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Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia

Corruption charge: Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia challenges court’s jurisdiction to try her

A Federal High Court judge, Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, has challenged the jurisdiction of an Ikeja High Court to hear the ongoing corruption charge brought against her by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Robert Clarke, Mrs. Ofili-Ajumogobia’s new lead defence counsel, challenged the court’s jurisdiction on Monday in an application…

Agbani Darego, Miss World 2001, marries TY Danjuma’s son

Agbani Darego, 2001 Miss World, got married over the weekend to Ishaya Danjuma, son of former defense minister, Theophilus Danjuma. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the former beauty queen shared the news on her Instagram page with the picture showing her in a wedding dress with her partner…

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Police arrest 19 suspected kidnappers, armed robbers in Kaduna

The Kaduna State Police Command has announced the arrest of 19 people suspected of engaging in kidnapping, armed robbery and other crimes in the state. The Commissioner of Police, Agyole Abeh, made the announcement at a press briefing in Kaduna on Monday. He explained that among the suspects were five…

#BBNaija: Show records 26 million votes for final week

Over 26 million votes were recorded for the final of the just concluded reality TV show, Big Brother Naija 2017 “See Gobee” which saw Efe emerge as winner of the N25 million prize money and KIA Sorrento SUV. Ebuka Obi - Uchendu, disclosed this via his twitter handle @Ebuka “Over…

Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia

Nigerian judge accused of corruption challenges court’s jurisdiction

A Federal High Court judge, Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, has challenged the jurisdiction of an Ikeja High Court to hear the ongoing corruption charge brought against her by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. Robert Clarke, Mrs. Ofili-Ajumogobia’s new lead defence counsel, challenged the court’s jurisdiction on Monday in an application…

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

Obasanjo’s wife loses bid to stop son’s wedding

An Ikeja High Court  on Monday dismissed the suit filed by Taiwo Obasanjo, wife of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, seeking the  postponement of  the wedding of her son, Olujonwo, to Tope Adebutu. Justice Lateefa Okunnu dismissed the suit on the grounds that the court lacked jurisdiction to hear the suit because…

Egyptian Christians weep with rage after Palm Sunday bombing killed 44

Egyptian Christians wept with rage on Monday as they recovered the bodies of loved ones killed in twin church bombings, furious at a state they believe will no longer protect them from neighbors bent on their murder. Forty-four people were killed in the attacks on Palm Sunday, a joyous festival…

China calls for ‘self-restraint’ as U.S. deploys warships near Korea

China on Monday called on all parties to “show self-restraint” and avoid worsening the situation, two days after a group of U.S. warships were ordered to change course and head to the waters off the Korean peninsula. Chinese Foreign Ministry Hua Chunying told a press briefing when asked about China’s…

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Sharabutu, Stephen emerge winners of Ibadan City Marathon race

Philibus Sharabutu and Hudung Stephen on Sunday emerged the male and female champions of the ninth edition of the Splash FM Ibadan City Marathon Race. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Sharabutu was the winner of the male category in the 2011 edition and runner-up in both the 2013…

NYSC SWEARING-IN CEREMONY IN ZAMFARA

Two arrested over drowning of Corps member

The Enugu State Police Command has arrested two persons in connection with the alleged drowning of a corps member at a hotel swimming pool in the state. The command’s Public Relations Officer, Ebere Amaraizu, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Enugu. Mr. Amaraizu said that the corps member…

PDP Crisis: Sheriff’s spokesperson resigns

Inuwa Bwala, the Special Adviser on Media to the National Chairman of the People’s Democracy Party, PDP, Ali Sheriff, on Sunday announced his resignation. Mr. Bwala in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja stated that the recent developments in the polity, especially as it affects his duties, made…

How four police officers, army captain were killed in Lagos – Police Commissioner

The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Fatai Owoseni, said the command was working with sister security agencies to arrest the suspected militants that killed four police officers, an army captain and a civilian on Sunday. Mr. Owoseni made the promise in a statement on Sunday while responding to the…

