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E-transmission of election result will stop money politics, mediocrity, and political blackmailing – Sheik Gumi
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E-transmission of election result will stop money politics, mediocrity, and political blackmailing – Sheik Gumi

Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, a controversial Islamic cleric and scholar has commended the senate's decision to allow the Independent National Electoral Commission transmit election results electronically. Gumi in a Facebook post he shared, averred that e-transmission of election result will stop money politics, mediocrity, and political blackmailing. He also stated that it will reduce rigging and votes manipulation which bad politicians have been using to hold the country at its jugular veins. The Cleric wrote; Since 1999 when the khaki returned to the barracks, we’ve not heard the better good news for Nigerians as this singular act of making it legal to transmit elections results electronically. Though, it remains the funding and implementation which are yet to be seen. Nonetheless...
Queen Elizabeth is ‘damaging her image for ‘privately funding Prince Andrew’s fight against US sex abuse lawsuit – Royal Expert
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Queen Elizabeth is ‘damaging her image for ‘privately funding Prince Andrew’s fight against US sex abuse lawsuit – Royal Expert

A royal expert has claimed the Queen is 'damaging her image for 'privately funding Prince Andrew's fight against US sex abuse lawsuit. The Duke of York, 61, is being sued in New York by Virginia Giuffre, now 38, who claims he sexually abused her on three separate occasions when she was 17 in London, New York and on billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein's Caribbean island. Andrew, the Queen's second son has 'categorically' denied Ms Giuffre's allegations against him. The royal, who is now back at his 30-room mansion at Royal Lodge in Windsor, had spent three weeks at Balmoral with his mother and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, allegedly to avoid having papers notifying him about the bombshell sex case. Her Majesty, 95, also agreed to pay for the duke's legal defence last year sho...
Queen Elizabeth ‘is spending millions privately funding Prince Andrew’s fight against Virginia Giuffre sex assault lawsuit’
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Queen Elizabeth ‘is spending millions privately funding Prince Andrew’s fight against Virginia Giuffre sex assault lawsuit’

The Queen is reportedly spending millions of pounds funding Prince Andrew's fight against sex abuse allegations. The Duke of York is being sued in New York by Virginia Giuffre, now 38, who claims he sexually abused her on three separate occasions when she was 17 in London, New York and on billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein's Caribbean island. Andrew, 61, has strongly denied the allegations. Her Majesty, 95, agreed to pay for the duke's legal defence last year shortly after his disastrous interview on BBC Newsnight, according to the Daily Telegraph. The duke last week expanded his American legal team to include Melissa Lerner alongside his lead counsel Andrew Brettler. Mr Brettler is thought to be charging the Duke around $2,000 (£1,476) an hour. The Queen will source f...
Buhari Inaugurates Committee to lift 100 Million Nigerians Out of Poverty
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Buhari Inaugurates Committee to lift 100 Million Nigerians Out of Poverty

President Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated the National Steering Committee (NSC) of the National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy (NPRGS). Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the committee chaired by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Buhari reiterated his commitment to lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in ten years, with a well-researched framework for implementation and funding. The President also disclosed that the NPRGS has proposed to establish a private equity fund to ensure mobilisation drive and sustainable management of resources. Buhari said; “This journey began in January 2021 when I directed the Chairman of the Presidential Economic Advisory Council and Secretary to the Government of the Federation to collaboratively work together...
International Community are Funding Secessionists- Governor Ayade
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International Community are Funding Secessionists- Governor Ayade

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross Rivers state has accused foreign countries of funding and supporting agitators for secession in Nigeria. Ayade made the allegation while speaking to state house correspondents after he visited President Buhari at the presidential villa on Thursday, June 3. According to him, some foreign countries target nations with natural resources and support secessionist agitations because they want to boost their gun trade. “The country is snowballing into a civil strife. We need to come together and support Mr. President to overcome the insurgency which is characterised by external militias who are paid for the purpose. I know very clearly that they have basic interest in our natural resources, especially our tantalite and cobalt-related derivatives, as well as ...
More than 70 officers have left U.S. Capitol Police force since Jan. 6 riot
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More than 70 officers have left U.S. Capitol Police force since Jan. 6 riot

More than 70 officers have left the U.S. Capitol Police force in the aftermath of the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection, according to Gus Papathanasiou, chair of the Capitol Police Labor Committee. The police force has warned it will take years to hire and train more officers to recoup its ranks and that current officers are working longer hours to fill staffing gaps, according to a Politico report. The Saturday, May 22 report comes after the US House pf Reps passed a $1.9 billion supplemental funding bill for the Capitol Police on Thursday. The bill now heads to the Senate, where it will need to win 60 votes before being sent to President Biden's desk to be signed into law. The bill gives the Capitol Police $43.9 million, $31.1 million of which is meant to go toward backfilli...
President Buhari Departs for Paris today
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President Buhari Departs for Paris today

