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Nigerian govt begins preparation of 2017 budget

The Ministry of Budget and National Planning says it has started preparation of the 2017…

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Union Bank floats savings scheme to support 11 northern states

The Union Bank of Nigeria PLC on Thursday floated a savings scheme that would help…

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Nigerian soldiers fighting Boko Haram not owed salaries – Army

The Nigerian Army on Thursday denied media reports that soldiers deployed to fight insurgents in…

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​‘OccupyNASS group received about N400, 000 daily for National Assembly protest’

The #OccupyNASS campaign group has denied being sponsored to move against the National Assembly, or its embattled chairman, Bukola Saraki, pointing instead to a robust support package from unnamed Nigerians, at an average of N400, 000 daily, throughout its campaign period. The group on Thursday said it would bring down…

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PDP defies Southwest chieftains, zones chairmanship to Northeast

A defiant Peoples Democratic Party on Thursday assigned the position of its national chairman to the Northeast geopolitical zone, ignoring threats of mass defection by some of its chieftains who insisted the position be zoned to the Southwest region. The decision was reached at the party's 70th National Executive Council…

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National Assembly Commissioners back Saraki, reject Sani-Omolori as Clerk

Seven members of the National Assembly Service Commission have rejected the appointment of Mohammed Sani-Omolori as the Clerk to the National Assembly, backing Benedict Efeturi instead. Messrs Sani-Omolori and Efeturi are Clerk to the House of Representatives and Deputy Clerk to the National Assembly respectively. Mr. Sani-Omolori's appointment was announced…

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​​Nursing mother, 2 others arraigned for ‘stealing​’ N3.7​ ​m​illion​ de​ceased worker’s benefits

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday arraigned the trio of Patience Owerema, Nwakoba Francisca and Okafor Kingsley before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja for fraud. The accused were arraigned on a four-count charge of conspiracy, abuse of office, forgery, impersonation and…

FILE PHOTO: FUEL QUEUE AT A FILLING STATION ON HERBERT MACAULAY WAY IN ABUJA ON MONDAY (16/11/15).

#Petrol Scarcity: Five amazing tips to make your car consume less fuel

As Nigerians grapple with one of the nation’s most devastating episodes of fuel scarcity, there is need for motorists to understand how to conserve and manage the little fuel they have. A review of vehicle manuals point to tips that can help lower fuel consumption and save cost. Below are…

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Senators disagree on nationality of killer herdsmen

Nigerian Senators on Thursday argued about the nationality of menacing herdsmen allegedly killing in many states, with many lawmakers dismissing claims that they are from neighbouring countries and are not Nigerians. The senators were considering a motion on the recent attack on a community in Enugu where dozens were killed.…

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Saraki returns to Appeal Court, seeks disqualification of CCT chair, Umar

The Senate president, Bukola Saraki, has appealed the ruling of the Code of Conduct Tribunal striking his application to disqualify the tribunal chairman, Danladi Umar, from presiding over the case. A legal representative of Mr. Saraki, Raphael Oluyede, had on April 20 filed an application demanding the disqualification of the…

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Buhari ‘concerned’ about states’ inability to pay salaries despite bailout

President Muhammadu Buhari said Thursday in Abuja that it was a matter of great concern to him that nearly two-thirds of states of the federation are still having difficulties with salary payments despite the bail-out funds provided to them by the federal government. Speaking at a meeting with members of…

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Saraki: Arewa Forum rapporteur, Waku, expresses lack of confidence in CCT chairman

Joseph Waku, a special rapporteur appointed by the Arewa Consultative Forum to monitor the ongoing trial of Senate president, Bukola Saraki, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, has expressed a lack of confidence in the tribunal. Mr. Waku, who served as a senator from Benue State between 1999 and 2003,…

Director-General of NYSC, Brig.-Gen. Sule Kazaure, presenting relief materials to a leader of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Modu Gana, at the formal inauguration of NYSC’s Intervention Programme at Damare IDPs camp in Yola (28/4/16). 3215/28/4/16/YMU/BJO/NAN

