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NASS approves N74 billion 2021 Police Trust Fund budget

The National Assembly Joint Committee on Police Affairs has approved N74 billion 2021 budget for the Nigeria Police Trust Fund (NPTF). Mr Ahmad Sokoto, the Executive Secretary, NPTF disclosed this on Wednesday in Abuja after a close door meeting with the National Assembly Joint Committee on Police Affairs. According to him, the N74 billion budget […]

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No attack at IDP camps in Anambra – Official

Mr Paul Odenigbo, Executive Secretary, Anambra State, Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) said there is no killing of anyone in Internally Displaced Camp (IDP) in the state. Odenigbo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Awka that the agency has 28 camps across the state. “Of all these 28 camps, none is open […]

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Turkey announces ‘full closure’ from April 29 to May 17

Turkey will enforce a full lockdown from April 29 evening until May 17 to stem the spread of coronavirus, the country’s president announced on April 26.  Speaking to reporters following a three-hour Cabinet meeting in the capital Ankara, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said all workplaces will suspend their activities or shift to work-from-home models during the restrictions, except those excluded by the Interior […]

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15 cops, five soldiers killed, governor says Abuja not safe

Boko Haram hoists flag in Niger village, seizes housewives, 50 communities deserted ACF, CNGs lampoon Buhari, El-Rufai over killing of two more Greenfield varsity students The spate of insecurity in the country assumed a more dangerous dimension on Monday as Boko Haram insurgents made inroads into Niger State and gunmen killed two students of Greenfield […]

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Senate approves N1.678trn revenue target for Customs in 2021

The Senate at the plenary on Wednesday approved a total of N1.678 trillion revenue target for the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) for the 2021 fiscal year. Nigerian senators [Nigerian Senate] It also approved a total expenditure of N257 billion for the service, including retained earnings for its ongoing projects for the year as proposed by […]

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Expect Continuity, Buhari Tells Nigerians On Return From London

President Muhammadu Buhari has told Nigerians to expect continuity from his government after he returned from a medical trip to London, the United Kingdom.  The Nigerian leader, 78, spoke with the press when he arrived the country via the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on Thursday afternoon. “Continuity,” Buhari said when asked what Nigerians should expect […]

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Anambra governorship poll: APC schedules primary for June 26

The All Progressives Congress(APC) says it will hold its primary election for Anambra governorship election on June 26. The party’s Director of Organisation, Prof. Al-Mustapha Medaner, disclosed this in a schedule of activities for the election released on Thursday in Abuja. Medaner said that the party would start the sales of expression of interest and nomination […]

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COVID-19: Nigeria has vaccinated over 1 million people

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has announced that Nigeria had so far vaccinated over a million eligible people out of its target of 70 percent of the nation’s population. The NPHCDA disclosed this on its official Twitter handle, on Thursday. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that for the country to […]

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Acting IGP wants modern buildings, renovation of barracks

Baba calls for urgent steps to renovate and build modern structures in Police barracks. The Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr Usman Baba, has called on the Nigeria Police Trust Fund (PTF) to provide befitting accommodation for the increasing number of personnel of the Nigeria Police Force. Baba made the call on Tuesday in Abuja, when […]

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Cattle herder macheted to death in revenge attack in Kaduna

The murder follows a sequence of attacks and counter-attacks in the Zangon Kataf area. A cattle herder has been killed by unknown attackers in Sabanfan village of Zangon Kataf local government area of Kaduna State. Kaminu Suleiman was macheted to death and abandoned by the river bank while he was out grazing his herd. The Kaduna […]

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Okorocha in EFCC custody over corruption allegations

Specific details of the investigation are currently unavailable. Former Imo State governor, Senator Rochas Okorocha, has been invited for questioning by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The serving lawmaker was in custody on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 over corruption allegations that have been circling him since the end of his eight-year tenure two […]

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NADDC inaugurates 1st Nigeria electric vehicle charging station in Sokoto

The Nigeria Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) on Thursday inaugurated the first Electric Vehicle Charging Station in Nigeria, in Sokoto State. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the pilot project, inaugurated at the Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto (UDUS), was also in collaboration with the institution. In his address, Director-General of NADDC, Mr Jelani […]

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Abia Govt investigates explosives found in primary school

Abia Government says it has begun investigation “to unravel the source and nature” of the suspected explosive devices found in Union Primary School, Afaraukwu Umuahia. The Commissioner for Information, Chief Okiyi Kalu, stated this in a statement issued in Umuahia on Thursday. According to Kalu, government has started working with relevant security agencies in the […]

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Osinbajo: ‘Aisha Buhari is the 1st First Lady to use social media’

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has hailed First Lady Aisha Buhari for her social media use, and for how she gets her controversial views across to millions of Nigerians. Osinbajo made the remarks during the public presentation of a book on the First Lady, titled: “Aisha Buhari: Being Different,” which held at the State House Banquet Hall, Abuja, on Thursday, […]

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Buhari commends NAF troops for fighting crimes

Buhari has thanked the troops for their sacrifices for sustaining peace. President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) special troops operations for fighting banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling, and other criminalities. Buhari made the commendation in a message to Operation Hadarin Daji in commemoration of Easter in Katsina on Monday. Represented by the […]

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5 of the 39 students kidnapped in Kaduna last month regain freedom

The kidnappers of the students have demanded a ransom payment of N500 million. Five of the 39 students kidnapped from a college in Kaduna State last month have regained their freedom, according to the state government. Bandits kidnapped the students from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation in Afaka, Igabi local government area of the state on […]

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Governor Uzodimma sets up commission of enquiry into Imo attacks

The governor says the attacks were used to instill fear and make the people more vulnerable. Imo governor, Hope Uzodimma, has condemned in strong terms the attack by gunmen at the Police Command Headquarters and the Correctional Service Centre in Owerri describing it as ‘barbaric’. Uzodimma expressed his displeasure after the State Security Council meeting […]

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Nigeria’s health in danger, Buhari pampers terrorists – Bakare, Kukah

• Buhari continuing with Jonathan’s opaque subsidy regime he promised to change, says Bakare • It’s strange rehabilitating terrorists, bandits, neglecting abducted schoolchildren – Kukah • Kukah did not speak like a man of God, cleric’s message lacks fairness, says Presidency Two prominent clerics, Reverend Father Matthew Kukah and Pastor Tunde Bakare, have advised the […]

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Gunmen attack Owerri prison, free inmates

