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Alabama: Jones wins Alabama senate seat for Democrat

Democratic Senator-elect Doug Jones holds a press briefing in Birmingham, Alabama, U.S., December 13, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Doug Jones becomes first Democrat to win any statewide office in Alabama in a decade after Moore’s campaign for Senate marred by sexual assault claims The Democrat Doug Jones has beaten his Donald Trump-backed Republican rival Roy Moore in the die hard Republican state of Alabama, setting off a political earthquake likely to shake Washington. His victory in a special election for ...

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Olubadan of Ibadan land got a deposition notice from 21 Ibadan Kings


The 21 Ibadan kings, installed by the Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi on August 27, 2017, have issued a dethronement notice to the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji. The Olubadan and the Olubadan-in-Council fell out after the governor crowned them and some Baales in accordance with the report of Justice Boade panel set up by Ajimobi to review the Olubadan ...

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FG signs Bilateral Air Service Agreement with UAE

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The Federal Government has signed a Bilateral Air Service Agreement with the United Arab Emirates’ government. It also announced that an indigenous carrier had been cleared and had commenced operations from Nigeria to Dubai, a development which industry experts attributed to the latest agreement. The agreement between Nigeria and UAE was signed in Colombo, Sri Lanka, with the Minister of ...

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Full text of Trump’s speech on Jerusalem


Here is the full text of US President Donald Trump’s Wednesday speech on Jerusalem, in which he recognized the disputed city as Israel’s capital: When I came into office, I promised to look at the world’s challenges with open eyes and very fresh thinking. We cannot solve our problems by making the same failed assumptions and repeating the same failed ...

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#EndSARS: Govt must respond to fresh allegations of police abuse –Amnesty International


Director of Amnesty International Nigeria, Osai Ojigho, has urged the government to respond to the fresh allegations of police abuse currently trending in the social media. In a press release signed by the Media Manager, Isa Sanusi, Ojigho said, “The scale of the reaction to this incident shows that the concerns of the Nigerian people are reaching boiling point. “All incidents ...

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We’ll return $321m Abacha’s loot for benefit of Nigerians – Switzerland


Around $321 million in public funds stolen by former Nigerian dictator Sani Abacha will be returned to the African country, Switzerland said Monday. The money, originally deposited in Luxembourg, was confiscated by a Swiss court in late 2014 and in March last year the two states signed an agreement on its repatriation. “In accordance with policy on repayment of national ...

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US barred Buhari for 15 years over sharia — Atiku


Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari was barred from the United States for 15 years due to his religious views. Atiku was quoted as saying this during an interview with Dele Momodu, which was part of his weekly column titled, ‘Pendulum’, published in The Boss Magazine. Buhari had, at a seminar organised by the Supreme Council for Sharia ...

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Twitter explains why it didn’t delete President Trump’s anti-Muslim retweets

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Twitter has explaned why it did not delete the three graphic anti-Muslim videos retweeted by President Donald Trump “we mistakenly pointed to the wrong reason we didn’t take action on the videos from earlier this week,” Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said in a tweet on Friday. On Thursday, Trump retweeted three anti-Muslim videos first shared by Jayda Fransen, deputy leader ...

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Nigerians abducted, sold us into slavery in Libya –Returnees

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A Buraq Air’s Boeing 737 with tail number 5A-DMG landed on the tarmac of the cargo terminal of the Murtala International Airport and out came 20-year-old Clement Chibuzor, along with 149 other Nigerians whose ghoulish appearances told of the horrific experiences they must have experienced in Libya. Over the past two weeks, Nigerians have added their voices to the global ...

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Ooni preaches cultural renaissance at Chatham House


The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has advised Africans to uphold their cultural values against all odds. According to him, the continent has a lot to learn from Asia, which, he said, had continued to put its culture first despite its relationship with other races. The Ooni said, “Asians are still holding on to their heritage. We Africans should ...

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Reps condemn sale of Africans in Libya, Senate begins probe

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Members of the House of Representatives on Wednesday condemned the increasing cases of public auctioning of black Africans in Libya. Also, the Senate has begun the investigation of the alleged sale of illegal African migrants “mostly Nigerians” as slaves in Libya, which it described as a slap on the face of Nigeria. The Senate probe was based on a motion ...

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Physically challenged persons protest at NNPC over jobs

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There was heavy security presence at the headquarters of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation in Abuja on Monday as physically challenged persons besieged the oil firm to stage a protest. It was gathered that the protesters were members of the Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities, Delta State Chapter, who demanded that the NNPC should fulfil its promise of ...

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Mugabe And His Wife Secures $10m ‘Goodbye Package’


Former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and wife Grace, have secured themselves a good deal, as it has been revealed that the couple will receive $10million and, immunity from prosecution as part of the deal they are terming the “golden goodbye” package. The 93-year-old, who finally resigned after 37 years in power, reportedly bargained with the military to allow him and ...

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Israeli PM slams deputy for offensive remarks about American Jews

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rebuked his deputy foreign minister, Tzipi Hotovely, on Thursday after she said American Jews were too “comfortable” to understand threats to Israel. Hotovely’s statement came amid a widening rift between the Israeli government and many U.S. Jews. Meanwhile, Netanyahu reneged on a plan to build a mixed-gender prayer space at Judaism’s holiest site in Jerusalem, ...

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IT project clearance saved govt N3bn – NITDA


The National Information Technology Development Agency says the process of clearing an Information Technology project in a government agency has led to a saving of N3bn. In a statement issued by the firm’s Head, Corporate Affairs and External Relations, Mrs. Hadiza Umar, in Abuja on Monday, NITDA said its clearing process had offered a glimmer of hope that the Federal ...

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Reps committee to probe alleged missing $60bn petroleum profit tax


House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions says it will investigate alleged missing $60.3bn Petroleum Profit Tax and Royalty revenues at the Central Bank of Nigeria. Chairman of the committee, Mr Uzoma Nkem-Abonta (Abia-PDP), stated this on Wednesday in Abuja following failure by the CBN to appear before the committee to defend its submissions over the alleged infractions. He said ...

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US charges Iranian over ‘Game of Thrones’ HBO hack


The United States on Tuesday charged an Iranian computer whiz with hacking into HBO, stealing scripts and plot summaries for “Games of Thrones,” and trying to extort $6 million in Bitcoin out of the network. US prosecutors in New York unveiled a seven-count indictment against Behzad Mesri, whom they identified as an Iran-based hacker who also goes by the name ...

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CBN injects $210m into FX market

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As the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria commenced its last meeting for 2017, the bank injected has $210m into the inter-bank Foreign Exchange Market. The CBN Acting Director, Corporate Communications, Mr Isaac Okorafor in a statement issued on Monday in Abuja, said the interventions were in the Wholesale, Small and Medium Enterprises and invisibles windows. He ...

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