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PDP congresses in Enugu totally acceptable – Chime

Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State said on Tuesday that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, congresses in the state were “totally unacceptable’’ to its members and the people of the state. Mr. Chime made the declaration at a PDP stakeholders meeting in Enugu on Tuesday, saying the congresses were not subjected to the will…

70% of Jigawa adults not accessing formal financial services – CBN

The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, said on Tuesday that 70 percent of adults in Jigawa State were excluded from formal financial services. The CBN Head of Financial Induction Strategy Coordinating Office, Joseph Attah, made the information known at a one-day sensitisation workshop on Financial Inclusion Strategy in Dutse. Mr.…

Fayose sacks aides to Assembly Speaker, Deputy

The Ekiti State Government on Tuesday terminated the appointment of all aides to the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly. This is contained in a statement issued by the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Modupe Alade in Ado-Ekiti. Those relieved of their appointment include Wole…

Chimaroke Nnamani’s seven-year-old trial a ‘scandal’ – Prosecutor

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday asked for a separate trial of former Governor of Enugu State, Chimaroke Nnamani, in a N5 billion money laundering case. Mr. Nnamani is facing trial alongside seven others accused on a 105-count charge before a Federal High Court in Lagos. The…

Circulation of new N100 begins December 19

The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has fixed December 19, 2014, to put the new commemorative N100 into circulation. This is contained in “Countdown Calendar of The New Commemorative N100 Banknote”, a publication on the activities for the launch of the new banknote released by the bank in Abuja. The…

500 Nigerian youth study in Germany yearly – Envoy

The German Ambassador to Nigeria, Michael Zenner, on Tuesday said that about 500 Nigerian youth were given the opportunity, annually, to study in German universities by his country’s government. Mr. Zenner said this in Lagos and added that the beneficiaries were offered admissions to study in the different universities on…

PDP will reclaim Rivers in 2015, says ex-minister

Nyesom Wike, former Minister of State for Education and PDP gubernatorial aspirant in Rivers, on Tuesday said that the party would reclaim its stolen mandate in the state in 2015. Mr. Wike made the statement during his consultation with PDP delegates in Okrika Local Government Area. He said that APC…

6 secondary schools emerge winners of SEC national investment quiz

Six secondary schools have emerged zonal winners of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) quiz, instituted to enhance Nigerian youths awareness on capital market and general investments. The six schools, according to a release by SEC are Government Secondary School, Akim Calabar, Cross Rivers State, Community Secondary School, Okposhi, Ebonyi…

Turkish teenage boy tortured and killed by lover’s family

A teenage boy in western Turkey was kidnapped, tortured and buried alive by his young lover's relatives, police said on Monday. The lover's father said the 16-year-old boy from Denizli was killed out of "honour". The police also said that the family had accused the teenager of having sex with…

Lagos University Teaching Hospital, (LUTH)

Federal hospitals in Lagos grounded as health workers’ strike continues

Activities across Federal Government hospitals in Lagos on Monday remained stalled as the strike embarked on by the Joint Health Sector Union, JOHESU, entered day five. The union had on November 13 embarked on an indefinite strike to press home their demands. Some of their demands include immediate release of…

Former INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega

INEC sets up unit to monitor political parties’ campaign expenditure

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, said it has taken measures to track campaign expenditure incurred by political parties as it lifted ban on election campaigns. The Chief Press Secretary to the INEC chairman, Kayode Idowu, on Monday in Abuja stated this in an interview with newsmen following the lifting…

Boko Haram: Borno residents appeal to govt. to enlist vigilantes, hunters

Residents of Borno on Friday appealed to the state government to enlist the services of local hunters and vigilantes in liberating towns captured by the Boko Haram insurgents. A cross section of those interviewed by the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Maiduguri said the state must emulate neigbouring Adamawa by…

Boko Haram: Adamawa people laud vigilantes, hunters

The people of Adamawa on Friday lauded the collaborative efforts of vigilance groups, hunters and the military in combating the Boko Haram insurgency in the State. The commendation was made by a cross section of people who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the recapture of Mubi…

Court dismisses Gov. Chime’s N1.5 bn libel suit against opponent, Guardian newspaper

