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Immigration officials screening Nigerian returnee from Libya during their arrival at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on Thursday.

41 Nigerians deported from seven European countries

Forty-one Nigerians deported from seven European countries for committing immigration-related offences arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on Thursday. The Nigerians were deported from Australia, Switzerland, Hungary, Netherlands, Germany, Norway and Denmark. The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, learned that the aircraft with registration mark EC-120 which flew…

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How HIV positive mothers can breastfeed exclusively – Don

Nursing mothers living with HIV can exclusively breastfeed their babies but with the help of anti-retroviral drug, an expert has said. The Executive Director, International Research Centre for Excellence, Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria, Alash’le Abimiku, said this on Thursday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in…

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Anambra governorship: PDP screens Ifeanyi Ubah, Stella Oduah, five others

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Thursday in Abuja began the screening of seven members who have indicated interest to contest the November 18 governorship election in Anambra. Addressing the aspirants at the party’s National Secretariat, Chairman of the Screening Committee, Adamu Waziri, pledged that the committee would do a…

Ex-Senate President Senate, David Mark, attacks politicians leaving PDP

Ahead of Saturday’s non-elective convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), former President of the Senate, David Mark, has launched an attack on those leaving his party, calling them fair weather friends. In a statement by his Media Assistant, Paul Mumeh, Mr. Mark recalled his pledge never to dump the…

INEC removes names of 109 non-Nigerians from voter register

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, says it has ordered the removal of the names of 190 non-Nigerians from the country’s Voter Register as part of measures to clean up the register. The commission disclosed this in a statement issued by its Director of Voter Education and Publicity, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi…

WAEC: Enugu offers scholarship to student with nine A1s

The Enugu State Government has offered scholarship up to first degree level in any Nigerian university to the best graduating student of Shalom Academy Nsukka in 2017, Cynthia Ali, who scored A1 in all the nine subjects she sat for in the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) exam. The state…

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Top Kano politician, Sani Hashim-Hotoro, passes on

A former Chairman of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) in Kano State, Sani Hashim-Hotoro, is dead. Aged 67, Mr. Hashim-Hotoro died in the early hours of Thursday at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH), Kano, “after battling with chronic diabetes”. One of his sons, Saidu Hashim, who announced…

Presidency hails Senate’s stance on Buhari’s prolonged absence

The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang, has commended the Senate for its stance that the president has not violated the law by staying off duty for months. The Senate said this in a statement signed by its Spokesman, Sabi Abdullahi, on…

Pakistan to give state funeral to German nun behind ending leprosy

A German nun, Ruth Pfau, who helped Pakistan eradicate leprosy and who died on Thursday aged 87 in the southern city of Karachi, is to receive a rare state funeral. Pfau breathed her last at a hospital affiliated with her Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre, said Salwa Zainab, a spokeswoman for…

Balarabe Musa

Anti-Igbo song embarrassing, unfortunate — Balarabe Musa

The production and circulation of an anti-Igbo song in parts of Northern Nigeria is “embarrassing and unfortunate’’, Balarabe Musa, a former governor of old Kaduna State, has said. Mr. Musa told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone from Kaduna that the content of the song did not reflect…

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Many feared killed, 60 homes burnt in fresh Adamawa attack

Many people were feared dead on Thursday in a fresh attack by Boko Haram Islamists in Ghumbili community in the Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa. The attack comes a few days after a similar incident in a neighbouring village in the Local Government, known as Mildu, where seven people…

Herdsmen

Herdsmen association vow to challenge anti-grazing law in court

Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) says it will continue to challenge the anti-grazing laws introduced by some state governments in court. The National Secretary of the association, Baba Ngelzarma, made the declaration while speaking with newsmen in Abuja on Thursday. He said the pastoralists, who were largely…

Internally Displaced Persons

Nigerian govt. donates 5,000 tonnes of rice to IDPs in North-east

The Nigerian government has donated 5,000 metric tons of rice to the United Nations World Food Programme, WFP, for distribution to internally displaced persons in the North-eastern part of the country. WFP announced the donation in a statement on Thursday. According to the statement, it will help feed nearly half-a-million…

