• PDP: Aggrieved PDP leaders plan parallel convention, party blames APC

    APC said the attempt is totally uncalled, adding that those making such plans are honest members of the PDP. The National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said it has uncovered plans by some elements within the party to hold a parallel national convention on December 9, 2017.The National Publicity Secretary of the committee, Mr Dayo Adeyeye, made this known at a news conference at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja on Friday, November 24.Adeyeye alleged the
  • Atiku: APC wishes ex-VP goodluck, fears mass defection

    According to Abdullahi, Atiku did not formally inform the APC about his decision to leave the party. The All Progressives Congress (APC) has wished former vice president Atiku Abubakar 'good luck' after he announced his resignation from the ruling party.The APC spokesman, Bolaji Abdullahi, stated this on Friday, November 24, 2017, at the party's headquarters in Abuja.According to Abdullahi, Atiku did not formally inform the APC about his exit.He said, "Politics is about interest, we have not see
  • As 20m now face devastation, UN ranks Nigeria with Somalia, Yemen, South Sudan

    … Counts real cost of a fratricidal Boko Haram war
    By Soni Daniel with UN report
    Eight years after Boko Haram launched a senseless war that has claimed over 20,000 lives and displaced over 1.8 million people now scattered in IDP camps across North Eastern Nigeria, the real cost of the fratricidal war now beckons: 8.5 million people are in urgent need of life-saving assistance, 5.2 million are in dire need of food security interventions and 3.4 in urgent need of nutrition assistance.
  • I will never join APC – Governor Obiano says after meeting President Buhari in Abuja

    The governor of Anambra state, Chief Willie Obiano who made history by wining 21/ 21 local governments in the just concluded Anambra gubernatorial election has
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  • APC Chieftain found dead in Katsina

    By Bashir Bello
    The Secretary of All Progressive Congress, APC in Dutsinma Local government area of Katsina, Idris Bature has been found dead.
    The Commissioner of Police, CP Besen Gwana who confirmed the development while addressing newsmen in the state, was silent about Bature’s identity but said the deceased was found with injuries on his head.
    APCGwana said one Aliyu Bala alias Ubangaja has been arrested for culpable homicide and in connection with the death of the APC chieftain.
  • Gulder hosts Awoniyi, Winner of Ultimate Party Contest

    By Naomi Uzor
    Celebrities and other socialites joined the winner of the Ultimate Party online contest, Adedamola Awoniyi, for a memorable night hosted by Gulder in Lagos. The all-night gig brought together leading entertainers. MI Abaga, Dr. Sid, Ice Prince, Alexx Ekubo, Uriel Oputa and Blossom Chukwujekwu.
    The Ultimate Party, a dream-come-true experience, was one of the brand’s activations leveraging on Guy Code, a male-centric television series currently showing on MTV Base (DStv Channel
  • Undergraduate commits suicide in Bauchi

    A 300-level student of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, on Friday morning reportedly hanged himself.The deceased, Dahiru Adamu, 30, was said to be a
  • Buhari: President sympathises with Egypt over mosque massacre

    Buhari said the attack further reinforced his position that terrorism has no relationship or respect for any religion. President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the people and government of Egypt over the Friday attacks on a mosque in North Sinai that left 235 worshippers dead.  A statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said Buhari condemned the "dastardly act" on innocent people.He said the attack further reinforced his position that terrorism has
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  • Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa takes power, vows to serve all citizens

    Zimbabwe’s new President Emmerson Mnangagwa has addressed a packed stadium, vowing to serve all citizens.He said he felt “deeply humbled” to take the role.And he
  • UNBELIEVABLE: Chinese doctor tries head transplant

    THE world’s first human head transplant has been carried out on a corpse, it was claimed yesterday.
    During an 18-hour operation, doctors in China showed that it is possible to reconnect the spine, nerves and blood vessels to a severed head.
    Controversial Italian neurosurgeon Professor Sergio Canavero, who announced the breakthrough, said an operation on a living human was now ‘imminent’.
    The next stage is a ‘full head swap’ between brain-dead organ donors – wh
  • Sogunro: Lagos community where Pregnant Women Die Giving Birth

    By Gabriel Olawale
    It was about midday in the sleepy town called Sogunro Community. Quietness pervaded the environment as if there were no human lives present. It was later discovered that most of the residents had either gone to their offices out of town or had gone about their business and trades. For the housewives or older residents; they were either resting in their own homes or just minding their individual business.
    As Saturday Vanguard roved the community, it was hard to realise that thi
  • Life and times of world’s most diabolical criminal

