Indonesian Cities Ban Valentine’s Day Celebration

Valentine Day Celebration: Banned in Indonesia

Valentine’s Day was banned in some Indonesian cities last Wednesday as police rounded up amorous couples, giving the official kiss-off to a tradition which critics say doesn’t deserve any love in the Muslim-majority nation. The prohibitions come amid concerns that traditionally tolerant Indonesia is taking a sharp fundamentalist turn, by pushing to make pre-marital sex — including gay sex — illegal and punishable with jail time. On Wednesday authorities in the country’s second-biggest city Surabaya briefly detained about two dozen couples during a raid to sniff out any sign of…

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BBNaija: Six Contestants Evicted

Bito and Princess: Evicted

Big Brother naija 2018: Housemates, K-Brule and Khloe in the ongoing Big Brother reality TV Show, BBNaija, have been disqualified after they both earned the maximum number of strikes (warning) a contestant can get. They were issued a strike following their disagreement last night. K-Brule had earlier on gotten his second strike after he tried to attack Dee One during an argument but was held back by Angel and Lolu. Big Brother after finding his behaviour unacceptable issued him a strike making it three strikes. Khloe was disqualified for using…

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Arsenal FC Announces Record Shirt Deal With Emirates

Arsenal: Discloses profits

Arsenal announced the club’s biggest-ever sponsorship deal on Monday, extending their shirt partnership with Dubai-based airline, Emirates, by five years. The Gunners confirmed the branding of Emirates, which began its sponsorship agreement with the north London club in 2006, would continue to feature on the shirts and training kit of all of their teams until the end of the 2023/2024 season. “Our shirt partnership is the longest-running in the Premier League and one of the longest relationships in world sport,” said Ivan Gazidis, chief executive of the club, who have…

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NFF/AITEO Awards: FIFA President, Infantino, To Grace Award Ceremony

Infantino: To grace occasion

By Akinwale Kasali For the first time, the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, alongside its top sponsor, Aiteo, will host the maiden edition of the Aiteo/NFF awards where players, teams and coaches that have shone like star over the past years will be honoured. The award ceremony which is scheduled for today, 19th February, 2018, at the Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos. For the best Super Eagles player, Chelsea FC midfielder, Victor Moses has Leicester City FC midfielder, Wilfried Ndidi to contend for the award. In the female category, reigning…

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Former Enyimba FC Captain, Udoji, Dies

Udoji: Dies in auto crash

The management of Kano Pillars FC on Monday confirmed the death of their defender, Chinedu Udoji, who died in a ghastly auto crash in Kano late on Sunday. The Media Officer of the club,  Idris Malikwa, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Kano that the player was involved in a car accident after visiting his former teammates at Enyimba FC in a hotel. “This tragic accident happened along Club Road in Kano and his remains had been deposited at the Murtala Muhammad Hospital Mortuary.”‎ Malikawa said that an official of…

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2019: Where are the Presidential aspirants?

Buhari: No alternative?

Since Atiku Abubakar, former vice president and Business Mogul, declared his interest as a presidential candidate, his declaration came with a bang and ended up in a whimper. Then came hounding from security agencies. Intel, a firm Atiku has interest in, was suddenly known to be evading tax, and operating license became under scrutiny. Rumors were flying around that some of the foreign Directors of his companies were humiliated out of the country. But This magazine’s inquiries indicates that Atiku is still consulting Nationwide. Hints came that David Mark, former…

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JAMB: House of Mystery and Scandals

Adamu Adamu, Education Minister

By Oji Odu How ready is the Joint Admission and Martriculations Board (JAMB) saddled with the responsibility of conducting examinations into the nations tertiary institutions to conduct this year’s examinations from March 9 to March 17 with all the mysterious scandals that have engulfed the board in recent times? Head, Media and Information, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Febian Benjamin, had on Sunday, February 17, said the much anticipated conduct of the 2018 Mock Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) would now hold on Feb. 26. According to him, a…

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Tin-can: Baba–Musa Silent Revolution

Tin-can Island Port

By Stephen Ubanna Hopes brightens  as Mohammed Abdullahi Baba-Musa,   Comptroller of Tin-can Island Command, devises strategies  on improved trade facilitation and promotion of international trade with a view to improving the monthly revenue generation of the Command. Trade facilitation, analysts stressed  could only be achieved  in an atmosphere of  honest declaration, which will  ultimately allow for a seamless flow  of documentation in the system. Past and present  Administrations had given Executive order for 24 hours  ports operation as part of efforts to promote trade facilitation. As a prelude  this, Hameed…

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Strike Force: Operation Strike And Go

Customs Headquarters Building

By Stephen Ubanna Worried by the negative  reports about the one year-old former Compliance team personnel   along the nation’s border routes  and the seaports seen as hindering trade facilitation, Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and  Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, appears to have bowed to pressure to disband  the   team. He  was said to have replaced it with a” Strike Force, SF”, which Joseph Attah. a Deputy Cmptroller and Customs Image maker said has the mandate to ”check  the activities of Customs officers at the seaports and land Land…

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Seme Command: Army Trains officers On The Use Of Fire Arms

Seme Border

By Stehen Ubanna For years, there had been frequent rows between  Customs operatives  at the Seme Land border area and  Youths of the Border Communities  who were sympathetic to smugglers, leading to loss of lives   on both sides. One of such incidents that caused major  fracas between the Customs operatives at the land border and the youths was when  a pregnant female passenger was shot  and killed  some four years ago.  It took the intervention of  the police to save the situation from escalating. There had also been instances at…

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