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Nigeria billionaire, Ifeanyi Ubah, gets 10-match ban, N2.5 million fine for slapping goalkeeper

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Nigeria’s League Management Company has slammed a N2.5 million fine and a 10-match ban on billionaire businessman, Ifeanyi Ubah, who was caught on camera slapping Heartland FC goalkeeper, Ebele Obi. The LMC toughened its punishment for Ubah after video evidence nailed him. The regulator however said in a statement on Thursday that the billionaire businessman can appeal against the ruling if he deems so.

Buhari replies National Assembly, insists he won’t sign 2016 budget without full details

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President Muhammadu Buhari said Thursday in Washington DC that he will critically review the 2016 Appropriation Bill passed by the National Assembly before assenting to it. Speaking at a meeting with the United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, President Buhari said that in view of the controversial alteration and padding of the budget proposals, he needed to review the appropriation bill to be certain that its contents tallied with the authentic budget proposal presented to the National Assembly.

PDP’ll produce Saraki’s successor if he’s removed —Nwaoboshi

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Chairman, Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, PDP, Delta North, said yesterday that if President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki, was removed from his present position by the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, the opposition political party, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, would produce his successor. Nwaoboshi, who noted that Saraki had been obeying the court, said until he was proven guilty, no amount of blackmail would make senators elected on the platform of PDP shift ground and support for him.

It’s foreign coach or I quit – Pinnick

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President of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Melvin Amaju Pinnick has threatened to quit his position if Nigeria does not hire a foreign coach for the Super Eagles. A distraught Pinnick who watched the Eagles fail again to qualify for the 2017 African Cup of Nations coming up in Gabon promised to hire a foreign manager for the Eagles in two weeks time. ''There is nothing to worry about the payment of salary for the foreign manager. His wages is going to be taken care of by the private sector. We've concluded that and it will not cost Government anything''.

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Cameroonian Bomber Not One Of The Abducted Chibok Girls

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The girl who was arrested while attempting to blow herself up in northern Cameroon is not among the 276 schoolgirls abducted from Chibok community in Borno state. According to the BBC, a Nigerian senator disclosed this but refused to disclose the identity of the girl, who was said to be heavily drugged at the time of her arrest. She had told investigators that she was one of the Chibok schoolgirls.

Late Colonel Inusa laid to rest

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The late Colonel Sumaila Inusa, who was recently abducted by unknown persons and later found dead has been laid to rest. May his soul rest I perfect peace.

I never slapped my deputy − El-Rufai Insists

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Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai said on Tuesday night that he has never quarrelled with, nor slapped his Deputy, Barnabas Bala. The governor said Bala has been his friend since they both attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in Kaduna State several years ago. While the governor had First class honours, studying Quantity Survey, his Deputy, graduated with First Class honours in Architecture from the same Ahmadu Bello Unversity, Zaria.

LMC sanctions four clubs, reprimands other clubs officials for rules infraction

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Following some infractions recorded across some match centers over three match days, the League Management Company (LMC) has issued summary jurisdiction notices to clubs and individuals found culpable and imposed fines and warnings against further commission of the offences. Some of the clubs include Sunshine Stars, Plateau United, FC IfeanyiUbah, Heartland and Giwa FC while the individuals are PROPRIETOR of FC IfeanyiUbah, Chief Ifeanyi Ubah, Heartland goalkeeper, Ebele Obi and the Media Officer of Rangers International, Forster Chime who were all charged for various breaches of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) regulations on match days 7, 8 and 9.

CBN recruitment scandal: Job titles for Buhari, Ministers’ relatives ‘released’

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News website, Sahara Reporters, has published the positions and job titles of 91 children and relatives of politically exposed person secretly recruited by the Central Bank of Nigeria. Top government officials and party members whose children or relatives were secretly hired by the bank include President Muhammadu Buhari, whose niece was employed; former Vice President Abubakar Atiku; Mamman Daura, a close ally of the president; Inspector General of Police (IGP) Solomon Arase; the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, whose sons were hired, and the Minister of Interior, Abdurahman Danbazzau. The recruitments have drawn widespread condemnations from Nigerians.

Ask Buhari to release me from prison, Kanu begs UK Govt

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The detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, has urged the British Government to intervene in his case by asking President Muhammadu Buhari to release him from prison. Kanu who is facing treason charge alongside two other pro-Biafra agitators, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi, approached the British government through his lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor.

