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Godwin Emefiele

MPC retains lending rate at 14%

The Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has retained the lending rate at 14 per cent for the eight consecutive time. The CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele, stated this when he briefed journalists on Tuesday afternoon after the meeting of the committee. Details later…

Zuma, Angolan leader head to Zimbabwe

President Jacob Zuma of South Africa and his Angolan counterpart, Joao Lourenco, will travel on Wednesday to Zimbabwe, where 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe is under growing pressure to resign, South Africa’s state broadcaster said. President Zuma, as chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), had earlier deployed a team…

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Five ministers, Attorney-General turn up for Zimbabwe cabinet meeting: Sources

Only five Zimbabwe cabinet ministers and the attorney-general turned up for a meeting called by President Robert Mugabe as 17 others opted to attend a meeting to plan the 93-year-old leader’s impeachment, sources have said. The meeting was the first called by Mr. Mugabe since a military takeover on last…

Boko Haram bomber attacks Mubi Mosque

UPDATED: Mubi attack: Death toll rises to 50

The Adamawa Police Command says the death toll in Tuesday’s Mubi mosque suicide attack has risen to 50. The command’s Public Relations Officer, Othman Abubakar, confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday. Mr. Abubakar said a young boy was responsible for the blast which occurred…

Hajj pilgrims travelling after being cleared by NAHCON

Lagos fixes N1.3 million as fare for 2018 Hajj

The Lagos State Muslim Pilgrims’ Welfare Board has announced N1.3 million as the tentative fare for the 2018 Hajj exercise. Muftau Okoya, the Executive Secretary of the board, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lagos that sale of forms for the 2018 exercise has also commenced.…

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Kenya opposition refuses to recognise ‘illegitimate’ government

Kenya’s main opposition on Monday said it did not recognise President Uhuru Kenyatta’s “illegitimate” government, shortly after the Supreme Court upheld the results of a re-run of the presidential election. “We consider this government to be illegitimate and do not recognise it,” the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition, which is…

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CBN injects $210 million into Forex market

As the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria commenced its last meeting for 2017, the bank injected $210 million into the inter-bank Foreign Exchange Market on Monday. The CBN Acting Director, Corporate Communications, Isaac Okorafor in a statement and said the interventions were in the Wholesale, Small…

Leukemia

U.S. Scientists find new possible cure for leukemia

A group of American scientists have found a new possibility to cure leukemia, the results of a new study showed on Tuesday. Leukemia is a deadly cancer of the blood that knocks down patients as young as only seven years old. In the study published in Journal Nature Medicine, the…

Robert Mugabe

Zimbabwe: Unclear if any minister will attend Mugabe’s cabinet meeting – Spokesperson

Zimbabwe’s information minister said on Tuesday he did not know whether ministers would attend a cabinet meeting called by President Robert Mugabe at his State House offices, the first since a military takeover on November 15. “I do not know whether anyone will attend,” SK Moyo told Reuters hours before…

George Weah

Liberia: Re-run hope rises for George Weah as challenger’s appeal is dismissed

The Hearing Office of Liberia’s National Elections Commission (NEC) has dismissed complaints of electoral fraud that has stalled the run-off presidential elections. According to local media, the officer in charge, Muana Ville, trashed the complaints on the ground that the party did not substantiate the allegation of fraud. Ville added…

Nigerian Judges

Nigerian govt, states must obey court judgements – CJN Onnoghen

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, has said that the independence of the judiciary can only be sustained and guaranteed when there is no interference by the other arms of government in the discharge of its duties. Mr. Onneghen was speaking at the ongoing 2017 All Nigerian Judges’ conference…

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Nigeria to finalise process for return of $321 million looted funds by December – Buhari’s aide

An aide to President Muhammadu Buhari said on Monday that the Nigerian government is concluding plans, latest by December, with the Switzerland Government for the repatriation of $321 million looted from Nigeria. Juliet Ibekaku, Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Justice Reforms made the disclosure at the Conversation…

