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Okafor’s Law: Oboli should have acted faster — Producer

A film producer, Chima Okereke, has blamed Omoni Oboli for allowing her accuser to procure a court order to stop the premiere of Okafor’s Law last Friday. Okereke said Oboli was careless. He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the copyright infringement case slammed on Oboli…

Trump’s daughter accepts Merkel’s invitation to attend G20 women meeting

U.S. President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, has accepted an invitation from German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, to visit Berlin in May for an empowerment conference. “Looking forward to working together in Berlin next month to promote the role of women in the economy and the future of our Workforce Globally (W20),”…

PDP Crisis: Sheriff, Makarfi in fresh war

The National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ali Sheriff, and a factional leader of the party, Ahmed Makarfi, are engaged in a war of words again, just few days after they reached an understanding to bury their differences. What has triggered the latest public spat began with Mr. Sheriff’s threat to…

Blind sacked as Netherlands coach after Bulgaria defeat

The Netherlands on Sunday announced they have sacked head coach Danny Blind after two years in charge. His sacking follows a 0-2 defeat to Bulgaria on Saturday which leaves the Netherlands fourth in their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying group at the halfway stage. The 55-year-old Blind took over as…

Buhari has no certificate scandal – Presidency

The Presidency says President Muhammadu Buhari has no certificate case hanging on his neck as being insinuated in some quarters. Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, gave this clarification while reacting to theSunday Punch newspaper where the president was featured among prominent Nigerians the paper alleges…

Nigerian Senate Chambers

Senate investigates alleged N4 trillion revenue leakage in Customs

The Senate Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff, has commenced investigation into alleged N4 trillion revenue leakage in the Nigeria Customs Service between 2006 and 2016. The Chairman of the committee, Hope Uzodinma, made this known in an interview with journalists on Sunday in Abuja. He said that the committee…

Kaduna Airport [Photo Credit: NewswireNGR]

After 6 weeks, Abuja airport runway upgrade to continue for another 18 weeks – Presidency

After the initial six weeks, the Abuja airport runway will still require another 18 weeks of ‘upgrade,’ an official said on Sunday. According to a statement circulated to select journalists by the presidency, the 18 weeks’ upgrade would however, be carried out at night, meaning normal flight operations will continue…

Dollar and Naira bills [Photo credit: NairaFX]

As Naira appreciates, Bureau de Change operators lose N130 million in one week – Official

The Naira recorded an appreciation of 12.36 per cent at the parallel market in the last one week, the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports. While the Naira appreciated, the leader of bureau de change operators in Nigeria said his members lost N130 million due to the mode of Central…

Evander Holyfield to spar Bola Tinubu in Lagos Charity Boxing Bout

Legendary five-time World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Evander Holyfield, will feature in May, in the most anticipated exhibition boxing match that will pit him against former Lagos State Governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, BAT. According to a statement by Foluke Michael, the Project Manager of the fight, tagged “Rhumbles in Lagos,” the…

NCAA fines airline N9.5 million for violating Nigerian airspace

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, has imposed a fine of N9.5 million on a non-schedule airline for operating in the country without flight clearance. The NCAA spokesman, Sam Adurogboye, said in a statement on Sunday that the Letter of Sanction conveying the penalties had been sent to Lyxor International,…

Synagogue Building collapse

Three-storey building collapses in Anambra

An uncompleted twin three-storey hotel at Nkwo-Eziudo market, along the Ogidi-Abatete road, Ogidi near Onitsha has collapsed with no case of death or injuries reported. Residents of the area told the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday that the incident occurred on Saturday at about 2.30 p.m. when workers had…

Why some Nigerians are turned back at U.S. airports – Envoy

Hakeem Balogun, the Chargé d’affaires of the Embassy of Nigeria in Washington, says different reasons are responsible for the extreme vetting Nigerians face during entry into the US. Mr. Balogun, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Washington, added that the President Donald Trump’s travel ban did…

Unilorin

UniIlorin partners U.S. company to build $1.5 billion solar energy plant – VC

The University of Ilorin is partnering with a U.S company to build a 500 megawatts solar energy plant as part of efforts to tackle the challenge of power supply in Nigeria. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, the institution’s Vice-Chancellor, disclosed this while speaking at the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, forum in Abuja…

