Ikpokpo is an epitome of quality-Edegware

By Grandball Omoghene The Secretary, Delta State Board of Internal Revenue and grand Patron of  MIKE EDEGWARE FOUNDATION, MEF Chief Barr. Mike Edegware has described  the Chairman of Isoko South Local Government Area and Chairman of ALGON Delta State, Hon. Sir. Itiako Constantine Ikpokpo on the occasion of his birthday. In a congratulatory message signed by Edegware, he described the Ikpokpo as  a man who’s quality of  leadership is worthy of emulation who had an outstanding record stewardship. Edegware, simply known as The Civilian General because of his philanthropic nature…

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Nigerian girls face their traffickers in Paris court

A verdict is expected at the end of this month in the trial of 16  members of a mostly female network of Nigerian human traffickers operating forced prostitution rings in France. The traffickers went on trial last week at the High Court of Paris, facing their accusers as the trafficked women testified to being lied to, beaten and raped. Plaintiffs  began giving testimony on May 14 against a group known as the “Authentic Sisters”, saying they were trafficked from Nigeria, abused and forced into prostitution. While eight women are testifying…

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UN: Human rights under attack worldwide

The world is sliding back on human rights and its principles are under attack in all corners of the globe, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Al Hussein warned. Zeid raised the alarm in a hard-hitting speech marking the 25th anniversary of the World Conference on Human Rights that underscored the “universal, indivisible, interdependent and interrelated” nature of human rights. The UN rights chief said that a quarter century on, the world seemed instead to be “headed in another direction.” While raising the alarm, however, he urged people everywhere…

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NNPC, Agip moves to add 500MW of power to national grid

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and its Joint Venture (JV) Partner, Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC) ltd., have pledged commitment to implement Okpai Phase 2 project to increase electricity generation with 500 MegaWatts (MW) . A statement by NNPC‘s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Ndu Ughamadu, said that the move was part of efforts to increase electricity generation in the country. According to him, NNPC’s Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru, made the disclosure when he received the new Vice Chairman and Managing Director of NAOC, Fiorillo…

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House of Representatives probe of N8 billion NEMA contracts runs into hitches

The investigation by the House of Representatives Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness, of the N8 billion grains supply contracts has run into hitches. The beneficiary companies were to supply grains to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North-east. The probe was halted after the Accountant General of the Federation, Idris Ahmed, appealed to the Isa Ali-led committee not to disclose contents of the documents required because they were classified as security information. NEMA also could not make any presentation at the hearing due to the failure of its…

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CAN commiserates with Catholics over murdered priests, parishioners

The Christian Association of Nigeria on Tuesday commiserated with the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria as it conducted mass burial for the two priests and parishioners killed by the herdsmen in Benue State in April. Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, Special Assistant, Media and Communications to the CAN President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, conveyed CAN message in a statement in Abuja. Oladeji described the present moment in Nigeria as a trying time for the church. He urged all Christians to identify with the Catholic Church in its nationwide peaceful protest against senseless killings in…

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President Buhari to take actions on IGP/Saraki issue, others – Senate Leader

President Muhammadu Buhari would soon take appropriate actions aimed at addressing the “not too cordial” relationship between the National Assembly and the Executive arm of government. The Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan, revealed this on Tuesday when he briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the closed door meeting between the President and the 10-man Senate delegation. Lawan said Buhari had pledged to address all issues concerning the two arms of government, including the impasse between the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, and the Inspector-General of Police,…

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Argentina goalkeeper Romero out of World Cup after suffering knee injury

Argentina on Tuesday suffered a blow as goalkeeper Sergio Romero was ruled out of the World Cup due to a knee injury. The South American country is in the same World Cup group with Nigeria. According to the Argentina Football Association (AFA), Romero injured his right knee during training in Buenos Aires on Tuesday. “Romero will be removed from the list of 23 players who will participate in the 2018 World Cup in Russia,” the AFA said in a statement. “Romero had suffered a blockage in his right knee and…

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Ex-BBNaija housemate Anto to play lead role in ‘Official Couple’

Munirat Antoinette Lecky, former Big Brother Naija housemate, will be playing the lead role in a comedy stage play. ‘Official Couple’ is the ex-reality TV star’s first acting job. Ahead of the play, Anto shared photos of herself dressed in Edo traditional attire alongside her co-star Chuks D General. In a recent Instagram post, she shared a behind-the-scenes teaser from the photoshoot for the upcoming play. “This is one stage play you will definitely love. Show some love and let’s do this together,” she said. “This is it. The best…

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The impending implosion of APC

Just take the phrase: “impending” in the title above with a pinch of salt. I use the word because in politics as in life, things happen – as seemingly absolute situations become redeemable and what originally appears impossible could be the catalyst for fresh opportunities. Otherwise, the truth is that the ruling Nigerian political party, the All Progressives Congress is already imploding, it has in fact imploded; the party is in the throes of a debilitating illness. The implosion began almost as soon as the party assumed power in 2015….

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