Medview flies into turbulent weather

Medview Airlines, one of the later entrants into the Nigerian Airspace, has been having it tough in recent times. Last Sunday, London bound passengers were stranded at the Murtala Mohamed International Airport, Lagos. As usual with Nigerian Airlines, explanations on what exactly was going on was slow in coming, and passengers were not finding it funny. Passengers were at the Airport as early as seven thirty a.m. for check in, but the handling agents were at a loss, having not heard from the Airline officials who were meant to give…

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Attacks Too Many

By Oji Odu Few minutes after five o’clock in the morning of July 17, 2017, Muslim faithfuls were observing their morning prayers at the University of Maiduguri Mosque. None knew the evil that lurked in the shadows. Suddenly, some suicide bombers believed to be Boko Haram insurgents detonated their explosives inside the mosque, leaving about 10 people dead and several injured. The attack is one of the many in recent times after their claimed ‘Technical Defeat’ by the Nigerian army struck. The recent increase of attacks by the insurgents have…

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Water ways Smugglers :No Longer Business As Usual

By Stephen Ubanna Seriki Kebbi, Comptroller, Western Marine Command, with Headquarters in Apapa, Lagos, has a big task at hand: how to convince  Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and the Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, to supply new crafts and patrol vehicles to enhance its water ways anti-smuggling operations. this is because smugglers have resorted to the use of the water ways to carry out their nefarious activities as the land borders had too tight due to the presence of Customs anti-smuggling personnel ffrom the Federal Operations Unit, FOU,…

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2019: Pressure Mounts on Obi

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   Though Peter Obi is currently subject of intense permutations as regards the 2019 presidential election, the immediate past governor of Anambra told select Bloggers in Lagos yesterday that he has no interest in the presidency. It is not however; clear whether Obi’s assertion will deter prominent Nigerians across political and ethno-religious divides that this Magazine learnt have secretly been mounting pressure on the soft spoken former governor. They want Obi to vie for the presidency in 2019, on ground that he is one of the few…

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Arewa Youths Plan to Review October 1 quit Notice

Less than 75 days to the October 1 ”quit notice” issued by a coalition of northern youths to Igbo living in the region, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, weekend, met with the northern coalition with a view to charting a common course for peaceful co-existence of various groups in all parts of the country. Consequently, the northern coalition has said it has begun the process of reviewing its earlier demands asking the Igbo to quit, but said it would not back down on its petition to the United Nations asking…

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Senegalese Club Suspended Over Stadium Tragedy

Senegal’s US Ouakam team was suspended from the country’s football federation on Monday after accusations its supporters threw projectiles at rival fans triggering a stampede that left eight dead. Multiple witnesses told AFP that Ouakam fans threw stones and other objects at Stade de Mbour supporters when Mbour scored a goal to take a 2-1 lead in extra time during Senegal’s League Cup final on Saturday. “Union Sportive de Ouakam are temporarily suspended,” the Senegalese Football Federation announced in a statement, given “the loss of lives and serious injuries” at…

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Fayose Writes Osinbajo, Demands Release of Panel Report on Alleged Corruption on Lawal, Oke

Ekiti State Governor and Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors Forum, Mr Ayodele Fayose has written to the Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, demanding the immediate release of the report of the investigative panel on corruption allegations against the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr David Babachir Lawal and Director-General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Mr. Ayo Oke. In the letter dated July 11, 2017 and received at the Acting President’s office on July 13, 2017, the governor also demanded that the Acting President must “act expeditiously…

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Aftermath of PDP Crisis: Sheriff’s Faction Boycotts PDP Meetings

By Akinwale Kasali Though, the Supreme Court ruling last Wednesday has confirmed Ahmed Makarfi as the Chairman of the Peoples democratic Party, PDP, but there seems to be no peace in sight as the Modu Sheriff faction has failed to sheath its sword. Information made available to the magazine is that there were indications in Abuja on Sunday that members of the sacked National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party loyal to its erstwhile National Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff, have decided to stay away from the party’s meetings slated…

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Magu: Presidency Gets Legal Advice to Approach Supreme Court

The Presidency will soon approach the Supreme Court to make a pronouncement on the lingering crisis between the executive and the National Assembly over the powers of the President to appoint some heads of government agencies without recourse to the Senate based on the provisions of Section 171 of the Constitution. A Presidency source, who disclosed this to journalists in Abuja, on Sunday, said the development was based on legal advice made available to the government on the different interpretations of the law on the matter. The Acting President, Yemi…

