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BREAKING: Kidnappers invade Lagos school, abduct principals, students

BREAKING: Kidnappers invade Lagos school, abduct principals, students Gunmen suspected to be militants on Thursday morning invaded Lagos State Model College, Igbo Nla, Epe, Lagos, abducting the principals and some students. The kidnappers were said to have stormed the school in the early hours when the students were at the morning assembly. The gunmen abducted the principal of the...... more

Lagos court orders Ifeanyi Ubah’s release, Abuja court okays continued detention by DSS

Lagos court orders Ifeanyi Ubah’s release, Abuja court okays continued detention by DSS The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered that the Department of State Services (DSS) to release the Chairman of Capital Oil, Ifeanyi Ubah, who has been in its custody since May 5, 2017 when he was arrested. The judge, in 100-page judgment also berated the DSS for lying that...... more

Why Buhari is marginalising Igbos — Ngige

Why Buhari is marginalising Igbos — Ngige The Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chief Chris Ngige, has linked the perceived marginalisation of the South-East geopolitical zone by the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to the refusal by the zone to properly invest in the 2015 presidential election. The minister, who spoke with THISDAY in an exclusive interview in Abuja, said...... more

How FG worsened Boko Haram insurgency: Obasanjo

How FG worsened Boko Haram insurgency: Obasanjo The former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has alleged that the refusal of Federal Government to pay compensation to members of the Boko Haram sect as ordered by the court at the early stage of its formation under Mohammed Yusuf was responsible for the escalation of violent extremism. Obasanjo disclosed this in...... more

Nigerian app developer wins £25,000 UK engineering award

Nigerian app developer wins £25,000 UK engineering award A tutoring app developed by a 27-year-old Nigerian has won an engineering award given by the UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering. Godwin Benson designed Tuteria, a platform that links qualified tutors to students in their area and within their budget. He developed the platform based on the experiences he had as...... more

My administration spends N1bn monthly on pensions — Okowa

My administration spends N1bn monthly on pensions — Okowa Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has disclosed that his administration spends about N1 billion monthly on pensions. He made the disclosure on Wednesday at Ogwashi-Uku during town hall meetings with the people of Aniocha South Local Government Area of the state. Okowa, who also had a town hall meeting...... more

Bayelsa Monarch moves to use Oloibiri Oil and Gas Festival to promote culture and tourism

Bayelsa Monarch moves to use Oloibiri Oil and Gas Festival to promote culture and tourism King Dumaro Owaba, Obanobha III of Ogbia Kingdom in Bayelsa says the communities in his domain are poised to use the Oloibiri festival to showcase its culture and tourism potentials to the outside world. He explained that the festival is targeted at attracting tourists and investors to the historic town where...... more

NUJ award: Osogbo-born Professionals eulogise Osun Deputy Governor

NUJ award: Osogbo-born Professionals eulogise Osun Deputy Governor A group of professionals of Osogbo extraction under the aegis of Osogbo Affairs Foundation has described  the award of ‘Golden Mother’ conferred on the Deputy Governor of Osun state, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori, by the State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) as a well-deserved honour. According to the group,...... more

Immigration arrests over 400 illegal immigrants in Edo

Immigration arrests over 400 illegal immigrants in Edo Over 400 irregular immigrants have been arrested in Edo State by men of the state command of the Nigerian Immigration Service. The illegal immigrants who are nationals of Chad, Mali and Niger republic were screened at the Edo state command headquarters of the Nigerian immigration service in Benin City. Speaking to...... more

Police rescues baby from traffickers

Police rescues baby from traffickers The Anti-kidnapping section of the Abia State Police Command has rescued a three months old baby from traffickers and handed her over to her mother. While parading the suspects, the Commissioner of Police, Oyebade Adeleye, also said one of those who contributed to the trafficking, a 17-year-old Abigail Udofia collected the...... more

Today will be characterised by cloudy weather with prospects of light rain: NiMET?

Today will be characterised by cloudy weather with prospects of light rain: NiMET? The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET) has made the following predictions about the country’s weather condition for today, Thursday 25, 2017: NORTHERN STATES: Cloudy to partly cloudy conditions are expected over this region throughout the forecast period except over Southern Borno, Bauchi and Gombe, Kebbi, Gusau axis where there are prospects of localised thunderstorms...... more

Nigerian Army inaugurates base in Kafanchan

Nigerian Army inaugurates base in Kafanchan The Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai, on Wednesday inaugurated the Army forward operation base in Kafanchan, Kaduna State. The base was established to tackle ethno-religious crisis, banditry and cattle rustling in southern Kaduna. Buratai said the base was designed to serve as a critical staging area for effective conduct...... more

Dangote Cement’s N144.8bn dividend delights shareholders

Dangote Cement’s N144.8bn dividend delights shareholders Shareholders of Dangote Cement on Wednesday were full of praise for the Board, Management and staff of the company after approving the dividend payout of N144.8 billion, which translated to N8.50 kobo per share as against N8 per share, that was paid in the corresponding period of 2015. Speaking at the...... more

LAUTECH students protest long closure of institution

LAUTECH students protest long closure of institution Students of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) yesterday protested in Osogbo, capital of Osun State, and caused traffic gridlock for several hours. The students were protesting over strike embarked on by their lecturers as a result of the ownership crisis rocking the institution co-owned by Osun and Oyo state governments...... more

Ogun urged to discontinue payment of WAEC fees, increase education budget

Ogun urged to discontinue payment of WAEC fees, increase education budget The Ogun State Government has been urged to discontinue the payment of West African Examinations Council (WAEC) Examination fees for its candidates. Instead, parents have been directed to pay for the examination of their wards, as doing so will raise the level of their responsibility and responsiveness on their children, thus...... more

