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Boko Haram kills 4 UN workers in Borno

Boko Haram kills 4 UN workers in Borno Four people were killed when a United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) aid convoy was ambushed in northeast Nigeria, a WFP spokeswoman said on Sunday, in the latest attack in the region as the conflict with Boko Haram nears its ninth year. Attacks on aid workers are relatively rare in the...... more

State Governors storm Presidential Villa to celebrate Buhari’s birthday

State Governors storm Presidential Villa to celebrate Buhari’s birthday State governors on Sunday stormed the Presidential Villa in Abuja to congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari on his 75th birthday, a report by Channels Television said. “One of the first to arrive at the villa was Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State who had earlier presented the President with a birthday card,”...... more

It will be a cloudy and hazy Monday spiced with thunderstorms: NiMet

It will be a cloudy and hazy Monday spiced with thunderstorms: NiMet The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) has made the following predictions about the country’s weather condition for today, Monday, December 18, 2017: NORTHERN STATES: Moderate dust haze is expected to prevail over this region throughout the forecast period. However, partly cloudy condition is likely over Yelwa during the morning hours. Day and...... more

6 oil marketers in trouble over product diversion

6 oil marketers in trouble over product diversion The Eket field of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) says it has suspended six marketers in Akwa Ibom State for diverting petroleum products The DRP Operations Controller in the state, Mr Tamunoiminabo Sundaye disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Eket on Sunday. Sundaye said that the marketers lifted...... more

66 percent of Nigerian prison inmates are on awaiting trial — NPS

66 percent of Nigerian prison inmates are on awaiting trial — NPS The Nigerian Prison Service (NPS) has revealed that majority of inmates in prison facilities throughout the federation, which constitutes 66 percent, are on awaiting trial as at December 15, 2017. The Controller-General of the Service, Jaafaru Ahmed made the disclosure at the quarterly meeting of the Penal Reform Media Network (PERMNET) in...... more

Troops capture 167 insurgents in Lake Chad Island

  Troops capture 167 insurgents in Lake Chad Island  Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have intensified the ongoing offensive on Boko Haram enclaves in the islands around the Lake Chad region, Deputy Director, Public Relations of the Theatre Command, Colomel Onyema Nwachukwu said on Sunday. “The offensive, which commenced about two weeks ago with coordinated air and artillery bombardments on...... more

NIMASA DG advocates proper framework for blue economy

NIMASA DG advocates proper framework for blue economy The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside has stated that, in order to harness the opportunities derivable from the Blue Economy in Africa, there was a need for a proper framework and structure which would enhance the coordination of the sector. The NIMASA...... more

Calabar Carnival a veritable platform for job creation, promotion of creativity — Minister

Calabar Carnival a veritable platform for job creation, promotion of creativity — Minister The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has described the Calabar Carnival as a veritable platform for job creation and the promotion of creativity among Nigerians. The Minister made the remarks in Calabar, Cross River State capital, on Saturday during the tour of some carnival bands ahead of Sunday’s...... more

Igbo Union plans database of members in South Africa

Igbo Union plans database of members in South Africa The Igbo Union, a South Africa-based socio-cultural organisation, says arrangement has been concluded to collate the data of its members in that country. The union’s Public Relations Officer, Rev. Stanley Uba told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Sunday that the census would be used to...... more

The church can change the fortunes of Nigeria — Okowa

  The church can change the fortunes of Nigeria — Okowa  Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has described the church as one of the pillars in ensuring the nation’s unity, charging it to continue in its prayers for the indivisibility of Nigeria. Speaking on Sunday in Warri at the 2017 Annual Thanksgiving Service of the Practical Grace of God Mission, Okowa...... more

Buhari’s blockbuster North-South Gas Highway

Buhari’s blockbuster North-South Gas Highway After making a slow start, the Nigerian energy landscape is set for a major change with the award of a US$2,809,522,548.36 gas pipeline contract approved by the Federal Executive Council, as proposed by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources. The ministry is under the direct supervision of President Muhammadu Buhari. Dr. Ibe...... more

Ghost companies lift N1.1tr crude oil

Ghost companies lift N1.1tr crude oil Some indigenous companies not registered by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) have lifted Nigerian crude oil grades valued at $3.5 billion (about N1.1 trillion) in the last 10 months, an investigation by Daily Trust on Sunday has shown. A four-month enquiry into Nigerian and global corporate registries by our reporter showed...... more

Court freezes Osun State Government accounts

Court freezes Osun State Government accounts Few days to Christmas, Osun State High Court sitting in Osogbo has summoned all banks where accounts of Osun State Government are domiciled to appear before it next Monday with financial statements, regarding the payment of a compensation worth N170 million awarded against the government. A plaintiff, identified as Rolland Seun...... more

Service Chiefs, Amosun surprise President Buhari on his birthday

Service Chiefs, Amosun surprise President Buhari on his birthday Nigeria’s service chiefs and Governor Ibikunle Amosu of Ogun State on Sunday celebrated President Muhammadu Buhari’s 75th Birthday by paying him a surprise visit at the State House. The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-General Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral IE Ibas; Chief of Defense Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin,...... more

Senate takes fight against drug abuse to Kano

Senate takes fight against drug abuse to Kano In keeping to its resolution to fight the abuse of drugs and other substances by Nigerian youth, the Senate is to hold a roundtable to discuss ways to fight the menace. The Senate’s roundtable will hold on Monday and Tuesday in Kano state and will have in attendance state governments, local...... more

