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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...
Rangers manager Gerrard dispels Aribo’s coronavirus fears
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Rangers manager Gerrard dispels Aribo’s coronavirus fears

The Gers boss has provided an update on the Nigeria international after he was left out of their clash in the Europa League Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has revealed Joe Aribo is not suffering from coronavirus and should be available for selection when they take on Falkirk in Sunday’s Scottish League Cup tie. The Nigeria international was not involved as the Gers played out a 2-2 draw against Benfica at Ibrox Stadium in the Europa League on Thursday night. Gerrard explained the midfielder’s unavailability for the encounter was not due to Covid-19 but to illness.
Lekki Shooting: Nigeria Will Never Spare CNN, Others For Spreading Fake News – FG
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Lekki Shooting: Nigeria Will Never Spare CNN, Others For Spreading Fake News – FG

The Federal government has vowed to punish the Cable Network News, CNN for carrying out unverified information from the controversial Lekki Toll Gate incident. It also vowed not to spare any media organization both local and international that attempted to set Nigeria on fire through unverifiable reportage. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alh. Lai Mohammed made the vow on Friday at a stakeholder’ meeting with the Broadcasting Organizations of Nigeria (BON) held in Abuja. The Minister, was reacting to the controversial report by the American Cable News Network, CNN which it said had acknowledged their letter of complaint and promised to probe same on its merit. He accused CNN of spreading fake news by switching casualty figures at Lekki Toll Gate so casually without...
Nigeria May Lose $493m Paid To Procure Fighter Jets — Senate
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Nigeria May Lose $493m Paid To Procure Fighter Jets — Senate

The Senate Committee on Airforce, said on Thursday that Nigeria stood the risk of losing $493m paid to the United States for the purchase of Super Tucano fighter planes. The panel said the nation’s runway at the moment was not up to the standard and could not carry the fighter jets. The Federal Government had wired in $493m in 2018 to a US company to tackle insurgency and other security challenges facing the country. The Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on Air Force, Senator Mike Nnachi, raised the alarm while presenting the 2021 budget report of the Air Force before the Senate Committee on Appropriation. He told the lawmakers that when the Americans came to inspect the Kanji runway, recently, they complained that the facility did not have the capacity to carry the air...
Tinubu Has The Vision, Political Sagacity To Move Nigeria Forward– Lagos APC Chairman
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Tinubu Has The Vision, Political Sagacity To Move Nigeria Forward– Lagos APC Chairman

Ahead of the 2023 presidential election, Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has said that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, national leader of the party, has the vision and political sagacity to move Nigeria forward. Alhaji Tunde Balogun, the State Chairman of the party, also rejected the opinion by Alhaji Shettima Yerima, President of Arewa Youth Consultative Forum who said Tinubu, a two-term governor of Lagos state is “destined to be a kingmaker and not a king”, implying that Tinubu can install president but cannot become a president himself. According to Yerima “People like him (Tinubu) are not needed in 2023. I see him as one of those elder statesmen who have made positive impacts in the lives of the younger generation. So, take it or leave it, he has done his bes...
Nigeria Approaches UK Over Proposed #Endsars Sanctions
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Nigeria Approaches UK Over Proposed #Endsars Sanctions

The Federal Government, yesterday, said it was in touch with officials of the British government to present its side of the #EndSARS story. This comes after the resolution of the United Kingdom Parliament to impose sanctions on some Nigerian officials over their role in the “violent suppression” of the protests. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, told State House correspondents at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja that it was not within the purview of the legislators to impose restrictions but added that it was necessary to espouse Nigeria’s position for an informed decision. He said: “The UK government has been briefed. There was a UK parliamentarian meeting and the UK government, which acts for the United Kingdom, has also hea...
Nigeria Requires ₦1 Trillion For Efficient Electricity Transmission – TCN
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Nigeria Requires ₦1 Trillion For Efficient Electricity Transmission – TCN

The Transmission Company of Nigeria has said Nigeria requires nothing less than N1tn to effectively wheel electricity through the national grid. The Executive Director, Transmission Service Provider, TCN, Victor Adewumi, said this at the 52nd Power Dialogue of the Nigeria Electricity Hub on which held online in Abuja on Wednesday. He said TCN would require the sum to make the country’s power grid stable, adding that the $1.6bn which the transmission company was getting from international agencies would not be enough to stablilise the grid. When asked to state how much would be needed to get the grid to transmit electricity effectively, Adewumi replied, “Simply put, TCN requires nothing less than N1tn to make the grid to be very stable. “For the project that TCN is financing...
Canadian Authorities Discover 70 Stolen Cars Destined For Nigeria And Ghana
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Canadian Authorities Discover 70 Stolen Cars Destined For Nigeria And Ghana

