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Balarabe Musa

Groups issuing quit notices ‘saboteurs, nonentities’ – Balarabe Musa

Former Kaduna Governor Balarabe Musa has said that “saboteurs” were behind groups issuing quit notices to Nigerians living in some parts of the country. Mr. Musa, who condemned such notices in a telephone  interview with the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) on Saturday, said the development was a threat to Nigeria’s…

Benue Governor, Samuel Ortom

Ortom: I’ve never accused Catholic Churches of ganging up against me

Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, said on Friday in Makurdi that he had never accused the Catholic Church of ganging up against his administration. Mr. Ortom, in a statement signed by his chief press secretary, Terver Akase, was reacting to a report circulated on the social and conventional media, which…

Abiola Ajimobi

30 kings to be crowned in Ibadan

Ibadan, capital of Oyo state will witness the biggest coronation event in its history on Sunday as Gov. Abiola Ajimobi will crown 30 kings in one fell swoop. The coronation will take place at the historic Mapo Hall. The 30 are among the 32 recommended by the Akintunde Boade-led Judicial…

Why I invited Osinbajo to London — Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday explained why he met Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in London while he was there for medical treatment. The president said he "allowed" Mr. Osinbajo to meet him so he could thank the then acting president for his leadership at the time. “He (Osinbajo) exploited his…

Navy releases adjusted timetable for final selection interview

The Nigerian Navy on Friday adjusted the timetable for the final selection of successful candidates for its 2017 recruitment exercise. This is contained in a statement signed by the Acting Director of Information, Naval Headquarters, Suleman Dahun, a navy captain, in Abuja. “We want to inform the general public and…

Stella Oduah

Stella Oduah threatens to withdraw from Anambra governorship race

Stella Oduah, an aspirant in the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra, has threatened to withdraw from the race, alleging irregularities in Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) build-up to the primary election. Mrs. Oduah made this known while briefing journalists on Friday in Abuja. She said the Ward congress of the party…

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LASU holds post-humous lecture for Abubakar Momoh

The Ojo campus of Lagos State University, LASU, is to hold a post-humous lecture for Abubakar Momoh, a former Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences of the university on Monday. A statement by Sylvester Akhaine, an Associate Professor and Acting Head, Department of Political Science in the university, on Friday…

Angela Merkel

Germany bans militant left-wing internet platform

Germany banned the nation’s key online platform for militant left-wing activists less than two months after violent anti-capitalist protests on Friday. This ban occurs after protests erupted at the Group of 20 Summit of world leaders in Hamburg. “The operation of the site (linksunten-indymedia.org) is now a criminal offence,’’ said…

Nasarawa on map

Fire guts six houses, 40 shops in Nasarawa

The Nasarawa State Fire Service says a fire outbreak gutted six houses and 40 shops along Makurdi road in Lafia on Thursday evening. The state’s Chief Fire Officer, Dogara Dalhatu, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lafia on Friday. Mr. Dalhatu said that the fire was…

A cross-section of candidates writing JAMB Exams

Nigeria polytechnic lecturers ASUP react to JAMB cut-off mark

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, says the new cut-off mark for admission into universities, polytechnics, monotechnics and colleges of education will affect the standard of education. Usman Dutse, president of the union, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Lagos that the union did not buy…

Boko Haram attacks Cameroon village, kills 11, kidnaps eight

Some suspected Boko Haram militants killed 11 people and kidnapped eight others in an overnight raid on a village in northern Cameroon near the Nigerian border, officials said on Friday. The attackers burned down around 30 houses in Gakara village, just outside the town of Kolofata, which has been a…

President-Muhammadu-Buhari speaking

Buhari says democracy needs ‘vibrant, responsible’ opposition

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in Abuja said democracy needs vibrant and responsible opposition to survive. At a meeting with the leadership of the ruling APC and the PDP, Mr. Buhari said in a multi-party democracy, opposition does not mean hostility, enmity or antagonism. “Multi-party democracy is a very tried…

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar

Atiku hails Igbo quit notice withdrawal

Former vice president and chieftain of All Progressives Congress, Atiku Abubakar, has commended the Northern youth groups for rescinding their quit notice given to people of Igbo origin to leave the northern part of Nigeria by October 1. Mr. Abubakar, in a statement by his media office in Abuja on…

