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21 people die of meningitis in Sokoto – Health Commissioner

The death toll as a result of the meningitis epidemic in Sokoto State has now risen to 21. The State Health Commissioner, Balarabe Kakale, confirmed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Sokoto on Sunday. Mr. Kakale also provided an update on the state of high…

Nigerian army

Why Nigerian Army holds championship in Sambisa forest — Buratai

Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff, says this year’s Nigerian Army Small Arms Championship is holding in Sambisa forest to consolidate the army’s grip on the area. Mr. Buratai, a Lt.-Gen., announced this while speaking with journalists on the final arrangements for the event on Saturday in Maiduguri. “We…

Herdsmen

Benue residents endorse anti-grazing bill

Participants at the just-concluded public hearings held by the Benue State House of Assembly, on the government's proposed anti grazing bill, have expressed support for a law banning open grazing in Benue. The participants also endorsed the provision that open grazing be replaced with ranches, but declared that such ranches…

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Journalist, four others killed in Osun car crash

An auto crash which occurred at Asejire end of Osun on Friday killed five persons while others sustained severe injuries. Among the dead was a journalist, Nathaniel Abimbola, who worked with the Osun State Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC) in Osogbo. His friends said he was aged 48. He marked his birthday…

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Addax Petroleum CEO arrested over Nigeria operation

The management of Addax Petroleum Nigeria Ltd. on Saturday confirmed that Geneva Prosecutor’s Office was conducting a criminal investigation into allegations focusing primarily on the company’s business in Nigeria. The company’s Communications Officer, Michael Owhoko, confirmed in a statement in Lagos that the Chief Executive Office of its Geneva Office,…

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Gombe’s first speaker dies

The first Speaker of Gombe House of Assembly, Abdullahi Mohammad-Kwadon, has died at the age of 75. Habu Abdu, a lawyer and son of the deceased, confirmed this to journalists in Kwadon, Yamaltu-Deba Local Government area on Saturday. He said the ex-speaker, who died on Saturday, had been buried according…

Magajin Garin Sokoto, Alhaji Hassan Danbaba

Court orders arrest of Ahmadu Bello’s grandson

A Sokoto State Sharia Court on Friday issued a bench warrant for the arrest of a Senior Councillor in the Sultanate Council of Sokoto and Magajin Garin Sokoto, Alhaji Hassan Danbaba. The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) reports that Justice Umar Sifawa, gave the order in a ruling on…

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Buhari heads to Sambisa Forest Monday

President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to declare open this year’s Nigerian Army Small Arms Championship in Sambisa forest in Borno. David Ahmadu, the Chief of Training and Operations, Nigerian Army headquarters, disclosed this at a news conference on the championship in Maiduguri on Friday. Mr. Ahmadu, a major general, said…

Ali Olanusi

Appeal Court reverses impeachment of former Ondo deputy governor

The Court of Appeal sitting in Akure, on Friday reversed the impeachment of Ali Olanusi, former Deputy Governor of Ondo State. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr. Olanusi was impeached by the Ondo State House of Assembly on April 27, 2015, when he dumped the Labour Party on which…

Nigerian Army

Boko Haram: Nigerian Army demotes officer

The General Court Martial, GCM, of the Nigerian Army on Friday passed a verdict demoting a captain, Mathew Aroye, to 2nd lieutenant after finding him guilty of gross indiscipline. The President of the GCM, Olusegun Adeniyi, a brigadier general, gave the verdict during its sitting in Maiduguri. Mr. Adeniyi said:…

Drinking Water

Lagos water corporation to revive 42 mini waterworks

The Managing Director of Lagos State Water Corporation, Muminu Badmus, on Friday said the corporation would resuscitate about 42 mini waterworks across the state. Mr. Badmus told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Lagos that the waterworks’ revival was aimed at ensuring that all residents of the state had…

Bureau De Change

Naira consolidates strength against dollar

The Naira on Friday in Lagos consolidated its position against the dollar at the parallel market, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. The Nigerian currency on Friday afternoon exchanged between N380 (buying rate) and N390 (selling rate), stronger than N400 recorded on Thursday, while the pound sterling and Euro…

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U.S. sanctions 30 firms, individuals for aiding Iran, North Korea arms programmes

