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Commercial vehicle drivers in Badagry axis have rejected the newly introduced N800 levy imposed on buses and cars by the Lagos State Government.

Badagry drivers reject new N800 levy by Lagos government

Commercial vehicle drivers in Badagry axis have rejected the newly introduced N800 levy imposed on buses and cars by the Lagos State Government.
Rice millers in Gombe State have called on both the Federal and State Governments’ support for acquisition of modern rice drying machine to boost production of the commodity in the state.

Rice millers express fear, raise alarm over massive smuggling of foreign rice

As Federal Government reopens some land borders and take-off of Africa Continental Free Trade Area, AfCFTA, agreement, rice millers under the auspices of Rice Millers Association of Nigeria, RIMAN, Saturday, expressed fear and raised the alarm over massive smuggling of foreign rice into the country.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said in terms of business opportunities, employment and earnings, the entertainment industry is an unexplored keg of potentialities.

Nigeria: 1,375 irregular migrants arrested during border closure

The Federal Government said on Monday that no fewer than 1,375 irregular migrants were arrested while the border drill code-named, ”Exercise Swift Response,” lasted.

Trade expert tasks ECOWAS on border laws, policies

Dr Ken Ukaoha, a trade and economic development advocate, has urged ECOWAS to ensure that trade and border related laws and policies within West Africa are implemented dutifully.
Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed

Committee: Border closure reduced illegalities, impacted key economic sectors

The Presidential Inter-Ministerial Committee on border closure has stated that the partial border closure has significantly reduced the prevalence of illegalities around the borders and positively impacted such key sectors of the Nigerian economy like oil and gas, agriculture, industry, among others.
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) generated N39.06 billion in 2018 as against N35.72 billion it generated as local revenue in 2017, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said.

NIS desks reopen at four border posts

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) said it has complied with the Federal Government’s directive on re-opening of four border posts in the country.
The partial closure of Nigeria’s land border with neighbours will continue beyond January 2020 and will only be terminated until the set objectives are achieved.

Experts: Border reopening will make us competitive

Hajia Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Plan­ning, disclosed that President Bu­hari approved the reopening of the borders while briefing State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Acting Finance Minister of Finance Zainab Ahmed

Excitement as Nigerian government reopens land borders

Many business players expressed relief and excitement yesterday as the federal government announced the immediate reopening of four of the land borders, shut about 15 months ago, with a promise to reopen others before December 31.
Zainab Ahmed, the minister of finance, budget and national planning, says state and local governments share some of the responsibility to fix roads in Nigeria.

Nigeria reopens four land borders

Briefing reporters after the 28th weekly virtual FEC meeting, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, listed those opened as Seme in the South-west, Mfun in the South-south, Ilela and Maigatari borders in the North-west.

Nigerian government seeking alternative funding to fast-track Lagos-Badagry expressway project

The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr Olukayode Popoola, told newsmen on Friday in Lagos that section three of the project between Agbara and Badagry was experiencing accelerated construction due to increased funding.

Afenifere: Nigeria becoming ungovernable

Pan-Yoruba sociocultural group, Afenifere, on Thursday declared that Nigeria is on the brink of collapse, insisting that the country must restructure to survive the near precipice.

Afenifere calls for implementation of 2014 Confab report

Rising from its monthly meeting held at the country home of its national leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti in Akure, the Ondo state capital, the Group opposed the proposed rail line and an N30bn highway to connect the Niger Republic with Nigeria.

#EndSARS: Customs impound 7 fairly-used vehicles, 396 bags of rice at Seme during protest

The Seme Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) said it intercepted seven fairly-used vehicles, 396 bags of imported rice and 152 jerry cans of petrol during the EndSARS protest.
Retired Col. Hameed Ali, Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), on Thursday said the closure of Nigeria’s borders by Federal Government was undertaken to strengthen the nation’s security and protect its economic interests.

Customs redeploys five senior officers, appoints DCGs, ACGs

The Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Col. Hameed Ali (Retd), has effected the redeployment of five senior officers.

Customs appoints two acting DCGs, 5 ACGs in major reorganisation

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Thursday announced the appointment of two acting Deputy Comptrollers General of Customs, five acting Assistant Comptrollers General of Customs and effected redeployment of five senior officers.
Johanna Ng’eno is accused of using abusive and demeaning language against the president, the Daily Nation newspaper reports quoting a police report.

