George Ogala

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Raymond Dokpesi

Alleged Defamation: Dokpesi’s witness testifies against Lai Mohammed

A witness, Linan Okapu, on Monday told an FCT High Court that the Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, on March 30, during a news conference, named Raymond Dokpesi on the list of treasury looters. Mr Dokpesi, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and chairman emeritus of DAAR Communications Plc,…

FAAN withdraws services from MMA2, Warri, Gombe airports

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has notified airlines of the withdrawal of its services to Osubi Airport, Warri, Gombe Airport and Murtala Muhammed Airport 2 (MMA2) over alleged indebtedness. Arik Air’s Communications Manager, Adebanji Ola, confirmed the development in a statement issued in Lagos on Saturday. “In a…

Thailand on Map used to illustrate the story. [Photo credit: Operation World]

Thailand to detain Australian refugee footballer for 12 more days

Thai authorities said on Tuesday they have extended the detention of an Australian refugee football player at a Bangkok immigration detention centre by 12 more days to investigate his case. Hakeem Ali Mohamed Ali AlAraib, a Bahraini football player granted refugee status in Australia last year, was arrested at Bangkok’s…

Kano on map

Court reinstates 894 redeployed Kano health workers

The National Industrial Court on Tuesday in Kano ordered the Kano State government to redeploy the 894 health workers it transferred to other agencies from Hospital Management Board, and refund their salaries deducted for 27 months. The state government had on Sept. 6, 2016, through the office of the Head…

Augustine Kelechi, a.k.a Tekno [Photo credit: MyMusic]

Tekno damages vocal box, taking time off music

Augustine Kelechi, popularly known by his stage name Tekno, is reported to have temporarily damaged his vocal box and has therefore taken time off music to overcome the set back. Triple MG boss, Ubi Franklin, said that Tekno will be taking time off the music industry. Mr Franklin revealed the…

Chieftain of the APC, Segun Oni

Ekiti Election: Court begins hearing in Oni’s suit challenging Fayemi’s eligibility

An Ado Ekiti Federal High Court on Monday began sitting in the suit filed by a former governor, Segun Oni, challenging the eligibility of Governor Kayode Fayemi who contested and won the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primaries as a sitting minister. The matter, which was transferred from a Federal…

Uganda

Uganda boat mishap death toll rises to 33 – Police

The death toll from a boat accident on Lake Victoria over the weekend rose to 33 on Monday, Ugandan police said, as survivors described moments of heavy drinking and raucous fun before the vessel, slammed by powerful waves, tilted and sank. The Saturday evening tragedy occurred hundreds of meters off…

President Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari speaks on death of several Nigerian soldiers in Metele Boko Haram attack

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed deep shock over the killing of military personnel in Metele village of Borno State by Boko Haram terrorists, assuring at the same time that immediate measures are being taken to ensure that the loopholes which led to the fatalities are blocked once and for all.…

Jamal Khashoggi (Photo Credit: The Independent)

Germany bans Khashoggi suspects from Europe

Germany has issued entry bans for 18 Saudi citizens suspected of involvement in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Riyadh’s Istanbul consulate. The ban effectively denies them entry into the European Union’s passport-free Schengen zone. “We have coordinated closely with our French and British friends and decided, as Germany,…

Delta 2019: Obasanjo endorses Okowa for second term

Delta 2019: Obasanjo endorses Okowa for second term

A former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, has urged Deltans to give Governor Ifeanyi Okowa the opportunity to continue with his good works in the state by voting for him in 2019. Mr Obasanjo made the call on Monday while commissioning series of landmark projects executed by Mr Okowa's administration…

Asia Bibi [photo: BBC]

Blasphemy: Pakistani Christian woman released from prison

A Pakistani Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after spending eight years on death row has been freed from prison. However officials said on Thursday that she is now at a secure location for fear of attacks. The release of Asia Bibi, a mother of five, prompted anger from a hard-line…

Mother, daughter docked for attempted murder

A 50-year-old woman, Basirat Lamidi, and her 35-year-old daughter, Taiye, were on Thursday brought before an Osogbo Chief Magistrates’ Court over alleged attempted murder. The duo are facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and attempted murder. The prosecutor, Gafari Musilimi, said the accused conspired with one other person still at…

