by on February 17, 2020
The Most Valuable Player award for the NBA All-Star Game has been permanently named for Kobe Bryant, the basketball legend who died last month in a helicopter crash, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced on Saturday. “Kobe Bryant is synonymous with NBA All-Star and embodies the spirit of this global celebration of our game,” Silver said. “He always relished the opportunity to compete with the best of the best and perform at the highest level for millions of fans around the world.” Kob...
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by on February 9, 2020
A U.S. citizen diagnosed with the novel coronavirus has died in China in what appears to be the first death of an American from the virus that has sickened tens of thousands of people in China and killed more than 700, a U.S. Embassy spokesperson said. "We can confirm a 60-year-old U.S. citizen diagnosed with coronavirus died at Jinyintan Hospital in Wuhan, China, on Feb. 6," a spokesperson for the U.S. Embassy in Beijing said. "We offer our sincerest condolences to the family on their los...
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by on January 30, 2020
Cristiano Ronaldo is first person to top 200 million followers on Instagram Cristiano Ronaldo has reached 200 million. The soccer star became the first person in the world to reach 200 million followers on Instagram and announced the milestone with a photo montage on Wednesday. Portuguese Professional Footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo The Juventus forward beat out, well, everyone for the mark. He stands at around 200.2 million followers. The only account he trails is Instagram itself, w...
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by on January 16, 2020
Sen. Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been sworn in as the substantive governor of Imo after the Supreme Court declared him winner of the March 9, 2019 governorship election. Uzodinma was sworn in on by the Imo Chief Judge, Justice Pascal Nnadi, with his team of over 30 judges from the state judiciary at exactly 7.25 pm after his Deputy, Prof. Placid Njoku who took his oath of office by 7:15 p.m. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the swearing-in cere...
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by on January 15, 2020
The Supreme Court has nullified the election of Emeka Ihedioha of the People’s Democratic Party as the governor of Imo State. The apex court declared Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressive Congress (APC) as the winner of the March 9 governorship election in the state. Mr Uzodinma originally came fourth in the election. The seven-member panel of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Tanko Muhammad gave the unanimous decision on Tuesday in Abuja. Imo State Governor, Emeka Ihedioha (left),...
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by on January 11, 2020
Iran's military says it "unintentionally" shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet, Iran's state TV reports. The statement said it had done so due to "human error" after the plane flew close to a sensitive site belonging to Iran's Revolutionary Guards. Those responsible would be held accountable, the statement said. Iran had previously rejected suggestions that one of its missiles brought down the plane near the capital, Tehran, on Wednesday. But pressure mounted after the US and Cana...
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by on January 4, 2020
 Donald Trump ordered a U.S. airstrike that killed one of Iran’s most powerful generals and sent global markets reeling as the president said the military leader was plotting attacks on Americans. “General Qassem Soleimani has killed or badly wounded thousands of Americans over an extended period of time, and was plotting to kill many more...but got caught!” Trump tweeted Friday. “He should have been taken out many years ago!” he added. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said earlier Friday...
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by on January 2, 2020
David Stern, the former commissioner of the National Basketball Association died Wednesday, the NBA said. He was 77. Stern died from a brain hemorrhage he suffered several weeks ago, according to the NBA. Stern suffered the brain hemorrhage December 12 while dining in a Manhattan restaurant. Stern is survived by his wife, Dianne, and their two sons, Eric and Andrew. Stern became the fourth commissioner of the NBA on February 1, 1984. He previously served as the NBA's general counsel from 1...
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by on December 25, 2019
The State Security Service has released Sambo Dasuki. His lawyer, Raji Ahmed, told PREMIUM TIMES the former national security adviser was freed on Tuesday night. Mr Dasuki’s freedom comes hours after the SSS released Omoyele Sowore, an activist who was arrested in August for organising a nationwide protest for good governance. They were both released on the directive of Attorney-General Abubakar Malami, who prevailed on the SSS in a Tuesday morning statement to obey valid court orders and ...
