Govs, businessmen, others donate N21.27bn to Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan’s reelection bid received a major boost on Saturday, as businessmen, multinational organisations, interest groups and individuals donated the sum of N21.27bn to support his campaign for the 2015 presidential election. The naira rain was at the Peoples Democratic Party Fund Raising Dinner held at the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa,... [Read...
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Pray for 2015, Adeboye urges Nigerians

General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has called on Nigerians to be persistent in their prayers for Nigeria. Adeboye made the call at the annual Christmas Carol and thanksgiving service organised by the Oyo State Government in Ibadan on Saturday. Also present at the event were Governor Abiola Ajimobi;... [Read...
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Fayose distributes Christmas gifts to Ekiti people

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has distributed not less than 80,000 chickens and 100,000 bags of rice to Ekiti residents between Thursday and Friday. His Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, who disclosed this in a statement issued on Saturday in Ado-Ekiti, said the Christmas largesse, including cash gifts, were distributed under the Stomach Infrastructure... [Read...
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We do not lack funds —INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission has refuted claims that it does not have sufficient funds to conduct 2015 elections successfully. According to the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Mr. Kayode Idowu, the commission has no reason to complain about paucity of funds. Recently, the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega, reportedly said inadequate... [Read...
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Don’t dump PDP, Jonathan begs aggrieved aspirants

President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday appealed to all Peoples Democratic Party aspirants who are aggrieved as a result of the outcome of its primary elections across the country not to ditch the party. He said the party leadership was working hard to resolve the conflicts thrown up by the primaries in many states. Jonathan spoke... [Read...
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Obasanjo entertained gossips like Jonathan — Utomi

A former presidential aspirant, Prof. Pat Utomi, has said ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo is also guilty of some of his allegations against President Goodluck Jonathan. Utomi said just like Jonathan, Obasanjo also entertained gossips from those around him. In a Facebook post on Thursday, titled ‘Obasanjo and the Burden of History, Utomi noted that he was... [Read...
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Five MAPOLY students arraigned for illegal arms possession

Five students of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic Abeokuta were on Friday arraigned before a Magistrate Court in the Ogun State capital for unlawful possession of firearms and belonging to a prohibited secret cult. The accused persons are Olawale Olaniyi, Adeyemi Azeez, Olufalo Bidemi, Osilaja Hammed and Bashorun Sodiq. They are facing a three-count charge, which... [Read...
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Nigeria’s future gloomy under Jonathan — Balarabe Musa

A former Governor of Kaduna State and leader of the Conference of Nigerian Political Party, Balarabe Musa, on Saturday said the future of Nigeria under the President Goodluck Jonathan-led government is gloomy. Musa noted that the way the Nigeria was being governed showed that Jonathan was incapable of running the affairs of the country. He... [Read...
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Gunmen kidnap ASUU chair’s wife, demand N50m ransom

Gunmen on Friday kidnapped wife of the Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities, Osun State University chapter, Mrs. Funmilayo Abiona. Abiona was abducted in Osogbo around 7:30pm. Our correspondent gathered on Saturday that Mrs. Abiona closed from her shop around Oke Bale area of Osogbo and was heading home to meet her husband, Dr. Oluseye... [Read...
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Mourinho urges Hazard to deliver Chelsea success

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insists Eden Hazard must help the club win more titles if he is to join the ranks of their greatest players. Hazard’s value to Mourinho’s side will be confirmed when he puts pen to paper on a lucrative new five-year contract. The Belgian international, signed for £32 million (40.8m euros, $50m)... [Read...
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FRSC to open 200 driving licence offices — Corps Marshall

The Corps Marshall and Chief Executive, Federal Road Safety Commission, Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi, has announced that the commission would establish 200 driver licence offices in Nigeria to ease the collection of licence. He said this would increase Federal Government’s revenue through the FRSC. The Corps Marshall said this at the inauguration of the licence centre... [Read...
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S’Leone to withdraw Somalia troops over Ebola

Sierra Leone is withdrawing its troops from Somalia after the African Union blocked the West African country from rotating its soldiers over fears for the Ebola virus. Sierra Leone sent 850 troops to Somalia for a 12-month deployment to fight the al-Qaeda-linked rebel group, al-Shabab, in Somalia in 2013. Their rotation was delayed after a... [Read...
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States to face hard times from February — Kwara Speaker

The Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly, Mr. Razak Atunwa, on Saturday said most of the states in Nigeria would suffer economic crunch from February 2015, if urgent preventive measures were not embarked upon. He said although many oil producing countries suffer from the current fall in crude oil price, they had not been very... [Read...
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I’m the best presidential candidate — AD flag bearer

