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15 parties, five presidential candidates may boycott polls

Fifteen political parties and five presidential aspirants have threatened to pull out of the forthcoming general elections scheduled for March 28 and April 11 over the use of card reader device. The Spokesperson for the group and National Chairman, Advanced Congress of Democrats, Dr. Breakforth Onwubuya, at a press briefing on Wednesday in Abuja, said... [Read...
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Court orders INEC to register Young Democratic Party

With about three weeks to the commencement of the 2015 general elections, a Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to immediately register the Young Democratic Party ‎as political party. Justice Ahmed Mohammed made the order in his judgment on the suit filed by the party, challenging its denial of... [Read...
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Fuel scarcity: FG pays marketers N100bn

The Federal Government on Tuesday expressed concern over the long queues of motorists at petrol filling stations in Lagos, Abuja and other parts of the country, stating that a Sovereign Debt Note of N100bn had been issued by the Debt Management Office to settle part of the subsidy arrears owed oil marketers. The Minister of... [Read...
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‘Jihadi John’ condemned 9/11, London attacks

The London graduate believed to be Islamic State executioner “Jihadi John” once denounced the 9/11 attacks and the 2005 bombings in the British capital, according to an audio recording released Tuesday. Kuwait-born Mohammed Emwazi was identified by media and experts last week — and now, reportedly, also by his parents — as the knife-wielding masked... [Read...
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Bayelsa security drivers protest unpaid salaries

Drivers in the employ of the Bayelsa State Security outfit, Operation Doo Akpo, on Wednesday went on the rampage to press for their two months unpaid salaries and allowances. The protesting drivers blocked the popular Mbiama-Yenagoa Road, the only road leading to Yenagoa, the state capital. It was learnt that the drivers, numbering over 40,... [Read...
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Motorists groan as petrol sells for N120 in Oyo

Motorists in Iseyin, Oyo State, on Wednesday complained about the continued rise in the price of petrol in the area, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. Some of them who spoke with NAN in separate interviews bemoaned the situation, saying that the development had led to low patronage from commuters. A motorist, Bambi Sangotikun, said... [Read...
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Netanyahu urges global unity against Iran’s ‘terror’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said the world must stand together to stop Iran from gaining access to a nuclear weapon in his much-anticipated address to the US Congress. “We must all stand together to stop Iran’s march of conquest, subjugation and terror,” Netanyahu said on Tuesday in a speech expected to escalate his... [Read...
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Collapsed synagogue building had faulty foundation -engineer

The Lagos coroner, Magistrate O.A. Komolafe, probing the cause of death of the 116 persons that died in the September 12 Synagogue building collapse, was on Wednesday told that a faulty foundation was responsible for the collapse of the building wherein the victims lost their lives. A consultant to the Lagos State Material Testing Agency,... [Read...
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10 dead in Italy migrant boat accident

A boat transporting migrants has capsized off Sicily, killing at least 10 people while 121 were rescued, the Italian coast guard said Wednesday. Scores of people have died in recent months as waves of migrants from North Africa and Middle East conflict zones attempt to reach...
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Drug counterfeiters worse than armed robbers –NAFDAC boss

The Director General of the National Agency for Food Drugs Administration and Control, Dr. Paul Orhii, has said drug counterfeiters are worse than armed robbers and deserve stiff punishments. Orhii spoke in Lagos on Tuesday during a press conference by the agency. At the briefing, three suspects – Ifeanyi Okoro, Victor Okeke and Tochukwu Michael... [Read...
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Turkish Airlines plane skids off Nepal runway

A Turkish Airlines plane carrying 224 passengers had to be evacuated after it missed the runway on landing at Kathmandu airport on Wednesday and skidded onto nearby grassland. Aviation officials said no one on board was injured, although one witness described how terrified passengers leapt from their seats as the cabin filled with smoke after... [Read...
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Mabo backs Okon on Falcons selection

