Middle Belt Belongs To Fulanis, Islamic Scholar Insists

A Professor of Islamic Political Thoughts at Yusuf Maitama Sule University, Kano, Umar Muhammad has insisted that lands in the middle belt belong to the Fulanis.
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Atiku To Formally Declare Interest In 2019 Presidency On PDP Platform

Ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar may formally declare his intention to contest the 2019 presidential election under the platform of the PDP.

Melaye May Have Burnt His Own School Projects, Gov. Bello Alleges

Gov Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has alleged that Senator Dino Melaye could have stage the burning of a block of four classrooms.

UK Rues Vote-Buying, Pledges $60m For 2019 Elections

The British High Commissioner to Nigeria Paul Arkwright has rued vote-buying in the recently-held Ekiti governorship election.

Nigerian Newspapers Headlines Saturday, July 21st

Good morning Nigeria and welcome to the concise roundup of top Nigerian newspapers headlines today, Saturday, July 21st.

I Have Not Spoken With Mikel Obi In Five Years, Father Of SE Captain Laments

Mikel Obi's father has said were it not for an opportunity created by the World Cup, it would have been five years since he last spoke to his son.

ICPC Prosecutes Prof Akindele Over Sex-for-marks

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) have confirmed the prosecution of Prof Richard Akindele for sexual assault.

Etebo Denies Reporting Pinnick To EFCC

Stoke City midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo has dismissed reports that he dragged the President of the NFF, Amaju Pinnick, to the EFCC.

DSS Denies Probing Senator Adeleke Over Certificate

The Department of State Service (DSS) has denied that the agency is investigating a case of certificate scandal against Senator Ademola Adeleke.
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NEWS

Buhari Surrounded By ‘Failure’ – Murray-Bruce

Senator Ben Murray-Bruce (PDP-Bayelsa East) has stated that President Muhammadu Buhari is surrounded by "failure".

Army, DSS Kill Notorious Cultist S.K

Security operatives have killed a wanted criminal from Eleme in Rivers State, Mba Joe, also known as S.K.

Dino Melaye Suspends Inauguration Of Projects, Thanksgiving

Senator Dino Melaye (APC-Kogi West) has suspended the inauguration of his constituency projects citing security reasons.

Fire Guts Terminus Market In Jos

Goods worth millions of naira were over the weekend destroyed by fire at the popular Terminus Market in Jos.

SARS Arrests Armed Robbers In C/River

The Cross River State Command of SARS has arrested over ten notorious armed robbers in various locations in Cross River State.

Governor Ambode Calls For Prison Reforms

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has called for the reform of Nigeria Prison Service (NPS) to improve present condition of prisons across the country.

Police Arrest 117 Suspects Over Zamfara Killings

About 117 persons have been arrested in connection with the recent killings in Gusau and other parts of Zamfara, the State Police Command has said.

Two Killed By Gunmen In Zamfara Market Attack

The killing of two persons following the attack by unknown gunmen on a market in Karakai village in the Bungudu LGA of Zamfara state was on Friday confirmed the police.
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Gov. Dickson Says Killings In Nigeria Are Well Calculated

Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has declared that killings in Nigeria are planned and well calculated.

Ex-IGP Coomassie Laid To Rest In Katsina

The remains of the former Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Coomassie, has been buried in Rimin-Badawa cemetery, Katsina on Friday.

Osinbajo Visits Apapa To Inspect Gridlock

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on Friday, inspected the Apapa gridlock caused by trucks heading to the nation’s premier port.

POLITICS

Aspirants Back Out From Osun PDP Governorship Primaries

Some aspirants contesting the PDP Osun State governorship primaries have withdrawn from the race shortly before the beginning of the exercise.

Gov. Yari Speaks On Osun APC Primaries Outcome

Gov Abdulaziz Yari has described the process of the Osun state APC primaries as the best that can be used to determine true democracy.

Otti Declares Intention To Contest Abia Governorship Election

Former banker and financial expert Dr Alex Otti has declared his intention to contest in the Abia State 2019 governorship election.

Jonathan, Not Buhari Caused Recession, Says APC Chieftain

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Rotimi Fasakin has said the country was on its way to economic recession before President Muhammadu Buhari took over. 

Oyetola Speaks After Winning Osun APC Governorship Primary

The winner of the Osun APC guber primary, Gboyega Oyetola, said he has accepted to fly the party's flag in the Sept 22 polls.

Garba Shehu Does Not Have Conscience – Omokri

Former presidential aide Reno Omokri has alleged that Garba Shehu, media aide to President Muhammadu Buhari does not have a conscience. 

Former Minister Asks Buhari To Resign

Former Minister Iyorwuese Hagher has said that there is an agenda against the middle belt, calling on President Muhammadu Buhari should step down.

