BREXIT vs AFRENTRY: How The New Scramble For Africa is Panning Out

By Uche Mbah Suddenly, African has become another beautiful bride. The continent once again is in for another round of scramble since the ill fated ship of Brexit showed signs of floundering. And the scramble begins again. A new ideology-Afrentry-slowly began to enter public discourse. With the exit date for Brexit set for 29 March 2019, and with a migraine of regrets being largely suppressed by both parties (there were muted ideas of a repeat referendum), grey areas still are being battled, and both The UK and EU have agreed…

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Navy Taking Over NIMASA Functions,Detain Ships , Arrrest and Prosecute Seafarers?

By Stephen Ubanna Ibok-Ete Ibas, a Vice Admiral and Chief of Naval Staff has  a big task at hand: to bring to book his men who have arrogated to themselves  the powers of  the National Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, of regulating the nation’s maritime sector by  arresting merchant vessels within Nigeria shores on  alleged illegal lifting of Crude Oil, improper documentation, ship hijack and  othersundry offences. Take for instance, MT Success owned by  Hepa Global limited which was  arrested on February 29,2014 and MT  Deby, owned by Banquest…

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Defection: Waiting For Minister Alhassan

By Comfort Obi I will start with a story. A cousin of mine,  too nervous to be on the wheels  of her car,  has a rather funny and weird driver. He is good looking. Deceptively shy. Full of surprises.  Sometimes, erratic, at other times, as cool as cucumber, and when he feels like, he plays deaf.  But he is serviceable when he wishes to. He feels free with his boss. So ever so often, he crosses the red line. Once, he whatsapped his photograph, dressed to the hilt to his boss.…

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Zidane To Replace Mourinho

After failing to acquire any of their targeted defenders during the pre-season Premier League transfer window, Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United have had a worrying start to the season, fueling speculation of Mourinho being replaced. Former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is reportedly closely “watching the turmoil” at Old Trafford and is prepared to step in if Man Utd’s board decide to sack Mourinho, The Mirror reported on Wednesday. However, despite a dispute with the club’s executive vice-chairman, Man Utd’s owners and board have reportedly decided to give Mourinho more time…

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2019: Saraki Lambast APC For Denying Kwankwaso The Usage Of Eagle Square For His Presidential Declaration

By Akinwale Kasali Few months ago, the likes of Senate President, Olubukola Abubakar Saraki, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and others defectors from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, were the beautiful brides and strong voices in the ruling party. Just few weeks that they have left the party, the table has turn ed against them. Kwankwaso had earlier planned to declare his presidential ambition today at the Eagle Square, Abuja, but just few hours to the event, it was cancelled. This however angered Saraki,…

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2019 Polls: Buhari Promises Free And Fair Election

By Akinwale Kasali With the 2019 election drawing closer, President Muhammadu Buhari is promising world powers that the 2019 polls will be free and fair. Buhari today in Abuja assured United Kingdom Prime Minister, Theresa May, of his administration’s commitment to conducting free, fair and credible elections in 2019. The President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, in a statement said Buhari gave the assurance during a bilateral meeting with the visiting Prime Minister at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Buhari welcomed UK’s support toward strengthening democratic institutions…

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Nigeria Signs MOU With Britain On Security, Economic Development

By Akinwale Kasali Following the inability of the Muhammadu Buhari administration to conquer the Boko Haram and Fulani Herdsmen insurgent, Nigeria and Britain on Wednesday in Abuja signed two agreements on Defence and Security partnership, as well as Economic Development Forum. Speaking briefly before signing the agreements, President Muhammadu Buhari stated that Nigeria and the United Kingdom would continue to enhance cooperation in tackling corruption and reducing poverty. The Nigerian leader lauded the British government for its assistances to Nigeria in the fight against terrorism, and pledged Nigeria’s readiness to…

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Customs: Fear Looms In Seme Over New Controller.

By Bayo Bernard Barely a month after Comptroller Muhammed Uba Garba took over the leadership of Seme Customs Command of the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS uncertainty looms in both the camps of smugglers, men and officers of the command. Comptroller Uba took over from Comptroller Mohammed Aliyu barely a month ago in a major shake-up by the NCS that affected over 70 controllers across the country. The fear now, is whether the new customs boss will be able to rein in the smuggling ring made up of notorious smugglers and…

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2019: PDP Keep Nigerians Waiting As Saraki And Others Perfect Strategies

By Stephen Ubanna The Opposition People’s Democratic Party, PDP, appear to be losing its public support  despite the ruling  All Progressive Congress, APC, allegation of  leaving the economy  in a mess in its 16 years of ruling the country. Public support  for the party had increased over the last three years of  President Muhammadu Buhari led APC Administration because of the growing level of poverty and killings in different parts of the country. Many had expected the party to take advantage of tBuhari growing unpopularity in the  country, particular,  the …

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Customs: Export Fraud At Apapa Port

By Stephen Ubanna For years , Nigeria has been losing billions of naira on non oil exports, particular,  Agricultural products  through Apart seaport. the situation was so bad between last year and now that  Hameed Ali, a Colonel and Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS was forced o beam his search light at the ports, which mostly handle  the non oil exports: Apapa, Tincan Island and Onne. This  may have yielded results  with the numerous investigation teams that had been sent to the ports at different times. The latest of…

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