Revealed! Why Fury’s Heavyweight Title Bout With Usyk Was Postponed

By Chris Udochukwu Tyson Fury has been forced to postpone his unification fight with Oleksandr Usyk after the British heavyweight suffered a “freak cut” above his eye during a sparring session in Riyadh, Queensberry Promotions announced Friday. Fury’s World Boxing Council title and Ukrainian fighter Usyk’s World Boxing Association, International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Organisation belts were all set to be up for grabs in Saudi Arabia on February 17. Instead the wait to find heavyweight boxing’s first undisputed champion since Lennox Lewis in 2000 has been delayed just 15 days before the eagerly-anticipated bout was due to take place. “I am absolutely devastated after preparing for this fight for so long and being in such superb condition,” said the undefeated Fury in a statement. “I feel bad for everyone involved in this huge event and I will work diligently towards the rescheduled date once the eye has healed,” added Fury, who boasts a professional record of 34 wins and one draw. “I can only apologise to everyone affected.” Queensberry said the cut, above Fury’s right eye, “required urgent …

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AFCON: How Super Eagles Defeated Angola With Lone Goal To Qualify For Semi Final

By Chris Udochukwu The Super Eagles of Nigeria has defeated Angola to become the first team to book a place in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast. Ademola Lookman was once again the hero, connecting with a cross from Moses Simon to put the Eagles in front in the 41st minute. The goal was enough to secure a place for the Nigerians in the last four of the competition. The Super Eagles then saw the game out before a crowd of 18,757 in Abidjan, with Osimhen finding the net only for his effort to be disallowed after the VAR ruled him to be offside. The Napoli superstar, Africa’s reigning footballer of the year, remains stuck on just one goal at this AFCON, but Nigeria’s success has been built around an impressive defence that has now kept four consecutive clean sheets. The three-time continental champions advance to a last-four tie next Wednesday against Cape Verde or South Africa in the central Ivorian city of Bouake — those sides meet in the quarter-finals on Saturday. Angola, meanwhile, go home …

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Kalu Hails Dangote On Receipt Of Senegalese Highest National Honours

By Ogechi Okorie Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Benjamin Okezie Kalu has rejoiced with theChairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote on the award of National Order of the Lion, being Senegal’s highest national honour recently conferred on him by President Macky Sall. The National Order of the Lion was instituted by Law 60-36 of 22 October 1960 in Senegal. It is awarded to certain individuals in recognition of their outstanding feats and contributions to Senegalese national development. In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Levinus Nwabughiogu, Kalu said that the conferment of the country’s highest national award on Dangote was a testament to his industrial spirit and entrepreneurial sagacity. Describing Dangote as Africa’s foremost industrialist, Kalu lauded his commitment to job creation and employments beyond the shores of Nigeria. Kalu noted that Dangote has through his largest industrial conglomerate in West Africa contributed immensely to the economic growth and development of many countries, saying that the award was deserving. The Deputy Speaker who also recalled Dangote’s contributions …

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AFCON: There’s No Stopping Nigeria, Kalu Declares

…Congratulates Super Eagles on victory against Angola By Ogechi Okorie Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Benjamin Okezie Kalu has declared that Nigeria is unstoppable in her bid to win the 2023 African Cup of Nations currently ongoing in Côte d’Ivoire. According to the statement signed by Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Speaker, Levinus Nwabughiogu made available to Precise Post, Kalu made the declaration after the Super Eagles of Nigeria, last night, demolished theBlack Sable Antelopes of Angola by 1-0 in the Quarter Finals of the biggest African football fiesta to qualify for Semi Finals. The Deputy Speaker who was a member of the National Assembly delegation to Angola led by the Senate President, Senator Godswill Akpabio in solidarity with the Super Eagles said that the coast is now clear for Nigeria to reach the finals and lift the trophy. Congratulating the team, Kalu hailed the indomitable spirit of the players and the entire technical crew, saying they have spread joy and elicited excitement in Nigerians across all regions and ethnic backgrounds. He enjoined the team …

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Rerun Election: Police Beef Up Security, Restrict Movements In Seven Kaduna LGAs

By Chris Udochukwu Ahead of the by-elections and run-off polls coming up on Saturday (tomorrow), the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Kayode Egbetokun had on Thursday imposed restrictions on movements – from 12:00 am to 6:00 pm in 26 states of the federation designated local government areas and constituencies where the exercise will take place. Proving clarification, the Kaduna State Police Command, Mansir Hassan, listed the local government areas as Chikun, Igabi, Kachia, Kaduna South, Kagarko, Kudan, and Kauru. According to a statement, the police spokesman said a complete restriction of movement will be enforced from midnight of Saturday, February 3rd to 5 pm. He however said essential workers including Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials, election observers, medical personnel and accredited media officers are exempted from the restriction in the affected areas. The police cautioned unauthorised persons against being seen at the Registration Area Centres (RAC) centres, polling units, and collation centres, warning that individuals with intent to constitute nuisance will face arrest and prosecution. Meanwhile, in Lagos, the police authorities say the restriction of vehicular movement in the state …