York and Toronto police have made a “large” recovery of more than 70 stolen cars worth more $4.5 million in a joint investigation with the Canada Border Services Agency Seventy-three vehicles have been found from across the GTA due to the work of the York Regional Police, Toronto Police and Canada Border Services Agency. “Auto theft is of huge concern to police,” Toronto Police Supt. Ron Taverner told the Toronto Sun. “And we’re actively involved in investigations and targeting groups that are involved in these particular crimes. They’re organized crime groups and they’re going out and stealing these vehicles and, in a lot of cases, they’re being put in containers and shipped off to other countries. And we’re finding more and more of this is taking place. Money drives a lot of...
El-Rufai Kicks Against Zoning Of Leadership Positions, Says ‘It’s Absurd’
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El-Rufai Kicks Against Zoning Of Leadership Positions, Says ‘It’s Absurd’

Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state, has again kicked against zoning of political leaders, saying no country progresses with such an arrangement. Speaking at the Nigerian Economic Summit (#NES26) in Abuja, the governor said every qualified person should be given equal opportunity to contest for political positions. In Nigeria, political offices — especially the presidency — are rotated on the basis of geographical zones, from the time of Olusegun Obasanjo up till the administration of President Muhamadu Buhari who is from Katsina state. With the 2023 election roughly two years away, some Nigerians have started clamouring that the presidency should return to the south. But speaking at a plenary session at the summit on Tuesday, el-Rufai said Nigeria has failed to make s...
Recession: Niger State To Slash Civil Servants Salary By 50%
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Recession: Niger State To Slash Civil Servants Salary By 50%

As Nigerians gear up to face the impending hardship as a result of the recession already steering in the face of Nigeria, Niger state government has concluded plans to slash the salaries of civil servants in the state by 50 percent to be able to cope with the present economic reality. But the Organized Labour in the state have vowed that any attempt to slash the salaries of workers would be met with stiff resistance and this has set the stage for a possible showdown between the government and the labour. Indication to this emerged on Monday when Government told officials of the NLC and those of the Trade Union Congress at a meeting held in the office of the Head of Service that it can no longer afford to pay 100% salaries to workers effective from December, 2020. Our correspon...
Nigeria Not Included In $15,000 Visa Bond Pilot – US Mission
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Nigeria Not Included In $15,000 Visa Bond Pilot – US Mission

The United States Mission has said Nigeria is not included in the US’ pilot visa bond programme. The US Mission in Nigeria made this known in a statement on its website on Tuesday. The outgoing administration of US President Donald Trump had issued a new temporary rule for African tourists. The new rule could require tourist and business travellers from some countries, most in Africa, to pay a bond of as much as $15,000 to visit the United States. The US State Department said the temporary final rule, which takes effect December 24 and runs through June 24, targets countries whose nationals have higher rates of overstaying B-2 visas for tourists and B-1 visas for business travelers. The statement read, “In response to the April 2019 Presidential Memorandum on Combating H...
Niger-imported Onions ‘turn Gold’ As Floods Ruin Harvest In Nigeria
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Niger-imported Onions ‘turn Gold’ As Floods Ruin Harvest In Nigeria

Onion is the new gold — this expression has become popular on social media recently due to the scarcity of the vegetable. Onion is a popular vegetable used in Nigerian homes for culinary and beauty purposes. However, it has become a topic for jokes after a sudden scarcity led to a hike in prices. The bulb onion is mainly cultivated in Kano, Kaduna, Jigawa, Kebbi, Sokoto, Plateau, and Bauchi states. The pocket of the average Nigerian seems to be under attack given the price hike that comes with Christmas festivities combined with fluctuating petrol prices due to deregulation and food inflation that hit 17.38 percent in September. THE MANY TROUBLES OF THE NIGERIAN FARMER Apart from fighting corruption, the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has made agriculture a priority...
2021 Budget Not Capable Of Addressing Nigeria’s Recession – Reps
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2021 Budget Not Capable Of Addressing Nigeria’s Recession – Reps

