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Former Brazilian President Luiz da Silva sentenced to 10 years for corruption

A court in Brazil on Wednesday found the country’s former president, Luiz da Silva, guilty of corruption and money laundering and sentenced him to almost 10 years in prison. The verdict is a shocking reversal of fortune for Mr. da Silva who wielded far-reaching influence across Latin America for several…

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Nigeria begins issuance of temporary work permit via email to expatriates

The Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, has begun issuance of Temporary Work Permit, TWP, Visa by e-mail to expatriates coming to the country for temporary work. The Comptroller-General of the NIS, Muhammad Babandede‎, disclosed this in a statement issued by the Service spokesperson, Sunday James, on Wednesday in Abuja. Mr. Babandede…

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Three sales reps, accountant docked for allegedly stealing employer’s N85 million

Three female sales representatives and an accountant on Wednesday appeared in a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, charged with defrauding their employer of N85 million. The accused, all residents of Mushin in Lagos are: Juliana Enwerem, 45; Prisca Alisi, 34; Priscilla Obinna, 32; and the accountant, Gibson Okene, 58. They…

PDP: Jonathan speaks on Makarfi’s Supreme Court victory

The former President, Goodluck Jonathan, has described Ahmed Makarfi’s victory on the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, leadership tussle at the Supreme Court on Wednesday as verdict that would bring the party together. Mr. Jonathan stated this on Wednesday on his tweeter handle in his reaction to the court judgment on…

Joseph Nwobike

EFCC provides more evidence against SAN accused of bribing judges

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday told an Ikeja High Court that Joseph Nwobike, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, who is being tried for allegedly bribing some judges, filed two of the eight suits which led to Justice Mohammed Yinusa’s sanction by the National Judicial Council, NJC.…

NDDC

Nigerian govt directs payment of NDDC funds – Official

The federal government has directed the Federal Ministries of Finance and Budget and National Planning to liaise with the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, to reconcile outstanding statutory obligations and agree on a payment plan for the commission. Ibitoye Abosede, the Director of Corporate Affairs of the commission said this…

Bolaji Abdullahi

APC reacts to Makarfi’s victory as PDP chairman

The All Progressives Congress, APC, National Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi, has said that the party is not threatened by who becomes the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He said this on Wednesday in Abuja while reacting to a Supreme Court judgment on the PDP leadership crisis which…

PDP: Makarfi willing to reconcile with Sheriff faction

The Chairman, National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ahmed Makarfi, said the committee was open to reconciliation that would strengthen the party. Mr. Makarfi gave the assurance while addressing members and supporters of the party after the Supreme Court judgment on the party’s leadership crisis delivered in…

Bisi Akande [Photo Credit: The Nation]

Presidential delegation, governors visit Bisi Akande over wife’s death

The Presidency, Oyo and Osun State governments as well as the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, on Wednesday condoled with elder statesman, Bisi Akande, on the death of his wife, Omowunmi. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the deceased, who was 73, died on Tuesday evening at the University…

Bauchi State on the map

Bauchi seals 179 private health facilities

The Bauchi State Ministry of Health on Wednesday said it sealed 18 private healthcare facilities and 161 patent stores across the state due to failure to meet operational guidelines. The Director of Public Health in the ministry, Bako Mohammed, disclosed this at a news conference during annual assessment of private…

Shun corruption, rights abuse, IGP advises Nigerian police officers

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Wednesday advised personnel of the force against corruption and abuse of rights of Nigerians. Mr. Idris gave the advice at the opening of the training of police officers on the effective implementation of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) in Abuja. The…

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Gambia could become first in sub-Saharan Africa to eliminate malaria – Experts

Experts say Gambia could become the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to eliminate malaria on its track record of combating the mosquito-borne disease. The prevalence of the malaria parasite in children under five has plunged to 0.2 per cent from four per cent in 2011, according to the National Malaria…

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LASU employs 80 students for part-time jobs

The Lagos State University, LASU, has employed more than 80 students to work in its library on part-time basis. The University Librarian, Oduwole Adebanbo, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Lagos that the initiative was a work-study project aimed at empowering the students. Mr. Adebanbo said it…

