‘Kpali’ starring Ini Dima-Okojie, Nkem Owoh, others set for December release

VZHUN Films, a leading production company has announced a feature film entitled ‘Kpali’ featuring a line-up of top Nollywood actors including Nkem ‘Osuofia’ Owoh, Linda Ejiofor, Ini Dima-Okojie, Kunle Remi and Gloria Anozie-Young. Kpali is set for release in cinemas on December 20. Produced by Emem Ema, the suspense-filled movie is being released in collaboration …

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THE NIGERIA’S 2020 OSCAR ENTRY ‘LION HEART’ DISQUALIFICATION

Dear Victor, SO good to hear from you. I hope all is well. Yes, there were a lot of stories about the Lion heart situation.  My first reaction was – why do people take the Oscars so seriously? It is a very artificial system that rarely results in the best movies or performances being recognized.  …

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‘I was a mother at 15, a dropout at 16, widowed at 52, raped at 65

An encounter with Taiwo Ajai-Lycett is a pilgrimage into her rousing present and the bleakness that marred her past. The details are grisly: she was a mom at 15, a dropout at 16, widowed at 52, and raped at 65. But she learned to deal with grief by simply “moving on.” Such wisdom of the …

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My battles with randy, gay lecturers

Prof. Edward Olorunsola Olanipekun was recently appointed the eighth Vice Chancellor of Ekiti State University (EKSU). In this interview with ADEGUNLE OLUGBAMILA, the professor of Industrial Chemistry speaks on his plans for the 37-year-old institution, the challenges ahead and why some projects are delayed, among other issues.   What was your biggest challenge when you …

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NOLLYWOOD ACTRESS ENIOLA AJAO OPENS UP: MY RELATIONSHIP WITH MOVIE STAR ODUNLADE ADEKOLA

Nollywood actress, Eniola Ajao, jettisoned her qualification as an accountant to pursue her dream  in the movie industry. In this interview with ADENIYI ADEWOYIN, she speaks on her relationship with Adekola Odunlade, the challenges of actors in terms of money making, among other issues.   HOW has life been treating you and what have you …

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BREAKING: Buhari returns from private visit to UK

President Muhammadu Buhari has returned from a private visit to the United Kingdom. The President returned a day earlier than he was scheduled to. The Presidential Jet touched down at about 9.45pm Friday night. Speaking to reporters at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International airport Abuja, President Buhari says he intends to work …

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IYC urges security agencies to probe Nembe pre-election violence

Mike Odiegwu, Yenagoa   The Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) Central Zone, has called on security agencies to investigate the pre-election violence that rocked Nembe Local Government Area in Bayelsa State and left some persons dead and others injured. The Zonal Chairman, Kennedy Olorogun, spoke on Friday during a one-day nonviolent summit, praise and prayer he …

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Kogi 2019: Attacks threat to polls, CDD warns

James Azania, Lokoja   The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has warned that the charged political atmosphere in Kogi State, is foreboding of violence in Saturday’s election. It called on political actors and the security agencies to do more to stem the tide of political violence ravaging the two (Bayelsa and Kogi) states in …

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Buhari right not to have submitted certificates to INEC – Supreme Court

Eric Ikhilae, Abuja The Supreme Court has held that President Muhammadu Buhari was right not to have submitted his academic credentials to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The court, while giving reason for dismissing the appeal by the PDP and Atiku Abubakar, held that Buhari was eminently qualified to contest the last presidential election. …

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JAMB set to begin verification of centres for 2020 CBT UTME

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it is set to commence the verification of centres that may be considered for use ahead of preparations for its 2020 all computer-based Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). The Head, Media and Information of the board, Dr Fabian Benjamin, made the disclosure to the News Agency of …

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Gunmen kidnap Professor in Yola

Onimisi Alao, Yola   Gunmen have kidnapped a Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning of Modibbo Adama University of Technology (MAUTECH), Yola. Our correspondent gathered that Prof Felix Ilesanmi was abducted on Thursday night from his residence at the Staff Quarters of the university in Girei, headquarters of Girei Local Government Area …

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Buhari to sign Executive Order banning open defecation – Minister

Tony Akowe and Frank Ikpefan, Abuja   A law to end open defecation is on the way, Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, has said. He said that there is going to be an Executive Order signed by President Muhammadu Buhari to back the law. Adamu explained that the law would not coarse Nigerians but …

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We can’t return to PDP, says ex-Bayelsa acting governor

Mike Odiegwu, Yenagoa A former Bayelsa State acting Governor, Chief Nestor Binabo, has dismissed reports that he and other prominent members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) returned to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the Saturday governorship poll in the state. Describing the insinuation as evil propaganda, Binabo said the likes of a …

