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Court adjourns trial of Fani-Kayode

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday adjourned till November 11 the trial of ex-Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, on charges of money laundering. Mr. Fani-Kayode, a former Minister of Aviation, is being tried for an amended 40-count charge on money laundering by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. The…

Discrimination against Nigerians over Ebola must stop — Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday in Abuja restated his government’s displeasure over the continued stigmatisation of Nigerians by some countries over the Ebola virus disease. A statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, quoted the president as making the remark when the Foreign Ministers of…

N4.7bn fraud: Babalakin’s firms ask court to quash charge

Two companies owned by Wale Babalakin -- Stabilini Visioni Ltd and Bi-Courtney Ltd -- on Monday asked an Ikeja High Court to quash the N4.7 billion fraud charge preferred against them. This is contained in separate preliminary notices of objection filed by the counsel to the companies before Justice Lateef…

Prosecution to appeal Pistorius’ 5-year manslaughter sentence

South African National Prosecution Authority on Monday said it would appeal against the five-year prison sentence handed to Oscar Pistorius for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Spokesman of the authority, Nathi Mncube, who made this known in Johannesburg, said that the body would appeal against the conviction and sentence of…

Lawmakers decry high cost of parties’ nomination forms

Lawmakers in Abuja on Monday decried the high cost of the forms for expression of interest and nomination for the 2015 general elections being sold by political parties in the country. Umar Jubril, APC-Kogi, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the costs of the forms would make qualified politicians…

APC holds extraordinary national convention October 29

The All Progressives Congress, APC, said on Sunday that it would hold an extraordinary national convention on October 29 in Abuja, to approve amendments to the constitution of the party. The convention, according to the party, would also adopt its manifesto for the 2015 general elections. A statement issued in…

Nigeria 2015: Oshiomhole wants change in politicians’ attitude

Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo has urged politicians in the country to change their attitude and work for the good of the country ahead of the 2015 general elections. Addressing All Progressive Congress, APC, supporters at a rally in Fugar, Etsako Central Local Government of the state on Sunday, Mr.…

Erosion

Erosion threatens Delta community

The Otulu community in Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta has called on the state government to rescue it from erosion that has devastated the area. The Okwabanbi of the community, Paul Eboji, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Otulu on Sunday.…

How Lagos urbanisation affects Ikorodu farmers

Some farmers in Ikorodu area of Lagos have said that the ongoing urban transformation of the area makes farming unfavourable. Some of the farmers who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria, therefore, urged the state government to discourage the activities of land grabbers, who they alleged, have taken over…

Women’s World Cup: Nigeria pledges support for victorious Falcons

The Chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation, Chris Giwa, on Sunday assured new African champions, the Super Falcons, of adequate preparations for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. Mr. Giwa, while congratulating the Falcons, who emerged continental champions in the women’s game on Saturday in Namibia, said ``the…

Doctors’ strike, others prevent Nigerian hospital from carrying out kidney transplant – Official

Despite having the necessary trained personnel and equipment to carry out kidney transplants, the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, UBTH, is not able to do so because of different challenges, an official has said. The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Michael Ibadin, stated this in an interview with the…

Official advocates community service punishment to decongest Nigerian prisons

An official of the Lagos State Ministry of Justice has advocated that convicts of minor offences should be sentenced to community services. Olakunle Adewusi, who is a Field Service Officer, State Community Service Unit, of the ministry, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Lagos that if adopted,…

Agbaso left APGA for selfish reasons – Umeh

The All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, has said the defection of Martin Agbaso to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Imo would not affect its electoral fortunes in 2015. The National Chairman of the party, Victor Umeh, stated this in Awka, Anambra, in an interview with the News Agency of…

Kano Pillars of Kano

Nigeria League Preview: Title contenders face tricky away matches

The title contenders in the Glo Premier League will face tricky opponents on Sunday when MatchDay 36 takes place. The top three teams, Kano Pillars, Warri Wolves and Enyimba, on the league table all play on the road. Already Nembe City have dropped to the second tier from the look…

