Presidency: Nigeria won’t react to speculations on US Travel Ban, until…

The Presidency has said Nigeria will need to get proper briefing before reacting to the reported travel ban plan against the country by the US government. Reports emerged on Tuesday indicating that President Donald Trump’s administration has plans to add seven countries across the world, including Nigeria, to the country’s travel ban list. The report, which was credited to some American media, identified the countries to be affected in the new ban to include Tanzania, Sudan, Eritrea and Nigeria from Africa; Kyrgyzstan and Belarus from Eastern Europe and Myanmar from…

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Boko Haram: Battle in Borno claims 8 soldiers, many terrorists

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A Nigerian Army officer and seven soldiers have been killed in a fierce battle against Boko Haram terrorists in Mainok, 60 kilometres from Maiduguri, Borno State, North-East Nigeria. On Wednesday, PRNigeria learnt from security sources that the deadly encounter occurred at about 1pm on Tuesday before the troops repelled an ambush on 156 Task Force Battalion of Nigerian Army. Five soldiers were wounded, two others still missing, while several terrorists were killed. “Two gun trucks and three anti-aircraft equipment could not be accounted for following the attack,” the source said.…

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Trump says impeachment trial witnesses would be national security risk

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he would prefer a longer impeachment trial so that current and former top administration officials could testify, but that having them appear would present national security concerns. Trump, speaking to reporters as he prepared to leave the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, also said he would love to go appear at the Senate trial in his own defense but that his lawyers would likely object. “I’d love to go,” he said during a roughly 40-minute-long news conference. “I’d love to do it.”…

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Spanish fourth-tier side Manchego deny Pogba has left

Spanish side Manchego have denied that Guinea’s Mathias Pogba has joined fourth-tier rivals Lorca FC. Lorca announced the signing of 29-year-old Pogba, whose younger brother is Manchester United star Paul, on its Twitter account on Tuesday. However Manchego moved to deny a deal had been agreed, reports the BBC. “The player, today, continues to have a valid card with our club.” Manchego published on its website. Manchego added that they are working with Lorca to try and resolve the situation as negotiations are still happening. Lorca’s post about the signing of Pogba…

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Teen lucky to be alive after fish jumps in boat, stabs him in neck

In Southeast Asia, the fish spear you. That’s right, a young fisherman is lucky to be alive after a fish impaled him through the neck while he was fishing in Southern Indonesia. Muhammad Idul, 16, was fishing with his family in the waters off Wakinamboro village when a school of needlefish — a marine creature with a long snout and tack-like teeth — started jumping out of the water, ‘CEN’ reports. Idul got a closer look than intended when one of the creatures hopped into his boat and stabbed him in…

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Amotekun, a vote of no confidence on Buhari’s govt – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said the establishment of Amotekun and such other security apparati in various parts of the country is a direct vote of no confidence on President Muhammadu Buhari’s government. The party, which made its position known for the first time since the controversy trailing the establishment of Amotekun by states in the South West, added that it arrived at the decision after a wide consultation and extensive meeting on the security situation in the country. PDP, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola…

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Don’t abandon Bayelsa Medical Varsity, Dickson advises Lyon

Bayelsa State Governor Henry Seriake Dickson has advised the incoming government of David Lyon not to abandon the Bayelsa Medical University. Speaking on Wednesday in Yenagoa, the state capital, during the 2019/2020 maiden edition of the university’s matriculation where the school matriculated 208 students, the governor maintained that the incoming government should continue from where his administration stopped adding that his administration had invested so much in education. Dickson, who stated that he gave the younger generation of the state education instead of giving them AK 47 rifles, said he…

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EFCC lawyer at arraignment of Adoke, Shell, ENI: ‘I don’t know why I’m in court’

The arraignment of former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke, was on Wednesday stalled in an FCT High Court in Gwagwalada over confusion from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). EFCC counsel, Bala Sanga, told the court that he was at a loss as to why he was in court. On Tuesday, the Federal Government filed a fresh 42-count charge against Adoke and six others over alleged fraud in the $1.1 billion Malabu oil deal. Adoke is being charged alongside Rasky Gbinigie, A. Abubakar, Malabu…

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Zimbabwe doctors end strike after Econet owner’s offer

Zimbabwe’s doctors have agreed to return to work after accepting a funding offer from a billionaire, ending a prolonged strike. The strike over pay and poor conditions lasted more than four months, paralysing the country’s healthcare sector. Last year, Zimbabwean telecoms billionaire Strive Masiyiwa, founder of Econet Wireless, tabled an offer to break the impasse. Masiyiwa said he would set up a 100m Zimbabwean dollar ($6.25m; £4.8m) fund. He said this fund would pay up to 2,000 doctors a subsistence allowance of about US$300 a month to help them with…

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Obaseki’s  aide escapes gunmen attack,  raises alarm over threat to life

A Senior Special Assistant to Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State on Anti-Human Trafficking Issues, Comrade Solomon Okoduwa,  Wednesday raised the alarm over an alleged threat to his life. Okoduwa said that he has been trailed by strange looking men especially at night and had recieved phone calls from unanimous callers who had warned him to stop the arrest and  campaign against traffickers in the state or be stopped. Okoduwa has been vocal and aided security agencies in arresting and exposing the activities trafficking cartel in the state. The governor’s…

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