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Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State


Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River on Wednesday sent an Executive bill seeking death penalty for convicted kidnappers in the state to the House of Assembly for consideration and passage. This was contained in a statement signed by Mr Christian Ita, Chief Press Secretary and Special Adviser to the governor ...

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Fani-Kayode changes name


Following his discharge and acquittal of money laundering charges on Wednesday by a Federal High Court in Lagos, a former Minster of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has changed his name. Fani-Kayode, who read a prepared speech outside the courtroom shortly after Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia set him free, said his trial which ...

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OSHIOMHOLE: FG borrowed to pay salaries


GOVERNOR Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has said the Federal Government would have been struggling to pay salaries of civil servants if it were not consistently assisted by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to raise funds from the bond market. Oshiomhole, who was hosted by Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, ...

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FG Revises Malaria Treatment For Pregnant Women


The federal government is currently revising national guideline and strategies for the control and prevention of malaria during pregnancy to reduce incidences of malaria-related pregnancy death. At a dissemination workshop for the revised National Guideline and Strategies for the Prevention and Control of Malaria During Pregnancy, yesterday in Abuja, the ...

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Tunisia Melbourne Prisoners Riot Over Smoking Ban


Heavily armed police have been sent to a prison on the outskirts of Melbourne following a major riot reportedly linked to a smoking ban. Staff and visitors were evacuated from the Metropolitan Remand Centre in Ravenhall after clashes involving hundreds of inmates began at midday. Parts of the prison are ...

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Obama Calls On Congress To Lift Cuba Embargo


U.S. President, Barack Obama, on Wednesday called on the U.S. Congress to lift the trade embargo on Cuba as he moves to re-establish diplomatic relations with the communist island. “This is about a choice between the future and the past”, Obama said, adding that the re-opening of embassies between the ...

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FG to introduce fund for road repair


A fund to cater for the construction and maintenance of roads in the country is in the works, the Federal Ministry of Works has said. The Director, Federal Highway Services in the ministry, Alhaji Shehu Dankano, said this at the inauguration of the headquarters of the National Association of Road ...

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China watches Greece with dismay, patience and cunning


China’s Prime minister Li Keqiang gives a joint press conference with European Commission President and European Council President after the 17th bilateral EU-China summit at the EU Council headquarters in Brussels on June 29, 2015. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will be in France for an official visit starting Tuesday Last ...

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Court discharges and acquits Femi Fani-Kayode of Corruption charges


Former Aviation Minister, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode has been discharged and acquitted by a Federal High Court over allegations of corruption filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC ). The judgment acquiring Fani-Kayode was delivered by Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia. The judge said that the EFCC failed to ...

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LAWMA’s truck catches fire near filling station


There was panic in the Iyana Ipaja area of Lagos State on Tuesday after a PSP truck of the Lagos State Waste Management Agency went up in flames close to a filling station. PUNCH Metro learnt that the incident, which happened around 2pm, could have been worse, but for the ...

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Anxiety, tears, as Lagos shuts Ladipo Market


IT was frustration, anger and tears at the Ladipo Spare Parts Market yesterday as traders scampered to salvage the little wares they could find following the demolition of some of their shops and the eventual shutting of the market by “officials of Mushin local council. The officials claimed that the ...

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Okonjo-Iweala denies ‘unauthorised spending’ of $2.1b ECA fund


FORMER Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has described the allegation by some governors that $2.1 billion was frittered away from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) without authorisation as a clear vendetta and witch-hunting exercise. In a statement issued yesterday by her media aide, ...

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UN: South Sudan Army Said to Have Sexually Abused, Burned Girls Alive


South Sudanese armed forces and associated groups reportedly embarked on a “campaign of violence” against its own population, killing civilians, looting villages and, in some instances, sexually abusing women and girls and then burning them alive in their own homes. The allegations are contained in a new report released today ...

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In first, IS beheads two Syria women for ‘sorcery’: monitor


Beirut (AFP) – The Islamic State group has beheaded two women in eastern Syria accused of “witchcraft and sorcery”, a monitor said Tuesday, in the jihadists’ first decapitations of female civilians. The extremist group has become infamous for gruesome executions and mass killings, but the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights ...

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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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