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‘What a mess’ – Neymar furious as suspension rules him out of Coupe de France final
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‘What a mess’ – Neymar furious as suspension rules him out of Coupe de France final

The PSG forward has slammed French football's lawmakers after a yellow card ensures he will not play in the match against Monaco Neymar has vented his fury online after being suspended for the Coupe de France final, describing the situation as "a mess". The Paris Saint-Germain forward will not be available for the French cup final against Monaco after picking up a booking during the semi-final victory over Montpellier this week. In a heated statement posted to his Instagram page, Neymar slammed French football's lawmakers for the suspension rules that will keep him out of competing for silverware at the end of the season.
Nine terrorists killed in foiled attack in Maiduguri – Nigerian Army
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Nine terrorists killed in foiled attack in Maiduguri – Nigerian Army

The Nigerian army has disclosed that nine terrorists were killed in the foiled attack carried out by Boko Haram terrorists in Maiduguri yesterday, May 11.   Army spokesperson, Mohammed Yerima in a statement on Wednesday May 12, said that the terrorists were countered by combined gallant troops in conjunction with the police, youth vigilante and hunters.   While nine were killed, others escaped with gunshot injuries.   ''Troops of Operation HADIN KAI on Tuesday, 11 May, 2021, foiled attempts by Boko Haram terrorists to attack an outskirt of Maiduguri, Borno State. The terrorists, who tried to advance from Aldawari axis, attempted to attack soft targets along Jiddari Polo, were countered by combined gallant troops in c...
Bandits kill traditional ruler’s aide, his wife and daughter-in-law in Kaduna
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Bandits kill traditional ruler’s aide, his wife and daughter-in-law in Kaduna

Bandits have killed a local community official alongside his wife and daughter in-law at Golkofa in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State.   The State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, who disclosed this in a statement on Sunday May 9, said the assailants stormed the home of Sgt. Christopher Madaki (Rtd), a scribe to a Ward Head at Golkofa, Jema’a LGA on Saturday night, May 8, and shot him, his wife and his son’s wife dead.   "The three were later confirmed dead, while his son, Clement Musa Madaki survived with injuries inflicted on him by the assailants," Aruwan stated.   The scribe’s wife was identified as Mary Christopher Madaki, and his son's wife as Alice Musa. &n...
Thauvin completes transfer to Liga MX side Tigres following Premier League links
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Thauvin completes transfer to Liga MX side Tigres following Premier League links

The 28-year-old is seen as a major statement of intent from the Mexican outfit Liga MX side Tigres have announced the signing of Florian Thauvin from Marseille on a free transfer. The 28-year-old moves to Mexico on a five-year deal and will be reunited with former team-mate Andre-Pierre Gignac, who also left Marseille for the Mexican club in 2015. The signing is a major coup for Tigres after Thauvin had been linked with several Premier League clubs, as well as AC Milan.
RCCG announces funeral arrangements for Pastor Adeboye’s son, Dare
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RCCG announces funeral arrangements for Pastor Adeboye’s son, Dare

The funeral arrangement for Pastor Dare Adeboye, son of the general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has been announced.   According to a statement signed by Leke Adeboye, the personal assistant of the general overseer and younger brother of Dare, a special service will be held on Sunday, May 9 at the City of David Youth Church in Eket, Akwa Ibom, where late Pastor Dare pastored. The statement added that thanksgiving songs and tribute nite will be held on Monday, May 10, between 4 pm and 6 pm, at the RCCG House of Favour, Redemption Camp, Lagos-Ibadan expressway.   A farewell service will take place on Tuesday, May 11, at the Youth Centre, RCCG Redemption Camp.   Dare, aged 42, died in his sleep in Eket, Akwa Ib...
How Bill Gates spent long weekends at the beach alone with his venture capitalist ex-girlfriend Ann Winblad every year
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How Bill Gates spent long weekends at the beach alone with his venture capitalist ex-girlfriend Ann Winblad every year

Bill and Melinda Gates have had a decades-long agreement that the Microsoft boss could vacation for a long weekend at the beach every year with his venture capitalist ex-girlfriend. The odd arrangement raises eyebrows now that one of the richest couples in the world are going their separate ways after 27 years together and building a $130billion fortune. Bill, 65, and venture capitalist Ann Winblad, 70, dated in the 80s but broke up in 1987, the same year he met future wife Melinda. Ann was reportedly more ready for marriage than Bill as he worked day and night to build his billion-dollar Microsoft empire. However, the pair maintained a friendship and in a 1997 piece in TIME Magazine, Bill said, 'When I was off on my own thinking about marrying Melinda, I called Ann and asked for ...
Premier League Releases Statement on Cancelled Man Utd vs Liverpool Fixture
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Premier League Releases Statement on Cancelled Man Utd vs Liverpool Fixture