Former Super Falcons coach, Ismaila Mabo, has backed coach Edwin Okon over his confidence in the home-based players presently in the team’s camp for the 2015 All Africa Games and 2016 Olympic Games qualifiers. The Falcons began a one-month camping last week ahead of the qualifiers against Mali on March 22 and Okon had invited... [Read...
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FRSC, NEMA strategise on accident victims’ rescue

The Federal Road Safety Corps is collaborating with the National Emergency Management Agency on the training of its personnel on quicker and safer means of rescuing trapped victims of road accidents. Speaking at a special training and demonstration of rescue techniques in Asaba on Wednesday, the Delta State Sector Commander of the FRSC, Mr. Rindom... [Read...
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Senate shifts Obanikoro, others’ screening

Senate screens four ministerial nominees, shifts screening of three others, including former Minister of State for Defence Musliu Obanikoro, to next week. Details later. ....
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Igbo women protest harmful traditional practices

Several women from the South East geopolitical zone on Wednesday met in Awka, Anambra State to discuss ways of abolishing several harmful practices against the Igbo woman. The event, which took place at the St. Patrick’s Cathedral field, Awka was organised by Umuada Igbo, an umbrella of all Igbo women married outside their hometowns. It... [Read...
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Agony, fighting as Abuja fuel queues persist

The persistent fuel scarcity and the search for the product led to a fight on Wednesday as motorists queued for petrol at the Total filling station on Arab Road in Kubwa, a suburb in Abuja. Trouble started on the queue around 2.30pm when the owner of a white Toyota Corolla car circumvented the queue, bypassing... [Read...
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Ekiti Police promise not to join strike

Policemen serving in Ekiti State have declared that they would not join the rumored strike by some aggrieved police officers in the country. According to a statement issues by the Ekiti Police Command in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday, the policemen declared this at an interactive meeting with the Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu. “The Commissioner... [Read...
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Fuel scarcity to ease off before Saturday – Okonjo-Iweala

The Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on Wednesday assured Nigerians that fuel scarcity currently being witnessed in Abuja, Lagos and other parts of the country would end latest by Saturday. Okonjo-Iweala gave the assurance while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by President Goodluck... [Read...
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FG begins second section of Enugu-P’Harcourt expressway

President Goodluck Jonathan, Wednesday, flagged off the second section of the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway stretching from Aba Rail/ Road Bridge crossing to Eleme Junction in Port Harcourt. The 41.4 kilometer road was awarded to the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation at the cost of N34, 047, 096, 919.17 with a completion period of 30 months.... [Read...
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Lagos cautions against storing petrol in homes

The Lagos State Government has cautioned Lagosians against storing petrol in their houses. The government, which lamented incessant fire outbreaks in the state, said such act might lead to fire outbreak. The General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, said this on Tuesday, while speaking on the inferno that razed a three-story... [Read...
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Labour moves against water supply privatisation in Lagos

Organised labour, under the aegis of Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees, has kicked against the plan to privatise water supply in Lagos State. In a statement on Tuesday, it said that the delivery of safe water supply was a global challenge and was the responsibility of the government.... [Read...
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Dozens feared dead in Ukraine mine blast

Dozens of miners were missing feared dead following a coal mine blast in rebel-held east Ukraine, a mining union spokesman said on Wednesday. “The fate of 47 miners is unknown, they could be dead,” union spokesman Mikhail Volynets told AFP. “Five miners with grave burns have been evacuated from the affected area,” he...
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Mozambique condemns killing of prominent lawyer

The killing of a prominent Mozambican lawyer and university lecturer was a “hideous” act, a senior official has said. “The government considers this acts as hideous; that is why it condemns it strongly,” Antonio Gaspar, a presidential advisor, told reporters Tuesday. “The government has instructed the Interior Ministry to continue investigating the crime to arrest... [Read...
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Tourism’ll become major revenue earner – NTDC DG