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by on December 8, 2019
Anthony Joshua on Saturday night comprehensively defeated Andy Ruiz Jr 118-110, 118-110, 119-109 in their rematch to regain his IBF, IBO, WBO and WBA (super) heavyweight titles. It was a masterful performance from AJ in Saudi Arabia; the Nigerian-born British boxer schooled Ruiz from range and never allowed the Mexican-American to close the gap. Joshua jabbed Ruiz Jr to death and he never gave the champion a chance to get inside and land the nasty hooks that led to AJ’s demise the first time ...
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by on December 7, 2019
An estimated N675bn was paid in cash bribes to Nigerian public officials this year, according to a new survey by the National Bureau of Statistics and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.   The report, which was released on Friday said out of all Nigerians who had at least one contact with a public official in the 12 months prior to the 2019 survey, 30.2 per cent paid a bribe to, or were asked to pay a bribe by, a public official. “This means that, although still relatively high, the...
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by on December 7, 2019
Nigerian authorities have detained journalist Omoyele Sowore a day after his bail was upheld by a high court. Images on Friday show Mr Sowore pinned to the floor during scuffles with state security agents at a court hearing. The former presidential candidate and founder of the news site Sahara Reporters was first detained in August after he called for revolution. Despite being granted bail in October, authorities have continued to hold him, sparking an outcry from his supporters. His...
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by on December 7, 2019
Rotimi Amaechi has announced a physical attack on him by some people he described as “misguided Nigerians.” The Nigerian transport minister said he was on a climate change summit in Spain when some violent Nigerians charged at him. He said the attackers were summarily restrained by the police in Madrid, leaving him unscathed. “Some minutes ago, I was attacked by a few misguided Nigerians while on national assignment at a climate change event in Madrid, Spain,” Mr Amaechi said on Twitter...
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by on November 23, 2019
Allen Ifechukwu Athan Onyema, the Chairman, CEO, and founder of Air Peace, a Nigerian airline, has been charged with bank fraud and money laundering for moving more than $20 million from Nigeria through United States bank accounts in a scheme involving false documents based on the purchase of airplanes.  The international airline’s Chief of Administration and Finance, Ejiroghene Eghagha, has also been charged with bank fraud and committing aggravated identity theft in connection with the scheme....
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by on November 20, 2019
An Indian national residing in the Victoria Island area of Lagos has been accused of guarding his apartment with a lion he smuggled into the country.  The Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences Unit has sent operatives to the apartment located at Muri Okunola Street in Victoria Island, following a petition by residents of the area.  According to a report by PUNCH, Head of the task force team, Yinka Egbeyemi, said he now has the instruction of the Commissioner for Environ...
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by on November 18, 2019
The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr David Lyon, has won the November 16 governorship election in Bayelsa State. The Returning Officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Benin, Professor Faraday Orunmuwese, announced this on Monday morning. Professor Orunmuwese returned Lyon as the winner of the keenly contested election after scoring the highest number of votes in the poll. The APC candidate polled a total o...
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by on November 12, 2019
An Oklahoma police chief was killed during a fight with one of his own officers while at a conference in Florida, authorities alleged on Monday. Escambia County sheriff's deputies found the body of Mannford Police Chief Lucky Miller when they responded to a report of a physical altercation at the Hilton Garden Inn in Pensacola Beach, on the Gulf Coast near Mobile, Alabama, at about 9 p.m. Sunday, the sheriff's office told NBC News. Mannford is about 20 miles west of Tulsa. Mannford police ...
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by on November 10, 2019
Twitter CEO and Co-founder, Jack Dorsey, is currently in Nigeria. Mr. Dorsey arrived on Thursday evening as part of his listening and learning tour across Africa. After Nigeria, Mr Dorsey is also set to visit Ethiopia, Ghana and South Africa. CEO of Twitter, meets students of University of Lagos and the Vice Chancellor Prof Ogundipe   While in Nigeria, Mr. Dorsey is expected to meet with leaders in the local technology and business ecosystem.            Sourc...
