Wednesday, June 19, 2019

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APC reschedules Bayelsa primary

John Oyegun, chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Wednesday said the party’s primary for the December 5 governorship election in Bayelsa state, had been rescheduled.Oyegun confirmed this to NAN in a telephone interview, saying the exercise of Tuesday was cancelled due to security challenges.‘’The primary has been rescheduled; it had to be called off due to security challenges,’’ [...]

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    Burkinabes rejoice as interim govt is reinstated

Burkinabes rejoice as interim govt is reinstated

Thousands of Burkina Faso citizens took to the street on Wednesday rejoicing over the reinstatement of the interim government led by President Michel Kafando.The presidential guard of the country had kept Kafando and some members of his cabinet in detention last week before announcing the dissolution of the interim government.The situation had led to demonstrations, which resulted in the death [...]

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    Gunmen kill 35 in 2-hour raid on Niger village

Gunmen kill 35 in 2-hour raid on Niger village

Gunmen suspected to be cattle rustlers killed 35 people in Shiroro local  government area of Niger state on Tuesday evening.A village head in the area, who pleaded anonymity, told NAN on Wednesday that the victims included the district head of Allawa in Shiroro, a police inspector, and 33 others.The community leader said the attackers, numbering about 40 and using machine [...]

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Naira depreciates against dollar

The naira on Wednesday depreciated slightly against the dollar at the parallel market, dropping by N2. The currency traded N222, N350 and N256 against the dollar, pounds and euro, respectively.On Monday and Tuesday, it traded at N220, N345 and N252 against the dollar, pounds and euro respectively.However, the official interbank rate remained at N197 to the dollar.Harrison Owoh, a bureau de [...]

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    Police arrest 56 Boko Haram suspects in Kogi

Police arrest 56 Boko Haram suspects in Kogi

The Police in Lokoja have arrested 56 persons suspected to be members of Boko Haram sect.Emmanuel Ojukwu, the state commissioner of police, disclosed this to journalists in Lokoja, capital of the state, on Tuesday.Ojukwu said that the suspects were arrested at Angwa Tiv in Obajana village, a suburb of Lokoja.He said the suspects were nabbed from their various hideouts on [...]

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    60, 000 birds affected in fresh bird flu outbreak in Lagos

60, 000 birds affected in fresh bird flu outbreak in Lagos

New incidences of bird flu have been recorded in Lagos state, with an estimated 60,000 birds already affected.Olugbenga Ogunsetan, the executive secretary of the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) Lagos State chapter, confirmed this to NAN on Tuesday in Lagos.He said that several poultry farms were affected by the avian influenza in Ikorodu area of the state.“Over 60,000 birds were [...]

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    Soldier training militants nabbed in Rivers

Soldier training militants nabbed in Rivers

Men of 2 brigade garrison of the Nigerian army in Port Harcourt have arrested a soldier, who allegedly trains suspected Niger Delta militants.The officers also uncovered arms and ammunition in Kula community in Akuku-Toru local government area of the state.Timothy Opurum, commanding officer of the brigade, disclosed this to NAN on Tuesday.Opurum said the soldier, a member of 13-man -militant [...]

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    Senators desert N’Assembly over Saraki’s trial

Senators desert N’Assembly over Saraki’s trial

An atmosphere of gloom descended on the national assembly on Tuesday as the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, faced trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) in Abuja.According to NAN, activities at the national assembly complex had been at low ebb since the trial saga commenced, with some workers wearing long faces.Although the workers declined to speak with NAN correspondents [...]

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    Army promotes 5,000 soldiers fighting B’Haram in the n’east

Army promotes 5,000 soldiers fighting B’Haram in the n’east

The Nigeria army has approved the promotion of 5,000 soldiers involved in the battle against insurgency in the north-east.Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff, made the announcement on Monday at the opening of the 2015 chief of army staff third quarter conference in Abuja.He listed the approval of the promotion of the soldiers as one of the many measures introduced by [...]

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    Ekiti LG election to hold in December

Ekiti LG election to hold in December

The Ekiti State Independent Electoral Commission (EKSIEC) on Monday announced that it had fixed December 19 for council election in the state.Kayode Bamisile, chairman of the commission, made the disclosure while speaking with reporters in Ado-Ekiti, capital of the state.Bamisile said the election would be conducted for chairmanship and councillorship positions in the 16 local government areas of the state, [...]

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    Police: ’54 killed, 90 injured’ in latest Borno attack

Police: ’54 killed, 90 injured’ in latest Borno attack

The Borno state command of the Nigeria police force on Monday said 54 persons lost their lives, while 90 sustained injuries in the multiple explosions that rocked Maiduguri, capital of the state on Sunday.Victor Isuku, spokesman for the command, said this while speaking with journalists in Maiduguri."At about 19.45 hours on Sunday, there were multiple explosions at Ajilari Cross Evening [...]

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    20 Nigerian pilgrims die in Makkah

20 Nigerian pilgrims die in Makkah

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) on Monday said 20 Nigerian pilgrims have died in Saudi Arabia since the beginning of this year’s Hajj.Abdullahi Mukhtar, chairman of the commission, disclosed this at a pre-Arafat stakeholders meeting at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.He said 14 pilgrims died due to cardiac arrest and other ailments, while six lost their lives at the September [...]

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    REVEALED: Floods have killed 53, displaced 100,420 in 2015

REVEALED: Floods have killed 53, displaced 100,420 in 2015

At least 53 people have died in 11 states following flood disasters that displaced more than 100,420 persons this year.Thousands of houses, farmlands and property worth billions of naira have also been lost to the flood disasters in many local government areas affected in the northern states.According to NAN, Kano, Katsina, Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara, Kaduna, Jigawa, Adamawa, Yobe, Gombe and Bauchi [...]

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Naira firms up after CBN intervention

The naira appreciated by one point against the US dollar after the Central Bank injected dollars into the Nigerian market on Friday.Bola Onadele, managing director of the FMDQ, a regulator comprising main commercial banks and the central bank, confirmed that the apex bank  sold dollars but did not say how much."The central bank intervened on Friday ... it sold dollars [...]

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    Let’s end this war, Abubakar tells Boko Haram

Let’s end this war, Abubakar tells Boko Haram

Sadique Abubakar, chief of air staff, on Saturday warned the Boko Haram insurgents to surrender so that the ongoing "war" in the northeast can be ended, or face the full force of the nation’s military capability.Abubakar gave the warning while addressing reporters at the end of 2015 annual 10-kilometer walk/jog exercise organised by the administrative branch of the air force, [...]

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    Police restrict use of siren in Rivers

Police restrict use of siren in Rivers

The Rivers state police command on Friday banned the use of siren by private individuals in the state.Ahmad Muhammad, public relations officer of the command, disclosed this in a statement issued in Port Harcourt.The statement said the ban forbids private individuals from using siren in the state."No private individual is allowed to use siren anywhere in the state," the statement [...]

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June 17, 2019USDGBPEUR
INTERBANK306397354
LAGOS362475413
KANO361474413
PH361475412
ABUJA362476413
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