President Buhari will today Sunday, May 16, 2021, depart Abuja for Paris, France, on a four-day official visit to attend African Finance Summit which will be focused on reviewing the African economy, following shocks from the Coronavirus pandemic, and getting relief, due to increased debt burden on countries. A statement released by presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, says the Summit which is to be hosted by President Emmanuel Macron, will draw major stakeholders in the global Finance institutions and some Heads of Government, who will, collectively, discuss external funding and debt treatment for Africa, and private sector reforms. Shehu said that during the visit, President Buhari will meet with the French President to discuss growing security threats in Sahel and Lake Chad...
Proceeds Of Banditry, Kidnapping Used In Funding Boko Haram – El-Rufai
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Proceeds Of Banditry, Kidnapping Used In Funding Boko Haram – El-Rufai

El-Rufai disclosed this while featuring on Channels Television’s ‘Sunday Politics’ programme. The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai says money realised from banditry and kidnapping is being used to fund the activities of Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East. El-Rufai disclosed this while featuring on Channels Television’s ‘Sunday Politics’ programme. He said gunmen are targetting his state because the government refused to give them money and negotiate with them. “Bandits and kidnappers are targetting Kaduna State because we refused to give them money and negotiate with them. “The solution to our security problem is partly state police and we are working on that. No civilised society sits back when its sovereignty is challenged. The first thing to do is to wipe ou...
Trace Bandits’ Funding Sources Same Way You Did With EndSARS Protesters – Benjamin Kalu
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Trace Bandits’ Funding Sources Same Way You Did With EndSARS Protesters – Benjamin Kalu

Member representing Bende Federal Constituency, Hon. Benjamin Kalu has challenged the security operatives to trace the source of funding for banditry in the North the same way they harassed #EndSARS operators and closed their accounts. According to the Reps Spokesperson, there is no way kidnapping of school children by the bandits will take place without funding. Speaking on a radio programme Ben Kalu's Mandate streamed by ABN TV on Tuesday, the lawmaker said it takes resources for bandits to run their vehicles, camp their abductees in one place, and feed them for days or weeks as the case may be. "Somebody must be responsible for the funding of this operation. This is the truth. The security agencies should follow where the funding is coming from and cut it short. "In as m...
Nigerian Cleantech Startup, Havenhill, Raises $4.6 Million Funding
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Nigerian Cleantech Startup, Havenhill, Raises $4.6 Million Funding

Nigerian cleantech startup, Havenhill Synergy Limited, has raised $4.6m from Chapel Hill Denham Nigeria Infrastructure Debt Fund (NDIF) to aid the construction of 22 smart solar mini-grids in Nigeria. Founded in 2010 by CEO Olusegun Odunaiya, Havenhill focuses on improving access to electricity in rural areas using mini-grids. The company also offers renewable energy services for businesses in Nigeria’s industrial and commercial hubs. Havenhill’s solar mini-grid solution promises to connect up to 70,000 people as well in establishments in various communities to clean and reliable energy. In a statement, the NDIF asserts that the recent funding round was in line with the Nigeria Electrification Project. According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), access to electric...
Man who dropped out of school in England due to lack of funds thanks Davido for partly funding his education after he returned to Nigeria
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Man who dropped out of school in England due to lack of funds thanks Davido for partly funding his education after he returned to Nigeria

A man who dropped out of school in England due to lack of funds and returned to Nigeria, has graduated from a Nigerian University and he thanked Davido for partly funding his education. The first class graduate took to Twitter to share what he calls his "Uni timeline". He wrote: - left England because money no Dey Lagos - mentor sets up a gofundme for uni - @davido dropped funds to support my fundraiser (thanks to twitter folk ) - Resumed abuad and survived Nigerian education - first class EEE #ThankYouJesus Davido responded, writing: "Crazy !! Happy for you."   And the recent graduate replied, "Thank you so much."  
Senate President, Ahmad Lawan Says Drug Barons Are Funding Terrorists & Bandits In Nigeria
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Senate President, Ahmad Lawan Says Drug Barons Are Funding Terrorists & Bandits In Nigeria

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, on Thursday, said drug barons in the country provide terrorist groups like Boko Haram as well as bandits and kidnappers with arms and ammunitions to undertake criminal activities in Nigeria. Lawan stated this known when the Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Brigadier General Buba Marwa (rtd), paid a visit to his office on Thursday at the National Assembly, Abuja. He said drug traffickers have made Nigeria a major transit route for plying the illicit trade, which he said was responsible for the rise in criminality in the country. Lawan said, “The National Assembly members are almost on a daily interaction with our constituents and we know the very debilitating impact of drug abuse in our various communities. “You have rightl...
Police Funding: Senate Approves ₦1.3 Billion For Teargas, ₦10 Billion For Others
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Police Funding: Senate Approves ₦1.3 Billion For Teargas, ₦10 Billion For Others

