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Buhari orders troops to wipe out Boko Haram
Thu, 29 Nov 2018

The President was yesterday in Maiduguri, the engine-room of the Boko Haram war, to cheer up the injured and reassure others that he is committed to their mission – wiping out the insurgents.

The army suffered some losses — 23 dead and 31 injured — in Metele on November 18. Lawmakers are planning to probe the funding of the war.

President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Maimalari Military Cantonment Hospital in the Borno State capital, saw injured soldiers on their beds. He comforted them and stressed the fact that their sacrifice was well appreciated, The Nation learnt.

The Commander-In-Chief was in the city to open the Chief of Army Staff’s yearly conference.

He assured the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole of support to defeat Boko Haram and other security threats.

The President praised the army for stabilising security in the Niger Delta and curtailing clashes between farmers and herdsmen in some parts of the country.

The President, at the conference, noted the “operational losses” in Northern Borno.

He advised the troops not to be distracted but to focus on wiping out Boko Haram.

He said: “The effort of the military has also stabilised the security situation in the Niger Delta and other parts of the country and curtailed the clashes between herdsmen and farmers.

”I must commend the selfless sacrifices of our Armed Forces, especially the heroic officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army who by virtue of their commitment to operations all over the country have brought about the desired peace.

”There has been a remarkable improvement in the security situation in the Northeast since 2015 when this administration came into government and you are a major part of the successes that have been achieved.

”I am, of course, aware that in the recent months and in recent days, there have been some operational losses in the northern part of Borno State, particularly in Jilli, Arege and Metele.

”I know that you are doing your best to reverse this trend and I want to assure you that no effort will be spared in providing the necessary support you require to complete the task. We remain committed to ending the crisis in the Northeast and making the entire area safe for all. I urge you all to keep up the good work.

“I am also painfully aware that some gallant officers and soldiers have paid the supreme price in the course of these anti-terrorist operations. While we remember them and mourn with their loved ones, I must also convey the deep gratitude of the government and people of Nigeria to the late soldiers and their families for their heroic sacrifices.

Our thoughts and prayers are also with all other victims of Boko Haram’s atrocities and their families,” President Buhari said.

He praised the professionalism the army and other security agencies employed to unravel the mysterious death of Maj.-Gen. Idris Alkali, stressing that the perpetrators of the heinous act must be brought to book.

“Let me also commend you all for the professional manner with which the Nigerian Army, in collaboration with other security agencies, unravelled the perpetrators involved in the disappearance of late Maj.-Gen. Idris Alkali. This attests to the capabilities that exist in our security apparatus. I want to assure you that the perpetrators will be brought to book. May his gentle soul and the souls of our departed gallant troops rest in perfect peace,” Buhari said.

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N11.4b fraud: EFCC hands over 116 cars to First Bank
Thu, 29 Nov 2018
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday handed over 116 cars and 20 landed properties in Edo, Rivers and Lagos states recovered from Michael Obasuyi Osasogie to First Bank Plc.Osasogie confessed to an N11.4billion fraud and sought a plea bargain.A statement by the Acting Head of Media and Publicity of EFCC, Mr. Tony Orilade, said Osagie created fraudulent and imaginary monies through the aid of Fundgate Financial Application.The statement said: Trouble began for Osasogie af