A band of unidentified gunmen raided a police investigation department and correctional facility in Owerri, the Imo State capital, freeing inmates and setting the facilities ablaze, multiple reports say. Heavy gunfire rang round the areas, social media users say, amid sundry reports that hundreds of inmates are now on the run. It is unclear at […]

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We’ll Rid Nigeria Of Corruption – Bawa Vows

The Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa has reiterated his commitment to rid Nigeria of corruption, saying rule of law and fear of God shall be his guiding principles. He identified corruption as an encumbrance hampering the sustainable growth of the country, stressing the need for all hands to […]

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SERAP Asks Buhari To ‘Probe Alleged Misuse Of N4.5bn COVID-19 Funds By Kogi Govt’

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to “direct the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami, SAN and appropriate anti-corruption agencies to investigate alleged misuse of the N4.5 billion donations, loans and support the Kogi State government obtained from the Federal Government, including N90,720,000 reportedly spent […]

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Nigeria’s Democracy Not Complete Without Tinubu, Says Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo has lauded the contribution of Bola Tinubu to the development of Nigeria, saying the country’s democracy cannot be complete without him. Sanwo-Olu made this known on Sunday via a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile while felicitating with the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) […]

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Atiku urges Nigerians to help Buhari, says his government lacks capacity to address Nigeria’s problems

tiku advised the government to focus on getting 13.5 million out-of-school children into school and engage youths in work programmes. Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has called on Nigerians to help President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to save the country and themselves. Atiku, in a series of tweets on Sunday, March 28, 2021, said this […]

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2023: INEC set to shortlist electronic voting machine suppliers

…seeks Electoral Act amendment to allow electronic voting…explains why suspended Ekiti bye-election can’t hold now As part of the preparations towards the anticipated launch of electronic voting in forthcoming elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission says it has commenced the analysis of the various electronic voting machines showcased by over 50 companies. It added that […]

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I’ll resign if asked to compromise, says Bawa

The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa, has said that he will resign if he’s asked to compromise. This is as he vowed to ensure that corruption in Nigeria is gotten rid of, saying the “rule of law and fear of God shall be his guiding principles.” The EFCC boss said […]

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I want to go for BBNaija –Eniola Badmus

Since auditions for the popular Big Brother Naija reality show began during the week, there has been palpable excitement across most social media platforms, especially by hopeful contestants and diehard fans of the show. Actress and movie producer, Eniola Badmus, is also interested in the show as she revealed to Saturday Beats that she would like to be a housemate […]

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Buhari urges leaders to lead by example

President Muhammadu Buhari has called on leaders at all levels to show exemplary leadership, so as to overcome the current challenges facing the country. President Buhari made the call in a message to the 2021 annual lecture of Arewa House, held on Saturday in Kaduna. Represented by his Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, the president […]

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Tinubu to chair Arewa House 11th Annual Lecture

Sen. Bola Tinubu will chair the 11th Annual Lecture in honour of late Premier of Northern Nigeria, Sir Ahmadu Bello, organised by Arewa House. Shaibu Aliyu, Director of Arewa House, a research facility under Ahmadu Bello University, said that the lecture will hold on Saturday, March 27 in Kaduna. Aliyu said at a press briefing in […]

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Senate confirms Haliru Nababa as CG Nigeria Correctional Service

The Senate has confirmed the appointment of Mr Haliru Nababa as Controller General (CG), Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS). The confirmation followed the adoption of the report of the Senate Committee on Interior at plenary on Wednesday. Presenting the report, the Chairman, Sen. Shettima Kashim (APC-Borno) said the committee found the nominee suitable to occupy the position of […]

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Senate tasks FG on safety of electoral officials, materials

The Senate has urged the Federal Government to ensure the safety of electoral officials and election materials during elections. The resolution followed the adoption of a motion, ‘Election Violence in Ekiti and Need to Eschew Restraint’, at the plenary on Wednesday. The motion was sponsored by Sen. Biodun Olujimi (PDP- Ekiti). Olujimi, in her lead debate, noted […]

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Senate confirms Buhari’s nominee as Commissioner, Federal Civil Service Commission

The Senate has confirmed the appointment of Mr Wakil Bukar as Commissioner, Federal Civil Service Commission(FCSC). This followed the adoption of the report of Senate Committee on Establishment and Public Service at plenary on Tuesday. Presenting the report, Committee Chairman, Sen. Ibrahim Shekarau (APC-Kano) said the nominee possessed the requirements specified under Section 156 of the Constitution, […]

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Buhari stands with Niger Republic in fight against terrorism

Buhari and Issoufou has agreed to strengthen sub-regional security. President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigeria will continue to stand with all her neighbours in the fight against terrorism. The president stated this in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Tuesday. The presidential aide said Buhari was […]

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APC’s vision is to rule Nigeria for more than 36 years

The APC says it can only improve the lives of Nigerians if it stays in power for many more years to come.  National caretaker committee Chairman of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) and Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, says his party’s vision is to remain in power for more than nine terms in […]

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NDLEA seizes 200kg of hard drugs at Lagos, Abuja, Kano airports

NDLEA simultaneously seized 200 kilograms of illicit substances at the Lagos, Kano and Abuja airports last week. Its Director, Media and Advocacy, Mr Femi Babafemi, made this known in a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja. He stated that a 41-year-old Adewuyi Olayinka was arrested while trying to export 650 grams of cocaine to the United Kingdom. […]

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Osinbajo hails Burna Boy, Wizkid, says they are proof that Buhari administration is getting entertainment right

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has saluted the Grammy wins of Burna Boy and Wizkid, stating that the Buhari administration has in the past few years introduced several initiatives to harness the abundant creative potentials in the country. On March 14, 2021, Burna Boy took home the Grammy for ‘Best Global Music Album’ with his 2020 project Twice as […]

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IGP orders investigation into attack on Gov Ortom’s convoy

Adamu has also ordered the immediate deployment of a team of specialized investigators from Abuja to Benue state The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has ordered an investigation into the attack on the convoy of Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State. The governor’s convoy was attacked by gunmen on Saturday, March 20, 2021, at Tyo […]

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FG captures 30 million Nigerians in National Social Register

The Federal Government says it has captured no fewer than 30 million Nigerians in the National Social Register that would facilitate lifting 100 million people out of poverty in the next 10 years. Alhaji Bashir Alkali, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development stated this at the National Social Safety […]

