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FILE PHOTO: Nigerian Army troops clearing Boko Haram enclaves along Bitta to Tokumbere, Sambisa Forest, Borno state

Soldiers free Nigerian oil workers, others kidnapped by Boko Haram

At least seven persons kidnapped by Boko Haram on Tuesday have been freed, an official has said. PREMIUM TIMES reported how a yet to be confirmed number of oil explorers hired by the state oil firm, NNPC, were kidnapped by the terror group, alongside their security aides. The victims were part of the team…

NCC Headquarters used to illustrate the story.

Nigeria’s active telephone lines reduce by 2.3 million in June

The Nigerian Communication Commission, NCC, says the number of active lines have decreased from about 144.9 million in May to 142.6 million in June. This is made this known in NCC’s monthly Subscriber/Operator Data made available on its Website. The NCC said that the figure showed a decrease by 2.289…

EFCC

EFCC seals multi-million naira Enugu Mall

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday sealed the multi-billion naira Enugu Mall occupied by SPAR, a multinational retail outlet. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that EFCC officers stormed the building in the early hours of the day and dispersed all the workers. Chris Oluka, the Head…

Lai Mohammed is unable to provide any document on a coup plot

Social Media is double-edged sword for Information Officers – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says the social media is a double-edged sword for information officers because of its real-time advantage and the challenge of fake news. The minister said this on Wednesday in Abuja at the opening of a two-day capacity building exercise for Strategic Communication…

Abubakar Malami

Human traffickers an embarrassment to Nigeria – AGF

The Federal Government on Wednesday said activities of human traffickers had become an embarrassment to the country and it would do all within its power to stop it. The Attorney General of Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, stated this at the 22nd National Stakeholders Consultative Forum to mark…

Britain to publish plan to ban petrol, diesel cars by 2040

The British Government is set to publish its plan to ban petrol- and diesel-fuelled vehicles by 2040 in a bid to improve air quality by reducing nitrogen dioxide emissions. “The publication follows months of consultations on how to reduce the impact of diesel vehicles, and accelerate the move to cleaner…

Donald Trump

Trump bans transgender people from U.S. military

Transgender individuals will not be allowed to serve in the U.S. military “in any capacity,” President Donald Trump said on Wednesday on Twitter. The decision would reverse a policy announced in 2016 under former president Barack Obama. “After consultation with my generals and military experts, please be advised that the…

Ebonyi State Map

66-year-old murder suspect, 12-year-old, nine other prisoners freed by Ebonyi Chief Judge

The Chief Judge of Ebonyi, Alloy Nwankwo, has discharged 11 awaiting trial inmates at the Abakaliki Prison, while 18 others were granted bail. Mr. Nwankwo who spoke to journalists, said the exercise was conducted in order to decongest the prison. He said that nine of the inmates were granted bail…

FILE PHOTO: FRSC officials at a scene of an accident

FRSC to prosecute owners of tankers, trucks that cause accidents in Lagos – Official

The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, said on Wednesday that tankers and trucks owners would now be prosecuted alongside their drivers involved in accidents, as a result of reckless driving. Hyginus Omeje, the Lagos State Sector Commander, FRSC, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN,…

The European Union headquarters in the Belgian capital, Brussels [Photo: Press TV]

EU court keeps Hamas on terrorism list, removes Tamil Tigers

The European Union’s top court kept Palestinian Islamist movement, Hamas, on the EU terrorism blacklist on Wednesday and removed Sri Lanka separatist rebels, the Tamil Tigers. Judges at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) overruled the General Court’s view of 2014 that the Council of the EU, the 28-nation grouping,…

Justice court law

Man, 20, docked for allegedly raping own daughter

A Minna Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday ordered the remand in prison of a 20-year-old farmer, Lawali Safiyanu, for allegedly having an unlawful sexual intercourse with his daughter. The accused was docked on a charge of unlawful sexual intercourse with a child, contrary to Section 18 (2) of the Child Rights…

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

Africa needs more engineer entrepreneurs than engineer job seekers – Obasanjo

Africa needs engineering competences in problem solving, design and analytical thinking to overcome its socio-economic development challenges, former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said. “In many parts of Africa, young engineers have not been trained for specific roles in the industry. “We have to teach them to convert the technical knowledge…

