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Shun corruption, rights abuse, IGP advises Nigerian police officers

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Wednesday advised personnel of the force against corruption and abuse of rights of Nigerians. Mr. Idris gave the advice at the opening of the training of police officers on the effective implementation of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) in Abuja. The…

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Gambia could become first in sub-Saharan Africa to eliminate malaria – Experts

Experts say Gambia could become the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to eliminate malaria on its track record of combating the mosquito-borne disease. The prevalence of the malaria parasite in children under five has plunged to 0.2 per cent from four per cent in 2011, according to the National Malaria…

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LASU employs 80 students for part-time jobs

The Lagos State University, LASU, has employed more than 80 students to work in its library on part-time basis. The University Librarian, Oduwole Adebanbo, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Lagos that the initiative was a work-study project aimed at empowering the students. Mr. Adebanbo said it…

Nigerian Air Force resumes training of pilots for drones

The Nigerian Air Force, NAF, said on Wednesday it had resumed the training of pilots for Unarmed Air Vehicles, otherwise known as drones. The NAF Chief of Logistics, Iliyasu Muhammad, made the disclosure in Kaduna, while receiving the service oldest aircraft, repaired by Dornier. Mr. Muhammad, an air vice marshal,…

Air Zimbabwe to cut half of 400 jobs

Loss-making Air Zimbabwe is cutting half of its 400 jobs as part of a restructuring plan to revive the ailing national carrier, its chairwoman, Chipo Dyanda, said on Wednesday. Dyanda told Reuters that Air Zimbabwe would cut 200 jobs in its fourth round of lay-offs in eight years. “We were…

Patience Jonathan

Appeal Court judge withdraws from Patience Jonathan’s $5.7 million forfeiture suit

The suit seeking to stop the forfeiture of $5.7 million and N2.4 billion to the federal government by Patience Jonathan, the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, was on Wednesday stalled at the Court of Appeal, Lagos Division. The case was stalled because one of the three-member panel of the…

Acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

Magu: Court directs processes to be served on three journalists

An Ikeja High Court on Wednesday directed that court processes should be served on three reporters of the Sun Newspaper over an alleged libellous publication against Ibrahim Magu, the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. The Sun reporters are Fred Itua, James Ojo and Lawrence Enyoghase.…

300 Syrian refugees leave Lebanon camp, return home

Some 300 Syrian refugees left Lebanon on Wednesday to return to their war-ravaged home country, the Official Lebanese National News Agency NNA reported. The refugees left the al-Nour refugee camp in the north-eastern border town of Arsal for neighbouring Syria’s town of Asal al-Ward amid tight security, NNA said. It…

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Two people charged with raping, procuring abortion for teenager

A 37-year-old, Francis Okezie, who allegedly raped and impregnated a teenage girl, on Wednesday appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court. Charged along with him is Esther Udoh, 32, who is being tried for unlawful administering of abortion drug on the girl. Mr. Okezie lives at Pipeline area of Baruwa,…

Nigerian polytechnic shut as students protest killing of colleague

The management of the Federal Polytechnic, Idah in Kogi, on Tuesday closed down the institution, following students’ violence over the murder of their colleague, Gabriel Adiku, by unknown persons. A statement by the institution’s Deputy Registrar (Academics), D.I.S. Unwuchol, said that the closure was approved by the governing council after…

Saudi-led blockade: German cows arrive Qatar

German cattle have been flown into Qatar to boost milk supplies amid a Saudi Arabian-led blockade of the Middle Eastern country, Qatari agricultural company, Baladni, said on Wednesday. The 165 Holstein dairy cows, the first of some 4,000 due to be imported to the country, were delivered on Tuesday. A…

President Recep Erdogan

Turkey issues detention warrants for 34 state-owned TV staff

Turkey issued detention warrants on Wednesday for 34 former personnel of the state-owned broadcaster TRT in an investigation targeting supporters of the U.S.-based cleric, Fethullah Gulen. They were accused of being behind the July 2016 failed coup. State-run Anadolu news agency reported that all 34 were suspected users of “ByLock”,…

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Police arrest village head, six others for allegedly raping 13-year-old girl