Kwara State governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed

Kwara district head decries over five years’ blackout

Oba Daudu-Sulaiman, the district head of Aawe in Asa Local Government Area of Kwara, has decried the over five years’ blackout being experienced by residents of his domain. Daudu-Sulaiman told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Aawe that since rainstorm damaged several electrical poles and cables in the area…

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Nigeria to attain polio-free status in 2019 – NPHCDA

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) says Nigeria may be certified polio-free in next 11 months, if access to insecure areas in Borno State and some parts of the North-East, improves. Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director, NPHCDA, disclosed this on Monday in Abuja during the 36th meeting of the…

Syrian opposition insists President Assad resign to restore peace

The leader of the Syrian opposition’s negotiation team insisted on Friday that President Bashar al-Assad resign as a precondition for restoring peace in the war-torn country. “It is impossible for this person, who has destroyed Syria, who is responsible for the deaths of many Syrians, to remain,” Naser al-Hariri said…

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Ban on Okada, Tricycles in Abuja still in force – Police

The Commissioner of Police, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Bala Ciroma, has said the ban on commercial motorcycles (Okada) and commercial tricycle riders (Keke) in some areas was still in force. Mr Ciroma stated this during a meeting with the National Tricycle and Motorcycle Owners and Riders Association (NATOMORAS) and the…

Angela Merkel

Khashoggi: Germany halts arms shipment to Saudi Arabia

German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has ordered a halt of arms shipment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This is in reaction to the killing of journalist Jaamal Khashoggi in the Saudi embassy in Turkey. Ms Merkel said Germany will stop exporting weapons to Saudi Arabia, at least for the time…

Ambode

No plot to impeach Ambode – Lagos Assembly

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday debunked speculations that it was plotting to impeach Governor Akinwunmi Ambode. Speaking on the floor of the house at the beginning of plenary, the Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, said there was no truth in the rumour. Mr Obasa said he received telephone calls…

Super Eagles of Nigeria

AFCON Qualifier: Pinnick dedicates Eagles’ win over Libya to Buhari

The President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has dedicated the Super Eagles’ 4-0 defeat of Libya in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier in Uyo on Saturday to President Muhammadu Buhari. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Saturday’s match was the first in…

Myanmar on map (Photo Credit: Operation World)

Three Myanmar journalists charged under ‘public tranquility’ law

Three journalists were arrested in Myanmar’s commercial hub, Yangon, on Tuesday for violations of a colonial-era law protecting ‘public tranquility’, according to their employer. Local newsgroup Eleven Media editors, Kyaw Zaw-Linn and Na Yi-Min and senior reporter Phyo Wai, were charged under Section 505(b) of Myanmar’s penal code at Tamwe…

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Aviation unions to shut down Murtala Muhammed Airport Wednesday

The unions in the aviation sector have threatened to shut down operations at the Murtala Muhammed Airport 2 (MMA2), Lagos on Wednesday over alleged sack of 20 employees who indicated interest to unionize. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the unions had in a Notice of Strike obtained…

Aisha Buhari condemns APC primaries

The wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, has criticised the primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Mrs Buhari, whose husband Muhammadu Buhari officially emerged the presidential candidate of the APC early Sunday, made her position known on her official Instagram page. She has been known to openly express her…

Ibe Kachikwu Minister of State for Petroleum Photo: thisdaylive.com

All refineries to be fully functional before 2019 ending – Kachukwu

The Minster of State for Petroleum, Ibe kachukwu, has said that it would be sad if the nation’s refineries are not functional by the end of 2019. According to him, the present administration is committed to ensuring that the importation of petroleum products is curtailed. Mr Kachukwu stated this on Thursday…

Teachers' Protest

NUT canvasses review of teachers’ retirement age to 65 years

The President, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Muhammed Idris, on Thursday advised the Federal Government to review retirement age of teachers to 65 years. Idris gave the advice at a news conference to mark the 2018 World Teachers’ Day in Abuja. According to Wikipaedia, the free encyclopaedia, the World Teachers’…

El-Zakzaky

Ruling on El-Zakzaky’s bail application adjourned

A Kaduna High Court on Thursday fixed November 7 for ruling on the bail application filed by the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zinat. Justice Gideon Kurada adjourned the matter after the prosecution counsel, Dari Bayero, complained of lack of adequate security…