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AFN fears Blessing Okagbare may go to jail over alleged illegal drug use
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AFN fears Blessing Okagbare may go to jail over alleged illegal drug use

The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has expressed fear and concern over the latest development against Blessing Okagbare over her alleged illegal use of drugs. Okagbare, who has been charged with three offences by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), was suspended just before her semifinal race at the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for a human growth hormone following an out-of-competition test on July 19. The 32-year-old was said to have later tested positive for another banned substance, recombinant erythropoietin (EPO), which increases red blood cell count. She has also been charged for not cooperating with the AIU’s investigation. Speaking with The Guardian, an official of the AFN raised the concern that Okagbare might end up in jail because of the way the issue ...
Sunday Igboho diagnosed with likely kidney problem in Beninise prison -Lawyer claims
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Sunday Igboho diagnosed with likely kidney problem in Beninise prison -Lawyer claims

Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Igboho, has been reportedly diagnosed with possible kidney or lungs illness. One of his lawyers, Yomi Aliyyu, who disclosed this in an interview with BBC Yoruba, said Igboho developed the illness in Benin Republic prison custody. According to him, the agitator has also been critically ill and rushed to the hospital for treatment. Recall that Igboho's home in Ibadan was raided by security agents on July 1, 2021. While Igboho escaped, 12 of his aides were arrested and later arraigned in court. Igboho was later arrested in Cotonou, Benin Republic, on July 16, 2021, with his wife, while attempting to travel to Germany and has since then been in detention. Speaking during the interview, Aliyyu said “Igboho was not diagnosed with this sickness befo...
DSS allegedly moves actor Chiwetalu Agu to Abuja
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DSS allegedly moves actor Chiwetalu Agu to Abuja

Veteran actor Chiwetalu Agu has been moved to the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja by the Department of State Services (DSS), The Nation reports. Recall that the actor was first arrested by the Nigerian Army on October 7, 2021, around Upper Iweka in Onitsha, Anambra State, for adorning a Biafra outfit while distributing bread and other items to the poor. The army had accused him of soliciting support for the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra which has been accused of several acts of terrorism. He was subsequently handed over to the DSS for investigation and prosecution. A relative of the actor who spoke on the recent development said attempts to see him in Abuja were rebuffed by the DSS. “We heard that the idea is to move him away from the South-East. We have made efforts t...
You can’t say that, It’s terrible statement for PSG – Jerome Rothen tackles Neymar
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You can’t say that, It’s terrible statement for PSG – Jerome Rothen tackles Neymar

Former Paris Saint-Germain winger, Jerome Rothen, has tackled Neymar after the Brazilian forward claimed that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar could be his last. Neymar, who netted 69 goals and won the Confederations Cup in 2013 and the Olympic Gold in 2016, had stated this in a new documentary titled “Neymar & The Line of Kings’. The 29-year-old made his debut for the Selecao as an 18-year-old in 2010. He has since racked up 113 appearances for his country. Reacting to the development, Rothen believes Neymar’s statement was terrible for PSG, adding that the former Barcelona star should not have said that, having extended his contract with Mauricio Pochettino’s side recently. “It’s a terrible statement for PSG. When you read between the lines, PSG doesn’t care. There is the l...
Prince Andrew seen for first time after Met Police dropped probe into sexual abuse allegations
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Prince Andrew seen for first time after Met Police dropped probe into sexual abuse allegations

Prince Andrew was seen in Windsor today, October 11, for the first time since Scotland Yard abandoned its review of sex abuse allegations surrounding him and Jeffrey Epstein. The 61-year-old Duke of York was pictured driving his Range Rover this morning following the latest dramatic development in the case last night. The force has decided to take no further action over accuser Virginia Roberts's allegation that she was trafficked to London as a 17-year-old and forced to have sex with Andrew, after its officers reportedly spoke with her. Scotland Yard has also chosen to take no further action over claims that billionaire financier Epstein groomed and abused other young women in Britain. Andrew is facing a civil lawsuit in the US after Miss Roberts accused him of "rape in ...
Solskjaer created big negative at Man Utd over Ronaldo – Alex McLeish
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Solskjaer created big negative at Man Utd over Ronaldo – Alex McLeish

Former Scotland manager, Alex McLeish, has insisted that Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has created a “big negative” at Old Trafford after deciding to bench star player, Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo has been one of Man United’s outstanding players so far this season, scoring five goals in all competitions for Solskjaer’s side since joining the club from Juventus in the summer. But Solskjaer opted to start the 36-year-old on the bench in Man United’s last Premier League game against Everton. His decision backfired as the Red Devils played a 1-1 draw with Everton and the Norwegian was heavily criticized for his choice. Speaking on the development, McLeish said Solskjaer’s decision has done more damage than good, adding that the United coach was trying to manage R...
Filmmaker Fred Amata celebrates sister who is about to get married for the first time at the age of 60
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Filmmaker Fred Amata celebrates sister who is about to get married for the first time at the age of 60