Death toll in Lagos collapsed building now 6 – NEMA

The number of deaths from the Tuesday’s collapsed building in Lagos has increased to six, Ibrahim Farinloye, the south-west spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has said. Mr. Farinloye told the New Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Wednesday that 15 people had so far been rescued. He…

Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Communications PHOTO: Techpoint

Nigeria to create Digital Single Market – Minister

The Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, says that the federal government will create a Digital Single Market for the Information and Communication Technology, ICT, sector. Mr. Shittu made this known in Lagos on Tuesday at the 2017 Information Communication Technology and Telecommunications, ICTEL, Expo. The Digital Single Market is one…

Robbers Car Abuja KAduna road

Nigerian govt pledges to end kidnapping, armed robbery on Kaduna-Abuja road

The Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to end kidnapping and armed robbery along Kaduna–Abuja expressway. The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, said this on Tuesday in Kaduna during an interview with journalists. Mr. Dambazau said government was concerned about the frequent cases of kidnapping along the Kaduna–Abuja express way.…

U.S. ship fires warning shots at Iranian vessel

A U.S. Navy ship fired warning shots at an Iranian vessel that came too close to the U.S. craft during a military exercise in the Gulf on Tuesday. An Iranian vessel came within 137 metres of the U.S. patrol ship, USS Thunderbolt, and failed to respond to radio warnings, prompting…

Nigerian Police on patrol

Police vow to arrest suspects who beheaded two brothers in Rivers

The Rivers Police command on Tuesday said it was making frantic efforts to arrest the killers of the two brothers, beheaded a fortnight ago in the state. The command’s spokesperson, Nnamdi Omoni, a deputy superintendent of police, made the statement in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in…

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Police foil attempt to kidnap lawmaker – Official

The Kogi State Police Command said it has foiled an attempt to kidnap a member of the State House of Assembly, Moses Ododo, by a gang of kidnappers. A statement issued in Lokoja On Tuesday by the state police command, said two members of the kidnap gang were arrested on…

Cholera patients in hospital ward

Lagos confirms two deaths from acute diarrhoea

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Jide Idris, on Tuesday confirmed that two deaths had been recorded from the 27 cases line-listed in acute diarrhoea disease in some local government areas. Mr. Idris, alongside his counterpart from the Ministry of Information, Steve Ayorinde, made this known at a joint news…

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Ancient Africans possibly interbred with “ghost’’- Study

Human ancestors living in Sub-Sahara Africa may have interbred with unknown “ghost’’ species of early hominins, a study on the evolutionary history of a salivary protein has indicated. “This unknown human relative could be a species that has been discovered such as a subspecies of Homo erectus, or an undiscovered…

Another building collapses in Lagos

A four-storey building collapsed on Lagos Island on Tuesday. The building collapsed at about 2.43 p.m. at No 3 Massey Street, Lagos Island. Over thirteen survivors were rescued from the rubbles while rescue operations were still ongoing as at the time of this report. Earlier on Saturday, another building collapsed…

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Ogun doctors threaten strike action

Medical doctors in the employment of the Ogun State Government on Tuesday vowed to embark on an indefinite industrial action by August if the state government continues to ignore their demands. The doctors, under the aegis of the National Association of Government General Medical Practitioners, NAGGMDP, made the threat during…

Nigerian Police on patrol

Five suspects arrested for allegedly kidnapping governor’s mother

The Nigeria Police Force on Tuesday said it had arrested five suspects in connection with the kidnap of Governor Yahaya Bello’s Mother in May 2014. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Hawawu Bello, 80, mother of Governor Bello, the then Managing Director of Fair Plus Transport Services, was kidnapped…

U.S.-based Nigerians develop free TV, movie streaming App

Two U.S.-based Nigerians, Bamidele Adetayo and Suleiman Nadabo, have developed a Web App, “Entertale’’ to give TV audience in Africa and the world quality experiences. Mr. Adetayo in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, on Tuesday in Abuja said “Entertale’’ was an online live TV and movie…

Central bank of Nigeria (CBN)

After CBN announcement, Naira appreciates against dollar

A few hours after the CBN announced the outcome of its Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting, the exchange rate crashed at the parallel market as the Naira further appreciated against the dollar. The Nigerian currency gained two points to trade at N363 to the dollar on Tuesday at the parallel…