Stakeholders Commend Akwa Ibom’s Agric Transformation

Stakeholders in the nation’s agricultural sector have commended the various transformation efforts of the Akwa Ibom State government to repositioning the sector in the state. Speaking with journalists in Uyo, the state capital, recently, an agriculturist, Timothy Inyang, said after oil displaced agriculture as the nation’s number one revenue earner, and despite the fact that Akwa Ibom receives the highest revenue allocation in derivation (which actually goes into the state government coffers) agriculture has remained the main source of livelihood for the people. He said:- ‘‘Notable cash crops for which…

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Barcelona sack Ernesto Valverde, appoint Quique Setien

Barcelona have sacked coach Ernesto Valverde and replaced him with former Real Betis coach Quique Setien. Valverde, 55, helped the club to two successive La Liga titles and they lead the league on goal difference. However, the Catalan side have produced a series of unconvincing displays under his leadership and have failed to reach the Champions League final, reports the BBC. Setien, 61, led Betis to their highest finish since 2005 and to the Copa del Rey semis before leaving in May. He has agreed to a two-and-a-half-year deal and…

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Nigerien President sacks Army Chief over deadly militants’ attacks

Nigerien President, Mahamadou Issoufou, has replaced the head of the country’s army after two of the country’s deadliest attacks killed at least 160 soldiers, the government said. This had prompted a rethink in the battle against militant groups, the official added. Ahmed Mohamed led the army for over two years, a period marked by a steep rise in attacks by militants linked to Islamic State and al Qaeda, Reuters reports. This had culminated in a daytime raid on a remote army base on Thursday that killed at least 89 soldiers.…

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Rights group: S’Arabia executed 184 people in 2019

Saudi Arabia executed 184 people in 2019, the most in a calendar year in six years, human rights organisation Reprieve has said, calling it a “grim milestone” for the kingdom. Of the executions announced by the Saudi Press Agency last year, 88 were Saudi nationals, 90 were foreign nationals and six people were of unknown nationality, a statement released on Monday by Reprieve said. The group said 37 people were executed by the Saudi government on a single day on April 23, including three who were children when they had committed their alleged…

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Ex Liverpool keeper, Reina, joins Aston Villa on loan

Aston Villa have signed former Liverpool and Spain goalkeeper Pepe Reina on loan from AC Milan for the rest of the season. The World Cup winner, 37, was in the stands as Villalost 6-1 to Manchester City on Sunday. Villa needed to add to their goalkeeping options after England international Tom Heaton was ruled out for the remainder of the season, reports the BBC. The 33-year-old suffered a knee injury on January 1. Reina made 394 appearances for Liverpool between 2005 and 2013 before moving to Bayern Munich after a loan spell with…

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Court orders Secondus, Obi to appear on Feb 10

The Lagos State High Court has ordered Prince Uche Secondus, National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Senator Ben Obi to appear in Court on 10th February 2020, to show cause why they should not be committed to prison. It would be recalled that the High Court of Lagos State, Lagos Judicial Division, per Honourable Justice Oyekan-Abdullahi (Mrs.) had on November 12, 2019, ordered that all parties maintain peace, order and status quo with regards to the special election being planned by the party with respect to Lagos State…

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AbdulRazaq meets Buhari, seeks support for Kwara devt

* President commends gov for his giant strides Stephen Olufemi Oni, Ilorin Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has met with President Muhammadu Buhari and  briefed him about some developmental challenges he inherited in the state and the steps he has taken to gradually reposition things. “The governor held a one-on-one meeting with the President on Monday at the Villa in Abuja to keep him abreast of the situation he met on the ground especially as regards infrastructural deficits in the area of water, roads, education, health, and agriculture,” according to…

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US Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker

US Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker has announced he is ending his campaign after disappointing poll numbers. The African-American New Jersey senator had failed to qualify for the Democratic debate on Tuesday in Iowa. The former rising star’s message of unity at a time of deeply divided politics failed to win over voters in the crowded 2020 field. There are now 12 Democrats remaining in the race for the White House, reports the BBC. “Today I’m suspending my campaign for president with the same spirit with which it began,” Booker…

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Trial of Lamine Diack delayed after presentation of new documents

The long-awaited corruption trial of the former IAAF president Lamine Diack has been delayed until June after new documents were presented at the last minute by his son and co-defendant Papa Massata Diack. The Diacks, along with four other former senior figures in athletics, are accused of being part of a scheme that involved extorting 23 Russian athletes for between €100,000 and €600,000 in exchange for delaying doping sanctions so they could compete at the London 2012 Olympics, reports The Guardian. But the case was suspended almost immediately after it…

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Two suspects arrested with 40 bags of hemp

Kunle Olayeni, Abeokuta Police in Ogun State have arrested two suspects for allegedly transporting 40 bags of Indian hemp and 11 packs of skunk, a hard drug known as “next level.” The suspects, Audu Sulaiman and Lateef Ganiyu, were arrested along Igboora road and their Chevrolet bus marked KSF 390 XS, which was used as means of conveyance, intercepted. The suspects were among the 24 suspects arrested and paraded at the state Police headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta by Police Commissioner, Kenneth Ebrimson. The remaining suspects were nabbed for offences ranging from…

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