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NDLEA arrests 617 suspects, recovers 3.5 tonnes of illicit drugs

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) command in Jigawa says it arrested over 617 suspects and recovered 3.5 tonnes of assorted narcotics between January and December 13 in the state.
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Woman forced into marriage slashes husband with razor

A newly-wedded bride in Sokoto, Shafa Muhammad, 28, has attacked her husband with a razor blade and injured him on the head.
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No civilian killed in Boko Haram attack on WFP’s convoy – Army

The Nigerian Army on Monday denied the killings of civilians in an attack coordinated by the Boko Haram insurgents against the World Food Programme (WFP’s) trucks on Saturday.
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President of Sierra Leone unveils successor to Nigerian community

President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma, has unveiled his successor and Flag bearer of the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC), Matthew Samura Kamara, to the Nigerian community. He said the unveiling was due to Nigeria’s involvement in the economy and private sector in Sierra Leone. Koroma an interactive session with the Nigerian Community at […]
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Transformation of Africa’s rural areas is key to curtailing migration, says Adesina

As Africa joins the rest of the world to commemorate International Migrants Day today, the African Development Bank (ADB) has called on countries in the continent to reconstruct rural areas from zone of economic misery to that of prosperity. ADB says this will in turn expand economic opportunities for African youth, leading to improvements in […]
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Niger Delta leaders say extra $1b for B’Haram discriminatory

Federal Government’s plan to spend additional $1billion Excess Crude Account (ECA) fund in the fight against Boko Haram is not going down well with the Niger Delta region and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
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Katsina, MTN partner on solution to tackle cattle rustling

The Katsina government and leading telecommunications firm, MTN, have launched Animal Identification Management Solution (AIMS) at Runka Game Reserve to check cattle theft in the state. The unveiling followed extensive consultation and live demonstrations with leaders and members of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) in the state as well as Kano […]
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LAPO reaches 761,327 community members through cancer control project

Lift Above Poverty Organisation (LAPO) has lamented the increasing level of poverty in the country, which it said, has become a problem to many households. Speaking in Benin City, during the LAPO-C4 project midterm review meeting with partner community-based organistations (CBOs), Executive Director, LAPO, Sabena Idowu-Osehobo, said has demonstrated uncommon commitment to poverty alleviation through […]
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PharmAccess partners EDC to build capacity of healthcare providers

Pharmaacess Foundation has partnered with the Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) of the Pan Atlantic University to build capacity of healthcare service providers with the Healthcare Management Program (HMP). The programme, a certificate course to help healthcare professionals in areas of quality assurance, finance, business and inventory management, is structured to support professional development of medical […]
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Mark faults EFCC’s query of alleged N2b NASS 2010 campaign fund

Former President of the Senate, David Mark has faulted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission  (EFCC) over its probe of N2 billion he allegedly shared to members of the National Assembly as campaign fund in 2010. A statement issued by his media assistant, Paul Mumeh, in Abuja at the weekend, admitted that Mark was invited […]
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Court decision on Anambra central a judicial miscarriage, says Okonkwo

Senator Annie Okonkwo, who represented Anambra Central and was the original candidate of the PDP in the 2015 general elections, has reacted to the Abuja Federal High Court pronouncement purporting another person as the valid PDP candidate for that election. In a release from his Media Office, the Senator stated that he is completely shocked […]
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Ruling party advances achievements to win Sierra Leone presidency

Ahead of the Sierra Leone Presidential election scheduled to hold in March next year, the standard-bearer of the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC), Dr. Samura Kamara has expressed confidence that the party would harp on its achievements to win the election. Although, Kamara’s emergence as the consensus candidate of APC at the national convention presided […]
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APP seeks nullification of Obiano’s victory

Contrary to the unwillingness of governorship candidates and major political parties to challenge the return of the incumbent, Governor Willie Obiano, in the November 18 Anambra State gubernatorial election, African Peoples Party (APP) has approached the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal to sack Obiano. In a petition with reference number EPT/AN/Gov/01/2017, dated December 7, 2017 and […]
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Buhari’s new rapprochement politics ahead of 2019

With the approach of 2019 election year, new bridges of alliances are being built and damaged ones repaired as President Muhammadu Buhari dropped his politics of isolation for a new romance with those who made his 2015 victory possible. IN the last six weeks, President Muhammadu Buhari’s approach to politics has changed from that of […]
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Obaseki describes Buhari as exemplary leader at 75

Obaseki made the remark in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategies, Mr Crusoe Osagie in Benin on Sunday.
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PDP to evaluate performance of new councils in Akwa Ibom

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom says it will monitor the performances of the newly elected Council Chairmen and Councillors and evaluate them on the basis of the party’s template.
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NUC, CLE bicker over accreditation of law faculties

The cold war between the National Universities Commission (NUC), and the Council of Legal Education (CLE) over, which organ of government is empowered...
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ECOWAS citizens stranded abroad: Buhari seeks urgent action

President Muhammadu Buhari has called for a well-run regional mechanism for the evacuation, resettlement and empowerment of stranded citizens...
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Ishaku raises alarm: There are plans to attack Taraba

Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State has alerted Nigerians of clandestine plans to thwart the peace efforts in the state by some undesirable elements...
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My opponents are after me, Okorocha cries out

Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, has blamed his political rivals for wild accusations, even as he denied allegations he was running Imo government as a family business.
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Restructuring: Fear fueling resistance, says Ekweremadu

Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has said fear of the unknown, especially how to survive in the absence of free oil money, is responsible for continued resistance to restructuring.
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Etsu Nupe commends Wike’s developmental strides

