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INEC lacks capacity to conduct credible polls Wike

Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt RIVERS State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has said the Independent National Electoral Commission lacks the capacity to conduct credible polls in 2019. Wike said Nigerians should not be deceived by the statements by INEC because the commissions work was contrary to its mandate. He spoke at the Government House Port Harcourt on
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2019: Atiku, Saraki, Secondus, PDP govs hold crucial meeting
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, and members of the partys Presidential Campaign Council met in Abuja on Wednesday night to strategise ahead of the commencement of the partys presidential campaign. The meeting, which was held at the PDP Presidential Campaign office (Legacy House) was attended by notable members
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Airport: Dickson will be tried, says APC
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Samuel Nkemakolem, Yenagoa The Bayelsa State chapter of the All Progressives Congress says the airport project scheduled for inauguration by the state government was a cesspit of fraud. The state Publicity Secretary of the APC, Doifie Buokoribo, in a statement on Thursday, alleged that the project was put up by Governor Seriake Dickson to defraud
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Buhari inaugurates wristbands ahead of campaigns
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
John Ameh, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday inaugurated the Buhari Unity Band, an idea he said was meant to keep Nigeria united as it inched toward the 2019 general elections. The inauguration came three days before November 18 set by the Independent National Electoral Commission for the formal opening of campaigns for next years
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$12m contract: Uzodinma cant stop his probe by filing suit Presidential panel
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Special Presidential Investigation Panel for Recovery of Public Property said on Thursday that it had been served court papers filed by the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, but would not stop it from investigating him. The chairman of the panel, Mr. Okoi Obono-Obla, had
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EFCC trying to destabilise Emmanuels govt
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Oladimeji Ramon A socio-economic group, Akwa Ibom Media Advocates, has accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of trying to destabilise the administration of Governor Udom Emmanuel. It accused the anti-graft agency of descending into the political arena with its invitation of government officials in Akwa Ibom State. The AMA, in a statement on Thursday,
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FCT Administration to create 5,073 new plots
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja the Federal Capital Territory Administration is to carve out 5,073 plots of land from the four newly designed districts in phase IV, south of the FCT. The four new districts namely: Mamusa North, Mamusa East, Parfun North and Parfun South, are based on the neighbourhood concept of high, medium and low densities.
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One missing, properties destroyed as soldiers raid Bayelsa community
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Samuel Nkemakolem, Yenagoa One person was reportedly missing, while properties were destroyed in Ondewari community, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, as soldiers believed to be searching for criminals invaded the community in a commando style. The soldiers were said to have invaded the community with gunboats in the early hours of Wednesday
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Abuja building collapse: Panel wants indicted officials sanctioned
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The panel of inquiry that investigated the collapse of a four-storey building in Jabi, Abuja on August 17, 2018, has recommended sanctions for indicted officials of the Department of Development Control, Federal Capital Territory Administration. It said there was a deficiency in the professional capability of the people charged with the responsibility
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Opeifa emerges Maltina Teacher of the Year
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
An English language teacher of Government Day Secondary School, Karu, Abuja, Mr Olasunkanmi Opeifa, has emerged as the 2018 Maltina Teacher of the Year, thereby taking home N1m every year for the next five years. The award, which took place on Thursday, also earned his school a block of six classrooms as part of the
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USAID unveils new education policy on investment
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
The United States Agency for International Development has released a new education policy to guide the agencys investments in international education. The new policy, the agency said in a statement on Thursday, would focus resources on programs that produce measurable learning outcomes for pupils. According to the agency, The new education policy highlights key areas
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Lagos council urges improved primary education
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Samson Folarin The Ikosi-Isheri Local Council Development Area has asked private organisations in the state to support the council in improving the quality of primary education. The Chairman of the LCDA, Abdul-Fatai Oyesanya, said the government alone could not make the society better without the help of Nigerians of goodwill. Oyesanya, according to a statement
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FGC Ogbomoso old pupils unite against depression, suicide
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Members of the Federal Government College Ogbomoso Old Students Association have expressed concern over the rising cases of depression and suicide in the country. The old pupils, who made their feelings known during a briefing held on Tuesday in Victoria Island, Lagos to announce their forthcoming reunion, said they would discuss ways to get out
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Polio: Rotaryll ensure every child gets immunised
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Dayo Ojerinde The President of Rotary International, Mr Barry Rassin, has said that the club will ensure that every Nigerian child is immunised against polio. Speaking during a visit to the Rotary Centre in Ikeja, Lagos on Tuesday, Rassin said the club would ensure that polio vaccine is made available to Nigerians at no cost.
