FG approves N4bn power projects for Anambra communities

The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved the disbursement of the sum of N4bn to provide transmission infrastructure for increased power supply in parts of Anambra State. The approval was granted at a meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan. The ministers of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku; Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu; and Power, Prof. Chinedu... [Read...
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Scientists spot genetic clues to Crohn’s disease

A new genetic discovery about Crohn’s disease could lead to different ways to fight the bowel disorder, researchers report. The scientists pinpointed chemical changes in Crohn’s patients’ DNA that affect how their genes work, and said these changes can be detected in blood samples. Along with raising the possibility of a simple diagnostic test for... [Read...
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Hormone might protect premature babies

A hormone used to reduce the need for blood transfusions might also protect the brains of premature babies, a new study suggests. Synthetic erythropoietin, which stimulates red blood cell production, appears to prevent brain damage when used shortly after preterm birth, said lead researcher Dr. Petra Huppi, a professor of pediatrics and newborn medicine at... [Read...
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Indian girl survives being buried alive

A seven-year-old Indian girl who was allegedly buried alive by relatives in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh has been rescued by a villager. Police say relatives first tried to strangle her and then left her to die in a shallow grave. It is unclear why. The man who found her in Sitapur district alerted... [Read...
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Renal patient needs N6.5mn for transplant

This is not the best of times for Fatai Olaseni. The middle-age man is not just sick; he also needs an urgent assistance to help him replace his failed kidneys. Doctors, who confirmed the failure of his two kidneys, said he would need a renal transplant to enable him to be alive and kicking. According... [Read...
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Man United humiliated by MK Dons in League Cup

Manchester United sank to new depths on Tuesday when they crashed out of the League Cup in the second round following a 4-0 defeat at third-division Milton Keynes Dons. United had announced the signing of Angel di Maria from Real Madrid in a British-record £59.7 million ($98 million, 75 million euros) deal shortly before kick-off,... [Read...
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Ebola: Kaduna community protests location of quarantine centre

Members of the Down Quarters Community in Kaduna South Local Government area of Kaduna State on Wednesday protested the setting up of an Ebola quarantine centre in the area. They vehemently kicked against the proposed project, saying that government was not sensitive to the negative implication of locating such project in the midst of the community. But... [Read...
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British Ebola patient treated with ZMapp

The first British Ebola patient, a 29-year-old male nurse named as William Pooley, has been treated with the experimental drug ZMapp in a London hospital. “We have had the opportunity to give him the ZMapp treatment that I am sure you are aware of,” Dr Michael Jacobs, clinical leader in infectious diseases at Royal Free... [Read...
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Edo APC stronger without defectors -Oshiomhole

Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has said the All Progressives Congress in the state has been strengthened following the defection of some of its members. Oshiomhole, who made this known at a meeting with leaders of the party in state in Benin, described the defectors as politicians who did not have the interest of the... [Read...
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Everton signs ex-Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o

Everton has announced the signing of free agent Samuel Eto’o on a two-year deal. The 33-year-old striker was released by Chelsea earlier this summer and has joined the Toffees following the collapse of a move to neighbours Liverpool. The striker tweeted: ‘Officially an Everton player…!!! Let’s get ready for a new and ambitious Challenge!!!’ Martinez... [Read...
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US girl kills instructor in gun lesson accident

A nine year-old girl in the US has killed her shooting instructor by accident while being shown how to use a high-powered submachine gun. The instructor was giving the girl a lesson at a shooting range in Arizona when the recoil from the automatic fire caused her to lose control of the Uzi. Charles Vacca,... [Read...
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Suspension of strike insignificant without sacked doctors – NMA

The Nigerian Medical Association on Wednesday said federal hospitals across the country will not record any significant increase in the provision of medical services, despite the suspension of the strike, without the resident doctors.The Edo State Chairman of the Association, Professor Omoti, who disclosed this in Benin, explained that although the association had opted to... [Read...
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FG approves draft bill for 21 medical centres

The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved the draft bill for an Act to establish Federal Medical Centres with uniform functions, managerial and administrative structures. The bill is meant to provide tertiary healthcare services in support of healthcare services within areas of operation and for connected matters. The approval was given at the weekly meeting... [Read...
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Gombe earmarks N20m to fight Ebola

Gombe State government has set aside N20m for the management of any Ebola virus outbreak. The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Kennedy Ishaya, disclosed this at a news conference on Tuesday. He said the money would be used for managing any infected persons in case of an outbreak in the state. He said Infectious Disease Hospital in... [Read...
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Jonathan urged to name hospital after late Adadevoh

A former member of the House of Representatives, Otunba Dino Melaye has urged President Goodluck Jonathan, to name a Federal Government-owned hospital after the late Dr Ameyo Adadevoh in recognition of her gallant role in helping to contain the spread of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria. Adadevoh, a senior consultant at the First Consultant Hospital,... [Read...
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Ebola: ADB donates $210m to Nigeria, three others

