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Police arrested me in broad daylight –Ezekwesili
Wed, 24 Jan 2018 05:10:30 +0100
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja A co-founder of the BringBackofOurGirls movement, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, said on Tuesday that she and some members of her group were arrested and detained by the police in Abuja in broad daylight. Ezekwesili, who is also a former...
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NBS inflation figure for December seems understated
Wed, 24 Jan 2018 02:17:34 +0100
Uche Uwaleke The latest Consumer Price Index report by the National Bureau of Statistics discloses that the CPI, which measures inflation, moderated to 15.37 per cent in December 2017 down from 15.90 per cent the previous month making it the 11th consecutive...
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Will National Assembly deliver on its 2018 agenda?
Wed, 24 Jan 2018 02:15:17 +0100
Jide Ojo “Going into the New Year, I can only wish each and every one of us the best as we prepare for the task ahead. It is a crucial year. As you all know, this, in all probability, will be the last productive year before we go into the 2019 electioneering...
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A plea bargain for tax defaulters
Wed, 24 Jan 2018 02:13:01 +0100
Lekan Sote The din of the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme has almost petered out, replaced by the hysteria resulting from the killings of innocent farmers by cattle herdsmen that politically correct government agents insist are not Fulani....
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Two killed, seven injured as bribe-seeking policemen cause accident
Wed, 24 Jan 2018 01:08:01 +0100
Samson Folarin Two motorcycle riders were reported dead and at least seven others injured after an accident on Adeboye Road, Odorasanyin, in the Ijebu Igbo area of Ogun State on Tuesday. PUNCH Metro gathered that a team of policemen had mounted a checkpoint...
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Gunmen kill NURTW leader’s aide, in Lagos
Wed, 24 Jan 2018 01:06:52 +0100
Samson Folarin The personal assistant to Alhaji Kunle Azeez, a leader of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, identified only as Ganiu, has been shot dead by gunmen in the Idumota area of Lagos State. PUNCH Metro learnt that Ganiu (aka Piero),...
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Pirates kill two policemen, injure ASP in Bayelsa
Wed, 24 Jan 2018 01:04:52 +0100
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa Gunmen, suspected to be pirates, have killed two policemen and injured another cop, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, in a gun duel in Bayelsa State. It was learnt that the incident occured around 2am on Tuesday at Ogbia waterside,...
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Man, girlfriend disguise as passengers, snatch cab
Wed, 24 Jan 2018 01:03:03 +0100
Afeez Hanafi The police in Lagos are on the trail of one Michael and his girlfriend for their alleged involvement in a robbery along the Lekki-Epe Expressway. The duo were said to be members of a gang that specialised in snatching cabs by disguising as...
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Robbers kill medical doctor in Edo
Wed, 24 Jan 2018 01:01:49 +0100
Alexander Okere, Benin Gunmen, suspected to be highway robbers, have killed a medical doctor with the University of Benin Teaching Hospital in the Ovia North-East Local Government Area of Edo State. The deceased, identified as Dr Ehidiamen Oaikhena, was...
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Newborn baby’s head dumped beside Lagos canal
Wed, 24 Jan 2018 01:00:22 +0100
Residents and passersby along a canal opposite Babalola bus stop, Itire, Lagos State, gaped in horror as a severed head of a newborn baby was found beside the canal. It was gathered that the residents woke up to the gory sight on Monday. Many of them...
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NNPC close to selecting financiers for refineries — Baru
Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:55:59 +0100
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation is inching closer to choosing financiers for the Port Harcourt Refining Company Limited, Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company Limited and Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company...
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Sanusi, Mangal can’t stop Oando’s forensic audit – Group
Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:54:29 +0100
The Oando Shareholders Solidarity Group has said the intervention of the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, in the face-off between the company and one of its aggrieved shareholders cannot stop a forensic audit planned by the Securities and Exchange Commission....
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FG eyes Diaspora to deepen broadband penetration
Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:50:04 +0100
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The Federal Government has concluded plans to tap into Nigerians living in the Diaspora in a bid to surpass the 30 per cent broadband penetration set in the National Broadband Plan by the end of the year. The Minister of Communications,...
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Senate panel orders audit of Total’s $16bn Egina project
Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:48:58 +0100
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Investigation of the Local Content Elements and Cost Variations of the $16bn Egina Offshore Oil Project has ordered that the accounts of the project be audited. The committee said the audit was to ensure...
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Presidency keeps mum as Obasanjo attacks Buhari
Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:48:25 +0100
Sesan Olufowobi, Olusola Fabiyi, Olalekan Adetayo, Samuel Awoyinfa, Peter Dada, Godwin Isenyo and Godwin Isenyo Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has questioned President Muhammadu Buhari’s competence to rule Nigeria further, advising him to forget...
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FG to review multiple taxes on airlines
Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:47:33 +0100
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Indications emerged on Tuesday that the Federal Government had commenced a process to review multiple taxation on airlines by its agencies in the aviation industry. The Nigerian Civil Aviation’s Director of Air Transport Regulations,...
