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Nigeria Must Cut Cost Of Governance To Exit Recession – Peter Obi (Video)
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Nigeria Must Cut Cost Of Governance To Exit Recession – Peter Obi (Video)

Former vice-presidential candidate Peter Obi has given out what can be described as a pathway to economic recovery. Mr Obi, who spoke on Arise TV on Monday, agreed that the recent recession which affected about 40 countries around the world was as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. He however warned that the recession would bite harder on Nigeria because the country already had ‘underlying economic conditions’ ranging from extreme poverty to high unemployment rate, high number of out-of-school children, highest infant mortality rate and soaring incidences drug abuse, among others. Obi explained that unlike the previous recession where Nigeria recklessly borrowed its way out, this present recession demands fiscal discipline for the country to scale through. He argued that th...
NCAA Cautions Pilots, Others Over Adverse Weather In Nigerian Airports
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NCAA Cautions Pilots, Others Over Adverse Weather In Nigerian Airports

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has issued Advisory Circular to caution Pilots, Airline Operators and others on severe dust haze/fog phenomenon prevalent in Nigerian airports. This adverse weather condition expected occurrence is to subsist from October in the far North; November over the North Central; and December over the Southern part of the country. In addition, early morning fog may also be experienced in the months ahead especially along the coastal areas in the South. With the issuance of this circular signed by the Director General, Capt Musa Nuhu, the NCAA-AEROMET-29 of August 2020 is accordingly cancelled. This weather advisory circular is necessary to bring forth the evolving weather information to the attention of all stakeholders who need to perform ...
Owning A Home Is Not An Achievement — Lady Reacts To LAX’s New Mansion
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Owning A Home Is Not An Achievement — Lady Reacts To LAX’s New Mansion

A Nigerian lady identified as @obidi on Twitter recently got members of the internet community talking after reacting to the news of singer LAX’s new mansion. Obidi had quoted LAX’s announcement post with a comment suggesting that owning a home should not be seen as an achievement. She tweeted: "How do I tell my people that owning a home is not an achievement?" However, the post by Obidi seemed to have set a lot of people off as many were quick to caution and dismiss her submission. A Twitter user while challenging her take also noted that she should not tell people how to celebrate personal achievements that she was never a part of. He said: "Having a home of your own is one of the biggest achievements in a man’s life. The relief of living rent free, in your comfort zone. That ...
Major-General Olusegun Adeniyi Demoted By 3 Years Over Leaked Video
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Major-General Olusegun Adeniyi Demoted By 3 Years Over Leaked Video

A Court Martial in Abuja has convicted the former Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj. Gen. Olusegun Adeniyi. The tribunal on Monday found Adeniyi guilty of violating military social media guidelines and ordered his demotion by at least three years. Adeniyi’s aide, Private Tokunbo Obanla, who was prosecuted alongside the general, was also found guilty and sentenced to 28 days in jail with hard labour. Both convictions are subject to confirmation by the military authorities. Sources said Adeniyi pleaded guilty to three-count of unlawful use of social media, and damage to service property amongst other issues. The verdict came eight months after a video of Adeniyi complaining about a lack of military equipment to combat Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East w...
Melania Trump unveils White House Christmas decorations for the last time as US first lady
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Melania Trump unveils White House Christmas decorations for the last time as US first lady

US First Lady Melania Trump has unveiled the White House Christmas decorations, with this year’s theme being “American Treasures”.   Melania took to Twitter on Monday November 30, to share photos and a video where she previewed the classic red, gold, and white decorations that fill the staterooms of the White House.   'During this special time of the year, I am delighted to share 'America the Beautiful' and pay tribute to the majesty of our great Nation. Together, we celebrate this land we are all proud to call home,' the first lady wrote alongside the video.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by First Lady Melania Trump (@flotus) The 50-year-old donned a $1,060...
Zabarmari Massacre: 38 More Corpses Recovered On Monday, Army Stopped Us From Taking Photos — Eyewitness
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Zabarmari Massacre: 38 More Corpses Recovered On Monday, Army Stopped Us From Taking Photos — Eyewitness

About thirty-eight more corpses were on Monday recovered from the scene of Saturday’s onslaught on farmers by Boko Haram Insurgents in Borno State, sources told SaharaReporters. The deceased were slaughtered at a rice plantation in Kwashabe village, about 20 kilometres north of Maiduguri. The insurgents were also said to have destroyed the rice plantation after killing the farmers. The Defence Headquarters had claimed only 43 people were killed, but a source told SaharaReporters that the death toll had risen to 81 as 38 more bodies were recovered by search and rescue teams on Monday. He said, “The army restricted us from capturing the scene with our phones; they know what they are doing, and they know they will be exposed. Today alone, 38 bodies were recovered and it will cont...
Adeola Ogunmola Becomes The First Female Pilot To Fly Qatar Air To Abuja
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Adeola Ogunmola Becomes The First Female Pilot To Fly Qatar Air To Abuja

