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Dana Air launches low fares for Valentine

Dana Air has launched a valentine campaign which will afford customers the opportunity to fly for less when they book a return ticket on any of its routes. The airline made the announcement in a statement signed by its Communications Manager, Kingsley Ezenwa. Mr. Ezenwa said :“From now till Valentine’s Day, our…

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Trump: ‘Forces of evil won’t defeat power of good again’

U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed that the forces of evil would never defeat the power of good, particularly throughout his presidency. Mr. Trump stated this in his message on the 2017 International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. “In the name of the perished,…

Presidency posts new Buhari photo

The Presidency has posted a photo purporting to show President Muhammadu Buhari in London, amid speculations about his health. The president travelled to the United Kingdom last week on a 10-day holiday. But there have been reports about his health, with some claiming he was either dead or under intensive…

Female suicide bombers now strap babies on back to evade detection – DHQ

The Defence Headquarters says female suicide bombers in the north-east are now evading detection from security operatives by carrying babies on their back, that ordinarily passes them for innocent nursing mothers. The Acting Director Defence information, Rabe Abubakar, said in a statement in Abuja on Friday that the attention of…

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Trump hopes to have ‘fantastic relationship’ with Putin

President Donald Trump says he hopes to have ‘a very fantastic relationship’ with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Mr. Trump, who made the remarks during a joint news briefing with visiting UK Prime Minister Theresa May, explained that getting along well with Putin would be a “great asset”. “We look forward…

Oil Spill: Bayelsa sues Agip, demands N1.6 trillion compensation

The Bayelsa State Government has dragged Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) Ltd. to a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt over an oil spillage from the company’s SBM Sirius in Brass Local Government Area of the state. The government disclosed this on Friday in an originating summons, filed by the…

Abuja airport runway, disaster waiting to happen, Minister warns

The Minister of State, Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has warned that the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, runway has totally failed and is a disaster waiting to happen. Mr. Sirika gave the warning when he received the Coalition for Civil Society Group on Friday in Abuja. He said the government was…

Anti-abortion activists to ‘march for life’ in Washington

Anti-abortion activists gathered in Washington on Friday for the 44th March for Life, buoyed by President Donald Trump’s pledge to restrict the procedure and Vice President Mike Pence’s plan to address the marchers. Organisers expect tens of thousands of supporters to converge on the National Mall for the march, which…

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Reps discover ‘many anomalies’ in oil block allocation by Nigerian govt

The House of Representatives has threatened to seek the arrest of the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Godwin Emefiele and the Accountant-General of the Federation, AGF, Ahmed Idris over oil licenses. According to the House, the threat is in respect of the sale of Oil Prospecting Licenses (OPLs)…

Why Nigeria still battles with leprosy – Health Minister

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has attributed the prevalence of leprosy in Nigeria, after the country achieved the WHO elimination target in 1998, to pockets of high endemicity in some states. Mr. Adewole made the remark at a news conference in Umuahia to commemorate the 64th anniversary of the…

Ken Saro-Wiwa, one of nine Ogoni community activists executed after an unfair trial in 1995.

Court refuses to quash Ken Saro Wiwa’s judgement

The Federal High Court in Port Harcourt has struck out an application which had sought to quash the judgment of tribunal and eventual execution of environmental rights activist Ken Saro Wiwa in November 1995. Justice Lima Abdullahi struck out the application filed by Ken Saro Wiwa Associates in Port Harcourt…

Nigeria Customs seizes two helicopters, elephant tusks, other illegal imports

Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, on Friday said it had intercepted two helicopters and 23 consignments of accessories illegally imported into the country. Dan Ugo, a Deputy Comptroller-General of Customs, told journalists in Lagos that the two helicopters and accessories, valued at N9.7 billion, were impounded at the Murtala Muhammad International…

Land Dispute: Supreme Court strikes out Lagos govt suit against FG

The Supreme Court on Friday struck out a land suit filed by the Lagos State Government against the Federal Government. The disputed land is No. 10 Gerald Road, Ikoyi, which the plaintiff had used as test case for many of such lands in Lagos. Delivering the judgment, Justice Musa Muhammad…

