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Kwara to the Rescue

With the establishment of a state-of-the-art diagnostic centre to tackle over 3,000 ailments and conditions, the Kwara State Government is set to change the face of healthcare in Nigeria. Hammed Shittu writes Health is wealth so says an adage. That is the reason every level of government has been working round the clock to ensure that healthcare […]
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Walking into Slavery

Adibe Emenyonu writes on the endless tales of woe recounted by Edo returnees from Libya  The difference between the trans-Saharan slave trade/transatlantic slave trade which was abolished more than 200 years ago and the present day slavery is that while those involved in the former were forcefully sold out because they were war victims having been […]
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PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES AND STRIKES WITHOUT END

MONDAY EDITORIAL The authorities must find a way to end incessant strikes in the universities It is a measure of what tertiary education has become in our country today that many Nigerians are not even aware that administrative activities, including admissions of new entrants, have been suspended in all federal universities for almost three weeks. The strike, embarked upon by […]
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CBN Calms Anxiety in Treasury Bills Market

 • To sustain liquidity management operations By Obinna Chima     The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has assured investors that it will continue to carry out its liquidity management mandate through the issuance of Open Market Operations (OMO) bills in order to ensure price stability. The assurance came following the apprehension in the fixed income securities […]
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Oando Goes to Court of Appeal, Challenges SEC Sanctions

 • Accuses Gwarzo of bias By Alike Ejiofor   Oando PLC has approached the Court of Appeal for the review of sanctions imposed on it by the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC). Following an investigation into the company, which began in May 2017, the SEC had issued a technical suspension order of Oando’s shares and ordered a […]
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550MW Ondo IPP Supplies First Electricity to Grid in Q4, 2020

 • Senate queries TCN’s N738m expenditure on abandoned goods By Chineme Okafor and Damilola Oyedele in Abuja     Following the federal government’s approval of its power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET), promoters of the 550 megawatts (MW) capacity Ondo gas-fired Independent Power Project (IPP), have said the plant is projected to supply power to the national […]
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FG Begins Implementation of Gas Master Plan, Awards $2.8bn Ajaokuta-Kano Pipeline

By Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja     The implementation of the Nigerian Gas Master Plan (NGMP) got underway at the weekend as the federal government announced the award of $2,809,522,548.36 gas pipeline contract designed to run from Ajaokuta-Abuja-Kaduna-Kano. Although the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, who made the announcement yesterday, […]
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Come Clean on $1bn ECA Withdrawal, PDP Tells FG

By Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja     The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has challenged the federal government to be more honest with Nigerians on what it plans to use the $1bn excess crude oil money approved for its use by the National Economic Council (NEC) last week. The party also asked the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, […]
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Buhari: I’m Happy with My Improved Health

• Saraki, Obaseki, Okowa, others eulogise president at 75 By Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday expressed happiness that his health condition has recorded excellent improvement. The president who clocked 75 yesterday, thanked Nigerians for their concern and fervent prayers. Though he did not organise any birthday celebration, his aides presented him with […]
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Fuel Scarcity: Ngige Appeals to PENGASSAN to Shelve Planned Strike

By Senator Iroegbu in Abuja The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, has appealed to the Petroleum and Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) to shelve its planned strike in the spirit of conciliation brokered between it and Neconde Energy Services Ltd. Ngige in a statement yesterday by the Deputy Director, Press […]
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FG Releases Balance of Paris Club Refund to 27 States

IMF:Nigeria can save N2.75 tn with digital payment system FIRS targets 90% tax compliance in 2018 Kunle Aderinokun in Lagos, Ndubuisi Francis in Abuja and Obinna Chima The federal government has made good its promise to release the balance of the Paris Club refund to states, as 27 states of the federation have so far […]
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Leaders, APC Hail Buhari at 75

