10 dead, 3 missing in Lagos boat accident

July 31, 2020 Editorial III 0

No fewer than 10 persons have been confirmed dead and three others missing after a boat capsized in Lagos. The boat accident occurred around 5:45pm on Wednesday at Kirikiri, Apapa, less than 24 hours after 18 persons cheated death in two boat accidents in Victoria Island. It was gathered that Wednesday’s lone crash was as a result of an engine Read More

Ogun police declare serial killer Spartan wanted

July 31, 2020 Olufemi Adediran 0

The Ogun state police command Friday declared an alleged serial killer, Feyisola Dosumu, popularly known as “Spartan” wanted for allegedly killing no fewer than five people in Ogere and Iperu in Ikenne local government area. The Command’s spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who disclosed this in Abeokuta, said the state commissioner of police had ordered the deployment of tactical squads to Ogere Read More

Bandits butcher farmer near Birnin Gwari

July 31, 2020 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

A businessman, Malam Ja’afaru Bello, was killed by having his throat ripped apart by bandits in his farm near Udawa along Birnin Gwari road in Kaduna state. The local farmers found his corpse later, with his throat holding his dangling head. The Kaduna state Commissioner of Police, Umar Musa Muri, had told a journalist on phone that he could not Read More

As Southern Kaduna boils…

July 31, 2020 ELEOJO IDACHABA 0

Who’ll save the people? Indigenes and residents of Southern Kaduna in Kaduna state can no longer sleep with their two eyes closed because of the nefarious activities armed killer men. ELEOJO IDACHABA, in this report, takes a look at what analysts have referred to as well co-ordinated and planned attacks on the hapless, aged and the children. When everyone thought Read More

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Eid el-Kabir: Aremu tasks leaders on sacrifice

July 31, 2020 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Labour leader Comrade Issa Aremu has urged Nigerian leaders and citizens to be ready to make sacrifices for the progress and development of the country. Speaking, in his Eid el-Kabir Sallah message on Friday, the vice-president of Industrial Global Union, said the sacrifice which Prophet Ibrahim made led to the Eid el-Kabir festival which is celebrated worldwide, noting that Nigerian Read More

Muslims hold Eid in Mosques, Oyetola prays with family, aides

July 31, 2020 Lateef Dada 0

Muslims in Osun state Friday observed Eid prayers in their Mosques as some observed theirs in their homes. The state government had earlier announced cancellation of eid prayer, directing the Muslims to observe only Jumat prayer in congregation. However, Muslims expressed displeasure over cancellation of the annual Eid while markets and clubs were opened. The central praying ground at Oke-Baale Read More

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NYO seeks National Centre for Youth Devt

July 31, 2020 Amarachukwu EgwuAgha 0

A youth group, Nigeria Youths Organisation (NYO), Friday, appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to institutionalise his administration’s quest for youth development by setting up a youth-centred Commission to be called National Centre for Youth Development (NCYD) to “exclusively carter for the interests of the youth.” The group noted that the Commission, if established, would serve as a platform for the Read More

Eid el-Kabir: El-Rufai felicitates with Muslims, urges peace

July 31, 2020 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Kaduna state governor Nasir el-Rufai has appealed to all communities in Kaduna state to uphold peace and harmony, even as he urged citizens to let their faiths incline them to be law-abiding. The governor who made this appeal in an Eid el-Kabir message on Friday, called for prayers for the peace, progress and development of the country. According to a Read More

Zenith Bank begins Zenith Beta Life promo

July 31, 2020 Samson Benjamin 0

Zenith Bank Plc has begun “Zenith Beta Life” Promo to reward customers with gifts every week, starting from July 31 to July 30, 2021. It stated that during the period 50 customers “will be selected via raffle draw each week and rewarded with gifts worth N30, 000.”  This was contained in a statement by the Head, Corporate Communications, Ayoola Kusimo, Read More

Eid-el-Kabir: Remain resilient, hopeful – SWAN tells Muslim faithful

July 31, 2020 Editorial III 0

The chairman of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Comrade Ndubueze Chidoka has urged Muslim Ummah to remain resolute and hopeful in the face of COVID-19 pandemic as followers mark this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebration. Comrade Chidoka who spoke Friday morning via a press statement signed by SWAN Secretary, Ikenna Okonkwo, underscored the spiritual importance of the Read More

A lost anti-corruption war is a lost future II

July 31, 2020 Clem Oluwole 0

Last Saturday, I recalled the first part of this piece but I goofed big time in respect of the date of the swearing-in of the first female Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Mariam Aloma Mukhtar, which was the peg of the write-up.  The erudite justice was sworn in on July 16, 2012 and not in 2015. In my preamble Read More

