Breaking: Metuh collapses in court

Mr. Olisa Metuh, former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has collapsed at the Federal High Court in Abuja as he was making his way to the dock for his resumed trial. Metuh is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for the N400m he allegedly received fraudulently from the Office of the National Security Adviser in 2014. He fell down shortly after the case was called on Monday. Details later

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UTME 2018: JAMB Announces Rescheduled Date For Examinations

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Sunday said it had set May 26 for rescheduled Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) for more than 12,000 candidates across the country. The Board’s Head of Media, Fabian Benjamin, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Abuja. According to Mr Benjamin, more than 12,000 candidates are expected to sit for the mop up examinations in few of its centres across the country. This category of candidates, he explained, are those whose biometrics were not captured during the initial period of the…

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Residents Foil Suicide Bomb Attack In Yobe Mosque

Some vigilant residents of Gashua village in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State have averted a tragedy by successfully foiling a suicide bomb attack in the village. The civilians cited the female Boko Haram members when she was about to denotate the suicide vest inside a mosque which was This was disclosed in a statement on Sunday by Spokesperson for Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu. “A female Boko Haram suicide bomber had infiltrated the mosque, while members were about to commence a prayer session but was detected when…

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N-Power programme to be expanded – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the N-Power Graduate Skills Acquisition Programme will be expanded and made better to benefit more Nigerian youths. Mr Osinbajo made the disclosure on Friday during a visit to Kiara De-Luke Multi-Skill and Entrepreneurship Centre, an N-Power training centre at Umuobiakwa in Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia. Addressing the trainees, the vice president said the N-Power programme was very important to the federal government because of its focus on empowering the youths through capacity building. “The programme will be expanded, enriched, made bigger and better…

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N400m fraud: Metuh files appeal over denial of medical treatment abroad

Embattled former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, has gone before the Court of Appeal in Abuja to challenge refusal of trial Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja to allow him to travel abroad for medical treatment.  Metuh who is facing trial over allegation that he had through his firm, received N400million prior to the 2015 presidential election, had on March 14, applied to be allowed to seek medical attention in the United Kingdom, lamenting that he has lost sensation…

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Cuba plane: More than 100 die in Havana air crash

More than 100 people have died after a Boeing 737 airliner crashed near Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuban state media say. Three people have survived but are in a critical condition, Cuban Communist Party newspaper Granma reported. Flight tracking websites indicate the plane departed at mid-morning local time, and it reportedly crashed shortly after. It was carrying 104 passengers and nine foreign crew, according to local media. “There has been an unfortunate aviation accident. The news is not very promising, it seems that there is a high number…

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Santa Fe High School: Ten dead in shooting

Ten people have been killed and 10 others injured in a shooting by a student at a Texas high school, says the state governor. The attacker, who is in police custody on murder charges, was identified as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, a 17-year-old pupil at Santa Fe High School. He allegedly used a shotgun and revolver apparently taken from his father, who legally owned the weapons. Most of the dead from the attack in Santa Fe are students, said police. Texas Governor Greg Abbott said “various kinds of explosive devices” had been…

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EPL: Manchester City manager signs new deal to 2021

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has signed a new deal which will keep him at the club until 2021. The 47-year-old Spaniard led City to the Premier League title with a record 100 points last season. The contract extension means his deal with City is the longest commitment the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss has made to a club since starting his managerial career in 2008. “I am so happy and excited. It’s a pleasure to work here,” he said. “I enjoy working with our players every day and we…

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Presidency Denies Nigeria’s Presence At US Jerusalem Embassy Opening

The Presidency has denied that Nigeria was represented at Monday’s official opening of the United States embassy in Jerusalem, Israel. The controversial move to relocate it from Tel Aviv by the President Donald Trump administration has already drawn the ire of Palestinians who carried out a deadly protest during the ceremony thought to have been attended by Nigeria along with dozens of other nations. But a top Presidency office’s has now distanced Nigeria from the event, saying in Abuja on Tuesday that the country was not represented. The official who…

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Killings: FG to Rehabilitate Destroyed Communities with N10bn

The Federal Government has approved a rehabilitation fund of N10bn for victims of killer herdsmen attacks in Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba states, as part of efforts to resettle thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). Vice President Yemi Osinbajo made this known on Tuesday during a visit to IDP camps in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.   A group of children at the Abagena camp, Benue, presented a song of welcome & appreciation to the VP and he afterwards moves close to them & gives them a New Song….telling the children…

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Again, police and Shiite members clashed at federal Secretariat Abuja

The police on Monday clashed with members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria in Abuja over the release of Shiite leader, Ibrahim El_ Zakzaky. Source confirmed to Daily Mandate that the youths were armed with stones. They cashed away the police team and over turned a traffic warden cabin on the road. The protesting group stopped all activities at the federal Secretariat complex, Abuja a few meters away from the National Assembly and the presidential Villa.  

