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LASG promises more projects in 2018

Sesan Olufowobi Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Thursday said he would implement more projects in 2018 aimed at making life comfortable for investors and residents. The governor, who spoke in Alausa, Ikeja, at the grand finale of 2017 Community Da

Police arrest alleged mastermind of Benue killings

Afeez Hanafi Operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team have arrested the alleged mastermind of the killing of over 73 residents of Benue State. It was learnt that the ringleader, identified as Alhaji Laggi, 40, was arrested alon
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Police arrest alleged mastermind of Benue killings

Afeez Hanafi Operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team have arrested the alleged mastermind of the killing of over 73 residents of Benue State. It was learnt that the ringleader, identified as Alhaji Laggi, 40, was arrested along with three others, namely, Mallam Muminini Abdullahi, Muhammed Adamu and Ibrahim Sule. PUNCH Metro gathered […]

Alleged felony: Court orders separate trials for Nnamdi Kanu, co-defendants

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday ordered that the missing leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, be separated from the rest of his co-defendants. Justice Binta Nyako made the order following an oral application
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Alleged felony: Court orders separate trials for Nnamdi Kanu, co-defendants

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday ordered that the missing leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, be separated from the rest of his co-defendants. Justice Binta Nyako made the order following an oral application by the lead prosecuting counsel, Mr. Shuaibu Labaran, who noted that Kanu’s continued […]

Oduah shuns fifth EFCC invitation in three years

Eniola Akinkuotu and Leke Baiyewu The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission may be forced to declare a former Minister of Aviation, Senator Stella Oduah, wanted after refusing to honour five separate invitations, in the last three years, The PUNCH has lear
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Oduah shuns fifth EFCC invitation in three years

Eniola Akinkuotu and Leke Baiyewu The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission may be forced to declare a former Minister of Aviation, Senator Stella Oduah, wanted after refusing to honour five separate invitations, in the last three years, The PUNCH has learnt. Oduah, it was learnt, was expected to be at the EFCC office on Monday, […]

Fulani herders take oath to stop killing in Ekiti

Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti Fulani herders have taken oath to ensure peaceful coexistence with the host communities in Ekiti State and by extension, the South-West geopolitical zone. They also agreed that they would no longer behave unruly, kill or allow t
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Fulani herders take oath to stop killing in Ekiti

Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti Fulani herders have taken oath to ensure peaceful coexistence with the host communities in Ekiti State and by extension, the South-West geopolitical zone. They also agreed that they would no longer behave unruly, kill or allow their cows to stray into farms. The traditional oath, revealed to be an effective cultural […]

Supreme Court judges now 16 as Ogunbiyi retires

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja  The number of the Justices of the Supreme Court will on February 27, 2018 drop from 17 to 16 as the eighth most senior Justice of the apex court,  Justice Clara Ogunbiyi, will attain the mandatory retirement age of 70 on the said date
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Supreme Court judges now 16 as Ogunbiyi retires

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja  The number of the Justices of the Supreme Court will on February 27, 2018 drop from 17 to 16 as the eighth most senior Justice of the apex court,  Justice Clara Ogunbiyi, will attain the mandatory retirement age of 70 on the said date. Her profile displayed on the Supreme Court’s website […]

PSP officials arrested for dumping refuse on road

Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Government says it has arrested four officials of a Private Sector Participant (PSP) operator in waste management, Ayomide Olayinka Ventures, for dumping waste on a road in the Central Business District of Lagos Island. The gov
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PSP officials arrested for dumping refuse on road

Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Government says it has arrested four officials of a Private Sector Participant (PSP) operator in waste management, Ayomide Olayinka Ventures, for dumping waste on a road in the Central Business District of Lagos Island. The government explained that the suspects were arrested by security operatives in the early hours of […]

Senate, others attack el-Rufai’s govt over demolition of APC faction’s HQ

Leke Baiyewu and Godwin Isenyo The crisis rocking the Kaduna State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has taken a new dimension as the office of the faction led by Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi was demolished on Tuesday. Though the Kaduna State Property Deve
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Senate, others attack el-Rufai’s govt over demolition of APC faction’s HQ

Leke Baiyewu and Godwin Isenyo The crisis rocking the Kaduna State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has taken a new dimension as the office of the faction led by Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi was demolished on Tuesday. Though the Kaduna State Property Development Agency claimed responsibility for the demolition, the senator representing Kaduna Northern Senatorial […]