Nigeria confident of clinching AU seat

The Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, on Friday expressed optimism that Fatima Mohammed, Nigerian/ECOWAS candidate for Commissioner for Peace and Security, African Union Commission would clinch the position. Mr. Onyeama told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, at the 28th AU Summit in Addis Ababa that given that Nigeria’s priority…

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One confirmed dead as gunmen storm Zamfara community

The Police in Zamfara have confirmed the death of one person in Magazu Village of Tsafe Local Government Area of the state following a fresh attack by bandits. The State Commissioner of Police, Shaba Alkali, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Gusau on Friday. Mr.…

Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu (Photo credit: thewillnigeria.com)

Abia governorship tussle: Supreme Court grants Oti leave to appeal Ikpeazu’s victory

The Supreme Court on Friday granted leave to Alex Oti of APGA to be joined as an interested party to challenge the election of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu as governor of Abia. Justice Clara Ogunbiyi led four other justices to arrive at the unanimous decision. “The appellant applicant appeal challenging the…

Ikeja bomb blasts: Victims’ families lament delayed compensation

Some 15 years after the Ikeja Military Cantonment Bomb Blasts in Lagos, some victims’ families on Friday cried out to both the Federal and Lagos State governments over the delay in the payment of the compensation promised them. The Chairman, 2002 Ikeja Bomb Blasts Victims’ Families, Nurudeen Oyegbemi, made the…

Ex-Senator Ogunlewe wants name removed from corruption trial of FUNAAB Vice Chancellor

Justice Olatokunbo Majekodumi of an Abeokuta High Court on Friday adjourned the trial of Olusola Oyewole, the Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, FUNAAB, till Feb. 9. Mr. Oyewole; the institution’s Pro-Chancellor, Adeseye Ogunlewe; and the Bursar, Moses Ilesanmi, are standing trial on an 18 count-charge bordering on…

STUDENTS WRITING THE NECO EXAMS

JAMB to raid cyber cafes across Nigeria

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, says it is embarking on a national raid of cyber cafes, ahead of its Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME. Fabian Benjamin, JAMB’s Head, Media and Information, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Lagos that the exercise would be jointly carried…

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85-year-old docked for allegedly clubbing man to death

An octogenarian, Mohammed Bello, is to cool his heels in prison for the next 33 days for allegedly clubbing a man to death, an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court ruled in Lagos on Friday. The accused, 85, was arraigned before Magistrate K.A. Ariyo on a charge of murder. Mr. Ariyo,…

94 UNN graduates bag First Class

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nigeria Nsukka, UNN, on Friday announced that 94 out of 10,425 graduands bagged first class honours. Mr. Ozumba made this known in Nsukka during 46th convocation ceremony of the university. He urged the new graduates to use knowledge acquired from the university to make…

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My in-law forcibly had sex with me, my 2 sisters, witness tells court

A 17-year-old school dropout, on Friday, told a Jikwonyi Customary Court, Abuja, that her sister’s husband forcibly had sexual intercourse with her, and two other sisters. The teenager, who resides in Minna, gave the testimony as a witness in a divorce petition filed by her elder sister, Janet Suleman, against…

Governor of Kaduna State Nasir El-Rufai

El-Rufai swears-in new Kaduna Head of Service, wants more women in public service

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State on Friday urged more women in the country to join public service in order to move the nation forward. Mr. El-Rufai made the call in Kaduna when he swore-in the state's new Head of Service, Bariatu Ibrahim. The governor said he believes that women…

#DasukiGate: Surety withdraws from man who allegedly received N2.4 billion from ex-NSA

Maryam Sagir has filed an application to withdraw as a surety to Olugbenga Obadina, a businessman standing trial for allegedly laundering about N2.4 billion. Mrs. Sagir, at the resumed trial of Mr. Obadina at the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday tendered her application before Justice Nnamdi Dimgba. Through her…

Germany’s population hits record high of 82.8 million due to migrants

Germany’s population grew by some 600,000 last year to reach record high of 82.8 million people due to the number of migrants who have arrived in the country, the Federal Statistics office said on Friday. In a preliminary estimate for 2016, the statistics office said the population eclipsed the previous…