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Norwegian court orders hairdresser to pay fine for discriminating against Muslim woman

The Norwegian Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered a hairdresser to pay 7,000-kroner ($812) fine for discriminating against a Muslim woman for wearing a headscarf. The court rejected an appeal by Merete Hodne, a hairdresser who was convicted of discriminating against a Muslim woman. The case dates back to October 2015,…

Osinbajo writes Senate, requests extension of Abuja’s 2016 budget

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has written to the Senate requesting amendment to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) 2016 Statutory Appropriation Act to extend its operational period to April 30, 2017. The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, read the letter at plenary on Tuesday. He quoted Mr. Osinbajo as saying:…

Senate gives committees one week to submit 2017 budget reports

The Senate on Tuesday gave all standing committees one week to present and defend reports of the 2017 Budget of Ministries, Agencies and Departments, MDAs, under them before the Committee on Appropriation. The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, announced the deadline to the committees at plenary and urged…

Social media inciting Nigerians, says NBC Director General

The Director-General, National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, Modibbo Kawu, says the social media remains the biggest source of incitement and distribution of unsubstantiated crudely insensitive reports in the country. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr. Kawu spoke in Sokoto on Tuesday at the opening of a two-day National Conference…

NNPC TOWERS

NNPC denies spending $9 million on subsidiary’s staff transfer

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, on Tuesday denied spending $9 million on staff transfer at the National Petroleum Investment and Management Services, NAPIMS, its subsidiary. The corporation made the denial in a statement in Abuja by Ndu Ughamadu, its Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division. Mr. Ughamadu also…

Kaduna University matriculates 6,073 students

The Kaduna State University, KASU, on Tuesday matriculated 6,073 students admitted in the 2016/2017 exercise, with the Vice Chancellor, Muhammad Tanko, warning them against “destructive tendencies”. “More than 18,000 candidates applied for admission into this institution. Most of them were qualified, but were not lucky to be taken,” Mr. Tanko…

Cattle herd used to illustrate the story.

Police arrest suspected killers of herdsman in Abia

The Police Command in Abia State on Tuesday confirmed the arrest of six persons in connection with the alleged killing of a suspected herdsman in a community on Sunday. The Abia police spokesperson, Geoffrey Ogbonna, disclosed this in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Umuahia. Mr.…

How Peace Corps operates in Kano, Kaduna, Katsina

More than 7,363 personnel of the Peace Corps of Nigeria, PCN, in Kano and Kaduna states have been affected by the recent clamp down on the corps operations by the police. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 3,000 personnel were recruited in Kano State, while 4,363 were engaged in…

Central bank of Nigeria (CBN)

Naira sustains gain against dollar

The Naira on Tuesday sustained its gain against the dollar at the FOREX market, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. The Nigerian currency exchanged at N455 (buying rate), N457 (selling rate) at the parallel market, from the N455/460 it traded on Monday, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro closed…

Ex-minster, senior advocate received N450 million cash, Witness tells court

A Federal High Court in Lagos has fixed March 23 to rule on the admissibility of a list of beneficiaries of funds in the ongoing trial of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Dele Belgore, charged with money laundering. Mr. Belgore is charged alongside a former Minister of National Planning, Abubakar…

INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu

2019 elections: 86 groups seek registration as political parties — INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says the number​ of political associations seeking registration as political parties ahead of the 2019 general elections is currently 86. The chairman of the commission, Mahmood Yakubu, made this known during the commission’s quarterly meeting with leaders of political parties at INEC headquarters, Abuja,…

Xenophobic Attack in South Africa

Xenophobia: Nigeria, South Africa set up early warning unit

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema, said on Monday that Nigeria and South Africa have agreed to set up an early warning unit to check future xenophobic attacks. Mr. Onyema, who is leading a Federal Government delegation to that country, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria on…

Taliban Militants

Taliban cut off man’s hand, foot for stealing

Taliban militants punished a man accused of stealing by hacking off one foot and one hand, an official in the western Afghan province of Herat said Tuesday. “Locals were invited to watch,” said Ghulam Farhad, a spokesman for the provincial government. The man is in stable condition at hospital in…

