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Buhari: N5000 Payment To Unemployed Youth Is Not My Priority

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President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he has a different priority other than to pay N5,000 to the unemployed Nigerians as had been promised.


He made the remark in Saudi Arabia as he continued his visit to the Middle East over the weekend. He said he would rather channel resources into the building of infrastructure, education, agriculture and mining to create employment opportunities for able bodied young men.

Nigerian Army Recovers Deadly Weapons From Boko Haram Sect In Borno State

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Nigerian military seems to have upped its game against the Boko Haram militants following series of 'back to back' victories recorded.


Here are photos of vehicles, weapons and Improvised Explosives Making Devices (IEDs) -recovered from the deadly sect at Kotokuma, Dikwa Local Government Area in Borno state on Friday.

The weapons were shown to the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai by the commander, 7 Division Garrison, Colonel Solomon Babatunde Kumapayi during the COAS meeting with troops in the north yesterday.

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David Mark Wins Benue-South Rerun

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Senator David Mark yesterday emerged winner of the rerun election conducted in Benue South senatorial district by the Independent National Electoral Commission.


The immediate past senate president and candidate of Peoples Democratic Party defeated his closest rival, Mr. Daniel Onje of All Progressives Congress after winning in five of the nine local government areas of Benue South Senatorial district.

Nigerian Air Force Chief’s Wife, Returns Stolen N381 million To Federal Government

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has recovered N381m from Mrs. Omolara Amosu, the wife of the immediate past Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu.


Sources within the EFCC said on Saturday that the money was recovered in three tranches: N180m, N101m and N100m.

Why We Can’t Recover Funds Looted By Alison-madueke, Others — Presidency

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Lack of funds is stalling Nigeria’s effort to trace and recover its stolen monies, and prosecute former government officials responsible for the heist, the presidency has said.


A letter by the Presidential Advisory Committee on Corruption (PACC) to a United Kingdom-based anti-corruption organisation, Global Witness, soliciting assistance in raising funds, revealed that due to the fall in crude oil prices and the general economic downturn, the government lacked the needed funds to pursue recovery of loots.

Defeating Boko Haram Will Be A Long Fight – United States Government

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The United States government has said the fight against Boko Haram insurgents will be a long fight.


It therefore called on academics and think tanks to assist in resolving the Boko Haram crisis by finding out the underlying causes of the insurgency.

Nigerian Army Destroys Boko-Haram Camps In Alagarno, Sambisa Forests

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The Nigerian Army has continued its relentless operations of destroying all Boko Haram terrorists remaining camps and enclaves around Alagarno and Sambisa forests.


On Tuesday, troops of 81 Battalion and 251 Task Force Battalion patrol team, cleared Boko Haram camps located at Komala, Dole, Kumshi and Moadori around the fringes of Alagarno forest.

EFCC Re-arraigns Dokpesi Over Alleged N2.1bn Fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, today, re-arraigned the Chairman emeritus of DAAR Communications Plc, ‎High Chief Raymond Dokpesi, before the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja. Dokpesi Dokpesi ‎who was initially docked before the court on December 9, 2015, is facing a six-count criminal charge.


He was alleged to have ‎received about N2.1billion from the office of the National Security Adviser, NSA, for Peoples Democratic Party’s ‎presidential media campaign.

Over 1500 Niger Delta Militants To Surrender Arms To Federal Government

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Following the intervention of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, over 1500 Niger Delta militants have expressed their desire to embrace amnesty and surrender arms to the federal government.


The commanders from Arepo, Ikorodu, Abule, Fatorla, Ibafo, Magboro, Epe, Itokin, Ilepete, Okenekene, Agric, Gbokoda camps, Camp 5 and environs, in a statement made available to Daily Sun, expressed their desire to surrender arms and embrace the amnesty program as long as the federal government is sincere in its intentions.

Rapid Response Squad Arrests ‘mad Man’ With 22 ATM Cards

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The operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested a man claiming to be insane in possession of 22 ATM credit cards, 2 mobile phones and power bank in Victoria Island area of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.


The man, Lanrewaju Jaiyeola, 39, was intercepted by the operatives where he was sighted in a suspicious manner carrying a backpack on Ozumba Nbadiwe Road.

