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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…

Oral-Polio-Immunization

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…

Herdsmen

Board games addressing herdsmen conflict, others launched in Abuja

Board games designed to address some trending issues in the country including the herdsmen and farmer’s conflict, have been launched. The launch took place at 2018 African Board games Convention (ABCon), the 3rd largest gathering of board game designers and enthusiasts in Africa, in Abuja on Sunday. The games, Chinyawa,…

EFCC confirms moves to extradite Diezani Alison-Madueke

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has confirmed that the process for extraditing former Minister of Petroleum, Deziani Alison-Madueke, from the United Kingdom has begun. The acting spokesman of the commission, Tony Orilade, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja.…

Nigerian Army officers fighting Boko Haram

Soldiers kill two Boko Haram commanders – Official

The Nigeria Army on Sunday said its troops had killed two Boko Haram commanders and reclaimed some communities in the ongoing clearance operations in Borno. The army, on its twitter handle, said that the commanders identified as Abu Rajal and Tuja Sa’inna Banki, were killed in the operation. “Recall that…

Boko Haram

Boko Haram steals 200 cows, 300 sheep, goats in Borno community —NEMA

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Sunday said Boko Haram insurgents came on a robbery mission on Saturday night at Bale Shuwa village in Jere local government of Borno State and made away with cows, sheep and goats. Bashir Garga, NEMA’s Northeast Zonal Coordinator, made the disclosure in a…

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Miners complain of arbitrary charges by state govts

The Miners Association of Nigeria (MAN) has advised the federal government to call some state governors to order, over excessive fees leveled on miners. Sani Shehu, the president of the association, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja. Mr Shehu…

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PDP, PRP members defect to APC

Several members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and People’s Redemption Party (PRP) have defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zaria Local Government Area of Kaduna State. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the defectors included the PRP Youth Leader in Zaria, Ibrahim Hassan-Pako, and a…

Kings College, Lagos

King’s College commences infrastructure renewal, seeks FG’s support

The Principal of King’s College, Lagos, Mr Isaac Kolawole, said the school had embarked on rehabilitation of its dilapidated infrastructure to provide enabling environment for academic excellence. Mr Kolawole said this during the school’s 2018/2019 matriculation ceremony in Lagos on Saturday. The principal explained that most of the school’s infrastructure…

Nigeria Police

Police arrest four suspected armed robbers

The police in Enugu have arrested four suspected armed robbers and recovered one locally-made gun. They also recovered a plastic fabricated gun, a Toyota bus, two generating sets amongst other valuables from the suspects. The Enugu State Command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ebere Amaraizu, made this known in a statement…

Christy Uduak Essien-Igbokwe

Google celebrates Christy Essien-Igbokwe’s 58th posthumous birthday

Google on Sunday celebrated late Nigerian singer, Christy Uduak Essien-Igbokwe, on her 58th posthumous birthday. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that a Google Doodle is a special, temporary alteration of the logo on Google’s homepages that commemorates holidays, events, achievements and people. “Born in Akwa Ibom state on this…

Adamawa Governor, Muhammadu Bindow

2019: Four women among 28 candidates to contest Adamawa governorship

Four women are among the 28 candidates cleared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to contest the governorship election in Adamawa in 2019. Two other women were cleared by INEC to run for the position of deputy governor. The women cleared to run for governor are: Lami Musa of…