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31 Imo communities denounce female genital mutilation practice

Thirty-One (31) communities in Ideator, North Local Government Area of Imo state publicly denounced the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the area.

Ex-IGP alleges marginalisation of oil producing communities

Former Inspector General of Police and former Chairman Police Service Commission, Mike Okiro, has alleged that his ethnic nationality, Egbema, was being marginalised and relegated in the scheme of things.

Akwa Ibom ex-militants want Niger Delta presidential amnesty programme restructured

Ex-militants from Akwa Ibom State under an umbrella name “Unyekisong” have called for immediate restructuring of the Niger Delta Presidential Amnesty programme to reflect its original mandate.

Igbo group: Senator Okorocha will be exonerated

Igbo indigenes living in Abuja under the aegis of Igbo Brotherhood Community in Abuja, have lauded the prompt release of Senator Rochas Okorocha by the Economic and Financials Crimes Commission (EFCC).
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NBS: States IGR fell to N1.31 trillion in 2020

The National Bureau of Statistics disclosed in its report on ‘Internally Generated Revenue at state level for fourth quarter and full year 2020’.
The price of cement has dropped with about 25 per cent in Enugu, a market survey by newsmen has revealed.

Consumers groan as cement price soar in South East

Prices of cement has increased by 67 per cent in the South East states of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo, newsmen report.
Embattled President of African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Akinwumi Adesina, has survived a second round of investigation into his conduct, giving him a boost in his re-election bid next month.

Nigerian government, AfDB collaborate on special agro processing

As part of the Buhari administration’s efforts to transform agricultural productivity in the country, the Federal Government in partnership with the African Development Bank (AfDB) and other stakeholders are set to roll out a Special-Agro Industrial Processing Zones (SAPZ) programme aimed at concentrating agro-processing activities in demarcated areas to boost productivity and integrate production, processing and marketing of selected commodities.
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NBS: States, FCT generate N1.31 trillion as IGR in 2020

The 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) generated N1.31 trillion as Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in 2020 compared to N1.33 trillion recorded in 2019, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) says.

Senator Okorocha released from EFCC custody

A former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has been released by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) after spending two nights in detention.

Windstorm kills 1, displaces 575 in Imo community

A windstorm which occurred on Wednesday in Umuejem Community in Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo has killed a middle aged man and injured three others.
The Nasarawa State Government has begun the vaccination of its frontline medical workers against the COVID-19 pandemic.

NPHCDA: Nigeria inoculates 1.04 million residents with first dose of coronavirus vaccine

One month into the national COVID-19 vaccination exercise in Nigeria, a total of 1,043,737 eligible Nigerians have so far been vaccinated with the first dose pf the vaccine, representing 51.9 per cent of the proportion vaccinated.
The curtain was drawn on the 20th National Sports Festival tagged ‘Edo 2020’ yesterday with the defending champions, Team Delta, amassing an astonishing 384 medals, comprising 158 gold, 116 silver, 110 bronze to beat Host Edo State and other participating states to the number one position for the sixth consecutive time.

Team Delta wins National Sports Festival for sixth record time

The curtain was drawn on the 20th National Sports Festival tagged ‘Edo 2020’ yesterday with the defending champions, Team Delta, amassing an astonishing 384 medals, comprising 158 gold, 116 silver, 110 bronze to beat Host Edo State and other participating states to the number one position for the sixth consecutive time.

Why EFCC arrested Senator Okorocha

Former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has insisted he was merely invited and not arrested by the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday.
Director General of the centre, Mrs. Mary Ekpere-Eta who said this in Abuja during the official launch of the Nigerian women for Liquefied Petroleum Gas project, said this was in a bid to improve women’s livelihoods, survival, clean environment, as well as pulling millions of households out of poverty.

NCWD: 99 million Nigerian women to benefit from oil, gas in three years

Director General of the centre, Mrs. Mary Ekpere-Eta who said this in Abuja during the official launch of the Nigerian women for Liquefied Petroleum Gas project, said this was in a bid to improve women’s livelihoods, survival, clean environment, as well as pulling millions of households out of poverty.

DPR releases list of licensed private refineries

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has published a list of private refineries with a valid permit to operate in Nigeria.
4. The execution of the nation’s $2.8 billion Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano, AKK gas pipeline project was boosted, weekend, through the delivery of 96 pipes from Warri to Itakpe in Kogi state.

