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Court orders permanent forfeiture of Diezani’s 56 houses


The Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday ordered the permanent forfeiture of 56 houses linked to a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke. The houses, located in Lagos and Port Harcourt, were said to have been acquired by the ex-minister between 2011 and 2013 using front companies. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission claimed that Diezani paid  $21,982,224 for ...

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FG set to secure release of remaining Chibok girls – Osinbajo


Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to securing the release of the remaining abducted Chibok girls. According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, the Vice President stated this when he received a delegation of girl child rights advocates from various schools in Abuja at the Presidential Villa to mark ...

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Two men arrested over deadly Marseille train station attack


French police investigating the fatal stabbing of two young women in the southern city of Marseille, an attack claimed by Islamic State, have arrested two men, a judicial source said Wednesday. The pair, aged 24 and 29, were arrested on Tuesday in Toulon, about 65 kilometres (40 miles) east of Marseille. Ahmed Hanachi, a 29-year-old Tunisian, fatally stabbed the two ...

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We’ll stand by Nigeria to defeat Boko Haram, UK assures

Boko Haram

The United Kingdom will continue to stand by Nigeria to defeat the Boko Haram terrorist group, the British Armed Forces Minister, Mark Lancaster, has said. Lancaster gave the assurance after visiting many military formations in the Northeast, where the UK military experts are providing specialised training for the Nigerian military in the counter insurgency campaign. The minister also met with ...

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FG plans finance scheme for new car buyers

Mechachic checking on a car

The Director-General of the National Automotive Design and Development Council, Mr. Jelani Aliyu, has said a fund will be established to be offered to Nigerians at low cost to finance their commercial fleets and cars. He said, “The programme is being re-designed to involve more Nigerian banks. It is expected that once this is launched, more Nigerians can afford more ...

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UPDATE: Spain PM threatens to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy


Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday threatened to suspend Catalonia’s regional autonomy after the region said it had a mandate to split from Madrid. In a televised address Rajoy said that he had asked Catalan leaders to confirm if they had declared independence, “which is a requirement for any measure the government can adopt under Article 155 of the ...

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Man arrested for calling Mugabe ‘dead man walking’


A Zimbabwean activist has been arrested after calling 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe “a dead man walking”, lawyers said Wednesday, in the latest case of authorities cracking down on dissent. Sten Zvorwadza, the leader of a street vendor’s union, was charged with insulting or undermining the president in a press interview where he was also quoted as saying that Mugabe was ...

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British human rights activist barred from entering Hong Kong


A British human rights activist who has criticised the jailing of democracy campaigners in Hong Kong was barred Wednesday from visiting the semi-autonomous Chinese city. Benedict Rogers, who is deputy chairman of the Conservative Party’s human rights commission, arrived from Bangkok in the morning but was stopped by immigration, according to media reports. “They gave me no explanation at all,” ...

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UPDATE: Seven monkey pox patients recover fully in Bayelsa


Seven out of the 13 monkeypox patients on admission at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri in Bayelsa have fully recovered, the state Commissioner for Information, Mr Daniel Iworiso-Markson, has said. The commissioner, in a statement on Wednesday in Yenagoa, said that the seven patients had been discharged from the hospital. The contagious disease broke out three weeks ago ...

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North Korea hackers steal US war documents


U.S. and South Korean wartime operational plans, including a plan to wipe out the North Korean leadership, were stolen by North Korean hackers last year, a South Korean ruling party lawmaker said on Wednesday. Some 235 gigabytes of military documents were taken from South Korea’s Defense Integrated Data Center in September last year, Democratic Party representative Rhee Cheol-hee said in ...

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Eminem blasts Trump


Eminem savaged Donald Trump as a racist and warned fans not to support the US president as the rap superstar appeared at the BET Hip Hop Awards broadcast Tuesday. Eminem, the top-selling rapper of all time, made a rare and unexpected appearance in a recorded video aired during hip-hop’s premier awards show. With a hoodie over his head and visceral ...

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IMF concern over weakness in Nigerian banks


The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday expressed concerns over weaknesses in Nigerian banks and said that the situation might weigh on economic growth in the medium term. The IMF stated this in its World Economic Outlook report, which was released at its headquarters in Washington DC, United States. In the report, the IMF maintained that the Nigerian economy would grow ...

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