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Lai Mohammed’s N500m libel suit against Metuh for trial, court rules

The N500 million libel suit filed by Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture against Mr. Olisa Metuh, a former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) spokesman, is set to proceed to trial at the Ikeja High Court. This followed the inability of the parties to reach an amicable settlement at the mediation court. Olisa Metuh of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye had on April 27, 2016 ordered Mohammed and Metuh to settle their dispute at the mediation court. “Now that pleadings have been closed, seven days from today, please head to Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Centre for mediation of this dispute,” Ipaye ruled. Confirming the development, a reliable source from the court’s registry told newsmen on Frida...

Borno: Boko Haram kills three Nigerian soldiers in army convoy’s ambush

At least three soldiers were killed when Boko Haram fighters ambushed a military convoy in northeast Nigeria, security and civilian sources told AFP on Thursday. Army vs Boko Haram terrorists The attack, which happened on Wednesday near the town of Damboa, on the edge of Boko Haram’s Sambisa Forest enclave in Borno state, is the second against the military within a week. Last Friday, one soldier was killed and nine others were wounded as the jihadists overran a military base in the town of Marte, near the shores of Lake Chad. They then fled with arms and ammunition. A senior military officer said the attack, which happened early on Wednesday, targeted a convoy travelling between Damboa and state capital Maiduguri. “We lost three soldiers in the ambush by Boko Haram ter...

Evans: Lagos amends charges

…Lagos CP leads armed policemen, soldiers to court By Abdulwahab Abdulah & Jane Echewedo Guilt-racked kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, a.k.a Evans, yesterday, made a U-turn as he entered a plea of ‘not guilty’ as he was re-arraigned on a two-count amended charge of conspiracy and kidnapping at an Ikeja High Court. The government had on August 30,2017 arraigned Evans alongside Uche Amadi, Ogechi Uchechukwu, Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi and Victor Aduba before Justice Hakeem Oshodi of an Ikeja High Court, where three of them pleaded guilty, except Uchechukwu, the only female defendant, Ifeanyi and Aduba who pleaded not guilty. The prosecution had accused Evans and his accomplices of committing the offence of conspiracy and kidnapping of one Duru Don...

Entitlements: Ex-Biafran police officers smile to bank

The Federal Government on Friday commenced the full payment of entitlements of retired war-affected police officers 47 years after the Nigerian Civil War. The war-affected police officers from the Old Eastern Region were pardoned and retired from the Nigeria Police Force through a Presidential Amnesty granted on May 29, 2000 by the administration of the then President Olusegun Obasanjo. Ex-Biafran Policemen with late Odumegwu Ojukwu Despite the Presidential pardon and verification of these officers, many of them remained unpaid for years; until President Muhammadu Buhari graciously gave approval for the payment of pension entitlements to these officers and their Next of Kins. Lunching the Pension Payments to Retired War-Affected Police Officers in Enugu, the Executive ...

I will send rumour mongers to jail – Amosun

By Daud OlatunjiAbeokuta – Ogun State governor, Senator,Ibikunle Amosun on Friday vowed to smoke out those purveying rumours and falsehoods against him, and ensure the are sent to jail. Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun The governor while speaking at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, during a Town Hall meeting of stakeholders for the 2018 Budget, veered off the prepared speech and ckeared the air on some speculations against him. The meeting was organized by the state’s Ministry of Budget and Planning for the purpose of collecting inputs of all stakeholders and build them into the preparation of the 2018 Executive Appropriation Bill, but Amosun used the avenue to clear air on rumours being circulated against him. The governor ...

Traffic controllers endorse Air Peace as Nigeria’s best airline

Air Peace’s winning streak continued unbroken on Thursday with the Nigerian Air Traffic Controllers’ Association (NATCA) endorsing the carrier as the “Best Domestic Airline of the Year 2016/2017”. The carrier had earlier emerged the “Best Domestic Airline of the Year 2016” at the maiden edition of TELL Awards for Excellence held in June this year. It also received Interswitch’s “Payment Innovation Driver, Aviation” award in September. Presenting the “Best Domestic Airline of the Year” award to Air Peace at the opening session of the 46th Annual General Meeting/Conference of NACTA in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State on Thursday, the group said the was honoured for transforming Nigeria’s aviation industry and giving hope to workers, investors and the flying public at a moment of eco...

