Diamond Bank drops international operating licence, now national

The Central Bank of Nigeria has granted Diamond Bank a national operating licence.

The bank’s chief executive officer, Uzoma Dozie, confirmed the development in a statement released on Friday.

PDP appoints Melaye, Chidoka, Afegbua, 5 others as 2019 presidential campaign spokespersons

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has appointed senator Dino Melaye and seven others as presidential campaign spokespersons for the 2019 election.

Some of the spokespersons include Kazeem Afegbua, spokesman to former head of state, Ibrahim Babangida; Segun Sowunmi, Atiku Abubakar campaign spokesman; Nnena Ukeje, representative for Bende federal constituency, Abia State.

Tennis star Sloane Stephens shows off bikini body on beach with boyfriend Jozy Altidore

Tennis star Sloane Stephens showed her hot bikini body as she hit the Kaanapali beach in Hawaii with boyfriend, footballer Jozy Altidore.

Rita Dominic, Mercy Aigbe, Adunni Ade, Chioma Akpotha attend ‘Heaven on My Mind’ premiere

The star studded premiere for Nollywood film ‘Heaven on My Mind’ took place at the IMAX Cinemas, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos, on Thursday.

Miss World 2018: Nigeria’s Rep Anita Ukah wins her Group’s Head to Head Challenge (Video)

Anita Ukah, Nigeria’s representative at the ongoing Miss World 2018 beauty pageant in Sanya, China, won her Group’s Head to Head Challenge.

Anita has now qualified to compete in the second stage of the challenges.

Tekno taking time off music as he suffers vocal box damage

Music star Tekno Miles, is reported to have temporarily damaged his vocal box and has therefore taken time off music to overcome the set back.

Triple MG boss, Ubi Franklin, said that Tekno will be taking time off the music industry.

Bearded men are better for long term relationships - New study says

Researchers from the University of Queensland have found women consider bearded men more suitable for long-term relationships.

This is the result of a survey titled ‘ The Masculinity Paradox: Facial Masculinity and Beardedness Interact to Determine Women’s Ratings of Men’s Facial Attractiveness’.

'I am a descendant of Abraham - like Bishop Crowther' - Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has describing himself as “a descendant of Abraham just like Bishop Crowther”.

Buhari said while responding to the accusation that he was attempting to Islamise Nigeria.

'EFCC arrests Lebanese with over $2m at Abuja airport'

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested one Abbas Lakis, a Lebanese for money laundering offence.

According to EFCC, Lakis was picked up at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, following intelligence report that he had on him, undeclared huge sums of monies aboard the Egypt Airline bringing him from the Kano Airport en route Lebanon.

Nollywood is all about gossip, envy, backstabbing - Iyabo Ojo

Nollywood actress, Iyabo Ojo, says the Nigerian movie industry is all about gossip, envy, backstabbing and backbiting.

Some Military Chiefs making money from war against Boko Haram – Ohanaeze

The apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has alleged that some Service chiefs in the country were making money from the war against Boko Haram insurgents.

The group expressed dismay that despite the huge funds being earmarked for the procurement of weapons to fight insurgency in the northeast, the government has failed to protect lives and property of its citizenry.

Buhari heading to Poland for climate change summit

President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Abuja on Saturday for Katowice, Poland, to attend the 24th session of the Climate Change Conference known as the Parties (COP24).

Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, announced this in a statement on Friday.

Ukraine bans Russian men aged 16-60 from entering country

Ukraine has banned Russian men between the ages of 16 and 60 years from entering the country.

Petro Tsygykal, head of the border service, disclosed this in a televised meeting on Friday.

“You have not seen anything yet" - Oby Ezekwesili hits back at her Twitter critics

Just other 2019 presidential candidates, Oby Ezekwesili, is feeling her own dose of support and criticisms on social media, but it seems the former minister doesn't have the temperament to endure such heat.

And the presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), has taken a hit on her critics on Twitter.

Nigerian Electricity Firm to sell “stranded energy” to Burkina Faso - despite poor power supply

Nigerian Electricity company, Mainstream Energy Solutions Limited (MESL), is set to begin selling electricity to Burkina Faso, despite poor electricity supply in the country.

MESL, which is the concessionaire of Kainji and Jebba hydro power stations has said that it is in talks to sell “stranded energy” to the neighbouring West African country.

2019: Granting Atiku visa may be seen as endorsement - FG tells US

The Director General of Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organisation, Gbenga Daniels, said few weeks ago that the United States of America has invited the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate for visa.

‘Nigeria must be declared a nation at war’ — Okorocha speaks on killing of soldiers

Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha, says Nigeria should be declared as a nation at war over the recent killings of soldiers by Boko Haram insurgents in Borno.

Daily Trust quoted the governor to have said this when officers from the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC) Jaji, Kaduna, paid him a courtesy visit at the government house, Owerri, Imo state capital.

