Monday, September 24, 2018

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    Fani-Kayode’s ‘revelation’ has vindicated us, says PDP

Fani-Kayode’s ‘revelation’ has vindicated us, says PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday said the allegation by former minister of aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, that the All Progressives Congress (APC) had sympathy for insurgents had vindicated its earlier position on the party.Fani-Kayode announced his return to the PDP on Monday evening, saying the APC had Boko Haram sympathisers.The PDP had always linked the utterances of some [...]

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    Boko Haram raids 6 Borno villages, kills 30

Boko Haram raids 6 Borno villages, kills 30

Boko Haram on Tuesday raided six villages in Borno State, killing no fewer than 30 persons, injuring several others and destroying houses.This is thought to be a revenge attack following the losses they suffered on Sunday in shoot-outs with Nigerian soldiers.Some of the villages attacked are Attagara, Amuda and Ngoshe, all in Gwoza local government area.Nine Boko Haram militants were killed on [...]

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    Man with speech, hearing impediments jailed for trafficking

Man with speech, hearing impediments jailed for trafficking

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday sentenced Aliu Sanni, a 32-year-old man with hearing and speech impairment, to three years imprisonment for trafficking in cocaine.Sanni, who was arraigned by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), on May 19, 2014, pleaded guilty to dealing on 17.8kg of banned drug.Justice Mohammed Idris had ordered his remandment of the man [...]

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    Abuja police finally ban #BringBackOurGirls

Abuja police finally ban #BringBackOurGirls

The police on Monday banned protests over the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).The FCT commissioner of police, Mr Joseph Mbu (pictured), announced the ban at a news conference in Abuja, saying the protests were posing a "serious security threat"."Accordingly, protests on the Chibok girls are hereby banned with immediate effect," Mbu said.He said after a group [...]

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    Elections will hold in troubled states, Jega assures

Elections will hold in troubled states, Jega assures

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has assured Nigerians of its preparedness to conduct the 2015 elections in the states under emergency rule: Yobe, Adamawa and Borno.INEC chairman, Attahiru Jega, gave this assurance on  on Monday while commissioning the headquarters in Abuja.According to Jega, the successful conduct of the by-election in Yobe State on Saturday, despite security challenges, is clear proof of the commission’s readiness."We are [...]

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Doctors’ strike paralyses medical services in Bayelsa

The three-day warning strike declared by members of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) to press for the payment of outstanding salaries and allowances of its members nationwide has paralysed healthcare delivery at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Yenagoa, Bayelsa, as well as other parts of the country.Dr Ugoeze Asinobi, chairman of FMC, Yenagoa chapter of NARD, said members [...]

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    US justifies prisoner swap deal

US justifies prisoner swap deal

The recent prisoners swap deal made by the United States and Afgan governments has come under heavy criticisms across the globe.Reports have it that even the US Congress members were not in support of it, as they believe the five prisoners could still pose a threat to the U.S.According to the Wall Street Journal, US Defence Secretary, Chuck Hagel, who [...]

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    Cameroon kills 40 Boko Haram militants

Cameroon kills 40 Boko Haram militants

Cameroon has stepped up action against Boko Haram militants operating inside its border with Nigeria, killing no fewer than 40 of them on Sunday, Reuters reports.The news agency quoted a presidency source as confirming that there were clashes in the country's far northern town of Kousseri, which is located in border region.The group had just released a Canadian nun and [...]

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    Spanish investors frustrated by clearing at Nigerian ports

Spanish investors frustrated by clearing at Nigerian ports

The Spanish Government has urged the Nigerian Customs Service to address long-winded process of clearing goods from Nigerian ports, as it is a source of discouragement to Spaniards willing to invest in the Nigerian economy.Mr Pablo Segrelles, the chief economic and commercial counsellor of the Spanish Embassy in Nigeria challenged the Customs to evolve measures that would ensure transparency and speedy clearing [...]

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    Sudan to free death-row Christian lady ‘in days’

Sudan to free death-row Christian lady ‘in days’

The Sudanese lady sentenced to death for abandoning Islam will be freed soon, the BBC has reported.Meriam Ibrahim's case had drawn global attention as a Sudanese court dissolved her marriage and sentenced her to 100 lashes for marrying a Christian.She was then sentenced to death by hanging for apostasy ─ for abandoning her father's religion and for refusing to renounce Christianity [...]

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    US swaps 5 Taliban inmates for abducted soldier

US swaps 5 Taliban inmates for abducted soldier

Almost five years after he was captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan, US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was freed on Saturday in exchange for five Taliban inmates held at the Guantanamo prison, Cuba.The deal, brokered by Qatar, brings to an end a long campaign to set Bergdahl free.President Barack Obama thanked Qatar's emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, for the breakthrough.Bergdahl, 28, was the [...]

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    Boko Haram: Cameroon is Nigeria’s ‘problem’

Boko Haram: Cameroon is Nigeria’s ‘problem’

Nigeria's inability to contain Boko Haram has been blamed on Cameroon.In an interview with Reuters, Gen. Sarkin-Yaki Bello, coordinator-general of Nigeria's Counter Terrorism Centre, praised Niger and Chad for their co-operation in the anti-terror war.Bello said more needed to be done regional efforts against the insurgency, although he noted that things have improved in recent times.He said: "Niger has been [...]

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    Opposition party wins Malawi’s presidential election

Opposition party wins Malawi’s presidential election

Malawi's opposition candidate Peter Mutharika has been declared winner of the May 20 elections by the electoral commission.The Democratic Progressive Party defeated President Joyce Banda, the candidate of the People's Party, who alleged irregularities in the election.Mutharika, 74, was announced winner on Friday with 36.4% of the vote to wild jubilation by a crowd celebrated outside the tally center in [...]

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13 die in Sokoto mishap

At least 13 people were burnt to ashes on Thursday in an accident that occurred at about 9:00pm at Tudun-Dukiya Village near Dogon Karfe, about 10km to Illela town in Sokoto State.According to Dr Umar Gummi, the sector commander of the Federal Roads Safety Commission (FRSC) in Sokoto State, the accident occurred when two vehicles caught fire after a head-on collision.He [...]

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    Rice imports gulp $4bn annually from Nigeria’s economy

Rice imports gulp $4bn annually from Nigeria’s economy

Dr Sarah Alade, acting governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has revealed that Nigeria spends an average of $4bn annually on importing rice.Speaking at a conference on ‘Africa Rising’ in Maputo, capital of Mozambique, with the theme, Structural Transformation and Private Sector Development in Sub-Saharan Africa, Alade described agriculture as a key to economic development in Africa."The continent would be [...]

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    Northern govs ask Boko Haram to accept amnesty

Northern govs ask Boko Haram to accept amnesty

Northern governors have asked members of the Boko Haram sect to embrace the amnesty offered to them by President Goodluck Jonathan on Democracy Day.The chairman of the Northern States Governors' Forum, Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State, made the plea on behalf of his colleagues on Friday.In a statement issued by his spokesman, Mr Israel Ebije, the governor said Jonathan’s [...]

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