Filmmaker Fred Amata has taken to Instagram to celebrate his sister who is about to get married for the first time at the age of 60. Noting that his sister grew up in a strict environment and eventually became an example of steadfastness and commitment, Amata revealed that his sister was ridiculed after she approached 40 unmarried. However in spite being ridiculed, the filmmaker said his sister persevered. Amata disclosed that his sister is getting married today October 9 at the age of 60, after they had all given up hope. He wrote; The Almighty Continues to show His Beauty and Awesomeness with Cause for Celebration. My big Sister Mena' s is a testimony of faith. Named Erumena meaning *This is My Beauty*, Sister Mena grew up in a strict environment of high morality. Sh...
FG will borrow to fund N6.25trn deficit in 2022 budget – Minister of Finance
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FG will borrow to fund N6.25trn deficit in 2022 budget – Minister of Finance

The Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, says the federal government will borrow to finance N6.258 trillion deficit in the 2022 budget. Ahmed made this disclosure while briefing state house correspondents on the details of the 2022 budget proposal. According to Zainab, the Federal government is borrowing to provide developmental projects — roads, rails, bridges, power and water for sustainable development in this country. She said the government would finance the N6.258 trillion deficit by new borrowings of N5.012 trillion (of which domestic — N2.506 trillion and foreign — N2.506 trillion) from project-tied multilateral/bilateral loans — N1.156 trillion and privatization proceeds of N90.73 billion. “If we just depend on the revenues that we get, even...
Mental health is important, let’s be kind – BBNaija star Angel says following the deactivation of Tega’s Instagram account
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Mental health is important, let’s be kind – BBNaija star Angel says following the deactivation of Tega’s Instagram account

BBNaija Star, Angel, has asked people to be kind to other housemates as mental health is important. She gave this advice after her former housemate in the BBNaija ''Shine Ya Eye'' show, Tega Dominic, deactivated her IG page following the online bullying she has been experiencing since leaving the house. Tega, a married woman, has been consistently bashed online for her affair with Boma in the house. On Tuesday, she disclosed she was done with the online bullying as it has become exhausting for her. She, later on, deactivated her Instagram page. Reacting to this development, Angel appealed to everyone to be kind to others. See what she wrote on Twitter below...
Mompha announces he’s taking a break from social media for health reason
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Mompha announces he’s taking a break from social media for health reason

Businessman and popular Instagram celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha, popularly known as Mompha, says he will be taking a break from social media to enable him take better care of his health. The Bureau De Change operator took to Instagram on Wednesday, October 6, to share the announcement, adding that he made the decision on the advice of his personal physician. The latest development comes weeks after the father of two was accused of having had sexual relationship with controversial crossdresser, Bobrisky, an allegation he debunked. Taking to his Instagram page, he wrote; "This is to inform my friends and teaming fans that I will be going offline for a while due to health reasons on the advice of my personal physician," "It is beyond contention that my presence online over the ye...
Ozil: I will Help British South Asians in football
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Ozil: I will Help British South Asians in football

Mesut Ozil says he will give British South Asian players a platform to shine after linking up with partners including the Football Association and Bradford City for the launch of the Football for Peace Mesut Ozil Centre. Speaking exclusively to Sky Sports News last year, former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey spoke about growing up in Leicester and playing football with South Asian kids as a youngster, adding the community has an unquestionable passion for the game. Yet despite making up around eight per cent of the UK population, less than 0.25 per cent of players across the leagues in England are from a South Asian background, with Kick It Out chair Sanjay Bhandari telling Sky Sports News that this is "the biggest statistical anomaly in football". "I have always been surprise...
Public Interest in Women’s Sport rises during Pandemic
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Public Interest in Women’s Sport rises during Pandemic

Public interest in women's sport has risen during the pandemic, with 21 per cent of UK adults following it more than they did 18 months ago, according to a new report published by Sky Sports and Leaders in Sport. The new research shows that eyeballs are increasingly focused on women's competitions, with a significant rise in the number of men watching and engaging during the pandemic; nearly a quarter of men (24 per cent) say they now follow more women's sport than they did 18 months ago. The report 'Women's Sport: Bouncing Back from the Pandemic?' also reveals some of the causes, with over two-thirds (68 per cent) of those who follow more women's sport stating that their enjoyment of broadcast coverage fuelled their interest. Tracey Crouch MP, chair of the fan-led review into...
CLO wades into Ibom Deep Seaport saga, calls for peace
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CLO wades into Ibom Deep Seaport saga, calls for peace

The Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), Akwa Ibom State has Intervened in the controversies surrounding the nomenclature and citing of the Ibom deep sea port project in the state approved by the Federal Executive Council The organisation advised the people not to scare away public and private investors who have indicated interest to invest in projects in Akwa Ibom State. The CLO, in a statement by its State Chairman and State Secretary, Otuekong Franklyn Isong and Christopher Ekpo, respectively urged officials of government and the people of Oron federal constituency to sheathe their swords and forge a way forward. It called on the people of Oron federal constituency to support the realisation of the Ibom Deep Seaport project in their interest and in the overall interest of the pe...
Rio Ferdinand reacts to Garry Neville’s criticisms of Ronaldo
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Rio Ferdinand reacts to Garry Neville’s criticisms of Ronaldo

Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand, has reacted to Gary Neville’s criticism of Cristiano Ronaldo following the club’s Premier League 1-1 draw with Everton over the weekend. Neville had criticised Ronaldo for storming down the tunnel following Man United’s Premier League 1-1 draw with Everton at Old Trafford. He insisted that Ronaldo’s reaction put ‘immense pressure’ on Manchester United coach, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Recall that Ronaldo, who was visibly angry after Man United drew Everton on Saturday, stormed down the tunnel alone as soon as the final whistle was blown. Reacting to the development, Ferdinand defended Ronaldo’s reaction and said that you ‘can’t take emotion away’ from players. “I saw Gary Neville talking about Cristiano Ronaldo and saying he nee...
Governor Sanwo-Olu demands review of revenue sharing formula, seeks special status for Lagos
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Governor Sanwo-Olu demands review of revenue sharing formula, seeks special status for Lagos

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has called for a review on the current sharing formula to reflect the contribution of stakeholders to the common purse. In his speech at the opening of a two-day South-west zonal public hearing on the review of the revenue allocation formula organised by Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) in Lagos on Monday October 4, Sanwo-Olu stated that a new revenue sharing formula that is fair and equitable is needed. Also appealing for Lagos to be granted a "special status", the Governor said it will help in delivering high-quality services and dividends of democracy to Nigerians. He said; “The best way to guarantee national progress and development is by paying attention to subnational development because the national is a summatio...
WSL Says biennial World Cup will damage women’s game
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WSL Says biennial World Cup will damage women’s game

England's top two women's leagues have warned FIFA plans for biennial men's and women's World Cups will have a "profoundly detrimental" impact on the female game. FIFA is proposing to shorten the gap between the men's and women's showpiece events from four years to two as part of changes to the new international calendar from 2024 onwards. The Women's Super League and Championship were among 10 European competitions to sign a statement issued on Monday, along with the continent's governing body UEFA and the European Club Association, which called for FIFA to engage in a "genuine, joint and open forum" with women's football stakeholders. "The proposed plans by FIFA to stage both the men's and women's World Cup tournaments every two years will have profoundly detrimental sportin...
Obi decries level of insecurity in S’East, calls for urgent intervention
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Obi decries level of insecurity in S’East, calls for urgent intervention

Former governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi, has decried the level of insecurity in the South East Zone of Nigeria, describing it as disheartening. Obi said there is a need for urgent stakeholders meeting in the South-East, to discuss salient issues pertaining to the recent wave of violence in the region. The former governor in a press release signed by his media aide, Mr Valentine Obienyem called on different political, religious, traditional leaders and other stakeholders of the South-East to come together and tackle the monster of insecurity currently contending with the peace of the region and unity of the Igbos. Obi said: “We can no longer sit and wish away the unacceptable killings and violence raging through our region. We, Igbos, are not known for violence and disrespec...
Teen sensation Luca Netz would snub Man City twice as he focuses on future at Borussia Monchengladbach
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Teen sensation Luca Netz would snub Man City twice as he focuses on future at Borussia Monchengladbach

The highly-rated 18-year-old defender has turned down an opportunity to join the Blues once before, and would do so again if they made an approach Luca Netz is forging quite the reputation at Borussia Monchengladbach, to the point that leading sides from across Europe are shooting admiring glances in his direction, but the 18-year-old has turned down Manchester City once before and says he would do so again if the Premier League champions came calling. The highly-rated left-back has taken in just 16 competitive appearances as a senior star, with those outings spread across spells with Hertha Berlin and Gladbach – with a £3.6 million ($5m) transfer made over the summer. He could have been on the move before then, having been approached by City in 2018, but a youngster being tipped ...
Ondo, Ekiti residents groan over deplorable Akure/Ado highway
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Ondo, Ekiti residents groan over deplorable Akure/Ado highway

Residents of Ondo and Ekiti states have berated both the Federal Government and the governments of both states over the deplorable condition of the highway linking both states. According to motorists and other road users of the highway, the governments had been paying lip service to the reconstruction of the road with nothing significant happening. The highway, which has continued to give motorists and residents nightmares, connects the capital city of both states, Akure and Ado-Ekiti. Both Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti and his Ondo State counterpart, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, had severally assured that the road, which had for long been in a bad shape, had been marked for dualization with both governors inspecting the road a few months back, a development which raised the hope of e...
Boyfriend dumped me after I spent 200k on his birthday – Young lady laments
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Boyfriend dumped me after I spent 200k on his birthday – Young lady laments