The African Development Bank has announced a grant of $60m to Nigeria and three other West African countries to fight the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak. The President of the bank, Donald Kaberuka, and the World Health Organisation Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Luis Sambo, on Tuesday, signed a Memorandum of Understanding sealing a $60m bank... [Read...
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Syria conflict: Chlorine gas used eight times, says UN

The United Nations has accused the Syrian government of using chemical agents in eight separate incidents in a new report on war crimes there. The UN also says Islamic State militants carried out frequent public executions that civilians, including children, were forced to watch. Islamic State, which now controls a large part of Syria, is... [Read...
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Traders sue Jang over planned demolition, demand N500m

Shop owners at the bombed Jos market have sued the Plateau State Government and its agency, over its plan to demolish their shops. They are also demanding N500m compensation for goods destroyed during the bomb blast. The traders are asking the court through a writ of summons, to declare that the planned demolition was a... [Read...
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Ekiti varsity staff lock out VC over arrears

Enraged unions of the Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, on Wednesday locked out members of the school’s Senate over unpaid allowances. This occurred 24 hours after the Peoples Democratic Party accused the Governing Council of EKSU of siphoning fund through frivolous awards of contracts. The unions are Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, Non-Academic Staff... [Read...
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American militant dies in Syria battle

An American man, believed to be fighting alongside Islamist militants in Syria, has been killed, the White House has confirmed. A cousin of Douglas McCain told the BBC the US government called his mother to confirm his death on Monday. McCain was found dead by Free Syrian Army fighters after a battle at the weekend,... [Read...
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Nigeria is still at risk of Ebola -FG

The Federal Government on Wednesday warned Nigerians not to be carried away with the news that the country now has only one established case of Ebola Virus Disease, saying the country is still at risk. It also said despite the suspension of the industrial action embarked upon by the Nigerian Medical Association, the recent suspension... [Read...
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Court adjourns suit seeking Nyako’s reinstatement

A vacation judge at a Federal High Court in Lagos, Justice Okon Abang, on Tuesday adjourned till September 5, 2014 to entertain a suit seeking the reinstatement of the unseated Governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako. The suit which was filed by a Lagos-based lawyer, Mr. Olukoya Ogungbeje, was said to be seeking fundamental rights... [Read...
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Jang to relocate to N9bn Govt House September 5

Plateau State Governor, Mr. Jonah Jang, is expected to move into the newly-constructed Government House in Rayfield on September 5. The office was constructed at the cost of N9.6bn Consequently, the government house and lodge in Jishe will be occupied by the traditional ruler of the Berom people and Chairman of the Plateau state traditional... [Read...
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Afghan election audit suspended

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has withdrawn observers from an audit of votes in the disputed election, citing concerns over fraud. “We will not join the process today, and maybe we will not re-join the process at all,” his spokesman said. The UN-supervised audit to find a successor to Hamid Karzai has been suspended for... [Read...
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FG approves N4bn power projects for Anambra

The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved a total of about N4bn to provide transmission infrastructure in order to increase power supply in parts of Anambra State. The approval was granted at a meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan. Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku; Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, and the Minister... [Read...
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252 arrested during Notting Hill Carnival

A total of 252 people have been arrested during the two-day Notting Hill Carnival in western London, local police said on Tuesday. According to figures released by Metropolitan Police on Tuesday, 252 people related to a variety of offences had been arrested during the two-day annual street festival, although heavy rain hit on Monday, the... [Read...
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Brazil holds TV presidential election debate

Candidates in Brazil’s presidential election have taken part in the first televised debate of the campaign. Incumbent President Dilma Rousseff went head to head with main rivals Marina Silva of the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB) and Aecio Neves of the PSDB. The BBC’s Gary Duffy in Sao Paulo said there were some individually strong moments... [Read...
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Three dead in UN helicopter crash in S’Sudan

Three people were killed and another injured when a helicopter belonging to the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) crashed on Tuesday. The mission told the press that three of the crew died and another was wounded when the helicopter crashed in the Unity State area of South Sudan. Earlier, the mission confirmed that one... [Read...
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Gunmen abduct two-year-old girl in Akwa Ibom

Three unknown gunmen have abducted a two-year-old girl, Patience Essiet, in Ukat Ubium, Nsit Ubium Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State. The mother of the abducted girl, Ms. Affiong Tommy, 20, said the gunmen, who also brandished machetes, broke into the room through the back door around 4am on Wednesday. She said the gunmen first... [Read...
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Federal Poly workers to begin strike Sept 1

Workers at the Federal Polytechnic Ekeowe, Bayelsa State, have threatened to begin a warning strike on September 1, 2014, over non-release of their outstanding promotions and arrears. They said on Wednesday that they had communicated their strike notice to the institution’s management. The unions, comprising Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, Senior Staff Association in Nigeria... [Read...
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Indiscriminate hoisting of party flags banned in Borno

