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Senate passes bill, prescribes life jail for kidnappers

The Senate, on Tuesday, passed a bill which prescribes life jail for kidnappers. The bill contains amendments to the criminal code which is currently in...

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Emir Ado Bayero reappoints chief deposed by father 17 years ago

  Emir of Kano Aminu Ado Bayero has reappointed the deposed Sarkin Dawaki Mai Tuta Aminu Agundi into the Kano Emirate Council as Sarkin Dawaki...

Crime

We didn’t kill ‘One Million Boys’ leader – Police

By Chidinma Ufomadu The Oyo State Police Command has denied killing the leader of the ‘One Million Boys’ gang, Biola Ebila. The state's Commissioner of Police,...

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COVID-19 doubter dies in US after infection at crowded party

A 30-year-old patient died after attending a “Covid party” in the United States, believing the virus to be a hoax, a medical official has...

Russia completes human trials of Covid-19 vaccine, launch set for August

Russia has become the first country to have completed clinical trials of a Covid-19 vaccine candidate, after Sechenov University said that it had concluded...

President Trump wears face mask in public

By NAN U.S. President Donald Trump surprised the world by wearing a mask in public for the first time since the outbreak of the novel...

Bollywood superstar, Amitabh Bachchan, tests positive for COVID-19

Bollywood superstar, Amitabh Bachchan, and his actor-son Abhishek have tested Covid-19 positive and were admitted to a Mumbai hospital, on Saturday. The 77-year-old megastar and...

Bosnians mark 25-years Srebrenica genocide

Bosnians on Saturday commemorated the massacre of about 8,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica, marking the 25th anniversary of the killings that shocked...

I remain optimistic we’ll defeat COVID-19 – Bill Gates

By AFP American billionaire Bill Gates said on Saturday he was “optimistic” about the battle against COVID-19 and called for medicines and vaccines to be...

Africa

Two Madagascan lawmakers die of COVID-19

Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina on Sunday said two lawmakers – one member of the senate and one deputy – had died after becoming infected...

Daughter of Nelson and Winnie Mandela, Zindzi Mandela-Hlongwane, dies aged 59

Zindzi Mandela, daughter of South African liberation hero Nelson Mandela and anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, has died, according to officials. She was 59. State broadcaster SABC...

Africa records 30% increase in COVID-19 cases– WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says there has been 30 per cent increase in the number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the...

China, Ghana mark 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping exchanged congratulatory messages on Sunday with his Ghanaian counterpart, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on the 60th anniversary of the establishment...

West Africa

ECOWAS mandates member countries to reopen borders

By Francis Ogwo The Economic Committee of West African States (ECOWAS) has mandated member countries to reopen their borders for the free movement of people...

COVID-19: Senegal lifts curfew, permits international flights

Senegal president Macky Sall announced Monday that the country’s state of emergency and curfew, imposed as a result of the coronavirus, would be lifted...

4.0 magnitude earthquake hits Accra

Parts of Accra, Ghana were shaken by a fleeting earth tremor Wednesday night which threw residents into fear and panic. According to the USGS (United...

5-year-old dies after being raped by cousin in Sierra Leone

 By Chidinma Ufomadu A five-year-old girl has died after being allegedly raped by her cousin in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The suspect and his mother have both...

Economy

Senate tasks Customs to exceed 2020 target as agency announces N573bn revenue in five...

By Francis Ogwo The Senate is excited about the impressive revenue generating efforts of the Nigerian Customs Service and has instructed the agency to exceed...

Nigeria hits N1.87tn exports to China, India, others

By Francis Ogwo Nigeria's commodity exports to China, India, Spain, Netherlands and South Africa in the first quarter of 2020 has hit N1.87trn. This is according...

We will steer Nigeria away from recession – CBN

The Central Bank of Nigeria has vowed to steer the country's economy away from the looming recession due to the impact of COVID-19. The CBN...

CBN deducts N216bn from banks as CRR levy

By Francis Ogwo The Central Bank of Nigeria, on Friday, deducted N216bn from banks' accounts as Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) in a latest move to...