We’re committed to making Nigeria an attractive place for business – Buhari at D-8 summit

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said his administration is committed to making Nigeria an attractive place for business. The president also urged D-8 leaders to prioritise incentives and measures aimed at increasing trade and investments among member-countries. President Buhari at the Presidential Palace Ankara Turkey for a Tete-a-Tete with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey on 19th Oct 2017 Buhari said this in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu in Abuja on Friday. The President spoke at the ongoing 9th summit of the D-8 in Istanbul, Turkey. Buhari said the private sector and business communities in the D-8 must be assisted with incentives to widen economic cooperation among Member-States. “As the D-8...

Breaking: Olu of Warri appoints Ayiri Ologbotseere of Warri kingdom

Uduaghan congratulates Ayiri, commends Olu of Warri By Egufe Yafugborhi WARRI – THE Olu of Warri, His Majesty Ogiame Ikenwole, has conferred on industrialist, Chief Ayiri Emami the coveted title of Ologbotsere (Prime Minister) of Warri kingdom. The Warri monarch bestowed the honour on Ayiri in a restricted ceremony where Chief Gabriel Awala and Chief Johnson were also conferred as Uwangwue and Iyasatsere of Warri respectively. His Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli, the Olu of Warri and Ayiri Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, among the earliest Itsekiri leaders to react to the development, praised the Warri monarch on the decision, praying God to grant Chief Ayiri the wisdom and comportment to hold the title in uplifting the Iwere land to greater height. An elated Chief Ayiri said, ” ...

Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Guangzhou tenure set to end under 3-game touchline ban

Guangzhou Evergrande are closing in on their third CSL title under Luiz Felipe Scolari. Luiz Felipe Scolari has been handed a three-match touchline ban that could mean the manager has sat on the Guangzhou Evergrande bench for the final time. Scolari’s current contract with the Chinese Super League champions expires on Nov. 30 and, with no confirmation the World Cup-winning Brazilian will sign a further extension to his existing deal, he may well not return to the Guangzhou dugout. The Chinese Football Association handed the former Chelsea and Portugal boss the three game ban on Friday after he was sent to the stands during Guangzhou’s dramatic 4-3 win over Yanbian Funde last weekend. The win saw Evergrande extend their lead at the top of the Chinese Super League standings over ...

Abel Ruiz has many suitors, but staying at Barcelona might suit him best

Ernesto Valverde has been delighted with the form Barcelona have demonstrated in both domestic and UCL play. There are two very obvious idols for the thousands of teenage footballers vying for a place among the elite in the modern game: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Abel Ruiz, though, is not like most young footballers. If you were to ask him to name two football geniuses, he probably wouldn’t say Messi and Ronaldo. He would say Robert Lewandowski and Marco Van Basten. Ruiz is the latest player from Barcelona’s La Masia academy to attract a lot of attention. The 17-year-old scored the last-minute winning goal as Spain beat France to make the Under-17 World Cup quarterfinals earlier this week. Even before then, he was linked with a move to a number of Premier League clubs....

Cesc Fabregas fondly remembers his one-time ‘enemy’ Jose Mourinho

Chelsea’s Antonio Conte hit back after he was asked about Jose Mourinho’s jibe suggesting rival bosses cry about injuries. Cesc Fabregas insisted that he will always harbour a “very positive memory” of Jose Mourinho from their time together at Chelsea, despite admitting that he viewed the Portuguese coach as “my enemy” when he played for Arsenal and Barcelona. Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea for the second time in December 2015, having presided over a disastrous Premier League title defence and what technical director Michael Emenalo described as “palpable discord” between the management and players. Fabregas was forced to publicly deny suggestions that he was one of several high-profile players who worked to undermine Mourinho during his fina...

MLS Decision Day predictions: Who will pick up wins on the league’s last day?

ESPN FC’s Alejandro Moreno and Alexis Nunes break down the best in MLS with his weekly awards. Relive how the Western Conference played out throughout the 2017 MLS season. Take a look back at the Eastern Conference standings throughout the 2017 MLS season. The final week of the MLS regular season is nigh, with a playoff spot up for grabs and postseason seeding still to be decided. ESPN FC’s team of MLS writers take a crack at predicting the outcomes of five of the weekend’s key matches.   Atlanta United vs. Toronto FC: Even with both teams already qualified for the playoffs and TFC locked in as the top seed in the East, there is a lot of intrigue about this one. From Atlanta’s perspective, it’s crucial to finish in the top four in the conference, as it would g...