Qatar Air has commenced its inaugural flight to Abuja with the first Nigerian female Boeing 787 pilot Qatar Air has commenced its inaugural flight to Abuja, Nigeria on Friday. The airline commenced the operation with the first Nigerian female Boeing 787 pilot, Adeola Ogunmola Sowemimo. This was disclosed on Friday by the Director-General, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri, via her official Twitter handle. She tweeted, Today Qatar Air operated its inaugural flight to Abuja, Nigeria. And our own Adeola Ogunmola Sowemimo was on the right seat as she assisted Captain Khan Sameer Ali. Adeola is the first Nigerian female Boeing 787 Pilot and the first Nigerian female Pilot to fly for Qatar Airways. — Abike Dabiri-Erewa (@abikedabiri) November 27, 2020 What you need ...
One dead, many injured as two men fight over lady’s love in Taraba
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One dead, many injured as two men fight over lady’s love in Taraba

A fight which ensued between two men over a lady's love has left at least one person dead in Jalingo, Taraba State's capital.   Channels Television reported that the fight which occurred in Water Board area of Jalingo, also led to the destruction of properties worth millions of naira.   It was learnt that the fight degenerated into a religious crisis as one of the men hired thugs to inflict mayhem on the other, while the other one called on friends to assist in fighting back.   The tension was however doused after security operatives intervened, A businessman who specialises in a bread bakery, Salihu Sale said;   “This incident started four days ago as a minor scuffle without notice. It then degenerated into a fight between youths of two communitie...
UN Withdraws Claim That 110 Farmers Died In Borno Boko Haram Attack
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UN Withdraws Claim That 110 Farmers Died In Borno Boko Haram Attack

The United Nations on Monday recanted an earlier claim that 110 farmers were killed by suspected Boko Haram insurgents in Zabarmari community, Borno State. Local media had published a report on Saturday quoting officials of the Borno State government saying at least 43 farmers lost their lives in an attack by insurgents on a rice field. On Sunday, the Borno governor, Babagana Zulum, had during a mass burial of the deceased farmers, told journalists that 43 farmers were killed. Later on Sunday evening, the UN issued a statement which quoted the head of the UN System in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, saying that at least 110 farmers were killed in the said attack. The UN version of the death toll from Koshobe rice field went viral. In the initial UN statement, signed by Eve Sabba...
Arizona State Certifies Joe Biden’s Win
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Arizona State Certifies Joe Biden’s Win

Arizona officials certified the state’s election results Monday, formalizing Democrat Joe Biden’s narrow victory over Donald Trump even as the Republican president’s attorneys continued making baseless claims of fraud in the state’s vote count. Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs certified the election results alongside Gov. Doug Ducey and Attorney General Mark Brnovich, both Republicans, and state Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Brutinel. Hobbs and Ducey both vouched for the integrity of the vote count. “We do elections well here in Arizona. The system is strong,” Ducey said. He did not directly address Trump’s claims of irregularities but said the state pulled off a successful election with a mix of in-person and mail voting despite the pandemic. Arizona voter...
Zabarmari Attack: Villagers Provide Information To Boko Haram – Major General Enenche
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Zabarmari Attack: Villagers Provide Information To Boko Haram – Major General Enenche

John Enenche, coordinator of defence media operations, says some residents of Borno state sabotage the efforts of the military by providing information on its movement and activities to Boko Haram. Enenche said this on Monday while answering questions on the killing of 45 farmers at Zabarmari in Jere local government area of Borno state by the insurgents when he featured on Sunrise Daily, a programme on Channels Television. He said information gathered from the attack showed that some of the insurgents were already cohabiting with the villagers before the attack. Asked how the military had no prior intelligence on the attack, Enenche said the army needs information from locals to aid its operation. “That has been our worry. It’s a concern to us. You need a guide, you need i...
Daredevil YouTuber breaks skull as he jumps off bridge in ‘reckless’ stunt to get views
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Daredevil YouTuber breaks skull as he jumps off bridge in ‘reckless’ stunt to get views