We’re still under Boko Haram siege - Shehu of Borno tells Buhari

Shehu of Borno, Abubakar Elkanemi, says the people of the state are still under Boko Haram seige.

Elkanemi said this when President Muhammadu Buhari paid him a courtesy call at his palace in Shehuri, Maiduguri, on Thursday.

Uche Jombo, Ini Edo, Kate Henshaw, Linda Osifo attend the Premiere of ‘Heaven on My Mind’ (Photos)

The premiere for Nollywood actresses Uche Jombo and Ini Edo’s new film titled ‘Heaven on My Mind’ took place at the IMAX Cinemas, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos, on Thursday.

Actress Funlola Aofiyebi-Raimi channels different personalities in new creative photos

Nollywood actress, Funlola Aofiyebi-Raimi is celebrating her birthday and 23years in the acting industry with creative and expressive photos.

In the photos, the Tinsel star depicted quite a number of characters including, a boxer, widow, drug addict, Smoker, sexy bitch, woman in black and more.

Governor Obiano denies endorsing Buhari

Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano has spoken out on allegations that he is supporting President Muhammadu Buhari to return for a second term.

The Governor who spoke through the Commissioner for Information & Public Enlightenment, Mr C.Con Adinuba on speculations about endorsing any presidential candidate for the 2019 election, said such information was untrue.

I am ready for presidential debate with you, Atiku tells Buhari

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has told President Muhammadu Buhari that he is ready for a debate with him ahead of the 2019 elections.

Abubakar told Buhari this on Thursday at the inauguration of the PDP’s presidential campaign council in Abuja.

Brazilian governor arrested for ‘collecting bribe’

 Luiz Pezao, governor of Rio de Janeiro, a municipality in Brazil, was on Thursday arrested over allegations that he took bribes as part of the sprawling “Car Wash” graft probe.

Pezao was accused of receiving bribes when he was vice governor of the Brazilian city under Sergio Cabral, who is currently in prison after being sentenced to a cumulative 180 years for corruption.

Students may stay long at home, ASUU warns

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) says students may spend more time at home since no solid agreement has been reached in its negotiation with the federal government.

National president of ASUU, Abiodun Ogunyemi, said this on Thursday while speaking with reporters in Lagos.

Movie stars Sebastian Stan & Denise Gough ride a scooter through streets of Athens stark naked

Hollywood stars Sebastian Stan and Denise Gough stunned onlookers as the pair rode a scooter through the streets of Athens, Greece while stark naked.

The actors were filming a racy scene from their forthcoming film, Monday.

Michael Cohen pleads guilty to lying to Congress, Trump calls ex-lawyer a “weak person”

President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, made a surprise appearance before a federal judge in New York on Thursday and pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about work he did on an aborted project to build a Trump Tower in Russia.

Trump, in turn, called Cohen a “weak person” who is lying to get a lighter sentence.

Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine sends his model girlfriend a $35,000 Rolex watch from Jail

American rapper, Tekashi 6ix9ine, who is languishing in jail as he awaits trial for racketeering and firearms charges, still had time to his glamour model girlfriend, Jade, a $35,000 Rolex for her birthday.

6ix9ine facing charges bothering racketeering, conspiracy murder, assault, drugs, robbery and firearms charges.

Sex for Marks: Sacked OAU Lecturer accused of child pornography

The trial of Richard Akindele, a former lecturer at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) who was sacked after demanding sex to pass a student, has taken a new turn.

Akindele, who was charged to court by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), has been denied bail by the court.

Actress Lota Chukwu celebrates birthday with new beautiful photos

Lota Chukwu is a year older today and the actress has been beautiful new photos to celebrate her new age.

Stephanie Coker celebrate 30th birthday with stunning new photos

TV Personality Stephanie Coker-Aderinokun turned 30 yesterday and the star released stunning new photos to mark the special day.

#Mandela100: Beyoncé pays tribute to Mandela ahead of Global Citizen Festival

Beyoncé has penned a letter of gratitude to late humanitarian icon, Nelson Mandela, recalling their time together and Mandela’s incredible and enduring legacy.

It’s been almost 15 years to the day since Beyoncé met  “Madiba” while performing at his foundation’s “Give 1 Minute To AIDS” concert in late 2003.

Ex Super Eagles star, Dickson Etuhu faces 6 years in Swedish prison for match fixing

Former Super Eagles player Dickson Etuhu goes on trial in a Swedish court on Thursday to face a charge of match-fixing, which he denies.

Etuhu played at the 2010 World Cup for Nigeria and had a lengthy career in England for Manchester City, Preston North End, Norwich, Sunderland, Fulham and Blackburn Rovers before moving to play in Sweden.

AY Makun & wife Mabel celebrate 10th wedding anniversary

Ace comedian AY Makun and Mabel Makun are celebrating 10 years of being husband and wife.

