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Barrow sworn in as Gambian leader

Adama Barrow has been sworn in as president of The Gambia at a ceremony attended by African and western diplomats in Senegal. His inauguration at the embassy of The Gambia in Dakar was as a result of the refusal by Yahya Jammeh to relinquish power despite his defeat at the…

Death Sentence: Supreme Court to rule on policeman’s appeal April 14

The Supreme Court on Thursday in Abuja fixed April 14 to deliver judgment in a murder appeal filed by a police officer, Olusegun Adegboye. Justice Mohammed Tanko led the five-member panel of justices that fixed the date after listening to submissions by counsel to the parties. Henry Omu, counsel to…

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Nigerian Senate debates troops deployment to Gambia

The Senate on Thursday opposed President Muhammadu Buhari’s deployment of troops to The Gambia without the approval of the National Assembly. [caption id="attachment_220285" align="alignleft" width="313"] Photo credit: Aljazeera[/caption] The Nigerian Air Force confirmed on Wednesday that it had deployed 200 soldiers, fighter jets and other equipments to Senegal for an…

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Nigerian agency confiscated pirated products worth N8.3 billion in 6 years

In a bid to protect intellectual property and boost creativity, the Nigerian Copyright Commission, NCC, on Thursday confiscated N275 million worth of pirated works intercepted at the sea ports. The Director-General of NCC, Afam Ezekude, while displaying the three containers of bibles, books and compact discs, told journalists that the…

Enugu police rescues kidnapped girl sold for N350,000 in Abia

The Enugu State Police Command said that it has burst a kidnapping and human trafficking syndicate that abducted and sold a four-year-old girl in Abia for N350,000. Ebere Amaraizu, the command’s spokesman, said in a statement that the little girl’s kidnap was aided by a family member from Inyi community…

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238 Auchi Prisons inmates awaiting trial – Official

No fewer than 238 inmates are awaiting trial at the Medium Security Prisons Auchi, Etsako-West Local Government Area of Edo. The Assistant Comptroller, Auchi Prisons, Olorunfemi Obende, gave the figure in a statement on Thursday in Auchi. Mr. Obende said that the figure comprised 234 male and four female inmates.…

Nigerian govt needs N330 billion monthly for salaries, others – Minister

The Federal Government said on Thursday that it needs N330 billion monthly to meet its recurrent obligations. The obligations include salaries, debt servicing and statutory transfers, the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, said. Details later....

Osun identifies 458 unregistered schools

The Osun Government on Thursday gave two weeks ultimatum to owners of unregistered schools in the state to register them with the state Ministry of Education or stand the risk of closure. The warning is contained in a statement signed by Festus Olajide, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and…

Synagogue Building collapse

Synagogue Church building collapse trial stalled

Absence of the sixth prosecution witness on Thursday stalled the trial of two engineers over the collapse of the guest house of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN. The engineers are Akinbela Fatiregun and Oladele Ogundeji. They are standing trial before an Ikeja High Court. The News Agency of…

AY Makun announces new movie ’10 Days in Sun City’

Award-winning Nigerian actor and stand-up comedian, Ayo Makun, popularly known as AY, is set to release a new movie titled “10 Days in Sun City”. AY, who dropped the hint on his Instagram handle and shared a photo from his production, wrote: “Production meeting is in progress for my new…

University student bites off neighbour’s ear – Police

A 30-year-old student, Tobi Justice, who allegedly assaulted his father’s tenant by biting off his left ear, was on Thursday in Lagos released on a N50,000 bail. The Chief Magistrate, Alexander Komolafe, who gave the ruling, also told the accused to present two sureties in like sum. The accused, a…

Insect named after Donald Trump

Ahead of his swearing-in as the 45th President of U.S. on Friday, a new endangered species of moth has been named in honour of President-elect, Donald Trump, by scientists because the insect shares his hairstyle. The new moth, officially described as “Neopalpa donaldtrumpi”, stands out with yellowish-white scales present on…

Kwara assembly

Kwara Assembly insists on demolition of 2 Ilorin filling stations

The Kwara State House of Assembly on Thursday said it had not rescinded its resolution to demolish the two remaining filling stations out of four constructed in densely populated areas of llorin. The House Leader, Hassan Oyeleke, made the clarification while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on reasons…

