LOVE HOTELS, SHORT TIME RENDEZVOUS NOW TAKE OVER

Eric Dumo, Demola Olonilua and Timileyin Akinkahunsi As Nigeria’s economy continues to sluggishly recover from the last recession, many small hotels are finding ways to change their story. While lodging used to contribute to the larger chunk of the revenue of many small hotels in the past in some parts of Lagos, these days, the situation is changing, and very fast, too. In the Ojota, Ikeja, Pamlgroove, Ketu, Ikorodu and Ogudu areas of Lagos, Saturday PUNCH observed that many hotels now make more money from ‘short-time’ service than actual lodging.…

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‘HIS POSITION LET ANOTHER TAKE’: OUTGOING LEGISLATORS MOVE OUT OF NASS

Leke Baiyewu, Abuja Lawmakers who did not contest or win reelection in the last general elections have begun to move their belongings out of the National Assembly Complex, The Punch has observed. Properties of lawmakers in the Senate and House of Representatives, who will not be part of the coming 9th National Assembly, were seen being moved out of the premises in trucks and pick-up vans between Wednesday and Friday. For instance, a pick-up van driven out of the premises at about 7.30pm on Wednesday was loaded with fridges and…

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AD, LP: SANWO-OLU IS OF UNSOUND MIND, HAS CRIMINAL RECORD, SHOULD NOT BE SWORN IN AS LAGOS GOVERNOR

The gubernatorial candidate of Alliance for Democracy (AD), Owolabi Salis and his Labour Party (LP) counterpart, Professor Ifagbemi Awamaridi, have asked the Lagos State Attorney General to investigate Governor-elect Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s voter card. They alleged that Sanwo-Olu, who stood for the election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was declared as winner in error. The candidates and their parties have filed a petition at the Gubernatorial Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ikeja to stop Sanwo-Olu’s swearing-in as Governor of Lagos State on May 29. Salis in a…

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YARI ABANDONS CRISIS LADEN STATE, JOINS BUHARI FOR PRAYERS IN HAJJ

With bandits and kidnappers virtually in charge of Zamfara State, the State Governor as usual leaves the people to their fate as he jet out for lesser hajj. [FILES] Map of Zamfara. Photo/ MNCH President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday has Iftar dinner (a fast-breaking meal) in Makkah, as part of a daily ritual during Ramadan, in company of Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State and Emir of Maradun, Alhaji Garba Tambari.During the event, President Buhari expressed sadness over the loss of lives and destruction of property in the state following attacks…

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CAN FACES ANOTHER STRIFE SEASON AS OPPOSITION TO ITS AYOKUNLE’S SECOND TERM GATHERS

National President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Rev. Samson Ayokunle The race for the leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) for the next four years thickened on Saturday with the president of Tarayar Ekklisiyoyin Kristi A Nigeria (TEKAN), Dr. Caleb Ahima, declaring his intention to run.He will lock horns with the incumbent and president of Nigerian Baptist Convention, Dr. Samson Ayokunle, whose regime and recent pilgrimages to Aso Rock had become controversial. TEKAN, meaning Fellowship of the Churches of Christ in Nigeria, is a conglomeration of 15 churches…

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SENATE PRESIDENCY: VOTING SYSTEM DIVIDES INCOMING SENATORS

PHOTO: Twitter/NGRSenate Barely three weeks to the election of the presiding officers of the ninth National Assembly, signs of discord that could mar the entire exercise at the Senate as well as the inauguration of the lawmakers have emerged. Senators from the camps of the two most prominent candidates for the position of Senate president are now locked in exchange of threats and counter-threats of violence. The source of contention is the method of voting to be adopted for the election. The current Senate standing rule, copies of which have…

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20 FEARED DEAD IN NEW CULT WARS IN RIVERS

[FILES] The Guardian gathered from a source that an unspecified number of armed cultists, suspected to be members of Iceland group, invaded Rivers State community No fewer than 20 persons were yesterday feared dead following a renewed cult attack at Kono-Boue settlement in Khana Local Council of Rivers State.The Guardian gathered from a source that an unspecified number of armed cultists, suspected to be members of Iceland group, invaded the community believed to be a stronghold of their Deybam rivals, shooting sporadically. As the gunshots rented the airs in the…

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GUNMEN STORM FOOTBALL VIEWING CENTRE, OPEN FIRE ON PEOPLE IN JOS

At least one person has been confirmed killed and several others injured after an attack by gunmen at a hotel in Jos, Plateau State. The tragic incident happened on Saturday evening when football fans were watching the FA Cup match between Man City and Watford at the Garden Palace Hotel and Bar in Busa Buji suburb of Jos. According to eyewitnesses the gunmen, suspected to be cultists, stormed the Garden Palace Hotel and Bar in Busa Buji suburb of Jos around 7pm on Saturday and opened fire on the football…

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SCHOOL GARDENER MURDERS SS3 STUDENT IN LAGOS, SEE PIX

The suspect By Kazeem Ugbodaga Operatives of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested a school gardener for allegedly killing a Senior Secondary School (SSS) three student of Jubril Martins Memorial Grammar School, Iponri, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria. A statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Bala Elkana on Sunday said the incident occurred on May 15, 2019. According to Elkana, at about 2.40pm on May 16, the Iponri Police Station received a complaint from Jubril Martins Memorial Grammar School, Iponri that on the previous day at about 4.40pm…

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GUNMEN KIDNAP PASTOR, DAUGHTER, 15 OTHERS DURING CHURCH SERVICE IN KADUNA

Gunmen attacking a village A cleric with the ECWA church, Zaria District Church Council and his daughter have been abducted by yet to be identified gunmen. Fifteen other members of the church were also kidnapped in the early hours of Sunday. Chairman of ECWA Zaria District Church Council, Reverend Nathaniel Waziri disclosed this in a press statement made available to newsmen in Kaduna. The incident according to him happened while the church was hosting a combined choir fellowship which lasted Saturday night to the early hours of Sunday. The statement…

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