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Fury at debate as Trump refuses pledge to respect a Clinton win

Turning his final presidential debate appearance into an unprecedented assault on US political convention, Donald Trump refused Wednesday to say that he would respect a Hillary Clinton victory in November.
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Drama as nominee for NCC job wants Senate scrapped

It was drama yesterday as a presidential nominee for the membership of the governing board of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Aliyu Saidu Abubakar, declared that the Senate should be scrapped because...
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EFCC denies any pending case against Kwankwaso, Orji

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has refuted claims of any pending case and prosecution against former governor of Kano State and serving senator representing Kano Central, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.
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How I made $15m: Patience Jonathan

Patience Jonathan, wife of former Nigerian President has explained in graphic details how she accumulated in 15 years $15million in several bank accounts linked to her by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
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Probe won’t distract me, says Fayose

Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has said he would not be distracted by the ongoing probe of his campaign fund by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
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NBA asks arrested judges to excuse themselves from judicial functions

The Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) appeared to have shifted from its earlier position on the arrest of judges recently by the department of State Security (DSS) over alleged corrupt practices.
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Plane crashes imminent, Senate warns

The Senate on Thursday warned of imminent plane crashes in the country if the aviation industry was not fixed immediately.
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FEC approves N30b for mining sector development

The Minister of Mines and Steel, Kayode Fayemi, disclosed that the sum was a fulfillment of President Buhari’s campaign promises when he pledged determination to diversify from the oil sector.
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Witness claims money was paid into Dokpesi’s account for campaign

A witness in the trial of former Chairman, DAAR Communications Plc., Chief Raymond Dokpesi, over the N2.1 billion alleged fraud, Mukados Aliyu Mohammed, yesterday explained how billions of naira were spent from...
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Local firm acquires Mobil Oil’s downstream business

The Managing Director of NIPCO, Venkataraman Venkatapathy, said in a statement that the acquisition was agreed with the execution of a sales and purchase agreement with ExxonMobil, a leading downstream player.
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Four key moments of final Clinton-Trump debate

The third and final debate of the caustic 2016 US presidential election started with a sober tone... but ended up with Donald Trump questioning the fundamental underpinnings of the nation. Here are four key moments:
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Ivory Coast arrests opponents of proposed constitution

Ivory Coast police fired tear gas and arrested several political leaders Thursday at a protest in Abidjan against a proposed new constitution, according to an AFP journalist.
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Nigeria misses out in air passenger growth projection for African nations

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) in its 20-Year Air Passenger Forecast released yesterday noted that Africa will see about 5.1 per cent of growth, but may not come from its most populated country - Nigeria.
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Lawmakers probe judges’ arrest, alleged repatration of $13.9b

The Senate was informed that the resolution taken by the National Judicial Council (NJC) on the matter had already been submitted to the committee and it would be part of the materials to be examined during the investigation.
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FIRS shuts firms in Warri, Lagos, Ilorin over unpaid taxes

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), ramped up its tax enforcement drive when its teams shut down premises of companies with tax liabilities in Warri, Lagos and Ilorin.
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Buhari hosts freed Chibok girls

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal; Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan; and senior government officials, handed the girls over to Buhari in a ceremony that lasted about 30 minutes.
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EU should keep sanctions option open on Russia over Syria says Tusk

The European Union should keep all options open in dealing with Russia, including sanctions if it continues "crimes" in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo, EU President Donald Tusk said Thursday.
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Osinbajo: How I became vice president

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has given an insight into how he became the number two citizen of Nigeria, though he was not a politician, in the midst of the intrigues and build up to the 2015 general elections.
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Buhari nominates Mamora, Tallen as ambassadors

President Muhammadu Buhari has sent the names of 46 non-career ambassadors to the Senate, among them Pauline Tallen, Olorunimbe Mamora and Musa Ibeto.
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How businesses can create value in difficult times

