Category Archives: Local News

WAEC releases best results in 10 years

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The West African Examination Council on Friday released the results of the 2016 West African Senior School Certificate Examination, which turned out to be the best in ten years, as more than half of the candidates who sat for the exam passed. Announcing the 2016 results at the national office of the Council on Friday, […]

It’s difficult to fulfill all my electoral promises, says Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has admitted that it is difficult to fulfill all his electoral promises. He said the task before him was not an easy one. The President, however, said that he would work hard with his team to bequeath to the country a new orientation in leadership that would be service-driven. Buhari, who spoke […]

PDP chairmanship: Dokpesi rejects zoning, George picks form

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There are indications that fresh crisis is brewing in the Peoples Democratic Party over the zoning of its national  chairmanship position to the South-West. Already, one of the serious contenders for the position from the South-South, Dr. Raymond Dokpesi, has rejected the zoning arrangement and has picked the form to contest the office of the […]

Confusion as Obasanjo is sighted at PDP event venue

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There was a mild drama on Friday at the Shehu Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja, the venue of the inauguration of the Peoples Democratic Party national convention committee, as former President Olusegun Obasanjo was sighted on the premises. The former President was at centre to attend a programme on Agriculture while the PDP leaders were also at […]

Dogara under fire for saying padding not corruption

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Prominent groups and individuals have berated the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, for claiming that budget padding is not an offence. In separate interviews on Friday with Saturday PUNCH, they said that the Speaker’s statement showed that he was not sensitive to the suffering of Nigerians. Dogara, after a closed-door meeting […]

BREAKING: Buhari, Dogara in closed-door meeting

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The embattled Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, is currently meeting President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. THE PUNCH had reported exclusively that Buhari will be meeting Dogara today. Issues relating to recent revelation of alleged budget padding in the lower chamber is expected to be on the agenda of […]

Village generates electricity from cow faeces

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Nestled in a deep pocket of forest that lies off Thailand’s electrical grid, villagers in Pa Deng have become early adopters and evangelists for an unusual alternative energy source: poop. After successfully lighting up their homes with solar panels and stoves fueled by cow dung, the villagers are now clean energy crusaders in a gas-guzzling […]

CBN Governor, Emefiele donates 600 bags of rice to IDPs in Borno

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Mr Godwin Emefiele, Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), on Thursday, gave 600 bags of rice to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Maiduguri. Emefiele, represented by Alhaji Ishaku Ibrahim, the Maiduguri Branch Comptroller of the CBN, said the token was a personal donation. The CBN governor said the gesture was designed to cushion the […]

We’ll kill Christians, says Boko Haram leader

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The new Boko Haram leader, Abu Masab Al-Barnawi, says Christians in Nigeria will be the new target of the sect’s attacks, vowing that the sect will kill all Christians and “blow up every church that we are able to reach.” Al-Barnawi was the spokesman for the fundamentalist sect until August 3 when he was declared […]

Boko Haram’s new leader is son of executed founder, insider says

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The new leader of Boko Haram is the son of the group’s founder, according to a Boko Haram insider. Abu Musab al-Barnawi is about 25 years old and the second son of Mohammed Yusuf, who founded the group in 2002, the source told CNN. Mohammed Yusuf was captured and executed after a clash with Nigerian […]