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Former Chelsea and England midfielder, Lampard, retires

Former Chelsea and England midfielder, Frank Lampard, has retired, bringing to an end a 21-year professional career. The 38-year-old, who spent last year with New York City in Major League Soccer (MLS) in the US, announced his decision on social media on Thursday. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports…

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Erdogan upset with Merkel’s use of term “Islamist terror”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan got upset Thursday when German Chancellor Angela Merkel used the term “Islamist terror” as part of a list of threats against which she is battling. “The expression Islamist terrorism seriously hurts us Muslims,” he said in Ankara, as the two sat next to each other…

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Alleged funds diversion: Ekiti Assembly summons Fayemi

The Ekiti State House of Assembly has summoned the former Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, to appear before it on Tuesday, February 7, to answer questions regarding his alleged involvement in the diversion of funds belonging to the State's Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB. While issuing the summons on…

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Pregnant woman, son killed in kerosene explosion

The Enugu State Police Command has confirmed the death of a pregnant woman and her son after a kerosene explosion in Ngenevu axis of Coal Camp within Enugu metropolis. The command’s spokesperson, Ebere Amaraizu, disclosed this in a statement issued to the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Enugu.…

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Agip recorded 2,418 oil spills in 7 years

The Ministry of Petroleum Resources, on Thursday said 2,418 oil spills were recorded in Nigerian Agip Oil Company’s operations between 2010 and 2016. The Director, Petroleum Resources in the ministry, Mordecai Ladan, made this known at the public hearing on “Despoliation of the Niger Delta and Activities of Nigeria Agip…

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Man commits ‘suicide’

A middle-age man simply identified as Nura on Thursday is believed committed a suicide at Tsamiya Babba village in Gezawa Local Government Area of Kano State. Magaji Majiya, the Public Relations Officer of the state police command, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Kano. Mr.…

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Trump travel ban sparks protest in Rome

Protesters chanted outside the U.S. Embassy in Rome on Thursday against President Donald Trump’s order to restrict entry into the United States for refugees and citizens of seven Muslim countries. Last week’s executive order blocked citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen and placed an indefinite hold…

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Don’t spare those behind Southern Kaduna killings, CAN, JNI tell El-Rufai

The Kaduna State chapters of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, and Jama’atu Nasrul Islam, JNI, on Thursday expressed solidarity with the state government on the Southern Kaduna crisis and said perpetrators must be punished. The two groups made the declaration during a peace advocacy visit to their offices in Kaduna…

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Saraki, Dogara, others did not collect N600 million rent from FCDA – Melaye

The Senate on Thursday denied that the leadership of the National Assembly received N600 million from the Federal Capital Development Authority, FCDA, for principal officers’ rent. The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that the allegation emanated from an online report by a group, Citizen Action to Take Back Nigeria,…

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Nigerian govt awards contract for dredging of River Benue – Amaechi

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said the Federal Government has awarded contract for the dredging of the critical part of River Benue. Mr. Amaechi, who disclosed this at the 2017 budget defence before members of the Senate Committee on Marine Transport on Thursday in Abuja, said that work…

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17 suspects involved in Southern Kaduna killings arrested

The Nigeria Police said it has arrested 17 suspects involved in the recent killings in Kafanchan, Kaduna State. The violence in Kafanchan is part of the larger Southern Kaduna violence that has claimed the life of over 200 people in recent months. The state government has had to impose 24-hour…

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Boko Haram: Nigerian Army arrests 3 Chadians, 7 Nigerians

The Nigerian Army said on Thursday that it had arrested three Chadians in Borno as part of its ongoing anti-terrorism war in the North-East. Major General Lucky Irabor, the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, disclosed this while briefing journalists in Maiduguri. Mr. Irabor said that the suspects were arrested at…

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How my Boko Haram colleagues amputated my hand, leg

Muhammad Abubakar, a 31-year-old self confessed Boko Haram member, on Thursday said his hand and leg were chopped off because he was planning to surrender and quit the battle in Sambisa forest. Mr. Abubakar disclosed this to journalists in Maiduguri during a briefing organised by Lucky Irabor, the Theatre Commander,…

