• Why Rivers surpassed Lagos as top investment destination —Wike

    The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has hailed the emergence of the state as Nigeria’s top investment destination.
    The governor was reacting to a recent investment profile report by the Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission, which indicated that Rivers State received the largest investment in the first half of 2018, surpassing Lagos State.
    According to him, the profile of the state has risen due to the implementation of sound economic policies and investments in secu
  • Tinubu’s absence stalls decision on Ambode

    The meeting of the Governor Advisory Committee on Saturday could not make any tangible decision due to the absence of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
    GAC was supposed to decide the governorship candidate of the APC in the 2019 elections.
    Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had expressed his willingness to go for a second term.
    However two former commissioners in the state – Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Dr. Femi Hamzat- had also obtained their form
  • Osun election: APC, PDP, SDP lead in strongholds

    Olufemi Atoyebi
    The leading candidates in the Osun governorship election won majority of the votes cast in their respective local government areas on Saturday to justify their popularity and acceptability among their people.
    Reports of the votes announced at the polling units by the Independent National Electoral Commission showed that the All Progressives Congress candidate, Gboyega Oyetola whose party maintained stronghold in Osogbo was ahead of others in the state capital.
    The candidate of th
  • Osun election: Declare fake results, go to jail — INEC

    Olaleye AlukoThe Independent National Electoral Commission has warned politicians that announcing or publishing fake results in the Osun State governorship election is a criminal offence and punishable by a term of imprisonment.
    The INEC said the people should await “official results” to be uploaded on its platforms as declared by the election returning officer.
    The commission stated this on Saturday on its Twitter page to warn against false election results disseminated on social me
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  • Resumption: APC lawmakers allege PDP plot against Buhari on Tuesday

    The National Assembly may soon be in the news again for the wrong reasons if the different tunes emanating from senators and members of the House of Representatives on the planned reconvening of the federal parliament on Tuesday are anything to go by.
    Investigations by SUNDAY PUNCH revealed that no official communication had been sent out by the leadership of the national legislature to any member to either announce the postponement of the September 25 resumptio
  • Osun election: EU commends voters for being ‘calm, well behaved’

    Jesusegun Alagbe
    The European Union Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Ketil Karlsen, has commended the electorate in Osun State for being calm and well-behaved during the Saturday governorship election in the state.
    He also said he was hopeful the people’s votes would count in the end.
    Karlsen, who was among the election observers, told journalists in Iragbiji, Osun State on Saturday morning that the EU was hopeful the poll would be a model for the 2019 general elections.
    He described the Osun vot
  • Osun election: ADC candidate, Akinbade, laments vote-buying

    Olufemi Atoyebi
    The Osun State governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress, Fatai Akinbade, on Saturday, said despite the promise by the Independent National Electoral Commission to curb vote-buying, the menace was rampant at polling units with vote-buyers brazenly approaching voters in the queue and offering them cash.
    Akinbade, who expressed sadness over the practice, said he even witnessed cases of vote-buying in his unit when he was about to vote.
    Although the candidate, who vo
  • Osun election: I will win, if it is free and fair — Adeleke

    Success Nwogu
    The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, said he would win the Saturday, governorship election, if it was free and fair.
    He spoke to journalists after casting his vote at about 8.08am at Unit 9, Ward 2, in Abegunde, Ede in Osun State.
    Adeleke said, “I am very optimistic that I am going to win this election.
    “All the allegations levelled against me were false. They tried to make sure that I did not stand for the election. I am
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  • Oyinlola lauds INEC

    A former governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, has lauded the Independent National Electoral Commission for steps taken to tackle electoral malpractices.
    Oyinlola gave the commendation in Okuku, Odo Otin Local Government Area on Saturday after casting his vote.
    He said the atmosphere was calm and perfect and observed with satisfaction the arrangement of voting booths, which prevented anyone from seeing who a voter voted for on the ballot paper.
    “For INEC, the way
  • Osun election: Card readers fail in some places

    Success Nwogu
    Card readers malfunctioned in some areas during the Osun State governorship election.
    Our correspondent gathered that the device malfunctioned in Ife and Oriade, among other places.
    It was further learnt that the problem was later rectified.
    The state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Olusegun Agbaje, confirmed the development in an interview with our correspondent.
    He said, “In about five places, we had issues with smart card readers, but from messages I am getting from If
  • Osun election: REC confirms arrest of vote buyer with N600,000