Lagos court jails 13 cart pushers

Samson Folarin the Samuel Ilori Magistrate’s Court sitting at Ogba, Lagos State, has sentenced 13 cart pushers to five months’ imprisonment for violating the state environmental law. The offenders, who were arrested on Lagos Island, Ikorodu and Egbeda are
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Lagos court jails 13 cart pushers

Samson Folarin the Samuel Ilori Magistrate’s Court sitting at Ogba, Lagos State, has sentenced 13 cart pushers to five months’ imprisonment for violating the state environmental law. The offenders, who were arrested on Lagos Island, Ikorodu and Egbeda areas, were arraigned by the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps on Tuesday. PUNCH Metro learnt that officials […]

NSCDC arrests woman for husband’s offence, shoots vigilante

Simon Utebor, Yenagoa Operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Bayelsa State Command, have shot a member of the Ikarama Vigilance Group in the state, Perekurofa Odoyibo. In the incident, which occurred in the early hours of Tuesday, Odoyib
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NSCDC arrests woman for husband’s offence, shoots vigilante

Simon Utebor, Yenagoa Operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Bayelsa State Command, have shot a member of the Ikarama Vigilance Group in the state, Perekurofa Odoyibo. In the incident, which occurred in the early hours of Tuesday, Odoyibo was said to have been shot in the arm and leg at Ikarama community, […]

Beninnoise abduct Lagos motorists, sell stolen vehicles in Cotonou

Afeez Hanafi The police have arrested members of a robbery gang from Benin Republic, who allegedly specialise in snatching exotic vehicles in Lagos and selling them to a car dealer in their country. The suspects are Hammed Ajagba, 30; Taviu Polen, aka Popo, 3
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Beninnoise abduct Lagos motorists, sell stolen vehicles in Cotonou

Afeez Hanafi The police have arrested members of a robbery gang from Benin Republic, who allegedly specialise in snatching exotic vehicles in Lagos and selling them to a car dealer in their country. The suspects are Hammed Ajagba, 30; Taviu Polen, aka Popo, 35; Batan Remmy, 30; and an herbalist, Rasheed Akinola, who prepared charms […]

Cross River youths protest Rep’s fifth term bid

Mudiaga Affe, Calabar Hundreds of youths from the Calabar-South, Bakassi and Akpabuyo local government areas of Cross River on Tuesday stormed the state House of Assembly to protest the re-election bid of member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Essien Ayi
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Cross River youths protest Rep’s fifth term bid

Mudiaga Affe, Calabar Hundreds of youths from the Calabar-South, Bakassi and Akpabuyo local government areas of Cross River on Tuesday stormed the state House of Assembly to protest the re-election bid of member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Essien Ayi, in the 2019 general election. Ayi, who represents Calabar-South/Bakassi/Akpabuyo federal constituency in the National […]

Britain’s Queen makes surprise visit to London Fashion Week

Queen Elizabeth II and fashion matriarch Anna Wintour sat side-by-side on the front row of the catwalk on Tuesday as the British ruler paid her first visit to London Fashion Week. The Queen watched a show by young British designer Richard Quinn, whom she pres
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Britain’s Queen makes surprise visit to London Fashion Week

Queen Elizabeth II and fashion matriarch Anna Wintour sat side-by-side on the front row of the catwalk on Tuesday as the British ruler paid her first visit to London Fashion Week. The Queen watched a show by young British designer Richard Quinn, whom she presented with the inaugural “Elizabeth II Fashion Award”, which will be […]

Champions League: Bayern vs Besiktas starting line-ups

Starting line-ups for Tuesday’s Champions League last 16, first-leg, tie between Bayern Munich and Besiktas at the Allianz Arena (kick-off 1945 GMT): Bayern Munich (4-1-4-1) Sven Ulreich – Joshua Kimmich, Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, David Alaba
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Champions League: Bayern vs Besiktas starting line-ups

Starting line-ups for Tuesday’s Champions League last 16, first-leg, tie between Bayern Munich and Besiktas at the Allianz Arena (kick-off 1945 GMT): Bayern Munich (4-1-4-1) Sven Ulreich – Joshua Kimmich, Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, David Alaba – Javi Martinez – Thomas Mueller (capt), Arturo Vidal, James Rodriguez, Kingsley Coman – Robert Lewandowski Coach: Jupp Heynckes […]

Two Lassa fever patients treated, discharged in Kogi

The Kogi State Government says it has successfully treated and discharged two patients confirmed as suffering from Lassa fever in January. The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Saka Audu, told newsmen on Tuesday in Lokoja that for the first time in the history of
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Two Lassa fever patients treated, discharged in Kogi

