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Kwara govt. gives breakdown of March allocation

The Kwara Government says its Federation Account allocation in March stood at N2.232 billion, a drop by N278 million from February allocation of N2.510 billion. The state Commissioner for Finance, Alhaji Demola Banu, made this known in a statement on Wednesday in Ilorin. The government said the March allocation for the 16 local government councils […]

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Commemorating World Water Day 2017

One of the most challenging human needs is that of water, it is everywhere but seems never available or enough for use. Water has been on the front burner of development discourse since time immemorial. The sixth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets improving water and sanitation in furtherance of the efforts expended through the Millennium […]

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Housewife docked for beating woman to pulp

A 28-year-old housewife, Olotu Chizoba, who allegedly assaulted a co-tenant by beating her to a pulp, was on Wednesday arraigned before Magistrate O. Sule-Amzat sitting at Ogudu, Lagos. Olotu, who resides at Bello Street, Ikosi Road in Ketu area of Lagos, is being tried for assault occasioning harm. The prosecutor, Sgt. Lucky Ihiehie, told the court […]

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David Oyedepo proffers solutions to nation’s food deficit

Bishop David Oyedepo, Chancellor, Landmark University, Omu-Aran, Kwara, on Wednesday said that raising agricultural practitioners was one of the best solutions to food scarcity in the country. Oyedepo, founder of the Living Faith Worldwide International, also known as Winners Chapel, gave the suggestions during the institution’s 6th Founder’s Day celebration in Omu-Aran. He said that […]

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Eight Ways Ford Saves Water

Water is precious. As the world’s population increases and water resources become scarcer, conservation efforts from everyone become ever more crucial. Ford has established a global water strategy and manages to save water in its manufacturing facilities in every way possible. Between 2000 and 2015, Ford has reduced total global water use by 61%, or […]

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22 traders die in ghastly accident in Kebbi

Twenty two traders have died in a motor accident that occurred on the Tunga Giwa – Ruwa road in Shanga Local Government Area of Kebbi. The accident occurred when a Toyota Canter vehicle that tried to avoid a pot-hole, hit a motorcyclist and somersaulted, killing the cyclist and 22 passengers in the van. The Sole […]

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Senate approves $500m Eurobond to fund 2017 budget deficit

The Senate on Wednesday approved 500 million dollars eurobond to enable President Muhammadu Buhari adequately fund the 2017 budget deficit. The approval was given after a closed door session. Details later. The post Senate approves $500m Eurobond to fund 2017 budget deficit appeared first on The Nation Nigeria.

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27 ships laden with petroleum products arrive Lagos ports

Twenty seven ships laden with petroleum products, food items and other goods are expected to arrive in Apapa and Tin-Can Island Ports in Lagos from March 22 to April 4. The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) disclosed this in its publication – ‘Shipping Position’, – a copy of which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria […]

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Abuja Airport closure: First Nation seeks compensation

First Nation Airways has appealed to the Federal Government to address the issue of compensation for airlines over losses incurred as a result of closing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. The airline made the plea in a statement signed by its Manager, Corporate Services, Mr. Rasheed Yusuf on Wednesday in Lagos. The Federal […]

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Court admits salesboy to N200,000 bail over theft

An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday granted N200,000 bail to a 22-year-old salesboy, Kogbekeloye Peter, for alleged theft of N202,000 in his master’s shop. The Magistrate, Mrs. G.O. Anifowoshe, who granted the bail, ordered the accused to produce two sureties in like sum. Anifowoshe said that one of the sureties must be his blood relation […]

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Senate summons Emefiele over intervention fund

The Senate on Tuesday invited the Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, to appear before it to brief the lawmakers on the progress so far made in the implementation of government’s intervention fund geared towards getting the country out of economic recession. The upper chamber has asked the CBN to consider implementing expeditiously, […]

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London Friendly: Eagles set for final training