    …Dies in jail- with at least 150 murders to his name
    NICKNAMED ‘ The Beast’, he ordered at least 150 murders during a life of crime which saw him rise through the ranks to become the multi-millionaire ‘boss of bosses’ of the Sicilian Mafia.
    •23 years on the run: Mobster Salvatore Riina is flanked by police officers in 1996 and •Car bomb: Riini ordered the killing of judge Paolo BorsellinoSalvatore Riina spent 23 years on the run, during which he ruthlessl
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  • Makarfi, PDP caretaker committee should resign –Babatope

    A member of the Board of Trustees of the  Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, has asked the  Chairman of the party’s Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, and all the members of the committee to resign from office immediately.
    Babatope, who is also a former Minister of Aviation, said there was no doubt that Makarfi and the members of the PDP Caretaker Committee had been compromised.
    A statement issued and signed by Babatope on Friday faulted an earlier statem
  • How I battled early marriage – Dr. Violet Arene

    By Chris Onuoha
    A walk into her modest domain in Aja, Lekki-Epe Expressway that houses all of TV production studio, corporate office, church and living house would have you first greeted with an infectious smile and warm welcome. The unassuming youthful demeanor and incurable laughter that characterized her down-to-earth carriage will diminish and even melt a heavy heart.
    Dr. Violet AreneHow best can you describe an amazing woman whose heart touching story of a turbulent childhood experience tha
  • Buhari commiserates with Egypt as mosque attack claims 235

    Olalekan Adetayo, and Kunle Falayi with agency report
    President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday sent condolences to the government of Egypt over the attacks on a mosque in North Sinai that left at least 235 people dead after Juma’at prayers.
    In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President condemned the “dastardly act” on innocent worshippers.
    The President said the attack further reinforced his position that terrorism had no relation
  • Nineteen passengers burnt to death in Imo auto crash

    Chidiebube Okeoma , Owerri
    Nineteen passengers died in a fire that broke out when an 18-seater bus travelling from Orlu to Owerri, collided with a fuel truck in Imo State on Friday.
    Our correspondent learnt that the truck loaded with diesel was on its way to Orlu when the accident occurred on the Njaba Bridge along the Owerri-Orlu Expressway.
    The police confirmed that 17 passengers from the bus died along with the two passengers of the truck. Only a female passenger of the bus survived.
    An eyewi
  • O’tega Emerhor at 60: A portrait of redemptive service

    Tribute by Godwin Oghre
    As Delta state All Progressives Congress (APC)’s Olorogun O’tega Emerhor celebrates today, Saturday 25th  November  2017 with family members, friends, political associates and well wishers, on his sixtieth birth day, one can look back into the life of this rare genius, a political colossus of modern Nigerian and a man filled with the milk of human sympathy.
    Olorogun O’tega EmerhorO’tega, is a house hold name in different spheres of human
  • Obasanjo rallies support for Zimbabwe as Mnangagwa is sworn in

    Samuel Awoyinfa and Kunle Falayi
    A former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has called on all Africans to give the necessary cooperation and support to the new government in Zimbabwe.
    Obasanjo said in a congratulatory letter to the new President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, a copy of which was made available to one of our correspondents on Friday.
    The former president noted that he was convinced that the interim leader in Zimbabwe would be an asset to the country.
    The letter read, “It is with pr
  • Herdsmen attacks: 500 still missing in Benue –Group

    John Charles, Makurdi
    A socio-cultural group in Benue State made up of Mdzough-U-Tiv, Idoma National Forum, and Omi Ny’Igede, has said that there are still about 500 persons missing following a recent attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen in the state.
    The spokesperson for the group, Chief Edward Ujege, told journalists in Makurdi, the capital, that the incident led to the displacement of more than 500, 000 people.
    Speaking further, Ujege called on police authorities to arrest leaders of Miy
  • N’East: Germany donates N260m to tackle hunger

    Kayode Idowu, Maiduguri
    The German Government has donated about N260m to aid the fight against hunger in the North-East region of Nigeria ravaged by the insurgency.
    The fund, aimed at benefitting 1,200 households, is to be spent in two local governments – Mubi in Adamawa State and Jere in Borno State.
    Speaking on Friday during the distribution of cash to 800 households in Jakana, Jere Local Government Area of Borno State, Country Representative of Adventist Development and Relief Agency, M
  • What we want to achieve with the National Literacy Competition  – Folashade