  The Premier League has released a statement after Sunday’s fixture between Manchester United and Liverpool was called off. The game was postponed after United supporters invaded the Old Trafford pitch, protesting against the owners, the Glazer family. In a statement, the Premier League has said the “rearrangement of the fixture will be communicated in due course”. “We understand and respect the strength of feeling but condemn all acts of violence, criminal damage and trespass, especially given the associated COVID-19 breaches. “Fans have many channels by which to make their views known, but the actions of a minority seen today have no justification,” it read in part. It added that “the rearrangement of the fixture will be communicated in due course.”...
Iniobong Umoren: Police arrest one over rape, murder of job seeker in Akwa Ibom
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Iniobong Umoren: Police arrest one over rape, murder of job seeker in Akwa Ibom

The Akwa Ibom State Police Command said it has arrested one Uduak Frank Akpan, 20, over the murder of one Miss Iniobong Umoren, who was declared missing a few days ago. The Police Public Relations Officer in the State, SP Odiko Macdon, who disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, said the suspect lured the victim to his house in the guise of offering her job. He said the suspect raped the victim in his house and killed her adding that in order to cover his tracks, he dug a shallow grave and buried her in his father’s compound. The statement also said that the suspect claimed to have reported his atrocity to his Local Government Chairman before he fled to Calabar for fear of apprehension. The statement in part, “The Akwa Ibom State Police Command has arrested one Uduak Frank Akp...
INEC office in Akwa Ibom set ablaze by unknown hoodlums
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INEC office in Akwa Ibom set ablaze by unknown hoodlums

The Independent National Electoral Commission has announced its office in Essien Udim Local Government Area in Akwa Ibom State has been set ablaze by unknown hoodlums. Festus Okoye Esq, the National Commissioner, and IVEC Chairman disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, April 2. The statement said the incident occurred in the early hours of Sunday and that the security guard on duty at the INEC office escaped unhurt.     It was also disclosed in the statement that the fire destroyed 345 ballot boxes, 135 voting cubicles, megaphones, water tanks and furnitures.     INEC, however, revealed that an investigation by the police into the incident has commenced. The statement read, “The Resident Electoral Commissioner for Akwa Ibom State, Ba...
Oduduwa Republic: All Yoruba policemen behind us – Sunday Igboho
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Oduduwa Republic: All Yoruba policemen behind us – Sunday Igboho

Acclaimed Yoruba activist, Chief Sunday Adeyemo (Aka Sunday Igboho) has said men and officers of the Nigeria Police Force from Yoruba land are with him and other Yoruba nation apologists. This is coming hours after the police accused the Yoruba nation promoter of attacking its officers during a rally in abeokuta, the Ogun State capital on Sunday. In a statement by his media aide, Olayomi Koiki, on his social media handle, Sunday Igboho said they will never fight Yoruba policemen. Igboho directed all true Yoruba indigenes not to fight the police. However, he reechoed that “we do not want the Nigerian government anymore.” The statement read: “All the Yoruba police are behind us. We will never fight them. “If you are a true Yoruba, don’t fight with the police, because they are ...
Pantami: Presidency’s Statement Confirms Sympathy For Terrorism – PDP
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Pantami: Presidency’s Statement Confirms Sympathy For Terrorism – PDP

April 23, 2021 Press Statement The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says the statement by the Buhari Presidency, in which it shows a desperation to provide official cover to a terrorism apologist further confirms public and international apprehensions that the Buhari administration and the All Progressives Congress (APC) are patronizing acts of terrorism in our country. Nigerians were traumatized that the Presidency could mount a hopeless defence and justification for the actions of the exposed Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, who had already confessed to supporting terrorist groups like al-Qaida and Taliban. It is instructive to note that this anti-people stance has heightened public anxiety that the Buhari Presidency is a haven for traitors who ...
Presidency’s Statement On Campaign Against Communications Minister, Isa Pantami
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Presidency’s Statement On Campaign Against Communications Minister, Isa Pantami

STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENCY ON RECENT CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL ECONOMY Today, there is an unfortunate fashion in public discourse that makes leaders in politics, religion, and civil society liable in the present for every statement they have ever made in the past – no matter how long ago, and even after they have later rejected them. This insidious phenomenon seeks to cancel the careers of others on the basis of a thing they have said, regardless of when they said it. The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami is, currently, subject to a “cancel campaign” instigated by those who seek his removal. They do not really care what he may or may not have said some 20 years ago: that is merely the instrument they a...
UEFA Releases Statement About Breakaway European Super League
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UEFA Releases Statement About Breakaway European Super League

