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The third season of reality TV series, Big Brother Nigeria was launched on Sunday with 20 contestants (housemates). This year’s edition, which is tagged “double wahala” stars Vandora, Teddy A, K Bruce, Nina, Miracle, Alex, Princess, DeeOne and Ahneeka. Other housemates are Rico Swavey, Bito, BamBam, Leo, Khloe, Angel and Ifu-Ennada, Anto, Tobi Bakare, Cee-C and Lolu. The show is running ...

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About 1.2 million aspirants register for 2018 UTME


About 1.2 million Nigerians have been registered for the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examination, according to statistics from the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board. The UTME is billed to hold from March 9 to 17. JAMB’s Head of Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin, in an interview with our correspondent on Monday, said that all hands were on deck for a hitch-free ...

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We received N5.1tn as subsidy payment in nine years –NNPC


The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has said it received a total of N5.1tn as payments for subsidy on the Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) between 2006 and 2015. The corporation, which said the payments were approved by the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency, said it was still owed N170.6bn by the Federal Government. The Group Managing Director, NNPC, Maikanti Baru; and ...

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Too many political parties may cause problems in 2019 –INEC


The Independent National Electoral Commission says the growing number of political parties may pose challenges for the commission in the 2019 general elections. The Chief Technical Adviser to the INEC Chairman, Prof. Bolade Eyinla, said this in Abuja on Monday at a retreat organised by the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru. While delivering a keynote address at ...

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CBN sells $210m as naira closes at 364/dollar

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The Central Bank of Nigeria on Monday injected another $210m into various segments of the inter-bank foreign exchange market. This came on the heels of the regulator’s $304.4m Retail Secondary Market Intervention sales in the inter-bank forex market on Friday. Despite this, the naira closed at 364/dollar at the parallel market on Monday, the same rate the United States greenback ...

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Obasanjo’s letter to Buhari


Since we are still in the month of January, it is appropriate to wish all Nigerians Happy 2018. I am constrained to issue this special statement at this time considering the situation of the country. Some of you may be asking, “What has brought about this special occasion of Obasanjo issuing a Special Statement?” You will be right to ask ...

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Menstruating Girls Banned From Crossing River


If you’re a girl in a central district in Ghana, you are not allowed to cross the river as authorities are bent on reinforcing the decision of the river gods. As a result they are said to miss 20 out of 60 days of their school classes. They have also been blocked from crossing recently due to an apparent directive from a river ...

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George Weah sworn in as Liberian president

George Weah

George Weah was sworn in as Liberia’s new president on Monday, in the country’s first transition between democratically-elected leaders since 1944. Weah, 51, took over from Nobel laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who spent 12 years at the helm, steering the West African nation away from the trauma of a civil war. He was sworn in as president by the chief ...

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Court Nullifies Installation of Ibadan Obas


An Oyo State High Court presided over by Justice Olajumoke Aiki has nullified the installation of 21 Obas. She  declared the review of the 1957 Olubadan Chieftaincy Declaration and other Related Chieftaincies in Ibadan land by the Justice Akintunde Boade Review Commission, which was set up by the Oyo State Government, as unconstitutional, illegal, null, void and of no effect. ...

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2019: 75 Million Nigerians Registered For PVC – INEC


The INEC Director of Voter Education and Publicity, Mr Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi , made the disclosure while interacting with newsmen in Abuja recently. Speaking on behalf of the Commission’s Chairman, Oluwole said the figure was expected to reach between 80 and 85 million by 2019 because of the on-going nationwide Continuous Voter Registration (CVR). He assured Nigerians that only their votes ...

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4,000 Nigerians volunteer to embark on voter education

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More than 4,000 Nigerians from different backgrounds and professions from over 30 states have prepared to embark on a door-to-door campaign to educate the citizens ahead of 2019 elections. The volunteers were members of the Team FD, an organisation founded by the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the GEMSTONE Leadership Centre, Mr. Fela Durotoye. Their resolve to embark on ...

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Southern Governors Oppose Cattle Colonies

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The Ebonyi State Government described the proposed cattle colony as a strange and deceptive concept designed to dispossess states of their treasure. According to him, it is not practicable and therefore unacceptable. It therefore advocated the adoption of a ranching system as a panacea for curbing the incessant clashes between herdsmen and farmers across the country. This was also the ...

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Court Orders Forfeiture of $5.8m Belonging to Patience Jonathan


The Court of Appeal has dismissed the appeal of the defence team led by renowned lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN) on behalf of former first lady, Patience Jonathan. In a statement released by EFCC, it confirmed the forfeiture of $5.8m and another N2.4b. The statement reads: “The Court of Appeal in Lagos has upheld the order of interim forfeiture of $5,842,316.66 and N2,421,953,522.78 ...

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Wema’s ALAT named Africa’s best digital banking app

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ALAT, the digital bank powered by Wema Bank has been named the ‘Best Mobile Banking App’ and ‘Best Digital Bank for 2017’ at this year’s World Finance Digital Banking Awards. The World Finance Digital Banking Awards celebrate organisations that lead the way with digitalisation while meeting consumer demands and mitigating against accompanying risks along the way. The lender in a ...

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Nigerian Army frees 244 repentant Boko Haram members

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Nigerian Army on Monday handed over 244 repentant Boko Haram insurgents released from detention to Borno Government. Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj.-Gen. Rogers Nicholas, disclosed this while presenting the released detainees to Governor Kashim Shettima, at the Military Cemetery, Maimalari cantonment, Maiduguri. Nicholas said that the detainees were released as part of activities to commemorate the 2018 Armed Forces ...

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Nigeria earns N284bn from cashew exports in three years


Between 2015 and 2017, Nigeria earned $813.05m (N284.5bn) in foreign exchange from the exportation of cashew. The President, National Cashew Association of Nigeria, Mr. Tola Fasheru, gave the figure in Abuja shortly after he led a delegation of the association to meet with the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mrs. Aisha Abubakar. The NCAN president disclosed that ...

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Court sacks Etisalat Board


The Federal High Court in Lagos has nullified the appointment of an interim board for Emerging Markets Telecommunications Service, the owners of Etisalat. Justice Ibrahim Buba made the order on Friday based on an application by Spectrum Wireless Communication Ltd., which was said to have invested $35m in 2009 in EMTS/Etisalat. The court order nullified the appointment of Dr. Joseph ...

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NYSC suspends orientation in Taraba, Benue states


The National Youth Service Corps says the 2017 Batch ‘B’ Stream II orientation camp scheduled to hold in Benue from January 16 to February 5 has been suspended till further notice. The scheme made the announcement on its official Facebook page in Abuja on Sunday. It said that a new date would be communicated in due course to prospective corps ...

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