Military lied about schoolgirls’ rescue – Principal, parents

The    Principal of the secondary school in Chibok, Borno State where over 100 girls were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents has described as false, the claim by the Defence Headquarters that only eight of the pupils had yet to regain their freedom. The denial on Thursday by the   principal, Mrs. Asabe Aliyu, was corroborated by... [Read...
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Police arraign pastor for selling church

The General Overseer of Christ Citizen Glorious Assembly Church, Pastor Ikechukwu Ezeiru, has been arraigned before the Ebute Meta Chief Magistrate’s Court for allegedly selling the church building and land. Ezeiru had earlier been brought before the same court for allegedly defrauding a church member, Ifeanyi Ohazurume, of N7m. The police said on Thursday that... [Read..
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HID Awolowo, Tinubu, Osoba, others seek Yoruba unity

Widow of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, fondly called Awo, Chief H.I.D Awolowo, among others, on Thursday urged current generation of leaders to emulate the virtues of the late former Premier of the defunct Western Region. They spoke in Lagos, during the launching of a book, ‘Yoruba Elites and Ethnic Politics in Nigeria: Obafemi Awolowo... [Read...
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FRC probe designed to condemn my tenure –Sanusi

The suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Lamido Sanusi, told a Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday that the proposed investigation by the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria was designed to condemn him and his tenure in office.  Sanusi, who denied among other allegations contained in a report by the FRC,... [Read...<
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Ogun police arrest man for cutting two-year-old boy’s head

The Ogun State Police Command has arrested one Mamodu Ibrahim, for allegedly killing a two-year-old boy. Police spokesman, Muyiwa Adejobi, on Thursday said Ibrahim was arrested on April 12 in the Mowe area of the state at about 9.30pm. He added, “The suspect, who had earlier raped the mother of the deceased, fled the scene... Buzz: 39
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Command parades VIO, FRSC officers for number plate fraud

The Niger State police Command on Thursday paraded two Federal Road Safety Corps officers and two Vehicle Inspection Officers in Minna over their alleged involvement in fake vehicle plate number racketeering. The Police Public Relations Officer, Niger State Command Mr. Richard Oguche, said the police were treating the matter as “Joint act forgery, criminal breach... 
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Unidentified persons kill ex-police chief in A’Ibom

A retired police officer, Mr. Attah Udom, was killed in the early hours of Tuesday on his way to church for morning prayers. Udom, who was killed in his village, Obioakpa, in Oruk Anam Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State, retired as a Chief Superintendent of Police. It was learnt that Udom, until his death... [Read...
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Abraka Easter polo starts

The annual Abraka International Polo Tournament will gallop off at the Abraka Turf and Country Club in Delta State today (Friday). It has been so every Easter period since the private country club opened for business to clientele that includes families, vacation seekers, campers, as well as corporate groups. Already, there is high excitement as... [Read...
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Edo youths protest company’s refusal to employ them

The youths of Okpella in the Etsako-East Local Government Council of Edo State, on Thursday protested the non-employment of its indigenes by the management of a construction company, Sinoma Nigeria Ltd. The protesters gathered under the auspices of the Nigerian Union of Welders and Fitters. The protesters, who carried placards, stormed the site of the... [Read...
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Pepsi Academy positive despite Eaglets defeat

Officials of Pepsi Football Academy have expressed satisfaction with the players despite a heavy defeat in a friendly match with Nigeria’s U-17 side, the Golden Eaglets. The Pepsi Academy boys lost 9-0 in the match played at Agege Stadium, Lagos on Tuesday. Speaking after the match, Technical Officer, Pepsi Football Academy, Mr. Adewale Laloko said... [Read...<
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No visa for Mr. Aboutalebi

This matter speaks volumes. The matter of the Americans who won’t allow an Iranian diplomat come into their country speaks, and it beams rays of light on Nigeria. Of course, the Americans had done the same to a Nigerian not long ago. He was a political science professor from the South-West whose son’s record in... [Read...
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Okoku raises funds for Greater Tomorrow Foundation

The dream of former Green Eagles midfielder Paul Okoku to put smile on the faces of less-privileged children in the society got a big boost on Thursday when the Greater Tomorrow Foundation was launched in Abuja. The setting was the Nicon Luxury Hotel, where eminent personalities, including the First Lady of Kastina State, Hajia Fatima... [Read...
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Mulberry warns of lower profits

Luxury goods firm Mulberry has issued its second profit alert since Christmas and says it will look to introduce new “more affordable” products. It said profits for the year to March 31 would be about £14m, below City estimates of £19m. Mulberry is continuing to search for a new chief executive, following the departure of... [Read...
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The unworried unwell

She is an organized, punctual patient who makes appointments and keeps them. He drops in whenever he feels like it. Her visits are short and organised; his seem to drag on forever. The two have nothing in common — except that they both leave the office empty-handed. Most people leave a medical encounter with something... [Read...
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Co-op Group reports £2.5bn loss

