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Thousands evacuated from Vanuatu island as volcano erupts

Vanuatu has declared a state of emergency and evacuated thousands of residents from an island in the Pacific archipelago after a volcanic eruption rained rocks and ash on nearby homes, reports and officials said Tuesday.
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The 23rd Nigerian Economic Summit: “Opportunities, productivity and employment to actualise the economic recovery and growth plan”

The Nigerian Economic Summit Group is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan organization that serves as a platform for private and public sector dialogue, focused on Nigeria’s sustainable economic development. Noted for its impact on public policy, objective research and yearly economic summits among other things, the NESG has helped create an enabling environment conducive to good […]
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President Buhari orders immediate evacuation of Nigerians students in Dominican Island

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the immediate evacuation of Nigerian students stranded in Dominican Island occasioned by the reported Hurricane Maria that thrashed the Island.
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Nigerian police arraign 60 pro-Biafran protesters

Sixty suspected members of a pro-Biafran group were remanded in custody on Monday when they appeared in court after clashes with the security services in southeast Nigeria.
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Enwonwu’s Nigerian Symphony to lead Bonhams African art auction in London

Described as a monumental piece measures 48 x 178cm; the distinctive panoramic view and depicts a bustling street, it’s titled Nigerian Symphony. The painting by Nigerian Modernist, Ben Enwonwu, is estimated at £100,000-150,000 as the top lot at Bonhams Africa Now – Modern & Contemporary African Art sale at its New Bond Street saleroom on […]
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Ten persons arrested after IDPs protest

At least 10 people were arrested after thousands of people uprooted from their homes by the Boko Haram insurgency protested in northeast Nigeria, march organisers said Monday.
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IG urges policemen to take crime scene management seriously

The Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Ibrahim Idris, on Monday called on officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force to take crime scene management seriously.
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Buhari congratulates Germany’s Merkel on election victory

President Muhammadu Buhari has joined other world leaders to congratulate the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, on her election victory.
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Nearly 50,000 flee amid fears of Bali volcanic eruption

Nearly 50,000 people have evacuated their homes for fear of an imminent volcanic eruption on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, disaster officials said Monday.
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Adamawa assembly sacks deputy speaker, principal officers

The Adamawa House of Assembly on Monday impeached four of the principal officers, including the Deputy Speaker, Mr Sunday Peter, and the Majority Leader, Alhaji Musa Mahmud.
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Troops arrest 2 suspected illegal arms dealers in Zamfara

Troops of 1 Division of the Nigerian Army and operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS) have arrested two suspected illegal arms dealers along Funtua-Gusau road in Zamfara on Sunday.
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10 Simple Personal Self Care Tips

Sometimes with busy work schedules we can let life begin to take control of us rather than taking control of our lives. Bur you cab take back the rein of your lives by following some personal self care tips.  It is important to sometimes take time to just be in the present moment inhale , […]
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PRONACO to reconvene conference in January

Barely 24 hours after the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) canvassed a return to the 1963 Constitution, the Pro-National Conference Organisation (PRONACO) has announced...
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Lawyers doubt government’s capacity to try 1, 670 Boko Haram suspects

The capacity of the Federal Government through the office of the Attorney General Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami...
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Ambodes pledges to make Lagos safest African city

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, yesterday, pledged to make Lagos the safest city to live and work in Africa.
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Buhari greets re-elected Merkel, returns from London

President Muhammadu Buhari has joined other world leaders and well-wishers to congratulate German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, on her victory at the polls.
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Family in shock over kidnap of minister of state’s brother, Ogba zoo bloodbath

The police in Edo State yesterday said it was yet to make any arrest over Sunday’s kidnap of the Managing Director of the Ogba Zoological Gardens, Dr. Andy Ehanire, in Benin City.
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APC flays Sagay over remarks on officials, membership recruitment

The leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday came down heavy on Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-corruption...
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Suspected gunmen invade Olubadan’s palace

There was pandemonium in the Popoyemoja palace of Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, yesterday, as gunmen invaded the place forcing people that came for the installation of some Baales to run for their lives.
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ITU tasks African governments on adoption of future technologies

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has commended Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Egypt and other African countries for the dynamism the region has brought to global technology adoption.
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Railway to distribute 1.8 million litres of petrol products nationwide

