George Ogala

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Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano

Only 300,000 people pay taxes in Anambra – Commissioner

The Anambra State Government says not more than 300,000 residents of the state pay taxes out of a population of 4.5 million. The State Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mark Okoye, made the disclosure at a news conference tagged: “2020 Budget Breakdown” on Thursday in Awka, the state capital.…

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state

Plateau Govt promotes 9,000 teachers

The Plateau State Government on Friday said it has released the promotion of 9,000 teachers across the 17 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state. The chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Matthew Suleiman, disclosed this while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos,…

Buhari to Nigerians in South Africa: Don’t forget your country

President Muhammadu Buhari has advised Nigerians in The Diaspora to always remember their country with skills, resources and talents, and work towards living decent and dignified lives that bring honour to their fatherland. Garba Shehu, the president’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity in a statement in Abuja, said…

Algeria on map

Algeria protesters demand army quit politics

Tens of thousands of Algerian protesters chanted slogans on Friday demanding the army quit politics, a purge of the ruling elite, an end to corruption and the freeing of opposition leaders. The demonstrations in the capital Algiers and several other cities follow a ruling by a prominent independent cleric this…

Donald Trump

New Tariffs: U.S. doesn’t need China – Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday, in his Twitter page, said China’s new tariffs creates great opportunity for the U.S. to forge ahead, saying the country does not need China. Mr Trump pledges to respond to China soonest, adding that the country has lost trillions of dollars with China over…

Nigerian Stock Exchange Trading floor [Photo: blogs.cfr.org]

NSE market indicators declines by 0.1 per cent

The week-long bearish trend persisted on Friday with the All-Share Index of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) declining further by 0.1 per cent, due to profit taking. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the index which opened at 29,300.09 lost 0.1 per cent to close lower at 29,270.95.…

726 witnesses listed to testify in NASS election tribunal in Enugu

No fewer than 726 witnesses are listed to testify before the National Assembly Elections Petition Tribunal in Enugu, the Chairman, Haruna Kereng, has said. Mr Kereng disclosed this on Monday during the resumed sitting of the tribunal in Enugu. The tribunal chairman, who said that the witnesses would testify in…

Prison used to illustrate the story.

Oyo CJ frees 86-year old man, 50 other inmates at Agodi prison

The Chief Judge of Oyo State, Munta Abimbola, on Tuesday freed 51 inmates at the Agodi Prisons in Ibadan. The inmates, who were awaiting trial, were chosen out of the 205 considered. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that inmates released included some under-aged persons, those charged with minor…

Map of Pakistan. [Photo credit: Cryptid Wiki - Fandom]

Pakistan seeks multi-billion-dollar bailout from IMF

Pakistan on Monday began a final round of talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a bailout package to help the country overcome a deepening economic crisis. “Technical discussions for an IMF-supported programme have started,” said Khaqan Najeeb, a spokesman for the Finance Ministry. The talks for the country’s…

Economic crime: Vodacom Tanzania to pay authorities $2.29 million fine

Vodacom Tanzania has agreed on terms for the release of its chief executive and four other employees, following their arrests last week, the telecom said on Thursday. Vodacom Tanzania had said in a statement in Harare that the terms included a 5.28 billion shilling ($2.29 million) payment to the government.…

global warming and climate change. [PHOTO CREDIT: NASA Global Climate Change]

Climate Change: Actionaid recommends ‘agroecology’ as Nigeria’s adaptation plan

As Nigeria joins other countries across the continent at the African Climate Week currently holding in Accra, Ghana, Actionaid Nigeria has advised the nation to adopt 'agroecology' as the focus of her adaptation plan. According to the group's Country Director, Ene Obi, "Nigerian farmers who depend on predictable rainfall patterns…

Sudan on map

Sudan’s new ministers take oath

The newly-appointed ministers in Sudan’s new government on Thursday took the constitutional oath before President Omar al-Bashir. “We are convinced that this group can lead the country at this phase and bring it out of its crises,” said Mr al-Bashir. Al-Bashir said this when addressing the new ministers after the…

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state.

Ortom poised to win Benue governorship election

The Benue State Governor and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Samuel Ortom, has taken a huge lead in the governorship election in the state after the collation of the results from all but one of the local government areas. From the results collated from the 22 Local governments,…

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, addressing the press.

