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North Korea’s Kim Jong Nam killed with VX nerve agent — Malaysian Police

A nerve agent known as VX was used to kill Kim Jong Nam, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s estranged half-brother, in Malaysia on February 13, police said Friday. Kim Jong Nam was poisoned by two women who wiped the highly toxic chemical agent on his face at Kuala Lumpur’s…

Rivers Rerun: INEC receives police report, vows to deal with indicted officials

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has received the report of the Joint Police/DSS Special Investigation Panel on Rivers Re-Run elections of December 10, 2016. The rerun election to elect state and federal lawmakers for Rivers was marred with violence include the death of at least two police officers. An…

INEC to conduct Anambra governorship election November 18

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has approved November 18 for the conduct of the Anambra governorship election, its National Commissioner, Solomon Soyebi, said. Mr. Soyebi made this known at a news conference on Thursday in Abuja. He said that the 1999 Constitution as amended, and the Electoral Act, had…

Gambia charges former spy chief with murder of opposition leader

The former Head of the Gambian National Intelligence Agency was on Thursday charged before a Banjul court for the murder of an opposition youth leader who died in detention in 2016. Yankuba Badjie and the Director of Operations, Sheikh Jeng, along with eight other officers, were charged. The charges were…

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Abuja airport closure: Nigerian govt invites foreign airlines to inspect Kaduna airport

The Federal Government has invited foreign airline operators to inspect the Kaduna International Airport ahead of the March 8 closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe international airport, Abuja. The Minister of State, Aviation, Hadi Sirika, extended the invitation during a meeting in Abuja with the representatives of the foreign airlines operating…

Gunmen abduct two dredgers in Lagos

Some suspected kidnappers have abducted two sand dredgers at Eleko village in the Ibeju-Lekki Local Government Area of Lagos State. Dependable sources told the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday that the victims were kidnapped on Tuesday. NAN gathered that the gunmen, who came through the lagoon around 9:00 a.m.,…

Osinbajo summons Nigeria police chief over kidnap of German archaeologists

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday summoned the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, over the kidnap of two German archaeologists, Peter Breunig and Johannes Behringer, in Kadarko Local Government Area of Kaduna State. A source told the News Agency of Nigeria that the police chief briefed the Acting President on…

Ibadan city master plan 75 per cent complete — Commissioner

The Ibadan City master plan is 75 per cent completed, Isaac Ishola, Oyo State Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, has announced. Mr. Ishola made the announcement on Thursday in Ibadan at the 2016 Annual Luncheon of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors, NIS. “The master plan is all-involving. It is…

IMF agrees to $149 million extended credit facility for c

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has agreed to lend Benin Republic 93 billion CFA francs ($149 million) to help the government implement a macro-economic reform programme, the country’s presidency and the IMF said. The three-year Extended Credit Facility programme should help it meet balance of payments commitments, achieve sustained Gross…

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Naira appreciates further at parallel market

The Naira on Thursday consolidated its gains against the dollar at the parallel market, few days after the CBN announced a new forex policy. The Nigerian currency exchanged at N500 to a dollar after closing at N505 on Wednesday, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro closed at N600 and…

Nigeria Police promote 11 DCPs, 3,201 ASPs, others

The Police Service Commission (PSC) in Abuja on Thursday approved the promotion of 11 Deputy Commissioners of Police to the substantive rank of Commissioners of Police. A statement issued by Ikechukwu Ani, Head, Press and Public Relations of the commission, said that one Assistant Commissioner of Police was also promoted…

Sweden jails man six-month for terrorism fund-raising

A Swedish court on Thursday sentenced a man to a six-month prison term for encouraging fund-raising for groups labelled as terrorist organisations, using social networking site Facebook. The 34-year-old, who was not named, denied the charges during the trial at the district court in Malmo, Southern Sweden. One posting made…

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Xenophobia: Nigerian students threaten South African companies

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has given 48 hours ultimatum to all South African companies in Nigeria to relocate over the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa. The students gave the ultimatum at a peaceful demonstration at some South African companies in Abuja on Thursday. During the…

