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Vatican confirms kidnap of Italian priest in Benin


An Italian priest has been kidnapped by gunmen in southern Nigeria, church officials in both countries have said. Maurizio Pallu was snatched on Thursday in broad daylight by armed men just outside of Benin City, Italian media reports said. “Pope Francis has been informed about the Italian priest Maurizio Pallu kidnapped in Nigeria and he is praying for him,” chief ...

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Buhari congratulates Chinese president on communist party’s congress


President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed delight at the mutually beneficial cooperation that exists between Nigeria and China. According to a statement on Saturday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President stated this in a congratulatory letter he sent to President Xi Jinping on the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. The Chinese President is ...

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Government alone can’t fund universities – Osinbajo


Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says government alone cannot provide the kind of support required for universities to develop at the rate expected of them. He said a lot of the support had to come from alumni of the universities as well as the private sector. According to a copy of his speech made available to journalists on Saturday by his Senior Special Assistant on ...

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World Bank: Buhari’s poor management of Nigeria’s diversity caused controversy – Ezekwesili


A former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, says President Muhammadu Buhai’s poor handling of Nigeria’s diversity was the main cause of the controversy generated by the recent revelation of the World Bank. Ezekwesili, who is also a former Vice-President of the World Bank, however, said the focus of the World Bank on the war-torn areas of the North-East was in ...

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Former White House chief of staff questioned in Russia probe

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Former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus submitted to questioning Friday by investigators looking into Russian meddling in the US presidential campaign and possible collusion by associates of President Donald Trump, US media reported. Politico and the Washington Post quoted Priebus’s lawyer William Burck as saying the interview with members of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team was voluntary. “He ...

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EFCC accuses Fayose of diverting N680m


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has accused Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State of diverting N680m from the state’s coffers to a private fixed deposit account, which was yielding N6m interest every month. The N680m was alleged to have been part of the bailouts paid to the state government by the Federal Government for the payment of salary and ...

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Retain Iran nuclear deal, UN tells Trump


UN Secretary-General António Guterres has expressed strong hope that US President Donald Trump would retain what he termed the ‘breakthrough’ agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme. The Secretary-General stated this in response to the announcement by Trump on Friday not to re-certify Iran’s compliance with the accord. Guterres said the adoption of the 2015 accord reached between Iran and a group ...

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