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Meet the Nigerian woman who survived 10 days in Sahara Desert

A 22-year-old Nigerian woman attempting to migrate into Europe via the harsh Sahara Desert survived after being abandoned by traffickers for 10 days. The International Organisation for Migration said the woman, given the nickname Adoara, was the only female among the survivors of a rescue mission on May 28. “She…

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World’s first ATM marks 50th ‘Birthday’

The world’s first Automated Teller Machine, ATM, a technology which brought transformation in the way people obtained and used cash, on Tuesday clocked 50 years. According to the Metro News, the world’s first ATM was unveiled by Barclays at its Enfield branch in North London on June 27, 1967. As…

52 migrants from Gambia, Nigeria, others dead as IOM rescues 600 in Sahara Desert

The International Organisation for Migration, IOM, said it rescued no fewer than 600 people since April 2017 through a new search and rescue operation that targeted migrants stranded in Sahara Desert. The UN migration agency, however, regretted that 52 migrants, mostly from The Gambia, Nigeria, Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire, died…

N16 billion apartment belonging to Diezani’s ally Kola Aluko to be auctioned

Nigerian energy businessman Kola Aluko, declared wanted by the EFCC, has been identified as the owner of Apartment 79, a penthouse apartment in One57, one of New York City’s most expensive residential buildings. However, the apartment would be sold to the highest bidder by a Luxembourg based Banque Havilland, in…

Marrying educated women will eliminate vices, Professor tells Nigerian men

A female professor in Zamfara State, Bilkisu Shinkafi, has called on men to marry educated women in order to check social vices in the society. Mrs. Shinkafi made the call on Tuesday, in Gusau, at a Town Hall meeting organised by the Zamfara Circle, an NGO. The dean of the…

UNICEF certifies 825 Nigerian communities free of open defecation

No fewer than 825 communities in Katsina State have so far been certified as Open Defecation Free (ODF) under the Sanitation, Hygiene and Water in Nigeria II (SHAWN). Aminu Dayyabu, the Executive Director, Katsina State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA), made this known in an interview with the…

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Bird Flu: Namibia, Botswana ban poultry imports from South Africa

Namibia and Botswana on Tuesday suspended poultry imports from South Africa with immediate effect, following outbreaks of highly contagious H5N8 bird flu. South Africa has confirmed outbreaks of avian flu, which is often transmitted by wild birds, on at least two farms. South Africa and Mozambique banned poultry imports from…

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Three migrants die as thousands rescued in sea off Libya

Three migrants died in the Mediterranean on Monday night, a German aid group said, during Italian-led rescue operations in which thousands more were pulled to safety from rickety boats. About 5,000 migrants were picked up off the Libyan coast by emergency services, Italy’s navy, aid groups and private boats on…

Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad

Council of Europe lawmakers move against chief after visit to Syrian President

The Council of Europe’s parliamentary assembly moved Tuesday to sack its president, Pedro Agramunt, because of a visit to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in March. The move came after the parliamentary assembly of the human rights-focused organisation voted to amend its procedures to allow it to dismiss its president or…

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Osun bye-election: PDP, APC trade words over alleged rigging plan

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Osun State has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of a plan to rig the July 8 Osun West Senatorial bye-election. The PDP State Chairman, Soji Adagunodo, made this allegation at a news conference on Tuesday in Osogbo. But the APC swiftly responded, debunking…

Internally Displaced Persons

85 per cent of IDPs return home in Yobe – Official

The Yobe State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, says about 85 per cent of Internally Displaced Persons, (IDPs, who fled their communities in Gujba Local Government Area, following Boko Haram insurgency had returned. The Permanent Secretary, Musa Jidawa, disclosed this on Tuesday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria…

Ethnic agitations symptom of rot in Nigerian system – Sultan

The Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar, says ongoing ethnic-centred agitations in the country are symptoms of rot in the Nigerian system. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mr. Abubakar said this in Sokoto when Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers paid him a Sallah visit. "In the past, a…

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Spain deports 23 Nigerians for committing various offences