The Director-General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation, Mrs. Sally Mbanefo, has said tourism will soon become a major source of revenue for the country. He therefore urged Nigerians to invest in the sector in order to stop the nation’s over-dependence on oil. Mbanefo also denied the allegation of incompetence and highhandedness levelled against her, saying it... [Read...
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Protect new transformers, IBEDC urges Osun communities

The management of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company has advised residents of the two communities where the company installed new 500KVA transformers to ensure that the facilities are not vandalised. According to a statement made available to our correspondent in Osogbo on Wednesday, the IBEDC Osogbo Business Manager, Mr. Babatunde Bewaji, said this while the transformers... [Read...
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Customs seizes 369 parcels of cannabis in Oyo

The Oyo/Osun Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service on Tuesday handed over 369 parcels of suspected hemp to the state Commander, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Mrs. Faboyede Omolade. Comptroller of the command, Richard Oteri, said the banned substances, were intercepted during a joint operation involving Odo and Orita outstations of the command in... [Read...
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Ford SA captures 13.8% market share

Ford Motor Company says it has recorded another month of record sales in the South Africa’s automotive sector by capturing 13.8 per cent of the market. A statement by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa for the February 2015 industry sales figures showed that Ford recorded an impressive 28 per cent increase... [Read...
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AAAN trains journalists, others

The Association of the Advertising Agencies of Nigeria during the week, organised a three-day marketing communications training for journalists. According to a statement from the association, other beneficiaries of the training include advertising agencies, communications outfits and corporate organisations. The Coordinator of the training, Mr Olakanmi Amoo-Onidundu, noted in the statement that the training, an... [Read...
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Labour dispute in Germany deepens

Workers at a university clinic in the western German city of Essen walked off the job Monday, the first act in a series of public sector labour stoppages that are set to spread across the country this week due to a labour dispute. Labourstart.com reports that about 200 workers were expected to walk off the... [Read...
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Air India pilots protest contract recruitment

Air India, which has initiated the process to recruit 197 pilots on contract for its Airbus fleet, has come under severe criticism from its existing pilots for such recruitment as a bulk of its pilots are awaiting opportunities to upgrade from their existing positions. The Air India pilots union which is recognised by the airline,... [Read...
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Empowerment of special people’ll reduce unemployment – Omotosho

The Chief Executive Officer, Mike Omotosho Foundation, Dr. Mike Omotosho, has said that the empowerment of people with disabilities will greatly reduce the high unemployment rate in Nigeria. He stated that they could contribute significantly to national productivity if empowered. He spoke in Ilorin on Monday when he empowered many of them and also donated... [Read...
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Senate asks NEMA to ensure even distribution of funds

The Senate on Wednesday urged the National Emergency Management Agency to ensure even distribution of funds appropriated for emergency operations across the six geo-political zones in the country. The Chairman, Senate Committee on Special Duties, Senator Clever Ikisikpo, stated this when the agency defended its 2015 budget at the National Assembly complex in Abuja. Ikisikpo... [Read...
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‎FG approves €11.6m testing tools for automotive council

The Federal Government on Wednesday approved a request by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment for the award of contracts by the National Automative Council to procure auto testing laboratories equipment and tools to be installed in designated laboratories in Lagos, Enugu and Zaria. The decision was taken at the weekly Federal Executive Council... [Read...
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Manufacturers condemn new electricity tariff

The recent increase in electricity tariffs approved by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission will cripple the operations of industries in the country, the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria has said. The association also decried the “astronomical increase” in electricity fixed charge from N25,000 to about N250,000 on the average for industrial outfits. In January, NERC announced... [Read...
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APC asks Fayose to face governance

The All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State has tasked Governor Ayodele Fayose to spare time for real governance, saying endless war drums against its presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) and frequent trips outside the state without economic benefits would not add any value to the people. It also asked the governor to explain to... [Read...
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Akingbola takes N5bn fraud case to Supreme Court

A former Managing Director of the defunct Intercontinental Bank Plc, Dr. Erastus Akingbola, has urged the Supreme Court of Nigeria to quash the N5bn fraud charges levelled against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Akingbola’s fresh move to quash the charges followed an order of the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal... [Read...
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INEC was ready for Feb 14 election -Ekiti REC

