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Two Catholic priests kidnapped in eastern Congo

The National Episcopal Conference of Congo, CENCO, says gunmen kidnapped two Catholic priests in an area at the centre of over two years of massacres by unknown assailants. According to CENCO, the two priests, Charles Kipasa and Jean-Pierre Akilimali, were taken from Our Lady of the Angels parish in Bunyuka,…

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Buhari approves everything I ask for Niger-Delta – Boroh

The Special Adviser to the President on Niger-Delta, Paul Boroh, said President Muhammadu Buhari approved everything he asked him for concerning his activities in the Niger-Delta. Mr. Boroh, who is also the Coordinator, Presidential Amnesty Programme, told the News Agency of Nigeria in New York that President Buhari’s commitment had…

Bags of rice

NDDC rice mill will help end rice importation – Minister

The Federal Government has commended the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, over the completion of rice mill in Elele-Alimini, Emuoha Local Government Area of Rivers. The Minister of State for Agriculture, Heineken Lokpobiri, made the commendation during a meeting with NDDC and the Elephant Group in Port Harcourt on Monday.…

UN regrets killing of 97 Nigerians in Bakassi, commends Osinbajo

The UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel, UNOWAS, has commended Acting President Yemi Osinbajo for his handling of the recent conflict in Bakassi Peninsula, which affected Nigerian fishermen. The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa and Head of UNOWAS, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, spoke with the…

Former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha

Nigeria needs repackaging not restructuring – Okorocha

Governor Rochas Okorocha said Nigeria does not need restructuring as being demanded by some Nigerians, but said the nation only needed to be repackaged. Mr. Okorocha said this on Monday while declaring open the 67th annual conference of Broadcasting Organizations of Nigeria, BON. He said BON as critical stakeholders must…

Sokoto uncovers 706 ‘ghost students’, saves N29 million

The committee set up by the Sokoto State government to verify the actual number of students entitled for scholarship has uncovered 706 fake students and those not qualified for the scheme, thereby saving almost N30 million of tax payer's money. Making this known while presenting the report to Governor Aminu…

South African minister`s comments on foreigners unfortunate – Nigeria Union

The Nigeria Union in South Africa says the recent comments by that country`s Deputy Police Minister insinuating an influx of foreigners in Johannesburg are unfortunate. The Minister, Bongani Mkongi, was quoted to have said: “How can a city in South Africa be 80 per cent foreign national? That is dangerous.…

Central bank of Nigeria (CBN)

CBN injects another $195 million in Forex market

The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, on Monday, intervened in inter-bank Foreign Exchange Market with the supply of $195 million as part of efforts to stabilise the market. The acting Director, Corporate Communications of the apex bank, Isaac Okorafor, in a statement, said $100 million was offered through the wholesale…

Bank of Industry

BOI gives N50,000 loan to 1000 women

The Bank of Industry, BOI, in collaboration with the National Council of Women Societies, NCWS, on Monday disbursed N50,000 loan to 1000 women in the FCT. Toyin Adeniji, Executive Director, Micro Enterprises, BOI, who doled out the cash at the NCWS National Officers Women Empowerment Programme, said the loan had…

Police Officers

Police rescue kidnapped pastor, arrest nine suspects

The Kogi State Police Command said on Monday that it had arrested nine suspected kidnappers and rescued a pastor, Oliver Clement. Its Public Relations Officer, William Aya, said in a statement in Lokoja that the suspects were rounded up at their various hideouts in Okene, Ankpa, Lokoja and other parts…

Malala visits Osinbajo

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday in Abuja, received in closed doors Pakistani rights activist for girl-child education and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai, in the Presidential Villa. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 20-year-old Malala, who was accompanied by her father, Yousafzai and other members of…

Jordanian soldier sentenced to life imprisonment for killing three U.S. servicemen

A Jordanian soldier was sentenced to life imprisonment with hard labour for killing three U.S. servicemen in 2016, a news report said on Monday. A military court charged the soldier with murder and disobeying military orders. The convicted have also been fired from the military service, according to the court…

“Mission Impossible” actor, Martin Landau, dies at 89

Martin Landau, American actor, who starred in the 1960s television show “Mission: Impossible” and won an Oscar for playing Bela Lugosi in the movie “Ed Wood,” is dead at 89. According to the CBS News, Landau died on Saturday at UCLA Medical Centre in Los Angeles following “unexpected complications during…

