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7 corps Members to be Disciplined in Nasarawa for Committing Various Offences During Their Service year
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7 corps Members to be Disciplined in Nasarawa for Committing Various Offences During Their Service year

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Nasarawa State has recommended that seven corps members posted to the state face disciplinary measures for committing various offences during their service year.   Zainab Isah, NYSC Coordinator in the state, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lafia. NYSC in the state supervised a low-key Passing out Parade (POP) for the 2017 Batch “B” Stream II corps members in Lafia, and other local government areas of the state.   Isah said the affected corps members would face punishment after final ratification by the Nasarawa State NYSC Governing Board. She said that some of them faced the possibility of having their service year extended by various periods for contravening the NYSC bye-l...
Shehu Sani Debunks Reports That He Has Left APC
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Shehu Sani Debunks Reports That He Has Left APC

Following reports that Senator Shehu Sani has left the ruling All Progressives Congress, the lawmaker has come out to debunk the news. Sen. Shehu Sani (APC-Kaduna) said he has not defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to another party, according to a statement he made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Friday. He said that consultations were still ongoing with regard to his future in the party. “I am yet to defect or decamp or migrate from the APC to any other party.   “However, discussions and consultations are ongoing with regard to our future in the Party.   “Decision will be taken in a matter of a week or two whether to remain in the party or migrate.   “When the time comes, I will make a formal announcement on the floor of the Sena...
Law School Graduates 1,562 Students
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Law School Graduates 1,562 Students

Hundreds of lawyers have successfully completed their law school programme as they hope to join the competitive labour force. The Nigerian Law School on Tuesday says 1,550 students were successful after the April 2018 Bar final examinations while their success rate is put at 68.6 percent. The school also called to the Bar 12 other graduates from the previous 2018 final examinations. The Director-General of the school, Prof. Isa Ciroma disclosed this at the July Call to Bar ceremony for the successful candidates in Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that a summary of the examinations showed that two, out of the 1, 550 made second class lower while others had pass mark. He said that the performance was justified following the approval of the Council of Legal Education...
Seven killed, Six Injured By Suspected Herdsmen In Benue
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Seven killed, Six Injured By Suspected Herdsmen In Benue

The Chairman, Kwande Local Government Council of Benue, Mr Terdoo Kenti, has confirmed the killing of seven persons and injury of six others by suspected herdsmen. Kenti also told the News Agency of Nigeria on telephone on Sunday in Makurdi that the attackers also abducted a woman during the incident on Saturday night at Tseadough village. Tseadough is a village in Mbachom, Yaav Council Ward near Jato Aka, the ancestral home of Tiv people in Kwande Local Government Area of Benue. He added that the attackers also burnt down several houses in the community. Kenti said that the yet to be identified gunmen came unnoticed on the fateful night. According to him, the remains of the victims have been deposited at the mortuary while those with various degrees of machete wounds we...
Naira Depreciates Against Major Currencies… See Latest Exchange Rate
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Naira Depreciates Against Major Currencies… See Latest Exchange Rate

The Nigerian naira has continued to record a slope against major currencies at the exchange rate market on Thursday. The naira on Friday sustained its depreciation against the dollar at the investor’s window, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. The Nigerian currency shed 11 kobo to exchange at N360.42, weaker than N360.31 traded on Thursday. At the parallel market, the Naira exchanged at N362 to a dollar, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro closed at N515 and N445. Trading at the Bureau De Change, BDC segment saw the Naira closed at N362 to a dollar, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro closed at N515 and N445. The Naira exchanged at N305.6 to the dollar at the CBN window, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro posted N435.14 and N378.30 on Thursday. Traders said in spi...
Aisha Buhari Urges Doctors To Check Abuses, Exorbitant Charges
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Aisha Buhari Urges Doctors To Check Abuses, Exorbitant Charges

The wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has advised medical doctors to check quackery, abuses and exorbitant charges in order to deliver affordable and quality healthcare. She made the call when members of the Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (AGPMPN) visited her in Abuja on Wednesday. Mrs Buhari told the group to make medical fees affordable to enable all Nigerians access quality healthcare. She urged the group to always expose quack doctors in other to protect and safeguard the health and lives of many Nigerians. “There is a need for your association to look into or revisit the hospital fees you charge, you know Private health care is expensive, make your charges affordable to Nigerians. “As an Association, there is need for you to a...
Police Burst in on Illegal Brewery That Produces Fake Malt Drink In Lagos
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Police Burst in on Illegal Brewery That Produces Fake Malt Drink In Lagos