UEFA, the English Football Association and the Premier League, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and LaLiga, and the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) and Lega Serie A have learned that a few English, Spanish and Italian clubs may be planning to announce their creation of a closed, so-called Super League. If this were to happen, we wish to reiterate that we – UEFA, the English FA, RFEF, FIGC, the Premier League, LaLiga, Lega Serie A, but also FIFA and all our member associations – will remain united in our efforts to stop this cynical project, a project that is founded on the self-interest of a few clubs at a time when society needs solidarity more than ever. We will consider all measures available to us, at all levels, both judicial and sporting in order to prevent t...
Shameful Statement By CCT Chairman, Danladi Umar On Banex Plaza Incident
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Shameful Statement By CCT Chairman, Danladi Umar On Banex Plaza Incident

An attempt by Mr. Danladi Umar, chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal to explain his role in the fracas that broke out at Banex Plaza Abuja on Monday, has ended up badly. A statement issued to clear him raised questions about the competence of his PR unit. The statement further put Umar’s office into public ridicule, as it was replete with egregious errors. The official who sent out the explainer ought to be charged with gross misconduct, unbecoming of a public official. P.M.News italicises some of the errors: Press Statement from the Code of Conduct Bureau “Our attention was drawn on a report from some online publication with a video cliff suggesting Hon Chairman, Justice Danladi Y. Umar assaulted a Security Guard at Banex Plaza. To start with, the said plaza has ...
“Igbo Presidency Can’t Evolve Until the North Forgives the Igbos for Killing Sardauna of Sokoto” Doyin Okupe writes
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“Igbo Presidency Can’t Evolve Until the North Forgives the Igbos for Killing Sardauna of Sokoto” Doyin Okupe writes

Doyin Okupe is the number one on the Twitter trend table after he shared a controversial statement on Twitter. The former presidential aide tweeted: "A national consensus for Igbo Presidency cannot evolve until the core north forgives the Igbos for the killing of Sardauna of Sokoto by nigerian soldiers of igbo extraction in the 1966 Coup." His tweet elicited strong emotions from Nigerians as many Twitter users called him out. See some reactions below.
Troops kill 6 Boko Haram terrorists in Borno
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Troops kill 6 Boko Haram terrorists in Borno

Six Boko Haram terrorists have been killed by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole along Dikwa – Ajiri axis in the Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno State.   Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima in a statement released on Tuesday March 16 said the terrorists who mounted  motorcycles and a gun truck, were killed by the soldiers after they engaged in a fierce firefight.   Items recovered from the insurgents include one PKM, two AK-47 rifles, one FN rifle, three FN rifle magazines, two AK-47 rifle magazines, 36 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 19 rounds of 7.62mm special and 67 PKM linked rounds.   The statement read;   TROOPS SUSTAIN OFFENSIVE ONSLAUGHT, KILL MORE BOKO HARAM/ISWAP TERRORISTS, CAPTURE ARMS, AMMUNITION IN DIKWA – AJ...
Buckingham Palace Releases Statement On Behalf Of The Queen Over Harry, Meghan Interview
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Buckingham Palace Releases Statement On Behalf Of The Queen Over Harry, Meghan Interview

THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT IS ISSUED BY BUCKINGHAM PALACE ON BEHALF OF HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan. The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately. Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members. ENDS Meghan and Harry news: Buckingham Palace release statement on Royal family racism claims - live reaction Buckingham Palace has released a statement on behalf of the Queen in response to the Duke and Duchess of Sussexes’ bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview. Buckingham Palace's response to the issues raised by the Sussexe...
Ex-Kebbi Senator, Umaru Tafidan Argungu arraigned for N419m alleged fraud in Sokoto
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Ex-Kebbi Senator, Umaru Tafidan Argungu arraigned for N419m alleged fraud in Sokoto

Umaru Tafidan Argungu, a former Nigerian senator has been arraigned for N419m alleged fraud in Sokoto. The 61-year-old was arraigned on Monday, March 1, before Justice Mohammed Mohammed of the Sokoto State High Court on one count charge of criminal misappropriation of public funds to the tune of N419, 744, 612. 30 (Four Hundred and Nineteen Million, Seven Hundred and Forty-Four Thousand, Six Hundred and Twelve Naira, Thirty Kobo). The former Senator who represented Kebbi North in the 6th Senate under the People's Democratic Party (PDP), is alleged to have diverted the said sum which was paid by the Sokoto State government as 40percent equity stake in Hijrah Investment Nigeria Limited, owners of Hijrah Textile Ltd. According to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, th...
Six Fake Soldiers Arrested in Delta
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Six Fake Soldiers Arrested in Delta

