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Geoffrey Onyeama, Nigerian foreign minister says South Africa must act decisively.

Nigeria donates relief materials, cash to Freetown mudslide victims

Nigeria has donated 315 tonnes of assorted relief materials and one million dollars to Sierra Leone to help alleviate the suffering of people affected by flood and mudslide in the country. Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, made the presentation to his Sierra Leonean counterpart, Samura Koroma, in Freetown…

Nigerian govt, states, LGs share N467.8 billion in August as revenue drops

The federal government, states and local governments shared N467.8 billion in August, the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, said on Tuesday. This indicates a shortfall in revenue by N184.2 billion from N652 billion shared in July. Mrs. Adeosun, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mahmoud Dutse,…

Oby Ezekwesili

Nigeria needs open economy to thrive, Ezekwesili, Aig-Imoukhuede say

Oby Ezekwesili, a senior economic adviser for Open Society Foundation and Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, the President of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, said on Tuesday that Nigeria needed an “open economy” to thrive. Both Ms. Ezekwesili and Mr. Aig-Imoukhuede said this while speaking as panellists during a plenary session of the 2017…

Why Nigeria is not doing well in Sports – Minister

The Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung, has attributed Nigeria’s poor performances in sports to aging professional athletes. Mr. Dalung said this on Tuesday in Abuja while receiving Nigeria gymnasts that participated at the 2017 Regional African Gymnastics Championship in South Africa. The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports…

PDP making progress in implementing convention resolutions – Makarfi

The National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said it was making progress in implementing the resolutions of the party’s August 12 non-elective national convention. The National Chairman of the committee, Ahmed Makarfi, stated this at the committee’s meeting with PDP stakeholders from Kwara on Tuesday in Abuja.…

Catholic Bishops demand govt compensation for churches damaged by Boko Haram, others

The Catholic Bishops of Kaduna Ecclesiastical Province have urged the federal government to compensate churches and other victims of attacks carried out by insurgents on places of worship. Mathew Ndagoso, their spokesman, made the plea on Tuesday in Minna, in a briefing after a two-day Catholic Bishops of Kaduna Ecclesiastical…

Abuja metro rail ready by December, says contractor

The China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, CCECC, has said the phase one of Abuja Rail Mass Transit Project will be commissioned by December. The Project Manager, Kong Tao, said this while addressing journalists who were on tour of the site at Idu, Abuja, on Tuesday. Mr. Tao said that the…

Ibrahim Idris

Nigeria promotes 6,455 senior police officers

The Police Service Commission, PSC, has approved the promotion of 6,455 senior police officers contained in a recommendation from the Inspector General of Police, Idris Ibrahim. The affected officers include a police commissioner, Hilda Ibifuro–Harrison, was promoted to the next rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG, while two…

Femi Adesina

Presidency to IPOB, MASSOB: You are wasting your time, Nigeria remains one

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has said that those groups calling for the disintegration of Nigeria are only wasting their time as “Nigeria remains one.” Mr. Adesina stated this on Tuesday in Abuja while receiving a coalition of South-east youth groups who stormed…

Former Taraba Acting Governor dumps PDP for APC

A former acting governor of Taraba, Garba Umar, on Tuesday dumped the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the All Progressives Congress, APC. Mr. Umar said in Jalingo at a meeting of APC Integrity Group on Tuesday, that he took the decision after consultations with political stakeholders in and outside the…

Nigeria ranks 3rd in global internet crimes behind UK, U.S. – NCC

The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, says Nigeria currently ranks third globally in cybercrimes behind the UK and the U.S. NCC’s Chief Executive Officer, Umar Danbatta, disclosed this on Tuesday at the ongoing 2017 Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, in Lagos. The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN,…

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Nigerian govt promises to de-radicalise repentant Boko Haram members

The Federal Government has pledged to ensure the total de-radicalisation and rehabilitation of all ex-Boko Haram members before re-integrating them into the society in line with international best practices. The Chief of Defence Staff, Abayomi Olonisakin, made the pledge on Tuesday in Abuja at a National Stakeholders’ Forum on Re-integration…

The National Organising Secretary of All Progressives Congress, APC, Osita Izunaso.

