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N650M Abuja Guest House: My story, by Sultan Abubakar 111

•A Sallah to remember in the Sultanate By Bashir Adefaka Celebrating Sallah, particularly the just concluded Eid-ul-Adha, with the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, and Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, could be fun. Durbar was the Sallah extra! The occasion was spiced by a troupe sent by the Oba Ewuare 11 of Benin which performed to the admiration of the Sultan and his guests. Those in attendance watched the Benin troupe on one side just as they concurrently kept eyes on the colourful Durbar staged by scores of camel and horse riders, princes and districts’ heads. •Sultan arrives Eid Some white men also chose to be Sallah guests of the Sultan, the man who is revered for his capacity as the most influential monarch in Nigeria, the fourth in Africa and...

Army warns Boko Haram sympathisers

…Condemns Shiites’ letter to US Government…Frowns at calls for Buratai’s resignation By Kingsley Omonobi, Abuja The Nigerian Army,  on Saturday,  expressed misgivings over attempts by those it referred to as Boko Haram sympathizers to denigrate its patriotic efforts at decimating the terrorists, checkmating their murderous exploits and clearing them out of the North East. The Army said, the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (Shiites Islamic Group) wrote to the United States Government, criticizing it for planning to sell Super Tucano Aircraft to Nigerian Airforce, saying the US should rescind the decision as the military would use them to perpetrate atrocities against the innocent. Army In another instance, the Army said it was unreasonable for people to call for the resigna...

Review IT curriculum in universities to address industry needs, IT professionals insist

There appears to be fresh worry among the Nigerian IT Professional as a result of obsolete Information Technology curriculum in the Nigerian universities. From left:  Deputy President, Nigeria Computer Society, NCS, Mrs.Veronica Ola  Owolabi; President, Nigeria Computer Society, Prof. Adesola  Aderounmu; Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu; and former  President, NCS, Mr. Tunde Ezichi, during the 13th International Conference of NCS held recently in Abuja. At the just concluded 2017 international conference organised by the Nigerian Computer Society, NCS, how best to review current IT curriculum dominated discussion. For majority of the speakers at the annual forum, unless Information Technology, IT, curriculum       in the tertiary institutions was reviewed...

Attack on Catholic priests: Churches beef up security

By Evelyn Usman Security has been beefed up in Catholic churches in Lagos and the eastern part of the country, following the abduction of priests by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers. In one week, attempts had been made on two Catholic priests by kidnappers. The first was that on Rev. Fr. Cyriacus Onunkwo of Umuotuasi Village, Osina in Ideato North Local Government Area of Imo State , last week. Nigerian police He did not survive the attempt unlike his counterpart at St Thomas Catholic Church, Onilekere area of Lagos, Rev Fr Daniel Nwankwo, who is receiving treatment in hospital. Four armed men operating in a Toyota Avalon car, intercepted the former who was driving in his grey coloured Toyota Corrolla car with plate number IMO KED 290 AA, at Banana Junction, Orlu. The...

I can date a guy who’s not good in bed — Pearl Chidinma

By Ayo Onikoyi Petrochemical engineer turned fashion stylist, Pearl Chidinma Ogbulu  has probably thrown a punch most women wouldn’t dare by coming out to say she has never dated a guy that is good enough in bed. In a one-on-one interview with Broadway TV, duly broadcast on YouTube, the award-winning stylist bared her mind on several intimate issues involving love, sex, marriage, money, power and sexuality. When the 2017 Face of Candid City Stylist of Year award winner was asked if she could settle down with a man who is not good in bed,  she brusquely replied, “ I have never dated a guy that is good enough in bed”, adding that sex in a marriage is something a woman can manage to work for her by making the husband to be as good as what she can live with. Pearl Chidinma...

Why I’m called ‘Bad Machine’ — Lilian Larkai

By Ayo Onikoyi Ghanaian super sexy actress, Lilian Larkai is so beautiful it is so hard to find faults in her. Her manners, her disposition and relations with people are simply impeccable. She’s like a rose that gives off only sweet fragrance that attracts a megaton of electricity. But like all roses there seems to be a thorn lurking ominously somewhere in her. Or how else would such blissfully captivating beauty tag herself “Bad Machine”. She’ s not the type that twerks or slams her sexuality on the faces of people. She would rather take you on a lesson of life, serving different recipes on how to handle life’s many challenges. Her wall is replete with plethora of motivation messages. Lilian Larkai So, what could be the bad gene in a persona so filled with beauty? Pot...

