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8 Edo Libyan returnees burnt beyond recognition in road accident

By Simon Ebegbulem BENIN—EIGHT Edo State Libyan returnees were burnt to death in a motor accident along Ore-Sagamu Road on their way to Lagos State to seek spiritual and financial assistance from Prophet T. B. Joshua, the General Overseer of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN. It was gathered that their bodies and seven other survivors, who sustained injuries, were taken to the Ijebu-Ode General Hospital, Ogun State. The incident, which was said to have occurred last week, involved a white Toyota Hiace 18-seater commercial bus with number plates AYB 479 XA and a Volvo truck with number plates KSF 79 XL. Vanguard gathered that the commercial bus left Benin late in the night with 15 male and female returnees from Libya, after they had been profiled by the state t...

Sahara Group seeks increased investment in power projects

Energy and infrastructure conglomerate, Sahara Group, has called for an increased investment in power projects from Nigeria and the rest of Africa to match the anticipated growth in demand for electricity and support Africa’s drive for economic diversification and industrial development. Electricity In a statement by the company, it’s Executive Director and Co-founder, Mr. Tonye Cole, would be bringing this initiative to global attention, as he is expected to form part of the continent’s private sector leadership delegation to the 2018 World Economic Forum annual gathering in Davos, Switzerland. The statement said heads of government and business leaders will this year at the forum, deliberate on the theme: Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World. The statement q...

Rohr debunks Bordeaux speculation

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has reacted to speculation linking him with a return to Bordeaux ahead of the 2018 World Cup, saying his priority is to be in the Super Eagles dugout at the mundial. Gernot Rohr The former Bayern Munich defender managed the French Ligue 1 club for six straight years and led the team to the old UEFA Cup final in 1996, where they lost to the German champions over two legs. ‘’I have not been contacted to resume at Girondins de Bordeaux,” Rohr told  Téléfoot. “It’s a club that’s in my heart, and when I come back to France, I’m in this region .” “But I’m under contract with Nigeria, we’re going to the World Cup, it’s an adventure that interests me first and foremost.” Recently, the Nigeria Football Federation confirmed that Rohr has penned a n...

Lassa fever: Umahi pays unscheduled visit to health ministry

By Peter Okutu ABAKALIKI—GOVERNOR David Umahi of Ebonyi State yesterday paid unscheduled visit to the state Ministry of Health as part of measure to end the intermittent outbreak of Lassa fever in the State. Umahi The governor while inspecting the ministry of health at the Centenary City,   Abakaliki expressed displeasure over the condition of the ministry and warned that his next visit would attract severe punishment of any health workers found wanting. He said his administration will no longer condone lackadaisical attitude to work by staff of the Ministry adding, “I take this first visit as a warning,   the next time I shall visit again, it will be action.   It will be action because it is not funny to see the environment of the ministry of health dirty. “At the mom...

FG collaborating with judges to frustrate our cases—IPOB

By Nwabueze Okonkwo & Chimaobi Nwaiwu NNEWI—THE  Indigenous People of  Biafra, IPOB, has accused the Federal Government  of conniving with the judges handling its cases to frustrate the body, through deliberate delay and refusal in approving its applications for certified true copies of processes it filed. IPOB members  This came as the leader of Biafra Independence Movement,BIM, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, has again, appealed to the United States President,, Donald Trump to accord recognition to Biafra as he did to Jerusalem, the Isreali capital. IPOB in a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful alleged that  “IPOB has appealled to Justice Abdul-Kafarati after his ruling, that his expeditious approval of our application for the certified ...

Bayelsa residents fume over abandoned Epie Creek

By Samuel Oyadongha YENAGOA- RESIDENTS  of Bayelsa State are livid at the revolting condition of Epie Creek, a rivulet that runs through the range of Yenagoa, the state capital, which they believe will not only boost the aesthetics, but facilitate development of the state if the State Government properly harnesses its potentials. According to the natives, in the past, the alluring creek flowing with majestic splendor from the gateway town of Igbogene down to Ovom community before emptying into the Ekole River was not only navigable all through the year,   but also serves as natural drains to the sister communities in the area. Epie Creek Visions of precursor govts They said the initial plan of the pioneer civilian administration of the late Chief DSP Alamieyeseigha and...

