• Passengers influx: NRC set to add more coaches to Warri-Itakpe route

    Passengers influx: NRC set to add more coaches to Warri-Itakpe route
    The Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) says Warri Itakpe Train Service says plans are underway to manage the heavy influx and reduce number of passengers that stand on board trains along Warri Itakpe route.The Coordinator, Warri-Itakpe Train Service, Abdulganiyu Sanni, said in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that NRC would soon commence e-ticketing along the axis.The coordinator said this following series of passengers complaints along the Warri-Itakpe rail route.”I am not in
  • Zamfara Govt to lift telecom ban on Monday

    Zamfara Govt to lift telecom ban on Monday
    The governor also said the ban on weekly market activities would be lifted.The governor of Zamfara state, Bello Matawalle has announced that the ban on telecommunication networks in the state would be lifted on Monday, November 29, 2021.In a bid to contain the raging armed banditry and kidnapping in the state, telecommunication services were shut down in the state in September. Speaking on Saturday, November 27, 2021, during the election of the executive council members of the ruling All Progres
  • 21 ships discharge petroleum products, other items at Lagos ports

    21 ships discharge petroleum products, other items at Lagos ports
    The ships are expected to arrive at the Lagos Port Complex.The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) said 21 ships at the Lagos ports were discharging bulk wheat, general cargo, container, petrol, bulk sugar, base oil, frozen fish, bulk gypsum and bulk urea.NPA disclosed this in its publication, ‘Shipping Position’, a copy of which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Saturday.The authority also said it was expecting 11 others laden with petroleum products, foo
  • Okorocha challenges IGP to investigate him over insecurity in Imo

    Okorocha challenges IGP to investigate him over insecurity in Imo
    Okorocha says he'll like the police to make their findings about him public.Former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha has called on the Inspector General of Police, Baba Usman to investigate him on allegations that he is sponsoring insecurity in the state.The ex-governor challenged the IGP following an allegation levelled against him by his successor, Gov Hope Uzodinma, who accused him of being behind insecurity in Imo.In a bid to get the security problems in the state addressed, Okorocha ha
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  • FAAN arrests and suspends airport officials for ‘extorting passenger’ in Lagos

    FAAN arrests and suspends airport officials for ‘extorting passenger’ in Lagos
    This is the second time FAAN will be sanctioning airport workers this month.The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) says it arrested and suspended some airport officials for allegedly extorting a passenger at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.The agency announced this in a statement signed by Henrietta Yakubu, FAAN’s General Manager, Corporate Affairs and released on its Facebook page on Saturday, November 27, 2021.According to Yakubu, the officials, who are staff memb
  • Nigeria records 41 new COVID-19 infections

    Nigeria records 41 new COVID-19 infections
    The country’s fatality toll remained at 2,975, as no additional death was reported.Six states in the federation recorded 41 new COVID-19 infections on Friday.The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) listed the states as Lagos with 17 new cases, Plateau with 10 cases, and Bauchi, Kano and Rivers with four new cases each.Niger State, which was added, recorded two new cases on Nov. 21.The NCDC said in its daily update on Saturday that the 41 additional cases reported on Friday indicated
  • Gumi says declaring bandits as terrorists will cause more problems

    Gumi says declaring bandits as terrorists will cause more problems
    Gumi says the proscription of bandits “will not have any practical value”.Kaduna-based Islamic cleric, Ahmad Gumi has said the declaration of bandits as terrorists by the Federal Government ‘will cause more mayhem’.Gumi said the development would not end bandits aggression against the society.The cleric said this after an Abuja division of Federal High Court declared the activities of Yan Bindiga and Yan Ta’adda bandit groups and other similar groups in any part of
  • 96-yr-old Yakasai vows to support Tinubu's presidential ambition in 2023

    96-yr-old Yakasai vows to support Tinubu's presidential ambition in 2023
    Yakasai says he earmarked two politicians to support for the upcoming presidential election, but Tinubu is the first person to seek his support.Elder statesman, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai says he’ll support Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the National leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2023 presidential election.Yakasai in a chat with Punch said, Tinubu visited his Abuja residence on Wednesday, November 24, 2021, to seek his support for his presidential ambition.The 96-year-old pol
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  • FG lifts suspension on Emirates Airline

    FG lifts suspension on Emirates Airline
    According to Sirika, the move came in response to the yearnings of Nigerian travelers and after painstaking negotiations with the UAE.The Federal Government has lifted the ban it placed on Emirates Airline from flying into Nigeria without conditions.The Minister of Aviation , Sen. Hadi Sirika, disclosed this on Saturday in Abuja in a statement by Mr James Odaudu, Director Public Affairs in the Ministry of Aviation.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Federal Government had barred Em
  • FG vows to end banditry after Abuja court declared bandits as terrorists

    FG vows to end banditry after Abuja court declared bandits as terrorists
    Malami says the FG is taking bold steps to deal ruthlessly with all terrorists groups and their sponsors.The Federal Government has expressed its determination to bring bandits activities to an end in the country.Following the declaration of bandit groups as terrorist by Federal High Court, Abuja, Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN said FG’s determination to crush banditry remains unwavering.The minister said this in a statement signed by Dr. U
  • Northern Youths welcome military operation in the north as court declares bandits as terrorists