The Police in Borno State on Wednesday warned political parties to restrict the hoisting of their party flags to their secretariat.In a press statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the Borno State Police Command, Gideon Jibrin, the hoisting of political parties flags at median of roads and roundabouts, and other public places remain... [Read...
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Libya crisis: US ‘caught off-guard’ by air strikes

US officials say Egypt and the UAE were behind air strikes in Libya last week that targeted Islamist-linked militia. A senior US official told the BBC that Washington was not consulted about the attacks and was “caught off-guard”. The air strikes on militia positions around Tripoli’s international airport were reportedly carried out by Emirati fighter... [Read...
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Freed US journalist Curtis back home

After almost two years in captivity, Peter Theo Curtis is finally home. The American writer flew Tuesday from Tel Aviv, Israel, to the United States — stopping first in Newark, New Jersey, before reuniting with his mother in Boston, his family said in a news release. “I have been so touched and moved, beyond all... [Read...
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Ukraine crisis: Poroshenko vows ‘roadmap’ for peace

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says a “roadmap” will be prepared to end fighting between troops and pro-Russian separatists in the east. He was speaking after holding his first direct talks on the crisis with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Belarus. Mr Putin said Russia would assist a dialogue, but stopping the fighting was a matter... [Read...
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IMF’s Christine Lagarde under probe

Head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, says she has been placed under formal investigation for negligence in French fraud case but has not been charged. She has been questioned several times about her role in a 400m euro (£318m; $527m) compensation payout to businessman Bernard Tapie in 2008. Lagarde was finance minister in... [Read...
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Jang assures corps members of safety

Governor Jonah Jang has assured the corps members posted to Plateau state  of adequate protection, urging them not to shun posting to any part of the state. He spoke at the  passing out parade of the Second batch of corps members posted to the state for the 2014 service year.Jang urged them to respect the culture... [Read...
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2015: AP, SDP reject new polling units

The Social Democratic Party has rejected the creation of more than 30,000 additional polling units across the federation by the Independent National Electoral Commission.A national leader of the party, Prince Frank Ukonga, described the development as a move in favour of the North to manipulate 2015 general elections.Ukonga, who is also a presidential aspirant under the... [Read...
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How political intrigues forced Enugu deputy gov out

In this piece, ENIOLA AKINKUOTU X-rays the politics behind the removal of the Enugu State Deputy Governor, Sunday Onyebuchi, on Tuesday. When the Enugu State Deputy Governor, Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi, set up a poultry at his official residence, little did he know that the poultry would be used as a shovel to dig his political... [Read...
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Maigari’s resignation letter doctored – Aide

Intrigues continue to characterise the race to head Nigerian football as a letter released by sports ministry on Monday have raised serious moral questions, reports Pius Ayinor There was serious confusion concerning the General Assembly of the Nigeria Football Federation billed to hold in Abuja on Tuesday as the NFF President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari, was... [Read...
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Junk bonds set for 10% return

Bonds sold by investment-grade companies worldwide are on pace to deliver something they’ve managed only twice in the past 17 years – annual returns of at least 10 per cent. Junk bonds are high-yielding high-risk securities, typically issued by a company seeking to raise capital quickly in order to finance a takeover. The debt has... [Read...
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Health news

The horrors of handshakes Weak handshakes are often frowned upon, but they may be healthier than firm ones. A fist bump, though, may be an even more hygienic choice. British researchers did a simple experiment. After dipping a gloved hand into a dense culture of Escherichia coli, a bacterium commonly found in human intestines, an... [Read...
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Total donates vans to Ebola operation centre

Total Companies in Nigeria, comprising the downstream and upstream branches, have joined the fight against Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria, with the donation of five brand new Ford Pick-up vans and electronic fuelling cards to the Ebola Emergency Operation Centre, Yaba, Lagos. The donation was part of the company’s initiative to support the Federal Government’s... [Read...
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Ribadu failed as EFCC boss –Balarabe Musa

Second Republic Governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, on Tuesday, took a swipe at the pioneer Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, saying he failed to serve the country properly when he headed the anti-graft commission. Musa, who said this during an interview with our correspondent, said though Ribadu... [Read...
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Med-View NUJ Games set to begin

Over 100 media houses in Lagos State will participate at the Med-View NUJ Media Games 2014 scheduled to hold from August 30 to September 5 at the Legacy Pitch of the National Stadium, Lagos, organisers have said. Med-View Airline is sponsoring the games with N2m. According to the Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Journalists,... [Read...
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Know your risk for ovarian cancer