How Akpabio lost Senate race — Oshiomhole

The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adam Oshiomhole, has said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rigged former Akwa Ibom governor, Godswill Akpabio, out of his Senate reelection bid. Mr Oshiomhole made this known while briefing journalist on Thursday at the party's secretariat in Abuja. He said the…

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Teacher who allegedly assaulted nine pupils remanded in prison

Also, an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday ordered that a 40-year-old lesson teacher, Faruk Adam, who allegedly assaulted nine pupils sexually, be remanded in prison, pending legal advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecutors (DPP). Mr Adam’s plea was not taken because the court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the…

APC calls for cancellation of Ebonyi election

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ebonyi State has rejected the outcome of the Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections. It also called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to cancel the results. Eze Nwachukwu made the party’s position known at a post-election press conference held at the party’s…

German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel acknowledges the public at the end of the Spring/Summer 2013 ready-to-wear collection show on October 2, 2012 at the Grand Palais in Paris. AFP PHOTO/MARTIN BUREAU (Photo credit should read MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/GettyImages)

Nigerian fashion designers mourn Karl Lagerfeld

Tributes have continued to pour in for late fashion icon, Karl Lagerfeld who died on Tuesday morning in Paris, France. He died at age 85 from pancreatic cancer The German haute-couture designer was artistic director at Chanel and an icon of the global fashion industry for over half a century.…

Isa Ashiru Kudan, Kaduna PDP governorship candidate

Kajuru Killings: PDP guber candidate calls for arrest of perpetrators

The Kaduna State Gubernatorial Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Isah Ashiru, has urged the state government and security agencies to fish out and prosecute those involved in the killings of villagers in Kajuru area of the state. Mr Ashiru, in a statement he issued in Kaduna on Monday,…

Passengers at the airport

Election Postponement: Aero, Arik slash fares to encourage voters

Nigerian carriers, Aero Contractors and Arik Air, have introduced promo fares to help Nigerians who wish to travel to go and vote during the 2019 General Elections. The airlines made the announcement in separate statements issued by their spokespersons on Monday in Lagos. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports…

APC Ogun Rally [Photo: @BashirAhmad]

Amosun’s supporters jeer Buhari for raising hand of APC candidate

Supporters of Governor Ibikunle Amosun on Monday jeered at President Muhammadu Buhari for raising the hands of Dapo Abiodun. Mr Abiodun is the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun. Despite being a senatorial candidate of the APC, Mr Amosun is supporting Adekunle Akinlade of the Allied…

U-20 AFCON: Flying Eagles go for broke against Niger Republic

Nigeria’s Flying Eagles are going for broke in their final group game against tournament host, the Niger Republic. The group is deciding to risk everything in an all-out effort after failing to get the desired result in their last outing against South Africa at the ongoing U-20 Africa Cup of…

1:35 pm Long queue at St. Marks Primary School, Ise/Orun ward 2, unit 3 where 647 registered voters are billed to vote. Voting started by 8:12am we were told. Meanwhile, vote buying continues as those who vote show their PVC's, vote then go to men seated by the side, they give them a piece of paper with a number corresponding with their register, such people are then directed by another man in blue overall, power bank in hand as will be observed. He then directs such person to a building opposite the school where the settlement is done.

Badagry residents defy rain, besiege INEC office for PVCs

Many registered voters in Badagry on Friday defied the early morning rain to besiege the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Ibereko, in a rush to beat the deadline for collection of their Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs). INEC initially scheduled February 8 as the deadline for the collection of…

From left: Presidential Candidate of Abundant Nigeria Renewal (ANRP), Tope Kolade; Director, Centre on Democracy Development (CDD), Idayat Hassan; spokesperson of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council, Kassim Afegbua, and representative of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) Mr Paul Isamade; Presidential Candidate of Africa Action Congress (AAC), Omoyele Sowore; Moderator of “Big Debate on Corruption and Accountability”, Eugenia Abu; and representative of Young Progressives Party (YPP), Comrade Egbeola Martins, during the “Big Debate on Corruption and Accountability”, in Abuja on Tuesday (15/1/19)

SERAP sets 5-point anti-corruption agenda for Buhari, Atiku, others

A civil society group, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP) has developed a five-point anti-corruption commitment for candidates in the February 16 presidential election. Adetokunbo Mumuni, the Executive Director of SERAP, unveiled the document at a Pre-Election Public and Enlightenment Session on Anti-corruption on Monday in Lagos. The contestants…

Paul Okoye of Psquare and NEny B of MTV Base's Celeb Living

New season of MTV Base ‘Celeb Living’ debuts

A new season of MTV Base’s new show, ‘Celeb Living,’ is back with Nigerian celebrities taking viewers on a tour of their homes. In the new season which kicked off on Tuesday, Paul Okoye of Psquare fame took the host, Nenny B, on a tour of his lavish Lagos home…

Black Panther, Roma, others bag Oscar nominations

The Academy unveiled its 2019 Oscar nominations on Tuesday with ‘The Favourite’ and 'Roma’ bagging the most nominations: 10 each. Both movies are nominated for best picture for the 91st Oscars alongside BlacKkKlansman, Black Panther, Bohemian Rhapsody, Green Book and A Star Is Born and Vice. Black Panther has also…