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Fed Govt okays reduction in cost of JAMB, NECO forms
Thu, 29 Nov 2018
THE Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting yesterday reduced the examination registration fees for the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Senior Secondary and Basic Education Certificate.Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu stated this at the end of the FEC meeting.He said the JAMB fee for the UTME will reduce from N5,000 to N3,500, the Senior Secondary School fee charge by NECO will be reduced from N11,350 to N9,850 and the Basic Education certificate by NECO will reduce from N5,500
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ICPC re-arraigns ex-IG Ehindero, ex-CP Obaniyi for alleged N16.4m fraud
Thu, 29 Nov 2018
THE Independent Corruption Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) yesterday re-arraigned a former Inspector-General of Police, Sunday Ehindero and ex- Commissioner of Police, John Obaniyi, before a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, Apo on a 10-count charge for alleged N16.4 million fraud.The charge borders on conspiracy, fraud and making false statement.The former police chiefs, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.Prosecution counsel Mr. O.G. Iwuagwu told the cour
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2019 poll: EFCC to monitor donations to parties
Thu, 29 Nov 2018
Donors to political parties were put on notice yesterday that the law will keep an eye on them.Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Acting Chairman Ibrahim Magu said the agency would monitor donations to political parties during next years polls and the identities of the donors.He warned political office holders against diverting public funds to their campaigns and for elections.Magu said the $2.2 billion arms scandal under the administration of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan caused a
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Akwa Ibom Assembly crisis: APC vows to stop molestation of its lawmakers
Thu, 29 Nov 2018
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State has said it would not fold its arms and allow the continued molestation and harassment of its members by Governor Udom Emmanuel and members of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).In a statement signed by its spokesman Nkereuwem Ekongekere, the APC condemned Tuesdays invasion of the House of Assembly by the governor and the Senator representing Uyo Senatorial District, Bassey Albert.This is as the Senate mandated its Police Affairs Comm
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Traditional medicine key to Nigerias future
Thu, 29 Nov 2018
Prof Magnus Atilade is an authority in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) and Traditional Medicine (TM) in Nigeria. In this interview, the chiropractor tells OYEYEMI GBENGA-MUSTAPHA how CAM and TM fields are evolving in the country, and the challenges hindering same. Excerpts:What is your candid assessment of Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Traditional medicine in Nigeria at the moment’It has been a long journey. We the practitioners give thanks to God. There is a great
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2019: Our plan for free, fair elections, by Abubakar Panel
Thu, 29 Nov 2018
A HEAD of the 2019 election, the Gen. Abdusalam Abubakar-led National Peace Committee has expressed concern over the security situation in Rivers, the Northeast and other parts of the country.The committee will be meeting with chairmen and secretaries of parties today to design a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to be signed by their presidential candidates as part of efforts to ensure peace before, during and after the elections.Briefing newsmen after the committees meeting with some Independe
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INEC to deploy one million personnel for poll
Thu, 29 Nov 2018
THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will deploy one million electoral officers for the 2019 elections, its chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, said yesterday.the election will cost the commission N85 bilion in providing logistics.At a meeting with representatives of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) and National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), Yakubu represented by Okechukwu Ibeamu, said the ele
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Obasanjos son: no rift with dad for supporting Buhari
Thu, 29 Nov 2018
Former President Olusegun Obasanjos son Olujonwo yesterday spoke on his decision to back President Muhammadu Buharis second term bid.A peep into future of youths informed his support for the President, he said yesterday.Olujonwo, who spoke at a media interactive session organised by the All Progressives Congress (APC) Press Corp, said his decision to back Buhari has not created any rift between him and his father.He said the Obasanjo family remained a united and loving family despite he and the
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Reps seek revocation of Malabus OPL 245 agreement
Thu, 29 Nov 2018
The House of Representatives is calling for the revocation of Malabu Oil Block ( Oil Prospecting Licence 245) because Nigeria stands to lose $10b in the controversial deep water oil block.The outcome of various studies from oil industry experts said the nation might lose between $4.5 billion and $10 billion based on lopsided Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) that excluded some key components of the licence like gas.Leading the call for the revocation of the OPL 245 licence was Chairman of House
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Arewa community backs APC, Sanwo-Olu
Thu, 29 Nov 2018
