Abuja-Keffi Road on Lockdown as Shiites Defy Police

For several hours on Tuesday morning, the Abuja-Keffi Road was virtually closed to traffic, after security operatives condoned it, to prevent the members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) from marching into parts of Abuja,for their annual Ashura religious procession.

The gridlock on the strategic road delayed many motorists on the road. The Ashura procession marks the tenth day of the first month in the Islamic calendar.

However, despite the intense security checks and warning by Police that they would consider the planned procession as “a gathering in advancement of terrorism”, the IMN members, collectively known as the Shiites, in defiance, regrouped in Wuse, Abuja and observed their religious procession unmolested.

The spokesman of Shiites, Abdulahi Musa, accused the police of arbitrarily shooting and killing four of their members during Tuesday’s processions across the country.

Musa said three Shiite adherents were killed in Kaduna while one person died in Bauchi State.

Access Bank Disburses N5bn to DiamondXtra Customers

Access Bank Plc has disclosed that it has rewarded loyal customers in its DiamondXtra scheme with over N5 billion its commencement. DiamondXtra is on its season 11 and has consistently held draws for 11 years. Speaking recently at the DiamondXtra quarterly cheque presentation ceremony held in Lagos, the Head Retail Products, Access Bank, Mr. Rob Giles, said the bank would continue to reward its loyal customers. He said: We have given out over N5 billion…

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Aero to Commence Operations to Benin Airport

Aero Contractors is set to commence flight operations on the Benin airport. According to a statement from the Edo state government, the airline was finalising consultations on the plan, which would see it commence business at the Benin Airport from the middle of September. It noted that the Benin route has become a juicy route for airlines as more investors take position in the emerging business-friendly Edo economy, following huge reforms across several sectors of…

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320 Nigerians Return from South Africa Wednesday

The Consul General of Nigeria in Johannesburg, Godwin Adama, has revealed that 320 Nigerians will return from South Africa Wednesday. He added that the first batch of the Nigerian returnees from South Africa would depart South Africa for Lagos by 9:00 am Wednesday. Adama told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone interview, adding that Air Peace had indicated interest to evacuate over 600 Nigerians that were willing to return to their country…

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EU Allocates €300,000 for Treatment of Undernourished Children in Sokoto, Zamfara

The European Union (EU) has said that it is allocating additional €300,000 (N102 million) in humanitarian aid to provide life-saving treatment to undernourished children in Sokoto and Zamfara States. The EU said as many as 280,000 children under the age of five in Sokoto and Zamfara States are estimated to be suffering from severe malnutrition, which is a life-threatening condition. In a statement issued on Tuesday by its Press Officer, Modestus Chukwulaka, EU said that…

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Olympic Eagles in Big U23 AFCON Ticket Battle

Cup holders Nigeria has all to play for to earn a slot in the finals of the U23 Africa Cup of Nations holding in Egypt in November, as they take the pitch at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba this evening trailing Sudan by a lone goal. A goal seconds to the end of the first half in Omdurman last Thursday left the Olympic Eagles nursing a deficit, and Head Coach Imama Amapakabo has said there…

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Attacks Not Xenophobic, South Africa Insists, Says 89 Nigerians Killed

The presidency yesterday revealed the message conveyed to South African President, Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa, by President Muhammadu Buhari’s special envoy, Mr. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, which had hitherto been shrouded in secrecy. The presidential brief showed that the South African government repudiated the general belief that recent attacks on foreigners in the country were xenophobic even as THISDAY independent sources said its senior officials put the deaths since December 2017 at 89. Abubakar, who is the…

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Canadian Teenager, Andreescu, Stuns Serena to Win US Open

Serena Williams’s quest for a 24th Grand Slam title came unstuck again as teenager Bianca Andreescu won her first major in a gripping US Open final yesterday. Williams, 37, could not cope with the 19-year-old Canadian’s quality in a 6-3 7-5 defeat. Andreescu, seeded 15th, lost a double break in the second set before taking her third match point. To the disappointment of a stunned home crowd, Williams has now lost four successive major finals.…

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Buhari Writes Mnagwagwa, Says Africa Owes Mugabe Debt of Gratitude

President Muhammadu Buhari at the weekend wrote the President of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnagwagwa, over the demise of former President Robert Mugabe, saying both Zimbabwe and Africa owe the deceased a debt of gratitude. Mugabe passed on at the age of 95 on Friday in a Singaporean hospital after a protracted illness. The president’s personal letter to the Zimbabwean president, which was made available to reporters yesterday, described Mugabe as a highly intelligent and courageous leader…

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Serena Williams Slams Her ‘Inexcusable’ Performance

Serena Williams branded her performance in the US Open final “inexcusable” and said it was the “worst match” she played during the tournament. Williams, who turns 38 later this month, was beaten 6-3 7-5 by Canadian 19-year-old Bianca Andreescu, whose win marked her first Grand Slam title. Defeat means American Williams is still chasing a record-equalling 24th major. “I believe I could have just been more Serena today,” said Williams, a six-time champion at Flushing…

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