The U.S. has imposed sanctions on 30 foreign companies and individuals for transferring sensitive technology to Iran for its missile programme or for violating export controls on Iran, North Korea and Syria. The State Department said on Friday that 11 companies or individuals from China, North Korea or the United…

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UniJos students protest increase of school fees to N45,000

Students of the University of Jos have kicked against the N45,000 new school fees, and appealed to management to be “more considerate in view of the hard times”. The institution’s Vice Chancellor, Sabastian Maimako, recently announced the review of the fees, from N27,000 to N45,000, citing dwindling budgetary allocations, rising…

Herdsmen

Police avert herdsmen, farmers clash in Bayelsa

The Police Command in Bayelsa said it has foiled a clash between herdsmen and farmers in Agudama community in Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Bayelsa Government had donated a grazing land to herdsmen and subsequently banned indiscriminate and open grazing…

Super Falcons

FIFA Women Rankings: Nigeria moves up to 34, remains Africa’s number one

Nigeria’s women have moved up one place on the monthly FIFA world rankings to 34, retaining their place as the top-ranked African side. The rankings released on Friday showed Nigeria as having amassed 1613 points to maintain their status as African champions, with Ghana its nearest African side on the…

Chimamanda Adichie

Chimamanda Adichie makes Fortune magazine’s list of 50 world leaders

Nigerian author, Chimamanda Adichie, has been named amongst the 50 greatest world leaders in the 2017 Fortune magazine ranking. The Half of a Yellow Sun writer was ranked number 42 on the list with Chicago Cubs baseball team president Theo Epstein at number one. Business mogul, Jack Ma, of AliBaba…

Former Egyptian leader, Hosni Mubarak [Photo: CNN.com]

Former Egyptian leader, Mubarak, walks free for first time in six years

Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president overthrown in 2011 and the first leader to face trial after the Arab Spring uprisings that swept the region, walked free on Friday for the first time in six years, his lawyer said. He left the Maadi Military Hospital where he had been detained, heading…

Arik Airline

Arik ‘resolves’ industrial disputes, resumes flight operations

The management of Arik Airline says it has resolved the lingering impasse with labour unions in a meeting mediated by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). According to a statement issued on Friday by the Media Consultant to the airline, Simon Tumba, the NCAA brokered the peace meeting held Thursday…

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Reps committee invites Emefiele, Kachikwu over alleged forex diversion

The House of Representatives on Thursday invited the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, and the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu to appear before it on Monday, April 7. The House ad hoc Committee on the Review of Petroleum Pump Price, which issued the…

Forensic workers at the scene where Miroslava Breach was shot dead by unknown assailants [Photo: Fox News]

Journalist who wrote about Mexico’s organised crime killed

A journalist who wrote about organised crime was fatally shot as she left her house in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua, a newspaper she wrote for said on Thursday. Miroslava Breach, 54, was a correspondent for the newspapers Norte and La Jornada, which confirmed the killing to dpa. She…

House of Reps

Reps suspend bill seeking punishment for sexual harassment in tertiary institutions

The House of Representatives on Thursday suspended deliberations on a bill seeking to make provisions for the prohibition and punishment of sexual harassment of students in educational institutions. The bill, sent to the House for concurrence from the Senate, was suspended because it is restricted to higher institutions only. Presenting…

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Five corpses found, hundreds feared dead as migrant boats sink off Libya

Five migrants were found dead in the sea off Libya on Thursday after the boats they were travelling in sank, likely carrying hundreds more to their deaths, an aid organisation said. Proactiva Open Arms, one of several groups operating in the area, said it was notified that an inflatable boat…

Immigration officials screening Nigerian returnee from Libya during their arrival at the

Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on Thursday.

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Another 155 Nigerians return from Libya

Two weeks after 171 Nigerians voluntarily returned home from Libya, 155 others followed suit on Thursday aboard a chartered Nouvel Air aircraft with registration number TS-1NB. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the aircraft landed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at about 6.00 p.m. Like the initial…

Bureau De Change

Dollar records further loss, sells for N390 at parallel market

The value of the dollar continued to diminish against the naira as the Nigerian currency was traded at N390 at the parallel market on Thursday in Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Naira had also appreciated against the Euro, exchanging at N400 while remaining stable against the…