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After 130 Years, Harvard Law Review Elects a Black Woman President

It has been 27 years since the first black man, an older student by the name of Barack Obama , was elected president of the prestigious Harvard Law Review. It has been even longer — 41 years — since the first woman, Susan Estrich, was elected to the position. Since then, subsequent presidents have been female, Hispanic, Asian-American, openly gay and black. Only now, for the first time in the history of the venerable 130-year-old journal, is the president a black woman. ImeIme Umana, 24, the third-oldest of four daughters of Nigerian immigrants, was elected on Jan. 29 by the review’s 92 student editors as the president of its 131st volume. The Harvard Law Review — which, like other law reviews, allows students to hone their legal writing skills and gives scholars a forum in which to thrash out legal arguments — is often the most-cited journal of its kind and has the largest circulation of any such publication in the world. Its presidency is considered the highest

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu's Inaugural Speech

INAUGURAL SPEECH DELIVERED BY ARAKUNRIN OLUWAROTIMI ODUNAYO AKEREDOLU SAN ON 24TH OF FEBRUARY 2017 ON THE OCCASION OF HIS INAUGURATION AS THE 6TH CIVILIAN GOVERNOR OF ONDO STATE. JOURNEY TO REDEMPTION Humbled by the uncommon kindness of the Almighty God and an unequivocal expression of preference by the good people of Ondo State, exemplified by the victory of our great party at the last gubernatorial election, I am extremely delighted to share with you all the joy of this day of glory.We are grateful to Almighty God for granting this state such a beautiful day and a beautiful moment like this. I thank the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and leader of our great party, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, for his leadership and unwavering stance to support what is just and noble. Today’s celebration would, perhaps, have been impossible without his steely disposition to always stand against all acts not in consonance with decency, probity and justice. I thank the Pres

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Rohr: Nigeria Will Beat Bafana Bafana, Eliminate Cameroon

Nigeria’s Franco-German coach, Gernot Rohr, has said he expects his team to go past South Africa at home in June on their way to qualifying for AFCON 2019 and also edge past Cameroon in World Cup qualifiers beginning in August. Rohr’s Eagles are drawn against South Africa, Libya and Seychelles for a place at the 2019 AFCON in Cameroon. Nigeria welcome Bafana Bafana in June to get the AFCON qualifiers going. “Nigeria cannot miss the AFCON again because it’s a big tournament to celebrate African football. I hope we will be there at the next tournament,” he said.  But to do that we have to eliminate South Africa, who are a good team. “We need a good preparation and organisation. We will have two friendly games next month and we have the possibility to test some new players and be together.” He also spoke on the World Cup double header against Cameroon billed for August 28 in Uyo and September 2 in Limbe.  “The AFCON was a good tournament in Gabon and there were some g
Russia's main opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, has been found guilty of embezzlement and handed a five-year suspended sentence. It bars him from running for president next year against Vladimir Putin. But Mr Navalny, who denies the charges, has vowed to take part in the race regardless. It was not immediately clear if this was legally possible. His conviction came in a retrial after the European Court of Human Rights ruled the first trial to be unfair. The court in the provincial city of Kirov found Mr Navalny guilty of embezzlement in relation to a timber company called Kirovles, for which he was also handed a 500,000-rouble ($8,500; £6,700) fine.

UN: Boko Haram is Broke

The destructive Boko Haram group is currently plagued by financial difficulties, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, has said.  Feltman stated this while briefing the Security Council on the UN Secretary-General’s Fourth Report on the threat the group poses to international peace and security efforts to “check and roll it back”.  The UN envoy also revealed that Boko Haram was under intense military pressure, but warned against undermining its capacity to launch fatal attacks. “ISIL-affiliate Boko Haram is attempting to spread its influence and commit terrorist acts beyond Nigeria. “And Boko Haram remains a serious threat, with several thousand fighters at its disposal.

