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UTME: JAMB withdraws candidates’ list sent to varsities

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has withdrawn the list of recommended candidates for admission earlier sent to Universities and other tertiary institutions. The announcement was contained in a statement by the spokesperson of JAMB, Dr. Fabian Benjmin.

We are still bitter over Ekweremadu's emergence as deputy Senate president- APC Chairman says

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APC Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, says his party is still bitter that a PDP member, Ike Ekweremadu emerged as the deputy senate President. Speaking in an interview with Channels TV yesterday July 17th, Odigie-Oyegun said

Nigeria’s present economic situation worse than Biafra war – Aregbesola

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Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun state has bemoaned the present economic situation in the country saying that even the hardship experienced during the Biafra civil war between 1967 and 1970 pales into significance when compared to what is being experienced in the nation today.

NEMA stopped food supplies to Borno IDPs since Feb – Governor

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Kashim Shettima The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has stopped food supply to the Internally Displaced Persons in Borno state since February, Governor Kashim Shettima has said.

Troops kill 11 gunmen, two terrorists in Zamfara, Borno

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Troops of the 223 Battalion while on field training and operations have killed 11 armed bandits during patrol of the forests code-named “Harbin Kunama” to fish out miscreants in Zamfara State.

Brother of Pakistan's Qandeel Baloch: I'm 'proud' of strangling my sister

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Baloch's posts were considered to be controversial in Pakistan. The brother of Pakistani social media star, Qandeel Baloch, says he's proud he killed his sister, claiming he did it because "girls are born to stay home."

Abuja politician behind militancy in Niger Delta – Ex-militant leadermi

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Ex-militant leader, Africanus Ukparasia, popularly known as Gen. Africa has accused n unnamed Abuja-based politician of sabotaging the economy of the country by sponsoring militants to bomb oil and gas facilities in the Niger Delta.

Not All Appointments Are Subject To Federal Character – Femi Adesina

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Presidential Spokesperson, Mr Femi Adesina, has explained that there are other factors to consider other than federal character when the President makes his appointments.

Dear Buhari, Don’t Be Deceived By Sycophants, Nigerians Are Suffering, Lamenting! By Ogundana Michael Rotimi

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Your Excellency Sir, after much procrastination and patience, I feel writing you this short piece is long overdue. Meanwhile, before some of your Media Aides and perhaps some sycophants who are not avoidable close to you tag me a wailing wailer- may I quickly tell you, that I was and still a firm believer of your change mantra and have no doubt in your passion to seeing this country succeed.

Rivers govt accuses Amaechi of embezzling N3trn

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Minister of Transportation Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi The Rivers State Government yesterday accused former Governor Chibuike Amaechi of  frittering N3 trillion belonging to the State in eight years, saying that Amaechi left ‘most abandoned projects in the  history of the State’.

‘Nigeria, 22 other countries still at risk of Ebola outbreak’

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‘15% vote for health sector not feasible in 2017’ Nigeria and 22 other countries remain at risk of animal-to-human transmission of the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), according to a new study.

First case of Zika spread by sex from woman to man

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The first known case of a woman spreading the Zika virus to a man during unprotected sex was reported on Friday in New York City, health authorities said. Until now, experts were aware only of cases in which men spread the virus to their partners during sex, as well as transmission by mosquito bites.

How to be successful young leaders

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HR professionals love to joke about kids these days who come out of school thinking they’re ready to be a CEO, but what’s wrong with that I ask? Even in their 20s, employees who are considering their future leadership potential can be more engaged and productive.

'Why I was invited by EFCC' - Doyin Okupe

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Former spokesperson to ex President Goodluck Jonathan, Doyin Okupe who was recently invited for questioning by EFFC, took to his Facebook wall to explain his case with the antigraft agency. Below is what he wrote;

I ‎will neither join APC nor bow to Buhari – Fani-Kayode

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A former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, has vowed not to bow to the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. In a post on his Facebook page on Sunday, Fani-Kayode said an individual made a comment he found offensive.

Men in Khaki: Chief of Army Staff, LT. Tukur Buratai, his father and son

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Pictured is Alh.Yusuf Buratai Rtd, the father of the current COAS, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai. The older Buratai joined West African Army in 1942, at the age of 18 and fought in World War of 1945 , and later he joined the services of escorting ships from Lagos to Cotonou and Cape Town in South Africa.

Funds threaten Keshi’s burial plans

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Late Stephen Keshi Indications have emerged that unless the Presidency intervenes, the planned burial date of late soccer icon, Stephen Okechukwu Chinedu Keshi may not hold as scheduled due to lack of funds. The burial has been fixed by the Federal Government for July 27, 28 and 29, with a committee headed by the Permanent Secretary in the Youth and Sports Ministry already put in place for the purpose. It has now come to light that the committee has not been able to function because there are no funds for their meetings let alone burial proper.

