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Nigerian States get 22 conditions to access fresh N90billion bailout


The Federal Government has spelt out 22 stringent conditions Nigeria’s 36 states must fulfill to be eligible to draw from the N90billion set aside to bail out states facing severe financial difficulties. Most Nigerian states are broke and unable to pay salaries of workers, fund key services or execute development projects. The states remained in financial hardship despite a July …

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Rev Ayokunle Emerges new CAN President

Reverend Ayokunle

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) yesterday elected Supo Ayokunle as its new President. Mr. Ayokunle, a Reverend, is the current National President of Nigerian Baptist Convention and takes over the CAN leadership from Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor. The election was conducted at the National Ecumenical Center, Abuja. At the poll, Mr. Ayokunle defeated his rival, Joseph Otubu of the Motailatu …

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NIS boss gives passport offices 48hrs to clear backlog of applications

The Comptroller-General, NIS Muhammad Babandede

The Comptroller-General, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS),Muhammad Babandede, has given all Passport Control Officers (PCOs) nationwide 48 hours to clear all backlog of passport applications. He gave the directive on Monday in Abuja at a meeting with senior management staff of the NIS. He also directed all‎ Passport Issuing Desks in Nigeria’s Foreign Missions to do the same. He warned that …

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EFCC seizes Diezani’s N3.58bn Abuja home

Diezani Alison Madueke

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has seized a mansion worth N3.58bn ($18m at the official exchange rate of N199 to a dollar) in the Asokoro area of Abuja allegedly belonging to the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke. The acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, said this during an interview with Al-Jazeera, a Qatar-based news network. …

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FG seeks worldwide seizure of multibillion dollar assets of ex-President Jonathan’s allies

Former Petroleum Minister, Diezani-Alison-Madueke

The Nigerian government on Monday kicked off legal processes that will enable it freeze local and foreign assets of Jide Omokore and Kola Aluko, allies of former petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, who are being investigated in connection with a series of multi-billion dollar petrol import and crude export deals. Mr. Omokore, who is also an ally of former President Goodluck Jonathan, …

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June 12: Abiola’s family demands presidential entitlements

MKO Abiola

The family of the late Moshood Abiola, the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, has called on the Federal Government to declare him the winner and pay presidential entitlements to his family. The request was made on Sunday by the head of the family, Muritala Abiola, at the commemoration of the June 12, 1993 election. The event, …

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Banks shut doors on BDCs and politically-exposed persons

CBN, Nigeria Naira

Amidst intensified anti-corruption siege on banks by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Bureaux de Change, BDCs, may have come under severe vetting by the banks with indications that some of them would have their accounts closed. Vanguard investigations also reveal that bankers are now keeping close watch on their marketers with a view to compelling strict adherence to …

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ISIS claims responsibility for U.S. gay club shooting

Omar Mateen

The Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency said on Sunday that the militant group was responsible for the shooting that killed at least 50 people in a massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The Islamic State media outlet said the perpetrator of the Orlando nightclub attack was a member of the extremist organisation. “The armed attack that targeted a …

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Banks limits over-the-counter cash withdrawal to N10,000


A proposal to limit the over the counter cash withdrawal by bank customers to N10,000 has been tabled before the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). The Sub-committee on Payments Systems and Infrastructure of the Bankers Committee last week sent the proposal to the CBN. The proposal was presented at the committee’s meeting but it is not clear whether it was …

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NSCDC arrests Boko Haram kingpin in Borno


The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Sunday said it had arrested a 56-year-old Boko Haram kingpin in Aski Uba Local Government Area of Borno. The Commandant of the NSCDC in Borno, Mr Ibrahim Abdullahi, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Maiduguri. Abdullahi said that the suspect was apprehended at Mussa village …

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50 killed in Orlando gay nightclub shooting, suspect Omar Mateen killed

