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Buhari congratulates Asisat Oshoala for winning CAF Women’s Player of the yea

Abuja – President Muhammadu Buhari felicitated with Nigerian football star, Asisat Lamina Oshoala, for winning the CAF-Aiteo Women’s African Football Player of the Year. President Buhari, in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina in Abuja on Saturday, congratulated the Falcon’s team member and all football lovers for the most deserved honour. According to him, Oshoala’s achievement will naturally translate into more responsibilities for exploits on the football field, and her country. The President commended the strength, dexterity and focus Oshoala had displayed, “working really hard from an early age to represent Nigeria in international tournaments before she was 20 years, and always showcasing her skills in her clubs.’’ Pr...

Benue killings: Northern Elders Forum disowns Unongo on Atiku

By Soni Daniel, AbujaNorthern elders, Sunday, disowned their chairman, Chief Paul Unongo, on his position that former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, is the chief financier of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, which is frontally opposed to anti-open Grazing legislation in Benue State and reportedly behind the killings in the state. Paul Unongo A member of the NEF, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, told Sunday Vanguard in a telephone interview that the forum of Northern leaders had not met for a long time and had never taken any position on the killings in Benue and many other parts of Nigeria. Yerima, who heads in the youth wing of the Northern group, said it was wrong for Unongo to speak on crucial national issues without seeking the position of the apex body, sayi...

Peace in Niger Delta now fetching Nigeria $122.4m daily – Gen. Boroh

By Emmanuel ElebekeABUJA – The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Brigadier General Paul Boroh (rtd) has commended the people in the Niger Delta for the maintenance of peace which he said had yielded dividends for both the region and the country. Paul Boroh He said that with peace in the area, there is greater security of lives and property, more investment and high financial and security dividends for the country. General Boroh said that with the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) quota of 1.8 million barrels per day for the country and the current price of $68 per barrel, peace in the Niger Delta is fetching the country $122, 400,000 daily. He said with such dividends and the prudent management of resources by President Muhammadu Buhar...

HURIWA condemns attack, illegal detention of journalists

By Emmanuel ElebekeABUJA – HUMAN Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Inspector General of Police Alhaji Idris Kpodum Ibrahim to fish out the Police operative that reportedly physically manhandled and wounded a female journalist Ms. Taye Elebiyo Edeni in Kaduna during a presidential commissioning exercise recently. Journalists performing their duty Similarly, the Rights group has condemned the January 1st pre-dawn invasion by several armed police operatives drawn from the dreaded special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nnewi country home of the United Kingdom based publisher of an online medium Mr. Daniel Elombah and two of his brothers and whisked him away to Abuja underground detention. The Rights group said the publisher of the onli...

Delta LG polls: Thousands stranded at Onitsha Bridge Head

Many travellers and commuters were on Saturday stranded in Onitsha, Anambra, following the closure of the Asaba end of the Niger Bridge for several hours for the conduct of Local Government elections in Delta. Newsmen reported that the Anambra Government had earlier, through a public service announcement, warned travellers about the curfew imposed in Delta which started on Friday night. However, travellers from within and outside the state, who took chances, were disappointed when they got to the Onitsha end of the bridge. Newsmen further reports that the restriction order caused huge vehicular and human traffic on the ever busy Onitsha express way. Mrs Joy Egwuatu, a traveller from Awka to Lagos, expressed disappointment at the development, saying she was not aware of...

Edo Govt, institute of welding to train youths, certify artisans

Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has said plans are underway for youths and local artisans to undergo proficiency training and re-training to be organised in partnership with the Nigeria Institute of Welding. Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki (wearing a white face cap), with a cross-section of Libya returnees after completing their training in agribusiness, as part of the state government’s reintegration programme for 150 returnees, who were given N100m and 150 hectares of land to start their businesses, in Benin City. Obaseki, who said this in his New Year broadcast, assured that, “Our Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Nigeria Institute of Welding will provide proficiency training and re-training for youths and artisans that will enable them earn certification.” ...

