Saturday, December 15, 2018
A sharp rise in Boko Haram attacks over the last three months has compelled the Nigerian military to have a rethink on its counter-insurgency strategies in the war-ravaged North-east, Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai said on Wednesday. The army chief also said it is obvious terrorist now deploy...
Renowned poet and winner of the 2017 NLNG Prize for Literature, Ikeogu Oke, has passes on, according to reports. Oke, it was learned, died in Abuja on Saturday night after an undisclosed ailment. The poet gained nationwide fame last year when he won the 2017 Nigeria Prize for Literature for his...
The president of the European Commission has said he would vote in favour of Theresa May’s Brexit deal if he had a vote in the UK parliament. Jean-Claude Juncker said the agreement was “the best deal possible” and that the EU would not change its “fundamental position”. It comes as EU...
The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party on Saturday said it was sure to defeat the All Progressives Congress to capture the state in the 2019 elections. The state Organising Secretary of the party, Johnson Agbaje, spoke in Epe during the campaign flag-off of Princess Abiodun Oyefusi, the...
The former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, has revealed that she and her husband, ex-President Barack Obama, used in-vitro fertilisation to conceive — Malia and Sasha. Michelle said she was left devastated, “lost and alone” after marriage. She and the ex-president had trouble getting pregnant. Eventually, IVF...
The name of Senator Hope Uzodimma, was published at the INEC, office along Portharcourt road in Owerri, with Akaolisa Cyprain Okechukwu, as his running mate. In a dramatic twist, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC in the late hours of Friday finally displayed the name of Senator Uzodimma as the...
Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman, acquitted of blasphemy after languishing in prison for eight years on death row has been freed from prison. However, officials said on Thursday that she has been transferred to a secure location for fear of attacks. The release of Asia Bibi, a mother of five,...
Nasir El-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state, has picked Hadiza Balarabe as his running mate for the 2019 election. Balarabe, a Muslim from Sanga local government area of the state, is currently the executive secretary of the state primary health care development agency. Kaduna All Progressives Congress (APC) settling for a...
LAGOS - HSBC and UBS have shut down their offices in Nigeria, the country’s central bank reported on Friday as it revealed sharp fall in foreign investment from a year ago The bank said foreign direct investment in Nigeria fell to 379.84 billion naira ($1.2 billion) in the first half...
President Muhammadu Buhari, Friday, in Abuja received the attestation and confirmation of his 1961 West African School Certificate (WASC) Examination result from the West African Examinations Council (WAEC). WAEC Registrar, Dr Iyi Uwadiae, accompanied by Olutise Adenipekun, Head, National Office, WAEC, Abiodun Aduloju, Head Public Affairs, WAEC and Olufemi Oke,...

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