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Boko Haram attacks on troops: Buhari summons service chiefs
Sat, 24 Nov 2018
Worried by Boko Harams renewed attacks on military bases in the North-East, President Muhammadu Buhari has summoned all the Service Chiefs for a review session.The President has also sent the Minister of Defence, Brig-Gen Mansur Dan Ali (rtd), to the neighbouring Republic of Chad for an urgent meeting with President Idris Deby and his defence counterpart.It was also learnt that the deterioration in the security situation on the Nigeria-Chad border has led to recent increase in the activities of
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attackers disguised as friendly soldiers
Sat, 24 Nov 2018
Indications emerged yesterday that the attack on troops by Boko Haram insurgents at Metele village, Guzamala Local Government Area, Borno State, which claimed many lives on Sunday, was possible because the attackers disguised as friendly soldiers.A soldier, who escaped the attack by a whisker, said an advanced team of the insurgents had come into the base as friendly forces and went into the office of the commander where they fired him and five other soldiers that were with him in the office.Acc
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Why North dumped Jonathan in 2015
Sat, 24 Nov 2018
The controversy generated by the new book launched by former President Goodluck Jonathan continued yesterday with more Nigerians berating him over some of his claims in the book.The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) last night berated the former president over his claim that many individuals and groups conspired against his re-election in 2015.The group described Jonathan as the architect of his failure for refusing to honour the arrangement of his party which zoned the presidential slot to the Nor
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Fallout of Reps poll: Saraki may move against Kwara gov
Sat, 24 Nov 2018
There is panic in the camp of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, following the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) loss of last Saturdays House of Representatives by-election in Ekiti/ Oke-Ero/ Isin/ Irepodun Federal Constituency to the All Progressives Congress (APC).The defeat has forced Saraki to return to the drawing board to plot how to win the senatorial election in Kwara South Senatorial District.One of the options being weighed by Saraki is to prevail on Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed to dro
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PDP laments, tasks Buhari on Boko Haram killing of Nigerian soldiers
Sat, 24 Nov 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lamented the incessant but avoidable killings of Nigerian soldiers by Boko Haram insurgents in the Northeast.In a statement issued yesterday by the spokesman for the PDP, the party demanded explanations from President Muhammadu Buhari on the killing on Sunday of over 70 Nigerian soldiers.The soldiers, attached to the 157 Task Force Battalion in Melete, Borno State, were attacked and killed by invading insurgents.The PDP lamented that the insurgents has repo
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FG plots to plant 800 guns in Rivers, Wike alleges
Sat, 24 Nov 2018
RIVERS State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has raised the alarm that the Federal Government has concluded plans to plant 800 guns in the state, with the objective of destabilising the state. In a statement signed by Special Assistant to the state governor on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, the governor was quoted as saying that the Federal Government resolved to implement the plot during her last security meeting. He stated that the intelligence came from credible sources that were privy to th
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Magu, UK crime agency parley over extradition of Diezani, others
Sat, 24 Nov 2018
FOLLOWING moves to extradite a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu has met with the National Crime Agency (NCA) in the United Kingdom.The meeting also discussed the efforts of the commission in the recovering of all ill-gotten assets domiciled in foreign jurisdiction by Nigerians Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs).A statement by the Acting Head of Media and Publicity of E
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2019: STORMY STATES brace up for governorship campaigns (1)
Sat, 24 Nov 2018
WITH the ban on electoral campaigns for the governorship elections scheduled for March 2 next year set to be lifted tomorrow, there is palpable anxiety in many states over the tone the campaigns may likely take, based on antecedents and the circumstances surrounding the emergence of the candidates in the affected states. Numbered among such states are Ogun, Adamawa, Sokoto, Kwara, Zamfara, Kaduna, Rivers, Benue and Imo, reports Raymond Mordi, Abdulgafar Alabelewe, Ernest Nwokolo, Rosemary Nwisi,
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MTN, Dangote, others drag Kogi, Kwara, Benue govts before tax tribunal
Sat, 24 Nov 2018
The governments of Kogi, Kwara and Benue states are to appear before the Tax Appeal Tribunal sitting in Jos, the Plateau State capital, to settle their disputes on tax payment.The three states were dragged to the tax court by MTN, Dangote, Fidelity Bank and Mrs. Goodness Echekam.While Kwara State Government was dragged before the tax court by Dangote Flour Mills Limited, Benue State Government was sued by MTN. Fidelity Bank plc and Obajana Agrosacks Limited also instituted separate cases against
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Gowons prayer group holds special service in Lagos
Sat, 24 Nov 2018
Special Service by Nigeria Prays, under the leadership of former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, will hold tomorrow at the Deeper Life Bible Church Headquarters, Gbagada, Lagos.A release issued from the office of the General Superintendent, Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Pastor W. F. Kumuyi, said the summit was meant to draw up sufficient prayers and heart-cry for the nation, which is undergoing trying times and is primed to hold elections three months from now.As a prelude to the strategi
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Buharis next level through Fasholas prism
Sat, 24 Nov 2018
