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FILE PHOTO: Nigerian Army troops clearing Boko Haram enclaves along Bitta to Tokumbere, Sambisa Forest, Borno state

Finally, multinational force overruns Boko Haram, captures key Borno border town

The MultiNational Joint Taskforce (MNJTF), on Thursday captured and occupied Damasak, a town in the North-East state of Borno, authorities said. Damasak is a boundary town between Nigeria and Niger Republic and is located in Northern Borno. It is one of the last frontiers of the Boko Haram terrorists. The…

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Mikel denies “dashing” Olympic teammates $30,000

Captain of Team Nigeria to the Rio Olympics, John Mikel Obi, has denied media reports that he donated 30,000 dollars to his teammates in the U23 team presently camping in Atlanta, USA. Speaking from the team's camp at the Hyatt Place, the Super Eagles captain was furious: "I was first…

Sen. Shehu Sani (R) with Ambassador of Turkey, Ambassador Hakan Cakil, during the Senator's visit to condole the Ambassador over the recent coup attempt in that country, in Abuja on Thursday (28/7/16)
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Turkey extends coup clampdown to Nigeria, wants 17 “Turkish” schools closed

The Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Hakan Cakil, has called on the Nigerian Government to close 17 Turkish schools in Nigeria for their alleged links with a movement his government says was involved in the July 15 failed coup attempt in Turkey. The ambassador, who made the call when the vice…

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Nigerian military says working to manufacture own hardware

The Commandant, National Defence College, Samuel Alade, says the Nigerian military has begun taking steps towards the manufacture of military hardware. Mr. Alade, a Rear Admiral, said this in Abuja on Thursday while addressing journalists after he led the Course 24 of the college on a visit to Vice President…

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Nigerian Military launches “Operation Crocodile Tears” after threat of force in Niger Delta

The Nigerian military on Wednesday announced it will launch a series of tactical drills in Enugu from weekend, days after threatening the use of force in neighbouring Niger Delta where militants have attacked oil and gas installations for months. The announcement for the drills, codenamed “Operation Crocodile Tears”, came about…

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Kaduna requires special security outfit against kidnapping — Lawmaker

The chairman of Senate Committee on Foreign and Local Debts, Shehu Sani, on Wednesday called for the setting up of a special security and intelligence task force to combat the new wave of kidnapping of farmers and motorists in Kaduna State. Mr. Sani, who represents Kaduna Central senatorial district under…

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Radio panelists, host jailed in Ghana for threatening judges

Ghana's Supreme Court on Wednesday sentenced two panelists on a political talk show on Accra-based radio station to four months imprisonment each for contempt. Alistair Nelson and Godwin Ako Gunn, the panelists, and Salifu Maase, alias Mugabe, the host of the programme on Montie FM, were also fined 1.3 dollars…

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Edo 2016: PDP aspirant dumps party

Solomon Edebiri, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) aspirant in the June 20 party primaries, said that he had resigned from the party. Edebiri made the disclosure while speaking with journalists in Obayanton, near Benin on Thursday. He attributed his decision to leave the party to ``dishonesty of the party leadership’’.…

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Syrian President offers pardon to rebels who surrender within 3 months

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday offered amnesty to armed rebels who surrender to the government within three months, a media report said. According to a presidential decree issued by Assad, the pardon covers whoever held or possessed weapon for any reason, if they turn themselves in to the authorities…

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South Sudan’s Riek Machar speaks from hiding, says he’s still vice president

President Salva Kiir of Sudan swore in Taban Deng Gai as first vice president of the country on Tuesday, replacing Riek Machar, who hasn’t been seen nor heard from since fighting broke out earlier this month between his forces and those loyal to the president. But in an exclusive with…

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Budget padding scandal: House group wants Dogara, Jibrin, others probed

A group in the House of Representatives, the "Transparency Group", on Wednesday demanded the investigation of Speaker Yakubu Dogara, and others by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged padding of the 2016 budget. The lawmakers made this known in Abuja while briefing journalists. They insisted that Mr.…

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Dickson praises Buhari for not interfering in Bayelsa’s political process

Gov. Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has commended President Muhammadu Buhari "for his non-interference in the political processes that played out in Bayelsa during and after last general elections". Mr. Dickson gave the commendation while answering questions from State House correspondents after a closed door meeting with Mr. Buhari at…

