2019/20: ‘Premier League to end football season abruptly’

April 8, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Udinese director Pierpaolo Marino claims the Premier League will soon release a statement announcing the cancellation of the 2019-20 season. The Serie A chief, whose club share owners with Watford, revealed the shock news on Tuesday night amid the ongoing worldwide coronavirus pandemic. Speaking on Sportitalia, he said the English top flight is set to follow in the footsteps of Belgium’s Jupiler League, who last week confirmed Read More

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NYSC extends service 14 members in Bauchi

March 6, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has announced that seven corps members deployed to Bauchi state would have their service year extended by four months for committing acts contrary to the NYSC bye-laws. State coordinator of the scheme, Namadi Abubakar, disclosed this Thursday at the passing out parade of the 2019 Batch ‘A’ members who finished their one year mandatory Read More

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WAEC blacklists 37 Benue centres over examination malpractices

February 18, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has removed 37 secondary schools in Benue state from conducting the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE) and National Examination Council (NECO) examinations over alleged malpractices. Benue state Commissioner for Education, Professor Dennis Ityavyar, who disclosed this Tuesday in an interview with newsmen in his office in Makurdi, said the 37 that were blacklisted Read More

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Airtel, MTN, 2 others pay big fines over infractions

February 2, 2020 Editorial IV 0

 Nigeria’s first biggest telecommunication firms, MTN, Glo, Airtel and 9mobile have been fined a whopping N2.9bn for various infractions contravening the rules and regulations of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). Airtel was fined N2.3 billion for disconnecting Exchange Telecommunications Limited without regulatory approval, which the Commission said contravened the provisions of the quality of service (QoS) and enforcement processes regulations. Read More

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‘Stiffer penalties needed to tame electoral violence’ 

November 24, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Unless stiffer penalties are introduced in the country incidences of electoral violence would continue to mar elections in Nigeria, according a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Mustapha Audu. Accordingly, the former governorship aspirant said it was high time the National Assembly enacted stiffer sanctions against violators of election guidelines and manipulators of election processes and results to Read More

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Breaking: Buhari signs Executive Order 009 on open defecation-free Nigeria by 2025

November 20, 2019 Editorial IV 0

President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday signed Executive Order 009 titled ”Open Defecation-Free Nigeria by 2025 and Other Related Matters Order, 2019.” A statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said This Executive Order takes effect from Wednesday, November 20, 2019.The statement said the order stipulates as follows: ”That by this Order, Nigeria Read More

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AFC Cup final moved from North Korea to China due to sanctions

October 22, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Next week’s AFC Cup final between North Korea’s 4.25 SC and Lebanon’s Al Ahed will be played in Shanghai, China instead of Pyongyang in North Korea. The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said on Tuesday that this was due to sanctions affecting North Korea. “The AFC made the decision based on considerations over the televising and promotion of the game, so Read More

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DPR warns marketers against fuel price hike, hoarding

October 9, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has warned filing stations against hoarding of petrol and selling above official price in Osun.DPR’s Operations Controller in Osogbo, Mr Ademola Makinde, gave the warning during a visit by the management team of the department to the palace of Oba Akinola Akinrera, in Ifetedo, Osun.Makinde, who noted that the warning became necessary as the Read More

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NAS seeks sanctions for airlines over flight cancellation

August 12, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The National Association of Seadogs (NAS) also known as Pirates Confraternity, has called on the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority and Nigeria Airspace Management Agency, to enforce the sanctions on airlines which indulge in flight cancelation and delay. In a statement issued Sunday by the Capoon of the Ikeja branch of NAS, Mr Iheanyi Konkwo, the Read More

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Kajuru crises: Justice Aliyu heads Kaduna judicial commission

August 7, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state has set up a 10-man Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the incessant communal crises bedevilling Kajuru LGA and environs since 2017 with Justice Isa Aliyu as chairman.  Governor el-Rufai, while inaugurating the commission with three months tenure, at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim House on Wednesday tasked the commission to identify the causes of the crises, Read More

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ES moves to check truancy in Kaduna schools

June 7, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Education Secretary, Chikkun Local Government Education Authority of Kaduna state, Dr. Ibrahim Danmaraya, has said that steps had been taken to check teachers’ truancy and indifference to duty in the area. Danmaraya said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Kaduna, that teachers’ truancy and lukewarm attitude to duty was greatly affecting the learning Read More

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NIID motor policy: NIA to sanction defaulters

May 9, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Any underwriting firm that fail to upload motor policies on the Nigerian Insurance Industry Database (NIID), that would allow policyholders to authenticate their policy, risk being sanctioned, Nigerian Insurer Association (NIA) has warned.   The NIID is an information technology-based system that facilitates easy collation and dissemination of statistical and other information relating to insurance. It also serves as a platform for easy Read More

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Alleged negligence: FCTA sets 6-man probe C’ttee