The Lagos State Police Command has reported on the discovery of an illegal brewery at Egbe-Afa in Igbogbo area of Ikorodu, Lagos State. Five suspects were also arrested at the scene. Edgal Imohimi, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, made this known to journalists at the scene on Wednesday. According to The News Agency of Nigeria, the illegal brewery was producing malt drinks, stout and ethanol which they pumped into trucks to bottle at another location. Mr Imohimi said that the suspects would be subjected to further interrogation to know where the drinks were bottled and sold. He said that the illegal brewery would be sealed and samples of the drinks would be sent to the laboratory for test. The police chief attributed discovery of the illegal brewery to the efforts of commu...
Nigeria Not Owing UN, Pays $5.08 Million Dues
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Nigeria Not Owing UN, Pays $5.08 Million Dues

Nigeria is not indebted to the United Nations as the country has paid $5,080,178 dollars up till April 5, 2018. The country is the 74th out of the 193 Member States of the global international organisation to fulfill its financial obligations. Spokesperson to the UN Secretary-General Stephane Dujarric said in New York that Nigeria paid its annual dues in full. Dujarric said: “Nigeria has paid its regular budget dues in full, bringing the Honour Roll to 74”. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that one hundred and nineteen members were yet to pay their regular budgets. Records show that Nigeria became the 10th country in Africa to pay its UN regular budgets in full. In 2016, Nigeria had asked the UN to review its assessed contributions to the organisation in view of t...
Bricklayer Allegedly Robs Man Of N206,000 With Toy Gun In Lagos
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Bricklayer Allegedly Robs Man Of N206,000 With Toy Gun In Lagos

A bricklayer has been arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly breaking into a man's house and robbed him of... Suspected Fulani Herdsmen Attack Five Adamawa Villages, Kill Over 30 People Including DPO A bricklayer has been arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly breaking into a man's house and robbed him of N206,000 with a toy gun. The man identified as Taiwo 20, was arraigned before the magistrate, Mrs F.F. George, on five counts of conspiracy, burglary, stealing, robbery and assault. According to News Agency of Nigeria, Taiwo, whose address was not stated, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges and was admitted to a bail of N250,000 with two sureties in like sum. George said the sureties should be gainfully employed with an...
Nigerian Embassy In Washington Sacks 15 Local Staff At The Embassy
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Nigerian Embassy In Washington Sacks 15 Local Staff At The Embassy

The Nigerian Embassy in Washington, DC, has disengaged some 15 local workers at the embassy. Senior officials at the embassy told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the benefits of the 15 local workers would be paid soon. They said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abuja, approved the disengagement of the workers due to some ongoing rationalization of workers at the embassy. The officials, however, said the ministry had also approved the payment of gratuities to the workers, some of whom had worked with the embassy for more than 30 years. Some of the affected workers had alleged that the decision to lay them off was arbitrary. They also alleged that the embassy had no plans to pay their gratuity and other severance benefits. Further, the local staff, who are mostly Nige...
Another Senator, Bukar Mustapha Dies Few Days After Death Of A Lawmaker
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Another Senator, Bukar Mustapha Dies Few Days After Death Of A Lawmaker

Bukar Mustapha, the senator representing Katsina North, is dead. Mr. Mustapha was President Muhammadu Buhari’s senator as he represented the president’s senatorial district. He died after a brief illness on Wednesday, PREMIUM TIMES learnt. The News Agency of Nigeria quotes Mr. Bukar’s elder brother, Umar Bukar, as confirming the news. Mr. Bukar’s death is coming less than a week after the deputy majority leader of the House of Representatives, Umar Jibril, died after a protracted illness. It also came about two weeks after another senator, Ali Wakili, passed away.
Ex President, Obasanjo Insists That Buhari’s Administration Is A Failure, Femi Adeshina Reacts
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Ex President, Obasanjo Insists That Buhari’s Administration Is A Failure, Femi Adeshina Reacts

he Presidency on Monday night said the administration of President Muhammad Buhari would not join issues with former President Olusegun Obasanjo over his comments on Buhari administration. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Obasanjo had on Monday while addressing a group of youths who visited him at his country home Abeokuta described the Buhari administration as a failure. Obasanjo also asked the All Progressives Congress (APC) -led government to stop complaining about the challenges it met on the ground. “What we have now is failure. Never  you reinforce failure, let failure be failure… Those of you who are in business, your business could have been better today if we have a competent and effective and performing government.’’ However, the President’s Special Advis...
Fayemi Declares Interest In Ekiti Guber Poll
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Fayemi Declares Interest In Ekiti Guber Poll

