ITTF unveils seeding lists for 2018 Nigeria Open

By Thompson ABISOLA The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has unveiled the seeding list for the 2018 ITTF Challenge Seamaster Nigeria Open holding from Aug. 8 to Aug. 12 in Lagos. A total of 169 players made up of 108 men and 61 women from 27 countries will be competing at the 46,000 dollars prize money championships which is the second highest prize money tournaments in ITTF Challenge Series. The ITTF said on Sunday on its website that 32 players made made the men’s singles seeding, with Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri…

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Former Speaker Enugu State House of Assembly declares for Senate

Aliyu DANLADI The former Speaker, Enugu State House of Assembly, Mr Eugene Odo, has declared to contest for the Enugu-North Senatorial seat on the platform of All Progressive Congress (APC) in the 2019 general elections. Odo declared his intention for the Senate seat at his home town, Ukehe, Igbo-Etiti Local Government Area amid a large crowd of APC supporters. He said he would give the people of Enugu-North a better representation at the red chamber of the National Assembly. Odo had served the Enugu State House of Assembly as the…

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Stakeholders seek dissolution of Kwara APC Executive

By Olamilekan FAWAS Stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara on Sunday called for the immediate dissolution of the state’s Party Executive Committee led by Alhaji Balogun Fulani and the conduct of fresh congresses. The stakeholders called for the dissolution after a meeting held in Oro, the country home of the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed. Mohammed, who read out the resolutions said the stakeholders, agreed that the fresh congresses to be conducted at all levels would include all Kwara APC members and those who…

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ECOWAS wants increased awareness in prevention of illicit arms

By Aliyu DANLADI ECOWAS has called on member states to increase awareness at the community level to reduce the illicit circulation of small arms and light weapons in the region. The Director, Gender, ECOWAS Commission, Dr Sintiki Ugbe, said this on the sideline of a workshop on peace and security in Abuja. Ugbe said the proliferation of small arms within the region was a major challenge to security and also threatened the rights of vulnerable groups. The Heads of State and Government adopted the ECOWAS Convention on Small Arms and…

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Police nab fake currency note producer

By Meletus EZE The Enugu State Police Command has arrested a suspected fake currency note producer. The Command’s spokesman, SP Ebere Amaraizu, said in a statement in Enugu on Sunday that the suspect, one Collins Oputa, was nabbed on July 26. Amaraizu noted that the feat was achieved by police operatives of the Ogui Police Division of the Command. “Oputa, who claimed that he is a native of Ohaji community in Imo State but residing at 4 Fatimo Close in Ijegun, Lagos State, was nabbed in Lagos. “His arrest followed…

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Labour calls for quick passage of wage bill after negotiation

By Giwa SHILE The organised labour on Sunday called for the immediate passage of the National Minimum Wage bill into law as soon as the committee concludes negotiation. President of the United Labour Congress (ULC), Mr Joe Ajaero, made the call at the end of its Central Working Committee meeting in Lagos. TBI Africa reports that the committee is expected to wrap up negotiation on the minimum wage bill in August. Ajaero said the minimum wage negotiation had dragged on for too long and the committee should endeavour to meet…

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Army neutralises 16 Boko Haram members, recover weapons cache in Borno

By Thompson ABISOLA Nigerian Army said it has neutralised 16 Boko Haram and recovered a weapons cache during its clearance operation in Mairari village in Monguno Local Government Area of Borno. The Deputy Director Public Relations, Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole,  Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, disclosed this in a statement released in Maiduguri. Nwachukwu said the troops also recovered two gun trucks abandoned by the insurgents during the encounter. “The insurgents in three vehicles, including Gun trucks had infiltrated and attacked the community, when troops at the formation were alerted by…

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Corruption: Ex-Malawi VP pledges to investigate President Peter Mutharika if elected

By Aliyu DANLADI The Malawian Vice President Saulos Chilima, who quit the ruling party and plans to run for president, said his administration would investigate alleged corruption among officials of the current government and anyone at fault “will not be spared”. Malawi has been rocked by corruption scandals over the last decade, and the issue has resurfaced in the run up to national elections in 2019. Chilima, who quit the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on Friday in protest at alleged corruption, is seen as the biggest threat to President…

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U.S. jails Nigerian-American, Emeka, 4 years for scams

By Olamilekan FAWAS Emeka Ndukwu, 46, a Nigerian-American based in Maryland, has been sentenced to four years in prison for engaging in business e-mail scheme and conspiring to launder more than $900,000 proceeds of scams. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), in a statement, said Ndukwu tricked seven companies in the United States and abroad into wiring more than $900,000 into accounts controlled by various co-conspirators. “A co-defendant, Chuka Mbonu, 33, of Nigeria, remains at large,” the U.S. authorities said. FBI said: “Ndukwu, a dual citizen of the United States…

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Masari calls for private sector participation in education

By Meletus EZE The Katsina state governor has called for more private sector participation in the development of education in the northern part of the country. Gov. Aminu Masari made call in Daura on Saturday while addressing graduates of the Community College of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Daura at its maiden convocation ceremony. Masari decried the fact that over 13 million children are out of school in the 19 northern states adding that out of this the North West had the highest number. He said government alone could not shoulder…

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