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Thousands of Muslims in Asia protest against Trump’s Jerusalem plan

Thousands of protesters in Muslim-majority Indonesia and Malaysia joined rallies on Friday to condemn Washington’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, as authorities tightened security outside U.S. embassies. Leaders in both Asian countries have joined a global chorus of [...]

December 8, 2017 International

Libya returnee rejects Gov. Obaseki’s monthly stipend, says Libya offers better pay

A 27-year old Libyan deportee, Obehi Diamond, has rejected the offer of N20,000 as monthly stipend from Governor of Edo state,Godwin Obaseki. Obehi described Libya as the best country where a young man can work and earn good money if [...]

December 8, 2017 Government and politics

Why I stopped my international friends from attacking Yola prison over my detention – Obasanjo

Olusegun Obasanjo, former Nigerian President, on Friday revealed how his “international friends” almost set him free from Yola prisons through commando-like style. He made the disclosure while speaking at the 20th anniversary of the death of Shehu Musa Yar’Adua, a [...]

December 8, 2017 Government and politics

Buhari reveals why PDP must not return to power in 2019

President Muhammad Buhari has expressed shock that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is determined to return to power in 2019 despite the alleged atrocities they committed while in power. Buhari said this during an interactive session with community leaders in [...]

December 8, 2017 Government and politics

Ambode to present 2018 Budget to Lagos Assembly on Monday

Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State will present the 2018 Appropriation Bill to the state House of Assembly for approval on Monday. A statement by Ms Bose Lambo, Director, Public Affairs of the Assembly, said the presentation would commence at [...]

December 8, 2017 Government and politics

South Sudan blames Ugandan rebels for killing legislator

South Sudan has blamed rebels for killing a regional parliament legislator in neighbouring Uganda. Alfred Duku, minister for information, culture, youth and sports in South Sudan’s Yei River state said the MP, Jacob Gale, was killed late on Wednesday.   [...]

December 8, 2017 Government and politics

Arsenal Beach soccer team vows to conquer Copa Lagos

Arsenal BSC arrived in Lagos yesterday full of confidence that it will win the Copa Lagos Beach Soccer Championship, which begins today at the Eko Atlantic City. The club was received on arrival by members of Naija Gunners, the umbrella [...]

December 8, 2017 Sports

IBB, Jonathan wade into South West PDP discord

Ahead of tomorrow’s national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), two former Heads of State General Ibrahim Babangida and Ex President Goodluck Jonathan, have begun prevailing on the leadership to concede the position of national chairman to the South-West, [...]

December 8, 2017 Government and politics

Government issues conflicting reasons for fuel shortage

Nigerians wishing a quick end to the scarcity of fuel across the country may have more days to wait going by the explanation offered by Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu. Kachikwu at a press briefing in Abuja yesterday [...]

December 8, 2017 Government and politics

Nigerian states, FG hit by N25b revenue shortfall

FG hit by N25b revenue shortfall: Nigerians States, the Federal  and Local Government in  October shared N532.7 billion which shows a decline of N25.3 billion when compared to what they shared in September. The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr [...]

December 8, 2017 Economy

Slave trade: Some Nigerians in Libya not willing to return – FG

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, says some Nigerians in Libya have refused to come home despite the ongoing slave trade. Onyeama disclosed this to State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting presided by Yemi Osinbajo.   [...]

December 7, 2017 International

Federal High Court Judge, Ademola resigns

Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court, Abuja Division, has voluntarily resigned from service. The High court judge, who was one of the eight judges whose houses were raided by the Department of State Security Service (DSS) for alleged [...]

December 7, 2017 Government and politics

Trump recognizing Jerusalem as Israel capital has fulfilled Bible prophesy – Omokri

Former aide to the immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri has hailed the decision of the President of the United States, Donald Trump, to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel . International leaders had criticised Trump’s decision on Wednesday to [...]

December 7, 2017 International

Police kills undergraduate over N200 bribe

A student of Delta State Polytechnic, Sofia Oghogho, has been allegedly shot dead by a policeman identified as Sergeant Abua, who is attached to the Igbuzo Police Division, in Delta State. Also shot by Abua, at a checkpoint in the [...]

December 7, 2017 Government and politics
2019: Senator Abe reveals how Amaechi has divided APC

2019: Senator Abe reveals how Amaechi has divided APC

Senator Magnus Abe representing Rivers South-East senatorial district in the National Assembly has outlined how the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi caused the current crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State. Abe also vowed that he will [...]