Current research suggests ovarian cancer begins in the fallopian tubes and moves to the ovaries, the twin organs that produce a woman’s eggs and the main source of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone. Treatments for ovarian cancer have become more effective in recent years, with the best results seen when the disease is found... [Read...
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Fraudsters shop abroad with cloned Nigerian ATM cards

Facts emerged on Tuesday that electronic fraudsters had been duplicating Automated Teller Machine cards belonging to Nigerian bank customers and using them to buy items worth millions of dollars from shopping malls in the United States. Top officials of the Central Bank of Nigeria told our correspondent that the development had made Nigerian banks and... [Read...
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Women need supplements for optimal health — Experts

Experts have said that in order for women to remain in optimal health, they should take natural supplements that will enhance their reproductive functions and effectively manage perceived sexual dysfunction. Speaking at the public presentation of Eve’s Desire, a natural supplement, the Marketing Manager, Sylken Limited, Mrs. Mary-Joe Ihejirika, said female sexual dysfunction covered the... [Read...
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Breastfeeding ‘cuts depression risk’, – Study

Breastfeeding can halve the risk of post-natal depression, according to a large study of 14,000 new mothers. However, there is a large increase in the risk of depression in women planning to breastfeed who are then unable to do so. The study, published in the journal Maternal and Child Health, called for more support for... [Read...
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We need private hangars – Air Peace boss

Mr. Allen Onyema recently floated an airline, Air Peace. He spoke with some journalists in Lagos on the project and other issues in the aviation industry. UDEME EKWERE was there How did you develop interest in aviation business? I remember that in 1998, some people approached me that we should go into aviation business. They... [Read...
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US F-15 military jet crashes in Virginia

A US military jet has crashed in Virginia but the status of the pilot is unknown, military officials say. Witnesses near the crash site in the town of Deerfield reported hearing a loud noise and seeing a large plume of smoke in the sky. Officials lost contact with the Massachusetts Air National Guard F-15 shortly... [Read...
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Management of asthma in children

Asthma could affect the psychology and even growth of the child if not properly managed. But if managed and treated properly, the child can outgrow it. Parents should comply with the drugs prescribed by the doctors. They should not wait until the child has the symptoms before they give the medications. My advice is that... [Read...
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Cancer symptoms women should know

Women’s bodies are always changing. Sometimes changes that seem normal can be signs of cancer, though. The key is to pay attention to your body so you can notice when something’s different. So, what should you watch for? Breast changes Most breast lumps are not cancer, but your doctor should always check them. Let her... [Read...
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Lufthansa begins cargo flights to Lagos

Lufthansa Cargo is integrating Lagos into its network through twice-weekly freighter flights. The airline announced in a statement on Tuesday that as from September 15, 2014, a Lufthansa Cargo MD-11 freighter would take off from Frankfurt for Lagos every Monday and Wednesday. It said that Lagos remained an important destination for the oil and gas... [Read...
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NSE index return turns negative

The equities segment of the Nigerian Stock Exchange closed on a negative note on Tuesday with the NSE All Share Index declining by 0.25 per cent, or 104.23 basis points to close at 41,235.25 basis points. Consequently, its year-to-date return has turned negative at -0.23 per cent. At the end of the first quarter of... [Read...
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Diamond Bank’s N50.4bn rights issue closes

Diamond Bank Plc’s rights issue aimed at raising N50.37bn for enhancing the bank’s operations closed on Tuesday. The closure comes despite calls by some of the bank’s shareholders for the issue to be extended. Diamond Bank had received the approval for the issue from shareholders in April at its Annual General Meeting. The issue, which... [Read...
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Removal of Enugu dep gov senseless —Falana, Sagay

Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, has condemned the removal of the Enugu State Deputy Governor, Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi, describing it as “senseless and childish.” The Senior Advocate of Nigeria said impeaching the deputy governor for running a poultry at his official residence and allegedly refusing to represent the governor on two separate occasions, was... [Read...
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Nigerian youngster Johnson seals new Brazilian deal

Nigerian youngster, Ayo Johnson, has signed a four-month contract with third division Brazilian side União Suzano Atlético Clube from Clube Atlético Lençoense. The 19-year-old’s contract in USAC ends in December but is renewable depending on his performance. Johnson has been in Brazil since 2009 and has gradually made his way through the highly-competitive Brazilian leagues.... [Read...
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Taraba will avoid relegation – Saviour

FC Taraba forward Fidelis Saviour is positive that his club will not be relegated at the end of the 2013/2014 season of the Nigeria Professional Football League. The club was beaten 3-0 in Aba on Sunday by Enyimba but Saviour, who was a former player of the People’s Elephants, said he was sure that FC... [Read...
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Juventus want €15m for Ogbonna

Serie A champions, Juventus, have slapped a €15m price tag on central defender Angelo Ogbonna. The Italian international is still an important member of the Old Lady despite his bit part role since he joined from Torino in 2013 – but will entertain offers for the defender, who is reportedly open to a switch away... [Read...
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Stanbic IBTC subsidiary to inaugurate N1bn ETF