PDP Opens Merger Talks with LP, SDP, Five Other Parties

The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that it has commenced talks with some politicians and the leadership of the Labour Party (LP), Social Democratic Party (SDP) and five other political parties in the country on modalities for aligning forces to wrest power from the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 general election. The meeting with friendly political parties and associations, which was at the instance of the PDP, was billed to take place yesterday evening in Abuja. The Chairman of the PDP Strategy Review and Inter-party Affairs Committee and former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana who gave some insight on the merger talks yesterday, when he submitted the report of the committee, said it had nothing to do with the “rumoured mega party”. “We are pleased to report that our initial contacts have yielded positive responses from seven people-focused and social democratic parties. In fact, later this evening, key leaders and s

NJC Re-nominates Onnoghen Acting CJN, Pending Senate Confirmation

The National Judicial Council (NJC) has written to acting President Yemi Osinbajo asking him to re-appoint the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen in an acting capacity, pending his screening and confirmation by the Senate as the substantive CJN. The decision to resend Justice Onnoghen’s name confirmed THISDAY’s exclusive report yesterday that the NJC would at its emergency meeting recommend his re-appointment in an acting capacity, pending his confirmation by the Senate.  Acting President Osinbajo on Tuesday transmitted Justice Onnoghen’s name to the Senate for confirmation as the substantive CJN. The need for the council’s emergency meeting yesterday in Abuja at which Justice Onnoghen, who chairs the NJC presided, had arisen due to the lack of sufficient time for the Senate to screen and confirm him before his tenure as the acting CJN elapses on Friday.  An NJC source explained that the recommendation by the council for his reappointment

FG: No Basis Comparing Yar’Adua’s Health Issues with Buhari’s

The federal government has again launched another spirited attempt to convince increasingly sceptical Nigerians that President Muhammadu Buhari, who is in the United Kingdom on an extended vacation, is “hale and hearty”, adding that there was no basis comparing the president’s health with what played out during the Umaru Yar’Adua presidency. Minister of information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed made the spirited defence yesterday when he briefed State House correspondents at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by acting President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He insisted that Buhari was neither ill, nor was he in any danger that calls for panic. The minister also reacted to the charge that he had failed to provide hourly briefings on the status of the president’s health, even though he had challenged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led government in 2010 to do the same when the late Yar’Adua was sick and later die


Crude Oil Hits $56 as Russia Joins OPEC Cuts

Crude oil price yesterday rose to around $56 per barrel, supported by signs that Russia and the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) are delivering on promised supply reductions, although a report showing a large rise in United States crude inventories curbed the price gains. Russia has cut production in January by around 100,000 barrels per day (bpd), according to data provided to Reuters yesterday. A day earlier, a Reuters survey found high compliance by OPEC with agreed cuts. International benchmark, Brent crude was up 50 cents at $56.08 a barrel, having risen as high as $56.24, while US crude rose 41 cents to $53.22. However, the producer efforts were countered by signs of a persistent supply glut in the United States. US crude inventories rose by 5.8 million barrels, industry group the American Petroleum Institute said on Tuesday, more than analysts forecast. Following from last Tuesday’s API report the US government’s official inventory figures

Andy Uba Dumps PDP, Defects to APC

Senator Andy Uba, representing Anambra South senatorial zone under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Uba disclosed this at a news briefing yesterday in his home country, Uga, Aguata Local Government Area of the state. The lawmaker said he joined the APC at the ongoing registration of party members in the state. According to him, APC has ideology and focus which he needed to tap into to provide quality representation to his constituents. Uba further said he joined the APC because of other personalities in the party with sound ideas and whom he looked up to in politics. He listed some of the personalities to include the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, and APC National Auditor, Chief George Muoghalu. Uba stressed that with such calibre of people, the party would take the state to enviable heights. The senator said he would be very effective in serving the yearnings of his peopl

UK Deports 41 Nigerians for Immigration Offences

The United Kingdom has deported about 41 Nigerians for committing various immigration offences. The deportees, who were brought into the country in the early hours of yesterday, comprised 33 men and eight women. They arrived the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, at 7.55 a.m. onboard a chartered aircraft. Some of the offences of the deportees included holding and wielding expired and fake travel documents and illegal entry into the UK through different routes. the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) said some of them had sought for asylum in the UK, which was not granted by the immigration authorities, while some had spent 24 months or more in Britain before they were deported. The deportees, who wore sad and sullen faces, were eccentric, irascible and very hostile to journalists who wanted to speak with them as they clutched their luggage, largely jute bags, locally known as Ghana Must Go bags. However, one of the deportees who identified himself as C

Foreign Capital Importation Dropped to Nine-year Low in 2016

Nigeria’s capital imports slumped to a nine-year low in 2016, as Africa’s biggest economy battled a weaker currency and its first recession in 25 years.  The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said yesterday that capital importation into Nigeria fell 47 per cent last year to $5.12 billion, largely because the weak currency meant fewer dollars were required for the same naira investment. It said $9.64 billion was imported in 2015, reported Reuters. “This was the lowest value since the (data) series started in 2007, which reflects the numerous economic challenges that afflicted Nigeria in 2016,” the statistics office said.

