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Police arrest two over deadly market brawl

The Adamawa Police Command has confirmed the arrest of two suspects over a clash at the Mubi International Cattle Market which led to the death of two people. The command’s Public Relations Officer, Othman Abubakar, told journalists on Friday in Yola that the suspects had been taken to the state…

357 prison inmates to write UTME – JAMB

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, says out of the 1.7 million candidates that will sit for UTME examinations on Saturday, 357 are prison inmates. Is-haq Oloyede, the Registrar of the board, disclosed this at a news conference on Friday in Abuja. Mr. Oloyede also said that the UTME…

Accident scene

12 killed in Kebbi auto crash

A ghastly accident involving an articulated vehicle along the Tsamiya-Bagudo road in Kebbi, has resulted in the death of no fewer than 12 persons. The Sole Administrator of the Bagudo Local Government Area, Abubakar Zagga, told the News Agency of Nigeria in a telephone interview that the accident occurred on…

Madrid Open: Nadal to face Djokovic in semi-finals

Four-time champion, Rafael Nadal will on Saturday take on two-time winner Novak Djokovic in the Madrid Open semi-finals after the Spaniard saw off David Goffin on Friday. Fourth seed Nadal beat the Belgian ninth seed 7-6 (7-3) 6-2. On his part, Djokovic earlier had a walk-over when Kei Nishikori withdrew…

Abuja residents turn voter registration to brisk business

Residents of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, have turned ongoing voter registration by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) into money-making activity, selling positions on queues to persons wishing to register fast. Some of the residents told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, on Friday at the Karu centre in…

Lassa fever

NYSC member dies of Lassa fever in Cross River

Onwuegbuzie Stanley-Samuel, an NYSC member deployed to Cross River, has died of Lassa fever disease at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH). The state Commissioner for Health, Inyang Asibong, who disclosed this to journalists on Friday in Calabar, said the deceased hailed from Delta and was serving in Obubra…

Trump warns sacked FBI director, Comey, against leaks

The U.S. president, Donald Trump, on Friday warned sacked director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation(FBI), James Comey, against leaking anything negative about the conversations between them. Mr. Trump, in a series of tweets on Friday morning, suggested that there might be secret tapes of his conversations with Mr. Comey.…

Ebola case in DR Congo

New Ebola death confirmed; 300,000 doses of vaccine ‘ready’

The GAVI global vaccine alliance said on Friday some 300,000 emergency doses of an Ebola vaccine developed by Merck could be available in case of a large-scale outbreak of the disease, after the World Health Organisation (WHO) confirmed a fatal case in Congo. The vaccine, known as “rVSV-ZEBOV”, was shown…

Thirty aircraft land in Minna for IBB’s daughter’s wedding — NAN

Twenty six private jets and four police and air force aircrafts landed in Minna on Friday for the wedding of former President Ibrahim Babangida’s daughter, the News Agency of Nigeria reported Friday. The aircraft brought the various dignitaries for the event. Former President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Patience, Senate…

National Assembly

National Assembly’s huge N125 billion budget ‘inadequate’ — Lawmaker

A member of the House of Representatives, Nicholas Ossai (Delta-PDP), has said that the N125 billion appropriated to the National Assembly is not adequate to carry out its functions effectively and efficiently. Mr. Ossai made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in…

APC commends Saraki, Dogara over release of National Assembly budget

Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has commended Senate President Bukola Saraki and House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara for making the budget of the National Assembly public. The lawmakers on Thursday provided details of the budget after much public pressure. Read the APC’s statement below: The All Progressives Congress,…

Jonathan leads ex-PDP govs, top politicians to IBB’s daughter’s wedding

A former President, Goodluck Jonathan, and his wife, Patience, on Friday led a large delegation of former Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, leaders, governors, past and serving senators to attend the wedding in Minna of Halima Babangida, daughter of former military ruler, Ibrahim Babangida. The groom is Auwal Abdullai, the Sarkin…

