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Atiku backs Dickson’s restructuring campaign

Simon Utebor, Yenagoa A former Nigeria’s Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, on Tuesday, backed the restructuring campaign of Governor Seriake Dickson. Atiku visited Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, to consult with Dickson and the Peoples Democratic Part
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Atiku backs Dickson’s restructuring campaign

Simon Utebor, Yenagoa A former Nigeria’s Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, on Tuesday, backed the restructuring campaign of Governor Seriake Dickson. Atiku visited Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, to consult with Dickson and the Peoples Democratic Party in the state to support his presidential ambition. He explained that he had followed the advocacy effort of Dickson on […]

Upright judges’ll be protected —CJN

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, charged judges in the country to be bold and courageous as he assured them that the judiciary would protect judicial officers who adhered to their oath of office. Onnognen gave this c
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Upright judges’ll be protected —CJN

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, charged judges in the country to be bold and courageous as he assured them that the judiciary would protect judicial officers who adhered to their oath of office. Onnognen gave this charge at the swearing-in of Justice Abddu Kafarati as the Chief Judge of […]

Gov poll: Osinbajo, Tinubu, 12 govs storm Ekiti for Fayemi

•You’ve nothing to offer Ekiti people, PDP te Olusola Fabiyi and Kamarudeen Ogundele The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has said the immediate past Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, is the best man to lead Ekiti State. He u
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Gov poll: Osinbajo, Tinubu, 12 govs storm Ekiti for Fayemi

•You’ve nothing to offer Ekiti people, PDP te Olusola Fabiyi and Kamarudeen Ogundele The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has said the immediate past Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, is the best man to lead Ekiti State. He urged the people of the state to vote massively for the candidate of […]

Govt to set up ranches in Oyo, Benue, Kaduna, seven others

Niyi Odebode, Abuja The Federal Government and states have agreed to set up cattle ranches in 10 states — Adamawa, Benue, Ebonyi, Edo, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Oyo, Plateau, Taraba and Zamfara to end herders, farmers’ crisis in the country. The 10 states are in
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Govt to set up ranches in Oyo, Benue, Kaduna, seven others

Niyi Odebode, Abuja The Federal Government and states have agreed to set up cattle ranches in 10 states — Adamawa, Benue, Ebonyi, Edo, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Oyo, Plateau, Taraba and Zamfara to end herders, farmers’ crisis in the country. The 10 states are in the first phase of the national ranching project. This was disclosed on […]

Many feared dead as plywood falls off Lagos bridge

Samson Folarin and Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe No fewer than two people have been killed while many others are feared dead after piles of plywood fell off the Ojuelegba Bridge, Lagos State. The PUNCH learnt that the incident happened around 8pm on Tuesday. A sourc
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Many feared dead as plywood falls off Lagos bridge

Samson Folarin and Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe No fewer than two people have been killed while many others are feared dead after piles of plywood fell off the Ojuelegba Bridge, Lagos State. The PUNCH learnt that the incident happened around 8pm on Tuesday. A source at the scene said three commercial buses and a car belonging to […]

Former FIFA boss Blatter arrives Moscow hotel

The former president of world soccer’s governing body FIFA, Sepp Blatter, has arrived in Russia where the football World Cup is currently omgoing. A Reuters reporter saw Blatter arriving at a hotel in central Moscow on Tuesday evening. Blatter, who led FIF
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Former FIFA boss Blatter arrives Moscow hotel

The former president of world soccer’s governing body FIFA, Sepp Blatter, has arrived in Russia where the football World Cup is currently omgoing. A Reuters reporter saw Blatter arriving at a hotel in central Moscow on Tuesday evening. Blatter, who led FIFA for 17 years, is serving a six-year ban from soccer for unethical conduct […]

World Cup: How Russia defeated Egypt

Three weeks and three days after Sergio Ramos twisted and slammed Egypt’s best World Cup hope into the grass, Mohamed Salah returned. He won a penalty, and scored it, ripping the ball with his left foot into the top corner. But by then, Russia were alre
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World Cup: How Russia defeated Egypt

