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FG to reintroduce tolls on federal highways

Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Federal Government on Monday said it would reintroduce tolling on the nation’s highways to raise the much needed funds to maintain the roads. The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, stated this while addressing members of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, who visited him in his office in […]
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N15bn fraud: EFCC challenges Tambuwal for pardoning commissioners, others

Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has challenged the power of the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, for pardoning five defendants including a serving commissioner in his cabinet, Alhaji Tukur Alkali, who is the Commissioner for Animal Health and Fisheries Development. Others pardoned include the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Isa Achida; the […]
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APC, Sagay at war over rogue elephant comment

John Alechenu and Eniola Akinkuotu The All Progressives Congress has described the Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), as a “rogue elephant” who lacks respect for President Muhammadu Buhari. The party, in a statement on Monday, accused Sagay of displaying arrogance and contempt for everyone but himself in a recent interview […]
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IPOB hails Afenifere, S’West elders for opposing Python Dance

Tony Okafor, Awka The Indigenous People of Biafra on Monday commended the apex Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, and Yoruba Elders Council for speaking against the “militarisation” of the South-East geopolitical zone by the Federal Government, using Operation Python Dance II. Describing the elders as good men of history, the group said it was encouraged by […]
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FG condemns cops’ killings in zoo attack

Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The Federal Government has condemned the attack on Ogba Zoo and Nature Park in Benin, Edo State, on Sunday, during which three policemen were killed and the Head of the Zoo, Dr. Andy Ehanire, was abducted by the attackers. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who made the government’s […]
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China disrupts WhatsApp ahead of Communist Party meeting

Chinese authorities appear to have severely disrupted the WhatsApp messaging app in the latest step to tighten censorship as they prepare for a major Communist Party congress next month. Users in China have reported widespread disruptions in recent days to the Facebook-owned service, which previously malfunctioned in the country over the summer. READ ALSO: FG gazettes […]
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Trump Twitter tirades deepen Asia alarm over conflict risk

Donald Trump may have stumbled into dangerous new territory with tweets that North Korea interpreted as a declaration of war, alarming a region used to living on the edge but now seriously considering the possibility of conflict. Observers say the US president’s fondness for Twitter diplomacy is creating a situation ripe for dangerous misunderstandings as […]
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BREAKING: Senate in closed-door session as N’Assembly resumes

Leke Baiyewu, Abuja Business and commercial activities returned to their peak as the National Assembly resumed from its two-month annual recess Tuesday. Members of the Senate are currently in a closed-door session, which started at about 11am. Details later… Read also: [BREAKING] Recall: INEC officials storm NASS with documents to notify Melaye
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BREAKING: INEC officials storm NASS to serve Melaye recall notice

Leke Baiyewu, Abuja Officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission on Tuesday arrived the National Assembly Complex to notify the embattled lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Senator Dino Melaye, on the petition the commission received from his constituents to recall him. The officials, who dropped loads of documents at the door to Melaye’s office, […]
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Three Israelis killed in shooting at West Bank crossing

Three Israelis have been killed in a shooting attack at a crossing between Israel and the West Bank, according to police. Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the incident happened at Har Adar, an Israeli settlement located on the border. The attacker came to the back gate of the settlement — which is opened every morning to […]
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Man bags four months imprisonment for assault

A Karmo Grade 1 Area Court in Abuja, on Tuesday sentenced a 20-year-old man, Sunday Patrick, to four months imprisonment for beating up one Lucy Kazever. The Judge, Sadiq Abubakar, however, gave the convict an option of N10,000 fine and said that the punishment would serve as a deterrent to others. Patrick, who resides at […]
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Egypt concert-goers arrested for raising rainbow flag

At least six people have been arrested in Egypt after raising the rainbow flag of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community at a Cairo concert, security and judicial sources said. They are accused of “public indecency” and “inciting immorality among young people”, the sources said following Monday’s arrests. Egypt’s state security prosecutor has been […]
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Trump to host Thai junta chief at White House

 US President Donald Trump will host Thai junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha at the White House next Tuesday, in a personal triumph for a Thai autocrat who was shunned by Barack Obama’s administration for his regime’s dismal rights record. Ties between the long-time allies were strained by Prayut’s 2014 military coup, which ushered in the former democracy’s […]
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Dubai launches world’s first self-flying taxis

