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Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello

Tribunal upholds election of Gov. Bello of Niger

The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Minna on Wednesday upheld the election of Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mohammed Nasko, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the March 9 governorship election and his party had dragged Mr Bello, who is…

U.S. President Donald Trump [Photo: USA Today]

Trump revokes California’s right to set own car emissions standard

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he is revoking California’s ability to independently set its own car emissions standards, which have been more stringent than most of the country. California was granted a waiver to set car emission standards that were stricter than federal regulations in 2013, under the…

Emir Lamido Sanusi [Photo: Sahara Reporters]

Emir of Kano lauds Buhari’s Economic Advisory Council

The ‎Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, ‎has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for constituting an Economic Advisory Council (EAC) comprising first-rate ‎professionals and academics. Mr Sanusi gave the commendation on Wednesday in Kano while briefing journalists at his Palace. The emir, ‎who described the new council as “first class”, said…

Facebook unveils new Portal video chat, TV streaming devices

Facebook Inc (FBO) unveiled new models of its Portal video chatting devices on Wednesday, making the company’s first foray into TV streaming hardware but offering a limited selection of subscription services. The launch comes as Facebook is trying to pivot toward more private forms of communication, after years of slowing…

Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari

Katsina govt constructs, rehabilitates 3,342 schools

The Katsina State Government says it constructed, rehabilitated and upgraded 3,342 public schools across the state in four years. Governor Aminu Masari stated this on Wednesday in Katsina in a chat with journalists. “The state government accorded the Education Sector high priority as it received the greatest share of the…

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia shows evidence attacks “unquestionably sponsored by Iran”

Saudi Arabia on Wednesday displayed drone and missile debris, which it said show oil attacks “unquestionably sponsored by Iran.” The Saudi government presented the evidence on Wednesday, the BBC reports. Iran’s foreign ministry had earlier denied any involvement in the attacks on Saudi oil facilities, in an official letter to…

Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways annual loss widens to $639m

Qatar Airways reported a loss of 2.3 billion Qatari riyals or 639 million dollars on Wednesday for the year ended March 31, as it grappled with the second year of an embargo by neighbours that has restricted its air routes and driven costs higher. The results mark a steeper loss…

Babachir Lawal

EFCC responds to documents’ admissibility in Babachir Lawal’s trial September 24

An FCT High Court in Maitama on Wednesday adjourned until September 24 for continuation of trial in a case against a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachair Lawal. Justice Jude Okeke adjourned the trial after the prosecution counsel, Ufon Uket, prayed for an adjournment to enable…

Angela Merkel

Germany extends ban on arms exports to Saudi Arabia

The German government has extended its arms export ban to Saudi Arabia by an additional six months until March 31, 2020, a government spokesman said. The export ban was introduced in November 2018 after the death of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Top officials in Saudi Arabia are suspected of…

Migrants at sea

Asylum applications down 35% in 2018 — OECD

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) says the number of asylum applications filed in the 36 OECD member countries had gone down by 35 per cent in 2018. The organisation made this known when it presented its International Migration Outlook for 2019 on Wednesday. Asylum applications went down…

Abdullahi Sule, Governor of Nassarawa State

Assembly approves N5 billion loan for Nasarawa Govt.

Nasarawa State House of Assembly has approved the request of the state government to secure N5 billion bond from the capital market to undertake vital projects across the state. The approval was given at plenary on Wednesday in Lafia, presided by the Speaker, Ibrahim Balarabe-Abdullahi. The request for the bond…

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Iran writes U.S., denies involvement in Saudi attack

Iran’s Foreign Ministry has denied any involvement in the attacks on Saudi oil facilities in an official letter to the U.S. “Iran has nothing to do with the attack,” states the letter, which was delivered to the U.S. via the Swiss embassy in Tehran. Switzerland represents Washington’s diplomatic interests in…

Olujonwo Obasanjo, son of a former president, Olusegun Obasanjo,

I’ve been unable to serve my wife divorce papers – Obasanjo’son tells court

Olujonwo Obasanjo, son of former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Wednesday told an Ikeja High Court that he has been unable to serve his estranged wife, Temitope, divorce papers. Temitope nee Adebutu, is the daughter of popular Premier Lotto magnate, Kessington Adebutu alias “Baba Ijebu”. The couple were, however absent in…

