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    OBITUARY: Olaniwun Ajayi, critic of northern elite and staunch Awoist who tackled Achebe

OBITUARY: Olaniwun Ajayi, critic of northern elite and staunch Awoist who tackled Achebe

"We don’t have proper federal system. We have been suffering for 56 years and we are like a small child of 3 or 5 years who cannot walk if you compare us with Brazil, India and Malaysia. Where are we?" Olaniwun Ajayi asked in an interview published in National Mirror in February 2016. Ajayi, 91, who died in the early hours [...]

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    I could have started a record label but I swallowed my pride, says Iyanya

I could have started a record label but I swallowed my pride, says Iyanya

Iyanya Onoyom Mbuk, 'Kukere' singer, says he ingested a great deal of humble pie to leave Made Men Music Group and join Mavin Records, rather than set up an independent outfit. The singer on Monday signed with Mavin to the surprise of fans and many in the music industry. [...]

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    EXCLUSIVE: Why Iyanya joined Mavin, despite getting many offers

EXCLUSIVE: Why Iyanya joined Mavin, despite getting many offers

Iyanya Onoyom Mbuk says he joined Mavin Records because he needed a structured outfit that could help develop his music and take it to the next level. The singer on Monday signed with Mavin, which is owned by Don Jazzy, one of Nigeria's foremost music producers. [...]

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    ExxonMobil discovers ‘1bn barrels of oil’ in Nigeria

ExxonMobil discovers ‘1bn barrels of oil’ in Nigeria

ExxonMobil Corporation, an international oil and gas company, says it has discovered a reserve of one billion barrels of oil in Nigeria. According to the multinational corporation, the "significant discovery" has a potential recoverable resource of "between 500 million and 1 billion barrels of oil on the Owowo field offshore Nigeria". "The Owowo-3 well, which was spud on Sept. 23, encountered about [...]

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    Ben Murray-Bruce: ’76 will be highest grossing Nigerian movie of all time

Ben Murray-Bruce: ’76 will be highest grossing Nigerian movie of all time

Ben Murray-Bruce, a senator representing Bayelsa east constituency, says historical movie, '76, will gross $1 million in Nigerian cinemas and $4 million in Africa. Murray-Bruce, who's also the chairman of Silverbird group, said this on Wednesday at the private screening of the movie at Ozone cinemas, Yaba, Lagos. [...]

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    Selfie taken while voting almost gets Justin Timberlake jailed

Selfie taken while voting almost gets Justin Timberlake jailed

Justin Timberlake had a near miss with the law after he posted a picture on Instagram of himself voting which caught the attention of Tennessee authorities. The 'Can't stop the feeling' singer flew back to his hometown, Memphis, to cast an early vote ahead of the November 8 elections. [...]

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    PDP — not APC — killed my husband, says Alamieyeseigha’s wife

PDP — not APC — killed my husband, says Alamieyeseigha’s wife

Margaret Alamieyeseigha, widow of Diepreye Solomon Alamieyeseigha, late former governor of Bayelsa state, says her husband was killed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The former Bayelsa first lady noted that the  All Progressive Congress (APC) was not responsible for her husband's death, because the present ruling party was not in power when his travails began. During the first year anniversary of Alamieyeseigha's death on Monday, [...]

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    Avengers ‘blow up’ Chevron’s Escravos export pipeline

Avengers ‘blow up’ Chevron’s Escravos export pipeline

Niger Delta Avengers, a militant group, has announced an attack on a pipeline installation owned by Chevron. The group, which has not carried out any bombing attack for the past few months, announced the attack on its website Tuesday morning. Avengers also warned that no repairs should be carried out on the attacked installation until the dialogue with the Niger Delta people [...]

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    Fani-Kayode’s life in danger after slumping in EFCC custody, says media aide

Fani-Kayode’s life in danger after slumping in EFCC custody, says media aide

Femi Fani-Kayode, former minister of aviation, on Saturday, slumped in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Jude Ndukwe, his media aide, has said. Fani-Kayode was re-arrested on Friday just as he stepped out of the federal high court, Ikoyi, Lagos, where he stood trial over his alleged involvement in a N4.9bn fraud case. In a statement released late on Monday, Ndukwe said [...]

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    Fani-Kayode steps out of court — and EFCC arrests him

Fani-Kayode steps out of court — and EFCC arrests him

Femi Fani-Kayode, former minister of aviation, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). According to PUNCH, Fani-Kayode was arrested by EFCC operatives around 1.55pm on Friday just as he stepped out of the federal high court on Oyinkan Abayomi Drive, Ikoyi, Lagos, where he stood trial over his alleged involvement in a N4.9bn fraud case. This is the second time in [...]

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    Your hands are soiled with Saro-Wiwa’s blood, Avengers tell Buhari

Your hands are soiled with Saro-Wiwa’s blood, Avengers tell Buhari

Niger Delta Avengers, a militant group, wants President Muhammadu Buhari, to stop his "disparaging remarks" about them. In a letter released on Thursday after almost a month of lying low, the group said the president's hands are "soiled deep in the blood of Ken Saro-Wiwa", late writer and human rights activist. The militant group said it found it curious that the president launched [...]

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    Trump not sure he will accept election result

Trump not sure he will accept election result

Donald Trump did not affirmatively state on Wednesday night during the final debate of the race if he would accept the results of the US presidential election. The Republican party candidate said he would wait till November 8, election day, to determine if he would welcome the results. Trump and Hillary Clinton, Republican party candidate, disagreed on the major issues such as border [...]

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    THE FULL INTERVIEW:  Everything Aisha Buhari told the BBC

THE FULL INTERVIEW: Everything Aisha Buhari told the BBC

The full text of Aisha Buhari's explosive interview with BBC Hausa has been released. Aisha Buhari had complained about her husband's appointments and also suggested that his government had been hijacked by a few people. The president responded in a blunt manner, saying his wife belongs in the kitchen and the "other room" — although Garba Shehu, his spokesman, later said the president was obviously throwing [...]

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    Ibru not on the run… he’s undergoing surgery in the UK, says family

Ibru not on the run… he’s undergoing surgery in the UK, says family

The family of Goodie Minabo Ibru says the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was biased in its declaration of its principal as being wanted. EFCC declared Ibru wanted on Wednesday charges of capital market fraud, money laundering, and diversion of funds to the tune of billions of naira. A statement released on Thursday by Akpofure Ibru, on behlaf of his family, noted that the [...]

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    I won’t campaign for Buhari in 2019 if things continue like this, says wife

I won’t campaign for Buhari in 2019 if things continue like this, says wife

A "few people" are behind the appointments made by the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, says his wife, Aisha. In an interview with BBC, Aisha Buhari said she may not support her husband's re-election bid should he fail to reshuffle his government. "He is yet to tell me but I have decided as his wife, that if things continue like this up to [...]

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    21 things that happened while 21 Chibok girls were away

21 things that happened while 21 Chibok girls were away

Thirty months ago, more than 200 girls were seized by Boko Haram insurgents in the dead of the night from their hostel at Government Girls Secondary School, Borno state. All they sought was an education but what they got was a spell of captivity in the hands of marauding insurgents — terrorists who viewed them as their prize of war and bargaining chips. Twenty-one [...]

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