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With Coachella In the Rear View Mirror, Stacy Vee and Goldenvoice Prep for Stagecoach

Florida Georgia Line, Garth Brooks and Guy Fieri set to fire up West Coast’s first county fest of 2018. Many music festival fans cut their teeth attending their first Coachella, but one hasn’t truly graduated onto the festival scene until they’ve rocked a pair of cowboy boots and a ten-gallon hat at the laid-back, yet always loud Stagecoach festival near Palms Springs. Attending this weekend’s country-centric music festival produced my Goldenvoice means sitting through two weekends of news and highlights about Beyonce, guest collaborations and even Yodel Kid, but it’s all worth it come Friday (April 27) when a small army of campers, pickup trucks and the occasional Prius pull up to the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California for what is a decidedly less packed a...

Just in: Arrested Dino Melaye, released

By Nwafor Sunday Senator Dino Melaye who was arrested on Monday by the Nigerian Immigration, (NIS) at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja has been released. Sen. Dino Melaye Reacll that Dino was arrested on his way to Morocco for an official engagement sponsored by the Federal Government. Bases for his arrest was not revealed, but newsmen recalled that Police had declared him wanted following the arrest of suspected political thugs who implicated him in Kogi. However, Senator Shehu Sani made it known to newsmen that the vibrant and eloquent Senator Melaye is back. Sani’s words, “Dino is back home”.

‘Nigeria not a beggarly country’ – Consul-General

Nigeria is not a beggarly country but an important stakeholder on the international stage, Mr Kayode Laro, the Nigeria’s Consul-General in Atlanta said. Laro said this following the recognition of some Nigerians in the U.S. who were recognised for contributing to strengthening healthcare in Nigeria. The awardees were Dr Ezekiel Macham of Zumunta Association, Emelia Orubele of Nigerian Chamber of Commerce, and Dr Segun Ajayi of Hospitals for Humanity. The others were Ms Vivian Shaku of House of Globalisation and Dr Charmaine Emelife of Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas. They were recognised by MedShare, a U.S.-based non-profit organisation that had donated more than 40 million dollars worth of new medical supplies and biomedical equipment to strengthen ...

Breaking: Dino Melaye arrested on his way to Morocco

CHAIRMAN, Senate Committee on the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Senator Dino Melaye , APC, Kogi West has just been arrested by the Police at the International wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport. Senator Dino Melaye was picked at the airport on his way to Morocco for an official engagement sponsored by the Federal Government after checking in. When Vanguard contacted his Senior Legislative Aide, Samuel Melaye, he said, ” Iam on my way to the Airport now, I cannot say anything now, but I will get back to you.” The Senator representing Kogi West said on his Twitter handle that he has just been arrested at the Abuja international airport. I have just been arrested at the international wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe airport on my way to Morocco for an official engagement spon...

Militants withdraw ultimatum to Buhari on Boroh’s recall

By Emma Amaize WARRI—THE Reformed Niger Delta Avengers, RNDA, and a coalition of nine militant groups in the Niger Delta have withdrawn the four-week ultimatum they gave President Muhammadu Buhari to reinstate the sacked Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brigadier General Paul Boroh (retd) or risk fresh attacks on oil installations. Militants vs Buhari In a communiqué by RNDA leader, ‘General’ Johnmark Ezon-Ebi, after a meeting at Bini River, Egbema Creek, Delta State, the militants declared support for the Federal Government’s programme to deal with the underdevelopment challenges facing the region and urged other militants to act likewise. The communiqué read: “The Reformed Niger Delta Avengers, RNDA, in coalition with nine militant groups, have with...

Brothers murder sibling ‘for using witchcraft to ruin their lives’ in A-Ibom

By Chioma Onuegbu Uyo—Two brothers, Akaninyene and Ime Enyeokpon, who allegedly conspired to murder one of their brothers, Friday Enyeokpon, over witchcraft allegation, have been arrested by the Akwa Ibom State Police Command. The deceased, who is the second son of the family, was said to have gone to the bush to check his traps when he was killed by his brothers. The state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr. Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi, said the suspects, after beheading their brother, buried his head in the sand and abandoned his lifeless body in the bush. Ogunjemilusi, who spoke through the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Odiko MacDon, added that the suspects have confessed to committing the crime, although they maintained that their brother used his witchcraft to manipulat...

