Rising cases of COVID 19 forces Ramat Cup postponement

January 31, 2021 Editorial IV 0

This year’s Ramat Cup competition organised by Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria (YSFON) has been postponed, the organisers said on Sunday. The President of YSFON, Dr Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna,  said the shift was necessitated by the new rise in the cases of COVID 19 pandemic across the country. Dr Gawuna said though a new date has not been fixed but Read More

MPC’s decision spurs stock market, records N737.9bn gain last week

January 31, 2021 Blessing Anaro 0

The stay action applied by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) on monetary parameters may have increased investors’ confidence as the Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE) returned to gaining ways last week, adding N737.9 billion to market capitalization. Last week, the CBN held its first monetary policy committee (MPC) meeting for the year on the backdrop of Read More

Kidnappers release 5 in Niger after collecting N1.7m ransom

January 31, 2021 Aideloje Ojo 0

Five persons kidnapped in Avu of Gupa – Abugi community in Lapai Local government of Niger state have been released by their abductors after payment of N1.7m ransom. The victims reportedly regain freedom yesterday being Sunday by 1am  regained their freedom after paying N1.7 million random. One of the freed victims who spoke on condition of anonymity on his ordeal explained Read More

Covid19: Ganduje inaugurates 2,000 Special Marshals to enforce protocols

January 31, 2021 Bashir Mohammed 0

In his continued efforts to fight COVID-19 pandemic in the state, governor of Kano state, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has inaugurated COVID-19 Marshals. The marshals, numbering 2,000, comprising of 1,000 Hisbah officials and 1,000 health workers have been engaged to assist security agents in enforcement and persuasion of strict compliance with COVID-19 protocols. Speaking during the formal inaugurayion of the Read More

Nigeria badly damaged, broken, need for urgent rescue- Atiku

January 31, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Former Vice President and 2019 Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has said the country has been badly damaged and broken, adding that there is need for urgent rescue. Atiku specifically lamented over what he described as hunger in the Northern Nigeria and indeed the entire country  which he said is getting to an unbearable Read More

Again, NNL kick off date shifted to Feb 13

January 31, 2021 Editorial IV 0

For the third time, a new kick-off date for the 2021season of the Nigeria National League (NNL) has been announced. At the end of an Emergency Congress held in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State on Saturday, the new commencement date of Saturday, February 13, 2021, was announced as agreed upon by the congress. It will be recalled that the season was originally Read More

Insecurity: Igangan community urges Makinde to visit

January 31, 2021 Bayo Agboola, 0

The people of Igangan in Ibarapa area of Oyo state at the weekend called on Governor Seyi Makinde to personally visit the affected communities in Ibarapaland to see for himself the true state of things. Also, they urged the Oyo state government to set up an investigative committee to look into all the allegations of atrocities and crimes leveled against Read More

Tension as aggrieved police officers accuse IGP of selective promotionn

January 31, 2021 Joseph Obung 0

There is palpable tension in some Police formations in some states of the federation over an alleged inability of the Police authorities to promote officers who were allegedly due for promotion since last year. Some general duty Policemen in Akwa Ibom and Cross River states, affected by the said delay in promotion are accusing the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Read More

Ogun commemorates World NTDs Day, calls for increased awareness

January 31, 2021 Hakeem Adegbenro, 0

The Ogun state Government has joined the rest of the world to celebrate the World Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Day for the year 2021, calling on stakeholders to increase the level of awareness for the diseases. The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, while addressing a press conference as part of activities to commemorate the day, said (NTDs) are caused Read More

2023: APC strategises, vows to reclaim Adamawa

January 31, 2021 Muazu Abari 0

As new APC membership registration and revalidation exercise take place across the country, the Adamawa state, chapter of the All progressive Congress (APC) has expressed optimism that the party will reclaim the state by defeating incumbent Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri in 2023.This assuarances was given by the state APC caretaker committee chairman, Alhaji Ibrahim Bilal, in an interview with journalists Read More

Police nab 2 for child pornography in Kano

January 31, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

Operatives of the Nigeria Police INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB), Abuja, have arrested two members of a trans-border/international child porn syndicate in Kano. Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), CP Frank Mba, in a press statement, Sunday in Abuja, said: “Operatives of the Nigeria Police INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB), Abuja, have arrested two Kano based suspects: Ibrahim Muazzam Mohammad Aminu Read More

Police arrest 5 for theft, kidnapping, women abuse

January 31, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, has said that the action plan being implemented by the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to curb Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV), particularly all forms of abuse against women and children in the country, was yielding positive results. The IGP made the affirmation on the heels of the arrest of five members Read More

