• Sterling Bank launches agribusiness facility for women, youths

    Sterling Bank launches agribusiness facility for women, youths
    Sterling Bank Plc has  launched a new product, Sterling Women and Youths in Agriculture Finance code-named SWAY-AgFin, to provide low-cost financing at single-digit rates to young men and women entrepreneurs in the agribusiness value chain across the country.
    Mrs. Bukola Awosanya, Group Head, Agric Finance and Solid Minerals Financing for Sterling Bank, who disclosed this in a statement in Lagos yesterday, explained that SWAY-AgFin was designed by Sterling Bank in collaboration with Master
  • Fans pay respects to Maradona in Argentina, lawyer wants death probe

    Fans pay respects to Maradona in Argentina, lawyer wants death probe
    26 November 2020, Argentina, Buenos Aires: People form the word “Diego” with candles as they mourn the death of Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona who died at the age of 60 Yesterday. Photo: Fernando Gens/dpa
    Diego Maradona’s body was taken on Thursday to the Casa Rosada, the headquarters of Argentina’s federal government, with big crowds of people turning up to pay their respects.
    According to TV broadcasters TyC and ESPN, Maradona’s body arrived at the Cas
  • Ethiopia’s Tigray crisis: PM declares assault on regional capital Mekelle

    Ethiopia’s Tigray crisis: PM declares assault on regional capital Mekelle
    Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed says he is launching the “final phase” of the army’s operation in the northern region of Tigray after weeks of fighting.
    He said the military would try not to harm civilians in the regional capital Mekelle – a city of 500,000 people – and urged residents to stay at home.
    The TPLF party, which controls Mekelle, has vowed to keep fighting.
    The UN warns of possible war crimes if the Ethiopian army attacks Mekelle.
    READ ALSO: Et
  • Research: TETFund releases N12bn to 12 varsities

    Research: TETFund releases N12bn to 12 varsities
    By Joseph Erunke
    TWELVE public universities have been given N12 billion by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund TETFund, to undertake researches.
    The amount which according to TETFund, would be shared equally among the universities, is to enable them to carry out research and development programmes that would contribute to national growth.
    Among the universities picked included University of Abuja (UNIABUJA), University of Benin (UNIBEN), University of Ibadan (UI), University of Maiduguri (UNIMAD)
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  • World Bank announces death of ex-President Wolfensohn

    World Bank announces death of ex-President Wolfensohn
    World Bank
    The World Bank Group President, Mr. David Malpass, on Thursday, announced the passing of the former World Bank Group President, Jim Wolfensohn, describing it as a great loss.
     Wolfensohn died on Wednesday at the age of 86.
    Malpass is a statement in Washington D.C. said that the bank recorded some landmark achievements under Jim’s Presidency, which ran from June 1, 1995, to May 31, 2005.
    According to him, the bank under the leadership of the late group president sharpened it
  • Polish prosecutors launch investigation into abortion protests

    Polish prosecutors launch investigation into abortion protests
    A prosecutor’s office in Warsaw launched an investigation into recent abortion protests in the country, with the inquiry to focus on whether the demonstrators insulted Catholics and posed a threat to public health.
    Since late October, Poland has witnessed numerous street protests against a ruling by the Constitutional Tribunal that abortions carried out due to irreversible congenital defects – covering a wide range of conditions from Down’s syndrome to fatal illnesses –
  • Britain outlines lockdown plans for pandemic festive season

    Britain outlines lockdown plans for pandemic festive season
    Britain
    Senior members of the English and Scottish governments in Britain have outlined the lockdown restrictions for residents in their countries over the next few weeks.
    British Health Secretary Matt Hancock revealed in a speech to parliament on Thursday which areas in England will have the toughest local lockdown rules when the country comes out of nationwide quarantine on Dec. 2.
    England will revert to a tiered system.
    Under tier 1, the most relaxed restrictions, up to six people are allowed
  • South Africa’s Ramaphosa to face first no-confidence motion