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India bans e-cigarettes

India has banned e-cigarettes because they endanger the health of youths in the country, the Federal Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, said on Wednesday. “The federal cabinet has approved an ordinance to ban production, manufacture, import, export, transport, distribution, sales, storage and advertisement of e-cigarettes,’’ Mr Sitharaman said. The ban includes…

ndlea

NDLEA arrests 25 drug suspects, seizes 166.95 kg of hard drugs in Adamawa

The Adamawa Command of the National Drugs Laws Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it arrested 25 suspected drug dealers and seized 166.95 kilogrammes of illicit drugs in the state in the last three weeks. The NDLEA State Commander, Yakubu Kibo, made this known in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria…

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Task Force arrests 71 suspected miscreants in Oshodi

Operatives of the Lagos State Task Force have arrested 71 suspected miscreants around railway-line in Oshodi, as part of efforts to rid the state of all criminal elements, especially those operating at notorious black spots. The Chairman of the agency, Olayinka Egbeyemi, made this known in Lagos on Wednesday. Mr…

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Family member gives account of village head’s assassination

Inusa Yaktol, a member of the family of late Mohammed Bayero, the village head of Kadunu, who was killed by gunmen, has given the account of how the traditional ruler was murdered. Mr Bayero, who was the village head of Kadunu in Mangu Local Government of Plateau State, was assassinated…

Christiano Ronaldo

I deserve more Ballon d’Or awards than Messi, says Ronaldo

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo said he deserves to end his soccer career with more Ballon d’Or awards than Barcelona counterpart Lionel Messi and hopes to establish himself as the greatest player of all time. Ronaldo, 34, has won the renowned France Football magazine trophy for the world’s best player five…

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Flood hinders access to schools in Jigawa

A flood caused by days of incessant rain has submerged roads leading to four schools in Auyo Local Government Area of Jigawa State. Ibrahim Dauda, the Education Secretary in the area, disclosed this to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Auyo on Wednesday. Mr Dauda said the schools included Unik-Babba…

Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel [Photo Credit: CNN.com]

Exit polls see Israel’s Netanyahu and rival Gantz neck-and-neck

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party and Benny Gantz’s centrist Blue and White party were neck-and-neck in Israel’s general election, according to exit polls late Tuesday. Two polls showed Blue and White with a slight lead over Likud, winning 33 seats to Likud’s 31 and 34 seats to Likud’s 33,…

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Enugu electricity company arrests 10 suspected vandals

The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) said it had arrested 10 persons over alleged vandalism of electricity installations across its franchise areas within one month. The Head of Communications, EEDC, Emeka Ezeh, said this in a statement on Wednesday in Enugu. He said the arrest followed collaboration between the company,…

South Korean President Moon Jae-in [Photo credit: CNN]

South Korea drops Japan from list of trusted trade partners

South Korea dropped Japan from its list of trusted trade partners on Wednesday in further move in ongoing trade row. Seoul’s trade ministry has removed Japan from the trusted partners list to an in-between group, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported. Local companies shipping “strategic goods” to Japan will now…

OPEC

Drone Attack: Saudi to resume full oil production by month’s end

Saudi Arabia’s energy minister Abdulaziz bin Salman said that half of the crude oil pro duction that was disrupted due to the weekend attack on Aramco’s oil facilities had been restored. Mr Salman made this known at a news conference on Tuesday. “Over the past two days, we were able…

FCT Minister, Mohammed Bello

Amid growing insecurity in Abuja, minister says FCT ‘safe’

The FCT Minister, Muhammad Bello, on Tuesday urged residents of the territory to be very vigilant and conscious of their personal security. The minister was responding to the growing insecurity in the nation's capital. There have been rampant abductions and robbery in many parts of Abuja in recent months. Commuters…

Shell reports falling profit amid oil price slump

OML 25: NNPC brokers truce between Shell, Belema oil

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) with its joint venture partners, Shell Production Development Company (SPDC) and Belema OIL, have resolved the dispute on the operation of Oil Mining Lease (OML) 25. The feuding group at the signing of the dispute closure agreement in Abuja on Tuesday agreed that operations…