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Fraud in the UK sparks warning of ‘national security threat’ after £754m was stolen from bank customers during first half of this year
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Fraud in the UK sparks warning of ‘national security threat’ after £754m was stolen from bank customers during first half of this year

Fraud in the UK has sparked a warning of “national security threat” after £754m was stolen from bank customers during the first half of this year, a 30% rise on the same period in 2020. According to UK Finance, fraudsters had capitalised on the coronavirus pandemic, with criminals targeting children as young as 14 via social media to become money mules. The banking body said the losses from bank transfer scams leapt by 71% to £355m during the first half of the year, almost £2m a day. There were a total of 106,164 cases of such fraud, equivalent to 12 people being defrauded every half an hour. There had also been a notable increase in the use of cryptocurrency wallets to quickly move stolen money outside the banking system. Consumer bodies say banks often wrongly try to pin th...
Petroleum marketers suspend strike in Enugu, resume operations
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Petroleum marketers suspend strike in Enugu, resume operations

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has suspended its strike and directed its members at the Enugu depot to resume the supply of petroleum products. “As a result of the intervention of higher authorities in the unwarranted and unprovoked invasion of our secretariat at Enugu depot, the National Executive Committee (NEC) of IPMAN has called off the strike action. “Normal services and operations will immediately resume in the affected states of Enugu, Ebonyi and Anambra to allow for fruitful discussions, the National President of IPMAN, Sanusi Fari, said in a statement issued on Saturday. The national leadership of IPMAN had on Thursday directed the withdrawal of services at the Enugu loading depot of the NNPC with effect from Friday. The NEC attribu...
Appeal Court imposes N10m fine on APGA Chieftains, Edozie Njoku, Chinedu Okoro over incompetent suit
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Appeal Court imposes N10m fine on APGA Chieftains, Edozie Njoku, Chinedu Okoro over incompetent suit

The legal tussle on the national Chairmanship of the All Progressive Grand Alliance APGA has taken a new twist with the Court of Appeal in Abuja imposing an N10 million fine on two chieftains of the party for filing incompetent suit in the matter. The two chieftains are Chief Edozie Njoku and Chief Chinedu Benedict Okoro who have approached the court with a request to review a judgment delivered by the Kano division of the Appellate Court. Justice Jummai Zankey in a ruling on the application held that the Court of Appeal in Abuja has no jurisdiction to review the final judgment of its Kano division.  
2023: Zone your presidential tickets to North Central – Group urges APC, PDP
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2023: Zone your presidential tickets to North Central – Group urges APC, PDP

Leaders of North Central Renaissance Movement (NCRM) have appealed to the All Progressive Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to ensure they zone their 2023 presidential tickets to the region. They stated that the move would be in the interest of fairness and justice in the country’s political system. Speaking in a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday, Chairman of the group, Dr. Nghargbu K’tso, said, “The time has come for other geo-political zones to support the North Central in its aspiration of producing the next President of the country.” He said the zone would not accept national chairmanship slot of any party, stressing that the zone will accept nothing less than the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the 2023 general elections....
Congress should not be battleground – Osun APC adopts consensus
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Congress should not be battleground – Osun APC adopts consensus

Governor Gboyega Oyetola has said that stakeholders of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State have adopted consensus for the local government party congress in the state. Recall that the APC, according to the timetable released, will have its local government congress across the nation on Saturday. According to the governor, Congress is to pick officers of the party which should not be a battleground. He assured the party members of adequate security in the state during the congress and urged them to shun violence. “As all the speakers have said, we have adopted consensus in our party for the local government Congress. Congress is to pick officers of the party for wards, local, state and national. It should nor be a battleground. We are the most peaceful state and I didn...
JAMB cancels cut-off marks for 2021 admissions
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JAMB cancels cut-off marks for 2021 admissions

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced that it is cancelling the national cut-off mark. The body on Tuesday, explained that tertiary institutions in Nigeria, will now determine its admission benchmark. This decision was reached at the 2021 policy meeting presided over by the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu. The Registrar of JAMB Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, who spoke during the forum said some universities such as the University of Maiduguri proposed 150, Usman Dan Fodio University Sokoto proposed 140, Pan Atlantic University proposed 210, University of Lagos 200, Lagos State University190, Covenant University 190, and Bayero University Kano, 180. According to the stakeholders, the 2021 admissions will be conducted only through JAMB CAPS and no inst...
Afghanistan WWomen’s national football team are Successfully Evacuated from Kabul
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Afghanistan WWomen’s national football team are Successfully Evacuated from Kabul