        Super Eagles will have final training ahead of the two friendly matches against Senegal and Burkina Faso respectively Wednesday morning.  The Gernot Rohr tutored side had their first training Tuesday evening with the technical crew monitoring every player with rapt attention. The Eagles did not participate in the 2017 African Cup […]

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Naira continues to appreciate against dollar

The Naira has continued to appreciate against the dollar at the parallel market, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. The Nigerian currency on Tuesday afternoon traded at N420 (buying rate) and N430 (selling rate), while the Pound Sterling and the Euro closed at N530 and N450 respectively. Trading on the floor of the Bureau […]

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Senate probes alleged fraud in NHIS

The Senate on Tuesday mandated a seven-man ad-hoc committee to probe the N860 million allegedly spent by the Executive Secretary, National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Prof. Yusuf Usman. The expenditure was said to be without approval of the appropriate authority. The resolution to set up the committee followed a motion entitled: “Averting the looming crisis […]

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Niger Delta contractors get ultimatum to return to site

The Federal Government has issued a new set of directives towards accelerating the implementation of current administration’s new vision for Niger Delta. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo issued the directives at a recent meeting of the inter-ministerial working group following up on the renewed Niger Delta interactive engagements of the Muhammadu Buhari administration. The government gave […]

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Reps to meet minister over resurgence of lassa fever

The House of Representatives on Tuesday resolved to meet the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, ‎over recent resurgence of Lassa fever in some parts of the country. The resolution followed a motion by Sergius Ogun (Edo-PDP) on the need to investigate the resurgence of the fever in Nigeria. Ogun said one of the important […]

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Saraki’s case different from Orubebe’s – CCB

The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) on Tuesday clarified its handling of a case involving former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godsday Orubebe, saying it is different from that of the Senate president, Bukola Saraki. A senior official of the CCB, Samuel Madojemu, told the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), that while the Bureau invited Orubebe […]

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FG, states, LGs share N429.127bn for February

A total of N429.127 billion was distributed among the three tiers of government at the end of the Federal Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) meeting held on Tuesday in Abuja. The allocations were for February this year. The communiqué issued by the Technical sub-Committee of FAAC at the end of the meeting, said the gross statutory […]

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FG will monitor immigrants – Dambazau

The Minister of Interior, Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Danbazau (retd), on Tuesday said the Federal Government would monitor all immigrants to enhance national security. Dambazau said this while addressing State House Correspondents on the new immigration policy which the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) was due to implement. “It is possible to monitor all immigrants from the entry […]

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Visit Lagos ports to assess roads, Osinbajo urged

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has been urged to lead other members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) to visit the Lagos seaports to see how bad the roads are. Some Apapa residents, motorists and statekeholders in the maritime industry said the visit would enable the Federal Government to assess the state of the Apapa and […]

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IPOB chief Nnamdi Kanu to know fate Friday

The Federal High Court in Abuja will rule on the bail application of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, on April 25. Kanu and three others are on trial for “treason”. Justice Binta Murtala Nyako will on April 6 hear the application seeking variation on the earlier ruling on protection […]

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$280m solar power investment coming

A Paris-based independent power producer, GreenWish Partners said it will invest $280 million (N86.9billion) to build solar-power plants in Nigeria that are expected to start producing electricity in the first quarter of next year. Its Chief Executive Officer Charlotte Aubin-Kalaidjian said in an interview in Lagos that the firm will build a plant in Enugu in […]

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Doubts over early passage of 2017 budget

The National Assembly may not pass the 2017 budget before the end of this month as planned, it was learnt yesterday. The National Assembly had originally scheduled the second week of March to pass the budget. It became obvious that the deadline would not be met when it was discovered that many Ministries, Departments and […]

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NNPC eyes 4,000Mw of electricity

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) will generate about 4, 000 megawatts (Mw) of electricity over the next 10 years to boost power supply in the country. Its Corporation’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), Gas and Power, Engr. Saidu Mohammed, who spoke at the 2017 retreat of the Autonomous Business Unit (ABU), Gas and Power, in […]