The world’s first self-flying taxi was launched at the Jumeirah Beach Park in Dubai, United Arab Emirates today. The Autonomous Air Taxi (AAT) of Dubai was the brainchild of  Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA). READ ALSO: IG orders dismantling of road blocks nationwide According to Dubai Media Office, the two-seater AAT, capable of transporting people […]
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China refuses visas to 101-year-old woman and her 79-year-old son

A 101-year-old Indian runner said Tuesday that China has refused to grant her a visa to participate in the Asian Masters Athletics Championships, robbing her of a potential medal. Man Kaur, dubbed the “Miracle from Chandigarh” after winning the 100-metres gold at the World Masters Games in Auckland in April, had been training hard for […]
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Rohr recalls Iwobi for Zambia tie

Nigeria on Tuesday recalled Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi for next month’s crucial 2018 World Cup qualifier against their main rivals Zambia. The 21-year-old was ruled out of the double-header against Cameroon earlier this month with a thigh strain, but should be fit for the next game in Uyo on October 7. READ ALSO: APC, Sagay at […]
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Unilorin, a terrorist organisation, says ASUU

Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan The Academic Staff Union of Universities has described the University of Ilorin as a terrorist organisation after the institution reportedly sacked the ASUU chairman in the school, Dr. Kayode Afolayan, for allegedly exposing corrupt practices of the outgoing Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abdulganiyu Ambali. In a letter signed on behalf of the union by […]
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PHOTOS: Ambode donates 120 power generating sets to Lagos police command

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday handed over 120 new 5KVA generating sets to the Lagos State Police Command to power all police formations across the State, with a pledge of continuous support to security agencies to ensure optimal performance. PHOTOS: Fayose completes religious triad, felicitates with masquerades While handing over the generating […]
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IPOB remains terrorist group, despite EU, US stance – Presidential aide

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja Special Adviser to the President on Prosecution, Chief Okoi Obono-Obla, has described as inconsequential the recognition accorded the Indigenous People of Biafra by some foreign nations as a non-terrorist group, despite Nigeria’s recent proscription and designation of the group as a terrorist organisation.‎ Obono-Obla also disclosed that the Attorney-General of the Federation […]
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Gunmen open fire as Olubadan installs Mogajis, Baales at the palace

Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan Gunmen opened fire at the palace of the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, during installation of Mogajis and Baales on Monday. The PUNCH journalist, Olufemi Atoyebi; his ThisDay counterpart, Demola Babalola; a correspondent with Daily Trust, Jeremiah Oke; and a chieftain of Labour Party who was a former Secretary to […]
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Ndume returns from suspension as Senate resumes Tuesday

Leke Baiyewu, Abuja A former Majority Leader of the Senate, Ali Ndume, will resume from suspension on Tuesday as the National Assembly reconvenes after its two-month annual recess. Ndume’s resumption was confirmed to The PUNCH on Sunday. Members of the Senate and House of Representatives had gone on holiday on July 27, 2017. A source […]
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Buhari returns to Nigeria

Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Nigeria after eight days abroad. Buhari was said to have touched down at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja at 7pm on Monday. The President was received at the airport by his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, the Minister of Federal Capital Territory, […]
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We have been marginalised by Ogun govt – Hausa community

Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta The Hausa community in Ogun State has alleged that the state government has marginalised its members in the scheme of things, especially in the area of appointment. The Arewa community said despite its support for the All Progressives Congress during the last general elections in the state, the government did not deem […]
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BREAKING: IG orders dismantling of road blocks nationwide

Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has ordered the dismantling of all roadblocks nationwide with immediate effect particularly on Lagos-Ibadan, Sagamu-Benin, and Benin-Onitsha highways. The order also affected Okene-Abuja, Kaduna-Kano, Katsina – Kano, Otukpo – Enugu, Enugu – Port Harcourt Expressways, according to a statement on Monday night by the police spokesman, […]
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Trump has declared war, says North Korea