Six persons suspected to be fake army officers have been arrested in Asaba, the Delta State capital. The suspects were arrested along Midwifery School Road, off Okpanam Road in Asaba, by officers of Operation Delta Hawk, a joint security outfit of the Delta State Government. The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig-Gen Mohammed Yerima, who disclosed this in a statement on Thursday February 25, said the suspects were arrested following intelligence report. The statement gave the names of the suspects as Nwokoye Chidera Emmanuel (20), Nwokoye Francis (24), Chigozie Arinze (23), Kingsley Ndukuba (32), Chidera Anichukwu (21) and Chinedu Akwali (29). One of the suspects, Chidera claimed to be a Cadet from Southern Maritime Academy at Ugheli, Delta State, and ‘confessed to h...
”It Slipped out of my Mouth”- Apostle Suleman reacts to viral video of him praying COVID19 shouldn’t end
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”It Slipped out of my Mouth”- Apostle Suleman reacts to viral video of him praying COVID19 shouldn’t end

Apostle Johnson Suleman who is the General Overseer of the Omega Fire Ministries International, Apostle Johnson Suleman, has described as an error in his statement in which he said that COVID19 should not end because he was prospering and has been able to buy his third private jet. In a video that went viral last week, Suleman while preaching at a church program, said “In COVID (pandemic) I bought a jet; the third one. I have three. I was praying for COVID-19 not to end because I was resting. While people were complaining. my wife asked, ‘Can life be this sweet?’ Am I talking to somebody here?'' His statement drew criticisms from Nigerians who condemned him for being excited about the pandemic that has crippled the economic lives of many including the people who attend his chu...
Yoruba Council Of Elders Berates Ahmad Lawan Over Statement On Shasha Crisis
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Yoruba Council Of Elders Berates Ahmad Lawan Over Statement On Shasha Crisis

The Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) has berated the Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, for accusing South-West governors and leaders as responsible for ethnic crisis and killings in the region. But reacting to Lawan’s accusation in a telephone chat with The Guardian, yesterday, the Secretary of YCE, Dr. Kunle Olajide, described his claim as untrue. He said that on the contrary, it was the silence of the national leadership, including the President of the Senate, fuelling ethnic crisis. “It is totally untrue. Ethnic crisis is being amplified by the relative silence of even the National Assembly and the Senate President himself and also the Presidency. “What appears to be the insensitivity of the Federal Government to our plight that has been on now in the last four years in t...
Dortmund Issue Statement After Fans Breach Coronavirus Rules To Celebrate Derby Win
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Dortmund Issue Statement After Fans Breach Coronavirus Rules To Celebrate Derby Win

Borussia Dortmund have issued a statement after seeing their fans breach coronavirus rules to celebrate their derby win over Schalke. Dortmund thrashed Schalke 4-0 at the Veltins-Arena on Saturday, moving to within six points of fourth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga standings in the process. A large number of supporters flouted social distancing protocols while gathering outside of BVB's training facility to revel in the final result, while the players also joined in the celebrations from the safety of the team bus, with the club now promising to take swift action in order to avoid any repeat incidents. What was said? An official statement on Dortmund's website reads: "With all the understandable joy of winning the derby, there were public violations of the corona...
Borno accident: Zulum’s aide clarifies “death” of Mai Kanuribe of Lagos, others
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Borno accident: Zulum’s aide clarifies “death” of Mai Kanuribe of Lagos, others

The Borno State Government says the convoy of Governor Babagana Zulum was not involved in any accident. His spokesman, Isa Gusau, gave the clarification in a statement in reaction to a fatal auto crash on Tuesday. Gusau confirmed the death of Mai Kanuribe (King of Kanuri) of Lagos, Mustapha Muhammad, and two others who died along Maiduguri-Mafa road. He said the Mai had traveled to Mafa in solidarity with the Zulum administration and the All Progressives Congress (APC). “However, the Mai left Mafa on his way back to Maiduguri, while the governor was still in Mafa. The governor, Senator Kashim Shettima and some leaders came across the accident on way back from Mafa. “As expected, the governor and those accompanying him, followed bodies of the Mai, and others, to their familie...
French President Emmanuel Macron holds umbrella for Slovak leader and refuses to give it up even after an aid offered to relieve him
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French President Emmanuel Macron holds umbrella for Slovak leader and refuses to give it up even after an aid offered to relieve him

French President Emmanuel Macron held up an umbrella for Slovakia's prime minister when it started to drizzle during their joint statement.   In a video shared by Reuters, an aide is seen trying to relieve Macron of the umbrella but he declined and continued holding it over Igor Matovic.   Some viewers have reacted, praising him for his humility.  
Trump hires new defence team to fight impeachment
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Trump hires new defence team to fight impeachment