We are experiencing tough economic times in Nigeria, and many sectors of business have been brutally affected by the recession, which has naturally resulted in rising costs of goods, and consumers spending less.
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Strategies to grow your successful business

However, in order to have a successful business, practice these things. If your business strategy is lacking in a particular area, its time to fix it. These are seven tips to grow your business.
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British PM seeks to calm Brexit fears at first EU summit

British Prime Minister Theresa May will seek to allay fears of the disruptive impact of Brexit after a wave of criticism when she addresses European Union leaders on Thursday at her first EU summit.
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Representatives summon CBN, NNPC over forex , aviation fuel

The House of Representatives Committee on Aviation has directed the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to appear before it today to explain its role in the challenges facing the aviation sector.
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Ekweremadu urges civil society groups to support anti-corruption fight

Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu yesterday sought active collaboration of civil society groups in National Assembly’s efforts to tackle corruption.
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OPEC, UN harp on economic diversification of oil producers

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Organisation of Petroleum the Exporting Countries (OPEC) has identified economic diversification as the leeway for building economic resilience.
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Judge links travail to alleged bribery attempt by Amaechi

Embattled Justice of the Supreme Court, John Inyang Okoro, yesterday fired back, linking his travails to his refusal to do the bidding of the Transport Minister, Chibuike Amaechi.
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Why I prevented judge’s arrest, by Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike said he stopped the arrest of Justice Abdullahi Liman of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, by the Department of State Services ...
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Ambode sacks three commissioners

Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has sacked three commissioners from his cabinet exactly one year after they were sworn in. No reason was given for their sack...
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EFCC seeks right to retain parts of recovered loot

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has urged a review of Nigerian laws to enable anti-graft agencies in the country retain a percentage of the loot recovered to fund their operations.
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Emirates, Kenya Airways suspend Abuja operations indefinitely

Emirates Airlines will suspend Abuja-Dubai operations beginning October 30, 2016.
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Buhari receives rescued Chibok girls

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said the Federal Government would ensure that the released 21 Chibok school girls would be fully integrated into the society and their needs provided.
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Southern Nigeria Peoples Assembly insists on restructuring

Leaders of the Southern Nigeria Peoples Assembly (SNPA), yesterday, called for adoption of the recommendations of the 2014 national conference, including restructuring of the country.
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Aviation minister allays fear over airports’ concession

Minister of State for Aviation, Mr. Hadi Abubakar Sirika, has allayed fear that on-going moves to concession four airports would be injurious to the country.
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Boko Haram razes village near Chibok

Boko Haram has burnt down a village neighbouring the  town of Chibok where the group kidnapped over 200 schoolgirls two years ago, local residents said Wednesday.
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Fani-Kayode, Usman get new trial date over alleged money laundering

The absence of Justice Sule Hassan of a Federal High Court in Lagos, on Wednesday stalled the trial of a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, over money laundering.
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Recession to worsen Nigeria’s rising debt burden

Barely two weeks after meeting with top government officials, Fitch Ratings has passed a negative verdict on the economy, saying that its weak state will worsen Nigeria’s debt profile.
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Buhari hinges success of anti-graft war on citizens’ commitment

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said the success of the war against corruption in the country requires the commitment of the people and their vow to end the menace.
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Clinton campaign took shape in secret, hacked emails show

Back in early 2014, a media leak revealed Robby Mook was being considered to run a possible presidential campaign by Hillary Clinton.
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Manufacturers allege sharp practices in forex allocation by banks

Operators in the manufacturing sector are alleging sharp practices and favouritism among deposit money banks in the allocation of foreign exchange (forex) under the intervention programme ...
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Philippine police van runs over protesters

A Philippine police van on Wednesday rammed and ran over baton-wielding protesters outside the US embassy in Manila, with the driver of the vehicle saying he panicked because he feared being mobbed.
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FG eyes $1bn from sale of broadcasting spectrum

