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EPL: Liverpool replace Arsenal in top four

Liverpool secured a vital advantage over Arsenal in the battle for a place in the English Premier League’s top four with a well-deserved 3-1 win at Anfield on Sunday. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger gambled by leaving Alexis Sanchez – his leading scorer with 17 Premier League goals – on the…

New Tor Tiv says Tiv people ‘marginalised’

The newly installed Tor Tiv, James Ortese Ayatse, has called on the federal government to give more Benue people appointments as they are central to the government’s economic diversification programme. The paramount ruler stated this in his inaugural speech in Gboko, at a grand ceremony at the Joseph Tarka Stadium.…

Former U.S President, Barack Obama

Obama denies Trump’s claim he wiretapped him during campaign

A spokesman for Barack Obama on Saturday rejected claims from U.S. President Donald Trump that the former president had wiretapped him in October during the late stages of the presidential election campaign. “Neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen. Any suggestion otherwise…

Malaysia expels North Korea ambassador amid row over airport killing

Malaysia on Saturday declared the ambassador of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to the country as “Persona Non Grata” and asked him to leave Malaysia within 48 hours, amid a row over the investigation into kiling of Kim Jong Nam. The decision was made after the ambassador, Kang…

Gambian authorities free nearly 100 prisoners from Jammeh era

Gambian authorities have released 98 prisoners, mostly from the notorious Mile II prison, an Interior Ministry spokesman said, as the country seeks to turn a page on the authoritarian era of ousted former president Yahya Jammeh. The release follows the freeing of about 170 prisoners two weeks ago. Gambian President…

Abomination as man sits on Tor Tiv’s stool ahead of coronation

A man, Stephen Nyitse, on Saturday at the JS Stadium Gboko outsmarted security men and sat on the stool prepared for the coronation of the 5th Tor Tiv, James Ayatse. Speaking to security personnel under interrogation, Mr. Nyitse said he was prompted by God to cleanse the stool for the…

Arik Air

Abuja airport closure : Arik Air releases schedule for Kaduna flights

Arik Air has released a new schedule for its Kaduna operations following the planned closure of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, and the diversion of traffic to Kaduna Airport. The Chief Executive Officer of the airline, Roy Ilegbodu, disclosed this to journalists in Lagos on Saturday. The Federal Government had…

Femi Falana

Falana condemns arrest, parading of Peace Corps Commandant by Police

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has condemned the recent arrest and parading of Dickson Akor, the national commandant, Peace Corps of Nigeria, by the Nigerian Police. Mr. Falana spoke with journalists on Saturday in Abuja after securing the release of Mr. Akor from police custody. The police in a combined…

U.S. President, Donald Trump

Trump hits back, orders probe of Democrats Schumer, Pelosi Russia ties

U.S. President Donald Trump hit back on Democrats on Friday, ordering “an immediate investigation” into Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer’s own ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. He also called for similar investigation against the House of Representatives Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi. Mr. Trump tweeted a photo on Friday of…

AU Chairperson calls President Buhari, wishes him speedy recovery

The Chairperson of the African Union (AU), President Alpha Conde of Guinea, on Friday initiated a phone call to President Muhammadu Buhari in London, to wish him good health and speedy recovery. This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday by Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser on…

Chimamanda elected into American Academy of Arts and Letters

Award winning Nigerian Author, Chimamanda Ngozi- Adichie, has been elected into the American Academy of Arts and Letters as a foreign honorary member. According to a press release by the Academy on http://artsandletters.org , the honorary members will be inducted at the annual induction in May. This induction will make Chimamanda the…

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Naira loses steam against dollar, sells at N465

The Naira on Friday depreciated against the dollar at the parallel market after posting days of appreciation, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. The nation’s currency lost N7 to exchange at N465 to a dollar after closing at N458 on Thursday, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro traded…

Osinbajo approves redeployment of two permanent secretaries

The Federal Government on Friday in Abuja redeployed two federal permanent secretaries to the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Environment respectively. Acting President Yemi Osinbajo approved the redeployment in a statement signed by Haruna Imrana, Director Communications Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation.…

