Welcome to the world of ‘Apprentice Yahoo Boys’

This sounds incredible, but it is true anyway. ‘Yahoo boys’ are not just growing in number, they now have apprentices that understudy them. This is to ensure continuality of the game. The apprentices after ‘graduating,’ will also have to train another set of apprentices and the circle continues. STANLEY IHEDIGBO and TAIWO JIMOH take a look at the world of the “Apprentice Yahoo Boys”.   Ikechukwu Nnaji is 21-year-old man, born in the Ajegunle area of Lagos State. He hails from Abia State. Nnaji has a disarming smile, and it…

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Why INEC can’t deploy electronic voting now –Yakubu

Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu has been in the eye of the storm since the Commission postponed the general elections earlier scheduled to hold last Saturday. In this chat with journalists, he gives reasons for the postponement and a wide range of issues relating to the role of the Commission in the conduct of elections. ONWUKA NZESHI reports   What is the position of INEC on the ban on smart phones at polling stations? It is not a blanket ban. It was introduced essentially in order…

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Why women with painful periods may be infertile

• We discovered it during infertility treatment –Doctors   • Infertility occurs due to chemical poisoning of sperm –NORDICA   For many who thought experiencing pain during sexual intercourse and menstruation is normal, latest discovery has shown it’s abnormal and could be symptom of the depressing women’s health disorder, endometriosis, known for causing infertility in one-third to half of Nigerian women of reproductive age (13-45years). CHIJIOKE IREMEKA reports the need for an aggressive education of women to end this secret disease     “It’s a horrible condition. It cost me…

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Buhari has turned the Army into Constabulary –General Williams

Major General Isola Williams (rtd) is one – time head Nigeria Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). In this interview with JOHNSON AYANTUNJI, he talks about the general elections, suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria Justice Walter Onnoghen, Code of Conduct Tribunal, why the fight against insurgency in the North East is prolonged, the Army and sundry issues. Excerpts   How would you describe to the build up to the elections, especially on the part of INEC, ASUU, which they say they will use as INEC adhoc staff, if they were…

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State police is invitation to disintegration, says Sen. Sani

Senator Shehu Sani represents Kaduna Central Senatorial District on the platform of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) and is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts. In this interview with CHUKWU DAVID in Abuja, he speaks on many issues of national interest including: the Police Reform Bill, State Police; decentralization of SARS by the new IGP, 2019 budget and the minimum wage among others   What is the Police Reform Bill all about? The Police Reform Bill is about restructuring the Nigeria Police or repositioning it to meet…

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Weekend plane crashes: Control towers, pilots mainly responsible –AIB

  Last Saturday Nigerians were relieved to learn that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was not harmed when his helicopter crash landed at the Kabbah Township Stadium in Kogi State. The chopper, chartered from Carverton Helicopters, was conveying the Vice President and 11 others to Kogi for a campaign rally when it toppled over on its side while attempting to land – an incident, described by the chopper owners, as being caused by “unusual weather conditions”. However, the official report of the cause of the crash landing is still being expected…

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Timeline of plane crashes in Nigeria

•June 24, 1956 – A British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) four-engined Canadair C-4 Argonaut airliner register G-ALHE crashed into a tree on departure from Kano Airport, three of the seven crew members and 29 of the 38 passengers were killed, and two crew and two passengers sustained serious injuries. ***   •Nov. 20, 1969 – Nigeria Airways Flight 825, a Vickers VC-10 aircraft, crashed while approaching Lagos, killing all 87 people, 76 passengers and 11 crew, on board. This was the first major plane crash in Nigeria after independence. It…

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Timeline of plane crashes in Nigeria

•June 24, 1956 – A British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) four-engined Canadair C-4 Argonaut airliner register G-ALHE crashed into a tree on departure from Kano Airport, three of the seven crew members and 29 of the 38 passengers were killed, and two crew and two passengers sustained serious injuries. ***   •Nov. 20, 1969 – Nigeria Airways Flight 825, a Vickers VC-10 aircraft, crashed while approaching Lagos, killing all 87 people, 76 passengers and 11 crew, on board. This was the first major plane crash in Nigeria after independence. It…

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Onnoghen’s suspension casts aspersion on 2019 elections –Gbillah

Hon, Mark Terseer Gbillah represents Gwer West/Gwer East Federal Constituency of Benue State on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and is Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream). In this interview with PHILIP NYAM, he speaks on the alleged infractions in the implementation of the World Bank’s Growth and Empowerment (GEM) project in Nigeria, suspension of CJN, Walter Onnoghen and other matters   The suspension of CJN Walter Onnoghen has generated wide debate in the polity. The Senate is heading for the courts.…

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Alms: Children now beg to feed their parents

Despite the enactment of the Children’s Rights Act (CRA), 2003, which serves as a legal frame work to protect their rights, it is yet to be implemented. School age children are seen daily on the streets soliciting for alms to feed their parents and siblings. CHIJIOKE IREMEKA reports   Cele – Ijesha Bus stop along Apapa – Oshodi is gradually becoming a Mecca of sorts. Children of school age, converge their daily to do their business. They run after motorists who slow down or stop to drop and pick up…

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