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Widows of Ogoni leaders killed by Abacha drags Shell before Dutch court
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 12:13:20 +0200
Four Nigerian women are taking legal action in the Dutch courts against Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell accusing it of complicity in the 1990s executions of their husbands by the Nigerian military, Amnesty International said Thursday. The civil case has been...
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NGOs sue BNP Paribas over role in 1994 Rwanda genocide
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 11:59:27 +0200
Three non-governmental associations said Thursday that they had filed a lawsuit against BNP Paribas accusing the bank of “complicity” in the 1994 genocide of the Tutsi minority in Rwanda. The groups accuse the French bank of financing the...
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Meet Evans’ lawyer, Ogungbeje, who loves ‘unpopular cases’
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 11:53:58 +0200
Just when Nigerians thought no lawyer will step out to defend notorious billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike a.k.a. Evans, Voice Olukoya Ogungbeje has proven an exception. Ogungbeje, who heads Lawflex Chambers and is the Chairman of Voice Vanguard,...
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Sony to restart vinyl record production
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 11:45:08 +0200
Three decades after it abandoned vinyl production, Sony says it will start making records again on the back of surging demand for the retro music format. A factory south-west of Tokyo will be churning out freshly pressed records by March next year, Sony...
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Court sentences eight-week-old baby to death
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 11:31:03 +0200
A European Human Rights Court has given its verdict on a case of human rights that will compel a couple to allow their sick baby to die. The parents of the baby Chris Gard and Connie Yates have been in a long legal battle to save their baby who is suffering...
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Rivers Tribunal sacks Senator Sekibo
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 11:26:24 +0200
The Rivers state elections petition tribunal has sacked George Thompson Sekibo, Senator representing Rivers East and has declared Andrew Uchendu the winner of the senatorial election. The Tribunal also directed the Independent National Electoral Commission...
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Breaking: Lalong sacks 17 LG transition C’ttee’s
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 11:13:46 +0200
Friday Olokor, Jos The Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, has approved the dissolution of the existing Local Government Transition Committees with immediate effect. Although the details of the reason for the dissolution were not given, THE PUNCH...
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Nigeria’s Agah reappointed as Deputy DG of WTO
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 10:55:26 +0200
Nigeria’s Yuonov Frederick Agah has been reappointed as Deputy Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) for another four-year term. Agah, who hails from Benue state, was first appointed as Deputy Director-General of WTO in 2013 for a four-year...
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Does National Assembly have powers to alter the budget?
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 06:22:48 +0200
Chief Sebastine Hon (Senior Advocate of Nigeria) The word “laid” in section 81(1) of the Constitution, if read; subject to the legislative powers of the National under Section 59, has given the National Assembly some level of powers over the estimates...
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Apapa gridlock: NIWA says no plans for water transportation
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 06:15:29 +0200
 Anna Okon As cargo owners continue to groan under the yoke of the Apapa gridlock, it appears there will be no quick respite while the construction of the road by the Federal Government and other stakeholders lasts, as the use of the inland waterways...
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NPA MD tasks MDAs on transparency, efficiency
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 06:13:00 +0200
The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Usman, has advised heads of government parastatals to imbibe the culture of transparency in the conduct of their business and in dealing with members of the public. Usman stated this during the 38th...
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Nigeria can become Africa’s solar capital–Vortman
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 06:09:55 +0200
The Chief Executive Officer/Co-founder, Lumos Global, Mr. Davidi Vortman, speaks to TOBI AWORINDE about the electricity challenge facing Nigeria on the sidelines of the 2017 African Development Bank Annual Meetings Can you highlight the challenges relating...
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Sickle cell and your diet
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 06:08:05 +0200
If there is a question that I get asked a lot, it is about what people with sickle cell should eat in order to stay strong and healthy  especially when they have just been discharged from the hospital. My answer remains the same.With sickle cell, it...
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Nigeria, Kenya to introduce new HIV drug
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 06:06:48 +0200
Bukola Adebayo The generic version of the most advanced drug against HIV has been introduced in Kenya, a first in Africa where more than 25 million have the disease, an NGO,Unitaid,said on  Wednesday. The drug will also be rolled out in Nigeria and Uganda...
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Psychologists not psychiatrists should evaluate traffic offenders –NACP
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 06:05:08 +0200
Tobi Aworinde The Nigerian Association of Clinical Psychologists has said that its members are qualified to conduct psychological evaluation for dangerous drivers. Its President, Prof. Benedicta Oladimeji, in a statement made available to our correspondent,...
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FMC health workers demand salary arrears from management
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 06:03:45 +0200
Gibson Achonu, Owerri The Joint Health Sector Union of the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri Chapter, has demanded for the payment of the November 2015, November 2016, January 2017 and February 2017 salaries to the workers. This is just as the union also...