    Northern Youths welcome military operation in the north as court declares bandits as terrorists
    The group also urged the armed forces to go all out to crush anyone seen given the bandits moral support.Following the declaration of bandits in the north as terrorists, the Northern Youths Council of Nigeria says it will welcome full military operation in the region to deal with bandits.In a ruling on Friday, November 26, 2021, Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, specifically held that activities of Yan Bindiga and Yan Ta’adda bandit groups, constitute acts of terrorism.
  • Afenifere says there’s no basis to beg Buhari to release Igboho

    Afenifere says there’s no basis to beg Buhari to release Igboho
    Afenifere argues there's no charge of criminal conduct against Igboho in any court.130 days after Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho was arrested in Cotonou, Benin Republic, Afenifere, the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation says there’s no basis to appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to release him.Afenifere said this while reacting to Igbo elders’ recent visit to the president at the State House to request the release of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of proscri
  • Buhari greets Atiku Abubakar at 75

    Buhari greets Atiku Abubakar at 75
    Buhari wishes Atiku good health and long life.President Muhammadu Buhari has greeted former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on his birthday on Thursday, having attained the age of 75 years.In a congratulatory message issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, on Friday in Abuja, the president said: “Happy birthday and best wishes to Waziri Atiku Abubakar. I wish you good health and long life.”The president also congratulated the former Military Go
  • Gov Okowa charges Nigerians to be steadfast amid challenges

    Gov Okowa charges Nigerians to be steadfast amid challenges
    Okoawa advises Nigerians to be faithful to God, who alone has solutions to the plethora of challenges facing humanity.Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has urged Nigerians to remain steadfast amidst the myriad of challenges confronting the country.Okowa made the call on Friday at the funeral service of late Mrs Emurohwo IgbuyaThe News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the deceased was the mother of the erstwhile Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mr Monday Igbuya.The ceremony was held at Bethe
  • President Buhari deserves credit for tackling insecurity, says Garba Shehu

    President Buhari deserves credit for tackling insecurity, says Garba Shehu
    Shehu says it is incorrectto says Buhari's government is doing nothing to address security threats.Mallam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammad Buhari on Media and Publicity, says the president deserves credit over his efforts in tackling the farmers/herders crisis in the country.Shehu disclosed this on Friday while presenting a paper, tagged ‘Fake news: Challenges of information management’, at the 10th year anniversary of the Federal University Dutsin-Ma (
  • Adamawa records 149 rape cases in 10 months

    Adamawa records 149 rape cases in 10 months
    89 per cent of the perpetrators were reportedly charged to courts after receiving services from the police.Mrs Saso Ali, the Permanent Secretary, Adamawa Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, says 149 cases of rape were recorded in the last 10 months in the state.Ali made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Yola.She said the cases were recorded between January and October, 2021, adding that 123 of the cases were minors.She said the state
  • El-Rufai restores telecoms services to bandit-infested areas

    El-Rufai restores telecoms services to bandit-infested areas
    The government says the strategy has helped security agencies 'achieve some results'.The Kaduna State government has announced that it's reversing the suspension of telecommunication services in areas terrorised by bandits.Services were shut down in unspecified parts of the state in September 2021, a strategy designed to fight banditry.With the success of the strategy a bone of contention, the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, announced on Friday, November 26 th
  • AIG approves dismissal of policeman who killed 5 people in Enugu

    AIG approves dismissal of policeman who killed 5 people in Enugu
    The Assistant Inspector-General (AIG) of Police in charge of Zone 13, Mr Muri Musa, on Friday approved the recommended punishment of dismissal for Inspector Edem Ebong.It would be recalled that Ebong allegedly shot and killed five persons and injured four others for no justifiable reasons at Golf Estate, Enugu metropolis, on June 20, 2021.This is contained in a statement made available to newsmen by the Enugu State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Daniel Ndukwe, in Enugu.Ndukwe said that the
  • Banditry: Kaduna govt orders restoration of telecoms services

    Banditry: Kaduna govt orders restoration of telecoms services
    Kaduna State Government has ordered immediate restoration of telecommunication service in areas where the facility was earlier suspended for security reasons.Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, said this while addressing newsmen in Kaduna.He said, the State Government had contacted relevant federal agencies to effect the immediate restoration of the services.He recalled that in October 2021 security agencies had requested the shutdown as part of the measures to
  • Rising cost of cooking gas worries environment minister Ikeazor

    Rising cost of cooking gas worries environment minister Ikeazor
    The minister has not provided a clear strategy for how the government will combat the hike.The Federal Government is concerned about the hike in the price of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) used for cooking by Nigerians.Gas rates have spiked exponentially over the past year, with many citizens raising alarm over their inability to keep up.The Minister of State for Environment, Sharon Ikeazor, said at a media briefing on Thursday, November 25, 2021 that she is concerned about the hike."I am extreme
  • FEMA warns public against taking pictures during rescue operations