Harvard School appoints Murtala Muhammed’s daughter onto its Leadership Board

The Women’s Leadership Board of the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, Massachusetts in the United States of America has invited Aisha Muhammed-Oyebode onto its Board. Mrs. Muhammed-Oyebode, a lawyer, administrator and philanthropist, is the Chief Executive Officer of the Murtala Muhammed Foundation, a Nigerian…

Katsina govt reinstates 2,175 disengaged LG workers

The Katsina State Government has ordered the unconditional reinstatement of 2,175 disengaged local government workers in the state in fullfilment of its campaign promise. Usman Ingawa, the permanent commissioner in the Katsina State Local Government Service Commission, made this known in Daura on Thursday while addressing some of the disengaged…

Pope Francis waves to crowds as he arrives to his inauguration mass on 19 March 2013.

Pope condemns hypocritical Catholics

Pope Francis delivered another criticism of some members of his own Church on Thursday, suggesting it is better to be an atheist than one of “many” Catholics who he said lead a hypocritical double life. In improvised comments in the sermon of his private morning Mass in his residence, he…

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Again, Metuh asks Justice Abang to disqualify self from trial

The former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisah Metuh, on Thursday asked Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja, to disqualify himself from continuing with his case. Mr. Metuh, who made an oral application through his counsel, Onyeachi Ikpeazu, said he no longer had…

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Don’t increase BRT, LAGBUS fare, Lagos residents beg Ambode

Some commuters in Lagos State have appealed to the state government to reconsider its plan to increase the bus fares of Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) and Lagos Buses known as LAGBUS with effect from March 1. They said that the increment when implemented would bring more hardships to them especially…

Minister of Budget and National Planning Senator Udoma Udo Udoma

No padding in 2017 budget– Budget Office

The Director-General, Budget Office of the Federation, Ben Akabueze, says there is no padding in the 2017 Budget as being alleged in some quarters. He said this at a news conference in Abuja on Thursday while clarifying issues raised concerning the budget. Mr. Akabueze said that "padding" was a term…

I almost committed suicide out of poverty – Mr Ibu

Nollywood comic star, John Okafor, popularly known as Mr Ibu, said he was suicidal before attaining his present celebrity status. Ibu , the fifth Nigerian celebrity visiting the #BBNaija housemates on Day 31, narrated his experience during the dairy session with `Biggie’ in the Diary Room. The comic actor said…

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Man pleads guilty to raping 10-year-old

An Ogudu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos has fixed March 2., to deliver judgement in a case of incest involving a 20-year-old factory worker, Friday Solomon. The Magistrate, O. Sule-Amzat fixed the date after the accused pleaded guilty to the two count charge of defilement and sexual assault against his 10-year-old…

Google launches technology to help publishers find malicious comments on articles

The technology, called Perspective, will review comments and score them based on how similar they are to comments people said were “toxic” or likely to make them leave a conversation. It has been tested on the New York Times and the companies hope to extend it to other news organisations…

Prosecutor’s absence stalls corruption trial of ex-minister, senior Nigerian lawyer

The absence of the EFCC prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo, on Thursday stalled the trial by a Federal High Court in Lagos of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mohammed Belgore, charged with money laundering. Mr. Belgore is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, alongside a former Minister of…

Stella Oduah

I’m not indebted to any bank – Stella Oduah

Anambra senator, Stella Oduah, has described as untrue allegations that she was indebted to Sterling Bank and other commercial banks. On Wednesday, a Lagos Federal High Court restrained Mrs. Oduah and Sea Petroleum from making withdrawals from 21 accounts in some commercial banks. However, in an interview with the News…

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History is unattractive to admission seekers – Don

Less than 10 students apply to study history at the Kaduna State University, KASU, every year, according to Jatau Gaius, the immediate past head of the department. “Students are not interested in history; we receive less than 10 applications every year,” Mr. Gaius said on Thursday, in Kaduna. The News…