Banditry: 330 attacks,1,460 deaths recorded in 7 months – FG

The Federal Government on Thursday said that about 330 attacks by bandits and 1,460 deaths were recorded  within the last seven months in the country. The Permanent Secretary, Special Services, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Dr Amina Shamaki, made this known at the opening of Federal and States Security Administrators’ meeting in Birnin Kebbi. The permanent secretary however said that the attacks have been on the decline. She noted that the North West which was one of the most peaceful zones of the country, had…

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1, 306 Nigerians died in road accidents in Q4 – NBS

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) says no fewer than 1,306 Nigerians died in road accidents in the fourth quarter of 2017. The NBS stated this in its “ Road Transport Data for Fourth Quarter 2017’’ posted on its website. The NBS said that 1,200 of the 1,306 Nigerians who died, representing 92 per cent of the figure were adults, while the remaining 106, representing eight per cent, were children. According to the report, 1,019 male, representing 78 per cent died in the period under review, while 287 female, representing…

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Ship owners cut wages, 1,225 seafarers jobless

Salaries of the Nigerian seafarers have been cut by 79.2 per cent due to lack of resources by their employers. Investigation revealed that a master mariner on board ships now earn only N6 million ($16,667) per annum in Nigeria, contrary to the global approved wages of N28.8 million ($79,596) earned yearly by their counterparts. It was learnt that the 20.8 per cent of the $79,596 being paid is contrary to the global shipping wages standards rolled out for the seamen in 2017. Currently, the International Labour Organ-isation (ILO)’s minimum wage…

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1, 401 applicants get approval to access Lagos N25bn ETF

Lagos State Government yesterday said that a total of 1, 401 applicants have benefited from its N25bn Employment Trust Fund (ETF) in fulfilment of its mandate in wealth creation and engaging many young entrepreneurs productively. The government said that the applicants had so far accessed about N1.76billion as loans, following a receipt of 1,937 applications ranging from 1,505 Medium Enterprises to 432 Small and Medium Enterprise. Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had said that the N25billion ETF, which would be disbursed for the next four years on N6.25billion annual basis, was one…

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1,000 benefit from Navy’s free eye treatment

No fewer than 1,000 residents of Mgbu- Odohia in Rumuolumeni community of Obio Akpo Local Government Area of Rivers State have benefited from the free eye treatment offered by the Nigerian Navy. The beneficiaries, including the elderly, youths, women and children, were treated by healthcare professionals, who conducted tests and provided them drugs, correction- al glasses and other facilities. Commander of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Pathfinder, Commodore Sam Bura, who inaugurated the exercise tagged; “Medical Rhapsody 2017,” said that the NNS Pathfinder decided to mark the holidays by offering…

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UEFA League: Barca eye yet another famous comeback

    Little over a month after producing the greatest comeback in Champions League history, Barcelona need another special turnaround as they face Juventus in the second leg of their quarter-final on Wednesday. Luis Enrique’s side were taken apart in the first leg in Turin, losing 3-0 to a Juve team inspired by Paulo Dybala, who scored twice. In the last 16 they became the first team ever to overturn a 4-0 deficit when they beat Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 in the return at the Camp Nou, so fans are hoping…

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Documents show Prince’s painkiller habit

  Numerous opioid painkillers were found at US singer Prince’s home shortly after his death last year, unsealed court documents show. Some of the pills discovered at Prince’s Paisley Park estate in Minnesota had prescriptions in the name of his friend and bodyguard. But the documents do not offer evidence about the source of the fentanyl that killed the singer on 21 April 2016. Medical examiners have concluded that he died from an accidental overdose. No-one has been charged over the death of the 57-year-old singer. The court documents were…

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US court halts two executions

  The top court in Arkansas has halted two executions that were due to start a series of seven in 11 days. The state’s Supreme Court acted hours before convicted murderers Don Davis and Bruce Ward were due to die, but the Davis decision could yet be reversed. Their lawyers had argued they were mentally unfit to face execution and were denied proper assessment. But there was a victory for the state when a federal court lifted an order that blocked all seven executions. A blanket ruling made on Saturday…

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Football fan dies after push from stand

  An Argentine football fan has died of head injuries – two days after being pushed from a stand by an angry crowd who thought he was a rival supporter. Emanuel Balbo, 22, had reportedly quarrelled with a man during Saturday’s derby between his Belgrano team and the visiting Talleres in the northern city of Cordoba. Witnesses said the man had shouted that Balbo was a disguised Talleres fan. He was then pushed over the edge of a stand, video images showed. He fell onto concrete stairs from a height…

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