Proscribed CDA members return, run riot in Edo community

*Storm building site with guns, machetes, injure 9 *It’s abomination to disobey Oba’s instruction – Ohen of Azagba By Simon Ebegbulem AZAGBA- NOTWITHSTANDING  the   law banning Community Development Associations, CDAs, in Edo State and in disobedience of the Ogidigban, Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, who outlawed the disreputable group in Benin Kingdom, the outlaws armed with guns, unleashed mayhem on Azagba community, Uhunmwonde Local Government Area of the state, last Monday and   Tuesday. NDV learned that in an attempt to take over the sales of land in the community, members of the proscribed group stormed a site assigned to a developer by the elders with guns and machetes, and beat up workers on site. •Oba Ewuare II of Benin Out of the nine persons molested, two with deep...

Swift Networks appoints new General Managers

Nigeria’s broadband service provider, Swift Networks Limited, has announced the appointments of Mrs. Victoria Onwubiko and Mr. Emeka Uchenna as General Managers to run its media and SME business units, respectively. While Onwubiko will develop and drive Swift’s business performance in the digital media and universal access promotion space, Uchenna will be responsible for planning and executing Swift’s small and medium enterprise segment strategy. Onwubiko joined SWIFT Network with over 19 years of experience in marketing and brand management, the last of which was at Wakanow, as Chief Marketing Officer. She previously held several management positions at First Bank and Airtel. She is an alumnus of University of Nigeria, Nsukka and Lagos Business School. Uchenna on the ...

Edo Govt seeks partnership with Diaspora community in empowering women

Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has expressed readiness to partner Edo indigenes in the diaspora to engender social economic growth, especially in empowering women and girls in the state. L-R: Chief Executive Officer, National Eco Capital, Dr. Eugene Itua; Gender and Development Advocate, Ms. Blessing Itua; Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki; Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Taiwo Akerele; and Permanent Secretary, Edo State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Julie Olatunji, during the courtesy visit by Ms. Itua to the governor at the Government House, Benin City, on Monday, January 22, 2018. Obaseki disclosed this when he hosted Ms. Blessing Itua, a United States of America-based Edo indigene and Gender and Development Advocate/Founder, Blessing of Afri...

Kanu, AMCON tango over ex-Eagles captain’s hotel

ASSET Man-agement Corp-oration of Nigeria, AMCON, has called on Nigerians to disregard any claim on Hardley Apartments Hotel by former Super Eagles captain, Nwankwo Kanu, as the case has not been decided by the law court. This came after Kanu alerted the world on the refusal of AMCON to respect court orders by refusing to release his hotel located on Victoria Island, Lagos, which was hitherto put under temporary possession of AMCON. Nwankwo Kanu The property was reportedly seized on account of purported indebtedness which remains unproved since November 2015 till date. But reacting yesterday, AMCON said: “Our attention has been drawn to some inaccurate stories that are sponsored on some online publications regarding the huge debt of the promoter of Hardley Apartments, ...

BREAKING: Democrats to vote to reopen US government

US Democrats agreed Monday to support a temporary funding bill to end a partial shutdown of the federal government, now in its third day, as a key vote began in the Senate. US President, Donald Trump The Senate’s top Democrat Chuck Schumer told the chamber he had reached a deal with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — in exchange for a pledge to address Democrat concerns over hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the country as children. Democrats had refused to vote for the temporary budget extension unless they secured guarantees on the future of the so-called “Dreamers,” who will be vulnerable to deportation when the DACA program protecting them expires in March. “After several discussions, offers, counteroffers, the Republican leader and I have come to an ar...

I’m resolute in implementing my 3-Points agenda – Buhari

By Johnbosco AgbakwuruABUJA – PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari, Monday in Abuja said his administration remained resolute and focused on delivering on the three-pronged promises of securing the lives and properties of Nigerians, halting the pillage of the economy by corrupt public officials, and creating employment opportunities for the youths. . President Muhammadu Buhari in a handshake with the Chairman Nigerian Economic Summit Group, NESG, Mr. Kyari Bukar during a courtesy visit by the Board and Management of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG) at the State House in Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. JAN 22 2018. President Buhari stated this when he received the Board of Directors of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group at the State House, Abuja. Buhari in a statement signe...