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Nigerian police in Borno

Police arrest five soldiers, 83 others in Borno over alleged crimes

The Police Command in Borno State said operatives of “Operation Puff Adder’’ had arrested five soldiers and 83 other suspects over alleged armed robbery and other offences in the state. The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mohammed Aliyu, made the disclosure in Maiduguri, the state capital on Thursday, while…

UNN gets new VC

Charles Igwe, a professor, has emerged as the new Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN). The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the university, Okwun Omeaku, disclosed this to the News Agency (NAN) in a telephone interview in Nsukka on Thursday. He said the appointment was announced by the…

Hajj pilgrims

Sokoto approves N1.5 million as 2019 Hajj fare

The Sokoto State Pilgrims Welfare Agency (SPWA) has approved the sum of N1,540,428.10 as fare for the 2019 Hajj exercise in the state. This was revealed in a statement signed by the Director-General of the agency, Muhammed Dange, on Thursday in Sokoto. Mr Dange said June 15 had been set…

Donald Trump

U.S. announces $16bn in aid for farmers hit by trade war

The U.S. Federal Government on Thursday announced a 16-billion-dollar aid package for farmers whose businesses have been badly affected by the ongoing trade war with China. The U.S. and China have been in a tit-for-tat tariff escalation for a year, with Washington accusing Beijing of unfair practices, including barriers to…

IPOB

140 IPOB members arraigned for allegedly plotting to overthrow Buhari

An Enugu East Magistrates Court presided by Magistrate A. N. Chioke has remanded 140 members of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) over an alleged treason. The defendants, who were brought to the court in three 608 buses and one 18-seater bus, were said to have conspired to commit…

Facebook

Facebook disables Three billion fake accounts

Facebook on Thursday said it disabled over three billion fake accounts between September and March as part of an effort to enforce content standards. The social networking platform said it disabled 1.2 billion fake accounts in the fourth quarter of 2018 and 2.19 billion in the first quarter of this…

Sokoto state on map

Insecurity: 15,000 Nigerian women, children taking refuge in Niger Republic — NEMA

Over 15,000 refugees from Sokoto and Zamfara States, mainly women and children, are currently taking refuge in some communities of Niger Republic, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has said. The Head of NEMA’s Operations in Sokoto, Kofoworola Soleye, disclosed this in Gusau, the Zamfara State capital on Thursday at…

Officials of Nigeria Immigration Service (Photo Credit: Immigration.gov.ng)

Board promotes 18,954 immigration, civil defence, prisons and fire service personnel

The Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prisons Services Board (CDFIPB) has promoted 18, 954 personnel of the four departments. A statement by the board secretary, Al-Hassan Yakmut, on Thursday, said the exercise was implemented across board. A breakdown of the promotions showed that 8841 senior officers and rank-and-file were promoted…

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

SEC, NSE streamline processes to boost market listing

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) have streamlined the processes involved in the listing on the nation’s stock market for more efficiency and cost effectiveness. A statement in Lagos on Thursday said the approval process between the two organisations had been streamlined. It said…

Nigerian Stock Exchange Trading floor [Photo: blogs.cfr.org]

NSE transactions maintain positive outlook, indices up by 1.07 per cent

Activities on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Thursday maintained positive for the fourth straight trading session with a growth of 1.07 per cent, moving the market Year-to-Date performance into positive region. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the All Share Index (ASI) gained 332.36 points, and increase…

N1.9bn alleged fraud: Court revokes bail, issues bench warrant against Ex-Gov Babangida Aliyu

The Minna Division of the Federal High Court on Thursday issued bench warrants for the arrest of former Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State and his former Chief of Staff, Umar Nasko. The judge, Aminu Aliyu, also revoked the earlier bail granted Messrs Aliyu and Nasko by Justice Yellim Bogoro…

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Zamfara CJ frees 33 inmates from Prison

The Chief Judge of Zamfara State, Kulu Mohamed, on Thursday freed 33 inmates from Gusau Medium Security Prison as part of effort to decongest prisons in the state. Mr Mohamed freed the inmates while on tour of prisons in Gusau, the state capital. Addressing the affected inmates, the chief judge…

Lassa fever

Lassa Fever: Kogi govt confirms four cases, two deaths

The Kogi State Government has confirmed four cases of Lassa fever in the 2019 outbreak of the disease in the state. The state Commissioner for Health, Saka Audu, disclosed this at a joint news conference on Thursday in Lokoja on “Flood, Lassa and other Epidemic Prone Diseases”. The briefing was…

