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Court stops DSTV from increasing subscription fees

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday restrained Multichoice Nigeria Limited from going ahead with its recent decision to increase the subscription tariffs for DSTV, its satellite cable television service providers. The restraining order was issued in respect of Suit No FHC/ABJ/CS/894/18 brought before the court by the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) in the […]

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U.S. Embassy to resume suspended consular services in Abuja August 24

The U.S. Embassy says it will reopen its Abuja’s consular section on August 24 for full services for both visas and American Citizen Services (ACS). The embassy stated this in a message on its website: https://ng.usembassy.gov, accessed by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja. The embassy had on August 15 temporarily suspended […]

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Nigeria yet to recover from economic recession – Kale

The Statistician-General of the Federation, Yemi Kale, has said Nigeria’s economy has not recovered from the 2016 recession. Kale, who is also Chief Executive Officer of the National Bureau of Statistics, said the conflicts between farmers and herdsmen had dragged down the Gross Domestic Product in the first quarter of 2018. According to a report […]

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Sex-for-mark Scandal: Victim says she’s unable to get job after exposing randy teacher

Monica Osagie, the woman at the centre of the sex-for-mark scandal that led to the sack of a professor at Obafemi Awolowo University, Richard Akindele, says she has found it difficult to get a job after exposing the randy lecturer. Ms. Osagie, who spoke in an interview with Sunday Punch, said her action has not […]

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Woman refuses to be rescued from flooded house without her 25 dogs

A woman refused to leave her flooded house in India’s Kerala state without her 25 dogs, a rescuer said Saturday, as the death toll continued to rise. The dogs were found cowering on beds in the flooded house with water rising when an animal welfare group arrived for a last-gasp rescue, said Sally Varma of […]

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Nigerian Army to stage ‘Operation Python Dance’ again in Southeast

The Nigerian Army has announced it will start another round of its “Operation Python Dance II( Exercise Egwueke II) in the Southeast. The previous rounds of the exercise stirred controversy, but the army on Saturday announced it would soon stage a third edition of the exercise in the region. The new General Officer Commanding 82 […]

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Why 2019 elections will be Nigeria’s most expensive – INEC

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof Mahmud Yakubu said the 2019 general elections will be the most expensive in Nigeria’s history. Prof Yakubu said yesterday during a budget defence session for the 2019 elections funds with members of the Senate Committee on Electoral Matters that the commission needs N189 billion for […]

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How Boko Haram is funded – UN

The predominance of the cash economy is a major factor fuelling the nefarious activities of the Boko Haram and other terrorist groups in the Lake Chad Basin region, a UN report has revealed. This was contained in the 22nd Report of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team, pursuant to resolution 2368 (2017) concerning Islamic […]

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Buhari’s government filled with liars – Atiku

Former Vice president Alhaji  Abubakar Atiku  has described President Mohammadu Buhari’s government as one replete with lies. This is as different support groups canvasing for Atiku overwhelmed control by security agents when Abubakar visited the PDP secretariat Enugu  on Thursday.   The support groups had in the morning taken over roads leading to Akanu Ibiam International airport Enugu […]

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USA, UK not pressuring Buhari to end 2nd term bid – Presidency

The Presidency has denied the report that there are foreign pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari not to seek reelection next year. Presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina described the report published by a national daily (not this paper) as  “a tendentious story”. Adesina in a statement said story with the headline, ‘Pressure mounts on Buhari not to […]

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Sex-for-Mark Scandal: Another Nigerian university dismisses randy lecturer

The management of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State, has sacked one of its lecturers, Omananyi Yunusa, over his involvement in sexual harassment of a female student of the institution. The Deputy Director, Information and Publications of the university, Lydia Legbo, who spoke with Premium Times in a telephone interview, said the dismissal […]

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Nigeria 2019: Osinbajo is Buhari’s running mate – Presidency

Garba Shehu, senior special to the president on media and publicity, says Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo will run on the same ticket with President Muhammadu Buhari. Shehu said this while fielding questions from state house correspondents on Monday. He was reacting to the string of victories recorded by the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) during the […]

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Nigerian soldiers fighting Boko Haram protest, seize airport; army reacts

The Nigerian Army said calm has been restored at Maiduguri Airport seized for two hours on Sunday by riotous troops, that it described as ‘unscrupulous”. In a statement on Monday, Onyema Nwachukwu, Deputy Director Public Relations, Operation Lafiya Dole Theatre Command, said the protest by the soldiers happened while the command was conducting a redeployment […]

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102 Women die at childbirth daily – Akeredolu

Wife of the Ondo State Governor, Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu on Monday said no fewer than 102 women die daily during childbirth. Besides, she noted that 2,123 children could not be alive to celebrate their 5th birthday because of premature death. Mrs Akeredolu hinged the challenges on low literacy level of most Women, stressing that half […]

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If elected president, I’ll serve one term, I’m not Muhammadu Buhari… – Atiku

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar says if elected president, he will sign an undertaking to serve for just a term. Abubakar said this in an interview with THISDAY. The former vice-president said his case would not be like President Muhammadu Buhari who allegedly reneged on his promise to serve for one term. “If I am elected as […]

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Cyber criminals now use messaging apps to harvest data – FBI

FBI agents have issued a warning about a new scam that targets instant messaging apps, including Facebook Messenger. The scam attempts to trick users into opening a malicious link that harvests their personal data and login credentials for social networks, like Facebook. In a bid to coerce people into opening the suspicious URL, cyber criminals […]

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UN warns over tensions in Nigeria, others

Global body in charge of security, United Nations Security Council, says it is worried over what it described as continued tensions linked to disputed electoral processes, social and economic difficulties, and conflicts between farmers and herders in the Lake Chad Basin. Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad are members of the Lake Chad Basin on which the […]

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Soyinka accuses Obasanjo of awarding oil blocks in return for sexual gratification

Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, has challenged former President Olusegun Obasanjo to swear that he never awarded oil blocks in return for sexual gratification while he presided over the affairs of Nigeria. Soyinka spoke in his Interventions VIII series, titled: ‘Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes?’ meaning “Gani’s Unfinished Business,” launched recently in Lagos, south-west Nigeria. He said Obasanjo […]

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