Federal government directs the activation of BASA with Israel

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President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the immediate activation of Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA) signed in 2013 with the State of Israel. The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission, John Kennedy Opara disclosed this at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International airport, Abuja at the departure of Niger, kaduna and Adamawa pilgrims to the Holy Land under the NCPC Easter pilgrimage programme.

(Photos) Teacher Strips Naked And Tries To Rape A Student In Broad Daylight

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Photos have emerged of a naked high school teacher in Guangxi province trying to rape a female student on campus. The incident occurred around noon time on March 28 at Taiping High School in Lingshan County, the People’s Daily Online reports.

NIMET warns of more hot days, warm nights, heat waves

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With the global average air temperature of the earth hitting 1°C hotter than at the beginning of the 20th century, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) has warned Nigerians to brace for more hot days, warm night and heat waves. A statement by the Head of Public Relations Unit, Eva Azinge noted that with the long residence of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the current warming would continue beyond 2100 even when the emission of greenhouse gases is reduced.

N5m falls off moving bullion van in Lagos

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Men of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences Unit, (Task Force) have recovered N5 million that fell-off a moving bullion van along Lagos State House of Assembly Complex, Alausa, Ikeja. Chairman of the Lagos State Task Force Superintendent of Police, SO, Olayinka Egbeyemi, disclosed that two Police officers attached to the agency recovered the money.

Buhari withholds assent on 2016 budget

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President Muhammadu Buhari has refused to sign the 2016 budget a week after the document was sent to him by the National Assembly, presidency officials said Tuesday, further delaying the implementation of a budget the government hopes will help Nigeria out of its present economic crisis. A top presidency official said Mr. Buhari could not sign the budget because the passed budget had no details.

Rivers re-run: INEC releases more results

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The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, yesterday, released more results of the last re-run elections in Rivers State. A summary of the result, in a statement by the State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Aniedi Ikoiwak, showed that at the federal constituency level, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, won Port Harcourt constituency 1, Port Harcourt constituency 2 , Obio/Akpor, and Abua Odua, Ahoada East.

Abducted Nigerian Army officer found dead

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The Nigerian Army on Tuesday said its officer kidnapped on Sunday has been killed by his abductors. “The Nigerian Army wishes to regrettably inform the public that Colonel Samaila Inusa, who was kidnapped on Sunday 27th March 2016, was found dead today at about 6.00pm,” spokesperson for the Army, Sani Usman, said in a statement. “Preliminary investigation revealed that most likely the late senior officer was killed same day he was kidnapped by his abductors. This is because the body was found already decomposing around Ajyaita village off Eastern Bypass Kaduna, Kaduna State. “Arrangements are in progress to move the body to 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna. May His soul rest in peace, Amen.

EgyptAir hijacker arrested

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A hijacker who seized an Egyptian airliner and forced it to land in Cyprus has been detained, officials said on Tuesday. “The hijacker has just been arrested,” Cypriot government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said on Twitter, without providing further details. A man emerged from the aircraft and then walked across the tarmac and raised his hands to two awaiting counter-terrorism police officers, an AFP correspondent reported. They laid him on the ground and searched him for around two minutes before taking him away. The hijacker had claimed to be wearing an explosives belt when he took over the plane. Police had yet to enter the aircraft 30 minutes after his surrender.

Facebook Post that will leave you pondering

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After the unfortunate fire incident that razed shops at the Abubakar Rimi market in Sabon Gari, Kano, a Facebook post by one Nura Lawal tends to reignite debate on the supposed unity of Nigeria.

Hijacked EgyptAir Plane lands in Cyprus

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An Egypt Air flight MS181 from Alexandria to Cairo has been hijacked and has landed in Cyprus. The hijacked Egypt plane landed at Larnaka airport with a bomb suspected on board, a Cyprus official has said. Reports say all the passengers have been released, except cabin crew and 5 foreigners, after negotiations with hijacker.

