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NAPTIP records six convictions, rescues 158 in Benin Zone

The Benin Zone of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, secured six convictions from January to August. The controller of the zone, Nduka Nwanwenne, made this known on Monday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Benin. The zone, established in 2004,…

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Oil price rises as producers say market rebalancing

Oil prices kept most of their gains from the previous session as major producers meeting in Vienna said the market was well on its way towards rebalancing. The WTI crude front month discount to the same month of Brent futures hit 6.28 dollars, the widest since August 2015, as U.S.…

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Muhammadu Buhari. [Photo credit: NAN]

President Buhari congratulates Germany’s Angela Merkel on electoral victory

President Muhammadu Buhari has joined world leaders in congratulating German Chancellor Angela Merkel on her victory at the polls. Mr. Buhari felicitated with the German Chancellor’s party for producing leadership for the country for over 12 years, and winning another opportunity to sustain the legacy of good work. According to…

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Gunmen storm Edo leisure park, kill three police officers, kidnap official

Three police officers attached to the Edo Police Command were on Sunday evening killed by gunmen in Benin. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the police officers were posted to provide security for fun seekers at the Ogba Zoo and Nature Park in Oredo Local Government Area of the…

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed [Photo Credit: The Guardian Nigeria]

Era of godfatherism over in Nigerian govt appointments – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said that as far as federal government appointments to public offices and key positions are concerned, the era of “godfatherism’’ is over. The minister stated this in Abuja on Sunday at a thanksgiving reception by the newly appointed Permanent Secretary in…

President of NANS, Chinonso Obasi. [Photo credit: International Centre for Investigative Reporting]

Students’ body applauds JAMB over N5 billion remittance to FG

The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, has commended the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, for remitting N5 billion to the coffers of the federal government. NANS’ President, Chinonso Obasi, in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, said such remittance from JAMB within a short period under the leadership…

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Flood ravages 12 Cross River communities, 3,000 farmlands destroyed

Twelve communities in Boki Local Government Area of Cross River State have been flooded following two days of heavy rain, while more than 3,000 farmlands were equally destroyed. The incident, which occurred between the late hours of September 18 and the early hours of September 19, has rendered hundreds of…

Pic.1. Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), during a protest demanding for voluntary return to their homes in Bama LGA in Maiduguri on Sunday (24/9/17).
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Boko Haram: Frustrated IDPs ask to be allowed to trek home

The Bama Initiative for Human Development, an NGO, on Sunday in Maiduguri staged a peaceful demonstration demanding the return of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to their respective communities in Bama. The group’s chairman, Muhammad Hassan, said that the IDPs would want to return and continue their normal activities in view…

Renowned Kenyan scholar, Patrick Lumumba. [Photo credit: Kasapa FM]

Renowned Kenyan scholar, Patrick Lumumba, to speak at 2017 Felabration

Renowned Kenyan scholar, Patrick Lumumba, would be the keynote speaker at the 2017 Felabration Symposium tagged “FELA DEBATES”. Okwechima Abdul, Head of. Felabration Media Team, said in a statement that Lumumba would speak on the. Topic “Whither The Pan African Dream – 20 Years After Fela and 40 Years After…

Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo [Photo Credit: The Nation]

Peace, unity germane to Nigeria’s progress – Osinbajo

The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has advised Nigerians against breaking the bond of unity and peace existing in the country. Mr. Osinbajo gave the advice in Uyo on Saturday at a grand ceremony organised by the Akwa Ibom government to mark the 30th anniversary of the creation of the state.…

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Striking Kogi workers seek traditional rulers’ intervention

The organised labour in Kogi State has called on prominent traditional rulers in the state to intervene in the ongoing industrial dispute in the state. The Trade Union Congress, TUC, Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and the Joint Public Service Negotiating Council, JPSNC, made the call in a statement issued in…

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Oyo 2019: Re-alignment against APC will fail – Spokesperson

The All Progressives Congress, APC, Oyo State chapter, says the on-going re-alignment of forces by the opposition political players in the state ahead of the 2019 gubernatorial election would fail. This was contained in a statement by Mr Olawale Sadare, the party’s Public Relations Officer in Ibadan on Saturday. The…

Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo [Photo Credit: Pulseng]

Osinbajo inaugurates electricity meter, syringe factories

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that the problem of irregular power supply in Nigeria is caused by inaccurate billing system resulting from insufficient metering machines. Mr. Osinbajo made the remarks on Saturday in Onna local government area of Akwa Ibom while inaugurating an Electric Metering Factory as part of…

