FG disburses N62.7m to 3,829 women in Jigawa

The Federal Government has disbursed over N62.7 million to 3,829 vulnerable women in Guri Local Government Area of Jigawa, under the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) scheme. The Cash Transfer Unit’s Co-ordinator in the area, Alhaji Abubakar Dan-Barde, disclosed to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Guri yesterday that each of the beneficiaries received N10,000 as a stipend for October and November (i.e. N5,000 per month). Dan-Barde, however, said 1,219 of the women, who were either pregnant or breastfeeding, received an additional N20,000 each. “The scheme had sometime in August…

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Debt: NCC bars Glo users from calling Airtel numbers

As from October 28th, Glomobile users will no longer be able to call numbers on Airtel Network, as the telecom regulator, the Nigeria Communications Commission(NCC) yesterday announced a partial disconnection between the two networks. NCC Director, Public Affairs, Henry Nkemadu, said its decision on the partial disconnection was taken over the complaints by Airtel Networks Ltd (Airtel) that Glo Mobile Ltd (Glo) has been unable to redeem interconnect charges between the two networks. The NCC said it took the step in accordance with Section 100 of the Nigerian Communications Act…

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Troops destroy 2 bandits camps in Kaduna

Combined troops of ‘Operation Thunder Strike’, ‘Operation Whirl Punch’ and 312 Artillery Regiment have destroyed two bandits camps in Kaduna State, spokesman of Army 1 Division, Col. Ezindu Idimah, has said. Idamah said the operation was carried out from about 2 a.m to 4 a.m on Sunday, following credible information from well-meaning Nigerians. “The offensive action was aimed at destroying remnants of bandits and their camps at Kankomi, close to Tantu and Daban Goje Mountains in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State,” Idamah told the News Agency of Nigeria…

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Terrorists smuggling fish into Nigeria, says Army

The Nigerian Army said on Sunday that the Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province fighters were smuggling smoked fish into the country to sustain their criminal activities. The Army noted that its troops attached to the ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’ have arrested a syndicate of terrorists that specialised in smuggling “smoked fish from the Lake Chad region.” According to the military, seven Boko Haram terrorists were also killed by an Improvised Explosive Device, IED, laid by them for the troops along the Jakana-Mainok Road in Borno State. The Army…

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Fear God, love God, love your country – Gowon@85

Former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (rtd), who marked his 85th birthday yesterday, has called on Nigerians to love themselves, their neighbours and the country at large. “Fear God, love God, love your country, love yourselves, love your family, love your neighbour, keep Nigeria one and make it great and l believe in all of you the younger ones”, he said. He made this known during the launch of a book, titled: “Export Promotion in Nigeria, Law, Policy and Practice, in Abuja on Saturday. Gowon said: “The lesson for…

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2 children, 5 adults killed in Obaseki’s convoy crash

Five adults and two children, were on Saturday morning killed in an auto accident involving the advance team of Governor Godwin Obaseki, of Edo State, along Benin-Auchi Expressway. Several other persons including one of the Governor’s driver were also injured in the accident which occurred at Ehorin Uhunmwode Local Government Area. The State Commissioner of Police, Danmallam Mohammed, who confirmed the incident, described it as “very unfortunate.” The accident occurred when a Toyota Hilux van on the Governor’s advance team had a head-on collision with a passenger Audi car. The…

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Encroach farmlands and be punished, Miyetti Allah warns herders

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The Fulani socio-cultural group, Miyetti-Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has warned its members in Nasarawa State against deliberate encroachment on farmlands. The state chairman of association, Mohammed Husaini, gave the warning during a meeting with members on Saturday in Keana Local Government Area (LGA). The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the meeting had in attendance herders from Keana, Obi and Awe LGAs. According to the chairman, as leaders, they will expose the bad elements among them to the security agencies for immediate prosecution. He said that…

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NAF bombs Boko Haram commanders in Sambisa Forest

