Tinubu Shades Obasanjo, Assures Him Of 95% Vote

National Leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu, has replied ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo's open letter, describing him as one of the “expired leaders.” 
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Buhari Orders Prosecution Of Babachir Lawal, Ayo Oke

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the prosecution of the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal and the former Director-General of the Nigeria Intelligence Agency (NIA), Amb. Ayo Oke, for fraud.

IGP Adamu Shakes Up FSARS, Disbands Two Other Units

Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the reorganisation of the Federal Special Anti-robbery Squad (FSARS).

Onnoghen: Industrial Court Reinforces Restraining Order Against CCT

The order restraining the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) from proceeding with the trial of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, has been renewed by the National Industrial Court.

Asuu Strike: Lecturers Give FG Condition To Resume Work

The Academic Staff Union of Universities is demanding that government show proof of payment of at least N50 billion revitalisation before it could consider suspending the on-going strike.
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PDP Calls Buhari To Order For Insulting Obasanjo

The Peoples Democratic Party has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of insulting on respected leaders and elder statesmen. 

Buhari Sacks TETFund Executive Secretary, Baffa

President Muhammadu Buhari has removed Dr. Abdullahi Bichi Baffa as the Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) and approved the reinstatement of Professor Suleiman Bogoro.

Court Stops EFCC, Police, DSS From Arresting Fani-Kayode, Odumakin

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigeria Police have been restrained by an Abuja Federal High Court from arresting or detaining Femi Fani-Kayode and Yinka Odumakin.

2019 Elections: If They Give You Bribe Collect It, Fashola Tells Nigerians

Power, Works and Housing Minister, Babatunde Fashola, has urged voters to take bribes if given by politicians as the 2019 elections inch closer. 

MOST READ

Nigerian Newspapers: Top 10 Headlines Today Monday, Jan. 21st, 2019

Good morning Nigeria and welcome to the Concise News roundup of top 10 Nigerian newspapers headlines today, Monday, Jan. 21st.

APC Reacts To Obasanjo’s Claims Of Plot To Rig 2019 Election

The National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Malam Lanre Issa- Onilu said that former President Olusegun Obasanjo is being haunted by his past.

Full Text Of Tunde Bakare’s State Of Nation Address

The Head Pastor, Latter Rain Assembly, Tunde Bakare, had said that Nigerians will find it hard dying for the country in his latest State of the Nation Address.

2019 Elections: Bakare Leaks Name Of Presidential Candidate That Gives Him ‘Hope’

The Head Pastor, Latter Rain Assembly, Tunde Bakare, has said the presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Oby Ezekwesili, gives him "hope."

Five Key Things Obasanjo Said In Open Letter To Buhari

On Sunday, a former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has alleged that the President Muhammadu Buhari government will rig the 2019 elections. 

El-Rufai Is Dead, Kaduna Mourns

Retired AVM Aliyu El-rufai, the elder brother of Kaduna State governor Nasir El-rufai is reported to have passed on today, Saturday. 

Suspected Thugs Attack Atiku’s Wife In Ibadan

Suspected political thugs have reportedly attacked the convoy of the wife of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, on Friday at Sarkin Sasa house in Ojoo area of Ibadan, Oyo State.

Davido, DMW Crew, Zlatan Kick Off 2019 With ‘Bum Bum’ (Audio)

Davido Music World Allstars have kicked off 2019 with a smashing hot single titled “Bum Bum” featuring the C.E.O, Davido rave of the moment, Zlatan.
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NEWS

Nigerians React As IGP Adamu Restructures FSARS

Following the instruction of the acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, that Federal Special Anti-robbery Squad (FSARS) be reorganized, several, reactions have trailed one the...

Lagos 2019 Budget: Assembly Ends Seating In Confusion

Lagos State House of Assembly early raised speculation that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode was set to officially present the state’s 2019 budget proposals.

Biafra: IPOB Unveils ‘Lethal’ Weapon To Undertake ‘Revolution’ In Nigeria

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has said it will use "civil disobedience" as part of its "lethal weapons" to boycott the 2019 elections. 

Buhari Recalls What Idiagbon Did For Him In 1985

President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that his former deputy, Tunde Idiagbon, was very loyal to him when he was overthrown in 1985. 

Nigerian Stock Exchange Recruitment: How To Apply With Ease

The Nigerian Stock Exchange recruitment for 2019 has started with the organization saying that it is opened to vibrant men and women. 