    By Juliet Ebirim
    The grand finale for the 4th Annual National Literacy Competition held on Thursday, November 17, 2017  in Lagos. The competition which is the Corporate Social Responsibility of Lafarge Africa PLC, a leading cement and building solutions company, saw six winners (three boys and three girls) emerge who were awarded national prizes.
    Folashade Ambrose-Medebem 
    In this interview with  Juliet Ebirim, Mrs.  Folashade Ambrose-Medebem who is the Communication, Public
  • ‘We must not wave brooms before roads are constructed in S/East’

    By Emeka Mamah, Vincent Ujumadu, Chidi Nkwopara, Anayo Okoli,   Chinonso Alozie& Ugochukwu Alaribe
    Irrespective of claims by the Federal Government that works were ongoing on many federal roads in the Southeast geopolitical zone, an investigation by Saturday Vanguard revealed that little or nothing had been done on the roads.
    The finding across the five Southeast states of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, and Imo showed that the roads were still in terrible states.
    In Abia State, the
  • Outcome of Anambra election sign of what to expect in 2019 —Ifeanyi Uba

    A CHIEFTAIN of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Dr. Ifeanyi Uba in this interview reviews last Saturday’s governorship election in Anambra State.
    What is your assessment of the recent governorship election in Anambra State?
    It was something that is of great value to Nigerians. We have had elections conducted before in the history of Nigeria but what happened indicated the good things to expect in 2019. If we can keep the good standard, it will be a more value added
  • Kano pensioners protest death of 300 members

    Ted Odogwu, Kano
    No fewer than 1,000 pensioners under the aegis of All Federal Pensioners in Kano State on Thursday protested the death of 300 of their colleagues as a result of non-payment of their 33 per cent pension arrears for 42 months.
    The protest took place on the premises of Bayero University, Kano, the state capital.
    In a statement by its spokesperson, Malam Muhammad Isa, the group said the victims included retired workers from BUK; Federal College of Education, Kano; Dala Orthopaedic H
  • Discordant voices in PDP after loss of Anambra governorship poll

    By Vincent Ujumadu
    GLOOMY faces greeted the first meeting of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, stakeholders in Anambra State in Awka since the party lost the governorship election to the incumbent governor, Chief Willie Obiano of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA. One could hear murmurs from aggrieved members, who without mincing words, were pointing accusing fingers at some of their members who were also seated there at the meeting in Awka.
    Oseloka ObazePrimarily, the meeting was to brief the
  • Over 1.8m displaced by Boko Haram –NEMA

    Success Nwogu, Ilorin
    Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Mustapha Maihaja, says Boko Haram attacks have displaced no fewer than 1,884,331 persons in the North-East, adding that 9.6 million people in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states have been affected directly or indirectly by the crisis.
    According to him, the insurgency has also completely destroyed 115 schools and badly affected 139 others.
    Maihaja, who was represented by the Director, Planning, Research and Forestr
  • Fear of parallel convention grips PDP

    Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja
    There is a growing tension among the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party that some people within its fold are planning to hold a parallel national convention on December 9.
    The convention, where national officers of the party are to be elected, is scheduled to hold in Abuja.
    The party is currently selling nomination forms to aspirants who are seeking votes to occupy its various national offices.
    However, the office of the national chairman seems to be the mo
  • Murder: Wife of ex-PDP chairman’s son remanded in custody

    Ade Adesomoju, Abuja
    The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Jabi, Abuja, on Friday remanded in Suleja Prison, Niger State, Maryam Sanda, who allegedly stabbed her husband, Bilyamin Bello, to death on November 19.
    Justice Yusuf Halilu remanded her in prison after she pleaded not guilty to two counts of culpable homicide and causing the deceased grievous hurt.
    The charges were preferred against her by the police on November 20.
    The defendant, a nursing mother, allegedly stabbed her hus
  • Anyim granted bail but not released –EFCC

    Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja
    The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says it has granted an administrative bail to a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim, but has not yet released him because he has failed to meet his bail conditions.
    However, Anyim’s lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), said the former SGF was being forced to sign property-stripping documents and was still being detained despite meeting the bail conditions.
    The Spokesman for the EFCC, Mr. W
  • Binatone dazzles customers with affordable Yuletide products

    Leading Electronic Manufacturer, Binatone Industries has introduced a wide range of affordable and value for money quality products into the Nigerian electronics market to cater for the various needs of its many customers at Home and in the Kitchen during the festive season.
    Unveiling the company’s products line-up for its teeming customers, Mr Banerjee said these would include the first of its kind, innovative, new Binatone tower music fan with Bluetooth pairing, Designer ITAL 1660 Stand
  • Restructuring: Southern senators begin confab in Cross River