The presidential candidate of the Alliance for Democracy, Rafiu Salau, has stated that he is the best candidate among other individuals seeking to occupy the Office of the President of Nigeria in 2015. Comparing himself to the All Progressives Congress’ presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), the AD candidate said he was a better option.... [Read...
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Osinbajo: South-South snub by APC irrelevant, says Briggs

A Niger Delta activist and spokesperson for the Ijaw Republican Assembly, Ms. Annkio Briggs, has downplayed the decision of the All Progressives Congress not to pick a South-South running mate for its presidential candidate, Maj.-Gen. Muhammed Buhari (retd.). The APC, on Wednesday, named a former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Lagos State, Prof. Yemi... [Read...
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I cherish law and showbiz –Tunji Bamishigbin

Unlike the Russian writer, Anton Chekhov, who said medicine was his lawful wife but literature his mistress, creative producer and director, Tunji Bamishigbin, has described his love for law and showbiz as equal. He added that his interest in law and the entertainment industry made him to give the two disciplines adequate attention. Bamishigbin said,... [Read...
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Castro says US must respect communist system

President Raul Castro has demanded that the United States respect Cuba’s communist rule as the two countries work to restore diplomatic ties, and warned that Cuban-American exiles might try to sabotage the rapprochement. Obama and this week reset Washington’s Cold War-era policy on Cuba and the two countries swapped prisoners in a historic deal after 18 months... [Read...
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Gunman kills two US policemen

Two New York police officers have been shot dead by a gunman who then killed himself, officials said. The officers were killed without warning on Saturday as they sat in their patrol car in Brooklyn, Police Commissioner William Bratton told a news conference, flanked by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Although we’re still... [Read...
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Kenya defends anti-doping record

Kenyan athletics bosses have defended the country’s record on doping, despite 32 athletes having tested positive for banned substances in in- and out-of-competition tests in the last five years. On a day when the results of the “B” sample for top woman marathon runner Rita Jeptoo were awaited, officials said they had done enough to... [Read...
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Much ado about VP

Perhaps at no other time in the history of our country’s democracy was so much focus, so much national attention across party lines, so much horse-trading, so much aggravation, so much ado, so much hoopla, so much falsehood peddled, and so many daggers drawn in making a choice of a party’s vice-president candidate as just... [Read...
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Atiku will support Buhari –Ex-VP’s aide

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has promised to support the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.). To achieve this, Abubakar has told the former Head of State to be free in approaching him for any demand that he (Buhari) felt would facilitate his defeat of the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate,... [Read...
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Non-oil export revenue drops by 34%

The total earnings from non-oil exports dropped by 34 per cent in just one month, the latest economic report released by the Central Bank of Nigeria has indicated. It put the revenue from the non-oil exports in the month of July 2014, the last month so far assessed, at $867.12m. The report obtained by our... [Read...
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My best Christmas

It’s different strokes for different folks as celebrities usher in Christmas. Some talk about their Xmas memories A family affair Two years ago, I had all my family members around me to share the season with. Also, my husband and I had time to spend with the children. —Mercy Aigbe, actress My father died Christmas... [Read...
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Jonathan vs Buhari: The running mate politics

The choice of the running mate for the Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan, and the All Progressives Congress’s candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), may influence voting in the 2015 presidential election, writes LEKE BAIYEWU The two biggest political parties in Nigeria — the ruling Peoples Democratic Party and the opposition, All Progressives... [Read...
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Spurs shine brightest in 2014

The NBA’s defining moment in 2014 was supposed to be the San Antonio Spurs return to championship glory, but that was before the Donald Sterling saga took on a life of its own. With the perfect blend of youth and experience, the Spurs dismantled the Miami Heat in one of the most lop-sided finals in... [Read...
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US foundation empowers blind Nigerians

A four-year-old boy, Emmanuel Agbodi, and three other visually impaired individuals on Friday received cash donations under an empowerment project by a United States-based Nigerian group, Timeless Vision Foundation. Among the recipients were a Law graduate of the University of Lagos, Solomon Adeeko, and an HIV-AIDS campaigner, Ejiro Okotie. The Chief Executive Officer of the... [Read...
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Investors shun Nigeria’s cooking gas projects

Local and international players in the Nigeria’s liquefied petroleum gas (cooking gas) subsector are holding back investments in the storage of the product as they do not consider this a profitable venture. Although the investment opportunities in the gas storage project are huge, many firms are unwilling to go into the business because of the... [Read...
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We know how to cage Alao-Akala — Folarin

Former Senate Leader, Teslim Folarin, tells OLUFEMI ATOYEBI in this interview that despite the departure of those aggrieved with his emergence as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Oyo State to other parties, the PDP will still win in 2015 How will you describe what is going on in Oyo State chapter... [Read...
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Failure is part of success – Ijiwande