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Sanwo-Olu wants law to curb tanker fire incidents

Sanwo-Olu says 45 per cent of petroleum products comes to Lagos with the consequence of trucks catching fire, destroying lives and property. Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has stressed the need for Nigeria to have a uniform “Combustible Standard Law” guiding tankers and articulated vehicles. Sanwo-Olu made the remarks at the commissioning of the […]

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Aisha Buhari returns to Nigeria after 6 months

An anonymous source in the presidency confirmed the first lady’s return to the country.  The wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, has returned to the country after being away for about six months. Mrs Buhari was said to have returned to the Presidential Villa, Abuja on the evening of Wednesday, March 17, 2021, after spending […]

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Edo receives 5,619 Libya returnees in 4 years

The Edo Task Force Against Human Trafficking says it has received about 5,619 returnees from Libya enroute Europe from 2017 till date. Prof. Yinka Omorogbe, Chairman of the Taskforce and Commissioner of Justice in the state, disclosed this on Tuesday during a virtual conference on human trafficking. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports the […]

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FG approves $1.5bn for rehabilitation of Port Harcourt refinery

Timipre Sylva says the development is a piece of good news for Nigeria.  The Federal Executive Council has on Wednesday, March 17, 2021, approved $1.5bn for the rehabilitation of the Port Harcourt refinery. The council made the decision at its weekly meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari. The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, […]

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Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli is dead

anzanian President John Pombe Magufuli has passed on. Magufuli’s death was announced by Tanzania’s Vice President Samia Suluhu, who said that Magufuli died of heart complications on Wednesday, at around 6PM. Speaking in a televised address, Vice President Suluhu said President Magufuli had been diagnosed with chronic atrial fibrillation, a disease he has battled for over […]

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CAN praises Pope Francis for rejecting same-sex marriage

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Tuesday praised Pope Francis for rejecting same-sex marriage and standing by the Bible, which it described as superior to any civilisation. In a statement issued in Abuja by its General Secretary, Mr Joseph Daramola, CAN said that the pope’s decision was godly and timely. “We agree with the […]

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NCAA suspends Azman airline’s accident-prone Boeing 737 aircrafts

The suspension kicked into effect on Monday, March 15. The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has suspended all flight operations of Azman Air’s Boeing 737 aircrafts over lingering safety concerns. The regulatory agency’s director-general, Musa Nuhu, said in a statement on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 that the suspension was as a result of a series of […]

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Buhari appoints Oyebode Oyetunde as Nigeria’s ED at AfDB

Oyetunde is taking over from Dr Bright Okogu whose tenure will come to an end in May. President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Dr Oyebode Oyetunde as Executive Director for Nigeria at the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire. Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, […]

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Troops kill more terrorists, capture more weapons in Borno

The troops’ sustained onslaught against the terrorists had continued to gain traction. The Nigerian Army says its troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have eliminated more Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists and captured more arms and ammunitions in an encounter in the Dikwa axis of Borno. The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima, in a statement, […]

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N600,000 stolen during Osun bank robbery – Police

Mr Olawale Olokode, the Commissioner of Police in Osun, on Friday said that N600,000 was stolen by armed robbers during an attack on a commercial bank in Okuku on Thursday. Okuku is a community in Odo-Otin Local Government Area of the state.  Olokode state this in a statement released to newsmen by the spokesperson for the […]

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Petrol marketers say not aware of pump price increase

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) says it has not received any official communication on Fuel price hike. The Chairman of the association in Kano State, Alhaji Bashir DanMalam stated this while briefing newsmen on Friday in Kano over the report going round that the pump price was increased to over N212 per […]

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Scarcity of foreign rice hits markets in Abuja, Jigawa

There has been scarcity of foreign rice weeks after reopening of borders by the Federal Government, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. NAN reports that many traders in some markets in Abuja on Saturday were out of stock of foreign rice in their shops and warehouses. Hajiya Rahmatu Mohammed, a rice seller in Utako […]

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Burna Boy performs at the 2021 Grammys

Last year, Burna Boy performed at Warner Music‘s pre-Grammy event. On March 14, 2021, Nigerian superstar and Grammy nominee, Burna Boy performed virtual means at the 63rd Grammy Awards. With a ludicrous backup of experimental live instrumentation, raining down from the fires of heaven’s sonic blessings, Burna Boy performed ‘Level Up,’ ‘Onyeka’ and ‘Ye.’ Earlier in the evening, Twice As Tall won Best […]

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Nigeria’s COVID-19 deaths surpass 2,000

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has recorded 287 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 159,933. The NCDC disclosed this on its official Twitter handle @NCDCgov early Friday morning. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the country has tested 1,601,396 people since the first confirmed case relating to […]

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Users now have more power to control comments you see on TikTok

It is one of two new features, alongside another which prompts people to reconsider posting unkind or inappropriate comments. On March 10, 2021, TikTok announced that it would now give users more power to control the comments they see. This is part of TikTok’s anti-bullying and anti-harassment awarenes with its #SharingPositivity campaign.  It is one […]

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FG approves $526m for power projects, N190m for UI microscope

The Federal Government on Wednesday approved 526 million dollars for power projects in Abia, Imo and Benue. The Federal Executive Council at its weekly meeting also approved N190.5 million for the purchase of a microscope by the University of Ibadan. Minister of Power, Sale Mamman and Minister of State for Education, Mr Emeka Nwajiuba,made these known to newsmen […]

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EFCC chairman testifies in N1.4bn subsidy fraud case

Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa, the newly-appointed Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Wednesday appeared before an Ikeja High Court to testify as a prosecution witness in a N1.4 billion oil subsidy fraud case. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 40-year-old Bawa, who was confirmed the EFCC Chairman by the Senate […]

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FEC approves N500m variation for road project in Delta

The Federal executive Council (FEC) has approved N500 million as variation for the completion of a road project in Delta. Minister of Niger-Delta Affairs, Sen. Godswill Akpabio made this known when he briefed State House correspondents, at the end of the Council meeting, chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Council Chamber, Abuja, on Wednesday. […]

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UK to return £4.2m Ibori loot

The United Kingdom is set to return £4.2m (N2.2bn) seized from convicted former Governor of Delta State, James Ibori, and his associates. The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, said this while delivering his speech on Tuesday at the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding between Nigeria and the government of theUK regarding the […]

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World’s first space hotel scheduled to open in 2027

