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FBN Holdings Denies Otedola’s Acquisition

FBN Holdings (FBNH) Plc has denied the purported acquisition of a majority stake in the company by Mr. Femi Otedola. The company in a statement...

AfDB, MTN Sign $0.5m Grant-Agreement To Study Women’s Access To Financial-Services

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has signed a grant agreement worth $500,000 dollars with Y’ello Digital Financial Services (YDFS), a fintech subsidiary of MTN,...

NGX Indices Up 0.19%

The domestic stock market yesterday increased further by 0.19 per cent, amid sustained investors’ positive sentiment. The market’s performance was a result of investors’ buy...

Reps Want Oil Benchmark At US$60 Per Barrel

The House of Representatives has asked that the oil bench mark for the 2022 budget proposal should be set at US$60 per barrel. This will...

Coca-Cola System To Invest N560bn In 5 Years In Nigeria

The Coca-Cola System in Nigeria, comprising Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) Ltd and Coca-Cola Nigeria Ltd., says it will invest N560 billion in five years...

Investigation

Iniubong Umoren- Akwa Ibom Civil Society Forum Demands Explanation from Police over Shoddy Investigation

The Guild of Community Development Advocates in Akwa Ibom State, Tuesday, called on the Nigerian Police to explain why it carried out a shoddy...

INVESTIGATION: DSS submits fresh report on murder of jobseeker, Iniubong Umoren to DPP

The Department of State Security (DSS) has submitted a detailed report of fresh investigation into the murder of the jobseeker, Iniubong Umoren, to the...

INVESTIGATION: Iniubong Umoren: Finally, Police name Emem Emmanuel as accomplice; move him, others to Correctional Centre

After months of denial and cover-up, the Akwa Ibom State Police command has admitted that Emem Emmanuel was an accomplice to the murder of...

INVESTIGATION: How Poor Toilet Facilities Threaten Menstrual Health Of Students In A’Ibom Public Schools

Public schools of stench As you walk towards the tiny concrete buildings behind a long block of classrooms, a foul odor hits you square in...

INVESTIGATION – Iniubong Umoren: New Evidence Shows Police Mishandled Case; Another Victim Speaks Out

The criminal cover up The Police in Akwa Ibom State have not only compromised the investigation into the assault, rape and murder of the jobseeker,...

Opinion

THE POLITICS OF NOSEMASK

The outbreak of COVID - 19 brought a new fashion item to protect people from the spread of the deadly virus. Some call it...

Anambra: Why Nkem Okeke Should Resign As Deputy Governor

Dr Nkem Okeke, the academic-turned politician, and Deputy Governor of Anambra State, has dumped the party which brought him into office. He did so...

A CRITIQUE OF HAKEEM BABA-AHMED’s ‘REJOINDER’

Abdulrazak Gurnah, the Tanzanian who won the Nobel Prize in Literature last week has a very interesting definition of honour. He says it means...

IGBO, AKUNYILI AND MAILAFIA

Igboland is the new home of Hades, lord of death and king of the underworld. The land writhes in pains as rough men roast...

2023: FOR HAKEEM BABA-AHMED

Alhaji Baba Ahmed, a Mauritanian cow seller, plied his trade from his country to the Gold Coast (now Ghana) and to Dahomey (now Benin...

Politics

Forum Beckons On Tinubu To Stand For Presidential Election In 2023

The Forum of Political Parties (FPP), Lagos State, on Saturday threw its weight behind Sen. Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress...

APC Benue Elects Agada As State Chairman

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Benue has elected Mr. Austin Agada as the State Chairman of the party. Mr. Agada emerged on Sunday after...

2 Chairmen Emerge As PDP Factions In Oyo Hold Parallel Congresses

Two parallel state executives emerged on Saturday when two factions of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State held parallel congresses in Ibadan. The...

PDP State Congress: Okorie Emerges New Chairman In Ebonyi

The Ebonyi chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday in Abakaliki elected Mr. Tochukwu Okorie as the new chairman of the party...

Ogun APC State Congress: Police Warn Hoodlums Against Hooliganism, Brigandage

The Police Command in Ogun said on Friday they will not tolerate any act of hooliganism and brigandage before, during and after the state...

Features

International Day Of the Girl Child: CSOs Urge Govt To Prioritize Health, Security, Education of the Girl Child.

...Says Benue IDP Girls Not Cheap Goods. As the World celebrates the 2021 International Day Of the Girl Child, members of the Civil Society, CSO,...

How Poor Toilet Facilities, Inadequate Water Supply Affect Women in Benue IDP Camp

It was already late in the morning but Awashima, as she shyly introduced herself, could not come out of her makeshift room. Not because she...