Former US President Donald Trump has hired two new attorneys to head up his impeachment defense team ahead of next week's trial in the Senate.   The Republican was in need of new attorneys following the departure of all five members of his defense team last week. p Lawyers David Schoen and Bruce Castor, both experienced in criminal defense, will now head the new defence team in the trial set to begin in the US Senate on February 9, Trump’s office said in a statement.   In a statement, Trump's office says: "Notably, Schoen has already been working with the 45th President and other advisors to prepare for the upcoming trial, and both Schoen and Castor agree that this impeachment is unconstitutional - a fact 45 Senators voted in agreement with last week."  ...
IPOB defends Eastern Security Network’s clash with soldiers in Orlu
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IPOB defends Eastern Security Network’s clash with soldiers in Orlu

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has defended the clash between its security outfit, the Eastern Security Network (ESN) and the miitary on Monday January 25 in Orlu, Imo state.   IPOB’s spokesman Emma Powerful in a statement released on Tuesday January 26, accused Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo state of working with the Army to attack and flush out ESN officers from the bushes where they are operating from.   While the Nigerian Army said only one person died in the crossfire that ensued, IPOB insisted that five people were killed and several others were injured in the skirmish between ESN and soldiers drawn from the 34 Artillery Brigade in Obinze.   “ESN personnel are in the bush and forest chasing…terrorists and herdsmen who are over there terrorising o...
Estonia’s new government sworn in with first-ever female Prime Minister
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Estonia’s new government sworn in with first-ever female Prime Minister

Estonia’s new two-party coalition government has been sworn in with the first-ever female prime minister since the nation regained independence in 1991.   The 15-member Cabinet of Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, a 43-year-old lawyer, and a former European Parliament lawmaker was approved Tuesday in the 101-seat Riigikogu legislature after President Kersti Kaljulaid had first appointed it.   Six ministers are women and eight are in their 30s or 40s, including Kallas.   The center-right Reform Party, chaired by Kallas, and the left-leaning Center Party, which are Estonia’s two biggest political parties, reportedly clinched a deal on Sunday to form a government replacing the previous Cabinet led by Center leader Juri Ratas that collapsed this month due to a corrup...
NECO announces new date for 2020 SSCE
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NECO announces new date for 2020 SSCE

The National Examinations Council (NECO) has announced a new date for the 2020 SSCE External examinations.   The exam body said the examinations which were scheduled to commence on February 1 and end on March 3, will now start on February 8 and end on March 10.   NECO's spokesperson, Azeez Sanni made this known via a statement released on Tuesday January 26. It was further learnt that special arrangements have been made for candidates who missed some papers due to the #EndSARS protests in certain states to take those exams with the External candidates.   It read;   "Following requests by candidates to be given more time to complete their registration process for the 2020 SSCE (External), the National Examinations Council (NECO) has fixed new dates ...
South African jazz legend, Jonas Gwangwa dies at the age of 83
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South African jazz legend, Jonas Gwangwa dies at the age of 83

Jonas Gwangwa, a South African musician and anti-apartheid icon is dead at the age of 83.   Gwangwa's death was announced in a statement published on the website of the presidency of the Republic of South Africa. The statement from South African President Cyril Ramaphosa read;   "A giant of our revolutionary cultural movement and our democratic creative industries has been called to rest. "The trombone that boomed with boldness and bravery, and equally warmed our hearts with mellow melody has lost its life force."   Born in Soweto in 1937, Gwangwa mastered the trombone in his youth, and in the late '50s was a founding member of the pivotal South African group the Jazz Epistles.   The ensemble also featured future legends like pianist Abdullah Ibra...
National Assembly postpones resumption till February
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National Assembly postpones resumption till February

The National Assembly's resumption which was initially scheduled for January 26 has been postponed till February 9.   The postponement was conveyed in a statement released by the clerk to the National Assembly, Ojo Olatunde Amos.   Amos said the postponement is to enable members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) party to participate in the registration and revalidation of its membership scheduled to commence on Monday, January 25.   The statement read;   “This is to inform all distinguished senators and honourable members of the National Assembly that the resumption of plenary sessions earlier scheduled for Tuesday, 26th January 2021 is hereby rescheduled for Tuesday, February 9, 2021."
Dave Chappelle tests positive for Coronavirus, cancels his upcoming shows
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Dave Chappelle tests positive for Coronavirus, cancels his upcoming shows

