You’re Shedding Crocodile Tears, Presidency Tells ‘Selfish’ Northern Leaders

Some political and social leaders in Nigeria are spreading ''fake'' news about the President Muhammadu Buhari administration due to their ''selfish'' interest, the Presidency has said.
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FG To Spend $300m On Nigeria Air

The Nigerian government is expected to invest an initial takeoff capital of between $150 million and $300 million to get the country's new national carrier up and running.

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.

Nigerian Newspapers Headlines Friday, July 20th

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

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.

Sultan, CAN Call For End To Killings In Nigeria

The Sultan of Sokoto, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, and the Ooni of Ife have called for peace and unity among Nigerians amid recent killings in parts of the country.

Medical Doctor Arraigned For Flogging Nurse In Lagos Hospital

A Nigerian medical doctor, Emmanuel Okolo, 35, has been arraigned in a Lagos court for slapping and flogging a nurse with his belt in Lekki.

Buhari Appoints Three New Director Generals

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday appointed three Directors under the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development.

Fayose Reacts To Fayemi’s Threat To Probe Him

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has dared the governor-elect, Kayode Fayemi to begin probe of his government now instead of waiting till October 16 that he will be sworn in.
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NEWS

Hundreds Of Nigerians Stranded At Paris Airport

Hundreds of Nigerian passengers on board Air France aircraft have been stranded since Wednesday at Charles De Gaulle International Airport, Paris.

Civil Defence Requests N310m To Feed Dogs Ahead 2019 Elections

Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has demanded N310m to feed and administer drugs to dogs that will be used for the 2019 general election.

Buhari Mourns Ex-Classmate Coomassie

President Muhammadu Buhari has sympathised with the family, government and people of Katsina state over the demise of his ex-classmate and former Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Coomassie.

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.

New 300,000 For N-Power Engagement In August

The Federal Government is set to engage additional 300,000 beneficiaries in the second batch of its N-Power Volunteers Corp effective from 1st August.

FG Evacuates 230 Stranded Nigerians In Russia, Friday

Stranded Nigerians in Moscow, Russia at the end of the 2018 World Cup Tournament would be evacuated on Friday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said.

Ex-IGP Ibrahim Coomassie Dies 76

The Chairman, Board of Trustees of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) and a former Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Coomassie, has died.

Buhari Receives Ekwueme’s Family At Presidential Villa

The family of late former Vice-President Alex Ekwueme, led by his wife, Beatrice, on Thursday paid a visit to President Buhari at the Presidential Villa.
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Police Committed To Reforming SARS – Gwandu

The Commissioner of Police, FSARS, Haliru Gwandu, has maintained that the police is committed to reforming the SARS personnel for improved security.

Fayemi Vows To Investigate Fayose’s Administration

Ekiti State Governor-elect, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has disclosed that he would probe the last four years in the state under the administration of Gov Fayose.

CACOL Wants Speedy Trial Of Orji Kalu

CACOL has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to conduct a speedy trial of ex-Gov of Abia State, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu.

POLITICS

R-APC Lawmakers Shift Mass Defection Date

Aggrieved lawmakers on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) are planning to leave the party next week.

PDP Ready To Challenge APC – Atiku

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has stated that the PDP is prepared to challenge the APC ahead of the forthcoming 2019 elections.

Adewumi Emerges PPC Candidate Ahead Osun Guber Polls

Prof Ife Adewumi has emerged the candidate of the Providence Peoples Congress (PPC) for the September 22 governorship election in Osun State.

Ishaku Says FG Plotting To Stop Governors From Seeking Re-election

Gov Darius Ishaku of Taraba State has accused the Federal Government of plotting to stop him and six other governors from seeking re-election.

APC Suspends Lawmaker Over Anti-party Activities

An Edo State All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmaker Ojo Asein has been suspended by his Uhonmora Ward 2 for alleged anti-party activities.

Why PDP May Snub 2019 Election

PDP has stated that it might shun the 2019 general election if the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies are partial.

Ortom Makes U-Turn, Says He Remains APC Member

Gov Samuel Ortom of Benue State on Thursday reversed his earlier decision that he was dumping the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Gov. Ortom Meets With Oshiomhole After Dumping APC

Governor Samuel Ortom on Thursday met the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, at the party's headquarters.
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Omokri Wonders If Nigeria Has Govt

Former presidential aide Reno Omokri has wondered if there is a government in Nigeria especially with the rate of killings in different parts of the country.

