Breaking – WTO job: Nigeria’s Okonjo-Iwela crosses first hurdle

September 18, 2020 Editor 0

Nigeria’s former coordinating Minister of Economy Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has been shortlisted alongside three others who are eligible to go into another stage of World Trade Organization (WTO) contest. In the first stage, three candidates were dropped from the race to be the next Director General of WTO. The contestants will be reduced to two final candidates between on September 24 Read More

#BBNaija: Why I want Laycon, Dorathy out – Nengi

September 18, 2020 Editor 0

One of the seven remaining Big Brother Naija lockdown housemate, Nengi has revealed why she want fellow mate Laycon evicted on Sunday Nengi who is the current Head of Head said during her diary session with Biggie on Thursday night that Laycon was a strong contender and would hinder her chances of winning the show. She further stated that she Read More

Happening now: Tottenham fans besiege airport as Bale arrives UK ahead Premier League return

September 18, 2020 Editor 0

Gareth Bale has arrived in the UK to complete his loan move back to former club Tottenham Hotspur, Mirror reports. The Welshman will rejoin Spurs on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid after the club’s agreed to split his wages across the course of the season. Bale arrived at London Luton airport on Friday afternoon along with his Real teammate Sergio Reguilon, who Read More

Breaking: Relief as FG makes u-turn on self-certification form

September 18, 2020 Editor 0

The federal government on Friday reversed its decision on self-certification, and apologised for asking all account holders in the country’s financial institutions to register their details again. The apology contained in a statement was issued by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) via the Government of Nigeria twitter handle @NigeriaGov. According to the statement, “This is to clarify the publication Read More

Gunmen kill DPO, Inspector, 5 farmers, abduct 3 housewives in Sokoto, Katsina

 Gunmen in the early hours of Thursday attacked Gidan Madi town, the headquarters of Tangaza local government area of Sokoto state, killing a divisional police officer and an inspector of police, with three housewives abducted in the process. A reliable source from Gidan Madi told Blueprint that at about 12.20am, the bandits carrying dangerous weapons, stormed the police station shooting sporadically and in the Read More

COVID-19: Over 700, 000 Abuja households vulnerable – FCTA

September 18, 2020 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

Minister of State Federal Territory(FCT) Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu has  said  with the validation of the social register, the administration has identified over 700, 000 vulnerable households in the territory, just as Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) scored the administration high on the palliative distribution to vulnerable members.  The minister made this revelation during the presentation of a scorecard of the Read More

Edo guber: Sensitive materials now in 18 LGAs – INEC

September 17, 2020 Emeka Nze 0

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has stated that “all sensitive materials for Edo governorship election have left the custody of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Benin City to the various local government areas in the state. According to INEC, in a statement on Thursday by the National Commissioner and chairman Information and Voter Education Barrister Festus Okoye, “Agents of Read More

Edo polls: Buhari tells parties, security agents what to do

September 17, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has advised political parties, candidates and security agents to behave responsibly in the forthcoming Edo state gubernatorial elections. The president, in a message to voters, political parties, election officials and security personnel, said: “I am passionately committed to free and fair elections, but my own commitment is not enough if other actors at ground zero refuse to Read More

Breaking: Buhari signs Police Bill 2020 into law

September 17, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed into law the Nigeria Police Bill, 2020, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said on Thursday. In a statement issued in Abuja, Adesina said the president communicated his assent to the Bill to the National Assembly in a memo dated September 16, 2020, through the Clerk of the legislature. Read More

Another veteran Nollywood actor is dead

September 17, 2020 Editor 0

Blueprint has been informed of the passage of a veteran Nollywood actor, Jimoh Aliu. Popularyly known as Aworo, Aliu died at the age of 86 on Thursday in an Ekiti state hospital. Born in Okemesi-Ekiti, the deceased began acting in 1959 after joining Akin Ogungbe Theatre Group and left in 1966 to form his own troupe, Jimoh Aliu Concert Party, Read More

Fresh beginning as FIFA rankings return, Super Eagles current position exposed

September 17, 2020 Goal 0

Nigeria’s Super Eagles have climbed to the 29th position in the latest Fifa rankings released by the world governing body on Thursday. The Super Eagles garnered 1493 points, same as the points acquired in the last edition released in March which ranked the West Africans 31st.   Nigeria are third in Africa behind 2019 Africa Cup of Nations runner-up, Senegal, who have 1555 Read More

