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Naira-Dollar

Naira gains N20 against dollar

The naira appreciated significantly against the dollar on Wednesday to trade at N410 to the dollar, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. The local currency gained 20 naira to exchange at N410 to the dollar from N430 posted on Tuesday. It also firmed against the pound sterling and the…

High Court

Man arraigned for allegedly paying sex worker with fake naira

A 30-year-old man, Frank Igwe, who allegedly used some fake naira to pay a sex worker for her services, was on Wednesday charged before a Yaba Chief Magistrate Court in Lagos. The accused, whose address was not given, is facing a charge of unlawful possession of fake currency. The prosecutor,…

Naira notes

N8 billion currency scam: Two bankers jailed for 18 years

A Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan has sentenced a Central Bank of Nigeria staff, Philip Togun, and a woman, Esther Afolabi, ex-staff of WEMA Bank to 18 years imprisonment for participating in stealing of N8 billion at CBN Ibadan branch. They were arraigned for conspiracy, conversion, forgery, re-circulation of…

Titi Abubakar [Photo: Nigeriafilms.com]

Change of counsel stalls Titi Atiku’s N918 million fraud case against three others

The change of defence counsel on Wednesday stalled hearing of a N918 million fraud charge brought by Titi Abubakar, the wife of a former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, against a pastor, Nsikakabasi Akpan-Jacobs and two others at an Ikeja High Court. Mr. Akpan-Jacobs and the two co-defendants in the suit are…

Bristow Helicopter

NCAA okays helicopter operations in Abuja

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, has cleared all helicopter operators duly certified by the regulatory authority to commence operations in and out of Abuja. The NCAA General Manager, Public Relations, Sam Adurogboye, in a statement in Lagos on Wednesday said a letter had since been dispatched to all concerned…

Scottish Parliament

Scottish parliament suspends independence debate after London attack

Scotland’s devolved parliament suspended a planned vote on Wednesday to give its government a mandate to seek a new independence referendum after an attack on Britain’s Houses of Parliament in London. The police said they were treating the attack as a terrorist incident, after a policeman was stabbed, an assailant…

Police at Westminster [Photo Credit: Daily Express]

Woman pulled alive from River Thames after London attack

A woman was pulled from the River Thames alive after Wednesday’s attack on a bridge near Britain’s parliament in Westminster, the Port of London Authority (PLA) said. It said that the woman was being treated for serious injuries. “A female member of the public was pulled from the water near…

Patience Jonathan

EFCC vs Patience Jonathan: Court to hear preliminary objection May 2

An FCT High Court in Lugbe has adjourned till May 2, hearing on a preliminary objection filed by the anti-graft EFCC over the asset seizure of former First Lady Patience Jonathan. At the resumed hearing on Wednesday, the judge, Angela Otaluka, adjourned the matter following the submission of the EFCC…

Boko Haram

Boko Haram commander who escaped from prison in 2010 rearrested – Official

A Boko Haram commander who escaped from prison in 2010 has been re-arrested, the State Security Services, SSS, said. In a statement by a Tony Opuiyo, the SSS said that the service arrested Nasiru Sani, also known as Osama, in Bauchi on March 15. He said Mr. Sani escaped from…

Maternity Ward [Photo: The Guardian Nigeria]

Nigerian govt deployed 1,473 graduate midwives to PHCs in 2016 – Official

The Federal Government has deployed more than 1,473 newly graduated basic midwives to Primary Health Care Centres, PHCs, across the country. Faniran Sanjo, the Assistant Director, International Co-operation Department, Ministry of Budget and National Planning, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Abuja on…

China Premier, Xi Jinping

China seeks APC’s support on Nigeria’s ‘full execution’ of One China rule

The Peoples Republic of China Ambassador to Nigeria, Zhou Pingjian, has met with the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, John Odigie-Oyegun, requesting the Party’s support in ensuring Nigeria’s ‘full execution’ of the One China policy between both countries. Mr. Pingjian was accompanied by the Chinese Deputy Ambassador,…

First Nation
Photo credit: daily post.ng

Abuja Airport closure: FirstNation seeks compensation

FirstNation Airways has appealed to the Federal Government to address the issue of compensation for airlines over losses incurred as a result of closing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. The airline made the plea in a statement signed by its Manager, Corporate Services, Rasheed Yusuf, on Wednesday in…

Santo Vottari [Photo: LACNEWS24]

Italian police capture fugitive Italian Mafia boss after 10-year chase

The Italian police on Wednesday said that a `Ndrangheta Mafia’ boss who has been on the run for 10 years has been captured. Santo Vottari, 44, who was sentenced in Italy to 30 years on a series of charges, including murder, was on Europol’s most wanted list. Investigators believe he…