Islamists demand removal of Lady Justice statue in Bangladesh

Some hundreds of Islamists on Friday marched in Dhaka to demand the government remove a statue of Lady Justice installed in 2016 on the Supreme Court premises. “We will be forced to go for tougher agitation unless the statue is removed immediately,’’ Mosaddeque Billah, one of the leaders of the…

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Jubilation as Court frees 35 Biafra agitators

A Magistrate Court sitting in Port Harcourt has discharged 35 Biafra agitators charged with conspiracy to commit treasonable felony, for want of diligent prosecution. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the accused were arrested on January 20 during a march to commemorate the inauguration of United States of…

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My wife slept with her ex-husband on our matrimonial bed, man tells court

A barber, Gbenga Akinade, on Friday at an Ibadan Grade C Customary Court, Agodi-Ibadan, secured the dissolution of his six-year-old marriage on grounds of infidelity. Mr. Akinade told the court that his wife, Busayo, had sex with her former husband on his (Gbenga’s) matrimonial bed, adding that he could no…

Malaysian police issue warrant for North Korean airline worker

Malaysian Police on Friday issued a warrant of arrest for a North Korean airline employee, Kim Uk Il, 37, in connection to the killing of Kim Jong Nam, the report said. It said that the accused, who reportedly works for Air Koryo, was named in the arrest warrant. The Malaysia’s…

UPDATED: At least three killed in Maiduguri bomb attack

Multiple bomb blasts hit Maiduguri early Friday with many feared dead. The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, said the attacks were carried out by suspected suicide bombers around the NNPC depot on Damboa Road, Maiduguri. The police command’s spokesman, Victor Isuku, confirmed the blasts on Friday. “Our men are still…

Nigerian govt. budgets N1 billion for Akwa Ibom seaport

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, says that Federal Government has made provision of N1 billion in the 2017 budget for the development of Ibaka deep seaport in Akwa Ibom. Mr. Osinbajo said this in Uyo on Thursday while addressing a Townhall meeting of the government and people of the state.…

Multiple blasts hit Maiduguri

Multiple bomb blasts hit Maiduguri early Friday with many feared dead. The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, said the attacks were carried out by suspected suicide bombers around the NNPC depot on Damboa Road, Maiduguri. The police command’s spokesman, Victor Isuku, confirmed the blasts on Friday. “Our men are still…

Alleged N2.9 billion fraud: Trial of ex-Adamawa governor adjourned

Justice A. R. Mohammed of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Thursday adjourned the trial of a former acting governor of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Fintiri, to May 3 as the first prosecution witness billed for cross-examination could not make it to court for health reasons. The witness, Ibrahim Andrew, who…

Former U.S. Vice President Biden’s son Hunter romances late brother’s widow

Former U.S Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter, 47, is in a romantic relationship with his late brother’s grieving wife, Hallie, 43. Hallie and Hunter connected after Beau, former attorney general of Delaware, sadly passed away in May 2015. He died of brain cancer. According to pagesix.com, Hunter is still…

Moroccan King Mohammed VI[Photo Credit:Aljazeera]

Moroccan King calls President Buhari, wishes him good health

King Mohammed VI of Morocco on Wednesday had a telephone conversation with President Muhammad Buhari in London, where the Nigerian president is on vacation. A statement issued in Abuja on Thursday by President Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said the king initiated the call. Mr. Adesina…

Former spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic, Olisah Metuh.

Olisa Metuh’s trial stalled again

Abuja, March 2, 2017 (NAN) The trial of Olisa Metuh, a former spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was stalled again on Thursday in an FCT High Court, Maitama, due to another adjournment. The trial was adjourned again till May 3, for the defence to open its case. The…

Itse Sagay, Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption

Presidential panel accuses NDDC, Customs of corruption

The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) Itse Sagay, on Thursday in Abuja accused the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) of being reckless with funds meant for development. Mr. Sagay said the commission recently bought 70 cars, including eight Super Lexus Jeeps at N78 million each and…