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SON blames importation of expired tyres on porosity of borders

The Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) says that porosity of the nation’s borders remains the major cause of smuggling of used tyres into the country. The Coordinator of SON in Niger, Mr Badewole Sunday, said this in Minna on Wednesday at a one-day sensitisation workshop for tyre marketers in the state. Sea of tyres outside the warehouse. PHOTOS: Akeem Salau. Sunday said that the workshop, with the theme; `Tyre Quality Panacea for Road Safety’ was necessitated, following the recent inspection of tyre shops in the state.‎ “We discovered that some dealers were displaying and selling tyres that had expired‎ to innocent motorists even at a high price,” he said. The coordinator said that some motorists bought the expired tyres, popularly called `Tokunbo’ from dealers wi...

Aubameyang puts Lamborghini up for sale

Borussia Dortmund fans can now drive off in one of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s distinctive luxury sports cars after the Gabon international put it on the market for 279,980 euros ($329,096). Aubameyang German daily Bild report that the striker has put his silver-painted Lamborghini Aventador, advertised as a ‘celebrity vehicle’, up for sale with a car dealer in Dormagen, near Cologne. The 28-year-old footballer has a weakness for fast cars, and there is no mistaking that the car belongs to Aubameyang as it has his distinctive lightening-flash logo on the bonnet. The luxury vehicle has a top speed of 350 km/h. Aubameyang, who has scored 12 goals in 14 league games this season, had the vehicle painted silver with a colourful rainbow matt effect. The footballer was suspen...

Kanu’s lawyer writes FG, seeks pardon for detained IPOB members

…says Buhari pardoned, gave cash gifts to over 500 inmates in KanoBy Ikechukwu NnochiriABUJA – Counsel to the ‘missing’ leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, has asked the Federal Government to grant state pardon to youths of Igbo extraction he said were arrested and locked up in various prisons for exercising their constitutional guaranteed rights to self determination. IPOB members on solidarity march Kanu’s lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, in the letter he wrote to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, decried that “hundreds of innocent and defenseless IPOB members who are mostly youths”, are languishing in different prisons in the South East states and Kuje Prison in Abuja, based on “phantom, frivolo...

Petrol Scarcity: Motorists pay extra money to fill tank in Niger

Motorists now pay between N500 and N1000 to petrol station attendants before they are allowed to fill their car tanks at some stations in Chanchaga and Bosso local government areas of Niger. Long queue of jerry cans at a petrol station as fuel scarcity bites harder, yesterday. Newsmen who monitored situation and sale of fuel on Wednesday, reports that apart from cost of product, petrol station attendants demand between N500 and N1,000 to fill the tank of motorists. A motorist, Hajiya Rabi Abdullahi in Bosso, told newsmen that she had to pay extra N1,000 to petrol attendant to fill her car tank. She said “Ì feel it is better for me to pay extra to buy petrol at filling stationthan buy from `black marketers’ where I am not sure of the quality of the product.” Malam Bashi...

Buhari approves appointment of managerial staff of AUSC Region 2 Hqtrs

By Luminous JannamikeABUJA – President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung, to appoint pioneer managerial staff of the newly launched African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 2 Headquarters in Nigeria. President Buhari arrives Paris Ahead of the One Planet Summit in France The President made this known on Wednesday while declaring open the 1st session of the West African Ministers of Sports Council Meeting holding in Abuja. Buhari, represented by the Minister of State for Power, Works, and Housing; Suleiman Hassan, said the motive behind the directive is to facilitate the easy take-off of the AUSC Region 2 Permanent Headquarters/Secretariat which is situated in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. The Pres...

Association to FG: Ban importation of maize

The President, Maize Association of Nigeria (MAN), Alhaji Bello Abubakar-Funtua, has called on the Federal Government to ban importation of maize into the country to boost local production. Maize Abubakar-Funtua made the call while addressing a news conference in Kano on Wednesday. He said the call was necessary in order to encourage farmers to produce the commodity locally and boost food production in the country.“There is urgent need to effect measures aimed at stopping importation of maize into the country for local production of the commodity to be realistic,” he said. According to him, if the Federal Government allows the importation of the commodity to continue, it will discourage farmers from the business. He said massive importation of the commodity would crash...

