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Police confirm rescue of kidnapped director

The police command in Nasarawa State on Monday confirmed the rescue of a director in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Sam Anzaku, who was kidnapped by gunmen on July 15. The spokesperson of the command, Kennedy Idrisu, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Kokona, near Lafia, that Anzaku was…

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Flood kills one, displaces 2,000 people in Katsina – Official

A 10-year-old boy has lost his life while over 2,000 people have been displaced by a flood disaster that ravaged Kaita town, in Kaita Local Government Area of Katsina State, a local official said on Monday. “The flood disaster happened following a heavy rainfall that persisted for several hours which…

Cameroon

Cameroonian govt says 30 people missing after military boat sinks

The Cameroonian Government said 30 people were missing after a boat belonging to a military unit sank off the coast on Sunday. According to a statement from the president’s office, the logistics boat belonged to the Rapid Intervention Brigade, which has fought Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram in recent years.…

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Irate youths attack rescue workers at Maiduguri bomb blast scene

A mob on Monday attacked officials of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), who were on rescue mission at the scene of a suicide bomb attack in Maiduguri. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the incident occurred at Londonciki-Simari area of Maiduguri, where a female suicide bomber…

A cross-section of candidates writing JAMB Exams

JAMB remits N5 billion to Nigerian govt; highest ever – Official

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, says it will not condone multiple registration for Direct Entry and Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME. The agency also said it had so far remitted more than N5 billion to government, the highest ever in the 40 years of its existence. A statement…

Ali Modu Sheriff

‘For now, we are still members of PDP’ – Sheriff faction

The Deputy National Vice Chairman of the defunct Ali Sheriff faction of the PDP, Cairo Ojouigboh, has said they are still members of the party despite the recent Supreme Court judgement. Mr. Ojouigboh said this in an interview with journalists on Sunday in Warri shortly after meeting with some members…

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Continental Free Trade Area negotiations to be concluded by end of 2017 – ECA

The Economic Commission for Africa, ECA, says the Continental Free Trade Area, CFTA, negotiations are moving in the right direction and while the first phase of the project is expected to be concluded by the end of 2017. David Luke, Coordinator, African Trade Policy Centre, ATPC, said this in a…

Ambode deposes Lagos monarch who allegedly planned own kidnap

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Sunday deposed the suspended Baale of Shangisha in Magodo, Yusuf Ogundare, for faking his abduction. The faked abduction allegedly took place on July 5 along Centre for Management Development (CMD) Road in Ikosi-Isheri Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of the State. Mr. Ambode…

Bukola Saraki

Group seeking Saraki’s recall not from Kwara – APC

The All Progressives Congress, APC, in llorin West Local Government Area of Kwara on Sunday dissociated itself from those calling for the recall of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, from the senate. Suleiman Bala, the APC Chairman in llorin West Local Government Area, told journalists in Ilorin that the group…

Nigerians in a tight queue to buy Kerosene

NNPC produces five million litres of kerosene daily, meets 60% domestic consumption – Official

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, says it supplies five million litres of Dual Purpose Kerosene (DPK) consumed in the country. The NNPC disclosed this in Abuja in a statement by Ndu Ughamadu, the corporation’s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division on Sunday. Mr. Ughamadu attributed the statement to…

Ekiti promotes 9,583 civil servants

The Ekiti State Government on Sunday said that it had just promoted 9,583 out of its public servants. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 6,993 of them are teaching and non-teaching staff of public secondary schools, while 2,590 are local government staff. The Chairman of the State Teaching Service…

Nigerians at airport

Nigeria accounts for less than 3% of tourists visiting Africa – Official

The Federation of Tourism Association of Nigeria, FTAN, says that less than three per cent of tourists visiting Africa annually choose Nigeria as their tourism destinations. Karim Rabo, the FTAN president, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Sunday that the figure was low compared to other African…