INEC Fixes Date For Bauchi South Senatorial Election

By-election to fill the vacant seat of Bauchi South Senatorial District at the National Assembly would take place on 11 August, 2018, the electoral body said on Thursday.

APC, Buhari Team Offered N50m Bribe To Opposition – ADC

The African Democratic Congress has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the President Muhammadu Buhari team of giving N50m bribe to opposition parties.

SPORTS

France Denies Contemplating Replacing Deschamps With Zidane

The French Football Federation (FFF) president, Noel Le Graet, has denied reports that the association considered replacing Deschamps with Zidane.

Finally, Sanchez Gets Visa To Join Man Utd’s US Tour

Alexis Sanchez is set to join Manchester United’s pre-season tour of the US after the club confirmed the Chile forward’s visa issue has been resolved.

Giwa’s NFF To Hold Emergency Congress July 27

The Chris Giwa led NFF has called for an emergency congress with a view to finding a lasting solution to the lingering crises rocking the football in the country.

Manchester City Considers Selling Sterling

Manchester City are said to be considering the option of cashing in on forward Raheem Sterling following stalling of contract talks.

Jorginho Ready To Do Everything For Chelsea

Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has stated that he is ready to give his all for the London club.

Lewis Hamilton Signs New £40m Deal With Mercedes

Mercedes have signed Lewis Hamilton on a new contract to continue driving for F1's reigning world champions in 2019 and 2020.

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.

Chelsea Eyeing Russian World Cup Star

Chelsea are interested in landing Russian World Cup star Aleksandr Golovin. The midfielder is understood to have turned down the chance to move to Ligue 1 side AS Monaco.
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Eagles Defender Ready To Set Premier League Ablaze

Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun is ready to "give everything" for his new side Brighton and Hove Albion as the Premier League inches closer. 

Argentina FA Speak On Hiring New Coach For Messi

The Argentina Football Association (AFA) have said they are not in contact with Jose Pekerman over the vacant coaching role at the senior male team.

United Ready To Raid Germany For Bayern Duo

Manchester United are planning to raid German side Bayern Munich to sign the duo of  Robert Lewandowski and Thiago Alcantara.

Entertainment

Why BBNaija’s Alex Refuses To Be Called ‘King’

Third runner-up of 2018 Big Brother Naija reality show, Alex Asogwa has told her fans that at no point should she be referred to as a King.

Korra Obidi Under Fire For Posting Semi-nude Video

Nigerian singer and professional dancer, Korra Obidi has come under trolls after she posted a video of her dancing in a thong swimsuit.

Apostle Suleman Replies Buhari’s Aide Who Called Him ‘Gambling Prophet’

General Overseer of the Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Suleman, has berated Lauretta Onochie, Personal Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on social media.

Chimamanda Adichie Collects Honorary Degree From Duke University

Seasoned Nigerian writer and Feminism advocate Chimamanda Adichie has joined other recipients to receive an honorary degree from Duke University.

Lampard Won’t Name Unborn Child After Football Icon – Wife

TV presenter and wife of former England captain Frank Lampard, Christine, 39, has prohibited her husband from naming her unborn child after football icons.

Rihanna Set To Release Dancehall Album

Pop diva Robyn Rihanna Fenty popularly known as Rihanna is all set to release the album she revealed she was working on in May.

Laura Ikeji Celebrates Son On His Birthday

Serial entrepreneur, author and fashion influencer, Laura Ikeji is celebrating her son, Ryan Ogbonna Kanu as he clocks one on Thursday, July 19.

Banky W Hails Adesua As ‘Most Beautiful Girl In Nigeria’

Nigerian singer, actor and entrepreneur Banky W has showered encomium on his breath-taking beautiful wife Adesua Etomi.
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Faith Evans, Stevie J Secretly Wed – Reports

Veteran American singer Faith Evans has reportedly secretly tied the knot with her longtime boyfriend, Stevie J on Tuesday.

