NLC To Commence Nationwide Strike September 26

The NLC says it will commence nationwide industrial action on Wednesday except the tripartite committee completes its assignment on the new minimum wage.
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Nigerians Mock, Knock FG For Suspending Nigeria Air Project

Nigerians have expressed sadness over the suspension of the Nigeria Air project by the Federal Government on Wednesday.

Nigerian Newspapers Headlines Thursday, September 20th

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

Buhari Stops Police Boss From Inviting Senator Adeleke

President Buhari has asked the Inspector General of Police,  Ibrahim Idris, to stop the probe of the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Osun state election Senator Ademola Adeleke.

FG Suspends Nigeria Air Project Indefinitely

The Nigerian Government has announced the suspension of the planned take off of its national carrier, Nigeria Air, Minister of State for Aviation Hadi Sirika said on Wednesday.
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NFF Elections Hold Today Amid Certificate Forgery Allegation

Ex-president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Aminu Maigari may be allowed to vie for Thursday's elections into the executive committee of the football house amid forgery allegation against him.

Tinubu, APC Elders Pressure Ambode To Step Down For Sanwo-Olu

Leaders of the APC in Lagos are mounting pressure on Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to drop his second term bid and endorse his opponent, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

I Will Surely Dance To Osun Govt House, Says Adeleke

Candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Osun State Governorship election, Senator Ademola Adeleke, has said he is confident of emerging winner.

Linda Ikeji Reveals Name Of Baby Daddy

Nigeria celebrity blogger Linda Ikeji has said that Sholaye Jeremi is the father of her child who was born earlier this week in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

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NEWS

Herbalist, Two Others In Police Net For Removing Officer’s Eyes For Rituals

The Katsina State Police Command has revealed that it has arrested 80-year-old herbalist Ussaini Musa, and two others for allegedly plucking out the eyes of a police sergeant in Jos, Plateau State, northern Nigeria.

Poverty Nigeria’s Fastest Growing Business – Murray-Bruce

The lawmaker representing Bayelsa East in the National Assembly, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce has lambasted the administration of President Buhari.

Benue Govt. Confirms Receipt Of N14.9b Paris Club Refund

The government of Benue state has confirmed the receipt of N14.9 billion final tranche of the Paris Club refund from the Federal Government.

Group Sues Saraki, Akpabio, Melaye, Others Over Defection

Senate President Bukola Saraki and some other lawmakers have been dragged to court by the Legal Defence and Assistance Project over their recent defection.

Tambuwal Reacts To Suspension Of Nigeria Air

Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has slammed the federal government for suspending the national carrier project, Nigeria Air.

How Fear Made Buhari Remove Seiyefa As DSS DG – PDP

Bayelsa State chairman of the PDP Cleopas Moses has said President Buhari removed Mathew Seirefa as the DG of the DSS because of fear.

Makarfi Insists Northerners Not Afraid Of Restructuring

A presidential aspirant on the platform of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senator Ahmed Makarfi has dismissed claims that northerners do not want the Nigerian state to be restructuring.

Accidental Discharge Kills Two Soldiers

Two soldiers of the 192 Brigade have been killed by accidental discharge on Wednesday during an in-theatre training, the Nigerian Army has said. 
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Okorocha Wonders If Acidic Rain Falls In Imo State

Imo State Governor has rued the heavy downpour in the state which has caused several damages and wondered if it is "acidic rain" that is falling. 

Omokri Reacts To Adeleke’s Certificate Forgery Allegation

Former presidential aide Reno Omokri has urged the Nigerian Police to investigate President Muhammadu Buhari's WASCE certificate.

Elder Statesman Yakasai Reacts To Suspension Of Nat’l Carrier

Elder statesman Tanko Yakasai has said the suspension of Nigeria Air by the Federal Government was in the best interest of the country.

POLITICS

Daddy Showkey Begs Tinubu, As He Hopes To Join Politics

Popular ghetto musician John Asiemo, famously known as Daddy Showkey, has disclosed his intention to join politics soon to help Nigerians in Ajegunle.

Bafarawa Says Nigeria Sick Under Buhari

Attahiru Bafarawa has insisted that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will defeat the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019.

Ishaku Loyalists Threaten To Sue APC Chairman Oshiomhole

A group loyal to Gov Darius Ishaku has asked Adams Oshiomhole to retract his verbal attack on the governor or face court action.

Shehu Sani Advises Police Ahead Osun Guber Election

The lawmaker representing Kaduna Central in the National Assembly, Senator Shehu Sani has charged officers of the Nigerian Police to remain neutral.

