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, has recently held its 2015 Trinity Ordination and admission of Greater Chapter members of Cathedral Church of St Michael, Esiele quarters, Oyo.

‘Oranyan festival worth celebrating’

By Omowumi Adenike

Oranyan Festival introduced by His Imperial Majesty, Oba Dr Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, the Alaafin of Oyo, is  a festival that worth celebrating by all lovers of culture and Yoruba tradition.

Alhaja Opeloyeru celebrates 80th birthday with fanfare

By Adewale Morufat

The ancient City of Oyo was almost at stand still for a whole day recently when a famous food canteen director, Alhaja (Princess) Sariyu Egbinola Alake Opeloyeru marked her 80th birthday with fanfare.

YABATECH expels 73 students

Seventy-three students of YABATECH, Lagos have been expected by the Academic Board of the College for presenting suspected forged results.

Olori Onisanbo of Ogbooroland dies

ALHAJA Silifat Adedokun, the Olori of Oba Salami Adisa Adedokun, Adeteru III, the Onisanbo of Ogbooroland in Saki East Local Government of Oyo State, has passed on.

FG appoints Alaafin as UNIMAID Chancellor

HIS Imperial Majesty, Oba (Dr) Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, the Alaafin of Oyo and Permanent Chairman of Oyo State Council of Obas and Chiefs, has been appointed as the Chancellor of University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID).

Baagi of Saki passes on at 102

BAAGI of Saki, the next in rank to Okere of Sakiland, High Chief Muritala Oladepo Alabi, has passed on.

New Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland named

The League of Imams and Alfas in the South-West geo-political zone, has announced the appointment of a new Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland.

Ile-Ife: All set to enthrone 51st Ooni

From the look of things in Ile-Ife now, the Osun State  Government will soon announce the name of the 51st Ooni to succeed Onirise, Oba Okunade Sijuwade Olubuse III, who joined his ancestors recently.

Stand firm in God’s presence, Olagundoye charges new ordainees

By Idowu Opeyemi

DIOCESE of Oyo, The Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, has recently held its 2015 Trinity Ordination and Admission of Greater Chapter members of Cathedral Church of St Michael, Esiele Quarters, Oyo.

Veteran journalist, Adeleke dies at 63

A veteran journalist with Onko Voice Newspaper, Mr David Adeniyi Alade Adeleke (a.k.a. Agoro) is dead.

NYSC goes digital on clearance for corps members

IN an effort to monitor the activities of corps members in their respective place of primary assignment, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has commenced clearance based on biometric data capture for corps members.

Vulcanizers seek govt’s support, assistance in Iseyin

ELDER Samuel Bolanle Idowu, the overall chairman of Vulcanizers Association in Iseyin town has called for government’s assistance to boost their operations in Iseyinland.

Bundesliga: Bayern visit Mainz, BVB face Darmstadt

Bayern Munich head to Mainz on Saturday looking to consolidate their two-point lead in the Bundesliga with a seventh-straight win after Borussia Dortmund’s midweek slip.

Ondo APC blames Mimiko for Falae’s kidnap

The Ondo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Thursday, blamed the state governor, Olusegun Mimiko, for the kidnap of former Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Chief Olu Falae.
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Olu Falae regains freedom

Chief Olu Falae, has been freed, three days after he was kidnapped in Akure, the Ondo state capital.
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Saraki, others stoned at Eid praying ground in Ilorin

Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, was, on Thursday, stoned at the Yidi Ground, Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
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Iran slams Saudi over Hajj tragedy

Iran has accused Saudi Arabia of safety errors after many of its citizens died in a stampede that has taken hundreds of lifes.
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Saudi orders probe into deadly Hajj stampede

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince has ordered an investigation after a stampede at the annual Hajj pilgrimage left at least 717 people dead and 863 injured, according to state media.
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Daily fuel subsidy drops to N889.44m

The Federal Government’s daily spending on petrol subsidy has declined from the N1.07 billion it recorded as at September 8, to N889.44 million as at September 22.

Why I’m bullish about the Nigerian economy

Recent news from Nigeria about easing economic growth and export revenues, depreciating currency, stunted equity market, insolvent sub-nationals and whittled consumer spending power has painted a pretty gloomy picture. For the astute minds, however, all these were not unexpected, given the peculiarity of the crystallizing confluence of headwinds for the year. The real GDP growth rate of 2.35 percent in the second quarter of 2015, which is the lowest real quarterly growth rate since the capture of the quarterly GDP series in 2007, further heightened the rabble-rousing.