The Federal Government has the capacity to raise a digital dividend of $1 billion from the sale of spectrum emanating from the Digital Switch Over (DSO) from analogue to digital terrestrial broadcasting.
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Ex-Congo VP, aides guilty of bribery during war crimes trial

International judges on Wednesday found former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba and four close aides guilty of bribing and corrupting witnesses in a bid to derail his landmark war crimes trial.
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Nigerian soldiers withdraw from border town after Boko Haram attack

Nigerian Army troops stationed at a border town in Borno State has withdrawn from its location after a Boko haram attack on Monday evening, the army spokesman said in a statement.
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Presidency ‘committed to Nigeria-China tie’

President Muhammadu Buhari has said the Federal Government is ready to provide counterpart funding for all agreements reached with the People’s Republic of China ...
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Mother, twins crushed to death

Tears flowed freely yesterday in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, when an articulated lorry lost control and crushed five persons, including a mother and her twins, to death.
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15 years after, Africa accounts for $4.1b non-oil export under AGOA

The United States Government has stated that Nigeria and other African countries accounted for $4.1 billion worth of non-oil trade under the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).
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Obama congratulates next UN chief Guterres on appointment

US President Barack Obama Tuesday congratulated the next UN chief Antonio Guterres on his recent election, pledging that the US would continue to work closely with the world body.
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Pause in Aleppo air war holds into second day

A pause in Russian and Syrian government air strikes on rebel-held areas of Aleppo held for a second day Wednesday, although ground fighting continued in the historic Old City, a monitor said.
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Tackling corruption, infrastructure-induced economic crisis, by ANAN, experts

Nigeria’s development challenges have long been aggregated to the twin issues of corruption and infrastructure. It has even been reported in every aspect of national endeavours.
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Global banking challenges and Nigeria’s financial institutions

At the just concluded International Monetary Fund (IMF)/World Bank Group yearly meetings in Washington DC, United States, a report claimed that the global banking industry is in difficult times
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Airline operator seeks guidelines on foreign exchange concession grant

A domestic airline operator, Muneer Bankole, has urged the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to release guidelines for the implementation of the foreign exchange ...
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House of Reps urge support for AMCON

The need to help the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) to recover huge debts from debtors has also been linked to support for economic recovery.
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BEDC tops metering roll out rating by NERC

Benin Electricity Distribution Plc. (BEDC) has emerged tops in metering progress performance rating report amongst Distribution Companies (Discos) carried out by the Nigerian Electricity ...
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‘Climate change threatens government’s diversification agenda’

The United Nation’s Environment Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security Assembly (EBAFOSA) has warned that climate change may be a threat to the Federal Government’s diversification ...
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Senate canvasses support for manufacturers

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and a Senator representing Abia South, Enyinnaya Abaribe, have advised the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) to join efforts with the upper legislative ...
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Jos Disco spends N8 billion on meters procurement

The Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JED) has spent about N8 billion to provide new meters in four States, which include Plateau, Gombe, Bauchi and Benue.
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Ecuador says it cut Assange internet over US election leaks

Ecuador said Tuesday it had cut the internet access of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is holed up at its London embassy, due to leaks by the anti-secrecy website that could impact the US election.
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Bail remains free – Police

The Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 6, Abubakar Marafa, has re-affirmed that bailing of suspects remains free.
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Nigerians have no business printing documents abroad, says Enelamah

The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr. Okechukwu Enelamah, said that with the latest foreign investments in printing, Nigerians should have no reason to travel abroad to print books and other documents.
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Eminem re-emerges to savage Donald Trump

Rap superstar Eminem re-emerged Wednesday with a loaded lyrical attack on Donald Trump, in a nearly eight-minute song in which he also identifies with the Black Lives Matter cause.
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Buhari woos Germany to invest in renewable energy sector

Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama said this on Wednesday in Abuja at a press conference on post-President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Germany.
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Dogara congratulates in-coming Benin monarch

