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INEC sets up committee to ensure Displaced Persons vote

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has raised a task force on how to get people displaced in different parts of the country to vote in the February 2015 general elections. There are about 1.5 million Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in Nigeria, according to the United Nations Higher Commissioner for…

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UN agencies seek $810m to help South Sudan refugees

Humanitarian agencies are seeking $810 million from donors to aid South Sudanese refugees in 2015. This was disclosed by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR, Antonio Guterres. Mr. Guterres warned that unless armed hostilities ended and a peace agreement was reached, total refugee outflow to neighboring countries could reach…

FCT Minister, Bala Mohammed

Land swap policy will address ​re​settlement of Abuja indigenes – FCTA

The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, on Friday assured indigenes of Abuja that the Land Swap policy introduced by the administration would address issues of their resettlement. Yahaya Yusuf, the Director of Development Control, FCTA, said this in an interview in Abuja. Mr. Yusuf said the policy would also encourage…

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Pakistan to hang convicted militants in wake of school massacre

Prison authorities in Pakistan on Friday were preparing to hang convicted terrorists after the government lifted a six-year moratorium on executions, officials said. The decision followed the massacre of 135 school children and 12 others by Taliban gunmen at an army-run school in the north-western city of Peshawar. At least…

Godwin Emefiele, CBN governor

New N100 note goes into circulation

The Central Bank of Nigeria said that the commemorative N100 banknote unveiled recently by the President, Goodluck Jonathan, is going into circulation from Friday. This was disclosed in a statement signed by Ibrahim Mu'azu, Head, Corporate Communications, on Friday in Abuja. It directed all branches of the bank to commence…

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Exhume Adekunle’s body for befitting burial in Ogbomoso, says Alabi-Isama

A Nigerian civil war veteran, Godwin Alabi-Isama, a retired Brigadier General, on Thursday, called for the exhumation of Benjamin Adekunle’s corpse from the Ikoyi cemetery for a befitting hero’s burial in Ogbomoso. He made the call at a public lecture in honour of the late Mr. Adekunle by Ogbomoso Community…

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FIFA clears Ukoh to play for Nigeria

The Federation of International Football Associations, FIFA, on Thursday, cleared former Swiss Under-20 international, Steven Ukoh, to represent Nigeria at the senior level. A statement issued in Abuja by Ademola Olajire, Assistant Director, Communications, Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, said the decision was made by the FIFA Players’ Status Committee’s judge…

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INEC extends deadline for submission of governorship forms

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, said it had shifted the deadline for the submission of governorship and House of Assembly candidates’ forms from December 25 to December 26. The chief press secretary to INEC chairman, Kayode Idowu, made this known on Thursday in Abuja while speaking with journalists. Mr.…

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Oil workers end nationwide strike

Oil workers under the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Worker (NUPENG)  have called off their four-day long industrial action. The National Executive Councils of the two unions agreed to suspend the strike after a long meeting…

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Nigerian government approves sale of NITEL/MTEL for $252m

The National Council on Privatisation,NCP, on Thursday approved the sale of the liquidated Nigeria Telecommunication Plc. and its subsidiary, Mtel, to NATCOM Consortium for $252million. The chairman of NCP's Technical Committee, Atedo Peterside, told State House correspondents in Abuja that the approval was one of the decisions taken at a…

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No “Northern” or “Southern” Nigerian — Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday urged Nigerians not to see themselves as “Northern” or “Southern” citizens, but as people and a race bound by the same history and constitution. Mr. Jonathan stated this in Abuja at the annual National Migration Dialogue organised by the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and…

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Again, over 70 percent of WAEC candidates “fail” exams

More than 70 percent of the candidates who sat for the 2014 November/ December 2014 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), failed to make five credits, Mathematics and English Language inclusive, the exams body announced Thursday. Scoring five credits with the two subjects is regarded as the pass mark…

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Over 20,000 braziers recalled in Japan due to injury fears

A Japanese lingerie maker is recalling over 20,000 brassieres after complaints that underwears suddenly poked out, sometimes while women were wearing them. The Japanese division of lingerie maker Triumph International, which has made a name for itself with concept lingerie such as a solar-powered bra and an "Abenomics" bra, said…