FAAC allocations in first quarter 2020 highest in six years, NEITI records show

Francis Ogwo Report from the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) shows that there have been variations in the allocations of the Federal Accounts Allocation...

Finance

COVID-19: SMEDAN urges CBN to raise N50bn MSMEs fund

By Francis Ogwo The Director-General of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Dr Umaru Radda, has pleaded with the Central Bank...

Cashless Policy: Banks comply with CBN’s directive, effect new charges

By Francis Ogwo In compliance with the ongoing nationwide cashless policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Deposit Money Banks (DMBs), as at June...

2,000 persons benefit from CBN COVID-19 loan in S’East, S’South, says facilitator

Mr Isaac Nkole, the National Chairman, Isun Multipurpose Cooperative Society, Umuahia, said at least 2,000 persons had so far benefited from the facility of...

Analysts say MPR reduction will increase money, credit in circulation

Some financial analysts on Friday said the unexpected reduction of the Monetary Policy Rate (MPR) from 13.5 to 12.5 per cent, as announced by...

Foreign Exchange: ‘Don’t pressurize the Naira through your activities’ – ABCON President warns members

By Francis Ogwo The Association of Bureau De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON) and Forex speculators have been warned to desist from pressurizing the value...

Business

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...

Stock market appreciates with investors gaining N15bn

By Francis Ogwo There has been a gain of N15bn for investors in Nigeria's stock market for Monday with a recorded price appreciation by 18...

Buhari flags off construction of $2.8bn Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano pipeline project

President Muhammadu Buhari will, on Tuesday, flag off the construction of the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano, AKK, pipeline, meant to realise the long-held dream of building the...

COVID-19: NIMASA issues advisory on vessels from high risk countries

The Management of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has notified stakeholders about 13 vessels from five countries heavily affected by the...

COVID-19: Insurers lose $500m aviation business to pandemic

By Francis Ogwo Insurance companies in Nigeria have lost $500 million (N1.88 billion) in aviation business as a result of the closure of the airspace...

Energy/Oil/Gas

NNPC increases gas supply to power sector by 19%

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced a 19.14 per cent increase in the average daily natural gas supply to power plants in...

AKK gas pipeline commercially viable, can repay in 10 years – Contractor

By NAN Mr Emeka Okwuosa, Chairman Oilserv Ltd., says the Ajaokuta-Kaduna- Kano (AKK), gas pipeline project is commercially viable and can service its loan before...

PPPRA fixes Petrol price band of N140.80 to N143.80k per litre for July

By NAN The Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), has fixed the pump price band of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol at...

‘We no longer fix price of petrol’ – PPPRA

The Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) says it is no longer fixing the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) also known as...

Nigeria’s state-owned oil company makes audited accounts public

By Anthony Osae-Brown and Tope Alake The Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. has published audited financial statements online in a bid to improve transparency around its...

Editorial

Buhari’s Government @5: So far, not bad, but not so good

Devoid of pump and pageantry, the Muhammadu Buhari administration in Nigeria celebrated its 5th anniversary on May 29, 2020, with a divided jury, unsure...

COVID-19 Watch

595 new cases of COVID-19 push Nigeria’s total to 33,153; death...

Nigeria on Monday night recorded 595 fresh COVID-19 cases. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), which confirmed this on its Twitter handle, said the...

Columnists

Washington File by Evelyn Dan Epelle

Re-education of the miseducated in the era of unfiltered information

WASHINGTON - I have found myself, even more frequently, questioning the President of the United States of America. These rhetorical questions of ‘what’ and...

China Chimes by YanDan Zheng

China inaugurates office for safeguarding Hong Kong’s security

The Office for Safeguarding National Security of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) was inaugurated on Wednesday morning. The...

Agro-Covid-19 food security: Of economy diversification, interventions…is the government really doing...

Chris Otaigbe Relative to the efforts or lack of it, of its predecessors within the last twenty years, the Muhammadu Buhari administration appears to be...

Opinion

Insured by Mafia: Account of July 10 1999 cult attack on...

Roger Makanjuola On Saturday, 7 March 1999, a group of Black Axe members held a meeting in Ife town. After the meeting, they drove back...