APC Will Win Osun Governorship Election – Oshiomhole

National Chairman of the APC Adams Oshiomhole has said the party would easily win the September 22 governorship election in Osun State.
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Buhari ‘Encouraging’ Herdsmen Killings- Ohanaeze

National Publicity Secretary of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Uche Achi-Okpaga has alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari is "encouraging" killings in the country.

R-APC Speaks On Fielding Presidential Candidate For 2019

Chairman of the Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC) Chairman Buba Galadima has revealed that it would present a presidential candidate for the 2019 election. 

Obasanjo Urges Nigerian Women To Fight For Political Rights

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has called on women in the nation to fight for their political rights and not just be confined to domestic roles. 

SPORTS

Leicester City Reject Bid For Ahmed Musa

Leicester City have rejected a £12m bid from Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr for striker Ahmed Musa.

Spanish Giants Raid Chelsea For Striker

Top Spanish club Atletico Madrid have approached Chelsea over the possibility of taking Olivier Giroud on loan.

Falconets Land Austria Ahead W/Cup

The Falconets have arrived the Austrian city of Tirol for the last phase of camping for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup taking place in France next month.

Mo Salah May Dump Liverpool For Real Madrid

Former England international footballer and manager John Barnes has disclosed that Mohamed Salah could leave English Premier League Liverpool.

Falconets Coach Explains How Team Can Do Well At W/Cup

Falconets coach Christopher Danjuma has assured that his team would not disappoint at the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in France with good preparations.

Nigerian Hitman Ready To Storm Portuguese League

Nigerian star Kelechi Nwakali to fight for his place in FC Porto as he is fully committed to improving on his game in Portugal. 

Aston Villa May Hire Thierry Henry As New Manager

English Championship side Aston Villa are plotting to hire Thierry Henry to replace Steve Bruce as manager.

Barcelona Launch Another Bid For Chelsea Star

Barcelona have launched a third bid for Chelsea and Brazillian start Willian as talks continue between the two sides. 
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Ex-Eagles Coach Knocks Rohr Over W/Cup Outing

Former Super Eagles assistant coach Sylvanus Okpala has bashed team's coach Gernot Rohr for saying he took a young team to the 2018 World Cup. 

Arsenal Set To Sell Striker For £15m

Arsenal manager, Unai Emery, is set to sell striker Danny Welbeck this summer, as he looks to reduce his playing staff.

Eagles Star Joins Portuguese Side

Nigeria international Alhassan ‘Muazzam’ Ibrahim has sealed a four-year deal with Portuguese club CD Nacional.

Entertainment

I Guess I Chose The Wrong Character For Aramide’s Joke – Ebiye

Nigerian Stand-up comedian, Victor Ebiye has said that his comment about Aramide at the Headies awards was a joke.

What Fraudsters Did To Gospel Singer Tope Alabi

Veteran gospel singer Tope Alabi feels "disheartened" after discovering that fraudsters use her name to blackmail people on social media.

Dice Ailes Drops ‘Enough For You’

"Otedola" crooner Dice Ailes has released a brand new song titled, "Enough For You", a follow up to his "Diceyyy" hit.

Daniels Raises Alarm Over Discrimination Against Actors Without British Accent

Nigerian actress Tracy Daniels has decried the unhealthy discrimination of actors without British accent in Nigerian movie industry.

Congolese Women Ingest Seasoning Cubes In Anus For Bigger Butts

There is a viral video of suggesting that Congolese women now ingest seasoning cubes in their anus to enhance their butt size.

Reminisce Features Falz, Shody In New Song ‘Faize Yi’

Indigenous rapper Reminisce is out with a spanking new potential hit banger and it is titled "Faize Yi".

Actress Pat Ugwu Recounts Embarrassing Moments On Set

Nigerian actress Pat Ugwu has opened up on her most embarrassing moment since she joined the thriving movie sector in Nigeria.
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Falz Drops ‘Child Of The World’ Video

Versatile Nigerian entertainer and Bahd Guy Entertainment boss, Falz has released the video for his song titled, "Child Of The World".
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Offset Arrested In Atlanta For Illegal Gun Possession

Multiple sources have reported that Migos rapper and husband to rapper Cardi B, Offset has been allegedly arrested in Atlanta.

Prof Linkin Decries Betrayal From Tekno, Danfo Drivers

Veteran musician Prof Linkin has decried being betrayed by singers Danfo Driver and Tekno following the release of Tekno's hit "Jogodo".

Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade Battle Over Supremacy

Nigerian heavyweight singers Tiwa Savage and Yemi Alade have began a muffled cold war, after a radio presenter called Alade a better singer than Tiwa.