Police end Kogi robbery kingpin’s terror reign

…His exploits: 6 policemen, 18 worshippers, monarch killed By Kingsley Omonobi, Abuja Kidnapping and armed robbery kingpin, Lukman Issah, aka Commander, who hailed from Obeiba – Ihima area of Okehi Local Government Area of Kogi State, enjoyed a long spell of criminal reign from  2001 when he was first picked up on crime radar till September 3, 2017, when he met his waterloo. He was killed in a shootout with operatives of the Kogi State Police Command. Police authorities confirmed that while he held sway in the crime world, Lukman left many deaths, robberies and arsons on his trail. Policemen, soldiers and even prison officers posted to the state as well as other innocent Nigerians met their untimely death in the hands of Lukman and his gang. For his notorious criminal ...

2019: Only health status can stop Buhari —Amosun

…says Alhassan should have resigned By Daud Olatunji, Abeokuta Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunla Amosun, yesterday, said only health status can stop President Muhammadu Buhari from seeking re-election in 2019. Amosun noted that without the Buhari administration, Nigeria would have gone into extinction. He spoke to newsmen in Abeokuta on the sidelines of a Book Launch and Scholarship Scheme in commemoration of the first anniversary of the death of the educationist, Chief Lamidi Sofenwa. •Amosun: Ogun governor The programme was jointly organised by the Egba Science Education Foundation, Abeokuta Club, Ogun State Cricket Foundation, Old Student Associations Comprehensive High School, Ayetoro and Methodist Boys High School, Lagos. Amosun berated the Minister of Women A...

Edna Ocholi: flying the cultural flag of Gbagyi

Miss Edna Ocholi is promoting the Gbagyi cultural outfit at the 2017 African Arts & Craft Expo. Gbagyi or Gbari is the name and the language of Gbari ethnic group occupying Central Nigeria. It has a population of about 15 million people. Edna Ocholi(r) with a friend. Photo by OSA AMADI. People of the ethnic group speak two dialects. The Hausa Fulani and Europeans during pre-colonial Nigeria called them Gwari, but the people prefer to be known as Gbagyi. They live in the Niger, Kaduna States and the Federal Capital Territory. They are also found in Nasarawa and Kogi States in central Nigeria Area. Gbagyi is the most populated ethnic and indigenous group in the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria and their major occupation is farming. The Gbagyi were the largest amo...

Stephens beats Keys to win first US Open

American Sloane Stephens beat compatriot and friend Madison Keys in two straight sets  6-3 6-0 to win the US Open trophy on Saturday. It was her first Grand Slam trophy. En route the final, the 24 year-old  had beaten Venus Williams in the semi finals. Playing with much composure than her friend on Saturday , and committing fewer errors, she  broke Keys’ serve to go up 3-2 in the first set. She was unstoppable thereafter, closing the set 6-3. Stephens and Madison Keys: for friendship In the second set, she held serve and went ahead to break Keys twice to register a 4-0 lead. She held serve again for a 5-0 lead and clinched the championship on her Opponent’s serve. Both friends ran to the net for a bear hug after the match, with the champion consoling  her defeated frie...

AHEAD OF ANAMBRA ELECTION: I will build on the savings Obi made for Anambra —Obaze

By Lekan bilesanmi Why are you contesting to be governor? It is borne out of my desire to serve my people. If your bid is successful, what would you do differently as governor? Oseloka Obaze If I become the governor, no matter how challenging the economic situation is, I will build on the savings Obi made for Anambra. I shall complete all projects abandoned in the state. We shall work on all sectors. We shall re-establish the partnership established by the Obi administration with the Church in various sectors. How do we explain how the state regressed from debt-free status in Obi’s tenure to huge indebtedness to banks and contractors? A study my team conducted reveals that with the current slide, the socio-economy of Anambra will collapse in barely a decade’s time. We ...

Facebook Offers Music Labels and Publishers ‘Hundreds of Millions’ in New Licensing Agreement, Report Says

Facebook looks to be entering the music business. The site is offering major record labels and music publishers “hundreds of millions of dollars” so its users can legally include copyrighted music in videos they upload to the platform, according to Bloomberg. It’s no secret that Facebook has been a strong advocate of video for some time, not-so-subtly incentivizing traditional media outlets to join the video marketplace. Already a major force behind certain sites’ now-routine “pivot to video,” the tech giant has continued to benefit from its relationships with advertisers, whose viewership metrics appear significantly higher for video content, at least according to reports from the platform itself. Facebook is already one of the biggest advertisers in th...