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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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FG spent N118.37billion on COVID-19 in 2020 — Minister

The Federal Government spent a whopping N118.37 billion on COVID-19-related expenses in 2020, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, has said. The minister said this while speaking at a virtual public presentation of the approved 2021 budget, on Tuesday, January 12.  According to her, a total of N10.08 trillion was […]

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NIMC warns Nigerians about allegedly fraudulent NIN Linker app

More than 10,000 people have downloaded the app which was released on December 21, 2020. The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has warned Nigerians not to download an app that claims to link the National Identity Number (NIN) to SIM card records. The NIN is issued upon enrolment into the National Identity Database and is […]

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5 soldiers, 6 Boko Haram terrorists killed in Borno clash

Five soldiers of the Nigerian Army and six Boko Haram terrorists were killed in a gunfight in the Alagarno area of Borno State on Monday, January 11, 2021. The terrorists were members of main Boko Haram faction, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), according to a report by HumAngle. The military reportedly launched an […]

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Over 21,000 criminal suspects arrested by Police in 2020

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, says the Force arrested a total of 21,296 criminal suspects involved in various violent crimes between January and December 2020. During a review of the scorecard of police operations on Monday, January 11, 2021, the Police boss said 3,347 firearms, 133,496 ammunition, and 960 stolen vehicles were recovered from […]

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Rev Kaigama condemns kidnapping of catholic priests

Most Rev. Dr. Ignatius Kaigama, Archbishop of Abuja Catholic Archdiocese, has condemned incessant kidnapping of catholic priests and other ministers of God, describing it as molestation of the church. Kaigama, in his homily on Sunday at St. Anthony’s Parish, Yangoji, Abuja, said an act of kidnapping was criminal, ungodly and degrading to humanity. Kaigama, who […]

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Nollywood veteran Jim Lawson Maduike is dead

Nigerian actor Jim Lawson Maduike is dead. The movie star died on Saturday, January 9, 2021, after complaining of body pains. Until his death, the veteran actor was a radio broadcaster, writer, and TV personality. He joined the Nollywood movie industry in 2004 and has since acted in more than 150 movies. May his gentle […]

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US Riots: APC urges Trump to emulate Buhari

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged the President of the United States, Donald Trump to emulate his Nigerian counterpart, President Muhammadu Buhari.  The ruling party said this in a statement titled, “The integrity of a leader is as important as strong institutions” on Saturday, January 9, 2021. In the statement signed by John Akpanudoedehe, the […]

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Lagos impounds 100 commercial motorcycles for violations

Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Enforcement Unit (Taskforce) has impounded over 100 commercial motorcycles as part of efforts in ensuring sanity on the roads in the state. The Chairman of the taskforce, CSP Shola Jejeloye, said this on Sunday in a statement signed by the agency’s Head, Public Affairs Unit, Mr Taofiq Adebayo. Jejeloye said that the […]

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Troops kill 28 terrorists in Yobe

Troops of the newly inaugurated Operation Tura Takaibango, a subsidiary Operation of Operation Lafiya Dole, eliminated 28 Boko Haram terrorists in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe on Saturday. The Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brig.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, in a statement on Sunday, said the troops identified and encircled a ambush site and engaged them […]

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NASU, SSANU to embark on 3-day protest over IPPIS, others

The Non Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) have threaten to embark on a three-day protest on Jan. 12 . The unions in a circular jointly issued on Sunday in Abuja said that the planned strike was to protest the non implementation of an agreement reached […]

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Celebs who’ve had COVID-19

Olajide Samuel As the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, some Nigerians still believe that the virus does not exist. Saturday Beats chronicles the stories of some celebs who have battled the dreaded virus and shared their experience with the public  Alibaba Respected comedian and actor,  Atunyota Akpobome, popularly known as Alibaba,  […]

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Twitter deletes Iranian leader’s tweet banning US, UK Covid vaccines

Twitter has removed a tweet by Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei suggesting coronavirus vaccines made in the United States and Britain are “untrustworthy”, saying the post violated its rules. “Importing vaccines made in the US or the UK is prohibited. They’re completely untrustworthy. It’s not unlikely they would want to contaminate other nations,” said […]

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Buhari vows to end Boko Haram insurgency this year

President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to end Boko Haram insurgency once and for all this year.  The president made the promise while speaking during the Juma’at prayer for the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration at the National Mosque, Abuja on Friday, January 8, 2021. Buhari, who was represented by Defence Minister Magashi Salihi said, “This […]

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Soyinka says Amotekun must not become another SARS

Due to the recent controversies surrounding the operations of the South-West Security Network Agency, also known as Amotekun, Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has said that efforts must be made to ensure the security outfit does not become another Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force.  There have been allegations of recklessness and extrajudicial killings […]

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Twitter bans Trump permanently to avoid ‘further incitement’

Twitter on Friday evening wielded the big stick against outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump, suspending his account permanently. Announcing this in a blog post, the company said it took the decision “due to the risk of further incitement of violence’’. “After a close review of recent tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around […]

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APC group calls for sacking of service chiefs

Supporters of the All Progressives Congress under the aegis of the Coalition of APC Support Groups, on Wednesday, reiterated the call on the President, Major General  Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to replace the service chiefs. The group said the current state affairs in the country especially as it concerns the safety of lives and property was […]

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More Worries For Residents As NIMC Workers In Lagos Go On Strike

Members of staff of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) in Lagos State have gone on strike. Channels Television crew was at the NIMC office, located on the premises of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) office in Alausa, on Thursday morning. While hundreds of residents were seen as early as 8am, NIMC workers […]

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US Congress Certifies Joe Biden As Winner Of Presidential Election Despite Mob Violence

The US Congress on Thursday certified Joe Biden’s win in November’s presidential election and comes after President Trump’s supporters laid siege on the Capitol on Wednesday. Republican Vice President Mike Pence certified the Electoral College count of 306 electors in favor of the Democrat against 232 in favor of outgoing Republican President Donald Trump. Lawmakers in […]

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731 Batch B NYSC members test positive for COVID-19

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has revealed that 731 members of Batch B National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) have tested positive for COVID-19. The chairman, PTF on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, stated this at the national briefing on COVID-19 on Tuesday in Abuja. According to […]

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NERC approves increase in electricity tariff nationwide

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has approved an increase in electricity tariff nationwide. The new tariff takes effect from January 1, 2021, according to a directive signed by NERC Chairman Sanusi Garba.  The new hike is by 50 percent. NERC states that the new tariff will be enforced until the issuance of another minor review […]

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Pastor arrested over disappearance of his lover in Port Harcourt

A clergyman identified as Pastor Sodje Masodje, has been arrested over the disappearance of a woman named Beauty Sorbari Nwigbaranee. Sodje was arrested by the operatives of Garrison of the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt after Sorbari went missing on Christmas day. A source disclosed that 20-year-old Beauty, a final year student of […]

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Court Adjourns Ruling On Sowore, Others’ Bail Application

A Chief Magistrate Court in Abuja has fixed January 8, for ruling on the bail application filed on behalf of Mr Omoyele Sowore and four others. Chief Magistrate Mabel Segun-Bello fixed the date on Tuesday after listening to the application for bail moved by the lawyer to the defendants, Marshal Abubakar and the opposition by […]

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Accident claims 6, injures 9 on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

