How Nine-Man Ivory Coast Beat Mali, Reach AFCON Semi-Finals

By Ogechi Okorie A back-heel goal by Oumar Diakite in added time at the end of extra time gave hosts Ivory Coast a 2-1 win over Mali in Bouake on Saturday after a dramatic Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final. Reduced to 10 men by a red card at the end of the first half, the Ivorians fell behind in the second half to a Nene Dorgeles goal only for Simon Adingra to equalise in the 90th minute. AFP

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Tinubu Poised To Solving Myriad Of Socio-Economic And Security Challenges In Nigeria – Gbajabiamila

By Chris Udochukwu ABUJA – Femi Gbajabiamila, the Chief of Staff to President Bola Tinubu, says his principal has his gaze fixed on solving the myriad of socio-economic and security challenges in Nigeria. Gbajabiamila made this known on Saturday while briefing reporters after he voted in the House of Representatives by-election at Polling Unit 014, Ward 08 at Elizabeth Fowler Memorial School in the Surulere area of Lagos State, “Mr President, who I talk to on the daily, has no other thing in his mind than how to address the issue of insecurity and economic hardship. “He (Tinubu) has his gaze fixed on solving the problems. He met a lot on ground, we’ve had these issues for years, and I think we have somebody who would address those issues and address them well,” Gbajabiamila stated. The Chief of Staff also said the economic reforms of the Tinubu administration including fuel subsidy removal had become a must, adding that the benefits of subsidy removal will be reaped soon. Gbajabiamila was the Speaker of the House of Representatives between 2019 and 2023 …

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Ebonyi South Bye-Election: PDP, LP Candidates Allege Vote Buying

ABAKALIKI : The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for Ebonyi South Senatorial seat, Silas Onu; and his counterpart in the Labour Party (LP), Linus Okorie; have alleged voting buying in the bye-election held on Saturday. Onu made this known at Obiozara ward, ishieke village Square polling unit in Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi State. He accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of non-deployment of ad hoc staff to some polling units, even as he stated that accreditation and voting commenced very early. He explained that there were attacks on the members of his party, as he noted irregularities and vote buying were observed across his Senatorial district. He called on the relevant authorities to rise up to their responsibilities. On his part, Okorie complained of late arrival of election materials as he also noted that some voters were attacked by thugs, who disrupted voting process in some polling units. The LP candidate spoke at Enuagu-Onicha ward, Isiama Town Hall Polling Unit 011 in the Onicha Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, were he cast his ballot.

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Rerun Election: APC, PDP Agents Trade Words Over Alleged Vote Buying In Kaduna

By Ogechi Okorie KADUNA – The agents of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) have traded words over allegations of vote buying in the ongoing rerun elections in Kaduna State. Kaduna is one of the 26 states where the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is conducting bye and re-run elections. At the 009 polling unit in Barnawa, Kaduna South Local Government Area, the PDP agent, Victoria Koko, accused the ruling APC of engaging in vote buying. She alleged that the ruling party induced voters with money ranging from N10,000 to N15,000, a situation she says is not nice for a healthy democracy. “As you can see now in Barnawa, what is happening is vote buying. Vote buying (of) N10,000 (and) N15,000 which is not done. They are not doing the vote properly, all they know is vote buying” she said. When asked of those indulging in the act, Koko pointed an accusing finger at the ruling APC. To buttress her point, she said: “I can show you them now. You can just look around and …

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Human Capacity Development: Duoye Diri Bags New Telegraph Newspapers 2023 Governor of the Year Award

By Chris Udochukwu Governor Duoye Diri of Bayelsa State on Friday received the New Telegraph Newspapers 2023 Governor of the Year Award in the Human Capacity Development category. Diri who commended and appreciated the management of the New Telegraph Newspapers for the award, said it was gratifying that their modest effort as a government, at re-defining the socio-economic well-being of our people in Bayelsa State is resonating beyond our borders and attracting recognition and honour. According to the Bayelsa Governor, “Our policies and emphasis on skills acquisition, technical and vocational education, ICT development and provision of monthly grants to small scale businesses in our state are not only gaining ground but also reshaping the narrative about our dear State. The Governor was represented at the event by his Deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, Ph.D. Disclosing in a statement on his offical X account, Diri said: Last night, I received the New Telegraph Newspapers 2023 Governor of the Year Award in the Human Capacity Development category. The event held at the Federal Palace Hotel on Victoria Island, Lagos State also had other …

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AFCON 2024: Sports Minister Hails Eagles Over Defeat Of Angola

By Chris Udochukwu ABUJA – The Minister of Youth Development. Senator John Owan Enoh has commended the Super Eagles over their superlative performance against Angola at the ongoing African Cup of Nations in Abidjan. Enoh who said that Super Eagles’ performance is a reflection of the “can do“ Nigerian spirit, urged the team to Keep conquering their opponents, adding that their due is covered. The Minister who disclosed this on his X account said: My dear Nigeria Super Eagles, today I watched you soar. I saw in your game the determination and zest to conquer the continent again. There is indeed great jubilation back home, we jubilate as compatriots who believe absolutely in the “can do“ Nigerian spirit. As our President, H.E Bola Tinubu GCFR said to you this morning via our zoom call, he is immensely proud of you, so are the rest of us. You have given us cause to rejoice and have very proud Nigerian moments. Keep conquering your opponents. Your due is covered. You can win this cup, you are a galaxy of stars who embody …

