Monday, September 24, 2018

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    Buhari’s aide: State assemblies approved $1bn for military equipment

Buhari’s aide: State assemblies approved $1bn for military equipment

Lauretta Onochie, personal assistant to the president on social media, says there is no illegality in the release of $1 billion approved for the procurement of security equipment.On Wednesday, Mansur Dan Ali, minister of defence, announced that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved release of the fund."I can inform you that of recent, our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari gave approval for [...]

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    Christian leaders visit Buhari — without mentioning Leah Sharibu

Christian leaders visit Buhari — without mentioning Leah Sharibu

On Thursday, a group of northern Christian leaders visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa in Abuja.The leaders under the aegis of Arewa Pastors Non-denominational Initiative for Peace (APNIP) in Nigeria discussed a wide range of issues with the president.Expressing satisfaction with his performance, the religious leaders vowed to expose those working against him within the Christain fold.However, while [...]

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    China bans online sale of Bible

China bans online sale of Bible

The government of China has banned the sale of Bible online.There have been reported that searches for the Bible on e-commerce sites JD.com and Amazon.cn do not produce results despite the government publishing a new document claiming that it allows freedom of worship.Initially, China had always controlled sales of the Bible by only allowing it to be distributed and printed [...]

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    Nine federal lawmakers die in three years — what’s going on?

Nine federal lawmakers die in three years — what’s going on?

Mustapha Bukar, senator representing Katsina north, died on Wednesday, taking the death toll in the current national assembly to nine in roughly three years.The first death was recorded even before the inauguration of the national assembly -- Ahmed Zanna, re-elected to represent Borno central senatorial district, died a month to inauguration.While mourning, Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house of representatives, said: [...]

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    My name was smuggled into ‘looters’ list, says Godknows Igali

My name was smuggled into ‘looters’ list, says Godknows Igali

Godknows Igali, a former permanent secretary in the ministry of power, says his name was smuggled into the "looters" list recently released by the federal government.In the 23-man list released by Lai Mohammed, minister of information, on Sunday, Igali, was said to have looted over N7 billion.But the Igali said nothing of such ever happened.“My attention has been drawn to a publication [...]

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    A soldier at 17 — meet Ethiopia’s young prime minister

A soldier at 17 — meet Ethiopia’s young prime minister

After three years of violent anti-government protests and a six-month state of emergency in Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn resigned as prime minister and chairman of the Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRDF).Hailemariam said his decision to step down was to allow reforms to be pursued. He was replaced with Abiy Ahmed, who briefly served as science and technology minister under Hailemariam. [...]

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    HURRAY! Electricity customers to get new meters ‘within 10 working days’

HURRAY! Electricity customers to get new meters ‘within 10 working days’

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) says meter asset providers (MAP) will install meters at customers’ premises within 10 working days of payment.A document made available to TheCable by Usman Arabi, head of public affairs department of the commission, stipulates that the payment will be at a competitive cost approved by the commission.On March 12, 2018, Dafe Akpeneye, NERC’s commissioner, [...]

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    Leave me out of your problem, Yahaya Bello tells Melaye

Leave me out of your problem, Yahaya Bello tells Melaye

Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi state, has asked Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi west, to leave him out of his ordeal with the police.Melaye had accused the governor of working with the police to destroy him.Reacting through Kingsley Fanwo, his spokesman, the governor denied being involved in the travails of Melaye.“He should face the issue and leave the governor out of [...]

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    Lagos to experience blackout, says TCN

Lagos to experience blackout, says TCN

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) says there will be a four-hour power outage in Itire and its environs of Lagos due to routine maintenance.Ndidi Mbah, the spokesperson of TCN, made this known in a statement in Lagos on Sunday.The maintenance, which will lead to the power outage, is expected to be carried out on equipment at the Itire 132KV [...]

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    Police backtrack on Leah Sharibu’s release, say IGP was misunderstood

Police backtrack on Leah Sharibu’s release, say IGP was misunderstood

The Nigeria police say it does not have any information on when Leah Sharibu, an abducted Dapchi schoolgirl, would be released.While speaking with reporters on Saturday in Maiduguri, Borno state, Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police (IGP), was quoted as saying the insurgents will release Sharibu on Saturday.Sharibu was among 110 students abducted from Dapchi Government Secondary School in Yobe state [...]

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    Presidency: We won’t slack in prosecuting corruption cases of past administration

Presidency: We won’t slack in prosecuting corruption cases of past administration

The presidency says it is beefing up the prosecution of corruption cases in the past administration.While interacting with journalists on Saturday, Laolu Akande, senior special assistant on media and publicity to the vice-president, said Nigerians will not forget the severe damage done to the economy by the immediate past administration.He said: “Those who are asking Nigerians to simply forget [...]

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    IGP confirms Leah Sharibu to be released by Boko Haram

IGP confirms Leah Sharibu to be released by Boko Haram

Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police (IGP), says Boko Haram insurgents are set to release Leah Sharibu, an abducted Dapchi schoolgirl.Sharibu is the only girl in captivity out of the 110 students abducted on February 19.She was held back because of her refusal to convert from Christianity to Islam.While speaking with reporters on Saturday in Maiduguri, Borno state, the IGP said [...]

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    Buhari issues warning to service chiefs over Boko Haram abductions

Buhari issues warning to service chiefs over Boko Haram abductions

President Muhammadu Buhari has warned service chiefs to guide against attacks on schools, saying he will not condone lapses.The president gave this warning on Friday while receiving the freed 104 Dapchi school girls and two primary school pupils at the presidential villa in Abuja.He said his administration is determined to fight insurgency.“Let me reemphasise our administration’s commitment to the fight against [...]

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    VIDEO: Freed Dapchi schoolgirls arrive presidential villa

VIDEO: Freed Dapchi schoolgirls arrive presidential villa

The Dapchi schoolgirls who were recently released by Boko Haram insurgents have arrived the presidential villa, Abuja to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari.The girls, who were freed on Wednesday, were airlifted to Abuja aboard a military plane from Maiduguri, Borno state capital.Out of the 110 pupils abducted from Government Secondary School Dapchi, Yobe state on February 19, the federal government said [...]

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    ‘FG fooling itself’ — Fayose speaks on release of Dapchi schoolgirls

‘FG fooling itself’ — Fayose speaks on release of Dapchi schoolgirls

Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti state, says the manner in which the Dapchi schoolgirls were abducted and returned is a clear demonstration that the federal government is fooling itself.In a statement on Thursday, the governor said the whole process was shrouded in secrecy, raising more questions than answers.He said President Muhammadu Buhari has failed Nigerians in the area of security which [...]

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    Tony Elumelu Foundation selects 1,000 for 2018 entrepreneurship programme

Tony Elumelu Foundation selects 1,000 for 2018 entrepreneurship programme

The Tony Elumelu Foundation has released the list of  1,000 successful applicants for its 2018 entrepreneurship programme.Shortlisted from more than 150,000 applicants from 114 countries worldwide, the selected applicants are tagged African entrepreneurs “with the most innovative, high-potential business ideas.”While commenting on the final selection, Tony Elumelu, the founder, said: “The number and quality of applicants, 151,000 ‎ in total, [...]

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