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Gov. Ahmed presents N135 billion budget to Kwara Assembly

Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has presented a 2017 budget estimate of N135.1 billion to the State House of Assembly for consideration and approval. The governor presented the appropriation bill tagged: “Budget of Introspection and Sustenance” to the House on Thursday. He said the budget showed an increase of N23,…

Abia Assembly impeaches Speaker

The Abia House of Assembly on Thursday, elected a news Speaker, Kennedy Njoku, representing Osisioma-Ngwa North Constituency. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mr. Njoku’s election followed the removal of Speaker Martins Azubuike, representing Isialangwa North Constituency. The Deputy Speaker of the House, Cosmos Ndukwe, who presided over…

COURT: Symbol of law and justice

Katsina district head’s son sentenced to death by hanging

A Katsina State High Court sitting in Funtua on Thursday sentenced Mu’ammar Tukur, son of former District Head of Bakori, to death by hanging for culpable homicide. Mr. Tukur, 32, whose late father represented Bakori/Danja Federal Constituency at Federal House of Representatives, was convicted for stabbing Shafir Muktar to death.…

Presidency denies media report on board appointments

The Presidency has refuted media reports that President Muhammadu Buhari will conclude the appointments of members of the Federal Government’s Boards, Parastatals and Agencies by January, 2017. Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, made the rebuttal on his Facebook page on Thursday. He…

Aminu Tambuwal

Sokoto’s Gov. Tambuwal presents 2017 budget estimate of N 204.3 billion

Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State on Thursday presented the state’s 2017 budget estimate of N204.3 billion to the State House of Assembly. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the estimate was about N 29.9bilion above the state’s 2016 budget of over N 174 billion. For the second…

Former Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose

Sacked Ekiti LG Chairmen reject Fayose N35 million offer

The 16 former Ekiti Local Government chairmen sacked by former Gov. Kayode Fayemi have rejected the N35 million offered by Gov. Ayodele Fayose out of the N3.3 billion owed them. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Supreme Court had on December 9, ordered the State Government to…

Russia, Turkey announce Syria ceasefire deal

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said that the Syrian Government and rebels had agreed to a ceasefire, and that Russia and Turkey would act as guarantors. The Syrian government confirmed the deal, with the army saying that a nationwide ceasefire would take effect at midnight local time (2200 GMT).…

Two killed in Enugu market fracas

The police command in Enugu on Thursday confirmed two persons dead, following a fracas at the Gariki Market in Awkunanaw, Enugu. The Police Public Relations of Officer of the command, Ebere Amaraizu, who confirmed the incident, said the fracas broke out late on Wednesday. He explained that one of the…

Nigeria Police Officers

One killed, 3 injured as gunmen attack APC chieftain

The Police in Taraba have confirmed the death of one person in an attack on the convoy of Adamu Mohammed, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ibi Local Government Area of the state. The command’s Public Relations Officer, David Misal, said in an interview with journalists in…

Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed

Nigerian govt ‘recovers 40 new SUVs, other vehicles from Perm Sec’

The Federal Government says it has recovered 40 brand new SUVs and other vehicles from a former Permanent Secretary who single-handedly appropriated the vehicles to himself when he left office. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, disclosed this in a statement issued on Thursday in Lagos on the…

Trump reverses self, says ‘Obama transitioning smoothly’

Incoming U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday reversed himself hours after complaining on Twitter that outgoing President Barack Obama was constituting “roadblocks” to a smooth transition of power. The President-elect had tweeted that there had been “many inflammatory statements” and “roadblocks” made by Mr. Obama. “Doing my best to disregard…

Obama beats Trump in poll

President Barack Obama was considered the man most admired by Americans in 2016, and Hillary Clinton the most admired woman, a Gallup poll released Wednesday revealed. Since 1946, Gallup has asked Americans to name the man they most admire, and incumbent presidents typically lead the list. For the seventh consecutive…

Suspected bomber plotting ‘devastating’ attack on Lagos arrested

The Nigerian police said they have arrested a man plotting, with some other people at large, to bomb the pivotal Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos. The suspected bomber was identified as Abiodun Amos alias SENTI. In a statement, the police described him as the leader of a militant gang planning…