Nigerian Women Shattering Glass Ceilings?

Many, with the trend of appointments, particularly in the private sector in Nigeria, see women as shattering glass ceilings in their numbers. The past two...

Chukuku: FCT Community Where Frying Of Akara Is Forbidden

Akara (Bean cake) is a popular street snack and staple food in Nigeria and some other African countries. Though its origin is said to be...

Benue IDPS: I Don’t Want To Die In Camp, Septuagenarian Cries Out, Says Inmates In Dire Need Of Food, Shelter and Medication

Pa Titus Aondona (not real names) 70, is a father of 14 children from two wives. On a daily basis, he sits in front...

Columnists

Naira Slides To 505/$ As CBN Stops Forex Sale To BDCs

The naira fell slightly to the dollar at the parallel market few hours after the Central Bank of Nigeria on Tuesday announced the discontinuity...

THE HIJAB DIVERSION

Kwara State Government is insisting on hijab in its schools for female Muslim students. But because the schools are missionary-founded, Christians last week said...

Not All Bandits Are “Criminals”

Recently an aide of Governor Bello Muhammed Matawalle of Zamfara State, North West Nigeria, laboured to explain that if his principal ever made the statement that “not all bandits are criminals”, it...

UZODIMMA: THE GOVERNOR AS A QUISLING

The idea of democracy is straightforward. “Democracy is government of the people for the people and by the people,” said Abraham Lincoln, the 16th...

As The World Hails Pfizer, BioNTech Over COVID-19 Vaccine Trials

The global community is brimming with excitement and hope, over the phenomenal progress so far achieved, by top pharmaceutical giants, Pfizer and Biopharmaceutical New...

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North-Central

Ebonyi-Benue Crisis: Ortom Urges Communities To Sheath Their Swords, Be Brothers’ Keepers

Communities of Agila in Ado Local Government Area of Benue State and those in Ngbo in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi state have...

Tension Heightens As 9 Go Missing In Benue

There’s tension in Ado Local Government of Area of Benue State as nine people have been declared missing in two separate instances. Our correspondent reports...

VAT, Insecurity: Northern Governors Meet To Review Developments In The Region

Worried by recent developments in the region, Governors of the 19 Northern states have met in Kaduna to deliberate on several issues affecting the...

College Of Health Technology In Benue Gets Full Accreditation

Relief has come the way of Benue State College of Health Technology, Agasha, as the institution has been fully accredited to train categories of...

Concerned Benue Mothers, Youths Protest Akume’s Attacks On Gov. Ortom

Benue Women under the aegis of Concerned Benue Mothers have protested what they described as "offensive and odious" press conference by the Minister of...

North-East

Insurgency: Borno To Close IDPs Camps By Dec. 31

Borno State government says it will close all Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps located within the state capital, Maiduguri, by Dec. 31. The State Governor,...

Zulum Receives Women, Children Who Escaped From Boko Haram Bondage

Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno on Monday received six women and nine children who escaped from the bondage of Boko Haram terrorists. Presenting the women...

Zulum Orders Investigation Into Clash Between Task Force, Church Members In Maiduguri

Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno has ordered investigation into the violent clash between a joint security task force operating with Borno Geographical Information System...

Electricity Restored To Maiduguri After 2 Months Of Blackout

There was wild jubilation by some residents of Maiduguri town following the restoration of electricity on Wednesday evening after two months of total blackout. The...

Borno Govt Uncovers Fake IDPs In Maiduguri

The Borno Government has uncovered about 550 fake Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), after conducting headcount of displaced persons at Mohammed Goni College of Islamic...

North-West

25 Die In Kauru attack –Kaduna State Government

Kaduna State Government on Wednesday confirmed the death of 25 persons in attacks in four communities of Kauru Local Government Area of the state. The...

NDLEA Arrests 89 People With 2,800 Tonnes Of Illicit Drugs In Kebbi

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Kebbi says it has arrested 89 suspected drug dealers and seized 2, 800 tonnes of illicit...

Katsina Assembly To Convert Television Viewing Centres To Islamic Schools Centres

The Katsina state House of Assembly has begun the process of converting all Television viewing centres across the state’s 34 Local Government Areas into...

Hisbah Bans Use Of Mannequin To Display Clothes In Kano

The Kano State Hisbah Board has banned the use of mannequins to display clothes by tailors, supermarkets and boutique owners. The Commander-General of the board,...

Man, 20, Drowns In Open Water Well In Kano

A 20-year-old man, Hamisu Ahmed, on Saturday drowned in an open water well at Samegu behind Sahad, Kano State. This is contained a statement issued...

