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Nigerian national, Indian woman arrested in Delhi for $1.4 million drug

A Nigerian Chima Vitalis and an Indian woman have been arrested in Delhi for being in possession of 10.5 kg of amphetamine, worth $1.4 million.

Experts want government attention, promotion of service exports to boost economy

As oil prices continue to fluctuate in the international market, experts in the services industry want government’s attention and promotion of services export to boost economy.
The minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning Mrs Zainab Ahmed disclosed this on Tuesday during her maiden meeting with top officials of the two merged ministries at the headquarters of Budget and National Planning in Abuja.

Minister: Coronavirus resurgence may affect 2021 budget estimates

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, said on Thursday that the resurgence of COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, may affect the 2021 budget estimate.

IPOB members attack police station in Abakaliki

A protest by the proscribed secessionist group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), turned violent in Ebonyi on Monday as suspected members of the group launched an attack on the Central Police Station in Abakaliki, the state capital.
Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC)

NLC rejects hike in fuel price as marketers sell for N161

The Nigeria Labour Congress has rejected the increase in price of Premium Motor Spirit, also known as petrol, from N148.50 per liter to N151.56 per litre.
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)

Oil marketers debunk NNPC’s N5.35 billion petrol subsidy payment claim

Oil marketers have denied receiving petrol subsidy payments in June 2020 as disclosed by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in its latest operations report.
Nigeria Naira

Coronavirus bailout funds will boost economy – capital market operator

A Capital Market operator, Mr Boniface Okesie, says there is need for the Federal Government to urgently give COVID-19 bailout funds to local companies to reposition the economy.
The Kayode Fayemi administration in Ekiti State says it has defrayed inherited debts to the tune of 31 billion naira since assumption of office.

Ekiti offers 6000 hectares as central bank set to empower cassava farming

Ekiti State government in partnership with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), have entered into partnership to empower 1,000 farmers in the state for commercial production of Cassava.
Governor Willie Obiano

Group writes Anambra governor over sack of 161 WWF traffic officers

A Coalition of five Civil Society Groups in Southeast, yesterday, wrote to Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State, appealing to him to reverse and rescind the disbandment of a state traffic agency, the Willies Work Force, WWF.
Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has again accused President Muhammadu Buhari of clamping down on the judiciary.

Atiku Abubakar faults latest 2020 budget review

Former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, has faulted the latest review of the 2020 budget by the Federal Government, saying it shows that the administration has lost touch with current global economic realities.

Customs impound coronavirus vehicle with smuggled poultry products

The Federal Operations Unit of the Nigeria Customs Service says it has intercepted a vehicle with COVID-19 sticker used for smuggling frozen chicken into the country.
Kola Ologbondiyan

PDP rejects N108 ex-depot fuel price, insist on N70 pump price

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has rejected the new ex-depot price of N108 per litre of the Premium Motor Spirit insisting on a new pricing template that must accommodate a pump price of between N60 to N70 per litre to reflect the crash in the price of crude oil and petroleum products in the international market.
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)

NNPC: Nigeria may halt production if crude oil prices continue to fall

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced that Nigeria may stop production of crude oil if the prices of crude oil in the international market continues to fall consistently.

PDP wants pump price fix for N90 per litre

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately reduce Petroleum pump price from it current N125 to a maximum of N90 per litre as a measure to cushion the economic burden on Nigerians.

Tunisia discussing new IMF programme – minister

Tunisia has started negotiations with the International Monetary Fund for a new loan programme, but a plan to issue bonds is on hold because of the coronavirus, the finance minister said on Monday.
Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello

Kogi shuts down markets

Few days after Governor Yahaya Bello announced measures including restriction of large social gatherings to contain the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the Kogi State enforcement team shut down the Lokoja International market Tuesday, being market day.

Oil price crash: Experts call for immediate, purposeful development of non-oil sector

Some economic experts, on Thursday, expressed the need for the Federal Government to immediately and purposefully develop the non-oil sector to mitigate the effect of slump in oil price in the international market.
Goods worth millions of Naira were destroyed as Fire razed parts of the Ita-Osu International Market located in Ijebu-Ode Local Government Area of Ogun State.

Traders count losses as fire razes market in Ijebu-Ode

Goods worth millions of Naira were destroyed as fire razed parts of the Ita-Osu International Market located in Ijebu-Ode Local Government Area of Ogun State.

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This was contained in a statement issued by the Director-General of NAPTIP, Imaan Suleiman-Ibrahim, on Wednesday in Abuja.

NAPTIP seeks partnership with UNODC to fight human trafficking

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) says it will continue to deepen partnership with the UN Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) to fight trafficking in person in the country.
Arsenal have reportedly made a move for Real Madrid playmaker Martin Ødegaard.

Arsenal ‘make approach’ for wantaway Real Madrid playmaker

However, the 22-year-old has played just five minutes in the last six games and earlier today, reports in the Spanish press indicated that the player had told Zinedine Zidane of his intention to leave on loan during the window.
FILE PHOTO - Pope Francis leads the Angelus prayer on Epiphany, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at the Vatican, January 6, 2021. Vatican Media-­Handout via REUTERS-File Photo

Pope urges U.S. reconciliation as bishops call out Joe Biden on abortion

Pope Francis told U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday that he was praying that God would guide his efforts to bring reconciliation in the United States, while the nation’s bishops condemned Biden’s pro-choice stand on abortion.
A Deputy Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), DCG John Mrabure, has been appointed as acting Comptroller General of the Service.

John Mrabure emerges new acting correctional chief

A Deputy Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), DCG John Mrabure, has been appointed as acting Comptroller General of the Service.

Jigawa PDP inaugurates 29-member reconciliation committee

The Jigawa State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has inaugurated a 29-member reconciliation committee to unite and bring back its lost glory in the state.