House of Representatives Commitee on Science and Technology Monday said that the 2021 budget as presented by President Muhammadu Buhari was incapable of lifting Nigeria from the current economic recession. It will be recalled that Buhari in early October this year presented 2021 budget estimate of N13.08 trillion to the national assembly for approval. Last Saturday, the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, announced that Nigeria had slid into recession, the second time in five years. Sharing his views on the budget at a session, a member of the committee, Hon. Awaji-Inombek Abiante from Rivers State said the documents had allocation flaws that should be corrected. His dissatisfaction however followed the absence of the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed and the Director-Gener...
Nigeria Petitions CNN Over #EndSARS Report
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Nigeria Petitions CNN Over #EndSARS Report

The Federal Government of Nigeria on Monday petitioned the Cable News Network (CNN), demanding “an immediate and exhaustive investigation into its report on the Lekki Toll Gate incident. The petition threatened to take legal action and urged the network to determine its authenticity and conformity to basic standards of journalism. In the petition addressed to Mr Jonathan Hawkins VP, Communications, CNN Centre Atlanta, Georgia U.S, the government said if the international media organisation failed to carry out its demand, it will “take any action within its laws’’ to prevent CNN from aggravating the #EndSARS crisis. The petition dated Nov. 23 and personally signed by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in...
Dr. Anu of Med Contour has been suspended from the medical profession in Nigeria
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Dr. Anu of Med Contour has been suspended from the medical profession in Nigeria

Dr Anu Adepoju has been suspended from the medical profession in Nigeria following multiple claims of malpractice and botched surgeries at her clinic, Med Contour. A number of women who went to Med Contour for cosmetic surgery complained about having complications that they still suffer from. One particular patient was rushed to LUTH and eventually died after being operated upon by Dr Anu. Earlier this year, LUTH petitioned the medical panel following the death of the victim of Dr Anu's procedure who died after being transferred to its hospital Also, this year, popular social media personality, Omotola Taiwo Temilade, popularly known as Omohtee, called Dr Anu out following a botched surgery that left her with complications. She has now been suspended from the medical profes...
Uche Maduagwu Blasts Davido For Calling Himself The Biggest Artist In Nigeria
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Uche Maduagwu Blasts Davido For Calling Himself The Biggest Artist In Nigeria

He wrote: Davido, how can you say you are the biggest artiste in Nigeria when you have never smell a grammy nomination? This is why Wizkid ignores you o maa n be. Being the biggest is not measured by how cracked your vocal cord is neither is it about how wealthy your father is and definitely not about the number of Instagram followers, its about your street credibility and how you connect with the youth with your music but can someone who allegedly deny being part of abuja endsars protest in IG of police office be crowned a king? davido yes you are the biggest my papa money help my music career if indeed its true you did not pay @nickiminaj for a collabo then thats because she does not see you as a BIG international artiste like burna, femi kuti and starboy so she do charity work as...
I Can Still Play For Nigeria – Eberechi Eze
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I Can Still Play For Nigeria – Eberechi Eze

Eberechi Eze says he is still open to playing for Nigeria but will not let a potential decision over his international future distract him from progressing. Eze is currently on England U-21 duty, but he also qualifies for Nigeria through his parents and has trained with the Super Eagles in the past. And the 22-year-old said right now he is fully focused with the England U-21. “I can [still play for Nigeria],” Eze was quoted on Evening Standard. “At the moment, I’m focused on my England Under-21 camp. I don’t want to put any type of pressure on myself and try to force anything now. “I’m focused on the Under-21s, playing for the Under-21s, training, trying to play as many games as I can, and I think that’s the most important thing right now for my development.” Eze has ...
Sierra Leone Coach Keister Unveils 23-man Squad For Double-Header Vs Nigeria
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Sierra Leone Coach Keister Unveils 23-man Squad For Double-Header Vs Nigeria

Sierra Leone head coach John Keister has named 23 players for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying double-header against the Super Eagles of Nigeria. Eight home-based players made the list, while the rest are foreign-based professionals. Captain Umar Bangura, who was initially left of the squad made the list alongside key stars; Kei Kamara, Augustine Williams, Mustapha Bundu and Osman Kakay. The Leone Stars are expected to travel to Nigeria on Wednesday for the game. Keister’s side will face the Super Eagles at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City on Friday. The reverse fixture will take place next week Tuesday at the Siaka Stevens Stadium, Freetown. The Leone Stars occupy last position in Group L with one point from two games. GOALKEEPERS MOHAMED N. KAMA...
US Will Do Everything To Counter ISIS And Its Affiliates Everywhere – Pompeo
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US Will Do Everything To Counter ISIS And Its Affiliates Everywhere – Pompeo

