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Lagos driver survives crash after trailer falls on car | Photos

Lagos driver on Sunday morning miraculously escaped death after a fully loaded trailer fell on his car at the Ojota end of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, according to CKN News. Rescue effort by a combined team of FRSC, LASEMA and Civil Defence officials have arrived at the scene to remove the …

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Jonathan congratulates Buhari on 75th birthday

Today, December 17, is President Muhammadu Buhari’s 75th birthday and Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, a former President has congratulated him in a statement issued on Saturday by his media adviser Ikechukwu Eze The statement read: “I wish to most sincerely congratulate you on your 75th birthday. My family and I are …

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DEATH OF GIDADO IDRIS, A BIG LOSS TO THE NATION, SAYS BUHARI

President Muhammadu Buhari has described the death of former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mallam Gidado Idris, as a big loss to the nation. The President, who expressed sadness at the passing of the admirable octogenarian, said “Being a highly experienced and quintessential technocrat who traversed the …

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Real Madrid beat Gremio 1-0 to win Club World Cup title

Real Madrid defeated Gremio 1-0 in Saturday’s FIFA Club World Cup final in Abu Dhabi. The Spanish giant became the first team to win the trophy back-to-back making it their third in four years. Cristiano Ronaldo, 32, scored the only goal with a second=half free-kick. “The numbers speak for themselves. …

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Buhari at 75: Why God kept him alive, By Femi Adesina

Let me begin by telling a story. On June 1, 2015, the day I resumed work as adviser on media to President Muhammadu Buhari, he had admonished me: “Adesina, always tell me the truth. That is what I want from you. In this type of position I have found myself, …

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Welcome Remarks By President Buhari On The Occasion Of 52nd Ordinary Session Of The ECOWAS Authority Of Heads Of State And Government In Abuja Dec 16 2017

WELCOME REMARKS BY H.E. MUHAMMADU BUHARI PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ON THE OCCASION OF 52ND ORDINARY SESSION OF THE ECOWAS AUTHORITY OF HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT ABUJA, TRANSCORP HILTON HOTEL 16 DECEMBER 2017 Ø Your Excellencies, Heads of State and Government of Member Countries of ECOWAS, …

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Buhari attends ECOWAS summit in Abuja

Buhari attends ECOWAS summit in Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari is attending the 52nd ECOWAS Heads of State and Government Summit holding today Saturday 16 in Abuja. In attendance are President of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Benin Republic Patrice Talon, President of Mali Ibrahim Boubakar Keita, President of Capeverde Jorge Carlos Fonseca, Minister of Foreign Affairs …

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WHO certifies Gabon as polio-free

The World Health Organization has declared Gabon a “polio-free country”, given the lack of new reported or suspected cases in the central African country. According to a WHO statement obtained by AFP on Saturday, the UN health agency nonetheless recommended taking the necessary steps to continue monitoring for possible signs …

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Obasanjo bags PhD in Christian Theology

A former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, on Friday became one of the pioneer students of the National Open University to bag a PhD in Christian Theology. A six-man external panel pronounced him worthy of the award. The panel expressed satisfaction with the about 250-page thesis of the former President, spanning about …

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Burna Boy in police custody for alleged robbery

Burna Boy has finally turned himself in after being declared wanted by the Lagos State police command for two months. The singer reported to the command headquarters in Ikeja at about 5 p.m. on Friday to state his side of the story as well as address the allegations of his …

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Gidado Idris dead: Former SGF dies at 82

A former Secretary to Government of the Federation, Gidado Idris, is dead. Mr. Idris died at the age of 82, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. He died in Abuja on Friday, and will be buried Saturday. Mr. Idris, who hailed from Zaria in Kaduna state, was appointed SGF in …

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How I Raped, Killed Youth Corps Member – Suspect

A 29-year-old, driving school instructor, Festus Udoh, yesterday, narrated how he lured, raped and killed a Batch A 2017 member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) serving in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Ms Modupe Taiyese, in a forest. Speaking with journalists at the scene of the crime at Abule Ayo …

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CKN Foundation Empowers 15 Widows In Lagos | Photos

The third edition of the CKN FOUNDATION Widows Empowerment Programme was held in Lagos on Friday Speaking at the occasion, the founder of the Non Governmental Organization, Mr Chris Kehinde Nwandu, said the foundation was set up to assist indigent widows meet some of their basic needs.He also thanked all …

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“$1b To Fight Boko Haram, Failure of APC” – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday described the approval for the release of $1bn to the APC-led Federal Government under the guise of fighting insurgency in the northeast as curious and alarming. The PDP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the party was alarmed …

