Saturday, February 16, 2019

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    43 migrants drown as two boats capsize off Djibouti coast

43 migrants drown as two boats capsize off Djibouti coast

At least 43 migrants have drowned after two boats capsized off the coast of Djibouti, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said on Wednesday.The UN organisation had previously counted only 28 recovered bodies.“We are expecting the death toll to be much higher than that,” IOM spokesman, Joel Millman, said.More than 130 migrants were on the boats when they overturned on [...]

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    Lagos assembly: Why Ambode is at risk of impeachment

Lagos assembly: Why Ambode is at risk of impeachment

The Lagos house of assembly has explained why Akinwunmi Ambode, governor of the state, risks being impeached.The house had on Monday threatened to commence impeachment proceedings against the governor over alleged infractions in the 2018 budget and the yet-to-be-laid 2019 appropriation bill.The house had summoned the governor and relevant commissioners to appear before it in seven days to explain themselves.Speaking [...]

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    With 42 medals, Nigeria dominates World Para Powerlifting Championships

With 42 medals, Nigeria dominates World Para Powerlifting Championships

Nigeria emerged the overall winner of the 2019 Lagos World Para Powerlifting Invitational Championships held at Oriental Hotel in Lagos.The host country won all the 20 gold medal on offer to assert its world dominance in the sport.Nigeria also won 15 silver and seven bronze medals, making it a total of 42 medals in all as the competition ended.Cote d’ [...]

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    Air force jets bomb Boko Haram base in Sambisa

Air force jets bomb Boko Haram base in Sambisa

The Nigerian air force’s air task force (ATF) of operation Lafiya Dole has raided and destroyed Boko Haram’s logistics base in Sambisa forest, Borno state.Ibikunle Daramola, air force director of public relations and information, said the operation was carried out on Monday.He said the operation was carried out after series of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions revealed a resurgence [...]

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    Ibekwe-Abdallah, most senior female officer, among 7 DIGs retired by police

Ibekwe-Abdallah, most senior female officer, among 7 DIGs retired by police

The Police Service Commission (PSC) has approved the appointment of eight new deputy inspectors-general of police and retired seven others.The new DIGs are Aminchi Baraya, (north-east); Usman Abubakar, (north-west); Abdulmajid Ali (north-central); Taiwo Lakanu, (south-west); and Godwin Nwobodo, (south-east) and Anthony Ogbizi (south-south).Others are Yakubu Jibrin from the north-central and Usman Yakubu.Ikechukwu Ani, the commission’s head, press and public relations, [...]

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    PDP replies Tinubu: Nigeria’s economy thrived when Atiku was in charge

PDP replies Tinubu: Nigeria’s economy thrived when Atiku was in charge

The Presidential Campaign Organisation of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described Atiku Abubakar, the party’s presidential candidate, as a consummate democrat.Kola Ologbondiyan, director, media and publicity of the organisation, said this in a statement issued on Tuesday.He was reacting to a statement credited to Bola Tinubu, national leader of the APC.Tinubu had described Abubakar as an "undemocratic element" over [...]

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    Kukah: What we call parties in Nigeria can’t meet the standard of real parties

Kukah: What we call parties in Nigeria can’t meet the standard of real parties

Matthew Kukah, bishop of Sokoto diocese of the Catholic Church, says strong institutions are imperative for the growth of democracy.Kukah said this while delivering the keynote address at the Nigerian Tribune 70th anniversary symposium in Lagos.He decried the absence of what he called real political parties to deliver the goods in the country.He said the present parties lacked the right [...]

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    Jonathan: Political office shouldn’t be used as instrument of punishment

Jonathan: Political office shouldn’t be used as instrument of punishment

Former President Goodluck Jonathan says political office should not be used as an instrument of punishment.Jonathan said this on Tuesday at the presidential campaign of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at Ox-bow Lake Pavillion in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state capital."Political office should not be used as instrument of punishment to the people," Jonathan said.He said Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the [...]

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    Frank Edwards: Marketers now beg pirates to allow them sell before bootlegging

Frank Edwards: Marketers now beg pirates to allow them sell before bootlegging

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    Zamfara commissioner calls for three-day fasting over banditry

Zamfara commissioner calls for three-day fasting over banditry

Bello Dankande, Zamfara commissioner for local government and chieftancy affairs, has called on residents to embark on a three-day fast in a bid to seek God's intervention on activities of bandits and kidnappers in the state.According to NAN, Dankande urged residents to embark on the fast while speaking at a press conference in Gusau, the state capital, on Tuesday.The commissioner [...]

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    Dangote: We’ll create 150,000 jobs with our investment in sugar production

Dangote: We’ll create 150,000 jobs with our investment in sugar production

Aliko Dangote, president of Dangote Group, says his investment in the sugar sector will create 150,000 jobs and place Nigeria on the global map of sugar producers.Dangote said this on Monday in Lagos during the 2018 Dangote Customers Celebration and Food Distributors’ Award Night, organized by Dangote Foods.NAN reports that Dangote Foods comprises of Dangote Flour Mills, Dangote Sugar Refinery [...]

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    Buhari: I go to bed and wake up thinking about Nigerians

Buhari: I go to bed and wake up thinking about Nigerians

President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigeria and Nigerians are constantly on his mind.The president stated this on Monday at the closing ceremony of a workshop on voter education organised by the All Progressives Congress directorate of election planning and monitoring.Buhari said his administration has no free money to give to everybody but it will continue to provide infrastructural facilities to all [...]

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    FG mulling Entrepreneur Bank bill, says Osinbajo

FG mulling Entrepreneur Bank bill, says Osinbajo

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says the federal government has plans to establish an Entrepreneur Bank to provide flexibility in provision of facilities to businesses.Osinbajo disclosed this while fielding questions from a cross-section of women traders at a programme tagged 'Next Level Conversation' on Monday in Abuja.The women, who were mostly entrepreneurs, were drawn from the education, environment, agriculture, real estate, hospitality, [...]

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    Otedola: DSS gave me $500,000 to set Farouk Lawan up

Otedola: DSS gave me $500,000 to set Farouk Lawan up

Femi Otedola, billionaire businessman, has disclosed how the Department of State Services (DSS) gave him the $500,000 he offered to Farouk Lawan, a former lawmaker.According to NAN, Otedola disclosed this before Angela Otaluka, a judge of the federal capital territory high court, Apo, on Monday.Lawan was the chairman of a house of representatives committee probing the multi-billion naira fuel subsidy fraud.He was [...]

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    LASUTH doctors embark on three-day warning strike

LASUTH doctors embark on three-day warning strike

Resident doctors at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja have embarked on a three-day warning strike.Balogun Fatai, president, association of resident doctors, LASUTH, said this is as a result ofthe failure of the state government to recruit more house officers and doctors.Fatai said despite the agitation of the association and its meetings with the government and management officials, [...]

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    We now have two Ohanaezes, says Orji Kalu on endorsement of Atiku

We now have two Ohanaezes, says Orji Kalu on endorsement of Atiku

Orji Kalu, former Abia governor, has criticised Ohanaeze Ndigbo for endorsing Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).Kalu expressed disappointment with the group on Sunday while speaking with journalists at his country home in Igbere, Bende local government area of the state.He said the John Nwodo-led executive of the organisation betrayed the people’s trust and exposed the [...]

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