IPOB claims to have uncovered Plot to kill Nnamdi Kanu

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The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Monday alleged it has uncovered another plan by the Federal Government, Department of State Service, DSS and three South East Governors and some National Assembly members to eliminate its leader and Director of Radio Biafra Mr. Nnamdi Kanu. IPOB in a statement signed by its Media and Publicity Officer, Mr Emma Powerful said "the plot by FG, DSS and three Governors from the Southeastern States to eliminate Mazi Nnamdi Kanu the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB and Director of Radio Biafra on his way to next court date.

Panic in US capital as gunman fires shots in Capitol Hill

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U.S. Capitol police shot a male suspect Monday afternoon following reports of gunfire at the Capitol Visitors Center. A female civilian bystander was injured by shrapnel, but no U.S. Capitol Police officers have been injured. The Capitol complex remains on lockdown. According to a notice sent to Senate staffers, and no other suspects appear to be at large. "There has been an isolated incident at the U.S. Capitol. There is no active threat to the public," the D.C. Police Department tweeted.

Fuel Scarcity: Tinubu blasts Kachikwu

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“Kachikwu’s flippancy was out-of-line. He was basically telling Nigerians that they should be lucky that they are getting the inadequate supply they now suffer…” Apparently appalled by his seeming lack of empathy and manifest arrogance, a former governor of Lagos State and national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, yesterday, lampooned Ibe Kachikwu, Minister of State, Petroleum, for telling Nigerians that he “was not trained as a magician”, a reference to the lingering fuel scarcity that appears to be defying efforts of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.

Easter: Ekweremadu Preaches Forgiveness and Sacrifice

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The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has called on Nigerians to emulate the virtues of forgiveness and self-sacrifice as exhibited by Jesus Christ in order to move the nation forward. Ekweremadu, who stated this in his Easter message signed by his media aide, Uche Anichukwu, said recrimination, unforgiveness, and selfishness were major clogs in the nation’s wheel of progress.

Detained suicide bomber in Cameroon says she is one of Chibok girls

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A suspected suicide bomber intercepted in northern Cameroon on Friday before she could blow herself up claimed to be one of 219 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in the Nigerian town of Chibok in 2014, military and local government sources said. Two girls carrying explosives were stopped by local self-defense forces in the village of Limani, in an area of northern Cameroon that has been the target of frequent suicide bombings in recent months.

Buhari disowns #Istandwithbuhari advocacy group

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday dissociated himself from an advocacy group, #Istandwithbuhari, and demanded that the group should immediately stop claiming any alliance with his administration. Buhari’s position was contained in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu. According to the statement, Buhari demanded that those behind the group should stop using his name and that of his wife, Aisha, to promote themselves and their activities. The statement read in part, “Among other reasons, we have found it necessary to distance the Presidency from the #Istandwithbuhari group because its premature and ostentatious celebration of the present administration’s achievements is totally inconsistent with President Buhari’s philosophy of service with humility. “While the present administration has indeed recorded significant successes in its priority areas of improving security across the nation, ending the Boko Haram insurgency, curbing official

Panel indicts over 300 ONSA contractors, recovers N7B

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Three hundred persons and firms have been indicted by presidential panel for “partial” or “non-execution” of the contracts awarded them by Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) between 2011 and 2015. The committee has recovered over N7billion from those indicted.The indicted companies are to refund another N41 billion. These are contained in a statement issued last night by Mallam Garba Shehu Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari. The committee, the statement said, recommended further investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to determine whether another N75 billion should be recovered from some of the companies. The committee, headed by Air Vice Marshal JON Ode, is different from the one investigating the breach of the Defence Arms and Equipment Procurement Act in the award of contracts ONSA. It found that one of the indicted companies, Societe D’Equipment International was overpaid by 7.9 Million Euros

Signs of the times (by Reuben Abati)

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“Easter greetings” “Ok” “I am greeting you” “I see” “Are we quarrelling? Or you have malaria?” “Can’t you see that I am just not in the mood?” “Not in the mood to say same to you?” “Okay. Same to you” “This is the season of love, you know. Our Lord Jesus Christ died on the Cross of Calvary so we may have everlasting life. He made the ultimate sacrifice so that you and I can be saved.”

