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Trump’s White House bars New York Times, CNN, others from briefing

Several major U.S. media outlets including the New York Times, CNN and Los Angeles Times were barred from attending Friday White House briefing, indicating a worsening relationship between the media and the controversial Trump administration. Since he was sworn in on 20 January, Mr. Trump has been attacking the US…

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White House bars CNN, New York Times, Politico from briefing

The White House on Friday prevented journalists from three major U.S. news organisations from attending a briefing, the New York Times reports. Journalists from The New York Times, CNN and Politico, were barred from attending a briefing by President Trump’s press secretary. Reporters from the three media were not allowed…

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Nigerian govt plans urgent relief for poultry industry – Osinbajo

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday promised that the Federal Government is planning urgent relief to poultry farmers in the country to save the industry from collapse. He gave the indication during his second meeting in the week with representatives of the poultry industry at the Presidential Villa. The intervention…

Internally Displaced Persons

Donors pledge N210 billion to prevent famine in Northeast Nigeria, Lake Chad region

More than $672 million (N211.6 billion) to be spread over three years was on Friday pledged by 14 countries at the Humanitarian Conference on Nigeria and the Lake Chad region in Oslo, Norway. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the conference, co-hosted by Nigeria, Norway and Germany had sought…

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Naira sustains gain on dollar at parallel market

The Naira on Friday sustained its gains against the dollar as liquidity boost by the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, had forced a crash in the price of the greenback. The News Agency of Nigeria reports in Lagos that the Naira exchanged at N460 to a dollar at the parallel…

FUT Minna orders 44 students to withdraw from university

A total of 44 students from various faculties were on Friday asked to withdraw from the Federal University of Technology, Minna, over poor academic performance and examination malpractice. The university’s spokesperson, Lydian Ledgu, said in a statement in Minna that the affected students have been ordered to vacate the campus.…

Nigeria Police to recruit 10,000 personnel annually – Official

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, says the force will henceforth recruit no fewer than 10,000 personnel annually to enhance its operations. Mr. Idris disclosed this in Sokoto on Friday when he addressed officers of Zone 10 of the force in Sokoto, comprising Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara state commands. He…

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Why I flogged four Radio Bayelsa workers – General Manager

John Idumange, the General Manager, Radio Bayelsa “Glory FM”, on Friday confirmed that he flogged four union leaders of the station in self-defence. Mr. Idumange told the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Yenagoa that the incident happened on Monday after the unions shut down the FM station operated…

Naira-Dollar

CBN forex policy not to stop naira slide – Expert

A financial expert on Friday said that the new foreign exchange allocation method of the CBN was aimed at narrowing the wide gap between the official and parallel market rates. Uche Uwaleke, the Head of Banking and Finance Department, Nasarawa State University, Keffi, made the observation in an interview with…

Tony Anenih

PDP Crisis: Sheriff consults Anenih

Ali Modu Sheriff, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Friday met with Tony Anenih to consult him on the party’s leadership crisis. Mr. Anenih is a founding father of the party. The Court of Appeal had on February 17, pronounced Mr. Sheriff as chairman of the…

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EFCC disowns ‘auctioneer’ of seized petroleum products

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has dissociated itself from one Messrs Pinnacle Trading and Investment Nig. Ltd. allegedly parading itself as its authorised auctioneers. The spokesman of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, issued the disclaimer in a statement in Abuja on Friday. Mr. Uwujaren said the company was claiming…

Patrick Ziakede Akpobolokemi

N3.4 billion NIMASA fraud: EFCC withdraws charges against four accused

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday struck out the names of four accused charged with N3.4 billion fraud alongside a former Director-General of NIMASA, Patrick Akpobolokemi. Mr. Akpobolokemi, a former D-G Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, was charged with nine others on a 40-count charge bordering…

Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital conducts successful cardiac pacemaker implantation

The Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, AKTH, in Kano Statehas successfully conducted a cardiac pacemaker implantation on 87-year-old Shehu Bashir-Nababa. The hospital’s Deputy Director of Information, Aminu Inuwa, disclosed this to journalists on Friday in Kano. Mr. Inuwa in a statement said that the operation conducted by a team of medical…

Federal University, Otuoke, awards scholarships to indigent students, admits 2,430

The Federal University, Otuoke, in Bayelsa, had awarded scholarships to three of its newly admitted 2,430 students to study different courses in the institution. The News Agency of Nigeria reports on Friday that the Vice-Chancellor, Seth Jaja, announced the awards. He also presented wheelchairs to five physically challenged persons from…

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My marriage was a sham – Tonto Dikeh

Embattled Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh, on Friday said her marriage to Olakunle Churchill was a sham. Churchill is alleged to be former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s nephew. She made the revelation on her Instagram @tontolet while responding to advice from her fans persuading her to have a rethink over her marriage.…

Former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki

Dasuki’s corruption trial stalled

A fresh application filed by retired Sambo Dasuki on Friday stalled commencement of his trial at an FCT High Court, Maitama. His counsel, Ahmed Raji, told the court that he was not ready for the commencement of trial because he has an application for consolidation, pending before the court. “It…

OPEC

OPEC, non-OPEC countries cut output to boost prices

The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, and non-OPEC countries have implemented 86 per cent of agreed output cuts, the producers said on Friday in Vienna. The producers noted that there was still room for improvement in oil prices, commending OPEC and other oil production countries. OPEC and a…

South African police use rubber bullets, stun grenades to disperse anti-migrant rally

South African Police used rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse anti-immigration demonstrators and their opponents in the country’s administrative capital of Pretoria, local media reported on Friday. The presidency called for calm. However, the newspaper Times Live reported that a student caught between police and protesters had been injured.…

South African police fire tear gas to disperse anti-immigrant protesters

South African Police fired tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets to disperse hundreds of citizens and non-nationals marching in the capital on Friday, following looting of stores believed to belong to immigrants. Anti-immigrant violence has flared in South Africa against a background of near-record unemployment, with foreigners being accused…

World Health Organization

800,000 people commit suicide annually – WHO

No fewer than 800,000 people commit suicide every year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) reported on Thursday. According to the report released by WHO, depression is now also the leading cause of disability worldwide, affecting more than 300 million people, the majority of them women, young people and the elderly.…

5G ‘lightning fast’ internet to be unveiled by 2020

A working group of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), said it has completed a cycle of studies on the key performance requirements of the next generation mobile networks (5G technology) for the International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT)-2020 systems. The ITU Secretary-General, Houlin Zhao, in a statement, said 5G mobile systems would…

Jacob Zuma

South Africa’s Zuma condemns violence against Nigerians, others

President Jacob Zuma has condemned acts of violence by South Africans against foreigners, his office said on Friday. Anti-immigrant violence has flared sporadically in South Africa against a background of near-record unemployment, with foreigners being accused of taking jobs from citizens and getting involved in crime. Citizens in Pretoria are…

Sheriff re-opens PDP national secretariat

Ali-Modu Sheriff, the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday re-opened the party’s national secretariat, Wadata Plaza. The party’s secretariat had been under lock and key since May, 2016 after its National Convention held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. Mr. Sheriff, who arrived the party secretariat at about…

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Reps summon Emefiele over alleged $17 billion undeclared oil sales

The House of Representatives ad hoc Committee investigating the alleged stolen $17 billion oil and gas sales on Thursday ordered Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Godwin Emefiele, to appear before it within one week. The money was allegedly stolen through undeclared crude oil and liquefied natural gas export.…

Don’t abandon Buhari, CAN tells Nigerian Christians

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has once again asked Christians to continue praying for President Muhammadu Buhari until he returns to the country hale and hearty. This is contained in a statement signed by Adebayo Oladeji, Special Assistant Media to CAN president, Olasupo Ayokunle. Mr. Ayokunle urged Nigerians especially…