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Why Oyo is yet to domesticate Freedom of Information Act – commissioner

Prof. Oyelami Oyewo, the Oyo State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, on Tuesday blamed the previous administration of Abiola Ajimobi in the state for not domesticating the Freedom of Information Act, nine years after it was signed into law at the national level.
Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, said the arrest of Rob Macaire was a “flagrant violation of international law’’.

British ambassador to Iran arrested in Tehran

Britain’s ambassador to Iran has been arrested in Tehran during protests outside a university, the UK Foreign office has said.
Malta’s ruling Labour Party was due Saturday to elect a new leader, with the winner set to take over as prime minister from incumbent Joseph Muscat.

Malta’s ruling party elects new leader

Malta’s ruling Labour Party was due Saturday to elect a new leader, with the winner set to take over as prime minister from incumbent Joseph Muscat.
In a statement on Friday, spokesperson for the Department of State, Ms Morgan Ortagus, said the U.S. would keep its troops in Iraq to continue the fight against ISIS.

US rejects request to withdraw troops from Iraq

The U.S. has expressed its desire to maintain its military presence in Iraq, in spite of a request by the Iraqi government for the withdrawal of American troops from the country.

$600 million steel plant to create 3,000 jobs, save forex

The Group Managing Director, African Industries Group, Mr. Alok Gupta, on Thursday said Nigeria will gain a lot from the company’s huge $60 0million steel plant in Kaduna State.
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African freight carriers post fastest growth

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometres (FTKs), decreased by 1.1 per cent in November, last year, compared to the same period in 2018.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Olalere Odusote, has said the state administration is desirous of creating enabling environment for oil companies in the state in line with its campaign for ease of doing business.

Energy sector important to Lagos – official

The Lagos State Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Olalere Odusote, has said the state administration is desirous of creating enabling environment for oil companies in the state in line with its campaign for ease of doing business.
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Re-run elections: PDP questions President Buhari’s meeting with INEC, Police chiefs

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has questioned Tuesday’s meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu.

Presidency warns CAN over religious intolerance

Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said that the politicisation of religion – as forbidden by the 1999 Constitution (as amended) – has no place in Nigeria.
PDP Presidential candidate and main opposition leader Atiku Abubakar (C) leaves the polling station with his wife Amina Titilayo Atiku-Abubakar (R) after casting their votes at Agiya polling station in Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria on February 23, 2019, as voting commenced in the presidential election. – Nigerians began voting for a new president on February 23 after a week-long delay that has raised political tempers, sparked conspiracy claims and stoked fears of violence. Some 120,000 polling stations began opening from 0700 GMT, although there were indications of a delay in the delivery of some materials and deployment of staff, AFP reporters said. (Photo by Luis TATO / AFP)

Atiku Abubakar: 2019 not a successful year for Nigerians

A former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, on Tuesday, said the outgoing year was not a successful year for Nigerians.
Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune Saturday appointed Abdelaziz Djerrad as prime minister and requested him to form a cabinet, official media reported.

Algerian president appoints new premier

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune Saturday appointed Abdelaziz Djerrad as prime minister and requested him to form a cabinet, official media reported.
Addressing the faithful gathered in the Square on Christmas Day Pope Francis pronounced his annual “Urbi et Orbi” Message.

Christmas: Pope preaches peace, defends migrants

Pope Francis urged the world to let the light of Christmas pierce the “darkness in human hearts” that leads to religious persecution, social injustice, armed conflicts and fear of migrants.

The legislature in defence of our economy and democracy

In the last couple of weeks, the economic and political news coming out of Nigeria has not been positive. It has been about doing things the wrong way, lack of due process, desecration of the rule of law, outright impunity for violators of rights and economic policies that have attracted negative ratings

Rwanda’s Paul Kagame drops another hint he might retire soon

Rwandan President Paul Kagame has hinted at the possibility of not running for a fourth term, noting that his wish is for a woman to replace him when he retires from office.
Kebbi state Governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu has charged all the Civil Societies and Non- Governmental Organizations in the state to partner with state government for progress and energies youths through empowerment activities.

APC governors laud President Buhari for restoring budget cycle

The Progressive Governors Forum on the platform of the All Progressives Congress has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for restoring budget cycle by signing the 2020 Budget before the end of the previous year.
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Zambia okays Indian hemp for medicinal use, export

Zambia on Monday decided to allow the cultivation of cannabis for export for medicinal purposes, a government spokesperson said.
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BMO: World Bank’s poverty report correct, incomplete

The Buhari Media Organisation has described the 2019 Nigeria economic update by World Bank as correct but incomplete.

CSO: Ogoniland lost N4 trillion to oil pollution in 60 years

The Founder and President of Ogoni Liberation Initiative (OLI), a civil society group in Nigeria concern with ensuring the restoration of Ogoni polluted environment, Dauglas Fabeke, has said that Ogoniland has suffered an estimated economic loss over N4 trillion due to oil spill in the last 60 years.

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Senator Hope Uzodinma as Governor of Imo State

Governor Uzodinma assures to continue from where predecessor stopped

Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzidinma Thursday said that his administration will continue from where his predecessor stopped.

Police arrest senate president’s impersonator with N420,000

A 27-year-old man, Abdul Hassan Kadala, who posed as an aide to Senate President Alhmed Lawan to defraud unsuspecting members of the public has been arrested by operatives of the Police attached to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Police Command.
Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has threatened to expose corrupt leaders in the north.

IPOB: Facebook pulled down Nnamdi Kanu’s page

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Thursday said the Facebook page of its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has been pulled by the social media giant.
Romelu Lukaku, fresh from completing an €80 million (£74m-$90m) move from Manchester United, has been handed No. 9 at Inter, with Mauro Icardi edging closer to the exits at San Siro.

Romelu Lukaku: Jose Mourinho didn’t have the players he wanted at Manchester United

Jose Mourinho would have fared better at Manchester United had he been given “the players that he wanted”, says Romelu Lukaku, with the Belgian striker still holding the Portuguese in the highest regard.

Police warn against mob action at crime scenes

The Bayelsa Police Command on Friday warned residents to refrain from taking laws into their hands at crime scenes to avoid arrest and prosecution.