Eid el Kabir: Lagos cancels Sept sanitation exercise

As a way of allowing a hitch-free Eid-el-Kabir celebration, the Lagos State government has lifted the order restricting human and vehicular movement for the September monthly environmental sanitation exercise.

Calls for Saraki’s resignation premature – PDP chieftain

A former governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, Adegbola Dominic, on Wednesday said the trial of Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, before the Code of Conduct Tribunal over alleged false declaration of assets has political undertone.

Bayelsa civil servants ungrateful – Dickson

Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson has lambasted workers in the state civil service for not showing gratitude over government’s effort in meeting its salary obligations to them.

Lawyers to handle Carneiro’s Chelsea exit

The Football Medical Association (FMA) has confirmed that Eva Carneiro has appointed lawyers to handle her Chelsea exit.

FIFA reportedly rejects Barcelona’s Turan request

FIFA has rejected Barcelona’s request to bring forward Arda Turan’s registration, according to reports in Spain.

Lewandowski agent rules out move to ‘rainy’ Manchester

Robert Lewandowski’s representative Cezary Kucharski has suggested that the Poland international could leave Bayern Munich for Spain at some stage in the future, but has all but ruled out a move to one of the Manchester clubs.

Luis Enrique laments Barcelona mistakes

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique hopes his La Liga champion will learn the lessons from its shock 4-1 defeat to Celta Vigo.

Sheffield Wednesday to host Arsenal in League Cup

Arsenal will visit Sheffield Wednesday in the fourth round of the League Cup, while Chelsea travels to face Stoke City as a reward for beating Walsall.

Extend dividends of democracy to Oyoland, FG, others urged

A passionate appeal has been made to both the Federal and Oyo State governments to extend more dividends of democracy to all corners of Oyoland.

Chelsea doctor quits after Mourinho dispute

Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro has left the club, six weeks on from her highly-publicised dispute with manager Jose Mourinho.

DHQ alleges fake production of national IDs

The Defence Headquarters has raised the alarm over the production of the national identity card by unauthorised elements in the country.

ISIL frees Kurdish journalist kidnapped in Syria

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group has released one of two Kurdish journalists captured late last year, an official with Iraq’s Kurdish television station Rudaw says.

Flamini: Arsenal’s unlikely hero in North London derby

Mathieu Flamini proved to be Arsenal’s unlikely derby hero as his double sealed a 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the League Cup third round.

HID Awolowo to be buried on Nov 25

The eldest daughter of the matriarch of the Awolowo family, Chief (Mrs) Hannah Idowu Dideolu, Mrs Omotola Oyediran, on Wednesday disclosed that their mother would be buried on her 100th birthday – November 25.

Flamini: Arsenal’s unlikely hero in North London derby

Mathieu Flamini proved to be Arsenal’s unlikely derby hero as his double sealed a 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the League Cup third round.

Rector calls for dialogue on new JAMB admission policy •Seeks Globacom support for Oranyan festival

By Olawale Rasheed

A foremost educationist has called on both the parents and Joint Admission and Matriculation  Board (JAMB) to dialogue on the newly introduced admission policy to higher institutions in the country.

New provost for FCE (Special) Oyo named

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Professor Kamoru Olayiwola Usman asPprovost of the Federal College of Education (Special) Oyo.

Corruption: Kunle Olajide cautions Buhari

By Iyiola Lawal

President Muhammadu Buhari must be mindful of members of his political party some of whose see the ascendancy into federal government as an opportunity to appropriate the resources of the country to themselves.

New council bosses in Ondo inaugurated

ONDO State governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, has inaugurated 16 newly appointed chairmen of the caretaker committee of local government before election will be held in the state before the end of the year.

Amosun tasks investors on wealth, employment generation

GOVERNOR Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, has charged investors to create wealth and employment opportunities for the people of the state.

Cameroonian troops kill 17 Boko Haram militants

At least 17 fighters from the Boko Haram group have died in clashes with Cameroon troops in the border town of Amchide, informed sources said Tuesday.

Celta demolish Barcelona

Celta Vigo took advantage of a makeshift Barcelona back-line in Wednesday's win.