Stanbic IBTC Asset Management Limited has finalised plans to float an Exchange Traded Fund, the Stanbic IBTC ETF 30, a move it said was aimed at further developing the country’s capital market. An Exchange Traded Fund is an investment vehicle that tracks an index, a basket of assets, or a commodity but trades like regular... [Read...
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Oboabona targets top four finish

Rizespor defender Godfrey Oboabona is targeting a top four finish in the Turkish Super League in the upcoming season. The ambitious Nigeria international wants to feature in the UEFA Champions League or Europa League next year. ‘’We are doing fine and preparing so hard for the start of the season. My target is to do... [Read...
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Group tasks northern elders on Chibok girls

A socio-political group, De Servants, has asked the Northern Elders Forum to assist President Goodluck Jonathan and the country to get the abducted Chibok girls back instead of apportioning blames. The group said this during a news conference on the state of the nation in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, on Tuesday. At the conference, attended by... [Read...
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Lampard quits England duty

Frank Lampard has announced his decision to retire from international football. The 36-year-old midfielder has called time on his England career which has spanned 15 years and earned him 106 caps. Lampard said in a statement released by his management company, “I have taken the decision to retire from international football. It has been a... [Read...
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A lost world is resurrected

If museums are meant to preserve objects forever, then forever ended here in 1945. That year, Brown University’s natural history museum, which included multitudes of animal skeletons and specimens among its 50,000 items, as well as anthropological curiosities like rope made from human hair, was thrown away. It was a sad end to what had... [Read...
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VIO impounds 500 buses over official colour

A total of 500 commercial buses have been impounded by the Vehicle Inspection Office in Kaduna State for not being painted in the state’s official colours of Green-Yellow-Green. The state VIO Director, Ali Dantsoho, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday that the vehicles were impounded within one month. “Of the commercial buses impounded,... [Read...
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2015: Oro to present one candidate for governorship race

Elders and youths of Oro national ethnic group, on Tuesday in Oron, Akwa Ibom State, said they would present a single candidate out of over 20 aspirants in the governorship race in 2015. They said the aspirants had been asked to come up with a single aspirant among themselves and present the individual to the... [Read...
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Smith wants Welbeck at Arsenal

Alan Smith says Danny Welbeck would be an excellent signing for Arsenal to cover for the injured Olivier Giroud. Arsene Wenger says Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is due to see a specialist about his ankle injury on Wednesday. Arsene Wenger says Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is due to see a specialist about his ankle injury... [Read...
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Don’t fall for these skin myths

Think you know a lot about skin and skin care? You might be surprised at how much “common knowledge” about how to keep your skin clear and healthy is simply not true. Here, we debunk 10 common myths about skin. The right skin cream can keep your skin looking young There are hundreds of skin... [Read...
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Osun: APC applies for forensic examination of election materials

The All Progressives Congress is seeking the permission of the Election Petitions Tribunal – set up for the Osun governorship election–to carry out forensic examination of the materials used for the conduct of the election and to inspect same documents. The APC in a statement made available to our correspondent in Osogbo on Tuesday filed... [Read...
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132 clubs for Lagos Extra Joss tourney

One hundred and thirty two grassroots football clubs have indicated interest to take part in the third edition of the Extra Joss Football Championship, which will begin in September in Lagos. The competition, which will be held in conjunction with the Lagos State Sports Council, started in 2012 and is sponsored by Kalbe International and... [Read...
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SSS arrests Maigari, Green

Operatives of the State Security Service on Tuesday in Abuja, arrested the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Aminu Maigari, and halted the federation’s scheduled meeting. Also arrested was the NFF Secretary-General, Musa Amadu, and a board member, Chris Green. The NFF president was initially arrested in July as he returned from the World Cup... [Read...
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Etihad develops Johannesburg-Abu Dhabi routes

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has announced some improvement on its schedule between Abu Dhabi and Johannesburg. According to the airline, the changes, which take effect from October 26, will see new daily departure options from Abu Dhabi to Johannesburg. The airline added in a statement on Tuesday that it... [Read...
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Chidoka gets national productivity award

The Minister of Aviation, Mr. Osita Chidoka, has been conferred with the prestigious National Productivity Order of Merit award by President Goodluck Jonathan. The President, who was represented at the event by the Vice President, Namadi Sambo, said recipients were being recognised for their productivity and commitment towards nation building. He urged them to continue... [Read...
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Volvo redesigns XC90 for 2015

Volvo, embarking on an ambitious new era, has formally unveiled the redesigned XC90, a flagship sport utility vehicle whose sales performance will help to recast the Swedish brand’s fortunes in the United States. The 2015 XC90 –heralding new styling, room for seven, new safety technologies, more fuel-efficient engines and a more premium interior, all packaged... [Read...
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Ethiopia, Kenya, Ghana bid for Nations Cup