NLC dares FG: Reverse fuel price, electricity tariff hike before Sept 28 or…

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Wednesday handed down a two-week ultimatum to the federal government, warning it to reverse the recent hike in electricity tariff as well as increment in pump price of  fuel  or face a total shutdown of the country’s economy. NLC President Comrade Ayuba Wabba made the declaration at the end of the body’s Central Working Committee Read More

Minna link roads: North faces imminent fuel crisis

September 16, 2020 Moses John 0

Beginning Thursday, the northern part of Nigeria may experience a crisis in the supply of fuel except a drastic measure is taken by the federal government to avert the situation. This followed the order to tanker drivers to immediately stop the lifting of fuel and other petroleum products from Lagos to that part of the country following the road shutdown Read More

Breaking: From Real Madrid, Bale returns to Premier League, ‘completes’ Tottenham switch

September 16, 2020 Editor 0

Gareth Bale completed his emotional return to Tottenham on Wednesday night in a move that was driven by Jose Mourinho, according to Dailymail.. The Wales international has agreed terms on a year-long deal that Sportsmail understands to be worth more than £13million – part of which will be financed by Real Madrid – and he is relishing the prospect of relaunching his career at the club that propelled Read More

FEC sharpens plans to set up another government agency

September 16, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the transmission of a Proceeds of Crime Recovery and Management Agency Bill to the National Assembly for approval.Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, disclosed this on Wednesday while briefing State House correspondents on the outcome of the 15th virtual FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.He said Read More

Nigeria’s Independence celebration takes off as Buhari unveils 60th anniversary logo

September 16, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has unveiled the logo and theme for Nigeria’s 60th independence anniversary.The president unveiled the logo and theme on Wednesday before the commencement of the 15th virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.He said the theme for this year’s diamond independence anniversary is “Together Shall We Be,” depicting the country’s unity Read More

NRC opens up on Abuja-Kaduna train ‘bandit attack’

September 15, 2020 Adeola Tukuru 0

  The Managing Director of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) Fidet Okhiria has explained that alleged attack on Abuja -Kaduna train attack was as a result of hoodlums who threw stones at the train. Okhiria said the police nabbed one suspect earlier, more hoodlums came out to attack the train in protest against the arrest made in the afternoon. He Read More

Breaking: Gloom as Nigeria’s inflation shoots up again

September 15, 2020 Benjamin Umuteme 0

The consumer price index, (CPI) which measures inflation increased by 13.22 percent (year-on-year) in August 2020.  The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in its CPI and Inflation Report for August 2020 published on its website Tuesday in Abuja, it showed that the figure was 0.40 percentage points higher than the rate recorded in July 2020 (12.82 percent). This is the Read More

Bandits on rampage in Katsina, Kaduna, Nasarawa, kill one, kidnap nursing mother, infant, 15 family members

   Bandits Monday struck again in the North-west states of Kaduna and Katsina as well as North-central state of Nasawara, as they went on rampage killing several of their victims and kidnapping others for ransom. A major highpoint of the tragedy was the killing of two officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) and the kidnap of 10 others Read More

COVID-19: FG reveals when Nigeria ‘ll access vaccine

September 14, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The federal government said Monday that the declining cases of infections suggests that the country is gradually winning the war against COVID-19. Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Control of COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha, said this at a briefing in Abuja.  He said, “Nigeria continues to progressively witness declining confirmed Read More

Messi rules Ronaldo again, emerges highest-earning footballer… see full list

September 14, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has topped the Forbes list for highest-earning footballers in 2020. Forbes estimated Messi’s yearly earnings at $126m with Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo second on $117m. Neymar was in third place, with Paris St-Germain teammate Kylian Mbappe fourth. Three Premier League players – Mohamed Salah, Paul Pogba and David de Gea – made the top 10, as did Real Read More

Drama as Salami throws Magu’s lawyers out

September 14, 2020 Kehinde Osasona 0

A mild drama ensued on Monday at the venue of the ongoing presidential panel probing when head of the panel, Justice Ayo Salami, ordered two of Ibrahim Magu’s lawyer out of the venue. Salami, Head of the panel, ordering the two lawyers that were part of the legal team of the suspended EFCC Acting Chairman out of the session, recognized Read More