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Chevron launches cassava projects with 40 graduates

​By Dayo Johnson Akure—CHEVRON Nigeria Limited through the Partnership Initiative in the Niger Delta (PIND) has launched Youths Cassava Enterprise Project with 40 graduates to pilot the scheme in Ondo state. The project is in partnership with the states Wealth Creation Agency (WECA). Director,  Deepwater and Production Sharing Contracts of Star Deep Water Petroleum Limited, Jeffery Ewing said the project ...

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Naira/Dollar atm cards and inexplicable profligacy

​ By Henry Boyo  ONE cannot be certain whether Nigerians should celebrate or decry the recent decision by the Central Bank to reduce the existing annual limit from $150,000 to $50,000, per person on usage of Naira/dollar debit cards abroad. Nonetheless, the enabling directive to commercial banks in CBN’s circular of 13 April 2015, may mean nothing to possibly over ...

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LAUTECH crisis: Osun Assembly lauds Aregbesola, Ajimobi over resolution

​By Gbenga Olarinoye Osogbo—Osun State House of Assembly has lauded the Governors of Osun and Oyo states, Rauf Aregbesola and Abiola Ajimobi for the peaceful resolution of the recent controversy about ownership and management of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology. In a statement by the Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy, Hon. Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, the Assembly said, the ...

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Igbo leaders no longer respect Ojukwu – MASSOB

​Ihuoma Chiedozie, Enugu The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra on Sunday observed that Igbo leaders no longer showed respect to the Biafra leader, the late Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu. A MASSOB leader, Uchenna Madu, who made the group’s feeling known in a statement made available to our correspondent in Enugu, said the late Biafran leader was not ...

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Cultists sack community

​Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri At least, one person was confirmed dead when two rival cult groups clashed in the Owaelu-Uratta in Owerri-North Local Government Area of Imo State on Saturday night. A source in the community, who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity, said trouble started when rival cult members started exchanging provocative words. The heated arguments, it was ...

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Police recover 19 cars, SUVs from ex-IG Arase

Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has ordered an investigation into the purchase and distribution of vehicles by his predecessors. It was gathered that the probe was informed by the discovery that retiring officers, including former  IGs and Deputy Inspectors-General of Police, were in the habit of appropriating police vehicles for their personal use. Findings by our ...

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Yero spent N4.1bn on sweets, juice, training in 2014 –Commissioner

​Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna The Kaduna State Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Mohammed Abdullahi, said the immediate past government of Mukhtar Yero spent over N2.1bn on sweets, juice and chocolates to entertain visitors in 2014 alone. He added that the ex-governor’s administration wasted another N2bn on training and retraining of workers who did not need such training. For instance, the commissioner ...

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Laide Bakare receives backlash for kissing her 2 year old son

​ Actress Laide Bakare shared this picture she took with her 2 year old son on Instagram which caused an uproar amongst readers. Some said it was inappropriate, while others didn’t see anything wrong with it. Read some of the comments after the cut… [Uploading gallery…] 664 total views, no views today

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N22.8bn Fraud: Skye Bank Official Testify Against Air Force Chiefs

Skye Bank Compliant Officer, Mr. Mojeed Olatunji, has explained the role he played in the alleged N22.8 billion fraud perpetrated by former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu, Vice Marshal Jacob Bola Adigun and Air Commodore Gbadebo Owodunni Olugbenga. Mojeed, who is the first prosecution witness of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in the trial of ...

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Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia Reports To EFCC After Agents Expose Her Phony Hospital Visit

tice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, one of the six judges invited to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to face interrogation over allegations of money laundering and bribery, reported herself to the anti-graft agency on Thursday evening. It would be recalled that the embattled judge was invited for questioning on Tuesday, October 18, but unlike five of her colleagues, Mrs. Ofili-Ajumogobia ...

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N4.9b Laundry Scam: Court Commences Trial Of Fani-Kayode, Others

The accused persons were being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The order by Presiding Judge Mallan Sule followed an application argued before the court by defense counsel seeking an adjournment. This, said the lawyers, was to enable the accused persons ample time to prepare their defense, given that the proof of evidence served on them did ...

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Brazil-based Nigerian Hairstylist Arrested At Lagos Int’l Airport With Cocaine Concealed In Her Bra

A Brazil-based Nigerian hairstylist has been arrested by Nigerian anti-drug detectives with cocaine hidden inside her bra.  The suspect, Nnaji Juliet Ijeoma, 30 was arrested by officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos on Friday. She was caught with the illicit drug at the airport during the inward screening of South ...