United States Secretary of State , Mike Pompeo , on Wednesday , says the US government will use all tools at its disposal in the fight against terrorist elements in Nigeria and West Africa . Pompeo made this known after the virtual meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS co -hosted by Nigeria on Tuesday . According to him , “ great progress ” was made at the meeting with the Federal Government of Nigeria . The US Secretary of State tweeted , “ Great progress was made at yesterday’ s virtual Global @Coalition to Defeat ISIS meeting on West Africa. We will use all tools at our disposal to counter ISIS and its affiliates anywhere in the world . My thanks to Nigeria for co -hosting the event. ” At the meeting , the US and the 82 -member global coalition it leads expressed ...
I’m The Biggest Artist In Nigeria In Terms Of Everything – Davido
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I’m The Biggest Artist In Nigeria In Terms Of Everything – Davido

Nigerian Musician Davido has publicly said once again that he is the best and biggest artist in Nigeria currently. According to the ‘FEM’ hit maker, his description of biggest artists includes everything music, from branding, to numbers, to sales, to money, and everything related to music in the context of Nigeria Music Industry. Davido after he penetrated into the international music market with “If” has since, been making collaborations and features with international artists. His most current ones are with American Hip Hop rapper Lil Baby on the song ‘So Crazy‘ and yet to be released “Holy Ground” with Nikki Minaj, who is also American Hip Hop rapper. Again he has also done songs with RNB sing Cris Brown R. Kelly and other couple of internationally recognized artiste. ...
‘Was Nigeria Created For Dangote Or Was Dangote Created For Nigeria?’ – FFK
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‘Was Nigeria Created For Dangote Or Was Dangote Created For Nigeria?’ – FFK

The Nigerian government has allowed Dangote Cement to resume exports across its land borders which have been closed for over a year; and this has raised brows BUA Group and a gas company have also received presidential approval to move goods across the land borders, Joseph Attah, the spokesperson for Nigerian Customs, said. A number of Nigerians reacted asking the reason for this preferential treatment. Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode reacted on Instagram by sharing a photo of Dangote and writing: "During the Covid19 lockdown Dangote trucks were allowed to drive through Ogun state but everyone else was stopped. "Today Dangote trucks are allowed to go through our land borders but everyone else is stopped. "Was Nigeria created for Dangote or was Dangote created f...
Aisha Buhari Calls For Prayers For Nigeria
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Aisha Buhari Calls For Prayers For Nigeria

Nigeria First lady, Aisha Buhari, has called for prayers for Nigeria. She made the appeal on her Instagram page on Wednesday morning, November 11. Mrs Buhari shared a photo of a burning candle alongside an Islamic quote with the hashtag "#PrayforrNigeria."
Boko Haram: N2.2bn Spent On Prayers In Nigeria & Saudi Arabia – EFCC
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Boko Haram: N2.2bn Spent On Prayers In Nigeria & Saudi Arabia – EFCC

An EFCC investigating officer, Mr Adariko Michael, on Tuesday alleged that N2.2 billion was spent on prayers in Nigeria and Saudi Arabia to win the war against insurgency in the country. Michael was giving evidence as the first prosecution witness (PW1) in the trial of retired Col. Sambo Dasuki, former National Security Adviser (ONSA) to President Goodluck Jonathan in the alleged two billion dollars arms deal fraud. Others charged with Dasuki are a former General Manager with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Aminu Baba-kusa, Acacia Holdings Limited and Reliance Referral Hospital Limited. The EFCC charged them with 32 counts bordering on misappropriation, criminal breach of trust, dishonest release and receiving various sums of money before Justice Husseini B...
2Face Idibia Reacts After He Was Dragged To Court Together With 49 Nigerian Celebrities For Their Roles In The #EndSARS protest
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2Face Idibia Reacts After He Was Dragged To Court Together With 49 Nigerian Celebrities For Their Roles In The #EndSARS protest

Nigerian music legend, Innocent Idibia seems unconcerned about the lawsuit slammed at his face. It could be recalled that we made a report about an activist dragging 50 Nigerian celebrities to court for the roles in the #EndSARS protests. 2Baba had his name in the list and reacting to it in a recent statement by his manager, he said; “There’s no comment yet. We have not been served any paper. We have not received any formal summon. We can’t respond to what is merely trending on social media until we receive a summon we can’t respond.”
152 new cases of Coronavirus recorded in Nigeria
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152 new cases of Coronavirus recorded in Nigeria

