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Reverend sister docked for allegedly defrauding students of N8.25 million exam fees

A Reverend Sister and Principal of School of Nursing, Umulogho in Imo, Eberechukwu Nwachukwu, was on Tuesday arraigned in Owerri for allegedly defrauding 25 students of N8.25 million. Ms. Nwachukwu is facing a nine-count charge bordering on obtaining money under false pretences and threat to life at an Obowo Magistrates’…

Italy builds new detention centres to speed deportation of migrants from Nigeria, other countries

Italy will open new detention centres across the country in the next few months as part of its push to speed up deportations of illegal migrants, in spite of critics saying that the centres are not only inhumane but also do not produce the desired result. Violent protests and difficulty…

Enugu on map [Photo: Wikimedia Commons]

Enugu Assembly passes bill to give life pension to governors

The Enugu State House of Assembly on Tuesday passed the Amended Gubernatorial Pension Bill meant to give life pension to democratically elected governors and their deputies. Presenting the bill for its third reading, the Leader of the House, Ikechukwu Ezeugwu, said the bill sought to give lifetime pension to democratically…

Fuel subsidy fraud: SSS video shows ‘Farouk Lawan receiving bribe from Otedola’

The State Security Service, SSS, on Tuesday presented a video evidence at the FCT High Court, Lugbe, where businessman, Femi Otedola, was seen giving out a parcel to former member of the House of Representatives, Farouq Lawan. Mr. Lawan was the chairman of an ad hoc committee set up by…

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National Assembly increases 2017 budget by N143 billion

The House of Representatives on Tuesday received the report of 2017 N7.30 trillion Appropriation Bill from its Committee on Appropriation for final consideration. The report indicated that the committee increased the budget to N7.44 trillion, representing an addition of about N143 billion to the one presented by President Muhammadu Buhari…

Former National Caretaker Chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ahmed Makarfi.

PDP not adopting new political platform – Party

The Board of Trustees(BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP], says no decision has been taken to adopt an alternative platform because of the leadership crisis rocking the party. The PDP BoT Chairman, Walid Jubrin, made the clarification in a statement he issued on Tuesday. The Supreme Court​ has adjourned…

UPDATED: Why court cleared ex-Head of Service Oronsaye of N190 million corruption charge

An FCT High Court, Maitama, on Tuesday discharged Steve Oronsaye, former Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, of the N190 million corruption charges levelled against him. The judge ruled that the prosecution failed to establish its case against him. Mr. Oronsaye, who was also the Chairman, Presidential Committee…

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Zimbabwe’s Mugabe leaves for medical checks in Singapore

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has left the country for medical checks in Singapore, the government said in a statement, about two months after his previous such trip to the south Asian nation. Aged 93, Mr. Mugabe is the only leader the southern African country has known since independence in 1980,…

Don Jazzy, Wizkid, Davido make Forbes’ top 10 richest African musicians

Forbes Africa has released its list of richest African musicians. The list was put together using factors such as endorsement value, popularity, show rates, sales, awards, YouTube views, appearance in newspapers, investment, social media presence, influence and others. Nigerian artistes, Don Jazzy, Wizkid and Davido, are among the top 10…

Nigerian Police officers on duty [Photo credit: Today.ng]

Fashion designer shot dead by police officer at Lagos birthday party

A 25-year-old fashion designer, Jamiu Ayoade, has been shot dead by a trigger-happy police officer in Lagos, according to dependable sources. The sources told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the police officer, who is believed to be a senior officer at Ijeshatedo Divisional Police Headquarters shot and killed…

Indonesian court sentences ex governor to 2 years in prison for blasphemy

An Indonesian court on Tuesday sentenced former governor of Jakarta, Basuki Purnama, to two years in prison for blasphemy against Islam. The guilty verdict comes amid concern about the growing influence of Islamist groups, who organised mass demonstrations during a tumultuous election campaign that ended with Basuki Tjahaja Purnama losing…

Australia swears in first black African senator

Australia’s first black African member of federal parliament was sworn in on Tuesday in Canberra. Lucy Gichuhi filled the South Australian seat in the Senate which was left vacant for over six months after the resignation of Bob Day from the Family First party. Gichuhi, 54, who has spoken openly…

