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750,000 march for separatists’ release in Barcelona

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Some 750,000 people protested in Barcelona on Saturday demanding the release of jailed separatist Catalan leaders, local police said. The march, organised by pro-independence groups, saw crowds line an avenue in the Catalan capital waving flags and chanting “freedom for political prisoners”.

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Mass graves holding 400 ISIS victims found in Iraq

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Mass graves containing at least 400 suspected Islamic State group victims have been found near the former jihadist bastion of Hawija in northern Iraq, the regional governor said Saturday. The string of grisly discoveries was made at a military base around three kilometres (two miles) from the city that the jihadists “turned into an execution ground”, said Kirkuk governor Rakan ...

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International body rates Nigeria Police the worst globally

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The World Internal Security and Police Index International has rated the Nigeria Police Force as the worst police organisation in the world. WISPI, in its 2016 report, described the NPF as the worst globally in terms of its ability to handle internal security challenges. The report showed that Singapore performed best on the index, followed by Finland, and then Denmark. ...

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Experts, ACCI disagree with IMF on tax holidays

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The Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as well as some finance and economic experts, on Friday disagreed with the call by the International Monetary Fund that the Federal Government should stop granting tax waivers and exemptions to companies. The IMF had advised the Federal Government to urgently revisit tax holidays and exemptions given to companies. It specifically urged Nigeria ...

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Vote and die, IPOB threatens Anambra residents

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One week to the governorship election in Anambra State, the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra has threatened voters with death if they vote. They also vowed to disrupt the election. The members of the group marched around some streets in Onitsha, Anambra State on Friday, vowing a lockdown on the day of the election, which is scheduled to hold on ...

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Trustworthy Nigerians Needed Globally – Yemi Osinbajo Preaches

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The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has asked Nigerian youths to recommit to the principles of hard work, diligence, and credibility saying the world is in search of a trustworthy Nigerians. Speaking at the 10th convocation ceremony of Lead City University (LCU), Ibadan where 39 students of the institution graduated with first-class Honours, Osinbajo said Nigeria is painted black by ...

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We Are Not Responsible For Paying Whitstblowers – EFCC Reveals

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has clarified remarks credited to its Acting Chairman, Mr Ibrahim Magu, concerning the Ikoyi whistleblower on Thursday. Spokesman of the commission, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, said in a statement on Friday that Magu never said the whistleblower had been paid his compensation as being insinuated in a section of the media. The informant had provided ...

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I don’t need high chiefs’ endorsement to install chiefs – Olubadan

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The Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, on Thursday stated that he did not need the endorsement of the high chiefs before conferring honorary traditional titles on recipients. Our correspondent learnt that the monarch will on November 11, 2017, honour the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, with the title of Agbaakin Afiwagboye of Ibadan land, and others, a development ...

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Barack Obama dismissed from jury duty in Chicago

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Former US president Barack Obama answered a jury summons Wednesday, but was dismissed soon after arriving at a Chicago courthouse to perform the civic duty asked of all Americans. As a prospective juror, Obama joined fellow citizens at Cook County’s Daley Center courthouse, all waiting to see if they would be chosen to serve on a trial. The former leader of the ...

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149 more Nigerians return from Libya

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The National Emergency Management Agency on Monday received 149 Nigerian returnees who had been stranded in Libya, bringing the total number brought back to the country in the last five weeks to 975. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Boeing 737-800 aircraft with Registration Number 5A-DMG, which flew in the returnees, touched down at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, ...

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Australia goes tough on dual citizenship, forces lawmakers to declare statuses

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Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, announced plans on Monday to force all lawmakers to declare that they are not dual nationals as he seeks to defuse a political crisis that saw his deputy ejected from parliament. Turnbull’s centre-right coalition government was thrown into disarray in October when the High Court ruled that five lawmakers, who were dual nationals, including Deputy ...

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Blame the system, not teachers for students’ woe — UNESCO

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GLOBAL Education Monitoring (GEM) Report which has just been released, has indicated that it is the responsibility of governments to provide universal quality education and stresses that accountability is indispensable in achieving the goal. The Report warns that disproportionate blame on any one actor for systemic educational problems can have serious negative side effects, widening inequality and damaging learning. UNESCO ...

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Insurers to reduce fake marine certificates with NIID

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The Executive Director of General Business, Leadway Assurance Company Limited, Mrs. Adetola Adegbayi, has said that the Nigerian Insurance Industry Database will reduce fake certificates in the marine sector. She said this during a training programme organised by Leadway for journalists in Lagos. Adegbayi observed that a lot of people were still buying fake insurance documents. She regretted that most ...

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N388bn Paris Club Loan spending protected by professional privilege, confidential – AGF

The Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, has told the Federal High Court in Lagos that the record of spending of N388.304bn London Paris Club Loan refunds by 35 states “is protected by professional privilege, and therefore confidential.” Idris was responding to the suit filed by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project seeking “an order of mandamus directing and/or compelling the ...

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Trump doesn’t know what it means to be president –George Bush

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Ex-President George W Bush has criticised Donald Trump, saying “this guy doesn’t know what it means to be President”. Mr. Bush went on record along with his father, George HW Bush, to discuss their thoughts on Mr Trump as part of a new book about the pair. “I don’t like him. I don’t know much about him, but I know ...

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UPDATE: We’ll consider Nigeria’s $400m loan request – AfDB

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The African Development Bank on Tuesday said it could consider Nigeria for an additional $400m loan if such a request was approved by its Board. “An additional $400m in support could be considered, if requested and approved by the Board, as part of a larger coordinated effort with other development partners, including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund,” ...

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PRESIDENT BUHARI APPOINTS BOSS MUSTAPHA NEW SGF, TERMINATES APPOINTMENTS OF BABACHIR LAWAL, AYO OKE

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President Muhammadu Buhari has studied the report of the panel headed by the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, which investigated allegations against the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Babachir David Lawal, and the Director General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ayo Oke. The President accepted the recommendation of the panel to terminate the appointment of ...

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Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has been declared winner of a controversial re-run of the presidential election. He won 98% of the vote with turnout at just under 39% – less than half that recorded in August’s vote, according to the election commission. The opposition leader, Raila Odinga, pulled out of the re-run and urged his supporters to boycott it. Mr ...

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