The Spanish Government on Tuesday deported 23 Nigerians for committing various offences in the country, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. They were deported barely five days after 34 Nigerians were sent home from six European countries for committing immigration-related offences. NAN reports that 34 Nigerians were jointly deported…

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Nigeria example of country ‘walking towards failure’ — Utomi

Pat Utomi, co-founder of Lagos Business School and Pan Atlantic University, has urged groups in the country to find ways to halt Nigeria’s impending anarchy. Mr. Utomi made the call in Awka on Monday at the June, 2017 meeting of University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) Alumni Association and presentation of…

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APGA writes Nnamdi Kanu, warns IPOB leader not to think himself Igbo “emperor”

The All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, has decried Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, leader, Nnamdi Kanu’s call on Anambra people to shun forthcoming gubernatorial poll in the state. The party, in a letter to Mr. Kanu, signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Ifeatu Obiokoye, and made available to the media…

African Development Bank President (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina

Why Nigeria’s Akinwunmi Adesina won 2017 World Food Prize

The World Food Prize Foundation has explained why Akinwumi Adesina won the $250,000 2017 World Food Prize Laureate prize on Monday. The President of the Foundation, Kenneth Quinn, said Mr. Adesina won the prize “for driving change in African agriculture for over 25 years and improving food security for millions across the continent”. Mr. Adesina,…

Oby Ezekwesili

Ezekwesili features on Forbes empowerment TV show

Oby Ezekwesili, creator of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign will feature in the first episode of Forbes Woman Africa women empowerment TV show. The show depicts the journey of some of the most influential women in West and South Africa who have achieved remarkable feats whiles defying the odds. The highly anticipated…

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Fun seekers throng parks, recreation centres to celebrate Eid-el-Fitr

The Eid-el-Fitr celebration got to its peak on Monday in Abuja as fun seekers expressed satisfaction with the turnout of activities at the various parks in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Some of the fun seekers, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria, said they were surprised at the…

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Lagos Police confirm arrest of five suspected VI robbers

The Police said in Lagos on Monday that they have arrested five suspected armed robbers believed to be terrorising motorists on Victoria Island. The Police said officials swooped on the suspects following a tip-off by three victims of the robbery attacks. “The occupants of the car were allegedly attacked by the…

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Bird Flu: Nigerian govt to compensate Ebonyi poultry farmers

The Federal Government will from July 5 compensate Ebonyi poultry farmers affected by the December 2016 Avian Influenza attack on poultry farms in the state. Uchenna Orji, the state’s Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, disclosed this on Mondayin Abakaliki during a training programme for poultry farmers in the state…

23 Nigerian states owe local govt workers’ salaries; some 14 months – NULGE

The Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, said that 23 states of the federation currently owed local government workers’ arrears of salary ranging from one to 16 months. National President of the union, Ibrahim Khaleel stated this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN,…

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Nigeria, Mexico trade volume hits $600 million

The trade volume between Nigeria and Mexico has grown by 360 per cent from 166.5 million dollars in 2012 to 600 million dollars in 2016. The Mexican Embassy, Deputy Head of Mission, Rodrigo Tenorio, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on…

Crystal Palace appoint Frank de Boer manager

Crystal Palace have appointed former Ajax Amsterdam and Inter Milan coach Frank de Boer as their new manager on a three-year contract, the Premier League club said on Monday. The 47-year-old Dutchman has been out of work since he was sacked by Serie A club Inter in November after winning…

Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs, Hameed Ali

Customs generates N239.4 billion in first quarter, 2017

The Nigerian Custom Service generated a total sum of N239.4 billion in the first three months of this year, figures obtained from the Federal Ministry of Finance have revealed. The amount is contained in a document obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Abuja, showing the activities…

Nigerian-born NBA star, Antetokounmpo, returns to Greece

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Greece’s home-grown NBA All-Star, made an emotional return to the city he grew up in and promised to help children in Greece and Africa make it in life. With his brother Thanasis, who plays for the Spanish club MoraBanc Andorra, the “Antetokounmbros” have begun offering a college scholarship…