Friday November 21st, 2014
Friday November 21st, 2014
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Child Sexual Abuse: Protect your Minor

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rape-victim

Veteran comedian Bill Cosby, star of the 80s Cosby show is in the news for the wrong reasons: sexual abuse.

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Jonathan at 57: His name, luck and rise

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Jona57

Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Nigeria’s first president from the southern Niger Delta oil region, has enjoyed a meteoric rise to power largely through being in the right place at the right time.

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Recapture of Mubi, Chibok: How military/vigilante alliance worked magic to flush out Boko Haram

  /   in Features 12:26 am   /   Comments

DEPLOYED— File pictures of military patrol and checkpoint in Maiduguri, Borno State. An estimated 3,000 troops have been deployed to embattled states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, following the proclamation of State of Emergency in the states on Tuesday. Photos: AFP.

THEY realised that they had become endangered species in their own fatherland and if nothing was done urgently to flush out the insurgents, their huge investments would be destroyed, political ambitions thwarted and their relevance called to question. That was the quagmire some concerned elites and business tycoons from the Boko Haram- ravaged Adamawa State and other parts of the North East found themselves in.

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Ekiti Parapo College marks 60th anniversary; future under focus

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EKITI PARAPO COLLEGE @ 60 (L – R): Member, Ekiti Parapo College, Ido Ekiti Old Students Association, Chief Michael Olorunfemi; President, Ogbeni Lanre Adesuyi and Treasurer, Comrade Sola Ogunsina, at the press conference on the  college’s 60th anniversary held in Lagos.

Old students of Ekiti Parapo College, Ido Ekiti (EPCOSA) have inaugurated a four-point developmental road map for their alma mater, which will focus on the need to promote, sustain and preserve the socio-cultural legacies of the 60-year historic institution.

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Storm on River Niger

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Dredgers on the river

The clouds are gathering and the storms threatening as what started as a minor dispute between two hitherto friendly unions trying to eke out a living by dredging and selling sand at the bank of the River Niger, may soon snowball into a major crisis that could cripple economic and social activities in the commercial city of Onitsha and Asaba, the Delta State capital.

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Brief History of Present PU Disposition

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1993 – 1997 – Muhammed Alli (northerner) was in the saddle as DG, NEC, and created PUs; another northerner; Jega, another Northerner wants to add more in the most lopsided manner.

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Women shut down Benue to preach peace!

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For seven years, Benue State First Lady, Mrs. Yemisi Suswam, spotlighted women through the ‘Celebrate the Benue Women’ annual fiesta.

Through the programme, which includes cooking competition and display of farm produce and yields from across the state, attracted visitors from far and wide

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Dichotomy between degree and HND is ungodly — Sen. Marafa

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By Johnbosco Agbakwuru Senator Kabir Marafa is the Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum Resouces (Upstream). He represents Zamfara Central on the platform of the All Progressives Congress. He is one of the most vocal opposition senators. In this interview, Senator Marafa said it is ungodly and hypocritical to discriminate between degree and Higher National

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Mubi: The confusion, trauma of an invasion

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Mubi-escapees

Apart from the traffic jam stretching from Airport road and the presence of heavily armed soldiers primed for any eventuality, a first time visitor cannot but feel the sombre mood in the town presently threatened by Boko Haram insurgents. Yola and indeed other parts of Adamawa State are facing some perilous times. The roads, busy with people leaving the stricken town, tell the story.

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Outrageous electricity bills: Consumers groan as DISCOs smile to banks

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Dr Sam Amadi, CEO, NERC

WHY would you disconnect my light when I have already paid? Do you know what it means to pay N10,000 for light that I did not even consume? And you have the guts to ask me to pay another money. You even billed us for the pumping machine when you know that we have not had water in this part of Coker Village for almost one year now. If you are in my shoes, will you pay?” a middle-aged woman yelled at the marketing officer attached to the area by Eko Electricity Distribution Company, EKEDC.

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I influenced ex-Chief of the Army Staff, Ihejirika, to join the military — Ogbonna, former DHQ chief

  /   in Features 12:21 am   /   Comments

Jerry-Ogbonna

A former Director of Research and Development in the Defence Headquarters, DHQ, who proposed to make a prototype Armored Personnel Carrier and production armaments locally, Jerry Obike Ogbonna, is a retired navy captain seeking to represent Abia North in the Senate through the 2015 polls. Four years ago, he contested against Senator Uche Chukwumerije in the PDP, but lost. Ogbonna, now in All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), believes that the incumbent senator has stayed too long after 12 years.

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Child Dedication: Men from hell killed my wife — Igbo man in Bauchi

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*Bereaved husband Leonard Onunkwo

Preparations for the dedication of the two months old son of Mrs Loricia Onunkwo, a Bauchi-based Igbo business woman, scheduled to take place on Sunday, November 9 at the Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church, Fadama Mada Parish, Bauchi, turned to a nightmare for the Onunkwo family when the nursing mother was brutally killed by gunmen .

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Nigeria needs to scale through consideration of CLCS – Prof Awosika

  /   in Consular Advisory 7:09 pm   /   Comments

AS Nigeria awaits consideration from the United Nation’s Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shell (CLCS), the need to make available funds to the National Boundary Commission and the Extended Continental Shelf (ECS) office in New Yoke is said to be essentially imperative.

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War on terror: Disturbing tales of conspiracy, sabotage

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Dasuki Sambo

NIGERIA and South Africa have in the past three weeks been embroiled in a serious diplomatic and economic dispute over the twin arms purchase deals that would have seen South African Concerns playing the role of third party in the arms purchase transactions.

