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Photos: Tinubu’s 65th birthday celebration

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On the 29th of March 2017, the former governor of Lagos state and current national leader of the All Progressive’s Congress (APC) party, Mr. Asiwaju Tinubu celebrated his birthday at the Lagos house IKeja, Lagos State. It was reported that various personalities trooped in to celebrate with him. Among the …

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I don’t believe in love at first sight- Uriel

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Former  Big Brother Naija housemate, Uriel is passionate about living her dream. After she was evicted from the reality TV show some weeks ago, the Oguta, Imo State-born rising star has started  putting plans together to launch herself into the mainstream entertainment world. She’s planning to set up a blog …

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I can’t not be silenced even in jail, says Senator Nwaoboshi

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Senator Nwaoboshi faults EFCC’s N2.1billion Contract Scam allegation By Henry Umoru ABUJA- SENATOR Peter Nwaoboshi, PDP, Delta North Friday described allegation made against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) that he perpetrated fraud in the execution of the N2.1billion contract awarded his company, Biderberg Enterprises Limited by the …

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I’ll protect every Corps member in Kaduna – El-Rufa’i

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Gov. Nasiru El-Rufa’i of Kaduna State, on Friday pledged to provide protection and welfare support to National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members serving in the state. The governor made the pledge in Kaduna on Friday when the State NYSC Coordinator, Mr Bello Ballama visited the Government House. El-Rufa’i, who was represented by …

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Napoli preparing hostile reception for Higuain

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Napoli fans will treat former favourite Gonzalo Higuain to a barrage of abuse when he returns to the San Paolo on Sunday with Serie A leaders Juventus. Gonzalo Higuain Higuain was worshipped in the balmy southern port city as the striker banged home a historic 36 goals last season as …

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Bayelsa Assembly passes 2017 Appropriation Bill

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The Bayelsa State House of Assembly on Friday passed the state’s 2017 Appropriation Bill of N243.2 billion. Bayelsa State House of Assembly The Speaker of the House, Mr Konbowei Benson, expressed optimism that the funds would be judiciously used to improve the quality of lives of the people. A breakdown …

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Nigeria eyes history in bobsleigh, 2018 Winter Olympics

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Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga are fighting the freezing winds, bone-breaking speed to bring Nigeria’s name in bobsleighing world which Africa has never contestd in. Bobsleigh ‘is a winter sport in which teams of two or four teammates make timed runs down narrow, twisting, banked, iced tracks in …

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‘Revitalised Everton can spring Anfield surprise’

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Everton’s record in recent Merseyside derbies is poor, but they approach Saturday’s encounter with Liverpool in splendid form. Thanks to an outstanding start to 2017 they boast 12 more points than they did at this same stage last season. Adrian Clarke studies the reasons behind their revival and how they …

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Lassa fever kills 8 persons in Kano

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By AbdulSalam Muhammad KANO – The district Head of Tudun Wada, Tudun Wada local government area of Kano state, Alhaji Bashir Ibrahim Mohammed has said no fewer than 8 persons have lost their lives to Lassa fever over the past few days. Lassa-fever The District Head who briefed the Emir …

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MTN pays another N30bn to Nigeria

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MTN has made a payment of N30 billion ($98 million) to the Nigerian government in part settlement of a N330 billion fine imposed on the telecoms group for not disconnecting unregistered SIM cards, an MTN source told Reuters on Thursday. Africa’s largest telecoms company has already paid 80 billion naira …

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Fraudsters make N20m posing as Tinubu, NSA others

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By Kingsley Omonobi Abuja—A notorious syndicate that specialises in impersonating prominent politicians and public office holders has been cracked by the Police Intelligence Response Team after surveillance and tracking, with four members arrested. Speaking while parading the suspects at Force Headquarters, Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Jimoh Moshood, said the …

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Ingredients of good governance, by Fayemi

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By Dayo Johnson Akure—MINISTER of Mineral Resources and Solid Minerals, Dr. Kayode Fayemi yesterday identified justice, rule of law and true federalism as panacea to peace and good governance. Fayemi Fayemi said this while delivering a lecture titled: “Justice and Fairness as Panacea for Peace” at the 10th Anniversary Memorial …

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2019: Senate okays card reader, electronic voting

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By Henry Umoru Passes amendments to Electoral Act 2010 •Empowers party to conduct fresh primaries in ‘Audu scenario’ ABUJA — AHEAD  of the 2019 general elections, the Senate, yesterday, passed amendments to the 2015 Electoral Act empowering the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to use electronic voting for conduct and …

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FG extends tenure of 2016 budget

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By Emeka Anaeto, Business Editor,  Emma Ujah & Henry Umoru ABUJA—Amidst failed targets for enacting and signing the 2017 Appropriation Bill, the Federal Government has extended the tenure of 2016 budget until whenever 2017 budget is passed into law and signed by the President. Speaker of the House of Representatives, …

