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Who exactly are they, terrorist or armed rubbers? (Photo)

Some extremists were apprehended on their bus journey from North to Ondo travelling with coffin filled with ammunition, under the disguise of pastor and some delegates of church going to bury one of their church member.

11 fake Naval officers arrested in Rivers

ELEVEN men suspected to be fake naval officers have been arrested in Rivers State.
The suspects were said to have been parading themselves as navy personnel with different ranks before they were apprehended around the Rukpokwu Police checkpoint.

Ex-minister Ojo Maduekwe dies at 71

A former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chief Ojo Maduekwe, is dead. He died in Abuja on Wednesday evening. The cause of his death was however unknown, but the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, Walid Jibril, confirmed his death. Until his death, Maduekwe was the secretary of the PDP BoT.

Literary icon, Elechi Amadi, is dead

Popular Nigerian author, Capt. Elechi Amadi, has died aged 82.
Amadi, who wrote famous books like The Concubine, Isiburu, Sunset in Biafra, andPeppersoup and The Road to Ibadan, died at about 3:15pm on Wednesday, about a week after he became ill.
A close confidant to the literary icon told our correspondent that the deceased was billed to be at Wednesday’s annual book reading programme organised in Port Harcourt by Total Exploration and Production, but could not make it as a result of his ill health.

Woman burns boy’s genitals for stealing N100

The police in Lagos State have arrested a woman identified simply as Saratu, for allegedly burning the private parts of her seven-year-old nephew, Razak Qudus. PUNCH Metro learnt that Saratu allegedly burnt the boy’s private parts with a stove after he was accused of stealing N100.

How Rickey Tarfa paid money into judges’ accounts — EFCC

An Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s witness in the ongoing trial of Mr. Rickey Tarfa (SAN) has revealed how Tarfa allegedly paid money into the bank account of two federal High Court judges. The witness, Tosin Owobo, said this while being led in evidence by the counsel for the EFCC, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo. Tarfa is standing trial before Justice A.A. Akintoye of a Lagos State High Court sitting in Igbosere.

Return ‘stolen’ Gbaramatu symbol of authority, Tompolo tells military

WANTED former Niger Delta militant kingpin, Chief Government Ekpemupolo, also known as Tompolo, on Tuesday made a passionate appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to prevail on the Nigerian Army to return the golden sword, which was allegedly seized by the military during the invasion of the area last month.

We can’t guarantee quality teaching – Kogi teachers

Teachers in public primary and junior secondary schools in Kogi State said on Tuesday that they could no longer guarantee quality teaching in the state.

The teachers, under the aegis of the Basic Education Staff Association of Nigeria, told newsmen in Lokoja that the poor welfare condition of members had made quality teaching impossible for now.

BREAKING: Court sends Fani-Kayode, Nenadi Usman to prisonBy

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Tuesday, arraigned Nenadi Esther Usman, a former Minister of Finance and Director of Finance PDP Presidential Campaign Organization in the last general election; Femi Fani-Kayode also a former Minister and Director Media/Publicity of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organization; Danjuma Yusuf and Jointrust Dimensions Nigeria Limited before Justice M. S. Hassan of the Federal High Court Lagos, on a 17-count charge bordering on conspiracy, stealing, corruption and making cash payments exceeding the amount authorized by law.

I’m fine with being single – Banky W

Nigerian R&B musician, Bankole Wellington, a.k.a Banky W, says he is not in a hurry to get married as people who are on his neck on the issue are such that do not give much attention to marriage but the ceremonies.

He added that his dream wife must not necessarily know how to cook.

In a chat with Urban96FM, the bachelor said, “I am fine with being single and not in a hurry to walk the aisle.

Alleged 4.7billion Arms Fraud: Fayose’s close aide arrested

Abiodun Agbele, a close aide of Governor Ayodele Fayose has been arrested, insiders at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission have told PREMIUM TIMES.

Mr. Agbele was arrested in Lagos by operatives of the EFCC who had been on his trail in the past one week over allegations that he received huge public funds from former Minister Musiliu Obanikoro and delivered same to Mr. Fayose.

Alleged Forgery: Buhari, Saraki in war of words

President Muhammadu Buhari and the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, on Monday kicked off an open war of words following the arraignment in court of the senate president and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, for alleged forgery of the rules of the upper legislative chamber.

Messrs Saraki and Ekweremadu were charged for alleged conspiracy and forgery of Senate Standing Rules with which the Senate presiding officers were elected and inaugurated on June 9, 2015.

Also charged were the former Clerk to the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasuwa and his deputy, Ben Efeturi.