The Federal Government Of Nigeria Sacks 13 University Vice-Chancellors

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The Federal Government has sacked the Vice Chancellors of 12 federal universities established by the Goodluck Jonathan administration.


Also affected by the sack is the Vice Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria, Prof. Vincent Tenebe.

Nigerian telecommunications Commission To Check Activities Of BBM, Whatsapp, Wechat, Facebook

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Activities of the Over-The-Top (OTT) players in the Nigerian telecommunications market will be coming under checks any time soon.


This is because the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) might soon marshal out a licensing regime through a regulatory framework for their operations in the country.

Man In Court For Touching Neighbour's Breast In Lagos

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For allegedly handling a woman’s breast, a 31-year-old man, Yusuf Akpata, was on Thursday brought before an Ejigbo Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.


The accused, who lives at No. 57, Iduaro Compound, Idimu, a Lagos suburb, is facing a two-count charge of assault and battery.

EFCC Arrests Lara Amosu, Recovers $1m In Soakaway Pit

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested, Lara, the wife of the immediate past Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Adesola Amosu (rtd), over the arms procurement scandal.


Impeccable sources said that Mrs. Lara Amosu was picked up by the EFCC operatives last week in Abuja. She has been in the custody of the EFCC in Lagos for the past one week.

Colonel Adegbe, Jonathan's Ex-ADC Arrested

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Nigerian authorities have arrested Colonel Ojogbane Adegbe, a former Aide-de-Camp (ADC) to former President Goodluck Jonathan over an issue we are yet to ascertain as at press time.


A usually credible source familiar with the development informed THEWILL of the arrest Wednesday.

EFCC Seizes N5bn Houses Of Amosu, Others

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has seized houses and other properties belonging to the immediate past Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu (retd.), and other senior military officers worth N5bn.


Our correspondent learnt on Wednesday that the properties, which were seized in the Ikoyi, Ikeja GRA and Badagry areas of Lagos State, allegedly belonged to Amosu; the immediate past Chief of Accounts and Budgeting of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Vice Marshal J.B. Adigun; and Air Commodore O. O. Gbadebo, who was the Director of Finance and Budget at NAF.

Jonathan, Alison-Madueke Named In Abuja Land Grab

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The Senate is exploring ways and means of invoking sanctions against former President Goodluck Jonathan and some former ministers for allegedly appropriating reserved plots of land in Abuja.


According to the Senate Committee on the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the plots acquired by Jonathan and his ministers were designated as green areas, flood drains, city buffers, recreation centres, sewage lines, urban farming and city monuments.

Herbalist Who Uses Women’s Pants And Bras For Rituals Caught

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A herbalist, Francis Omeife, narrowly escaped death yesterday at Okpoko in Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State when an irate mob almost lynched him for atrocities he alleged committed.


Omeife was accused of using women’s underwear, toy babies, hair, shoes, clothes, bras, among others as ritual materials.

Church Members Arrested During Service For Noise Pollution In Lagos

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The police in Lagos have arrested six persons for allegedly disturbing the peace of residents of Olaomibiyi Street, Ogba, during a church service.


The members – Ngozichukwu Onyebuchi (44), Clement Eromosele (26), Chukwudi Akwegbu (26), Chibuzor Chukwu (18), Godspower Enudi (21) and Okorie Livonus (36) – were arraigned in a Lagos Magistrate’s Court sitting in Ogba.

OLISA METUH : EFCC Escapes By The Whiskers

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC on Wednesday escaped a reprimand from a Federal High Court presided over by Justice Okon Abang for issuing a press release on court proceedings the trial of the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh.


The matter came up at the resumed hearing of the case of human rights abuse instituted by Chief Metuh against the EFCC for detaining him illegally for two weeks.

Gang Member Confesses: Our Leader Shot Pregnant Woman In The Private Part

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A member of a deadly eight-man armed robbery gang, Johnson Aikko , aka, Stigma, arrested by detectives attached to the Special Intelligence Response Team (SIRT), set up by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase , has narrated how their gang leader known as Denis Avaughwa , aka Ava, shot a pregnant woman in her private part during one of their raids in a house in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.


