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JAMB to raid cyber cafes across Nigeria

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, says it is embarking on a national raid of cyber cafes, ahead of its Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME. Fabian Benjamin, JAMB’s Head, Media and Information, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Lagos that the exercise would be jointly carried…

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85-year-old docked for allegedly clubbing man to death

An octogenarian, Mohammed Bello, is to cool his heels in prison for the next 33 days for allegedly clubbing a man to death, an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court ruled in Lagos on Friday. The accused, 85, was arraigned before Magistrate K.A. Ariyo on a charge of murder. Mr. Ariyo,…

94 UNN graduates bag First Class

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nigeria Nsukka, UNN, on Friday announced that 94 out of 10,425 graduands bagged first class honours. Mr. Ozumba made this known in Nsukka during 46th convocation ceremony of the university. He urged the new graduates to use knowledge acquired from the university to make…

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My in-law forcibly had sex with me, my 2 sisters, witness tells court

A 17-year-old school dropout, on Friday, told a Jikwonyi Customary Court, Abuja, that her sister’s husband forcibly had sexual intercourse with her, and two other sisters. The teenager, who resides in Minna, gave the testimony as a witness in a divorce petition filed by her elder sister, Janet Suleman, against…

Governor of Kaduna State Nasir El-Rufai

El-Rufai swears-in new Kaduna Head of Service, wants more women in public service

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State on Friday urged more women in the country to join public service in order to move the nation forward. Mr. El-Rufai made the call in Kaduna when he swore-in the state's new Head of Service, Bariatu Ibrahim. The governor said he believes that women…

#DasukiGate: Surety withdraws from man who allegedly received N2.4 billion from ex-NSA

Maryam Sagir has filed an application to withdraw as a surety to Olugbenga Obadina, a businessman standing trial for allegedly laundering about N2.4 billion. Mrs. Sagir, at the resumed trial of Mr. Obadina at the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday tendered her application before Justice Nnamdi Dimgba. Through her…

Germany’s population hits record high of 82.8 million due to migrants

Germany’s population grew by some 600,000 last year to reach record high of 82.8 million people due to the number of migrants who have arrived in the country, the Federal Statistics office said on Friday. In a preliminary estimate for 2016, the statistics office said the population eclipsed the previous…

British Prime Minister, Theresa May

UK press poke fun as White House misspells May’s first name

A typographical error in a White House press office memo had the British media jesting on Friday that President Donald Trump might think he is meeting a glamour model after Prime Minister Theresa May’s name was misspelt. May, will become the first foreign leader to meet Trump as U.S. president.…

Jacob Zuma

Black South Africans still earn far less than whites — Survey

Black South Africans earned far less than their white counterparts in 2015, according to data published by Statistics South Africa on Friday. According to the Statistics South Africa’s Living Conditions Survey, annual household income for blacks stood at an average of 92,893 rand (about 7,000 dollars) compared with 444,446 for…

Kaduna Refinery

Ghana’s only oil refinery shut after explosion – Union

Ghana’s only oil refinery, the Tema Oil Refinery, is shut after an explosion at a newly installed 5.8-million-euro crude oil heating unit, a senior union official told Reuters on Friday. The blast at the crude distillation unit, which caused no casualties, is the latest problem to hit the refinery, which…

Al-Shabab

Somalia’s al Shabaab says kills dozens of Kenyan troops in raid on base

The Islamist group al Shabaab said on Friday its fighters killed dozens of Kenyan troops when they attacked a remote military base in Somalia the previous day, a claim the Kenyan army denied. A spokesman for al Shabaab, which often launches attacks on troops of the African Union Mission to…

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German town rejects Trump honorary citizenship proposal

U.S. President Donald Trump will not be made an honorary citizen of the small German town from where his grandparents emigrated, the town’s mayor, Thomas Jaworek, said on Friday after a council meeting. Councillors in Kallstadt, the quaint village in Germany’s wine-making Rheinland region that was home to Mr. Trump’s…

President Muhammadu Buhari

Nobody will compel Buhari to speak amid health ‘rumours’ – Aide

President Muhammadu Buhari is neither ill nor admitted in any hospital in London as being speculated, his spokesperson, Femi Adesina, said Thursday. Mr. Adesina, who is Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the president, said this in a live interview programme on CNBC Africa. “The president is in London…

