Category Archives: Local News

BREAKING: FIFA fines Nigeria for fielding ineligible player in World Cup qualifier, deducts points

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FIFA has fined the Nigeria Football Federation 6,000 Swiss Francs (about N2,177,280) for fielding an ineligible player in a Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying match. The disciplinary committee of the body in a statement on Tuesday said the three-time African champions fielded Shehu Abdullahi who was ineligible for the qualifier against Algeria on 10 November […]

Appeal Court orders Saraki to face trial on three charges

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Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Tuesday  dismissed 15 out of the 18 counts of false assets declaration instituted against the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, before the Code of Conduct Tribunal. The three-man panel of the Court of Appeal led by Justice Tinuade Akomolafe-Wilson unanimously ordered  the Senate President to return to […]

Why FG hasn’t prosecuted some treasury looters – Osinbajo

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Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday said “strategic advice” from independent sources, anti-corruption committees and special panels set up for the recovery of assets allegedly looted by previous government officials had prevented the current administration from going forward with its desire to prosecute the looters. He disclosed this at the 2017 celebration of the International Anti-corruption […]

UPDATED: FG finally hands over State House, Marina to Lagos govt

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The Federal Government on Tuesday completed the process of handing over the State House, Marina, to the Lagos State Government. The process which started about 20 years ago was completed with the signing and exchanging of documents between the state government and the Federal Government in Abuja. The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, signed […]

People in power are trying to rush NGO bill, Amnesty warns Nigerians

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Amnesty International on Tuesday warned Nigerians that the proposed law to regulate the activities of civil society organisations will have devastating effects and take away their freedoms. The NGO Regulatory Commission Bill, whose public hearing is slated for December 13 and 14, had generated controversies after some Nigerians, including a former Chairman of the National […]

Pakistani mother gives birth mid-air

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A Pakistani mother on Tuesday gave birth to a baby girl on-board a flight taking pilgrims from the Muslim holy city of Madinah in Saudi Arabia to Pakistan, airline officials said. A spokesman for Pakistan International Airline, Mashood Tajwar said that both the mother and baby were healthy, though it was a premature birth. “The […]

Coalition holds #EndSARS rallies nationwide today

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A coalition of civil society groups will on Monday (today) hold rallies nationwide to press home their demand for the dismantling of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad by the police authorities for alleged high-handedness. The movement said the rally would hold in Abuja ​​​at the Unity Fountain; Lagos – ​​​Gani-Fawehinmi Park, Ojota; Warri – ​​​Enerhen Junction; […]

Buhari doesn’t understand how to run government – Agbakoba

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A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Dr. Olisa Agbakoba, has said President Muhammadu Buhari is bereft of the understanding of how a government should be run. He also described the federal cabinet put together by Buhari as incompetent, saying the President is “sleeping on the job.” “Government’s work is misunderstood even by the President. He doesn’t […]

Slavery: Nigerian victims can’t sue Libya, says Falana

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A  human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has said that Nigerian victims of slavery have no court to sue Libya for the violation of their rights. Falana said in a statement on Sunday that the victims would have been able to approach the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights sitting in Arusha, Tanzania, […]

Saudi Arabia lifts 35-year ban on cinemas

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Saudi Arabia on Monday announced a lifting of the kingdom’s decades-long ban on cinemas, a landmark decision part of a series of social reforms ushered in by the powerful crown prince. The culture and information ministry announced in a statement that “commercial cinemas will be allowed to operate in the kingdom as of early 2018, […]