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Court remands cleaner for alleged rape of 6-year-old girl

A Gudu Upper Area Court, Abuja, on Wednesday ordered the remand of 24-year-old cleaner, Olamide Balogun, ‎in prison for allegedly raping a 6-year-old girl. The judge, Umar Kagarko, adjourned the case till June 15 for hearing. The defendant who lives in Mabushi, Abuja, was arraigned on a count charge of…

British Spice Girl Mel B, gets restraining order after accusing husband of abuse

British singer and Spice Girl Melanie ‘Mel B’ Brown, was granted a restraining order against her estranged husband Stephen Belafonte after filling claims of abuse. According to the court papers, she claimed Belafonte, a TV producer, had emotionally and physically abused her for much of their 10-year marriage. She added…

Bash Ali docked for alleged criminal trespass, granted N100,000 bail

A Gudu Upper Area Court, Abuja, on Wednesday granted N100,000 bail to a boxer, Bashiru Ali (a.k.a.Bash Ali) docked for alleged criminal trespass.‎ ‎ The judge, Umar Kagarko, ordered the defendant to provide one surety in like sum that must reside within the court’s jurisdiction. He adjourned the case till…

Nigerian Navy

Nigerian Navy Admiral found dead in his home

The Fleet Commander of the Western Naval Command, Nigerian Navy, Teikumo Ikoli, was on Wednesday found dead in his Lagos home. The spokesperson for the Western Naval Command, Chinwe Umar, said in a statement that the cause of Ikoli’s death had not been known, but investigation was going on. “In…

Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopian Airline airlifts 4,500 passengers from Kaduna airport in 28 days

Ethiopian Airlines says it has airlifted over 4,500 passengers from Kaduna International Airport since it commenced flight operations from the airport on March 8. Firiehiwot Mekonnen, the airline’s Traffic and Sales Manager, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja that it had so far operated 28 flights…

University of Ibadan (UI)

ASUU frowns at Buhari administration’s budgetary allocation to education

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has expressed its disappointment at the federal government’s budgetary allocation to the education sector. The union also called on the National Assembly to address the issue of low funding of education in Nigeria. The ASUU President, Biodun Ogunyemi, made the call on Wednesday…

Angela Merkel

German cabinet agrees to outlaw child marriages

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet agreed on Wednesday to a new draft law aimed at banning child marriages. The law, drawn up by Justice Minister Heiko Maas, sets the minimum age for marriage in Germany at 18 years. About 1,500 minors with non-German backgrounds living in the country were registered…

169 Gambian migrants return home

About 169 Gambian migrants on Wednesday returned home, after journeying across the Sahara in harsh conditions. According to Reuters report, the returnees were mostly young men in their 20s, seeking a better life abroad, but also some women and children. Most of the dozen or so Gambian migrants interviewed by…

Boko Haram mines: UN team arrives Nigeria

A team of UN experts has arrived in Nigeria to assess the number of landmines Boko Haram terrorists have laid in the Sambisa Forest. Agnes Marcaillou, Director, UN Mine Action Service, UNMAS, told a correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria in New York that the team arrived the country…

Court refuses to order Attorney General to investigate Ribadu, Waziri, Lamorde, Magu

An FCT High Court, Jabi, has struck out an application seeking an order to compel the Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, to investigate former heads of the anti-graft agency, EFCC. Justice Abba-Bello Muhammad, struck out the application after listening to the submission of the applicants’ counsel, Frank Tietie. Plaintiffs in…

National Arts Theatre, Lagos

Nigerian govt won’t sell National Theatre to Lagos govt – Lai Mohammed

The Federal Government has no plans to sell the National Art Theatre to the Lagos State Government, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said. Mr. Mohammed made this known on Tuesday night at a dinner with Nigerian TV and online content developers attending the ongoing MIPTV in Cannes,…

Reps threaten zero allocation to ministry of transportation in 2017

Four committees of the House of Representatives on Tuesday jointly expressed dissatisfaction over the implementation of the Federal Ministry of Transportation’s 2016 Budget. They are Committees on Aviation; Land Transport; Maritime Safety and Administration; Ports, Harbours and Waterways. The committees, which visited the ministry’s headquarters in Abuja on oversight function,…

Arik Air

NCAA talks tough, says no going back on fee directive to Nigeria’s domestic airlines