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Court rejects termination of terrorism charges against Fubara’s CoS, Edison Ehie

Justice Mobolaji Olajuwon of the Federal High Court in Abuja has refused to dismiss the terrorism charges brought against five loyalists of Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers State. The Judge on Friday declined to terminate the charges as requested by Hon Edison Ehie, the current Chief of Staff to the governor. The court held that Ehie, who was the factional Speaker of Rivers State House of Assembly, lacked legal powers to request for dismissal of the charges. Olajuwon upheld the submission of the counsel to the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Simon Lough, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, that Ehie was not yet competent to make any application until he appears in court to take his plea in the terrorism charges. Ehie, through his lawyer, Oluwole Aladedoye SAN, had applied that the criminal charges against him and others be dropped on various grounds. He claimed that the Federal High Court in Abuja has no jurisdiction to entertain the trial because the alleged offences were committed in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. He also claimed that he had not been indicted by …

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Benue varsity lecturers commence indefinite strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Benue State University, BSU chapter, has begun an indefinite strike over the school management’s inability to keep to its agreements with the lecturers. This was disclosed in a statement jointly signed by Comrade Kwaghfan Tarnongo, Chairperson and Comrade Terrumun Gajir, Secretary, of the union, on Friday in Makurdi. The union, however, cleared the Benue Government of any wrongdoing and commended it for regular funding of the university. It said that the national body of the union approved its request to embark on the indefinite strike, and it would continue until all demands were met. “The national body of the Academic Staff Union of Universities has approved the request by the BSU and to resume the strike it suspended on June 26, 2023. “The permission to proceed on this strike was formally communicated to members of the Branch on Thursday at an emergency congress,” the statement said. The union listed its demands to include the implementation and payment of accrued arrears of 2021, 2022, and 2023 promotions and annual incremental steps. Others are April …

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Oyo Govt suspends traditional ruler

The Oyo State Government on Friday announced the suspension of the traditional ruler of Ido town in the Ido Local Government Area of the state. Mr. Suleiman Olanrewaju, Chief Press Secretary to the state governor, Mr. Seyi Makinde, disclosed in a statement that Oba Babalola Gbolagade, the Onido of Ido, was suspended on Thursday. He said the governor approved the suspension “in the exercise of the powers conferred on him”. ”The powers were conferred on him by sub-section 1 and 2 of section 26 of the Chiefs Law, Cap. 28 Vol I, Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria 2000, and by all other enabling powers in that regard,” Olanrewaju added. He also disclosed that the suspended traditional ruler had been directed to hand over all government property in his possession to the chairman of Ido Local Government Area.

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Hair stylist bags 3 months jail term for stealing N1m wine

An Ogudu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Friday sentenced a 41-year-old hair stylist, Yusuf Adeola, to three months in prison without an option of a fine for stealing bottles of wine valued at N1 million. Magistrate O. A. Daodu imposed the sentence after the court reviewed the facts of the case, following the admission of guilt by the hair stylist. The hair stylist, who resides at Ikota in Ajah, Lagos State, was arraigned on January 23 by the police. The prosecutor, Insp Sunday Bassey, said the hair stylist stole bottles of wine on January 4 at Kofa Hartley Supermarket located at Ogudu. Bassey said that the defendant had, for some time, been stealing wine from the supermarket. “He was caught on a Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) camera stealing bottles of wine valued at N600,000. “He stole another one worth N400,000 on a different day. “A security guard working for Shepherd Hill Security Company and attached to the supermarket caught the defendant, using the CCTV footage, after he was accused of negligence of duty. “The defendant came again on Jan. 4 …

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Joeboy launches own label, Young Legend

Nigerian singer, Joseph Akinfenwa Donus, popularly known as Joeboy, has parted ways with Empawa Music, which is owned by Mr Eazi. The singer signed a dual deal with global music giant, Warner Music. The dual deal sees Joeboy launch his record label called Young Legend as well as being Warner Music’s latest flagship artist. Sharing a ritual-themed clip announcing the launch of his record label via X, Joeboy wrote: “Dawn of a new era. Young Legend is alive.” Recalls that Joeboy joined Empawa Music five years ago and gained prominence with the release of his hit single, ‘Baby.’ He was nominated for the Next Rated category at the 2019 Headies Awards but lost to Rema.

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How I revived Jim Iyke’s career – Uche Maduagwu boasts

Controversial Nollywood actor Uche Maduagwu has claimed that he revived veteran colleague, Jim Iyke’s acting career. He claimed while addressing his 2021 stunt with Jim Iyke in a recent episode of the Trends and Bants podcast. Recalls that Jim Iyke made headlines in 2021 after a video of him beating Maduagwu for questioning the source of his wealth on social media, went viral. However, Maduagwu disclosed in 2022 that the video was a stunt to promote Jim Iyke’s comeback movie and that he received N4.8 million for the stunt. Speaking on the Trends and Bants podcast recently, Maduagwu claimed that before the stunt, the veteran actor was absent from the movie industry. He said, “The truth is I revived Jim Iyke’s career with that stunt. Before the skit, were you hearing about Jim Iyke everywhere? I revived his acting career.”

