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Akunyili’s corpse arrives Nigeria

…FG may give her national burial The remains of the former Director General of the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Prof Dora Akunyili, arrived the country today in preparation for burial. A former aide of the former Information Minister confirmed  that the remains of the late NAFDAC boss had been deposited at the National Hospital mortuary ...

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Gunmen kill at least eight in raids on Plateau villages

Fulani herdsmen in Boko Haram

At least eight people, including three security officers, were killed when gunmen raided three villages in Nigeria’s volatile central Plateau state, army and police spokesmen said. The gunmen launched pre-dawn attacks in Bachit, Rim and Jol villages, they said. Army Special Task Force (STF) spokesman in the state, Captain Ikedichi Iweha said: “Eight people, including three STF personnel, died in ...

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Thousands fled Boko Haram violence in last week – NEMA

Boko Haram violence has forced more than 6,000 people in the northeast Nigerian state of Borno to flee their homes within the last week, the country’s main relief agency said on Wednesday. The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said it had registered 6,227 internally displaced people (IDP) in the state capital, Maiduguri, as of Wednesday. “Most of them came in ...

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Security beef-up in Abuja over bomb threats

*It’s a routine security check – Police There was an unusual security beef-up in Abuja and some satellite towns Tuesday, as rumour of a fresh bomb attack rent the air. While patrol vehicles with combat-ready military and police personnel, were seen on patrol of the city centre, armed soldiers were seen on foot in the usual morning traffic, along the ...

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Court okays EFCC probe of N76Bn CCTV Project

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A Federal High Court in Abuja Tuesday granted an ex-parte application seeking an order of mandamus to compel the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to probe the controversial $475million (N76 billion) moribund CCTV project awarded to ZTE Corporation by the federal government. The applicant had named the EFCC, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Nigeria Police, Minister of ...

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World Cup: No shaking, Keshi declares

Stephen Keshi

*Says “Friendly matches shouldn’t be used as yardsticks for measuring our level of preparedness” Super Eagles head coach Stephen Keshi remains confident in the face of fading optimism among Nigerians over the his team’s chances to pull off good results in Brazil 2014 World Cup. The doubt in Nigerians trails a string of unimpressive results the Super Eagles produced in ...

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Katsina to sponsor over 40 contingent to World Cup

The Kastina State government under governor Ibrahim Shema has concluded plans to airlift a contingent of over 40 officials and sports stakeholders to the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Coordinator of the state football club, Katsina Spotlight FC, Ayuba Umar who disclosed Tuesday on phone said the move was to enable the state sports stakeholders garner more knowledge and expertise ...

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Enugu reduces budgeted revenue to reflect dwindling federal allocation

Governor Sullivan Chime

Steady decline in the Federation Account accounted for a 9.8 per cent decrease in the projected recurrent revenue of the Enugu State Government in 2014. The Commissioner for Finance and Economic Development, Mr. Godson Nnadi, disclosed this while giving a breakdown of the state’s 2014 budget. The state government budgeted a total sum of N93.2bn for the 2014 fiscal year, ...

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Nigeria nominates Alison-Madueke as OPEC Secretary-General

President Goodluck Jonathan has nominated the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, for the office of Secretary-General of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). The office, currently occupied by Abdalla Salem el-Badri, since 2007, is expected to be vacant at the end of the year, according to agency reports. El-Badri, 74, is a citizen of Libya and resides ...

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