Minimum wage, Kanu’s release, Ooni’s humiliation dominate Google search

Nigerians searched frantically on Google last week for a new minimum wage, envisaged to be announced by the Federal Government on Workers’ Day. According to the Spokesman of Google, Mr Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade, hundreds of Nigerians took to Google to get information on a long-envisaged new minimum wage. Kola-Ogunlade, who is Google’s Communications and Public Affairs Manager for Anglophone West Africa, made the disclosure in Lagos on Thursday. He said in the week under review, terms ranging from assurance on a new minimum wage, to a viral video of monarchies supposedly…

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Senate steps down presentation of 2017 Budget

The Senate on Thursday stepped down the presentation of the 2017 budget report for consideration. The presentation of the Budget was on the Order Paper of the Senate for Thursday. The suspension of the presentation was hinged on the ongoing meeting between the Senate and the House of Representatives to harmonize the budget. It is now to be presented next week Tuesday. The Senate Appropriation Committee had said the 2016 budget would run for 12 months and, therefore, expire on May 5 2017. However, the Senate Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan,…

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Court grants Lamido bail on self-recognisance

Chief Magistrate Muhammad Usman Lamin of Jigawa State has granted former governor Sule Lamido bail on self-recognisance. The Chief magistrate, while ruling on his bail application on Thursday, brushed aside the argument put up by the counsel to Jigawa government, Barrister Ikenna Ekpunobi that if the accused person is granted bail he will jeopardize peace of the state, saying it does not hold water. Counsel to the accused person Barrister Felix John had argued that the accused person is presumed innocent until proven guilty and that the basis upon which…

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Test could aid prostate cancer treatment

  A blood test has been developed that could help target treatment for men with advanced prostate cancer. Cancer researchers in Europe analysed blood from 265 men with the disease. They found those with multiple copies of a particular gene did not respond to abiraterone and enzalutamide – drugs commonly used to treat advanced cases. More trials are needed but the team hope the test could prevent thousands of men undergoing unnecessary treatment and allow more personalised care. The drugs abiraterone and enzalutamide are given to men whose cancer is…

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Lamido’s arrest shows APC’s maltreatment of opposition – ex-PDP ministers

Ex-ministers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) say the arrest of Sule Lamido, a former governor of Jigawa state, marks the beginning of “second phase of the maltreatment of the opposition, especially members of the PDP”. Lamido was arrested by the police and arraigned for alleged incitement of the public. In a statement on Wednesday, Abubakar Sulaiman, a minister in the government of former President Goodluck Jonathan, accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of witch-hunt. He said the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, should be bold enough to tell…

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Election: Macron wins over French debate audience

  French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron was more impressive than rival Marine Le Pen in Wednesday evening’s final TV debate, a viewers’ poll says. The candidates traded insults for more than two hours, arguing over terrorism, the economy, and Europe. The French broadcaster BFMTV found voters had a more favourable view of Macron than Ms Le Pen in most categories. He was the “most convincing” of the pair in the opinion of 63% of viewers. Ms Le Pen lambasted her rival for his finance and government background, accusing him of…

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US set for vital vote on Obamacare repeal

  The US House of Representatives will hold a vote on Thursday on a revised healthcare bill that Republicans hope will replace Obamacare. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said the leadership in the party is confident it has secured enough votes for the bill to pass. It would then go to the Senate where it could face a more tricky passage. President Donald Trump made the repeal of his predecessor’s signature law a central campaign promise. He has played a personal role this week in persuading wavering Republicans to come…

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Senate: SGF’s dirty deals

The Senate yesterday revealed alleged sordid deals of the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Engr. Babachir Lawal, in the award of contracts by the Presidential Initiative on the North- East (PINE). The lawmakers accused Lawal of various infractions and corrupt practices, stating that the suspended SGF collected over N450 million kickbacks from firms that got contracts in PINE. The Senate revealed that PINE, which Lawal superintended, expended N6.3 billion in the execution of three phases of projects in the Boko Haram devastated North-East, without corresponding projects…

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INEC official convicted for receiving N70m bribe

Two others face trial over Diezani’s N23bn election funds   The Presidential Investigative Committee headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on sundry allegations, especially the recovery of $43.3 million, N23.3 million and 27,800 pounds at a residential apartment in Lagos, and contract violation in the Presidential Initiative on the North East (PINE) will, next week Monday, submit its report to President Muhammadu Buhari The Osinbajo panel is probing the suspended Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ayodele Oke over the recovery and suspended Secretary to the Government of…

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Again, Buhari absent from FEC meeting, still resting

                   …absent from FEC meeting thrice in a row   Minister denies intravenous feeding of President       The Federal Government has said that President Muhammadu Buhari was still taking his time to rest on the advice of his doctors. The president, for the third time since returning on a medical vacation in London, was yesterday absent from the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting which held at the presidential villa, Abuja. Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, while briefing State House Correspondents after the FEC meeting, denied…

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