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INEC Fixes Feb 20 For Plateau Rerun, Supplementary Polls

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The Independent National Electoral Commission, has fixed February 20, for rerun and supplementary elections for Langtang South, Pankshin South and Plateau North state constituencies. INEC in a statement in Jos on Sunday said that the Langtang South elections would be conducted in the entire 68 polling units, in compliance with a Court of Appeal judgment. The court had ruled that ...

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Osun Doctors May Suspend Strike

Governor Rauf Aregbesola

The Chairman of the Osun State Association of Medical and Dental Officers, Dr. Isiaka Adekunle, has said the body will convince its members to suspend the ongoing strike, which is almost five months old. According to a statement made available to our correspondent in Osogbo on Saturday by the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Mr. Olatubosun Oyintiloye, Adekunle raised the ...

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Graft War: Why I Have Not Probed Diezani, Others -Buhari

Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has blamed his government’s inability to prosecute those accused of stealing the nation’s wealth, especially in the petroleum sector, to ‘lack of evidence’. Speaking in London, United Kingdom, in an exclusive interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reporter, Mr. Peter Okwoche, after attending a conference on the ongoing Syrian crisis, Buhari said there was no way ...

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CBN Forex Policy Irreversible — Saraki

Saraki

The Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, on Saturday, ruled out the possibility of reversing the policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria, which excludes some imported goods and services from the list of items that can benefit from the Nigerian Foreign Exchange Market.

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Troops Comb Arepo Creek For Lagos Pipeline Vandals

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The Defence Headquarters on Saturday said that troops deployed under the Special Task Force, Operation Awase, were combing the bush for a group of vandals who engaged the men of the task force in a shoot out at Arepo on Thursday. The Acting Director, Defence Information, Brig. Gen. Rabe Abubakar, said on the telephone on Saturday that while the troops ...

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Boko Haram Raids Two Borno Communities, Kills Four

Boko-Haram

Suspected Boko Haram terrorists on Friday raided two villages, Mairi and Malari in Konduga Local Government Area of Borno, killing four persons and razing houses in the communities. The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the attacks came barely one week after the Dalori incident in which some 100 persons were killed.

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7,408 Nigerians Overstayed Their Visas In 2015, Says US Immigration

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Under pressure from the US Congress to improve tracking of foreign visitors, the Department of Homeland Security has produced its first partial estimate of those who overstay their permits to be in the United States of America. Expected departures for Nigerian citizens in 2015 stood at 183, 907, with 7,408 visitors overstaying their visas, while 627 people left the US ...

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Somalia Airplane Blast Caused By Bomb – Official

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An explosion that occurred aboard a passenger plane after it took off from Somalia’s main airport on Tuesday, causing it to make an emergency landing, was caused by a bomb, officials said Saturday.

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Edgar Mitchell, Astronaut Who Walked On Moon Dies At 85

Edgar-Mitchell

US astronaut Edgar Mitchell, one of just 12 people to have walked on the Moon, has died aged 85, his family and NASA said Friday, calling him a “pioneer.” NASA paid glowing tribute to Mitchell, who died in Florida after a brief illness late Thursday, the eve of the 45th anniversary of his lunar landing.

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Court Hears Alamieyeseigha’s Land Acquisition Case

Alamieyeseigha

A Bayelsa State high court sitting in Yenagoa is hearing how late Governor Diepreye Alamieyeseigha acquired 7.5 hectares of land belonging to the Adugotu family of Opolo, Yenagoa using an alleged phoney company, Pescal Nigeria Limited. Findings indicate that at the current rate, the value of the land has shot up to well over N1bn.

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Court Remands Lawyer Who Killed Husband In Prison

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An Ibadan Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Iyaganku, in the Oyo State capital, on Friday ordered that Mrs. Yewande Oyeniran, who allegedly stabbed her husband to death in Akobo area of Ibadan should be kept in Agodi prison, despite the plea by her counsel that she should be kept in police custody. The deceased, Lowo Oyeniran, was a property manager ...

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Two Feared Killed In A Fresh Boat Mishap

In this handout photograph released by the Bangladesh Coast Guard on January 29, 2015, the sinking boat which was carrying migrants headed for Malaysia, drifts in the waters off Kutubdia, in the Cox's Bazaar District.  Dozens of people are missing after an overloaded fishing trawler carrying migrants to Malaysia sank in strong currents off the coast of Bangladesh, officials said.    AFP PHOTO/ Bangladesh Coast Guard ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT  - "AFP PHOTO / BANGLADESH COAST GUARD" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS-----

Two persons were feared killed when a boat capsized at the Badagry end of Lagos. The incident coming barely a week after seven person died in similar incident Daily Sun learnt, involved 10 passengers, but diver located in the area were able to rescue 8 persons alive.

