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2Face donates N3.5 million to help persons displaced by Boko Haram

Nigerian music star, Innocent Idibia, popularly known as “2Face,” on Monday presented a cheque of N3.5million to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR. 2Face, who made the presentation to UNHCR in Lagos, said that he was particularly touched when he visited camps of the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs,…

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Naira strengthens further against dollar, sells at N450/$

The Naira on Monday continued to strengthen against the dollar and other major currencies, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. The Nigerian currency gained N10 to exchange at N450 to a dollar at the parallel market, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro exchanged at N560 and N470. At…

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Buhari ‘honest, incorruptible leader’, says Shagari

Former President Shehu Shagari has urged Nigerians and the international community to support President Muhammadu Buhari and his administration, saying the president is an honest, incorruptible and detribalised leader. Mr. Shagari, who clocked 92 on Saturday, said the president was doggedly fighting corruption to sanitise governance in the country and…

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I switched from Made-in-Malaysia to Made-in-Aba, Minister says

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, says he is an ardent patron of products made in Aba and was wearing locally made clothes on Monday. The minister disclosed this in Umuahia on Monday at the Federal Government’s town hall meeting and the launch of the national reorientation campaign,…

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N754 million NIMASA fraud: Witness says statement obtained by coercion

A defendant in the alleged N754 million fraud at the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Ekene Nwakuche, said his statement to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, was obtained by coercion. Mr. Nwakuche said this on Monday while standing trial in an Ikeja High Court alongside five…

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Police Inspector arrested carrying 75 bags of Indian hemp in police bus

A serving police inspector and a dismissed army corporal were among 14 suspects arrested by the NDLEA in Kogi for being in possession of 1,083.62 kilograms of Indian hemp valued at N6 million. The Commander of the NDLEA in Kogi, Idris Bello, told journalists in Lokoja on Monday that the…

Audu Ogbeh, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

Nigerian govt procures 100 rice mills for distribution to states – Ogbeh

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, says the Federal Government has purchased 100 rice mills for distribution to rice-producing states in the country. Mr. Ogbeh said this in Umuahia on Monday during the Federal Government’s town hall meeting with prominent indigenes of the state. He said that…

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Zenith Bank’s annual profit increased by 22.7 per cent in 2016

Zenith International Bank Plc has declared a profit after tax of N129.65 billion and a final dividend of N1.77 per share for the financial year ended December 31, 2016. This is contained in the company’s audited report released by the Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE, on Monday in Lagos. The News…

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APC condemns Ondo killings

The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ondo State on Monday condemned the reported killing of five persons in Ondo West Local Government Area of the state, during a leadership tussle among rival cult groups. Five persons were reportedly killed on Friday at various locations in the area by suspected cult…

FILE PHOTO:  Muhammadu Buhari with APC Chieftains, Bisi Akande and Bola Tinubu in London

Buhari not critically ill, not in hospital – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has reiterated the government's stance that President Muhammadu Buhari is neither critically ill nor in life threatening situation. The minister reiterated this position on Monday in Umuahia at the second town hall meeting for the south-east and the launch of national reorientation…

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Xenophobia: Another Nigerian shop looted, says union

The Nigerian community in South Africa said on Monday that another shop belonging to a member was looted in the latest xenophobic attack at Jeppestown, Johannesburg. Ikechukwu Anyene, President, Nigeria Union, South Africa, told the News Agency of Nigeria on telephone from Pretoria that the shop was looted on Sunday…

Nigerian Army

Nigerian Army say efforts ongoing to rescue missing soldier

The Nigerian Army says efforts are ongoing to rescue a soldier who got missing in action during an ambush in Lagos. Olaolu Daudu, the spokesman, 81 Division, Nigerian Army, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Lagos. “The search operation for the missing…

Supreme Court of Nigeria

Under proposed law, winners of elections being challenged at tribunals won’t be inaugurated – Official

On the day a court sacked a senator, who has been in office for almost two years, for not being validly elected, the government pledged to enact a new law that would bar the swearing-in of candidates whose cases  are still at the tribunals. The Chairman of the Constitution and…

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My husband beats me for refusing his excessive sexual urge, wife tells court

