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Bayelsa teachers lament non-payment of four months salaries

Teachers in public schools under the auspices of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, in Bayelsa on Wednesday appealed to Governor Seriake Dickson to facilitate the payment of their outstanding salary arrears. They made the appeal in a seven-point communiqué signed jointly by John Kala-Ama, the state’s NUT Chairman, Johnson…

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Seeking greener pasture, Nigerians throng passport office

Many Nigerians seeking to escape from the economic hardship in the country, are trooping to the Nigeria Immigration Services, NIS, office in Enugu to obtain or renew their international passports. A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent, who monitored the development at the NIS Passport Office at the Federal Secretariat,…

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Repentant Boko Haram members urge colleagues to lay down arms

Some repentant Boko Haram members on Thursday appealed to their fellow sect members still in Sambisa forest to lay down their arms and embrace peace. One of them, Joseph David, made the appeal when the Army presented to journalists in Maiduguri, ten of the sect members who surrendered to the…

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6,330 HIV patients registered in Libya in 2016 – WHO

The World Health Organisation, WHO, said that 6,330 HIV patients registered in Libya in 2016. The UN Health Agency said in a statement that 10 people also died in the out-gone year as a result of inability to access anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs. “Last year, there were 6,330 registered HIV patients…

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Trump blames Democrats on hacking, ObamaCare

Donald Trump, the incoming U.S. President, has said that the opposition Democrats were to be blamed for the hacking of their email during the 2016 presidential election. Mr. Trump in his tweets on Wednesday described the Democrats as “careless”. The president-elect also again, cast doubt over the culpability of Russia…

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Gambia: Nigeria pledges to ensure Jammeh hands over peacefully

Nigeria's Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, says his country will do everything possible to help The Gambia have a peaceful resolution to its political crisis. Mr. Onyeama stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja. The minister expressed optimism that the Gambian President Yahya Jammeh…

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Unemployed man steals N9,200 church offering – Police

A 27-year-old unemployed man, Williams Eromosele, on Wednesday appeared before an Igbosere Magistrates' Court in Lagos charged with theft of N9, 200 from the church offertory box. The accused is standing trial on a two-count charge of stealing and breach of peace. Mr. Eromosele, however, pleaded not guilty and was…

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I stand by Jammeh, Gambian Army Chief says

Ousman Badjie, Gambia’s army chief, has reaffirmed his loyalty to embattled President Yahya Jammeh, as the deadline given by the West African regional bloc, ECOWAS gets closer. “May I please seize this opportunity to renew to your Excellency the assurance of the unflinching loyalty and support of the Gambia Armed…

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Kebbi awards N1.25 billion contract for rehabilitation of Yauri, Zuru roads

The Kebbi State government has awarded N1.25 billion contract for the rehabilitation of Malando-Ngaski-Warrah road and Dabai -Zuru road in Zuru and Ngaski local government areas of the state. The Commissioner for Works and Transport, Atiku Bunu, made the disclosure on Wednesday in Birnin Kebbi at the signing of the…

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Court slams N1.5 million bail on 3 murder suspects

Three murder suspects, who appeared before an Ebute Meta Magistrates’ Court in Lagos, were on Wednesday slammed a N500,000 bail each with two responsible sureties each. The accused - Solomon Dibai, 37; Abiodun Ibrahim, 35; and Abass Aponmade, 33 - were charged with a two-count charge of conspiracy and murder.…

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136 Nigerian police officers honoured in Somalia

A total of 136 police officers from Nigeria were awarded medals to mark the end of their duty tour in Somalia, a statement by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) said. The statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja indicated that the 136…

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2017: Nigeria will be out of recession in second quarter – Don

The Vice-Chancellor of Samuel Adegboyega University, Edo State, Ben Aigbokhan, has expressed optimism that Nigeria will be out of the economic recession in the second quarter of the year. Mr. Aigbokhan told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, on Wednesday in Abuja that the government had been working to address…

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Plateau records crime-free Christmas – Police