The Kano State Police Command said they have arrested the Ward Head of Yargaya village in Dawakin Kudu Local Government Area of Kano State and six of his subjects for allegedly impregnating a 13-year-old girl. The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Magaji Majiya, disclosed this while parading the suspects before journalists…

Former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha

Okorocha bans Imo monarchs from speaking in English at functions

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo has banned traditional rulers in the State from speaking in English at official functions and while conducting affairs at their palaces. Mr. Okorocha gave the directive while handing over letters of recognition and staffs of office to 19 newly recognised traditional rulers in the State…

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APC, PDP, 10 others cleared for Lagos council elections

Ahead of the July 22 council polls, the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission, LASIEC, says it has cleared 12 political parties out of the 23 registered for the elections. Dapo Olatunde, LASIEC’s Director of Publicity, said in a statement that the cleared parties had met the commission’s requirements for the…

Indian police

Indian police rescue woman locked in dark room for 15 years

Police in the western Indian state of Goa on Wednesday claimed to have rescued a 50-year-old woman who had been locked in a dark room by her brother for 15 years. The woman, identified as Sunita Verlekar, was rescued by police from her parents’ home in North Goa’s Candolim village,…

Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu speaks on Buhari being a better leader

Oba Akiolu was chosen by the gods, Lagos kingmaker tells court

Fatai Olumegbon, a kingmaker and the Olumegbon of Lagos, on Tuesday told an Ikeja High Court that the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, was chosen by Ifa, the god of divination as the rightful monarch of Lagos. Mr. Olumegbon said this at the resumed hearing of a suit challenging the…

Amnesty International

Iraq, allies violated international law in Mosul battle — Amnesty International

Amnesty International on Tuesday said tactics used by Iraqi forces and their U.S.-led coalition allies in the battle for Mosul violated international humanitarian law and might amount to war crimes. The rights group said in a report the IS militant group had also flagrantly violated humanitarian law by deliberately putting…

Police Officers

Nigeria Police law discriminates against women, should be amended – Senator

The Nigerian Police Act contains elements that discriminate against women, one of the reasons it must be amended, a senator said on Tuesday. Oluremi Tinubu (APC-Lagos) has therefore presented a bill for the amendment to the Senate. The bill scaled first reading on June 15 and scaled the second reading…

Qatar insists on helping to build more housing units in Gaza

Qatari Ambassador Mohamed Ammadi on Tuesday said he had signed an agreement with Gaza construction companies to build more housing units in the Gaza Strip. Mr. Ammadi signed the agreement in spite of ongoing crisis between several Gulf and Arab countries with Qatar. “The $5.5 million agreement is devoted for…

My disagreement with National Assembly not confrontational – Fashola

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has dismissed insinuation that his face-off with the National Assembly was confrontational. Mr. Fashola spoke with State House correspondents on the side-line of the Presidential Quarterly Business Forum held at the old Banquet Hall of the State House, Abuja, on Tuesday.…

House of Reps

Reps query NDE’s N1.4 billion loan disbursement

The House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts on Tuesday queried the National Directorate of Employment, NDE, over the disbursement of N1.4 billion as loans to beneficiaries. The agency is to explain the disbursement of the funds to beneficiaries of its skill acquisition scheme since inception. Out of the loans…

Kemi Adeosun, Minister for Finance

Nigeria can no longer afford to borrow to fund its budget – Adeosun

Nigeria can no longer afford to continue borrowing to fund its budget and must seek alternative fundraising mechanisms, Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun said on Tuesday. Speaking at the quarterly presidential business forum in Abuja, Mrs. Adeosun said Nigeria should continue to diversify its economy to enable it generate more revenue…

Producers, Actors guild eulogise Olu Jacobs at 75

The Association of Movie Producers, AMP, and the Actors Guild of Nigeria, AGN, have congratulated veteran Nollywood Actor, Olu Jacobs, as he turns 75 on Tuesday. Sunny-Ken Awoji, the Vice Chairman of AMP Abuja chapter, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria described Jacobs as an icon and…

Former Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose

Former LG chairmen, councillors protest unpaid entitlements in Ekiti

Some former local government chairmen and councillors in Ekiti on Tuesday protested the non-implementation of a Supreme Court judgment ordering the state government to pay their outstanding allowances. The former chairmen and councillors across the 16 local government areas of the state were elected on December 20, 2008, alongside appointments…