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Why they are after me, by UNILORIN VC

UNIVERSITY of Ilorin (UNILORIN) Vice Chancellor Prof. Abdulganiyu Ambali said yesterday that the recent criticisms of his administration over some allegations were aimed at ushering him out of the seat with ignominy. Ambali’s tenure as the Vice Chancellor of Unilorin expires between July and August this year. Speaking with reporters in Ilorin, the state capital, […]

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Consortium acquires Keystone

The Sigma Golf – Riverbank consortium was yesterday declared the new owners of Keystone Bank Limited. Sigma Golf – Riverbank consortium is made up of Sigma Golf Nigeria Limited and Riverbank Investment Resources, both entities set up by local investors. The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), which announced the acquisition, said it followed the […]

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Tinubu: I didn’t reject title from Olubadan

All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, did not reject a chieftaincy title from Olubadan of Ibadan Oba Saliu Adetunji, his Media Office said yesterday. A statement by the office debunked insinuations by a gossip column of a national newspaper that Asiwaju Tinubu turned down the conferment of Balogun chieftaincy title offerd to […]

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46 killed in Ile-Ife clash

•Police parade 20 suspects The Police yesterday put the casualty figure of this month’s mayhem in Ile-Ife, Osun State, at 46 dead and 81 injured. Twenty suspects were paraded for allegedly being involved directly or indirectly in the killings and destruction of properties . Displaying gory pictures of the mayhem, the police noted that knives […]

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$6.9b refund: Paris Club loans records missing

Fed Govt committed to refund, says Adeosun  CONDITIONS FOR MORE refund •Current and projected cash flow •Outcome of monitoring of compliance with terms of previous releases Fed Govt committed to Paris Club refund, says Adeosun   The federal government has reaffirmed its commitment to the Paris Club refund for states. Minister of Finance Mrs Kemi Adeosun, […]

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Court rules on Kanu’s bail application April 25

The Federal High Court sitting Abuja will on April 25 rule on whether or not the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu and three others, should be granted bail. Justice Binta Nyako gave the date after hearing arguments from counsel to Kanu and three co-defendants – Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi. […]

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Conf Cup Play-off: Rangers, Rivers United know opponent Tuesday

The duo of Rivers United and Enugu Rangers will know their opponents in the CAF Confederation Cup play-off on Tuesday. NationSport gathered that the draws will be held at the CAF head quarters in Cairo Egypt with 16 teams participating. The teams are; Burkina Faso Rail Club du Kadiogo, Nigeria Rivers United , Ivory Coast […]

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46 killed in Ile-Ife clash – Police

The police on Monday said 46 people were killed in recent week clash in some parts of Ile-Ife, Osun State. The police also paraded 20 suspects who were directly or indirectly involved in the killing and destruction of property during the fracas. The Force, while displaying several gory pictures of some of the casualties in […]

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#BB Naija : Four housemates up for possible eviction

Four housemates in the#BBNaija show have been nominated for eviction. Those on the eviction list include Bassey, Bailey, Debbie Rise and Tboss They were nominated on Monday during the eviction segment of the show. One of the four nominated housemates will be evicted on Sunday. The post #BB Naija : Four housemates up for possible […]

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Chimamanda’s “Americanah” wins New York book contest

Chimamanda Ngozi-Adichie’s novel “Americanah” has won the “One Book, One New York” campaign by the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and BuzzFeed. The office said on Monday that New Yorkers cast their ballots for the book throughout February and said they wanted millions of residents to read it  simultaneously. It stated that the voting which took place […]

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Voter registration begins April – INEC

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, on Monday said the Continuous Voter Registration would begin across the country in April. Yakubu gave the assurance in Abuja at the commission’s quarterly meeting with the media. He said during the exercise, efforts would be made to ascertain dead persons on the […]

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Brothers arraigned for damaging fence