North Korea’s foreign minister on Monday accused US President Donald Trump of declaring war against his country and said Pyongyang was ready to defend itself by shooting down US bombers. The latest threats stoked a week-long war of words that began when the American leader threatened in his address to the United Nations General Assembly […]
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[PHOTOS] Former Olori Wuraola receives award at UN Week

Former wife of the Ooni of Ife, Zaynab-Otiti Obanor, was endowed with the “Humanitarian of the Year” award from “Kechie’s Project” at an event during the UN General Assembly week. She shared the news on her Instagram page with the caption: “Her Highness Queen Zaynab awarded ‘Humanitarian of the Year’ by Kechie’s Project during UN […]
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FG to spend N100bn Sukuk bond on 25 road projects

Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Federal Government on Monday said it would spend the N100bn to be raised from the issuance of the Sukuk Bond for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of 25 arterial roads. The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, stated this while addressing members of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria who […]
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Illegal firearms importers opt for plea bargain

Oladimeji Ramon Two out of the five men being prosecuted by the Federal Government for unlawful importation of 661 pump-action rifles into the country have indicated their intention to enter into plea bargain with the prosecution. The defendants – Mahmud Hassan, Oscar Okafor, Donatus Achinulo, Matthew Okoye, said to be at large, and Salihu Danjuma […]
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‘World’s heaviest woman’ dies in Abu Dhabi hospital

An Egyptian believed to be the world’s heaviest woman died Monday morning of heart and kidney failure at an Abu Dhabi hospital. A team of more than 20 doctors had been caring for Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty since her arrival at Burjeel Hospital in May. El Aty, in her mid-30s, first sought treatment in […]
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Hurricane Maria: Buhari orders evacuation of Nigerian 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. Nigerian students attend medical schools in Dominican Islands which prepare them to move to the U. S.  and Europe for the completion of their medical degree programmes. Following the president’s […]
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School suspends five-year-old boy for making terrorist threat

A five-year-old kindergarten pupil, Jackson Riley has been suspended from school for making a terrorist threat in Modesto, California. According to the Mailonline, Riley told his teacher at Great Valley Academy that he couldn’t take off his bag because he had a bomb inside. READ ALSO: Cannabis- smoking sergeant slaps DPO for arresting him The School officials then sent […]
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Customs arrest man with gold-filled bottom

Sri Lanka customs arrested an India-bound air passenger attempting with “difficulty” to smuggle nearly one kilogram (2.2 pounds) of gold stuffed in his rectum, a spokesman said Monday. Officials were alerted when the 45-year-old Sri Lankan behaved “suspiciously” at Colombo airport’s departure lounge on Sunday, spokesman Sunil Jayaratne said. “He was called for a thorough […]
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FG condemns deadly attack on Benin zoo

Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The Federal Government has condemned the attack on Ogba Zoo and Nature Park in Benin, Edo State, on Sunday, during which three policemen were killed and the Head of the Zoo, Dr. Andy Ehanire, was abducted by the attackers. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who made the government’s […]
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Obama warned Zuckberberg over fake news

Former US President Barack Obama personally urged Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to counter the rise of fake news on the social network during a meeting held shortly after last year’s election, the Washington Post reported Sunday. The encounter reportedly took place on the sidelines of a meeting of global leaders in Lima, Peru on November […]
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Buhari congratulates Merkel on election victory

President Muhammadu Buhari has joined other world leaders to congratulate the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, on her election victory. Buhari felicitated with Merkel in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Monday. He also congratulated Merkel’s party for offering quality leadership to the European nation […]
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Woman becomes first US Marine Corps infantry officer

A female US Marine on Monday became the first woman to complete the Corps’ notoriously rigorous training course for infantry officers. Many women serve in the Marines and other branches of America’s armed forces but the woman, who has requested that her name not be released, is the first to make it through the Marine […]
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[PHOTOS] Buhari arrives Nigeria from London

President Muhammadu Buhari arrived from London late Monday evening. He had visited London as part of his itineraries after he attended the United Nations General Assembly last week. See photos of his arrival, courtesy, Bashir Ahmad‏:
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Dangote Group to invest $4.6 b in agriculture

