Saraki Knocks Buhari For INEC Budget Delay

Senate President Bukola Saraki has blamed the Presidency for the yet-to-be-passed INEC budget for the 2019 general election.
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Nigerian Newspapers Headlines Monday, August 20th

Good morning Nigeria and welcome to the concise roundup of top Nigerian newspapers headlines today, Monday, August 20th.

Blame Saraki, Not Buhari For INEC Budget Delay – Presidency

The Presidency has blamed Senate President Bukola Saraki for the delay in the approval of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) budget for the 2019 elections.

PDP Says Demolition Of Ayefele’s Music House Horrifying

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the demolition of a building belonging to musician Yinka Ayefele in Ibadan by the government of Oyo.

Tinubu Reveals Why Saraki, Others Left Ruling APC

Bigwig of the ruling APC Bola Tinubu has insinuated that Senate President Bukola Saraki and the others who recently left the party did so because they wanted automatic tickets and sharing of Nigeria's wealth.

Retired Judge Mobilises Funds To Rebuild Ayefele’s Radio Station

Justice Olamide Oloyode (retd) has begun mobilising support for musician Yinka Ayefele over the demolition of his N800million-worth music house.

Demolition Of Ayefele’s Building Abuse Of Powers – SERAP

Rights group SERAP has condemned the demolition of Fresh FM building owned by popular gospel singer, Yinka Ayefele.

Enyimba Stun Malian Side In Caf Confed. Cup

Nigeria's Enyimba have boosted their chances of earning a spot in the quarter-finals of the Caf Confederation Cup with a 1-0 win at Mali's Djoliba on Sunday evening.

Lagos 3rd Mainland Bridge To Be Closed For Four Days

The government of Lagos state, southwest Nigeria, has announced that the Third Mainland Bridge will be shut for four days.
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NEWS

Lagos Not Dangerous To Live In — Falana

One of Nigeria's revered lawyers Femi Falana (SAN) has dismissed a recent report which says Lagos state, Nigeria's commercial capital, is the third most dangerous city to live in the world.

Demolition Of Ayefele’s Music House ‘Saddening’ – Atiku

Ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar has labeled the demolition of Music House owned by musician Yinka Ayefele as "saddening."

Sen. Sani Reacts To Kofi Annan’s Death

Senator Shehu Sani has described the late former scribe of the United Nations Kofi Annan as a "gift" to Africa and the world at large. 

Air Force Strikes Bandits In Zamfara Forests

Some bandits terrorising parts of Zamfara state in Nigeria's northwest region have been killed by troops of the Nigerian air force, the security outfit said on Sunday.

PDP Speaks On Buhari’s Vow To Jail ‘Thieves’

President Muhammadu Buhari must begin his anti-corruption drive with members of his cabinet and other government functionaries in his government. 

Eid-el-Kabir: Police Deploy 1,200 Personnel In Zamfara

The Zamfara Police Command has deployed 1,200 policemen across the state to provide security during the Eid-el Kabir celebrations.

Osinbajo Achieved More Than Buhari In 10 Days – Omokri

Reno Omokri has claimed that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo achieved more that his principal, President Muhammadu Buhari, in ten days.

NUJ Condemns Demolition Of Ayefele’s Fresh FM Station

Sunday's demolition of Yinka Ayefele’s Music House which houses his Fresh FM 105.9 radio station has attracted condemnation from the Oyo State Council of the NUJ.
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Jonathan Did Not Rescue Any Chibok Girl, Parents Say

Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan did not rescue any of the abducted Chibok girls as claimed by his former aide, the Chibok Parents Association has said.

FRSC Deploys 79 Personnel In Sango-Ota Ahead Of Sallah

The FRSC in Sango-Ota says it has deployed 79 personnel to check the excesses of motorists and ease vehicular movement ahead of the Eid-el-Kabir.

Three Governors Nominated For Niger Delta Award

Three governors in the South South are in contention for the Niger Delta Governor of the Year Award 2017 by GbaramatuVoice Newspaper, a multi-media organisation in the region.

