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Freed Tyson Fury calls out Joshua

Freed Tyson Fury calls out Joshua

Tyson Fury called out Anthony Joshua to fight minutes after the UK Anti-Doping Agency revealed he is free to fight again, The Independent reports. Fury accepted a backdated two-year suspension from boxing after he tested positive for the banned steroid nandrolone in February 2015. He has not fought since his stunning world title triumph over Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015, ... Read More »

Wole Soyinka Wins The Europe Theatre Prize

Wole Soyinka Wins The Europe Theatre Prize

Professor Wole Soyinka, the 1986 Nobel Prize winner in Literature, has won this year’s The Europe Theatre Prize. Announcing the award, the General Secretary, The Europe Theatre Prize, Alessandro Martinez, said Professor Soyinka won the Special Prize category of the award for his consistency “as a proponent of an ideal bridge between Europe and Africa in a deeply delicate period ... Read More »

Saudi Prince Salman revealed as buyer of Jesus $450 million paint

Saudi Prince Salman revealed as buyer of Jesus $450 million paint

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is the actual buyer of a painting of Jesus by Leonardo da Vinci that sold for a record-breaking $450 million (N162 billion) at auction last month, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. The young crown prince, known by his initials MBS, used an intermediary to buy the much-sought-after painting of Christ, “Salvator Mundi,” the ... Read More »

President Buhari to attend ‘One Planet Summit’ in Paris

President Buhari to attend ‘One Planet Summit’ in Paris

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Monday depart Nigeria for Paris, France where he will join over 50 world leaders in the One Planet Summit. The summit holds on Tuesday. According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President will be accompanied by the governors of Adamawa, Kano, and Ondo States as well ... Read More »

Swiss govt to return $321m stolen by Abacha to Nigeria

Swiss govt to return $321m stolen by Abacha to Nigeria

Switzerland will return to Nigeria around 321 million dollars in assets seized from the family of former military ruler Sani Abacha via a deal signed with the World Bank, the Swiss government said. Transparency International, a corruption watchdog, has accused Abacha of stealing up to five billion dollars of public money during the five years he ran the oil-rich country, ... Read More »

World Cup: Nigeria draw Argentina again

World Cup: Nigeria draw Argentina again

Nigeria’s Super Eagles have drawn Argentina once again in the World Cup, the fifth time since 1994. In the draw held for the 32 competing nations  in Moscow today, Nigeria and Argentina were drawn together in Group D. The two countries first met in 1994 World Cup. They met again at the group stage three other times in 2002, 2010, 2014. ... Read More »

War crimes suspect, Bosnian Croat Praljak, dies after taking poison in court

War crimes suspect, Bosnian Croat Praljak, dies after taking poison in court

Bosnian Croat war criminal Slobodan Praljak died in a hospital on Wednesday after drinking poison in a dramatic courtroom scene after UN judges upheld his 20-year sentence the Croatia’s state-run news agency said. The 72-year-old died in hospital, according to the HINA agency quoting a source close to Praljak, after he drank from a brown bottle at his appeal judgement at ... Read More »

Egypt Terror Attack: President Sisi pledges forceful response

Egypt Terror Attack: President Sisi pledges forceful response

Egypt’s President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has vowed to respond with “the utmost force” after 300 people were killed at a North Sinai mosque during Friday prayers. The al-Rawda mosque in the town of Bir al-Abed was bombed and fleeing worshippers were then gunned down. The Egyptian military has said it has conducted air strikes on “terrorist” targets in response. No ... Read More »

Emmerson Mnangagwa sworn in as Zimbabwe President

Emmerson Mnangagwa sworn in as Zimbabwe President

Emmerson Mnangagwa has been sworn in as the President of Zimbabwe. Mr. Mnangagwa was sworn in amidst cheers by thousands who gathered at the stadium. The former president, Robert Mugabe, resigned on Tuesday, ending a 37-year rule that was characterized by political and economic chaos. Mr. Mnangagwa, who was vice president, was earlier sacked by Mr. Mugabe early November for ... Read More »

Texas church shooting leaves 26 dead

Texas church shooting leaves 26 dead

At least 26 people have been killed and 20 others wounded after a gunman opened fire at a Texas church during Sunday service. The attack happened at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, a small town in Wilson County. The victims’ ages ranged from five to 72. The suspected gunman was later found dead in his vehicle some miles ... Read More »