(CNN) — If you’re daydreaming of future travels while stuck at home during the pandemic, why fantasize about the beaches of Bali or the canals of Venice when vacationing in space could be in your future? Back in 2019, Californian company the Gateway Foundation released plans for a cruise ship-style hotel that could one day float above […]

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We spent N966bn on pipeline repairs, NNPC replies AuGF

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has explained that it spent N966bn to repair pipelines between 2010 and 2015. NNPC stated this in response to the query raised in the 2016 report of the Auditor General for the Federation The Chairman of the Senate Public Account Committee, Senator Mathew Urhoghide, is currently scrutinising the AuGF report. […]

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Amaechi, wife revalidate APC membership in Rivers

Amaechi appreciates officials of the APC in charge of the exercise for revalidating his membership. Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, and his wife, Dame Judith Amaechi, have revalidated their membership of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers. Amaechi and his wife revalidated their membership at unit 14, ward 8 in Ubima, Ikwerre Local Government Area […]

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Again, Kwara government shuts missionary schools over Hijab controversy

The Kwara Government has announced that the 10 grant-aided missionary schools will remain shut down over the Hijab (religious veil) controversies would remain closed until further notice. This is contained in a statement by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, Mrs Kemi Adeosun on Monday in Ilorin. “The government therefore directs […]

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Jonathan says he isn’t interested in the 2023 presidential race

Jonathan says he’s now just focused on serving God and humanity. There have been rumours that ex-Nigeria President, Goodluck Jonathan, who oversaw the nation’s affairs from 2010 to 2015, is hell bent on returning to Aso Rock to complete a constitutionally permissible two terms in office. However, Jonathan poured cold water on the rumour mill […]

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Israel Adesanya loses by unanimous decision to Jan Błachowicz and fails in his attempt at UFC Light Heavyweight division

After dominating the Middleweight division, Adesanya went up to the Light Heavyweight where he lost. Nigerian-born mixed martial artist Israel Adesanya has suffered his first loss in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), following his defeat by unanimous decision to Polish fighter Jan Blachowicz.  At the main fight at UFC 259, Adasanya and Blachowicz went all […]

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Buhari, Osinbajo receive first doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

Buhari and Osinbajo receive the vaccines to demonstrate to the nation that the vaccines are safe.  President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo have received their first doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. The president and his vice were vaccinated at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Saturday, March 6, 2021. The president was inoculated […]

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Firm wants FG to stop handover of National Theatre to CBN

The firm says the suit it initiated over disturbance of its rights as concessionaire of the National Theatre has not been concluded. A concessionaire, Topwide Consortium, has urged the Federal Government to discontinue the handover of National Theatre to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) pending the determination of the matter in court. Topwide Consortium […]

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Witness indicts EFCC, Magu inMaina’s trial

Ngozika Ihuoma, defence witness, on Thursday, indicted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and its sacked Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, in the ongoing trial of Abdulrasheed Maina, former Chairman, defunct Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT). Ihuoma, a management consultant, whose firm, Crincad & Cari Nigeria Ltd was contracted by the PRTT for consultancy service, also […]

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Airport police arrest 5 suspects for selling fake COVID-19 certificates

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID), of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) says it has arrested five suspected syndicates, forging COVID-19 certificates. The Commissioner of Police, Airport Command and Aviation Security (AVSEC ) CP Umar Bature disclosed the arrest on Thursday at a news briefing held at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos. […]

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EFCC warns Nigerians to stop congratulating new chairman Bawa

The EFCC says what Bawa needs is support and prayers, not paid advertisements congratulating him. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says the numerous congratulatory messages addressed to its new chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, is starting to turn into a distraction. Bawa was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari last month to head the anti-graft commission, putting an […]

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Abuja Airport named best airport in Africa

The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, has earned the 2020 Airport Service Quality (ASQ) award for Best Airport by Size and Region (5 to 15 million passengers per year in Africa) by the Airports Council International (ACI) Africa, a non-profit organisation representing the world’s airports.  This was disclosed in a press statement released by the […]

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Marketers warn against hoarding of petrol, assure adequate supply

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has assured motorists that there is enough Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol, in the country, urging them to stop panic buying. The IPMAN National Secretary, Alhaji Danladi Pasali, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN) in Abuja, on Monday. […]

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Nigeria records highest power transmission of 5,615.40MW

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) says the power sector has recorded an all-time national peak of 5,615.40MW. A statement issued on Tuesday in Lagos by Ms Ndidi Mbah, General Manager, Public Affairs, TCN, said the new record was achieved on Feb. 28. The statement said the power generated was efficiently transmitted through the nation’s […]

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NDLEA Arrests Suspected Transborder Drug Trafficker In Sokoto

A transborder drug trafficker, 36-year-old Nkem Timothy, alias Auwalu Audu has been arrested in Sokoto by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA). The suspect was arrested while trying to cross to Algeria through the Niger Republic with 62 wraps of substance suspected to be cocaine weighing 1.550kg, which has an estimated street […]

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Benue Govt Releases 210 Cows To Owners After Collecting N5m Fine

The Benue State government has released 210 cows earlier confiscated by the state livestock guards at Mbala, Makurdi, and Gbajimba in Guma Local Government Area of the state. The cows were returned to the owners after various fines worth N5million in total, were paid. The commander of the Benue State Livestock Guards, Linus Zaki, while returning […]

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No Fuel Price Increase In March, Says NNPC

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has denied reports of any increment in the price of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) in the country in March 2021. The NNPC disclosed this in a statement signed on Sunday by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr. Kennie Obateru. Obateru stated that the Corporation was not […]

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Driver Arrested With Human Heads In Ondo

A middle-aged man, Hassan Saka has been arrested for being in possession of two human heads in Ondo State. Saka was arrested on Monday by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in the state. The exhibits were discovered in a vehicle along Owo/Akure road, concealed in a brown carton. The State Commander […]

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President Buhari meets new EFCC Chairman Bawa at Aso Villa

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, met with the new Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa, at the State House, Abuja. The President’s Personal Assistant (Photography), Mr Sunday Aghaeze, confirmed the meeting in a pictorial report. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered that the new EFCC boss was formally introduced […]

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FG happy over rising crude oil price – Minister

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Dr Zainab Ahmed, made this known on Thursday in Abuja when she addressed State House correspondents on the state of the nation’s economy under the Buhari-led administration. According to her, gaining more revenue from the sale of crude will yield more revenue for government as well as […]