Onyebuchi Ezigbo and James Emejo in Abuja, Mohammed Aminu in Sokoto Leaders and politicians belonging to different political parties have offered felicitations to President Muhammadu Buhari as he marks his 75th birthday today. Former President Goodluck Jonathan, Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara, Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal, and Ekiti State Governor Ayo […]
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220 Boko Haram Terrorists Captured, Says Nigerian Army

Approval of $1 bn anti-terrorism grant in order, NGF replies Fayose Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja and Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri In a feat unequalled since the war against terrorism began about eight years ago, the Nigerian Army, at the weekend, said it captured 167 suspected Boko Haram terrorists in various operations in the North-east over […]
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N10bn Universities Solar Project Aimed at Developing Education Sector, Power Ministry Tells Senate C’tee

Damilola Oyedele in Abuja The Ministry of Power, Works and Housing has said its proposed N10 billion solar powered streetlight project in 37 federal universities and seven teaching hospitals is aimed at boosting effective learning, innovation and advancement, through uninterrupted power supply, to the institutions. The project, is part of the Energizing Education Programme (EEP) […]
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Ethiopian Airlines Fly with All-female Crew from Addis to Lagos

Chinedu Eze and Demola Ojo Africa’s most profitable airline, Ethiopian Airlines, on Saturday made history as it transported its passengers from the Bole International Airport Addis Ababa to the Murtala International Airport Lagos on a Boeing B777-300 ER plane operated by an all-female crew. The crew was made up of Captain Amsale Gualu, First Officer […]
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2m Nigerians Benefit as DfID Winds Down Country Programme

Growth and Employment in States (GEMS), a DfID funded market development project in Nigeria wound down recently at a ceremony to reflect on its achievements. The programme was initiated to facilitate market system changes to address identified constraints, in order to encourage economic growth; resulting in the creation of 10,000 new jobs and increased incomes […]
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Hisense Acquires Toshiba TV for $115m

Global home appliances manufacturing giant, Hisense Electronic Company Ltd, has acquired 95 per cent shares of Toshiba Visual Corporation (TVS), the television business subsidiary of the Toshiba Corporation. This acquisition includes Toshiba TV productions, brands and Operations service worldwide. The acquisition agreement which was signed off recently with erstwhile owners, Toshiba Corporation of Japan, cost […]
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Power Generation Hits Highest Levels this Month

• 5,156MW, 5,077MW, 5,103MW recorded on Dec 8, 14, 15, respectively Chineme Okafor in Abuja Nigeria recorded the three highest power generation figures for the first time in her electricity generation history, report from the office of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has disclosed. The power generation figures, which were recorded in three days of the […]
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Buhari Challenges W’African Leaders to Boost Economies to Avert Migration

Omololu Ogunmade and Alex Enumah in Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari saturday in Abuja challenged his colleagues and heads of governments in West Africa to drive aggressive economic growth and save the lives of youths who constantly perish in search of greener pasture in Europe. Buhari who made the call while addressing the 52nd ordinary session […]
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Osinbajo Celebrates Media Contribution to Nigeria’s Growth

Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja Vice President Yemi Osinbajo SAN saturday hailed the Nigerian media for their contributions to the development of the Nigerian society. He said “the democracy we enjoy today would not have been possible without the guerrilla efforts of some of our finest and most irrepressible journalists.” The vice president, according to a […]
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IMF Affirms Nigeria as Africa’s Biggest Economy

Nigeria has been affirmed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as the biggest economy in Africa — ahead of South Africa and Egypt. In August 2016, Nigeria was reported to have lost its spot as Africa’s biggest economy to South Africa, following the recalculation of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP)...
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Let’s Keep Nigerian Children Safe, Says Osinbajo’s Wife

Peace Obi The wife of the Vice-President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo, has called on all Nigerians to rise to the challenge of ensuring that children are safe from every form of harm or molestation as they grow and seek education...
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The Many Lies in Paden’s Book