FG to Raise VAT on Luxury Goods

In an effort to shore up the federal government’s revenue base, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) yesterday approved a new tax regime, just as it announced its intention to raise taxes on luxury goods. Also the council constituted a task force to device measures to force down the prices of food in the country.  The council equally approved a memo for the procurement of more coaches for the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) to improve rail transportation. Minister for Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, who announced the approval of the new tax policy, after the FEC meeting presided over by acting President Yemi Osinbajo, said council approved the revised National Tax Policy meant to review the tax rates in certain areas. She however pointed out that the government would work with the National Assembly for the amendment of certain tax laws before the commencement of the policy. Adeosun hinted that while taxes on some basic commodities might not be increased, taxes on l

CJN asks NBA to nominate judges for supreme court

The acting Chief Justice of Nigeria Justice Walter Onnoghen has given lawyers three days to apply for appointment as justices of the Supreme of Nigeria. A notice issued by Nigeria Bar Association President Mr Abubakar Mahmoud said the acting CJN asked the NBA to nominate suitably qualified legal practioners to apply for appointment as justices of the Supreme Court. The announcement confirmed speculation that the Presidency prefers to appoint the Chief Justice from outside the present crop of justices of the apex court.

Obama speaks up on protests against Trump

Former US President Barak Obama has broken Hus silence on events taking place since leaving office. Obama praised the surge protests against his successor and condemned religious tests. 'Citizens exercising their constitutional right to assemble, organise and have their voice heared by their elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake.

John Cena becomes a 16th time world wrestling cham

  John Cena has won the world wrestling championship for a record 16th time. The victory makes him only the second wrestler to achieve such feat after 'nature boy' Rich Flair Cena defeated An Styles via a pinfall at the 2017 Royal Rumble. Congrats to a refined athlete.

Marseille confirm Dimitri Payet signs on four-year deal from West Ham

The French Ligue 1 club have confirmed Payet has signed a four-year contract and he will be officially unveiled at a press conference at the Robert Louis-Dreyfus centre - Marseille's training complex - on Monday. The 29-year-old will be joined by OM president Jacques-Henri Eyraud and sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta, after costing them £25m. He has taken a £25,000-a-week pay-cut after also rejecting huge offers from China. There had been a protracted stalemate over the transfer fee but West Ham finally agreed to Marseille's final £25m offer on Sunday, after accepting the insertion of a 25 per cent sell-on clause. Payet leaves West Ham having scored 15 goals in 60 appearances for West Ham.

China Emerges Nigeria’s Leading Source of Imports with $1.6bn

It emerged at the weekend that China is now Nigeria’s leading source of imported goods with an import value of $1.6 billion (N478 billion) equivalent to 20 per cent of Nigeria’s total imports. This is, according to the merchandise trade data released by the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in its latest foreign trade statistics for the third quarter of 2016. According to the NBS data, Belgium emerged the second largest source of imports in the review period, with an import value of $1.1 billion (N331billion). The NBS data put the total value of trade at N4.72 trillion, representing an increase of 16 per cent on the preceding quarter. The data, however, showed a trade deficit of N104 billion, which compared with N482 billion in the second quarter of 2016. Analysts at FBN Quest noted that the increase in imports in a recession in the first three quarters of last year was due to the weakness of the naira exchange rate. Analysis of the NBS data showed that total e


