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Man allegedly defiles neighbour’s daughter while pretending to give her biscuit

The police in Lagos on Friday arraigned a 28-year-old office assistant, Desmond Terngu, who allegedly defiled his neighbour’s daughter in the guise of giving her biscuits. Mr. Terngu, who resides on Sura Mogaji Street, Ilupeju, Lagos, appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court. According to the prosecutor, Clifford Ogu, an…

President Donald Trump

Trump official resigns

The spokesman for U.S. President Donald Trump’s personal legal team has resigned, media reports say. Mark Corallo was a spokesman for Marc Kasowitz, who is defending Mr. Trump in an inquiry into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Mr. Corallo, in an emailed statement, gave no other details about…

South Sudan rebel Machar declines to renounce violence – Mediator

Exiled South Sudanese opposition figure, Riek Machar, declined to renounce violence or declare a unilateral ceasefire and instead demanded new peace talks outside the war-torn country, an international mediator told the UN. South Sudan descended into civil war in 2013 after President Salva Kiir fired Mr. Machar as his deputy,…

Feel free to visit Nigeria House, envoy urges Nigerians

Tijjani Bande, Nigeria’s Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the UN, has asked Nigerians to feel free to visit the Nigeria House when in New York, saying it belongs to them. Mr. Bande, who stated this when he hosted Nigerian delegates at various events at the UN High-level Political Forum, said officials at…

Morocco Team in

African Nations Cup to be moved to June/July from 2019

The African Nations Cup will be moved to June and July and the size of the competition will grow from 16 to 24 finalists from the next edition in 2019. These decisions were made by the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) executive committee on Thursday. Radical changes to Africa’s leading…

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Nigerian Military Court Martial demotes Major-General over fraud

A Military Special Court Martial on Thursday demoted Ibrahim Sani, a Major General and former Chief of Transformation and Innovation Centre of the Nigerian Army, to a Brigadier-General. The president of the court, James Gbum, an Air Vice Marshal, demoted Mr. Sani after he convicted him on a five-count charge…

John McCain

News of McCain’s brain cancer triggers wave of support

News that Senator John McCain has brain cancer triggered a wave of support on Thursday from across the political spectrum for the often outspoken former Republican presidential candidate who survived five years captivity as a U.S. Navy pilot during the Vietnam War. McCain, 80, had surgery on July 16, for…

Ondo State governor, Rotimi Akeredolu

Paris Club refund: Ondo govt. confirms receipt of N7 billion

The Ondo State government  on Thursday  confirmed the receipt of  N7 billion  as  its  share of the second tranche of the Paris Club refund. The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Segun Ajiboye, said  in a statement on Thursday that  32.68 per cent of the sum would  be allocated to  local…

Court dissolves marriage over “N500 per round of sex, sperm withdrawal” controversy

A housewife, Mutiatu Olaosebikan, has lost her seven-year-old marriage for demanding money from her husband before sex. An Igando Customary Court in Lagos on Wednesday granted the request of her estranged husband to dissolve the union. Delivering his judgment, the President of the court, Adegboyega Omilola, said from all indications the…

Ibrahim Idris

Nigeria not ripe for state police — I-G

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, says Nigeria does not yet have the political maturity for state police. Instead, the country should improve funding for the agency under the current arrangement, Mr. Idris stated this on Thursday in Abuja at a meeting with the Nigeria Governors Forum. The I-G said…

President Buhari

Nigeria wins global government innovation award

Nigeria's procurement oversight agency, Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) has won a Government Innovation Award for pioneering project to ensure openness in government business transactions. BPP’s Head, Public Relations, Thomas Odemwingie, announced this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday. He added that the award was announced in London following…

Nigerian Soldiers

One killed as soldiers, youth clash in Bayelsa

A 20-year-old man in Ondewari Community in Bayelsa, has died following a clash between soldiers and youth suspected to be pipeline vandals. Peresho Erefawari, acting paramount ruler of Ondewari community, told journalists on Thursday in Yenagoa that the man was shot dead on Wednesday. Mr. Erefawari, who decried the constant…

Nigerian Police on patrol

Police arrest notorious Katsina armed robber – official

The Police in Katsina State have arrested a notorious armed robber, Muhammad Bello, 25, a.k.a ‘Kiri Gorare Namushoda.’ The command’s Public Relations Officer, Gambo Isa, said this in a statement made available to journalists in Katsina on Thursday. Mr. Isa said that Mr. Bello had led an armed robbery syndicate…