APC lauds Wike on projects completion in Rivers

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers, on Wednesday, has said the Nyesom Wike-led administration had done well in the area of completion of projects.

INEC confirms Melaye’s nomination as Kogi-West APC candidate

The Independent National Electoral Commission has confirmed that Senator Dino Melaye was properly nominated as candidate of the All Progressives Congress for the 2015 National Assembly election in Kogi West Senatorial District.

India steps up efforts to quell Nepal crisis

India on Tuesday summoned its ambassador to Nepal, Ranjit Rae, for urgent discussions as concern mounted over violent protests that have erupted in large parts of Himalayan nation, particularly those along the Indian border, against the adoption of a new Constitution.

10 Tips On How To Get A Boyfriend

Remove guys from your friend zone list: “Friend zone” is a mental classification or categorization of a guy or group of guys in a lady’s mind I.e she sees a guy as a non s3xual object or as a brother. Some single ladies today see having a lot of guys on their friend zone list as an achievement or an award, they enjoy the fact that guys keep trying to get their attention or approval while they call him things like “bro” , “cuz” , “G” “padi” “Egbon” as a means to discourage him from trying to talk to them or ask them out. My question is ; if you’re single and you’re looking for a boyfriend why have so many guys as just friends without giving them chances? Or opportunities to prove themselves to you. Marriage counsellors have revealed that most couples were initially just friends or co-workers before they started dating. Un-friend zone some guys and see where it leads, you may just be swept off your feet or be walking down the aisle soon.

10 things you’ll truly understand when you fall in-love

For those in-love with someone, it’s easy to understand this feelings especially when the person you love feels the same way too. Love isn’t like what you see in romantic movies. Most times you never know when it comes, all you do is feel it. For those in-love with someone, it’s easy to understand this feelings especially when the person you love feels the same way too.

EFCC re-arraigns ex-gov Lamido, sons, firms for fraud

A former Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido and his two sons – Aminu and Mustapha – were on Tuesday arraigned before Justice Ademola Adeniyi of a Federal High Court in Abuja on a 27 counts, bordering on corruption and money laundering.

Bayelsa APC primary ends in deadlock, Oshiomhole held hostage

Governor of Edo State, Mr. Adams Oshiomole, was on Tuesday smuggled out of the venue of the Bayelsa State governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress.

LASEMA: Another building collapses in Lagos, casualties unknown

Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) has confirmed the collapse of another building in Lekki area of the state, says it is yet to determine the number of casualties.

Gabriel red card overturned after Arsenal win appeal

Arsenal’s claim of wrongful dismissal over Gabriel’s red card against Chelsea on Saturday has been upheld following an FA hearing.

Kashamu seeks to restrain FG from seizing property

Senator Buruji Kashamu has asked the Federal High Court in Lagos to restrain the Federal Government from seizing his property worth N20billion over drug trafficking allegations.

Muslims lament high cost of ram in Kano

Prices of ram have remained very high in Kano ahead of the celebration of Sallah by Muslims this week, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Buhari okays N70m for Independence celebration

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved N70 million for the 2015 Independence celebrations.

Ekiti received FG’s bailout -Fayose

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has confirmed receipt of the Federal Government’s bailout.

Ekiti court acquits Deputy Speaker of contempt charge

An Ado Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday struck out the contempt charge against the Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mr Segun Adewumi.

Lagos appoints new tax boss

Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has appointed Mr Olufolarin Ogunsanwo as the new Chairman of Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS).

I will be at the Code of Conduct Tribunal on Tuesday -Saraki

Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, has assured Nigerians that he will be at the Code of Conduct Tribunal on Tuesday, as a mark of respect for the rule of law.The Senate President made this known in a statement released on his Facebook page.According to the statement: “The Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki will appear before the Code of Conduct Tribunal tomorrow Tuesday 22nd of September 2015."While the Senate President Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, had stated and maintained that he is ready to submit himself to due process of the law on any issue concerning him, he also believes that he has an inalienable right to resort to the same judiciary for protection when he feels his fundamental rights are about to be infringed upon."The Senate President is a law abiding citizen and his absence from tribunal was based on legal advice he received from his counsel that it is not necessary for him to appear before the tribunal at this stage since the jurisdiction of the tribun…