Release panel report on Magu, global anti-corruption group tells Buhari

January 31, 2021 Benjamin Umuteme 0

President Mohammadu Buhari has been asked to release the report of the judicial panel on former Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) Mr Ibrahim Magu In a letter addressed to the President, the world’s leading anti-corruption coalition expressed deep concern that the Political interference in the operation of EFCC and inability of the Nigerian authorities to release the Read More

Fresh registration: Petroleum Minister, Sylva revalidates, mobilises Bayelsans for APC

January 31, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Minister of state for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, has revalidated his membership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the ongoing nationwide fresh registration/revalidation exercise. The former governor of Bayelsa state also urged all the APC members and those that are yet to join political party to take advantage of the ongoing exercise in the ruling party. The Read More

Akinlosotu appointed FISB President

January 31, 2021 Tope Sunday 0

The International Speedball Federation (FISB) has appointed the President, Nigerian Youth Congress (NYC), Mr Blessing Akinlosotu, as the President of the Nigeria Speedball Federation. The sports organisation which came into existence in 1985 communicated the development to Akinlosotu in a letter signed by its President, Dr. Ahmed Lotfy, on January 4, 2021. Ahmed stated that Nigeria Speedball Federation will serve Read More

Zamfara NMA raises alarm over proliferation of quack medical practitioners

January 31, 2021 Sanusi Muhammad 0

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Zamfara state chapter has expressed worry over increase of medical quackery.The association described the situation as alarming which need proactive action through joint effort to contain the menace before it takes negative dimensions that might have caused loosing many innocent people in the state. This was made known by the Vice Chairman of the association in Read More

APC well positioned to win Anambra 2021 polls – Chairman 

January 31, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Sir Basil Ejidike is the Anambra State Caretaker Committee Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC). In this interview with OKECHUKWU ONUEGBU, the state chairman listed the challenges confronting the party in the state and how they wish to overcome it as the 2021 gubernatorial poll beckons.  Excerpt: INEC recently published date for Anambra 2021 gubernatorial poll. How prepared is Read More

Fresh registration: Petroleum Resources Minister, Sylva revalidates APC membership in Bayelsa

January 31, 2021 Editorial II 0

Minister of state for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, has revalidated his membership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the ongoing nationwide fresh registration/revalidation exercise. The Chairman of the Bayelsa state registration committee, Aminu Avba Tukur, presented the new me membership card slip to the Minister after filling all necessary details. The Minister was accompanied by his wife, Read More

Edo: NUT beckons members to ignore govt “threat”

January 31, 2021 Patrick Ahanor 0

The leadership of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in Edo state has advised parents to keep their children out of school on Monday, February 1, 2021 and insisted that its indefinite strike is still in force.The union said pupils would remain at home pending when the issues in dispute are favourably resolved.The state government had ordered public primary school teachers Read More

FCT Police nab 7 for robbery, cultism, kidnapping

January 31, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The FCT Police command has arrested seven suspects for armed robbery, cultism, and kidnapping, even as exhibits have been recovered from the suspects. The command disclosed this in a press statement by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Mariam Yusuf, Sunday in Abuja. IT read in part, “In furtherance with its determination to rid the FCT of criminal elements, Read More

2021 Afrobasket qualifiers: Nwora out as Udofia leads D’Tigers to Tunisia

January 31, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The leadership of Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has officially confirmed that assistant coach Mfon Udofia will be saddled with the responsibility of leading D’Tigers to the 2021 Afrobasket qualifiers in Tunisia. Mfon who joined the senior men’s national team technical crew just before the 2019 FIBA World Cup will fill in for head coach, Mike Brown, currently tied down by Read More

COVID-19 will end foreign medical tourism – SAN

January 31, 2021 Ameh Ejekwonyilo 0

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and former Attorney General of Imo State, Chukwuma-Machukwu Ume, says the coronavirus pandemic has some salutary effects on Nigeria as it would end foreign medical tourism by the elite.Ume who is a federalist lawyer and rapporteur of Victims of Persecution, a non-governmental organisation, said the rampaging pandemic would compel the political leadership of Nigeria Read More

Anxiety mounts as Lagos records over 1000 COVID-19 cases in 24 hours

January 31, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Saturday reported that Lagos state recorded 1,040 new cases of COVID-19. In a late-night tweet, the disease control agency put the total number of new cases recorded nationwide at 1,883 with one additional death. To date, the country has recorded 130,557 virus cases across its 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. Read More

AFAN leadership crisis: No end in sight?

January 31, 2021 Editorial IV 0

There seems to be no end in sight to the leadership tussle that continues to bug down the activities of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), JOHN OBA writes.  The Genesis All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), an initiative of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who brought three farmer associations namely FOFAN led by Dr Shettima Mustapha, NFAN led by Read More