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Governors can pay N30,000 minimum wage: Oshiomhole

Governors can pay N30,000 minimum wage: Oshiomhole National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has said that Nigerian government can afford living wage for workers, if stealing of public money is curbed. He said non-payment of salaries by governors creates a vicious circle leading to low production and eventual loss of jobs. Oshiomhole, a...... more

Court of Appeal reduces jail terms of ex-governors Dariye, Nyame

Court of Appeal reduces jail terms of ex-governors Dariye, Nyame The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has reduced the jail terms of two former governors: Joshua Dariye of Plateau State, and Jolly Nyame of Taraba State.  A Federal High Court in Gudu, Abuja had sentenced Dariye to a 14-year jail in June for fraud and mismanagement of funds while in...... more

Army builds detention centre for Boko Haram fighters

Army builds detention centre for Boko Haram fighters The Nigerian Army has embarked on the building of a detention centre in Borno to improve management of detainee insurgents during investigations. Brig.-Gen. Texas Chukwu, the Director of Army Public Relations, said this in a statement on Friday in Maiduguri. Chukwu said that the project had become imperative to enhance the...... more

Court orders EFCC to re-arraign Jonathan’s ex-aide

Court orders EFCC to re-arraign Jonathan’s ex-aide A Federal High Court in Lagos, on Friday, ordered the re-arraignment of a former presidential aide, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa charged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), over N1.6 billion fraud. Dudafa, an ex-aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, is charged alongside one Iwejuo Nna. EFCC alleged that they committed the...... more

Libya, Somalia, Afghanistan ranked as world’s most dangerous countries

Libya, Somalia, Afghanistan ranked as world’s most dangerous countries Libya, Afghanistan and Somalia are the most dangerous places on earth, according to a new map designed for travellers that alerts them to risks abroad. The interactive “Travel Risk Map” for 2019 reveals the countries where travellers are most likely to have trouble when it comes to road safety, security and...... more

At least 42 feared dead in Zimbabwe bus fire

At least 42 feared dead in Zimbabwe bus fire At least 42 people were feared dead after flames swept through a passenger bus driving through southern Zimbabwe towards South Africa overnight, state media said. Many of the bodies were burned beyond recognition and more than 20 survivors were taken to hospital, the Zimbabwe Red Cross said. Photographs showed the bus’s...... more

Woman goes to jail for exposing boss’ sexual affairs

Woman goes to jail for exposing boss’ sexual affairs An Indonesian woman has bagged a six-month jail term for exposing her cheating boss. The Supreme Court’s shock ruling overturned an earlier court decision that had cleared the woman, Baiq Nuril Maknun, of breaking a controversial law against spreading indecent material. “I’m saddened and shocked by this sentence,” Maknun’s husband Lalu...... more

FG to establish 2 new banks

FG to establish 2 new banks Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has disclosed that the federal government would institutionalize its social investment programmes through the establishment of Peoples’ Money Bank and Entrepreneurship bank. According to Osinbajo, the establishment of the banks was in having a full banking framework devoted to giving such credit to those persons involved in...... more

Oshiomhole, Saraki at war over bribery allegation

Oshiomhole, Saraki at war over bribery allegation All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole and Senate President Bukola Saraki are locked in a big row over bribery allegations arising from the APC primaries. Saraki, a former member of the APC, has defected to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He said: “Nigerians are waiting to see how...... more

Bribery Scandal: Ex-APC spokesman threatens to publish names of politicians who allegedly gave Oshiomhole money

Bribery Scandal: Ex-APC spokesman threatens to publish names of politicians who allegedly gave Oshiomhole money Timi Frank, former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has threatened to publish names and amounts paid to Adams Oshiomhole, APC National Chairman during the party primaries. He also claimed that Mr Oshiomhole collected over $50million from different aspirants and candidates. According to Mr Frank, a large...... more

NLC dares governors over N30,000 minimum wage

NLC dares governors over N30,000 minimum wage Labour yesterday rejected governors’ claim that states cannot pay N30,000 minimum wage if it is eventually approved. The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) condemned the threat by the governors to sack workers should the new wage come into effect. To NLC President Ayuba Wabba, the threat is not new in the struggle...... more

Why El-Zakzaky can’t be released now — El-Rufai

Why El-Zakzaky can’t be released now — El-Rufai Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El- Rufai, has given an insight into why detained leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, cannot be released. According to the governor, contrary to insinuations, El-Zakzaky is not being held illegally, but detained on the orders of a competent court, being...... more

How we stopped Okorocha from short-changing Imo pensioners — Durueke

How we stopped Okorocha from short-changing Imo pensioners — Durueke Uche Durueke, Executive Director of Centre for Peace Across Borders, has said that the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), through court judgment, stopped Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha from making illegal deductions from Imo State pensioners’ account.  Durueke, who disclosed this in an exclusive interview with Daily Sun, stated that Imo State...... more

Kidnappers demand N15m on Zamfara twins, vow to kill one if payment not made on time

Kidnappers demand N15m on Zamfara twins, vow to kill one if payment not made on time The abductors Zamfara twin sisters have threatened to kill one of the girls if payment of their ransom is not made on time. The twins, Hassana and Hussaina, were kidnapped last month in Dauran town while distributing the invitation cards of their wedding. A family member, Ibrahim Abubakar, who spoke with...... more

Wike probes Amaechi over alleged N36bn contract scam

Wike probes Amaechi over alleged N36bn contract scam The Rivers State Government says it will set up a judicial commission of inquiry to investigate the alleged fraud in a N36 billion syringe contract during the administration of former Governor Rotimi Amaechi. The contract, handled by a private company for the manufacturing of auto destruct syringes at Rumuosi, Obio Akpor Local...... more