Segun Ijiwande, 29, owns a fashion designing outfit ‘ShegzyKool Aesthetic’. In this interview, he tells ARUKAINO UMUKORO what has helped him so far in running his business Did you study design in school? No, I am a graduate of English Language from the Redeemers’ University of Nigeria. ShegzyKool Aesthetic is my label’s insignia. I am... [Read...
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Nobody can cage me — Alao-Akala

Former Governor of Oyo State, Adebayo Alao-Akala, tells OLUFEMI ATOYEBI, in this interview, that he will break the second-term jinx in the state After being in the Peoples Democratic Party for more than 10 years, why did you decide to walk away? There is nothing much to say except that I have walked in the... [Read...
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Waldorf buyer invests in property, banking stakes

Anbang Insurance Group Co., the Chinese insurer that’s buying New York’s Waldorf Astoria hotel, is expanding at home with investments from China Minsheng Banking Corp. to Financial Street Holdings Co, Bloomberg reports. The insurer became the largest shareholder of Minsheng Bank with a 9.1 percent stake and 10 percent of voting rights, the Beijing-based bank... [Read...
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What happens when a bank customer dies?

Sometime early in the year, this column focused on banker-customer relationship in three editions. In one of the editions I addressed the trajectories of this relationship in the event of a death of the customer and I noted that the customer’s account opening mandate and indeed any such agreement stands invalidated by reason of death... [Read...
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Governors can transform pro football league

In continuation of the serial with the theme “Making the most of government football control”, I will try to show how state governors can play a potentially pivotal role. In many parts of the world where professional football is successful, the game is private sector-driven. Public sector ‘time unconscious’ bureaucratic habits, absence of strict accountability... [Read...
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Taiwan declares Uber illegal after 63 fines

Uber Technologies Inc. is violating Taiwan’s laws and will continue to attract penalties after more than 60 fines were issued against the company and its drivers, the minister of transportation and communications told Bloomberg. “The business model they’re operating is illegal,” Yeh Kuang-shih said in a telephone interview. “Uber doesn’t have any transportation-related service license... [Read...
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I’ll never forget my hat-trick against Arsenal — Ikpeazu

Born to Nigerian parents in London, Uche Ikpeazu has not forgotten his Nigerian roots. The powerful striker, who is on loan at Crewe Alexandra from Watford, in this interview talks about his career and more with ’TANA AIYEJINA You are currently on loan to Crewe Alexandra from Championship side Watford. How is the season so... [Read...
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Russian ruble crisis sparks run on Belarus currency

Belarussians were in a panic on Friday over the Russian ruble’s plunge, rushing to convert their savings to dollars and euros as they fear a devaluation of their currency, AFP reports. The run on the Belarussian ruble forced the central bank to announce a “temporary” tax of 30 percent on all purchases of foreign currency.... [Read...
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Samsung may increase dividend by 50%

Samsung Electronics Co. may increase its full-year dividend by as much as 50 per cent as the world’s biggest maker of smartphones boosts returns to shareholders amid a slump in earnings. The company is considering an increase in the payout of 30 percent to 50 per cent with a final decision to be made by... [Read...
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BoJ upbeat on economy, holds off fresh measures

The Bank of Japan on Friday struck a more upbeat view of the world’s number three economy, saying exports were showing signs of picking up while factory output has started to “bottom out”. The comments came as policymakers wrapped up a two-day meeting where they held off fresh easing measures, after announcing in late October... [Read...
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Navy Playground: From lush green to sandy pitch

Once the breeding ground for some of Nigeria’s best footballers, the Ajegunle Navy Playground is now in a pathetic state, writes Idris Adesina A first time visitor to Apapa, Lagos State, would be enchanted by the beauty of the scenery from the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway to the Wharf, which is one of the country’s gateways through... [Read...
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The growing influence of technology in politics

The year 2015 is another opportunity for Nigerians to elect a new set of leaders that will steer the Nigerian ship for the next four years. Although I am not a card carrying member of any political party yet, I am interested in how much of technology we fuse into the electoral process. Consequently, my... [Read...
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BlackBerry revenue miss overshadows turnaround progress

BlackBerry Ltd. reported fiscal third-quarter revenue that fell well short of analysts’ estimates, overshadowing the company’s milestone achievement of generating cash earlier than promised, Bloomberg reports. Revenue dropped 34 percent to $793 million in the three months ended Nov. 29, missing analysts’ estimates for $931 million. BlackBerry shares fell 4.7 percent to $9.60 at 12:15... [Read...
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Sony hack adds to security pressure on companies

Faced with rising cybercrime like the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, companies worldwide are under pressure to tighten security but are hampered by cost and, for some, reluctance to believe they are in danger, Associated Press has reported. The Sony attack, which US. officials blamed on North Korea, was unusual because it included threats of... [Read...
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SMEs can generate 80% jobs — Masari

