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70 people killed in Guinea ahead of 2020 presidential polls – Report

At least 70 people have been killed in Guinea during protests ahead of the 2020 presidential election, Amnesty International said on Wednesday. The deaths have occurred since 2015, during various demonstrations against President Alpha Conde’s plans to amend the constitution to run for a third term, the human rights organisation…

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Growth in global oil demand to slow from 2025 – IEA

Global oil demand growth is expected to slow from 2025 as fuel efficiency improves and the use of electrified vehicles increases but is unlikely to peak in the next two decades, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Wednesday. The Paris-based IEA, which advises Western governments on energy policy, said…

Nigerian Police officers used to illustrate the story

Child kidnapped 2014 in Kano found in Anambra – Police

The police have rescued another 11-year-old boy kidnapped in Kano, Muhammed Ya’u, who was sold in Onitsha, Anambra. This is contained in a statement signed by the Kano police command’s Public Relations Officer, Abdullahi Haruna, in Kano on Tuesday. According to the police spokesman, Ya’u was kidnapped in 2014 at…

Nigeria Police Force

Police Commission deploys 45 monitors for Kogi, Bayelsa elections

The Police Service Commission (PSC), says it will deploy 45 of its personnel to monitor police conduct in the November 16 Governorship and House of Assembly elections in Kogi and Bayelsa State. Head, Press and Public Relations of the commission, Ikechukwu Ani, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday, in…

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Reps ask FIRS to return N4.6 billion to FCT

The House of Representatives Committee on Public Account has asked the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) to return N4.6 billion which represents two per cent of total tax collected in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to the FCT Inland Revenue Service (FCT-IRS). The chairman of the committee, Wole Oke (PDP-Osun),…

Raymond Dokpesi

Alleged N2.1bn fraud: Court grants Dokpesi’s request to travel abroad for medical check-up

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Tuesday, granted the request by Raymond Dokpesi, Founder, DAAR Communications Plc, to travel abroad for medical attention. The judge, John Tsoho, who granted the application filed by the defence lawyer, Chief Kanu Agabi, SAN, also granted the application for adjournment. The judge, who ruled…

Nigeria Stock Exchange

NSE market indices rose by 0.54 per cent after Eid-el Malud celebration

Nigerian equities market resumed trading for the week on Tuesday with a growth of 0.54 per cent after Monday public holiday declared by the federal government to mark 2019 Eid-el Malud celebration. Specifically, the market capitalisation inched N69 billion or 0.54 per cent to close at N12.878 trillion against N12.809…

Former Lagos state governor, Babatunde Fashola

Trans-Saharan roads: Abuja-Algiers road ready in three years – Fashola

Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, says the trans-saharan roads linking Abuja with Algiers in Algeria will be completed in three years. Mr Fashola said this during a joint inspection visit to the on-going Abuja-Keffi-Akwanga-Lafia-Markudi and the Abuja-Kaduna roads which are part of the trans-saharan roads. The inspection was…

The European Union headquarters in the Belgian capital, Brussels [Photo: Press TV]

EU launches 13 new joint defence projects

EU defence ministers approved 13 new projects on Tuesday under the bloc’s joint defence cooperation programme, ranging from an unmanned anti-submarine system to a new medical training centre. An overall 47 projects have now been approved under the EU’s Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) framework, launched by member states in 2017…

University of Ibadan (UI)

UI produces 241 First Class graduates

The University of Ibadan has graduated 7,340 students of 2017/2018 academic sessions out of which 241 obtained first class honours with Faculty of Science having the highest number of graduates in that category. Idowu Olayinka, a professor and Vice-Chancellor of the institution, disclosed this in Ibadan on Tuesday at the…

FRSC

FRSC arrest 111 drivers without valid licence in five days

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Lagos State Sector Command, says it has arrested 111 drivers within five days of the start of its “Operation Show Your Driver’s Licence” which commenced on November 4. The Sector Commander, Hyginus Omeje, said this on Tuesday during his visit to Badagry Unit Command…

FRSC officials at the scene of the accident on the expressway

Road Accident: Ogun records 301 deaths in 10 months

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Tuesday said that 301 persons died in 617 auto crashes recorded in Ogun between January and October. Clement Oladele, FRSC Sector Commander in the state, said this at the 2019 “Ember Months” road safety campaign rally held at Asero park, Abeokuta. The theme…