The Co-operative Group has announced losses of £2.5bn for 2013, marking the worst results in the group’s 150-year history, the British Broadcasting Corporation reported on Thursday. The group said most of the losses stemmed from the Co-operative Bank, which amounted to £2.1bn. That included a trading loss of £1.44bn for the year to December, when... [Read...
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Officials commend Seplat as LSE hosts oil firm

The Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mr. Andrew Yakubu, has joined other officials to commend Seplat Petroleum Development Company following its dual listing on the London Stock Exchange and the Nigerian Stock Exchange. A statement by the oil company said Yakubu gave the commendation on Thursday in London when the LSE hosted Seplat...  Buzz: 23
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EFCC charges ‘spirit’ with N2.4m fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arraigned a self acclaimed spirit, Isiyaku Ibrahim, and one Mallam Usman Hussain before Justice Fatu Riman of the Federal High Court, Kano State. The duo was arraigned on 14 counts bordering on conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretences. The EFCC said the complainant, Haruna Bello, alleged that... [Read...
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DMO to sell N50bn bond

The Debt Management Office on Thursday said it would sell bonds worth N50bn. The bonds comprise N25bn of three-year paper and N25bn in the 10-year paper. This is contained in the DMO March 2014 FGN bond offer circular, posted on the company’s website. The circular indicated that the bonds would mature in August 2016 and... [Read...
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Tourism companies contribute N32bn to market capitalisation —Onyema

The Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Stock Exchange, Mr. Oscar Onyema, has said listed companies in the tourism sector have contributed N32bn to the market capitalisation of listed equities. Onyema said this at the inuguration of the board and planning committee of the Presidential Summit on Tourism held on Thursday at the Exchange in Lagos. “We... Buzz: 20
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Former world champion joins Okpekpe race

A former International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Cross Country champion, Joseph Ebuya of Kenya has been confirmed as one of the elite athletes that will race for the $25,000 top prize money at the second Okpekpe 10km road race on May 3 in Edo state. Making this confirmation on Thursday in Lagos was a... [Read...
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UBA declares N12.59bn profit for Q1

United Bank for Africa Plc says its profit after tax rose by 36.37 per cent to N12.59bn in the first quarter of 2014, from N9.23bn as of the fourth quarter of 2013. It added that in line with its pace of expanding credit support to the emerging sectors in Nigeria and Africa its loans and... [Read...
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GSK advocates good oral hygiene

Consumer healthcare company, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Nigeria Plc, has advised Nigerians to take their oral hygiene seriously, as it is vital to their total well being. As part of its advocacy campaign for good oral hygiene amongst Nigerians, the company also reiterated the essence of brushing twice daily as one simple step to maintaining good oral... [Read...
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Tencent brings popular game, Candy Crush, to China

China’s internet giant Tencent will launch the popular Candy Crush game on the mainland in a partnership with the game’s creator. The tie-up will give the UK-based King Digital Entertainment exposure to China. The Chinese version of the Candy Crush game will be available by the middle of this year to customers of Tencent’s Mobile... [Read...
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Fidelity Bank’s Q1 profit falls by 25%

Fidelity Bank Plc on Thursday said its first-quarter pre-tax profit fell to N4.45bn, down 25.08 per cent from N5.95bn a year earlier. Gross earnings also dropped to N30.95bn during the three month period to March 31, as against N31.43bn in the same period of last year, it said in a filing with the Nigerian Stock... [Read...
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World Bank approves $150m for Nigeria, Ghana, others

The Board of Executive Directors of the World Bank has approved $150m to finance 19 university-based Centres of Excellence in Nigeria and six other countries in West and Central Africa. A statement issued by the bank on Thursday said Nigeria would get the highest share of $70m from the International Development Association funding. According to... Buzz: 15
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Bringing employee, customer experience together for impact

Customer experience cannot be done in a vacuum or performed exclusive of the employee. Too many organisations are in a hurry to focus on the external customers while neglecting the internal customers, who are the fulcrum of service to the external customer. Through my working career I have seen the best of plans, products or... 
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Bolt planning to smash world records

Sprint superstar Usain Bolt says he is confident he can smash two records he set five years ago at the World Championships in Berlin. The 27-year-old vowed to lower the times on the 100 and 200 metres after he resumed training at the weekend following an injury, reports CMC. Bolt’s records stand at 9.59 and... [Read...
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SON proposes jail term for substandard product importers

the Director-General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria, Dr. Joseph Odumodu, has said the agency plans to review the punishment for those found guilty of importing substandard products into Nigeria. Odumodu stated this shortly before the commencement of the South-West leg of the organisation’s Zero Tolerance Campaign in Ibadan on Tuesday. He said the campaign team would... Buzz: 4
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Apprenticeship as prerequisite for employment

To obtain the required experience in your career for gainful employment, apprenticeship can provide a platform IFE ADEDAPO writes When people hear of the word “apprenticeship”, what comes to mind is the act of learning petty trade or soft skills for a lengthy period of time based on agreement between the master and the apprentice,... [Read.
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Onigbinde backs Keshi on team list

