EFCC Charges Ex-Governor Fayose, Hotel With N1.3bn Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has filed corruption charges against a former governor of Ekiti State Ayodele Fayose. 
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Nigerian Newspapers Headlines Saturday, October 20th

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

Leader Of Outlawed IPOB Nnamdi Kanu To Address Members

The leader of the outlawed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu will on Sunday make a live broadcast.

Liman’s Killing: Red Cross Threatens To Leave Nigeria

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has threatened to leave Nigeria after the death of its aid worker Hauwa Liman.

INEC Rules Out New Deadline For Submission Of Candidates’ List

Nigeria's electoral umpire, INEC, says it will not extend the deadline for submission of list of candidates by political parties for the 2019 general election.
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Obasanjo Speaks On Tinubu’s Position In APC

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said he does not know the position of Bola Tinubu in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Saudi Confirms Khashoggi’s Death, Dismisses Top Official

Saudi Arabia has announced the dismissal of a high-ranking intelligence officer as it said that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in a fight in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. 

Why I Took Prophetess As Wife – Ooni Of Ife

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi has revealed that he married Moronke Naomi due to her spiritual strength. 

55 Killed In Fresh Kaduna Crisis

Fifty-five people were killed during communal crisis at Kasuwan Magani in Kajuru area of Kaduna state, in Nigeria's northwest region, police in the state said on Friday.

MOST READ

IPOB Leader Nnamdi Kanu Re-surfaces, Spotted Praying In Israel (Video)

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, has come out of hiding nine months after the military invasion of his community in Abia State, southeast Nigeria.

Watch Ooni Of Ife’s New Queen Prophetess Naomi Performing Deliverance (video)

Clips of Shilekunola Moronke Naomi, the new queen of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, performing deliverance in the church have emerged.

Daddy Freeze Reacts To Ooni Of Ife’s Marriage To Prophetess Naomi

Daddy Freeze has reacted to the marriage of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, to prophetess Shilekunola Moronke Naomi.

Nigerian Newspapers Headlines Friday, October 19th

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

Ooni Of Ife Marries Prophetess (Photos)

The Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi has married a new wife who goes by the name  Shilekunola Moronke Naomi.

David Mark’s Daughter Dumps PDP

Blessing Onuh-Mark, a daughter of ex-Senate President David Mark has defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Police Give Update On Somolu-Bariga Cult Clash

The Lagos State Police Command says it has arrested 21 persons in connection with a cult clash that occurred on Wednesday at the Somolu-Bariga area of the state.

Reno Omokri Reveals What EFCC Is Doing To Fayose

Reno Omokri, a former presidential media aide, says the  Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is persecuting immediate past governor of Ekiti state Ayodele Fayose rather than prosecuting him.
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NEWS

Why We Can’t Prosecute Adeosun Over NYSC Certificate – Police

The police have said they didn't receive a report to prosecute an ex-Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun's National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) certificate forgery.

I’ll Work To Keep Nigeria Together, Buhari Assures

President Muhammadu Buhari has restated his commitment to keeping the country united as he fights off terrorism and to make the economy better.

Traditional Ruler, Wife Kidnapped In Kaduna

The Paramount Chief of Adara Chiefdom in Kachia area of Kaduna state, Maiwada Galadima, and his wife have been abducted by gunmen along Kaduna/Kachia road.

FRSC Reveals Next Stage For 2018 Recruitment

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has said it would start the third stage of its 2018 recruitment exercise soon.

Flood: Osinbajo Visits Affected Areas In Rivers, Bayelsa

Nigeria's Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Friday visited some of the communities affected by floods in Rivers and Bayelsa states in the country's southern region.

Buhari Reveals Reason For Herdsmen, Farmers Clashes

President Muhammadu Buhari has said desertification is the cause of clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the country.

Biafra: Reactions Trail Nnamdi Kanu’s Resurgence 

The resurgence of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has been greeted by a storm of mixed reactions.

2019: PVC-Naija Urges Students To Champion Political Education

A political advocacy and sensitization movement, Project Victory Call Initiative, also known as PVC-Naija, has urged Nigerian students to champion political education ahead of the 2019 general elections in the country.
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Cloned Certificates, ATM Cards In Circulation – Police

The commissioner of police, anti-fraud unit, Federal Criminal Investigation Intelligence Department (FCIID), Dan Okoro, says there are many cloned certificates and ATM cards in circulation.

Senate Committee Accuses Hajj Commission Of Extorting Pilgrims

The Nigerian Senate ad hoc committee has alleged that the National Hajj Commission (NAHCON) extorts Muslims who go on pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.

Nigeria’s Unity Must Be Sustained – Buhari

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari says his administration will continue to work towards strengthening the unity of the country.

