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Central bank of Nigeria (CBN)

Naira sustains gain against dollar

The Naira on Tuesday sustained its gain against the dollar at the FOREX market, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. The Nigerian currency exchanged at N455 (buying rate), N457 (selling rate) at the parallel market, from the N455/460 it traded on Monday, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro closed…

Ex-minster, senior advocate received N450 million cash, Witness tells court

A Federal High Court in Lagos has fixed March 23 to rule on the admissibility of a list of beneficiaries of funds in the ongoing trial of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Dele Belgore, charged with money laundering. Mr. Belgore is charged alongside a former Minister of National Planning, Abubakar…

INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu

2019 elections: 86 groups seek registration as political parties — INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says the number​ of political associations seeking registration as political parties ahead of the 2019 general elections is currently 86. The chairman of the commission, Mahmood Yakubu, made this known during the commission’s quarterly meeting with leaders of political parties at INEC headquarters, Abuja,…

Xenophobic Attack in South Africa

Xenophobia: Nigeria, South Africa set up early warning unit

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema, said on Monday that Nigeria and South Africa have agreed to set up an early warning unit to check future xenophobic attacks. Mr. Onyema, who is leading a Federal Government delegation to that country, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria on…

Taliban Militants

Taliban cut off man’s hand, foot for stealing

Taliban militants punished a man accused of stealing by hacking off one foot and one hand, an official in the western Afghan province of Herat said Tuesday. “Locals were invited to watch,” said Ghulam Farhad, a spokesman for the provincial government. The man is in stable condition at hospital in…

Benue Governor, Samuel Ortom

Governor orders herdsmen out of Benue town after six killed in fresh attack

Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue has given Fulani herdsmen in Tombo-Mbalagh, Buruku Local Government Area of the state, a two-day ultimatum to leave the area. Mr. Ortom gave the order on Monday in Tombo-Mbalagh during a visit to ascertain the damage inflicted on the community by herdsmen. The visit followed…

Ondo Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu

Governor Akeredolu appoints Chief of Staff, SSG, ‎others

The Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, on Monday, appointed Ifedayo Abegunde, as the Secretary to the State Government. Olusegun Ajiboye, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, announced this in Akure on Monday. Mr. Abegunde was a two-term member of the House of Representatives, representing Akure North and South Constituency.…

Nigeria Police Force

Nigeria Police promote 28,627 personnel

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has approved the promotion of 28, 627 junior officers to their next rank. According to a statement issued by the force's spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, the mass promotion was part of ongoing efforts by the police chief to boost the morale of the personnel towards…

Alleged N6.8 billion fraud: Bank official testifies against Nigerian ex-aviation chief, others

An official of Stanbic IBTC Bank, Ade Babatunde, on Monday told a Federal High Court, Lagos how Segun Agbolade, a former General Manager (Finance), Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA, allegedly defrauded the agency. Mr. Babatunde, while being led in evidence by the EFCC prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo, made the revelations at…

Kaduna Airport [Photo Credit: NewswireNGR]

Abuja Airport Closure: 1,890 passengers conveyed by road in first 4 days

The Ministry of Transport conveyed 1,432 airline passengers by road from Kaduna Airport to Abuja in the first four days of Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport runway closure. Another 458 of the passengers were moved from Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja to Kaduna Airport, making a total of 1890 passengers. James Odaudu,…

Bayelsa on Nigerian map

Police arrest man for chopping off penis of nine-month-old boy

The Police in Bayelsa on Monday confirmed the arrest of a 59-year-old traditional health practitioner, Ziworitin Keke, who cut off the penis of a nine-month-old boy during circumcision. The incident occurred at Odenwari, a coastal settlement in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa on February 5. Asinim Butswat, the…

Naira-Dollar

Naira appreciates in all segments of FOREX Market

The naira on Monday appreciated in all the major segments of the foreign exchange market, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. The Nigerian currency gained three points to exchange at N460, from N463 posted on Friday, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro closed at N550 and 476, respectively.…

Buhari directs Osinbajo to head delegation on Niger Delta crisis

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to head a special presidential delegation charged with the task of resolving the crisis in the Niger Delta region. The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Paul Boroh, disclosed this to journalists on Monday in Abuja. Mr. Boroh…

