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London 2017: Nigeria’s loss, others’ gain

Salwa Eid Naser, who dumped Nigeria for Bahrain, won a medal at the 2017 World Championships as Team Nigeria performed abysmally. It exposed the country’s inability to manage its athletics talents, reports ’TANA AIYEJINA There doesn’t seem to be an end

Boxing: Mayweather vs McGregor – past vs future?

For fans of mixed martial arts, Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor’s super-fight represents a battle between the past and future of combat sports. The powerful economic forces that made Saturday’s bout inevitable are the testimony to the remarkab
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Boxing: Mayweather vs McGregor – past vs future?

For fans of mixed martial arts, Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor’s super-fight represents a battle between the past and future of combat sports. The powerful economic forces that made Saturday’s bout inevitable are the testimony to the remarkable rise of the Ultimate Fighting Championship at a time when boxing has faced a steady decline. Boxing […]

68 Boko Haram insurgents surrender in Borno – Army

The Nigerian Army on Thursday said 68 Boko Haram insurgents surrendered to troops in Borno in the last three weeks. Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, the Deputy Director Public Relations, Theatre Command, Operation Lafiya Dole, said in a statement released in Maiduguri
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68 Boko Haram insurgents surrender in Borno – Army

The Nigerian Army on Thursday said 68 Boko Haram insurgents surrendered to troops in Borno in the last three weeks. Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, the Deputy Director Public Relations, Theatre Command, Operation Lafiya Dole, said in a statement released in Maiduguri. Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, the Deputy Director Public Relations, Theatre Command, Operation Lafiya Dole, said in […]

BREAKING: Eight missing after landslide in Switzerland

Eight people, including German, Austrian and Swiss citizens, are missing following a landslide that forced the evacuation of several small villages in southeastern Switzerland on Wednesday, police said Thursday. “In the region of Val Bondasca, eight peo
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BREAKING: Eight missing after landslide in Switzerland

Eight people, including German, Austrian and Swiss citizens, are missing following a landslide that forced the evacuation of several small villages in southeastern Switzerland on Wednesday, police said Thursday. “In the region of Val Bondasca, eight people who were there at the time of the landslide have not been found,” the Graubunden cantonal police said […]

Scandal-hit Malaysian PM to visit White House

US President Donald Trump has invited Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak to Washington, officials said Thursday, despite a Justice Department investigation into a major corruption scandal that has ensnared the leader. A White House statement said that Trum
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Scandal-hit Malaysian PM to visit White House

US President Donald Trump has invited Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak to Washington, officials said Thursday, despite a Justice Department investigation into a major corruption scandal that has ensnared the leader. A White House statement said that Trump will welcome Najib to Washington on September 12 to strengthen ties “with one of America’s closest partners […]

Death toll from South Asia flooding tops 1,000

The death toll from floods sweeping South Asia has climbed above 1,000, officials said Thursday, as rescue teams try to reach millions stranded by the region’s worst monsoon disaster in recent years. Thousands of soldiers and emergency personnel have be
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Death toll from South Asia flooding tops 1,000

The death toll from floods sweeping South Asia has climbed above 1,000, officials said Thursday, as rescue teams try to reach millions stranded by the region’s worst monsoon disaster in recent years. Thousands of soldiers and emergency personnel have been deployed across India, Bangladesh and Nepal, where authorities say a total of 1,009 bodies have […]

Cop shoots man for picking stolen money

The police in Akwa Ibom State on Wednesday shot a resident for allegedly picking stolen money which dropped along Wellington Bassey Way, Uyo. Our correspondent gathered that a three-man gang had snatched the money from occupants of a government-owned car . Th
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Cop shoots man for picking stolen money

The police in Akwa Ibom State on Wednesday shot a resident for allegedly picking stolen money which dropped along Wellington Bassey Way, Uyo. Our correspondent gathered that a three-man gang had snatched the money from occupants of a government-owned car . The gang was reportedly moving the money into a getaway vehicle seized from a […]

Experts advocate single-market rate to stem falling naira

Financial experts have identified some reasons for the gradual depreciation of the naira in spite of series of interventions by the Central Bank of Nigeria in the foreign exchange market. The experts told the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Lagos that
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Experts advocate single-market rate to stem falling naira