Six persons were confirmed dead while nine others had various degrees of injuries on Tuesday in a ghastly accident involving an articulated vehicle and a Toyota bus around Car Park C on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. Mr Ahmed Umar, the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Ogun command, confirmed the incident in an interview with […]

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Zulum signs Borno’s N248bn 2021 budget into law

Babagana Zulum of Borno on Monday signed the state’s N248 billion 2021 budget into law. Speaking at the ceremony in Government House, Maiduguri, Zulum charged all government ministries, departments and agencies to comply strictly with the provisions of the budget. The governor expressed appreciation to the state House of Assembly for the speedy passage of […]

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Barca triumph as Messi makes 500th Liga appearance

Barcelona won 1-0 at bottom side Huesca on Sunday as Lionel Messi became the first foreigner to make 500 appearances in Spain’s La Liga, while a late Luis Suarez goal secured leaders Atletico Madrid victory against Alaves. Messi returned for Barca after missing the final game of 2020 with an ankle knock and swung in […]

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Police arrest 29 suspected kidnappers, 53 others in Kaduna

Muri made the disclosure at a press briefing on Thursday in Kaduna on the successes recorded by the command during the last quarter of the year. The police commissioner attributed the success to the unwavering determination of gallant police personnel. He explained that, while 29 were arrested for kidnapping, the 53 others were arrested for […]

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President Buhari’s New Year Message To Nigerians

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday addressed Nigerians in a traditional New Year broadcast. In the speech, the President reiterated his commitment to the Nigerian project and urged other Nigerians to do the same. Below is a full text of the President’s speech. NEW YEAR SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC […]

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Reports Of Extravagant Party Dent Neymar’s Improving Image

Rumours of a giant year-end party organised by Neymar in Brazil in the midst of the pandemic have revived his image as an eternal spoiled child.  The Paris Saint-Germain striker’s entourage vigorously denies reports in Brazilian media, but the silence of the player, normally active on social media, speaks for itself. When a young woman […]

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SIM Registration: NIMC Issues Fresh NIN Enrolment Guideline

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has adopted the “booking system” for applicants to obtain their National Identity Number (NIN). “Mindful of the second wave of the COVID-19 which continues to severely affect public health and cause unprecedented disruptions, the commission wishes to announce that it has adopted a couple of measures to contain the […]

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Obasanjo Urges Nigerians To Pray Hard Ahead Of 2021

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has asked Nigerians to pray more ahead of the new year. He believes that through prayer and more hard work, the situation of the country can be turned around. The former president gave the admonition on Wednesday while speaking to journalists in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital. He also urged Nigerians […]

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Buhari Pledges to Arrest Soaring Foodstuffs’ Prices

Restates directive to CBN not to give forex for food importsNigeria, now competitive in rice production, says Bagudu President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday committed his administration to checking the soaring prices of foodstuffs, which have become a major driver of inflation in the country. The president, at a virtual meeting of the Presidential Economic Advisory Council […]

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Banks Attract N37tn Deposits Despite COVID-19 Disruptions

Despite the disruptive impact of the COVID-19 and the attendant lockdown, the nine months 2020 financial results of 13 commercial banks have shown that they raked in a total of N36.759 trillion as customers’ deposits. This represented an increase of N6.931 trillion or 23 per cent as against the N29.828 trillion reported in the comparable […]

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Bauchi Gov Mohammed signs N213.9bn 2021 budget into law

In his address shortly after signing the budget, Mohammed commended the House of Assembly for working in synergy with the Executive Council to get the budget approved within a short time. He thanked the lawmakers for their “usual cooperation irrespective of party differences’’, adding that there were very little changes to the budget proposal presented to […]

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Nurse contracts Covid-19 days after vaccination

An ER Nurse in California has tested positive for COVID-19 just days after he got vaccinated against the virus. Mathew W. got vaccinated on December 18 and immediately took to Instagram where he shared a picture of the certificate he got after taking the vaccine. “Got my Covid vaccine! The 15 minutes afterward sitting around […]

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Argentine Senate approves bill legalizing abortion

Argentina’s Senate passed a law legalizing abortion early Wednesday after a marathon 12-hour session. The vote means that abortion will be legalized in Pope Francis’ homeland up to the 14th week of pregnancy, and also will be legal after that time in cases of rape or danger to the mother’s life. The measure was passed […]

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PDP cautions APC to steer clear of its governors

The Peoples Democratic Party has cautioned the governing All Progressives Congress to steer clear of its governors and their states in its quest to divert attention from the failures of the APC-led administration. National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan said this in a statement titled, “APC Is Bitter, Envious of Our Governors, […]

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Aisha Buhari’s Aide Refuses To Disclose Her Whereabouts

The controversy triggered by the reports that the First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has relocated out of the country took a new twist on Tuesday. This comes as Mr Aliyu Abdullahi, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity (Office of the First Lady), refused to disclose Mrs Buhari’s whereabouts. Rather than […]

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Brazil’s Vice President taking Hydroxychloroquine to treat Covid-19

Brazilian Vice President Hamilton Mourao is taking the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine as part of an unproven treatment after contracting the novel coronavirus, his office said on Monday. In a statement, Mourao’s office said the vice president’s health is “good” and he is continuing to self-isolate at his official residence in Brasilia after testing positive for […]

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VP, Osinbajo, seeks expansion of MSMEs survival fund

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, said the impact and interest generated by the ongoing implementation of the Survival Fund under the Economic Sustainability Plan of the Federal government to address the Economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has shown that there is a need to expand the scope and reach of the benefits to an even […]

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23 dead as Lagos bound truck crashes in Niger State

The Police Command in Niger State says 23 persons lost their lives when a truck fully loaded with dozens of cows and 45 persons, skidded off the road and somersaulted into a bush. The accident occurred at about 0500 hours along Bokani-Makera road in Mokwa Local Government Area of the state, according to the Commissioner […]

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National Assembly transmits N13.5tn budget to Buhari

The National Assembly has transmitted the 2021 Appropriation Bill of N13.5tn to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.). The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Babajide Omoworare, disclosed this to The PUNCH in a terse text message on Monday. Omoworare said, “The Appropriation Bill has been transmitted by the National […]

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FG replies Bishop Kukah, asks him to stop stigmatising Buhari

The Federal Government says it is graceless and impious for any religious leader to use the period of Christmas, which is a season of peace, to stoke the embers of hatred, sectarian strife and national disunity. In a statement issued on Saturday in Lagos, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, warned religious leaders that […]

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Let’s unite, make Nigeria great — Senate President

Lawan made the call on Sunday during a thanksgiving service and 10th anniversary celebration in honour of the late Chief Johnson Kalu, the father of the Chief Whip of the Senate, Sen. Orji Kalu, at Igbere in Bende Local Government Area of Abia. He said that the country had great potential to be great, if […]

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Women Affairs Minister tests positive for COVID-19

Dame Pauline Tallen, Minister of Women Affairs has tested positive for COVID-19. The minister disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, December 27, 2020, saying she is asymptomatic and has gone into isolation. Tallen urged Nigerians to pray for her while advising them to stay safe and observe COVID-19 protocols. The statement reads, “Following interaction with […]

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FRSC arrests 79 traffic offenders in Akwa Ibom