YouTuber Saa Fomba fractured his skull after jumping off an enormous bridge and hitting the water below with some serious force. On Saturday, Saa Fomba released footage of the dramatic moment that he plunged into the Colorado River from the top of Pennybacker Bridge. In the almost 17-minute long video, Saa initially addresses his viewers about his upcoming stunt and said he hoped that he could inspire fans to 'chase their dreams'. "Hopefully this video motivates you to chase after your dreams. I don't see no fun in living a normal life," he said, while driving to the Texas location. Eager onlookers then watched from the shoreline as Saa carefully climbed up the side of the bridge before looking down at the water below. The bridge - that forms part of the North Capital of Tex...
Zabarmari massacre: Governors question security architecture after 43 farmers were killed by Boko Haram insurgents
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Zabarmari massacre: Governors question security architecture after 43 farmers were killed by Boko Haram insurgents

The Nigerian Governors’ Forum has reacted to the killing of rice farmers in Borno State by Boko Haram insurgents.   NGF Chairman and Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi who described the killing as “obnoxious, wicked, unwarranted and morally reprehensible”, added that it raises serious questions on the general security situation in the country and around the capability of the nation’s security architecture.   Noting that the forum would “collectively review these issues” at its next meeting to forge the way forward, Fayemi further stated that Boko Haram has been carrying out attacks each time it seems the situation is getting under control.   He said;   “This sad narrative raises serious questions on the general security situation in the country a...
Hoodlums attack Lagos State firefighters, destroy engine
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Hoodlums attack Lagos State firefighters, destroy engine

Three firemen of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service were reportedly injured and a fire engine of the Agency damaged by hoodlums, who attacked the officials in the course of duty on Sunday, November 29.   Acting Head of the Agency, Mrs. Margaret Adeseye, who confirmed the incident,  expressed displeasure over the incessant attacks on firefighters in recent times for yet to be identified reasons.   She recalled that the attack on the firefighters and the engine occurred after officials the agency were prevented from attending to a fire incident at Nmani Street, Dopemu Agege, in Orile Agege LCDA, Lagos.   Adeseye informed that three firemen from a crew of four were injured and the Agency's vehicle, Agege Fire Eagle C07, damaged by the hoodlums after preve...
Benue varsity Associate Professor stabbed to death by unknown armed men
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Benue varsity Associate Professor stabbed to death by unknown armed men

A lecturer with the Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi (UAM)  Karl Kwaghger, was brutally murdered by unknown armed men on Saturday, November 28.   Kwaghger, an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering department, was found in a pool of his blood at the premises of the JS Tarka Foundation in the Benue state capital.   It was gathered that the deceased was cornered to a dark side of the street by four men around 9:30pm opposite IBB square. The assailants hit him on the head with a hard object, then stabbed him severally and slit his throat.   The killers reportedly made away with his Avenza car and mobile phones.   The spokesperson of the police command in Benue state, Catherine Anne, who confirmed the incident said the corpse has been...
Restructuring is not as critical as hunger and poverty – Amaechi
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Restructuring is not as critical as hunger and poverty – Amaechi

The former Governor of Rivers state who spoke in an interview on Channels Television stated that while the calls for restructuring of the country may not be bad, however tackling hunger and poverty is more critical to the federal government.   Amaechi said;   “If to you what is important is restructuring, I don’t see anything wrong with restructuring but I am saying it is not the most critical problem we have.  “The most critical problem we have is that hunger and poverty are breeding insecurity. “If you are able to create employment, you create security. If you like hire as many men as you want to hire that are policemen, you would do nothing until you put food in the hands of people. “When you do not create a legitimate economy, the people will create for the...
I received vision that I would be Governor – Oyetola
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I received vision that I would be Governor – Oyetola

Adegboyega Oyetola has narrated he received a vision of becoming the Governor of Osun state long before he joined the race.   Oyetola who disclosed this while addressing a congregation at a service held to commemorate the second anniversary of his administration at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Osun Province 1 Headquarters, Osogbo, on Sunday November 29, stated that the revelation has continued to give him confidence of victory each time he is faced with legal and political battles since becoming governor.   He said;   “I am ordinarily not one who sees visions but on two occasions, I had a strange encounter. Imagine the son of an Imam, receiving a Christian song in a dream. That was my encounter. “All I could remember on both occasions was the la...
Man charged with murdering rapper 21 Savage’s brother, Terrell Davis
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Man charged with murdering rapper 21 Savage’s brother, Terrell Davis

A man has been charged with murdering US rapper 21 Savage's half-brother in south London.   Terrell Davis, who performed as TM1way, was stabbed to death in Ramilles Close in Brixton Hill, south London on November 22.   Davis was reportedly taking some shopping to his grandmother when he got into an argument with an old friend, who suddenly lunged forward and stabbed him, a family source said.   He was found suffering from a stab wound just before 6pm last night. Police attended but he was pronounced dead at the scene.   Terrell Davis and 21 Savage - who was born in Plaistow, East London before emigrating to the US as a child - have the same father, Kevin Emmons.   Scotland Yard said Tyrece Fuller, 21, was charged on Saturday with the f...
Nigerians to pay N4,000 monthly for solar system – Presidency
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Nigerians to pay N4,000 monthly for solar system – Presidency