Former Super Eagles coach, Adegboye Onigbinde, has said coach Stephen Keshi should be left alone to decide on the players he needs for the World Cup. The former FIFA technical committee member told The PUNCH that Keshi is aware of the FIFA deadline for the submission of the team list. Keshi is expected to submit... [Read...
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‘Blame product adulteration on poor business model’

The Managing Director of L’Oreal Nigeria, Mr. Idorenyin Eniang, has said product adulteration can be avoided if manufacturers take the right steps. Eniang spoke during the launch of the Maybelline Clear Smooth all-in-one powder in Lagos. He said, “A brand can only survive in Nigeria if the brand owners adopt the proper distribution model. One... [Read...
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NFF can’t work against Eagles, Keshi —Maigari

The Nigeria Football Federation has denied planning the downfall of coach Stephen Keshi and the Super Eagles as the team prepare for the World Cup in Brazil. NFF president Aminu Maigari lashed out at some reports which said the football body was planning to replace Keshi with a foreign technical adviser, saying he could never... [Read...
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Courier Plus gets new MD

Superflux Group has appointed Mrs. Tutu Sanni as the new Managing Director of Courier Plus Services Limited, one of its subsidiaries. In a statement made available on Thursday, the President of Superflux Group Mr. Tokunbo Talabi, also said Mr. Gabriel Okonkwo had been elevated to the position of Chief Operating Officer of Superflux International Limited.... [Read...
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NNPC releases 293 million litres of petrol

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and its downstream subsidiary, Pipelines and Products Marketing Company, on Thursday said 293,326,011 litres of petrol had been released into the market in a bid to ensure hitch free Easter celebrations across the country. The corporation said major and independent marketers would supply additional 142,913,189 litres to the market. The... Buzz: 2
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Crystal Palace to bid for Aluko

Tony Pulis will launch a fresh bid to sign Sone Aluko from Hull City – if Crystal Palace finish the job and stay in the Premier League, Mirror Football reports. And the Nigeria striker, 25, has hinted that he is ready to quit the FA Cup finalists this summer. Aluko’s failure to find a place... [Read...
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Newcastle fans are frustrated – Ameobi

Newcastle United striker Shola Ameobi has admitted the team’s recent poor run has left fans and players frustrated, especially after winning just one game in their last six matches. With four games left before the close of the season, Ameobi believes there is still an opportunity to put some shine on their ailing campaign. “The... [Read...
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Sean FitzPatrick not guilty of illegal share scheme

The former chairman of Anglo Irish bank has been found not guilty of illegally supporting the bank’s share price. Sean FitzPatrick, 65, held the top job in 2008 when the bank made loans to 10 wealthy customers who used the money to buy the bank’s shares. The British Broadcasting Corporation reported that a jury found... [Read...
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Restore export grant, NEPC, MAN urge FG

The Nigerian Export Promotion Council and Manufacturers Association of Nigeria Export Promotion Group have urged the Federal Government to rescind its decision to suspend the Export Expansion Grant, warning of its dire consequences. The groups said the suspension of the scheme had resulted in uncertainty, now affecting the performance of non-oil exports in the country.... [Read...<
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Federer to skip tennis for wife, newborn

Roger Federer is prepared to skip tournaments — including possibly the French Open — to be with his wife when she gives birth again. Federer, who has twin daughters with wife Mirka, announced on Dec. 24 they are expecting their third child, although they have not said when, reports AP. The 32-year-old Federer still does... [Read...
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Messi is irreplaceable – Sabella

Argentina manager Alejandro Sabella admits Lionel Messi is irreplaceable, but refused to be drawn on calls for Carlos Tevez to return to the side for the World Cup. Former FIFA World Player of the Year and three-time FIFA Ballon d’Or winner Messi will be an integral part of Sabella’s plans in Brazil this summer as... [Read...
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US banking giants see mixed results

Goldman Sachs net earnings dropped to $2.03bn from $2.26bn compared with the same period last year United States banking giants Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley have reported contrasting results for the first quarter of the year. The British Broadcasting Corporation reported that Goldman Sachs’ net earnings fell to $2.03bn from $2.26bn after a drop in... [Read...
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Falcons defender joins Houston Dash

Super Falcons defender, Osinachi Ohale, has signed a professional contract with Houston Dash FC, a club in the National Women’s Soccer League, USA. The former Delta Queens defender said she was happy to be playing in a league as strong as the NWSL. “I thank God for His grace and favour because playing in the... [Read...
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Cardiff cry foul over Crystal Palace defeat

Cardiff City have demanded the Premier League annul a 3-0 loss to Crystal Palace over allegations of cheating, the BBC said Thursday. Cardiff’s lawyers allege in a five-page letter that Palace’s sporting director Iain Moody tried to obtain information about the Welsh club’s starting line-up before the game this month, the BBC said. Moody joined... [Read...
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Organisers hold Remita Champions Cup trophy tour

