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APC would concentrate on grassroot empowerment – KACHIKWU

By Perez Brisibe UGHELLI – MINISTER of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, weekend, said the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC would further concentrate on the empowerment of the grassroot in moving all Nigerians from poverty to wealth. This is just as two leaders of the party in Delta State, Olorogun O’tega Emerhor and Chief Hyacinth Enuha also described the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP as the common enemy of the APC adding that until PDP is uprooted from the state, “we would never rest on our oars.” Speaking at Evwerni, Ughelli North local government area of the state during a reconciliation meeting of different interest groups within the party, Kachikwu warned, saying, “Every time we gather, we talk about the State House, the State House is not the issue, bu...

Police Inspector detained for shooting three farmers over N50 bribe

By Dayo Johnson-AkureA Police Inspector in Ondo state is in trouble for allegedly shooting three farmers on commercial motorcycle, popularly called Okada over N50 bribe (Egunje). Man in combat with policeman Already the police inspector who reportedly led other policemen to mount an illegal road block along Amusigbo, along the Ajowa/ ldoani road in Ose council area of the state is in detention. Police Image maker Femi Joseph confirmed that the police Inspector would undergo orderly room trial for the alleged offence of shooting the victims. Although Joseph said the inspector shot at the victims after they mobilised some youths to attack them at a stop and search point. Joseph said that the victims were stopped by the policemen but they refused and that one of the polic...

Anambra: APC denies fracas at Tony Nwoye’s campaign flag off

By Omeiza Ajayi ABUJA – The Anambra Governorship Campaign Council of the All Progressives Congress APC has described as malicious lies, reports of a fracas during the flag off rally for its candidate, Dr Tony Nwoye in Onitsha at the weekend. Osinbajo, first left with Tony Nwoye and APC chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun “We were shocked to hear that there was fracas during the flag off. We can tell you on good authority that there was no iota of truth in such rumour. APC had a very peaceful flag off campaign and we challenge anybody in doubt to investigate”, the council stated. In a statement Sunday in Abuja, Chairman Media sub-committee of the council, Barr. Nonso Madu, also declared the readiness of Dr Nwoye to wrestle power from the incumbent, Willie Obiano. The council a...

Aruna Quadri signs 3-year endorsement with Premier Lotto Ltd

Abuja – Aruna Quadri, Africa’s table tennis champion has signed a three-year endorsement deal with Nigeria’s sports betting firm, Premier Lotto Ltd., also known as “Baba Ijebu’’. Aruna Quadri The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) made the disclosure on Sunday on its Africa twitter account, @ITTFAfrica. The deal, signed at the ongoing 2017 ITTF World Cup in Liege, Belgium, is valued at 75,000 dollars and will also boost the player’s preparations ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. “This is the first in Africa for table tennis and the first sports ambassador for Premier Lotto. “The deal is valued at 75,000 dollars with annual payment of 25,000 dollars and this will surely help the player to take part in many competitions in readiness for the 2020 Olympics Games,...

Monkey pox: Youth council begins awareness campaign Monday

Abuja – The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) says it will begin a nationwide awareness campaign against the Monkey pox disease on Monday. Monkey-pox disease NYCN’s National President, Malam Murtala Garba, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Sunday. Garba said that the campaign tagged: ‘‘Kick Monkey pox out of Nigeria,’’ would focus on enlightening Nigerians about risk factors associated with the disease. He said the sensitisation would also focus on preventive measures and ways of eliminating fear among people about the epidemic. The NYCN boss explained that the awareness would sensitise the youth on the need for vaccination against the disease and handling victims of Monkey pox. According to him, the programme would be carried out across the 36 States o...

Kwara names players, officials for wheelchair basketball championships

Ilorin – Kwara has named its contingent for the forthcoming 6th Victor Ochei Wheelchair Basketball Open Championships scheduled to hold at the Molade Okoya Thomas Hall, Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos. *PLAYTIME: Wheelchair basketballers doing their thing Mr Azeez Bello, Secretary of the state’s Basketball Association, made the disclosure on Sunday in Ilorin in an interview . He said the players for the Oct. 28 to Nov. 4 competition are Capt. Felix Oyadinrin, Olaosebikan Rafiu, Balogun Babayemi, John Oyeniyi, Isa Abdulrahaman and Abdulkadir Kadir. Others are Malik Tunde, Abdullahi Lekan and Yusuf Rasheed, making up the male team. Bello said the female players are Tolulope Oyinloye, Aishat Yahaya, Ajarat Usman, Abdulganiyu Yunus and Risikat Anbali. He said the team’s help...

