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Immigration intercepts 42 bags of smuggled foreign rice

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) says it has intercepted 42 bags of foreign rice at Kankara axis of Katisna State. The NIS Public Relations Officer, Sunday James, who disclosed this in a statement made available to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Saturday in Abuja, said that it was concealed…

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Imo Judgement: APC governors urge Nigerians ‘to defend judiciary’

The Progressives Governors Forum (PGF) under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on Nigerians and "lovers of democracy" to rise to the defence of democratic institutions, especially the judiciary. The call was contained in a statement issued by its chairman, Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi, in Abuja…

My faith remains unshaken in Nigeria’s democracy — Ihedioha

Emeka Ihedioha, the recently ousted governor of Imo State, has said his faith remained strong in Nigeria, its democracy and institutions, in spite of the Supreme Court judgment that removed him as governor. Mr Ihedioha said this on Saturday when he received members of the PDP National Working Committee (NWC)…

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UNIPORT gets 37 new professors

The University of Port Harcourt has promoted 37 senior academics to the rank of professor. Williams Wodi, Deputy Registrar, Information, UNIPORT, who disclosed this in a statement in Port Harcourt on Saturday, said they passed through stringent criteria set up by the Senate of the university. “The promotion of academics…

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Yuletide: Road accidents claimed 31 lives in Ogun

No fewer than 31 persons died in various road accidents across the state during the Christmas and New year period, the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE) in Ogun State said. Babatunde Ajayi, Director, Traffic Planning, Research and Statistics, TRACE, made this known in a statement in Abeokuta on Saturday.…

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Gunmen kill two in Kaduna community

Two persons have been killed following an attack on Gora-Gan community in Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State by gunmen. Elias Manza, the chairman of the local government area who confirmed the incident, said the attackers opened fire on some youth playing around the village market square on…

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NUJ mourns journalist killed in Adamawa

The Adamawa Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has declared one-week mourning for Maxwell Nashon, a journalist who was murdered on Wednesday in the state. Mr Nashon was a reporter with Fombina FM, Yola, before he was hacked to death in a bush on the outskirts of Vunokilan, Girei…

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Trader robbed of over N1 million dies from gunshot wounds

A middle-aged palm oil merchant in Umuahia, Basil Odoemelam, who was robbed of over N1 million in broad daylight in the capital city on Thursday, has died from gunshot wounds. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) learnt that Mr Odoemelam died around 6 p.m. on Friday at the Federal Medical…

SGF Boss Mustapha

Nigeria govt wants broadcasting outfits to prioritise disability matters

The Federal Government will soon mandate public broadcasting outfits to pay special attention to issues that concern people living with disabilities, Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), has said. Mr Mustapha, who spoke on Friday in Abuja, added that the government had directed the humanitarian ministry…

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Former world’s shortest man dies at 28

Nepal’s Khagendra Thapa Magar, the former record-holder as the shortest man of the world, died on Friday at the age of 28. Magar, who was admitted to Pokhara based Manipal Teaching Hospital after undergoing some health problems last night, breathed his last breath Friday afternoon, Khagendra Thapa Magar Trust confirmed.…

President Muhammadu Buhari hosted members of Presidential Legal Team to a dinner at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. (Photo: Official Twitter)

I’ll bequeath free, fair elections to Nigeria – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said as a beneficiary of a free and fair elections in the country, he would bequeath the same to his successor and the nation in 2023. The president, according to a statement by one of his spokesmen, Garba Shehu, spoke at a dinner with members of…

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Trafficked Nigerian woman returns from Lebanon, handed over to NAPTIP

Omolola Ajayi, the 23-year-old Nigerian woman recently suspected to have been trafficked to Lebanon, has arrived in Abuja and handed over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) on Friday. Miss Ajayi had cried out for help in a video which went viral, claiming that…

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N166bn debt: Electricity Coy begins mass disconnection in four South South states

The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) says it has commenced mass disconnection of defaulting customers in the four states it operates. The states are Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River and Rivers States. The Manager, Corporate Communications of the company, John Onyi, confirmed this to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)…

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Cycling: Team Nigeria win gold, silver at African Track Championship

Team Nigeria at the ongoing African Track Cycling Championship in Cairo, Egypt, have won one gold, one silver and bronze medals. The championship organised by the African Cycling Confederation (CAC) began on Thursday and will end on Sunday. According to the competition’s website, Grace Ayuba won gold in the junior…

Atiku Abubakar

Atiku proposes committee to review recent elections

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has proposed to the national leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to set up a committee to review recent elections in the country. Mr Abubakar gave the advice in a remark at the 87th emergency National Executive Council (NEC) of the PDP on Friday…

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Insurgency: Nigeria procures two new fighter helicopters – Chief of Air Staff

The federal government has taken delivery of two fighter helicopters to boost the ongoing fight against insurgency and banditry in the country. The Chief of Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar, an air marshal, disclosed this when he briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting of the Security Council…

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Buhari departs Abuja for London ahead of UK-Africa Investment Summit

President Muhammadu Buhari has departed Abuja for London to participate in the inaugural UK-Africa Investment Summit holding on Monday. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the president had earlier performed some official assignments, including his meeting with security chiefs, before leaving the presidential villa for the London trip.…

Uzodinma appoints SSG, AG, CPS, others

Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma on Friday approved the appointment Cosmos Iwu as the Secretary of the Imo State Government. Also appointed were Nnamdi Anyaechie, Chief of Staff; C. O. Akaolisa, Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice; and Oguike Nwachukwu, Chief Press Secretary and Media Adviser. A statement signed by the…

Rotimi Akeredolu

Akeredolu backs forensic audit of NDDC

Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, on Friday, reiterated the importance of the forensic audit of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). President Muhammadu Buhari had in October last year ordered a forensic audit of the commission from 2001 to 2019 for verification of the projects carried out. Mr Akeredolu stressed…

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state.

We’re yet to conclude negotiations on minimum wage – Benue govt.

The Benue State Government on Friday said negotiations on the N30,000 new minimum wage for workers in the state had not been concluded. Secretary of the State Government, Anthony Ijohor, made the clarification in a statement issued to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Makurdi, the state capital. He…

President Buhari getting onboard the presidential jet as he departed Abuja for Amman, Jordan, to attend the World Economic Forum on the Middle East... [Photo: Presidency]

Buhari departs for UK on Friday

President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja on Friday for London to participate in the inaugural UK-Africa Investment Summit holding on January 20. The President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in a statement in Abuja on Thursday, said the event would be hosted by the British Prime Minister,…

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NSE: Indices rebound by one per cent amid interest in high capitalised stocks

After two days of loss, trading activities rebounded on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Thursday following investors’ interest in some highly capitalised equities. Specifically, the market capitalisation of listed equities grew by N150 billion or one per cent to close at N15.142 trillion against N14.992 trillion posted on Wednesday.…

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Buhari felicitates with Bisi Akande at 81

President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with the first interim Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adebisi Akande, on his birthday and wishing him longer years, good health and more strength to keep serving the nation. The president’s congratulatory message on the occasion of Mr Akande’s 81st birthday was conveyed…

FCT doctors, health workers embark on protest walk

The Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) and other health workers on Thursday embarked on a peaceful protest walk in Abuja to express their grievances over rising incidence of assaults and violence on its members. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the protesters took a walk to the office…

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Again, Nigeria plunged into darkness as national grid collapses for hours

The national grid on Thursday experienced its first collapse in 2020 resulting in blackouts across the country. The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) confirmed the development in a statement on its Twitter page which was obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. “There was system disturbance which…