UK jails Nigerian pastor nine years

A Nigerian accountant and part-time pastor in the United Kingdom, Samuel Kayode, has been sentenced to nine years in prison for stealing £4.1million. Kayode was sentenced on Friday by Woolwich Crown Court in South London for defrauding Haberdashers’ Aske’s state schools in the UK.

EFCC seizes 29 properties from three ex-Air Force chiefs

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has seized 29 properties from the immediate past Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu; a former Chief of Accounts and Budgeting in NAF, Air Vice Marshal Jacob Adigun (retd.); and a former Director of Finance and Budget, Air Commodore Olugbenga Gbadebo (retd.). No fewer than 11 properties were seized from Amosu; 12 were seized from Adigun and six from Gbadebo.

Tension in Borno as Buhari seeks explanation on malnourished, dying IDPs

There has been panic among Borno officials ahead of a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday.

Officials of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, and the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, on Sunday boarded a flight that left Maiduguri ahead of the meeting with the president at the Aso Rock villa.

SPECIAL REPORT: Adenuga’s Mountain of Debt: Several firms, AMCON chase billionaire for unpaid bills

ConOil, owned by Nigeria’s second richest man is being pursued for a combined debt of over $140.5 million by two foreign and one local companies, PREMIUM TIMES has learned.

Despite making several pledges to pay, ConOil and other companies owned by Mr. Adenuga have reneged on paying the debts, multiple sources in the oil and gas sector have told this newspaper.

How smugglers attack, kill Nigeria Customs officials – Comptroller

The Comptroller of Customs in Ogun, Waindu Multafu, has described details of how customs officials are attacked and in some cases killed by smugglers.

Mr. Multafu, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, said the agency makes “seizures every day,” from smugglers “Once in a while, if it happens that we are on the defensive, we have to use our guns,” he said on Sunday.

Avengers reply Buhari, demand referendum

THE  Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, yesterday, asked President Muhammadu Buhari to call for a referendum for Nigerians to decide if they want to stay as one country or not, just like Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (UK),  David Cameron, did over the UK membership of the European Union EU.
NDA, which unveiled its plan for what it called a Sovereign State of Niger Delta, on May 12, made the call while reacting to last Friday’s appeal by Buhari to Niger Delta militants, in God’s name, to cease the bombing of oil and gas installations in the region. The militant group, in separate  responses to    Sunday Vanguard inquiries at 2.04 pm and 2.56 pm respectively, yesterday, said:


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Wife beats lecturer husband to death over extra marital affairs

A lecturer in the Theatre Arts Department of the College of Education Oju in Benue state, Godwin Abuul, has been allegedly murdered by his wife, name withheld, in connivance with her siblings over alleged extra marital affairs.
Saturday Vanguard gathered that Abuul who went missing about two weeks ago in Gboko was killed by his murderers who also dumped his remains in River Katsina/Ala. According to a family source who craved anonymity, the deceased two weeks ago went missing in Gboko after returning from Oju where he lectured at the state owned College of Education.

Eagles in Group of death

The Super Eagles will play Zambia’s Chipolopolo, Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions and Algeria’s Fennecs in the final round of qualification series for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals.
In what is already dubbed the group of death by pundits, the three-time African champions, who will not play in next year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon, face a tough route to qualify for Russia 2018 given the high quality of their opponents in the group.

Don’t lose hope, Kumuyi tells Nigerians

THE General Superintendent, GS, Deeper Life Bible Church, Pastor William Kumuyi, on Friday, expressed optimism that things will turnaround for good in Nigeria very soon.

‘Pay-as-you-go solar energy, solution to epileptic power supply’

Pay-as-you-go solar energy has emerged as the solution to the hydra-headed energy problems bedevilling the country’s power supply system. This revelation was made in Lagos this week by Kunle Odebunmi, co-founder of Arnergy Solar Ltd, at a media parley while unveiling the solar energy apps developed by the company.

Order military to release my husband, woman begs Buhari

A woman, Mrs Beauty Muturu of Bomadi has passionately appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari and the authority of the Nigerian military to release her husband who was allegedly abducted by some soldiers almost two weeks ago.

Money laundering: We’ll soon go after bank MDs – Magu, EFCC chair

Despite being vilified for selective graft war and facing possible removal by some influential presidential aides, Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, has said that he is ready to take the war to an end and give the nation a new lease of life.

Many feared killed in Ogun as militants strike again

Many people were feared killed when militants swooped on Elepete and Igbo Olomu communities in Ogijo area of Ogun State on Thursday night. The communities are not to be far from Imushin, a community where no fewer than 15 people were killed by militants on Friday last week. In the latest attack, at Elepete and Igbo Olomu, a source within one of the communities, who spoke anonymously, said several of the victims were landlords.