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by on October 18, 2019
The U.S Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, who has been drawn into the Trump impeachment inquiry, will resign. President Donald Trump has confirmed the former Texas governor will depart his administration. Mr Perry's exit had been rumoured for months even before he became entangled in a controversy over Ukraine. US lawmakers are scrutinising Mr Perry's role in efforts to pressure Ukraine's president to investigate Mr Trump's political rival, Joe Biden. At an event in Texas, Mr Trump said: "He...
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by on October 13, 2019
The current Frist Lady of Nigeria, Aisha Buhari made a surprise return to Nigeria after spending two months in London. The Frist Lady went to London, United Kingdom in August 2019. Many Nigerians did not hear her for quite a sometime. During her stay in London, she did not make any comments on Nigeria affairs. Many Nigerians were wondering what is going on because she usually comments on events that happens in Nigeria. There were rumors that her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari was planning t...
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by on October 7, 2019
Four people were killed, and five others wounded after two suspects entered a bar and opened fire in Kansas City, Kansas, early Sunday, police said. Police responded to the incident overnight at Tequila KC on 10th Street and Central Avenue after receiving the first 911 call at about 1:27 a.m., according to Thomas Tomasic of the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department. Authorities believe that there might be two suspects who entered the bar and began shooting based on witness accounts. Police a...
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by on October 7, 2019
The 2019 Big Brother Naija reality show season winner is Mercy. She is the first female contestant to win the Big Brother Naija reality show. The 2019 Big Brother Naija reality show was called "Pepper Dem" edition. She beat other finalists or contestants Mike, Seyi, Frodd, and Omashola to emerge as the winner of this season 2019 Big Brother Naija. She was given Sixty Million Naira as her prize money. The 2019 Big Brother Naija reality show started with twenty-six contestants (housmates) a...
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by on September 29, 2019
The mother of former Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia has been released by her kidnappers. The release comes two months after she was abducted  in her country home in Odoni community, Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. When contacted, the spokesman for the Bayelsa State Police Command, DSP Asinim Butswat, confirmed the incident. A relative of the family, Pinaowor Siasia, also confirmed the release and said the elderly woman would be taken to hospital for medical checks. ...
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by on September 29, 2019
The Nigerian Government has deactivated over 2.2 million improperly registered mobile telephone lines in the country. The Deputy Director/Head of Information, Press and PR Unit, at the Federal Ministry of Communications, Mrs Philomena Oshodin, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday. She explained that the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) blocked the lines following the directive of the Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Pantami. Oshodin said the minister had ordered the NCC to ensur...
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by on September 26, 2019
Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs Festus Keyamo, has been redeployed to the Ministry of Labour and Employment. His redeployment comes about one month after being named as Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs. A statement from the Director of Information at the Office of Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Willie Bassey, said Keyamo would replace Tayo Alasoadura as the Minister of State for Labour, while Alasoadura went the other way. The statement said President Muh...
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by on September 25, 2019
The Nigerian Police is expected to arraign journalist and rights activist, Agba Jalingo, on Wednesday at the Federal High Court in Calabar, Cross River State. After 33 days in detention, his lawyer, Mr James Ibor, told journalists that the police had picked a date to arraign Jalingo in court. He said, “I have been informed that he will be arraigned at Court 2 of the Federal High Court in Calabar on Wednesday.” Jalingo is being charged with conspiracy to overthrow the Cross River State Gove...
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by on September 23, 2019
The Central Bank of Nigeria has directed the strict implementation of Merchant Service Charge, which would impose more charges on all point of sale (PoS) transactions. This is coming few days after the apex bank announced new charges on withdrawal and deposit of funds above N500,000. The directive on the 'Unbundling of Merchant Settlement Amounts' was contained in the CBN circular to banks, processors and switches, titled: 'Review of Process for Merchants Collections on Electronic Transaction...