South-East

Gov. Uzodimma Condoles Families Of Soldiers Killed At Izombe, Vows To Arrest Culprits

Gov. Hope Uzodimma of Imo State on Monday in Owerri commiserated with families of two soldiers killed on Friday at Izombe community in Oguta...

Insecurity: Gov. Uzodimma Flags Off “Exercise Golden Dawn” In Imo

Gov. Hope Uzodimma of Imo has flagged off the “Exercise Golden Dawn,” an initiative of the Nigerian Armed Forces, to stem the tide of...

Abia Community, Sympathisers Mourn At Burial Of 4 Under-Aged Siblings

The people of Umukaonu Umuagu in Abia and sympathisers wailed profusely on Saturday, when the remains of four siblings, who died under mysterious circumstances...

Umahi Suspends 5 Permanent Secretaries For 6 Months

Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi on Wednesday suspended five permanent secretaries in the state civil service for six months over alleged lack of commitment...

Ikpeazu Signs Water Bill Into Law

Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia on Tuesday signed the Abia State Water Bill into law to facilitate the  state government efforts in  providing  affordable...

South-West

LASG Establishes Trust Fund For GBV Survivors

The Lagos State Government has established a trust fund which will provide financial assistance and support for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (GBV). The...

‘Olojo’ Festival: Ooni Goes Into 7-Day Seclusion

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja 11, on Sunday began seven days of seclusion preceding the annual ‘Olojo’ Festival in the ancient...

Osun State Assembly Passes Anti-open Grazing Bill

The Osun House of Assembly on Thursday in Osogbo passed the “Osun Animal Gracing Regulation and Cattle Ranches Establishment Bill 2021’’ after its third...

Alao-Akala, Dare Applaud Late Ajimobi’s Legacies

Former Gov. Adebayo Alao-Akala of Oyo State and Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, have applauded the late former Governor of...

Osun To Feed 570,000 Vulnerables Via Food Support Scheme – Oyetola

*No government has embraced us like Oyetola - Ohaneze Ndigbo The government of the State of Osun has said that a total of 570,000 poor...

South-South

We Will Provide Opportunities For Youths To Be Wealth Creators – Okowa

Delta Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, on Tuesday, said his administration would continue to provide opportunities for youths in the state to be self-employed and...

Police Kill 4 Suspected Pirates In A’Ibom

The Police Command in Akwa Ibom said its officers killed four suspected pirates who specialised in terrorising fishermen in Ibeno waterways in the state. The...

Bayelsa Primary Healthcare Workers Suspend Strike

The Bayelsa State Chapter of Medical and Health Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) on Sunday said it has suspended the industrial action embarked upon...

Asaba Airport Concession To Fetch N80bn, Says Official

Delta Government says the Asaba Airport Concession will fetch more than N80 billion revenue at the end of the 30-year period. Prof. Sylvester Monye, Senior...

Delta Govt. To Revoke Cs of O Of Undeveloped Plots In May – Commissioner

Delta Government says it will, by May, revoke the Certificates of Occupancy (Cs of O) of undeveloped plots issued in the last two years...

Editorial

Sports

Chelsea’s Mount Nets Hat Trick in 7-0 Rout Over 10-Man Norwich

Chelsea have retained their place at the top of the Premier League thanks to a hat trick by Mason Mount and a resounding 7-0...

Pope Francis Receives PSG Shirt From Messi

Pope Francis has thanked Argentina football star Lionel Messi for sending him a Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) club jersey. “Lionel Messi, dear brother, thank you for...

Kogi FA Imposes 2-Year Ban On Club, 8 Officials For Beating Referee

The Kogi state Football Association has banned Kabawa United and eight of its officials for two years, from all football related activities, for acts...

SPORTSFLAKES: FINIDI: NOT YET UHURU

I belong to the Finidi George Supporters Club, no apologies for that. While I congratulate the gaffer for a job well done, there is...

Pique Strike Secures Crucial Win For Barcelona

Gerard Pique scored the vital goal to earn FC Barcelona a nervy 1-0 win over Dynamo Kyiv in Champions League Group E on Wednesday. The...

World

Pakistani-American ‘Raped, Beheaded’ Former Ambassador’s Daughter

A Pakistani-American man accused of raping and beheading his girlfriend, the daughter of a former ambassador, went on trial Wednesday in the capital Islamabad. The...

Black Americans, Women Make Big Strides On Top U.S. Corporate Boards – Report

Black people made record-breaking gains over the past year in securing seats on boards of S&P 500 companies, according to a report from executive...