American stand-up comedian, Dave Chappelle has tested positive for COVID-19.   A representative for the 47-year-old comedian confirmed the news to TMZ, adding that Chappelle is 'currently quarantined and has 'not yet experienced any symptoms' of the virus.   “Chappelle has safely conducted socially-distanced shows in Ohio since June 2020 and he moved those shows to Austin during the winter,” Chappelle’s representative said in a statement. “Chappelle implemented COVID-19 protocols which included rapid testing for the audience and daily testing for himself and his team. His diligent testing enabled him to immediately respond by quarantining, thus mitigating the spread of the virus. Chappelle is asymptomatic,” the statement further read. Following the diagnosis, th...
62-year-old man arrested for raping 13-year-old girl in Katsina
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62-year-old man arrested for raping 13-year-old girl in Katsina

The Katsina State Police Command has arrested a 62-year-old man, Lawal Sani for raping a 13-year-old old girl in Unguwar Yari area of the state.   Spokesperson of the command, SP Isah Gambo, who confirmed the incident in a statement on Thursday, January 21, said the suspect was arrested after the victim's mother reported the matter to the police.   "On 14/01/2021 at about 1330hrs one Magajiya Ashababu, ‘F’, of Yammawa Quarters, Katsina, reported at the Central Police Station, Katsina, that on the same date at about 17:15hrs, one Lawal Sani, ‘M’, aged 62yrs of Sokoto Rima Quarters, Katsina, lured her daughter, aged 13yrs of the same address at Unguwar Yari Quarters, Katsina and forcefully had unlawful carnal knowledge of her. Investigation is ongoing." said Gambo. &...
Thomas Partey thriving within Arsenal’s newfound stability
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Thomas Partey thriving within Arsenal’s newfound stability

The Ghana international has been hobbled by injury, but Gunners' new system offers him perfect opportunity to get his career off to a flying start If a 50 million euro midfielder dominates Manchester United at Old Trafford and no fans are there to see it, did it really happen? As Arsenal have toiled through much of the season without summer acquisition Thomas Partey, this is a question that seems increasingly relevant. After all, that statement performance against the Red Devils is one of only three 90s the Ghana international has gotten through since swapping Madrid for North London. On that night, all of the hype and excitement that had trailed Arsenal’s deadline day swoop for Partey was borne out in a majestic showing on a ground where the Gunners had not won in the league for 14...
Former French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing dies at 94 after contracting Covid-19
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Former French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing dies at 94 after contracting Covid-19

Former French president, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, who became a champion of European integration in the early 1970s, has died at the age of 94 after contracting Covid-19.   Giscard, who served as France’s leader from 1974 to 1981, had recently been hospitalised in Tours with respiratory problems and was released only to return back to the hospital in mid-November.   He died at his family home nearby after suffering from complications linked to the virus, according to a statement issued by the foundation he had set up and chaired.   “His state of health had worsened and he died as a consequence of Covid-19,” his family said in a statement to AFP.   The Foundation Valéry Giscard d’Estaing tweeted: “In accordance with his wishes, his funeral will ta...
Seven suspected cultists arrested in Lagos
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Seven suspected cultists arrested in Lagos

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested seven suspected members of Eiye Confraternity at Agura area, Ikorodu, Lagos state.   A statement released by the command's spokesperson, SP Muyiwa Adejobi, says police operatives attached to Imota Division arrested the suspects on Saturday 28th November 2020 at 2pm.   Adejobi gave the names of the suspected cultists as Abolaji Arbayo, Josiah Offem, Oluwapelumi Oyeyinka, Limidi Taofeeq, Ahmed Shittu who drives their operational vehicle, Zainab Nurudeen who serves as the armourer who sources for the guns to operate, and Rabiu Ganiyu.   He mentioned that the suspected cultists attacked members of the vigilante in their area, inflicting degrees of injury on them just to avenge t...
#Zabarmarimassacre: UN coordinator says over 110 were killed in Borno rice farm attack
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#Zabarmarimassacre: UN coordinator says over 110 were killed in Borno rice farm attack

The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, says that no fewer than 110 farmers were killed in Saturday, November 28 attack on rice farms in Zabarmari community in Borno state.   Earlier reports claim 43 persons were killed in the attack.   However, in a statement released on Sunday afternoon, the UN humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, said at least 110 persons were ruthlessly killed in the attack.   “I am outraged and horrified by the gruesome attack against civilians carried out by non-state armed groups in villages near Borno State capital Maiduguri. At least 110 civilians were ruthlessly killed and many others were wounded in this attack. In early afternoon of 28 November, armed men on motorcycles led a brutal...
There’s a serious security crisis in Ondo – Governor Akeredolu
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There’s a serious security crisis in Ondo – Governor Akeredolu

