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Dangote, Tanzania govt. reach natural gas supply deal

Tanzania and Nigeria’s Dangote Cement have reached a deal on the supply of natural gas to the firm’s manufacturing plant in the country after negotiations stalled over prices, Tanzanian President John Magufuli said on Saturday. The 500 million dollars cement factory in the southeastern-Tanzanian-town of Mtwara, set up last year…

I ‘absolutely’ suffered racism in office – Obama

Outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama has disclosed that he ‘absolutely’ suffered racism in office, adding Americans’ ‘primary concern about me has been that I seem foreign’. “The concept of race in America is not just genetic, otherwise the one-drop rule wouldn’t have made sense”. “It’s cultural. It’s this notion of…

Buhari, govs, traditional rulers laud Ooni’s leadership style

The Ooni of Ile-Ife, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (Ojaja II), on Saturday received plaudits from President Muhammadu Buhari, governors and prominent Nigerians, including traditional rulers. The commendations came during the grand finale of ceremonies marking Ooni’s one year coronation anniversary held at Ile-Oodua white house palace. Represented by the Minister for…

AUDIO: Sports minister Dalung refutes media reports on Super Falcons

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, on Friday refuted media reports quoting him as saying that the Federal Government was not anticipating the victory of the Super Falcons. The Super Falcons won the just concluded African Women’s Cup of Nations when they defeated hosts Cameroon by 1–0 at…

‘How church collapsed 30 minutes after governor arrived’

Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom on Saturday escaped unhurt as the Reigners Bible Church International building in Uyo collapsed during a worship session. The governor was the special guest of honour at the consecration service of the Founder of the church, Apostle Akan Weeks, as bishop. The News Agency…

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Rivers Rerun: INEC suspends election in Akuku-Toru LGA

Austin Okojie, a supervising Resident Electoral Commissioner has announced the suspension of re-run legislative election in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that elections were scheduled to hold in five units of Ward 12. Mr. Okojie told journalists at Abonnema, headquarter of Akuku-Toru Local Government on…

Gambia refuses entry to ECOWAS head amid election dispute

Gambian authorities have refused entry to the chair of regional body ECOWAS, Ellen Sirleaf Johnson, Senegal’s foreign minister said on Saturday. Such move is dampening hopes for a political solution after President Yahya Jammeh rejected the results of elections that he lost on December 1. Mr. Jammeh on Friday called…

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Why Igbos should join APC —- Orji Kalu

Former Gov. Orji Kalu of Abia State says it is more beneficial for the South-East to join the All Progressives Congress (APC), in order to benefit from being in the mainstream national politics. Mr. Kalu said this during an interaction with journalists at his "Camp Neya" country home at Igbere…

Ike Ekweremadu, PDP, Deputy Senate President

Days of oil are numbered if not over — Ekweremadu

The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has advised Nigerians to look beyond oil to secure economic prosperity for the country. Mr. Ekweremadu, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Uche Anichukwu, said the days of oil as super foreign exchange earner for the nation were…

RiversDecides: Party supporters protest, accuse INEC of bias

Some political party supporters in Ahoada-West council area on Saturday protested against alleged bias by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the conduct of the legislative rerun elections in Rivers. The supporters claimed that the election materials sent to polling units were fake and would not be allowed to…

Adamawa blasts: U.S. condoles with Nigeria, victims

The U.S. has condoled with Nigeria and families of victims of the twin bomb blasts in Madagali, Adamawa, which claimed scores of lives and injured several others on Friday. The spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State, Mark Toner, during a press briefing on Friday, regretted that the attacks came…

Nigerian Army bans sale of illicit drugs, seals shops at Mammy Market

The Nigerian Army has announced the immediate ban on the sale of illicit drugs and other illegal substances at the Mammy Market at the Giginya Barracks in Sokoto. The ban was announced in a statement by Umar Shuaib, Assistant Director, Army Public Relations on Saturday. The statement said the action…

Buhari condoles with families of victims of Adamawa bomb explosion

President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with families of victims of the twin bomb blasts in Madagali, Adamawa, which claimed some lives and injured several others on Friday. The President also condoled with the government and people of the state over the unfortunate incident, assuring them that they were not alone…

