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AU defence chiefs meet in Mali over terrorism

African Union chiefs of defence staff and ministers of defence have agreed on the need to enhance cooperation to increase the effectiveness of member states’ action against threats of terrorism.   This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday by the Acting Director of Defence Information, Col. Rabe Abubakar. The statement stated that the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, presented Nigeria’s counter-insurgency report at the forum holding in Bamako, Mali.   It said that the meeting would strengthen cooperation in furtherance of multinational approach to...
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Story Behind The Drowned Syrian Boy (MUST READ)

A Syrian family that met a tragic end while attempting to flee their war-torn country has come to symbolize the larger refugee crisis. Abdullah Kurdi, 40, is now mourning the deaths of his wife, Rehan, 27, and their two sons, Aylan and Galip, whom he lost during an ill-fated trip to the Greek island of Kos. Tragic pictures of 3-year-old Aylan’s lifeless body, which washed ashore a beach in the Turkish city of Bodrum, went viral Wednesday, along with the hashtag “#KiyiyaVuranInsanlik,” or “humanity washed ashore.” The distraught father, holding back emotion, described what happened on their...
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Army Reinstates 3,032 Soldiers

 Out of 5,000 convicted soldiers, 3,032 soldiers were reinstated to their jobs after being convicted by military courts for various offences. The reinstatement followed a recommendation by a military screening committee set up to review cases against the soldiers. The officers and men were handed varying terms of imprisonment or outright dismissal for offences ranging from Absence Without Official Leave (AWOL), insubordination, indiscipline and theft among others. Army Public Relations Acting Director Col. Sani Usman, who broke the news at a briefing in Abuja, said some of the convicted soldiers had their...
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President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo Declare Assets Publicly

The Presidency has released a statement declaring the assets of the president and his vice. The statement was released by Mallam Garba Shehu. Read the statement below: “Documents submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), show that the retired General has indeed been living an austere and Spartan lifestyle, contrary to what many might expect of a former Head of State of Nigeria and one who has held a number of top government positions, such as governor, Minister of petroleum and the head of the Petroleum Development Trust Fund (PTDF). “The documents submitted to the...
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Cameroon Frees Lagos Based Journalist

Cameroonian authorities on Tuesday freed a Lagos-based Cameroonian journalist, Simon Ateba, after detaining him for four days in the country’s far north region. In a statement issued in Cameroon on Tuesday, the journalists union in the country said President Paul Biya himself ordered Mr. Ateba’s release. Mr. Ateba was arrested by the country’s security while investigating the conditions of Nigerian refugees camped in the country’s far north. Read More: premiumtimesng
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PDP admits it made mistake in Akpabio’s nomination form

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has admitted that what was written in the nomination of the former governor and Senate Minority Leader, Chief Godswill Akpabio, as the candidate for Akwa Ibom North-East senatorial district in the 2015 general election was done in error.   Appearing before the Justice Goddy Anunihu-led Akwa Ibom State National and State Assembly Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja, the National Secretary of the party, Prof. Adewale Abiodun Oladipo, clarified that what was intended to be written and what ought to have been written in the form beside the 1st respondents name was...
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FG begins probe of NIMASA

The Federal Ministry of Transport has constituted a committee to verify and evaluate all projects currently being executed by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency …

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Cash Coming For ‘Extremely Poor’ Nigerians- Osinbajo

Government has revealed two of its key programmes to fight the scourge.They are, one-meal-a-day for school pupils; and Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) for 25 million “extremely” poor households. To benefit from the CCT, there are two conditions. Beneficiaries must be vulnerable and fullfil their civic responsibilities. They must participate in polio vacination, school enrolment and support other government programmes. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who spoke on the administration’s plan, said the government would carry out “social sector investment”. Osinbajo spoke at the 45th Annual Accounting...
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Finance Ministry, Others Summoned Over Budget

Members of the House of Representatives yesterday summoned Finance Ministry, Budget Office, Fiscal Responsibility Commission, National Planning Commission, Debt Management Office and Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and …

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Solar Panels, Other Targets Bombarded In Sambisa By NAF Alpha Jets

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), in its bid to sustain the ongoing air assault against the Boko Haram terrorists in Sambisa Forest, has continued to hit vital targets with a view to decimating the capability and resolve of the members of the sect to continue to fight and cause havoc. This was contained in a statement signed on Wednesday by the NAF Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), Air Commodore Dele Alonge. Alonge said the most recent success was the attack on the terrorist targets in Ngoshe and Pulka by the Alpha Jets providing close air support to own ground forces. He also revealed that...
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Ekiti Workers Resume Early To Avoid Sanction

Civil servants in Ekiti State yesterday rushed to offices to avoid being sanctioned for lateness. Their action followed an unscheduled visit by Governor Ayo Fayose to the secretariat on Monday during which he apprehended over 30 workers for lateness. The civil servants prostrated, knelt down, cried and begged the governor to be merciful, but he directed the Head of Service, Gbenga Faseluka, to begin disciplinary action against them. Reporters monitored the resumption of workers at offices yesterday and found out that there was 100 per cent compliance with the 8am deadline. Read More: thenationonlineng
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Auto crash: Akpabio flown abroad for treatment