Would You Spend A fortune On A Good Housekeeper?!

By Bunmi Sofola “MOST evenings when I came back from work and entered the house through the kitchen door, I was greeted with a long list of household chores still to do,” said Lara a 44 year-old movie producer who confessed the chaos often left her close to tears.  “The house was littered with the detritus of family life-piles of dirty dishes in the kitchen and clothes strewn over the children’s bedroom floors. With children aged 11, nine and four, I knew that something had to give. And it wasn’t going to be the career and the comfortable lifestyle I had worked so hard to build. “A few of my good friends had house-keepers – not thieving househelps that drive you up the wall. I coveted my friends’ calm, clean, orderly homes but I often cringed at the salaries they shell...

Air strikes kill at least 17 civilians in Syria rebel enclave: monitor

Regime and Russian air strikes on a rebel-held enclave near Damascus killed at least 17 civilians on Saturday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The deadliest of the raids on the Eastern Ghouta region hit the Hammuriyeh district, leaving 12 civilians dead including two children, the British-based war monitor said. Eastern Ghouta is the target of near-daily regime air raids.

Stop `senseless killings’ in Nigeria, GPN urges FG

The Green Party of Nigeria (GPN) on Saturday called on the Federal Government to end the “senseless killings” across the country as soon as possible. The Chairman of the Edo Chapter of the party, Mr Roy Oribhabor, said in an interview with newsmen in Benin on Saturday that the call became necessary in view of the recent killings in Benue state alleged to have been perpetrated by Fulani herdsmen. Benue youths protest killing of kinsmen Newsmen report that at least eight states in the country are experiencing attacks by herdsmen. These include Enugu, Benue, Ekiti, Adamawa, Imo, Zamfara, Kaduna, and Delta, following the kidnap and killing of His Royal Majesty, Akaeze Ofulue III of the Ubulu-Uku. Oribhabor, who described the Benue massacre as unfortunate, said it was the r...

FA to probe ‘allegation’ after Merseyside derby confrontation

The Football Association is to investigate an ugly spat between Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino and Everton’s Mason Holgate during Friday’s feisty FA Cup third-round tie at Anfield. Liverpool’s Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino (L) is restrained by team-mates as he reacts after Everton’s English defender Mason Holgate (R) pushed him in a challenge resulting in Firmino falling into the crowd during the English FA Cup third round football match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on January 5, 2018. / AFP PHOTO  Referee Bobby Madley made reference to an allegation that had been reported to him, understood to be by the Everton defender on the pitch and Everton officials after the match, and the governing body will now take a look at the flashpoint. ...

Fire as passenger jets collide at Toronto airport

Two jets collided on the ground at a Toronto airport on Friday, setting the tail of one aircraft alight and prompting passengers to evacuate the other via an emergency slide. Both WestJet and Sunwing confirmed that their planes were involved in the collision at 18:19 local time (2319 GMT) at Toronto Pearson International, the second such incident at the airport in five months. Several hours after the collision the airport said all WestJet passengers were safely at the terminal, adding that one of the airport’s fire and emergency service personnel was undergoing hospital treatment. “At this time, airport operations have not been significantly affected by the incident but continue to be challenged by the extreme cold weather conditions,” the airport’s statement said. The...

Group berates IGP, calls for his sack over comment on Benue herdsmen attack

A non governmental organization known as Global Peace and Life Rescue Initiative (GOPRI) has described as irresponsible, unprofessional and misleading, the statement credited to the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris, yesterday suggesting that the recent massacre in Benue State was a communal clashes and not a herdsmen attack as widely believed. Inspector General of Police, Ibrohim Idris briefing journalists after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on the spate of renewed violence across the country at the State House, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida 05/01/2018 The group said the statement was unbecoming of the number 1 law enforcer of the most powerful African nation and therefore called on President Muhammadu Buhari to as a matter urgency, relieve him of ...