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After Season-Long Heroics, Arsenal Lose 2023/2024 EPL Trophy to Man City

After Season-Long Heroics, Arsenal Lose 2023/2024 EPL Trophy to Man City

On the final day of the English Premier League, Arsenal beat Everton by 2-1 but lost the crown to Manchester City which beat West Ham United by 3-1. While the trophy has eluded Arsenal for 20 long years, it is a record fourth straight win for Pep Guardiola’s side. In the last week, permutations were rife over which team between Manchester City and Arsenal, would lift the trophy for 2024, especially after City’s victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday. Arsenal has been hot all season and the club's fans had looked forward to this season. The club's heroic performance in…
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The Killing Fields Of Nimbo

The Killing Fields Of Nimbo

By SHEDDY OZOENE  Nimbo community in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State has become a metaphor for the dastardly actions of suspected Fulani herdsmen who have terrorised it for decades. At night and in broad daylight, innocent men, women and children of the community are gruesomely murdered by the marauders who desire their homeland for grazing their cattle.  The beautiful grassland have been turned to killing fields and the people who try to resist the take-over of their ancestral homelands have become the guinea-pigs in a chilling experiment in forceful land grab.  Penultimate Sunday, the marauders who have encircled…
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BREAKING: Senator Ayogu Eze Is Dead

BREAKING: Senator Ayogu Eze Is Dead

The former Senator for Enugu North, Ayogu Eze, is dead. He died this morning, Thursday 25th April, in Abuja. The Senator has been down with heart-related ill health since February which confined him most of the time, to his Maitama home in Abuja. Last February, Senator Eze was bubbly when he hosted his relatives, friends and the cream of his political associates for the traditional marriage of his daughter at City Park, Wuse II, Abuja. The event was chaired by his political mentor, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo. He lapsed into serious ill-health few days after and was unable to attend the…
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Atiku’s Leadership In PDP’s Season Of Anomie

Atiku’s Leadership In PDP’s Season Of Anomie

By TUNDE OLUSUNLE Sceptical reporters had indeed cast the headlines of the stories they were going to file, ahead of the 98th National Executive Committee, (NEC) meeting of the Peoples' Democratic Party, (PDP), Thursday April 18, 2023. They were awaiting the news of the implosion of the party after what was going to be a testy, nervy convergence of the party leadership at that level. The NEC ranks next to its National Convention. The recent PDP, NEC engagement was the first since the rancorous 2023 general elections. Very bitter acrimony hallmarked the elections with partial breakaways by stakeholders at various…
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Yahaya Bello: When Courage Fails ‘The Lion’

Yahaya Bello: When Courage Fails ‘The Lion’

By SHEDDY OZOENE In his days as governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello assumed the nickname ‘the White Lion’. Many people thought it was befitting, in an ironical sense, for an elected governor who saw his fellow men - his constituents - as prey. He hunted and haunted them to no end during the eight years of his tenure. His favorite pastime was boxing. He never tired of showcasing himself in the gym with different makes of boxing gloves, and with those huge biceps of his, one could imagine he packed some deadly punch. Behind the faćade, however, Bello is…
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As Tinubu’s Government Weaponizes Poverty

As Tinubu’s Government Weaponizes Poverty

Almost all the fiscal and monetary policies of the Bola Tinubu administration in the last ten months were carefully calibrated to make the poor get poorer and the rich get richer... The government to all intents and purposes is borrowing a leaf out of Joseph Stalin’s anecdotal book of cruelty. Legend has it that the defunct Soviet Union’s dictator once plucked a live chicken to show how easy it was to control a subjugated people. By IKECHUKWU AMAECHI  I wanted to comment this week on the feigned surprise by the former Accountant General of the Federation (AG-F), Ahmed Idris, that…
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Ward Exco Suspends APC National Chairman, Ganduje

Ward Exco Suspends APC National Chairman, Ganduje

National chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has been suspended by his party at the ward level in Kano State. The ward officials said their decision was based on the findings of the Kano State government which indicted Ganduje of several corrupt practices.    Ganduje, former governor of Kano State, was suspended by members of the Ganduje Ward in the Dawakin Tofa Local Government Area of Kano State on Monday, April 15. The announcement was made by the ward’s legal adviser, Halliru Gwanzo, who addressed journalists in Kano on Monday. Gwanzo cited allegations of bribery against…
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Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Former Minister of Science and Technology, Is Dead

Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Former Minister of Science and Technology, Is Dead

The first civilian governor of Abia State and former Minister of Science and Technology under President Muhammadu Buhari, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, is dead. He was aged 71. He has been in an Abuja hospital for the past month for the treatment of an undisclosed ailment. Details of his death are still sketchy but sources close to his family confirmed that he suffered a stroke last month and died today, Thursday, in Abuja. Ogbonnaya Onu was a lecturer at University of Port Harcourt before he made a foray into National Politics during the scuttled transition to civilian rule of former president…
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Nigeria, A Country In Love With Public Holidays

Nigeria, A Country In Love With Public Holidays

While we continue to luxuriate in foolhardy work lethargy, idling away in the name of needless public holidays, serious nations are ramping up production in anticipation of increases in product demand from us – the revellers. By IKECHUKWU AMAECHI As you read this, Nigerians are still at home ‘savouring’ the Federal Government’s ‘magnanimity’ in awarding them extra public holiday for the Eid-el-Fitr celebrations that mark the end of the month-long dawn-to-sunset Ramadan fasting by the Muslim ummah. As it is always the tradition, the Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, on Sunday, April 7, declared Tuesday and Wednesday public holidays for…
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Edo State Dep Governor, Phillip Shaibu, Impeached

Edo State Dep Governor, Phillip Shaibu, Impeached

The Edo State House of Assembly has impeached the state’s deputy governor, Comrade Philip Shaibu. The Assembly impeached the deputy governor on Monday after it adopted the report of a seven-member probe panel set up to probe allegations of gross misconduct against him. The impeachment follows months of speculation over his political future, after open disagreements with Governor Godwin Obaseki. The Assembly had accused Shaibu, among other offenses, of leaking the state government’s secrets and committing perjury. Against expectation, Shaibu had contested the last governorship primaries in Edo State, even when Obaseki had reportedly chosen Mr. Asue Ighodalo for the…
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