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Istanbul airport attack: FAAN issues security advise to air travellers

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Following the recent terror attack at the Ataturk airport in Istanbul Turkey which left over forty five persons dead and more injured, t he management of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has advised all airport users, especially passengers and airline operators, to be security conscious at airports .

How Senate Rules were ‘amended’ for Saraki, Ekweremadu’s elections – Clerk

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The deputy clerk of the National Assembly, Benedict Efeturi, confirmed to police investigators that the senate’s standing orders used for the 2015 elections of Bukola Saraki and Ike Ekweremadu as senate president and deputy respectively, were different from the 2011 version which should have been in use at the time. An exclusive report by online news medium, Premium Times said details of police investigation seen by it can confirm this.

How Safe is Nigeria for Foreigners and Expatriates?

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There have been many speculations by foreigners who are visiting Nigeria as regards to security and health safety. While some international travel blogs or websites have tagged Nigeria a travel risk country, it will be wise to examine the map earlier released by International SOS and also read from a Nigerian on this.

Istanbul Ataturk airport attack: Deaths rise to 41, with 239 hurt

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The death toll in a gun and suicide bomb attack on Istanbul's Ataturk airport has risen to 41, 13 of them foreign nationals, with 239 injured, the Turkish city's governor says. Three attackers arrived in a taxi and began firing at the terminal entrance late on Tuesday. They blew themselves up after police fired back.

Dubai Properties: Civil Society groups urge FG to sack Buratai

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The Conference of Nigerian Civil Rights Activists, on Tuesday, demanded the immediate removal of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, over his ownership of two properties in Dubai, the commercial nerve centre of the United Arab Emirates. The CNCRA stated this in a statement by its Convener, Mr. Ifeanyi Odili, in Abuja.

Forgery suit: Ekweremadu writes EU, UN

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Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has written the parliament of the United Nations, European Union, United States, European Union, governments of the United States, United Kingdom and other foreign missions, over “an attempt to truncate Nigeria’s democracy.” He said the move was allegedly aimed at silencing him as the leader and the highest ranking member of the opposition in the country, in the name of prosecuting an alleged forgery case. Ekweremadu stated this in his two-page letter, titled, “Re: Trumped up  Charges Against the Presiding Officers of the 8th Senate: Nigerian Democracy is in Grave Danger,”.

At least ten reported dead in Turkey airport attack

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A gun and bomb attack on Istanbul's Ataturk international airport has killed at least 10 people and injured others, with reports of at least one suicide bomber. At least 20 people were also wounded with casualties being reportedly rushed to hospital in taxis. Police opened fire to stop the suspects at an entry point, Reuters reports. It appears that the attackers detonated explosives at the entrance to the international terminal.

Forgery allegation: Senate issues fresh summon to AGF

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The Senate, through its committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, on Tuesday, issued a fresh summon to the Attorney – General of the Federation, who is also the Minister of Justice, Mallam Abubakar Malami. Malami was being invited by the senate for instituting a forgery case against the presiding officers of the upper chamber, and two top management staff of the National Assembly. The senate had first summoned Malami, following a motion moved by Senator Dino Melaye, representing Kogi West Senatorial District, who relied on order 14 and 52, to demand the approval of his colleagues for his two prayers including the invitation of the AGF and the genuineness of the rule book.

Saraki and Ekweremadu tutored on life in Prison

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The Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu have been tutored on how to live in a prison, a Senator told our correspondent. Saraki, Ekweremadu, outgoing Clerk to the National Assembly, Alhaji Salisu Maikasuwa and the Deputy Clerk, Benedict Efeturi are standing trial at a Federal High Court in Abuja over alleged forging of the Senate Rules book.

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England crash out of Euros after shock defeat by Iceland

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England suffered a humiliating exit from Euro 2016 as they went out to minnows Iceland in the last 16. Wayne Rooney put England in front with an early penalty after Raheem Sterling was fouled, only for Ragnar Sigurdsson to equalise almost immediately. And Kolbeinn Sigthorsson gave Iceland - a nation of 330,000 people - the lead with a shot Joe Hart should have saved. England, devoid of attacking ideas, rarely threatened and Iceland will face hosts France in the quarter-finals. Wow! I guess this is goodbye to Roy Hodgson as coach of the Three Lions.