Perspective   Professor John Paden’s new book on President Muhammadu Buhari is a basket of lies, writes Reno Omokri    The book ‘Muhammadu Buhari – The Challenges of Leadership in Nigeria’ by Professor John Paden is not only an intellectually lazy work, it is also a fallacious document hastily put together to paint the protagonist in...
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Suspected Robbers Kill Mimiko’s Convoy’s CSO

By James Sowole The Chief Security Officer (CSO) attached to the convoy of Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State, Mr Idowu Oyewole, was in the early hours of Thursday shot dead by suspected armed robbers...
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Tambuwal Approves Recruitment of 96 Science Teachers, 20 State Counsels

The Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has approved the recruitment of 96 new science and technology teachers and 20 lawyers to serve as counsels in the state ministries of science and technology and justice respectively...
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Emefiele and the Economic Recession

    The central bank governor is doing his best for the economy, writes Williams Eghebi Early this year, Pastor Tunde Bakare, perhaps in response to his dwindling church collections, called for the resignation or sack of Mr. Godwin Emefiele, Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)...
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Presidency Treats Graduate Ex-Militants to a Dinner

*As Osinbajo begs agitators to Embrace peace By Tobi Soniyi The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has again appealed to militants in the Niger Delta to shun violence and embrace peace even as he stated that everybody loses when pipelines are blown up...
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Stakeholders Differ on Benefits of UTME Results’ Validity Extension

The passage of the bill extending the validity of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination results to three years has sparked reactions from education stakeholders, while some think it will affect admission processes into tertiary institutions, others say it is a welcome development in line with best practices...
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FirstBank Partners Uber Nigeria

Uber Nigeria has announced that it is now making low-interest, used-vehicle loans available to its top-rated driver-partners. To this end, it explained that it has gone into partnership with FirstBank Nigeria Limited, as well as smaller financiers...
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NUC Articulates Strategies to Transform Varsity Education

Uchechukwu Nnaike Henceforth Nigerian universities will no longer offer sub-degree diploma programmes, as the National Universities Commission (NUC) has directed universities running them to begin the process of winding them down...
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All Set for Coronation of New Oba of Benin Today

British govt congratulates crown prince, Buhari, Saraki, others to attend ceremony By Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City The proud and ancient Kingdom of Benin and the people of Edo State will be making history today, with the crowning of the 39th Oba of the Kingdom and the 70th ruler in the Ogiso dynasty...
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CBN Ramps up FX Allocation to Airlines, Manufacturers, Others

Pumps $314m through special intervention on forex market By Obinna Chima In an effort to meet part of the pent up demand for foreign exchange by critical sectors of the economy, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) yesterday allocated $314 million to Nigerian banks for onward sale to their customers through Special Secondary Market Intervention...
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NGO Decries Dearth of Female Teachers in Rural Areas

Segun Awofadeji in Bauchi The Bauchi High Level Women Advocates (HILWA) has expressed concern that the problem of inadequate female teachers in schools, especially in rural areas is hindering the education of the girl-child in the state. The Chairperson of HILWA, Hon...
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Access Bank Raises US$300m Eurobond from International Market

THISDAY SPECIAL RELEASE By Obinna Chima Access Bank Plc has successfully raised US$300 million via a Eurobond from the international bond market. The bank recently accessed the international market to raise the bond, with a maturity date of October 2021 and at a coupon of 10.5 per cent...
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ECOWAS Condemns Terror Attacks in Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso

Alex Enumah in Abuja The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Thursday condemned the armed attacks perpetrated in Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso, which injured many and also claimed several lives among the security forces...
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Buhari’s Infantile View of Nigeria

OP-ED By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie I was 7 years old the first time I recognised political fear. My parents and their friends were talking about the government, in our living room, in our relatively big house, set on relatively wide grounds at a southeastern Nigerian university, with doors shut and no strangers present...
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ECOWAS Condemns Terror Attacks in Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso

By Alex Enumah    The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)Thursday   condemned the armed attacks perpetrated in Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso, which injured many and also claimed several lives among the security forces...
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NIPCO Acquires ExxonMobil’s 60% Stake in Mobil Oil 

 Seeks approval from SEC, NSE Crude prices hit 15-month high By Ejiofor Alike with agency report In a deal certain to boost confidence in the downstream segment of Nigeria’s oil and gas industry, indigenous downstream company, NIPCO Plc, announced yesterday that it has acquired a 60 per cent stake in Mobil Oil Nigeria (MON) Plc...
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CBN to Settle 60-day FX Forward, Guarantees  LCs for Importers

By Obinna Chima In fulfilment of its pledge to fund forward sales under the flexible FX  regime, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has disclosed plans to within the next few months, fund the 60-day forward sales and request from the agricultural, aviation, machinery and raw materials sectors, thus guaranteeing letters of credit (LCs) for...
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New Oba of Benin Crowned

Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City The coronation of Edaiken N’Uselu , Prince Eheneden Erediauwa, as the new Oba of Benin climax on Thursday when he left the Usama Palace ground in full regalia of an Oba. He had been crowned in the early hours of the day, about 2.00am, according to a palace source...
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Northern Leaders Must Prioritise Education, Inclusiveness –Tambuwal

Northern leaders must prioritize education and promote inclusiveness in order to minimize conflicts and ensure long-term development of the region, Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has said...
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Onah: Restructuring Won’t Break Nigeria

Personality Interview National President of the Ndokwa Political Leaders’ Forum, Rear-Admiral Mike Onah (rtd) expressed deep concern about the continued exclusion of Ndokwaland from the Niger Delta Development Commission Board since established in 2000. ‎He also talked about issues of restructuring, anti-corruption war, Niger-Delta crisis and others. He spoke to Shola Oyeyipo...
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Registrar Urges FG to Appoint VCs as Heads of JAMB Board

Paul Obi in Abuja The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Is-haq Oloyede, has called on the federal government to revert to the old days where only serving vice-chancellors of universities were made chairmen of the governing board of JAMB for good synergy and harmonious relationship with a view to effectively...
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Firm Unveils Video Tutorials to Boost Learning

The quest by Nigerian students to compete favourably with their counterparts in other parts of the world using ICT recently received a boost with the launch of the ‘Video Tutorials’, which enables students to interact directly with a tutor like in a classroom setting...
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Varsity Don Seeks Improved Funding of Girl-child Education

Mohammed Aminu in Sokoto A lecturer at the Faculty of Education, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Prof. A’isha Madawaki, has called for improved funding of girl-child education. Speaking at a stakeholders’ forum in Sokoto, Madawaki said such funding is required for the establishment of more girl schools, which should be adequately funded...
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Appointment of Deans, HODs Causes Stir at AAUA

James Sowole in Akure Few days after the suspension of a three month strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko (AAUA) chapter over unpaid outstanding salaries and deductions, another crisis is looming at the institution. The looming crisis according to the Chairman of the institution’s chapter of ASUU, Dr...
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Sokoto Sets Up Industrial Centre to Train Artisanal Miners

Mohammed Aminu in Sokoto The Sokoto State Commissioner of Solid Minerals, Alhaji Bello Goronyo, on Thursday said arrangements had been concluded for the establishment of a State Industrial Training Centre to train artisanal miners in the state...
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Buhari Consoles Saro-Wiwa Jnr’s Wife‎ on Telephone

By Tobi Soniyi President Muhammadu Buhari has consoled the widow of the environmental activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa Jr, assuring her that the family is not alone in mourning the passage of the illustrious son of Ogoni land...
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Trump May Not Accept Presidential Election Result

By Zacheaus Somorin in Washington DC with agency report   Republican candidate Donald Trump may not accept the outcome of the November 8 US presidential election if he loses, challenging a cornerstone of American democracy and sending shock waves across the political spectrum...
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Suspected Robbers Kill Mimiko’s Convoy’s CSO