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What Nigeria will do with $320 million Abacha loot – Buhari

The federal government on Monday in Abuja announced that $320 million stolen funds by late military dictator, Sani Abacha, would be spent on the Conditional Cash Transfer scheme of the administration to support the poor. Declaring open the 8th Commonwealth Conference of Anti-Corruption Agencies in Africa, Mr Buhari, represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, said it was one condition given by the Switzerland authorities for the repatriation of the funds. Mr Buhari said that The Global Forum on Asset Recovery (GFAR) after its inaugural meeting in Washington, DC, in December 2017,…

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Buratai opens military base in Birnin-Gwari

Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff, flagged-off a two Battalion Forward Operation Base (FOB) at the troubled Birnin-Gwari area of Kaduna State, Nigeria on Monday. The FOB was tagged Operation ‘Idon Raini’ at Kanfanin Doka village, the proposed site. Addressing the soldiers, Mr Buratai charged the soldiers to get the killers in the troubled area within three weeks. According to him, he required resounding results, such that will finally bring the criminals to their knees. The Army chief told the soldiers not to adopt the defensive approach but rather,…

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Rohr Releases 30-Man List for World Cup

Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr has named Captain Mikel John Obi, goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa, defenders Abdullahi Shehu, Elderson Echiejile and Leon Balogun, as well as midfielders Ogenyi Onazi and Oghenekaro Etebo and forwards Ahmed Musa and Victor Moses in Nigeria’s 30-man provisional list for the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup finals. The list also includes Spain –based goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, defenders William Ekong, Kenneth Omeruo and Olaoluwa Aina, midfielders Wilfred Ndidi, Joel Obi and John Ogu and forwards Kelechi Iheanacho, Moses Simon and Alex Iwobi. Chelsea winger Moses was Nigeria’s top…

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Police seal off Kano Assembly over impeachment plot

The Kano State House of Assembly was on Monday sealed off by police following moves to impeach the Speaker of the House, Abdullahi Yusuf Ata, by some lawmakers. However, sources close to the House, told our correspondent that as at Sunday’s night, 21 lawmakers have indicated their support for the speaker’s impeachment. It was gathered that principal officers of the House had been impeached after 21 lawmakers voted for their impeachment. The source said: “The principal officers have already been impeached following the approval by 21 lawmakers who signed the…

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Buhari visits Jigawa today

President Muhammadu Buhari will begin a visit to Dutse, Jigawa state today.The visit, which was initially scheduled for 7 May, was postponed because President Buhari went to London to keep an appointment with his doctor. He returned on Friday and said he was well.”I just went for a further medical check-up and I am alright, thank you`”, he told reporters on arrival. Gov. Muhammad Badaru, who has planned a rousing welcome for the president said during the visit, the President is expected to commission some projects. A state dinner will…

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Police Recruitment: Shun any act of Misconduct IGP Warns Personnel

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has warned all personnel conducting the police recruitment exercise across the country to shun any act of misconduct during the exercise. Mr Idris gave the warning through the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Administration and Finance, Mr Shuaibu Gambo, on Saturday in Niger State. He noted that the police authorities would not hesitate to sack any personnel caught engaging in conduct capable of jeopardizing the exercise. Speaking shortly after inspecting the exercise in the state, Gambo assured the applicants that…

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Fayemi will suffer the worst defeat of his political career, says Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Chief Ayodele  Fayose has told his predecessor not to celebrate yet as his victory at the governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress held on Saturday is Pyrrhic victory. In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, Fayose said Fayemi’s victory has only positioned the Minister for Solid Minerals Development to suffer a worse and more debilitating defeat than that of 2014. He said, “In 2014 when he was the sitting governor and I was not in power, I trounced him mercilessly. I gave him…

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Hoodlums set Imo APC secretariat ablaze

The Imo State secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Owerri, the state capital, was on Friday evening set on fire by unknown persons. This is coming barely a week after the same office was vandalized during last week’s controversial ward congress. The Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, was said to have been routed by a coalition of stakeholders of the party at the congress. Some leaders of the APC, led by the state’s Deputy Governor, Mr Madumere, moved against Mr Okorocha for endorsing his son in law…

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