A Nigerian lady has taken to microblogging platform, Twitter to lament over how her boyfriend dumped her despite spending a huge amount of money on his birthday. According to the young lady with a username @tallchi_girl, her boyfriend broke up with her one week after celebrating his birthday in big way. She revealed that she is heartbroken as a result of the development. In her words; ”I’m heartbroken. I spent 200k on my man birthday last week, only for me to get a break up 2hrs ago.. Men are wicked.”
US agency Investigates Okagbare Anti-doping Case
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US agency Investigates Okagbare Anti-doping Case

 A major United States law enforcement agency is pursuing the anti-doping case involving provisionally suspended Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare, Saturday PUNCH reports. The investigations according to RJRGLEANER Group fall under the controversial Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act, passed by the United State Government in December 2020. This development comes just over a month after Okagbare was barred from contesting the 100m semi-finals at the Tokyo Olympics having been provisionally suspended by the Athletics Integrity Unit on July 31. She was suspended for using the banned drug Human Growth Hormone. Under the World Anti-Doping Agency rules, the use of HGH, an anabolic steroid, carries a maximum four-year ban for first time offenders. It grants extraterritorial juris...
Nigeria at 61: Bad, selfish leadership causing Nigerians unnecessary pain – CAN
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Nigeria at 61: Bad, selfish leadership causing Nigerians unnecessary pain – CAN

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has said it strongly believes that bad and selfish leadership over the years has caused what Nigerians are suffering for the past 61 years of the country’s independence. In a message, the CAN President, Rev. Dr Samson Ayokunle, explained that Nigerians are already suffering because they do not fear God, adding that today people are suffering from insecurity and other vices that make life very difficult for the common man. The CAN President noted, “We are already in the hands of the enemies because of our corrupt and sinful life. We are in pains of insecurity, inflation, unemployment, poverty is stirring many people in the face. Kidnappers and bandits do not allow us to rest.” He added that for the past years, bad and selfish leadership in...
Nigeria@61: Concentrate on issues of unity rather than divisive tendencies, Buni tells Nigerians
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Nigeria@61: Concentrate on issues of unity rather than divisive tendencies, Buni tells Nigerians

As Nigeria celebrates 61 years of its independence, the Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC) Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee and Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni has urged Nigerians to concentrate on issues that unite the country rather than exhibiting divisive tendencies. Buni, who gave the charge in a statement signed by his Director General Press and Media Affairs, Mamman Mohammed, also said the long history of integration among the various ethnic, and socio-cultural groups should be a source of strength and unity in diversity for the country at 61. He said, “although Nigeria might not have reached where it wanted to be after 61 years of independence yet, we have cause to celebrate our existence as a country. “We may have some challenges but we s...
Coalition advocates qualified leadership in academia, support for new PTI boss
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Coalition advocates qualified leadership in academia, support for new PTI boss

A coalition of Nigerian youth groups has said that infrastructural and intellectual growth in any academia can only be assured when qualified individuals are appointed into sensitive positions in such institutions. While calling for support for the growth and development of the Petroleum Training Institute of Nigeria, the group appealed for collaborative support for its new management, led by Dr. Henry Adebowale Adimula. The call is contained in a press statement signed by the leader of the coalition and the National President of the Nigerian Youth Union(NYU), Chinonso Obasi. The groups comprising, the Nigerian Youth Union(NYU), the National Association of Nigerian Students(NANS), National Association of Polytechnic Students(NAPS), African Students Education Support Initiative(ASE...
BBNaija: Liquorose reveals why she’s unhappy with Pere, Angel’s return to show
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BBNaija: Liquorose reveals why she’s unhappy with Pere, Angel’s return to show

Big Brother Naija season 6 housemate, Liquorose has revealed why she wasn’t happy with Pere and Angel’s return to the reality show. Liquorose during her diary session told Biggie that a part of her wanted them back while the other didn’t want them on the show because they increased the stakes and made the possibilities of her winning lower. She however noted that regardless of what the recent development would bring, she would try her best to step up her game. ”In honesty am happy and unhappy at the same time. On one hand, I feel like I want them to be in the house then on the other hand the stake got higher with their return and I want to be the winner. ”So, with their return, It simply means that I have to step up my game,” she said
NDDC has been a cash cow for Politicians – Governor Wike
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NDDC has been a cash cow for Politicians – Governor Wike

Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, has said that the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, is now a cash cow for politicians in the country. Governor Wike said this during the commissioning of the Police Barracks SPU at Omagwa in Ikwerre LGA of the state on Tuesday, September 28. “NDDC has been a cash cow for politicians. You will see competition over who will be the Managing Director, Executive Director (Finance), Executive Director (Projects). These are people who will make sure money is available for politics. You have portfolio contractors from Abuja. Every now and then, the Managing Director will be running to Abuja.” According to Wike, the problem of the NDDC was not just the Niger Delta region but entire Nigeria. Making reference to the promise by the Minister of Nige...
UK fuel crisis: MURIC hails President Buhari
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UK fuel crisis: MURIC hails President Buhari

A group, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has described the ongoing fuel crisis in the United Kingdom as an opportunity for Nigerians to appreciate President Muhammadu Buhari whose administration has registered near zero fuel queues in the six years of his administration. In a press statement issued on Wednesday by its director, Professor Ishaq, he said Britain had been enmeshed in fuel shortages resulting in long queues at petrol stations in the past two weeks. Of a total of 8,000 filling stations in Britain, up to two-thirds of 5,500 fuel stations have run out of supply. He said the British army had been put on red alert to intervene, while the government of Boris Johnson had offered temporary visas to 5,000 foreign fuel tanker drivers. According to him, the development had ...
Afenifere spokesperson reacts to Northern Governors Forum’s position on power rotation
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Afenifere spokesperson reacts to Northern Governors Forum’s position on power rotation

The National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Jare Ajayi, has reacted to the position of the Northern Governors Forum concernin power shift come 2023. The Northern Governors had a meeting on Monday, September 27, where they deliberated on calls for power shift to the South in 2023, stating that it is unconstitutional as the constitution says that an elected president shall score the majority votes; score at least 25% of the votes cast in 2/3 States of the Federation. Reacting to this development, Ajayi expressed surprise at the position of the governors saying some northern governors had said before that power should come to the South in 2023. Speaking to Punch, Ajayi said “This new position by the governors indicated that the issue of forging unity in the country is only on th...
Reno Omokri Trolls President Buhari as Anthony Joshua Loses his Championship Belts to Oleksandr Usyk
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Reno Omokri Trolls President Buhari as Anthony Joshua Loses his Championship Belts to Oleksandr Usyk

Reno Omokri has reacted to Nigerian boxer, Anthony Joshua losing his championship belts to Oleksandr Usyk in a fight that took place in London, the United Kingdom on Saturday night, September 25. The undefeated Ukrainian upset the odds that were largely in Joshua's favour and took over Joshua’s IBF, WBO and WBA heavyweight titles. Reacting to this development, Reno posted a photo of Anthony Joshua with his heavyweight belts posing beside President Buhari in January 2020 and wrote; ''Everything Buhari touches…!''
External loans: Catholic Bishops send message to Buhari’s govt
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External loans: Catholic Bishops send message to Buhari’s govt

The Catholic Archbishops of Abuja has asked President Muhammadu Buhari’s government to ensure that the huge amounts of money being borrowed externally are used for the development of the country as promised. The Bishops, who called on the government and the law enforcement agencies to do all that is necessary to tackle national insecurity and restore lasting peace in the country, said Nigerians, particularly the youths are currently been ravaged by several challenges due to corruption and bad governance. This was contained in a communique issued on Saturday in Abuja after a two-day General Assembly. The communique was jointly signed by His Grace, Most Rev Ignatius Kaigama, the Archbishop of Abuja, and Rev. Fr. Sebastian Musa, the Chancellor. The bishops also condemned in totality ...
Women elected Mayors in Morocco’s leading cities
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Women elected Mayors in Morocco’s leading cities

Three women have been elected Mayors in Morocco's leading cities, following a nationwide parliamentary, regional and municipal polls on September 8. On Friday September 24, Rabat - Asmaa Rhlalou, a member of the National Rally of Independents (RNI) became the first woman mayor of Morocco’s capital Rabat. The new mayor of Rabat defeated two other candidates. Hassan Lachgar from the Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP), and Badia Bennani from the Justice and Development Party (PJD). Speaking after her election, Rhlalou said; “It’s a historical day for the city of lights." On Monday September 20, Nabila Rmili who is also another RNI member, was elected as mayor of Casablanca, Morocco’s commercial capital and biggest city with 3.5 million residents. Authenticity and Modern...
Nigeria needs $400bn to achieve net-zero carbon emissions in 30 years – Buhari
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Nigeria needs $400bn to achieve net-zero carbon emissions in 30 years – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said Nigeria needs $400bn to achieve net-zero, amounts to over $400bn in 30 years Speaking on Nigeria’s role as a Global Theme Champion for the Energy Transition, the theme of the High-Level Dialogue on Energy at the sidelines of the 76th United Nations General Assembly in New York, Buhari said Nigeria is working on an ambitious Energy Plan towards reducing the energy shortcomings by the year 2030. Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a statement titled, ‘Nigeria to electrify five million households by 2030, says President Buhari at energy dialogue’. According to the President, “Nigeria’s commitment to a just transition is reflected in our ambitious Energy Compact, which includes the Government’...
Reported CAF ban of Bayelsa Stadium False, Misleading – Sports Commissioner
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Reported CAF ban of Bayelsa Stadium False, Misleading – Sports Commissioner