    Success Nwogu
    The Osun State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Olusegun Agbaje, has confirmed that a suspected vote buyer was arrested in the Iwo Local Government Area of the state.
    He said the suspect was arrested with about N600,000 cash and had been handed over to the police.
    Agbaje said, “At Iwo, we got a report that security agencies arrested someone with about N600,000 cash near a polling unit. The person was arrested and he is already with the police.
    “I don’t know the
  • If Obasanjo has problem with me, that’s his problem –Atiku

    A former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, on Saturday, said he had no problem with former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
    Abubakar, who is a Peoples Democratic Party presidential aspirant, made the statement while addressing the Nasarawa State Working Committee and delegates of the PDP in Lafia, the state capital.
    When asked to comment on the alleged rift between him and Obasanjo, Atiku said he had no problem with the former President.
    “I don’t have any problem with
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  • Again, Secondus rules out candidates’ imposition

    The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party has assured all its 13 presidential aspirants that they will be given free and equal chance at the party’s national convention slated for October 5 and 6 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
    It also said that neither the governors nor members of the National Working Committee would impose any presidential candidate on the party ahead of the 2019 general elections.
    The National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, who
  • Flood deaths hit 101, NEMA increases rescue effort

    Onuba Ifeanyi and Okechukwu NnodimThe number of casualties arising from severe flooding in about 12 states across the country has risen to 101, the National Emergency Management Agency declared on Saturday.
    According to the Director-General, NEMA, Mustapha Maihaja, the rise in the number of casualties was despite the intensified effort put in by the agency in conjunction with other agencies of government, as well as parastatals in the affected states.
    Maihaja, who disclosed this to our correspon
  • Buhari travels to US Sunday

    President Muhammadu Buhari will on Sunday depart for New York in the United States of America to attend the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly which officially opened on September 18.
    The Senior Special Adviser to the President, Femi Adesina, said this in a statement on Saturday.
    According to Adesina, Buhari will be accompanied by his wife, Aisha;  Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Attorney-General and Minister of Justice,
  • Skye Bank employees will get fresh Polaris contracts — NDIC

    The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation has said that workers of the defunct Skye Bank Plc will be offered new contract terms under the management of Polaris Bank.
    The corporation said this in a statement made available to our correspondent on Saturday and signed by the Head, Communications and Public Affairs, Mohammed Kudu.
    The Central Bank of Nigeria had on Friday revoked the operating licence of Skye Bank Plc with immediate effect.
    The Governor of the CBN, Mr Godwin Emefiele,
  • Jonathan says Mark capable of uniting Nigeria

    Former President Goodluck Jonathan, on Saturday, threw his weight behind former Senate President David Mark, describing him as a man with strength of character and a clear conscience who could rebuild a fragmented and disunited Nigeria in 2019.
    According to a statement, Jonathan spoke at his Yenogoa, Bayelsa State home, while receiving Mark, who is a Peoples Democratic Party presidential aspirant.
    He said, “Nigeria has never been more disunited. We are only existing superfici
  • APC’ll use Akwa Ibom as launch pad —Buhari

    President Muhammadu Buhari has said the All Progressives Congress will use Akwa Ibom State as a launch pad to capture other South-South states.
    The President added that the South-South states had much to benefit from the APC-led Federal Government than remaining in the opposition.
    Buhari, who was represented by his Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, said this during a special solidarity rally held in support of the President and an APC
  • Fish out AAU students’ killers, Obaseki orders police

    Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has directed the state police command to identify and arrest those culpable in the murder of three students and two alumni of the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma.
    Obaseki, who condemned the killing on Saturday, urged the police to ensure that the perpetrators faced the wrath of the law.
    The five victims were shot by suspected cultists last Tuesday, after a fight broke out between two persons at a bar located around Judges’s Quarters, in
  • CAC seeks Leah’s release

    The President of Christ Apostolic Church, Worldwide, Pastor Abraham Akinosun, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to do everything within his powers to secure the release of Leah Sharibu.
    Leah was one of the over 100 girls abducted by Boko Haram from the Government Girls Technical and Science College, Dapchi in February.
    Akinosun, according to a statement by the church spokesperson, Pastor Ade Alawode, on Friday, stated this at a press conference during the pastors’ conference of the
  • Ex-Bayelsa gov’s aide raped me in his office —Cashier

    The victim in the alleged rape trial of Chief Perekeme Kpodo, a former Security Adviser to former Bayelsa State Governor, Timipre Sylva, has testified before a Bayelsa High Court, giving vivid accounts of how she was raped by her boss (Kpodo).
    The 26-year-old lady (name withheld) on Friday testified along with her uncle and a medical doctor, who examined her on June 9, a day after she was allegedly abused sexually.
    In her testimony at the court, the victim said she was invited by th
  • 12 crew members abducted as pirates attack Swiss ship off Nigerian coast

