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90% deaths in Nigerian hospitals caused by health workers’ attitude — Teaching Hospital Chief

Over 90 per cent of deaths recorded in Nigerian hospitals are due to poor attitude of health workers. Thomas Agan, the Chief Medical Director (CMD), University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH), said this during an interaction with journalists on Tuesday in Calabar. He said some health workers were not taking…

House of Reps

Reps order banks to unblock Patience Jonathan’s accounts

The House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions has directed six commercial banks to free accounts operated by former first lady, Patience Jonathan. The committee chaired by Uzoma Nkem-Abonta (Abia-PDP), gave the directive on Tuesday in Abuja at a hearing on a petition by Mrs. Jonathan. The affected banks are…

Nigeria Custom Service (NCS) Comptroller-General, Hameed Ali

Nigeria Customs raids Abuja shop, seizes 18 ‘smuggled’ bullet-proof vehicles

The Nigeria Customs Service has seized 18 suspected smuggled exotic vehicles displayed for sale at a shop in Abuja. Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali, said the compliance team of the service confiscated the vehicles on Tuesday. Addressing journalists in Abuja, Mr. Ali said beyond non-payment of Customs duty, 13 of…

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Woman commits suicide over husband’s second wife plan

A 22-year-old housewife has committed suicide by taking rat poison in Miga Local Government Area of Jigawa to protest her husband’s plan to marry another wife. Police spokesperson in the state, Abdu Jinjiri, gave the name of the deceased as Malama Hajara. He said the woman died on Monday around…

UPDATED: Ex-NYSC DG Yusuf Bomoi is dead

A former Director General of the National Youth Service Corps, Yusuf Bomoi, died on Monday after a brief illness. Mr. Bomoi was the 13th Director General of the corps and served from October 2004 to January 2009. The current Director-General, Suleiman Kazaure, on Tuesday condoled with the family of Mr. Bomoi. Mr.…

Court

Man pleads guilty to stealing N8 million truck 

An Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Tuesday remanded a 36-year-old unemployed man, Samuel Ajayi, in Ikoyi prison after he pleaded guilty to stealing a truck ‎valued at N8 million. Mr. Ajayi, who resides at Eleko in Akodo area of Ajah, Lagos, was arraigned before the court on a charge…

University of Lagos {UNILAG STUDENTS)

Students hail suspension of ASUU strike

University students have expressed happiness over the decision by Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off its five-week old strike. The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) also commended the Federal Government and ASUU for resolving the stand-off. ASUU on Monday suspended the strike following a meeting with…

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Man, 55, remanded in prison for sleeping with own seven-year old daughter

An Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrate Court on Tuesday ordered a 55-year-old man, Adeyanju Basiri, to be remanded in prison custody for allegedly sleeping with his seven-year old daughter. The police prosecutor, Monica Ikebulo, told the court that the accused committed the offence on September 11 at Irona Street, Ado-Ekiti. She said…

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Artificial seasonings in food can cause diseases – Expert

Nigerians have been warned that using artificial seasonings in their food can cause cardiovascular diseases. Basil Okeahialam, a cardiologist at the University of Jos, gave this warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Aba on Tuesday. According to him, artificial or factory-made seasonings, which have…

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Driver jailed four months for stealing car battery

A Kado Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, on Tuesday sentenced a 22-year-old driver, Daniel Evans, to four months imprisonment for stealing a car battery. The judge, Ahmed Ado, however, gave the convict an option to pay N5, 000 fine. Mr. Ado advised the convict to desist from committing crime, adding…

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48 persons die of cholera in Borno – MSF

A humanitarian medical organisation, Medecins Sans Frontieres, MSF, said about 48 persons have died of cholera since the outbreak of the disease last month in Borno State. The organisation otherwise called Doctors without Borders, said that 2,627 cases of the disease were recorded by the state ministry of health. Anna…

Nigerian Police on patrol

Gunmen kill expatriate, police orderly, driver

The Kogi Police Command said it had launched a manhunt for the killers of an expatriate,his police orderly, and driver on Lokoja-Ajaokuta road on September 16. The command’s Public Relations Officer, William Aya, who confirmed this to journalists on Monday in Lokoja said that the expatriate was traveling with the…