In this interview with IFEANYI ONUBA, the Director General, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria, Alhaji Bature Masari, speaks on the challenges facing small businesses and what is being done to address the problem You are collaborating with the National Bureau of Statistics to carry out a survey on Micro, Small and Medium... [Read...
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We are creating conducive environment for 2015 polls -DSS

The Department of State Services has said it is creating the right and conducive environment for the conduct of the 2015 general elections.   The service said it will not allow divisive politicians and terrorists to truncate the nation’s democracy or undermine national security during the exercise.   The Director-General, DSS, Ekpeyong Ita, who said... [Read...
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No emperor will govern Rivers – Amaechi

RIVERS State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has declared that no emperor will govern the state as the people will not vote for any governorship candidate that presents himself as a highhanded leader. Amaechi, who spoke at the freestyle parade of the Rivers State Cultural Festival known as CARNIRIV in Port Harcourt on Saturday, said, Rivers... [Read...
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Jet scandal: Reps to appeal court judgment

The House of Representatives ‎said on Sunday that it would appeal the judgment of an Abuja Federal High Court, which forbade it from summoning the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke. In a judgement given on Wednesday last week, the presiding judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed, also halted the House’s probe of the N10billion the... [Read...
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Wike will make PDP lose in Rivers -LP gov candidate

The Governorship candidate of Labour Party in Rivers State, Prince Tonye Princewill, has declared that the Peoples Democratic Party will lose Rivers State because of the disorganised state of the party.He alleged that this was caused by the imposition of the PDP governorship candidate, who was a former Minister of state for Education, Mr. Nyesom... [Read...
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JTF arrests, destroys oil bunkering barge in Rivers

The Joint Military Task Force in the Niger Delta, Operation Pulo Shield, says its special squad of the anti-illegal oil bunkering and oil theft has arrested an illegal oil bunkering barge in the region. The JTF said the barge containing an unquantified volume of Automated Gas Oil (diesel) suspected to be illegally refined was apprehended... [Read...
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Group canvasses database for IDPs before election

To curb election fraud and insecurity during the 2015 general elections, Save-A Child Foundation, a non-governmental organisation, has called on the Federal Government to create database for internally displaced persons in different locations across the country. It said the growing number of displaced persons posed security risks in places where they are found as the... [Read...
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US to quarantine Nigerian doctors on medical mission

The United States – based Nigerian health professionals comprising medical doctors, nurses, and pharmacists on medical mission in Abia State said they would be quarantined for 21 days for Ebola virus when they returned to the US. Leader of the 75- man team and the National President of Abia State Nationals Association of North America... [Read...
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Osun senatorial primary: Aspirant drags PDP, INEC to court

A Peoples Democratic Party aspirant for Osun East Senatorial District, Joshua Oluwasuyi, has dragged the party’s candidate in the district, Chief Francis Fadahunsi, the PDP and the Independent National Electoral Commission to court on the alleged ineligibility of the candidate  for the senatorial primaries of the party.   Counsel to the aggrieved aspirant , Mr.... [Read...
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Orji still committed to Abia airport project -Commissioner

The Commissioner for Information and  Strategy, Abia State, Chief Anthony Agbazuere, has assured that the Governor Theodore Orji- led administration was still committed to the airport project of the state.   Agbazuere who stated this in Umuahia said ariel survey of the site had been completed, while discussions were on- going with the host communities... [Read...
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Food, job, insecurities worse than Boko Haram – Methodist church

The National President of the National Men’s Fellowship of the Methodist Church Nigeria, Sir. Dr. Samuel Ejiofor, has remarked that the threats posed by food and job insecurities in Nigeria today were worse than the menace of Boko Haram terrorist sect. Ejiofor who made the remarks yesterday in Umuahia during a press conference after the... [Read...
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Strike: Nurses, midwives ordered to withdraw skeletal services

National President of the National Association of Nurses and Midwives, Alhaji Abdulrafiu Adeniji, on Friday ordered its members to fully withdraw their services from public hospitals in total compliance with the ongoing strike embarked on by the Joint Health Sector Unions. Adeniji gave this order at a press briefing in Calabar, Cross River State after... [Read...
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Six die in Cross River auto crash

At least six persons lost their lives on Saturday in an auto crash along the Awi axis of the Calabar-Ikom highway in Cross River State. A Toyota Picnic mini bus, with six occupants, had a head-on collision with a Toyota Hiace bus close to security checkpoint in the area. Everyone in the car died while... [Read...
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Car thief promises to embrace God if released