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Ondo PDP crisis continues as Jimoh Ibrahim’s ally appeals court ruling

The Court of Appeal Special Panel sitting on the ongoing leadership crisis in the Ondo State PDP on Thursday in Abuja granted Biyi Poroye leave to appeal the judgment of the court. The Poroye-led Ondo State Executive of the party was on November 23, 2016 stripped of its powers by…

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5 ‘kidnappers’ arrested in Cross River

Fubara Duke, State Director, Department of State Service, DSS, Cross River Command, said the service had recently arrested five persons involved in various cases of kidnapping in the state. Mr. Duke disclosed this on Thursday in Calabar while addressing journalists on the activities of the command in the last five…

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Kaduna Electric sacks ‘530’ workers

The National Union of Electricity Employees, NUEE, on Thursday said the Kaduna Electric, has terminated the appointments of 530 of its members. The Kaduna State Chairman of NUEE, Ephraim James, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna that the company issued sack letters to the workers on February 1.…

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Netherlands woos more young Nigerians to educational opportunities

Michel Deleen, Head of the Netherlands Representation in Lagos, on Wednesday disclosed his government’s plan to create more opportunities for young Nigerians to study in different Dutch Universities. Mr. Deleen told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Lagos that more of the Dutch educational institutions were willing to absorb…

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30 plastic bags founds in whale killed off Norway

A whale recently killed off western Norway was found to have 30 plastic bags and other plastic waste in its stomach, highlighting the waste issue, researchers said Thursday. The grisly discovery was reported after a team at the University of Bergen in western Norway examined a Cuvier’s beaked whale that…

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Court in Ekiti remands herdsman for grazing on farmland

The police on Thursday arraigned a 30-year-old herdsman, Abubakar Usman, in an Ado-Ekiti Cheif Magistrate Court for grazing on a cassava farmland. The prosecutor, Bankole Olasunkanmi, told the court that the accused and others at large, committed the offence sometimes in December at Iyemero farm settlement camp ‎in Ikole-Ekiti. Mr.…

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Angry brother of killed university professor write’s ‘satanic’ Shekau

Usman Abbas, younger brother to Aliyu Mani, a professor who was killed during a suicide bomb attack at the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID), has said Abubakar Shekau is a “dead man waiting to go to hell”. Mr. Usman stated this in an open letter to Abubakar Shekau, factional leader of…

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Bayelsa Assembly approves N3 billion for members’ cars, while workers are owed for 6 months

The Bayelsa House of Assembly has approved a N3 billion loan request from the state government to purchase cars for legislators and other political office holders. The Speaker of the House, Kombowei Benson, who confirmed this to journalists on Thursday in Yenagoa, said the decision was taken at a closed…

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United ECOWAS, AU can salvage Africa – UN chief Guterres

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says ECOWAS intervention in The Gambia shows that a united ECOWAS and AU can take firm decisions against undemocratic forces and promote the freedom of the people on the continent. Guterres, who made the remarks at a press briefing at the UN Headquarters on Wednesday in…

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Kenyan police officers killed in terror attack

An unknown number of Kenyan police officers were killed by al-Shabaab militants in the border town of Mandera during a raid early Thursday, officials said. Police sources said the terrorists attacked a police camp in Arabia, Mandera town in northeast Kenya on Thursday dawn, and cut off police’s communication in…

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Regulator imposes life ban on popular Nigerian stockbroker

The Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, has slammed a life ban on Albert Okumagba, the group Managing Director, BGL Group and his deputy, Chibundu Edozie. This is contained in a statement pasted on the commission’s website. The Commission said it has also cancelled the licenses of Assets Management Limited and…

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Butcher remanded over alleged rape of 13-year-old

A Gombe Magistrates’ Court on Thursday ordered the remand of a 25-year-old butcher, Shamsudeen Musa, for alleged rape of a 13-year-old girl. The Chief Magistrate, Bello Sheriff, ordered the remand of the accused in prison until March 1, when the case was slated for mention. The accused, who resides in…