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Adamawa Governor, Muhammadu Bindow

Gov. Bindow rejects aide’s threat to quit APC

Gov. Muhammadu Bindow of Adamawa has disassociated himself and his administration from reported threat to quit the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that recent media reports quoted Abdulrahman Abba-Jimeta, the chief of staff to the governor as saying that the state-led APC government…

Germany deports ISIS suspect to Nigeria

Germany has deported to Nigeria an alleged Islamic extremist, an ISIS suspect, deemed dangerous by authorities. He is a German citizen, not Nigerian. The German news agency, dpa, reports that the 22-year-old man, who was born in Germany and who had not committed a crime, arrived in Lagos Thursday. The…

UTME: JAMB postpones mock test

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has postponed the mock Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 8. The examination, which was scheduled to hold in some selected accredited centres across the country, was shifted at the last minute, thus infuriating the candidates. The…

Bayelsa on Nigerian map

Police arrest soldier for ‘kidnapping’ woman

Bayelsa Police Command on Saturday said it arrested two suspects, a serving soldier and an engineer, for allegedly kidnapping a lady in Warri, Delta on April 4. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the suspects were paraded before journalists by the state police commissioner, Asuquo Amba, in Yenagoa.…

Spurs thrash Watford 4-0 to close in on leaders Chelsea

Two goals by Son Heung-min helped Tottenham Hotspur thrash Watford 4-0 to close the gap on Premier League leaders Chelsea to four points in Saturday’s early game. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that after Dele Alli’s majestic curler broke the deadlock in the 33rd minute in the sunshine…

FILE PHOTO: Nigerian pupils writing National Common Entrance examination {Photo: NAN}

Common Entrance: Lagos records 24,816 candidates as highest , Kebbi has 63 as least

No fewer than 78,378 pupils are participating in the ongoing 2017 National Common Entrance Examination across the country, according to the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu. The minister disclosed this on Saturday in Abuja during a visit to some centres in the Federal Capital Territory. The News Agency of Nigeria…

Executive/National Assembly face-off: Cardinal Okogie slams Nigerian leaders

Worried by the current face-off between the executive and the legislative arms of Federal Government, Anthony Cardinal Okogie, the Archbishop Emeritus of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, has urged the country’s leaders to put the interest of the citizenry above personal interests. Mr. Okogie said the executive and legislative arms…

German national dies after slumping at Lagos airport

A German national, Brenard Christo, who slumped on Friday at the General Aviation Terminal of the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos, has died at an undisclosed hospital. The spokesman for the Lagos Airport police command, Joseph Alabi, confirmed the death of the German to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on…

Vaccination used to illustrate the story

Meningitis: Nigerian medical association ‘embarrassed’ by govt’s poor preparation

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) says it is "embarrassed" that the current meningitis outbreak has again taken the nation "unawares". The union called on the Federal Government to encourage local production of vaccines to ensure adequate supply and prevent epidemics. Mike Ogirima, the president of the association made the call…

ANALYSIS: Who wins #BBNaija Sunday?

Voting on all platforms for the five Housemates at Big Brother Nigeria House, #BBNaija will end at 8pm today. The contenders are Bisola, Debie-Rise, Efe, Marvis and Tboss. The person that scoops the highest vote stands to win the grand prize of N25 million and a Kia Sorento SUV at…

FRSC

FRSC not involved in speed limiter sale – Spokesperson

The Federal Road Safety Corps, FSRC, has reaffirmed its position of non-involvement in the marketing of speed limiting devices for vehicles in the country. The spokesperson of the agency, Bisi Kazeem, told journalists in Abuja on Friday that accredited vendors were in charge of sale and calibration of the device,…

António Guterres

U.S. attack on Syria: UN urges restraint

The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, has urged restraint to avoid any escalation of the situation in Syria, after the U.S. responded militarily to an alleged chemical weapons attack earlier this week. In the wake of the U.S. airstrikes, Mr. Guterres said: “I continue to follow the situation in Syria closely…

Westminster attack: Death toll rises as woman who fell into river dies

A fifth victim of last month’s attack on British Houses of Parliament has died in hospital, the Metropolitan Police said on Friday. Romanian tourist Andreea Cristea, on a visit to the British capital, died Thursday, detectives investigating the March 22 incident confirmed. After being hit by a truck crossing Westminster…