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, says there is no going back on its earlier directive on automation of remittance of the five per cent Ticket and Cargo Sales Charges (TSC/CSC). Sam Adurogboye, the General Manager, Public Relations, NCAA, said on Tuesday that any airline that failed to comply would…

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Italy deports another 40 Nigerians

The Italian government has deported 40 Nigerians for committing various offences in the country. The latest deportation comes less than a month after 37 Nigerians were deported from Italy on March 8. Two weeks before that, another 33 Nigerians were also deported from the European country on February 23. The…

John Odigie-Oyegun, Former APC Chairman

APC chairman, Oyegun, meets senators; calls for ‘ceasefire’

The chairman of the All Progressives Congress(APC), John Oyegun, has called for a ceasefire between the legislature and executive. The chairman, made this known when the National Working Committee of APC visited the Senate Caucus of the party on Tuesday in Abuja. Mr. Oyegun, who spoke to journalists after about…

Al-Shabab

Al-Shabaab militants abduct 4 aid workers in Southern Somalia

Suspected Al-Shabaab militants kidnapped four World Health Organisation, WHO, workers in southern Somalia on Tuesday, police said. A police officer said the four workers, all Somalis, were working on a polio vaccination exercise underway in Somalia for the UN health agency. The officer, who did not want to be identified,…

OANDO

Oando returns to profitability, posts N3.5 billion profit in 2016

Oando Plc on Tuesday announced a profit-after-tax of N3.5 billion for the financial year ended December 31, 2016, returning to profitability after two-year loss. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that this is against a loss after tax of N47.6 billion posted in the preceding period of 2015. This is…

NSCDC personnel used to illustrate the story will be protecting farmlands

Seven Nigeriens, 20 Nigerians arrested for allegedly razing civil defence office

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, in Jigawa said it arrested 27 suspects, including six nationals of Niger republic, for allegedly burning down its office in Maigatari Local Government Area of the state. The corps’ spokesperson, Adamu Abdullahi, confirmed the arrest to journalists in Dutse on Tuesday. The…

UN Security council to meet Wednesday on suspected Syria toxic gas attack

The UN Security Council will meet at 1000 EDT (1400 GMT) on Wednesday to be briefed on the suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria. NAN reports that a suspected Syrian government chemical attack killed at least 58 people, including 11 children, in the north-western province of Idlib, a monitor, medics…

Tupac gets inducted in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame April 7

Tupac Shakur, late American rapper, is to be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 7. Shakur’s recording career lasted just five years before he was murdered in 1996. But it is the rapper’s influence from beyond the grave that will be celebrated on Friday when…

Justice court law

Man jailed for one month for raping boy to death to be re-arraigned

The Niger State Government has ordered the re-arraignment of a man sentenced to one-month imprisonment for abduction and rape of a nine-year-old boy, who eventually died. The convict, Nuhu Musa, 37, was sentenced to one-month imprisonment with an option of N30, 000 fine by a Kontagora Magistrates’ Court for kidnap…

Meningitis vaccination used to illustrate the story [Photo Credit: communit.com]

Meningitis: Zamfara death toll rises to 215 as governor ascribes disease to God’s wrath

The number of people who have died from suspected cases of Cerebro Spinal Meningitis in Zamfara State has risen to 215. The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control had earlier on Tuesday said at least 336 have died from the disease across Nigeria. Abdullahi Shinkafi, the Secretary to the Zamfara State…

Dollar and Naira bills [Photo credit: NairaFX]

Naira gains after one-week depreciation

The Naira on Tuesday appreciated against the dollar at the parallel market after a sustained one-week depreciation, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. The Nigerian currency traded between N380 (buying rate), and N390 (selling rate) stronger than N395 recorded on Monday, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro closed…

UPDATED: WAEC exams papers safe after fire — Official

The West African Examination Council, WAEC, has confirmed that computers, vital documents and 10 offices of the control department were destroyed by Tuesday’s fire at its Kaduna zonal office. The council however said examination papers were not affected by the inferno, which erupted at about 9.50 a.m. Fidelis Gayan, deputy…

81 young innovators win N756 million grant

The Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment has approved the sum of N756.3 million for disbursement to 81 Nigerian innovators as part of Federal Government’s economic empowerment initiatives. Okechukwu Enelamah, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, said this in Abuja on Tuesday during the grant award ceremony. Mr.…