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Okonjo-Iweala spent $2.1bn without approval, says FG

World Bank Managing director Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (R) addresses media at a press conference in Colombo on December 18, 2010. The World Bank said it has opened another lending window for Sri Lanka thanks to the improved credit worthiness of the war-ravaged island. The Washington-based bank's Managing Director Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala announced that the island will be eligible to borrow from International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), an arm of the World Bank. AFP PHOTO/Lakruwan WANNIARACHCHI

The National Economic Council, chaired by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, on Monday accused a former Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy under ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, of spending $2.1bn from the Excess Crude Account without authorisation. “We looked at the numbers for the Excess Crude Account. ...

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SHOCKING: See New Born Baby Looks As Old As 70yrs Old-Man


Stumble over this on social media, precisely facebook. The new born baby reportedly born at west zone Maharashtra, India. Newly born baby in west zone Maharashtra looks as old man, mother refuse to feed!! According to report, the mother of the weird baby scared and refused to feed her. Credits: ...

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US gay marriage ruling unleashes debate in Russia


Moscow (AFP) – The US Supreme Court’s move to legalise gay marriages triggered heated debate in Russia on Sunday, with one MP saying Facebook should be blocked while a senator urged the adoption of the US army’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. In a show of support for the US ...

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French police escort suspect in beheading to his home

The suspect in the beheading of a businessman, Yassine Salhi, a towel over his head to mask his face, is escorted by police officers as they leave his home in Saint-Priest, outside the city of Lyon, central France, Sunday, June 28, 2015. A security official tells The Associated Press the move to his home aims to find his passport, to determine if he traveled abroad. The suspect allegedly crashed a truck into a U.S.-owned chemical warehouse on Friday, setting off an explosion, and hung his employer's head on the factory's gate. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

SAINT-PRIEST, France (AP) — Police investigators wearing masks escorted a man accused of a beheading to his home in southeastern France on Sunday, searching for a possible international link to the killing after he sent a photo of the victim to a contact in Syria, a security official said. Yassine ...

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Kuwait to bury victims of IS mosque bombing


Kuwait is to hold a mass funeral on Saturday for 26 people killed in a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group. The interior ministry said in a statement early Saturday that 26 people and the bomber were killed and 227 others wounded in ...

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Philippine Church stands firm against gay marriage


The leadership of the Philippines’ dominant Roman Catholic church stressed its opposition to legalising gay marriage on Sunday despite last week’s landmark decision by the US Supreme Court. The Philippine government meanwhile affirmed that under its law, marriage is still between a man and a woman and only an act ...

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Sierra Leone announces new curfew to halt Ebola


An Ebola health worker wearing protective equipment gives to drink to an Ebola young patient at Kenama treatment center run by the Red cross Society on November 15, 2014  An Ebola health worker wearing protective equipment gives to drink to an Ebola young patient at Kenama treatment center run by ...

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Bus Carrying British Children Crashes in Belgium; 1 Dead


A bus carrying British schoolchildren went off a highway and overturned near the Belgian coast on Sunday, killing one adult chaperone and injuring the driver and some of the children, officials said. Belgian highway authorities said the vehicle apparently went out of control, struck a bridge pillar on the E40 ...

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Boko Haram: 277 soldiers languish in Jos detention facility


More than 277 soldiers arrested for various offences in the ongoing war against insurgency by Boko Haram in the North-East are currently languishing at the Maxwell Khobe cantonment, Rukuba Barracks detention facility of the 3rd Armoured Division of the Nigerian Army in Jos, Plateau State. SUNDAY PUNCH gathered that the ...

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Traders protest Boko Haram prisoners’ transfer to Anambra

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Commercial activities were paralysed on Saturday in Anambra State following protests by traders across the state. The traders, who closed their shops as early as 9am in major cities of Onitsha, Awka, Nnewi, Ekwulobia and Agulu, took to the streets protesting what they termed plan by the Federal Government to ...

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Tanker explosions kill six, injure 16 in Edo, Kebbi


No fewer than six people, including a middle-aged driver, died on Saturday in Edo and Kebbi states when two tankers laden with petrol crashed and exploded. The crashes also left no fewer than 16 people seriously wounded and about 12 houses razed by the inferno. The Edo crash, which killed ...

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More than 200 injured in explosion at Taiwan water park


More than 200 people were injured, over 80 of them seriously, in an explosion at a water park outside Taiwan’s capital Taipei Saturday after coloured powder being sprayed onto a crowd ignited, officials said. Footage on the Apple Daily newspaper website showed crowds dancing as music played and clouds of ...

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Two Mali soldiers killed in jihadist attack


Two Malian soldiers died Saturday in a jihadist attack on the southwestern town of Nara, on the Mauritania border, with four Islamist fighters also killed, security sources and witnesses said. The military victims were both members of the army’s national guard, including an Arab who was killed outside a bank, ...

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French Terror Suspect Took Selfie With Beheaded Victim


The top suspect in the beheading of a businessman that French authorities are calling a terrorist attack took a “selfie” photo with the slain victim and sent the image via WhatsApp to a Canadian mobile phone number, officials said Saturday. French investigators were working to determine the recipient’s identity, but ...

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Buhari traces looted funds to UK, Switzerland, others


The Federal Government has started tracing looted Nigerian funds to foreign nations with the aim of recovering and repatriating them. The Federal Government specifically targets the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland and other European jurisdictions where it believes corrupt officials have been stashing public funds. This move came ...

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FG To Shut Down All Open Drugs Market

A man buys smuggled and/or counterfeit medicine 14 June 2007 on the Adjame market in Abidjan. Ivorian pharmacists are worried about the multiplication of fraudulent street medecine that are, according to them, threatening their trade and the health of patients. Fraudulent street medecine sales have risen by 15 to 25 percent in the last two years in Ivory Coast and represent a 53 million euro a year loss for the legal pharmaceutical sector, according to the chairman of the national order council, overseeing the trade, Parfait Kouassi.
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The federal government will on July 1 commence the implementation of the National Drug Distribution Guidelines (NDDGs), in a move to ensure the organised drug distribution system in the country is strengthened. Regulatory agencies like the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) and NAFDAC will therefore resume the exercise of their ...

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