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has raised an alarm of Ondo state which he governs being in a serious security crisis.   The Governor who said this in reaction to the assassination of Israel Adeusi, the Olufon of Ifon in Ose local government area of the state, described the killing as an “abominable crime".   Akeredolu in a statement released by Ondo commissioner for information and orientation Donald Ojogo, said they will be working hard to bring those behind the killing to justice.   The statement read;   “All lives matter, but this is one too heavy and unbearable. It’s a sad day in Ondo State. Clearly, we are in a serious security crisis that requires extraordinary means. “The security agencies, especially the Nigeria Police, have already been dire...
Five years of Buhari has besieged Nigeria with abundant poverty – Afenifere
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Five years of Buhari has besieged Nigeria with abundant poverty – Afenifere

Pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere, has said that the five years of President Buhari has plunged Nigeria into abundant poverty.   The group stated this in a statement released reacting to the recession of the Nigerian economy. The group in the statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Yinka Odumakin, blamed President Buhari for the country's economic situation, saying the country had become ungovernable under his administration.   "As Nigeria enters the worst recession in 33 years and the second in five years of Buhari, we are equally besieged by attendant poverty as well as insecurity worsening across the land with kidnappers, armed robbers and bandits on the prowl and government helpless and unable to govern effectively. The truth is that the country had virtu...
Fire guts former Oyo First lady, Florence Ajimobi’s supermarket
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Fire guts former Oyo First lady, Florence Ajimobi’s supermarket

Fire on Sunday, gutted a section of the supermarket belonging to the wife of late former governor of Oyo State, Mrs. Florence Ajimobi.   The supermarket known as Grandex Stores located at Bodija, Ibadan, was said to be on fire at about 3:00 pm on Sunday afternoon, as a result of an electrical surge from the back of the store which later got out of hands, turned into a wildfire and spread to the main building.   The Deputy Director, Oyo State Fire Service, Moshood Adewuyi, who confirmed the incident in a statement, said that the timely intervention of the state’s firefighters prevented the store from burning into ashes,   He disclosed that the fire destroyed some sections of the store and damaged a lot of goods stored inside.   Mrs. Florence Ajimo...
“The Election Is Far From Over” – Donald Trump Statement On US Election 2020
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“The Election Is Far From Over” – Donald Trump Statement On US Election 2020

Text of a statement from President Donald Trump on US election result: “We all know why Joe Biden is rushing to falsely pose as the winner, and why his media allies are trying so hard to help him: they don’t want the truth to be exposed. The simple fact is this election is far from over. Joe Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor. In Pennsylvania, for example, our legal observers were not permitted meaningful access to watch the counting process. Legal votes decide who is president, not the news media. “Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to e...
Eden Hazard tests positive for coronavirus as Real Madrid release statement
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Eden Hazard tests positive for coronavirus as Real Madrid release statement

Real Madrid have confirmed that Eden Hazard and Casemiro have tested positive for coronavirus. The pair both returned positive tests and will now undergo a period of self-isolation. In a statement on their website, the La Liga giants said: "Real Madrid C.F. informs that our players, Casemiro and Eden Hazard, have tested positive in the COVID-19 tests undertaken yesterday, Friday, in the morning. "All of the other first-team players and coaching staff, as well as the club employees who work directly with the squad tested negative in yesterday's tests. "Meanwhile, all of them, apart from Casemiro and Hazard, once again tested negative in the antigen tests taken this morning." Hazard completed an £83.53m move to the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer of 2019 after enjoying a hugely ...
First Nigerian-American Congressman, Owolewa, Gives Victory Statement
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First Nigerian-American Congressman, Owolewa, Gives Victory Statement

His Biography: Oye is a first-generation Nigerian-American. His parents, born and raised in Nigeria, raised him with 2 guiding principles, a value in community service and an early exposure to science. This exposure became a love for science, culminating in him achieving a Doctorate of Pharmacy. Upon completing his degree in pharmacy, Oye moved to DC to begin practicing pharmacy and impacting the community. Since 2014, he’s been a member of RESET, a coalition of STEM professionals who volunteer in public schools, engaging students through hands-on science experiments. his goal is to inspire young people to pursue STEM careers and become tomorrow’s scientists. The Community Advocate In 2018, Oye was elected commissioner of his neighborhood in Southeast DC. In this position, he ser...
Pastor resigns and faces $2m lawsuit after being accused of peeing on female flight passenger ‘thinking she was a toilet’
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Pastor resigns and faces $2m lawsuit after being accused of peeing on female flight passenger ‘thinking she was a toilet’

A North Carolina pastor accused of urinating on a female passenger during a flight has resigned from his post.   Daniel Chalmers, a pastor, was on board an Oct. 12 Detroit-bound flight from Las Vegas when he urinated on a 28-year-old passenger- a Detroit resident (pictured below)   The victim “woke up feeling something warm on her body and when she looked up to her right, she observed Mr. Chalmers standing next to her shaking his exposed penis,” read the police report. “(She) stated that she then noticed that Mr. Chalmers urinated on her and she started screaming   According to the report, the police then asked the suspect whose breath smelled of alcohol, what he did.     “I peed on her,” Chalmers allegedly said, according to the repo...
James Bond actor, Sean Connery dies at the age of 90
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James Bond actor, Sean Connery dies at the age of 90