Former Ebonyi governor dumps PDP, joins APC

The immediate past governor of Ebonyi, Martin Elechi, on Sunday decamped to the All Progressive Congress, APC, from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Mr. Elechi, a two-time governor of Ebonyi, registered for the APC at his country home in Echialike, Ikwo Local Government Area, in front of national party leaders.…

President Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari’s foreign trips yielding positive results – Minister

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s foreign trips have started yielding positive results. Mr. Onyeama said at the News Agency of Nigeria Forum in Abuja that the results were in the areas of the economy and national security. He said such visits had…

Fidelity Bank

Fidelity Bank posts N152 billion gross earnings in 2016

Fidelity Bank has announced gross earnings of N152 billion for the financial year ended December 31, 2016. According to a statement issued by the bank on Sunday in Lagos, the gross earnings represented an increase of 3.5 per cent when compared with N146 billion achieved in the corresponding period of…

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Migration: Nigeria, EU to develop collective agreement on repatriation

The Federal Government and the European Union, EU, are working to have a collective agreement that will facilitate the repatriation of Nigerians living illegally in EU countries. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, made the disclosure on Sunday at the News Agency of Nigeria Forum in Abuja. Mr. Onyeama…

Passengers at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos

What Nigerians think about foreign travels – Survey

A British Airways’ (BA) survey of 2,000 travelling-respondents from 10 countries showed that 41 per cent of Nigerian travellers considered travel as an important thing to achieve this year for relaxation and for other ventures. “Nigerians are less inclined to consider travel an essential objective compared to other nationalities. Even…

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How I was almost killed by reckless driver – FRSC chief

The Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Lagos Command, Hyginus Omeje, has warned the personnel of the Corps to be safety conscious by not stopping erring motorists by force. Mr. Omeje told the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday that he was nearly killed by a commercial driver who…

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

Bamaiyi lied, my govt never plotted to kill him – Obasanjo

A former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, on Sunday said that his government never plotted to kill former Chief of Army Staff, Ishaya Bamaiyi, as claimed by Mr. Bamaiyi in his book. Mr. Obasanjo said this while playing host to members of the Correspondents Chapel, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Ogun Chapter, at…

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Cross River Commissioner kidnapped

Some unidentified gunmen on Sunday abducted Gabriel Odu-Orji, the Cross River Commissioner for Water Resources at Effionawan street in Mayne Avenue area of Calabar South. A witness, James Ibri, told the News Agency of Nigeria that five gunmen came in a blue Audi car and picked Mr. Odu-Orji away as…

Central bank of Nigeria (CBN)

CBN auctions $418 million to boost forex liquidity

The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has auctioned $418 million at a marginal rate of N310 to a dollar, to airlines, agriculture, petroleum and raw materials sub sectors. The CBN acting Director, Corporate Communications, Isaac Okorafor. said in Abuja that the $480 million offered last week was in addition to…

A street in Ikorodu town, Lagos [Photo Credit: The Guardian]

Five police officers, two soldiers killed as militants attack Lagos community

No fewer than five police officers and two soldiers, including an army captain were killed by suspected militants early Sunday morning in Ikorodu area of Lagos. Sources told the News Agency of Nigeria that the bodies of the victims had been removed. The slain captain was simply identified as Muhammad.…

Internally Displaced Persons

Boko Haram: 78,000 displaced Nigerians to be evacuated from Cameroon

The Borno Government said on Sunday that it plans to evacuate 78,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) back home from Cameroon. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the affected IDPs fled to Cameroon at the peak of the Boko Haram insurgency in the state. The IDPs had a week ago…

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Nigeria working on closing some foreign missions – Minister

The federal government is currently working on closing some of Nigeria’s 119 foreign missions, an official has said. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, said though it is expensive to close a country’s embassy,it will be beneficial in the long run. Mr. Onyeama said at the News Agency of…

Lagos University Teaching Hospital, (LUTH)

Nobody died of meningitis in Lagos – State Govt

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Jide Idris, says alleged death of two from cerebrospinal meningitis, CSM, in the metropolis was untrue. The Nigeria Centre for Diseases Control had on April 7, released statistics which claimed that CRM killed two people in the state. The statistics also indicated that three…