Adesua Etomi Covers Genevieve Magazine July Issue

Exceptionally stunning Nigerian actress Adesua Etomi is on the cover of Genevieve Magazine July issue.

I Do Not Need Police Officers For Attention – Ruggedman

Nigerian rapper Ruggedman has clarified that his End Sars advocacy is not for attention but to answer the begging need to ending police brutality.

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.

Hazard Agrees Terms With European Giants

Chelsea winger Eden Hazard is nearing his move to European champions Real Madrid after he reportedly agreed on personal terms.

South Australia Calling For More Migrants

South Australian Government has said it is lobbying the federal government to grant it a “preferred migrant status’’ to address its stalling population growth.

BUSINESS

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). 

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.
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Distribution Companies Fault Fashola On Metering, Power Generation

Power distribution companies have said they do not have the exclusive right to provide meters to consumers in Nigeria.

FG Canvasses Cheaper Cement Price

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has urged cement manufacturers in the country to lower the price of the product to jack up local consumption. 

Rivers Govt Shuts Down NDDC Office Over Tax

The Rivers State Internal Revenue Service (RIRS) has shut down the head office of the NDDC in Port Harcourt over alleged tax invasion.

WORLD

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.

Trump Wants Another Putin Meeting Amid Criticism

US President Donald Trump is looking forward to a “second meeting” with his Russian equivalent Vladimir Putin.

Israeli Airstrike Kills Palestinian

An Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip on Thursday reportedly killed a Palestinian after Israel said one of its aircraft targeted a group launching balloons carrying firebombs.

Trump Slams EU Over Fine Against Google

US President Donald Trump has criticised the European Union after it hit US tech giant Google with a record fine.

Putin Attacks Trump’s Summit Critics

Russian President Vladimir Putin has rounded on US critics of his first bilateral summit with President Donald Trump.

UK Police Identify Novichok Poisoning Suspects – Reports

UK Police are believed to have identified the suspected perpetrators of the Novichok attack on a Russian ex-spy and his daughter in Salisbury in March.

Israel Approves Controversial ‘Nation-state’ Bill

Israel's parliament has passed into law a controversial bill that defines the country as an exclusively Jewish state.
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Court Convicts Man Over Plot To Assasinate British PM May

The Old Bailey court on Wednesday convicted a British Man, Naa’imur Rahman, over a plot to kill Prime Minister Theresa May.

Turkey Ends State Of Emergency

The Turkish government has ended the nationwide state of emergency that was imposed two years ago after a failed coup attempt.

Threat From Russia Still Exists, Says White House

The White House has said that Russia continues to pose a threat to the US electoral system, just hours after President Donald Trump appeared to dismiss the threat.

HEALTH

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.

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).
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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.

NAFDAC Pledges To Step Up Regulatory Mandate

The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it would step up its regulatory mandates to curtail unwholesome drug distribution in the country.

TECH

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.

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.

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. 

Walmart, Microsoft In Partnership To Use Cloud Tech

Retail giant Walmart has entered into a strategic partnership with Microsoft for wider use of cloud and artificial intelligence technology.
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Microsoft Windows Notepad App Gets First Update In Years

Windows has announced that the next Windows 10 update will include some quality of life improvements for its notepad app.

Uber Under Probe For Gender Discrimination – Report

Uber Technologies is being investigation by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for alleged gender discrimination on issues such as pay.

U.S. Lifts Ban On Suppliers Selling To China’s ZTE

The U.S. on Friday lifted a ban on U.S. companies selling goods to ZTE Corp, allowing China’s second-largest telecoms equipment maker to resume business.

OPINION

Three Things Learned From Champions League Final

Real Madrid have created another record in the Champions League by winning the European cup for the 13th time, with Gareth Bale scoring a breathtaking overhead kick in a 3-1 dramatic win over Liverpool.

18th Democracy Day: How Well Has Nigeria Faired?

An opinion piece about Nigeria's democracy day.

Dear Nigerian Youths, May Your Roads Be Rough!

Columnist Muhammed Ajah pens down his opinion about the 'lazy youths' comment attributed to President Muhammadu Buhari that is causing ripples across Nigeria.

The Little Drops…

Columnist Chinasa Udensi beams her searchlight on codeine crisis, bring it to the front burner in her captivating fictional style.