    A Swiss-operated ship has been attacked off the coast of Nigeria, Switzerland’s foreign ministry said late Saturday, amid reports that 12 crew members had been kidnapped by pirates.
    The foreign ministry “has been informed of the attack on Glarus, a vessel sailing under a Swiss flag along the Nigerian coast,” it said in a statement sent to AFP.
    It added that the Swiss Maritime Navigation Office was in contact with the vessel’s operator, but provided no further details.
  • Ahmed’s appointment confirms Buhari’s tribal toga — Junaid

    A Second Republic lawmaker, Junaid Mohammed, has faulted the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to make Mrs Zainab Ahmed the supervising minister of the Ministry of Finance.
    The former minister, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, vacated the seat last week after resigning her appointment for allegedly using a fake National Youth Service Corps exemption letter.
    Buhari immediately asked Ahmed, the then Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, to oversee the finance ministry.
    But M
  • We opted for indirect primaries after consensus failed –Ogun APC

    The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Ogun State, Chief Derin Adebiyi, said the party has opted for indirect primary in the state when it appeared that the consensus and the direct options might not work.
    Adebiyi, who stated this in a telephone interview with our correspondent on Friday, explained that the party initially settled for the consensus arrangement but had to embrace the direct option when the former was rejected by some members.
    He added that the state cha
  • National carrier: Merge Air Peace, Dana, others, says Murray-Bruce

    A member of the Senate Committee on Aviation, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, has advised the Federal Government to turn local airlines into Nigeria’s national carrier.
    Murray-Bruce, while reacting to the indefinite suspension of the proposed Nigeria Air, stated that the government did not need to start a national carrier from scratch when Nigeria had airline operators with the facilities and experience to become one for the country.
    In an interview with SUNDAY PUNCH, the lawmaker,
  • NLC rejects Ortom’s panel on N15bn Paris Club refund

    Workers in Benue State have rejected the composition of a committee set up by Governor Samuel Ortom to handle the disbursement of the N14.9bn Paris Club loan refund to the state.
    Some of the workers, who spoke on condition of anonymity, expressed doubt in the ability of the panel to do justice to the funds disbursement.
    The state chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Godwin Anya, disagreed with the setting-up of a panel to disburse the funds.
    He said, “There is no need
  • Youths should discard any sense of entitlement – Muele Wilcox

    Muele Wilcox, 26, is a senior associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She speaks about the intricacies of her job
    What stirred your interest in accounting?
    When I was much younger, I enjoyed going with my mum to the bank because I loved the way bankers were always on top of their numbers. It intrigued me and it stirred the interest in me. Also, I love numbers, checks and balances.
    What schools did you attend?I attended the University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt.
    As a senior associate, what is y
  • Pay our arrears, Kogi LG workers beg Bello

    Gbenga Odogun
    The organised labour in the Local Government Areas of the Kogi State have called on the state government to pay the percentages of salaries owed by previous administrations as soon as possible.
    The leadership of the state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria, and the Nigeria Union of Teachers, in a joint statement on Saturday, stated that such a gesture would ensure the state government continued to enjoy loyalty, s
  • Start with what you have, improve as you go along – Agunbiade

    Chief Executive Officer of Ayo Naledi Designs, Ayotunde Agunbiade, 29, speaks with NIKE POPOOLA on her passion for jewellery business
    What is your educational background?
    My name is Ayotunde Agunbiade but a lot of people call me Ayo Naledi. I’m the first of three kids. I graduated from Covenant University in 2008 where I studied Banking and Finance. I worked with the United Bank for Africa for my National Youth Service Corps programme. After my service year, I worked as a customer service
  • I’m not asking PDP for automatic ticket —Ortom

    John Charles
    The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Saturday, expressed confidence that he could retain the mandate of his people in the 2019 polls.
    Ortom, who spoke to journalists at his official residence, Government House, Makurdi, said he was confident he would  get the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party and win the 2019 governorship election.
    The governor said, “I look forward to emerging my party’s candidate and also winning the election by the grace of God.
  • Anxiety over extension of $160m World Bank job creation programme

    In this piece, IFEANYI ONUBA examines the controversies surrounding the World Bank Growth and Employment Project and what the government is doing to address concerns raised by participants on the job creation project
    When the idea of the World Bank’s Growth and Employment Project was mooted five years ago, not many had envisaged that the project would be trailed by a lot of controversies.
    The Growth and Employment project is implemented by the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Invest
  • Kaduna employs PhD holder as primary school teacher

