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Zambia threatens to deal with fake, mushrooming churches

The Zambian government on Thursday threatened to deal with fake mushrooming churches amid calls to curb “fake churches” and mercenary clergymen. Godfridah Sumaili, Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affair, said no church would be registered without clearance from her ministry. In a ministerial statement delivered in parliament, the minister…

Lagos High court

Housewife pours boiling water on hubby’s manhood

Adeyinka Adelakun, a middle aged public school teacher in Ibadan, on Thursday narrated how his wife, Kafayat, poured boiling water on his manhood which seriously injured him. Mr. Adelakun had approached an Idi-Ogungun Customary Court at Agodi in Ibadan seeking the dissolution of his three-year-old marriage to his wife on…

Relatively unknown Okeowo to be in goal as Nigeria’s Super Eagles take on Senegal

Super Eagles’ goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme, has been ruled out of Thursday’s friendly against Senegal in London following an injury. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Wolverhampton Wanderers of England goalkeeper was missing in the team’s final training session due to a knock. With Ikeme out injured, the Super…

British parliament reopens after attack, honours slain policeman

The British parliament reopened on Thursday with lawmakers holding a moment of silence for victims of the London terrorist attack that killed three people. The one-minute silence was also observed by London’s Metropolitan Police, city hall and other workplaces across the city. It started at 9.33 a.m. to signify the…

Taliban Militants

Police officer kills nine colleagues in northern Afghanistan

An Afghan police officer opened fire on his colleagues, killing nine of them, at a checkpoint in northern Afghanistan, a police spokesperson, Mahfoozullah Akbari, said on Thursday. He said that the assailant, who may have been linked with the Taliban, fled after taking weapons and other equipment. The commander of…

Plateau govt declares three days mourning for commissioner that died while jogging

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has declared a three-day mourning period in honour of Samuel Galadima, Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development, who died on Wednesday during a morning exercise. The commissioner collapsed while jogging alongside the governor at the Rwang Pam Stadium, Jos and was rushed to the…

Nigerian govt speaks on fresh attack on citizens in South Africa

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday said the latest fracas in South Africa, in which two Nigerians were involved, was not a xenophobic attack. The ministry in a statement by its spokesperson, Clement Aduku, in Abuja, said that there was no reported loss of live during the incident. It…

Benue Governor, Samuel Ortom

Death toll in Zaki Biam attack 17, not 50 — Benue govt

The death toll in the Zaki Biam yam market attack stands at 17, and not 50 as reported by the media, the Benue State Government said on Wednesday. A statement signed by Terver Akase, chief press secretary to Gov. Samuel Ortom, described the reports as “misleading”. “Some national dailies today…

Nigerian firm gets South African govt. sponsorship

Fidelis Igbokwe, a South Africa-based Nigerian ICT expert, says his firm, TRPPN Application, is among the four nominated by the South African government for sponsorship after an exhibition in that country. Mr. Igbokwe, the Chief Executive and founder of the firm, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone…

Naira-Dollar

Naira gains N20 against dollar

The naira appreciated significantly against the dollar on Wednesday to trade at N410 to the dollar, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. The local currency gained 20 naira to exchange at N410 to the dollar from N430 posted on Tuesday. It also firmed against the pound sterling and the…

Court

Man arraigned for allegedly paying sex worker with fake naira

A 30-year-old man, Frank Igwe, who allegedly used some fake naira to pay a sex worker for her services, was on Wednesday charged before a Yaba Chief Magistrate Court in Lagos. The accused, whose address was not given, is facing a charge of unlawful possession of fake currency. The prosecutor,…

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N8 billion currency scam: Two bankers jailed for 18 years

A Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan has sentenced a Central Bank of Nigeria staff, Philip Togun, and a woman, Esther Afolabi, ex-staff of WEMA Bank to 18 years imprisonment for participating in stealing of N8 billion at CBN Ibadan branch. They were arraigned for conspiracy, conversion, forgery, re-circulation of…

Titi Abubakar [Photo: Nigeriafilms.com]

Change of counsel stalls Titi Atiku’s N918 million fraud case against three others

