Iran dares Trump, insists navy will still operate in Gulf

  The Iranian navy will maintain regular missions in the Gulf, the ISNA news agency reported on Wednesday, a day after the United States warned mariners there to stay away from U.S. warships. “The naval units of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman will continue their regular missions in accordance with professional principles as in the past,” ISNA quoted an unnamed military official as saying. The U.S. warning to mariners followed U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat last month to fire on any…

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Gov. Emmanuel: Building future of Akwa Ibom beyond crude oil

Wednesday May 24, 2017 will forever linger in the memory of Akwa Ibomites and indeed Nigerians. It was the day that Governor Udom Emmanuel flagged off the construction of  St. Gabriel Coconut Oil Factory at Ikot Ekpuk in Mkpat Enin LGA of Akwa Ibom state. That day again marked a turning point in the economic fortunes of our dear state. That same day, Akwa Ibom was registered again on the global economic map, and realities on ground are testimonials to that legendary initiative by a visionary leader whom God had…

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Nigeria records 284 new COVID-19 cases

  Nigeria has recorded 284 new Coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of confirmed infections in the country to 6677. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) disclosed this in a tweet on Wednesday. It said: “284 new cases of ‪#COVID19‬; 199 in Lagos, 26 in Rivers, 19 in Oyo, 8 in FCT, 8 in Borno, 7 in Plateau, 6 in Jigawa, 5 in Kano, 2 in Abia, 1 in Ekiti, 1 in Delta, 1 in Kwara and 1 in Taraba. “6677 cases of ‪#COVID19‬ in Nigeria, discharged: 1840, deaths:…

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Buhari sacks NECO Registrar, four others over alleged N25bn fraud

  Two years after facing an investigative panel constituted to probe allegations of unsatisfactory conduct, the termination of the appointment of Prof. Charles Uwakwe as the Registrar/Chief Executive of the National Examinations Council has been approved by President Muhammadu Buhari. This was as the Former Registrar was directed to hand over all Government properties in his custody to the Acting Registrar of the Council. In a statement signed by the Head, Information and Public Relations Division, NECO, Azeez Sani, four Management Staff of the Council were also dismissed from Service…

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NMA directs doctors to sit-at-home over Police harassment 

  Against the background of conflicting directives on the enforcement of the Presidential lockdown/curfew and the attendant harassment of healthcare workers in the course of discharging their responsibilities, the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA),Lagos State Branch, has called on all doctors under the auspices of the NMA in Lagos State to proceed on an indefinite sit-at-home directive, starting from 6pm today, Wednesday, May 20, 2020 According to statement from the NMA, Lagos State Branch, signed by its Chairman, Dr. Saliu Oseni and Dr. Ramon Moronkola, the secretary of the association, the…

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Farmers/herders clash: Nasarawa, Benue govs meet

Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sulel and his Benue counterpart, Samuel Ortom have lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for the deployment of special forces from the Nigeria Air Force to tackle insecurity in the North-Central geo-political zone. They gave the commendation during a joint security meeting, which held at Yelewata, a border community in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State, Wednesday. The two governors explained that the deployment of the Air force personnel has added value to the ongoing efforts being made by the federal and state governments towards fighting criminal…

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Ogun Assembly extends tenure of LG Chairmen by three months

    The Ogun State House of Assembly has approved the extension of tenure of Local Government Transition Committee Chairmen for a period of three months. The approval, with effect from April 18, 2020, followed the request by Governor Dapo Abiodun to the lawmakers. At a plenary held Wednesday at the Assembly complex in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the lawmakers approved the tenure extension for the transition committees. The Majority Leader and member representing Ado-Odo/Ota I State Constituency, Yusuf Sherif, moved the motion for tenure extension and it was seconded by his…

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Virtual proceeding: Unemployed man bags six months over $1200 online scam

  Justice Mojisola Dada of an Ikeja Special Offences Court, Lagos Wednesday sentenced an unemployed man, Lawal Sholaru, to six months in prison for defrauding an American national, Mr David Geobel, of $1,200 in an online scam. Justice Dada, who delivered the judgment during a virtual proceeding, also gave the convict an option of N100, 000 fine. The convict was earlier arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a one ciubt charge of obtaining money by false pretence on the March 18. In her judgement, Justic Dada…

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Diri advocates effective community policing in Nigeria

  Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri, on Wednesday, emphasised the need for effective community policing which he said will build mutual trust between the people and the Nigerian police. Senator Diri expressed this view during the inauguration of the State Community Policing Advisory Committee and Community Policing Committee in Yenagoa, the state capital. His Acting Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, quoted the governor as commending the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, for introducing the community policing initiative, describing it as critical in engendering peace, stability and development across…

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Court hears Kalu’s motion seeking immediate release from prison

Akeem Nafiu Justice Mohammed Liman of a Federal High Court in Lagos will on June 2 hear a motion filed by a former Abia State Governor and Senate’s Chief Whip, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, seeking his immediate release from prison. In the motion on notice, the former governor is asking the court to set aside his trial over alleged N7.1 billion fraud and subsequent conviction by Justice Mohammed Idris (now of the Court of Appeal). The motion for Charge No FHC ABJ/CR 56/2007, which was brought pursuant to Section 180…

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