“Why I appointed more Northerners” – Buhari finally opens up

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President Muhammed Buhari President Muhammadu Buhari has broken his silence on his appointments, which many Nigerians have described as “lopsided”. Buhari in an interview with BBC Hausa on Tuesday said the Constitution allowed him full control over the choice of his closest officials

APC-led FG has to stop playing blame game – Amaechi

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The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has admitted that the All Progressives Congress, APC, led Federal Government has being playing “blame game” since it took over the country’s mantle of leadership but it’s high time it stopped.

I did not marry Obasanjo for money, he doesn’t joke with it – Wife

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Wife of Nigeria’s former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, Bola, says her husband does not joke with money and does not like lazy people. She said this on Wednesday at the Ogun State 3rd Investors’ Forum.

I will win again if presidential election holds today – Buhari boasts

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President Muhammadu Buhari has boasted that he is still as popular as he was during the 2015 presidential election. Buhari said this in an interview with the magazine, African Leadership. His words: “Yes, I was elected by an overwhelming majority of Nigerians, and I am ever grateful for the opportunity I have been given to serve.

Ex-IGP Arase accused of taking away 24 vehicles from Force HQ

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The Acting Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has launched an investigation into the disappearance of some vehicles at the Force Headquarters in Abuja. Idris said the vehicles were still in the premises of the Louis Edet House at least one week before his appointment as the police helmsman.

Ex-NSA Dasuki files new suit against FG, demands N15bn, public apology

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Detained former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Mohammed Sambo Dasuki (rtd), has dragged the federal government to an Abuja High Court challenging his incarceration in the custody of the Department of the State Security Service (DSS) since December last year.

Former Pres. Obasanjo visits former Pres. Shagari, Tambuwal and Sultan of Sokoto

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo was in Sokoto state yesterday July 16th where he visited former President Shehu shagari at his home. He also paid a insolence visit to the family of former presidential candidate Umar Shinkafi who died at a UK hospital recently. Obasanjo also paid a visit to the Sultan of Sokoto. More photos after the cut..

JAMB Clarifies 2016 Admission Strategy

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says the recent lists forwarded to various tertiary institutions was for candidates that qualified for screening based on institutions’ capacity. The board’s Registrar, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, made the clarification on Sunday Lagos in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

World football legend, Pele visits Nigeria

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Pele Brazil’s football legend, Edson Arantes do Nascimentor, popularly known as “Pele’’ will be the country in August for a two-day programme on youth development and empowerment.

Buhari should stop acting like grandfather of corruption – Fayose

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Ayodele Fayose, Governor of Ekiti State Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to stop acting like the grandfather of corruption in Nigeria by shielding his men from probe, just as he asked Nigerians to demand the release of the authentic report of the Committee on Audit of Defence Equipment Procurement in the Nigerian Armed Forces.

EXCLUSIVE: How to rescue missing Chibok schoolgirls– Presidential Committee

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The Presidential Fact-Finding Committee on the Abducted Female Students of Government Secondary School, Chibok, has asked the federal government to take advantage of foreign support, backed with hi-tech equipment, to locate the abducted girls and rescue them.

Arms scandal: EFCC grills Falae for receiving N100m

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has quizzed a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae, on his alleged role in the $15bn arms scam. Falae, who was quizzed on Thursday by the anti-graft agency, had in February admitted to collecting N100m from a former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party’s Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih, during the build-up to the 2015 presidential election.

APC Lauds Shettima For Taking Care Of IDPs

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The National Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Mai Mala Buni on Sunday commended governor Shettima’s priority attention to the welfare of Internally Displaced Persons, despite economic challenges

Justice Yunusa, Two Other Judges Sacked For Judicial Malpractice

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Dismissed judges Folarahami Oloyede and Mohammed Yunusa The National Judicial Council of Nigeria (NJC) has dismissed Justice Mohammed Yunusa and two other judges for judicial malpractices, SaharaReporters has learned.

Nigerian universities can not meet criteria used in ranking globally – DON

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Prof. Ibrahim Garba,  Vice-Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Abuja – Prof. Ibrahim Garba, the Vice-Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, has said that the ranking of universities worldwide is “subjective and political’’. Garba said this when he featured at the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Abuja.

Anti-corruption crusade makes Buhari popular – France Govt

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President Muhammed Buhari The anti-corruption agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has earned him popularity among the international community, the Ambassador of France to Nigeria, Denis Guaer, has observed. Guaer told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the determination of Buhari to fight corruption had been “historical and commendable. Buhari presented the fight against corruption as his main priority objective and I think it is probably the main reason why he was elected. “It is also the reason why he has become immediately so popular also abroad within the international community. “Everybody is thinking this president is really willing this time to confront the problem of corruption. “I think Buhari is really trying and trying very hard; it appears to me as a historical effort to fight corruption.’’ Guaer also decried the humanitarian crisis caused by Boko Haram insurgency in the north-eastern part of the country, saying the insurgency

My pre-election goodwill remains intact – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari is unmoved by suggestions that his rating by Nigerians has dropped. He insists that the generality of Nigerians still believe in him as they did in the run up to the 2015 election that brought him to power.

