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    EXCLUSIVE: US firm with links to IPOB denies lobbying for Okonjo-Iweala’s WTO bid (updated)

EXCLUSIVE: US firm with links to IPOB denies lobbying for Okonjo-Iweala’s WTO bid (updated)

Mercury Public Affairs, an American lobbying firm, has denied it was engaged by Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala in her bid for the top job at the World Trade Organization (WTO). Mercury represents Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the separatist Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), and this is believed to have created some discomfort among officials of the federal government of Nigeria. But there is no [...]

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    INVESTIGATION: How Chinese miners endangering FCT residents enjoy police protection

INVESTIGATION: How Chinese miners endangering FCT residents enjoy police protection

The only source of water for some remote communities in Karshi council has been ruined by mine workers with Hongao Mining Company Limited, a Chinese firm. The miners who are being protected by security operatives have made residents vulnerable to COVID-19 as the people have been unable to wash their hands as frequently as they should in this era. A stream [...]

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    Q&A: Rape from the standpoint of current laws in Nigeria

Q&A: Rape from the standpoint of current laws in Nigeria

In the last few weeks, there have been increasing reports about rape incidences in Nigeria. Although rape is an age-old crime, its recent hike is not only unnerving, but has also left so many disturbed particularly as the rapists do not only haveunconsensual, violent, and unlawful sexual intercourse with their victims, but in certain cases also kill them in a [...]

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    IN DETAIL: Police ‘kill 92’ Nigerians in one year — and justice delayed for victims

IN DETAIL: Police ‘kill 92’ Nigerians in one year — and justice delayed for victims

On a breezy morning in March 2019, Ogar Jumbo, an officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), was driving his two kids to school when he was reportedly beaten to death by officers of the Nigeria police force in Nyanya, a suburb of Abuja. Jumbo, who was also with his wife, was said to have violated traffic rules. [...]

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    REVEALED: Buni not qualified to be APC caretaker chairman

REVEALED: Buni not qualified to be APC caretaker chairman

The All Progressives Congress (APC) national executive council (NEC) meeting may have come and gone, but the twists from that event are still unfolding. The meeting, which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, was held at the federal executive council (FEC) chamber. By using the chamber, which is usually for official government meetings, Buhari drew the ire of many Nigerians and [...]

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    OBITUARY: Ajimobi, the ‘constituted authority’ who wanted to die at 70

OBITUARY: Ajimobi, the ‘constituted authority’ who wanted to die at 70

"I normally tell God that if I clock 70 years of age, that would be enough. My father died two months to his 70th birthday, so I used to say even if I make it to 70, that would be okay. Now that I am 70 and enjoying life, I tell God, 'Seventy is small'..." That was Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi, former [...]

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    How a PH court barred Obaseki from PDP primary — and confusion ensued

How a PH court barred Obaseki from PDP primary — and confusion ensued

On Tuesday, confusion ensued over two rulings of the federal high court, Port Harcourt, on the participation of Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo state, in the governorship primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). After he defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC), the PDP granted a waiver to Obaseki to contest in its primary election. The governor defected to the PDP after the [...]

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    EXCLUSIVE: Okonjo-Iweala still eligible to run for office of DG, says WTO

EXCLUSIVE: Okonjo-Iweala still eligible to run for office of DG, says WTO

Despite claims to the contrary, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former managing director of the World Bank and two-time minister of finance in Nigeria, is still eligible to run for the office as director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), TheCable can report. The WTO told TheCable on Friday that according to its agreed procedures for the appointment of WTO directors-general, a candidate only [...]

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    OBITUARY: Akinkugbe, Soyinka’s classmate who dominated the medical profession for over five decades

OBITUARY: Akinkugbe, Soyinka’s classmate who dominated the medical profession for over five decades

It is not on popular record in Nigeria for anyone who hasn't spent at least a decade as a university lecturer to be elevated to the rank of a professor. But Oladipo Akinkugbe must have exhibited some potentials that the then University College Ibadan (UCI) gave him the highest academic rank just three years after he was hired as a [...]

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    10m jobs in one year, N2.3trn stimulus, national carrier… Osinbajo’s master plan for COVID-19 recession

10m jobs in one year, N2.3trn stimulus, national carrier… Osinbajo’s master plan for COVID-19 recession

Zainab Ahmed, the minister of finance, confirmed that Nigeria is inevitably heading for a recession following the adverse effects of the novel coronavirus disease on the price of crude oil and general economic productivity in Nigeria and across the world. The International Monetary Fund forecasts that the recession will be the deepest in three decades.  President Muhammadu Buhari had, at the [...]

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