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“Sokoto is your home and will remain so” – Gov. Tambuwal assures Igbo residents

Tambuwal and Residents

Reacting to a recent ultimatum by some Northern youths in Kaduna for Igbos to leave the North, the governor of Sokoto State, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has urged Nigerians to avoid inflammatory remarks capable of causing disunity among the people. “All Nigerians must feel free to stay in any part ...

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NAFDAC slashes registration fees for SMEs by half

NAFDAC-Headquarters

To boost Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs), the National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) said it has waived 50 percent on registration fees for locally manufactured products. The NAFDAC spokesperson, Dr Abubakar Jimoh, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Friday that the new ...

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FG raises alarm over fresh outbreak of bird flu in seven states

bird flu

The Federal Government on Friday alerted the public of the outbreak of Avian Influenza or Bird flu in seven states of the country. The States affected by the outbreak are FCT, Bauchi, Kano, Katsina, Nasarawa, Plateau, and Kaduna, which reported a case on May 30. The Director of Veterinary and Pest Control ...

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“He has the power to assent to it”: Osinbajo receives 2017 Appropriation Bill

Vice-President-Yemi-Osinbajo

Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, has formally received the 2017 Appropriation Bill recently passed by the National Assembly last week. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Mr. Ita Enang, presented the document in a meeting held behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa. Briefing journalists after ...

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Kaduna Govt. threatens to seal banks in the state over fees

Nasir-El-Rufai

All banks operating in Kaduna State which fail to pay their communication mast and signage fees as required by law will be sealed, Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service (KDIRS) has said. According to the Legal Adviser to KDIRS, Francis Kozah, all defaulting banks have been given two weeks to pay or ...

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Fayose suspends Permanent Secretary and three others

Ayo Fayose

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has ordered for the immediate suspension of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Mr Oludare Abegunde, and three other government officials over alleged misuse, mismanagement and vandalism of some government facilities under their care. The governor made this known on Sunday through a statement by his Chief ...

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Nigerian priest becomes the first African apostolic nuncio to Ireland

Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo

For the first time, a Nigerian Priest, Jude Thaddeus Okolo, has been appointed as the Vatican’s diplomatic representative of the Roman Catholic Church to Ireland by Pope Francis. The sixty-year old archbishop is the first African priest to ever hold the diplomatic role (nuncio) in Ireland. The archbishop is to ...

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Gov Ortom was asked why he’s owing workers; he gave classic response on how to speak like a politician

samuel ortom

The governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom, granted an interview to The Punch newspaper on a range of issues. The first question he was asked was on why the state continued to owe the salaries of workers despite receiving bailouts from the Federal Government and benefiting from the Paris Club ...

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Ex-Rivers Gov. Peter ‘Perpetual Injunction’ Odili to establish first private medical university

peter-odili

Remember Peter Odili? The former Rivers governor married to a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, who in 2007, few days before he stepped down as governor, obtained a perpetual injunction from a court restraining the EFCC from arresting, detaining and arraigning him for alleged N100 billion fraud. Yes, that ...

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EFCC loses again: Appeal Court overturns conviction of ex-NIMASA DG

Court of Appeal Lagos

The five-year jail sentence of former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Raymond Omatseye, was on Thursday reversed by a Court of Appeal in Lagos. Presiding judge of the Court, Justice Yargata Nimpar, ruled that High Court which tried Raymond Omatseye, did not properly evaluate the ...

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Northern elders declare “full support” for Osinbajo

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The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has declared full support and encouragement for Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo. President Muhammadu Buhari was also praised by the forum for his respect for the constitution in transferring power to Osinbajo when it became necessary for him to travel to seek medical treatment. Paul Unongo, ...

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Former Lagos Chief Judge elected into FIFA Ethics committee

Ayotunde Phillips

Former Lagos State Chief Judge, Justice Ayotunde Phillips, was on Thursday elected to represent Africa on FIFA’s Ethics Committee Adjudicatory Chamber. Phillips was last year confirmed as the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) and has remained in that position until this latest development. Below is the list of the ...

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“We will do whatever he says”: Nnamdi Kanu visits Alex Ekwueme

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The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, paid a visit to former Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme at his residence in Enugu. Mr Kanu described the former Vice President as “my father” and “invaluable” to the pro-Biafra struggle. He promised to abide by any advise given to him by the elder statesman. ...

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Aisha Buhari visits released Chibok girls (Photos)

Aisha Buhari-Chibok

Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, has asked the 82 recently released Chibok girls to be strong and to try and forget their ordeal in the hands of the terrorists so that they could continue with their education. The first lady was speaking when she met with the girls in ...

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Army shuffles its senior cadre; moves Oyebade, Irabor, others

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In a bid to re-strategize, the Nigerian Army has posted in 147 officers into Operation LAFIYA DOLE, some Divisions, formations and training schools. In a posting released by the Office of the Military Secretary (Army), last week, Major General RO Yusuf, Commander, Nigerian Army Ordnance Corps, is now the Commander ...

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U.S. supports Boko Haram victims with $500 million

Boko Haram wives

To support the people affected by the activities of Boko Haram insurgents in Nigeria and other countries, the United States has announced additional $500 million in humanitarian assistance. The other countries are Cameroon, Chad and Niger. The Deputy Director, Office of West African Affairs, Bureau of African Affairs at the U.S. ...

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Former FCT minister Bala Mohammed remanded in prison over N864m fraud

Bala-Mohammed

A Federal High Court in Abuja, has ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to remand former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Bala Mohammed, in prison custody pending the determination of his bail application. The EFCC, on Wednesday, arraigned Mohammed, before Justice A. M. Talba over a 6-count ...

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“It is a contraption”: Court declares Rivers police probe panel illegal

wike-panel

Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court, Abuja, yesterday declared the 15-man probe panel constituted by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Idris, to investigate the violence, killings, destruction of property and other criminal activities that took place during and after the December 10, 2016 National Assembly re-run election ...

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Why one kidnapped Chibok girl reportedly rejected freedom

Garba Shehu

Garba Shehu, a spokesman to President Muhammadu Buhari, said in an interview on Tuesday that one of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls refused to be part of those to be released because she had married one of the Boko Haram fighters. “One said, ‘No, I have a husband. I’m happy where ...

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Red Cross says it wasn’t part of negotiations for Chibok girls’ release

chibok chopper

The International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC, has discredited reports that it was part of the negotiation that led to the release of the 82 Chibok school girls from Boko Haram. Ms Aleksandra Mosimann, the Communication Coordinator of ICRC, made this known in an interview with News Agency of ...

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