The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has indicated readiness to deploy its 40 tank wagons for distribution of 1.8 million litres of petrol nationwide if contacted by marketers.
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Government invested N100b to reconstruct 25 arterial roads, says Fashola

The Federal Government says it has invested N100 billion in Sukuk bond for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of roads nationwide.
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IPOB, budget delay top agenda as Senate resumes

The propriety or otherwise of declaring the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) a terrorist group by the Federal Government will be part of issues to engage Senate’s attention as it resumes from its nine-week recess today (Tuesday).
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Youths berate Akeredolu for attacks on leaders

Less than a year into the first term tenure of the administration of Ondo State governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, a political storm is gathering in the state’s northern Senatorial District.
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Adamawa assembly impeaches deputy speaker, majority leader, others

The Deputy Speaker of the Adamawa State House of Assembly, Sunday Peter and other principal officers have been impeached.
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Ekiti APC to participate for first time in council election

Ekiti State APC has said it will participate in the local government election slated for December, 2017.
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Katsina APC endorses Buhari, Masari for 2019

The Katsina State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Aminu Bello Masari to contest for another term in office in the 2019 general elections.
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Ogbeh to speak on role of agriculture for sustainable wealth creation

The Minister for Agriculture, Dr. Audu Ogbeh is expected to deliver a lecture titled Nigeria’s economic diversification: The role of Agriculture for sustainable wealth creation, on Thursday 28 September, 2017.
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EU-Nigeria trade hit €19.9 billion in 2016

Counsellor and Head of Trade and Economics of the European Union Delegation to Nigeria and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Fillippo Amato, has said...
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NSE optimistic on re-emergence of IPOs at bourse

Efforts put in place by the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) to ensure a competitive platform for issuers, and listed firms to raising capital may soon come to fruition...
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BOA, NIPOST seal pact to boost credit lending to rural farmers

Bank of Agriculture(BOA) and the Nigeria Postal Services (NIPOST) has signed a memorandum of Understanding to boost acessibility of credit facilities to rural farmers.
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Microsoft, TEF to empower 10,000 startups in Nigeria, others

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) targeted at empowering about 10, 000 startups in Nigeria and other part of Africa has been signed by software giant, Microsoft and the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF).
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Nigeria: Getting public-private partnership right

Last Friday the Government’s Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) blazed an important trail by publishing details of 51 Federal Public-Private Partnership...
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Education minister Adamu tasks polytechnics on economic advancement

Minister of Education, Alhaji Adamu Adamu, has charged all the polytechnics in the country to step up their technologically - based education work and activities to ensure that they are translated to further economic advancement of the nation.
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US warplanes fly off North Korea coast in new show of force

US bombers and fighter escorts flew off the coast of North Korea Saturday in a show of force against its nuclear weapons program, escalating already sky-high tensions.
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Hajj: Max Air returns 23,000 pilgrims to Nigeria

Max Air Limited said it had so far returned no fewer than 23,000 pilgrims to Nigeria since the commencement of airlift of pilgrims after the 2017 Hajj in Saudi Arabia.
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Flood sacks 12 communities, destroys 3,000 farmlands in Cross River

Twelve communities in Boki Local Government Area of Cross River have been flooded following two days of heavy rain, while more than 3,000 farmlands were equally destroyed.
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Nigeria says trial of Boko Haram suspects trial to start next month

Nigeria will begin trying Boko Haram suspects detained in military camps from next month and the cases will be speedily handled, the justice ministry said on Sunday.
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Kabul suicide attack on NATO convoy wounds three civilians

A suicide bomber targeting a NATO convoy wounded three Afghan civilians in Kabul on Sunday morning without causing casualties among Danish troops on board, officials said.
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Bangladesh imposes mobile phone ban on Rohingya refugees

Bangladesh has banned telecommunication companies from selling mobile phone connections to Rohingya refugees, citing security concerns for the latest restrictions, officials said Sunday.
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LASEMA assures residents of quick response to emergency in Apapa

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) has assured residents that it is exploring various ways at ensuring quick and adequate response to emergency in Apapa.
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IDPs in Maiduguri demands return to Bama

The Bama Initiative for Human Development, an NGO, on Sunday in Maiduguri staged a peaceful demonstration demanding the return of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to their respective communities in Bama.
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Trump urges fans to boycott NFL over anthem protests