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Judges must enforce arbitration clause – CJN
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 06:02:28 +0200
Oladimeji Ramon The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, has called on judges in the various high courts to always resist the temptation of assuming jurisdiction over commercial disputes where the parties have an arbitration clause in their...
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Arbitration practice Nigeria can copy from UK – Searle
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 06:00:28 +0200
An English arbitrator and consultant to the Association of Young Arbitrators in Nigeria, Nathan Searle, says Nigeria, like the United Kingdom, needs to design a system to limit the possibility of appealing outcomes of arbitral proceedings. This, he said,...
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Law school class of 1977 celebrates 40th anniversary
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 05:58:54 +0200
Members of the 1977 class of the Nigerian Law School will on Friday converge on the Lagos campus of the institution to celebrate their 40 years of being called to Bar as barristers and solicitors of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. According to a statement...
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Legal perspectives on taxing churches, mosques, NGOs
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 05:57:08 +0200
One of the cardinal principles of every tax system is equity. By this it means the taxpayers, who are subject to the authorities of the state contribute to its upkeep in proportion to their income and ability. By extension, the principle of equity posits...
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CSR-in-Action, NEITI, others to examine extractive industries
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 05:54:41 +0200
’Femi Asu CSR-in-Action and the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, in partnership with the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, and other stakeholders are set to discuss critical issues in the...
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C’River to build 26MW power plant in Tinapa
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 05:52:41 +0200
’Femi Asu The Cross River State government has expressed its readiness to commence the construction of another power plant in addition to an ongoing 21 megawatts plant in the state. Funded by the Export-Import Bank of India and the Cross River State...
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Japan outlaws restrictions on resale of LNG cargoes
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 05:50:54 +0200
Japan has outlawed restrictions stopping customers from reselling cargoes of liquefied natural gas, in its latest move to liberalise a market where Japanese utilities have long been the biggest buyers. The Japan Fair Trade Commission, concluding an investigation...
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Equities rebound, banking stocks lead N185bn gain
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 05:49:04 +0200
 Stanley Opara  The Nigerian equities market appreciated by N185bn at the close of trading on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange on Wednesday. The NSE banking index recorded the highest gain, as it appreciated by 3.16 per cent. This was followed...
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ASEA, CFA Institute sign agreement on standards
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 05:46:55 +0200
The African Securities Exchanges Association has signed a two-year Memorandum of Understanding with CFA Institute to increase access to the professional education programmes and standards of professionalism within the ASEA community’s jurisdictions....
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Tell-tale signs your woman is into extra sex!
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:12:46 +0200
Well, rightly or wrongly, sex experts say the following are the signs to watch for if you’re suspecting that your woman is having sex with some other man! • She rebuffs your advances. When a woman has just had sex with someone, she is likely to rebuff...
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FRSC, police, Army officers flout traffic laws —Odiboh
Sun, 25 Jun 2017 02:47:49 +0200
A transportation communication specialist and senior lecturer at Covenant University, Ota, Dr. Oscar Odiboh, speaks to TOBI AWORINDE on the flaws in traffic law enforcement What do you make of the decision by the Federal Road Safety Corps to take traffic...
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Manufacturers battle rising freight, demurrage at seaports
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:21:24 +0200
Anna Okon Manufacturers who rely on imported raw materials for their factory processes have had to contend with rising freight and demurrage costs. According to them, the costs have tripled in the last one month owing to the heavy traffic gridlock along...
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North Korea likens Trump to Hitler
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:13:21 +0200
North Korea likened US President Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler on Tuesday in its latest diatribe amid high tensions over Pyongyang’s military ambitions and ahead of a visit to Washington by the South’s new leader. The latest attack came a week...
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Faster, easier ways to diagnose a/c systems
Sun, 25 Jun 2017 02:46:06 +0200
Trying to diagnose the precise cause of an automobile air conditioning system can be frustrating and very time consuming for most technicians. Because there are many components that make up the a/c system on modern vehicles; there are virtually dozens...
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MDAs use IT procurements to commit fraud – NITDA
Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:07:45 +0200
Everest Amaefule, Abuja Ministries, Departments, and Agencies defraud the country through the purchase of Information and Communication Technology services and equipment, Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency, Dr....
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[VIDEO] Tonto Dikeh’s marriage annulled as family returns bride price
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 21:14:24 +0200
Attempts at saving the marriage of Tonto Dikeh and her estranged husband, Olakunle Churchill, may have suffered a setback after Churchill requested for and received the money he paid as bride price. A video published by Media Room Hub showed the father...
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Serena demands respect from McEnroe after comparison to men
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:21:15 +0200
Serena Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam singles champion, fired back Monday at John McEnroe’s remark that she would only rank about 700th on the men’s tennis circuit. McEnroe, a seven-time Grand Slam singles winner, called Williams “best...
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Ebonyi gov’s wife orders arrest of policewoman over house-help’s abuse
Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:04:48 +0200
The Wife of Ebonyi State Governor, Mrs. Racheal Umahi, has called for the arrest of a policewoman who allegedly poured hot water on her 15-year-old house-help for wrongfully applying condiments in a pot of soup. Umahi made the call after officials from...
