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Nigerian Senate uncovers cargoes loaded with cars, electronics abandoned for decade

The Senate says it has discovered overtime cargoes worth billions of naira stacked at the Ikorodu Lighter Terminal, Lagos State, by the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) for not less than 10 years. The Chairman Senate Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff, Hope Uzodinma, made the disclosure when briefing journalists in…

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Nigeria hails U.S.-based doctor for successful operation on unborn baby

The Federal Government has commended a US-based Nigerian surgeon, Dr Oluyinka Olutoye, who successfully removed tumour from a baby in her mother’s womb. In a statement in Abuja, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant to the President Muhammadu Buhari on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, said that Nigerian Government and people were…

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Court adjourns suit against NECO

The National Industrial Court has adjourned the suit against the National Examination Council, NECO, till February 22, 2017. Onyemachi Augustine sued NECO and joined its Registrar as co-respondent for alleged unpaid entitlements. The claimant said the special emoluments and entitlements accrued to him when he worked as Special Assistant to…

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UPDATE: Buhari meets Attah, Clark, other Niger Delta leaders

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday met with Niger Delta representatives as part of efforts toward finding lasting solutions to the crisis in the region. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that those attending the meeting are Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, some governors, ministers and other political appointees from the Niger…

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Iraqi forces enter eastern outskirts of Mosul

Iraqi anti-terrorism forces on Tuesday penetrated Gogjali village on the eastern outskirts of Mosul as part of an offensive to liberate the city from Islamic State militants, a security source reported. “The forces managed to take control of a TV building in the village and are currently combing the area,’’…

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Reps urges INEC to conduct re-run elections in Rivers, Anambra

The House of Representatives on Tuesday in Abuja urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to conduct all pending re-run elections into legislative positions in Rivers and Anambra. This followed the unanimous adoption of a motion under matters of urgent public importance sponsored by the House Minority Leader, Leo Ogor…

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Borno still has 32 IDP camps despite return of some displaced persons – NEMA

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in Borno remained 32 in spite of recent return of some persons to liberated communities. The North-East Coordinator of the agency, Muhammad Kanar, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in…

FILE PHOTO: L-R: All Progressives Congress (APC) Gubernatorial Candidate, Mr. Godwin Obaseki; President Muhammadu Buhari; Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; APC Deputy Gubernatorial Candidate, Mr. Phillip Shuaibu; Edo State Governor, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole and his Wife, Iara during the Edo State APC Grand Finale Campaign at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin, on Tuesday, September 6, 2016.

Ondo poll: APC postpones Buhari’s visit

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State has postponed the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to the state to November 10. The president’s visit was initially scheduled for November 3 for the commencement of the campaign of its governorship candidate, Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN). Ondo State would hold its governorship…

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CCB Amendment: It’s insulting to say Senators did Saraki’s bidding – Ndume

The Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, has said that the amendment of Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) Act by the Senate had nothing to do with ongoing trial of the president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki. Reacting to the debate which the issue has generated among Nigerians, Mr. Ndume told the…

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Ex-head of Nigerian stockbrokers, indicted for fraud, loses in court

The Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday dismissed the three cases filed against the Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, by BGL Plc and its chief executive, Alfred Okumagba and the company’s subsidiaries. The court dismissed the cases for lacking competence, handing over a major victory to the commission. The…

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Ondo 2016: Akeredolu meets Buhari, says he has Tinubu’s support

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau on Monday in Abuja enjoined Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo to stop running to President Muhammadu Buhari for solution to his party’s internal problems. Mr. Lalong said this while speaking to State House correspondents after he formally presented Rotimi Akeredolu, the All Progressives Congress gubernatorial…

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PDP faction takes over party secretariat

A factional Chairman of the PDP in Kwara, Sunday Fagbemi, on Monday led some of his sympathisers to take over the party’s secretariat on Asa Dam Road in Ilorin. Members of the party, who are loyal to the Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee of PDP, had stormed the secretariat early in…

