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Sugar masterplan nets $3bn for Nigeria — FG

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By Kula Tersoo Makurdi Nigerian Sugar Master Plan has netted over $3 billion worth of investments for the country since its commencement, says federal government. This is even as the Benue state government has commended the country, saying Nigeria has achieved tremendous economic growth in the last few years. Minister of Industry, Trade and Investments, Mr. Olusegun Aganga, who was Read More

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Kebbi APC may drag Dakingari to court

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By Kabiru Dogon Daji Birnin Kebbi All Progress Congress (APC) Kebbi state chapter has threatened to dragged the state government, the legislative arm as well as the state electoral commission to court if by September 15, 2014, elections in to local government councils were not organised. Addressing a press conference yesterday at the state party headquarters in Birnin Kebbi, its Read More

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2 soldiers murdered in Bauchi

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By Najib Sani Bauchi Unknown gunmen yesterday morning attacked an Army camp made up of about six armed soldiers stationed at Wunti -Dada, a suburb of Bauchi, the state capital. One of the soldiers, a sergeant and commander of the camp was killed and a private sustained gunshot on his leg. A neighbour to the camp, who spoke to our Read More

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Fear of Modibbo, Ribadu grips other aspirants

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By Samuel Ogidan Abuja Adamawa state governorship election scheduled for October 11 yesterday witnessed a twist, as the fear of Ahmed Modibbo and Nuhu Ribadu gripped other aspirants, who sent a petition to the leadership of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) seeking to disallow them from contesting the election. The petition was submitted yesterday as the news broke that the leaders Read More

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Ebola kills doctor in Rivers

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  70 under observation By Iyalla Adaye Port Harcourt Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) has claimed the life of a medical doctor in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital, the Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, disclosed yesterday. At a news conference yesterday, the minister said the total number of EVD cases so far reported in Nigeria stood at 15, while Read More

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Jonathan, last president of amalgamated Nigeria – Group

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By Joseph Kingston Calabar A socio-political group – Efik Eburutu Royal Fraternity Forum, has said that President Goodluck Jonathan would be the last president of Nigeria particularly with the determination of some ethnic nationalities in the country to go their different ways. Speaking to our reporter in Calabar, High Chief Eyo Bassey Eyo-Cobham, Chairman of the group, said the Nigerian Read More

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Group reiterates call on Kwankwaso to vie for president

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By Muhammad Tanko Shittu Jos Kwankwasiyya Amana in Plateau state had called on the Kano state Governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, to declare his interest to contest for the forthcoming 2015 presidential election. The group, Chairman Nuru Inuwa Takai, said based on the political credentials, track record and current performance, Kwankwaso has all the potentials to salvage Nigeria from the shackles Read More

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AIG to gov: Give us APC to fight Boko Haram

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By Muazu Abari Yola The outgoing Adamawa state Commissioner of Police, who was recently promoted to the rank of AIG, John Abakasanga, has cried out to the Adamawa acting Governor, Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, to, as a matter of urgency, assist the state police command with armoured personnel carrier to enable them fight Boko Haram in the state. Abakasanga, who Read More

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Firm sponsors 500 girls for enterprise acquisition

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By John Oba Abuja MasterCard has sponsored 500 girls across the country on the Junior Achievement Nigeria (JAN) Girls Enterprise Program where they are given various skill acquisition trainings. Speaking at the closing ceremony of the programme yesterday in Abuja, the National programme coordinator of JAN, Mrs Franca Nnaji Thomas, said the programme which was carried out with the Agency Read More

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Ebimobowei: I will wait for my Super Eagles call up

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Joint leading scorer in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), Peter Ebimobowei of Bayelsa United has said that he would continue to bide his time despite being overlooked by the Super Eagles’ selectors for the country’s 2015 Africa Cup of Nations double header qualifiers against Congo and South Africa next month. Ebimobowei has scored 13 goals in the league thus Read More

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CAF appointments for Mba, others

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Linus Mba, the NFF referees consultant who was axed by Confederation of African Football (CAF) in the thick of Nigeria’s problems with FIFA has been ‘reinstated’ with a match. Next week end, the FIFA Referees Advisor will travel to Kumasi as Match Commissioner when Ghana host Uganda in the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifier. The match scheduled for September Read More

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Emirates, Arik Air sign MoU on expansion, cargo, passenger handling

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Emirates Air, a global connector of people and places, and Arik Air, West Africa’s leading airline, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop and expand their existing commercial relationship and explore further areas of co-operation. Emirates and Arik Air currently have a one-way interline agreement, whereby Emirates passengers are connected throughout Nigeria and West Africa via Arik Air’s Read More