Popular

Apostle Suleman Doles Out N1m To Leah Sharibu

General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries Apostle Johnson Suleman has doled out one million naira to Boko Haram captive Leah Sharibu. 

Petr Cech Speaks On Leaving Arsenal For Chelsea

Agent of goalkeeper Petr Cech, Viktor Kolar, has stated that his client remained focused on playing for Arsenal in the 2018/19 season.

Police Summon Melaye After His Guards Shot Sergeant

Sen. Dino Melaye has been summoned by the Kogi State Police Command to report at the State CID after his armed guards fired on a team of policemen on patrol duties in the state.

Ruggedman Reconciles With PPRO Dolapo Badmus

Nigerian rapper Ruggedman has apologized to the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Dolapo Badmus after his fall out with her.

BUSINESS

Fashola Blasts Power Firms For Sabotaging Economy

Minister of Power, Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola lashed out at the Association of Electricity Distributors over its reaction to comments he made.

Currency Swap Deal: CBN Resumes Sale Of Chinese Yuan

The CBN on Friday commenced the sale of foreign exchange in Chinese Yuan, signalling the consummation of the Bilateral Currency Swap Agreement with the People’s Bank of China.

Osinbajo To Addresses Business Summit In Dubai Saturday

VP Yemi Osinbajo is set to deliver the keynote address at the Professional Business Summit of the Christ Redeemers Friends International, Middle East-UAE Chapter holding in Dubai.

Ecobank Announces Appointment Of Patrick Akinwuntan As MD & Regional Executive

The Board of Directors of Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI) has announced the appointment of Patrick Akinwuntan as the Managing Director & Regional Executive-designate of Ecobank Nigeria

Wema Bank Declares N1.83bn Half Year Profit

Wema Bank Plc has declared a profit before tax of N1.83bn for the first half of 2018, a  27.44 percent rise from N1.43bn made same time in 2017.

CBN Returns N65bn To Bank Customers

Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has revealed that it recovered over N65bn from commercial banks in the last six years. 

US Firms Invest $1.3bn In Nigeria

Companies from the United States of America pumped in $1.3bn into the Nigerian economy in 2017, a survey by the American Business Council has revealed. 

Nigeria Loses N72bn To Gas Flaring

Nigeria has lost  N72.41bn through gas flaring by oil and gas firms in the first three months of 2017, according to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). 
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SEC Warn Nigerians Against Ponzi Scheme

Acting Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission Mary Uduk has described promoters of Ponzi schemes as " false prophets of the investment environment."

Naira Appreciates To N358.5 Per Dollar

The Naira on Tuesday, appreciated by 70 kobo to N358 per dollar in the parallel market.

FG Begins Negotiations Over National Carrier

The federal government has said it is in discussions with Ethiopian Airlines Enterprise and other airlines for a new national carrier.

WORLD

U.S. To Extend Somali Immigrants Stay

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has revealed that it would allow 500 Somalis remain in the county for another 18 months.

Eritrea Appoints First Ambassador To Ethiopia

Eritrea has named its first ambassador to Ethiopia as the two nations push for rapprochement after over two decades of warring. 

Trump Caught ‘On Tape’ Discussing Payment To Prostitute – Report

President Donald Trump was secretly taped two months before the 2016 election discussing payments to a prostitute, with whom he allegedly had an affair.

Ex-Minister Jailed Four Years For Corruption

A former Zimbabwe Energy Minister under ex-President Robert Mugabe, Samuel Undenge was on Friday sentenced to four years in jail after being found guilty of corruption.

Deadly Israeli Strikes Hit Gaza

Israeli military fired a wave of strikes across the Gaza Strip on Friday, killing three Hamas members. Reports say fireballs exploded into the sky over...

17 Dead As Boat Sinks In US Lake

Seventeen people have died as a result of a tourist boat that sank in a sudden storm on a lake in Missouri, authorities said Friday.

Putin Rejects Moves To Raise Pension Age In Russia

President Vladimir Putin has kicked against moves by Russian parliament to raise pension age.

German Chancellor Merkel Welcomes Trump, Putin Dialogue

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday said that she welcomes any dialogue between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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Trump Ignores Criticism, Invites Putin To Washington

United States President Donald Trump has invited his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to Washington for a summit in October.

Trevor Noah Defends ‘Africa Won The World Cup’ Joke

Following criticism by French diplomat for saying "Africa won the World Cup", US-based South African comedian Trevor Noah has come out to defend himself. The Daily...

Trump Rejects Putin’s Proposal To Let Russia Interrogate US Citizens

A proposal by Vladimir Putin to allow Russian officials to interrogate a former US ambassador and other American citizens has been rejected by President Donald Trump.

