Iwobi reveals Mikel’s new AFCON role

Alex Iwobi has suggested that Chelsea icon Obi Mikel will likely be deployed as a central midfielder at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr has been trying out different formations in the training sessions and gave a hint at what his starting line-up against Burundi could be in the preparatory matches against Zimbabwe and Senegal. Both Iwobi and Mikel lined up in midfield in both matches with the Hale End Academy product deployed in a more advanced position and the Super Eagles captain playing centrally. “It’s…

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Why we met with Buhari – APC governors

The All Progressives Congress (APC) Governors Forum on Tuesday disclosed their reason for visiting President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. They disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari is yet to discuss ministerial list with them. But they maintained that the matter of a cabinet for the President’s second term was purely the President’s decision. The President, the Forum said, should appoint whosoever he wishes. The Chairman of the APC Governors Forum and Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu, briefed State House correspondents at the end of the President’s meeting…

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Scores killed as Air Force destroys bandits’ camp in Zamfara

Nigerian Air Force

The Nigerian Air Force (NAN) says its Air Component of Operation HADARIN DAJI, has degraded a camp and neutralised scores of bandits in air strikes conducted at a location near Dangote Village in Zamfara. Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, who disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday, said the operation was conducted on Sunday. He explained that the operation, which took place at dawn on June 16, was executed based on credible human intelligence (HUMINT) reports. Daramola said reports indicated that some bandit leaders…

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NCAA begins demolition of telecommunication, banks masts

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority says it will commence the demolition of 8, 805 telecommunication masts in different locations within the country, immediately. The NCAA, on Tuesday, said the demolition exercise would similarly affect some banks and financial institutions that had discountenanced its regulatory requirements on the clearance to erect any high structure within navigable airspace in the country. The NCAA had in April warned all Global System for Mobile Communications providers and telecom operators against the violation of safety regulations, with a 30-day ultimatum handed down for compliance. The…

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Ayokunle reelected CAN president

The President of the Nigerian Baptist Convention, Rev. Supo Ayokunle, has been re-elected President of the Christian Association of Nigeria. The results was announced on Tuesday by Bishop Matthew Kukah, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, at the Ecumenical Centre, Abuja. Ayokunle got 59 votes to defeat the runner up, Rev. Caleb Solomon-Ahima, President, Fellowship of Christian Churches in Nigeria, who got 44 votes. Ahima, according to the CAN constitution, becomes the Vice President of the organisation. Ayokunle was born on January 25, 1957, and hails from Isheke, Oyo…

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El-Rufai Vs Ashiru: Elections did not hold in parts of Zaria LG – witnesses told tribunal

Thirteen witnesses yesterday told the Kaduna State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal that the March 9 governorship elections did not hold in parts of Zaria Local Government Area of the state. The witnesses, who testified on behalf of the petitioners, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and its candidate, Alhaji Isah Ashiru, also said even where the poll held, it was disrupted and marred by irregularities. The witnesses mostly from Kwarbai ward ‘A’ with 26 polling units, said polls either did not take place or were not concluded in some of the…

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APC committee recommends expulsion of Ex-Zamfara gov, national deputy chairman from party

The five-member Disciplinary Committee set up by the All Progressives Congress (APC) has received a report and evidence of alleged anti party activities against its Deputy National Chairman (North) Lawal Shuaibu. The Zamfara State Executive Committee of the APC submitted the report to the committee on Tuesday in Abuja. The committee also received report against the former Governor of Zamfara, Abdulaziz Yari, on his alleged role in the 2019 electoral misfortune of the APC in the state. The Zamfara APC Publicity Secretary, Mohammed Bakyasuwa, who led other officials of the…

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Missing N6.8m: No gorilla in Kano zoo – Ganduje

