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Philippine leader lashes out at U.S. at APEC meeting with Putin

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte criticised the U.S. and other Western nations on Saturday, during his first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The two leaders met on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC, leader’s summit in Lima, Peru. Mr. Duterte told Mr. Putin, who he had previously…

At least 60 killed in Indian train derailment

At least 60 people were killed and 80 injured when several carriages of an Indian train derailed in northern Uttar Pradesh, the nation’s most populous state, in the early hours of Sunday, senior railway officials said. Fourteen carriages of the train, travelling between the north-eastern city of Patna and the…

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Nigeria moving closer to self sufficiency in food production – Emefiele

The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Godwin Emefiele, says Nigeria is on the verge of being self sufficient in food production. Mr. Emefiele spoke in Isa town, Sokoto State, on Saturday when he launched the 2016 wheat planting season. “The journey to make Nigeria self sufficient in…

Zamfara State map

TRAGEDY: Two weeks after killing over 40 people, gunmen kidnap another 40

About 40 people were kidnapped by gunmen suspected to be cattle rustlers in Zamfara on Friday, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. Friday's kidnap occurs about a fortnight after over 40 people were killed in the same state by gunmen who stormed a mining site. Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara…

Speaker Dogara explains status of ‘Sharia’ bill

The Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, on Saturday said there was no bill before the National Assembly seeking to introduce Sharia legal system in Nigeria. A statement issued by Turaki Hassan, Mr. Dogara’s Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, quoted the him as making the remark at…

The Lagos State University (LASU)

LASU releases 16,000 certificates in 11 months

The Vice-Chancellor of the Lagos State University, LASU, Olanrewaju Fagbohun, said the institution released 16,000 results and certificates between January and November to graduates. Mr. Fagbohun said at the News Agency of Nigeria Forum in Lagos that there were backlog of results and certificates yet to be issued. He said…

Nigeria map showing Kebbi State

Council detects housewives, children in staff payroll

The names of housewives and children had been uncovered in staff payroll of a local government, an official has said. The sole administrator of Kalgo Local Government Area of Kebbi, Umar Diggi, disclosed this to journalists in Kalgo on Saturday. He did not, however, disclose the number of the ghost…

Why we created new Nigerian Army division in Niger Delta – Major General

The Nigerian Army said its newly-created 6 Division in Port Harcourt was established to organise and improve its internal security operations in four states of the Niger Delta. Kasimu Abdulkarim, the pioneer General Officer Commanding (GOC), of the Division , disclosed this to journalists on Saturday in Port Harcourt. Mr.…

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Forte Oil perfects N9 billion five-year fixed rate bond

Forte Oil Plc, a foremost-integrated energy service provider, has successfully completed its N9 billion series one debt issue. The company in a statement to the Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE, in Lagos said the bond was the first in the series of its proposed N50 billion-bond issuance programme. The funds raised…

Buhari assures Ondo indigenes of federal appointments

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday in Akure, Ondo State, assured indigenes of the state of federal appointments. Mr. Buhari gave the assurance at the palace of the Deji of Akure, Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi, during a courtesy visit to the traditional ruler. Mr. Buhari was in Akure to attend the All Progressive…

120 million Nigerians lack access to improved sanitation facilities – UNICEF

UNICEF says presently, no fewer than 120 million people in Nigeria lack access to improved sanitation facilities, thereby exposing them to public health hazards. Kannan Nadar, UNICEF’s Chief Officer in charge of Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in…

Buhari arrives Akure for APC governorship rally

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday arrived Akure Airport amidst tight security for the All Progressives Congress, APC, campaign rally for the November 26 governorship election in Ondo State. The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that Mr. Buhari arrived the airport at exactly 10:09 a.m. and was received by Governor…

Anchor Borrowers Programme crashes price of local rice, CBN says

The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, says the agricultural initiative, Anchor Borrowers Programme, launched by the Federal Government has led to significant reduction in the price of local rice. Nkechi Osuji, the Head, Development Financing Department, CBN, Owerri Branch made the disclosure on Saturday in Owerri. She spoke at a…

