Sapele residents shut down Warri-Benin highway over electricity

By Perez Brisibe and Paul Olayemi SAPELE— ANGRY residents protesting lack of electricity at Sapele, Sapele Local Government Area, Delta State, weekend, laid siege to the Warri-Benin City highway, leaving motorists and travellers stranded for over two hours. The protesters, clutching different banners and placards with inscriptions such as, “NIPP, show us our MoU and power our step down”, “We ...

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Benitez dismisses China links

Coach Rafa Benitez has dismissed reports linking him with a move to China. The Newcastle boss was reported to be in contact with two Chinese Super League clubs but he insists there is nothing in the rumours. Benitez “I was asking where it came from. I didn’t know,” Benitez said. “At the beginning of the season a lot of people ...

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FAO planting seeds of hope to avert famine in Northeastern Nigeria

LAst week, Director of the Food & Agricultural Organisation, FAO, Emergency and Rehabilitation Division (based in Rome), Mr. Dominique Burgeon, visited Northeastern Nigeria to assess the state of agricultural needs of Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, returnees and host communities. In this chat with Sola Ogundipe, he  warns about the threat of famine while highlighting FAO’s assistance thus far. Excerpts: Famine ...

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Appointment of Chief Justice of Nigeria: Matters arising

By Aare Afe Babalola, SAN, CONSince the Immediate Past Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Hon. Justice Mahmoud Muhammad, retired gracefully from the pinnacle of Nigeria’s Judiciary in November last year, the issue of who steps into his big judicial shoes has been generating some heat. To borrow the lingo of the politicians, the appointment of the next CJN has been ...

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PAAR: Customs boss order Commands to set up dispute resolution committee

By Godfrey Bivbere FOLLOWING dispute between Customs clearing agents and officials of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, over the figures in Pre-Arrival Assessment Report, PAAR, issued by the Customs, the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (retd), has directed all commands to set up a Dispute Resolution Committee (DRC). Customs CG, Hameed Ali PAAR based dispute has led to ...

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#BBNaija Day 36:Singer Simi visit housemates; ThinTallTony escapes eviction

Abuja – Nigerian singer Simi, paid a visit to the #BBNaija housemates on Monday, after her sterling performance at the eviction show on Sunday. She was welcomed by the housemates with a dance routine they earlier rehearsed from one of her song titled, ‘#Pardonmypun’. Simi also visited Bisola and Bally in a Maldives inspired vacation destination. Simi The housemates took ...

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I buy Made in Aba products – Ngige

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, says he is an ardent patron of products made in Aba and all he is wearing are made locally. The minister disclosed this in Umuahia on Monday at the Federal Government’s town hall meeting and the launch of the national reorientation campaign, “Change Begins With Me’’ , in Abia. Ngige said he ...

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Traffic law: Lagos to crush over 4000 impounded commercial motorcycles

The Lagos State Government on Monday said it has concluded plans to commence the crushing and recycling of over 4000 impounded commercial motorcycles popularly called Okada, in line with the provisions of the State Traffic Law 2012. Disclosing this to journalists at the Olusosun refuse dump site in Ojota, the State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, said the recent clampdown ...

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FG apologies to South East people over herdsmen activities

By Anayo Okoli/Eric Ugbor UMUAIA—THE Federal Government yesterday apologized to the people of South East over the destructive activities of herdsmen in the area and assured that permanent solution was being worked out to stop them from destroying crops and farmland. The Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh who made the apology on behalf of the Federal Government also said ...

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Ritualists behead young lady, cut away private parts (PHOTO)

VIEWERS DISCRETION An atmosphere of fear is currently pervading Amanwaozuzu community and its environs in the Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State, as suspected ritualists allegedly beheaded a young girl, and took away her private parts In the process. The girl whose identity had yet to be ascertained as of the time of filing this report was reportedly in ...

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Women with ‘abortion ship’ go to countries, advocate, perform abortions

Guatemala has expelled a Dutch “abortion ship” carrying activists who had vowed to help women circumvent the country’s long-standing prohibition against terminating pregnancies, the army said Sunday. Activists from the group Women on Waves had been guarded aboard their moored sailboat by a navy vessel, Saul Tobar, commander of Puerto Quetzal on Guatemala’s Pacific coast, told reporters. “Notified of its ...

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NNPC secures N126m daily reduction in rig rate

…Cuts oil production cost to $27pb By Michael Eboh The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Monday, said it had secured a $416,000 per day reduction, about N126.88 million daily, in its deep offshore rig-rate. New GMD, NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru According to a statement by the NNPC in Abuja, its Group Managing Director, Mr. Maikanti Baru, stated this at the ...

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Notorious Armed Robbers arrested in Kogi State (PHOTOS)

Armed robberss who allegedly robbed a man of his valuables including a wedding ring worth N250,000 while driving in Warri, Delta state have been arrested. The suspects were intercepted by an Army joint patrol team stationed at Jamata Bridge Lokoja, Kogi state after dispossessing their victim. Read the press release below; On Sunday, 19/2/2017 at about 1945hrs, one Rolland Osangbagumi ...

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Don’t expect Buhari to build sky scrapers – Okorocha

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state, has said that Nigerians should not expect the administration of President Mohammadu Buhari, to build sky scrapers. Okorocha stated this at the Imo state polythecnic Umuagwo, during the 5th convocation ceremony of the institution. Also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Babachir David Lawal, said that corruption has dwarfed Nigeria and ...

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FESTAC at 40: The history and mystery behind the mask

BY OSA AMADI As you enter the passage  leading to the reception of the Centre for Blacks and African Arts and Civilisation (CBAAC), Broad Street, Lagos, the carved replica of the 16th-century Benin ivory mask standing (about 20 x 10 feet) like a colossus near the staircase, both intimidates and pulls you like a magnate.  It was the festival emblem ...

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2 arrested with cocaine, cannabis at Lagos airport

Two suspected drug traf­fickers have been ap­prehended at the Lagos airport while attempt­ing to smuggle cocaine and cannabis concealed in cassava flour to Nairobi and Qatar, re­spectively. NDLEA commander at the airport, Ahmadu Garba, said a 39-year-old electrician, Olu­washeto Abiodun, was found in possession of 2.035kg of cocaine, while Ibe Divine, 33-year-old welder was caught with 2.485kg of cannabis. Oluwasheto ...

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From China with fake tyres: Whistleblowers aid SON to intercept N5bn substandard tyres

By Jimoh Babatunde LAGOS—Many were speechless and others moved to tears, weekend, when they were conducted round a warehouse in Satellite Town, Lagos, that was filled with sub-standard tyres imported into the country by some Chinese nationals. The tyres, described by Standard Organisation of Nigeria, SON, as the largest seizure of substandard tyres in one swoop in the history of ...

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Foreign Boko Haram Terrorists arrested (PHOTOS)

TROOPS of the Nigerian Army and operatives of the Department of State Services have arrested three foreign Boko Haram terrorists. The foreign terrorists were arrested on Sunday afternoon in Gombe, Gombe State. They have been identified as Chadians. According to available information, the terrorists belong to the Abu Musab al-Barnawi faction of Boko Haram. Their names were given as Bilal ...

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