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Rohr says Super Eagles’ clash with Zambia will be good to behold

Uyo – Super Eagles’ Chief Coach Gernot Rohr says his team’s clash with the Chipolopolo of Zambia in Uyo on Saturday will be a good game to behold. Gernot Rohr Rohr, while speaking on Thursday in Uyo at a pre-match press conference, said the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier would be tough because it is a decisive game for his team. “It is going to be a decisive match as the two teams play very good football, though with different styles. “They have a team with lots of young people, who are quick strikers. But the style of play with Cameroon is a reference point for us,” Rohr said. The Eagles coach however said the match would be more difficult than the Sept. 1 match with Cameroon at the same venue in Uyo, which his team won 4-0. He also said the Chipolopolo team had change...

Lagos bye-election: INEC presents certificate of return to winner

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday presented certificate of return to Mr Noheem Adams, winner of Sept. 30 Eti-Osa Constituency I bye-election in Lagos State. Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Adams is of the All Progressives Congress. The state Resident Electoral Commissioner of INEC, Mr Sam Olumekun, who presented the certificate, pledged that the commission would continue to strive for credible elections. Olumekun said: “We are presenting to the honourable member-designate the certificate with which he will be admitted to the Lagos State House of Assembly.’’ He congratulated Adams for his victory, saying that the bye-election was transparent. “It has been adjudged to be transparent, fr...

What Happens When Music Vanishes From Schools? Enter Donick Cary’s MUSACK Charity

“When you’re a teenager, music can feel like your only outlet,” says Hollywood executive Donick Cary, speaking while he prepares for his MUSACK organization’s seventh annual Rock n’ Roll Carnival on Oct. 7. And that’s a reality that is close to Cary’s heart. In 2008, the writer/producer, who has worked on television shows such as The Simpsons, Parks & Recreation and Silicon Valley throughout his career, launched MUSACK as a charity focused on providing musical instruments, scholarships and support to underprivileged students. This week, MUSACK’s annual event — a “mini-Coachella benefit concert,” as Cary calls it, that takes place in his “sprawling” Hancock Park, Los Angeles back yard — will feature rock...

Senate probes IGP over alleged corruption, nepotism, diversion of funds

By Henry Umoru ABUJA— THE Senate, yesterday, set up an eight-member Adhoc Committee to investigate allegations of corruption, nepotism, and misuse of office levelled against the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, by Senator Isah Misau (APC, Bauchi Central). The committee, chaired by Deputy Chief Whip, Senator Francis Alimikhena (APC, Edo North), has as members Senators Joshua Lidani (PDP, Gombe South); Binta Masi Garba (APC, Adamawa North); Suleiman Hunkuyi (APC, Kaduna North); and Nelson Effiong (APC, Akwa Ibom South). IGP Idris K. Ibrahim, Others are Obinna Ogba (Ebonyi Central); Duro Faseyi (PDP, Ekiti); and Abdulaziz Murtala Nyako, The committee is also to investigate the IGP on alleged misappropriation of funds, illegal promotion, posting of senior off...

Reps ask FG to punish NERDC, Education Ministry, JAMB, NECO bosses

By Levinus Nwabughiogu ABUJA – THE House of Representatives, yesterday, called on the Federal Government to sanction staff of Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council, NERDC and Federal Ministry of Education for the recommendation and circulation of “inappropriate” books for use by Junior and Senior Secondary Schools in Nigeria. Also included in the sanction’s call are the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, and National Examination Council, NECO. House of Representatives The House also urged the Federal Ministry of Education and NERDC to immediately withdraw the books from their curriculum and called on the Federal Ministry of Education to carry out a comprehensive review of existing books recommended for use in secondary schools, with a view ...

2019: INEC frowns at violations of Electoral Act

By Omeiza Ajayi ABUJA— Ahead of the  2019 general elections, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has berated political parties in the country for their flagrant violations of the Electoral Act,  especially with regard to financing as well as establishment of offices and constitution of their National Executive Committee, NEC. Chairman of the commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, stated this, yesterday, in Abuja at the Quarterly Consultative meeting with leadership of the country’s 46 registered political parties. INEC He said:  “We have 46 registered political parties but we have 108 applications from associations for registration as political parties. Seventeen of these associations have gone very far with the process. “We want to assure all those who submitt...

