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Olusegun Obasanjo

Osun APC tackles Obasanjo over governorship poll comment

The Osun State chepter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has chided former President Olusegun Obasanjo over his comment on the 2018 gubernatorial election in Osun. Kunle Oyatomi, the Osun APC Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, in a statement on Monday in Osogbo, the state capital said Obasanjo’s comment…

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NRA condemns attacks on referees during Nigerian league matches

The Nigeria Referees Association (NRA), has condemned the attack on one of its members, Bethel Nwanesi, during the Match Day 3 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) between Remo Stars and Bendel Insurance. The NRA National Publicity Secretary, Kelechi Mejuobi, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos…

No railway crossings on new Lagos-Ibadan Standard Gauge — NRC

The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) says there will be no level crossings where moving trains and vehicles would cross paths on the new Lagos-Ibadan Standard gauge rail line. Jerry Oche, NRC Lagos District Manager, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that there would be overpass bridges or tunnels where…

Bauchi State Governor, Muhammed Abubakar

30 political parties in Bauchi declare support for Buhari, Gov. Abubakar

No fewer than 30 political parties in Bauchi have formed a coalition to support the reelection of President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Muhammed Abubakar during the forthcoming general elections. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that this is coming barely 24 hours after six other political parties in the…

Pic 30. APC Presidential Candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari (L) with Kaduna State APC Gubernatorial Candidate, Gov Nasir El-Rufai during APC Presidential rally at Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna on Friday (18/1/18)

Lack of funds affecting parties’ campaigns – Governorship Candidate

The Action Democratic Party (ADP) governorship candidate for Abia State, Okey Udo, says lack of fund is a major challenge confronting political parties in their campaigns ahead of the general elections. Mr Udo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja that funds were necessary for campaigns…

Some staff members of the National Assembly during a protest against alleged nonpayment of their allowances, poor remuneration and non-implementation of CONLESS, a new salary structure approved since 2010 for them, at the National Assembly in Abuja on Monday (4/12/18).

Court upholds order restraining NASS workers from strike

The National Industrial Court, Abuja, on Monday, held that its order restraining the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) from embarking on a planned strike had not been vacated. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Senate President Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu…

Acting IGP, Mohammed Adamu

Major shakeup in Nigeria Police, FSARS affected

The acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the immediate decentralisation of operations of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) unit. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that before the current development, operations of SARS were centralised at the Force Headquarters. NAN also recalls that SARS operations were…

Naomi Osaka

All over for Sevastova as Osaka reaches Australian Open quarters

U.S. Open champion, Naomi Osaka, completed another comeback victory to overhaul 13th seed Anastasija Sevastova 4-6 6-3 6-4 and reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Monday. The Japanese fourth seed, who had to fight back from a set down against Hsieh Su-Wei in her previous match, was far…

Angela Merkel

Bowing to U.S. pressure, Germany bans Iran airline from its airspace

Germany has bowed to U.S. pressure to ban from its airspace an Iranian airline accused of ferrying weapons and advisers to help support President Bashar Al-Assad’s forces in Syria’s civil war. A senior German government source told Reuters on Monday that Berlin had revoked the landing rights of Marhan Air…

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Egypt to invest $9bn in refineries upgrade

Egypt plans to upgrade six oil refineries at a cost of about $9 billion over four years to increase domestic oil production to 41 million tonnes a year, Tarek El Molla, the petroleum minister, has said. Mr El Molla said during a conference in Cairo late on Sunday in Cairo…

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Japanese refiners load first Iran oil cargo since U.S. sanctions

Japanese refiners have loaded Iranian oil onto a tanker, resuming imports after halting purchases because of sanctions by the U.S., a spokesman for a Japanese refinery and an Iranian official said on Monday. Japan is the last of the four biggest Iranian oil buyers in Asia to resume imports after…

MKO Abiola

Obasanjo benefitted from my father’s death – MKO Abiola’s son

Jamiu Abiola, a son to late MKO Abiola, the acclaimed winner of the 1993 presidential elections, has slammed former President Olusegun Obasanjo for “benefitting on his father’s blood” but neglecting to recognise his contribution to Nigeria’ democracy. MKO Abiola, the presumed winner of the election that was annulled, died fighting…

