Death toll reaches 228 as Tanzania attempts to right upturned ferry

The death toll from a ferry disaster in Tanzania has risen to 228, an official said on Tuesday, as authorities continue to try righting the vessel. “After flipping the ferry on its side, it seems like there are no more bodies inside,” Minister of State Jenista Mhagama told a news conference broadcast on national television. Mhagama added that 41 people have been rescued. Gen. Venance Mabeyo, chief of the defence forces, said that he expected the ferry would be upright later. “We have managed to lift it and it is now resting on its side. READ ALSO: Tanzania buries ferry disaster dead as toll hi ...

Lagos created 15,000 new jobs in two years, says Oyebode

Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund, Mr. Akintunde Oyebode, on Tuesday said that no fewer than 15,000 jobs have been created by the Fund in the last two years. Speaking to journalists and some Masters Research Students in his office, he said at least 8000 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and businesses have also accessed approximately N6billion since inception of the ETF, an initiative of the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode administration through which N25billion was earmarked to be disbursed over a period of four years to provide entrepreneurs, artisans, traders, and oth ...

Trump, Rouhani set for UN clash as General Assembly opens

The world’s largest diplomatic gathering began with a stark warning of growing chaos and confusion on Tuesday ahead of a showdown between US President Donald Trump and his Iranian counterpart on the floor of the United Nations. On the opening day of the General Assembly debate, Trump and Hassan Rouhani are to take their turns at the podium four months after the US president ditched the Iran nuclear deal. READ ALSO: Sheriff not a mole in APC, says Buhari Support Group The five remaining parties to the agreement — Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia — announced Monday plans to keep busine ...

[BREAKING] Osun gov rerun: You are free to withdraw, APC tells PDP 

Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The All Progressives Campaign Council for the Osun Governorship Election has urged the party’s members in the areas where the state’s election rerun will be held on Thursday to ignore the alleged rantings of the PDP and turn out en masse to vote for the ruling party. In a statement in Abuja by the Chairman of the Council’s Media Committee, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Council said the threat by the PDP to challenge, in court, the Independent National Electoral Commission’s declaration of last Saturday’s election as inconclusive was nothing but sheer bravado. He said the PDP w ...

BREAKING: Again, CBN holds MPR at 14%, seeks speedy budget implementation

Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria on Tuesday left the Monetary Policy Rate unchanged at 14 per cent. The CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, announced the decision of the committee at the end of a two-day meeting held at the apex bank’s headquarters in Abuja. He explained that seven members of the committee that attended the meeting agreed to maintain the current monetary policy stance while three voted to increase the rate. He said apart from the MPR which was retained at 14 per cent, the committee also retained the Cash Reserves Ratio at 22.5 pe ...

WHO suspends work on Ebola in Congo amid militant attacks

The World Health Organisation  is suspending parts of its effort to fight Ebola in Congo after a string of attacks by militants, the UN agency said on Tuesday. WHO’s Emergency Response Chief and Australian epidemiologist, Peter Salama, told a news conference in Geneva that Ebola had claimed 100 lives since the deadly virus outbreak nearly two months ago in North Kivu. After 21 people died in an attack by the Allied Democratic Forces rebels in the city of Beni on Saturday, community groups called for days of mourning and protests that are expected to last at least until Friday. According to him ...

Osun election: No corps member absconded with electoral materials, says NYSC DG 

Peter Dada, Akure The Director-General of the National Youths Service Corps, Brig. Gen. Suleman Kazaure, on Tuesday, expressed satisfaction over the conduct of the corps members, who worked as ad hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission, in the last Saturday’s governorship election in Osun State. The DG, however, denied the rumour that a corps member absconded with the election materials during the governorship election. He said no report of such was received by either the state or the national headquarters of the NYSC in Abuja. Kazaure stated this at the opening ceremony of ...

Italy football star, Giuseppe Rossi, tests positive for banned substance

Italy striker Giuseppe Rossi is facing a doping ban after testing positive for the banned substance dorzolamide, media reports said Tuesday. Rossi, who has played 30 times for the Azzurri in a career blighted by knee injuries, tested positive following an Italian league match between his team at the time, Genoa, and Benevento on May 12. READ ALSO: How PDP can win in 2019 Dorzolamide is commonly found in eye drops. Its use is permitted if the athlete obtains a therapeutic use exemption, although if not applied to the eyes, it could be used as a diuretic. The 31-year-old Rossi, formerly of Manch ...