Rashidi Ladoja

Ladoja, former Oyo governor, returns to PDP

Former Oyo governor, Rasheed Ladoja, who defected to the Accord Party to contest the state’s governorship seat in the 2015 general elections, has returned to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Mr. Ladoja, along with Seyi Makinde, a chieftain of the Social Democratic Party(SDP) in the state, moved to the PDP…

President Muhammdu Buhari and Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo at the FEC meeting on the 22nd of March 2017 [Photo Credit: Novo Isioro]

Buhari, Osinbajo meet APC, PDP leaders 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday met behind closed doors with the leaderships of the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting, which started around 11.10a.m., was still ongoing as…

Supreme Court says Hope Uzodinma should replace Emeka Ihedioha as governor of Imo State

Alleged N30 trillion revenue scam: Fraudsters impersonating Senate committee members – Official

The Senate on Thursday alerted the public that some individuals were impersonating members of its committee investigating alleged N30 trillion import and export chain scam. The Chairman of the Joint Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff and Marine Transport, Hope Uzodinma, raised the alarm in a statement in Abuja. He…

Lagos monarchs lead walk against rape, domestic violence against women

Worried by incessant cases of sexual assault and violence against women, two traditional rulers in Lagos State on Thursday led a walk by the people against the crime on the Lekki-Epe Expressway and major streets in the area. The rulers — Olu of Epe, Sefiu Adewale and the Oloja of…

Sultan of Sokoto, Sa'ad Abubakar III [Photo Credit: Daily Trust]

Sultan wants hate speech, fake news criminalised

The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, said on Thursday that the traditional institution was in support of the recent move by the Federal Government to criminalise hate speech and fake news. The Sultan, who stated this in Abuja at the Annual Lecture Series and 25th Anniversary of the National Broadcasting…

Abducted ex-Minister regains freedom

A former Minister of Labour and Productivity, Hussaini Akwanga, who was abducted by unknown gunmen from his farm in Akwanga, Nasarawa State on Tuesday, has regained his freedom. Kennedy Idirisu, the spokesman of the State Police Command, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lafia.…

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed

No amount of hatred will obliterate Buhari’s achievements – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said on Thursday that no amount of hatred will obliterate the solid achievements recorded by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. The minister stated this in Abuja while declaring open the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, Annual Lecture and 25th Anniversary celebration of…

Police arrest man over attempt to use father, siblings, five friends for ritual

The Police in Anambra have arrested a 26-year-old man, Chukwuemeka Okafor, for allegedly attempting to use his father, two siblings and five friends for money ritual. The suspect, who hailed from Ifite-Awka in Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra, was arrested following information made available to the police by…

Idayat Hassan, Director Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD)

Nigeria should oppose Morocco’s bid to join ECOWAS – CSO

The Centre of Democracy Development, CDD, has urged Nigeria to rise up to the occasion and ensure that the application of Morocco to join the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, is rejected. The Director of CDD, Idayat Hassan, made the call on Thursday at the High-Level Policy Dialogue…

My husband won’t pay children’s school fees, divorce seeking wife tells court

A divorce-seeking housewife, Amina Sulaiman, on Thursday told an Ilorin Area Court that her husband, Ibrahim Babaoja, could not even afford the cost of her underwear. Amina, in her testimony, begged the court to dissolve their seven-year-old marriage because her husband refused to take proper care of her. She told…

Senate President Bukola Saraki

Senate to pass bill to stop illegal, secret recruitment – Saraki

The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has said that the Senate will accelerate the passage of a bill that will curb the rate of illegal recruitment in government agencies. Mr. Saraki said that the bill titled, “Existing Vacancies in the Federal Civil Service (Prohibition) Bill” will be one of…

Nigeria Police promotes 1,731 teachers

The Nigeria Police Force on Thursday said it had promoted 1,731 teachers out of the 2,200 that wrote the 2016/2017 promotional examination across the federation. Ajao Emmanuel, the Deputy Director, Human Resources, Force Education Headquarters, Abuja, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria during the presentation of letters of…