Stop crying wolf and face your trial - Presidency hits back at Saraki

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STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE SENATOR SARAKI AND THE FICTIVE CABAL President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, claims there is “now a government within the government of President Buhari”, which has allegedly seized the apparatus of Executive powers to pursue a nefarious agenda.

I am still your Governor - Okezie Ikpeazu tells Abians

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Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has said he remains the governor of Abia State despite a court ruling ordering him to vacate the seat. Ikpeazu was quoted in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Enyinnaya Appolos, as saying that he will appeal the ruling of the Federal High Court in Abuja which sacked him for presenting false information to his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, for the December 2014 governorship primary of the party.

Forgery allegation: Democracy on trial - Ike Ekweremadu

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Complete text of a statement released by Deputy Senate President Ike Ekwerremadu following his arraignment alongside Senate President Bukola Saraki and two others at an Abuja high Court on allegation of forgery of the 2015 Senate rules. DEMOCRACY ON TRIAL I presented myself to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court today as an ordinary citizen of this great nation to plead NOT GUILTY to charges I did not and could not have committed.

Court sacks Abia Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu

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The Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, has annulled the election of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the court also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to issue a certificate of return to Samson Ogah, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, who contested the governorship ticket with the governor.

Forgery trial: Saraki reiterates his innocence

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Following his appearance in court Monday alongside his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu and former National Assembly clerk, Salisu Maikasuwa and his Deputy Benedict Efeturi on forgery allegation, Senate President Bukola Saraki has insisted that the leadership of the Senate is innocent of the charges against them.

Forgery trial: Court grants Saraki, Ekweremadu, two others bail

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T he High Court of the Federal Capital Territory has granted Senate President, Bukola Saraki; his deputy, Ekweremadu, and two others bail in their trial over an alleged forgery. All four accused persons pleaded not guilty after which their lawyers argued that they be granted bail. The case has been adjourned to July 11.

EFCC seizes 29 properties from three ex-Air Force chiefs

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has seized 29 properties from the immediate past Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu; a former Chief of Accounts and Budgeting in NAF, Air Vice Marshal Jacob Adigun (retd.); and a former Director of Finance and Budget, Air Commodore Olugbenga Gbadebo (retd.). No fewer than 11 properties were seized from Amosu; 12 were seized from Adigun and six from Gbadebo.

3 wounded in Abakaliki over Ronaldo - Messi superiority argument

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Three football fans were wounded in a free-for-all in a bar in Abakaliki on Saturday night over an argument about who is a better player between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Correspondent who witnessed the melee reports that the incident occurred at the Kpirikpiri area of the town during the EURO 2016 second round match between Portugal and Croatia. NAN also reports that Portugal won the match 1-0 courtesy of a Ricardo Quaresma 114th minute-extra time goal that sent them into the competition’s quarter-finals. Trouble started when a Ronaldo supporter identified as “Marshal’’ celebrated widely as the Real Madrid star’s shot was parried into Quaresma’s path for the goal to the consternation of the Messi’s supporter named Obinna.

Presidency denies involvement in Saraki's legal battles

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The Presidency has said it did not originate the legal battles currently before the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki. The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said this in an interview with the Punch newspaper. Saraki who emerged the President of the Senate against the position of the leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress that supported Senator Ahmed Lawan’s candidature is also undergoing trial before the Code of Conduct Tribunal over alleged false declaration of assets while he was governor of Kwara State.

