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Why we established Edo Varsity — Oshiomhole


•As Obaseki hails former governor for laying solid foundation in educational sector IMMEDIATE past governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, disclosed yesterday at the first Founder’s Day Lecture of the Edo State University, Iyamho, that his administration decided to establish the university with a view to provide solution to …

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Akeredolu to Ondo Muslims: I don’t hate you


By Bashir Adefaka Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi  Akeredolu, has responded to the report of allegation that he dislikes Muslims in the state, saying, he hate no one,  friend to all religions. Rt. Hon. Victor Olabimtan, a former Director-General of his Campaign Organistion in a text message to Saturday …

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Why APC would not wash its dirty linen in public


By Emmanuel Aziken The entourage from the national secretariat of the All Progressives Congress, APC to Speaker Yakubu Dogara last Thursday could not hide its appreciation of the loyalty the House leadership has continued to pay to the party. For a party and its leadership that has been well despised …

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I can captain England—Dier


Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier says he is convinced he has the skills require to one-day be  England  captain. England’s current skipper Wayne Rooney has not featured in three of Gareth Southgate’s last four starting lineups and it seems increasingly likely that a formal replacement for the Manchester United captain will be …

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Cantona: Suarez’s dive against PSG was football porn


Diving deeper into Luis Suarez’s antics and Barcelona’s polemical comeback against Paris Saint-Germain, the charismatic Frenchman and ex-footballer Eric Cantona shared his views in a wide-ranging video. Opining on everything from the French presidential elections to Manchester City’s tie against Monaco, not to mention sex, Cantona has never been one …

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Gidi Culture Festival returns with new promises


By Rotimi Agbana With an impressive line-up of both local and international artistes and DJs gearing up to stun fun lovers with mind blowing entertainment, the 4th edition of the annual Gidi Culture Festival, aka ‘Gidifest 2017’, organized by Eclipse Live Africa is back. The festival which is slated to …

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Shorter men more likely to go bald earlier


Short men may have an increased risk of becoming bald prematurely.An international genetic study under the leadership of the University of Bonn at least points in this direction. During the study, the scientists investigated the genetic material of more than 20,000 men. Their data show that premature hair loss is …

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Brazil close in on Russia 2018


.Messi lifts Argentina above Chile Brazil were not intimidated by more than 60,000 raucous fans at the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo, as Tite’s side outclassed second-placed Uruguay 4-1 to stay firmly on course for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Former Tottenham midfielder Paulinho scored an unexpected hat-trick, with Barcelona star Neymar …

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Mourinho in Croatia to seal £35m Perisic deal


JOSE MOURINHO is in Croatia to push forward the £35m signing of Inter Milan star Ivan Perisic. And Mourinho is determined to stop rival clubs, including Chelsea and Liverpool, from beating him to the signing of Perisic, 28. Ivan Perisic The United manager’s trump card is his close relationship with …

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Organisers to refund money for TV blackout


The Nigeria Football Federation has dissociated itself from the failure of a plan to have Thursday’s international friendly between the Super Eagles and Teranga Lions of Senegal in London streamed live to interested Nigerians. This comes as organisers  said they will refund money to people who paid to watch the …

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Buhari to declare open Small Arms Championship in Sambisa


President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to declare open this year’s Nigerian Army Small Arms Championship in Sambisa forest in Borno. Maj.-Gen. David Ahmad, the Chief of Training and Operations, Nigerian Army headquarters, disclosed this at a news conference on the championship in Maiduguri on Friday. Ahmadu said the event was …

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Naira gains strength at 380/$


The Naira on Friday in Lagos consolidated its position against the dollar at the parallel market, newsmen report. The Nigerian currency on Friday afternoon exchanged between N380 (buying rate) and N390 (selling rate), stronger than N400 recorded on Thursday, while the pound sterling and Euro closed at N490 and N430. …

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Ile-Ife crisis: Crime has no tribe – IG