152 new cases of Coronavirus were recored in Nigeria on Tuesday November 10, as confirmed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).   A breakdown of the new cases is as follows; Lagos-93, FCT-21, Oyo-15, Rivers-11,  Bauchi-7, Kwara-2, Bayelsa-1, Edo-1, Plateau-1.   There are now 64,336 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the country and 1,160 deaths have been recorded. 60,333 patients who recovered from the disease have also been discharged.  
Nigeria To Pull Out Of Some International Organisations Over Paucity Of Funds
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Nigeria To Pull Out Of Some International Organisations Over Paucity Of Funds

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Godfrey Onyeama, says plans are underway to reduce the number of International Organisations Nigeria belongs to because of paucity of funds. Mr Onyeama made this known while defending the ministry’s 2021 budget at the House of Representatives on Tuesday in Abuja. He said that the ministry is faced with a challenge of meeting its contribution to those International organisations. “We are owing a lot, and in the Federal Executive Council (FEC), there is a process to rationalise and cut down on the International Organisations we belong to. “This is because we are just owing monies left and right and it is not even good for the image of the country,” he said. Mr Onyeama, who decried the poor funding of the ministry, reeled out the challenges ...
59 new cases of Coronavirus recorded in Nigeria
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59 new cases of Coronavirus recorded in Nigeria

59 new cases of Coronavirus were recorded in Nigeria on Saturday November 7, as confirmed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).   A breakdown of the new cases is as follows; Kaduna-28, Rivers-9, Ogun-8, Ondo-8, Kano-2, Niger-2, Kwara-1, Plateau-1.   There are now 63,790 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the country and 1,154 deaths have been recorded. 59,884 patients who recovered from the disease have also been discharged.  
We Are Not Discouraged By Malicious Threats – Amnesty International Nigeria
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We Are Not Discouraged By Malicious Threats – Amnesty International Nigeria

A group, Centre for Africa Liberation and Socio-Economic Rights (CALSER), allegedly sponsored by the COAS Tukur Buratai, had on Wednesday asked Amnesty International to leave the Country within seven days or attract civil disobedience at its offices in Abuja and Lagos on a scale that will make the campaign of looting and arson it facilitated appear like child’s play. However, Amnesty International Nigeria in a series of tweets, has insisted it will continue to carry out its activities devoid of Government, religious or commercial interests. On threats to lives of our staff�� #EndSARS #LekkiTollGateShooting Amnesty International is a human rights organization and not affiliated to any government, ideology, interests, political, religious or commercial. We have been working on Ni...
Biden’s Victory Will Attract $700b To Nigeria, Other Emerging Markets, Say Expert
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Biden’s Victory Will Attract $700b To Nigeria, Other Emerging Markets, Say Expert

A win for former United States (U.S.) Vice President Democratic Party presidential candidate Joe Biden will attract $700 billion investments to Nigeria and other emerging markets, Renaissance Capital (RenCap) analysts have predicted. RenCap Chief Economist Charles Robertson said a Biden victory will, in the long run, shift trillions of dollars to Nigeria and other emerging markets. In a report to investors titled: “Biden’s victory, trillions into EM and lockdown” released on Thursday, Robertson explained that if that happens, many people will wonder why this election race was tight. The expert at the global investment and research firm said he expects Biden to clinch victory this evening (London time) with Nevada due to give him six Electoral College votes after 5pm London tim...
Nigeria Near Limit Of Capacity To Borrow – El-Rufai
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Nigeria Near Limit Of Capacity To Borrow – El-Rufai

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has revealed that the country is about reaching its maximum capacity to borrow, hence the need to improve on other channels of revenue generation in the country. He made these remarks during his keynotes address at the 22nd Annual Tax Conference, themed “Taxation and Competitiveness: Imperatives for National Development” on Thursday in Lagos. Governor El-Rufai, warning on Nigeria’s debt ratio, added that “the 2017 report from the Debt Management Office says that Nigeria recorded a tax remitting ratio of six percent, while total debt percentage of the GDP was placed at 18 percent as at 2019. “This indicates that Nigeria is almost reaching its maximum capacity to borrow.” He gave four key points as guiding principles for achieving devel...
You Have 7 Days To Leave Nigeria Or We Will Burn Your Offices – Group Sponsored By Nigeria’s Chief Of Army, Buratai, Threatens Amnesty International
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You Have 7 Days To Leave Nigeria Or We Will Burn Your Offices – Group Sponsored By Nigeria’s Chief Of Army, Buratai, Threatens Amnesty International