CUPP Tells Buhari To Show Nigerians WAEC Result

The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to release his West African Examinations Council (WAEC) result. This is coming...

Yobe APC Adopts Buhari, Lawan As Consensus Candidates

The APC in Yobe North Senatorial District has endorsed President Buhari, Senator Ahmed Lawan and Maimala Buni for the 2019 general election.

Governor Ajimobi’s Aide Resigns From Cabinet

Governor Abiola Ajimobi's Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs, Deji Aboderin, has resigned his appointment with the Oyo State government.

Giwa Switches Focus From NFF To Senate

After occupying the position of factional president of the Nigeria Football Federation, Chris Giwa has declared his intention to vie for the Plateau North Senatorial seat on the platform of the PDP.
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‘Baba Buhari Should Go Home, And Rest,’ Presidential Aspirant

President Muhammadu Buhari should resign before the 2019 elections, a presidential aspirant of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim has said. 

APC Governors Hold Crucial Meeting Over Primaries

State governors in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday night held a crucial meeting, with the embattled Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode in attendance.

PDP Presidential Candidate Must Be Ready To ‘Fight Buhari’ – FFK

Former Aviation Minister Femi Fani-Kayode has urged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to elect a candidate that would be able to "fight" President Muhammadu Buhari. 

SPORTS

Arsenal Manager Emery To Drop Cech For Europa League Clash

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has disclosed that he will start German goalkeeper Bernd Leno against Vorskla Poltava in their Europa League clash.

Maigari, Ubah, Others Arrive Venue Of NFF Election

Aminu Maigari, one of the aspirants for office for the president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) in Thursday's election has arrived the venue of the exercise in Katsina.

Anthony Joshua Wants To Knock Out Povetkin Early

Anthony Joshua plans to get down to real business early enough and knock out Alexander Povetkin when the two heavyweights collide at Wembley Stadium.

Lovren Denies Wrongdoing After Perjury Charge

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren on Wednesday insisted he is innocent after being charged with perjury in his native Croatia.

Sergio Ramos Breaks Scholes’ Champions League Booking Record

Sergio Ramos picked up a record 37th yellow card in 115 Champions League games to overtake ex-Manchester United star Paul Scholes.

Mourinho Reacts As Pogba Fires United Past Young Boys

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he is not carried away by his team's 3-0 spanking of Young Boys in a Champions League Group H opener in Bern on Wednesday.

Pogba’s Double Sinks Young Boys In Champions League

Midfielder Paul Pogba bagged a brace as Manchester United saw off Young Boys 3-0 in their Champions League Group H opener in Bern on Wednesday.

Lyon Upset Man City In Champions League Opener

Premier League champions Manchester City got off their Champions League campaign to a poor start with a shocking 2-1 loss to Lyon at the...
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Messi Can Score More Goals In Champions League, Says Teammate

Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic has said teammate Lionel Messi has still has more goals to score for the side this season in the Champions League.

Saraki Held In Ilorin

Abubakar Bukola Saraki FC, a club belonging to the Senate President in Nigeria, were held on Wednesday to a goalless draw at home by Mighty Jets.

How Arsenal Players Caused Wenger’s Exit – Mertesacker

Former Arsenal man Per Mertesacker has said Arsenal players could not produce results for former gaffer Arsene Wenger, leading to the Frenchman's exit.

Entertainment

Money Hungry Hoes: Wizkid’s Baby Mama Exempts Self, Reveals Conversation

In a bid to exempt herself from the tag of "Money Hungry Hoes", Wizkid's first Baby Mama, Shola Ogudu has taken to her Instagram to reveal her conversation.

Men Find My Body Irresistible, Says Nollywood Star

Nollywood actress Angel Christopher has described as embarrassing how most men come after her due to her body shape.

Five Startling Things To Know About Linda Ikeji’s Baby Daddy

Concise News reveals some startling facts about Sholaye Jeremi, celebrity blogger Linda Ikeji's baby daddy.

‘Kill Yourself,’ Wizkid Replies BBNaija Star

Trailing the response of BBN Housemate, Khloe, Over Wizkids reaction for calling his Baby Mamas Hoes, the superstar singer has also, given her a response.

Uche Madagwu Calls Olunloyo ‘Idiot’ Over Linda’s Childbirth

Nollywood actor Uche Maduagwu has knocked Kemi Olunloyo for her recent claim that Linda Ikeji's childbirth is fake and paid for.

Most People Do Not Deserve Kindness – Juliet Ibrahim

The actress believes helping people is good but one should always think twice these days before rendering any form of assistance.

