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Protest in US over racial bias against Nigerian

Racial bias against Ms Lolade Siyonbola, a Nigerian graduate student at the Yale University, has prompted Nigerian community in the U.S. to stage a protest. The Organisation for the Advancement of Nigerians (OAN), in a letter addressed to the President of Yale University, Peter Salovey, and signed by OAN President, Solomon Bakare, demanded strong actions over the incident. Siyonbola had on May 8, posted two videos of the incident on Facebook, alleging a ‘white’ student found her sleeping on a couch in Yale’s Hall of Graduate Studies, and called police officers. She said she was woken up by Sarah Braasch, ...
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Police Arrest Killers Of Nasarawa University Lecturer

The Nigerian police on Wednesday said they have arrested 14 notorious armed robbers suspected to have killed Dr Ibrahim Mailafia, a Senior Lecturer with the Nasarawa State University. On November 3, 2017, Dr Mailafia, while returning to the country after completion of Doctorate Degree in Artificial Intelligence from the United Kingdom, on his way to Kano, Kano State to visit his family was attacked and murdered in cold blood on Kaduna – Zaria – Kano highway by robbers. Jimoh Moshood, Force Public Relations Officer, while parading the suspect in Abuja said the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, had directed ...
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Housewife Files Divorce Suit Against Debtor Husband

A housewife, Sadiya Sani, on Wednesday, prayed a Sharia Court in Minna to dissolve her marriage to Hassan Turaki, for his indebtedness to her. Sadiya told the court that her husband owed her to the tune of N180,000 and had since refused to pay his debt. The petitioner also alleged that the respondent constantly beat her and that he had not been caring for her needs. “My husband does not treat me like a woman; he is in the habit of beating me for no good reasons. “And he does not care for me or provide for my needs as ...
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NNPC To Pay N2.1bn Debt This Week ―NPA

All debts owed the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) between 2017 to date, amounting to about N2.1bn for services rendered to the Corporation are to be settled this week. This is coming just as the NPA has assured that henceforth, the NNPC would not be charged by the Authority for services not offered to the Corporation. The new measure is to foster a better working relationship with the Corporation. According to a statement signed on Wednesday by the NPA’s Assistant General Manager, Corporate & Strategic Communication, Mr. Isah Suwaid, these were part of the ...
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Lagos To Begin Embedded Power Project In July 2018

Lagos State government on Wednesday said the much anticipated the Embedded Power Supply Project will commence by July 2018, noting that all is now set for the take-off of the programme, a brain child of the present administration, targeted towards generating 3,000 megawatts electricity for the state within the next three to five years. Commissioner for Energy, Mr. Olawale Oluwo, disclosed this at the ongoing annual Ministerial Press Briefing held at Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre in Alausa to mark the third anniversary of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration. According to him, the project when it takes off would commence the journey ...
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Education: FG Pledges To Achieve SDGs By 2030

The federal government has pledged to ensure strict implementation of programmes and projects in order to achieve key Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) relating to the education sector by 2030, Nigerian Tribune reports. Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, who said this in Abuja at a two-day implementation status meeting of the 2017 SDG4 beneficiaries, warned stakeholders in the sector against cutting corners and misapplying resources provided for implementation of the SDGs. He said Nigeria could not achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) due of poor implementation. Adamu, therefore, called on the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the resources available ...
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Senate Makes Fresh Move To End Killings, Kidnappings

