Author: Quadri Idowu

APC Convention: Delegates Express Mixed Feelings Over Organisation Some delegates to the All Progressives Congress (APC) 2022 National Convention have expressed mixed feelings over the organisation of the exercise. Some of them said the Convention Planning Sub-Committee should have done more to ensure orderliness in accessing the convention venue. Mr. Tony Ndanenu, a chieftain of the party and delegate from Delta, while commending the committee, said a proper security arrangement would have saved a lot of situation. This, he said, was especially with regard to party members struggling with and pushing aspirants to gain access to the convention venue. He…

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Borno, Zamfara Emerge Winners of 36th National Qur’anic Recitation Competition Abba Goni-Mukhtar from Borno and  Haulatu Aminu from Zamfara have emerged the overall winners of the just concluded 36th National Quranic Recitation competition. The contestants won the competition in the 60 Chapters recitation of the Holy Qur’an for the male and female categories, respectively. The one-week competition, organised by the Musabaqah Foundation for Qur’anic Recitation in Nigeria and Centre for Islamic Studies, Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto in collaboration with Bauchi State Government, ended on Saturday in Bauchi. About 328 participants drawn from the 36 states the federation and the…

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Oshiomhole Gets Rousing Welcome at Eagle Square Former National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress, Adams Oshiomhole has received a rousing welcome as he made his way into the Eagle Square venue of the party’s national convention in Abuja on Saturday. Oshiomhole was removed about two years ago when the National Working Committee of the party was dissolved. Oshiomhole has since gone underground with no comments on issues of the party or governance. As he made his way into the venue of the event, delegates hailed him as he moved from one section of the sitting arena to the other.

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Falconets Qualify for World Cup; Defeat Senegal 4-1 Nigeria’s national under-20 women football team on Saturday in Benin City earned a ticket to the 2022 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica. The Falconets achieved this after a comfortable 4-1 win over their counterparts from Senegal, for a 7-2 aggregate victory, after having won the first leg tie 3-1 away. Flourish Sebastine who scored a hat-trick during the first leg at the Stade Lat-Dior in Thies two weeks ago was again the cynosure of all eyes. She scored a brace in the eighth and 19th minutes at the Samuel…

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Is the Russian military having to change its plans? Perhaps even reduce the scale of Moscow’s ambitions in Ukraine? It’s probably too early to tell, but there’s definitely a shift in emphasis. A top Russian general – Sergey Rudskoy – says the “first stage” of what President Vladimir Putin calls Russia’s “special military operation” has been mostly accomplished and that Russian forces will now concentrate on “the complete liberation of the Donbas”. This is likely to mean a more concerted effort to push beyond the “line of contact” that separates Ukrainian government-held territory in the east of the country from…

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A US lawmaker could face expulsion from Congress for lying about funding ties to an African billionaire. Jeff Fortenberry, a Republican from Nebraska, lied to the FBI about taking illegal donations from Gilbert Chagoury, a high-flying Nigerian businessman, a federal jury found. He could be sentenced to 15 years in prison on three felony counts. The case has also renewed attention on the access of foreign influencers on US politics. It is illegal for foreign nationals to make political contributions, but Mr Chagoury, 75, has made several. In 2019, he was fined $1.8m (£1.4m) by the US government, and some…

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There have been more than 70 separate attacks on hospitals, ambulances and doctors in Ukraine with the number increasing on a “daily basis”, says the World Health Organization (WHO). It says the targeting of healthcare facilities has become part of the strategy and tactics of modern warfare. A recent casualty on 8 March was the newly refurbished central hospital in Izyum, south of Kharkiv. It was hit by what the Ukrainian authorities said were Russian shells. Video and photos posted online by the city’s deputy mayor showed extensive damage to the main hospital building. A new reception area built last…

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PDP Only Looking for Back-Door Route To Power – Keyamo Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, on Saturday, accused the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of accepting defeat ahead of 2023 election. Keyamo said the PDP was desperately looking for a back-door route to power. Keyamo was reacting to a suit by the PDP asking an Abuja Federal High Court to invalidate the All Progressives Congress, APC, national convention. The minister said the opposition party should be prepared to explain to Nigerians why APC has outscored them with the limited resources at its disposal. In a tweet, Keyamo…

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Residents Flee After Cultists Killed Notorious Area Boy In Abeokuta Residents of Oluwo area of Abeokuta have been fleeing in droves as a known area boy was killed in the Panseke area of Abeokuta, the Ogun State Capital. The deceased identified Tommy was reportedly trailed to the area late Thursday night and brutally cut down. The remains of Tommy which was sighted by many showed that he was macheted severely until he bled to death. It was also learnt that Tommy was battered in the head and other part of the body by his opponents before leaving him in a…

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The Kaduna State Government has confirmed the killing of some citizens in six villages of Giwa Local Government Area of the state. The state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, however said in a statement on Friday in Kaduna that detailed security report was still being awaited. “Some citizens have been killed by bandits in six villages of Giwa LGA,” he said. According to Aruwan, the attacks occurred between Thursday and the early hours of Friday. “The affected villages are Dillalai, Barebari, Dokan Alhaji Ya’u, Durumi, Kaya and Fatika. “An unspecified number of locals were also…

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