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Sen Barau Leads Senate Delegation To Maiduguri To Condole VP Shettima Over Stepmother’s Death

By Chris Udochukwu Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Barau I Jibrin, on Friday led the delegation of the Senate to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital to condole the Vice President, Senator Kashim Shettima, over the demise of his stepmother. Precise Post recalls that the stepmother of the Vice President, Hajja Hauwa Abba Kormi had died in the early hours of Thursday at the age of 69. The President of the 9th Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, was together with the Deputy President of the Senate during the visit. This was contained in a statement signed by Special Adviser to the Deputy President of the Senate on Media and Publicity, Ismail Mudashir made available to Precise Post in Abuja. Speaking during the visit, Senator Barau condoled the Vice President, urging him and other members of the family to take solace in the fact that the deceased lived a righteous life dedicated to the service of Allah and humanity. “We are here personally, myself as the Deputy President of the Senate and on behalf of the entire Senate of the Federal Republic …

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Insecurity: US Reiterates Commitment To Peace, Tolerance in Nigeria

ABUJA – The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), renewed its commitment to supporting peace and tolerance in Nigeria by holding a youth, peace and security summit, in Abuja. Minister of Youth Development Jamila Bio Ibrahim attended as the keynote speaker. Participants at the summit represented youth groups and networks that received support from the USAID Community Initiatives to Promote Peace (CIPP) activity. USAID CIPP is a five-year $15 million activity that promotes peaceful coexistence and collaboration in Nigeria by mitigating violent conflict in at-risk communities. According to a statement from the US Embassy on Friday, the United States is committed to working with Nigeria in addressing security challenges. The statement read: “Our partnership harnesses the diverse strengths of its religious and traditional leaders, women, youth groups, government officials, and civil society. Through initiatives like USAID CIPP, the U.S. government is jointly identifying and promoting community-based solutions, empowering these groups to enhance community responses to challenges and build a resilient and peaceful future together. “This summit showcases learnings and best practices from USAID’s investment and achievements …

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Abdullahi Adamu, Other Bad Eggs In PDP Have Now Defected To APC – Sule Lamido

….Says Nigerians Should Either Choose PDP Or Remain In Hell ABUJA – Former governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido has stated that the bad eggs that filled up the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have now defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC), leaving the party devoid of selfish people. To me, all the bad eggs in PDP are out. Abdullahi Adamu and others have defected to APC, leaving honest individuals like me in PDP. What we have now are the genuine honest and compassionate PDP people. Most of the people in the APC were all in the PDP and they are gone now and what we have now are the genuine, purer people who believe in Nigeria and are very sincere and who, no matter what, will stay in Nigeria and in the PDP.“ This is also as he has called on Nigerians to right their wrongs by choosing the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, or remain in the hellish situation they have found themselves in. Lamido in an interview with ARISE NEWS on Friday, called the decision a “choice between …

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AFCON 2024: Superlative ‘Eagles’ Dispatch Palancas Negras, Soar Into AFCON Semi Finals(Photos)

ABIDJAN – A first-half goal from Ademola Lookman was enough to see Nigeria overcome Angola and reach the semi-finals of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations. The former England Under-21 winger emphatically converted a cut-back from Moses Simon four minutes before the break in Abidjan. The 1-0 scoreline flattered Angola, who were second best for long periods of the game, and Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen had a 75th-minute header ruled out for offside by the video assistant referee. Angola’s best chance fell to Zine, who rolled the ball against the base of the post when clean through on goal just before the hour mark. Nigeria will now face the winner of Saturday’s quarter-final between Cape Verde and South Africa in the last four next Wednesday.

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Rerun Polls: DSS Spits Fire, Vows That Politicians, Supporters Must Adhere To Electoral Act

By Chris Udochukwu ABUJA – The Department of State Services (DSS) has asked politicians and their supporters to adhere to the Electoral Act in Saturday’s rerun and bye-elections across the country. While the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will hold polls in areas in 26 states of the federation, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Kayode Egbetokun on Thursday imposed restrictions on movements – from 12:00 am to 6:00 pm. In a statement on Friday, the DSS tasked the contending parties to shun all acts capable of causing a breakdown of law and order. Director, of Public Relations and Strategic Communications, DSS National Headquarters, Abuja, Peter Afunanya, enjoined citizens to be patriotic and loyal to the Nigerian nation beyond the elections. He also urged public commentators, social critics and key players in the public space to consider the peace of the country over and above their personal or group interests. “It is unarguable that it is only if there is a livable country that individuals, groups or corporate bodies can pursue and realise their legitimate businesses and ambitions. The Service, therefore, …

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55 Persons Escorting Bride To Her Matrimonial Home Abducted By Bandits In Katsina

By Ogechi Okorie KATSINA – Report available to Precise Post has it that at least 55 persons have been kidnapped by a terrorists gang while escorting a bride along Damari town in Sabuwa Local Government Area of Katsina State. Although security agencies are yet to confirm the incident officially, a resident however, told Channels Television on Friday in a telephone call that the incident occurred on Thursday at about 8:00 pm. He noted that three security volunteers however lost their lives in effort to rescue the victims. “Before the hoodlums attack the victims on a canter vehicle, the victims were initially over 70 mostly friends to the bride in which several others escaped”, he added. Sabuwa, apart from being an agrarian area, also remains one of the security front line LGAs grappling with the activities of bandits and their collaborators mostly informants to bandits. (CHANNELS)

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