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Trump donates 1st quarter salary to national park

U.S. President Donald Trump has donated his first-quarter salary of $78, 333.32 to National Park Service, White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, announced on Monday. Mr. Spicer said the money represented Trump’s entitlements for the quarter. During campaign, Mr. Trump vowed that he would not take the presidency’s $400,000 annual…

Appointments: APC members protest in Oyo

Some members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Oke-Ogun area of Oyo State on Monday protested alleged lopsidedness in the appointments made by Governor Abiola Ajimobi. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the protesters, who carried placards with various inscriptions, were from the 10 local government areas in the zone.…

Ghana’s $2.2 billion debt sale boosts reserves

Ghana has raised $2.2 billion from sale of long-dated domestic bonds on Friday, boosting its Central Bank’s reserve by one-third, transaction leads and central bank sources said on Monday. Offshore buyers constituted 90 per cent of accepted bids, according to Barclays Bank Ghana sources. The cedi fell to a record…

Jacob Zuma

South Africa’s ruling ANC headed for showdown after finance minister’s sack

Senior members of the ruling African National Congress, ANC, met on Monday to discuss the political fallout from South African President Jacob Zuma’s controversial sacking of his finance minister. The ratings agency, Standard and Poor’s quickly weighed in with some downgrades and the rand fell about two per cent at…

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Man allegedly chops-off pregnant woman’s hand

A man, who was engaged in a fight with his neighbour in Isaba-Ekiti, allegedly chopped off the left wrist of a pregnant woman, Aisha Adam, with a cutlass. A News Agency of Nigeria correspondent, who visited the pregnant woman and mother of four on her hospital bed on Monday, reports…

Naira and Dollars

Naira falls further to N395/$

The naira on Monday depreciated further at the black market in spite of the commitment of the Central Bank of Nigeria to boost liquidity in the market, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. The naira lost two points to exchange at N395 to the dollar from N393 recorded on Friday,…

Registrar, Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, Is’haq Oloyede

UTME: JAMB registers 40 per cent of expected applicants

The Registrar, Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, Is’haq Oloyede, has assured all applicants that they would be captured in the ongoing UTME registration before its expiration on April 19. Mr. Oloyede gave the assurance while speaking with journalists on Monday shortly after an inspection tour of JAMB registration centres…

Independence Day Bombing: Charles Okah to know fate May 16

The Federal High Court, on Monday in Abuja fixed May 16 to rule on the application for no-case-submission filed by Charles Okah and Nwabueze Obi, to dispel terrorism charges brought against them. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the applicants were alleged to be the masterminds of the 2010…

Nigeria’s first female Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Folake Solanke

Buhari congratulates Nigeria’s first female Senior Advocate at 85

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Nigeria’s first female Senior Advocate, Folake Solanke, on her 85th birthday. Read the president’s message below. President Muhammadu Buhari congratulates eminent lawyer, administrator and the first female Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Folake Solanke, on her 85thbirthday. President Buhari joins all members of the Bar and…

Rights groups express concern over al-Sisi, Trump meeting

Human rights groups are expressing concern about a meeting between Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House Monday. The White House has stressed discussions with Mr. al-Sisi on security cooperation, including the fight against Islamic State, and rights groups have said they fear traditional…

Nigerian singer, Mo Adeniran, wins The Voice UK

Mo Adeniran, 21-year-old Nigerian singer, has emerged the winner of the 2017 edition of The Voice, United Kingdom. “After months of stellar performances, battle rounds and public votes, Mo Adeniran was crowned the winner of The Voice UK during Sunday night’s live final,” according to Dailmail UK. Flabbergasted as the…

Mike Ozekhome, Senior Advocate of Nigeria

Court unfreezes senior lawyer, Ozekhome’s account

Justice Abulazeez Anka of a Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday vacated a freeze order on the account of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mike Ozekhome. Justice Anka had on February 7 ordered a temporary forfeiture of N75 million found in Mr. Ozekhome’s Guarantee Trust Bank account. The interim…