The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Ekiti, Mr. Sam Olumekun, on Wednesday maintained that the Independent National Electoral Commission was “substantially” ready for the rescheduled February 14 presidential election. He stated this while answering questions from journalists in Ado Ekiti on the plan to test run the card readers in Ekiti and 11 other states on... [Read...
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Police rescue corporal, two others

The police on Wednesday in Ibusa, Pshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State, rescued a police corporal, Abraham Ujah, who was kidnapped by gunmen on Wednesday last week. The Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Celestina Kalu, who confirmed the story, said Ujah was rescue with two other people that were kidnapped with... [Read...
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Stakeholders agree on auto policy implementation plans

The Federal Government, vehicle manufacturers, dealers and licensed Customs agents and other stakeholders have agreed to leave no stone unturned in their bid to ensure that the implementation of the National Automotive Industry Development Plan is sustained in line with global best practices. The stakeholders agreed that the sustained implementation of the policy, with periodic... [Read...
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Heritage Bank to inaugurate 8.5 MW power project

Heritage Bank says the recently completed Peninsula Independent Power Project, which it financed, will be inaugurated this month. The bank, in a statement on Tuesday, said the project was in fulfillment of its commitment in the provision of a strong backbone for capital intensive projects in Lagos State. It stated that it was also a... [Read...
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Kia Sportage gets first SUV ranking

A respected auto research group, the JD Power Vehicle Dependability Study, has ranked the Kia Sportage as a leader in the small sport utility vehicle category. Kia is expectedly excited as the Sportage’s VDS award follows two consecutive Initial Quality Study awards for the model in 2013 and 2014. A statement on Tuesday by Dana... [Read...
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MasterCard, eTranzact target easier cash transfer

MasterCard on Tuesday said an agreement with eTranzact International Plc, a leading pan-African mobile banking and payment services company, to make international remittance services available to millions of consumers in Nigeria. Under the agreement, citizens will be able to securely receive international remittances into their eTranzact mobile money wallets or select bank accounts through the... [Read...
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SEC gets anti-corruption unit

The Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday unveiled an Anti-Corruption and Transparency Monitoring Unit to overcome the menace of public corrupt practices. The Acting Director-General of the commission, Mr Mounir Gwarzo, said the unit would be allowed to function with the required level of autonomy liaising directly with his office to give its operations more... [Read...
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Manufacturers display exotic cars at auto show

The world’s top automakers have lined up scores of new exotic cars that will literally set the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show on fire. This is the first major European car show this year and it will hold from March 05 to March 15 at the Palexpo Arena, Geneva, Switzerland. Over 25 supercars fresh from... [Read...
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Mikel out till April as Mourinho confirms surgery

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Mikel Obi required a minor surgery on his knee in order to be match fit, and he is not expected to return to action until April. The Nigerian midfielder has been absent from the Blues’ last four outings, including the weekend’s victory over Tottenham in the Capital One... [Read...
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Pension default: PenCom fines private employers N1bn

The National Pension Commission has recovered N3.94bn pension contributions that private employers failed to remit to their workers’ Retirement Savings Accounts and fined the firms N1.04bn for the default, investigation has revealed. The figures were contained in a report on the recovery of outstanding pension contributions and interest penalty for the defaulting employers obtained by... [Read...
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United Airlines to ban battery shipments

The United Airlines has said it will no longer carry bulk shipments of lithium-ion batteries, becoming the second major US airline to do so. Delta Airlines had stopped bulk shipments of the batteries in February. A report by BBC also said aviation officials believed lithium-ion batteries contributed to fires that destroyed two Boeing 747 cargo... [Read...
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Equities sustain rally, gain N111bn