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Asiwaju and his absent mentee

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ASIWAJU Bola Ahmed Tinubu practically put the Lagos political scene on a standstill on Tuesday and Wednesday on the occasion of his birthday. Friends and even some former foes were present to honour the man variously described as one of the strongest politicians of his generation. Asiwaju Bola Tinubu It …

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APC heads to court over Obiano’s LG transition chairmen

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By Enyim Enyim ONITSHA—Barely 48 hours after Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State appointed transition caretaker council chairmen for the 21 local government areas in the state, the All Progressives Congress, APC, yesterday, vowed to contest the appointments in a court of law if they were not dissolved immediately. Chief …

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Osinbajo’s sudden quietness

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IN the about seven weeks President Muhammadu Buhari was out of the country, his deputy, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo was all about the country reaching out here and there. Journalists in the Presidential Villa were also constrained as they saw an unprecedented spate of activities in the Presidential Villa with Osinbajo …

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Ali’s uniform controversy a distraction —Dogara

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By Soni Daniel, Northern Region Editor Abuja— Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, yesterday, took a look at the ongoing controversy between the Senate and the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Col.Hameed Ali (retd), describing the development as mere distraction. Dogara, who fielded questions from senior …

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What is in a Range Rover

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By Theodore Opara RANGE ROVER. This car is the talk of the town in Nigeria since the face-off between the Nigeria Customs and the National Assembly. It is unarguably one of the most powerful sport utility vehicles SUV in Nigeria with the Mercedes Benz G-Class as its only rival in …

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The Senate’s spats

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The Bukola Saraki Senate has its hands full with spats here and there as the legislative body fights to show muscle against perceived malfeasances by operatives of the executive arm of government By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor WHEN senators on Tuesday decided to turn away President Muhammadu Buhari’s 27 nominees …

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Afenifere: The Yoruba voice fighting a regional battle

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By Dapo Akinrefon IT is no longer news that the pan-Yoruba socio-political  organisation, Afenifere is in the vanguard of championing the cause of the South West. Majority of Yoruba people of the South-West see the Afenifere as a legitimate force to serve the region’s best interests and also maintain the …

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At last, court lifts ban on Omoni Oboli’s Okafor’s Law

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By Innocent Anaba A FEDERAL High Court  sitting in Lagos, yesterday, vacated an interim order which restrained the premiering and release of Nollywood movie, “Okafor’s Law.” “Okafor’s Law” is a film produced by actress and director, Omoni Oboli. Trial judge, Justice Ibrahim Buba, had on March 24, granted an interim order, …

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Messi is a ‘teddy bear’ says Maradona

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Diego Maradona has described Lionel Messi as a ‘teddy bear’ and has vowed to confront FIFA president Gianni Infantino over his four-match international ban for swearing at a linesman. Argentina’s hopes of qualifying for next summer’s World Cup in Russia were dealt a body blow when world football’s governing body …

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Magu seeks N5bn compensation for libel

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Abuja – Ibrahim Magu, acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) EFCC, has written a letter to the publisher of a newspaper in Abuja seeking a N5 billion naira compensation. Ibrahim Magu Wilson Uwujaren, Head Media and Publicity, EFCC said this on Thursday in a statement in Abuja. …

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Chilling story of ritual killing in Ibadan

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By Ola Ajayi SCORES of people who thronged the Oyo State police headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan to catch a glimpse of four suspected ritualists could not hold back their tears as one of the suspects, Tunde Jimoh, gave a chilling description of how they tricked their victim, Akintoye Oyeyemi, into a …

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Naira Watch: Naira falls to N390/$

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By Babajide Komolafe The improving fortune of the naira in the parallel  market was Thursday halted as it depreciated to N390 against the dollar.Naira Meanwhile the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Thursday increased weekly dollar sales to bureau de change (BDCs) to $10,000 per week. It also sold another $100 …

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EFCC arrests woman over alleged N45m herbal cure fraud

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Ibadan – Ibadan Zonal office of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC), says it has arrested one Aminat Okiribiti for allegedly conspiring with others to defraud a woman of her money, under false pretence. Herbal medicine Mr Ayo Oyewole, the EFCC Head of Public Affairs, Ibadan Zonal Office, said in Ibadan …

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FEC’s meeting: A union towards improving the Economy

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To meet his campaign promises of changing the face of Nigeria into a  great nation and land of great opportunities,  president Muhammadu Buhari yesterday presided over the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting held in the federal capital territory Abuja. Finance Minister, Mrs Kemi ADEOSUN Issues affecting the economy, political state, …

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NFF pays tributes to late ‘Wonderboy’ Paul Hamilton