Nigerian Army announces rescue of 5000 Boko Haram hostages

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About 5,000 people were rescued from the Boko Haram by soldiers and members of the vigilante, Civilian JTF, the Nigerian Army has said. The Army spokesperson, Sani Usman, also said a member of the Civilian JTF was killed on Saturday during the battles with the Boko Haram. Mr. Usman, a Colonel, in his statement also said weapons, ammunition and transport equipment like motorcycles were recovered from the raided camps around Mafa, a local government headquarter about 40km from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

How notorious kidnappers escaped from Kuje prisons

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Two notorious kidnappers who abducted and killed a society lady, Mrs. Edith Chinedu Aliyu, have escaped from the Medium Prisons, Kuje, Abuja, in a daring jailbreak on Friday evening. It was gathered that the two Kuje inmates, Maxwell Ajukwu and Solomon Amodu, used a plank to scale the high wall of the prisons while Muslim inmates were breaking their Ramadan fast at 7pm.

PHOTO; First Lady Aisha Buhari in major blunder as she tries to shake the hand of Alaafin of Oyo

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Photos of the wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, trying to shake hands with the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, have gone viral on the internet. The photos, which were posted on the monarch’s Facebook page on Tuesday, showed Mrs. Buhari trying to shake the hand of the king at an occasion in Borno State. Oba Adeyemi is the Chancellor of the University of Maiduguri.

Buhari begs militants to stop pipeline vandalism

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Obviously perturbed by the activities of the Niger Delta Militants, NDA, President Muhammadu Buhari last night went spiritual, pleading with them in God’s name to have a change of heart over their destruction of oil and gas installations in the region. The president who stated that there were many factions of the Niger Delta Militants also said that the groups were armed with sophisticated weapons and that the economy was on its knees following the bombing of gas pipelines.

Gunmen take hostages after attacking a hotel in Somalia

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Gunmen who stormed a hotel in Somalia's capital have taken an unknown number of hotel guests hostage, police said Saturday, as the attackers set up snipers on the rooftop and threw grenades. Islamic extremist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the latest in a series of hotel assaults in Mogadishu. Police believe at least 15 victims are dead with dozens more injured. Capt. Mohamed Hussein said some attackers had moved to the second floor and were using machine guns to resist security forces.

Jailbreak reported in Kuje Prison

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The Nigeria Prisons Service has confirmed that there was a jailbreak in the Kuje maximum Prison on Friday night but said it was yet to find out if any inmate escaped. The Punch newspaper reports that the Public Relations Officer of the Service, Francis Enobore told one of its correspondent on the telephone that there was an “incident” at the prison on Friday night but added that it had nothing to do with the leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta, Charles Okah, who he said is “safe and sound.” “Yes there was an incident yesterday, but Okah was not involved,” he said.

Army Chief owns properties in Dubai - Nigerian Army admits

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The Nigerian Army has admitted that its chief, Tukur Buratai, owns assets in Dubai, United Araba Emirate. The army however described as “false and misleading” a report that Mr. Buratai, and his wives, jointly became owners of the properties following a certain “single” transaction. The army said the two Dubai properties had been officially declared when Mr. Buratai was appointed Nigeria’s top army officer.

Algeria's Setif kicked out of African Champions League

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Algeria's Entente Setif have been ejected from the African Champions League after trouble marred their match with Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa. The game on 18 June was abandoned by the referee with Sundowns 2-0 up when violence broke out in the stands. The Confederation of African Football (Caf) said "missiles, stones, bottles and firecrackers" were thrown onto the pitch during the game .

Retract your story on Halliburton scandal or face legal action-Aisha Buhari warns Fayose

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Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, has given Ekiti State governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, five days within which to retract the story that she offered bribe to convicted U.S lawmaker, Williams Jefferson, over the Halliburton scandal or face legal action. Legal representatives to Mrs. Buhari, in a warning letter sent to the governor via courier on Wednesday, said: “Our client has referred to us statement made by you and published on the 20th of June, 2016 (and other subsequent days) concerning and pertaining to her person for necessary action. Aisha-Fayose Aisha-Fayose “The said statement, which was caused by you and your agents and widely circulated and published in various media platforms: print, electronic and online such as Premium Times of June 20, 2016, contains very wild, unfounded and false allegations and imputations against the person of our client.

