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FG approves $1.9b for rail project from Kano to Niger Republic

THE Federal Government on Wednesday approved $1.9b for the construction of a rail line that will link Nigeria to Niger Republic. The approval was given...

Metro

NUC issues guidelines for reopening of universities

The National Universities Commission (NUC) on Tuesday released new guidelines for the reopening of universities in the country. In a memo signed by the Director,...

Crime

Two lecturers, 28 others arrested for alleged internet fraud in Kwara

Two lecturers of the Kwara State College of Health Technology, Offa: Abdulahi Opashola and Adebisi Ademola, and twenty-eight others have been arrested over their...

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‘Work from home’ – Johnson starts shutting down Britain again as COVID-19 spreads

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday will tell people to work from home where possible and will impose new curbs on bars and...

US COVID-19 death toll hits 200,000

U.S. coronavirus deaths surpassed 200,000 on Tuesday, hitting a grim milestone in the country’s troubled pandemic response as health officials worry the fall and...

Package sent to Trump containing poison intercepted

Law enforcement officials reportedly intercepted a package containing poison ricin sent to US President Donald Trump earlier this week. Citing two officials familiar with the...

COVID-19: French PM sued over poor response to health crisis

French Prime Minister, Jean Castex, is to receive a complaint via the special Law Court of the Republic (CJR) from the “Victimes Coronavirus COVID-19...

Yoshihide Suga becomes Japan’s new prime minister

The Japanese parliament, on Wednesday, confirmed ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leader Yoshihide Suga as the country’s 99th prime minister. Suga, who won a resounding...

US imposes visa ban on Nigerian election riggers

The United States has imposed visa restrictions on some Nigerians involved in the run-up to the governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states. The move...

Africa

Nigeria not constructing rail line to Niger Republic – Presidency

The Presidency has denied reports that the Kano-Katsina-Jibia-Maradi railway line would be built by Nigeria in the territory of the neighbouring Niger Republic. The Federal...

AfCFTA Agreement: Nigeria inching closer to securing approval of compliance – Trade Minister

Nigeria is on the way to securing approval to ratify the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement. According to information made public by the...

Armed men kill at least a dozen civilians in northeast Congo

  Armed men killed at least a dozen people and kidnapped several in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday night, authorities said, the latest...

Cameroonian soldiers jailed for killing women and children

  Four Cameroonian soldiers received 10-year prison sentences on Monday for the killing of two women and two children in an incident that sparked international...

West Africa

Ivory Coast ex-PM barred from standing for president, says Ouattara must be blocked

Former Ivory Coast Prime Minister, Guillaume Soro, a leading candidate barred from standing against President Alassane Ouattara in an election next month, called on...

ECOWAS insists Mali must appoint civilian govt. immediately

Mali’s military coup leaders must hand over power to a civilian transitional government immediately, the chairman of the Economic Community of West African States...

Mali junta agrees to 18-month transition government

The head of Mali’s military junta, Col. Assimi Goita, on Saturday promised to establish an 18-month transition government in the West African nation. He stated...

Six killed as ambulance hits landmine in southern Mali

Six civilians, including a pregnant woman, were killed in southern Mali when the ambulance they were travelling in struck a landmine, the health ministry...

Economy

Inflation rate increase to 13.22% in August — NBS

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has said that inflation rate has increased by 13.22 per cent (year-on-year) in August compared to the 12.82...

Buhari bans forex on all food imports into Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday ordered the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to call off issuance of foreign exchange for food and fertiliser imports, according...

Imports and invisibles had 146% rise in FX outflows in May – CBN

By Francis Ogwo Outflow of foreign exchange through autonomous sources especially for imports and invisibles rose by 146.15 percent to US$0.32 billion in May 2020. This...

Nigeria may slip into another recession by third quarter – Budget Office

The Director-General of the Budget Office, Ben Akabueze, said on Thursday Nigeria may slip into another recession in the third quarter due to ravaging...