Fund hindering inclusion of Nigerians in Diaspora in database – NIMC

Lagos – The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) says lack of funds was hindering commencement of registration of Nigerians in the Diaspora. Buhari – NIMC The Head, Corporate Communications of NIMC, Mr Loveday Ogbonna, made this known during an interview on Sunday in Lagos. He said that NIMC, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, planned to enrol Nigerians in the Diaspora but were having fund constraints. According to him, NIMC plans to train and deploy the ministry’s workers to carryout the exercise. ”The registration of Nigerians in the Diaspora has not started. “The process is ongoing; because of recession, it is not moving as we planned. ”Funding is a challenge, it has been a constraint because funds are not released as and when due. ”Onc...

Breaking: WHO bows to pressure, revokes Mugabe’s appointment

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reacted swiftly to international outrage over its appointment of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador, rescinding the post less than one week after it was announced. Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe,  Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the first African director general of the Geneva-based WHO, announced the 93-year-old leader’s appointment on October 18. The WHO leader faced criticism in the wake of the decision from the international community and public figures in Zimbabwe, where Mugabe has been in power for 37 years and the public health system is rife with problems. “I have decided to rescind the appointment,” Ghebreyesus said Saturday in a statement, saying he had “reflected” on his decision. “I have list...

Key to enjoying happily married life

By Pastor Layi Bamidele The Bible says if the foundation is faulty, what can the righteous do? The most important aspect of marriage and relationship is for a couple to build a Godly home from the onset of their marriage. Where there is love there will be progress, there’ll be peace and things will go well for such a family. A marriage without love and affection is like an aeroplane without an engine. No matter how beautiful an aircraft may look like when there is no engine in it, it looses its value. What do we really mean by the word LOVE? Love is a big deep affection that runs between a husband and a wife. The couple must be committed to the success of their marriage. It takes a lot of sacrifice for you to enjoy a wonderful home and relationship. Love can also be re...

Terrorism: Pakistani prime Minister presents “Document” to Buhari, invites him for State Visit

Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khakan Abbasi on Saturday in Istanbul presented a manual on strategy and tactics of dealing with terrorism to President Muhammadu Buhari. Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Me dia and Publicity, revealed this development in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday. Shehu stated that Abbasi made the presentation during a bilateral meeting with Buhari, on the margins of the ninth D-8 summit in Istanbul, Turkey. The Prime Minister disclosed that the document had been put together by his country’s army. Abbasi stated that the presentation was made in view of the fact that both countries had similar prospects and challenges. He said such similarities includes large population, key regional players in economy and...

Obiano remains the best choice not Nwoye, Obaze, others – Obigwe

By Nwafor Sunday The National Coordinator APGA Media Warriors Forum, Evang Chinedu Obigwe, has said that among all the governorship contenders in Anambra state, Governor Willie Obiano remained the best choice to be voted for, following his achievements, personality and sacrifice made for Ndi Anambra for the past three and half years. From L-R: •Obaze:PDP candidate; •Obiano: APGA candidate & •Nwoye: APC candidate In a press release issued to newsmen on Sunday, Obigwe referred to APC governorship campaign flag off as a political macabre dance that will yield no tangible result, adding that the likes of Nwoye, Obaze and others have no political aplomb to get one single vote for themselves coming November 18th thus the reason they adopted ‘Godfatherism and Federal Migh...

Takeaways from President Buhari’s Turkey engagement by Garba Shehu

President Recep Tayyeb Erdogan hosted Muhammadu Buhari, the President of Nigeria for a fairly long one-on-one meeting in Ankara, the Turkish capital on Thursday before the bilateral meeting that involved their ministers and members of their delegations. President Buhari at the Presidential Palace Ankara Turkey for a Tete-a-Tete with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey on 19th Oct 2017 This was President Buhari’s first visit to Turkey since his election in 2015, but the second meeting with President Erdogan who as Prime Minister visited Abuja in March, 2016. Though the meeting of the group, Developing Eight, simply “D-8” in Istanbul was what President Buhari set out to attend, he spent an earlier 24 hours in the capital, Ankara to round off the technical meetings o...