Ethiopia, Kenya and Ghana have announced their interest in bidding to host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations following Libya’s withdrawal as the host nation, BBC Sport reports. Libya pulled out last week because of ongoing fighting in the country that has delayed plans to build new stadiums for the 16-team tournament. Ethiopia, who hosted... [Read...
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Customs seize 22 smuggled brand new vehicles

The Federal Operations Unit of the Nigeria Customs Service, Zone A, Ikeja, intercepted 22 brand new vehicles smuggled into the country in a recent raid of the Ikoyi andVictoria Island areas of Lagos State. A statement by the Public Relations Officer of the unit, Mr. Uche Ejesieme, on behalf of the Controller, Mr. Turaki Adamu,... [Read...
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Ford unveils new Transit, targets commercial market

Ford Motor Company says it is expanding its commercial vehicle presence on the African market, including Nigeria, with the unveiling of the all-new Ford Transit. Three new Transit variants have just been introduced to both South African and sub Sahara African markets, in a move aimed at capturing more market share in the commercial segement... [Read...
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Bristow, TBN sponsor youth aviation contest

Bristow Helicopters and Travel & Business News have partnered to encourage more youths in Nigeria to develop a career in the aviation industry. To this end, both organisations have come together in an effort aimed to challenge skilled manpower shortage and ageing workforce in the sector. A statement from TBN, the organisers of the National... [Read...
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Man United sign Di Maria from Madrid

Manchester United have completed the signing of Angel di Maria from Real Madrid for a British record transfer of £59.7m. The 26-year-old flew into Manchester from Spain on Monday night and successfully underwent a medical before finalising a five-year deal on Tuesday. The midfielder revealed United were the only club he was willing to leave... [Read...
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APC won’t impose Lagos gov candidate – Solomon

A governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Ganiyu Solomon, has said the party will present the most acceptable aspirant as its candidate for the 2015 governorship election. The Senate minority whip gave the assurance on Tuesday while speaking with journalists in Lagos. Solomon, who represents Lagos-West senatorial district, noted that... [Read...
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Osun develops five mechanic villages for N25bn

The Nigeria Automobile Technicians Association has lauded the Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, for building five mechanic villages in five towns across the state. The National Secretary of NATA, Mr. David Ajetunmobi, gave the indication in Osogbo on Tuesday at a press conference on the outcome of the recently concluded governorship election in the... [Read...
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‘I’ll resist imposition in Adamawa’

An Adamawa governor-ship aspirant on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, Alhaji Mohammed Jimeta, has vowed to lead a protest March if the party imposes a candidate on the electorate. Jimeta gave the threat on Monday while addressing journalists at the Nigeria Union of Journalists press centre in Yola He said, “I will organise... [Read...
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Fayemi, Adeyeye commiserate with Ikere

Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, and the Minister of State for Works, Mr. Adedayo Adeyeye, have commiserated with the people of Ikere-Ekiti over the death of Ogoga of Ikere, Oba Adegoke Adegboye, who died on Friday. The late first class monarch from Akayejo dynasty-one of the three ruling houses in the town-died after a... [Read...
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Milan keen on Torres, Ginkel

AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has admitted to holding an interest in Chelsea duo Fernando Torres and Marco van Ginkel. Torres’ future at Stamford Bridge remains uncertain, despite claims from Jose Mourinho that he still has an important role to play. With Diego Costa and Didier Drogba having been added to Chelsea’s attacking arsenal over... [Read...
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Wenger waits on Giroud news

Arsenal are waiting to discover the severity of Olivier Giroud’s foot injury but are already resigned to being without him for their Champions League qualifier against Besiktas on Wednesday night. Giroud may be facing an extended spell on the sidelines after sustaining the damage in last weekend’s 2-2 draw with Everton, just seconds after heading... [Read...
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PDP accuses Eksu of N2.5bn contract fraud

The Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti State has accused the Governing Council of the Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, of siphoning fund through frivolous awards of contracts. In a statement in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday, the state Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Oluwawole, alleged that the institution planned to award phoney contracts worth N2.5 billion later... [Read...
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Failure to recruit engineers worsens power supply – NAPTIN

The 16-year embargo placed on the recruitment of engineers before the power sector was privatised worsened electricity supply across the country, the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria has said. According to the institute, the embargo was placed on all forms of recruitments by the Federal Government in 1998. The Director-General, NAPTIN, Mr. Reuben Okeke,... [Read...
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Chevrolet, Buick achieve gains in auto survey

General Motors Company, under scrutiny for its slowness in handling a recall linked to fatalities, was the only automaker to have two brands that gained ground in a widely watched survey of customer satisfaction. GM’s Buick and Chevrolet each rose while the total score for cars and light trucks fell 1.2 per cent to a... [Read...
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Gabriel released by Wassland