Europe dominates entries for Nigeria’s ITTF Challenge

Europe has dominated entries for the 2017 International Table Tennis Federation, ITTF, Challenge Nigeria Open, as 10 countries registered before the July 10 deadline. The championship is scheduled for August 9 to 13 at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos. A statement by the ITTF…

Gombe State on map

No work, no pay, Nigerian College tells striking workers

The management of the Federal College of Education (Technical) in Gombe has declared a `no work, no pay’ policy following the indefinite strike embarked by lecturers of the institution. This was disclosed in a statement signed by Ibrahim Shehu, Director, Establishment and Council Affairs on Sunday in Gombe. The News…

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NAN warns bloggers, others against illegal use of its news

The Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria, Bayo Onanuga, has warned bloggers and other online publishers illegally using NAN news materials to stop forthwith or face sanctions. Mr. Onanuga, who gave the warning over the weekend in Abuja at a meeting with marketing staff of the agency, said…

Cross River state

Nine people confirmed dead in Calabar tank farm explosion

The Cross River Police Command has confirmed that nine people died in a fire outbreak that occurred at Linc Oil and Gas tank farm on Sunday morning. Hafiz Inuwa, the State Commissioner of police, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria at the scene of the event, confirmed the…

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Why Caesarean Section is becoming popular among Nigerian women – Experts

The Caesarean Section, CS, option in birth delivery is becoming popular among some Nigerian women, a News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, survey has revealed. Respondents told NAN in a survey across some South West states and Kwara that the increasing popularity of the procedure was hinged on factors ranging from…

Former NNPC GED joins AUN as professor and dean of Business School

The American University of Nigeria (AUN) has appointed a new Dean of its School of Business & Entrepreneurship (SBE). A former Group Executive Director with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Attahir Yusuf, now heads the SBE, one of AUN’s five schools and host of the University’s prestigious Business…

Electricity Meter

Govt. asks DISCOs to distribute pre-paid meters to electricity consumers

The Nasarawa State Government on Saturday called on the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) to distribute pre-paid meters to all electricity customers in the state. The state’s Deputy Governor, Silas Agara, made the call at a Town Hall meeting organised by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) in Lafia. Mr.…

Ekweremadu, other Senators, Reps visit Tinubu

A leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, has advised federal lawmakers to come up with legislation that would help in promoting the country’s diversity for prosperity. Mr. Tinubu made the call when the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, led the Senate and the House of Representatives Committee…

How social media can help students excel—Expert

A communication expert, Olalekan Ajia, says good social media behaviour can aid the performance of students in schools. Mr. Ajia, a former Communication for Development Specialist at the United Nations, said this on Saturday at the 21st Annual Lecture of Ijebu Muslim College Old Students’ Association (IMCOSA) in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun.…

Bomb blast kills 12-year-old in Borno

A 12-year-old Fulani cattle breeder was killed in a bomb blast at Muna Delti area of Jere Local Government Council of Borno State on Saturday. A witness, Grema Bana, said that the incident occurred at about 4:45 p.m., at one of the pastoralist hamlets in the area. Mr. Bana said…

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FRSC officials shot by ‘aides of top Abia official’

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Saturday confirmed the shooting of two of its officers on duty in Abia. A witness had earlier told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the officers were shot by security aides to a top government official in the state. Those who shot…

Senator Dino Melaye

INEC speaks on suspension of Senator Dino Melaye’s recall

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has refuted negative insinuations trailing its decision to suspend the recall process of Senator Dino Melaye, representing Kogi West, in compliance with a court order. Okechukwu Ibeanu, a national commissioner and acting Chairman of INEC said in a statement on Saturday in Abuja that…

Suspected cultist killed by rival group in Kwara

Suspected cult members on Friday night in Ilorin, killed an alleged member of a rival group, Owolabi Opepe, popularly called ‘Owo.’ Mr. Owolabi is said to be a member of the ‘Eiye’ confraternity, while the assailants allegedly belonged to Aiye group. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), learnt that the…