Financial experts have identified some reasons for the gradual depreciation of the naira in spite of series of interventions by the Central Bank of Nigeria in the foreign exchange market. The experts told the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Lagos that a single market rate, among others, was required to reverse the depreciating […]

Nigeria’s gas production rises as Shell completes project

’Femi Asu Gas production in Nigeria has gained more momentum following the completion of a key project in the Niger Delta by the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited Joint Venture. The SPDC announced on Wednesday that production had commen
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Nigeria’s gas production rises as Shell completes project

’Femi Asu Gas production in Nigeria has gained more momentum following the completion of a key project in the Niger Delta by the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited Joint Venture. The SPDC announced on Wednesday that production had commenced at Gbaran-Ubie Phase 2, which would help to boost gas supply to the domestic […]

FIRS shuts MRS Oil over N497m tax debt

The Federal Inland Revenue Service on Wednesday closed down an MRS Oil’s facility in Lagos over a tax debt amounting to N497.1m, an action the agency described as part of measures being taken against tax-defaulting companies in the country. An enforcement t
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FIRS shuts MRS Oil over N497m tax debt

The Federal Inland Revenue Service on Wednesday closed down an MRS Oil’s facility in Lagos over a tax debt amounting to N497.1m, an action the agency described as part of measures being taken against tax-defaulting companies in the country. An enforcement team, led by Mrs. Anita Erinne, reportedly sealed off the premises of the MRS […]

Wrestler Adekuoroye wins silver in Paris

Idris Adesina Nigeria’s Odunayo Adekuoroye on Wednesday won silver in the 55kg women’s wrestling at the World Wrestling Championships in Paris, France after losing 5-4 to Japan’s Haruna Okuno. The 23-year-old, who won a bronze at the 2015 World Champion
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Wrestler Adekuoroye wins silver in Paris

Idris Adesina Nigeria’s Odunayo Adekuoroye on Wednesday won silver in the 55kg women’s wrestling at the World Wrestling Championships in Paris, France after losing 5-4 to Japan’s Haruna Okuno. The 23-year-old, who won a bronze at the 2015 World Championships, became Nigeria’s first wrestler to appear in the final of the World Championships. The medal […]

Recurring ASUU strikes demand decisiveness

It is a very difficult moment for university education in Nigeria as it is beset by chronic strikes. The Academic Staff Union of Universities declared the most recent one on August 12, disrupting the already fragile system. ASUU’s main grievance is that th
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Recurring ASUU strikes demand decisiveness

It is a very difficult moment for university education in Nigeria as it is beset by chronic strikes. The Academic Staff Union of Universities declared the most recent one on August 12, disrupting the already fragile system. ASUU’s main grievance is that the Federal Government has not implemented the agreement it reached with the union […]

Presidential mis-communication, Aso Rock rodents and other matters

Niran Adedokun nadedokun@gmail.com I do not know how far the outright incompetent communication at Nigeria’s Presidency would get before the people speak up to its inappropriateness. I agree that it ordinarily should not be the people’s responsibility to
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Presidential mis-communication, Aso Rock rodents and other matters

Niran Adedokun nadedokun@gmail.com I do not know how far the outright incompetent communication at Nigeria’s Presidency would get before the people speak up to its inappropriateness. I agree that it ordinarily should not be the people’s responsibility to complain about those who speak for the President; that should, in fact, be the prerogative of the […]

Typhoon Hato leaves 16 dead in China

The death toll from Severe Typhoon Hato rose to at least 16 Thursday after the storm left a trail of destruction across southern China, blacking out Macau’s mega-casinos and battering Hong Kong’s skyscrapers. Eight died in the gambling hub of Maca
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Typhoon Hato leaves 16 dead in China

The death toll from Severe Typhoon Hato rose to at least 16 Thursday after the storm left a trail of destruction across southern China, blacking out Macau’s mega-casinos and battering Hong Kong’s skyscrapers. Eight died in the gambling hub of Macau, where local media showed cars underwater and people swimming along what are normally streets. […]

Lessons from Freetown and Congo landslides

Greg Odogwu gregodogwu@yahoo.com 08063601665 Africa has never had it so bad from landslides and mudslides. The tragedies of the past week in Freetown and Ituri dwarfed all the tragic tales we have been hearing from Nigeria this rainy season; and pushed every
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Lessons from Freetown and Congo landslides

