Suicide: Why Third Mainland Bridge?

By Tayo Demola I was really astonished to hear the news of the medical doctor who went all the way to the third mainland bridge right here in Lagos and killed himself! He actually committed suicide in the most cruel way. He was actually cruel to himself, to his family and infact he was very cruel to Nigeria as a nation. So this man was so depressed to the extent that he left church on that fateful day and headed for the island but when he got to third mainland…

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Fayose cautions police over handling of Ife crisis

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has cautioned the police over the handling of its investigation on the recent crisis in Ile-Ife, Osun State that led to the death of more than 40 people, saying “it appears that the police has so far demonstrated ethnic bias in its investigation and this is not good for the unity of Nigeria and its people.” The governor, who condemned the killing of innocent people and destruction of properties in Ile-Ife, said; “whether committed by Yoruba, Ibo, Hausa or any tribe, crime is crime…

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Okada: Task Force Terrorizes Lagosians

  By Bayo Bernard The determination of the Lagos state government to rid the state of motorcycles also known as Okada remains strong as ever. Just early this month the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode administration followed in the footsteps of its predecessor as it destroyed over 3000 motorcycles seized from Okada riders. Despite the huge financial loss to the owners some defiant motorcycle riders who use it for commercial purposes have continued to take the risk. In their quest to make a living they defy the law banning motorcycles on the…

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GOTV Boxing Night 11: Ogunsanya Doles out N2 Million to Best Boxer

A whopping N1million has been added to the cash prize for the best boxer at GOtv Boxing Night 11, holding on Sunday at the Liberty Stadium Ibadan, courtesy Mr. Adewunmi Ogunsanya, Chairman, Multichoice Nigeria. This means that the best boxer at the event will go home with N2million in addition to the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy, donated by Mr. Ogunsanya in memory of his wife. According to Flykite Productions, organisers of GOtv Boxing Night, Mr. Ogunsanya is providing additional N1million in continuation of his support for the sport and in…

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Kaduna Airport: Kidnappers prowl along roads, Airport still a huge construction site

Three weeks into the six weeks deadline to finish the Abuja runway, Kaduna is still suffering from teething problems. Three weeks into the use of Kaduna Airport as alternative to Abuja, construction works are still going on at the Airport. The Airport is far from ready to go. There appears to be confusion at the check-in areas as regards local and international passengers. But of far more concern were reports that the Kaduna-Abuja road has suddenly become a veritable zone for armed robbers and kidnappers.”Kaduna – Abuja road…..the latest ATM…

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How Buhari is Undermining The Senate

By Stephen Ubanna The battle  line appears to have been drawn  between the Executive  and the Legislature over the undermining  attitude of President Muhammadu Buhari Political  appointees towards the Lawmakers. The undermining attitude of  Buhari appointees to the Legislature as exhibited by Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, and Lawal Babachair, Secretary to the Federal government shows how Buhari is undermining the Senate. The duo at different times have flouted invitation sent to them by the Senate. Ali’s controversial decision to disregard   the invitation…

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Senate Drops Two Non Career Ambassadorial Nominees, Approves 45

The Senate has rejected the nomination of two non-career ambassadorial nominees presented for legislative approval by President Muhammadu Buhari. The rejected nominees are Justice Sylvanus Nsofor from Imo State and Mr Jacob Daodu from Ondo State. The Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, which screened of nominees, presented its report at the plenary on Thursday. Details later…

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Buhari Nominates 27 as INEC REC, Seeks Senate’s Confirmation

President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki, on Thursday, read a letter from Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, in which he sought legislative approval for the nomination of 27 Nigerians as Resident Electoral Commissioners of the Independent National Electoral Commission. Osinbajo transmitted the nominations to the Senate in February, when President Muhammadu Buhari was on medical vacation in the United Kingdom. Details later……

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MFM Go Top, As Rivers United and Enugu Rangers Continue Their Poor Run in the Domestic League

By Akinwale Kasali Rivers United and Enugu Rangers continued their poor run this season. Few days after both teams were booted out of the CAF Champions League, in a rescheduled match at the domestic front, both teams lost to their hosts. A brace from top scorer Stephen Odey secured a nervy 2-1 win against Rivers United in a rescheduled Nigeria Professional Football League clash at the Agege Stadium yesterday. Two first half penalties from Odey gave MFM the win and increased his goals to 12 this season. Rivers United’s goal…

