Christmas: Nigerians groan as prices of rice, chicken, others soar

Barely four days to the celebration of Christmas on December 25, report across the country paint a gloomy picture of what is likely to befall Nigerians in the wake of the celebration regarded as one of the most festive Christian holidays across the world.   Though the period celebrates Jesus’ Christ birth, investigations across the country reveal that the current socio-economic and political state of the economy is likely to affect the razzmatazz associated with the period, report our correspondents IMO Not a few Nigerians have expressed concerns over the…

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Missing baby: Mixed reactions greet attack on Ondo church

Following the mysterious disappearance of one-year-old Gold Kolawole from Sotitobire Miracle Centre over a month ago, ADEWALE MOMOH writes on how the incident took another dimension on Wednesday, December 18, 2019, when news filtered in that the corpse of the missing child had been unearthed from the church’s altar     For residents of Akure, the Ondo State capital, December 18, 2019, began just like any of the day of the week as they prepare to attend to their daily activities in their places of engagement. Not long they have…

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Rising debt profile: States’ debts exceed 50% of their annual revenue –FRC

•Owing over N5.8trn     In this report, PAUL OGBUOKIRI notes that the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja owe over N5.8 trillion out of Nigeria’s total debt profile of over N25.7trillion and that most of the states’ debts exceed 50 per cent of their annual revenue     According to the Debt Management Office (DMO), the total Public Debt Data as at Nigerian states and federal debt stock data as at June 30, 2019 reflected that the country’s total public debt portfolio stood…

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NRCRI: Empowering women yam farmers in enhanced food production

I t is often said that one cannot do the same thing the same way and expect a different result. Thus, the initiative of the National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI) to train women seed yam farmers in its Yam Improvement for Income and Food Security in West Africa (YIIFSWA-II) programme is a paradigm shift in line with the Federal Government’s commitment to increased food production.     Before now, efforts and policies aimed at changing the narrative of our development trajectory visa vis agriculture, had more often than not…

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Man butchers lover, sells each part to herbalists, clerics for N1000

Policemen attached to the Inspector- General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team (IRT) have arrested an herbalist, who killed his lover and sold her body parts to different herbalists, Muslim clerics and pastors for ritual at the rate of N1000 per part. The policemen led by a Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr Abba Kyari, have arrested 13 herbalists so far involved the butchering and selling of the victim’s body parts, while so many others are still at large. Our reporter gathered that the tracking and eventual arrest of the suspects…

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How killers of Maersk Shipping Line MD’s wife were arrested

Fresh information has emerged on how the police in Lagos State arrested two suspects who invaded the Ikoyi residence of the Managing Director of Maersk Shipping Line Company and killed his wife, Gildas Tohouo. According to the police, the suspects on Sunday night, invaded the Lugard, Ikoyi home of the shipping magnate and killed his wife. The murder was done moments after one of their children just finished her birthday celebration. The invaders killed Gildas and injured her husband. It was gathered that the police, in an operation led by…

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UNICEF-EU interventions strengthen healthcare delivery in Adamawa

Adamawa In its efforts to strengthen healthcare delivery in Mubi South Local Government Area of Adamawa State, UNICEF, in conjunction with EU, has given a total facelift to healthcare facilities across the Local Government. The effort of UNICEF-EU in boosting healthcare delivery in the area has started yielding dividends as the total rejuvenation of the sector has led to a concomitant rise of health condition of indigenes. With this development, pregnant women, children and other vulnerable groups are positively affected in many facets of UNICEF- EU interventions in the rural…

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LAGOS EXPLOSION: Community becomes hostile

…threatens to beat up journalists   Residents of Iyana Odo in the Isheri-Olofin, Igando area of Lagos State, who were supposed to be mourning their dead following the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipeline that exploded on Thursday, have turned their anger to journalists. It was a narrow escape for the Saturday Telegraph team who visited the scene of the explosion and the community to get a firsthand story on the explosion. Right from the entrance of the street that leads to the explosion site, the residents, who claimed to…

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Grand pianos, mattresses, TVs, computers top list of items guests steal from hotels in Europe –Report

 It’s becoming alarming in Nigeria, say hoteliers     Hotel guests appear to have graduated from carting away complimentary items in the room meant for their use and comfort to carrying bulk items such as grand piano, luxury TV set and mattresses. This is according to a recent study by Wellness Heaven and published by: www.insights.ehotelier. com However, what is most worrisome is that this development is not limited to Europe and other parts of the world alone but also rampant in Nigeria.   A number of hoteliers spoken…

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Orifite killings: Youths flee homes as JTF storms community

Orifite community in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State has become a ghost town following the fleeing of youths and some villagers in the area since the deployment of the Joint Task Force (JTF) made up of the police and soldiers. It would be recalled that two masquerade cult groups had been at war over who heads the traditional leadership of the community’s masquerade organisation which led to the clash by both rival groups of Otu Eke and Out- Afor respectively. The clash led to the invitation of the…

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