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Maryam Sanda sentenced to death for killing husband

Maryam Sanda sentenced to death for killing husband

The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, on Monday found Maryam Sanda guilty of killing her husband, Bilyaminu Bello.   Ms Sanda was sentenced to death by hanging by the judge. The Nigerian police charged Ms Sanda for culpable homicide in November 2017, and sought the death penalty against the accused in a two count charge. The victim, Mr ... Read More »

Grammy Award: Burna Boy loses Best World Music Album to Beninese Angélique Kidjo

Grammy Award: Burna Boy loses Best World Music Album to Beninese Angélique Kidjo

Nigerian Afro-fusion singer, Damini Ogulu, better known as Burna Boy, has lost the Best World Music Album trophy to Beninese ace singer, Angélique Kidjo, at the 62nd Grammy Award. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony, acclaimed to be world’s most prestigious music honours, held on Sunday night at the Staples Center in ... Read More »

Adeduntan: Banking Sector Recapitalisation Will Support Economic Growth

Adeduntan: Banking Sector Recapitalisation Will Support Economic Growth

The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, FirstBank Nigeria Limited, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, in this interview says the focus of the Central Bank of Nigeria in ensuring that the Nigerian banking industry sector remains strong will position the financial institutions to support the overall growth of the economy. The FirstBank boss also predicts that the economy will record stronger growth this year. ... Read More »

Borno PDP impressed with Zulum’s performance’

Borno PDP impressed with Zulum’s performance’

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Borno is “highly impressed” with Governor Babagana Umara Zulum’s handling of security and general performance that is “unusual in less than one year”, Usman Badeiri, factional chairman of the party said in a statement he shared. He however said himself and the state, local and ward executives he leads have no plan to ... Read More »

Chuba Akpom: I need more goals because I want to play for Super Eagles in Qatar

Chuba Akpom: I need more goals because I want to play for Super Eagles in Qatar

Arsenal academy graduate Chuba Akpom started his international career in the England youth ranks. He made it up to the u21s, scoring three goals in five games, but the journey ended there. Recently, Akpom confirmed his desire to play for the Nigeria national team instead. His parents came from the country, and he signed the documents to switch his allegiance in 2019. ... Read More »

Despite Supreme Court Judgment, Makinde, 12 Others Run LGs with Caretakers

Despite Supreme Court Judgment, Makinde, 12 Others Run LGs with Caretakers

Oyo State and 12 other states of the federation are still running local government administration without elected officials despite a judgment of the Supreme Court which about four years ago expressly forbade them from doing so. Investigation showed that the states are running the local government areas through caretaker committees, appointed by govern Among the defiant states are Borno and ... Read More »

Ronaldinho backs Arsenal sensation Gabriel Martinelli to emulate Brazil icon Ronaldo

Ronaldinho backs Arsenal sensation Gabriel Martinelli to emulate Brazil icon Ronaldo

Former two-time world best footballer,Ronaldinho has predicted that Gabriel Martinelli can emulate another Brazilian legend, Ronaldo and become the best player in the world within next three years. Former World Cup star Ronaldinho says the Arsenal teenager has got all of the attributes to follow in the footsteps of ex-Brazil superstar Ronaldo.Ex-Inter Milan and Barcelona forward Ronaldo became one of the all-time greats during ... Read More »

Fidelity Bank’s MD Flags Off ‘Give Them Wings’ Scheme For Nigerian Youths

Fidelity Bank’s MD Flags Off ‘Give Them Wings’ Scheme For Nigerian Youths

Managing Director of Fidelity Bank Plc, Mr Nnamdi Okonkwo, weekend in Lagos flagged off a strategic scheme tagged ‘Give them Wings’, saying the initiative is designed to empower Nigerian youth. Giving emphasis on the initiative on Saturday at Fidelity Bank appreciation party on the theme; ‘Give them Wings’; Okonkwo recalled that “In 32 years, Fidelity Bank has been going from ... Read More »

Derby loss: Nasarawa United will get out of relegation water – Arikya Abubakar

Derby loss: Nasarawa United will get out of relegation water – Arikya Abubakar

Acting Technical Adviser of Nasarawa United Football Club, Abubakar Arikya, has come out to say the club will escape relegation in the current Nigerian Professional Football League Season, despite luck shying away from the team. The coach gave the assurance during the NPFL week 17 post-match interview with journalists at the Aper Aku Stadium, Makurdi, Benue State, this evening. According ... Read More »

