Friday, February 22, 2019

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    Premium Times’ publisher, reporter regain freedom

Premium Times’ publisher, reporter regain freedom

The police have released Dapo Olorunyomi, publisher of PREMIUM TIMES and Evelyn Okakwu, a reporter, after delaying them for several hours.The duo were arrested on Thursday over a report that the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) was investigating Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff, for allegations of corruption.Don Awunah, police spokesman, had said the raid on the newspaper's office was sequel [...]

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    Rights group to Ajimobi: Reopen LAUTECH in 7 days or we shut down Oyo state

Rights group to Ajimobi: Reopen LAUTECH in 7 days or we shut down Oyo state

Citizens Action to Take Back Nigeria (CATBAN), a civil society organisation, has warned Abiola Ajimobi, governor of Oyo state, to reopen Ladoke Akintola University (LAUTECH) or they will "occupy and shut down the state".A video clip of an altercation between Ajimobi and LAUTECH students has since gone viral.The students were protesting the closure of the university for the past eight months.In a [...]

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    I saw bodies of children that were cut into two, says witness of ‘accidental bombing’

I saw bodies of children that were cut into two, says witness of ‘accidental bombing’

Alfred Davies, a field coordinator with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières, says he saw broken bones, torn flesh and bodies of children that had been cut into two after a Nigeria air force fighter jet "mistakenly" dropped bombs on an internally displaced persons (IDPs) camp in Rann, Borno state.On Tuesday, after the incident occurred, Rabe Abubakar, military spokesman, said they got [...]

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    BBOG: Chibok girls may have been moved to other locations within Sambisa

BBOG: Chibok girls may have been moved to other locations within Sambisa

The Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) movement says there is a possibility that the Chibok girls have been relocated from Camp zairo to other locations within the vast Sambisa forest.The BBOG movement said this is after Oby Ezekwesili and Aisha Yesufu, its leaders, completed a guided tour of the Sambisa forest with Lai Mohammed, minister for information and culture, Mansur [...]

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    Senate raises oil benchmark above executive’s, settles for $44.5 per barrel

Senate raises oil benchmark above executive’s, settles for $44.5 per barrel

The senate has agreed on $44.5 per barrel as benchmark price for the 2017 budget, as against the $42.5 per barrel earlier submitted by the executive in the 2017-2019 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP).The legislators also adopted the N305 to a dollar exchange rate as presented by the executive, but they asked the Central Bank [...]

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    Kaduna crisis: You’ll be shocked by calibre of people we’ll arrest, says el-Rufai

Kaduna crisis: You’ll be shocked by calibre of people we’ll arrest, says el-Rufai

Nasir El-Rufai, governor of Kaduna, says people will be shocked by the calibre of "perpetrators" his government will arrest and prosecute for the violence in Southern Kaduna.Speaking on Tuesday when he received Abubakar Mahmoud, president of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), the governor said previous governments had failed to prosecute anyone for crises in Kaduna.El-Rufai said about 20,000 people had lost their [...]

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    These are Boko Haram’s dying days, APC says after UNIMAID bomb blast

These are Boko Haram’s dying days, APC says after UNIMAID bomb blast

The All Progressives Congress (APC) says the days of Boko Haram are numbered despite its recent attack on the University of Maiduguri.On Monday, suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers attacked a mosque in the university, killing five and injuring 17.In a statement on Tuesday, Bolaji Abdullahi, spokesman of the party, said the attack on the university was a desperate attempt to remain in [...]

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    Julius Berger: We don’t need to close Abuja airport if it is repairs only

Julius Berger: We don’t need to close Abuja airport if it is repairs only

‎Wolfgang Goetsch, managing director of Julius Berger, says the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, would not need to be closed if it was a case of "spot repairs" only to the runway.But because it is a case of "new construction", the airport has to be closed.Hadi Sirika, minister for state on aviation, had announced the federal government's decision to close [...]

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    Nigeria not the first country to close an airport, says Fashola

Nigeria not the first country to close an airport, says Fashola

Babatunde Fashola, minister of works, power and housing, wants those opposed to the closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe international airport, Abuja, to know that Nigeria is not the first country to close an airport.The decision of the federal government to shut the airport for six weeks over repairs on the runway has been met with stiff resistance in some quarters.At the [...]

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    Oyegun: Removing Ndume was a necessary act

Oyegun: Removing Ndume was a necessary act

John Oyegun, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), says the removal of Ali Ndume as senate leader was a "necessary act" that had to be done to unite the party in the upper legislative chamber.On Tuesday, Bukola Saraki, senate president, announced that Ndume had been replaced as the senate leader with Lawan.Speaking when he received Ahmed Lawan, the [...]

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    Shekau: My people attacked UNIMAID mosque because of its ungodly acts

Shekau: My people attacked UNIMAID mosque because of its ungodly acts

Abubakar Shekau, leader of the Boko Haram group, has taken responsibility for the bomb blasts that occurred at the University of Maiduguri, Borno state, on Monday.On Monday, suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers attacked a mosque and another location within the university.The blasts killed four people and injured 17 others, as of first count.In a audio recording published on YouTube, Shekau said [...]

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    Ademola ‘collected’ an N8.4m luxury vehicle from a SAN, says witness

Ademola ‘collected’ an N8.4m luxury vehicle from a SAN, says witness

Ifeoma Ofornagolu, a sales consultant, says Adeniyi Ademola, a judge of the federal high court Abuja, received a BMW 320i brand worth N8.4 million in the name of his son.Ademola is accused of receiving bribe in millions of naira and a luxury car to divert the course of justice. His home was among those of the seven judges raided by [...]

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    14 witnesses to testify against Justice Ademola, wife

14 witnesses to testify against Justice Ademola, wife

Fourteen witnesses are billed to testify against Adeniyi Ademola, a judge of the federal high court, and Olubowale, his wife, over alleged money laundering.At the commencement of trial of Ademola and his wife on Monday, Segun Jegede, prosecuting counsel, listed some of the witnesses as the secretary of the national judicial commission and the chief registrar of the federal high court at [...]

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    FG rejects BBOG’s conditions for Sambisa tour

FG rejects BBOG’s conditions for Sambisa tour

The federal government has rejected the conditions given by the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) movement for embarking on a trip to Sambisa forest and some parts of the north-east.In a letter dated January 11, the ministry of information and culture invited the movement to the north-east to see first hand efforts being made to rescue the Chibok girls.But in [...]

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    Marafa: PDP crisis should continue so that we can be taking their senators ‘one by one’

Marafa: PDP crisis should continue so that we can be taking their senators ‘one by one’

Kabir Marafa, a senator of the All Progressives Congress (APC), says his party is praying that the power tussle in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) should continue.In an interview with PUNCH, Marafa said the crisis would give the APC the opportunity to receive members of the PDP."Senator Ahmed Makarfi and senator Ali Modu Sheriff have successfully to our delight, caused [...]

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    Politics is the worst profession in Africa, says deputy senate leader

Politics is the worst profession in Africa, says deputy senate leader

Bala Na'Allah, deputy senate leader, says politics is the worst profession anyone can venture into in Africa, "particularly in Nigeria".In an interview with DAILY TRUST, Na'Allah who represents Kebbi south, said most public figures find it difficult to take care of their basic needs after leaving office."Politics is the worst profession anybody can venture into in Africa, particularly in Nigeria," [...]

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