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says it arrested 79 road traffic offenders in Akwa Ibom between Dec.1 and Dec. 24. The FRSC Sector Commander in Akwa Ibom, Mr Oga Ochi, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Uyo on Sunday. Ochi said that the offenders were arrested for […]

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Senate faults extra N7bn in power ministry’s account

The Senate Public Account Committee has queried the Federal Ministry of Power over N7bn found in its budget without appropriation from the National Assembly. The Senate panel hinged the query on the 2015 report of the Auditor General for the Federation, currently being scrutinised by its members. The Chairman of the committee, Senator Matthew Urhoghide, […]

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Buhari mourns 20 doctors who die of COVID-19 in 1 week

President Muhammadu Buhari has saluted the sacrifices of 20 doctors reportedly killed by COVID-19 in the country, saying the welfare of frontline medical workers is a priority of his government. The president had sent his condolences to the Nigerian Medical Association over the death of the doctors due to the pandemic. Reacting to the sacrifices […]

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Don’t Use Christmas Period To Cause National Disunity, Lai Mohammed Cautions Kukah Over Attack On Buhari

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Saturday, warned the Bishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocese, Mathew Kukah, to stop stigmatising the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.). The minister, in a statement titled, ‘FG Urges Religious Leaders To Eschew Message of Disharmony’, also warned religious leaders in the country to “refrain from stoking the […]

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Kano Govt Seizes Truck With N25m Worth Of Alcoholic Drinks

The Kano State Government has impounded a truck laden with alcoholic drinks worth over N25m. Nabilusi Abubakar, Public Relations Officer of the State Road and Traffic Agency (KAROTA), disclosed this in a statement. The agency is a member of the state’s task force on unwholesome products, drug abuse and expired products. Abubakar said the truck, […]

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Presidency alerts public to smear campaign against Buhari

The Presidency has alerted the public to a smear campaign in the works against Mr President and his office by disgruntled political elements in the country. Mr Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, stated this in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday. He said that the disgruntled elements had been […]

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Buhari cancels Christmas get-together at Aso Rock over COVID-19 fears

President Muhammadu Buhari has cancelled the annual Christmas get-together at the Presidential Villa in line with coronavirus-enforced restrictions. The 78-year-old annually hosts religious and community leaders in the capital city for the Christian holiday, but it will not take place this year according to a statement by the presidency. Buhari’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said on Thursday, […]

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Buhari approves redeployment of 9 Perm Secs

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the redeployment of nine Permanent Secretaries in the Federal Civil Service. Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HOCSF), made this known in a circular she signed and issued in Abuja on Thursday. The permanent secretaries are: Mr Musa Istifanus, from Ministry of Communication and Digital […]

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Rapper Gucci mane welcomes baby boy with wife

American rapper Radric Delantic Davis also known as Gucci mane has welcomed a baby boy with his wife, Keyshia Ka’oir. The music star took to his Instagram page on Thursday, December 24, 2020, where he announced the good news. Gucci mane’s famous friends were quick to congratulate him on the arrival of his baby.  “CONGRATS,” rapper […]

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House of Representatives passes 2021 Budget of N13.58 trillion

The House of Representatives has passed the 2021 Appropriation Bill as it pegs government’s expenditure at N13.58 trillion. The passage followed the presentation of the harmonised Appropriation Committee report of the two chambers by the Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, Aliyu Betara. In the document passed at the Committee of Supply, the House retained federal government’s […]

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FEC approves N44.5 billion contract for roads, power projects

he Federal Government has approved contracts worth N44.5 billion for various projects under the ministries of Works and Housing, Power and Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The approval was granted at the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari. FEC equally approved the sum of N8.1 billion for the completion of the […]

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Bandits In North-West Stockpile 70 AK-47 rifles, 191 Dane Guns

The Nigerian Army has revealed how it was able to recover no fewer than 70 AK-47 rifles and 191 Dane guns from bandits and other criminal elements terrorising the North-West region of the country. The army made the recoveries during Operation Sahel Sanity and Operation Hadarin Daji in the North-West which covers Zamfara, Katsina, Sokoto […]

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Nigerians to shun luxury items in 2021: By CBN

Most Nigerian consumers are not likely to purchase expensive or luxury items in 2021., according to Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Consumer Expectations Survey (CES). The report for December 2020 was released by the Statistics Department of the apex bank on Tuesday in Abuja. According to the report, most consumers believed that the next one […]

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Palace Chief says Olu of Warri indisposed, not dead

Chief Clement Maleghemi, Director of Palace Administration, Olu of Warri Palace made the disclosure in an official statement signed and made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Warri. Maleghemi said that the monarch was indisposed and currently receiving medical attention by a team of qualified specialists. “The attention of the Palace of His Royal Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli, […]

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ASUU calls off strike after 9 months

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has called off its strike action after agreeing on major issues with the Federal Government. The union’s strike started in March 2020 right before Nigeria went into lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, and has been negotiating with the government on a range of issues since then. ASUU […]

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Reps to investigate alleged award of N19.2bn contract to ghost company

The House of Representatives is set to investigate the N19.2 billion railway rehabilitation contract awarded to Eser Contracting Industry Company Incorporated in March 2011. The resolution followed the unanimous adoption of a motion filed by the Minority Leader, Rep. Ndudi Elumelu (PDP-Delta) at the plenary session on Monday. The contract was for the rehabilitation of […]

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Makinde signs N268.8 billion 2021 budget into law

The governor says the budget will increase the state’s ability to respond to economic challenges. Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on Monday signed the 2021 state appropriation bill of N268.8 billion into law. He signed the budget, which the state lawmakers increased by N2.2 billion, at the Executive Council Chambers of the governor’s office, […]

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Senate doubts FG’s capacity to store N400bn vaccines

THE Senate on Monday doubted the ability of the Federal Ministry of Health to effectively store and distribute the COVID-19 vaccines when they arrived in the country. The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, and his colleagues expressed the reservation when its leadership met with the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, and his counterpart in the Ministry […]

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FG extends deadline for NIN update

The deadline for the provision of National Identification Number by telecommunication service subscribers has been extended by three weeks. This is according to a statement issued on by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy. The ministry said the extension was the outcome of the meeting of the National Task Force on National Identification Number […]

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FG orders civil servants to stay at home for 5 weeks

The Federal Government has on Monday ordered all federal civil servants on Grade Level 12 and below to stay at home for the next five weeks from Monday. The chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, made this known in a statement on Monday. He also announced that all schools would remain […]

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Osun Assembly Passes N109.8bn 2021 Budget

The Osun State House of Assembly has passed the 2021 budget presented by Governor Gboyega Oyetola before the legislature on November 10, 2020. The passed budget has a total of N109,855,051,640 (One Hundred and Nine Billion, Eight Hundred and Fifty-Five Million, Fifty-One Thousand, Six Hundred and Forty Naira) with the recurrent expenditure of N50,620,283,140,00 and […]

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Kankara schoolboys’ abduction stage-managed, Igbo youths insist

An Igbo socio-cultural youth organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, has described the recent abduction of 344 pupils from Government Science Secondary School in Kankara, Katsina State, as stage-managed. It said the incident was business as usual for Northern leaders. The Igbo youth group, which wondered what the rationale behind the drama was, added that it […]

