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Alleged kidnappers of pupils, staff of Ogun college docked

Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday ordered the remand of five men accused of abducting some pupils and staff of Nigeria Tulip International College, Isheri, Ogun State. The federal government arraigned the defendants on a five-count charge bordering on involvement in the acts of hostage…

Police arrest fugitive Indian judge who accused peers of corruption

The police on Wednesday arrested the fugitive Indian judge who was sentenced to jail for defamatory remarks against the country’s judiciary. The police transferred the former Calcutta High Court judge, CS Karnan, to jail to serve time. He was sentenced in early May by the Supreme Court to six months…

Security guard docked for alleged rape of 15-year-old half-sister

A 36-year-old man, Henry Asuquo, alleged to have raped his 15-year-old half-sister, was arraigned at a Tinubu Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, on Wednesday. The accused, a security guard, who resides at Saint Saviour St., Sura, Lagos Island, is facing a two-count charge of rape and sexual harassment and assault. The…

Pay us N720 billion subsidy claims, petrol marketers tell Nigerian govt

The Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria, MOMAN, has appealed to the federal government to pay the outstanding fuel subsidy claims to its members to pay back their bank loans. The Executive Secretary of the association, Obafemi Olawore, made the plea in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria…

Internally Displaced Persons

Returning Nigerian refugees could create new crisis as rainy season starts – UNHCR

Nigerian refugees who fled Islamist militants are returning from Cameroon and risk creating a new humanitarian crisis, the head of the UN refugee agency, Filippo Grandi, said on Wednesday. The UNHCR issued a similar warning in May when about 12,000 refugees returned to the border town of Banki in Borno…

Israel threatens to use strength if war breaks out again with Lebanon

Israel on Wednesday threatened to use all its strength from the start in any new war with the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, Chief of the Israeli air force, Maj.-Gen. Amir Eshel, gave the warning during the annual Herzliya security conference near Tel Aviv. Mr. Eshel said qualitative and quantitative improvements…

Nigerian ‘notorious trafficker’ who takes girls from Benin to Europe nabbed

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, said it has arrested a 45-year-old woman, Rhoda Omorogie, alias Mama Bobo, for her alleged involvement in the trafficking of young girls from Benin to Europe. The NAPTIP Head of Press and Public Relations, Josiah Emerole, said in a…

Nigerian coach, Kelechi Emeteole, is dead

One of the respected coaches on the domestic scene, Kelechi Emeteole, is dead. The former Heartland coach died in the early hours of Wednesday, June 21, in an Indian hospital after battling with cancer of the throat, which has seen him bedridden for over six months Emeteole, up until his…

Osinbajo urges Northern traditional rulers to speak up against hate speech

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday met with Northern traditional rulers and charged them to always speak up against hate speeches and divisive voices in their respective domains. In his opening remarks at the meeting held at the old Banquet Hall, Presidential Villa, Abuja, Mr. Osinbajo said the meeting had…

OAU

How OAU student drowned in our pool – Hotel Manager

Fresh facts have emerged on the circumstances surrounding the death of a 300-level student of Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, student, Emmanuel Fatile, who died on Sunday at the Hilton Hotel swimming pool in Ile-Ife. The General Manager of the hotel, John Olalekan, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday…

Police arrest traditional ruler for alleged impersonation

The Police in Ekiti on Tuesday arrested and detained a factional traditional ruler, the Olu-Ifon of Ifon Ekiti in Oye Local Government Area of Ekiti State, Lawrence Idowu, for alleged impersonation. The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that the monarch was allegedly involved in a community crisis which reportedly…

JAMB fixes July 1 for UTME for 85,000 candidates with cancelled results, other issues

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has fixed Saturday, July 1 to conduct supplementary Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, for 85,000 candidates. The board’s Head, Media and Information, Fabian Benjamin, announced the date in a statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja. According to him, the examination, which is for…

Immigration officials screening Nigerian returnee from Libya during their arrival at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on Thursday.

