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Ahmed Makarfi

Zoning tears PDP apart

Some stakeholders of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in Adamawa on Thursday protested over a zoning formula adopted by a group in the party ahead of the PDP congresses on Saturday. The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that a group that called itself “major stakeholders” of the party, on Tuesday…

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Uganda confirms one death from Ebola-like Marburg virus

Uganda has confirmed one death from Marburg virus, a highly infectious haemorrhagic fever similar to Ebola, the health minister said on Thursday. Jane Aceng told reporters the case, which led to a fatality, had been confirmed after a series of tests were carried out. The East African nation last suffered…

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Kaduna Polytechnic lecturers suspend strike

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, Kaduna Polytechnic chapter has suspended its seven weeks strike. The Publicity Secretary of the union, Abbas Muhammed, disclosed this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Kaduna. Mr. Muhammed said the union suspended the strike following…

Nigerian Senate

N6 billion debt: Court adjourns Nigerian senator’s trial

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday adjourned until November 8, hearing in a suit by Sterling Bank against a former Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah, over alleged indebtedness. The bank alleged that Ms. Oduah and her company, Sea Petroleum and Gas Company Ltd. were indebted to it in the…

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Eight EU states want Israel to pay compensation for demolished Palestinian schools

Eight EU member states will demand compensation after two schools designed for Palestinian children that they funded were demolished by Israel. Palestinian ambassador to the European Union and Belgium, Abdel-Rahim al-Farra, made this known on Thursday. Mr. Al-Farr said the member states which were not named, prepared a memorandum demanding…

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Buhari’s aide criticises N-Power volunteers’ rampage

The presidential aide on Thursday criticised the violent attack on the Warri 1 MTN Connect Store by N-Power volunteers who attempted to forcibly collect N-Power devices not allocated to them. The incident occurred on Monday and led to the alleged assault on a pregnant staff member of the telecommunications office…

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Zimbabwean First Lady sues in dispute over $1.35 million wedding anniversary ring

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s wife Grace has sued a Belgium-based businessman for failing to deliver a 1.35 million-dollar-ring she ordered for a wedding anniversary. Grace, 52, an influential figure in Mugabe’s ruling ZANU-PF party and seen as a potential successor to her husband, is nicknamed “Gucci Grace” for her reputed…

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Senator accusing Police IG of fraud gets bail

An Abuja High Court on Thursday granted bail to Isah Misau, a senator standing trial in a case of alleged injurious falsehood brought against him by the Federal Government. Mr. Misau, a serving senator, is facing a five-count charge bordering on injurious falsehood against the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim…

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EFCC nabs Federal Pay Officer for alleged diversion of N1.8 million

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC said it arrested the Federal Pay Officer in Uyo, Akwa Ibom, for alleged diversion of N1.8 million. A statement issued by the spokesman of the commission, Wilson Uwujaren, identified the suspect as John Shiftanure. Mr. Uwujaren said the suspect was picked up on…

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Kenyatta snubs vote crisis meeting, presses ahead with campaign

President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya snubbed a crisis meeting called by the chairman of the election board for Thursday, saying he would instead spend the day campaigning for the October 28 presidential vote re-run. The first presidential vote in August, which gave victory to Mr. Kenyatta, was annulled because of…

President Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari visits Mausoleum, lauds relations between Nigeria, Turkey

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Ankara, the capital of Turkey, laid a wreath at the mausoleum of Turkey’s founding father, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, before meeting President Recep Erdogan at the Presidential Palace. The President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement issued in Abuja,…

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Gov. Ikpeazu lifts curfew in Aba

Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia has lifted the 10p.m. to 6a.m. curfew imposed on Aba on September 12, as a result of improved security situation in the commercial city. Mr. Ikpeazu via a statement issued in Umuahia on Wednesday by his Chief Press Secretary, Enyinnaya Appolos, commended Aba residents for…

Akinwunmi Adesina

AfDB to invest $24 billion in agriculture in 10 years – Adesina

The African Development Bank, AfDB, has said it will invest $24 billion in agriculture over the next 10 years to help unlock its potential and assure food security in Africa. Akinwunmi Adesina, AfDB president, said this at a side event of the ongoing Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa,…

