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After Kano gun battle, another fleeing Boko Haram member arrested in Abuja

A day after the police in Kano engaged in a gun duel with Boko Haram suspects who had escaped from Sambisa forest in Borno, the police in Abuja have arrested another suspected member of the sect who also reportedly escaped from the forest. The Nigerian Army had last year warned that the escaping terrorists…

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Naira rebounds against dollar at parallel market

The Naira on Monday regained strength against the dollar at the parallel market, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. The Nigerian currency gained one point to exchange at N365 to the dollar at the parallel market, stronger than N366 posted on Friday, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro…

Evidence is collected at the scene. Photograph: Eric Gay/AP [Photo Credit: The Guardian]

Death toll rises to 10 in suspected human trafficking case in Texas

United States authorities investigating the suspected human trafficking case said on Monday that 10 victims had died after being found inside a locked, overheated lorry trailer in Texas. Federal prosecutors vowed to identify and bring to justice the suspected human traffickers responsible for the deaths. The lorry driver was arrested…

FROM LEFT: Former President Olusegun Obasanjo; Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh; Director General, International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Dr Nteranya Sanginga; Chairman, IITA AT 50, Dr Kwesi Atta-Krah; Former Head of State, Gen Yakubu Gowon; President, African Development Bank, Dr Akinwumi Adesina; Chairman, IITA Board of Trustees, Dr Bruce Coulman and Oyo state Deputy Governor, Chief Alake Adeyemo cutting the 50th anniversary cake of IITA in Ibadan on Monday.
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Commercialise your finished research, Osinbajo tells IITA

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Monday advised the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, IITA, Ibadan, to commercialise the results of its research in order to promote universal application. Mr. Osinbajo, who was represented by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, gave the advice at the 50th…

Almajiris

Nigerian govt expresses concern on number of out-of-school children

The Federal Government on Monday expressed concern over the increasing number of out-of-school children in the country. Adamu Husaini, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, made the remark at the opening of the 62nd National Council on Education (NCE) meeting in Kano. “It is sad to note that Nigeria…

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Petrol marketer convicted of N964 million subsidy fraud seeks stay of judgment

Rowaye Jubril, a convicted oil marketer, on Monday asked an Ikeja High Court to stay the execution of a judgment ordering a refund of N963.7million funds stolen in an oil subsidy scam to the Federal Government. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Justice Lateefa Okunnu, on March 16, sentenced…

Google Headquarters [Photo Credit: Android Headlines]

Five Kenyan teenagers to fly to Google HQ after inventing anti-FGM app

Five Kenyan girls are to be flown to Google headquarters in California, U.S.A, after inventing “I-cut”, an app to end Female Genital Mutilation, FGM. I-cut connects girls at risk of FGM with rescue centres and gives legal and medical help to those who have been cut. Organisers say the five…

J-10 Jet fighter. [Photo: Airforce Technology]

Chinese jets intercept U.S. surveillance plane – Officials

Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a U.S. Navy surveillance plan over the East China Sea over the weekend, with one coming within about 300 feet of the American aircraft, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Monday. The officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said initial reports showed one of…

German Chancellor, Angela Merkel 

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Respect Nigeria’s Constitution, territorial integrity, Germany tells Igbo, others

The German Ambassador to Nigeria, Bernhard Schlagheck, says his country will support a more united and prosperous Nigeria devoid of wrangling. Mr. Schlagheck spoke during an interactive session with the leadership of the Enugu State Chapter of Ohaneze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, in Enugu on Monday. The ambassador…

Yemen on map [Photo Credit: Operation World]

Cholera worsens in Yemen, Red Cross warns of health crisis

An official of the International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC, on Monday warned of a health crisis in war-torn Yemen following rapid spread of cholera. Yahya Alibi, head of ICRC delegation in the Gulf Cooperation Council, GCC, told the Kuwaiti official KUNA news agency in an interview that no…

Gov Ibikunle Amosun [Photo credit: Vanguard]

Ogun govt. inaugurates committee to check prostitution

The Ogun Government has inaugurated a committee to look into the menace of prostitution among under-aged youth in the state. The committee members, drawn from the Ministries of Youth and Sports and Women Affairs, would sensitise, arrest and rehabilitate youth found engaging  in such activities. Speaking at the inauguration of…

OPEC [PHOTO CREDIT: Zero Hedge]

Nigeria has no plan to exceed oil output target – Official

The OPEC Secretary-General, Mohammad Barkindo, said on Monday Nigeria has no intention of going beyond its oil production target of 1.8 million barrels per day (bpd) until the end of March 2018. Mr. Barkindo made this known at the opening of the fourth Joint OPEC-non-OPEC Ministerial Monitoring Committee (JMMC) in…

Godwin Obaseki [Photo credti: Naij.com]