The Nigerian Air Force has bombed a meeting venue of the Boko Haram commanders at Ngoske on the fringes of the Sambisa forest, in Borno State. The attack was executed by the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole combat aircraft after successive days of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance missions identified the locations as housing some Boko Haram leaders. The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, said in a release that two buildings were blown off in Ngoske by the aircraft, leading to “the neutralisation…

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CAN disowns kidnappers of 9 Kano children

The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Kano State chapter has distanced itself from the kidnappers of the nine rescued children of the state. The Daily Nigerian reported that the Kano State Police Command had paraded six kidnap suspects for abduction and alleged forceful conversion to Christianity of nine Kano-born children in Onitsha, Anambra State. However, in a statement signed by the state’s chairman of CAN, Adeyemo Samuel on Friday, the group stated that although the suspects might be bearing names of Christians, their actions has no any religious undertone or…

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Don’t hold procession today, police warn Shiites

The Nigeria Police yesterday issued a warning to the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), in a reaction to the group’s plan to hold its yearly Arbaeen procession today, Saturday. Spokesman for the police in Kaduna State, Yakubu Sabo, told The Guardian: “It is our primary responsibility to enforce the law of the land. The Federal Government of Nigeria has proscribed them. You are also aware that the state government proscribed them too. So, if they are proscribed, you can anticipate what the police will do when they are seen engaging…

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Kogi deputy governor impeached

The deputy governor of Kogi State, Mr Simon Achuba, has been impeached. Mr. Achuba was impeached by members of the Kogi State House of Assembly on Friday in Lokoja, the State capital. The Majority Leader of the House, Hassan Bello Abdullahi, disclosed this to reporters at the premises of the Assembly complex. According to Bello, Achuba stands impeached after careful consideration of the report of the John Bayeshea committee submitted earlier on Friday. He said the report was received, studied and deliberated upon and a unanimous decision was arrived at…

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Nigeria has achieved 80% performance in sector, says Agric minister

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono, says Nigeria has achieved 80 per cent performance in the agricultural sector. Nanono made this known on Thursday, at the Public Presentation of Executive Summary of Wet Season Agricultural Performance in Nigeria, by the National Agricultural Extension and Research Liaison Services (NAERLS) in Abuja. Nanono, who expressed satisfaction with the achievement in the sector, said, “We are not doing badly. I hope next year we will reach the real mark.” He said the level of performance was ascertained from findings carried…

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₦500, ₦1000 denominations most commonly counterfeited banknotes – CBN report

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) yesterday, said that a total of 119,663 pieces of counterfeit notes, with a nominal value of ₦98.82 million, was recorded in 2018. The Bank said this in the Currency Operations 2018 Annual Report, posted on its website. The CBN said the figure indicated a decline of 1.30 percent in volume terms and an increase of 5.77 percent in value terms, when compared with 118,126 pieces with a nominal value of N93.43 million recorded in the corresponding period of 2017. The regulator said that N500…

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FCT director forgets city’s emergency toll numbers

A security Director of the Federal capital Territory (FCT), Adamu Buba Gwari yesterday struggled on television to provide the emergency toll-free numbers of the FCT. In what was an awkward moment, Gwari, who was representing the FCT Minister, Mohammed Bello, was unable to give the dial-in number for Abuja residents to call in the event of an emergency. The Director appeared on a Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) programme talking about the security situation in the city. When asked by the presenter, Kingsley Osadolor, to supply the emergency numbers for Abuja,…

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Buhari cuts foreign trips, estacodes for ministers, others

President Muhammad Buhari yesterday reduced the number of foreign trips by ministers, permanent secretaries, chairmen of extra-ministerial departments, Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and directors to not more than two in a quarter. According to an issued statement from the Office of the Secretary of the Government of the Federation, “Except with the express approval of Mr. President, ministers, permanent secretaries, chairmen of extra-ministerial departments, chief executive officers and directors are restricted to not more than two foreign travels in a quarter”. “They are further required to make their presentation using…

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