Rail tracks connecting Abuja - Kaduna

Abuja light rail project 90% completed – Minister

The FCT Minister, Muhammad Bello, said on Monday that work on Abuja light rail project has reached 90 per cent, as most of the rail stations are at their finishing stages. The minister made this known after his inspection of the project site in Abuja. Mr. Bello said there are…

Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC)

TUC lauds Nigerian govt on 10 per cent housing equity waiver

The Trade Union Congress, TUC, has commended the Federal Government on waiver of the initial payment of 10 per cent housing equity on mortgages below N5 million from housing off takers. Bobboi Kaigama, TUC, President gave the commendation on Monday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in…

Fish heads, fish bones

Customs intercept container of Tilapia fish from Turkey

The Apapa Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, has intercepted a 40ft container of frozen Tilapia fish imported from Turkey and valued at N22.1 million. The Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Muhammad Jibrin, said this on Monday when he led journalists to APM Terminals, Apapa, where the container was intercepted.…

How Diezani got $115 million, gave N450 million to ex-minister, senior advocate – Witness

There was a twist on Monday in Lagos in the ongoing trial of Mohammed Belgore and a former Minister of National Planning, Abubakar Sulaiman, for alleged N450 million money laundering as the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, was joined in the suit. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,…

Southern Kaduna: Police arrest suspected killers of two Fulani herdsmen

The Police in Kaduna State on Monday said they have arrested three suspects that allegedly killed two Fulani herdsmen on Saturday. The Commissioner of Police, Agyole Abeh, told journalists in Kaduna that the two herdsmen were grazing their livestock when they were killed on March 11 at Unguwan Luka in…

Bamaiyi’s $4.8 million: Ajudua challenges EFCC’s right to prosecute him

A one-time Lagos socialite, Fred Ajudua, on Monday in Lagos challenged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over a $4.8 million fraud charge it slammed against him. Mr. Ajudua, who challenged the right of the commission to prosecute him for defrauding a former Chief of Army Staff, Ishaya Bamaiyi,…

High Court

Court dissolves university lecturer’s marriage

A Jos State High Court on Monday dissolved the marriage of a university lecturer, Evelyn Iyah, over her husband’s alleged cruelty and incessant violence. Ms. Iyah, on March 10, 2016 petitioned the court through her counsel, G. O. Izere, to dissolve her marriage with Iyah, because he had “lost his…

Abuja Airport

Nigerian govt restricts helicopter flight over Abuja

The Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, has reminded aviation authorities of the restriction of helicopter ferry flight over Abuja metropolis for security reasons. The reminder which was issued to regulatory stakeholders through a memo titled “Restriction of Helicopter Ferry Flights Over Abuja Metropolis” stated that: “In view of…

Ali Modu Sheriff

Stop representing PDP, Sheriff warns Jerry Gana

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ali Sheriff, has advised the Jerry Gana-led Strategy Review and Inter-Party Affairs Committee to stop speaking for the party. Represented by his Deputy National Chairman, Cairo Ojougbo, at a news conference in Abuja on Monday, Mr. Sheriff described the Gana-led committee…

Former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha

Court orders arrest of five Imo commissioners, directors

A Federal High Court sitting in Owerri has ordered the arrest of five Imo State Government officials for contempt of court. The affected officials are Josephine Udoji, Commissioner for Works and Transport, Lawrence Eburuoh, the Commissioner for Lands, Survey, and Urban Planning and Chibuzor Iwuagwu, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works.…

Dutch govt urges travellers to be alert in Turkey following diplomatic tensions

The Dutch Foreign Ministry on Monday urged nationals travelling to Turkey to be alert and avoid gatherings and crowded places following an escalation of diplomatic tensions between the two countries. “Since March 11, 2017, there are diplomatic tensions between Turkey and the Netherlands. “Especially on social media are highly critical…

Justice court law

Pastor docked for allegedly stealing N350,000

A pastor, Ajayi Pius, 45, was on Monday arraigned before Magistrate Omolola Akosile of an Ado-Ekiti Magistrates’ Court, Ekiti, for allegedly stealing N350,000. The accused is facing a charge of stealing. The prosecutor, Monica Ikebuilo, told the court that the accused committed the offence sometimes in June 2013 at Falana…