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by on August 29, 2019
At least seven persons, including three final-year law students of the Ahmadu Bello University, were reportedly kidnapped along Abuja – Kaduna, about 40 kilometres away from the state capital on Tuesday evening.  As of the time of filing this report, it was not clear whether the abductions took place at the same time a former Gombe State Governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo’s convoy ran into the kidnappers along the Abuja-Kaduna highway.  Security details of the former governor had to disperse the ...
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by on August 27, 2019
In a recent post shared on her Instagram, the former reality TV star revealed that she kept her pregnancy journey to herself because she didn't want any negativity attached to it - Many fans have congratulated the ivory beauty on the arrival of her new baby Former reality TV star, TBoss, is a new mother and is super excited about beginning her motherhood journey. The ivory beauty who had previously denied being pregnant has finally confirmed that she was expecting and is now a new mother. In ...
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by on August 24, 2019
A Nigerian man has been sentenced to four years in prison for defrauding the United States government up to $8.3 million Medicare charges. Ayodeji Fatunmbi was found guilty in a jury trial on July 31, 2014, but was only sentenced to 46 months in prison on August 19, 2019, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.  He was extradited to the U.S. in October 2018 based on the ruling of the Federal High Court. Mr Fatunmbi, 47, was found guilty on one count of conspiracy to commit health care...
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by on August 23, 2019
The U.S authorities on Thursday announced charges against 80 people, most of them Nigerians, in a wide-ranging fraud and money laundering operation that netted millions of dollars from victims of internet con jobs. Federal prosecutors unsealed the dozens of indictments after 17 people were arrested and taken into custody in Los Angeles and elsewhere in the United States.  Most of the remainder of those indicted were believed to be in Nigeria, the US Justice Department said. The suspects alleg...
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by on August 18, 2019
Senator Ekweremadu was attacked at the 2nd Annual Igbo Cultural Festival at which he was a speaker/special guest of honour in Nuremberg when he was attacked. A video of the incident uploaded by IPOB on its Facebook page and by some other persons at the scene have gone viral. In the video, a rowdy group of people was seen angrily throwing objects at a man said to be the Senator as he walked away from them. Click on this link to watch the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1Dq3JjkwnQ ...
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by on August 17, 2019
A British judge has ordered the Nigerian government to pay $9bn in assets to a small private company. The firm, P&ID, had reached a deal with the Nigerian government in 2010 to build a natural gas plant - but the deal fell through two years later. P&ID then sued the government for failing to provide the gas or install the pipelines it had promised to build. The firm was first awarded $6.6bn (£5.4bn) in 2017, but the London court has now added $2.4bn in interest. According to the firm's web...
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by on August 16, 2019
Israel is blocking two US Democratic lawmakers, who are prominent critics of the Israeli government, from visiting. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib were due to visit the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem next week. Both have supported the boycott movement against Israel, but Israeli law allows supporters of the campaign to be banned from visiting.  President Trump earlier tweeted it would show "great weakness" if the pair were allowed entry. Ms Omar described Israel's move as "an insult to dem...
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by on August 12, 2019
Sonia Morales, the wife of the Nollywood Actor Ik Ogbonna has announced their divorce. She made the announcement on her Instagram page @sonialareinaa_official. Sonia Morales said her marriage with Nollywood Actor Ik Ogbonna have finally crashed (over). The couple got married in 2015 and they had one child named “Ace.” On her Instagram page handle, she wrote “Public announcement: I Sonia, am officially and fully out of marriage. My ex-husband and I have parted our ways for good and legally. ...
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by on August 11, 2019
Twenty people were burnt to death in an auto accident along Potiskum-Sade Road in Misau Local Government Area of Bauchi State on Friday night. Although the exact cause of the accident was not known, it was learnt that the two vehicles had a head-on collision, leading to the death of their occupants. The Police Public Relations Officer, Bauchi State Command, Kamal Abubakar, confirmed the incident in a telephone interview with our correspondent on Saturday evening. He said the accident involved...
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