Alhaji Aliko Dangote, the Chief Executive Officer, Dangote Group, has said that the company would invest 4.6 billion dollars in nation’s agricultural sector in the next five years. He listed sugar, rice, tomatoes and oil palm as some of the agricultural sectors where the monies would be invested. Dangote said this at the 6th edition […]
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Police investigate company directors over $2m withdrawal 

Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The police are investigating the directors of a company, Helping Hands Concepts Ltd. over the alleged withdrawal of two million dollars from the firm’s bank account. It was learnt that detectives attached to the Police Special Investigative Panel  are looking for Mr. Obioma Ngoka and Mrs. Luzviminda Mbike over their involvement in the […]
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SARS operatives kill suspected cultist in Rivers 

OPERATIVES of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad on Monday gunned down a suspected cultist in Rumuakwunde, Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State. The operatives were said to have stormed the community for an undisclosed reason killing the suspect who is from the western part of the country. Indigenes of the community, who were agitated by […]
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Lagos Chief Imam dies, Tinubu, Ambode mourn

Afeez Hanafi The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, the state House of Assembly Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, and the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, on Sunday expressed grief over the death of the Chief Imam of Lagos, Sheikh Ibrahim Garuba Akinola. Akinola died on Sunday in Lagos at the age […]
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I rejected European offers — Nsofor

Out-of-favour Super Eagles attacker Obinna Nsofor  has said he rejected offers from European clubs to join the South African  side Cape Town City. He has played twice for the club coached by his former team-mate Benni McCarthy since signing a one-year deal. The 30-year-old returns to Africa after 12 years playing in Europe. “I had […]
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Hajj : 5,286 Kaduna pilgrims return home

The Kaduna State Pilgrims Welfare Board has said that a total of 5,286  pilgrims have so far been transported back home in 10 flights since the end of the hajj. The Public Relations Officer of the board, Malam  Yunusa Abdullahi,  stated this in an interview with the  News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna on Monday. […]
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Adamawa Assembly removes Deputy Speaker, three others

The Adamawa House of Assembly on Monday impeached four of the principal officers, including the Deputy Speaker, Mr. Sunday Peter, and the Majority Leader, Mr. Musa Mahmud. Others removed were the Deputy Majority Leader, Mutawali Mohammed and the Minority Leader, Mrs Justina Nkom (SDP-Lamurde) State Constituency. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Speaker, Hon. […]
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Divorce: Wife asks court to place husband on six months’ probation

A Customary Court sitting in Ikole-Ekiti on Monday adjourned hearing in a divorce case to March 28, 2018, after a housewife, Mrs Adenike Ogunsakin, prayed it to place her husband, Olamide Olabode on a  six-month probation that he would be of good behaviour. Adenike had filed for the divorce of her nine-year marriage to Olamide […]
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Driverless hover-taxi makes first ‘concept’ flight in Dubai

Dubai has edged closer to its goal of launching a pioneering hover-taxi service, with the authorities announcing a successful “concept” flight was made on Monday without passengers. Safety features for the two-seater air taxi include emergency parachutes and nine independent battery systems, according to Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority. It said the prototype, supplied by […]
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North Korea, Venezuela, Chad among eight countries on new US travel ban

President Donald Trump issued a new open-ended travel ban on Sunday that saw North Korea, Venezuela and Chad among a list of eight countries cited for poor security and lack of cooperation with US authorities. The new restrictions replace an expiring 90-day measure that had locked Trump in political and legal battles since he took […]
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Mourinho escapes further action after sending-off

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will face no further action from the English Football Association following his dismissal in the Premier League clash at Southampton at the weekend. The 54-year-old was sent to the stands by referee Craig Pawson for encroaching on the pitch during stoppage time of his side’s 1-0 win at St Mary’s […]
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Sokoto builds 50 new schools

Adeniyi Olugbemi, Sokoto The Sokoto State Government has built 50 new secondary schools based on demands by their respective host communities, according to Dr. Jabbi Kilgori, the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education. Kilgori told newsmen on Sunday in Gudu that government’s partnership with communities on education had continued to yield positive results in the […]
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[PHOTO] Politician gets 21-month jail term for sexting with 15-year-old girl

