Kano Govt converts Maitama Sule’s residence to Democratic Center

Late Yusuf Maitama Sule

The Kano state government has acquired the residence of late Dr Yusuf Maitama-Sule, former Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United Nations, for the establishment of a Democratic Centre and Museum. A statement by the commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba, on Wednesday in Kano said the action was to promote democracy and good governance in Nigeria. He said that the construction work had already commenced at the residence and old British Council Library along Emir’s Palace in the ancient city of Kano. Garba said the project worth over N621million would be in…

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Ummitta Murder: Kano Court remands Chinese lover in Correctional Custody

Gereng and Ummitta.

A Chief Magistrates’ Court in Kano, on Wednesday, ordered that a 47-year-old Chinese National, Geng Quanrong, be remanded in a correctional centre for alleged murder of his Nigerian girlfriend, Ummukulsum Sani, 22. The police charged Geng, who lives in Nassarawa GRA Quarters Kano, with culpable homicide. Chief Magistrate, Hanif Sanusi-Chiroma, who did take the plea of Geng, ordered that he should be remanded in Kurmawa Correctional Centre, pending legal advice. Sanusi-Chiroma adjourned the matter until Oct.13, for further mention. Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Khalifa Auwal-Hashim, said that Geng committed the offence on…

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Chelsea sack commercial director over “inappropriate messages”


Chelsea said they have terminated the employment of commercial director Damian Willoughby with immediate effect. The English Premier League side said Willoughby’s sacking came after receiving evidence he had sent “inappropriate messages” before his appointment. Willoughby began working at Chelsea earlier this month following the club’s take-over by an investment group led by Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital. “Evidence of inappropriate messages sent by Mr Willoughby, prior to his appointment at Chelsea FC earlier this month, has recently been provided to and investigated by the club,” a club spokesperson told…

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Senate confirms Justice Ariwoola as substantive CJN

CJN Olukayode Ariwoola

The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN). The confirmation followed his screening at the plenary on Wednesday. Ariwoola, while responding to questions before his confirmation said the major challenge of the judiciary was inadequate funding of its operations. He said the judiciary must be funded, saying that judges should not been seen as begging. He urged the senate to always give expeditious approval to budgets of the judiciary to enable it discharge its duties. On allegation that some judges…

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Red Cross International trains journalists on humanitarian reporting

International Committee of the Red Cross

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), has commenced training for journalists to enhance their skills in humanitarian reporting. Robin Waudo, the Communication Officer at ICRC, stated this at a  two-day workshop for media professionals on Wednesday in Kano. He said that the workshop was aimed at improving the reportorial skills of journalists, in reporting humanitarian issues in the region. Waudo said that ICRC has been active in bringing relief to victims of war and natural disasters across the world, through its policy of impartiality, neutrality and independence. He said that…

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Federer assures he won’t become a tennis ghost after retirement

Roger Federer

Roger Federer brings down the curtain on his illustrious career later this week but the Swiss maestro has assured his millions of fans that he would not become “a tennis ghost”. Back in London, down river from where he won a record eight Wimbledon titles, the 41-year-old said he had no intention of walking away from a sport he has graced for so long. Speaking to reporters at London’s O2 Arena, where he twice won the ATP Finals title, the Swiss was emotional at times as he explained the decision…

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House of Reps investigates structure, accountability of NNPC joint venture business

The House of Representatives says it is investigating the structure and accountability of the Joint Venture (JV) business and production sharing contracts of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Ltd. Represntative Hassan Fulata, the Chairman of the ad hoc committee, on Wednesday said his committee was investigating the Joint Venture Business and Production Contract of the NNPC from 1990 till date. Fulata said the probe became imperative as some NNPC accounts did not follow due process. He said his committee had discovered a secret account owned by the NNPC Ltd., alleging that…

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Flood submerges 17 communities in Nasarawa Council

Abdullahi Aliyu, Executive Chairman, Toto Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, has said that no fewer than 17 communities in the area have been submerged by flood following torrential rainfall on Tuesday. Aliyu stated this on Wednesday in Umaisha, Toto LGA, when he visited some of the affected communities to assess the level of devastation. The council chairman, who was represented by his Deputy, Abubakar Kwanaki, said that the visit was to ascertain the level of damage caused by the flood in the affected communities. “We are here to see things for ourselves,…

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Buhari gives farewell speech to UN General Assembly, restates commitment to handover in 2023

President Buhari addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York

President Muhammadu Buhari addressed the UN General Assembly on Wednesday for the last time as Nigeria’s leader. In his farewell speech, he told the global body that his administration was determined to entrench a process of free, fair, transparent and credible elections through which Nigerians would elect their leaders. “As president, I have set the goal that one of the enduring legacies I would leave is to entrench a process of free, fair, transparent and credible elections. “It is through that mechanism that Nigerians will elect leaders of their choice,’’…

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2023: Media fairness not totally achievable – Expert

Dr Saeedat Aliyu, the Acting Director, University Relations, Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, has advised journalists to exhibit high degree of fairness in the coverage of the 2023 general elections. She however noted that media fairness was not totally achievable because of obvious reasons. Aliyu gave the advice on Wednesday at the grand finale of the 2022 Press Week of the Kwara TV Chapel of the Kwara Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Ilorin. Aliyu, who spoke on the theme: “Press Freedom: A panacea for sustainable democratic process”,…

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