Afghanistan women's national football team have been successfully evacuated from Kabul after it was reported that the women were at risk of becoming sex slaves to the Taliban and being tortured to death. The footballers were among a group of more than 75 people evacuated on a flight from Kabul on Tuesday, August 24. Global football players' union FIFPRO thanked the Australian government for making the evacuation of players, team officials, and family members possible, with work continuing to help more leave Afghanistan. 'These young women, both as athletes and activists, have been in a position of danger and on behalf of their peers around the world we thank the international community for coming to their aid,' the union said in a statement. During Taliban rule from 1996 to...
Rivers NUJ postpones elections due to unresolved controversies
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Rivers NUJ postpones elections due to unresolved controversies

The Rivers State council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists has postponed its election. A new date, however, is yet to be fixed for the exercise which is expected to produce new executives of the NUJ in Rivers state. The exercise which was expected to hold on Thursday, 12th August was shifted after a controversy broke out during the 7th Triennial Delegate Conference in Port Harcourt. It took the intervention of the Rivers state commissioner of police Friday Eboka to quell the controversy which led to the decision to shift the exercise to a new date. According to a communique issued by the credential committee led by Victor Tew, the National leadership of the NUJ, has directed that “status quo ante” before the dissolution of the current exco led by Stanley Job be maintained. ...
Nigerian national arrested with cocaine as India’s Narcotic Bureau bust international drug syndicate
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Nigerian national arrested with cocaine as India’s Narcotic Bureau bust international drug syndicate

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has arrested a Nigerian national, Chukwuemeka Ogboma alias Michael, who was part of an international drug syndicate supplying cocaine in Mumbai and nearby areas.   According to NCB officials, the drug supply network was being run through a call centre that operated from Nigeria.   The consumer had to call a particular number of the call centre based in Nigeria, and then after making an online payment for the required amount of Cocaine, the delivery was made to the consumer's address by drug peddlers working for the network in Mumbai.   Speaking about the case on Tuesday, July 13, Zonal Director of Mumbai NCB, Sameer Wankhede said officials received a tip-off regarding the drug network running operations in Mumbai and t...
COVID19 vaccines do not cause magnetism in bodies – NPHCDA boss, Dr Faisal Shuaib says
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COVID19 vaccines do not cause magnetism in bodies – NPHCDA boss, Dr Faisal Shuaib says

The Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Faisal Shuaib, has dismissed reports claiming that the COVID19 vaccines when administered on a person, causes magnetism.   There have been widespread theories online suggesting that the COVID19 vaccines cause a body to become magnetic.   At a press conference in Abuja, Dr. Shuaib dismissed the claim saying it is the work of rumor mongers and mischief-makers. ''The anti-vaccination elements have come up with magnetic conspiracy, in which they claim, and are deceiving people with videos, that COVID-19 vaccine creates magnetic field around vaccination site and can cause the body to light up an electric bulb. As ridiculous as this and other conspiracy theo...
England chants: Lyrics & videos to the most popular Three Lions songs
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England chants: Lyrics & videos to the most popular Three Lions songs

Here are some of the best England songs to belt out, including timeless classic 'It's Coming Home' and national anthem 'God Save The Queen' England fans have become known for one of the best atmospheres in world football, and whether it's a friendly or a big tournament, fans can always be counted upon to bring wholehearted passion and enthusiasm to bear when cheering on their country. There are the classics as well as the new creations, with England supporters revered as some of the most creative in the world when it comes to inventing a catchy tune. Goal has put together a compilation of England's most popular songs to get you in the mood for your next trip to see the Three Lions.
Nigerian man arrested for allegedly sneaking into Bangladesh from India
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Nigerian man arrested for allegedly sneaking into Bangladesh from India

Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) have detained a 31-year-old Nigerian national for allegedly sneaking into Bangladesh illegally from India.   The Nigerian national identified as Onyebuchukwu Stanley Egwu was arrested in Sylhet, a city in eastern Bangladesh on Monday night, June 28.   Acting on a tip-off, members of Sylhet 46 BGB led by Naik Subedar Md Suruj Mia took positions behind the Tamabil land port in Gowainghat upazila last night.   The Nigerian was said to have allegedly crossed over to Bangladesh illegally from India when a storm started around 9:30pm.   Sensing the presence of BGB, he tried to flee but the BGB personnel nabbed him after a brief chase.   The process of handing him over to the Gowainghat police is currently underw...
NASS Will Never Pass Any Law To Hinder Press Freedom – Lawan
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NASS Will Never Pass Any Law To Hinder Press Freedom – Lawan