Benue Governor, Samuel Ortom

Governor orders herdsmen out of Benue town after six killed in fresh attack

Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue has given Fulani herdsmen in Tombo-Mbalagh, Buruku Local Government Area of the state, a two-day ultimatum to leave the area. Mr. Ortom gave the order on Monday in Tombo-Mbalagh during a visit to ascertain the damage inflicted on the community by herdsmen. The visit followed…

Ondo Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu

Governor Akeredolu appoints Chief of Staff, SSG, ‎others

The Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, on Monday, appointed Ifedayo Abegunde, as the Secretary to the State Government. Olusegun Ajiboye, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, announced this in Akure on Monday. Mr. Abegunde was a two-term member of the House of Representatives, representing Akure North and South Constituency.…

Nigeria Police Force

Nigeria Police promote 28,627 personnel

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has approved the promotion of 28, 627 junior officers to their next rank. According to a statement issued by the force's spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, the mass promotion was part of ongoing efforts by the police chief to boost the morale of the personnel towards…

Alleged N6.8 billion fraud: Bank official testifies against Nigerian ex-aviation chief, others

An official of Stanbic IBTC Bank, Ade Babatunde, on Monday told a Federal High Court, Lagos how Segun Agbolade, a former General Manager (Finance), Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA, allegedly defrauded the agency. Mr. Babatunde, while being led in evidence by the EFCC prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo, made the revelations at…

Kaduna Airport [Photo Credit: NewswireNGR]

Abuja Airport Closure: 1,890 passengers conveyed by road in first 4 days

The Ministry of Transport conveyed 1,432 airline passengers by road from Kaduna Airport to Abuja in the first four days of Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport runway closure. Another 458 of the passengers were moved from Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja to Kaduna Airport, making a total of 1890 passengers. James Odaudu,…

Bayelsa on Nigerian map

Police arrest man for chopping off penis of nine-month-old boy

The Police in Bayelsa on Monday confirmed the arrest of a 59-year-old traditional health practitioner, Ziworitin Keke, who cut off the penis of a nine-month-old boy during circumcision. The incident occurred at Odenwari, a coastal settlement in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa on February 5. Asinim Butswat, the…

Naira-Dollar

Naira appreciates in all segments of FOREX Market

The naira on Monday appreciated in all the major segments of the foreign exchange market, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. The Nigerian currency gained three points to exchange at N460, from N463 posted on Friday, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro closed at N550 and 476, respectively.…

Buhari directs Osinbajo to head delegation on Niger Delta crisis

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to head a special presidential delegation charged with the task of resolving the crisis in the Niger Delta region. The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Paul Boroh, disclosed this to journalists on Monday in Abuja. Mr. Boroh…

Rail tracks connecting Abuja - Kaduna

Abuja light rail project 90% completed – Minister

The FCT Minister, Muhammad Bello, said on Monday that work on Abuja light rail project has reached 90 per cent, as most of the rail stations are at their finishing stages. The minister made this known after his inspection of the project site in Abuja. Mr. Bello said there are…

Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC)

TUC lauds Nigerian govt on 10 per cent housing equity waiver

The Trade Union Congress, TUC, has commended the Federal Government on waiver of the initial payment of 10 per cent housing equity on mortgages below N5 million from housing off takers. Bobboi Kaigama, TUC, President gave the commendation on Monday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in…

Fish heads, fish bones

Customs intercept container of Tilapia fish from Turkey

The Apapa Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, has intercepted a 40ft container of frozen Tilapia fish imported from Turkey and valued at N22.1 million. The Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Muhammad Jibrin, said this on Monday when he led journalists to APM Terminals, Apapa, where the container was intercepted.…

How Diezani got $115 million, gave N450 million to ex-minister, senior advocate – Witness

There was a twist on Monday in Lagos in the ongoing trial of Mohammed Belgore and a former Minister of National Planning, Abubakar Sulaiman, for alleged N450 million money laundering as the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, was joined in the suit. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,…