UN Chief Mourns Former U.S. Secretary Of State, Colin Powell

UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, on Monday mourned former Secretary of State, Colin Powell after he died from COVID-19 complications. Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General,...

UK Conservative MP Stabbed To Death

Conservative British lawmaker David Amess was killed on Friday after being stabbed “multiple times” during an event in his local constituency in southeast England,...

Kenya Police Arrested Over ‘Vampire’ Child Killer’s Escape

Three Kenyan officers were in custody Thursday over the disappearance of a self-confessed serial killer described as a “bloodthirsty vampire”, barely three months after...

Health

COVID-19: FG Sets Up Taskforce To Check Vaccine Racketeering

The Federal Government has set up a joint task force on COVID-19 vaccine racketeering to curb misses. Dr. Abdullahi Garba, the Director, Planning, Research and...

Breast Cancer: NGO Screens Market Women, Sensitises School Girls

Bundies Care Support Initiative, an NGO, has screened more than 100 market women and sensitised secondary school girls on breast cancer in Kwara. Mrs Funmilayo...

Neuropsychiatrist Says, Sit-At-Home, COVID-19 Effects, Trigger Depression, Mental Illness

Prof. Monday Igwe, Medical Director, Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu, says that the sit-at-home directive and effects of COVID-19, constituted major triggers of depression leading...

WHO Laments Global Shortfall In Investment In Mental Health

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has lamented the inability of governments across the globe, to provide mental health services for people, especially during the...

Malaria vaccine: Panacea for child mortality – Medical doctor

The Technical Management Committee, Association for the Advancement of Family Planning in Nigeria (AAFP), says the approval of malaria vaccine is the panacea for...

Fashion

Ananse.com Partners MasterCard Foundation, DHL To Connect 1,000 African Fashion Designers, Artists To Global Markets

Ananse Africa, a startup ecommerce platform, launched recently in Johannesburg and Lagos, has begun the business of connecting African designers with local and international...

120 Compete For Mr, Miss Nigeria International

A total of 120 contestants is jostling for the 2020 Mr and Miss Nigeria International (MMNI) as contestants from 10 countries compete for Mr...

Former Big Brother Naija Housemate Cee C Becomes Ambassador

Former Big Brother Naija housemate, Cynthia Nwadiora, popularly known as Cee C, has been announced as the Getfit newest brand ambassador by the Getfit...

How To Wear Makeup With Glasses

If you wear glasses on a daily basis and love putting on makeup, you probably understand the struggle of doing your makeup in a...

Kylie Jenner Sparkling New Looks, Check Out Latest Photos

Kylie Jenner, 22, an American businesswoman, on Monday released stunning new photographs of herself, rocking a beautifully crafted revealing gold evening wear. Jenner’s beautiful and...

Lifestyle

‘This Is How We Dress,’ Afghan Women Overseas Pose In Colourful Attire

Afghan youth rights activist Wazhma Sayle says she was shocked to see a photograph online, apparently of women dressed in black all-enveloping niqabs and...

HOW YOUNG IS TOO YOUNG?

Hello everyone, how are we doing? Personally, I’ve been low key but living. Anyways, enough about that, let’s talk about someone that we have...

BBNaija and Marriage

This year’s Big Brother Naija is well underway and there have been some talking points to date. There’s one angle I’ve been pondering over...

Eat Healthy Chemicals-free Food To Curb Cancer Spread – Expert

Mrs Olusola Sowemimo, an agro entrepreneur, has advised Nigerians to consume only naturally-grown food, devoid of chemicals, and livestock raised from non-synthetic inputs, vaccines...

Jaruma: Why Kayan Mata Can’t Work On Obi Cubana

Popular sex therapist, Jaruma, as well as Kayan Mata merchant, Hauwa Saidu Mohammed, has revealed why the product can’t work on Nigerian businessman, Obi...

Relationships

10 Obvious Signs That Tell Your Girlfriend Is The One You Should Marry

What could be better than marrying the girl you love? You may have heard people getting married to the love of their lives. This...

Lovers Discover They Are Siblings Days To Their Wedding (photos)

Two Kenyan lovers who have been in a romantic relationship for quite some time, have expressed shock of discovering they are siblings days to...

How Long Is Too Long Before Proposing

It is expected that individuals should date before venturing into the permanent relationship of marriage. The dating period allows partners to get to know each...

Can You Propose To Your Boyfriend?

Have you been waiting for your boyfriend to take your relationship to the next step? If he's foot-dragging, can you and should you take the...

Ways to Make Sex More Intimate and Romantic

A great sex life among couples has been shown to be one of the ways to successful relationships. Couples who are happy in this area...

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