Police warn masquerades against recklessness

The Police Command in Enugu State has warned masquerades and their assistants against assault, molestation and intimidation of Nigerians in the state under whatever guise. The command’s Public Relations Officer, Ebere Amaraizu, gave the warning in a statement in Enugu on Monday. Mr. Amaraizu said that the police would arrest…

Death toll rises to 254 in Colombia landslides

No fewer than 254 people are now confirmed dead after severe flooding and landslides hit the city of Mocoa in south-western Colombia. Of the the number, authorities say 60 were children. More than 200 people are still missing. Water and sludge flowed into 17 of Mocoa’s 40 neighbourhoods early Saturday,…

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Buratai announces commencement of army war college

The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has announced the commencement of Army War College, with a number of senior lieutenant colonels and junior colonels already nominated as pioneer students. Mr. Buratai made the announcement on Monday at the 1st quarter Chief of Army Staff conference in Maiduguri. According to…

Justice court law

Vice Principal admits having sex with 16-year-old female student

A Minna Magistrates’ Court on Monday ordered the remand of a 51 year-old-man, Mohammed Kuyizhi, in prison for allegedly impregnating a 16-year-old student. The Magistrate, Fati Auna, ordered that Kuyizhi, the Vice Principal, Government Day Secondary School, Tunga-Minna, be remanded after he denied committing the offence. She adjourned the case…

Russian authorities close all underground stations in St Petersburg after deadly blast

All underground stations in the Russian city of St Petersburg have been closed following a deadly explosion, state media reported on Monday, citing local authorities. A homemade bomb containing shrapnel is believed to have caused the explosion on an underground train in Russia’s second largest city. At least 10 people…

Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky

Nigerian govt re-arraigns El- Zakzaky’s chief security officer, two others

The Federal Government on Monday re-arraigned Haruna Abbas, the Chief Security Officer to Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and two others before Justice Anwuli Chikere of the Federal High Court Abuja. The Federal Government had arraigned Haruna Abbas, Ibrahim Musa and Adam Suleiman, before Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court, Abuja.…

Ondo State House of Assembly

New Ondo Assembly Speaker, principal officers decamp to APC

The newly-elected Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Bamidele Oleyelogun, representing Ifedore Constituency, has decamped to the All Progressives Congress, APC, from the People’s Democratic Party, PDP. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr. Oleyelogun was controversially voted as the new speaker of the Assembly after he…

African envoys hit out at India over attacks on Nigerian students

African envoys in Delhi on Monday called the recent mob attacks on some Nigerian students near the national capital as “racial” and “xenophobic acts”. In a statement, the heads of African missions slammed the Indian government for failing to adequately condemn the violent incident. “No known, sufficient and visible deterring…

UTME: JAMB registers 600, 000 candidates, says there’ll be no extension

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has so far registered 600, 000 candidates for the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) across the country. Fabian Benjamin, Head of Public Relations JAMB, made this known on Monday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bwari, FCT.…

Iwobi plays, Iheanacho not listed as Arsenal, Manchester City draw

Nigeria forward Alex Iwobi was a substitute for Danny Welbeck while national teammate Kelechi Iheanacho was not in City’s squad as Arsenal and Manchester City played a thrilling 2-2 draw. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Arsenal showed signs of recovery from their recent dismal run of form as…

Federer beats Nadal to win Miami Open

Roger Federer on Sunday overcame long-term rival, Rafael Nadal, to win the Miami Open for the third time and continue his remarkable start to the season. The 35-year-old built on January’s Australian Open win and last month’s Indian Wells success with a convincing 6-3 6-4 win over the Spaniard. The…

Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai [Photo credit: Naij.com]

“Suicide bombing has been reduced drastically” – Buratai

The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai said on Sunday that the army had identified one key location of perpetrators of suicide bombings and had destroyed it. The News Agency of Nigeria quoted the Chief of Army Staff as saying in an interview that the “key area’’ was cleared by…

Dangote Sugar posts N14.4 billion profit in 2016, declares 60k dividend

Dangote Sugar Plc has announced a profit after tax of N14.4 billion for the financial year ended December 31, 2016, representing an increase of 29.26 per cent. This was disclosed by audited result issued by the company on Sunday and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.…