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Syrian govt. ready to negotiate on ‘everything’, Assad says

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said his government is ready to negotiate on “everything” in the proposed peace talks in Kazakhstan. However, he noted that it was not yet clear who would represent the opposition and no date had been set. Mr. Assad also said a ceasefire brokered by Turkey…

Nigeria installs windshear alert system in 13 airports

The Federal Government has installed the Low Level Windshear Alert System, LLWAS, at the Umar Musa Yar’Adua Airport Katsina and 12 others to ensure safety. While inaugurating the facility at the airport on Sunday, the Minister of State, Aviation, Hadi Sirika, explained that the facility detects dangerous wind shear that…

APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomole Photo: NewsForward

Oshiomhole’s son joins race for House of Reps seat

The number of aspirants seeking to fill the vacant Etsako Federal Constituency seat has swelled as Edo State is now awash with the posters of Cyril Oshiomhole, the first son of the immediate past governor of the state, Adams Oshiomhole. The seat became vacant after Philip Shaibu, former occupant, was…

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FRSC confirms 15 dead in Zamfara auto crash

The Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, Zamfara State Command, has confirmed 15 persons dead in a ghastly accident which occurred along Gusau-Tsafe road in the early hours of Sunday. The sector commander, Amos Thilizer, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the accident was caused by a Dangote cement trailer…

Former Iranian president dies of heart attack – State Media

Former Iranian president, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, died in hospital in Tehran where he was taken after suffering a heart attack on Sunday, state media reported. State run Press TV said Rafsanjani, 82, died from a heart attack despite efforts by doctors to save him. Rafsanjani was an influential figure in…

UPDATE: How “Fulani militia” killed 3 police officers – Nigeria Police

The Adamawa Police Command on Sunday confirmed the killing of three mobile police officers and the disappearance of two others in an attack by suspected herdsmen in Demsa Local Government Area of the state. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the policemen were among those drafted to secure Kwayine,…

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Nigeria’s quota for hajj increased

Hajj Reporters, a civil society organisation, on Sunday hailed Saudi Arabia’s decision to restore the 20 per cent cut in Hajj quota to all hajj participating countries. A statement signed by its National Coordinator, Ibrahim Muhammed, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna, said the gesture…

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3 police officers killed, two missing as armed men attack Adamawa

The police in Adamawa have confirmed the killing of three police officers after an attack by armed persons in Demsa Local Government Area. The Adamawa police spokesperson, Othman Abubakar, also confirmed that two other police officers were missing after the attack. Details later....

How I emerged best graduating student in my university – Ireti Akinsola

Ireti Akinsola, the Best Graduating Student of the 2015/2017 set at Crawford University, Igbesa, Ogun State, has spoken about how she achieved the feat. She also said the current national economic recession is an opportunity for the country to develop its other sectors. Ms. Akinsola, a Geology graduate with CGPA…

MUSLIM PILGRIMS FROM GOMBE STATE

Farmers apply en masse for 2017 Hajj – Official

Hussaini Tsoho-Ikara, acting Executive Secretary, Kaduna State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board says farmers are turning out in large number to pay for 2017 Hajj fare. Mr. Tsoho-Ikara told the News Agency of Nigeria in Zaria on Sunday that the development was contrary to what happened during the 2016 Hajj. He…

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13 filling stations sealed in Lagos

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Lagos State Command, on Sunday said it had sealed 13 fuel stations, for allegedly under dispensing petroleum products. The Public Relations Officer of the Command, Kenny Bada, made the confirmation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Lagos.…

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7 Nigerian states move to save 1.59 million malnourished children, mothers

States in the North-West of Nigeria are fighting to stem the scourge of malnutrition which has affected more than 1,594,462 children in the region. The United Nation Children’s Fund (UNICEF) estimates that every single day, Nigeria loses about 2,300 under-fives and 145 women of child-bearing age, making Nigeria the second…

Don’t go to Gambia, U.S. warns citizens

The United States on Saturday warned its citizens against visiting the Gambia. It told those there to consider leaving the country, citing the risk of unrest as President Yahya Jammeh digs in despite losing an election. “The US Department of State warns US citizens against travel to The Gambia because…