    Godwin Isenyo
    The Kaduna State Government has employed 13,606 additional qualified public primary school teachers, including a PhD holder in the state.
    According to the state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mallam Ja’afaru Sani, the exercise marks the filling of the 25,000 vacancies announced after the sacking of the 22,000 unqualified teachers in the state in January.
    Sani, who spoke to journalists in Kaduna on Saturday, noted that in addition to the PhD holder, 8,494
  • Ogun abandoned channelisation turns to gully of deaths, swallows houses, farms

    TOPE OMOGBOLAGUN writes about the pains of families of landlords in communities in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, who died after losing houses to erosion
    The gully that sliced the Owa Kurudu, Mayo Mayo and Logun communities in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, is akin to a smelly sore that festers by the second. Sadly, the erosion ravaging the communities for some years has swallowed houses which left their owners distraught. These distressed former house owners are even lucky. Others have died due to the intensit
  • Oando boss highlights gas development challenges

    The Group Chief Executive Officer, Oando Plc, Mr Wale Tinubu, has said gas development in Nigeria has been stunted by the slow development of the market and the difficulty in accessing long-term, low-interest capital needed to undertake the massive projects that can ensure delivery of gas to all parts of the country.
    “Gas development is closely tied to infrastructure development – or the lack of it. Gas infrastructure is a high-cost, low-margin business. It has a high barrier of entr
  • NERC worries over reliance on gas-fired power plants

     ’Femi Asu
    The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission has expressed concern about the over-dependence on gas-fired power plants for the generation of electricity in the country.
    NERC, in its latest quarterly report, said gas-fired thermal plants dominated the electricity generation mix, accounting for 81 per cent of the energy generated in the first quarter of this year.
    It said, “This implies that approximately 4kWh of every 5kWh of electricity generated in Nigeria in the f
  • Strategies to make the most of LinkedIn network

    Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr.
    One social networking platform that I consider important for every professional is LinkedIn. Even if the individual does not have the time or interest to become an active member of the network, it is simply advisable because of its potential.
    I recall how Microsoft shocked the business and technology world in 2016 when it announced plans to acquire the professional social network for $26.2bn because it desperately needed to succeed at owning its social platform.
  • At times, I get confused about dad’s music – King Wadada’s son

    Wisdom is a son of reggae singer, Austin Peter, popularly called King Wadada. He talks about his father’s career with OLUSHOLA RICKETTS
    Tell us about yourself.
    I am the first child of King Wadada and studying Business Administration at the Lagos State Polytechnic. I run a part-time programme which allows me to work and develop myself. I am also into graphic designing and digital marketing. I have two younger sisters.
    Why didn’t you follow in your father’s footsteps?
    I know peop
  • Understanding the ECU

    Kunle Shonaike
    In the last two decades, we have seen more extensive application of IT and electronic technologies in modern vehicles. Many vehicle control systems, typically EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection), ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), SRS (Air Bag), TC (Traction Control), AT (Automatic Transmission), etc., are computerised. Computerisation makes the Control precise, quick, effective and safe. Consequently, a significant progress in vehicle driveability, fuel economy, power performance, comfo
  • APC planning to attack Osun collation centres to alter results – PDP

    Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja
    The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party has alleged that there were desperate moves by the All Progressives Congress to hijack the collation of results in the Osun Governorship election.
    It said that the APC was doing this  following its alleged realisation it had lost at the polling units.
    The party also alerted that APC thugs, aided by security agencies, were stirring violence in Ila, Boripe Local Government Areas, “where they are attacking a co
  • BREAKING: APC planning to attack Osun collation centres to alter results – PDP

    Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja
    The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party has alleged that there were desperate moves by the All Progressives Congress to hijack the collation of results in the Osun Governorship election.
    It said that the APC was doing this  following its alleged realisation it had lost at the polling units.
    The party also alerted that APC thugs, aided by security agencies, were stirring violence in Ila, Boripe Local Government Areas, “where they are attacking a co
  • PHOTOS: Anthony Joshua knocks out Povetkin, retains world heavyweight titles

    Anthony Joshua retained his International Boxing Federation, World Boxing Association and World Boxing Organisation heavyweight titles with a seventh-round stoppage of Alexander Povetkin at London’s Wembley Stadium on Saturday.
    Anthony Joshua reacts on his way to the ring ahead of the fight against Russia’s Alexander Povetkin in their boxing world Heavyweight title fight at Wembley Stadium in north-west London on September 22, 2018.  AFP PHOTO
    Russia’s Alexander Povetkin (
  • BREAKING! Anthony Joshua knocks out Povetkin

