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Court cases: APC NWC faults Buhari, may expel aggrieved members
Sun, 02 Dec 2018

Some aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress, who fail to withdraw their court cases instituted against the national leadership of the party over the outcome of the party’s primaries, may be expelled.

The National Working Committee of the party may have thus ignored President Muhammadu Buhari’s stand on the festering crisis.

Buhari had, on Monday, submitted that the aggrieved APC members had the right to seek legal redress over the results of the primaries.

The National Vice Chairman of the APC, South-South, Chief Hilliard Eta, gave the hint in an interview with SUNDAY PUNCH.

Buhari, in a statement last week, said members of the party, who were not satisfied with the outcome of the party primaries conducted across the country, were right to have approached the court to seek redress over the alleged unfair treatment.

The President faulted the position of the NWC of the party, which asked aggrieved members to withdraw their court cases or be ready to face sanctions.

But Eta said many of the aggrieved members currently in court over the results of the party’s primaries did not exhaust the party’s dispute resolution mechanisms before rushing to court.

He said the party would not change its position on the issue, insisting that it would sanction errant members, which might include expulsion for failing to explore Article 20, subsection 10 of the APC’s constitution.

He said, “We need to juxtapose the President’s utterance with the position of the party. The constitution of the party states that you must exhaust all internal party conflict resolution mechanisms before you seek redress in court.

“The party’s constitution does not stop any member from seeking legal redress if they think that their rights have been infringed upon. What it says is that it is only after you have exhausted all the internal conflict resolution mechanisms that you can go to court. But if you have not exhausted them and you proceed to court, the party reserves the right to expel such person because you have brought the party to odium.”

When reminded that the party’s position contradicted the President’s pronouncement on the issue, Eta said, “The President is a loyal party man and if that provision of the constitution is brought to his notice, I am very sure that he is going to abide by the constitution of the party because the President is the man who will always stand on the side of the rule of law and that is the rule of the law of the APC.

“I can tell you categorically that most of these aggrieved members did not exhaust the internal conflict resolution mechanisms before approaching the court. Take the Cross Rive State’s case for instance, at no time did the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor (Usani) Usani, exhaust the internal party mechanisms before going to court.

“Also, the aggrieved party members in Delta State did not explore the party’s conflict resolution mechanisms before approaching the court. The same thing with those in Imo State; they did not come to us at the NWC.”

Eta added, “In most of the states, aggrieved members abandoned the internal party mechanisms and proceeded straight to the court.

“For us, there must be discipline in the party. Regardless of the rank of an army officer, if he is not disciplined and tutored, that officer is a disaster waiting to happen. So, regardless of the largeness of the party and regardless of the membership that we can boast of at any time, I can tell you that we would enforce discipline in the party.”

Also, the Deputy National Chairman (South), Otunba Niyi Adebayo, argued that Buhari’s statement did not contradict the position of the NWC.

