Report: INEC declares 30 staff missing in Kogi

The electoral commission, INEC, has declared 30 of its staff missing. The ad-hoc staff took part in Saturday’s Kogi State governorship election. They were posted to Olamaboro Local Government Area (LGA) by the commission. They were declared missing around 1 a.m. on Sunday during the final collation of results in the local government. The missing INEC staff include Presiding Officers (POs) and Assistant Presiding Officers (APOs) of polling units in Imane ward 1 and 2 of Olamaboro LGA of Kogi State. Many of the ad-hoc staff used by INEC are…

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UEFA League: Barca eye yet another famous comeback

    Little over a month after producing the greatest comeback in Champions League history, Barcelona need another special turnaround as they face Juventus in the second leg of their quarter-final on Wednesday. Luis Enrique’s side were taken apart in the first leg in Turin, losing 3-0 to a Juve team inspired by Paulo Dybala, who scored twice. In the last 16 they became the first team ever to overturn a 4-0 deficit when they beat Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 in the return at the Camp Nou, so fans are hoping…

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Fuel theft: Senate calls for major shake-up in NNPC

The Senate has advised the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to go beyond the sacking and redeployment of a few officials involved in fuel theft and other sharp practices in the industry. The upper legislative chamber gave the advice in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja by its spokesman and chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Aliyu Sabi. The Senate tasked the NNPC to initiate a comprehensive restructuring of its operations which currently allowed officials and other firms to appropriate national resources for their personal use, thereby contributing…

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Oshonaike hails Oribamishe for YOG ticket

African table tennis queen Funke Oshonaike has hailed youngster Esther Oribamishe who won the African Continental Qualification tournament and booked a ticket to 2018 Youth Olympic Games. Despite missing out on participation at the 2017 ITTF African Junior and Cadet Championships, Oribamise was in terrific form at the continental qualification event as she beats Egypt’s Marwa Alhodaby in the final in Tunisia on Monday. Victory over Morocco’s Ines Outolla in the last four (11-4, 11-9, 11-7, 11-1) guaranteed a top two finish and the Olympic qualification in the Girls’ Singles…

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Report: With Nigeria’s northeast facing famine, WFP funds could dry up

  The United Nations’ World Food Programme could in a few weeks run out of funding to feed millions living on the brink of famine in Nigeria, four people familiar with the matter said, intensifying one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises. In the northeast, 4.7 million people, many of them refugees from the conflict with Islamist insurgency Boko Haram, need rations to survive, according to the World Food Programme (WFP), one of the main aid groups handing out food. Many of those living in camps for displaced people say…

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Athlete Dedewo dumps Nigeria for USA

Quartermiler, Paul Dedewo, will no longer compete in the Green-White-Green colours of the country after he was named in the relay team for his country of birth, the USA, ahead of the 2017 World Relays in Nassau. There was uncertainty over the country he would be competing for this year, but all that was put to rest after the US released their list at the weekend. Dedewo who has had an impressive indoor season, seems to have finally done enough to convince the USA Track and Field Association to name…

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Modified pig organs may correct birth defects in humans

A team of doctors in Britain have perfected the use of modified pig organs to treat newborn babies with birth defects. Babies born missing a section of their oesophagus, the tube linking the mouth to the stomach, are to receive the transplants harvested from pigs and then modified using the child’s stem cells. ‘The Australian’ an online news portal reported that the landmark lifesaving treatment would be used next year at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London on about 10 children born with severe cases of oesophageal atresia (EA). Similarly,…

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La Liga: Messi keeps Barca’s title hope alive

  Lionel Messi kept Barcelona’s title hopes alive with two goals and an assist to see off Real Sociedad 3-2 as Spain’s top two edged five-goal thrillers ahead of next weekend’s El Clasico. Earlier on Saturday, Isco struck at the death to keep Real Madrid three points clear and with a game in hand at the top of the table after twice coming from behind to beat Sporting Gijon 3-2. Barcelona will need Messi on this form if they are to produce another miracle Champions League fightback against Juventus on…

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Ikoyi billions: Wike, CNPP accuse FG of plotting cover up

Nyesom Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has described as unfortunate the desperation of the Federal Government to cover corruption simply because her principal financial sponsor is involved. Briefing Rivers Christian leaders on the development at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Saturday, Wike stated that the Rivers State Government is not interested in the prosecution of the immediate past Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, but simply seeking the return of funds belonging to the state. He said that the should the Federal Government return the stolen resources domiciled by the Former Governor…

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