He gave this assurance while felicitating with Nigerian journalists on the occasion of the 2021 World Press Freedom Day. This was contained in a statement issued on Sunday by his spokesman, Ola Awoniyi. “The Ninth Senate and the National Assembly, in general, will never pass any law that inhibits the freedom of the press but rather work with the media to further enhances the practice of the profession,” he said. “I also celebrate the Nigerian journalists for the invaluable contributions and sacrifices that they have made throughout our national history to nation-building and entrenchment of democracy. “I pay tribute to the patriots who have lost their lives in the line of duty and pray that their death will not be in vain.”
Nigerian Senate invites Monguno, Zainab, other over N7.5bn withdrawal from treasury
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Nigerian Senate invites Monguno, Zainab, other over N7.5bn withdrawal from treasury

They are National Security Adviser Babagana Monguno, Finance Minister Zainab Ahmed, and Accountant General of the Federation Ahmed Idris. The Red Chamber of the National Assembly is seeking answers on secret withdrawal of N7.5billion from the treasury. The money is two percent of the National Automotive Council Design & Development Council (NADDC) levy account domiciled with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). NADDC Director General, Jelani Tukur said the agency had written to Ahmed and Idris for clarifications. He mentioned the withdrawal of N3.7billion as loan to NAFCON, withdrawal of N3.8billion for security personnel car loan scheme, and another withdrawal of N2.3billion as loan to Steyrs Nigeria Limited. The DG said a letter of reminder was sent to Niger Insuranc...
Nigerian Man Disguises as a Woman to Escape after allegedly Killing Another Foreigner in Libya
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Nigerian Man Disguises as a Woman to Escape after allegedly Killing Another Foreigner in Libya

A Nigerian national has been arrested in Msallata town, northwestern part of Libya over the alleged murder of another foreigner. According to local media, the Nigerian allegedly killed the foreigner, stole his money and tried to escape the the town disguised as a woman. However, he was arrested by security forces in Msallata. "Security forces in Msallata town have arrested a foreigner from #Nigeria for killing another foreigner before stealing all his money. The killer disguised himself as a woman in an attempt to escape from the town" the report says.
Nigerian National Arrested in India with Drugs Worth Over N20m
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Nigerian National Arrested in India with Drugs Worth Over N20m

  The Central Crime Branch (CCB) of Karnataka in Bengaluru, has arrested a 32-year-old Nigerian national on charges of drug peddling and seized 500 gms MDMA worth over Rs 40 lakhs (N20,920,346.50) The suspect identified as Ugochukwu Victor Nwaosu was arrested on Friday, March 5, in Hennur area of the city. The police said he came to India on a student visa. Based on information received from him during interrogation, police raided two houses and launched manhunt for two other suspects identified as Master Chandra and Keshav. According to reports, Govindpura police raided the home of a reality TV star, Mastan at Sanjay Nagar and have detained him in connection with the drug case. Meanwhile, a case has been registered against the Nigerian at the Hennur police station....
Nigeria Cannot Win World Cup – Super Eagles Coach Gernot Rohr
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Nigeria Cannot Win World Cup – Super Eagles Coach Gernot Rohr

  Nigeria coach, Gernot Rohr has given reasons why the Super Eagles cannot win the World Cup with the current crop of players. Nigeria had only succeeded in reaching the last 16 of the global tournaments in 1994, 1998 and 2002. Under Rohr’s watch, the Super Eagles crashed out of the competition at the group stage after losing to Croatia and Argentina. And Rohr’s recent two-year deal with the senior national team means he could lead the three-time African champions to their next World Cup. But the German is of the opinion that his team cannot win football’s highest title because many of the players are not playing in top clubs. “We are not ready to win the World Cup, for several reasons,” Rohr told NewsCentral. “France is the champions at the moment, where are ...
Champions League: Mbappé, Griezmann react as PSG demolish Barcelona 4-1 at Camp Nou
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Champions League: Mbappé, Griezmann react as PSG demolish Barcelona 4-1 at Camp Nou