The Bayelsa State Commissioner of Youths and Sports, Hon. Daniel Igali, has denied the reported ban of the football pitch of the Samson Siasia Stadium, Yenagoa by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) ahead of Bayelsa United’s home game against CS Sfaxien of Tunisia. According to him, the report is false, misleading and an attempt to blackmail the Bayelsa State Government into awarding maintenance contract of the pitch to a certain contractor. DAILY POST learnt that one of the national dailies yesterday reported that CAF took a painful decision to ban playing of the tournament on the home ground of Bayelsa United, one of the teams representing Nigeria in the current Confederation Cup, following the poor technical report on the Samson Siasia Stadium after Bayelsa...
One of Katsina Village Head’s Abducted Children Escapes from Bandits den
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One of Katsina Village Head’s Abducted Children Escapes from Bandits den

  One of the abducted children of Katsina village head has regained freedom after escaping from the bandits’ den. LIB had reported that bandits abducted four children of Alhaji Hamza Umar, the village head of Sabuwar Kasa in Kafur Local Government Area of Katsina State on Sunday, September 5, 2021. A family member, Abubakar Nasarawa confirmed the latest development in a statement on Facebook on Thursday September 23. "Alhamdulillah, one of our children has escaped, by the grace of God we are expecting the rest to arrive in time too. Let's keep them in prayer and our country together. May God bring us eternal peace. Wamba of Nasarawa. For the family" the statement read.
My government is doing its best on infrastructure development – Buhari tells Queen of The Netherlands, Maxima Zorreguietav
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My government is doing its best on infrastructure development – Buhari tells Queen of The Netherlands, Maxima Zorreguietav

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his administration is doing its best to prioritize the provision of infrastructure and development. He said this on Wednesday, September 22, during a bilateral meeting at the margins of the United Nations General Assembly holding in New York, USA, with Her Majesty, Maxima Zorreguieta, Queen of The Netherlands. President Buhari, at the meeting, told Queen Maxima that Nigeria is well aware of her limitations, and thus prioritized the building of infrastructure. A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina quoted Buhari to have said that, "Without infrastructure, development would be limited, so we put emphasis on building roads, rail, and power. We have a comprehensive plan, and we are doing...
We are not pampering repentant terrorists, we are only being humane – Nigerian Army
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We are not pampering repentant terrorists, we are only being humane – Nigerian Army

The Nigerian army has said that it is not pampering repentant terrorists who recently surrendered. Theatre commander of the north-east joint task force 'Operation Hadin Kai', Christopher Musa told newsmen that allowing repentant terrorists to surrender to troops without shooting them, is in line with international laws and best practices. Musa stated that providing food, shelter and other amenities for repentant terrorists is an act of humanity and to ensure that they are fit enough to go through the proper procedure. The Theatre commander also said they are sorting them out, and will be treating those who didn't play any part in attacks and those who took part actively seperately. He said; “I don’t know if people misunderstood humane treatment as being pampering, because if he...
AMCON takes over mansion of ex-Kwara Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, over N5bn debt
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AMCON takes over mansion of ex-Kwara Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, over N5bn debt

The Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) has taken over some houses belonging to former Governor Abdulfattah Ahmed of Kwara State over a N5 billion debt. AMCON said that the takeover of the houses followed the order of Hon. Justice A.M. Liman of the Federal High Court, Lagos Division, who also ordered the freezing of the Bank Accounts of the former governor and his two companies including Trans Properties and Investment Limited and Trans It Consulting Limited. Confirming this development, Head, Corporate Communications, AMCON, Jude Nwauzor, said: "Early today and in compliance with the court order, AMCON through the Law firm of Chief Robert Ohuoba of Robert Ohuoba & Co, one of the leading Asset Management Partners (AMPs) of AMCON who also received protective orders ...
BBNaija: Ebuka Reacts as housemates Launch Search for Nini
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BBNaija: Ebuka Reacts as housemates Launch Search for Nini

Big Brother Naija season 6 host, Ebuka obi-Uchendu has reacted to the ongoing search for Nini by other housemates. Recall that Biggie during a diary session told Nini to use a secret emergency exit upstairs and leave the house for 24 hours. She was instructed to keep the secret and not disclose it to anyone. Following the development, the other housemates were thrown into confusion after they noticed that Nini was nowhere to be found. Saga was seen in front of the diary room demanding that Biggie open the door just in case Nini was stuck inside. Queen was seen dusting the duvets in search of her. Other housemates were searching all the other areas of the house in confusion as no trace of Nini was found. Reacting, Ebuka in a post via his Twitter account,...
BBNaija: Nini finally leaves Biggie’s house, begins secret task [VIDEO]
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BBNaija: Nini finally leaves Biggie’s house, begins secret task [VIDEO]

