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Nigeria’s Okechukwu Effoduh to deliver keynote address at the University of Oxford

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  Nigerian broadcaster, lawyer and human rights activist, Jake Okechukwu Effoduh has been selected to deliver the Keynote Address at the University of Oxford’s Human Welfare Conference. Scheduled to hold in May 2017 at the Green Templeton College of the University, the Human Welfare Conference is an annual meeting that ...

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Ease of Doing Business: PEBEC says it completed 31 reforms in 60 days

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The Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) has released a report card on the 60-Day National Action Plan on Ease of Doing Business which was implemented from February 21, 2017 to April 21, 2017. The report, which highlights 31 completed reforms across the Council’s eight priority indicators, was unveiled on ...

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Emir Sanusi denies spending N6 billion in three years

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The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II has denied claims that he has spent N6 billion of the Emirate’s fund since he assumed office in June 2014. Speaking on Monday at a press conference in Kano, the Senior Council Official in charge of finance of the Kano State Emirate Council, ...

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Presidency to design template for whistle-blowing on illegal fire arms

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The National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Munguno (retd.) has been instructed by President Muhammadu Buhari to design a template that would be used to reward persons who give information to government on individuals who are in illegal possession of fire arms. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on ...

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President Buhari suspends SGF Lawal and DG, NIA

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President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered an investigation into the allegations of violations of law and due process made against the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr David Babachir Lawal, in the award of contracts under the Presidential Initiative on the North East (PINE). The President has also ...

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In an ideal world, Dogara and El-Rufai would know that they are both jokers

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by Dare Lawal There’s no such thing as an unambitious politician. But among the lot, there are some whose unbridled ambitions ooze more than a skunk’s stench. It can’t be missed. Many will agree that three men who fall in that category are: Nasir El-Rufai, the Governor of Kaduna State; ...

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Court’s verdict on #Otodogbame: “If Ambode truly ordered demolition, he undermined the rule of law”

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A Lagos High Court in Igbosere presided over by Justice S. A. Onigbangbo on Tuesday struck out contempt proceedings brought by the people of Otodogbame against the state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode. Agents of the state government had on Sunday forcefully evicted residents of the community believed to be over 25,000 from ...

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FRSC recalls power-drunk commander who cut the hair of female officials

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On Monday, while carrying out a general inspection of staff at the Rivers state headquarters of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Port Harcourt, the state commander, Andrew Kumapayi, decided to cut the hair of female officials which purportedly contravened the requirements of the service. The female road marshals ...

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Jonathan visits Gov. Wike in Rivers Govt. House

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday visited Government House, Port Harcourt. The Former President was received by Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike. Also present during the visit were the Chief of Staff to Governor Wike, Engr Emeka Woke, the Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Hon Kenneth Kobani and ...

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The Nays have it: Senate votes against confirmation of Magu as EFCC chair

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The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, on Wednesday voted against the nomination of Mr. Ibrahim Magu as the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). President Muhammadu Buhari had late last year submitted Magu’s name to the Senate for confirmation as substantive Chairman of EFCC having ...

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Customs suspends controversial policy on vehicle duty

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The Nigeria Customs Service has suspended its policy on vehicle duty. This is contained in a statement signed on Wednesday by the acting public relations officer of the service, Joseph Attah for the Comptroller-General, Hameed Ali. The Service said it put the policy on hold due to its misinterpretation and ...

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Apostle Suleman blames El-Rufai for his travails

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Omega Fire Ministries has accused Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai of masterminding the recent series of allegations of infidelity against its General Overseer, Apostle Johnson Suleman. In a statement issued in Abuja Tuesday, the church, through its spokesman and Communications Manager, Phrank Shaibu stated that facts and available intelligence ...

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New FAO report: Nine million Nigerians going hungry in 16 states

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Up to nine million people in 16 northern Nigeria states may experience food insecurity between the period of March and August 2017, according to the newly launched United Nation Food and Agriculture Cadre Harmonisé report. The investigation carried out in 16 states of Adamawa, Borno, Yobe, Kastina, Kebbi, Sokoto, Gombe, Bauchi, ...

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Fashola and Ambode at loggerheads

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Minister of Power, Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola yesterday denied frustrating the government of Lagos State’s  efforts to rebuild the International Airport /Oshodi Road. His ministry has presented the state government’srequest to the Federal Executive Council, stressing that he was following the due process. Governor Akinwunmi Ambode spoke on Wednesday ...

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He’s back

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President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived Nigeria after 49 days of medical vacation. President Buhari arrived at exactly 7.41am. He was received by the Deputy Governor of Kaduna state Bala Bantex, GOC 1 Division, Commissioner of Police and other dignitaries. He arrived at the Kaduna International Airport following the closure of ...

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“Appear with your uniform”: Senate readies for a showdown with Customs Boss, Hameed Ali

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The senate on Tuesday summoned Hameed Ali, comptroller-general of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), over the plan to seize vehicles without paid duty. On Tuesday, the upper legislative chamber directed customs to suspend the action, but the NCS went ahead to offer 60 percent rebate on the duty. This prompted the ...

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Court sentences ex-Adamawa governor to jail; asks him to choose prison of his choice

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A Federal High Court in Yola, Adamawa State, has convicted and jailed former Gov. Bala James Ngilari for failing to adhere to the procurement laws of the state. In a 75-minute long ruling, Justice Nathan Musa found the former governor guilty of four charges, and discharged him on one, which ...

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Apostle Suleman denies having amorous relationship with “stripper”; says he’s not behind her arrest

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The Omega Fire Ministries has denied that the General Overseer of the church, Apostle Johnson Suleman has a hand in the arrest and detention of one Miss Stephanie Otobo by the police last Friday, March 3, 2017. A statement signed by Phrank Shaibu, Communications Manager to Apostle Suleman also flatly ...

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It’s Official: Abuja airport to be closed on Wednesday – FG

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From 12AM on Wednesday, the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, would be closed for repairs. The process which has generated lots of controversy will last for six weeks, according to Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who addressed a World Press conference on Monday. The press conference was also attended by ...

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At least three killed in Maiduguri bomb attack

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Multiple bomb blasts hit Maiduguri early Friday with many feared dead. The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, said the attacks were carried out by suspected suicide bombers around the NNPC depot on Damboa Road, Maiduguri. The police command’s spokesman, Victor Isuku, confirmed the blasts on Friday. “Our men are still ...

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