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EXCLUSIVE: Auditor-general reveals source of $43m Ikoyi cash

The huge sum of money found at a residence in Ikoyi, Lagos state, was taken from Nigeria’s joint venture (JV) cash call account at the American bank, JP Morgan Chase, according to the report of the auditor-general of the federation seen by TheCable. NNPC currently runs six JVs — with Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC), Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (MPNU), Nigerian Agip Oil Company Limited (NAOC), Elf Petroleum Nigeria Limited (EPNL) and Texaco Overseas Petroleum Company of Nigeria Unlimited (TOPCON). Also, there was no official documentation for the official release of $289,202,382 to the the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) — which claimed the $43 million found at the residence was the balance from the money it received for “cover projects”. Beyond a request sent to President Goodluck Jonathan by Ayodele Oke — who was the NIA director-general at the time — the normal processes of  approval and authorisation for the release of government funds were not followed. In yet another revelation, the CBN would normally credit NIA’s account at the apex bank, but it was instead directed to release the money in cash to Oke, according to the audit report. In April 2017, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said it had discovered $43 million, £27,000 and N23 million stashed away at a flat in Ikoyi after a tip-off from a whistle blower. Following reports that the monies belonged to the NIA, TheCable subsequently reported that the agency collected $289,202,382 in cash from the account of the National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS) at CBN in February 2015 after the postponement of the general election. NAPIMS is a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) which manages the JV investments of the national oil company. TheCable can now report that in the 2015 annual report of the auditor-general for the federation on the accounts of Nigeria, the auditor-general queried the “misapplication of joint venture cash calls for other purposes”. On pages 75-76 of the volume two of the report seen by TheCable, the auditor-general wrote: “During the examination of the JVCC JP Morgan Chase Account and JVCC CBN Naira Account, it was observed that payments with amounts totaling $292,094,405.82 and N2,474,295,000.00 were made from the Joint Venture Cash call accounts for purposes outside the objectives for which the funds were provided for and thereby constituted misapplication of Federation Funds. “These include: The payment in “Cash” of a total of $289,202,382.00 (N56,972,869,254.00 at 2015 year end rate of N197.00 to $1) to the Director-General, National Intelligence Agency. The Director General sought the President’s approval for the release of a total of $289,202,382.00 to the NIA for the procurement of 13 items of expenditure to enable NIA respond to the nation’s mounting diverse and complex security challenges. “However, audit noted that there was no evidence of the President’s approval to the request other than a minute to the then Minister of Petroleum Resources seeking assistance from the NNPC Security votes. It was not clear from records/documents examined the authority that NNPC/NAPIMS relied on to disburse this fund. “Audit noted that, of NNPC/NAPIMs did not make the payment to an identifiable NIA official account, but rather mandated the CBN to make the payment in Cash to the DG, in spite of government’s e-payment policy and the huge sum involved. This was highly irregular. “Audit further noted that this payment was not budgeted for meaning that it was extra-budgetary payment. Also, it should be noted that an amount of $2,892,023.82 was charged by CBN on the transaction as commission, thereby making the total outlay on this transaction to $292,094,405.00.” This revelation further provides insight into the non-remittance of billions of dollars to the federation account. Oke has now been removed by President Muhammadu Buhari. TheCable

The huge sum of money found at a residence in Ikoyi, Lagos state, was taken from Nigeria’s joint venture (JV) cash call account at the American bank, JP Morgan Chase, according to the report of the auditor-general of the federation seen by TheCable. NNPC currently runs six JVs — with Shell …

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markel to marry May 19

Britain’s Prince Harry and his American fiancée, Meghan Markle will marry next year on Saturday (May 19) Kensington Palace announced on Twitter Friday afternoon. The couple announced their engagement on November 27 and the marriage to take place in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. “His Royal Highness Prince Henry …

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Join APGA or lose your seats, Obiano warns Southeast governors

Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, on Thursday warned his counterparts in the South-east that they will lose their seats in the 2019 general elections unless they join his party, the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA. He gave the warning at a rally to celebrate his reelection and to campaign for the party’s …

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1,317 Nigerians returned from Libya in 10 days – NEMA

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) says a total of 1,317 Nigerians have voluntarily returned from Libya in the last 10 days having been stranded in the volatile country enroute Europe. The Director-General of NEMA, Mustapha Maihajja, made the disclosure while receiving a fresh batch of 116 Nigerians who arrived …

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