Lai Mohammed Lied — UN Report Reveals FG Made ‘Large Ransom Payment’ To Boko Haram For Dapchi Girls

The United Nations says the Federal Government paid a huge ransom to Boko Haram for the release of the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls in March 2018. The government had denied reports that it paid millions of Euros for the release of the girls, noting that the hostages were released in exchange for detained Boko Haram commanders. But the UN report stated that ransom from abductions donations from charity groups and the cash economy were fueling the bloody activities of the Boko Haram and other terrorist groups in the Lake Chad Basin…

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Aretha Franklin, ‘Queen of Soul’, dies aged 76

Aretha Franklin, the “queen of soul” who became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has died in Detroit at the age of 76. The legendary singer was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and announced last year she was retiring from music. Known for hits like Respect and Think, she had more than 20 US number ones over a career spanning seven decades. She gave her final performance last November at a gala in New York held in aid of the Elton John Aids Foundation. Born in…

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2019: Saraki considerings running against Buhari

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, is ‘actively considering’ running against President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 elections. In an interview with Bloomberg on Tuesday, Mr Saraki said he is still making consultations on the ambition. “I am consulting and actively considering it,” Mr Saraki said “I believe I can make the change.” Early indications of Mr Saraki’s ambition emerged in March when media mogul, Dele Momodu, disclosed that he will join the 2019 presidential race. But Mr Saraki denied claiming the report was false. “The report is false. If it…

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Chelsea’s Victor Moses announces international retirement

The winger has confirmed his intention to step down from the Super Eagles after earning his first cap in 2012 Chelsea winger Victor Moses has announced his international retirement from Nigeria. The 27-year-old steps down after playing all three matches for Nigeria at World Cup 2018 in Russia, with the Super Eagles eliminated in the group stage. Moses ends his international career with 37 caps and 12 goals. He played in two World Cups, and also helped the Super Eagles lift the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. The Chelsea man announced his international retirement…

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Vogue magazine names Wizkid Africa’s hottest pop star

Popular Nigerian musician Wizkid has been earning a lot of plaudits outside the country for his music and other things. He was recently named as Africa’s hottest star by well-respected magazine Vogue. The magazine revealed this at the inauguration of his pop shop in New York, United States. Vogue also posted the information on its twitter handle @vogue magazine “Wizkid- currently Africa’s pop star by almost any measure, unveiled his new capsule collection with a takeover of reign in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District’’. The “Ojuelegba’’ crooner also responded through his Instagram…

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Customs raises global awareness, intercepts N10b Pangolin scales in six months

Massive interception of Pangolin scales and Elephant tusks by the Federal Operations Unit (FOU) of the Nigerian Customs Services has attracted global attention to the country and it’s strict compliance to a United Nation’s convention on endangered species. Officers of FOU Zone ‘A’ Ikeja have recorded the highest seizure of Pangolin scales and Elephant tusk worth N10 billion in six months. A worldwide ban on trade in Pangolin was unanimously agreed to at a meeting of the 181 nations including Nigeria on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species…

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APC lawmakers set for Saraki’s impeachment

The plot to impeach Senate President Bukola Saraki thickened yesterday as federal lawmakers on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) resolved to forcibly reconvene the National Assembly and carry out the plan. During a meeting with APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, at the Abuja Sheraton Hotel and Towers, the legislators from both chambers of the assembly vowed they would deploy their numerical strength to achieve the goal ‘‘in the interest of the country.’’ Oshiomhole, who thanked the lawmakers for keeping faith with the ideals of the party, stressed…

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FIFA has threatened to suspend the Nigeria and Ghana

FIFA has threatened to suspend the Nigeria and Ghana football federations over government interference. In a statement signed on Tuesday by NFF President, Amaju Pinnick”, it warned that Nigeria will face the wrath of world football’s governing body unless “the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) offices are not handed back to the legitimate NFF executive committee. Nigeria put itself on a collision course with FIFA in July when the government’s sports ministry directed the NFF to comply with a court order to overturn Pinnick’s election and recognise Chris Giwa as its…

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Seriake Dickson advised INEC on 2019 Election.

Bayelsa state governor, Seriake Dickson has advised intending ad- hoc staff from the National Youth Service Corps to support the Independent National Electoral Commission at ensuring credible, free and fair elections come 2019. Dickson gave the advice in a statement issued to newsmen in Yenagoa on Tuesday by Matthew Ngobua, Public Relations Officer of NYSC, Bayelsa. The statement quoted Dickson as giving the advice at the NYSC Temporary Orientation Camp, Kaiama, during the closing ceremony of the 2018 Batch B Corps members deployed to the State. The governor, who was represented…

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ACTING PRESIDENT ORDERS IMMEDIATE OVERHAUL OF SARS

THE Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has directed the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to immediately overhaul the management and activities of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The order follows persistent complaints and critical reports about the activities of SARS and the complaints border on allegations of human rights violations. Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, who announced the directive in a statement signed on Tuesday said Professor Osinbajo instructed the IGP to ensure that any unit that emerges from the overhaul is…

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