US President Donald Trump on Sunday urged fans to boycott National Football League games to pressure the league to fire or suspend players who show disrespect for "Flag and Country."
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Sudan student condemned to hang for killing of policeman

A court in Sudan on Sunday sentenced a university student to death after convicting him of killing a policeman during protests in the capital last year, a defence lawyer said.
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Vatican says it axed chief auditor for spying

The Vatican said Sunday it had been forced to oust its former auditor general -- who resigned without explanation in June -- because he had been spying on senior officials.
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Government ready to tackle Nigeria’s infrastructure challenge, says Osinbajo

Yemi Osinbajo said the PPP disclosure initiative designed to enhance transparency and accountability, was coming at a time that government was poised to attract private investment and expertise as well as boost the country’s infrastructure development.
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Fed Government to begin trial of Boko Haram suspects

The AGF stated that so far, 13 cases have been concluded, nine convictions secured, while 33 cases are still on going at various Federal High Court divisions. Also, 116 cases are awaiting trial in Kainji.
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Man drowns in well, police begin investigation

He noted that the victim, who lived at Uli Street, Ogui in Enugu, got drowned in a well inside an uncompleted building located at Pocket Layout in Nkpokiti in the state capital.
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Flood sacks 12 communities, destroys 3,000 farmlands in Cross River

The incident, which occurred last week, has rendered hundreds of residents homeless as properties worth millions of naira were destroyed.
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ICPC sues NUT treasurer, contractors for alleged theft of N495.8m

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has sued the Treasurer of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), Abuja Municipal, Mr. Percy Ndam for allegedly stealing N495.8 million belonging to the union.
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Osinbajo to open international conference on tax in Africa

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will tomorrow open the 3rd International Conference on Tax in Africa (ICTA), which holds in Abuja from today to 29 September.  The ICTA, the flagship conference of the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF), has as its theme: “Building Strong Domestic Tax Regimes in Africa: Strengthening VAT, PIT and CIT.” The conference […]
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ASUU condemns sack of UNILORIN union leader

The ASUU, which called on the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, to wade into the crisis before it balloons into the 2001 sack of 49 lecturers in the university, vowed to resist this unlawful termination of appointment of its chairperson.
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Alleged mismanagement of DESOPADEC fund unsettles Delta

The allegation of N40 billion misappropriated fund of Delta State oil Producing Area Development Commission (DESOPADEC) by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has unsettled the people, especially the oil-bearing communities.
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IGP pleads for recruitment of 31,000 cops yearly

“The police can not afford to disappoint the populace by allowing crime and criminality to thrive in the country. You must therefore put in your best to maintain law and order at all times.
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Hurdles that stalled passage of PIB, by Tayo Alasoadura

“Unless you can withstand pressure, you won’t be able to do what I did. And by the time we were to take the bill to the floor of the house for passage, we booked three days because we thought it will be stormy.
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NADECO back, says democracy under threat

At a meeting attended by prominent NADECO chieftains like Dr. Amos Akingba, Chiefs Ayo Opadokun and Ayo Adebanjo, in Lagos, the group made a damning verdict on the country; “Nigeria is back to dictatorship.”
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Nigeria should go back to 1963 Constitution, says NADECO

The actions of the Military, we restate are inconsistent with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and may be the beginning, if not checked, of the unwitting or witting subversion of democracy in Nigeria. 
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Ekiti youths protest against lawmaker’s suspension

• Government urges Okemesi residents to stay away from Agboona Hill Commercial activities and vehicular movements were paralysed at the weekend in Omuo Ekiti, when youths staged a protest against the suspension of Mr. Ojo-Ade Fajana representing the area from the state house of assembly. The Assembly recently suspended the legislator for a period of […]
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Why I won’t return to Anglican Church, by Jim Nwobodo

Nwobodo and his wife Patricia, after 22 years of marriage in Anglican Communion, converted to the Catholic Church at the heat of the crisis over the burial of his son, Dr Ifeanyi Nwobodo.
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NADECO back, says Nigeria is back to dictatorship