The Etsu Nupe and coordinating chairman, National Council of Traditional Rulers, Dr. Yahaya Abubakar, has praised Rivers governor, Nyesom Wike, for transforming the state. He also commended security in Rivers.
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Group decries prevalence of jungle justice in Nigeria 

The United Global Resolve For Peace (UGRFP) has decried high rate of jungle justice in Nigeria, urging youths to shun killings and allow the law to take its course.
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Body seeks speedy passage of Forensic Auditors Bill

The Association of Forensic and Investigative Auditors (AFIA) has urged the Federal Government to ensure passage of the Chartered Institute of Forensic Investigative Auditors Bill to fast track the anti-graft war.
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Fayose greets Buhari at 75

Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on the occasion of his 75th birthday, urging the President to quit the stage when the ovation is loudest.
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NGO launches ‘Dreamers Project’ for pupils

A Non-Governmental Organisation, Read To Succeed (R2S Africa), has launched Dreamers Project across selected primary schools in Abuja.
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Anambra Sentral Senate seat: Court ruling stirs further controversy

It was a senatorial contest that consumed hundreds of millions of naira. It was also an election in which the Independent National Electoral Commission...
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What PDP’s contentious convention has unveiled

What went wrong, what happened? The recent national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), raised a lot more questions than answers in its bold effort to put its troubled past behind and move on.
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Oni: APC can only die due to poor strategy

For Deputy National Chairman (South) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Segun Oni, the party’s primaries that will produce the next presidential aspirant will be free, fair and competitive.
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Buhari at 75: Why God kept him alive

Let me begin by telling a story. On June 1, 2015, the day I resumed work as adviser on media to President Muhammadu Buhari, he had admonished me: “Adesina, always tell me the truth.
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Tinubu, Ajimobi receive Alao-Akala, Folarin to APC

The ranks of opposition parties in Oyo State depleted on Saturday, as hundreds of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Labour Party (LP) and ACCORD joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ibadan. 
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Buhari at 75: Laying solid foundation for critical infrastructure 

President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, our dear president, whom one could without being immodest name a miracle man, adds another year to his glorious years on earth today.
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Tambuwal, In Asaba, strategies with Ibori, Okowa, Wike

Following his visit to Asaba, the Delta State capital, on Wednesday for a meeting with Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and ex-governor, Chief James Ibori, speculations were rife in the capital that Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal might.....
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Weekly political notes

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) lacks the powers to investigate and prosecute serving judicial officers, the Court of Appeal in Lagos ruled on Tuesday.The court presided over by Justice Adejumo Obaseki held that judges can only be tried after their dismissal by the National Judicial Council (NJC).
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Anambra central: Jan 13 election date is sacrosanct, says Umeh

The Senatorial candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in the Anambra central senatorial election, Victor Umeh has expressed confidence in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), saying that the election will hold on January 13, in Anambra.
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Ekweremadu advocates 6-year single tenure for elective officers

Chief Ike Ekweremadu, the Deputy President of the Senate, has advocated six-year single tenure for president, governors, National Assembly and state assembly members “to stop the problem caused by the quest for second term.”
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Access Bank raises stake in customers’ rewards

As part of its commitment to promote savings culture in Nigeria, Access Bank Plc has rewarded a customer with a four bedroom duplex terrace located in the Lekki axis of Lagos State in its ongoing ‘Family Fortune Promo’. Another customer of the bank, Ayoola Noah, also emerged winner of a brand new Kia at the […]
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Agency introduces ‘Free Digital’ initiative to mark third anniversary

It is no longer news that digital technology development in Africa still trails the rest of the world. It is a situation that prevents the continent from taking advantage of technology as a growth enabler in a huge number of industries. To celebrate its third anniversary, one of Nigeria’s digital agencies, ADE Digital Media, has […]
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Government targets additional N6billion from VAIDS

The Federal Government will rake in an additional N6billion from the implementation of the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) before the end of the year. The sum is in addition to the N17billion already yielded by the scheme within six months. This was disclosed in Lagos on Wednesday, by the Executive Chairman, Federal […]
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Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa calls for end to western sanctions

Zimbabwe’s new President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Thursday called for the removal of Western sanctions on his government during a speech to ruling party officials and said elections due in 2018 were nearer than “you expect”. Mnangagwa, 75, became leader of the southern African nation last month after the military and ruling ZANU-PF turned against Robert […]
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Osinbajo commissions multi-billion naira tank farm in Ogun

Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has argued that “from credible, independent and third party evidence,” Nigeria is on the right track of economic recovery. Osinbajo spoke at the commissioning of Petrolex Oil and Gas’ Mega Oil City, a 300million-litre capacity tank farm in Ibefun, Odogbolu Local Government Area of Ogun State. The mega ultra-modern oil […]
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‘$9.2billion off-grid electrification opportunity lies in Nigeria’

A new collaboration between the Nigerian Rural Electrification Agency (REA), the World Bank, and the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), has found that Nigeria is the nation that could unlock the nascent mini-grid market in Africa.
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Afreximbank restates warnings on aids, commodity dependence

The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has reiterated its earlier warnings against dependence on foreign aids, grants and commodities by African economies.
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Nigeria parleys 37 countries on economic cooperation, bilateral ties

Nigeria has joined 37 other countries to sign a joint declaration on Economic Cooperation with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) in Buenos Aires, Argentina...
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DMO to redeem N198b treasury bills this month

The Debt Management Office (DMO) has said it will repay in full at maturity, the N198.032 billion Nigerian Treasury Bills (NTBs) this month.
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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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