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Nigeria urges AU to intervene over South Africa killings of Nigerians – AFP
— Abuja (AFP) – Nigeria on Monday urged the African Union to step in to stop what it said were “xenophobic attacks” on its citizens and other Africans in South Africa. The presidency said there was a need for the… Read more →
[Africa Herald Express] 21/02/2017

 
APC prays for PDP
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has prayed that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) resolved its leadership crisis soon to enable it to take up responsibility as a viable opposition. In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, in Abuja on Tuesday, the party (...)
[The Nation] 21/02/2017

 
Makarfi still PDP chairman — Ex-PDP ministers
The forum of former PDP Ministers, has declared that the Ahmed Makarfi-led caretaker committee is still the organ of the party legally charged to handle the affairs of the party. Mr Saminu Turaki (SAN) ex-minister of Special Duties, made the announcement on Tuesday in Abuja while speaking with (...)
[The Nation] 21/02/2017

 
FG spent N1.1tr on debt servicing in 2016 – Minister
The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, on Tuesday said Nigeria spent N1.094 trillion on debt servicing between January and September 2016. She gave the statistics while presenting the draft 2016 budget implementation and performance monitoring report for the third (...)
[The Nation] 21/02/2017

Lagos to recruit more Yoruba teachers
Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Tuesday announced his administration’s plan to recruit more Yoruba teachers into all public schools in the state, to promote the language. Ambode, represented by the state Tutor-General, Mrs. Anike Adekanye, this stated this at the celebration of (...)
[The Nation] 21/02/2017

Nigeria is the heart of Business in the Africa: Ecuadorian Ambassador
— The Government of Ecuador had identified the need to strengthen economic ties with Nigeria saying she is the heart of business hub in the African continent.The Embassy of Ecuador in Nigeria and PRO ECUADOR, the Ecuadorian Promoting Exports and… Read more (...)
[Africa Herald Express] 21/02/2017

We won’t let anyone hold Nigeria to ransom – Osinbajo
The Federal Government on Tuesday promised to intensify dialogue with stakeholders in the Niger Delta with a view to addressing the security challenges in the region, but said it will not allow anybody to hold the country to ransom under any guise. The government also said it was committed to (...)
[The Nation] 21/02/2017

Court dismisses ex-NIMASA DG’s no–case submission
The Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday dismissed a no-case submission made by a former Director-General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Calistus Obi. Justice Mojisola Olatoregun ordered him to open his defence. A no-case submission is a term whereby a (...)
[The Nation] 21/02/2017

Nigeria to borrow $1bn from World Bank
Nigeria wants to borrow at least $1 billion from the World Bank, the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, said on Tuesday. “The Federal Government also hoped to sign in the next few months a loan worth $1.3 billion from China’s Export-Import Bank (EXIM) to fund railway projects in the country,” (...)
[The Nation] 21/02/2017

Court adjourns Nyako’s trial to Wednesday
Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Tuesday adjourned the trial of ex- Governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako and his son, Sen. Abdulaziz Murtala-Nyako till Wednesday for continuation of hearing. Abang adjourned the case after taking the testimony of two witnesses – Remigus (...)
[The Nation] 21/02/2017

ExxonMobil fires additional 89 workers in Nigeria
U.S. oil major ExxonMobil has laid off additional 89 workers in a gale of retrenchments that started in the company last year. A top source in the company made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at Mkpanak in the Ibeno Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom on (...)
[The Nation] 21/02/2017

Nigeria: Buhari Gave 'Corrupt' Judge N500,000 During Certificate Controversy - Court Witness
[Premium Times] A witness in the corruption trial of Justice Adeniyi Ademola has alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari gave the embattled judge N500,000 while his certificate controversy was pending before Mr. Ademola.
[AllAfrica] 21/02/2017

Nigeria: Fresh 24-Hour Curfew Declared in Southern Kaduna Towns
[Premium Times] The Kaduna State Security Council has imposed a 24-hour curfew in Jema'a and Kaura Local Government Areas of Kaduna State with immediate effect.
[AllAfrica] 21/02/2017

Nigeria: Buhari asks Nigerians for understanding over his health, prolonged stay in London
Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – For the first time since going to the United Kingdom (UK) on vacation and routine medical check, Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, says Nigerians should show some understanding about issues surrounding his health, saying he requires a longer time to rest and that (...)
[Panapress] 21/02/2017

Nigeria: Nigeria, Three Others May Lose 1.4 Million Children to Famine in 2017 - UN
[Premium Times] The United Nations International Children Emergency Fund, UNICEF, on Monday said that 1.4 million children suffering from severe malnutrition could die this year from famine in Nigeria and three other countries.
[AllAfrica] 21/02/2017

1.4 million Children at imminent risk of death – UNICEF
Almost 1.4 million children are at imminent risk of death from severe acute malnutrition this year, as famine looms in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said Tuesday. In a statement Tuesday which was signed by UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake (...)
[The Nation] 21/02/2017

Nigeria: Buhari Demands Longer Period of Rest
[Vanguard] President Muhammadu Buhari has written Nigerians, demanding a longer period of rest and thanking them for the goodwill messages they have sent and are still sending to him as well as for the prayers for his health and (...)
[AllAfrica] 21/02/2017