By James Sowole The Chief Security Officer (CSO) attached to the convoy of Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State, Mr Idowu Oyewole, was in the early hours of Thursday shot dead by suspected armed robbers...
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EFCC Set to Invite Dogara, Lasun, Others over N100bn Constituency Projects

·Grills officials of 16 ministries Iyobosa Uwugiaren in Abuja There are indications that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) may invite the Speaker of House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, his deputy, Hon...
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Emirates, Kenya Airways Suspend Abuja Operations

·Dubai-based airline may also jettison Lagos route ·FG appoints two new directors in FAAN Chinedu Eze Dubai-based Emirates Airlines and Kenya Airways have announced the suspension of their flights to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, in the face of the economic downturn in the country, foreign exchange scarcity, and the shrinking passenger...
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In Major Pushback, Justice Okoro Alleges Amaechi, Umana Tried to Bribe Him

·Claims transport minister bandied Buhari’s name, ex-gov denies allegation ·President: Corrupt judiciary will render anti-graft war wasteful Tobi Soniyi and Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja 
In a major pushback by the judiciary to absolve itself of claims that some judges have been taking bribes, leading to their recent arrest by the Department of State Services (DSS)...
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Benin Crown Prince Returns from Use, Edo Govt Declares Public Holiday for Coronation

Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City Ahead of the coronation of the new Oba of Benin, the Crown Prince, Eheneden Erediauwa, yesterday left Usama palace for Use where he picked his title which is to be announced on coronation day...
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Ken Saro-Wiwa’s Son Dies, Wike Expresses Shock

Ken Saro-Wiwa Jr, the eldest son of the late renowned playwright and Ogoni environmental rights activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa, has died. It was gathered that Saro-Wiwa Jr, who was based in Abuja, died yesterday in a London hospital after a brief illness...
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Sokoto Becomes First State to Initiate Bill for Right to Education

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State has initiated the Right to Education Bill 2016 in recognition and protection of right to education for children between six and 18 years in the state. This is the first time any state in Nigeria will seek to legally make education a fundamental human right of all children...
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PDP Condemns EFCC’s Detention of Fani-Kayode’s Wife

Mrs. Fani-Kayode narrates ordeal, says commission lied Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has frowned at the detention of the wife of former spokesperson of its Presidential Campaign Organisation, Mrs. Precious  Chikwendu  Fani-Kayode, by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)...
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Uncertainty Trails New PDP Reconciliation

Scheduled inauguration of peace panel fails to hold Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja A huge doubt has been cast on the new reconciliatory move aimed at resolving the crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the inauguration of the reconciliation committee scheduled for yesterday failed to hold as planned...
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FG Assures China on Counterpart Funding for Bilateral Agreements

Tobi Soniyi in Abuja 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 to fast- track ongoing efforts in closing infrastructure gaps...
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FULL TEXT OF NATIONAL JUDICIAL COUNCIL ON RECENT ARREST OF JUDICIAL OFFICER BY DSS

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Chibok Girls: UNICEF Advocates More Support to Shattered Lives.

 •Says recent family reunions of released girls highlight plight of thousands held by Boko Haram By  Kasim Sumaina The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has advocated the need for more support to rebuild the lives of the 21 released girls earlier kidnapped by Boko Haram more than two years ago in Chibok, northeast Nigeria...
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Northern Leaders Must Prioritize Education, Inclusiveness –Tambuwal

Northern leaders must prioritize education and promote inclusivity in order to minimize conflicts and ensure long-term development of the region, Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has said...
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As the Chibok Girls Return …

THE HORIZON BY KAYODE KOMOLAFE  Kayode.komolafe@thisdaylive.com Senator Shehu Sani, who obviously knows more than many of us about the negotiation leading to the return of the abducted Chibok girls, has urged caution in handling the matter...
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Kachikwu: FG, India to Sign Deal on $15bn Upfront Payment for Nigerian Crude