1,200 foreigners get Greek residency annually by acquiring property

1,200 foreigners get Greek residency annually by acquiring property

Thousands of foreigners who invest in properties in Greece, get residential permits, Globalpropertyguide has found. Chinese, Russians and Turks are among the top three nationalities investing heavily in Greek property market to get residency permits under the ‘Golden Visa Scheme’, launched in Greece in 2014. Greece grants five-year residency permits and (in some cases) citizenship to foreigners who buy property ... Read More »

Anthony Joshua stops Takam in Round 10

Anthony Joshua stops Takam in Round 10

Britain’s Anthony Joshua retained his IBF and WBA world heavyweight titles when he stopped bloodied challenger Carlos Takam in the 10th round in Cardiff on Saturday. Unbeaten champion Joshua, who has Nigerian parents,  opened up a dreadful cut above 36-year Takam’s right eye in the fourth round and although the durable France-based Cameroonian battled on, the fight was halted after ... Read More »

Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed escapes death

Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed escapes death

Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on Saturday escaped death after Hotel Naasa-Hablood where he was scheduled to hold a political meeting was attacked by the al-Shabab terrorists group. No fewer than 18 people were killed and more than 30 wounded as the Islamic militants attacked the hotel close to the presidential palace in Mogadishu as two suicide bombers detonated two ... Read More »

Oil price heads to $60 as global market peaks

Oil price heads to $60 as global market peaks

Oil prices rose and Nasdaq Composite had its best day in nearly a year on Saturday , boosted by strong corporate earnings, while the euro posted its worst week of 2017 after the European Central Bank decided to prolong its bond buying to keep interest rates low. Oil prices jumped on support among the world’s top producers for extending a ... Read More »

Nigeria Still Suffering From Malabu Scandal – Osinbajo

Nigeria Still Suffering From Malabu Scandal – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said yesterday that Nigeria is still suffering from the consequences of the lack of transparency in the award of OPL 245 to Malabu Oil and Gas Ltd in 1998. Osinbajo spoke in Jakarta, Indonesia, yesterday at a conference on beneficial ownership organised by the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). LEADERSHIP recalls that the Malabu oil scam, ... Read More »

U.S. court jails Nigerian Sodipo Williams

U.S. court jails Nigerian Sodipo Williams

Kevin Kunle Sodipo  Williams, a Nigerian  living in St. Louis, Missouri has been sentenced to six and a half years in prison over  a stolen identity fraud scheme that sought more than $12 million in tax refunds. A  U.S.  federal judge on Friday  also ordered him to pay roughly $900,000 in restitution to the IRS. Williams was charged with mail fraud, ... Read More »

Bomber AbdulMutallab says White supremacists torment him

Bomber AbdulMutallab says White supremacists torment him

Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab, the Nigerian  underwear bomber, serving multiple life sentences in the United States  said  White Supremacists are making his prison life a hell. He was convicted on 16 February  2012 for  trying to set off a bomb in his underwear on a Northwest Airline flight from Amsterdam to Detroit  on Christmas Day in 2009. In a suit against ... Read More »

Buhari travels to US next week – Presidency

Buhari travels to US next week – Presidency

President Muhammadu Buhari has been scheduled to address the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in the United States on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. The President of Nigeria is listed as number seven on the provincial list of speakers. Buhari is expected to speak after the leaders of Brazil, the United States, Guinea, Switzerland, Jordan and Slovakia. Since ... Read More »

King Salman of Saudi Arabia meets Saraki and other World leaders

King Salman of Saudi Arabia meets Saraki and other World leaders

President of the Senate Dr. Bukola Saraki along with Presidents and heads of parliaments of other nations met with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia at an annual reception in Jeddah. Saudi’s leading English daily newspaper “Arab News” reported that the annual reception held at Mina Palace for heads of state, Islamic dignitaries, guests of the Custodian ... Read More »

Fuel prices go up as Petrol shortage hits America

Fuel prices go up as Petrol shortage hits America

United States has been hit by petrol or gasoline shortage as the effect of Tropical Storm Harvey and the flood it brought to Texas and environ disrupted production on the Gulf Coast. Retail U.S. gasoline prices rose 2.8 percent from Friday to Saturday as refineries warned customers about the fuel-supply shortage. They were at $2.59 a gallon, according to motorists ... Read More »