Ijaw Youths Council carpets Reps Committee over threat to close down polytechnic

  Ijaw Youths Council carpets Reps Committee over threat to close down polytechnic  The umbrella body of Ijaw youths, the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide, has lambasted the Chairman of House of Representatives Committee on Tertiary Education, Aminu Suleiman, over his threat to close down Federal Polytechnic, Ekowe. The Chairman, IYC, Central Zone, Mr. Tari Porri, at a news conference in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State...... more

Army Chief visits wounded soldiers in hospital

  Army Chief visits wounded soldiers in hospital  The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General TY Buratai on Friday paid an unscheduled visit to Nigerian Army Wounded in Action Soldiers from the north east on hospital admission at 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital Kaduna. He was conducted round the 4 Operation LAFIYA DOLE wards of the hospital by the...... more

Gas explosion kills Rotary Club President

Gas explosion kills Rotary Club President Details emerged on Friday on how a gas station in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, had an explosion which claimed two lives, including that of the President of the Rotary Club of Osogbo GRA, Mrs Fola Omobolawa. Narrating the incident, Mr Soji Babayemi, the manager of Grace Cooking Gas, the facility...... more

SERAP queries Buhari over $1bn Boko Haram fund

SERAP queries Buhari over $1bn Boko Haram fund Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to “urgently explain to Nigerians why the government decided to withdraw the sum of $1 billion from the Excess Crude Account to fight Boko Haram insurgency in the North East, if his government is to avoid the intense secrecy and...... more

Taraba Governor raises alarm over plan to attack state

Taraba Governor raises alarm over plan to attack state Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, on Saturday, raised a fresh alarm of plans by some elements to attack the state and called for extra-vigilance. He raised the alarm in Jalingo in his remarks at the ongoing cultural carnival at the Jolly Nyame Stadium that brought people from all over the state...... more

ECOWAS Heads of State meet in Abuja

ECOWAS Heads of State meet in Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has advocated regional mechanism for evacuation, resettlement and empowerment of stranded ECOWAS citizens abroad. The President made the call at the opening of the 52nd ordinary session of ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government held in Abuja on Saturday. He said the mechanism, when functional, would...... more

Billionaire couple found dead at home

Billionaire couple found dead at home A Canadian billionaire and his wife have been found dead at their home in Toronto in circumstances that Police described as “suspicious.” The bodies of Barry Sherman and his wife, Honey were found in the basement by an estate agent, reports said. Mr Sherman was the Founder and Chairman of pharmaceutical...... more

Nigerian Army rescues 4 Chinese expatriates

Nigerian Army rescues 4 Chinese expatriates Four Chinese expatriate workers abducted in Ondo State have been rescued by the Nigerian Army, security officials said on Saturday. “I am glad to tell you that they have been rescued alive,” Femi Joseph, a Police spokesman for the state, told Anadolu Agency. Local sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said...... more

Oil workers set for indefinite strike

Oil workers set for indefinite strike The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) said on Saturday it would launch a strike from Monday after talks aimed at resolving a dispute with domestic oil and gas companies reached a deadlock. PENGASSAN, whose members mainly work in the upstream oil industry, is clashing with the companies over...... more

3,000 horses, camels grace Kaduna centenary celebration

3,000 horses, camels grace Kaduna centenary celebration More than 3,000 colourfully decorated horses and camels from Northern royalty were used on Saturday for the grand Durbar to mark the Kaduna centenary celebration. The traditional rulers of Borno, Kano, Gombe, Bida, Zazzau, Bauchi, Hadeja and Keffi were among others that led a team of riders of between 250 and...... more

Traders count losses as fire razes Onitsha drug market

Traders count losses as fire razes Onitsha drug market Tragedy struck the city of Onitsha on Saturday as goods worth millions of Naira were gutted by fire at the drug market popularly known as Bridge Head Market. News Express gathered that the fire incident started at about 6am from Redemption Line of the market. It was learnt that the timely intervention of the...... more

Sultan wades into Hijab controversy

Sultan wades into Hijab controversy The Sultan of Sokoto and President-Generation of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Dr. Mohammad Sa’ad Abubakar has decried the raging controversy over Hijab. He said Hijab simply means decent dressing for Muslim women and is a part and parcel of Islam. Abubakar spoke in Lagos on Saturday during...... more

Battle rages for Zuma’s successor

Battle rages for Zuma’s successor Around 5,000 delegates from South Africa’s African National Congress (ANC) have gathered in Johannesburg for a key conference to choose the ruling party’s next leader. The five-day convention, which started on Saturday, comes amid divisions between the party’s faithful over who will replace President Jacob Zuma as head of the ANC....... more

Buhari mourns Gidado Idris

Buhari mourns Gidado Idris  President Muhammadu Buhari has described the death of former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Malam Gidado Idris as a big loss to the nation. The former SGF died on Friday night in Abuja at the age of 82 after a brief illness. Idris, who hailed from Zaria in Kaduna State,...... more

2 Nigerians win African Entrepreneurship Award

2 Nigerians win African Entrepreneurship Award Two Nigerians have emerged among winners of the third edition of African Entrepreneurship Award. Twelve winners were selected in the final stage of this year’s competition, among them Nigeria’s Folashade Amusa and Sylvester Mujakperuo, according to the organisers, BMCE BANK of Africa. A statement issued on Friday in Casablanca, Morocco, said...... more

 

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