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We’re Ready to Link Phones to NINs, MTN Assures

The management of MTN Group Ltd., yesterday promised to work with the federal government to implement a regulatory requirement that all mobile lines be linked to residents’ identity numbers by the end of the year. As part of the push by government to tackle rising insecurity in a country where only one in four people […]

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Diesel Tanker Explodes Near Otedola Estate, Lagos

A tanker conveying petroleum products exploded on Saturday near Otedola Estate on the outbound service lane of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. A video on social media showed thick, dark flames leaping into the air, clouding the evening sky as vehicles continued to move on other lanes of the Expressway. The Otedola section of the Expressway has […]

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Lai Mohammed says abduction of Kankara schoolboys was not stage-managed

The Federal Government has described as senseless the claim in certain quarters that the abduction of some students from a boarding school in Kankara, Katsina State, and their release was stage-managed. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, dismissed the claim on Saturday when he featured on a special edition of the Nigeria Television Authority […]

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Tinubu praises Buhari, Masari over rescue of Kankara schoolboys

The National Leader, All Progressives Congress (APC), Sen. Bola Tinubu, has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari for the prompt intervention in rescuing kidnapped students of Kankara Government Science Secondary School in Katsina State. Tinubu, in a statement on Saturday through his media aide, Mr Tunde Rahman, stressed the need for upgrading of the country’s security infrastructure. Recall […]

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Kankara Boys: PDP lawmakers call for Buhari’s impeachment

A group of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers in the House of Representatives have called for the impeachment of President Muhammadu Buhari over the recent abduction of over 300 schoolboys at Kankara in Katsina state.  The lawmakers had recently called on Nigerians to prevail on the National Assembly to begin impeachment process against the president […]

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Again, FCT, Lagos and Ebonyi ban large gatherings because of COVID-19

Nigeria has now recorded over 77,000 cases of COVID-19 with 1,212 deaths. Due to the rising spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) and state governments have imposed a ban on large gatherings. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State on Friday, December 18, 2020, banned concerts, carnivals, street parties and nightclubs. His counterpart […]

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Lagos To Prosecute Test Centres Issuing Fake COVID-19 Results

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said that private test centres who are issuing fake test results will be prosecuted. Sanwo-Olu noted that the government had zero tolerance for this kind of criminal conduct, and would not hesitate to prosecute anybody found culpable. In his speech on Friday, the governor noted that religious houses, […]

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Middle Belt, Southern Leaders Give Buhari 90 Days To Scrap 1999 Constitution

Prominent leaders from various ethnic groups from the South-West, South-East, South-South and the Middle Belt have described the 1999 Constitution as a fraud put together to subjugate other nationalities under the control of the Fulani perpetually. The aggrieved leaders gave the Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government a 90-day ultimatum to constitute a committee on Sovereign National […]

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Abducted Katsina Schoolboys Released

Gunmen suspected to be bandits have released all students abducted from Government Science Secondary School in the Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State, SaharaReporters has gathered. The students had been in the kidnappers’ den for six days. They are currently on their way to Katsina, sources told SaharaReporters. Gunmen, who came on motorbikes had […]

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‘Some of us were killed,’ kidnapped Katsina student says in video released by Boko Haram

Terrorist group, Boko Haram, has released a video to confirm that it was responsible for last week’s abduction of school students in Katsina State. Gunmen invaded the Government Science Secondary School, Kankara on Friday, December 11, 2020, with at least 400 students unaccounted for a week later. Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, claimed responsibility for the attack, but […]

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Kankara schoolboys’ release, says it’s a big relief – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has described the release of hundreds of schoolboys kidnapped by Boko Haram insurgents on Friday, December 11, 2020 as a big relief to their families and the entire country.  The Government of Katsina State announced the release of the schoolboys on Thursday, December 17, 2020. Shortly after the release of the students, President Buhari […]

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Liverpool leave it late to end Tottenham’s unbeaten run

Roberto Firmino’s 90th minute winner took Liverpool top of the Premier League as a 2-1 win at Anfield on Wednesday ended Tottenham’s 11-game unbeaten league run. Spurs looked set to hold onto top spot and further strengthen their case to be considered contenders for a first league title in 60 years when Son Heung-min’s strike […]

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WAHO Tasks Traditional Medicine Practitioners On COVID-19

The West African Health Organisation (WAHO) has advised traditional and conventional medicine practitioners to strengthen efforts towards solutions for emerging diseases like COVID-19 and others that have continued to reappear in the region. Director General of the organisation, Prof. Stanley Okolo gave the advice yesterday while launching volume two of the ECOWAS herbal pharmacopeia at […]

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B/Haram: Zulum Meets Deby Over Borno Refugees In Chad

The Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum, and the Nigerian Ambassador to Chad, Zannah Umar Bukar Kolo, on Wednesday, met with the Chadian President, Idriss Deby, and the Chadian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Abakar Saleh Chahaimi, to discuss the possible return of thousands of Nigerian refugees. Most of the refugees led from Borno State […]

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Yuletide: Customs intercept textiles, rice worth N1.42bn in Lagos

The Comptroller General of Customs’  Strike Force Team on Wednesday said it has intercepted 564 bales of textiles materials falsely declared as machinery, foreign parboiled rice, footwears and foreign bags worth N895m. Speaking while unveiling the seizure, the Co-ordinator, CGC’s Strike Force, Zone A, Deputy Comptroller, Ahmadu Shuaibu, said it also raised a debit note […]

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Buhari Orders Immediate Opening Of Four Land Borders

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the immediate opening of four land borders. The borders are Seme in the southwest, Illela in Sokoto State, Maigatari in the northwest, and Mfun in the south-south. The announcement was made by the Minister of Finance at the end of the 28th virtual FEC meeting on Wednesday. The President also […]

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“Where Should We Run To?” – Nigerians React To Aisha Buhari’s Relocation to Dubai

lot of reactions from Nigerians have continued to trail SaharaReporters’exclusive report that First Lady, Aisha Buhari, has relocated to Dubai, the United Arab Emirates for over three months, citing insecurity at the Aso Rock Villa. Most commentators knocked the First Lady for absconding from the country and lavishing taxpayers’ money on foreign trips. Many people wondered where […]

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Google Services Experience Outage Globally

A massive outage knocked Google services including Gmail and video sharing platform YouTube offline across much of the globe Monday. WIthin minutes, social media sites were awash with hashtags including #googledown and YouTubeDOWN as hundreds of millions of internet users tried vainly to connect to the US search engine. Google indicated the outage had affected […]

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Kankara Abduction: Nigerian Army Confirms 333 Students Missing

The Nigerian Army has confirmed that three hundred and thirty-three students are still missing after bandits attacked Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina on Friday night.  The Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche corroborated the figure earlier released by the Katsina State Government on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Monday. “The principal reported that […]

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Troops kill 3 bandits, arrest 4 in Benue State

Troops of Operation Whirl Stroke, in the early hours of Sunday, raided some identified bandits hideouts at Tomatar Ugba and Kundi villages in Mbacher Council Ward of Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue State following human intelligence reports. A statement by Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major-General John Enenche, indicated that the troops stormed the camps, […]

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Insecurity: IGP Orders Immediate Deployment Of SWAT Operatives