Speaker of House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, has congratulated in-coming Oba of Benin, Prince Eheneden Eradiauwa, as he ascended the traditional throne of great Benin Kingdom on Thursday.
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Haiti sees 800 new cholera cases after hurricane

Haiti recorded nearly 800 cases of cholera the week after it was ravaged by Hurricane Matthew, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Wednesday, as health officials grapple to contain the disease.
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Militants accuse military of rights violation in Bakassi

The leader of the Bakassi Strike Force (BSF),”General” Simply Benjamin has called on the Federal Government to withdraw its troops from Bakassi, Cross River State.
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Itse Sagay panel re-opens Halliburton case

Among cases the panel headed by Prof. Itse Sagay advised President Muhammadu Buhari to re-open is the Halliburton scandal. The seven-member panel which endorsed the move against graft in the judiciary, and defended the arrest of judges....
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Court sacks two PDP lawmakers

A Federal High Court in Abuja Division has sacked two House of Representatives members from Enugu State.
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Government needs $20b to revive economy, says Dangote

The Federal Government requires up to $20 billion in fresh funds to revive the economy from recession, the President, Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, has said.
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After DSS arrest, Justice Ademola withdraws from Dasuki’s trial

Justice Adeniyi Ademola, the judge in the case against the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, has withdrawn from the cases.
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Senate tells Buhari to conduct census in 2018

The Senate on Tuesday called on the Federal Government to set machinery in motion to conduct housing and population census in 2018.
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NUC scraps pre-degrees, diplomas in varsities

Pre-degree and diploma programmes in Nigerian universities have been scrapped. The National Universities Commission (NUC), which took the action, instructed them to leave the running of such programmes for polytechnics and concentrate...
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‘Nigeria’s GDP may hit $1.45 trillion by 2030 on reduced corruption, effective policies’

Notwithstanding the prevailing economic challenges which the country is undergoing, latest report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) on the nation’s future has projected that Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product
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Russia halts Aleppo strikes ahead of brief truce

Moscow announced Tuesday that Russian and Syrian air forces have stopped bombing Aleppo ahead of a brief truce, a move the Kremlin said showed "goodwill" as it faces mounting criticism for backing a brutal regime offensive.
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Benin wears a new look as crown prince ascends throne

Benin City, the capital of Edo State and its environs, now wear a new look and major roads decorated as activities for the coronation of Crown Prince Ehenden Erediauwa began a week ago and would end on Thursday, October 20.
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Court jails soldier over assault

A Nigerian Army Court martial has sentenced Staff Sergeant, Umar Sale to three years imprisonment for causing bodily harm to a male teenager in Maiduguri.
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Buhari praises Red Cross over role in Chibok girls’ release

President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) over its role in the release of the 21 Chibok schoolgirls. He urged the agency to sustain its humanitarian interest in Nigeria.
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Federal Government, states to review World Bank projects in Nigeria

The Federal Government and states would meet soon to review the performance of World Bank-assisted projects in the country.The Finance Minister, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun revealed the plan while speaking on a television programme.....
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Nigeria seals $15 billion oil, gas deal with India

The negotiated deal would require the Indian government to make an upfront payment for crude purchase to Nigeria, to be repaid on the basis of firm term crude contracts over some years.
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Police re-arraign pastor over alleged N58 million fraud

The Special Fraud Unit (SFU) of the Nigeria Police Force, yesterday, re-arraigned a pastor, Chris Anyalebechi, before Justice Mohammed Idris of the federal High Court, Lagos, over alleged N58 million fraud.
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Geometrics $530m Aba IPP to switch on in April 2017

After about three years after completion of the Geometric Power Ltd, Aba, Abia State, one of the Independent Power Plants (IPP) licensed by the Nigerian Government, the Plant is set to switch on around April next year...
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Senate committee urges CBN to prepare details on bailouts, others

Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions has enjoined the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to furnish it with detailed report on all the bailouts granted to state governments, momentary policies...
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Plateau Trade Fair opens today 300 exhibitors, 70,000 visitors expected

