Nigeria

JUST IN: Senate approves N10bn for Kogi State Government, Minority caucus kicks

The Senate is currently enveloped by crisis as the Minority caucus on Wednesday kicked against the approval of the sum of N10.016bn for the Kogi State Government few days to the governorship election slated for Saturday, November 16. The Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe’s opposition to the payment was sequel to the presentation and consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts on the issuance of sum of N10.016billion promissory note programme to the Kogi State Government and a Bond issuance to settle local debts and contractual obligations of the Federal Government – refund to states for projects executed on behalf of the Federal Government. [Read]

Senate Re-announce Bill On Hate Speech

The Nigerian Senate has re-introduced a bill seeking the establishment of National Commission for the Prohibition of Hate Speeches, which shall enforce hate speech laws across the country, ensure the elimination of the menace. The bill is sponsored by the Senator representing Niger North, Aliyu Sabi and passed first reading during Tuesday’s plenary. The 8th Senate had tried to pass the same bill in 2017 without breakthrough. [Read]

9ice set to get married for the 3rd time in December with his baby mama [PHOTOS]

NEWS FLAKES NG Entertainment Desk authoritatively gathers that 9ice is set to walk down the aisle the third time with baby mama, Olasunkami Ajala. Pulse can authoritatively tell you that Nigerian music star, Abolore Adegbola Akande popularly known as 9ice is set to get married for the third time in December 2019. According to our reliable source, the singer is getting married to his baby mama, Sunkami Ajala, who he has a daughter Mitchelle with. The couple are expected to get married at an already fixed date in December 2019. Sunkanmi Ajala and 9ice have been in an off and on relationship before the wedding. The two welcomed their first [Read]

Border Closure: Fuel scarcity hit Lagos, Ogun, Adamawa, Others

Residents of border communities in Ogun, Lagos, Adamawa, Katsina and Sokoto states are groaning following the Federal Government’s suspension of fuel supply to areas within 20 kilometres to the nation’s borders, Punch reports. Last Thursday, the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd), had directed that no petroleum products should be supplied to any filling station within 20 kilometres to the borders. [READ MORE] Shocking! Nigerian Varsity set to hold conference on witchcraft [SEE DATE] Investigations by Punch in Ogun, Lagos, Adamawa, Katsina, and Sokoto states showed that the government’s order had triggered fuel scarcity and hike in the prices of petroleum products. Punch further revealed that [Read]

Nigeria Mourns As Ex-Petroleum Minister Dies at 83

  Tam David-West, a former minister of petroleum and energy, has died at the age of 83. In a statement on Monday, President Muhammadu Buhari mourned the late statesman whom he described as his ally and friend. The circumstances that led to David-West’s demise is yet to be confirmed. He served as minister of petroleum and energy under Buhari’s military regime as well as minister of mines, power, and steel under former military president Ibrahim Babangida. He was also a commissioner of education in the old Rivers state, and was described by the president as “a consultant virologist of national and international standing”. A statement by Garba Shehu, Buhari’s spokesman, [Read]

Fresh crisis looms in PDP over Reps Minority Leader

AN alleged move by the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to satisfy some influential party chieftains in its handling of the crisis over the emergence of Ndudi Elumelu as the Minority Leader in the House of Representatives has sparked a fresh crisis in the opposition party. Several stakeholders, including Elumelu who was suspended by the party over the issue, are insisting that the party hierarchy should leave Reps from the party alone to decide who leads them. Reliable sources at the PDP national secretariat said that some prominent chieftains of the party, including serving governors, senators, members of the Board of Trustees as well as former presidential aspirants, [Read]

Telecom Operators Warn Of Network Disruptions Over Border Closure

    According to Punch Metro, telecom operators have warned that some regions in the country will experience communication disruptions due to the restrictions of trucks supplying diesel to transceiver base stations close to the border area. The operators, who are members of the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria, precisely said by midday Saturday, hub sites in Calabar area would be shut down due to lack of diesel. The ALTON Chairman, Gbenga Adebayo and the Head of Operations, Gbolahan Awonuga, made this known in a letter to the Executive Vice Chairman, Nigeria Communications Commission, Prof Umar Danbatta. They said the directive of the Nigeria Customs Service on the [Read]

D’Tigress ranked 16th in world, first in Africa

  Nigeria women’s basketball team, D’Tigress are now ranked 16th in the world and first in Africa in the latest FIBA world ranking released on Friday. The Nigerian ladies, who emerged champions at the 2019 AfroBasket Women’s Championship in Senegal, are the only African team in top 20 in the new ranking system of FIBA. World champions and Olympic gold medalists the USA maintained their top-ranked spot as the best team in the world, Australia are in second place, Spain in third, Canada rank fourth while France are fifth in the world. The new ranking system, presented by Nike, is a lot better than the previous system, which was purely [Read]

