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India firework factory blast kills at least 18

At least 18 people have been killed and up to 16 injured after a massive explosion at a firecracker factory in northern India, as rescuers battle the flames in the search for survivors.
TIWA SAVAGE

Xenophobia: Tiwa Savage cancels South African performance

Nigerian singer, Tiwa Savage, on Wednesday, said that she would no longer be performing at a festival scheduled to hold in Johannesburg, South Africa, later this month.

Retired policeman kills man at Imo festival

Tragedy struck in Imo State on Friday after a retired policeman, Emezim Duru, shot and killed a yet-to-be-identified man at an ongoing festival in the state.
The immediate past Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, was on Saturday physically attacked in Nuremberg, Germany, where he had gone to attend the new yam festival by some members of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB)

Nnamdi Kanu: IPOB’s attack on Senator Ekweremadu, warning to Igbo leaders

Nnamdi Kanu, Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, insisted, yesterday, that the attack on the former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, in Nuremberg, Germany, was a ‘courageous act’ and ‘polite warning.’

UN advisor urges peace during new yam festival

The Advisor, Civil-military Relations of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), Major General Moses Obi (Rtd), has enjoined all Boki indigenes to embrace peace as they mark the annual New Yam Festival.
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has launched a Communication portal to receive meaningful suggestions and complaints with the aim of assisting pilgrims to the 2019 Hajj.

NAHCON begins return flight with Lagos, Katsina pilgrims

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria on Saturday began the transportation of Nigerians who performed the 2019 pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia back to Nigeria with 432 pilgrims from Lagos State.
Ogun state governor Prince Dapo Abiodun has tweeted his real official portrait, as against the image that is being circulated by street traders in Abeokuta, the capital.

Ojude Oba a unifying force worthy of emulation – Ogun governor

Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun yesterday described the Ojude Oba Cultural Festival as a unifying traditional festival among the Ijebu and the entire people of Ogun State.
Adams Oshiomhole

Adams Oshiomhole: Governor Obaseki is my brother, ‘rift’ created by people, media

National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has blamed the Nigerian media for the alleged rift between himself and Gov. Godwin Obaseki, describing his successor as his brother.
Francesca Tilley-Gyado

Nigerian filmmaker shortlisted for Cannes’s ‘short film’ competition

Nigerian filmmaker Francesca Tilley-Gyado has been selected for the prestigious Short Film Competition at the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival scheduled to be held from 14 to 25 May 2019.

Federal government steps up youth, voter education to check electoral manipulation

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alh. Lai Mohammed, said on Thursday that the Federal Government had stepped up its youths and voter education campaigns to check electoral violence.
Abuja 2018 National Sport Festival 100 metres deaf athletics gold medalist Assurance Omoria has vowed to win a medal in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

National Sports Festival: 100 metres deaf gold winner plans to build personal house

Abuja 2018 National Sport Festival 100m deaf athletics gold medalist Assurance Omoria has vowed to win a medal in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Akinwunmi Ambode Lagos APC

Akinwunmi Ambode receives Torch of Unity for 2019 National Sport Festival

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, on Monday, received the Torch of Unity to herald the forthcoming 19th National Sports Festival coming up in Abuja next month, saying that sports remains a veritable tool to engender the unity and cohesion the nation actually needs.

Matthew Kukah: No president worldwide can be as irresponsible as Nigerian president

The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Dr. Matthew Hassan Kukah, has said that no president of any country in the world can be as irresponsible in the usage of power as a Nigerian president.

Davido’s US performance called off due to hurricane

The Dreamville Festival in which Davido was expected to perform has been postponed indefinitely due to Hurricane Florence.
6 President Buhari returns to Abuja after 10 working days holiday to an enthusiastic reception from Nigerians on 18th August 2018

President Buhari returns to Abuja after Eid-el-Kabir festival

President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Abuja after celebrating the Muslim festival of Eid-el-Kabir in Daura, his hometown.
Osun Osogbo festival

Osun festival: Tight security as firms invade grove with products

The police deployed two armour personnel carriers at the entrance of the grove with Police Anti-Bomb Squad aside scores of armed policemen scattered everywhere inside the grove to ensure that there is adequate security for thousands of tourists and worshippers who are celebrating the goddess.

NSF: Federation insists on upgrading scrabble into mandatory sport

The Nigeria Scrabble Federation (NSF) on Tuesday in Abuja insisted that scrabble should not be listed as an optional sport at the 2018 National Sports Festival (NSF).

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The U.S. will send additional troops to the Middle East in the wake of drone strikes on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, U.S. Defence Secretary Mark Esper said in Washington.

More US troops to arrive Middle East after strike on Saudi oil facilities

The U.S. will send additional troops to the Middle East in the wake of drone strikes on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, U.S. Defence Secretary Mark Esper said in Washington.
The missions gave the assurance in New York during a collaborative meeting between the Consul-General of Nigeria in New York, Mr Benaoyagha Okoyen, and the new Nigerian Consul-General in Atlanta, Mrs Aishatu Musa.

Envoy assures investors of Nigeria’s commitment to contractual agreement

The Consul General of Nigeria in New York, Mr Benaoyagha Okoyen, at the weekend said the current administration remained committed to due process in its contractual agreements with investors.

Junior Ajayi nets brace in Al Ahly Super Cup win against Zamalek

Nigeria forward Junior Ajayi scored twice as Al Ahly were crowned Egypt Super Cup champions after an entertaining 3-2 victory against Zamalek.