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Nigeria to increase mobile broadband subscriptions to 50% by 2020

A Nigerian official has said the nation is committed to increasing the current coverage of the active mobile broadband subscription per 100 persons from 20.95 per cent to 50 per cent by 2020. Bolaji Akinremi, Minister Plenipotentiary, Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the UN, stated this while delivering Nigeria’s statement…

Dame Patience Jonathan

Senate committee asks banks to unfreeze Patience Jonathan’s accounts

A former First Lady, Patience Jonathan, on Wednesday, got a reprieve as the Senate Committee investigating the petitions against the freezing of her accounts, asked that they should be unfrozen. The Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, after subjecting the management of four different banks, where the first…

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Lagos court releases ex-VP Atiku’s son, Aminu, grants estranged wife custody of children

A Tinubu Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday in Lagos granted the custody of the children of the son of former Vice-President Abubakar Atiku, Aminu, to his estranged wife, Fatimo Bolori. The Chief Magistrate, Kikelomo Ayeye, ordered that the children — Amirah, 8 and Amir, 6 — should be in the custody…

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2018 Election: Daughter of former Russian mayor runs for president

Russian socialite turned journalist Ksenia Sobchak, whose father served as mayor of the country’s second-largest city of St Petersburg in the 1990s, said on Wednesday that she was running for president in 2018 election. Her deceased father, Anatoly Sobchak, was a reputed mentor of Russia’s present President, Vladimir Putin, and…

Bureau De Change

Naira maintains N361.50 per dollar at parallel market

The Naira on Wednesday exchanged at N361.50 to the dollar at the parallel market, maintaining same rate for the past one-week, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. The Pound Sterling and the Euro traded at N475 and N425, respectively. At the Bureau De Change (BDC) window, the naira was sold…

Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB)

GTBank records N125.58 billion profit in third quarter

Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) Plc on Wednesday posted profit of N125.58 billion for the third quarter ended September 30, 2017. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that this is according to the bank’s third quarter result released by the Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE. The report showed that the profit represented…

A file photo of Sadio Mané looking dejected after his penalty shoot-out miss means that Senegal were knocked out of the African Cup of Nations. Photograph: Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images

Injured Mane named to play in Senegal’s World Cup ties next month

Sadio Mane was named in Senegal’s 25-man squad on Wednesday for their final 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers next month. His English Premier League clubside, Liverpool FC, have however said last week the winger would be out for up to six weeks. Senegal, who need two points to qualify for…

Nigerian Army

New division of Nigerian Army takes off in Sokoto

The newly-established 8 Division of Nigerian Army, Sokoto, has taken off with the assumption of duty of its pioneer General Officer Commanding (GOC), Olabanji Samuel. Mr. Samuel, a brigadier general, disclosed this when he paid a courtesy visit to Governor Aminu Tambuwal at the Government House in Sokoto on Wednesday.…

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Suspect razes victim’s house after rape attempt – Police

A suspected rapist, Jonathan Esiuwu, has set his victim’s house on fire after a failed attempt to rape the victim and rob her home in Okuokoko town, near Orerokpe in Okpe Local Government Area of Delta. The Police Commissioner in the state, Zanna Ibrahim, said in a statement on Wednesday…

Nigerian Senate

2019: PDP senators, state lawmakers strategize

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senate Caucus on Wednesday met with the party’s, minority leaders of State Assemblies, assuring that the party was stronger and set to dislodge the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, from power in 2019. Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, made this known while briefing journalists shortly…

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How Nigeria’s 36 states spent N2.67 billion to service external debt in September (FULL DETAILS)

The 36 states of the federation spent N2.67 billion to service external debt in September. The amount is contained in a report obtained on Wednesday by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) from the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation. Figures from the Debt Management Office (DMO) also showed that as…

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Truck drivers protest alleged killing of member, block Abuja-Lokoja road

Truck drivers in Lokoja, Kogi, on Wednesday blocked Abuja-Lokoja highway protesting alleged killing of one of them over non-payment of N5,000 toll. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the situation caused gridlock on the busy highway linking the northern and the southern parts of the country. NAN reports that…