Security: Alleged external influence and local collaborations

The dire security situation takes a frightening dimension last week with the revelation by professor Bolaji Akinyemi that external forces are involved in the security crisis Nigeria is currently facing. In an interview with a National Daily, Akinyemi, who was once a minister of foreign Affairs, and was a member of the security committee set up by fomer president Jonathan to look into the menace of Boko Haram and report back to the presidency noted that many of the discredited Islamic militancy groups all over the world are targeting Nigeria…

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Imo guber: Amadi, Others Chase APGA ticket

Dr. Sam Amadi: Eyes APGA ticket

By Chidiebre Onyemaizu   Ahead next year’s elections, prominent politicians in Imo state  who have been virtually shut out of the All Progressives Congress, APC and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP as well as those who do not find both parties attractive to realize their ambitions are eyeing  the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA in the state as alternative platform. How APGA will manage the expected influx into its fold and the subsequent scramble for its tickets for various elective offices remains to be seen. However, a member of the party’s…

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Conte Predicts Messi’s Retirement At Barcelona

Conte: predicts Messi's future

Antonio Conte said he believed Lionel Messi will remain at Barcelona for the rest of his playing days after watching the Argentine maestro destroy Chelsea’s Champions League hopes. Messi, 30, scored twice and set up a goal for Ousmane Dembele as Barca beat Chelsea 3-0 at the Camp Nou on Wednesday for a 4-1 aggregate triumph. The double took Messi to 100 Champions League goals while his opener, coming after 129 seconds, was the fastest goal of his illustrious career. Messi has frequently been linked with a big-money move to the…

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Akpeyi Gets Rohr’s Backing

Akpeyi: Gets Rohr's nod

Nigeria  coach Gernot Rohr says  Chippa United goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi  has a chance of making the squad for the Russia 2018 World Cup, according to Some fans of the Super Eagles have called for Rohr to exclude the former Warri  Wolves keeper from  his World Cup plans after Akpeyi   made  mistakes   that affected  the Eagles. “He has good chances to be one of our three goalkeepers for the World Cup,’’ Rohr told  Soccer Laduma. “Unfortunately our first-choice keeper Carl Ikeme is still suffering from acute leukaemia. We had a…

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Wabantu, South African Pantless Dancer Deported By Zambian Government

Wabantu: deported

Zambian authorities have deported controversial South African dancer Zodwa Wabantu after authorities vowed she would not be allowed to perform because she dances without underwear, the dancer’s promoter said. She had been billed to perform at an album launch later on Saturday evening, but was sent back when she landed in the morning at the Kenneth Kaunda international airport. “I can confirm that Zodwa has been deported back to South Africa by the immigration department,” her promoter Lucky Munakampe told AFP, adding no reasons were given for her deportation. Immigration…

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Mourinho Criticised For Taking Russian Job

Mourinho: Criticised

  Jose Mourinho’s decision to work as a World Cup pundit for Kremlin-backed television channel RT has been strongly criticised by English MPs following the Salisbury poisoning attack, Irish Times reports. The Russian channel announced Mourinho as its main pundit for Russia 2018 a day after the incident in Salisbury, but the Manchester United manager has repeatedly refused to answer any questions about the role. In a statement, Rhondda MP Chris Bryant said, “To my mind, this is blood money, paid directly from the Russian state coffers.” RT, formerly known…

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Budget Padding: Jibrin Resumes

Dogara and Jibrin: Shaking hands

A former Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Mr. Abdulmumini Jibrin, formally resumed work on Wednesday, a day after the House lifted his suspension. The Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, had announced the lifting of the suspension on Tuesday after Jibrin apologised to the House. He had been suspended in September 2016 for 180 legislative days. On his re-entry into the chambers after being out of the House for almost one year and four months, Jibrin went to the Chair and shook hands with Dogara. He was ushered into the…

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FIFA Ranking: Nigeria Retains 52nd Position

Nigeria: Retains 52nd position

  Nigeria retained her previous 52nd position in the world and seventh in Africa in the March FIFA/Coca-Cola World rankings released on Thursday. Nigeria had 609 points, two points below Cameroon that is 51st in the world. The top five is unaltered, with Germany still on top, while Poland that will be up against the Super Eagles in a friendly are the only movers in the top 20, having climbed into joint-sixth position alongside Spain. Tunisia remains the top African country on 23rd position, followed by Senegal on 27th and…

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Aisha Bello, Ex-Nigerian Beauty Queen Marks Birthday in Prison

Aisha Bello: Cutting cakes with prisons officials

Former Nigerian international super model turned entrepreneur, Aisha Bello became a year older over the weekend and decided to celebrate it with the downtrodden of the society. The CEO and Creative Director of elegantebyaisha and Director of Star Models Africa, graced the Ikoyi prison to celebrate her special day with the inmates. Aisha donated various items to the inmates and spend time with them as they engaged in merry-making with the delectable ex-queen of the international run-way. On why she choose to celebrate this year’s birthday in a charitable manner,…

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