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the 17 Assistant Inspector Generals of Police in the Force to deploy all the recently trained members of the Special Weapon and Tactical Team, SWAT, for routine patrols with immediate effect.  According to a Vanguard report, the IGP gave the order in a message to the AIGs […]

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Three Suspected Kidnappers, Ritualists Arrested In Ondo

Three suspected ritualists have been arrested at a house where abducted persons were slaughtered in Igbokoda, Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State. The suspects, Bode Omoboye, Eric Ogungbamila and Tayo Loto who served as their agents, are currently being detained at the Igbokoda police division. According to residents of the community, Tayo confessed after […]

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Salah Rescues Liverpool In Fulham Draw

Mohamed Salah spared Liverpool’s blushes as the Egyptian’s late penalty rescued a 1-1 draw against struggling Fulham on Sunday. Jurgen Klopp’s side were punished for a sloppy first-half display at Craven Cottage when Bobby Decordova-Reid gave Fulham a shock lead. But Salah rescued the Premier League champions after Aboubakar Kamara handled with 11 minutes left. […]

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US Approves Pfizer Vaccine As Millions Of Doses Begin Shipping

The US green-lit the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine late Friday, paving the way for millions of vulnerable people to receive their shots in the world’s hardest-hit country. President Donald Trump immediately released a video on Twitter, where he hailed the news as a “medical miracle” and said the first immunizations would take place “in less than […]

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Joshua knocks out Pulev to retain world heavyweight titles

British-Nigerian boxer, Anthony Joshua, knocked out Bulgarian boxer, Kubrat Pulev, in the ninthe round of their world title bout at the SSE Arena, Wembley, to retain his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles. The fight is Joshua’s first since reclaiming his belts from Andy Ruiz in December 2019 in Saudi Arabia. Bothe boxers […]

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Military under fire as bandits kidnap Katsina schoolboys

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and military authorities came under fierce backlash on Saturday following the abduction of many schoolboys from the Government Science Secondary School, Kankara in the Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State on Friday night. The Peoples Democratic Party, the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum and others described […]

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Stolen Ogun Assembly mace found in a bush in Lagos

The Public Relations Officer of the Lagos State Police Command, Muyiwa Adejobi in a statement said the stolen mace was recovered at about 8:30 am on Friday, December 11, 2020. Burglars had invaded the Ogun State House of Assembly on Thursday, December 10, 2020, and made away with the symbol of authority. The burglars also […]

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Canada, US border to stay closed till January —Trudeau

The longest international border in the world, between Canada and the United States, will remain closed until January 21 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday. “Canada and the United States agreed today to keep our shared border closed until January 21,” Trudeau told a news conference. The border was initially […]

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Everton blame Covid for record £140 million loss

Everton have announced club record losses of £139.9 million ($186 million) after the implications of the coronavirus pandemic significantly impacted revenues. The Toffees said the impact of Covid-19 amounted to an unforeseen loss of £67.3 million due to a cut in matchday revenue and television rebates. However, the figures show Everton would still have made […]

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I’ll break Pulev down – Joshua

Unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua will defend his titles against Kubrat Pulev at the SSE Arena, Wembley today. In this exclusive interview with our correspondent ’TOSIN OLUWALOWO, Joshua spoke on his expectations from the fight, his favourite Nigerian delicacies and his Nigerian heritage How are you looking forward to your fight against Kubrat Pulev on […]

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Buhari In Hometown Daura on Private Visit

The President left the Presidential Villa, Abuja after Friday Muslim prayers for his home State, Katsina. Presidential Spokesman, Garba Shehu, confirmed the President’s arrival in a tweet on his personal handle @GarShehu, saying: “President Muhammadu Buhari has just landed at the Helipad in Daura, Katsina State for a weeklong private visit.” Shehu, in an official […]

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U.S Boosts Nigeria’s Maritime Security With New Surveillance Equipment

The United States on Friday donated a shipment of maritime security equipment worth One Hundred and Eighty Thousand Dollars to the Nigerian Navy, to upgrade the anti-piracy and nautical security functions of the country’s Regional Maritime Awareness Capability (RMAC). The donation comprises a selection of best-in-class sensors and radars, communications and networking equipment, thermal-imaging cameras, […]

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Nigeria’s 85-year-old Ambassador to the United States is dead

Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United States, Sylvanus Adiewere Nsofor, has died aged 85. The retired justice of Nigeria’s Court of Appeal reportedly died in Washington DC on Thursday, December 10, 2020. President Muhammadu Buhari in a statement on Friday expressed sadness over Nsofor’s death and commiserated with his family and friends. “Nsofor was an outstanding […]

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2021 Budget: Senate approves N199.2bn for FCT

The Nigerian Senate has approved a sum of N199.2 billion (199,240,531,350) for the Federal Capital Territory Administration as budget for 2021 Fiscal Year. This is against the N126.44bn (N126,443,423) proposed by President Muhammadu Buhari. The approval followed the consideration of a Bill for an Act to authorise the issue from the Account of the FCTA […]

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FEC approves N59.35bn for roads, aviation projects

The Federal Executive Council, FEC, chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari, Wednesday approved contracts for roads and aviation projects worth N59.350 billion. This was disclosed to State House Correspondents by Ministers of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fasola, Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed who briefed alongside other ministers at the end of FEC meeting held in council […]

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Father Mbaka Ordered His Boys To Seize Our Gadgets And Beat Us—BBC Journalists In Enugu

Ejike Mbaka, spiritual director of Adoration Ministry Enugu, Nigeria (AMEN) and his staff allegedly beat up two BBC journalists and their driver and confiscated their mobile phones and media equipment on Wednesday. According to BBC Igbo, the journalists—Chioma Obianinwa and Nnamdi Agbaelo—were at the Adoration camp to interview Mbaka when they were attacked. According to […]

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Federal Trade Commission calls for breakup of Facebook

The Federal Trade Commission sued to break up Facebook on Wednesday, asking a federal court to force the sell-off of assets such as Instagram and WhatsApp as independent businesses. “Facebook has maintained its monopoly position by buying up companies that present competitive threats and by imposing restrictive policies that unjustifiably hinder actual or potential rivals […]

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FG says over 300,000 Nigerians have benefited from N10bn MSMEs Fund

The Federal Government says the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Survival Fund scheme has over 300,000 direct beneficiaries paid so far, amounting to close to N10 billion Mr Tola Johnson, Special Assistant to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on MSMEs, disclosed this on Wednesday in Abuja, at the Physical/Virtual 12th meeting of National Council on […]

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INEC Declares PDP Candidate Winner Of Zamfara Constituency Bye-Election

The People Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the Bakura constituency bye-election of Zamfara State, Ibrahim Tukur has been declared the winner of the poll. Tukur was declared the winner on Wednesday, four days after the election was conducted in the north-central state. INEC Returning Officer for the supplementary election, Professor Tanko Yahaya made the announcement, […]

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Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Documents Accessed In Hack

Documents relating to the regulatory submission for Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate were “unlawfully accessed” during a cyberattack on the European Medicines Agency (EMA), Pfizer said Wednesday. “It is important to note that no BioNTech or Pfizer systems have been breached in connection with this incident and we are unaware of any personal data being accessed,” a statement said. […]