A presidential aide, Ita Enang,

Stop blackmailing us over unpaid salaries, Buhari’s aide tells state governments

The federal government has advised state governments to desist from blackmailing it over unpaid salaries and allowances of their workers and pensioners. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang, gave the advice when he featured at the News Agency of Nigeria Forum in…

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Six dead after boat capsizes in Taraba

At least six people have died, and others, mostly farmers, missing after a canoe capsized and broke into two on River Benue, Gassol Local Government Area of Taraba State. Already four people rescued by volunteers have been rushed to hospitals, PREMIUM TIMES learnt. The canoe, conveying a yet to be…

Boko Haram

Boko Haram kills Islamic cleric, 16 others in Borno attacks

The Police in Borno on Monday said that Boko Haram insurgent had killed an Islamic cleric at Kurumari village in Magumeri Local Government Area of the state. Isuku Victor, the Police Public Relations Officer, said this in a statement issued in Maiduguri. Mr. Victor said that three other persons were…

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Nigerian Army to conduct more exercises – Buratai

The Nigerian Army has confirmed that it plans to conduct more exercises to tackle emerging security challenges in the country. The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, made the confirmation on Monday at the commencement of the second and third Quarter Chief of Army Staff Conference in Abuja. PREMIUM TIMES…

Joshua Dariye

Again, Joshua Dariye’s N1.2 billion corruption trial adjourned

An FCT High Court in Gudu on Monday adjourned the trial of former Governor Joshua Dariye of Plateau until October 10 at the instance of the defence. Mr. Dariye is facing a 21-count charge bordering on money laundering and diversion of ecological fund to the tune of N1.162 billion. Mr.…

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We trek 100 km to hospital, Kaduna village residents lament

Residents of Maiyola, a community of 3,000 residents in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State, have said that they lose an average of one pregnant woman monthly due to absence of antenatal services. The residents said in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria that they also lose…

Adebayo-Shittu

I will be Oyo governor come 2019, Minister says

The Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu, has expressed confidence that he would succeed Abiola Ajimobi as governor of Oyo State in 2019. Mr. Shittu made the declaration when he spoke with journalists in Ibadan after a meeting with members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, from Egbeda Local Government and…

Nigerian wins top UN award

A Nigerian, Zannah Mustapha, the Director, Future Prowess Islamic Foundation School, has won the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) 2017 Nansen Refugees Award, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. Mr. Mustapha, the first Nigerian Laureate of the award, will be unveiled on Monday in Abuja. UNHCR and the Norwegian…

Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos

Aviation unions shun ULC strike, airlines operate normal flights

Aviation unions affiliated to United Labour Congress, ULC, on Monday shunned directives to shut down the Nigerian airspace as the ULC began a nationwide strike. The unions are the Association of Nigerian Aviation Professionals, ANAP, Aeronautical Information Services Association of Nigeria, AISAN, and the National Association of Air Traffic Engineers,…

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Oil rises to approximately $56

Oil markets were firm on Monday and remained near multi-month highs reached late last week as the number of U.S. rigs drilling for new production fell and refineries continued to start up after getting knocked out by Hurricane Harvey. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at 50.0 dollars…

President Muhammadu Buhari alighting from the plane on one of his trips

Buhari arrives New York for UN General Assembly

President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived in New York to join other world leaders for the one week 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) high-level events starting on Tuesday, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. The President was accompanied by Governors Abdul’aziz Yari, David Umahi and Rotimi Akeredolu of…

ASUU Meetings

Strike: ASUU hopeful of fruitful meeting with Nigerian govt on Monday

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, said it is looking forward to a fruitful deliberation with the federal government on Monday, September 18, in an attempt to end the ongoing strike embarked upon by university lecturers. The union’s National President, Biodun Ogunyemi said this in an interview with the…

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IPOB: God averted “greatest bloodbath in history” in Abia – Governor

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu said God averted "the greatest bloodbath in history" in Abia State, following tension in the state over “Operation Python Dance II” of the Nigerian Army. Soldiers on the operation clashed with members of the now outlawed Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB. At least one person, a police…