    South Africa’s Ramaphosa to face first no-confidence motion
    Ramaphosa
    South African President Cyril Ramaphosa faces a no-confidence motion next week, a parliament official said Thursday, his first since taking power nearly three years ago.
    A small opposition party, the African Transformation Movement (ATM), which has just two seats in the 400-member National Assembly, filed a request with the speaker in February for a no-confidence debate.
    “The speaker has approved that request, and our recommendation is that it be dealt with next Thursday,”
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  • Court fixes Jan 27 for continuation of Nnamdi Kanu’s trial

    Court fixes Jan 27 for continuation of Nnamdi Kanu’s trial
    Nnamdi Kanu
    The Federal High Court Abuja has fixed Jan. 27 for continuation of the trial of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
    The matter was fixed for hearing on Nov. 26, but when it was called, both Kanu and his counsel, Mr Ifeanyi Ejiofor were absent in court.
    A lawyer in a sister case, Mr E. Ejiofor told the court that Kanu’s lawyer had asked him to draw the attention of the court to a letter he wrote explaining why he was absent in court.
    In the
  • No PIB, no further investments in oil, gas — GMD NNPC

    No PIB, no further investments in oil, gas — GMD NNPC
    By Tordue Salem – Abuja
    The Group Managing Director, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Mr Mele Katrina, has warned that without the passage into law of the Petroleum Industry Bill, 2020, there would not be further foreign investments in the oil and gas industry.
    The GMD boss gave the warning on Thursday at a 2021 budget defence session before the Joint Committee on Petroleum Upstream, Petroleum Downstream, and Gas Resources.
    “Without the passage of PIB, no one will inves
  • No PIB, no further investments in oil & gas — GMD NNPC

    No PIB, no further investments in oil & gas — GMD NNPC
    By Tordue Salem – Abuja
    The Group Managing Director, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Mr Mele Katrina, has warned that without the passage into law of the Petroleum Industry Bill, 2020, there would not be further foreign investments in the oil and gas industry.
    The GMD boss gave the warning on Thursday at a 2021 budget defence session before the Joint Committee on Petroleum Upstream, Petroleum Downstream, and Gas Resources.
    “Without the passage of PIB, no one will inves
  • Burkina Faso incumbent, Kabore, wins presidential election

    Burkina Faso incumbent, Kabore, wins presidential election
    Roch Marc Christian Kabore
    Burkina Faso’s President Roch Marc Christian Kabore has won a second term after gaining an outright majority in the first round of elections, the country’s electoral board announced Thursday.
    “Mr Kabore… with 57.87 per cent of the vote, is provisionally elected president of (Burkina) Faso in the first round,” said Newton Ahmed Barry, head of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI).
    Eddie Komboigo, the candidate of a once-ruli
  • Slain Abuja vendor’s wife disassociates self from N500m lawsuit, demand justice

    Slain Abuja vendor’s wife disassociates self from N500m lawsuit, demand justice
    Mrs Josephine Okereke, wife of Abuja newspaper vendor killed by a security detail, has disassociated herself from the N500 million compensation lawsuit.
    Okereke told newsmen on Thursday in Abuja that she was not privy to the N500 million compensation requested by the family.
    She said what was paramount now is how to get justice for her late husband.
    Recall that on Nov. 23, a letter signed by Mr Mike Ozekhome (SAN), counsel to Okereke’s family, had demanded a N500 million compensation from
  • World Bank constructs 330km roads in Enugu

    World Bank constructs 330km roads in Enugu
    By Chinedu Adonu, Enugu
    World Bank, through Rural Access and Mobility Project, (RAMP-2) says it has completed construction of 330km out of 385.419km rural road in Enugu state.
    The National Coordinator of RAMP, Engr, Ubandoma Ularamu made this known during a stakeholders workshop for the dissemination and adoption of Low Volume Road Manuals (LVRM), held at Nike Lake Resort Hotel, Enugu.
    Engr, Ularamu urged Enugu State government to set up a rural road maintenance fund, RRF, in order to ensure tha
  • We need more than Zamfara treatment, 13% derivation not enough – Rivers community

    We need more than Zamfara treatment, 13% derivation not enough – Rivers community
    By Davies Iheamnachor
    PORT HARCOURT: Egbema ethnic nationality in Niger Delta has called on the Federal Government to grant it the opportunity to operate their oil and make returns to the centre just like the case of Zamfara State with its gold.
    Ogbako Egbema Alinso, the apex socio-cultural group that speaks for the oil rich Egbema people in Rivers and Imo States, also expressed sadness that it does not benefit from the 13% derivation oil revenue, adding that the area was being neglected.
    Speak
  • 400 women, youths receive empowerment kits from ex-Taraba lawmaker