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#ENDSARS: I Was Disgusted By Foreign Media Coverage – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari says he is digusted at the manner in which the foreign press handled coverage of the recently concluded  #EndSARS Protest in Nigeria.  The President in a tweet via his official Twitter Handle on Wednesday said the foreign media houses did not balance their reportage on the protest. According to him, the reports […]

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Don’t Be Distracted, #EndSARS Movement Tells Protesters

The Osun State EndSARS Movement has urged protesters not to relent in their demands for good governance, an end to police brutality and other inadequacies of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government. The group, in a statement by its spokesperson, Olawale Bakare; Mobilisation Secretary, Ogunleye Olushayo; and Organising Secretary, Olawale Ogunruku, commended the resilience and doggedness […]

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Buhari Can’t End Insurgency Because He Ran Out Of Ideas—Retired Major-General Ishola Williams

 A former Chief of Training, Operations and Plans of the Nigerian Army, Major-General Ishola Williams (retd.) has said President Muhammadu Buhari is clueless on issues of insecurity affecting the country, especially the Boko Haram insurgency. Williams said Boko Haram members would keep killing Nigerians because the government is not yet ready to defeat the group. […]

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Nigerian Government Announces Reduction In Fuel Price

The Nigerian government has announced a reduction in the pump price of premium motor spirit, otherwise known as petrol, from N168 to N162.44 per litre with effect from December 14. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, disclosed this at the end of a meeting with labour leaders which began around 9 pm […]

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United States to sanction Nigeria for violating religious freedoms

The United States says Nigeria has been engaging in systematic, ongoing, egregious religious freedom violations. The Donald Trump administration has included Nigeria on a list of countries that violates religious freedoms, as a dress rehearsal for sanctions for Africa’s most populous country and largest economy. United States Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, wrote on his […]

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Calls For Buhari’s Resignation Irresponsible – FG

We’ve no apology for asking him to leave – NEF President must go – Afenifere Defend yourselves – ACF, SSPEC tell citizens C-in-C violates rules by retaining service chiefs – Shekarau The federal government said yesterday that the call on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign is a sign of irresponsibility. Minister of Information and Culture, […]

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15 Things To Think About Before #EndSARS (II)

So let us think about these issues: How do we separate causes and treat them in proper manners, one distinct from the other? I mean how do we deal with the issue of SARS or police brutality as different from mass poverty and misgovernance, so that we are focused and result-oriented? How do we ensure […]

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Court declines EFCC’s plea to revoke Femi Fani-Kayode’s bail

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday, refused to grant the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)’s application, seeking for revocation of the bail granted to the former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode. Justice John Tsoho ruled that the medical report brought by the defence counsel, Wale Balogun, that Fani-Kayode was indisposed was sufficient reason to […]

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Lai Mohammed tackles UK Parliament for accusing Gowon of stealing

The Nigerian government rebukes the UK parliament for acting in an uninformed manner. The Federal Government has berated a UK parliamentarian, Tom Tugendhat, for accusing a former Nigerian leader, retired General Yakubu Gowon, of stealing during a debate on the #EndSARS protest in the House of Commons. The government also rebuked the UK parliament for […]

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Reps To Summon Buhari Over Security Situation In The Country

The House of Representatives has passed a resolution to invite President Muhammadu Buhari to brief the house on the true state of the security situation in the country. The decision to summon President Buhari was taken at Tuesday’s plenary when the House considered a motion moved by members from Borno State on the recent massacre […]

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FG to commence N140b solar installation nationwide, Presidency says

The first set of installations will be done nationwide in December 2020. In continuation of a coordinated implementation of the Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP) across the country, the Buhari administration will next week, commence the process of installation of five million solar home systems in under-served and off-grid communities across the country. The programme will […]

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Abuja DisCo blames disruption in power supply on vandals

The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), has blamed the disruption of power supply in parts of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on vandals. Mr Oyebode Fadipe, AEDC General Manager, Corporate Communications said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja. Fadipe listed some of the affected areas to include Kaura District, Galadimawa, Lokogoma, Suncity, Moccido […]

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Douye Diri, Proposes N290.2bn Budget for 2021

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has presented the 2021 budget estimate to the House of Assembly. It is christened the “Budget of Growth.” Presenting the N290,295,465,423 Appropriation Bill on the floor of the assembly yesterday, Diri noted that the the outgoing year 2020 has been challenging due to the impact of COVID-19 and the […]

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North-east Govs Demand Power to Prosecute Suspected Insurgents

•Seek law amendment for AGF to cede prosecutorial right •Call for action to stem rape, youth unemployment •Insecurity has made North the worst place to live in Nigeria, says Sultan •DHQ foresees end to banditry Kingsley Nwezeh, Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja, Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri and Daji Sani in Yola Northern leaders yesterday upped the […]

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Gbajabiamila: Security Aide Who Shot Vendor Handed Over to DSS

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, yesterday said he had handed over the security operative, Abdullahi M. Hassan, who shot a newspaper vendor, Ifeanyi Okereke, to the Department of State Security (DSS) for investigation and appropriate administrative and judicial action. Okereke died at the National Hospital Abuja on Thursday after he […]

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Federal judge dismisses Trump campaign Pennsylvania lawsuit

A US District Court judge Saturday dismissed a lawsuit by the Trump campaign trying to invalidate millions of Pennsylvania mail-in votes. “Plaintiffs ask this Court to disenfranchise almost seven million voters. This Court has been unable to find any case in which a plaintiff has sought such a drastic remedy in the contest of an […]

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JOKE SILVA AND OLU JACOBS 35 Years and Still Sturdy

Two Nollywood stars, Joke Silva and Olu Jacobs, spent most of this week celebrating 35 years of matrimony. Joke and her “Omoboy” have had a journey full of good and inspiring stories, writes Ferdinand Ekechukwu Nollywood stars, Joke Silva and Olu Jacobs enjoy being together as a couple many years down the line despite their […]

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Court Adjourns N5.6bn Fraud Case Against Dasuki’s Aide Till 2021

The Federal High Court, in Abuja, has adjourned hearing in the trial of Colonel Nicholas Ashinze, former aide of ex-National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, till January 19, 2021. Justice Okon Abang gave the ruling on Thursday, following the withdrawal of the seventh prosecution witness (PW7), Hassan Seidu by prosecution counsel, Offem Uket, due to his […]

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FG finally agrees to exempt ASUU from IPPIS

The Federal Government has finally consented to the demand by the Academic Staff Union (ASUU) that they be exempted from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System. Senator Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment announced this on Friday, November 20, 2020, at the end of a seven-hour negotiation with ASUU members in Abuja, […]

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See young people as asset, UN official advises Nigerian leaders

Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations Amina Mohammed has advised Nigerian leaders to see young people as an asset, if they want peaceful retirement. Mohammed gave the advice during her visit to the Nigeria Governors’ Forum Secretariat, in Abuja on Tuesday as part of her tour of some West African States including Ghana, Sierra […]

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Trump Says Biden ‘Won Because Election Was Rigged’

US President Donald Trump in tweets on Sunday morning said President-elect Joe Biden “won because election was rigged.” Trump who had refused to concede defeat despite losing to Democratic party’s candidate Joe Biden, and had been promoting election conspiracy theories, also claimed that the “Mail-in elections are a sick joke!” “He won because the Election […]

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CCB Summons Suspended EFCC Boss, Magu

