Wednesday, January 2, 2019

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    VIDEO: Air force bombs Zamfara ‘bandits’

VIDEO: Air force bombs Zamfara ‘bandits’

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has launched air strikes on a hideout allegedly being used by bandits in Tsamari, Birnin Magaji local government area of Zamfara state.Ibikunle Daramola, spokesman of air force, disclosed this on Sunday.He said the air task force (ATF) confirmed the presence of bandits armed with high calibre weapons at the location.Bandits have been on the loose in [...]

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    Pat Utomi: How I caused cabinet reshuffle as a reporter

Pat Utomi: How I caused cabinet reshuffle as a reporter

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    Akwa Ibom: Why Buhari can’t use Godswill Akpabio Stadium for campaign rally

Akwa Ibom: Why Buhari can’t use Godswill Akpabio Stadium for campaign rally

Akwa Ibom state government has disallowed President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) from using the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium for the party’s political rally scheduled for Friday.Monday Uko, the commissioner for sports, in a statement, said the pitch is being maintained and reserved for pre-fixed matches and the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) starting in January.The statement [...]

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    Boko Haram attacks Chibok village again

Boko Haram attacks Chibok village again

Boko Haram insurgents are currently attacking Makalama, a village in Gatamwarwa ward, Chibok local government area of Borno state.This is coming barely two months after the insurgents attacked Mifa, also in Chibok, killing the village head.“They came in this night (Sunday) through the nearby deserted Gogumdi village,” a Chibok resident told TheCable.“They started shooting and people have been running to [...]

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    Kenny Martins: Nothing can be done about the economy until the next set of leaders emerge

Kenny Martins: Nothing can be done about the economy until the next set of leaders emerge

Kenny Martins, grand patron of the Legacy Initiative International (LII), a non-governmental organisation, says nothing can be done about Nigeria’s economy until the next set of leadership emerges.Martins said this on Tuesday at a press conference organised by the LII in Lagos.President Muhammadu Buhari had on Friday said the Nigerian economy is in a bad shape, and Martins, while fielding [...]

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    Soldiers ‘flee’ as Boko Haram raids Borno community

Soldiers ‘flee’ as Boko Haram raids Borno community

Some soldiers were dislodged when the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA), a faction of Boko Haram sect, invaded Gudumbali, Guzamala local government area of Borno state, on Friday.Channels Television quoted a resident as saying the attackers looted food items and carted away gun trucks belonging to the Nigerian army.It is the third time in three months that the village will [...]

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    Osinbajo: Petrol will sell for N220 or higher if we remove subsidy  

Osinbajo: Petrol will sell for N220 or higher if we remove subsidy  

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says petrol could sell for N220 or more if the government removes subsidy on the product.Osinbajo said this on Friday during the vice-presidential debate organised by the Nigerian Elections Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON).He said the government cannot remove the subsidy because of the effect it would have on Nigerians.“The NNPC is [...]

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    ‘You can’t shut down your shop and be chasing criminals’ — Peter Obi taunts FG’s anti-graft war

‘You can’t shut down your shop and be chasing criminals’ — Peter Obi taunts FG’s anti-graft war

Peter Obi, vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), says corruption can be fought aggressively while at the same time attention is paid to the economy.Taking on Yemi Osinbajo, vice-presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) at a debate organised by the Nigerian Elections Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON), Obi faulted the [...]

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    Osinbajo, Obi lock horns at vice-presidential debate

Osinbajo, Obi lock horns at vice-presidential debate

Yemi Osinbajo, vice-presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peter Obi, vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party are set to take on each other in the ongoing debate.The debate is being organised by the Nigerian Elections Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON).The participating parties are Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Alliance for [...]

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    Cambridge university ACS to host panel discussion for Ezekwesili, Buhari, Atiku

Cambridge university ACS to host panel discussion for Ezekwesili, Buhari, Atiku

Cambridge University African Caribbean Society (CUACS) and the Cambridge Union are set to host a panel discussion for five presidential candidates ahead of Nigeria's 2019 elections.Tagged ‘2019 Nigerian Presidential Election Forum,’ the event is scheduled to hold in January 2019.According to a press release issued by the organisers on Wednesday, the forum serves as an opportunity for Nigerian leaders to [...]

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    EFCC arraigns 24 students over internet fraud

EFCC arraigns 24 students over internet fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned 24 students who were arrested over alleged involvement in cyber crime.The 24 students from Olabisi Onabanjo University and the National Open University of Nigeria were reportedly caught when the commission tracked their activities.In a statement on Wednesday, Tony Orilade, EFCC’s spokesman, said 10 of the suspects were arraigned on Monday and [...]

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    Abdusalami: Atiku’s absence won’t weaken peace accord

Abdusalami: Atiku’s absence won’t weaken peace accord

Abdulsalami Abubakar, former head of state, says the absence of Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), at the signing of a peace accord ahead of 2019 polls is of no effect.The accord was organised by the National Peace Committee which said it extended invitation to all 73 presidential candidates contesting the 2019 elections, but Atiku said [...]

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    Salihu Ibrahim, former chief of army staff, is dead

Salihu Ibrahim, former chief of army staff, is dead

Salihu Ibrahim, former chief of army staff, has died at the age of 83.The retired general died on Monday in his home in Kogi state.He joined the army in 1956 and was trained at the Nigerian Military College.Ibrahim rose to become the army’s chief between 1990 to 1993, during the military regime of Ibrahim Babangida.Upon retirement, he famously tagged the service [...]

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    Court dismisses Oni’s suit against Fayemi’s candidacy

Court dismisses Oni’s suit against Fayemi’s candidacy

A federal high court sitting in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti state capital, has dismissed the suit filed against Kayode Fayemi, governor of Ekiti state, by Segun Oni, his major contender at the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary that held in May.Oni had asked the court to determine if it was proper for Fayemi, who was at the time minister for solid [...]

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    Police shoot, arrest protesters seeking release of detained supporters of Sowore

Police shoot, arrest protesters seeking release of detained supporters of Sowore

Some supporters of Omoyele Sowore, presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), who marched to the Area F police command in Ikeja, Lagos, on Monday were shot, teargassed and arrested.The protesters had marched there to demand the release of six supporters of Sowore who were detained for “breaching Lagos signage law and removing posters of other political parties and candidates, replacing [...]

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    Falana asks FG to withdraw no-work, no-pay directive to varsities

Falana asks FG to withdraw no-work, no-pay directive to varsities

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, says the federal government erred on its directive for public universities to stop salaries of lecturers who are on strike.  The no-work no-pay rule was issued in reaction to the indefinite strike embarked on by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on November 5.In a statement on Sunday, Falana said the salaries of the lecturers [...]

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