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Senate approves NYSC for Nigeria Open University graduates

The Senate has approved the National Youth Service Corps scheme for graduates of National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN). The approval followed the passage of the National Open University of Nigeria Bill sponsored by the chairman, Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TetFund, Jibrin Barau, during Thursday’s plenary. According to…

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Gov. Ambode vows to stamp out Badoo cult

Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Thursday assured residents that his administration would curtail the activities of the notorious group known as “Badoo” in the Ikorodu axis of the state. Mr. Ambode, who gave the assurance while commissioning a rehabilitated fire service station in Epe axis of the state,…

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Niger soldiers kill 14 civilians mistaken for militants: Official

Soldiers in Niger killed 14 unarmed civilians after mistaking them for Boko Haram militants during a patrol in the remote southeast of the country, a senior regional official said on Thursday. According to Yahaya Godi, Secretary-General of the Diffa region of southeast Niger, said Nigerien soldiers were patrolling a militarily…

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Alleged N650 million fraud: Court grants ex-Minister, Akinjide’s bail application

A Federal High Court in Ibadan on Thursday granted bail to Olajumoke Akinjide, a former Minister of State, Federal Capital Territory, on self-recognizance, in a case of N650 million fraud. The judge, Joyce Abdulmaleek, also granted bail to Ayoade Adeseun, a former senator, and Olanrewaju Otiti in the same case,…

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Jigawa declares public holiday to pray for Buhari

The Jigawa Government has declared Friday public holiday to enable public servants offer special prayers for President Muhammadu Buhari’s quick recovery. Isma’il Ibrahim, the public relations officer, Office of the state’s Head of Civil Service, announced this in a statement in Dutse on Thursday. Mr. Ibrahim said the State Executive…

Why Nigerians can’t access Customs e-auction portal — Spokesman

Some Nigerians interested in participating in the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS)’s e-auction to purchase seized vehicles are complaining of difficulty in accessing the platform. The Nigerians, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja, complained that the e-portal could not be accessed for registration since…

Nigerian Air Force helicopter crashes

Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Thursday said its Agusta 109 Light Utility Helicopter crashed while undertaking a liaison mission in the North East. Olatokunbo Adesanya, Air Commodore and Director of Public Relations and Information, NAF Headquarters, said this in a statement. Mr. Adesanya said the helicopter’s target was to further…

Magu will remain EFCC Chairman – Osinbajo

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo says President Muhammadu Buhari has resolved to work with Ibrahim Magu as chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to stamp out corruption in the country. Mr. Osinbajo, who spoke at the inauguration of the Kaduna office of the anti graft agency on Thursday, said…

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Patience Jonathan alleges harassment, seeks Reps intervention

Nigeria’s former First Lady, Patience Jonathan, on Thursday alleged harassment of her family by security agencies and sought the intervention of the House of Representatives. In a petition to the house, Mrs. Jonathan urged the Federal Government to call the agencies to order. The petition was presented at the House’s…

Nigerian govt. to address clamour for restructuring soon– Osinbajo

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo said on Thursday that the Federal Government would soon come out with policies to address the clamour by Nigerians for the restructuring of the country. Mr. Osinbajo made the disclosure at the presentation and launch of a book titled: Nigeria: “The Restructuring Controversy” in Abuja. He…

Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia

Former Customs boss’ paid N12 million into judge, Ofili-Ajumogobia’s account

Musa Tahir, a former Deputy Comptroller General, Nigerian Customs Service, on Thursday said he had no clue why the service paid N12 million into Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia’s bank account. Giving his testimony during cross-examination by Olawale Akoni in the trial before an Ikeja High Court, Mr. Tahir said, “I have…

Nigeria’s 4,000 birth registration centres inadequate — Population Commission boss

The 4,000 birth registration centres in Nigeria is grossly inadequate to effectively register all births across the country, Eze Duruiheoma, National Population Commission (NPopC), has said. The chairman made the remark on Thursday in Abuja when he featured in a forum organised by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). He advocated the…