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Nigeria deports three South Koreans

The Nigerian government has announced the deportation of three South Koreans from the country over alleged immigration offences. The three persons, according to a statement by the spokesperson for the Nigeria Immigration Service, Ekpedeme King, were removed from Africa's most populous country on July 20. They remained ineligible to enter…

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Naira in stability contest against dollar

The Naira on Wednesday struggled to maintain stability against the dollar at the parallel market, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports. The Nigerian currency opened at N377 and closed at N378 against the dollar by Wednesday afternoon, a rate it had maintained for two days running. The naira weakened…

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Lagos PDP endorses Bode George for party’s national chairmanship post

The Lagos State executives of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), on Wednesday declared their support for a former Deputy National Chairman of the party, Olabode George, to be the party's national chairman. The State Chairman of the PDP, Moshood Salvador, made the declaration at a news conference on the forthcoming…

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Nasarawa Polytechnic closed indefinitely after students unrest

Nasarawa State Polytechnic, Lafia, has been closed down indefinitely following students' unrest. Joseph Labani, the Registrar of the polytechnic, said the decision was due to the violence that followed the death of a student knocked down on Tuesday by a hit-and-run driver. Mr. Labani told journalists that the student, who…

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Nigerian businessman killed in South Africa

The Nigeria Union in South Africa on Wednesday confirmed the killing of a Nigerian businessman in Limpopo Province of South Africa on Tuesday. Collins Mgbo, Secretary of the Union`s chapter in Limpopo, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Polokwane, Limpopo Province, that Ikejiaku Chinedu, 35, was killed by…

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SSS arrests 10 kidnap suspects in Kogi; 4 in military uniform

The Kogi State Command of the State Security Service (SSS) said on Wednesday that it had arrested 10 suspected kidnappers . The state SSS director, Joseph Okpo, told journalists in Lokoja that the suspects were arrested in different parts of the state in the past two weeks. Mr. Okpo, who…

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UNICEF certifies 276 communities in Nigeria open defecation-free

The United Nations Children's Education Fund (UNICEF) on Wednesday said 276 communities across the country have been certified open defecation-free. UNICEF Chief of Field Office, Kaduna, Utpal Moitra made this known in Minna at a mid-year review of 2016 UNICEF State plan for Niger. Moitra said that about 97, 000…

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No alternative to Buhari’s current economic policy — Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is on the right track and there is no alternative to what it is doing. The minister stated this at a meeting with the members of staff of the Nigerian Embassy in Madrid, Spain.…

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Gionee M5 Plus: A pure breed of ingenuity

The Gionee M5 Plus is not just a new addition to the Gionee Family; it is an ingenious plus to the world of smartphones.  Get ready to be blown away by the features of the new Gionee M5 Plus. Let’s take a peek into what the M5 Plus has got to…

Elias Mbam

‎Buhari reappoints RMAFC boss

President Muhammadu Buhari has reappointed Elias Mbam as chairman, Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC). Mr. Mbam completed his first tenure since November 2015. A statement from the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, (OSGF) said on Tuesday that President Buhari approved his re-appointment with…

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Buhari fighting symptoms of corruption not the disease -Bishop Hassan-Kukah

The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Matthew Hassan-Kukah, on Tuesday said the government was fighting the symptoms of corruption and not the disease. Mr. Hassan-Kukah made the disclosure at a programme organised by the Book Readers’ Club of Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy (ISGPP) in Ibadan on Tuesday. According…

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Malawi arrests HIV-positive man for raping girls in cleansing rituals

An HIV-positive man has been arrested after he confessed to raping girls and women as part of sexual cleansing rituals in Malawi, police said on Tuesday. Eric Aniva was taken into custody in southern Nsanje district after President Peter Mutharika ordered his arrest on Monday, police officer Kirby Kaunga told…

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INEC okays Makarfi as PDP’s Acting National Chairman

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has recognised former Governor Ahmed Makarfi as the Acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). This is contained in a statement issued by Nick Dazang, INEC’s Deputy Director, Voter Education and Publicity, on Tuesday in Abuja. He said INEC ratified the administrative…