Nigeria renews fight against malaria with $300m commitment

…UK pledges N25.7b assistance, New Commonwealth Nations initiative to prevent 350m cases, save 650,000 lives annually By Sola Ogundipe, Chioma Obinna & Gabriel Olawale AS the world marks this year’s World Malaria Day, Nigeria has renewed its efforts by committing to raise  malaria up the national priority list, including securing $300 million in new financing from the World Bank, Islamic Development Bank and African Development Bank to help finance its  national malaria strategy. This is coming on the heels of the Commonwealth Health Ministers’ launch of the Commonwealth Nations Initiative at the Malaria Summit London 2018, to curb malaria by half by 2023. Mosquito Nigeria also pledged an additional $18.7million to leverage $37million from the Global Fund to distri...

Suicide bombers, gunmen, herdsmen kill 17 in Borno, Kogi, Benue

By Ndahi Marama, Peter Duru & Boluwaji Obahopo No fewer than 16 persons were, yesterday, killed in Bama, Borno State, and Kpanche in Bassa Local Government Area of Kogi State. While four persons were killed in suicide bombing on a mosque in Bama, including the two suicide bombers, with 10 others sustaining injuries, 12 were slaughtered at Kpanche in inter-communal conflicts. In the Bama attack, two suicide bombers, male and female, aged about 14, invaded a mosque around Bama Dina area of Shehuri /Mairi/ Hausari ward of Bama Local Government Area of Borno State. This photo taken on April 22, 2018 in Bama, Borno State, northeastern Nigeria, shows stretcher covered in the blood of victims following twin suicide blasts inside of a mosque.Two suicide bombers killed thre...

Edo South suffering from poor education — Obaseki

By Simon Ebegbulem BENIN-CITY—GOVERNOR Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has lamented that Edo South senatorial district of the state has remained educationally disadvantaged due to the low quality of education offered and dilapidated structures in tertiary institutions in the area. Godwin Obaseki The governor who hails from the district occupied by the Benin people, reiterated his commitment towards improving the standards and structures in tertiary institutions run by the state both in Edo South and other parts of the state. Obaseki disclosed this when he received members of the Committee of Benin Elders, who paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House in Benin City. He said: “We are making efforts to revamp the existing structures at the colleges and universities ow...

Ighalo: I’m working to have perfect finish

Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo said he was working to have a perfect finish to his game after he scored four goals in his club, Changchun Yatai’s 5-2 away win at Guizhou Hengfeng. Ighalo Ighalo is one of the players Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr is counting on to deliver for the national team at the FIFA 2018 World Cup tournament in Russia.  “I have not been lucky in front of goal but today God gave me all the ones that haven’t been entering since the start of the season at once,” Ighalo said. “I am happy and I have been working hard to perfect finishing in front of goal. “And it was a good performance from the team too.” Ighalo now has five goals for Changchun Yatai from seven games.

Private varsities too need TETFund grant – Ibiyemi, Achievers Varsity VC

Dayo Johnson,  Akure PRIVATE universities across the country have called on the Federal Government to extend  TETFund research and development grant to them. Vice Chancellor of Achievers University, Owo, Ondo State, Professor Samuel lbiyemi, said that limiting the grant to public universities was unfair. lbiyemi who said that private universitiea are unanimous in the clamour noted that private enterprise is synonmous with industry. Speaking during the 7th convocation ceremony of the Achievers University, lbiyemi pointed out: “lf there is a university cayegory fo be disadvantaged in access, definitely it should not be private universities. “ Researches are conducted to solve problems of humanity.   Hence it should not matter the source and platform of solution”. Ibiyemi...

UK to give Nigeria £1m to fight insurgency war

The United Kingdom has promised to provide kits on counter improvised explosive device (IED) worth one million pounds to boost the fight against insurgency. Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali The United Kingdom’s Minister of Armed Forces, Mark Lancaster, revealed this when he met with Nigeria’s Defence Minister, Mansur Dan-Ali, in London on the sidelines of the concluded Commonwealth meeting. The gift is part of the collaboration between the two nations to combat terrorism. “It’s in both the UK and Nigeria’s interest that we tackle the issue of terrorism in Nigeria,” Lancaster said. Both men are hopeful that the kit would be helpful in foiling bomb attack by Boko Haram on innocent Nigerians. The Defence Minister said talks were held about terrorism, training of the Ni...