2:23 pm - Monday February 20, 2017

Nigeria now second largest producer of rice in the world, claims Presidency

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, says Nigeria has achieved the status of second largest producer of rice in the world. The United States, Thailand, China and India are major producers of rice. Shehu did not give details of how he arrived at... read more »

Gates Foundation spent $250m on Nigerian poor in 2016

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation spent $250 million on health, education and improving the lives of the poor in Nigeria in 2016. Dr Mairo Mandara, its Country Representative, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday that  foundation does not estimate how much will be invested... read more »

CAF: Rangers, Rivers United advance to next round, Wikki crash out

It was a gloomy Sunday for Wikki Tourists as they crashed out of the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup competition, despite beating RSLAF of Sierra-Leone  1-0 in Bauchi. Wikki Tourists  lost 1-2 aggregate, having conceded two goals away  to RSLAF in Sierra Leone in the first leg. However,  Rangers... read more »

Shock as pretty Gifty evicted from Big Brother Naija show

Big Brother Naija has evicted another housemate. It is Gifty, the entertaining girl that schooled in Accra and drew much criticism last week for not knowing Falz, the hip hop singer. She joins CocoIce, Soma and Miyonse She was among the three housemates up for eviction Sunday. ThinTallTony, alias... read more »

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N250m Gate House for VP initiated by President Jonathan, Osinbajo content with A...

For the umpteenth time, we like to clarify that the proposed plan of the immediate past administration to build a new official residence for the occupant of the Office of the Vice President, including the controversial gatehouse preceded this administration. The... read more »

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Army calls IPOB ‘criminal gang’, denies killing pro-Trump protesters

The attention of 6 Division Nigerian Army has been drawn to a baseless and unsubstantiated allegation by one Mr. Emma Powerful who claims to be the Media and Publicity Secretary of a criminal gang that goes by appellation “Indigenous People of Biafra... read more »

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Amaechi to chair town hall on cargo handling charges, Adeosun, Enelamah are spec...

Against the backdrop of a recent audit report revealing that private terminal operators in Nigerian ports lost about N58.9 billion to the rising foreign exchange scarcity, Consumer Price Index (CPI), among others, in eight years, a one-day town hall meeting on... read more »

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Ejiofor’s thesis on Fulani gunmen, by Ken Ugbechie

Earlier in this column I had advocated a deeper inquisition into the modus vivendi of the deadly and dangerous Fulani herdsmen. I had postulated that these people, given their appetite for money raked in through kidnapping and brazen robbery, may not be herdsmen after... read more »

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I was made to “feel like a criminal”, says Ex-Man United star, Dwight Yorke, bar...

Former Manchester United star Dwight Yorke says he was made to “feel like a criminal” after being blocked from entering the US. The striker was about to catch a flight from Qatar to Miami when airport officials stopped him boarding because of an Iranian stamp in... read more »

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Game hunters risk 10 years jail term as NESREA reads riot act

The Nigerian Conservation Federation (NCF) has warned that anyone found guilty of exploitation and commercial hunting of wild animals risked 10-year imprisonment with an option of N1million fine or both. Director-General of the federation, Mr Adeniyi Karunwi, gave the... read more »

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Parents who assault their 14-year-old girl for child pornography to be charged

 Authorities say a child pornography investigation in North Carolina, United States, led to the arrests of the parents of a 14-year-old girl in South Africa. The State Bureau of Investigation said in a news release that the investigation started with a Catawba County... read more »

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Ag President Osinbajo signs seven bills into law

Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo  has assented to seven bills passed by the National Assembly. The bills which include Oath (Amendment) Act 2017, Defence Space Administration Act, Veterinary Surgeons(Amendment) Act) have now become Nigerian laws. The Senior... read more »

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Nigerian drug peddler proves too big for Indian policemen

It took 11 Indian policemen to subdue and arrest a Nigerian drug pusher near a garden at MiniSeashore in Mumbai, in the Indian state of Maharashtra. According to a report by The Times of India, the accused, Nwafor Igwe Chima, was found in possession of 263 gm of... read more »

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Nigerian pastor injured, buildings burnt in fresh xenophobic attacks in South Af...