Works and Housing minister, Babatunde Fashola, and Transport minister, Rotimi Amaechi, are among the most ingenious of President Muhammadu Buharis ministers in selling his re-election ambition. This of course is not to discount the combative, wholehearted and aggressive marketing embarked upon by the national chairman of the ruling party, Adams Oshiomhole. But in sheer ingenuity, few ministers can hold the candle to Messrs Fashola and Amaechi. Whereas some ministers and supporters constrain thei
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Of Obasanjo, Okupe and their dissenting children
Sat, 24 Nov 2018
The 2019 presidential election may still be more than two months away, but it has brought the peace of two prominent Nigerian families under severe threat. It is not the best of times for former Nigerian President, Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo, and his erstwhile spokesman, Chief Doyin Okupe, as both are on the verge of losing the loyalty of their children on account of the second term ambition of President Muhammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).Obasanjo and
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Sokoto gets new deputy governor
Sat, 24 Nov 2018
Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has sworn-in Alhaji Manir Daniya, as his deputy to replace Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu, who resigned on Nov. 13.Speaking during the swearing-in ceremony on Friday at the International Conference Centre in Sokoto, Tambuwal said that his relationship with the former deputy governor was still cordial.Tambuwal prayed for Gods guidance on the new deputy governor to enable him discharge his duties diligently.I and my former deputy are in a cordial relationship as his res
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Offa robbery: Police diverting attention from case of extra judicial killing Saraki
Sat, 24 Nov 2018
The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki has accused the police authorities of diversion in the alleged extra judicial killing of a prime suspect in the April 5, 2018 Offa robbery incident in which 33 persons were killed by the bandits.Police had reported that the suspect, Michael Adikwu had died in detention in prompting Saraki to demand inquiry into the circumstances that led to the suspects death.In response, the police authorities have said that the death of Adikwu would not in any way stall
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Obaseki charges campaign council on membership drive, triumph at polls
Sat, 24 Nov 2018
The Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has inaugurated the Edo Central Senatorial Campaign Council, with a charge to win all the elective positions in the senatorial district, during the 2019 general elections.Speaking to members of the campaign council at the partys secretariat in Irrua, Esan Central Local Government Area of Edo State, Obaseki urged the council to liberate the people of the senatorial district who have been under the control of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) since 1999,
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Insecurity: Buhari orders Defence Minister to parley with Chad
Sat, 24 Nov 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has dispatched the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan Ali to Chad for an urgent meeting with President Idris Deby and his defence counterpart on the deterioration of security situation on the NigeriaChad border.The insecurity situation has led to the recently increased Boko Haram terrorism in the area.This was disclosed by reliable sources on condition of anonymity in Abuja.One of the sources said Nigeria has a Chad problem in the Multi-National Joint Task Force, MNJTF pu
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Two feared dead as IPOB, Police clash in Anambra
Sat, 24 Nov 2018
Two persons were feared dead on Friday when members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, (IPOB) and officers of the Nigerian Police Force, Nnewi division clashed in Nnewi, Anambra State.The deceased, a police officer and a member of the pro-Biafran group, were reportedly killed during the fracas said to have triggered at the popular Nkwo Nnewi Market.The Nation gathered that members of the pro-Biafran group, numbering over 2000, had stormed the market to drive home their no referendum, no 2019 e
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Corrupt leaders wont escape jail, says Buhari
Sat, 24 Nov 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in Abuja said leaders who undermine the economy by denying workers their benefits, while stuffing personal accounts with public funds will not escape the current anti-corruption dragnet.He made the remark while receiving All Progressives Congress (APC) delegation from Benue State, led by Sen. George Akume.He said the Federal Governments bailout to states and Paris Club funds were basically to alleviate the sufferings of the people, describing misappropriation
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How my encounter with Dede affected my career Jeff Akoh 2013 Project Fame winner
Sat, 24 Nov 2018
Nigerian singer and vocalist Jeff Akoh rose to prominence after winning the season eighth of Project Fame West Africa, at the age of 18, making him the youngest winner. In this interview with DUPE AYINLA-OLASUKANMI, the talented singer speaks about how his encounter with Dede transformed his career among other issues. Excerpts:Tell us about your current work’It is titled First Dance. It is about that special feeling you get when you have your first dance as a couple. It is quite different f
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Eniola Ajao stars in Yeye Alara
Sat, 24 Nov 2018
Sultry actress, Eniola Ajao is out with a new flick titled Yeye Alara, which was released into the market on Monday, November 19, 2018 by Gemini Films and Music Marketing Company.The movie is about power, envy, betrayal and love for humanity. And Eniola, who is currently a brand ambassador of betting company, PaddyPaddyBet, played the lead role as Yeye Alara in the movie, while rave of the moment in Yoruba contemporary movies, Odunlade Adekola, played the character, Dongari.In the movie, Yeye Al
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MC Galaxy gifts colleagues mum N300K
Sat, 24 Nov 2018
Innocent Udeme Udofot, known as MC Galaxy, has revealed that the secret of his success is giving.On Monday, he put a smile on the face of rising star comedian Whalemouths parent when he paid a visit to their home and gifted the sum of N300, 000 cash to his mum, which he promised her during the comedians show which held on November 18, at the MUSON Centre.The Nigerian singer and songwriter, who reportedly rose to fame after winning the Davido dance competition in 2012, wrote, @whalemouth1 you ar
