Edo: Battle Royale; Who Laughs Last

Candidates of the ruling All Progressive Congress APC, Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki and the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu,  who are front runners in the rescheduled September 28 governorship election engages in the mother of all political battles for the soul of Edo State By Walid Ogunseri /Benin City The passion with which political parties and stakeholders campaigned for the rescheduled governorship election in Edo State in the past few weeks is an indication of how anxious their preferred candidates are in occupying the plum seat at the Edo…

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Deadly Trucks

The frequent highway accidents traced to Dangote trailers have led to calls for punitive sanctions By Akinwale Kasali On that fateful Sunday of July 2016, Timothy Agara never had the premonition that death was lurking around him and his household. He had bid his neighbours at his rented apartment at Abule Oki, a suburb at IyanaIpaja in Lagos farewell, with the aim of dropping his wife and children at his country home in Ishan, Edo state, for the summer holiday, while he returns back to Lagos. One of his neighbour’s…

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Not Business As Usual

Regular patrol of the nation’s waterways by officers of the Western and Eastern Marine command put smugglers on the run By Stephen Ubanna For  years,  the nation’s waterways had remained a haven  for smugglers of rice, vegetable oil, textiles and petroleum products. Officers and men of the Western  and Eastern Marine Commands had no answer  to the slippery activities of the smugglers  who had better crafts. The case of the  two marine enforcement Commands  was made worse by  broken down Crafts. A vistor  to  Western Marine Command premises at Apapa…

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Campaign of Introspect

To combat dishonesty, indolence, and wanton corruption in the nation, President Muhammadu Buhari unveils a new campaign: Change Begins with Me. Is this reminiscent of his 1980s War Against Indiscipline, WAI? By Femi Oluokun During its campaign in the last general election in 2015, the All Progressives Congress, APC sermonised the ‘change’ mantra. From food to road infrastructure and job to security of lives and property campaign promises were made. Like gypsies, Nigerians felt, with the APC, utopia was within sight. Indeed, the former fulfilled its end of the bargain…

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The Adeboye mystique

Loved or hated, Pastor Enoch Adeboye stands head and shoulder above his peers. By Uche Mbah With both hands clasped behind his back, a furrow on his forehead, he strolls about in the expansive ante-podium. With a brief stop behind the podium, he glances at the congregation, a mammoth crowd that runs into thousands. “There is a lady here who the lord tells me has been looking for the fruit of the womb for the past fifteen years”, he said in a calm almost guttural voice. “The lord says “I…

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Family Travails

As the economic hardship bite harder, many families cut down their expenses lament the pang of hunger By Prisca Onuegbu Esther Ibe, from Osisioma in Aba state is a house wife. Prior to the economic crisis, she prepares a pot of soup with N3,000.00, which could serve the family for about five days with the income from the husband. The family enjoys three square meals per day. But with the economic crisis, which had seen the price of goods including consumables tumbling the Ibe family have soaked down their expenses.…

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No to Genetic Toxins

Opposition trail Federal Government’s planned introduction of Genetically Modified Foods in the country. By Oji Odu The rising food scarcity in the country may have forced the federal government to tinker with the option of introducing the Genetically Modified Foods (GMFs)  and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in Nigeria’s farming system in a bid to supposedly increase food production amidst opposition. But the Association of Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (AMLSCN), at the end of its annual scientific conference in Abuja recently cautioned the Federal Government against  introducing of GMOs…

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Edo election: Election between Lycan and Vampire

By Ehi Ekhator The election in Edo State between the two major contenders,  Mr. Godwin Obaseki of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) can best be described as an election between lycan and vampires, Ehi Ekhator, Editor in Chief, Naija Center News writes. There is no much difference between the PDP and APC in the state as the current administration led by Adams Oshiomhole is a product of the PDP connection. Oshiomhole was desperate to become the governor that he sold…

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Iceland: Haven for Nigerians

The alleged $5000 monthly stipend given to immigrants by the Iceland government for marrying their ladies has made Nigerians jostle for the country’s visa By Akinwale Kasali The Iceland Embassy at 15, Louis Solomon Close, Victoria Island, Lagos, is now a Mecca of sort, with hundreds of youths, mostly men, jostling for Visas to the Eastern European country. When the magazine visited the embassy of the Scandinavian country, the desperation on the faces of mostly young male Visa applicants was overwhelming. The reason for this desperation has to do with…

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Heroic Paralympians

Nigeria’s contingents to the 2016 Rio Paralympic games surpass their previous performance against all odds with 12 medals By Akinwale Kasali The outcome was resounding. Another de ja vu of waiting for medals was lurking. After two days of the 2016 Rio Paralympic games, Nigeria was yet to record a medal at the games. Surprisingly, Ronald Ezuruike representing Team Nigeria in the 54kg Powerlifting started the medal haul. Ezuruike won Nigeria’s first gold medal at the games. Not too long, Latifat Tijani (45kg) claimed silver for Nigeria, before Esther Oyema…

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Struggle To Legalise Prostitution

Amnesty international wants prostitution legalised as prostitutes assert themselves By Uche Mbah Prostitution, the oldest profession in the world, is getting a boost in these modern times. It appears that prostitutes are becoming revered. The dress codes of modern youths, for example, have become targeted towards the three letter hush words, making prostitutes their role models in dress codes and corporate organizations are intensifying the use of executive professionals for profit drive. This however, does not overshadow the real professionals in the industry. Even the recognised professionals, who are regarded…

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