Former Ekiti state governor and current Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi on Sunday says he will contest the July 14 gubernatorial election coming up soon in the state under the APC. He made his ambition known at a news conference at his Isan-Ekiti country home in Oye Local Government Area of the state. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Fayemi had hosted leaders and scores of members of the party from all the 16 Local Government Areas and the 177 Wards of the state. He said he was driven by his past records of positive achievements, especially for workers, retirees and pensioners while in office in the state. He explained that his decision to seek re-election was to deliver the state from incompetent and dubious hands and take her to where it...
Police Confirms Release Of Kidnapped Chief Imam Of Senchi In Kebbi
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Police Confirms Release Of Kidnapped Chief Imam Of Senchi In Kebbi

The Police Command in Kebbi State has confirmed the release of the Chief Imam of Senchi in Danko/Wasagu Local Government Area of the state, Alhaji Mode Senchi. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Senchi was kidnapped by unknown men on MARCH, 18. The Commissioner of Police, Ibrahim Kabiru, made the confirmation while addressing journalists in Birnin Kebbi on Sunday. “The Chief Imam Senchi, Alhaji Mode Senchi, who was reportedly kidnapped on March, 18 was rescued on March, 28, in good health and has been reunited with his family,” he said. According to him, efforts are on going to arrest the suspects connected with the incident. Kabiru recalled that the chief Imam was earlier abducted in 2017 by unknown men, adding that he had to pay N13 million ransom before he coul...
Why More Women Are Lying About Being Pregnant – Doctor
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Why More Women Are Lying About Being Pregnant – Doctor

Pathological desire to have children and deliberate efforts by women to swindle money and other valuables from their husbands make some women to falsely claim they are pregnant, a doctor says. Dr Hussein Adamu of Ummah Hospital, Jalingo, spoke  in reaction to a claim by a woman that she lost her pregnancy to kidnappers who removed her foetus. The woman, Nafisa Isa, in Jalingo on Tuesday claimed that three unidentified persons abducted her near her residence at Anguwan Baraya area of the town. “ I went out to do some shopping around 9 o’clock in the morning when two men and a woman hypnotised and dragged me into their already packed vehicle and drove off. “ When I woke up, the only thing I could remember was that they gave me an injection which, apparently, allowed them to remov...
Tragedy As Lifeless Bodies Of 2 Students Are Found Floating On Water After Heavy Flood In Lagos
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Tragedy As Lifeless Bodies Of 2 Students Are Found Floating On Water After Heavy Flood In Lagos

Two male students of a private secondary school were on Thursday found dead in the flood after a heavy rain in Alagbado area of Lagos. It was gathered that the boys were found floating at Casso Bus Stop on Lagos/Abeokuta Expressway by shop owners Some commercial motorcycle riders carried them to a private hospital, which confirmed them dead. An eyewitness said they were taking shelter from the rain in a nearby shop when they noticed the floating bodies on the water. “That was how we discovered the boys and quickly the okada (motorcycle riders) people rushed and lifted them on their shoulders but they were lifeless because their legs and hands were just dangling, the witness said,” she said. One of the riders told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the boys were students bec...
Islamic Hisbah Police Arrests Over 105 Beggars On The Streets Of Kano
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Islamic Hisbah Police Arrests Over 105 Beggars On The Streets Of Kano

The Kano State Hisbah Board said it had arrested no fewer than 105 beggars in Kano metropolis in February for allegedly violating the law banning street begging. Malam Dahiru Nuhu, the Officer in charge of the board’s anti-begging unit, disclosed this while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano on Wednesday. Nuhu said that 35 of the suspects arrested during different raids in the metropolis are children and 60 adults. He said the arrests were carried out in areas around motor parks and hospitals. According to the Hisbah official, some of the suspects who were first time offenders were released after stern warning by the officers of the board while those who were not first-time offenders were taken to court. He disclosed that 10 missing street urchins (almaji...
#BBNaija: How Reality Show Enhanced My Career As A Chef – Miyonse
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#BBNaija: How Reality Show Enhanced My Career As A Chef – Miyonse

Former housemate of Big Brother Naija, Miyonse Oluwaseyi, has said his participation in the reality show last year has positively impacted on his career as a chef. Miyonse, who was evicted two weeks after the show told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that BBNaija gave him the opportunity to achieve his dream as a chef. The 25 year old Mass Communication graduate said the reality show gave him the spot light that made him the toast of various brands in the food industry. He said, “The Big Brother Naija reality TV show has been a blessing generally; it has given me a platform to excel in my career. I was a chef before going into the house. “Going into the house put me on a spotlight; it made people to know who Chef Miyonse is and after that, it opened more doors for me. “So f...
French Ambassador To Nigeria, Mr. Denys Gauer Says Nigerian Jollof Rice Is His Best Food
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French Ambassador To Nigeria, Mr. Denys Gauer Says Nigerian Jollof Rice Is His Best Food

French Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Denys Gauer, has said Nigerian Jollof, is his best food. Jollof rice is one of the most common dishes in the whole of West Africa. The food which is believed to have originated from the region of Wollof speaking people, which happens to be northwestern Senegal, The Gambia, and southwestern coastal Mauritania, is arguably the best known African dish outside the continent. Gauer, who spoke with News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Thursday said, “Jollof rice is my best Nigerian food; maybe because I find it everywhere I go in Nigeria.’’ The envoy said further that the country was blessed with a rich cultural heritage that attracts foreigners, especially its food. “I remember a year ago when I attended the annual yam festival organised by the Ogidi commu...
NAFDAC Mops Up Unregistered Products At Enugu Trade Fair
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NAFDAC Mops Up Unregistered Products At Enugu Trade Fair

The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has started mopping up unwholesome and unregistered products at the ongoing 29th Enugu International Trade Fair. The Zonal Coordinator of the agency in the South East, Mr Fori Tatama, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Monday. Tatama said that the essence of the mop-up was to ensure that only wholesome and NAFDAC approved products were displayed and sold at the fair. “We have deployed our surveillance officers to the trade fair and they are to work round the clock in all nooks and crannies of the fairground. “They are to ensure that all products sold are approved by the agency and that they are wholesome,’’ he said. The coordinator said the agency was at the fair to enlighten t...
NAPTIP: We Have Rescued 13,000 And Rehabilitated 8,000 Trafficked Persons
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NAPTIP: We Have Rescued 13,000 And Rehabilitated 8,000 Trafficked Persons

Dame Julie Okah-Donli, Director-General, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), said no fewer than 13,000 trafficked persons have been rescued by the agency. Okah-Donli disclosed this in an interview with the Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in New York at the premiere of a movie about human trafficking in Nigeria. The movie, ‘Mrs Adams’, which premiered at the Nigeria House, came at a time Nigerians and Africans were taking the perilous Mediterranean Sea route to Europe, and was produced by QueenBlessing Itua. “So far, we’ve rescued over 13,000 victims, we’ve prosecuted about 339 traffickers and we’ve rehabilitated about 8,000 victims as well,” she said. According to her, the prostitution trade, which draws its recruits mainly ...
Lagos Assembly: Land Use Charge Slash Shows Governor Ambode Runs Populist Govt
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Lagos Assembly: Land Use Charge Slash Shows Governor Ambode Runs Populist Govt

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday described Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode as a populist and welfarist governor, following his administration’s downward review of the controversial Land Use Charge. Mr Tunde Braimoh, the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Publicity, Strategy and Security told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that people’s will remains the ultimate in democracy. NAN reports that the Lagos State Government on Thursday buckled under pressure, announcing a downward review of its new Land Use Charge (LUC) that had been widely criticised. Several groups, including the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) and the Nigeria Bar Association, Ikeja Branch had kicked against the hike in the charge, approximated at 400 per cent. In the downward review announce...
NSE Market Indicators Drop Further By 1.53 Percent
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NSE Market Indicators Drop Further By 1.53 Percent

The Nigerian stock market indices sustained negative growth on Thursday, with the market capitalisation dropping further by N234 billion. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the market capitalisation lost N234 billion or 1.53 per cent to close at N15.091 trillion compared with N15.325 trillion posted on Wednesday. In the same vein, the All-Share Index, which opened at 42,839.52, shed 654.14 points or 1.53 per cent to close at 42,185.38, due to loses by Seplat, Mobil and Dangote Cement. Commenting on the market performance, Dr Uche Uwaleke, the Head of Banking and Finance Department, Nasarawa State University, Keffi, said that monetary and fiscal policies uncertainties contributed to the trend. Uwaleke said that another major reason was because investors had already pr...
Man Docked Over Alleged Rape Of Colleague At Knife-Point
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Man Docked Over Alleged Rape Of Colleague At Knife-Point

The Police in Lagos on Wednesday docked a 21-year-old factory worker, Timothy Nwaokema, at an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court over the allegedly rape of his co-worker at knife-point. The accused is standing trial before a Magistrate, Mrs B.O Osunsanya, on a charge of rape, to which he pleaded `not guilty’. Nwaokema, who resides at the Ifako-Ijaye area of Lagos was, however, admitted to bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum. Osunsanya said that the sureties should be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years tax payments to the Lagos State Government. Earlier, the prosecutor, ASP. Ezekiel Ayorinde, told the court that the accused committed the offence on March 6. at his residence. He said that the accused unlawfully had canal knowledge of his co-worker (n...
Governor Lalong Sacks Bokkos Council Chairman Over Killings
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Governor Lalong Sacks Bokkos Council Chairman Over Killings