The presidency has revealed that about 25 million Nigerians who will be benfiting from the Federal Government’s Solar Home Systems that commences this week, will be paying a monthly fee of N4,000.   Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande who disclosed this in a statement titled “25m Nigerians to own 5m solar systems at N4,000 monthly" and released on Sunday November 29, added that the Federal Government's plan of commencing the process of installation of five million solar home systems in underserved and off-grid communities across the country is in continuation of the implementation of the government’s Economic Sustainability Plan.   The solar programme nicknamed Solar Power Naija, for which installations starts in Decembe...
#ZabarmariMassacre: Super Eagles captain Musa and Shehu condemn killings of civilians in Northern Nigeria
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#ZabarmariMassacre: Super Eagles captain Musa and Shehu condemn killings of civilians in Northern Nigeria

Several individuals were beheaded by terrorists in the Northern part of Nigeria on Saturday Nigeria captain Ahmed Musa and Abdullahi Shehu have condemned the killings of tens of civilians by terrorists in Zabarmari town situated in the Jere local government of Borno State. According to reports, labourers were attacked and killed while working on their rice farms on Saturday afternoon. Immediately after the killings described as 'senseless' by the Nigerian government, a mass burial for 43 bodies was monitored by the Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Zulum.
Seven suspected cultists arrested in Lagos
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Seven suspected cultists arrested in Lagos

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested seven suspected members of Eiye Confraternity at Agura area, Ikorodu, Lagos state.   A statement released by the command's spokesperson, SP Muyiwa Adejobi, says police operatives attached to Imota Division arrested the suspects on Saturday 28th November 2020 at 2pm.   Adejobi gave the names of the suspected cultists as Abolaji Arbayo, Josiah Offem, Oluwapelumi Oyeyinka, Limidi Taofeeq, Ahmed Shittu who drives their operational vehicle, Zainab Nurudeen who serves as the armourer who sources for the guns to operate, and Rabiu Ganiyu.   He mentioned that the suspected cultists attacked members of the vigilante in their area, inflicting degrees of injury on them just to avenge t...
Grid Collapse Triggers Nationwide Blackout
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Grid Collapse Triggers Nationwide Blackout

Again, Nigeria’s electricity supply suffered a major setback yesterday as the national grid, operated from Osogbo in Osun State, collapsed and plunged many parts of the country into darkness. The grid, which has been epileptic for years, has recorded a number of failures this year, a development described as not only a national embarrassment but a grave economic threat. The Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED), the umbrella body of distribution companies, had last year decried the repeated occurrences, stating that TCN’s analogue system caused over 100 collapses since the privatisation of the power sector in 2013. The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), a government agency, which manages the asset under privatised power sector, stated that the collapse ha...
Suspected kidnapper nabbed after boarding a vehicle owned by one of his victims
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Suspected kidnapper nabbed after boarding a vehicle owned by one of his victims

A suspected kidnapper, pictured above, has been nabbed after mistakenly boarding a commercial vehicle owned by one of his victims in Sokoto state.   The driver who was kidnapped along Kankara in Katsina state while returning from Kano about two months ago, reportedly spent three weeks in captivity and was released after paying an undisclosed amount of money as ransom.   Daily Trust reported that the suspect was recognised by the victim when he boarded his vehicle on his way to Kano state.   A National Union of Road Transport Worker (NURTW) member said;   “The driver was quick to identify him because the incident happened not too long ago. “After identifying him, he alerted our leaders who in tu...
I Am Lucky To Be Alive — Grace Abdu, VOA Reporter Arrested By Army In Oyigbo
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I Am Lucky To Be Alive — Grace Abdu, VOA Reporter Arrested By Army In Oyigbo

Service Producer of the Voice of America (VOA) Grace Alheri Abdu, has said she was lucky to be alive after soldiers held her in Oyigbo, Oyigbo Local Government Area (LGA), Rivers state, for five hours as she paid a media investigative visit to the volatile area. Andu was arrested and detained by the soldiers at about 2pm Saturday till about 7pm when she regained freedom after several alleged interventions by key stakeholders. The VOA personality who said the soldiers who held her were “all drunk and intoxicated”, narrated that, “They told me to thank my God that I was a female journalist, and not from any of the media houses based in Port Harcourt otherwise they would have wasted me and that nothing would happen.” The soldiers had allegedly accused her of running live broadcas...
19-Year-Old Boy Dies On Top Of A Sex Worker In Lagos During Intercourse
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19-Year-Old Boy Dies On Top Of A Sex Worker In Lagos During Intercourse

