FG reopens Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu

The Federal Government on Sunday reopened Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, runway to flight operations.The Minister of Aviation Sen. Hadi Sirika, during the official opening ceremony in Enugu, said that domestic flight would start immediately while the international flight would begin on Sept. 5.Sirika said that the project had cost Federal Government N10 billion.“It is[...]

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Hamilton wins Belgian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton, starting from pole, led every lap of the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday as he cruised to his fourth victory in the last five races this season.Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas was second, 8.448 seconds behind, and Max Verstappen of Red Bull was third. The top three were in the same order throughout[...]

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PDP sweeps LG polls in Ebonyi

The Ebonyi State Independent Electoral Commission (EBSIEC), announced candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), winners of all the chairmanship and councilorship seats in Saturday’s council polls conducted across the 13 Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.Mr Jossy Eze, Chairman of EBSIEC, made the disclosure in Abakaliki while announcing the results of the elections[...]

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Zamfara Gov seeks death sentence for reckless drivers

Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State says his administration has a plan to “introduce a law that will enforce death sentence on reckless drivers” responsible for the death of their passengers.Matawalle also said “such drivers will also be compelled by law to pay compensation on every life lost”.The governor said this when he led members[...]

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Mali: France asks military to ‘quickly’ transfer power

France on Sunday called on Mali’s military junta to “quickly” organise a transition to civilian rule after this month’s coup, warning that the political crisis would benefit terrorists. The August 18 coup has shocked ally France, which fears instability in Mali could undermine its military campaigns against Islamist militants in West Africa’s Sahel region.“This transition[...]

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Helicopter crash: Quorum Aviation says company’s certificates, insurance valid, genuine

Quorum Aviation, operators of the ill-fated helicopter that crashed on Friday at Opebi area of Ikeja, Lagos yesterday said the company has all the requisite certificates and approvals obtained through a very rigorous process from Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA.These certificates include an Air Operator Certificate (AOC), Certificate of Airworthiness (COA) and Insurance.Quorum reaction is[...]

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Edo/Ondo Gov polls: IGP warns politicians to play by rules, be of good conduct

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu has warned politicians and their supporters in Edo and Ondo States, where gubernatorial elections are scheduled to hold on 19th September 2020 and 10th October 2020 respectively, to conduct themselves properly, play by the rules and steer-clear of tendencies capable of undermining the electoral process in the two[...]

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Red Cross trains volunteers on COVID-19 response in Niger State

The International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) and the National Headquarters of the Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS) says it has commenced training of 20 selected volunteers from Niger on Coronavirus (COVID-19) response.Mr Zakari Bolaji, Health Coordinator, national headquarters, NRCS, Abuja disclosed this while inaugurating the two -day training in Minna.“This training will expose our[...]

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Global coronavirus cases surpass 25 million

Global coronavirus cases surged past 25 million on Sunday, according to a Reuters tally, as India marked a worldwide record for daily new cases in the COVID-19 pandemic.The data showed steady global growth as the disease’s epicentre shifts again, with India taking centre stage from the United States and Latin America.India’s single-day tally of 78,761[...]

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Tesla leaves rivals in the dust as shares surge continues

Tesla shares continued their meteoric rise this past week, scoring yet another record high and further expanding the distance between the Silicon Valley electric car maker and its traditional auto industry rivals.Tesla shares rose to US$2,290 in midday trading before levelling out at $2,240, the highest price since the company went public at $17/share in[...]

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Abiru still sole aspirant for Lagos-East, not candidate –APC

The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress says it has not chosen a candidate for the Lagos-East senatorial by-election.Speaking with our correspondent in a telephone interview on Saturday, the party’s Chairman, Mr Tunde Balogun, stated that primary elections fixed for Thursday would determine its standard-bearers for both the Lagos-East and Kosofe Constituency II[...]

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Edo 2020: We are only interested in free, fair, credible election – PDP

The Edo 2020 Campaign Council of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says its only interest is the conducting of free, fair, credible and transparent elections in the state, by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).Chief Dan Orbih, the Chairman of the PDP campaign council, said this in a statement in Benin on Saturday.Orbih said that[...]

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Sanwo-Olu orders reopening of tertiary institutions Sept 14

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has ordered the reopening of tertiary institutions effective September 14.“I am pleased to announce that our tertiary institutions will be allowed to reopen from September 14, 2020, all our tertiary institutions,” the governor said during a briefing on Saturday at the State House, Marina.Schools in the country had been shut[...]

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Brazil expands requirements for abortion in rape cases

Brazil expanded its requirements Friday for rape victims seeking an abortion, including a rule that medical staff must tell the woman she can see the embryo or fetus via ultrasound.The new regulations published by far-right President Jair Bolsonaro’s health ministry also stipulate that the rape “must be reported to police” regardless of the woman’s wishes,[...]

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Kaduna Govt bans tricycle operators from major roads

The Kaduna State Government has banned tricycle operators from plying major roads within the metropolis, in line with the ongoing transport sector reform.Hajiya Aisha Sa’idu-Bala, Director-General, Kaduna State Transport Regulatory Authority (KADSTRA), announced the ban in a statement in Kaduna.She said all tricycles, “Keke”, are banned from the Kawo-Ali Akilu- Ahmadu Bello-Command Junction routes with[...]

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Riots in Sweden over burning of Quran by activists

Far-right activists burned a Quran in Southern Swedish city of Malmo, sparking riots and unrest after more than 300 people gathered to protest, police said Saturday.Protesters threw stones at police and burned tyres on Friday, authorities said, hours after an anti-Muslim Danish politician was blocked from attending a Koran-burning rally nearby.The violence in Sweden which[...]

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N5.4b fraud: ICPC quizzes NDDC directors, recovers documents

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission has quizzed top management staff of the Niger Delta Development Commission and recovered documents on the diversion of funds, procurement fraud and misappropriation of N5.4 billion COVID-19 fund by the officials.The ICPC said some NDDC directors were interrogated at its headquarters in Abuja after months of[...]

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NDLEA arrests seven suspected drug traffickers in Katsina

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Katsina State Command, said it arrested seven drug traffickers between August 18 and August 25, 2020.NDLEA spokesman in Katsina, Mustapha Maikudi, announced the development in a statement on Saturday.He said 73-year-old Umar Abdullahi of Mani Local Government Area of the state was among the seven suspects.“Others arrested within the[...]

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Police nab guard who raped stranded woman in Ibadan

OFFICERS of the Oyo State Police Command, weekend, arrested a guard, Daniel Amanda, for allegedly raping a stranded housewife (name withheld) in Ibadan.The 23-year-old lady was reportedly returning on a trip from Lagos and when she got to Ibadan in the night, was unable to get a vehicle to take her home because of the[...]

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