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Bauchi State

15 die in Bauchi canoe mishap

About 15 people were killed in an overcrowded canoe mishap at Gwaskaram village, Bauchi Local Government Area, the Permanent Secretary, Bauchi State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Shehu Ningi, has said. Mr Ningi confirmed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Bauchi. He said…

Abuja Airport

Lebanon repatriates 69 stranded Nigerians

The Lebanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Houssam Diab, says his country has repatriated 69 Nigerians stranded in Lebanon. Mr Diab said this at a news conference on Thursday in Abuja. According to him, both Lebanon and Nigeria ensured safe return of the stranded citizens. He said that the operation would not…

Police Officers

UPDATED: CAN chairman kidnapped; police mobilise officers, hunters for rescue

The Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Nasarawa State, Joseph Masin, has been kidnapped. His kidnap was confirmed by the police commissioner in Nasarawa, Bola Longe, Thursday morning. Mr Longe told journalists in Lafia that the bishop was taken from his house in Bukan-sidi in Lafia around…

Taliban Militants

Seven police officers killed in Afghan attack as Taliban resumes fighting

At least seven policemen were killed and three others wounded in a Taliban attack in Afghanistan’s western Farah province on Wednesday night, the first major attack after a brief ceasefire ended, the local police confirmed on Thursday. “The clashes erupted after militants stormed a security checkpoint in the village of…

President Donald Trump pictured April 4, 2020 AFP

Trump to issue executive order on social media — Reports

U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order on social media on Thursday, according to local media reports. The reports, citing unnamed White House officials, came a day after microblogging site, Twitter, tagged Mr Trump’s tweets on mail-in voting as misleading. In the tweets, the president told…

Abdullahi Ganduje, Governor of Kano State

Ganduje lists conditions to allow almajiri system in Kano

Kano State Government said it will enrol the over 1,000 repatriated Quranic education pupils, generally known as “almajiri” into formal schools in line with its free and compulsory education policy. “Every child in Kano State, including almajirai must go to school,” Governor Abdullahi Ganduje said on Wednesday during media briefing…

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Oil prices drop for second consecutive day

Oil prices slid for a second consecutive session on Thursday as the U.S. industry data showed a steep and surprising build-up in crude stockpiles, dampening hopes of a smooth demand recovery as the world begins to ease its way out of coronavirus lockdowns. The decline extended loses from Wednesday on…

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COVID -19: NBC fines three radio stations

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has fined three stations over broadcast of invariable content on COVID-19 and also sanctioned 28 others for other violations against the Nigeria Broadcasting Code The Acting Director-General of NBC, Armstrong Idachaba, made this known at a press briefing in Abuja on Wednesday. Mr Idachaba, a…

President Muhammadu Buhari

FG to inaugurate 200,000 capacity yam storage facility in Benue

The federal government will, on June 9, inaugurate the 200, 000 capacity yam storage facility for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Benue, the Presidency has said. The Presidency, in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja, said the inauguration was part of the federal government’s determination to support the…

Ahmad Lawan, President of the Senate

May 27: Senate President celebrates the Nigerian child

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has felicitated Nigerian children on the occasion of the 2020 Children’s Day. Mr Lawan noted that the day was set aside to highlight the challenges children face, with a view to promoting their well-being and happiness. The Senate President, in a statement by his Special…

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DPR to enforce use of face masks at Osun filling stations

The Osun Field Office of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) says it will start enforcing use of face masks at filling stations across the state to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Olusegun Daboh, DPR Operations Controller, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on…

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Mercedes-Benz relaunches production at Argentinian factory

Mercedes-Benz has relaunched production in Argentina after a two-month standstill due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the German carmaker said. The factory in Virrey del Pino in Buenos Aires province has its employees working only one shift. They are being subjected to safety measures, such as a shuttle taking them to…

World Bank

World Bank provides $346 million to strengthen resilience, livelihoods in Lake Chad region

The World Bank has approved two operations totalling $346 million in International Development Association (IDA) financing to help strengthen resilience and livelihoods in the Lake Chad region. The bank made this known in a statement on Wednesday, adding that the fund would be shared among Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria.…