Three weeks and three days after Sergio Ramos twisted and slammed Egypt’s best World Cup hope into the grass, Mohamed Salah returned. He won a penalty, and scored it, ripping the ball with his left foot into the top corner. But by then, Russia were already three up and this game was as good as […]

Driver escapes as car catches fire

A Volkswagen Passat car on Tuesday went up in flames on Ojota Bridge, Lagos. According to the Rapid Response Squad Twitter handle, the RRS was on ground and other emergency services were mobilised to the scene of the fire, which occurred in the afternoon. Dri
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Driver escapes as car catches fire

A Volkswagen Passat car on Tuesday went up in flames on Ojota Bridge, Lagos. According to the Rapid Response Squad Twitter handle, the RRS was on ground and other emergency services were mobilised to the scene of the fire, which occurred in the afternoon. Drivers were urged to drive carefully around the area. READ ALSO: Govt […]

ICYMI: Buhari rules out meeting with nPDP members

Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that he will never sit down for discussion with the aggrieved members of the defunct new Peoples Democratic Party that joined forces to form the ruling All Progressives Congress. A top governmen
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ICYMI: Buhari rules out meeting with nPDP members

Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that he will never sit down for discussion with the aggrieved members of the defunct new Peoples Democratic Party that joined forces to form the ruling All Progressives Congress. A top government official disclosed this to journalists on the condition of anonymity on Monday. The source said […]

Husband bans wife from seeing doctor for 16 years

A man, Aziz Rehman, 47, was on Tuesday sentenced to three years and nine months in jail for keeping his wife a prisoner in their home and also for subjecting her to regular beatings for more than 16 years. The court heard how Rehman would only allow Zeenit B
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Husband bans wife from seeing doctor for 16 years

A man, Aziz Rehman, 47, was on Tuesday sentenced to three years and nine months in jail for keeping his wife a prisoner in their home and also for subjecting her to regular beatings for more than 16 years. The court heard how Rehman would only allow Zeenit Bibi, 36, to leave the house to do […]

Housewife seeks divorce because husband refuses to pray

A housewife, Hassana Angyan, on Tuesday begged a Kubwa Grade 1 Area Court to dissolve her marriage with Shuaibu Abdullahi, over his drunkenness, refusal to pray and battery. Angyan told the court that she got married to Abdullahi 30 years ago, under Islamic L
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Housewife seeks divorce because husband refuses to pray

A housewife, Hassana Angyan, on Tuesday begged a Kubwa Grade 1 Area Court to dissolve her marriage with Shuaibu Abdullahi, over his drunkenness, refusal to pray and battery. Angyan told the court that she got married to Abdullahi 30 years ago, under Islamic Law, the marriage produced six children. She then said Abdullahi formed the […]

Japan put party on hold after making World Cup history

Japan coach Akira Nishino joked about organising a parade through Saransk to celebrate a slice of World Cup history on Tuesday after his side shocked 10-man Colombia. The Japanese were widely written off as Group H contenders when Nishino was brought in as he
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Japan put party on hold after making World Cup history

Japan coach Akira Nishino joked about organising a parade through Saransk to celebrate a slice of World Cup history on Tuesday after his side shocked 10-man Colombia. The Japanese were widely written off as Group H contenders when Nishino was brought in as head coach in April, leaving him precious little time to prepare for […]

Ekiti Assembly PDP member defects to APC

Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti A member of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, and Deputy Leader, Mr. Ebenezer Alagbada, has defected to the All Progressives Congress from the Peoples Democratic Party. He joined another member, Gboyega Aribisogan, who had earl
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Ekiti Assembly PDP member defects to APC

Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti A member of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, and Deputy Leader, Mr. Ebenezer Alagbada, has defected to the All Progressives Congress from the Peoples Democratic Party. He joined another member, Gboyega Aribisogan, who had earlier defected to the APC after he was suspended for 180 legislative days for alleged anti-party […]

Teenage boy drowns in Kano pond

A 13-year-old boy, Usman Faisal, has drowned while taking his bath in a pond at Gadam Village, in Ungogo Local Government Area of Kano State, officials said. The spokesman of the Kano State Fire Service, Mr. Saidu Mohammed, disclosed this to the News Agency o
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Teenage boy drowns in Kano pond

