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Lagos Assembly Speaker Ikuforiji, aide, perfect N2 billion bail conditions

Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji and his Personal Assistant, Oyebode Atoyebi, on Thursday, met the bail condition granted them by a Federal High Court Lagos. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the accused are being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)…

FG bans civil servants from accepting chieftaincy titles

The  Federal Government on Tuesday banned civil servants from accepting chieftaincy titles. The announcement is contained in a statement signed by Tope Ajakaiye, Director (Communications), Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation. He said the ban also included other sundry awards until their retirement or disengagement…

Why I abandoned my baby in the bush — Abuja woman

  Favour Abdulazeez, who claimed to be the mother of a baby girl abandoned at the  backyard of an apartment in Kuje, Abuja, has solicited financial assistance from the public to enable her to claim and take care of the baby. Ms. Abdulazeez told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that…

OAU

Our student did not flush baby in toilet – Obafemi Awolowo University

The Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU)  on Thursday clarified that Diana Rotimi Oyinlola, an undergraduate, who delivered a baby in the toilet on campus did not attempt to kill the baby. The were reports in a section of the media since the incident happened at Moremi hall on Wednesday that Oyinlola…

Ekweremadu, Deputy senate president

Senate rejects 61 requests for new states, says Ekweremadu

  The Deputy President of the Senate and  Chairman, Senate Committee on Constitution Review, Ike Ekweremadu said none of the 61 requests for state creation got the committee's nod. Mr. Ekweremadu stated this in Abuja on Wednesday when Enugu State Government Committee on the Actualisation of Adada State, led by retired Major Gen.…

Scramble for 2015 presidential ticket behind PDP, NGF crises — Gov. Jang

Plateau State Governor and self-appointed Chairman of  a faction of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), Jonah Jang, has said the quest for the 2015 presidential ticket was responsible for the crises in the Peoples Democratic Party and the NGF. He made the remark at the end of the meeting of the PDP Board of Trustees…

FEC approves N420bn contract for development of Onne Port –Maku

  The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved a 2.8 billion dollars (about N420 billion) contract for the development of the Onne Oil and Gas Free Zone in Port Harcourt, through concession. The Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, made this known when he briefed State House correspondents on the outcome…

Teenager bags 15-month imprisonment for stealing mobile phone

  A Grade 1 Area Court in Mararaba, Abuja, on Wednesday sentenced a student, Joseph Olowu, 19, of Aso Pada to 15 months imprisonment for stealing a mobile phone. The judge, Alfred Maga, convicted the accused on a two-count charge of stealing and constituting public nuisance. Mr. Maga, however, gave…

Boko Haram: Borno witnesses increase in cases of hypertension — Commissioner

The Borno government on Sunday said the state had witnessed an increase in cases of hypertension and heart-related diseases following the prevailing Boko Haram crisis. Dr. Salma Anas-Kolo, the state Commissioner for Health, said this while briefing newsmen on the activities of his ministry in Maiduguri. Dr. Anas-Kolo said that the…

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Oshiomhole bans motorcycles, tricycles from Edo cities

The Edo government on Sunday threatened to destroy commercial motorcycles or tricycles, popularly known as Keke NAPEP, that flouted the orders on their use. Gov. Adams Oshiomhole, in a state broadcast, banned the use of motorcycles and tricycles in  major streets in five local government areas of the state. The governor…

Jonathan asks governors to sign death warrants of condemned criminals

President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday asked state governors to stop abdicating their constitutional responsibility of signing death warrant of criminals condemned to death by courts of competent jurisdiction. The president made the call in a remark at the Fathers' Day Sunday service organised by the Aso Villa Chapel. The president…

Court awards N4m against Nigeria police for shooting fuel subsidy protesters

An Ikeja High Court on Friday awarded N1 million compensation to each of the four protesters who were shot by a police officer during the January 2012 protest against the removal of fuel subsidy. The court awarded the compensation in its judgment on a fundamental human rights enforcement suit, dated…

“My position denies me joy of relating with childhood friends” – Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero

The Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero, has said that his position is denying him the joy of relating with his childhood friends. Mr. Bayero expressed the view in Kano on Thursday in an interview with journalists in commemoration of his 50 years on the throne. He said, "Friends that we…

Mandela’s condition remains serious, says South African President, Jacob Zuma

South African President, Jacob Zuma, on Thursday night said the condition of ailing former President Nelson remains serious but continues to improve. Mr. Zuma said after his visit to Mr. Mandela in hospital that the former president remained in critical condition, and urged the world to continue to pray for…

rape

School proprietor caught raping 11-year-old pupil

The Ekiti State Police command has arrested a primary school proprietor for allegedly having forceful carnal knowledge of one of his pupils. The incident occurred on Monday in Ado-Ekiti at an isolated area called Palm-groove Street. The suspect, who owns a nursery and primary school along Kojola Area of Ado-Ekiti,…

Governor Wamakko, Speaker Tambuwal blast PDP Chair, Tukur; say “We can’t be intimidated”

Suspended Governor Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto has described the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Bamanga Tukur, as an incompetent party leader who should be sacked immediately and replaced with former chairman Ahmadu Ali. Describing Mr. Tukur as a man on a mission to destroy the party and the…

Gunmen kill man, steal 43 cows in Benue

One person was killed and 43 cows stolen when gunmen invaded a farm  belonging to Bishop Solomon Apochi of the Catholic Diocese of Otukpo . The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the incident took place on June 10, at Ichama in Okpokwu Local Government Area of Benue. The Police…

refugees

Over 6000 displaced Nigerians flee to Niger as military intensify offensive against Boko Haram

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Tuesday said that anti-insurgency operations and general insecurity had uprooted over 6,000 people in north-eastern Nigeria. This is contained in a report presented in New York by the UNHCR spokesperson, Adrian Edwards. According to the agency’s report, more than 6,000 of those affected have fled to…

Former editor sues ThisDay newspaper over unpaid salaries

A former editor of ThisDay (Saturday) newspaper, Mr Paul Ibe, has prayed the National Industrial Court to order the media outfit to pay the salaries and entitlements due to him from 2000 to 2002. Mr. Ibe told the court on Monday in Abuja that he was owed 114,000 rands and 19,000…

Naval officer’s wife escapes assassination bid in church

The wife of Rear Admiral Ameen Ikioda, the Moderator at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies in Kuru, near Jos, on Sunday escaped an assassination attempt by an unknown person during a church service at Apapa, Lagos. Ikioda, the immediate past Flag Officer Commanding the Western Naval Command, was said to be…

South-East residents defy MASSOB’s sit-at-home directive

MASSOB had ordered a sit at home in the five South East states. Residents of South-East states on Saturday defied the directive of MASSOB to sit at home in protest against the killing of Igbo people in the North by the Boko Haram sect. The Movement for the Actualisation of…

Jonathan has fulfilled campaign promises to Nigerians, says Labaran Maku

The Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, on Friday declared that President Goodluck Jonathan had fulfilled his campaign promises to Nigerians. He said the areas where the presidency had fulfilled its promises included the investment in the power sector, road construction, railways, job creation through Subsidy Reinvestment Programmes (SURE-P), among others.…

How Amaechi Was Re-elected – Election Returning Officer, Okauru

Gov. Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers on Friday in Abuja re-emerged Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) in a fair and transparent election, the returning officer in the election, Asishana Okauru, has said. Mr. Okauru, who is also the Director-General of the forum's secretariat, said the election was free and…

Gov. Amaechi’s aide resigns

Obinna Anyanwu, Special Assistant to Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers on Conflict Resolution, has resigned his appointment. Mr. Obinna in a letter written to the governor on Monday, May 20, said his resignation took effect immediately. He  said his resignation was due to “recent political development in our great party,…

NNPC to build Africa’s largest gas city in Delta

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is set to build the largest Africa’s gas city in Ogidigben, Delta State. David Ige, the NNPC Group Executive Director, Gas and Power, made this known during the 4th International Conference and Exhibition on Free Trade Zone on Tuesday in Lagos. The conference was organised…