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Court upholds proscription of IPOB

Court upholds proscription of IPOB The Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed the application by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) challenging its proscription by the court as a territory organisation. The acting chief judge, Justice Abdul Kafarati on Thursday, held that the application was properly brought before the court as an exparte motion by...... more

Shortage of workers hits America •The jobs in high demand

Shortage of workers hits America •The jobs in high demand American businesses big and small increasingly have the same problem: They can’t find workers. The job market is so hot that employers are struggling to handle the consequences. A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday found labor shortages all over the country. And more businesses said they had no choice but to...... more

Kidnap kingpin known as Dracula dies in detention

Kidnap kingpin known as Dracula dies in detention The Police Command in Delta has confirmed the death of a 57-year-old suspected Kidnap kingpin, Anthony Ogbalor. The command’s spokesman, Mr Andrew Aniamaka, confirmed the development to newsmen on Thursday in a telephone interview. Aniamaka said the deceased suspect who was known as “Dracula”, died in an undisclosed hospital in Asaba...... more

Benue citizens storm FCT, denounce massacre by herdsmen

Benue citizens storm FCT, denounce massacre by herdsmen Citizens of Benue State have stormed Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to protest the killings recently perpetrated by Fulani herdsmen in the state. The protesters, young and old stormed the FCT with different inscriptions on their placards. One of the placards read: “This is an invasion, not communal crisis”; “Mr...... more

Southeast activists seek IGP Ibrahim Idris’ sack over illegal detention of Journalist Tim Elombah

  Southeast activists seek IGP Ibrahim Idris’ sack over illegal detention of Journalist Tim Elombah A coalition of human rights activists and organisations based in South East Nigeria have demanded the immediate sack of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris for breaching his oaths of office and allegiance by illegally detaining a journalist, Tim Elombah. The activists also accused the IGP of allowing his...... more

Wife jailed in place of husband

Wife jailed in place of husband An English-speaking woman in Cameroon has told BBC Pidgin that she was jailed for three months instead of her husband when the military couldn’t find him. On 1 October, the military came in search of Delphine Dzelafen’s husband. “As I was about to go to bed, I heard a big knock...... more

Pope marries couple on papal plane

Pope marries couple on papal plane Pope Francis married a couple of airline employees aboard the papal plane as it flew over Chile on the third day of his South American trip. Francis formally joined in matrimony 41-year-old Carlos Ciuffardi and Paula Podest, 39, who have two children and are both flight attendants. The Chilean couple married...... more

Herdsmen killings: Stop Nigeria’s breakup, Ohakim advises Buhari

   Herdsmen killings: Stop Nigeria’s breakup, Ohakim advises Buhari Former Governor of Imo State, Dr Ikedi Ohakim, on Tuesday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to stop Nigeria’s disintegration in the face of the killings by herdsmen in parts of country, particularly in Benue State. In a press release signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Collins Ughalaa, the former Governor said...... more

Ben Bruce calls for dismissal of Buhari’s government, Saraki’s takeover as President

Ben Bruce calls for dismissal of Buhari’s government, Saraki’s takeover as President Senator Ben Murray-Bruce has proposed that the legislature takes over the duties of the Executive due to its lackadaisical attitude in respect to the insecurity ravaging the country. According to him, the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, should assume the role of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria...... more

Good Nigerian returns N150m wrongfully posted into his account, earns praise

Good Nigerian returns N150m wrongfully posted into his account, earns praise Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora has hailed a Nigerian, Michael Asemota, for returning QR1,502,000 ($441,127.99) about N150 million wrongfully posted into his account in Qatar. Abdur-Rahman Balogun, Special Assistant on Media to Abike Dabiri-Erewa said in a statement that the SSA gave the...... more

Police couple, daughter and constable perish in fire disaster

Police couple, daughter and constable perish in fire disaster The Adamawa State Police command has confirmed a fire outbreak in Kerawa Barracks Yola killing a police inspector identified as Mr Bobbo, his wife, Grace who is a sergeant, their daughter, and a constable. The victims were said to have been burnt to death in an early morning fire outbreak in...... more

Lassa fever: Ebonyi Govt. closes schools

Lassa fever: Ebonyi Govt. closes schools The Ebonyi Government on Thursday ordered closure of all public and private schools in the state to check the spread of Lassa fever that broke out in the state recently. Prof. John Eke, the Commissioner for Education, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in an interview in Abakaliki, that the...... more

No suspicious items in 2018 budget — Budget and Planning Ministry

No suspicious items in 2018 budget — Budget and Planning Ministry  The Ministry of Budget and National Planning says there are no suspicious items in the 2018 Budget as some analysts have suggested. In a statement issued on Wednesday, James Akpandem, Special Adviser (Media) to the Minister, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, said the commentators have made observations and allegations that tend to...... more

Reps summon Kachikwu, Baru over alleged fuel subsidy payment

Reps summon Kachikwu, Baru over alleged fuel subsidy payment The House of Representatives has summoned the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, and the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Baru. The summon followed a motion sponsored on Wednesday by a lawmaker from Kogi State, Honourable Sunday Karimi, who drew attention...... more

Phase3 rubbishes FG’s claim of owing N27.2bn over fibre optic agreement

Phase3 rubbishes FG’s claim of owing N27.2bn over fibre optic agreement  Independent fibre optic infrastructure and telecommunications services provider, Phase3 Telecom, has firmly refuted wrong allegations that it and Alheri Engineering limited owe Federal Government of Nigeria the sum of $75,500,000.00 million (about N27.18billion at N360 to $1) over fibre optic agreement with Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN). In a statement released...... more