Mayweather knocks out McGregor in 10th round

Mayweather knocks out McGregor in 10th round

Floyd Mayweather beat Conor McGregor with a 10th-round stoppage in a much-hyped fight that is expected to be the most lucrative in boxing history. Mayweather, 40, started cautiously as UFC lightweight champion McGregor, making his professional boxing debut, landed a first-round uppercut. But McGregor, 29, looked to tire before the referee called time on the Irishman in Las Vegas. It ... Read More »

Ola Aina awaits FIFA clearance to play for Nigeria

Ola Aina awaits FIFA clearance to play for Nigeria

Chelsea defender Ola Aina is waiting for FIFA clearance to play for Nigeria in month’s World Cup qualifiers against Cameroon, officials said Thursday. Aina, who is on a season-long loan at English Championship side Hull City, needs world football’s governing body to approve his decision to play for Nigeria after he represented England at various age-group levels. “FIFA has yet ... Read More »

Nigerian-born American star Yvonne, celebrates 33 as virgin

Nigerian-born American star Yvonne, celebrates 33 as virgin

Yvonne Orji, the sex-drunk character Molly in HBO series Insecure, is proud to be a 33-year-old virgin, even though she is currently playing the sexy role. The Port Harcourt-born star said she is keeping herself for her husband. “She is keeping it locked. “I wasn’t going to hide it just because I’m on TV,” the Nigerian star told People. “I’m ... Read More »

Ronaldo Criticises Denial Of Last Appeal, Alleges Injustice

Ronaldo Criticises Denial Of Last Appeal, Alleges Injustice

Cristiano Ronaldo reiterated his anger at what he described as the “incomprehensible decision” to reject his final appeal against a five-match ban on Tuesday. Spain’s administrative sports court (TAD) dismissed Real Madrid’s latest appeal for the suspension handed out to the World Player of the Year for pushing a referee after being sent-off in the first leg of the Spanish ... Read More »

Adeosun Emerges Chairperson Of ECOWAS Investment Bank

Adeosun Emerges Chairperson Of ECOWAS Investment Bank

Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, has emerged the Chairperson of the Board of Governors of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Bank for Investment and Development (EBID). Mrs Adeosun was named the new chairperson of EBID on Tuesday 22, August, 2017 at the end of the 15th Ordinary Meeting of the board of governors of the ... Read More »

Ronaldo Is Under Cursed For Missing Father Funeral – Witchdoctor

Ronaldo Is Under Cursed For Missing Father Funeral – Witchdoctor

With a five-match suspension and troubles with the Spanish tax authorities, Cristiano Ronaldo has not enjoyed the best of summers. But could the real reason behind his misfortune be that the Real Madrid star is the victim of a powerful curse? That is the opinion of one Portuguese witchdoctor, who believes that Cristiano is being punished for missing the funeral ... Read More »

SPECIAL REPORT: How Nigerian companies raked billions after CBN switched off dollar tap on 41 items

SPECIAL REPORT: How Nigerian companies raked billions after CBN switched off dollar tap on 41 items

When the Central Bank Nigeria, CBN, blocked official dollar access to importers of 41 low-skilled items, Baton Nigeria, an Ogun state-based company, was preparing to start a factory producing tooth picks – one of the items on CBN’s list. By August 2016 when the company’s production lines had kicked off, the policy had been in place for a year. Now, ... Read More »

Man confesses to ‘Cannibalism’ in South Africa, Four in court

Man confesses to ‘Cannibalism’ in South Africa, Four in court

Four suspects have appeared briefly in a court in South Africa to face charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder after they were accused of cannibalism. Two of them are traditional healers. Some of them use body parts for ritual purposes. The arrests followed the confession of a man who walked into a police station in Estcourt, a small ... Read More »

Senegalese Nationals ‘expelled’ from The Gambia

Senegalese Nationals ‘expelled’ from The Gambia

Nearly 70 Senegalese nationals have been expelled from The Gambia into Senegal’s Casamance region, BBC Afrique is reporting. The measure comes only three days after a meeting held by the interior ministers of the two states in the Senegalese capital, Dakar. Senegal played a key role in helping President Adama Barrow take power in January, forcing long-serving ruler Yahya Jammeh ... Read More »

Protests in Togo against President Faure Gnassingbe

Protests in Togo against President Faure Gnassingbe

He has been in power for the past 12-years (No end in sight) He inherited Power from His father who also ruled for 38-years Opposition leaders in Togo have called on their supporters to maintain pressure on the government following massive demonstrations at the weekend against the Gnassingbe family, which has ruled the West African state for 50 years. According ... Read More »