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Nse Ekpenyong

Nigerian lawmaker accused of certificate forgery sent to prison

Nse Ekpenyong, a member of the House of Representatives, who was charged to court earlier Thursday in Uyo for alleged certificate forgery, has been remanded in Uyo Prisons for failing to fulfil the bail conditions. Mr. Ekpenyong, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, represents Oron Federal Constituency, Akwa…

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Lagos govt withdraws from mediation process with waterfront communities, group says

The Nigerian Slum/Informal Settlement Federation, a group comprising dozens of waterfront communities and scores of other informal settlements across Lagos, on Wednesday expressed regret at the decision of the Lagos State Government to withdraw from a court-ordered mediation process aimed at finding an alternative solution to the threat of forced…

Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi

Ebonyi Governor suspends Attorney General, Perm Sec.

The Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, has been suspended indefinitely the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Augustine Nwankwegu, and the Solicitor-General and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Jonathan Okoronkwo, for negligence of duty. The two men were suspended for alleged indiscipline and dereliction of duties even as Governor Umahi…

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Court vacates injunction on disputed Nollywood film, Okafor’s Law

Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos has lifted the injunction that prevented the premiere and release of Omoni Oboli’s new movie titled Okafor’s Law. In his ruling on Thursday afternoon, the presiding judge said the movie should not have been prevented from showing in the first…

Nigeria's ministry of finance building

Funds approved for capital projects in 2016 can be utilised till May 2017 – Official

The Accountant-General of the Federation, Idris Ahmed, has issued a circular extending the tenure of the capital elements of the 2016 budget until May 5 or the passage of the 2017 budget, whichever is the earliest, an official has said. According to a statement by her spokesperson, the Minister of…

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Nigerian govt unveils management, board members of new Development Bank

The Federal Ministry of Finance on Thursday announced details of members of the board and management of the newly licensed Development Bank of Nigeria, DBN. The management team is led by Tony Okpanachi, a banker and erstwhile Deputy Managing Director/Deputy CEO, Ecobank Nigeria Limited. Before his appointment as Managing Director/…

Nigerian Senate

Nigerian Senate amends Electoral Act to legalise electronic voting

Nigeria now comes close to using electoral voting system in the conduct of elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission, after the country's Senate amended the Electoral Act on Thursday. The amendment followed the adoption of the report of the alteration of the existing electoral law, Electoral Act 2010, by…

A cross section of Ambassadors Designate during the Induction Programme for them in Abuja on Thursday (30/3/17). 02155/30/3/17/Anthony Alabi/JAU/NAN

Nigeria’s new ambassadors designate commence induction course

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is to fast track the deployment of all ambassadors-designate to their prospective countries without delay, Sola Enikanolaiye, Permanent Secretary of the ministry has said. Mr. Enikanolaiye gave the assurance on Thursday in Abuja at the opening ceremony of a five-day induction course for the 44…

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MMM, other Ponzi schemes thrive in Nigeria, despite past woes

In spite of the bitter experience that millions of Nigerians have had since the foremost Ponzi scheme in the country, MMM, pulled a break on its operation last December, similar schemes are springing up and many Nigerians are investing in them. Nigeria’s public financial and anti-graft institutions, including the Central…

Paul Hamilton

Ex-Super Eagles coach, Paul Hamilton, is dead

The death of a former Super Eagles Coach, Paul Hamilton, has been confirmed. The 75-year-old coach died at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, on Thursday. The Nigeria Football Federation has paid glowing tributes to the former Nigeria player and coach, who died after a protracted illness. Sanusi Mohammed,…

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Boko Haram fighter killed, soldier injured in ambush attack – Army

A Boko Haram gunman was killed Wednesday in a village in Borno State as troops shot their way out of an ambush attack that left one soldier injured, officials said. The spokesman of the Nigeria army, Sani Usman, a brigadier general, said the attack was repelled by troops of 112…

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel

Akwa Ibom ready to meet ExxonMobil’s condition for relocation – Governor

The Akwa Ibom State government has responded to ExxonMobil’s explanation on why it cannot relocate its head office in Nigeria, from Lagos to Akwa Ibom where it drills oil. The company had said in a correspondence exclusively published by PREMIUM TIMES that “Mobil has three businesses in Nigeria which are…