Kylian Mbappé scored a hat-trick to help Paris Saint-Germain beat Barcelona 4-1 at Camp Nou in the Champions League round of 16 on Tuesday. And reacting after the game, the French said he had always wanted to give his team the best of his performance. Also, his national teammate and Barcelona forward, Antoine Griezmann, described the game as a bad one for him and his teammates, adding that they will now have to work until the last second in the second leg in France. Barcelona dominated the early stages of the game with Keylor Navas denying Griezmann before Lionel Messi scored from the spot after Layvin Kurzawa tripped Frenkie de Jong in the area. However, PSG responded emphatically with Mbappé firing in the equaliser, and struck twice midway through the second half. Mbap...
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 ...
Sounds of Music Star, Christopher Plummer is Dead (Age 91)
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Sounds of Music Star, Christopher Plummer is Dead (Age 91)

Canadian-born actor Christopher Plummer has died at his home in Connecticut. The actor who starred in films including "The Sound of Music'' died on Friday morning, Feb 5, He was 91. His family confirmed the news, saying he died peacefully at home in Connecticut with his wife of 53 years, Elaine Taylor, by his side Lou Pitt, his longtime friend and manager of 46 years, said: "Chris was an extraordinary man who deeply loved and respected his profession with great old fashion manners, self deprecating humor and the music of words. "He was a national treasure who deeply relished his Canadian roots. Through his art and humanity, he touched all of our hearts and his legendary life will endure for all generations to come. He will forever be with us." Plummer was best known for ...
Boris Johnson Orders New Lockdown till February in UK (COVID 19)
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Boris Johnson Orders New Lockdown till February in UK (COVID 19)

UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has announced a new national lockdown until at least mid-February to combat a fast-spreading new variant of the coronavirus. According to Johnson the move was necessary to aid the containing of the disease variant, even as Britain ramped up its vaccination program by becoming the first nation to start using the vaccine developed by Oxford University and drugmaker AstraZeneca. Johnson on Monday, January 4, said people must stay at home again, as they were ordered to do so in the first wave of the pandemic in March. “As I speak to you tonight, our hospitals are under more pressure from COVID than at any time since the start of the pandemic,” he said. Johnson said there were “tough, tough” weeks to come in the fight against COVID-19. Under t...
Nigerian and Kenyan nationals arrested in India for ATM card-cloning fraud
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Nigerian and Kenyan nationals arrested in India for ATM card-cloning fraud

A Nigerian and a Kenyan national have been arrested in India for allegedly duping people of million of rupees by cloning their ATM cards.     The accused identified as Omon Benson from Nigeria and Jonson Usaro from Kenya were arrested by police in Noida on Wednesday, October 28.   The Noida Police said it also unearthed their links with hawala traders operating  in the National Capital Region (NCR).     According to officials, Benson and Usaro have been active in Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad, Delhi, Gurgaon and Faridabad for the last 10 years during which they cloned several cards and illegally withdrew money from ATMs.   "The duo was held by the Cyber Cell, which recovered 96 ATM cards, two card-cloning modules, two l...
You have made your point, allow government to implement your demands – Tinubu tells #EndSARS protesters
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You have made your point, allow government to implement your demands – Tinubu tells #EndSARS protesters

Former Governor of Lagos state and National Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu has told #EndSARS protesters to call of the demonstration to allow government implement their demands.   Tinubu is his statement averred that the Buhari administration has acted with commendable dispatch by not only scrapping SARS, but also accepting the five-point demand that triggered the protests.   He further stated that the intent of the organizers of the protests is to achieve stated objectives on police reform, and certainly not to cause generalized anarchy or effect regime change.   The statement read;   For the past twelve days, our country has witnessed massive protests by youths in different cities, which were ignited by widespread d...
Nigerian national, one other arrested with drugs worth over $17,000 in India
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Nigerian national, one other arrested with drugs worth over $17,000 in India

Bengaluru Police on Sunday, September 6, arrested a Nigerian national, one other person and seized drugs including ganja, ecstasy pills and hashish oil from their possession.   According to Deputy Commissioner of Police, South, the Bengaluru City police north division has seized 2.5 kg ganja, 20 grams of MDMA, 10 ecstasy pills and 530 gms of hashish oil valued at Rs 13.05 lakhs.   The accused identified as Samson and John have been booked under 20(b) of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.   It was gathered that the duo was trying to sell the drugs near BMS engineering Hostel at around 10.15 on Sunday morning under the limits of Hanumanta Nagar Police station.  
301 Chinese evacuated from Nigeria through Lagos airport
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301 Chinese evacuated from Nigeria through Lagos airport

301 Chinese nationals were on Thursday night evacuated from Nigeria through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos. The evacuation was done by Nigeria Carrier, Air Peace airline. The airline carried out the evacuation with its Boeing 777-300 with registration 5N-BWI. The 301 passengers and 24 crew members were flown directly from Lagos to Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, China’s most populous, commercial city. The evacuation which was arranged by the Chinese government took off at about 10: 00 pm Nigerian time and arrived at about 1:15 pm Nigerian time on Friday. Recall Air Peace was also the airline that evacuated Israelis living in Nigeria late March and has been contacted by other countries for evacuation operations. Spokesman of the airline, Stanley ...
NYSC mourns ex-director who introduced flag, anthem
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NYSC mourns ex-director who introduced flag, anthem

The National Youth Service Corps has commiserated with the family of its fourth Director-General, Maj-Gen Edet Akpan (retd.), who died on Saturday in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. The NYSC noted on Monday that Akpan’s administration, which lasted from 1984 to 1988, led to the introduction and institution of the NYSC flag and anthem which are still in use. The scheme’s Director of Press and Public Relations, Adenike Adeyemi, said in a release that Akpan’s administration also established NYSC farms across the country, which enhanced the Community Development Service of corp members. Adeyemi said, “The NYSC DG, Brig Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim, and the management received the shocking news of the transition of Maj Gen Akpan (retd). “He was a consummate administrator who repositioned the scheme on...
Tornadoes bring death, destruction in southern US
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Tornadoes bring death, destruction in southern US

Tornadoes ripped through the southern United States, killing at least 32 people and leaving behind splintered buildings and downed powerlines, officials and US media said Monday. Twisters caused catastrophic damage Easter Sunday and early Monday morning as storms moved through a region stretching from Texas to Georgia, prompting the National Weather Service to issue its highest level of tornado alert. Images showed lines of smashed, roofless houses where tornadoes had blasted through, many homes just piles of rubble sitting atop foundations. Aircraft parked at a regional airport in Monroe, Louisiana were piled on top of each other. “By the grace of God, early reports show only a few minor injuries,” Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo said on Twitter, and the city’s account later p...
Alexis Mac Allister sets out his ambitions at Brighton
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Alexis Mac Allister sets out his ambitions at Brighton

Alexis Mac Allister hopes his move to Brighton can help him make Argentina's 2022 World Cup squad. Mac Allister is just breaking into the senior national squad and will hope to cement that place by making an impact in the Premier League. The 21-year-old said: “The World Cup is the dream. Everything that comes before that – the Copa America, World Cup qualifiers, the Olympics – are targets in the short to medium term to prove that I am up at that level. “And that in two years I can be at my best level." Mac Allister arrived only in January from Argentinos Juniors.
87,000 Incidents Of Gender-Based Violence Reported In South Africa Since The 21-Day National Lockdown
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87,000 Incidents Of Gender-Based Violence Reported In South Africa Since The 21-Day National Lockdown

The Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities ministry has called for action against gender-based violence (GBV) perpetrators, following a sharp increase in dockets opened for investigation This comes after police minister Bheki Cele said that a whopping 87,000 incidents of GBV were reported since the 21-day national lockdown came into effect on Friday, 27 March. Cele made the announcement as he spoke on behalf of the Coronavirus Command Council last week. Deputy minister Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize said the rise in incidents during the first week of the lockdown was “unacceptable”. Mkhize further expressed anger and disappointment in the “toxic patriarchal mindset” which seemed unstoppable despite the nation walking in the shadow of “deadly disaster”. “Women are carrying...
Zimbabwe Vice President’s Wife Freed on Bail after Being Accused of Attempting to Kill her Husband
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Zimbabwe Vice President’s Wife Freed on Bail after Being Accused of Attempting to Kill her Husband

The wife of Zimbabwe's Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, Marry Mubaiwa was on Monday January 6 granted bail by a High Court after being arraigned on charges of fraud, money laundering and attempted murder of her husband. 38-year-old Marry who was granted bail of 50,000 Zimbabwe dollars by the court which also ordered her to surrender her diplomatic passport, was arrested in December 2019 on allegations of attempted murder, fraud and contravening the country's exchange control laws by transferring about $1m abroad. The businesswoman and former model who is due for a routine pretrial appearance on January 14, was previously married to a national football player. She is also expected to report to the police twice weekly.
NAFDAC Warns Against Consumption Of Ponmo
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NAFDAC Warns Against Consumption Of Ponmo