The Nigerian community in South Africa has confirmed attacks and looting of Nigerian-owned businesses in Pretoria West on Saturday. Mr Ikechukwu Anyene, President, Nigeria Union, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone from Pretoria, South Africa, that the... read more »

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Police to establish tracking units to check kidnapping

Worried by the growing spate of kidnapping in the country, the Inspector- General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, says the force will establish special tracking units in Lagos and... read more »

She got fired for allegedly calling Serena Williams ‘gorilla’, no...

An ESPN commentator who was sacked for making controversial statements about Venus Williams during the Australian Open is now planning to sue his former employers for wrongful termination,... read more »

Kerosene explosion kills four, injures 14 in Akwa Ibom

Four persons  died while 14 others were severely burnt in multiple  kerosene explosions in the last 15 weeks in Akwa Ibom state, Dr Aniekeme Uwa, chairman of the Nigerian Medical... read more »

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PDP gets messier as Court sacks Makarfi, affirms Sheriff as PDP National Chairman

The leadership crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has deepened as the Federal High Court in Abuja, sacked the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee of the party. The... read more »

Buhari is homesick and will be back to Nigeria soon – Aide

Garba Shehu, senior special assistant, media to the president, said  today on a live TV programme that President Buhari is home sick and eager to return home. Although Shehu did not... read more »

Governors, Senate President not indicted over Paris Loan – ...

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has debunked a report that it has indicted all the governors of the 36 states of the Federation and the Senate President, Bukola Saraki... read more »

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Immigrants ban: Trump government mulls Supreme Court

 Minutes after one White House official said the Trump administration would not appeal a 9th Circuit ruling upholding a temporary stay of the travel ban, White House chief of staff Reince... read more »

Trump loses initial appeal to stay ban on immigrants from seven c...

A U.S. appeal court late on Saturday denied a request from the U.S. Department of Justice(DoJ) to immediately restore a immigration order from President Donald Trump barring citizens from... read more »

Bindowo philosophy of management, by Ken Ugbechie

There is something about some governors in the north. They lay emphasis on road infrastructure. A few of them I have encountered and toured their states do this. It is almost a given that a... read more »

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Trump’s America deports 90 Somali nationals, two Kenyans

No fewer than 90 Somali nationals and two Kenyans on Wednesday arrived at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi after being deported from the US. The deportees, believed to... read more »

Nigerian judge dashes Jammeh’s hope, says Gambia Supreme Court la...

President Yahya Jammeh seems to have lost the plot to cleave to power beyond next week, as his court case against Adama Barrow’s election has run into a ditch. Gambia’s Supreme Court... read more »

Ronaldo is world best, Ranieri voted best coach at FIFA awards

Cristiano Ronaldo won FIFA’s rebranded player of the year award on Monday, beating his old rival Lionel Messi. And the Real Madrid hitman was ecstatic about his prize. It was a colourful... read more »

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Armed Forces Remembrance Day: IBB salutes gallant soldiers for breaking Boko Haram

It is yet another celebration of Armed forces Remembrance Day for our beloved fallen heroes. The 2017 Remembrance Day comes at a time that our armed forces, military men and women are... read more »

Yudala goodwill message to Nigerians keeps social media buzzing

Pioneer composite and fastest growing e-commerce outfit Yudala has continued to live up to its status as a company that cares, with the propagation of a video through which the organization... read more »

ECOWAS leaders to come hard on Jammeh, fear of uprising heightens

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that ECOWAS leaders will take a “major decision” on the political impasse in The Gambia, at a meeting in Ghana on Saturday. This was revealed by his... read more »

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The Nigerian Dream, by Fashola

By Nat Amogu   Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has said  that the Nigerian Dream is not elusive  because the citizens have not confronted and defined it but instead... read more »

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Again, Sanusi is Best Central Bank Governor

The Nigerian community in Washington D.C. and the country’s delegates to the IMF /World Bank Annual Meetings walked tall on Saturday, October 12, 2013, when the Central Bank of Nigeria... read more »

Nigeria Stakes Broadband Claim in Bangkok

A strong Nigerian delegation would make it to this year’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Telecom World holding in Bangkok, Thailand from November 19 -22. Feelers from the... read more »