MediaVision Limited, organisers of Remita Corporate Champions Cup, and SystemSpecs, the sponsors, organised a trophy tour of the offices of all the semi-final teams ahead of this weekend’s showdown for the final slots. Leading the Trophy Tour team were Chief Executive Officer of MediaVision Limited, Fela Bank-Olemoh, and Executive Director of SystemSpecs Mr. Deremi Atanda... [Rea
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Sports is tool for unity, rebranding –Danagogo

The Minister of Sports Dr. Tammy Danagogo has identified sports as a veritable tool for rebranding Nigeria’s image, boost national unity, serve as a bridge builder as well as foster peaceful co-existence in the country. The Minister made this assertion on Thursday when he received in audience a delegation of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club... Buzz: 0
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City boss vows to fight on

Manuel Pellegrini admitted defeat by Liverpool lingered in Manchester City’s minds as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Sunderland at the Etihad Stadium. The 2012 Premier League champions lost 3-2 to leaders Liverpool on Sunday and their title hopes were heavily dented on Wednesday as they drew their first of two games in... [Read...
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JAMB cancels 36,164 results, withholds 2,494

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board on Thursday released the results of the 2014 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, five days after it was conducted with only 47 candidates scoring 250 and above. Registrar and Chief Executive of the Board, Professor ‘Dibu Ojerinde who announced the release at the Headquarters in Bwari, Abuja disclosed that 2,494... [Read...
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NEMA releases list of Abuja bomb blast victims (see list)

The National Emergency Management Agency on Thursday released the list of the Monday’s bomb blast victims at Nyanya Motor Park in Abuja which claimed no fewer than 89 lives and leaving about 200 other victims injured. NYANYAN GENERAL HOSPITAL   S/N Name Sex State of Origin Address Age Contact/Phone 1 Emmanuel Oduma M Customs Qtrs 2 Charity... [Read...
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Jonathan reschedules security meeting with govs

The expanded National Security Council meeting with all State governors summoned by President Goodluck Jonathan has been rescheduled for April 23. Gov. Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom and Chairman of PDP Governors’ Forum, announced this to State House correspondents on Thursday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Akpabio spoke to correspondents after a two-hour closed-door meeting... Buzz: 82
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Court declares Abuja ‘Park and Pay Policy’ illegal

An Abuja High Court on Thursday declared the ‘Park and Pay Policy’ introduced by the Federal Capital Territory Administration as illegal. The policy, which required motorists in Abuja to pay fees whenever they parked their vehicles in designated areas, had been an unpopular one, with residents and visitors in the city complaining about the high-handed... [Read...
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Messi mentally fatigued, says former Barca coach

Former Barcelona head coach Cesar Luis Menotti believes that Lionel Messi is suffering from mental fatigue following a poor run of form. Messi has faced criticism for a lacklustre showing in Barca’s UEFA Champions League exit to La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid at the quarter-final stage last week. The Argentina international also failed to reach... [Read...
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LASU lecturers threaten strike, fault fee hike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities , Lagos State University, Ojo Chapter, on Thursday threatened to go on strike at the expiration of another 14-day ultimatum it declared on April 15. The union made the declaration at its South-West zonal congress, held at the institution. ASUU South-West Zonal Coordinator, Dr Adesola Nasir, said the ultimatum... [Read...
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French firm plans vehicle assembly plant in Nigeria

French automobile manufacturer, CFAO Automotive Group, on Thursday in Abuja said it was making necessary logistic arrangements to begin vehicle assembly operations in the country. A statement by the National Automotive Council  quoted the Managing Director of CFAO, Mr Olivier Levigne, as saying this during a visit to the Director-General of the council, Mr Aminu Jalal. According... Buzz: 66
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I didn’t indict Obanikoro over aborted by-election -Ondo REC

The Resident Electoral Commission of the Independent National Electoral in Ondo State, Mr. Akin Orebiyi, has clarified that his statement on the conduct of the Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, was in “the context of the malpractices generally perpetrated by political parties during the Ilaje/Ese-Odo by-election on April 5. In a statement on... [Read..
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Nyanya carnage and Jonathan’s ‘stolen’ campaign funds

President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday took on Governor Rabiu Kwakwanso of Kano State, accusing him of embezzling funds the Peoples Democratic Party  devoted for the 2011 presidential  primaries and election. Comments: Abate Dokpu: Jonathan is busy campaigning while the slaughtering of innocent Nigerians goes on. In saner climes, the President will not only cancel his... Buzz: 52
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Inordinate political ambition, cause of Taraba crisis -Senator

The senator representing Taraba South Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha, on Thursday attributed the clashes between the ethnic groups in Taraba State to “the ambition of some powerful cabal to prevent power shift to the southern part of the state.” Bwacha, who stated this at a news conference in Abuja also... [Read...
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Wukari attack: Death toll rises to 50