Nigerian drug convict, who escaped from Indian custody, rearrested

A Nigerian drug convict, John Okoro, who fled from police custody in India last Monday, has been re-arrested. Mr. Okoro, 35, was re-arrested by the Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) of Mumbai police. ANC sources told The Times of India that Mr. Okoro was arrested from the Navi Mumbai area, from where…

Nigerians in a tight queue to buy Kerosene

Kerosene scarcity bites harder across Nigeria

The scarcity of kerosene, used by millions of largely poor Nigerians for cooking, has hit major cities causing huge increase in price. The situation has also caused some residents to turn to alternatives such as firewood and cooking gas. Three of the most affected cities are Kaduna and Zaria in…

Thousands troop to see mystery trees in Ogun

Thousands of people have besieged the resident of one Michael Ibironke in Ogun since two trees appeared with what appeared to be an Arabic inscription believed to be the name of Allah. The Moringa trees were located at No.6, and No.9, Unity Street, Ire-akari Estate, Iloye, Abule Iroko, Ado-Odo Ota,…

Real Madrid equal Barcelona’s unbeaten record

Real Madrid on Saturday equalled FC Barcelona’s Spanish record of 39 games unbeaten in all competitions with a comfortable 5-0 La Liga victory over Granada at the Bernabeu. The European champions had ended FC Barcelona’s record-breaking run last season with a 2-1 win at the Camp Nou. Now, they have…

Akufo-Addo sworn in as Ghana’s President

Nana Akufo-Addo was sworn in on Saturday as Ghana’s new president at a ceremony in Accra, the country's capital. In a speech as he took office, the president said “I will not let the good people of Ghana down. “I pledge to do my best to move this country to…

UPDATED: Adeboye steps down as head of Nigeria’s Redeemed Church, names successor

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Enoch Adeboye, on Saturday appointed a new head of the church's branch in Nigeria. The new overseer in charge of the Redeemed Church in Nigeria is Joshua Obayemi. Mr. Adeboye announced he was stepping down from the position, and…

Nigerians in a tight queue to buy Kerosene

No kerosene in all Lagos depots, says NUPENG

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) on Saturday said there was no drop of kerosene in the private and NNPC depots in Lagos. Rotimi Benjamin, National Chairman Surface Tank Kerosene Peddlers (SUTAKEP) Branch of NUPENG told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the…

Forex responsible for kerosene price hike—IPMAN

Olanrewaju Okanlawon, a factional Chairman of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), in Kwara has ascribed the recurring hike in the price of kerosene to the unstable foreign exchange occasioned by the lingering economic recession. Mr. Okanlawon told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin on Saturday…

How Govt, Church negligence caused deadly Akwa Ibom building collapse — Official

The head, Town Planning Department, of the Uyo City Capital Development Authority, Effiong Akpan, has blamed the government of Akwa Ibom for not releasing funds for the demolition of Reigners Bible Church, Uyo. The Church building collapsed on December 10, 2016 during the ordination of its founder, Akan Weeks, killing…

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Arik passengers stranded in Kaduna Airport for 4 days

Several passengers, including children, have been stranded at Kaduna Airport since Tuesday, following the failure of Arik Airlines to airlift them as scheduled. Some of the disappointed passengers made the complaint to the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, at the airport during the on-the-spot assessment of the facilities…

Ajimobi reopens shut Oyo schools, says LAUTECH to resume before February

Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State says Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, will resume academic activities on or before Feb. 1. In a statement issued by Yomi Layinka, the governor’s Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy on Saturday, the governor said arrangements had been concluded to re-open the…

Babalakin, Saraki, 14 others to represent Nigerian govt in negotiation with ASUU, SSANU others

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a 16-member committee, headed by Wale Babalakin, to renegotiate the 2009 Federal Government agreement with the staff unions in the federal universities, polytechnics and colleges of education. This was disclosed in a statement issued by the Director of Press, Ihuoma Chinenye, of the Federal Ministry…