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Leon Balogun dismisses Zambia mind games

Super Eagles defender, Leon Balogun has urged Nigerians to disregard the mind games of the Chipolopolo of Zambia ahead of next month’s decisive World Cup qualifier in Uyo. Leon Balogun Leon Balogun, who was arguably one of the Eagles stand-out players in the double header against Cameroon earlier this month, has made eight appearances for the Super Eagles since he made his debut in 2014. Zambia having beaten Algeria home and away in the last round of qualifiers are now talking tough ahead of their game against the Eagles on October 7 in Uyo. The Chipolopolo have reportedly concluded plans to train in Ghana for the game with the FAZ president, Andrew Kamanga, revealing that the former African champions would also camp in Spain. However, the Mainz 05 defender has told sc...

Soldiers helped herdsmen to attack us, victims tell presidential probe panel

By Ikechukwu Nnochiri ABUJA—The Presidential Panel set up to investigate alleged human rights violations by the Nigerian Army, yesterday, held its inaugural sitting in Abuja, with Benue indigenes narrating how soldiers helped rampaging herdsmen to attack their communities. This came as the chairman of the probe panel, Justice Biobele Georgewill, said the proceeding will provide a unique opportunity to those that have genuine and verifiable cases of human rights abuses by the Armed Forces, in the course of managing and containing local conflicts and insurgencies, to submit their memoranda. •Soldiers He said the panel will hold a public hearing in each of the six geo-political zones of the country on selected dates and centres. It will be recalled that the panel, which w...

South-East govs, Ohanaeze, others flay Operation Python Dance, clash at Kanu’s home

By Emmanuel Aziken, Clifford Ndujihe, Anayo Okoli, Peter Okutu, Dennis Agbo, Ugochukwu Alaribe, Chinonso Alozie & Chinedu Adonu AN avalanche of reaction, yesterday, trailed soldiers clash with members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, at the Umuahia country home of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, which left many people injured as well the Army’s deployment of troops to the South-East for Operation Python Dance 11 (Egwu-Eke). Nnamdi Kanu with South East governors in Enugu Soldiers attached to the Forward Operation Base, FOB, Umuahia, had clashed with the IPOB at Afara Ukwu community, Umuahia. The reactions ranged from outright condemnation to expression of concern and call on the government to ensure that the crisis did not degenerate. South-East governors said the...

Why I’m supporting Obiano — Tabansi

By Vincent Ujumadu CHIEF Ikechukwu Tabansi, a major political chieftain in the state has given justification for his support for a second term for Governor Willie Obiano on what he cited as the excellent performance made by the government in all areas of governance. Tabansi, who spoke at Nri in Anaocha local government area of the state added that Obiano had an edge over other governorship candidates because there were visible things he had done to show to the people. Obiano He said: “I don’t see any of the other candidates unseating him. He is doing his best and his best is good for Anambra people. That is why I am personally working for him. He is constructing roads, especially in the major food producing areas of the state, which has helped for easy evacuation of ag...

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Russia 2018 W/Cup: Super Eagles have the edge, says Peterside

Ex-Super Eagles goalkeeper, Idah Peterside, says the team has the edge to qualify from Group B for next year’s World Cup in Russia. Nigeria national football team players pose prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying football match between Nigeria and Cameroon at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, southern Nigeria, on September 1, 2017. / AFP PHOTO Nigeria leads the group tagged “group of death” with 10 points from four matches, followed by Zambia with seven points. Cameroon has three points, while Algeria has one point in the same group. Peterside told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Monday that the Super Eagles were playing very well and deserved to qualify. “So far, the team is playing well. We have some advantages i...