Fayemi acted illegally in Ekiti, Supreme Court says

The Supreme Court on Friday ordered the payment of N3.3 billion to local government chairmen and councillors who were relieved of their duties by former Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the former governor, now the Minister of Solid Minerals, had in 2010…

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UPDATE: Death toll in Adamawa bomb blast rises to 56

The death toll from Friday's suicide bombing in Adamawa has increased to 56 with 177 sustaining various injuries, an official has said. Yusuf Muhammed, Chairman, Madagali Local Government, who confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria in a telephone interview said 57 of the injured were critical and…

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Naira stabilises at N485 per dollar at parallel market

The Naira on Friday remained stable at the parallel market, exchanging at N485 to a dollar. The Pound Sterling and the Euro closed at N602 and N515, respectively. At the interbank market, the Naira also remained stable at N305.50 to a dollar. Trading at the Bureau De Change (BDC) window…

Death toll in Adamawa bomb blast rises to 45, 57 critically injured

The death toll from Friday's suicide bombing in Adamawa has increased to 45, the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports. The agency, quoting a local government chairman, also said 57 people were critically injured while 120 others were wounded in the explosion. Yusuf Muhammed, Chairman, Madagali Local Government, Adamawa, said…

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Train accident cripples businesses in Aba

An early morning Umuahia-Port Harcourt bound train with number 2212 on Friday ran into an articulated vehicle in Aba but without casualties. Both the train and the vehicle were damaged. The accident, which damaged the electrical connections in the train’s engine, left it immovable on one part of the road,…

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Senator wants 20 per cent of Nigeria’s budget dedicated to ‘fraudulent’ constituency projects

Despite the public outcry that has trailed the corrupt practices entrenched in constituency projects, a senator has suggested allocation of at least 20 per cent of Nigeria's annual budget to it. PREMIUM TIMES had reported how lawmakers in conjunction with relevant ministries, departments, and agencies collude to benefit from monies…

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Ogun govt. to employ 1,000 teachers in 2017

The Chairman, Ogun Teaching Service Commission, Olabosipo Ogunsan, on Friday said the commission had proposed to employ 1,000 teachers into the various secondary schools in the state. Mrs. Ogunsan said this while defending the 2017 budget proposal of the commission before the Ogun House of Assembly Committee on Finance and…

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Election Rerun: Army deploys troops to flash points in Rivers

The Nigerian Army on Friday directed the deployment of troops to flash points in Rivers ahead of Saturday's legislative elections rerun in the state. Kasimu Abdulkarim, a Maj. Gen. and General Officer Commanding (GOC), 6 Division, Port Harcourt, gave the order while addressing officers and soldiers at the Divisional Headquarters…

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NYSC Scratch Card: Court to rule on alleged corruption, legality in February

The Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday fixed February 6, 2017 for judgment in a suit against the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) over alleged mobilisation fee fraud. Incorporated trustees of the Citizens Advocacy Initiative for Accountable Leadership (CAIFAL) had in June sued the NYSC, challenging its collection of…

Turkish strikes kill 12 civilians in northern Syria – Monitor

Turkish artillery shelling and airstrikes killed 12 civilians, including children, and injured 10 more amid stepped up operations to oust Islamic State from the Syrian city of al-Bab, a monitoring group reported on Friday. It confirmed that there were airstrikes in the area, which is east of Aleppo city. Report…

Indonesian soldier found alive two weeks after helicopter crash

A soldier has been found alive two weeks after an Indonesian army helicopter he was travelling in crashed, killing three people, the military said on Friday. The helicopter went down in a ravine in northern Indonesia on November 24 while carrying supplies to military posts near the border with Malaysia.…

Former Governor of Plateau state, Joshua Dariye.

Joshua Dariye’s $1.2 billion corruption trial stalled

The trial of a former governor of Plateau, Joshua Dariye, was on Friday stalled in an FCT High Court, Gudu, due to the absence of defence witness. Mr. Dariye is facing a 23-count charge bordering on money laundering and diversion of ecological fund to the tune of N1.162billion. He was…