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Dasuki, El-Zakzaky chose to be in our custody- DSS

By Nicholas Kalu, Abuja The Department of State Services (DSS) has declared former National Security Adviser, Col Sambo Dasuki and leader of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) popularly known as Shittes, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, chose to be in its custody on their volition. The Service disclosed this in a statement by its Public Relations Officer, …

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Bayelsa, Kogi polls: IGP withdraws security aides from governors

By Nicholas Kalu, Abuja   The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has directed that with effect from Friday 15th November, 2019, all security aides attached to the Governors, their Deputies and all other public office holders, politicians and any other personality involved in the elections in the Bayelsa and Kogi States be withdrawn until the …

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Sports Minister urges NYSC members to embrace entrepreneurial training

The Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, on Friday urged National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members participating in the National Youth Service Coprs Batch ‘C’ Stream 1 in Lagos State to embrace entrepreneurial training. The minister said this during a visit to the NYSC camp in Iyana-Ipaja, Lagos, where no fewer than …

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Bayelsa: NBA faults Timipre Sylva’s attack on judge

Eric Ikhilae, Abuja The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has expressed displeasure at the manner the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva reacted to the decision by a Federal High Court in Yenagoa, voiding the governorship primary held by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State. The NBA, in a statement issued on …

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We’re against attempts to ridicule Osinbajo-APC US

Oziegbe Okoeki Worried by alleged recent developments in the presidency, leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the United States have condemned any plan to ridicule Vice President Yemi Osinbajo by some forces. The APC leaders, who also threw their weight behind Osinbajo for remaining focus, committed and loyal in spite of the attempts …

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PDP, Atiku failed to prove INEC had serve – Supreme Court

Said appeal devoid of any scintilla of merit By Eric Ikhilae, Abuja   The Supreme Court has held that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate in the last presidential election, Atiku Abubakar failed to prove their claim that INEC had a server and that it transmitted election results electronically. The court, while giving …

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Lyon alerts security agencies on movement of thugs, arms

Mike Odiegwu, Yenagoa   The Bayelsa State Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Saturday’s election, Chief David Lyon, has called on security agencies in charge of the poll to stop the ongoing movement of thugs into the state. Lyon in a statement signed by his Media Aide, Chief Gift Ebiki, said he had …

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NECO dismisses 70 staff for certificate forgery

By Justina Asishana, Minna   No fewer than 70 staff of the National Examinations Council (NECO) have been dismissed for certificate forgery. The approval for the dismissal of the affected staff was approved at NECO’s 17th extra-ordinary meeting of the Governing Board after vetting a report by a verification Committee set up by the management. …

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Police deploy special forces, anti-terrorism squad in Bayelsa

Mike Odiegwu, Yenagoa The police have sent special forces and anti-terrorism squad to beef up security for the Saturday governorship election in Bayelsa State. The Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of the election, Abdulmajid Ali, said the special forces were among the 31,041 personnel deployed in the state. Ali said squads from the police …

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‘Women need legislation against unsafe abortion’

Frank Ikpefan, Abuja A civil society organisation, Vision Spring Initiatives, has said that women and girls in Nigeria must be protected from unsafe abortion during pregnancy through strict government legislation so as to minimise maternal death. The group noted that women and girls must be empowered on their rights, adding that it was regrettable that …

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INEC assures of hitch- free poll in Kogi

Tony Akowe, Lokoja The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has assured residents of Kogi state of conducting a hitch free governorship election across the state on Saturday despite palpable tension and apprehension. The Commission asked the people of Kogi state to come out en masse to cast their votes on Saturday, saying there can only …

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FG, Obaseki synergise to improve federal roads in Edo

Our Reporter The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has said that the Federal Government is in talks with Governor Godwin Obaseki on how to improve federal roads in the state. The Minister who disclosed this during a book presentation at the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Ugbowo, Benin City, said the President Muhammadu …

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BREAKING: NECO dismisses 70 staff for certificate forgery

By Justina Asishana, Minna   No fewer than 70 staff of the National Examinations Council (NECO) have been dismissed for certificate forgery. The approval for the dismissal of the affected staff was approved at NECO’s 17th extra-ordinary meeting of the Governing Board after vetting a report by a verification Committee set up by the management. …

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Abiodun weeps for victims of fuel tanker inferno

Ernest Nwokolo, Abeokuta   Governor Dapo Abiodun on Friday gave way to tears after visiting victims of petrol tanker fire that occurred on Thursday night at the Ota corridor of the Abeokuta – Lagos expressway. Abiodun who pledged that measures would be put in place to ensure that the incessant accidents on the Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta Expressway …

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