A group, Centre for Africa Liberation and Socio-Economic Rights, sponsored by Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has asked Amnesty International to leave Nigeria within seven days. “For Nigeria to rebuild, Amnesty International must be out of the way. CALSER, therefore, gives Amnesty International a seven-day ultimatum to leave Nigeria. The NGO’s failure to leave Nigeria will attract civil disobedience at its offices in Abuja and Lagos on a scale that will make the campaign of looting and arson it facilitated appear like child’s play. “Its staffers will be treated the same way that innocent policemen lynched by mobs were treated,” Princess Ajibola, convener of CASLER, said during a press briefing on Wednesday. The group’s threat followed revelations by Amnesty Inter...
Nigeria’s Debt May Jump By ₦6 Trillion To Hit ₦38 Trillion – Zainab Ahmed
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Nigeria’s Debt May Jump By ₦6 Trillion To Hit ₦38 Trillion – Zainab Ahmed

Zainab Ahmed, the minister of finance, budget and national planning, has projected that Nigeria’s debt profile would hit N38.68 trillion by December 2021. Speaking when she appeared before the senate committee on local and foreign debts on Tuesday, Ahmed estimated that both external and domestic debt would rise to N32.51 trillion by December 2020. According to the Debt Management Office, the total public debt stock, which comprises the debt stock of the three tiers of government, stood at N31.009 trillion at the end of June 2020. “The total public debt stock comprising the External and Homes debts of the Federal and state governments and the federal capital territory stood at N31.01 trillion (USD85.90 billion) as at June 30, 2020,” she said. “It is projected, based on exist...
US Rescue Operation Not Violation Of Nigeria’s Sovereignty – Defence Minister, Bashir Magashi
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US Rescue Operation Not Violation Of Nigeria’s Sovereignty – Defence Minister, Bashir Magashi

The Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (rtd.), has said the recent rescue operation by the United States special forces on Nigerian soil was not a violation of the country’s sovereignty. He said the Nigerian government granted the US necessary permission to carry out the military operation. The United States Special Military Force, over the weekend, successfully rescued an American citizen kidnapped by bandits in the northern part of Nigeria. In an interview with journalists shortly after he defended his Ministry’s budget at the Senate on Tuesday, the minister said Nigeria gave permission to the United States “as a friendly country” almost as soon as it was contacted by the government. He ruled out theories that the United States might have violated Nigeria’s...
NFF To Challenge England For PSV Starlet, Noni Madueke
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NFF To Challenge England For PSV Starlet, Noni Madueke

The Nigeria Football Federation are trying to convince PSV Eindhoven starlet Noni Madueke to switch his nationality from England to Nigeria. Madueke, 18, has represented England at youth level, in both the U-16s and the U-19s. The talented youngster is eligible to represent Nigeria through his parents. Madueke left Spurs to join PSV in June 2018 – rejecting Manchester United in the process – and impressed for their youth sides before making his senior debut last season. This year looks set to be Madueke’s breakout campaign after his stunning start in the Eredivisie and Europe. Madueke has scored four times and set up four more goals in just 11 appearances. Only three of those appearances have been starts and he displayed his potential once again with a two-goal performan...
Efia Odo declares her love for Nigerian men as she flaunts new lover
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Efia Odo declares her love for Nigerian men as she flaunts new lover

Efia Odo has declared Nigerian men as the best so far after falling in the arms of one. The actress and vixen said this after flaunting her new lover for the month of November. It seems Efia Odo takes delight in changing men every now and then. What’s making the waves is her remarks after posing in a loved up photos with her new ‘lover’. In two separate photos, Efia Odo’s caption gave a clear indication that she has found great taste in Nigerian men hence choosing them over Ghanaian men. Posting one of their loved-up photos, her caption reads: “My love for Nigerian men had increased”. Efia posted photo of her new boyfriend on Snapchat with caption “new month new man“. And in another Instagram comment, she wrote: “Omo Nigerian men are the best so far”. ...
I will love to see lesbianism legalized in Nigeria – BBNaija star, Diane
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I will love to see lesbianism legalized in Nigeria – BBNaija star, Diane

