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PDP’s Kogi, Bayelsa primaries as litmus test for Nov 16 polls

August 31, 2019 Editorial III 0

On Tuesday, delegates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will elect its governorship candidates in Kogi and Bayelsa states through its primaries billed for November 16, 2019. ABDULRAHMAN ZAKARIYAU in this report takes a look at the party’s challenges ahead of the polls. 13 aspirants passed screening in Kogi In Kogi state, 12 male aspirants conveniently splashed N21 million each Read More

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Attack on Ekweremadu: Beyond condemnations

August 31, 2019 Editorial III 0

The attack on the immediate past president of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu at the second annual Igbo cultural festival in Nuremberg, Germany, has continued to generate condemnations from different quarters across the country. CHIZOBA OGBECHE, in this report, looks back at the circumstances of the attack and the danger it portends. Ike Ekweremadu was attacked by some Nigerians resident in Read More

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U.S. Open: Djokovic shrugs off injury scare, reaches last 16

August 31, 2019 Editor 0

Defending champion Novak Djokovic silenced concerns about his left shoulder as the Serbian breezed past American Denis Kudla 6-3 6-4 6-2 on Friday to reach the last 16 at the U.S. Open. Djokovic’s title defense looked to be in jeopardy in his previous match when he received treatment on his shoulder several times, an issue which he said had impacted Read More

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Legacies Of Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar

August 31, 2019 Editorial III 0

The current Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar, with a vision shaped by a deep understanding of history of air combat, has fundamentally repositioned the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), a body previously beset by significant deficits in funding, equipment, logistics and updated combat doctrine in a new-to-country conflict. Today, the NAF is far better prepared Read More

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Lukaku fires back at Gary Neville

August 31, 2019 Editor 0

Romelu Lukaku has hit back at criticism from Gary Neville by saying the pundit should “never say I am unprofessional”. The Belgium striker, 26, was also called “overweight” by the former Manchester United defender on Twitter. Lukaku left the Old Trafford club this summer to join Serie A side Inter Milan for £74m on a five-year deal. “Don’t question my professionalism,” Lukaku told Read More

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2 kids, 4 others perish in Lagos – Ibadan auto crash

August 31, 2019 Editorial III 0

Two children and four adults have been confirmed dead while 24 others were seriously injured in an accident around construction zone at Isara – Ogere axis of the Lagos – Ibadan expressway in Ogun state. The Ogun state sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr. Clement Oladele, who confirmed the incident to journalists in Abeokuta Friday, said Read More

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Farmers, herders’crisis: Ebonyi council boss insists on profiling

August 31, 2019 Editorial III 0

The chairman of Onicha local government area, Ebonyi state, Engr. Felix Ogbonnaya Igboke, Friday said in order to ensure harmony between farmers and herdsmen in the area, he had re-launched an “aggressive profiling of herdsmen” resident in the area. Igboke, who stated this shortly after a security meeting held in the area, stressed that the profiling which followed the directive Read More

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5 killed, houses burnt in fresh Southern Kaduna attack

August 31, 2019 Editorial III 0

Five persons have been confirmed killed while several houses were burnt during an attack by unidentified gunmen at Kiri village in Attakar Chiefdom of Kaura local government of Kaduna state. The attack on the village, bordering Ryom local government area of Plateau state, is coming after several months of relative peace in the Southern part of Kaduna state. The Kaduna Read More

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NDDC board: 9 govs to meet Buhari

August 31, 2019 Editorial III 0

The nine-oil producing states in Niger Delta region have resolved to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari over the recently reconstituted board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) in order to maintain peace in the region. The governors who met late Thursday night at the Bayelsa Governor’s Lodge, Abuja, sued for peace and called for calm among the indigenes in Read More

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Nigeria lost 22mb of crude in 6 months – Obaseki

August 31, 2019 Editorial III 0

Edo state Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has said the nation lost about 22 million barrels of its crude oil production to oil theft between January and June 2019. Obaseki said this in a statement issued by the spokesman for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, in Abuja. According to him, if nothing is done to curtail the ugly Read More

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Bayelsa poll: PDP’s Okoko presents manifesto to legislators

August 31, 2019 Editorial III 0

A Bayelsa state governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the November governorship election, Keniebi Okoko, has said that he will harness all available resources in the state, and better manage them to enhance the delivery of dividends of democracy to Bayelsans. He said if he successfully flew the flag of the PDP in the primaries and eventually Read More

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Cleric tasks security agencies on Taraba Catholic priest’s murder