Greg Odogwu gregodogwu@yahoo.com 08063601665 Africa has never had it so bad from landslides and mudslides. The tragedies of the past week in Freetown and Ituri dwarfed all the tragic tales we have been hearing from Nigeria this rainy season; and pushed every other environmental emergency into insignificance. What could be worse than waking up to […]

Raonic out of US Open with wrist injury

Canadian Milos Raonic has withdrawn from the US Open with a left wrist injury, the world number 11 announced on Instagram on Wednesday. Raonic, 26, said in the post he had a procedure on Wednesday to remove “portions of bone” that had been causin
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Raonic out of US Open with wrist injury

Canadian Milos Raonic has withdrawn from the US Open with a left wrist injury, the world number 11 announced on Instagram on Wednesday. Raonic, 26, said in the post he had a procedure on Wednesday to remove “portions of bone” that had been causing him discomfort for weeks. “I have too much respect for the […]

Typhoon Hato leaves 16 dead China

The death toll from Severe Typhoon Hato rose to at least 16 Thursday after the storm left a trail of destruction across southern China, blacking out Macau’s mega-casinos and battering Hong Kong’s skyscrapers. Eight died in the gambling hub of Maca
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Typhoon Hato leaves 16 dead China

The death toll from Severe Typhoon Hato rose to at least 16 Thursday after the storm left a trail of destruction across southern China, blacking out Macau’s mega-casinos and battering Hong Kong’s skyscrapers. Eight died in the gambling hub of Macau, where local media showed cars underwater and people swimming along what are normally streets. […]

Harassed by influential Nigerians, judiciary resorts to doublespeak

Courts continue to lean on doublespeak when politically-exposed and influential Nigerians approach them for protection from arrests, investigations and other pre-trial procedures, ADE ADESOMOJU reports On July 17, 2016, the National Judicial Council, in a sta
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Harassed by influential Nigerians, judiciary resorts to doublespeak

Courts continue to lean on doublespeak when politically-exposed and influential Nigerians approach them for protection from arrests, investigations and other pre-trial procedures, ADE ADESOMOJU reports On July 17, 2016, the National Judicial Council, in a statement by its Acting Director (now Director) Information, Mr. Soji Oye, said that the Council headed by the then Chief […]

Seven ways to make smartphone battery last longer

Ozioma Ubabukoh oubabukoh@punchng.com All batteries have an expiry date. Same is true for smartphones’ batteries. However, the way you use your smartphone also goes a long way in deciding the longevity of your device’s battery. As such, there are few phon
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Seven ways to make smartphone battery last longer

Ozioma Ubabukoh oubabukoh@punchng.com All batteries have an expiry date. Same is true for smartphones’ batteries. However, the way you use your smartphone also goes a long way in deciding the longevity of your device’s battery. As such, there are few phone charging habits you can implement in your daily life that can increase the lifespan […]

Rooney quits Three Lions

England’s all-time leading goalscorer Wayne Rooney has retired from international football after turning down the chance to be part of the squad for next month’s World Cup qualifiers, BBC  Sport reports. The Everton striker was asked by England boss Gare
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Rooney quits Three Lions

England’s all-time leading goalscorer Wayne Rooney has retired from international football after turning down the chance to be part of the squad for next month’s World Cup qualifiers, BBC  Sport reports. The Everton striker was asked by England boss Gareth Southgate to be involved against Malta and Slovakia. “Every time I was selected was a […]

Nigeria: A country like no other

Growing up, there was this “big man” in our neighbourhood. He drove a big car, lived big and boasted big things. However, the man lived in a rented apartment. His wife had a habit of borrowing some very basic things from some of the neighbours that they l
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Nigeria: A country like no other

Growing up, there was this “big man” in our neighbourhood. He drove a big car, lived big and boasted big things. However, the man lived in a rented apartment. His wife had a habit of borrowing some very basic things from some of the neighbours that they looked down upon as not being in their […]

Recession self-inflicted, Utomi, Soludo insist

Oyetunji Abioye A notable political economist, Prof. Pat Utomi, on Wednesday maintained that the gruelling economic recession in the country was self-inflicted, noting that wrong policy choices led to the hardships facing Nigerians. A former Governor of the C
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Recession self-inflicted, Utomi, Soludo insist

Oyetunji Abioye A notable political economist, Prof. Pat Utomi, on Wednesday maintained that the gruelling economic recession in the country was self-inflicted, noting that wrong policy choices led to the hardships facing Nigerians. A former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof. Charles Soludo, also said although the economy would technically be out of […]

