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Over 7,000 Cameroonian refugees arrive Nigeria – UN

The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) is stepping up its presence in Southern Nigeria, to provide life-saving support to thousands of people fleeing unrest in English-speaking areas of Cameroon. UNHCR spokesperson, Andrej Mahecic, said tensions between security forces and pro-independence demonstrators in Cameroon’s restive Anglophone region intensified in October.…

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Over 25,000 Nigerians held in slave and sex camps in Libya in 2017 – NAPTIP

The Director General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, Julie Okah-Donli, has disclosed that more than 25,000 Nigerians have been held in slave and sex camps in Libya. Ms. Okah-Donli made this known while defending the agency’s 2018 budget before the Senate Committee on…

FILE PHOTO: Fuel queue in Abuja

Fuel Scarcity: Lagos gets 300 petrol trucks, Abuja 170

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, on Tuesday said it released 300 trucks of petrol to Lagos and 170 to Abuja, to stem long queues at filling stations. NNPC Spokesman, Ndu Ughamadu, announced the release in a statement in Abuja. This followed the call-off of the strike by the Petroleum…

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Despite 67 registered parties, 80 others seek registration

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Tuesday said that 80 political parties submitted applications for registration ahead of the 2019 elections. The INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, made this known on Tuesday at the Fourth Situation Room Stakeholders Forum on Elections, organised by a coalition of Civil Society Organisations in…

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What Nigerian youth should do to achieve more – Osinbajo

Nigeria’s youth will achieve more if they collaborate more on projects that will benefit them and also boost the nation’s capacity in innovation and technology, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. Mr. Osinbajo said this when he received a delegation of young Nigerian innovators and beneficiaries of grants from the…

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Katsina govt. trains 479 women in skill acquisition – Commissioner

The Katsina State Government says it has trained 479 women in skill acquisition and trades from 2011 to 2017 to enable them to be self-reliant. The State Commissioner for Women Affairs, Badiyya Hassan, spoke at the graduation for the participants on Tuesday in Katsina. “The state government trained the women…

House of Representatives

2019: National Assembly to pass 12 electoral reforms bills

The Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Electoral Matters, Aishatu Dukku, on Tuesday said the National Assembly was working on 12 Electoral Reform Bills to be passed before the 2019 elections. Mrs. Dukku made this known at a session of coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSO) known as…

Athletics

Nigerian teams need corporate bodies’ support to excel – NOC

The President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), Habu Gumel, on Tuesday urged corporate entities to rally round the federal government in ensuring there was good support for Nigerian teams next year. Mr. Gumel, who spoke at NOC’s 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Lagos, there was need for all-round…

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Active telecoms subscribers stood at 141 million in October, says NCC

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says that it recorded 140,766,653 active subscribers of the telecommunication networks in October as against 139,905,213 in September. The telecommunications regulatory agency disclosed this in its Monthly Subscriber/Operator Data that was available on its website on Tuesday. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that…

The EFCC wanted the suspects remanded in prison custody

Man tells court 12-yr-old girl is his girlfriend

A 27-year-old man, Lawal Abubakar, on Tuesday told a Kubwa Grade 1 Area Court in Abuja, that a 12-year-old girl he abducted was his girlfriend. ‎Mr. Abubakar of Byazhin, Kubwa, Abuja, pleaded guilty to charges of abduction and gross indecency of a minor leveled against him, but said the girl…

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Wizkid, Tuface, Tiwa Savage, and others to perform at Akwa Ibom Christmas event

Wizkid, Tuface, Tiwa Savage will perform at the maiden edition of the Akwa Ibom Christmas groove tagged, “Ukap’isua,” scheduled to hold Dec. 26 and December 27 in Uyo. Victor Antai, state Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, who made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)…

Nigerian govt licences Admiralty, Spiritan, four other new private Universities

The Federal Ministry of Education on Tuesday issued provisional licences to the six newly established private universities. The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, gave the provisional licences to the institutions in Abuja. The institutions are Admiralty University Ibusa in Delta, Spiritan University Neochi, Abia, Precious Cornerstone University in Ibadan, Oyo…