Another batch of 175 Nigerians return from Libya

Another batch of 175 Nigerians voluntarily returned from Libya on Tuesday aboard a chartered Nouvelair aircraft with registration number TS-INA. The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that the aircraft landed at 7.50 p.m. at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. The returnees were made up of 34 males, 122…

Senator Danjuma Goje

N5bn Loan Facility: No money paid into Goje’s account – Prosecution Witness

A prosecution witness has told a Jos Federal High Court that the N5 billion facility granted by Access Bank to Gombe State in 2010 was not paid into the account of its former governor, Danjuma Goje. “Not even a Kobo was paid into Goje’s account; the loan was disbursed into…

Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu speaks on Buhari being a better leader

Why I am the rightful monarch of Lagos – Oba Akiolu

The Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, has insisted before an Ikeja High Court, on Tuesday that he remains the rightfully elected monarch of Lagos. This he disclosed at the resumed hearing of a suit challenging his right to the throne as Oba of Lagos. On May 22, 2017, the last…

Internet outage looms in Nigeria as MainOne cable develops fault

Some Nigerians are likely to face internet service disruption and possible outage as a major provider announced Tuesday that its submarine cable would be out of service for 14 days due to a fault. The Chief Executive Officer of MainOne, Funke Opeke, said in a statement that the company experienced…

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Nigerian govt. introduces free treatment for all HIV patients

The Federal Government on Tuesday said it was set to implement new guidelines for HIV prevention, treatment and care to consolidate previous efforts in tackling the scourge. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, stated this at the opening of a two-day North-West Zonal Dissemination of 2016 National Guidelines for HIV…

Godwin Obaseki

Edo pushes anti-open grazing bill

A bill for a law to establish the Edo State Cattle Rearing and Grazing Agency on Tuesday passed second reading on the floor of the Edo House of Assembly. Bright Osayande (APC-Ovia North East 11), who led the debate for the passage of the bill, said the incessant killing of…

We’ll render operators of electricity generating sets ‘jobless’ – Osinbajo

The Federal Government has vowed to render operators of electricity generating sets in rural areas “jobless” by meeting the energy demands of rural communities through sustainable renewal energy solution. Acting President Yemi Osinbajo stated this at the inauguration of Nigerian Renewable Energy Roundtable on Tuesday in Abuja. According to him,…

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Police recover AK47 rifle, human skull in shrine

The Imo Police Command, has declared Chidera Njoku, a native doctor, wanted after recovering 90 rounds of AK47 Rifle and a human skull in his shrine. The Commissioner of Police in Imo, Chris Ezike, made this disclosure while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Owerri.…

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Gunmen kidnap businessman in Sokoto

Suspected gunmen have kidnapped a 27-year-old businessman, Abubakar Kakirko, in his Kakirko Village, Wurno Local Government Area of Sokoto State, the News Agency of Nigeria has reported. Babangida Abdullahi, the State Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), made this known on Tuesday at a news briefing in Sokoto.…

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Vice Principal accused of impregnating student gets N1 million bail

Mohammed Mohammed, a school Vice Principal accused of impregnating his 16-year-old student, was on Tuesday granted N1 million bail by a Minna Magistrate’s Court. Magistrate Fatima Auna, who ruled on Mr. Mohammed’s bail application, said the bail was in line with Sections 35 and 36 of the 1999 constitution, and…

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Abuja-Kaduna rail: Nigerian govt. to purchase four new locomotives

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, said on Tuesday that the ministry would purchase four new locomotives in August to enhance movement of goods and passengers along Abuja-Kaduna rail route. The minister said this at the sideline of the final inspection of the Kaduna Inland Dry Port in Kaduna. “The…

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Pay salaries, pension before Sallah, union urges Nigerian govt

The Nigeria Union of Pensioners, on Tuesday urged federal and state governments to pay pension and workers’ salaries before the Sallah festival. The union said in a statement issued in Abuja by its General Secretary, Actor Zal, that the gesture would ease current hardship and allow pensioners and workers celebrate…

Zamfara Governor, Abdulaziz Yari [Photo: The Guardian Nigeria]

Zamfara govt. approves recruitment of 56 midwives

Zamfara Government has approved the immediate recruitment of 56 additional midwives as part of measures to address shortage of manpower in health facilities in the state. Muhammad Adamu, secretary, Hospitals Services Management Board, made the disclosure in Gusau on Tuesday at a training on Sustainable Health Financing organized by Maternal,…