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Time to save our country

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The insurgency in northern Nigeria took a new twist earlier this week when, following a fierce battle with the Boko Haram insurgents, our soldiers succumbed and retreated to neighbouring Cameroun. It was initially reported as an act of defection, but the defence headquarters naturally intervened to provide a ‘proper’ perspective, as it put it, that the soldiers made a ‘tactical Read More

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Anyansi insists, ‘Count me out of Giwa’s exco’

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Enyimba chairman Felix Anyansi-Agwu has said he has rejected his election into an executive committee led by Chris Giwa, insisting he will not be a party to “illegality”. Anyansi dissociated himself from a purported apology for his absence from a courtesy visit to the Nigerian sports minister Tammy Danagogo by a group parading as the newly executive committee members of Read More

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Giwa’s election as president a charade-Coaches

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The leadership of the Nigeria Football Coaches Association has disassociated itself from the election that brought Mr. Chris Giwa to office as the new President of the Nigeria Football Federation. Speaking in Abuja on Wednesday, the National President of the Association Mr. Bitrus Bewarang said the Association can never be associated with such a charade called election, describing everything that Read More

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NFF crisis: Danagogo expresses confidence in new board

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  Urges reconciliation, lasting peace in Nigeria football The Honourable Minister/Chairman, National Sports Commission, Dr. Tammy Danagogo on Thursday expressed immense confidence in the ability and capacity of the new Executive Committee of Nigeria Football Federation to take Nigeria football to new heights. Speaking during a courtesy call on him by the new NFF Board, Dr. Danagogo also urged the Read More

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Okon hails Falconets

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Super Falcons Coach Edwin Okon has given the Falconets the thumbs up for their gallant display against champions Germany in the final of the just concluded FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada. Okon who led the Falconets to a semi final finish two years in Japan said the girls under the tutelage of Coach Peter Dedevbo  deserved to win the Read More

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Chicken palaver

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Let’s stroll down the lane of our recent history. It takes us to October 18, 1975. On that day, the late head of state, General Murtala Ramat Muhammed, assembled 49 wise men and tasked them with the important national task of drafting a new constitution for the country free from the so-called baggage of the republican constitution. According to him, Read More

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Hajj and Umrah in brief (II)

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Second Sermon: Praise be to Allah who has made His sacred House a place of assembly for men (and women) and a place of safety (Al-Bakarah, 2:125), and has increased it in magnificence, eminence, honour and awe. I praise Him, may He be exalted, and I give thanks to Him, and I ask Him to help me and you to Read More

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I’ve been without a girlfriend for years – Da Prinze

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Prince Ehis Usifoh a.k.a DA PRINZE is from a family of entertainers. His elder brother Osarenmen Usifoh is a notable movie director/producer-turned businessman while his uncle Alex Usifoh is no small brand in Nollywood. In this interview with Morakinyo olugbiji, DA PRINZE talks about his music career an what he’s been working on How did you get into music? I Read More

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As Ebola war reaches out to schools

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Federal Government on Tuesday suspended the resumption of both public and private primary and secondary schools in the country till October 13, 2014, as part of the ongoing putsch to stem the ravaging Ebola virus. AUGUSTINE OKEZIE takes a critical look at the mitigation measures taken to curb the spread   Announcing the suspension of the resumption of schools throughout Read More

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PDP has overstayed in Adamawa – Senator Bindow

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Senator Mohammed Jibrilla Bindow is the Vice Chairman Senate committee on Defence and Security. In this interview, the APC lawmaker explains why he is the most qualified to be the next state chief executive in Adamawa. IBRAHIM ABDUL’AZIZ reports Plan for Adamawa Let me first of all say that I am happy the way the party received me and I Read More

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Anita Joseph goes half nude for Ebola

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Well endowed Nollywood actress, Anita Joseph has joined a challenge in the fight against  Ebola Virus in Africa, while also nominating another Nollywood diva, Tonto Dikeh and Beninoise actress cum musician, Ella Martins to join too. Anita Joseph was nominated by Nollywood’s Don saint who initiated  the challenge called the Ebola Bathroom Selfie Challenge and the concept  according the initiator Read More

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There’s agenda to undermine radio stations in North – Group

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By Samuel Aruwan Kaduna A group, Friend of Free Media (FFM), yesterday raised an alarm that there is agenda to undermine radio stations in the North. It said radio stations in the region had been subjected to series of regulatory sanctions with political undertones to weaken expression of divergent opinions, with radio being leading medium of disseminating and accessing information. Read More