Fergie urges United calm

23 April 2011 Sir Alex Ferguson urged caution as Manchester United kept their Premier League title charge firmly on course. A hard-fought 1-0 win over Everton on Saturday, United's 13th successive home league success this season, left Ferguson's leaders just two wins away from a record 19th domestic title. Javier Hernandez's goal piled the pressure on second placed Chelsea, who…

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Nigeria into Semi’s

24 April 2011 Two goals in the second half from Stanley Okoro and Ramon Azeez saw Nigeria U20 beat Gambia U20 2-0 in their final Group B game of the African Youth Championship at BidVest Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The win sees the Flying Eagles into the semifinals of the competition while Gambia exit the tournament and will head home.…

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The man Ohakim flogged

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On the morning of January 21, 2010, as five armed policemen escorted Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha into the black Toyota Prado SUV registered to the Imo State government house, his neighbours must have looked on with envy. They would have thought that Mr Iwuoha's activism had finally caught the attention of the authorities and that the government had decided to hush…

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Suspended minister caught in murky local politics

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The just concluded national assembly elections revealed a peculiar trend among Imo politicians that clearly went beyond desperation to the point of paranoia. The state governor, Ikedi Ohakim, and an ambassador, Kema Chikwe, both of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP), had played into the hands of opposition political parties through a series of perceived political misdeeds and miscalculations that…

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Kwara election tests the Sarakis

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On Tuesday, the people of Kwara will choose the person to govern their state for the next four years. There are 15 candidates on the ballot for the state governorship race, but a casual discussion with many residents of the state reveals that the contest is really between two factions of the state's number one political family; one headed by…

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PERSONAL FINANCE: Are you prepared for retirement?

How would you like to spend your retirement years? Will your nest egg be able to provide the kind of lifestyle that you have become accustomed to and how much will it cost? Sadly, many people end up impoverished in their later lives or are totally dependent on their children or other family members. Yet other retirees are redefining retirement…

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For banks, the lean years seem over

As more banks reel out their 2010 year end reports, industry watchers have observed that the sector has shown remarkable improvement and signs of quick recovery from the impact of the 2009 financial crisis. Most of their earnings are back in the green, although it has not been an entirely smooth ride. Finance experts think investors should keep an eye…

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NFF offer cash incentive

23 April 2011 The Nigeria Football Federation have doubled the win bonus of the national U-20 team, Flying Eagles, ahead of their must-win Group B match against Gambia on Sunday at the African Youth Championship in South Africa. At an afternoon meeting with other top NFF officials in Johannesburg on Friday, NFF president Aminu Maigari approved that the players should…

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In Enugu, polls are a battle of ego and party supremacy

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Apart from answering the nagging question of who will occupy the ‘Lion Building' government house for the next four years, Tuesday's governorship/house of assembly election in Enugu State will achieve two other main objectives. First, it will confirm the supremacy of one of the political parties operating in the state. Secondly, it will put to rest the issue of superiority…

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Another 53 Nigerians deported from UK

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Another set of 53 Nigerians were deported from the UK on Thursday after allegedly serving various jail terms for immigration-related offences. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) learnt that the deportees arrived at the cargo terminal of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport at about 6am aboard a special flight. An immigration source at the airport told NAN that the deportees…

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Lagos ready for peaceful Easter celebration

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The Lagos State Police Command on Thursday said that adequate security arrangements have been put in place for the Good Friday and Easter Sunday celebrations. The Lagos State commissioner of police disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) while answering questions on the police’s preparedness for the season. “All area commanders, divisional police officers and other senior officers…

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