Akiko added that apart from shooting the heavily pregnant woman, Ava also shot the woman's husband on his two legs and that the other gang members fought with their leader and questioned why he had to shoot the woman even after they had robbed the family of their valuables.

Boko Haram Attacks In Cameroon-Nigeria Border

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At least six civilians were killed and over 30 injured Wednesday in a double suicide attack in Cameroon’s northern border region with Nigeria, which is regularly attacked by Boko Haram fighters, security sources said. The attackers, who were also killed, were both female, said a source.


“Six civilians were killed as well as two suicide bombers who blew themselves up” during a funeral wake in the village of Nguetchewe, a source told AFP, adding that between 30-50 people were injured. “The villagers were gathered for the wake when two suicide attackers joined them, pretending to be family members,” said the source.

EFCC Closes Case Against Olisa Metuh On N400m Fraud Allegation

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday closed its case against the spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh.


Metuh was arraigned before Justice Okon Abang of a Federal High Court in Abuja over alleged N400m fraud.

Nigeria Seeks Secret Trial For Pro Biafra Leader

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The Nigerian government has asked a Federal High Court in Abuja to conduct a secret trial to cross-examine witnesses in the ongoing case of alleged treasonable felony and other charges against leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.


Mr. Kanu and two others, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi, are facing charges of alleged treason, maintaining unlawful society, possession of firearms, among others.

Donald Trump Wins New Hampshire Primary

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Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders swept to thumping outsider victories in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, seizing on the fury of grass-roots voters to rock the elites who control American politics.


Ohio Gov. John Kasich, meanwhile, whose aspirational conservative message contrasts with Trump's populist rhetoric surged to a surprise second place in the GOP race.


Nigeria Government Moves To Secure List Of Properties Owned By Nigerians In Dubai

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Few weeks after President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the federal government has revealed that efforts were in top gear to secure a list of Nigerians who owned choice properties in the country from proceeds of fraud.


Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, while briefing the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs during the budget defence of the ministry, said the Nigerian government was in talks with the UAE government in getting a list of all properties owned by Nigerians.

Recruiter Of Terrorists For ISIS Arrested In Nigeria

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The State Security Service on Tuesday announced the arrest of one Abdussalam Enesi Yunusa alleged to a recruiter for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).


In a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES, the SSS through a statement by one of its officials, Tony Okpuiyo, said Mr. Yunusa was arrested in Kano on January 17 after he “completed arrangements to embark on a journey to join an ISIS terrorist training camp in Libya, with other Nigerians whom he recruited for the ISIS.” Read the SSS’ full statement after the cut:

Criminals Burst Into Tears In Port-Harcourt

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A group of suspected criminals were apprehended earlier today by police officers in Rivers State. The arrest was made following a tip-off by a patriotic citizen who reported to the police of a suspicious movement at Ibadan waterfront, Port Harcourt.


A team of police officers immediately stormed the area -as they nabbed four suspects identified as Francis Anderson 'm' 38 years, Gift David 'm' 18 years, Richard Toria 'm' 23 year and Barikwa Godspower 'f' 32 years.

Hoodlums Attack Police With Petrol Bomb In Lagos

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The Lagos State Task Force has revealed that they met a fierce resistance from the miscreants at Iddo in Ebute Meta area when they raided criminal dark spots last week Wednesday.


The hoodlums attacked the law enforcement team with petrol bomb bottles and other dangerous weapons, resulting in eight policemen sustaining various injuries such as fire burns while one brigade officer of the Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) sustained gunshot wound..

EFCC Detains Badeh, To Hold Amosu Over Arms Deal

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has detained the immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (retd.), in connection with his alleged role in the $2.1bn arms purchase scam.


Badeh, who was clad in a brown kaftan and a black cap, arrived at the EFCC office around 10am on Monday.


32 SANs Accompany Rickey Tarfa To Court, Sues EFCC For N2.5billion

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Prominent lawyer, Rickey Tarfa(SAN) yesterday approached a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, to compel the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) and its acting chairman, Ibrahim Mustapha Magu to pay him N2.5billion compensation.


This is coming less than 24 hours after Tarfa was granted an administrative bail by the EFCC Lagos office. EFCC has however filed a two-count charge of obstruction of justice and attempting to pervert the course of justice against Tarfa.