The Kogi State Government says it has successfully treated and discharged two patients confirmed as suffering from Lassa fever in January. The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Saka Audu, told newsmen on Tuesday in Lokoja that for the first time in the history of the state, they were able to admit confirmed Lassa fever patients, treated […]

Champions League: Hazard forced into central role

Eden Hazard is expected to operate in an unusual centre-forward role after Chelsea boss Antonio Conte left Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata on the bench for Tuesday’s Champions League last 16, first leg against Barcelona. Giroud has made just two start
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Champions League: Hazard forced into central role

Eden Hazard is expected to operate in an unusual centre-forward role after Chelsea boss Antonio Conte left Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata on the bench for Tuesday’s Champions League last 16, first leg against Barcelona. Giroud has made just two starts since joining from Arsenal on transfer deadline day last month, but opened his Chelsea […]

Court strikes out Nnamani’s N5.3bn charge, EFCC to file fresh charges

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday expunged proceedings in the trial of a former Governor of Enugu State, Chimaroke Nnamani, who is charged with N5.3 billion fraud. Justice Chuka Obiozor expunged the proceedings at the instance of the prosecution, who i
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Court strikes out Nnamani’s N5.3bn charge, EFCC to file fresh charges

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday expunged proceedings in the trial of a former Governor of Enugu State, Chimaroke Nnamani, who is charged with N5.3 billion fraud. Justice Chuka Obiozor expunged the proceedings at the instance of the prosecution, who informed the court of the intention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission […]

Heynckes leaves out Robben, Ribery for Besiktas clash

Bayern Munich head coach Jupp Heynckes opted to leave wingers Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben on the bench for Tuesday’s Champions League clash at home to Besiktas, with Thomas Mueller and Kingsley Coman starting. Heynckes, 72, also selected James Rodrig
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Heynckes leaves out Robben, Ribery for Besiktas clash

Bayern Munich head coach Jupp Heynckes opted to leave wingers Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben on the bench for Tuesday’s Champions League clash at home to Besiktas, with Thomas Mueller and Kingsley Coman starting. Heynckes, 72, also selected James Rodriguez to play alongside Javi Martinez and Arturo Vidal in midfield for the last-16 first leg, […]

Boy, 9, disappears while running errand

Afeez Hanafi Family members of a nine-year-old boy, Abdulmalik Atobatele, are in distress after his sudden disappearance from Durosimi Street, in the Somolu area of Lagos, where he lives with his father. The victim was said to have been sent by his elder brot
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Boy, 9, disappears while running errand

Afeez Hanafi Family members of a nine-year-old boy, Abdulmalik Atobatele, are in distress after his sudden disappearance from Durosimi Street, in the Somolu area of Lagos, where he lives with his father. The victim was said to have been sent by his elder brother, Abdullahi Atobatele, to buy sugar at a shop on the street […]

Gunmen kill masquerader, two others in Kogi

Gbenga Odogun, Lokoja A masquerader has been shot dead alongside two people at Inoziomi Quarters, in the Adavi Local Government Area of Kogi State. They were reportedly shot on Saturday during the Ebe Festival, a local celebration. A source, who witnessed th
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Gunmen kill masquerader, two others in Kogi

Gbenga Odogun, Lokoja A masquerader has been shot dead alongside two people at Inoziomi Quarters, in the Adavi Local Government Area of Kogi State. They were reportedly shot on Saturday during the Ebe Festival, a local celebration. A source, who witnessed the incident, said it occurred around 9pm when some gunmen on a motorcycle opened […]

Suspected militants kill JTF informant in Akwa Ibom

Etim Ekpimah, Uyo Suspected militants have beheaded a Joint Task Force informant during an exchange of gunfire between the JTF and the militants when the security operatives raided the militants’ hideouts in the Etim Ekpo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom
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Suspected militants kill JTF informant in Akwa Ibom

Etim Ekpimah, Uyo Suspected militants have beheaded a Joint Task Force informant during an exchange of gunfire between the JTF and the militants when the security operatives raided the militants’ hideouts in the Etim Ekpo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. The incident was said to have occurred on Sunday in Obon Ebot village. […]

Nigerians are angry over poverty, insecurity, Okogie tells Buhari

Leke Baiyewu, Abuja A former President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Anthony Cardinal Olubunmi-Okogie, has said Nigerians are angry over poverty and insecurity in the country. The former Lagos Archbishop of the Catholic Church urged the Presidency
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Nigerians are angry over poverty, insecurity, Okogie tells Buhari

