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Senator Peter Nwaoboshi

Alleged N322m money laundering: Court to resume trial of Delta senator May 6

A Federal High Court Lagos, on Tuesday, adjourned until May 6 and 7, the continuation of trial of a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Peter Nwaoboshi, over alleged money laundering. Mr Nwaoboshi is the senator representing Delta North Senatorial District. He was recently re-elected. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission…

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello. [Photo credit: Daily Post]

Niger Assembly passes N56.54bn 2019 budget for 25 LGs

The Niger State House of Assembly on Tuesday passed N56.54 billion 2019 budget for the 25 Local Governments in the state. The house passed the budget following the presentation of the report of the joint Committee on Local Government and Planning and Appropriation. The budget is made up of N37.58…

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Court sacks Delta APC faction, disqualifies Ogboru as governorship candidate

The Federal High Court, Asaba Division, on Monday sacked the Jones Erue-led executive of the party in Delta State. The court also voided the participation of Great Ogboru as the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate in the 2019 governorship election in Delta. The election has since been held with Mr…

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Air strike kills four people in Somalia

An air strike near the Somalian town of Afgoye has killed four people, a relative of one of the victims told Reuters on Tuesday. Abdiqadir Nur, an employee of telecommunications company Hormuud Telecom, and three others died at around 01:30 GMT as they drove through the village of Laanta Buuro…

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Prices of food stuff drop in February – NBS

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), said the average price of some selected food items in the country decreased in February. NBS said this in its “Selected Food Price Watch (February 2019)’’ report released on its website. It said the average price of one dozen of medium sized agric egg…

A man being rescued from the scene of a building, which collapsed at Itafaji on the Lagos Island on Wednesday (13/3/19). 02152/13/3/2019Kayode Oladapo/JAU/BJO/NAN

Lagos Govt. sets up panel to investigate Ita-Faaji building collapse

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday set up an investigative and advisory committee on the collapsed building at No. 53, Massey Street, Ita-Faaji, Lagos Island. The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Rotimi Ogunleye, during the inauguration in Alausa, said members were carefully chosen to provide government with informed…

President Muhammadu Buhari

Kidnappers of ‘Buhari’s prayer-warrior’ demand N300m ransom

The kidnappers of a famous Islamic scholar and prominent reciter of the Holy Quran, Ahmad Sulaiman, have demanded a ransom of N300 million before his release. PRNigeria gathered that the abducted cleric, a prayer-warrior and fanatical supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari, had offered prayers for the re-election bid of the…

Zambian journalists excited about Access to Information Bill

Journalists in Zambia on Tuesday welcomed the announcement that cabinet has approved the Access to Information Bill, local media reported. On Monday, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services, Dora Siliya said cabinet approved the long-awaited bill during its meeting on Monday. The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zambia Chapter…

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Profit taking persists on stock exchange, indices down by 0.14 per cent

Nigerian equities market extended negative sentiments for the second trading session in spite of the earnings seasons. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the crucial market indices slipped further by 0.14 per cent to what market watchers attributed to mixed earnings and unimpressive dividends. NAN reports that most…

Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau (Photo Credit: Facebook)

Canada’s corruption scandal claims another top civil servant

The head of Canada’s federal bureaucracy on Monday said he was quitting over his role in handling a corporate corruption case that has sparked a political crisis and damaged the ruling Liberals’ hopes of re-election in October. Michael Wernick, the Clerk of the Privy Council, said in a letter to…

Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) president, Tsunekazu Takeda[PHOTO CREDIT: Zee News]

Scandal-tainted Japanese Olympic president Takeda to step down

Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) president, Tsunekazu Takeda, said on Tuesday he would resign in June amid an alleged bribery case related to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Mr Takeda also said he would quit the International Olympic Committee (IOC) where he is the marketing chief. His resignation comes less than 500…

International music star, Antoine Christophe Agbepa Mumba a.k.a. Koffi Olomide[PHOTO CREDIT: Koffi Olomide's official facebook page]

Koffi Olomide bags two years in prison for raping 15 year-old girl

International music star, Antoine Christophe Agbepa Mumba a.k.a. Koffi Olomide was handed a two years suspended jail sentence by a court in France for raping a 15 year-old girl. He was sentenced in absentia as he was a no show. This sentence means that the 62 year-old music composer, producer…

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End to power cuts in South Africa not yet known – Minister

South Africa’s Public Enterprises Minister, Pravin Gordhan, who oversees power utility, Eskom, said on Tuesday he could not say when rolling blackouts would end. Mr Gordhan told journalists in Johannesburg that around 17,000 megawatts of Eskom’s installed capacity of 45,000 megawatts was unavailable. Eskom said on Monday it would implement…

