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Lawmaker condemns killing of soldier in Agatu

Sule Audu, assemblyman representing Agatu constituency at the Benue House of Assembly, has vowed to fish out the youth involved in the clash that claimed the life of a soldier. “On behalf of the people of Agatu Local Government, I condemn the act carried out by some Agatu boys in…

PDP asks Nigeria Police to reconsider fate of six dismissed officers

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has called on the Nigeria Police Force to reconsider the fate of the six police officers dismissed over alleged unprofessional conduct during legislative rerun elections in Rivers. Ahmed Makarfi, the Chairman, PDP National Caretaker Committee, made the call in an interview with the News Agency…

Senate President Bukola Saraki

Activist wants court to bar Saraki, Oduah, nine others from screening Magu as EFCC chairman

Raji Oyewumi, an activist, has asked a Federal High Court in Abuja to disqualify Senate President Bukola Saraki, and 10 other senators from participating in the screening and confirmation of Ibrahim Magu as the substantive chairman of EFCC. Mr. Oyewumi, an anti-corruption crusader, in a suit filed in the court…

South African rand hits 16-month high against U.S. dollar

South Africa’s rand touched a 16-month high against the dollar early on Wednesday on improved risk appetite with investors eyeing a new batch of domestic and U.S. economic data for fresh catalysts. Again, South Africa’s rand edged higher on Monday, lifted by improved risk sentiment globally as fears receded over…

Only 16 per cent of Saudi private sector workforce are Saudis

Saudi nationals represented about 16 per cent of the workforce in the private sector in the third quarter of last year, Al Riyadh local newspaper reported on Wednesday. According to the Saudi General Organisation of Social Insurance, there were 10.26 million employees working in the private sector by the end…

Hajj 2017: Nigerian govt urges states to negotiate favourable accommodation for pilgrims

NAHCONThe National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, has advised state pilgrims welfare boards to negotiate favourable accommodation deals with Saudi Arabian service providers to ensure reduction of the hajj fair. The Executive Chairman of the Commission, Abdullahi Muhammad, gave the advice while presenting Operation Licenses to the pilgrims welfare boards…

UN Peacekeepers [Photo: therising continent.com]

32 UN personnel killed in 2016

No fewer than 32 United Nations officials were killed in 2016, with most of them killed in deliberate attacks, the UN has said. Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General, said that at a press briefing on Tuesday that most of the victims were UN peacekeepers. “The Standing Committee for…

Nigerian govt orders contractors of abandoned projects in Niger Delta back to site

The Federal Government on Tuesday ordered all contractors who abandoned projects in the Niger Delta region to return to site immediately. Acting President Yemi Osinbajo gave the order at a stakeholders meeting for sustainable development in the Niger Delta region held in Owerri, Imo State. Mr. Osinbajo said he was…

Fidelity Bank

Fidelity Bank staff, accomplice jailed 6 years for stealing bank’s N2 million

A staff of Fidelity Bank in Abeokuta, Bankole Idris, and a 30-year-old, Ganiyu Sulaimon, were on Tuesday sentenced to six year imprisonment each for stealing N2 million belonging to the bank. The convicts, whose addresses were not provided, were arraigned for a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing. An Abeokuta…

Arik Air

Arik suspends flights to London, Johannesburg

Arik Air has suspended its international flight operations to the London and Johannesburg routes. The spokesman of the Asset Management Company of Nigeria, AMCON, Jude Nwauzor, made the announcement in a statement issued on Tuesday in Lagos. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that AMCON had on February 9 taken…

Asset Management Company of Nigeria

AMCON takes over another airline

The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) has taken over Odengene Air-Shuttle Services (OAS) Helicopters in Lagos following a court order. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered that AMCON had on Tuesday sealed the company at Maryland in Lagos, indicating that the company had been taken over by AMCON.…

Hajj pilgrims

Hajj Commission pledges to reward President Buhari’s driver

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, on Tuesday in Abuja promised to reward President Muhammadu Buhari’s driver, Saidu Afaka, who returned lost items during the 2016 Hajj in Saudi Arabia. The Executive Chairman, NAHCON, Abdullahi Muhammad, made the disclosure while presenting the lost items to Shehu Barwa, Executive Secretary,…

