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    South Africa begs Mozambique over xenophobic attacks

South Africa begs Mozambique over xenophobic attacks

Jacob Zuma, president of South Africa, has apologised to Mozambique for the recent xenophobic attacks against foreigners, which resulted in the death of three Mozambicans.Zuma, who was speaking on Thursday in Maputo during a two-day state visit to Mozambique, said such acts had no justification, taking into consideration the ties of brotherhood between people from the two nations.He said that from all [...]

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    Army court-martials 579 officers in Abuja, Lagos

Army court-martials 579 officers in Abuja, Lagos

A total of 579 officers of the Nigerian army have been court-martialled for sundry offences at the army headquarters garrison and 81 division in Lagos.Sani Usman, acting director of army public relations, confirmed this to journalists in Abuja on Wednesday.“There are currently two separate court martials going on at the army headquarters garrison and 81 division, Nigerian army, with a [...]

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    Assailants stab 2 primary school pupils in Kano

Assailants stab 2 primary school pupils in Kano

Suspected assailants stabbed two pupils of Fagge special primary school in Kano metropolis on Wednesday.Ibrahim Dansarki, the school's security guard, told NAN that the incident took place around 1:00 pm shortly after the closure of the school.He said the suspects reportedly crossed over a collapsed portion of the school's fence and stabbed the children, a boy and a girl, before [...]

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    Togo, Gambia oppose term limit for W’African presidents

Togo, Gambia oppose term limit for W’African presidents

An official of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has said that Togo and Gambia were the countries who blocked attempts to limit presidential terms in West Africa during the commission’s summit in Accra, capital of Ghana.The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said John Mahama, outgoing ECOWAS chairman and Ghana’s president, tabled the motion for a regional [...]

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    Chad extends mandate of troops fighting Boko Haram

Chad extends mandate of troops fighting Boko Haram

Chadian lawmakers have voted to indefinitely extend the mandate of troops participating in a regional effort to combat Boko Haram insurgents until the joint mission is completed.A release from the national assembly authorities in N'djamena noted that the assembly authorizes the prolongation of Chad's military engagement in Nigeria and Cameroon.It said Chad had deployed 2,500 troops to Nigeria, Cameroon and [...]

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    FFK: Jonathan would’ve lost by 10 million votes

FFK: Jonathan would’ve lost by 10 million votes

Femi Fani-Kayode, director of media and publicity for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign organisation, says President Goodluck Jonathan would have "lost the presidential election by at least 10 million votes" but for the intervention of his campaign team.Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) won by more than 2 million votes, polling a total of 15,424,921 votes to consign Jonathan, [...]

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    Jonathan’s name ‘special in Nigeria’s history’

Jonathan’s name ‘special in Nigeria’s history’

Leaders of the economic community of West African states (ECOWAS) on Tuesday praised President Goodluck Jonathan for his contributions to regional peace and security, and for overseeing the conduct of successful elections in Nigeria. John Mahama, president of Ghana and chairman of ECOWAS, particularly said Jonathan's name would remain "special" in the history books of Nigeria's democracy.Speakers at the opening of [...]

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    Feeding 500,000 IDPs is unbearable, Borno cries out

Feeding 500,000 IDPs is unbearable, Borno cries out

The Borno state government on Tuesday appealed to the national emergency management agency (NEMA) to take over the daily feeding of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the state.Alhaji Mustapha Zanna, deputy governor of the state, made the appeal while receiving a donation of relief materials worth about N7 million for the IDPs by the Nigeria Flour Mills in Maiduguri.He said [...]

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    Like Jonathan, Sambo begs for forgiveness

Like Jonathan, Sambo begs for forgiveness

Namadi Sambo, the outgoing vice-president, has toed the line of President Goodluck Jonathan by asking those he offended during his term in office to forgive him.Jonathan made his own appeal at the Aso Villa Chapel on Sunday.Sambo sought the forgiveness of Nigerians on Monday during a valedictory meeting with his supporting members of staff at Aguda House, his official residence in [...]

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    South Africa repatriates 5,645 immigrants

South Africa repatriates 5,645 immigrants

South Africa has repatriated 5,645 foreigners since the end of xenophobia attacks in late April, its government said on Sunday.Jeff Radebe, a minister in the presidency, confirmed this in a statement but added that the foreigners chose to leave South Africa voluntarily.Malawians made the bulk of the foreigners, numbering 3,506, followed by Zimbabweans (1,440) and Mozambicans (682), while Tanzanians had [...]

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    Gunmen abduct Adamawa lawmaker

Gunmen abduct Adamawa lawmaker

Unknown gunmen have kidnapped Adamu Usman, the member representing Toungo Constituency in the Adamawa state house of assembly.Usman was said to be kidnapped by the gunmen, who stormed his residence at Kofare Ward of Yola close to midnight on Friday.Confirming the incident, Othman Abubakar, public relations officer of the Adamawa state police command, said the lawmaker was taken away at gunpoint. He added [...]

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    Police ‘arrest’ Kogi lawmaker, Sani

Police ‘arrest’ Kogi lawmaker, Sani

Men of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) in Kogi have arrested Friday Sani, a member of the Kogi state house of assembly (PDP), representing the Igalamela/ Odolu constituency.John Adele, The counsel to Sani, told journalists in Lokoja, capital of the state, on Saturday that the lawmaker was arrested along the Odolu-Nsukka road on Friday.Adele said his client had gone Nsukka [...]

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    Kuku: GEJ chose me but I can work with Buhari

Kuku: GEJ chose me but I can work with Buhari

Kingsley Kuku, special adviser to the president on Niger Delta, says although he will have no legal basis to remain in office at the end of the tenure of President Goodluck Jonathan, he is ready to work with Muhammadu Buhari, the president-elect.Kuku said some individuals who do not mean well for Buhari and his administration have been spreading rumours that [...]

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    Heavily-pregnant Nigerian woman rescued from the Mediterranean Sea

Heavily-pregnant Nigerian woman rescued from the Mediterranean Sea

Sandra Dike, a heavily pregnant 20-year-old Nigerian woman, was among the 3,600 migrants who were rescued from the Mediterranean on Thursday.Dike fled Nigeria to Libya because of the insurgency in the northeast, but decided to embark on the risky journey to Europe as a result of the crisis in Libya."It's not safe to go to a public place, like a church, [...]

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    Warning: Fasting can make you gain weight!

Warning: Fasting can make you gain weight!

You may not believe this, but fasting can make you gain weight, according the Offiong Etim, a medical practitioner at Asokoro General Hospital, Abuja.When you fast, your body, sensing a lack of "fuel", slows down metabolism in order to conserve energy — and that means only a few calories are burnt.Unused calories are stored in the body's fat cells and [...]

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    NUPENG: Traffic jams in Lagos won’t end anytime soon

NUPENG: Traffic jams in Lagos won’t end anytime soon

Tokunbo Korodo, south-west chairman of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), says the harrowing experience of Lagos motorists and commuters arising from the fuel scarcity and gridlock on roads may not end anytime soon.According to Korodo, the trucks causing the gridlock on Eko, Liverpool and Coconut bridges, which has affected other major roads, such as Ikorodu [...]

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