Pastor Ashimolowo loses $5million to scammer

Kingsway International Christian Centre, a 12,000-member megachurch in Britain headed by Nigeria’s Pastor Mathew Ashimolowo, lost $4.8 million to a Ponzi scheme after trustees carelessly invested money in it. The scam was the brainchild of former Premier League soccer player, Richard Rufus, who used to be a defender for Charlton…

Harmattan: Nigeria airline operators decry poor state of navigational aids at airports

The Airline Operators of Nigeria, AON, on Wednesday decried the deplorable state of navigational aids at airports around the country . The Chairman of AON, Nogie Meggisson, made this known in a statement obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Lagos. Mr. Meggisson said the situation had made…

Road Safety Corps marshall, Boboye Oyeyemi

Christmas: FRSC records 187 deaths in 289 crashes

The Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, on Wednesday said it had recorded 187 deaths in 289 crashes during the last Christmas celebrations . Bisi Kazeem, Head Media Relations and Strategy of the commission, disclosed this to journalists in a statement. According to Mr. Kazeem, the crashes involved 2,185 people with…

A Bureau De Change, BDCs, operator

Naira weakens to N490/$ at parallel market

The Naira on Wednesday weakened to N490 to a dollar at the parallel market after appreciating to N485 to a dollar during the Christmas break. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Naira lost 5 points, representing a depreciation of 1.03 per cent, while the Pound Sterling and the…

Russian Foreign Ministry says embassy in Damascus shelled

The Russian Embassy in Damascus was shelled on Wednesday, the Foreign Ministry in Moscow says. The attack, which apparently did not cause any major damage, was the “latest provocation by extremists,’’ the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. The attack was a “confirmation that they (the perpetrators) intend to continue…

Everton aiming to complete £10 million signing of Ademola Lookman

English Premier League side Everton FC expect to complete a £10 million (about N5 billion) deal for Charlton’s 19-year-old forward, Ademola Lookman, early in the January transfer window. The club’s Director of Football, Steve Walsh, has made the signing a priority. With this, the move was likely to go through…

Many blind candidates collude to cheat at examinations, says WAEC

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC), says collusion is one of the greatest methods of examination malpractices that is inherent among blind candidates. The Head of Test Administration of WAEC in Nigeria, Frances Iweha-Onukwu, made the revelation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Lagos on…

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike

Wike presents N470 billion Rivers 2017 budget to lawmakers

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers on Wednesday presented a N470 billion budget to the State House of Assembly for services in 2017. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the fiscal policy is christened “Golden Jubilee Budget for accelerated development." NAN recalls that in 2016, the Rivers Government budgeted N307…

A train used to illustrate the story

Train splits trailer into two after collision

A Lagos bound train from Kano collided with a trailer at railway crossing in Kawo, Kaduna, and cut the trailer into two, the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, said on Wednesday. The Sector Commander of FRSC in Kaduna State, Francis Udoma, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the incident…

Federal Secretariat Abuja

Christmas: Civil servants yet to resume work after holidays

Civil servants in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, are yet to resume work after the two days public holidays declared by the Federal Government to celebrate Christmas. A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, who visited the Federal Secretariat in Abuja on Wednesday reports that activities were low with…

FILE PHOTO: Nigerian Army troops clearing Boko Haram enclaves along Bitta to Tokumbere, Sambisa Forest, Borno state

After losing Sambisa, Boko Haram fighters surrender to Niger Republic authorities

Days after losing their major stronghold, Sambisa Forest, in Nigeria's north-east to the country's forces, dozens of Boko Haram fighters have surrendered to authorities in neighbouring Niger Republic. The Niger Interior Minister on Wednesday said dozens of Boko Haram fighters gave themselves up to authorities in southern Niger. Minister Mohamed…

FRSC officials

141 die in Katsina road accidents – FRSC

Three days to go in 2016, the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, on Wednesday said no fewer than 141 people had so far lost their lives in road accidents in Katsina State in the year. Abdu Bagadawa, the FRSC Sector Commander, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency…