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Kogi West: Court declines to stop Melaye’s recall, orders INEC to start verification

By Ikechukwu NnochiriABUJA – The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, on Monday, gave the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the nod to resume process for the recall of Senator Dino Melaye. Justice Nnamdi Dimgba dismissed as lacking in merit, Melaye’s contention that the petition his constituents presented to INEC for his recall, was illegal, unlawful, wrongful, unconstitutional, invalid, null and of no effect in law. The court held that Melaye’s allegation that the petition was signed by fictitious, dead and none existing persons in his senatorial district, was “hasty and premature”. Dino Malaye Justice Dimgba stressed that the embattled lawmaker could only prove that signatures behind the petition were bogus, after they must have been duly verified...

Grace Mugabe denies allegation, says ‘she attacked me with knife’

Zimbabwe’s First Lady, Grace Mugabe, has denied assaulting South African model Gabriella Engels with an electric cable in a Johannesburg hotel suite last month. Grace Mugabe She said, “an intoxicated and unhinged” Engels attacked her with a knife.” In a previously unreported Aug. 17 deposition seen by Reuters, Mugabe countered 20-year-old Engels’ version, portraying herself as the victim after intervening on behalf of her adult sons Chatunga and Robert Junior, who were “in trouble with a drunken young woman”. The statement said Grace Mugabe, 52, and a contender to replace her 93-year-old husband as Zimbabwe’s president, was thinking about filing attempted murder charges. According to Engels, an irate Mugabe burst into the room where she was waiting with two friends to ...

Usain Bolt mulls Mayweather-style comeback

He’s the fastest man in the world who hung up his spikes last month, but Usain Bolt has no plans to come out of retirement unless it’s guaranteed to be as big as an ordeal as Floyd Mayweather’s recent comeback to defend his title against Conor McGregor. Floyd Mayweather and Conor Mcgregor Speaking to Fairfax Media from Sydney, where he is spending time as ambassador of Optus, the eight-time Olympic gold medallist said that although he is enjoying putting his feet up, he could be coaxed back on the track. Sprint champion Usain Bolt opened up about his next career move at a charity event in Japan. “It’s not on the cards right now … I just want to be a bum and I have sponsorship work to do … but you never know, if a big bout comes up, you never know where I might show up,...

Judge Rules ‘We Shall Overcome’ Verse Not Under Valid Copyright

“We Shall Overcome,” the iconic anthem of the civil rights movement, has itself overcome copyright control. On Friday, a New York federal judge partially granted summary judgment to those seeking to free it from the grips of a publisher. The lawsuit against Richmond Organization and Ludlow Music came in April 2016 from the same legal team at Wolf Haldenstein who previously got Warner/Chappell to back off from ownership claims over “Happy Birthday to You.” In the complaint, the plaintiffs — which would later include the producers of Lee Daniels’ The Butler — alleged that the song emanated from an old African-American spiritual before being picked up by folk singer Pete Seeger and others in the 1940s labor protest movement. They contended that “We Shall Ov...

Python Dance II: Chidoka Campaign assembles lawyers, activists to check rights violations

By Anthony Ogbonna Following the Nigerian army’s deployment of troops for its operation in the South-East states, code-named “Exercise Egwu Eke II” (Python Dance II) and yesterday’s invasion of the home of the Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu by some uniformed men  that led to many Biafran supporters sustaining gun-shot injuries, the Osita Chidoka Campaign Organization has said that it has commenced the assemblage of lawyers and activists to check rights violations by the army in the region. Chief Osita Chidoka Chief Chidoka’s campaign also condemned what it termed the deliberate act of provocation, harassment or infringement on the constitutionally guaranteed rights of the people of south-east as well as the seeming force and intention...

2017 WAFU: Ugbade says Nigeria to dominate West Africa

The 1985 Golden Eaglets Captain, Nduka Ugbade, on Monday expressed confidence in the ability of the CHAN Super Eagles to conquer its opponents in the ongoing West Africa Football Union (WAFU) Cup. Nduka Ugbade Ugbade expressed the confidence in an interview in Abuja while speaking on the expectations from the team. He said that the Super Eagles performance in the match against Cameroon both in Nigeria and Cameroon was enough boost for the team. “Defeating Cameroon in Nigeria 4-0 and drawing them 1-1 in Yaoundé is enough boost for the team, it shows the team is good. “Again, such a feat is capable of putting fear in any of the teams in West Africa because everyone knows the strength of Cameroon in football,’’ Ugbade said. The former captain turned coach urged the home-b...