65 media workers killed doing their jobs in 2017 — Report

Media freedom organisation, Reporters Without Borders, said on Tuesday that 65 media workers around the world have been killed doing their jobs in 2017. The organisation said among the dead were 50 professional journalists, seven citizen journalists and eight other media workers. It said the five most dangerous countries were…

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‘The Wedding Party 2’ rakes in N73 million in three days

Nigeria’s blockbuster movie “The Wedding Party 2-Destination Dubai,” has made over N73 million its opening weekend, its producers said. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the movie was released in cinemas across the country on Friday, December 15. This feat is now the highest ever in the Nigerian…

Court

Man loses 17-year-old marriage for raping wife

A tricycle operator, Olasunkanmi Abdul-Kareem, 42, on Tuesday in Igando, Lagos State, lost his 17-year-old marriage for raping his wife in the presence of their children many times. Delivering judgment, the president of Igando Customary Court, Lagos, Moses Akinniyi, said the marriage between Bolanle AbdulKareem and Olasunkanmi Abdul-Kareem had been…

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We’ll reclaim army land – FCT Minister

The FCT Administration says land belonging to the Nigerian Army in the territory that has been encroached upon will be reclaimed. The FCT Minister, Muhammad Bello, gave the assurance when he received the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, who paid him a visit in his office. Mr. Bello said…

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

More Nigerians return from Libya

The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, on Monday received 167 stranded Nigerians from Libya, bringing the total number of Nigerians brought back to the country in the last four days to 532. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Boeing 737-800 aircraft, with Registration Number 5A-DMH, arrived at the Murtala…

UN condemns repeated attacks on its aid convoy by Boko Haram

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, has condemned the persistent deadly ambush on convoy carrying humanitarian food supplies for conflict-affected persons in Nigeria’s North East. Mr. Kallon condemned the attacks in a statement issued by Yasmina Guerda, the Public Information Officer, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs…

FILE PHOTO: Cleared Candidates for JAMB Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examination (UTME) Computer Based Text writing their examination at a centre in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State on Monday (15/5/17). 02556/15/5/2017/Anthony Okpu/EO/ICE/NAN

UTME 2018: JAMB accredits 72 centres in Lagos

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has accredited 72 centres in Lagos State for the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME. The State Coordinator of JAMB, Sunday Aladegbaye, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Lagos that 63 centres were accredited for the examination in 2017. He…

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Osinbajo seeks remedy for poor media remuneration

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday criticised the non-payment of salaries of media practitioners by their employers and called for full debate on the whole orientation of media salaries. He said this while declaring open the retreat of the State House Press Corps in Abuja with the theme “Journalists and…

INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu

2019: INEC yet to fix dates for parties’ primaries

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that it has not fixed dates for the primaries of political parties to elect their candidates for the 2019 general elections. INEC made the clarification in a statement issued by its Director of Publicity and Voter Education, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, on Monday in…

Nigeria Police Officers

Six kidnap suspects arrested, 76-year-old victim rescued

The Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team, IRT, on Monday announced the arrest of six kidnap suspects and rescue of a 76-year-old victim. The Commander of IRT, Abba Kyari, disclosed the arrest to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Lagos, stressing that the suspects were arrested on Monday. Mr.…

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Mob sets ablaze suspected female kidnapper

A suspected female kidnapper was lynched and set ablaze by angry mob at Offa Garage area of Ilorin on Monday. The News Agency of Nigeria gathered that the woman had gone to fetch a set of twins from an Arabic school in Kilanko area of Ilorin. NAN gathered that the…

U.S. passenger train falls on motorway

A U.S. passenger train on Monday derailed in the north-western state of Washington, with images from the scene showing a train car dangling off a bridge onto an interstate highway near the city of Tacoma. “Injuries and causalities have been reported,’’ the Pierce County sheriff said on Twitter without providing…

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Katsina govt. spends N2 billion to construct standard drainages

The Katsina State Government has spent over N2 billion in the last two years for the construction of a standard drainage system in the state capital and its environs. Governor Aminu Masari said this on Monday, while receiving stakeholders and political leaders from Katsina who paid him a courtesy visit…