Edo State University not for the poor — Vice Chancellor

The management of the state-owned Edo University, Iyamho, says the institution was established to essentially cater for academically-endowed students and the wealthy in the society. The Vice Chancellor of the institution, Emmanuel Aluyor, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) on Monday, in Iyamho-Uzairue, in the…

Borno State Management Agency (SEMA) officials evacuating body of a female suicide bomber at the Red Bricks quarters in Dalori, community in Maiduguri on Monday (24/7/17).
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NEMA confirms four killed, 15 injured in suicide attacks on Borno IDP camps

The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has confirmed the death of four people after suicide bombers attacked two internally displaced persons, IDP camps in Maiduguri. PREMIUM TIMES reported the attacks on Dalori 1 and 2 IDP camps by four different suicide bombers between late Sunday and early Monday morning. In…

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New Hepatitis C treatment effective in Africa – Experts

A new treatment for Hepatitis C is effective in Africa from results of preliminary clinical trials in the region. Karine Lacombe, an associate professor at Saint-Antrine Hospital, Inserm, France, made the disclosure at the ongoing Ninth IAS Conference on HIV Science in Paris on Monday. Ms. Lacombe said such was…

President Tayyip Erdogan 

Facts on Turkey

17 Turkish journalists go on trial for waging ‘asymmetric war’

Seventeen employees of a Turkish opposition newspaper went on trial on Monday, accused of supporting a terrorist group, a case seen by government critics as a further sign that freedom of expression is under attack. “Journalism is not a crime,” chanted several hundred people gathered outside the central Istanbul court…

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Moroccan peacekeeper killed in renewed attacks by militias in CAR

UN says a Moroccan peacekeeper was killed in renewed attacks by Christian militias in Central African Republic (CAR) in the town of Bangassou. Officials said the incident, including one on Sunday, came after attacks on the same diamond-mining town in May that killed at least 115 people and point to…

Crude oil extraction [Photo credit: Bloomberg]

Russia wants OPEC to limit oil output rises from Libya, Nigeria in near future

Russia called on OPEC to limit oil output rises from Libya and Nigeria in the near future, as it hosted a meeting of key OPEC states on Monday to discuss ways to prop up oil prices. The Organization of Oil Producing Exporting Countries, OPEC, has agreed with several non-OPEC producers…

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed [Photo Credit: The Guardian Nigeria]

Nigeria plans establishment of Council to regulate social media use in country

The National Council on Information (NCI) has recommended the “setting up of a Council to regulate the use of social media in Nigeria”. The recommendation is contained in a communique issued at the end of Extraordinary Meeting of NCI on Hate Speeches, Fake News and National Unity held on Friday…

Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos

Six ECOWAS countries to utilise Nigeria’s state of the art aviation safety laboratory equipment

The International Civil Aviation Organisation, ICAO, has said that Nigeria and six other ECOWAS countries will use the $5.8 million Safety Laboratory Equipment belonging to the Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB, in Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Caj Frostel from ICAO who is also the Commissioner for Banjul…

Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo

Osinbajo assures return of kidnapped Lagos school boys

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Sunday assured parents and guardians of the kidnapped Lagos school boys of the safe return of the children. In a chat with journalists on the sideline of 60th birthday thanksgiving service of a pastor, Salami Ololade, in Lagos, Mr. Osinbajo said the Federal Government was…

Dr. Dakuku Peterside, NIMASA Boss

NIMASA commences 24-hour turnaround time for issuing debit notes

In compliance with the presidential directive on the resumption of 24-hour port operations in Lagos ports, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, has commenced a 24-hour turnaround time for analysing cargo manifests and issuing Debit Notes to Shipping Agents. This has been achieved by extending work hours for…

Boko Haram militants [Photo: Independent.ie]

Nigerian Army begins de-radicalisation of 43 repentant Boko Haram members

The Nigerian Army on Sunday said it had begun the de-radicalisation of 43 Boko Haram insurgents who recently surrendered in Borno. A statement signed by Onyema Nwachukwu, Deputy Director Army Public Relations, Theatre Command, and made available to journalists in Maiduguri, said that the insurgents were airlifted to Gombe, to…

Adebayo Faleti

UPDATED: Veteran Yoruba broadcaster and actor, Adebayo Faleti, is dead

The Nigerian veteran broadcaster, poet, journalist, writer and actor, Adebayo Faleti, is dead. Mr. Faleti was confirmed dead on Sunday at the University College Hospital, Ibadan at about 6 a.m. One of his sons, Adeniyi, who confirmed the death on Sunday in Ibadan, said that he was helping his father…

Police Officers

Anambra: 700 suspected cultists, 38 armed bandits arrested in three weeks – Police

No fewer than 700 suspected cultists and 38 suspected armed robbers were arrested in different parts of Anambra in the last three weeks, Garba Umar, the state Commissioner of Police, has said. Mr. Umar told the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Awka that the arrests were clear signal…