POLITICS

Arewa Youths Vow To Foil Imposition Of Presidential Candidate

The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum has warned that northern Nigeria would not tolerate imposition of presidential candidate on Nigerians for the 2019 general election.

Buhari Has Taken Nigeria Back To ‘Stone Age’ – Fayose

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has raised the alarm that Nigerians might not be allowed to vote at the 2019 elections. 

Buhari Comes With ‘Harbinger Of Negative Events’ – Omokri

President Muhammadu Buhari's return to Nigeria has spelled more doom for the country, according to former presidential aide Reno Omokri.

Fani-Kayode Reacts To Buhari’s Threat To Jail Looters

Ex-Aviation Minister Femi Fani-Kayode has alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari's government has inflicted more pains on Nigerians.

252 Aides Step Down From Tambuwal’s Cabinet

About 252 Special Advisers and Special Assistants serving under Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal’s administration have tendered their resignations.

House Of Reps Deputy Speaker Vows Not To Quit APC

Despite losing the party’s governorship primary in Osun, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yusuf Lasun, says he will not leave the All Progressives Congress.

Lai Moh’d Denies Plotting To Contest For Kwara Governorship

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has dismissed reports that he is plotting to contest the guber elections in Kwara State.

Gov Wike Accuses Police Of Declaring War On Rivers

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has alleged that the sabotaging of electoral process in the state by the police is a declaration of war on the people.
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PDP Wins Taraba House Of Assembly Bye-Election

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Hon. Garba Ajiya, was on Sunday declared winner of Saturday’s bye-election into Takum 1 State Constituency by the INEC.

Former SSG Attacks Governor Aregbesola

Former Secretary to the Osun State Government Moshood Adeoti has condemned Gov Rauf Aregbesola, as more stakeholders dump the APC.

PDP Urges Senate To Declare Akpabio’s Sit Vacant

The Akwa Ibom State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the Senate to declare the seat of a Senator Godswill Akpabio vacant.

SPORTS

Bale, Carvajal Fire Real Past Getafe In Liga Opener

Gareth Bale and Dani Carvajal netted the goals as Real Madrid started La Liga life without Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane with a convincing 2-0 win over Getafe on Sunday.

Bertens Beats Halep To Cincinnati Title

Kiki Bertens stunned world number one Simona Halep 2-6 7-6(6) 6-2 to win her first hard court final at the Cincinnati Masters on Sunday. The...

Cincinnati Masters: Djokovic Makes History With Win Over Federer

Former world number one Novak Djokovic defeated veteran Roger Federer in Cincinnati on Sunday to become the first player to win all nine Masters 1,000 tournaments.

Nigerian Striker Joins Turkish Team

Nigeria striker Anthony Nwakaeme has been signed by Turkish team Trabzonspor from Isreali Club Hapoel.

Ronaldo’s Exit Affecting Real Madrid – Busquets

Barcelona star Sergio Busquets has said Real Madrid are missing Cristiano Ronaldo as they are finding it hard to score goals. 

Nigerian Star Signs New Contract With Club

Nigeria star Wilfred Ndidi has sealed a new six-year contract with Premier League club Leicester City that will see him stay till 2024.

Why United Lost To Brighton – Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has said Manchester United's mistakes cost them the game against Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday. 

Leon Balogun’s Brighton Stun Man United In Five-Goal Thriller

Nigerian international Leon Balogun was in action as his new Premier League side Brighton recorded a famous 3-2 win over lacklustre Manchester United on Sunday.
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Firmino Feels Liverpool Capable Of Winning Premier League

Brazilian striker Roberto Firmino has expressed confidence that Liverpool are ready to finally end their long wait for the Premier League title.

AC Milan’s Strinic Diagnosed With Heart Condition

Croatian international defender Ivan Strinic has been diagnosed with a heart condition, forcing him to take a break from football.

