Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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    Customs generates N239bn in Q1 — ‘exceeding target for the period’

Customs generates N239bn in Q1 — ‘exceeding target for the period’

The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) generated N239.4 billion in the first three months of this year, according to the federal ministry of finance.The revenue performance for the first quarter exceeded the target of N193.2b set by the NCS.The breakdown is contained in a document obtained by NAN, which shows the activities of the ministry of finance in the last two years.According [...]

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    Akinwumi Adesina wins ‘Nobel prize’ for food and agriculture

Akinwumi Adesina wins ‘Nobel prize’ for food and agriculture

Akinwumi Adesina, the president of African Development Bank (AfDB), has been named the 2017 World Food Prize Laureate.NAN reports that Adesina, whose name was selected on Monday in Washington DC, becomes the 46th recipient and the sixth African to be so honoured.The award ceremony would take place on October 19.Announcing the new laureate, Kenneth Quinn, the president, The World Food [...]

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    You have no authority to speak for Igbo people, APGA blasts Nnamdi Kanu

You have no authority to speak for Igbo people, APGA blasts Nnamdi Kanu

The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) says Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has no authority to speak for the Igbo people.The party said this in reaction to the IPOB leader's call on people to boycott the Anambra governorship election scheduled for November.In a letter addressed to Kanu and signed by Ifeatu Obiokoye, national publicity secretary, APGA [...]

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    Supreme court revives Trump’s travel ban

Supreme court revives Trump’s travel ban

The US supreme court Monday allowed President Donald Trump's temporary ban on travellers from six Muslim-majority countries until it reviews it later this year.On March 6, Trump's executive order had halted the issuance of visas to people coming from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 daysIt also halted the issuance of new refugee admissions for 120 days.But [...]

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    Utomi: Nigeria is a classic example of a country walking towards failure

Utomi: Nigeria is a classic example of a country walking towards failure

Pat Utomi, founder of Centre for Values in Leadership (CVL), has described Nigeria as a “classic example of a country walking towards failure”.He said this in Awka, capital of Anambra, at a meeting of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) alumni association and presentation of certificates of honour to the class of 1953 to 1967.The professor, an alumnus of the [...]

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    Local govt union says 23 states owe council workers

Local govt union says 23 states owe council workers

The Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) says 23 states of the federation currently owe local government workers salary arrears.Ibrahim Khaleel, national president of the union, made this known in a statement on Monday.He said the arrears ranged from one to 16 months.Khaleel revealed that with between 10 and to 16 months, Bayelsa was leading in states indebted to local [...]

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    Jonathan: No president can perform magic when there is tension

Jonathan: No president can perform magic when there is tension

Former President Goodluck Jonathan says no president can perform magic if there is tension in the land.Speaking in Abuja on Monday when he played host to a delegation of former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ministers, Jonathan called on Nigerians to pray and work towards the nation’s unity.He said without peace, the nation’s economy will not grow.“We should always use this [...]

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    South African church bars blacks

South African church bars blacks

The Afrikaanse Protestante Kerk church in Orania, South Africa, on Sunday barred two black journalists from attending service in the church.The journalists, who were on an assignment and decided to attend a Sunday service before returning to Pretoria were intercepted by a church leader, identified Theunis Oukamp and told “the church is only for whites”.Orania is an Afrikaans-only South African [...]

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    Na’Allah: Those who want senate to be scrapped are ignorant

Na’Allah: Those who want senate to be scrapped are ignorant

Bala Na'Allah, deputy leader of the senate, says those who want upper legislative chamber to be scrapped are "just expressing their ignorance".Speaking in an interview, Na'Allah said a bi-cameral legislature was needed to prevent one ethnic group from dominating the others.He said if the country had only the house of representatives, 67 percent of the lawmakers would be from the [...]

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    FULL LIST: ASUU says these 38 higher institutions have increased tuition fees

FULL LIST: ASUU says these 38 higher institutions have increased tuition fees

No fewer than 38 universities across the country have increased their tuition fees as a result of poor funding by the federal and state governments.Deji Omole, chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ibadan chapter, made this known in a statement made available to journalists on Monday. [...]

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    Many abandoned their homes, says witness of the attacks that ‘killed 16′ in Borno

Many abandoned their homes, says witness of the attacks that ‘killed 16′ in Borno

More than 16 persons were killed after coordinated suicide bombings at the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) and Zannari community in Maiduguri on Sunday night.NAN quoted a witness as saying the incident started around 10pmAbdullahi Cirani,  resident, who live around Gidan Dambe corroborated the claim.“We heard about 10 explosions coming from around the university.“The explosion led to a stampede in London [...]

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    ‘Armed robbers’ kill man in Bayelsa

‘Armed robbers’ kill man in Bayelsa

Suspected armed robbers have shot dead a man in Yenogoa, Bayelsa state.Asinim Butswat, police public relations officer in Bayelsa, confirmed this to NAN on Sunday.Butswat said investigation was ongoing to unravel those behind the dastardly act and apprehend them.According to the police, the incident occurred on Saturday evening on Melford Okilo Road, INEC/Kpansia area of Yenagoa.The victim, Samuel Collins, was [...]

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    Policeman shot dead at Kano checkpoint

Policeman shot dead at Kano checkpoint

Gunmen suspected to be armed robbers have killed two persons including a police officer in Kano.A witness told NAN that the incident occurred on Saturday night around Kings Garden by Club Road in Kano metropolis.According to the witness, the suspects were in a car when they opened fire on police officers at a checkpoint thereby leading to the death of [...]

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    Dambazau: 70 percent of prison inmates awaiting trial

Dambazau: 70 percent of prison inmates awaiting trial

Abdulrahman Dambazau, minister of interior, on Sunday said more than 70 percent of inmates in Nigerian prisons were awaiting trial.Dambazau said this when he visited Kano central prison to mark this year’s Eid-el Fitr celebration.The minister said the decision to visit the prison was to show to the inmates that the government was aware of their existence.‎‎“The high number of [...]

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    Wike on sack of commissioners: Those loyal will be reinstated

Wike on sack of commissioners: Those loyal will be reinstated

Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers state, has broken his silence on the dissolution of the state executive council, saying “those loyal will come back”.Although he did not go into details of his own concept of loyalty, Wike based his decision to sack his cabinet on the need to ensure better performance of the machinery of government and move the state [...]

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    How a policewoman ‘facilitated the release’ of Evans when he was arrested for robbery

How a policewoman ‘facilitated the release’ of Evans when he was arrested for robbery

Chukwudumeje Onuamadike, the kidnap kingpin better known as Evans, was allegedly arrested for armed robbery in 2006 but a policewoman helped him circumvent justice.According to NAN, the police source who gave this revelation on Sunday, disclosed that seven members of Evans’ gang died while sharing their loot in Lagos state.After attacking a commercial bank in the state, the gang members [...]

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June 27, 2017USDGBPEUR
INTERBANK324.50413. 31363.50
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