NYSC to post corps members to IDPs camps

The newly appointed Director-General of the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC), Sule Kazaure, on Thursday said corps members would now be posted to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps across the country for their primary assignments. Mr. Kazaure said this in Yola during the flag-off of NYSC intervention and donation/ distribution…

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​Saraki pleads ‘not guilty’ to amended corruption charges

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has pleaded “not guilty” to three new corruption charges, added to the initial 13-count charge filed against him by the Code of Conduct Bureau. The CCB had on April 18 added two charges to the suit against Mr. Saraki and increased it by an additional…

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Nigeria declares Monday public holiday

The Federal Government has declared Monday, May 2, as public holiday to commemorate the 2016 Workers’ Day Celebration. Abdulrahman Dambazau, Minister of Interior, made the declaration in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Bassey Akpanyung, on Thursday in Abuja. The minister congratulated Nigerian workers for their…

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Arewa Forum condemns ‘herdsmen’ attack on Enugu community, wants culprits exposed

The Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, on Thursday condemned Monday's attack on Ukpabi Nimbo Community in Enugu State, describing it as most unfortunate and barbaric. The ACF in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Muhammad Ibrahim, commiserated with the government and people of Enugu state "over this unfortunate ugly incident".…

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Abacha loot: World Bank wants more time on SERAP’s request

The World Bank Access to Information Committee has asked for more time to decide on a request by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), Lagos, on how the recovered Abacha loot was spent. Olukayode Majekodunmi, the Deputy Director of SERAP, said in a statement on Thursday that the World…

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Saraki to ‘explore options’ after tribunal ruling

The legal team of the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, has said they will explore options available to them after the chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar, on Thursday refused to disqualify himself from the corruption trial of Mr. Saraki. Raphael Oluyede, Mr. Saraki’s lawyer who filed the…

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#PanamaPapers: Swiss lawyer hired by Nigeria to repatriate Abacha loot denies allegations

Enrico Monfrini, a Swiss attorney hired by former President Olusegun Obasanjo to help track Sani Abacha’s loot stashed away in Switzerland, has dismissed reports that he operated firms in offshore tax havens while being contracted by different countries to repatriate funds from tax havens. Mr. Monfrini was responding to a…

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Absence of prosecutor stalls trial of AIT boss, Dokpesi

The trial of the chairman of Daar Communications Plc, owners of Ray Power and AIT, Raymond Dokpesi, was on Thursday stalled following the absence of the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs. Mr. Dokpesi is standing trial at a Federal High Court on Abuja on a six-count charge of fraud. He is…

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Herdsmen Violence: South East Senators accuse Buhari of “ominous silence”, call for summit

Members of the South East caucus of the Nigerian Senate have called for an emergency summit of South-East and South-South political and traditional leaders as a platform to proffer coordinated response to the menace of marauding herdsmen. They also accused President Muhammadu Buhari of negligence and refusal to give even…

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#PanamaPapers: 10 things to know about tax havens

The recent #PanamaPapers leak involving 11.5 million documents from Mossack Fonseca, a Panama-based law firm that handles offshore shell companies, highlights the need for Nigerians to know more about the good, the bad and the ugly of tax havens. Tax havens are politically and economically stable offshore jurisdictions or country…

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Again, CCT chairman refuses to disqualify self from Saraki’s trial

The Code of Conduct Tribunal in Abuja has dismissed an application filed by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, asking the chairman of the tribunal, Danladi Umar, to disqualify himself from Mr. Saraki's ongoing trial. Mr. Saraki is accused of making false declaration of assets, and is being tried at the…

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Police dismiss rumours of herdsmen invasion of Enugu community

The Enugu State Police Command on Thursday dismissed as false and unfounded rumours of alleged invasion of Umuchigbo Abakpa Nike community by herdsmen. This is contained in a press statement signed by the command's spokesman, Ebere Amarizu. It said that the rumours were engineered by those wishing to cause disaffection…

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Soyinka blasts Buhari over herdsmen killings

Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, has lashed out at the presidency for its seeming inability to rein in the violent activities of herdsmen across the country. In his address to the National Conference on Culture and Tourism, Wednesday, Mr. Soyinka said the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government was yet to come up…