Another suicide bomber shot dead while targeting IDPs

Nigerian security operatives have intercepted another suicide bomber who attempted to penetrate a Transit Camp of Internally Displaced People (IDPs) along Muna Garage. While suspecting the ulterior motive of the suicide bomber with his strange behaviour, the security operatives attempted to accustom him. But in his attempt to detonate the…

U.S. President-elect settles $25 million in Trump University lawsuits

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has agreed to pay 25 million dollars to settle three lawsuits against Trump University. The deal will keep Mr. Trump from having to testify in a trial in San Diego that was set to begin on November 28. The settlement ended a suit brought by New…

Kidnapped Islamic cleric freed

Abdulazeez Yusuf, the Administrative Secretary of the Plateau chapter of the Jama’atu Nasirul Islam, who was kidnapped on Wednesday , has been released, according to JNI spokesman, Sani Mudi. “The cleric has regained his freedom alongside his driver,” Mr. Mudi told the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday, in Jos.…

One killed, 10 kidnapped in attacks on Abuja communities

The Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Minister, Muhammad Bello, has promised thorough investigation of attacks on two communities that led to the death of one person and kidnap of 10 others. Mr. Bello called for calm over the recent attacks on some villages in the territory, assuring that security agencies were…

Osinbajo heads committee to verify asset recovered from looters

The Federal Government has set up an inter-agency Presidential Committee on Asset Recovery, PCAR, as part of its efforts to strengthen the on-going fight against corruption. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, disclosed this on Friday in Abuja when he received the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General…

OPEC moves closer to oil output deal as Iran gets new offer

OPEC is moving closer towards finalising its first deal this month since 2008 to limit oil output. Most members are prepared to offer Iran significant flexibility on production volumes, ministers and sources said on Friday. Iran has been the main stumbling block for such a deal because Tehran wanted exemptions…

FRSC confirms 4 deaths in Ebonyi auto crash

The FRSC in Ebonyi on Friday said four persons died in Wednesday’s multiple auto crashes on the Enugu-Abakaliki highway and not 19 as reported in the media. The Ebonyi Sector Commander of the Corps, Sunday Iyamah, told journalists in Abakaliki that the reports were mischievous and meant to mislead the…

Nigeria Police Officers

Police foil bank robbery

The Imo Police Command on Friday said it had foiled an attempt by a robbery gang to attack a commercial bank on Douglas road, Owerri. Francis Bisong, the Area Commander of Owerri Police Command, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the planned attack was nipped in the bud, following…

Trump picks conservative loyalists for attorney general, CIA

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Friday picked three conservative loyalists with hard-line views on immigration and counter-terrorism to lead his national security and law enforcement teams. According to a statement issued on Friday by Mr. Trump’s transition team, the choices include U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General and Representative…

Nigerian President,Muhammadu Buhari in a Presidential campaign rally in 2015

Ondo 2016: Buhari, Osinbajo to storm Akure for APC mega rally – Spokesperson

President Muhammadu Buhari and his deputy, Yemi Osinbajo, will on Saturday lead members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, from across the country to Akure for a mega campaign rally, an official said. Abayomi Adesanya, the Ondo State APC Publicity Secretary, in a statement on Friday in Akure, said the…

File photo of President Buhari signing budget

President Buhari signs 8 bills into law

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday signed eight bills passed by the National Assembly into law. Ita Enang, the Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senate, disclosed this on Friday in Abuja, while briefing State House correspondents. According to him, the bills signed into law are: Prevention of…

Cattle herd used to illustrate the story.

No land for grazing in Benue, Governor Ortom insists

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue on Friday said the state government would not concede any part of its land for establishment of grazing reserve for herdsmen in the state. Mr. Ortom made this known during the handing-over and inauguration of Daudu Shelter Project for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Guma…