The Lagos State Police Command has confirmed the death of a 19-year-old boy, Maduabuchi Okeke, who died during a sex romp at a hotel in the Surulere area of the state. According to the police report, Okeke "died on top of one Sandra," a commercial sex worker at the Exclusive Mansion Hotel on Ayilara Street in the area. In the report obtained by SaharaReporters, the police said its personnel had arrested and detained the sex worker and two security guards in the hotel for allegedly smuggling Okeke's corpse out of the hotel. It was gathered that on the evening of last Friday, the deceased had reportedly brought the sex worker into a room in the hotel for the night. When Sandra, however, discovered that Okeke had died during the sex romp, she sneaked out. She contacted two sec...
I planned defection to APC with Anyim and NASS members – Umahi
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I planned defection to APC with Anyim and NASS members – Umahi

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state has revealed that he planned his defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC) with former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Pius Anyim and some National Assembly members from the state.   Speaking at an APC stakeholders meeting in Abakaliki, Umahi said Anyim backed out of the plan because he (Umahi) went to see President Buhari over the defection plan without carrying him along.   The Governor who revealed that the only grievance of the NASS members and other leaders was that he joined APC before them, added that the plan was for Anyim and other leaders to join him in APC two weeks after he must have successfully defected.   He said;   “They were planning to ambush me, but it is difficul...
Argentine officials raid home of Diego Maradona’s doctor as investigation into his death begins
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Argentine officials raid home of Diego Maradona’s doctor as investigation into his death begins

Argentine officials investigating the death of football legend, Diego Maradona searched the home of his personal doctor amd neurosurgeon, Dr Leopoldo Luque, on Sunday, November 29.   According to reports, he is being investigated for involuntary manslaughter.   Maradona died of a heart attack on Wednesday November 25, aged 60 in his native Argentina much to the shock of football lovers worldwide.   Argentina's president declared three days of mourning in the wake of Maradona's death.   He was buried on Friday November 27, after spent the day lying in state at the Casa Rosada, Argentina's presidential palace.     Maradona’s lawyer, Matias Moria, on Thursday, November 26, said he would ask for a full investigation of the circ...
#Zabarmarimassacre: UN coordinator says over 110 were killed in Borno rice farm attack
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#Zabarmarimassacre: UN coordinator says over 110 were killed in Borno rice farm attack

The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, says that no fewer than 110 farmers were killed in Saturday, November 28 attack on rice farms in Zabarmari community in Borno state.   Earlier reports claim 43 persons were killed in the attack.   However, in a statement released on Sunday afternoon, the UN humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, said at least 110 persons were ruthlessly killed in the attack.   “I am outraged and horrified by the gruesome attack against civilians carried out by non-state armed groups in villages near Borno State capital Maiduguri. At least 110 civilians were ruthlessly killed and many others were wounded in this attack. In early afternoon of 28 November, armed men on motorcycles led a brutal...
You will never know what you have until you lose it – Ndume tells Jonathan
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You will never know what you have until you lose it – Ndume tells Jonathan

Senator representing Borno south district, Ali Ndume has described former President Goodluck Jonathan as a man who has become great in the eyes of his critics.   The lawmaker who was recently granted bail after five days in detention over Abdulrasheed Maina, former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT) whom he stood as surety for jumping bail, made the comment at the launch of a wellness centre in Abuja.   Ndume averred that Nigerians don’t value what they have until they lose, and further thanked Jonathan for ''changing the political culture and landscape of the country. ''   He said;   “As God wants it, that I must be here, because I was just released from detention yesterday night (Friday), maybe God wants me to attend this occasion, o...
#ZabarmariMassacre: Photos of the rice farmers slaughtered by Boko Haram in Borno
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#ZabarmariMassacre: Photos of the rice farmers slaughtered by Boko Haram in Borno

More than 43 farmers from Zabarmari, a farming community in Jere Local Government Area of Borno State were slaughtered by Boko Haram terrorists.   The incident happened on Saturday, November 28, at Koshebe village, in Mafa Local Government Area while the victims were working in a rice field.   One Mohammed Chiroma from Borno State, shared photos of the victims being recovered from the massacre scene. The photos shows that most of the farmers were beheaded.   The victims were buried on Sunday morning, November 29.
Star Wars Darth Vader actor, David Prowse dies aged 85
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Star Wars Darth Vader actor, David Prowse dies aged 85