As Buhari returns from London

Ikeogu Oke There are those who wouldn’t bear the thought of President Muhammadu Buhari recovering from his illness, returning from his medical leave in the UK and resuming duty. A brief journey into cyberspace would prove this, with their posts on some soci
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As Buhari returns from London

Ikeogu Oke There are those who wouldn’t bear the thought of President Muhammadu Buhari recovering from his illness, returning from his medical leave in the UK and resuming duty. A brief journey into cyberspace would prove this, with their posts on some social media platforms affirming it with or without giving reasons for their ill-will. […]

Inspector kills police superintendent over money, commits suicide

• Cop shoots man for picking stolen money Etim Ekpimah  and Peter Dada A policeman, Abraham Arowogun, attached to the Kajola Police Station, Kajola town, in the Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State, has committed suicide by jumping into a deep well i
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Inspector kills police superintendent over money, commits suicide

• Cop shoots man for picking stolen money Etim Ekpimah  and Peter Dada A policeman, Abraham Arowogun, attached to the Kajola Police Station, Kajola town, in the Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State, has committed suicide by jumping into a deep well in the station. The incident, which occurred on Tuesday, was mysterious to […]

Corps member attacks driver with dagger, police release suspect

Samson Folarin A taxi driver, John Ikubor, has been incapacitated after an attack by a suspected corps member in the Okota area of Lagos State. PUNCH Metro learnt that the Edo State indigene had carried the corps member from the Toll Gate area, Ojota, to Gree
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Corps member attacks driver with dagger, police release suspect

Samson Folarin A taxi driver, John Ikubor, has been incapacitated after an attack by a suspected corps member in the Okota area of Lagos State. PUNCH Metro learnt that the Edo State indigene had carried the corps member from the Toll Gate area, Ojota, to Greenfield Estate, Okota, after the youth agreed to pay N3,000 […]

Man tricks girlfriend into prostitution in UAE

Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons has arrested one Ozigi Abdulkarim for allegedly luring his 19-year-old girlfriend into prostitution in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. NAPTIP said in a statement by it
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Man tricks girlfriend into prostitution in UAE

Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons has arrested one Ozigi Abdulkarim for allegedly luring his 19-year-old girlfriend into prostitution in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. NAPTIP said in a statement by its Head, Press and Public Relations, Josiah Emerole, that the victim was recruited from Gwarimpa, Abuja, by […]

Herdsmen rape 72-year-old woman

Peter Dada,  Akure A woman identified only as Victoria has been allegedly raped by some suspected Fulani herdsmen in Ore,  in the Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State. Speaking on her ordeal in the hands of the rapists, the septuagenarian explained th
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Herdsmen rape 72-year-old woman

Peter Dada,  Akure A woman identified only as Victoria has been allegedly raped by some suspected Fulani herdsmen in Ore,  in the Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State. Speaking on her ordeal in the hands of the rapists, the septuagenarian explained that she was working on her farm when the two herdsmen attacked her. […]

Ogun community tackles firms as wastewater destroys 15 houses

Afeez Hanafi No fewer than five community development areas in Ijako-Ishaka, Sango Ota, Ogun State, have been thrown into panic over incessant discharge of wastewater into an uncompleted drainage channel in the area. The affected CDAs are Anuoluwapo, Ifesokan
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Ogun community tackles firms as wastewater destroys 15 houses

Afeez Hanafi No fewer than five community development areas in Ijako-Ishaka, Sango Ota, Ogun State, have been thrown into panic over incessant discharge of wastewater into an uncompleted drainage channel in the area. The affected CDAs are Anuoluwapo, Ifesokan, Ogooluwa, Aseyori and Itesiwaju. At least 15 houses were said to have been destroyed by the […]

Gunmen abduct ex-minister in Nasarawa

Some gunmen have abducted a former Minister of Labour and Productivity, Mr. Usaini Akwanga, on his farm in  the Akwanga Local Government Area of Nasarawa State. A family source told PUNCH Metro that the gunmen, numbering 10, stormed the farmland around 6pm o
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Gunmen abduct ex-minister in Nasarawa