    Leke Baiyewu, Abuja
    Members of the Senate from the southern part of Nigeria on Friday began a conference on the governance and political structure of the country.
    The two-day retreat by the Southern Senators’ Forum, which is holding in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, is tagged, ‘National Unity and Restructuring.’
    In his keynote address, Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, called for patience, more enlightenment and dialogue to actualise the restructuring of
  • Agitations threaten Nigeria’s unity, says Saraki

    Mudiaga Affe and Simon Utebor
    The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on Friday, said that various agitations by some ethnic groups across the country were threatening the peace and unity of the country.
    He said this in Calabar, Cross River State’s capital, during the opening of a two-day retreat of the Southern Senators’ Forum which has the theme, “National unity and restructuring.”
    Saraki said Nigeria was currently faced with diverse challenges, expressing confidence t
  • NRC demolishes shops in Ilorin, affected traders plead with Amaechi

    Success Nwogu, Ilorin
    The Nigerian Railway Corporation on Friday in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, demolished 22 shops in a storey building.
    The District Manager, (West), NRC, Mr. Akinwale Akintola, in an interview with our correspondent, said the demolition was part of the efforts to rid the railway of illegal structures and encroachments.
    He stated that the demolition started in Abeokuta, Ogun State last week.
    He explained that the exercise was aimed at preventing the people from danger as w
  • Buhari orders power firm boss’ reinstatement, Senate probes non-compliance

    Leke Baiyewu, Abuja
    The Senate has mandated its Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to investigate failure by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company to reinstate Mrs. Maryam Danna Mohammed as the General Manager (Audit and Compliance) of the company, in spite of a directive by President Muhammadu Buhari.
    The probe followed a petition by the sacked General Manager, which was presented to the Senate by Senator Baba Kaka Bashir Garbai (Borno Central) on Thursday.
    Garbai, while prese
  • Promote culture, tourism, Lai Mohammed tells states, LGs

    Gbenro Adeoye
    The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has urged states and local governments to leverage their unique culture and tourism products to generate income and create jobs.
    In his address at the opening of the 9th National Council on Tourism, Culture and National Orientation in Dutse, Jigawa State, on Friday, Mohammed said his advice was premised on the Federal Government’s recognition of the creative industry, of which culture and tourism are integral parts
  • Leverage culture, tourism for economic growth, Lai Mohammed charges states, LGs

    THe Minister of In-formation and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has charged states and local governments to leverage their unique culture and tourism products to generate income and create jobs.
    : Minister for Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed briefing journalists on the prosciption of all activities of the Independent People of Biafra at the Presidential villa, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi AdehsidaIn his keynote address at the opening of the 9th National Council on Tourism, Culture and National Orient
  • EFCC is Compelling Anyim, under duress to sign self-incriminating document — Ozekhome

    …Says Anyim kept under inhuman conditions
    By Kingsley Omonobi, Abuja
    Constitutional Lawyer and Human Rights Activist, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, has raised  the  alarm that former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim was still being detained in EFCC Gulag, days after planted reports in the media by the commission claimed that he has been allowed to go home on administrative bail.
    OzekhomeDeclaring that the former SGF who has fulfilled all admini
  • A’Ibom proposes N651.5bn budget for 2018

    Etim Ekpimah, Uyo
    The Akwa Ibom State Government has proposed the sum of N651.5bn as its budgetary allocation for the 2018 fiscal year.
    The sum surpasses the 2017 budget, which stood at N485.792bn, by N165.708
    The Governor of the state, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, who presented the appropriation bill before the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly on Friday, put recurrent expenditure at N92.697bn; capital  at N437.674bn, and consolidated revenue fund charges at N120.859bn.
    Emmanuel said the state had a
  • Islamic finance, way out for Nigeria’s economy –IIFP

    Eric Dumo
    The Institute of Islamic Finance Professionals of Nigeria has said that embracing the Islamic financial system is one of the best ways the country’s economy can witness rapid improvement.
    Making the statement in Lagos during the induction of 118 professional members, the organisation, through some of its principal officers, said that against the widespread belief that the newly acquired N100bn Sukuk Bond by the Federal Government was a ploy to Islamise the country, the system hel
  • I won’t leave APGA for APC —Obiano