ASUU, FG meeting ends in deadlock

ASUU, FG meeting ends in deadlock The five- hour meeting held Thursday between Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities, ASUU, and the Federal Government with a view to ending the 12-day old strike embarked upon by public university lecturers ended in deadlock. The two parties, however, agreed that negotiation will resume next week. National President of ASUU,...... more

2019: INEC reaffirms commitment to deliver credible elections

2019: INEC reaffirms commitment to deliver credible elections The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Nigeria, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, has reaffirmed the Commission’s commitment and determination to deliver credible elections in Nigeria in 2019, which will embody the concepts of inclusiveness, transparency and accountability, by also ensuring that established rules are fully, fairly and impartially enforced. “At...... more

Nigeria to become world’s second largest rice importer in 2019 — US agriculture agency

Nigeria to become world’s second largest rice importer in 2019 — US agriculture agency The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has said that Nigeria is likely to become the world second largest rice importer in 2019, Revealing this in its latest Rice Outlook released on Tuesday, the US agriculture agency, however, said China will emerge as the world’s largest buyer. The report read, “On an annual basis,...... more

EFCC boosts treasury with unclaimed N1.37 billion

EFCC boosts treasury with unclaimed N1.37 billion The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has boosted the Federal treasury with the sum of N1.37 billion, which no one stepped out to claim since August. Justice A. Obiozor of the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos ordered the final forfeiture of the money, which was made up of N1,260,000,000,...... more

Special army protection for Chinese businesses in Uganda

Special army protection for Chinese businesses in Uganda Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has ordered the army to protect Chinese companies following a spate of thefts. Addressing a group of 120 Chinese investors on Wednesday, Mr Museveni announced increased patrols and CCTV installation in industrial parks. China has significant investments in Uganda but businesses have lost large sums of money...... more

4 family members die, others hospitalised after eating ‘amala’

4 family members die, others hospitalised after eating ‘amala’ Four members of a family in Ilorin were feared dead after the consumption of an ‘amala’ meal, suspected to be poisonous. The News Agency of Nigeria learnt that four others who ate the meal, have also been hospitalised at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital. The incident happened at Magaji-Ogo community behind...... more

24 undergraduates, 12 others in EFCC net over cybercrime

24 undergraduates, 12 others in EFCC net over cybercrime The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibadan Office has arrested thirty-four suspected internet fraudsters at 21, Sawmill Road Awa-Ijebu, Ogun State. The suspected cyber criminals who are between 19 and 37 years of age include:  twenty-three students of Olabisi Onabanjo University, out of which nine were ladies who allegedly claimed...... more

Asaba Airport gets first international flight

Asaba Airport gets first international flight  Asaba was agog on Thursday as the first international flight landed at the Asaba Airport to convey the Nigeria Super Eagles to South Africa, with the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and Captain Yahaya Pam, Pilot, Max Air, saying that facilities at the airport were among the best in the country and of...... more

ASUU, FG hold closed door meeting over ongoing strike

ASUU, FG hold closed door meeting over ongoing strike The Federal Government on Thursday resumed talks with the leaders of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) over the ongoing strike in public universities which has entered Day 11. The crucial meeting which is being held behind closed-doors has in attendance the National President of the Union, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi...... more

19-year-old man arrested for possession of parts, can of blood, others

19-year-old man arrested for possession of parts, can of blood, others Nineteen-year-old Onwe Sunday of Mgbo in Ohauku Local Government Area of Ebonyi State was on Thursday arrested by a team of police on patrol at Ifite village, Awka South LGA of Anambra State for allegedly possessing human parts. The human parts include fresh young male penis, fingers and fresh blood inside...... more

FG, Southeast states have abandoned us: Igbo Muslims

FG, Southeast states have abandoned us: Igbo Muslims Igbo Muslims under the aegis of South Eastern Muslims Organisation of Nigeria (SEMON) have accused the Federal Government and Southeast states of marginalisation. They said they had been excluded from the political scheme in Nigeria and had benefitted nothing from the Federal Government since 1914. `According to them, it was a calculated...... more

APC, Bayelsa govt. disagree over Airport project

APC, Bayelsa govt. disagree over Airport project The Bayelsa State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the state’s airport project scheduled for inauguration soon as a ‘cesspit of fraud’.  The party, in a statement by its spokesman, Doifie Buokoribo, said the project was a fraudulent scheme put up by Governor Seriake Dickson to allegedly facilitate...... more

AFEX calls on African governments to promote safety of journalists, combat impunity

AFEX calls on African governments to promote safety of journalists, combat impunity The Sixth General Meeting of the African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX), a network of African freedom of expression and media development organisations which are members of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX), was held in Accra, Ghana, on Wednesday, November 7 and Thursday, November 8, 2018. The meeting, hosted...... more

Tens of thousands die in Africa each year due to fake drugs

Tens of thousands die in Africa each year due to fake drugs When Moustapha Dieng came down with stomach pains one day last month he did the sensible thing and went to a doctor in his hometown of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso’s capital. The doctor prescribed a malaria treatment but the medicine cost too much for Dieng, a 30-year-old tailor, so he went to...... more

Bayelsa govt drags 'whistleblowers' to court over conspiracy to rob Governor Dickson

Bayelsa govt drags 'whistleblowers' to court over conspiracy to rob Governor Dickson Five suspects who allegedly contemplated to disclose a location at Gov Dickson’s country home at Toru Orua in Sagbama Local Government are being prosecuted for conspiracy to rob Dickson with arms.  In the statement of prosecution witness filed before the court as proof of evidence, one of the suspects, a construction...... more

 

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