INEC Disturbed Over Unclaimed PVCs

No fewer than 4,000 Permanent Voter Cards are lying unclaimed in the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Guri Local Government Council of Jigawa, the commission has said.

Biafra: Groups Back Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB’s 2019 Elections Boycott

The outlawed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) now have the backing of two Biafra groups to boycott the 2019 general elections in the country. 

Herdsmen Burn Catholic Seminary, Houses In Adamawa

Suspected herdsmen have burnt down a Catholic seminary and houses in Bare community in the Numan Local Government Area of Adamawa State.
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Atiku Exposes 30 Corrupt Individuals Working With Buhari

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has named former Lagos State governor Bola Tinubu as part of the 30 "corrupt" persons working with President Muhammadu Buhari.

Nigerian Navy Recruitment 2019: How To Apply In Simple Steps

The Nigerian Navy recruitment for 2019 has started, with the security agency revealing the guidelines and requirements needed for the application on its portal.

Flying Eagles Coach Submits Final List Ahead Youth Afcon

Flying Eagles coach Paul Aigbogun has submitted his final list of 21 players for the 2019 U20 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Niger Republic.

POLITICS

50 PDP Members Decamp To APC In Niger

Executive Governor of Niger state, Abubakar Bello on Monday received 50 supporters of the People’s Democratic Party who defected to the APC.

CUPP Says Atiku Will Crack Buhari Like Cracker Biscuits At Polling Booths

Opposition political parties under the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) on Monday said the statement credited to the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, that they are arming bandits with the aim of disrupting forthcoming election as a sign of “defeat phobia.”

2019 Elections: FG Accuses Opposition Politicians Of Plotting Violence

The Federal Government has alleged that opposition politicians are planning widespread violence to truncate the forthcoming general elections.

INEC Insists APC Will Not Participate In Rivers Elections

The All Progressives Congress (APC) will not participate in elections in Rivers State, the  Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has insisted.

I Will Follow OBJ Even When Blindfolded – Fani-Kayode

A former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, has said he will follow former president Olusegun Obasanjo with his eyes blindfolded. 

2019: Sowore Promises Free Education, N100,000 Study Allowance

The presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Omoyele Sowore, has said he will provide free education across all levels if elected.

2019 Elections: Nigerians Will Resist Buhari’s ‘Rigging Plot’ – Pandef

Nigerians will resist any attempt by the President Muhammadu Buhari government to rig the 2019 elections, according to Pan Niger Delta Development Forum (Pandef).

2019 Elections: Abiola Descends On Obasanjo, Reveals Why

Jamiu Abiola, a son to the late Moshood Abiola, has bashed a former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, for not honouring his father. 
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2019 Elections: Arewa Attacks Obasanjo Over Letter To Buhari

The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has asked a former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, to act like a statesman and stop running down the country's democracy.

INEC Is Ready For 2019 General Elections – Yakubu

The Chairman of the INEC, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, said that there is no tendency about the 2019 general election being shifted. 

Nigeria Not Worth Dying For, Bakare Admits In State Of Nation Address

The Head Pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly, Tunde Bakare, has admitted that it will be hard for Nigerians to die for the country in his "State of the Nation Address."

SPORTS

EPL: David Luiz Reveals Why Arsenal Bashed Chelsea

Chelsea defender, David Luiz, has said the team lost 2-0 to Arsenal in a Premier League game due to their inability to convert their chances.

Rangers Get Etoile du Sahel In Caf Confederation Cup

Enugu Rangers have been drawn to face Tunisian heavyweights Etoile du Sahel and CS Sfaxien in Group B of the 2018/19 Caf Confederation Cup.

EPL: Huddersfield Name Jan Siewert As New Head Coach

Huddersfield have announced the appointment of Jan Siewert as their new head coach on a two-and-a-half-year contract until 2021.

Arsenal’s Head Of Recruitment Mislintat Leaves Club

Sven Mislintat will leave his role as head of recruitment at Arsenal on February 8, less than 14 months after his appointment, the London club has confirmed.

Zlatan Claims Pogba Had No Confidence In Mourinho

Former Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic claims Paul Pogba struggled under Jose Mourinho because he had no confidence in the Portuguese coach.

