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19 students commit suicide for failing exams

19 students commit suicide for failing exams No fewer than 19 students in India’s Telangana state are thought to have committed suicide, after failing school final examinations, officials and news reports said on Thursday. Parents and students have been protesting across the state since the results of the Intermediate Examination for students of the two senior most grades...... more

19,323 applicants jostle for less than 500 PTDF oversees scholarships

19,323 applicants jostle for less than 500 PTDF oversees scholarships No fewer than 19,323 candidates have applied for the 2019/2020 overseas MSC and PhD programmes of Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF), the agency has said.  In a statement in Abuja on Thursday, Mr Kalu Otisi, the Head, Media and External Affairs of the fund, said: “The total number of applications received...... more

10 Nigerians arrested for drug peddling in Italy

10 Nigerians arrested for drug peddling in Italy Police detectives in Italy have arrested 10 Nigerians for allegedly dealing and selling marijuana on the streets of Gallarate city.  The suspects, who were asylum seekers, were allegedly arrested by the policemen in the act of selling the drugs in the street.  According to www.national helm.com, the suspects, between ages between 21...... more

FG approves N52bn for e-monitoring of porous borders

FG approves N52bn for e-monitoring of porous borders The Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting has approved N52 billion for e-border solution to monitor the country’s porous borders.  The weekly meeting was presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.  Briefing newsmen on the decision, Interior Minister, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (rted) said the contract will cover 86 border posts and...... more

Suspected herdsmen kidnap 2 Chinese workers in Ebonyi

Suspected herdsmen kidnap 2 Chinese workers in Ebonyi Two Chinese nationals working at a construction site in Ivo River at the boundary area between Ohaozara and Ivo local government areas of Ebonyi State have been kidnapped by suspected herdsmen.  The victims whose names were given as Sun Zhixin and Wang Quing Hu were kidnapped at about 3:30 pm on...... more

El-Zakzaky: Shiites take protest to United Nations

El-Zakzaky: Shiites take protest to United Nations The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has taken its protest to the United Nations office in Abuja.  Faithful of the protesters want the United Nations to urge President Muhammadu Buhari to release their leader Sheikh El-Zakzaky who is standing trial alongside his wife over allegations of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, and...... more

Nigerian pirates abduct six sailors

Nigerian pirates abduct six sailors Pirates off Nigeria’s oil-rich south have stormed a small oil tanker, kidnapping six sailors, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) said on Thursday, the latest in a string of such attacks.  The Apecus, a Palau-flagged petroleum products tanker of 3,100 deadweight tonnes, was attacked on Friday as it was anchored off Bonny...... more

Insecurity: Senate summons Acting IGP

Insecurity: Senate summons Acting IGP The Senate has summoned the Acting Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu to brief it on initiative put in place to tackle insecurity situation in the country.  It equally demanded for special security cover to foreign workers and tourists.  These resolutions came following the motion sponsored by Senator Shehu Sani who...... more

Group plans support, scholarship for 1,000 orphans in Nigeria

Group plans support, scholarship for 1,000 orphans in Nigeria A Non-Governmental Organisation, the Voice of Orphans Africa & Diaspora Initiative (VOADI), has revealed that it would be hosting over 1,000 orphans with the aim of galvanising support to empower them to reach their goals in life.  Disclosing this in Abuja, the President of VOADI Okokoro Folorunsho stated that the group...... more

NAF bombers kill insurgents, destroys vehicles in Sambisa Forest

NAF bombers kill insurgents, destroys vehicles in Sambisa Forest The Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole has killed some Boko Haram terrorists and destroyed some vehicles at a suspected vehicle workshop in Sambisa Forest, Borno State.  The Nigerian Air Force Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday. He...... more

IGP orders immediate reversal of police shift duty structure

IGP orders immediate reversal of police shift duty structure The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu on Thursday, ordered the immediate reversal of the shift duty structure of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).  The shift structure is a 12-hour, 2-shifts system, but has now been changed to the traditional 8-hours, 3-shifts duty standard.  IGP Adamu gave the order while...... more

Army clears the air on troops movement in South-East

Army clears the air on troops movement in South-East The Nigerian Army has urged Southeast residents not to panic over the movement of troops and sound of gunshots as it conducts its annual Range Classification exercise for 2019. The Deputy Director, Army Public Relations 82 Division, Col. Aliyu Yusuf, made the appeal in a statement on Thursday in Enugu. Yusuf...... more

Dariye sponsors Senate motion from prison

Dariye sponsors Senate motion from prison Imprisoned Senator Joshua Dariye on Thursday joined 108 senators to sponsor a motion put forward on the floor of the National Assembly’s Red Chamber, a report from the Nigerian capital said. Dariye is currently serving a jail term, following his conviction by a Federal High Court in Abuja. “In a motion...... more

Parting Gift: Okorocha builds prison in Owerri to accommodate 3,000 inmates

Parting Gift: Okorocha builds prison in Owerri to accommodate 3,000 inmates A new prison facility built by Imo State Government along Port Harcourt Road, Owerri, to accommodate no fewer than 3,000 inmates, will soon be ready for occupation. The new facility, which will replace the old one with a carrying capacity of about 500, was built in Owerri, by the colonial masters...... more

Alleged N7.65bn Fraud: Appeal Court dismisses Orji Kalu’s objections

Alleged N7.65bn Fraud: Appeal Court dismisses Orji Kalu’s objections  The Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos has upheld the dismissal of the ‘no-case submission’ filed by a former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, in response to the N7.65bn fraud charge filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. In a lead judgment by Justice Mohammed...... more