Two brothers – Ayoku Agboye, and Bidemi Agboye – who allegedly destroyed a fence valued at N50 million, were on Monday charged before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos. The accused – Ayoku, 31, and Bidemi, 37 – are facing ‎a five-count charge of conspiracy, trespass, breach of peace, malicious damage and assault. The prosecutor, […]

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Police re-arraign Otobo for blackmail, threat to life

The police on Monday re-arraigned Stephanie Otobo, the woman who claimed she had an affair with Apostle Johnson Suleiman, before a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court, Lagos. Otobo, 23, was brought before Magistrate Kikelomo Bukola-Ayeye alongside Wisdom Godstime, 43, on a three-count charge of conspiracy, intent to steal, blackmail and threat to life. The police on March […]

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I’ll constitute national convention committee soon – Sheriff

The National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff has said he would soon set up a committee to work out modalities for the party’s national convention. Sheriff made this known while briefing newsmen on Monday in Abuja on the recommendations of the party’s Reconciliation Committee, chaired by Gov. Seriake Dickson of […]

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Man City charged after draw with Liverpool

Manchester City have been charged by the Football Association with failing to “ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion” during Sunday’s game against Liverpool. It follows an incident “in or around the 50th minute” of the 1-1 draw, when referee Michael Oliver gave the Reds a penalty, penalising Gael Clichy for a raised […]

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Ambode’s cultural logic

Well-rounded governance is an expression of well-rounded thinking. In a striking demonstration of the possibilities of political governance, Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode continues to raise the bar for cultural thinking in political office. Ambode’s latest cultural statement, the presentation of Museum Possibilities and the unveiling of the design for a new world-class museum at […]

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PenCom: regulator or operator?

•It must be compelled to render account of its interim committee’s activities in FGPL IT is astonishing that snce the National Pension Commission (PenCom) took over First Guaranty Pensions Ltd (FGPL) on August 12, 2011, it has not held any Annual General Meeting (AGM) contrary to the provisions of the Companies and Allied Matters Act […]

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Sheriff won’t contest at PDP convention, says Dickson

The Chairman of the National Reconciliation Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Governor Seriake Dickson, yesterday said his committee had proposed a negotiated National Unity convention to hold next quarter. He also said court-backed National Chairman  Ali Modu Sheriff, had agreed not to seek election at the convention. He said members of the convention committee […]

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Fed Govt ‘ll protect, reward whistleblowers, says minister

Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed has reiterated that the Federal Government will protect and reward whistleblowers, who provide information that lead to the recovery of stolen funds or assets. In a statement issued in Lagos yesterday, the minister said the Federal Government would protect the identity of all whistleblowers, whether in the […]

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Doctor jumps into Lagos lagoon

•Police lead rescue operation In what appeared to be a suicide, a medical doctor, Allwell Oji, jumped into the Lagos lagoon yesterday. The incident happened at 4:45pm on Third Mainland Bridge when Oji, 35, was on his way to Victoria Island where he was going to attend a Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) […]

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Governors: we didn’t divert Paris Club refund

The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) at the weekend denied that it diverted part of the first tranche of the Paris-London Club refund to states. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is investigating the allegation and  President Muhammadu Buhari last Thursday ordered the release of the second tranche of the refund to states. Spokesman of […]

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Emefiele: monetary, fiscal authorities should align

A close-knit collaboration between the monetary and fiscal authorities will pull the economy on to the path of recovery, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Godwin Emefiele, has said. Emefiele spoke at the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) retreat at the CBN Headquarters in Abuja. It was attended by Minister of Finance Kemi Adeosun and Minister […]

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36 states, FCT demand $6.9b Paris Club refund

Fed Govt to return excess deductions in five to 10 years States are demanding about $6.9billion Paris Club loan deductions from the Federal Government. The government has raised a verification and reconciliation team on the claims by states to end over deduction of loans which have crippled many states. It was also learnt that the […]

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Sheriff to Adeyeye: You are not PDP’s spokesman

Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has advised Mr Dayo Adeyeye, the Publicity Secretary of the party’s illegal National Caretaker Committee, to stop parading himself as spokesman of the PDP . In a statement released by acting Publicity Secretary, Mr Benard Mikko, on Sunday in Abuja, Sheriff said […]

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United punish struggling Boro

Manchester United moved into fifth place in the Premier League on Sunday with a 3-1 victory away to struggling Middlesbrough, who sacked manager Aitor Karanka on Thursday. Jose Mourinho had said his team would “probably lose” because their current fixture congestion would lead to fatigue, but despite missing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Wayne Rooney and […]

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Man City 1-1 Liverpool; Aguero cancels out Milner penalty

It is 90 minutes and the match between Liverpool and Man City has ended in a draw. Man City came from behind to level score margin when Sergio Aguero hits the back of the net after converting an assist from De brune Liverpool got the lead through James Milner from a spot kick, The first 45 […]

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PDP crisis: Dickson urges Makarfi to step down

Gov. Seriake Dickson, the Chairman of the PDP Reconciliation Committee, has called on the Sen. Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee to step down in the interest of the party. The Bayelsa governor made the call while speaking with newsmen on Sunday in Abuja. Dickson said the stage was now set for all the chieftains and elders […]

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I have no case with EFCC–Chime

A former governor of Enugu State, Mr Sullivan Chime, says he is not aware of any case with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as insinuated in some quarters. Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu, Chime however, agreed that he was invited once by the commission in respect of party […]

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Buhari had full first working week, days Presidency

The Presidency on Sunday said that President Muhammadu Buhari had a full working week last week contrary to reports that he did not do much. It was the first week Buhari was spending at work after about 50 days medical vacation in the United Kingdom. A statement by the Senior Special Assistant on media and publicity, […]

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Blame Presidency for Magu’s rejection, says Balarabe Musa

Former Kaduna State second republic governor, Balarabe Musa has described the disqualification of the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu by the Senate as a discredit to the entire system. Musa faulted the presidency for not working effectively with the legislators, before the confirmation date. The elder statesman […]

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Search on for medical doctor who jumped into Lagoon

Search and rescue efforts by officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency are on for a Medical Doctor who reportedly jumped into the Lagoon on the Third Mainland Bridge. The Doctor was driving a Nissan Xterra Jeep with the registration number LND 476 EE before stopping on a spot and jumped into the Lagoon. […]

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Jos DISCO warns residents against sabotage

The Managing Director of Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDC) Alhaji Muhammed Modibo, has warned its customers in Plateau, Bauchi, Gombe and Benue states to desist forthwith from the act of tampering with power installations.The company has vowed to take legal action against any customer who engages in such act of vandalising its equipments. Alhaji Modibo, […]

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Magu twice unlucky

THE Senate’s choreographed rejection of Ibrahim Magu, boss of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), last week is both a pointer to the disharmony and infighting in the Muhammadu Buhari presidency and a reflection of the president’s awkward administrative style. The rejection was expected, the second in three months. Weeks before Mr Magu presented […]

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Shehu Sani to APC: Punish El-Rufai for memo on Buhari

Senator Shehu Sani has urged the All Progressives Congress (APC) to penalise Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State for allegedly leaking to reporters a memo he wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari. Sani, who is the Vice-Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, called for the punitive measures in a statement in Abuja yesterday in reaction to […]

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ODION IGHALO- My unforgettable moments in English Premier League

Odion Jude Ighalo scored an impressive 39 goals in 100 appearances during his exciting stint with English Premier League side, Watford.  The 27-year-old Nigerian international speaks about his unforgettable moments in the EPL as well as his adventure in the Chinese Super League, reports MORAKINYO ABODUNRIN.   It is no longer news that Super Eagles […]

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Still in search of the savant Nigerian leader

As the thirtieth anniversary of the earthly departure of Chief Obafemi Awolowo approaches, snooper has been ruing what went wrong between Nigeria and the man famously described as the best president the nation never had. Is there a nexus between structural compatibility and leadership genius? Except in revolutionary situations which smash all differences, a leader […]

