Wednesday, November 28, 2018

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    World’s longest plane plies China-US routes from 2015

World’s longest plane plies China-US routes from 2015

Air China will fly the Boeing 747-8, the world's longest aircraft, on the Beijing-New York and Beijing-San Francisco routes beginning from January, the Chinese flagship carrier said on Thursday.Reports say Air China will become the first Asian airline company to use this model of aircraft.Since joining Air China's fleet in early October, the Boeing 747-8 has been in operation on [...]

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    Osun teachers give state govt 14 days to avert indefinite strike

Osun teachers give state govt 14 days to avert indefinite strike

Teachers in Osun have given the state government 14-day ultimatum to pay their outstanding allowances, release running grants and provide instructional materials in schools.This was contained in a letter sent to Rauf Aregbesola, governor of the state, by the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT).The state chapter of the union warned that failure of the government to meet their demands would [...]

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    Cement sellers groan after Dangote’s price reduction

Cement sellers groan after Dangote’s price reduction

Distributors of cement and block makers in Ilorin, capital of Kwara state, on Thursday expressed mixed feelings about the new price of Dangote cement in the country.Dangote Cement Plc slashed the price of the commodity from N1700 to N1000 on Monday, saying one of the ways to respond to huge infrastucture and housing deficit was to make the price of building [...]

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    Police to extradite Nigerian murder suspect to UK

Police to extradite Nigerian murder suspect to UK

The Nigeria police force says it has concluded all necessary procedures to handover a 23-year-old Nigerian suspected of murder to authorities in United Kingdom (UK).In a statement issued on Wednesday by Emmanuel Ojukwu, force public relations officer (pictured), the Nigerian (name withheld) was alleged to have killed one Carl Beatson Asiedu on August 1, 2009, in London.He conveyed the assurance [...]

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    EU wasted £7bn in 2013, say auditors

EU wasted £7bn in 2013, say auditors

The European Union (EU) erroneously spent about 7 billion Euros of its budget in 2013, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) announced on Wednesday in its published annual review.Kristalina Georgieva, the European Commission's incoming vice-president for budget, told EU lawmakers in Brussels.The figure comes as the bloc is preparing its 2015 spending plans, an exercise that frequently pits thrifty member states [...]

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    ‘2 FRSC marshals killed’ in Kogi jailbreak

‘2 FRSC marshals killed’ in Kogi jailbreak

The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) on Wednesday confirmed the killing of two officers of the commission by gunmen in Koton Karfe community in Kogi state.Godwin Omiko, the sector commander of the FRSC in Kogi, confirmed the killing while speaking with journalists in Lokoja.He said that the officers, Olaoluwa Adebayo and Adesina Iyanda, were shot by the same armed bandits [...]

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    Gombe shuts down schools after B’Haram attack

Gombe shuts down schools after B’Haram attack

The Gombe state government has ordered the closure of all public and private schools in the state, following Tuesday's attack by suspected Boko Haram members on two towns in the state.Parents who took their children to school on Wednesday were told to return them home, as the schools had been closed on the orders of the government.Edith Williams, headmistress, Bethany International College, [...]

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    UK set to repatriate £6.8m Ibori loot to Nigeria

UK set to repatriate £6.8m Ibori loot to Nigeria

The United Kingdom government says it will return an additional £6.8 million of the confiscated loot of James Ibori, the former Delta state governor.Rupert Broad, UK metropolitan police senior investigator, disclosed this on Tuesday. at a meeting in the house of commons in London.While speaking on UK and Nigeria's anti-corruption partnership, Broad said: "Out of the £8 million pounds confiscated from [...]

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    Boko Haram ‘now controlling 8 Borno LGAs’

Boko Haram ‘now controlling 8 Borno LGAs’

Kashim Shettima, governor of Borno state, on Tuesday expressed worry on how Boko Haram has taken over eight out of the 27 local government areas of the state.While receiving members of the federal government sub-committee of the victims supports fund in Maiduguri, Shettima lamented that continued attacks on communities in the state had plunged the people into hardship.“The insurgents have taken [...]

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    PDP committee to review reps’ demand for automatic ticket

PDP committee to review reps’ demand for automatic ticket

The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has constituted a committee to examine the demand for automatic ticket by the party’s members in the house of representatives.The decision was reached at a meeting between the PDP leadership and members of the house in Abuja, which was convened at the instance of Adamu Mu’azu, national chairman of PDP (pictured).However, Mu’azu, [...]

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    151 aspirants pick PDP nomination forms in Plateau

151 aspirants pick PDP nomination forms in Plateau

A total of 151 aspirants have picked nomination forms to contest in the 2015 general election under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau state, Michael Dachom, the party's state organising secretary, has said.Dachom told NAN in Jos on Monday that 11 of the aspirants, including Ignatius Longjan, the current deputy governor, picked forms for governorship, while 40 others were [...]

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    Akinyemi seeks honour for Adadevoh, other Ebola victims

Akinyemi seeks honour for Adadevoh, other Ebola victims

Bolaji Akinyemi, a professor and former minister of external affairs, on Monday urged the federal government to bestow presidential honour on victims of Ebola outbreak in Nigeria.Akinyemi, who made the call in an interview with NAN in Lagos, said that all the living and dead Nigerians that showed dedication to duty during the outbreak of the Ebola, should be honoured.“The president [...]

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    Borno to reopen public schools Nov 17

Borno to reopen public schools Nov 17

The Borno state government said on Monday that it would reopen public primary schools on November 17.The schools were shut on March 14, after deadly attacks by Boko Haram on schools in neighbouring Yobe state.Mohammed Dongel, the chairman of the 19-man committee on the resuscitation of primary school education in the state said in Maiduguri that measures to safeguard the [...]

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    IBB back after 2-month medical trip to Germany

IBB back after 2-month medical trip to Germany

Ibrahim Babangida, a general and former head of state, has returned to Nigeria after two months in Germany on medical treatment.Babangida, who was away for two months, was received at the Minna Airport by Aliyu Gusau, the minister of defence, and close family members, and at his hilltop residence by his grand children.On arrival, he thanked all his well-wishers for standing by [...]

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    No ceasefire deal, Shekau says in new video

No ceasefire deal, Shekau says in new video

Boko Haram has released a new video debunking ceasefire claims by the Nigerian government and dashing hopes of the release of the kidnapped schoolgirls, according to a new video obtained by AFP on Friday.Abubakar Shekau, the Boko Haram leader ─ reported to have been killed by the Nigerian military at least twice ─ also disowned one Danladi Ahmadu who has [...]

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    44 companies sue FIRS over N1.15bn excess duties

44 companies sue FIRS over N1.15bn excess duties

 Forty-four companies, including Continental Re-insurance Plc, have sued the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), demanding the refund of over N1.15 billion excess stamp duties paid to the agency.The appellants include Industrial and General Insurance Plc, Royal Exchange Assurance Nigeria Plc, International Energy Insurance Plc, Lasaco Assurance Plc, Adic Insurance Ltd. and Standard Alliance Life Assurance Company Ltd.Others are Unity Kapital [...]

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