Woman allegedly bites Ikeja Electric workers over power disconnection

A 28-year-old trader, Kemi Shopade, who allegedly assaulted two Ikeja Electric workers that wanted to disconnect her electricity wire, on Wednesday appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court, Lagos. Shopade, resident of Alaguntan, Iyana-Ipaja, Lagos, is being tried for conspiracy and assault. The Prosecutor, Sgt. Godwin Awase, said that the accused committed the offences on Nov. 24, at her residence. Awase said that the accused and two others, who had yet to be apprehended, assaulted two workers of Ikeja Electric — Mr John Oluwole and Mr Uwaoman Ibiam. “The accused beat up and bit the complainants while performing their duty,” he said. He said that the complainants disconnected the electricity supply of the accused over unpaid electricity bills from January. “The accu...

Pinnick reads riot act to national coaches, NFF staff

Amaju Pinnick, President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has directed the federation’s Legal Department to henceforth work closely with the Legal Committee for the enforcement of the Code of Conduct. Pinnick, who spoke on Wednesday in Abuja, said there was the need to ensure the enforcement of the code enshrined in the national coaches’ contracts. Pinnick He also directed that a separate document be developed to be signed by the Head Coach and Team Administrator of every national team embarking on any assignment. “Henceforth, the NFF will visit any violation of the code with stiff sanctions as enshrined in the code and the coaches’ respective contracts. “People will as from now take responsibility for their actions, inactions, misconduct, negligence and downright...

FMC, Abeokuta acquires 170 hectares of land for proposed University of Medicine

The Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Abeokuta, says it has acquired 170 hectares of land for the construction of proposed University of Medicine and School of Preliminary Studies. Its Medical Director, Prof. Adewale Musa-Olomu, made this known at a news conference on Wednesday in Abeokuta to mark his 100 days in office. He said that the land worth N2.6 billion was donated by the state government, and located in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of the state. “We all know that Federal Medical Centres are established where there are no teaching hospitals. “There is no way you can get a teaching hospital without having a university where theoretical aspects of medical training will be taught. “So, in our efforts to ensure FMC, Abeokuta, is upgraded to a teaching hospital, ...

Comedian I Go Dye bags UK Ambassadorial award

By ROTIMI AGBANA Warri-bred humour merchant, Francis Agoda, popularly known as I Go Dye, who is fast becoming a social commentator received UK DFID and Youth Alive Foundation Ambassador award to tackle corruption in Nigeria on Saturday, December in Abuja. I Go Dye The award tagged “Making a Difference Against Corruption Today’ was presented to I Go Dye by United Kingdom’s DFID (Department for International Development) with a view to inspiring the comedian to enlighten the youths about corruption. After receiving the award, the ace comedian dedicated the award to Nigerian children and the country’s pensioners, observing that corruption committed against pensioners is the highest form of inhumanity. “I want to once again remind us, that the issue of corruption witnessed...

Trump’s Jerusalem decision shows lack of respect for Palestinian nation-Iran’s Rouhani

U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital shows the United States lacks any respect for the legitimate rights of the Palestinian nation; Iranian President Hassan Rouhani tweeted on Wednesday. Rouhani, who attended an emergency meeting of Muslim leaders in Turkey’s Istanbul city on Wednesday, also said on his Twitter account that the move showed that the U.S. was not “an honest mediator and will never be”, adding that Washington only wanted to “secure the interests of the Zionists”. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Opposition to Israel and support for the Palestinian cause has been central to Iran’s foreign policy since its 1979 Islamic revolution that toppled the U.S.-backed Shah. Iranian leaders have denounced Trump’s move last ...

Tailor bags 6 months imprisonment for stabbing man

A main market Magistrates’ court, at Lugard road, Jos on Wednesday sentenced one Zubairu Dauda, a tailor, to six months imprisonment for stabbing one Usman Mohammed. Judicial symbol The Presiding Magistrate, Jovita Binjin, sentenced Dauda after he pleaded guilty to a one-count charge of causing grievous hurt. Binjin, however, gave the convict, who resides at Nassarawa Gwong, Jos, an option of N10, 000 fine. Earlier, the prosecutor, Cpl. Ezra Ishaya, told the court that, one Mohammed Ubale, a resident of Rikkos in Jos, reported the case at Nassarawa Gwong Police Station on Oct. 26. Ishaya said that the complainant, father of the victim, reported that about 9:30 p.m on Oct.26, that Dauda stabbed his son, Usman, with a shape knife. He said the offence contravened Section ...