Monday, February 17, 2020

Jamilah Nasir

    ‘Our mandate will be restored’ — Sylva breaks silence on Lyon’s sack

‘Our mandate will be restored’ — Sylva breaks silence on Lyon’s sack

Timipre Sylva, minister of state for petroleum, says the mandate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa state will be restored. Sylva said this in reaction to the sack of David Lyon as governor-elect of Bayelsa by the supreme court. Lyon was sacked by the apex court just 24 hours before the governorship inauguration. Douye Diri, his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) [...]

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    General election ‘should be conducted’ in one day

General election ‘should be conducted’ in one day

The Center for Liberty (CFL), a civil society organisation, says conducting general election in a day would significantly curb incidents of rigging, violence and reduce costs. In a statement signed by Ariyo-Dare Atoye, Deji Adeyanju and Raphael Adebayo, its co-conveners, CFL asked the national assembly to immediately amend the electoral act to accommodate “full biometrics for accreditation and electronic collation of [...]

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    ‘You are expanding the kingdom of armed robbers’ — Bode George hits Sanwo-Olu over okada ban

‘You are expanding the kingdom of armed robbers’ — Bode George hits Sanwo-Olu over okada ban

Bode George, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), says the ban of okada and tricycles in some areas  of Lagos will only increase the spate of armed robbery in the state. On February 1, the government of Babajide Sanwo-Olu restricted commercial motorcycles and tricycles in 15 local government areas and local council development areas. The action was received with widespread criticisms [...]

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    Okowa: Military personnel accompanied bandits who killed eight persons in Delta

Okowa: Military personnel accompanied bandits who killed eight persons in Delta

Ifeanyi Okowa, governor of Delta, says military personnel accompanied suspected bandits who wreaked havoc on some communities in the state last week. Gunmen had attacked Avwon, Agadama, Ohoror and other communities in Uwheru Kingdom, Ughelli North local government areas of the state on Thursday. The attacks led to the deaths of at least eight persons while several others sustained injuries. Okowa, who described [...]

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    Presidency: Beneficiaries of Boko Haram inciting protests against service chiefs

Presidency: Beneficiaries of Boko Haram inciting protests against service chiefs

The presidency says some persons who are benefitting from the Boko Haram insurgency are inciting Nigerians against the country's military chiefs. In a statement, Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, said "a section of the political class" had hired thousands to protest against the head of the service chiefs on Monday. Shehu further accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of orchestrating the protests to [...]

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    France records first coronavirus death outside Asia

France records first coronavirus death outside Asia

An 80-year old man has died from the coronavirus disease in Paris, France. His demise makes it the first recorded death from the disease outside Asia. China recorded the first case of the disease in December. Only three deaths had previously been reported outside mainland China--in Hong Kong, the Philippines and Japan. France has 11 confirmed cases of the disease, officially named Covid-19. Agnes [...]

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    Two suspected coronavirus cases in Nigeria test negative

Two suspected coronavirus cases in Nigeria test negative

Two persons who came into Nigeria from China have tested negative to coronavirus. An official of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), disclosed this to TheCable on Saturday morning. Chikwe Ihekweazu, NCDC director-general, had earlier said the centre was conducting tests on travellers from China. “Last night, we had two cases and tests are going on at the moment. As soon as they [...]

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    China records over 5000 coronavirus cases within 24 hours

China records over 5000 coronavirus cases within 24 hours

According to the commission, more than 1,700 Chinese medical workers have been infected with COVID-19, six of whom have died. The World Health Organisation (WHO) had declared the outbreak a global health emergency, appealing for $675 million to fund a three-month response plan. [...]

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    ‘PDP members who abandoned us should return’ — Diri reacts to s’court victory

‘PDP members who abandoned us should return’ — Diri reacts to s’court victory

Duoye Diri, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the November 16 Bayelsa governorship election, has waved the olive branch to former members of his party who defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Diri, who is expected to be sworn in as governor of the state, made the comment following the supreme court sack of David Lyon, his APC rival. According [...]

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    Zulum to Buhari: Boko Haram is back… military needs to change strategy

Zulum to Buhari: Boko Haram is back… military needs to change strategy

Babagana Zulum, governor of Borno state, says the military needs to change its strategy in the fight against Boko Haram. Zulum said this on Wednesday while speaking at a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the palace of Abubakar Elkanemi, shehu of Borno. Buhari was in Borno on a condolence visit to the state over the killing of 30 persons in Auno on Sunday. The governor, [...]

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    ‘My father told me supreme court makes mistakes’ — Charly Boy leads protest against Ihedioha’s sack

‘My father told me supreme court makes mistakes’ — Charly Boy leads protest against Ihedioha’s sack

Charles Oputa, singer and television presenter better known as Charly Boy, on Wednesday led a protest against the removal of Emeka Ihedioha as governor of Imo state. The supreme court had in January replaced Ihedioha with Hope Uzodinma, his All Progressives Congress (APC) rival in the March election. Ihedioha had described the judgment as a subversion of the will of Imo people and subsequently [...]

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    WHO: First coronavirus vaccine could be ready in 18 months

WHO: First coronavirus vaccine could be ready in 18 months

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says the first vaccine for coronavirus could be ready in 18 months. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO girector-general, said this at a press conference on Tuesday. He said the official name for the disease strain caused by the new coronavirus is COVID-19. He said the name was coined from "CORONAVIRUS, DISEASE and "2019", the year the strain was first [...]

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    NIPOST CEO: Poverty alleviation very dear to Buhari

NIPOST CEO: Poverty alleviation very dear to Buhari

Ismail Adewusi, post master-general and chief executive officer, Nigerian Postal Services (NIPOST), says the issue of poverty aalleviation is very dear to the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. Adewusi said this when Shameem Ahsan, Bangladesh high commissioner to Nigeria, visited him on Monday. He told Ahsan that lifting Nigerians completely out of poverty is very cardinal to the Buhari administration. Adewusi said as [...]

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    FG, US sign $1.1m grant for Abuja independent power project

FG, US sign $1.1m grant for Abuja independent power project

Mele Kyari, group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says electricity is a luxury only the elite in the country can afford. Kyari made the statement at the Nigeria International Petroleum Summit in Abuja on Tuesday. The summit with the theme, 'Widening the integration circle: technology, knowledge, sustainability partnership', saw the signing of a $1.1 million grant between the [...]

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    US visa ban: Emmnauel seeks waiver for Nigerians

US visa ban: Emmnauel seeks waiver for Nigerians

As visa restrictions by the United States of America bites takes a toll on Nigerians, Udom Emmanuel, governor of Akwa Ibom, has made a case for a special waiver for Nigerian business people with genuine business dealings in the US. The governor said considering various collaborations between United States and Nigeria, especially Akwa Ibom state, this appeal would not be unusual [...]

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    Buhari: We’ll free all the children held by Boko Haram

Buhari: We’ll free all the children held by Boko Haram

President Muhammadu Buhari has promised not to rest until everyone in the custody of the Boko Haram insurgents group regain freedom. Buhari made the promise on Monday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, during a high level breakfast dialogue on ‘‘Stop the War on Children Affected by Armed Conflicts, Dividend of Silencing the Guns’’, an event on the sidelines of the 33rd AU [...]

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February 04, 2019USDGBPEUR
INTERBANK306397354
LAGOS355444389
KANO354445370
PH355447412
ABUJA356454413
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