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Ajaokuta Steel: We’ll resist concessioning – Dogara

Abuja Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has expressed reservations for any plan to once again concession the moribund Ajaokuta Steel Company Limited, insisting that “Nigeria has the means to bring it back to life.” Recalling how two of such attempts were made without success in the past, Dogara said: “No country […]

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Mother of 5 ‘murdered’ by husband

The police have arrested a man for allegedly killing his wife and mother of their five children in Mbiabam Ibiono community, Itam local government area of Akwa Ibom state. The woman, identified as Bella by neighbours who spoke with our correspondent, was allegedly hacked to death with a machete yesterday morning by her husband, a […]

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Valentine: NACA cautions on unprotected sex, multiple partners

The National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) has advised Nigerians, especially youths, to “love wisely’’ as they prepare to celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14. Sani Aliyu, the Director General, NACA, gave the advice in a statement issued by the Head, Public Relations and Protocol of the agency, Toyin Aderibigbe, in Abuja yesterday. […]

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Rape victims’ families want charges dropped – Police

The Commissioner of Police in Borno state, Damian Chukwu, has expressed concern over the spate of rape cases in the state and called on victims to seek redress. Chukwu said this while briefing journalists after the monthly police officers’ meeting in Maiduguri, the state capital, yesterday. He said proactive sensitisation measures were necessary to promote […]

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Suspected herders kill 2 Civil Defenders in Benue

Two officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have been found dead in Benue state following a gun battle with armed attackers suspected to be herdsmen, it has been learnt. “They were in a gun duel with the herders and, unfortunately, we lost two,” NSCDC spokesperson, Emmanuel Okeh, told our correspondent by […]

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Green infrastructure as panacea for ecosystem services

Building green and sustainable cities in both urban and rural areas has to comply with the ecosystem services that green infrastructure can provide, HELEN OJI writes on the pillars that make a green city in an environment setting. Building green and sustainable cities consistent with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 11 (SDGs), which is […]

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Court remands 2 persons over alleged armed robbery

Osogbo An Osogbo Chief Magistrates’ Court has remanded two persons in Ilesa Prison over alleged armed robbery and unlawful possession of firearms. The defendants, Bayo Ajisafe, 27, and Wale Makinde, 29, are facing a three-count charge bothering on robbery and conspiracy, but their pleas were not taken as they had no legal representation. The Prosecutor, […]

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Police arrest cleric for armed robbery in Ogun

Abeokuta A Pastor, Daniel Onwugbufor, has been arrested by the men of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS), in Ogun state, for alleged armed robbery. The suspect, who is the General Overseer of God’s Favour Ministry, Iba, in Lagos state, and reportedly leader of a three-man syndicate which specialises in car snatching. A press statement […]

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Trader docked for absconding with goods worth N685,000

A Lagos-based trader, Joseph Orji, has been arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for allegedly obtaining 16,485 cartons of Dettol disinfectant worth N685,000 by false pretences. Orji, is facing a two-count charge of obtaining by false pretences and stealing. Police Prosecutor Innocent Odugbo told the court that the accused committed the offences in October 2017 […]

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Don’t patronise unpainted taxi, VIO urges FCT residents

Abuja The FCT Directorate of Roads Traffic Services (DRTS) also known as Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO) has advised residents of the territory to desist from patronising unpainted taxi cabs. Public Relations Officer of the directorate, Mr Kalu Emetu, gave the advice in an interview with journalists in Abuja. Emetu advised them to use painted taxi […]

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Court remands 2 persons over ‘robbery’

Osogbo An Osogbo Chief Magistrates’ Court, yesterday, remanded two persons in Ilesa Prison over alleged armed robbery and unlawful possession of firearms. The defendants, Bayo Ajisafe, 27, and Wale Makinde, 29, are facing a three-count charge bothering on robbery and conspiracy. Their pleas were not taken as they had no legal representation when their case […]

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Woman bags 6-months for fraud

Abuja Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibadan Zonal office, has secured the conviction of one Folashade Olukemi Adeleke on 2-counts of stealing contrary to Section 390(9) of the Criminal Code Cap Act C38 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004. A press statement by the EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, yesterday in Abuja, said Adeleke […]

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Man docked for theft, impersonation