Expect third term agenda soon, says Falana

  A human rights activist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, says some forces within the nation’s political landscape are preparing the grounds to launch a third term campaign ahead of the 2023 presidential race. Falana, who was the guest speaker at the presentation of “Testimony to courage,” a book in honour of the Editor-in-Chief of Premium Times, Dapo Olorunyomi, said those behind the moves had activated the process by a deliberate attempt to oppress the media and whittle their influence and other perceived obstacles. An online newspaper, The Pledge, quoted Falana as saying, “Let me say this, our country has gone to the dogs and the media must [Read]

‘Fight Cabal Like A Man With Manhood Or Resign Honourably’ – Ozekhome To Osinbajo

Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), human rights lawyer has reacted to the sack of Osinbajo’s aides by President Muhammadu Buhari. Ozekhome while reacting in a report by The Independent said he is not surprised by the development as he had predicted that it will happen before now. “I normally read situations and I say my own. Everything I have predicted in the last five years have always come to pass. I have made it clear and it is resounding now”, he said. [READ ALSO] FG Declares Monday Nov 11 As Public Holiday On the options available before Osinbajo, Ozekhome said he can either fight the cabal like a man or quietly resign [Read]

FG declares Monday Nov 11 As Public Holiday

  ABUJA – The Federal Government has declared Monday, November 11th as Public Holiday to mark the 2019 Eid-ul-Mawlud. Eid-l-Mawlud is celebrated in commemoration of the birthday of the Holy Prophet Muhammad. Mohammed Manga, Director Press and Public Relations of the Ministry of Interior, announced this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja. He said the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, congratulated the Muslim faithful on the occasion and enjoined them to live within the virtues and teachings of the Prophet. He said imbibing the Prophet’s virtues of love, courage and perseverance would guarantee peace and security in the country. Aregbesola expressed confidence that the challenges confronting Nigeria at [Read]

America Rapper Cardi B Set to Visit Nigeria for the First Time [SEE DATE]

American rapper Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar popularly known as Cardi B is set to perform in Nigeria, as she will be visiting Africa for the first time this December. Cardi B is expected to make her first visit to West Africa at the Livespot X Festival in Lagos on December 7 and will proceed to Accra, Ghana on 8. The show is expected to hold in Victoria Island and will see the ace rapper team up with some Nigerian stars on stage. List of Nigerian stars that will perform with Cardi B has however not been disclosed, as the organisers say it would be revealed in the coming weeks. The organisers [Read]

[BREAKING] U17 WORLD CUP: Golden Eaglets bow to Netherlands, crash out in Round 16

Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets have crashed out of the U-17 FIFA World Cup after suffering a 3-1 loss to the Netherlands. On a night nothing seemed to work for the Eaglets, Manu Garba’s boys also equalled the record of conceding the highest goals by a Nigerian U-17 side after the 3-0 loss to France in the final of the 2001 edition and losing two consecutive matches. Fellow African side who are participating in the tournament for the first time, Angola, also fell one-nil to the South Korean boys in the other round 16 clash played early this morning over there in Brazil where the competition is currently taken place. See more [Read]

LionHeart movie disqualified from Oscar nominations, Genevieve Nnaji, Others react [SEE REASONS HERE]

  Nigeria’s 2020 Oscar entry ‘LionHeart’ was disqualified on Monday November 4, for having too much English dialogue. The movie which is Nigeria’s first-ever submission to the Academy Awards, was submitted for the international feature film Oscar category. The Academy’s description of an international feature film “is a feature-length motion picture (defined as over 40 minutes) produced outside the United States of America with a predominantly non-English dialogue track.” LionHeart which is not excluded from entering other Oscar categories including consideration for best picture, has just under 12 minutes of dialogue that is in the Igbo language native to Southeastern Nigeria, while the remaining 94-minutes is in English. With the [Read]

Nigeria U17 set to face Netherlands in last 16 World Cup Clash [SEE ALL FIXTURES]

  – Nigeria U17 have been pitched against one of the best fourth placed best teams the Netherlands – The Golden Eaglets qualified as Group B winner despite losing their last game to Australia – Manu Garba’s side will play winner of Argentina and Paraguay in the quarter finals Nigeria will face European side the Netherlands in the round of 16 at the ongoing FIFA U17 World Cup in Brazil. The Golden Eaglets lost their last game against Australia but maintained top spot in Group B while the Netherlands qualified as one of the best placed fourth teams. Manu Garba’s side started their campaign with a 4-2 win over Hungary [Read]