Ambode nominates 23 commissioners, 14 advisers

Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday presented the list of would-be cabinet members to the House of Assembly for screening.The Clerk of the House, Mr. Ganiyu Abiru, read the names on the floor to members.The Governor is requesting for the screening and approval of 36 persons with 23 as Commissioners and 13 as Special Advisers.Among the names are six former cabinet members from the Babatunde Raji Fashola administration including former commissioner for Agriculture, Gbolahan Lawal, former Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, former Special Adviser, Central Business District, Folarin Coker, former Special Adviser Commerce and Industry, Seye Oladejo, former Special Adviser Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Ganiyu Johnson and former Special Adviser Rural Development, Babatunde Hunpe.Ambode had made good his promise at the inaugural address to inject new blood on merit and professionalism as the new list depicts.The Governor named a relatively young cabinet including Mrs. Yetun…

Buratai renews hope on rescue of Chibok girls

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, on Monday, renews the hope of Nigerians on the rescue of the Chibok school girls abducted by Boko Haram insurgents in April 2014.Buratai gave the assurance while fielding questions from newsmen on the sideline of the Chief of Army Staff third quarter conference held at Army Headquarters, Abuja.He said the safe return of the girls remained a priority of the military in the ongoing counter-insurgency operations in the North-East.He said there were strong indications that the girls were still held within the fringes of the Sambisa forest.The COAS explained that though the exact location of the girls’ in the forest was yet to be ascertained, the military was mindful of their safety in the bid to secure their release.He said, “The issue of the Chibok girls is very crucial, we are making all efforts to clear the terrorists and after clearing them we rescue the Chibok girls in one piece.“I believe that the girls must be somewhere wit…

NMA decries shortage of doctors, nurses

The Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Rivers, Dr Ibifuro Green, has decried the shortage of doctors and nurses in the country and called for massive upgrading of personnel in the healthcare sector.Green told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt on Monday that the ratio of doctors to patients in the country was one to 4,000.“The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recommended that one doctor should attend to not more than 600 patients but the ratio in Nigeria is one doctor to about 4,000 patients.“The ratio is even worse with nurses; the nurse–patient ratio compared to doctors is even worse because you should have one nurse attending to about four patients.“When you work out the ratio, you know why nurses are always badly painted in public hospitals because they are not enough,’’ he said.According to Green, the number of nurses are inadequate in the country’s public hospitals as one nurse attends to no fewer than 31 patients.“We need massive upgrading o…

Another Maiduguri bomb blast kills 50, injures over 100

About 50 people were reportedly killed with over 100 critically sustained injuries as a result of multiple explosions that rocked Ajilari Railway Cross and Bintu Sugar suburbs of Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.Sources from National and International Humanitarian agencies that participated in the evacuation of the victims told NE.Ajilari cross and Bintu Sugar are located at outskirt of Maiduguri which have witnessed series of boko haram attacks including bombings of football veiwing centre in recent past.The explosions which were suspected to have been masterminded by suicide bombers occurred simultaneously at about 7:38pm, while the last four took place at about 8pm which has forced many residents to flee into main city for safety.A lucky survivor based in Alilari who also work with one of the nation’s humanitarian agency told our Correspondent on phone that the first incident occurred at a popular telecommunication service point where many people gather to buy/sale GSM recharge c…

20 Nigerian pilgrims die in Makkah

Twenty Nigerian pilgrims has been confirmed dead in Saudi Arabia since the beginning of this year’s Hajj.The Chairman, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Alhaji Abdullahi Mukhtar, disclosed this at a pre-Arafat stakeholders meeting at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.Fourteen of the pilgrims died due to cardiac arrest and other ailments, while six lost their lives at the September 11 crane crash.Mukhtar said only three Nigerians were injured at the crane crash as against the six earlier reported by the media.The chairman said all the pilgrims that submitted valid documents to the commission for visa were airlifted to Saudi Arabia for the pilgrimage.
He advised the pilgrims to drink more water due to the harsh weather, adding they that they should only expose themselves to the sun when necessary.He said female pilgrims should move in group and avoid construction sites within the Grand Mosque and outside.On Arafat, the chairman said the pilgrims would start moving to Mina on Monday at mid…

Selfless service to humanity, mantra of my administration – Ambode

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State said selfless service and positive difference is what his administration is committed to deliver in the next four years.

Selfless service to humanity, mantra of my administration – Ambode

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State said selfless service and positive difference is what his administration is committed to deliver in the next four years.