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Analysts seek policies to boost national development
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Dayo Ojerinde The President of the Institute of Public Analyst of Nigeria, Dr Dahiru Adamu, has called on both the federal and state governments to develop policies that can aid national development. Adamu, at the 25th anniversary and induction of new members of the institute on Thursday in Lagos, noted that enhancing the profession of
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US mail bomb suspect pleads not guilty
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
A Florida man accused of sending 16 pipe bombs last month to critics of President Donald Trump pleaded not guilty on Thursday in US federal court in New York to all counts. Cesar Sayoc, 56, is an avowed Trump supporter and registered Republican. He could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted
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ICYMI: How policeman killed suspect, illegally sold vehicles SARS Reform Panel
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
The Presidential Panel on Reform of SARS sitting in Lagos on Thursday heard how a member of the squad, Police Inspector Wilson Okenya, killed a robbery suspect and converted two Toyota Sienna buses for personal use. Giving evidence in a case bordering on extra-judicial killing before the panel, a Chief Superintendent of Police, Modupe Opaleke,
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NDLEA uncovers 12 containers with 340 million Tramadol tablets
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency says it has uncovered 340 million Tramadol tablets in 12 containers at the Apapa port in Lagos State. Head of Public Affairs of the agency, Mr Jonah Achema, stated this in a statement on Thursday, in Abuja. Achema said that the tablets which were in various dosages ranging from
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13 rescued as Japanese, South Korean trawlers collide at sea
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Two South Korean and Japanese fishing boats collided in the Sea of Japan on Thursday morning, about 330 km (205 miles) northeast of an island claimed by both countries, South Koreas media reported. The 48-tonne South Korean trawler was sinking after the collision, which occurred around 9:38amlocal time (0038 GMT), media quoted the Coast Guard
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Couple split after 25 years over husbands stealing habit
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
A Badagry Magistrates Court in Lagos State, on Thursday, granted a petition filed by a housewife, Yinka Adewole, seeking the dissolution of her 25 years marriage over her husband, Temitopes alleged stealing habit. The President of the Court, Mr Sakirudeen Adekola, in granting the request made by Yinka, said, All efforts to reconcile the parties
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With Oronna-Ilaro Festival, we are promoting tourism, culture Monarch
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
THE Olu of Ilaro and paramount ruler of Yewaland, Ogun State, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, has described the ongoing Oronna-Ilaro Festival as a tool for the promotion of tourism and culture in the community. Speaking during a briefing held to kick-start the celebration of the annual event, Oba Olugbenle said the festival had become a unifying
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Federer cruises past Anderson to reach last four at ATP Finals
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Roger Federer gained sweet revenge over Kevin Anderson at the ATP Finals on Thursday but is putting thoughts of his 100th title to the back of his mind after both players reached the last four. The Swiss broke the giant South Africans serve four times in a comprehensive 6-4, 6-3 victory at Londons O2 Arena
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Nations League: Croatia stun Spain as Jedvaj strikes twice to keep hopes alive
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Spain passed up the chance to seal progress to the Nations League finals as they were beaten 3-2 by Croatia on Thursday, undone by a 93rd-minute winner from Tin Jedvaj. The result means the winner of England and Croatia on Sunday will win Group 4, while Spain can still go through if the pools final
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Neymar ready to act as mentor to Richarlison
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Brazil captain Neymar has revealed he is acting as a mentor to rising Everton star Richarlison. Richarlison has won a place in the Brazil squad this season after impressing for Everton following his transfer from Watford. The 21-year-old has scored twice in his first four appearances for the Selecao and will feature in their friendly
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Kick PSG from Champions League Tebas
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Javier Tebas, the president of Spains La Liga, said Thursday he wants UEFA to kick Paris Saint-Germain out of the Champions League for breaking Financial Fair Play regulations. Tebas said PSG should be expelled for at least one year after recent leaked documents implicated the French champions in violating financial rules. The latest developments follow
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Benzema associates charged over extortion bid
