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Gombe confirms three Yellow Fever cases

The Gombe State Government says it has recorded six suspected cases of yellow fever, out of which three are reactive. Nuhu Vile, State Epidemiologist, said this to the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Gombe. According to Mr Vile, the three confirmed patients were treated and discharged, and no…

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Nigeria’s Postgraduate Medical College Laments Exodus of Young Doctors To Other Climes

The National Postgraduate Medical College, on Thursday in Abuja, admitted 477 convokes into the fellowship of the college. Da Lilly-Tariah, the president of the college, made this disclosure at the 37 convocation ceremony of the college. He said the Faculty of Obstetrics and Gynecology had the highest number with 100…

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi [Photo Credit: CNN]

Pakistan denies airspace to Indian Prime Minister amid Kashmir tensions

Pakistan has refused to let Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi fly through its airspace, officials said on Thursday. This is coming in the wake of rising tensions in the disputed region of Kashmir. Islamabad turned down a request by New Delhi to allow Modi’s overflight on September 20 and September…

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika [Photo Credit: The New York Times]

Algeria detains opposition activist in new sign of clampdown

Algerian authorities have arrested Fodil Boumala, a prominent opposition activist and anti-government protester, fellow activists and a lawyer said on Thursday. Mr Boumala’s arrest on Wednesday night, though not immediately confirmed by the justice ministry, was the latest sign of a new clampdown on dissent following the detention of three…

Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa

Gov. Dickson fires aide over alleged gross misconduct, indiscipline

Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa has sacked Hellen Bob, his Special Adviser on Talent and Gender Development, over alleged misconduct and indiscipline. The special adviser’s sack was announced in a statement by Fidelis Soriwei, Chief Press Secretary to the governor, on Thursday in Yenagoa. The statement said Mrs Bob was…

Geoffrey Onyeama, Nigerian foreign minister says South Africa must act decisively.

Xenophobia: Why Onyeama failed to honour Reps invite – Foreign Ministry

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said that its minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, did not shun the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs. Ferdinard Nwonye, the spokesperson for the ministry, said this in a statement on Monday in Abuja. The minister and other officials had been invited by the lawmakers…

Nigerians returning from South Africa

Xenophobia: Lagos govt gives returnees N20,000 each

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday gave N20,000 to each member of the second batch of 319 Nigerians evacuated from South Africa. The fresh batch of returnees arrived a week after another 178 Nigerians fleeing xenophobia came back from South Africa. The returnees arrived at the Cargo Wing of the…

Gabriel Aduda

Nigerian govt cautions against mishandling of hazardous chemicals

The Federal Government has cautioned producers, marketers, transporters, stores and users of chemicals, especially scheduled or hazardous chemicals against unlawful use and access by non-state actors or unauthorised persons. Mr Gabriel Aduda, the Permanent Secretary, Political and Economic Affairs in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the…

Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello

Tribunal upholds election of Gov. Bello of Niger

The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Minna on Wednesday upheld the election of Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mohammed Nasko, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the March 9 governorship election and his party had dragged Mr Bello, who is…

U.S. President Donald Trump [Photo: USA Today]

Trump revokes California’s right to set own car emissions standard

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he is revoking California’s ability to independently set its own car emissions standards, which have been more stringent than most of the country. California was granted a waiver to set car emission standards that were stricter than federal regulations in 2013, under the…

Emir Lamido Sanusi [Photo: Sahara Reporters]

Emir of Kano lauds Buhari’s Economic Advisory Council

The ‎Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, ‎has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for constituting an Economic Advisory Council (EAC) comprising first-rate ‎professionals and academics. Mr Sanusi gave the commendation on Wednesday in Kano while briefing journalists at his Palace. The emir, ‎who described the new council as “first class”, said…

Facebook unveils new Portal video chat, TV streaming devices

Facebook Inc (FBO) unveiled new models of its Portal video chatting devices on Wednesday, making the company’s first foray into TV streaming hardware but offering a limited selection of subscription services. The launch comes as Facebook is trying to pivot toward more private forms of communication, after years of slowing…

Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari

Katsina govt constructs, rehabilitates 3,342 schools

The Katsina State Government says it constructed, rehabilitated and upgraded 3,342 public schools across the state in four years. Governor Aminu Masari stated this on Wednesday in Katsina in a chat with journalists. “The state government accorded the Education Sector high priority as it received the greatest share of the…