Jime tips Oni and team to revolutionise NEPZA operations

Jime tips Oni and team to revolutionise NEPZA operations The newly appointed Chairman of the board of Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA), Engr. Olusegun Abayomi Oni, has been described as a multi-competent personage whose superintendence of the board will add value to the Authority and revolutionise its operations. The Managing Director of NEPZA, Hon. Emmanuel Jime, expressed this optimism...... more

Delta State Government dismisses Ayiri Emami’s ‘tales by moonlight’

Delta State Government dismisses Ayiri Emami’s ‘tales by moonlight’ The Delta State Government has reacted to a recent interview granted by Chief Ayiri Emami, published in Vanguard of Saturday, January 13, 2018, describing it as brash and unguarded, even as it accused the tradition ruler of having tried unsuccessfully to discredit the administration of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa. According to a...... more

Don’t allow 2019 to overshadow governance, Saraki tells politicians

Don’t allow 2019 to overshadow governance, Saraki tells politicians President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has urged all political leaders in the country to remain committed to delivering good governance to the people by not allowing preparations towards the 2019 general elections to overshadow their responsibility. Saraki made the call on Tuesday in his address to welcome Senators from their...... more

Ugwuanyi reiterates commitment to rural development

Ugwuanyi reiterates commitment to rural development Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has reassured the people of the state of his administration’s commitment to initiate and sustain laudable programmes and policies that would impact positively on the lives of the masses, especially those residing in the rural and satellite areas. The governor noted that majority of the...... more

Igbo youths ban killer herdsmen in South East

Igbo youths ban killer herdsmen in South East Irked by the gruesome murder of about 73 persons in Benue State by suspected herdsmen recently, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, Worldwide Wednesday banned the activities of killer herdsmen in the 95 local government areas of the South-east geopolitical zone of the country. The organisation therefore asked the federal government to...... more

Stay away from disputed Effurun land, Reps tell Army

Stay away from disputed Effurun land, Reps tell Army The House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions has asked the Nigerian Army and other parties to stay away from the disputed land the natives of Effurun in Uvwie Kingdom in Delta State lay claim to. ‎ The Committee also summoned the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai to...... more

Niger Delta Avengers set to resume attacks •Vow to be ‘brutish, brutal, bloody’

Niger Delta Avengers set to resume attacks •Vow to be ‘brutish, brutal, bloody’ The Niger Delta Avengers said on Wednesday that its next round of attacks targeting deep water operations would be bloody. Nigeria is a member of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) that has exemption from its effort to balance an oversupplied market with coordinated production cuts. Nigeria got the exemption...... more

Access Bank approves paternity leave for male employees

   Access Bank approves paternity leave for male employees Access Bank Plc has urged male employees of the bank to take advantage of its parental leave policy that extends paid benefits to all mothers and fathers. The bank made the appeal in a statement on Wednesday in Lagos. It said the policy, which started in January, would foster an inclusive...... more

Oshimili North suspends NURTW activities, stops revenue collectors

  Oshimili North suspends NURTW activities, stops revenue collectors The activities of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State have been suspended till further notice. This decision was taken on Wednesday during a security meeting attended by the Divisional Police Officers and Directorate of State Security (DSS) personnel in the LGA....... more

Buhari to lead Nigerian delegation to AU summit

Buhari to lead Nigerian delegation to AU summit President Muhammadu Buhari will lead Nigerian delegation to the 30th Ordinary Session of the African Union Heads of State and Government summit in Addis Ababa next week. The spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr Tiwatope Elias-Fatile made this known on Wednesday in Abuja while fielding questions from newsmen. He...... more

NAF pilots bomb Boko Haram vehicle workshop in Sambisa

NAF pilots bomb Boko Haram vehicle workshop in Sambisa A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) remotely-piloted aircraft (RPA) on Monday successfully destroyed an emerging Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) vehicle workshop in the Sambisa general area. NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya disclosed this in a statement issued on Wednesday. He said: “A NAF Intelligence Surveillance...... more

NiMet predicts dust haze, cloudy weather, reduced visibility

NiMet predicts dust haze, cloudy weather, reduced visibility The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has made the following predictions about the country’s weather condition for Thursday, January 18, 2018: NORTHERN STATES: Dust haze condition with visibility range of 3 – 5 km is expected over the northern region throughout the forecast period. Day and night temperature values are expected to...... more

12 killed, 48 wounded in Maiduguri suicide bomb attack

12 killed, 48 wounded in Maiduguri suicide bomb attack The Police in Maiduguri have confirmed that 12 persons were killed and 48 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in Maiduguri on Wednesday. The Commissioner of Police, Mr Daminian Chukwu, confirmed the incident. Chukwu said that a male suicide bomber detonated an explosive device at a crowded market killing himself...... more

6 killed in fresh Benue attacks

6 killed in fresh Benue attacks Six persons have been killed by suspected herdsmen in a set of renewed attacks on communities in Logo, Guma and Okpokwu Local Government Areas of Benue State. Governor Samuel Ortom confirmed the attacks on Wednesday at the Government House in Makurdi, the state capital. He made the disclosure when he received...... more

American, Canadian kidnapped in Kaduna, 2 police escorts killed

American, Canadian kidnapped in Kaduna, 2 police escorts killed Two expatriates – an American and a Canadian – have been kidnapped. Mukhtar Aliyu, Spokesman of Kaduna Police Command, while confirming the incident to our reporter on Wednesday, said two police escorts attached to the expatriates were also killed in a gun battle to save the expatriates. The incident occurred along...... more

 

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