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Akinwunmi Adesina re-elected as AFDB president

Saturday, 27 February 2016

World News: Syria begin ceasefire, however shaky

A cessation of hostilities, described as Syria's best hope for peace in five years of fighting, has come into effect.
Early reports suggest it has largely been respected by both sides of the conflict since it began on the stroke of midnight (2200 GMT).

News: Nigeria - $2.1bn Arms deal trial continues... Metuh's torn statement; Jonathan named.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday demonstrated  to the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) how the spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, tore the statement he made to investigators, and gave reasons why he attempted to destroy the statement.

Football: Van Gaal describes Mourinho reports on Old Trafford job as scandalous

Manchester United manager Luis VanGaal labelled continued reports linking Jose Mourinho to his job as "an absolute scandal".

Former Chelsea boss Mourinho has been heavily touted as the next man to take over in the Old Trafford dugout despite the under-fire Dutchman still being at the helm.

Friday, 26 February 2016

FOOTBALL: FIFA ELECTIONS - Infantino elected new FIFA president

Uefa's general secretary secured 115 votes in the second round of polls, beating off favourite Salman Bin Ibrahim al-Khalifa into second while Prince Ali bin Hussein finished third.Infantino succeeds the dethroned Sepp Blatter, who was suspended from all football activities for eight years - later reduced to six - along with ex-Uefa president Michel Platini for corruption.
"Dear friends, I cannot express my feelings in this moment," he said in his acceptance speech.

FOOTBALL: NIGERIA - Samson Siasia replaces resigned Sunday Oliseh as Amuneke and Salisu are made assistants

Samson Siasia has been re-appointed Nigeria coach, hours after Sunday Oliseh threw in the towel. He will be assisted by Nigeria U20 coach Emmanuel Amuneke, Salisu Yusuf and Alloy Agu ahead of next month's Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Egypt.

The NFF announced the developments via its website after a meeting of the Technical and Development Committee on Friday.

News: Nigeria - Troops rescue 1,890 from Boko Haram in Bornu State

As the troops backed by the Nigerian Airforce aircraft continue the clearance operations to rid remnants of Boko Haram terrorists from their remaining enclaves, over 1890 persons held captives by Boko Haram terrorists at various locations have been freed within the last two weeks. 

Breaking News: Nigeria - Rev King to die by hanging as Supreme court upholds sentence.

The Supreme Court has okayed the convicted General-Overseer of the Christian Praying Assembly, Chukwuemeka Ezeugo, a.k.a Rev. King, to die by hanging. In a unanimous judgment this afternoon, a seven-man panel of Justices ‎of the apex court led by Justice Walter Onnoghen, upheld the death sentence that was earlier handed to Ezeugo by the Lagos state high court. Consequently, the court in its lead verdict that was delivered by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, dismissed the appeal the convicted clergy lodged before it. 

World News: US - Four persons killed in Kansas shootings

The Forefront understands up to four people have been killed and around 20 wounded after a gunman went on a shooting spree in an industrial area in Kansas.
Police say the suspect, who has been named as 38-year-old Cedric Ford, is among the dead.

World News: Technology - Google to back Apple in court over FBI

Google will back Apple in its court battle with the FBI over the security of its iPhone.
Last week, a court ordered Apple to help the FBI hack into a locked iPhone used by Syed Farook, who together with his wife Tashfeen Malik killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California, in December.

News Gist: Nigeria - Days of Nigeria as a big oil producer with plenty of money are gone, says Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Mecca stated that the Nigeria that was seen a big producer of oil had gone, stating that the country needed all the support from interesting partners to diverse and develop her economy.

News: Nigeria - Antigraft war; Diezani Maduekwe's cousin arrested by the EFCC over fraudulent oil deals

About a week after Admiral Alison Madueke (retd) was invited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, the anti-graft agency yesterday, moved against Mr. Donald Chidi Amamgbo, a cousin of the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke.Mr. Amamgbo, believed to have played a pivotal role in oil lifting while Mrs. Alison-Madueke held sway as Petroleum Minister, was arrested in Lagos at about 4.20p.m. yesterday. 