David Prowse, the British actor who donned the iconic Darth Vader suit in the original Star Wars trilogy, has died at the age of 85.   "It's with great regret and heart-wrenching sadness for us and million of fans around the world, to announce that our client DAVE PROWSE M.B.E. has passed away at the age of 85," Bowington Management tweeted.   The weightlifter-turned-actor, who also earned an MBE for playing the Green Cross Code Man to promote road safety, died after a short illness, his agent Thomas Bowington said in a Facebook post.   Prowse made his film debut in the 1967 James Bond spoof Casino Royale.   His role in the film landed him several other screen roles, including in Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange.   Prowse also ...
Nigeria Police Force reacts as crowd disarm drunk police officer in Abuja
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Nigeria Police Force reacts as crowd disarm drunk police officer in Abuja

The Nigeria Police Force has reacted to the viral video of its officer that was filmed while he was drunk.   The officer was seen in a drunk state at CBN junction close to police command headquarters in Abuja on Saturday, November 28th. Residents disarmed him to prevent him from shooting sporadically.   In a statement released on Sunday morning, November 29, the spokesperson of the Abuja Police Command, ASP Yusuf Mariam, says the officer has been arrested and will undergo a psychological and medical evaluation before he will be made to face a disciplinary panel. Read the statement below...   ''Following the viral video of the ‘Drunk Policeman’ at CBN Junction, the FCT Police Command has identified, arrested and taken into custody the Police Inspector show...
Soldiers Arrest Grace Abdu, VOA Journalist For Interviewing Resident Of Oyigbo
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Soldiers Arrest Grace Abdu, VOA Journalist For Interviewing Resident Of Oyigbo

Grace Abdu, a journalist with Voice Of America, was on Saturday assaulted and arrested by Nigerian soldiers for ‘interviewing residents of Oyigbo in Rivers State’. We gathered that Abdu was illegally detained by the soldiers for several hours. “She went there around 11, so around 12pm, the soldiers saw her and arrested her. They also seized her equipment. She was kept at the Army Post in Oyigbo for several hours before they released her this evening,” a source told SaharaReporters. Recall that army operatives were deployed to Oyigbo amid the violence that broke out in the town after some alleged Biafran agitators clashed with security agents. The soldiers have, however, been accused of extra-judicial killings and abuse of human rights. The security agents are allegedly m...
Explosion rocks Governor Nyesom Wike’s father’s church in Rivers
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Explosion rocks Governor Nyesom Wike’s father’s church in Rivers

An explosion has rocked the Christian Universal Church International that belongs to the father of Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike, in Port Harcourt, the state capital.   The Nation reports that hoodlums numbering about five sneaked into the church premises located on Number 25 Azikiwe Street Mile, 3 Diobu, on Saturday night, November 28, and detonated the explosives suspected to be dynamite.   It was gathered a significant part of the church was damaged by the explosion, which created panic in the area.   Though no group had claimed responsibility for the dastardly act, two of the miscreants were said to have been apprehended by a vigilante group and handed over to the police.   The operatives of Eagle crack, an outfit of the state police command, ...
“Soji Alabi is the only father I know” Tope Alabi’s daughter reacts to paternity scandal after another man claimed he’s her biological father
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“Soji Alabi is the only father I know” Tope Alabi’s daughter reacts to paternity scandal after another man claimed he’s her biological father

Ayomikun, daughter of popular gospel singer, Tope Alabi, has said her mother's husband, Soji Alabi is the only father she knows.   This comes after a man named Mayegun Olaoye went online to claim he's the father of Tope Alabi's daughter.   Mayegun Olaoye   He began claiming the girl in 2018 on Instagram. He has shared multiple posts, claiming Ayomikun is his daughter and comparing her face to his to show the resemblance. He has also been tagging Tope Alabi to the posts.     Mayegun Olaoye also alleged that Tope Alabi had blocked every avenue for him to know his biological daughter in the past 22 years.   Reacting during an interview with Punch, Ayomikun stated that she was not surprised about the development as ...
There’s a serious security crisis in Ondo – Governor Akeredolu
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There’s a serious security crisis in Ondo – Governor Akeredolu

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has raised an alarm of Ondo state which he governs being in a serious security crisis.   The Governor who said this in reaction to the assassination of Israel Adeusi, the Olufon of Ifon in Ose local government area of the state, described the killing as an “abominable crime".   Akeredolu in a statement released by Ondo commissioner for information and orientation Donald Ojogo, said they will be working hard to bring those behind the killing to justice.   The statement read;   “All lives matter, but this is one too heavy and unbearable. It’s a sad day in Ondo State. Clearly, we are in a serious security crisis that requires extraordinary means. “The security agencies, especially the Nigeria Police, have already been dire...
Man arrested for alleged kidnap and murder of teenager in Kano
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Man arrested for alleged kidnap and murder of teenager in Kano