Young people are turning away from the Catholic Church due to scandals – Pope

Pope Francis on Tuesday said young people are turned off by the Catholic Church because of sex abuse and financial scandals. Francis was addressing young people at a Lutheran church in Tallinn, on the last day of a four-day trip to the three Baltic nations of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. “Some of them expressly ask us to leave them alone, because they feel the Church’s presence as bothersome or even irritating. “They are outraged by sexual and economic scandals that do not meet with clear condemnation, by our unpreparedness to really appreciate the lives and sensibilities of the young,’’ Fra ...

Abdulsalami’s peace committee, INEC chairman meet ahead of 2019 elections

A peace committee led by former Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar, on Tuesday held a meeting with the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu ahead of the 2019 general elections. Speaking in Abuja, Abubakar said the committee decided to interact with stakeholders following the way the polity is being heated up ahead of the 2019 elections, reports The Cable. He said, “We are all aware that we are approaching the 2019 election and already you are very much aware how the polity is being heated as a result of which we have decided to step our action in ...

BREAKING: Court declares Imo dep governor, Madumere’s impeachment illegal

Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri There is jubilation within the premises of the Owerri High Court as Justice Benjamin Iheaka declared the impeachment of the Deputy Governor of Imo state, Eze Madumere, invalid and of no legal effect. In reading the judgment which lasted for three hours, the justice flayed the Chief Judge of the state, Paschal Nnadi and the Attorney General of the state, Militus Nlemadim for not adhering to the provisions of section 188(5) of the 1999 constitution as amended in the impeachment of Madumere on July 31, 2018. The jurist contended that the CJ constituted the seven-man pane ...

Court declares corper’s detention by SARS illegal, orders immediate trial

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal High Court in Abuja has declared the continued detention of a serving member of the National Youth Service Corps, Mr. Christopher Adole, in the custody of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad unit of the police without charge since July this year, as illegal. Delivering judgment in the fundamental human rights enforcement suit filed on behalf of the corps member, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, on Monday, directed the IG to immediately arraign the corp member before any court of competent jurisdiction if at all they had any allegation whatsoever against him.  The judge also o ...

BREAKING: UN chief warns of ‘chaotic’ world order as General Assembly opens

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday opened the world’s largest diplomatic gathering with a stark warning of growing chaos and confusion as the rules-based global order comes under threat of breaking down. Addressing the opening session of the UN General Assembly, Guterres said trust in the rules-based global order and among states was “at a breaking point” and international cooperation becoming more difficult. “Today, world order is increasingly chaotic. Power relations are less clear,” Guterres told the 193-nation assembly just minutes before President Donald Trump was to take th ...

German Catholic Church apologises over child sex abuse

Germany’s Catholic Church on Tuesday apologised to victims of sexual assault by clergy, with the institution’s top cardinal saying perpetrators must be brought to justice. Cardinal Reinhard Marx said he was ashamed over the decades of abuse that have shattered trust, the crimes carried out by officials of the Church, as well as how so many have looked away for so long. [READ ALSO] Osun rerun: Omisore gives conditions to support PDP The dismay expressed by the head of the German Bishops’ Conference came as the institution published a damning report showing that in Germany, almost 3,700 minors — ...

Cholera death toll climbs to 45

At least 45 people have been killed by cholera in Zimbabwe in the past three weeks, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, describing the strain as “multi-drug resistant”. It said that an oral vaccine campaign was due to begin shortly with 450,000 people targeted in the worst-affected suburbs of the capital Harare. About 500,000 doses were due to arrive in the country on Wednesday for Zimbabwe’s first oral vaccine campaign to combat the disease. “A cumulative total of 6,428 suspected cases, 45 deaths, and 96 confirmed cases have been reported,” a report by WHO and the health ministry said ...

Court dissolves marriage over childlessness, battery

A Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan on Tuesday dissolved a six-years marriage between one Atinuke Oluwadamilare and her husband, Ibitoye, over childlessness and constant battery. The court’s president, Chief Ademola Odunade, held that the court had no other option than to dissolve the union since the petitioner had refused to be pacified. “In the interest of peaceful living, the union between Atinuke and Ibitoye has ceased to be. “Ibitoye is advised to refund all outstanding debt to Atinuke and must allow her to move her property from his house,” he said. READ ALSO: Players have times they don’t ...

