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19 Nigerian academics conduct research in Shell sabbatical programme – Official

No fewer than 19 academics from different universities in Nigeria have begun research attachments in several fields of study sponsored by Shell, a multi-national oil company. Bamidele Odugbesan, Shell spokesperson, made this known in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Port Harcourt. Mr.…

FILE PHOTO: Market on fire

Fire razes Warri roundabout market

Early morning fire outbreak on Sunday razed about nine shops at a popular estate roundabout market in Warri, Delta State. A witness account said that the inferno started at about 3:00 a.m. on Sunday leading to the destruction of property including electrical appliances worth millions of Naira. The fire was…

One of the wards at Obafemi Awolowo Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife

Gates Foundation spends $250 million on humanitarian services in Nigeria in 2016 – Country Rep

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said on Sunday that it spent $250 million dollars on health, education and improving the lives of the poor in Nigeria in 2016. Mairo Mandara, its Country Representative, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja. She said that…

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CAN, Muslim Council begin joint tour to promote peace in Taraba

The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, and the Muslim Council in Taraba on Sunday began a joint tour of the state to promote peaceful coexistence among warring communities. Addressing the people in one of the peace meetings for Taraba North Senatorial zone in Zing, near Jalingo, the…

Polio Immunization

Eradicating polio in Nigeria will be our greatest achievement – Gates Foundation

Mairo Mandara, Country Representative of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, says eradication of polio in Nigeria will be the foundation’s greatest achievement. Ms. Mandara, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, on Sunday in Abuja, said that Nigeria was one of the three countries left to completely…

The Nigeria Police Force Headquarters, Abuja [Photo Credit:www.npf.gov.ng]

Abuja gets new police commissioner

The Police Command in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, has got a new Commissioner of Police. He is Musa Kimo. The FCT Command spokesman, Anjuguri Manzah, made this known in a statement on Sunday in Abuja. He said that Mr. Kimo has since assumed office at the command headquarters. Mr.…

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I will win again in 2019 – Benue Governor Ortom

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue said on Sunday that he was “very optimistic” of securing a second tenure as governor, in 2019. Mr. Ortom spoke in Agbeede, Konshisha Local Government of the state, at a thanksgiving mass in honour of his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase. He said that he…

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Don’t convert abandoned stadium to market, FA tells Borno Govt

The Borno Football Association, FA, on Sunday appealed to the state government to rescind its decision to convert the abandoned multipurpose stadium project along Kano road in Maiduguri, to a market. The Acting Commissioner of Environment, Kakashehu Lawan, had recently announced the immediate conversion of the stadium to a market.…

University College Hospital [Photo: Joblanda.com]

UCH establishes vitamin, mineral infusion clinic

The University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan, has established a clinic where multi-vitamins and minerals will be used to boost the health of patients having terminal and chronic diseases. Temitope Alonge, the Chief Medical Director of UCH, made this disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan…

Senator Ben Murray Bruce

Supporting Ali Sheriff “only way” to save PDP from destruction – Ben Bruce

Respect for the court ruling that affirmed Ali Sheriff as the authentic chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party is the "only way" to salvage Nigeria's troubled opposition party, Ben Bruce has said. Mr. Bruce, a PDP Senator from Bayelsa State, disclosed his position on the party's leadership crisis during the…

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SSANU threatens to invade Plateau University over suspension of officials

The national body of the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities, SSANU, has threatened to invade the Plateau State University, PLASU, Bokkos over the suspension of its officials. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the university recently suspended the interim chairman and secretary of the PLASU chapter of SSANU,…

President Muhammadu Buhari

JNI prays for Buhari’s quick recovery, safe return

The Jigawa chapter of the Jama’atul Nasril Islam, JNI, has organised a special prayer for the quick recovery of President Muhammadu Buhari and his safe return to the country. Its Secretary, Muhammad Babangida, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Dutse. Mr. Babangida…

U.S President Donald Trump

Trump reassures supporters after turbulent week

President Donald Trump of the U.S. on Saturday returned to base to reassure his supporters after a turbulent week at the White House that saw Michael Flynn resign as National Security Adviser over conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. Trump, at a rally in Melbourne, Florida, told his supporters that…

