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Former senator representing Bayelsa East Senatorial District, Nimi Amange

Defection: Bayelsa PDP disowns ex-senator

The Bayelsa chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has disowned the former senator representing Bayelsa East Senatorial District, Nimi Amange, following his recent defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Mr Amange was a PDP senator from 2007 to 2011 and represented former President Goodluck Jonathan’s constituency. But reacting…

PDP Governors visit Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, [PHOTO CREDIT: Gov N.E. Wike Information]

As Wike tackles PDP, six governors visit him, call for unity

Governors of seven states of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) met on Friday in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital. Although an official said the meeting was just to commend Governor Nyesom Wike, the meeting is believed to have been held to pacify the Rivers governor to sheathe his sword against…

Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa. [Photo credit: Thisday Live]

Tribunal Verdicts: PDP congratulates Okowa, Ikpeazu

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has congratulated Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State and his Abia counterpart, Okezie Ikpeazu over the Governorship Elections Petition Tribunals judgment which upheld their elections. The party in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the verdicts placed a seal on…

Gracious David-West

How I killed seven women in hotels – Suspect

A suspected serial killer, Gracious David-West, 39, arrested by the police has admitted killing at least seven women in hotels in Lagos, Owerri and Port Harcourt. The suspect was arrested on Thursday, following CCTV footage which showed him leaving an unnamed hotel in Port Harcourt, after he allegedly killed the…

Dapo-Abiodun

Assembly approves Gov. Abiodun’s request for N1.5 billion CBN loan

The Ogun House of Assembly has granted Governor Dapo Abiodun’s request to access N1.5 billion loan under the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Anchor Borrowers’ Programme. This followed the adoption of a motion by Yusuf Sheriff (APC-Ado Ota I) and seconded by Sikiratu Ajibola (APM- Ipokia) at plenary on Friday.…

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Twitter handle of Femi]

Gbajabiamila donates drugs worth N60 million to Borno IDPs

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila (APC-Lagos), on Friday in Abuja, donated drugs worth over N60 million to the Borno State Government for onward distribution to the victims of insurgency in the state. The gesture came after his visit to some Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Maiduguri,…

Kwara State Governor Elect, Abdulrazak-Abdul-rahmon (Photo Credit: Guardian.ng)

Tribunal dismisses certificate forgery case against Kwara governor

The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Kwara State, on Friday, dismissed the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) petition seeking the nullification of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazak’s election. The chairman of the tribunal sitting in Ilorin, Justice Bassey Effiong, said the petitioners were alleging directly that the second respondent, Mr AbdulRazak presented a…

Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE)

Business NSE market capitalisation increases by N25 billion

Trading closed positively on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Friday with the market capitalisation improving by N25 billion. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the market capitalisation closed higher at N13.483 trillion compared with N13.458 trillion, an increase of 0.19 per cent. Also, the NSE All-Share Index…

Folashade Yemi-Esan

Buhari meets Ag. Head of Civil Service, Yemi-Esan

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday met behind closed doors with the Acting Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Folashade Yemi-Esan, at the State House, Abuja. Mrs Yemi-Esan took over from Winifred Oyo-Ita, who was asked to proceed on indefinite leave to allow conclusion of the investigation being carried out…

late autocrat Zine-Abidine Ben-Ali. [PHOTO CREDIT: Euro News]

Tunisia allows ex-dictator Ben Ali to be buried at home

The Tunisian government on Friday said it would allow the country’s late autocrat Zine-Abidine Ben-Ali to be buried in his homeland after his death in exile in Saudi Arabia. Ben Ali died on Thursday at a Saudi hospital at the age of 83, according to his lawyer. A 2011 popular…

Namibia map

Namibia mobilises funds for repatriated refugees

Namibia is mobilising financial resources to reintegrate 3,000 of its citizens, who were last week repatriated by neighbouring Botswana, a senior government official said Friday. Botswana took the decision to repatriate the Namibians after offering them many chances to voluntarily return home in previous years without any success. Commissioner of…

cinemas

Nigerians spent N1.2 billion in cinemas in July, August

Nigerians spent over 1.2 billion watching movies in the cinemas for July and August, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) has reported. NAN said the data was provided by cinema owners themselves to the Cinema Exhibitors Association of Nigeria (CEAN). According to NAN, the highest-grossing film for the period was…

