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Hunt for survivors as Indonesian tsunami death toll tops 280

Hunt for survivors as Indonesian tsunami death toll tops 280

2018-12-24 05:47:25

Indonesian rescuers raced to find survivors Monday after a volcano-triggered tsunami killed at least 281 people, with experts warning the devastated region could be slammed by more deadly waves. Rescue teams used their bare hands, diggers and other heavy equipment to haul debris from the stricken area around the Sunda Strait, as thousands were evacuated to higher ground. The powerful tsunami struck without any warning on Saturday night, sweeping over popular beaches of southern Sumatra and the western tip of Java and inundating tourist hotels and coastal settlements. More than 1,000 people were injured and the death toll “will continue… continue reading


Amosun’s preferred gov candidate dares Oshiomhole

Amosun’s preferred gov candidate dares Oshiomhole

2018-12-24 05:36:32

The governorship candidate of Allied People’s Movement in Ogun State, Abdulkabir Akinlade, has dared the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, to go ahead and report him to the Independent National Electoral Commission. Oshiomhole had threatened to report the preferred governorship candidates of the state governor, Ibikunle Amosun, and his counterpart in Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, to INEC. Akinlade who spoke through his campaign’s Director-General, Sarafa Ishola, urged Oshiomhole to seek the help of the APC’s national legal adviser for the interpretation of their action. He said, “He (Oshiomhole) should call his national legal adviser to seek… continue reading


Afenifere, Ohanaeze, PDP knock Osinbajo for wooing Yoruba with 2023 presidency

Afenifere, Ohanaeze, PDP knock Osinbajo for wooing Yoruba with 2023 presidency

2018-12-24 05:19:42

The pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere; Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, and the African Action Congress on Sunday faulted a statement credited to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo that the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 presidential election would guarantee South-West Presidency in 2023. Osinbajo, who on Saturday went on a house-to-house campaign in Oyo, Oyo State, and held a 45-minute closed-door meeting with the Alaafin, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, said the 2019 presidential election mattered to the Yoruba people of the South-West because the geopolitical zone had a larger interest in 2023. “Yoruba have… continue reading


INEC: ASUU strike’ll affect preparations for 2019 polls

INEC: ASUU strike’ll affect preparations for 2019 polls

2018-12-21 03:41:54

The Independent National Electoral Commission on Thursday raised the alarm that the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities would affect its preparations for the 2019 elections. ASUU, had on November 5, 2018 begun an indefinite strike over the failure of the Federal Government to implement three areas in the Memorandum of Action it signed with the union on September 14, 2017. The lecturers’ grouse with the Federal Government included its failure to carry out the Forensic Audit of the earned academic allowances of the lecturers since 2017 and the payment of N20bn out of an agreed N220bn… continue reading


Real Madrid to land Jose Mourinho £18m a year job

Real Madrid to land Jose Mourinho £18m a year job

2018-12-20 03:23:21

Real Madrid wants to give Jose Mourinho a route back into football in the summer. The Spanish giants are looking to replace Santiago Solari, who they only appointed as their head coach last month, when the season comes to a conclusion. And Diego Torres, who wrote a book on Mourinho’s first spell at the Santiago Bernabeu, has reported in newspaper El Pais that Real and president Florentino Perez are keen to bring him back. They would look to pay him €20million (£18m) annually after increasing an initial offer of €15m (£13.5m). Discussions have taken place since October. Real are also… continue reading


63 vehicles, 98 shops burnt in Lagos pipeline fire

63 vehicles, 98 shops burnt in Lagos pipeline fire

2018-12-20 03:19:38

Properties worth several millions of naira were destroyed in the Abule Egba area of Lagos State on Wednesday as fire from a petroleum products pipeline ravaged the area. It was gathered that the affected streets were Arowolo, Shobowale, Iyalode Abule-Egba, Taiwo Adewole, Adepegba, Wamon Taofeek, Santos and Owode. It was learnt that the explosion was as a result of the activities of suspected petroleum products’ thieves from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation’s pipeline in the Arowolo area. When our correspondents visited the site, a total of 63 vehicles, 98 shops, four tricycles, six houses and one church were counted to… continue reading


FG withdraws $1.6bn in three weeks, shrinks ECA to $631m

FG withdraws $1.6bn in three weeks, shrinks ECA to $631m

2018-12-20 03:09:19

Between November 25 and December 19, the amount in the Excess Crude Account declined by about $1.68bn, statistics obtained from the Federation Account Allocation Committee have revealed. As of November 25 when the FAAC committee meeting was held to allocate revenue for that month, the balance in the ECA was put at $2.319bn. However, at the resumed meeting on Wednesday at the headquarters of the ministry of finance, the balance, according to the Permanent Secretary in ministry, Mahmoud Dutse, had dropped to $631m. Dutse, who briefed journalists shortly after the meeting, said withdrawals were made by the Federal Government from… continue reading


Drama, protests as Buhari presents 2019 budget to National Assembly

Drama, protests as Buhari presents 2019 budget to National Assembly

2018-12-20 03:05:32

The clash between members of the ruling All Progressives Congress and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party in the National Assembly marred President Muhammadu Buhari’s presentation of the 2019 Appropriation Bill on Wednesday. Efforts to persuade the PDP lawmakers, especially those in the House of Representatives, not to disrupt the presentation ceremony earlier before the President’s arrival proved abortive. Before Buhari’s arrival, news filtered in that opposition members in the House of Representatives were prepared to stage a protest against the President. Shortly after the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara, said the opening prayers, the Deputy Speaker, Lasun Yusuf; and Majority Leader,… continue reading


Ex-Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh, murdered

Ex-Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh, murdered

2018-12-19 04:00:27

A former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (retd.), has been killed. It was gathered that the retired military officer was killed on the Abuja-Keffi Expressway on his way back from his farm. He was said to have been shot along with his driver on Tuesday. Until his death, he was standing trial for alleged diversion of funds meant for arms purchase. The Director of Public Relations and Information of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, confirmed the incident in a statement. “It is with a heavy heart that I regretfully announce the unfortunate demise… continue reading


76th birthday: Go back to Daura and rest, PDP tells Buhari

76th birthday: Go back to Daura and rest, PDP tells Buhari

2018-12-18 04:20:32

The Peoples Democratic Party on Monday advised President Muhammadu Buhari to return to his house in Daura and take a deserved rest. Responding to Buhari’s plea for more time to fix the nation, the PDP said the job of returning the country to the path of glory would not be given to a man who had been asked to always sleep and rest. The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, told one of our correspondents that the President should return to his house in Daura, Katsina State, where he said he (President Buhari) should take a deserved… continue reading


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