 Expects 22% rise in oil output to 2.2mbpd Ejiofor Alike with agency reports The federal government is set to sign a cash-raising oil deal with India for $15 billion by the end of this year, just as Nigeria’s oil production is also expected to rise by 22 per cent to 2...
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JTF Nabs Top Commander of N’Delta Militant Group

Sylvester Idowu in Warri A top commander of the Urhobo/Isoko militant group, the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate (NDGJM), has been nabbed by the operatives of the Joint Task Force (JTF) in the oil-rich region, code-named Operation Delta Safe...
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Two Judges in EFCC Net over Bribes from Lawyers

Justices Ademola, Dimgba resume sitting  Presidential c’ttee defends arrests by DSS, explains why govt can’t spend recovered loot Davidson Iriekpen in Lagos, Tobi Soniyi and Paul Obi in Abuja As the crackdown on corruption in the judiciary continues, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) monday commenced the interrogation of two judges of the Federal...
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Chibok Girls: Buhari Gives Conditions for Further Talks with Boko Haram

FG assures freed girls of qualitative medical care Tobi Soniyi in Abuja and Martins Ifijeh in Lagos President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the federal government is ready to continue negotiations with Boko Haram for the release of the remaining Chibok secondary school girls as long as international organisations are involved...
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Mr. President, You Do Need an Economic Team

That we are facing challenges with the economy is no longer news. Oil prices have remained low and around $50 per barrel in the last couple of months. This situation is exacerbated by the drop in crude export capacity from about 2.2m barrels of crude per day to less than 1...
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PDP Condemn EFCC’s  Detention of Fani-Kayode’s Wife

Mrs. Fani-Kayode  narrates ordeal, says EFCC lied By Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has frowned on Monday’s  detention of the wife of former spokesperson of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organization, Mrs. Precious Chikwendu  Fani-Kayode, by operatives of the Economic & Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)...
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EFCC Detains Fani-Kayode’s Wife, Baby Inside Bank in Ekiti

 Former minister to sue anti-graft agency Olakiitan Victor in Ado Ekiti In what looks like a wild drama to onlookers, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) monday allegedly detained the wife of the former Minister of Aviation, Mrs Precious Fani-Kayode and her baby in a bank in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State capital while making...
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FG Shops for Investors, Showcases 16 Startups to IBM, Others

By Dele Ogbodo in Dubai The Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, the Head of Service of the Federation (HoS), Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, and the Governor of Plateau State, Mr. Simon Lalong, on Tuesday, called on IBM, LG Electronics, Microsoft, Avaya, Lenovo, Oracle and other ICT players to invest in the country...
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Police Burst Visa Racketeering Syndicate, Arrest Suspect

By Chiemelie Ezeobi The Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command burst a visa racketeering syndicate and arrested the mastermind, one Emu-Larry Chidiebere, on Tuesday. The 28-year-old suspect was arrested for being  involved in the United Arab Emirate’s visa racketeering scheme at the Ajah area of Lagos State...
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Wike: FG Working Relentlessly to Kill PDP

  By Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt     Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has accused the Federal Government of working relentlessly to kill the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)...
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Land Grabbing: Osun Farmers Storm House of Assembly

By Yinka Kolawole in Osogbo Hundreds of farmers in Sasa Forest Reserve, Ile-Ife, Osun state, on Tuesday stormed the state House of Assembly over alleged invasion of their farmlands by some indigenes of Ile-Ife who have taken over their properties...
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Oyo/Osun Customs Nets N11bn in Nine Months

By Ademola Babalola in Ibadan With just two months to the end of the fiscal year 2016, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Oyo/Osun Command on Tuesday declared that it generated the sum of N11,147,238,490.32 between the months of January and September this year. The Customs Area Controller, Mr...
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Obanikoro Surrenders to Anti-graft Commission, Detained for Interrogation