Critics of Buhari’s presidential ambition ‘agents of corruption’ — Tsav

A former Commissioner of Police, Abubakar Tsav, has dubbed those urging retired Maj-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari not to contest the 2015 presidential elections “enemies of Nigeria”. Mr. Tsav told the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Makurdi that those opposed to Mr. Buhari's participation in the electoral process were political…

Muslims mark New Year in Ibadan

Thousands of Muslims in Ibadan on Saturday joined other faithful worldwide to commemorate Hijrah, the new Islamic Year 1436 A.H. A rally, which was coordinated by the state branch of the National Council of Muslim Youth Organisations, took place at the Lekan Salami Sports Complex in Ibadan. The News Agency…

Northern youth donate N2m to Jonathan for presidential nomination form

Some youths under the aegis of Northern Youth Forum on Saturday donated N2 million to President Goodluck Jonathan to purchase his presidential nomination form. The coordinator of the forum, Bello Bichi, announced the donation at a rally in support of President Jonathan in Kano. He said the decision to donate…

Jonathan, Oritsejafor, National Assembly members, others arrive Jerusalem for pilgrimage

President Goodluck Jonathan arrived in Jerusalem on Saturday for a two-day pilgrimage to Israel. According to the president’s itinerary, he will observe the Sabbath Day on Saturday at the Wailing Wall, where he will pray privately before going to Mount Tabor and Mount Carmel. Mr. Jonathan will also visit some…

Boko Haram: Court denies Nigerian govt full powers to try Ndume in secret

An Abuja Federal High Court on Friday refused to grant in full an application brought by the Federal Government seeking to conduct the trial of Ali Ndume, a senator, in secret. Mr. Ndume is standing trial on terrorism charges. Ruling on the application, Justice Gabriel Kolawole said the court was…

Nigeria Police Officers

Mob burn lecturer to death

A lecturer at the Taraba College of Education (COE) Zing, Kassimu Umar, was on Friday burnt to death in a mob action after he allegedly hit and killed five primary school pupils with a vehicle he was driving. Joseph Kwaji, the Police Public Relations officer (PPRO), of the Taraba Police…

Protest rocks Ado Ekiti as Fayose’s supporters rally against alleged impeachment plot

Hundreds of supporters of Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, on Friday trooped to the streets to protest alleged plan by members of the state House of Assembly to impeach the governor. The protesters, under the aegis of Positive Minds Club for Teachers (PMCT), first converged on Fajuyi Park, Ado Ekiti…

Two lawyers in court over alleged forgery of dead man’s will

The police in Edo on Friday arraigned two lawyers and a 50-year-old man over alleged conspiracy and forgery of a dead man’s will. The lawyers are Samuel Urhoghide,75, and Mercy Sheidum, 46. They were charged along with Jona Sojah, 50, before an Oredo Magistrate Court in Benin. According to the…

FAAC: FG, States, LGs share N603.5bn for Sept.

The Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda,on Wednesday announced that Federal, States and Local Governments shared N603.5 billion revenue that accrued to the nation in September. Mr. Yuguda made this known in Abuja when he briefed newsmen on the outcome of the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) meeting. He…

Jonathan’s aide joins Imo gubernatorial race

The Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Youth Empowerment, Obi Adim, on Monday obtained the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, form to contest the governorship election in Imo in 2015. Mr. Adim, joined by his supporters, picked the form at the PDP state office on Okigwe Road, Owerri. He later…

Pray for Chibok girls’ release, Jonathan tells intending pilgrims

President Goodluck Jonathan has called on all intending Christian Pilgrims to pray for a peaceful and successful conduct of the 2015 election and the safe return of the abducted Chibok girls. Mr. Jonathan, who was represented by the President of the Senate, David Mark, made the call on Saturday in…