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Seven Jailable Traffic Offences In Lagos

Under the Lagos Traffic Law of 2012, which will be strictly enforced from Monday by the Traffic Courts, violators of some of the offences can be jailed for some number of months.

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TSA: We Realised N2.2trn In 3 Months – Buhari

Buhari

PRESIDENT Mu-hammadu Buhari has revealed that his administration has within three months saved N2.2 trillion for the nation through the enforcement of the Treasury Single Account, TSA. The president made the revelation in London during a meeting with Nigerians resident in the city on Thursday night. President Buhari who was in the United Kingdom for the Supporting Syria and the Region Conference ...

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Bird Flu: Kano State Government Kills 340, 000 Birds In 2 Months

The Kano State Government said on Friday it had so far killed over 340, 000 birds since bird flu resurfaced in the state over two months ago. Dr Shehu Bawa, the Director, Veterinary Services, state Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano that the birds were killed in 49 farms. “We have ...

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101 Die From Lassa Fever In Nigeria

A growing Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria has killed 101 people, as West Africa battles to contain a flare up of the virus, according to data from the nation’s health authorities released Saturday. Nigeria Centre for Disease (NCDC) statistics show that reported cases of the haemorrhagic disease — both confirmed and suspected — stood at 175 with a total of ...

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NIMASA Paid My Company N72m Without Contract, Witness Tells Court

Patrick Akpobolokemi, NIMASA DG

The Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday heard more tales of alleged cash bazaar by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA). The fifth prosecution witness, Mr Emeka Emelano, said his company was paid N72 from NIMASA even though it was not awarded any contract.

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Electricity Tariff: Ngige To Meet Labour Over Protest

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The Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, will hold a joint meeting with leaders of the Nigeria Labour Congress and top executives of Electricity Distribution Companies next week to avert the planned picketing of the Discos by members of the NLC. The Labour had said that it would begin a nationwide picketing of the Discos on Monday.

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Five Military Personnel Feared killed As Arepo Vandals Strike

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Suspected pipeline vandals struck afresh yesterday at Arepo,Ogun State. No fewer than five military personnel were feared killed in the attack,coming about  four months after seven officers of the Department of State Security (DSS) were ambushed, killed and allegedly buried in shallow graves by vandals at Ishawo , Ikorodu in Lagos State.

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CBN Extends BVN Registration For Nigerians Abroad

Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria CBN Mr Godwin Emefiele

The Central Bank of Nigeria has extended the Bank Verification Number registration exercise for Nigerians abroad from January 31 to June 30, 2016. The CBN, in a circular on Thursday, said the extension would allow Nigerian bank customers in the Diaspora to obtain their BVN and link it with their respective bank accounts.

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FG Promises Not To Sack NNPC Workers

Kachikwu

The Federal Government has promised not to cut down the number of employees of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. This is coming as labour unions have threatened to storm Imo State today (Friday) for a mass action if the state government fails to reinstate the workers that it recently sacked.

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Electricity Tariff: Labour To Embark On Nationwide Protest Monday

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), civil society allies and electricity consumers across the country have concluded plans to hold a nationwide protest on Monday to oppose the 45 per cent increase in electricity tariff as announced by the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission, (NERC).

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FG Suspends Bristow ‘Sikorsky’ Helicopters Operation In Nigeria

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The Federal Government yesterday ordered Bristow Helicopters to stop further usage of its Sikorsky-76C++ helicopter type in all its operation in Nigeria. The suspension came following the  accident involving the Sikorsky aircraft type which was deliberately ditched into the Atlantic Ocean by the pilot on Wednesday to save the lives of its 11 occupants following what many analysts feared could ...

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BREAKING: Saraki Must Face Trial, Supreme Court Rules

Saraki

The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by the senate president, Bukola Saraki, against his trial for alleged corruption. Mr. Saraki is facing a 13-count charge of alleged asset declaration fraud.

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AIT Apologises To Tinubu Over ‘Lion of Bourdillon’

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Friday withdrew the N150bn libel suit he filed against DAAR Communications Plc, the owner of African Independent Television. Tinubu filed the suit last March in protest against a documentary titled ‘Lion of Bourdillon’ aired repeatedly on AIT in the build-up to the 2015 general elections.

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