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PIC.15.ILLEGAL REFINERY AT AKASSA AREA OF BRASS IN BAYELSA

Nigerian Navy destroys illegal refinery, removes 1.59 million litres of diesel

The Nigerian Navy on Friday said it had discovered and destroyed an illegal refinery that contained 1.59 million litres of illegally refined diesel during a mop-up operation in Port Harcourt. Speaking at the destruction exercise, Williams Kayoda, the Commander of Nigerian Navy Ship, NNS, Pathfinder, however, said no arrest was…

NCC confiscates pirated works worth N600 million in Lagos

The Nigerian Copyright Commission, NCC, has seized pirated works worth N600 million during its anti-piracy raid of seven warehouses in Awodi-Ora Estate of Apapa area, Lagos State. Obi Ezeilo, the Zonal Manager of the commission, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Friday that this was part…

European authorities launch probe into fund hidden in Swiss bank

European financial authorities have launched a probe into funds that were hidden from tax authorities in accounts at a Swiss bank, Dutch prosecutors said on Friday in Zurich. It also announced the seizure of paintings, gold and jewellery. While they did not name the bank, Swiss banking giant Credit Suisse…

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Nigeria, five other countries collaborate to manufacture five identical Nano-Satellites – Agency

The National Space Agency, NASRDA, says its collaboration with five countries has resulted in the successful completion of a global project for the design and manufacture of five identical Nano-Satellites. Felix Ale, Head, Media and Corporate Communication, NASRDA made this known in a statement in Abuja on Friday. Nano-satellites or…

South Africa’s deputy president disagrees with president on finance minister’s sacking

South Africa’s outgoing Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Friday an intelligence report President Jacob Zuma used as justification to fire him was “absolute nonsense”. Mr. Gordhan also said during a televised press conference in Pretoria that he had been “sickened” by allegations that he had secret meetings to undermine…

Michael Flynn

Trump supports former NSA’s decision to seek immunity over Russia probe

U.S. President Donald Trump has supported the decision of his former National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, to seek immunity from prosecution in exchange for his testimony in congressional probes of possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. Mr. Trump, in a tweet on Friday, emphasised that the decision to…

YouWin: Nigerian govt halts disbursements over alleged fraud

The Federal Government has stopped further disbursement of cash to beneficiaries under the YouWin programme following alleged massive fraud uncovered in its management. The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, said on Friday that the decision to stop further disbursement of funds was to allow government conclude its investigations to unravel…

Acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

Magu accuses Sun Newspaper of libel, seeks N5 billion

The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, has accused the Sun Newspaper of libel, and is demanding a N5 billion naira compensation. Wilson Uwujaren, Head Media and Publicity, EFCC, said this on Thursday in a statement in Abuja. He said Mr. Magu was seeking…

Rice Farmers Photo Credit: Agro Nigeria

Rice farmers across Nigeria witness bumper harvest amidst distribution, milling challenges

States in the north-eastern part of the country still struggling to recover from the devastating effects of Boko Haram insurgency, are recording bumper harvests in rice cultivation. In a recent survey by News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, rice farmers, millers and dealers attributed the development to the pragmatic agricultural policies…

STUDENTS WRITING THE NECO EXAMS

Prospective JAMB candidates lament stressful registration process, call for extension

Prospective candidates for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination conducted by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, on Friday described ongoing registration process as very slow, cumbersome, expensive and stressful. Some of the candidates who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in separate interviews in Kaduna and Kano,…

U.S. accuses Iran of sponsoring terrorism

Iran is continuing to behave as an exporter of terrorism and still sponsors militant activity, U.S. Defence Secretary, James Mattis, said on Friday in London. Asked about comments he made in 2012 that the three primary threats the U. S. faced were “Iran, Iran, Iran,” Mattis said that Iran’s behaviour…

Zamfara State map

Zamfara community neglected for 30 years cries for help

The Kwashabawa community, a border town between Nigeria and Niger Republic in Zamfara, said there has been no government project in the area for over 30 years. A resident of the community, Shamsuddeen Danturai, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Gusau on Friday that the community had been neglected…

senator, Bassey Akpan (PDP, Akwa Ibom Central)

