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Christiano Ronaldo

I deserve more Ballon d’Or awards than Messi, says Ronaldo

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo said he deserves to end his soccer career with more Ballon d’Or awards than Barcelona counterpart Lionel Messi and hopes to establish himself as the greatest player of all time. Ronaldo, 34, has won the renowned France Football magazine trophy for the world’s best player five…

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Flood hinders access to schools in Jigawa

A flood caused by days of incessant rain has submerged roads leading to four schools in Auyo Local Government Area of Jigawa State. Ibrahim Dauda, the Education Secretary in the area, disclosed this to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Auyo on Wednesday. Mr Dauda said the schools included Unik-Babba…

Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel [Photo Credit: CNN.com]

Exit polls see Israel’s Netanyahu and rival Gantz neck-and-neck

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party and Benny Gantz’s centrist Blue and White party were neck-and-neck in Israel’s general election, according to exit polls late Tuesday. Two polls showed Blue and White with a slight lead over Likud, winning 33 seats to Likud’s 31 and 34 seats to Likud’s 33,…

Electricity station used to illustrate the story.

Enugu electricity company arrests 10 suspected vandals

The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) said it had arrested 10 persons over alleged vandalism of electricity installations across its franchise areas within one month. The Head of Communications, EEDC, Emeka Ezeh, said this in a statement on Wednesday in Enugu. He said the arrest followed collaboration between the company,…

South Korean President Moon Jae-in [Photo credit: CNN]

South Korea drops Japan from list of trusted trade partners

South Korea dropped Japan from its list of trusted trade partners on Wednesday in further move in ongoing trade row. Seoul’s trade ministry has removed Japan from the trusted partners list to an in-between group, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported. Local companies shipping “strategic goods” to Japan will now…

OPEC

Drone Attack: Saudi to resume full oil production by month’s end

Saudi Arabia’s energy minister Abdulaziz bin Salman said that half of the crude oil pro duction that was disrupted due to the weekend attack on Aramco’s oil facilities had been restored. Mr Salman made this known at a news conference on Tuesday. “Over the past two days, we were able…

FCT Minister, Mohammed Bello

Amid growing insecurity in Abuja, minister says FCT ‘safe’

The FCT Minister, Muhammad Bello, on Tuesday urged residents of the territory to be very vigilant and conscious of their personal security. The minister was responding to the growing insecurity in the nation's capital. There have been rampant abductions and robbery in many parts of Abuja in recent months. Commuters…

Shell reports falling profit amid oil price slump

OML 25: NNPC brokers truce between Shell, Belema oil

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) with its joint venture partners, Shell Production Development Company (SPDC) and Belema OIL, have resolved the dispute on the operation of Oil Mining Lease (OML) 25. The feuding group at the signing of the dispute closure agreement in Abuja on Tuesday agreed that operations…

Deputy Speaker, Ahmed Wase

Wase sworn-in as Deputy Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament

The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ahmed Wase (APC-Plateau), has been sworn in as the first Deputy Speaker of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament. The swearing-in was performed by the Speaker of the Parliament, Moustapha Cisse Lo, at the opening of the second extra-ordinary…

The logo of the Nigerian Stock Exchange is pictured in Lagos, Nigeria November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

NSE indices sustain negative outlook, amid Airtel price loss

The Nigeria equities market recorded further dip on Tuesday due to huge loss reformed by Airtel Africa Plc. Specifically, Airtel recorded the highest loss, dropping by 10 per cent to close at N283.50 per share. UACN Property Development Company followed with a decline of 9.55 per cent to close at…

Nigerian Army soldier

Nigerian Army court martial former GOC over alleged stolen N400 million

The Nigerian Army has commenced the trial of the former General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division, Sokoto, Hakeem Otiki, a major general, over alleged stolen N400 million by some soldiers under his command. The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, while inaugurating the General Court Martial on Tuesday in Abuja,…

AMCON

N5 trillion AMCON debt: Osinbajo constitutes inter-agency taskforce on recovery

The federal government has inaugurated an inter-agency committee to speedily resolve the challenges in recovering over N5 trillion Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) debts. Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday in…

