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Ex-NNPC boss Yakubu withdraws N1bn suit against FG, EFCC

By Chizoba Ogbeche, with agencies Embattled former group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Andrew Yakubu, has withdrawn a suit against the federal government and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over unlawful detention, which was a breach to his fundamental rights. Recall that the former GMD had sued the […]

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There’re 3m Almajiris in Kano – Ganduje

 Promotes 10,000 teachers By Bode Olagoke Kano More than three million Almajiris currently live in Kano state with the larger percentage of them migrating from Niger, Chad, North-east, North-west and other states of the federation, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has revealed. Ganduje, who made the disclosure during an interactive session with journalists recently in Kano, […]

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Terrorists can never occupy Nigeria again – Buhari

We’ll establish historical museum in Sambisa Forest – Shettima From Musa Umar Bologi and Sadiq Ibrahim, Sambisa Forest President Muhammadu Buhari has assured that never again “will any terrorists group occupy any of the Nigerian territory.” Buhari gave the assurance yesterday while declaring open the Nigerian Army Small Arms Championship (NASAC) in Sambisa Forest, Borno […]

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NOUN VC tasks varsities on functional websites

By Martin Paul Abuja The vice-chancellor, National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Prof. Abdalla Uba Adamu, has decried the dearth of functional websites in Nigerian universities. Speaking yesterday in Abuja at the opening of 53rd meeting and 30th anniversary celebration of the Committee of Deans of Post-graduate Schools (CDPGS), Adamu said only the University of […]

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CBN to banks: Don’t sell dollar above N360

The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, on Monday directed all deposit money banks to immediately commence the sale of foreign exchange to their customers at not more than N360 to the dollar. The spokesperson of the CBN, Isaac Okarafor, said all customers requesting forex for their basic transport allowance and personal transport allowance, tuition and […]

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We don’t post corps members to other countries – NYSC

By John Oba Abuja National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has denied report flying on the social media that the Scheme had begun to post corps members to countries abroad. Speaking yesterday at a workshop organised by the Press and Public Relations Department of the Scheme in Abuja, the Director-general, Brig.-Gen. Suleiman Kazaure, said despite some […]

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NIS commends Blueprint over ‘balanced reportage’

By Bode Olagoke Abuja Authorities of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) have commended Blueprint Newspapers Limited for what it called objective and accurate reporting house style of the media organisation. The Comptroller-General of the Service, Mohammed Babandede, in an appreciation letter dated March 23, 2017, and addressed to the paper’s Editor-in Chief, appreciated “with admiration […]

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ACF to Yoruba elders: Don’t give ethnic colouration to Ife crisis

By AbdulRaheem Aodu Kaduna Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has appealed to Yoruba elders to toe the line of national unity and restrain from giving ethnic colouration to the recent Ile-Ife crisis. It described the clash between some Yoruba and Hausa traders in the ancient city as “criminality which does not know ethnicity or religion,” urging […]

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Meningitis: Death toll rises to 23 in Sokoto

The death toll as a result of the meningitis epidemic in Sokoto state has now risen to 23, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. The State Health Commissioner, Balarabe Kakale, confirmed the meningitis-related deaths yesterday in Dange town, headquarters of Dange/Shuni local government area of the state. Kakale disclosed in continuation of the ongoing […]

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N19bn Paris Club refunds: Saraki, aides, bank chief under EFCC probe

 Anti-graft agency traces N3.5bn to Dubai  It’s sheer blackmail – Senate President By Our Correspondent The controversy over alleged shady deals in the N19billion Paris Loan Refunds to the 36 state governors, is far from abating, as Senate President Bukola Saraki has come under the searchlight of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over a […]

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APC to Babachir, Ali: Honour Senate invitation

By Bode Olagoke and Taiye Odewale, Abuja All Progressives Congress (APC) has asked the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal, and the Comptroller-General of Nigerian Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali (retd) to honour the invitation extended to them by the Senate, saying it “is the right thing to do.” APC […]

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Nigeria would’ve collapsed without Buhari – Bello

By Oyibo Salisu Lokoja Kogi state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello said Nigeria would have collapsed without God’s intervention by installing President Muhammadu Buhari as the President of the country. The governor, who disclosed this in Lokoja while briefing newsmen on the state of the nation said the emergence of Buhari as President in 2015 saved […]

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We can’t run APC with state funds – Ganduje

By Bode Olagoke Abuja Kano state Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has disclosed reasons the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) is going through financial crisis, saying “the issue of taking government’s monies to fund the party does not arise now.” Ganduje said the national officers of the APC “ought to look inwards and come with […]

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Agric: Availability of quality seeds can create 40m jobs – Dogara

By Joshua Egbodo Abuja Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has backed development, production and distribution of quality seeds to farmers in the country in order to boost agricultural production. According to him, doing so can create over 40 million jobs for the unemployed. He stated this when he visited Premier Seeds Nigeria […]

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PDP crisis: Fresh trouble as Sheriff warns Makarfi, media

By Emeka Nze Abuja Barely few hours after the feuding parties in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) agreed to a ceasefire, the National Chairman, Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff, yesterday threatened legal action against those referring to the Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee, as a faction of the party. Declaring the Makarfi group as illegal, Sheriff, […]

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Sokoto meningitis death toll hits 21

The death toll as a result of the meningitis epidemic in Sokoto State has now risen to 21. The Commissioner for Health, Balarabe Kakale, confirmed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Sokoto yesterday. Kakale also provided an update on the state of high alert declared by the ministry since March […]