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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Thursday paid glowing tributes to former Nigeria player and coach, Paul Hamilton, who passed on same day in Lagos after a protracted illness. Paul Hamilton Sanusi Mohammed, the NFF General Secretary, said: “We are in terrible shock at the news of his death. “Hamilton …

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15 million Nigerians in Diaspora — Dabiri-Erewa

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The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and The Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, on Thursday announced that there were currently about 15 million Nigerians in various parts of the world. Abike Dabiri-Erewa Dabiri-Erewa made the announcement at the Island Club, Lagos, in a lecture entitled: “Nigerians in …

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Reps wade into Shell’s planned relocation from Rivers

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The Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara on Thursday called for a thorough investigation into the planned relocation of the head office of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) from Rivers. The speaker said this when he inaugurated an Ad-hoc committee mandated to investigate the planned relocation of the company. Represented …

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FG renews commitment to peace in N/Delta

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The Federal Government on Thursday renewed its commitment to restoring lasting peace and progressive development in the Niger Delta region. The government spokesperson and Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, made this known during a meeting with Inter-Agencies Committee and the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) in …

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FIFA investigates Wales defender’s leg-breaking challenge

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FIFA has opened proceedings against Wales full-back Neil Taylor after his leg-breaking challenge on Republic of Ireland’s Seamus Coleman. The Everton defender’s leg folded on impact with Taylor’s boot The Everton defender was taken off on a stretcher after the tackle which saw Taylor sent off during last Friday’s World …

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6 signs of emotional manipulation

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At one point or the other, you might have likely encountered a person or people who are emotionally manipulative and controlling. They typically use passive aggressive behaviors to get their way with you. Sometimes, they might not even know they’re doing it and sometimes they know. Jumia Travel, the leading …

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it would be impossible to manage Arsenal – Pochettino

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has quashed speculation linking him with the Barcelona job by insisting he could never manage the Spanish giants. Pochettino Pochettino was pictured meeting with Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu in the Catalan city last week amid reports he is a leading contender to replace Luis Enrique …

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Bayern ‘keeper Neuer out for two matches

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Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will be out for two matches after sustaining an injury in training, but should be fit for the Champions League showdown with Real Madrid, the Bundeliga giants said Thursday. Bayern Munich’s goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (R) stops a penalty kick from Real Madrid’s Portuguese forward Cristiano …

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Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah denies arrest by DSS

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Mr Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah has denied reports that he was arrested and detained by Department of State Services DSS. Ifeanyi Ubah Speaking with Vanguard, Thursday, the businessman and politician said he was never arrested nor detained by the DSS. Details soon The post Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah denies arrest by DSS …

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S.Africa’s Zuma plans to sack finance minister – ally

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South African President Jacob Zuma has vowed to sack his respected finance minister, a government coalition party confirmed Thursday, in a move which could split the African National Congress (ANC). Pravin Gordhan Zuma has been at loggerheads with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan for months, and this week abruptly ordered him …

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Broos threatens to quit Cameroon job

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Cameroon’s Africa Cup of Nations-winning coach Hugo Broos has threatened to quit over management and funding problems in the national team set-up. Broos, who led the team to the trophy in Gabon in February, said he is “seriously considering whether I should continue or not”. He also said his players …

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N370 Million Vehicle Purchase: Nigerians condemn Senate

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By Emmanuel Aziken, Henry Umoru, Dapo Akinrefon, Gbenga Oke, Joseph Erunke, Omeiza Ajayi &  Dirisu Yakubu Outpouring of condemnation yesterday trailed the Senate’s admission that it authorised the purchase of a single vehicle worth N370 million in the midst of the economic recession in the country. Some of Nigeria’s leading …

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Presidency, Senate’s face-off gets messier, as Sagay says, they can’t summon me, it’s illegal

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By Clifford Ndujihe, Henry Umoru, Dapo Akinrefon, Emman Ovuakporie, Gbenga Oke, Erunke Joseph, Johnbosco Agbakwuru & Levinus Nwabughiogu …Senate suspends Ndume for 6 months, clears Saraki, Melaye …Summons Sagay for insulting senators …Mixed reactions trail face-off ABUJA—THE battle of wits between the Presidency and the Senate took a new twist, …

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Man, 42, rapes, impregnates 13yr-old plantain hawker

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By Esther Onyegbula A 42-year-old tailor, who was arrested in Lagos for raping a 13-year-old girl in Ajangbadi area of Lagos, has denied rape, saying he was in a relationship with the girl. Lucky Emmanuel The teenager, a Junior Secondary School, JSS, 1 student, was said to have been raped while …

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Withdraw your unwarranted unconstitutional ‘summon’, SERAP tells Senate

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Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has called on the leadership of the Senate to “immediately withdraw the unwarranted and unconstitutional ‘summon’ for Professor Itse Sagay, Chairman Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption to appear before the Senate committee on ethics, privileges and public petitions for reportedly describing the body as …

