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Olamide signs two new acts to YBNL

YBNL Boss and his latest signings

In continuation of his strategy to uplift talents, Street rapper and YBNL boss Olamide has signed two new acts to his record label, YBNL. The two acts are rappers, named Limerick and Lyta. Olamide made the announcements on Instagram, welcoming them to his label, and teasing new videos with them. With the addition of these artist, it swells the ranks of …

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“Timaya gave me my latest single”- Waje

Waje and Timaya

Nigerian singer, Waje says her latest single ‘Kpolongo’ was given to her by Timaya. Narrating how the song was birthed, the ‘I Wish’ singer said Timaya invited her to his house and they listened to some beats together. In a radio interview on sound city: “Timaya called me up and asked if I was free on that day and I …

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Arsene Wenger backs Liberia’s highest honour

Arsene Wenger

By Joseph Aigbonosumua   Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is to travel to Liberia this week to receive the West African country’s highest honour. The honour is in recognition of his role in the development of the football career of President George Weah. Another of Weah’s coaches in his formative years, Claude Le Roy, is also to be awarded the …

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Nigerian Govt recognises Pinnick-led NFF, writes FIFA


By Joseph Aigbonosumua   Laolu Akande, Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, on Monday said the Federal Government had conveyed to FIFA a letter recognising Amaju Pinnick-led Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) as the substantive board of the federation. Akande, who tweeted this on his tweeter account, said that the Pinnick-led NFF was the current and only …

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Why we demolished Ayefele’s N800m Music House – Oyo Govt

Yinka Ayefele

Oyo State Government on Monday justified the demolition of the N800 million Yinka Ayefele’s Music House, insisting that the survey contravenes the state’s town planning laws. Director General, Bureau of Physical Planning and Development Control, Waheed Gbadamosi at a news conference said the exercise was carried out after all efforts to see the owner effect the necessary changes failed. Gbadamosi  …

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Lowkey Sallah: Ram dealers lament low patronage

Typical Ram Market

Some cattle dealers in Kano who had stocked domestic animals such as goats, rams and cows for sale ahead of Sallah, are complaining of low patronage. Some of them who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Kano‎ lamented that their hopes for brisk business had been dashed as a result of the poor state of …

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Chelsea Beat Arsenal In Five-Goal Thriller


By Joseph Aigbonosumua   Chelsea recovered from the shock of blowing a two-goal lead against Arsenal as Marcos Alonso’s late strike sealed a 3-2 win, giving the blues their desired victory. Maurizio Sarri’s side raced into a 2-0 lead in the London derby before Arsenal drew level in a thrilling first half at Stamford Bridge. Pedro swept home with a …

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Buhari returns to Abuja after 10 days vacation in London

President Muhammadu Buhari returns

President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Abuja after 10 working days holiday in London. The presidential plane conveying Buhari and few of his aides landed at the presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, at 6.38p.m. Mr Buhari was received at the airport by Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss …

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BREAKING: Premium Times journalist Samuel Ogundipe released on bail

Samuel Ogundipe after he was released from police custody

A PREMIUM TIMES journalist, Samuel Ogundipe, who has been detained since Tuesday has been released. Mr Ogundipe was released on Friday morning after he was granted bail by magistrate Abdulwahab Mohammed of the Kubwa Grade 1 Magistrate Court in Kubwa, Abuja. The judge had first heard the case on Wednesday after Mr Ogundipe was secretly arraigned without being allowed legal …

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Nigeria’s Falconets crash out in France 2018

Super Falconet

By Joseph Aigbonosumua   Nigeria’s Falconets was yesterday sent out of the ongoing Under-20 Women World Cup in France by Spain. Falconets were beaten 2-1 by the Spanish women team to qualify for the semi-final stage of the competition. First half goals from Aitana Bonmati and Patri Guijarro gave Spain victory in the quarter-final match. On an overcast afternoon at the …

