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Abdulmumin Jibrin

Budget Padding: Court fixes hearing for February 20

A Federal High Court in Kano on Wednesday fixed February 20 for hearing in the case against the Clerk and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, over the suspension of Abdulmumini Jibrin. Some constituents of Kiru/Bebeji Federal Constituency sued the Clerk and Speaker Yakubu Dogara, challenging the legality…

Nigerian Army parades alleged killers of colonel

The 2 Division of the Nigerian Army, Ibadan, on Wednesday paraded six suspects who allegedly killed Anthony Okeyim, former Commandant, Command Secondary School, Apata, Ibadan. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the lifeless body of Mr. Okeyim, a colonel, was found at the premises of the school on December…

Dame Patience Jonathan

Court to hear Patience Jonathan’s suit against EFCC February 13

A Federal High Court Lagos, on Wednesday fixed February 13 to hear a suit by ex-first lady, Patience Jonathan, against the EFCC seeking to unfreeze her account. Also joined in the suit are Skye Bank Plc, and a former Special Assistant to ex-President Jonathan, Waripama-Owei Dudafa. Others include Pluto Property…

UNILAG

Unilag to award first class degrees to 231 graduates

No fewer than 231 out of 12,617 graduating students of the University of Lagos (Unilag) will be awarded first class division during its 49th convocation scheduled for Jan. 24. Its Vice-Chancellor, Rahmon Bello, who said this at a news conference on Wednesday in Lagos, added that 46 of them would…

House of Representatives

Reps to investigate air strike on IDPs camp

The House of Representatives on Wednesday said it would investigate the bombing of an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp in Borno by the Nigerian Air force (NAF). This followed a unanimous adoption of a motion of urgent public importance moved by Muhammed Zoro (APC-Jigawa) at the plenary in Abuja. In…

Drama as motorcycle thief defecates in courtroom

A 38-year-old unemployed man, Hussein Mohammed, defecated in the dock at an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday while standing trial for alleged theft of a motor cycle valued at N65,000. The accused was arraigned before Magistrate G. O. Anifowose on a charge of stealing. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)…

Rivers state on map

Rivers confirms Lassa fever case

The Rivers ministry of health has confirmed a case of Lassa fever in a private health facility in the state. The commissioner for health, Theophilus Odagme, disclosed to journalists in Port Harcourt on Wednesday that the patient had fully recovered and had been discharged. He said the ministry was collaborating…

Iran President, Hassan Rouhani

Iran rules out review of nuclear deal despite U.S. concerns

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said Iran will not accept a review of its international nuclear deal, local media reported on Wednesday. The international nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), resolved Tehran’s decade-long controversial nuclear issue. “Renegotiation of the deal is totally meaningless, and a…

AFCON 2017: Egyptian El Hadary set new record

Egyptian veteran goalkeeper, Essam El Hadary, on Tuesday night set a milestone record when he featured for his country at the age of 44 against Mali at the ongoing AFCON Gabon 2017. The veteran goalkeeper who now holds the record of being the oldest player to grace the AFCON, after…

4 feared dead as Akwa Ibom, Cross River communities clash

Four persons were feared dead and scores of persons injured in the renewed boundary crisis between Oku Iboku community in Akwa Ibom and Ikot Offiong in Cross River. Bassey Essien Bassey, a former Vice Chairman of Itu Local Government Area, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria in…

Nigeria Police Officers

Police confirm kidnap of finance director, 3 others in Sokoto

Mohammed Abdulkadir, the Commissioner of Police, Sokoto State Command, has confirmed the kidnap of the Director of Finance, Isa Local Government and three others in the state. Mr. Abdulkadir told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Sokoto on Wednesday that the victims were kidnapped by some unknown gunmen along…

Future starts tomorrow, President-elect Barrow tells Gambians

The Gambia’s President-elect, Adama Barrow, has said his countrymen and women are at the brink of making another world history on Thursday, after defeating Yahya Jammeh in the December 1election. "We made history on the first day of December. Our future starts tomorrow”, he said in a tweet on Wednesday…

Nigerian League: FC Ifeanyi Ubah won’t appeal sanctions

The management of FC Ifeanyi Ubah of Nnewi, says it will not appeal the decision of the LMC slamming N9. 1 million fine on the club for abandoning their Match Day 1 game. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the match against Kano Pillars on January 14 was abandoned…