    FEMA warns public against taking pictures during rescue operations
    The FCTA Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has called for the prosecution of persons who interfere or hamper emergency rescue operations to act as a deterrent to others.Ms. Nkechi Isa, the Head, Public Relations Unit of FEMA, in a statement on Friday in Abuja, said the Director-General of the agency, Alhaji Abbas Idriss made the call at a seminar on Emergency Care and Evacuation.Idriss said that most times members of the public move into a disaster scene trying to take pictures with their phone
  • Why I signed Nigerian Content Act in 2010 — Jonathan

    Why I signed Nigerian Content Act in 2010 — Jonathan
    Former President Goodluck Jonathan has explained that he signed the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Development Act in 2010 to ensure that at least 80 per cent of the needs of the nation’s oil industry is produced locally.Jonathan stated this on Friday when he led his coursemates, the 1981 Class of the University of Port Harcourt Alumni on a visit to the Oil and Gas Industrial Park, at Emayal 1 in Ogbia Local Government of Bayelsa.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the former pres
  • We can’t afford to fail in 2022 census — NPC Commissioner warns

    We can’t afford to fail in 2022 census — NPC Commissioner warns
    Prof Jimoh Habibat-Isah, National Population Commission (NPC) Federal Commissioner, Kogi, has warned the Commission’s staffers that they could not afford to fail the country in the 2022 national population census.Habibat-Isah gave the warning on Friday in Lokoja at the opening of a 10-day training of enumerators, supervisors and controllers for the 2nd Census Pretest exercise.Habibat-Isah said given the importance of census to national planning, members of staff of NPC should ensure that t
  • Diezani loses N16.4 billion jewelry collection again in Appeal Court

    Diezani loses N16.4 billion jewelry collection again in Appeal Court
    Diezani says the jewelry collection was acquired legitimately, with some also gifted to her.The Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal has upheld a ruling to forfeit N16.4 billion ($40 million) worth of jewelry seized from former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, to the Federal Government.The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) seized 2,149 pieces of jewelry and a customised gold iPhone from the former official's Abuja residence during investigations into her al
  • Gunmen kill 11 persons in Plateau

    Gunmen kill 11 persons in Plateau
    Gunmen in the early hours of Friday killed 11 persons inTa’agbe community of Miango Chiefdom in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau.The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, ASP Uba Ogba, confirmed the incident to newsmen in Jos on Friday.Ogaba said that the Commissioner of Police in the state, had moved to the scene of the incident.He added that the commissioner had deployed more personnel to curb further breakdown of law and order in the area.In his reaction to the in
  • IPMAN, others back FG on petrol subsidy removal by 2022

    IPMAN, others back FG on petrol subsidy removal by 2022
    The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has backed the Federal Government’s plan to remove subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol by 2021.IPMAN’s President, Mr Chinedu Okoronkwo, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Lagos that the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari on Aug. 16 had no provision for subsidy.NAN reports that the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zain
  • UNIBEN grants amnesty to 500 overstayed students

    UNIBEN grants amnesty to 500 overstayed students
    The University of Benin has granted amnesty to more than 500 students who had overstayed in the university.Prof. Lilian Salami, the Vice-Chancellor of the university announced this on Thursday in Benin in her address at the 46th and 47th combined Convocation and 51st Founders’ Day ceremonies of the institution.Salami said the university had also carried out several academic reforms, milestones and accreditation under her watch.Part of these feats, she said was the introduction of a method
  • Reps concerned 'Mkpuru Mmiri' drug addiction is destroying youths in southeast

    Reps concerned 'Mkpuru Mmiri' drug addiction is destroying youths in southeast
    Lawmakers say the drug addiction issue is a nationwide problem that should be effectively contained.Members of the House of Representatives during plenary on Thursday, November 25, 2021, voted for a crackdown on rising drug addiction across Nigeria.Rep. Henry Nwawuba moved a motion raising his concern about the recent prevalence of methamphetamine in the southeast region.Known locally as mkpuru mmiri, the distribution of the recreational drug has raised eyebrows, with many youths getting addicte
  • Zamfara alleges irregularities in cash transfer programme, urges FG to investigate

    Zamfara alleges irregularities in cash transfer programme, urges FG to investigate
    Zamfara government has sought the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari to resolve alleged irregularities in the Federal Government’s Conditional Cash Transfer programme in the state.Hajiya Fa’ika Ahmad, Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development made the appeal at a news conference in Gusau.“This news conference became necessary as there had been some misinformation with regards to the postponed third cycle of the Cash Transfer Progr
  • Czech President hospitalized again after positive COVID test

    Czech President hospitalized again after positive COVID test
    President Zeman returns to the hospital after only concluding a 7-week stay.The President of the Czech Republic, Milos Zeman returned to the hospital on Thursday after testing positive for COVID-19 only hours after being released following a previous stay that lasted more than 6 weeks for a different ailment. The president had been admitted to the hospital previously for what doctors had called a liver condition which was now through. In recent days he had been receiving visitors at the hospital

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