Mystery illness in Liberia appears to be meningitis -Minister

Medical samples from four of the victims of a disease in Liberia that initially baffled scientists have tested positive for a type of meningitis, the minister of health said. So far a total of 31 cases of the so-called mystery illness have been reported, including 13 deaths in an outbreak…

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‘Herdsmen’ attack Benue communities, kill eight — Police

Eight persons were feared dead following an attack by suspected herdsmen, on two villages in Logo Local Government Area of Benue state, a Police statement said. Police spokesperson for Benue State, Moses Yamu, confirmed the attacks in a statement on Monday. Mr. Yamu said the attacks on Akaa and Tse-Orlalu…

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Teenage lover dies after stab by manfriend in hotel room

A 26-year-old man has reportedly stabbed his 18-year-old girlfriend in a hotel room in Yenagoa. The man took to his heels when the wailing of the victim attracted the attention of other guests in the guest house who came to her rescue. The victim was identified as Faith Pius The…

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Police still investigating alleged rape of secondary school students in Ikoyi – Spokesperson

The Lagos State Police Command on Monday said it had commenced investigation into the alleged rape of some secondary school students in Ikoyi area of the state. The spokesperson for the command, Olarinde Famous-Cole, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday that the police had visited the affected schools…

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11,571 cattle stolen in Kaduna in three months – Herdsmen

A Fulani group, Gam-Allah Fulani Development Association of Nigeria, GAFDAN, said on Monday that 11,571 cattle were stolen in four local government areas in Kaduna State, within the last three months. Bature Daji, Secretary of the Kaduna State chapter of the association, told journalists in Kaduna that the cows were…

Freed Chibok girls meets with President Buhari

Red Cross explains role in securing release of 82 Chibok girls

The International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC, on Monday explained its role in the recent release of the 82 Chibok girls recently freed by the Boko Haram. The girls were freed on Saturday as part of a prisoner swap that also saw the release of some Boko Haram suspects,…

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Confessional statement by Jonathan’s aide voluntarily made, Court rules

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday ruled that the statements obtained by the anti-graft EFCC from Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, an ex-aide of former President Goodluck Jonathan, were made voluntarily and not under duress. Mr. Dudafa is arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission alongside. Joseph Iwejuo, on 23…

University of Uyo

Leave our campus, UNIUYO Vice Chancellor orders herdsmen

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Uyo, Enefiok Essien, has ordered herdsmen, operating within the university community to relocate their cattle from the campus within two weeks. Mr. Essien, who made the call at a meeting with the herdsmen, led by their head, Farouk Miyetti Allah, in Uyo on Monday,…

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Commissioner regains freedom one month after kidnap

The Commissioner for Water Resources in Cross River, Gabriel Odu-Oji, who was kidnapped on April 9, has regained freedom, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. The Public Relations Officer of the Cross River State Police Command, Irene Ugbo, confirmed his release in a telephone interview with the News Agency of…

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Nnamdi Kanu’s father speaks: Only Biafra can stop my son’s agitation

The traditional ruler of Isiama Afaraukwu in Umuahia, Abia State, Israel Kanu, has appealed to the Federal Government to withdraw all the charges against his son and leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu. The older Mr. Kanu also said only the existence of a Biafra Republic…

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Court refuses to unfreeze Patience Jonathan’s $15 million account

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday refused a request by Patience Jonathan, seeking to unfreeze her accounts, having about $15.5 million. Justice Mohammed Idris ordered parties to file pleadings since issues had been joined as to the ownership of the money. The judge held that all the defendants…

France President, Emmanuel Macron

Macron movement to announce parliamentary candidates by Thursday

French president-elect Emmanuel Macron’s political movement will announce its candidates for the country’s 577 parliamentary constituencies by Thursday, Secretary-General Richard Ferrand said on Monday. “In line with Macron’s pledges during the presidential campaign, at least half the movement’s candidates in the June parliamentary poll will be new to politics and…

OAU

Ogunbodede emerges new Vice-Chancellor of OAU

The Governing Council of Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, Ile-Ife, has announced the appointment of Eyitope Ogunbodede, a Professor of Oral Maxillofacial from Faculty of Dentistry as the new Vice-Chancellor of the University. The Chairman of the Council, Yemi Ogunbiyi, announced this in Ile-Ife on Monday. He replaced Idowu Omole, who…