Outside Orlando gay nightclub

Fifty people have been confirmed dead and dozens of others injured after a gunman opened fire inside a packed gay nightclub in Orlando. The Washington Post reported that 50 people were killed in what authorities are now describing as a case of domestic terrorism at Pulse, a popular gay club. The shooter, who police identified as Omar Mateen, 29, was …

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Nigeria Army Authority retires 200 officers

Nigerian ArmY

There was shock in the Nigerian Army, with some hinting of ethnic and religious cleansing, as close to 200 officers including major generals were retired, on Friday, following what the authorities said was a consequence of service exigencies. Several generals were said to have reported for work with zeal on Friday with no inkling that their fate had been decided …

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Militants threaten to attack govs, make 7-point demand, including defreezing Tompolo bank accounts


*Why we failed to launch missiles in N-Delta – JNDLF *Makes 7-point demand, including defreezing Tompolo bank accounts *Avengers blow up Agip ENI crude pipeline in Bayelsa. THE Joint Revolutionary Council, JRC, of the Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force, JNDLF, yesterday, warned that it would go after any state governor from the Niger Delta region that betrays the current struggle …

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NFF technical director, Amodu Shaibu dies at 58

Amodu Shuaibu, former Super Eagles Coach

Former Super Eagles coach and technical director, Amodu Shaibu died on Saturday morning in Benin City, just three days after another ex-national team coach Stephen Keshi died in the same town. Edo FA chairman, Frank Ilaboya told Journalists that the Edo State Commissioner for Information, Kazeem Afegbua, called him this morning to inform him of Amodu’s death and that his …

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1,500mw lost to pipeline bombings —NNPC

bombed pipeline

Concerns continueD to loom over the state of affairs of the country’s power supply, as recent report by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, puts a colossal loss of 1,500 megawatts of electricity to attacks on oil and gas facilities by militants in the Niger Delta. This is even as the capacity of Warri refining and petrochemical company plummeted from …

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Nigeria Police arraign 5 suspects over Kano ‘blasphemy’ killing

Kano Blasphemy suspect

Five persons were on Friday arraigned before a court in Kano over last week’s killing of a trader on allegation of blasphemy. The killing of Bridget Agbahime by a mob at Kano’s Kofar Wambai Market sparked national outrage. Police said she was accused of blaspheming the Prophet Mohammed of Islam before being clubbed to death. President Muhmmadu Buhari and Governor …

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$40m ‘fraud’: Jonathan’s cousin and wife get N1b bail


Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court, Abuja yesterday granted bail to former President Goodluck Jonathan’s cousin, Roberts Azibaola and his wife, Stella at N500 million and a surety each. The couple and their company, One Plus Holding Limited, were arraigned  on a seven-count charge bordering on money laundering, criminal breach of trust and corruption by the Economic and …

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N’Delta Avengers shuns peace offer, blows another Chevron’s well


Less than 48 hours after the Federal Government offered to hold peace talks with rampaging militants in the Niger Delta, the Niger Delta Avengers, on Wednesday morning, blew up another Chevron oil well. The NDA has claimed responsibility for the series of attacks on oil facilities in the region. The facility, identified as Dibi Flow Station, is operated by Chevron …

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Nigeria begins recruitment of 500,000 unemployed graduates

President Mohammadu Buhari

In what is the first roll-out of its N500billion social investment programmes, the Nigerian government is set to begin taking applications online for positions in the 500,000 direct teacher jobs scheme, through an internet portal named While the portal would be live on Saturday June 11, applications are expected to start coming in on June 12. Young unemployed Nigerians …

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Reps reduce age qualification for presidency, govs, senate to 30yrs

House of Rep in session

THE Bill seeking to reduce the age qualifications for interested candidates to contest for the positions of President, governor and senate in the country to 30 years yesterday passed second reading in the House of Representatives. The bill, which also makes provision for independent candidacy into the country’s electoral process, further reduces the age qualifications to contest for the House …

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BREAKING: Former Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi dies at 54