Killings: The time has come for the church to defend itself — Rev Nicholas Okoh

Killings: The time has come for the church to defend itself — Rev Nicholas Okoh  The Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), the Most Rev Nicholas Okoh, has said that the time has come for the church to defend itself from further attacks. Most Rev Nicholas Okoh’s statement was made in reaction to the recent bombing in Sri Lanka which led to the death...... more

14,406 poorest Oyo households to get N7,500 monthly till 2020

14,406 poorest Oyo households to get N7,500 monthly till 2020  A total of 14,406 poorest of the poor households across 19 local government areas of Oyo State have been captured to receive N7,500 every month under the World Bank Youth Employment and Social Support Operation (YESSO). State Coordinator, Oyo State Operation Coordinating Unit (SOCU), Mrs Olaide Lasisi, made this known on...... more

FEC: Osinbajo presides as Ministers’ handover deadline expires

FEC: Osinbajo presides as Ministers’ handover deadline expires  Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has presided over the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, as the deadline given to cabinet members for submission of handover notes expires. President Muhammadu Buhari had on April 17 asked for a comprehensive “status reports on policies, programmes and projects” from cabinet...... more

Group storms NASS, demands open voting process on choice of leadership

Group storms NASS, demands open voting process on choice of leadership  The move to have an open and transparent legislature got a boost on Wednesday in Abuja when a pressure group, Advocates for Good Governance, led a protest march to the National Assembly to press home the need for an open legislative business in Nigeria. The group, in a letter addressed to...... more

Take bribe, face sack, Anambra CP warns police personnel

Take bribe, face sack, Anambra CP warns police personnel The Commissioner of Police in Anambra State, Mustapha Dandaura, on Wednesday warned that any police personnel caught taking bribe would be dismissed from the force. He gave the warning in a statement made available to journalists in Awka the Anambra State capital by the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Haruna...... more

Breaking News: Five oil wells on fire in Ondo

Breaking News: Five oil wells on fire in Ondo A huge explosion has occurred in Ajegunle Ikorigho oil-rich community in Ondo State, South-West Nigeria, claiming five oil wells, a report from the area said. A report by The Nation named the affected oil field as ‘Ojumole’ located in Ikorigho land, while the gutted oil fields were identified as Ojumole-Ikorigho, Isan-West...... more

BREAKING: Buhari off to UK; to be away for over a week

BREAKING: Buhari off to UK; to be away for over a week President Muhammadu Buhari is set to travel out to the United Kingdom on a private visit expected to last nine days. He leaves today, Friday, April 25, and will be away for nine days, according to Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity) Femi Adesina. The Presidential Spokesman said in...... more

Niger Delta: FG blacklists contractors

Niger Delta: FG blacklists contractors The Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, yesterday, said it has blacklisted some contractors for poor performance in the handling of jobs in the Niger Delta Region. The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Uguru Usani, disclosed the development in Abuja. The Deputy Director, Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Niger Delta...... more

NLNG commences 2019 cycle of Post-Primary, Undergraduate and Post-Graduate scholarships

NLNG commences 2019 cycle of Post-Primary, Undergraduate and Post-Graduate scholarships The Nigeria LNG Limited has commenced the 2019 cycle of the NLNG Post-Primary, Undergraduate and Post-Graduate scholarships.  News Express checks showed that the application portals will close on Monday, May 13, 2019.  Interested persons are advised to click the following link for more information and application online: http://www.nlng.com/Our-CSR/Pages/Scholarships.aspx  ... more

2 monks sentenced to death over bishop’s murder

2 monks sentenced to death over bishop’s murder An Egyptian court on Wednesday confirmed death sentences for two monks for killing the head of a monastery in the country’s Western Desert.  The verdict was delivered by the Damanhour Criminal Court against Wael Saad, a monk known by his monastic name Isaiah al-Makary, and another monk identified as Faltaous al-Makary. ...... more

Pant thieves nabbed during hot argument

Pant thieves nabbed during hot argument The Satellite Police Division under the Lagos State Command has arrested two men, who specialise in stealing female pants for alleged ritual purpose.  The suspects were arrested after they engaged each other in fisticuffs following the failure of one of the parties to keep to the terms of agreement regarding the...... more

Bayelsa Assembly members get life pensions

Bayelsa Assembly members get life pensions Bayelsa House of Assembly on Wednesday approved monthly pensions to speakers, deputy speakers and other members of assembly.  The bill sponsored by the leader of the House, Peter Akpe, which was passed on the floor of the House, approved N500,000 post service monthly pension to the speakers of the assembly.  The...... more

169 million children miss out on measles vaccine in 8 years

169 million children miss out on measles vaccine in 8 years An estimated 169 million children missed out on the first dose of the measles vaccine between 2010 and 2017, or 21.1 million children a year on average, UNICEF said today.  Widening pockets of unvaccinated children have created a pathway to the measles outbreaks hitting several countries around the world today. “The...... more

Six pipeline vandals perish in oilfields fire disaster

Six pipeline vandals perish in oilfields fire disaster The masterminds of the April 21 fire outbreak at OML 29 oilfields operated by Aiteo Eastern Exploration and Production were burnt to death.  Rear Admiral Akinjidie Akinrinade, Commander of the Joint Task Force (JTF) deployed to the Niger Delta, disclosed this on Wednesday shortly after inspecting the incident site at Awoba...... more

Innoson sues GTB chiefs over alleged contempt

Innoson sues GTB chiefs over alleged contempt Innoson Motors said on Wednesday that it has filed an application before a Federal High Court against Guaranty Trust Bank for allegedly “breaking into all the properties of GTB which have been distressed and seized by the court bailiffs/sheriffs while executing a writ of fifa issued by the court.  The Nigerian...... more

 

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