The equities segment of the Nigerian Stock Exchange continued its positive run on Tuesday with the market capitalisation of the listed equities rising by N111bn or 1.1 per cent to close at N10.210tn, up from N10.099tn. Similarly, the NSE All-Share Index rose by 1.1 per cent or 333.95 basis points from 30,267.18 basis points to... [Read...
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Arsenal can overtake City –Wenger

   Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal are currently “nowhere near” being involved in the race for the Premier League title – but is setting his sights on overtaking second-placed Manchester City, Sky Sports reports. The Gunners are currently third in the table, nine points adrift of leaders Chelsea but just four behind second-placed City. Manchester United,... [Read...
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PPN presidential candidate steps down for Jonathan

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Party of Nigeria, Mr. Kelvin Allagoa, has stepped down for the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan. Allagoa, who was among the 16 presidential candidates cleared by the Independent National Electoral Commission for the March 28 election, attributed the decision to his love for the country and the... [Read...
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US equity firm seeks more investments in Nigeria

The Managing Director, Eberhart Capital, a United States-based private equity firm, Mr. Eliot Pence, has expressed support for more US investments in Nigeria and Africa as a whole. Pence spoke in Lagos at the inauguration of the Africa Expert Network, a US-based information brokerage and expert connection service, which was founded by him, a statement... [Read...
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NSC, NFF to meet over Eagles coach

The lingering impasse in the selection of a substantive coach for the Super Eagles has forced a scheduled meeting between the National Sports Commission and the Nigeria Football Federation. The national team has been without a coach since the contract of Stephen Keshi ran out with the 2014 World Cup held in Brazil and the... [Read...
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APC begs Lagosians to take Jonathan’s money

The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has advised residents of the state to ensure that they get their share of the money which is allegedly being distributed by President Goodluck Jonathan and his campaigners in the state. Jonathan has, in the past two weeks, been holding meetings with various segments of the... [Read...
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Rail car shortage frustrates Toyota, Ford

Railroad companies are struggling to keep up with the surging United States’ demand for trucks and sport utility vehicles, frustrating Ford Motor Company and Toyota Motor Corporation. According a report by Bloomberg News, the shortage of rail cars is particularly acute for double-deckers big enough to fit taller trucks and SUVs stacked on top of... [Read...
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APCON, Roger Hatchuel collaborate on advertising awards

The Advertising Practitioners of Nigeria is partnering the Roger Hatchuel Academy to train advertisers and marketers in preparation for the 2015 edition of the Cannes Advertising Awards in France. According to the Chief Executive Officer of Chini Productions, Nnamdi Ndu, the programme is now in its eighth year and has grown from being a one-day... [Read...
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Planned sale of NACETEM threatens 258 workers – Group

The Ife Youth Vanguard has said the planned privatisation of the National Centre for Technology Management located at the Obafemi Awolowo University campus in Ile Ife is a threat to the jobs of 258 workers of the agency. The Chairman of IYV, Mr. Tajudeen Oladimeji, said this in a statement made available to our correspondent... [Read...
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I’ll stop multiple taxes in Lagos markets – Agbaje

The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos State, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, on Tuesday promised to stop multiple taxation in markets across the state. Agbaje said this while addressing traders at the Ladipo auto spare part market in the Mushin area of the state during his campaign visit to the area. Governor Babatunde... [Read...
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ICD, Afreximbank to cooperate for private sector development

The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector, the private sector arm of the Islamic Development Bank Group, has signed an agreement with the African Export-Import Bank to cooperate for the development of the private sector in ICD member countries in Africa. Under the terms of the agreement signed in Manama on March... [Read...
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Lagos PDP defends Obanikoro

The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party on Tuesday lashed out at the All Progressives Congress in the state over reports that PDP leaders were against the ministerial nomination of Senator Musiliu Obanikoro. The PDP, in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Mr. Gani Taofik, urged the public to ignore the rumour, noting... [Read...
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South Africa refutes claim of Eagles friendly

The South African Football Association has denied media reports that Bafana Bafana will take on Nigeria on March 29, Goal reports. Some reports have suggested that the Super Eagles have agreed to a friendly game with South Africa later this month after it was confirmed that Argentina and Uruguay had turned down the three time... [Read...
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Pacquiao prepares for ‘fight of my life’

