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Morocco recalls Algeria envoy over ‘hashish money’ jibe

Morocco has recalled its ambassador after the Algerian foreign minister accused the kingdom’s banks of “laundering hashish money” in Africa, in the latest diplomatic spat between the North African rivals. The foreign ministry said it also su
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Morocco recalls Algeria envoy over ‘hashish money’ jibe

Morocco has recalled its ambassador after the Algerian foreign minister accused the kingdom’s banks of “laundering hashish money” in Africa, in the latest diplomatic spat between the North African rivals. The foreign ministry said it also summoned Algeria’s charge d’affaires in Rabat on Friday evening to protest the “very serious statements… concerning the African policy […]

Catalonia independence: Barca won’t be used as political tool – Bartomeu

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu insisted on Saturday the Catalan giants cannot be used by either side of a political battle over Catalonia’s drive to gain independence from Spain. A powerful symbol of Catalonia across the world, Barca have bee
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Catalonia independence: Barca won’t be used as political tool – Bartomeu

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu insisted on Saturday the Catalan giants cannot be used by either side of a political battle over Catalonia’s drive to gain independence from Spain. A powerful symbol of Catalonia across the world, Barca have been caught in the political crossfire in the weeks following an independence referendum, deemed illegal by […]

Army promotes Diya, 122 senior officers

The Army Council has approved the promotion of 123 senior officers, including 66 Lieutenant Colonels and 57 Majors to the next rank. The army spokesman, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, on Saturday said the promotion followed the recommendation of the Army Promotion Bo
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Army promotes Diya, 122 senior officers

The Army Council has approved the promotion of 123 senior officers, including 66 Lieutenant Colonels and 57 Majors to the next rank. The army spokesman, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, on Saturday said the promotion followed the recommendation of the Army Promotion Board 3 and 4 “as reflected in the 2017 Nigerian Army Forecast of Events.” Sani […]

$12m fraud: US court jails Nigerian Sodipo Williams

A US Federal judge on Friday sentenced a Nigerian, Kevin Kunle Sodipo  Williams, to six and a half years in prison over a stolen identity fraud scheme that sought more than $12 million in tax refunds. The judge also ordered him to pay roughly $900,000 in res
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$12m fraud: US court jails Nigerian Sodipo Williams

A US Federal judge on Friday sentenced a Nigerian, Kevin Kunle Sodipo  Williams, to six and a half years in prison over a stolen identity fraud scheme that sought more than $12 million in tax refunds. The judge also ordered him to pay roughly $900,000 in restitution to the IRS. Williams, who lives in St. […]

BREAKING: 12 Niger soldiers killed in fresh attack

Twelve paramilitary police were killed Saturday in a fresh attack in Niger’s restive southwest bordering Mali, Interior Minister Mohamed Bazoum told AFP. “There was a new attack. Twelve gendarmes were killed. We have launched search operations,
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BREAKING: 12 Niger soldiers killed in fresh attack

Twelve paramilitary police were killed Saturday in a fresh attack in Niger’s restive southwest bordering Mali, Interior Minister Mohamed Bazoum told AFP. “There was a new attack. Twelve gendarmes were killed. We have launched search operations,” said Bazoum, adding that the raid took place in the Tillaberi region. In October a raid claimed the lives […]

Luis Suarez to sit out Uruguay friendlies

Luis Suarez will play no part in Uruguay’s two friendlies in Europe in November, at the request of his club Barcelona, to allow the striker to rest a nagging knee injury. Uruguay play Poland on November 10 in Warsaw before facing Austria four days late
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Luis Suarez to sit out Uruguay friendlies

Luis Suarez will play no part in Uruguay’s two friendlies in Europe in November, at the request of his club Barcelona, to allow the striker to rest a nagging knee injury. Uruguay play Poland on November 10 in Warsaw before facing Austria four days later in Vienna as they begin their preparations for the 2018 […]

Campaigns open for Liberia’s run-off presidential election

The National Elections Commission of Liberia has declared political campaigns open for the Nov. 7 run-off presidential election. In a statement on its website, NEC confirmed that the run-off would be between football icon, Mr George Weah, and the country’s
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Campaigns open for Liberia’s run-off presidential election