Selfless service to humanity, mantra of my administration – Ambode

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State said selfless service and positive difference is what his administration is committed to deliver in the next four years.

Johnny Football 2.0 on full display in Browns' home opener

Never has the Johnny Manziel experience been so clear-cut.

USA beat Europe to regain Solheim Cup

USA produced a stunning display in the singles to beat Europe 14½-13½ and win the Solheim Cup in Germany.Juli Inkster’s team were 10-6 down after the morning fourballs, but won eight-and-a-half points to claim back the title they last won in 2009.However, the contest was marred by controversy over the issue over the non-concession of a short American putt in the fourballs, reports the BBC.“After this morning they were all fired up,” Inkster said of the incident.
“The girls were awesome. Everybody did their job. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”Annika Sorenstam, assistant captain to Carin Koch, said: “The US came out very strong and played very solid. There were some crucial matches at the end. We will get fired up for 2017.”

Nigerians mourn HID Awolowo's death

The Matriarch of the Awolowo family, Chief Hannah Idowu Dideolu (HID) Awolowo, is dead at the age of 99.

Victor Moses ends Man City’s 11-match winning streak

Victor Moses and Diafra Sakho ended Manchester City’s 11-match run of consecutive Premier League victories as West Ham recorded a stunning 2-1 success at Eastlands.

MTN acquires Nigerian pay TV license

MTN Nigeria has acquired a 700 MHz spectrum license from Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) to provide pay TV broadcasting services.

Enyeama gets red card

It was a bad day for Super Eagles captain, Vincent Enyeama yesterday as he was sent off in the 69th minute following a bad challenge against a Rennes player, Giovanni Sio as the French clubs played out a 1-1 draw.

NSCDC prosecutes 14 suspected pipeline vandals in Abia

Fourteen suspected pipeline vandals arrested by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Abia Command, are currently facing prosecution, the State Commander, Mr Benito Eze, has said.

Troops rescue 139 Boko Haram captives

The Nigerian Army has said troops involved in the ongoing onslaught on Boko Haram have rescued another 139 captives of the insurgents in Borno State.

Pope Francis arrives for first visit to Cuba

Pope Francis has arrived in the Cuban capital, Havana, on his first visit to the island.

Every society needs viable opposition – Okowa

Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa has said every society needs a viable and strong opposition for sustainable democracy.

HID Awolowo dies at 99

Chief (Mrs) Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo, wife of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo is dead.

2face @ 40: 40 major awards he has won so far

Best Male Vocalist 2004 A.M.E.N Awards

Song of the Year 2004 A.M.E.N Awards

Best New Act Male 2004 A.M.E.N Awards

Mourinho dismisses talk of controversy in Chelsea triumph

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho felt there was no controversy to protest about in his side’s victory over nine-man Arsenal, but suggested Arsene Wenger will complain at the defeat regardless.

DMO defends use of bailout to pay workers

The Debt Management Office has justified the use of the bailout approved for the states by the Federal Government to pay salaries.

Arsenal, Chelsea at war at Stamford Bridge

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger certainly does not have any liking for Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho and he is making no pretences about it. The Gunners manager in a bid to ensure that his vocal counterpart at Stamford Bridge is demystified says he is unleashing Aaron Ramsey and Hector Bellerin in the encounter today.Sadly Per Mertesacker could again miss out. Wenger rested a number of his first team players for the Gunners’ midweek trip to Croatia to face Dynamo Zagreb. But that decision came back to bite him as an under-par Arsenal were beaten 2-1 by the Prva Liga champions. Aaron Ramsey and Hector Bellerin did not travel for Wednesday’s game as Wenger decided to rest them ready for today’s Premier League showdown with Chelsea. And he says the pair are now ready to take on Jose Mourinho’s side. “We have no injuries. Ramsey and Bellerin, who we left behind in midweek, will be in the squad again,” he said. Per Mertesacker, however, is not expected to be fit to face Chelsea. The German …

Buhari condemns Burkina Faso's coup

President Muhammadu Buhari, on  Friday, condemned the detention of the interim president, the prime minister and other ministers of the transitional government of Burkina Faso in a coup d’état.Buhari, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said he and Nigeria aligned with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) in rejecting the coup.He described the coup as a brazen contravention of the constitution and transitional charter of Burkina Faso by elements of the Presidential Guard under the leadership of General Gilbert Diendere.Buhari urged the defence and security forces of Burkina Faso to ensure the return of the country to full democratic rule after elections.The elections are slated for October 11 and Nigeria has donated 20 pick-up vans to the National Electoral Commission of Burkina Faso.While welcoming the release of the Interim President, Mr. Michel Kafando, President Buhari…

