Zenith B’ball League: First Bank, Dolphins win again as 1st phase ends

The first phase of the National Women’s Basketball League sponsored by Zenith Bank ended on Monday in Abuja with favorites First Bank and Dolphins maintaining winning streak. A total of 18 teams from various parts of the country took part in the competition which started on April 10 at the Package B Sports Hall of the National Stadium in Abuja. However, three top contenders maintained an unbeaten run so far in the league series which is expected to continue in Kaduna from May 1. First Bank, Dolphins and Customs after…

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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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Ogoni clean-up is all noise, says Niger Delta monarch

Chairman, Ogoni Council of Traditional Rulers, His Royal Highness, King Suanu Baridam, the Kasimene Bangha VII, yesterday said that the Ogoni cleanup exercise that was launched by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in the Niger Delta, was all noise as there was no sign to suggest that the government was serious with the exercise. Already, reports said some concerned citizens in the region would be filing legal action against the Federal Government at an Abuja high court today. Also, our visit to the devastated communities revealed so much worries…

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Expect war in Rwanda, Amiesimaka tells Rivers

Nigerian football legend, Adokiye Amiesimaka, has warned Rivers United to be prepared for a stiff challenge when they face Rwandan club, Rayon Sports, in the second leg of the CAF Confederation Cup playoff tie. The Nigerian club eased to a 2-0 win in the first leg at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt on Sunday to put themselves in the box seat for qualification for the group stage of the competition. “First, I want to say congratulations to Rivers United FC of Nigeria for an encouraging performance (on Sunday),” Amiesimaka…

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Rivers: Defections drive APC to the edge

EMMANUEL MASHA reports on the gale of defections among chieftains and members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State since after the National Assembly rerun elections in the state in which the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) emerged victorious   A few months before the legislative rerun elections in Rivers State, the camp of a senatorial candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) was bubbling as party leaders expressed optimism about the party’s chances in the election. But, when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the result, it…

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FG ‘s anti-corruption fight, good omen for Nigeria –Shekarau

Former Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, has lauded the anti corruption fight by President Muhammadu Buhari, describing it as a good omen. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the former Kano State governor, made this disclosure to newsmen in Sokoto yesterday. Shekarau said: “The efforts by the president to fight corruption in all its ramifications is good for Nigeria. ”Anybody, who gets any money fraudulently should be arrested, thoroughly investigated and prosecuted. ”I am a strong advocate of anti-corruption fight, as I set up an anti-corruption and…

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I’m a proven match winner, Moyes tells Sunderland boo-boys

David Moyes

Sunderland manager David Moyes defended his credentials as a Premier League match winner after he was jeered by some sections of the home crowd during Saturday’s 2-2 draw with West Ham United. Rooted at the bottom of the league with just 21 points from 32 games, Sunderland picked up their first point in four games on Saturday. “It’s (the booing) to be expected because me and the team are not doing well,” Moyes told the British media. “I have to accept it. “I just remember to myself that I think…

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Ekiti increases maternity leave by 4 weeks

Ayodele Fayose

  The Ekiti State Government (EKSG) on Monday announced an increase in the maternity leave period for women in its public service from 12 weeks to 16 weeks. The Permanent Secretary in the State Ministry of Information, Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Kola Ajumobi, said this at a public enlightenment forum in Ado Ekiti, the state capital. He said that the gesture was approved by the state governor, Mr Ayodele  Fayose, as part of his display of love and special regard for the womenfolk in the state. He said it…

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AY Live: Celebrities, fans light up event

  Popular Comedian `AY`, real name Ayo Makun and his celebrity friends in the entertainment industry, thrilled their fans with a superlative performances in a live comedy show tagged `AY LIVE`. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that, it was a pumped up night at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos, venue of the staged show on Easter Sunday. From the biggest names in entertainment, corporate world to comedy and music lovers, all came to have a good Easter celebration time and party at the AYLIVE. The main venue,…

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