A suspected car snatcher, Amucha Chike, who was arrested by operatives of the Anti Kidnap Unit of the Enugu State Police Command, has promised to attend a thanksgiving church service and embrace God if released. Chike, 27, who said he is a graduate of Agriculture Economics from Abia State University, Uturu, and has participated in... [Read...
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CAF U-20: Flying Eagles to play Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal

Nigeria has been drawn in Group A with hosts Senegal, Congo and Cote d’Ivoire for the 2015 CAF U-20 Championship. Details later. . .
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Eaglets tackle Cameroon, Guinea for CAF U-17 championship

Nigeria has been drawn in Group A with hosts Niger Republic, Guinea and Cameroun for the 2015 African U-17 Championship. Details later. . .
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NGO plans 1million jobs for Niger Delta youths

An NGO, Waltz Environmental Solution, said it planned to create one million jobs for the youths in the Niger Delta, including Cross River, in the next ten years. The Director of the organisation, Mr Samuel Ekong, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Calabar on Sunday, that the jobs would be in technical areas, especially... [Read...
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Egyptian jailed 10 years for spying for Israel

An Egyptian court has jailed a Suez Canal shipping services manager for 10 years on charges of spying for Israel about naval movements through the strategic waterway, state media reported. The court in the canal city of Port Said also handed down life sentences in absentia to two Israelis it found guilty of being the... [Read...
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Party primaries: Work with winners, Commissioner urges losers

Plateau Commissioner for Information and Communication, Alhaji Mohammed Badu, has advised losers in the just concluded party primaries to work with the winners. Badu told the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday, in Jos, that every politician has his/her appointed time saying those who lost today may win tomorrow. “Those who lost today but want... [Read...
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Pakistan steps up campaign against Taliban

The Pakistani military has stepped up its campaign against the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan after the group claimed the attack on a school in Peshawar earlier this week that left 148 people, most of them children, dead. Air strikes and ground operations on Saturday targeted fighter hideouts in the Khyber Agency in the country’s northwest, where Peshawar... [Read...
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Lagos gives 15% salary bonus to workers

The Lagos State Government will pay its workers 15 per cent bonus in the December salary as an end of the year gift, the State Head of Service, Mrs Oluseyi Williams, said on Friday. Williams spoke at the end of the year get together and appreciation party for principals and directors in the Ministry of... [Read...
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Yobo endorses Jonathan

A former captain of the Super Eagles, Joseph Yobo, on Friday endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election bid, saying he is the best for Nigerian youths. Yobo spoke with State House correspondents shortly after joining a group, the PDP Ward 2 Ward Initiative, to pay a visit to Jonathan at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He said... [Read...
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Nigeria less prosperous than Zimbabwe, Niger, others – Report

Twenty-one African countries including Zimbabwe, Niger, Benin Republic and Djibouti are more prosperous than Nigeria, the 2014 Legatum Prosperity Index, has said. According to the report released recently by the Legatum Institute, the index of 142 countries defines “prosperity as a combination of wealth and wellbeing.” The report ranks Nigeria 125th among the 142 countries... [Read...
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Manchester City level on points with Chelsea, beat Palace 3-0

Manchester City moved level on points with Chelsea at the top of the Premier League after goals from David Silva and Yaya Toure sunk Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium. City, playing without a striker, missed a host of chances during the first half but the Premier League champions’ dominance eventually paid off as Silva... [Read...
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Dankwambo’s attack on APC despicable, barbaric -Party

The All Progressives Congress has strongly condemned the “acts of intolerance by Gombe State Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, who has been working hard to obliterate the APC presence and also victimize the party’s members in the state.” In a statement issued in Lagos on Saturday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party... [Read...
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No one can intimidate or isolate Russia -Putin

President Vladimir Putin said Saturday no country can “intimidate” or “isolate” Russia, after a week in which the ruble has taken a battering. “Of course, no one will be able to intimidate us, or contain and isolate Russia. No one has ever been able to and no one ever will,” Putin said in a...
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Tests confirm Cambodia HIV mass infection

A third round of tests has confirmed that at least 90 villagers in a small rural community in northwest Cambodia have contracted HIV in an unexplained and panic-inducing mass infection. Dr Didier Fontenille, director of the Pasteur Institute in Cambodia, said that samples sent from Roka commune in Battambang province, where the unusually high number... [Read...
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Ghost of “change” hunts Mr. President

Whether they admit it or not, one word that is currently giving President Goodluck Jonathan, his handlers and indeed the hierarchy of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party great concern ahead of the much-expected 2015 general elections is “change.” The six-letter word is now synonymous to the main opposition party, All Progressives Congress, that has adopted... [Read...
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Oil spill: UN asks Israel to pay Lebanon $850m

The UN General Assembly has passed a resolution asking Israel to pay Lebanon more than $850m in damages for an oil spill caused by an Israeli air force attack in its war against Hezbollah in 2006. The resolution, which passed late on Friday, said “the environmental disaster” resulted in an oil slick that covered the... [Read...
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Gunmen invade Swiss diplomat’s residence in Libya