Anambra governorship: APC has no preferred candidate – Official

The National Organising Secretary of All Progressives Congress, APC, Osita Izunaso, has said that the party has no preferred candidate for the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra. He stated this on Tuesday in Abuja while inaugurating the party’s Anambra Governorship Election Primary and Appeal Committee, which has Governor Kashim Shettima…

Registrar, Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, Is’haq Oloyede

Only one-third of students who sat for JAMB scored above 200 – Official

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, on Tuesday said 569,395 of the 1.7 million candidates that wrote this year’s UTME scored over 200 marks. The number represents just about a third of the students who sat for the examination. The total score for the UTME exam is 400. The…

Osinbajo hails ECOWAS bank for infrastructure funding, development

The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Tuesday praised the ECOWAS Bank for investment and Development for being proactive in infrastructure funding and development in the sub-region. He sated this while declaring open the 15th Ordinary Session of the Board of Governors’ Meeting of the ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development…

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Man docked for alleged unlawful possession of human skull, ribs

A 30-year -old man, Shehu Gidado, was on Tuesday arraigned at an Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’ Court, Ibadan, over alleged unlawful possession of human skull and ribs. Mr. Gidado, who resides at Iba New Site, Okokomaiko, Lagos State, is facing a count charge of unlawful possession of human skull. The prosecutor,…

NIGERIA: Nigerian police force

26 suspects arrested for alleged rape, armed robbery

The Nigeria Police Force said it had arrested 26 suspects for kidnapping, armed robbery, rape and unlawful possession of prohibited fire arms in Lambata area of Niger. The Force spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, disclosed this while addressing journalists in Abuja on Tuesday on the arrest. He named the suspects as Isa…

ANALYSIS: Reducing rate of VVF in Nigeria by discouraging early marriages

By: Olagoke Olatoye, NAN The United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, observes that although Vesico-Vaginal Fistula, VVF, is a preventable birth injury, it has affected more than 800,000 women in Nigeria with several new cases every year. According to the fund, VVF occurs as a result of the tear between the…

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed

Why Nigeria broadcast sector is underdeveloped – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said on Tuesday that lack of scientific audience measurement system was responsible for the underdevelopment of the nation’s broadcasting sector. The minister stated this in Lagos at the third international summit on Digital Broadcasting in Nigeria organised by the Broadcasting Organisation of…

University of Lagos (UNILAG). [Photo credit: Students Nigeria]

Unilag student accused of raping colleague granted N200,000 bail

A 500-level student of the University of Lagos, Oluwatobi Emehin, who was arraigned for allegedly raping a fellow student, was granted bail on Tuesday by an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos. The 22-year-old Mr. Emehin, who is of the Department of Systems Engineering, had pleaded not guilty to a…

Woman killed in same spot sister died 24 years ago

A woman was killed in a car crash in Malta few metres away from the same spot where her sister died in a similar accident 24 years ago, local media reported on Tuesday. Janie Turner, 45, died on Sunday from the marble memorial plaque marking the site where her younger…

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Court ends police officer’s marriage over alleged wife brutality

An Idi-Ogungun Customary Court in Agodi, Ibadan, on Tuesday dissolved the eight-year-old marriage of a police officer, Supo Awotidoye, over his alleged brutality against his wife, Iyabo. The President of the court, Mukaila Balogun, and the court’s assessors, Aare Samotu and Ganiyu Alao, in a ruling upheld the request of…

My wife threatened to set me ablaze, husband tells court

A Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan, on Tuesday dissolved an eight-year-old marriage between, Akibu Oyewole and his wife, Omolara over threat to life. The President of the court, Ademola Odunade, in his judgment, awarded custody of the two children to Omolara and directed Akibu to pay a monthly feeding allowance…

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Court grants suspected child rapist N200,000 bail

An Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday granted a temporary reprieve to a suspected child rapist, 42-year-old Obinna Okeje by granting him a N200,000 bail. Mr. Okeje, a resident of Oyetola Street, Anifowoshe, Ikeja, is charged with raping a neighbour’s 12-year-old daughter at their tenement building. He pleaded innocent of…

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Arabic teacher docked for allegedly raping three underaged sisters

A 23-year-old teacher, Ibrahim Idris, on Tuesday appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly raping three teenagers of the same parents. The accused, who teaches Arabic, resides at No. 2, Kelani St., Adealu Bus Stop in Dopemu, near Lagos. He is facing a charge of defilement for the…