Nigerian Army begins forensic analysis of Shekau's new video

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The Nigerian military is utilizing forensic analysis to examine a supposed new video from Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau in order to determine its authenticity. The video shows Shekau telling his followers to end their violent tactics and to embrace peace. A top military officer said that the supposed surrender of the leader will not stop the military’s pursuit of Boko Haram. “The ongoing campaign against insurgency and indeed Boko Haram is being intensified most especially in the Sambisa forest and its environs in order to further degrade and demystify the sect and bring them to their knees,” the officer said. “We are aware of the video but we are subjecting it to thorough forensic investigation.” The supposed recording of Shekau marks the first time he had been heard from since March 2015, when he recorded an audio message pledging allegiance to the Islamic State and rebranding Boko Haram as the Islamic State West Africa Province. The video’s poor quality has raised suspici

Adam Johnson jailed for six years

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Footballer Adam Johnson has been jailed for six years for grooming and sexual activity with a girl aged 15. Sentencing the ex-Sunderland player, Judge Jonathan Rose told him he had abused a position of trust and caused his victim "severe psychological harm".

Chelsea Congratulates new Super Eagles Captain, Mikel

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Chelsea Football Club, has congratulated the new skipper of the Super Eagles, John Mikel Obi. Mikel was named as the captain  at a media conference ahead of two Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Egypt.

Shekau speaks of his end in new video

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Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, who was reportedly killed, has appeared on video for the first time in more than a year on Thursday. In a video devoid of his usual confidence talk and defiant bluster, the terror group leader rejected the rumours of his death but signalled that his time as chief of the jihadist group may be coming to an end.

Mikel Obi is new Super Eagles Captain

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Chelsea star Mikel Obi is the new Nigeria captain after Ahmed Musa relinquished the position on Thursday, saying this was to clear “a mix-up”. “Something happened before I was made the captain of the Super Eagles. There was a mix-up,” Musa told reporters in Abuja. “But right now, we have a new administration. Mikel is my senior and a big brother. So, Mikel is the captain, not me.”

Johan Cruyff: Netherland's great dies of cancer aged 68

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Netherlands footballing great Johan Cruyff has died of cancer aged 68. Cruyff, who made his name as a forward with Ajax and Barcelona, was European footballer of the year three times. He won three consecutive European Cups with Ajax from 1971, coached Barcelona to their first European Cup triumph in 1992 and helped the Dutch reach the 1974 World Cup final, where they lost 2-1 to West Germany. May his soul rest in perfect peace.

CCT okays Saraki for trial

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The Code of Conduct Tribunal has dismissed an application by the senate president, Bukola Saraki, for false asset declaration charges against him to be dropped. Mr. Saraki’s lawyer, Kanu Agabi, had argued that the 13-count charge was invalid procedurally because the Code of Conduct Bureau which filed the charges, failed to allow Mr. Saraki explain discrepancies in his assets declaration forms as required by law.

Rivers State To Immortalize Dead Corps Member

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Rivers state Governor Nyesom Wike has said that the late corp member, Mr Samuel Okonta who died during the re-run election in the sate will be immortalized. Speaking at the NYSC Headquaters in Port Harcourt, he said the death of the young man was really sad and promised to assist police in every possible way to carry out a proper investigation.

Kachikwu's comments on fuel supply misinterpreted - NNPC

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC has said that Dr Ibe Kachikwu's 'sincere' assessment of the fuel supply scenario was misinterpreted during a brief chat with State House Correspondents at the Presidential Villa Wednesday. The Corporation in a statement decried what it termed ``misinterpretation’’ of an otherwise benign and sincere assessment of the fuel supply scenario by Dr. Kachikwu at the Presidential Villa after leading members of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG and Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, to a meeting with Mr. President.

No immediate solution to fuel scarcity - Kachikwu

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The Federal Government has said that Nigerians will have to endure the ongoing fuel scarcity in the country for the next two months. Speaking to State House correspondents on Wednesday after leading union leaders in the sector to a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu said the efforts put in place by the government would begin to yeild results in the next two months.

Senator Marafa denies truce with Pro Saraki Senators

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A prominent member of a group of senators opposed to the election of Bukola Saraki as Senate President, has denied that a meeting between his group and supporters of Mr. Saraki, Wednesday, sought to canvass support for the embattled senate leader who is facing corruption trial. Kabiru Marafa, the spokesperson of the so-called Unity Forum, said the meeting with the Like Minds group was beyond Mr. Saraki, and was about forging a united All Progressives Congress, APC.