Injury Rules Dembele Out For Two Weeks

Spanish champions Barcelona On Monday announced that winger Ousmane Dembele has been ruled out for two weeks after spraining his ankle at the weekend.

Transfer: Barcelona Close In On Ghanaian Star

Former Ghana international Kevin-Prince Boateng is nearing a move away from Sassuolo to Spanish giants Barcelona, as clubs bolster their squads in the January transfer window.

NPFL Results: Heartland Win Away As Enyimba, Gombe Stumble

Enyimba of Aba lost 2-1 to Kwara United in one of the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) games played over the weekend. 
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Serena Beats Top Seed Halep To Reach Australian Open Quarters

Serena Williams avenged sister Venus' loss to top seed Simona Halep with a 6-1 4-6 6-4 win to reach the Australian Open quarter final.

EPL Transfer: Chelsea’s Move For Higuain Boosted

Gonzalo Higuain's January transfer to Premier League side Chelsea is likely to materialise as Gennaro Gattuso has dropped him from AC Milan squad to face Genoa on Monday.

Rangers Fans Urge Team To Put Extra Effort In Caf Group Stage

Fans of Enugu Rangers International FC in Ebonyi have urged the team to put in extra efforts in the Caf Confederation Cup group stage which draws hold on Monday in Cairo, Egypt.

Entertainment

TVC Presenter Morayo Afolabi-Brown Gives Birth To Baby Boy

Nigerian TV show host Morayo Afolabi-Brown has taken to Instagram to announce the arrival of her baby boy.

Falz Packages Total Album Song Into A ‘Curriculum’ (Video)

Folarin Falana, popularly known as "Falz" has released an eight minutes short film, "curriculum" for his recently released album "Moral Instruction"

Harrysong Speaks Over Missing Pant Trend, Begs Youth

Harrysong has expressed his reservation for the current disturbing trend in the country where female panties are being stolen for ritual purposes.

Lord Of Ajasa Breaks Silence Over Health Issues

Hospitalized indigenous rapper, Lord of Ajasa, stated that people, both within and outside the entertainment industry, had reached out to him.

Mr Eazi Reveals Why He Doesn’t Own A Car

Nigerian famous singer and songwriter, Mr Eazi has revealed that he does not own a car of his but prefers to buy for others. The...

You’re Not Missing, Daddy Freeze Tells Falz Over Singer’s Absence From Church

Nigerian media personality, Daddy Freeze, has said that singer, Falz, is not missing much for not attending church, Concise News understands. 

R. Kelly Dropped By Sony Music Over Alleged Sexual Abuse

Sony Music has dropped popular American singer, Robert Sylvester Kelly also known as R. Kelly from the record label.

BBNaija 2017 Winner Efe Releases ‘Far Away’ (Audio)

2017 Big Brother Naija, BBNaija, winner, Efe has released a new song which he titled "Far Away"
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Harrysong Sets Pace For His 2019 Songs With “Journey” (Audio)

Harrison Tare Okiri, better known by his stage name Harrysong has released his first song for the new year, titled "Journey."

Kemi Olunloyo Reveals Simi Is Pregnant, In Second Trimester

Controversial journalist, Kemi Olunloyo said that the newly wedded singer and wife of  Adekunle Gold, Simi is pregnant and her second Trimester.

Tekno Dishes Out New Tune ‘Woman’ (Audio)

Ace singer and songwriter and father of one, Augustine Miles Kelechi, popularly called Tekno has released his debut single for 2019, women.

BUSINESS

Foreign Investors Pull Out N642b From Nigerian Stock Market

The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) lost  N642.65bn in 2018 from foreign investors, a contrast to the N435.31 withdrawn in 2017.

Investment Firm Projects Nigeria’s Economic Growth To Improve By 2.5% In 2019

An investment banking firm, Afrinvest (West Africa) Ltd., has projected Nigeria’s economic growth to improve to 2.5 per cent in 2019 from the 1.9 per cent recorded in 2018.

NSE Stops Suspension On Trading Of C& I Leasing’s Shares

The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), has lifted the suspension it placed on trading in the shares of C and I Leasing Plc on Wednesday. 

FG Admits Nigerians Not Feeling Economic Growth, Cites Reasons

The Federal government has said that Nigerians are not feeling the impact of the positive economic growth on their lives as the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth must be higher than the population growth.

Nigeria Targets Top 100 In Ease Of Doing Business Index – Presidency

The Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council has announced a goal to move Nigeria into the top-100 on the 2020 World Bank Doing Business Index.