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

Obasanjo commends Buhari over exit of ex-IGP Idris

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says that Nigerians must appreciate President Muhammadu Buhari for contributing to the development of the nation. Mr Obasanjo stated this on Sunday at a press conference held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) in Abeokuta. The elder statesman said the briefing was a follow-up to…

President Muhammadu Buhari

APC replies Obasanjo, says ex-president haunted by his past

The All Progressives Congress (APC) says that former President Olusegun Obasanjo is being haunted by what he did while in office, especially with regards to the conduct of elections. Lanre Issa-Onilu, the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, stated this at a news conference on Sunday in Abuja, He was…

Catholic group wants 33 parties de-registered

The Justice Development and Peace Initiative (JDPI) of the Catholic Diocese of Ekiti has written to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) demanding de-registration of 33 non-performing political parties. The JDPI said in the letter dated January 12 that it was making the call based on the provisions of the…

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CAF Confederation Cup: Rangers beat Bantu FC 2-1 to reach group stage

Rangers International Football Club of Enugu has qualified for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Confederation Cup group stage after beating Bantu FC of Lesotho 2-1 in Enugu. Rangers qualified to the group stage on 4-2 aggregate after beating the team 2-1 in the first and second leg of the…

Bauch State Governor, Mohammed Abubakar

Six parties form coalition in Bauchi to unseat Governor Abubakar

Six political parties in Bauchi State announced on Sunday that they have formed a common front to unseat incumbent APC governor, Muhammed Abubakar, during the forthcoming elections. The parties, led by an elder statesman, Bello Kirfi, announced this in Bauchi while addressing a press conference. Mr Kirfi named the six…

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu. [PHOTO CREDIT: News Digest]

FG releases over N9bn to clear backlog of scholarship allowances – Official

The federal government says it has released N9.5 billion for the payment of backlog of scholarship allowances owed Nigerian students at home and abroad up to December 2018. The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who was represented by Asta Ndajiwo, the Director, Federal Scholarship Board, disclosed this during a press…

Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)

$9bn Dangote Refinery: CBN reiterates funding support to indigenous companies

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has reiterated its readiness to facilitate access to foreign exchange by Nigerian companies that want to import equipment to ease business growth in the country. The CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, said this on Sunday during an inspection of Dangote Refinery in Lagos. The refinery…

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Eight UN peacekeepers killed in Mali

Eight UN peacekeepers were killed and several wounded while repelling an attack by armed assailants near a village in northern Mali on Sunday, the West African nation’s UN mission said. However, the identity of the attackers was not immediately clear. UN peacekeeping and French forces are stationed in northern Mali…

Roger Federer

Roger Federer knocked out of Australian Open

Roger Federer’s bid for a hat-trick of Australian Open titles was crushed on Sunday as Greek wunderkind Stefanos Tsitsipas rose up to floor the Swiss master. Tsitsipas thus becomes his nation’s first Grand Slam quarter-finalist. In a match pitting the oldest and youngest players left in the men’s draw, the…

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Soldiers kill two Boko Haram members in battle

The Nigerian Army on Sunday said its troops killed two Boko Haram insurgents in the ongoing clearance operation at Kajeri community in Mafa Local Government Area of Borno. Onyema Nwachukwu, the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, said in a statement in Maiduguri that the troops also recovered…

Arsenal Vs Chelsea

Group hosts football matches to promote voter participation

On Saturday, Tap Initiative for Citizens Development hosted six football viewing centres in six states across the geopolitical zones of the federation to promote voter participation and voters card collection. The event which took place simultaneously during the Chelsea vs Arsenal game was viewed in Owerri, Gombe, Lagos, Cross River,…

Rafael Nadal (Photo Credit: SkySports)

Nadal blows away Berdych to reach Australian Open quarter-finals

Rafa Nadal routed Tomas Berdych 6-0 6-1 7-6(4) in a centre court masterclass to charge into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday. The 2009 champion was relentless at Rod Laver Arena, claiming the first two sets in an astonishing 51 minutes. The Spaniard also fired 32 winners past…

Darius Ishaku, Taraba State Governor

Taraba APC accuses Governor Ishaku of arming thugs

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Taraba has accused Governor Darius Ishaku of the state of allegedly arming political thugs across the state as part of PDP’s plans to disrupt the 2019 elections. Addressing journalists in Jalingo on Saturday, the Director-General of the APC governorship candidate in the state, Bobboi…