The National Elections Commission of Liberia has declared political campaigns open for the Nov. 7 run-off presidential election. In a statement on its website, NEC confirmed that the run-off would be between football icon, Mr George Weah, and the country’s incumbent Vice President, Mr Joseph Boakai. “The Coalition for Democratic Change and the Unity Party […]

Mourinho says he is judged harshly because of success

Jose Mourinho says he is judged by a different set of standards from his rival managers in the Premier League because of his previous successes but insists that criticism does not upset him. The Manchester United manager was widely criticised for his approac
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Mourinho says he is judged harshly because of success

Jose Mourinho says he is judged by a different set of standards from his rival managers in the Premier League because of his previous successes but insists that criticism does not upset him. The Manchester United manager was widely criticised for his approach in grinding out a goalless draw against Liverpool at Anfield last weekend. […]

Troops kill three Boko Haram insurgents, recover arms

The Nigerian Army on Saturday said its troops had killed three Boko Haram insurgents at Missini village of Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno. The Director Army Public Relations, Gen. Sani Kukasheka Usman, said in a statement issued in Maiduguri. READ ALSO:
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Troops kill three Boko Haram insurgents, recover arms

The Nigerian Army on Saturday said its troops had killed three Boko Haram insurgents at Missini village of Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno. The Director Army Public Relations, Gen. Sani Kukasheka Usman, said in a statement issued in Maiduguri. READ ALSO: Visiting my daughter in Aso Villa is like going to jail –Soyode, father of […]

EPL: Talk is cheap as Wenger eyes more misery for Everton

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has dismissed suggestions from Watford striker Troy Deeney that his players can be bullied and show little stomach for a physical battle. Deeney made the remarks after Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat at Vicarage Road last weekend, whe
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EPL: Talk is cheap as Wenger eyes more misery for Everton

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has dismissed suggestions from Watford striker Troy Deeney that his players can be bullied and show little stomach for a physical battle. Deeney made the remarks after Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat at Vicarage Road last weekend, when his introduction as a substitute unsettled the Arsenal defence and turned the game in Watford’s […]

Girls, your virginity/chastity can give you phenomenal success! (ii)

Temilolu Okeowo  Dear Aunty Temilolu, You have blessed my life so much. I read Saturday Punch newspaper just because I want to read your column! God has blessed me through your articles and I thank God for your life and the privilege to know you. Girls like
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Girls, your virginity/chastity can give you phenomenal success! (ii)

Temilolu Okeowo  Dear Aunty Temilolu, You have blessed my life so much. I read Saturday Punch newspaper just because I want to read your column! God has blessed me through your articles and I thank God for your life and the privilege to know you. Girls like me are looking up to you. Thanks for […]

35 Egyptian police killed in Islamist ambush

At least 35 Egyptian police officers have been killed in an ambush by Islamist fighters near the Bahariya oasis in the country’s Western Desert, security and medical sources said Saturday, in a rare flare-up outside the Sinai Peninsula. The interior mi
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35 Egyptian police killed in Islamist ambush

At least 35 Egyptian police officers have been killed in an ambush by Islamist fighters near the Bahariya oasis in the country’s Western Desert, security and medical sources said Saturday, in a rare flare-up outside the Sinai Peninsula. The interior ministry said security forces hunting down Islamist militants in the region were attacked late Friday on […]

Spain to grab Catalonia powers as crisis intensifies

Spain’s government kicked off a crisis cabinet meeting on Saturday as it prepares to seize powers from Catalonia’s separatist executive in an unprecedented move aimed at stopping the northeastern region’s independence drive. During the meeti
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Spain to grab Catalonia powers as crisis intensifies

Spain’s government kicked off a crisis cabinet meeting on Saturday as it prepares to seize powers from Catalonia’s separatist executive in an unprecedented move aimed at stopping the northeastern region’s independence drive. During the meeting, which started around 10:00 am (0800 GMT), Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and his ministers will decide on what powers to […]

What’d you do if your spouse sold your car without your permission before you returned from a trip?

Angel George It is a given that whatever a couple owns belongs to both parties and by mutual respect, whatever decision is taken on their property is well communicated between them. SATURDAY PUNCH decided to ask Nigerians what they would do if their spouse so
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What’d you do if your spouse sold your car without your permission before you returned from a trip?

