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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…

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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…

‘Over 1,500 APC members’ defect to PDP in Katsina

Over 1,500 members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Radda town, Charanchi Local Government Area of Katsina State, on Friday defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the News Agency of Nigeria has reported. The defectors moved to the PDP with their leader, Mustapha Radda, who was the CPC…

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U.S. denies Trump’s immigration policy will affect Nigeria’s 2-year visa

The U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, on Friday said America would not discriminate against any Nigerian on the basis of religion or on the new visa regime. President Trump recently signed an executive order that banned citizens from seven countries from travelling into the U.S. for 90 days. The…

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Naira slides to N500 per dollar

The Naira on Friday depreciated further to N500 to a dollar at the parallel market after it had remained stable for nearly three weeks, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. The Pound Sterling and the Euro traded at N616 and N530 respectively at the open market. The Nigerian currency,…

Nigeria Police Force

Police announce arrest of notorious kidnap kingpin

The Police in Enugu said they have arrested a notorious kidnap kingpin, Christian Akpan, also known as “Mayor’’ in the state. The Police Public Relations Officer of the state Police Command, Ebere Amaraizu, disclosed this in a statement issued to the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Friday. Mr.…

Lai Mohammed reacts to ‘Lie Mohammed’ moniker

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says he reads comments of people who claim not to believe what he says and coin his first name as “Lie’’. The minister stated this while responding to questions when he visited Daar Communications Plc on Friday in Abuja. He said that…

The Lagos State University (LASU)

LASU final year student suspended for alleged rape

Adeyemi Temitope, a final year Public Administration student of the Lagos State University, LASU, has been suspended from the institution. An official bulletin of the institution, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Lagos, stated that Mr. Temitope was being tried in a law court over…

Nigeria electricity transmission company gets new head

The Federal Government has approved the secondment of Usman Mohammed of the African Development Bank, AfDB, as the interim Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN. A statement by Louis Edozien, Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, said Mr.…

UN reports mass rapes, baby killings targeting Rohingya in Myanmar

The UN says it has gathered evidence that Myanmar’s security forces committed mass rapes and killed young children in their crackdown on the Rohingya minority, according to a UN report that was published Friday. “The report concludes that the widespread violations against the Rohingya population indicate the very likely commission…

Nigeria Police Force

Five arrested for planning attack on Southern Kaduna – Police

The Police in Kaduna State have arrested five suspects for allegedly planning to attack one of the remote areas of Southern Kaduna. The Commissioner of Police, Agyole Abbey, made the disclosure while presenting the suspects to journalists on Friday in Kaduna. Mr. Abbeh said the suspects were arrested on Thursday…

British Council honours 4 Nigerian schools

Four Nigerian schools have been honoured by the British Council for implementing core teaching and learning skills that shaped global thinking and built global citizens. Precious Idaewor, spokesperson of the British Council in Nigeria, said in a statement that the awardees included Hallel College, Port-Harcourt; Oxbridge Tutorial College, Lagos; Redeemer’s…

Nigerian Navy

N8.5 billion fraud: Former JTF Commander, ex-NIMASA boss re-arraigned

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Friday re-arraigned before a Federal High Court, Lagos, Emmanuel Atewe, and three others over N8.5 billion fraud. Mr. Atewe is charged alongside Patrick Akpobolokemi, a former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, and two other staff, Kime Engonzu…

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Oil rises up to $57.01 on threat of U.S. issuing new Iran sanctions

Oil prices was up on Friday on news that U.S. President Donald Trump could be set to impose new sanctions on multiple Iranian entities, raising geopolitical tensions between the two nations. Comments by Russian energy minister Alexander Novak that oil producers had cut their output in accordance with a pact…

Osinbajo meets Presidential Task Force on Food Security

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday met behind closed doors with members of the Presidential Task Force on the rising cost of food items in Nigeria. The meeting, which took place at Aguda House, the official residence of the acting president, was attended by all members of the group. The…