Some gunmen have abducted a former Minister of Labour and Productivity, Mr. Usaini Akwanga, on his farm in  the Akwanga Local Government Area of Nasarawa State. A family source told PUNCH Metro that the gunmen, numbering 10, stormed the farmland around 6pm on Tuesday and kidnapped Akwanga. He said the victim was whisked away to […]

PDP inaugurates caretaker committees for Ogun, others, Kashamu kicks

Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, on Wednesday in Abuja inaugurated caretaker committees for the party in Ogun, Borno and Kebbi states. While Abdulahi Wali heads the
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PDP inaugurates caretaker committees for Ogun, others, Kashamu kicks

Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, on Wednesday in Abuja inaugurated caretaker committees for the party in Ogun, Borno and Kebbi states. While Abdulahi Wali heads the Kebbi committee, Abdulmalik Mahmud and Tunde Odanye, were named as heads of the Borno and Ogun […]

Kwara confirms second Lassa fever case

Success Nwogu,  Ilorin The Kwara State Government on Wednesday confirmed another case of Lassa fever in the Ifelodun Local Government Area of the state. The Kwara State Commissioner for Information, Mallam Mahmud Ajeigbe, said during a media briefing in Ilor
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Kwara confirms second Lassa fever case

Success Nwogu,  Ilorin The Kwara State Government on Wednesday confirmed another case of Lassa fever in the Ifelodun Local Government Area of the state. The Kwara State Commissioner for Information, Mallam Mahmud Ajeigbe, said during a media briefing in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, after the state executive council meeting that the victim was the […]

CCB workers protest SGF’s order to reinstate retired secretary

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja  There was palpable discontent on Wednesday at the Code of Conduct Bureau’s headquarters in Abuja over a directive by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation for the reinstatement of the immediate past acting Se
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CCB workers protest SGF’s order to reinstate retired secretary

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja  There was palpable discontent on Wednesday at the Code of Conduct Bureau’s headquarters in Abuja over a directive by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation for the reinstatement of the immediate past acting Secretary of the bureau, Mrs. Folashade Kolawole, who “voluntarily retired” in April this year […]

ASUU justifies strike, accuses Ngige of blackmail

Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan The Academic Staff Union of Universities has called on the Minister for Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, to desist from cheap blackmail in the handling of the ongoing strike called by the union. The President of the union, Prof.
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ASUU justifies strike, accuses Ngige of blackmail

Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan The Academic Staff Union of Universities has called on the Minister for Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, to desist from cheap blackmail in the handling of the ongoing strike called by the union. The President of the union, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, in a bulletin on the strike, asked members of the […]

Ebonyi bans embalming of corpses in homes

Clement Nnachi, Abakaliki The Ebonyi State Government has banned the practice of embalming and keeping corpses in homes under the guise of making arrangements for burial by some communities in the state. The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Daniel Umezurike
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Ebonyi bans embalming of corpses in homes

Clement Nnachi, Abakaliki The Ebonyi State Government has banned the practice of embalming and keeping corpses in homes under the guise of making arrangements for burial by some communities in the state. The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Daniel Umezurike, announced the ban in Abakaliki, the state capital, on Tuesday while briefing newsmen. Umezurike said […]

Akeredolu, Ganduje call for creation of state police

Oladimeji Ramon The Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, and his Kano State counterpart, Abdullahi Ganduje, on Wednesday made a case for the creation of state police, arguing that it is unrealistic for states to leave the security of their citizens in the h
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Akeredolu, Ganduje call for creation of state police

Oladimeji Ramon The Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, and his Kano State counterpart, Abdullahi Ganduje, on Wednesday made a case for the creation of state police, arguing that it is unrealistic for states to leave the security of their citizens in the hands of the Federal Government. The two governors said already they had been […]

Oba of Benin emerges TROMPCOM chairman

Alexander Okere, Benin The Oba of Benin, His Royal Majesty, Oba Ewuare II, has emerged as Chairman of the committee of Traditional Rulers of Oil, Mineral Producing States. The committee comprising traditional rulers from Edo, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Imo, Abia
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Oba of Benin emerges TROMPCOM chairman

Alexander Okere, Benin The Oba of Benin, His Royal Majesty, Oba Ewuare II, has emerged as Chairman of the committee of Traditional Rulers of Oil, Mineral Producing States. The committee comprising traditional rulers from Edo, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Imo, Abia, Ondo, Akwa Ibom and Cross River states. The patron of TROM and Amanayabo of Twon […]

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