Former Ekiti Governor, Ayodele Fayose

Fayose hails Fayemi’s choice as NGF Chairman

The immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, on Thursday said his successor, Kayode Fayemi, deserved to be chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, (NGF). This is contained in a congratulatory message he sent to the Ekiti State governor. Mr Fayose, in a statement made available to the News…

Osinbajo flags off school feeding programme in Ekiti

N479 billion released for social intervention within three years- Presidency

The Special Adviser to the President on Social Investment, Maryam Uwais, has said N470.8 billion was released from 2016 to 2018 for the delivery of social investment programmes across the country. The four-broad programmes are the N-Power, Conditional Cash Transfers, National Home-Grown School Feeding and Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programmes…

File photo of IPOB members demonstrate in Onitsha. [Photo credit: NAN]

Police arrest 140 IPOB members in Enugu

The Police Command in Enugu state has confirmed the arrest of 140 members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) within Nsukka area of the state. The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, Ebere Amaraizu, confirmed the arrest in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)…

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Investment in Nigeria’s telecom industry stands at $70bn – NCC

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says the total investment in the Nigerian telecom industry is currently estimated at $70 billion. The Executive Vice Chairman (EVC), NCC, Umar Danbatta, made this known on Thursday in Lagos, during the Nigerian Telecom Leadership Summit 2019. The summit organised by NCC has the theme…

Egypt on map

Court orders release of detained Al Jazeera reporter

An Egyptian court on Thursday ordered the release of Al Jazeera journalist, Mahmoud Hussein, after being detained for more than two years, legal sources said. Mr Hussein, an Egyptian national, was arrested in December 2016 when he was on a holiday in Egypt. At the time, Egyptian authorities accused him…

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Police in Jigawa arrest 27 suspects for kidnapping, armed banditry, other offences

The Police in Jigawa have arrested 27 suspects for allegedly committing various offenses. Abdu Jinjiri, the police spokesperson in the state, made this known in a statement in Dutse on Thursday. Mr Jinjiri said the arrests were made after the acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, inaugurated `Operation Puff Adder’…

FCT High Court (Photo Credit: The Metro Lawyer)

Pastor, 51, docked for allegedly destroying N1 million property

A 51-year-old pastor, Chukwuma Agu, was on Thursday brought before an Enugu Magistrate Court for alleged destruction of property worth N1 million. Mr Agu who hails from Enugu East Local Government Area is facing a two-count charge bordering on unlawful occupation and damage to property. The prosecutor, Cajetan Ugwu, told…

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Hearing in Obasanjo’s son divorce suit stalled

The inability of Olujonwo Obasanjo, son of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, to serve his estranged wife a copy of their divorce petition has stalled the proceedings at an Ikeja High Court in Lagos. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Temitope Obasanjo (nee Adebutu), is Mr Olujonwo’s estranged wife.…

Court remands man accused of murdering mistress’s husband

Court remands man accused of murdering mistress’s husband

An Ilorin Magistrates’ Court on Thursday ordered a man accused of murdering his mistress’s husband to be remanded in prison, pending legal advice from the Office of the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). Magistrate Malik Mogaji, who did not take the plea of the accused, Abdullahi Ali, ordered that…

Toilets at the wing

Sanitation: Nigeria needs additional two million toilets annually over 7 years — UNICEF

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Thursday that Nigeria needed additional two million toilets annually from 2019 to 2025 to achieve the Universal Basic Sanitation target. Bioye Ogunjobi, a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Specialist for UNICEF, made this known at a media dialogue on sanitation campaign, with…

Oil rig

Oil set for worst week in six months as crude stockpiles surge

Oil prices dropped on Thursday, extending falls from the previous session amid surging U.S. crude inventories as low refinery runs and ongoing trade tensions weighed on the demand outlook. World shares made it four days in the red in the last five as concerns grew the China-U.S. trade conflict was…

Ibinabo-Fiberesima

Nigerian entertainers care less about their health – Ibinabo

Nollywood actress, Ibinabo Fiberesima, has said it is worrisome that Nigerian entertainers give little or no attention to their health. Fiberesima, a former Miss Earth Nigeria, in an exclusive interview with Pulse on the death and health scare in the industry said she that many of her colleagues do not…