At a meeting attended by prominent NADECO chieftains like Dr. Amos Akingba, Chiefs Ayo Opadokun and Ayo Adebanjo, in Lagos, the group made a damning verdict on the country; “Nigeria is back to dictatorship.”
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Biafra: It’s too late to pull out of Nigeria

Jude Idimogu, representing Oshodi/Isolo Constituency II in the Lagos State House of Assembly, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that secession would be injurious to the Igbos.
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Militants attack vessel, kill three security escorts in Bayelsa creeks

An oil services vessel with a combined team of security escort on board and civilians was attacked on Friday by suspected sea pirates at Ekebiri Waterways in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa.
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FG disbursed N125m loan to micro businesses in Akwa Ibom - Osinbajo

Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, disclosed this at the Nationwide MSME Clinics for viable enterprises, Akwa Ibom Edition in Uyo on Saturday.
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PDP Chairmanship: Bode George will not step down for anyone - Babatope

Babatope, who is leading George’s campaign organisation for his aspiration in the Dec. 9 convention of the party, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Friday that George had the ability to lead the party.
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Apapa gridlocks will soon be over - FRSC

Mr Olalekan Morakinyo, FRSC Head of Operation in Lagos, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday that traffic lock down was as a result of influx of tankers to Apapa ports.
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Lalong swears in Dakwak as Acting Chief Judge of Plateau

Simon Lalong of Plateau has sworn in Justice Yakubu Dakwak as the Acting Chief Judge of the state following the retirement of the former chief judge, Justice Pius Damulak.
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Strong 6.2 magnitude quake shakes central Mexico

The seismic disturbance, with a magnitude of 6.2, was smaller and farther to the south than the 7.1-magnitude one that struck on Tuesday, killing nearly 300 people and toppling 39 buildings in the capital.
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Iran tests new medium-range missile, defying US warnings

Iran said on Saturday that it had successfully tested a new medium-range missile in defiance of warnings from Washington that such activities were grounds for abandoning their landmark nuclear deal.
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Nigeria demands reform of IMF, World Bank

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, stated this at the 41st Ministerial Meeting of the Group of 77 plus China (G77+China) on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
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French left to stage street showdown over Macron reforms

The third in a series of nationwide protests comes a day after Macron signed his signature reforms into law using a fast-tracked procedure that avoided a lengthy parliamentary debate.
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Nigeria remains steadfast in fight against corruption - Onyeama

Onyeama stated this at an event on “Building Interactive Coalition against Corruption to Achieve the SDGs” co-hosted by Britain, Denmark and Nigeria on the margin of the UN General Assembly.
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Dam fails in Puerto Rico, 70,000 told to evacuate

Some 70,000 people were ordered to evacuate their homes Friday after a rain-swollen dam in Puerto Rico failed in the latest disaster caused by Hurricane Maria.
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NPA directs road contractor to improve performance

Hadiza Usman made the plea after inspecting the Wharf access roads in company of her management team in Lagos on Saturday, noting that better performance would reduce the stress in doing business at the ports.
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Kabila at UN pledges DR Congo elections but still no date

Addressing the General Assembly, Kabila appealed for support from his "true friends" as his country confronts what he described as major logistical and security challenges to organize the vote.
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Military deployment in South South will have frightening potentials, says PANDEF

Given its very poor human rights record, the latest being the widespread abuse of civilians in the South East, stakeholders have taken umbrage at the military action planned for other parts of the country.
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Enugu Assembly to amend women farmers support bill

Enugu State House of Assembly will amend the bill that provides for gender specific needs of female farmers, protects and empowers them with rights over agricultural land, water resources and other such related rights.
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Operation Python Dance: Abia Government denies corps members fleeing state

The Abia State Coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Mrs. Francesca Ifon has denied the rumour that corps members are fleeing as result of Army’s Operation Python Dance.
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OPEC exemption: Fragile peace In Niger Delta might hamper oil production – Stakeholders

Federal Government’s perceived lack of commitment to the peace process in Niger Delta might thwart its efforts to increase or sustain current oil production levels.
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FG praises Akwa Ibom for keying into Governmet’s local content policy

Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbanjo, has said that by establishing a metering factory in Akwa Ibom State, the state was keying into the Federal Government’s policy of ensuring electricity consumers have steady and efficient power supply.
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Ohanaeze visits Northern leaders, calls for tolerance