Freed Swedish hostage recalls six years of captivity in Mali

A Swedish national, who was held almost six years by Islamist militants in Mali said on Thursday he “did not know” why he was released, saying he rejected possible ransom payments. “I can just speculate like everyone else,’’ Johan Gustafsson told a news conference about why he was freed in…

‘What Alison-Madueke’s loot can fund in Nigeria’

The Buhari Media Support Group (BMSG) on Thursday in Abuja, said the stolen funds traced to former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, could fund infrastructure development in the country. Specifically, the group said in a statement by its Chairman, Austin Braimoh, and Secretary, Cassidy Madueke, that government could build six world-class…

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Oil rises to $53 approximately as inventory overhang erodes

Oil prices rose on Thursday lifted by a sustained decline in inventories and Saudi Arabia’s preparedness to cut crude supplies to its prized Asian customers. Brent crude futures were 52.99 dollars a barrel by 0855 GMT, while US West Texas Intermediate crude was up 17 cents at 49.73 dollars. Crude…

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TSA: Court strikes out FG’s suit against 7 banks, awards N1.2m costs

A Lagos Federal High Court on Wednesday struck out a suit filed by the Nigerian Government seeking to recover 793.2 million dollars allegedly kept by seven commercial banks in violation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) policy. The defendants are: Diamond Bank, United Bank for Africa (UBA), First Bank, Skye…

Guam governor shrugs off North Korea’s mid-August strike plan

The Guam Governor Eddie Calvo on Thursday dismissed North Korea’s statement that it will develop a plan by mid-August to launch missiles at the U.S. Pacific territory as coming from “a position of fear. Calvo said there was no heightened threat. North Korea’s state media said earlier that, under the…

China earthquake death toll rises to 20

The death toll from the earthquake that struck China’s south-western Sichuan province rose to 20, with 431 injured, local authorities said on Thursday. Eighteen people suffered serious injuries, according to the local government website. Twelve bodies have been identified. They include two local residents and at least six tourists, who…

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#KenyaDecides: Electoral commission denies interferences in voting

Kenya Electoral Commission on Wednesday denied interferences in voting or the vote count in the general election, saying that the election management system was secure. “We confirm there were no interferences before, during and after the polling exercise,” the commission said on Twitter. Opposition presidential candidate, Raila Odinga, had claimed…

50 African teen migrants drowned by smugglers – IOM

Roughly 50 teenage Somali and Ethiopian migrants were “deliberately drowned’’ on Wednesday by a smuggler, who forced 120 passengers into the sea off Yemen’s coast, the International Organisation for Migration, IOM, said. “The survivors told our colleagues on the beach that the smuggler pushed them to the sea, when he…

Boko Haram: Nigerian Army decorates 65 gallant soldiers

The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has decorated 65 soldiers with gallantry medals for outstanding performance in the counter-insurgency campaign. Emmanuel Kingsley, the spokesperson of the 7 Division, Nigerian Army, announced this in a statement released on Wednesday in Maiduguri. Mr. Kingsley, a lieutenant colonel, said Mr. Buratai, a…

SWEARING-IN CEREMONY FOR NYSC 2017 BATCH A MEMBERS IN ABUJA

Police nab fake corps member

The Police Command in Akwa Ibom has arrested a fake corps member at the NYSC orientation camp, Ikot Itie Udung, in Nsit Atai Local Government Area. A statement issued in Uyo by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Chukwu Ikechukwu, on Wednesday said the fake corps member, Justice…

Court remands four over alleged abduction, rape of teenage girl

An Ile-Ife Magistrates’ Court in Osun on Wednesday ordered the remand of four persons in prison over alleged abduction and having rape of a 17-year-old girl. The accused Seyi Akindoyin, 27; Tope Akanni, 20; Abiodun Olayinka, 19, and Seun Odugade, 22, pleaded not guilty to four-count-charge of conspiracy, abduction, intimidation…

Saudi Arabia jails man 13 years for criticising state policies

A Saudi court on Wednesday sentenced a citizen to 13 years in jail for promoting Hezbollah in his Friday sermons, Sabq local online news has reported. The court ruled that the convict in his sermons criticised Gulf and Arab countries as well as the domestic and foreign policies of Saudi…