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Juan Mata grabbed the 78th minute equalizer as Manchester United opened their pre-season with a 1-1 draw against Club America on Thursday in Phoenix, Arizona.
A header from Henry Martin in the 59th minute — past substitute goalkeeper Joel Pereira — had put Mexican outfit America in the lead at University of Phoenix Stadium.
President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, commiserated with the family members, the government and people of Katsina State on the death of his classmate and former Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Ahmadu Coomassie.
In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President said he received the news of the death of the Chairman of the Arewa Consultative
Forum with shock and deep sense of loss.
The atmosphere at the secretariat of the Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress was tensed on Thursday evening as the Osun State Governorship Electoral Panel from Abuja held a meeting with all the governorship aspirants of the party ahead of the primary election slated to hold on Friday.
The Chairman of the Electoral Panel, Abdulazeez Yari, who is the Governor of Zamfara State, was absent and Senator Ovie Omo-Agege announced to the gathering that he was representing the chairman.
A former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Attahiru Jega, has said that Nigerian politicians are more interested in winning elections than in governance.
He said such an attitude was not good for the country and its people.
A House of Representatives aspirant on the All Progressives Congress platform, Jonathan Oladele, has promised quality representation for Ekiti South Federal Constituency II if elected in 2019.
The aspiring lawmaker said apart from empowerment programmes for the youth and women, he would also put in place a school support programme for students.
Liverpool on Thursday signed Brazil goalkeeper Alisson from Roma in a world record deal valued at 72.5 million euros by the Italian club.
“The 25-year-old signed a long-term contract with the Reds after undergoing a medical and completing the formalities of his switch at (training centre) Melwood today,” said the Liverpool website.
President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, on Thursday, met behind closed doors inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Some state governors elected on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress also joined the meeting held inside the President’s office.
Plenary at the Senate on Thursday was rowdy for about 30 minutes when some members protested against alleged lopsidedness in the appointments so far made by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The senators, who are from the South-East geopolitical zone, pointed out that the recent appointments made by Buhari and for which he had sought Senate’s confirmation did not reflect the Federal Character principle.
Ekiti State Governor-elect, Dr Kayode Fayemi, on Thursday, said he would probe what transpired in the last four years in the state under the outgoing governor, Ayodele Fayose.
He said it was in the interest of good governance for him to investigate how much accrued to the state and why salaries were not paid.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday approved the appointment of three Directors-General/Chief Executive Officers of three agencies under the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development.
Their appointments were contained in a statement made available to journalists by Olusegun Adekunle, the Permanent Secretary, General Services Office, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps will need N310m to feed and administer drugs to dogs that will be deployed in states for the 2019 elections.
The Nigeria Police Force will also require N7m to feed 50 horses that would be used for patrol during the elections which will take place between February 16 and March 2, 2019.
The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, has recanted his earlier declaration suggesting that he has left the All Progressives Congress.
He said he was still a member of the APC and was impressed with the intervention of the national leadership of the party.
The Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Badandede, has told foreigners living in the country not to meddle in the forthcoming elections.
He said this on Thursday during a summit organised by the Lagos State Command of the service with the title, ‘Collaborative Strategy at Ensuring that Migrants Live Peacefully in Nigeria: Lagos State as a Case Study.’
The Federal Government has concluded arrangements to engage additional 300,000 beneficiaries in the second batch of its N-Power Volunteers Corp from August 1.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice-President on Media and Publicity, Mr Laolu Akande, disclosed this in a press statement on Thursday.
The new national airline, Nigeria Air, will require initial capital of between $150m and $300m, and the Federal Government is seeking a strategic partner to operate the carrier, according to a document seen by Reuters on Thursday.
The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, on Wednesday said the government would not own more than five per cent of the new carrier.
The House of Representatives on Thursday warned pilots and crew members against flying under the influence of alcohol and other psychoactive substances capable of altering their moods.
The House specifically directed the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority to conduct regular pre-flight tests on pilots to be sure that they are not under any influence of any substance.
An anti-corruption group, Coalition Against Corruption and Bad Governance, says it wants a certain Nigerian security chief, using the pseudonym, Auwalu Kallamu, probed for allegedly diverting £3m out of the money released to be paid as ransom to Boko Haram for the release of the Chibok and Dapchi schoolgirls.
According to the group, the said Nigerian security chief opened an account, numbered 32570021, in Lamda Private Bank, in the Principality of Liechtenstein, using his pseudonym, Auwalu Kallamu, and stashed the £3m in the foreign account with the help of foreign accomplices.
The Lagos State Government on Thursday urged the Federal Government to postpone its planned closure of the Third Mainland Bridge in the state, adding that the move would compound the unusual gridlock caused by activities of tanker drivers in Apapa.
The state government, which lamented the congestion created by trucks and articulated vehicles along the Apapa vehicular corridor, said the development had caused traffic problem in the state.
The Centre for Social Justice has called on the National Assembly to exercise its powers by recalling the bill on the amendment of Sections 81 and 121 of the 1999 Constitution, which stipulate the timeframe for annual budgets.
The Lead Director, Centre for Social Justice, Eze Onyekpere, said this during a chat with journalists in Abuja on Thursday.
The Lagos State Government says its policy of zero tolerance for begging in the state is still in force, adding the spate of street begging is worrisome.
The Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Agboola Dabiri, said this on Thursday at a meeting with stakeholders on curbing the menace of street begging in the state.
Ex-international, Chief Segun Odegbami, says education and health will get more attention if he is elected as the governor of Ogun State in 2019.
He said this on Wednesday while declaring his intention to vie for governorship in Ogun on the platform of the Labour Party.
The Rivers State Internal Revenue Service has said that the picketing of the head office of the Niger Delta Development Commission was not political, but an effort towards ensuring that the agency pays its withholding tax.