Unidentified gunmen stormed the residence of the Swiss ambassador in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Friday, according to a security source. “A number of gunmen stormed the resident of Irvine Hoover, Swiss ambassador to Libya, in Ben Ashour area, a high-end neighborhoods in the capital Tripoli,” the source told the Xinhua on condition of anonymity.... [Read...
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Nine migrants killed in Morocco boat accident

At least nine migrants were killed, including three babies, as their makeshift boat sinks early Friday in northern Morocco, reported the local authorities of Tangiers. 21 other migrants were secured and transfered to local hospital in Tangiers. There were 30 migrants in the makeshift boat heading for Spain from the Moroccan terretories it added. Two... [Read...
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Nigeria’s future gloomy under Jonathan -Balarabe

A former Governor of Kaduna State and leader of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, said on Saturday that the future of Nigeria  under the President Goodluck Jonathan-led government is gloomy.The former governor noted that the way the country was being governed showed that Jonathan was incapable of running the affairs of... [Read...
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Pakistan steps up campaign against fighters

Reports say 21 fighters have been killed in aerial strikes in the Tirah Valley in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Agency. The country’s leaders pledged decisive action in the wake of Tuesday’s school massacre in Peshawar, capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, which left 149 people dead, most of them children. The rampage brought international condemnation and fuelled calls... [Read...
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Hope in Colombia as uncertain FARC ceasefire begins

A unilateral ceasefire announced by the Colombian FARC guerilla is due to come into force on Saturday, but the group was linked to a deadly attack and an international drug bust on Friday. The Marxist-led FARC guerrilla killed five soldiers in an ambush just hours before the rebels were to begin the indefinite ceasefire, the... [Read...
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Eko Disco procures 40 new transformers

The Eko Electricity Distribution Company, says it has acquired 40 new distribution transformers as part of efforts to boost the company’s operations during the yuletide. Mr Ademola Adegoke, Principal Manager, Public Affairs Division of the EKEDC made the announcement in statement in Lagos on Saturday. The statement also quotes the EKEDC Managing Director, Mr Oladele... [Read...
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Athletics Kenya says more athletes doped in 2014

More Kenyans were caught doping beyond the names released by International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), Athletics Kenya President Isaiah Kiplagat confirmed Friday. 16 more cases have not been reported because the AK cannot track down the suspected athletes to hear their version of the story. So far 32 cases of doping were reported and... [Read...
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Nigerian education among best in Africa –Okebukola

The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council, Crawford University, Igbesa, Ogun State, Prof. Peter Okebukola, has described Nigerian education system as being among the best in Africa. This is contrary to the belief in some quarters that the country’s education system is one of the worst in the world. Speaking at the 6th convocation ceremony of... [Read...
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S’Sudan rebels kill 11, rape women in Bentiu – UN

South Sudan rebels killed, raped and kidnapped civilians during an attack in October, leaving at least 11 dead, the United Nations said in a report. Fighters backing former vice president Riek Machar attacked the oil-rich town of Bentiu near the border with Sudan on October 29 and “killed at least 11 civilians and committed other... [Read...
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Machinations against Nigeria will not succeed –DSS

Director-General, Department of State Services, Mr Ita Ekpenyong, on Saturday said any divisive tendencies or machinations against Nigeria by terror elements and unscrupulous politicians will not succeed. Ekepenyong expressed optimism that the nation was on the path of lasting growth and development. The director general spoke at the graduation ceremony of participants of Executive Intelligence... [Read...
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Pakistan executes two after school massacre

Two fighters linked to Taliban have been hanged in Pakistan in the first executions following the reinstatement of the death penalty days after the Peshawar school massacre, officials have said. Pakistan’s state television and two officials said the executions were carried out late on Friday in the central city of Faisalabad. There was no official... [Read...
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Udoedehe threatens to dump APC for PDP

The All Progressives Congress governorship aspirant in Akwa Ibom State, John Udoedehe, has threatened to defect to the Peoples Democratic Party if the former fails to cancel the result of its governorship primaries in the state. Udoedehe said he would explore options to substantiate his calls for the cancellation of the APC governorship primary, but... [Read...
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N’Korea behind Sony hacking -FBI

North Korea was responsible for a “destructive” cyber attack on Sony Pictures, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation has said, warning it will hunt down the perpetrators and make them pay. “Such acts of intimidation fall outside the bounds of acceptable state behaviour,” the FBI said in a statement on Friday, adding it would “identify,... [Read...
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Military operation based on discipline –Jemibewon