CIBN Lauds Ecobank On Capacity Building, Professionalism

CIBN Lauds Ecobank On Capacity Building, Professionalism

The Registrar and Chief Executive Officer, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), ‘Seye Awojobi has commended Ecobank Nigeria’s various initiatives targeted at building the capacity of its workforce. The Registrar made this disclosure while speaking at the graduation ceremony of Ecobank pioneer management trainees in Lagos. Awojobi, who was represented by Group Head, Membership Services, CIBN, Akin Morakinyo observed ... Read More »

Bryant, daughter among 9 killed in copter crash

Bryant, daughter among 9 killed in copter crash

Kobe Bryant, one of the NBA’s all-time greats whose international stardom transcended basketball, was killed on Sunday in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles along with his 13-year-old daughter. They died along with seven others on board, officials said. The 41-year-old Bryant rocketed to fame as an 18-year-old rookie and played 20 years for the Los Angeles Lakers, 18 of ... Read More »

2020 UTME: Elite schools extorting candidates, 700,000 registered in two weeks — JAMB

2020 UTME: Elite schools extorting candidates, 700,000 registered in two weeks — JAMB

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board says 700,000 candidates have so far been registered for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination nationwide in two weeks. The Board’s Head, Media and Information, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Sunday night. According to him, the exercise has been hitch-free, with ... Read More »

SGF receives FIRS boss, drops hint on how FG intends to address borrowings

SGF receives FIRS boss, drops hint on how FG intends to address borrowings

The Federal Government (FG) conceived the new 2019 Finance Act signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari recently with a view to meeting a number of current challenges across the country, especially borrowings by the three tiers of government. Boss Mustapha* Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha, dropped this hint in his office when the ... Read More »

Buhari authorizes air attacks on kidnappers, bandits in Niger, Kaduna and Zamfara States forests

Buhari authorizes air attacks on kidnappers, bandits in Niger, Kaduna and Zamfara States forests

President Muhammadu Buhari has received assurances that with the harmattan dust gradually easing its hold on the skies, fighter aircraft would this week join the efforts to provide effective air attacks against bandits, kidnappers and cattle rustlers that have been attacking remote communities around Dogon Gona forest in Niger State. Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President, (Media & ... Read More »

Nigerian Don Wins International Grant For Effect Of Eggplant On Alzheimer Disease

Nigerian Don Wins International Grant For Effect Of Eggplant On Alzheimer Disease

Mr Opeyemi Ogunsuyi ,an Assistant lecturer in the department of Biomedical Technology , School of Health and Health Technology, Federal University of Technology Akure has been awarded an International Foundation for Science (IFS) grant for his PhD project titled: Effect of African Eggplant ( Solanum macrocarpon L) and black nightshade ( Solanum nigrum L) leaves on transgenic Drosophila melanogaster Model ... Read More »

Coronavirus: FG Mounts 24-hour Nationwide Vigilance

Coronavirus: FG Mounts 24-hour Nationwide Vigilance

Following the recent outbreak of Coronavirus, a deadly virus, in no fewer than 12 countries, resulting in the death of about 54 persons, with about 1,287 others infected, the federal government has commenced a 24-hour round-the-clock vigilance to check the import of the killer virus, believed to have originated from China. However, as part of initiatives to prevent the spread ... Read More »

Chinese President warns coronavirus outbreak has accelerated

Chinese President warns coronavirus outbreak has accelerated

The Chinese President has warned the coronavirus outbreak has accelerated its spread as the death toll jumps to 56. President Xi Jinping has shut down public transport and gatherings across China, while rushing medical staff and supplies to Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, which remains on lockdown. The US consulate in Wuhan announced on Sunday that it will evacuate ... Read More »

Kwara Govt: Saraki Has No Legal Right to Disputed Ilorin Land

Kwara Govt: Saraki Has No Legal Right to Disputed Ilorin Land

The family of Second Republic Senate Leader, late Dr Olusola Saraki, has no legal right to the piece of land opposite his house in Ilorin, where he built his Ile Arugbo (old peoples home), so says a top official of the Kwara State government. The official, who preferred anonymity because he was not authorised to speak on the issue, agreed ... Read More »

Lassa fever spreads to 11 states, 195 infected, 29 dead – NCDC

Lassa fever spreads to 11 states, 195 infected, 29 dead – NCDC

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced the casualty figure in the recent Lassa fever outbreak across the country as it activated a National Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) to coordinate response activities on Saturday January 25. The National EOC includes representatives from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ministry of Environment, World Health ... Read More »

Nigeria music revenue to hit $86m in 2021 – Lai Mohammed

Nigeria music revenue to hit $86m in 2021 – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed says Nigeria music revenue is projected to hit 86 million dollar (about N3.096 billion) in 2021, making it the biggest in Africa. The minister gave the projection on Thursday in Madrid, Spain at the 11th edition of the Tourism Investment and Business Forum for Africa (Investour) organised by the United Nations ... Read More »