Aguero Nets Hat-Trick As City Smash Six Past Huddersfield

A blistering performance from Man City saw them sweep Huddersfield aside 6-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, with Sergio Aguero scoring half of the goals for the defending champions

Entertainment

Full Burial Details Of Musician Ras Kimono

The burial arrangement for Nigeria reggae star Ras Kimono has been released by the family, beginning from August 23rd.

Ayefele Reacts To Demolition Of His Music House By Oyo Govt

Popular gospel music artiste, Yinka Ayefele, has reacted to the demolition of his Music House which accomadates his radio station Fresh FM.

Duncan Mighty’s Manager Explains Why He Prostrated For Davido

Nigerian music fans could not understand why Duncan Mighty prostrated himself for Davido, who was on a recent visit to Port Harcourt.

Zoro Teams Up With Mr. Real For ‘Upandan’

Indigenous rapper from Southeast Nigeria Zoro has teamed up with Southwest Nigerian rapper Mr Real for his new single "Upandan".

Patoranking Drops Powerful Music ‘Heal D World’

"Alubarika" singer Patoranking has released a new song titled, "Heal D World" where he reminds fans about the importance of their existence.

Super Eagles Midfielder Alex Iwobi Makes Nollywood Entry

Super Eagles midfielder Alex Iwobi, 22, has made his entry into Nollywood in a soon-to-be released film titled, "INPADISU".

Tonto Dikeh Responds To Alleged Sexual Romp With Clergyman

Nigerian actress has debunked speculations that she was sexually involved with controversial South African pastor Shepherd Bushiri.

Forbes Names Star Wars Star Scarlett Johansson Highest Paid Actress

Hollywood action and science-fiction star Scarlett Johansson has been named the highest paid actress in the world with a pre-tax earning of $40.5 million.
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Fulstop Features Ice Prince In ‘Bedroom’

Nigerian singer Fulstop has employed popular Chocolate City musician Ice Prince on his latest single tiled, "Bedroom".

Shan George Warns Desperate Youths Against Leaving Nigeria

Veteran actor and movie producer Shan George has warned Nigerians desperate to leave the country to stay back.

Priyanka Chopra Confirms Engagement To Nick Jonas

Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra, 36, has confirmed her engagement to American actor Nick Jonas, 25, as they hold their traditional engagement ceremony in Mumbai.

Popular

London School With Nigerian Principal Produces Best A’Level Results In 2018

Brampton Manor Academy in East London, the UK, a state school headed by a Nigerian, Dr. Dayo Olukoshi, has produced the best A'level results this year.

United Nations Identifies Boko Haram Sponsors

The United Nations has revealed that some non-governmental organisations are sending funds to Boko Haram, a deadly terror group in Nigeria.

Nigerian Newspapers Headlines Sunday, August 19th

Good morning Nigeria and welcome to the concise roundup of top Nigerian newspapers headlines today, Sunday, August 19th.

More Worries For Rohr As Iwobi Suffers Hamstring Injury

Nigeria international and Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi sustained a hamstring injury in Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat by Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday.

BUSINESS

Nigerian Products Struggling In Global Market – MAN

Nigeria products are not competing well with others in the global market, according to the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria. 

Nigeria Yet To Recover From Recession – NBS

Nigeria's economy is still suffering from the impact of the 2016 recession, Chief Executive Officer of the National Bureau of Statistics Yemi Kale has said.

Nigeria Controls 70% Of Cargo Traffic Of West And Central Africa – NPCC

The Chairman, Nigerian Ports Consultative Council (NPCC), Chief Kunle Folarin, has said Nigeria controls 70 per cent of cargo traffic of West and Central Africa.

Nigeria’s Currency Gains 40k Against Dollar

The Naira gained 40k against the US dollar at the end of Friday trading, exchanging at N359.6.

NSE Market Capitalisation Increases By N236bn

The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) recorded the first gain for the week with the market capitalisation increasing by N236 billion on Friday.

CBN Releases 2017 Report On Foreign Exchange

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), says the aggregate foreign exchange inflow into the country stood at $91 billion in 2017. CBN disclosed in its 2017...