Stephen Keshi

One of the most iconic captains of the Nigerian national football team, the Super Eagles, and former coach of the team, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, is dead, his family has announced. He was 54. Emmanuel Ado a brother to the late coach told Journalist that the 54-year-old died of Cardiac arrest in the early hours of Wednesday, June 8, 2016. “With …

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Nigerian govt orders immediate withdrawal of troops from Niger Delta communities

Nigerian Army

The Nigerian government has ordered the immediate withdrawal of troops from communities in the Niger Delta region, amid allegations of a heavy-handed military response to renewed attacks on oil and gas installations in the area. A new group called the Niger Delta Avengers has declared war on the installations, vowing to ground Nigeria’s oil production. The group, which says it …

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FG opens special account for recovered loot

Kemi Adeosun, Finance Minister

The Federal Government has set up an account for the stolen funds it recovered in the last one year. The Muhammadu Buhari-led government revealed on Saturday that N78, 325,354,631.82; $185,119,584.61; £3,508,355.46 and €11, 250 had been recovered from alleged looters, an amount which adds up to over N115.7bn using the official exchange rate of the Central Bank of Nigeria. The …

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Dangote Begins Construction Of First Concrete Road


Dangote Industries Limited (DIL) has commenced the construction of concrete roads in Lagos, Bauchi, Kogi and Kaduna States, beginning with the Itori-Ibese concrete road in Ogun State. The 24 kilometre Itori-Ibese concrete road, which construction was flagged off at the weekend, in Ogun, would be constructed by AG-Dangote Construction Limited, its joint venture company, with Andrade Gutierrez (AG), the leading …

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Nigeria publishes details of recovered assets, withholds names of looters

Alh. Lai Muhammed, Information Minister

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday partially fulfilled his promise to publish specific details of funds traced to and recovered from corrupt former government officials as part of his war against endemic graft. The names of the corrupt officials from whom the assets were recovered were however not disclosed. Details of the recoveries, published by the Federal Ministry of Information, showed that …

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Boxing Legend Muhammad Ali Dies Aged 74

Muhammad Ali in his youthful days

Boxing legend and former World Heavyweight Champion, Muhammed Ali is dead. The 74 year old boxer died on Friday after years of battle with Parkinson disease. Before his death he has been in intensive care embroiled in his most courageous bout – for his life. The children of the sporting icon have rushed to be at his bedside as doctors …

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Osinbajo represents Buhari at the flags off Ogoni cleanup

Prof. Yemi Osibajo

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday backed off a proposed trip to Rivers State for the kick-off of the cleanup of Ogoni, delegating Vice President Yemi Osinbajo for the exercise. The president cancelled the event even after his advanced team had already arrived Ogoni. The presidency has yet not given any reason for the last-minute cancellation of the trip, which was …

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Shell confirms Avengers’ attacks on Forcados pipelines, suspends oil exports indefinitely


The Shell Petroleum Development Company Limited, the Nigerian subsidiary of Dutch oil giant, Royal Dutch Shell, on Friday confirmed militants’ claims that a major damage was done to its oil installations in Delta State in the early hours of Friday, saying the attack had forced it to shut down crude exports indefinitely. The statement corroborates earlier statements by the Niger …

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Fani-Kayode still in custody for fresh allegation – EFCC

Femi Fani Kayode

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said on Thursday that it was investigating the spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party’s Presidential Campaign Organisation‎ for the 2015 election, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode, ‎for fresh allegation. The anti-agency said the fresh allegation was different from the case of the N800m which the former Minister of Aviation allegedly received as campaign fund from the …

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FG scraps post UTME, Pegs cut-off Score at 180

Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu

The Federal Government Thursday scrapped the conduct of post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) for candidates seeking admission into higher institution. The government explained that all tertiary institutions were at liberty to conduct screening for candidates seeking admission into any school. Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, said this on Thursday in Abuja after declaring open the 2016 Combined Policy Meeting on …

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