December 7, 2017 Government and politics

What President Buhari told Emir of Kano, Sanusi II

President Muhammadu Buhari has told the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II that nobody could disabuse the minds of Nigerians on his clear intentions for the country and its citizens concerning his electoral promises prior to the 2015 presidential election. [...]

December 7, 2017 Government and politics

NUPENG reveals those behind fuel scarcity

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), has attributed the ongoing scarcity of fuel across the country on a cabal in the downstream sector. The group said that tanker drivers were not on strike. NUPENG, in a [...]

December 7, 2017 Oil & Gas

FG blames fuel scarcity on external demand

The Federal Government has blamed the ongoing fuel scarcity on increased demand by nations in temperate regions.Addressing State House correspondents after a Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, yesterday, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, [...]

December 7, 2017 Government and politics

Gov. Wike gets second term endorsement

Political leaders, traditional rulers, various social groups of Ikwerre ethnic nationality in Rivers on Wednesday endorsed Governor Nyesom Wike for a second term in office. The endorsement was made during a visit to the Governor in Port Harcourt. Wike is [...]

December 7, 2017 Government and politics

Senate threatens to arrest NAPIMS Group General Manager

The Senate Committee on Local Content has ordered Mr. Roland Ewubare, the Group General Manager of National Petroleum Investment and Management Service (NAPIMS) to appear before it in the next 24 hours or risk being slammed the sanctions of shunning [...]

December 7, 2017 Government and politics

Thousands welcome Buhari in Kano; President frees prisoners, vows to win next election

President Muhammadu Buhari arrived Kano on Wednesday for a two-day official visit to the state. Mr. Buhari was received at Malam Aminu Kano International Airport by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, members of the State Executive Council, Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi [...]

December 6, 2017 Government and politics

‘Pastor Adeboye is irresponsible, vile’ – Gay activist, Bisi Alimi

Nigerian gay rights activist, Bisi Alimi, has slammed the General overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, for saying people should work for the money they spend. Alimi described the revered man of God as [...]

December 6, 2017 Government and politics

Okorocha’s character shows government officials must undergo psychiatric test – Omokri

Reno Omokri, former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, on Tuesday asked the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha to undergo psychiatric test. This was in response to Okorocha’s appointment of 28 commissioners; including his sister, Mrs. Nkechi Ololo as Commissioner of Happiness, which [...]

December 6, 2017 Government and politics

Senate President, Saraki speaks on dumping APC for PDP

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has said that he will not dump the All Progressives Congress, APC. The Senate President spoke with Punch through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, on Tuesday. He pointed out that as a [...]

December 6, 2017 Government and politics

Makarfi speaks on his political ambition

The Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Ahmed Makarfi, has cleared the air regarding reports of him nursing interests to fly the flag of the party during the 2019 presidential election. In statement on [...]

December 6, 2017 Government and politics

Government intensifies calls for patronage of Made-in-Nigeria goods

Made-in-Nigeria goods: Worried by the lack of competitiveness of local manufacturing companies as a result of low patronage among other challenges, the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Hajiya A’isha Abubakar, has intensified calls for support of local [...]

December 6, 2017 Economy

Rohr already decided on World Cup squad, says Agali

Super Eagles’ new chief scout, Victor Agali says coach Gernot Rohr won’t be considering new players in his squad for the World Cup in Russia next year. Agali made this known in a television programme in Lagos monitored by, [...]

December 6, 2017 Sports

Terror threat triggers red alert

Warnings by the United States and the United Kingdom of possible terrorist attacks in Nigeria have set off a red alert across the country. The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, yesterday ordered Commissioners of Police in the Federal Capital [...]

December 6, 2017 Government and politics

Stop panic buying, NNPC tells Nigerians as queues persist

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has urged fuel consumers across the country to desist from panic buying, assuring that it has enough stock to meet the needs of consumers. Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC, Ndu Ughamadu, [...]

December 6, 2017 Oil & Gas

Critics should be careful with Ronaldo – Zidane

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane warned Cristiano Ronaldo’s critics not to write-off the Portuguese, who is expected to pick up his fifth Ballon d’Or this week. Ronaldo has scored just twice in 10 La Liga matches this season as a [...]

December 6, 2017 Sports