February 28, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) Wednesday inaugurated a  committee to investigate circumstances leading to the death of Miss Kafayat Abdul-Azeez at Asokoro Hospital, barely two weeks after the incident occurred. The six-member committee headed by Dr Evans Onyekele , Director, Medical and Diagnositics of the Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS) is to among other things thoroughly investigate the detailed Read More

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To sanction erring govt officials, Senate needs more power – Nyako

January 15, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Sen. Abdul-Azeez Nyako (ADC-Adamawa) has called for more powers for the Senate to enable it sanction erring government officials and organisations. Nyako made the call in an interview with newsmen in Yola where he expressed concern over growing cases of disrespect for the legislative arm by some government officials and organisations. He said such officials and organisations were ignoring assembly Read More

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FMBN to MBAN: Refrain from delaying disbursement to developers

March 27, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The Managing Director, Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN), Arch. Ahmed Musa Dangiwa, has warned the Mortgage Bankers’ Association of Nigeria (MBAN) to stop delaying the disbursement of funds to developers. Dangiwa, who gave the warning at a tripartite meeting between the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN), Mortgage Bankers’ Association of Nigeria (MBAN) and Real Estate Developers’ Association of Read More

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DPR warns depots on petroleum products sale to unlicensed marketers

March 21, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Warri, Delta has warned depot owners against selling petroleum products to unlicensed marketers. This is just as he also warned them against selling to bulk buyers to allow registered marketers have access to the products. Warri Zonal Operations Controller of DPR, Mr. Antai Asuquo gave the warning yesterday in Warri. said that the Read More

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DPR seals 13 filling stations in Niger

February 12, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Minna The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has closed down 13 filling stations in Niger state for selling above approved pump price. Its state controller, Alhaji Isa Jankara, disclosed this at the weekend in Minna. He said the closed stations were discovered to be dispensing fuel at N205 to N250 per litre during inspection visit, adding that some of the Read More

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Kogi DPR cautions marketers against hoarding petrol

February 9, 2018 Editorial IV 0

By Oyibo Salihu Lokoja Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Kogi state operation office, has charged independent marketers in the state to sell petrol at government regulated pump price and shun hoarding or be ready to face sanctions. DPR acting Operation Manager, Mr Abidoye Muyiwa Samuel, who gave the charge while on inspection of filling stations in Lokoja to access the Read More

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US sanctions DR Congo general

February 7, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The United States has issued sanctions against a general for being a key contributor to the conflict in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. General MuhindoAkiliMundos, an ally of President Joseph Kabila, was among three men sanctioned by the US. He spent two years in charge of the Congolese army’s operations against a Ugandan rebel group, the Allied Read More

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Fuel scarcity: Black market still booms in Kano

December 31, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Bashir Mohammed Kano Few fuel stations offering the product to members of the public have ignored Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) sanctions by jacking up their pump prices from N145 per litre to between N210 and N220 per litre. But their supply is not always reliable. As a result of the development, tens of unemployed youths have taken to Read More

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US sanctions on Chechnya leader illegal, Russia warns

December 22, 2017 Editorial IV 0

A US move to impose financial sanctions on Chechen leader RamzanKadyrov over alleged human rights abuses has been branded “illegal” by Russia. “We consider these sanctions to be illegal, unfriendly,” the Kremlin said. Washington has accused Mr Kadyrov, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, of involvement in repression, torture and murder. Tensions between the nations have risen following Read More

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US ready for North Korea talks without pre-conditions’

December 14, 2017 Editorial IV 0

The US is “ready to talk any time” with North Korea without preconditions, says Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. His statement appeared to shift the US position away from previous demands that North Korea must disarm before any talks can be held. But hours later the White House said President Donald Trump’s views on North Korea “had not changed”. North Read More

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Tillerson calls for Myanmar Rohingya investigation

November 16, 2017 Editorial IV 0

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has called for an independent investigation into Myanmar’s Rohingya crisis. Myanmar’s army has been accused of killing Rohingya people and burning their villages, forcing hundreds of thousands to flee to Bangladesh. Mr Tillerson said the crisis concerned the US, but added that sanctions against Myanmar were “not advisable” at this time. His comments came Read More

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NBC fines 23 radio, TV stations for hate speech, others

November 2, 2017 Editorial IV 0

National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has fined 23 radio and television stations across the country for various breaches of broadcasting rules set by the Commission. The NBC spokesperson, Maimuna Jimada, said in a statement that the stations were punished for hateful speech, vulgar lyrics and unverifiable claims. The breaches contravened the provisions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code in the third quarter Read More

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“NEC meeting holds from November 7-9, 2017

October 20, 2017 Editorial IV 0

  Please note that withheld results can either be cancelled or released based on the NEC’s decision,” WAEC said 214,952 results of candidates that that sat for the examination are being withheld by the examination body in connection with various reported cases of examination malpractices It would be recalled that a similar meeting of WAEC’s NEC held in Lagos last Read More