Director-General, Debt Management Office, DMO, Patience Oniha

Nigeria govt. to auction N150bn bonds September 25

The federal government has offered for subscription by auction N150 billion worth of bonds in its September 25 auction, the Debt Management Office (DMO) said. The offer circular obtained from its website on Tuesday in Abuja, stated that it would sell N45 billion of a five year re-opening issue maturing…

Air Peace Aircraft

Xenophobia: South Africa grants landing permit to Air Peace — Mission

South African authorities have granted landing permit to Air Peace Flight B777 to enable it to evacuate some 320 Nigerians escaping from xenophobia in that country, a Nigerian consular officer has confirmed. Godwin Adama, Nigeria’s Consul-General in Johannesburg, made the confirmation in a telephone interview with News Agency of Nigeria…

Egypt on map

Egypt orders arrest of ex-Italian honorary consul over smuggling antiquities

Egyptian Public Prosecutor, Nabil Sadiq, on Tuesday ordered the arrest of former Italian honorary consul in Luxor over charges of smuggling 21,855 pieces of antiquities, dating back to different historical eras. Mr Sadiq also ordered putting the consul Ladislav Skakal on the international fugitive list, his office said in a…

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu

Facebook blocks Netanyahu chatbot on Election Day

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lashed out at Facebook on Tuesday after the social network blocked a “chatbot” from his right-wing Likud party’s account for violating election day rules. “They took a 100 kg hammer and brought it down on a fly, because it is a Likud fly,” Mr Netanyahu…

Dairy Cows that produce milk used to illustrate the story

We can meet Nigeria’s milk requirements – Miyetti Allah

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), on Tuesday said that Nigeria had more than enough cows and pastoralists to meet its citizens’ milk requirements. Othman Ngelzarma, General Secretary, MACBAN, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the major challenge in milk production in the…

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.

Gov. Ugwuanyi nominates 12 new commissioners

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has sent another list of twelve commissioner nominees to the state House of Assembly for confirmation. In a letter sent to House, which was read by the Speaker, Edward Ubosi, at the plenary on Tuesday, Mr Ugwuanyi appealed for their confirmation as members of…

Abdullahi Sule, Governor of Nassarawa State

Nasarawa Assembly nullifies creation of village, district areas

The Nasarawa State House of Assembly has nullified the creation of additional village and district areas in the state. The House also called on the state government to set up an investigative panel to investigate the matter in the interest of peace. The Speaker of the House, Ibrahim Abdullahi, read…

Returnees following xenophobic attacks in South Africa

Xenophobic Attacks: South African authorities ‘delay’ Air Peace landing permit

The evacuation of the second batch of Nigerians from South Africa owing to ongoing xenophobic attacks suffered an interruption on Tuesday following the delay in granting landing permit to Air Peace. The airline has volunteered to evacuate Nigerians willing to return to the country following the recent violence against foreigners…

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Iran’s Supreme Leader rejects talk with U.S.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei on Tuesday, said that Iranian officials had unanimously ruled out talks with the U.S.A at any level. Khamenei was quoted by his official website as saying that“Through negotiations, the Americans are seeking to impose their demands on Iran and prove the effectiveness of maximum pressure…

Abike Dabiri

Xenophobia: What Nigerian govt gives to returnees from South Africa – Official

Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Executive Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), has urged state governments to ensure proper reintegration of returnees from South Africa into the society. Mrs Dabiri-Erewa made the appeal at a World News Conference in Abuja on Monday. She said that the second batch of 319 returnees would…

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State

Governor appoints 800 new aides

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi has announced his plan to appoint 800 aides, in addition to the 4,000 appointments already made by his administration. Mr Umahi said this on Monday in Abakaliki when he met with members of the state executive council (EXCO), state House of Assembly, Local Government Area…

Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Tijani Muhammad-Bande

74th UNGA: Nigeria’s Muhammad-Bande takes over as president

Maria Espinosa, the President of the 73rd UN General Assembly, on Monday handed over to Nigeria’s Muhammad-Bande, who will lead the 74th session of the assembly in the next one year. The ceremony, held inside the General Assembly Hall of the UN headquarters in New York, marked the end of…

A police officer at the protest

Police confirm death of ACP in Sokoto

The Police Command in Sokoto State has confirmed the sudden death of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Sulaiman Zubairu on Sunday. The Police Public Relation Officer, Muhammad Sadiq, confirmed the death to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Sokoto on Monday. Mr Sadiq said ACP Zabairu was in the state…