An estranged wife, Sola Bamisile, 30, on Monday told an Ikole Ekiti Customary Court that she could no longer bear her husband’s strong sexual urge. The petitioner alleged that her husband, Bayo Bamisile, constantly beat her whenever she refused him sex. Sola told the court that within five and a…

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Nigerian govt appoints new directors for aviation agency NCAA

The Federal Government on Monday approved the appointment of five new directors and one General Manager for the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA. The NCAA made the announcement in a statement issued by its General Manager, Public Affairs, Sam Adurogboye, in Lagos. Mr. Adurogboye explained that the appointment was with…

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Apart from N300 billion AMCON debt, Arik owes another N25 billion – Official

The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, AMCON, on Monday said Arik Air, under its previous management, owed the International Air Transport Association, IATA, $78 million (about N25 billion). Simon Tumba, Media Consultant to Arik Air, gave the figure while speaking with journalists in Lagos. The airline was on February 9…

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Air Peace aircraft suffers burst tyre at Lagos airport

A Boeing 737 aircraft belonging to Air Peace on Monday suffered a burst tyre while preparing for take-off at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos. The News Agency of Nigeria gathered that the incident occurred at about 11a.m. forcing the pilot to abort the flight. The aircraft was to convey 105…

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N8 billion CBN currency scam: Again, absence of defence counsel stalls trial

The N8 billion CBN currency scam before Justice Joyce Abdulmaleek of the Federal High Court, Ibadan, suffered another adjournment on Monday because of the absence of Olayinka Bolanle, a defence counsel. Mr. Bolanle is the counsel to Kolawole Babalola, the first accused person. Mrs. Abdulmaleek, in his ruling, adjourned the…

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Former deputy House Speaker, Ihedioha, rejects Sheriff as PDP Chairman

Emeka Ihedioha, a former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, has kicked against recognising Modu Sheriff as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national chairman. Mr. Ihedioha told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt on Monday that Mr. Sheriff by his conduct had failed to show an…

FILE PHOTO; Voter voting at the Rivers State Re-run relections

Rivers Election: 25 electoral officials hospitalised — INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday said that more than 25 of its staff members were hospitalised due to Saturday’s supplementary election held in Etche, Rivers. The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Aniedi Ikoiwak, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt that the victims were attacked and…

Xenophobic Attack in South Africa

Xenophobia: No fewer than 100 ransacked shops overnight in Johannesburg — Police

Police on Monday said no fewer than 100 people ransacked shops in Johannesburg overnight, in the latest wave of looting incidents in South African cities. "We are following up on leads and we are expecting to make more arrests,” police spokesman, Mathapelo Peters, a Brigadier, said. She said she did…

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Trump’s choice for Navy Secretary withdraws

President Donald Trump’s nominee to be Secretary of the Navy, Philip Bilden, has withdrawn from consideration for the post citing concerns about privacy and separating himself from his business interests. In a statement by the Department of Defense, Mr. Bilden said he determined that he would not be able to…

Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary General

Amina Mohammed to assume duty as UN Deputy Sec.-Gen. Tuesday

Amina Mohammed, the immediate past Minister of Environment, will be sworn-in on Tuesday as the UN Deputy Secretary-General at the UN Headquarters in New York, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. Ms. Mohammed, who was appointed by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres on December 15, 2016 as his deputy,…

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PDP sweeps elections in Taraba, Gombe, Rivers

The People’s Democratic Party, PDP, candidates have been declared winners of 13 local government chairmanship seats so far declared by the Taraba State Independent Electoral Commission. The PDP had also won all the local government chairmanship and councillorship seats in neighbouring Gombe State. The party also won the two parliamentary…

FILE PHOTO: Thousands of young Nigerians jostled for 11 job positions in UNTH Enugu, South East Nigeria

N-Power: Nigerian govt targets 350,000 unemployed graduates in 2017

The Presidency said on Sunday that its Social Investment Programmes, SIP, had a plan to hire 350,000 more unemployed graduates under the N-Power Volunteer Corps in 2017. According to the Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity to the Vice President, Laolu Akande, President Muhammadu Buhari has requested appropriation of…