NNPC Headquarters, Abuja

OPL 212: Supreme Court orders NNPC to pay N8.14bn in damages to BCE

The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld its earlier judgment, ordering the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation to pay $22.6 million (N8.1billion) in damages to BCE Consulting Engineers over a failed Consultancy Service Contract. The NNPC through its counsel approached the Supreme Court, seeking a review of the July 5 judgment over…

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Senate seeks FG ban on textile importation

The Senate on Tuesday appealed to the Federal Government to ban the importation of textiles in the country for a period of five years to allow for the production of local textile materials. This followed the debate on a motion sponsored by Kabir Barkiya (APC-Katsina Central) during plenary on “Urgent…

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Indian ‘court’ orders rape victim to sell baby

A 16-year-old girl, who gave birth to a child, after allegedly being raped by two men was ordered by Panchayat (a formalised local self-governance system) to sell the baby and keep the money as compensation. Panchayat is a self-governance system with powers of adjudication and comprising elected elders of the…

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state.

Ortom presents N189 bn Benue budget for 2020

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue on Tuesday presented a budget of N189 billion for 2020 to the State House of Assembly for approval. Mr Ortom while presenting the budget in Makurdi said it was made up of N114 billion recurrent expenditure and N74 billion capital expenditure. The News Agency of…

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Only seven out of 37 Nigerian states fully implement contributory pension — PENCOM

Most states across the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria are yet to fully implement the Federal Government’s Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS), a report by the National Pension Commission (PENCOM) has revealed. According to the report made available to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday, only six states and the…

Mario Balotelli

Italy coach ‘won’t call up Balotelli to make statement against racism’

Italy coach Roberto Mancini has said he will only call up Mario Balotelli if he deserves it for football reasons, not to make a statement against racism. Balotelli, who has not played for Italy since September 2018, kicked the ball towards opposition fans and threatened to walk off the pitch…

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Rat holds up flight in India for 12 hours

A domestic flight in India was delayed for nearly 12 hours after a rat was spotted scampering around the aircraft, news reports and officials said on Tuesday. Air India flight AI-952 was preparing for take-off from the southern city of Hyderabad for Vishakapatnam, a coastal city, early on Sunday, when…

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N16.4M Fraud: Court clears ex-IGP Ehindero

Justice Silvanus Oriji of the FCT High Court, Apo, on Tuesday discharged former Inspector-General of Police, Sunday Ehindero, and Commissioner of Police budget, John Obaniyi, of N16.4 million fraud charge. Justice Oriji held that the prosecution failed to make a prima facie case. “The defendants are hereby discharged,” he said.…

NAFDAC

60% of imported drugs to be manufactured locally – NAFDAC

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) said it would ensure that 60 per cent of the drugs being imported into the country were manufactured locally. Mojisola Adeyeye, the Director-General of the agency, said this at a news conference, on Monday in Abuja. She stressed the…

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NYSC Director-General speaks on skirt for trouser controversy

The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Shuaibu Ibrahim, has expressed concern over a recent controversy on the dress code for corps members. In a statement issued by Adenike Adeyemi, NYSC’s Director of Press and Public Relations, Mr Ibrahim urged corps members to always adhere to the dress…

Kyari El-Kanemi, The Shehu of Bama

Emir declares ban on commercial sex workers

The Shehu of Bama in Borno, Kyari El-Kanemi, has declared commercial sex workers unwelcome in his domain in order to eliminate vices and enhance peace in the area. Abba Shehu-Umar, the Personal Secretary to the emir, in a statement issued on Monday in Maiduguri, said the traditional ruler made the…

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Kogi Governorship: Thugs burn SDP secretariat

Barely five days to the governorship election in Kogi State, suspected thugs on Monday set fire to the secretariat of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Lokoja. Journalists gathered that the building was razed at about 1 a.m with furniture, documents, electrical equipment and campaign materials burnt. The building, which…

Nigeria’s Information minister, Lai Mohammed,

Bill to establish Motion Picture Council of Nigeria coming soon – Minister

The federal government is finalising work on the Motion Picture Council of Nigeria (MOPICON) Bill in order to create a proper regulatory environment for the sub-sector of the creative industry. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, disclosed this in Lagos at the opening of the 2019 Africa International…