131-carat diamond unearthed in Angola

A 131-carat white Type IIa diamond was uncovered from the Lulo mine, a 3,000 square km concession in Angola’s Lunda Norte diamond heartland. The country’s state-owned diamond company Endiama announced this on Wednesday. The diamond was found by Australia-based Lucapa Diamond Company, and its partners in Lulo’s Block 19, 11 days after a 160-carat diamond was extracted from the same mine. According to the company, this makes it the fourth diamond of over 100 carats to be discovered from the mine this year and the 29th overall, the company said.…

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Retirees protest in Niger Govt House over non-payment of gratuity in 8 years

Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani Bello

Retirees in Niger on Wednesday stormed the Government House, Minna to protest the non-payment of their gratuity for the past eight years. One of the retirees, Alhaji Idris Ndalati, who retired as Chief Driver from Government House, told Newsmen that he had not been paid his gratuity for seven years. According to him, many retirees in Niger have died while some were bedeviled by high blood pressure and strike due to problems associated with non-payment of their benefits. Ndalati further explained that “Our children have stopped going to school because…

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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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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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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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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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2023: PWDs can decide who becomes Nigerian President  

The Albino Foundation on Wednesday called on politicians not to neglect Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) as campaign begins because their number can make or mare election victory. The Chief Executive Officer and Founder of the foundation,       Jake Epelle said this at a news conference to call for the inclusion of PWD as campaigns commence by political parties in Abuja. Epelle said that the conference was necessary to alert the nation on the issues bordering on PWDs. According to him, the exclusion of any group or persons in democratic process is…

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Just In! Court orders ASUU to call off 7-month-old strike

The National Industrial Court has ordered the Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU), to call off the ongoing nationwide strike. Recall that ASUU has been on strike since February 14, as talks between the Federal Government and lecturers of public universities have not yielded a comprise upon which students can return to class. Delivering a ruling on the interlocutory injunction filed by the Federal government, Justice Polycarp Hamman, restrained ASUU from continuing with the industrial action pending the determination of the suit. Justice Polycap who is a vacation judge ordered…

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2023: Dogara hits APC, says Muslim-Muslim ticket will fail

Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has described the adoption of a same-faith presidential ticket by the All Progressives Congress, APC, as a political move that is guaranteed to end in spectacular failure. Dogara stated this while delivering the keynote address at a summit, tagged: ‘Meet The Church’, organised by the Nigeria National Christian Coalition (NNCC) with the theme: ‘The Role of the Church in Nation-Building’. Taking a swipe at the APC’s insistence on fielding Muslim-Muslim presidential candidates, he said, “In their convoluted posturing, they have placed…

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