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Court grants Babangida Aliyu N150m bail

A Minna High Court on Wednesday granted bail in the sum of N150 million to former Gov. Babangida Aliyu of Niger, charged with N4.568 billion misappropriation. Aliyu was arraigned last Tuesday on a six-count charge alongside Umar Nasko, the Chief of Staff under his administration. The former officials were accused ...

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Senate confirms Ocheni, Hassan as ministers

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Prof. Stephen Ocheni from Kogi and Mr Suleiman Hassan from Gombe State as ministers. The nominees were confirmed after screening by senators at plenary. The confirmation of the nominees followed a request by President Muhammdu Buhari in accordance with Section147 (2) of the 1999 Constitution ...

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Again, trial of Metuh stalled

Former National Publicity Secretary, People’s Democratic Party ( PDP ), Chief Olisa Metuh PHOTO: LADIDI LUCY ELUKPO The trial of Olisa Metuh, former spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was again stalled as the FCT High Court, Maitama, adjourned the case until June 22. Metuh was arraigned by the ...

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Aisha Buhari plays down concerns over president's health

Aisha Buhari President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife has sought to play down fears about her husband’s health, as he faces calls to go on extended medical leave. Aisha Buhari said the head of state’s health was “not as bad as it’s being perceived”, without specifying the nature of his illness. “He ...

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Boko Haram leader Shekau 'injured in air strike'

PHOTO:AFP Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau has been injured and one of his deputies killed in an air strike in northeast Nigeria, civilian and security sources told AFP on Wednesday. Two Nigerian Air Force jets bombarded fighters who had gathered for prayers in Balla village, some 40 kilometres (25 miles) ...

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Nigerian embassy in Washington operational – Envoy

The Nigerian Embassy in Washington is open and fully operational, acting ambassador, Hakeem Balogun, has said. Balogun said in the U.S. that the report making the rounds that the embassy was shut down was false. “The embassy works as normal; as we’re talking now, I’m still at the office working. ...

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Trump slams Clinton’s blame of FBI, WikiLeaks for defeat

U.S. President Donald Trump has slammed his arch-rival and former Democratic presidential candidate,  Hillary Clinton,  for blaming the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and WikiLeaks for her election loss to him. Trump, in a tweet, suggested that on the contrary, Clinton was protected from criminal prosecution by  FBI Director James ...

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Passenger kills commercial motorcycle rider

Adeniyi Olugbemi, Sokoto A commercial motorcyclist, Maniru Yusufu, in the Illela Local Government Area of Sokoto State, has been allegedly killed by a yet-to-be-identified passenger, who also absconded with his motorcycle. According to a source, the deceased, aged 22, met his untimely death when he carried the suspect to Kauyen ...

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Made-in-China passenger jet set for maiden test flight

China is expected this week to conduct the maiden test flight of a home-grown passenger jet built to meet soaring domestic travel demand and challenge the dominance of Boeing and Airbus. The C919, built by state-owned aerospace manufacturer Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC), was set to take wing over ...

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Why I lost the US election – Clinton

Hillary Clinton on Tuesday laid the blame for her defeat in last year’s White House race squarely at the feet of FBI director James Comey and Russia’s Vladimir Putin, saying they had “scared off” voters. The Democrat, speaking at a charity luncheon in New York, said she took “absolute personal ...

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