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Godwin Obaseki [Photo credti: Naij.com]

Edo govt. demolishes APC leader’s N800 million shopping complex

Edo Government on Thursday commenced the demolition of buildings with unapproved plans with the demolition of a shopping complex in Benin worth about N800 million. According to the government, the complex housing 218 lock-up shops was constructed in contravention of the approval plans issued by the government. The News Agency…

National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) 2017 Batch ‘A’ members taking oath during their swearing-in ceremony in Abuja on Thursday (25/5/17).

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Osinbajo warns MDAs against rejecting corps members

The acting president, Yemi Osinbajo, has warned government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to desist from rejecting corps members posted to them for primary assignment. Mr. Osinbajo gave the warning during the Swearing-In Ceremony of the 2017 National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Batch ‘A’ Stream I corps members at the…

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo[Photo Credit: aitonnline tv]

Nigerian govt. declares Monday public holiday

The Federal Government has declared Monday, May 29, as Public Holiday to celebrate the 2017 Democracy Day. The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, made the ‎ declaration in a statement on Thursday in Abuja. The minister‎ congratulated Nigerians for witnessing yet another Democracy Day, marking the second year anniversary of…

Nigerian pupils writing National Common Entrance examination {Photo: NAN}

Nigerian govt releases 2017 National Common Entrance Examination Result

The Federal Government has released the result of the just concluded 2017 National Common Entrance Examination (NCEE) into Federal Unity schools. A statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja said the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, gave approval to the National Examination Council…

GEOFFREY-ONYEAMA [Photo credit: guardian.ng]

Nigeria set to close five foreign missions

The Federal Government has approved the closure of five foreign missions and embassies, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama said. Mr. Onyeama told journalists in Abuja on Thursday that the process for closure was underway and was also subject to the approval of the president. He did not name the…

Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu during the 168th OPEC meeting in Vienna [Photo credit: The Iran Project]

Nigeria lucky again as OPEC extends oil output cut by 9 months

Nigeria stands to continue to benefit from an improved oil revenue as the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) decided on Thursday in Vienna to extend cuts in oil output by nine months to March 2018 to further battle a global glut of crude. OPEC delegates said the cuts were…

Ifeanyi Ubah

In conflicting ruling, Abuja Court blocks Ifeanyi Ubah’s release

An FCT High Court, Jabi on Thursday rejected the application of Ifeanyi Ubah, the chairman of Capital Oil to secure freedom from the custody of the State Security Service, SSS. The ruling came after another court in Lagos said Mr. Ubah be released if he is not charged within 48…

Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar, also the spiritual leader of Nigeria's Muslim, sits on his throne during his coronation ceremony in Sokoto, Northern Nigeria, March 3, 2007. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde (NIGERIA) - RTR1N1ZM

Ramadan: Sultan urges Muslims to look out for new moon on May 26

The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar 111, has urged Muslims in the country to be on the look out for the new moon for the month of Ramadan on May 26. Sambo Wali, the chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate Council, Sokoto, made the call in a statement in…

Justice Sylvester Ngwuta

Court orders money recovered from Justice Ngwuta’s residence deposited in CBN

The Federal High Court, Abuja, has ordered that the money recovered from the home of Supreme Court Judge, Sylvester Ngwuta, be deposited in the Central Bank of Nigeria. Justice John Tsoho gave the order on Thursday after admitting in evidence, nine bags and boxes containing the money. The prosecuting counsel,…

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican. [Photo credit: CNN]

Pope ‘terrific’, Saudi ‘spectacular’: Trump waxes lyrical on foreign tour

Donald Trump thinks Pope Francis is “terrific” and found his “spectacular” royal welcome in Saudi Arabia “beyond anything anyone’s ever seen”. Regaling EU officials in Brussels with his impressions so far of his first foreign tour, the U.S. president was in hyperbolic form on his seventh day of travels, which…

The World Bank

World Bank says nations ill-prepared to battle pandemic diseases

The World Bank said on Thursday that nations are failing to invest enough money to prevent the potential global spread of disease that could kill millions of people and cripple economies. The bank in a report on Thursday said, faced with a pandemic, an unprepared planet could lose billions to…

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British police stop sharing Manchester information with U.S. over leaks

Greater Manchester Police have stopped sharing information on Monday’s suicide attack with the U.S. over leaks to New York Times, the BBC reported on Thursday. British officials reacted with anger on Wednesday after the New York Times published forensic photographs from the crime scene at Manchester Arena thought to have…