Voters voting at the Nomadic Primary School, Polling Unit , Esu Palace Polling both Bwari Area Council, during the FCT Area Council at Bwari Area Council in Abuja on Saturday (9/03/19). 02037/9/3/2019/Sumaila Ibrahim/JAU/NAN

INEC halts collation of results for Tafawa-Balewa

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Bauchi State has halted the collation of results of the March 9 governorship election for Tafawa-Balewa Local Government Area of the state. The state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Ibrahim Abdullahi, told journalists in Bauchi on Tuesday that the decision was as a result of…

Flooding in Mozambique as Tropical Cyclone Desmond makes landfall (Photo Credit: Al Jazeera)

UN says 1.7 million people in path of cyclone in Mozambique

A storm ravaging southern Africa is possibly the worst weather-related disaster ever to hit the southern hemisphere, with 1.7 million people in the path of the cyclone in Mozambique, UN officials said on Tuesday. The cyclone had affected 920,000 in Malawi. Storm surge floods, up to six meters deep, had…

French President, Emmanuel Macron. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Facebook page of Emmanuel Macron]

France to host biggest dinner in Nigeria

The French Embassy in Nigeria on Tuesday said the country was set to host the biggest French dinner in Nigeria. Damilola Ayodeji, the Press Officer/Attaché of the French Embassy in Nigeria, said in a statement that the dinner, scheduled to hold on Thursday, was part activities to celebrate the 2019…

Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso. [PHOTO CREDIT: Pulse.ng]

Kano supplementary election is yardstick for INEC’s credibility — Kwankwaso

Former Kano governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, on Tuesday said that the governorship supplementary election scheduled for Saturday in Kano State would determine the credibility of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). ,Mr Kwankwaso, now a senator, said this in an interview with BBC Hausa service, monitored by the News Agency of…

The approved APC logo, released early Wednesday morning

APC members accuse party’s governorship candidate of corruption, sabotage

Some aspirants, who failed to secure the APC ticket to contest elective positions in Ebonyi, have urged the APC leadership to probe the deployment of funds released for all elections in the state. The group, who addressed a press conference on Monday in Abakaliki, accused Sonni Ogbuoji, the Ebonyi APC…

APC calls for cancellation of elections in Cross River

Cross River stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have called for the cancellation and a re-run of the February 23 and March 9 Governorship, National Assembly and State House of Assembly elections in the state. Hilliard Eta, APC South-South National Vice Chairman, made the call on Monday in Abuja…

Debris of crashed Ethiopian Airlines [Photo: Sky News]

Crash: Ethiopian Airlines black boxes read

The black boxes of the Ethiopian Airlines jet that crashed with the loss of 157 lives recently have been read successfully, French accident investigators said on Monday. “The boxes from the Boeing 737 MAX 8, which crashed on March 10 shortly after take-off from Addis Ababa, have now been sent…

Nigerian Army

Army confirms killing of garrison commander

An army spokesman has confirmed the killing of Mohammed Barack, the Garrison Commander, 33 Artillery Brigade of Nigerian Army in Shadawanka Barracks, Bauchi State. Unidentified gunmen killed the colonel on Sunday. It was not clear whether he was killed by bandits or assassins. Mr Barack, who was riding a power…

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Boko Haram attacks Adamawa community, burns bank

The military on Monday routed insurgents who tried to enter Michika, a commercial town in Adamawa, after a fierce battle that raged for hours. Some residents of Michika told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) they started hearing gunfire and explosions around 7 p.m. on Michika- Lassa road as the…

Russian President, Vladimir Putin

Putin outlaws fake news, disrespect against Russian state

The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, on Monday, outlawed expressions of disrespect against the state, as well as publications that are “knowingly false.’’ Using the internet to express “clear disrespect to the state’’ is punishable by fine and possible jail time, according to legislation posted on the government’s legal information website.…

Flooding in Mozambique as Tropical Cyclone Desmond makes landfall (Photo Credit: Al Jazeera)

Death toll in Mozambique cyclone, floods could surpass 1,000 – President

The number of people killed in a powerful storm and preceding floods in Mozambique could exceed 1,000, the president said on Monday, putting the potential death toll greatly more than current figures. Only 84 deaths have been confirmed so far in Mozambique as a result of Cyclone Idai, which has…

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Drinking sugary beverages linked with early death – Study

Sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) were linked to risks of premature death, particularly death from cardiovascular diseases, according to a Harvard study published on Monday in the journal Circulation. In the study, researchers analysed data from 80,647 women and 37,716 men, who answered questionnaires about lifestyle factors and health status every two…