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‘In the name of God, accommodate your countrymen’, Buhari begs Benue leaders

President Muhammadu Buhari Monday in Abuja called on the government and people of Benue State to exercise restraint following the recent attacks by herdsmen on some communities, assuring that all the perpetrators of violence in the state will be made to face the wrath of the law. Receiving a delegation…

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Patience Jonathan blocks EFCC’s move to seize N7.35 billion, $8.5 million

A fresh move by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to seize funds in 15 bank accounts linked with Patience Jonathan was on Monday thwarted by lawyers to the former first lady. Appearing before a Lagos Division of the Federal High Court, the EFCC said the funds - $8,435,788.84 and…

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Nigerian govt pays six years’ salary arrears of civil servants

The Accountant General of the Federation, AGF, Ahmed Idris, has revealed that the federal government has released N35 billion to fulfil its promise to settle the backlog of promotion arrears owed federal civil servants across the federation. The money covers the years 2011 -2016 and over N30 billion is being…

Fresh EFCC charge against our chairman, abuse of court process – Innoson Group

Innoson Group, makers of Innoson Vehicles, has described the a move by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to freshly charge the chairman of the company, Innocent Chukwuma as an abuse on court process. The anti corruption agencies had in December arrested Mr. Innoson Chukwuma in a gestapo style…

Liberia’s ruling party expels President Johnson Sirleaf

Liberia’s ruling Unity Party has expelled outgoing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, accusing her of refusing to support the party's candidate in the last presidential election. The party accused Mrs. Johnson Sirleaf of supporting and campaigning for the eventual winner of the keenly contested poll, former football star George Weah. The…

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Man bags two years in prison for trafficking 16-year-old girl

A Calabar Division of the Federal High Court has sentenced one Ifeanyi Okorogu, an indigene of Imo State, to two years imprisonment for human trafficking and attempting to sell a child. Mr. Okorogu was arraigned by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) on a two…

Despite APC’s loss, Buhari welcomes outcomes of polls in Anambra, Taraba

The Presidency says the outcome of the INEC-organised elections at the weekend, in which three different political parties won, is a manifestation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s deep commitment to free and fair elections. A presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, who was commenting on the outcome of the polls said: ‘‘the President…

Miyetti Allah speaks on Benue, Taraba, other violence; says 1,000 Fulanis killed

The Miyetti Allah, a coalition of Fulani herdsmen, has reacted to the recent killings in Benue, Taraba and other states. Scores of people have been killed in violence in those states between herdsmen and farming communities. The latest killing of over 70 people in Benue has been blamed by the…

Haitians, Africans not from “Shitholes” – Bill Clinton

A former American president, Bill Clinton, on Friday said Haitians and African are not from "Shitholes" as allegedly described by President Donald Trump. Mr. Trump reportedly called immigrants from Haiti and African countries people from "Shitholes" during an immigration meeting in White House. He has, however, denied the controversial statement.…

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How to resolve herdsmen crisis – Nigerian Working Group

A coalition of public policy experts has suggested ways to address the lingering violence in Nigeria's livestock farming business. The Nigerian Working Group on Peace Building and Governance in a paper released on January 7 dissected the historical context of the crisis and recommended solutions that ranged from the creation of…

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Patience Jonathan loses at Appeal Court, $5.8 million, N2.4 billion remain forfeited to Nigerian govt

The Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal on Friday upheld an order of interim forfeiture to the federal government of $5.8 million ($5,842,316) and N2.4 billion (N2,421,953,522) traced to the accounts of the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience. Mojeed Owoade, who gave the lead judgement, resolved the…

Edo Gov. settles medical bill of man amputated allegedly by herdsmen

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, on Thursday released N500,000 to settle the medical bill of Jerome Obayemi, who was amputated during an attack allegedly by herdsmen on January 4. Mr. Obayemi lost one of his hands in the attack, which occurred in Ojah community in Akoko Edo Local Government…

Court grants bail to Maryam Sanda’s mother

Justice Mairo Nasir of an FCT High Court on Thursday granted Maimuna Aliyu bail in the sum of N10 million. Mrs. Aliyu, a former Executive Director, Aso Savings and Loans plc, is accused of N57 million fraud while in office. She faces a separate charge in a murder case involving…

PHOTO STORY: NLC protests in Kaduna amidst massive security presence

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Custody battle: Atiku’s son loses to wife

A Chief Magistrate Court in Tinubu, Lagos, on Wednesday granted full custody of the children of the son of former Vice President, Abubakar Atiku, Aminu, to his estranged wife, Fatima Bolori. Kikelomo Ayeye, the Chief Magistrate, ordered that the two children - Aamir, 7, and Ameera, 9 - reside with…

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Benue Killings: 80,000 internally displaced persons registered

The Benue State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, says it has registered about 80,000 Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, across four camps located in Guma and Logo local government areas of the state. Guma and Logo were the local governments affected by the recent murder of about 50 people by suspected herdsmen.…

Govt. orders trespassers out of Benin Technical College land

The Edo State Government has ordered owners of properties erected on the land of the Benin Science and Technical College, BSTC, to remove the properties, to allow reconstruction and expansion work at the institution. The Chief of Staff to the State Governor, Taiwo Akerele, gave the quit notice to the…

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Sokoto begins training of 3,374 primary school teachers

The Sokoto State Government has started an intensive training programme for 3,374 primary school teachers in the state. According to a statement on Wednesday by the spokesperson of Governor Aminu Tambuwal, the exercise is part of the government's efforts to address challenges of the education sector in the state. The…

Killings by herdsmen is terrorism — Fayose

The governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, on Tuesday urged the federal government to act in time to stop the killings in Benue State and others by suspected Fulani herdsmen. The governor said the killings in Benue state have attained a frightening dimension beyond herdsmen-farmers strife. In a series of…

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Presidency speaks on Benue killings, says Buhari not to blame

The Presidency has spoken of efforts by President Muhammadu Buhari to end incessant killings in Benue and its neighbouring states, denying the president is to blame for the farmer/herders crises that have cost hundreds of lives in the last two years. Mr. Buhari has been accused of condoning the killings…

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Ijaw youth allege military bombardment of community over beheading of security operative

The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) has alleged that Nigerian soldiers have burnt over 50 houses in Toru-Ndoro since Saturday over the killing of a security operative by militants in the community. PREMIUM TIMES on Friday reported that residents were fleeing the coastal community in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State following the beheading of the…

Wike speaks on Don Waney’s killing, replies Amaechi

The Rivers State Governor on Monday thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and security agencies for killing the suspected mastermind of the January 1 massacre in the state. Johnson Igwediba, popularly known as Don Wanny or Don Waney, was killed by security operatives in Enugu where he allegedly fled to after the…

Three killed, six injured in fresh Taraba attack

The police in Taraba State on Monday confirmed the death of three persons while no fewer than six others sustained injuries in another overnight attack on Maisamari town in Sardauna Local Government Area of the state by a suspected militia group. Monday’s attack occurs a few days after about 24…

Nigerian military gets new spokesperson

The Nigerian military has named a new director of defence information. He is John Agim. Mr. Agim, a brigadier general, replaces John Enenche, a major general, who is now commandant, Army War College, Nigeria. Until his appointment as the new defence spokesman, Mr. Agim was commandant of Nigerian Army School…

UNILORIN 49 sets up foundation

In a rare move, 49 University of Ilorin, UNILORIN lecturers whose appointments were terminated but were later reinstated by the Supreme Court have established a foundation. The Supreme Court in December, 2009 ordered the reinstatement of the remainder of the 49 lecturers following an earlier reinstatement of five of them…