POLITICS

Doyin Okupe Says Buhari Has Already Lost 2019 Election

Doyin Okupe has claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari has already lost to 2019 election to the candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar.

Omokri Mocks Fashola Over Comment On Nigeria’s Electricity

Former presidential aide Reno Omokri has mocked Power, Works and Housing Minister Babatunde Fashola for saying that he won't do magic to solve the nation's power issues.

Unknown People Trying To Submit Illegal Names To INEC – PDP

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says some unknown persons in the party are trying to submit illegal names to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the 2019 general elections.

‘Atiku Is The Next President’ – Babatope

Chief Ebenezer Babatope, a chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party, on Thursday said the party’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar would win the 2019 election.

PDP BoT Member Endorses Atiku/Obi Ticket

A Board of Trustees of the PDP Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu has endorsed the Atiku Abubakar/Peter Obi ticket for the 2019 general election.

APC A ‘Yahoo’ Party – Reno Omokri

Former Presidential New Media aide Reno Omokri has condemned the APC for giving some politicians automatic tickets.

Ex-VP Atiku Vows To ‘Retire’ Buhari In 2019

The Presidential Candidate of the PDP for the 2019 elections, Atiku Abubakar, has promised to defeat President Buhari in next year's election.

APC, PDP Lawmakers Join ADP, ZLP

Two members of the House of Representatives on the platform of the APC and the PDP dumped the main parties for the ADP and ZLP.
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Buhari Reveals Those That Will Vote For Him In 2019

President Muhammadu Buhari says pregnant women and ordinary Nigerians will vote him back to power in Nigeria's 2019 general election.

Umahi Denies Rejecting Appointment As South-east PDP Coordinator

Governor David Umahi has denied rejecting his appointment as the South-east campaign coordinator of the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

Another PDP Lawmaker Defects To APC

Otobong Ndem, a lawmaker representing Mkpat Enin in Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, has dumped the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

SPORTS

Alaves Rise Above Real Madrid, Barcelona To Top Of La Liga

Alaves have climbed to the top of La Liga after recording a 1-0 win at Celta Vigo on Friday.

Sarri Speaks Ahead Chelsea, United Premier League Showdown

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has said he respects Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho as both sides face off in the Premier League. 

Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri Crashes Out Of ITTF World Cup

African champion Aruna Quadri has been knocked out of the 2018 ITTF Men's World Cup in Paris.

Pochettino Distances Self From Argentina Coaching Job

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has said he is not interested in taking over the Argentina coaching job. 

Uefa’s Hammer Falls On United As Mourinho Gets Warning

Europe's football's governing body, Uefa, have fined Manchester United a total of 15,000 euros (£13,200) for the late kick-off to their Champions League match against Valencia earlier in October.

Eagles Striker Out Of 2019 Afcon Qualifier With South Africa

Super Eagles star Henry Onyekuru will miss the team's 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa in November. 

Bafana Skipper Predicts Tougher Eagles In 2019 Afcon Qualifier 

South Africa captain Thulani Hlatshwayo has said his side will be facing a different and tougher Nigerian team in a 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Plateau United Appoints Maikaba As Technical Adviser

Nigeria Professional Football League side, Plateau United Football Club of Jos has unveiled Abdul Isa Maikaba as its new Technical Adviser.
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De Bruyne Returns For Man City Against Burnley

Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne is set to make his return from injury when the Citizens host Burnley on Saturday, City boss Pep Guardiola has confirmed.

I Will Not Celebrate If My Team Wins Against Chelsea – Mourinho

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho insists he will be on his best behaviour on his return to Stamford Bridge on Saturday, but hopes his side inflict Chelsea’s first defeat of the season.

Kovac Focused On Getting Bayern Back On Track Amid Sack Rumours

Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac is focused on returning the German champions to winning ways, insisting they must stick to their guns at Wolfsburg on Saturday if they are to break their four-match winless streak.

Entertainment

Singer Rihanna Turns Down Super Bowl Offer

Rihanna has rejected an offer to perform at a Super Bowl half-time show because she backed ex-National Football League star Colin Kaepernick and his protest against racial injustice.

Another Popular Nollywood Actor Dies

Veteran Nollywood actor Ola Omonitan, popularly known as Ajimajasan, has passed away.

Sexism Annoys Me More Than Racism – Chimamanda

Renowned writer and feminist Chimamanda Adichie has said that she is constantly expected to make a case when it comes to gender.

Love Your Women Like Your Mothers, Simi Urges Men

Nigeria singer Simi has urged men to "break everything, do anything" for their women as they also show for their mothers.

Media Personality Gbemi Set To Wed Beau

On-Air Personality Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi is set to get married to her beau Femisoro Ajayi on November 3.