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Two associates of scandal-dogged Real Madrid star Karim Benzema were charged by French police on Thursday over suspected extortion, sources close to the case told AFP. Police charged a 29-year-old man with attempted extortion and 22-year-old woman with colluding in the bid, following the arrest on Tuesday of three people suspected of being involved in
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Premier League set to use VAR from next season
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
The Premier League is set to use the Video Assistant Referee system from next season after clubs agreed in principle to the move on Thursday. During a meeting attended by key members of all 20 Premier League clubs, officials were presented with an update on the non-live VAR trials taking place. They were also given
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Factional Ondo Assembly holds second plenary with nine members
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Peter Dada, Akure The leadership struggle in the Ondo State House of Assembly continued on Thursday as a faction of the House led by Mr Bamidele Oloyeloogun held another plenary session with nine members. Oloyeloogun was impeached as the Speaker of the House last Friday by the majority of the lawmakers, while Mr Olamide George
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Katsina by-election: Police warn against violence
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Olaide Oyelude, Katsina The Katsina State Commissioner of Police, Muhammed Wakili, on Thursday warned against violence during Saturdays by-election in Ingawa, Kusada/Kankia Federal Constituency. The CP gave the warning during his meeting with all stakeholders ahead of the election. At the meeting were security chiefs in the state, leaders of various political parties and officials
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NDE trains youths in environmental beautification
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Samson Folarin The National Directorate of Employment said it had begun training in environmental beautification for 925 youths in the country as part of efforts to reduce unemployment. The agency, in a statement on Thursday, said the three months training was also to ensure sustainable means of income for the youth. The statement said the
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Boko Haram: Buratai deploys special forces, terrorists burn villages
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.- Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Thursday ordered the deployment of special forces and logistics in the North-East to aid the fight against Boko Haram insurgents. Our correspondent learnt the army chief sent the troops of the 123 Special Forces Battalion to consolidate the Theatre Command of the
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Aregbesola appoints new SSG
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Bola Bamigbola, Osogbo Osun State Governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, has appointed Dr Oyebade Olowogboyega, as the new secretary to the state government. Olowogboyegas appointment was disclosed via a tersely worded statement signed by Sola Fasure, the media adviser to Osun State governor on Thursday. The former SSG, Senator Mudashiru Hussein, resigned on Thursday, November 8,
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Marafa accuses Yari of recruiting 8,500 youths to destabilise polls
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Sunday Aborisade, Abuja The Chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream), Kabiru Marafa, on Thursday alleged that the Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari, was planning to destabilise next years general elections in the state. Marafa claimed in a statement in Abuja that he had uncovered a plot by the governor to recruit 8,500 armed youths under
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Saraki, Oshiomhole in a war of words
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Sunday Aborisade and Kamarudeen Ogundele The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has threatened to sue the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, if he fails to mention one aspirant that gave him money to influence his decision. Saraki had alleged that the former governor of Edo State had no moral grounds to
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By-election: Gunmen attack APC candidate in Kwara
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Success Nwogu and Tunde Oyekola The candidate of the All Progressives Congress for the November 17 by-election for the Irepodun/Isin/Oke-ero Federal Constituency, Mr Raheem Olawuyi, has been attacked by gunmen at Idofin Igbana. Olawuyis Personal Assistant on Media, Mr Femi David, said in a statement on Thursday that Olawuyi was attacked as he left Ekan
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Dont limit your dreams, Awosika tells pupils
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Tare Youdeowei Chairman of First Bank Plc, Mrs Ibukun Awosika, has told the pupils of Methodist Girls High School, Yaba, Lagos, that there are no limits to what they can achieve in their future careers. Awosika said this while delivering the keynote address at the 35th anniversary of the 1978-1983 set of the school. The
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NEMA plotting to dispose of Chinese rice Reps
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The House of Representatives has alleged that the National Emergency Management Agency has begun moves to dispose of about 6,779 metric tons of rice donated by the Chinese government for distribution to Internally Displaced Persons in the North-East. The House of Representatives Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness, in a statement by