Gov. Simon Lalong has sacked Mr Simon Angyol, the Management Committee Chairman of Bokkos Local Government Area of the state, over incessant killings in the locality. Lalong made this in communication forwarded to the State’s House of Assembly and was read at Tuesday’s plenary by its Speaker, Mr Peter Azi. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Angyol was among 16 others, appointed in July 2017 to manage the affairs of the 17 local governments areas. “Following certain unpleasant development in the management of Bokkos local government council, I wish to seek approval for the removal of Mr Simon Angyol as Management Committee Chairman of the Council. “I also wish to seek your approval to appoint Mr Tamai Simon as the new Management Committee Chairman of the Council,” he ...
Boat Operators Urged To Avoid Night Travel On Waterways
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Boat Operators Urged To Avoid Night Travel On Waterways

Mr Ganiyu Balogun, President, Association of Tourist Boat Operators and Water Transporters of Nigeria (ATBOWATON), has advised other boat operators to avoid night travel on waterways due to inadequate signs and illumination. Balogun gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Lagos. According to him, we do not have that Rapid Response on water like we have on the land. He warned that any time after 8 p.m, a boat captain might not get any assistance from anywhere in case of a mishap. “We have Search and Rescue. We have not reached the stage that we would be using boats at night. “We should try as much as possible to avoid night travel on water. “No signs, no illumination on the water to know this area is dangerous; that area is good. ...
Six Docked For Disrupting Senator Ogembe’s Programme
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Six Docked For Disrupting Senator Ogembe’s Programme

Six persons were on Friday charged before a Lokoja Senior Magistrate’s Court for allegedly disrupting an empowerment programme organised by Sen. Ahmed Ogembe (PDP/Kogi West), in Okene, on March 3. The suspects included Moshood Shuaib Onimisi, Abdullazeez Yusuf, Otaru Musa, Onipe Innocent, Iliyasu Momoh and Jimoh Raji. The accused, who appeared before Senior Magistrate Ojoma Rachael Haruna, are facing a two-count charge of criminal conspiracy and mischief punishable under section 97(2) of the Penal Code. The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges and were granted bail in the sum of N20,000 each. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the venue of the empowerment programme had in attendance 1,200 indigent women, who were to share the sum of N24 million provide...
Minister Chris Ngige Warns New Boards Against Funds Misappropriation
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Minister Chris Ngige Warns New Boards Against Funds Misappropriation

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, has warned the newly inaugurated boards of parastatals under the ministry against misappropriation of funds. Ngige gave the warning while inaugurating three out of the five boards of parastatals under the ministry on Friday in Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the boards of parastatals that were inaugurated include National Directorate of Employment (NDE), National Productivity Centre (NPC) and Michael Imoudu Institute for Labour Studies (MINILS). The minister said that the warning has become imperative due to the recent misappropriation of N5 billion by the former board chairman and some staff of the Nigeria Insurance Trust Funds (NSITF). According to him, NSITF is one of the causalities of such misapp...
Lagos Chamber Kicks Against Increase In Land Use Charge, Other Taxes
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Lagos Chamber Kicks Against Increase In Land Use Charge, Other Taxes

The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), says the burden of tax is threatening the existence of businesses in Lagos State. Mr Muda Yusuf, Director-General of the chamber, made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Wednesday. He said that aside the newly-reviewed Land Use Charge payment, businesses were still required to pay other taxes to both state and the Federal Government. “For businesses, actually the burden of tax is becoming something else. What we have decided in the chamber is to dialogue with the government to see what can be done. “We appreciate that the government needs money. “The population of Lagos is growing, infrastructure needs to be provided; security needs to be provided. “But you have to balance the ...
Senator Saraki: Nigeria Safe For Foreign Investors
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Senator Saraki: Nigeria Safe For Foreign Investors

The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, said on Wednesday that Nigeria has a viable economy and very safe for foreign investors. According to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, Saraki made this assertion in Abuja at the opening ceremony of the 9th Africa Regional Conference by International Transport Federation (ITF) with the theme: “Transport Workers Building Power in Africa,“ The president of the senate, who was represented by Gbenga Ashafa, Chairman Senate Committee on Land Transport, said for ITF to host the conference in Nigeria, goes a long way in showing how viable Nigerian economy is. “It is very important to note that in any country transport workers are very important because you find them in all sectors for movement of human beings or goods. “For hosting the con...
Police Foil Kidnap Attempt, Arrest Two In Lagos
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Police Foil Kidnap Attempt, Arrest Two In Lagos

