Story Written By: Edem Edem

The governorship election petition tribunal in Cross River State has upheld the victory of Governor Prof. Ben Ayade of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the March 9th Governorship elections.
In his ruling on the petition tagged EPT/CAL/Gov/1/2019, Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Josiah Majebi on Thursday at Moore Road Calabar, said that the first and second grounds of the petition were irreconcilable and mutually exclusive.

He said that in the first place, the petitioner had failed to seek redress within the legally specified 14 days allowed for complaints. The tribunal strongly disagreed with the petitioner that he was wrongfully excluded by the second respondent, … >>> Read Full Story



Nabil Karoui, Tunisian media magnate and would-be presidential candidate, is pictured after registering his candidacy to Tunisia’s electoral commission in the capital Tunis on Aug. 2, 2019 (AFP file photo)
Tunisian media mogul, Nabil Karoui, a front-runner in Sunday’s presidential election, has started a hunger strike in prison, demanding to be allowed to vote, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Karoui, 56, owner of the Nesma TV channel, was detained three weeks ago on suspicion of tax evasion and money laundering. His main rival, among 26 other candidates, is Prime Minister Youssef Chahed.
Other candidates include Defence Minister Abd el Karim Zbidi, former president Moncef Marzouki, … >>> Read Full Story



Nyesom Wike

By Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has explained that he congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari after the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal confirmed his election because it is better to offer public congratulations than visit the president at night.
Wike said unlike some governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who visit Buhari at night, he made his declaration public because it came from the heart.

He spoke Thursday at the funeral service in honour of Late Madam Blessing Awuse, Mother of Onha Sergent Awuse, at St Luke’s Anglican Church, Emohua.
He said: “I am sure all of you are … >>> Read Full Story



Story Written By: by Emmanuel Okogba

Turkish football star Arda Turan was given a suspended sentence of nearly three years over a brawl with a prominent singer, Turkish media reported on Thursday.
Turan
The 32-year-old midfielder, currently on loan from Barcelona to Istanbul club Basaksehir, got into a dispute with singer Berkay Sahin last year outside an Istanbul nightclub, reportedly over the singer’s wife.

The brawl left the singer, who is known by his first name, with a broken nose.
In his testimony to police last year, the footballer said he went to the hospital where Berkay was taken, carrying a gun and asking to be shot if he had really … >>> Read Full Story



Story Written By: Annie Nwosu

The Police Command in Enugu State has arrested two persons for alleged unlawful possession of firearms and suspected cult activities within the outskirt of Enugu metropolis.
The Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Ebere Amaraizu, said in a statement on Thursday in Enugu that the suspects were arrested on Sept. 8.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Amaraizu said that the Command’s operatives recovered two locally-made double barrel pistols and four cartridges from the suspects.
The police spokesman said that the arrest was made by the Command’s operatives attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) through intelligence information.
He gave the names of the two … >>> Read Full Story



Nigerians react as FG proposes increse in VAT from 5% to 7.2%.
Nigerians have expressed their disappointment with the proposed increase in the Valued Added Tax (VAT) rate by the Federal Government.

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed, had unfolded the government move when she briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting of the Federal Executive Council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday.
Ahmed disclosed that the Council approved a proposed increase of VAT from five percent to 7.2 two percent.
However, some financial experts on Thursday said that Value Added Tax (VAT) increment by … >>> Read Full Story



Muhammadu Buhari

By Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Abuja said his administration would not inflict more hardships on Nigerians, but would rather strive to alleviate the plights of citizens and create a more enabling environment for everyone to thrive.
The president made this pledge while receiving the new leaders of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) led by its President, Comrade Quadri Olaleye, at the State House.

A statement by presidential spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, said the president made the pledge while responding to a plea by TUC leaders that the president should resist the temptation to further hike fuel price.
According … >>> Read Full Story