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Lionel Messi [Photo Credit: goal.com]

Messi banned for four international matches

Argentina forward, Lionel Messi, has been banned from their next four competitive internationals starting with Tuesday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier away to Bolivia. FIFA, the world football governing body, said on Tuesday that Messi was banned for “directing insulting words at an assistant referee” during Argentina’s 1-0 win over…

Abubakar Shekau in new video

After claims of Shekau’s death, Nigerian govt plots Boko Haram leader’s capture

The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, on Tuesday said the Nigerian armed forces had successfully suppressed Boko Haram insurgency. Mr. Dan-Ali, a retired brigadier general, who had a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, also reassured Nigerians that the army would soon apprehend the sect’s leader, Abubakar Shekau.…

President Muhammadu Buhari

Governors lack moral right to accuse Buhari of non-performance, says Senator

Shehu Sani (APC-Kaduna Central), on Tuesday said state governors lacked the moral right to criticise President Muhammadu Buhari for non-perfomance. Mr. Sani, who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign and Domestic Debts, made the remark in a chat with journalists after a meeting with community leaders in Chikun Local…

Dollar and Naira bills [Photo credit: NairaFX]

CBN reviews BDC rates to N360 per dollar

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has reviewed down the rate at which it was selling dollars to Bureau De Change (BDC) operators nationwide. Aminu Gwadabe, president, Association of Bureau De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON), told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Tuesday that the buying…

Zimbabwe plane crash

Plane crash kills six people in eastern Zimbabwe

Plane crash on Tuesday killed six people in eastern Zimbabwe near the border with Mozambique, a state-owned newspaper reported. The Herald newspaper said the Mozambican-registered eight-seater plane crashed into the Vumba mountains near the Mozambican border, with witnesses blaming bad weather. Four of the passengers were directors of a Mozambican…

Buhari and Tinubu [Photo Credit: SignalNg]

Buhari congratulates Bola Tinubu at 65

President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with former Lagos State Governor and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, on his 65th birthday. The president’s congratulatory message was issued on Tuesday in Abuja by Femi Adesina, the president’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity. Mr. Buhari said he joined…

Aisha Gaddafi

EU court lifts travel ban on Gaddafi’s daughter

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) on Tuesday ordered that a travel ban imposed on the daughter of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi be lifted. The EU had imposed sanctions during the Libyan revolution in February 2011, banning Mr. Gaddafi and members of his family from entering or transiting through…

Ahmed Kathrada

Veteran anti-apartheid activist, Kathrada, dies after brain surgery

Veteran South African anti-apartheid activist, Ahmed Kathrada, who was sentenced to life imprisonment with Nelson Mandela for treason, died on Tuesday after complications following surgery, his foundation said on Twitter. “Ahmed Kathrada has passed on. Details to follow,” the Kathrada Foundation said just before 6am local time (0400GMT). Affectionately known…

Omoni Oboli [Photo: Pulse Nigeria]

Court stops launch of Nollywood movie “Okafor’s Law”, orders seizure of copies

Justice Ibrahim Buba of a Federal High Court in Lagos has issued an Anton Piller order, directing the seizure of a film titled “Okafor’s Law” directed by Nollywood Producer, Omoni Oboli. The court also issued an interim order, suspending the release and launch of the film, in any movie theatre…

INEC Headquarters gutted by fire

Fire at INEC headquarters harmed no one – Official

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said no life or sensitive materials was lost at the fire outbreak that occurred at the commission headquarters on Monday in Abuja. Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, Director of Voter education and Publicity, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.…

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Nigerian govt to borrow $6.1 billion to complete all rail projects by December 2019

The Federal Government has concluded plans to borrow $6.1 billion from Chinese Exim Bank to complete all rail projects in the country by 2019. The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, disclosed this on Monday in Abuja. According to a statement issued by Yetunde Sonaike, the Ministry’s Director of Public Relations,…

Bala Ngilari

Convicted ex-governor used fraudulent prison letter to secure bail – Official

The letter used by the convicted former Adamawa governor, Bala Ngilari, to secure bail is fraudulent, an official has said. The letter, which supposedly confirmed Mr. Ngilari’s bad health situation, was the major one he presented to a Yola High Court and upon which the court granted him bail. Justice…