    …Describes Ojukwu’s son as inconsequential in Anambra election…Says election was free, fair…No, it was a bizarre — Okorie
    By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
    Governor Willie Obiano who was recently declared winner of the November 18, governorship election in Anambra State has vowed not to abandon the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA,  the political party that gave him victory to join the All Progressives Congress, APC.
    The Governor also said that the son of the late
  • Osinbajo, Obasanjo, Ooni, others to speak on sustainable development

    Jesusegun Alagbe
    Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, have been outlined to speak at a three-day national conference in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
    The Alumni Association of the National Institute said the conference was being organised to discuss the country’s search for sustainable development.
    The President of the AANI, Mr. Khaleel Bolaji, in a statement, added that the association was organising the conference as part of
  • IPOB: Kanu should opt for dialogue, not secession, says Gowon

    Friday Olokor, Jos
    A former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd.), has advised the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, to seek dialogue with the Federal Government rather than agitate to address issues affecting the South-East.
    The octogenarian advised the IPOB leader not to seek disintegration as it could lead to loss of lives.
    Gowon stated this on Friday while presenting his paper titled, “Unity in diversity: Responding to the current challenges of nation-building
  • Are faults Oyo lawmakers over threat to sack commissioner

    Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan
    The Chairman of Kakanfo Inn and Conference Centre, Ibadan, Dr. Lekan Are, on Friday described the vote of no confidence passed by the Oyo State House of Assembly in the state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Adeniyi Olowofela, as an act of ignorance borne out of arrogance and hasty treatment of motion submitted on the floor of the House.
    The lawmakers had on Thursday passed the vote of no confidence in Olowofela after they claimed that he was arro
  • PCN seals off 339 Abuja drug stores in three days

    Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja
    The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria said it sealed off 339 drug stores in Abuja between November 20 and November 23.
    The Registrar, PCN, Elijah Mohammed, said this at a press briefing in Abuja on Friday.
    He said 496 premises were visited by the PCN out of which 339 were operating without licences or not operating within a clean environment.
    Mohammed said, “At the end of the enforcement exercise, a total of 496 premises comprising pharmacies, patent medicine shops and
  • Ambode tasks Christian pilgrims to be good ambassadors

    Tunde Ajaja
    The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has urged Christian pilgrims to the holy land to be good ambassadors of the state and Nigeria.
    He said they should shun any urge to elope, show their best attitude, exhibit high integrity and diligence and project a positive image of the country, especially as it would influence foreigners’ perception of Nigeria.
    Speaking in Ikeja at the 2017 inaugural flight ceremony to Israel organised by the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commi
  • Customs cancel promotion exam over malpractice

    Anna Okon
    The Nigeria Customs Service has cancelled the promotion examination recently conducted for senior officers from the rank of Assistant Comptroller to Deputy Comptroller over irregularities observed in the conduct of the examination.
    According to an internal circular, dated November 22, 2017, the Comptroller General of the Service, Col. Hameed Ali (retd.), ordered the cancellation.
    The circular, signed by the Deputy Comptroller General in charge of Human Resources, stated that Monday, No
  • Atiku’s exit won’t affect Buhari’s chances – Presidency

    Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja
    The Presidency on Friday said the exit of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar from the All Progressives Congress would not affect President Muhammadu Buhari’s chances in the 2019 presidential election.
    The Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, said this in an interview with our correspondent.
    He said the Presidency was not entertaining any fear over the development.
    “There is no fear about that (Atiku’s exit). Be
  • APC should beware of implosion, says Sani

    Femi Makinde, Osogbo
    The Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Shehu Sani, has warned the ruling All Progressives Congress to be wary of imposition, which, according to him, may result in implosion.
    Sani also said that the APC governors who recently endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term did so because of their selfish interest.
    Speaking in Osogbo, Osun State capital, on Friday at the second annual lecture of Rave FM, the senator said the governors were not sinc
  • 2019: No automatic ticket for Atiku, says PDP

    Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja
    The Peoples Democratic Party has reacted to the resignation of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar from the ruling  All Progressives Congress, saying he is now a free man.
    It, however, said it would not offer Atiku an automatic ticket to contest the 2019 presidential election.
    It said the former member of the Board of Trustees of the PDP had seen the light, which it said, necessitated his leaving the APC.
    The former ruling party also called on other members of the APC
  • Atiku’s exit good for APC, says el-Rufai

    Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja
    Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, on Friday said it was good that former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar left the All Progressives Congress early.
    He said the party was already aware that Atiku would leave in December, saying the earlier the former Vice-President returned to where he belonged, the better.
    El-Rufai spoke in an interview with State House correspondents after joining Buhari in observing Jumat prayers at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
    He described Atiku as

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