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Internally Displaced Persons

Nigerian govt. donates 5,000 tonnes of rice to IDPs in North-east

The Nigerian government has donated 5,000 metric tons of rice to the United Nations World Food Programme, WFP, for distribution to internally displaced persons in the North-eastern part of the country. WFP announced the donation in a statement on Thursday. According to the statement, it will help feed nearly half-a-million…

Freed Swedish hostage recalls six years of captivity in Mali

A Swedish national, who was held almost six years by Islamist militants in Mali said on Thursday he “did not know” why he was released, saying he rejected possible ransom payments. “I can just speculate like everyone else,’’ Johan Gustafsson told a news conference about why he was freed in…

‘What Alison-Madueke’s loot can fund in Nigeria’

The Buhari Media Support Group (BMSG) on Thursday in Abuja, said the stolen funds traced to former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, could fund infrastructure development in the country. Specifically, the group said in a statement by its Chairman, Austin Braimoh, and Secretary, Cassidy Madueke, that government could build six world-class…

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Oil rises to $53 approximately as inventory overhang erodes

Oil prices rose on Thursday lifted by a sustained decline in inventories and Saudi Arabia’s preparedness to cut crude supplies to its prized Asian customers. Brent crude futures were 52.99 dollars a barrel by 0855 GMT, while US West Texas Intermediate crude was up 17 cents at 49.73 dollars. Crude…

Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)

TSA: Court strikes out FG’s suit against 7 banks, awards N1.2m costs

A Lagos Federal High Court on Wednesday struck out a suit filed by the Nigerian Government seeking to recover 793.2 million dollars allegedly kept by seven commercial banks in violation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) policy. The defendants are: Diamond Bank, United Bank for Africa (UBA), First Bank, Skye…

Guam governor shrugs off North Korea’s mid-August strike plan

The Guam Governor Eddie Calvo on Thursday dismissed North Korea’s statement that it will develop a plan by mid-August to launch missiles at the U.S. Pacific territory as coming from “a position of fear. Calvo said there was no heightened threat. North Korea’s state media said earlier that, under the…

China earthquake death toll rises to 20

The death toll from the earthquake that struck China’s south-western Sichuan province rose to 20, with 431 injured, local authorities said on Thursday. Eighteen people suffered serious injuries, according to the local government website. Twelve bodies have been identified. They include two local residents and at least six tourists, who…

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#KenyaDecides: Electoral commission denies interferences in voting

Kenya Electoral Commission on Wednesday denied interferences in voting or the vote count in the general election, saying that the election management system was secure. “We confirm there were no interferences before, during and after the polling exercise,” the commission said on Twitter. Opposition presidential candidate, Raila Odinga, had claimed…

50 African teen migrants drowned by smugglers – IOM

Roughly 50 teenage Somali and Ethiopian migrants were “deliberately drowned’’ on Wednesday by a smuggler, who forced 120 passengers into the sea off Yemen’s coast, the International Organisation for Migration, IOM, said. “The survivors told our colleagues on the beach that the smuggler pushed them to the sea, when he…

Boko Haram: Nigerian Army decorates 65 gallant soldiers

The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has decorated 65 soldiers with gallantry medals for outstanding performance in the counter-insurgency campaign. Emmanuel Kingsley, the spokesperson of the 7 Division, Nigerian Army, announced this in a statement released on Wednesday in Maiduguri. Mr. Kingsley, a lieutenant colonel, said Mr. Buratai, a…

SWEARING-IN CEREMONY FOR NYSC 2017 BATCH A MEMBERS IN ABUJA

Police nab fake corps member

The Police Command in Akwa Ibom has arrested a fake corps member at the NYSC orientation camp, Ikot Itie Udung, in Nsit Atai Local Government Area. A statement issued in Uyo by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Chukwu Ikechukwu, on Wednesday said the fake corps member, Justice…

Court remands four over alleged abduction, rape of teenage girl

An Ile-Ife Magistrates’ Court in Osun on Wednesday ordered the remand of four persons in prison over alleged abduction and having rape of a 17-year-old girl. The accused Seyi Akindoyin, 27; Tope Akanni, 20; Abiodun Olayinka, 19, and Seun Odugade, 22, pleaded not guilty to four-count-charge of conspiracy, abduction, intimidation…

