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Iraqi prime minister reveals that General Soleimani was on a peace mission when he was killed

IRAQ has debunked the US line that the recently-assassinated Iranian General Qasem Soleimani was planning imminent attacks against Americans pointing out that he was in Baghdad to broker a peace deal.

 

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Nigeria desperately needs the discipline of the Templar Knights order to end vanity and develop her infrastructure

By Ayo Akinfe

(1) I am a big fan of the Knights Templar, that Catholic military order founded in 1119. The world owes them a debt of gratitude as they spearheaded the new age of enlightenment that spread across Europe at the time, opening up new frontiers in an unprecedented manner. I first fell in love with them when I read Da Vinci Code. They have fascinated me ever since

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Kano woman arrested for pushing her co-wife and 18-month old son into a well

MEN of the Kano State Police Command have arrested a 30-year-old housewife identified as Hauwa Lawal for allegedly pushing her co-wife named Zuwaira and her 18-month-old son into a well in a fit of anger.

 

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Maize Farmers Association of Nigeria aims to maintain eighth position in 2020 with a 22m tonne crop

NIGERIAN maize producers are confident that they can produce 22m tonnes of produce this year consolidating their position as the world's eighth largest producer equipping them to supply both the food and animal feed markets.

 

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Nigerian Shiite movement warns that its leader Sheikh El-Zakzaky could be killed

SHIITE Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) officials have raised fears that the Nigerian government could kill their leader Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky in detention as the tension between the US and Iran starts to mount.

 

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Global oil prices rally to nearly $70 a barrel as the prospect of US-Iranian conflict increases

NIGERIA has already begun benefitting from the recent stand-off between Iran and the US as the price of crude oil has shot up to $69 a barrel over the last three days in response to the assassination of General Qasem Soleimani on Friday.

 

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Stoke City sign Nigerian teenager Iffy Udanoh heralded as the next Virgil van Dijk

NIGERIAN teenager Iffy Udanoh has signed a academy deal with English Championship side Stoke City due to come into effect on July 1 this year when he turns 17 ending a tug-of war that involved at least three Premier league clubs.

 

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Nigeria should be looking to cash in on the tragedy in Australia by providing sanctuary for some of the rare animals now facing extinction there

By Ayo Akinfe

[1] With the recent Australian wildfires, about 1m animals are thought to have died. Over the next few weeks, there will be many more unfortunately

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Four Nigerian stowaways who created a scene aboard a ship in Dec 2018 have been jailed for seven years

FOUR Nigerian stowaways arrested in the UK in December 2018 for illegal entry into the country have been jailed for a total of seven years after an eight-week trial at the Old Bailey in London.

 

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Can we please set ourselves certain “Mint Goals” in Nigeria over the course of the next five years

By Ayo Akinfe

(1) Our gross domestic product (GDP) must match that of Indonesia - $1.02trn from our current $375bn

(2) Our annual budget must match that of Mexico - $314bn from our current $28bn

(3) We must generate as much electricity as Turkey - 332,000GWh from our current 28,000GWh

(4) We must match Turkey for the amount of energy produced from renewable sources - 33% from our current 18.6%

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