Turkey coup: Disturbing picture shows soldiers 'bound naked in courthouse' as Turkish President is warned over 'purges'

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Almost 6,000 people have been arrested after Friday night's attempted coup and there are fears over how they could be treated The captured soldiers in a courthouse, Istanbul This disturbing picture shows dozens of Turkish soldiers bound together after being stripped of their uniforms in an Istanbul courthouse. Dozens of soldiers lie naked and handcuffed after being arrested following Friday night's coup attempt in Turkey.

Turkey coup attempt: More Than 6,000 people detained, says minister

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Turkey has so far detained 6,000 people over Friday's failed coup, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag has said. "The clean-up operations are continuing," he told state media, adding that the number of arrests will rise further.

Turkey rounds up coup suspects, detains thousands of judges, plotters

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Recap Tayyip Erdogan Turkish authorities rounded up nearly 3,000 suspected military plotters on Saturday and ordered thousands of judges detained after thwarting a coup by rebels using tanks and attack helicopters to try to topple President Tayyip Erdogan.

Government uses agricultural projects to steal – Obasanjo

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Ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday said government had the role of helping agricultural development through policy making and incentive. But he noted that direct involvement in production had been discovered to be a channel for stealing.

Mass arrests in Turkey after failed coup

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At least 161 people were killed and 1,440 wounded in an attempted coup on Friday night in Turkey. Following the failed coup, the Turkish government said it had arrested 2,839 soldiers, including high-ranking officers, describing the incident as a “black stain on Turkish democracy.”

My 67 days in custody, traumatic, depressing, Thank God am free Finally – Fani-Kayode

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Femi Fani-Kayode Former Minister of Aviation and spokesman for the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode, has described his experience in detention as traumatic and depressing.

Why it is so hard to generate revenue in Nigeria

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Tonnie Iredia In the last few months, the story that many of our states are unviable and therefore unable to meet basic needs of their people such as payment of workers’ salaries has taken a firm root in everyone’s sub-consciousness. The reason for it is not only because it true but more because it has been repeatedly said even at the highest quarters. There is the hypothesis that states are unable to generate revenue because our people don’t like to pay taxes.

Nigeria will attain greatness under Buhari – Osinbajo

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Vice president Yemi Osibanjo The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has urged Nigerians not to despair following the current economic difficulties as the nation would achieve greatness under President Muhammadu Buhari.

Over 66% children malnourished in Plateau – Nutritionist

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Moses Yusuf, the Chief Nutrition Officer for Plateau State, said on Saturday that 66 per cent of children in the state were malnourished. Yusuf made the disclosure at the United Nation’s Children Fund mid-year review meeting in Jos.

Arms scam: Eight senior military officers face dismissal

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Chief of Army Staff,Lt-Gen. Tukur Burata i The military officers indicted in the arms scam report released by the Federal Government may be dismissed from service,  SUNDAY PUNCH  has learnt. This is as indications emerged that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission will this week begin the interrogation of no fewer than 10 individuals indicted in the third arms scam report released on Thursday.

EFCC seizes Fayose’s multimillion-naira houses in Lagos, Abuja

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has seized some properties said to belong to Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State.

The President Buhari’s Economic Plan For Nigeria

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President Muhammed Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said the Federal Government is very focused on the economy and has a definite economic plan. ”Those who think we do not have an economic plan have not taken the pains to check out our plan,” the Minister said in Abuja on Thursday while receiving Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria Sadanobu Kusaoke.

Any country with Gulen will be at war with Turkey – PM

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Binali Yildirim Turkish Prime Minister, Binali Yildirim, on Saturday said any country that stood by Muslim cleric, Fethullah Gulen, would not be a friend of Turkey.

Venezuela's oil production just sank to a 13-year low, and things are going to get worse

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Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro attends a military parade to celebrate the 195th anniversary of the Battle of Carabobo in Caracas Venezuela’s oil production plunged to a 13-year low in June as the economic crisis continues to eat into the nation’s only source of export revenue.

VP Osinbajo Challenges Africa On Poverty, Inequality

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Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has challenged African nations to urgently address the problems of poverty and inequality even as the global community focuses on its new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

FG To Restructure Bank Of Agriculture

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The Federal Government says that it is set to restructure the Bank of Agriculture to encourage low interest credit facility to farmers.

Venezuela re-opens border for Colombians to buy food

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Around 35,000 Venezuelans crossed the border last week when it opened for 12 hours Venezuela has opened its border with Colombia for the second time this month to allow people to cross over to shop for basic foods and medicines. Last week 35,000 crossed over for the first time since the border was closed a year ago by President Nicolas Maduro to fight cross-border crime. Officials said they were expecting even larger crowds this weekend.