Sunday, July 21, 2019

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    Army repels Boko Haram attack in Yobe, ‘kills dozens’

Army repels Boko Haram attack in Yobe, ‘kills dozens’

The Nigerian army says it killed dozens of Boko Haram insurgents during an attempted attack on a military base located at Goniri in Yobe state.Sagir Musa, the army spokesman, confirmed this in a statement on Thursday.Musa said the insurgents came for the aborted attack in seven gun trucks and motorcycles around 6:33pm on Wednesday.According to him, the troops engaged the insurgents [...]

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    I left no debt in Zamfara, says Yari

I left no debt in Zamfara, says Yari

Abdulaziz Yari, former governor of Zamfara state, says he left no debt or liability for the new administration in the state.Yari made this known at a news conference held at the All Progressives Congress state secretariat in Gusau, the state capital, on Wednesday.A transition committee set up by Bello Matawalle, governor of the state, had said Yari misappropriated N251 billion.Ibrahim Wakkala, [...]

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    Togolese cook gets life jail for killing Credit Switch chairman

Togolese cook gets life jail for killing Credit Switch chairman

Sunday Anani, the Togolese cook, who was arrested over the murder of Ope Bademosi, chairman of Credit Switch Technology, has been sentenced to life imprisonment.The sentence was delivered by an Igbosere high court in Lagos on Tuesday.Mobolanle Okikiolu-Ighile, the judge, convicted Anani after he pleaded guilty to a one-count charge of voluntary manslaughter.The suspect was arraigned on a two-count charge [...]

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    INEC chairman: No election is perfect

INEC chairman: No election is perfect

Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says no electoral process is perfect.Yakubu spoke at the opening of the post-2019 elections review meeting in Abuja.About 380 electoral officers (EO) from 19 states across the country reportedly attended the programme.The INEC chairman said criticism would improve the electoral process, urging the electoral officers to come up with suggestions [...]

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    ‘My heart bleeds’ — Jonathan speaks on Ethiopian coup attempt

‘My heart bleeds’ — Jonathan speaks on Ethiopian coup attempt

Former President Goodluck Jonathan says he feels saddened when there is unnecessary and avoidable bloodshed.Jonathan was reacting to the attempted coup in Ethiopia which led to the death of Seare Mekonnen, chief of staff of the Ethiopian army, and Ambachew Mekonnen, regional governor of Amhara, among others.In a series of tweets on Sunday, the former president said nobody's political ambition is worth [...]

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    Oyegun: Oshiomhole is Obaseki’s biggest distraction

Oyegun: Oshiomhole is Obaseki’s biggest distraction

John Odigie-Oyegun, former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), says Adams Oshiomhole, his successor, is the biggest distraction to the administration of Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo.Odigie-Oyegun was reacting to the crisis rocking the Edo state house of assembly.In a statement by Ray Murphy, his special adviser on political affairs, the former national chairman accused Oshiomhole of engaging in [...]

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    Air Peace plane overshoots runway, lands inside the bush

Air Peace plane overshoots runway, lands inside the bush

An aircraft belonging to Air Peace on Saturday overshot the runway and slid into the bush at the Port Harcourt international airport in Rivers state.A passenger on board was quoted to have said that the incident occurred around 4pm when the plane was about to land at the airport, despite the heavy rainfall.The plane, which left Abuja for Port Harcourt, [...]

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    Katsina DPO arrested over death of lover’s housemaid

Katsina DPO arrested over death of lover’s housemaid

Garba Talawai, divisional police officer of Mashi in Katsina state, has been arrested over the death of Rabi Abdullahi, the housemaid of Sadiya Danyaya, identified as his girlfriend.Gambo Isah, police public relations officer in the state, confirmed his arrest in a statement.Isah said the corpse of the deceased was found along a bush path in the state."Yesterday at about 12.00hrs, [...]

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    Citizens launch initiative to ‘support military’s fight against insecurity’

Citizens launch initiative to ‘support military’s fight against insecurity’

One Voice Nigeria, an advocacy group,  has launched a campaign to boost the military's fight against insecurity.As part of measures to achieve this, the group kick-started: “Nothing is Too Much for Our Security”, a crusade, on Tuesday.In a statement signed by Kabiru Dallah, its convener, the group said believes that security is the most serious business and should be given [...]

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    No harm should befall sacked Nigerian prof, UNILAG lecturers warn Ghanaian varsity

No harm should befall sacked Nigerian prof, UNILAG lecturers warn Ghanaian varsity

The University of Lagos (UNILAG) chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has condemned the dismissal of Austin Nwagbara, a Nigerian professor, by the University of Education (UEW), Ghana.Nwagbara was sacked by UEW over “unethical and damning” comments he made about the country and its education system.The professor, in a viral video, had accused the Ghanaian government of maltreating Nigerians.The professor [...]

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    Court adjourns Goje’s ‘N6bn fraud’ case

Court adjourns Goje’s ‘N6bn fraud’ case

A federal high court sitting in Jos, Plateau state, has adjourned the alleged N6 billion fraud trial of Danjuma Goje, former governor of Gombe state.The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had filed a 21-count charge of alleged N25 billion fraud against Goje but later reduced it to N6 billion.Nineteen of the 21 charges were later struck out, leaving only two [...]

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    CUPP on Adedayo: Lawan sacrificed competence on the altar of politics

CUPP on Adedayo: Lawan sacrificed competence on the altar of politics

The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has criticised Senate President Ahmad Lawan, for reversing the appointment of Festus Adedayo.Lawan had appointed the columnist as his special adviser on media but he withdrew the appointment of Adedayo following protests by some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC).They had cited some articles in which the columnist criticised President Muhammadu Buhari and some [...]

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    We reject PDP’s brand of democracy, says APC on legislative crisis in Edo, Bauchi

We reject PDP’s brand of democracy, says APC on legislative crisis in Edo, Bauchi

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has rejected the inauguration of the state assemblies in Edo and Bauchi.In a statement by Lanre Issa-Onilu, national publicity secretary, the party described the inauguration as "a joke and embarrassment" to democracy.Nine Edo lawmakers said to be loyal to Godwin Obaseki, the governor, had edged out their colleagues by taking oath of office “secretly”, while in Bauchi, [...]

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    A’Ibom govt writes UK high commissioner, faults travel alert

A’Ibom govt writes UK high commissioner, faults travel alert

The Akwa Ibom state government has reacted to the recent UK travel ban on its citizens to 21 states.Akwa Ibom is among the states that the UK warned its citizens not to visit.But in a letter addressed to the British high commissioner in Nigeria, Emmanuel Ekuwem, secretary to the state government (SSG), said Akwa Ibom remains one of the most [...]

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    FG charges PDP senator with false assets declaration

FG charges PDP senator with false assets declaration

The federal government has filed a three-count charge against Peter Nwaoboshi, senator representing Delta north, for alleged false declaration of his assets.The charges were filed by the office of the director of the public prosecution of the federation (DPPF) at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCB).The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senator had been referred to the DPPF’s office for prosecution by [...]

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    Suicide: NAFDAC bans production of smaller packs of Sniper

Suicide: NAFDAC bans production of smaller packs of Sniper

The National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it has placed a ban on the production of smaller packs of sniper.The agency also said it will soon ban the use of paraquat and atrazine products by farmers.Sniper is an insecticide used to eliminate insects while paraquat and atrazine are chemicals used as herbicide for weed and grass control.Husman [...]

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