A 13-year-old boy, Usman Faisal, has drowned while taking his bath in a pond at Gadam Village, in Ungogo Local Government Area of Kano State, officials said. The spokesman of the Kano State Fire Service, Mr. Saidu Mohammed, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in Kano on Tuesday Mohammed said the incident happened on […]

Ekiti 2018 : Osinbajo, Tinubu, Oyegun lead party chieftains for Fayemi election

Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday, led creme de la creme in the All Progressives Congress to Ekiti to kick-start the campaign for the candidate of the party in the July 14 governorship election, Dr Kayode Fayemi. Addressing the crowd at the Oluye
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Ekiti 2018 : Osinbajo, Tinubu, Oyegun lead party chieftains for Fayemi election

Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday, led creme de la creme in the All Progressives Congress to Ekiti to kick-start the campaign for the candidate of the party in the July 14 governorship election, Dr Kayode Fayemi. Addressing the crowd at the Oluyemi Kayode stadium, Ado-Ekiti, venue of the mega rally, the Vice President […]

Pique in hot water with Barcelona over Griezmann documentary

Barcelona star Gerard Pique has landed himself in hot water with the club’s managers over his involvement in a documentary which saw Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann announce his decision to snub the Catalan giants. Pique owns the production co
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Pique in hot water with Barcelona over Griezmann documentary

Barcelona star Gerard Pique has landed himself in hot water with the club’s managers over his involvement in a documentary which saw Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann announce his decision to snub the Catalan giants. Pique owns the production company that filmed “The Decision” in which the French striker mulls a possible move to Barcelona before […]

VIDEO: Man falls off moving car as fans celebrate Harry Kane’s 2-1 win

A man was thrown off a moving car in an apparent daring-do as England fans mark the 2-1 win over Tunisia in the Monday encounter at the ongoing World Cup fiesta in Russia. See the video, courtesy, Kitty Payne: The celebration feels as if England has won the W
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VIDEO: Man falls off moving car as fans celebrate Harry Kane’s 2-1 win

A man was thrown off a moving car in an apparent daring-do as England fans mark the 2-1 win over Tunisia in the Monday encounter at the ongoing World Cup fiesta in Russia. See the video, courtesy, Kitty Payne: The celebration feels as if England has won the World Cup, an observer says. England’s team […]

Police arrest 10 motorpark thieves in Anambra

Tony Okafor, Awka The police in Anambra State have arrested 10 handbag snatchers in different motor parks in the  State. Punch Metro gathered that the thieves had terrorised Ogidi, Nnewi, Onitsha and Ihiala residents over time. The Police Public Relations Of
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Police arrest 10 motorpark thieves in Anambra

Tony Okafor, Awka The police in Anambra State have arrested 10 handbag snatchers in different motor parks in the  State. Punch Metro gathered that the thieves had terrorised Ogidi, Nnewi, Onitsha and Ihiala residents over time. The Police Public Relations Officer in the State, Haruna Mohammed, who confirmed the arrest said the command would soon […]

2018 World Cup: Portuguese have two feet, two legs… like us, says Moroccan midfielder Faycal Fajr

Cristiano Ronaldo will attempt to follow up his World Cup opening game heroics for Portugal against a Morocco side licking their wounds after a crushing last-gasp defeat. A hat-trick from the five-time world player of the year snatched a thrilling 3-3 draw fo
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2018 World Cup: Portuguese have two feet, two legs… like us, says Moroccan midfielder Faycal Fajr

Cristiano Ronaldo will attempt to follow up his World Cup opening game heroics for Portugal against a Morocco side licking their wounds after a crushing last-gasp defeat. A hat-trick from the five-time world player of the year snatched a thrilling 3-3 draw for the European champions against Spain in a heavyweight Group B showdown in […]

Wizkid’s runway images sold for N179,889 online

The images of Wizkid walking the runway for Dolce & Gabbana on Saturday at the Milan Men’s Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2019 has been put up for sale by a photo company online for  $499 (N179,889) per image. On GettyImages, photos of the singer incl
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Wizkid’s runway images sold for N179,889 online