PDP mourns Afenifere leader, Pa Ayorinde Fasanmi

July 31, 2020 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) mourns the death of highly revered elder statesman and leader of the Afenifere group, Pa Ayorinde Fasanmi, describing the event as a huge loss to the nation and humanity at large. PDP in a statement by it National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, Friday described Pa Fasanmi as “an outstanding democrat, who dedicated his life towards Read More

TAPP releases 2020 longlist

July 31, 2020 Awaal Gata 0

The Arojah Students Playwriting Prize (TAPP) has released its 2020’s longlist. A statement released by the administrator of the prize, Paul Liam, Friday said 12 works made it into the longlist out of the 58 received from various tertiary institutions. Among the plays longlisted are Adekeye Lukman’s “The War Within”,  Aina Anuoluwapo’s  “Clothes and Naked Bodies”, Anthony Echefunachukwu Ugwu’s “The Read More

Two African writers long listed for Booker Prize

July 31, 2020 Awaal Gata 0

No Nigerian writer was longlisted for 2020 Booker Prize for Fiction, but a Zimbabwean and an American-Ethiopian made the cut. While Tsitsi Dangarembga (Zimbabwe) was longlisted for her “This Mournable Body”, Maaza Mengiste (Ethiopia/USA) was longlisted for her critically-acclaimed “The Shadow King”. Eleven other books were chosen out of 162 to make the longlist. Each of the books carries an Read More

4 perish in Niger auto crash

July 31, 2020 Editorial III 0

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Niger sector Command, has confirmed the death of four persons in an accident that occurred on Lambata – Minna road on Friday. The state’s sector commander, Mr. Joel Dagwa, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Minna that six other persons sustained various degrees of injury. He said the accident, which occurred at Read More

Covid-19: FG gets N26bn medical supplies from EU, UN

July 31, 2020 Duro Joseph 0

The federal government Friday received the second batch of medical supplies worth N26 billion from the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN). They included 500,000 face shields; 200,000 goggles; 100 oropharyngeal airways; 10,000 bio-hazard bags; and 14,000 safety boxes. This was contained in a statement by the director of information, media and public relations in the Federal Ministry Read More

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Blaq Diamond offers 50% discount to fashionistas

July 31, 2020 Segun Odunewu 0

Blaq Diamond Fashion Store, a one-stop shop fashion house incorporating a departmental store, salon, Lawyers Pack, a logistics company, and an online legal service will on August 4 roll out the drums to celebrate its three years of catering to women fashion, home and abroad. Konye Ishie, the founder of the Lekki, Lagos, fashion house, said since its entrance into Read More

EFCC, NDDC graft: Appointees betrayed our trust – Buhari

July 31, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has spoken publicly for the first time on the allegations of corruption against the leaderships of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), saying that appointees in both his administration and the previous one had abused their trust. Speaking after observing his Eid prayers at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Read More

Eid -El-Kabir: CUPP calls for peaceful co-existence

July 31, 2020 Adeola Tukuru 0

The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has called on Muslim faithfuls in the country to imbibe the virtues of love, peace, tolerance, humility, kindness and sacrifice as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Muhammad. The coalition through the Chairman, Contact and Mobilization Committee and Member, Steering Committee, CUPP, Rev Olusegun Peters in a press statement issued on Wednesday in Abuja Read More

Breaking: Travelling bus crashes along Lokoja-Abuja highway, passengers burnt beyond recognition on Sallah day

July 31, 2020 Solomon Arowolo 0

Bus believed to be traveling from Ankpa in Kogi state to Abuja Friday afternoon crashed along Lokoja-Abuja highway. The vehicle caught fire immediately it sumersaulted and burnt all passengers beyond recognition, according to an eyewitness. As at the time of filing this report, the number of passengers, and the cause of the accident was yet unknown. Effort to reach Officials Read More

How to end Covid-19 pandemic – Ajanaku

July 31, 2020 Bayo Agboola 0

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo state, Asiwaju Rotimi Ajanaku, on Friday identified acknowledgement of the absolute supremacy of the Almighty Allah as the only way to end Covid-19 pandemic and other problems. Ajanaku stated this in a message to felicitate with Muslims all over the country, especially in Oyo on this year’s Eid el-Kabir celebration. Read More

WAEC: Oyo govt asks SSS3 students to return August 3

July 31, 2020 Bayo Agboola 0

The Oyo state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barrister Olasunkanmi Olaleye, on Friday disclosed that the state government had adjusted its calendar for the re-opening of schools. Olaleye in a statement in Ibadan said the slight adjustment was to enable the state school calendar to conform to the agreement reached by the federal government and the West African Examination Read More

Breaking: Napoli confirm Victor Osimhen capture from Lille

July 31, 2020 Editor 0

Napoli have confirmed the signing of 21-year-old Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen from Lille on a five-year contract. The deal is worth €50m fee + bonuses. Victor Osimhen has become the most expensive African player of all time in moving to Napoli, contrary to Italian sources about the nature of the fee. Last summer, Lille sold Nicolas Pépé to Arsenal in Read More