Arewa Community in Lagos State has expressed its support for the All Progressive Congress (APC) in next years elections.It leader, Alhaji Dandama Yabo, disclosed this during a media chat at his office in Ketu, Lagos suburb.He said the community has been supporting APC leaders, including Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Babatunde Raji Fashola and Akinwunmi Ambode.He noted that the group has embraced the APC governorship candidate, babajide Sanwo-Olu.Yabo said: We do not have any other party apart from
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APGA will determine who wins presidency
Thu, 29 Nov 2018
Chief Ifeatu Okoye is the Senior Special Adviser to Governor Willie Obiano on Political Matters. In this interview with NWANOSIKE ONU, the one-time Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) explains why the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) is in crisis and how the party leadership is resolving the logjam. He also says APGA will play a key role in determining who wins next years presidential election.HOW prepared is APGA for next years general elections’ You will recall that we ju
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Why Nigerians should re-elect Buhari
Thu, 29 Nov 2018
Social commentator Emmanuel Umohinyang is the convener of Reelect Buhari Movement (RBM). He spoke with reporters in Lagos on next years presidential poll and other issues.What is your reaction to the allegation by a section of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) that APC is harboring corrupt elements’Naturally, CAN is the umbrella body for all Christians and they are there not only to protect the interest of Christians, but also to provide leadership when the affairs of the country i
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Ebonyi 2019: How far can Ogbuoji go
Thu, 29 Nov 2018
Since 1999, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been ruling Ebonyi State. Can power shift to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in next years election’ Ikenna Emewu examines the chanes of the APC governorship candidate, Senator Sonni Ogbuoji, at the poll.When a political office holder in the legislative arm becomes an engine of positive influence and empowerment to his people, then if he comes to the saddle as the chief executive of a state, the only thing that can happen is leadership.
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2019: NYSC DG urges Corps members to be neutral
Thu, 29 Nov 2018
Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Brig-Gen Suleiman Kazaure has warned Corps members in the country who will be working as electoral officers during next years general election to be neutral while carrying out the all important national assignment.He stated this at the Ebonyi State Permanent Orientation camp, Afikpo while addressing the 2018 Batch C Stream 2 Corps members who are presently undergoing orientation course in the camp.The DG, who was represented by Mrs Vict
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Senate endorses establishment of ten higher institutions
Thu, 29 Nov 2018
The Senate on Wednesday adopted the report of its committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFund for the establishment of 10 higher institutions in parts of the country.The upper chamber agreed that the establishment of the institutions would go a long way to open up the education space in the country as well as assist the country to fight illiteracy.The Senate also said that the approval of the establishment of the institutions was in line with the policy to establish polytechnics across the st
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Ooni, Falana, others for anti-corruption confab
Thu, 29 Nov 2018
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, will on Thursday lead other eminent Nigerians to a two-day conference on anti-corruption crusade in Nigeria.The parley which ends on Friday will also feature the launch of a book titled To the Rescue: Say No To Corruption written by a Canada-based Nigerian and Convener of International Gathering of Eagles Conference, Dr. Dele Dada.Other distinguished Nigerians expected at the event include the Founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti (ABUAD), Aare Afe
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Buhari to military: End Boko Haram threats now
Thu, 29 Nov 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Maiduguri, Borno State, ordered the military to eliminate all threats of Boko Haram.According to him, the war against terrorism is a must win.He made the remark while declaring open the 2018 Chief of Army Staff Annual Conference.In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and publicity, Garba Shehu, the President said It is a must win war. I want to encourage our troops not to be distracted by speculations but remain focused and committed to
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2019: INEC earmarks N85b for logistic
Thu, 29 Nov 2018
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has set aside the sum N85 bilion for logistics in the coming 2019 general elections.INECs Head of Health and Welfare, Amina Zakari, who revealed this on Wednesday at a round table discussion between the Commission and NURTW, RTEAN, NARTO in Abuja also disclosed that INEC has secured the consent of two military to enlist Navy and Air Force personnels to access the difficult terrains during the polls.Zakari lamented that logistic cost is enormou
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Ogoni cleanup is the largest in the World
Thu, 29 Nov 2018
The Dutch on Wednesday described Ogonis cleanup as the largest in the history of the world.The Ambassador Royal Kingdom of Netherlands to Nigeria, Robert Petri made the observation when he visited the corporate office of the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP), in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, on Wednesday.Petrified noted that the Nigerian Government is making history with the clean up of Ogoni land, stressing that the remediation of Ogoni land stands as the largest cle