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‘Why I will no longer call the police’

By Stephanie Hegarty BBC James Smith has never wanted much to do with the police but he called them to check on his neighbour in the Texas city of Fort Worth, because it was late at night and her front door was wide open. Soon afterwards...

Infectious Diseases specialist and founder of Zankli Hospital, Dr Lawson, dies COVID-19

A Nigerian Professor of Infectious Diseases, Dr Lovett Lawson, has died of Covid-19. Lawson, who until his death was Chairman, Board of Directors, Zankli Medical...

Supreme Court has not held virtual court is constitutional

Contrary to reports, the Supreme Court has not ruled that virtual court sittings are constitutional, KAFTANPost understands. It was reported on Tuesday that a seven-man...

Senate passes bill, prescribes life jail for kidnappers

The Senate, on Tuesday, passed a bill which prescribes life jail for kidnappers. The bill contains amendments to the criminal code which is currently in...

774,000 Jobs: FG ignores National Assembly, kicks off Public Works Programme

Despite suspension by the National Assembly, the Federal Government has kicked off the Public Works Programme. The FG announced the take-off via its official Twitter...

Bayelsa: Supreme Court dismisses Timi Alaibe’s suit against Diri

The Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal filed by a governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party in Bayelsa State, Timi Alaibe,...

Interviews/Features/Analyses

Big Story

Trump commutes sentence of political associate Roger Stone

American President, Donald Trump, on Friday night commuted the prison sentence of his close associate, Roger Stone in a move that sparked outrage and...

Lagos Update

Lagos State Govt urges doctors to halt strike, says action is ‘insensitive’

By Chidinma Ufomadu The Lagos State Government has urged doctors under the umbrella of the Lagos Medical Guild who embarked on a warning strike to return to...

Lagos doctors to begin warning strike on Monday

By Gbadamosi Oladimeji Lagos State Doctors under the aegis of the Medical Guild are set to begin three days warning strike from Monday, over issues...

Sanwo-Olu mourns Tunde Braimoh, says he died of coronavirus

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has mourned the late Lagos lawmaker, Tunde Braimoh, confirming that he died of coronavirus (COVID-19). Mr Sanwo-Olu, in a condolence...

COVID-19: Lagos seals off ‘unauthorized’ test centre

By Gbadamosi Oladimeji The Lagos State Ministry of Health, on Saturday, shut down the operations of a private medical laboratory situated in Banana Island for...

Two dead, eight rescued in Lagos building collapse

By Chidinma Ufomadu Two children have died following a building collapse in the Lagos Island area of Lagos State. According to the Acting coordinator of the...

FCT News

Welcome to Abuja

By Martins Idakwo There are over 7 billion people settled all over this little planet, where more than half of us live in cities. Mankind has,...

Fish out killers of Abuja pharmacist, ACPN urges Buhari, IG

The Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari and Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu to bring the killers...

Jabi Lake Party: Naira Marley, others will be prosecuted – FCT minister

FCT Minister, Muhammad Bello, has said that singer, Naira Marley, and others who were part of the concert held over the weekend at Jabi...

FCTA seals Jabi Lake Mall for violating ban on social gatherings

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) Ministerial Task Team on COVID-19, on Sunday shut down the famous Jabi Lake Mall for violating Presidential ban...

COVID-19: FCT confirms 76 new cases, highest in a single day

The Federal Capital Territory Authority has confirmed 76 new COVID-19 cases in Abuja. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had on Wednesday night announced...

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Supreme Court has not held virtual court is constitutional

Contrary to reports, the Supreme Court has not ruled that virtual court sittings are constitutional, KAFTANPost understands. It was reported on Tuesday that a seven-man...

Labour

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...

Union flays conditions of appointments in Kwara

The Committee of Unions in Tertiary Institutions (CUTI) has described some obnoxious conditions for the appointment of Provosts and Registrars in Kwara as unsuitable...

Resident Doctors issue 14-day strike notice to FG

The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) on Saturday said its members would proceed on total and indefinite strike if the Federal Government failed...

ASUU ready to negotiate demand with FG – Prof. Ogunyemi

Gbadamosi Oladimeji Against the background of the demand by the Federal Government for the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) to call off its strike...

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