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Dust haze, clouds to dominate weather condition today: NIMET

Dust haze, clouds to dominate weather condition today: NIMET The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) has made the following predictions about the country’s weather condition for today, Wednesday, January 18, 2017: NORTHERN STATES: This region is anticipated to be under moderate dust haze conditions with isolated visibility values of less than or equal to 2,000m over places like Kano, Dutse, Yelwa,...... more

NANS President’s efforts to reinstate 23 UNIPORT expelled students hit brick wall

   NANS President’s efforts to reinstate 23 UNIPORT expelled students hit brick wall The President of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has said that his efforts to broker peace with the management of the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) for the reinstatement of the 23 expelled students was aborted by the institution's Vice Chancellor. In a release made available to News Express...... more

United Capital Plc, Societe Generale, Orange, others support African SMEs with €77m Fund

United Capital Plc, Societe Generale, Orange, others support African SMEs with €77m Fund United Capital Plc, a leading African investment banking group, has partnered with global financial and corporate institutions to set up a Franco-African Investment Fund (FFA), with investible funds of 77 million euro. The aim of the fund is to accelerate the growth of innovative and entrepreneurial African and French small and...... more

Wike scolds Education Ministry over illegal levies passed to parents

Wike scolds Education Ministry over illegal levies passed to parents The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has berated officials of the State Ministry of Education for failing to utilise the Ministry’s monthly overhead judiciously, thereby passing unnecessary financial burden to less privileged parents in the state. The governor, directed the State Commissioner of Education, Profesor Kaniye Ebeku, Permanent Secretary, Ministry...... more

Another UNIOSUN student killed in Osogbo

Another UNIOSUN student killed in Osogbo A 300-level student of the department of Civil Engineering at the Osun State University, Osogbo, identified as Kazeem Amodu Ige has been killed in a fight that erupted among some students of the institution on Monday evening. Channels TV correspondent gathered from some students who spoke on condition of anonymity that...... more

Lagos to increase GDP through entertainment — Ambode •Tasks artistes on structured framework to transform industry

Lagos to increase GDP through entertainment — Ambode •Tasks artistes on structured framework to transform industry Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday revealed plans of his administration to leverage on the vast economic opportunities in entertainment, tourism and arts sectors, among others to grow the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the state and promote talents in the State to compete globally. Speaking at Lagos House,...... more

Nigeria to unify exchange rates: Osinbajo

Nigeria to unify exchange rates: Osinbajo Nigeria will close the gap between the official and black market rates for the Naira against the dollar “very soon,” Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said on Tuesday. “The gap between the official and parallel market… it isn’t helpful,” he told reporters at the World Economic Forum in Davos. “If you look...... more

FG begins verification of pensioners in Nigeria and Diaspora

FG begins verification of pensioners in Nigeria and Diaspora The Federal Government has commenced the verification of pensioners in the Diaspora and its database of retirees in Nigeria. The Executive Secretary of the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD), Mrs Sharon Ikeazor, made the disclosure on Tuesday during an interview with reporters in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory. Mrs Ikeazor gave...... more

Army dangles N500,000 reward for information on suicide bombers

Army dangles N500,000 reward for information on suicide bombers In view of the disturbing spate of suicide bombings in the North East particular, Maiduguri and Madagali metropolis, the Nigerian Army is offering a reward of the sum of N500,000 for any information that could lead to the arrest of any suicide bomber, the guide to the suicide bomber, or discovery...... more

Death toll in military bombing of Borno IDP camp hits 52

Death toll in military bombing of Borno IDP camp hits 52 A Nigerian Air Force jet killed 52 people and injured 120 in an air strike on an Internally Displaced Persons, IDP camp in the northeast state of Borno on Tuesday, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said. The Nigerian military said the strike had targeted Boko Haram. MSF said the strike occurred T...... more

Massive shake-up in Immigration; 207 top officers redeployed

Massive shake-up in Immigration; 207 top officers redeployed The Comptroller-General of Immigration, Muhammad Babandede, has approved the redeployment of 207 senior officers of the Service from the ranks of Assistant Comptrollers General to Assistant Comptrollers. Those affected include ACG Ezekiel Kaura, who now heads the ICT Department considered the engine room for the e-solution programme of the NIS; Chizoba...... more

Over 20,000 killed so far in Southern Kaduna — El-Rufai

Over 20,000 killed so far in Southern Kaduna — El-Rufai Over 20,000 people have been killed and property worth millions of Naira destroyed in several crises that occurred in the southern part of Kaduna state since 1980. The State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, disclosed this on Tuesday when he received the national leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) at Government House,...... more

Police arrest Modu Sheriff’s Media Aide

Police arrest Modu Sheriff’s Media Aide Mr Inuwa Bwala, Spokesman of the Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was on Tuesday evening arrested by some policemen in Abuja. Eye witnesses said Bwala, publisher of National Trail newspaper, was picked up along with his driver shortly after arriving the premises of his office by...... more

Accidental military bombing that killed many in Borno regrettable: Buhari

Accidental military bombing that killed many in Borno regrettable: Buhari President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed deep sadness and regret over the accidental bombing of a civilian community in Rann, Borno State by the Nigerian Air Force. The NAF was engaged in the final phase of mopping up insurgents in the North-east. The presidential statement appeared to have clarified the casualties of...... more

Relocation of Abuja airport to cost N1.1bn

Relocation of Abuja airport to cost N1.1bn Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, has said that the relocation of operations of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport to Kaduna would cost over N1.1 billion. Sirika while briefing the senate on the logistics implication of the relocation said that the ministry had taken into account relevant agencies that...... more

Senate makes case for Federal Judges owed 4 months salary •Mandates committee to investigate