*says Benue attackers not herdsmen By Levinus Nwabughiogu ABUJA-In what appeared like a direct response to the criticisms he had faced following police arrest of only the Yorubas as suspects in the recent Ile-Ife mayhem, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris has said that crime has no tribe or …

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6 tips to help women spend less on cosmetics


The amount some women spend on cosmetics is quite staggering! You don’t even want to know the amount. In fact, women, themselves, will be astonished by how much they spend on cosmetics. Notwithstanding, you dare not tell some women not to use cosmetics or makeup. Some women will say: you …

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5 reasons why taking selfies can be good for you


Taking selfie is widely popular today, thanks to smartphones. You don’t require any photography skills or a professional camera to take pictures. Several clicks on your camera phone will do the job. While some people are addicted to selfies others are not disposed to it and sharing them on social …

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Police avert herdsmen/farmers clash in Bayelsa


The Police Command in Bayelsa said it had foiled a clash between herdsmen and farmers in Agudama community in Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state. Newsmen report that Bayelsa Government had donated a grazing land to herdsmen and subsequently banned indiscriminate and open grazing in the state. Herdsmen attending …

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Chimamanda Adichie makes list of 50 world leaders


Nigerian author, Chimamanda Adichie has been named amongst the 50 greatest world leaders in the 2017 Fortune magazine ranking. The ‘Half of a yellow sun’ writer was ranked at number 42 on the list with Chicago Cubs baseball team president Theo Epstein at number one. Business mogul Jack Ma of …

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Ousted Egypt president Mubarak freed from detention


Hosni Mubarak, the former Egyptian autocrat toppled during the 2011 Arab Spring, left a military hospital on Friday where he spent much of the last six years in detention. Hosni-Mubarak The release of the 88-year old who ruled Egypt for three decades would have been unthinkable several years ago, but …

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Nigeria’s national team gradually bouncing back – Fans


Football enthusiasts in Enugu have applauded Thursday’s 1-1 draw in the international friendly match between Super Eagles and Teranga Lions of Senegal. Super Eagles training in London The enthusiasts on Friday said that Nigeria’s national team was gradually bouncing back to reckoning in Africa and the world. They however expressed …

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Tanzanian president sacks information minister


Dar Es Salam – Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has sacked the country’s information minister, the first cabinet change since taking office in late 2015. John Magufuli Magufuli, nicknamed “the Bulldozer” for his strict leadership style, launched a reform drive soon after he was elected by dismissing dozens of senior public …

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Troops destroy IED factory, rescue women, children


Troops have destroyed a Boko Haram Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) factory at Gombole village in Konduga Local Government Area of Borno. Troops A statement issued by the army spokesman, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman in Abuja, said troops of the 103 Battalion of Operation Lafiya Dole discovered the factory during a clearance …

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Rutger Reman becomes MD, Ericsson Nigeria


By Emeka Aginam Ericsson has appointed Rutger Reman, President and Managing Director for Ericsson Nigeria, reporting to Jean-Claude Geha, President and CEO of Ericsson sub-Saharan Africa. With this development, Rutger Reman succeeds Johan Jemdahl in this role as Managing Director for Ericsson Nigeria. Rutger Reman Reacting on the new appointment, …

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Buhari orders sack of PermSec


By Soni Daniel, Northern Region Editor ABUJA—President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the sack of a Permanent Secretary, who has been allegedly using his office to defraud the Federal Government through the award of phantom contracts worth billions of Naira to himself. Prseident Muhammadu Buhari The permanent secretary, was appointed by …

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GS8, new joker from GAC Motor set to hit showrooms


By Theodore Opara THE GAC brand of automobiles from China will certainly change the perception of  most Nigerians about Chinese models in the country. Apart from standing out among the Chinese brands, the GAC models have what it takes to challenge the Japanese, European and Korean models, when it come …

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UPU backs Ibori’s appeal against conviction in UK


By Fredrick Okopie President General of Urhobo Progress Union, UPU, Chief Joe Omene, and the Publicity Secretary, Chief Duncan Eghweree, have said the union will support the former governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori, in his appeal at the British Court of Appeal against his 2012 conviction. Chief James …