FG approves committee to fix new minimum wage

FG approves committee to fix new minimum wage Nigeria’s Federal Executive Council chaired by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has approved a 29-member National Minimum Wage Committee to negotiate with labour unions and work out a new minimum wage. Labour Minister, Dr. Chris Ngige announced this at the end of the meeting in Abuja, and said members will be drawn from...... more

Lagos PDP on death row as Obanikoro leads mass defections to APC

  Lagos PDP on death row as Obanikoro leads mass defections to APC The Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos State may be heading for extinction with many members set to dump it to join the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). APC chairman in Lagos, Chief Henry Ajomale on Wednesday said the party was stepping up arrangements to welcome former Minister of State, Senator Musiliu...... more

Kano woos investors for economic growth

Kano woos investors for economic growth The Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has called for foreign and local investors to come into the state to invest and grow the economy. Governor Abdullahi Ganduje at the Flag off ceremony of the summit said it is expected that the summit will consider the current status of the Nigerian economy...... more

PENGASSAN opposes amendment of NLNG Act

PENGASSAN opposes amendment of NLNG Act The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), on Friday in Port Harcourt, reiterated its opposition to the amendment of the Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG) (Fiscal Incentives, Guarantees and Assurances) Act, calling on the National Assembly to halt the process in the interest of Nigeria. The union made...... more

Kaduna to drag 60,000 businesses into tax net

Kaduna to drag 60,000 businesses into tax net The Kaduna State Government on Wednesday said it would capture about 60,000 business entities operating in the state on its electronic database. The Executive Chairman of the State Internal Revenue Service, Malam Mukhtar Ahmed, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna. Ahmed spoke on the side line...... more

Fasting and prayers will not grow Nigeria's economy: Osinbajo

Fasting and prayers will not grow Nigeria's economy: Osinbajo Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, has stated that the economy of Nigeria cannot be grown by engaging in fasting and prayers but only by the hard work from the country’s civil servants. Osinbajo disclosed this during an interaction with civil and public servants on transparency and efficiency on Ease of Doing Business on...... more

Protesters disrupt academic activities at Federal University, Otuoke

Protesters disrupt academic activities at Federal University, Otuoke Residents of Otuoke, host to the Federal University, Otuoke, have taken to the streets of the university town disrupting academic activities at the university. They were protesting alleged marginalisation of indigenes into key positions in the institution located in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa. The protest which caused panic among...... more

Street traders stone KAI officer to death in Lagos

Street traders stone KAI officer to death in Lagos Street traders have stoned an officer of the Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) to death in Lagos. The KAI officer, identified as Moshood Ayeni was stoned at Iyana Oworo axis of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria. It was gathered that Ayeni was stoned to death before Ogudu lay-by on the highway by traders on...... more

Biafra: IPOB extends May 30 sit at home to Abuja, Lagos, Oyo, Edo and 7 northern states

Biafra: IPOB extends May 30 sit at home to Abuja, Lagos, Oyo, Edo and 7 northern states The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Wednesday added ten additional states and the Federal Capital, Abuja among the areas that will take part in the scheduled May 30 sit-at-home order. The states according to IPOB include Plateau, Kaduna, Kano, Adamawa, Benue, Jigawa, Taraba, Oyo, Edo, and Lagos. In a statement made available to Journalists in Awka,...... more

Army nabs notorious mercenary, 12 other suspected criminals

Army nabs notorious mercenary, 12 other suspected criminals Troops of 93 Battalion Takum, Taraba State, have arrested a notorious mercenary and 12 other suspected criminals in different parts of the state. Deputy Director Army Public Relations 82 Division, Colonel Sagir Musa, broke the news of the development in a statement issued on Wednesday in Enugu. He said that “as...... more

G9 demands for urgent disarming of Fulani herdsmen

G9 demands for urgent disarming of Fulani herdsmen The G9, an umbrella body for all self-determination groups in Nigeria, has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria “to urgently disarm the rampaging Fulani herdsmen throughout the country arguing that the herdsmen have become a nauseating nuisance and agent provocateur in the country.” In a strongly worded statement by the...... more

Military dismisses coup talk

Military dismisses coup talk  The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has dismissed rumors of a coup-plot to overthrow the President Muhammad Buhari government. Defence spokesman, Major General John Enenche made this known during a press conference on Wednesday at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja. Recall that the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, recently warned...... more

Senate challenges DISCOs over high electricity tariff.

Senate challenges DISCOs over high electricity tariff. The Nigerian Senate has frowned at the alleged astronomical monthly rise in electricity bills across the country. This is sequel to a motion sponsored by Senator Dino Melaye, representative of Kogi West, drawing the attention of the Senate to the burden of over-billing by Distribution Companies (DISCOs) Melaye, in the motion,...... more

Groups accuse Obiano of discriminating against non-Catholics

Groups accuse Obiano of discriminating against non-Catholics Two religious groups under the umbrella of International Centre of Igbo Clergy (ICIC) and Anambra Unite Against Denominational Discrimination, Tuesday accused Governor Willie Obiano of denominational discrimination since he took over the seat of power in 2014. The groups said they would not want to see Obiano return for a second term in...... more

Senate moves to tackle increasing rape of minors

Senate moves to tackle increasing rape of minors The Nigerian Senate has noted the frightening increase in cases of sexual violence, notably rape where more than half of the victims are minors, children below the age of consent. The Senate also pointed out the need to investigate the alarming rate of rape and sexual assault against women, children and...... more

 

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