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia shows evidence attacks “unquestionably sponsored by Iran”

Saudi Arabia on Wednesday displayed drone and missile debris, which it said show oil attacks “unquestionably sponsored by Iran.” The Saudi government presented the evidence on Wednesday, the BBC reports. Iran’s foreign ministry had earlier denied any involvement in the attacks on Saudi oil facilities, in an official letter to…

Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways annual loss widens to $639m

Qatar Airways reported a loss of 2.3 billion Qatari riyals or 639 million dollars on Wednesday for the year ended March 31, as it grappled with the second year of an embargo by neighbours that has restricted its air routes and driven costs higher. The results mark a steeper loss…

Babachir Lawal

EFCC responds to documents’ admissibility in Babachir Lawal’s trial September 24

An FCT High Court in Maitama on Wednesday adjourned until September 24 for continuation of trial in a case against a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachair Lawal. Justice Jude Okeke adjourned the trial after the prosecution counsel, Ufon Uket, prayed for an adjournment to enable…

Angela Merkel

Germany extends ban on arms exports to Saudi Arabia

The German government has extended its arms export ban to Saudi Arabia by an additional six months until March 31, 2020, a government spokesman said. The export ban was introduced in November 2018 after the death of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Top officials in Saudi Arabia are suspected of…

Migrants at sea

Asylum applications down 35% in 2018 — OECD

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) says the number of asylum applications filed in the 36 OECD member countries had gone down by 35 per cent in 2018. The organisation made this known when it presented its International Migration Outlook for 2019 on Wednesday. Asylum applications went down…

Abdullahi Sule, Governor of Nassarawa State

Assembly approves N5 billion loan for Nasarawa Govt.

Nasarawa State House of Assembly has approved the request of the state government to secure N5 billion bond from the capital market to undertake vital projects across the state. The approval was given at plenary on Wednesday in Lafia, presided by the Speaker, Ibrahim Balarabe-Abdullahi. The request for the bond…

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Iran writes U.S., denies involvement in Saudi attack

Iran’s Foreign Ministry has denied any involvement in the attacks on Saudi oil facilities in an official letter to the U.S. “Iran has nothing to do with the attack,” states the letter, which was delivered to the U.S. via the Swiss embassy in Tehran. Switzerland represents Washington’s diplomatic interests in…

Olujonwo Obasanjo, son of a former president, Olusegun Obasanjo,

I’ve been unable to serve my wife divorce papers – Obasanjo’son tells court

Olujonwo Obasanjo, son of former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Wednesday told an Ikeja High Court that he has been unable to serve his estranged wife, Temitope, divorce papers. Temitope nee Adebutu, is the daughter of popular Premier Lotto magnate, Kessington Adebutu alias “Baba Ijebu”. The couple were, however absent in…

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India bans e-cigarettes

India has banned e-cigarettes because they endanger the health of youths in the country, the Federal Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, said on Wednesday. “The federal cabinet has approved an ordinance to ban production, manufacture, import, export, transport, distribution, sales, storage and advertisement of e-cigarettes,’’ Mr Sitharaman said. The ban includes…

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NDLEA arrests 25 drug suspects, seizes 166.95 kg of hard drugs in Adamawa

The Adamawa Command of the National Drugs Laws Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it arrested 25 suspected drug dealers and seized 166.95 kilogrammes of illicit drugs in the state in the last three weeks. The NDLEA State Commander, Yakubu Kibo, made this known in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria…

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Task Force arrests 71 suspected miscreants in Oshodi

Operatives of the Lagos State Task Force have arrested 71 suspected miscreants around railway-line in Oshodi, as part of efforts to rid the state of all criminal elements, especially those operating at notorious black spots. The Chairman of the agency, Olayinka Egbeyemi, made this known in Lagos on Wednesday. Mr…

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Family member gives account of village head’s assassination

Inusa Yaktol, a member of the family of late Mohammed Bayero, the village head of Kadunu, who was killed by gunmen, has given the account of how the traditional ruler was murdered. Mr Bayero, who was the village head of Kadunu in Mangu Local Government of Plateau State, was assassinated…