Manny Pacquiao called his boxing showdown with Floyd Mayweather “the fight of my life” as he got down to work pounding the streets and gym in Los Angeles. The eight-division world champion cranked into serious preparations for the May 2 fight after flying in for his training camp from his native Philippines, AFP reports. On... [Read...
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PDP, APC, others task police, INEC on fairness

Political parties in Ondo State have called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, the police and other security agencies to provide a level playing field for all parties involved in the coming elections. Representatives of the parties gave the charge in Akure on Tuesday while signing a peace accord, pledging to ensure a peaceful conduct... [Read...
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Why PDP is afraid of me – Otti

The governorship candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance in Abia State, Dr. Alex Otti, has said that the ruling Peoples Democratic Party is jittery over his candidature because he has a massive following in the state. The former Managing Director of Diamond Bank said that his rising popularity among the people had made the... [Read...
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APC thugs responsible for Accord members’ death —Ladoja

National leader of the Accord Party and governorship candidate of the party in Oyo State, Rashidi Ladoja, says thugs loyal to the All Progressives Congress are responsible for the death of two Accord members during a meeting of the party members in the Odinjo area of Ibadan on Sunday. In his reaction, however, the Chairman... [Read...
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My record of service in Lagos unbeaten – Ambode

The Lagos State governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, says the records he set during his 27 years in the state civil service are unprecedented. Ambode said during an interactive session at the Eko Club, Surulere, that even as a youth, he had the second best result in West Africa in... [Read...
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I won’t be sacked – Pellegrini

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has come out fighting amid speculation over his future at the Etihad. The Chilean has come under fire in the past week following losses to Barcelona and Liverpool that have damaged City’s Champions League and Premier League ambitions, Sky Sports reports. Speaking at a press conference ahead of Wednesday’s game... [Read...
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Groups endorse LP governorship candidate in A’Ibom

One hundred and fifty groups in Akwa Ibom State have declared their support for the Labour Party governorship candidate, Senator Helen Esuene . The groups gave the endorsement at an event organised by the management of Villa Marina Hotel on Tuesday in Eket which had 5,000 people in attendance including market women, Igbo and Yoruba... [Read...
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Emerhor faults calls for Jega’s removal

The O’tega Emerhor Campaign Organisation has faulted calls by some politicians and members of the People Democratic Party for the removal or resignation of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega. OEC is the campaign organisation of Chief O’tega Emerhor, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Delta State.... [Read...
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‘Jonathan has done well for women’

The wife of the President, Dame Patience Jonathan, has asked the people of Sokoto to vote for her husband on March 28, adding that the President has done well for women. Patience, who was represented by the Minister of Women Affairs, Zainab Maina, said this during a Peoples Democratic Party rally in Sokoto on Tuesday.... [Read...
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Don’t vote defectors, cleric tells Nigerians

The General Overseer, Temple Rebuilder’s Ministry, Pastor Barnabas Otoibhi, has urged Nigerians not to vote for politicians who defected from another political party. Otoibhi said defection was a sign of unfaithfulness and indiscipline. He said it is wrong for a politician to defect while still clinging unto the office he won on the platform of... [Read...
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GOtv Boxing: Okorodudu optimistic of boxing revival

Former Olympian, Jerry Okorodudu, is optimistic boxing will regain its glory in Nigeria especially with the introduction of the GOtv Boxing Night. The second edition of the boxing tournament, a six-fight professional event, will hold on March 15 at the National Stadium in Lagos with two titles on the line. Okorodudu, who expressed regrets that... [Read...
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Mobil sports: Students plan ‘thank you’ gig for Akpabio

The students participating in this week’s AKS/NNPC/MPN Schools Athletics Championships at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium, Uyo will take time off their schedule to offer Governor Godswill Akpabio a ‘Thank you’ party for affording them the use of a modern stadium. The schools athletics event is scheduled to hold on March 7. The news of... [Read...
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S’West post-confab holds on Thursday