CAF Champions League: Rangers to entertain fans with soft drinks

Rangers International FC has started negotiations with two beverage companies to supply soft drinks to entertain spectators during its matches at the Confederation of African Football, CAF, Champions League. Rangers Marketing Manager, Ignatius Okafor, made the disclosure to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Enugu on Thursday. Rangers will…

How Nigerian Supreme Court judge accused of corruption paid me N313 million cash – Witness

The first prosecution witness in the trial of Supreme Court Judge, Sylvester Ngwuta, at the Federal High Court, Abuja, has revealed how he was paid N313 million in cash to build houses for the defendant. The witness, Nwaba Linus, a contractor, while led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, Philips…

IDP camp bombing: 54 victims stabilised in 3 Maiduguri hospitals

At least 54 victims of the military bomb misfire in Rann, headquarters of Kala-Balge are hospitalized in three hospitals located in Maiduguri with all of them in stable conditions, the Borno State Commissioner for Health, Haruna Mshelia, said in an update released on Wednesday. Mr. Mshelia said of the 54…

South Sudan, President Salva Kiir

U.S., Britain ask South Sudan to retract ‘reckless’ regime change comment

South Sudan’s key donors on Wednesday urged officials in Juba to retract what they termed as reckless statements on regime change attributed to senior official. “Britain, Norway and the United States wish to express their shock at the unfounded allegations made on Jan. 13 by an SPLA spokesperson against the…

Police Officers

Police Inspector arrested for extra-judicial killing

The Edo Commissioner of Police, Haliru Gwandu, said the command would recommend a serving inspector being investigated for extra-judicial killing for 'discharge’ from service if found guilty. Mr. Gwandu, who stated this at a news a conference on Wednesday in Benin, said “there is no sacred cow in the force."…

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

PDP talks tough, says it’s ‘government-in-waiting’

The Peoples Democractic Party (PDP) on Wednesday said it was not just an opposition party but a government-in-waiting. Chairman of National Caretaker Committee of the party, Ahmed Makarfi, said this when he received syndicate reports of the party's Strategy Review Committee led by Jerry Gana in Abuja. He said the…

Navy, police to rescue abducted female students, staff

The Navy on Wednesday said it would collaborate with the police to the rescue the abducted persons of the Nigerian Turkish International College. This followed the call for help by the police to the military. The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Ibok Ette-Ibas, a Vice Admiral, announced this at the…

IDP Camp Bombing: UN, Red Cross, UNICEF, others react

The United Nations and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement have asked the Nigerian government to ensure the unfortunate incident of Tuesday where dozens of civilians were killed by a military bomb does not reoccur. In a statement on Wednesday, the UN also called on the Nigerian government…

Police avert bloody clash in Kano

Many vehicles were damaged on Wednesday in Kano following a clash between operatives of Kano Road Traffic Agency (KAROTA) and some illegal motor park operators at Gyadi-gyadi area in Kano metropolis. A witness told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, that the clash started around 11:00 a.m. when the KAROTA…

Abdulmumin Jibrin

Budget Padding: Court fixes hearing for February 20

A Federal High Court in Kano on Wednesday fixed February 20 for hearing in the case against the Clerk and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, over the suspension of Abdulmumini Jibrin. Some constituents of Kiru/Bebeji Federal Constituency sued the Clerk and Speaker Yakubu Dogara, challenging the legality…

Nigerian Army parades alleged killers of colonel

The 2 Division of the Nigerian Army, Ibadan, on Wednesday paraded six suspects who allegedly killed Anthony Okeyim, former Commandant, Command Secondary School, Apata, Ibadan. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the lifeless body of Mr. Okeyim, a colonel, was found at the premises of the school on December…

Dame Patience Jonathan

Court to hear Patience Jonathan’s suit against EFCC February 13

A Federal High Court Lagos, on Wednesday fixed February 13 to hear a suit by ex-first lady, Patience Jonathan, against the EFCC seeking to unfreeze her account. Also joined in the suit are Skye Bank Plc, and a former Special Assistant to ex-President Jonathan, Waripama-Owei Dudafa. Others include Pluto Property…