British PM David Cameron to quit following Britain's decision to leave the EU

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Prime Minister David Cameron is to step down by October after the UK voted to leave the European Union. Mr Cameron made the announcement in a statement outside Downing Street after the final result was announced. He said he would attempt to "steady the ship" over the coming weeks and months. He had urged the country to vote Remain, warning of economic and security consequences of an exit, but Leave won by 52% to 48%. England and Wales voted strongly for Brexit, while London, Scotland and Northern Ireland backed staying in. UKIP leader Nigel Farage hailed it as the UK's "independence day" but the Remain camp called it a "catastrophe". The pound fell to its lowest level against the dollar since 1985 as the markets reacted to the results. BBC

Britain votes against remaining in the EU

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Voters in the United Kingdom have chosen to leave the European Union in a hotly-contested referendum that has left stock markets in turmoil across the world. One of Britain's major news outlet, Sky News, also projected a slight victory, 48-52%, for those campaigning to “Leave” the 43-year union with 27 other countries in continental Europe. Polls closed at 10 p.m. local time and counting continued into Friday, with more than 82% precincts reporting as at 4 a.m.

Ronaldo throws Reporters mic in Lake

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Cristiano Ronaldo threw a reporter’s microphone in a lake on Wednesday after objecting to being approached hours before Portugal’s crunch Euro 2016 match against Hungary. Ronaldo, 31, has endured a frustrating time in France, hitting the post with his second-half penalty attempt in Saturday’s goal-less draw with Austria. He also drew criticism after slamming Iceland for their “small mentality” after the minnows held Portugal to a 1-1 draw in their opening match.

Why Fayose's bank account was frozen

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On Monday the governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, a relentless critic of President Muhammadu Buhari, stirred yet another controversy. He told journalists that he had gone to do some transactions at a Zenith Bank branch in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, but was shocked to find that his account with the bank had been frozen by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Mr. Fayose, who by virtue of being a governor enjoys constitutional immunity from criminal prosecutions, said the decision to freeze his account was illegal.

Police arrest suspected burglars of Saraki’s home

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Men of Kwara State Police Command have arrested four men in connection with the alleged theft of huge sum of money from the Ilorin residence of the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki. Before the commencement of Ramadan fast, there were reports of theft of money in the Ilorin home of the Senate President which an online medium put at N300m, meant for Ramadan welfare for supporters of Saraki in the state.

Five ways floating the Naira will affect Nigerians

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Nigeria is allowing its struggling currency, the naira, to trade freely in a move to tackle the financial crisis in Africa's most populous nation. Financial blogger Feyi Fawehinmi looks at how it will affect people's lives. 1. Petrol prices will remain stable Refined petrol is Nigeria's single biggest import. The story of how an oil exporting nation has to import almost all of its refined products is well told. According to the National Bureau of Statistics, refined petrol imports in the first three months of 2016 amounted to 226bn naira ($1.1bn; £791m) or 15.6% of total imports. Last month, petrol subsidies were removed and a new price band of 130 naira to 145 naira per litre was recommended by the government.

Beware of scammers, Customs is not recruiting - Comptroller General

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The Nigeria Customs Service says it is launching an all-out war against  internet fraudsters who specialise in extorting money from innocent  Nigerians under the pretext of offering them jobs, auctions or contracts. A statement signed by the Public Relations Officer, Wale Adeniyi on behalf of the Comptroller General of Customs Colonel Hameed Ali retired said the following:

Constitutional amendment: Ekweremadu, others want life pension for National Assembly leaders

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Some lawmakers on Saturday proposed life pension for presiding officers of the National Assembly after their tenure in office. They made the proposal at a-two day retreat on Constitution Review organised by the Senate Ad hoc Committee on Constitution Review in Lagos. According to them, presiding officers, who should enjoy life pension are President of Senate, Deputy President of Senate, Speaker, House of Representatives and Deputy Speaker of House of Representatives.

