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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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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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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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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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COVID-19 infections jump to 69,645 with 390 new cases in Nigeria

The NCDC made this known via its verified website. The agency recorded an additional COVID-19 related death, bringing the total number of deaths in the country to 1,181 It said that the new infections have brought the total number of cases in the country to 69,645. It disclosed that, 173 patients were discharged after recovering […]