The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) has summoned the suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu. Magu is expected to appear before the bureau on November 17 with documents of all his landed properties. In a letter dated November 2 and signed by CCB’s Director of Intelligence, Investigation and […]

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Army Gives Testimony As Lagos Panel Resumes Sitting

The Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up to investigate cases of police brutality and the incident at the Lekki tollgate area of the state has resumed its sitting with the Nigerian Army continuing its testimony. Commander 81 military intelligence brigade, Brigadier Ahmed Taiwo, speaking before the panel on Saturday, claimed that the events […]

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COVID-19: FG Seeks $750m Loan From World Bank

As part of efforts to mitigate the effect of COVID-19, the Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, says the Federal Government, is in the process of acquiring a 750 million dollar loan, from the world bank to help states. This loan according to her is to stimulate the local economy and support […]

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J.J Rawlings, An Exceptional Leader, Says Ben Obi

Former President J.J Rawlings of Ghana, who died during the week, has been described as an exceptional leader that connected with the people. Senator Ben Obi stated this in his brief condolence message on death of the former Ghanaian leader, saying the “‘Junior Jesus’, as we fondly called him, throughout his career, both in military […]

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#EndSARS was a Blessing to PDP, Says Akinlude

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, Chief Willie Akinlude, has said that the postponement of the Lagos East Senatorial District and Lagos Constituency Kosofe 2 by-elections which were put off as a result of the #EndSARS campaigns, was a blessing in disguise for the party. The Independent National Electoral Commission […]

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Naira Weakens in Parallel Market,Hits N470 /1$

There were indications yesterday that the naira had fallen to its weakest level in six weeks in informal trading as Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) interventions in the official window failed to meet demand. At the parallel market yesterday, the naira changed hands for N470 per dollar, the lowest since September 29, according to abokifx.com, […]

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Warner Music inks licensing deal with Audiomack for key African territories

Warner Music Group has announced a new licensing agreement with artist-first music streaming platform Audiomack, making the record company’s diverse catalogue available on the service across Africa, Canada, and Jamaica for the first time. Audiomack, which boasts more than 16 million monthly active users, will also provide support for WMG’s A&R research activities across these […]

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PDP says N170 fuel price unbearable

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to reverse the increase in the pump price of fuel which increased from N159 to N170 per liter. The party in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, on Friday in Abuja, rejected the increase describing it as unbearable to Nigeria […]

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Nigerian Army releases 4th batch of wanted Boko Haram terrorists

The Nigerian Army has inaugurated manhunt for the 4th Batch of wanted Boko Haram terrorists. It has also co-opted more Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) members into its operation. A banner showing photographs of the wanted terrorists was unveiled by Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno and the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai on Wednesday […]

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Lawan: Nigeria May Face another #EndSARS Protest

President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan has warned that Nigeria may not escape another youths’ restiveness in the mode of #EndSARS protest, if it failed to effectively address the issue of youth unemployment and make practical steps in its national budget to meaningfully engage them. This is just as the federal parliament flayed the […]

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Omah Lay signs to American record label

A few days ago,  Nigerian new kid on the block, Omah Lay has signed a recording contract with American record label, Warner Music Group. Already, Nigerian record label, Chocolate City has a deal with Warner Music Group that it announced in 2019. Grammy-nominated Nigerian superstar, Burna Boy is also signed to Atlantic Records which is […]

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#LekkiShooting: DJ Switch Leaves Nigeria; Given Asylum In Canada As She Testifies Before Canadian Parliament

Nigerian Disc Jockey, Obianuju Catherine Udeh better known as DJ Switch, has reportedly left Nigeria for Canada and has been given asylum in Canada as she testifies about the Lekki shooting. She stated that the soldiers opened fire on the protesters after creating a three-formation line. Debunking claims by the Nigerian army authorities that soldiers […]

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US election: China declines to acknowledge Biden victory

China declined Monday to congratulate Joe Biden as the winner of the US presidential election, saying the outcome of the vote was still to be determined. While incumbent Donald Trump has yet to concede and has launched several legal challenges, many world leaders congratulated Biden and running mate Kamala Harris after the Democrats were declared […]

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US Election Is A Lesson To Leaders, Says PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has congratulated the United States President-elect, Joe Biden, on his successful election as the 46th President of the United States. The party also congratulated Americans for a successful and peaceful election in strict adherence to democratic principles and extant laws of their country, despite the intense competition. The PDP in […]

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Fuel Scarcity Looms As PENGASSAN Declares Nationwide Strike

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has declared a nationwide strike, sparking fears of fuel scarcity in the country. PENGASSAN President, Festus Osifo, confirmed the union’s position during his appearance on Sunrise Daily on Monday. “Today, PENGASSAN has declared a strike,” he said in an interview on the Channels Television […]

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Amnesty International Calls On Foreign Countries To Compel Nigeria To Ensure Protection Of Lives And Properties

Amnesty International has called on foreign countries and international organisations to compel the Nigerian Government to ensure the protection of lives and properties in the country without discrimination. Osai Ojigho, Country Director of Amnesty International, Nigeria, made the call while speaking with the sub-committee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs […]

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Nigerians Knock Buhari For Lecturing Biden On Democracy

Nigerian have reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s congratulatory message to Joe Biden, US president-elect. They took to social media to knock the President for lecturing Biden on democracy due to his government’s lack of respect for citizens’ rights. Biden was projected as the winner of the 2020 presidential election after results from Pennsylvania meant his […]

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#EndSARS Celebrities, Promoters Must Face Law, Garba Shehu Says

Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari, has said that all Nigerians and celebrities, who promoted protests against police brutality in the country must face the law. The Central Bank of Nigeria had recently frozen the account of some protest organisers in a bid to stop further protests from occurring. The Nigeria Immigration […]

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#EndSARS: Nigeria Nearing Collapse, Stop Prosecution Of Protesters, Delta Youth Tell Nigerian Government

Young Nigerians in Delta State have asked the Nigerian Government to stop the prosecution and harassment of peaceful #EndSARS protesters and focus instead on governing the country. Delegates drawn from EndSARS protesters, community youth groups, ethnic nationalities, civil society organisations, female advocacy groups, student groups and youth stakeholders in the state registered their displeasure during […]

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‘I’m sure Kamala Harris has Nigerian DNA’, Obasanjo tells Biden

Former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo says Kamala Harris, the Vice President-Elect of the United States has some Nigerian DNA because her father is from Jamaica. Obasanjo said this in a congratulatory message to Joe Biden, the President-elect of the US. He wrote, “I felicitate with Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris as the first female Vice-President […]

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Hillary Clinton reacts to projected Biden victory: “A repudiation of Trump”

Hillary Clinton celebrated President-elect Joe Biden’s projected victory over President Donald Trump Saturday, after an election that saw days of uncertainty and painstaking scrutiny of the ballot-counting process. “The voters have spoken, and they have chosen @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris to be our next president and vice president,” Clinton wrote. “It’s a history-making ticket, a repudiation […]

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Sadly, Trump Presidency is Ending the Way it Started

The gradual but methodical counting and tabulation of the votes from the November 3 elections here in United States for the presidency, instantly offered three things. The first as digital civic education. The second came as another opportunity to millions of Americans and people of the world to take in the contrasting personalities of the […]