This Fela sef! He lives by Reuben Abati

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On the occasion of his 80th birthday, Benson Idonije, who is arguably Nigeria’s most informed analyst of jazz music and an enthusiastic promoter of popular culture and music has released for public review and consideration an absolutely well-informed biography of Fela, the Afro-beat music maestro. The book is a useful contribution in my opinion. But the first thing I noticed- signposted by the copy sent to me, is how indeed, this particular publication appears to be a victim of the emergent crises of publishing in Africa in dispossessed economies. The copy sent to me is copyrighted 2014; on the cover it is described as a preview edition, scheduled for “official release: first quarter 2015”, the review copy doesn’t even have an ISBN number, there is no index and the bibliography is wrongly presented.

I've been squatting with friends since my husband died - Thompson Oliha's wife

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Within five years, five members of the victorious 1994 Super Eagles squad have died mysteriously. From the exit of defender, Uche Okafor in Texas, USA, in 2011, to goal poacher, Rashidi Yekini, in Ibadan in 2012, Thompson Oliha in Ilorin in 2013, goalkeeper Wilfred Agbonavbare in 2015 and recently, ‘The Big Boss,’ Stephen Keshi in Benin City, it has been one mystery death too many.

Ikorodu United involved in auto crash en route Makurdi

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N igeria Professional Football League side, Ikorodu United, were on Friday involved in a ghastly auto crash. The accident happened at about 4pm along AMA Brewery Road 9th Mile, Enugu. The team was travelling in a Chisco bus, which collided with a truck that over-turned and burst into flames.

5 Nigerian foods to avoid late at night

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If you have had an extremely busy and long day, and you are finally free to eat at about 11pm, maybe, of course it makes sense that you would want to gulp down a heavy meal to assuage the persisting hunger no matter how late in the day it is. Eating late at night is not a complete no-no as it is important to eat when you are hungry; you just have to be smart about it. Contrary to popular belief, eating late at night does not necessarily make you add weight nor does it have any negative health implications. Eating the wrong foods with the wrong number of calories is what brings on all the extra weight and most times disrupts your sleep. Are you visiting or currently living in Nigeria and you have the habit of eating late at Night? Rather than just opting for the nearest, tastiest-looking Nigerian food, take a look at Jovago.com’s list of 5 Nigerian foods to avoid late at Night to know what food. Amala and Ewedu A food famous in the western region of the country, Amala and Ewedu

APC Press Corps mourn Ehirim, demand Buhari's support for the family 

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Journalists attached to the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) could not hold back their tears Thursday even as they gathered to mourn the passed away of the immediate past chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Federal Capital Territory (FCT) chapter, Comrade Chuks Ehirim.  The late Ehirim died at the Garki hospital after a brief illness on the day he was supposed to celebrate his 50th birthday.  In different tributes by late Ehirim's colleagues at the APC press Corps, they described Ehirim's death as a rude shock and a great lost to journalism in the country. The newsmen testified that late Ehirim was a progressive and passionate Journalist who contributed immensely through his reportage and news analysis to the government of change and accountability.  We can vividly remember that our late colleague has been reporting President Muhammadu Buhari and his political activities since the President joined politics.  "The most recent was the tour of po

Buhari extends London vacation to Sunday

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President Muhammadu Buhari will not return to Nigeria from London, where he is spending his 10-day medical vacation, until Sunday. Punch reports that Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo disclosed this to State House correspondents on Thursday shortly before the commencement of a meeting of the National Economic Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Members of Nigeria's House of Representatives in sex scandal

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The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr . James Entwistle , has petitioned the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara , accusing some members of the lower chamber of improper conduct, attempted rape and soliciting for prostitutes while on official trip to the US . But , the affected lawmakers have denied all the allegations and threatened to sue the ambassador and the US government for “ character defamation and a calculated attempt to ridicule the National Assembly . ”

D'Tigress crash out of Rio Olympics qualifier

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Nigerian women are out of the basketball event of the 2016 Olympics after they finished third in Group C of the 2016 FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament. The tournament was played in Nantes, France. The coach Scott Nnaji-led ladies failed in their bid to qualify for their second Olympic Games after the three teams in the group were tied on three points each after their two games but Belarus and South Korea qualified for the quarterfinals. Nigeria has only made one appearance in the women’s basketball event of the Olympics. They appeared for the first time at Athens 2004.