The Lagos State Police Command on Monday said it arrested two suspects over alleged attempted kidnap of a teenager (name withheld) in Iyana-Ipaja area of the state. Parading the suspects, the state Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, said the suspects planned to carry out their nefarious act on March 1. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that also paraded are two suspected drug peddlers said to have specialised in selling illegal drugs to primary and secondary school students. The police also paraded 12 other suspects, who allegedly stole or received cars snatched at gunpoint and drove same to a workshop in Kaduna. The allegedly stolen vehicles are a Toyota Camry, Nissan Versa and Honda CRV. The commissioner said that the police also recovered vehicle number plates,...
ABU Security Arrests Two Suspected Kidnappers
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ABU Security Arrests Two Suspected Kidnappers

Security officers at Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) on Monday paraded two suspected kidnappers, allegedly terrorising the university community and its environs. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the two suspects identified as Halliru Sani, 25 and Abdullahi Musa, 30 are resident of Samaru and Bomo respectively. Addressing journalists in his office at the main campus, Samaru, Zaria, the Chief Security Officer of the university, Col. Jibril Tukur (Rtd), said it took them time to trace and fish-out the suspected kidnappers. “We got a report from one Dr Keku Philip whose life had been threatened by a group of suspected kidnappers, though we don’t call them suspects now but accused because they have already confessed to the crime. “All these successes wouldn’t have been po...
Ophthalmologist: Eating Vegetables, Fruit Reduces Eye Problems
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Ophthalmologist: Eating Vegetables, Fruit Reduces Eye Problems

Dr Aliyu Daware, an ophthalmologist, on Thursday said eating more of vegetables and colourful fruits could help in keeping eye good during old age. Daware told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that green vegetables were rich in the lutein. Lutein is a nutrient important for the eye. He said that losing of sight at old age could be avoidable, adding that “some people just believe that as you are getting old such things are bound to happen”. But Daware said that eating green vegetables was the best way for people to protect their eyesight and stay off vision problems later in life. “When it comes to the eyes, there’s no getting away from it, you have to take it seriously and those greens vegetables contain a pigment that will protect retinal cells from damage caused b...
Anambra Govt Moves Against Buildings Under Electricity Transmission Lines
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Anambra Govt Moves Against Buildings Under Electricity Transmission Lines

Anambra State Government on Thursday said it would demolish all buildings under high tension electricity transmission lines in the state. Mr Mike Okonkwo, the Managing Director of Awka Capital Territory Development Authority (ACTDA), made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka. NAN reports that most of the popular leisure outfits at Abakaliki Street and Amaudo near Aroma Feeds are situated under the high tension power line. Okonkwo said the Federal Government had already written Gov. Willie Obiano of the state to check unwholesome human activities around the high tension lines. He said that it was worrisome that people decided to encroach on the spaces under high tension lines because of its cost-free nature. The ACTDA boss noted that th...
JUSUN Suspends Strike In Nasarawa
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JUSUN Suspends Strike In Nasarawa

The Nasarawa State chapter of Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria, has suspended its infinite strike which commenced on Feb. 16. The union embarked on the strike to press home its demands for implementation of promotion, annual increment, among others. State JUSUN Chairman, Jimoh Musa, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lafia on Thursday, that the suspension followed an agreement reached between the union and the state government. He said that the state government at a meeting attended by the Head of Service, representatives of the court and the union, agreed to set up a committee to look into the demands. Musa said that the committee which would have representatives of the union would advice the government on ways to address the problems. The chairman said the committee had one...
Aisha Buhari Thanks Nigerians As Son Returns From Medical Trip
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Aisha Buhari Thanks Nigerians As Son Returns From Medical Trip

The wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has expressed her profound appreciation to Nigerians for the successful return of her son, Yusuf Buhari, from medical treatment after sustaining injury from motor-bike accident in Abuja. Mrs Buhari, who expressed her appreciation on her tweeter handle on Thursday in Abuja, said the Buhari family remained grateful to all Nigerians for their constant prayers for recovery of Yusuf Buhari. “We thank God for the return of our son Yusuf today after his medical trip. On behalf of the family I wish to express our appreciation for the goodwill and prayers since the unfortunate accident. May God Almighty bless all and continue to guide us all aright,” she tweeted. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Yusuf arrived Nnamdi Azikiwe Internationa...
PDP Confirms Killing Of Its Publicity Secretary
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PDP Confirms Killing Of Its Publicity Secretary