NSE CEO Onyema Explains N600bn Withdrawal From Equities Market

The Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Oscar Onyema, has said that foreign investors pulled out N605.54 billion from the country's equities market in 2018 due to shifting higher-yielding assets with lower risks in developed countries.

Blackout Looms As Gencos Threaten To Shut Down Power Plants

There may soon be power blackout in the country if the latest threat by electricity generation companies in the country is not addressed.

Fashola Says No Budgetary Allocation For Mambilla Power Plant

There is no budgetary allocation for the construction of the 3, 050 megawatts Mambilla hydropower project, according to the Power, Works and Housing Minister, Babatunde Fashola.
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$2.7bn Ibom Seaport To Start Off April 2019

The $2.5 billion Ibom Deep Seaport, a public-private partnership (PPP) project would start before April 2019, Concise News has learned. 

MTN, FG Settle Out Of Court Over Alleged $8bn Sanction

MTN Nigeria Communications Limited has announced that it has resolved its dispute with the Federal Government and they are settling out of court.

Complete List Of Forbes’ Africa Billionaires As Dangote’s Wealth Drops

The President of the Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, and the Chairman of Globacom, Mike Adenuga, are among the top persons in the Forbes’ Africa Billionaires List.

WORLD

Senator Harris Joins 2020 U.S. Presidential Race

US Senator Kamala Harris on Monday announced that she is running for president, joining an already-crowded field of Democrats who are ready to take on President Donald Trump.

Burkina Faso Prime Minister, Cabinet Members Resign From Office

Burkina Faso Prime Minister Paul Kaba Thieba has resigned from office along with his entire cabinet.

Rajoelina Sworn In As Madagascar President

Andry Rajoelina has been sworn in as the President of Madagascar on Saturday, one month after the country's run-off election.

Trump Attacks Pelosi For Rejecting Mexico Wall Deal

US President Donald Trump has attacked Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi after she rejected a deal on immigration and the Mexico border wall that would end a 30-day-old government shutdown.

Zimbabwe Police Mount Road Blocks To Hunt Protesters

Zimbabwe police manned checkpoints on many main roads on Saturday, searching vehicles for protesters allegedly involved in recent anti-government demonstrations.

Internet Blacked Out In Zimbabwe As U.N. Urges End To Crackdown

Zimbabwe was under an internet blackout on Friday after authorities extended a communications ban to cover emails, while the United Nations urged an end to a security crackdown on civilians triggered by days of deadly protests.

Gbagbo To Remain In Custody Until New Hearing In February – ICC

Former President of Ivory Coast Laurent Gbagbo will stay behind bars at least until a fresh appeal hearing in February, despite his acquittal this week by the International Criminal Court, the tribunal said Friday.

Czech Republic Offers Nigerians 4,000 Euros To Leave

The Czech Republic has decided to pay Nigerians and other migrants to encourage them to leave the central European country.
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Trump Cancels Pelosi’s Foreign Trip, Blames Govt Shutdown

President Donald Trump has cancelled House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's foreign trip to Brussels, Egypt and Afghanistan, blaming the government shutdown for action.

Ex-Trump Lawyer Cohen Admits To Rigging Of Online Polls

President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen admitted on Thursday that he paid a man in 2015 to rig online opinion polls to favour Trump as he began running for the presidency.

Car Bomb Explosion Claims Four Lives

Not less than Four persons have been declared dead in an apparent car bomb attack on a police cadet training school in the Colombian capital, Bogota.

TECH

Whatsapp Limits Users To Five Messages Forward

As a to fight against “misinformation and rumours”, Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp has limited the number of times a user can forward a message to only five.

Fake News: WhatsApp Limits Text Forwards To Five Recipients To Curb Rumors

WhatsApp messenger service is globally limiting the number of times a user can forward a message to five, in a bid to fight “misinformation and rumors”, company executives said on Monday.

Internet Users Reach 111.6m In December – NCC

The Nigerian Communications Commission has said that Internet users in Nigeria increased marginally to more than 111.6 million in December 2018.

Russia Opens Civil Cases Against Facebook, Twitter

Russia’s communication watchdog said on Monday it was opening administrative proceedings against Twitter and Facebook for failing to explain how they plan to comply with local data laws, the Interfax news agency reported.

