Politics


Ex-Kwara United keeper held me hostage for two hours, collected N.2m –Badawiy

General Manager, Kwara United FC, Bashir Badawiy, in this interview with EBENEZER BAJELA, recounts his ordeal after he was held hostage in Nnewi by a former player of the club over owed salaries What actually transpired after the game against IfeanyiUbah, where you were held hostage? A man came with some…

June 13, 2021 James Rotimi

I’m not living on past glory, Samklef fumes

Singer and music producer, Samuel Oguachuba, aka Samklef, has said  people who say he is living on past glory and describe him as a blogger are ‘slaves who lack enlightenment’. He told Sunday Scoop, “Nigerians like to focus on other people’s business. I am still an artiste and producer. I started…

June 13, 2021 James Rotimi

June 12: Federal police structure problematic, says Akeredolu

The Governor of Ondo State, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, on Saturday, said the only way to resolve the ongoing challenges facing the country was to adopt a true federal system of government. Akeredolu, however, noted that the challenges were surmountable provided that everyone in the country was sincere in tackling and finding…

June 13, 2021 James Rotimi

I watched in hiding how robbers split into groups, shot dead two men before attacking Osun bank –Eyewitness

An indigene of Ikire, Osun State, Oladimeji Alowonle, recruited for community policing returned home to a heroic welcome after he successfully completed training at the Police Training College, Eleyele, Ibadan, Oyo State, in May this year. One of those who welcomed Alowonle after the training was his childhood friend, Ahmed Ayangbade….

June 13, 2021 James Rotimi

TB Joshua’s early church built with planks, worshippers sat on mats –Late cleric’s ex-driver

Sixty-six-year-old Samuel Omoyefa is the first driver of the late Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua of the Synagogue Church of All Nations. He shares his experience driving the late clergyman with GBENGA ADENIJI Tell us about yourself. I hail from Ora-Ekiti, Ekiti State and trained as a mechanic. I am the fourth…

June 13, 2021 James Rotimi

Buhari exploited June 12 following Obasanjo, Jonathan’s failure to recognise Abiola –Kokori

Renowned labour unionist and elder statesman, Chief Frank Kokori, recalls the sacrifices made to end dictatorship in Nigeria and assesses the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), in upholding democratic tenets, in this interview with TOBI AWORINDE It’s been 22 years since Nigeria returned to democracy. What are…

June 13, 2021 James Rotimi

Resume nightlife in Owerri, Imo CP tells residents

Imo State Commissioner of Police, Abutu Yaro, has asked the residents of Owerri, the state capital, to resume nightlife. Yaro said the security situation of the state had improved to the point that people had to start living their normal life. Nightlife had closed in the state following the spate of…

June 13, 2021 James Rotimi

People afraid to go to farm, we’ll fight insecurity –Fayemi

Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has lamented that farmers in the state are now afraid to go to their farms due to insecurity but assured that his government will ensure providing security to lives and property in the state. Fayemi said this on Friday at a stakeholders’ meeting in Ado…

June 13, 2021 James Rotimi

My sister was raped, killed a day to her 16th birthday –Plateau-based lady

Comfort Benjamin, a teenager living with her family in Jos, Plateau State, went out on May 22, a day to her 16th birthday, and never returned. Two days later, her corpse was found dumped on the street. The sister of the deceased, Magdalene, tells GODFREY GEORGE the family is distraught What…

June 13, 2021 James Rotimi

Vaccination: Nigeria, 46 others may miss WHO September target over shortage

The World Health Organisation has said 47 African countries are set to miss the September target of vaccinating 10 per cent of their people unless the continent receives 225 million more doses. The international public health agency stated further that seven of the 54 countries on the continent likely to reach…

June 13, 2021 James Rotimi

Don’t cripple Nigeria’s democracy, Atiku group warns APC

Atiku Support Organisation has warned the All Progressives Congress as well as National Assembly leaders not to destroy Nigeria’s democracy. The group said this in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Dr El Mo Victor, on Saturday. It asked Senate President Ahmad Lawan and House of Representatives Speaker Femi…

June 13, 2021 James Rotimi

June 12: Protest suffers low turn out, clashes in Lagos, Abuja, Cross River

•Police tear-gas, arrest Lagos, FCT demonstrators •Shops locked, markets, streets deserted over fear of violence •PDP, Reps kick as police defend attacks on pro-democracy protesters The protests held across the country on Saturday to mark Democracy Day were marred by low turnout, police resistance and arrests, especially in Lagos and the…


June 12, 2021 James Rotimi

June 12: More sacrifice needed from citizens, says Fayemi

Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has urged Nigerians to be more determined in ensuring that democracy works in the country. He said this in a goodwill message commemorating the 2021 Democracy Day titled ‘Democracy day: Fayemi felicitates with Nigerians’, on Saturday. Fayemi said “despite its imperfection, democracy remains the best…

June 12, 2021 James Rotimi

[BREAKING] Euro 2020: Finland beat Denmark in Eriksen’s absence

Finland marked their first ever appearance at a major tournament by beating Denmark 1-0 in their opening game in Copenhagen on Saturday, a match overshadowed by the collapse of Christian Eriksen. Joel Pohjanpalo headed in the only goal on the hour mark before Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg had a penalty saved for Denmark….