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Former N-Power volunteer ‘gets N300,000’ for returning money

Former N-Power volunteer, Daniel Joshua, of Taraba, who returned N60,000 to the Federal Government last week, has gained N300,000 courtesy of Nigerians who paid him for his truthfulness. Mr. Joshua made news when he refunded two months of stipends he was paid by the job creation scheme after he duly…

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Free or charge him, Court orders Nigeria Police chief over suspect detained without trial since 2012

The Federal High Court, Abuja, has ordered the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to charge to court one Mohammed Shuaibu who has been in police detention since 2012. Justice Ahmed Mohammed gave the order on Wednesday while ruling on an application filed on behalf of Mr. Shuaibu by his counsel,…

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Law graduates from National Open University to know fate October 4

Justice Hilary Oshomah of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt has set October 4 to rule on the suit filed by some law graduates of the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN. The graduates went to court following the refusal of the relevant authorities to admit them to the…

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Naira appreciates marginally against dollar

The Naira on Wednesday appreciated marginally against the dollar at the parallel market, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. The Nigerian currency traded at N365 to a dollar, stronger than N366 it closed at on Tuesday, while the pound sterling and the Euro exchanged at N468 and N412, respectively.…

Benue Governor, Samuel Ortom

Over 1,800 killed in herdsmen,farmers clashes in Benue in three years — Governor

Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue said on Wednesday that 1,878 lives were lost to the lingering clashes between farmers and herdsmen in the state, between 2013 and 2016. Mr. Ortom, while receiving Edward Kallon, UN Resident Coordinator, who led a UN delegation on a courtesy visit to his office, said…

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel

Church Building Collapse: Gov. Emmanuel promises to implement report

Gov. Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom has promised to implement the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry he constituted to investigate the cause of the collapse of Reigners Bible Church, Uyo last December. The governor made the pledge on Wednesday in Uyo when he received the report of the eight-member…

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Union suspends strike in Unity Schools

The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria said on Wednesday that it had suspended its two-month-old strike in some Federal Unity Colleges (FUCs) nationwide. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the schools went on strike to protest the non-payment of workers’ salaries since December 2016. Alade Lawal,…

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ASUU wants Osinbajo to wade into UniIlorin crisis

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, University of Ibadan chapter has urged Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to call the university of Ilorin management to order to avert another legal crisis. The union also called on the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, to wade into the alleged plan by the…

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Tompolo loses bid to stop N46 billion fraud trial

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday dismissed the suit filed Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tomopolo, challenging a criminal charge preferred against him by the Federal Government. Tompolo, through his lawyer, Ebun Olu-Adegboruwa, had approached the court seeking nullification of Section 221 and 306 of Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015,…

Southern senators’ forum re-emerges, vows to uphold Nigeria’s unity

The Southern Senators Forum on Wednesday re-emerged at the Senate after being in oblivion for some years. The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the forum’s activity was last noticed 2006 and 2007 during the tenure of Ken Nnamani as President of the Senate. It had Ifeanyi Ararume as chairman. Announcing the…

UNIMAID: Senate urges Nigerian govt to deploy critical security to check Boko Haram attacks

The Senate has urged the federal government to deploy critical security systems to the University of Maiduguri to ensure full surveillance and detection of security breaches in the institution. The Senate also called on security agencies to submit to it, a comprehensive plan of action on ways to contain the…

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Eight aid workers freed two days after abduction in South Sudan

Eight aid workers have been released unharmed after being held captive for two days, the UN Special Envoy for South Sudan, David Shearer, said on Wednesday. The four abducted South Sudanese and four foreign workers were let go after negotiations by security officials. The victims, who worked for a private…

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Trump talks to Egypt’s Sisi, urges resolution on Qatar

U.S. President Donald Trump urged a resolution to the Qatar diplomatic crisis in a telephone call on Wednesday with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi in which they also discussed the threat from North Korea. The White House said in a statement that Mr. Trump reiterated the need for all countries “to…