Nigeria not in hurry to bring Diezani home for trial —AGF

By Johnbosco Agbakwuru ABUJA—THE Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, yesterday, said the Federal Government was not in a hurry to seek the repatriation of former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke, to face trial at home. Abubakar Malami (SAN) . Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan The minister said Nigeria had understanding with some foreign countries, including the United Kingdom, UK, on the recovery of stolen funds, adding that the British government was already handling corruption allegations concerning Nigerians residing in UK. Malami made the disclosure while fielding questions from State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting in, Abuja. Asked the position of government ...

Obi not truly supporting Obaze, his mission is to stop Obiano’s re-election – Obigwe

By Nwafor Sunday The National Coordinator APGA media warriors Forum, Evang Chinedu Obigwe, Thursday alleged that Ex-governor Peter Obi’s mission was to ruin Governor Willie Obiano’s re-election and continuity programme in Anambra state, which was as a result of Obiano’s refusal to be used as a political stooge, noting also that Obi’s support for Oseloka Obaze was not genuine. Chief Willie Obiano “Peter Obi is not genuinely supporting Oseloka Obaze, he is only determined to play spoiler role to stop Governor Obiano’s re-election because of the Governor’s refusal to be doing his bidding as a political stooge”, he said. In a statement issued, Obigwe stated categorically that Obi is on a devilish mission of using his political stooge, Oseloka Obaze to take the people of An...

Resume or Resign protest: Charly Boy sues FCT Police N500m over  harassment

By Luminous Jannamike ABUJA —Activist musician and entertainer, Charles Oputa, also known as Charly Boy, yesterday, dragged Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Police Command before the FCT High Court, Maitama, Abuja, over the alleged attack he faced alongside other Resume or Resign protesters on  August 8, 2017. Joined as respondent in the motion filed by his lawyer, Inibehe Effiong, is the FCT Police Commissioner. ‘Resume or Resign’ and ‘Our Mumu don do,’ leaders, Deji Adeyanju & Charly Boy In the fundamental rights enforcement suit, with reference number FCT/HC/CV/3037/2017, dated October 4, 2017, Charly Boy is praying the court to determine “whether the use of teargas canisters, water cannon and wild police dogs by the agents and officers of the respondent to attac...

Breaking: Reps in rowdy session as 2 PDP members defect

…PDP members kick insisting their seats should be declared vacantBy Emman OvuakporieABUJA-THERE was a 20minute rowdy session on Wednesday on the floor of the House of the Representatives as two members defected to to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC. The two lawmakers, Rep Ahmed Tijani of Kogi state and Zaphaniah Jisalo of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, had their defection letters read by the presiding officer, Yakubu Dogara. Trouble however started when the acting leader of the opposition, Rep Yakubu Barde stood up to challenge the defection of his party members. Dogara while reading the letters of defection noted that internal crisis in the state chapters of the PDP was cited by the defecting lawmakers as reasons for their decision to defect. Barde who ...

World Cup Qualifier: Pinnick wants Super Eagles to be calm, clinical

Ilorin – The President, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has urged the Super Eagles to be calm but clinical in Saturday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against the Chipolopolo of Zambia. Pinnick Pinnick, who gave the advise in a statement by NFF’s Spokesperson, Ademola Olajire on Thursday in Abuja, said the tendency was for teams to get uptight and tensed for this kind of match. “I have spoken to them that the approach should be to take full control from the beginning and take the chances that come without being too anxious. “We defeated the African champions, Cameroon, by maintaining focus and with the team imposing its game and taking the chances that came their way. “That should be the approach for Saturday’s encounter with the Chipolopolo of Zambia...

NIS Job Scam: How N675m raised from applicants was shared – Witness

…as court adjourns Moro’s trial till Nov 7 By Ikechukwu Nnochiri ABUJA – Trial of a former Minister of Interior, Mr. Abba Moro, resumed before the Federal High Court in Abuja yesterday, with a prosecution witness, Mr. Augustine Ugorji, revealing how over N676million that was realised from the 2014 National Immigration Service, NIS, job recruitment exercise that led to the death of no fewer than 20 persons across the country, was shared. Abba Moro Each of the applicants that participated in the ill-fated NIS job recruitment exercise paid N1000 to procure an online registration form. Specifically, EFCC in the charhe before the court, alleged that the former Minister, Moro, connived with two other government officials and defrauded 676,675 Nigerian applicants of N676, 675...