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Buhari rules out amnesty for bandits, vows to deal with them

President Muhammadu Buhari has declared his position on the idea that bandits terrorising the country should be granted amnesty to stop their activities.  The president represented by Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, his chief of staff during a joint security meeting of the Northern State Governors’ Forum and traditional rulers, on Thursday, February 25, 2021, said his administration will […]

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Court grants N70m bail to Okorocha’s aides

The defendants were arrested for allegedly breaking into a property sealed by the state government. An aide to Senator Rochas Okorocha, Eberendu Chiimechefulem, his legislative aide, Steve Asinuobi and 12 others were arraigned before a magistrate’s court sitting in Owerri on Monday. The 14 defendants were arraigned on a six-count charge bordering on conspiracy, breach […]

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The moment Okorocha and his aides were shot at in Imo

“I am under attack here by hoodlums,” the senator who represents Imo West in the upper legislative chamber, Rochas Okorocha, bellowed into the phone as gunshots rang around him on Sunday, February 21, 2021. Before long, hoodlums armed with grenades, guns, cudgels and bottles were ransacking the cars of the ex-Imo governor and his aides […]

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Okorocha has been released, say Imo police

The Imo State Police Command, on Monday, said former governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha, has been released. Spokesperson for the state police command, Orlando Ikeokwu, made this known while featuring on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ programme monitored by The PUNCH. Ikeokwu said Okorocha was released on Sunday night after he was “invited” for “questioning” over […]

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Insecurity: Canada Warns Citizens Against Travelling To Nigeria

Canada has warned its citizens against ‘non-essential’ travel to Nigeria due to the high level of insecurity and crime. A series of warnings came in a travel advisory on the website of the Canadian government. Canadians are advised to “avoid non-essential travel to Nigeria due to the unpredictable security situation throughout the country and the […]

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Benin Republic wants to become Nigeria’s 37th State

Benin Republic has always wanted to be a part of Nigeria. Nigeria may have its endemic structural and leadership problems, but Benin Republic has been casting envious glances across the border and wouldn’t mind being a part of Nigeria’s bigger economy. “The President of Benin said as far as they are concerned, they want (not […]

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Group urges Peter Obi to contest 2023 presidential election

The group says the appeal is based on the national acceptance of Obi. A socio-political organisation, Movement for the Election of Nigerian President of Igbo Extraction, wants Mr Peter Obi to contest the 2023 presidential poll. Obi was the Vice-Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 2019 election. The group made the call […]

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Benin republic ready to be Nigeria’s 37th State — Minister

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, said the President of Benin Republic, Patrice Talon, had expressed readiness for his country to be part of Nigeria. Onyeama, who stated this shortly after a close door meeting with Beninoise Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Aurélien Agbenonci, said the Beninoise president gave the offer when he […]

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US Reveals How Hushpuppi Laundered Funds For North Korean Bank Hackers

New details have emerged about the case against Instagram influencer, Ramon Abbas, fondly referred to as Hushpuppi.  According to the United States of America’s Department of Justice, Hushpuppi laundered money for North Korean hackers.  The revelation was made known when federal prosecutors in Los Angeles unsealed a case against one Ghaleb Alaumary, 37, of Mississauga, […]

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FG spends over N50bn monthly on electricity – Minister

The Minister of Power, Mr Sale Mamman, says the Federal Government spends over N50 billion monthly on electricity. Mr Aaron Artimas, the Special Adviser, Media and Communications to the minister, disclosed this on Tuesday in a statement in Abuja. Artimas quoted the minister as saying this when he received the Guild of Actors and Film Producers, […]

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Nigerians React To APC’s Plan To Field Jonathan With El-Rufai In 2023, Advise Former President To Decline Offer

Nigerians have flooded the social media with their reactions to the plan by the All Progressives Congress to present former President Goodluck Jonathan, and Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, for the presidency in 2023. SaharaReporters observed that many of the comments had to do with Jonathan, who was defeated by President Muhammadu Buhari in the […]

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Bitcoin rises above $50,000 for first time

Bitcoin rose above $50,000 for the first time on Tuesday while European equities eased after soaring the previous day on reduced coronavirus fears and thanks to mounting optimism over US President Joe Biden’s vast stimulus plan, traders said. Bitcoin surged past the $50,000 mark in midday European trading, striking $50,547.70 around 1235 GMT. The price […]

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Man arrested for allegedly stabbing his wife of 20 years to death on suspicion of infidelity in Ogun

Operatives of Ogun State Police Command have arrested 46-year-old Sobola Olatunji, pictured, a staff of Remo North Local government for allegedly stabbing his 38yrs old wife to death on mere suspicion of infidelity. DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the spokesperson of the state police command who confirmed this to newsmen, said the suspect was arrested following a complaint […]

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Senate receives Buhari’s request for confirmation of Abdulrasheed Bawa as EFCC Chairman

The Senate on Tuesday received President Muhammadu Buhari’s request for confirmation of Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa as substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Buhari’s request is contained in a letter addressed to President of Senate, Ahmad Lawan and read at plenary on Tuesday. “Dear Distinguish Senate President, request for confirmation of appointment […]

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WTO Acknowledges Nigeria’s Nomination Of Okonjo-Iweala

The World Trade Organisation on Tuesday acknowledged Nigeria’s nominee for the post of its Director-General. Earlier this month, The Cable Newspaper reported that President Muhammadu Buhari had nominated former Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the post of WTO’s Director-General. The current WTO Director-General, Mr. Roberto Azevêdo, has announced he will step down on August 31, 2020. […]

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Couple Bags 40 Years Jail Term For N53m Fraud

A couple, Ebiesuwa Abayomi Fredrick and his wife, Tinuola Idayat Oyegunle, have been sentenced to 40 years imprisonment each.  Justice Joyce Abdulmalik of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State today, February 15, 2021, found them guilty on all four counts of conspiracy and obtaining by false pretense brought against them by the […]

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Okonjo-Iweala, Security Meetings And COVID-19 Vaccines

Good morning. We are reporting on Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s landmark achievement, a series of security meetings to deescalate violence across the country, and Nigeria’s continued hunt for COVID-19 vaccines. Okonjo-Iweala Makes History Nigeria’s ex-Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has been confirmed by the World Trade Organisation as its next Director-General. The news sent Nigerians into a celebration […]

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PDP blasts Sanwo-Olu over arrest of Lekki tollgate protesters