    400 women, youths receive empowerment kits from ex-Taraba lawmaker
    By Femi Bolaji, Jalingo
    About 400 women and youths across Taraba North have been empowered with start-up kits after an extensive skill acquisition programme which was facilitated by a former member of the national assembly, Aminu Malle.
    Malle represented Jalingo/Yorro/Zing federal constituency in the House of Representatives from 2011-2019, and he is the current Chief of Staff to the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Idris Wase.
    The beneficiaries were trained on barbing, hairdress
  • ICPC rates NiMet high on anti-corruption, ethics

    ICPC rates NiMet high on anti-corruption, ethics
    Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC
    By Dirisu Yakubu
    ABUJA- The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Offences Commission, ICPC, has lauded the Nigerian Metrological Agency, NiMet, for its tough stand in the promotion of ethics aimed at discouraging corrupt practices and behaviour.
    This is even as the commission commended the agency for creating the right environment for the effective functioning of the Anti-corruption and Transparency Unit, ACTU, in line
  • #EndSARS: ‘How policeman shot my brother dead, denied him treatment’

    #EndSARS: ‘How policeman shot my brother dead, denied him treatment’
    By Ugochukwu Alaribe – Umuahia
    A man identified as Kenneth Onuoha on Thursday narrated at the sitting of the Abia State Panel on Police brutality, extrajudicial and related matters, how a Police Sergeant, Collins Apugo, attached to the Ehimiri Police Station, Umuahia, shot dead his brother, Chukwubuikem Onuoha, as they were returning to their residence after a meeting.
    He told the panel that Sergeant Apugo shot Chukwubikem twice on the chest, leaving him in a pool of blood where he died.
  • Pope Francis remembers fellow Argentine Maradona

    Pope Francis remembers fellow Argentine Maradona
    Pope Francis
    Pope Francis remembers soccer legend and fellow Argentine Diego Maradona with affection and is keeping him in his prayers, the Vatican said on Wednesday.
    Maradona, who died on Wednesday at his home in Argentina following a heart attack, met the pope several times at the Vatican after Francis was elected in 2013 as Latin America’s first pope.
    “The pope was informed about the death of Diego Maradona, he recalls the times he met him in these past years with affection, and h
  • LAUTECH: Iseyin community commends Makinde over resolution

    LAUTECH: Iseyin community commends Makinde over resolution
    …appeals to gov for campus
    Governor Seyi Makinde
    By Adeola Badru
    THE people of Iseyin in Iseyin Local Government Area of Oyo State, have commended Governor Seyi Makinde for his diplomatic dept which they claimed, led to the ceding of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, by Osun State.
    Vanguard recalled that the National University Commission (NUC), recently announced the ceding of the ownership of the institution to Oyo State after the two States have entered into
  • CDHR demands prosecution of vigilante operative over killing of Udu resident

    CDHR demands prosecution of vigilante operative over killing of Udu resident
    Perez Brisibe, Udu
    The Udu unit of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, CDHR, has asked the Commissioner of Police in the state to ensure that the vigilante operative who shot a female resident in the area, Miss Sovereignty Iteregbe is made to account for his actions.
    The victim was reportedly shot dead on November 15 by the vigilante operative during a verbal confrontation while she and a female friend were both returning from an outing at about 10 p.m.
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  • Murder of Ogbe Onokpite : Family seeks justice from judicial panel

    Murder of Ogbe Onokpite : Family seeks justice from judicial panel
    By Jimitota Onoyume, Warri
    The family of late Ogbe Onokpite has approached the Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Police brutality and extrajudicial killings sitting in Warri, Delta state, for justice over the brutal murder of their brother nine years ago allegedly by the Police.
    Onokpite, 38, was a former governorship aspirant of Citizens Peoples Party, CPP, at the time he was murdered at a hotel in Udu local government area.
    Fielding questions from journalists at the venue of the panel, a relative
  • NANS and the Need for generational shift in its leadership cadre

