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Nigeria has no plan to exceed oil output target – Official

The OPEC Secretary-General, Mohammad Barkindo, said on Monday Nigeria has no intention of going beyond its oil production target of 1.8 million barrels per day (bpd) until the end of March 2018. Mr. Barkindo made this known at the opening of the fourth Joint OPEC-non-OPEC Ministerial Monitoring Committee (JMMC) in…

Godwin Obaseki

Edo State University not for the poor — Vice Chancellor

The management of the state-owned Edo University, Iyamho, says the institution was established to essentially cater for academically-endowed students and the wealthy in the society. The Vice Chancellor of the institution, Emmanuel Aluyor, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) on Monday, in Iyamho-Uzairue, in the…

Bomb blast in Maiduguri

NEMA confirms four killed, 15 injured in suicide attacks on Borno IDP camps

The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has confirmed the death of four people after suicide bombers attacked two internally displaced persons, IDP camps in Maiduguri. PREMIUM TIMES reported the attacks on Dalori 1 and 2 IDP camps by four different suicide bombers between late Sunday and early Monday morning. In…

A hospital ward with patients

New Hepatitis C treatment effective in Africa – Experts

A new treatment for Hepatitis C is effective in Africa from results of preliminary clinical trials in the region. Karine Lacombe, an associate professor at Saint-Antrine Hospital, Inserm, France, made the disclosure at the ongoing Ninth IAS Conference on HIV Science in Paris on Monday. Ms. Lacombe said such was…

President Recep Erdogan

17 Turkish journalists go on trial for waging ‘asymmetric war’

Seventeen employees of a Turkish opposition newspaper went on trial on Monday, accused of supporting a terrorist group, a case seen by government critics as a further sign that freedom of expression is under attack. “Journalism is not a crime,” chanted several hundred people gathered outside the central Istanbul court…

Moroccan peacekeeper killed in renewed attacks by militias in CAR

UN says a Moroccan peacekeeper was killed in renewed attacks by Christian militias in Central African Republic (CAR) in the town of Bangassou. Officials said the incident, including one on Sunday, came after attacks on the same diamond-mining town in May that killed at least 115 people and point to…

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Russia wants OPEC to limit oil output rises from Libya, Nigeria in near future

Russia called on OPEC to limit oil output rises from Libya and Nigeria in the near future, as it hosted a meeting of key OPEC states on Monday to discuss ways to prop up oil prices. The Organization of Oil Producing Exporting Countries, OPEC, has agreed with several non-OPEC producers…

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed

Nigeria plans establishment of Council to regulate social media use in country

The National Council on Information (NCI) has recommended the “setting up of a Council to regulate the use of social media in Nigeria”. The recommendation is contained in a communique issued at the end of Extraordinary Meeting of NCI on Hate Speeches, Fake News and National Unity held on Friday…

Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos

Six ECOWAS countries to utilise Nigeria’s state of the art aviation safety laboratory equipment

The International Civil Aviation Organisation, ICAO, has said that Nigeria and six other ECOWAS countries will use the $5.8 million Safety Laboratory Equipment belonging to the Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB, in Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Caj Frostel from ICAO who is also the Commissioner for Banjul…

Nigeria Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo

Osinbajo assures return of kidnapped Lagos school boys

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Sunday assured parents and guardians of the kidnapped Lagos school boys of the safe return of the children. In a chat with journalists on the sideline of 60th birthday thanksgiving service of a pastor, Salami Ololade, in Lagos, Mr. Osinbajo said the Federal Government was…

Dr. Dakuku Peterside, NIMASA Boss

NIMASA commences 24-hour turnaround time for issuing debit notes

In compliance with the presidential directive on the resumption of 24-hour port operations in Lagos ports, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, has commenced a 24-hour turnaround time for analysing cargo manifests and issuing Debit Notes to Shipping Agents. This has been achieved by extending work hours for…

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Nigerian Army begins de-radicalisation of 43 repentant Boko Haram members

The Nigerian Army on Sunday said it had begun the de-radicalisation of 43 Boko Haram insurgents who recently surrendered in Borno. A statement signed by Onyema Nwachukwu, Deputy Director Army Public Relations, Theatre Command, and made available to journalists in Maiduguri, said that the insurgents were airlifted to Gombe, to…

UPDATED: Veteran Yoruba broadcaster and actor, Adebayo Faleti, is dead

The Nigerian veteran broadcaster, poet, journalist, writer and actor, Adebayo Faleti, is dead. Mr. Faleti was confirmed dead on Sunday at the University College Hospital, Ibadan at about 6 a.m. One of his sons, Adeniyi, who confirmed the death on Sunday in Ibadan, said that he was helping his father…