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned the general public to be careful of the consumption of animal hides, known as Ponmo. A statement signed by the Director-General (DG) of the agency, Mrs Mojisola Adeyeye, states that most of these animal hides are meant for industrial use. Adeyeye added that some of these animal hides were pre-treated with industrial chemicals, which were not of food grade and were toxic and injurious to human health. According to the her, investigations have revealed that some companies legally imported hides from countries like Lebanon and Turkey, while majority of the product were smuggled into the country through the porous borders. “The Management of NAFDAC wishes to use this medium to alert the general pub...
Election petitions should be handled by retired Judges – Femi Falana
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Election petitions should be handled by retired Judges – Femi Falana

Femi Falana in a communique sent out on Thursday, advocated for election petitions to be handled by retired Judges as serving judges have been overburdened, leaving all matters pending in their courts to carry out national assignments.   The human rights activists pointed out the adjournment of court cases by over 350 Judges of the State High Courts, Federal High Court, and National Industrial Court, for a 'national assignment' which was never within their jurisdiction.   Femi Falana pushed for a review of preference given to election petitions and appeals, and further stated that such cases are not handled by regular courts in neighbouring countries but by constitutional courts.   The statement reads “Over 350 Judges drawn from State High Courts, Federal Hig...
Bayelsa Guber: Jonathan, Wife ‘Working To Make PDP Lose’ – Group Laments
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Bayelsa Guber: Jonathan, Wife ‘Working To Make PDP Lose’ – Group Laments

The Bayelsa State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Support Group has accused former President Goodluck Jonathan, and his wife Patience of making surreptitious moves to cause confusion in the PDP by falsely encouraging multiple governorship aspirants to enter the race. This, the group said, is to make the party lose the election. Group coordinator Isaac Ipidei, in a statement on Wednesday, said while Jonathan invited many prominent Bayelsans (with the pretext that he was supporting them), to join the governorship race, the ex-first lady and his close political ally, King AJ Turner, have been  meeting with Chief Timipre Sylva of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Ipidei called on the national leadership of the PDP to note “the dangerous duplicity of Jonathan and his political camp, ...
Senate Urges FG To Ban Sniper Insecticide
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Senate Urges FG To Ban Sniper Insecticide

The Nigerian Senate has urged the federal government to ban the production, importation and circulation of Sniper insecticide in the country. This is part of the resolutions the lawmakers adopted on Tuesday. The resolutions follow a motion by Theodore Orji (Abia-PDP) on the rising cases of suicide in Nigeria. Mr Orji argued that cases of suicide are on the rise because many could not ‘çope with the overwhelming situation of life which could be financial problems; death of loved ones; broken relationships, which is very popular amongst the youths in Nigeria; or serious illness; they choose suicide as an option.” He said. “The Senate observes that suicide could be prevented particularly when family, friends and close relatives of the person contemplating suicide provide support, ...
‘No-one can keep Ballon d’Or from Salah’ – AFCON glory will seal crown for Liverpool star, says Aguirre
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‘No-one can keep Ballon d’Or from Salah’ – AFCON glory will seal crown for Liverpool star, says Aguirre

The national coach of Egypt believes a talismanic figure in his squad is a serious contender for the title of best player on the planet in 2019 If Liverpool star Mohamed Salah helps Egypt to Africa Cup of Nations glory then “no-one can keep the Ballon d’Or away from him”, says Javier Aguirre. The 27-year-old has enjoyed another memorable season in 2018-19. On a personal level, he was unable to scale the heights of a debut campaign at Anfield which delivered 44 goals in all competitions and a PFA Player of the Year prize.
See The Security Guards Who Killed Their Own Boss And His Daughter In Akure
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See The Security Guards Who Killed Their Own Boss And His Daughter In Akure

The Ondo State Police Command has arrested two persons for allegedly killing their boss on the Ojomo Akintan Estate, Olu Foam area of Akure, Punch Metro reports. The suspects, Tasiu Abubakar and Ayuba Idris, were said to be security guards employed by the deceased. They were paraded at the headquarters of the command on Monday for allegedly killing their boss, Mr Richard Kwakye, and his daughter, Tope, last month. The Commissioner of Police, Mr Undie Adie, said the suspects fled the state after committing the crime but were apprehended in Sokoto and Kano states. According to him, the deceased were initially declared missing but after the suspects were arrested, they confessed that they killed Richard and his daughter and threw their bodies away. The CP stated, “Upon receipt ...
We Won’t Endorse Any Candidate For Kogi, Bayelsa Guber Polls – APC
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We Won’t Endorse Any Candidate For Kogi, Bayelsa Guber Polls – APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday said there will be no preferential treatment for any aspirant seeking to contest the Kogi and Bayelsa states governorship elections on the party’s platform. The incumbent governor of Kogi, Yahaya Bello, is seeking return to office but he will do battle with some formidable aspirants such as Mona Mustapha, son of the late Prince Abubakar Audu; Sani Lulu, a former President of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), former Commissioner for Agriculture in the Kogi, Tim Diche, among others. A source had told Daily Independent on Monday that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC will meet and throw its support behind one of the aspirants for the governorship position. “The APC NWC will meet and take a position on the issue. They w...
INEC Bows To Supreme Court Judgement, Declares PDP Winner Of Zamfara Election
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INEC Bows To Supreme Court Judgement, Declares PDP Winner Of Zamfara Election