Gun Men Blow Up AGIP Pipe-line In Rivers

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The 2 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, said yesterday that suspected cultists have destroyed a pipeline belonging to the Nigeria Agip Oil Company.


A statement issued yesterday evening, by the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, Captain Eli Lazarus, said the incident occurred in the early hours of Sunday, February 7, at Agip’s gas facility in Akala Olu village in Oshie community, Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers State, thereby disrupting production activities.

Drama As Pro Biafra Leader Arrives Court,Refuses To Remove Handcuff, Alight From Van

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Leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, and operator of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu on Tuesday morning arrived the Federal High Court Abuja for the commencement of his trial, but refused to come down from the prison van.


This led the prison officials to call his lawyer, Chuks Mouma, who after much persuasion was able to get Kanu to came down from the vehicle. He however refused to take off the handcuffs on him even while being led to the courtroom.

Nigerian Navy Foils Hijack Of Maersk Ship, Rescues 25 Foreigners

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The Nigerian Navy has foiled an attempt by suspected pirates to hijack and abduct 25 foreign nationals aboard a Maersk merchant ship carrying general cargo to Nigeria.


Briefing journalists yesterday at Onne Sea Port, Rivers State, Olusegun Soyemi, Executive Officer of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Pathfinder, said the vessel was berthed safely with the rescued crew unharmed, reported the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Improve Power Supply, Not Tariffs, Labour Union Tells Buhari

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The National Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria on Sunday said the Federal Government must ensure steady power supply before increasing electricity tariffs. A statement issued in Kaduna by the Secretary General of the Union, Issa Aremu, said the group support the planned picketing of electricity distribution companies by the organised labour.


“We hereby declare our total support for the planned picketing by labour and civil society allies of all offices of the electricity distribution companies (DisCos) nationwide, including Abuja, on Monday Feb. 8, to protest the unilateral and unlawful hike of electricity tariffs. “We commend Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) leadership for this mass action for improved power supply instead of incessant non-service charges.”

Court Renews Arrest Warrant On Tompolo, Orders Security Agencies To Produce Him

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A Federal High Court in Lagos, Monday, dismissed an objection by Government Ekpemupolo (also known as Tompolo) to his arrest brought and renewed a warrant order it had earlier issued on the former militant leader.


Judge Ibrahim Buba said the application by Mr. Ekpemupolo’s lawyer, Tayo Oyetibo, urging the court to set aside an order of substituted service was “misconceived, misplaced, and misapplicable.”
“Up till today the first defendant has refused to honour the invitation of the court to appear before it,” the judge said.

EFCC Targets 750 New Employment, Moves To Investigate Diezani

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The ongoing fight against corruption by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will soon enter the petroleum industry as all preliminary investigations have been concluded, acting chairman of the commission, Ibrahim Magu said on Monday.


He said towards strengthening the crusade, the anti-graft agency plans to recruit additional 750 different cadre staff this year that will add to the core work of the commission.

Oliseh Flees Nigeria, Accuses Staff Of Witchcraft

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As the zero hour approaches for the must win double header AFCON qualifier against the Pharaohs of Egypt on March 23, Sports Vanguard can reveal the real reasons why coach Sunday Oliseh may continue to tinker the Eagles from his base in Belgium.


After contracting a virus in one of his official assignments, camp sources informed that the former Juventus player has alleged occultic manipulations by his enemies on his life and has vowed to flee far from the country to where they could not fly to attack him.

Dasuki To Face Fresh Charges Over 1994 Millitary Charge

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Nigeria's former national security advisor remains in custody as he is under investigation for alleged offences committed decades ago when he was an army officer, a state prosecutor said Thursday.


Sambo Dasuki is already facing three trials with a slew of charges in connection with looting billions of dollars that were supposed to go towards fighting Boko Haram Islamists.

Employees Set On Fire House Of Chinese Boss

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The greed of 30-year-old Frank Chukwuneye and Abdullahi Zakari, 25, was on steroids, when they conspired to steal N450,000 from their employer, Tom Wu, a Chinese businessman based in Benin city, capital of Edo State.


The evil duo of Chukwuneye and Zakari were employed three months ago by Wu, to serve respectively as his interpreter and security guard.