A former Governor of Oyo State, Maj.-Gen. David Jemibewon (retd), on Thursday described the military as an organisation that should always seek to maintain discipline. This came in the wake of the death sentence by firing squad passed on 54 soldiers by the Nigerian Army after finding them guilty of mutiny and conspiracy to commit... [Read...
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Mother arrested over Australia child murders

The mother of seven of the eight children who were found killed at a home in Cairns has been arrested after receiving treatment for her injuries, Australian police said. “The 37-year-old mother of several of the children involved in this incident has been arrested for murder overnight and is currently under police guard at the Cairns... [Read...
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Obama vows response to ‘N’Korea cyber attack’

The United States will “respond proportionately” to a North Korea cyber attack that damaged Sony Pictures Entertainment, President Barack Obama has said, after the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Pyongyang was responsible. “We will respond. We will respond proportionately and we’ll respond in a place and time and manner that we choose,” Obama told an... [Read...
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Panel identifies 50 conflict areas among health professionals

The Presidential Committee of Experts on Inter-Professional Relationship in the Public Health Sector has identified 50 areas of conflict among health workers in the country. President Goodluck Jonathan set up the committee led by a former Head of Service, Alhaji Yayale Ahmed, with the mandate of looking into the unhealthy rivalries among health professionals. The... [Read...
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Iraqi Kurds retake more ground from ISIL

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have reported more gains against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, a day after they broke a months-long siege around the Sinjar Mountains. On Friday, the Peshmerga were said to be marching towards ISIL’s military base in Tal Afar west of Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul. The Kurds said... [Read...
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Football in coma…volleyball dead, many struggling

I start with a standing ovation for Shaibu Amodu for speaking up and being bold about it. What he has said about the Super Eagles and the way forward is the honest truth. What he is said is simply what everyone knows and understand about the administration of football and sports generally even though many... [Read...
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Mixed fortunes for United, Liverpool

A thousand apologies for my column’s no-show last Saturday. I was in the United Kingdom courtesy of NairaBET to watch what is arguably one of the most bitter derbies in world football Manchester United versus Liverpool. I rarely write on the English Premier League, in spite of its huge popularity in Nigeria. I prefer instead... [Read...
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Giving and receiving christmas gifts

Christmas is a unique celebration of merry making and gift-giving, as we can hardly think of a Christmas without the exchange of gifts. The tradition of giving gifts in this yuletide season owes its origin to the Magi who came from the east of Jerusalem to greet the infant Jesus in the manger with their... [Read...
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FIFA confirms third-party ownership ban

FIFA has announced a ban on third-party ownership of players’ economic rights, to come into effect on May 1 next year, AFP reports. World football’s governing body initially confirmed its intention to outlaw TPO in September, but no timescale was put on the implementation of the new measures. It had been expected to take up... [Read...
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Lagos residents urged to register with LASRRA

People living in Lagos State have been advised to register with the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency so that government can make adequate provision in infrastructure and social amenities to cater for them. Making the call at an award ceremony where he was named Best Community Leader in the Ikorodu area of the state by... [Read...
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North-East voters demand food, home

As the 2015 general elections are drawing near, eligible voters in the crisis-torn North-East Nigeria have said that apart from the security of their lives and children, they need food and home before they would be convinced to vote. In a phone conversation with Saturday PUNCH, a one-time resident of Mubi, Adamawa State, who had... [Read...
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PHEDC decries equipment vandalism in Bayelsa

The management of the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company has decried the persistent vandalism of its equipment in Bayelsa State. The company said that the electricity consumers in the state also owed it N5.1bn. In a statement issued during the week by the PHEDC Manager, Corporate Communications, Mr. Jonah Ibomah, the company also said it... [Read...
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PDP candidate dedicates victory to youths

The Peoples Democratic Party candidate for Lagos West Senatorial District, Mr. Segun Adewale, on Friday dedicated his victory in the just concluded primaries to the people of the district, especially youths who he said had been badly represented in the last 15 years. Adewale won the PDP senatorial primary beating Mr. Dapo Sarumi, Mr. Adegoke... [Read...
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Mikel among world’s best – Dosu

Joseph Dosu has branded criticism being aimed at Chelsea midfielder Mikel Obi by some Nigerian fans as “unfair”. The former Nigeria goalkeeper, who hailed the player as a big talent, insists the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winner is “one of   the best players in the world today”. Mikel, who has been forced to play... [Read...
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Level of IT skills in Nigeria a big concern –Nazim Fraijat, MD, EMC

The Managing Director, Levant and Emerging Africa Region, EMC, Nazim Fraijat, speaks with OZIOMA UBABUKOH about the state of the country’s information technology market and other issues What is your evaluation of the Nigerian Information Technology market? I think the IT market is promising. We are very bullish about it. The demand from customers is... [Read...
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Iheanacho ripe enough for Super Eagles – Taribo