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Buhari unhealthy to rule, cabal running his govt – Tambuwal

Aminu Tambuwal

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State has affirmed that it is true that President Muhammadu Buhari has health challenges and also accused a cabal of running his (Buhari”s) government. Tambuwal also declared that he had been under tremendous pressure to join the 2019 presidential race. Addressing thousands of youths and students who stormed the Governor’s Office in appreciation of …

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Victor Moses dumps Nigeria as He resigns from Int’l Football

Victor Moses

By Joseph Aigbonosumua   Nigeria’s midfielder Victor Moses has announced a stunning  decision to quit international football, choosing his club Chelsea over answering duty calls from Nigeria. Moses, who is just 27, announced his decision on Wednesday on his Instagram page. He said he made this decision  to focus on his club career and family. Moses was part of the Nigerian …

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Falconet set to oust spain to proceed to semi-finals

By Joseph Aigbonosumua   The camp of Nigeria’s side are optimistic of the Falconets’ capability to beat their Spaniard counterparts in the quarter-finals of the ongoing FIFA U-20 Women World Cup in France. As evident in their group stage matches, the Falconets had worked well for glory in the World Cup which they were determined to achieve. The girls and …

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INEC Registers 23 New Political Parties

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmud Yakubu

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has registered 23 new political parties bringing the total number of parties to 91. Some of the parties include: The Advanced Alliance Party, Liberation Movement, Save Nigeria Congress, United Patriots, Youth Party, We The People Nigeria, among others. See the full list below. 1 Advanced Alliance Party AAP 2 Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party ANDP …

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US Embassy Closes Abuja Consular Section ‘Until Further Notice’

US Embassy Nigeria

The U.S Embassy has announced a temporary closure of its Abuja Consulate section until further notice. This means all consular appointments at the Abuja US Embassy for visa and American Citizen Service are temporarily on hold. This was contained in a publication on the website of US Embassy in Nigeria, on Tuesday. “Scheduled visa and ACS applicants for Abuja will …

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Army uncovers Boko Haram recruitment link on social media

boko haram3

The Nigeria Army on Tuesday, said it had uncovered a facebook and other social media accounts allegedly used by a faction of the Boko Haram group to recruit new members. Maj. Murtala Usman, Artillary Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, who disclosed this while speaking at the ongoing Nigerian Army Combat Support Training Week in Maiduguri, said the social media accounts …

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France 2018: Falconets Proceeds to Quaterfinals

By Joseph Aigbonosumua   Nigeria U-20 female football team Falconets on Monday played 1-1 with China in their final group match to reach the quarterfinals of the 2018 U-20 FIFA World Cup in France. Nigeria qualified on superior goals aggregate having rounded up their group matches on four points with China. The Falconets had lost 0-1 to Germany and bounced …

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2 million traders get N10,000 loan each in Buhari’s ‘Trader Moni’

Traders being registered for Trader Moni

The Buhari administration has launched a new initiative under the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP), called the Trader Moni, which will empower two million petty traders between now and the end of the year. The scheme which was launched last week in Lagos would grant loans to a minimum of 30,000 beneficiaries in each State of the federation and …

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France 2018: Nigeria, China battles For Quarterfinal Spot

Super Falconet

By Joseph Aigbonosumua   Nigeria’s Falconets will today continue their quest for glory at the ongoing 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup holding in France when they face China in a make or mar encounter later today with both teams standing a chance of making it to the quarterfinals stage. You will recall that the Falconet went down in their …

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APC candidate, Ahmad Babba-Kaita, wins Katsina North by-election

Ahmed Babba-Kaita

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Saturday’s senatorial by-election in Katsina, Ahmad Babba-Kaita, is the winner, released results show. The Independent National Electoral Commission is soon to formally declare the winner. But its released results, already pastes at the collation centre, show that Mr Babba-Kaita, currently a member of the House of Representatives, polled 224, 607 votes to …

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Iniesta scores outrageous first goal in Japan