HEALTH

Pharmacist Council Seal 431 Pharmaceutical Shops In Imo

The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria ( PCN) has closed down over 431 Pharmaceutical shops in several parts for diverse offenses.

Study Reveals ‘Radical Cure’ As Best Treatment For Common Malaria

Scientists on Friday explained that 'radical cure' is the best treatment for a type of malaria affecting 13 million people.

FG To Increase Budget Allocation For Health Sector – Buhari

President Buhari has said the Federal Government is planning on increasing the budgetary allocation to the health sector.

WHO To Set Up Makeshift Clinics In Plateau IDP Camps

The WHO has promised to create makeshift clinics in the various IDPs camps in Plateau to address the health needs of displaced persons.

Fake Medical Doctor Arrested In Ondo

The Hospital Services Department of the Ondo State Ministry of Health have arrested one Emmanuel Owolanke for operating a hospital illegally.

Surgeon ‘Disappears’ After Patient’s Death

A celebrity butt-enhancement surgeon popularly called Dr. Bumbum has gone into hiding following the death of a patient in his home.

Groups Urge FG To Release Basic Health Care Fund

Civil Society Organisations have urged the Federal Government to fast-track the release of the N55.15 billion Basic Health Care Provision as the statutory transfer. 

Six Die From Cholera Outbreak

Six persons have died in neighbouring Cameroon from a cholera outbreak that has infected 43 people since May, the country's health ministry has said.
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FG Urged To Quickly Release N55.15bn Basic Healthcare Fund

A timely release of the N55.15 billion Basic Healthcare Provision as statutory transfer would result in the realisation of the Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

UNFPA Hammers On Role Of Family Planning In Poverty Reduction

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has reiterated that family planning is very key to poverty reduction and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Pfizer Reverses Drug Price Hikes After Trump Tweet

US drugmaker Pfizer has reversed price increases on some drugs following White House pressure and it pledged to decide soon whether to sell its consumer drugs business.

TECH

Hackers Make Almost $1m In Bank Raid

Latest strike by a notorious hacking gang have seen them steal about $910,000 from a Russian bank, reports a cyber-security company.

Lagos Signs Deal To Deploy Drones For Efficient Health Delivery

The Lagos State Government is partnering with Zipline International Inc, operators of drones, to offer a drone-enabled supply chain solution in the health sector.

NYSC Launches Mobile App Ahead Of 2018 Batch ‘B’ Orientation

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) have launched its mobile app ahead of the commencement of the 2018 Batch “B” orientation camp.

Kaspersky Reveals How Fraudsters Use Fake Gift Cards To Extract Web Users Personal Data

Kaspersky experts in Lagos, Nigeria have discovered the distribution of an unusual fraudulent scheme that tricks users into parting with their time and their data, for no return.

France To Ban Mobile Phones In Schools

French lawmakers are working on a bill that would ban the use of mobiles phones in schools starting in September.

Okonjo-Iweala Gets Twitter Appointment

Twitter has appointed former Nigerian finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and former World Bank chief Robert Zoellick as directors in a reshuffle of its board.

Alphabet To Deploy Loon Internet Balloons In Kenya’s Skies In 2019

Alphabet's Loon project said Thursday that its balloons will bring internet to remote parts of Kenya next year.

Google Launches Game On Tencent’s Wechat As It Eyes China Market

Google has launched an artificial intelligence game on Tencent social media app WeChat, as the company continues to show tentative signs of re-entering China’s consumer market.
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Apple Under Threat As Amazon.com’s Stock Market Value Hits $900bn

Amazon.com’s stock market value reached $900 billion on Wednesday for the first time, marking a major milestone in its 21-year trajectory as a publicly listed company.

EU Hits Google With €4.3bn Android Fine Over Android

US tech giant Google has been fined a record €4.34bn ($5bn; £3.9bn) by the European Commission over Android.

EU Slams €4.3bn Fine On Google Over Android

Google has been fined a record €4.34bn for using its Android smartphone system to illegally boost its search engine. 

OPINION

Calling A Spade A Spade

Chinasa Udensi in her usual fashion beams her searchlight on the burning issues of confessions and forgiveness among PDP and its chieftains.

Reno Omokri And His Vapid Vituperations On Vice President Osinbajo

Someone should please tell Reno Omokri, an ex-aide to an ex-president that no amount of malicious outburst on Vice President Yemi Osinbajo can shrink...

Phillip Agbese’s Open Letter To Information Minister Lai Mohammed

It Is Time To Mount The Horse To Prove Your Mettle Sir, May I send to you warm Easter greetings in advance. I also wish all...

Bad Omen (Àmi Buburu)

Chinasa Udensi in this great fictional piece tactfully brings the mace-stealing incident of April 18, 2018 to the front burner.