Bilic offers Sakho another lifeline at West Ham

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic is prepared to offer Senegal international Diafra Sakho another chance to resurrect his career if the striker could move on from his failed transfer move to French side Stade Rennes. Sakho-Bilic Sakho, who flew to Rennes and underwent a medical, was forced to return to West Ham on the final day of the transfer window after the two clubs failed to agree on a fee. The 27-year-old Senegal international is available for Monday’s Premier league visit of Huddersfield Town as Bilic hopes to avoid a fourth straight defeat. “The fact is he (Sakho) wanted to go there. He did a medical but the club decided not to sell him and he’s back,” Bilic told reporters. “He looks good in training. Hopefully, he is going to stay like that for a long time ...

Breaking: Customs  uncovers 1,100 weapons

Customs officer, clerk arrested By Evelyn Usman Operatives of the Tin-Can Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service,NIS  have smashed a syndicate that specialised in smuggling weapons into the country,  discovering 1,100  pump action riffles loaded  in a 20 foot container. The weapons discovered  to have bring brought from Turkey, were concealed inside a container which Bill of Laden indicated it was conveying wash hand basins. Briefing newsmen Mond Photos: Customs seizes container of 49 boxes containing 661 Ak 47 rifles in Lagos ay on the seizure,  Controller General of Customs, Col. Ahmeed Alli , disclosed that already a Customs officer suspected to have cut the seal of the container without following due process, as well as a clerk  at the command had been arres...

Crystal Palace sack manager Frank de Boer

Crystal Palace on Monday sacked manager Frank de Boer after a dismal start to the Premier League season in which they have lost all four of their matches without scoring a single goal. Crystal Palace’s Dutch manager Frank de Boer applauds the fans at full-time of the English Premier League football match between Burnley and Crystal Palace at Turf Moor in Burnley, north west England on September 10, 2017. / AFP PHOTO “Crystal Palace Football Club have this morning parted company with Frank de Boer,” said a statement on the club’s website. “We would like to thank Frank for his dedication and hard work during his time at the club. “A new manager will be appointed in due course and we wish Frank the very best of luck for the future.” The south London club have been strongl...

Nigerians’ heart attack and Buhari’s improved economy

By Oludayo Tade “My Stomach is with me. When I am full I know”- 9ce THERE is a big error of fact in what President Muhammadu Buhari was quoted to have said after meeting with some of his Ministers who briefed him on the state of the economy after his returned from the UK. After listening to them, the President expressed happiness about the  improved the state of economy. I wonder if it is the same  Nigerian economy  they spoke about because from the shoe wearers’ perspective, the economy of Nigeria has made people mad, creates boredom, makes the previously powerful powerless, the respected to lose respect and the cheerful very angry and deadly. Nigeria’s economy has brought out the beast in many people. In this piece, I employ interpretive analysis of the Abolore Adigu...

Grade ‘A’ university cut-off marks: OAU, UNN 41 others lead with 180-200 – Investigations

…Bauchi University, 166 Tertiary Institutions in Grade ‘C’ with Lowest cut-off of 100-145 The Obafemi Awolowo University(OAU) Ile-Ife in Osun state, South West Nigeria and the University of Nigeria(UNN) Nsukka, South East Nigeria, with forty-one (41) other prominent universities owned by the Federal, State and Private individuals and organizations have minimum cut-off marks of between 180-200 for admissions into their respective institutions, the Economic Confidential can report authoritatively. Cut-off points In a painstaking search and carefully computed data from Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), the National Universities Commission, various tertiary institutions in Nigeria, the computations of the Economic Confidential indicate that these higher inst...

Is Nigeria out of recession?

By Henry Boyo The ‘National Bureau of Statistics’ latest overview of National Productivity between April-June 2017, has revealed that, the steady decline in output of goods and services, which began in March 2016, has now been thankfully reversed by June 2017. Indeed, total output of goods and services, in the preceding decade before 2016, recorded positive annual growth rates which fluctuated between 3-6%. Recession Unfortunately, however, the crash in crude oil prices, in recent years, significantly reduced revenue and therefore impacted negatively on consumer demand and Nigeria’s capacity to produce. Consequently, by March 2016, for the first time in 25 years, gross production and output, invariably began to actually contract rather than grow. Ultimately, the negati...