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Enugu PDP petitions police, wants Ayogu Eze arrested

The Enugu State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has petitioned the Nigeria Police over the alleged forgery of the party’s governorship primary election result sheet by one of the governorship aspirants in the state, Ayogu Eze. The party asked the force to arrest, investigate and prosecute the senator…

Nigerian Union of Journalits

Constitution Amendment: Nigerian journalists support local government autonomy

The Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Zone-B, has advocated autonomy for the third tier of government in Nigeria in the on-going amendment of the 1999 Constitution. According to a statement in Akure on Thursday by Dele Atunbi, the Vice-President of the zone, granting of autonomy to the local government was…

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EU court says Hamas should be removed from terrorist list

An EU court ruled on Thursday that the Palestinian Islamist group, Hamas, be removed from the European Union's terrorist list. The court added that the decision to include the group was based on media reports. In its ruling, the bloc's second highest tribunal, however, said member states could keep Hamas's…

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Boko Haram kills dozens, abducts several more near Chibok

Suspected Boko Haram militants have killed dozens and kidnapped about 100 people in Gumsere, a community near Chibok, Borno State, survivors of the attack have said. At least 30 people were killed, they said. The attack came more than eight months after Boko Haram abducted more than 200 schoolgirls in…

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Court ​stops House of Reps from probing ​​Alison-Madueke over N10 bn private jet​

An Abuja Federal High Court on Wednesday set aside House of Representatives’ invitation to Petroleum Minister Deziani Alison-Madueke to appear before it for allegedly hiring a jet for N10 billion. The Minister and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, had approached the court to stop the lawmakers from probing the…

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HIV outbreak in Cambodian village sparks investigation

An outbreak of HIV in a village in north-western Cambodia prompted an investigation, an official said on Wednesday, as news media reported allegations of contaminated medical equipment. A UN health official told journalists that the National AIDS Authority of Cambodia, NAAC, was investigating after 90 people aged 4 to 80…

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Pakistan mourns victims of savage school massacre

Pakistan began three days of mourning on Wednesday for the 132 children and nine school staff killed in the deadliest ever attack by the Taliban. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has called it a "national tragedy unleashed by savages". Reports say seven Taliban insurgents stormed an army-run school in the north-western…

Babangida Aliyu

PVC: Niger Govt declares Friday, Monday work free days

Niger State Government has declared Friday December 19 and Monday December 22 as work free days, to enable civil servants obtain the Permanent Voters Card, PVC. This was contained in a statement issued on Wednesday in Minna by Israel Ebije, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Babangida Aliyu. Mr.Aliyu, however,…

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Standard organization destroys low quality goods worth N5billion

The Standards Organization of Nigeria, SON, said on Tuesday that it destroyed substandard goods worth N5 billion in the first 11 months of 2014. The Head, Inspectorate and Compliance of SON, Bede Obayi, told journalist during the destruction of some of the goods at the agency's dumpsite in Shagamu, Ogun…

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Court sustains FIRS’ N1.24billion tax assessment against Halliburton

The Court of Appeal in Lagos on Tuesday ruled that the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) was right in its assessment of an additional $6.97 million (about N1.24 billion) as tax against Halliburton Energy Services Nigeria Limited (HESNL). The Service had raised an additional tax assessment against HESNL for year…

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Adidas ​extends sponsorship deal with NFF

​Adidas​,​ ha​s provisionally extended its kit sponsorship deal with the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, pending a contract renewal. The Chairman of NFF, Amaju Pinnick, told reporters on Tuesday in Abuja that the football house plans to renew the contract, which would expire at the end of December. According to Mr.…

Muhammadu Buhari

APC to name Buhari’s running mate Wednesday

The National Chairman of the All Progressives [APC] John Odigie-Oyegun, has said the party would on Wednesday announced its vice presidential candidate for the February 14 election. He stated this in an interview with journalists on Tuesday in Abuja. The opposition party had elected a former Head of State, Muhammadu…