Angel George It is a given that whatever a couple owns belongs to both parties and by mutual respect, whatever decision is taken on their property is well communicated between them. SATURDAY PUNCH decided to ask Nigerians what they would do if their spouse sold their car without their permission before they returned from a […]

Quadri progresses to ITTF World Cup knockout stages

Idris Adesina Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri, along with his Egyptian rival Omar Assar, on Friday progressed from the group stage of the 2017 ITTF World Cup in Belgium. Despite losing one match in their groups, Quadri and Assar booked their places in the main draw
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Quadri progresses to ITTF World Cup knockout stages

Idris Adesina Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri, along with his Egyptian rival Omar Assar, on Friday progressed from the group stage of the 2017 ITTF World Cup in Belgium. Despite losing one match in their groups, Quadri and Assar booked their places in the main draw of the competition, where they will meet seeded opponents. The duo […]

Amnesty International to FG: Investigate, prosecute those behind Plateau killings

Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Amnesty International has said the Federal Government must investigate and prosecute the perpetrators of the killings in Plateau State and other parts of the country. The AI said the killings had worsened because the Federal Governmen
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Amnesty International to FG: Investigate, prosecute those behind Plateau killings

Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Amnesty International has said the Federal Government must investigate and prosecute the perpetrators of the killings in Plateau State and other parts of the country. The AI said the killings had worsened because the Federal Government failed to bring the perpetrators to book, urging the devastated communities not to go on […]

I was determined not to ‘carry over’ the course –Bride who took exam in her wedding gown

Dooshima Aondaver Moses, a 300 level economics student of Benue State University, Makurdi, recently created a scene as she sneaked out of her wedding to take an examination in her wedding gown. She speaks with JOHN CHARLES why she decided to abandon her husba
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I was determined not to ‘carry over’ the course –Bride who took exam in her wedding gown

Dooshima Aondaver Moses, a 300 level economics student of Benue State University, Makurdi, recently created a scene as she sneaked out of her wedding to take an examination in her wedding gown. She speaks with JOHN CHARLES why she decided to abandon her husband and other guests for the examination hall. Excerpts: When did you […]

Displaced by Boko Haram, 272 schoolchildren starve in Abuja IDPs’ camp

Children attending a self-help school located in Durumi Internally Displaced Persons camp, Abuja, are currently facing bitter conditions to get basic education, OLALEYE ALUKO reports Memuna Umar, a 12-year-old Internally Displaced Person from Gwoza, Borno Sta
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Displaced by Boko Haram, 272 schoolchildren starve in Abuja IDPs’ camp

Children attending a self-help school located in Durumi Internally Displaced Persons camp, Abuja, are currently facing bitter conditions to get basic education, OLALEYE ALUKO reports Memuna Umar, a 12-year-old Internally Displaced Person from Gwoza, Borno State, looked pale and famished as she was about to enter her classroom on Tuesday afternoon. As of 12.30pm, Umar, […]

General Overseer accused of forging signature to change church’s trustees

Ihuoma Chiedozie, Enugu A former pastor of the Christian Charismatic Ministries, Rev. Joseph Ndolo, has told an Enugu Magistrate’s Court that the General Overseer of the church, Sabinus Onuigbo, forged his signature in a document forwarded to the Corporate
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General Overseer accused of forging signature to change church’s trustees

Ihuoma Chiedozie, Enugu A former pastor of the Christian Charismatic Ministries, Rev. Joseph Ndolo, has told an Enugu Magistrate’s Court that the General Overseer of the church, Sabinus Onuigbo, forged his signature in a document forwarded to the Corporate Affairs Commission to change the trustees of the Ministry. The General Overseer, Onuigbo, is facing trial […]

It’s madness fighting Okorocha over Zuma’s statue – Imo speaker

Gibson Achonu and Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri The speaker of Imo state House of Assembly, Acho Ihim, on Thursday said that it was simply madness for anybody to call for Governor Rochas Okorocha’s head for erecting the statue of the President of South Africa,
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It’s madness fighting Okorocha over Zuma’s statue – Imo speaker

Gibson Achonu and Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri The speaker of Imo state House of Assembly, Acho Ihim, on Thursday said that it was simply madness for anybody to call for Governor Rochas Okorocha’s head for erecting the statue of the President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma in Owerri, the state capital. Ihim, who briefed newsmen in […]