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AK Mogazy to drop sophomore single Mama Yo
Sat, 24 Nov 2018
Afro-pop artiste Banjo Akinbola a.k.a AK Mogazy, is set to drop his sophomore studio single tited Mama Yo.The track was produced by Shocker and mixed and mastered by Indomix.Feeling positive about the song, AK Mogazy said; Ive always wanted to connect with a wider audience with my music and the song Mama Yo will afford me the opportunity to connect with lovers of my music wherever there may be.The song has a feel-good-effect and you can immediately connect with the vibes when hear the track buzz
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Family releases Baba Salas burial activities
Sat, 24 Nov 2018
The family of the veteran comedian Senior Elder Apostle Dr. Moses Olaiya Adejumo, popularly known as Baba Sala has released the programme of activities for the burial. The activities which are slated to hold between November 28 and December 7, 2018, would begin with a symposium and public lecture at the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos. This would be followed by a mega music concert at the Blue Roof, Lagos Televsion (LTV). Many artistes and entertainers are expected to grace the event.On December
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Slim Case, Danny S, others for Eko Radio party
Sat, 24 Nov 2018
Musicians Slim Case, Danny S and Chinco Ekun, have been billed to perform at the season six of the Eko Radio party which will hold at the Eko FM/ Radio Lagos premises tomorrow, November 25. The show starts by 12noon.Other artsites expected at the annual event include former five star music artiste, Skibi, Jybo, Reekado Banks, Korede Bello, Praize, Myro, Junior Boy, Small Doctor, and Seriki among others.According to the organisers, for the past six years, Eko Radio party has been an amazing event
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Cerebral palsy patient to launch 4th album
Sat, 24 Nov 2018
A 36-year- old cerebral palsy patient, Benson Emmanuel a.k.a. Man of God will on Saturday launch a music album titled Dominion, at Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Peace Pavilion in Ojokoro, Lagos.Emmanuel, a gospel musician, said the launch of the five track album, his fourth, is a call to Christians to wake-up to their responsibilities.He said his motivation to singing began when God healed him from being deaf and dumb after 17 years.It was after this healing that I was inspired by God
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When actors pay for movie roles.
Sat, 24 Nov 2018
It is usually the other way round but with the clamour for the glamour of the silver screens, this dynamism in business of filmmaking points to a degradation in the creative sector, and as this may be peculiar to Nigeria, it is high time we cried foul before it gets endemic.Why’ We cannot move one step forward and two steps backward and claim that our industry is growing.In a business that feeds the GDP of other nations, how can we evolve when a trend that erodes quality is the order of the
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COSON rejects APC and PDP presidential manigestos
Sat, 24 Nov 2018
The Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) has rejected the presidential manifestos made public by the presidential candidates of both the All Progressive Congress (APC), President Muhammadu Buhari and that of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.Rising from a meeting of its Board held at the COSON House on Monday, COSON said that after reading both the #NextLevelNG manifesto of the APC and #TheAtikuPlan manifesto of the PDP, it is shocked that none of the candidates appears t
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Promoting Yoruba Culture through movies
Sat, 24 Nov 2018
Following the successful premiere of Alagbara, producers of the Yoruba television series are set for more of similar productions.The series, a concept of a Yoruba movie veteran, Adebayo Salami popularly called Oga Bello was produced in partnership with StarTimes Nigeria to achieve the feat with other seasoned actors such as Adebayo Salami; Femi Adebayo-Salami; Dele Odule; Bukola Awoyemi-Olatunji; Ronke Oshodi-Oke; Toyin Adegbola; Lanre Hassan; Funso Adeolu and many others.Speaking during the pre
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NAICOM cancels recapitalization, reclassification policy
Sat, 24 Nov 2018
The National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) has withdrawn and canceled the circular on Tier Based Minimum Solvency Capital (TBMSC) policy meant to recapitalize and reclassify insurance companies.The circular has since sent shockwaves within the insurance companies and observers across the continent.While some operators who have expended millions on compliance procedures on the policy describe it has a shame on the Commission, others who had rejected compliance and proceeded to court to challenge
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CBN to bank chiefs: dont allow politicians launder money
Sat, 24 Nov 2018
MPC keeps interest rate at 14%As the 2019 elections approach and political maneuvering intensify, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has warned Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) to be careful not to violate the money laundering Act.Banks that violate the Act in the guise of handling money for politicians, the apex bank warned, risk stiff penalty. CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele gave the warning yesterday at the end of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting in Abuja.The apex bank held its key interest
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$8.1b: CBN, MTN on verge of striking deal
Sat, 24 Nov 2018
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is on the verge of an agreement over a $8.1 billion dispute with South African telecoms gaint MTN, its governor Godwin Emefiele said yesterday, declining to provide further details.In August, the apex bank ordered MTN and its banks to bring $8.134 billion back into Nigeria, sending the companys shares plummeting. The regulator alleged the firm had sent the funds abroad in breach of local foreign exchange (forex) regulations.We have held meetings with the MTN Gro
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