The death toll from Tuesday deadly attack on the town of Wukari, Taraba State, by some gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen has risen to 50. Though the police claimed that only seven people were killed, initial reports had put the death toll at 20. Our correspondent gathered that among the dead were the elder... [Read...
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Hoodlums assault delegates, disrupt Kaduna APC congress

There was a free-for-all in Kaduna Thursday as a ward  congress of the All Progressives Congress in the state turned bloody leaving scores of party men and women injured. Trouble started when some hoodlums hijacked ballot boxes at the  long awaited ward congress meant to elect leaders at the ward levels for the party in... [Read...
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Injured Super Eagles’ defender Balogun returns in May

Injured Super Eagles defender, Leon Balogun, will be fit for action in two weeks time, an official said on Thursday in Abuja. A statement by Ben Alaiya, the Super Eagles’ Media Officer, quoted Balogun as saying that the Nigeria Football Federation and his German club, Fortuna Dusseldorf, made his recovery possible. Alaiya quoted Balogun as... [Read...
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Kidnappers received N10m ransom to release archbishop -DSS

The Director of the State Security Services has arraigned three suspected kidnappers allegedly responsible for kidnapping the Anglican Archbishop of the Province of Niger Delta, Archbishop Ignatius Kattey, and his wife, Beatrice. The three suspects, who were brought before the Magistrate Court in Port Harcourt on Thursday, were said to have received the sum of... [Read... Buzz: 46
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Fuel: Marketers plan 24-hour service during Easter

The Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria has advised its members to embark on a 24-hout service at their filling stations across the country during the Easter festive period. The Executive Secretary, MOMAN, Mr. Obafemi Olawore, was on Wednesday quoted as saying that major marketers had been instructed to make petroleum products available to consumers... Buzz: 45
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FRC’s probe designed to rubbish my tenure -Sanusi

The suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Lamido Sanusi, told a Federal High Court, Lagos, on Thursday that the proposed investigation by the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria was designed to condemn him and his tenure in office. Sanusi, who denied among other allegations contained in a report by the Financial Reporting... [Read...
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Easter: Police urges citizens to be safety conscious

The Police High Command on Thursday advised Christians and Muslims in the country to take adequate measures to ensure that fewer vehicles were allowed into churches and mosques during worship. This is contained in a statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Frank Mba, in Abuja. Mba said that the advice was necessary... [Read...
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Abuja blast: 126 victims still hospitalised, says NEMA

The National Emergency Management Agency has released the list of 126 victims of the Nyanya bomb blast in Abuja that were still receiving treatment as at Thursday. According to the agency, the patients were receiving treatment at various hospitals within and outside Abuja. NEMA also make a list that provided the contacts and other details... [Read...
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Another kidnap suspect lynched in Ilorin

A suspected female kidnapper was on Wednesday night lynched in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital by a mob. It will be the third time a suspected kidnapper is burnt to death within one week. While the first one occurred last Friday near the Emir’s Palace Road in Ilorin, the second and the latest was near... [Read...
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GM to ask bankruptcy court for lawsuit protection

General Motors revealed in court filings late Tuesday that it will soon ask a federal bankruptcy judge to shield the company from legal claims for conduct that occurred before its 2009 bankruptcy, The Associated Press reported on Wednesday. The automaker’s strategy is in a motion filed in a Corpus Christi, Texas, federal court case, and... [Read...
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Ukraine crisis: Russia, US, European Union strike deal

Russia, the US and the European Union have said that all sides have agreed to steps to “de-escalate” the crisis in Ukraine. Their foreign ministers were speaking at the end of talks between Russia, Ukraine, the EU and US in the Swiss city of Geneva. Analysts say the outline agreement could stay economic sanctions the... [Read...
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Confab adjourns Plenary, committees resume April 22

The National Conference on Thursday adjourned plenary indefinitely to allow the standing committees begin sitting on April 22, after the Easter celebration. The motion for the adjournment was moved by the former Akwa Ibom State Governor, Obong Victor Atta and seconded by Mrs. Josephine Anenih. Atta, while moving for adjournment called for proper time management... [Read...
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South Korea to salvage sunken ship

South Korea’s West Sea Coast Guard on Thursday said that three large salvage ships are expected to arrive at the scene of the sunken South Korea ferry ‘Sewol’ early Friday morning to help raise the ferry,. The West Coast Guard said at a press briefing that South Korean coast guard and navy have dispatched a... [Read...
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Nasarawa CP seeks public help to curb crime

The Nasarawa State Police Commissioner, Mr. Idris Ibrahim, has urged the public to provide useful and vital information on threats to lives and properties to the police. Ibrahim made the appeal in Lafia on Thursday when the Igbo Community Association in the state called on him. Ibrahim said that any useful information given to the... [Read...
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Brain scans might spot potential for recovery from coma

Brain scans could help identify comatose patients who have the potential to wake up, a new study suggests. Bedside tests are currently the standard means of trying to assess whether or not a comatose person will make some form of recovery. But up to 40 per cent of patients may be misdiagnosed using these methods,... Buzz: 31
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Shale to continue to boost US output

