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FG Declares Public Holidays For Christmas, New year


The Federal Government has declared December 25 and 26, 2014, as public holidays to mark Christmas and Boxing Day Celebrations. Also declared as a public holiday is January 1, 2015 to commemorate the New Year. The Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, who made the declaration on Thursday in Abuja, enjoined all ... Read More »

Man, 29, Arraigned In Lagos For Possessing 589 Permanent Voter Cards


The police on Wednesday arraigned a 29-year-old man in an Ikeja Magistrates court in Lagos for being in possession of 589 Permanent Voter Cards. Lukman Animashaun who resides at No. 12a Itire Road, Lagos, is facing a two-count charge of disobedience to law and breach of public peace. The prosecutor, ... Read More »

SCOAN Building Collapse: We’re Still Awaiting Result Of Lab Test – Police Anti-bomb Unit


The Police Anti-Bomb squad unit has told the Lagos coroner, Magistrate O.A. Komolafe, who is probing the September 12 building collapse at the Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN, that they had yet to conclude investigations into the incident. About 116 persons, mostly foreigners, died in the collapsed six-storey building, ... Read More »

FRSC Recalls Officers On Leave For Yuletide


The Benue Command of the Federal Road Safety Commission has deployed its personnel to major highways in the state, to ensure order on the roads during Christmas, the Sector Commander, Habu Dauda, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Makurdi. He said that all officers on leave have ... Read More »

Boko Haram Kills 33, Abducts 100 In Borno


Boko Haram militants have killed about 33 people and kidnapped at least 100 following an attack Gumsuri Village in Borno State, a survivor told the BBC. According to him, the insurgents suspected to be Boko Haram members seized young men, women and children from the village on Sunday. News only ... Read More »

CDS Urges Nigerians To Have Faith In Military’s Capability To Defeat Boko Haram

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The Chief of Defense Staff, Alex Badeh, on Wednesday assured Nigerians that the Nigerian Armed Forces will win the war against Boko Haram. Speaking at the Presidential Villa after a breakfast meeting between service Chiefs and President Goodluck Jonathan, the CDS also assured that elections will hold in all parts ... Read More »

PVC Collection: Niger Declares Friday, Monday Work Free Days


Niger State Niger state Government has declared Friday December 19 and Monday December 22 as work free days, to enable civil servants obtain the Permanent Voters Card, PVC. This was contained in a statement issued on Wednesday in Minna by Israel Ebije, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Babangida Aliyu. ... Read More »

Controversial Warships Belong To NIMASA, Not Tompolo –Navy

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The Nigerian Navy has waded into the controversy surrounding the alleged acquisition of seven warships by an ex-Niger Delta Militant Leader, Chief Government Ekpemupolo aka Tompolo, saying the ships belong to the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA. The Chief of Training and Operations of the Nigerian Navy, Rear ... Read More »

$1bn Not Missing From ECA – FG


The Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on Wednesday said that there was no money missing from the Excess Crude Account as reported in some national dailies. Okonjo-Iweala disclosed this while presenting the proposed 2015 budget in Abuja. According to her, report that one billion dollars was missing from the ... Read More »

Nigeria’s Economy Remains ‘Relatively’ Strong, Says D-G Budget Office


The Director-General, Budget Office of the Federation, Dr Bright Okogu, on Wednesday in Abuja said that the Nigerian economy was still strong in spite of global economic uncertainties. Okogu made the statement while making a public presentation on the proposed budget for 2015. He said that while monitoring the recent ... Read More »

Unknown Gunmen Attack Sanga Village Again In Kaduna, Kill 10


A renewed attack on Unguwan Dauda village in Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State in the wee hours of Wednesday left five persons dead and houses torched by suspected Fulani herdsmen. It was learnt that those killed included a one-year old baby, the mother and the father, while they ... Read More »

EFCC Arraigns Nine For Illegal Dealing In Petroleum Products


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Wednesday at a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, arraigned nine persons for offences bordering on illegally dealing in petroleum products. Clement Oguntuwase, Joseph Obie, Ifeoluwa Albert, Adams Amzat Akokhia, Isaac Ndidi Chima, Rafiu Momodu, Rasaq Mahmud, Godwin George, and ... Read More »

Falling Oil Prices: FG Withdraws $1bn From Excess Crude Account As Crunch Worsens


The Federal Government has withdrawn $1 billion from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) to cushion the effect of the cash crunch occasioned by the acute shortage of funds due to declining global oil prices. The ECA, which previously had $4.1 billion, now has a balance of $3.1 billion, with the ... Read More »

Jonathan’s Administration Not Sponsoring Boko Haram – Chairman, Northern Elders Forum


Chairman, Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, on Wednesday, dismissed assumption that Boko Haram was created to frustrate the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan and also insinuations that his administration was sponsoring Boko Haram. Speaking at a programme, tagged: “Media Presentation of Candidate Goodluck Jonathan,” which was packaged by ... Read More »

Court Stops Reps’ Summon Of Alison-Madueke Over Alleged N10bn Jet Scam

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The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has halted moves by the House of Representatives to investigate the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, over the allegation that she spent N10 billion on chartering a jet. Justice Ahmed Mohammed, who ruled on a joint suit filed by the ... Read More »

54 Soldiers Sentenced To Death For Refusing To Fight Boko Haram

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The General Court Martial sitting at the Army Headquarters Garrison in Abuja has sentenced 54 soldiers to death after they were found guilty of mutiny. 59 soldiers had been arraigned before the court martial on a two-count charge of criminal conspiracy to commit mutiny and mutiny. Four of them were ... Read More »

FG To Privatise Railways, 7 Others In 2015


The Federal Government will in 2015, privatise eight new entities in the Railway; Inland waterways; Road Authority; Roads Funds; National Transport Commission; Ports & Harbour reform; Federal Competition and Consumer Protection and Postal bill sectors of the economy. Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE), Benjamin Dikki disclosed ... Read More »

Suspected Boko Haram Gunmen Kills 10, Abducts 2 In Borno

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Gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram terror group, yesterday, killed 10 people and kidnapped a young woman with her two- year old child, in an ambush laid for motorists in Madari village, Kukawa Local Government Area of Borno State, A driver, Mallam Abor Modu, who escaped the ... Read More »

NASS Invasion: Mark Fumes At Allegation That His Security Aides Teargassed Tambuwal


The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) attached to the National Assembly, Idachaba James, has alleged that the security details of Senate President, David Mark, were the ones who threw teargas canister at the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Aminu Tambuwal when the police invaded the National Assembly on November ... Read More »

IG To Sanction Policemen Over Unprofessional Conduct


The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Suleiman Abba says officers and men of the force who engage in unprofessional conduct will be sanctioned. The Police boss gave the warning on Wednesday in Abuja, while presenting the “Inspector-General of Police Award” to four junior officers for their exceptional performance, with one receiving ... Read More »