The Adamawa chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party on Wednesday confirmed the killing of its spokesman, Mr Sam Zadock, by gunmen in the latest sectarian violence in the state. Alhaji Abdullahi Prambe, the State Secretary of the PDP, told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN that the incident was a “big shock’’ to the party. Prambe said, “We were expecting him for a meeting yesterday but he didn’t show up; he called me but the network wasn’t good only for us to hear that he was killed in an attack,” Prambe said. He condemned the incident and called on government to do something about the recent killings in the state. Speaking on the incident, a youth leader in the area, Mr Paul Turaki, said Zadock was killed alongside four others traveling in the same car in an ambush around Barre v...
Kidnappers Abduct VOA Reporter’s Wife, Child, Kill FRSC Officer
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Kidnappers Abduct VOA Reporter’s Wife, Child, Kill FRSC Officer

Suspected kidnappers on Wednesday abducted the wife and child of a reporter with the Voice of America (VOA) in Kaduna. The abductors also killed a staff of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), who rushed out to help the victims. The reporter, Malam Nasir Birnin-Yero, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the abductors, about 30 in number, attacked his residence in Birnin Yero, near Kaduna at about 1:30 am. “They came to my house at about 1:30 am. I was not at home then, but they forced themselves into my house and asked my wife of my whereabout and she told them I was not at home. “They vandalized my television set and refrigerator before taking my wife and son insisting that they must take them to where I was. “One of my neighbour’s, who works with the FRSC, Sabi...
Soldier, Three Kidnap Suspects Killed During Rescue Operation – Nigerian Army
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Soldier, Three Kidnap Suspects Killed During Rescue Operation – Nigerian Army

The Nigerian Army has confirmed the killing of three kidnap suspects and a soldier in Kogi during a rescue operation on Tuesday. The spokesman of the Command Army Records, Lokoja, Weri Finikumor, told the News Agency of Nigeria on phone in Lokoja that some of the suspected kidnappers have been arrested and helping the military in its investigations. Mr. Finikumor assured residents that operation “exercise cat race” was ongoing to curtail criminality and boost security in the state. He said that the army would make details of the exercise public as soon as it was concluded. A soldier and three suspected kidnappers lost their lives in Okene area of Kogi on February 26 during a gun duel between some soldiers and a gang of kidnappers. It was gathered that the gun duel ensued whe...
Kebbi Govt Spends N845m On Potable Water, Electricity
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Kebbi Govt Spends N845m On Potable Water, Electricity

Kebbi State Government has spent over N845 million on the provision of potable water and electricity to rural areas, the Commissioner for Water Resources and Rural Development, Alhaji Bala Kangiwa, has said. Kangiwa told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Birnin Kebbi that the government also undertook the rehabilitation of some dams to enhance water supply and irrigation. ”The state government also rehabilitated the Bachaka dam at a cost of N29 million, Kawoje dam, N146 million and water treatment plants in Birnin Kebbi, Argungu and Zuru at a cost of N370 million. ”The state government procured 200 transformers for the rural areas at a cost of N300 million to ensure stable electricity supply in the state”, he said. The commissioner said further that the state govern...
Lagos Farmers Yet To Benefit From Anchor Borrowers Programme – AFAN
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Lagos Farmers Yet To Benefit From Anchor Borrowers Programme – AFAN

The Chairman, Lagos Chapter of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Chief Femi Oke, said no member of the association had benefitted from Federal Government’s Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP). He made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lagos. The ABP was initiated by the government, through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), to assist small-holder farmers by creating linkages between them and large scale processors. According to Oke, the association is still working out modalities to help its members to have access to the programme. “We have not taken advantage of the Anchor Borrowers Programme yet, but we are trying to see how we can utilise that to improve our outputs. “However, I will tell you that our members are enjoying...
Electorate Not Ripe For E-voting, Says Don
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Electorate Not Ripe For E-voting, Says Don

Nigerian electorate is not ripe for electronic voting, a Professor of Political-Economics with Chukwuemeka Odomegwu Ojukwu University (COOU), Igbariam, Anambra, Chubah Ezeh, has said. Ezeh told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu yesterday. The professor was reacting to the call for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to implement electronic voting system in the country. He said if INEC wanted to go digital and be 100 per cent technology-driven, it must provide adequate infrastructure. “The issue of basic infrastructure like power supply must be addressed and it must not rely on generating sets. Without proper enlightenment, the average Nigerian is a novice to use electronic device beyond his personal phones,’’ he said. INEC, he said, must upgrade its ...
African University Produces Bamboo Bicycles
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African University Produces Bamboo Bicycles

he African University of Science and Technology (AUST) says it has produced bamboo bicycles to improve the quality of life among communities. Peter Onwualu, a professor and coordinator of Materials Science and Engineering in the university, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja. According to him, bamboo bicycles have been designed and built as part of the interdisciplinary business and innovation programme. He said designing of bamboo bicycles was one of the technologies currently ready for commercialisation. He said the institution was ready to partner with any capable investor that would be ready to mass produce the products for the benefits of the citizens and the rest of the world. Besides, he said that AUST had also developed ceramic w...
2019: APC Is Recycling Defectors – PDP
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2019: APC Is Recycling Defectors – PDP