Forex: Turnover shoots up to 1,132.6% with Naira dropping value at I&E window

By Francis Ogwo The liquidity of Nigeria’s foreign exchange rose on Wednesday with the daily forex turnover climaxing to a record high of $227.29 million...

Finance

‘MPR is reduced from 12.5% to 11.5%’ – CBN

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) through its Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), has announced a reduction of the Monetary Policy Rate (MPR), from 12.5%...

Nigerian Treasury Bills drop to 3.05% per annum as DMO sells N2b on 91-day...

By Francis Ogwo The information from the Treasury Bills auctions on Thursday revealed that Nigeria’s 364-day tenor dropped to 3.05%. This is just as Stop...

SEC finally recognises cryptocurrencies

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), on Monday, said it would henceforth regulate crypto-token or crypto-coin investments, while classifying them as securities. A cryptocurrency is...

Foreign investment inflow into banking sector falls by 95% in Q2 2020

By Francis Ogwo The second quarter of 2020 recorded a call in the foreign inflow of capital into the banking sector to as low as...

Inflation rate may rise to 14.15% with growing deficit financing — CBN

By Francis Ogwo ‌By the end of December 2020, Nigeria's inflation rate which stood at 12.82 per cent in July may be hitting up to...

Business

‘Stop accepting forex deposits’, CBN orders Payment Service Banks

Operators of Payment Service Banks (PSBs) have been barred by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) from accepting foreign exchange deposits and to accept...

Naira down to N480 to $1 as Dollars scarcity worsens

The scarcity of dollars at the parallel market on Tuesday in Lagos forced the Naira down to N480 to a dollar. The News Agency of...

Banks limit debit card spending abroad as Nigeria’s forex plunges

Francis Ogwo Nigeria's foreign exchange crisis has worsened as Nigerian banks are about to suspend or reduce the amount their customers can spend abroad using...

Forex: Naira exchanges to dollar at N472

By Francis Ogwo The Naira and the US dollar on Tuesday had an exchange rate closing at N470/US$1 in the parallel market. The exchange rate closed...

Atedo Peterside bows out as Cadbury Nigeria Chairman

By Francis Ogwo Entrepreneur and economist, Atedo Peterside, has resigned from his role as Chairman of Cadbury Nigeria Plc. This was made public in a statement...

Energy/Oil/Gas

FG spent N8.9tr on subsidy in nine years – PPPRA

The Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) says the Federal Government had spent a total of N8.94 trillion on oil subsidy in the last...

Mexico’s tropical storm triggers rise in crude oil prices

By Francis Ogwo There was a bullish development in prices of global crude for the week as it recorded gains after tropical storm hit Gulf...

‘Electricity tariff shortfall of N104.5bn to be funded’ – FG

By Francis Ogwo Shortfalls in electricity tariffs of N104.5bn that will be recorded by electricity distribution companies from September to December 2020 will be funded. This...

Oil prices plunge further due to US stockpile as demand remains low

By Francis Ogwo Prices of oil prices dropped on Friday as a result of a surprise rise in U.S. stockpiles. This is with a progressive wave...

Nigeria to save N1 trillion with subsidy removal – Sylva

Minister of state petroleum resources, Timipre Sylva, says Nigeria would save over N1 trillion annually due to the removal of fuel subsidy. Speaking to reporters...

Editorial

An untimely increase

Nigerians woke up on Thursday, September 3, to the news of yet another increase in the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), otherwise...

COVID-19 Watch

111 new cases of COVID-19 take Nigeria’s total to 57,724; death...

Nigeria on Wednesday recorded 111 fresh COVID-19 cases. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), which disclosed this on its Twitter handle, said the cases...

Columnists

Washington File by Evelyn Dan Epelle

Russia meddling in US elections —FBI

Russia is seriously interfering in the 2020 US presidential election with steady dissemination of misinformation, so says FBI Director, Christopher Wray. According to him, the...