Players have times they don’t score, Klopp defends Salah

Liverpool Manager Juergen Klopp says he has no concern over Egypt striker Mohamed Salah’s form, ahead of Saturday’s match against Chelsea. Salah has not scored in his last three Liverpool outings and some observers have suggested he looks short of full fitness and sharpness. The former AS Roma forward has scored twice in five games — just one fewer than at this stage last season. “Wow, that’s a crisis,” joked Klopp who went on to outline his satisfaction with Salah’s contributions to what has been a 100 per cent start to the campaign for Liverpool. READ ALSO: Minimum wage: Strike commences on ...

Minimum wage: Strike commences on Thursday, TUC insists

The Trade Union Congress on Tuesday insisted organised labour would commence strike from early hours of Thursday, September 27, following the Federal Government’s failure to honour its ultimatum on the new minimum wage. A statement signed by the Secretary-General of the union, Mr Musa-Lawal Ozigi,  in Abuja stated that the decision to embark on strike was sequel to the resolve of the Central Working Committee of TUC on September 24. READ ALSO: Police foil another kidnap attempt of APC Chairman’s son Ozigi said that following the mandate of the CWC, TUC leadership would take all necessary actio ...

Manchester United expect higher revenue, core earnings for 2019

English Premier League soccer club Manchester United forecast higher revenue and core earnings for 2019, even as the company reported lower results for the fourth quarter of 2018. Adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization for 2019 are expected to be between 175 million pounds and 190 million pounds, the 20-time English champions said. READ ALSO: Nuclear deal: No plans to meet Iran’s Rouhani –Trump Revenue for 2019 is expected to be between 615 million pounds and 630 million pounds, United said. It reported adjusted EBITDA of 177.1 million pounds and revenue of 590 m ...

Nuclear deal: No plans to meet Iran’s Rouhani –Trump

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he had no plans to meet with Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani at the United Nations “despite requests” to do so. “Maybe someday in the future. I am sure he is an absolutely lovely man!” Trump tweeted just hours before both leaders were set to speak at the UN General Assembly, and four months after the US president ditched the Iran nuclear deal. READ ALSO: Joshua reveals illness Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal in May to the dismay of European allies, Russia and China which had invested years in negotiations to achieve a milestone agreement on keeping Iran’s ...

Nigerians decry NASS resumption postponement

Some Nigerians have decried the latest postponement of the resumption date for the National Assembly from September 25 to October 9, saying it would delay INEC’s budget for 2019 general elections. They expressed their displeasure while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Lagos State. The Clerk to the National Assembly, Mr Mohammed Omolori, had on Sunday announced that the National Assembly rescheduled resumption from its annual recess from September 25 to October 9. Omolori explained that the postponement was due to the activities of primary elections by political parties. R ...

FIFA to reintroduce agent licences

FIFA are set to reintroduce licences for player agents and has adopted, in principle, a limit on player loans. FIFA’s ‘Football Stakeholders Committee’ approved “the introduction of licences and exams for agents” at a meeting in London, according to a source close to the discussions. The governing body of world football did away with agent licences in 2015. While the committee, chaired by the Canadian Victor Montagliani, the Canadian head of CONCACAF, approved a limit on player loans, they could not agree a number. FIFA had proposed a maximum of six loans per club as part of plans to reduce th ...

UPDATED: Michael Kors agrees to buy Versace for 1.83bn euros

Global fashion house Michael Kors said Tuesday it had agreed to buy Italian luxury giant Versace, adding a new layer to its offering after buying shoemaker Jimmy Choo last year. Michael Kors, with roots in the United States but headquartered in London, has struck a deal to buy Versace for 1.83 billion euros ($2.1 billion), a statement said. “We are excited to have Versace as part of our family of luxury brands, and we are committed to investing in its growth,” said Michael Kors chief executive John D. Idol. READ ALSO: Players have times they don’t score, Klopp defends Salah “With the full reso ...