House of Reps

Reps commence investigation of sale of PHCN asset

The House of Representatives Committee mandated to investigate the status of Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, non-core asset transferred to Nigeria Electricity Management Company, NELMCO, on Thursday commenced its activities. The ad-hoc committee, inaugurated on October 20, 2016, was also mandated to investigate the liquidation of PHCN under the…

Gambia: President Barrow arrives Banjul

President Adama Barrow of The Gambia has confirmed that he is back to the country. Mr. Barrow confirmed this on his twitter handle, @adama_barrow, on Thursday. He tweeted: “I’m finally home. #Gambia”. Reuters earlier reported that hundreds of people gathered along the streets of Gambia’s capital Banjul to welcome home…

FG backs UN plan to create food hub in Nigeria

The Federal Government said it will back plans by the UN World Food Programme (UN –WFP) to create a food hub in the country. Zainab Ahmed, Minister of State for Budget and National Planning said this in a statement signed by Salisu Haiba, Assistant Director (Press) in the ministry on…

Mexico President cancels summit with Trump after wall jibe

Mexico’s President on Thursday scrapped a planned summit with Donald Trump in the face of insistent tweets from the U.S. president demanding Mexico pay for a border wall, a spat that threatens Mexican efforts to salvage trade ties. President Trump, however, said later that both leaders agreed to cancel the…

Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun

Nigerian govt to harmonise data to curb revenue leakages – Adeosun

The Federal Government says it will introduce a single window for data across various sectors and agencies to curb revenue leakages in the country. The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, announced the plan on Thursday in Abuja, while making presentation at the 2017 International Customs Day celebration. The theme of…

Nigeria Police Officers

Killers of police corporal arrested

The FCT Police Command said it has arrested six suspected killers of a police corporal who was killed on December 29, 2016. The suspects are Ismaila Abdulwaheed, 28; Saliu Saka, 22; Sunday Odo, 21; John Paul,17; Ifeanyi Peter,19; and John Paul, 19. Presenting the suspects to journalists, the FCT Police…

Nigerian lawmakers, NIMASA boss plead with Shell not to relocate Port Harcourt HQ

The House of Representatives on Thursday urged the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, to prevail on Shell not to relocate from Port-Harcourt, the River State capital. The House called on the minister, the National Petroleum Investment Management Services, NAPIMS, and Shell to suspend the reported planned relocation and…

How top Nigerian aviation officials diverted N6.8 billion public funds, Witness tells court

A prosecution witness on Thursday gave detailed accounts of how funds of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA, were allegedly diverted by some of its top officials. The witness, Ade Babatunde, a staff of Stanbic IBTC bank, gave the evidence at the resumed trial of a former NAMA Managing Director,…

Governor Ibikunle Amosun

Two days after Amosun’s request, Ogun Assembly approves N66 billion loan

The Ogun House of Assembly, on Thursday gave approval to Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s request to access N65.7 billion loan for development projects. Adeyinka Mafe, the Majority Leader, moved the motion for the approval of the loan facility, while it was seconded by Razak Oduntan. The News Agency of Nigeria reports…

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College faults media reports on Southern Kaduna killings

The Kaduna State College of Education, Gidan Waya, has faulted media reports alleging that five students of the college were ambushed and killed by Fulani herdsmen in Southern Kaduna. The college made the rebuttal in a statement signed by its Acting Registrar, Samuel Tukurah, and obtained by the News Agency…

Abubakar Malami

Nigeria’s Attorney General, Budget Office give contradictory figures on looted funds

Two top officials of the federal government have provided contradictory figures on the looted funds already recovered by the federal government. The Muhammadu Buhari administration has made the recovery of looted funds, as well as prosecution of culprits, one of the focus of its anti-corruption war. [caption id="attachment_215550" align="alignleft" width="317"]…

Trump: Mexico should cancel meeting if they won’t pay for wall

President Donald Trump on Thursday said his Mexican counterpart Enrique Nieto should cancel his upcoming visit to Washington if Mexico refuses to pay for a wall along the border. “The U.S. has a 60 billion dollar trade deficit with Mexico. “It has been a one-sided deal from the beginning of…