The change of defence counsel on Wednesday stalled hearing of a N918 million fraud charge brought by Titi Abubakar, the wife of a former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, against a pastor, Nsikakabasi Akpan-Jacobs and two others at an Ikeja High Court. Mr. Akpan-Jacobs and the two co-defendants in the suit are…

NCAA okays helicopter operations in Abuja

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, has cleared all helicopter operators duly certified by the regulatory authority to commence operations in and out of Abuja. The NCAA General Manager, Public Relations, Sam Adurogboye, in a statement in Lagos on Wednesday said a letter had since been dispatched to all concerned…

Scottish parliament suspends independence debate after London attack

Scotland’s devolved parliament suspended a planned vote on Wednesday to give its government a mandate to seek a new independence referendum after an attack on Britain’s Houses of Parliament in London. The police said they were treating the attack as a terrorist incident, after a policeman was stabbed, an assailant…

Woman pulled alive from River Thames after London attack

A woman was pulled from the River Thames alive after Wednesday’s attack on a bridge near Britain’s parliament in Westminster, the Port of London Authority (PLA) said. It said that the woman was being treated for serious injuries. “A female member of the public was pulled from the water near…

Patience Jonathan

EFCC vs Patience Jonathan: Court to hear preliminary objection May 2

An FCT High Court in Lugbe has adjourned till May 2, hearing on a preliminary objection filed by the anti-graft EFCC over the asset seizure of former First Lady Patience Jonathan. At the resumed hearing on Wednesday, the judge, Angela Otaluka, adjourned the matter following the submission of the EFCC…

Boko Haram commander who escaped from prison in 2010 rearrested – Official

A Boko Haram commander who escaped from prison in 2010 has been re-arrested, the State Security Services, SSS, said. In a statement by a Tony Opuiyo, the SSS said that the service arrested Nasiru Sani, also known as Osama, in Bauchi on March 15. He said Mr. Sani escaped from…

A Maternity Ward used to illustrate the story [Photo: The Guardian Nigeria]

Nigerian govt deployed 1,473 graduate midwives to PHCs in 2016 – Official

The Federal Government has deployed more than 1,473 newly graduated basic midwives to Primary Health Care Centres, PHCs, across the country. Faniran Sanjo, the Assistant Director, International Co-operation Department, Ministry of Budget and National Planning, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Abuja on…

China Premier, Xi Jinping

China seeks APC’s support on Nigeria’s ‘full execution’ of One China rule

The Peoples Republic of China Ambassador to Nigeria, Zhou Pingjian, has met with the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, John Odigie-Oyegun, requesting the Party’s support in ensuring Nigeria’s ‘full execution’ of the One China policy between both countries. Mr. Pingjian was accompanied by the Chinese Deputy Ambassador,…

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Abuja Airport closure: FirstNation seeks compensation

FirstNation Airways has appealed to the Federal Government to address the issue of compensation for airlines over losses incurred as a result of closing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. The airline made the plea in a statement signed by its Manager, Corporate Services, Rasheed Yusuf, on Wednesday in…

Italian police capture fugitive Italian Mafia boss after 10-year chase

The Italian police on Wednesday said that a `Ndrangheta Mafia’ boss who has been on the run for 10 years has been captured. Santo Vottari, 44, who was sentenced in Italy to 30 years on a series of charges, including murder, was on Europol’s most wanted list. Investigators believe he…

FILE PHOTO: FRSC officials at a scene of an accident

22 traders die in ghastly road accident

Twenty-two traders have died in a motor accident that occurred on the Tunga Giwa – Ruwa road in Shanga Local Government Area of Kebbi. The accident occurred when a Toyota Canter vehicle that tried to avoid a pot-hole, hit a motorcyclist and somersaulted, killing the cyclist and 22 passengers in…

Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs Service, Hameed Ali

Senate calls for resignation of Hameed Ali as Customs boss

The Senate has called for the resignation of the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Hameed Ali. The lawmakers said on Wednesday that Mr. Ali was not fit to hold public office. The call follows Mr. Ali’s decision not to appear before the lawmakers in uniform on Wednesday as directed…

Enyeama makes Ligue 1 team of the week

Former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama, has been listed in the Ligue 1 Team of the Week in France, following a fantastic showing at the weekend against Olympique Marseille. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Lille OSC had struggled on home soil this season, failing to win any…