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Coronavirus: ex-NBA star, Olumide, advises Nigerians to stay safe

Coronavirus: ex-NBA star, Olumide, advises Nigerians to stay safe

*From right to left: Pastor Seyi Malomo, Chaplain, Aso Rock Villa; his wife, Mrs Obiageli Malomo; Mrs Caroline Yakubu, the Executive Secretary, African International College and Africa Community School and others at the school’s 2020 Sports Festival on Saturday in Abuja* Olumide Oyedeji, former National Basket Association (NBA) star, has urged Nigerians to adhere to the preventive measures as the ... Read More »

Obasanjo’s verdict: We must restructure now to avoid grave consequences

Obasanjo’s verdict: We must restructure now to avoid grave consequences

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said Nigeria needs to address the matter of restructuring now. He said failure to do this might lead to grave consequences. Obasanjo spoke in Lagos on Saturday at the first memorial lecture of the founder of Oodua People’s Congress, Dr Fredrick Fasehun. Obasanjo lamented the increasing rate of insecurity in the country, saying Boko Haram ... Read More »

Ex Ejigbo LG Chairman, Barr AbduSalam Abbas dies, buried

Ex Ejigbo LG Chairman, Barr AbduSalam Abbas dies, buried

A former Chairman of Ejigbo Local Government Area of Osun State, Alhaji (Barrister) AbduSalam Oyetunde Abbas is dead. He passed on around 4:15am on Saturday, 29 February 2020. He was buried in the afternoon, same day, at Ebony Vaults and Gardens, Beside Radio Nigeria, Obalende, Ikoyi, Lagos, according to Islamic rites. Sympathizers at his burial* Barrister Abbas was a former ... Read More »

Lagos APC blasts Governor Makinde

Lagos APC blasts Governor Makinde

The Lagos State All Progressives Congress has advised  Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State to exercise restraint in his quest to run faster than his legs. Speaking over the weekend,the party spokesman,Hon Seye Oladejo the Oyo helmsman should seek proper understanding of the Igbo proverb that ‘those whose palm kernels were broken for them by some benevolent spirit should learn ... Read More »

Coronavirus patient attempts to escape Lagos isolation centre

Coronavirus patient attempts to escape Lagos isolation centre

Following the detection of the first case of novel Coronavirus disease in Nigeria, and the placing in quarantine of the patient, identified as a 44-year-old Italian, at the Mainland Hospital, Yaba, Lagos (formerly, Infectious Diseases Hospital), a health worker at the hospital said on Friday that the patient was angry and had attempted to escape   The patient had complained ... Read More »

US and Taliban sign historic peace deal to withdraw troops from Afghanistan

US and Taliban sign historic peace deal to withdraw troops from Afghanistan

The US and Taliban have signed a peace deal leading to withdrawal of US and NATO troops in Afghanistan within 14 months. The two sides met in Doha to sign the accord, in a historic move aimed at ending 18 years of conflict in the country. The deal lays out a timetable for a full US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan ... Read More »

Coronavirus: 3 Chinese quarantined in Plateau

Coronavirus: 3 Chinese quarantined in Plateau

Three Chinese citizens have been quarantined in Wase Local Government Area of Plateau State. The State commissioner of Health, Dr. Nimkong Ndam, confirmed this to Thestateonline.The commissioner said the Chinese were suspected having arrived the state on Friday from Ethiopia. He said they were in the state for mining activities.He said the suspects have been isolated at a centre for ... Read More »

Coronavirus: Governors’ Forum pledges massive response to contain spread

Coronavirus: Governors’ Forum pledges massive response to contain spread

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), says members will deploy massive resources toward forestalling the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), after a case was confirmed in Lagos on Tnursday.   The forum made the plea in a statement issued by its Chairman and Governor of Ekiti, Dr Kayode Fayemi, on Friday in Abuja. Fayemi said that the governors had taken note of the ... Read More »

Wenger’s Exit: Arsenal quakes,records first financial loss since 2002

Wenger’s Exit: Arsenal quakes,records first financial loss since 2002

Two years after their iconic manager,Arsene Wenger left, Arsenal have recorded their first overall loss since 2002 after publishing their accounts for the financial year ended May 31, 2019. The post-tax loss of £27.1m is a significant one for the club, who posted a post-tax profit of £56.5m for accounts from the previous year and enjoyed two decades of economic boom under ... Read More »

‘Car theft’: Music star,Iyanya gets seven days to perfect N20m bail

‘Car theft’: Music star,Iyanya gets seven days to perfect N20m bail

AN Igbosere High Court in Lagos on Thursday granted N20million bail to a musician Iyanya Mbuk, popularly known as Iyanya, over alleged car theft. Justice Mobolanle Okikiolu-Ighile ordered Iyanya to produce a surety in like sum, who should also have landed property in Lagos with a Certificate of Occupancy The judge warned him to perfect his bail  conditions within seven ... Read More »

