Andy Murray remains atop ATP rankings

Andy Murray remained atop the latest ATP rankings released on Monday, with Doha winner Novak Djokovic in second. France’s Gael Monfils, without even playing, jumped one place to equalise his best ever rank. Monfils benefited from Croat Marian Cilic’s second-round defeat in the Chennai Open. Recent tournament winners Roberto Bautista of Spain and Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov both go up, to …

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2017: FG to award oil blocks, marginal fields, pass PIB – Kachikwu

The Federal Government has unveiled a number of plans for the petroleum industry under the current fiscal year, which include conducting a new licensing round for the award of oil blocks and allocation of marginal fields in order to raise revenue for the country. Besides, it promised that the long-awaited Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), which has been renamed; Petroleum Industry …

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Samsung chief Jay Lee quizzed over South Korean corruption scandal

A South Korean special prosecutor said it had summoned Samsung Group leader Jay Y. Lee as a suspect in a scandal involving President Park Geun-hye. Prosecutors have been checking whether Samsung’s support for a business and foundations backed by Park’s friend, Choi Soon-sil, was connected to a 2015 decision by the National Pension Service to back a controversial merger of …

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Akufo-Addo takes oath as Ghana’s new president

Nana Akufo-Addo was sworn in as Ghana’s new president on Saturday, promising to stamp out government corruption and kickstart the private sector. The 72-year-old former human rights lawyer took the oath of office at a ceremony in Independence Square in the capital Accra in front of more than 6,000 guests and a roaring crowd. Wearing a traditional robe draped over …

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2017 UTME forms not yet on sale – JAMB

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it has not started the sale of its 2017 admission application documents, warning prospective candidates against falling victims of con-men. Dr Fabian Benjamin, the JAMB’s Head of Media and Publicity, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) by telephone on Monday that the board would adequately sensitise the public before the sale …

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LASG begins protection of monumental arcades

The Lagos State Government has begun the protection of all monumental arcades from street traders, hawkers and other environmental nuisances across the state. The Head, Public Affairs Unit, Lagos State Task Force, Adebayo Taofiq, said in a statement on Monday that the monuments were cultural heritage and played other important roles. “They are to preserve cultural heritage and also to …

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Court grants Ademola abridgement of time for accelerated trial

An FCT High Court in Maitama on Monday granted Justice Adeniyi Ademola his application for abridgement of time for accelerated hearing. Ademola and wife Mrs Olabowale were arraigned by the Federal Government on an 11-count charge of criminal conspiracy to receive gratification in various ways contrary to section 8(1)(a) of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Act 2000. …

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Speed limiter: FRSC to commence enforcement on February 1 in Ebonyi

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Abakaliki on Monday advised vehicle operators in the state to install the speed-limiting devices in their vehicles, saying full enforcement would begin on Feb.1. Mr Sunday Iyama, the Sector Commander of FRSC in Ebonyi, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abakiliki that it would also intensify patrols and enlightenment campaigns for …

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Ivory Coast president says deal reached to end army mutiny

Ivory Coast’s president said a deal was reached Saturday to end a two-day army mutiny that renewed security concerns in the world’s top cocoa producer and Africa’s fastest-growing economy. President Alassane Ouattara made the announcement during a cabinet meeting Saturday evening. Earlier in the day, his defense minister led a delegation to negotiate with disgruntled soldiers in the country’s second-largest …

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