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Lagos-Ibadan road: Fashola wants full funding by FG
Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:45:20 +0100
John Ameh, Abuja The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, told the House of Representatives on Tuesday that adequate funding by the Federal Government remained the most viable option to complete the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. He...
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Prevent reversal of economic progress, NESG urges Buhari
Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:41:12 +0100
’Femi Asu The Nigerian Economic Summit Group has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to avert the reversal of the progress made last year in the economy. The Chairman, NESG, Kyari Bukar, gave the charge during a visit to the President for the presentation...
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FAAC allocates N655bn to FG, states, LGs
Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:39:40 +0100
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Federation Account Allocation Committee on Tuesday distributed the sum of N655.17bn to the three tiers of government as statutory allocation for the month of December 2017. The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, who presided...
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New P/Harcourt airport terminal gets July completion date
Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:37:22 +0100
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The new Port Harcourt International Airport terminal will be completed in July, the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has said. Sirika who stated this on Tuesday in Port Harcourt also disclosed that the Federal Government...
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Buhari mourns ex-CJN, Musdapher
Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:32:16 +0100
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday sent condolences to the government and people of Jigawa State on the death of a former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Dahiru Musdapher. In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina,...
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Okorocha, Wike, Kaduna senator reject cattle colonies
Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:31:21 +0100
Chukwudi Akasike, Godwin Isenyo and Chidiebube Okeoma Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has said he will not give any land in Imo State to the Federal Government for a cattle colony. Okorocha also dismissed the speculation that he had adopted the...
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Cattle colonies: Buhari pursuing Fulani supremacy agenda, says Nwabueze
Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:30:31 +0100
Ihuoma Chiedozie, Enugu Elder statesman and foremost constitutional lawyer, Prof. Ben Nwabueze, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of using the proposed cattle colonies scheme to pursue a ‘Fulani supremacy agenda’ promoted by the late Sardauna...
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Tiv indigenes petition British PM
Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:28:41 +0100
Friday Olokor, Jos Tiv indigenes in the United Kingdom, under the aegis of Mzough U Tiv UK, has asked the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, to intervene in the alleged killings by Fulani herdsmen in Benue State and other parts of  the country. A statement...
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Lassa fever: Anambra bans drinking of garri
Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:26:54 +0100
Tony Okafor and Gbenga Odogun The Anambra State Government has prohibited the drinking of garri in the state as a measure to prevent the contraction of Lassa fever. The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joe Akabuike, announced the ban while educating...
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Man City won’t fall into complacency trap – Guardiola
Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:56:58 +0100
Pep Guardiola says Manchester City proved against Newcastle United that their title charge will not be derailed by complacency as they bounced back to winning ways following defeat against Liverpool. The runaway Premier League leaders responded to their...
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George Weah to be sworn in as Liberia’s President today
Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:33:59 +0100
Former international footballer George Weah will be sworn in as Liberia’s new president on Monday, a landmark moment that marks the troubled country’s first peaceful democratic transition since 1944. Weah will become the 25th president of...
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Ekwueme’s final funeral rites begin on Friday
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:11:32 +0100
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The final funeral rites for former Vice-President Alex Ekwueme begins on Friday in Lagos. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, who chairs the National Burial Committee, said this at a press conference...
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ICYMI: 12 UNIOSUN students collapse inside lecture room 
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:58:54 +0100
Femi Makinde, Osogbo No fewer than 12 students of the Osun State University, Osogbo campus slumped inside a lecture room on Thursday as a result of leakage of a poisonous substance. Some students of the university, who pleaded anonymity told our correspondent...
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Facebook to open digital training hubs in Europe
Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:15:18 +0100
Facebook said on Monday it would open three new centres in Europe to train people in digital skills. The social media giant said it was committed to training one million people over the next two years as part of its drive to show its contribution to the...
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Fire kills triplets, brother in Jigawa
Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:43:37 +0100
A fire outbreak has killed triplets and their brother in Hadejia town, Jigawa. The Spokesman of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in the state, Mr Adamu Shehu, on Monday said that the fire was caused by a spark from an electric appliance. He...
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Suspected herdsmen kill farmer in Ogun
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:27:50 +0100
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta Suspected herdsmen were alleged to have killed a farmer, Adetona Owolabi, on his farm on Thursday at Afon in Imeko-Afon Local Government area of Ogun State. This killing came few hours after the state government said it had...
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George Weah: from football icon to Liberia president
Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:48:58 +0100
George Weah emerged from Liberia’s slums to become a superstar footballer in the 1990s and has spent the last 13 years building political credibility to match his status as a sporting icon. Weah, 51, put education, job creation and infrastructure...
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Crocodile confronts policemen searching suspect’s house for weapons
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:37:04 +0100
Policemen searching a suspect’s home for a weapons stash were surprised to encounter a large crocodile living in the basement, the police said Friday. Police officers in Russia’s north-western city of Saint Petersburg were inspecting a property...