Abuja rail under construction

Abuja Light Rail 84 per cent complete – Official

The Acting Secretary of Federal Capital Territory’s Transport Secretariat, AbdulHamid Suleiman, says Abuja Light Rail is 84.33 per cent complete. Mr. Suleiman made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Abuja on Tuesday. “The total length of the completed double track as at today…

Netherlands unveils Voice Nigeria Project to support marginalised groups

The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs has unveiled Voice Nigeria Project designed to provide special support to the most marginalised and discriminated groups in the country. The platform is aimed at exerting influence in accessing productive and social services by such marginalised groups. Marinke Riet, the Dutch Ambassador to Nigeria,…

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Doctors threaten not to treat Nigerian police officers, their families

The Commissioner of Police in Zamfara, Shaba Alkali, has pleaded with doctors to rescind their decision of withdrawing medical services to police and their family members in the state. Mr. Alkali made the plea in Gusau, while reacting to the Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, directive to its members to withdraw…

Nigeria journalists’ union to sue media organisations for non-payment of salaries

The Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, says it plans to sue media organisations at the Industrial Arbitration Court for defaulting in the payment of their workers. Deji Elumoye, Chairman, Lagos council of the union, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Lagos on Tuesday. He said…

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My husband had my womb removed without my consent, woman tells court

A housewife on Thursday asked an Ibadan Customary Court to dissolve her five-year-old marriage because her husband rendered her barren by conniving with doctors to remove her womb without her consent. “My lord, Musiliu has systematically rendered me barren, because I can no longer conceive due to the removal of…

Armed robbery suspect suspiciously escapes from court

The Nigeria Prison Service in Kogi has confirmed the escape of a 29-year-old accused, Lawrence Urih, from prison custody. Umar Abubakar, the Public Relations Officer of the Prison Command, told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, on Tuesday in Lokoja that Urih escaped when he was brought to the State…

Map showing Southern Kaduna

Southern Kaduna killings: Reps summon Nigeria’s military, police chiefs

The House of Representatives has summoned the Chief of Defence Staff, Gabriel Olonishakin, and three service chiefs to brief it on the security situation in the Southern Kaduna. The House also invited the Inspector General of Police alongside the service chiefs in Abuja on Tuesday. It urged President Muhammadu Buhari…

4 die, 17 injured in Okene-Lokoja road crash

Four people died instantly in a fatal accident which occurred on the Okene – Lokoja road in the early hours of Tuesday. The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that 17 other passengers were injured in the incident which occurred at about 12:30 a.m. at Irepeni village on the highway.…

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Abuja airport closure: Moving to Kaduna to cost N1.1 billion – Minister

The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, said the logistics of relocating aviation activities from Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, to Kaduna Airport would cost N1.1 billion. Mr. Sirika made this known while briefing the Senate on Tuesday in Abuja on the issues surrounding the proposed six-week diversion of…

FILE PHOTO: A screengrab taken on May 12, 2014, from a video of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by AFP shows girls, wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location. Boko Haram released a new video on claiming to show the missing Nigerian schoolgirls, alleging they had converted to Islam and would not be released until all militant prisoners were freed. A total of 276 girls were abducted on April 14 from the northeastern town of Chibok, in Borno state, which has a sizeable Christian community. Some 223 are still missing. AFP PHOTO / BOKO HARAM

Nigerian govt confirms negotiation with Boko Haram to free Chibok girls

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Tuesday reassured that the negotiations for the release of other Chibok girls in captivity were ongoing. The minister disclosed this at the Air Force Base in Yola in a briefing to conclude a day and night rounds of search sortie of…

Jigawa on map

Jigawa village head, brother kidnapped

Kidnappers have abducted Garba Mamud, the village head of Rijin in Basirka District of Gwaram Local Government Area of Jigawa. Dauda Mamuda, the brother to the district head, who is a ward head, was also kidnapped by the suspects, said to be about 30. A resident of the community, Musa…

Implementation of Extended Producer Responsibility programme will create jobs – NESREA

The National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency, NESREA, has said that the implementation of Extended Producer Responsibility, EPR, programme would create job opportunities in the country. The Director-General of the agency, Lawrence Anukam, stated this in Abuja on Tuesday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN.…