Saudi Arabia jails man 13 years for criticising state policies

A Saudi court on Wednesday sentenced a citizen to 13 years in jail for promoting Hezbollah in his Friday sermons, Sabq local online news has reported. The court ruled that the convict in his sermons criticised Gulf and Arab countries as well as the domestic and foreign policies of Saudi…

Naira Notes

Naira sustains gain at parallel market

The naira on Wednesday appreciated against the dollar at the parallel market, exchanging at N363 to the dollar from the N364 posted on Tuesday. The pound sterling and the Euro closed at N477 and N428 to the naira, respectively. At the Bureau De Change window, the naira was traded at…

NNPC Headquarters, Abuja

Ignore fake announcements, NNPC not recruiting – Official

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, says it has neither published any advertisement on job interviews nor embarked on any recruitment of workers. The clarification followed a fresh recruitment advertisement purportedly placed by the corporation now in circulation on the social media. A statement by NNPC spokesman, Ndu Ughamadu, said the advert on…

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FBI searches home of Trump campaign chairman

The FBI has searched the home of Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman as part of the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the US presidential election. “FBI agents executed search warrant at one of Mr Manafort’s residences. “Mr Manafort has consistently cooperated with law enforcement and other…

FEC approves refinancing of Nigeria’s domestic debt into $3 billion treasury bills

The Federal Executive Council, FEC, on Wednesday approved the refinancing of the country’s domestic debts into treasury bills worth $3 billion as part of the overall strategy of government to reduce the cost of borrowing. The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, gave the indication while addressing State House Correspondents on…

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Measles: 140 cases reported in Taraba ― Official

About 140 cases of measles have been reported across 10 local governments in Taraba state, an official said. According a statement, Innocent Vakkai, the Commissioner of Health, on Wednesday told journalists that majority of those affected were children bellow five years, who had not been vaccinated. He said the disease,…

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UN Security Council calls for disbursement of Oslo fund to Nigeria, others

The UN Security Council on Wednesday called for the disbursement of the funds pledged for the North-east Nigeria at the Oslo Conference on Boko Haram in February. The 15-member council, in a statement, expressed grave concern about the threat of famine facing some 20 million people in conflict-affected North-east Nigeria, Yemen,…

A day Lagos mob killed two, four suspected kidnappers lynched to death in Taraba

A day after two suspected kidnappers were killed by a mob in Lagos, four suspected kidnappers were also killed in Taraba. The Taraba Police Command on Wednesday confirmed that four suspected kidnappers were killed by a mob at Tella in Gassol Local Government Area of Taraba. The spokesperson of the…

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Mugabe University gets $1 billion govt grant

The Zimbabwean Government on Wednesday approved one billion dollars for the construction of the first graduate school named after President Robert Mugabe, an official said Wednesday. Jonathan Moyo, Higher and Tertiary Education Minister, said the University would focus on science and technology and have an institute focusing on research and…

540 Nigerians to be deported from Libya Aug. 10 – NAPTIP DG

Five hundred and forty Nigerians are set for deportation from Libya, beginning from Aug. 10, Julie Okah-Donli, Director-General, National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons(NAPTIP), has said. Mrs. Okah-Donli disclosed this on Wednesday in Osogbo, at the inauguration of the North-West Zonal Command Office of the agency. She said…

Trump’s ‘fire and fury’ talk aims to send message to North Korea — Secretary of State

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson played down President Donald Trump’s incendiary warning to North Korea on Wednesday, saying he was just trying to send a strong message in language its leader would understand. Tillerson, speaking to reporters before landing in Guam, a U.S.-held Pacific island that Pyongyang threatened to…

Iran President, Hassan Rouhani

Iran gets two women vice presidents

Re-elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday appointed two women as vice-presidents and one woman as a presidential assistant in the newly formed cabinet. According to the appointment letters signed by the Iranian president, Laaya Joneidi replaced Majid Ansari as vice president for legal affairs. Masoumeh Ebtekar was also appointed…

South African parliament [Photo: Northern Natal Courier]

South Africa’s opposition calls for dissolution of parliament

The opposition Democratic Alliance, DA, on Wednesday called for the dissolution of the South African parliament and a national election to be held, one day after its no-confidence motion in President Jacob Zuma was defeated. Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane said the party would bring the motion to dissolve parliament to…