Nigerian Air Force resumes training of pilots for drones

The Nigerian Air Force, NAF, said on Wednesday it had resumed the training of pilots for Unarmed Air Vehicles, otherwise known as drones. The NAF Chief of Logistics, Iliyasu Muhammad, made the disclosure in Kaduna, while receiving the service oldest aircraft, repaired by Dornier. Mr. Muhammad, an air vice marshal,…

Air Zimbabwe to cut half of 400 jobs

Loss-making Air Zimbabwe is cutting half of its 400 jobs as part of a restructuring plan to revive the ailing national carrier, its chairwoman, Chipo Dyanda, said on Wednesday. Dyanda told Reuters that Air Zimbabwe would cut 200 jobs in its fourth round of lay-offs in eight years. “We were…

Patience Jonathan

Appeal Court judge withdraws from Patience Jonathan’s $5.7 million forfeiture suit

The suit seeking to stop the forfeiture of $5.7 million and N2.4 billion to the federal government by Patience Jonathan, the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, was on Wednesday stalled at the Court of Appeal, Lagos Division. The case was stalled because one of the three-member panel of the…

Acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

Magu: Court directs processes to be served on three journalists

An Ikeja High Court on Wednesday directed that court processes should be served on three reporters of the Sun Newspaper over an alleged libellous publication against Ibrahim Magu, the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. The Sun reporters are Fred Itua, James Ojo and Lawrence Enyoghase.…

300 Syrian refugees leave Lebanon camp, return home

Some 300 Syrian refugees left Lebanon on Wednesday to return to their war-ravaged home country, the Official Lebanese National News Agency NNA reported. The refugees left the al-Nour refugee camp in the north-eastern border town of Arsal for neighbouring Syria’s town of Asal al-Ward amid tight security, NNA said. It…

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Two people charged with raping, procuring abortion for teenager

A 37-year-old, Francis Okezie, who allegedly raped and impregnated a teenage girl, on Wednesday appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court. Charged along with him is Esther Udoh, 32, who is being tried for unlawful administering of abortion drug on the girl. Mr. Okezie lives at Pipeline area of Baruwa,…

Nigerian polytechnic shut as students protest killing of colleague

The management of the Federal Polytechnic, Idah in Kogi, on Tuesday closed down the institution, following students’ violence over the murder of their colleague, Gabriel Adiku, by unknown persons. A statement by the institution’s Deputy Registrar (Academics), D.I.S. Unwuchol, said that the closure was approved by the governing council after…

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Saudi-led blockade: German cows arrive Qatar

German cattle have been flown into Qatar to boost milk supplies amid a Saudi Arabian-led blockade of the Middle Eastern country, Qatari agricultural company, Baladni, said on Wednesday. The 165 Holstein dairy cows, the first of some 4,000 due to be imported to the country, were delivered on Tuesday. A…

President Recep Erdogan

Turkey issues detention warrants for 34 state-owned TV staff

Turkey issued detention warrants on Wednesday for 34 former personnel of the state-owned broadcaster TRT in an investigation targeting supporters of the U.S.-based cleric, Fethullah Gulen. They were accused of being behind the July 2016 failed coup. State-run Anadolu news agency reported that all 34 were suspected users of “ByLock”,…

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Police arrest village head, six others for allegedly raping 13-year-old girl

The Kano State Police Command said they have arrested the Ward Head of Yargaya village in Dawakin Kudu Local Government Area of Kano State and six of his subjects for allegedly impregnating a 13-year-old girl. The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Magaji Majiya, disclosed this while parading the suspects before journalists…

Former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha

Okorocha bans Imo monarchs from speaking in English at functions

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo has banned traditional rulers in the State from speaking in English at official functions and while conducting affairs at their palaces. Mr. Okorocha gave the directive while handing over letters of recognition and staffs of office to 19 newly recognised traditional rulers in the State…

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APC, PDP, 10 others cleared for Lagos council elections

Ahead of the July 22 council polls, the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission, LASIEC, says it has cleared 12 political parties out of the 23 registered for the elections. Dapo Olatunde, LASIEC’s Director of Publicity, said in a statement that the cleared parties had met the commission’s requirements for the…