Voters in the Ondo election

INEC has not suspended 202 staff indicted by EFCC – Official

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, says it has not suspended its 202 staff members indicted for election malpractices by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s (EFCC) report. INEC’s Director of Publicity, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Monday. Mr.…

Central bank of Nigeria

CBN introduces financial education curriculum in primary, secondary schools – Official

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has developed and introduced a Financial Education Curriculum for basic and senior secondary schools, to educate children on how to use financial services responsibly. The Head of Consumer Education, CBN, Khadijah Kasim, said this on Monday in Abuja after a road walk with school…

Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed

Six-week timeline for Abuja airport reopening, sacrosanct – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said there is no plan to extend the reopening date of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, while the six-week timeline remains sacrosanct. The minister, who made the clarification at the Aviation Roundtable on Monday in Lagos, said the media report…

Imo State Local Government Workers Sacked by Gov Rochas Okorocha’s Administration during a Protest at the State Office of Nigeria Labour Congress in Owerri on Monday (27/3/17)
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2,000 sacked local government workers protest in Imo

No fewer than 2,000 local government workers in Imo State on Monday staged a protest against their sack by the state government at the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, secretariat in Owerri. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the affected workers from the 27 local government councils of the state,…

Katsina State

Man jailed for insulting, defaming Nigerian governor on social media

A Katsina Chief Magistrate’s Court has sentenced one Gambo Saeed to nine months imprisonment for insulting and defaming the character of Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State on social media. Saeed resides in Muduru village in Mani Local Government Area of Katsina State. The police prosecutor, Isa Liti, earlier told…

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo [Photo credit: Ventures Africa]

Obasanjo’s wife sues him, Baba Ijebu; wants son’s wedding postponed

Taiwo Obasanjo, wife of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, on Monday filed a suit at an Ikeja High Court, seeking to stop the wedding of her son, Olujonwo Obasanjo, scheduled for May 11. Ex-President Obasanjo and the father of the bride, Kessington Adebutu, promoter of Premier Lotto known as “Baba Ijebu”…

Nigerian Army in Sambisa Forest

Never again will terrorists seize any part of Nigeria – Buhari

Never again will terrorists take over and occupy any part of Nigeria’s territory, President Muhammadu Buhari vowed in Sambisa Forest on Monday. The President made the vow when he declared the 2017 Nigerian Army Small Arms Championship, NASAC, opened. Represented by the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, Mr. Buhari noted…

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AU condemns killing of six aid workers in South Sudan

The African Union, AU, on Monday condemned the ambush and killing of six aid workers in South Sudan. The AU urged the armed actors in the conflict-hit nation to respect international humanitarian laws and give unconditional protection to aid workers. “We strongly condemn and denounce the killing of the six…

Abuja Airport

Abuja Airport repairs 40% completed – FAAN, Contractor

The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and Julius Berger, the contractor handling the repair of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja runway, have said that the work is 40 per cent completed. The duo made this known in Abuja on Monday when members of the House of Representatives Committee on…

Bala Ngilari

UPDATED: How judge granted bail to ex-governor convicted of contract fraud

Justice Nathan Musa of Yola High Court on Monday granted bail to Bala Ngilari, former Adamawa Governor, on health grounds, after he appealed against his recent conviction. Mr. Ngilari was granted bail in the sum of N100 million with two sureties, who must deposit Certificates of Occupancy of landed property…

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Meningitis: Death toll rises to 23 in Sokoto — Commissioner

The death toll as a result of the meningitis epidemic in Sokoto State has now risen to 23, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. The State Health Commissioner, Balarabe Kakale, confirmed the meningitis-related deaths on Monday in Dange town, headquarters of Dange/Shuni Local Government of the state. The News…

Ahmed Kuru, Managing Director, Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON)
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AMCON recovers N681 billion from chronic debtors – MD

The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) has recovered over N681.5billion from chronic debtors in the last six years of its operation, its Managing Director, Ahmed Kuru, said in Abuja on Monday. Mr. Kuru, who made the disclosure at an interactive session with Judges of the Federal High Court, said…

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Namibian woman awarded for saving husband from crocodile’s jaws

Namibian police have awarded a woman a trophy for bravery after saving her husband from the jaws of a crocodile, the newspaper The Namibian reported Monday. Elizabeth Shintangu, now 29, was doing laundry in the Kavango River near Rundu in the north-east while her husband, Matheus Kativa, was bathing in…