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  • Buhari sends condolence team to Bauchi over Ali Wakili’s death
    Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday sent a government delegation to Bauchi State to commiserate with the people of the state and the family of the late Senator representing Bauchi South, Ali Wakili, who died on Saturday. According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, this […]
  • Couple allegedly killed stepdaughter, laced her with rope to fake suicide
    Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri The operatives of the Imo Police Command have arrested a couple, Mr. Damian and Mrs. Prisca David who are indigenes of Taraba State, in the alleged death of a 13-year-old girl said to be a stepdaughter to Prisca. The late girl’s name is given as Veronica David. The incident happened on Friday […]
  • Mother of unemployed graduates found hanging in suspected suicide
    Tony Okafor, Awka A mother of two graduates, whose name was just given as Uzoaku, on Saturday was found hanging in Mgbakwu, in Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State. It was gathered that the 66-year-old mother had complained before her death to some people that she was angry that her two children who […]
  • NYSC refutes death of corps member in Kwara
    The National Youth Service Corps has said that no corps member serving in Kwara died in the auto crash in Oke-Ose, Ilorin. The NYSC Public Relations Officer in Kwara, Oladipo Morakinyo, refuted the allegation in a press release in Ilorin on Sunday. He said, “The attention of the NYSC State Secretariat, located in Ilorin, Kwara […]
  • Miyetti Allah kicks as police arrest 54 in connection to attack on Taraba communities
    Justin Tyopuusu, Jalingo The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria on Sunday said the arbitrary arrest and persecution of its members by the police and the Takum Council Chairman, Hon. Shiban Tikari, was inimical to peace. The Northeast Zonal Chairman of the Association, Alhaji Mafindi Danburam, stated this at a press conference in Jalingo. […]
  • APC, PDP bicker over Edo’s $232.2m foreign debt
    Alexander Okere, Benin The ruling All Progressives Congress in Edo State and the Peoples Democratic Party have traded words over the state’s foreign external debt stock. The Debt Management Office had in its latest statistics ranked Edo as the third highest debtor to foreign creditors among subnational governments in Nigeria. According to the data, the […]
  • Troops kill four, arrest nine militiamen in Bauchi
    The Nigerian Army said its troops killed four armed militiamen in Ningi Local Government Council of Bauchi State. Brig.-Gen. Texas Chukwu, the Director, Army Public Relations, via a statement issued on Sunday, said that nine militiamen were also arrested. Chukwu said that troops of 33 Artillery Brigade of Operation “Lafiya Dole”, on patrol on March […]
  • Obiano sworn in for second term, promises transformation
    Tony Okafor Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, on Saturday, vowed to fight crime, saying there would be no hiding place for criminals in the state. Obiano said this in Awka, the Anambra State capital, when he and his deputy, Dr. Nkem Okeke, were sworn in for a second term in office. The governor was re-elected […]
  • We need sex offender registry to deter rapists –Onyerinma
    Founder, Live Abundantly Empowerment Initiative, Dr. Ama Onyerinma, talks about ways to check sexual abuse of the girl-child with YINKA BADEJO Defilement of the girl child appears to be on the increase in Nigeria. What do you think are the causes and ways to curb it? There are many reasons why people rape. It may […]
  • My presidential ambition, a joke –Igwe 2pac
    Actor Charles Okocha, popularly known as Igwe 2pac, took a lot of people by surprise during the week when he declared via a video recording that he would be contesting the highest office in the land, the Presidency. His fans thought that he had keyed into the ‘Not-Too-Young-to-Run’ movement and expressed their support for him. […]

Movie News

  • Bundesbank's Buch Adds to Calls for Cryptocurrency Regulation
    Regulation of cryptocurrencies must be considered, Bundesbank vice president Claudia Buch told Reuters, even though she does not believe they pose a threat to financial stability. Buch said that speculation on volatile virtual tokens does not pose a systemic threat because it is not financed through credit, but she said that regulators should look at introducing rules to protect consumers, given that such speculation could prove costly for investors. "The role of crypto tokens in...