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Military officers fear mutiny as tension mounts among soldiers
Sun, 02 Dec 2018
Samson Folarin and Tobi Aworinde Tension is rising among the top hierarchy of the Nigerian military as fears continue to spread of an imminent rebellion among the rank and file, SUNDAY PUNCH has learnt. Our correspondents, who spoke to four senior officers, including a Major General, learnt that many of the soldiers, especially those at
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Well reject intimidation in 2019, says Umahi
Sun, 02 Dec 2018
Edward Nnachi The Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, has vowed to reject any form of intimidation, harassment and manipulation during the 2019 elections. He also said that in 2019, the remnants of the House of Esau would be chased out of the state, adding Ebonyi people remained grateful to God for the kind of
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APC: Crises persist in Ogun, Imo, six others as INEC deadline ends
Sun, 02 Dec 2018
Niyi Odebode, Ademola Babalola, Tunji Bosun, Theophilus Onojeghen, Edward Nnachi, Olaide Oyelude, Chidiebube Okeoma, and Peter Dada The All Progressives Congress was still battling with crises in at least eight of its state chapters despite the expiry of the deadline for the replacement of candidates on Saturday. The Independent National Electoral Commission, in its notice
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APC names Ode as govs running mate in Benue
Sun, 02 Dec 2018
John Charles The All Progressives Congress in Benue State on Saturday, announced a former Minister of State for Niger Delta, Chief Sam Ode, as the running mate to the governorship candidate of the party, Mr Emmanuel Jime. Odes name was finally announced after so much political intrigues, horse-trading and re-alignment within the party in the
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23 million Nigerian girls married off in childhood UN
Sun, 02 Dec 2018
ADELANI ADEPEGBA The United Nations Women Africa has said Nigeria has the highest child brides in the world with 23 million girls married off in childhood. This is coming ahead of a conference holding in Lagos on Tuesday to address cultural practices against girls and women, including child marriage and female genital mutilation. The conference
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Trump, Obama, May, Merkel mourn death of ex-president Bush
Sun, 02 Dec 2018
United States President Donald Trump; his predecessors, Barrack Obama and Bill Clinton, have mourned the death of former President George H.W. Bush, who died on Friday night at the age of 94. His death at 10.10pm Central time was announced in a statement by his long-time spokesman, Jim McGrath. The death was also announced by
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EU spends 100m on Nigerias elections
Sun, 02 Dec 2018
Friday Olokor The European Union on Saturday said it had spent over 100m since 1999 to date to ensure free and transparent election processes in Nigeria. The Electoral Administration and Communications Expert in European Centre for Electoral Support, Manji Wilson, who spoke on the issue, said despite the donations, the EU did not have any
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Danger ahead of 2019 elections, Abiara warns Nigerians
Sun, 02 Dec 2018
Ademola Babalola The General Overseer of the Christ Apostolic Church, Agbala-Itura worldwide, Prophet Samuel Abiara, on Saturday said danger lurked around the 2019 general elections. Abiara, who called for prayers to avert looming disaster, raised his voice to God to hearken Nigerias prayers for peaceful elections and indivisible nation. The clergy spoke while addressing World
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Osun CJ frees 32 prisoners
Sun, 02 Dec 2018
Bola Bamigbola The Chief Judge of Osun State, Justice Adepele Ojo, has ordered the release of 32 awaiting trial inmates from the two prison formations in Ilesha and Ile Ife. The inmates were released during the Chief Judge and Committee on Administration of Criminal Justices jail delivery at Ilesha and Ile-Ife prisons. Three other inmates
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Human capital investmentsll boost economic growth Experts
Sun, 02 Dec 2018
Olaleye Aluko The Federal Government said it had begun an insurance policy for the 104 Federal Government colleges in the country as well as the pupils. It added that in the case of the death of a pupil, the parents or sponsors would be paid a one-off sum of N500,000 only. The Minister of Education,
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FG begins insurance scheme for 104 unity colleges, pupils
Sun, 02 Dec 2018
Olaleye Aluko The Federal Government said it had begun an insurance policy for the 104 Federal Government colleges in the country as well as the pupils. It added that in the case of the death of a pupil, the parents or sponsors would be paid a one-off sum of N500,000 only. The Minister of Education,
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I started my food business from my sisters kitchen Obi
Sun, 02 Dec 2018
Blessing Obi, 26, is the founder of BMFoods. The Mass Communication graduate of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, tells MAUREEN IHUA-MADUENYI what inspired her business What inspired you to establish BMFoods’ For me, entrepreneurship is not just about freedom, rewards, opportunity windows, packaging and trumpet blowing; it is about bringing something to the table. It
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Look beyond the now Ade Olowojoba