National Assembly passes controversial 2016 budget

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After months of scrutiny, the Senate today, Wednesday 23, passed the 2016 N6.07trillion Appropriation bill into law. This, the Senate said, became necessary following satisfactory sectoral explanations which showed that the nation stands to benefit from the the budget. The motion to pass the bill into law was moved by Senator Danjuma Goje and seconded by Senator Andy Uba.

Two brothers named as masterminds behind Brussels terror attack

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Brothers Khalid and Brahim El Bakraoui have been named in local media as the suicide bombers who killed at least 11 people and injured dozens more when they detonated explosives in the busy departures hall of Brussels Zaventem Airport on Tuesday morning. Belgian public broadcaster RTBF said police sources had confirmed the names of the two men, who were previously known to local police, the BBC reports.

Anti-Saraki Senators back down, rally round embattled Senate President

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Some All Progressives Congress senators who opposed the election of Bukola Saraki as Senate President, held a rare meeting Tuesday with Mr. Saraki’s key supporters from the same party, casting aside differences that for months polarised the ruling party’s senate caucus. The meeting between the anti-Saraki group’s so-called Unity Forum and pro-Saraki’s Like Minds, had in attendance 10 senators – five from each of the two camps. It took place at the Asokoro residence of Aliyu Wammako, a former Sokoto State governor. Mr. Wamakko confirmed to Premium Times that the talks held.

Detained Ekiti lawmaker released by DSS

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Mr. Akanni Afolabi, of the Ekiti State House of Assembly who became the subject of a death scare in the custody of the Department of State Services, DSS last week has regained his freedom. Afolabi who was freed after 18 days in detention was, however, immediately admitted in a private hospital in Abuja for treatment. The lawmaker was very weak and could barely speak when Vanguard visited him at the hospital even as he kept repeating “I am not well. I am sick. I am sick.”

Nigeria Customs Service re-imposes restriction on rice

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Nigeria Customs Service has re-introduced the restriction order on   importation of rice through land borders across the country. A statement signed by its Public Relations Officer PRO Wale Adeniyi outlined the following: 1. Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd) gave the  approval for the reversal of an earlier policy in October 2015 which  allowed rice imports through the land borders, once appropriate duty  and charges were paid.

Shocking details of how suspended PTAD boss, others made N40m monthly from Pension funds

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An online news portal, Per Second News  says it  has obtained exclusive details of how suspended Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) boss   Nellie Mayshak, made a whooping N40m monthly through interest rates in commercial banks.

Terror attacks reported in Brussels

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Belgian police told AFP on Tuesday that a blast at a metro station near the EU institutions in Brussels, the capital of Belgium, caused deaths and injuries, without offering further details. “There are wounded, There are dead. I don’t know how many,” a police officer told an AFP reporter as he escorted a woman away from the blast scene. A Belgian prosecutor in a statement confirmed the explosion at the Maalbeek metro station. At least 21 people have been reported dead in the airport and metro blasts.

Rivers rerun: one NYSC Corps member confirmed killed

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The National Youth Service Corps has announced the death of a corps member, Okonta Samuel, with call-up number RV/15B/5539, during the re-run elections in Rivers State. A statement on Monday said Mr. Samuel, who served at GCSS Ukpeliede, was shot dead by unknown gunmen in Ahoada West Local Government Area.

APC calls for cancellation of Rivers rerun election

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The Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Monday said Saturday`s re-run elections in the State were not credible and should therefore be cancelled. Davies Ikanya, Chairman of the party in the state, made the call at a news conference in Port Harcourt. Mr. Ikanya said the outcome of the elections were not acceptable because the process was not free, fair and credible.

Incredible! 27 Men Caught Gang-Raping The Sacred Statue Of A Hindu god

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In what may come across as one of the weirdest cases of r*pe in recent times, dozens of men have been caught gang-raping a statue of revered Hindu god. The Indian police arrested the 27 men on Friday, March 18, in the state of Odisha, India, for the alleged “sexual assault” of a holy statue of the Hindu god, Ganesh. The crime, which took place on Tuesday night, shocked the entire country, who had already been shaken by several sexual scandals over the last few years. According to WNDR, the 27 accused are presumed to be part of a larger group of men who pierced a hole in the abdominal area of a temple statue, before engaging in s*xual intercourse with it.