Nigerian Warship (Photo:THISDAYLIVE)

China warns U.S warship to leave South China Sea – Official

China said on Thursday that Chinese warships warned a U.S. Navy warship to leave after it sailed within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea. Speaking at a monthly news briefing in Beijing, Defence Ministry spokesman, Ren Guoqiang, said China had…

Al Jazeera

Egypt blocks 21 websites including Al Jazeera

Egypt on Thursday blocked 21 websites, including Qatari news network, Al Jazeera, and Islamist-affiliated platforms, following in the footsteps of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Among those blocked since Wednesday evening is the website of the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood, Ikhwan Online, according to a report in the privately-owned…

Olusegun Obasanjo

‎Nigerian govt’s failure to obey court order escalated Boko Haram crisis – Obasanjo

The former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has alleged that the refusal of the federal government to pay compensation to members of the Boko Haram sect as ordered by the court at the early stage of its formation under Mohammed Yusuf, was responsible for the escalation of violent extremism. ‎Mr. Obasanjo disclosed…

Former junior minister of Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro

APC chairman speaks on Obanikoro’s planned defection to ruling party

The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos, Henry Ajomale, on Wednesday said the party was stepping up arrangements to welcome a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) and former Minister of State, Musiliu Obanikoro, into its fold in a matter of weeks. Mr. Ajomale, who gave the…

Kaduna Refinery

Governor inaugurates coconut oil refinery in Nigeria

Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom on Wednesday inaugurated a Coconut Refinery in Mkpat-Enin in continuation of activities to mark his second year in office. Mr. Emmanuel, who performed the exercise at the Ikot Abasi/Mkpat Enin/Eastern Obolo axis of the state, said that coconut was created by God with over…

Federal University Otuoke

Protest rocks university in Bayelsa

Some residents of Otuoke, host to Federal University Otuoke, on Wednesday protested around the campus and disrupted academic activities in the university. The protest was led by members of Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU), Otuoke chapter. The protesters alleged that indigenes of the area were marginalized in appointments…

Former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC, Andrew Yakubu

Court grants former NNPC boss, Yakubu, permission to travel abroad

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday granted Andrew Yakubu, former Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) permission to travel abroad for medical treatment. Mr. Yakubu was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) on a six-count charge of money laundering and false…

Defence Headquarters

Coup Plot Rumour: Nigeria’s Defence Headquarters reacts

The Defence Headquarters on Wednesday dismissed rumours of coup plot and urged Nigerians not to panic, as there was no such attempt. The director of Defence Information, John Enenche, a Maj.-Gen., allayed the fear at a news conference attended by the spokesman of the army, Sani Usman, a Brig.-Gen., and…

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Benue begins translation of science textbooks into indigenous languages

The Benue State Universal Basic Education Board has started translating science textbooks into Tiv dialect for easy learning and sustenance of indigenous languages. The Executive Chairman of the board, Philip Tachin, made this known on Wednesday while declaring open a two-week teacher professional development workshop. The workshop had the theme:…

Deported Nigerians  [Photo: NAN]

UK deports 35 Nigerians

The Government of the United Kingdom on Wednesday deported 35 Nigerians for committing immigration-related offences in the country. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the deportees arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMlA) Lagos at about 5.50 a.m. The deportees, comprising 30 males and five females, were…

Former INEC Chairman, Maurice Iwu

Iwu, Daily Telegraph agree N500,000 out-of-court settlement over publication

A former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Maurice Iwu and the Daily Telegraph on Wednesday in Abuja settled out of court after the paper paid N500, 000 as compensation for malicious publication. The report, which claimed Mr. Iwu had been indicted for electoral fraud and malpractices, was…

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Job Creation (N-Power), Mr Afolabi Imoukhuede speaking on the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Abuja on Wednesday (24/5/17).
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Nigerian govt to prosecute escapee N-power volunteers

The Federal Government says it will prosecute N-Power volunteers who are receiving monthly stipends but refuse to appear at their primary places of assignment. Afolabi Imoukhuede, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Job Creation (N-Power Scheme), disclosed this at a News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) forum. He said the…

Manchester attacker, Salman Abedi [Photo Credit: The Guardian]

Manchester attacker recently returned from Libya — UK govt

Britain’s interior minister said on Wednesday she believed the suicide bomber, who killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert in the English city of Manchester, had recently returned from Libya. Asked to confirm whether Salman Abedi had recently come back from the country, Amber Rudd told BBC Television: “Yes,…