Iyobosa Uwugiaren In Abuja The former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, has surrendered to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and he is currently being interrogated at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja by some senior operatives of the anti-graft agency. The Head, Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Mr...
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Recession: Nigerian Mogul, Femi Otedola Loses $1.3bn in Value

Latest ranking of the world’s richest people by Forbes has shown that oil tycoon and Nigerian business mogul, Femi Otedola‘s net worth has plunged from $1.8 billion to $550 million as the economic downturn has led to a massive drop in the stock price of Forte Oil, the Nigerian Stock Exchange-listed petroleum marketing company...
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Senate Committee Backs CBN’s Monetary Policies

 Emefiele: Economic challenges difficult but surmountable James Emejo in Abuja The Chairman, Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions, Senator Rafiu Adebayo Ibrahim, monday said he was so far satisfied with the current monetary policy measures adopted by the Central Banking of Nigeria (CBN) to get the economy on the right track...
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Lawmaker Wants Buhari to Declare War on Killer Herdsmen

By John Shiklam A member of the House of Representatives representing Zangon Kataf/ Jaba federal constituency in Kaduna state, Hon Sunday Marshall Katung ‎ has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare total war on the killer herdsmen terrorising communities in the southern part of Kaduna state...
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Again, Court Sacks Enugu Reps, Orders Refund of Eemoluments

By Alex Enumah in Abuja The Abuja division of the Federal High Court has again ordered two House of Representatives members from Enugu State to vacate their seats in the National Assembly. They are: Hon. Stella Ngwu from Igbo-Etiti/Uzo-Uwani Federal Constituency and Hon. Dennis Nnmachi Agbo from Igbo-Eze North/Udenu Federal Constituency...
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Shell MD: Maxy Specialty Centre will Reverse Medical Tourism in Nigeria

Martins Ifijeh The Group Managing Director, Shell Nigeria, Mr. Osagie Okunbor, has declared that the newly inaugurated Maxy Super-Specialty Centre, a member of the Reddington Healthcare Group, will greatly reduce medical tourism in the country...
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FG ‎Assures China of Readiness to Provide Counterpart Funding for Bilateral Agreements

By Tobi Soniyi in Abuja 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 to fast-track ongoing efforts in closing infrastructure gaps...
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Police Burst Visa Racketeering Syndicate, Arrest Suspect

By Chiemelie Ezeobi The Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command burst a visa racketeering syndicate and arrested the mastermind, one Emu-Larry Chidiebere, on Tuesday. The 28-year-old suspect was arrested for being  involved in the United Arab Emirate’s visa racketeering scheme at the Ajah area of Lagos State...
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There is need for Expansion of Prosecution Roles, EFCC is Overburdened, Says Lagos DPP

Ugo Aliogo The Lagos Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mrs...
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El-Zakzakky’s trial: Nigerians in Dispora Protest, Demand Speedy Prosecution

Ugo Aliogo Movement of the People of Nigeria (MPN), a group of Nigerians initiated a protest on Monday at the United Nations Building and Nigeria House in New York City, US, against the non-prosecution of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) IMN leader, Mr. Ibraheem El-Zakyzaky...
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Judges’ Arrest: Report from Presidency Says DSS Acted in Accordance with Law

Dismisses Justice Ademola’s claim he was coerced into signing statement Buhari, AGF, DSS sued over arrests By Tobi Soniyi in Abuja An internal legal review ‎undertaken by the presidency on the raid of judges’ residences and their arrests by the Department of State Services (DSS), has concluded that the DSS acted in accordance with the...
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Buhari Doubles Down, Insists His Wife’s Job is to Look After Him, Belongs in the Kitchen

By Crusoe Osagie President Muhammadu Buhari is doubling down on his reaction to his wife’s BBC interview last week, insisting that Aisha Buhari’s place is in the kitchen and to look after him. He was also of the opinion that she should steer clear of politics...
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Obanikoro Surrenders to EFCC, Detained for Interrogation

