Nseobong Okon-Ekong writes that Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State may be leading the Peoples Democratic Party to concede more losses if he continues to shut the democratic space against key stakeholders

All eyes are on Bayelsa State this week as the major political parties select candidates for the governorship election in November. The momentum of political activities have since increased as the date set by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) draws closer. The political parties are determined to meet the timeline set by the electoral umpire for the conduct of governorship primaries.

The expectations set by INEC for the parties is set out … >>> Read Full Story



Story Written By: by Nwafor

Serena Williams charged into the U.S. Open quarter-finals on Sunday but it may have come at a price as the six-times champion suffered a right ankle injury.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 23, 2019 Serena Williams of the US hits a return against Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova during their women’s singles quarter-final match on day ten of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. – Serena Williams heads into this year’s French Open as an outsider for a Grand Slam title for possibly the first time in 20 years, with questions surrounding her fitness after a poor start to the season (Photo … >>> Read Full Story



Story Written By: Emmanuel Uzodinma

The Biafra Zionists Federation, BZF, weekend, warned that it would no longer condone what it called clampdown on its people by agencies of the Nigerian Government.
This is also as it faulted the recent strategy adopted by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

Leader of IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu had mobilized his group to Japan, where President Muhammadu attended an event alongside other world leaders, vowing to disgrace the Nigeria President.
However, in a statement released by the self-acclaimed President of the BZF, Barr. Benjamin Onwuka, he said with Kanu’s approach, the international community would soon see Biafra agitators as terrorists.
Onwuka, who said diplomacy … >>> Read Full Story



EFCC opened investigations into failed project 2015
Report shows how P&ID repudiated $600m settlement deal

Iyobosa Uwugiaren in Abuja
As the $9.6 billion arbitration award and United Kingdom Court enforcement judgment against Nigeria in favour of an Irish firm, Process & Industrial Developments Limited (P&ID), continue to generate controversy, presidency hawks are urging the federal government to take stern actions to protect the country’s assets threatened by the hefty award, THISDAY learnt last night.
According to impeccable presidency sources, the actions being proposed include the seizure of Bonga Deep Water Oil Field in which a British company, Shell, has substantial interest as well as other … >>> Read Full Story



Story Written By: by Bankole

By Tayo Ogunbiyi
IN the colonial era, it was normal to see Whites brutalising and oppressing Blacks as aptly epitomised by the atrocious trans-Atlantic slave trade and other similar obnoxious acts. Although colonialism has effectively ended in Africa, the chilling news from the Rainbow nation simply shows that the equation has changed. In South Africa, Whites no longer brutalise Blacks. Rather, it is Blacks that are maiming Blacks. How sad! Brothers are now killing brothers.
Cyril Ramaphosa takes the oath of office at his inauguration as South African President, at Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria, on May 25, 2019. (Photo by SIPHIWE SIBEKO / POOL … >>> Read Full Story



Story Written By: Chijioke Jannah

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ekiti State has condemned an alleged attack on former Governor Ayodele Fayose in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
Recall that Fayose had alleged that he narrowly escaped being attacked by some men in a pickup van who trailed his vehicle after he left the state House of Assembly in Ado Ekiti where he said he had gone in response to the legislative body’s summons.

In a reaction, the PDP state chairman, Chief Gboyega Oguntuwase, in a statement on Sunday, accused the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, of masterminding the alleged attack.
He appealed to the police to exhibit professionalism in … >>> Read Full Story



Patrick Crusius, shooter of El Paso: says Mexicans were his target: He killed 22 people
Fifty-three persons died in 38 mass shootings in the U.S. in August, according to data released by the website, Mass Shooting Tracker (MST).
The latest incident for the month occurred in Texas on Saturday when a gunman reportedly killed seven persons and injured 21 others in a traffic gridlock.
According to the MST statistics, the last day of August also witnessed five other shooting incidents in other parts of the country.
A total of 4 persons died and and 17 others were injured in those cases, which reportedly occurred in … >>> Read Full Story