China To Invest $60bn In Nigeria

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The People’s Republic of China has said it will invest $60bn in Nigeria. Chargé d’Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria, Mr. Qin Jian, who said this in a statement commemorating the 45th anniversary of its diplomatic activities in Nigeria, described economic cooperation between both countries as fruitful.


Qin said China was willing to integrate its development with independent and sustainable development of Nigeria and other African countries, so as achieve common development.

Rivers Police Rescue Kidnapped Man & Woman, Arrest Kidnappers

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The Rivers State Police Command has successfully rescued Mr. Austin Ajah and Mrs. Winifred Frank few hours after they were kidnapped on Feb. 6th, 2016 at about 6:19 pm near Siat Palm farm in Ubima, Ikwerre Local Government. The duo were returning from Owerri to Port Harcourt after attending a wedding.


A patriotic citizen who from a hiding place witnessed the incident informed the police that kidnappers whisked away the victims abandoning their vehicle, Lexus jeep RX 300 by the road side.

SAD: 15 year Old Girl Raped By Mother's Customer

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Every day has turned nightmarish for 15-year-old Semisola Olona (not real names) who seems not to get over the traumatic experience she had when she was allegedly raped by a commercial tricycle rider, known as Mr. Lati Ajoje.


Olona, a senior secondary one student in a Lagos school, said Ajoje was her mother’s customer and she knew him before the incident. Olona’s mother runs a canteen in Iyana Ipaja, Lagos.

UN Asks Zika-Hit Countries To Allow Abortion

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The United Nations on Friday urged countries hit by the dangerous Zika virus to let women have access to contraception and abortion.


The UN human rights office said the South American countries now urging women to hold off getting pregnant over Zika fears had to offer them the possibility of controlling their fertility.

101 Die From Lassa Fever In Nigeria

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A growing Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria has killed 101 people, as West Africa battles to contain a flare up of the virus, according to data from the nation's health authorities released Saturday.


Nigeria Centre for Disease (NCDC) statistics show that reported cases of the haemorrhagic disease both confirmed and suspected cases stood at 175 with a total of 101 deaths since August.

Nigeria's Reputation For Crime Made Them Unwelcome In Britain

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Nigeria's president has warned his fellow citizens to stop trying to make asylum claims in Britain, saying that their reputation for criminality has made it hard for them to be "accepted" abroad.


Muhammadu Buhari, the tough ex-general elected last year, said those who had joined the migrant exodus to Europe were doing so purely for economic reasons rather than because they were in danger.

Supreme Court Dismisses Saraki's Appeal, Required To Face Code of Conduct Tribunal Soon

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The supreme court has dismissed the appeal of Senate President Bukola Saraki seeking to stop his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal. In the lead judgment taken by Justice Walter Samuel Onnoghen, the court held that the Code of Conduct Tribunal  was properly constituted to exercise jurisdiction over Saraki’s trial.


It also resolved the issue of whether the tribunal had jurisdiction to try criminal matters and issue bench warrants against Saraki. “I find no merit in the appeal, it is hereby dismissed,” the court ruled.

Students Attack Osun Radio Station In Violent Protest

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There was pandemonium in Osun state on Thursday after some secondary school pupils in Osun State staged a violent protest against the decision of the state government to stop the payment of the West African Senior School Certification Examinations fees.


Hundreds of students trooped out in Ile-Ife to protest the new policy and some of them reportedly attacked some motorists while some of them vandalised property belonging to Orisun FM, a radio station owned by the state government.

Mob Attacks Nigerian Students In Hyderabad India

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Within days of a barbaric assault on a Tanzanian student in Bangalore, a 26-year-old Nigerian national was allegedly beaten up by a mob in the upmarket Banjara Hills here on Thursday night.


While Nigerian citizen Orolabe Ibidola lodged a police complaint stating that he was assaulted by 15 people for no fault of his, and that it was a racist attack, the accused lodged a counter-complaint saying that they were themselves beaten up by three Nigerians after the two groups were involved in a minor road mishap.

I Didn’t Know Why I Came To Rule Now – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said that with the quantum of problems his administration inherited, he sometimes wondered why he had to seek power at this time.


Buhari spoke in London while addressing members of the Nigerian community in the United Kingdom.