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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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Parents Decry Terrible State of Ese Oruru,:Child in Detention

 As court fails to sit, adjourns Emmanuel Addeh in Yenagoa The Federal High Court Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, on Monday fixed the next hearing date for December 8, 2016 in a case involving the alleged abduction and forceful marriage of 14-year-old Ese Oruru by Yunusa Dahiru...
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Soldiers Shoot, Kill Footballer in Bayelsa

Emmanuel Addeh in Yenagoa Soldiers attached to the Joint Military Task Force, Operation Delta Safe, OPDS, have allegedly shot dead Joseph Izu, a footballer with Shooting Stars of Ibadan, Oyo State, who was in the state to visit his siblings at Okakhi, said to be a border town between Bayelsa and Rivers States...
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Buhari Gives Conditions for Talks With Boko Haram to Release Chibok Girls

Tobi Soniyi in Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the Federal Government is ready to continue negotiation with Boko Haram for the release of the remaining Government Secondary School, Chibok, girls as long as international organizations are involved...
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Tambuwal Approves Recruitment of 96 Science Teachers, 20 State Counsel

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has approved the recruitment of 96 new science and technology teachers and 20 lawyers to serve as counsel in the Sokoto state ministries of science and technology and justice respectively...
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Alleged N40b Fraud: FG Re-arraigns Nyako, 8 Others

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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67 Students Make First Class Honours at Unilorin, Says VC

By Hammed Shittu in Ilorin. The Vice Chancellor, University of Ilorin, Professor Abdulganiyu Ambali, on Monday disclosed that 67 out of 6,069 graduating first degree students of the University of Ilorin made first class honours this year...
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Justice Adeniyi Ademola: I Signed Confessional Statement at Gunpoint

Accuses AGF of masterminding arrest as payback for ordering his (Malami’s) detention for alleged professional misconduct in Kano Tobi Soniyi in Abuja Justice Adeniyi Ademola has declared that his arrest penultimate weekend during a raid on his Abuja house by operatives of the Department of State Services was a personal vendetta against him masterminded by...
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Like a Thief in the Night

Unprecedented. Dictatorial. Needful. Nigerians have deployed different adjectives to describe the overnight search of the homes of “corrupt” judges, including Supreme Court justices, by the Department of State Services (DSS). The DSS, on its part, said it was a “sting operation” — even when no suspect was caught in the act...
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114 Chibok Girls Feared Dead, Married off or Radicalised, Sources Claim

Only 83 will be negotiated for in next round of talks Anayo Okolie with agency report Of the roughly 197 kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls who still are unaccounted for after Boko Haram militants kidnapped them in Borno State two years ago, about 114 have either died, been married off, or become radicalised and don’t want to...
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Ondo 2016: Uncertainty Mounts over PDP’s Candidate as Party, INEC Differ

Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja and James Sowole in Akure There was considerable uncertainty at the weekend about the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the forthcoming election in Ondo State...
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Fire Guts 94 Shops in Yaba Market, Destroys Several Goods

Chiemelie Ezeobi An early morning fire on Sunday razed 94 out of the 201 shops located at the popular Yaba Market in Lagos, opposite the Presbyterian Church, destroying goods and property worth billions of naira...
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World Food Day: NGO Urges FG to Implement Maputo, Malabo Declarations

Segun Awofadeji in Bauchi As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to mark this year’s World Food Day, the Association of Small-Scale Agro Producers in Nigeria (ASSAPIN),a non-governmental organisation (NGO), has urged the Federal Government to, as a matter of urgency, accord farmers the much-needed recognition by implementing both the Maputo and Malabo declarations...
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Food, Energy Prices Push Inflation Further to 17.9%

Tobi Soniyi and James Emejo The Consumer Price Index (CPI), which measures inflation, maintained its upward streak at the weekend as it increased to 17.9 per cent in September from 17.6 per cent it stood in the previous month. The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), which released the CPI figures yesterday, noted that the 0...
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Buhari Visits Hospitalised General in Berlin Hospital

Tobi Soniyi in Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has visited a senior Nigerian military officer currently receiving treatment in a Berlin hospital in Germany...
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Despite Recession, Business is Good in Nigeria, Says US Firm

Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja An emerging high-tech mobile phone manufacturing giant, Akyumen Technologies Corporation has given the Nigerian business environment a clean bill of health inspite of the current economic challenges facing the country...
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NTNU to Offer 50% Discount to Deported Nigerian Students

Abimbola Akosile The Nigerian Turkish Nile University has expressed readiness to offer admission with 50 per cent discount tuition fees to any Nigerian student affected by the crisis in Turkey...
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Military Expresses Support for Political Decision on Chibok Girls

• Debunks any misgivings Senator Iroegbu in Abuja The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has expressed support for the authorities and political decisions in handling the processes leading to the negotiated release of some of the Chibok girls...
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Saraki Writes New UN Scribe, Hails His Emergence

Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Saturday congratulated the newly elected Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), Antonio Guetteres, describing him as a global citizen and statesman...
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YOMI AWOBOKUN: A HELPING HAND TO IDPs

In a fast-paced world where events of tremendous impact are taking place in split seconds, it is easy to be engrossed with current realities, forgetting that yesterday’s business had not been pursued to a logical conclusion. This appears to be the case with the teaming, intimidating and scandalous population of Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs...
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ALHAJI YOMI BOLARINWA (EX-DG, NBC) I’m a Muslim But I Have One Wife

Interviewed by Funke Olaode What was your childhood like? My parents were Egbas. I grew up in Ibadan. My father was a police officer. My mother traded in China wares. I was born in Queens Barracks in Mokola Area of Ibadan. We enjoyed communal life...
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