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LASU explains fire incident

The Lagos State University, LASU, on Tuesday said that the institution was not on fire as reported‎ in the media. ‎A statement by the university made available to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Lagos gave an account of the true situation of the incident. The statement said there…

N500 million meant to rebuild Chibok School may have been diverted – Governor

About N500 million meant to rebuild a Chibok school may have been diverted, an official has said. The money was announced by the past administration of President Goodluck Jonathan and was meant to rebuild the Government Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State, after Boko Haram insurgents destroyed it and kidnapped…

Media Rights Agenda supports govt’s whistle-blowing programme

The Media Rights Agenda (MRA), a non-governmental organisation, says it will continue to support any initiative aimed at protecting whistle-blowers of corrupt practices. Edetaen Ojo, the Executive Director of the organisation, spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Tuesday. “Since 2002, non-governmental organisations, including MRA have advocated…

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje

Salary Fraud: Kano govt suspends Director, 9 others

The Kano State government has suspended a director in the ministry of finance and 9 staff of the ministry of local government over alleged diversion of millions of Naira meant for payment of salaries. This is contained in a statement signed by the state Head of Service, Muhammad Na’iya, and…

Arik fined N6 million for delaying passengers’ baggage

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has issued a N6million fine to Arik Air Limited for contravening the provisions of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs). The NCAA also ordered the airline to pay its passengers, whose baggage were delayed on the London to Lagos route between December 2 and…

Community gets electricity after ’10 years of darkness’

Magboro community on the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway, popularly referred to as “Second Lagos’’, unexpectedly had electricity restored to the area Monday as “Christmas present’’ after a decade. Magboro, including Ibafo and Asese on the axis had been without power supply for many years. The communities had at various times protested the…

Map showing Southern Kaduna

Kafanchan resumes 24-hour curfew

The 24-hour curfew that was relaxed to allow for the Christmas festivity in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State has resumed. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the curfew was imposed in Jema’a, Zangon Kataf and Laura local government areas of Kaduna State following a peaceful protest that…

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5-year-old rescued from drowning

The Lagos State Fire Service has rescued a five-year-old girl, Faith Onifade, from an 80 feet deep well, the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports. The Director of Lagos State Fire Service, Rasak Fadipe, confirmed this incident to NAN on Tuesday. According to him, the incident happened on Boxing Day…

Crashed Russian aircraft’s black box found

The Russian Defence Ministry has announced the recovery of the main flight data recorder (black box) from the Tu-154 military plane which crashed into the Black Sea on Sunday. The Russian news agency –TASS — citing the country’s defence ministry, said on Tuesday that the data recorder was found underwater…

First bodies from Russian plane crash taken to Moscow

First bodies from Russian plane crash taken to Moscow, as investigators not considering terrorism The first bodies of victims from a Russian military plane crash in the Black Sea off the coast of Sochi were flown to Moscow on Monday. The bodies were to be identified after they reached the…

‘NO WAY!’ Trump replies Obama’s claim of defeating him

The war of words between outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama and incoming President Donald Trump continued with Mr. Trump rejecting Mr. Obama’s claim that he could have defeated him in the November 8 presidential election if he had run against him. The Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria in…

Trump criticises UN as talk shop

Incoming U.S. President Donald Trump has criticised the UN, describing the global body as a mere talk club. In a tweet on Monday, Mr. Trump, however, said the 193-member body has great potential, according to the Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in New York. “The United Nations…

Nigerian soldier wins Lagos State Governor’s international boxing tournament

Private Lawal Rilwan of the Nigerian Army Sports Camp has emerged overall champion at the just concluded 2016 edition of the Lagos State Governor’s International Boxing Tournament. The tournament took place on Monday at the Indoor Sports Hall, National Stadium Lagos. According to a statement issued by the army spokesman,…

Unpaid for 8 months, College of Education lecturers begin strike

The Academic Staff of Oyo State College of Education, OYSCOED, Lanlate, have begun an indefinite strike over 10 month salary arrears. This is contained in a communiqué signed by Olatunde Ogundiran, the Caretaker Chairman, Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union on Monday and made available to the News Agency of…

Republicans clarify Christmas “new King” message after criticism

The Republican National Committee, RNC, has lashed out at critics after part of a Christmas “new King” message it made on Sunday sparked outrage on social media. RNC spokesman and future Trump Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, said the “new King” in the message was not referring to President-elect Donald Trump.…

Yuletide: CAN rejoices with Christians, condoles victims of Southern Kaduna violence

The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, rejoices with all Christians as they celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ amidst economic recession and condoles the affected victims of the Kaduna State violence. The President of CAN, Samson Ayokunle, said in a statement on Monday in Abuja that CAN identified with the…

Boko Haram escapees: Nigerian govt calls for vigilance

The Federal Government has called for increased vigilance among Nigerians, as Boko Haram escapees seek to integrate themselves into communities, after being dispossessed of their Sambisa fortress. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who made the call in a statement issued on Monday in Lagos, stressed that “eternal…

Aminu Tambuwal, Sokoto State Governor

Coal found in commercial quantity in Sokoto – Governor

Nigeria’s efforts for economic diversification has received a boost with the discovery of coal deposit in commercial quantity in Sokoto State. The state governor, Aminu Tambuwal, who disclosed this on Monday in Sokoto, the state capital, at a workshop on mining, said a cement company already plans to use the…

Trump’s spokesman Miller rejects new job

Jason Miller, President-elect Donald Trump’s spokesman says he will not take the job of White House Communications Director he was nominated for on Thursday. Miller announced in a statement that he would not continue on to the White House, citing family reasons. He said he would hand off his responsibilities…

Obama: I could’ve defeated Trump

Outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama said he could have defeated Republican Donald Trump in the November 8 presidential election if he had run against him. Mr. Obama told his former senior adviser David Axelrod in an interview for the “The Axe Files” podcast, produced by the University of Chicago Institute…

Nigerian Army on duty

Nigerian Army ends Operation Python Dance in South-East – Official

The Operation Python Dance inaugurated by the Nigerian Army in the south-east geo-political zone to curb crime in the area during the yuletide will end on December 27. The Deputy Director, Public Relations, 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Sagir Musa, made the disclosure in a telephone interview on Monday.…

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2016: Difficult year for Nigeria’s capital market

The 2016 investment year will remain indelible in the minds of investors on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE, just like the 2008 global financial meltdown. This stems from the fact that the nation’s stock market in the review period experienced a major setback which eroded investors’ confidence with over N1trillion…

FILE PHOTO: Nigerian Army troops clearing Boko Haram enclaves along Bitta to Tokumbere, Sambisa Forest, Borno state

Sambisa forest to serve as training ground for Nigerian Army – Buratai

The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, on Monday said Sambisa forest would serve as training ground for personnel of the Nigerian Army as from 2017. Mr. Buratai said this in Damasak, Borno, while celebrating Christmas with troops of 145 Battalion after the road leading to the town was reopened…

Cassava growers want flexible agricultural policies to increase production in 2017

The Nigeria Cassava Growers Association, NCGA, has appealed to the Federal Government to encourage flexible agricultural policies to boost cassava production in the country by 2017. Segun Adewumi, the National President of the association, made the appeal while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Monday. Mr.…

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Nigerian govt to end drug hawking in August 2017 – Official

The Registrar, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, PCN, Elijah Mohammed, has restated the Federal Government’s commitment to ending open drug hawking by August 1, 2017. Mr. Mohammed gave the assurance in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, on Monday in Abuja. He described this as part of efforts…