Court

Domestic help allegedly absconds with employer’s N13.3 million jewellery, others

A 29-year-old domestic help, Idara Archibong, who allegedly stole her employer’s N13.3 million property including jewellery, was on Friday brought before an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos. The accused is being tried for conspiracy and stealing. She, however, denied the charges. The prosecutor, Chinalu Uwadione, told the court that…

Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos

Why domestic flights in Nigeria dropped 33 per cent in first quarter – Operator

The Station Manager, Azman Air, Abdulahi Saroke, has attributed the drop in domestic flight operations in the first quarter to the six weeks closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. Mr. Saroke, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Abuja, said there was a…

Japan government names, shames ‘black’ companies violating labour laws

The Japanese government for the first time released a nationwide list of over 300 companies that had violated labour laws. The government is optimistic that this name- and-shame tactic would help eliminate abuses and prevent “karoshi,” or death by overwork. In the list published this week on the labour ministry’s…

Nigeria presides over UN General Assembly meeting

Nigeria was on Thursday appointed as the Acting President to preside over the 81st Plenary Meeting of UN General Assembly at the UN headquarters. The Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that Nigeria’s Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the UN, Tijjani Bande, presided over the 193-member body. NAN reports…

Court

Incestuous father faces trial for ‘raping’ daughter

An incestuous father, Folorunsho Oluwaseun, who allegedly turned his 17-year-old daughter into a sex object, was on Friday granted bail by an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court. Mr. Oluwaseun was released on N300,000 bail with two sureties in like sum after he pleaded not guilty to the charge. The 51-year-old electrician,…

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Kidnapped Polytechnic owner freed, finger cut – Police

The Akwa Ibom Police Command has confirmed the release of Idongesit Udom, former staff of Exxon Mobil and founder of Sure Polytechnic in Ukanafun Local Government Area of the state. The Police Public Relations Officer, Chukwu Okechukwu, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Uyo that Mr. Udom…

Immigration officials screening Nigerian returnee from Libya during their arrival at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on Thursday.

Another set of 258 Nigerians return from Libya

No fewer than 258 more Nigerian returnees from Libya arrived the country on Thursday aboard a chartered Airbus A330-200 with registration mark 5A-LAT operated by Libya Airlines. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the aircraft landed about 9:43 p.m. at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. The returnees,…

Oando eyes oil refineries to stop fuel importation

The Managing Director of Oando Plc, Wale Tinubu, on Thursday said that the company would seek approval from the Federal Government for the refurbishment of one or two refineries. Mr. Tinubu stated this at the company’s facts behind the figures at the Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE, in Lagos. He said…

Northern elders declare “full support” for Osinbajo

The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has declared full support for Yemi Osinbajo as Nigeria’s Acting President. The forum also also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his steadfast respect for the constitution in transferring power to Mr. Osinbajo when it became necessary for him to travel to seek for medical treatment.…

‘We cannot say when remaining Chibok girls will be released’ – Nigerian govt

The Federal Government on Thursday renewed its resolve to negotiate for the release of the over 80 remaining abducted Chibok schoolgirls and other captives. The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Aisha Alhassan, said this at a media briefing in Abuja. “We cannot say when the girls will be…

Naira strengthens against dollar

The naira on Thursday gained N2 against the dollar at the parallel market as it was traded at N386 to the dollar, stronger than the N388 it closed on Wednesday. At the same segment, the pound sterling and the Euro closed at N495 and N425, respectively. At the Bureau De…

Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun

Capital releases hit N1.2 trillion for 2016

As the 2016 budget closes, the Federal Ministry of Finance says N1.2 trillion capital releases have been made in line with government’s increased focus on capital expenditure. The Director of Information, Salisu Dambatta, in a statement on Thursday, said power, construction and housing sectors got the largest share of the…

Suswam’s absence stalls his arraignment over N9 billion fraud

Former Gov. Gabriel Suswam of Benue could not be formally charged with N9 billion fraud at Federal High Court, Abuja on Thursday due to his absence on grounds of ill health. Mr. Suswam and two others are facing fresh 32-count charge bordering on fraud and diversion of funds. When the…