2 Iraqis file lawsuit after being detained in NY due to travel ban

Lawyers for two Iraqis with ties to the US military who had been granted visas to enter the United States have filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump and the US government after they were detained when they arrived in New York Friday. The lawsuit could represent the first legal challenge to Trump's controversial executive order , which indefinitely suspends admissions for Syrian refugees and limits the flow of other refugees into the United States by instituting what the President has called "extreme vetting" of immigrants. Trump's order also bars Iraqi citizens, as well as people from six other Muslim-majority nations, from entering the US for 90 days, and suspends the US Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days until it is reinstated "only for nationals of countries for whom" members of Trump's Cabinet deem can be properly vetted. According to court papers, both men legally were allowed to come into the US but were detained i
Five Iraqi passengers and one Yemeni were barred from boarding an EgyptAir flight from Cairo to New York on Saturday following President Donald Trump's ban on the entry of citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries, sources at Cairo airport said. Trump on Friday put a four-month hold on allowing refugees into the United States and temporarily barred travellers from Syria and six other Muslim-majority countries, saying the moves would help protect Americans from terrorist attacks. The six passengers, bound for John F. Kennedy International Airport, were prevented from boarding EgyptAir Flight 985 at Cairo airport despite holding valid immigration visas, the sources said. The five Iraqis had arrived in transit from Erbil and were being held at the airport until they could be re-boarded on flights back to Iraq, whereas the Yemeni passenger had arrived at the airport from elsewhere in Cairo, they added. Trump halted the entry of travellers fr

Serena Wins 2017 Australian Open Title

Serena Williams has outclassed her sister Venus, in straight sets to win her seventh Australian Open in an open-era record, 23rd Grand Slam singles title. The 35-year-old won 6-4 6-4 to pass Steffi Graf in the all-time list of major winners since the grand slam accepted professional players in 1968. The second seed overcame a stuttering serve to take a Topsy turvy opening set and one break of 36-year-old Venus’s serve proved enough to claim the second after 82 minutes on Rod Laver Arena. Australia’s Margaret Court is the only player still ahead of Serena in terms of grand slam singles titles on 24. The American regains the number one ranking from German Angelique Kerber.

Village Head Killed in Akwa Ibom

Suspected assassins have killed the village head of Ikot Anta Eneng Obom in Ukanafun Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, Chief Emmanuel Jim Umahaeyo. The yet-to-be identified gunmen numbering about two were said to have shot the royal father in his compound. The late village head who assumed leadership in December 2010, was said to be having protracting disagreement with a deposed youth leader in the village, Eyak Umoekpo, by ensuring the emergence of another person, Esitime Emmanson, as the new youth leader. The deceased village head was alleged to be uncomfortable with the leadership of Umoekpo, by running a parallel government in the village. Disturbed by the development in the village, the village head was said to have dissolved the factional youth leadership to pave the way for a new one, an action that angered the sponsor of the factional youth leader to pitch a tent against the village council. It is said a member of the deposed Umoekpo last year shot

Williams Sisters Set Stage for Ninth Grand Slam Final

Venus and Serena Williams will tomorrow meet in a Grand Slam final for the ninth time after the American sisters came through their semi-finals at the ongoing Australian Open 2017 in Melbourne. Thirteenth seed Venus, 36, beat fellow American Coco Vandeweghe 6-7 (3-7) 6-2 6-3 to reach her first major final since 2009.   World number two Serena, 35, saw off unseeded Croat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-2 6-1 in the second semi-final. Serena is attempting to win an Open-era record 23rd Grand Slam singles title It would also be a seventh Australian Open victory for the younger Williams sister, while Venus hopes to win an eighth major title, first in Melbourne and first since Wimbledon in 2008.  Tomorrow will be their first Grand Slam final against each other since Wimbledon 2009 when Serena won in straight sets  It is unbelievable to watch Serena play tennis – the way she hits the ball and the competitor she is,” Venus Williams said after the first semi-final “It would be a d

Presidency Insists Buhari is Not in a London Hospital

President Muhammadu Buhari’s media aide, Mr. Femi Adesina launched another attempt yesterday to allay fears over the health of his principal, who is on a ten-day vacation in the United Kingdom, but has not been seen or heard from since his departure last week.  Speaking on a live CNBC Africa interview, Adesina said Buhari was not ill or on admission in any hospital in London, adding: “When he was travelling last week, the statement we put out was that he was going on vacation and during the vacation he would undergo a routine medical check up and nothing has changed from what we pushed out last week. “If anybody has fed something else into the rumour mill that is just what it is, a rumour.” However, Adesina stirred the hornet’s nest, when he said the president would decide if he wanted to speak to Nigerians from the UK or not. He said: “The fact that he is a president, he still has his rights. Compelling him to come out and talk will be infringing on his rights. “The