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The causes of premature birth – Gynaecologist

Chris Abumchi, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, says violence among couples can predispose pregnant women to preterm births. Mr. Abumchi said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Abuja. He said that other social vices such as smoking, alcohol consumption and drug abuse could…

Kurdish fighters. [Photo credit: BBC news]

US-backed fighters seize Syria’s largest gas field from Islamic State

The U.S.-backed Syrian forces on Saturday captured the war-torn country’s largest gas field from the Islamic State extremist militia organisation, a monitoring group and Kurdish fighters said. The Syrian Democratic Forces, SDF, a Kurd-led coalition allied with the U.S., seized the Koniko field in Syria’s eastern province of Deir al-Zour,…

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Shettima redeploys 41 Borno permanent secretaries

Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno on Saturday approved the posting and redeployment of 41 permanent secretaries in the state. Yerima Sale, the Head of Service, made the announcement in a statement issued in Maiduguri. Mr. Sale explained that 27 permanent secretaries were redeployed while 14 others got new posting. He…

FILE- In this Monday, Oct. 6, 2003 file photo, Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh with the 'Kingdom Tower' photographed through a window of the 'Al-Faislia Tower' in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh. Saudi Arabia’s stock exchange has opened up to direct foreign investment for the first time. The decision to open up the Tadawul stock exchange on Monday comes at a crucial time for Saudi Arabia, whose revenue has taken a hit from the plunge in oil prices over the past year. The kingdom is the world’s largest exporter of crude. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

Nigerian food vendors make brisk business in Saudi Arabia – NAN survey

Nigerian food vendors in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, have continued to record a boom in their businesses after the completion of the 2017 pilgrimage. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the vendors are Nigerians residing in the Holy Land. They sold white rice and beans or spaghetti with soup; tuwon…

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Biafra: Too late to pull out of Nigeria – Igbo lawmaker

A Lagos lawmaker, Jude Idimogu, on Saturday, said it was too late for the Igbo nation to pull out of Nigeria. Mr. Idimogu, representing Oshodi/Isolo Constituency II in the Lagos State House of Assembly, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that secession would be injurious to the Igbos.…

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Arrested NAN journalist freed

The Benue Police Command has released a reporter of the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, Emmanuel Antswen, who was picked up on Friday over a story on the protest at the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs camp at the International Market, Makurdi. NAN recalled that the IDPs at the Makurdi International…

Staff members of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) coming out of the Agency’s headquarters during a protest welfare packages, in Abuja on Friday (22/9/17).
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What govt must do to end our strike – NAFDAC workers

The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC, workers have said they will continue with their strike until the federal government appoints a substantive director general, DG. Ejor Michael, the National Public Relations Officer, Medical and Health Union of Nigeria, NAFDAC chapter, made this known on Saturday…

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Nigeria to manufacture sports equipment – Acting SGF

The Acting Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Habiba Lawal, said government was making efforts to commence local manufacturing of sports equipment. Ms. Lawal made this known on Saturday at the official unveiling, launch and presentation of sports equipment to 2000 primary schools by National Lottery Trust Fund,…

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Police arrest NAN journalist

The Benue Police Command has arrested Emmanuel Atswen, a reporter of the News Agency of Nigeria, over a report on the protest by IDPs at the International Market camp in Makurdi. NAN reports that the IDPs, on September 12, protested against alleged diversion of relief materials, and blocked the main…

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Nigeria demands reform of IMF, World Bank

Nigeria has demanded the reform of the Bretton Wood Institutions to make them responsive to the needs of developing countries and also reflect the realities of the 21st century. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, stated this at the 41st Ministerial Meeting of the Group of 77 plus China…

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PDP Chairmanship: Bode George won’t step down for Gbenga Daniel, others – Babatope

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ebenezer Babatope, said former National Vice-Chairman of the party (South), Olabode George, remained the best candidate for the party’s national chairman. Mr. Babatope, who is leading Mr. George’s campaign organisation for his aspiration in the December 9 convention of the party, told…

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NiMet predicts cloudy conditions, rain on Saturday

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NiMet, has predicted partly cloudy to cloudy conditions over the regions with chances of isolated thunderstorms over Yelwa and its environs on Saturday morning. NiMet said in a Weather Outlook by its Central Forecast Office in Abuja on Friday that day and night temperatures of 31…