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Jumping out of the plane most dangerous thing I’ve done – Tems

Grammy-winning Nigerian singer, Tems has revealed the most dangerous thing she has ever done. Speaking in a recent interview with Elle, Tems recounted a daredevil experience where she was forced to jump out of a plane while skydiving. The Oscar-nominated diva said jumping out of the plane was the most dangerous thing she has ever done. Interviewer: “What’s the most dangerous thing you’ve every done?” Tems: “The most dangerous thing I’ve ever done is jump out of a plane. I don’t even know how high but I went skydiving once. And I think for a second I was like, ‘Am I dying? I don’t know who sent me to do this. I don’t know why I decided to do this but here I am falling.’ “My uncle convinced me and my cousins to jump. I was like, ‘Wow! So cool. Daredevil.’ And then we got into the plane and I was like I will just stay in the plane and they said I can’t. They pushed us out.”

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EPL: Liverpool suffers fresh injury blow ahead Arsenal clash

Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp has revealed they could be without Darwin Nunez when they play Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday. Klopp, addressing the media today, said Nunez suffered the foot injury during their 4-1 win over Chelsea in midweek. The Uruguay striker left Anfield in a protective boot and is now doubtful for the top-of-the-table clash. “I don’t know if Darwin is available. After 20 minutes [against Chelsea], somebody stepped on his foot and it was painful. “He left the stadium in a boot, and not a football one. “Nothing broke, X-ray clear. But we have to see if he can get it back in a football boot,” Klopp said. Liverpool are also likely to be without Mohamed Salah, who returned from the Africa Cup of Nations with a hamstring problem.

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Bye-elections: Enugu govt postpones promotion exams

Following the bye-elections slated to be held in some parts of the state by the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, on Saturday, 3rd February 2024, the Enugu State government has announced the postponement of the promotion examination scheduled for the same day. The Chairman of the State Civil Service Commission, Robinson Odo, announced on Friday, in his Enugu office, said the interview exercise for workers due for promotion would continue as the date does not clash with the elections. The Chairman further said the commission has chosen next week Saturday, 10th February, as the new date for the examination. While regretting the postponement, the Chairman urged civil servants and other workers in the state to use the opportunity afforded them to exercise their franchise by voting for the right candidates that would align with the interest of the state. “We have just postponed the Civil Service Commission Examination, known as the promotion examination for workers in Enugu State, initially scheduled to be held tomorrow for two reasons; to allow the peaceful conduct of the by-elections in some parts of our …

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Aiyedatiwa nominates new commissioners, special advisers

Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa of Ondo State has forwarded no fewer than six names to the State House of Assembly as commissioner nominees and three as Special Advisers. The names of the nominees were forwarded to the Assembly on Friday for screening and subsequent confirmation. The governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Ebenezer Adeniyan, listed the commissioner nominees to include Mrs. Omowumi Isaac, Olukayode A. Ajulo, Razaq Obe, Emmanuel Igbasan, Akinwumi Sowore and Oseni Oyeniyi. The Special Adviser nominees are Olugbenga Omole, Special Adviser on Information and Strategy; Mrs. Olamide Falana, Special Adviser on Gender Affairs; and Alabi Johnson, Special Adviser on Energy. Read Also: Taraba: Returning IDPs Are Not Bandits – Cultural Group Cautions Breaking: Court Orders Inclusion Of AA Candidate For Saturday’s Bye Election In Taraba Among the commissioner nominees, Ajulo was the only one who did not serve in Akeredolu’s administration. He has been projected to be the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice. Omole was the Chairman of the House Committee on Information during the 9th Ondo State House of Assembly but failed to return …

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Taraba: Returning IDPs Are Not Bandits – Cultural Group Cautions

By Callistus Agwaza, Jalingo The Tiv Cultural and Social Association (TCSA) Taraba state, have asked the security agencies and local authorities in the southern senatorial district of Taraba state to desist from tagging Tiv people, especially the IDPs in Wukari local government as bandits. Chief James Baka, president general of the association who made the caution in a press release on Friday, expressed dismay over the unfortunate continued tagging and branding of the Tiv people in Taraba, especially the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Southern part of the state as bandits by some security agencies and local authorities. “We wish to inform the general public that the Tiv people in the Southern part of Taraba, especially in Wukari local government area have been displaced from their ancestral homes for over four years now, and are only seeking the state government intervention to return. “We want to inform the general public that the Nigerian Army and local authorities in Wukari local government have deliberately tagged the Tiv IDPs in the area, and some parts of Donga LGA as bandits. They …

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