The Court of Appeal, Lagos Division, on Friday dismissed an appeal filed by Gov. Sullivan Chime of Enugu State, challenging the judgment of a Lagos High court in a libel suit against his political opponent. Mr. Chime had instituted a N1.5 billion libel suit against Okechukwu Ezea, his opponent in…

Court lifts ban on Abalaka’s HIV vaccines

A Federal High Court in Makurdi on Friday lifted a government ban on the use of HIV vaccines produced by a Nigerian doctor, Jeremiah Abalaka. The court, presided over by Justice Binta Nyako, also restrained the Federal Government and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC,…

rape victim

HIV-positive man rapes lover’s 2 daughters

A 32-year-old mason, Terkula Iorpuur, of Behind Hemko Hospital, Kanshio, was on Thursday remanded in prison by a Makurdi Magistrates' Court for allegedly raping two sisters. Mr. Iorpuur is charged with rape punishable under Section 284 of the Penal Code. The prosecutor, Insp Terzungwe Kajo, told the court that the…

An Ebola patient being attended to

Mali records second Ebola death

A nurse at a private clinic in Bamako has become the second victim of the Ebola virus in Mali, radio reports said on Wednesday. According to the reports, the nurse was infected by a patient from Guinea who was treated at the same clinic and has since died. Mali has…

Boko Haram: Attack on Mubi forced 13,000 Nigerians into Cameroon — UN

The United Nations Refugee Agency on Tuesday said violence by Boko Haram insurgents in Nigeria’s northeast continues to send thousands of refugees across the border into neighbouring Cameroon. UN High Commissioner for Refugee, UNHCR, said that some 13,000 Nigerian refugees crossed from Adamawa state after insurgents attacked and captured the…

Jonathan’s supporters more than his opponents — Akpabio

Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State said the continuation of President Goodluck Jonathan in office in 2015 would ensure the delivery of more dividends of democracy to Nigerians. He stated this on Tuesday in Abuja during the Mr. Jonathan’s formal declaration to contest the 2015 presidential election. Mr. Akpabio,…

Massive traffic gridlock in Abuja as Jonathan declares for 2015

Residents of Abuja on Tuesday spent long hours in traffic gridlock as security personnel diverted motorists from several routes leading into the city where President Goodluck Jonathan declared to contest the 2015 election. Residents of Mararaba in Nasarawa State and its environs as well as Karu and Nyanya surburbs of…

EU asks Nigeria to sign trade deal

A delegation of the European Union, EU, to Nigeria on Tuesday appealed to the Federal Government to sign the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) to enhance the export of Nigerian products to Europe. The delegation's Public Affairs Officer, Ugo Sokari-George, made the appeal while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria…

UN, US, UNICEF condemn Yobe school explosion

The international community has condemned Monday’s suicide bomb attack at a government boarding school in Potiskum, Yobe, which killed dozens of students and wounded others. A statement issued by the U.S. embassy in Abuja condemned the incessant attacks on defenceless civilians in North East Nigeria this past week. The statement…

Boko Haram bombing: Yobe shuts all schools

The Yobe State Government has closed down all public and private schools in the state, following Monday’s suicide bomb attack on Government Science Secondary School, Potiskum. The attack claimed 48 lives and injured 79 others. The Commissioner for Education, Muhammad Lamin, said in a statement in Damaturu on Tuesday, that the…

2015: High political financing may worsen Nigeria’s inflation

The high level of political financing in the run up to the 2015 election campaigns may worsen the inflation trend in the country, the Lead Director, Centre for Social Justice, CENSOJ, Eze Onyekpere, has said. Mr. Onyekpere was reacting on Monday to the latest Composite Price Index, CPI, published on…

Nigeria Police Officers

Police arrest 26 murder suspects in Lagos

The Lagos State Police Command on Monday said it had arrested 26 suspects in connection with the murder of a 25-year old man, Sikiru ‎Ogboye. The commands' Public Relations Officer, Kenneth Nwosu, told journalists in Lagos that Mr. Ogboye was killed on November 9 while reportedly monitoring the collection of Permanent…