Sun, 02 Dec 2018
Ade Olowojoba, 29, is a social sector consultant on employment. He speaks about his passion for creating jobs What is your educational qualification’ I have a Bachelor in Mining Engineering from the Federal University of Technology, Akure and I did a programme in Social Sector Management at the Pan Atlantic University, Lagos Business School, Lagos.
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FG eyes $1bn annual revenue from gas flare commercialisation
Sun, 02 Dec 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim The Federal Government is targeting a revenue of $1bn annually and a total of 300,000 direct and indirect jobs from the commercialisation of flared gas. According to the government, flared gas could be harnessed to stimulate economic growth, drive investments and provide jobs in oil producing communities and indeed for Nigerians through the
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Nigerias GSM industry generated $1.8bn in 2017 Survey
Sun, 02 Dec 2018
Ife Ogunfuwa The mobile technology ecosystem generated $1.8bn revenue in form of taxes to the Nigerian government in 2017, a latest research by the Global System for Mobile Association has shown. Findings by GSMA indicated that the total tax contribution of the mobile ecosystem in the year under review was equivalent to 16 per cent
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SON, freight forwarders plan to curb false goods declaration
Sun, 02 Dec 2018
Anna Okon The Standards Organisation of Nigeria has said it is collaborating with freight forwarders to address incidence of false declaration of cargoes at the nations point of entry. It argued that this was one of the ways substandard goods find their way into Nigeria. The agency gave this indication at a one-day national stakeholders
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Increasing technology adoption begs for enforcement of data protection law
Sun, 02 Dec 2018
IFE OGUNFUWA examines the need for the application of data privacy and protection law as technology continues to disrupt industries and data gathering and analytics deepen Indeed, technology is disrupting traditional methods in various sectors of the economy and delivering measurable impact to people. Experts in the country have attested to the impact of technology
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PwC urges collaboration among power stakeholders
Sun, 02 Dec 2018
The Country Senior Partner, PwC Nigeria, Uyi Akpata, has highlighted the importance of collaboration among stakeholders in the nations power sector in order to boost electricity supply. Akpata and other speakers at the firms Annual Power and Utilities Roundtable in Lagos said there was an urgent need for stakeholders in the entire value chain to
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Nigeria needs to unlock power distribution and transmission Angbazo
Sun, 02 Dec 2018
Chief Executive Officer, General Electric, Dr Lazarus Angbazo, who is also the President, American Business Community, a group comprising over 100 American multinationals doing business in Nigeria, tells ANNA OKON about the groups passion for the development of Small and Medium Enterprises Can you talk about the focus of the American Business Community in Nigeria
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US import of Nigerian crude hits record low
Sun, 02 Dec 2018
Femi Asu The United States import of crude oil from Nigeria has fallen to a three-year low amid growing shale oil production in the North American country. The US slashed its import of Nigerian crude to 904,000 barrels and 1.74 million barrels in July and August respectively, down from 7.77 million barrels in June and
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Toshiba urges Nigeria to adopt energy-saving solutions
Sun, 02 Dec 2018
Olaleye Aluko Japanese multinational, Toshiba Corporation, has urged Nigerians to adopt energy-saving solutions which will reduce the dependence on petrol, generators and avoid a depletion of natural resources. The Toshiba Head in Africa and Middle East, Mr Iminder Singh, stated this in Abuja, during a technical seminar with Information Technology consultants and contractors, noting that
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Nipco pledges to boost cooking gas usage
Sun, 02 Dec 2018
Nipco Plc says it will continue to support the Federal Governments effort to make Liquefied Petroleum Gas the cooking fuel of choice among the populace. The Managing Director of the company, Sanjay Teotia, who spoke at the 8th annual international conference and exhibition organised by the Nigerian Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association in Abuja, said the
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Mercedes enlivens Nigerias auto space with new A-Class
Sun, 02 Dec 2018
Rasheed Bisiriyu About nine months after the world premiere of the new Mercedes Benz A-Class, the car has now been introduced to the Nigerian market with its unique feature, Mercedes-Benz User Experience. The new car is said to focus on people and make their lives easier, thus making the A-Class to become an emotively appealing
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Lanre Shittu rolls out Nigeria-assembled trucks, plans bus plant
Sun, 02 Dec 2018
Lanre Shittu Motors has set a target to be one of the biggest truck manufacturers in Africa as it rolls out 150 JAC trucks assembled at its new Lagos-based auto assembly plant. The auto firm has thus joined other big names assembling trucks in Nigeria such as Dangote Group (sino trucks), CFAO Group (Fuso), Tata