Anthony Weiner has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for sexting with a 15-year-old girl in a case that may have cost Hillary Clinton the presidency. The former Democratic congressman from New York had faced up to 27 months in prison on Monday after his guilty plea to one charge of transferring obscene material […]
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Champions League: Dortmund out to ruin Ronaldo milestone

Borussia Dortmund will aim to maintain their unbeaten record at home to Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday and spoil Cristiano Ronaldo’s 150th European appearance. Dortmund and title holders Real meet in the group stage for the second year running. READ ALSO: Gunmen open fire as Olubadan installs Mogajis, Baales at the palace The […]
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Ambode donates 120 power generating sets to Lagos police command

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday handed over 120 new 5KVA generating sets to the Lagos State Police Command to power all police formations across the State, with a pledge of continuous support to security agencies to ensure optimal performance. Speaking at Lagos House in Ikeja while handing over the generating sets to […]
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Ogunbanjo emerges NSE President, replaces Aig-Imoukhuede

The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Monday announced the emergence of Mr Abimbola Ogunbanjo as the new President of National Council of the Exchange. The exchange, in a statement, said that the election of Ogunbanjo was reached at its council meeting immediately after its 56th Annual General Meeting in Lagos. It stated that Ogunbanjo would […]
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Murder suspects took selfies with victim’s body parts

Russian investigators said on Monday they have detained a couple on suspicion of murdering a woman and eating her flesh after finding selfies with the victim’s body parts. The Investigative Committee in the southern Krasnodar region arrested the 35-year-old man and his wife after a lost phone containing the photographs was handed to police. They […]
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We ‘ll participate in Ekiti LG election, says APC

Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti The All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State has said it would participate in the local government elections slated for December 2017. The party took the resolution at the State Executive meeting held on Tuesday. A statement made available by the Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, advised the Ekiti State Independent Electoral Commission […]
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Court remands NCRI director in  Prison 

Enyioha Opara, Minna A Federal high court in Minna has ordered that the acting Executive Director  of the National Cereals Research Institute, Badeggi, Niger State, Dr Samuel Agboire, be remanded in prison  until the determination of his bail application. Justice Yellim Sulaiman Bogoro gave the order on Monday when Agboire was arraigned before the court […]
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Only good governance can end agitations – Wike

Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has said that unless Nigerians experience good governance at the federal level, agitations will continue across the country. Wike, who spoke at the 57th Independence Church Service at the Saint Mark’s Anglican Church in Port Harcourt on Sunday, said that Rivers State was not […]
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Erdogan says Turkey to close Iraqi border, warns Kurds on oil

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Eddogan said on Monday that Ankara would close its border with northern Iraq over an independence referendum and threatened the Iraqi Kurds with blocking their key oil exports. “Entrance-exit will be closed” at the Habur border crossing, Erdogan said in a speech as he angrily denounced Monday’s referendum as “illegitimate”. He […]
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90-day deadline for my recall has expired, says Melaye

Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The embattled lawmaker representing the Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye, has said the 90-day deadline set for the Independent National Electoral Commission by Section 69 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) for his recall has expired. Melaye also alleged that it was only after several attempts at his life had failed […]
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Ajimobi condemns Olubadan palace shooting

Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan The Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi has condemned the shooting at the Olubadan palace on Monday, while also calling on security agencies to ensure the gunmen were apprehended. In a statement through his Special Adviser, Communication and Strategy, Yomi Layinka, the governor said that the government would do everything to check the activities […]
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Guardiola urges Man City forwards to be ruthless

Pep Guardiola has urged Manchester City’s free-scoring forwards to stay hungry for goals and says there are many ways in which the Premier League leaders can improve despite their ominous early-season form. City, who lead Manchester United on goal difference, have been in impressive form in recent weeks, thumping Liverpool, Watford and Crystal Palace in […]
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Police probes Catalan referendum website developers

 Police in Catalonia said Monday they questioned 15 people accused of disobedience for allegedly developing web platforms dedicated to an outlawed independence referendum, as tensions rise less than a week before the vote. Officers from the Guardia Civil police force also paid a visit to several town halls to ask them to hand over documents […]
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INEC denies link with fake Facebook account

Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe The Independent National Electoral Commission on Monday denied having any link with a Facebook account for Permanent Voter Card’s registration. The commission made the denial in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi, describing the Facebook account as fake. Oyekanmi urged the public to disregard […]
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Recall: Melaye denies evading recall notice

Sen. Dino Melaye on Monday, denied claims that he was evading the service of petition and timetable for his recall from the Senate, by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Melaye made this known while briefing newsmen in Abuja on Monday. The senator, who represents Kogi West Senatorial District, is facing a recall by his […]
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BREAKING: Police arrest 20-year-old man over London train bomb attack

Police on Monday arrested a 20-year-old man in Wales in connection with the London Underground train bombing this month, bringing the number of people in custody to four. The man was arrested before dawn by counter-terrorism officers in the Welsh capital Cardiff and has been taken to a police station in London for questioning. Police […]
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Nigeria sick and stagnant at 57, say clerics

Samuel Awoyinfa and Tony Okafor As Nigeria marks 57th year of nationhood next week, Archbishop of Lagos Ecclesiastical Province (Anglican Communion), Dr. Michael Olusina Fape, and the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, have said that country is sick and the blood of “innocent souls” shed unjustly is crying for vengeance. Fape […]
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ASCSN to shut down NEMA operations nationwide 

Adelani Adepegba, Abuja  The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria has said it would embark on a three-day warning strike to shut down operations in all offices of the National Emergency Management Agency. This, it said was to protest the agency’s refusal to implement hazard allowance, life insurance and the non-payment of overtime and travel allowances. […]
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FIFA scraps ban on poppies on football shirts

FIFA has backed down in its row with British football authorities over the wearing of poppies by players in international matches as a tribute to those killed in war. Football associations in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales were fined by FIFA for ignoring warnings not to commemorate Armistice Day during their World Cup qualifiers […]
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Obiano, law professor clash over IPOB ban

Tony Okafor, Awka The issue of Biafra on Monday dominated the discourse during the 2017/2018 legal year of the Anambra State judiciary.  While the Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, through his Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of the State, Anali Chude, described the Indigenous People of Biafra as enemies of the state for calling […]
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Suso extends AC Milan contract

Spanish international Suso has extended his contract with AC Milan until June 30, 2022, the Serie A club confirmed on Monday. “We’ve been waiting for this day for a long time, all agreeing on the outcome. Now the contract has been signed, it’s official,” the team said in a statement. “Great news for all the […]
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Japan’s Abe triggers snap election amid North Korea crisis

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday called a snap election, seeking a fresh term at the helm of the world’s third-largest economy as tensions with nearby North Korea reach fever-pitch. Abe hopes to capitalise on a weak and fractured opposition to sweep back into power, as polls show him regaining ground after a series […]
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West Brom’s midfielder, Gareth Barry, breaks Premier League appearances record

Gareth Barry broke Ryan Giggs’ Premier League appearance record as the West Bromwich Albion midfielder played his 633rd game in Monday’s clash against Arsenal. Barry was named Albion captain at the Emirates Stadium in honour of his milestone moment and received a warm reception from both Arsenal and West Brom fans before kick-off. The 36-year-old, […]
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Merkel gets fourth term as German Chancellor

Angela Merkel has won a fourth term as German Chancellor, but with her party’s lead in parliament cut and the country facing a surge in support for the far right. Exit polls predicted the hard-right Alternative for Germany would become the third-largest group in the national parliament, the Bundestag, as German voters delivered a stinging […]
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France launches €57bn investment fund

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced plans Monday to pour 57 billion euros ($67.8 billion) into modernising France’s sluggish economy, with a hefty chunk set aside for making it more environmentally-friendly. Spread over five years, the fund will be slightly bigger than the 50 billion euros that centrist Emmanuel Macron had pledged when he was elected […]
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Ex-American soldier, Chelsea Manning, barred from entering Canada

Chelsea Manning, a former American soldier jailed for leaking troves of classified information, said Monday that she was banned from entering Canada due to criminal convictions in the United States. Manning wrote on Twitter that “i guess canada has permanently banned me,” posting an image of a document that described why she was denied entry. […]
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Nearly a week on, hopes fade in Mexico City quake rescue operations

