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PDP governorship candidate wants investigation of Borno’s use of Paris Club refunds

The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Muhammed Imam, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to wade into the recent face off between retired workers and the Borno State Government over unpaid pensions. Mr Imam specifically wants the president to question the Borno government on why retired workers…

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N1.6 bn Fraud: EFCC amends charges against Jonathan’s ex-aide

A Federal High Court in Lagos, on Monday, fixed November 15, to take arguments on an amended charge filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against a former aide to President Goodluck Jonathan. Waripamo-Owei Dudafa is charged alongside one Iwejuo Nna, on charges bordering on N1.6 billion fraud.…

Merkel’s coalition won’t last the next year – SPD youth leader

The leader of the German Social Democrats’ youth wing on Monday said Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition with the SPD will not survive the 2019. The awkward alliance has been marred by disputes about immigration and the fate of the domestic spy chief since it took office in March, coming close…

Former President Goodluck Jonathan

Jonathan, Boss Mustapha, Lai Mohammed, others eulogise late Justice Uche

A former president, Goodluck Jonathan; Information and Culture Minister, Lai Mohammed; and Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha were among the dignitaries who extolled the virtues of the late justice, Ijeoma Uche, in Abuja on Sunday. Ms Uche, who died at the age of 83, was the first…

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Badagry prince re-arraigned for alleged fraud

The police on Monday re-arraigned Semasa James, the prince of Kweme Land of Badagry, Lagos in an Ikeja Special Offences Court for allegedly defrauding the estate of his late father, Afolabi James. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mr Semasa was initially arraigned on April 10 on a…

Adesola Amosu

Court to determine final forfeiture of N2.2bn linked to Nigeria’s ex-air force chief

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday reserved ruling until December 3, on a motion seeking final forfeiture to the federal government of the sum of N2.2 billion recovered from a former Chief of Air Staff, Adesola Amosu. Justice Mojisola Olatoregun reserved the date for ruling, after listening to…

Muhammad Sani-Bello [Photo: Faces International Magazine]

Ex-Kaduna PDP gubernatorial aspirant dumps party

Muhammad Sani-Bello, a former gubernatorial aspirant under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna State, has formally dumped the party. Mr Sani-Bello who announced the decision at a press briefing on Monday in Kaduna, said he left because of unending mistrust between him and the state leadership…

Air pollution level continues to worsen in New Delhi [Photo: India Today]

Air pollution level continues to worsen in New Delhi

The air pollution level in India’s capital city New Delhi on Monday continued to be in the severe category, officials said. According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the overall air quality index (AQI) remained in very poor category at 381. “The AQI in Delhi at 9 a.m. (local…

Ananth Kumar [Photo: The Wire]

Prominent Indian politician, Ananth Kumar, dies

A minister in India’s federal cabinet and a senior leader of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) HN Ananth Kumar, died on Monday, party leaders said. The six-term parliamentarian from Bangalore died at a cancer hospital in New Delhi, BJP spokesperson, S Shantaram, said. The 59-year-old had been minister for…

Iran military

Iran military says it is ready to protect oil tankers against threats

Iran’s armed forces will protect Iranian oil tankers against any threats, an Iranian military official said on Monday after the U.S. said the ships were a “floating liability” and warned ports operators not to allow them to dock. “Iran’s armed forces … are prepared today as in the past to…

Jean-Claude Arnault

Sex scandal case that rocked Nobel literature body goes to appeal

Jean-Claude Arnault, who was convicted of rape in a sex scandal that rocked the body that awards the Nobel Literature Prize, is appealing his sentence in a trial set to begin in Stockholm on Monday. Mr Arnault is appealing a two-year prison term. The Stockholm district court convicted him in…

NYSC to host Borno, Yobe orientation in Gombe

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) is to host the 2018 Batch ‘C’ stream II orientation course for corps members originally deployed to Borno and Yobe in Gombe State. David Markson, the state coordinator of NYSC made this known on Monday in a statement signed by Ms Margaret Dakama, Head…

Taliban Militants

37 policemen killed in Taliban attack in Western Afghanistan

At least 37 local policemen were killed by the Taliban as fighting rage in Afghanistan’s Western Farah Province, local officials said on Monday. Khost, the sole village controlled by the government in Khak-e Safid district, was attacked by Taliban militants while the fight was ongoing, Humaira Ayubi, a member of…

Air India (Photo Credit: Bhubaneswar Buzz)

Air India’s drunk pilot bags three years suspension

India’s air safety watchdog on Monday suspended for three years, the license of a senior Air India pilot who failed alcohol tests. “The privileges of his license have been suspended for a period of three years from 11.11.2018 as per the provisions of applicable regulations,” a spokesperson at the Directorate…

Jamal Khashoggi [Photo: Middle East Monitor]

France not in possession of Khashoggi tapes – Official

French foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, on Monday said that France was not in possession of recordings related to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The response of the minister has contradicted remarks by Turkey’s president, Tayyip Erdogan. Mr Khashoggi, a critic of de facto Saudi ruler, Prince Mohammed…

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WHO uncovers big national variations in antibiotics consumption

Antibiotics are used far more in some countries than in others, a survey by the World Health Organisation showed on Monday, suggesting that urgent action was needed to slash unnecessary consumption of the medicines. The “WHO Report on Surveillance of Antibiotic Consumption” looked at antibiotic use in 65 countries. It…

Real Betis beat Barcelona at the Camp Nou

Pique admits Barcelona have defense problems after Betis defeat

FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique admitted his side have a problem with their porous defence after the La Liga leaders were beaten 4-3 at home by Real Betis on Sunday. The Spanish side conceded four times at the Nou Camp for the first time in over 15 years. Pique, while…

Higuan outraged after the red card

Higuain misses penalty, sent off as Milan lose to Juventus

AC Milan forward Gonzalo Higuain missed a penalty kick and was later sent off in a fit of rage as his side lost 2-0 at home to Serie A leaders Juventus. Mario Mandzukic and Cristiano Ronaldo struck early and late for the Turin side but it was Higuain who stole…

Oil prices rise as Saudi announces supply cut

Oil prices rose by about one per cent on Monday after top exporter, Saudi Arabia, announced a cut in supply for December. International benchmark Brent crude oil futures were at 71.11 dollars per barrel at 0051 GMT, up by 93 cents, or 1.3 per cent from their last close. U.S.…

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Suspected vandal found dead inside NNPC pipeline

The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ogun Command, on Sunday said it recovered the body of a 45 years old man in the middle of NNPC’s Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS) pipeline at Gbaga Axis, Ogijo, Ogun. The man was suspected to be an oil thief. The command made…

Apapa traffic gridlock caused by truck drivers (Photo Credit: RCCG Traffic Squad)

Senate committee frowns at delay in Apapa trailer park project

The Senate Committee on Works on Sunday expressed displeasure over the slow pace of work on the ongoing shoreline protection of the Apapa trailer park project in Lagos. The committee, led by its chairman, Kabiru Gaya, raised the concern during an inspection tour of projects in Lagos as part of…

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Polio Immunisation: WHO collates empty viles for accountability

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is collating empty viles of polio vaccines used in Dange Shuni Local Government Area of Sokoto State for accountability, reports the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). Zayyanu Muazu, WHO Accountability Officer, disclosed this in an interview with NAN on Sunday, hinting that the measure is…

The Suspect

How Togolese cook killed his Nigerian employer — Police

The Lagos State Police Command has revealed how a Togolese cook, Sunday Adefonou, allegedly stabbed his boss to death at his Parkview Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos residence. The suspect, who stabbed Opeyemi Bademosi on the chest three times on October 31 and escaped with valuables, was tracked to Ondo where he…

Air Peace

Why we’re yet to operate some international routes – Air Peace

Nigerian carrier, Air Peace, says it has capacity to operate its designated foreign routes but is being frustrated by international aero politics. The Chief Operating Officer of Air Peace, Oluwatoyin Olajide, said this on Sunday in Lagos while reacting to criticism that the airline lacked capacity to begin operations on…

ATBU

ASUU accuses SSS of arresting chapter chairman

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) and Bauchi State University, Gadau, have decried the detention of ATBU chapter Chairman, Adamu Babayo, by the State Security Services (SSS, also called DSS). The Vice Chairman of the association, Ibrahim Maina, condemned the action at…