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State yesterday dismissed reports that a gorilla swallowed N6.8m from a zoo in the state, saying that the zoo in question had no gorilla among its animals. Ganduje, who spoke with reporters at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, disclosed that preliminary investigations into the case had already shown that the zoo was attacked by armed robbers. The governor added, “You know l have directed the anti-corruption agency in Kano to investigate the issue. All l can say now is that preliminary reports indicate that there was…

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I bear no grudge against Ganduje, says Sanusi

As court restrains Kano govt from taking action against emirate council Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, says the emirate council under him holds no grudge against Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of the state. Sanusi made the remarks when members of the Kano State Assembly paid him a courtesy visit at his palace yesterday. The emir and the governor fell out shortly after the general election. There were reports that the monarch opposed Ganduje’s reelection and in turn, the governor assented the bill to break the emirate into five. Subsequently, the…

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2019 elections: Presidency counters IRI, NDI report questioning Buhari’s victory

• Report shows 2019 Presidential election was rigged – PDP The presidency has reacted to the joint report of the International Republic Institute (IRI) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI) on the 2019 general elections in Nigeria and recommendations for the 2023 general elections. The joint Nigeria International Election Observation Mission of IRI and the NDI said in its final report on the elections that Nigeria’s 2019 general elections “fell significantly” short of the standards set in 2015. The IRI/NDI mission said it conducted its activities in accordance with Nigerian…

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World population hits 7.7bn as men outnumber women in Nigeria

The population of the world hits an estimated 7,713,468,000, the United Nations Population Division said yesterday. According to the World Population Prospect released by the UN, and analysed by TheCable, the medium-variant projection indicates that the global population could grow to around 8.5 billion in 2030, 9.7 billion in 2050, and 10.9 billion in 2100. The data also shows that males outnumber females in Nigeria, and the world as a whole, negating the popular belief that women outnumber men in the West African country. Nigeria is estimated to be at…

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Man vandalises cars at Nigerian high commission in UK over difficulties in obtaining passport

A 32-year-old Nigerian, Jeffrey Ewohime, yesterday destroyed seven expensive cars at the Nigerian High Commission in London. Ewohime was said to have been miffed over the difficulties in obtaining his passport, which had expired since 2017. A statement by the Chief Executive Officer of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said Ewohime got to the high commission one hour after the period for collection of passport had elapsed. He was said to have reached there around 2p.m. which was an hour after collection of passports had closed. Also, the…

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Windstorm destroys over 1000 houses in Zamfara LG

Over 1000 houses have been destroyed by a windstorm in Bungudu town, Bungudu Local Government Area of Zamfara State, the lawmaker representing the area, Alhaji Nasiru Lawal, has said. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the incident occurred on Sunday evening. Lawal, who conducted journalists round the affected houses in Bungudu on Monday, described the incident as unfortunate. “It is worrisome to have this kind of incident, we never experienced this type of disaster in over 30 years. “We are going to visit all the affected persons, sympathise with…

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Nigerian teenager, Eniola Aluko shot dead in London

Eniola Aluko, a teenager with Nigerian heritage, has been shot dead in Plumstead, London. According to Metropolitan Police, the force was alerted to a car park on Hartville Road, SE18 at 4:54pm on Friday and Aluko was found with critical injuries which later led to his death. A post-mortem examination, held on Saturday at Greenwich Mortuary, gave the cause of death as a gunshot wound to the neck and chest. The police said they had arrested an 18-year-old teenager on suspicion of murder while four others, who were arrested earlier…

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Kaduna, Katsina top list of states with highest kidnap suspects arrested in four weeks

Kaduna and Katsina are the states with highest number of kidnap suspects arrested in the last four weeks, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu has said. Kaduna State recorded the highest number of arrested kidnap suspects with 101 suspects followed by Katsina State with 79. Adamu stated this on Monday during the monthly meeting of the IGP with police management team and other senior police officers at the Force Headquarters, Abuja. He said the operatives of Operation Puff Adder have in the last four weeks arrested 920 suspects…

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