Shell, Agip to fabricate 50% topsides in Nigeria – NCDMB

By UdemeAkpan Two International Oil Companies (IOCs) – Nigerian Agip Exploration Limited (NAE) and Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCO) – have concluded plans to fabricate and integrate over 50 percent of the topsides of their projects’ floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels in Nigeria. Shell This is targeted at expanding and deepening local content in the nation’s oil and gas industry. According to Nigerian Content Development Board (NCDMB), the projects are the Zabazabadeepwater project being executed by NAE in partnership with SNEPCO on Oil Prospecting License (OPL) 245 and the Bonga South West Aparo (BSWA) deepwater project being developed by SNEPCO. NCDMB disclosed in a statement that indications emerged on Friday that maj...

Another 1,100 pump action rifles seized in Lagos

By Evelyn Usman, Godwin Oritse, Godfrey Bivbere & Udeme ClementLAGOS—Operatives of Tin-Can Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, yesterday, smashed a syndicate that specialized in smuggling weapons into the country, discovering a consignment of 1,100 pump action rifles loaded in a 20-foot container. Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) displays the seized 1,100 Jojef Magnum Pump Action and Jojef Magnum Plastic Single Barrels Hunting Gun Pump Action Rifles at Lagos Tin-Can The weapons, during preliminary investigation, were discovered to have been  imported from Turkey . They were concealed in a container which Bill of Lading indicated that the contents were wash-hand basins and water closets. But the bubble burst during a rout...

INSECURITY: Akeredolu summons security chiefs, monarchs, others

By Dayo Johnson Akure—WORRIED by the security challenges in the state in the last few months, governor Rotimi Akeredolu yesterday met with security chiefs, traditional rulers, council Chairmen and other stakeholders on how to end the challenges. Governor Rotimi Akeredolu Cases of kidnapping of traditional rulers and innocent persons, cult war, armed robberies, killings by  herdsmen, arson among other crimes have increased anxiety across the state. Governor Akeredolu during the meeting expressed concern over the security challenges since he assumed office. According to him “There are some security challenges in the State since we came on board. “There had been cases of kidnapping, murder and arson in some of our communities. The menace of the Hausa-Fulani herdsmen in th...

Fayose decries alleged military attack on IPOB

By Rotimi Ojomoyela Ado-Ekiti—Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, has condemned the alleged attack on the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mr Nnamdi Kanu, and his supporters in Umuahia, Abia State on Sunday,  by military men. Ayodele Fayose Fayose who expressed concern that the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government is becoming authoritarian and intolerable of dissenting voices,  said the FG ought to have waited until its demand in court that Kanu’s bail be revoked is determined before taking any action. He stated this in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, while fielding questions from newsmen. “The invasion is condemnable and the present government is becoming authoritarian. It is proving not to be a peaceful one. The government is also operating doubl...

Norway will expand ties with Nigeria

By Onome Amawhe NORWAY has deep rooted diplomatic relations with Nigeria. The bilateral connections which are significant to Norway’s growing interest for more robust economic cooperation with Nigeria opens a new vista in formal diplomatic ties between both countries which had been in existence since 1960.  In the course of the interaction, there have been a number of milestone achievements and a couple of high-level state visits. H.E. Mr. Jens-Petter Kjemprud, Ambassador, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Abuja Norway enjoys the reputation of being a well- defined country brand. Its system of governance clearly shows that the true power of a country is fundamentally linked to the strength of its citizens’ belief in the metaphoric constructs that give order to their collective ...

Wale Tinubu still Oando CEO following successful AGM

By Peter Egwuatu Oando Plc yesterday successfully held its 40th Annual General Meeting, AGM as shareholders passed vote of confidence on the management team led by Wale Tinubu and retaining the company’s Board of Directors. Wale Tinubu Speaking at the AGM held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Mr Adeleke Oladimeji, a shareholder of Oando PLC expressed concern on how media reports are gradually eroding shareholders’ investment in the company. Recently the media has been agog with the news of Oando Plc and two petitioners alleging gross abuse of corporate governance and financial mismanagement. The petitioners, Alhaji Dahiru Managal and AnsburyInc, further requested a postponement of the company’s 40th AGM  pending the close of the Securities Exchange Commission’s (SEC) investiga...