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Makarfi, Sheriff reach truce on media war


By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor The Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and Sen Ahmed Makarfi factions of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, agreed to a truce in the media war that has shadowed the supremacy battle between them. Modu Sheriff The truce brokered by Governor Serikae Dickson, chairman of the …

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2019: El-Rufai preparing agenda beyond Buhari – PDP Reps


By Emman Ovuakporie & Johnbosco Agbakwuru ABUJA—LAWMAKERS elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the House of Representatives, yesterday, said Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State, could be preparing the ground for a sinister agenda that goes beyond President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 election. El-Rufai: …

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Weststar enhances product lineup with new V-Class


By Theodore Opara WESTSTAR Associateshas demonstrated that it is well prepared to offer its numerous customers in Nigeria a complete range of Mercedes Benz products. The Mercedes Benz sole representative in Nigeria is offering full range of Mercedes Benz products to its customers, including Sedans, Sport Utility Vehicles, vans and …

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Buhari writes Senate, requests for confirmation of 27 RECs


By Henry Umoru & Joseph Erunke ABUJA—PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has written to the Senate, requesting for the screening and subsequent confirmation of 27 Resident Electoral Commissioners. The letter was read to the Senators, yesterday, by Senate President Bukola Saraki, during plenary. Prseident Muhammadu Buhari A letter written by Vice President …

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Mixed reactions trail Imo’s Paris Club refund


By Chidi Nkwopara OWERRI—Mixed reactions have started trailing the expected release of $185,451,792.92, the second tranche of the Paris Club refund to Imo State, recently  ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari. Chief Rochas Okorocha The figures making the rounds in Owerri showed that while Abia State will smile home with $151,410,816.39 …

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Cultists kill final year student in Enugu


By Chinedu Adonu ENUGU—A final year student of the Department of Political Science, in one of the South-Eastern universities, one Joseph Emmanuel, has been reportedly murdered by suspected cultists at his off campus accommodation. The victim, it was gathered, was in company of his friends when the suspected cultists, numbering …

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Police investigating reasons for the scared bag


By Evelyn Usman LAGOS—There was pandemonium, yesterday, at the American Embassy on Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos, following news that a bomb had been planted in one of the cars on the premises. Members of staff of the embassy, visa applicants and visitors, hurriedly left the premises for fear …

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Police nab killers of Kogi Miyetti Allah Chair


By Boluwaji Obahopo LOKOJA—Police have apprehended the killer of the Kogi State Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Ibrahim Jalido, who was murdered last year December. Nigerian Police The state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, William Aya, stated this yesterday while parading 20 criminal suspects at the …

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Enugu hosts Chukwumereije’s performance poetry


By Nkiruka Nnorom LOVERS of arts and entertainment across the South East are warming up with anticipation as Nigeria’s foremost performance poet who is also winner of the Abuja Literary Society Poetry Slam 2011 and the National Poetry Slam 2012, Chukwumereije Dike, makes a stop-over in Enugu on March 25 …

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6 GENCOs generated zero electricity in 1 week


By Ediri Ejoh & Prince Okafor ABUJA—The challenges bedevilling the power sector appear worsening as the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, through the daily operational report of the National Control Centre, NCC, yesterday, reported that six power generating companies, GENCOs, failed to generate power in seven days. The report also …

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Time to stop budget delays


THE 2017 Budget, which was submitted late last November, approximately two months behind schedule, is going through the same tortoise pace which had characterised previous budgets since the first one under an elected government in 2000. President Muhammadu Buhari (M) presents the 2017 National Budget to a joint session of …

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Why Senate rejected 82-year-old ambassadorial nominee


Go and ask Mugabe who is still working, Nsofor says By Henry Umoru & Joseph Erunke ABUJA— The 82-year-old retired judicial officer, Justice Sylvanus Nsofor,  who told a Senate panel that Information Technology was not meant for people of his age and failed to recite the National Anthem, yesterday, had …

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Gov Ahmed orders immediate installation of dialysis machine


Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State has given a week ultimatum to the state’s Ministry of Health to complete installation of its state-of-the-art automated dialysis machine at the state’s General Hospital, Ilorin. Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State Governor Ahmed, who was on an on-the-spot assessment of the newly-acquired machine …

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Ortom berates Wike over call for emergency rule


By Peter Duru MAKURDI—Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, yesterday, berated his Rivers State counterpart, Nyesom Wike, over the latter’s call for the declaration of a state of emergency in Benue, describing the call as laughable and unfortunate. Ortom and Wike Governor Ortom said Rivers, and not Benue, should come …

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Niger Delta militants threaten to stage protests


Former militant leaders in the Niger Delta oil region have threatened the Federal government to stage protests over delayed stipends granted under a 2009 amnesty. Militant “We are calling for the immediate release of the balance sum of the 2016 supplementary budgetary allocation … to avert any situation that will …

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155 Nigerians deported from Libya arrive Lagos Airport


By Lawani Mikairiu 155 Nigerians were Thursday  assisted by International Organisation for Migration,IOM, to return to Nigeria from Libya. The deportees arrived Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos ,aboard a chartered flight  from Libya after they were unable to cross the war-torn north African country to Europe for greener pastures. …

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PDP: Makarfi, Sheriff factions agree to ceasefire


By Chris Ochayi ABUJA – The leadership crisis rocking the soul of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) seems to be coming to an end as the two factions loyal to the National Chairman, Senator All Modu Sheriff and Senator Ahmed Makarfi led National Caretaker Committee have agreed to a ceasefire …

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Photos: African migrants from Nigeria repatriated by Libya


Libyan authorities on Thursday flew home 159 Nigerian migrants stranded after failing to reach Europe, in the second such voluntary repatriation operation this week. African migrants from the Nigeria wait at Tripoli’s Mitiga International Airport prior to being repatriated to their homeland under a voluntary repatriation program coordinated by the …

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Nollywood actor, Chiwetalu Agu turns singer


POPULAR actor Chiwetalu Agu is taking his talent to another level as he concludes plans to release a debut video album titled “Mr. President.” The album, which reflects on the everyday activities of an average Nigerian, will be released soon and the actor is working round the clock to ensure …

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UK police identify parliament attacker as Khalid Masood


The man who mowed down pedestrians and stabbed a policeman in a deadly assault on the British parliament was identified by police on Thursday as 52-year-old Khalid Masood. London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement that Masood was known by “a number of aliases”. An arrangement of newspapers pictured in …

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Reps urge CBN to withdraw mutilated currency in circulation


The House of Representatives, on Thursday urged the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to urgently withdraw and destroy mutilated naira notes in circulation. The house also charged the National Orientation Agency to carry out sustained public enlightenment to educate Nigerians on the need to handle the naira notes cautiously with …

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Kano Government owes Amana Estate contractors N3.6bn


The Kano State Government is owing contractors of Amana Housing Estate over N3.6 billion, Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje has said. Ganduje said this on Thursday while conducting visiting journalists round the 553 low-cost housing estate being built by government near Amana City in Kumbotso Local Government area of the state. He …

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Reps move to address ecological challenges in Anambra


The House of Representatives on Thursday, called on the Federal Government to address the erosion threatening lives and property in Idemili area of Anambra and across the nation. The house urged the government to direct the Ecological Fund Office to carry out Environment Impact Assessment of erosion and flooding disasters …

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I’ll continue to invest in LASU, says Gov. Ambode


Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Thursday said his government would continue to invest in physical and social infrastructure in the Lagos State University (LASU). Ambode made the promise at the 21st Convocation ceremony of the institution in Lagos. “We have many projects nearing completion and these legacy projects …

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No vacancies at PDP National Secretariat – Makarfi


Sen. Ahmed Makarfi, the Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has said that there is no vacancy at the party’s National Secretariat, Abuja. Makari stated this in a statement by the committee’s Publicity Secretary, Mr Dayo Adeyeye, on Thursday in Abuja. He said that the …