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Magu: I did not return to EFCC for dirty jobs

•My ordeal is punishment for investigating high profile cases •I didn’t know how investigation reports on Minister of State for Petroleum Resources leaked to ex-Air Force officer •I recovered N2.835b cash from ex-Chief of Air Staff Amosu The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has dismissed suggestions that […]

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CBN to keep rate unchanged as MPC meets tomorrow

•Dollar to weaken over $1b inflow into interbank The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)- led Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) will tomorrow and next, be having its second meeting for the year to review major global and domestic economic developments since its last meeting. The projection is that the MPC will retain the benchmark interest rate- […]

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Nursing mother brutalised at police checkpoint

Police brutality reared its ugly in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital on Friday when a woman, Mrs. Toyin Adeyeye, her two months, old baby, Heritage, and her younger brother, Adeniyi Dada, were allegedly beaten up and detained for refusing to give bribe to Policemen at a checkpoint. The incident happened few meters away from […]

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PDP governors split over unity convention

•Jonathan meets Wike in Port Harcourt The Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) appears to be winning more governors elected on the party’s platform to its side on the planned national convention. Apart from Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson who chaired the reconciliation committee that recommended the convention as a way […]

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Fresh N500b refund divides Governors’ Forum

•Say no to hiring of consultants •Those engaged for first tranche still await payment The second tranche of the London-Paris Club refund is already causing division within the rank of state governors even before it is released to them. The cause of the disagreement is the hiring of consultants on the computation of what accrues […]

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‘Ozekhome not on trial’

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Chief Mike Ozekhome, is not on trial. We reported on Thursday that Ozekhome “is being tried for receiving N75 million from Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose. “The story was on pages 2 and 3, entitled “Sagay: No law stops Magu’s renomination,” with a rider: “SANs divided over Senate’s position […]

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Lawyer to FG:Take action against underage involvement in betting

An Ilorin based legal practitioner, Mr Juwon Gbadebo, has called on the Federal Government to urgently address the issue of underage people that were fast getting hooked to betting. Gbadebo, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin, decried the influx of the underage people into the various betting centres across […]

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We won’t train recruits in Sambisa forest – Army

The Nigerian Army has dismissed report that it would be training the 76 Regular Recruits Intake (76RRI) in the Sambisa forest. The Army spokesman, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, in a statement on Saturday urged the public to disregard message on the social media purportedly emanating from the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, to that […]

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Bayelsa to use Paris Club to pay council workers’ salaries

The Bayelsa Government has directed the immediate release of N1.3 billion share of the Paris Club refund to its eight local governments for full payment of their workers’ salaries. The the money, which is the first tranche of the refunds, was withheld pending staff verification to rid the councils of ghost workers. President Muhammadu Buhari […]

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ASUU warns of imminent closure of universities

…Says govt starving workers The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), at the weekend, said universities owned by federal and state governments were faced with imminent closure following lack of prompt payment of staff salaries. Speaking at a press conference in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, the Port Harcourt Zone of ASUU said its zone was the […]

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UN official tasks Africa on Boko Haram, conflicts

The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, has challenged Nigeria and African countries to learn from the lessons of the Boko Haram insurgency and other violent conflicts ravaging the continent. Mohammed, who made the remarks at a “special honorary dinner” organised in her honour by Nigerian women at the Nigeria House in New York, expressed […]

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French soldiers kill attacker at Paris airport

A man has been shot dead after trying to seize a soldier’s weapon at Paris’s Orly airport. The 39-year-old was killed by security forces after attacking a patrol in the airport’s south terminal, the BBC reports. The airport has now partially reopened after what the authorities described as an extremely serious incident. The man was […]

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IBB, leadership and PDP’s military wing

IT obviously didn’t seem fair to former military president Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida that ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo should continue to hug all the limelight. But in recent years, Chief Obasanjo has managed by circumstances and deliberate orchestration to situate himself squarely at the centre of national affairs. General Babangida’s health may not permit, and the quality […]