Output from the Bakken and Permian shale oil formations should rise by 650,000 barrels per day by the end of 2015 to 3.1 million barrels, according to energy intelligence group Genscape. The group, which forms its production estimates and forecasts by monitoring oil producing and transport facilities, expects production across the country to rise by... [Read...
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Osaze to recoup money from fraudster

Nigeria forward Osaze Odemwingie will have his stolen money, totalling around £22,000, refunded after the fraudster Claire Duke pledged in the Stafford Crown Court to pay back over £80,000 to her victims. According to Daily Mail, the 38-year-old mother of two, whose business offered concierge services and organised holidays and trips abroad, pleaded guilty to...  Buzz: 28
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Abuja hosts Okoku’s foundation launch

Ex-Nigeria international Paul Okoku will launch his foundation in Abuja today (Thursday). The foundation known  as  Greater Tomorrow Children’s Foundation will be launched at the NICON Luxury Hotel Abuja. The charity organisation intends to raise funds with the launch to drive the project which Okoku explained has the blessing of the United States of America.... [Read...
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Six die in Guinea gold mine collapse

At least six people, including women and children, were killed when a small gold mine in Guinea, West Africa caved in on them, a local official told Reuters on Wednesday. The accident happened on Tuesday when some of the group were digging in the mine in the country’s remote, mineral-rich Siguiri province when it caved... [Read...
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Non-whites exposed to more air pollution — Study

Non white Americans are exposed to 38 per cent higher levels of nitrogen dioxide air pollution than whites, a new study shows. Nitrogen dioxide comes from sources such as power plants and car exhausts, and this type of air pollution is associated with asthma and heart disease, the researchers said. They examined nitrogen dioxide levels... Buzz: 23
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Climate change, Ebola and Lassa fever

For those who still doubt the reality of a warming Earth, there is now undeniable evidence that global temperatures are increasing. Of course, no one would now give the excuse that the statistics authenticating climate change are based on scientific mumbo jumbo; they are now based on direct temperature measurements and observations of other impacts... [Read...
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Federer, Nadal advance at Monte Carlo Masters

Roger Federer was happier than eight-time champion Rafael Nadal after their straight-sets wins to reach the Monte Carlo Masters third round on Wednesday, reports AP. Federer took just 52 minutes to beat veteran Radek Stepanek 6-1, 6-2, while Nadal overcame a rusty start to put away Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-4, 6-1. The top-seeded Nadal, who lost... [Read...
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Greensprings/Kanu Football Camp targets 400 kids

The organisers of the Greensprings/Kanu Football Camp are targeting over 400 kids for the third edition of the clinic while the registration for this year’s edition has commenced across the country.   The camp is organised by Greensprings School in collaboration with a former African Footballer of the Year, Nwankwo Kanu, with the aim of... [Read...
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Certain thyroid-related diseases may vary by race

Race appears to be a factor in determining a person’s risk of developing autoimmune thyroid conditions such as Graves’ disease or Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, a new study says. African Americans and Asians are much more likely to develop Graves’ disease than whites are, according to the study published in the issue of the Journal of the... Buzz: 22
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Brazil 2014: Iran open camp in S’Africa

Iran took off to South Africa on Tuesday for their first pre-World Cup training camp with only 11 players and no goalkeeper, local media reported. The camp, set to last until May 7, is Iran’s first significant gathering since qualifying for the 2014 tournament last June and comes just 57 days ahead of the team’s... [Read...
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Power firm promises prepaid meters in 18 months

THE new owners of Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, 4Power Consortium, has promised to deliver prepaid meters to electricity consumers in Rivers, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom and Cross River states within 18 months. The Managing Director of the organisation, Mr. Matthew Edevbie, made this pledge on Wednesday when members of the House of Representatives Committee on... Buzz: 22
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300 missing in S’Korean ship wreck

Military dive teams worked the dark, cold waters of the Yellow Sea on Wednesday night in a desperate effort to find nearly 300 people who remained missing after the ferry they were taking to a South Korean island resort sank with breathtaking speed. Officials said four people were known dead and at least 164 had... [Read...
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Nigeria intensifies efforts on nuclear power

The Federal Government through the Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority has commenced professional training on nuclear power for employees of the NNRA. To achieve this, the government has invited the International Atomic Energy Agency to carry out a basic professional training course on nuclear power programme for employees of the regulatory authority. According to the NNRA,... Buzz: 22
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Blackout cripples businesses in parts of Calabar

Business activities in some parts of Calabar metropolis, the Cross River State capital, have been grounded for over one month due to lack of electricity supply by the Port-Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company. Mostly affected are Atakpa community, Mayne Avenue and Calabar South, where residents and small shop owners are now groaning over the development. Officials... 
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Foreigners shouldn’t dominate local meter production —EMS