How suspects in N8 billion currency scandal stole N511 million cash – Witness

The second prosecution witness in the N8billion CBN currency scam case, Abiodun Alabadan, on Tuesday said that the accused persons stole N511 million cash. Testifying before Justice Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel of the Federal High Court, Ibadan, Mr. Alabadan, an auditor with Sterling Bank of Nigeria, said he witnessed the inspection and…

I was paid to testify in N10.9 billion fraud trial of ex-bank chief – Witness

A defence witness, Olasunkanmi Adefowope, has admitted before an Ikeja High Court that he was paid to testify in the trial of Okey Nwosu, a former Managing Director of the defunct FinBank Plc. Mr. Adefowope, who boasts 25 years experience as a stockbroker, said this while being cross-examined by Rotimi…

1.7 million candidates to write 2017 UTME–JAMB

Some 1.7 million candidates are expected to sit for the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), Ishaq Oloyede, the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, has said. Mr. Oloyede made the disclosure while fielding questions from journalists at the Information and Communication Technology Retreat on Tuesday in Abeokuta,…

Nigerian govt gives N70 million grant to 56 inventors

The Federal Government on Tuesday in Abuja gave gN70 million as grant to 56 inventors to enable them improve and mass produce their inventions. Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, said the grant was to empower the beneficiaries to improve, mass produce, commercialise their products as well as register…

Restructuring Nigeria is up to Nigerians to decide – Atiku

The former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, on Tuesday, said any decision on the restructuring of the country would be taken by the people and not by the politicians alone. Mr. Abubakar made this remark in Minna after his visit to former military ruler, Ibrahim Babangida, who recently came back from…

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How I discovered Nigerian bankers involved in N8 billion currency fraud – Witness

Edwin Ennah, a witness in the case of alleged N8 billion CBN currency scam, on Tuesday said that there was a syndicate at the Ibadan branch of the apex bank behind the fraud. Testifying before Justice Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel, Mr. Ennah, a retired Head of Currency Processing and Disposal Unit, said…

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Eight die of Lassa fever in Nasarawa

The Nasarawa State Government has said that no fewer than eight people have so far died following the recent outbreak of Lassa fever in the state. Ibrahim Adamu, the Director of Public Health in the state’s Ministry of Health, made this disclosure to the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday…

Belgian minister’s bike stolen

A Belgian minister arrived by bike to a news conference to promote cycling on Tuesday, only to find it had been stolen when he left half an hour later. Ben Weyts, minister of mobility for the Dutch-speaking region of Flanders, unveiled a plan to invest 300 million euros (320 million…

Cross River state

Man kills twin daughters he labeled ‘witches’

The Cross River Police Command has arrested a man, Anyanime Festus, 33, for killing his twin children, Emediong Festus and Mfoniso Festus, both 11 years old for allegedly being witches. Presenting the suspects to journalists in Calabar on Tuesday, the Acting Commissioner of Police in the state, Hafiz Inuwa, alleged…

N125 billion fraud: EFCC re-arraigns former Nigerian bank chiefs

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday re-arraigned a former Managing Director of Bank PHB, Francis Atuche, before a Federal High Court in Lagos. Mr. Atuche was charged alongside Charles Ojo, a former Managing Director of Spring Bank, on an amended 45-count charge of N125 billion fraud. The…

Michael Flynn

U.S. legislators back ouster of Trump security advisor Flynn

Members of Congress on Tuesday voiced support for the removal of White House National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, who quit after admitting that he had made misleading statements about contacts with Russia. The resignation came just 25 days after President Donald Trump took office. Mr. Flynn reportedly discussed lifting sanctions…

Katsina State

Church, others withdraw suit against conversion of girl to Islam, marriage

The Evangelical Church Winning All, ECWA, and Trustees of Stefanos Foundation have withdrawn a suit filed before a Katsina High Court against conversion of a teenage girl, Habiba Ishaku, to Islam. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the girl had eloped, embraced Islam and married one Jamilu Lawal in…

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How govt will engage Niger Delta youth involved in illegal oil refining – Osinbajo

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo says the Federal Government plans to establish modular refineries to engage youth involved in illegal oil refining in the Niger Delta. This, according to Mr. Osinbajo will discourage illegal refining in the region. The acting President made this known at a stakeholders meeting with members of…