Youths from the South-West will on Thursday, converge on Akure, the Ondo State capital, to discuss their role in the implementation of the 2014 National Conference recommendations at a post –confab summit. A statement by the Ondo State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Kayode Akinmade, on Monday said youths   are expected from Ekiti, Oyo, Ogun, Lagos,... [Read...
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Clear yourself of corruption charges, deputy tells Elechi

The Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief Dave Umahi, has asked the state governor, Chief Martins Elechi, to respond to the allegations of corruption and abuse of power levelled against him by the state House of Assembly rather than embark on a smear campaign. Elechi has been battling with the House of Assembly over several... [Read...
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South Africa refutes claim of Eagles friendly

The South African Football Association has denied media reports that Bafana Bafana will take on Nigeria on March 29, Goal reports. Some reports have suggested that the Super Eagles have agreed to a friendly game with South Africa later this month after it was confirmed that Argentina and Uruguay had turned down the three time... [Read...
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US clears policeman in Ferguson shooting

The US Department of Justice has cleared Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson of civil rights violations in the August shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. Federal officials concluded there was no evidence to disprove Wilson’s testimony that he feared for his safety, nor was there reliable evidence that Michael Brown had his hands... [Read...
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Boston Marathon bombing trial begins

Dzokhar Tsarnaev, suspected of carrying out the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, has gone on trial in the biggest domestic terrorism case in the United States since the Oklahoma City bombing nearly 20 years ago. Tsarnaev, 21, appeared before the US District Court in Boston on Wednesday – and his lawyer immediately told the jury he... [Read...
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Ignore Jonathan’s promises on confab report – Buhari campaigners

The All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation on Wednesday urged the South-West to ignore President Goodluck Jonathan’s repeated promises to implement the National Conference report. The APC campaign said the President’s promises contained nothing that approximates to the zone’s collective interest. According to the organisation, whilst it was not averse to any group supporting any... [Read...
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Buhari returns on Friday

Arrangements have reached advanced stage to receive the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, who is due back in the country on Friday. It was learnt in Abuja on Wednesday that while some of his supporters are pushing for a carnival-like reception for the general, others are planning a less... [Read...
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Impeachment: Court restrains Ebonyi Assembly

An Abakaliki High Court on Wednesday restrained the Ebonyi State House of Assembly from proceeding with impeachment proceedings against the state governor,Mr. Martin Elechi. Justice John Igboji granted the order following an ex-parte motion filed against the Speaker, Hon. Chukwuma Nwazunku, and the Chief Whip, Hon. Kingsley Ikoro, on behalf of other members of the... [Read...
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Benue commissioner slumps, dies

The Benue State Commissioner for Rural Development and Cooperatives, Mr. Aondowase Chia, slumped and later died in the hospital. Chia is the second commissioner in the ministry to die in office under the administration of Governor Gabriel Suswam. Atorto Girgi, an indigene of Ushongo Local Government Area of the state, as the ministry’s commissioner, died... [Read...
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DPR shuts 26 fuel stations in Benue, Nasarawa

The Directorate of Petroleum Resources has shut 26 filling stations in Benue and Nasarawa states in the last one week. It added that those that were sanctioned had paid the required fine to the Federal Government. The DPR Controller in charge of the two states, Abdullahi Isa, said this while speaking with journalists in his... [Read...
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Imo judiciary workers end three-month strike

The Imo State chapter of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, on Wednesday announced the suspension of the industrial action it embarked upon to press for the implementation of the judgment of a Federal High Court upholding financial autonomy for the judiciary. The nationwide strike, directed by the National Executive Committee of JUSUN, had been... [Read...
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Why we’ll resist card readers -Jonathan campaigners