By Joseph Aigbonosumua   Spanish great Andres Iniesta scored a sublime first goal for Japanese side Vissel Kobe on Saturday, helping them to a 2-1 win over J-League rivals Jubilo Iwata. The former Barcelona playmaker, who completed a surprise move to Japan over the summer after a glittering career with his boyhood club, produced a moment of outrageous skill to …

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Saudi Arabia is new destination for trafficked Nigerian girls

GEOFFREY ONYEAMA Nigeria's Minister of Foreign Affairs

The Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, is worried over the rate Nigerian girls are trafficked and trapped in the Saudi Arabia for forced labour and rape. Onyeama said in Abuja when the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Director General, Dame Julie Okah–Donli, briefed him on the outcome of the investigation on Nigerian girls trafficked …

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Oshiomhole’s Impeachment Plan Is Mere “Wishful Thinking” – Saraki

Senate President Bukola Saraki

Senate President Bukola Saraki has said that the position of the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, that he should be impeached is merely wishful thinking. A statement signed by his Special Assistant, Yusuf Olaniyonu, on Friday, said the APC will continue to dream about their plan to impeach him as they need 73 senators to lawfully …

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Resign or be removed, Oshiomhole tells Saraki

Saraki and Oshiomhole

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has accused Senate President Bukola Saraki of not acting in the interest of Nigeria. He also reiterated the APC’s call that Mr Saraki should resign or be removed from office. He made this call on Friday during a press conference held at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja. “Lastly, …

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Saraki not fit for Senate presidency: APC

Senate President Bukola Saraki

The All Progressives Congress (APC) took off the gloves and knocked Senator Bukola Saraki, with bare knuckle on Thursday, declaring him unfit to be President of the Senate. The party said this in a blistering statement issued by Mr Yekini Nabena, its acting National Publicity Secretary in Abuja. It was the first reaction from the party, since Saraki addressed a …

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U-20 Women’s W/Cup: NFF hails Falconets

Super Falconet

By Joseph Aigbonosumua   The factional President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Chris Giwa,  has lauded the Falconets for their gallantry in winning their second Group D game at the ongoing FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in France. The battle for the second group ticket will be on Monday, when Nigeria takes on China with the country having a slight …

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EFCC arrests former DSS boss, Ita Ekpenyong

Ita Ekpenyong, Ex-DSS Boss

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested Ita Ekpeyong, the penultimate former Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS). Ekpeyong was arrested at his Asokoro, Abuja home, on Thursday afternoon, after a thorugh search of his house by the EFCC operatives. In November 2017, EFCC secured a court order to arrest Ekpeyong, but its officials were prevented …

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Lawal Daura released from custody, passport confiscated

Lawal Daura, sacked SSS DG

Intelligence authorities have released the sacked SSS DG Lawal Daura and confiscated his international passport. The top spy chief was disgraced out of office and taken into custody on Tuesday after ordering the deployment of SSS operatives to lay siege to the National Assembly. Mr Daura was released on Wednesday evening from a guest house run by the State Security …

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Melbourne City Loans out Daniel Arzani to Man City sign Aussie

Daniel Arzani: joins Manchester City from Melbourne City

By Joseph Aigbonosumua Manchester City are now exploring a development pathway for Australian teenager and midfielder Daniel Arzani who is expected joined  England champions Manchester City from sister club Melbourne City on loan. Further announcement regarding the transfer will be made in the coming days,” said the club in a statement. The 19 year-old Iranian born player was hailed as one …

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Daura betrayed Buhari to Saraki, says ex-aide in a tell-all interview


A former assistant to the sacked director general of State Security Service, Lawal Daura, has accused his former principal of extensive corruption, and has portrayed him as a man who serially betrayed his boss, President Muhammadu Buhari, for money. The assistant, Abdulwahab Abdulrahman, a retired senior SSS official, said he left the agency because of the scale of corruption and …

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