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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US court halts two executions

  The top court in Arkansas has halted two executions that were due to start a series of seven in 11 days. The state’s Supreme Court acted hours before convicted murderers Don Davis and Bruce Ward were due to die, but the Davis decision could yet be reversed. Their lawyers had argued they were mentally unfit to face execution and were denied proper assessment. But there was a victory for the state when a federal court lifted an order that blocked all seven executions. A blanket ruling made on Saturday…

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Eight die, 24 injured in Lagos, Ogun

Eight people lost their lives yesterday while about 19 others were injured in auto crashes in Lagos and Ogun states. Five people were burnt to death yesterday while five others were injured at the popular Barracks Bus Stop, Surulere when a Volkswagen commercial bus known as Danfo caught fire while descending from the popular National Stadium Bridge on Funsho Williams Avenue. Pedestrians and other sympathisers could hold back tears watching the gory scene of the mangled and burnt bodies of the victims which littered the road. A child, three women…

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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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Local oil firms walking a tight rope

Indigenous firms are the worst-hit by myriads of challenges bedeviling the oil and gas industry. ADEOLA YUSUF reports on how many of them are running into bankruptcy     Aiteo, an indigenous oil firm, made the headlines penultimate week; basking in the euphoria of its new status as the biggest Nigerian- owned oil firm in terms of production, hitherto known by many as the petroleum product trading firm, it announced the production of the largest share of the 313,602 barrels per day output from indigenous companies. The firm’s management cannot…

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Furore over WAEC’s new examination diet

DISAGREEMENT Less than one week that the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) unfolded plans to introduce a new diet for external candidates, key stakeholders have faulted the move, kicking that it would not see the light of the day   While Nigerian students and their parents are yet to recover from the confusion generated by this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) registration, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), last week, introduced a new diet in its examinations, which has continued to generate debate among stakeholders. With the new diet,…

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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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UNILAG, students mourn Ogbeidi, HOD History dept

The management and students of University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, Lagos are yet to recover from the shock of the sudden death of the Head of Department of History and Strategic Studies, Prof. Michael Monday Ogbeidi, whose news of his death threw the entire campus into mourning. Ogbeidi, a Professor of Business History at the Department of History and Strategic Studies and an alumnus of the university, was said to have died after a brief illness. The fond memories of the late lecturer, described as a ‘gentle and consummate teacher,…

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