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NFF Election: Pinnick records landslide victory

Amaju Pinnick has been re-elected the president of the Nigeria Football Federation for another four-year term having emerged tops in Thursday’s poll in Katsina. Pinnick secured in a landslide victory at the Congress in Katsina, winning 34 of the 44 votes cast. Pinnick’s victory is historic as it is the…

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state.

Gov. Ortom confirms receipt of N14.9bn Paris Club refunds

Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue has confirmed the receipt of N14.9 billion, being the last tranche of the Paris Club refunds from the federal government to Benue state. Terver Akase, the governor’s chief press secretary, stated this in a statement on Thursday in Makurdi. Mr Akase said that 80 per…

Boko Haram

Boko Haram insurgents kill seven, burn three villages in Borno

Boko Haram insurgents on Wednesday night burnt down three villages in Konduga Local Government Area of Borno, in an attack that left at least seven people dead. The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) gathered that the insurgents attacked and set Wanori, Kaleri and Amarwa villages on fire in a two hour…

Bobi Wine [Photo: theinsider.ug]

Uganda tightens security ahead of Bobi Wine’s return

Security Forces sealed off roads and erected barricades around Uganda’s main international airport on Thursday ahead of the expected return of a lawmaker critical of President Yoweri Museveni. Robert Kyagulanyi, a 36-year-old pop star and reggae musician turned legislator, is widely seen as posing a significant challenge to Museveni, who…

Minister of Transportation Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, (middle) with the Managing Director, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation Ltd. (CCECC) Jack Li (left) and Mr Fidel Okhiria, Acting Managing Director of the Nigerian Railway Corporation.(right) during the test run of the recently built Rail line from Abuja (Idu) to Kaduna

1000 contractors apply for Nigerian Railway Corporation’s projects

The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has opened bids to pre-qualify contractors for its 2018 projects with over 1000 participating. Ben Iloanusi, the NRC director of procurement, revealed this to journalists during pre-qualification exercise at the NRC headquarters, Ebute Meta, Lagos, on Wednesday. Mr Iloanusi said about 1,000 submissions were received…

A Nestle factory

Nestle to examine “strategic options” for skin health unit

Nestle said on Thursday it was exploring strategic options for its skin health business, saying it believes the unit might be better off outside of the Swiss food maker. Following a strategic review earlier this year, Nestle’s board decided to increase the company’s focus on food, drinks and nutritional health…

Chinese soldiers used to illustrate the story. [PHOTO CREDIT: Washington Post]

Chinese peacekeepers head to DR Congo

A team of 100 Chinese engineering and medical troops left for a one-year peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday. Their plane left the Diwopu airport in Urumqi, capital of northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, at 3 a.m. They are the first group of the 22nd…

Jet Airways used to illustrate the story.

30 passengers fall sick on India flight due to pressure problem

At least 30 people fell sick on board in an Indian passenger plane on Thursday after the pilots allegedly forgot to switch on an air pressurisation system, local media reported. The Jet Airways flight from Mumbai to Jaipur turned back after passengers experienced symptoms, including bleeding from their ears and…

Audu Ogbeh, Minister of Agriculture

Nigerian govt to generate N6 billion from concession of 20 Silos

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved the concessioning of 20 out of its 33 Silos to private sector operators at the cost of N6billion. The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, revealed this when he briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting of…

Lagos High court

Abuja satellite town, Nyanya, gets High Court

The Chief Judge of the FCT High Court, Justice Ishaq Bello on Wednesday inaugurated the Nyanya Judicial Division of the court and warned lawyers against engaging in sharp practices. Mr Bello said the new court located in Nyanya, a satellite town in the Federal Capital Territory would help reduce the…

Pilgrims used to illustrate the story

Hajj 2018: First batch of Zamfara pilgrims returns home

The first batch of pilgrims who performed the 2018 hajj from Zamfara State returned home on Wednesday. The Public Relations Officer of the state hajj commission, Yakub-Yahaya Talata-Mafara, disclosed to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gusau, the state capital. Mr Talata-Mafara said the first flight arrived at the…

United Arab Emirates (UAE) on map

UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, named World’s safest City

Abu Dhabi has been named the safest City in the world for the second year by Numbeo. Numbeo is a website for crowd-sourced global data, Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism said on Wednesday. Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), surpassed more than 300 cities across…