NDDC

NDDC revokes 600 contracts worth N200 billion

The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, says it has revoked more than 600 contracts and projects as part of efforts to restructure the commission. The NDDC Managing Director Nsima Ekere told newsmen in Port Harcourt on Thursday that the commission’s management and board took the decision to adopt a ‘4R’…

My wife grabs, twists my testicles when fighting, man tells court

The 10-year-old marriage between Chukwuma Onwumere and Obianuju, his wife, may be dissolved over the wife’s alleged penchant to always grab her husband’s testicles anytime they fought, if the Igando Customary Court in Lagos State should grant Chukwuma’s request. Chukwuma who is the petitioner in the case told the court…

NLC PRESIDENT, COMRADE AYUBA WABBA, GIVING HIS ACCEPTANCE SPEECH

You have no power to ban ASUU, NLC tells Kogi governor

The President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Ayuba Wabba, said on Thursday that Goveror Yahaya Bello of Kogi had no power to proscribe union activities in Kogi. ‘‘Gov. Bello has no power to proscribe the union and such power does not reside with him or with the government house,”…

Yemi-Osinbajo

Osinbajo writes Reps, wants N135.6 billion moved among budgets of various ministries

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, has written to the House of Representatives requesting approval for “virement’’ of N135.6 billion to fund some critical projects in the 2017 budget. The request was made in a letter dated July 18, 2017, which was read to members of the House by its Speaker,…

Court of Appeal frees Adamawa governor of corruption charges

The Yola Division of the Court of Appeal on Thursday overturned the conviction of a former governor of Adamawa, Bala Ngilari, and discharged and acquitted him of corruption charges. The court, presided by Justice Olayomi Folashade, quashed all charges against Mr. Ngilari for lack of merit and sufficient proof of…

Canadian Governor-General ‘breaks protocol’ by touching Queen Elizabeth

The Governor General of Canada on Thursday admitted breaking royal protocol by touching the arm of Queen Elizabeth during an engagement in London, though he said the gesture was motivated by gallantry. David Johnston, who is the British queen’s representative in Canada where she is head of state, joined the…

Senator Dino Melaye

INEC asks court to lift order halting Dino Melaye’s recall

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Thursday asked the Federal High Court, Abuja, to set aside an earlier order of the court, suspending the recall of Dino Melaye (APC-Kogi) from the Senate. INEC commenced Mr. Melaye’s recall following the receipt of a petition from members of his constituency demanding…

Governors’ Forum inaugurates 6-member committee on State Police

The Governors’ Forum has inaugurated a six-member committee to look into the possibility of establishing state police in the country. The Chairman of the Forum, Gov. Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara, made this known while speaking with State House Correspondents after the Forum’ meeting held at the Banquet hall of the…

Third man named in Diezani’s alleged $1.7 billion U.S. corruption case

Court documents filed in Houston by the US Justice Department in the assets forfeiture proceedings filed against former peyroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, and her business cronies, Kola Aluko and Jide Omokore, have revealed the third man in the $1.7 billion swindle of Nigeria. He is Igho Sanomi, one of Nigeria’s…

Court orders Samsung heiress to pay $7.6 million in divorce ruling

A Seoul court on Thursday ordered Samsung Group heiress Lee Boo-jin to provide assets of 7.64 million dollars to her estranged husband in a divorce from the ex-employee of a Samsung affiliate. A spokeswoman for the Seoul family court told Reuters that Lee, the 46-year-old chief executive of Hotel Shilla…

John McCain

U.S. Senator, John McCain, diagnosed with brain cancer

U.S. Senator John McCain was found to have a brain tumor, according to a statement released by his office. The tumor was discovered after the former Republican presidential nominee underwent a procedure last week to remove a blood clot, U.S. media reported. McCain has represented Arizona at the U.S. Senate…

Saudi Arabia's King Salman

Saudi Arabia releases woman after furore over miniskirt video

A woman detained in Saudi Arabia after videos were published of her visiting a historical site wearing a miniskirt has been released without charge, the Ministry of Culture and Information said on Wednesday. Saudi police released the woman after she was questioned for a few hours and the case was…