August 31, 2019 Editorial III 0

The leader of the Southern Conference of the United Methodist Church of Nigeria (UMCN), Rev. Philip Micah Dopah, Friday condemned the killing of the Catholic priest in Takum local government area of Taraba state. Dopah, who gave the condemnation in Jalingo while speaking with Blueprint, said the state government must investigate what led to the killing of the priest. According Read More

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Team Nigeria set to finish second as curtains fall on 12th African Games

August 31, 2019 Editor 0

Curtains will finally fall on the 12th African Games Saturday night in Rabat, Morocco. As at Friday night, official medals’table showed that team Nigeria was conveniently occupying the second spot on the medals table. Only two events are yet to be completed. The position will certainly not change, but there would be additional medals for events not concluded. Team Nigeria ended Read More

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Kaduna Radio RATTAWU re-elects officials

August 31, 2019 Editorial III 0

The Kaduna state media corporation chapter of the Radio, Television Theatre and Art Workers Union (RATTAWU) has re-elected its officials to run its affairs for the period of two years. Re-elected were Comrade Aliyu Yakubu (chairman); Aminu Suleiman (vice-chairman); Augustine Lar (secretary), and Aisha Abdullahi (treasurer). Others were Abubakar Gambo (assistant secretary); Doris Daniel (auditor); Bulus Haruna (public relations officer), Read More

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Tribunal okays Al-Makura election as senator

August 31, 2019 Editorial III 0

The National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Lafia Friday upheld the election of Senator Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the senator representing Nasarawa south senatorial district. Delivering judgement in Lafia, Justice David Ugoh dismissed all the issues raised by the petitioner, the former senator Suleiman Adokwe of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against Senator Read More

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Abia NSCDC arrests 4 over petroleum products deals

August 31, 2019 Editorial III 0

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Abia state command, Umuahia, has arrested and paraded four suspects involved in illegal dealing in petroleum products by the eagle eyed anti-vandalism team in Aba. Speaking to newsmen in Umuahia, the state commandant, Barrister Nwannukwu Nnamdi Cyprian, said at about 01:30 hours on August 29,2019, that a combined team of the anti-vandalism Read More

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Int’l rights group faults secret graves’ allegation

August 31, 2019 Editorial III 0

Preliminary findings of the probe of alleged secret military cemetery in the North as published by the Wall Street Journal conducted by the International Human Rights Committee on Civil/Military Relations has indicated that the media report was based on speculations and contradicted realities on ground. Details of the report, presented to the chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Human Rights, Read More

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Correctional Service: New wine in old wine bottle?

August 31, 2019 Editorial III 0

The plan by the federal government to change the operational name of the Nigeria Prisons Service to Nigeria Correctional Service has generated reactions from Nigerians who are asking whether the development is akin to a new wine in an old wine bottle. ELEOJO IDACHABA writes. The Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS) is now to be called Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS). According Read More

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Kogi-west: It’s royal rumble as Melaye, Adeyemi resume hostilities

August 31, 2019 Editorial III 0

Last week, the Kogi state national assembly/state assembly election petition tribunal nullified the election of Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi-west senatorial district, and ordered for fresh poll. In this piece, KEHINDE OSASONA asks whether or not the embattled senator can survive the new onslaught. Can Melaye survive the new onslaught? Against the backdrop of recent developments, it appears as if Read More

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Floods: Back in the days of Noah?

August 31, 2019 Editorial III 0

The Book of Genesis in the Holy Bible records of how God used floods to destroy the world, save for Noah, his family, and other species of animals. The onset of rainy season is supposed to herald hope for bountiful harvests for farmers, but with floods causing loss of lives and property in different parts of the country, especially in Read More

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I feel comfortable being a rapper – Olamide

August 31, 2019 Editor 0

Rapper Olamide Adedeji keeps pushing the boundaries in the Yoruba rap genre in the Nigerian music industry, using a style of delivery made popular by late music superstar,  Da Grin. In this  interview he speaks with Halimat Ozomata on his growing up, music, relationship with popular producer, I.D Cabasa.  Except… Could you tell us about yourself? My name is Olamide Adedeji. I’m a Read More

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Will e-registration of migrants end insecurity?

August 31, 2019 Editor 0

In the next few months, it would be an offence for any foreigner to stay in Nigeria without valid papers as the government has given ultimatum to all migrants of various statuses to validate their stay or face the consequences. ELEOJO IDACHABA writes on how the move would assist in federal government’s fight against insecurity.  At last, the federal government Read More