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Obanikoro’s wife loses Abuja house to FG

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A Federal Capital Territory High Court, sitting in Jabi, Abuja, has ordered that Alhaja Moroophat Obanikoro, the wife of a former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, should forfeit her property pending the outcome of investigations into her husband and children.

The court also rejected a prayer asking the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to pay her the sum of N200m for violating her fundamental human rights.

Police Inspector arrested carrying 75 bags of Indian hemp in police bus

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A serving police inspector and a dismissed army corporal were among 14 suspects arrested by the NDLEA in Kogi for being in possession of 1,083.62 kilograms of Indian hemp valued at N6 million.

Sapele residents shut down Warri-Benin highway over electricity

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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.

2Face donates N3.5 million to support UNHCR in Nigeria

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Music legend, Innocent Idibia, popularly known as Tuface, has donated N3.5 million to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), Nigeria, to support humanitarian interventions.

The commission stated this in a statement yesterday by UNHCR’s External Relations Officer, Mr. Hanson Tamfu.

DHQ warns Amnesty, others to stop meddling in Nigeria’s security affairs

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The Nigerian Defence Headquarters has warned international rights group, Amnesty International (AI) and other non-governmental organisations to desist from meddling in Nigeria’s security affairs.
Acting Director, Defence Information Brig.-Gen. Rabe Abubakar, in a statement in Abuja, said reports from AI showed that it never meant well for Nigeria.

AI criticised the military, accusing it of gross human rights abuses and extra-judicial killings in the Southeast and Northeast.

But Abubakar said the military maintained an open door policy and had been cooperating with stakeholders in ensuring that the armed forces remained one of the best and a proud institution for Nigerians.

Abubakar said: “Activities of AI in our nation have shown that AI never meant well for Nigeria and the situation is getting clearer to national and international communities what the AI is up to.
“This could be corroborated by inherent lopsidedness in the AI’s portrayal of Nigeria, its involvement in local politics and taking sides with terrorists and other belligerent groups to cause internal disorder, which no country can tolerate.

“The military in this new dispensation has maintained open door policy and has been cooperating with all stakeholders in ensuring that Nigerian Armed Forces remain one of the best and a proud institution for all Nigerians.

“For AI to be making spurious allegation, especially without substantiated and cogent reason, apart from those adduced by the AI itself for the reason best known to it and its collaborators, is disturbing and unethical of an international organisation that is supposed to stay clear of local politics and to be seen as maintaining neutrality in its reportage of the countries it operates.”

The Defence spokesperson said incessant negative report on Nigeria and the armed forces by AI “was condemnable by well-meaning Nigerians who have seen and appreciated what the military and other security agencies did to decimate Boko Haram terrorists and contain criminal elements”.
He alleged AI actions in Nigeria would succeed in giving insight into the possibility of the organisation sponsoring criminal gangs in achieving the sponsor’s intent.

Abubakar added: “As much as the military welcomes comments, criticisms and observations that could help the institution to grow higher for the interest of our nation, the activities of the AI, to say the least, is far from being noble. Al has negative mission in Nigeria. It is an agent of destabilisation, masquerading as a reputable international NGO, which Nigerians must rise up to this daunting challenge of not giving it the chance to truncate our hard earned democracy and unity.

“It does not operate like this in other nations of the world. Hence, the military once again condemns the activities of the AI and its affiliates in Nigeria. It is not until you write negative report about Nigeria before you are seen as working or justifying the huge amount you receive from international bodies.

“While the military and other security agencies remain focus in tackling the mirage of security problems in our nation, we urge our citizens, partners and international communities to continue to support Nigeria in its quest to free us from the hands of criminal elements, which AI and its cohorts are supporting.

“It is our conviction that, despite AI fanning the ember of disunity, hate and destabilisation in our land, Nigeria would continue to remain united, strong and prosperous to take her rightful place in the comity of nations.

'President Buhari not in hospital'

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said yesterday that President Muhammadu Buhari is neither critically ill nor in life-threatening situation.

The minister spoke yesterday in Umuahia at the second town hall meeting for the South East and the launch of national reorientation campaign, “Change Begins With Me’’ in Abia.

South Africa attacks on Nigerians, others continue

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The attacks on Nigerians and other foreigners in South Africa have continued.

No Osinbajo without Buhari, says Presidency

Posted on Monday, 27 February 2017 No comments

The Presidency on Monday faulted the ongoing comparison between President Muhammadu Buhari and Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.

Passengers strom Arik for fare refund on international routes

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Scores of passengers Monday besieged Arik Air headquarters to seek refund for their fares on London, New York and Johannesburg routes suspended by the airline since the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) took over on February 9, 2017.

Game of Throne star, Neil Fingleton dies at 36

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Neil Fingleton, who played Mag Mar Tun Doh Weg, aka Mag the Mighty, a colossal warrior on the acclaimed TV series, Game of Thrones, died from heart failure last Saturday. He was 36.

Court nullifies Senator’s election in Akwa Ibom

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The Federal High Court sitting in Uyo on Monday nullified the election of Senator Bassey Akpan representing Akwa Ibom North East Senatorial District in the upper chamber of the National Assembly.

Plane suffers burst tyre at Lagos airport

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A flight by Air Peace B737 aircraft was aborted on Monday morning after the plane with number 4P7198 suffered bust tyre at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos.

Nigeria eases visa, travel rules

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Foreigners, who wish to visit Nigeria for business and tourism purposes, will no longer be subjected to any bureaucratic bottleneck, following the review of visa processes by the Federal Government.

Nigeria blasts S-Africa minister over comments on xenophobic attacks

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Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters to the President, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has tongue-lashed South Africa’s Home Affairs Minister, Mr. Malusi Gigaba, over his negation of the death of 116 Nigerians in xenophobic attacks by his fellow countrymen.

American cleric trained Abdulmutallab for suicide attack’

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Details of the report of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) on Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s failed attempt to blow up an airliner approaching Detroit in December 2009 has been released.

'Don’t waste your time probing former governor'

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The Archbishop of Ondo Province, Anglican Communion, Rev Latunji Lasebikan, yesterday advised Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu not to be distracted by probing his predecessors.

UK okays Diezani’s trial for ‘money laundering’

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All is set for the trial of a former Minister of Petroleum Resources Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, and four others in London for alleged corrupt practices.

Umahi emerges Chairman of South-East Governors’ Forum

Posted on Sunday, 26 February 2017 No comments

Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State has been elected as the Chairman of South-East Governors’ Forum, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Two fake BBNaija housemates out

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The tension was not too intense in this week’s supposed ejection from the Big Brother Naija show, as no housemates in particular was marked for possible eviction. Even when Bally and Ese were called out by Ebuka Obi-Echendu, the others housemates were hopeful about their return. “Guys you’re coming back. It’s a lie…,” said Uriel, even as others nodded their heads in agreement.

APC should forget about rigging in Rivers State - Governor Wike

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has advised the APC National Leadership to forget about rigging in Rivers State as the people will always resist their evil machinations.

The governor also stated that Rivers State remains a PDP State where the people are satisfied with his development strides which revived the state after the immediate past APC administration squandered state resources without tangible development.

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