Rivers 2023: Sen. Magnus Abe’s loyalists dump APC for PDP

Rivers 2023: Sen. Magnus Abe’s loyalists dump APC for PDP

In what may be interpreted as alignment of political forces ahead of the 2023 governorship election, key members of Senator Magnus Abe led faction of Rivers chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC on Friday defected to the Peoples Democratic Party. The Rivers APC chieftain, led by former Commissioner of Education  Chief Allwell Onyesoh alongside  thousands of his supporters were received ... Read More »

Oil Price Slumps to One-year Low as Coronavirus Reduces Demand

Oil Price Slumps to One-year Low as Coronavirus Reduces Demand

Crude oil price fell for a fifth day thursday to its lowest since January 2019 as a growing number of new Coronavirus, known as Covid-19, cases outside of China fuelled fears of a pandemic, which could slow the global economy and lower crude demand. China, the world’s largest energy consumer was the first to be hit by the virus, which ... Read More »

Ekiti dismisses three teachers for allegedly defiling school pupils

Ekiti dismisses three teachers for allegedly defiling school pupils

The Ekiti State Teaching Service Commission has dismissed three secondary schools teachers over allegedly having canal knowledge of their female pupils. Chairman of the Commission, Mr Babatunde Abegunde who made this known in Ado Ekiti, said the decision was reached at the board’s emergency plenary held in Ado-Ekiti on Friday. The police had on Wednesday arrested by the teachers following ... Read More »

Buhari approves suspension of Amnesty Programme Coordinator

Buhari approves suspension of Amnesty Programme Coordinator

PRESIDENT BUHARI APPROVES SUSPENSION OF THE COORDINATOR OF AMNESTY PROGRAMME By Femi Adesina Following numerous allegations and petitions surrounding the Presidential Amnesty Programme, the National Security Adviser (NSA) set up a Caretaker Committee to look into the activities of the programme, on the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari. Part of the Committee’s task is to ensure that allocated resources are ... Read More »

JAIZ Bank Management visits NCC, applauds agency for effective regulations

JAIZ Bank Management visits NCC, applauds agency for effective regulations

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has been applauded for its efforts in ensuring effective regulations aimed at protecting the rights and interests of consumers of telecom services as well on its efforts in promoting the provision of improved services at fair and affordable prices to Nigerians. *L-R: Tunji Jimoh, Assistant Director Admistration Department NCC; Anthony Bassey, Senior Manager, Administration NCC; ... Read More »

Meeting of billionaires: Dangote visits Abdul- Samad Rabiu at the BUA Group HQ ( See pictures)

Meeting of billionaires: Dangote visits Abdul- Samad Rabiu at the BUA Group HQ ( See pictures)

Africa’s richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote has paid a visit to fellow Nigerian billionaire and industrialist, Alhaji Abdul-Samad Rabiu. For the two icons and worthy ambassadors of Kano State, the visit by Dangote to Rabiu’s BUA Group Headquarters was unique. R-L: Dangote, Rabiu* Expressing his delight at the visit, Abdul-Samad Rabiu, according to post by BUA Group on Friday, February ... Read More »

Pantami slams Kano Islamic scholars for kicking against Ganduje’s anti-begging policy

Pantami slams Kano Islamic scholars for kicking against Ganduje’s anti-begging policy

Kano Street Begging: ‘Not Appropriate For Scholars To Challenge Ganduje’ Says Dr Pantami By Abba Anwar Amid discussions on the ban of begging in Kano state as recently announced by Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, faulted the position taken by some Islamic scholars as they rejected the position, he ... Read More »

“Invisible travelers”: 3 lessons from Freetown to transform urban transport—and your city

“Invisible travelers”: 3 lessons from Freetown to transform urban transport—and your city

By FATIMA ARROYO ARROYO & BAILO DAILLO Woman transporting wood on her motorcycle (Okada) | Photo credit: Periye, WikiMedia Commons How do you plan an urban transport system that leaves no one behind? Traditional urban transport planning has mainly focused on travel patterns of workers commuting to jobs. Although this is indeed important, large parts of the population—and especially vulnerable ... Read More »

Buhari confirms Yemi-Esan as Head of Service, retires Oyo-Ita

Buhari confirms Yemi-Esan as Head of Service, retires Oyo-Ita

President Muhammadu Buhari has confirmed Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan as Head of the Civil Service of the Federation and also approved the retirement of Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita. Mr Olusegun Adekunle, Permanent Secretary (General Services Office) office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, made this known in a statement issued on Friday. The statement reads in part: “His Excellency, ... Read More »