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Ex-Tottenham Hotspurs Keeper, Paul Robinson Retires at 37

By Akinwale Kasali Former England and Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson has announced his retirement from football at the age of 37, according to media reports Monday. Robinson, who was out of contract after spending the last 18 months with Premier League side Burnley, gained 41 international caps and played in all five England matches on their run to the 2006 World Cup quarter-finals. Robinson, who started his career at Leeds United, made 175 appearances for Tottenham during a four-year spell at White Hart Lane, before he moved on to Blackburn…

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CHAN Qualifiers: Home Based Super Eagles Camp Opens on Thursday

By Akinwale Kasali The home-based Super Eagles are expected to be in camp on Thursday to start preparation for their second round 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier against either Benin Republic or Togo. This was announced on the Super Eagles official Twitter handle on Sunday. The 2018 CHAN will hold in Kenya from January 11 to February 2. It however stated that the venue for the camp will be made known in a later date, although Kano has been mentioned as a possible host city.   “Our camp for…

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Disu Cautions Rohr Over Cameroon Clash

By Akinwale Kasali Former coach of the Flying Eagles, Tunde Disu has warned Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr against wrong tactics against Cameroun in the Russia 2018 qualifiers on September 1. Disu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos yesterday that the team’s tactical formation against South Africa in the AFCON qualifiers was wrong and should not be used again. He said that the Eagles loss to Bafana Bafana in the AFCON qualifiers was due to wrong tactical formation, adding that the Indomitable Lions of Cameroun would be…

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Flood: Experts Says Lekki and Environs may Lose Attraction Soon

Lagos Flood

The recent flooding experienced in some parts of the country, especially in Lagos, has raised fears that petroleum products in filling stations’ storage facilities located in the affected areas may have been contaminated. Real estate experts, including land and estate surveyors and valuers, as well as town planners have said the massive flooding in Lekki, Ajah, Ikoyi and Victoria Island, will lead to a reduction in the appetite of prospective tenants and property buyers. A top official in one of the fuel marketing companies in Lagos told our correspondent that…

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Eights Dies, As Suicide Bombers Hit Maiduguri

By Akinwale Kasali Eight people were killed on Monday when a female suicide bomber detonated her explosives at a mosque in northeast Nigeria, in the latest attack in the restive region. The head of the Borno state emergency management agency, Ahmed Satomi, said the blast happened at about 5:30 am (0430 GMT) in the London Ciki area of Maiduguri, which has been at the epicentre of Boko Haram violence since 2009. “She killed eight people and injured 15 others. The mosque was being guarded by civilian JTF (joint task force…

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Fani-Kayode Disagree with Shehu Sani, JNI Over Alleged Plot to Islamise Nigeria

The lawmaker, representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Senator Shehu Sani, and a former Minister of Aviation, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode, have disagreed on the claim by the National Christian Elders’ Forum that there is an underground move by Islamic leaders to impose an Islamic agenda on Nigeria. While Sani, in a Facebook post on Friday, said it was unfair to accuse the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration of having such an agenda, Fani-Kayode, in his Facebook post, on Sunday, endorsed the position of the group. Sani warned that the position of the…

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Roger Federer Warns Rivals

By Akinwale Kasali Buoyed by his record-setting eighth Wimbledon title, Roger Federer warned rivals Monday that he could play until he’s 40, spearheading a late-life era of supremacy alongside Rafael Nadal. Federer eased past injury-hit Marin Cilic to become the oldest Wimbledon men’s champion of the modern era on Sunday, breaking the tie for seven All England Club titles he had shared with Pete Sampras since his last triumph in 2012. It also gave him a 19th Grand Slam title in his 29th final at the majors. With his 36th…

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Joe Hart Joins West Ham United

By Akinwale Kasali England international goalkeeper Joe Hart is set to have a medical with West Ham on Monday as he looks to finalise a loan move from Manchester City, according to media reports. The 30-year-old had been told by City boss Pep Guardiola that he could find another club, and he appears set for a season-long loan with the East Londoners after spending last season with Italian side Torino. Hart, who has 71 England caps, is expected to have the option of making the move permanent, while City will…

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