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PDP challenges Buhari, APC
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
THE Peoples Democratic Party has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress to name any key development project their administration has initiated and completed in any part of the country, particularly in the North-West geo-political zone. The party also challenged the President to name any tangible economic policy direction articulated by his administration
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Farmers laud FG over collateral-free loans initiative
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Feyisayo Popoola Farmers have lauded the Federal Government of Nigeria over the collateral free loans it offered to a large number of them. Vegetable farmers in Iyana-Iba Local Council Development Area, Lagos, who benefitted from the ongoing Federal Government TraderMoni scheme, expressed gratitude to the government for the initiative. The farmers said a number of
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Ladipo markets roadside traders get eviction notice
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Federal Government, through the Federal Ministry of Works, has asked roadside traders at the Ladipo International Auto Spare Parts Market in Lagos to quit. The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr Adedamola Kuti, who issued the notice, said the traders and mechanics were obstructing the Right of Way and would soon
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Firm unveils online livestock platform
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
NIGERIAs first online livestock platform, Livestock247.com has been unveiled. The firm said the technology would complement governments efforts at regulating, structuring, transforming and promoting investments in the livestock sector. Speaking at the launch in Lagos, the chairperson, Livestock247.com, Ms Amina Oyagbola, said the technology seeks to substantially limit the dangers in the distribution, handling and
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Company rewards employees with funds
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Fast moving consumer goods provider, Godrej Products, has rewarded its employees by supporting them to actualise their dreams in life. Few months ago, the company introduced Live Out Your Dream initiative for its employees in Nigeria to help fulfill their dreams, which they are most passionate about. Recently, Godrej rewarded five of its employees with
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Coalition protests EUs planned ban of palm oil
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Friday Olokor, Abuja A coalition of palm oil farmers, under the aegis of Farmers Unite, on Tuesday protested what it described as the discriminatory campaign and trade policy by the European Union against the producers of palm oil. The farmers also objected to the ongoing campaign by the EU Parliament to ban and restrict the
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Counterfeit phones: NCC mulls device management system
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The Nigerian Communications Commission is considering the deployment of device management system to tackle the use unapproved devices in networks across the country. The Head, Wireless Network Unit, NCC, Mr Chukwuma Nwaiwu, disclosed this in an interview with our correspondent on the sidelines of a sensitisation programme in Lafia, the Nasarawa State
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Trade Fair ends with exhibitors goods trapped in seaports
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Anna Okon Some exhibitors at the just-concluded 2018 Lagos International Trade Fair have lamented their inability to evacuate their goods from the seaports in time to sell at the fair, due to the delays in clearing processes coupled with the lingering gridlock along Apapa Port access road. One of them, Mr Chris Igbokwe, told Maritime
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Govs earn over N600,000, not N500,000 Investigation
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Everest Amaefule, Abuja Contrary to the claim by Governor Kayode Fayemi that governors in Nigeria earn N500, 000 per month, the official monetised salary of a governor in the country is actually N648,580.62, findings from an investigation have shown. Fayemi had said that professors in Nigerian universities earned as much as he earned, and that,
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Banks refund N66bn, $18m, others to displeased customers
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Nike Popoola Banks in the country have returned huge sums of money in different currencies to some disgruntled depositors after they(banks) were reported to the Central Bank of Nigeria for various irregularities. According to the CBN, its intervention in about 13,715 complaints brought before it, which were resolved by its Consumer Protection Department led to
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Ten banks accounted for 87% of banking sector fraud NDIC
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja Ten Deposit Money Banks accounted for about 87.63 per cent of fraud and forgeries that occurred in the banking sector in the 2017 fiscal period. This is contained in the 2017 annual report of the banking sector prepared by the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation. The report which was made available to our
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