Thursday, 25 February 2016

World Health Research Article: Sperm grown in lab make healthy offsprings, research says

Sperm have been made in the laboratory and used to father healthy baby mice in a pioneering move that could lead to infertility treatments.
The Chinese research took a stem cell, converted it into primitive sperm and fertilised an egg to produce healthy pups.

Funny for your eyes and mind. Logic your way out. Lol.

Lool. Logical conclusion to failure. *winks*

Funny Photo: Lol - Aquatic human. Hahaha.

See what 9ja heat has turned this man to!

Football: Cristiano Ronaldo says he is staying at Real Madrid

 Cristiano Ronaldo has insisted he is happy at Real Madrid and has no intention of leaving the club.

The Portuguese star has been linked with a move away from Santiago Bernabeu recently, with Paris Saint-Germain widely mooted as a possible destination for the three-time Ballon d'Or winner.

But despite criticism of his form at times this season and the speculation surrounding his future, Ronaldo has stressed he continues to feel appreciated by the Madrid fans and is eager to prolong his time at the club.

"Real Madrid is a club with a lot of pressure from both inside and outside, but I have been here for many years and I am used to it," he told Mahou.

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Breaking News: Nigeria - Edo and Ondo Gubernatorial elections get dates by INEC

Report just teaching The Forefront says the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC on Thursday announced the dates for the conduct of governorship elections in Edo and Ondo States respectively.

World Entertainment - Adele collects four Brits Awards.

Adele has become the most successful artist at the Brits in a single year since Blur in 1995, after winning four awards at this year's ceremony.

Breaking News: Nigeria - Yola Police Station blast caused by bombs in store says CP

The Commissioner of Police in Adamawa, Mr Mohammed Gazali, said Thursday’s blast at the Jimeta Police Station was caused by bombs recovered from Boko Haram insurgents. 

News: Nigeria - Blast hit police station in Yola Adamawa State (photo)

Explosion has hit Jimeta Divisional Police Headquarters in Yola, Adamawa State this morning. More details subsequently on The Forefront.

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FOOTBALL: UEFA Champions League Wednesday (Photos) Results

Dynamo Kiev 1-3 Man City (Aguero 15', Silva 40', Buyalskyy 58', Toure 90')

FOOTBALL RUMOUR: Jose Mourinho wants Inter striker Icardi at Manchester United

Unattached Jose Mourinho is hoping to bring Inter striker Mauro Icardi to Manchester United, though he will have to stump up €40 million to land his man The Forefront has learnt from Tuttosport.

News Gist: Nigeria - WAEC disowns comments credited to registrar on Finance Minister Adeosun

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has refuted comments credited to its Registrar, Dr. Iyi Uwadiae, that the council will give the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, a free form to rewrite her O’Level Mathematics paper.

News: Nigeria - Unilag to graduate 5.0 CGPA student of psychology in convocation.

The Forefront has learnt that Daniel Dada Ayodele will be the star to watch out for during the 2014/2015 convocation of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) next week.
He made a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 5.00, which the Vice Chancellor, Prof Rahamon Bello, described as a perfect score record at a pre-convocation briefing yesterday.

World News: Technology - Facebook to now feature "love, wow, haha, sad, angry reactions aside the 'like' emoticons

Feeling outraged, tickled or touched by something you spotted on Facebook? Now you can say so, after the social media giant added five new reactions to its basic “like” button. “Like, love, haha, wow, sad or angry” — the expanded “reactions” feature rolled out globally on Wednesday is designed to let users show a range of emotions. 

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

WORLD NEWS: UPDATE ON NEPAL PLANE CRASH- Twenty-Three Dead In Nepal Plane Crash

A plane has crashed in a mountainous area of Nepal, killing all 23 people on board.

Rescuers launched a desperate search for the jet after it went missing in bad weather, minutes after taking off.