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State

Gov. Umahi sacks aide for absconding from duty

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has sacked his Special Assistant (SA) on Primary Health (Ebonyi Central Zone), Stephanie Ugo-Chima, for absconding from duty for over a month. Hyginus Nwokwu, Secretary to the State Government (SSG), made the disclosure on Wednesday in Abakaliki, the state capital during a joint state…

IGP Idris Ibrahim

Osun Poll: FG didn’t pay police officers N50,000 – Spokesperson

The Nigeria Police Force has denied that the federal government paid N50,000 to police constables on election duty in Osun State for the governorship election scheduled for September 22. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a report had alleged that the federal government was paying N50,000 to constables…

Kaduna State Polytechnic

ICPC recovers N7.5 million from 11 Kadpoly lecturers

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) says it has recovered N7.5 million unused grants from 11 lecturers of the Kaduna Polytechnic. Spokesperson of the commission, Rasheedat Okoduwa, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday. Mrs Okoduwa said the money was part of the Tertiary Education Trust…

Adams Oshiomhole

2019: APC to commence screening of aspirants Thursday

The All Progressives Congress (APC) National Working Committee (NWC) says screening of aspirants for State House of Assembly who bought its Expression of Interest and Nomination forms for 2019 elections shall take place in their respective state capitals. This is according to procedure for the screening of aspirants for the…

Angela Merkel

Journalist covering German protest against tree-felling, dies in fall

A Journalist covering a protest against the clearing of woodland to make way for coal mining fell to his death near the German town of Kerpen on Wednesday. Police said the journalist, who had for some time been observing activists in the tree houses they had built in Hambach Forest,…

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje

Gov. Ganduje swears in new deputy governor

The new deputy governor of Kano State, Nasiru Yusuf-Gawuna, was sworn-in on Wednesday at a ceremony presided by Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the ceremony took place at the Coronation Hall, Government House Kano, attended by thousands of supporters. The governor called on the…

Zambian President, Edgar Lungu

Zambian President fires Minister over misuse of poor people’s fund

Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Wednesday fired a minister responsible for administration of a social cash transfer scheme after reports of misapplication of funds. This follows revelations that about 4.3 million U.S. dollars of donor funds for the scheme had gone missing, forcing some donors including the United Kingdom and…

Nigerian Army

Nigerian Army sets up rehabilitation centre for injured soldiers

The Nigerian Army has set up a modern rehabilitation centre for soldiers injured in combat and non-combat operations in the country. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the centre, located at the 44 Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna, was established with support from the German Government under an agreement…

German Police used to illustrate the story.

German police officer suspended after xenophobic incident

A police officer has been suspended while investigations proceed into an apparent xenophobic incident in an ice cream cafe in the German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the State Interior Ministry said. Six men, including the 30-year-old officer, are under investigation in relation to an attack on mainly Turkish patrons of the…

Nigerian Police officers used to illustrate the story

Police arrest cleric over alleged involvement in monarch’s murder

The police in Enugu have confirmed the arrest of an Enugu-based Methodist cleric, Kenneth Okafor, over his alleged involvement in the murder of a monarch in the state. The late Stephen Nwatu, the Igwe of Ogbozinne Akpugo community in Nkanu West local government was murdered on June 11 in the…

A Maternity Ward used to illustrate the story [Photo: The Guardian Nigeria]

Nigeria birth, death certificates are free — Population Commission

The National Population Commission (NPopC) has restated that the registration for birth and death certificates in Nigeria are offered free by the commission. The chairman of NPopC, Eze Duruiheoma, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja. Mr Duruiheoma was reacting…

Senator Ahmed Lawan

Yobe North adopts President Buhari, Lawan, Buni as consensus candidates

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Yobe North Senatorial District on Wednesday adopted President Muhammadu Buhari, Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan and Maimala Buni as consensus candidates for 2019 general elections. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that supporters from six local government areas that make up the district, Bade,…

Abuja rail under construction

NRC decries incessant vandalism of rail tracks on Eastern Corridor

The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has decried incessant vandalism of equipment on its Eastern Corridors saying that the act hinders its operations in the region. The corporation’s regional district manager (East), Ola Adeeyinwo, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu. According to Mr…