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INEC issues certificates to new political parties

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Friday presented certificates of registration to the five newly-registered political parties in the country. The parties are Action Democratic Party (ADP), All Democratic People’s Movement (ADPM), Advanced People’s Democratic Alliance (APDA), New Generation Party of Nigeria (NGP) and the Young Progressive Party (YPP).…

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Weeping prisoner cries self to freedom

Ikechukwu Emmanuel, an inmate of Keffi Medium Security Prisons in Keffi in Nasarawa State, cried himself to freedom on Friday through the help of Prisons Officers Wives Association (PROWA). Mr. Emmanuel, not originally listed to benefit from the assistance of PROWA’s prison decongestion effort, elicited the sympathy of the President,…

FEATURES: Nigerian town where wives deny husbands sex to protest open defecation

By Tosin Kolade (News Agency of Nigeria) Obanliku Local Government is located in the northern senatorial district of Cross River and it is one of the rural communities the Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) is targeting to make Open Defecation-Free (ODF) by Global Sanitation Fund. The community recently met the requirements…

Death toll in London tower blaze rises to 30

Authorities say the death toll from the London tower block fire has risen to at least 30 and police are considering whether criminal offences had been committed. “We know that at least 30 people have died as a result of this fire,” said Stuart Cundy, police commander, adding that the…

Police announces reward for police officers killed in Zenith Bank robbery in Imo

The Commissioner of Police in Imo, Chris Ezike, said he had recommended posthumous promotion for two police officers who died while repelling robbery attack on a branch of Zenith Bank in Imo State. Mr. Ezike told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Owerri that another policeman, Otu Attang, who…

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi [Photo: BBC]

Russia’s military says may have killed IS leader, Baghdadi

Russia’s Defence Ministry said on Friday it was checking information that a Russian air strike near the Syrian city of Raqqa may have killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in late May, Russian news agencies reported. The air strike, targeted a meeting of IS leaders and was carried out…

Ex-thief apologises to victims to join politics

A former thief in north-east Italy on Thursday contacted victims of his crimes after 36 years to apologise and offer compensation, as part of a plan to clear his criminal record and prepare to join politics. Giovanni Tessarolo, 55, used to steal car radios to feed a heroin addiction. He…

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Coach sacked for leading team to beat opponent 25-0

The coach of a Spanish youth team has been sacked after a 25-0 win, after the club’s management decided the margin of victory went against the spirit of the game. After defeating fellow Valencia side Benicalap C on June 3, Serranos B’s under-11 manager was removed from his position. “We…

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How Senator Dino Melaye can be recalled — INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission says it is not aware of any moves to recall Dino Melaye, the senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District. INEC Director of Voter Education and Publicity (VEP), Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja.…

Registrar, Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, Is’haq Oloyede

JAMB speaks on forthcoming supplementary UTME

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Thursday said it had concluded arrangements for its supplementary 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). The board’s Head, Media and Information, Fabian Benjamin, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. According to him, the examination,…

Senate talks tough, vows not to concede powers to executive

The Senate on Thursday vowed that it would not concede its powers to the Executive. This followed a Point-of-Order raised by the Deputy Leader of the Senate, Bala Na’Allah, at plenary. Quoting Order 43 of Senate Standing Rule, Mr. Na’Allah said there were media reports credited to Acting President Yemi…

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Nigeria equity market maintains positive trend

The nation’s equity market for the third consecutive day on Thursday maintained an upswing with the indices growing further by 0.59 per cent. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the All-Share Index grew by 199.64 points or 0.59 per cent to close at 33,797.84 against 33,598.20 recorded on Wednesday.…

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Navy redeploy senior officers

The Nigerian Navy has redeployed 21 senior officers to different formations and commands. The director, Naval Information, Suleiman Dahun, said in a statement Thursday that the posting was to re-organise the upper echelon of the Nigerian Navy. He said “the new Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Western Naval Command is Rear…

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello [Photo Credit: The News Nigeria]

Gunmen strike in Ondo, kidnap Kogi ex-official

A former Director of Press in the Kogi State House of Assembly, David Ehimony, has been kidnapped by gunmen. A family source told newsmen in Lokoja on Thursday that Mr. Ehimoni was kidnaped on Ayere-Ikare road on Wednesday. He was said to be going to Ikare, Ondo State, to pick…

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ASUU commends JAMB over blacklist of 48 CBT centres

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has commended JAMB for blacklisting 48 Computer Based Test (CBT) centres used for the 2017 UTME. The President of the union, Biodun Ogunyemi, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos that the owners of the blacklisted centres should also…

Osinbajo, Emir Sanusi in secret meeting

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday met behind closed doors with the Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, in the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting which took place at the Vice-President’s mini conference room, lasted for about two hours. When accosted by State House correspondents, the Emir declined to comment…

Nigeria to investigate how date fruits from Saudi found way into markets

The Federal Government is to investigate how some of the 200 tonnes of date fruits donated by the Kingdom of Saudi to Nigerian Muslims found their way into the markets. The Minister of State Foreign Affairs, Khadijat Abba-Ibrahim, in a statement apologised for the “unfortunate turn of events”. “This is…

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Nigeria’s inflation dropped to 16.25 % in May

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Tuesday said Nigeria’s inflation dropped to 16.25 per cent in May from 17.24 per cent in April. The NBS made this known in its “Consumer Price Index (CPI) May 2017’’ report released on Thursday in Abuja. According to the bureau, this is the…

Nigerian govt. to recruit 7,500 graduates as tax advocates

The Federal Government says it will recruit 7,500 graduates as Community Tax Liaison Officers to raise tax awareness among citizens. The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, along with the chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), BabaTunde Fowler, made this known at a joint press briefing on Thursday in Abuja. Mrs.…

Death toll in London tower block fire rises to 17

Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy said on Thursday that the death toll in the blaze that engulfed a residential tower in west London has climbed up to 17 and is expected to rise further. “Thirty-seven people remain in hospital, including 17 in critical condition," Cundy said. London Fire Brigade Commissioner…

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike addressing journalists on Sunday

Wike seeks ‘true federalism’ in Nigeria

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers in Port Harcourt on Tuesday called for true federalism in Nigeria to enable each part of the country to develop according to its ability. The governor made the call when he hosted the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr William Symington, his Special Assistant on Electronic…

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Three killed as building collapses in Anambra

Three persons on Tuesday were killed following the collapse of a four-storey building still under construction in Okeani, Oko community in Anambra state. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the building located close to the Federal Polytechnic, Oko, is owned by an indigene based in Europe. A source who…

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Nigerian Army’s own panel clears it of wrongdoings in treatment of IPOB, Boko Haram members

The Nigerian Army on Wednesday made public the findings of a Special Board it set up to investigate alleged human rights abuse levelled against its personnel by Amnesty International, AI. The findings were presented by Nuhu Angbazo, ta major general, who is the Chief of Military/Civil Affairs at a news…

Sex worker docked for allegedly taking customer’s nude pictures

A sex worker, Hilda Davids, who allegedly took the nude photographs of her customer after bouts of sex at a hotel, on Wednesday appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court. Ms. Davids, 27, a resident of Ikeja, is facing a two-count charge of intent to extort by blackmail and to…

Coca-Cola won’t pay judgement sum after its truck caused three deaths in accident

The Nigerian Bottling Company, NBC, on Wednesday urged an Ikeja High Court to dismiss a garnishee order in respect of a N96.8 million judgment in favour of a former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr. Obanikoro had in 2010 sued the…