President Donald Trump

Twitter issues fact check of Trump’s tweets for first time

Twitter issued a fact check of some of Donald Trump’s tweets on Tuesday, marking the first time the U.S. president’s favoured social media platform has pushed back against him spreading falsehoods. The move, which almost immediately heightened tensions between Mr Trump and the social media giant, came in the form…

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde (Photo Credit: Seyi Makinde on LinkedIn)

COVID-19: Oyo confirms six new cases, two deaths

Oyo State has recorded six new confirmed cases of COVID-19, the latest figures released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) have revealed. In the figures released on Tuesday night, the six cases in Oyo were among the new 276 recorded in 15 states. The News Agency of Nigeria…

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Police rescue two abducted siblings

The C in Ebonyi has rescued two siblings, aged five and 10, who were abducted from their home in Abakaliki at gunpoint. The Command Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Loveth Odah, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abakaliki. Ms Odah, a…

Kano on map

Kano govt sets up nine COVID-19 sample collection centres – Official

The Kano State Government has set up nine COVID-19 sample collection centres to enhance detection and response to the pandemic, an official has said. Tijjani Hussaini, the Coordinator, COVID-19 Technical Response Team, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Wednesday in Kano. Mr…

Trump accuses Twitter of interfering in U.S. elections

President Donald Trump has accused Twitter of interfering in the 2020 U.S. election scheduled for November 3 after the microblogging service provider tagged his tweet as misleading. Mr Trump also lashed out at the company for “completely stifling free speech”, saying he would never let that happen as president. .@Twitter…

Cobhams Asuquo

UNICEF appoints Cobhams Asuquo national ambassador

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has appointed the award-winning Nigerian musician, producer and songwriter, Cobhams Asuquo, as its National Ambassador. UNICEF Nigeria Representative, Peter Hawkins, announced the appointment in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna on Wednesday. Mr Hawkins said that the…

Coronavirus

COVID-19: 875 people commit suicide during lockdown in Nepal

A total of 875 people have committed suicide during the lockdown period in Nepal. The country has been under lockdown, against coronavirus disease, since March 24. According to the data compiled by the Nepal Police, the suicide cases, across the country, increased by 16 per cent in the first month…

France President, Emmanuel Macron

France records over 28,500 coronavirus deaths

France’s cumulative death toll from coronavirus infection rose by 73 or 0.3 per cent to 28,530 on Tuesday. This is a similar rate of increase as the day before despite health authorities having resumed taking into account nursing home data after a four-day interruption. READ ALSO: Kwara records first COVID-19…

NDDC

Forensic Audit: National Assembly padded 2019 NDDC budget with over 500 fake projects – Acting MD

The acting Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Kemebradikumo Pondei, revealed on Tuesday that the commission’s 2019 budget was inflated with over 500 non-existing projects. Mr Pondei made the disclosure on Tuesday while addressing journalists in Port Harcourt, Rivers State while making clarifications on allegations of corruption levelled against…

Zamfara Governor, Bello Matawalle

Gov. Matawalle appoints new Emir of Kaura Namoda

Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has presented letter of appointment to the newly appointed Emir of Kaura-Namoda, Sanusi Muhammad. This is contained in a statement signed by Jamilu Iliyasu, Press Secretary to the governor in Gusau on Tuesday. He stated that the appointment letter was presented at a brief…

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Bayelsa records new COVID-19 case

The Bayelsa State Committee on COVID-19 has recorded one confirmed case among the 229 cases announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, bringing the number of confirmed cases in the state to 12. The Co-Chairman of the Bayelsa State Taskforce on COVID-19, Nathaniel Inodu, made the disclosure in a…

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Governors meet on Wednesday over financial autonomy for states’ judiciary, legislature

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum will on Wednesday meet to discuss the issue of financial autonomy for the states’ judiciary and legislature, code-named the Executive Order 10, 2020. A statement issued by Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, Head, Media and Public Affairs, NGF, on Tuesday in Abuja indicated that the consultation would be the…