The Managing Director, Electricity Management Service Limited, Mr. Peter Ewesor, has warned against allowing foreigners to dominate local manufacturing of electricity pre-paid meters. He said this was an area where some Nigerian had already developed capacity and as such should be supported in order to enhance their growth. The EMS was incorporated as a government-owned... Buzz: 20
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Ike Uche condoles with Abuja bomb victims

Super Eagles striker Ike Uche has commiserated with the victims and family members of those caught up the Abuja bombing on Monday. The Spain-based player passed his message through his Twitter handle. He wrote, “I would like to express the deep sadness I feel because of the victims in the terrorist attack that happened yesterday... [Read...
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Forte Oil declares N1.1bn profit for Q1

Forte Oil Plc has released its unaudited results for the first quarter of 2014, declaring a profit after tax of N1.1bn. The figure represents a 108 per cent increase on the N530m it reported for the corresponding period of 2013. The result showed, among other things, that the company’s revenue rose by 31 per cent... [Read...
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Lagosians set for Easter Monday cycling

De-bikers Cycling Nigeria in conjunction with the Lagos State Cycling Association is set to stage a cycling competition for all ages on Monday. The Chairman of De-bikers, Taiwo Akanimodo, who spoke in Lagos, said that the event titled “Lagosians Embrace Cycling” is targeted at raising new cycling talents for the state. Akanimodo said, “Gone are... [Read...
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Brent passes $110 on Ukraine tension

Global oil prices edged past $110 a barrel on Wednesday, shaking off slower economic growth figures in China and a potential resumption in Libyan exports as tensions mounted in Ukraine, www.upstreamonline.com reported. Six armoured personnel carriers entered an eastern Ukrainian town on Wednesday carrying the Russian and separatist flags a day after Ukrainian forces launched... [Read..
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Deadly threat of Ebola Virus

POORLY funded, ill-equipped and evidently unreliable, Nigeria’s dysfunctional health delivery system is bracing for a potentially one-sided confrontation with the deadly Ebola virus disease that is steadily sweeping through West Africa. After years of playing havoc with human lives in places such as Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Sudan and Uganda, the Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu,... Buzz: 17
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FG calls for investment in renewable energy

The Federal Government has called on foreign investors to take advantage of the abundant renewable energy resources in Nigeria by investing in it for power generation. Aside investing in renewable energy, the government also stressed the available investment opportunities in the transmission segment of Nigeria’s power sector. The Minister of State for Power, Mr. Mohammed... Buzz: 17
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Firm boosts local content with DST

An indigenous oil servicing company, Tolmann Allied Services, has opened a Deepwater Simulation Theatre at its new office complex in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The DST said to be the first in Africa and third in the world, was conceived in response to the increasing number of companies carrying out exploration activities in the deep... [Read...
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Lagos warns against encroachment on NNPC pipelines

The Lagos State Government has warned against the encroachment on the Right of Way of pipelines belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Mrs. Regina Obasa, in a statement on Wednesday, was quoted as condemning the act of erecting buildings on the NNPC’s pipelines... [Read...
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The criminality of voicelessness

I read with a burdened heart, a report in the April 3, 2014, edition of The PUNCH, about the raid of  some  areas  in Oshodi, Lagos, by officials of the Lagos State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement  ) Unit,  in the early hours of Wednesday, April 2, 2014. The raid was said... [Read...
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Jordanian warplanes destroying vehicles crossing from Syria – Govt

Jordanian warplanes hit and destroyed several vehicles trying to cross the border from Syria, a government spokesman said on Wednesday, underlining Amman’s concern about incursions from areas controlled by Syrian rebels. A Jordanian security source said the targets appeared to have been Syrian rebels with machine guns mounted on civilian vehicles who were seeking refugee... Buzz: 13
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Senate’s heated debate and another probe into kerosene subsidy

A recent Senate motion on the plight of kerosene consumers reignited the debate over the propriety or otherwise of the continuous payment of subsidies, writes SUNDAY ABORISADE. A  motion moved by Senator Babajide Omoworare (All Progressives Congress, Osun Central) on the plight of kerosene consumers in Nigeria sparked a heated debate on the floor of... Buzz: 11
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Police arraign more suspected kidnappers of prosecutor’s father

Two additional suspects have been charged in the gang-related abduction of a North Carolina man whose daughter had prosecuted one of the eight people now accused in the plot, US prosecutors said on Wednesday. The suspects are accused of kidnapping Frank Janssen from his Wake Forest home on April 5 and holding him hostage until... [Read...
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CAC to introduce new business registration software

The Corporate Affairs Commission says it is developing new business software that will make it possible to carry out registration services and conduct searches online. The Registrar-General, CAC, Mallam Bello Mahmud, who said this on Tuesday at the commencement of an enlightenment campaign on direct registration of businesses, said with the new software, registration of... Buzz: 9
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Eagles don’t need top teams for friendlies –Rufai