Sir Sean Connery has died at the age of 90.   The multiple award-winning Scottish actor was best known for his portrayal of James Bond, and was the first to bring the role to the big screen.   The news of his death was confirmed in a statement to the BBC on Saturday afternoon, October 31st.     The actor's son, Jason Connery disclosed that he died peacefully in his sleep, while in the Bahamas, having been "unwell for some time.   He said his father "had many of his family who could be in the Bahamas around him" when he died overnight.   Jason also added: "We are all working at understanding this huge event as it only happened so recently, even though my dad has been unwell for some time.   "A sad day for all who ...
Stop giving Governors awards, challenge us so we can sit up – Wike tells journalists
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Stop giving Governors awards, challenge us so we can sit up – Wike tells journalists

Governor Nyesom Wike has challenged journalists to demand accountability from Governors instead of giving them awards to maintain relationships or friendships.   The Rivers state Governor said this after the national leadership of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) paid him a courtesy visit at the government house in Port Harcourt on Friday October 30.   Wike in a statement released by his special assistant on media Kelvin Ebiri, also recalled times when journalists exposed ills in the society.   He said;   “What I have seen of you is that you praise us and give us award because of relationship or friendship. That’s not the way it should be. Challenge us — the people in authority — and we will sit up to our responsibilities. We will have no choi...
Celebrities React To Desmond Elliot Statement Over Social Media Regulation
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Celebrities React To Desmond Elliot Statement Over Social Media Regulation

Celebrities and other Nigerians have taken to their SM pages to criticize Nollywood actor turned politician "Desmond Elliot" for allegedly pushing for social media regulation. Recall that few days ago, Desmond Elliot was called out on Twitter over calling for an anti-social media bill. The actor turned politician however denied the allegations. Well, a video that captured the moment the lawmaker representing Surulere constituency in Lagos, Desmond Elliot called for social media regulation has been making the rounds online. Celebrities didn't take it funny as they took to their SM pages to blast him. Below are some celebrities comments: Davido: “Desmond Elliot just destroyed all the precious childhood memories he gave us in movies …” Skales: “Desmond Elliot tho… can’t trus...
NSCDC dismisses officer who partook in the looting of COVID19 palliatives in Abuja
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NSCDC dismisses officer who partook in the looting of COVID19 palliatives in Abuja

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps have dismissed one of its officers, Corps Assistant Illiya Ibrahim of the Gwagwalada Division Abuja, for partaking in the looting of Covid-19 palliatives discovered in a warehouse in Gwagwalada, Abuja.   On Monday, a mob stormed the warehouse and carted away the palliatives. A video that made the rounds on social media, showed the officer grabbing his own palliative.   In a statement released on Tuesday night October 27, Ekunola Gbenga who is the Media Assistant to the Commandant General NSCDC, Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu, said Ibrahim was dismissed for joining the hoodlums in looting Covid-19 palliatives discovered in a warehouse in Gwagwalada, Abuja.   ''The recommendation was given after the officer was charged und...
CACOVID Statement On Looting Of COVID-19 Palliatives
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CACOVID Statement On Looting Of COVID-19 Palliatives

Members of the Private Sector-led Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) wish to call for calm, amidst the looting of COVID-19 palliatives meant for distribution in various State Government warehouses across the country. The Coalition is deeply concerned by the recent events and is urging those involved in the wanton destruction of public and private property to immediately desist from these raids, in order to allow the States to proceed with peaceful and fair distribution of these palliatives to the neediest and most vulnerable in our society. Over the past few months, the Private Sector, through CACOVID, has been working with all State Governors, the FCT Minister, and the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, to procure, deliver and distribute these food relief items to almost 2 million mos...
President Buhari reappoints INEC chairman, Yakubu Mahmood, for another 5-year term
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President Buhari reappoints INEC chairman, Yakubu Mahmood, for another 5-year term

President Buhari has reappointed the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, Professor Yakubu Mahmood, for another five-year term.   Mahmood was appointed to office by President Buhari in November 2015, succeeding Amina Zakari, who served as acting chairman.   According to a statement released by a presidential aide, Femi Adesina, President Buhari has forwarded Mahmood's name to the Nigerian Senate for confirmation. ''President Muhammadu Buhari has presented the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, for a second term in office. In a letter to President of the Senate, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, the President said in accordance with the provision of Section 154 (1) of the Constitution of the F...

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