Nigeria: 'No Cause for Worry', Buhari 'Speaks' On His Health
[Premium Times] President Muhammadu Buhari has thanked millions of Nigerians who have been sending good wishes and praying for his health and well-being in mosques and churches throughout the country, his spokesperson said Tuesday.
[AllAfrica] 21/02/2017

South Africa: Fresh wave of xenophobic violence in Pretoria
Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A fresh wave of xenophobic violence has swept through Atteridgeville outside Pretoria, coinciding with a call by the Nigerian government for South Africa to protect its citizens. Society
[Panapress] 21/02/2017

New for Nigerians: Paycode Cardless Cash Withdrawal Service
– by Matthew Talbot – I’m excited to announce a new financial service inside BBM for Nigerians: Paycode. This service, from Interswitch Ltd, enables cardless cash withdrawal at ATMs as well as cardless/cashless payments in participating real-world stores. Nigerians can… Read more (...)
[Africa Herald Express] 21/02/2017

Test results: Buhari needs more time to rest in London – Presidency
…Says no cause for worry President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday thanked millions of Nigerians who have been sending good wishes and praying for his health and well-being in mosques and churches throughout the country. In a statement by the Special Adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, the (...)
[The Nation] 21/02/2017

USAfrica: Devaluation of Nigeria’s Naira begins, informally; projected $1 to N600
USAfricaLIVE By Ulf Laessing and Chijioke Ohuocha Abuja, Feb 20, 2017; Reuters: Nigeria effectively devalued the naira for private individuals on Monday, paving the way for a possible broader move despite stiff resistance from President Muhammadu Buhari. With Buhari abroad for medical (...)
[USAfricaonline] 21/02/2017

Nigeria: Central Bank Announces New Foreign Exchange Policy
[Premium Times] The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has released a new foreign exchange policy in the country with immediate effect.
[AllAfrica] 21/02/2017

Nigeria: Why We Stopped Makarfi-Led PDP Meeting At ICC - Police
[Premium Times] The Ahmed Makarfi-faction of the Peoples Democratic Party was stopped from holding its meeting at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, on Monday to "forestall breach of peace," the police told PREMIUM TIMES.
[AllAfrica] 21/02/2017

Nigeria: 14 Killed As Gunmen Attack Two Southern Kaduna Communities
[Premium Times] Within 24 hours, gunmen invaded different communities in two local governments of Southern Kaduna, killing at least 14 people and destroying several properties.
[AllAfrica] 21/02/2017

Auditor-General plans weekly audit of agencies
Accounts of government agencies are now to be audited weekly to improve compliance with the provision of reports, Auditor-General of the Federation Anthony Ayine said yesterday. Ayine spoke during his visit to the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Alhaji Muhammad Bello, in Abuja. (...)
[The Nation] 21/02/2017

Presidency to South Africa: end attacks on Nigerians
The Presidency yesterday condemned the killing of Nigerians in xenophobic attacks in South Africa. “We have lost about 116 Nigerians in the last two years and in 2016 alone, about 20 were killed. This is unacceptable to the people and government of Nigeria,” the Presidency said in a statement by (...)
[The Nation] 21/02/2017

N500b for mortgage finance coming
The Federal Government says it will inject N500 billion into the Federal Mortgage Bank (FMB) to enable it meet the housing needs of Nigerians. Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Alhaji Mustapha Baba, who spoke yesterday in Jalingo, said the measure would help the the bank to (...)
[The Nation] 21/02/2017

100 Lagos workers get rent-to-own houses
For some Lagos State Civil Servants, their dreams of owning houses came true yesterday. One hundred of them were presented keys to their states under the Government Akinwunmi Ambodes administration’s Rent-To-Own housing policy. They are the first of allottees. Commissioner for Housing Gbolahan (...)
[The Nation] 21/02/2017

DPR seizes vessel laden with adultrated fuel
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has seized a vessel – MT JAZI loaded with 1. 5 million of contaminated petroleum product while discharging at Nakem Jetty, Kirikiri, Lagos. The Director of DPR, Mr. Mordecai Ladan, who was represented by Zonal Operations Controllers, Lagos, DPR, Mr. (...)
[The Nation] 21/02/2017

Were you with Buhari in London?
Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari, is yet to return to his country from a reported holiday in the UK. Over the past week the Senate president, Bukola Saraki and the speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, visited the president in the UK. To reassure the Nigerian public of (...)
[IT News Africa] 20/02/2017

Passerby saves asthmatic hawker in Abuja
A civil servant and concerned resident of Abuja, Lawrence Alabi, on Monday, used a jar of honey to save the life of a female hawker who had an asthmatic attack. The incident took place at Berger roundabout when the young lady was selling bananas to Alabi. Alabi said that he noticed the lady was (...)
[The Nation] 20/02/2017

Presidency condemns killing of Nigerians in South Africa
The Presidency on Monday condemned the renewed xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other Africans in South Africa. It called for the urgent intervention by the African Union (AU). The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, stated (...)
[The Nation] 20/02/2017