The Senate rose from a closed-door meeting with the nation’s security chiefs and heads of paramilitary agencies, yesterday, directing them to submit special funding requests within two weeks. Senate President Bukola Saraki, who made the disclosure, said the meeting also discussed the lack of coordination among the security agencies, blaming the situation for the failure to quell killings and kidnappings across the country. Saraki said the Senate also resolved to accord priority to bills that would strengthen the nation’s security architecture. The requests would be in the form of a supplementary budget. It would, however, be different from the $1 ...
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Unidentified gunmen suspected to be Bassa militias are reported to have launched a fresh attack on Umaisha, the headquarters of Opanda chiefdom in Toto Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, burning down the entire communities. The invaded communities include: Kolo, Kuwa, Kokoto, Kanyehu, Dausu, Ogba, Ugya, Katakpa, and Umaisha villages. The resident villagers have been displaced as a result of the attacks. This was disclosed to journalists at a press briefing in Lafia by the national president and national secretary of Egbura National Development Association (ENDA), Prof Ibrahim Aguye and Prof Yusuf Aboki, respectively. The latest onslaught on the Ebgura town occurred on Friday, May 18, in a daylight attack shortly after the Egburas commenced Friday prayers. “Apart from Ugya, which has experienced alleged sustained attacks by Bassas, surrounding villages such as Kolo, Katakpa and Ogba have also come under attacks on different days, as well as many other Egbura communities in Toto LGA, which are still experiencing guerrilla style attacks, while lives as well as property are being lost as a result,” the Egbura stated. “We are constrained to give the concerned authorities some promising leads that would prove useful on the timeline of their campaigns of carnage and terror which has seen them raiding various Egbura communities of Toto LGA,” they added. The ENDA leadership called on State Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura to go beyond the usual government diplomatic appeal for peaceful coexistence, by unearthing the causes of the ongoing crisis in Toto LGA, adding that the state government must act without holding back to squarely put the blame where it belongs. “The state government should unmask the masquerades behind the latest crisis, which we have every reason to believe has political undertones. It should also act to bring those who are hellbent on rubbishing the uncommon feats achieved by the Nasarawa government through ignition of crisis in flash points across the state as we approach the 2019 General Elections,” ENDA appealed. The ENDA leaders petitioned the Governor to reverse the provocative decision of Bassas to indiscriminately settle in Ugya irrespective of where they were before 1997 crisis. They also called on Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State to probe the intractable crisis between the affected ethnic groups in Bassa LGA with a view to bringing the culprits, who have made peace in the area impossible, to book. Source: Daily Sun

Bassa Militia Invade Toto LGA, Displace Communities

Unidentified gunmen suspected to be Bassa militias are reported to have launched a fresh attack on Umaisha, the headquarters of Opanda chiefdom in Toto Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, burning down the entire communities. The invaded communities include: Kolo, Kuwa, Kokoto, Kanyehu, Dausu, Ogba, Ugya, Katakpa, and Umaisha villages. The resident villagers have been displaced as a result of the attacks. This was disclosed to journalists at a press briefing in Lafia by the national president and national secretary of Egbura National Development Association (ENDA), Prof Ibrahim Aguye and Prof Yusuf Aboki, respectively. The latest onslaught on the Ebgura ...
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Sultan Berates Religious Leaders Calling For War

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, on Tuesday, cautioned religious groups and leaders against comments that could mislead their followers into war. Abubakar gave the warning while addressing some Sokoto residents, heads of security agencies, religious leaders and journalists during a Ramadan dinner held at his palace on Monday night. The monarch cited a publication credited to some Christian leaders titled, “If Leah Sharibu dies in the hand of Boko Haram, there will be a religious war in the country,” saying such utterances were irresponsible. He reminded such religious leaders that “terrorism has no connection to religion or ...
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Catholics Protest, Caution Government Over Killings

Catholics staged a nationwide protest, yesterday, calling on the Federal Government to end indiscriminate killings of innocent citizens. The protest is the first of its kind by the church in Nigeria and will be seen by observers as a sign of mounting discontent over government’s handling of alleged killings by herdsmen and armed bandits. The action was planned to coincide with the burial of two Catholic priests and 17 parishioners murdered by gunmen on April 24, at the St. Ignatius Quasi Parish, Mbalom, Gwer East Local Government Area (LGA), Benue State. Earlier, the Cardinal Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, ...
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