Leke Baiyewu, Abuja A former President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Anthony Cardinal Olubunmi-Okogie, has said Nigerians are angry over poverty and insecurity in the country. The former Lagos Archbishop of the Catholic Church urged the Presidency to take note of the criticisms by former President Olusegun Obasanjo; former military dictator, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida; […]

Malabu: Sagay faults AGF, says case shouldn’t be dropped

Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), has faulted the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), for advising the Federal Government to drop all the charges filed
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Malabu: Sagay faults AGF, says case shouldn’t be dropped

Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), has faulted the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), for advising the Federal Government to drop all the charges filed against individuals and firms implicated in the $1.1bn Malabu oil scam. Sagay said this during an interview with […]

ISIS claims responsibility for Russia church attack

The Islamic State (ISIS) group has claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on churchgoers in Russia’s predominantly Muslim Dagestan region less than 24 hours after the incident occurred. No fewer than five people were killed and four wounded when a gunma
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ISIS claims responsibility for Russia church attack

The Islamic State (ISIS) group has claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on churchgoers in Russia’s predominantly Muslim Dagestan region less than 24 hours after the incident occurred. No fewer than five people were killed and four wounded when a gunman with a hunting rifles opened fire on people leaving a Sunday service at a […]

Corruption fight: Buhari needs support not insults – Activist

An activist and public affairs commentator in Adamawa State, Alhaji Suleiman Baba-Jada has urged Nigerians to render more support to the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari to tackle corruption and other challenges facing the nation. Baba-Jada told News Age
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Corruption fight: Buhari needs support not insults – Activist

An activist and public affairs commentator in Adamawa State, Alhaji Suleiman Baba-Jada has urged Nigerians to render more support to the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari to tackle corruption and other challenges facing the nation. Baba-Jada told News Agency of Nigeria in an interview on Monday in Yola that what Buhari needed to address the […]

I’m confident Tinubu will settle feud between APC members- Kalu

Former Abia governor, Dr. Orji Kalu has called on the National Leader of the All Progressive Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to accelerate efforts toward reconciling aggrieved members of the ruling party. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Kalu made the c
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I’m confident Tinubu will settle feud between APC members- Kalu

Former Abia governor, Dr. Orji Kalu has called on the National Leader of the All Progressive Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to accelerate efforts toward reconciling aggrieved members of the ruling party. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Kalu made the call on Sunday night while speaking with newsmen at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos. […]

African filmmaker, Ouedraogo is dead

One of the towering figure in African cinema, a Burkinabe filmmaker Idrissa Ouedraogo, is dead. He died on Sunday at 5:30 am (0530 GMT) at age 64 of an unspecified “illness” in a hospital in the capital Ouagadougou, the union of filmmakers said. Ouedraog
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African filmmaker, Ouedraogo is dead

One of the towering figure in African cinema, a Burkinabe filmmaker Idrissa Ouedraogo, is dead. He died on Sunday at 5:30 am (0530 GMT) at age 64 of an unspecified “illness” in a hospital in the capital Ouagadougou, the union of filmmakers said. Ouedraogo produced or directed some 40 films from the 1980s to the […]

Lagos abolishes cash payment in revenue collection

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday paid his Land Use Charge, with an announcement that the State Government will no longer accept cash payment in revenue collection effective from March 1, 2018. Speaking shortly after paying at Opebi branc
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Lagos abolishes cash payment in revenue collection

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday paid his Land Use Charge, with an announcement that the State Government will no longer accept cash payment in revenue collection effective from March 1, 2018. Speaking shortly after paying at Opebi branch of Guaranty Trust Bank in the presence of top management staff of the bank, […]

Police shoot newlyweds’ car at checkpoint, kill one

…cop, protester die as mob burns patrol van Afeez Hanafi Two residents and a policeman have been confirmed dead in a clash between Gwari people and some policemen in the Lapai Local Government Area of Niger State. A trigger-happy policeman and some yout
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Police shoot newlyweds’ car at checkpoint, kill one

…cop, protester die as mob burns patrol van Afeez Hanafi Two residents and a policeman have been confirmed dead in a clash between Gwari people and some policemen in the Lapai Local Government Area of Niger State. A trigger-happy policeman and some youths were said to have been detained for the bloody crisis. PUNCH Metro […]

CBN bars banks with huge bad loans from paying dividends

Oyetunji Abioye The Central Bank of Nigeria has stopped the payment of dividends to shareholders by Deposit Money Banks and discount houses with huge bad loans and low capital base. This is due to the rising non-performing loans and the need to stop further e
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CBN bars banks with huge bad loans from paying dividends

Oyetunji Abioye The Central Bank of Nigeria has stopped the payment of dividends to shareholders by Deposit Money Banks and discount houses with huge bad loans and low capital base. This is due to the rising non-performing loans and the need to stop further erosion of the capital base of the banks and discount houses. […]

Katsina gov’s aide kills own daughter with car

Olaide Oyelude, Katsina Tragedy struck in Katsina on Friday when Governor Aminu Masari’s Special Assistant on Religious Affairs, Abdullahi Darma, accidentally crushed his daughter, Aisha, with his car. PUNCH Metro learnt that the incident occurred at Darma
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Katsina gov’s aide kills own daughter with car

Olaide Oyelude, Katsina Tragedy struck in Katsina on Friday when Governor Aminu Masari’s Special Assistant on Religious Affairs, Abdullahi Darma, accidentally crushed his daughter, Aisha, with his car. PUNCH Metro learnt that the incident occurred at Darma’s Katsina house while he was reversing the vehicle. Sources said the governor’s aide did not know that the […]

Awo, please help, Nigeria is crumbling!

Dear Awo, Good morning, Asiwaju omo Oduduwa. I’m sure a letter from an unknown fledgling like me is the least of your expectations in your celestial abode. I think a letter from Alhaji Lateef Jakande, the Baba Kekere himself, would’ve been a more plausibl
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Awo, please help, Nigeria is crumbling!

Dear Awo, Good morning, Asiwaju omo Oduduwa. I’m sure a letter from an unknown fledgling like me is the least of your expectations in your celestial abode. I think a letter from Alhaji Lateef Jakande, the Baba Kekere himself, would’ve been a more plausible expectation. Why has Baba Kekere not written you? I guess the […]

CCTV catches Lagos couple robbing commuters

Samson Folarin Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested a couple after they were allegedly caught on a mobile Closed Circuit Television camera robbing some commuters. The police said the suspects – Segun Latoye
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CCTV catches Lagos couple robbing commuters

Samson Folarin Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested a couple after they were allegedly caught on a mobile Closed Circuit Television camera robbing some commuters. The police said the suspects – Segun Latoye and Toyin Samuel –were arrested on Friday after being caught on camera three times […]

My visit to a varsity stopped me from becoming a lecturer –Eyimofe Atake (SAN)

In this interview, legal luminary, Dr. Eyimofe Atake (SAN), tells KEMI LANRE-AREMU why he chose to study law and how he reached the pinnacle of his career What would you attribute your fit and agile look to? I think it is as a result of daily exercise. I use
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My visit to a varsity stopped me from becoming a lecturer –Eyimofe Atake (SAN)

In this interview, legal luminary, Dr. Eyimofe Atake (SAN), tells KEMI LANRE-AREMU why he chose to study law and how he reached the pinnacle of his career What would you attribute your fit and agile look to? I think it is as a result of daily exercise. I used to be an athlete in school […]

Dad was quiet, he hardly showed it when angry — Chima Ubani’s daughter

Adaoha is a daughter of the late civil rights activist, Mr. Chima Ubani. She talks about her father’s ideals with GBENGA ADENIJI Tell us about yourself. I am Adaoha, a student and a daughter of the late Chima Ubani, who was a pro-democracy activist. What ca
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Dad was quiet, he hardly showed it when angry — Chima Ubani’s daughter

Adaoha is a daughter of the late civil rights activist, Mr. Chima Ubani. She talks about her father’s ideals with GBENGA ADENIJI Tell us about yourself. I am Adaoha, a student and a daughter of the late Chima Ubani, who was a pro-democracy activist. What can you recall about your father when you were a […]

I burst into tears hearing my wife’s screams in labour room — Walesax

Jazz saxophonist, Wale Adekanye, otherwise called Walesax, and his wife, Toyin, share their love story with TOLUWANI ENIOLA How did you meet your wife? Wale: I met her in a church during a youth choir gathering. We became friends when we both joined the churc
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I burst into tears hearing my wife’s screams in labour room — Walesax

Jazz saxophonist, Wale Adekanye, otherwise called Walesax, and his wife, Toyin, share their love story with TOLUWANI ENIOLA How did you meet your wife? Wale: I met her in a church during a youth choir gathering. We became friends when we both joined the church’s youth choir. My initial plan was to just be her […]

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