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Buhari arrives in UK, returns to Nigeria Monday

Buhari arrives in UK, returns to Nigeria Monday

2017-09-22 10:03:52

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, says President Muhammadu Buhari will spend only four days in London after which he will return to Nigeria. Adesina, however, did not state the reason for Buhari’s visit. Responding to an inquiry via a text message, the President’s spokesman said, “We just landed in London. The President is in transit; to be back in Nigeria on Monday.” The President had departed New York for London after attending the United Nations General Assembly. The Presidency had said last week that Buhari would be making a stopover at London… continue reading


Oil prices hit $57 as OPEC meets

Oil prices hit $57 as OPEC meets

2017-09-22 09:55:40

Oil prices were largely up yesterday as traders waited to see whether oil- producing countries set to meet in Vienna, Austria would extend production limits to reduce the global crude glut. The brent crude was trading at $56.29 dollars a barrel. U.S. crude was 50.64 dollars. Ministers from the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Russia and other producers will meet in Vienna today to consider extending an agreement to reduce output by about 1.8 million barrels per day (bpd). Many analysts expected them to extend the current deal that will last till March, but many also said prices at… continue reading


Osinbajo, Odigie-Oyegun, Sheriff meet at Villa

Osinbajo, Odigie-Oyegun, Sheriff meet at Villa

2017-09-22 09:41:54

Former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, yesterday held a closed-door meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun. The mission of the erstwhile governor of Borno State to the seat of power was unknown, as he avoided State House correspondents after the parley, which lasted for about two hours. Since his ouster by the Supreme Court a couple of months ago, he has not been seen in any PDP gatherings, heightening speculations that he might be gunning for the membership of the… continue reading


Kim hits back at Trump as US ramps up North Korea sanctions

Kim hits back at Trump as US ramps up North Korea sanctions

2017-09-22 09:32:47

The United States ramped up sanctions aimed at curtailing North Korea’s nuclear weapons drive Thursday, as Kim Jong-Un vowed that Donald Trump’s “deranged” threats would only toughen his resolve. The US president unveiled the new measures as he met with the leaders of allies Japan and South Korea, even as key international players China and Russia voiced unease with his more aggressive approach. Two days after threatening in his first address to the UN General Assembly to “totally destroy North Korea,” Trump signed an executive order to ban firms from operating in the United States if they deal with North… continue reading


Nigeria Beat Benin 1-0, Reach WAFU Nation Cup Final

Nigeria Beat Benin 1-0, Reach WAFU Nation Cup Final

2017-09-22 09:25:59

Nigeria on Thursday defeated Benin Republic 1-0 in the first semi final of the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations tournament at the Cape Coast Stadium, in Ghana. Midfielder Rabiu Ali was Eagles’ match-winner. A tailor made pass from Anthony Okpotu saw Ali who drove a grounder beyond the onrushing Benin Republic keeper Steve Glodjinon in the 10th minute of the match. The Squirrels tried to level matters but were left undone when Koukpo Marcellin was sent off for a second bookable offense three minutes after the half hour mark. Despite the red card, Benin Republic looked composed and tried to… continue reading


Northern elders back dialogue with Biafra agitators

Northern elders back dialogue with Biafra agitators

2017-09-22 08:30:08

Members of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) yesterday urged the Federal Government to dialogue with the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). The leader of the forum, Wantaregh Paul Unongo, made the call in Abuja after an emergency meeting. He said the dialogue was necessary to encourage other aggrieved groups in the country to explore peaceful means in resolving their differences with the authorities. While supporting the proscription of IPOB, the forum urged the authorities to adhere to the rule of law in the interest of peace, unity and stability of the country. Unongo also expressed support for the deployment of… continue reading


Customs seizes another 470 rifles imported from Turkey

Customs seizes another 470 rifles imported from Turkey

2017-09-22 08:27:01

The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Hameed Ali, yesterday announced the seizure of another 470 pump action rifles smuggled into the country through the Tin Can ports in Apapa, Lagos. Consequently, the NCS has placed all the nation’s gateways, including the seaports, land borders and airports, on red alert to checkmate the smuggling of arms and ammunition into the country. The latest seizure made it the fourth time customs officials intercepted smuggled pump action rifles now totaling 2,671 pieces. The NCS had in January seized 661 pieces of pump action rifles, which were found in 49 boxes. In… continue reading


Fashola faults call for cancellation of power sector privatisation

Fashola faults call for cancellation of power sector privatisation

2017-09-22 08:24:55

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has faulted the call for the cancellation of privatisation of power sector. Fashola said although he agreed that there were problems with privatization, four years was not enough to change what could not be done in 60 years in the electricity distribution sector. He spoke yesterday at the third edition of National Council on Power (NACOP) with the theme: “Complementing power sector reforms” in Jos. The minister said that stealing and vandalisation of electricity equipment were part of the challenges that Distribution Companies (DISCOs) were faced with. Instead of passing… continue reading


WAFU Cup of Nations: Eagles set up final showdown with Black Stars

WAFU Cup of Nations: Eagles set up final showdown with Black Stars

2017-09-22 08:22:23

The home-based Super Eagles yesterday zoomed into the final of the ongoing WAFU Cup of Nations taking place in Ghana by beating Benin Republic by a lone goal. The Nigerian team will meet Ghana, who defeated Niger Republic 2-0 in the second semifinal, in the final of the competition on Sunday. The Eagles took the lead in the 11th minute after beautiful counter-attacking football, which saw Anthony Okpotu play Rabiu Ali through on goal and he showed all the composure of a veteran to coolly slot past the keeper, 1-0. Nigeria almost doubled their lead on the half hour mark… continue reading


Kim says 'deranged' Trump shows need for nuclear programme

Kim says 'deranged' Trump shows need for nuclear programme

2017-09-22 08:20:36

Kim Jong-un has said remarks by "deranged" US President Donald Trump have convinced him he is right to develop weapons for North Korea. In an unprecedented personal statement, via state media, Mr Kim said Mr Trump would "pay dearly" for his recent speech to the UN. The US president said on Tuesday that if America was forced to defend itself it would "totally destroy" North Korea. Mr Trump also mockingly called Mr Kim a "rocket man" on a "suicide mission". The two countries have been engaging in increasingly heated rhetoric in recent months. North Korea has been testing missiles at… continue reading


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