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Tennis: Halep knocked out in Adelaide quarter-finals

Two-time Grand Slam winner Simona Halep will head into the Australian Open with room for improvement after being upset 6-4, 6-2 by Aryna Sabalenka on Thursday at the ATP-WTA Adelaide International. The reigning Wimbledon champion and former world number one dropped serve five times and was flattened in the second set by her opponent from

ISWAP free five kidnapped aid workers

Islamic State-aligned jihadists have released five local aid workers abducted last month in Borno State, security sources and one of those freed said Thursday. The aid workers were seized along with other passengers in two separate incidents in December when fighters from Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) disguised as soldiers intercepted vehicles on highways



Motorists, commuters spend hours in Lagos-Ibadan Expressway gridlock

Contractor, FRSC block Long Bridge’s side route Our Correspondents Hundreds of motorists and commuters were left stranded for several hours on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Wednesday. Those affected the most were motorists and commuters travelling from Ibafo to Berger bus stop end of the road following the closure of a section of the road for

Lebanese police arrest employer of Nigerian sold into slavery

Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The Lebanese police have  arrested  the suspected trafficker of a 23-year-old Nigerian teacher, Omolola Ajayi, who was held hostage in the Arab country by her employer, Youssef Maurwan. It was also  learnt that Maurwan had been taken into custody and would be prosecuted for human trafficking and enslavement by the Lebanese authorities.

APC’ll win more Igbo states before 2023 –Ohanaeze

Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt The Ohanaeze Ndigbo said on Wednesday that a greater number of states in Igboland would be won by the All Progressives Congress before the 2023 general election. The Secretary-General of the apex body of Ndigbo, Uche Okwukwu, made this remark in a congratulatory message to the new Imo State Governor, Hope

Nigeria’s daily oil production plunges to 1.57m barrels

’Femi Asu Nigeria’s crude oil production fell to a record low of 1.57 million barrels per day last month, the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries has said. The producer group said in its monthly oil market report published on Wednesday that the country’s oil output stood at 1.66 million bpd in November, based on direct

Operation Amotekun: Governors should not give up

Punch Editorial Board Creating an adversarial spirit, the Federal Government has declared the security outfit of the South-West states code-named “Operation Amotekun (Leopard),” illegal. The Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation Abubakar Malami threw a legal spanner in the works of the six governors in the region on Tuesday, instantly stoking up tensions.



Monthly foreign exchange inflow rose to $9.84bn –CBN

Nike Popoola Aggregate foreign exchange inflow into the economy amounted to $9.84bn in November 2019, showing an increase of 7.5 per cent above the level at the end of the preceding month. The Central Bank of Nigeria disclosed in its 2019 November economic report on foreign exchange flows that it however, showed a decrease of

Amotekun is not illegal: A reply to Malami

Festus Ogun On Tuesday, the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, described as illegal the newly launched South-West security outfit codenamed, Amotekun. The Chief Law Officer, acting on behalf of the Federal Government, strongly posited that “no state government, whether singly or in a group, has the legal right and competence to establish any

SCUML has no record of Mompha’s company – Official

Oladimeji Ramon The N32.9bn fraud trial of Internet celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha, alias Mompha, continued on Wednesday before the Federal High Court in Lagos with an official of the Special Control Unit Against Money Laundering, Mr Matthew Enu-Obun, testifying as the fourth prosecution witness. Mompha is facing 14 counts bordering on fraud, money laundering and running

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