Reuben Gabriel’s unstable career has taken another turn for the worst as the AFCON 2013 winner is presently clubless after Waasland Beveren opted against prolonging his stay. Prior to the World Cup, in January 2014, he was reported to have signed an 18-month deal with the Belgian outfit after terminating his contract with Scottish side... [Read...
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Murray survives cramping drama, avoids early exit

Drama is rarely too far away when Andy Murray is around but the former champion took things to a new level on Monday when he survived a worrying bout of cramps to reach the second round at the US Open, Reuters reports. In hot but not overwhelming conditions, the eighth-seeded Scot was convulsing at times... [Read...
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Eto’o joins Everton on two-year deal

Everton have completed a deal for Samuel Eto’o. The 33-year-old Cameroonian signed a two-year contract with a news conference expected for Wednesday morning to announce the signing. Eto’o arrived at the club’s Finch Farm training ground just after 2pm to undergo a medical and the deal was confirmed as early as Tuesday evening. QPR and... [Read...
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Ex-ambassador joins Abia governorship race

The immediate past Consul General of Nigeria to South Africa, Ambassador Okey Emuchay, on Monday, officially joined the 2015 Abia State governorship race. Emuchay, who was at the state secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party in Umuahia, said he decided to heed the call of his people to join the governorship race because of his... [Read...
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FCT to generate N3.2tn from land swap

With the successful implementation of the Abuja Land Swap initiative, the Federal Capital Territory Administration has said it expects to generate over N3.2tn in secondary investments. The Minister, Federal Capital Territory, Senator Bala Mohammed, who said this on Tuesday while receiving the National Executive Committee of the Nigerian Society of Engineers led by its President,... [Read...
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Discovery Sport for launch Sept 3

Land Rover says the waiting game for its new Discovery Sport will end on September 3 with the global launch of the iconic product on that day. As a prelude to that, the premium brand manufacturer has revealed a first look inside the Discovery Sport. A short film showing glimpses of the cabin design shows... [Read...
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Lawmaker expresses worry over unemployment

The lawmaker representing Lagos-East senatorial district, Mr. Gbenga Ashafa has expressed worry over the growing rate of unemployment in the country. He spoke during an empowerment programme, which he organised for about 1000 members of the Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress. Ashafa explained that the empowerment programme was to reduce the level... [Read...
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Mario will boost Liverpool – Henderson

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson is relishing the prospect of playing in the same team as Mario Balotelli following the striker’s arrival at Anfield. The 24-year-old’s £16m transfer from AC Milan was completed on Monday and he could make his debut against Tottenham at White Hart Lane next weekend. Balotelli watched his new team lose 3-1... [Read...
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Ebola: Uzbekistan may send Nigerian wrestlers back

Less than a week after the Nigerian Youth Olympic team was sent home from the Youth Olympics, the country’s wrestlers are about to face the same discrimination. Uzbekistan health officials will decide later this week whether to allow athletes from Ebola-hit countries to compete at the 2014 Wrestling World Championships. The world wrestling body has... [Read...
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NAICOM, NLC promote workers’ welfare

The Commissioner for Insurance, Mr. Fola Daniel, has urged the Nigeria Labour Congress to collaborate with the National Insurance Commission in order to ensure that employers of labour put in place statutory insurance plans for their employees. He said this during a meeting with the Central Working Committee of the NLC in Enugu. Daniel explained... [Read...
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FAAC allocates N4.63tn in seven months

Between January and July this year, the Federation Account Allocation Committee withdrew and shared the sum of N4.63tn from the Federation Account to the three tiers of government. The monthly allocation document obtained by our correspondent on Tuesday also revealed that within the same period, the sum of N4.66tn was collected as gross federally collected... [Read...
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Venus beats Kimiko in battle of veterans

Two-time champion Venus Williams, the second oldest woman in the US Open, defeated Kimiko Date Krumm, the tournament’s leading senior citizen, to make the second round Monday, overcoming bee attacks in the process, AFP reports. Williams, the 34-year-old champion of 2000 and 2001, won 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 against her Japanese opponent who will be 44... [Read...
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Jovetic eyes more goals

Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic is hoping his match-winning double against Liverpool will prove to be a catalyst for a lot more goals this season, Sky Sports reports. The 24-year-old struggled to adapt last season after a big money move from Fiorentina, managing just three league goals in 11 appearances during an injury-riddled first year.... [Read...
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Flour Mills confident of stronger returns after restructuring

Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc has said the recent restructuring of the group and investments in strengthening and expanding its operations are bound to boosts its profits. The Group Managing Director, Flour Mills, Mr. Paul Gbededo, said this in Lagos on Wednesday at the group’s ‘Facts behind the figures’ presentation at the Nigerian Stock Exchange.... [Read...
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Syrian Islamists seize Golan Heights border crossing