Six Dismissed Policemen Stopped Security Agencies from Assassinating Me, Says Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has alleged that the police high command dismissed the six policemen attached to him because they refused to allow the security agencies execute their plot of assassinating him. Speaking when he received the Aluu Council of Chiefs at the Government House, Port Harcourt yesterday, Wike said there was a detailed plan by the security agencies to assassinate him, but his security details resisted the execution of the evil plot.  He said: “The policemen were dismissed because they did not allow the security agencies to assassinate me as was planned “The security agencies planned to assassinate me, but those attached to me resisted the plot and refused to allow them kill me. That is why they are angry and desperate.” The governor said he would continue to defend the interest of the state, noting that he would never plead with the offending security agencies to stop their illegal activities.

Finally, Kidnappers Release Turkish School Students, Staff

After 12 days in captivity, the kidnappers who abducted five female students and three members of staff of the Nigerian Tulip International College (NTIC) in Ogun State, tuesday finally released them into the waiting hands of their respective families. All the victims were freed at about 8.30p.m. and dropped off behind the school premises. Although details of their release were sketchy as at 9:20p.m. when the news broke of their release, the victims were said to have been first taken to the hospital under heavy police protection. While a version claimed that the kidnappers released the victims to the management and representatives of the parents, another account indicated that security forces found the tired victims wandering in the forest behind the school premises. A source who spoke on account of anonymity, said the kidnappers succumbed to the massive pressure mounted on them following the deployment of Aerial Patrol Helicopters and Tactical forces by the Inspect

2019: Obasanjo backs South east for President

Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has thrown his weight behind the South eastern part of the country to produce the President in 2019. Obasanjo, who said his was personal added that the problem of injustice and marginalisation had always been the source of conflicts between ethnic and regional divisions in the country. The former President was speaking in Abeokuta when leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Ogun State that was part of what he intended to do when he supported the South south in 2009.Irrespective of the thinking of people towards 2019, I think south east should have a go at the Presidency too.

Sani: Presidency Full of Hypocrisy, Lies

Chairman of Senate Ad hoc Committee on Mounting Humanitarian Crisis in North-east, Senator Shehu Sani, on Tuesday accused the presidency of lies and hypocrisy, saying it has cultivated the habit of telling lies to cover up its shortcomings. Sani made this accusation while responding to President Muhammadu Buhari’s letter, clearing the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), of allegations of corruption as read by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

LASU begs for donations

The Lagos State University on Tuesday urged parents, guardians and well‎-meaning Nigerians to collaborate with the institution by donating buildings and equipment ‎for infrastructural development. The Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, made the appeal at the matriculation of the newly admitted students for the 2016/2017 academic session in Lagos. Fagbohun was represented by Prof. Olumuyiwa Noah, the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the university.  He said that the donation would be accepted as part of effort to make the institution one of the best ‎universities in the world. ‎ He solicited the co-operation of parents and guardians by joining the Parents Forum of the university.  According to him, such forum will enable the parents and guardians to participate in molding the character of the students to become responsible men and women of the country in future. Fagbohun charged parents to partner with the university in nurturing the minds of the

Alibaba now has half a billion users

Jack Ma’s online shopping empire now has 493 million users who access its China marketplaces every month on mobile devices, up from 393 million at the end of 2015, said Alibaba today in its latest earnings report. The Taobao and Tmall marketplaces now have 443 million annual active buyers, rising strongly from 407 million 12 months ago. Alibaba makes the equivalent of US$35 in revenue from each shopper. The new figures come amidst a strong performance for Alibaba in the quarter from October to December 2016 in which it pulled in US$2.5 billion net income from total revenue – up 54 percent in the past year – of US$7.7 billion. The ecommerce behemoth beat analyst expectations with plenty of legroom.  Alibaba, which no longer reports quarterly consumer spending on its marketplaces, also heralded fast growing revenues from newer areas, such as corporate cloud computing services – in which it competes against Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure – and digital media. Alib