President of the Plateau Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (PLACCIMA), Da Bulus Dareng, has said that this year’s Trade Fair in the state will take place from 18th to 29th October, at the Jos Polo Field from 8am daily.
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Osun, DFID, sign MoU to boost small, medium enterprises

Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Growth and Employment in States 4th Scheme (GEMS4) to fast-track the development of small and medium scale industries in the state.
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Nigeria, Iran partner to strengthen trade relations

The Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Abubakar Bawa Bwari, has expressed Nigeria’s interest in strengthening trade relations with Iran, especially in the mining sector.
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Turkish designer sticks it to Trump on Tokyo runway

Embattled Donald Trump got two fingers from the most unlikely of places Tuesday -- the Tokyo catwalk at a fashion show inspired by his bete noire: the working Mexican in Texas.
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Nasarawa sacks five principals

The Nasarawa State Government says it has removed five principals from different schools for charging fees from students.
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Edo PDP hopeful of victory over Obaseki in court

Almost a month after the Edo State governorship election, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) has said it hopes to overturn the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in court.
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Ooni counsels Yoruba on peace, unity

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, says preaching peace and unity is the only way to guarantee progress among the Yoruba.
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20 dead in Pygmy/Bantu caterpillar clashes in DR Congo

At least 20 people have been killed in three days of clashes in southeast DR Congo between Pygmy and Bantu people over a disputed caterpillar collection tax, a local parliamentarian told AFP on Tuesday.
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Firm boosts diversification drive with N1.8b

The Federal Government’s quest to diversify the economy is yielding positive results as Vlisco Wax Fabric Company Limited is investing about N1.8 billion in Fabric Garment Manufacturing Company in Nigeria.
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Food company unveils new-look sausage roll

UAC Foods Limited has unveiled ‘Gala Mega,’ a new addition to the company’s basket of snacks offerings in a colourful ceremony held at their office in Ojota, Lagos. Gala Mega, as the name implies, is a larger sized sausage roll with the same taste....
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Global banking giants post losses in third quarter

Earnings at three of the world’s biggest banks- Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo, declined during the third quarter of 2016, their respective financial statements have shown.
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Obama bones up for post White House job interview

A soon-to-be out of work Barack Obama suffered the indignities of the job interview -- at the hands of "The Late Show" host Stephen Colbert.
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Tokyo stocks close higher with earnings in focus

Tokyo stocks ended higher Tuesday as investors look ahead to the start of the corporate earnings season as well as growth data out of China, a meeting of the European Central Bank and the final US presidential debate.
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Saudi prince executed for murder

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday executed a member of the royal family for murder, in a rare case involving one of the thousands of members of the House of Saud.
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FG working with private sector to reflate economy, says minister

The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr Okechukwu Enelamah, says the Federal Government in its diversification efforts, is working with the private sector to reform and reflate the nation’s economy.
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Government spends N3tr importing petroleum products

Besides, despite the relatively low cost of fuel at some filling stations, which has reduced to about N140 per litre around the country, petrol still sell above the prescribed pump price of N145 in Cross River, Kaduna and Yobe states respectively.
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Why Buhari must rejig cabinet, by Okorocha

Aisha, while speaking to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) last week about some appointments made by her husband, cautioned that she might not support his re-election in 2019 if the president failed to shake up his cabinet.
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CBN grants forex concession to airlines

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has granted airline operators in the country a special foreign exchange (Forex) concession regime to enable clearance of outstanding debts at inter-bank market rate.
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28 ships laden with petroleum products, food items, to arrive Lagos

Twenty eight ships laden with petroleum products, food items and other goods are expected to arrive Apapa and Tin-Can Island ports in Lagos from Oct. 17 to Nov. 5.
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Trump appears with Bill Clinton accusers before debate

Donald Trump held a surprise press conference Sunday with several women who have accused Bill Clinton of sexual misconduct, just before taking the stage in a crucial presidential debate with Hillary Clinton.
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