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has slammed Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lago State over the arrest of Lekki tollgate protesters on Saturday, February 13, 2021. The opposition party said the arrest showed that Governor Sanwo-Olu led administration in Lagos prioritises the billions of naira generated at the Lekki tollgate over the welfare of the residents of the […]

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N40m Fraud: EFCC Closes Case Against ‘Mama Boko Haram’, Others

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Maiduguri Zonal Office, has closed its case in the ongoing trial of Aisha Alkali Wakil, popularly known as “Mama Boko Haram,” before Justice Umaru Fadawu of the Borno State High Court, Maiduguri. The prosecution closed its case today after calling the last two witnesses, Geoffrey Okolorie(PW3) and Bashir […]

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Kerosene price rises from N195 to N235 in Enugu

The Federal Executive Council at its meeting on Wednesday approved a new Medium-Term Debt Management Strategy for Nigeria, for the period of 2020 to 2023. The strategy allows the government to borrow more from domestic sources. The Debt Management Office disclosed this in a press release titled “Federal Executive Council approves a new debt management […]

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FG plans more borrowing from domestic sources

The Federal Executive Council at its meeting on Wednesday approved a new Medium-Term Debt Management Strategy for Nigeria, for the period of 2020 to 2023. The strategy allows the government to borrow more from domestic sources. The Debt Management Office disclosed this in a press release titled “Federal Executive Council approves a new debt management […]

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CBN directs banks to accept travel documents, refugee ID card as means of Identification

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has directed commercial banks and other financial institutions to, henceforth, accept Machine Readable Travel Documents (MRCTD) and Refugee Identification Card, as means of identification for financial transactions. The directive was given by Dr Kevin Amugo, Director, Finance Policy Regulation Department, on Wednesday, in Abuja, through a memo to the […]

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FEC approves N9.4bn to complete digital switch-over

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday approved N9.43 billion to complete the digital switch over, which had previously missed the deadline set for implementation. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting in Abuja. Mohammed […]

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Police Inspector shoots self to death in Imo

A mobile police Inspector, simply identified as Umoh, on Wednesday shot himself dead after he returned from an official assignment in Owerri, Imo. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Inspector, until his death, was serving at Area Command Headquarters in Owerri. The tragedy, according to an eyewitness account, occurred when the officer went […]

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Lawyers sue CBN, SEC over cryptocurrency ban

The Digital Rights Lawyers Initiative has approached the Federal High Court in Lagos to challenge the Central Bank of Nigeria and Securities and Exchange Commission for prohibiting banks from dealing in cryptocurrencies and closing down of suspected bank accounts. In the suit number, FHC/L/CS/ 188/2021, DRLI wants the court to declare that virtual currencies are […]

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COVID-19 funds must be used judiciously, says Lawan

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has said those in charge of the funds provided for the procurement of the COVID-19 vaccines must ensure judicious utilisation of the money. The Head National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Faisal Shuaib, had said Nigeria would take delivery of its first coronavirus vaccine doses in February. Lawan, […]

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Army refutes reports of killing of 5 soldiers in Borno

he Army has refuted some media reports that five soldiers were killed and others abducted by insurgents during repair of an electricity facility along Maiduguri- Damaturu road on Monday. Col. Ado Isa, the Army Deputy Director Public Relations, made the rebuttal in a statement released in Maiduguri on Tuesday. Isa who described the report as “fake […]

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President Buhari flags off $1.96bn Nigeria-Niger rail project

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday performed the ground-breaking ceremony of the Kano–Dutse–Jibia (Katsina State) – Maradi 284 Km rail project connecting Kano in Nigeria to Maradi in Niger Republic, virtually. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 1.96billion dollars project was approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC), presided over by the president […]

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Lai Mohammed says history will be kind to Buhari

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, says posterity will be kind to President Muhammadu Buhari for embarking on massive infrastructure development in the country. The minister stated this on Tuesday in Katsina at the Ground Breaking Ceremony of the Kano-Katsina-Jibiya-Maradi rail project. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports President Buhari performed […]

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Use Of Cryptocurrency Illegal In Nigeria, Says CBN

he Central Bank of Nigeria on Sunday said the use of cryptocurrencies in Nigeria contravenes existing laws. The apex bank was responding to public criticism of its Friday notice warning Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) to desist from transacting cryptocurrencies and dealing with entities who do same. According to the CBN, cryptocurrencies are “issued by unknown […]

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Why I Don’t Reply My Critics -Wizkid

Nigerian music star and songwriter Ayodeji Balogun well known as Wizkid has disclosed the reason why he doesn’t respond to critics from people.In an interview with This Day, Wizkid disclosed people cannot be pleased. He added that one isn’t smart when they choose to reply to every critic on social media to prove a point. […]

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We’ve curbed corruption in oil sector, says Buhari

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), said on Thursday that his regime had achieved success in stemming corruption and sharp practices in the nation’s oil and gas industry. Buhari said when he was elected into office in 2015, the industry was in a very dire situation, worsened by a backlog of joint venture cash […]

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WHO disqualifies Nigeria, eight others from global vaccine bid

The World Health Organisation-led COVAX global initiative has failed to shortlist Nigeria for the Pfizer vaccines following the country’s inability to meet the standard requirement of being able to store the vaccines at the required -70 degrees Celsius. The Nigerian government had stated that it was expected to receive 100,000 doses through the COVAX initiative, […]

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Kano Govt arrests 500 beggars

The State’s Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Dr Zahra’u Muhammad-Umar, made the disclosure while repatriating the beggars in Kano on Friday. Muhammad-Umar said that the beggars were arrested in Kano metropolis with 70 per cent being women and children, and 30 per cent men. “Those arrested included women, children, men and Almajiris. The […]

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CBN bans cryptocurrency trading in Nigeria

The apex bank has warned that financial institutions who breach this directive would face severe sanctions. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has directed Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) and other financial institutions to close accounts of persons who are using their systems for cryptocurrency trading. A cryptocurrency is a virtual or digital currency that appreciates […]

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Adegboruwa faults IGP’s tenure extension says it is illegal

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Ebun Adegboruwa has described President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to extend the expired tenure of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu as illegal and unconstitutional. Adamu’s tenure expired on Monday, February 1, 2021, when he attained 35 years in service, but instead of replacing him, the president decided to retain him […]

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ASUU, students union raise concern over increasing number of universities in Nigeria

In separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Benin, the stakeholders said there was nothing to justify the approval, when the existing universities were neither adequately funded nor properly monitored to ensure compliance, with appropriate guidelines. Prof. Monday Omoregie, the Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Benin chapter, […]

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Oil thieves kidnap NSCDC operative after gun battle in Bayelsa

The Bayelsa government on Thursday condemned the attack on operatives of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Ekeremor Local Government Area of the state by suspected militants engaged in oil theft. The condemnation was contained in a press statement issued by Mr Doubara Atasi, Senior Special Assistant to Bayelsa Deputy Governor, Sen. […]

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Buhari urges youths to participate in politics

President Muhammadu Buhari says the future of APC lies in strengthened internal democracy; transparent electoral processes; pro-people policies and programmes, and value of each member’s contribution to the party’s growth. The president stated this during a virtual meeting with APC youths held at the State House, Abuja, on Thursday. He noted that the on-going members’ […]

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FEC approves N2bn for surveillance equipment for airports, waterways

N1.2 billion of the amount was approved for the purchase of surveillance equipment for Lagos and Abuja airports. The Federal Executive Council has approved about N2billion for the procurement of surveillance equipment for some airports and inland waterways in the country. Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, disclosed this to State House correspondents at […]

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420 Nigerian returnees arrive Abuja from Saudi Arabia – NiDCOM

27 of the 420 returnees are children while 393 are adults. The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) says 420 Nigerian returnees arrived Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, from Saudi Arabia on Wednesday. This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Abdul-Rahman Balogun, Head, Media, Public Relations and Protocols Unit of NiDCOM. Balogun said on […]

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Paul Okoye Says – I planned leaving P-Square since 2007” spills more details about breakup with Peter

Nigerian singer, Paul Okoye known by stage name Rudeboy, has shed more light on the events that led to the messy breakup with his twin brother, Peter Okoye. The singers were members of defunct music group, P-Square, and inarguably left a mark in the African music industry before their messy separation in 2017. Since their split, there have been […]

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US condemns Russia’s ‘harsh’ tactics against protesters

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday condemned Russian authorities for their “harsh” response to protests across the country that called for the release of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. “The U.S. condemns the persistent use of harsh tactics against peaceful protesters and journalists by Russian authorities for a second week straight,” Blinken said […]

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Police arrest two for Int’l child pornography

Segun Adewole Two suspects engaged in international child pornography have been arrested by operatives of the Nigeria Police Interpol National Central Bureau, Abuja. The suspects based in Kano are identified as Ibrahim Muazzam Mohammad Aminu and Mohammad Tahir Umar. Both men are accused of taking advantage of underage girls whom they sexually abuse, make video […]

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Delta imposes fresh COVID-19 curfew

ecurity agencies have been mandated to enforce the curfew.  The Delta State government on Friday, January 29, 2021, announced a fresh curfew in the state as part of measures to check a resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.  Secretary to the State Government, Chiedu Ebie, who announced this in a statement, said the curfew takes […]

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Buhari departs Abuja to participate in APC Registration exercise in Daura

President Buhari will on Saturday at Sarkin Yara Ward, Daura, participate in the APC’s nationwide membership registration exercise. President Muhammadu Buhari has departed Abuja for Daura, Katsina State, his home town, to participate in the national membership registration and revalidation exercise of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that […]

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Man kills his wife and daughter in Anambra

The police in Anambra state have arrested a 28-year-old man identified as Chukwuemeka Obijofa, of Ofufe Nza village in Ekwusigo LGA of Anambra State, for allegedly killing his wife and their daughter on Tuesday, January 26. A statement released by the spokesperson of the state police command, Haruna Mohammed, states that the suspect allegedly ran amok and […]

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US Defence Lawyers Dump Hushpuppi

The international lawyers representing suspected Nigerian fraudster, Ramon Abbas, popularly known as Ray Hushpuppi, have applied to withdraw from his case. The US Lawyers identified as Gal Pissetzky and Vicki Podberesky said Mr. Abass (Hushpuppi) stopped communicating with them and has retained new lawyers to defend him in the case. The lawyers reached the decision […]

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Buhari meets new service chiefs at Aso Villa

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday met behind closed doors with the new service chiefs at the Presidential Villa. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the service chiefs, who were appointed on Tuesday, arrived at the villa in their old official vehicles at about 4.00p.m. NAN gathered that the new service chiefs – Maj.-Gen. Lucky […]

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New Army Chief Attahiru Ibrahim was fired in 2017 for failing against Boko Haram

Fired from the frontlines in 2017, Ibrahim returns as Buhari’s new army chief. President Muhammadu Buhari finally replaced his under-fire security chiefs on Tuesday, January 26, 2021. Major-General Leo Irabor–Chief of Defence Staff Major-General I. Attahiru–Chief of Army Staff Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo–Chief of Naval Staff Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao–Chief of Air Staff Ibrahim Attahiru who […]

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President Buhari appoints new Service Chiefs

President Muhammadu Buhari has finally fired his under-performing security chiefs, while naming replacements. Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, announced in a statement that: “President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the immediate resignation of the Service Chiefs, and their retirement from service. “Those involved are the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of […]

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APC rallies support for new service chiefs

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged the public to support the newly appointed Service Chiefs to perform their constitutional roles of protecting the country’s territorial integrity and tackle emerging security threats. Sen. John Akpanudoedehe, the National Secretary of the APC Caretaker Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee, made the call in a statement on Tuesday in […]

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Buhari’s Government Disappointing, Many Nigerians Worried – Former INEC Chair, Jega

The Immediate past Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Attahiru Jega, has described the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari as disappointing, saying many Nigerians are worried about the direction it is taking the country.  Speaking with Daily Trust, the Professor of Political Science, who presided over the 2015 general elections that brought in […]

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Military airstrike kills many bandits on Kaduna-Abuja highway

The Defence Headquarters says the Air component of Operation Thunder Strike has neutralised several armed bandits at Chikwale Forest in the Mangoro area of Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State. Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, Coordinator Defence Media Operations, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday. Enenche said the operation was conducted on Saturday following credible intelligence […]

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INEC urges Nigerians to ignore fake news on CVR

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has urged Nigerians to ignore fake news making the round that it would resume its Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) on Monday. The commission, in a flyer titled “Fake News Alert” on its social media on Sunday, said no date had been fixed for such exercise. “INEC wishes to inform […]

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University workers to begin strike on February 5

