Nigeria’s Rotten-Sweet Yams

By Oji Odu Ferdinand Akuso was not surprised after he discovered that about 70 percent of the tuber of yam which he was preparing to boil was rotten. “ I had to salvage what was left of the remaining 30 percent before I had something to eat of the yam that night. It was not strange because sometimes you may not know the rotten yams by mere looking,” he lamented. His experience is not isolated, as he only ate about 30 percent of the N500 yam. Since the rejection of…

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Evans changes plea, pleads not guilty

Evans, whose real name is Chukwudumem Onwuamadike, whose kidnapping exploits shook the foundation of society, today pleads not guilty to charges leveled against him, which includes but is not limited to conspiracy and kidnapping.He is facing 52 charges in 14 different cases in courts in Lagos and Edo States. The Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Adeniji Kazeem, led the prosecution of the first arraignment. According to him,Evans  and his team, including those at large, committed the offenses between February 14 and April 12, 2017.In in his earlier appearance…

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Hugo Lloris Masterclass Salvages Point For Spurs

  A pair of stunning second-half saves from Hugo Lloris salvaged a precious point for Tottenham Hotspur as they held European champions Real Madrid 1-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday. Both sides remain unbeaten in this season’s Champions League and well placed to progress to the last 16. They each have seven points after Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty cancelled out Raphael Varane’s own goal in the first period. “Hugo was fantastic, he deserves a big prize. He showed his real level,” said Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino. “Today we see why…

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‘I Am A Fighter’- Gani Adams

The new Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Chief Gani Adams, on Tuesday, said he would use his new position to promote the Yoruba culture and fight the cause of the Yoruba race. Describing himself as a fighter, Adams, who is the National Coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress, added that he would reach out to a former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and other Yoruba leaders. The OPC leader said this in Lagos while speaking with newsmen on Tuesday. Adams stated that though he was not as wealthy as…

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Guardiola Says Humility Key To Team’s Success

Pep Guardiola says there is no chance that his Manchester City players will fall into the trap of over-confidence in their Champions League clash against Napoli despite their swaggering Premier League form. City demolished Stoke City 7-2 on Saturday to move two points clear at the top of the table and are attracting rave reviews for the quality of their attacking football, with 37 goals in 11 games in all competitions so far. But on Tuesday they face a stern test at home against free-scoring Serie A leaders Napoli, who…

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Gani Adams Becomes The New Aare Onakakanfo

The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, on Sunday declared the National Coordinator of the Oodua People’s Congress, Gani Adams, as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland. The position was held last by the late MKO Abiola, who died in the detention camp of the late military dictator, Gen. Sani Abacha, in 1998 for refusing to trade his presidential mandate for freedom. In June this year, there was an indication that Adams could be named the new Generalismo of Yorubaland by the monarch but the OPC leader refused to…

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State House Hospital of Pity

By Oji Odu Why should President Muhammadu Buhari and other highly placed government officials, including the well-to-do in the society not seek foreign medical attention for the slightest headache when the neither N30 sachet of 12‘paracetamol’ tablets nor syringes are available at the State House Clinic? This is when billions of naira have been allegedly spent to make the hospital efficient and effective. The outburst of the First Lady, Aisha Buhari at a stakeholders meeting on Reproductive, Maternal,Nutrition, Child Advocacy and Health Nutrition organised by her pet project, Future Assured…

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Wenger Could Sell Ozil And Sanchez By January

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger conceded on Thursday he may have no option but to sell star players Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in the January transfer window. The pair are both out of contract at the end of the season and are yet to agree new deals. As things stand, they will be able to leave the Emirates Stadium for free, meaning January will be Arsenal’s last opportunity to cash in on their two most high-profile players. “It is possible,” Wenger told a press conference ahead of his side’s trip…

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Tagbo’s Death: Davido Re-Invited By Police

The Lagos State Police Command says the ace hip hop artiste, David Adeleke, aka Davido, is inconsistent in his statement on the death of his friend, Umeike Tagbo. The command subsequently invited him again on Wednesday, although he was not allowed to talk to journalists. The magazine learnt that Davido’s driver – Tunde Yusuf, and two friends of the artiste, Agbaje Olaoye and Idris Busari – who dumped Tagbo’s corpse on the premises of the Lagos Island General Hospital and fled had been arrested. This is just as the autopsy…

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Stampede in South east over military vaccination

The army claim that they are on medical mission to effect vaccination in the South east has bred panic and controversies within the region culminating in panic withdrawal of children from school in the south east. The army had besieged schools and demanded immediate vaccination of pupils and secondary students without consent from their parents and taking most school authorities by surprise.This was days after the army raided Nnamdi Kanu’s house claiming they are looking for weapons, an act that the banned Indigenous People of Biafra saw as an avenue…

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Messi Qualifies Argentina For 2018 World Cup