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Akinwumi Adesina emerges 2017 World Food Prize Laureate
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:55:06 +0200
The President of African Development Bank, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, has been named the 2017 World Food Prize Laureate. Adesina, whose name was selected on Monday at Washington, D.C, becomes the 46th recipient and the sixth African to be so honoured. The award...
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Lagos hospital rejects MFM pastor injured by Badoo
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 02:30:44 +0200
…group kills another couple Samson Folarin A minister with the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministry, Pastor Olawale (Solomon) Anthony, whose skull was fractured by some assailants suspected to be members of the Badoo cult, has been rejected by...
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Court jails 35 persons for environmental offences
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 02:26:36 +0200
Peter Dada, Akure No fewer than 35 persons were arrested and arraigned in court during the Saturday environmental sanitation in Akure, Ondo State, for violating environmental sanitation laws. The accused were sentenced to various jail terms ranging from...
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Man arrested for raping, robbing trader
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 02:22:10 +0200
Kizito Ojoma The police have arrested a 28- year-old man, Tunde Giwa, for allegedly robbing and raping a trader in the Awoyaya area of Lagos State. The police said Giwa threatened the victim with a knife and other weapons to rob her, adding that the suspect...
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Herdsmen on trial for raping siblings
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:10:07 +0200
Two herdsmen, Shuaibu Samaila, 21, and Bashiru Mohammed, 24, on Friday appeared before a Jos Upper Area Court, sitting at Kasuwan Nama, for allegedly raping two sisters, aged 17 and 21. The duo first appeared on May 18 and were specifically accused of...
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Fake doctor sucks patients’ private parts
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 03:59:02 +0200
Enyioha Opara, Minna A fake medical doctor who sexually abused patients by sucking their private parts has been arrested by the police in Minna, Niger State. Umaru Usman, aged 50 years, was nabbed at the Outpatient Department of the Minna General Hospital...
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Police await test result of defiled toddler
Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:17:03 +0200
The Police Command in Bayelsa has confirmed the arrest a 50-year-old man for allegedly defiling a 15-month-old baby girl at the Swali area of Yenagoa. The Spokesman of the command, DSP Asinim Butswat, confirmed on Thursday in Yenagoa and the case had...
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NPFL: Enyimba whip El-Kanemi Warriors 4-0
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 21:34:49 +0200
Enyimba International Football Club of Aba on Wednesday in Calabar defeated El-Kanemi Warriors FC of Maiduguri 4-0 in a 2016/2017 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Match Day 26 fixture. Ikechuckwu Ibenegbu scored the first goal in the 45th minute...
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N60,000 artificial hair tears Instagram users apart
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 20:59:17 +0200
An innocent posture with a tag stating that the artificial hair being worn by a lady costs N60,000 has set tongues wagging on Instagram. While some respondents praise the hair, others counsel that the wearer’s brain must be worth more. One respondent...
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Trump claims victory as court partially reinstates travel ban
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:04:52 +0200
The US Supreme Court on Monday partially reinstated Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban targeting citizens from six predominantly Muslim countries, prompting the president to claim a victory for national security. The nine justices, who will...
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We suspect sabotage in church fire incident – CAN
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:00:28 +0200
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Christian Association of Nigeria has said that it suspects foul play and sabotage in the fire incident at the House on the Rock church in Abuja on Sunday. Property worth millions of naira was reportedly destroyed by fire at...
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Drug abuse among girls worrisome – NDLEA
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:55:40 +0200
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency in Yobe has described as ‘worrisome’ increase in the number of females abusing drugs in the state. Commander of the agency in the state, Mr. Apeh Reuben, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Damaturu on Monday...
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South Africa bans sale of live hens
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:43:11 +0200
South Africa has banned the sale of live hens throughout the country in a bid to control an outbreak of highly contagious H5N8 bird flu, the government said on Monday. The country’s department of agriculture said in a statement that no humans had been...
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Osinbajo orders military to end Taraba violence
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 03:37:53 +0200
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, has ordered the deployment of an extra military battalion to end the violent attacks that have left many people dead in a number of communities in Taraba State. The Senior Special Assistant...
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Three migrants die as thousands rescued in seas off Libya
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 20:46:30 +0200
Three migrants died in the Mediterranean on Monday night, a German aid group said, during Italian-led rescue operations in which thousands more were pulled to safety from rickety boats. About 5,000 migrants were picked up off the Libyan coast by emergency...
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Kidnapping: IG orders police protection for schools
Sat, 24 Jun 2017 03:54:01 +0200
Adelani Adepegba and Gbenro Adeoye As a result of the increasing cases of kidnapping in schools, the Nigeria Police Force has directed state commissioners of police to deploy policemen in schools to prevent further attacks and abduction of pupils and...
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