The images of Wizkid walking the runway for Dolce & Gabbana on Saturday at the Milan Men’s Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2019 has been put up for sale by a photo company online for  $499 (N179,889) per image. On GettyImages, photos of the singer included a long shot, a back view of the singer, as well as […]

Record 68.5 million people displaced worldwide – UN

A record 68.5 million people have been forced flee their homes due to war, violence and persecution, notably in places like Myanmar and Syria, the UN said on Tuesday. By the end of 2017, the number was nearly three million higher than the previous year and sh
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Record 68.5 million people displaced worldwide – UN

A record 68.5 million people have been forced flee their homes due to war, violence and persecution, notably in places like Myanmar and Syria, the UN said on Tuesday. By the end of 2017, the number was nearly three million higher than the previous year and showed a 50-percent increase from the 42.7 million uprooted […]

Buhari rules out meeting with nPDP members

Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that he will never sit down for discussion with the aggrieved members of the defunct new Peoples Democratic Party that joined forces to form the ruling All Progressives Congress. A top governmen
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Buhari rules out meeting with nPDP members

Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that he will never sit down for discussion with the aggrieved members of the defunct new Peoples Democratic Party that joined forces to form the ruling All Progressives Congress. A top government official disclosed this to journalists on the condition of anonymity on Monday. The source said […]

All eyes on Salah as Russia take on Egypt

World Cup hosts Russia face an Egypt side buoyed by the likely return of star man Mohamed Salah on Tuesday knowing a win will all but guarantee a place in the last 16. Liverpool wizard Salah missed his team’s defeat to Uruguay on Friday as he struggles
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All eyes on Salah as Russia take on Egypt

World Cup hosts Russia face an Egypt side buoyed by the likely return of star man Mohamed Salah on Tuesday knowing a win will all but guarantee a place in the last 16. Liverpool wizard Salah missed his team’s defeat to Uruguay on Friday as he struggles to recover from the shoulder injury sustained during […]

World Cup: Luis Suarez seeks redemption as he reaches 100 caps

For a player who has made so many headlines at the World Cup, it is appropriate that Luiz Suarez will make his 100th appearance for Uruguay at football’s biggest tournament. Barring any last minute disasters, the Barcelona striker will reach his centur
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World Cup: Luis Suarez seeks redemption as he reaches 100 caps

For a player who has made so many headlines at the World Cup, it is appropriate that Luiz Suarez will make his 100th appearance for Uruguay at football’s biggest tournament. Barring any last minute disasters, the Barcelona striker will reach his century of games for the Celeste on Wednesday when they play Saudi Arabia in […]

What it will take to transform Nigeria

While there are various theories and postulations on how we got here as a nation and who is to blame, one thing that most Nigerians can all agree on is that we cannot continue to fester in this cesspool of failed systems, poor leadership at some levels of gov
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What it will take to transform Nigeria

While there are various theories and postulations on how we got here as a nation and who is to blame, one thing that most Nigerians can all agree on is that we cannot continue to fester in this cesspool of failed systems, poor leadership at some levels of governance and missed opportunities. More than ever, […]

World Cup: It’s difficult to play as a lone striker –Ighalo

Festus Abu, Kaliningrad China-based forward Odion Ighalo is not happy playing as a lone striker in Nigeria’s coach Gernot Rohr’s preferred 3-2-3-1 formation and he allegedly wants showdown talks with his German boss. Ighalo has taken loads of stick (stic
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World Cup: It’s difficult to play as a lone striker –Ighalo

Festus Abu, Kaliningrad China-based forward Odion Ighalo is not happy playing as a lone striker in Nigeria’s coach Gernot Rohr’s preferred 3-2-3-1 formation and he allegedly wants showdown talks with his German boss. Ighalo has taken loads of stick (stick uncountable) for his below-par performance in the Super Eagles’ Russia READ ALSO: Iceland warn Eagles ahead […]