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo

Acting President Osinbajo signs seven bills into law

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, has signed into law Pension Rights of Judges (Amendment) Act, 2017, and six other bills passed by the National Assembly. This is contained in a statement issued on Saturday in Abuja by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita…

Fuel station

How NNPC covers petrol cost amid forex crisis — Officials

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has for months paid to maintain the retail pump price of petrol at N145 per litre, government sources say. The Federal Government had in May 2016 through the petroleum products pricing regulatory agency, PPPRA, announced a new petrol price regime, which reviewed retail pump price…

Ikechukwu Ayene, President of Nigeria Union in South Africa

South Africans ‘attack’ Nigerian businesses, says Union

The Nigerian Community in South Africa has confirmed attacks and looting of Nigerian-owned businesses in Pretoria West on Saturday. Ikechukwu Anyene, president, Nigeria Union, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone from Pretoria, South Africa, that the attacks began at 4.00 a.m. He said the union had reported…

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Woman arrested for burning eight-year-old maid’s palms over meat

A 35-year-old staff of the National Examination Council, is being quizzed by the Niger state Child Right Protection Agency for burning with hot charcoal the palms of her eight- year old house-maid, accused of stealing meat from the pot. The Director-General of the agency, Mariam Kolo, in an interview with…

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Nigerian Army target of ‘campaign of calumny’ — Official

The Nigerian Army has warned against a "campaign of calumny" by suspected disgruntled personnel. Sani Usman, a Brigadier General, gave the warning on Saturday in a statement. Mr. Usman said they had been making “spurious and unfounded allegations bordering on payment of troops operations allowances, rotation in the North East…

French Olympic Bid, Paris

French groups furious over English slogan for Paris Olympic bid

Guardians of the French language were up in arms on Friday after the French national Olympic committee adopted an English slogan to back France’s bid to host the 2024 Games. The slogan “Made for Sharing’’ was adopted by the French Olympic Committee to back the bid for the 2024 Summer…

Kim Jong Nam

North Korea to reject autopsy result of leader’s half-brother

North Korea on Friday said it would “categorically reject’’ the result of a post-mortem carried out to determine the cause of death of Kim Jong Nam. Nam was the estranged half-brother of leader Kim Jong Un, who died under mysterious circumstances in Kuala Lumpur this week. “The Malaysian side forced…

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Court grants pro-Biafra suspect bail

A Chief Magistrates’ Court in Port Harcourt on Friday granted bail on grounds of health to one of 45 Biafra separatists standing trial. The Chief Magistrate, Andrew Jaja, granted Emmanuel Nnamani bail in the sum of N50,000 after considering that he was almost losing one of his eyes. Mr. Jaja…

General Emmanuel Atewe

N8.5 billion fraud: EFCC witness gives evidence in trial of ex-JTF commander

A prosecution witness, Nkem Ahidjo, on Friday, chronicled the alleged illegal disbursement of funds by Emmanuel Atewe, a Major General, who is charged with N8.5 billion fraud. Mr. Atewe, a former military commander of the Niger-Delta Joint Task Force Operation Pulo Shield, is charged alongside Patrick Akpobolokemi, a former director-…

Ali Modu Sheriff

PDP Crisis: Makarfi’s faction blames APC for Sheriff’s victory, heads to Supreme Court

The Ahmed Makarfi faction of the Peoples Democratic Party has said it would appeal Friday’s Appeal Court judgement declaring Ali Modu Sheriff as the authentic national chairman. It also accused the ruling All Progressives Congress of manipulating the victory in favour of Mr. Sheriff. The faction stated this through the…

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s wife, Grace Mugabe [Photo Credit: The Standard]

Mugabe’s wife says husband’s corpse will get votes if it contests

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s wife, Grace Mugabe, on Friday warned those aspiring to take over from her husband that there is no vacancy at the state house. Speaking at a rally in Buhera North, Manicaland Province, the first lady lashed out at perceived factionalists and "successionists" in the ruling Zanu-PF…

Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Abdullahi Gana

Nigeria Civil Defence Corps website ‘hacked’

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has debunked any ongoing recruitment by the organisation, saying its website has been hacked. The spokesperson of the Corps, Emmanuel Okeh, disclosed this in a statement issued on Friday in Abuja. Mr. Okeh said the Commandant-General of the Corps, Abdullahi Muhammadu, warned…