I Want To Be The Greatest Artiste Ever – Kizz Daniel

Flyboy Inc record boss Kizz Daniel says he is not interested in being the “biggest” but the “greatest artiste ever liveth”.

Diddy Splits From Longtime Girlfriend Cassie

The romance between american rapper and producer Sean "Diddy" Combs and singer Cassie Ventura has ended, after 11 years of unsteady relationship together.

Full List Of Winners At 2018 BET Hip-Hop Awards

Cardi B ended up as the biggest winner at the 2018 BET Awards on Tuesday, as she bagged four trophies at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, United States.
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My Dad Can Never Be Forgotten – Femi Kuti

Femi Kuti, son of legendary Fela Kuti has described his late father as one individual who can never be forgotten even in death. 

Mayorkun Set To Release Debut Album

DMW star artiste Mayorkun has revealed that his debut album is still in the works and almost ready to be released to his fans.

IK Ogbonna’s Wife Sonia Drops His Name

Marriage of Nollywood actor Ik Ogbonna seems to be in trouble as his wife, Sonia, has expunged the actor's last name from her social media accounts.

BUSINESS

Brazil To Pump $1.1bn Into Nigeria’s Agricultural Sector

The Brazilian Ambassador to Nigeria Ricardo Guerra de Araujo has said his country would soon pump $1.1 into Nigeria's agricultural sector.

Inter-Bank Forex Market Gets CBN’s $337m

Nigeria's apex bank, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has, again, injected more than 337 million dollars into the Inter-Bank Foreign Exchange (Forex) market.

World Bank Ranks Kaduna First In Property Registration, Others

Kaduna state has been ranked the number one in registering property and enforcing contracts in its latest ranking of doing business in Nigeria by the World Bank.

FG Proposes N8.6tn For 2019 Budget

The Federal Government on Thursday proposed N8.6tn for the 2019 fiscal year in contrast to N9.1tn for 2018.

Falana Alleges $12.7bn Crude Stolen From Nigeria In Three Years

Human rights lawyer Femi Falana (SAN) on Thursday alleged that $12.7bn worth of crude oil was stolen from the country between 2011 and 2014.

Why I Won’t Do Magic To Solve Nigeria’s Electricity Problems – Fashola

Power, Works, and Housing Minister Babatunde Fashola has said the country is making progress in solving its electricity challenges.

Buhari Govt Has No Plan To Sell Ajaokuta Steel Company – Osinbajo

The Nigerian government is not thinking about selling the Ajaokuta Steel Company in Kogi state, according to the nation's vice-president Yemi Osinbajo.

Buhari Urges Women To Deepen Participation In Agriculture

Aisha Buhari, wife of President Muhammadu Buhari has called on women to deepen their participation in agriculture and make their voices heard.
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FG Restates Commitment To Give Women Improved Agricultural Inputs

Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Audu Ogbeh has said the federal government would ensure that women get improved agricultural inputs.

Nigeria’s Foreign Reserves Fall By $2.1bn In 30 Days

Nigeria’s foreign exchange reserves have declined by $2.15 billion in the last thirty days, following the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) decision to defend the naira.

FG Approves Issuance Of $2.9bn In Eurobonds

The issuance of $2.9 billion in Eurobonds has been approved by the Federal Government, Minister of Finance Zainab Ahmed has said.

WORLD

Turkey Widens Khashoggi Search, Denies Giving US Tapes

Turkey has widened the investigation into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by searching a forest in the city.

Canadians Rush To Buy Cannabis After Legalisation

Canadians were seen rushing to buy recreational marijuana on Thursday after its legalisation by the country's apex court.

EU Set To Extend Brexit Transition Period

The EU says it was ready to extend the length of the transition period designed to smooth the UK's exit from the 28-nation bloc next year.

Malaysian Opposition Leader Charged In $26m Graft Case

Malaysia’s opposition leader Najib Razak was on Friday hit with 45 charges in a $26 million corruption case.

Former Sudanese President Dies At 83

Former Sudanese President Abdulrahman Al-Dahab has died in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, Saudi-owned TV channel, Al Arabiya, reported on Thursday.

Putin Speaks On Crimean School Shooting

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the mass school shooting in Crimea was the result of “globalisation” and the continuation of an American trend.

Trump Threatens To Close US-Mexico Border Over Migrants Issues

US President Donald Trump has threatened to close the United States’ border with Mexico if the flow of migrants from Central America is uncontrollable.

US Demands Khashoggi’s Alleged Murder Tape

The US has asked Turkey for a recording said to provide strong evidence that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed at Istanbul's Saudi consulate.
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UN Describes Virginity Testing As Human Rights Violation

A group of United Nations agencies has called for a ban on tests meant to assess the virginity of a girl or a woman.

