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    Tribunal to hear Agbaje’s petition on May 26

Tribunal to hear Agbaje’s petition on May 26

The Lagos state governorship election petition tribunal has fixed May 26 to begin hearing in the petition filed by Jimi Agbaje, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the April 11 election in the state.Agbaje had petitioned the tribunal to challenge the declaration of Akinwunmi Ambode of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner.The date was fixed by [...]

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    Black marketers buy petrol in Cotonou, re-sell to Nigerians

Black marketers buy petrol in Cotonou, re-sell to Nigerians

The lingering scarcity of petroleum products in the country, which caused five litres of fuel to be sold between N4,500 and N5,000 on Monday, has forced Nigerians to source the product from Cotonou, capital of Benin Republic.Nigeria, which is the world’s sixth largest oil producer, has been in fuel crisis for more than two weeks.Petrol sold between N400 and N500 [...]

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    Gunmen kidnap judge in Kogi, Kill orderly

Gunmen kidnap judge in Kogi, Kill orderly

Gunmen kidnapped Samuel Obayomi, a high court judge in Kogi state on Monday and killed his orderly, Usman Musa, in an early-morning attack.Obayomi of the Ebogogo high court in the Adavi local government area of the state was kidnapped while on his way to work.Addressing reporters in Lokoja, capital of the state, Ajayi Kolawole, his driver, explained that the incident [...]

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    Adesina rounds off AfDB presidential campaign

Adesina rounds off AfDB presidential campaign

All the eight candidates contesting the presidency of the African Development bank (AfDB), including Akinwunmi Adesina, Nigeria’s minister of agriculture, rounded off their campaign at the weekend and are awaiting declaration of the winner.The declaration of a new president will be made during the annual general meeting (AGM) of the bank in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, on May 28.The weeklong annual [...]

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    OBJ: Buhari will correct Jonathan’s anomalies

OBJ: Buhari will correct Jonathan’s anomalies

Former Nigeria president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has appealed to Nigerians to exercise patience with Muhammadu Buhari, the president-elect, whom he believes needs time to correct the administrative defects of outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan.Speaking at his hilltop mansion in Abeokuta, Ogun state, when a delegation of south-west women leaders visited him on Sunday, Obasanjo said a lot of damage had been done [...]

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    Nigerians want good governance, says Jonathan

Nigerians want good governance, says Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan says Nigerians, both home and abroad, are yearning for good governance and urged the people to pray for the success of the incoming government.He also appealed for prayers for him, his wife and those who served in his administration to be able to live peacefully after service.Jonathan was speaking during the 2015 presidential thanksgiving and inauguration service, [...]

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    Fayose lifts curfew on Ado-Ekiti

Fayose lifts curfew on Ado-Ekiti

Ayo Fayose, governor of Ekiti state, has lifted the dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed on Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, on May 21, following the tension that emanated in the town after a clash erupted between Hausa traders and drivers.Fayose said that the state government lifted the curfew after security agents had restored peace in the state.He described the crisis that led to the [...]

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    Ogbulafor: Jonathan ‘completely excluded’ past PDP chairmen

Ogbulafor: Jonathan ‘completely excluded’ past PDP chairmen

Vincent Ogbulafor, a former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has identified "complete exclusion" of past national chairmen of the party as one of the reasons why President Goodluck Jonathan lost the March 28 presidential election.Ogbulafor, who once predicted that PDP would rule the country for the next 60 years, also said the feat would have been possible if the party held [...]

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    ‘No general as president’ after Obasanjo, Buhari

‘No general as president’ after Obasanjo, Buhari

Hassan Kukah, reverend father and political commentator, has urged military generals, both serving and retired, to give civilians the opportunity to nurture democracy in the country.Kukah said the military had taken away several years of the nation’s democracy since its inception in 1999, wondering how long Nigeria would keep depending on "generals".He was speaking at the presentation of 'Destiny Calling My [...]

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    Jonathan inaugurates defence radio station

Jonathan inaugurates defence radio station

President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday in Abuja inaugurated the Defence Radio 107.7 FM radio station, owned by the defence Headquarters.The radio station is located inside the Mogadishu Cantonment, Abuja.Jonathan said the radio station, which is said to be first of its kind in West Africa, would play a crucial role in informing the public about the activities of the armed forces.Commending [...]

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    Nigerian army pulls 34 generals out of service

Nigerian army pulls 34 generals out of service

Exactly a week to the inauguration of a new federal government, the Nigerian army has withdrawn 34 infantry generals from service.The officers comprise 20 majors-general and 14 brigadiers-general, who retired between 2005 and 2015.In a valedictory service at the Jaji military cantonment in Kaduna state on Friday, Joseph Shoboiki, former director of training at the Nigerian army, expressed appreciation for the [...]

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    50 heads of state to attend Buhari’s inauguration

50 heads of state to attend Buhari’s inauguration

Edem Duke, minister of culture and tourism, has revealed that 50 heads of state and other delegates ​are planning to attend the May 29 handover ceremony to the administration of Muhammadu Buhari.Duke said this while addressing a news conference in Abuja on the lineup of events for the inauguration.He said all 54 countries on the continent had been invited to grace the occasion.This [...]

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    Patience: I’d support Aisha Buhari to help women

Patience: I’d support Aisha Buhari to help women

Patience Jonathan, wife of Nigeria’s outgoing president, says she intends to join hands with Aisha Buhari, wife of her husband’s successor, to improve the lives of Nigerian women.Speaking on Thursday during the inauguration of the defence and police officer’s wives association’s (DEPOWA) skills and acquisition centre, she advised members of the association to continue to support their husbands, adding that [...]

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    Katsina gov, Shema, to hand over N4bn to successor

Katsina gov, Shema, to hand over N4bn to successor

Ibrahim Shema, outgoing governor of Katsina state, says he would leave N4 billion in the state treasury for the incoming administration.Shema made the disclosure when he received management staff of the Federal University, Dutsin-ma in Katsina on Thursday.He said before handing over, he would release N8.5 billion to the 34 local government councils in the state to continue with projects [...]

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    Jonathan helped Nigeria avert crisis, says Buhari

Jonathan helped Nigeria avert crisis, says Buhari

President-elect Muhammadu Buhari says outgoing president, Goodluck Jonathan, would have plunged Nigeria into crisis if he had not accepted the outcome of the March 28 poll in good fate.Buhari said Jonathan deserves the commendation he has been receiving across the world for conceding the election.He spoke in Abuja when he received Issoufou Mahamadou, president of Niger Republic, on Thursday.“The Nigerien [...]

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    Fayose declares curfew in Ekiti after post-rape violence

Fayose declares curfew in Ekiti after post-rape violence

Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti state, has declared a dusk-to-dawn curfew on Ado-Ekiti, capital of the state, following the tension that emanated in the town after a clash erupted between Hausa traders and drivers.A resident of the town said the crisis started after a wife of a top member of the road transport workers was allegedly raped around the Ijigbo-Old [...]

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