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AY, Omoni Oboli make Hollywood debut
Thu, 29 Nov 2018
Nigerias Ayobami AY Makun and Omoni Oboli will make their debut in a Hollywood animation film, Elliott: The Littlest Reindeer.Though the characters AY and Oboli would voiced in the film scheduled to premiere on Dec. 14, remain unknown.The Christmas-themed film also features Hunger Games star, Josh Hutcherson, Dead pool actress, Morena Baccarin, Jeff Dunham, Martin Short and John Cleese.The animation follows Blitzen- one of Santas sleigh pulling reindeers- announcing his retirement on December 21
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AY, Omoni star in Hollywood Xmas film
Thu, 29 Nov 2018
Nigerias movie stars, Ayo Makun, aka AY, and Omoni Oboli have been unveiled as part of the elite voice cast of the movie Elliott: The Littlest Reindeer featuring Josh Hutcherson (Hunger Games) and Hollywood greats Morena Baccarin (Deadpool 1&2, Homeland), top comedian and ventriloquist, Jeff Dunham and Emmy and Tony award winning Martin Short andJohn Cleese.Distributed by FilmOne, the animated movie is set for a December 14th release in cinemas across Nigeria.Award-winning writer and directo
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NNPC/Chevron JV donates to IDPs in Delta, Bayelsa
Thu, 29 Nov 2018
The Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)/Chevron Nigeria Limited Joint Venture has donated mattresses, food items, toiletries and other materials to assist flood victims in Warri Southwest, Warri North, Delta State and Igbogene in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. The gesture, according to the joint venture, is another significant contribution to the wellbeing of people in Nigeria.At Warri Southwest, Secretary to the Local Government, Mrs. Gabari Gladys Omare, and the stat
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Bio-insecticides alternative to sniper, says Biotech agency
Thu, 29 Nov 2018
Poisonous chemicals will no longer be used for the preservation of food, particularly seedlings, with the development of bio-insecticides, the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) has said.This revelation was made at the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between NABDA and BioCrops in Abuja, the nations capital.Bio-insecticides are organic substances, harmless to man and the environment, regarded by scientists as safe alternatives to snipper as crop insecticide.They are be
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Nigeria to consume 2m metric tonnes LPG by 2025
Thu, 29 Nov 2018
To improve domestic consumption of gas, Nigeria will consume two million metric tons of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) by 2025, Matric Energy Limiteds Chief Marketing Manager, Mrs. Toyin Sowumi, has said.She said the development became imperative to enable Nigeria equal other countries, where LPGs use is recognised as a healthy source of cooking.According to her, LPG production would be boosted in the country when consumption increases from 600 metric tonnes per annum to 2,000 metric annually.Spe
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N830m road contract: Edo community cries out over abandonment by Setraco
Thu, 29 Nov 2018
When the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at its meeting on May 2, 2018, approved the rehabilitation of the failed portion of the single lane road from Asaba to Illa-Ebu, Edo State border with Delta State, the joy of the affected communities knew no bounds. This is because the road has not been motorable for over two years.The file for the contract, which was forwarded to the Ministry of Power, Works and Housings legal department on May 25, 2018, for contract preparation agreement, was obviously
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Shell trains Abia fire-fighters
Thu, 29 Nov 2018
Shell Nigeria Gas (SNG) has retrained 30 fire-fighters in Abia State and donated fire-fighting equipment to the state fire service. This intervention was triggered by two recent fire disasters in the state, which resulted in deaths and loss of property worth millions of naira.Over 150 shops in the timber and furniture section of the Nkwo Ngwa Market in Aba was gutted by fire mid-November, barely five weeks after an explosion on a pipeline belonging to the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (
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Mobile subscriptions estimation will reach 8.9bn by 2024- Ericsson
Thu, 29 Nov 2018
Telecommunications network company, Ericsson, on Wednesday said there would be 8.9 billion mobile subscriptions by the end of 2024 globally.Ms Nora Wahby, the Head of Ericsson West Africa, made this known during an online conference with newsmen to discuss Ericsson global mobility report for the third quarter of 2018.Wahbynoted that mobile broadband subscriptions would reach 8.4 billion, accounting for close to 95 per cent of all mobile subscriptions.According to her, the number of unique mobile
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NCC set to improve telecom broadband
Thu, 29 Nov 2018
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says it has concluded plans to re position the telecommunications industry in Nigeria to ensure network spreads to everywhere in the country.The Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta said this during an annual stakeholders consultative forum on selected licence categories in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital on Wednesday, tagged, talk to the regulator, 2018.Danbatta who was represented in the meet
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