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Boko Haram ambushes United Nations officials, soldiers in Borno

Officials of the United Nations were among those injured on Thursday in northeast Nigeria as Boko Haram terrorists ambushed their vehicles as they from Bama where they had gone to offer relief services to displaced persons, officials said. The convoy was attacked despite being escorted by armed soldiers. The attacks…

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Protests in Lagos over proposed water privatization

Members of the civil society and dozens of community people chanted solidarity songs and danced to Afrobeat king, Fela’s music, as they marched across Lagos metropolis Wednesday in protest of a continued government plan to privatize the state owned Water Corporation. The protesters said despite their petitions and public advocacy,…

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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Why Oshiomhole banned us from campaigning in schools – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party in Edo State has accused the Edo State government of issuing directives to public schools in the state not to allow it to use their facilities for campaign rallies. It said it planned to hold a rally at the Olua Primary School along Uselu Road on…

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Nigerians indicted in donor funds audit will be prosecuted — Minister

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, on Thursday said those indicted in the audit of funds and materials donated to tackle the country’s health crisis would be facing prosecution soon. Mr. Adewole said a number of people had been quizzed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission after audit of…

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INTERVIEW: Nigeria’s only boxer to Rio Olympics vows to break 20-year laurel jinx

It’s barely 10 days to the opening of the 2016 Olympics and optimism about Nigeria winning any shade of medal in Rio is quite low. However, in all of the pessimism, Nigeria’s sole boxer to Rio, Efe Ajagba, is talking tough. He says his mission to Brazil is to end…

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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…

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Keshi begins final journey as burial rites start

The remains of Nigeria's football legend, Stephen Okechukwu Chinedu Keshi, will be interred at his hometown, Illah, Delta State on Friday. The final rites began in Benin, Edo State, on Thursday with a one –hour church service at Saint Paul’s Catholic Church, off Airport Road, before lying-in-state at the Samuel…

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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Ogun gets new police commissioner

The newly appointed Commissioner of Police for Ogun State, Ahmed Illiyasu, on Thursday formally took over control of the command, assuring that the peace and security of the state will not be compromised. He visited the state governor, Ibikunle Amosun, immediately after assuming duties at the command. Mr. Illiyasu was…

Minister of Transport, Chibuike Amaechi

No one can prove I stole Rivers State money – Amaechi

The Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, has denied allegations of corruption against him. Mr. Amaechi says as governor of Rivers State for eight years, he was transparent and did not embezzle money meant for the people. He denied receiving over N3.1 trillion naira as alleged by his successor, Nyesom Wike.…

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Budget padding scandal: Speaker Dogara threatens legal action against PREMIUM TIMES

The speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Thursday said he would pursue defamation charges against PREMIUM TIMES for allegedly publishing a “libellous” material circulated by a former chairman of House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin. Mr. Dogara said he gave this newspaper a seven-day grace period for…

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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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PDP Crisis: Ali Modu Sheriff wins as Court nullifies Port Harcourt convention

A Federal High Court siting in Abuja has nullified the national convention held by the Peoples Democratic Party on May 21 in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital. It was at that convention that the National Working Committee of the party led by former Governor Ali Modu Sheriff was dissolved…

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Afenifere to Buhari: Reopen Abiola, Kudirat, Rewane, murder investigations

Afenifere, the Yoruba socio-political group, has called on the Federal Government to reopen investigation into the death of the businessman and politician, Moshood Abiola. The group was reacting to President Muhmmadu Buhari's directive that the murder of former attorney general, Bola Ige and Rivers State politician, Aminasoari Dikibo, be re-investigated.…

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Buhari praises Father Mbaka, lauds catholic priest’s steadfastness

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday felicitated with Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka, Director of Adoration Ministry, on the 21st anniversary of his ordination to priesthood in the Catholic Church which comes up on Friday. "The President extends his best wishes to Fr. Mbaka's family, congregation and well-wishers as they celebrate this…

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FACT-CHECK: Some goods are cheaper in local markets than in Shoprite – SEE LIST

Shoprite, a popular South-African-owned retail chain, lays claim to offering variety of food products, household goods, and small appliances at “lowest possible prices.” On its website, fliers and other advertising products, the store likes to underline low, lower or lowest prices as its unique selling point. But, is this always…

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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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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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Secret companies of Senator who laundered billions for Abacha uncovered in tax havens

In his native Niger State, David Umaru, the All Progressives Congress senator representing Niger East Senatorial District is something of a folk hero. He was a thorn under the skin of the immediate past administration of Governor Mu’azu BabangidaAliyu. He was an unwavering critic and soon gained the reputation of…

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Mikel excited to lead Nigeria Rio Olympics team

Chelsea of England star midfielder, John Obi Mikel, has given his words to do his very best in his role as Team Nigeria Captain to the Rio Olympics. Opinion have been divided on whether the cap fits Mikel to be the Team Nigeria Captain or other veterans in the contingent.…

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MTN appoints advisors on proposed Nigeria market listing

MTN Nigeria on Thursday appointed Stanbic IBTC Capital Limited and its affiliates as transaction advisors to undertake the spade work on its proposed listing of its shares on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (The NSE). The telecoms firm said Stanbic IBTC Capital Limited would be exercising the mandate together with its…

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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…