Run NFF as modern football organisation, Balogun advises Pinnick

A sports Analyst, Tayo Balogun, has advised Amaju Pinnick,  President of the  Nigeria Football Federation to run the outfit as a modern day football organisation. This is with a view to further develop the sport in the country. Balogun gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan on Tuesday. READ ALSO: Sheriff not a mole in APC, says Buhari Support Group He also told Pinnick, who was re-elected president of the Federation on Thursday to make due process the order of the day. “This is his second term in office; the period should be used effectively. He should correc ...

Sheriff not a mole in APC, says Buhari Support Group

The Presidential Support Group  for Buhari 2019 campaign, says its Chairman, Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff is not a mole planted by the Peoples Democratic Party to scuttle the election of the president in 2019. Mr Kassim Muhammed Kassim, the group`s Secretary said in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday, that those making the allegation were only being mischievous. “Sheriff came into APC without any hidden political agenda other than to contribute his quota to the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari because he identifies with the president’s integrity,’’ Kassim sai ...

South Africa relaxes visa rules to attract investors, tourists

South Africa on Tuesday announced visa reforms aimed at luring investment and tourists to help lift the continent’s most advanced economy out of recession. Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba unveiled a raft of regulations allowing frequent visitors and foreign business travellers to have long-term multiple-entry visas of up to 10 years. The rules will take effect from next month. “Changes to our visa architecture have the potential to boost tourism and make business travel more conducive,” Gigaba told reporters. READ ALSO: Police foil another kidnap attempt of APC Chairman’s son “We are simpl ...

War against terrorism is collective responsibility – Buratai

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen.Tukur Buratai, has said that the war against terrorism required collective support of all Nigerians to consolidate on the victory recorded. Buratai made the remark in a statement by the Acting Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, Depot Nigerian Army, Lt. Adekunle Adeyemi-Akinleye, in Zaria, Kaduna state on Tuesday. Adeyemi-Akinleye said Buratai stated this while speaking as the Special Guest of Honour at the 50th Anniversary and International Conference held at the main campus of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Samaru, Zaria, Kaduna State. The conference wi ...

Merkel says still unclear what Britain wants in Brexit talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday that Britain had still not expressed a clear position on its post-Brexit relations with the EU, warning that only “six to eight weeks” remained to reach an agreement. Success in the upcoming negotiations depended “largely on what it is Britain really wants, and on this the discussion has still not been entirely clear”, Merkel told a business conference in Berlin. Merkel reiterated the stance of the remaining 27 EU members that “you can’t belong to a single market if you want to stick to just one of its principles but not the other three”. READ ALSO: ...

Police foil another kidnap attempt of APC Chairman’s son

Police Command in Borno on Tuesday said it had foiled another attempted kidnap of Ibrahim Ahmed, an eight-year-old son of the All Progressives Congress Chairman of Askira Uba Council, Alhaji Ibrahim Muhammed. Mr Demian Chukwu, the Commissioner of Police disclosed this during a news conference at the command in Maiduguri. Chukwu said that the situation was reported by a family member on Friday that the child was kidnapped from a primary school in Maiduguri and taken to an unknown destination. He said that the command quickly deployed its Federal Special Anti-Robbery team as well as other person ...

One dead, 17 kidnapped in new militia raid

One person was killed and 17 were kidnapped in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo late Monday in a raid blamed on a notorious Ugandan militia accused of a massacre in a regional city two days earlier, sources said. The new attack took place in the town of Oicha, around 30 kilometres (18 miles) south of Beni, where 21 people were killed on Saturday by men wielding machetes and firing guns. The authorities are blaming both attacks on the Allied Democratic Forces, a militia rooted in Ugandan Islamism that has killed hundreds of people in North Kivu province since 2014. READ ALSO: German Catholi ...

Bayelsa to pay salaries, pensions from Paris Club refund

The Bayelsa State Government on Tuesday announced plans to offset two months outstanding salary and pension with N8 billion from the N24 billion Paris Club debts refund. The state Commissioner for Information, Mr Daniel Iworiso-Markson,  said this while announcing the receipt of N24.16 billion from the Paris Club debt refund. Iworiso-Markson was, however, silent on how the state intends to spend the remaining balance of N16 billion. He said Gov. Seriake Dickson had directed immediate payment of two out of the outstanding three months salary arrears to workers and four out seven months pension ...