Chris Brown probed after throwing woman for tour bus

A woman claims she was forcibly thrown off Brown’s tour bus Monday night after she wouldn’t give up her cell phone, in the alleged incident outside Platinum 84 Gentleman’s Club in Denver, where he, Fetty Wap, and French Montana shot a music video on Monday, September 14.

AU suspends Burkina Faso over military coup

The African Union announced Friday it was suspending Burkina Faso over Thursday’s military coup, which has halted preparations for the west African nation’s first democratic election.

NiMet Predicts Cloudy, Rainy Weather On Saturday

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted cloudy weather conditions over the central states of the country on Saturday.

‘Barca can register Arda or Vidal’

Toni Freixa has claimed that Barcelona should be able to register either Arda Turan or Aleix Vidal following Rafinha’s season-ending injury.

Nigerian legend, 2face Idibia is 40 years old

Nigerian music legend and greatest pop act 2face Idibia is forty years old today, September 18.2face, whose music career began in the mid 90s with his former group Plantashun Boiz, has won several local and international awards which include; The Headies, the Nigeria music awards, AMEN Awards, Sound City Awards, MTV European Music Award, MTV African Music Awards, Kora Award, Channel 0 Music Video Awards, BET Award, MOBO Awards, amongst many others.2face has had collaborations with a number of international music stars such as Wyclef Jean, R.Kelly, Beenie man, Reggie Rockstone, T-pain, Mary J. Blige, and recently had a rare collaboration with Nigerian highlife music legend, Victor Olaiya.Mr. Idibia got married to his long time girlfriend Annie Macaulay, in May, 2012, and this has helped him to stabilize his celebrity status in the eye of the media, after several cases of flimsy affairs with a fleet of ladies, which made him become a father to at least five children outside marriage.Out…

18 states benefit from bailout

18 states have so far benefited from the Special Intervention Fund earlier approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Liverpool held at Bordeaux in Europa opener

Adam Lallana marked his return to first-team action with Liverpool in style before Bordeaux snatched a late equaliser to claim a 1-1 draw in its Europa League Group B opener.

FIFA scribe Jerome Valcke suspended indefinitely

FIFA secretary general, Jerome Valcke, has been put on leave and released of his duties until further notice.

Al-Makura condoles with Nasarawa CJ over wife’s death

Nasarawa State governor, Tanko Al-Makura has said the death of Hajiya Zainab Dikko, the wife of the state’s Chief Judge, Justice Suleiman Dikko, was “a monumental loss” to the family, state and the entire country.

INEC denies rigging, hijacking of electoral materials in Rivers guber poll

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said on Thursday, that the allegations of rigging and hijacking of electoral materials in the Rivers governorship election were false.

NBA bans congratulatory adverts for new SANs

The Nigerian Bar Association has placed a ban on congratulatory messages and media advertorials for legal practitioners newly admitted to the rank of the Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

Alaafin in the vanguard of Nation’s development •His initiative •The Cocaine debacle •The annulment of June 12

This piece is culled from a book titled: “The Alaafin of Oyo, His Life, History, His Philosophy” authored by Kola Owolabi and Sayo Alagbe.

Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, JP, CFR, LL.D., The Alaafin of Oyo and Permanent Chairman of Oyo State Council of Obas and Chiefs

Court stops Saraki’s CCB trial

Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court in Abuja has stopped the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) from arraigning Senate President Bukola Saraki over a 13-count charge bothering on corruption and alleged false declaration of assets.

Mexicans wounded in Egypt strike head home

Six Mexican tourists wounded in an Egyptian air strike that mistakenly killed eight of their compatriots were to head home on Thursday, a Mexican foreign ministry spokesman said.

Lawmaker denies threatening witnesses

A lawmaker representing Port Harcourt Constituency 2 in the Rivers State House of Assembly, Mr. Tonye Adoki, has dismissed claims that he was threatening witnesses expected to testify against his election and that of the State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike.