The Senate on Wednesday approved N11.3 billion (11,352,457,101.70) as the budget of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund (NPTF) for the 2020 fiscal year. About N1.3 billion (1,362,814,243) of the amount was allocated for the procurement of teargas. About N1 billion was allocated for the procurement of arms and ammunition. The approval was a sequel to the consideration and adoption of the harmonised report of the Senate and House of Representatives Committee on Police Affairs. The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Haliru Jika, presented the report. Breakdown Of The Budget * Provision of specialised/operational vehicle double cabinet-pick-up van for patrol – N7,600,000,000 * Procurement of arms and ammunitions – N1,000,000,000 * Procurement of personnel protect...
Joe Biden Cancels Funding for Trump’s Border Wall
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Joe Biden Cancels Funding for Trump’s Border Wall

US President, Joe Biden has rescinded the national emergency order used to fund Donald Trump's border wall, stopping one of Trump's trademark immigration policies. Trump declared a state of emergency over the southern border in 2019, which allowed him to bypass Congress and use military funds for its construction. By the time Trump had left office, about $25bn (£18bn) had been spent on the project. In a letter to Congress on Thursday, February 11, Biden wrote that the order was "unwarranted" and said that no further tax dollars will be spent on the wall. In the letter,  Biden also wrote that he would also seek a review of "all resources appropriated or redirected" to the construction of the wall. Ever since Biden became president on January 20, he has made series of ...
Strike: Plateau State University Workers Threaten Strike, Issue 7-day Ultimatum To Government
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Strike: Plateau State University Workers Threaten Strike, Issue 7-day Ultimatum To Government

Workers of Plateau State University (PLASU) have issued a seven-day ultimatum to the State Government to improve funding for the institution or face an indefinite strike. The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) of the institution gave the ultimatum in a notice of strike that they addressed to the Vice Chancellor. The notice of strike which was jointly signed by Mr Rwang Pam, Chairman of NASU, and Mr Rimdap Timnan, Chairman of SSANU, said that the decision was taken at the JAC meeting held on January 19. “Kindly recall our letter to you dated Dec. 14, 2020, and our letters to the Plateau State Head of Service dated Nov. 25 and Dec. 14, 2020, that you were copied. “In the letters among man...
Gov. Ikpeazu Secures ₦27.4 Billion World Bank Funding For Aba Roads
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Gov. Ikpeazu Secures ₦27.4 Billion World Bank Funding For Aba Roads

Governor of Abia state, Okezie Ikpeazu has assured the people of Aba and the entire State that his administration will do an excellent job in the total reconstruction Ngwa, Uratta, Port Harcourt, Ohanku and Obohia roads. Speaking for the very first time on the impending reconstruction works on the roads on a live radio programme on Magic FM Aba, the Governor made it clear that all preparations have been concluded to commence a total rebuilding of the aforementioned roads. According to the Governor, the apparent delay in starting work on those roads was because his administration wanted to get a permanent solution to the problems on those roads, which led the State Government to seek collaboration with the international development partners. The Governor recalled the challenge ...
EU Urges U.S To Think Again On WHO Split
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EU Urges U.S To Think Again On WHO Split

The European Union on Saturday called on the United States (US) to “reconsider” the decision to sever ties with the World Health Organisation (WHO) over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. President Donald Trump said Friday he was severing US ties with the WHO, accusing it of failing to do enough to combat the initial spread of the virus. The United States was the largest contributor to the WHO budget, providing at least $400 million in annual funding. “The WHO needs to continue being able to lead the international response to pandemics, current and future,” Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell said in a joint statement. “For this, the participation and support of all is required and very much needed.” The statement note...
U.S. May Never Restores Funding To The UN Health Body, Pompeo Maintains Stand
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U.S. May Never Restores Funding To The UN Health Body, Pompeo Maintains Stand

The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo has said his country, until recently the World Health Organization’s biggest donor, may never restore funding to the UN health body. Last week Donald Trump announced he was freezing donations to the WHO, accusing it of “severely mismanaging and covering up” the threat posed by the coronavirus outbreak. Late on Wednesday, Pompeo told Fox News the US government would “take a real hard look at the WHO”, adding that the US needed to see “a structural fix” with the it operated. Asked if he was not ruling out a change in leadership of the WHO, Pompeo replied: “Even more than that, it may be the case that the United States can never return to underwriting, having US taxpayer dollars go to the WHO. We may need to have even bolder change than that...
Trump’s Decision To Cut WHO Funding Will Affect Africa – Prof. Babatunde Salako
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Trump’s Decision To Cut WHO Funding Will Affect Africa – Prof. Babatunde Salako

President Donald Trump announced Tuesday he is halting funding to the World Health Organization while a review is conducted. Trump said the review would cover the WHO's "role in severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of coronavirus." Trump's announcement comes in the middle of the worst global pandemic in decades and as he angrily defends his own handling of the outbreak in the United States. Prof. Babatunde Salako, Director-General, Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), has said that U.S. decision to cut funding to the World Health Organisation (WHO) would have great implication on the fight against COVID-19. Salako made the remark in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos. He said the decision would have great consequence...
WHO ‘Regrets’ Trump’s Decision To Pull Funding
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WHO ‘Regrets’ Trump’s Decision To Pull Funding

The World Health Organization responded Wednesday to President Donald Trump’s announcement that the US would halt funding the organization. WHO officials said they’ll review the impact of the move, but aim to continue their work uninterrupted. “The United States of America has been a longstanding and generous friend to WHO and we hope it will continue to be so. We regret the decision of the President of the United States to order a halt in funding to the World Health Organization,” WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a briefing Wednesday. “For now, our focus, my focus, is to stopping this virus and saving lives.” World Health Organization (WHO) ✔ @WHO Media briefing on #COVID19 with @DrTedros. #coronavirus. President Trump said Tuesday funding for th...
US To Review Funding To WHO Next Week
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US To Review Funding To WHO Next Week

President Donald Trump on Friday said he will make an announcement next week on US funding to the World Health Organization, which he has recently threatened to cut. “As you know, we have given them approximately $500 million a year, and we are going to be talking about that subject next week. We’ll have a lot to say about it,” Trump told a news conference at the White House. He said he would make the announcement “sometime next week.” Trump has gone on an offensive against the WHO, where Washington is the principal funder, accusing it of pro-China bias during the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, which began in Wuhan, China, last year. The US State Department has homed in on what it says was the world health body’s failure to pursue an early lead on coronavirus out of...
EU science chief resigns over virus response
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EU science chief resigns over virus response

  The head of the European Research Council has resigned, the EU confirmed on Wednesday, reportedly in protest at the bloc’s handling of its coronavirus response. Mauro Ferrari, who only took over as president of the ERC in January, told the Financial Times he was “extremely disappointed” by the EU’s response to the pandemic, which has hit Italy and Spain particularly hard. A spokesman for the Europan Commission, the bloc’s executive that oversees the ERC, confirmed Ferrari had resigned with immediate effect on Tuesday. “The Commission regrets the resignation of Professor Ferrari at this early stage in his mandate, and at these times of unprecedented crisis in which the role of EU research is key,” the spokesman said in a statement. In a statement to the Financial T...
Germany says Trump Offered German Company $1billion for Exclusive Rights to Coronavirus Vaccine
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Germany says Trump Offered German Company $1billion for Exclusive Rights to Coronavirus Vaccine

The German government has said that US president Donald Trump recently offered $1billion to exclusively buy rights to a coronavirus vaccine. Trump reportedly offered to buy exclusive rights to German biotech firm Curevac's research into a vaccine against coronavirus. Trump's actions were revealed by German magazine Welt am Sonntag who captioned the paper headline ‘Trump vs Berlin’. Welt am Sonntag, citing an anonymous German government official, reported Sunday that the Trump administration offered CureVac $1 billion to hand the U.S. exclusive rights to a potential COVID-19 vaccine. Trump wants the vaccine "only for the USA," the German official said. The New York Times confirmed late Sunday that the Trump administration attempted to persuade CureVac to move its research to...
We are Still Probing Donations to Jonathan’s Campaign – EFCC
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We are Still Probing Donations to Jonathan’s Campaign – EFCC

The funding for the 2015 presidential campaign of former President Goodluck Jonathan is still being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). An EFCC investigator, Shehu Shuaibu disclosed this while being cross-examined in a money laundering case before the federal high court in Lagos on Tuesday February 25. He said the donations made to the bank account of Joint Trust Dimensions Limited, who alongside Femi Fani-Kayode, former minister of aviation and an official of Jonathan’s campaign organisation; Nenadi Usman, former minister of finance; and Yusuf Danjuma are defendants in the case relating to Jonathan’s campaign, is still being investigated. The cash inflow into the company's bank account was quoted as follows; “N500m from Global Scan System L...
Donald Trump Confirms Al-Qaeda Leader Qassim al-Rimi has been Killed in U.S. Military Operation in Yemen
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Donald Trump Confirms Al-Qaeda Leader Qassim al-Rimi has been Killed in U.S. Military Operation in Yemen