This is just as a group known as Community Watch of Nigeria condemned the sealing of the NDDC corporate headquarters in Port Harcourt by the RIRS.
The Chairman of the Adamawa State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, Tahir Shehu, has said if given the party’s mandate, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar will send President Muhammadu Buhari packing from Aso Rock next year.
According to Shehu, Atiku remains the only candidate with the requisite resources to confront and defeat the All Progressives Congress candidate in next year’s general elections.
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Tom Cruise returns for the sixth instalment of the Mission Impossible film titled Mission: Impossible – Fallout.
Appraised for its cinematography, story and stunts, Ethan Hunt (played by Cruise) and his IMF team (Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames) make a comeback to rescue the world.
Disgraced former South Korean president Park Geun-hye was convicted of charges including illegally receiving funds from the country’s spy agency on Friday and given eight more years in prison, on top of her current term.
Park, the South’s first female president, was impeached last year after huge street protests over a sprawling scandal, and was jailed for 24 years for corruption and abuse of power in April.
Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, yesterday condemned the wave of violence across the country, warning that the nation risked dire consequences unless the situation was curbed.
“There is too much blood shedding in Nigeria; the blood of innocent people who do not even know what is happening or governance is. This is happening across the country and if we don’t stop this and recognise the sacredness of human life, we cannot see peace. We cannot have peace and development in any place.”
Range Rover Sport has always combined the refinement and capability of a large Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) with the performance of a sport car.
With this latest update, designed to enhance the driving experience and customer convenience, the Range Rover Sport continues to be the benchmark luxurious performance SUV.
Ekiti State Governor-elect, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, yesterday held a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He dismissed trending reports of vote buying in the governorship election that produced him.
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday met with Senate President Bukola Saraki at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Saraki arrived the Villa at about 6:02 p.m. and proceeded straight for a closed-door meeting. No official reason was given for the meeting.
In lieu of the recent threat to aviation security, the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) has sought to partner airlines to boost safety of lives and properties around the busy Lagos airport.
Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG), Danjuma Ibrahim, who was recently deployed to head the Lagos Airport Police Command, said his primary responsibility was to improve on the existing security network, a task he wants to fulfill with the support of the stakeholders.
Nigeria has championed the telecom industry to business and political audiences around the world as the next big thing paved with ease of doing business and other government cushions.
An in-depth look however, paints a different picture: the industry is beset by myriad of challenges most of them occasioned by the same government which is touting an investment haven.
Support group alleges plot to link Atiku with herders’ attacks
The Atiku Renaissance Group has accused the Federal Government of planning to link former Vice President to the raging killings by herdsmen in parts of the federation.
Its Secretary-General, Awwal Tahir, citing a purported security report from a Defence Intelligence Agency source, alleged that top politicians in the presidency planned to indict Atiku on the massacres.
The President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Ambassador Chris Giwa says the present executive committee will finally move to the Sunday Dankaro House at the Package B of the Abuja National Stadium next week.
Giwa made the declaration yesterday, when he led some of his Executive Committee members to assess the state of Sunday Dankaro House, which was completed over six years ago.
Wife of the late former Vice-President Alex Ekwueme, Beatrice, and brother, Prof. Laz, yesterday led the family to the Presidential Villa, Abuja, where they held a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.
The family was in Aso Rock to thank the president for the state burial given the elder statesman in last February.
Ahead of the 2019 gubernatorial election in Gombe State, there are indications that stakeholders of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) will need to be united rather than relying on federal might to displace the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Gombe APC believes that it has the capacity to give the outgoing governor, Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, and the PDP a good fight in the next election.
Stakeholders in the financial technology ecosystem have thrown their weight behind digitalization of retail payment system in the country as a boost to financial inclusion initiative of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Austin Okere, founder, CWG said that in most emerging markets and developing countries, the current formal financial system only reaches a minority of the working-age adult population, hence the need to support FinTech companies.
Governor Simon Lalong has called on Plateau people to unite in combating the insurgency and attacks the state currently experiences.
He made the call at the investiture of Chief Elvis Chibiko Chukwu as governor of District 9125 of Rotary International in Jos.
The House of Representatives Committee on Financial Crimes yesterday expressed worries about the increasing call masking and refilling in the country.
It, however, expressed satisfaction with measures so far put in place by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to curb the menace.
One of the world’s most popular and expensive players, Cristiano Ronaldo, will be looking to make his mark on the Italian competition and further build his claim as one of the greatest players of all time with his recent signing with Italian giants, Juventus.
With the return of the Italian Serie A to the world of champions, Supersport. Nigerian football fans will be able to follow Ronaldo and all 380 games of Serie A on DStv and GOtv. Supersport has cemented their place as the hub for the best of football from around the world with hundreds of league games from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Nations League.
There appears to be no end in sight for the reign of bears on the equity sector of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) as major highly capitalized stock continued to record price depreciation, causing investors’ wealth to plunge further by N244 billion in four trading days.
Specifically, the market capitalisation which stood at N13.499 trillion when the market re-opened for trading on Monday, now stands at N13.211 trillion, shedding N244 billion or 2.3 per cent.
Turkish side, Galatasaray, have entered the race to sign Leicester City forward, Ahmed Musa, for the new season.
Musa who has been linked with a £40 million move to Al Nassr in Saudi Arabia is seen as a versatile player who could play as a striker and as a winger by Galatasaray coach, Fatih Terim.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and his Mauritius counterpart, Ameenah Gurib–Fakim, have challenged African women to fight for their rights otherwise they would continue to be shortchanged in politics and socio-economic developments.
The former presidents made the assertion in Lagos yesterday at the 2018 Women Power launch titled: Smart Economics: Empowering Women in Changing World, organised by the Murtala Muhammed Foundation (MMF).