Folashade Yemi-Esan

Acting Head of Service, Yemi-Esan, assumes duty

The Acting Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HCSF), Folashade Yemi-Esan, assumed office on Thursday. In a statement issued by Olawunmi Ogunmosunle, the Director, Information office of HCSF, said Mrs Yemi-Esan assumed duty at about 6.40 p.m. after she was received by the members of staff of the office.…

Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State [Photo: NAN]

Zamfara govt. probes state Radio, TV stations

The Permanent Secretary of Zamfara State Ministry of Information, Yakubu Tsafe, says he has set up a committee to investigate financial transactions at the Zamfara Radio and Television stations. Mr Tsafe made this known in Gusau, the state capital on Thursday when he visited the stations. “In the civil service…

Bill and Melinda Gates

Gbajabiamila seeks Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s support for agriculture, health

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila (APC-Lagos), has asked the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to intensify its intervention programmes in areas of health care delivery services and agriculture. Mr Gbajabiamila made the call while receiving members of the foundation’s delegation, led by its President, Global Development,…

Sniper Insecticides used to illustrate the story (Photo Credit: Haleemah Yahaya)

Man jilted by girlfriend commits suicide

The Surulere Police Station on Wednesday received an information that one Kehinde Muse, 25, of No 56, Modele Street drank a substance suspected to be sniper. Bala Elkana, a deputy superintendent of police and spokesperson of the Lagos Police Command, who disclosed this in a statement on Thursday in Lagos,…

The IGP of Police, Mohammed Adamu. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official twitter handle of the Nigerian Police]

What we discussed with Buhari – Security Chiefs

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Abuja challenged security chiefs on the need to bring an end cases to crude oil theft in the country. The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, said the president gave the challenge when he met behind closed doors with security chiefs, at the State House,…

72 bag First Class as Federal University, Utuoke, holds maiden convocation

The Federal University, Otuoke (FUO), Bayelsa State, will, on Septem 21, hold its maiden convocation ceremony for 1,121 graduands, with 72 of them in First Class category. The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Seth Accra-Jaja, who disclosed this at a news conference on Thursday at Utuoke, said the event was part…

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

Renewed profit taking: NSE market indices down by 0.13 per cent

The crucial market indicators of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) dropped by 0.13 per cent on Thursday on renewed profit hunting. Specifically, the All-Share Index lost 35.46 points or 0.13 per cent to close at 27,646.15 against 27,681.61 achieved on Wednesday. Similarly, the market capitalisation lost N17 billion or 0.13…

Military Chiefs

Insecurity: Buhari, Service Chiefs meet behind closed-doors

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday met behind closed-doors with Service Chiefs at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting is coming almost 24 hours after the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, was directed to proceed on indefinite leave. A…

High tension electric powerlines

GenCos releases 3,531 megawatts of electricity

Electricity Generation Companies (GenCos), comprising gas-fired and hydro stations, said they released an average of 3.531 Megawatts-hour of electricity into the national grid on Wednesday. This is contained in a daily energy report by the Advisory Power Team, Office of the Vice President, and made available to News Agency of…

FILE PHOTO: A malnourished child given improvised nutrition

34,000 children face acute malnutrition in Taraba—UNICEF

The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has said that over 34,000 children in Taraba faced severe acute malnutrition if serious measures were not taken immediately to save the situation. Bhanu Pathak, Chief of Field Office, UNICEF Nigeria, Bauchi Field Office, raised the alarm during a courtesy call on Governor Darius…

Red Cross

Nigerian Red Cross demands creation of Ministry of Reconciliation

The Nigerian Red Cross Society has advocated the creation of a Ministry of Reconciliation at the federal and state levels with a mandate to foster greater peace and unity in Nigeria. The Vice-Chairman of the Anambra chapter, Peter Katchy, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of…

D'Tigers

D’Tigers move up in FIBA world rankings

Nigeria’s D’Tigers have moved 10 places up in the recently-released FIBA Men World Rankings presented by Nike on Thursday. According to FIBA, the rankings were updated following the conclusion of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China. The U.S. maintained their top-ranked status, with the newly-crowned World Cup champions…

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel

Tribunal upholds election of Akwa Ibom Gov. Udom Emmanuel

The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Uyo, on Thursday, affirmed the victory of Governor Udom Emmanuel of the Peoples Democratic Party in the March 9 governorship election in the state. Nsima Ekere of the All Progressives Congress (APC) filed a petition challenging the result of the election in which INEC…