Police superintendent, four others arrested for alleged vandalism

The Police Command in Nasarawa State on Monday said it had arrested a Superintendent of Police (name withheld) and four others over alleged vandalism of electrical installation. The command’s Public Relations Officer, Kennedy Idirisu, told journalists in Lafia that the suspects were arrested on November 17 by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery…

Medview Airline

Medview boss opposes call for 20 aircraft certificate requirements

The Managing Director of Medview Airlines, Muneer Bankole, on Monday faulted the call on the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, to increase the number of aircraft required by an airline to secure an Air Operator’s Certificate, AOC. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr. Bankole spoke to journalists at…

UN chief `horrified’ by alleged migrant slave auctions in Libya

The UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, on Monday said reports of African migrants being sold as slaves in Libya were “appalling’’. Mr. Guterres said he was “horrified’’ by video footage appearing to show a slave auction where migrants were sold for 400 dollars apiece, made public by a CNN investigation. “I…

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Buhari meets ICAO President, pledges to improve Nigeria’s aviation infrastructure

President Muhammadu Buhari says his administration will speed up the improvement of aviation infrastructure in the country to enhance the country’s economic development. The president made this known when he received the President of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Muyiwa Aliu, at the State House, Abuja on Monday. Mr.…

Benue Governor, Samuel Ortom

Benue govt proposes steps to reduce wage bill by N3 billion

The Benue Government has adopted stringent measures to reduce its monthly wage bill from N7.8 billion to N4.5 billion, Governor Samuel Ortom said on Monday in Makurdi. Mr. Ortom, who disclosed this during the monthly stakeholders meeting, said that Benue was third among states with the highest wage bills, going…

Nigerian Police on patrol

Police arrest four men over alleged murder of businessman in Festac

The Police in Lagos on Monday said they arrested four men over the alleged murder of a businessman, Emmanuel Ubah (aka Onwa), in Festac Town. The Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Imohimi Edgal, who confirmed the arrest to journalists, said that the arrest was made after a family member of…

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U.S. to contribute $45.5 million to rehabilitation efforts in North-east

The United States Government says it will contribute an additional $45.5 million to rehabilitation efforts in the North-east. U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, John Sullivan, said this at the Nigeria-U.S. Bi-National Commission (BNC) meeting in Abuja on Monday. Mr. Sullivan said the support would help those who had been affected…

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Mediterranean tragedy: Nigeria accuses Italy of violating agreement

The Nigerian Government says it has written to the Italian Embassy asking it why the 26 migrants recovered from the Mediterranean were buried nine days before the agreed date. The Senior Special Adviser to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, told a news conference in Abuja on…

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Boko Haram insurgents behead six farmers in Borno

Boko Haram insurgents have beheaded six farmers at Dimge plantation in the Mafa Local Government Area of Borno. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the killing is the latest in a string of attacks in the violence-wracked North-east, where more than 20,000 people have been killed in nine…

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Kwara Police arrest 54 for alleged electoral offences

The police in Kwara have arrested 54 persons suspected to have snatched and destroyed election materials in parts of Ilorin on Saturday during the conduct the council elections in the state. The Commissioner of Police in Kwara, Lawan Ado, said this in Ilorin on Monday. He said that some of…

Nigerian Police on patrol

Gunmen kill Plateau village head

The Plateau State Police Command on Monday confirmed that gunmen had killed the village head of Tarangol community, Amos Marit. Tarangol community is in Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau. The command’s spokesperson, Terna Tyopev, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Jos that Mr. Marit, 57, was shot in…

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Anambra Election: PDP’s Obaze reverses self, congratulates Obiano

The candidate of Peoples Democratic Party in the Anambra governorship election, Oseloka Obaze, has reversed himself and conceded victory to Governor Willie Obiano. Mr. Obaze had rejected the election result, claiming inconsistencies in the outcome. Mr. Obaze at a news conference in Awka on Monday congratulated Mr. Obiano and said…

Raymond Dokpesi

What I will do if elected PDP chairman – Dokpesi

The founder of Daar Communications, Raymond Dokpesi, says he is ready to enforce the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Constitution and implement various reports aimed at repositioning the party, if elected its national chairman. Mr. Dokpesi made the pledge during his national chairmanship campaign meeting with the PDP Nasarawa and the…