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NLC seeks probe of N388bn first tranche of London-Paris Club cash to govs

The President, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr. Ayuba Wabba, has called on the Federal Government to beam its searchlight on corruption on state governors to ascertain whether the first tranche of N388 billion London-Paris Club fund released to them in December last year was spent for what it was meant for. He made this call […]

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FG to set up 29-man minimum wage committee

Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari will soon approve the setting up of a 29-man committee to engage organised labour in negotiating a new national minimum wage for workers in the country. The minister also hinted that the report of the National Minimum Wage Review Committee soon […]

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PDP crisis: I won’t quit, Sheriff replies Makarfi

•Says no worthy captain abandons ship midway The court-backed national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),Senator Ali Modu Sheriff yesterday told those canvassing his resignation as a way out of the crisis tearing the party asunder to forget it. He said he is not sold on quitting because   a worthy  captain does not abandon […]

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FG certifies Fanta, Sprite safe for consumption

The Federal Ministry of Health yesterday put the controversy over the status of Fanta and Sprite to rest. The ministry declared both brands safe for consumption. There had been wide spread fears in the country following  the judgement of a Lagos High Court that  the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) […]

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Xenophobic Attacks: Nigeria, South Africa agree terms

•Set up early-warning unit Nigeria and South Africa have agreed to setup a new mechanism tagged the Early Warning Unit to proffer a lasting solution to repeated attacks on Nigerians and other Africans in South Africa. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, in a joint briefing with the Minister of Interior, Lt-Gen. Abdulrahman Danbazau (rtd) […]

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Boko Haram leader Shekau threatens more bombings in new video

•Four soldiers killed in operation against sect •Deaf and dumb terrorist arrested with eight mobile phones Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, yesterday claimed responsibility for the recent spate of suicide bombings in Borno State. That was 24 hours after the latest suicide attack in Borno State in which two persons were killed when four female […]

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Cutting the PDP’s Gordian knot

THE federal government has responded overwhelmingly to the ethnic clash that occurred in Ile-Ife last week. Arrests have been made, and some of the suspects have reportedly been moved to Abuja, the federal capital city. It is not known why that was necessary. Even though some Ife groups and the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural and political organisation, […]

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FUNKE ADESIYAN: NO BIG DEAL RUNNING LATE NIGHTS

Nollywood actress cum politician, Funke Adesiyan, speaks with ADEWOYIN ADENIYI about her next step politically, passion for youths and new movie which is currently in the works, among other issues. Excerpts. WHAT is happening with you currently? A lot is happening currently. I am alive, I am real, that’s a whole lot happening and we […]

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EFCC chair: Advisers ask Buhari to insist on Magu

•Fault Senate’s rejection of anti-corruption agency’s boss •President may step into row Members of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Corruption (PACAC) have faulted Senate’s rejection of the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu. They have also canvassed President Muhammadu Buhari’s retention of Magu as the boss of EFCC […]

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Updated: Ogbemudia buried in country home

The late former governor of the old Bendel State, Dr. Samuel Ogbemudia, was on Friday buried in his Iheya country home. Ogbemudia was buried by family members at 1: 47 p.m. with a 21-gun salute by men and officers of the 4 Brigade in Benin. The deceased had prepared his grave five years ago beside […]

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We are tired of life under Boko Haram, say repentant terrorists

At least nine members of the Boko Haram terrorists group have willingly surrendered to the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole deployed along Dikwa-Gulumba Gana road in northern Borno saying they were tired of life under Boko Haram. The former terrorists who came from  Tambashe Village in Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno state are also […]

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Court sets aside forfeiture orders on OPL 245

*Says EFCC’s application was wrongly filed. A Federal High Court in Abuja has set aside its orders made on January 26, 2017 for a temporary forfeiture of Oil Prospecting License (OPL) 245 to the Federal Government pending the conclusion of investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The OPL 245 is in relation […]

