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[Update]Daily Newswatch Assistant Editor Shot By Robbers Survives Attack…Now Dead

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An assistant editor of the Daily Newswatch Newspapers, Mr. Toyin Obadina, was in the early hours of yesterday attacked by armed robbers on his way home from work. The assistant editor of the Saturday title, who escaped death by the whiskers, was attacked along the Itoikin-Old Ijebu-Ode Road, at about ... Read More »

Sovereign Wealth Fund Commits N1.6bn To Agric Financing

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The Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) through its Nigeria Infrastructure Fund has earmarked $10 million (N1.6 billion) to Agricultural Financing in Nigeria (FAFIN) as one of the three collaborating sponsors, alongside the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and KfW, the German government-owned development bank. The fund is an ... Read More »

Boko Haram Gunmen Kill Muslim Cleric, Wife And Child In Zaria

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Outlawed Islamist sect Boko Haram has been suspected of killing a Muslim cleric, Sheikh Adam Albani, his wife and child in Zaria, Kaduna State. Albani was a staunch critic of the Islamic extremist group. His assassination came just hours after the fatal shooting, also by members of the sect, of ... Read More »

Akwa Ibom Govt. Needs N50b To Tackle Flood, Says Commissioner

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The Commissioner for Environment in Akwa Ibom, Mr Enobong Uwah, has said that the state government needs N50 billion to effectively tackle the problem of flood in the state. Uwah, who disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Uyo on Sunday, said that the ... Read More »

General Electric Invests $350m In Nigeria’s Power Sector

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Trade and Investment Minister, Dr Olusegun Aganga Friday said General Electric has signed a deal with a Nigerian bank to invest $350 million in Nigeria’s power sector. According to the minister, the deal between the US conglomerate and Stanbic Bank would finance small-scale projects to generate much-needed electricity. “They are ... Read More »

NCC Impounds Pirated Books Worth N4.7bn

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Zonal Manager, Lagos Office of Nigerian Copyright Commission, Mr Chris Nkwocha, has revealed that pirated books worth N4.7 billion were impounded at the ports in Lagos last year. Speaking during a courtesy visit to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Lagos office, Nkwocha also called for the media’s support in ... Read More »

N1.4tn Waivers: House Summons NNPC, 499 Firms

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Companies allegedly granted waivers totalling N1.4 trillion by the federal government between 2009-2013, have been summoned by the House of Representatives Committee on Customs and Excise via a letter dated January 27 and signed by the committee chairman, Sabo Nakudu (PDP, Jigawa). Companies to be investigated include the Nigeria National ... Read More »

Yola Airport To Commence International Flights This Year – Oduah

FROM LEFT: MANAGING DIRECTOR, FEDERAL AIRPORTS AUTHORITY OF NIGERIA (FAAN), MR GEORGE URESI; MINISTER OF AVIATION, PRINCESS STELLA ODUAH AND COMMISSIONER FOR ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION BUREAU, CAPT. MUHTAR USMAN, DURING INSPECTION OF THE ONGOING RE-MODELLING OF PORT-HARCOURT INTERNATIONAL TERMINAL IN PORT HARCOURT ON SATURDAY (1/2/14).

Barring any unforeseen circumstance, the Yola International Airport, Adamawa State, will commence international flight operations this year, Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, assured yesterday She stated that all necessary modalities to ensure the flights commence as projected, have been finalized. The minister also directed the airport authorities to begin judicious ... Read More »

National Conference: Three Months Not Enough To Discuss Nigeria’s Problems – ACF

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The apex pan-northern socio-political organization, Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has expressed concern about the duration stipulated for the national conference proposed by President Goodluck Jonathan. The Federal Government had last week Thursday, through the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius, released modalities for the organization of ... Read More »

N7bn National Conference Budget’s ‘Chicken Feed’ By Nigerian Standards – Kukah

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Public affairs analyst and Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Rev. Fr. Mathew Hassan Kukah, has said the N7bn budget purportedly earmarked for the proposed National Conference is “chicken feed by Nigerian standard”, considering the amount looted by politicians and their ilk from the public treasury. His comment comes on the ... Read More »