Taribo West still can’t believe Nigeria won’t be taking part in next month’s Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea. Many expected the Super Eagles to stroll through South Africa, Congo and Sudan in the Equatorial 2015 qualifiers to the continental football showpiece. But the Eagles ended   their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign... [Read...
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Torrance hits out at Faldo

Ryder Cup vice-captain Sam Torrance has strongly criticised Nick Faldo for labelling Sergio Garcia “useless” shortly before this year’s tournament, AFP reports. Faldo, Britain’s greatest golfer, led Europe to defeat by the United States in the 2008 Ryder Cup and said in September that Spain’s Garcia had shown a “bad attitude” during the contest. He... [Read...
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Seven coaches target Wikki roles

Seven coaches have declared their interest in the vacant Wikki Tourists managerial post, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. The Bauchi outfit also confirmed they would recruit 12 players for 2015 Premier League football session. Spokesman for the club Usman Shehu said during the week the side had so far received applications from coaches Abdullahi... [Read...
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2015 budget proposal threatens infrastructure projects

The Federal Government may find it difficult to implement key infrastructure projects next year going by the details of the 2015 budget proposal, which was presented to the National Assembly on Wednesday, findings have shown. This came just as the Federal Government had said the proposed austerity measures would not affect its key infrastructure projects... [Read...
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Primaries: Female aspirants missing from 2015 gov show

Some of the female aspirants who participated in the recent primaries will be missing in the 2015 general elections as they failed to clinch their parties’ tickets, Fisayo Falodi writes The vigour and dexterity displayed by many female aspirants seeking elective offices in the build-up to the just concluded primaries of the ruling Peoples Democratic... [Read...
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Power brokers who can influence 2015 elections

Some power brokers were behind the emergence of some candidates in the just concluded primaries in the country and may remain relevant in the 2015 elections, DAYO OKETOLA and FISAYO FALODI write Candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party and those of the All Progressives Congress seeking election into various offices during next year’s general elections... [Read...
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Nigeria attracts $4bn agric investments in two years—Minister

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, has said that President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration has attracted $4bn private sector investments in agriculture in the last two years. Adesina, who stated this in Abuja on Friday, faulted a statement credited to a former Minister of Agriculture, Alhaji Adamu Bello, on the achievements of... [Read...
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Manufacturer highlights benefits of soya oil

Grand Cereals Limited, a subsidiary of UAC Nigeria Plc. has said that soya oil has health benefits capable of ensuring longevity. The company, which is the manufacturer of Grand Pure Soya Oil said the product which is cholesterol-free cooking oil had received the approval of both the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and... [Read...
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Customs impound N54m expired poultry products

The Federal Operations Unit Zone A of the Nigeria Customs Service has impounded over 10,000 cartons of frozen poultry products, with a duty paid value of N54m. The seizures were said to have been made in two separate operations that occurred on December 17 and 18 respectively. The Controller FOU Zone A, Deputy Controller Turaki... [Read...
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N’Korea seeks joint probe over Sony hacking

North Korea has proposed a joint investigation with the US into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of “serious” consequences if Washington does not cooperate. The call for a new investigation came a day after the Federal Bureau of Investigation said it had evidence Pyongyang was responsible for the attack, prompting President Barack... [Read...
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NIMASA warns maritime operators against non-remittance of dues

Mr Ibikunle Olayiwola, Central Zonal Coordinator, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Warri, has warned terminal operators and shipping companies in the zone against non-remittance of maritime dues. Olayiwola gave the warning during his maiden visit to NIMASA in Oghara, Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta, on Saturday. He said any maritime operator that... [Read...
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Manchester United end winning run, held 1-1 at Villa Park

Manchester United‘s winning run came to an end on Saturday as they were held to a 1-1 Premier League draw by 10-man Aston Villa.Louis van Gaal’s side travelled to Birmingham on the back of six straight wins and boasting an excellent record at Villa, who had lost to Midlands rivals West Brom last time out.However, United... [Read...
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Fayose distributes christmas largesse to Ekiti people

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has distributed not less than 80,000 chickens and 100,000 bags of rice to the Ekiti people between Thursday and Friday. His Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, who disclosed this in a statement issued on Saturday in Ado-Ekiti said the Christmas largesse including cash gift were distributed under the stomach... [Read...
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Gunmen kidnap ASUU chairman’s wife in Osogbo 

Gunmen have kidnapped  the wife of Chairman, Osun State University chapter of Academic Staff Union of Universities, Mrs. Funmilayo Abiona.   Abiona was abducted  in Osogbo on Friday night.   Our correspondent gathered on Saturday that Mrs. Abiona  closed from her shop around Oke Bale area of Osogbo and was heading home to meet her... [Read...
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