According to Punch Metro, the Independent National Electoral Commission on Saturday complied with the judgment of the Supreme Court on the 2019 general elections held in Zamfara State and declared the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, winners of the elections. The chairman of the commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, told journalists in Abuja that Certificates of Return would be given to the governor-elect, Deputy-governor-elect, three Senators and seven House of Representatives members-elect by 2:00 p.m. on Monday. Details later…
‘We want to win it for Mkhitaryan’ – Mustafi frustrated over Arsenal team-mate’s Europa League final absence
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‘We want to win it for Mkhitaryan’ – Mustafi frustrated over Arsenal team-mate’s Europa League final absence

The winger will not feature against Chelsea due to concerns for his safety if he were to travel to Azerbaijan as an Armenian national Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi says it's a shame Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not play the Europa League final and that his team-mates want to win for the 30-year-old. Mkhitaryan will not travel to Azerbaijan to face Chelsea next Wednesday due to fears over his safety because of his Armenian nationality. The two countries have been at war over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh mountains since 1988, although a ceasefire has been in place since 1994.
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...
NYSC Kogi State Co-ordinator Dies In Road Accident
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NYSC Kogi State Co-ordinator Dies In Road Accident

The National Youth service Corps management just lost a dear mother, Mrs. O.O Ahile the state Coordinator of NYSC in Kogi state to a fatal car accident. She died in a ghastly motor accident on Lafia – MKD Road. This is really a great loss that can never be recovered because the woman is really a mother. Everybody loves her and she has not been acting as a state coordinator alone, she has been acting as a mother. Corp members serving in Kogi and ex corpers who knew her will really miss her because shes a woman many Corpers has taken to be their godmother.
Lalong approves N30,000 wage for Plateau workers
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Lalong approves N30,000 wage for Plateau workers

Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong has approved the N30, 000 national minimum wage for the state workforce. Lalong dropped the cheering news while addressing workers during the Labor Day celebration at Rwang Pam Township stadium Jos on Wednesday. The governor did not however mention when he will commence the implementation of the new minimum wage. Lalong, who was represented by the Head of Service Mr Izam Azi, restated his commitment to regular payment of civil servants salaries in his second tenure in office just as he did in the last four years. He said: “I was a member of the National minimum wage committee representing the Governor’s Forum and I have pledged to stand by the resolution reached thereof. “We would assiduously work hard with workers to improve the IGR of the State so...
70-year-old woman falls to her death at the Grand Canyon National Park
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70-year-old woman falls to her death at the Grand Canyon National Park

A 70-year-old woman fell to her death in the Grand Canyon National Park. The park said in a news release that park rangers responded to a call of a person needing help at rocky point west of Pipe Creek Vista on Tuesday, but before the rescue operation began, the woman fell. Her body was later recovered by the park's helicopter and rescue team of about 15 people.   The woman's death follows a string of others since late March. Earlier this month, a 67-year-old man died after falling over the edge of the Grand Canyon, near the Yavapai Geology Museum. His body was recovered 400 feet below the rim. On March 28, a man from from Hong Kong was taking pictures at an overlook when he slipped and fell, according to the Grand Canyon West.   He was part of a tour group visitin...
Clerics preach attitudinal changes
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Clerics preach attitudinal changes

Clerics yesterday preached attitudinal changes as a way of developing the country. Their Easter messages laid emphasis on putting the country first. To the General Overseer of the Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Revival Movement (TLCCRM), Pastor Lazarus Muoka, Christians must mend their ways for the country to overcome its challenges. Pastor Mouka spoke at the end of a Three-Day Easter Crusade entitled: “God’s covenant of peace and blessing’’ at its National Headquarters in Surulere, Lagos. “Seeing that Jesus Christ has taken away all our sorrow, my advice to Nigerians is that they should all come to Christ according to His invitation. There are a lot of problems here and there but it is only in Him that we have freedom and solutions. “All should give their lives to Christ and mend t...
2019: Election Tribunal receives 18 petitions in Kaduna
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2019: Election Tribunal receives 18 petitions in Kaduna