June 12, 2021 James Rotimi

I sacked 21 commissioners because they can’t play politics -Bauchi gov

Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, says he sacked member of his cabinet including 21 commissioners because they can’t play politics. He made the disclosure while marking this year’s Democracy Day in Zaki town, Zaki Local Government Headquarters of the state, on Saturday. Recall that Mohammed had on Wednesday sacked the Secretary…

June 12, 2021 James Rotimi

Auction winner bids $28m for space trip with Jeff Bezos

An unnamed bidder paid $28 million at auction on Saturday for a seat alongside Jeff Bezos on board the first crewed spaceflight of the billionaire’s company Blue Origin next month. The Amazon founder revealed this week that both he and his brother Mark would take a place on board the company’s…

June 12, 2021 James Rotimi

June 12: How police averted protest hijack by hoodlums —Lagos CP

The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has explained that the Command averted the hijack of a June 12 protest in the Ojota area of the state on Saturday. The PUNCH had earlier reported that policemen fired tear gas canisters and gunshots at the Gani Fawehinmi Park in…

June 12, 2021 James Rotimi

Euro 2020: Lukaku leads Belgium’s attack against Russia

Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku will lead the Belgium attack in their Euro 2020 opener against Russia on Saturday with Kevin De Bruyne sidelined and captain Eden Hazard on the bench. Lukaku has netted 60 goals in 93 appearances since his 2010 debut for the Red Devils and is flanked by…

June 12, 2021 James Rotimi

Players agree to restart Denmark, Finland Euro 2020 game tonight

The Union of European Football Associations has said the Euro 2020 encounter between Denmark and Finland which was earlier suspended will hold later tonight. The match was interrupted and later suspended after Denmark’s Christian Eriksen collapsed on the field of play. A statement issued via the official Euro 2020 Twitter handle,…

June 12, 2021 James Rotimi

Euro 2020: New kids on the block

In this report, JOHNNY EDWARD and KELVIN EKERETE write about the emerging stars who could make an impact at the Euros Read More Source…

June 12, 2021 Henry Onyebuchi

Axxela bags Energy Leadership Excellence Prize of the Decade

Axxela Limited, sub-Saharan Africa’s gas and power portfolio company, has received the Energy Leadership Excellence Prize of the Decade from the African Institute for Leadership Excellence. The award was received on behalf of Axxela by Fisayo Duduyemi, the company’s chief strategy officer, in Lagos. The African Corporate Leadership Excellence Prize 2021…


June 12, 2021 Michael Njenga

S.Africa to analyse J&J vaccines made at U.S. plant halted over error

South African health inspectors will carry out further checks on a batch of Johnson & Source…

June 12, 2021 Michael Njenga

Albania, Brazil, Gabon, Ghana, UAE elected non-permanent members of UN Security Council

Albania, Brazil, Gabon, Ghana, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were elected non-permanent members of Source…

June 12, 2021 James Rotimi

Euro 2020: Shorunmu tips Switzerland to beat Wales

Former FC Zürich goalkeeper, Ike Shorunmu, has tipped Switzerland to beat Wales in their opening Euro 2020 Group A tie at the Baku Olimpiya Stadionu, Azerbaijan. Read More Source…

June 12, 2021 James Rotimi

June 12: End attacks on peaceful protesters, Amnesty tells FG

Civil society organisation, Amnesty International, has called on the Federal Government to end attacks on peaceful protesters in Nigeria. The group made this known in a statement on Saturday, stressing that it received reports of attacks on protesters. The statement read, “Amnesty International has been receiving disturbing reports of attacks on…

June 12, 2021 James Rotimi

Duchess of York reads book by Nigerian author

As part of activities marking Drowning Prevention Week, the Duchess of York, this week, read ‘Tobi Learns to Swim’ on her daily YouTube channel, Storytime With Fergie And Friends. Read More Source…

June 12, 2021 James Rotimi

Seven reasons why you’re lonely in marriage

If your union isn’t one in which humour comes easily; isn’t one in which your partner’s idiosyncrasies are still (at least a little bit) endearing, or isn’t one in which your emotional needs are being met, perhaps you’re in a lonely marriage, says Carol Bruess, a Professor Emerita of Communication and…

