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Fire razes spare-parts market in Warri

A storey building housing several shops in Lower Erejuwa Motor Spare-part Market, Warri, was on Monday razed by fire. Property including assorted automobile spare-parts, running into hundreds of millions of naira was destroyed in the inferno. The affected shops owners said no life was lost to the disaster, adding that…

Boko Haram: Military to lift Maiduguri curfew on Monday – Spokesperson

The 7 Division of the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri said on Sunday that the 24-hour curfew imposed on Maiduguri would be lifted on Monday morning. Sani Usman, the spokesperson of the division, stated this in a statement in Maiduguri. Mr. Usman, a colonel, said residents of Maiduguri were free to…

Former Nigeria`s, President Goodluck Jonathan

Nigerians will continue to enjoy freedom under my government — Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday promised Nigerians that they would continue to enjoy freedom as contained in the law of the country under his leadership, if re-elected. Mr. Jonathan, who is the Presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), made the pledge at the PDP campaign in Dutse. He said…

Mauritius offers $100,000 to fight Ebola

Mauritius is to contribute 100,000 dollars to the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, which is ravaging parts of West Africa, the Government said in a statement on Wednesday. “The money will be given to the WHO Africa Public Health Emergency Fund, the UN Trust Fund for Ebola”. “The…

Violence mars SDP governorship campaign in Ibadan

The commencement of the campaign of Seyi Makinde, the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Oyo State, was marred by violence in Ibadan on Monday. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the programme, which was held at the Mapo Hall, ended abruptly when suspected political…

CBN

CBN claims credit for reduction in kidnappings

The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has said that its cashless policy had contributed to a reduction in the spate of kidnapping in the country. The bank’s Branch Controller in Enugu, Patrick Okonkwo, said at the weekend that the policy had made it impossible for people to raise the large…

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

If someone insults my mother, I will punch them — Pope

Pope Francis warned that he was ready to "punch" anyone who insulted his mother. The pontiff said this on Thursday in remarks made en route to the Philippines from Sri Lanka, that`` there are limits to freedom of expression and my mother was the limit. "We have a duty to…

Displaced Nigerians receiving little support — Red Cross

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, IFRCS, has appealed for more support to aid the internally displaced persons, IDPs, in the North Eastern part of Nigeria. The International Federation had in November 2014, launched a N480 million emergency appeal fund to support IDPs in Adamawa, Borno…

In Bayelsa, Buhari vows to compel corrupt officials to return loot

The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Muhammed Buhari, on Thursday in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, pledged to revamp the agricultural and power sectors, if elected. Mr. Buhari made the pledge at a campaign rally. He was accompanied by John Oyegun, the National Chairman of the APC; Timipre Sylva,…

Nigerian govt says troops working to recapture Baga, others from Boko Haram

The Nigerian government said on Thursday that troops were working hard to free Baga and other towns captured by the Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State. Mike Omeri, the Coordinator, National Information Centre, stated this while giving newsmen an update on ongoing troops operation in the North East. Mr. Omeri,…

Nigeria’s foreign reserves hit $34.49 bn

The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, on Wednesday pegged the nation’s foreign exchange reserves at 34.49 billion dollars (N5.74 trillion) as at January 5. The CBN posted the foreign exchange reserves data on its website. According to the bank, the figure represents an increase of 20 million dollars (N3.36 billion)…

B​oko Haram: Niger, Chad ​withdraw troops from multinational force​

The Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshall, Alex Badeh, ​has said that Niger and Chad Republic are still part of the multinational force fighting insurgency in the North East. But he said the two countries have withdrawn their soldiers from Nigeria. Mr. Badeh said this while fielding questions from…

Court partially clears ex-Intercontinental Bank boss, Akingbola, over N47.1 bn fraud

The Court of Appeal in Lagos has struck out a N47.1 billion theft charge against a former Managing Director of Intercontinental Bank Plc, Erastus Akingbola, saying the trial court had no jurisdiction over the matter. But the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, which prosecuted the former bank chief, has…

Ayisha Osori

UPDATED: Reps aspirant dumps PDP after losing party’s primary, joins APC for Osinbajo