BREAKING: Mexico 1-0 Germany

Mexico has scored a goal against Germany in their World Cup encounter on Sunday. The goal was scored in the 35th minute by Hirving Lozano. Mexico take a deserved lead and it is regarded as a stunning goal. Hernandez gets the better of Hummels on the halfway
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BREAKING: Mexico 1-0 Germany

Mexico has scored a goal against Germany in their World Cup encounter on Sunday. The goal was scored in the 35th minute by Hirving Lozano. Mexico take a deserved lead and it is regarded as a stunning goal. Hernandez gets the better of Hummels on the halfway line and when he receives the ball back, it’s […]

When I remarried, many girls, married women left my church — Anselm Madubuko

The General Overseer of Revival Assembly Church, Lagos, Apostle Anselm Madubuko, shares his fatherhood experience with OLUSHOLA RICKETTS      How would you describe fatherhood? I believe fatherhood is an assignment given by God to some people on earth. Wh
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When I remarried, many girls, married women left my church — Anselm Madubuko

The General Overseer of Revival Assembly Church, Lagos, Apostle Anselm Madubuko, shares his fatherhood experience with OLUSHOLA RICKETTS      How would you describe fatherhood? I believe fatherhood is an assignment given by God to some people on earth. When one begins to understand that fatherhood is a godly assignment, then such person takes it seriously. […]

Get Alli! Tunisia coach singles out Dele the danger man

Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul has singled out England’s Dele Alli as his side’s most dangerous opponent as he prepared for their World Cup Group G opener at the Volgograd Arena on Monday. The confident coach, in his second spell as national team bos
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Get Alli! Tunisia coach singles out Dele the danger man

Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul has singled out England’s Dele Alli as his side’s most dangerous opponent as he prepared for their World Cup Group G opener at the Volgograd Arena on Monday. The confident coach, in his second spell as national team boss, said his side could beat England and open the door to progressing […]

Brief stories from the World Cup

Here’s a look at some of the stories you may have missed at the World Cup: Alli’s superstitious streak England’s Dele Alli is so superstitious that he still wears the same “battered” shin guards that he had in school. “I do
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Brief stories from the World Cup

Here’s a look at some of the stories you may have missed at the World Cup: Alli’s superstitious streak England’s Dele Alli is so superstitious that he still wears the same “battered” shin guards that he had in school. “I don’t know if anybody knows this but I’ve had the same shinpads since I was […]

Olubadan bars masqueraders from visiting high chiefs

Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan The Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, on Sunday proclaimed that no traditional masqueraders in the city must visit any of the high chiefs whose elevation by the Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi to obaship status triggered c
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Olubadan bars masqueraders from visiting high chiefs

Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan The Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, on Sunday proclaimed that no traditional masqueraders in the city must visit any of the high chiefs whose elevation by the Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi to obaship status triggered controversies and legal actions. The 2018 Egungun Festival is scheduled to commence in Ibadan […]

I was always broke when I was with Five Star Music – Skiibii

Olushola Ricketts When Skiibii Mayana announced that he was leaving Five Star Music last year, music lovers wondered how he would survive alone. Speaking with Sunday Scoop, the singer said he had become a better musician and person since parting ways with hi
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I was always broke when I was with Five Star Music – Skiibii

Olushola Ricketts When Skiibii Mayana announced that he was leaving Five Star Music last year, music lovers wondered how he would survive alone. Speaking with Sunday Scoop, the singer said he had become a better musician and person since parting ways with his former bosses, Kcee and his brother, E-Money. “I am hundred per cent […]

Third force slot battle rages as 2019 polls beckon

ENIOLA AKINKUOTU examines the political moves of third force elements ahead of the 2019 general elections Having lost power after vowing to rule Nigeria for 60 years, Nigeria’s longest-ever ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party, faced its worst crisis
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Third force slot battle rages as 2019 polls beckon

ENIOLA AKINKUOTU examines the political moves of third force elements ahead of the 2019 general elections Having lost power after vowing to rule Nigeria for 60 years, Nigeria’s longest-ever ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party, faced its worst crisis yet. While a large number of PDP leaders were arrested or arraigned for allegedly using stolen […]

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