Big Brother Naija, BBNaija housemate, Nini has left the Big Brother house to begin the secret task she was given on Tuesday. Recall that Biggie during a diary session told Nini to use a secret emergency exit upstairs and leave the house for 24 hours. She was instructed to keep the secret and not disclose it to anyone. Biggie gave her the task after Nini broke down in tears and complained about being exhausted. Following the development, Nini was on Tuesday night whisked out to a secret room. Nini was provided with a bed, TV where she can view what’s happening in the house and a restroom in her new room. She was also seen dancing around in happiness while taking a tour around her new space. Video:
Boko Haram appoints deputy leader as ISWAP redeploys commanders
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Boko Haram appoints deputy leader as ISWAP redeploys commanders

Ameer Bakoura Buduma, leader of the Boko Haram faction led by late Abubakar Shekau, has appointed a deputy for himself. Mallam Tahiru Damboa is now the ‘Jaysh’, second in command. Buduma, a Chadian, is supervising Lelewa, a border area between Nigeria and Niger Republic. Several foot soldiers have been dispatched to dominate a forest close to Rigachikun in Kaduna. The development coincides with the redeployment in the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP). The ISIS affiliate has appointed Huozaifah Ibn Sadiq as Ameer Fiya at Timbuktu Faruuq triangle, replacing Abba Yusuf also known as Abuo Zarah. Houzaifah was formerly the Fitya (Commander) controlling Marte Kirenoa axis in the North-East. ISWAP also appointed Abou Aseyia as Ameer Fiya in charge of Sambisa fores...
Governor Sanwo-Olu signs anti-open grazing bill into law
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Governor Sanwo-Olu signs anti-open grazing bill into law

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has signed the bill prohibiting open grazing in Lagos into law. Sanwo-Olu assented to the bill at the Lagos House on Monday September 20. The Governor's aide on print media, Wale Ajetunmobi confirmed the development. Ajetunmobi wrote; “Breaking! Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, this afternoon, signs the bill prohibiting open cattle grazing in Lagos into law." Lagos State House of Assembly had on Thursday, September 9, 2021, passed the bill entitled, “A bill for a law to Prohibit Open Cattle Grazing In Lagos State, the Trespass of Cattle Land And For Other Connected Purposes”.   Lagos is now the fourth southern state to sign the anti-open grazing bill into law, after Rivers, Ondo, Enugu, and Akwa Ibom.  
Really poor’ – Man Utd’s Phil Jones fires back at Rio Ferdinand
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Really poor’ – Man Utd’s Phil Jones fires back at Rio Ferdinand

Manchester United defender, Phil Jones, has fired back at the club’s legend, Rio Ferdinand, after comments he made on his podcast. Ferdinand had recently called Jones, who has not featured in a first-team game for Man United since January 2020, a ‘waste of time’. He also urged Jones to leave Man United, adding that he was ‘taking up a youth player’s position’ in the Red Devils squad. But Man United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, defended Jones after Ferdinand’s comments, claiming the player was working hard to get back to fitness. Ferdinand eventually apologised for the comments claiming he didn’t know the extent of Jones’ injury problems recently. Reacting to the development, Jones, who is fighting to get back fit again by featuring for Man United’s Under-23s in recent we...
Abia Assembly summons IPMAN over increased cost of fuel
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Abia Assembly summons IPMAN over increased cost of fuel

The Abia State House of Assembly has expressed concern on the exorbitant increase of the petroleum products in the state. The House committee on Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Abia State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (ASOPADEC) and petroleum matters, on Wednesday, summoned the leadership of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), to appear before it on Thursday, Sept. 16h, at the Assembly complex to explain reasons why its members have continued to sell petroleum products above approved prices in the state. The chairman of the committee, Hon. Godwin Adiele, asked the petroleum marketers in the state to revert to the old price or machinery will be put in motion to visit consequences upon defaulting marketers according to the dictates ...
Afghanistan’s girl’s football teams flee across the border to Pakistan wearing burqas
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Afghanistan’s girl’s football teams flee across the border to Pakistan wearing burqas

Members of Afghanistan's national junior girls' football team have fled across the border into Pakistan, officials said Wednesday September 15. This comes a month after the Taliban swept back into power, with members of the Afghan Girls National Youth Football Team reportedly sent into hiding as they feared for their safety. The girls who played for the under-14, under-16 and under-18 teams reportedly crossed the northern land border dressed in burqas, a campaigner said, before they later changed into headscarves. Campaigners told the Independent, the female athletes were at 'immediate risk' due to their association with women's football as reports surfaced of the Taliban searching hotels in an effort to track them down. Afghanistan's new rulers have indicated that wome...
Emir of Kontagora dies three months after his heir was killed by bandit
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Emir of Kontagora dies three months after his heir was killed by bandit