Atnti-gay Law: Catholic Bishops Laud Jonathan For Not Succumbing To Western Pressure

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Bishops of the Owerri Catholic Ecclesiastical Province have commended President Goodluck Jonathan for ignoring threats from Western nations and signed the Anti-Same s*x Bill into law. The commendation was part of the 10-point communique issued after their first plenary meeting for 2014, held at the Pastoral Centre, Owerri, and signed ... Read More »

Kaduna Killings: Northern Govs Call On Security Agencies To Unmask Perpetrators, Bring Them To Book

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The Northern States Governors’ Forum (NSGF) has condemned Thursday’s killing of a family of seven in Manyi Akuru Village, Manchok in Kaura Local Government of Kaduna State, calling on the nation’s security agencies to fish out the perpetrators of the dastardly act and bring them to justice. Governor Babangida Aliyu ... Read More »

36-yr-old Passenger Arrested With 107 ATM Cards At Lagos Airport

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A 36-year-old Turkish airline passenger with 107 automated teller machine (ATM) cards was yesterday arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). The suspect, who holds a dual identity, was apprehended during an outward screening of the Turkish Airline passengers to ... Read More »

Indian Hostages Rescued, Five Arrested In Joint SSS, Military Operation

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The Department of State Security Services (SSS) on Saturday confirmed the rescue of three Indian hostages and arrest of five members of the kidnap gang behind the crime. The DSS said it achieved the feat in a joint rescue operation with the military. It said it has also begun a ... Read More »

Boko Haram Change Tactics, Plant IEDs On Roadside In Borno

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The explosion of a bomb suspected to have been planted on the roadside by suspected members of the Boko Haram sect, who targeted a commuter bus on Friday, which led to the death of seven passengers and three others critically injured, has introduced a new dimension to the tactics deployed ... Read More »

Igbo Leaders of Thought Reject FG’s Modalities For Proposed National Confab

NATIONAL PRESIDENT, IGBO LEADERS OF THOUGHT, PROF. BEN NWABUEZE (4TH L), WITH MEMBERS AFTER A MEETING IN ENUGU (credit: NAN).

Prominent Igbo think-tank group led by erudite constitutional lawyer, Prof. Ben Nwabueze (SAN), Concerned Igbo Leaders of Thought, yesterday faulted the modalities adopted by the Federal Government for the proposed national conference as released on Thursday. The group, which has in the past insisted that the conference should produce a new ... Read More »

Yuguda Throws Civic Reception In Honour Of New National Chairman Of PDP

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National Chairman, People Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Adamu Muazu on Saturday promised to ensure a level-playing field for all party members in the forthcoming 2015 elections. Muazu made the pledge in Bauchi at a civic reception organised in his honour by the Bauchi State Government. He noted that although he ... Read More »

Adamawa: Suspected Boko Haram Gunmen Storm Night Vigil, Kill Pastor, 10 Worshippers

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Less than a week after suspected Boko Haram gunmen attacked a Catholic Church in Chakawa village in Madagali local government area of Adamawa State, killing over 35 persons, another community in the local government has been hit by the dare-devil insurgents, who left in the trail of their latest onslaught, ... Read More »

World Hijab Day: VP’s Wife Tasks Women On Need To Dress Decently

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The wife of the Vice President, Hajiya Amina Sambo, has called on women to imbibe the use of Hijab (head scarf) and dress decently to underscore their chastity. Sambo made the call in Abuja on Saturday at the maiden “World Hijab Day” in Nigeria organised by the Coalition of Nigerian ... Read More »

Kwankwaso Urges Religious Leaders To Join Fight Against Street Begging, Child Trafficking

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Gov. Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano on Saturday appealed to Imams and other religious leaders in the State to support government’s crusade against street begging and child trafficking. This is contained in a statement issued by the Director of Press and Public Relations to the Governor, Malam Halilu Dantiye, in Kano. ... Read More »