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    US embassy in Abuja will not issue visas ‘until further notice’

US embassy in Abuja will not issue visas ‘until further notice’

The US embassy in Abuja has announced a temporary stoppage of its consular services.In a statement on Tuesday, the embassy said this would mean a halt of visa operations and services for American citizens.No reason was given for the directive which the embassy said is with immediate effect.The embassy said visa applicants will be contacted for rescheduling while consular functions [...]

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    NUJ demands immediate release of Premium Times reporter

NUJ demands immediate release of Premium Times reporter

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has asked the police to release Samuel Ogundipe, a Premium Times reporter, with immediate effect.The police arrested Ogundipe on Wednesday over a report the organisation published on the sack of Lawal Daura, former director-general of the Department of State Services (DSS).Copies of the letter Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police, wrote to Acting President Yemi [...]

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    Pressure mounts on police to release Premium Times reporter

Pressure mounts on police to release Premium Times reporter

The police have come under pressure to release Samuel Ogundipe, a Premium Times reporter, who was arrested and detained on Tuesday.According to the newspaper, Ogundipe was arrested over a story on the report Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police (IGP), submitted to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo over the blockade of the national assembly.Idris submitted the report after the sack of Lawal [...]

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    Tinubu to Obasanjo: You have spent your own time… leave Buhari alone

Tinubu to Obasanjo: You have spent your own time… leave Buhari alone

Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has asked ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo to leave President Muhammadu Buhari alone.Tinubu said this while addressing party members at a stakeholders meeting in Lagos state on Tuesday.The APC leader condemned "frequent attacks" on the current administration by the former president.He said the criticisms of Obasanjo were in bad faith, adding [...]

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    IGP renames SARS, asks all its operatives to undergo psychiatric test

IGP renames SARS, asks all its operatives to undergo psychiatric test

Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police, has ordered immediate psychological evaluation on all operatives of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS). Idris has also announced new measures aimed at overhauling the police outfit.Part of the measures include the constitution of a team that would review SARS operations and as well as the appointment of a new commissioner of police to head the squad.This [...]

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    Femi Adesina: Foreign governments aren’t opposed to Buhari’s second term

Femi Adesina: Foreign governments aren’t opposed to Buhari’s second term

Femi Adesina, spokesman of President Muhammadu Buhari, says his principal thought deeply before announcing his second term bid.Adesina said this in a statement on Tuesday while reacting to a newspaper report entitled "Pressure mounts on Buhari not to seek re-election".The reported said countries such as European Union, US, UK and Saudi Arabia were mounting pressure on Buhari not to run [...]

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    Make sure national assembly reconvenes, Oshiomhole tells APC lawmakers

Make sure national assembly reconvenes, Oshiomhole tells APC lawmakers

Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has called on lawmakers of the ruling party to do all within their powers to ensure that the national assembly reconvenes.Senate President Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara adjourned plenary in July shortly after the police laid a siege to the residences of the nation's number three citizen and Ike Ekweremadu, his [...]

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    INEC registers 23 new parties, extends voter registration by two weeks

INEC registers 23 new parties, extends voter registration by two weeks

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has registered 23 new political parties.In a notice on Tuesday, the commission invited chairmen and secretaries of the party to pick up their certificates at its headquarters in Abuja on Thursday.This brings to 91 the total number of parties in the country.INEC has also extended the ongoing continuous voter registration (CVR) exercise by two [...]

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    CAN declares three-day prayer over ‘threat to democracy’

CAN declares three-day prayer over ‘threat to democracy’

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has declared a three-day prayer over what it described as a threat to democracy in the country.Daramola Bade, acting general secretary of the association, disclosed this in a statement.He said the decision was informed by the “recent political drama unfolding in our nation”.The statement directed churches nationwide to mobilise their members for the prayer [...]

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    ‘Kidnapper’ who took tramadol dies — after sleeping for nine days

‘Kidnapper’ who took tramadol dies — after sleeping for nine days

The police say a suspected kidnapper who was arrested in a botched kidnap in Owo, Ondo state, has died following "complications from a high intake of tramadol".According to NAN, Femi Joseph, spokesman of the state police command, disclosed this in Akure on Tuesday.Joseph said the suspect died at Owo General Hospital where medical personnel had battled to revive him.The suspect [...]

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