LCCI decries lack of value in non-oil exports

The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has charged local exporters to get discouraged from the practice of exporting primary products outside the shores of Nigeria without adding any value addition to the development of the nation’s non-oil sector of the economy. Its national President, Dr. Nike Akande, who made this known at her opening remarks at the Chamber’s symposium on non-oil exports in Lagos yesterday, stated that it was time for the country’s nonexport sector be given a place of priority by the Organised Private Sector and the…

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Cultists fight over girls, vandalise vehicles

Youths suspected to be cult members yesterday went on the rampage and vandalised vehicles, tricycles and motorcycles parked on the streets as well as shops at Agbado Station, a community in Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State. Members of the rival cult groups used dangerous weapons such as broken bottles, machetes and charms against one another. Property and goods worth millions of naira were destroyed by the cultists. It was learnt that the cult groups – Marindoti Boys, Farm Boys, Federal Boys and Bolar Boys – were fighting over…

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Afghan defence chiefs resign over attack

    Afghanistan’s defence minister and army chief of staff have resigned in the wake of a Taliban attack that left scores of soldiers dead, the presidential palace says. The attack happened on Friday at an army base near Mazar-e Sharif. Insurgents targeted troops leaving Friday prayers at the base’s mosque and in a canteen, the army said. It was the Taliban’s deadliest attack on the armed forces since it was removed from power in 2001. The resignations coincided with the arrival of US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis on an…

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Adeleke’s burial postponed

The burial of Isiaka Adeleke, which was earlier scheduled for 4 p.m. on Sunday, has been postponed. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Adeleke, a former civilian governor of Osun, died in the earlier hours of Sunday at Biket Hospital in Osogbo. Adeleke’s corpse, which was brought to his residence in Ede at 1:10 p.m. in preparation for the Islamic burial rites, was returned to Ladoke Akintola Hospital in Osogbo for autopsy. The younger brother of the late politician, Deji, ordered for autopsy to be carried out to…

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French election: Le Pen, Macron reach run-off

The centrist Emmanuel Macron will face far-right leader Marine Le Pen in a run-off for the French presidency on 7 May, near-final results show. With 96% of votes counted from Sunday’s first round, Macron has 23.9% with Ms Le Pen on 21.4%. Opinion polls have consistently predicted Macron defeating his rival in the run-off. The two fought off a strong challenge from centre-right François Fillon and hard-left Jean-Luc Mélenchon. Whoever wins the second round, the voting marks a shift away from the decades-long dominance of leftist and centre-right parties in…

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N’Korea varsity names US detainee

  A North Korean university has named the US citizen detained on Saturday as Kim Sang-duk, also known as Tony Kim. The Korean-American lecturer had taught at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST) for several weeks prior to his arrest. The investigation into Kim was for matters “not connected in any way” to the university, PUST said. Kim was arrested just as he was about to leave Pyongyang. Authorities have not yet disclosed the reason, reports the BBC. According to South Korean news agency Yonhap, Kim, who is in…

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Venezuelan president calls for talks

  Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has called for talks to resume with the opposition. He also said he wanted local elections to take place. His comments came as another large demonstration is planned for Monday after three weeks of tense protests across the country. Demonstrators have been calling for presidential elections due next year to be brought forward and for President Maduro to step down. Last year’s negotiations between the opposition and the government broke down when the opposition accused Maduro of breaking agreements and using the talks to buy…

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La Liga: Why we lost to Barcelona – Carvajal

  Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal insists Sergio Ramos’ red card decided the Clasico in Barcelona’s favour, not Lionel Messi. Messi’s last-ditch winner secured a dramatic 3-2 victory for Barca on Sunday, although Carvajal believes Ramos’ dismissal proved more of a turning point. “It was a crazy game, the red card decided the match,” he said after the game. “We managed to get back level, but ultimately a counterattack took the three points. “Calmness is needed, it’s no big deal. We have one more game left than them, this is…

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N’Golo Kante wins PFA Player of the Year, Alli Young award

  Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante landed the prestigious Professional Footballers’ Association player of the year prize on Sunday night. The Frenchman, who is on course to win a second successive Premier League title after also being part of the Leicester side which upset the odds last season, secured the most votes from his fellow players. He saw off competition from Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard – who won the award in 2015 – plus Tottenham’s Harry Kane, Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United and Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez. Kante…

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