Julius Adekiigbe dies at 40

An indigene of Jagun-Ipaye’s Compound in Okaka, Mr Julius Adesola Ajekiigbe is dead.

FG stops hajj sponsor

The Federal Government has ruled out a government delegation for this year’s pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina, because of the current stance of the present administration of balancing government expenditure and reducing costs where possible.

Remain faithful, Alaafin pleads with Muslims

Muslims in the country have been urged to remain faithful by not going back to the old habit they dropped during the Ramadan.

Remain faithful, Alaafin pleads with Muslims

Muslims in the country have been urged to remain faithful by not going back to the old habit they dropped during the Ramadan.

Family members, friends rejoice with retired INEC chief

Family members, friends and well wishers recently joined Chief (Dr) A. L. Ogunmola, the retired Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) boss in Lagos and Osun states, to thank God Almighty for serving the nation for several years without blemish.

NURTW leader passes on in Oyo West LG

A leader of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Oyo West Local Government Area of Oyo State, Mr Gabriel Oyediran Adeniran, has passed on. He was aged 63.

Hon Oyetunji Sangotowo dies

A frontline politician in Oyo, Hon Josiah Oyetunji Sangotowo, aged 59, is dead.

Ogun solicits stakeholders’ support on family planning

THE Ogun State Family Planning Advocacy Working Group (FPAWG), has implored stakeholders in the health sector to establish more public/private partnership to support family planning and other reproductive healthcare services in the state.

Address us as Mr Governor, not as ‘His Excellency’, Aregbesola, Ajimobi plead

By Rasheed Adewale

TWO state governors in the country, Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State and Raufu Aregbesola of Osun have asked the people to stop addressing them as ‘His Excellency’, among other public office holders.

No further devaluation of Naira –Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday, has ruled out further devaluation of the naira, saying it is unhealthy for the economy to devalue the currency further.

Ooni: Ogboru, Giesi clash over kingmakers’ decision

The Ogboru Ruling House of Ife has clashed with the Giesi Ruling House over the declaration of the Ife kingmakers to use rotational order contained in Ife Cheiftaincy Declaration of 1980 to select the next Ooni of Ife.

All Africa Games: Another Nigerian power lifter sets new world record

Esther Oyema, a Nigerian power lifter, has set a new world record at the ongoing All Africa Games in Brazzaville, Congo.

18 people killed, several injured in Jos village – Official

Gunmen on Tuesday night invaded Kadunung village in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State, killing 18 people and injured several others.

Leadership crisis: el-Rufai closes churches, hospital

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has ordered the closure of two churches, a seminary school and one hospital in Saminaka, Lere local government area of the state.

Bulletproof cars: EFCC, IGP fail to appear in Oduah's suit

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Inspector-General of Police, on Wednesday, failed to send legal representatives for the hearing of a suit filed by a former Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah.

Ambode pledges to empower women

Lagos State governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, has pledged that his administration will pursue programmes and policies that will empower women to be self-reliant, especially through the provision of financial facilities and capacity building.

DSS personnel killed nine by Vandals in Lagos

Not less than nine personnel of the Department of Secret Security Service (DSS) were, on Wednesday, killed by suspected vandals, with others taken hostage at Arepo, Lagos.

‘What Boko Haram leaders told CCC on Chibok girls’

The Executive Secretary of the Centre for Crisis Communication (CCC), Air Commodore Yusuf Anas (rtd), on Wednesday said some Boko Haram leaders offered to negotiate for ceasefire because they are tired of fighting.

EFCC arraigns four over alleged N1.2 billion fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Tuesday, arraigned four suspects before Justice Abubakar Talba of a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court sitting in Gudu, on a 29-count charge bordering on alleged conspiracy and obtaining N1.2 billion by false pretence.A statement by the Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, said Ibrahim Ahmed Mazangari, Muhammed Sani Sulaiman, Hajia Fatima Mazangari and Saleh Yerima Tsojon, “are alleged to have obtained N1.2 billion from the Federal Government, with intent to defraud, purporting same to be monthly pension payable to M. S. Suleiman, Saleh Yerima Tsojon, Isah U. Adamu, Daniel Mikano, and Abdulahi Garba Musa who were falsely held out at pensioners of the Federal Government, by inserting their names in the pensioners’ payroll.”The statement added that “the accused persons, who were offered a biometric contract by a former Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Steve Oronsaye, to regularize names of pensioners on the …