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Idimu community appeals to Ambode over gridlock
Sun, 02 Dec 2018
FEMI MAKINDE Some residents of Idimu have appealed to Governor Akinwumi Ambode to reconstruct the Pipeline Road in the area in order to ease the gridlock on Egbeda-Idimu Road. The Chairman, Publicity Committee of Idimuland Communities Central Development Association, Mr Ayo Akinsowon, made the call on Saturday at the ICCDA Day and fundraiser for the
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Atiku secures US visa, Obasanjo, Tambuwal intervene in campaign crisis
Sun, 02 Dec 2018
Olusola Fabiyi and Success Nwogu The coast is now clear for the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, to visit to the United States following the issuance of a visa to him. It was learnt that Atiku had received the visa to enable him to travel the USA, which he last visited
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Job hazards: Touching stories of unarmed traffic officials attacked, killed on duty
Sun, 02 Dec 2018
SIMON UTEBOR writes about the moving tales of defenceless traffic officials molested or killed on duty by motorists or members of the public It was about 5am on December 15, 2016 and Mr Bakare Olatunji, a traffic officer with the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, was already dressed in his well-starched uniform heading for work.
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Buhari, Tinubu, Ooni, govs mourn as Fasehun dies at 83
Sun, 02 Dec 2018
John Ameh, Eniola Akinkuotu, Femi Makinde, Gbenga Adeniji, Samson Folarin, Jesusegun Alagbe and Peter Dada President Muhammadu Buhari, national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, governors of Oyo, Ekiti and Ondo states, Abiola Ajimobi, Kayode Fayemi and Rotimi Akeredolu respectively, Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, among other prominent Nigerians have mourned
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Sacked UNILORIN lecturers yet to be reinstated
Sun, 02 Dec 2018
TUNDE OYEKOLA Two lecturers of the University of Ilorin, Dr. Kayode Afolayan and Dr. Solomon Oyelekan, who were sacked by the authorities of the institution in September 2017, but ordered to be reinstated last Tuesday by the National Industrial Court, had yet to be reinstated by the institution. SUNDAY PUNCHs investigation on Friday indicated that
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Boko Haram still endemic in Borno PDP leaders
Sun, 02 Dec 2018
Success Nwogu Leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party in Borno State on Saturday raised the alarm that Boko Haram insurgency had become endemic in the state. This is in contrast with the position of the Federal Government that Boko Haram had been decimated. The Borno PDP leaders, who urged President Muhammadu Buhari to call the
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Scrap fuel subsidy regime, Ezekwesili urges FG
Sun, 02 Dec 2018
FRIDAY OLOKOR The presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili, on Saturday stressed the need for a pressing reform in the oil sector. She therefore demanded for an immediate end to oil subsidy in Nigeria, saying, it gives little or no benefit. According to her, ending the oil subsidy and
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Military operation will tackle Sokoto occupation by aliens Army
Sun, 02 Dec 2018
OLALEYE ALUKO and ADELANI ADEPEGBA The Nigerian Army has said that Operation Sharan Daji, which is an ongoing military exercise in the North-West, will tackle the alleged invasion of Tangaza Local Government Area of Sokoto State by bandits, adding that there is no cause for alarm. The spokesperson for 1 Division and Deputy Director, Army
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Well sue Bayelsa policeman for killing our son Brother of undergrad shot dead by a trigger-happy cop
Sun, 02 Dec 2018
Anderson Nikade is the elder brother of Tariela, a 300-level engineering student of the Niger Delta University shot dead by a policeman in Bayelsa last week. He shares the grief of his family with SAMUEL NKEMAKOLEM Tell us more about your relationship with Anderson Nikade, who was shot dead by a policeman’ I am the
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State House needs N1.2bn to complete critical projects Perm sec
Sun, 02 Dec 2018
The Permanent Secretary, State House, Mr Jalal Arabi, says N1.2bn is required to complete critical projects embarked upon by the State House. The Deputy Director (Information), State House Media Unit, Mr Abiodun Oladunjoye, in a statement in Abuja on Saturday, said Arabi revealed this to the House Committee on Special Projects during a visit to
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Elections: Charley Boy worries over security challenges
Sun, 02 Dec 2018
MUDIAGA AFFE Activist Charles Oputa, popularly known as Charly Boy, has joined other human rights activists to task the Federal Government on the present security challenges in the country. The activists, who embarked on a protest rally in the Isolo axis of Lagos State over abductions and terrorism in the North-East and other parts of
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Rant here: Attack on Metele military base
Sun, 02 Dec 2018
A few days ago, members of the terrorist sect, Boko Haram, stormed a military base in Metele village, Guzamala Local Government Area of Borno State and killed a lot of soldiers on the premises. Having watched a video that was posted by the Nigerian Army narrating how dozens of their men died in the attack,
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Regular patrol has reduced oil theft, piracy Navy