A People Democratic Party, PDP, House of Representative aspirant, Aisha Osori, has denounced the PDP to join the All Progressives Congress, APC, after losing on the platform of the PDP. Ms. Osori announced her defection on Tuesday in Abuja while briefing journalists at the APC national secretariat. Ms. Osori emerged…

Jonah Jang

Christmas: Jang urges Nigerians to pray, work for Jonathan’s re-election

Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau on Thursday urged Nigerians to pray and work for the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan next year as they celebrate this year’s Christmas. Mr. Jang, who made the plea at a Christmas Service at COCIN Church in Du, Jos South, said Jonathan had done well…

Former Defence Minister, Aliyu Gusau

Defence Minister, Gusau, charges soldiers to show courage against Boko Haram

The Minister of Defence, Aliyu Gusau, on Friday reassured the military of the federal government’s continued support in the ongoing war against Boko Haram and other terror organizations. Mr. Gusau, who gave charge at the burial of two Air Force officers at the military cemetery in Abuja, charged soldiers to…

Former Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State opposes Godwin Emefiele's appointment

I’ll do everything possible for Jonathan to win in 2015 – Lamido

Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa on Thursday affirmed that he would do everything possible to support the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 polls. Mr. Lamido stated this in Dutse during a meeting to unveil campaign programmes for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidates seeking elective position in…

Fashola hails Osinbajo’s nomination as APC’s vice-presidential candidate

Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State on Thursday hailed the nomination of Yemi Osinbajo as the running mate to the All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari. Mr. Fashola made the commendation on Thursday while swearing-in three judges of the Lagos State High Court. The newly appointed judges are…

High Court

Police arraign man ​for possessing 589 Permanent Voter Cards

The police on Wednesday arraigned a 29-year-old man in an Ikeja Magistrates court in Lagos for being in possession of 589 Permanent Voter Cards. Lukman Animashaun who resides at No. 12a Itire Road, Lagos, is facing a two-count charge of disobedience to law and breach of public peace. The prosecutor,…

Delta proposes N7bn for completion of Ughelli-Asaba road

Delta Government has proposed N7 billion for the completion of the 149km Ughelli-Asaba dual carriage road project. Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan stated this on Wednesday in Asaba during the presentation of the 2015 budget proposal to the state house of assembly. Mr. Uduaghan said that completion would improve the flow of…

Mechanic apprentice remanded for raping neighbour’s 4-year-old daughter

An Iyaganku Magistrates' Court, Ibadan on Wednesday remanded at the Agodi Prison, an 18-year-old mechanic apprentice, Tirimisiyu Badmus, over the alleged raping of neighbour's four-year-old daughter. The Magistrate, Munirat Giwa-Babalola, ordered Mr. Badmus to be remanded in prison custody and the case file forwarded to the state Director of Public…

Kwara varsity to set up centre for study of Nollywood

The Vice-Chancellor, Kwara State University [KWASU], Prof. AbdulRasheed Na’ Allah, has inaugurated a committee to see to the establishment of the Centre for Nollywood Studies at the university. Prof. Na’ Allah stated this in his opening address on Monday at the Conference on African Cinema, organised by the university, with…

Maku calls for cancellation of Nasarawa PDP gubernatorial primary election

A former Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, has called on the People's Democratic Party, PDP, leadership to cancel the governorship primary election in Nasarawa State due to alleged irregularities. Mr. Maku’s call was contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday by the Director of Publicity, Maku Campaign Organisation,…

UNN Postgraduate students protest hike in fees

Postgraduate students of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka [UNN] on Friday  barricaded the office of the institution's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ben Ozumba, in protest against hike in their tuition fees, describing the increase from N69,000 to N145,000 as outrageous. [caption id="attachment_173244" align="alignright" width="476"] UNN Postgraduate Students Protesting Hike in Fees[/caption] The placard-carrying…

Police defuse bomb at Kano grains market

The Kano State Police Command on Thursday said it had defused "a high-calibre bomb” discovered at the Dawanau International Grains market, Kano. The Police Commissioner, Aderenle Shinaba, confirmed this while briefing journalists in Kano. Mr. Shinaba said the explosive, concealed in a bag in the market, was defused successfully by…