Nepal's interior minister Aananda Prasad Pokharel said the burnt wreckage was found several hours later in the remote Myagdi district.

He said bodies could be seen scattered amongst the wreckage.

WORLD NEWS: BUSINESS - Pound Below $1.39 On EU And Global Worries

The pound remained on the ropes on Wednesday, slipping to fresh lows not seen for almost seven years as the EU referendum campaign shakes the currency's appeal among investors.

Financial analysts cited uncertainty over the looming vote and also renewed worries about the global economy.

The slide in the pound's value began when financial markets opened on Monday after David Cameron announced a date of 23 June for the EU vote.

WORLD NEWS: TECH - France Demands £1.3bn Back Taxes From Google

The French government has demanded that US internet giant Google pays £1.3bn (€1.6bn) in back taxes, it has been reported.

It comes on the same day that a report by MPs criticised an agreement for the firm to pay £130m in UK taxes to cover the last 10 years - saying the amount seemed "disproportionately small".

News: Nigeria - President Buhari vows commitment to developing other sectors amid fall in oil price

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday night said that his administration was fully committed to increasing the productivity of Nigeria’s agriculture and solid minerals sectors to save the nation from the harsh effects of lower crude oil prices.

WORLD NEWS: HEALTH - 2014 Ebola Nurse in Sierra Leone, Cafferkey Taken To London Hospital

Pauline Cafferkey has been taken from Glasgow to London by an RAF Hercules for a third stay in hospital since contracting Ebola.

The nurse is to be treated at the Royal Free Hospital for "a late complication from her previous infection", a spokesman confirmed.

The hospital has the UK's only high-level isolation unit used for treating infectious diseases.


A small plane with 21 people on board has gone missing while flying in a mountainous area in Nepal.

The plane lost contact after taking off from Pokhara - a resort town west of Kathmandu.

Officials said it was heading north to Jomsom which is the starting point for trekkers going into the mountains.


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At least three people have been killed after tornadoes and severe weather ripped through southern Louisiana and Mississippi.

Static homes were destroyed and roofs ripped from buildings.

Two people were killed in Convent, in southern Louisiana, and authorities are still looking for people believed to be trapped under the debris.

FOOTBALL RUMOUR: Manchester United in hunt for Rafa Silva for Jose Mourinho

Manchester United are ready to make a move for Sporting Braga talent Rafa Silva in anticipation of Jose Mourinho's eventual arrival as the club's new manager, report ITA Sport Press.

NEWS: NIGERIA - Nigeria and Saudi Arabia in move to ‘stabilise’ global oil market

President Muhammadu Buhari and his Saudi Arabian counterpart, King Salman Bin Abdul-Aziz in Riyadh, have backed efforts to stabilise the global oil market.

The agreement was reached after the two leaders held bilateral talks during which they had extensive discussions on regional and global issues.

According to a statement signed by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, Buhari and his host accepted the fact that their countries’ economies were tied to oil and that wellbeing of both countries will be in jeopardy with instability in the world oil market.


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday grilled a senior Advocate, Mr. Godwin Obla, on his role and four others in negotiating plea bargain on the $180million bribery with five companies.

The other affected lawyers are a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), J. B. Daudu (SAN); Damian D. Dodo(SAN); E.C. Ukala (SAN); and Roland Ewubare.


The Forefront learnt that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) believes the cash was splashed on choice property. Former Interior Minister Abba Moro and four others are to stand trial for allegedly collecting fraudulently N676.6million from 676,675 job seekers.

The EFCC said N202,500,000 was spent on buying No. 1, Lahn Crescent, Maitama, Abuja and N120, 100,000 was lavished on the upgrade of No.2, Sigure Close, Off Monrovia Street, Wuse II Abuja.

NEWS: NIGERIA - Nigerian Army arrest DPO and others for allegedly molesting Army Captain

There was tension earlier in the week at the Railway Post, Umuahia, Abia State when police officers attached to the post allegedly manhandled a man later identified as an Army captain for packing his 18-seater Mitsubishi bus close to the fence of the Police station.

