Agency Report

Posts by Agency Report:

3, 000 couples married off in mass weddings in 4 states

More than 3, 000 couples were married off in various mass weddings held in four states of the North West within the last three years, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. NAN reports that the mass weddings were initiated by state governments and private organisations largely for widows, orphans…

LASG dispels rumour of new Ebola cases

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday said reports of new cases of Ebola Virus Disease emerging in Nigeria are untrue. The Commissioner for Health, Jide Idris, made the clarification at a news conference in Ikeja, the Lagos State Capital. He said the reports were mere rumours, pointing out that no…

Enugu Election Day Blast: ​Police ​uncover​ bomb-making site​

The Police have identified the factory that manufactured Improvised Explosive Devices that caused explosion in Enugu State during the March 28 elections. The Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, disclosed this on Tuesday in Abuja before a closed-door meeting with senior police officers to strategise on security for the April 11…

Ban Ki-Moon congratulates Buhari

The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, has congratulated Nigeria’s President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari. Mr. Ban in a statement issued on Tuesday night in New York, said he had spoken to Messrs Jonathan and Buhari on the outcome of the polls as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Mr. Buhari was…

Nigeria Elections: Lawmaker, policeman, 7 others killed

A member of the Gombe State House of Assembly, Umar Aminu, and eight others were killed when suspected members of the Boko Haram attacked Gombe on Saturday morning. The insurgents who attacked Dukku and Nafada local government areas of the state were said to have killed the lawmaker, a member…

Patience Jonathan dismisses Police IG’s directive, urges Nigerians to protect votes

The First Lady, Patience Jonathan, has appealed to Nigerians to guard against manipulations by opposition parties during forthcoming elections. She urged Nigerians to ensure their votes count during Saturday’s presidential polls, dismissing an earlier directive of the Inspector General of Police that voters leave polling units after casting their ballots.…

​M​ali delays local elections over insecurity in North

The Spokesperson, Mali Ministry of Territorial Administration, Alhousseny Toure, said ​the ​government has postponed local and regional elections scheduled for next month over insecurity in the north. He said late on Thursday in Bamako that the insecurity has held up the revision of voter rolls. “The postponement of communal and…

Boko Haram releases 158 people abducted in Yobe

A total of 158 Women and children abducted by Boko Haram insurgents from Katarko village in Yobe have been reunited with their families in Damaturu, Yobe. The victims were released by the sect members after three weeks of captivity. Ahmed Goniri, the state Commissioner for Justice and Chairman of the…

NAFDAC partners Cuban company on new technology for malaria eradication

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has said it is set to partner with Labiofam, a Cuban-based pharmaceutical company, to promote the adoption of biotechnology for malaria eradication in Nigeria. NAFDAC’s Director-General, Paul Orhii, made the disclosure when he received a delegation from the company in…

UN chief urges international community to implement de-colonisation processes

The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki- Moon, on Thursday urged the international community to address self-government and find innovative and practical ways to implement the de-colonisation process. Mr. Ki-Moon made the call in a message to the opening of the 2015 session of the Special Committee on De-colonisation. The message was…

EU gives Rome $15.61million to handle influx of migrants from Africa, Middle East

The European Commission on Thursday in Brussels handed over $15.61 million (N3.1billion) to Rome, as extra funding to deal with the influx of migrants from Africa and the Middle East. The EU Home Affairs Commissioner, Dimitris Avramopoulos, said this was in addition to the 500 million euros (N113billion) earmarked for…

Maiduguri stands still for Buhari as APC campaigns in Borno

With six additional weeks of campaigning to go, Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress met an enthusiastic crowd in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, as a new phase of his rally tour of Nigeria began. Accompanied by several members of the APC including Rotimi Amaechi and Audu…

FIRST LADY CONDOLES WITH YAKOWA'S FAMILY IN KADUNA

Fatal Accident: Patience Jonathan commiserates with Bayelsa, victims’ families

The First Lady, Patience Jonathan, on Sunday commiserated with the Bayelsa Government over the death of some prominent women leaders from the state in an auto crash. A statement by her Media Assistant, Ayo Adewuyi, in Abuja said the women died in a motor accident around Elele in Rivers on…

How ex-Plateau governor, Joshua Dariye’s father was kidnapped – Police

The police on Sunday provided details of how Joshua Dariye’s father was kidnapped in Plateau State. PREMIUM TIMES had reported how the elder Dariye was kidnapped from his residence at Mushere, Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State on Saturday night. Speaking on the abduction, the Plateau police spokesperson, Abuh…

UNESCO seeks Osun’s permission to adopt, reproduce Opon Imo

The United‎ Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has approached the government of the state of Osun seeking to adopt the e-learning device created by the Rauf Aregbesola administration, Opon Imo (Tablet of Knowledge). UNESCO, in a letter dated November 15, 2014 to the Osun Commissioner for Education and…

UN calls for more regional military operations against Boko Haram

The UN Security Council on Tuesday urged West Africa countries to enhance regional military operations and coordination to effectively combat activities of Boko Haram in the region. The Security Council stated this in a statement made available in Lagos by the United Nations Information Centre, UNIC. The council, however, restated…

The approved APC logo, released early Wednesday morning

Tribunal sacks Niger East senator, declares APC candidate winner

The National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Minna on Friday declared David Umaru of of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as the winner of the August 30 election in the Niger East Senatorial District. > > The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Zagbayi Nuhu, was initially declared…

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…