The Niger State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state of “recycling defectors to deceive members of the public”. Chairman of the party in the state, Tanko Beji told newsmen in Minna that those presented by APC recently at a rally as defectors were members who left the PDP immediately the 2015 general elections. Beji said said that the members were no longer contributing to the party and as such needed to be discarded. “The APC keeps presenting the same set of people at its rallies; last Saturday, they presented the same people they presented in 2015 and claimed that they were fresh defectors. I find that attitude amusing,” he said. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the APC held a political rally on...
Boko Haram: Give Me Abubakar Sheka Dead Or Alive – Genetal Buratai Tells Troops
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Boko Haram: Give Me Abubakar Sheka Dead Or Alive – Genetal Buratai Tells Troops

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt-General Tukur Buratai, has again charged troops to capture the factional leader of the Boko Haram terrorists group, Abubakar Shekau, alive or dead. Buratai gave the charge at Camp Zairo, the former Command and Control Centre of the terrorists group in the Sambisa forest during an operational visit to troops. In 2017, the army chief gave troops a 40-day ultimatum to capture Shekau and the army recently offered a N3 million reward for information on him. Troops finally destroyed the camp in January in an operation tagged “Deep Punch II’’ and are now dominating the general area of the forest. The military sacked Shekau from the camp in December, 2016, but the terrorists later re-grouped to launch pockets of attacks. Other locations visited by Buratai...
God Will Not Let Nigerians Down – Cleric
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God Will Not Let Nigerians Down – Cleric

Mr Christian Chigbundu, President, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Agege Stake, on Sunday urged Nigerians to have faith in God in the midst of challenges facing the the country. Chigbundu, who gave the advice during the 3rd Annual Stake Conference of the Agege branch, also urged Nigerians to be patient, prayerful and focused. “The current economic challenges will be a thing of the past when we acknowledge the grace of God upon the nation. “Be patient in all things, though it is not easy to be patient; you will be tested, but you will have joy when you are patient. “Why are we always in a hurry? We are impatient with our husbands, wives, neighbours and even our country; patience comes with action. “When certain things befall us, we should be patient; we have aban...
Nigeria Biggest Loser Of Africa’s $50 Billion Yearly Illicit Money Abroad
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Nigeria Biggest Loser Of Africa’s $50 Billion Yearly Illicit Money Abroad

Nigeria is the biggest loser of the $50 billion dollars illicit financial flows out of Africa annually, Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, has said. Adeosun regretted that the amount of money Africa lost through illicit financial flows was more than the aid coming into the continent. She expressed regrets that destination countries do not question the source of such funds. “And yet when we turn up and say this money was stolen, then they give you an entire questionnaire. “We’ve battling with the Swiss on Abacha. Abacha loot sat in the Swiss Bank account – 320 million dollars – for 22 years. We’ve been battling through the courts and we still have more recent cases. Adeosun spoke on the issue of taxation and revenue leakages at a tax conference organised by the Organisati...
Integrity, Character Stimulates Good Leadership – Ugochukwu Nnam
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Integrity, Character Stimulates Good Leadership – Ugochukwu Nnam

Chief Ugochukwu Nnam, President of Initiative for Leadership Development and Change (ILDC), on Wednesday said only leaders with proven integrity and character would stimulate good governance in Nigeria. Nnam told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that religious or tribal considerations had done more harm than good to the country. He called on the electorate to unite against any form of distractions by politicians to attract attention. The ILDC leader said that it was time for Nigerians to rise above tribal and religious dichotomies in order to achieve the desired goal. According to him, good governance has no boundaries, no tribe or religion and only a person with proven integrity can provide it irrespective of where he comes from. “We must say no to tribal or religious ...
Condoms Sale Increases On Valentine Day by 70 Percent – Survey
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Condoms Sale Increases On Valentine Day by 70 Percent – Survey

Nigerians joined the rest of the world to celebrate St Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, a survey has indicated that was about 70 per cent increase in the sale of condoms and contraceptives purchased mainly by fun seekers. A check by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) around Oyingbo, Yaba, Ikeja and University of Lagos (UNILAG) on the day shows that there was an increase in the sale of the materials for safe sex. NAN reports that though there are many diverse historic stories surrounding how St Valentine’s Day came to existence, the most celebrated account is about a Roman priest beheaded in the third century. The date is for the celebration of what many chose to call season of love is Feb. 14. Arguably, no one can agree on exactly what he did or why he was executed but some legends ...