Author: Quadri Idowu

Shooting Stars of Ibadan on Saturday afternoon stunned the mammoth crowd at the Awka Township Stadium with a dramatic comeback to a 2-2 draw with Rangers Int’l of Enugu in the Match Day 36 encounter. The two sides played out a goalless draw in the first 45 minutes with Rangers also Flying Antelopes having a number of near goal situations with no much anxious moment in their goal area. Rangers FC broke the deadlock in the 46th minute through Shedrack Asiegbu, just at the resumption of play in the second half and in the 55th minute later through Chidiebere Nwobodo.…

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday evening returned to Abuja after a five-day State Visit to Lisbon, Portugal, where Nigeria and the European nation signed Memorandum of Understanding in diverse sectors. While in Lisbon, the Nigerian leader held several bilateral engagements which culminated into the signing of Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding between Nigeria and Portugal. The MoUs signed include Political Consultations; Diplomatic Training, Research and the Exchange of Information and Documentation. Cooperation in the field of Culture; and Cooperation in the Field of Women and Girls Development, Empowerment and Gender Affairs; Youths and Sports were also parts of the cooperation.…

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Rabiu Kwankwaso, the Presidential candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), on Saturday, said accepting to be running mate to any presidential candidate would lead to the collapse of NNPP. Kwankwaso, a former Governor of Kano State, who was in Gombe State to inaugurate the state office of NNPP and to meet with elected members of the party stated this in an interview with newsmen. He said his political profile built over the years and his wealth of experience having served in various capacities in the country had helped in bringing NNPP to limelight within a short time. He…

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The Kano State Fire Service says it saved 135 lives and property worth N34.6 million from 42 fire incidents in June. This is contained in a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the service, Alhaji Saminu Abdullahi, in Kano. Abdullahi said 24 people, however, died and property worth N13 million were estimated to have been destroyed by fire during the period. According to him, the service responded to 77 rescue calls and 17 false alarms from residents of the state. The spokesperson attributed the fires to careless use of sub-standard electrical appliances. He advise the general public to…

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State has faulted the proposed increase in the fare for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) across various routes in the state, urging reversal of the plan. The Lagos State Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Hakeem Amode, in a statement on Saturday in Lagos, berated Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu for approving such hike, saying it would add to the plight of the masses. Amode said that the APC-led government blaming the hike on the pump price of diesel from N187 to N830 and the unavailability of spare parts for the increase were not justifiable. According…

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Ukraine’s eastern city of Lysychansk is at the centre of competing claims, with both Russian and Ukrainian forces saying they are in control. Ukraine says its forces are enduring intense Russian shelling there but insists the city has not been seized. However, Russian-backed separatists say they have successfully entered the city and reached its centre. Russian media showed videos of separatist or Russian forces apparently parading through the streets. Russian sources have also tweeted video of the Soviet flag allegedly being placed on the city’s ruined administrative centre, but that has not been verified. It is the last Ukrainian-held city…

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A staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), supervising the collection of voters card, Makanjuola Bilahu, has been arrested. He was arrested alongside with a corp member attached to the INEC office as an Ad-Hoc staff in charge of voter’s card distribution, Orji Nkenna. Also arrested with them was one Oluwatobi Ogini for alleged electoral malpractice. They were all arrested by the Osun State Police command for allegedly selling Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in the Atakumosa West Local Government Area, Osu, Osun State. This was disclosed in Osogbo on Saturday by the command’s spokeswoman, Yemisi Opalola. She stated that…

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A crew member of a sinking engineering vessel in the South China Sea has been rescued by a helicopter team. The ship encountered difficulties after a tropical storm passed through area, some 300km (190 miles) south-west of Hong Kong. Rescue operations are ongoing and over two dozen crew members are still missing. Source: BBC News

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Ukraine says its forces are enduring intense Russian shelling in the eastern city of Lysychansk, but denies claims that they are surrounded. It is the last Ukrainian-held city in Luhansk, part of the industrial Donbas region. Russia captured the nearby city of Severodonetsk last month. “We barely have time to put out the major fires in Lysychansk,” Luhansk governor Serhiy Haidai said. Russia has also fired more missiles at cities in the north and south. Can we say how many people have died in Ukraine? What weapons are being supplied to Ukraine? Why Russia couldn’t hold Snake Island Railway tracks…

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Former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday rode a tricycle popularly used for commercial transportation. He rode the tricycle to the admiration of scores of people who gathered to watch him for the period he rode. Obasanjo rode through some roads in Abeokuta, capital of Ogun, to pick passengers. The elder statesman, who offered rides to citizens, moved through Moshood Abiola, NNPC Mega Station, Kuto Market, among others. The activity was part of OBJ @ 85 Free Keke Programme of the Youth Development Centre of Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL). In his remarks, Obasanjo appealed to the youths not…

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