Nigerians in UK, Europe express disappointment with referendum result

A cross section of Nigerians in Europe on Friday expressed disappointment over the decision of the UK in a referendum to leave the European Union.
Results released early on Friday by UK authorities indicated that 17, 410,742 Britons voted to leave EU, while 16,141,241 others voted to remain.

The Leave campaigners won by 52 per cent to 48 per cent with England and Wales voting strongly for Brexit, while London, Scotland and Northern Ireland backed staying in the EU.

Militants kill eight in Lagos, Ogun communities

Suspected militants have killed eight residents of Igbo Olomu, Bolorunduro, Ajegunle, and Oke Muti, boundary communities of Lagos and Ogun states.

EFCC probes ExxonMobil over $3.75bn oil deal

ExxonMobil’s deal to secure some oil blocks in Nigeria is under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, according to documents obtained by The Guardian of the United Kingdom.
ExxonMobil, the world’s largest oil company, was said to have secured the lucrative oil rights in 2009 by beating out China’s fourth-largest oil producer for access, despite apparently underbidding its rival by $2.25bn.

Benue boils again as Fulani herdsmen kill 13 in Tiv communities

No fewer than 13 persons have been killed by suspected Fulani Herdsmen in two local government areas of Logo and Ukum in Benue State. The attack is coming barely three days after Governor Samuel Ortom met with stakeholders from Katsina-Ala, Ukum and Logo local government areas to deliberate on ways to tackle the incessant herdsmen attacks.

Kemi was not raped, impregnated by father – Olunloyo family blasts Tokunbo Aboderin

The last has not been heard of the messy war between the controversial daughter of Victor Omololu Olunloyo – a former governor of Oyo State, Kemi Olunloyo, and an alleged family member, one Tokunbo Aboderin who accused the latter of sleeping with her father. Recently the internet went viral with a video clip shared by Aboderin on the social media. The Dublin/Ireland-based woman speaking in Yoruba, rained curses on Ms Olunloyo for questioning and reporting investigative news about Nigerian celebrities.

Sex before marriage not bad, I will grab the opportunity – Actor, Ugezu J. Ugezu

Popular Nollywood Director, Ugezu Jideofor Ugezu, says sex before marriage is not a bad thing as perceived by some. He said he would use the opportunity over and over again and stressed there was no difference since it would still happen no matter what. In a chat with Vanguard, he stressed on sex before marriage saying, “If I had the opportunity, why not? Am I not a man? I am not a monk.

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Lightning strikes kill at least 90 in India

Lightning strikes killed at least 90 people Tuesday in four Indian states as monsoon rains swept across much of the country. "Lightning strikes are common during monsoons, but there have been more strikes than usual this year," said Vyas Ji, principal secretary in Bihar, where a record 57 people died Tuesday from the strikes -- the most of any state in the country.

Ogun private school owners protest over multiple levies

Private school owners in Ogun State on Wednesday protested over alleged multiple levies and charges by the state government.

Scores of the private schools owners under the aegis of National Associations of Proprietors of Private Schools, Ogun chapter, stormed the Nigeria Union of Journalists Secretariat, Oke Ilewo, Abeokuta protesting  against the more than 150 per cent increase in the charges for the First School Leaving Certificate examination.

Zenith Bank, not Dasuki funded my campaign – Fayose

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State says Zenith Bank Plc and other private donors funded his 2014 governorship campaign. He, therefore, stated that linking him with embattled former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki (retd.) was nonsensical.
Fayose said this in a statement on Wednesday while reacting to an allegation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission that N1, 219, 490,000 was flown to Akure Airport on June 12, 2014 to Fayose by a former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro.

EFCC arrests seven health officials over $4m HIV fund

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested seven officials in the Federal Ministry of Health for their alleged role in the diversion of over $4m. The money, it was learnt, was part of the money given to Nigeria by the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Global Fund is an international financing organisation that aims to attract and disburse additional resources to prevent and treat HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

Man in prison custody for pouring hot soup on police officer

An Ado-Ekiti Magistrate’s Court, yesterday, remanded 33-year-old Emmanuel Imole in prison custody for allegedly pouring hot soup on a police officer.

I didn’t order use of hijab in schools – Aregbesola

The Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, has denied claims that he is behind the hijab crisis rocking the education sector in the state.
“Let me say this there is no official pronouncement on hijab. I have not ordered the use of hijab in schools and I challenge them to bring evidence,” Aregbesola said during a roundtable on developing collaborative framework for education organised by the Development and Advancement in Western Nigeria.