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Breaking: Killers of Cynthia Osokogu sentenced to death


By Anthony Ogbonna Killers of Cynthia Osokogu, the Nasarawa State University postgraduate student murdered by her Facebook friends, Okwumo Nwabufo and Olisaeloka Ezike have been sentenced to death by a Lagos State High Court in Igbosere. Cynthia Osokogu was allegedly killed on July 22, 2012, at Cosmilla Hotel, Lakeview Estate, …

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Ile-Ife clash: Yoruba youth association condemns arrests


Azure – The Ondo State Chapter of Yoruba Youth Council (YYC), the youth arm of Yoruba Elders Group,  has expressed displeasure over  Police handling of the recent communal clash in Ile-Ife, Osun. Parade of suspects responsible for the clashes, disturbance of public peace and mayhem In Ile-Ife, Osun State. Photo by …

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Germany launches world’s largest artificial sun


German scientists on Thursday launched what is being billed as the world’s largest artificial sun with the intention of conducting research on the creation of climate-friendly fuel. German space agency has launched the so-called Synlight device, made up of 149 high-powered lamps totalling about 350 kilowatts, in Juelich, a small …

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Southgate sees positives despite England defeat


Gareth Southgate was able to take heart from a positive display despite his first defeat as England manager, 1-0 to Germany in Dortmund on Wednesday. Gareth Southgate Southgate, 46, had been undefeated in four games as interim manager following Sam Allardyce’s abrupt departure last year. “I take a lot of …

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‘Tinsel’ longest TV series airs 2000th episode


‘Tinsel’, an acclaimed longest running TV series in Nigeria, is set to attain a milestone of airing its 2000th episode on Thursday. Tinsel won its first Africa Magic Viewers Choice Award at the 2017 edition, where it earned the Best M-Net Original Drama Series. The series, produced by Darien Amos …

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Crude swap: NNPC debunks claims Aiteo is owing


– Says Bonga FPSO shut down will be well managed The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has debunked claims that Aiteo Eastern Exploration and Production Company is among the oil firms it is allegedly set to recover crude oil allocation accruals worth $42 million from spanning 2012 through 2014. A …

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Ikeme injured, Rohr names Okeowo as replacement


Abuja – Super Eagles’ goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme, has been ruled out of Thursday’s friendly against Senegal in London following an injury. Carl Ikeme The Wolverhampton Wanderers of England goalkeeper was missing in the team’s final training session due to a knock. With Ikeme out injured, the Super Eagles’ gaffer, Gernot …

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Fayose, Nnamani clash over electoral reform


…Nnamani should resign-Fayose By Daud Olatunji ABEOKUTA – Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose on Wednesday in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital, clashed with the Chairman, Constitution and Electoral Reforms Committee, Senator Ken Nnamani over the composition of the committee members, asking its Chairman to resign. Faye, whose prepared speech was …

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Ondo cleric sentenced to 3 years jail term for defiling boys


By Dayo Johnson Akure—AN Akure chief magistrate court has sentenced a 32-year-old pastor, Sunday Waleola, to three years imprisonment without an option of fine for defiling male children in his neighbourhood. Sunday Waleola The prosecutor alleged that Waleola, whose church is located in Oke-Ara in Akure metropolis, has “the penchant …

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Sultan, Danjuma task religious leaders on unity


By John Mkom JALINGO—The Sultan of Sokoto Sa,ad Abubakar and former Minister for Defence General Theophirus Danjuma, retd,  have called for  unity and peaceful coexistence among religious faithful,  ethnics and tribes in Nigeria. The Sultan of Sokoto They spoke yesterday at the convocation ceremony of Kwararafa University Wukari, the headquarters …

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ASUU strike: Stakeholders call for another stroke of mediation


By Dayo Adesulu, Tare Youdeowei, Elizabeth Uwandu & Kelechukwu Iruoma AS the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, held its zonal meetings across the country on Tuesday, warning the Federal Government to desist from deducting salaries and pay  shortfalls, education stakeholders are calling for mediation between the duo, saying the …

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