China Chimes by YanDan Zheng

Mogul jailed 18 years for calling Chinese president a ‘clown’

A former real estate mogul, Ren Zhiqiang, who publicly criticised President Xi Jinping’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, has been sentenced to 18 years in...

UNILAG Pro-Chancellor-VC crisis: Who is the saint and who is the...

By Chris Otaigbe Finally, after weeks of fierce battle between the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe and the Pro-Chancellor/Chairman of Council of the University of Lagos,...

Opinion

The U.S. Supreme Court’s Foreign Affairs Influence and Trump’s Next Justice...

  By Kristi Pelzel On September 18th, 2020, liberal-leaning Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away, leaving behind a legacy of hard-fought battles for women's...

Editors' Picks

Nigerian filmmakers risk jail with lesbian movie Ife

By Azeezat Olaoluwa, BBC Two Nigerian filmmakers face the prospect of imprisonment if they ignore the stern warning of the authorities and proceed with the release of a movie about a lesbian relationship. The dramatic face-off with the regulators - the Nigerian Film and Video Censors...

Nigeria not constructing rail line to Niger Republic – Presidency

The Presidency has denied reports that the Kano-Katsina-Jibia-Maradi railway line would be built by Nigeria in the territory of the neighbouring Niger Republic. The Federal...

Ibrahimovic tests positive for coronavirus

  AC Milan striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, has tested positive for the coronavirus, the club confirmed on Thursday. The news was announced by the Serie A club...

CAMA law will ensure accountability – Buhari

  President Muhammadu Buhari said on Thursday the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CANMA), 2020 would ensure transparency and corporate accountability in the country. The president,...

Boko Haram commander surrenders in Borno

A Boko Haram leader has surrendered to Nigerian troops during clearance operations in Borno State, the Defence Headquarters said on Thursday. Defence spokesman Maj-Gen. John...

I didn’t beg Obaseki to return to APC – Ize-Iyamu

The Osagie Ize-Iyamu Campaign Organisation has denied Ize-Iyamu addressed the press on Wednesday in Abuja where he urged Edo State Governor-elect Godwin Obaseki to...

Features/Interviews/Analysis

Towards a peaceful governorship election in Edo

A News Analysis by Emmanuel Oloniruha, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Unarguably, peaceful and credible elections are essential tools for democracy to thrive. Political analysts believe...

Big Story

What you must know about COVID-19 and international travel

Following the resumption of international flights on Monday, the Federal Government has released further guidelines for intending travellers departing or arriving the country. For the...

Lagos Update

BREAKING: Gas explosion rocks Ajuwon/ Iju community in Lagos

    A loud explosion shook the Iju area of Lagos shortly on Thursday afternoon as thick smoke bellowed into the sky. Iju is located between Agege...

Fire guts LASTMA Headquarters

FIRE has gutted a section of the headquarters of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority,( LASTMA)  in Oshodi Lagos The unfortunate incident happened on Tuesday. LASTMA...

Sanwo-Olu restores full religious service in Lagos

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has approved the full reopening of worship centres in the state. Mr Sanwo-Olu announced this during a briefing in Lagos...

Lagos State govt to pay minimum wage October

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has pledged to pay the new minimum wage to all tertiary institutions in the state with effect from October. This...

One killed as train collides with vehicles in Oshodi

A yet-to-be-identified man was killed on Monday after a bus and an SUV collided with a moving commuter train at PWD inward Oshodi, Lagos. Director-General...

FCT News

COVID-19: Transcorp hotels slashes workforce by 40%

To diversify business THE Managing Director of Transcorp Hilton Hotels Plc, Mrs. Dupe Olusola, has said at least 40 per cent of the staff of...

FCT council residents decry operations of motorcyclists in area despite ban

Some residents of Kuje Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have expressed concern over the influx of unregistered motorcycle operators in spite...

Gunmen raid Abuja community, abduct 20 residents

At least 20 residents have been reportedly abducted by some unknown gunmen in Tunga Maji, a suburb of Abuja, early Thursday morning. According to a...