Kenyan MP arrested for demeaning president

A Kenyan MP was arrested on Monday evening for remarks made against President Uhuru Kenyatta over the weekend, according to local media.

Robbers steal N1.6 million from fishermen in Lagos

The Police in Badagry, Lagos, on Tuesday, said they had arrested three suspects, who allegedly robbed three fishermen of N1.6 million and other valuables at Gberefu beach in Badagry.
In a statement, Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe reported the testing of 3,197 samples in 24 hours, raising the total number of tests carried out in the country to 279,612.

Kenya reports over 1,000 coronavirus recoveries as cases reach 26,436

Kenya's coronavirus cases jumped by 599 on Sunday to reach 26,436, following the testing of 4,420 samples in 24 hours.

Customs in Seme intercepts 136,350 litres of petrol, 79 used cars

The Seme Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) intercepted 79 used vehicles known as ‘Tokunbo’ and 136,350 liters of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) called petrol in the last six months.
Addressing a news conference in Lagos on Wednesday, Setonji David, the lawmaker representing Badagry Constituency II in Lagos House of Assembly, said that the road had become a “national embarrassment.”

Lagos-Badagry expressway a ‘national embarrassment’ – assemblyman

A Lagos lawmaker and some concerned residents have lamented over the deplorable condition of Badagry Expressway, describing the road as a death trap.

Badagry monarch demands N10 million compensation from Customs for assault

A Badagry monarch, Alapa of Apa, Oba Adekanmi Oyekan, has petitioned the Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hammed Alli (rtd) over assault.

Stray bullets hit two as Customs, petrol smugglers clash

Two youngsters have been hit by stray bullets during a confrontation between operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service and petrol smugglers at Seme border in Lagos State.

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Senegal's opposition leader Ousmane Sonko was arrested in the capital Dakar on Wednesday, according to his lawyers, ahead of his scheduled court appearance to face a rape charge.

Senegal’s opposition leader calls for larger protests

Senegal’s main opposition leader, Ousmane Sonko, has called for more protests against President Macky Sall, whom he accuses of being behind the rape charges he’s now facing.

Security agents rescue traveller, arrest kidnapper in Osun

A traveller who was abducted by gunmen at Egbu village along Ife/Ibadan expressway has been rescued by collaborative efforts of the police, Hunters Group and Odua People’s Congress (OPC) on Monday.
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Suspected herders kill one in Plateau

One person was killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen along Riyom-Kum Road in Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau state.
The Commissioner of Police Bayelsa State Command, CP Mike Okoli, has suspended all casual leave and directed all officers of the Command to be on red alert during the Yuletide.

Police foil robbery in Bayelsa

The Bayelsa State Police Command has foiled an armed robbery operation at Goldcoast Estate, Bayelsa Palm Road, Yenagoa.

Ebonyi group condemns neglect of airport project victims, insecurity

The Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in the Diaspora (AESID) has condemned what it called “abandonment of Ezza natives in Okaleru, Ezza North Local Government Area of the state who have remained displaced from their ancestral homes since February 2020 due to the construction of a so-called Ebonyi International Cargo Airport.”

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Alexei Navalny emerges in jail in Russia’s Vladimir region, meets lawyers

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PSG attacker Neymar has been forced to deny, through his lawyers, reported plans to have a major New Years party in Brazil.

PSG get Neymar injury boost as striker trains ahead of Barcelona clash

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Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, yesterday said that the parliament passed 2021 in good time to ensure the country maintains the January to December budget cycle started last year.

Reps speaker praises health workers in fight against coronavirus

Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker, House of Representatives, has commended Nigerian health workers for being the major contributors to the success in the COVID-19 fight.
“At this moment, l cannot say how many students were taken away by the gunmen until l get there, but we have already mobilized security men and members of the vigilantatè who are now in pursuit of the abductors,” the commissioner stated.

Bandits kidnap another 30 persons in Niger

No fewer than 30 persons were abducted in the early hours of yesterday by bandits, who invaded Jangaru village in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State.
Fulham boss Scott Parker believes Josh Maja will make it tough for Aleksandar Mitrovic to win back his place.

Martin Keown: Ademola Lookman, Josh Maja will trouble Liverpool

Arsenal legend Martin Keown says struggling Liverpool will have their hands full when they come up against Fulham’s frontline that has Ademola Lookman and Josh Maja.