Sun, 02 Dec 2018
Samuel Nkemakolem The Nigerian Navy has said constant patrol of the Niger Delta territorial waters with new gunboats and other equipment has made the waterways safe for business. The Flag Officer Commanding of the Central Navy Command, Real Admiral Saidu Garba, who spoke at Esravos, Delta State, said the regular patrol had reduced cases of
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CRiver begins door-to-door HIV/AIDS test, treatment
Sun, 02 Dec 2018
Ada Wodu The Cross River State government alongside development partners has begun door-to-door testing and treatment of HIV/AIDS in the state. The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Inyang Asibong, stated this while marking the World AIDS Day in Calabar on Saturday. He said the state government was taking the message directly to the people at
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Were on top of Benue security situation Military
Sun, 02 Dec 2018
JOHN CHARLES The Nigerian military authorities said on Saturday that troops covering Benue, Taraba and Nasarawa states were on top of security situation in Benue State. The Commander, Operation Whirl Stroke, Major General Adeyemi Yekini, said the troops would leave no stone unturned until maximum peace was achieved across the state. Yekini made the assertion
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FG to compensate farmers affected by flooding
Sun, 02 Dec 2018
Samuel Nkemakolem President Mohammandu Buhari has said the Federal Government has approved compensation for farmers and fishermen affected by flood. The President in his message to the Nigeria Agip Oil Company joint venture partners 22nd annual farmers day celebration in Yenegoa, Bayelsa State, said modalities for the compensation packages were in the final stage and
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Lawmaker knocks Abubakar over substandard roads
Sun, 02 Dec 2018
Armstrong Bakam A member, representing Lere/Bula Constituency at the Bauchi State House of Assembly, Mr Aminu Tukur, has faulted Governor Abdullahi Abubakar for allegedly constructing a substandard road which President Muhammadu Buhari opened during his official visit to the state. Speaking with newsmen in Bauchi on Saturday, Tukur said as an indigene of the state,
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Nasarawa 1,123 power consumers protested over-billingDisco
Sun, 02 Dec 2018
Umar Muhammed The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company says over 1,223 complaints have been lodged for over-billing of customers in Nasarawa State. The Commissioner, Consumer Affairs, Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission, Dr. Moses Arigu, made this known on Friday during the inauguration of the Customer Complaints Office in Lafia, the state capital. He said the exercise was
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Its confusing sharing dad with many children Okorochas son
Sun, 02 Dec 2018
Amen is one of the children of Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State. He talks about his father with OLUSHOLA RICKETTS What do you do’ I am an engineer and I have a construction firm. I am the founder of Juremi Foundation which caters for physically-challenged persons. On my birthday held recently, we unveiled a
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Improving your passwords through local languages
Sun, 02 Dec 2018
Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr. Security on the Internet is everyones business. Thats why I do not just do all I can to stay safe online, but I also try to educate as many people as possible on how to do so, based on my many years of experience. A few days ago, I almost fell
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Trump sending Air Force One to bring Bush casket to Washington
Sun, 02 Dec 2018
Donald Trump announced Saturday he would send his presidential aircraft to bring the casket of his late predecessor George H.W. Bush from Texas to Washington, where he will lie in state this week. Trump said that after flying him home from the G20 summit in Argentina, the Boeing 747 plane would travel on to Houston
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Buhari congratulates Super Falcons, says Nigerians can excel with right support
Sun, 02 Dec 2018
John Ameh, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday showered praise on the Super Falcons for beating the Bayana Bayana of South Africa the final match of the 11th Africa Women Cup of Nations. With the victory, Nigeria picked its 9th AWCON title at the final played in Accra, Ghana, on Saturday. I have never doubted
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No influx of jihadists in Sokoto Police
Sun, 02 Dec 2018
The Police Command in Sokoto State on Saturday dispelled rumours of an influx of Juhadists in the state. There had been reports of such influx in some social media, especially in the late hours of Friday. The Public Relations Officer of the command, DSP Cordelia Nwawe, disclosed this while addressing newsmen on Saturday in Sokoto.
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Vandalised billboards: Lagos CP invites party candidates, chairmen
Sun, 02 Dec 2018
Afeez Hanafi The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, has invited the candidates of all political parties in the state to a peace meeting ahead of the 2019 general elections. According to Imohimi, party chairmen, Independent National Electoral Commission, among other stakeholders would also be part of the meeting. The invitation
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