Monday, September 24, 2018

Oluwatoyin Bayagbon

    ’63 killed’ as Boko Haram hits Borno village

’63 killed’ as Boko Haram hits Borno village

Boko Haram insurgents have reportedly killed 63 people in Malari, a village in Borno state.An aid worker at a camp for internally displaced persons (IDP) in Monguno, a town in Borno, disclosed this to Reuters.The aid worker said hundreds of survivors from villages in the area have fled to the IDP camp.Abatcha Umar, a witness, said the attack took place in [...]

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    Three years after kiss from Pope, toddler with brain tumour ‘beats the odds’

Three years after kiss from Pope, toddler with brain tumour ‘beats the odds’

A toddler diagnosed with a brain tumour is said to be healthy again nearly three years after being kissed by Pope Francis. Giana Grace Masciantonio, three, was diagnosed with histiocystosis, a rare blood disorder that caused lesions on her brain cell and made it impossible for surgery to be done on it. After undergoing chemotherapy over a period of time, Gianna beat [...]

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    Abuja metropolitan council to investigate building collapse

Abuja metropolitan council to investigate building collapse

The Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC) says it will launch an investigation to find out the cause of a building collapse in the Jabi area of the state.Umar Shuaibu, coordinator, AMMC, made the disclosure while briefing journalists at the site of the incident on Saturday.The collapse of the building, a three-storey shopping complex under construction, led to the death of [...]

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    REVEALED: IOCs to invest N6.23trn in Nigerian oil, gas projects

REVEALED: IOCs to invest N6.23trn in Nigerian oil, gas projects

International Oil Companies (IOCs) will invest as much as N6.23 trillion ($17.3 billion) in key Nigerian oil and gas projects in the next seven years, a report by Global Data has revealed. [...]

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    Experts worry over delay in signing PIGB — as general election looms

Experts worry over delay in signing PIGB — as general election looms

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    Group demands release of Ogundipe, says he can’t be forced to disclose his source

Group demands release of Ogundipe, says he can’t be forced to disclose his source

Accountable Leadership for Better Nigeria Initiative (ALBNI), a civil society group, has condemned the arrest of Samuel Ogundipe, a Premium Times reporter.In a statement signed by Remi Adebayo, president of ALBNI, the group said Ogundipe cannot be forced by the police to disclose the source of a factual story.On Tuesday, operatives of the special tactical squad (STS) arrested Ogundipe over [...]

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    NNPC, Seplat to fast track development of Assa North, Ohaji South (ANOH) gas fields

NNPC, Seplat to fast track development of Assa North, Ohaji South (ANOH) gas fields

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    ’10 working days is two weeks’ — Femi Adesina says Buhari to return weekend

’10 working days is two weeks’ — Femi Adesina says Buhari to return weekend

President Muhammadu Buhari will return from his vacation this weekend, says Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman.The president travelled to London, UK, for his vacation on August 3.During an Arise TV programme on Wednesday, Adesina said the president will return once his vacation expires."Nigerians will say anything. He is on holiday, 10 working days which translates to two weeks. He will be back [...]

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    REVEALED: Nigeria’s debt rose to N22.4trn in six months

REVEALED: Nigeria’s debt rose to N22.4trn in six months

The Debt Management Office (DMO) says Nigeria’s total debt rose to N22.4 trillion in the first half of the 2018 financial year.This represents a three percent increase from the N21.68 trillion recorded at end of December 2017.Patience Oniha, director general of the DMO, made the revelation while addressing reporters in Abuja on Tuesday.According to her, the rise in total debt [...]

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    Police arrest suspected terrorist after UK parliament car crash

Police arrest suspected terrorist after UK parliament car crash

A man has been arrested on grounds of terrorism after ramming his vehicle into barriers outside the UK houses of parliament in London.BBC reports that the suspect, a young man in his late 20s, was arrested by police officers shortly after the crash in the early hours of Tuesday.Two people who may have been hit during the crash were treated [...]

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    Onelife Initiative unveils ‘safe space wall’ to commemorate International Youth Day

Onelife Initiative unveils ‘safe space wall’ to commemorate International Youth Day

Onelife Initiative for Human Development, a youth-focused non-governmental organisation, on Saturday, celebrated the International Youth Day which falls on August 12 every year.In line with the theme chosen by the United Nations for 2018 International Youth Day, the organisation launched the “safe space wall”, a unique wall mural featuring artistic designs by youths.Sola Fagorusi, acting executive director, Onelife Initiative, said [...]

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    FG to empower 2m traders with collateral-free loans

FG to empower 2m traders with collateral-free loans

The federal government has launched a new initiative to empower two million petty traders between now and the end of 2018.The new initiative called Trader Moni was launched under the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP).According to a statement issued by Laolu Akande, spokesman to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, the micro credit scheme would grant a minimum of 30,000 loans [...]

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    Fidelity Bank releases video to disprove ‘assault’ claims

Fidelity Bank releases video to disprove ‘assault’ claims

Fidelity Bank Plc has released an official statement addressing a viral video where one of its branch managers allegedly ordered security men to beat up customers for allegedly being rude.The incident took place in the Alagbado area of Lagos on Thursday.The bank also released CCTV footage on Sunday via its Twitter handle as evidence of what supposedly happened on the [...]

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    Ortom: No amount of persecution will make me return to APC

Ortom: No amount of persecution will make me return to APC

Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue state, says no amount of “torment or persecution” will make him reconsider his defection from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).In a statement issued on his behalf by Terver Akase, his chief press secretary, the governor accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of being a strike squad of the ruling party.He also alleged that [...]

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    Ortom: FG treating those who joined APC as saints but victimising people who left

Ortom: FG treating those who joined APC as saints but victimising people who left

Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue state, has accused the federal government of victimising  those who defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) while treating defectors from other parties as saints.The governor said this in reaction to the alleged plot to overthrow the leadership of the national assembly.Senate President Bukola Saraki dumped the APC for PDP two weeks ago and he [...]

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    VIDEO: Osibanjo tours LADOL free zone in Lagos

VIDEO: Osibanjo tours LADOL free zone in Lagos

Acting President  Yemi Osinbajo went on a tour of the Egina Floating Production Storage Offloading (FPSO) unit at the LADOL free zone in Lagos on Friday.The $3.3 billion FPSO unit has a production capacity of 200,000 barrels of oil per day and will produce first oil before the end of 2018, Ahmadu-Kida Musa, deputy managing director, Total Exploration and Production [...]

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