George Ogala

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Oil prices slip amid worries of severe economic slowdown

Oil prices slipped on Monday, with concerns of a sharp economic slowdown outweighing supply disruptions from OPEC’s production cutbacks and from U.S. sanctions on Iran and Venezuela. Brent crude oil futures were at $66.73 per barrel at 0752 GMT, down 30 cents, or 0.5 per cent, from their last close.…

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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…

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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.…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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World Economic Forum starts amid economic, political worries

At least 3,000 politicians and managers kicked-off their annual meeting in the Swiss resort of Davos on Tuesday, to discuss solutions to global challenges, in spite of the absence of some of the world key leaders. Brazil’s new far-right President, Jair Bolsonaro, will hold the first keynote speech of the…

Kwara State governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed

Kwara district head decries over five years’ blackout

Oba Daudu-Sulaiman, the district head of Aawe in Asa Local Government Area of Kwara, has decried the over five years’ blackout being experienced by residents of his domain. Daudu-Sulaiman told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Aawe that since rainstorm damaged several electrical poles and cables in the area…

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Nigeria to attain polio-free status in 2019 – NPHCDA

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) says Nigeria may be certified polio-free in next 11 months, if access to insecure areas in Borno State and some parts of the North-East, improves. Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director, NPHCDA, disclosed this on Monday in Abuja during the 36th meeting of the…

Syrian opposition insists President Assad resign to restore peace

The leader of the Syrian opposition’s negotiation team insisted on Friday that President Bashar al-Assad resign as a precondition for restoring peace in the war-torn country. “It is impossible for this person, who has destroyed Syria, who is responsible for the deaths of many Syrians, to remain,” Naser al-Hariri said…

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Ban on Okada, Tricycles in Abuja still in force – Police

The Commissioner of Police, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Bala Ciroma, has said the ban on commercial motorcycles (Okada) and commercial tricycle riders (Keke) in some areas was still in force. Mr Ciroma stated this during a meeting with the National Tricycle and Motorcycle Owners and Riders Association (NATOMORAS) and the…

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Khashoggi: Germany halts arms shipment to Saudi Arabia

German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has ordered a halt of arms shipment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This is in reaction to the killing of journalist Jaamal Khashoggi in the Saudi embassy in Turkey. Ms Merkel said Germany will stop exporting weapons to Saudi Arabia, at least for the time…

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No plot to impeach Ambode – Lagos Assembly

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday debunked speculations that it was plotting to impeach Governor Akinwunmi Ambode. Speaking on the floor of the house at the beginning of plenary, the Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, said there was no truth in the rumour. Mr Obasa said he received telephone calls…

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AFCON Qualifier: Pinnick dedicates Eagles’ win over Libya to Buhari

The President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has dedicated the Super Eagles’ 4-0 defeat of Libya in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier in Uyo on Saturday to President Muhammadu Buhari. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Saturday’s match was the first in…

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Three Myanmar journalists charged under ‘public tranquility’ law

Three journalists were arrested in Myanmar’s commercial hub, Yangon, on Tuesday for violations of a colonial-era law protecting ‘public tranquility’, according to their employer. Local newsgroup Eleven Media editors, Kyaw Zaw-Linn and Na Yi-Min and senior reporter Phyo Wai, were charged under Section 505(b) of Myanmar’s penal code at Tamwe…