Diezani ‘bribe’: Court to rule on beneficiary INEC official April 27

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday fixed judgment for April 27 in the trial of an INEC official, Christian Nwosu, who pleaded guilty to the charge of money laundering. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had charged a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Allison-Madueke and three…

Bukola Saraki

Saraki raises concern over withdrawal of international funding for HIV/AIDS in Nigeria

The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, on Thursday called for increased global attention for HIV/AIDS funding in Nigeria. In a statement by Yusuph Olaniyonu, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Saraki said that the fate of over 3.4 million Nigerians living with the infection would be uncertain…

Supreme Court of Nigeria

Supreme Court sacks Nigerian lawmaker, orders him to refund all salaries, allowances collected

The Supreme Court has removed Sopuluchukwu Ezeonwuka of the PDP from representing Orumba North/South of Anambra Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives. Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun gave the order on Friday in a judgment in an appeal filed against Ezeonwuka’s election by a member of the party, Ben Nwankwo. The…

ThisDay floors former Army chief, Ihejirika, in N100 billion libel case

The Apo Division of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Friday dismissed a N100billion libel suit instituted by a former Chief of Army Staff, Azubuike Ihejirika, against an Australian, Stephen Davies, Editor-in-Chief of Arise TV, Nduka Obaigbena and his firm, Leaders and Company Limited. The court…

Police clash with South African protesters calling for Zuma’s exit

The police on Friday fired rubber bullets and tear gas at some protesters in downtown Johannesburg, injuring a man and a woman, as thousands of people marched in South African cities to protest against President Jacob Zuma. The opposition Democratic Alliance, DA, party, which called for the marches, held a…

Gambia parliamentary election: Barrow’s party wins majority as Jammeh’s wins five seats

Gambian President Adama Barrow’s United Democratic Party, UDP, has won Thursday’s parliamentary election, taking 31 seats in the 53-member parliament, the electoral commission announced Friday. Former president Yahya Jammeh’s Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) came second alongside Gambia Democratic Congress, a party formed by a former lawmaker in…

Nigerian Navy Admiral found dead was assassinated – Officers

The late rear admiral, Daniel Ikoli, the Fleet Commander, Western Naval Command, Lagos, who was found dead at his Apapa residence on April 5, did not kill himself, contrary to some reports. According to authoritative sources at the command, Mr. Ikoli may have been assassinated as he had no cause…

Two MMM ‘agents’ docked

Two middle-aged persons, Debora Fojo and Musa Garba, on Friday appeared before a Malumfashi Chief Magistrates’ Court in Katsina State for alleged breach of trust and cheating. The two were accused of collecting N429,000 to invest in MMM, a Ponzi popular among millions of Nigerians. Ms. Fojo and Mr. Garba…

Two Serbian military pilots die in jet crash

Serbian Defence Ministry on Friday said a military training jet crashed south-east of Belgrade, killing both pilots on board. “The Yugoslav-made single engine Galeb G4 crashed at Ub, 50 kilometres south of Belgrade, during a scheduled training flight. “Of the 22 Galeb aircraft in Serbia that remain from the times…

Putin condemns U.S. attack on Syria, says it damages Russia-U.S. relations

The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, condemned U.S. cruise missile strikes on Syria on Friday, warning the move would further damage already battered U.S.-Russia relations which Moscow had hoped President Donald Trump would revive. U.S. officials said they had informed Russian forces ahead of the strikes, intended to punish the Syrian…

Justice court law

My husband runs away whenever I am pregnant, woman tells court

A pregnant fashion designer, Fatimah Shodunke, on Friday told an Agege Customary Court in Lagos that her husband always abandoned his matrimonial home whenever she was pregnant. The 32-year-old mother of two, who resides on James Street, Ishaga, a Lagos suburb, made the allegation while responding to a divorce suit…

NYSC Corps members

NYSC member dies of heart failure

A Corps member, Anthony Ochai, from Benue State, has died of heart failure in Sokoto, the State NYSC Coordinator, Musa Abubakar, has said. Mr. Abubakar made the disclosure in Sokoto on Friday, during the passing out ceremony of 1,411 corps members deployed to the state under the 2016 batch” A”,…