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JNI expresses concern over Southern Kaduna violence, statements

The Jama’atu Nasril Islam, JNI, on Wednesday expressed worry over what it termed as the pettiness of some political and religious leaders over the southern Kaduna crisis. A statement by the group, signed by its General Secretary, Khalid Aliyu observed that hate speeches and fabrications by some selfish leaders in…

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu

Supreme Court judge withdraws from Abia governorship appeal

The hearing of appeals against the nomination of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu as governorship candidate of the PDP in the 2015 election was on Wednesday stalled at the Supreme Court. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the withdrawal of Justice Amina Augie from the seven-member panel was responsible for the…

N3.1 billion debt: Court fixes January 17 to hear Ecobank’s suit against Zamfara

A Federal High Court in Lagos has fixed January 17 to hear pending applications including objection to a `garnishee’ proceeding by Ecobank against Zamfara State over N3.1 billion debt. The bank had commenced the garnishee proceeding against the state seeking to recover the debt. Joined in the suit are the…

Late Governor Kure buried in Minna

The remains of former Governor of Niger State, Abdulkadir Kure, was laid to rest on Wednesday in Minna, the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports. Mr. Kure died on Sunday, January 8, in a private hospital in Germany at the age of 60 years. The burial prayer was led by…

Heathrow airport sets new record with 76 million passengers in 2016

Heathrow Airport, Europe’s busiest air travel hub, reported a new record of 76 million passengers in 2016. John Holland-Kaye, the Airport’s Chief Executive, said on Wednesday in London that the record went up 1 per cent from 2015. He said Heathrow Airport, the world’s sixth-busiest airport, handled 1.5 million tonnes…

Norway becomes first country to turn off FM radio

Norway on Wednesday began turning off analogue FM radio, making it the first country in the world to fully transition to Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB). Thor Eriksen, NRK Broadcasting Chief, in Stockholm, said it was an historic moment, at 11.11 a.m. (1011 GMT), when the analogue FM broadcasting system in…

Fuel scarcity looms as NUPENG commences nationwide strike

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, on Wednesday began its three-day nationwide warning strike over unresolved labour issues with multinationals operating in the oil and gas industry. Rotimi Benjamin, the Vice-Chairman, South-West Zonal Council of the union, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that…

15-year-old secondary school student charged with raping 3-year-old girl

A 15-year-old secondary school student, who allegedly raped a three-year-old girl, was on Wednesday brought before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court. The accused, who resides with his parents at Adeyemi Makinde Street, Alagbado, a suburb of Lagos State, is facing a charge of defilement. Prosecutor Simeon Inuoha told the court that…

Germany to deploy helicopters, more soldiers to UN mission in Mali

Germany’s cabinet on Wednesday approved the deployment of eight attack and transport helicopters and 350 additional soldiers to Mali as part of a UN peacekeeping mission. A report from Berlin said that the helicopters would replace those of the Dutch army, while the additional troops would service and maintain the…

Senator Ali Ndume

Ekweremadu may go next – Ndume

The immediate past leader of the Senate, Ali Ndume, has decried the way he was removed as leader saying it could be anybody next. Relying on a point of order at plenary on Wednesday, Mr. Ndume in a thank you message said that his removal while he went to pray…

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Court remands 3 men for attempted kidnap of monarch

An Okitipupa Magistrates’ Court in Ondo State on Wednesday remanded three men in prison for alleged attempted kidnap of the Oba of Ikoya, Williams Akinsayo. The accused, Dayo Agbeye, 29; Adedoyin Adeleke, 34; and Abiodun Ayeniberu, 32; of no fixed address were arraigned on a three-count charge of felony, attempted…

Map of Nigeria showing Ondo State

University expels 4 students, suspends 16 others (Full list)

The Ondo State University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa, has announced the expulsion of four students for gross misconduct. The university also suspended 16 other students for various cases of examination malpractices for one to two academic semesters. Felix Akinusi, the acting Registrar of the institution who confirmed this to…

Tupac’s love letter for auction at $25,000

An explicit hand-written love letter by late African-American rapper and actor Tupac Shakur has been offered for sale at $25,000, 20 years after his death. According to Goldin Auctions who displayed the legendary love letter on hits auction blog, the romantic poetic prose was penned by Tupac during his 1995…

