Posted By: Olusegun Koiki


One of the British air­lines flying into Ni­geria from London, Virgin Atlantic Airways, yesterday denied alleged plan to quit the Lagos-Lon­don route.

Marketing and Com­munications Manager, Mrs. Kudirat Scott-Igbene, while confirming the sack of about 20 Nigeria-based crew of the airline, said the step was necessary in order to sustain its flight opera­tions on the route.

Scott-Igbene, in a terse e-mail to our correspondent, however, assured that the airline was not planning to quit the route it com­menced about 14 years ago.

Sunday Mirror had yes­terday reported that the giant British carrier was planning to stop flight op­erations following the sack of its Nigerian crew about three weeks ago without any severance package re­gardless of their length of service with the airline. Read More →

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Tobi Soniyi in Abuja

 

•Her trial is an appetiser, says Oshiomhole
As the British authorities continue their investigation into the activities of the former Minister of Petroleum Resource Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, who was arrested in London and released on bail last Friday on allegations of bribery, corruption and money laundering, the law enforcement agencies in the UK have extended their dragnet to interrogating “persons of interest”.Alison-Madueke
The former minister was arrested by the British National Crime Agency (NCA) alongside four other people, but was granted bail after over five hours of questioning.
Even though the identities of the four other people arrested along with Mrs. Diezani-Alison were not disclosed, sources informed THISDAY that they were domestic staff and aides of the former minister.
NCA said investigations on the former minister were commenced in 2013 by the British authorities under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) and transferred to it earlier this year. Read More →

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By Olalekan Bilesanmi


Says Nigerians expectations from Buhari are like Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead

Mr Dele Momodu, the publisher of the Qvation magazine, was the presidential candidate of the National Commission Party (NCP) in the 2011 general elections. In this interview, Momodu speaks on the Buhari administration, the elections of the leaders of the two chambers of the National Assembly and his relationship with the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Ashiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as well as the late politician, Chief MKO Abiola, among other issues.buhari-saraki

You were, before the general elections, one of the unofficial spokespersons for President Muhammadu Buhari, who was then the APC presidential candidate. But of recent, your thoughts about the president appears to be changing?

I am surprised at your comment because I have never changed. I am the biggest supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari today. All I have done is to tell the president what people are saying outside, that is my job. We don’t tell our leaders the truth. I told former president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, the truth throughout his tenure. This is detailed in my forthcoming book, titled, ‘’Pendulum, a book of prophesy’’. Everything I told President Jonathan happened. I owe that to our president too today.

Once you become the president in Nigeria, people stop telling you the truth. They only tell you what you want to hear. I am a stakeholder in this government. I wonder what would have happened to me if the PDP had returned to power. I was already under constant threat. I received threat messages. I had to name all the numbers anonymous because they were all attacking me for supporting Buhari. I didn’t support the president because I wanted anything from him. I supported him because I believed at this time of our lives, we need a father-figure, what I called the Mandela- option in Nigeria. And I thought Buhari, as a man of integrity, of impeccable character, fits that bill.
But, three months after the election, Nigerians are getting impatient because most of them cannot wait for even one second. I was the first to write an article titled, ‘’In Search Of Patience’’, telling the people to exercise patience with the man. But being patient does not mean we should fold our arms indefinitely. Read More →

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By Emmanuel Akinwotu, London

EVEN after the referee blows his whistle, we will not know which side has won. The outcome of the UK general election on Thursday will produce more questions than answers.

Both the Labour Party and the ruling Conservative Party are neck and neck in the polls, with neither likely to win enough votes to govern in a majority.David_Cameron_official

Both stringently deny what they know to be undeniable. British politics is no longer a game of two. The rise of populist, anti-austerity parties has made coalition government the new consensus.

Their new influence asserts itself just as the question of the UK’s role in the world becomes pertinent. The Presidential elections in Nigeria produced a historic result that had traction all over the world. Read More →

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Written by Our Reporter

Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, plans to quadruple the supply of gas to Nigeria by building pipelines that may be backed by Carlyle Group LP and Blackstone Group LP, the world’s two biggest private-equity firms.Aliko-Dangote

Dangote, who has a net worth of $15 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, will invest $2.2 billion to $2.5 billion in two sub-sea 550-kilometer (341-mile) pipelines running from the Niger Delta to the commercial hub of Lagos, Dangote, 58, said in an interview with Bloomberg. Read More →

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Tobi Soniyi in Abuja

A‎ former Minister of Commerce and Tourism, Chief Bola Kuforiji-Olubi has faulted an asset freezing order purportedly issued against her and some members of her family by a London court following a dispute between a company where she was a Chairman – Pheonixtide Offshore Nigeria Limited and its estranged foreign partner, Tidewwater Marine International Incorporated.Kuforiji-Olubi

The ex-minister said the order issued ex-parte on March 31 by Justice Eder of the Commercial Court, High Court, Queen’s Bench Division, was intended to coerce her and her family into submission and to stop her from further insisting that Tidewater must settle all outstanding indebtedness and tax liabilities to Nigerian government and tax authorities before the termination of both companies’ relationship. Read More →

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Gbenro Adeoye

 

 

In this interview with GBENRO ADEOYE, the General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministry, Apostle Johnson Suleman, who prophesied that many politicians who lost in the last election would win, speaks on why some of his prophecies didn’t come to passJohnson-Suleman

You read Mass Communication but you’re now a preacher, how did you make the switch?

For a while, I was actually a contributor to TELL and I worked with DBN but that was a brief stint. I didn’t have any idea that I was going to be a preacher. I was fulfilled reporting, investigating but when the call came, I couldn’t say yes or no, so it wasn’t a decision, it was a discovery. I didn’t decide to be a preacher; I was called to be a preacher. Like now, I have a TV station, so the journalism instinct still flows. I have written about 60 books and most of the books are bestsellers. So that part of me is not docile yet. Read More →

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