By Iyobosa Uwugiaren In Abuja The former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, has surrendered to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). He is currently being interrogated at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja by some senior operatives of the anti-graft agency. The Head, Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Mr...
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Alleged N40b Fraud: FG Re-arraigns Nyako, 8 Others

By Alex Enumah in Abuja   The Federal Government of Nigeria on Monday re-arraigned former governor of Adamawa State, Admiral Murtala Nyako (rtd.), his son Abdullajeez Nyako, and seven others at the Abuja division of the Federal High Court, over N40 billion fraud allegedly committed while in office...
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CBN Includes Airlines in Interbank Foreign Exchange Market

  By Chinedu Eze After months of agitation, the federal government has included airlines in the Interbank Foreign Exchange Market. By this development, airlines would now be given priority when they request for foreign exchange, along with others also shortlisted...
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The Perfect President 

Monday Discourse Make no mistake, President Muhammadu Buhari is his own problem, writes Olawale Olaleye In the run up to the 2015 elections, certain assumptions were conceived by some of the anti-Goodluck Jonathan forces and thrown into the mix. This negative puffery trended really good, no thanks to the age of the influential media...
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Torrent of Emotions as Chibok Girls, Parents Reunite After Two Years Apart

Girls were starved for 40 days, narrowly escaped bomb blasts IBB: Hope not lost for others  By Iyobosa Uwugiaren and Olawale Ajimotokan in Abuja and Laleye Dipo in Minna It was a torrent of emotions during a special thanksgiving service held yesterday at the Department of State Services (DSS) health facility, when the 21 Chibok...
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Shell Faces Lawsuit over Activists’ Execution

The widow of a Nigerian activist is planning to sue Royal Dutch Shell in the Dutch courts alleging the oil company was complicit in the execution of her husband by the Nigerian military in 1995, court documents filed in the United States last week show...
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Metuh’s Surety Withdraws from Case

  By Alex Enumah in Abuja Dr. Olugbumi Usim-Wilson, one of the sureties who guaranteed the bail of former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, Olisa Metuh, who is facing corruption charges on Monday approached a Federal High Court in Abuja with an application seeking to withdraw...
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Furore Over the Arrest of Judges

GUEST COLUMNIST BY SAIDU DANSADAU There has been intense public reaction to the pre-dawn arrest of some judicial officers, including two justices of the Supreme Court, for alleged corrupt practices. Some have spoken up in support, other rabidly against the action of the Department of State Services (DSS) in arresting the Judges...
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Francesca Chiejina: Nigeria’s Rising Soprano Who’s Knocking Down Barriers

By Okechukwu Uwaezuoke “One of my earliest childhood musical memories is sight-reading a piano piece, hearing the music for the first time, and being in complete blissful awe that my fingers, hitting these black and white keys, were creating this music...
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Empowering Journalists through the IPC Safety Initiative

Journalists who participated in the IPC safety workshop in Lagos came away wishing another session comes up in the shortest possible time...
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Rekindled Hope for Injured Children of the N’East

  While most children without limbs lost to gunshots or bombings in the North-east may have had their dreams dashed, a few have been given a new lease of life, including prosthetics and the opportunity to get educated by Stanbic IBTC Bank...
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U.S.-Nigeria Relations and the 2016 American Elections

OP-ED F. John Bray, U.S. Consul General, Lagos The United States has held one presidential election during the four years I have worked in Nigeria and I was struck then by Nigerians’ keen interest in and detailed knowledge of the election...
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JTF Nabs Top Commander of Niger Delta Militant Group

Sylvester Idowu in Warri A top Commander of the Urhobo/Isoko militant group, Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate (NDGJM), has been nabbed by the operatives of the Joint Task Force (JTF) code-named Operation Delta Safe. Security sources told THISDAY Monday night that the high profile suspect was apprehended on Sunday after diligent surveillance by JTF operatives...
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