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Trump uses Twitter in China despite ban

U.S. President Donald Trump went around and over the “Great Firewall” of China in a late-night tweet in Beijing as he thanked his hosts for a rare tour of the Forbidden City and a private dinner at the sprawling, centuries-old palace complex. Many Western social media platforms such as Twitter…

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15-year-old accused of stealing church bells worth N35,000 granted N200,000 bail

A 15-year-old boy who allegedly stole eight jingle bells from a church was on Thursday arraigned at an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court. The defendant whose address was not given was docked on charges bordering on conspiracy and stealing. The prosecutor, Raphael Donny, told the court that the offences were committed…

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

2019: Ebonyi APC drums support for Buhari

The All Progressives Congress, APC, Ebonyi chapter, says it will support the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019. “The Ebonyi chapter of APC would throw its full weight behind the president should he declare interest to run again,’’ acting chairman of the party, Eze Nwachukwu, said on Thursday. Mr.…

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Niger govt suspends vice principal for impregnating student

The Niger State Ministry of Education has suspended Mohammed Mohammed, a Vice Principal who reportedly impregnated a female student, Faith Danjuma, the permanent secretary, Yahaya Garba, has said. Mr. Garba told journalists in Minna that the ministry had written to the office of the state Accountant General after the findings…

Abuja Protest: Police arrest suspects as normalcy returns

The FCT Police Command said that it arrested some suspects in connection with the disturbance between operatives of the Directorate of Road Transport Services (VIO) Task Force and cab operators at Wuse area of the Nigerian capital. The command’s spokesperson, Anjuguri Manzah, in a statement on Wednesday, however, said that…

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2018 UTME: JAMB to start sale of forms November; bans pens, wristwatches in centres

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, organisers of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, has banned the use of wrist watches and pens during the conduct of its 2018 test. The board’s Registrar, Is’haq Oloyede disclosed this to journalists on the sideline of a one-day sensitisation workshop for Computer…

Babatunde Raji Fashola

Nigerian govt signs financial agreement for Lagos-Abidjan highway – Fashola

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said the federal government has signed financial agreement for the execution of Lagos-Abidjan highway. Olusegun Ogunkayode, a Senior Information Officer in the ministry, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday. The statement quoted Mr. Fashola as making the disclosure…

EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

EFCC recovered N738.9 billion in two years, Magu says

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday in Austria said it recovered loots totalling N738.9 billion or $2.9 billion between May, 2015 and October 20, 2017. Its Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, stated this at the ongoing 7th Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United…

Boss Gida Mustapha

SGF denies extension of NDDC Board

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha, has denied an alleged extension of the tenure of the present board of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC. He was reacting to Senate’s resolve to investigate the allegation, made by Emmanuel Paulker (PDP Bayelsa). Mr. Mustapha’s reaction came…

Court

Man docked for allegedly beating his 8-month old pregnant wife to death

An FCT High Court on Wednesday ordered the remand of a 37-year-old man, Mathew Ankyoor, in prison for allegedly beating his eight-month pregnant wife to death. The judge, Peter Affen, adjourned the case until November 16 for the hearing of bail application filed by the defendant’s counsel, Ocheme Adama. “Motion…

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It’s true, 26 Nigerian women found dead on Mediterranean – FG

The federal government said it had received reliable report from its mission in Rome concerning the 26 suspected Nigerian migrants whose bodies were discovered in the Mediterranean on Sunday. A statement from the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs signed by the spokesperson, Tope Elias-Fatile, on Wednesday said the federal government…

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Plateau killings: More security personnel deployed

The Military Special Task Force in Plateau, `Operation Safe Haven’, said it had deployed more troops to Rim-Dyem village in Riyom Local Government Area of the state, following Tuesday’s night attack that claimed eleven lives. The spokesperson of the task force, Adamu Umar, said this while addressing journalists on Wednesday…