According to eye witness accounts, the Divisional Police officer in-charge of the police post was said to be driving into the station when he spotted the bus and ordered the owner to repack the bus claiming that it was blocking his way.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016


Barcelona in cruise control over Arsenal as always and Juventuse fight back to put Bayern tie in a partial balance.

Juventuse 2-2 Bayern Munich (Muller 43', Robben 55', Dybala 63', Sturaro 76')

Arsenal 0-2 Barcelona (Messi 71', 83')
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FOOTBALL RUMOUR: Jose Mourinho finds a house in Manchester

There are indications former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho in preparation for the Old Trafford seat has found a house in Manchester.

He has found a house in Manchester and is now in the process of customising the new residence to suit his needs ahead of taking charge at Manchester United reports say.

WORLD ENTERTAINMENT GIST: Archbishop from Singapore Warns Against 'Immoral' Madonna

An archbishop in Singapore has voiced his concerns about an upcoming Madonna concert there, warning his flock not to support those who "denigrate and insult religions".

Archbishop William Goh said he had met with government officials to express the church's concerns about Sunday's concert, which is part of the US star's Rebel Heart tour.

WORLD NEWS: TECHNOLOGY - Bill Gates Backs FBI In Battle With Apple

Microsoft founder Bill Gates has waded into the PR battle between Apple and the FBI over cybersecurity - and sided with the FBI.

He said the government agency is right to demand the co-operation of Silicon Valley firms in terrorism investigations.

The FBI wants help to unlock a phone used by Syed Farook, who together with his wife Tashfeen Malik killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California, in December.

WORLD NEWS: US - Senate to block Obama's court nominee (aftermath of Justice Scalia's death)

The US Senate will block a vote on any Supreme Court nominee from President Barack Obama, the Republican Majority Leader in the chamber has warned.

Sen Mitch McConnell acknowledged Mr Obama's right to propose a replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia, who died earlier this month.

But he stressed that Republicans controlling the Senate would also exercise their rights.

Scalia's death left the conservative-run Supreme Court evenly divided.

NEWS: NIGERIA (POLITICS) - Modu Sheriff to remain PDP chair but for only three months

The tension generated by the emergence of Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff as National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was on Tuesday doused with key organs of the party approving a three-month tenure for the embattled party chairman.

The decision was reached at an enlarged meeting of the PDP Governors’ Forum, the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT), the National Assembly Caucus, the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) and state caucuses.

WORLD BUSINESS: Asia shares mixed on Tuesday despite higher oil prices

Shares in Asia were mixed on Tuesday despite a near 7% rise in oil prices overnight and a rally on Wall Street.

Japan's Nikkei 225 rose 1.3% in early trade, but was later up just 0.25% to 16,154 points.

In Australia, the ASX 200 was down 0.35% to 4,984 points as some of the country's big lenders weighed on the index.

WORLD HEALTH ARTICLE: Air pollution 'linked to 40,000 early deaths a year in UK alone, let alone globally

Air pollution is contributing to about 40,000 early deaths a year in the UK, the Royal Colleges of Physicians and Paediatrics and Child Health have said.

While the pollutants have changed over time - from coal soot to diesel vehicle emissions - the health risks remain.

Tobacco still poses the biggest indoor threat, but wood-burning stoves, spray deodorants, cleaning products, air fresheners and fly spray contribute.

NEWS: NIGERIA - Former interior minister Abba Moro on trial for 2013 immigration job scandal

Former Minister of Interior Abba Moro, a former Permanent Secretary and a director are set to face trial over the N650million proceeds of the Immigration recruitment scandal of 2013, the FOREFRONT understands in good authority.

The three suspects were re-invited by the Economice and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) ahead of their arraignment in court today by the anti-graft agency.

The fate of a former Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Mr. David Parradang, was unknown as at press time.