Comedian Bovi Celebrates Wedding Anniversary

Comedian and entrepreneur Bovi and his wife Kris, have hit their social media platform to celebrate their wedding anniversary.

Westsyde Introduces New Dance, Features Olamide, Others

Nigerian dancers Westsyde comes through with a song titled “Kpakujemu” where they have featured the YBNL’s leader Olamide.
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Drake Drags Woman To Court Over Alleged Rape, Pregnancy

Veteran rapper, Drake has reportedly filed a lawsuit against a woman for falsely accusing him of rape and faking a pregnancy.

Nollywood Actress Ireti Doyle Welcomes First Grand-Child

Veteran Nollywood actress, Ireti Doyle, has taken to her social media platform to announce her new status as a grandmother. 

Linda Ikeji Shares Testimony As She Clocks 38

Media Mogul, Linda Ikeji has taken to her Blogspot, Linda Ikeji Blog (LIB), to share her testimony as she celebrates her 38th-year-old birthday.

BUSINESS

FG To Generate N6bn From Concession Of 20 Silos

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved the concessioning of 20 out of its 33 Silos to private sector operators at the cost of N6billion.

DMO Denies Predetermining Treasury Bills’ Interest Rates

The DMO says it has no power to predetermines the interest rates at which the government sells the Nigerian Treasury Bills at the monthly auction market.

Limited Financing, Taxation Hurting MSMEs In Nigeria- CIBN

Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) are hindered by high taxations, the President and Chairman of Council, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria Uche Olowu, has said.

Labour Vows Not To Drop Minimum Wage Ultimatum

The organized labour has said that it would not back down on its 14-day ultimatum to the Federal Government on the implementation of the new minimum wage. 

$100m Debt Delaying 9mobile Takeover – NCC

The executive vice chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Umar Garba Danbatta, says a $100 million debt is part of the things delaying the handing over of 9mobile to Teleology.

NPA Reveals When To Complete Review Of Port Concession Agreement

The managing director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Hadiza Bala-Usman, says the review of ports concessioning agreement will be completed in the next three months.

Danske Bank Boss Resigns Over Money Laundering Scandal

The chief executive of Danske Bank, Thomas Borgen, has resigned over negligence and money-laundering scandal.

FG Transfers Its Shares In NSPMC To CBN

The Federal Government has transferred its 21 per cent shares in the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company (NSPMC) to the CBN.
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NGO Hails Buhari’s Rejection Of Petroleum Industry Governance Bill

President Muhammadu Buhari was right for failing to assent to the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB), a non-governmental organization, Social Action, has said. 

CBN Pumps $210m Into Foreign Exchange Market

The Central Bank of Nigeria has injected $210 million into the various segments of the Inter-Bank Foreign Exchange Market.

Nigeria Ranked 3rd Richest African Country

Nigeria has been ranked as the third richest country in Africa with Lagos as the 4th richest city in the continent, according to the 2018 AfrAsia Bank Africa Wealth Report.

WORLD

Six Killed, Dozens Injured In Fresh Philippines Landslide

Six people were killed and dozens injured after a landslide unleashed by monsoon rains struck in the central Philippines on Thursday.

Trump Promises Support For Storm-Battered Carolinas

President Trump on Wednesday handed out meals to Carolina residents and promised support of the federal government to victims of Hurricane Florence.

Abe To Stay As Japan’s PM After Winning Party Leadership Election

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to become Japan’s longest-serving premier after a comfortable re-election as leader of his ruling party on Thursday.

Zambian Minister Sacked Over Misappropriation Of Fund

Zambian President Edgar Lungu has fired the Minister for Community Development and Social Services, Emerine Kabanshi, over misappropriation of funds.

FBI Does Not Need To Probe Kavanaugh, Says Trump

President Trump says that there is no need for FBI involvement in the scandal threatening to derail his pick for a coveted place on the US Supreme Court.

Ex-Malaysian PM Re-arrested For Fresh Corruption Charges

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has been detained over fresh corruption charges related to state investment fund 1MDB.

ICC Begins Probe Into Myanmar Rohingya Atrocities

The ICC has announced plan to begin probe into the deportations of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar into Bangladesh.

North Korea Agrees To Shut Missile Site, Says Moon

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has agreed to shut one of the country's main missile testing and launch sites, says the South's President Moon Jae-in.
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India Approves Ban On Instant Divorce

The Indian Government on Wednesday passed an executive order and approved a ban on triple talaq (instant divorce).