  • Paralympic Chief Closes Pyeongchang Winter Games
    International Paralympic Committee (IPC) president Andrew Parsons on Sunday declared the Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics closed, and paid tribute to late British physicist Stephen Hawking as an "inspiration." At a spectacular ceremony that featured dancing, music and light shows, the curtain was officially brought down on nine days of sporting action. "The time has come for me to declare the Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games closed," Parsons said. Hawking,...
  • Trump Assails Special Counsel Mueller as Politically Biased in Russia Probe
    U.S. President Donald Trump is assailing special counsel Robert Mueller, accusing him of political bias in his investigation of Trump's 2016 election campaign links to Russia and whether the president obstructed justice in trying to thwart the probe. "Why does the Mueller team have 13 hardened Democrats, some big Crooked Hillary supporters, and Zero Republicans? Another Dem recently added ... does anyone think this is fair? And yet, there is NO COLLUSION!" Trump said in one...
  • Nigeria Skips African Summit in Blow to Free Trade Deal
    Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will not attend the African Union summit in Rwanda this week, an official statement said Sunday, in a blow to plans to launch a major free trade treaty across 54 countries. The meeting in Kigali is intended to formally launch the African Continental Free Trade Area Treaty, which Nigeria's cabinet endorsed last Wednesday. Buhari was scheduled to leave Abuja on Monday ahead of Wednesday's launch but pulled out to allow for more...
  • Li Keqiang Appointed for Second Term as Chinese Premier
    China's ceremonial legislature voted Sunday to approve Li Keqiang's appointment as the country's secondary leader of the ruling Communist party. The largely rubber-stamp National People's Congress voted 2,964 to two to approve Li's appointment for a second five-year term as Chinese Premier. "I pledge to be allegiant to the Constitution of the PRC, safeguard the Constitution's authority, fulfill my legal obligations, be loyal to the country and the people,...
  • Armed Anglophone Separatists in Cameroon Kidnap 40
    Armed separatists in Cameroon have abducted 40 people, including a government official. The abductions occurred as President Paul Biya dispatched a minister to the troubled English speaking regions on a peace building mission. Cameroon businessman Angelbert Etoga has returned to his home town, Yaounde, 24 hours after he was abducted and released by armed separatist groups. He says he and about 36 others were on a bus traveling to Lebialem in southwestern Cameroon to attend a political...
  • Pakistan: Afghan Peace Offer to Taliban 'Light at End of Tunnel'
    Pakistan has conveyed to the leadership in Afghanistan its opinion that the Taliban are left with no “excuse or justification for continuing war” following Kabul’s offer of unconditional peace talks. Islamabad’s National Security Adviser, Nasser Janjua, delivered the message during a daylong official visit Saturday, where he assured Afghan leaders of Pakistan’s “complete support" for the “long awaited” peace offer made by President Ashraf Ghani. “He termed the peace offer as a...
  • Ethnic Violence in Congo's Northeast Displaces 60,000
    The assailants attacked under cover of darkness, slaughtering Nguli Nzafi 's wife and three children with machetes and arrows. The 71-year-old, who also lost all 40 of his cattle in the violence, was forced to flee on foot some 90 kilometers (56 miles) to safety in the town of Bunia. "I have lost everything because I no longer have my wife nor my children," he says. "I cannot eat nor sleep. I'm afraid that this fighting is as bad as the war in...
  • From Paris with Love: Depardieu votes in Russian Election
    One of Russia's most famous citizens, French film star Gerard Depardieu, joined the millions who cast ballots in Sunday's presidential election. Depardieu, a friend of President Vladimir Putin who presented him with a Russian passport in 2013 during a tax row between the actor and French authorities, voted at the Russian Embassy in Paris. The embassy tweeted a picture of the 69-year-old, wearing a coat with fur trim and sunglasses perched on his head, popping his ballot in the...
  • Statement: Rebels in Syria's Eastern Ghouta Discussing Ceasefire with UN
    The main rebel group in the southern pocket of Syria's opposition-held eastern Ghouta told Reuters on Sunday it was negotiating with a United Nations delegation about a ceasefire, aid and the evacuation of urgent medical cases. "We are engaged in arranging serious negotiations to guarantee the safety and protection of civilians," said Wael Alwan, the Istanbul-based spokesman for Failaq al-Rahman, in a voice recording. "The most important points under negotiation are...