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Unilag Student Gets N500,000 Bail for Alleged Gang Rape

A 17-year-old undergraduate of the University of Lagos (Unilag), Ugochukwu Daniel, who allegedly gang-raped a 17-year-old girl with others still at large, was on Thursday released on N500,000 bail on the orders of Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos. The Chief Magistrate, Mrs A. Ipaye-Nwachukwu, who gave the ruling, also granted the accused two sureties in like sum after he pleaded not guilty to a three-count charge of conspiracy, rape and sexual harassment. ‎ Ipaye-Nwachukwu said one of the two sureties must be a blood relation of the accused, while…

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NASS Approves Buhari’s $500 Million Eurobond

The two arms of the National Assembly, NASS, have approved President Muhammadu Buhari’s request to raise additional $500 million eurobond from the international capital market to fund the 2016 Budget deficit. In the Senate, the approval was given, following an executive communication from the President that the lawmakers considered his request for $500 million Eurobond. Earlier, deputy Senate leader, Senator Bala Ibn Na’allah, asked that Senate dissolved to the Committee of the whole to approve the request because of the urgency of the matter. In supporting the motion, Senate Minority…

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Electricity Operators Intensify Blame Game As Consumers Suffer

By Oji Odu The blame game among operators in Nigeria’s electricity sector has continued over the failure of the sector to meet the 5,465 megawatt (mw) power generation and distribution target set in the revised 2015 Multi Year Tariff Order (MYTO). This has not increased power supply in the country, neither has it reduced the exorbitant bills charged the consumers. Recent salvo was released by Sunday Odutan, Director, Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED) who rejected the claims by both the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Transmission Company…

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Police Arrest Trader who Sells Beans Preserved with Sniper Insecticide

If not for the observation of a woman who noticed a beans seller applying an insecticide on his wares, more than hundreds of innocent Nigerians would have died or hospitalized. Three siblings trading in beans on Adenekan Street, Alagbado, Lagos State, have been arrested by the police for allegedly selling “poisonous beans” to members of the public. It was learnt that the traders – Faith Ogbona, Chidioke Ogbona and Sunday Ogbona – were arrested by policemen from the Alagbado division after being alerted by a woman, who caught Chidioke applying…

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Podolski Bows Out from International Football with a Thunderous Strike

By Akinwale Kasali Lukas Podolski’s second-half thunderbolt goal on his final appearance for Germany was all Germany needed to defeat the three lions of England in an international friendly played at the Dortmund stadium, Western Germany. Teammates threw the German midfielder in the air after the friendly football match of Germany England in Dortmund, western Germany, on March 22, 2017. It was Podolski’s last match with the German team. The 31-year old who currently plays as a forward for Turkish club Galatasaray is regarded as one of the best German…

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Ikeme Ruled Out of Super Eagles Friendlies Due to Injury, as Okeowo Replaces Him

Super Eagles’ goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme, has been ruled out of Thursday’s friendly against Senegal in London following an injury. The Wolverhampton Wanderers of England goalkeeper was missing in the team’s final training session due to a knock. With Ikeme out injured, the Super Eagles’ gaffer, Gernot Rohr, drafted in the relatively unknown goalkeeper, Tope Okeowo of Peckham All Stars, as a replacement. It is very likely that Okeowo will man the goal for Nigeria as the other invited goalkeepers, Daniel Akpeyi and Ikechukwu Ezenwa, were still being expected as of…

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Grass-Cutting Probe: SGF asks Senate to Reschedule Appearance

Eng. Babachir Lawal, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation,  made a U-turn on his legal action against the Senate on its probe into the alleged management of funds meant for the rehabilitation of the North-East. Lawal has urged the Senate to reschedule his appearance before its Ad Hoc Committee on Mounting Humanitarian Crisis in the North-East which is carrying out the investigation. The SGF, in the letter to the upper chamber on Wednesday, had said he had dragged the Senate to court over the probe. Lawal, in the…

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Smoke in Saraki’s Senate

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   President of the Nigerian Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki cannot be described as stern, at least judging from his looks. On his face is a pious, harmless mien. But on his left is an instrument of authority that can make or mar-the Gavel. Most times when the Gavel goes up and lands on Saraki’s desk, the Senate under his leadership demonstrates it’s nobody’s appendage. In the past weeks, Saraki’s Senate, though not in open fisticuffs with the Executive headed by President Muhammadu Buhari, has been in a…

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