Hopes of finding more survivors after Mexico City’s devastating earthquake have dwindled to virtually nothing, nearly a week after the seismic jolt shook the mega-city, killing more than 300 people. Yet authorities were still accommodating anguished families who insisted that painstaking rescue operations continue at a handful of the dozens of buildings toppled by the […]
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Serena Williams focused on tennis comeback, says Wozniacki

Serena Williams remains focused on her tennis comeback just weeks after becoming a mother and will make a strong return, according to her friend  Caroline Wozniacki. Wozniacki, who was speaking at the WTA Wuhan Open Monday ahead of her first-round match in the Chinese city, said the tennis superstar had been sending her pictures of […]
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Google introduces Health Knowledge Panel

Internet search engine, Google, on Monday, announced the launch of its health knowledge panels in Nigeria. Google Vice President of Product Management, Mrs Tamar Yehoshua, made this known in a statement in Lagos. Yehoshua stated that the health knowledge panels would appear at the top of any health-related search result. According to her, it will […]
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British lesbian wins Hong Kong visa rights in legal bid

A British lesbian on Monday won the right to live and work in Hong Kong with her partner in a landmark legal decision that could reduce more hurdles for same-sex couples in the city. QT, as she is referred to in court, entered into a civil partnership in Britain in 2011 and moved to Hong […]
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Hurricane: Buhari orders evacuation of Nigerian students from Dominican Republic

Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the immediate evacuation of Nigerian students from Dominican Republic, currently being ravaged by Hurricane Maria. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, confirmed the Presidential order, saying Buhari was moved by the condition of the students. Many Nigerian students have, […]
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BREAKING: Turkey court orders release of top journalist in newspaper trial

An Istanbul court on Monday ordered the release of leading Turkish journalist Kadri Gursel in the controversial trial of staff from the Cumhuriyet opposition newspaper, but ruled that four other detained suspects must stay in jail. The judge ruled that Gursel, one of Turkey’s most respected journalists, could go free after 11 months in jail […]
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Dortmund out to ruin Ronaldo milestone

Borussia Dortmund will aim to maintain their unbeaten record at home to Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday and spoil Cristiano Ronaldo’s 150th European appearance, AFP reports. Dortmund and title holders Real meet in the group stage for the second year running. The teams drew both games 2-2 last season as the Germans […]
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Killers, rapists among dozens in India jailbreak

Scores of juvenile inmates, including killers and rapists, staged a mass breakout from a detention center in eastern India after cutting through metal windows and gates, police said Monday. Thirty-four out of 86 inmates broke out of the facility in the Munger district of Bihar state on Sunday, an officer said. Twelve returned in the […]
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Juventus president banned over ‘illegal’ ticket sales 

Juventus president Andrea Agnelli has been banned for a year for his role in the sale of tickets to fan groups, the Italian Football Federation said Monday. The 41-year-old was also fined 20,000 euros ($23,770) while champions Juventus copped a fine of 300,000 euros ($356,000). Agnelli was accused of helping sell tickets to ultras fans, […]
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Brexit negotiators clash as talks resume

The EU and Britain resumed Brexit talks on Monday with fresh clashes, dimming hopes that a speech by Prime Minister Theresa May could provide a breakthrough in unlocking stalled negotiations. The European Union’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier insisted that he would not discuss May’s call for a two-year post-exit transition deal until there was progress […]
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Ooni enters seclusion for Olojo festival

Femi Makinde, Osogbo The people of Ile-Ife are eagerly awaiting the influx of foreigners into the town for this year’s Olojo Festival which is expected to climax next Saturday. The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, said this in Ile-Ife on Sunday evening shortly before he entered into seclusion for the period of seven days […]
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Naira records marginal gain, closes at 366/dollar

Oyetunji Abioye The naira rebounded on Monday and closed at 366 per United States dollar. The local unit, which opened last week at 369/dollar had closed at 367/dollar on Friday. The naira weakened two weeks ago and traded flat at 369/dollar for some days. Earlier, the local currency had been closing flat at 365/dollar. This […]
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Uber apologises over London mistakes, vows to appeal