Police Officers

Anambra: 700 suspected cultists, 38 armed bandits arrested in three weeks – Police

No fewer than 700 suspected cultists and 38 suspected armed robbers were arrested in different parts of Anambra in the last three weeks, Garba Umar, the state Commissioner of Police, has said. Mr. Umar told the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Awka that the arrests were clear signal…

Former Deputy Chairman of the PDP, Bode George

Why Bode George should be next PDP National Chairman – Ebenezer Babatope

A Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, chieftain, Ebenezer Babatope, on Sunday gave credence to the chairmanship ambition of the former deputy chairman of the party, Bode George. Mr. Babatope, a former director of organisation in the defunct Obafemi Awolowo’s Unity Party of Nigeria, UPN, told the News Agency of Nigeria in…

Court of Appeal Headquarters

PDP congratulates ex-governor accused of corruption on victory at Appeal Court

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has congratulated former Governor of Adamawa State, Bala Ngilari, on his victory at the Appeal Court. The PDP congratulated Mr. Ngilari in a statement issued by Dayo Adeyeye, national publicity secretary, PDP National Caretaker Committee, on Saturday in Abuja. On Wednesday, the Court of Appeal…

Borno state on map used to illustrate the story

Three suicide bombers killed in foiled Borno attack

The Nigerian Army on Sunday said it had foiled a bomb attack and killed three female suicide bombers in Konduga Local Government Council of Borno. A statement signed by Sani Usman, the Director Army Public Relations and made available in Maiduguri on Saturday night, said the incident occurred at Kawuri…

Scientist who discovered HIV says efforts for cure underway

A Nobel Laureate, Francoise Barre-Sinoussi, says efforts are ongoing to develop a universal cure for HIV and cancer through collaboration. Barre-Sinoussi, a co-discoverer of the HIV, said this in Paris while conducting some select journalists on a tour of the sophisticated laboratories at Institut Pasteur. The News Agency of Nigeria…

FILE PHOTO: Nigerian pupils writing National Common Entrance examination {Photo: NAN}

Nigerian Governor invigilates primary school exams

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo on Saturday monitored the conduct of the First School Leaving Certificate (FSLC) examination organised by the state ministry of education. The governor told newsmen shortly after inspecting some examination centres in Benin that the aim was to see the method of administration of the exams…

Mother, daughter die in another collapsed building in Lagos

A woman and her daughter died on Saturday in a collapsed building at Abule-Egba, a Lagos suburb, according to the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA). LASEMA, however, said a five-year-old girl was rescued alive and was immediately taken to the General Hospital, Ikeja, by the State Ambulance Service. The…

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198 Nigerians deported by Saudi Arabia arrive home

The Federal Government on Saturday received no fewer than 198 Nigerians illegally residing in Saudi Arabia at the Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, at about 10 a.m. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that this number was out of the 1,800 Nigerians living illegally in Saudi Arabia, who were…

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Lagos Business School gets N400 million from Onosode family

The Lagos Business School has received N400 million from the Gamaliel and Susan Onosode Foundation, GAMSU, toward the enhancement of the institute’s research activities. The LBS said in a statement that the donation was the second and last tranche of GAMSU’s disbursement in fulfillment of its pledge to the school.…

CAN praises Nigerian govt. over reinstatement of CRK, IRK

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has lauded the Federal Government’s intervention in reinstating the Christian Religious Knowledge and the Islamic Religious Knowledge in the nation’s schools’ curriculum as separate subjects. The president of CAN, Samson Ayokunle, noted with satisfaction the government’s directive to the Nigerian Educational Research and Development…

Lagosians who don’t vote not justified to criticise govt – Remi Tinubu

Former Lagos first lady, and current senator, Oluremi Tinubu, on Saturday said that eligible voters in Lagos State who fail to cast their votes in the local government elections would not be justified to complain against local councils. Mrs. Tinubu, representing Lagos Central, said this in Lagos in an interview…

Kebbi State Governor, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu

Kebbi govt. to review students feeding scheme in boarding schools

The Kebbi government is to review upward the release of funds for the feeding of students in boarding schools in the state. Gov. Atiku Bagudu, who did not disclose the present rates, announced this while inspecting the Emir Abubakar Rasheed Government Secondary School in Gwadangaji, in the Birnin Kebbi local…