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Jonathan’s centenary, independence speeches: The missing point

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President Goodluck Jonathan speaking at the 54th Independence
Anniversary Interdenominational Church Service at the National Christian  Center, Abuja On Sunday (29/9/14)

President Goodluck Jonathan, in the last ten months, has made two major speeches that got Nigerians glued to television and radio sets hoping to be told new things. Speeches of Presidents and Heads of State, in the past, had one of such that either put smiles on the faces of the people or did otherwise.

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Pre-Amnesty Era in N-Delta: People drank from the river they defecated in – Peter Omoh Dania

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Dunia

Life is not essentially about the wealth an individual has acquired. It does not matter at what age you were able to make it to the top. But what matters to most people with the heart of Christ is how many faces you were able to put smiles on their faces. One of such Nigerians with large heart is Peter Omoh Dunia, who recently clocked 42.

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Condemned 12 Soldiers: When plea for mercy challenges military law

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*Some suspected culprits at the inauguration of a general court martial to try erring army personnel, in Jos, yesterday. PHOTO: NAN.

IF Oliver Okwara had joined the Nigerian Army now, many would have attributed it to the biting unemployment in the country.

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Tears flow freely after fresh onslaught by Fulani herdsmen

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A survivor from the early morning attack

FOR more than a decade, Plateau State, the “Home of Peace and Tourism”, has been plagued by series of violent attacks and bomb blasts which have left thousands dead, property worth billions of Naira destroyed and relationships among people severed.

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Controversy as NYSC moves from analogue to digital

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*Corps members

FOR the past 41 years of its existence, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has handled the mobilization of graduates across the country for the mandatory one year national youth service through analogue method, which is replete with all sorts of irregularities.

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In Kaduna, half nude women confront Gov. Yero

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Yero-women

Around 10am penultimate Monday, armed men followed Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero of Kaduna State in a convoy of vehicles. The wailing convoy snaked its way from Kaduna metropolis towards southern Kaduna.

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The forgotten people of Abuja

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*Medical facilities are lacking

Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, is one of Africa’s respected cities and acclaimed to be one of the fastest growing cities in the world. It has since become a haven for tourists, investors and sellers

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Road Accidents: The fake Abuja insurers!

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The scene of accident...more than one year ago

An estimated 600,000 vehicles from Abuja suburbs and neighbouring states enter the Federal Capital City every working day of the week excluding the number of vehicles domiciled in Abuja.

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2015: The Lamido challenge and VP Sambo’s uncertain fate

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President Jonathan

THE National Executive Committee, NEC, of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, at its 66th meeting, endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan as the party’s sole candidate for the 2015 presidential election ahead of his formal declaration for his re-election bid and the party’s national convention fixed for December 6.

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The story of the struggle of my life, by Atiku Abubakar

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“Mr. President, let me draw your attention to the simple meaning of your budget: not one kobo of our oil revenue (at a time of oil boom) is being spent on power and infrastructure.

My grandfather, Atiku, came originally from Wurno in Sokoto State. There, he had met and befriended Ardo Usman, a Fulani nobleman from what is now known as Adamawa State. My grandfather decided to accompany his new friend back to his home- town of Adamawa.

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Oil Theft, Vandalism & Piracy: Navy’s surveillance sensors, battle-ships to the rescue

  /   in Features 12:17 am   /   Comments

Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin, Chief of Naval Staff

BEFORE April 2013, when President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in the North East states of Adamawa, Yobe and Borno because of the escalation of the Boko Haram insurgency, other criminal activities like illegal bunkering, oil thievery, piracy and pipeline vandalism were ignored or received less attention. Consequently, the nation has been the worse for it in terms of poor revenue outlay.

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Jonathan through the transformation lens

  /   in Features 12:25 am   /   Comments

President Jonathan

The nationwide rallies at the behest of the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) have continued to showcase different qualities that each of the six geo-political zones see in the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan

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Nasarawa University industrial devt goal, by Professor Muhammad Akaro Mainoma, Vice Chancellor

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Professor Muhammad Akaro Mainoma

In this part of the world where many people still believe that the best way to achieve result is by cutting corners, Professor Muhammad Akaro Mainoma may not be accepted by all. But those who still value quality tertiary education will always hold the Acting Vice Chancellor of the Nasarawa State University, Keffi in high esteem

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Beauty queens are not promiscuous— Nancy-Olive Aisagbonhi, Calabar Carnival Queen

  /   in Entertainment, Features 8:19 pm   /   Comments

Nancy-Olive

Everything works like Harry Potter’s spell when crowns rest on the heads of the likes of passionate, gorgeous and cheerful Nancy-Olive Aisagbonhi. Nancy-Olive is the reigning Queen of Cross River State’s annual Calabar Carnival Pageant.

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Synagogue Church Collapse: Questions over non-compliance with housing laws

  /   in Features 11:05 am   /   Comments

TB Joshua-Synagogue Church

LOCATED in the heart of Ikotun Egbe, a popular suburb in Lagos, this building stands out not only in the area but the entire Africa. Its architectural design and finishing is such that would leave the masters of architecture marvelling.

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Red card for Almajiris in Niger

  /   in Features 12:12 am   /   Comments

Almajiris: Children particularly boys who have never attended school.

Alms are for the poor who are confined in the way of Allah-they cannot go about in the land; the ignorant man thinks them to be rich on account of (their) abstaining (from begging; you cannot recognize them by their mark; they do not beg from men importunately; whatever good thing you spend, surely Allah knows” – Q 2:273.

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Mystery of the Pregnant Pope

  /   in Features 7:00 pm   /   Comments

Pregnant-pope1

For centuries, the Roman Catholic Church has tried to bury her story

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The most dangerous day in a woman’s life

  /   in Features 12:21 am   /   Comments

pregnant woman

Today, in Africa, the most dangerous day in a woman’s life is the birth day!
Almost one third of all maternal deaths globally are concentrated in two countries: India and Nigeria!

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