Abuja Police in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), yesterday, arraigned one Zeheed Ibrahim in a Kubwa Grade 1 Area Court in Abuja for alleged theft and for posing as a pastor. Ibrahim was docked on charges of criminal conspiracy, theft, impersonation and being in possession of property, suspected to be stolen. He pleaded not guilty […]

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I ‘d rather fry and sell ‘akara’ than beg–Widow

Yes, the times are hard, but a single mother of two, Aisha Yakubu, found solace in selling bean cake, popularly called “akara”, rather than resort to begging in the city of Abuja, she confides in ADEOLA TUKURU Aisha, 34, a native of Kogi State came to the city of Abuja in 2013, with nothing and […]

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Over 2,500 investors to participate at 3rd Real Estate summit

  Over 2,500 investors have indicated their intention to participate in this year’s edition of the Nigeria Real Estate Summit and Expo, its organisers have said. Also, at the summit, N20billion worth of real estate deals is expected to be struck. The summit, which is the 3rd in its series, with the theme: “Collaborating to […]

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FX market gets $210m boost

Abuja The inter-bank Foreign Exchange market has received the sum of $210million from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), to meet customers’ requests in various segments of the market. In its determination to meet the customers’ needs in the sundry segments of the market, the CBN offered $100million to authorized dealers in the wholesale segment […]

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BPSR boss lauds budget ministry

The Ag. Director-General of Bureau of Public Service Reform (BPSR), Mr. D. I. Arabi has commended the management of Budget and National Planning Ministry for driving the change matrix of the federal government through its Capacity Building Process among the staff of the Ministry. The training is to restore the value of governance and adopt […]

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Equity market opens in negative trend, shedding N139bn

Lagos Transactions at the nation’s equity market opens in downward trend, declining by N139 billion. Market capitalisation of listed equities depreciated by 0 90 per cent to N15.337 trillion from N15.476 trillion recorded the previously. The Nigerian Stock Exchange All Share Index dropped by 390.03 basis points to 42737.89 points from 43127.92 points reported on […]

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The science, technology and innovation expo 2018

Innovation is an aspect of study and research methodology that is very vital in every aspect for any developing or developed nation. BINTA SHAMA examines this report from the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology. No stone is left unturned The Minister of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu being the […]

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Startling statistics of Nigeria’s healthcare system, By Jerry Uwah

Nigeria has an appalling health care delivery system. Consequently, Africa’s largest economy parades the second highest maternal mortality rate in the continent. With 814 deaths per 100, 000 live births in 2015, Nigeria was second only to Chad in high maternal mortality rate. The child mortality rate is equally horrendous. World Health Organisation (WHO) statistics […]

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Osun court remands 3 for robbery, possession of charms

Osogbo Osun state Magistrate’s Court, sitting in Osogbo, the state capital, yesterday, remanded three persons in Ilesa prison custody for alleged armed robbery. The accused persons, Bayo Ajisafe, 27, Wale Makinde, 29, and Olatoke Taiwo, 32, are facing a seven-count charge bordering on conspiracy, theft, unlawful possession of fire arms, armed robbery and attempt killing. […]

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N124m: EFCC arraigns ex-banker over theft allegations

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibadan Zonal Office, yesterday arraigned a former banker, Adejare Sonde, before the State High Court, Abeokuta, Ogun State on a 12-count charge bordering on stealing of about N124 million, forgery and altering of documents. The defendant, who appeared before judge, A. A Akinyemi, however, pleaded not guilty to […]

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Naked passenger forces plane back to Anchorage

An Alaska Airlines flight to Seattle was forced to return to Anchorage early Wednesday after a passenger locked himself in the bathroom, took off all his clothes, and refused to follow crew instructions. Kate Danyluk, a passenger on the flight, told The Associated Press she knew something was wrong because the flight attendants kept going […]

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Boulder-sized ice block falls from sky in London

The moment a large block of ice fell from the sky and landed just metres from a street cleaner in London has been caught on camera. CCTV showed the man’s narrow escape after the ice crashed to the ground at speed and smashed into pieces in North Road, Kew. The incident on Wednesday morning is […]

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Professor replaced after insisting Australia isn’t a country

An online adjunct professor incorrectly told a student that Australia isn’t a country and gave her a failing grade, prompting Southern New Hampshire University to replace the instructor. Buzzfeed News reports that the 27-year-old student in Idaho was assigned to compare American social norms to that of another country. She chose to study social media […]