Former minister dumps PDP for APC

Sen. Joel Ikenya, the immediate past Minister of Labour and Productivity, has announced his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Ikenya hails from Taraba and served in the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan. He told newsmen on Monday in Jalingo that his defection was informed by the numerous achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari- led administration. He urged Nigerians especially those from the North-East, to key into the policies and programmes of the President for the socio-economic development of the country. “My reasons for decamping from the PDP to pitched tent with the ruling party are based on the many achievements the president have recorded within his first one year in office. “The success he achieved in restoring peace to the troublesome North-East zone alone is something we cannot shy away from no matter our political party differences. “Buhari’s fight against corrupt practi

Suspected Fulani herdsmen abduct Delta council chair, two others

Gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen have reportedly abducted the immediate past transition committee chairman of Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State, Chief Friday Akpoyibo, along two others. Sources close to Akpoyibo told journalists on Monday in Ughelli that Akpoyibo and two others were kidnapped along Auchi-Abuja road on Sunday on their way to Abuja. A younger brother and another close ally of Akpoyibo who was traveling with him were also  abducted by the arms-wielding herdsmen who allegedly blocked the expressway with their cattle. However, a female passenger who was said to have been traveling with the victims was left behind by the abductors. Akpoyibo’s ex-aide who spoke under strict condition of anonymity said, “He was going to Abuja to attend the inauguration of the recently appointed executives of the Niger Delta River Basin Development Authority when the hoodlums struck. “They were taken into the bush after being disposed of their personal it

Gambia: Yahya Jammeh stole $11m, exported luxury cars – President’s aide.

An aide to the newly inaugurated President of The Gambia, Adama Barrow, Mai Fatty, has accused the ousted leader, Yahya Jammeh of stealing over $11m and shipping out luxury vehicles by cargo plane. Addressing reporters in Dakar, Senegal, Fatty said the new administration met an empty treasury.  He said, “The coffers are largely empty. “Over two weeks, over 500m dalasi ($11 million) were withdrawn” by Jammeh, adding that “As we take over, the government of The Gambia is in financial distress.” Fatty also alleged that a Chadian cargo plane had transported luxury goods out of the country on Jammeh’s behalf, in his final hours in power, including unknown number of vehicles.   Jammeh initially insisted on clinching onto power , despite his defeat to Barrow during the December 1, 2016 Presidential election in the country.  Despite his insistence, Barrow was last Thursday sworn-in as President in the country’s embassy in Senegal. After much mediation, Jammeh eventually conced

NPFL Day 3 Results

Kano Pillars 2 v 3SC 1,  Wikki 1 v Akwa United 0, Plateau United 3 v Sunshine Stars 1, ABS 1 v Ifeanyi Ubah 0, Rivers United 1 v Tornadoes 0, Rangers 1 v El Kenemi 0, Katsina 1 v Nasarawa 0, Remo Stars 1 v Abia Warriors 0

Here's the Full Transcript Of Angela Davis's Women's March Speech

"At a challenging moment in our history, let us remind ourselves that we the hundreds of thousands, the millions of women, trans-people, men and youth who are here at the Women's March, we represent the powerful forces of change that are determined to prevent the dying cultures of racism, hetero-patriarchy from rising again. "We recognize that we are collective agents of history and that history cannot be deleted like web pages. We know that we gather this afternoon on indigenous land and we follow the lead of the first peoples who despite massive genocidal violence have never relinquished the struggle for land, water, culture, their people. We especially salute today the Standing Rock Sioux. "The freedom struggles of black people that have shaped the very nature of this country's history cannot be deleted with the sweep of a hand. We cannot be made to forget that black lives do matter. This is a country anchored in slavery and colonialism, wh

Ugandans invent ‘smart jacket’ to diagnose pneumonia

A team of Ugandan engineers has invented a “smart jacket” that diagnoses pneumonia faster than a doctor, offering hope against a disease which kills more children worldwide than any other. The idea came to Olivia Koburongo, 26, after her grandmother fell ill, and was moved from hospital to hospital before being properly diagnosed with pneumonia. “It was now too late to save her,” said Koburongo. “It was too hard to keep track of her vitals, of how she’s doing, and that is how I thought of a way to automate the whole process and keep track of her health.” Koburongo took her idea to fellow telecommunications engineering graduate Brian Turyabagye, 24, and together with a team of doctors they came up with the “Mama-Ope” (Mother’s Hope) kit made up of a biomedical smart jacket and a mobile phone application which does the diagnosis. Pneumonia — a severe lung infection — kills up to 24,000 Ugandan children under the age of five per year, many of whom are misdiagnosed a

