Tuesday , 21 November 2017

Metro News

Don’t Place Ban On Ogogoro, Local Gin Producers Beg FG

Producers of local gin, known as Ogogoro, under the aegis of Okwagbe Distillers Union, Delta State, have appealed to the Federal Government not to ban the production of the alcoholic drink. Following the death of more than 60 persons in Rivers State last week over the consumption of the local …

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OPC Pulls Out Of Multi-billion Naira NNPC Pipeline Surveillance Contract

The Oodua People’s Congress said it would pull out its men from protecting all Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, pipelines nationwide from Monday evening. Yinka Oguntimehin, the spokesman for Gani Adams faction of the congress, said this in an interview in Lagos on Monday. Mr. Oguntimehin said that this became …

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I’ve Only One Regret As INEC Chairman, Says Jega

Outgoing Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, has looked back on his tenure as head of the electoral body and come to the conclusion that his only regret would be being unable to create a special salary structure for staff of the commission. He made …

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‘Ogun State Not Owing Workers’ – State Govt.

The Ogun State Government has debunked a report listing it among states grappling with unpaid salaries, saying it was not owing any worker in the state. According to a statement signed by Secretary to the State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, the Senator Ibikunle Amosun-led administration had never owed workers salary since …

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OPC To Stop Guarding NNPC Pipeline Over Non-payment Of Members

The Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) said it would pull out its men from guarding all Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipelines nationwide. According to Yinka Oguntimehin, spokesman for the Gani Adams faction of the group, the decision followed the delay in payment of the OPC members by the NNPC. As …

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11 Killed In Potiskum Suicide Bombing

Eleven persons were killed, Monday, as two suicide bombers hit Potiskum, the commercial town of Yobe State. Eight others were injured in the attack. Thisday reports that the first attack was launched at the vigilante group office located at Dorowa area. Citing an eyewitness, Abubakar Isa, the news platform said …

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U.S. Donates $5bn MNJTF To Fight Boko Haram

The United States says it has announced a $5 billion contribution to the Multinational Joint Task Force to boost the military operation against the Boko Haram insurgency. The U.S. Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, announced this at a news briefing via telephone from the African Union Summit …

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Embattled Sen. Kashamu Withdraws N20bn Libel Suit Against Obasanjo

The Senator representing Ogun-East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Prince Buruji Kashamu, has withdrawn a N20.1 billion libel suit he instituted against former President Olusegun Obasanjo before a Federal Capital Territory court in Abuja. Kashamu had sued the former president for libel over certain allegations Mr. Obasanjo made in …

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Taraba Demolishes Illegal Structures To Restore Jalingo Master Plan

The Taraba Ministry of Urban Development on Tuesday said the ongoing demolition of illegal structures erected within the Jalingo metropolis was to restore the state capital’s original master plan. Mr Abel Bako, the Administrative Officer of the Ministry, told newsmen in Jalingo that the exercise was aimed at easing congestion …

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Gov. Ugwuanyi Swears In Enugu SSG

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State on Monday swore ​in the newly appointed Secretary to the State Government, Gabriel Ajah. Mr. Ugwuanyi said during the ceremony that the state government arrived at the decision of appointing Mr. Ajah after a careful appraisal of his antecedents in the civil service. He …

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ICPC Recovers N4 million From Former LUTH CMD

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has recovered the sum of N4,016,562.45k from a former Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, Prof Akin Osibogun. This came following a petition forwarded to the Commission which alleged that the former CMD had approved …

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Buhari Told Us What He’d Do When He Begged For Our Votes; We Know What To Expect – Kukah

Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Mathew Kukah is confident that President Muhammadu Buhari will improve the fortunes of the country. Speaking in an interview with Vanguard, Kukah noted that since Buhari was elected and not appointed, it is very unlikely that Nigerians would witness any unpleasant surprises. “Buhari was not …

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Why Gov. Ahmed Streamlined, Rather Than Out Rightly Ban Okada Operation In Kwara – Former Aide

Former Special Adviser to Kwara State Governor on Labour Matters, Mr Bisi Fakayode, has given insight into the state government’s decision to restructure commercial motorcycle operations in the state, saying it was meant to curtail rising cases of theft and armed robbery. Speaking during the distribution of N2.5million empowerment items …

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Oil Swap Deal: NNPC Denies Arrest, Detention Of Officials By EFCC, DSS

The Nigerian National Petroleum Coporation, NNPC, has said the invitation of some of its officials by relevant security agencies probing the crude oil swap deals was normal. In the last four weeks, it was reported that operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Department of State …

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NBA Condemns Rising Wave Of Kidnappings In Ekiti, Says Residents Now Live In “Extreme Fear”

The Nigerian Bar Association in Ekiti State has condemned the current spate of kidnappings in the state, saying it has put the citizens in “extreme fear and angst”. The association particularly regretted the kidnapping of one of its members, Rev. Father Emmanuel Akingbade, at his residence around 8:30pm on Tuesday. In a …

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Boko Haram Launches Attack On Yobe Village, Razes Houses

Boko Haram insurgents on Sunday burnt down houses in Babbangida, Tarmuwa Local Government Area of Yobe State during an early morning attack, a resident, who gave her name as Maimunat Abubakar, said. Babbangida is the headquarters of Tarmuwa Local Government Area of the state and shares border with Damaturu, the …

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Silver Lining For Osun Workers As Aregbesola Promises To Pay Salaries Before End Of June

Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State has promised to pay workers in the state their salaries before the end of the month of June. He made the promise in a statement issued in Osogbo, the state capital on Sunday by his media aide, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon. The statement was however, …

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Shi’ites Accuse JNI Of Bias Over Ramadan Tafsir Comments

Skirmishes between Sunni and Shia Muslims have been witnessed in northern Nigeria. This may be rearing its ugly head again in Nigeria where majority of Muslims belong to the Sunni sect. This came as the Shi’ites, led by prominent Muslim cleric, Malam Ibrahim Zakzaky, accused the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) …

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Bishop Kukah Expresses Hope Buhari Will End The Persecution Of Christians In The North

Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Mathew Kukah has expressed hope that President Muhammadu Buhari will address the challenges being faced by the Church in Northern Nigeria where Christians are “treated with so much contempt and tolerated like nuisance”. Reacting to President Buhari’s inaugural speech, Bishop Kukah noted that “He said …

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Aregbesola Is Not The Only One, 17 Other Governors Owe Workers

In Osun State, some pensioners have not been paid for eight months, just as workers, who are now on strike have been owed salaries for seven months. But Governor Rauf Aregbesola recently said the situation was over him, showing that without an external intervention, the workers face many more months …

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