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President Buhari Congratulates Biden, Offers Advice On Freedom Of Choice, Democracy

Despite his crackdown on peaceful protesters, freedom of speech and assembly, President Muhammadu Buhari congratulated Joe Biden, President-elect of the United States of America, offering him advice on respecting the will of the people. Buhari is notorious for numerous rights violations under his administration including the recent killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll […]

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US elects record 106 women Reps —Report

No fewer than 106 women will serve in the 117th US House of Representatives beginning on January 3, according to ABC News projections. This represents 24 per cent of the total 435 lawmakers in the lower legislative chamber. It beats the previous record of 102 women set in the outgoing 116th session, the news outlet […]

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We’ll Defeat Trump With Clear Majority, Joe Biden Says

The Democratic candidate in the US presidential election, Joe Biden, has expressed confidence that he will win the election with a clear majority. Biden is currently leading in crucial battleground states of Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona and Nevada, coasting him closer to clinching America’s top job. If he wins the poll, his running mate Harris would make […]

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$656m Needed To Complete Lagos-Ibadan Railway – Amaechi

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has said the Federal Government requires the sum of $656 million to complete work on the Lagos-Ibadan railway project. Amaechi disclosed this on Friday while defending his ministry’s 2021 budget at the Senate. He explained that the amount is needed to put the necessary infrastructure in place for the […]

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Cult Members Invade MTN Office In Bayelsa, Kill Customer

Hundreds of armed cult members on Monday invaded the commercial office of the telecom giant, MTN, along the DSP Alamieyeseigha Way in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, killing a customer who was alleged to be a rival cult member. The murdered customer, who was identified as Victor Abasii, was a native of Ogu town in […]

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Why Ladoja was impeached, removed as Oyo governor – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said that former Gov. Rashidi Ladoja was impeached and removed as governor of Oyo State for being ungrateful to Chief Lamidi Adedibu and Chief Yekini Adeojo. He made the disclosure on Thursday during the launching of former Gov. Adebayo Alao-Akala’s autobiography titled Amazing Grace in Ibadan. The News Agency of […]

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Again, FG fails to reach agreement with ASUU over strike

The Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) are yet to reach an agreement on the union demands. Sen. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, said this while addressing newsmen at the end of a closed door conciliation meeting between Federal Government representatives and ASUU on Wednesday in Abuja. “There are […]

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ICC opens investigation into violence during #ENDSARS protests

The International Criminal Court has according to the BBC opened a preliminary investigation into the #EndSARS protests which rocked Nigeria in recent weeks before taking a violent turn due to the activities of hoodlums. The confirmation according to the BBC was contained in a statement from the office of the prosecutor which said it had […]

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Biden Campaign slams Trump over election count threat

Joe Biden’s White House campaign has slammed President Donald Trump’s threat to try to stop the election vote count as “outrageous” early Wednesday, saying its legal team was ready to prevent such an “unprecedented” act. “The president’s statement tonight about trying to shut down the counting of duly cast ballots was outrageous, unprecedented, and incorrect,” […]

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Donald Trump proud of Nigerians supporting his re-election

United States president, Donald Trump, on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 expressed satisfaction with a group of Nigerians who marched in support of his re-election. With Americans currently at the polls, the 74-year-old is hoping to stave off a strong challenge from former vice president, Joe Biden, to win a second term in the White House. […]

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Trump’s plan to declare premature victory

President Trump has told confidants he’ll declare victory on Tuesday night if it looks like he’s “ahead,” according to three sources familiar with his private comments. That’s even if the Electoral College outcome still hinges on large numbers of uncounted votes in key states like Pennsylvania. The latest: Speaking to reporters on Sunday evening, Trump […]

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Buhari condoles with Turkey, Greece over earthquakes

President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and the Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, over the reported earthquakes in the two countries, leaving many casualties. President Muhammadu Buhari. [Presidency] The Nigerian leader’s condolence message was contained in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media […]

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Nigerian Students In UK Protest NDDC Non-Payment Of Scholarship Fees

Nigerian students sponsored abroad in 2018 for further studies by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) are currently holding a fresh protest over the non-release of funds for their scholarship for two years after being verified twice. The students bearing placards with various inscriptions in front of the Nigeria High Commission in London and official […]

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How to choose the best lubricant -Sexual health educator

Lara Adejoro A sexual health educator, Dr. Opeyemi Adeyemi, says lubricants that contain glycerin may lead to yeast infection. According to Adeyemi, if a water-based lubricant is left in the vagina, it can change the potential of hydrogen in the vagina; and if the pH level is changed, it gives room for organisms to grow […]

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EFCC grills Fowler over fraud allegations against Alpha Beta

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is presently interrogating a former Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, Babatunde Fowler, over the N100 billion tax evasion allegations levelled against a tax firm, Alpha Beta Consulting. Fowler, who was also a former Chief Executive Officer, Lagos State Internal Revenue Service, responded to an invitation from the […]

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WAEC withholds SSCE results of 215,149 candidates

The West African Examinations Council, on Monday, announced that it withheld the results of 215,149 candidates who sat for the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination in Nigeria. The Council said the results of the candidates representing 13.98% of the total number of candidates who wrote the examination are being withheld in connection with […]

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Two children rescued days after Turkey earthquake

Rescuers pulled two children from the rubble in a town in western Turkey on Monday, nearly three days after a powerful earthquake hit the Aegean, killing 85 people. Three-year-old Elif Perincek was rescued 65 hours after the 7.0-magnitude quake struck Turkey and Greece on Friday, the Turkish emergency authority AFAD said. Local media showed a […]

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Aggrieved Nurses, Midwives In Ebonyi Withdraw From NANNM

Aggrieved members of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) at the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital in Abakaliki have withdrawn from the association. The coordinator of the group, Okafor Christian, made the announcement on Saturday on behalf of his colleagues while briefing journalists in the Ebonyi state capital. He explained that […]

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We have failed our children, says finance minister

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, has urged parents to instill family values in their children as a way to save the country from degeneration. The minister made the call on Saturday in Kaduna during a stakeholders’ engagement with 77 district heads, religious and community leaders from the 23 Local Government […]

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Trump hails US soldiers for rescuing kidnapped American in Nigeria

The President of the United States, Donald Trump, on Saturday commended the country’s Special Operations soldiers who rescued 27-year-old American, Philip Watson, kidnapped in Niger for ransom. Trump, via his Twitter handle, @realDonaldTrump, stated that the US saluted the courage of the soldiers for the operation. He tweeted, “Last night, our country’s brave warriors rescued […]

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US Forces Rescue Abducted American Hostage In Nigeria

US military forces rescued an American citizen in Nigeria, the Pentagon said on Saturday, days after he was kidnapped by gunmen in the south of neighbouring Niger and apparently taken across the border. The hostage, Philip Walton, was abducted Monday night on the outskirts of Massalata, a village about 10 kilometres (six miles) from the border with […]

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You must restructure Nigeria now, Bakare, Utomi, Gani Adams, others tell Buhari

Notable elder statesmen and socio-cultural leaders on Saturday converged, saying Nigeria was long overdue for restructuring while warning the Federal Government that the country was bleeding from bad leadership and poor policies. The statesmen added that the government must not take Nigerians for granted, as the security and socioeconomic situations of the country were deteriorating. […]

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