    Britain’s Anthony Joshua retained his International Boxing Federation, World Boxing Association and World Boxing Organisation heavyweight titles with a seventh-round stoppage of Alexander Povetkin at London’s Wembley Stadium on Saturday.
    It was the first time the Russian, whose only previous professional loss was a points defeat by Wladimir Klitschko, had been stopped in the paid ranks.
    Victory saw Joshua, the London 2012 Olympic champion, extend his unbeaten professional record to 2
  • UPDATED: Anthony Joshua knocks out Povetkin

    Britain’s Anthony Joshua retained his world heavyweight titles by inflicting the first stoppage defeat of Alexander Povetkin’s professional career with a ruthless seventh-round finish at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.
    A previously close contest turned in Joshua’s favour decisively when he sent the Russian crashing to the canvas with a straight right hand and left hook.
    Povetkin gamely beat the count but Joshua piled in before referee Steve Gray stopped the contest at one minute
  • Rodriguez stars as Bayern maintain perfect Bundesliga start

    James Rodriguez shone for Bayern Munich, scoring a goal and winning a penalty, as the German champions made four wins from their first four Bundesliga games with a 2-0 victory at Schalke to stay top on Saturday.
    Rodriguez struck with just eight minutes gone at Gelsenkirchen’s Veltins Arena, expertly slipping his marker, former Bayern team-mate Sebastian Rudy, to power home a header from Joshua Kimmich’s cross.
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    It was a sublime eff
  • Vote-buying takes shine off Osun election – Akinbade

    Alhaji Fatai Akinbade, the governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress in Saturday’s governorship election in Osun State, says voting-buying has negatively affected the just concluded election in the state.
    The News Agency of Nigeria  reports that  Akinbade, who spoke to newsmen in Ogbagba after the accreditation and voting exercise,  said  “ vote-buying has cast shadows on the governorship election.’’
    According to him, “ vote-buyin
  • Latest English Premier League table (WK6)

    English Premier League table after Saturday’s matches (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points):
    Liverpool      6 6 0 0 14  2 18
    Man City       6 5 1 0 19  3 16
    Chelsea        5 5 0 0 14  4 15
    Watford        6 4 1 1 11  6 13
    Tottenham      6 4 0 2 12  7 12
    Man Utd      &nbs
  • EPL: Kane strikes in Spurs win to ease pressure on Pochettino

    Harry Kane ended a five-game goal drought as Tottenham secured a much-needed 2-1 win for manager Mauricio Pochettino at Brighton on Saturday.
    Spurs travelled to the soggy south coast on the back of three straight defeats for the first time since the Argentine took charge in 2014.
    But they bounced back to move back up to fifth in the Premier League, still six points adrift of leaders Liverpool.
    Like many of his team-mates, England captain Kane has looked jaded from his heroics in winning the Gol
  • Ferguson’s United return spoiled as Wolves earn draw

    Alex Ferguson’s emotional return to Manchester United for the first time since his life-saving surgery was spoiled as Wolves snatched a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Saturday.
    United manager Jose Mourinho had boasted of his team’s defensive improvements following a strong start to September in which his side had won all three of their games in the league and Europe.
    But his Portuguese compatriot Nuno Espirito Santo came close to masterminding Wolves’ first Old Trafford victory fo
  • Flooding: Kachikwu donates relief materials to victims in Delta

    Theophilus Onojeghen, Warri
    The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has donated relief materials worth several millions of naira to some Internally Displaced Persons over the ravaging floods in Asaba, Delta State.
    Kachikwu also assured the victims that the federal government would intervene in their plight so as to ameliorate the current suffering.
    Presenting the donation when he visited one of the IDP camps at the Julius Berger Camp located around Powerline in Asaba, th
  • Liverpool, Man City cruise as Man Utd held on Ferguson’s return

    Liverpool and Manchester City’s shootout for the Premier League title intensified on Saturday with comfortable wins over Southampton and Cardiff, while Manchester United were held 1-1 by Wolves on the day Alex Ferguson returned to Old Trafford.
    Jurgen Klopp could afford the luxury of handing Xherdan Shaqiri his first Liverpool start for a 3-0 victory at Anfield and Wesley Hoedt turned the Swiss international’s deflected shot in for the opener before Joel Matip and Mohamed Salah&rsquo