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Boko Haram: Nigerian military disputes account of meeting with Senators

The Nigerian military has rejected an account of a meeting between the Senate leadership and military chiefs, as provided by the senate president’s office. The service chiefs led by Chief of Defence Staff, Abayomi Olonishakin, had on Wednesday met with Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and other leaders of the legislative…

Olusegun Obasanjo

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Obasanjo attacks Jonathan, PDP again, says Chibok girls may not return

Olanrewaju Oyedeji Despite efforts and assurances by the Federal Government that it would rescue the abducted Chobok girls alive, former President Olusegun Obasanjo has raised doubts on their possible return. Mr Obasanjo, who spoke at an event organized by the Staff Club of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, on Friday,…

Dino Melaye

Abuja land allocated Jonathan, Yuguda, others violate masterplan – Melaye

The Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory has said that former President Goodluck Jonathan and 29 others were allocated plots of land in violation of Abuja Masterplan. The chairman of the committee, Dino Melaye (APC-Kogi State), made the claim during a budget defence by the FCT ministry led by its…

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New wave of violence displaces thousands in South Sudan, says UN expert

A UN independent expert in Sudan has warned that in the last two weeks, a new escalation of violence has forced tens of thousands of civilians to flee their homes in the Jebel Marra area of Darfur. NAN reports that independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the UN…

High court

Edo council boss, 5 others arraigned for contract scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Friday arraigned the chairman of Akoko Edo Local Government Area of Edo State, Akerejola Folorunsho, on a 12-count charge of criminal conspiracy running into millions of naira, before Justice E.A Edigin of the Edo State High Court, Benin city. Others arraigned alongside Mr.…

Josep Kabila

Two TV stations ordered off the air in DR Congo

The Committee to Protect Journalists has condemned the decision by the Democratic Republic of Congo's government to close two privately owned news channels, and urges officials to allow the channels to resume broadcasting immediately. Lambert Mende, the Congolese minister of communication and media, released a statement on January 20 saying…

Vandalised Vehicles of Orisun FM Radio, Ile-Ife, By Irate Secondary Students over Mock Exam Results and WAEC Fees in Ile-Ife

Osun government condemns students’ rampage over exams failure

The Osun State government on Friday condemned Thursday’s protests by some secondary school students in Ife, Iwo and Ikire, over their failure to qualify for the state government’s sponsorship for the West African Examination Council-administered senior school certificate examinations. In a statement by the director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy…

Victor Moses

At West Ham, Victor Moses dribbles self into another cul-de-sac

Victor Moses started for West Ham against Liverpool in the FA Cup but was taken off in the second half -- because he was largely ineffective -- for Michael Antonio. In the next match at home to Aston Villa, Antonio started, and that has been the story of all his…

Dave Umahi, Ebonyi State Governor

Ebonyi governor suspends adviser for revenue fraud

The Ebonyi State governor, Dave Umahi, on Thursday suspended his Special Adviser on Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), Jeremiah Oketa, indefinitely. Although the details of why Mr. Oketa was suspended was not disclosed by the government, PREMIUM TIMES learnt that he was suspended for creating a separate bank account for payment…

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Tinubu withdraws suit against AIT after apology for “embarrassing” documentary

The African Independent Television has apologized to Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, for a documentary it aired before last year's general election. In a letter of apology tendered before a Lagos High Court on Friday, Daar Communications, the owners of the TV station, said…

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Buhari begins vacation as Osinbajo becomes acting president

President Muhammadu Buhari has begun a short vacation, his office announced Friday. The president will be on break from his official functions February 5 to February 10, 2016. During his absence, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will perform the functions of the president, a statement signed by presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina,…

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Court sends judge to prison for alleged fraud

A Federal High Court sitting in Gombe State on Friday remanded an area court judge, Umar Y. Gwani, for alleged fraud. The Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, which filed the case, accused the judge of collecting money from the public through false pretence and conspiracy. The counsel to EFCC,…

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National Under-17 women team resumes camp ahead World Cup qualifiers

The national Under-17 women’s football team, the Flamingoes, will return to camp on Sunday in preparation for the final qualifying stage for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the competition will hold from Sept. 30 to Oct. 21 in Jordan. Flamingoes’…

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Over 100 people unaccounted for after South Africa mine collapse – Union

