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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TRANSITION: HRH UGOEZE (EZINNE) CECILIA IHUOCHA EZEIBE

TRANSITION: HRH UGOEZE (EZINNE) CECILIA IHUOCHA EZEIBE The death has been announced of Her Royal Highness Ugoeze (Ezinne) Cecilia Ihuocha (ChaCha) Ezeibe at the ripe age of 93 years. Her Royal Highness assumed a leadership position from early stages of her life and remained an inspiration and motivator to her community Nsulu in Isiala Ngwa North LGA in Abia State. A great farmer; with a vast expanse of farm lands and palm plantationwho devoted most of her time in the service of God and humanity. She will be interred on…

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Jonathan: Dangerous Jabs

Recent prosecution of aides and relations of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan gets the Buhari administration an inch away from the former leader By Bayo Bernard Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s political shuttles in the last few days has not seized to draw attention from keen watchers of the polity, particularly when they coincide with the travails of his wife, Patience at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. Jonathan had a close-door meeting with two former heads of state, Ibrahim Babangida and Abdusalami Abubakar in Minna, Niger state last week. Though the details…

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Furious Quake

Earth tremors hit Kaduna state and raises fears of seismic activities in Nigeria as flood ravages the country By Uche Mbah For over a week and counting, swarms of tremors have been rocking Kaduna state making residents flee the area. This, is as floods ravage coastal towns and villages, including poorly drained urban centers. The epicenter of the tremor was located Koi community in Jaba Local Government Area of Kaduna State. : “It happened about five times during the night, causing people to run for safety in the morning. It…

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Killer Guard

Security guards, turn on their employers despite the confidence reposed on them By Chibuike Osuji In many compounds and public organisations, technology driven cable circuit Television, CCTV, are installed at the gates for the security men to help wade off unwanted visitors or criminals from gaining access to their employers. They  were also armed with weapons ranging from cutlasses to guns, while some of the gatemen who believe in the potency of charms  use it to  carry out their functions to protect  their employers from attack. But with the turn…

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APC: Troubling Times

Intrigues and lethal plots are afoot in the All Progressives Congress, APC as disquiet reigns By Chidiebere Onyemaizu The troubles afflicting the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC have so far remained muted but party insiders informed this magazine last week that internal wranglings in the party can no longer be concealed. The disputed Ondo gubernatorial primary which was won by Rotimi Akeredolu, a candidate not anointed by the APC National Leader and former governor of Lagos state, Bola Tinubu but allegedly promoted by interests in the party close to President…

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Hopeless Industries

Nigerian Industries and the production sector of the economy are in comatose amidst biting recession and public fury By Shedrack Ifurueze President Muhammadu Buhari had during the twilight of 2015 further dampened the hope of Nigerians when he pointedly said that “they should expect hard times in 2016,” and true to him, his statement is already taking its toll on the lives of the average Nigerian. Beyond the average Nigerian that is feeling the pains of the biting economy and the apparent lack of a clear cut industrial direction vis-à-vis…

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Abia: Another Litmus Test

After six years of Dilly-Dallying on the conduct of LGC election in Abia state,  Governor Okezie Ikpeazu   finally task ABSIEC to fix a date for the grass root poll By Stanley Nwachukwu /Umuahia ALTHOUGH the echoes of the 2015 Abia guber poll still reverbrates, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, penultimate week, ordered the Abia state Independent Electoral Commission, ABSIEC, to begin the process for the conduct of fresh LGC poll across the 17 local government councils in the state by fixing a suitable date  for the exercise before expiration of December 2016…

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Grazing Law: Pomps For Fayose And Aide-Mémoire For Ugwuanyi

By Gwiyi Solomon The biosphere stands still for frontrunners who show the way in times of extreme confusion and despondency. The world waits for a leader who irrespective of whose ox is gored trail the blaze. The ecosphere, no doubt stands in awe and utmost amazement beholding solutions from leaders in a time when the candle light has gone off and extreme darkness beckons in a broad day light. Such a leader is the proverbial ‘golden fish that has no hiding place.’ They are the ‘golden goose that lay the…

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Garba Shehu, This Can’t Be The Change Nigerians Voted For

By Izuoma Ibe One is expected to get a hundred naira airtime each time he or she purchases an airtime ticket from internet subscribers but it is fraudulent when the airtime ticket purchased for two hundred naira eventually credits the fellow’s account with one hundred naira. And it will be an insult to injury when the operator insists that one hundred naira was the amount the fellow subscribed for instead of two hundred. I do not see any difference this analogy stands for with a publication credited to Garba Shehu,…

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