Sokoto state on map

21 people die of meningitis in Sokoto – Health Commissioner

The death toll as a result of the meningitis epidemic in Sokoto State has now risen to 21. The State Health Commissioner, Balarabe Kakale, confirmed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Sokoto on Sunday. Mr. Kakale also provided an update on the state of high…

Why Nigerian Army holds championship in Sambisa forest — Buratai

Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff, says this year’s Nigerian Army Small Arms Championship is holding in Sambisa forest to consolidate the army’s grip on the area. Mr. Buratai, a Lt.-Gen., announced this while speaking with journalists on the final arrangements for the event on Saturday in Maiduguri. “We…

Herdsmen

Benue residents endorse anti-grazing bill

Participants at the just-concluded public hearings held by the Benue State House of Assembly, on the government's proposed anti grazing bill, have expressed support for a law banning open grazing in Benue. The participants also endorsed the provision that open grazing be replaced with ranches, but declared that such ranches…

Journalist, four others killed in Osun car crash

An auto crash which occurred at Asejire end of Osun on Friday killed five persons while others sustained severe injuries. Among the dead was a journalist, Nathaniel Abimbola, who worked with the Osun State Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC) in Osogbo. His friends said he was aged 48. He marked his birthday…

Addax Petroleum [Photo: Africa Oil & Gas reports]

Addax Petroleum CEO arrested over Nigeria operation

The management of Addax Petroleum Nigeria Ltd. on Saturday confirmed that Geneva Prosecutor’s Office was conducting a criminal investigation into allegations focusing primarily on the company’s business in Nigeria. The company’s Communications Officer, Michael Owhoko, confirmed in a statement in Lagos that the Chief Executive Office of its Geneva Office,…

Gombe State on map

Gombe’s first speaker dies

The first Speaker of Gombe House of Assembly, Abdullahi Mohammad-Kwadon, has died at the age of 75. Habu Abdu, a lawyer and son of the deceased, confirmed this to journalists in Kwadon, Yamaltu-Deba Local Government area on Saturday. He said the ex-speaker, who died on Saturday, had been buried according…

Court orders arrest of Ahmadu Bello’s grandson

A Sokoto State Sharia Court on Friday issued a bench warrant for the arrest of a Senior Councillor in the Sultanate Council of Sokoto and Magajin Garin Sokoto, Alhaji Hassan Danbaba. The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) reports that Justice Umar Sifawa, gave the order in a ruling on…

FILE PHOTO: President Buhari in Army Uniform

Buhari heads to Sambisa Forest Monday

President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to declare open this year’s Nigerian Army Small Arms Championship in Sambisa forest in Borno. David Ahmadu, the Chief of Training and Operations, Nigerian Army headquarters, disclosed this at a news conference on the championship in Maiduguri on Friday. Mr. Ahmadu, a major general, said…

Ali Olanusi

Appeal Court reverses impeachment of former Ondo deputy governor

The Court of Appeal sitting in Akure, on Friday reversed the impeachment of Ali Olanusi, former Deputy Governor of Ondo State. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr. Olanusi was impeached by the Ondo State House of Assembly on April 27, 2015, when he dumped the Labour Party on which…

Nigerian Army

Boko Haram: Nigerian Army demotes officer

The General Court Martial, GCM, of the Nigerian Army on Friday passed a verdict demoting a captain, Mathew Aroye, to 2nd lieutenant after finding him guilty of gross indiscipline. The President of the GCM, Olusegun Adeniyi, a brigadier general, gave the verdict during its sitting in Maiduguri. Mr. Adeniyi said:…

Lagos water corporation to revive 42 mini waterworks

The Managing Director of Lagos State Water Corporation, Muminu Badmus, on Friday said the corporation would resuscitate about 42 mini waterworks across the state. Mr. Badmus told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Lagos that the waterworks’ revival was aimed at ensuring that all residents of the state had…

A Bureau De Change, BDCs, operator

Naira consolidates strength against dollar

The Naira on Friday in Lagos consolidated its position against the dollar at the parallel market, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. The Nigerian currency on Friday afternoon exchanged between N380 (buying rate) and N390 (selling rate), stronger than N400 recorded on Thursday, while the pound sterling and Euro…