    NANS and the Need for generational shift in its leadership cadre
    By Seyi Ogunrinde
    I honestly feel burdened writing this at this material time because never in my wildest imagination did I ever think a time would come in the life of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) that ‘non-students’ would be the ones running the affairs of the association.
    For those who may not know, this absurdity has been going on for years when career students, who ordinarily should not have anything done with the radical and historic organization, are th
  • Indonesian man collapses during flogging for child rape

    Indonesian man collapses during flogging for child rape
    An Indonesian man collapsed as he was flogged nearly 150 times Thursday for raping a child in conservative Aceh province, where public whipping is a common punishment for violating Islamic law.
    The 19-year-old grimaced and cried out as a masked sharia officer lashed his back with a rattan stick in the town of Idi.
    He pleaded for the punishment to stop and was briefly treated by doctors before the flogging restarted.
    The man was arrested earlier this year on charges he molested and raped the vic
  • Nasarawa trains health officers on management of corpses

    Nasarawa trains health officers on management of corpses
    By David Odama, Lafia
    Worried by the poor handling of corpses, Nasarawa State has commenced training of Public health, officers, others on how best to handle and bury dead bodies especially those who died from complications, suspected contagious diseases.
    Speaking at the training, Ahmed Darie who led a team from the Federal Ministry of Health noted that the training of the health workers and others has become necessary in view of the abnormalities, irregularities and gaps discovered especially
  • Two suspected kidnappers arrested with cash, phones in Edo, one hospitalised

    Two suspected kidnappers arrested with cash, phones in Edo, one hospitalised
    By Ozioruva Aliu, Benin-City
    A combined team of vigilante groups, hunters and police arrested two suspected kidnappers in Ibillo, Akoko-Edo local government area of Edo state.
    In a related development, a suspected kidnapper who had escaped with gunshot injuries was arrested when he went to a hospital for treatment in the same area when the hospital management requested for a police report before he could be treated.
    The two suspected kidnappers were said to have kidnapped two boys who were on a
  • Nigeria is on the brink, Afenifere raises alarm

    Nigeria is on the brink, Afenifere raises alarm
    By Dayo Johnson, Akure
    Afenifere, the Yoruba Pan Socio-Political Group has raised the alarm that the country has become ungovernable and therefore on the brink of collapse.
    The group raised the alarm at its monthly meeting held at the country home of its national leader Pa Reuben Fasoranti in Akure, the Ondo state capital.
    It kicked against “the constructing a rail line and about N30b highway to connect with Fulanis in the Niger Republic with whom the Fulanis running Nigeria have a cultur
  • Backlash in Indonesia as transgender woman put in male jail cell

    Backlash in Indonesia as transgender woman put in male jail cell
    Indonesian rights groups have slammed police for placing a transgender woman in a jail cell with a man, saying it underscored widespread discrimination in the world’s biggest Muslim majority nation.
    Social media influencer Millen Cyrus, 21, who has one million followers on Instagram, was detained with a male friend on drug-possession charges in the capital Jakarta at the weekend.
    Cyrus told local media this week that she hoped she would be moved from the male holding cell.
    Authorities hav
  • Defections: Dying PDP pushing Nigeria into one-party state ― APC

    Defections: Dying PDP pushing Nigeria into one-party state ― APC
    Yekini Nabena
    By Omeiza Ajayi, Abuja
    The ruling All Progressives Congress APC has lamented the growing shrinking of Nigeria’s multi-party democracy, saying the inability of the country’s main opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party PDP to effectively manage its internal affairs has continued to force out progressive-minded fellows from the former ruling party.
    APC in a statement by its Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Mr Yekini Nabena on Thursday, added that since it does not su
  • Delta police invites #EndSARS protester for questioning

    Delta police invites #EndSARS protester for questioning
    EndSARS, EndSWAT protesters in Warri.
    By Perez Brisibe
    The Delta State police command Wednesday invited and interrogated a Delta State based activist, Israel Joe who participated in the #EndSARS protest over his alleged role during the protest.
    Israel in a statement after his two hours session with the police, said he was grilled by operatives of the Special Intelligence Bureau, SIB and was released based on self-recognition.
    He also disclosed that a file containing his personal information such

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