US ‘era of patience with N’Korea over’

  US Vice-President Mike Pence has said his country’s “era of strategic patience” with North Korea is over. Pence made the remarks at the demilitarised zone (DMZ), the area dividing the two Koreas, during a visit to South Korea to reaffirm ties. His visit comes amid escalated tensions on the peninsula, with heated rhetoric from both North Korea and the US. He arrived in Seoul on Sunday hours after North Korea carried out a failed missile launch. On Monday, the US and South Korea launched a joint air force military…

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Ighalo hits brace, out for four weeks

Olanrewaju, Odemwingie also on targeting   It was a tough day for Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo, as he was rushed to the hospital after sustaining injury in his club, Changchun Yatai’s 3-2 defeat against Shanghai Shenhua in the Chinese Super League. Ighalo scored a brace in the game before he was forced off with an injury in the 73rd minute after receiving a kick to the left ankle joint. Ighalo is thought to have suffered a recurrence of an old injury following a harsh tackle by an opponent. He…

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Gunmen abduct Ondo monarch

Armed men believed to be kidnappers have abducted the Oluyani of Iyani, Oba Joel Daodu, in Akure South Local Government Area of Ondo State. The traditional ruler was kidnapped on Owo- Ikare road in Ondo North senatorial district of Ondo State. Oba Daodu was on his way from Oba-Akoko in Akoko South West Local Government Area when he ran into the kidnappers. The Owo-Ikare and Akure-Owo routes have become notorious for kidnapping and armed robbery incidents in the recent past. The former Regent of Akungba, Princess Oluwatoyin Omosowon, Chief Olu…

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Chibok girls, the mirror in our faces

As we remember the girls captured in Chibok three years ago, we must remember that they constitute only a fraction of the victims of the Boko Haram insurgency. I would urge Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG), while you keep this issue of Chibok on the table, to broaden your message to cover all girls and boys abducted by Boko Haram, and also draw attention to the condition of girls and women in our society in general. To give you an idea of the extent of this problem, as at today,…

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Fidelity Bank customers win N9m in promo draw

Winners have emerged in the seventh edition of Fidelity Bank Plc’s Get Alert in Million Promo draws held in various regions of the country. The winners, according to a statement, emerged from a transparent randomisation process, which was vented by the bank’s control team and witnessed by officials from Consumer Protection Council (CPC) and other stakeholders. Aside from other consolations prizes ranging from refrigerators to generating sets, the seventh edition of monthly draw saw four lucky customers from South/West, South/South, South/East and Abuja regions of the bank winning N1 million…

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Team Nigeria targets Badminton title in SA

Nigeria’s badminton team to the Africa Badminton Championship in South Africa is confident of emerging champions as hostility begins on Monday (today). The team departed the country at the weekend for the championship scheduled for April 16 to 23 with six players, comprising of four male and two female who will be representing the country in the Mixed Team event as well as Individual Championship. Captain of the team Babalola Gideon who is ranked number one in the country, was confident Nigeria would come out tops in South Africa. “We…

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Liberty’s N3.72bn stake for UNIC nears completion

                     …as NSE delists underwriter   The move by South Africa’s Liberty Holdings to acquire 75 per cent majority equity stake in UNIC Insurance Plc for 160 million Rands (N3.72 billion) is gaining momentum as the Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE) has delisted the ailing insurance firm. Liberty Holdings is an investment holding company with existing investment interest in the Nigerian market through Total Health Trust. As part of the arrangement, UNIC was last week delisted and replaced by UNIC Diversified Holdings (UDH) Plc at the NSE as the insurance company…

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Akure monarch kidnapped

  A traditional ruler, Oba Joel Daodu was at the weekend abducted by suspected kidnappers along Owo/Ikare road in Ondo North senatorial district of Ondo State. Oba Daodu, the Olu of Itaoniyan in Akure South Local Government Area of the state was on his way from Oba-Akoko in Akoko Southwest Local Government Area of the state when he ran into the hands of the suspected kidnappers. The Owo/Ikare and Akure/Owo routes have been notorious for the kidnapping and armed robbery incidences in the recent past. The former Regent of Akungba,…

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Sheriff JW Pepper: James Bond star, Clifton James, dies aged 96

The actor Clifton James, best known for his portrayal of Sheriff JW Pepper in two James Bond films, has died at the age of 96. James first played the hapless tobacco-spitting Louisiana law-enforcer alongside Sir Roger Moore in the 007 film Live and Let Die in 1973. He was involved in a car chase scene with Bond and was so popular with the audience that producers asked him to return in 1974’s The Man With the Golden Gun. The second time around his character appeared as a disagreeable American tourist…

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