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In African women’s football, homophobia still poses a barrier

In African women’s football, homophobia still poses a barrier

Nigeria’s hegemonic decades-long dominance over Africa’s women’s football scene has long masked a dark secret: Openly homosexual players are not allowed. The Super Falcons are Africa’s most prosperous national team, but this discriminatory attitude has cast a shadow over their [...]

July 30, 2022 Africa, Sports
FG admits failure as opposition lawmakers insist on impeachment

FG admits failure as opposition lawmakers insist on impeachment

The Federal Government, yesterday, admitted that Nigerians are tired of the current security challenges facing the nation. Rising from its closed-door meeting, which lasted more than five hours, the National Security Council acknowledged the deteriorating insecurity across the country, fueling [...]

July 30, 2022 Security
Oby Ezekwesili opposes water resources bill

Oby Ezekwesili opposes water resources bill

Oby Ezekwesili, a former Minister of Education, has opposed the Water Resources bill, saying the legislation has the potential to deepen over-centralisation of resources at the centre. In a thread of tweets via her verified Twitter handle on Thursday, Ms [...]

July 30, 2022 Law
Nollywood actors Cynthia Okereke, Clemson Cornel ‘kidnapped’

Nollywood actors Cynthia Okereke, Clemson Cornel ‘kidnapped’

Two prominent Nollywood actors and members of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Cynthia Okereke and Clemson Cornel, aka Agbogidi, have been reportedly kidnapped. Monalisa Chinda, AGN’s Director of Communications, broke the news in a statement made available to PREMIUM [...]

July 30, 2022 Security
Kano Approves 50% Scholarship Increment, To Disburse ₦865 Million

Kano Approves 50% Scholarship Increment, To Disburse ₦865 Million

The Kano State Executive Council has given approval for the 50 per cent upward review of the state scholarships allowances for its indigene students studying in Nigerian institutions. Similarly, it has also approved the release of N865.4 million to the state [...]

July 30, 2022 Education
Nigerian senators urge Buhari impeachment over insecurity

Nigerian senators urge Buhari impeachment over insecurity

Nigerian opposition senators are pushing for President Muhammadu Buhari to face impeachment, less than a year before the end of his second term in office, over the country’s spreading security problems, the Senate minority leader said on Wednesday. In February [...]

July 29, 2022 Government and politics
NLNG, NPA partner on deployment of vessel traffic service

NLNG, NPA partner on deployment of vessel traffic service

The Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (NLNG) and the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) have agreed on a partnership geared towards the deployment of a Vessel Tracking Service (VTS). This commitment was made yesterday when the Managing Director of the NLNG [...]

July 29, 2022 Business
Fuel Subsidy: 70 arrested oil vessels handed over to EFCC

Fuel Subsidy: 70 arrested oil vessels handed over to EFCC

The Nigerian Navy says it has handed over to the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), 70 out of 147 vessels arrested over illegal oil bunkering and crude oil theft. Director of Lesson Learnt, Emmanuel Ogala, a rear admiral, said this at [...]

July 29, 2022 Oil & Gas
Nigerian Government Directs Abuja Private Schools To Close

Nigerian Government Directs Abuja Private Schools To Close

The Nigerian government has directed the closure of all private schools in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, over the rising insecurity and fear of terrorists’ attacks.  This was contained in a statement signed by the National Association of Proprietors [...]

July 29, 2022 Security
Hunters Discover 320 PVCs In Bayelsa Forest

Hunters Discover 320 PVCs In Bayelsa Forest

No fewer than 320 Permanent Voters Cards, PVCs, have been discovered in an uncompleted building in a forest along the Immiringi/Ogbia Road in Bayelsa State. The PVCs, which were stashed in a bag by hoodlums were discovered by the Nigeria Hunters and Forest Security Service, [...]

July 29, 2022 Featured Post
Lavrov denigrates West’s stance towards Africa on Ethiopia visit

Lavrov denigrates West’s stance towards Africa on Ethiopia visit

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said Moscow supports Ethiopia’s efforts to stabilise its internal political situation in remarks that sought to draw a contrast with what he presented as meddling by the West. Lavrov was in Addis Ababa on [...]

July 28, 2022 Government and politics
Senate mum, Abuja residents on high alert over planned attacks

Senate mum, Abuja residents on high alert over planned attacks

Amid glaring danger lurking in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the Senate, yesterday, turned deaf ears to the recent threats by terrorists to abduct President Muhammadu Buhari, Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai and lawmakers in the country. Despite heightened apprehension, [...]

July 28, 2022 Boko Haram And Terror, Government and politics
University Workers’ Strike: NLC presents demands to National Assembly

University Workers’ Strike: NLC presents demands to National Assembly

The protesting workers led by the Nigerian Labour Congress President, Ayuba Wabba, on Wednesday presented a letter detailing their demands to the National Assembly. Hundreds of protesters had marched from the Unity Fountain, a popular protest ground in the Federal Capital Territory [...]

July 28, 2022 Law
‘Bishops’ Who Attended Unveiling Of Shettima May Be Fake – Amaechi

‘Bishops’ Attended Unveiling Of Shettima May Be Fake – Amaechi

Former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi on Sunday said the ‘bishops’ who attended the recent unveiling of Kashim Shettima as the vice-presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) may not be real bishops. Amaechi, however, said they are Christians. [...]

July 28, 2022 Government and politics
Kidnapped Abuja Lady Found Unconscious Under A Bridge

Kidnapped Abuja Lady Found Unconscious Under A Bridge

A Young Woman, Favour Amajor, who was allegedly kidnapped by unknown persons in Abuja, has been found, NaijaCover Reports. NaijaCover Reported that Favour was last seen at Dawaki Galadima area of the Federal Capital Territory on Monday afternoon, July 25, [...]