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One officer, three soldiers killed chase of terrorists

One officer and three soldiers have died after troops from the Nigerian Army on Operation Lafiya Dole chased fleeing Boko Haram terrorists to five villages in northern Borno. The terrorists had earlier attempted to infiltrate Magumeri village but were repelled by a strong force from the Nigerian Army. The Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General […]

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Three women arraigned for assaulting neighbour

Three women charged with beating and using a plank to inflict injury on their neighbour’s face, on Friday appeared before an Ebute-Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos. The accused persons – Olatundun Olayieola (38), Falilat Adepoju (53) and Abiodun Ayanlade (30) – are facing a two-count charge of assault occasioning harm and assault causing bodily harm. […]

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Michael Essien’s wife buys third-tier Italian club

    The wife of Michael Essien, Akosua Puni Essien has purchased Italian third-tier side Como.  Akosua Puni Essien paid £206,000 for the Lega Pro side at an auction. The deal is coming on the heels of her husband joining of Indonesian side Persib Bandung. The club was declared bankrupt last year, and the deal […]

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Victus Chambers, OAU, enlightens students on the Law profession

“The Talk: Beyond Wigs and Gowns”, which is an annual event hosted by Victus Chambers (Faculty of Law, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife), held its second edition on Wednesday, the 8th of March, 2017. It sets out to enlighten the minds of law students concerning the law profession, to make clear dark horizons in the profession, […]

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Labourer jailed six months for stealing sheep

A Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Mararaba, Nasarawa State, on Friday sentenced a labourer, Ali Ilyasu, to six months imprisonment for stealing a sheep. The Chief Magistrate, Vincent Gwehemba, sentenced Ilyasu after he admitted committing the offence. Gwehemba, however, gave the labourer, 37, an option of N5, 000 fine. He admonished the convict not to […]

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FG to set up minimum wage committee

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, on Friday said President Muhammadu Buhari would soon approve the setting up of a 29- man committee to engage organised Labour in negotiating a new national minimum wage for workers in the country. The minister added that the report of the National Minimum Wage Review Committee […]

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Lulu partners Fountain University on Folsa Academy

Former President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Sani Lulu, has entered into a partnership with Fountain University, Osogbo, to provide tertiary education to students from his football academy, Folsa, Abuja. Lulu and the university agreed on the partnership during his visit to the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Abdullateef Usman, on Friday in Osogbo. […]

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Serving judges can’t do business, says witness

THE Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, Ahmed Saleh, testifying as  the second prosecution witness yesterday in the on-going trial of Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, said it is not legal for a serving judge to engage in any other business. Supreme Court Justice Ngwuta is being tried before the Federal High Court, Abuja by the Office […]

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Bayelsa’s no-nonsense judge takes a bow

A High Court judge in Bayelsa State, Justice Margaret Akpomiemie, has retired. Akpomiemie was outstanding at the bench. As a rare female justice, she was firm, dedicated and known for some landmark judgments. As part of her last assignments for Bayelsa, she was given an appointment to head the the Judicial Commission of Enquiry established […]

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Govt to raise $1b from asset

The National Economic Council (NEC) yersterday approved the proposed Nigeria Voluntary Asset and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS), which will take off on May 1. It is expected to yield about $1billion to the Federal Government’s purse. The Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Babatunde Fowler, broke the news to State House correspondents at the end of […]

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Women put men on notice

Though they reeled out the odds against them, women also revelled in their achievements, and sent a message that they will soon knock men off their perch. OKODILI NDIDI reports from Owerri, the Imo State capital When women gather, what do they discuss? The jury may be out on that one, but at an assemblage […]

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Lagos eyes 27,500 jobs in new environmental policy

Barring the unforeseen, the implementation of the harmonised environmental law will start. BUNMI OGUNMODEDE writes on the dos and don’ts of the new environmental policy  WITH the Environmental Management and Protection Bill signed into Law by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, the stage is set for the implementation of a new policy on the environment in the […]

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