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Police refute explosion report at Osun varsity
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:31:18 +0100
The Osun State Police Command on Friday refuted media reports that an explosion occurred on Thursday at  the Osogbo campus of Osun State University. Mr Fimihan Adeoye, the Commissioner of Police in the state, told newsmen  in Osogbo  that  contrary...
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Bribery allegation: Rickey Tarfa demands N500m damages from EFCC
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:59:00 +0100
A lawyer, Mr Rickey Tarfa, on Wednesday sought N500m damages from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over alleged malicious prosecution. Tarfa, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), made the application through his counsel, Mr Jelili Owonikoko...
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Chemical leakage: UNIOSUN students discharged from hospital
Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:24:25 +0100
Femi Makinde, Osogbo The last batch of students of the Osun State University, who collapsed and were hospitalised after inhaling poisonous leakage from a fire extinguisher inside a crowded lecture room, has been discharged from the hospital. A student...
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Vietnam jails oil executives in corruption probe
Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:13:00 +0100
A court in Vietnam has sentenced a former oil executive, who was allegedly kidnapped by Vietnamese agents in Germany last year, to life in prison for embezzlement and violating state rules. Trinh Xuan Thanh, the former head of state-run subsidiary...
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Fulani herdsmen allegedly kill local hunter
Sun, 21 Jan 2018 21:59:53 +0100
Friday Olokor, Jos The tension in Plateau State over alleged theft of cows thickened on Saturday with the killing of a local hunter identified as Daniel Wallam in Maijankhai village, Barkin Ladi Local Government Area. The deceased was said to have been...
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Cattle colony is strange to us, Oyo govt says
Sun, 21 Jan 2018 21:38:31 +0100
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan The Oyo State Government has said the Federal Government proposal of cattle colony is strange to the state, adding that it would not allow “a form of cattle rearing that encourages the animals moving around and infringing...
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Herdsmen killings: Miyetti Allah, Afenifere, Ohanaeze reject Osinbajo panel
Sun, 21 Jan 2018 03:10:12 +0100
NIYI ODEBODE, CHUKWUDI AKASIKE,  ENIOLA AKINKUOTU, IHUOMA CHIEDOZIE, ADELANI ADEPEGBA and JUSTIN TYOPUUSU The North-East zonal Chairman of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Alhaji Mafindi Danburam, has said the Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo-led...
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ICYMI: Nasarawa school principal, teachers suspended for beating students
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:26:06 +0100
Umar Muhammed, Lafia The Principal of Government Science Secondary School, Nassarawa-Eggon, and three other officials have been suspended for one month for meting out corporal punishment to some students. The state Commissioner of Education, Mr. Tijjani...
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Nasarawa school principal, teachers suspended for beating students
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 05:12:06 +0100
Umar Muhammed, Lafia The Principal of Government Science Secondary School, Nassarawa-Eggon, and three other officials have been suspended for one month for meting out corporal punishment to some students. The state Commissioner of Education, Mr. Tijjani...
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Kwara gov sacks 19 commissioners, 16 Special Advisers, 15 others
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:34:22 +0100
Success Nwogu, Ilorin The Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed on Thursday dissolved the state executive council. The Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Isiaka Gold, in a statement said the dissolution took immediate effect. He stated...
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Restructuring: Does Buhari really love Nigeria?
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:33:54 +0100
Niran Adedokun I still do not know why President Muhammadu Buhari is in mortal fear of prospects that we need to discuss the restructuring of Nigeria. From his utterances each time he found the gumption to speak on the issue, the President sounds like...
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Pope marries couple on papal plane
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:54:14 +0100
Pope Francis married a couple of airline employees aboard the papal plane as it flew over Chile on the third day of his South American trip. Francis formally joined in matrimony 41-year-old Carlos Ciuffardi and Paula Podest, 39, who have two children...
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BREAKING: Court affirms IPOB’s proscription
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:51:17 +0100
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday dismissed the application by the Indegenous People of Biafra’s request to reverse the court’s order proscribing it and designating it a terrorist organisation. Delivering his...
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Shi’ite members, coalition demand El-Zakyzaky’s release
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 01:55:29 +0100
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and a coalition of civil society groups on Wednesday demanded the release of the Shi’ite leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, from detention. The coalition joined the Shi’ite members to protest...
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Fire guts Yola market
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 01:50:02 +0100
Fire has engulfed the Yola town market, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. The Adamawa State Chief Fire Officer, Alhaji Adamu Abdullahi, who confirmed the development to NAN, said his men were battling to put out the fire.  “I am at the scene of the...
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Police to prosecute herdsmen for destroying farmlands in Edo
Sun, 21 Jan 2018 21:23:32 +0100
Alexander Okere, Benin The Commissioner of Police in Edo State, Mr. Johnson Kokumo, says the police would ensure the prosecution of all herdsmen involved in the alleged destruction of over 20 hectares of farmland in the Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area...
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