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Nigerian Senator Isiaka Adeleke is dead

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The senator representing Osun West, Isiaka Adeleke, is dead, family sources and one of his colleagues have confirmed to the press. Mr. Adeleke, aged 62, died recently at a hospital in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, hours after he engaged in a political meeting. Until his death, Mr. Adeleke chaired the Senate committee on the capital market. He was in ...

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Confusion rages over ownership of $50M

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has refused to respond to inquiries from Pulse over ownership of a queer $50M in cash. The stash of cash was found on a property in upmarket Ikoyi, Lagos, recently. Acting on a tip-off, personnel of the EFCC deployed minimum force to slam open flat 7B, No. 16 Osborne Road, Ikoyi. According to ...

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Turning the palace to food bank

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By Ibraheem Alli   Seeing smile on the people`s faces is what gives me joy. Taking care of the present so they can be better through healthcare, food and infrastructures is my target as a traditional ruler. I worship God through service to humanity and that is my utmost priority, my own private jet, my maybach and all luxuries of ...

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Why Government Loses Corruption Cases

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By Femi Falana Introduction: Following the loss of corruption cases last week many Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) agree with the Federal Government that corruption is fighting back. However, before pointing accusing fingers at the judiciary it is pertinent to examine the facts and circumstances of the loss of such cases.   In sharing my findings with the representatives of the CSOs ...

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Buhari restates commitment to free Chibok girls

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President Muhammadu Buhari recently reassured Nigerians that his administration would do everything necessary to secure the release of the remaining Chibok girls. It will be exactly three years, since over 270 ‎girls were kidnapped from the Chibok Secondary School in Borno by the Boko Haram. About 195 of the girls are still believed to be with their abductors. Vice President ...

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Libyans, aided by Nigerians, sell migrants as slaves

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Hundreds of migrants along North African migrant routes are being bought and sold openly in modern day ‘slave markets’ in Libya, survivors have told the United Nations migration agency, which warned that these reports “can be added to a long list of outrages” in the country. The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) sounded the alarm after its staff in Niger ...

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Ivory Coast’s “Iron Lady” Simone Gbagbo acquitted of war crimes

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By Sandra Beagan Ivory Coast’s former First Lady Simone Gbagbo has been cleared of charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity by the country’s highest criminal court. Judge Kouadio Bouatchi said that the jury’s vote on March 28 was unanimous. Prosecutor Aly Yeo urged the jury to find Gbago “guilty of crimes against humanity and war crimes and sentence ...

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Burger King is buying Popeyes for $1.8 billion

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Restaurant Brands, the parent of Burger King and the Tim Hortons doughnut and coffee chain, announced recently that it is buying Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, the company famous for its Cajun cuisine, for $1.8 billion.   The deal values Popeyes at $79 a share, nearly 20% higher than where the stock closed. Shares of Popeyes (PLKI), living up to the company’s ...

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Xenophobia: Nigerians in South Africa attacked

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The Nigerian community in South Africa said recently that some of its members were receiving calls threatening more attacks against their homes and businesses.   The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that some South Africans launched xenophobic attacks against Nigerians and other foreign nationals in Pretoria West.   A mob burned no fewer than five homes and businesses belonging ...

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Botswana begins Air Botswana privatization drive again

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The government has put the national airline –Air Botswana (AB) up for tender as part of its latest drive to attempt another privatization exercise of the loss-making entity.   The Government kick-started part of the privatization exercise through an Expression of Interest (EOI) invite that has been widely published in the local media this past week.  The exercise seeks to ...

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OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT GOODLUCK  EBELE JONATHAN

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Your Excellency TOO LITTLE TOO LATE Mr. President Sir, this letter is not in any way an attempt to continue along the line of former president Olusegun Obasanjo’s famous letter “Before It is too late”. Neither is it intended to patronize your administration. I am the least qualified to engage in such braggadocio against an elected president of the Federal Republic ...

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President Buhari Goes To Medical Vacation, Hands Over To VP Osinbajo

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President Muhammadu Buhari has abruptly left Abuja on a medical visit to the United Kingdom a few minutes after sending a letter to the Senate requesting for a 10-day leave. A letter read at the plenary of the Senate on Tuesday had claimed the President was going on leave starting from Monday, January 23, 2017, but aides to the President ...

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Refugee will lose fingers after getting frostbites while trying to cross U.S.-Canada border

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A Ghanaian refugee who almost died during a trek to cross the U.S.-Canada border into Manitoba on Christmas Eve will lose all of his fingers, a toe and possibly his arms. “It’s very bad news,” Seidu Mohammed, 24, told the press in an interview at a Winnipeg hospital where he is being treated for severe frostbite. “I don’t know what ...

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1,000 days has passed since Chibok girls’ abduction

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President Buhari is “hopeful” the remaining 195 girls will be saved as activists urge him to treat the issue as a priority. Nigeria marks 1,000 days since 276 girls were abducted from a school in the country’s northeast by Boko Haram fighters. Some of them have since been released while others managed to escape – but nearly 200 girls remain ...

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Boko Haram No Longer Has Stronghold in Nigeria

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Nigeria’s army has captured a key Boko Haram camp that was the Islamist militant group’s last enclave in its northeastern Sambisa forest stronghold, President Muhammadu Buhari said recently. Buhari said, “the terrorists are on the run and no longer have a place to hide. Nigerian military has been carrying out a large-scale offensive in the Sambisa forest during the last ...

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