BBNaija star, Diane, says she will love to see Lesbianism legalized in Nigeria. The former housemate of the 2019 Big Brother Naija reality show said this while interacting with some of her fans via her Instastories. She had asked them to share with her some of the secrets they haven't shared with anyone. One of her fans then mentioned she is attracted to girls and wished that lesbianism is legalized as she would love to date girls. Responding to the fan, Diane said she also wished that Lesbianism is legalized in Nigeria.  She also had happy words for a fan who mentioned he was gay.
Nigeria In Distress – PDP National Chairman, Secondus
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Nigeria In Distress – PDP National Chairman, Secondus

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, has said Nigeria is currently in distress. Secondus said this during the Bayelsa State Thanksgiving Day celebration, held at the Ecumenical Centre, Yenagoa, on Monday. The party chairman who was accompanied by some members of the PDP National Working Committee, said, “Nigeria, at the moment, is in distress, and there cannot be any other occasion than to come to the House of God and face God and to thank him for what he has done, and what he will do.
Why I Refused To Pay Ransom To Nigerian Kidnappers – Trump
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Why I Refused To Pay Ransom To Nigerian Kidnappers – Trump

America President Donald Trump explains why he refused to pay ransom To Terrorist Who Kidnapped An American In Nigeria. Instead he sent Navy SEAL To rescue the American hostage in Nigeria. An American hostage is safe and in the care of the US State Department, the Pentagon said Saturday, after a successful early morning rescue operation by US special forces in northern Nigeria. The hostage, Philip Nathan Walton, was abducted by armed kidnappers in southern Niger on Tuesday this week; his captors reportedly demanded a ransom of more than $1 million for his freedom. According to the Washington Post, Walton, 27, was rescued by members of the elite Seal Team 6. No US troops were harmed in the rescue, and the New York Times reports that all but one of the kidnappers were killed. ...
Nigeria Generated ₦424.71 Billion VAT In Q3 – NBS
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Nigeria Generated ₦424.71 Billion VAT In Q3 – NBS

The National Bureau of Statistics on Monday said the sectoral distribution of Value Added Tax data for the third quarter of 2020 reflected that the sum of N 424. 71 bn was generated as VAT in Q 3 2020. This was against N 327.20 bn generated in Q 2 2020 and N 275.12 bn generated in Q 3 2019. It said the third quarter VAT represents 29. 8 per cent increase quarter-on-quarter and 54.37 per cent increase year-on- year. “Other manufacturing generated the highest amount of VAT with N 47.07 bn generated, ”the bureau said in its report. This, it said, was closely followed by professional services, which generated N 44.01 bn. It said commercial and trading generated N 21.18 bn, while mining generated the least. Mining was closely followed by textile and garment industry and ph...
Bashir Ahmad Speaks On US Army Rescue Operation In Nigeria
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Bashir Ahmad Speaks On US Army Rescue Operation In Nigeria

President Buhari's aide, Bashir Ahmad writes: The @NBCNews deliberately excluded Niger and mentioned only Nigeria so they can get the target retweets and attract more Nigerians to curse Nigeria. They knew Nigerien will not take such information as an excuse to curse their country. Some Nigerians are already doing it gladly. https://mobile.twitter.com/BashirAhmaad/status/1322543637205536770 1 Like
Reno Omokri Calls Out Buhari After Trump Sent US Soldiers To Rescue An American In Nigeria
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Reno Omokri Calls Out Buhari After Trump Sent US Soldiers To Rescue An American In Nigeria

Dear General @MuhammaduBuhari, This is what a real leader does with his nation’s armed forces. Not a lifeless, bloodthirsty dunce, like you, that sends soldiers of the @HQNigerianArmy, not on rescue missions, but on killer missions against unarmed, peaceful #EndSARS protesters #LekkiMassacre. Except you repent, may you end up in the same manner as the innocent youths you killed at Lekki, in Christ’s Name!
El-Rufai Insists It’s Time To Restructure Nigeria, Says We Have No Excuse
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El-Rufai Insists It’s Time To Restructure Nigeria, Says We Have No Excuse

Speaking at a public lecture to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Arewa House, held in Kaduna on Saturday, the governor maintained that restructuring the country is in the best interest of ensuring sustainable development. El-Rufai, who cited the 2018 recommendations of the APC committee on restructuring, noted that there was a need to reorganise the country’s constitutional framework in order to give states more control over certain resources. The focus of the APC committee, which was set up in 2017 and chaired by el-Rufai, was to establish the party’s position on restructuring in line with ensuring that all Nigerians benefit from true federalism. Under the proposed restructured framework, el-Rufai explained that states would have more control over the police, oil and gas r...
US Thanks Nigeria For Support As SEAL Team 6 Rescues Hostage
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US Thanks Nigeria For Support As SEAL Team 6 Rescues Hostage