2019: Please come back, PDP begs Atiku

The Adamawa State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has renewed its call on former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to return to the party ahead of the 2019 general elections. The state chairman of the party, Shehu Tahir, made the call while speaking the party’s stakeholders meeting on Wednesday…

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College of Education expels 9 students, suspends another over exam malpractice

The Federal College of Education, FCE, Pankshin, Plateau State, has expelled nine students and rusticated another for various examination malpractices, the Provost, Amos Cirfat, has said. Mr. Cirfat disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Pankshin. He expressed concern over the level of students’ involvement in…

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Palestinians resume security ties with Israel

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s administration said on Wednesday it had resumed security coordination with Israel in the occupied West Bank, frozen in July, and sought sole security control of the Gaza Strip, where Hamas Islamist forces dominate. The remarks, by the Palestinian police chief, left open the question of how…

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Reps pass Climate Change Bill

The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill to provide a legal framework for mainstreaming of climate change responses and actions into government policy formulation and implementation. The bill also proposed the establishment of a council to coordinate climate change governance as well as support the adaptation and mitigation…

Erosion

Nigerian govt approves N5.5 billion for erosion control in six states

The Federal Executive Council, FEC, presided by President Muhammadu Buhari has approved N5.567 billion for the 3rd Quarter Soil Erosion Control Accelerated Intervention in six states. The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed this when he briefed State House correspondents on Wednesday in Abuja.…

Cameroon

Cameroon separatists kill two gendarmes as Anglophone dispute escalates

Anglophone secessionists in Cameroon killed at least two gendarmes on Wednesday, two secessionist leaders and a security official said, signalling escalation in their protracted dispute with the central government. The attacks in the English-speaking city of Bamenda marked the worst fighting in recent years between secessionist militants and government forces…

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Aviation Union urges NCAA to reject Bi-Courtney’s request

The National Union of Air Transport Employees, NUATE, has urged the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, to reject proposal for the commencement of regional flights at the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal 2, Lagos. The General Secretary of NUATE, Olayinka Abioye gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency…

Ibraheem El-Zakzaky

El-Zakzaky: Falana withdraws petition against Nigerian Army

The counsel to detained leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, on Wednesday withdrew the petition against the Nigerian Army at the Presidential Investigation Panel on Human Right Violations. Mr. Falana said although it was painful, he had to withdraw the petition in view of the fact that there…

Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura

Nasarawa seals 10 bank branches over non-remittance of taxes

The Nasarawa State Internal Revenue Service, NSIRS, has sealed off 10 branches of three banks over alleged failure to remit taxes deducted from customers in the state. Usman Okposhi, Chairman of NSIRS, told journalists in Lafia on Wednesday that four branches each of Skye Bank and Unity Bank, and two…

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Student, 17, in court over alleged rape of neighbour’s daughter

A 17- year-old boy was on Wednesday arraigned in an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly raping his neighbour’s daughter. The defendant, a secondary school student who resides with his parents at No. 3, Salamata St., Iju Ishaga, a suburb of Lagos, was arraigned on a count charge of rape.…

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Anambra Governorship: Appeal Court sets up election petition tribunal

Ahead of the November 18 Anambra governorship election, President of the Court of Appeal, Zainab Adamu-Bulkachuwa, has constituted an Election Petition Tribunal for the state. Mrs. Adamu-Bulkachuwa, via a statement signed by Surajo Gusau, the tribunal’s secretary and made available to journalists on Wednesday in Awka, said the court would…

Vatican Pope New Bishops

Use of cell phone during mass is “very ugly thing”, Pope tells Catholics

Pope Francis on Wednesday chastised priests and bishops who take pictures with their cell phones during mass, saying they should focus on God instead. Francis told tens of thousands of people at his weekly audience in St. Peter’s Square “lift up your hearts, not your cell phones to take pictures”,…

Buhari presides over FEC as Abba Kyari, Oyo-Ita ‘reconcile’

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday presided over the meeting of the Federal Council, FEC, with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and cabinet ministers in attendance. Others attending the meeting included the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, Head of Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, as well as some…