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Burn patients: Tilapia skin to the rescue

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By Ebele Orakpo with Agency report Necessity, they say, is the mother of invention. This has proved true in Brazil, where some scientists have used the skin of the Tilapia fish to treat burn patients. Tilapia, also known as epuya in Yoruba language, is widely farmed in Brazil and so …

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Traditional rulers, 200 others join MASSOB in Enugu

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By Chinedu Adonu ENUGU—The leadership of the  Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB-BIM has disclosed that some traditional rulers have been enlisted in the pro-Biafra struggle. Leader of MASSOB-BIM in Enugu North zone of Enugu State, Chief James Omeke revealed this to journalists during the mobilization …

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Nigeria’s best players ‘re abroad

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Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, said he will continue to look towards Europe in his quest to raise a formidable team for the FIFA 2018 World Cup. Gernot Rohr Rohr was responding to suggestions that he should consider Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) players in the build up, to the …

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Violence against women: The unusual suspects

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By Rotimi Ojomoyela, Josephine Agbonkhese, Chris Onuoha & Anino Aganbi IT is no longer news that the spate of gender violence in Nigeria has risen to unprecedented levels across board. A non-governmental organization, NGO, in Lagos, the CLEEN Foundation reports one in every three respondents admitting to being a victim …

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Domestic production of vehicles hit 45,000 units per annum

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By Franklin Alli Like cement, Nigeria   appears to be on the track towards becoming vehicles manufacturing country again as local production has increased to 45,000 units per year, up 80 per cent from 25,000. Based on this growth, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), has projected that the Nigerian auto industry is expected to …

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Kanu to receive Queen’s Baton at Greensprings

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To add glamour to this year’s Greensprings Football Camp with the hosting of the 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton, Super Eagles former captain, Nwankwo Kanu is expected to receive the baton team at the colourful event. Kanu Nwankwo The Queen’s Baton will be hosted on April 4 at the Greensprings …

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I am totally against the friendly match, says Mourinho

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he is “totally against” international friendlies following injuries to key central defenders Chris Smalling and Phil Jones on England duty. Mourinho Mourinho expects to be without five first-team players against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, including the injured Paul Pogba and suspended Zlatan Ibrahimovic. …

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Rangers: Ultimatum is no witch-hunt, says Chukwu

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THE General Manager of Enugu Rangers, Christian Chukwu has hinted that the ultimatum given to the Flying Antelopes’ technical crew is not a witch-hunt of coach Imama Amapakabo but to ensure that the team turns a new leaf in terms of results in the league. Christian Chukwu The reigning champions’ …

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BMI not good indicator of health — STUDY

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Researchers from the University of Alberta say the Body Mass  Index, BMI, that measures a person’s body size from their weight and height,  is not only a bad indicator of how healthy you are, it can lead to doctors prescribing wrong treatment. A healthy BMI is typically measured between 18.5 …

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Mathematicians and industry players’ partnership’ll boost economy

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By Elizabeth Uwandu MATHEMATICIANS under the umbrella of Mathematical Analysis and Optimization Research Group, MANORG, has called for a collaboration with players in the industry to provide solutions to modern technological and industrial challenges. Chairman, fourth annual international conference and workshop on Mathematics Analysis and Optimization: Theory and Application, ICAPTA …

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BYU Law honours Akinola and Dolapo Ibidapo-Obe

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AUTHORITIES of International Centre for Law and Religious Studies have honoured Professor Akinola Ibidapo-Obe and his wife, Dolapo, for their input during their visit to the Centre in 2016-2017. The release made available to Vanguard states:  “The Centre was honoured and most pleased to enjoy the visit of Professor Akinola …

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10 year-old excels in Math competition, gets N12m scholarship

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By Marie-Therese Nanlong JOS — Four pupils in Plateau State, including 10-year-old Izuchukwu Okafor, have excelled in a Mathematics competition organised by Nigerian Tulip International College, NTIC in conjunction with the National Mathematical Centre, Abuja winning  scholarship worth over N40 million for six years, have appealed to government at all …

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Okafor’s Law theft saga: Legal tussle begins

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By Innocent Anaba A FEDERAL High Court sitting in Lagos, yesterday, ordered advance service of court processes in a suit against Nollywood producer, Omoni Oboli, over copyright infringement on the movie “Okafor’s Law,” on other parties to the suit. The trial judge, Justice Ibrahim Buba, ordered that advance copies of processes …

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What to do with Saraki NASS

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By Muhammed Adamu I SHOULD not tire to quote David Ingram, who said: “The American founders believed that a constitution that placed unlimited power in a legislative majority will inevitably result in tyranny, instability and lawlessness”. These founders, in reaching this conclusion, had discovered that their “optimistic faith in the capacity of …

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