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FILE PHOTO: Femi Fani-Kayode

N26 million Dasukigate: Fani-Kayode seeks out of court settlement

Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, on Monday asked the Federal High Court Abuja to adjourn his case to allow him explore other options of settlement aside from going to trial. The counsel to Mr. Fani-Kayode, Ahmed Raji, who made the application on his behalf said that since the sum of…

Bayelsa donates 1,200-hectares for ranch development to curb clashes

The Bayelsa Government on Sunday said it had donated 1,200 hectares of land to cattle herdsmen to control indiscriminate grazing in the state. The state government had in December 2016 announced the restriction of the activities of herdsmen in the state to the Bayelsa Palm area in Yenagoa. According to…

Police arrest 400 suspected members of ISIS

Turkish police have arrested 400 suspected members of the Islamic State terrorist organisation in several provinces, state media said, the biggest roundup to target the organisation in Turkey The state-run news agency, Anadolu, reported on Sunday that 150 of the suspects were arrested in the southern province of Sanliurfa on…

Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi

Ooni wants culture taught in schools

The Ooni of Ife, Enitan Ogunwusi, the Ojaja II, has appealed to both federal and state governments to make the teaching of culture a compulsory subject for students of primary and secondary schools as well as higher institutions. “The learning of culture needed to be impacted on the younger generation…

Iran lifts entry ban on American wrestlers

Iran has lifted a ban on American wrestlers from entering the country for a World Cup competition. The development was sequel to  a court ruling in the U.S. which suspended a travel ban imposed by President Donald Trump. Iranian foreign ministry spokesman, Bahram Ghasemi, confirmed the new decision to the…

Bayelsa Governor, Seriake Dickson

Flush out cultists, vandals from Bayelsa, Dickson tells new police commissioner

The Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has called on the Nigeria Police Force  to set up a motorcycle patrol unit in a bid to extend its dragnet to all nooks and crannies of the state. The advice, he said, became necessary to make Bayelsa the safest state in the country. Mr.…

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NCAA fines FirstNation Airways N32 million

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has handed a N32 million fine to FirstNation Airways for violating the provisions of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (NCARs). The NCAA also fined one of the airline’s Pilots-In-Command (PIC) N1.5 million for breaching the safety regulations. The authority made the disclosure in a…

Bayelsa Governor, Seriake Dickson

Bayelsa govt justifies N3 billion cars for lawmakers, security agencies while workers remain unpaid

The Bayelsa Government on Sunday said that the N3 billion naira loan for purchase of cars for state lawmakers and security agencies was a necessity and not a misplaced priority.he Bayelsa House of Assembly on Tuesday, in a closed-door session, approved a N3 billion loan request from the executive arm…

A cancer machine [Photo credit: ITV.com]

Nigerian govt laments lack of engineers to repair faulty cancer machines

The Federal Government has decried the lack of biomedical engineering companies to fix broken cancer treatment machines in the country. Ramatu Hassan, National Coordinator, National Control Programme, Federal Ministry of Health, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, on Sunday in Abuja. She said…

FILE PHOTO: Dangote trailer

Dangote declares 285 drivers wanted for alleged theft of 3.5 million tyres

The Dangote Group of Companies Plc has declared 285 truck drivers wanted over theft of about 3.5 million customised tyres of the company. The Coordinator of the company’s National Patrol Unit, Abdullahi Magaji, a retired commissioner of police, disclosed this while addressing journalists on Sunday in Lokoja. Mr. Magaji said…

Nigeria deployed 300 police officers abroad in 2016

The Nigeria Police said it deployed no fewer than 300 personnel for peacekeeping operations across Africa and the Caribbean in 2016. The Director, Directorate of Peace Keeping, Nigeria Police, Lawan Jimeta, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Sunday that the number deployed included 57 females. “We have…

President Buhari and state governors

Lagos, Akwa Ibom highest beneficiaries as states, local governments share N2.6 trillion in 2016

A new report has disclosed that the 36 states and the 774 local government councils in Nigeria shared a total sum of N2.6 trillion from the Federation Account in 2016 in spite of the prevailing economic recession. In an elaborate investigation by the Economic Confidential, an intelligence economic magazine, the…

Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai [Photo credit: Naij.com]

Southern Kaduna Crisis: Nigerian Army lays foundation for battalion in Zango Kataf

The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has laid the foundation stone for the Forward Operation Base of 2 Battalion of the Nigerian Army in Zango Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State. The Nigerian Army School of Artillery in Kachia Local Government Area of the state had been the…

Gunmen shoot police officer

Unidentified gunmen on Sunday morning shot Michael Olujimi, a police corporal attached to the Okitipupa Police Division in Ondo State. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the policeman, who was still battling for his life, was found in a pool of blood around 5:30 a.m,. gasping for breath, before…

Cigarette smoking

Unhealthy lifestyle may cause 17.6 million cancer-related deaths globally in 30 years – WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) predicts that the world may record more than 17 million cancer-related deaths in the next 20 to 30 years if unhealthy lifestyle choices should continue. Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, said in a statement released in Abuja on Saturday that African countries…

Governor Kashim Shettima

Borno dissolves local government administrators

The Borno Government on Saturday announced the dissolution of the state’s 27 local government caretaker committees. Usman Zannah, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, said in a statement in Maiduguri that their tenure had expired. He said the dissolution was approved by Governor Kashim Shettima after the expiration…

Babatunde Fashola Photo credit: The Herald News Nigeria

Federal roads in Enugu to be completed in 18 months – Fashola

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has assured the people of Enugu State that the Federal Government will complete ongoing federal road projects in the area within 18 months. Mr. Fashola made the pledge at the 9th mile axis of Enugu-Onitsha Road during an inspection tour of…

Celebration in Delta as Ibori arrives hometown

The ancient town of Oghara in Ethiope West local Government Area of Delta was in a carnival mood on Saturday as former governor James Ibori arrived home after being deported to Nigeria on the completion of his jail term in a UK prison. Mr. Ibori, who was convicted by a…

SSS loses State Director

Abdullahi Bello-Charanci, the Director, State Security Services (SSS) in Kano State is dead. The Commissioner of Police in the state, Rabiu Yusuf, confirmed the death in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Kano. “It is confirmed that the state DSS Director is dead. We…

Iran President, Hassan Rowhani

Iran holds military exercise after new U.S. sanctions

Iran on Saturday held a military exercise and tested rockets, a day after the United States imposed fresh sanctions on Tehran in response to a ballistic missile test last weekend. Iran’s Revolutionary Guard emphasised that the military exercise was a response to “threats and sanctions” by Washington. On Friday, the…

23 teachers dismissed in Zambia for sexually abusing, impregnating pupils

No fewer than 23 teachers were dismissed in Zambia for sexually abusing and impregnating pupils in 2016, Zambia News and Information Service reported Saturday. The Teaching Service Commission in Zambia said the teachers were dismissed for having sex with the pupils and impregnating others from January to December 2016. The commission…

Former National Caretaker Chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ahmed Makarfi.

PDP not broke – Spokesperson

The Ahmed Makarfi-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has denied that the party is financially broke and could not meet up with it financial obligations. The National Publicity of the party, Dayo Adeyeye, made the denial in a statement issued on Friday in Abuja. Mr. Adeyeye said the attention of PDP…

Former Delta governor, Ibori, arrives Abuja

Former Gov. James Ibori of Delta has arrived in the country on Saturday. Mr. Ibori's spokesperson, Tony Eluemuno, confirmed his arrival to PREMIUM TIMES. He said the former governor was in Abuja. "He is here with you in Abuja, in his house," he said, without giving further details. An official…

Geoffrey Onyeama, Nigerian foreign minister says South Africa must act decisively.

AU bars EU from negotiating with individual African country

The African Union (AU) has resolved that European (EU) will no longer negotiate with any individual African country but with AU as a body, Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, said. Mr. Onyeama made this known in Abuja on Friday at a press conference on post 28th AU Summit of Head…

Buhari not dead – Minister

The Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, on Friday dismissed speculations on that President Muhammadu Buhari is dead. Mr. Shittu, who represented Mr. Buhari in Ilorin, at the formal opening of the 31st National Qur’anic Recitation Competition, said: “President Buhari is not dead.’’ The minister advised Nigerians to continue to pray…