CBN Directs Banks To Give Loans To Agric, Manufacturing Firms At 9%

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says it will support banks in the country to enable them to give loans to players in the agricultural...

Presidency Says Prices Of Foodstuff Have Crashed

The Personal Assistant on New Media to President Muhammadu Buhari, Bashir Ahmad on Thursday claimed that the prices of foodstuff have reduced.
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FIRS Closes Calabar’s Tinapa Resort

The Tinapa Business and Leisure Resort in Calabar, the Cross Rivers State capital, has been closed by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).

Naira Finishes At N362.30 To Dollar

The Naira on Wednesday ended at N362.30 to the dollar at the investors’ window, as investors traded 147.8 million dollars.

Nigeria To Create 3m Jobs, Generate $88bn Via Digital Economy

Nigeria will make $88bn and create three million jobs via the digital economy in the next ten years.

WORLD

Ghana Declares One-week Mourning Over Death Of Kofi Annan

The President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, has declared a week of mourning for the late former United Nations chief Kofi Annan.

Police Charge Suspect Of Westminster Attack With Attempted Murder

A man accused of crashing his car into the security barriers surrounding UK Houses of Parliament was charged Saturday with attempted murder, police said.

Putin Attends Austrian Foreign Minster’s Wedding

Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the wedding of Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl on Saturday.

President Trump Is Drunk In Power – Brennan

Former CIA Director John Brennan has come out to criticize President Donald Trump on for revoking his security clearance, saying the President is "drunk on power''.

Baltimore Police Department Officer Resigns Over ‘Bullying’ Suspension

A Baltimore Police Officer who was seen in a footage brutalizing an unarmed civilian has resigned after he was suspended for the act which he perpetrated.

UN Mourns Death Of Ex Secretary-General Koffi Annan

Following the death of a the UN former Secretary-General, Koffi Annan, the United Nations says its mourning his death. Statement published Kofi Annan's official Twitter...

UN Remembers Fallen Heroes Of Baghdad, Abuja

As a way to commemorate the 2018 World Humanitarian Day, UN paid tribute to victims of the UN building bombings in Baghdad, Abuja and others cities around the world.

Ex-CIA Directors Condemn Trump Over Clearance Revocation

Former CIA directors have condemned President Donald Trump, after his decision to blacklist their colleague John Brennan.
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U.S. Sanctions Myanmar Officers, Army Over Human Right Abuses

The U.S. Treasury has sanctioned four commanders of the Myanmar Military and Border Police and two military units.

61,000 People Invited To Party Of Rescued Thai Schoolboys

No fewer than 61,000 people, who rescued the 12 Thai schoolboys and their coach from a flooded cave in Northern Thailand in July, have been invited to celebrate in Bangkok on Sept. 6.

Slovenia’s Parliament Appoints Sarec as Prime Minister-designate

Slovenia’s Parliament has officially agreed Marjan Sarec, as Prime Minister-designate.

HEALTH

Internally-Displaced Woman Gives Birth To Quadruplets In Zamfara

Zainab Salisu, 33, has given birth to a set of quadruplets,  two males and two females, in a camp of internally displaced persons in Maradun, Zamfara state.

Agency Educates Nursing Mothers On Benefits Of Exclusive Breastfeeding

As a way to sensitse, educate and promote exclusive breastfeeding amidst nursing mothers, the Kaduna State Primary Health Care Development Agency has put together a Baby Show.

Establish Drug Abuse Control Committee, NAFDAC Urges Gombe Govt

National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has appealed to Gombe State Government to establish drug abuse control committee.

Expert Urges Govt To Support Private Medical Practitioners

A laboratory scientist, Elochukwu Adibo, has made a call on government to subsidize and support private medical practitioners.

NGO Task Media On Promotion Of Gender Based Violence Campaign

Project Coordinator, Civil Resource Development and Documentation Centre (CIRDDOC), Mr Paschal Anozie, has urged the media to promote ideas that would boost the campaign against...