Senate makes case for Federal Judges owed 4 months salary •Mandates committee to investigate Nigerian Senate has resolved to investigate the non-payment of federal judges for four months, and has mandated its committees on Finance and Judiciary to investigate and ensure the payment before next Monday. This was as a result of the Point of Order raised on the floor of the Upper Chamber during...... more

Julius Berger requests for 50 per cent mobilisation fee for Kaduna-Abuja Road repair

Julius Berger requests for 50 per cent mobilisation fee for Kaduna-Abuja Road repair The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said that the contractor, Julius Berger Nig. Ltd (JBN) for the Kaduna-Abuja Road repair has asked for a 50% Mobilization Fee, to commence the renovation of the road. He disclosed this while briefing the Senate on Tuesday on the proposed closure...... more

10,000 students apply for transfer in Lagos State

10,000 students apply for transfer in Lagos State The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Education, Mr. Adesina Odeyemi, has disclosed that over 10,000 applications were received for transfer to public schools in the State in the current academic session. Odeyemi made this known in the Conference Room of the Ministry during an interactive session with some parents and...... more

NLC mourns ASUU member killed in Maiduguri blast, tasks residents

NLC mourns ASUU member killed in Maiduguri blast, tasks residents President of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has expressed regret over the news of the unfortunate suicide bomb attack at the University of Maiduguri on Monday, mourning that it came soon after the military massive attack on the Sambisa Forest where members of the Boko Haram terrorist group had operated for...... more

Osun CSO condemns Ajimobi over face-off with LAUTECH students, demands immediate re-opening of the institution

Osun CSO condemns Ajimobi over face-off with LAUTECH students, demands immediate re-opening of the institution    The Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State (CSCEOS) has strongly condemned the way and manner in which the Oyo State Governor, Mr. Abiola Ajimobi, handled the recent peaceful protest of the Students of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso jointly owned by Oyo and Osun...... more

BREAKING NEWS: Many feared dead as military bombs Borno community

BREAKING NEWS: Many feared dead as military bombs Borno community Dozens of civilians have been feared killed during an airstrike by military troops on targeted Boko Haram location in the eastern part of the state. Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj. Gen Lucky Irabor, while confirming the incident told newsmen in Maiduguri that the military conducted airstrike on a location where...... more

Why we bombed University of Maiduguri — Boko Haram

Why we bombed University of Maiduguri — Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau, the elusive leader of the terrorist Boko Haram has said his group was behind Monday’s twin suicide bombing at the University of Maiduguri. One of the suicide bombing at a mosque claimed a veterinary Professor Aliyu Usman Mani, from Katsina State. Seventeen other people were injured. A video featuring...... more

Disappointment galore as MMM fails to pay 4 days after resuming operations in Nigeria

Disappointment galore as MMM fails to pay 4 days after resuming operations in Nigeria Mavrodians, the name of account holders in MMM Nigeria, are still unable to get paid a return on their investment more than 96 hours after the Ponzi scheme returned. TheCable quoting some MMM participants said that although they were able to request for their money, they have not been paid as...... more

US threatens to withdraw visas of Nigerian lawmakers over same sex law

US threatens to withdraw visas of Nigerian lawmakers over same sex law More revelations have emerged over the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act of 2014, with disclosure by Kebbi State Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu that the United States government had threatened to withdraw the visas of National Assembly members. Bagudu, who represented Kebbi Central in the sixth and seventh Senate, stressed that the...... more

FG disobeys court order, refuses to release Zakzaky, wife as deadline expires

FG disobeys court order, refuses to release Zakzaky, wife as deadline expires Leader of a Nigerian Shia organisation, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, remains in government custody despite a court ruling declaring his continued detention as unlawful. So far, no government agency has commented over the issue as rights bodies call for respecting the ruling given on Dec. 2 by a high court in the capital...... more

Owerri Customs seizes 307 contraband worth N4.7bn

Owerri Customs seizes 307 contraband worth N4.7bn The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit Zone C, Owerri in the year 2016 recorded a giant stride in 2016, in its anti-smuggling activities with the seizures of a total of 307 contraband worth N4,756,277,885.21. Contained in a press statement signed by the Public Relations Officer, Onuigbo Ifeoma, the above figure...... more

Reps give Niger Delta Ministry 48 hours to supply details of N323bn East-West Road contracts

Reps give Niger Delta Ministry 48 hours to supply details of N323bn East-West Road contracts The House of Representatives has beamed its searchlight on contracts awarded for the all-important East-West Road in the Niger Delta region – and is unhappy with what it saw. The House on Monday demanded details of all the contracts awarded by the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, many of which have...... more

Yobe Governor grants amnesty to 3 prisoners •Lawmaker facilitates release of 13 others

Yobe Governor grants amnesty to 3 prisoners •Lawmaker facilitates release of 13 others Governor of Yobe State, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam, has granted an amnesty to three prisoners to mark the new year celebration. Aliyu Umar, Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Prisons Service, Yobe State Command, said in a statement issued on Monday that two prisoners who were on death row had their sentence commuted to...... more

WEF: Saraki calls on leaders to renew social contract with citizens

WEF: Saraki calls on leaders to renew social contract with citizens As the World Economic Forum (WEF) commences in Davos, Switzerland today, President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called on leaders around the world, particularly Nigeria, to renew their commitment to their citizens, in line with the 2017 theme of the Forum which seeks to promote “Responsive and Responsible...... more

Ekiti PDP chides APC, Fayemi over claims on fire outbreak •Says Fayemi lied over cash donation to victims

Ekiti PDP chides APC, Fayemi over claims on fire outbreak •Says Fayemi lied over cash donation to victims The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State has described the attempt by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state to politicise the last week fire outbreak at a petrol station in Ado Ekiti, the state capital as wicked, animalistic and inhuman, describing as “shameless lie” the party’s claim that...... more

 

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