A man identified as Anas Sa’idu has been arrested for allegedly kidnapping and murdering a 16-year-old boy identified as Tijjani Kabiru.   Kano police spokesperson, DSP Abdullahi Haruna said the incident occurred at Kwanar Gwarmai Village in the Bebeji Local Government Area of the state.   He said the command received a complaint about the kidnap from the victim’s father, Alhaji Kabiru on November 9, and it was learnt that the suspect demanded for a N1.3 million ransom and N20,000 recharge card from the victim’s parents.   Sa'idu was however arrested by men of Operation Puff Adder on Nov. 23 at Kwanar Gwarmai Village in Bebeji. Investigations revealed that he lived in same neighbourhood with the victim who he invited to a farmland and kidnapped.   ...
Boko Haram reportedly beheads 43 farmers in Borno
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Boko Haram reportedly beheads 43 farmers in Borno

Suspected Boko Haram members have reportedly beheaded 43 farmers in Borno state.   According to HumaAngle, the attack happened on Saturday evening, November 28 in Zambarmari, a community that is less than 20km from Maiduguri, the state capital.   ''Boko Haram beheads 43 farmers in one of the most horrific mass murders in the history of the insurgency. HumAngle learned the barbaric incident happened this evening in Zabarmari, less than 20 km from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. The bodies of the 43 victims, all of whom had their throats slit, arrived Zabarmari. Residents, however, insisted they would not be buried until the state governor saw their bodies. Zabarmari is located in Jere LGA, approximately 20 km from the garrison city of Maiduguri.''   K...
UK set to regulate Google and Facebook
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UK set to regulate Google and Facebook

The U.K. government said Friday, Nov 27, that it plans to create a Digital Markets Unit (DMU) to enforce "a new code to govern the behavior of platforms that currently dominate the market, such as Google and Facebook."   The aim is to protect smaller competitors and give consumers more control over personal data.   Under the new code, some of the world’s biggest tech companies may have to be more transparent about the services they provide and how they use consumers’ data. They may also be forced to give consumers a choice over whether to receive personalized advertising, and they won’t be able to place restrictions on customers that make it difficult for them to use rival platforms.   The DMU, which will be part of the Competition and Markets Authority...
Hisbah Conducts Door-to-door Search For ‘Sinners’ In Kano
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Hisbah Conducts Door-to-door Search For ‘Sinners’ In Kano

Officials of Hisbah in Kano State on Friday conducted a door-to-door search at Hills and Valley, a holiday and relaxation resort located at Dawakin Kudu, Kano metropolis. SaharaReporters gathered that staff of the resort were made to take Hisbah personnel round all parts of the building. During the search, operatives of the Islamic security outfit searched all rooms and spaces to detect 'sinners’. Despite condemnation from Nigerians, Hisbah group has continued its push for Islamic agenda in the North. The agency established to enforce Sharia law in some states in the region recently banned stylish haircuts, sagging of trousers, playing of music at social events by disk jockeys and seizing tricycle from riders for adorning them with pictures considered to be obscene and ag...
Black Friday: Why We Are Silent On Hisbah’s Letter To Cool FM – NBC
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Black Friday: Why We Are Silent On Hisbah’s Letter To Cool FM – NBC

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has spoken on why it has been silent on the controversy trailing the letter addressed to a radio station, Cool FM by Hisbah, the Sharia police organisation in Kano State asking the radio station to desist from using the term ‘Black Friday’. In a letter signed by Principal Executive Officer II, Abubakar Ali, on behalf of the Commander-General, Hisbah stated that Friday is regarded as a holy day in Islam and tagging it as ‘black’ is derogatory and would not be condoned. Some Nigerians have condemned the silence of the NBC, which is the only organisation that has the powers to prescribe a code for broadcasters and sanction them. However, speaking in an exclusive chat with INDEPENDENT on Saturday, the Director-General of NBC, Armstrong Idac...
FG May Reverse Fuel Pump Price To N160 Per Litre, Negotiations Continue Dec 7
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FG May Reverse Fuel Pump Price To N160 Per Litre, Negotiations Continue Dec 7

The pressure by organised Labour on the Federal Government to reverse the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) back to N160 per litre seems to be yielding fruits. At the end of the resumed negotiations between government and the labour movement yesterday night, the Federal Government indicated willingness to consult widely with the view to reviewing the price downward, saying it might unveil the new price at the resumed meeting slated for December 7. The Federal Government said the period between now and then would allow it embark on a wide range consultation over Labour’s request. Labour is insisting that the pump price must be reviewed downward to N160 before negotiations can proceed on the hike in electricity tariffs and deregulation of the downstream sector of the petr...
Taiwan Lawmakers Throw Pig Guts And Punches Over US Pork Imports
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Taiwan Lawmakers Throw Pig Guts And Punches Over US Pork Imports