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Detained Former Minister Obanikoro Offers To Refund N785m Election Stolen Fund

​ Embattled former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro may soon be let out of custody by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) following indications that he has agreed to make refunds of the money he allegedly collected from the Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA).  The anti-graft agency accused the ex-minister of receiving N785 million from ...

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Aso Rock of juju, demons: Precidency reacts

Ben Agande, Abuja In his article in the Guardian newspapers of October 14, 2016, the former Special adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Media and Publicity,  Dr Reuben Abati painted a surreal picture of incredible things that go on beyond the glitz and glamour of the official residence and office of the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, popularly ...

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Update: 55 killed in Cameroon train derailment: minister

 55 killed in Cameroon train derailment Fifty-five people were killed and almost 600 injured when a packed Cameroon passenger train derailed on Friday, leaving debris strewn across nearby tracks as carriages swung off the rails.  The train, travelling from the capital Yaounde to the economic hub Douala, was crammed with people due to road traffic disruption between the two cities ...

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Buhari is no hater of women – Adeosun, Finance Minister

Finance minister Kemi Adeosun has dismissed insinuations of President Muhammadu Buhari being a hater of women even as she Friday said that the administration has pumped in the last four months pumped an unprecedented N720 billion to boost infrastructure. Mrs. Adeosun who disowned dates attributed to her on when the nation would come out of recession said economic growth would ...

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US concerned about South Africa quitting ICC

​ The United States expressed concern on Friday over South Africa’s decision to withdraw its support from the International Criminal Court. While not itself a member of the court, the United States likes other countries to accept its jurisdiction, seeing it as an arm against the impunity sometimes enjoyed by rogue leaders.“We’re concerned about this decision,” State Department spokesman John ...

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$2.1 b arms cash: Fani-Kayode to be flown to Abuja for fresh questioning

​*My life in danger —Fani-Kayode *As Obanikoro spends weekend in EFCC By Soni Daniel, Northern Region Editor, &  Innocent Anaba Indications  emerged last night that the former Director of Media and Publicity of the President Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, who was re-arrested yesterday by the  Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, after he stepped out of a ...

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Early voting numbers promising for Clinton in battleground states

More than 3.3 million Americans have already votedDemocrats also have improved their position in conservative and Mormon-heavy Utah Washington (CNN)There are hints of good news for Hillary Clinton in key battleground states as millions of Americans vote early, according to a CNN analysis of the latest early voting statistics. More than 3.3 million Americans have already voted. And among that ...

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Photos: 16 Year Old Secondary School Boy From Ebonyi State Makes A Solar-Powered Car

According to Hon. Agwu Francis, who shared the news, “A 16 years old boy, Master Ihere-serg Mascot from Ebonyi State just presented a car he assembled by himself to the Executive Governor of Ebonyi State. Master Ihere made it known to pressmen that his car does not emit gas neither does it use fuel but its powered by solar energy. ...

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Kemi AdeosunMinister says FG, States, LGs share N420bn in September

Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun has said the three tiers of government shared N420 billion as revenue for September 2016. The three tiers of government shared N420 billion as revenue for September as against N510.3 billion shared in August. The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, said this in Abuja on Thursday at the monthly revenue allocation to Federal, States and ...

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Buhari‘Stop saying rubbish about us,’ Niger Delta Avengers tell President

​  The group also said that Buhari’s hands are soiled with the blood of Ogoni activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa. The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) have told President Muhammadu Buhari, to stop criticizing them. The group also said that Buhari’s hands are soiled with the blood of Ogoni activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa. NDA made the comments via a letter written to Buhari on ...

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How ‘governor’s thugs’ allegedly beat up striking workers in Ogun

Striking Ogun State workers on Thursday alleged that thugs suspected to be loyal to Governor Ibikunle Amosun beat up public servants and labour union leaders as workers started their indefinite strike over unremitted cooperative union deductions and unfriendly labour practices.It was gathered that some labour leaders and union members who had gathered at the secretariat of the state Nigeria Labour ...

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How ‘governor’s thugs’ allegedly beat up striking workers in Ogun

Striking Ogun State workers on Thursday alleged that thugs suspected to be loyal to Governor Ibikunle Amosun beat up public servants and labour union leaders as workers started their indefinite strike over unremitted cooperative union deductions and unfriendly labour practices.It was gathered that some labour leaders and union members who had gathered at the secretariat of the state Nigeria Labour ...

