Pay special attention to families of 22 soldiers killed in Mongonu – Governor Emmanuel

Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom state has urged the federal government and Nigerians to pay special attention to the families of the 22 soldiers who were ambushed and killed by terrorists in Monguno, Borno state, on January 8. Emmanuel who made the pleas at the 2019 Armed Forces remembrance day and wreath laying ceremony in Uyo said Nigerians should be more bonded in unity as a way of showing appreciation for the supreme sacrifices and patriotism of the fallen heroes who fought to keep the nation indivisible. “On January…

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Governor Emmanuel’s dry season farming, offering witty options for more food

By B. N. Etim Farmers’ participation in dry season planting in Akwa Ibom state has scaled up tremendously in the last four years. The rave in engagement in the dry season farming by both full-time farmers and individuals who engage in farming as a past-time at subsistent scale is attributable to the concerted policy by the Udom Emmanuel administration which seeks to move farmers in the state away from the traditional one season planting to three planting seasons. Governor Udom Emmanuel in trying to address the perennial problem of shortage…

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FA Cup replay: Mata’s goal sends United into 4th round

Juan Mata’s superb second-half goal sent Manchester United into the FA Cup fourth round as they beat Wolves. The Spanish midfielder chipped over Wolves keeper John Ruddy to settle the third-round replay after being put through on goal by Anthony Martial. Wolves had an early Pedro Neto strike ruled out by the video assistant referee for a handball in the build-up. But it was a deserved win for the hosts, who had the better chances in a tight game at Old Trafford, reports the BBC. Manchester United will next travel…

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Uzodinma sworn in as Imo gov, demands financial records from 2010 till date

Steve Uzoechi     *As Ihedioha calls for support for new governor, even though disagrees with Court ruling Senator Hope Uzodinma and Professor Placid Njoku were on Wednesday around 8pm sworn into office as Governor and Deputy Governor of Imo State respectively. They were sworn in by the Chief Judge of Imo state, Justice Paschal Nnadi at the Heroes Square in Owerri, the state capital. In his maiden address, Uzodinma announced his intention to look into the accounts and contracts awarded from May 29, 2010 till date. Uzodinma directed the…

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Rally for Relief: Federer, Williams, Djokovic play in Aussie charity match

CAP: From left to right: Roger Federer, Nick Kyrgios, Naomi Osaka, Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem, Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Petra Kvitova, Coco Gauff, Novak Djokovic, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Rafael Nadal A number of tennis greats played in a charity match to take the amount of money raised for the bushfire appeal to over 4m Australian dollars. Home player Nick Kyrgios raised A$1,600 (£954) in aces alone at Wednesday’s Rally for Relief, while Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal – who between them have won 39 Grand Slams – joined together to…

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JUST IN: House votes to send Trump impeachment articles to Senate, Speaker names trial managers

The House voted on Wednesday to send the impeachment articles against President Donald Trump to the Senate and Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the seven House Democrats who will serve as the “managers” in the trial next week.The measure passed on a 228 to 193 vote, with one Democrat opposing the resolution — Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota, who also voted last month against both articles of impeachment.The two articles, charging abuse of power and obstruction of Congress will be hand-delivered to the Senate later Wednesday; the trial is expected to…

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Reconstruction: Anger as gridlock grounds Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

Muritala Ayinla     Motorists were held for several hours yesterday as gridlock grounded vehicular movements on the ever-busy Lagos-Ibandan Expressway. The hold-up forced some commuters to abandon their vehicles and trek for several kilometres. Those who could not leave their vehicles groaned in traffic for several hours because of the traffic diversion on Kara Bridge by the construction firm, Julius Berger, handling the rehabilitation of the expressway. As early as 6a.m., motorists and commuters moving in and out of the state were stranded as their vehicles got stuck in…

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2020 NSF: Edo holds state tourney, as Obaseki lights up unity torch

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has lit the unity torch for the state’s sporting championships with athletes drawn from the 18 local government areas of the state, ahead of the National Sports Festival (NSF) scheduled for the first quarter of the year. The unity torch was presented to the governor by Vice Chairman, Team Edo, Mrs. Anehita Emeya, at Government House in Benin City, on Wednesday. After receiving the torch, Governor Obaseki said: “I have the unique pleasure to light up the Edo 2020 Sports Festival unity torch.”…

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AGF lacks power to declare Amotekun illegal, says Makinde

Kunle Olayeni     *’Malami can’t just wake up and make his own laws’ Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, has said the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), lacks the power to declare the South West security outfit, Operation Amotekun, as illegal. Makinde said though the AGF may interpret and advise the President if there are legal issues, he is not empowered to make his own laws. He spoke in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, during his visit to a former president, Chief Olusegun…

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2021 AFCON moved to Jan, Cameroon FA announces

The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations will start on 9 January after its dates were moved, hosts Cameroon have announced. The tournament was scheduled to take place in June and July but was changed because of the “unfavourable” weather in the country at that time of year. It means a number of Premier League clubs could be without first-team players at a crucial stage of the season. The 2019 tournament in Egypt was the first one to be held in the summer. Before that, the Cup of Nations had been…

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