The US military has killed al-Qaeda leader Qassim al-Rimi, the jihadist leader who claimed responsibility for the deadly shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida where three American sailors were killed by a Saudi Aviation trainee. According to the US president, Donald Trump, he ordered the killing of al-Rimi during a counter-terrorism operation in Yemen, and even though he didn't elaborate on when the killing was carried out, he said that the U.S and its allies are safer as a result of al-Rimi's death.                 We will continue to protect the American people by tracking down and eliminating terrorists who seek to do us harm,' Trump said in a statement. A $10 million reward for any information leading to al-Rimi's capture was offered last month by the State Depart...
Saudi Arabia Announces Plans To Stop Funding Mosques Across The World
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Saudi Arabia Announces Plans To Stop Funding Mosques Across The World

Former Saudi minister of justice, Mohammed Bin Abdul-Karim Issa, has announced that his country will stop funding mosques in foreign countries, Arabi21.com reported on Friday. According to the Swiss newspaper, Le Matin Dimanche, Saudi Arabia is to establish local administrative councils for each mosque, in cooperation with the local authorities, in order to hand over these mosques to “secure hands”. The minister added: “The time has come to hand over mosques to local administrative councils that represent Muslims in the area. The council should have an elected cleric.” He disclosed that Saudi Arabia is to take the same measures with all the mosques all over the world, referring to “security reasons”. It is worth noting that the minister led a delegation on Thursday to visit the...
Prince Charles ‘threatens to stop Prince Harry’s £2.3m annual handout if he steps away from public duties’
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Prince Charles ‘threatens to stop Prince Harry’s £2.3m annual handout if he steps away from public duties’

Prince of Wales has reportedly threatened to stop funding the Duke and Duchess of Sussex if they go ahead with their plans to step away from royal duties. The warning comes after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle said they were leaving their royal roles as they wanted to become 'financially independent.' The shocking decision is said to have left the Queen 'disappointed' and sources close to the Prince of Wales claimed he could stop Harry's £2.3 million hand out from the Duchy of Cornwall Estate. Speaking to the Times, a source said that Prince Charles 'had made clear that he will not be writing his son a blank cheque'. The source also added that when the couple talk about splitting their time between the UK and North America, that they mean Canada, although they hinted that they could al...
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Former WAG who dreamed of becoming ISIS fighter convicted of funding terrorism

A former WAG who turned to religion after splitting from a Liverpool footballer has been convicted of funding terrorism. Amaani Noor, 21, married a jihadi fighter online and told him it was ‘her dream’ to join him in war-torn Syria. The former Miss Teen Great Britain star was arrested after sending $45.51 to a Paypal account linked to an Islamist group called The Merciful Hands on May 23, 2018. She denied knowing or believing that the money may be used for the purposes of terrorism. But a jury at Liverpool Crown Court heard Noor had expressed her support for ‘violent jihad’ and Islamic State terrorists via the encrypted instant messaging service Telegram. During the trial the court heard how Noor focused on religion after splitting with an LFC footballer, the Liverpool Echo repo...
Jamaican man spends 82 days in jail for bringing honey into US
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Jamaican man spends 82 days in jail for bringing honey into US

A Jamaican man identified as Leon Haughton was detained for almost three months in the United States after bringing in bottles of honey from the Caribbean island that customs agents mistakenly believed to be liquid methamphetamine.   Haughton’s long ordeal began on December 29th 2018 at Baltimore-Washington International Airport when customs agents had a dog sniff his bags. Inside they found three bottles duly labelled as honey that Haughton, a 45-year-old father of three, uses to sweeten his tea.   According to the charging document, the agents suspected him of transporting liquid methamphetamine and placed him in detention. Laboratory results from Maryland took more than two weeks to arrive: they were negative. Haughton thought that was the end of it. He was wrong. ...
Retired Female Police Commissioner Joins Bayelsa Governorship Race
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Retired Female Police Commissioner Joins Bayelsa Governorship Race

A retired Commissioner of Police, Diseye Nsirim-Poweigha, on Friday, obtained the Expression of Interest and Nomination forms of the All Progressives Congress for the August 29 Bayelsa primary. She became the first female governorship aspirant in the November 16 governorship race in Bayelsa State. Nsirim-Poweigha who served as Commissioner of Police in Niger State advocated adequate funding of the nation’s security. “Government need to put more money into the security apparatus of the state. Security is not only government business, but it is also everyone’s business. Whether state or federal police, what is needed is adequate funding,” she said. Nsirim-Poweigha lamented poor communication system among security agencies in Bayelsa with their colleagues in other parts of the cou...
AFCON 2019: Sanwo-Olu Speaks On Funding FG’s Delegation To Egypt With N470m
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AFCON 2019: Sanwo-Olu Speaks On Funding FG’s Delegation To Egypt With N470m

Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has denied withdrawing $470 million from the state treasury to sponsor Federal Government's AFCON delegation to Egypt We reported that Sanwo-Olu, Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila and a host of others, had on Saturday stormed Egypt to watch the Super Eagles play Cameroon at the ongoing African Cup of Nations (AFCON). The match, which was monitored closely by us, ended with a 3:2 win, with Nigeria qualifying for the next round. The Lagos State chapter of the People's Democratic Party, PDP, had alleged that Governor Sanwo-Olu personally sponsored the trip with Lagos government money, on behalf of the federal government. Reacting, however, the governor in a statement issued to Igbe...
Buhari Approves Establishment Of State Police
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Buhari Approves Establishment Of State Police

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to work out modalities in collaboration with the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the Solicitor General of the Federation for the establishment of state police, a report by NewTelegraph has revealed. The decision followed the recommendations of the report of the Presidential Panel on the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) reforms, headed by the Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission Tony Ojukwu. Receiving the report yesterday at the presidential villa, Abuja, President Buhari also directed the modalities for the implementation of the recommendations must be completed within the next three months. The panel in its report presented eight recommendations to the President which...
195 Nigerians return from Libya —NEMA
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195 Nigerians return from Libya —NEMA

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has received another batch of 195 stranded Nigerians from Libya. Alhaji Idris Muhammed, Coordinator, Lagos Territorial Office, NEMA, who confirmed the development to newsmen on Thursday in Ikeja, said this was the largest batch of voluntary returnees since the exercise began in April 2017. Muhammed said the Nigerians arrived at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja at 8.20p.m. on Wednesday aboard a chartered Al Buraq Air aircraft with registration number 5A-DMG SEB. He disclosed that they were the 69th batch of returnees brought back by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the European Union (EU) under the Assisted Voluntary Returnees (AVR) Programme.Natio According to him, after pro...
The need to purify our Police Force
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The need to purify our Police Force

ON April 21, 2019, 25-year-old Akeem Akinsanya was killed by a bullet shot by an officer of the Zonal Intervention Squad of Zone 2 Police Command at Iyana Coker area of Ifo, Ogun State. Before Akinsanya, 20-year-old Ada Ifeanyi and her boyfriend were also shot dead by a police officer in the Ajegunle area of Lagos on April 13, 2019. Still, another Nigerian youth, Kolade Johnson, was killed by an officer of the Special Anti-Cultism Squad, SACS, of the Lagos State Police Command on March 31, 2019. Other instances, too numerous to recount, abound. How can it be that the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, which was established, equipped and paid with taxpayers’ money to maintain law and order and protect the citizens, could turn full circle and become agents of death and predators on the populatio...
Nigeria Leads In African Start-up Funding With $94.9m
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Nigeria Leads In African Start-up Funding With $94.9m

The Disrupt Africa has revealed that that 210 African start-ups secured $334.5 million worth of investments in 2018, with Nigeria leading other countries as the premier investment destination in the continent. According to the report, Nigeria secured $94,912,000 funding with 58 start-ups from various sectors. The firm disclosed this in its annual African Tech Startups Funding Report for 2018. The report, which tracks total amount of funding raised by African tech start-ups each year, found that 210 start-ups raised a total of $334,520,500 in 2018. This, according to the report, was a substantial leap from 2017. The number of start-ups that raised funds grew by 32.1 per cent, and total funding jumped by an impressive 71.5 per cent. A key finding of the report was the emerge...
Buhari reacts as cyclone hits Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe
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Buhari reacts as cyclone hits Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe

President Muhammadu Buhari has sent condolences to families who have lost loved ones, homes and means of livelihood in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi as Tropical Cyclone Idai takes a toll on Southern Africa. His spokesman, in a statement on Tuesday, said the President deeply shares in the pain and struggle of the governments and people in the region who have been working hard to ensure safety of citizens and minimize the devastating effect of the cyclone. “President Buhari assures the governments and people of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi of the prayers and support of Nigeria as they pass through the trying period, while commending all the humanitarian organisations for their interventions”, it said. Meanwhile, the World Food Programme (WFP), UNICEF, and other UN agencies have...
Google, UBA Collaborate To Provide Free Wi-Fi to Customers
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Google, UBA Collaborate To Provide Free Wi-Fi to Customers

Africa’s global bank, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc has collaborated with Google and ISP partner to launch Google Station in 11 key UBA branches in Lagos State as part of plans to roll out 200 stations in the country. Google Station, a platform for providing free, high-speed Wi-Fi hotspots in public places, began in Lagos last year, and extended to Abuja in December in partnership with Backbone Connectivity Network. This google-powered initiative would allow customers access to internet connectivity within the 11 branches and its environs, thereby facilitating their day-to-day businesses and activities, while ensuring unhindered connectivity. The 11 branches where the hotspot will be located are: UBA Bank Road, 810-811 Bank Road, Daleko; UBA Matori, 21 Fatai Atere street; UBA S...
Maroon 5 donate entire $500,000 Super Bowl fee to children’s charity
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Maroon 5 donate entire $500,000 Super Bowl fee to children’s charity