More than 100 people were unaccounted for after a gold mine in Mpumalanga province in north eastern South Africa caved in Friday, a union official said. According to the report, private emergency services said 49 miners had so far been brought to the surface. South Africa's mines are the deepest…

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Nigeria-China trade volume exceeds $13 billion in 2015 — Envoy

The Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Gu Xiaojie, said this at a reception to mark 45 years of diplomatic relations between both countries in Abuja on Thursday night. Mr. Xiaojie explained that both countries had strengthened bilateral relations since 1971. ``China and Nigeria have enjoyed longstanding friendly exchanges 45 years ago…

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Seme Customs command generates N160 million in 2 days

Maritime activities closed on Friday with Comptroller Victor Dimka, Area Controller, Seme Border Command of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), saying the command generated N160 million between Monday and Tuesday. Mr. Dimka made the disclosure while receiving the Zone `A’ Coordinator of the NCS, Eporwei Edike, in the command. The News…

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Boxing heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury, ready to ‘walk away’

World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is struggling for motivation and could quit boxing, the controversial fighter told the BBC on Thursday. The 27-year old Briton, who stunned Vladimir Klitschko to claim the world heavyweight crown in Germany in November, may even hang up his gloves before facing the Ukrainian in…

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UPDATED: Supreme Court says Senate President, Bukola Saraki, must face corruption trial

The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by the senate president, Bukola Saraki, against his trial by the Code of Conduct Tribunal for alleged corruption. The court upheld an earlier decision given by the Court of Appeal, asking Mr. Saraki to face trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal. Mr.…

James Ibori

James Ibori neither released from UK prison nor re-arrested – aide

The embattled former governor of Delta State, James Ibori, who is currently serving a jail term in a UK prison, is neither released nor rearrested, a statement by the former governor’s media aide, Tony Eluemunor, said. There were reports Wednesday that Mr. Ibori was released from prison and rearrested immediately.…

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Arresting ex-PDP secretary could lead to anarchy – Ekiti APC

The All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State has cautioned against the planned arrest of the former secretary of the People's Democratic Party in the state, Tope Aluko, warning that his arrest could degenerate into a breakdown of law and order. A magistrate ordered Mr. Aluko’s arrest after he publicly admitted…

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Aisha Buhari flags off maternal health, cancer campaigns in Kebbi

President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife, Aisha, on Thursday, flagged-off the Kebbi State Maternal and Child Health week in Kebbi. Mrs. Buhari’s visit coincided with the World Cancer Day, where she used the occasion to commission the state cancer-screening exercise. Speaking during the launch, the state governor, Abubakar Bagudu, said the Maternal…

Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun

Nigeria to save N12 billion yearly from new procurement pricing guidelines

The Nigerian government hopes to save at least N12 billion annually from the services of the newly-established Efficiency Unit (E-Unit) of the Federal Ministry of Finance. The head of the unit, Patience Oniha, said in her maiden media briefing in Abuja on Tuesday that the expected savings would be realised…

From Left:  Chief of Civil-Military Affairs, Army Headquarters, Maj.-Gen. Rogers Nicholas; Executive Producer, 76 Movie, Tonye Princewill, Regional Director, M-Net West Africa, Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu and Nollywood Actress, Rita Dominic, at a News Conference on the Unveiling of 76 Movie in Lagos

Ramsey Nouah, Rita Dominic, Chidi Mokeme star in ‘76′, post-civil war tale

Africa Magic‎ turned a new chapter in Nigerian filmmaking partnering with Adonis Productions and Princewill’s Trust to produce “76”, a tale of love, trust, faith and family set against the backdrop of war and nation building. Set six years after the Nigerian civil war, '76' tells the story of a…

Abba Dabo

Dasukigate: Ex-VP Sambo’s aide admits receiving N25 million for election website

A former special adviser on political matters to ex-Vice President Namadi Sambo, Abba Dabo, on Thursday told Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja that he was paid N25 million by the national publicity secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, to create a website. The money was…

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NNPC recorded N267.14 billion loss in December 2015

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, recorded a total loss of N267.14 billion from its operations in December 2015, its monthly oil & gas report for the month showed. During the month, the report showed that the corporation realised N2.05 trillion as revenue in its operation, against a total expenditure…