Kim To Visit Moon

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has said he will make a historic visit to Seoul "in the near future" after a summit with South Korea President Moon Jae-in in Pyongyang on Wednesday.

US Supplied Bomb That Killed 40 Yemeni Children – Report

The bomb that killed 40 children and 11 others in rebel-held northern Yemen was sold by the United States under a State Department deal with Riyadh.

HEALTH

WHO Says 1.3bn People At Risk Of Tuberculosis

A quarter of the world’s population has tuberculosis infection or some 1.3 billion people, are at risk of developing TB during their lifetime, says World Health Organization (WHO).

LASUTH Set To Create Centre For Cleft Palate, Lipping Patients

LASUTH, Ikeja, said it would soon inaugurate a cleft lip and palate centre to properly care for patients with such conditions.

Prostate Cancer, An Epidemic-in-waiting – Don

Urologist at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), Prof. Sulyman Kuranga, has described prostate cancer as an “epidemic in waiting” in Africa.

Panic In Delta Over Outbreak Of Lassa Fever

Delta State Commissioner for Health, Dr Mordi Ononye said two other persons suspected to be infected have been quarantined

Constant Therapy Helps Avoid Further Stroke Deformity – Physiotherapist

Oladunni Ladipo, has called on stroke patients to inculcate the habit of constant physiotherapy and rehabilitation to prevent further deformity of the body.

HIV Test As Law Before Marriage Will Reduce Spread, Monarch Opines

Ona of Abaji and Chairman, FCT Traditional Ruling Council, Alhaji Adamu Yunusa, has called on the FG to initiate compulsory law for HIV test for couples.

Sokoto Govt. Disburses N7.4m For Medical Assistance

Sokoto State Zakkat and Endowment Commission, has disbursed medical assistance of N7.4 million to various hospitals and pharmaceutical shops

Edo LG Chairman Rejects Shoddily-renovated Health Center

Estako Central Local Government Area of Edo, John Akhigbe, said he will accept the health centre renovated by the state government at Ugbekpe-Ekperi.
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Cases Of Ebola Epidemic Spreads In DRC – WHO, UNICEF

DRC has confirmed New cases of the deadly Ebola virus in the city of Butembo, near the Ugandan border, where it has claimed three lives.

FG Inaugurates Technical Working Group For Ear Issues

Through the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole says it has inaugurated a Technical Working Group (TWG) on Ear Care and Hearing Healthcare

Research Shows Nigerian Youths Embrace Family Planning – NGO

Effiom Nyong, says 19 per cent of Nigerian youths under 25 years accessed one modern Family Planning (FP) method or the other in 201

TECH

Nigeria Hits 163m Voice Subscription, Says NCC

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says Nigeria’s voice subscriber base has moved to 163million at the moment.

Instagram Launches Expanded Shopping Features

Instagram is taking the e-commerce arena by storm with the latest announcement to its growing e-commerce business.

Amazon Investigates Suspected Data Leaks By Bribed Employees

Amazon is investigating whether employees are being bribed to leak company data to sellers, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.

Rolls-Royce Signs Deal To Trial Hybrid-electric Train Conversions

Rolls-Royce has signed a deal to conduct a trial conversion of diesel trains to hybrid-electric engines in Britain.

Mainone Lands Huge Investment From Orange

French telecoms group Orange has announced it has made a major investment in MainOne Cable Company.

Amazon’s Digital Advertising Market Share Surges

Online retail giant Amazon is closing the dominance of Google and Facebook in the US digital, according to an eMarketer forecast released on Wednesday.

Facebook Accused Of Job Ad Gender Discrimination

American Civil Liberties Union has alleged that Facebook's advertising system allows employers to target job ads based on gender.

IBM Launches AI Bias Detecting Tool

IBM is set to launch a tool for the purpose of analysing how and why algorithms make decisions in real time.
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Renault-Nissan Adopts Android In Coup For Google

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi carmaking alliance said on Tuesday it will adopt Alphabet’s Google Android operating system.

Twitter To Give Users More Control Over Timeline

In response to complaints about its algorithmic system implemented two years ago, Twitter says it is preparing an option for users to go back to its original chronological news feed.

Google Admits Changing Phone Settings Remotely

Google has apologised to Android phone users who noticed that the battery saver setting was remotely activated last week without their consent.

OPINION

Wind Of Change

Chinasa Udensi x-rays the travails of an erstwhile kingmaker as he struggles for relevance in the scheme of things taking place in a group he helped form.

Merits And Demerits Of Minority And Majority

Columnist Muhammad Ajah explores the merits and demerits of Minority-majority dichotomy.

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.

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.