Saturday, August 3, 2019

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    FAAN: We’re investigating intrusion of Azman flight at Lagos airport

FAAN: We’re investigating intrusion of Azman flight at Lagos airport

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) says it is investigating the intrusion of a Port Harcourt-bound flight at Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos.On Friday, an unidentified man had prevented an aircraft belonging to Azman Air from leaving airport. This sparked tension among passengers on board.In a statement, Henrietta Yakubu, FAAN's spokesperson, said the man had been arrested.She added that the [...]

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    FG: We have no hand in El-Zakzaky’s trial

FG: We have no hand in El-Zakzaky’s trial

The federal government says it is not involved in the ongoing trial of Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN).In a statement on Friday, Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, said the government will no longer condone acts of violence from El-Zakzaky’s followers.The Shi'ia leader is facing trial over allegations of [...]

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    Passengers panic as man prevents aircraft from leaving Lagos airport

Passengers panic as man prevents aircraft from leaving Lagos airport

Passenger on board a Port Harcourt-bound plane panicked on Friday after an unidentified man prevented the aircraft  from leaving Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos.According to Otto Orondaam, founder of Slum2School Africa, the man ran from the bush towards the plane that was taxing on the runway ahead of take off.The pilot, who reportedly sighted the man, was said to have [...]

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    HURRAY! NERC says you can get prepaid meters and pay later

HURRAY! NERC says you can get prepaid meters and pay later

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) says electricity customers will be allowed to get prepaid meters and pay later.Speaking at a press conference in Lagos on Thursday, Nathan Shatti, NERC's commissioner for finance and management services, said customers will start enjoying the privilege from August.He said customers can either pay upfront or in instalments within a period of one to [...]

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    Court adjourns El-Zakzaky’s application for medical trip abroad

Court adjourns El-Zakzaky’s application for medical trip abroad

Darius Khobo, presiding judge of the Kaduna state high court, on Thursday, adjourned hearing on the motion for an application by Ibrahim El-Zakzaky to seek medical attention in India.Khobo adjourned the hearing till July 29 following request by the prosecution counsel to be given time to study the defence counsel's response to the application.El-Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement in [...]

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    CLOSE-UP: Kamaldeen, hardworking physically-challenged lawyer, appointed by Gbaja

CLOSE-UP: Kamaldeen, hardworking physically-challenged lawyer, appointed by Gbaja

Abdulsalam Kamaldeen is one of the 27 aides that Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house of representative, appointed on Tuesday. Nigeria's number four man named Kamaldeen his special assistant on special needs and equal opportunities.Beyond the glittering headlines, Gbajabiamila's interest in Kamaldeen, 49-year-old physically-challenged lawyer, came to the fore two years ago. As the house majority leader, Gbajabiamila discovered Kamaldeen and [...]

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    Osinbajo off to UK for son’s graduation

Osinbajo off to UK for son’s graduation

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo is currently in the United Kingdom to attend the graduation of his son, Fiyinfoluwa.Laolu Akande, senior special assistant to the vice-president on media and publicity, made this known on Twitter on Wednesday."VP Osinbajo is in the UK attending his son's graduation today. He returns to Abuja tomorrow," he tweeted.https://twitter.com/akandeoj/status/1151491101699837952Akande, however, did not state the name of the [...]

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    N48bn asset: Makinde’s aide tackles Oyo APC over source of wealth query

N48bn asset: Makinde’s aide tackles Oyo APC over source of wealth query

Taiwo Adisa, chief press secretary to Seyi Makinde, governor of Oyo, says the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state has no moral justification to ask the governor to explain his source of wealth.Adisa was reacting to a statement on Tuesday credited to Akin Oke, state chairman of the APC, that the governor should declare how he accumulated his wealth.On [...]

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    S’Africa: We’ve obtained CCTV footage from hotel where insurance director was killed

S’Africa: We’ve obtained CCTV footage from hotel where insurance director was killed

Bobby Moroe, South Africa's acting high commissioner to Nigeria, says authorities are now investigating the death of Elizabeth Ndubisi-Chukwu, deputy director-general of Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN).Ndubuisi-Chukwu had been scheduled to return to Nigeria on June 12 after attending the African Insurance Organisation (AIO) conference in Johannesburg.However, her corpse was found in a room in Emperor Palace Hotel where [...]

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    FG: Workers earning below N30,000 will start enjoying new minimum wage

FG: Workers earning below N30,000 will start enjoying new minimum wage

Workers earning below N30,000 will soon start enjoying the new minimum wage, according to the federal government.President Muhammadu Buhari signed the national minimum wage bill into law in April.Speaking at a news conference on Tuesday in Abuja, Richard Egbule, chairman of National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission, said federal government is totally committed to the implementation of the new minimum [...]

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    Yuguda: Some herdsmen are criminals but it’s unfair to condemn all

Yuguda: Some herdsmen are criminals but it’s unfair to condemn all

Isa Yuguda, former governor of Bauchi state, says the situation where the entire herdsmen in the country are criminalised is unfair, maintaining that some of them are peaceful.Speaking with state house correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja, Yuguda said though insecurity did not start during the president's administration, he is addressing it to the [...]

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    NHIS ES asks ‘warring factions’ to cease fire

NHIS ES asks ‘warring factions’ to cease fire

Mohammed Sambo, newly appointed executive secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), has urged "warring factions" in the agency to cease fire.Sambo said this during his maiden interactive session with staff of the scheme at its headquarters in Abuja.President Muhammadu Buhari had approved his appointment as the executive secretary of the agency after Usman Yusuf, the former NHIS boss, was [...]

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    OAU to enjoy 24-hour electricity as varsity begins power generation by October

OAU to enjoy 24-hour electricity as varsity begins power generation by October

Eyitope Ogunbodede, the vice-chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun state, says the institution will exit the national grid by October to generate its own electricity.Speaking on Monday at a biennial conference of the African Institute for Science Policy and Innovation (AISPI), Ogunbodede said the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) has provided the university with a gas-powered turbine that will [...]

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    NLC to NERC: Nigerians can’t afford increase in electricity tariff

NLC to NERC: Nigerians can’t afford increase in electricity tariff

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) says consumers cannot afford to pay high electricity bills if there is a further increase in energy tariff.Ayuba Wabba, NLC president, made this statement on Monday while speaking at the public consultation on capping of estimated billing by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) in Abuja.Describing the proposed increase in tariff as exploitative billing, he [...]

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    He was killed shortly after returning from Edo, says wife of Nigerian who died in Malaysian custody

He was killed shortly after returning from Edo, says wife of Nigerian who died in Malaysian custody

Blessing, wife of Thomas Ewansiha, a Nigerian student who died in custody of Malaysian immigration authorities, has alleged that her husband was murdered.Ewansiha, 34-year-old doctoral student of management at the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology in Selangor and father of two, was arrested by the immigration officials during a raid on foreigners on July 4.In a statement on Monday, [...]

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    JAMB: Many corrupt leaders started with examination malpractice

JAMB: Many corrupt leaders started with examination malpractice

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says some Nigerian leaders started corruption by experimenting with examination malpractice.The board disclosed this in its weekly bulletin.JAMB lamented that examination fraud in the country is mostly sponsored by parents, adding that it is determined to fight the malpractices before it becomes "a monster".“Corruption is not a peculiar African or Nigerian problem. Regrettably, [...]

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