The couple have taken to their separate Instagram pages to send out loving messages to each other.

Army removes Texas Chukwu as spokesman, re-appoints Sani Usman

The Nigerian army has replaced Texas Chukwu as its spokesman, TheCable report.

According to TheCable, a military source said that Chukwu’s removal followed outcry from different quarters on his “inability” to manage information on the counter-insurgency campaign.

Angry Mob kills SARS officer who killed a LASTMA personnel, Lagos CP orders posthumous trial

The officer with the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) who allegedly shot to death a Lagos State Transport Management Agency (LASTMA) officer, was lynched to death by angry mob.

The SARS operative, Olukunle Olonade allegedly shot to death LASTMA officer, Adeyemo Rotimi, in Iyana Ipaja after a disagreement, Punch reports.

Georgia elects first Female President in a controversial election

Georgia has elected Salome Zurabishvili as its first woman president in an election the opposition has described as a “fraud.”

Punch reports that the ruling party candidate, Zurabishbili, with 59.52 percent of the votes in a second round of elections, defeated Grigol Vashadz who had 40.48% of the votes.

'SARS operative kills LASTMA officer'

An officer of the Lagos State Transport Management Agency (LASTMA) has been allegedly shot dead by an officer with the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

Boko Haram attacks: Army release casualty figure as Buhari departs to Chad

The Nigerian army has released the casualty figure from the recent Boko Haram attacks on soldiers in Borno state.

The army says 39 soldiers were killed and 53 soldiers were wounded in the attacks.

Dreamworld Africana Christmas Children Carnival to hold on December 29th.. Get the Scoop!

Children in Lagos sure have a place to have fun this festive season as the Dreamworld Africana is set to hold its annual Christmas Children Costume Carnival on December 29th, 2018.

The carnival will be held at the Dreamworld Africana Amusement and Leisure Park, Eleganza Bust Stop, Lekki Ajah Express Way, Lekki, Lagos.

Kourtney Kardashian goes nude for GQ magazine (Photos 18+)

Kourtney Kardashian is naked and unafraid as the cover star of GQ Mexico magazine latest issue.

Photographed by Michael Schwartz, The 39-year-old mother of three poses seductively in barely-there ensembles as well as totally naked.

#FreeDejiNow: Deji Adeyanju remanded in Prison custody in Nasarawa, may remain there till 2019

The police have arraigned political activist Deji Adeyanju, a political activist and before a magistrate court over allegations of criminal conspiracy.

The police arraigned Adeyanju and two others – Daniel Abobama and Boma Williams – for allegedly committing “joint act of criminal defamation, disturbance of public peace, threat to public security and safety and inciting public disturbance”.

Nigeria moves up on world prosperity index

Nigeria recorded a leap on the 2018 Legatum Prosperity Index (LPI) of most prosperous countries in the world.

The most populous black nation moved up by three points from 132nd to 129th position.

Ekiti civil servant hangs self at work over poverty

A 49-year-old civil servant in Ekiti state, has hung himself within the State Secretariat in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.

I once considered jumping off Third Mainland Bridge due to depression - Singer Mo Cheddah

Music artiste Mo’Cheddah says she would have been one of those who have committed suicide by jumping off the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos.

Mo’Cheddah (real name Modupe-Oreoluwa Oyeyemi) said that she once battled depression to the point of considering jumping into the Lagos Lagoon.

FG slashes cost of JAMB, NECO forms

The federal executive council (FEC) has approved the slash of the cost of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) application forms from N5,000 to N3,500, from January 2019.

It also announced the cost reduction of senior secondary certificate examination (SSCE) handled by National Examination Council (NECO), from 11,350 to N9,850, while basic education certificate organised by NECO, was reduced from N5,500 to N4,000.

#FreeDejiNow! Nigerians demand release of activist Deji Adeyanju arrested by Police

Some Nigerians on Twitter have demanded the release of political activist Deji Adeyanju, who was arrested by the police today in Abuja.

Adeyanju, the co-convenor of the Concerned Nigeria group, and two others were arrested while attending the #PoliceNotPoliticians protest in Abuja.

Stephanie Linus' Foundation & SNEPCo/NNPC give free surgeries to 25 women with IVF (Photos)

Extended Hands Foundation, a non-profit organisation founded by star actress and producer Stephanie Linus recently partnered with SNEPCo/NNPC to give free repair surgeries to 25 women living with Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF).

This life-changing event was carried out in Sokoto state, giving the women a chance to live normal lives again.

Tosyn Bucknor’s husband breaks silence on her death

Popular On-Air personality, OAP, Tosyn Bucknor’s husband, Boyer Aurelien has finally broken silence on the death of his wife.

The radio host, event host and actress died due to complications from the sickle cell anaemia at the age of 37.