Minister reiterates commitment to reposition FCT administration

The FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, has reiterated the commitment to reposition the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) for efficient and effective...

FCT natives send SOS to Buhari over demolition

Indigenes of Apo, Akpajenya and Garki communities, FCT, have sent Save-Our-Souls (SOS) message to President Muhammadu Buhari over plans to demolish more houses by...

Politics

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Trends/ Social Media

Ozo, Trickytee evicted from Big Brother Naija

Ozo and Trickytee have been evicted from the Big Brother Naija house after being put for possible eviction earlier last week. Host Ebuka Obi-Uchendu announced...

Tweet announcing Chadwick Boseman’s death becomes most-liked Twitter post ever

A tweet sent Friday from Chadwick Boseman's Twitter account announcing the actor's death and heralding his perseverance and fighting spirit is now the most-liked...

Black Panther star, Chadwick Boseman, dies at 42

American actor, Chadwick Boseman, who played black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown before finding fame as the regal Black Panther in the Marvel...

Mompha rearrested on new fraud charges

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has rearrested Instagram celebrity Ismaila Mustapha popularly known as Mompha on new fraud charges. Mompha was before his...

Shut down BBNaija now or I’ll use my spiritual power, pastor warns FG

An Anambra-based cleric Prophet Ebelenna Chukwu has threatened to use his “spiritual capability” to shut down the ongoing reality TV show Big Brother Naija...

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5 men in court over alleged certificate forgery

Five men, accused of forging documents submitted for recruitment into the police,  on Tuesday appeared in a Yaba Magistrates’ Court. The police charged Michael Udoh,...

Customary Court

Court dissolves 3-yr-old marriage over father-in-law’s interference

A Customary Court, sitting in Ile-Tuntun, Ibadan, Oyo State, on Tuesday dissolved a three-year-old union between Ibukun Amuson and estranged husband, Babatunde, over interference...

Judge advises 27-year-old woman to work towards winning her parents’ love

A Grade I Area Court Judge in Kubwa, Abuja, Muhammad Adamu, on Tuesday advised a 27-year-old woman, Ifeoma Maduaka, who bit and threatened to...

Housewife seeks divorce over husband’s gambling addiction

A trader, Fisayo Akibu, on Tuesday approached a Customary Court sitting in Mapo, Ibadan, seeking dissolution of her 19-year-old marriage to husband, Abiodun, over...

My husband forced me to have 15 abortions, divorce seeking woman tells court

A nurse, Shukurat Adewumi has prayed a Customary Court sitting at Mapo in Ibadan to dissolve her 17-year-old marriage to her husband, Adewale, on...

Save me from my husband, step-children – Woman begs court

A businesswoman, Morufat Giwa, on Friday prayed a Customary Court in Mapo, Ibadan, to grant her request for divorce and save her from her...

Media

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Labour

Fuel price hike: NLC presses ahead with Sept 28 strike, protest

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Tuesday vowed to proceed with its planned nationwide strike and protest over the Federal Government’s refusal to reverse...

Organised Labour suspends planned protest in Rivers

The organised labour on Tuesday suspended its planned protest in Port Harcourt, over a lingering industrial dispute, which led to sealing of the Nigeria...

FG spends N15.8bn on hazard allowances — Ngige

The Federal Government says it has so far spent N15.8 billion on hazard allowances in its teaching hospitals and medical centres across the country. Minister...

Resident doctors give FG 3-week strike notice

Members of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) have given a three-week ultimatum to the Federal Government to meet their demands or face...

Salary deduction: NLC suspends planned strike in Kano

The joint labour unions in Kano State has suspended its planned one week warning strike to protest the deduction of worker’s salary by the...

Sports

Ibrahimovic tests positive for coronavirus

  AC Milan striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, has tested positive for the coronavirus, the club confirmed on Thursday. The news was announced by the Serie A club...

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