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#BBNaija: Evicted ThinTallTony arrives Calabar to rousing reception

Offiong Anthony, popularly known as ThinTallTony, (TTT) who was recently evicted from the on-going Big Brother Naija reality TV show, on Thursday arrived Calabar to a festive welcome by fans and admirers. TTT, who is a professional dancer, was welcomed by members of Passion 4 Calabar Carnival Band group who…

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Kim Jong Nam’s body set to leave Malaysia by plane

The body of Kim Jong Nam, half-brother to North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, and the victim of a bizarre murder at Kuala Lumpur airport, is expected to leave by plane on Thursday, media reports and an aviation industry source said. Kim’s body was believed to be on Malaysia Airlines…

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Man, 55, allegedly rapes seven months old stepdaughter

A 55-year-old man, Magaji Dansale, has allegedly raped his seven months old step daughter in Marmachi village of Musawa Local Government Area, Katsina State. The mother of the baby, Zeenat Muntari, told jouralists that she separated with the father of the baby and married Dansale. The mother said that she…

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Nigerian govt to regulate water usage, licencing of borehole drilling – Minister

The Federal Government, through the Nigeria Integrated Water Resources Management Commission, NIWRMC, is to commence the regulation and licencing of borehole drilling and water usage in the country. The Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, said this at a workshop on “National Dialogue on Water Use and Licence Regulations 2016’’…

Shiites hold solidarity rally for Amnesty International. [Photo: Idris Ibrahim]

Civil society groups, Shiites hold solidarity rally for Amnesty International

A coalition of civil society groups, and members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, on Wednesday held a rally to protest the siege laid last week by a group of protesters to the Abuja office of Amnesty International, AI, the global non-governmental organisation that defends human rights. The rally, which…

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WHO launches global initiative to cut medication errors by half

The World Health Organisation has launched a global initiative to reduce harm associated with medication by 50 per cent over the next five years. The Global Patient Safety Challenge on medication safety initiative aims to address the weaknesses in health systems that lead to medication errors and the severe harm…

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British Government sets out Brexit plan to ‘end EU supremacy’

Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Government set out its plans on Thursday for a “Great Repeal Bill” to incorporate EU law into British law and “end the supremacy of EU lawmakers” after Britain leaves the European Union. The government white paper “lays out a pragmatic and principled approach to converting…

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Eight women docked in Lagos for allegedly soliciting sex in public

Eight women believed to be sex workers, who allegedly solicited sex at a public place, were on Thursday brought before a Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos. They were, however, released on N400,000 bail. The eight women — Jessita Nelson, 25; Chinyere Elon, 25; Cynthia Nwoke, 38; Taiwo Ali, 45;…

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Armed robbers kill two police officers in Kogi

The Police Command in Kogi said on Thursday that two of its officers were killed during an invasion of a commercial bank by suspected armed robbers. The Police Public Relations Officer of the command, William Aya, told journalists in Lokoja that the officers died while warding off the armed robbers…

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Nigeria meningitis outbreak: 282 deaths confirmed in five states

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has confirmed the outbreak of Cerebro Spinal Meningitis, CSM, in five states with at least 282 deaths related to the disease. Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Chief Executive Officer of the centre, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja.…

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Nigerian Army to build bailey bridge in Enugu

The Enugu State Executive Council has approved that the contract for the reconstruction of a bailey bridge over Ivo River in Okpanku, Ani Nri Local Government Area, be awarded to the Nigerian Army's works unit for N54 million. Speaking to journalists on decisions taken by the council, the commissioner for…

Nse Ekpenyong

Nigerian federal lawmaker arraigned for certificate ‘forgery’

A member of the House of Representatives, Nse Ekpenyong, was on Thursday arraigned at the Federal High Court, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, for alleged forgery of a polytechnic diploma. Mr. Ekpenyong represents the Oron Federal Constituency, Akwa Ibom State. The Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, which arraigned the federal…

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Presidential aide urges calm amid reports of attacks against Nigerians in India

The presidency has urged Nigerian students in India to be calm and vigilant, amid reports of attacks on them. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, to President Muhammadu Buhari, said the call followed multiple distress calls from Nigerian students in India on concerns on their safety.…