The National President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nwodo has appealed to Nigerians to promote peace and tolerance, irrespective of differences in ethnicity, religion or region.
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New Cholera vaccine has high efficacy, says commissioner

The Borno State Health Commissioner, Dr. Haruna Mshelia, has declared that the new cholera vaccine has 80 per cent efficacy, when administered on people and can prevent water borne diseases that claimed 48 lives in the state.
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NAFDAC signs MoU with catholic relief service

The National Agency for Foods and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), with the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) for the sampling and testing of Finished Pharmaceutical Products under the Global Fund support.
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IYC: Still a divided house

Efforts by Ijaw leaders, including Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson and Edwin Clark, to resolve the problem has met with difficulties, due to pending legal tussle over constitutionality of who is legally empowered to convene IYC convention for election of the body’s new leadership.
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Sheriff’s visit to VP: We are still in PDP, says Mikko

Contrary to insinuations that Senator Ali Modu Sheriff’s recent visit to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was to pave way for his eventual defection to the All Progressives Congress ....
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Ekiti 2018: Fayose’s bold step, the ripples

Two things are settled about the 2018 governorship election in Ekiti State: It is not going to be a walkover and it would feature old combatants. As to how the outcome would affect politics in the state, a lot of issues would be at play.
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Anambra 2017: Flag bearers battle intra-party gripes

Conflict, competition and intrigues are the defining features of party politics in a democracy. While conflicts arise from clash of interests, it is the competition for ascendancy that necessitates the relevance of trickery to outwit contenders.
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El-Rufai: Buhari has not decided on 2019

As the jury is out on whether President Muhammadu Buhari should or not seek a second term in 2019, Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has given a strong indication that the President has not even considered it.
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Tinubu votes restructuring, return to 1963 constitution

National leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has thrown his weight behind calls for restructuring, stressing that the country needs to imbibe the culture of dialogue in tackling differences.
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Boko Haram kills nine near bombed Borno camp

Boko Haram fighters killed nine people from a camp that was mistakenly bombed by the Nigerian military earlier this year, an aid worker and a resident said on Friday.
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Police uncover illegal firearm factory in Abuja

The Commissioner of Police in the FCT, Mr Sadiq Bello, said the Command has arrested three suspects in connection with an illegal firearm fabricating factory in Shenagu village near Zuba, FCT.
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Aiteo shuts Nembe creek trunk line over leakage

Aiteo Eastern Exploration and Production Company on Friday said that it had shut the Nembe Creek Trunk Line (NCTL) for emergency repairs following the detection of oil leakage.
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IPOB files suit urging court to set aside proscription order

The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Friday prayed the Federal High Court in Abuja should set aside the order of injunction proscribing the activities of the group.
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‘Concession of Lagos, Abuja airports long overdue’

79.9 percent of respondents to the poll conducted on the Guardian newspaper’s website, Twitter and Facebook pages said letting private entities take over the control of two busiest Nigerian airports was long overdue.
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WARIF launches ‘Gatekeepers’ initiative in partnership with Act Foundation

The Women at Risk International Foundation is set to launch its new initiative in partnership with the ACT
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Military rescues 2 soldiers, 4 civilian kidnap victims in Niger Delta

The joint military force deployed to the Niger Delta on Friday said it freed two of its soldiers and four civilians abducted by suspected Niger Delta militants.
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Bali volcano on highest alert level, thousands flee

Indonesian officials raised the highest possible alert for a volcano on the resort island of Bali late Friday, after tremors prompted thousands to flee over fears it could erupt for the first time in more than 50 years.
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Army reclaim all territories from Boko Haram

The Nigerian Army on Friday said it had reclaimed all territories earlier ransacked by Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East.Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, the Deputy Director Army Public Relations, said this in a statement issued in Maiduguri.
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NAICOM goes tough with insurance companies over unpaid claims

The National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) on Friday said it would sack managing directors of insurance companies that refused to settle indisputable insurance claims.
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IPOB urges court to set aside its proscription

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), yesterday approached the Federal High Court, Abuja, seeking an order of the court, setting aside its ex-injunction dated September 20.  
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Government orders tankers, trucks to stay off Lagos roads

The Lagos State Government yesterday ordered that articulated vehicles should not be driven into the state, especially those heading to the Lagos ports.
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