July 28, 2022 Incidents
Nigerian workers begin 3-day protest against university shutdowns

Nigerian workers begin 3-day protest against university shutdowns

Hundreds of demonstrators marched towards the seat of government in Lagos on Tuesday, singing anti-government chants on the first day of a planned three-day nationwide demonstration against the continued closure of Nigerian universities. Workers’ unions across several sectors participated in [...]

July 27, 2022 Education, Security
Anxiety over sacking in NNPC as company denies move

Anxiety over sacking in NNPC as company denies move

The Nigeria National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, yesterday, insisted that the company will not take law into its hand by sacking staff. There were indications that thousands of staff at the newly transited company were being sacked, especially those who [...]

July 27, 2022 Business, Employment
Insecurity: We’ve scaled up security in Abuja – Police

Insecurity: We’ve scaled up security in Abuja – Police

The Nigerian Police Force (NPF) said on Tuesday that it has made an additional deployment of its officers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, following reports of attacks in various parts of the city. Force spokesperson, Muyiwa Adejobi, said this in [...]

July 27, 2022 Security
Forgotten Bomb Kills 13 Scrap ScavengersIn Borno Community

Forgotten Bomb Kills 13 Scrap ScavengersIn Borno Community

No fewer than 13 scrap-metal collectors have been killed by a forgotten bomb in Bama town in northeast Borno state. They were killed after a bomb they excavated blew up, according to security sources. According to AFP, 16 metal scavengers [...]

July 27, 2022 Incidents
Messi's Return To Barcelona Not Ruled Out By Xavi

Messi’s Return To Barcelona Not Ruled Out By Xavi

The Blaugrana boss, who is a former team-mate of the mercurial Argentine, is open to the idea of future discussions with an all-time great A return to Barcelona for Lionel Messi remains a possibility in the eyes of Xavi, but [...]

July 27, 2022 Sports
South Africa applies for Guptas’ extradition over ‘state capture’

South Africa applies for Guptas’ extradition over ‘state capture’

South Africa has formally filed a request with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to extradite two brothers accused of orchestrating industrial-scale corruption in the country, according to its justice minister. Business tycoons Atul and Rajesh Gupta were held in Dubai [...]

July 26, 2022 Africa
Consumers, firms brace for higher prices amid energy crisis

Consumers, firms brace for higher prices amid energy crisis

For consumers optimistic of lower diesel prices or drop in inflation rate anytime soon, they may be disappointed, as oil price outlook remains volatile, alongside challenges of inflation, hiked interest rates, supply constraints and expected cold winter. With fears of [...]

July 26, 2022 Oil & Gas
Nigerian bakers announce new price hikes for bread

Nigerian bakers announce new price hikes for bread

Nigerians will pay more for bread in the coming days as bakers in some states have announced price hikes to cover the high cost of ingredients. Kogi Master Bakers said on Sunday they were resuming production after weeks of strike, [...]

July 26, 2022 Food
About 14million Nigerians Will Be Jobless

About 14 million Nigerians Will Be Jobless If Bans Motorcycles

The National Commercial Motorcycle and Tricycle Owners and Riders Association of Nigeria has faulted the federal government’s plan to ban operation of commercial motorcycles popularly known as okada riding across the country. Speaking on a programme on Monday on Nigeria [...]

July 26, 2022 Employment
FGC Kwali Directs Parents To Evacuate Wards Over Fear Of Terror Attack

FGC Kwali Directs Parents To Evacuate Wards Over Fear Of Terror Attack

The management of the Federal Government College, Kwali, Abuja, has asked parents to evacuate their wards from the school over the fear of attack by terrorists. This has caused panic among the management, staff, students and parents of the school. [...]

July 26, 2022 Security
Explosions, gunfire at a military base near Mali’s capital

Explosions, gunfire at a military base near Mali’s capital

Explosions and gunfire were heard in the early morning hours near the Kati military base on the outskirts of Mali’s capital Bamako, according to residents, in a suspected attack by armed fighters. The military, which cordoned off the roads to [...]

July 23, 2022 Africa, Security
Nigeria on fiscal cliff as debt service trounces revenue

Nigeria on fiscal cliff as debt service trounces revenue

Hard times are already here for the Federal Government, hard, as its debt servicing exceeded retained revenue by as much as N310 billion in the first four months of 2022. This is the first time the country’s debt service to [...]

July 23, 2022 Finance
European Union seeks more gas imports from Nigeria

European Union seeks more gas imports from Nigeria

Following gas cuts by Russia, the European Union is looking to Nigeria as an alternative to augment its gas needs. The Deputy Director-General of the European Commission’s Department of Energy, Matthew Baldwin, said Friday “Europe is in a tight spot in relation [...]

July 23, 2022 Oil & Gas
My Defeat Is Temporary Setback — Governor Oyetola

My Defeat Is Temporary Setback — Governor Oyetola

The Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, on Friday, said the defeat suffered by the All Progressives Congress at the July 16 governorship election to the opposition party, People Democratic Party (PDP) was a temporary setback. Oyetola mentioned this at a [...]

July 23, 2022 Government and politics
Senate Passes Bill For States, Individuals To Supply Electricity

Senate Passes Bill For States, Individuals To Supply Electricity

The Senate on Wednesday passed the Electricity Bill 2022 to allow states and individuals to generate and distribute electricity. Chairman of the senate committee, Senator Gabriel Suswam (PDP, Benue), said, “Since electricity is on the concurrent list in the constitution, the bill [...]

July 23, 2022 Power