Islamist militants battling the Syrian government seized control of the Quneitra border crossing between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Wednesday, according to an Israeli military spokesman and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Among the fighters were members of al-Nusra Front, a Syrian rebel group with ties to al Qaeda, according to the Israel... [Read...
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UN increases food supplies to Iraqis fleeing conflict

The UN food aid agency said Wednesday that a convoy of supplies had reached 2,000 desperate families, crammed into the Iraqi city of Karbala after fleeing jihadist attacks. It said the delivery brings to 700,000 the total number of Iraqis receiving World Food Programme assistance since June, when Sunni jihadists who already held part of... [Read...
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Yemen Shiite rebels rally in Sanaa, vow ‘escalation’

Tens of thousands of supporters of Yemen’s Shiite rebels demonstrated in the capital Sanaa on Wednesday, threatening escalation which their leader vowed would be “painful”, an AFP correspondent reported. “The people want the government out,” chanted protesters gathered in Sanaa’s northern district, shunning a plea by President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi on Tuesday for the rebels... [Read...
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Confab: Another delegate dies

As officials of the 2014 National Conference were winding down activities at the Secretariat, another sad news of the death of a delegate was received. Alhaji Magaji Dambatta OFR, CON, who came on the platform of Socio-political/Cultural and Ethnic Nationality Groups, from the North West Zone. died a few hours ago at the Garki General... [Read...
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Ebola: Nigerian woman under observation in Indian hospital

A 34-year-old Nigerian woman has been kept under observation in a special separate ward, set up as a precautionary measure for monitoring suspected Ebola cases, at the Government Rajaji Hospital in India, as authorities track 821 passengers. She was placed in an isolated ward on Wednesday. The Indian Health Ministry added that another Nigerian woman... [Read...
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Northern elders’ ultimatum on Chibok girls

THE hypocritical ultimatum of the Northern Elders Forum to President Goodluck Jonathan to find the Chibok girls or forget re-election is an opportunistic and provocative part of a desperate struggle for the Presidency in 2015. There are no winners in this bout between two failures. The group that claims to speak for the North says... [Read...
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Ebola: Air France cancels flights to Sierra Leone

Air France has cancelled all flights to Sierra Leone over health concerns related to an Ebola epidemic in the West African country after French authorities ordered it to do so. The airline said it was suspending its connection to Freetown, the country’s capital, based on a French government request in response to the outbreak that has killed more than 1,400 people in West Africa... [Read...
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UN to sanction Libya militias

The UN Security Council on Wednesday moved to impose sanctions on militias and their political supporters who are fueling Libya’s escalating war. In a resolution adopted unanimously, the 15-member council called for an immediate ceasefire, tightened an arms embargo and asked experts to draw up a list of names of Libyans targeted for sanctions. Libya... [Read...
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UPDATE: PDP yet to decide on waiver for Ribadu, others

After several hours of meeting in Abuja on Wednesday, the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party was unable to decide on whether to grant waiver to some governorship aspirants from Adamawa State, who recently defected to the PDP from the opposition party. The party also shifted the screening of the 14 governorship aspirants which was... [Read...
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Zimbabwe police beat opposition protesters demanding jobs

Zimbabwean riot police have beaten opposition protesters who were trying to march to parliament to demand jobs. About 20 people were injured and two opposition MPs were among a dozen people briefly detained. The 100-strong crowd demanded measures to help reduce the unemployment rate, which stands at about 80 per cent. Earlier this week, the central... [Read...
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Arrest policemen who harassed NSCDC boss, TUC tells IGP

The National leadership of the Trade Union Congress has called on the Acting Inspector General of Police, Mr. Suleman Abba, to order the immediate arrest a police inspector and his men who reportedly harassed the Commandant General of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Mr. Ade Abolurin, at Owutu, Ikorodu Lagos State. Abolurin and... [Read...
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Ikimi is defecting into the lion’s den – APC

The Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress on Wednesday described the exit of a former leader of the party, Chief Tom Ikimi, as a “defection into the lion’s den.” The state’s Publicity Secretary, Godwin Erahon, who made this known in Benin, said the party was waiting carefully for the next political move of... [Read...
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Jonathan, Obasanjo meet on security

President Goodluck Jonathan and former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Wednesday met in Aso Rock Villa where they discussed the nation’s security challenge.Our correspondent gathered that the visit was on the invitation of President Jonathan.The visit came few days after the former president commended efforts of the Federal and Lagos state governments made to check the spread of... [Read...
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Police arrest robber, recover arms in Delta

A Fulani resident of Asaba, Delta State has been arrested by the police on charges relating to last week’s stabbing to death of one Mr. Bateren Okiotodoro, another resident of the Delta State capital. According to a press release issued by the Delta State Police Command on Wednesday, the deceased and a female acquaintance, one... [Read...
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