Jose Mourinho announced as Roma’s new head coach

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho, has reached an agreement with AS Roma to become the club’s Head Coach for the 2021/22 campaign. The Portuguese manager, who was sacked in April after just seven months in charge due to Tottenham Hotspur’s poor performance, has agreed to a three-year contract with AS Roma which will run till June 2024. In the early hours of today, AS Roma announced that their current manager, Paulo Fonseca, would leave the club at the end of the current season. Hours later, they announced their agreement…

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Kaduna: Bandits threaten to kill Greenfield Varsity students if N100m ransom isn’t paid

Gunmen who kidnapped some students of Greenfield University in Kaduna state have threatened to kill the victims if their demands are not met by today, Tuesday. Recall that the armed men suspected to be bandits attacked the institution on April 18 and kidnapped some students. Speaking in a telephone conversation with the Hausa Service of the Voice of America (VOA), one Sani Idris Jalingo, who identified himself as the leader of the bandits, said 17 of the students are still in their custody. He added that the families of the students…

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Fresh electricity tariffs: Showdown imminent as consumers, Labour threaten action against DisCos

Outrage and angry reactions have continued to trail the unexpected upward review of electricity tariffs by about 100 percent by the 11 Electricity Distribution Companies, (DisCos) operating in the country. Recall that the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), had assuaged the fears of Nigerians after the outcry that trailed an increase in the tariffs in September 2020 and January this year, that the DisCos would not increase tariffs of customers enjoying less than 12 hours of power supply daily. Also, on April 25, the Federal Government apologised to Nigerians over…

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Insecurity: ECOWAS issues security warning to staff

“Intelligence reports warn of plans by undesirable elements to infiltrate various parts of the country, particularly state capitals, including the Federal Capital Territory.”   The ECOWAS Commission has issued a security alert to its staff, urging them to reduce engagements that will require being outdoors and avoid casual outings after work hours. The advisory came against the backdrop of worsening insecurity in the nation.  The security alert is dated April 28, 2021, and signed by the ECOWAS Commissioner for General Administration and Conference, Vafolay M. Tulay. The ECOWAS Advisory was…

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New minimum wage adjustments:Varsity workers threaten another strike action

The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) has threatened another strike across universities. The union’s President, Mohammed Ibrahim, who revealed this in an interview with journalists in Abuja over the weekend, claimed the Federal Government had yet to commence payment of the consequential adjustments for the new national minimum wage and the allowances encapsulated in the earned allowance.  According to Ibrahim, SSANU members are agitated over the delay in implementing the agreement, stressing that the union officials were under pressure to “return to the trenches”. “As you are aware, our…

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Nigerian military states position on call to take over power from Buhari

…Says it remains fully committed to present administration The Defence Headquarters has responded to the advice to President Muhammadu Buhari to hand over power to the Nigerian military. Recall that a Senior Advocate of Nigeria,  Robert Clarke, (SAN) at the weekend demanded that the military should control the government temporarily and restructure Nigeria. According to a statement issued by the Army’s Director of Defence Information, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, the Armed Forces of Nigeria remain fully committed to the present administration and all associated democratic institutions. The spokesman noted that…

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2023: Obasanjo backs Akinwumi Adesina over Tinubu

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is reportedly in support of a move to draft the current President of the African Development Bank, (AfDB), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, into the 2023 presidential race. According to a competent source close to the former President, the move comes as Obasanjo reportedly failed to convince Governor Aminu Tambuwal, of Sokoto State and former Kano State governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, to work together in order to advance the political interest of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) in the forthcoming presidential election. Some political observers have pointed out…

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Nigeria owing China $3.7bn ― DMO

The Debt Management Office (DMO) has put Nigeria’s total loan obligations to China at $3.714 billion (about N1.41 trillion) at the end of 2020. According to the debt management agency, $449.89 million has been repaid from the principal and $391.66 million as interest, with an outstanding of $3.264 billion, to the China Export/Import Bank. The Nigerian Railway Modernisation Project (Lagos – Ibadan section) loan of $1. 267 billion, which was contracted on August 18, 2017, stood out as the single largest facility from the Chinese to the country.  The country…

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Yoruba group meets ACF, preaches national reconciliation

As part of its national peacebuilding mission, a foremost Yoruba group under the aegis of Yoruba Welfare Group (YWG) at the weekend met with some members of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF). The group, led by its National President, Comrade Abdulhakeem Adegoke Alawuje, together with the Chairman of YWG in the 19 northern States, Engr. Nur’udeen Amadu Ode, met with some officials of ACF in Kaduna. They included the General Secretary Hon Murtala Aliyu, the ACF National youth leader, Murtala Abubakar who is also the Convener, Joint Action Committee of…

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