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Buhari to meet Southeast governors over Biafra agitation

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Following the recent agitation by some members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), which led to civil disturbance in the south-east region, President Muhammadu Buhari, may soon meet with governors from the zone. Chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umahi, disclosed this during the 2017 Ebonyi Peace Day celebration at Ezillo, ...

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BREAKING: Iraq PM gives Kurdistan 72 hours to give up airports

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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Tuesday gave authorities in Kurdistan 72 hours to give the central government control of airports, a day after the autonomous region voted on independence. Speaking at a news conference, Abadi said his government would ban “international flights to and from Kurdistan” in three days unless the airports are put in its control.

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Tension with North Korea more political than military, US chief of staff says

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US relations with North Korea may be “charged” but tensions in the standoff remain political rather than military, the US chairman of the joint chiefs of staff said Tuesday. “While the political space is clearly very charged right now, we haven’t seen a change in the posture of North Korean forces,” General Joe Dunford told the Senate Armed Services Committee. “We ...

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British Airways probes racist comments about Nigerian passengers

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British Airways has launched an investigation after a video emerged of an air stewardess making racist comments about passengers on a flight to Nigeria. MailOnline reports that the woman, dressed in a BA uniform, filmed herself as she was about to fly from London Heathrow to Abuja on Friday. The airline said, “We expect the utmost professionalism from our staff when ...

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SENATE: Saraki reshuffles Senate committees’ chairmen

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President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday announced a reshuffling of the chairmanship of Senate committees. The Senate Committee on Trade and Investments now has Senator Sabo Mohammed as the Chairman, while Senator Andy Uba (Anambra-South), who was Chairman of Committee on Public Accounts, was redeployed to Committee on Interior. Senator Matthew Urhoghide (Edo-South) was moved from Committee on Culture and Tourism to Committee ...

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Update: Police arrest 20-year-old man over London train bomb attack

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Police on Monday arrested a 20-year-old man in Wales in connection with the London Underground train bombing this month, bringing the number of people in custody to four. The man was arrested before dawn by counter-terrorism officers in the Welsh capital Cardiff and has been taken to a police station in London for questioning. Police did not name the suspect ...

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Japan’s Prime minister triggers snap election amid North Korea crisis

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday called a snap election, seeking a fresh term at the helm of the world’s third-largest economy as tensions with nearby North Korea reach fever-pitch. Abe hopes to capitalise on a weak and fractured opposition to sweep back into power, as polls show him regaining ground after a series of scandals. “I will dissolve ...

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IPOB remains terrorist group, despite EU, US opinion – Presidency

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Special Adviser to the President on Prosecution, Chief Okoi Obono-Obla, has described as inconsequential the recognition accorded the Indigenous People of Biafra by some foreign nations as a non-terrorist group, despite Nigeria’s recent proscription and designation of the group as a terrorist organisation.‎ Obono-Obla also disclosed that the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami(SAN), would ...

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Nigeria demands reform of IMF, World Bank

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Nigeria has demanded the reform of the Bretton Wood Institutions to make them responsive to the needs of developing countries and also reflect the realities of the 21st century. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, according to News Agency of Nigeria, stated this at the 41st Ministerial Meeting of the Group of 77 plus China (G77+China) on the sidelines ...

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We don’t see IPOB as terrorist organisation – US

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The United States Government has said it does not consider the Indigenous People of Biafra a terrorist organisation. Last week, the Federal High Court in Abuja gave a judicial backing the executive order of President Muhammadu Buhari, outlawing the group and its activities in the country. The court granted the order to proscribe the group on Wednesday. It declared that ...

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FG to reveal account details of IPOB sponsors

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The Nigerian Government had through the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said that France was the headquarters of IPOB’s funding. But the European country on Thursday said it had no knowledge of IPOB’s presence in France. But a very senior government official said the Federal Government had reached out to France, explaining that it did not accuse ...

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Iran tests new missile defying US warnings

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Iran said on Saturday that it had successfully tested a new medium-range missile in defiance of warnings from Washington that it was ready to ditch a landmark nuclear deal over the issue. State television carried footage of the launch of the Khoramshahr missile, which was first displayed at a high-profile military parade in Tehran on Friday. It also carried in-flight video ...

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EFCC declares Jennifer Turnah wanted – N1bn fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has declared wanted, Jennifer Turnah, the wife of George Turnah, who is the godson to former President Goodluck Jonathan. The EFCC said in a statement said the 30-year-old suspect, who hails from Kolokuma/Opokuma LGA of Bayelsa State, allegedly helped her husband to launder over N1bn through some shell accounts. The commission said Jennifer was ...

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How Saraki saved Buhari from being embarrassed in court by IPOB – Northern Elders

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North Elders’ Forum (NEF) have said that the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki saved Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari from being embarrassed in court by the secessionist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, over its proscription and categorisation as a terrorist group by the Nigerian government. Barely 24 hours after the Nigerian army pronounced IPOB a terrorist organisation, ...

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IPOB asks court to nullify proscription order because group is unknown to law

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The Indigenous People of Biafra on Friday asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to set aside the orders proscribing it and designating it as a terrorist group. The Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdu Kafarati, had, on Wednesday, issued the proscription order upon an ex parte application by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister ...

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US, North Korea in ‘kindergarten fight’, says Russian Foreign Minister

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday described the rhetoric between leaders of the United States and North Korea as a “kindergarten fight between children” and urged calm. “We have to calm down the hot heads and understand that we do need pauses, that we do need some contacts,” Lavrov told a news conference at the United Nations where he ...

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Trump’s travel ban expires Sunday, could be revised to include new countries

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President Donald Trump’s contentious travel ban expires Sunday with little clarity over whether America’s door will reopen for travelers from six majority-Muslim countries. After the 90-day ban ends, travelers from Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen have been hopeful that US representatives would resume granting visas for trips to the United States for work, study, pleasure or to emigrate. ...

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Olubadan sues Ajimobi, 23 others for installing 21 kings

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The Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, has sued the Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi and 23 others, for their involvements in the crowning of 21 kings in Ibadan on August 27, 2017. Joined in the suit are the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in the state, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftain Matters, the eight high chiefs ...

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