Thursday, February 23, 2017

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    Shake-up at NDDC, 11 directors redeployed

Shake-up at NDDC, 11 directors redeployed

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has redeployed 11 directors to different offices to “boost its performance” in the development of the Niger Delta.Speaking on Thursday, Nsima Ekere, the commission’s managing director, said the decision to make the changes was taken after a retreat in Port Harcourt.He said the affected directors were drawn from the commission’s offices in Abuja, Bayelsa, [...]

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    I am not indebted to any bank, says Oduah

I am not indebted to any bank, says Oduah

Stella Oduah, lawmaker representing Anambra north senatorial district, has described as untrue allegations that she was indebted to some commercial banks in Nigeria.On Wednesday, a federal high court in Lagos restrained Oduah and Sea Petroleum from making withdrawals from 21 accounts in some banks.But in an interview with NAN, Oduah said she had resigned from Sea Petroleum, which was alleged [...]

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    MTN Nigeria CEO, South African chairman visit Osinbajo

MTN Nigeria CEO, South African chairman visit Osinbajo

MTN Team led by the Pascal Dozie, its Nigerian chairman, visited Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday in Abuja.Phutuma Nhleko, MTN Group chairman, South Africa, was also in the entourage along, with Gbenga Oyebode, a lawyer, Victor Odili, Sani Bello, and Ferdinand Moolman, the CEO of MTN Nigeria.Details of the meetings have not be revealed, but MTN recently gave a profit warning for [...]

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    Soldier jailed for beating up actress

Soldier jailed for beating up actress

The Nigerian Army has sentenced one Sulaiman Olamilekan, a soldier, to 28 days imprisonment with hard labour for allegedly battering one Ebere Ohakwe, a Nollywood actress.Aminu Iliyasu, deputy director, army public relations of the 6 division of the Nigerian army, Bori camp, Port Harcourt, said the decision was taken after a thorough investigation.Olamilekan was said to have assaulted Ohakwe on [...]

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    I won’t be PDP chairman forever, says Sheriff

I won’t be PDP chairman forever, says Sheriff

Ali Modu Sheriff, national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Wednesday said he will not be chairman of the opposition party forever.Speaking when some PDP leaders from the south-west paid him a visit in his office in Abuja, Sheriff said the party’s national secretariat which had been under lock since May would be re-opened before Friday.He said he [...]

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    Drama as woman absconds with funds during EFCC programme

Drama as woman absconds with funds during EFCC programme

There was drama at the Haven Event Centre, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos, on Wednesday, after a woman absconded with the money meant for some women who attended a programme organised by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).About 20 women got stranded as a result of the development.Wives of state governors in the south-west zone collaborated with the EFCC on project.“Can [...]

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    Bomb, guns, ‘found on’ Boko Haram suspects arrested in Kogi

Bomb, guns, ‘found on’ Boko Haram suspects arrested in Kogi

The Nigerian army on Wednesday said it had arrested 17 suspected criminals, including two Boko Haram suspects in Okene, Kogi state.Henry Ayamasaowea, commander, command army records, presented the suspects to reporters in Lokoja, the state capital, on Wednesday.Ayamasaowea said 10 AK47 rifles, locally made guns, 12 masks of different sizes, ammunition, dagger, pump action guns, grenades and five explosive devices [...]

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    Court freezes 21 accounts linked to Stella Oduah

Court freezes 21 accounts linked to Stella Oduah

A Lagos federal high court has restrained Stella Oduah and Sea Petroleum and Gas Company Limited, from making any withdrawal from its account and those of three other companies domiciled with 21 banks.The other companies include: Sea Shipping Agency Ltd, Rotary Engineering Services Ltd, and Tour Afrique Company Ltd.The court issued the orders over an alleged indebtedness of the defendants [...]

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    Boko Haram victims need ‘$1m food assistance daily’

Boko Haram victims need ‘$1m food assistance daily’

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says on a daily basis, one million dollars is needed to provide food assistance to the victims of the Boko Haram insurgency.Peter Lundberg, deputy humanitarian coordinator for Nigeria, said there was urgent need to scale up operations in the affected areas to prevent famine."Food assistance alone will cost one million [...]

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    Obanikoro files N100m suit against EFCC

Obanikoro files N100m suit against EFCC

Musiliu Obanikoro, a former minister of state for defence, has sued the EFCC for the seizure of his property.He filed the suit on Wednesday at the federal high court in Lagos.Obanikoro and his family are suing the commission, seeking court’s declaration that the forceful seizure of their personal effects constitutes a gross violation of their rights.The applicants include Moroophat, Obanikoro’s [...]

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    We are sorry for xenophobic attacks, South Africa tells Nigeria

We are sorry for xenophobic attacks, South Africa tells Nigeria

Lulu Mnguni, high commissioner of South Africa to Nigeria, has apologised to Nigerians, and other foreigners involved in the recent xenophobic attacks.In an interview with NAN on Wednesday, Mnguni said the unjustifiable attacks were a poor representation of South Africa’s values.He said the South African government had taken measures to stop them.“We reiterate our view that South Africans are generally not [...]

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    Sometimes I spend a month without electricity in my office, says minister

Sometimes I spend a month without electricity in my office, says minister

Aisha Alhassan, minister of women affairs, says sometimes she stays in her office for a month without electricity.Alhassan said this on Tuesday when she appeared before house of representatives committee on women affairs and social development for the defence of her ministry's budget.She blamed consistent blackout for the delay in submitting the documents required for her ministry's budget defence.“The challenge [...]

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    We found $1m cash in Badeh’s wardrobe, says witness

We found $1m cash in Badeh’s wardrobe, says witness

A prosecution witness in the ongoing trial of Alex Badeh, ex-chief of defence staff, on Tuesday told the federal high court, Abuja, that his team recovered one million dollar cash from Badeh’s house.Goji Mohammed, the 15th witness to testify in Badeh’s trial, said he was part of the EFCC team, led by Isyaku Sharu, that conducted the search in Badeh’s [...]

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    Tales of woe as 171 more Nigerians return from Libya

Tales of woe as 171 more Nigerians return from Libya

At least 171 Nigerians voluntarily returned from Libya on Tuesday aboard a chartered Nouvelair aircraft with registration number TS-1NB.The aircraft landed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, around 4:18pm.Gift Peters, one of the returnees, said she got to Libya 11 months ago after being deceived that she was being taken to Germany.“When I got to Libya, it was not [...]

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    Nigerian-born designer praised by Vogue for latest collection

Nigerian-born designer praised by Vogue for latest collection

Duro Olowu, a United Kingdom-based Nigerian designer, has earned the praise of Vogue for his latest autumn/winter designs, which were showcased at London Fashion Week 2017.The designer's collections were colourful and energetic ready to wear clothes, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. [...]

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    ExxonMobil Nigeria ‘sacks’ 89 workers

ExxonMobil Nigeria ‘sacks’ 89 workers

ExxonMobil Nigeria has laid off additional 89 workers in a gale of retrenchments that started in the company last year.NAN said a top source disclosed this on Tuesday during an interview at Mkpanak in the Ibeno local government area of Akwa Ibom state.The source reportedly said 60 regular workers and 29 contract workers were affected in the latest retrenchment, involving mainly [...]

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Feb 23, 2017USDGBPEUR
INTERBANK314.75392.27331.90
LAGOS490600500
KANO500625525
PH500630530
ABUJA498620525
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