Alleged illegal marriage: Court orders Police to release Judge, others]

A High Court in Kaduna State, on Tuesday, ordered the Nigeria Police to release a Judge of the Sharia Court, Malam Murtala Nasir of Magajin Gari, Kaduna and five others.Justice M.L Muhammad gave the order after hearing a 20-paragraph affidavit filed by the applicant’s counsel, Mr Maxwell Kyom.Kyom alleged that the Sharia court judge was arrested for conducting a new marriage between one Abdulllahi Kaloma and Nasiba Dauda.The five others are Alhaji Sani Dauda, Murtala Nasir, Shehu Dauda, Kaloma (the new husband), Dauda (the bride) and Abdulrahim Haruna.The marriage took…

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Appeal Court sacks Rep. member, A/Mumin Jibrin

The Court of Appeal, on Friday, nullified the election of AbdlMumin Jibrin, the All Progressives Congess, (APC) member representing Kiru/Bebeji constituency of Kano State, and ordered for a fresh election. The appellate court resolved that the entire election conducted in the two local governments, on the grounds that the final result contained in Form EC (8)E was mutilated. The judgment, delivered by Justice Ajoke Adepoju, said since the result was mutilated any presumption on the actual result was a hearsay. It could be recalled that on September 12, the Election…

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Nigeria leads the world in belief in the devil – Report

Scientists, in their attempt to understand diseases , while trying to locate the origin of the belief in evil, or the devil, have identified Nigeria among the three countries in the world where such belief is strongest. According to Livescience.com, Bangladesh and the Philippines are the other countries where the belief is strongest, and that it is weakest in the Czech Republic, Germany and Sweden. The scientists, led by Brock Bastian, an Associate Professor with the School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne in Australia, sought out to…

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Dangote Refinery to start production early 2021 – Director

Dangote Refinery, which is currently being built privately by Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, will be ready for commissioning at the beginning of 2021, with production reaching full capacity by the end of the first half of the year. A group executive director at Dangote Industries Ltd., Devakumar Edwin, stated this in an interview at a conference in Lagos. According to him, the refinery, which is designed to maximize gasoline output, will produce enough to allow for a small surplus of that fuel for export. It will also be able…

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Lagos: Police rescue 15 inmates chained in prayer house

The Lagos State Police Command, on Thursday, said it has rescued 15 inmates chained in a church at Ijegun Isheri area of Lagos. Also, owner of the prayer house, Pastor Sunday Joseph Ojo, 58, and 10 others have been arrested in connection with the incident. The Police said it stormed the prayer house after a tip-off from a reliable source. Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Bala Elkana, confirmed the arrest, adding that 10 others were also arrested.

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CBN approves N19bn for nine cotton plants’ revival

The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has approved a fresh loan of N19.18 billion to nine cotton producing firms with a view to retooling their processing plants. The CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, disclosed this on Tuesday, at the signing of two Memoranda of Understanding (MoU), held at the Bank’s headquarters in Abuja. The apex bank has also set aside the sum of N500 million to recycle old naira notes being mopped-up from the Deposit Money Banks across the country. Hr said the N19.18bn would be disbursed at a single-digit interest…

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Nigerian appointed as UN Sec-Gen’s Special Representative

United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres yesterday announced the appointment of a Nigerian, Damilola Ogunbiyi, as his Special Representative for Sustainable Energy for All and Co-Chair of United Nations-Energy. The Secretary-General also welcomed the announcement by the Administrative Board of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), that Ms. Ogunbiyi has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SEforALL. Ms Ogunbiyi succeeds Rachel Kyte of the United Kingdom as Special Representative, Co-Chair of United Nations-Energy, and CEO of SEforALL. Ms Ogunbiyi was the first woman to be appointed as Managing Director of the…

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Kaduna: el-Rufa’i raises Women Empowerment Fund to N1bn