His Royal Highness, Emir of Kontagora in Niger State, Alhaji Saidu Namaska, is dead. The traditional ruler died at a hospital in Abuja on Thursday morning, September 9, after a protracted illness. The Sarkin Sudan Kontagora died at the age of 84 after 47 years on the throne. His death comes three months after his eldest son and heir, Bashar Saidu Namaska was murdered by bandits at Masuga village close to Kontagora. No official statement has been issued from the family and palace but Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, confirmed the development in a statement on Thursday. The Governor eulogized the traditional ruler describing him as a man of peace who ensured peace and tranquility in his emirate throughout his reign. Governor Sani Bello said the deceased Emir w...
Sunday Igboho’s Lawyers React To Leaked Audio
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Sunday Igboho’s Lawyers React To Leaked Audio

A counsel to the Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Igboho, Olasupo Ojo, on Tuesday, disclosed that his client has no plan to change his lawyers in Benin. Recall that the activist in leaked audio had condemned his Benin-based lawyers for failing to secure his release from detention. Igboho had blasted the Benin Republic-based lawyers led by Ibrahim Salami for collecting about ₦5m each and abandoning him in prison. The Yoruba Nation agitator further stated that he is not afraid of being extradited to Nigeria. Ojo in a discussion with Punch said, “He (Igboho) is not changing any of the lawyers in the Benin Republic. We know the lawyers that are working, we know those are not working and we have adjusted according. For the sake of goodwill and everybody concerned, we are not removing an...
President Buhari appoints Ifedayo Adetifa as new NCDC DG
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President Buhari appoints Ifedayo Adetifa as new NCDC DG

President Buhari has approved the appointment of Ifedayo Adetifa as the director-general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). Adetifa takes over from the immediate past NCDC DG, Chikwe Ihekweazu, who was recently appointed as an assistant director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in charge of health emergency intelligence. According to his profile on the website of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Adetifa, a paediatrician and infectious diseases epidemiologist, got his first degree from the University of Ilorin in Kwara state. “I received my undergraduate medical training at the University of Ilorin, Kwara, Nigeria and completed residency training in Paediatrics at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, Lagos, Nigeria f...
BBNaija: What Whitemoney told Queen after nominations
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BBNaija: What Whitemoney told Queen after nominations

Big Brother season 6 housemate, Whitemoney has told Queen to stop getting upset about being nominated for possible eviction. Whitemoney said this during a conversation with Queen and Liquorose after nominations on Monday evening. Whitemoney, Saga, Liquorose, Emmanuel, Jackie B, Pere, JayPaul, and Saskay were all nominated for possible eviction on Sunday. Fortunately, Emmanuel won the head of house game which automatically exempted him from the nominations. However, Biggy announced a twist in the game. He said that the second runner up will be given the veto power to save and replace, adding that the status quo for the deputy head of house if up for eviction remains the same. Pere, who was the second runner up saved himself and replaced with Queen. Follo...
APC LG congress chairman allegedly elopes with results in Oyo
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APC LG congress chairman allegedly elopes with results in Oyo

Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Local Government Congress Committee in Oyo State, Mr. Hilary Amodu, has allegedly absconded with the results of local government congresses. DAILY POST recalls that local government congresses of APC were held on Saturday. It was, however, gathered that Amodu had allegedly eloped with results of 29 out of the 33 local government areas in the state, though Amodu has refuted the claim. Secretary of the committee, Engineer Abdulazeez Usman and other members of the committee among whom are and Abubakar Umar Abdullahi, in a statement made available to DAILY POST on Monday, alleged that Amodu left Ibadan on Sunday at about 12 noon and was yet to be seen or reached on phone till this morning. The committee members noted that Amodu lef...
He ate while I cried – Toke Makinwa on ex-husband’s reaction after infidelity news
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He ate while I cried – Toke Makinwa on ex-husband’s reaction after infidelity news

Toke Makinwa has revealed her ex-husband, Maje Ayida’s reaction after he confessed to having a child by another woman while they were married. Recall that the union between the duo fell apart in 2015 when news broke that Maje was expecting a child from his side chic, Anita Solomon. However, during an interview with Chude Jideonwo, Toke while recalling what happened on the day the news broke said she was asleep on the same bed with Maje when he told her what happened. She also revealed that Singer, IcePrince, called her at about 2am to check on her when the news broke and at the time, she was still in the dark about what was going on. Toke went on to say Maje initially denied the news but later admitted he was expecting a child with Anita. She said, ”he even had the guts to o...

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