The Police Command in Plateau on Wednesday said the state recorded crime-free Christmas and New Year celebrations. The command’s spokesman, Terna Tyopev, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Jos that the crime-free celebration was because of the total resilience of its officers and men. “We did not record any…

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University of Ilorin promotes 583 staff

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, AbdulGaniyu Ambali, has approved the promotion of 583 staff, cutting across all cadres of the institution. This is contained in a memo from the Office of the Registrar, titled: “List of newly promoted staff with effect from October1, 2016’’ and made available to…

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Vice Principal, 3 others arrested for raping students, hawker

The Police have arrested a Vice Principal in Nasarawa State suspected of raping his female student. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that three other persons allegedly engaged in various cases of rape were also arrested by the police. A statement issued in Lafia on Wednesday by Idrisu Kennedy, the…

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12 Nigerian power plants produced Zero megawatt electricity on Christmas Day

For millions of Nigerians who had no electricity on Christmas Day, a possible official reason has been provided. The Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry, NESI, disclosed that about 12 power stations could not produce electricity during off-peak period during the holidays including on Christmas Day. According to the News Agency of…

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To avoid deportation, Nigerian escapes from Indian prison

A Nigerian drug peddler, John Okoro, who had served a prison term and was a few hours from being deported has made a daring escape from the Anti-Narcotics Cell’s custody, Indian newspapers have reported. Okoro, 35, had sought permission to step out of the detention room on the first floor…

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Bird flu: Egg shortage hits South Korea

Moon Hong-nam, a pastry-chef in Seoul, needs at least 15,000 eggs a day to bake cakes, but cannot get enough after South-Korea’s worst outbreak of bird-flu and a surge in the prices of eggs. The chef, who indicated considering changing his menu, said:“We have ridden it out through Christmas with…

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British Ambassador to EU resigns – Report

Britain’s Ambassador to the European Union has resigned, nearly one year before he was due to leave his post, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday. Ivan Rogers confirmed his decision in a note to staff, according to the report. Rogers had served as the British ambassador to the EU since…

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Trump flays U.S. intelligence over Russian hacking, delayed briefing

The incoming U.S. President, Donald Trump, has expressed dissatisfaction at the delayed briefing by the intelligence agencies on Russia’s involvement in the hacking that might have compromised the American presidential election. Trump, who took to twitter to express his displeasure, said the delay was “very strange”. “The ‘Intelligence’ briefing on…

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NAACP protest Trump’s U.S. Attorney-General nominee

Members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) staged a sit-in at the Alabama office of U.S. Senator, Jeff Sessions, on Tuesday to protest his nomination as the nation’s next Attorney-General, criticising his record on voting rights and race relations. NAACP activists vowed to occupy Sessions’…

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Turkey extends emergency rule to maintain purge of Gulen supporters

Turkey’s parliament voted overnight to extend emergency rule by three months in a move which the government said was needed to sustain a purge of supporters of the U.S.-based Muslim Cleric accused of orchestrating July’s failed coup. This was disclosed on Wednesday in Istanbul by the state media. Emergency rule,…

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Oando, Sahara Energy, 37 others to buy, sell Nigerian crude in 2017

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, on Wednesday released the names of 39 bidders for the sale and purchase of Nigerian crude for 2017/2018. Announcing the results on its Website, the Group General Manager, Crude Oil Marketing Division NNPC, Mele Kyari, said the contract would run for one year effective…

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Trump says no further prisoners should be released from Guantanamo

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday said there should be no more prisoner releases from the U.S. military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. “These are extremely dangerous people and should not be allowed back onto the battlefield,” Mr. Trump said. President Barack Obama had sought to close the prison…

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Akwa Ibom Church collapse: Panel orders release of Engineer

The special panel of inquiry constituted by the Akwa Ibom Government to investigate the collapsed Reigners Bible International Church building has ordered the release of structural engineer who handled the project. The Chairman of the panel, Umoekoyo Essang, gave the order on Tuesday at the first business unit sitting of…