Non-academic staff unions of Nigerian Universities say they’ll embark total strike with effect from midnight of Friday, 5th February 2021. The non-academic staff at Nigerian universities are set to embark on an indefinite strike on February 5, 2021. The Joint Action Committee of NASU and SSANU announced this in a communique on Friday, January 22, […]

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Biden reopens door for Nigerians to apply for US green card again, reversing Trump’s ban

New United States President Joe Biden has overturned a policy of the Donald Trump administration that prevented Nigerians from applying for immigrant visas. Biden was sworn in as the 46th U.S. president on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, replacing Trump who had adopted a much-publicised “America First” policy, especially on immigration. Biden was sworn in as the 46th U.S. […]

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Joe Biden’s Inaugural Speech

Chief Justice Roberts, Vice-President Harris, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McConnell, Vice-President Pence. My distinguished guests, my fellow Americans. This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day. A day of history and hope, of renewal and resolve. Through a crucible for the ages, America has been tested a new and America has risen to the […]

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Biden sworn-in as 46th US president

Joe Biden has been sworn-in as the 46th President of the United States of America. His running mate in the US presidential election of November 3, 2020, Kamala Harris, was also sworn-in as Vice President. Biden and Harris had arrived at the US Capitol on Wednesday for their official inauguration ceremony. Biden, 78, was sworn […]

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WTO: Biden won’t oppose Okonjo-Iweala’s candidacy, says Utomi

Kayode Oyero Foremost political economist, Prof Pat Utomi, has said that the incoming administration of US President-elect, Joe Biden, won’t oppose the candidacy of Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala in the race for the director general of the World Trade Organisation. Utomi, who stated this in an exclusive interview with The PUNCH on Monday, said Biden has demonstrated multilateralism […]

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Suspected militants attack Akwa Ibom ship facility, demands N20m

Patrick Odey, Uyo SUSPECTED militants have attacked facilities at the new Norfin Offshore Shipyard located in the boundary shoreline of Ikot Ukpong in the Oruk Anam Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. The inauguration of the shipyard initially billed for January 23, 2021 has been shifted to January 30 by Governor Udom Emmanuel following […]

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Trump to grant pardons on last day in power

President Donald Trump began his final full day in the White House Tuesday with a long list of possible pardons to dish out before snubbing his successor Joe Biden’s inauguration and leaving for Florida. On Wednesday at noon, Biden will be sworn in and the Trump presidency will end, turning the page on some of the most […]

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Seven arrested for cloning pre-paid metres in Kaduna

Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna The Northwest zonal office of the Special Investigation and Prosecution Taskforce on Electricity Offences have announced the arrest of seven suspects in connection with pre-paid metre cloning, theft, metre vandalism and other related offences in Kaduna State and its environs. The Zonal Head of the Task Force, ASP Aliyu Bamalli, who paraded […]

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Ex-Rivers Rep dies 10 days after losing wife

A former member of the House of Representatives, Jerome Eke, has died few days after losing his wife identified as Joan. Eke represented Etche/Omuma Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party between 2015 and 2019. It was gathered that the former federal lawmaker passed on last Friday, […]

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NNPC Reports $120.49m Crude Oil, Gas Revenue in September

•Shutdown of NPDC facility triggers N1.2bn reduction in trading surplus•Other subsidiaries post impressive results Onyebuchi Ezigbo, Udora Orizu in Abuja and Kemi Olaitan in Ibadan As learning institutions reopen today, concerns continue to rise following an insistence by teachers that necessary measures have not been put in place in compliance with the COVID-19 protocols established […]

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Arrest Peddlers of Fake COVID-19 Vaccines, NMA Tells FG

The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has urged the federal government to apprehend all those involved in the circulation of fake COVID-19 vaccines in the country.NMA said the government should not waste time in arresting and prosecuting the peddlers of the fake vaccines regiment for the crime. The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and […]

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Over 8,000 passengers access e-ticketing on Abuja-Kaduna rail line

More than 8,000 passengers on the Abuja-Kaduna train route have accessed the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) e-ticketing platform three days after into its test running. A statement by Taiye Elebiyo-Edeni, Media Assistant to Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, said the Federal Government on Wednesday announced the commencement of the test run. She said that e-ticketing […]

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This man owns $321M in bitcoin — but he can’t access it because he lost his password

The San Francisco software developer and CEO was an early adopter of bitcoin. Back in 2011, he produced an animated video explaining how the digital currency works. For his efforts, a bitcoin enthusiast awarded him 7,002 bitcoins. Later that year, he lost the password to his IronKey, the USB hard drive that contains the digital wallet that holds his bitcoins. Since […]

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Buhari, 9 other presidents, others receive AfCFTA awards

The awards were received by the various countries’ ambassadors and representatives of institutions present. President Muhammadu Buhari, nine other African Heads of State and Dr Akinwumi Adesina, President, African Development Bank (AfDB) have received awards for their contributions to the kick-off of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA). The award ceremony was organised virtually […]

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COVID-19: Lagos Govt extends work-from-home order to Feb. 1

The Lagos State Government has further extended the work-from-home order to all state public servants on Grade Levels 14 and below from Monday, Jan. 18, 2021 to Monday, Feb. 1, 2021. Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu gave the directive in a circular signed by the Head of Service, Mr Hakeem Muri-Okunola, in Lagos on Saturday. The News Agency of […]

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How we made N180million from 3 kidnap operations — Suspect

A 25-year-old suspected sea pirate, Tony Ebiyepade, has narrated how him and his gang made millions of Naira kidnapping foreigners. The suspect was recently arrested alongside two others, in connection with the kidnapping of four Americans sometime in 2020.  According to The Sun, he said, “In 2007, we abducted 10 foreigners, seized their ship and […]

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Bobi Wine alleges widespread fraud in Uganda election as votes are tallied

As counting of votes from the Uganda presidential election proceeds, opposition candidate Bobi Wine said early Friday that the vote has been marred by “widespread fraud and violence.” He however adds that he remains confident of victory. 38-year-old Wine is challenging 76-year-old incumbent Yoweri Museveni, who has been President of Uganda since 1986.  Votes are being counted […]

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FG spent 89% of revenue on debt servicing in 11 months

The federal government (FG) expended a total of N3.10 trillion on debt servicing for the 11 months (January- November) 2020, out of its N3.48 trillion retained revenue for the same period. This puts Nigeria’s debt-to-revenue ratio, a key measure of debt sustainability, at 89 per cent for the period under review, a far cry from […]

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