Taiwan's opposition legislators have thrown pig guts and exchanged blows in parliament amid a heated row over the easing of US pork imports. They say a recent government decision to allow the import of US pork containing ractopamine - an additive banned for pig use in Taiwan and the European Union - is a health threat. The ruling party denies the charge and called for a return to rational debate. It is not uncommon for brawls to erupt in Taiwan's parliament. Lawmakers from Taiwan's main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) party hurled buckets of pig intestines towards Premier Su Tseng-chang on Friday to stop him from taking questions in parliament. Some also exchanged blows in a "short but vicious" encounter between KMT legislators and Chen Po-wei from the small Taiwan Statebuilding P...
Iran’s Top Nuclear Scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh Assassinated Near Tehran
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Iran’s Top Nuclear Scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh Assassinated Near Tehran

Iran's most senior nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh has been assassinated near the capital Tehran, the country's defence ministry has confirmed. Fakhrizadeh died in hospital after an attack in Absard, in Damavand county. Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, has condemned the killing "as an act of state terror". Western intelligence agencies view Fakhrizadeh as being behind Iran's secret nuclear weapons programme. He was reportedly described as the "father of the Iranian bomb" by diplomats. News of the killing comes amid fresh concern about the increased amount of enriched uranium that Iran is producing. Enriched uranium is a vital component for both civil nuclear power generation and military nuclear weapons. Iran insists its nuclear programme is exclusiv...
India Enters First Recession In 73 Years
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India Enters First Recession In 73 Years

India’s economy contracted 7.5 percent between July and September, performing the poorest among major advanced and emerging economies and entering a technical recession for the first time since independence, official data showed Friday. Although the figures were an improvement on the record 23.9-percent contraction recorded last quarter, they indicate that Asia’s third-largest economy is in for a tough fight as it attempts to revive demand and create jobs even as coronavirus infections climb. The two successive quarters of contraction mean that the country has now entered a “technical recession” for the first time since 1947. The International Monetary Fund has meanwhile predicted that India’s economy would contract by 10.3 percent this year, the biggest slump for any major emer...
CCTV Captures The Moment A Lady Stole Bone Straight Hair Worth 200K
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CCTV Captures The Moment A Lady Stole Bone Straight Hair Worth 200K

      A CCTV footage making rounds on social media has showed the moment a lady reportedly stole a bone straight hair worth 200k. The owner of the shop was lamenting on the incident and also calling out her sales girl for not noticing what happened. Bone Straight is a human hair wig which is currently trending in the fashion world. In a footage, the customer of a big hair shop, can be seen stealing one of the wigs on display in the shop. The customer places the wig behind herself, away from the view of the unsuspecting shop attendant. She goes on to ask the shop attendant to take pictures of another bone straight hair, as a form of distraction from the crime. According to the store owner, the stolen hair is worth N200k. Watch the video below...
Ban On ‘Black Friday’ Is A Disgrace – Aisha Yesufu Reacts To Hisbah Barring Radio Station From Saying ‘Black Friday’
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Ban On ‘Black Friday’ Is A Disgrace – Aisha Yesufu Reacts To Hisbah Barring Radio Station From Saying ‘Black Friday’

Co-convener of Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) campaign Aisha Yesufu has knocked Kano State Hisbah Board over its letter written to a radio station in the state 96.9 Cool FM, directing it not to use the term ‘Black Friday’ anymore. Many on social media have mocked the board over the error-filled letter which has been shared severally on social media. In her reaction, Mrs Yesufu argued that Black Friday is related to giving because goods are sold at discounted prices, adding that Islam preaches giving. “What kind of disgrace is this? The Muslims that are being killed don’t matter, it is Friday that matters? Are we not black so what is wrong in having a black Friday? “A glorious BLACK FRIDAY where you get goods at reduced price. Isn’t that giving? Isn’t giving out part of Islam?” she...
#EndSARS: CNN Clarifies Its Tweet About ”38” Nigerians Killed
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#EndSARS: CNN Clarifies Its Tweet About ”38” Nigerians Killed

On October 23, CNN Africa had tweeted that at least 38 persons were killed on Tuesday, October 20, when the military opened fire on peaceful protesters. This tweet was referring to the Lekki shooting incident. The tweet read: ''At least 38 people were killed in Nigeria on Tuesday when the military opened fire on peaceful protesters But the President failed to address the carnage during his speech on Thursday, drawing criticism from protesters who accuse him of failing to show empathy & unify the nation'' In an updated tweet, CNN Africa has now come out with a clarification. It reads: ''Clarification: This tweet from October 23 did not attribute the death toll from protests in Nigeria to Amnesty International. The tweet also did not make it clear that the death toll was for...