Ogun teachers call off two weeks strike

Workers Strike: Ogun sacks NLC, NUT chairmen, 14 others

Eleven days after Ogun workers embarked on an indefinite strike, government responded today with the dismissal of the state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Akeem Ambali, and the state chairman of Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, Dare Ilekoya. Olusola Adeyemi, the Head of Ogun Public Service, announced the…

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Don’t demolish Lagos slums yet, lawmakers tell Ambode

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday appealed to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to reconsider the planned demolition of shanties and slums in riverine areas across the state. The Assembly made the plea following the presentation of a report by its ad hoc committee on the matter led by Adefunmilayo…

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Naira records marginal appreciation against dollar

The Naira on Monday in Lagos appreciated marginally against the dollar at the parallel market, gaining N2, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. The currency exchanged at N468 to the dollar as against N470 it traded on Friday. The Pound Sterling and the Euro closed at N565 and 510, respectively.…

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African migrants storm border in Spanish territory

Two hundred and twenty African migrants on Monday forced their way through a barbed wire fence into Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta, the Spanish government has said. Confirming the development in Madrid, the government said that the incident led to a serious clash between the migrants and Spanish police…

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How Rickey Tarfa obstructed justice, witness tells court

An Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) witness, Sulaiman Abiola, on Monday told an Ikeja High Court how Rickey Tarfa obstructed justice and shielded his clients from arrest. The EFCC on February 5 alleged that Mr. Tarfa wilfully obstructed two of its officers, Moses Awolusi and Sanusi Mohammed, from making…

Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade

Governor Ayade proposes N301 billion Cross River budget for 2017

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River on Monday in Calabar presented a 2017 Appropriation Bill of N301 billion to the House of Assembly. Presenting the budget, Mr. Ayade said it was intended to project economic activities in the state, and would focus largely on the construction of the 260 kilometres…

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Nigeria Stock Exchange market indices down 0.28 per cent

Activities on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE, on Monday resumed for the week on a negative posture with the market indices down by 0.28 per cent due to profit taking. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the market capitalisation dropped by N26 billion or 0.28 per cent to close…

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China imposes new restrictions on lawyers

Human rights organisations are alarmed at new directives for lawyers in China which they said will make them shy away from important cases. The right groups said that the new rules are effectively a gag on lawyers. The Chinese Ministry of Justice’s new directives for the country’s lawyers are due…

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Man docked for allegedly raping friend’s 10-year-old daughter

For allegedly raping his friend’s 10-year-old daughter, Godwin Itta was on Monday docked at an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court. Itta, a factory worker who resides at Balogun Street, Orile Agege, a suburb of Lagos, is facing a charge of defilement. The prosecutor, Rafael Donny, told the court that Mr. Itta…

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2016 U.S. election to cost $6.6 billion

The total cost of the 2016 U.S. presidential election could reach $6.6 billion, about $300 million higher than the last election, the Centre for Responsive Politics has said. The Centre’s Executive Director, Sheila Krumholz told the News Agency of Nigeria in Washington, D.C. on the sidelines of the 2016 U.S.…

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Kano prosecutes 11 women for drinking, romancing men, smoking hemp

The Faggae Outpost of the Kano State Hisbah Board (Sharia Police) on Monday said it had commenced the prosecution of 11 women for allegedly engaging in social vices. Salisu Umar, the Commander, Special Services of the board, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Kano that the suspects were apprehended…

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Nigerian Senate investigates Volkswagen for alleged sabotage

The Senate said it has commenced investigation into alleged breach of trust against the Federal Government by Volkswagen Automobile Group. The Chairman, Senate Committee on Customs, Excise and Tarrif, Hope Uzodinma, made this known while briefing journalists in Abuja on Monday. Mr. Uzodinma said that there were indications that the…

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Abati, Fani-Kayode, Obanikoro receive priestly visit in EFCC detention

The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Mathew Kukah, on Monday visited the headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in Abuja. According to a statement by the commission’s spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, Mr. Kukah met with Femi Fani-Kayode, Musiliu Obanikoro, and a former presidential spokesperson, Reuben Abati, among others.…