Former Super Eagles captain Peter Rufai has insisted that the Eagles do not need to play against a top team as preparatory for the World Cup. Nigeria will face Argentina, Iran and Bosnia-Herzegovina in Group F of the World Cup, but before then the African champions will play friendly games with Scotland, Greece and the... [Read...
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Vetiva Fund Managers inaugurates new fund

Vetiva Fund Managers Limited says it has inaugurated a new fund targeted at investors with medium risk appetite. According to the firm, the inauguration of the DV Balanced Fund is through an Initial Public Offering of 20,000,000 units at N100 each. It said in a statement on Wednesday that the application list opened on Monday,... [Read...
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IFC, others invest $255m in indigenous gas firm

The International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, a Singaporean investment company, Temasek, and the IFC African, Latin American, and Caribbean Fund have injected $255m new equity capital into Seven Energy International Limited, an indigenous oil and gas concern. Seven Energy said on Wednesday that the capital injection would enable it to... Buzz: 1
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Salami secures draw for Wolves

Warri Wolves striker Gbolahan Salami scored a screamer as the Seasiders played 1-1 with Nembe City at the Warri Township Stadium in one of the Nigeria Professional Football League mid-week matches. Salami scored the goal from 25 yards with his left foot in the 68th minute after Wolves’ defender Goodluck Onamado’s own-goal in the ninth... [Read...
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Johnson targets glory with Sharks

Former Qatar international Kayode Johnson is looking forward to an eventful season with Sharks FC after almost a decade sojourn in the Middle East. The Nigerian-born, whose playing career in Qatar took him to teams like Al Gharafa Sports Club, Al-Ahli, where he played alongside Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola, and Al Shamal Sports Club,... [Read...
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Flying Eagles face Supreme Court

the Flying Eagles will step up their preparations for next month’s Africa Youth Championship qualifier with a test game against Nigeria National League side Supreme Court of Abuja on Thursday. The match will be played at the Area A sports ground in Abuja and will kick off at 7am. “Supreme Court will give us a... [Read...
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China economic growth slows to 18-month low

China’s economy grew at its slowest pace in 18 months at the start of 2014, but did a touch better than expected and showed some improvement in March, suggesting Beijing will not rush to follow up recent steps to support activity, Reuters reported on Wednesday Authorities have ruled out major stimulus to fight short-term dips... [Read...
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Skye Bank appoints Oguntayo as CEO

Skye Bank Plc has appointed Mr. Timothy Oguntayo as its new Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. A statement by the bank said the Board of Directors appointed Oguntayo to succeed Mr. Kehinde Durosinmi-Etti, who will retire from the board on July 31, 2014. The bank said Durosinmi-Etti had notified the board of his... [Read...
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Underwriters to get N13bn premium from NNPC

One of the biggest customers of the insurance industry, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, has completed arrangement to renew its insurance contract for this financial year for a premium of $79.4m (N12.9bn), investigations have revealed. According to information at the disposal of our correspondent on Wednesday, the amount is the biggest chunk of the NNPC’s... Buzz: 0
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Litigation expenses push BofA into loss

Bank of America Corporation posted a first-quarter loss on Wednesday as it set aside an extra $6bn  cover litigation expenses, a figure that far exceeded the legal settlements the No. 2 United States bank has announced recently, Reuters reported. The bank reported a net loss attributable to shareholders of$514m, or 5 cents per share, for... [Read...
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Four banks, Accugas sign $170m deal

FBN Bank (United Kingdom) Limited, Ecobank Nigeria Limited, Union Bank of Nigeria Plc and Union Bank UK Plc have signed a $170m acquisition finance facility with Accugas Limited, a subsidiary of Seven Energy International Limited. The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, FBN Capital Limited, Mr. Kayode Akinkugbe, said at the signing ceremony in Lagos... [Read...
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Africa’s future stars for Milo U-13 tourney

The continent’s future football stars will from May 29, converge on Lagos for the third biennial Milo U-13 African Championships to be hosted by Nigeria. Besides Nigeria, other participating nations include defending champions, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa. The tournament, sponsored by Nestle Nigeria Plc, will hold at the Campos Mini Stadium in Lagos with... [Read...
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SuperSport secures rights to 2014 World Cup

DStv premium sports provider, SuperSport, has secured the rights to broadcast all the matches of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, officials of the pay-TV channels said on Wednesday in Lagos. The tournament will start June 12 and will feature Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Algeria and Côte d’Ivoire among the 32 teams that participate in... [Read...
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Shilton backs Hart

England legend Peter Shilton says Manchester City’s Joe Hart can become one of the world’s top goalkeepers if he can eradicate mistakes from his game. Hart will start this summer’s World Cup in Brazil as Roy Hodgson’s first choice but England’s record cap holder and former captain Shilton says he is not yet in the... [Read...
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Aluko ponders Hull exit

Sone Aluko admits a spell out of the Hull City side left him wondering whether he might have to move on this summer. The January arrivals of Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long have provided added competition for places at the KC Stadium, with attacking berths now hard to come by. Aluko has found that out... [Read...
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