Nigerian senator sacked by court loses stay of execution bid

The Federal High Court, Uyo, on Friday struck out the application for stay of execution filed by Bassey Akpan of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, representing Akwa Ibom North. Mr. Akpan filed the suit for the court to stay execution of its February 27 judgment, which was in favour of…

Ghanaian President names new Central Bank Governor two days after incumbent’s exit

Three months after he was inaugurated, President Nana Akufo-Addo has appointed a new governor for Ghana’s Central Bank. He is Ernest Addison, an Economist. He takes over from Abdul-Nashiru Issahaku, who tendered his resignation from the bank on March 29 about 11 months after being appointed. According to a statement…

Ebonyi State Map

Fire guts accounts section of Ebonyi Govt House

The accounts section of the Ebonyi Government House was on Friday gutted by fire which disrupted activities within the complex. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that no life was reported lost in the fire which started around 9 a.m. Kenneth Ugbala, Senior Special Assistant to Governor David Umahi on…

Immigration Recruitment Scandal: Again, court grants Abba Moro permission to travel abroad for treatment

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday granted former Interior Minister, Abba Moro, permission to travel abroad for medical checkup. The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Mr. Moro was granted similar permission on July 14, 2016 to travel for medical treatment. The former minister is standing trial over alleged…

High Court

Nigerian Army sacks soldier for killing lover over phone call

A Nigerian soldier, Sunday Umaru, has been dragged before a Barkin-Ladi High Court in Plateau, for allegedly killing his lover, Charity Thomas, over a phone call. Mr. Umaru, a married man, was a private in the Nigerian Army and on posting at the Special Task Force (STF), sector 7, Barkin-Ladi,…

As Nigeria Meningitis death toll grows, Kenya gets new vaccine to prepare for outbreak

Kenya on Friday unveiled meningitis vaccine as the debilitating bacterial disease threatens to break out in the country’s northern counties amid biting drought. The new meningitis vaccine called “Nimenrix” was developed by Pfizer, an American pharmaceutical giant and will bolster efforts to eradicate the highly infectious disease that is rampant…

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Meningitis kills one, infects four others in Jigawa

The Jigawa Government says meningitis has killed one person and infected four others in four local government areas of the state. Muhammad Kainuwa, the permanent secretary of the state Ministry of Health, confirmed this to journalists in Dutse on Thursday. Mr. Kainuwa said that five suspected cases of Cerebro Spinal…

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NSCDC suspends two officers for alleged oil theft

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has suspended two of its officers for alleged involvement in oil theft in Bayelsa. The corps sp‎okesman, Emmanuel Okeh, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja. Mr. Okeh said the management of the…

Abuja on map

282 deaths: What Nigerian govt, affected states are doing about meningitis outbreak

The National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, has expressed concern about rising cases of deaths and ill-health following the outbreak of meningitis in some parts of the country. At least 282 deaths have so far been recorded across five states due to the disease. The Acting Executive Secretary of the commission,…

Nasarawa on map

Nasarawa records 12,000 tuberculosis cases in five years

Nasarawa State recorded 12,000 cases of tuberculosis in the last five years, according to Aboki Dajuma, the State Coordinator, Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Agency. Mr. Danjuma, who spoke at a rally to mark the 2017 World Tuberculosis Day on Thursday in Lafia, said that 800 patients were treated and certified…

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World Cup 2026: FIFA reveals allocation for 48-team tournament

FIFA is proposing a six-nation play-off tournament to decide the last two slots at the 48-team World Cup in 2026. Football’s world governing body has revealed its plans for how the 48 places will be allocated, with 16 European teams set to qualify. The proposals — approved by FIFA’s president…

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High demand raises dollar rate to N380

Increasing demand for the dollar at the parallel market on Thursday resulted in the rise of the greenback currency to N380 from N370 on Wednesday in Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Naira also depreciated against the Euro, exchanging at N400, from N390 on Wednesday. The Naira,…

NCAA

Regulator threatens Nigerian airlines with sanctions for non-remittance of charges

The two-month deadline given to domestic airlines to automate the remittance of the statutory five per cent ticket sales/cargo sales charge ends on March 31, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, said on Thursday in Lagos. Sam Adurogboye, the General Manager, Public Relations of NCAA, said at the expiration of…