FG to launch rice, cassava industries in Imo

As part of its plans to ensure food sufficiency in  the South-East,  the Federal Ministry of Agriculture has concluded plans to site two rice plants, one cassava processing plant and one palm oil plant in Nzerem community, Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State. The Transition Committee Chairman of Ehime Mbano LGA, Chike Ojiako, disclosed this on Saturday while addressing journalists on the activities to mark his first anniversary in office.  Ojiako said Governor Rochas Okorocha and the senator representing Imo-North, Benjamin Uwajumogu, were working in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture to realise the project.

The women behind yesterday's protests again Trump

Presidency dispels death rumour, says Buhari alive

There was consternation in several quarters in Abuja and beyond over the weekend as rumours circulated that President Muhammadu Buhari had passed on at a London hospital where he was said to be receiving treatment. As the day wore on, the rumours gained ground after a news website published a story that the President was dead. The rumour soon spread like wild fire in different parts of the country with many Nigerians making frantic phone calls to ascertain the story’s accuracy.  The presidency however said on Saturday that there was no truth in the news. Buhari had on Thursday travelled to London, United Kingdom, after writing to the National Assembly that he would be proceeding on a vacation and that Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo would be performing the duties of the President while he was away.  “The report is hogwash,” the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, simply said. Adesina also denied the report on his Twitter handle, praying

Wayne Rooney is Manchester United's all-time highest goal scorer

Wayne Rooney scored his 250th goal in Man U shirt today, cancelling out the former record holder Bobby Robsons feat of 249 goals. His goal against Stoke away from home was also the highest ever scored away from home in the Premier League history by any player. .

Gambia’s Jammeh Explains: Why I Stepped Down,

Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh has attributed his decision to step down to the pressure from West African armies which entered the Gambia this week. Mr Jammeh had rejected the result of the presidential election he lost to Adama Barrow, even after he had earlier said he accepted the defeat. Jammeh is yet to leave the presidential palace but his announcement on state television overnight appears to signal an end of a political impasse. It also brings to a close a reign that began in 1994 when he seized power in a coup. While Jammeh held on to power, tension rose, countries withdrew their nationals from the tiny nation and some 7,000 soldiers from Nigeria and Senegal entered Gambia backed by tanks and warplanes. They were poised to move into the capital as Jammeh’s army provided no resistance. ECOWAS delegations led by Nigeria’s leader, Muhammadu Buhari had at different journeys to the country tried to convince Jammeh to hand over power but he insisted he was staying on. After ta

Governors Forum: Fayose, Right Man for the Job, Says Ekweremadu

T he Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has congratulated the Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, on his emergence as the new Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Governors Forum.  Ekweremadu, who described the Forum as an important group within the party, expressed confidence in the ability of Fayose to rally the governors elected on the platform of the party, theming PDP faithful, and supporters to hold the fort in opposition. He said: “Governor Fayose is a strong voice in the opposition. He is an unapologetic PDP faithful and has the audacity, political sagacity, and benefit of experience from his number of years as a Governor to provide quality leadership for the Forum. I, therefore, nurse no doubts that he is the right man for the job.  “However, I would like to see a greater synergy and understanding between our governors on one hand, and National Assembly Members of PDP.  extraction on the other hand, to avoid the usual needle

FG, States, LGs Share N400bn for December

Monthly share of the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) to the three tiers of government recorded a marginal increase in December 2016, from N386.879 in November to N400 billion. The December allocation, which is N13.1 billion higher than the preceding month (November), is however lower than N420 billion shared by the three tiers in October.Briefing journalists at the end of the meeting in Abuja yesterday, the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun traced the marginal increase to increase in royalties collected, Company Income Tax (CIT) and Value Added Tax (VAT). Giving further details, Adeosun, who is the Chairman of FAAC, disclosed that N224.883 was shared as Statutory Allocation with the federal government receiving N105.762 billion; states, N53.644 billion; local governments, N41.357.   billion, with N15.504 billion as 13 per cent derivation for oil mineral producing states. Adeosun stated that N79.273 billion was shared from VAT, giving the breakdown