Tenure Elongation: Odigie-Oyegun Wins

By Akinwale Kasali The All Progressives Congress, APC, National Chairman, John Odigie Oyegun, has been given a lifeline and a sigh of relief is in sight as the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday dismissed two suits challenging the attempt by party to extend the tenure of Odigie-Oyegun, and those of other officials of the party at the national, state, local government and ward levels. Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, in two separate judgments, held that the suits had become hypothetical, academic and spent, the party having reversed the decision to…

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2018 World Cup: Super Eagles Opponent, Iceland Names 23-Man For Mundial

By Akinwale Kasali Less than 32 days to commencement of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, world cup debutants and Super Eagles opponent in Group D at the soccer showpiece, Iceland, has named the 23-man team that will prosecute the world cup matches for the Scandinavian country when hostilities commence in Russia. Coach of the Icelandic team, Hallgrímsson unveil the list of the players in Reykjavik. Iceland included Gylfi Sigurdsson in their squad for the World Cup, despite the Everton playmaker being injured. Sigurdsson is a key member of…

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Allegri Disappoints Arsenal

Massimiliano Allegri on Sunday brushed aside speculation he is set for a move to English Premier league giants Arsenal after leading Juventus to a seventh straight Serie A title. “If they don’t fire me, then I think I’m staying at Juventus next year too,” Allegri said after a goalless draw against Roma that sealed a 34th Scudetto for the Turin giants. It gave Juventus a four-point lead over second placed Napoli and gave 50-year-old Allegri his fourth Cup and league double in as many seasons with Juventus. “It’s not an…

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NSE sustains decline since Buhari declared for Presidency

When Buhari confirmed his intention to run for the presidency, the bears went on rampage at the Nigerian Stock exchange, NSE, with investors losing N150 billion on the run on the market. Since then, there has been a sustained run on the market, negating expectations from analysts who expected the market to pick after exiting recession. This was blamed on the political intrigues that followed hhis declaration and bank runs due to the local party primaries and the outlook for the big one. Since the past three months, however, a…

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Indians, Lebanese Not Barred From Clearing Cargo- Comptroller Musa

By Bayo Bernard The Nigeria Customs Service, NCS Apapa Command controller, Comptroller Musa Jibrin has rebuffed the timeworn belief that foreigners particularly, Asians are not allowed by Nigerian law to perform the function of cargo clearing in the country.  Some stakeholders in the maritime sector have lamented a situation whereby foreigners are allowed to clear goods at the nation’s ports, in the process taking away jobs meant for Nigerians. The proponents of this cause have  intensified the indigenisation campaign, so much so that pressure is being mounted on the federal…

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Yahoo Boys: The Boys or Government?

  By Oji Odu The recent raid by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on popular Nite Club, Club 57, Ikoyi, Lagos on Friday, May 11, 2018, arresting over 12 suspected internet fraudsters ( Yahoo Boys’), has continued to generate controversies. While some applauded the anti graft agency, others felt otherwise. Does government have any moral justification to blacklist these people, most of whom were forced into the act by the uncondusive environment in the country it created with the continued bad governance of every administration? Does…

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Emerging Mega Party Seals Buhari’s Fate

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu The African Democratic Congress, ADC as a party will after all not enjoy the fruit of endorsement by Nigeria’s former leader, Olusegun Obasanjo in the mould of massive movement to its fold by disechanted politicians from other parties, particularly APC and PDP. Far from being the new “beautiful bride” in the country’s party politics following its adoption by former President Obasanjo’s Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM), it has emerged that ADC, one of Nigeria’s fringe political parties will merely serve as a negotiating tool for the Obasanjo’s…

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First nation suspension by NCAA worsens Local Aviation Crisis

With effect from may 11, First nation Airline is expected to suspend all flights, commercial or charter, since the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, wielded the big stick over the weekend against the ailing airline. The exit will further deplete local operations, though safety issues also are raised due to continued operations of the airline generally linked to the Nation Group of companies, with alleged connections to an All Progressives Congress national   leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu. With Air peace and Arik struggling to make inroutes into the African subregion and…

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Dirty Naira Notes, Shame Of A Nation

By Stephen Ubanna Ikechukwu Nkemakolam a Lagos based business man went to his bank at Allen, Ikeja, to withdraw money for the weekend but was given mutilated  naira notes of  twenty naira  and one hundred naira denominations. He protested to the cashier that the naira notes were too dirty and demanded that it should be changed. The Cashier claimed that there is nothing  that could be done about it because it is only the dirty naira notes  that are in circulation in the  country for now. The N100.00 notes is…

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Rice Smugglers On The Loose

By Stephen Ubanna Barely  three weeks  that  Sani Madugu, former Comptroller, Ogun Command and Comptroller Enforcement at the Customs Headqarters, handed over to Agbara Ojobo Michael, a Deputy Comptroller, smugglers  appear to be on the loose  in Ogun state. Agbara may have provided opportunity for the  smugglers to give him the first baptism of fire in the state when he said  on taking over from Madugu, his predecessor that” that he will not make any promise until he must have inspected the Command, understand the terrain and identifies the threat.…

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