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir Ahmed el-Rufa’i, has disclosed that the government would raise the State Women Empowerment Fund (KADSWEF) to N1 billion with effect from 2021. The governor said this in Kaduna while opening the 4th KADSWEF Summit yesterday. “We are ready to expand the funds to N800 million by 2020 and also promised to further raise it to N1 billion annually from 2021,” he said. According to him, KADSWEF is already achieving its purpose in promoting women entrepreneurship across the state. “The beneficiaries of the first batch are paying…

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Nigerian arrested with record N144m drugs in India

In a major seizure, police in Goa, western India on Tuesday arrested a Nigerian Ifeanyi Pascal Obi, a.k.a Alex and confiscated drugs worth about $400,000 (roughly 144 million naira) from him, local media reported on Wednesday. According to the Hindustan Times, Tuesday’s haul was a massive one considering that the value of the seized drugs was the same as the entire seizures in 2018. The seizure was made following a raid at a hotel in the beach village of Candolim by the Calangute Police Station following a tip off. Police…

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Ugandan woman marries three husbands at once

A Ugandan woman, Ann Grace Aguti, 36, from the Ngora district of the country, has been trending on social media, over her decision to marry three men at the same time, with all the men living in the same compound as her. According to a local Ugandan newspaper, New Vision, broke the news of the unconventional arrangement on Sunday, after Aguti’s father, Pastor Peter Ogwang mobilised family members to evict the ‘husbands’ of his daughter, saying the practice is unacceptable in the Teso community. However, the men: Richard Alich, John…

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Sickle cell disorder: Nigeria ranks highest with burden in Africa

Nigeria has emerged as a country with the highest population of people with sickle cell disorder in Africa. Dr. Ajaere was speaking in Abuja during a media chat on the hosting of the first African Congress on Sickle Cell Disease in Lagos between Thursday and Saturday. He said there is an urgent need for the government to address the disturbing trend because of the large population affected. He added that a well-funded health sector in Nigeria will put an end to the brain drain of medical personnel in the country.…

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Tragedy: 4 children of same family crushed to death in Edo

Tragedy struck on Saturday morning in Benin, Edo State, when a fast-moving BMW car crushed four children of the same parents to death. It was gathered that the children were knocked down while crossing the busy Uselu/Lagos Expressway, close to the traditional ground, in Egor Local Government Area of the State. The incident angered the community youths who blocked and set a bonfire on the road. The ill-fated car was also pushed into the deep side drain of the road and set on fire. When journalists visited the scene of…

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Residents flee as flood over-run 40 Adamawa villages

No fewer than 40 villages have been sacked by flood in Adamawa, Dr Muhammad Sulaiman, the Executive Secretary, Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency (ADSEMA), has confirmed. in Yola. Sulaiman said the development followed heavy downpour recorded in the last three days in some parts of the state. He said majority of the affected villages were on the bank of River Benue, with farmlands and houses seriously affected. “The affected local government areas include Fufore, Yola South, Demsa, Numan and Girei,” the ADSEMA boss said. He urged the federal agencies and…

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Adamawa postpones LG election

The Adamawa State Independent Electoral Commission (ADSIEC), has shifted the State Local Government election from Nov. 9 to Dec. 7. Alhaji Isa Shettima, ADSIEC Executive Chairman, disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen on Saturday, in Yola. Shettima said the shift became necessary due to some challenges. “ADSIEC wishes to inform the general public, particularly all political parties participating in the local government election earlier scheduled for Nov. 9 that it has now been rescheduled to take place on Dec. 7, due to logistics and other problems,” he…

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FRSC sends 7,000 Nigerian drivers for psychiatric tests

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Tuesday said that over 7,000 traffic offenders have gone through psychiatrist tests since 2017. The FRSC FCT Sector Command, Corps Commander Wobin Gwora, disclosed this at a press conference organised by Fundacion Exito Ltd, an NGO, to launch the #StopAtRed# campaign, in Abuja. “This policy came as a result of the crashes that were being experienced, and the Corp-Mashal, on the 30 of June 2017 flagged-off the enforcement, and the enforcement started on the 1st of July 2017 and we will not stop…

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