I’m being investigated by my successor, says Babangida Aliyu

Former Governor of Niger State, Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu has disclosed that he is being investigated, saying investigations into the financial activities of his administration by the Governor Abu Sani Bello government of the state is necessary to keep the records straight.

Aliyu, made this clarification on Monday, in Abuja when journalists sought his side of the story over reports of alleged investigation by the sitting governor.

Supreme Court affirms 5 years jail term for rapist

THE Supreme Court, Monday affirmed the judgment of a High Court sitting in Oleh, Delta State which sentenced one Mr. Afor Lucky to five years imprisonment with hard labour for raping an 11-year-old girl.
Dismissing an appeal brought before it by Mr. Afor Lucky, challenging the ruling of the High Court, the Supreme Court agreed with arguments of the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Peter Mrakpor that the lower court was right to have convicted and sentenced the appellant.

Court slams N20m bail on surety over alleged attempt to pervert justice

An Igbosere Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, on Monday slammed a N20 million bail on a surety, Rowland Dike, who allegedly failed to produce the person he stood as surety for.
The magistrate, Mr O. A. Amos, also granted Dike two sureties in like sum as part of the bail conditions. He said that one of the sureties must be his blood relation while the second surety should be a relation of the man he stood as surety for.

EFCC asked to investigate 38 sacked Army officers

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has said that it will launch a probe into the activities of the 38 soldiers, who were compulsorily retired by the Nigerian Army recently. The soldiers were retired last week by the military authorities ‎following their alleged involvement in the arms deal fraud.
The anti-graft body gave this assurance, when a human rights group, Human Rights and Anti-Corruption Advocacy Centre protested to the commission, demanding the probe of the soldiers.

Miracle at Kara, Opic (Photos)

On my way coming from a journey out side Lagos which makes me follow Ojodu Bargar from mowe ibafo. Getting to Kara area in Lagos before bargar, I saw multitude of people both those walking with leg, driving and even commercial vehicles stopping by and looking down the bridge where Hausa people sells ram, cow and some other animals.

Civil servants likely to forfeit salary arrears

Dayo Oketola, Jude Owuamanam, Olufemi Atoyebi,  Sam Awoyinfa, Kamarudeen Ogundele,  Ifeanyi Onuba,  Success Nwogu, Simon Utebor, Femi Makinde, Jesusegun Alagbe, Armstrong Bakam, Peter Dada and Aviashima Toom There are strong indications that civil servants are likely to forfeit part of their salary arrears as the financial situations in the states worsen, Saturday PUNCH can report.


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403,528 applied for teachers’ job in 36 hours – Presidency

The Presidency on Monday said 403,528 persons had so far successfully applied for jobs on the Federal Government’s newly-launched job portal since it opened for applicants on Sunday. The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice-President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists on Monday.

People making money out of our grief – Chibok parents

Some parents of the missing Chibok girls have alleged that  some people have been making money out of them. This disclosure is coming against the backdrop of complaints by parents that their advocates were not being accountable to those of them still living in Chibok and its surrounding villages.

Man Beats Wife & Daughter With Cutlass In Uganda, Chase Them Around In Pants (Photos)

This horrific incident happened in Uganda. An angry middle aged man was filmed viciously beating his wife and daughter in a village in the East African country.

He started by beating his wife but turned to his daughter when she used a stone to hit him to get him to stop beating her mum.

Every other person, including able-bodied men just stood there and watched as he attacked two women with a cutlass. How sad! See more photos below…

Microsoft to buy LinkedIn for $26 billion

In one of the biggest tech mergers of all time, Microsoft said Monday that it's buying LinkedIn in a deal valued at $26.2 billion. It's not coming cheap. Microsoft(MSFTTech30) is paying $196 per share. That's 50% more than LinkedIn stock's closing price at the end of the day on Friday.

Forget the 2016 budget; it’s no longer realistic

The news report then went on to mention various individuals making the suggestion. It is the sort of report which makes one to wonder if it is intended to be taken seriously or as a joke.

But then, one is reminded of the Hubert Humphrey, 1911-1978, late Vice President of the United States, who in Madison, Wisconsin, on August 23, 1965, left the world with the gem: “The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.”

500,000 teachers’ recruitment portal crashes on day one

The recruitment of 500,000 teachers by the Federal Government might have run into a hitch as the website for the exercise crashed on Sunday following what was suspected to be massive applications by prospective candidates. The Federal Government had, last week, announced that the recruitment of the teachers would commence on Sunday, directing interested Nigerians to apply through