June 12, 2021 James Rotimi

Euro 2020: Florenzi to miss Switzerland clash

Italy right-back Alessandro Florenzi is set to miss out on the midweek group stage match against Switzerland as a result of a calf issue. The fullback, who spent the past season on loan at Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain, was substituted at half-time in Italy’s 3-0 opening win over Turkey for…

June 12, 2021 Henry Onyebuchi

June 12: Non-violent protest unfolds in Edo

Amid tight security, protesters in Edo State on Saturday joined Nigerians across the country to seek good governance and sustainable democracy. Read Also: June 12: Lagos police chief tells ‘thugs’ to leave protesters alone The protest, which commenced at 10 am, lasted for more than two hours and disrupted the free flow…

June 12, 2021 James Rotimi

Oshoala, Onome Obi to join Super Falcons for Portuguese clash

African champions Nigeria say they have put behind them the loss to Jamaica and are determined to earn victory against Portugal on Sunday, in the second of their three-match programme in the Summer Series in the United States of America. Missing several key players who were held back by either delayed…

June 12, 2021 Henry Onyebuchi

Protest resumes in Ojota as police assures protesters of safety from thugs

The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu, has assured Lagos protesters safety as they exercise their constitutional rights. Odumosu who came to the protest ground around 1pm, said he will prevent thugs from infiltrating the protesters and causing confusion and possible violence. Read Also: June 12 and the rebound of truth…

June 12, 2021 James Rotimi

Boko Haram recruited spies with N5,000 -Zulum

Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, has emphasised the need to continue to fight poverty in the country, lamenting that some people have been recruited into the Boko Haram group with just N5,000. He said this while delivering an address to mark 2021 democracy day and second-year anniversary of his government….


June 12, 2021 Henry Onyebuchi

June 12: Lagos police chief tells ‘thugs’ to leave protesters alone

Chief superintendent of police (CSP), Saheed Olayinka Egbeyemi, has warned thugs stay away and refrain from attacking protesters in Lagos State. Read Also: June 12: Police arrest, shoot gas canisters to disperse protesters The police chief arrived at the protest ground in Ojota mid-afternoon with his team fully dressed as part of…

June 12, 2021 James Rotimi

[BREAKING] 2021 Hajj: Saudi Arabia bars travellers from Nigeria, others over COVID-19

Saudi Arabia has barred travellers from Nigeria and other countries from performing 2021 Hajj over coronavirus concerns. This is as Saudi Arabia announced Saturday it will allow 60,000 vaccinated residents of the kingdom to perform the annual hajj. The hajj ministry said this year’s pilgrimage would be “open for nationals and…

June 12, 2021 Michael Njenga

Kenya’s tea exports surging nearly 19 percent in Q1

Kenya’s tea exports rose 18.9 percent in the first quarter of this year as compared Source…

June 12, 2021 James Rotimi

Algeria become first African team to record 27-match unbeaten run

Captain Riyad Mahrez scored as Algeria defeated Tunisia 2-0 in an international friendly this weekend to create a record 27-match unbeaten run by an African national team. An Ivory Coast side that included Yaya and Kolo Toure and Didier Drogba set a 26-match benchmark in 2013, and Algeria began their remarkable…

June 12, 2021 James Rotimi

Buhari’s provocative order on grazing route

Obsessed with outdated animal husbandry practices, the President, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), instigated fresh controversy on Thursday by declaring strong support for open cattle grazing. In a ghastly interview aired on Arise TV, Buhari adamantly rejected the ban that the governors of the 17 states in the South placed on open…

June 12, 2021 James Rotimi

June 12 protest: Why police fired tear gas -Sanwo-Olu’s aide

Anthony Adeyinka, Senior Special Assistant on Sports to Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has commended operatives of the Lagos State Police Command over their handling of the June 12 protest in the state. He spoke with The PUNCH Video crew at the Lekki Toll Plaza on Saturday morning. According to him,…

June 12, 2021 Michael Njenga

Africa’s COVID-19 cases surpass 5 mln mark: Africa CDC

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa reached 5,011,502 as of Saturday noon, the Source…

June 12, 2021 James Rotimi

June 12: Youths protest in Rivers amid tight security

Despite heavy security, the June 12 protest by members of the Civil Society held at the Pleasure Park in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital on Saturday. The protest which was initially scheduled to begin at 8 am at the Port Harcourt Pleasure Park saw a low turnout up till about 11…