The United States Government working with the Nigerian government rescued an American citizen abducted last week in Niger but held hostage in Nigeria, according to multiple sources. The daring high-risk US military raid took place early Saturday morning in Sokoto State in Nigeria, sources familiar with the operation revealed. The mission was undertaken by elite commandos as part of a major effort to free the US citizen, Philip Walton, 27, before his abductors could get far after taking him captive in Niger on October 26. Fox News reported that it was the US Navy SEAL team 6 that conducted the raid and no American soldier was injured in the exercise. The CIA provided intelligence leading to Walton’s whereabouts and Marine Special Operations elements in Africa helped locate him...
Trump Salutes Soldiers Who Rescued An American Kidnapped In Nigeria
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Trump Salutes Soldiers Who Rescued An American Kidnapped In Nigeria

The US President, Donald Trump has reacted to the NAVY SEAL's rescue of an American taken hostage by armed men in Northern Nigeria. Last night, our Country’s brave warriors rescued an American hostage in Nigeria. Our Nation salutes the courageous soldiers behind the daring nighttime rescue operation and celebrates the safe return of yet another American citizen!  
US Forces Rescue American Citizen Kidnapped In Nigeria, Kill 6 Of The 7 Captors
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US Forces Rescue American Citizen Kidnapped In Nigeria, Kill 6 Of The 7 Captors

US forces on Saturday rescued an American citizen taken hostage by armed men earlier this week in Niger and held in northern Nigeria, the Pentagon said. "U.S. forces conducted a hostage rescue operation during the early hours of 31 October in Northern Nigeria to recover an American citizen held hostage by a group of armed men. This American citizen is safe and is now in the care of the U.S. Department of State. No U.S military personnel were injured during the operation," Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement. "We appreciate the support of our international partners in conducting this operation. The United States will continue to protect our people and our interests anywhere in the world." The mission, which was several hours long, was conducted by the Navy's...
Video: Sidechick of Nollywood Actor Turned Politician Desmond Elliot Exposed!!!
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Video: Sidechick of Nollywood Actor Turned Politician Desmond Elliot Exposed!!!

Nollywood actor turned politician Desmond Elliot has become a target of Nigerian social media users after passing some very silly comments on the ‘EndSARS’ protestors. Elliot has become the chewing gum everyone is chewing for being a massive disappointment to the youth. In that climate, people are also laying all sorts of allegations at his feet. One allegation claims that Desmond has a sidechick he has been hiding from his wife for years now. He’s alleged to have a kid with this sidechick which he has been hiding from the wife. However, he has now been exposed! Another allegation claims he cheated on the wife with Ghanaian actress Lydia Forson. Desmond is in big trouble at the moment and nothing is going to save him until he comes out to apologize for his insensit...
Nigeria Now Generates 13,000MW Of Power – Saleh Mamman
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Nigeria Now Generates 13,000MW Of Power – Saleh Mamman

The Minister of Power, Mr Saleh Mamman, has said that the Nigeria’s installed grid power generation capacity has grown from 8,000mw to 13,000mw under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari. Mamman made this known on Wednesday during the 2021 budget defence before the House of Representatives Committee on Power in Abuja. He also said that the distribution system had the capacity to evacuate 5,500mw of power having grown from 4,500mw in 2015. “Under the able leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, the country’s grid power capacity has increased significantly from the time this administration took over in 2015 to date. “During the period between 2015 to date, the sector has recorded successes and has faced challenges. “In order to deliver this administration’s promi...
Niger, Benin, Togo Pay Nigeria N2.04bn Electricity Bill
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Niger, Benin, Togo Pay Nigeria N2.04bn Electricity Bill

Niger, Benin, Togo – who purchase power from Nigeria remitted a total of N2.04bn in the first quarter of this year as their outstanding electricity bill to the Market Operator of the sector in Nigeria. But special customers, Ajaokuta Steel Co. Ltd and its environs, did not make any payment in respect of the N0.27bn and N0.05bn invoices issued them by the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc and the MO respectively, during the period of review. The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission disclosed this in its report for the first quarter of 2020. It said a total of N4.05bn ($13.22m) invoices were issued by the MO to international customers including Societe Nigerienne d’electricite or NIGELEC; Societe Beninoise d’Energie Electrique or SBEE; and Compagnie Energie Electrique ...