Former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Senator Godswill Akpabio, was on Tuesday afternoon flown out of Nigeria to receive medical treatment abroad in company of about five of his aides. Akpabio arrived at the local wing of the General Aviation Terminal, of the airport with his team around 12.40pm. He thereafter left the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja aboard a regular private jet that he usually travels with. It was learnt that the former governor was conveyed to his aircraft by a tarmac bus and was fit physically when sighted at the airport. “The flight conveying him on the trip...
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CDS Summons Commanders On Boko Haram Deadline

Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, General Gabriel Olonisakin, yesterday summoned all Field Commanders as well as Principal Staff Officers, PSOs and senior officers at the Defence Headquarters, DHQ, to review efforts towards achieving the presidential directive to end Boko Haram in three months. A statement through the Director of Defence Information, DDI, Colonel Rabe Abubakar, said that the CDS also unveiled his vision for the armed forces, while commending the field commanders and troops for sustaining the momentum in the fight to crush Boko Haram insurgents in the North East. The CDS, according to the DDI,...
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Presidency Insists Buhari Never Promised Specifics in 100 Days

The presidency has again reiterated its position and that of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that President Muhammadu Buhari never promised Nigerians that he would achieve specific things within his first 100 days in office. It maintained that the document tagged “One Hundred Things Buhari Will Do in 100 Days” and another one, “My Covenant With Nigerians” did not emanate from the authentic channel of the campaign’s media department. The Senior Special Assistant to the President, Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, who made the presidency's position known yesterday, was responding to...
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Lawyer Sues Buhari Over Appointments

An Abuja-based lawyer, Dim-Udebuani Marcel, has sued President Muhammadu Buhari over recent appointments made by the president. In a suit filed on August 31, with number FHC/ABJ/CS/732/2015, Mr. Marcel accused the president of marginalizing the South East geopolitical zone, which has not received any appointment from the Buhari government yet. The president and the Federal Character Commission are joined as defendants. Mr. Marcel’s counsel, Jude Ifesemen, said the plaintiff wants the court to determine whether the 25 important appointments made by President Buhari were done against the spirit of...
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Army Issues 7-Day Ultimatum To Community To Produce Killers Of Soldier, Policeman

Military authorities in Rivers State have given a one-week ultimatum to eight communities in Emohua Local Government Area of the state to fish out and surrender the gunmen, who allegedly ambushed and shot dead a soldier and police officer, while they were on duty along the Emohua-Kalabari Road in the area. Niger Delta Voice gathered that the incident occurred last week, and both the army and police in the state were furious. A trustworthy source hinted that the new Brigade Commander in charge of Rumuokoro Army Barracks in Port Harcourt stormed Emohua with three vehicles, fully loaded with...
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Akpabio’s Vehicle Collided With Ours – US Embassy

The United States Embassy has confirmed that the convoy of former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, collided with a suburban jeep belonging to the mission on Monday. The Senior Information Specialist in the embassy, Sani Mohammed, said local authorities had commenced investigation into the accident. When asked about the condition of the driver and the vehicle involved in the crash, Mohammed said he did not know. He said, “A US embassy vehicle was involved in the accident. We are staying in touch with local authorities who are investigating, but I don’t know the condition of the...
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Borno governor bans adverts celebrating his birthday

The Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, who will attain the age of 49 on Wednesday, has appealed to his political appointees, political associates in the All Progressives Congress, APC, foreign and local contractors having dealings with the state, kinsmen, former colleagues in the banking sector as well as friends in different parts of the country not to place any advertisement on newspapers, magazines, television, radio, online and social media platforms to congratulate him. The governor said the restriction was to respect the memory of the many Borno citizens killed by Boko Haram insurgents in recent...
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Buhari Congratulates D’Tigers For Winning African Basketball Championship

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the national men’s basketball team, D’Tigers, on their victory over Angola in Sunday’s final of the FIBA Africa Basketball Championship in Tunisia. In a statement on Monday, presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, said the President has assured that his administration will give the team and Nigeria’s other representatives at the next year’s Olympic Games, in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, the fullest possible support to ensure that they are well prepared to excel against the champions of other countries and regions. He said: “President Buhari joins other...
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Femi Adesina, others sworn in

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, has been sworn in today, 31st August, 2015, by President Muhammadu Buhari, a few …

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Buhari Set To Swear In SGF, Others

President Muhammadu Buhari is set to swear in the newly appointed Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Engr. Babachir David Lawal. The event which would be held at the presidential villa, Abuja any time soon will also include other newly appointed presidential aides. President last week Thursday, appointed Babachir David Lawal as Chief of Staff to the President; Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd.) as new Comptroller-General, Nigerian Customs Service; Mr. Kure Martin Abeshi, Comptroller-General, Nigerian Immigration Service; Senator Ita S.J. Enang as SSA to the President on National Assembly...
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