Why southwest integration is necessary – Amosun
Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, on Monday explained why regional integration is necessary in the Southwest. Amosun said the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) had offered a unique opportunity for the region to offer direction that could lead to socio – economic development of (...)
[The Nation] 20/02/2017

CBN demands foreign exchange outlets at airports
To ease the burden of travellers, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has directed all banks to open Foreign Exchange outlets to sell dollars and other hard currencies at major airports. According to a statement signed on Monday by the CBN acting Director of Communications, Mr Isaac Okorafor, the (...)
[The Nation] 20/02/2017

Nigeria: Nigerian government sets new foreign exchange policy
Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Following last Thursday’s directive by the National Economic Council, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Monday released a new foreign exchange policy to stem the widening gap between the inter-bank foreign exchange and parallel market rates. (...)
[Panapress] 20/02/2017

Epe farmers seek JTF surveillance to curb kidnapping
Farmers and community leaders in Epe area of Lagos State on Monday urged the Military Joint Taskforce (JTF) to extend its mandate to the community, to curtail the rate of kidnapping in the area. They appealed to the Lagos State Government to seek the support of Defence Headquarters to extend (...)
[The Nation] 20/02/2017

Imo tops JAMB applications, records 103,122 in 2016
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said Imo topped the number of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) applications with 103,122 in 2016. Thie figure is reflected in an NBS report on “ JAMB Admitted Candidates by State and Gender within Faculty’’ released on Monday in Abuja. (...)
[The Nation] 20/02/2017

2017 Lagos City Marathon: Participants begin collection of medals
Successful participants at the recently concluded 2017 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon who finished the race inside seven hours, have started collecting their medals. The athletes in their numbers began the collection at the Marathon office situated inside the Teslim Balogun stadium in Surulere (...)
[The Nation] 20/02/2017

Okoku vows to sustain charity work through GTCF
Former Green Eagles star, Paul Okoku has pledged to sustain the charity works being spearheaded by the Greater Tomorrow Children Fund. Speaking during the maiden football tournament that the GTCF organised for Internally Displaced Persons camps in Abuja, the former Flying Eagles midfielder said (...)
[The Nation] 20/02/2017

Court dismisses suit challenging Magu’s position as EFCC chief
A Federal High Court on Monday in Lagos struck out a suit challenging the position of Mr. Ibrahim Magu as Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). A rights activist, Mr. Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, had filed the suit, seeking an order to restrain Magu from holding the (...)
[The Nation] 20/02/2017

Nigeria: You Won't Have Much to Inherit From Me, Buhari Tells Family
[Premium Times] President Muhammadu Buhari has advised his children to acquire enough education and then work hard to be self-reliant, saying he would leave behind very little for them to inherit.
[AllAfrica] 20/02/2017

Nigeria: Nigeria Demands AU Action Over Renewed South Africa Xenophobia
[Premium Times] The Nigerian government has called on the African Union and the South African government to take decisive and definitive measures to protect Nigerian citizens and other Africans within South African borders.
[AllAfrica] 20/02/2017

Nigeria: Nigeria wants AU to intervene urgently over xenophobic attack on Nigerians, others in South Africa
Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria on Monday called on the African Union (AU) to intervene urgently in the renewed xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other Africans in South Africa. Society
[Panapress] 20/02/2017

Collapse Building: Lagos criminal files charge against Lekki boss, others
The Lagos State Government has filed criminal charge against the Managing Director of Lekki Gardens Estate Ltd, Richard Nyong and others over the collapse of a five-storey building under construction on Kushenla Road in Ikate Elegushi area of the State which killed no fewer than 35 persons. (...)
[The Nation] 20/02/2017

NUJ moves against fake journalists in Lagos
In order to safeguard the integrity of the Journalism profession, the Lagos council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) says it has started a clampdown on fake journalists. Mr Deji Elumoye, Chairman of the council, told the News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN) on Monday in Lagos that the union (...)
[The Nation] 20/02/2017

Stakeholders: Discord, greatest challenge of Nigerian sports
Sports enthusiasts on Monday in Lagos said that the development of sports in the country was being impeded by internal wrangling among sports authorities. According to fans, efforts to develop sports in Nigeria might be a mirage if internal wrangling remained the order of the day. Olisa (...)
[The Nation] 20/02/2017

Nigeria: 31 Days Later, Nigeria Still Waits for Buhari
[This Day] Abuja -Thirty-one days after President Muhammadu Buhari left the country, supposedly on a vacation for ten working days, an air of mystery continues to prevail over the status of the president's health and when he would return to the country, despite the numerous adjectives ranging (...)
[AllAfrica] 20/02/2017

Nigeria: Despite Court Victory, Goodie Ibru Bows Out of Ikeja Hotels
[Premium Times] Barely two months after securing victory in court as the authentic chairman of Ikeja Hotels plc, Goodie Ibru has resigned from that office.
[AllAfrica] 20/02/2017

Nigeria: 12 Arrested for Allegedly Running 'Baby Factory'
[Premium Times] The special task force on Jos crisis has arrested 12 suspects for allegedly running a baby trafficking ring in Jos, Plateau State.
[AllAfrica] 20/02/2017



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