Ebola: UNICEF Plead For Special Attention For Affected Children

UN Children's Fund said the ongoing deadly Ebola outbreak in the eastern part of the DRC has been reported to have particularly affected children.

Cholera Outbreak Kills 7, FCTA Warns Against Open Defecation

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has called on residents to desist from open defecation to prevent cholera in the territory. The Director, Public Health,...

Cholera: FCTA Warns Against Open Defecation

Abuja residents have been warned by the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to desist from open defecation to prevent cholera in the territory.
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Cancer Kills 72,000 Nigerians Yearly – NGO

The Executive Director, Project Pink Blue, an NGO, Mr Runcie Chidebe, said Nigeria records about 102,000 new cases of cancer every year and a significant low surviving rate.

Medical Experts Call For Support On Safe Motherhood

Medical experts in Bayelsa have made a call advising pregnant women to key into the Safe Motherhood Campaign Initiative of the State Government to tackle infant and maternal mortality rate.

NGO Speaks Against Public Breastfeeding, Calls For Leave Extension

Alive and Thrive, an NGO working to improve nutrition in Kaduna State, has mobilised labour unions and other relevant stakeholders to break barriers inhibiting...

TECH

Police Arrest Suspects For Stealing $87m Cryptocurrency

Three suspects alleged to have stolen assets worth 600 million yuan ($87m) through hacking have been arrested by the Chinese police.

US Govt Want Facebook To Break Encryption On Messenger

The US govt is trying to force Facebook to break the encryption in its popular Messenger app so law enforcement may listen to a suspect’s voice conversations in a criminal probe.

Regular Wi-Fi Can Accurately Detect Bombs, Chemicals, Weapons In Bags

Researchers from Rutgers University, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, and Binghamton University have found a fresh use for a the Wi-Fi technology.

Aba-Made Tricycle That Does Not Require Fuel Surfaces (Photos)

A yet-to-be-identified entrepreneur in Aba, the Abia state commercial city, has invented a tricycle that does not require Premium Motor Spirit, also known as petrol. The electric...

Australian Teen Pleads Guilty To Hacking Apple

An Australian teenager has pleaded guilty to hacking into the main computer network of technology giant Apple, downloading big internal files and accessing customer accounts.

President Trump Relaxes US Cyber-attacks Rules

President Trump has signed an order relaxing rules around the use of cyber-weapons, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Facebook To Broadcast Champions League In Latin America

Uefa on Wednesday announced that Facebook will broadcast Champions League matches in Latin America through 2021.

US Officials Banned From Using ZTE, Huawei Devices

The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has just signed the Defense Authorization Act into law that prohibits any US official to use a device by ZTE or Huawei.
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FG To Give Free Internet Access To 10 Million Nigerians

The Federal Government has disclosed its plans to provide free internet access to about 10 million Nigerians in key locations across the country.

How Google Tracks Your Location Even When You Deny It Permission

Google is tracking your location even when you tell it not to, according to an investigation by the Associated Press.

La Liga Announces Landmark Free-To-Air Deal With Facebook

La Liga announced a landmark deal with Facebook which will allow viewers in the Indian sub-continent to watch every game over the next three seasons for free on the social network.

OPINION

2019: Why Nigeria Traditional Rulers Root For Buhari ‘s Re-lection (Opinion)

Columnist Mohammed Ajah examines the role of Nigeria's traditional rulers in President Muhammadu Buhari's re-election bid.

Will Meghan Markle’s Mother, Doria, Walk Her Down The Aisle?

It is four days to the wedding of former American actress Meghan Markle and British Royalty, Prince Harry but the tension is intense.

Before Another Looters List Is Released

A columnist's view of what the Federal Government and antigraft agencies should do before releasing the next batches of looters list .

The Exam Timetable

Chinasa Udensi, in her own unique style, x-rays the raging debate on election re-ordering between Nigeria's executive and legislative arms of government.