Argentina have won their place in the Russia FIFA World Cup, but Chile, the South American champions are out. Messi. Brazil, first to qualify in the CONMOBEL group, handed out a humiliating 3-0 defeat to Chile, with second half goals by Paulinho and a brace by Gabriel Jesus, ending their hope of qualifying for Russia. They ended up sixth on the table, out of the play-off zone, which was snatched by Peru who played 1-1 against Colombia, another qualifier. For Argentina, Lionel Messi was the decisive factor in Quito, Ecuador.…

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Europe Palace Lounge Berths

Lagos State, known as the Centre of Excellence, is undoubtedly the business and commercial hub of the nation. Apart from it been a land of opportunities where everyone aspires to carves a niche in life, is also a home for entertainment. Every entertainment lovers sees the state as the home of fun fare, glitz, glamour and exposé of all kind. From the Island down to the Mainland, thousands of lounge and clubs floods the hooks and crannies of the state, in a bid to satisfy the entertainment urge of fun…

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Moses, Abdullahi Makes CAF XI

The Confederation of African Football has  named Super Eagles stars Victor Moses and Shehu Abdullahi  in its Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying  XI. Nigeria  defeated  Zambia 1-0  in Uyo on Saturday to qualify for  their sixth  World Cup, with Chelsea wing-back Moses and Cyprus-based defender  Abdullahi proving  themselves  in the encounter. This will be Moses’ third straight selection as he was also named in the team for last month’s double-header against African champions  Cameroon. Liverpool ace  Mohamed Salah, who scored late winner for Egypt to qualify for the World Cup…

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Arturo Vidal Quits National Team

Arturo Vidal says he is retiring from international football with his “soul crushed” after Chile failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals. Vidal missed Chile’s final shot at qualification on Tuesday through suspension, the South American champions losing 3-0 to Brazil to miss out on the tournament in Russia next year on goal difference. Vidal, 30, announced his intention to step down from the national team on Twitter. “Thank you lads, for everything, for all these years together… for teaching me and for showing a country that with…

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Real Madrid Gears Up For FIFA World Club Championship

Defending champions Real Madrid will play the winner of a play-off between the Asian champions and Auckland City/Al Jazira in the semi-final of the FIFA Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi, it was announced Monday. Emirati champions Al Jazira and OFC Champions League winners Auckland City face each other in the opening game, the winners then play in the second round with Mexico’s Pachuca and the CAF and AFC champions. Real Madrid, seeking a record-equaling third title, and the Copa Libertadores champions will join the competition from the semi-final stage…

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Aisha Buhari Berates Aso Rock Clinic

The wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, on Monday publicly upbraided the Chief Medical Director of the State House Clinic, Dr. Husain Munir, over the poor state of the health facility established to take care of the President, Vice-President, their families as well as members of Staff of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. She spoke at the opening of a two-day stakeholders meeting on Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn Child, Adolescent Health and Nutrition held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa. Mrs. Aisha Buhari said a situation where constructions were…

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Aishah Ahmad becomes Deputy CBN Governor

In a not so surprising move, President Muhammadu Buhari has sent the name of Aisha Ahmad to the Senate for confirmation as the substantive Deputy Governor of the central Bank of Nigeria, CBN. However, the appointment has come with its own baggage of controversies. For one, the rapid promotions from AGM of Diamond bank to full fledged Director in the same Bank and appointment as Deputy CBN Governor all on the same day. This was contained in an anonymous post that alleged that the newly appointed Deputy Governor has his…

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Rohr Says Eagles Still Needs Ahmed Musa

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has revealed why striker Musa Ahmed continue to keep his spot on the team despite not playing first team football with Leicester City.  There have been suggestions of favouritism for the player, but Rohr explained that Musa earned his place because of his positive attitude. “For your information, Ahmed Musa is playing with the second team regularly and he is playing very well. Not in the third team but the second one. He played also in the Cup game and his influence in the team…

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Pinnick Wants Super Eagles To Be Calm And Clinical

The President, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has urged the Super Eagles to be calm but clinical in Saturday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against the Chipolopolo of Zambia. Pinnick, who gave the advise in a statement by NFF’s Spokesperson, Ademola Olajire on Thursday in Abuja, said the tendency was for teams to get uptight and tensed for this kind of match. “I have spoken to them that the approach should be to take full control from the beginning and take the chances that come without being too anxious.…

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Heynckes Set For Bayern Munich

Legendary German coach Jupp Heynckes will replace sacked Carlo Ancelotti as Bayern Munich’s manager until the end of the season, according to Sport Bild newspaper. The interim appointment would see 72-year-old Heynckes return to his beloved Bayern which he famously led in 2013 to win the Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup treble — the only German club to achieve the feat. “Bayern is pulling Jupp Heynckes out of retirement,” wrote Sport Bild. The club has not confirmed the report. According to Bild, the unexpected choice carries a certain logic.…

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