Presidential Campaign Office of President Goodluck Jonathan has vowed to resist the use of card readers if it will jeopardise the ambition of its principal. The Director of Media and Publicity of the Peoples Democratic Party Campaign Organisation, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode, stated this at a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday. He also said the... [Read...
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Police arrest housewife, who tied, taped stepdaughter’s mouth

A housewife, Christanah Faturoti, has been arrested by men of the Ogun State Police Command, attached to Itori Police Station, over alleged attempted murder of her two- year- old stepdaughter on February 17. The 28-year-old suspect resides at 44, Ago-Owu Compound, Itori in Ewekoro Local Government Area of the state with her husband. Faturoti had... [Read...
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Jega will go, heavens won’t fall -Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has described the “outbursts of the All Progressives Congress” over the possible removal of the Independent National Electoral Commission Chairman, Prof Attahiru Jega, as “mere comedy.” The governor, who advised the opposition party to stop acting as if Nigeria belonged to the party said, “President Goodluck Jonathan can sack... [Read...
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Jega, elections: APC raising false alarm, says PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party has described as false alarms and outright lies the claim by the All Progressives Congress that some people were planning to truncate the forthcoming elections. PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Olisa Metuh, in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja, said the opposition should be able to substantiate its allegations. Metuh was... [Read...
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Ijaw, Itsekiri resolve differences on $16bn gas project 

The Ijaw and Itsekiri of Delta State on Wednesday in Asaba resolved their differences to allow the groundbreaking ceremony of the proposed $16bn Gas City Project at Ogidigben. The communities, after a peace meeting convened by Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State, appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan to fix a date for the groundbreaking ceremony.... [Read...
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Give us free, fair elections, Amaechi tells INEC

Rivers State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission to ensure an impartial and transparent electoral process in the forthcoming elections. Amaechi, who made this call on Wednesday during a visit of the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mrs. Gesila Khan, to the governor at the Government House in Port Harcourt,... [Read...
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2,000 human rights violation cases recorded in Borno – NHRC

The National Human Right Commission on Wednesday said it had recorded about 2,000 human right violation cases in Borno State in the last four years. The coordinator of the commission in Borno State, Alhaji Babangida Labaran, said this in an interview with journalists. He said the cases included alleged rape, wanton destruction of property, torture... [Read...
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Almajiri schools improving lives of northern children – UBEC

The Universal Basic Education Commission has said the establishment of Tsangaya Model Schools in the northern part of the country by the Federal Government is a deliberate effort to deal with the menace of Almajiri phenomenon in the region. A statement on Wednesday in Abuja by the Public Relations Officer of UBEC, Mr David Apeh,... [Read...
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Patience Jonathan is incredibly crude -APC campaign

The All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation on Wednesday described the wife of the President, Dame Patience Jonathan, as “an incredibly crude woman,” but thanked Nigerians for putting up with her. The campaign was reacting to news that Mrs. Jonathan described general Buhari as “brain dead” at a campaign rally in Lokoja, the Kogi State... [Read...
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Why I handed over to Niger Speaker – Aliyu

The Governor of Niger State, Dr. Babangida Aliyu, on Wednesday said handing over the administration of the state to the Speaker, House of Assembly, Adamu Usman, instead of the Deputy Governor, Musa Ibeto, during the governor’s recent trip to Saudi Arabia, was not intended to spite the deputy governor. Aliyu said this in Minna when... [Read...
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Polls: Ex-militant leaders set up monitoring groups

FORMER Niger Delta militant leaders said on Wednesday that they had set up groups that would monitor elections at polling units across the country. The ex-warlords explained that the step was taken to secure victory for President Goodluck Jonathan and prevent any plan to rig him out of the election. Speaking through a statement in... [Read...
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N’Assembly adopts bio-safety agency report

The House of Representatives on Wednesday adopted a report on the bill seeking legal backing for the National Bio-Safety Management Agency. Only last week, the Senate also adopted the report, following the clause-by-clause ‎consideration in the Committee of the Whole. The bill seeks to empower the agency to regulate the application of modern biotechnology in... [Read...
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