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Nations Cup: Bright Dike out as Keshi releases final list

Nigeria Captain Joseph Yobo will play in his sixth Africa Cup of Nations finals after making the final list of 23 released on Wednesday night by Coach Stephen Keshi. This is even as Bright Dike’s name was missing from the list against the expectation of many Nigerians. The 32-year old defender, who started off as […]

Cape Verde hold Nigeria to draw

(Reuters) – Tiny Cape Verde Islands served notice of their potential at the upcoming African Nations Cup finals by holding heavyweights Nigeria to a goalless draw in a warmup international in Faro, Portugal, on Wednesday. A full-strength Nigeria side, with John Obi Mikel playing the entire 90 minutes, were unable to break down a resilient […]

Jonathan’s approach to Boko Haram faulty – OBJ

FORMER President Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday, said more could be done to reach out to the militant Islamist group Boko Haram to find out what leads it to carry out acts of violence. Obasanjo who spoke in an interview with CNN, suggested the current government should adopt a dual-track approach rather than just cracking down on […]

Daniel’s attempt to reduce EFCC charges fails

AN attempt by former Ogun State Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel to get an Abeokuta High Court to strike out 13 out of the 38 charges preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) failed Tuesday. Daniel is facing a 38-count charge, bordering on fraudulent practices during his eight-year tenure between 2003 and […]

Obama’s new combative approach and the risks ahead

UNITED States (U.S.) President Barack Obama’s first term was marked by complaints from his liberal base that he had been too conciliatory toward Republicans. And now, with a few days before his second inauguration, analysts are asserting that Obama is acting as if he believes he has a big mandate for his next term and […]

Ban on same-sex marriage irrevocable, says Mark

THE pressure is both surreptitious and overt. It is all aimed at scuttling at birth a law banning same-sex marriage in the country. The international community and human rights activists are at the campaign for Nigeria to reconsider any plan to enact the law. But Senate President David Mark has stirred the anxiety of these […]

Senate denies approving NNPC’s $1.5 billion loan

To probe deal, corporation avoids comments THE raging controversy over the alleged $2.5 billion loan of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) took a fresh dimension Tuesday with the Senate denying approving the deal. The upper chamber of the National Assembly said the transaction would be investigated. Speaking on the development Tuesday in Abuja, Senate […]

Federal Government releases N161

The Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has refuted media reports which allege that the Federal Ministry of Finance is blocking verified payments to marketers. According to the Minister, the Finance Ministry made the N161.6 billion supplementary budget for subsidy payments which had been approved by the National Assembly […]

UNIBEN lecturer caught in the act

From TONY OSAUZO, Benin A senior lecturer of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), has landed in trouble for extorting N100, 000 from a female student . The lecturer (name withheld), who is in the Faculty of Law was arrested by the university’s security personnel and handed over to the police after he allegedly collected the […]

5 goats arrested in Osun- To be charged to court

From BAMIGBOLA GBOLAGUNTE, Osogbo No fewer than five goats were yesterday arrested at Dele-Yesa area in Osogbo, the Osun State capital by officials of the state Waste Management Agency (OWMA) for allegedly violating environmental laws. The state Coordinator of the agency, Mr. Henry Ogunbanwo said the goats would be charged to court by the agency […]

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