Gambia: Jammeh seeks reconciliation, appoints mediator with Barrow

A day after the country's Supreme Court advised an out-of-court settlement, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has appointed a mediator to liaise between him and President-elect Adama Barrow. PREMIUM TIMES reported how Emmanuel Fagbenle, Gambia's Chief Justice, advised the settlement after ruling that the court could not hear Mr. Jammeh and…

Niger Bridge

Nigeria awards N14.4 billion Second Niger Bridge contract

The Federal Government has awarded contract for early works on the Second Niger bridge and emergency repairs at the Tamburawa bridge in Kano State at a total cost of N16.3 billion. Mohammed Abdullahi, the Assistant Director of Information in the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, made this known…

Nigeria to sanction electricity companies that fail to provide meters to customers

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, says it will sanction DISCOs which failed to meter electricity customers in their networks before Feb. 28, 2017. NERC in a statement on its website and obtained by News Agency Of Nigeria, NAN, in Abuja on Wednesday said that sanctioning of the defaulting DISCOs…

Suspects in Southern Kaduna crisis arrested

Some of the masterminds of the attacks and killings in Southern Kaduna have been arrested, Governor Nasir El-Rufai said on Tuesday. Mr. El-Rufai unveiled the names of the suspects when he visited the State Commissioner of Police, Agyle Abeh. He vowed that government would ensure that all those involved in…

Tears as Obama delivers farewell speech

Barack Obama wiped his eyes as he addressed his wife and thanked Vice-President Joe Biden in a farewell speech. His daughter, Malia, also shed a tear as she listened to her father. Some slices of emotion were all expected in Chicago where the outgoing American president began the journey to…

Former governor of the state, Ibrahim Shema [Photo: pulse.ng]

Ex-Gov. Shema appears in court for alleged misappropriation of funds

The immediate former governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shema, has appeared in court for alleged financial misappropriation during his tenure as governor. Mr. Shema was arraigned before Justice Ibrahim Bako by the Katsina state government and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday. He, however, did not take…

Gambia’s Supreme Court postpones hearing in Jammeh’s petition

Gambia’s Supreme Court on Tuesday postponed hearing in a petition filed by outgoing President Yahya Jammeh to challenge the results of the Dec. 1 presidential election which he lost to Adama Barrow. The court’s registrar said “the case has been adjourned until Jan. 16, since only one of the required…

Chibuike Amaechi

Senate opposes Abuja airport shutdown; summons Amaechi, Fashola

The Senate on Tuesday summoned the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, to appear before it within two days over the planned closure of Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja for six weeks. This followed a motion sponsored by Chairman, Senate Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff, Hope Uzodinma, and co-sponsored by five…

Nigeria Police Officers

Police refute herdsmen, farmers clash in Delta

The Nigeria Police Command in Delta has denied that there was a clash between herdsmen and farmers in the state. The command’s spokesman, Andrew Aniamaka, made this known in a statement made available to journalists in Warri, Delta State, on Tuesday. Mr. Aniamaka also advised journalists to verify their facts…

Gambia’s Information Minister abandons Jammeh

Gambia’s information minister, Sheriff Bojang, has resigned to protest President Yahya Jammeh’s refusal to accept defeat in last month’s presidential election, reports say. Efforts to contest the results were “an attempt to subvert the express will” of the Gambian people, he said in a statement, Reuters news agency reports. State…

FIFA headquarters

World Cup finals expanded to 48 teams

Football Governing Body FIFA said at a council meeting in Zurich the World Cup finals will be expanded to 48 teams from the 2026 edition. The proposal was backed unanimously according to FIFA and represented a 50 per cent increase from the present number of 32 teams. Participating countries will…

COURT: Symbol of law and justice

Nigerian man, woman in court for smearing selves with faeces

The Police on Tuesday arraigned a hairdresser and driver before an Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’ Court, Ibadan for alleged engaging in public fight. The accused, Michael Godwin, 30, and Gbemisola Adejumo, both of NW6/116 Ayorinde street, Queen cinema, Adamasingba area, Ibadan, were arraigned on a two -count charge of public fight…