June 12, 2021 Henry Onyebuchi

June 12: Police arrest, shoot gas canisters to disperse protesters

Personnel of the Nigerian police deployed at Ojota, Lagos State, ahead of the anticipated June 12 protest is determined to stop protesters from exercising their civic rights aimed at ending bad governance. The protest started at Mile 12 and progressed to the Gani Fawehinmi Park in Ojota—the original venue. Read Also: Full…

June 12, 2021 Henry Onyebuchi

Violent crisis around the NLNG may not abate as Finima leaders vow to fight on

Finima leaders in Bonny Local Government Area (LGA) of Rivers State have vowed to fight on for recognition as the host community, not all of Bonny. The spokesman, Dagogo Lambert Brown, an ex-Mobil worker, told newsmen on the island after the fracas that led to nine injuries and hospital cases (no…

June 12, 2021 James Rotimi

Why I made June 12 Democracy Day -Buhari

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), said his decision to change the nation’s Democracy Day from May 29 to June 12 was not about the sacrifices of those who fought to enthrone democracy alone. Buhari stated this early Saturday in his nationwide broadcast to Nigerians to mark the 2021 Democracy…


June 12, 2021 James Rotimi

Rising nationwide insecurity, consequence of our victory in North-East –President

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has attributed the security challenges being faced in many parts of the country to the consequence of his regime’s “scattering” of insurgents in the North East. He said it was the development that pushed the criminals further into the country. Buhari stated this early…

June 12, 2021 James Rotimi

BREAKING: My commitment to democratic culture remains strong, says Buhari

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), says his commitment to democratic values remains resolute. The ex-military-leader-turned-president spoke on Saturday morning during his June 12 Democracy Day Broadcast. He said, “As your President, I remain committed to providing an enabling environment for a free, fair and credible electoral system under my…

June 12, 2021 James Rotimi

[VIDEO] Democracy day: Is it worth celebrating? | Vox Naija!

With the current situation in the country, there have been mixed reactions on whether Democracy Day should be celebrated this year or not. The PUNCH took to the streets to listen to what some Nigerians have to say regarding this. Read More Source…

June 12, 2021 James Rotimi

BREAKING: In the last two years, Nigeria witnessed challenges that would have destroyed other nations –Buhari

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), says in the last two years, Nigeria has witnessed challenges that would have destroyed other nations. Buhari spoke on Saturday morning during his June 12 Democracy Day Broadcast. He said, “In the last two years, we have witnessed and overcome a good number of…

June 12, 2021 James Rotimi

My administration addressing poverty, unemployment -Buhari

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), said his administration was addressing what he described as the twin underlying drivers of insecurity namely poverty and youth unemployment. Buhari stated this early Saturday in his nationwide broadcast to Nigerians to mark the 2021 Democracy Day. He said interventions led by government and…

June 12, 2021 James Rotimi

South-East govs, leaders meet Buhari’s envoys, list grievances

A delegation from the Federal Government and leaders from the South-East, on Friday, met behind closed doors to discuss insecurity and other issues affecting the region. The meeting comes less than 24 hours after the President, Major General Muhammdu Buhari (retd.), threatened tougher military sanctions against secessionists. In the meeting that…

June 12, 2021 James Rotimi

Guard, friend kill lady, dismember body in Osun

A night guard, Kabiru Oyeduntan, arrested for killing a mistress of his friend, was on Friday paraded before newsmen by Osun State Commissioner of Police, Wale Olokode. Forty-year-old Oyeduntan, an indigene of Ikoyi in Osun State, allegedly committed the offence in his room in Apomu, on Thursday. Parading the suspect with…

June 12, 2021 James Rotimi

Insecurity: We’ve agreed to start taking actions, says Obasanjo

Elder statesmen in the country under the aegis of Committee for the Goodness of Nigeria have declined to make public the outcome of their Abuja meeting. But former President Olusegun Obasanjo told journalists on Friday in Abuja that the CGN had agreed to present its communiqué to the President, Major General…


June 12, 2021 James Rotimi

CBN introduces 37 interventions to boost economy

The Central Bank of Nigeria currently has about 37 intervention programmes to boost the economy, the bank has said. The acting Director, Corporate Communications Department, CBN, Mr Osita Nwanisobi, said this during the CBN two-day fair which commenced in Lagos and Abeokuata, Ogun State on Thursday. He said, “As at today,…

June 12, 2021 James Rotimi

SANs fault FG’s move to register Twitter, Facebook, others

• Why OTTs must register in Nigeria –Lai Mohammed Senior lawyers on Friday faulted the conditions set by the Federal Government before the suspension placed on the operations of the microblogging platform, Twitter, could be lifted. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, had announced that henceforth, Twitter and other…

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