Super Eagles: Gernot Rohr reveals new Europe-based goalkeeper for Nigeria

Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernor Rohr, has revealed his plan to introduce young Germany-born goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye, into the Nigeria’s senior national team. The German coach has seen the Fortuna Düsseldorf II goalkeeper as the solution to Super Eagles goalkeeping problem after 2019 African Cup of Nations disappointments. Daniel Akpeyi, who was named the number one goalkeeper at the just-concluded tournament in Egypt, came under scathing criticisms for a largely unconvincing display. Okoye is eligible to play for either Germany or Nigeria but the former Bayern Leverkusen safe…

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Nigeria climbs to 33rd position in latest FIFA ranking

The Super Eagles have been rewarded for their bronze win in the recently-concluded Africa Cup of Nation tournament in Egypt, Goal.com reports. In a list released today by FIFA, Nigeria has moved up to 33rd place from 45th position in the FIFA World Rankings. Rewarding the Super Eagles’ efforts in the 32nd AFCON, the Super Eagles climbed 12 places from their 45th position in June, accruing 1481 points. The Nigerian team finished second in the group stage, and defeated the five-time African champions, Cameroon in the Round of 16 and…

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Ethnic profiling of criminals may lead Nigeria to anarchy, say Falana, Balarabe Musa

Former governor of Kaduna State, Balarabe Musa, and human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, have warned against ethnic profiling of criminals, saying it may lead to a complete state of anarchy in the country. In a statement jointly issued on Sunday, the two eminent Nigerians stated that it is high time all stakeholders put hands together to save the country from disintegration. They also urged elder statesmen in the country to desist from issuing hate speech and “irresponsible ultimatums” that can heighten the current state of insecurity. “Amid the cacophony of…

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Nigerian prisoner scores 246 in 2019 UTME, set for NOUN

The Principal, Ikoyi Prisons School, Mr Ibikunle Idris, has described the performance of inmates who participated in the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), as encouraging and signs of better things to come. Idris, an Assistant Superintendent of Prisons (ASP) cited one of the inmates who scored 246 points. Twenty-five inmates registered for the JAMB examination, he told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Lagos. Idris said the least score by the inmates was 175. Seven of the inmates were released before the April 11 examination, with…

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FG gives 6-month amnesty to illegal migrants in Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday declared six-month amnesty to migrants who have stayed in Nigeria beyond 90 days without resident permit. He said that the period would enable the migrants to register with the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to avoid having challenges with immigration laws. The president made the declaration at the inauguration of the Migrant E-Registration and Data Processing Centres at NIS Headquarters in Abuja. He said that the period would enable the migrants to register with the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to avoid having challenges with immigration laws.…

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AFCON 2019: Madagascar humbles Nigeria 2-0 to top Group B

Madagascar truly showed themselves to be the fairytale story of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) competition beating Nigeria 2-0 to run out Group B winners. The opener came after 13 minutes when Nomenjanahary nipped in front of Leon Balogun on the edge of the Nigeria box and calmly rounded Ikechukwu Enzenwa before slotting home. It wasn’t a game full of chances, but the Barea of Madagascar were the more purposeful whenever attacking and, after Ibrahim Amada was felled on the edge of the box, Carolus Andria’s free kick deflected…

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We are disturbed by the spate of attacks all over the country, APGA tells Buhari

The National Working Committee, NWC, of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Friday, advised Buhari Muhammadu Buhari to rise up to the task to address the current worsening security situation in order to prevent the country from drifting into anarchy. National Chairman of APGA, Dr. Victor Oye, gave the advice while presenting a brand new constitution of the party in Abuja, just as he warned that the government must act fast to reverse the ugly trend. According to him, “We are also looking at the state of the economy. We want…

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Why INEC is most improved public service institution in Nigeria – Yakubu

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mamood Yakubu, says the commission is the most improved public institution in Nigeria, given the level of improvements recorded in the nation’s electoral system from 1999 to date. Yakubu made the claim at the 2019 post-election review session with second batch of electoral officers (EOs) from 17 states, held in Abuja on Wednesday. Yakubu said that the commission should be rated high when compared with its counterparts in other West Africa countries. “Whenever I compare what we have done with what my…

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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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Buhari reveals those behind violence, social unrest in Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari says most instances of inter-communal and inter-religious strife and violence were and are still being sponsored or incited by ethnic, political and or religious leaders. The President, who stated this in his Democracy Day address on Wednesday in Abuja, said that the leaders were hoping to benefit by “exploiting our divisions and fault lines, thereby weakening our country.” He noted that in spite of activities of the saboteurs, his government had remained focused in fulfilling the campaign promises in the areas of security, economy and fighting corruption.…

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Buhari govt driving Nigeria towards disaster, instability – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has stated that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government is driving Nigeria towards “disaster and instability.” Obasanjo, in an interview with Premium Times, noted that although the country had made considerable progress since the new dispensation began in 1999, the current pace was poor. He said: “I think we have no choice but to be on the path for sustainable development. The progress we are making may be questionable. Is it fast enough? Is it steady enough? Is it stable enough? Are we taking two steps forward…

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2023: You are in no position to write Igbos off – Obi tells Amaechi

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Vice Presidential candidate, Peter Obi, has berated Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation over comments attributed to him on Igbo presidency in 2023. Rotimi Amaechi said the people must not demand the presidency slot in 2023 for refusing to back the All Progressive Congress (APC). Nigeria which has three major ethnic groups has not produced a President of Igbo extraction since 1999. Amaechi said: “I don’t know what they will do now for voting against the APC. For refusing to support the APC, they cannot come…

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University fees in Nigeria so low, it compromises quality – Oby

Oby Ezekwesili, former minister of education, says the cost of tertiary education in Nigeria has been reduced to the extent that quality has been compromised. Speaking on Thursday at the launch of Edfin, Nigeria’s first educational microfinance bank, she advised that the federal government find a solution that does not compromise the quality of education. “There is a matter of how do you share the cost of getting a tertiary education. Unfortunately, our society did not come to the understanding that even education financing does not have to be a…

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Insecurity: 15,000 women, children from Zamfara, Sokoto, now refugees in Niger Republic – NEMA

• As Southern, Middle Belt leaders criticise FG for setting up radio to reach Fulani herdsmen Over 15,000 refugees from Sokoto and Zamfara States mainly women and children are currently taking refuge in some communities in Niger Republic, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has said. The Head of NEMA’s Operations in Sokoto, Dr Kofoworola Soleye disclosed this in Gusau yesterday at the stakeholders’ meeting on disaster management organised by the agency. Soloye noted that the refugees were displaced from their communities in Isa and Sabon-Birni Local Government Areas of…

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Terrorists are now Nigeria’s Commanders-in-Chief, says Bakare

The General Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, on Sunday, May 12, submitted that bandits, kidnappers, cattle rustlers, killer herdsmen and looters have become the commanders-in-chief of Nigeria. The cleric said his stance was due to their overwhelming presence across the country and the inability of the relevant authorities to stop their activities. According to him, the whole nation is under the control of terrorists and they are in charge. His words: “It is evident that the bandits; criminals, killing people every day; those kidnapping people over…

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