The head of Uber apologised Monday for “mistakes” made by the US ride-sharing app after London authorities refused to renew its licence, but still vowed to appeal the decision. “While Uber had revolutionised the way people move in cities around the world, it’s equally true that we’ve got things wrong along the way,” Uber chief […]
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Buhari returns from London

Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Nigeria after spending eight days abroad. Buhari was said to have touched down at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja at 7pm on Monday. The President was received at the airport by his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, the Minister of […]
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Klopp grouchy ahead of Liverpool’s Spartak test

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp cut a tetchy figure during a slightly shambolic press conference in Moscow on Monday to preview his side’s Champions League game against Spartak Moscow. Sound issues, some peculiar questions from local reporters and a confused interpreter made for a surreal atmosphere, but Klopp was also irritated by the questions he received from […]
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FG charges Elephant Group with unlawful fertilizer importation

Oladimeji Ramon The Federal Government has filed a criminal charge against Elephant Group Limited and its Managing Director, Tunji Owoeye, over alleged unlawful importation of urea fertilizer, which the prosecution said, was one of the raw materials used for the building of Improvised Explosive Devices. The charge, marked FHC/207C/17, was filed before the Federal High […]
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Police probe firm’s directors for $2m withdrawal

Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The police are investigating the directors of a company, Helping Hands Concepts Ltd., over the alleged withdrawal of $2m from the firm’s bank account. It was learnt that detectives attached to the Police Special Investigative Panel are looking for Mr. Obioma Ngoka and Mrs. Luzviminda Mbike over their alleged involvement in the […]
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Adamawa lawmakers impeach principal officers, Speaker survives

Hindi Livinus, Yola The Speaker of Adamawa State House of Assembly, Kabiru Mijinyawa, representing Yola South, on Monday escaped impeachment but his deputy, Sunday Peter and three other principal officers of the Assembly were sacked. The removal of the principal officers of the Adamawa State Assembly, followed a motion moved by Muhammed Hayatu, a member […]
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Property transactions: Handling competition at offer stage

Abiodun Doherty Property transactions are done in stages. One of the most important stages is the offer stage when a willing buyer makes an offer to purchase a specific property. This occurs after the purchaser must have looked through several properties and conducted inspections. The buyer is expected to have done his or her due […]
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‘No alternative to peace in N’Delta’

Simon Utebor, Yenagoa The Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme and Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Brig. Gen. Paul Boroh (retd.), has maintained that there is no alternative to peace in the country. He, therefore, urged agitators in the Niger Delta to come out and embrace peace in order to develop and […]
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Amnesty International shuns FG probe panel on rights violation

Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt Amnesty International was conspicuously absent at the Presidential Panel of Investigation into the Armed Forces Compliance with Human Rights Obligations and Rules of Engagement, on Monday in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital. It was gathered that a nine-man panel led by Justice Biobele Georgewill had earlier invited Amnesty International to […]
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Court remands NCRI boss, Aigboire, in prison

Enyioha Opara, Minna A Federal High Court in Minna has ordered that the acting Executive Director of the National Cereals Research Institute, Badeggi, Niger State, Dr. Samuel Agboire, be remanded in prison until the determination of his application for bail. Justice Yellim Bogoro gave the order on Monday when Agboire was arraigned before the court […]
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NSE recorded N22.79bn total assets for 2016

Stanley Opara The Nigerian Stock Exchange total assets as at December 2016 were N22.79bn, according to its Chief Executive Officer, Oscar Onyema.  Onyema made the disclosure at the bourse’s 56th Annual General Meeting of its members on Monday in Lagos. During the meeting, the financial statements of the Exchange as at December 31, 2016 and […]
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Four reasons your bank balance is less than expected

Nike  Popoola It could be frustrating when your money is not available in your bank. When you make a deposit, you expect to be able to access the money as soon as you deposit it. However, the money may not be immediately accessible after putting it into the bank. Challenges like this help people to […]
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Top US investors eye Nigeria’s technology industry

Stanley Opara Top United States investors, under the US-Nigeria Council platform, are looking at exploring market opportunities domiciled in the Nigerian economy. Their intentions were made known at the just concluded 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York, which convened a high powered business dinner with top US investors with interest in Nigeria, a […]
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