Monday, July 22, 2019

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    Boko Haram’s days are numbered, says Gaidam

Boko Haram’s days are numbered, says Gaidam

Ibrahim Gaidam, governor of Yobe state, has expressed hope that activities of the Boko Haram sect would soon be a thing of the past.Gaidam made the remark in a statement issued on his behalf by Abdullahi Bego, his special assistant on media."In view of the all-hands-on-deck approach adopted by the federal government, insurgency will soon come to an end," the [...]

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    Military ‘changes strategy’ in fight against Boko Haram

Military ‘changes strategy’ in fight against Boko Haram

Gabriel Olonisakin, chief of defence staff, says the military is re-strategising to meet the December deadline set by President Muhammadu Buhari for the end of insurgency in the country.Olonisakin made the statement on Wednesday during a tour of military formations and units in Port Harcourt, capital of Rivers state."We are currently working on the December deadline by re-addressing our strategies to [...]

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    Suicide bombers ‘kill 18’ in Yobe mosque

Suicide bombers ‘kill 18’ in Yobe mosque

Two female suicide bombers killed 15 people, including themselves, at a mosque in the ministry of housing quarters  and at another location within Buhari housing estate in Damaturu, capital of Yobe state, on Wednesday.According to AP, the incidents occurred around 6am when people were observing early-morning prayers."One of the suicide bombers gained entry into the mosque and detonated explosives and the [...]

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    Tribunal nullifies election of APC lawmaker

Tribunal nullifies election of APC lawmaker

The state and national assembly elections petitions tribunal in Minna, Niger state capital, has nullified the election of Murtala Badaru (APC-Suleja) in the Niger house of assembly.Shaibu Iya of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had challenged the election of Badaru on the grounds of certificate forgery and underage.In his judgment, Olatunde Oshodi, chairman of the tribunal, said Badaru was not [...]

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    Okah attempts to commit suicide in court

Okah attempts to commit suicide in court

Charles Okah, the alleged mastermind of the 2010 Independence Day bombing, would have committed suicide at the federal high court, Abuja, on Tuesday, were it not for the intervention of security operatives attached to Justice Gabriel Kolawole.Okah, who is standing trial on charges of terrorism, had sought the permission of the judge to speak on what he termed "endless trial", as [...]

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    3 suicide bombers killed before attack in Niger

3 suicide bombers killed before attack in Niger

Three suspected members of the Boko Haram sect died on Tuesday when explosives they were transporting went off in Niger's far east region of Diffa.A source told journalists that the incident occurred as the insurgents were about to enter Bosso town, where they planned to carry out an attack.On Sunday, 10 people, among them one soldier, five civilians and four [...]

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    Shell commences production from Bonga Phase 3

Shell commences production from Bonga Phase 3

Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Ltd (SNEPCo) has announced the start-up of production from the Bonga Phase 3 project.Precious Okolobo, corporate media relations manager of the organisation, confirmed this in a statement made available to NAN in Lagos on Monday.The statement quoted Andrew Brown, Shell’s upstream international director, as saying: “This new start up is another important milestone for [...]

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    Naira depreciates further at parallel market

Naira depreciates further at parallel market

The naira further depreciated against the dollar at the parallel market on Monday.The naira lost N1.50 to the dollar as it was traded at N225.5 to the dollar at the parallel market as against the N224 to the dollar recorded last Friday.Meanwhile, the official interbank rate also dropped by 0.05 to N196.95 to the dollar.Traders at the parallel market attributed [...]

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    FCT Blasts: 13 discharged from hospital

FCT Blasts: 13 discharged from hospital

Thirteen people who sustained injuries from the multiple blasts in the federal capital territory have been treated and discharged from the hospital, according to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).Ishaya Chonoko, coordinator of NEMA, Abuja operations, disclosed this to NAN on Monday, saying 26 victims were being treated in various hospitals within the city.Chonoko said there were no fresh cases [...]

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    Sokoto to hold LG election in January

Sokoto to hold LG election in January

The Sokoto State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) has fixed January 9 for the conduct of local government election in the state.Usman Abubakar, chairman of the commission, disclosed this at a news conference on Monday.He said the notice for the election had been forwarded to the 29 political parties in the state."The commission will release the guidelines for the election and [...]

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    NUT issues 2-week strike ultimatum in Yobe

NUT issues 2-week strike ultimatum in Yobe

The Yobe state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has threatened to embark on strike action if the state government failed to upgrade the employment status of 1, 240 teachers within the next two weeks.Lawan Ibrahim, state chairman of the NUT, gave the warning while fielding questions from journalists in Damaturu, capital of the state, on Monday.He said [...]

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    Vatican fires self-confessed gay priest

Vatican fires self-confessed gay priest

The Vatican has dismissed Krzystof Charamsa, a polish priest, who lectures in two top Catholic institutions in Italy.Charamsa, who has spent 17 years in Rome, opened up on his involvement with homosexuality on the eve of a meeting where church leaders were to discuss controversial societal issues such as divorce and homosexuality.He said he was ready to give up his [...]

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    Korede Bello: My song with Asa ‘is a prophecy’

Korede Bello: My song with Asa ‘is a prophecy’

Korede Bello, Mavin record act, says his latest song, somebody great, featuring Bukola Elemide, better known as Asa, is a prophecy for his fans across the world.The Godwin crooner who has become a force to reckon with in the industry said he wrote the song to make people visualise success in their minds and then work hard to achieve it.In [...]

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    Sanusi meets Saudi authorities over stampede

Sanusi meets Saudi authorities over stampede

Muhammadu Sanusi II, emir of Kano, on Friday said he held a meeting with Saudi authorities on the ongoing investigation into the recent stampede in Mina, Mecca.Addressing pilgrims during a visit to south-south and south-east camps in Mecca, Sanusi said Nigeria had already requested from Saudi authorities a fair and transparent investigation.The emir said he had met with Saudi minister [...]

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    Hajj stampede: Iran death toll rises to 465

Hajj stampede: Iran death toll rises to 465

The number of Iranian pilgrims killed in the latest hajj stampede in Saudi Arabia had risen to 465, the Iranian authority announced on Thursday.According to state IRIB Television, full list of the victims had been released.Tehran said about 64,000 Iranians travelled to Saudi Arabia to perform the hajj rituals this year.It urged immediate transfer of the dead bodies to Iran, [...]

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    APC commences governorship campaign in Kogi

APC commences governorship campaign in Kogi

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has commenced its campaign for the November 21 governorship election in Kogi state.Addressing members and party supporters at a rally held in Ayingba on Wednesday, Abubakar Audu, the party’s candidate, called on the people to liberate themselves from poverty by voting APC.He said he was on a rescue mission to restore the state to its past [...]

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