Music band Maroon 5 has donated the entire $500,000 Super Bowl fee to children’s charity. If you’ve ever watched the Super Bowl you’ll have noticed one thing, it’s about way more than football – trailers dropping, celebrities, of course, the iconic half-time show and charity all come into play when the big day rolls around. This year Maroon 5 recreated one of the most memorable half-time performances of all time, the Spongebob Squarepants ‘Sweet Victory’ song from the Nickelodeon series – and if that wasn’t surprising enough, they had one more surprise in store. November 10, 2018 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S – Grammy Award winners, MAROON 5, performing at the Philly Fights Cancer Round 4 fundraising event The mission of Philly Fights Cancer is to bring attention, awareness ...
ASUU Strike To Continue as Meeting With FG Ends in Deadlock
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ASUU Strike To Continue as Meeting With FG Ends in Deadlock

The lingering strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU will continue as the meeting between the leadership of the academic union and the Federal government ended in a deadlock today December 4th. The meeting which held at the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu's office, failed to see both parties reach an agreement. The Union began their strike action on November 5th to demand better funding for universities and alleged plans by the Federal government to increase student fees. Speaking to newsmen after the meeting, ASUU president Biodun Ogunyemi, said ''We have been meeting but we are yet to reach any concrete decision''.
Atiku Financially Broke, PDP In Serious Difficulties On Funding – APC
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Atiku Financially Broke, PDP In Serious Difficulties On Funding – APC

War of words, The ruling All Progressives Congress and the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, on Tuesday disagreed over the funding of the former vice-president’s campaigns. While the APC claimed that Atiku and his party faced serious difficulties raising funds for his campaigns, the PDP candidate said the forthcoming election would not be won through money or by intimidation. APC’s Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja alleged that due to the stringent measures put in place by the present administration, the PDP is in a dilemma on how to source funds to run the Atiku Presidential Campaign. Nabena claimed that information available to him showed that the PDP’s hope of sourcing ...
NNPC Denies Funding Buhari’s Re-Election Campaign
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NNPC Denies Funding Buhari’s Re-Election Campaign

The Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru, has denied reports of releasing funds from the oil corporation's account to fund the re-election campaign of President Buhari.   Reports were rife online this week with claims that the corporation released a large amount to the spokesperson of the campaign organization, Festus Keyamo, for the execution of the president's campaign. Keyamo in a statement released on Thursday October 25th, denied the claims.   Reacting to an allegation on the matter, NNPC’s General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Ndu Ughamadu, said the allegation was politically-motivated. Ughumadu in a statement released, said “The allegation was not only false, but runs against the prevailing ga...
Jose Mourinho to have London talks with Ed Woodward Over Manchester United Future
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Jose Mourinho to have London talks with Ed Woodward Over Manchester United Future

Jose Mourinho will meet with Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward this week (Picture: Getty) Jose Mourinho is set for a meeting in London with Ed Woodward where he plans to talk over Manchester United’s plans for the January transfer window. United have only managed five wins in all competitions this season but a spirited comeback victory over Newcastle slightly eased the pressure on Mourinho ahead of the international break. Some reports suggested Mourinho would lose his job regardless of the result at Old Trafford but the Portuguese is expected to be in charge when United make the trip to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea. According to The Sun, an ‘angry’ Mourinho believes United have been pressing ahead to find his replacement, with Zinedine Zidane rumoured to...
Cameroon Insists It Will Be Ready To Host Cup Of Nations
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Cameroon Insists It Will Be Ready To Host Cup Of Nations

A top Cameroon football official told AFP Sunday his nation “will be ready” to host next year’s Africa Cup of Nations, even though the final decision has been delayed. Cameroon’s hosting of African football’s showpiece event has been in jeopardy for months since the decision to increase the tournament from 16 to 24 teams. The Confederation of African Football had been expected to confirm Cameroon as host on Friday at their meeting in Sharm el Sheikh, but instead postponed a vote until the end of November, It said there had been a “big delay in the building of infrastructure” in Cameroon. But Dieudonne Happi, the interim head of the west African country’s crisis-hit football federation, said: “In the current state of things, I can tell you bluntly and without any risk of being wro...
Poor Financing Hindering Nigerian Firms In Oil Industry
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Poor Financing Hindering Nigerian Firms In Oil Industry

The Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) Joint Venture, comprising Agip, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Oando, on Friday identified lack of funding as a major impediment to Nigerian companies operating in the oil and gas industry. The JV partnership noted that it was important to look for ways to make funds available for Nigerian-owned ventures if the country was to achieve the projected self-sufficiency in executing ground-breaking contracts and projects. Vice Chairman/Managing Director of NAOC, Mr. Lorenzo Fiorillo, who spoke in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital during a workshop organised for industry operators, said however, that the collaboration with three Nigerian banks had greatly minimised the problem. The two-day workshop had as its theme ‘Business finance o...
2019 Elections Threatened, Unless…, PANDEF, Afenifere, Ohanaeze, M-Belt, NEF Tell Buhari
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2019 Elections Threatened, Unless…, PANDEF, Afenifere, Ohanaeze, M-Belt, NEF Tell Buhari

Leaders, under the aegis of Northern Elders Forum, NEF; Afenifere, Ohaeneze Ndigbo, Pan-Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, and Middle Belt Forum, yesterday, expressed pessimism over the 2019 general elections. Eection They also appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of the National Assembly to resolve all matters relating to funding of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, without further rancour, in the interest of the nation. The leaders also said it has become imperative for there to be a strong synergy between the executive and legislature for a successful amendment of the Electoral Act, even as they expressed fears that the issue of vote-buying was taking a more dangerous dimension, which must be nipped in the bud by the political class, the governme...
AfDB Approves Policy On Non-Sovereign Operations
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AfDB Approves Policy On Non-Sovereign Operations

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group has approved the Bank’s Policy on Non-sovereign Operations (NSO). The document provides the framework within which the Bank through its private sector lending window may provide financing or investment without sovereign guarantees to private and public entities that meet specific eligibility requirements on non-concessional terms. AfDB Non-sovereign Operations (NSOs) refers to financing and investment operations that are not guaranteed by a State, covering mostly private sector transactions. They also cover non-sovereign guaranteed financing of eligible public sector enterprises, as well as financing of regional development finance institutions. The approval of the Policy comes at a critical moment when the Bank is s...
PDP Accuses Presidency of Round-Tripping In N45m Nomination Form For Buhari
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PDP Accuses Presidency of Round-Tripping In N45m Nomination Form For Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the Buhari Presidency of round-tripping the N45 million claimed to have been contributed by a shadowy group to buy the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential nomination form for President Muhammadu Buhari.   The party in a statement released by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said President Buhari's inability, as "Mr. Integrity", to explain the registration status, membership and source of funding of the shadowy group exposes the charade in the latest failed endorsement stunt. Read part of the statement below.   The PDP notes as laughable, that the Buhari Presidency does not realize that such stunts have become out-worn and cannot sway opinion in a country with citizens as enlightened as Nigerians...
Stop Further Approval of License for Private Universities, Adedoyin Begs FG
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Stop Further Approval of License for Private Universities, Adedoyin Begs FG

A frontline educationist and Chancellor of Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu, Prince (Dr) Ramon Adegoke Adedoyin has called on the federal government to stop further approval of licenses to private universities and because many of them are of poor standard. Adegoke Adedoyin Dr Adedoyin was reacting to the recent lecture delivered at the 14th convocation of Benson Idahosa University, Benin-City by the Executive Secretary National Universities Commission, Prof AdamuAbubakarRasheed recently where he called on private universities in Nigeria to sustain efforts towards achieving the vision to become institutions with globally competitive standards for which they were established. Dr Adedoyin believed that stoppage in the granting of further licensing of private universities will enable the exi...
Germany Awards Over 2,000 Scholarships To Nigerians Through DAAD Funding
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Germany Awards Over 2,000 Scholarships To Nigerians Through DAAD Funding

The German Academic Exchange Service known as DAAD is the largest German support organization in the field of international academic co-operation. Founded in 1925, it is the largest funding organization in the world supporting the international exchange of students and scholars. DAAD is a registered association and its members are German institutions of higher education and their student bodies. Its activities go far beyond simply awarding grants and scholarships. In 2012, 171 Nigerians and 23 Germans were funded by DAAD. Since 1960, 2027 scholarships were awarded to Nigerians. The scholarships offer Nigerian graduates from development and newly industrialised fields from all disciplines and with at least two years’ professional experience the chance to take a postgraduate or Master’...
Osinbajo Hails ECOWAS Bank For Infrastructure Funding, Development
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Osinbajo Hails ECOWAS Bank For Infrastructure Funding, Development

The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Tuesday praised the ECOWAS Bank for investment and Development for being proactive in infrastructure funding and development in the sub-region. He sated this while declaring open the 15th Ordinary Session of the Board of Governors’ Meeting of the ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID), in Abuja According to him, a strong, vibrant and creative EBID is a strong pillar in development of the sub-region. “So, without question, the challenges today call for greater creativity and foresight in supporting and making investments in our member countries. “So, one of the crucial issues today which will decisively impact the future is how the bank can make a difference in the lives of our young people. “And there are opportunities for str...

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