PolJustice A. H. Suleiman, Chairman, National and State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal in Kaduna state, says the tribunal has received 18 petitions from candidates not satisfied with the outcome of the just concluded 2019  polls in the state. Suleiman who addressed lawyers and Newsmen during the tribunal inaugural sitting on Thursday in Kaduna, said 10 of the petitions were in respect of the February 23 National Assembly elections, while eight were for the March 9 State House of  Assembly poll. Suleiman warned that absence of parties and their Counsel will not stop proceedings of the tribunal. He added that where necessary, “appropriate provisions of the Rules of Court or Practice Direction (as the case may be) will be invoked against the defaulting party.“ He stressed th...
China calls Taiwan flight a ‘routine exercise’
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China calls Taiwan flight a ‘routine exercise’

China on Wednesday derided “wild talk” from Taiwan’s president as it defended a flight by its fighter jets across the traditionally respected maritime line dividing the island from the mainland last month as a routine exercise. The rare incursion of two J-11 fighter jets over the “median line” separating the self-ruled island from China drew condemnation from Taipei at the end of March, which called the incident “intentional, reckless and provocative”. Citing remarks by Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang at a press briefing Wednesday, state-run China Daily said the fly-by was part of a planned routine exercise by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). “Protecting national sovereignty and territorial integrity has been the sacred duty of the PLA, and it is in the interest of...
Ndume, Others Risk Expulsion From APC Over NASS Leadership Tussle
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Ndume, Others Risk Expulsion From APC Over NASS Leadership Tussle

Indications are rife that the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is set to wield the big stick against Senators Ali Ndume and Danjuma Goje as well as other erring members, who flout it’s directives on the election of the National Assembly leadership. This is coming as a result of intrigues and horse-trading that have recently characterised the position of the Senate President, in which some members had publicly spoken against the decision of the party. The party had earlier taken a position on the matter, zoning the Senate Presidency to the North East and endorsing Senator Ahmed Lawan as its preferred choice. But some senators are said to be against the choice of the party, leading to dissenting tunes among the federal lawmakers. While Ndume has consistently insiste...
NEMA Receives 132 Stranded Nigerians From Libya
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NEMA Receives 132 Stranded Nigerians From Libya

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) says it has received 132 stranded Nigerian returnees from Libya. NEMA’s Lagos office coordinator, Idris Muhammed, confirmed the development to journalists on Tuesday in Lagos. According to him, the returnees who arrived the Cargo Wing of Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja at about 7:20 pm boarded the Buraq Air which took off from Benghazi Airport in Libya. They included 58 adult female, 2 female children, and 4 female infants while 59 male adults, 5 male children, and 6 male infants made up of 64 females and 68 males. The stranded Nigerians were assisted back to the country through the humanitarian efforts of the International Organisation for Migration and special funding from the European Union for the reintegration p...
FG faults Senate’s approval of N90.2bn reimbursement to Delta, Taraba
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FG faults Senate’s approval of N90.2bn reimbursement to Delta, Taraba

The Federal Government has faulted the approval of N90.2 billion as reimbursement for contracts executed on behalf of the Federal Government by Delta and Taraba. In a letter dated 5th of March 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari said that the sum approved by the National Assembly was in excess of the amount approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) The letter read by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki reads:“ I wish to inform the Senate that we have received approval of the National Assembly via letter ref: NASS/CAN/106/Vol.11 /004 dated 29th January 2019 for the refunds to Delta and Taraba States governments through the issuance of Promissory Note for projects executed on behalf of the Federal Government. “The Senate may wish to note that following a review of the approval from the...
Davido, Mark Zuckerberg, Nike Okundaye share space at Lagos art expo
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Davido, Mark Zuckerberg, Nike Okundaye share space at Lagos art expo

Portraitures of popular Nigerian music act Davido, Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg and female Nigerian artist Nike Okundaye, topped the list of works on display at the ” O’Sagacity art exhibition underway at the National Museum, Lagos. The artist/exhibitor, Sunday Olaniyi, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that each of these people inspired his works, adding that he appreciated them for their contributions to the entertainment industry. Olaniyi said that the portraitures of the celebrities would be handed over to them immediately after the exhibition. According to him, 50 art works were on display, including bead portraitures, beads, paintings, mixed media, aluminium foil and sculpture. “I have some of my works exhibited as: Tough time never last; Moderation; Nose...

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