Landslide kills 14 in Malaysia

Two workers were found dead and 12 others were missing Saturday after a landslide at a construction site on the popular Malaysian tourist island of Penang, officials said. Rescuers rushed to the Tanjung Bungah area on the north of Penang after the accident wa
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Landslide kills 14 in Malaysia

Two workers were found dead and 12 others were missing Saturday after a landslide at a construction site on the popular Malaysian tourist island of Penang, officials said. Rescuers rushed to the Tanjung Bungah area on the north of Penang after the accident was reported just before 9:00 am (0100 GMT), the fire and rescue […]

Japan braces for super typhoon ahead of election

A powerful typhoon was bearing down on Japan Saturday, a day ahead of national elections, with experts predicting severe winds and heavy rains as the country goes to the polls. Super typhoon Lan, described as “very large” and “very strong
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Japan braces for super typhoon ahead of election

A powerful typhoon was bearing down on Japan Saturday, a day ahead of national elections, with experts predicting severe winds and heavy rains as the country goes to the polls. Super typhoon Lan, described as “very large” and “very strong” by Japan’s Meteorological Agency, was packing gusts up to 252 kilometres (157 miles) per hour […]

BREAKING: ISIS claims deadly attack on Shiite mosque in Kabul

The Islamic State group said it carried out a gun and bomb attack on a Shiite mosque in Kabul on Friday that killed at least 39 people, including children. “The martyrdom-seeking brother Abu Ammar al-Turkmani … succeeded in immersing himself with
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BREAKING: ISIS claims deadly attack on Shiite mosque in Kabul

The Islamic State group said it carried out a gun and bomb attack on a Shiite mosque in Kabul on Friday that killed at least 39 people, including children. “The martyrdom-seeking brother Abu Ammar al-Turkmani … succeeded in immersing himself with an explosive vest in a temple of the polytheists,” IS said in a message […]

There’s no law on Diaspora voting yet–Oyekanmi

Mr. Rotimi Lawrence Oyekanmi is the Chief Press Secretary to the Independent National Electoral Commission Chairman. He tells ‘NONYE BEN-NWANKWO about the commission’s current activities and other sundry issues While some people have praised INEC for bein
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There’s no law on Diaspora voting yet–Oyekanmi

Mr. Rotimi Lawrence Oyekanmi is the Chief Press Secretary to the Independent National Electoral Commission Chairman. He tells ‘NONYE BEN-NWANKWO about the commission’s current activities and other sundry issues While some people have praised INEC for being professional in its handling of Sen. Dino Melaye’s matter, some others have accused the commission of taking the […]

Conte laments Chelsea’s busy schedule

Manager Antonio Conte believes Chelsea are working 70 per cent less this year due to their tough schedule, Skysports reports. Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte says his players are operating at “70% less this season” because of their heavy playing schedule
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Conte laments Chelsea’s busy schedule

Manager Antonio Conte believes Chelsea are working 70 per cent less this year due to their tough schedule, Skysports reports. Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte says his players are operating at “70% less this season” because of their heavy playing schedule. The defending champions struggled in their last two Premier League games, losing to Crystal […]

Enyeama’s return not threat to Ezenwa, Akpeyi –Ex-Eagles keepers

Idris Adesina Former Nigeria goalkeepers Joe Erico, Ike Shorunmu and Joseph Dosu have said the return to training of former Super Eagles captain, Vincent Enyeama, is not a threat to the Russia 2018 World Cup chances of Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Daniel Akpeyi, who
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Enyeama’s return not threat to Ezenwa, Akpeyi –Ex-Eagles keepers

Idris Adesina Former Nigeria goalkeepers Joe Erico, Ike Shorunmu and Joseph Dosu have said the return to training of former Super Eagles captain, Vincent Enyeama, is not a threat to the Russia 2018 World Cup chances of Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Daniel Akpeyi, who played in the Eagles’ qualifiers. Nigeria qualified for football’s showpiece event with […]

B’Haram ambushes military convoy, kills three soldiers

Jesusegun Alagbe with agency report Boko Haram ambushed a military convoy in Damboa, Borno State, on Thursday, killing at least three soldiers. The attack would be the second against the military within a week as last Friday, one soldier was killed while nin
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B’Haram ambushes military convoy, kills three soldiers

Jesusegun Alagbe with agency report Boko Haram ambushed a military convoy in Damboa, Borno State, on Thursday, killing at least three soldiers. The attack would be the second against the military within a week as last Friday, one soldier was killed while nine others were injured when the terrorists overran a military base in Marte, […]

Judge withdraws from PDP case as protesters storm court

Oladimeji Ramon Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday withdrew himself from a case concerning the leadership tussle in the Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party. The judge, who announced his withdrawal from the suit ma
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Judge withdraws from PDP case as protesters storm court

Oladimeji Ramon Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday withdrew himself from a case concerning the leadership tussle in the Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party. The judge, who announced his withdrawal from the suit marked FHC/L/CS/1556/17 in the open court, said his decision was based on a […]

Aare Ona Kakanfo: Akande, Afonja back Adams

Olufemi Atoyebi and Success Nwogu A governorship aspirant in Oyo State, Prof. Adeolu Akande, has thrown his weight behind the choice of the coordinator of Oodua Peoples Congress, Gani Adams, as the next Are Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland. According to Akande, the
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Aare Ona Kakanfo: Akande, Afonja back Adams

Olufemi Atoyebi and Success Nwogu A governorship aspirant in Oyo State, Prof. Adeolu Akande, has thrown his weight behind the choice of the coordinator of Oodua Peoples Congress, Gani Adams, as the next Are Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland. According to Akande, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, chose a successor to the late Moshood […]

IPOB: Kanu’s co-defendant asks court to jail DSS director

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja Bright Chimezie, who was recently charged as a co-defendant alongside the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has urged the Federal High Court in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, to imprison the Director of the Departm
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IPOB: Kanu’s co-defendant asks court to jail DSS director

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja Bright Chimezie, who was recently charged as a co-defendant alongside the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has urged the Federal High Court in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, to imprison the Director of the Department of State Services in the state. Chimezie, in a motion which he filed […]

Visiting my daughter in Aso Villa is like going to jail –Soyode, father of Vice-President’s wife

Adeola Balogun and Tunde Ajaja The father of the wife of the Vice-President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo, Elder Olutayo Soyode, says in spite of his daughter’s position and the exalted office of her husband, he dreads going to Aso Rock for a visit. He said going t
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Visiting my daughter in Aso Villa is like going to jail –Soyode, father of Vice-President’s wife

Adeola Balogun and Tunde Ajaja The father of the wife of the Vice-President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo, Elder Olutayo Soyode, says in spite of his daughter’s position and the exalted office of her husband, he dreads going to Aso Rock for a visit. He said going to the villa was like going to jail, given the […]

A’Court jails Kebbi ex-AG 70 years for N1.6bn fraud

Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Court of Appeal, Kebbi Division, has sentenced a former Kebbi State Accountant-General, Mohammed Dakingari, to seventy years in prison for N1.6bn fraud. He was sentenced to seven years imprisonment on each of the ten counts preferr
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A’Court jails Kebbi ex-AG 70 years for N1.6bn fraud

Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Court of Appeal, Kebbi Division, has sentenced a former Kebbi State Accountant-General, Mohammed Dakingari, to seventy years in prison for N1.6bn fraud. He was sentenced to seven years imprisonment on each of the ten counts preferred against him. The appellate court upturned the judgment of a Kebbi State High Court which […]

Fresh crisis looms in PDP as court asks Makarfi not to recognise S’West chair

Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja A Federal High Court, sitting in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, has restrained the Peoples Democratic Party from barring the Chief Makanjuola Ogundipe-led South-West Zonal Executive Committee and the zone’s delegates from the December 9 Natio
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Fresh crisis looms in PDP as court asks Makarfi not to recognise S’West chair

Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja A Federal High Court, sitting in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, has restrained the Peoples Democratic Party from barring the Chief Makanjuola Ogundipe-led South-West Zonal Executive Committee and the zone’s delegates from the December 9 National Convention of the party. It also barred the party, its officers, and organs from allowing the Eddy Olafeso-led […]

EFCC didn’t raid my home for hidden funds –Amosun

Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, debunked rumours making the rounds that operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission raided his Lagos home and found funds in different currencies stashed in vaults. He als
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EFCC didn’t raid my home for hidden funds –Amosun

Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, debunked rumours making the rounds that operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission raided his Lagos home and found funds in different currencies stashed in vaults. He also attempted to dispel rumours that a youth corps member, who was said to be his mistress, had […]