FILE PHOTO: FRSC officials at a scene of an accident

22 traders die in ghastly road accident

Twenty-two traders have died in a motor accident that occurred on the Tunga Giwa – Ruwa road in Shanga Local Government Area of Kebbi. The accident occurred when a Toyota Canter vehicle that tried to avoid a pot-hole, hit a motorcyclist and somersaulted, killing the cyclist and 22 passengers in…

Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs Service, Hameed Ali

Senate calls for resignation of Hameed Ali as Customs boss

The Senate has called for the resignation of the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Hameed Ali. The lawmakers said on Wednesday that Mr. Ali was not fit to hold public office. The call follows Mr. Ali’s decision not to appear before the lawmakers in uniform on Wednesday as directed…

Vincent Enyeama

Enyeama makes Ligue 1 team of the week

Former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama, has been listed in the Ligue 1 Team of the Week in France, following a fantastic showing at the weekend against Olympique Marseille. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Lille OSC had struggled on home soil this season, failing to win any…

nigeria-women

Women still most marginalized globally – UNDP report

The UN Development Programme, UNDP, says in spite of the progress recorded globally, women are still the most marginalized group. The UNDP’S latest Human Development Report, launched on Tuesday, found that while the average human development improved significantly since 1990, progress is uneven, with systemic discrimination against women, indigenous peoples…

Oyo Assembly

Noise pollution: Lawmakers want churches, mosques sanctioned

The Oyo State House of Assembly has directed the state Ministry of Environment, Urban Development and Physical Planning to sanction churches and mosques that flout the Noise Pollution Law. The Speaker of the House, Michael Adeyemo (APC/Ibarapa-East), gave the directive at the plenary on Tuesday. Isaac Ishola, the commissioner in…

Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)

Stop forced return of Nigerian refugees, UN tells Cameroon

The UN has expressed concern over the forced return of Nigerian refugees from Cameroon in spite of recent tripartite agreement aimed at ensuring voluntary returns of nationals. The refugees are part of the millions displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in north-eastern Nigeria. Majority of the displaced are internal within…

From Left: Chief Of The Air Staff, Air-Marshal Sadique Abubarkar; 
Chief Of Defence  Staff,  Gen. Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin;  Vice
President Yemi Osinbajo; President Muhammadu Buhari; Chief Of Army Staff,
Lt-Gen. Tukur  Buratai And  Chief Of Naval  Staff, Vice-Admiral Ibok Ete
Ekwe  Ibas, At The Decoration Of Service Chiefs At The Presidential Villa
In Abuja On Thursday (13/8/15). NAN

Service Chiefs brief Buhari on operations

The heads of Nigeria's Army and Air Force on Tuesday briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on their operations and reassured him of their unalloyed loyalty. The meetings with the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, a lieutenant general, and the Chief of Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar, an air marshal, were held…

Turkish Airlines

Confusion trails U.S. electronics ban for Middle East flights

A new U.S. security measure banning large electronic devices from airliner cabins on direct flights to the U.S. from 10 Middle Eastern hubs on Tuesday left travellers in confusion. It was unclear when the new measures at the 10 airports in eight countries would take effect, with airlines stating different…

University of Ibadan (UI) [Photo: sirkenayo.com]

Workers strike grounds activities at Nigeria’s oldest university

Activities have been grounded at the University of Ibadan due to the strike embarked on by the three non-academic staff unions of the institution. They are Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, Non-Academic Staff Union, NASU, and National Association of Academic Technicians, NAAT. The unions began the indefinite strike…

Dasuki

DasukiGate: Judge berates EFCC over ‘media trial’ of Nicholas Ashinze

The Federal High Court Abuja on Tuesday suspended the ongoing trial of Nicholas Ashinze until the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, puts its house in order. Mr. Ashinze was an aide to former National Security Adviser, NSA, Sambo Dasuki. At the resumed trial, counsel to Mr. Ashinze, Ernest Nwoye,…

House of Reps

Former Nigerian official admits giving lawmakers N50 million ‘gratification’

Benjamin Ogunbodede, a professor and former director of Institute of Agricultural Research and Training, has said that he gave N50 million to some members of the National Assembly. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the embattled former director is standing trial before a Federal High Court sitting in…

Bureau De Change

Naira continues rise against dollar, sells N420-N430 per dollar

The Naira has continued to appreciate against the dollar at the parallel market, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. The Nigerian currency on Tuesday afternoon traded at N420 (buying rate) and N430 (selling rate), while the Pound Sterling and the Euro closed at N530 and N450 respectively. Trading on the…