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Gbenga Daniel‘                     I will still prostrate for Obasanjo,’ Ex-Governor says

GBENGA DANIEL :  ‘I WILL STILL PROSTRATE FOR OBASANJO,’ EX-GOVERNOR SAYS Gbenga Daniel  ‘I will still prostrate for Obasanjo,’ Ex-Governor says Daniel also said that he would never insult Obasanjo because he is a thoroughbred Yoruba man. Former Ogun State Governor, Gbenga Danielhas said that he will eventually reconcile with former president, Olusegun Obasanjo. Daniel also said that he would ...

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Oba of Benin gets staff of office, unfolds development agenda

It was all jubilation and glamour as the crown prince of Benin, His Royal Highness, Eheneden Erediauwa, emerged the 40th Oba of Benin Kingdom and received his staff of office from the Edo State Government on Thursday.Erediauwa also announced the name he had chosen to bear as Oba Emuare II and would be addressed as Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Akpolopkolo, ...

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NNPC cuts oil prices to woo buyers

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has cut the price of every type of crude oil it sells in an effort to regain share of the global oil market amid continued supply glut and growing competition.This is coming two weeks after Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest crude exporter, cut the prices for November oil sales to Asia and Northwest Europe, and ...

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We have made mistakes – Gowon apologises to Niger Delta

Yakubu Gowon, former military head of state of Nigeria, has apologised to Niger Delta I communities for the neglect they have suffered in the hands of the successive governments.Gowon, who was the special guest of honour at the premiere of Oloibiri, a movie about the Niger Delta, urged the government; across all levels, to be humble enough to dialogue with ...

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Judges accused of corruption should go on compulsory leave – NBA

The Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) has advised judges facing allegations of corruption to proceed on compulsory leave until their innocence is proven.The judges are Sylvester Ngwuta and John Okoro (supreme court); Adeniyi Ademola and Nnamdi Dimgba (federal high court); Mohammed Tsamiya (appeal court, Ilorin); Kabri Auta (high court, Kano) and Muazu Pindiga (high court, Gombe).On October 8, the Department of ...

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How Amaechi begged me to help nullify Fayose’s election – Judge

Justice Sylvester Ngwuta A Justice of the Supreme Court yesterday accused Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi and Science Minister Ogbonnaiya Onu of being the architect of his travails.Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, who was arrested by Department of State Services (DSS) operatives for alleged corruption, blamed it all on his refusal to cooperate with the duo, who he said had requested him to ...

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Your hands are soiled with Saro-Wiwa’s blood – Avengers tell Buhari

Niger Delta Avengers, a militant group, wants President Muhammadu Buhari, to stop his “disparaging remarks” about them.In a letter released on Thursday after almost a month of lying low, the group said the president’s hands are “soiled deep in the blood of Ken Saro-Wiwa”, late writer and human rights activist.\The militant group said it found it curious that the president ...

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ISIS Turkey-backed Syrian rebels attack terrorists’ stronghold

Dabiq is symbolically important to the jihadist group because it is the site of an apocalyptic Islamic prophesy. Turkey-backed Syrian rebels began an attack on the Islamic State-held village of Dabiq in northwestern Syria on Saturday, a rebel commander involved in the campaign and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. However, Turkish military sources said the operation to take ...

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Group accuses Kaduna govt of master minding attacks against its members

​ They alleged that the Kaduna government’s unfriendly body language towards them gave rise to the violent attacks against them. The Shiite sect has had it tough in recent times, following violent attacks against its members by angry youths in some states in the North. Members of the sect have been protesting the continued detention of their leader,Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky. ...

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Emir of Katsina’s marriage to 14-year-old Habiba – Reno

​ I have just read the statement made by the  Katsina Emirate Council on the issue of Habiba Isa, the 14 year old Christian girl that allegedly converted to Islam at the emir’s palace and thereafter got married to the Emir of Katsina, his Royal highness, Alhaji Abdulmumin Usman. According to the Katsina Emirate Council, 14 year old Habiba’s marriage ...

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Refrain from night journeys, FRSC urges commercial drivers

​The FRSC on Saturday urged commercial drivers to plan their journeys ahead and refrain from embarking on night journeys to avoid accidents. The FRSC Zonal Commander in-charge of Zone 9, Mr Samuel Obayemi, gave the advice while speaking at an ember month sensitisation programme for commercial drivers in Enugu. Obayemi noted that night journeys were often subjected to the threats ...

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