Saminu Turaki [Photo Credit: QEDNG]

Ex-governor who evaded arrest for three years wants Magu jailed

An FCT High Court was on Monday asked to commit the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, for contempt of court for refusing to release former Jigawa governor, Saminu Turaki, on bail. The application was filed before Justice Yusuf Halilu, who is the vacation Judge. Mr. Turaki was arrested…

One dead, others injured during masquerade festival violence

The Oyo State Police Command on Monday confirmed the death of one person in the violence that trailed the public outing of the Ege masquerade in Ibadan on Sunday. The police spokesman in the state, Adekunle Ajisebutu, told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Ibadan on Monday that two…

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Housewife arrested over killing of husband

The Osun Police Command on Monday paraded a 39-year old housewife who allegedly conspired with others to kill her husband by stabbing him to death with a knife. The Commissioner of Police in Osun, Olafimihan Adeoye, who addressed journalists on Monday in Osogbo, also paraded a suspected accomplice in the…

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12.9 million infants got no vaccines in 2016 – UN agencies

UN agencies on Monday warned that no fewer than 12.9 million infants did not get any vaccines in 2016. According to the WHO and UNICEF, the number represents about 10 per cent of babies around the world. The UN agencies warned that no fewer than 13 million infants missed out…

Suicide Bombing: Army warns Nigerians on two tactics used by Boko Haram

The Nigerian Army has warned the public to be wary of new tactics devised by Boko Haram insurgents who engage children to unleash suicide bomb attacks. A statement signed by Onyema Nwachukwu, the Deputy Director Public Relations, Theatre Command, and issued in Maiduguri, said the insurgents had employed new methods…

Nigerian Army

Nigerian Army trains soldiers on weapons handling, map reading

The Army Headquarters Garrison in Abuja on Monday began a five-day competition and general drill for corporals and ranks below. The drill involves marching manoeuvres, weapons handling, map reading, physical fitness and obstacle crossing. Speaking during the event, John Malu, the commander of the garrison, said weapons handling and map…

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Abia Speaker whose police orderly shot FRSC officials visits victims

The Speaker of the Abia State House of Assembly, Chikwendu Kalu, on Monday visited the two Federal Road Safety Commission officials shot on Saturday by police officers attached to him. Mr. Kalu, who arrived the Living Word Mission Hospital, Aba, at about 10 a.m., said he came to see how…

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Calabar fire will not affect petrol, kerosene, diesel availability, NNPC assures Nigerians

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on Monday in Abuja advised consumers of petroleum products not to engage in panic buying following a fire that engulfed a tank farm at the Calabar Free Trade Zone (CFTZ) in Cross River on Saturday. At least 11 people have been confirmed dead from the…

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Calabar tank explosion death toll rises to 11

The death toll of the fire outbreak that occurred at Linc Oil and Gas depot in Calabar on Sunday morning has increased to 11 from nine, the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports. The state Commissioner of Police, Hafiz Inuwa, had on Sunday confirmed that nine persons died as a…

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Nigeria’s Appeal Court affirms conviction of five Filipinos, four Bangladeshi

The Court of Appeal, Lagos Division, on Monday affirmed the judgment of a Federal High Court in Lagos which sentenced nine foreigners to five years’ imprisonment each, for stealing crude oil from Nigeria. The convicts are Axel Jabone, Zahirul Islam, Juanito Infantado, Suarin Alave, Gatila Gadayan, Islam Shahinul, Islam Rafiqul,…

Hajj pilgrims travelling after being cleared by NAHCON

Abuja begins medical screening of intending Muslim pilgrims

The FCT Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board on Monday said medical screening for its intending pilgrims for this year’s Hajj in Saudi Arabia would commence on July 18. Muhammad Lawal, the Public Relations Officer of the Board, said this in a statement in Abuja. Mr. Lawal said the intending pilgrims would…

EU imposes sanctions on Syrian scientists, military officials

The European Union on Monday imposed sanctions on 16 Syrian scientists and military officials on Monday for their suspected involvement in a chemical attack in northern Syria in April which killed scores of civilians. Western intelligence agencies accuse the government of Bashar al-Assad of carrying out the attack, arguing that…