Trump Denies Covering For Saudis On Khashoggi

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday dismissed reports of covering up for his country's ally Saudi Arabia in the suspected torturing and dismembering of a critical journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Trump’s Plane Forced To Land After ‘Mechanical Issue’

A plane carrying US First Lady Melania Trump was forced to make a u-turn on Wednesday after smoke appeared in the cabin, reporters on...

TECH

Facebook Hires Former UK Deputy Prime Minister As Head Of Global Affairs

Facebook has hired former British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to lead its global affairs and communications team.

Uber Launches Safety Toolkit For Riders, Drivers

Uber will over the next few weeks roll out new Safety Toolkit to millions of riders, drivers and delivery-partners using the app across Europe, Middle East and Africa.

EU Commission Approves Microsoft’s Acquisition Of Github

The EU on Friday approved the acquisition of software development tool maker GitHub by software giant Microsoft without conditions saying the purchase would not damage competition in the sector.

Apple iPhone XR Pre-orders Now Open

Shortly after announcing its latest iPhone models, Apple opened pre-orders for the more expensive ones, leaving the more affordable iPhone XR out of the lineup.

Uber Adds VoIP Calling Option To Its App

Uber now allows riders and drivers to communicate over voice over internet protocol (VoIP) in addition to SMS texts, in-app messaging and regular phone calls.

YouTube, Eventbrite Sell Concert Tickets Through Music Videos

Streaming giant, YouTube, has struck a deal with Eventbrite that will show tour listings right below videos from Official Artist Channels.

Facebook Sued Over Video Viewing Figures

Court documents have claimed that Facebook was aware of inaccuracies in the way it measured how many people viewed video on its site for a year longer than it has previously admitted.

Tesla Secures Shanghai Site For $2 Billion China Gigafactory

Tesla has signed an agreement with the Shanghai government for an 860,000 square meter plot of land to build its first overseas Gigafactory.
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YouTube Experiences Outage For Over One Hour

YouTube on Wednesday said the video streaming platform experienced an unexplained outage across the world for over an hour.

Facebook Takes On YouTube With Reality TV

Facebook on Wednesday announced its plan to revive the pioneering MTV reality show “The Real World” as its secret weapon to lure viewers away from YouTube.

Spotify Advert Banned For Causing ‘Distress’ To Children

A Spotify ad has been banned for by the watchdog following a complaint from a parent who said their children found it distressing. 

HEALTH

Warning: Drugs Imported From China May Contain Human Parts

The South Korean ministry of food and drug safety has warned Nigerians against the use of drugs imported from China, noting that they contain human remains.

Osinbajo Speaks On Polio Eradication

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says the commitment made by the Federal and State governments to provide active leadership on polio eradication activities is a debt owed to Nigerians.

NAFDAC Bans Malco Vitamin B Complex Injection

NAFDAC has placed an embargo on the importation, sale and distribution of Malco Vitamin B Complex injection in Nigeria due to contamination.

NGO Advises FG On How To Prevent Spread Of Cholera

The Nigerian government has been urged to ensure treatment of water sources in communities affected by cholera outbreaks.

Ebola Death Toll Hits 135 In DR Congo

At least 135 people have been killed by the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), says the World Health Organization (WHO).

Don’t Use Breast Milk, Urine To Treat ‘Apollo’, Experts Warn

The Nigerian Optometric Association (NOA) has warned against the use of breast milk, urine, acid and other unorthodox treatment when infected with conjunctivitis, popularly known as Apollo.

Researchers Closing In On First Lassa Fever Vaccine

Researcher are on the verge of finding the first ever Lassa fever vaccine, according to a journal published by Nature Communications.

Buhari Govt Promises More Health Investment In 2019

Nigeria's Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole has assured that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration would invest more on health and education in 2019.
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18 Nigerians Die Of Tuberculosis Hourly – NTBLCP

National Tuberculosis, Burulli Ulcer and Leprosy Control Programme (NTBLCP), said no fewer than 18 people die hourly from Tuberculosis (TB) in Nigeria.

Study Reveals How Parenting Causes Antisocial Behaviour In Children

A study has revealed the less parental warmth and more harshness in the home environment affect how aggressive children become and whether they lack empathy and a moral compass.

WHO Predicts Extent Of Ebola Outbreak In DR Congo

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo could last for another three to four months, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

OPINION

Three Things Arsenal New Manager Emery Must Fix

Arsenal on Wednesday confirmed the appointment of former PSG head coach Unai Emery as their new manager, replacing Arsene Wenger.

Implications Of Oshiomhole Winning APC Chairmanship Race

If the former governor of Edo state, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole contests the June 23 chairmanship race of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), just one thing will happen, explains columnist Muhammad Ajah.

The Fraud Allegation Against Tinubu

For Tinubu who once accused Jonathan, now finds himself in the place Jonathan was.....Buhari is in a clear fix!

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.