9mobile Appoints Philips Oki As New Chief Financial Officer

Philips Oki has been announced by telecommunications company, 9mobile as its new Chief Financial Officer.

Tech Giants Launch Premium Content Curation App (Scooper)

Tech giant, Transsion Holdings, has launched premium news, and a content application called "Scooper" with a view to redefine content presentation. 

AT&T Ads Returning To YouTube, Two Years After Pulling Back Over Content

AT&T said Friday it will again buy advertising on Alphabet's YouTube, nearly two years after the U.S. wireless carrier left the video platform when it discovered its ads may have appeared next to inappropriate content.

Microsoft Prepares Windows 10 For Foldable Devices

Microsoft is preparing for the arrival of Foldable devices which are coming later this year with Samsung leading.
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YouTube Bans Dangerous Challenges And Pranks

YouTube has toughened its stance on dangerous pranks and challenges, unveiling updated community guidelines for creators, with a new section on dangerous challenges and pranks.

Netflix Raises Prices For U.S. Subscribers

Netflix said on Tuesday it had raised prices for its U.S. subscribers by 13 percent to 18 percent, as the video streaming service spends heavily on original content and expands internationally.

Facebook To Invest $300 Million To Help Local News Survive

Facebook will invest $300 million over three years in local news globally as it faces blistering criticism over its role in the erosion of the news business worldwide.

HEALTH

Lassa Fever: Expert Reveals Why Self-medication Is Dangerous

An Enugu-based Microbiologist Chinenye Nwekpe has urged Nigerians to avoid self-medication in the treatment of Lassa fever.

Foundation To Freely Treat 1000 Women In 2019

The Benjamin Olowojebutu Foundation has said 1000 women are being targeted in 2019 for free surgeries, following the record of 623 it did 2018.

Expert Counsels Adults About Adverse Effects Of Sleep Deprivation

A Medical Officer at Central Hospital, Ughelli, Delta State, Dr Ovo Ogbinaka, has advised Nigerians with cases of sleep deprivation to seek early treatment to avoid complications.

Cervical Cancer: Expert Advises Women On Pap Test

Dr Sumbo Adejumo, has advised women between the ages of 21 and 65 to always unPapgo pap test once every three years to prevent cervical cancer.

Regular Sex Improves Brain Power, Study Confirms

A study carried out by researchers from the University of Coventry and the University of Oxford, in the United Kingdom, has revealed that regular sexual activity could be linked to improved brain function in older adults.

Lassa Fever, Yellow Fever, Polio Hit Kwara

The Kwara State Government has confirmed two cases of Lassa Fever infecting a husband and wife in the state.

Children Not Immune To Hypertension, Says Physician

children are not immune to hypertension, said Dr Simon Abraham, an Abuja-based general medical practitioner.

Don Calls For Early Treatment Of Deep Vein Thrombosis

Chief Medical Director (CMD), Living Right Hospital, Dr Osato Agbonlahor, has advised Nigerians with cases of deep vein thrombosis to seek early treatment.
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Deep Vein Thrombosis: Physician Urges Early Treatment To Prevent Complications

Chief Medical Director (CMD) of Living Right Hospital, Benin City, Dr. Osato Agbonlahor, has advised Nigerians with cases of deep vein thrombosis to seek...

World Bank To Grant Adamawa $6.7m To Improve Health Sector

Adamawa Government revealed it has been qualified to benefit from a 6.7 million dollar grant from the World Bank for the Save One Million Lives programme.

Kano Govt Receives N3m From ‎FG For Outstanding Performance In Health Sector

The Kano State Government on Wednesday said that it received N3 million from the Federal Government for outstanding performance in healthcare service delivery.

OPINION

Should IGP Idris Leave Or Stay On

Columnists Muhammad Ajah sheds light on calls for President Muhamadu Buhari not to extend the tenure of Inspector General of Police Idris Ibrahim.

Leaving Religion: Fears And Anxieties Of Apostates In Nigeria

Nigerians who are born into one religion or another are compelled to keep professing that religion- family religion - even when they believe otherwise....

52 Years Of Injustice And Ogundipe’s 7 Step Rise And 7 Step Fall

After the January 1966 coup d'Etat, Ogundipe experienced a seven-step promotion from

Mr. Right

Obinna jarred from his sleep at the announcement from a cabin crew. The twelve-hour journey seemed just like an hour!