NNPC boss excited as train delivers gas pipes for for $2.8 billion AKK project

For the first since its take-off last year, the $2.8 billion Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) gas pipeline project received a boost at the weekend when a Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC)-operated train delivered 96 pipes from Warri, Delta State to Itakpe in Kogi State.
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Gunmen abduct Catholic priest in Imo

Newsmen gathered that the priest, Rev. Prof. Izu Marcell Onyeocha, was abducted around 7:00 am at Ihube Community in Okigwe Local Government Area of Imo State along Enugu-Port Harcourt Express Road.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has said that for appreciable development to take place in the country, more women must be regarded and enlisted to take up more spaces in governance.

Senate president condemns attacks on correctional facilities

President of the Senate Ahmad Lawan has decried recent attacks on Police formations and Correctional facilities in Imo.

NiMet predicts three days sunshine, haziness

NiMet’s weather outlook released on Friday in Abuja predicted sunny and hazy skies over the Northern region with chances of thunderstorms over Taraba during the afternoon and evening hours on Saturday.
Youth members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) from the South-West have urged the leadership of the party to pick Rivers State’s Governor Nyesom Wike as Vice-Presidential Candidate in the 2023 elections.

Rivers government bans meeting of Igbo group in Oyigbo

The Rivers State Government has stopped a planned meeting of some Igbo residents in the Oyigbo Local Government Area, citing fears that the gathering could spark fresh unrest in the area.
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Ogun community petitions governor over installation of new monarch

The kingmakers and members of the ruling houses of an ancient Egba community of Imo town in the Obafemi-Owode Local Government area of Ogun state has petitioned the state governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun over alleged plans to install an unqualified candidate as the next monarch of the town.

Bauchi prison riot leaves five inmates, two officers wounded

No fewer than five inmates and two officers of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) in Bauchi State have been injured following a riot in the male section of the facility.

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Director of Information, National Assembly Abuja, Rawlings Agada, has said the sum of N37 billion, approved for the renovation of the National assembly complex may not be enough for the work.

NBA blocks entrance to National Assembly over financial autonomy

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) on Monday blocked the entrance of the National Assembly in their bid to take their protest against the non-implementation of financial autonomy of the Judiciary to the leadership of the Senate.
Access Bank Plc has urged its customers and the general public to disregard social media report of its shutting 340 branches nationwide.

Access Bank set to acquire BancABC Botswana

Access Bank Plc on Monday disclosed that it had entered into a definitive and binding agreement with ABC Holdings Limited to acquire 78.15 per cent shareholding in African Banking Corporation of Botswana Limited (BancABC Botswana).
The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, says the Federal Government has extended the Lagos-Ibadan Modernisation Project from its original destination at Ebutte Meta to Lagos Ports.

Niger governor’s aide blames minister for non-operation of inland port

The Niger State Government at the weekend blamed the non-operation of the Baro Port in Katcha Local Government Area of the state on the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.
The Minister of Defence, Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi (rtd.) said this at the bilateral meeting of ministers of defence of the two countries in Abuja.

Defence minister, service chiefs visit North East theatre command

Nigeria’s Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi, on Sunday, led the service chiefs on an assessment visit to Operation Lafiya Dole in Borno State.
FILE PHOTO: Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed, Craig Foster receive Documentary BAFTA award for "My Octopus Teacher", during the 74th British Academy Film Awards in London, Britain, April 11, 2021. BAFTA/Handout via REUTERS

Human-octopus love story up for best documentary Oscar

Pets can easily bond with humans, but when a wild octopus befriends a diver and becomes his life coach, that true story scores a best documentary nomination for this Sunday’s Oscars.

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Kelechi Nwakali ended his lifelong wait for Alcorcon in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Real Oviedo.

Spanish Segunda: Kelechi Nwakali scores again as Alcorcon boost survival chance after away win

Kelechi Nwakali got on the score sheet again as he helped Alcorcon boost their survival chance with a 3-1 win at Lugo, in the Spanish second division on Saturday.
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Ramadan: Jigawa government reduces work hours for workers

The Jigawa government has approved the reduction of work hours for civil servants in the state during the period of Ramadan.
Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Ahmed Idris Wase, has congratulated Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo on his 64th birthday on Monday.

VP Osinbajo commends Ogun governor on digital economy

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday commended Ogun State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, over the launching of Ogun Digital Economy Infrastructure Project in the state.
The Israeli army has said it carried out air attacks against Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip on Sunday in response to rocket attacks and firebombs sent into Israeli territory attached to balloons.

Israeli army targets ‘Hamas military sites’ in Gaza

Israeli warplanes have carried out air raids at several locations after midnight on Friday in the Gaza Strip in response to a rocket fired from the besieged Palestinian enclave that hit southern Israel.

Oyo governor suspends LAUTECH vice chancellor

Governor of Oyo state, Seyi Makinde, has ordered the immediate suspension of Michael Ologunde, the Vice Chancellor of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH).