Thursday October 23rd, 2014
Thursday October 23rd, 2014
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Canada parliament applauds Sergeant-at-Arms

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Canada’s parliament reopened Thursday and gave a hero’s welcome to Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, who a day earlier had put aside his ceremonial duties to draw a gun and take down an assailant.

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‘APGA is going to support President Goodluck Jonathan’

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Mr Ifeanyi Mbaeri, the Legal Adviser to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), said mass defection of persons from one party to another will not make the nation a one-party affair.

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Man pours petrol on policemen, threatens to set them ablaze

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A 31-year-old driver, Tola Omoleke, on Thursday appeared before an Oshodi Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, charged with pouring fuel on two police officers to set them ablaze.

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“Banning kissing on campus reduces university to a primary school”

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The Zimbabwe students’ union on Thursday made war not love over a new code of conduct banning students from kissing on campus at the country’s top university.

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Saudi jails 4 women for preparing sons to wage jihad

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Four women in Saudi Arabia have been jailed for preparing their sons to wage war and for supporting Al-Qaeda, official media said, in the kingdom’s latest “terrorist” convictions.

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Maids endure abuse in UAE

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Foreign maids from impoverished countries endure physical, sexual and emotional abuse in the United Arab Emirates, trapped by a system that denies them protection, an international rights group said Thursday.

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Women suggest sex strike to end war in South Sudan

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A group of South Sudanese women peace activists has suggested that men in the civil war-torn country be denied sex until they stop fighting

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Nigerian schoolgirls face uncertainty if they are released

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A screengrab taken on May 12, 2014, from a video of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by AFP shows girls, wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location. Boko Haram released a new video on claiming to show the missing Nigerian schoolgirls, alleging they had converted to Islam and would not be released until all militant prisoners were freed. A total of 276 girls were abducted on April 14 from the northeastern town of Chibok, in Borno state, which has a sizeable Christian community. Some 223 are still missing.

The Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists will face uncertainty if the extremists make good on an apparent pledge to free the teenagers they seized six months ago.

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Try me for positive change, says APC aspirant

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A blind, Abubakar Ardo, on Thursday picked a nomination form to contest for the House of Representatives for the Gombi/Hong Federal Constituency in Adamawa on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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Islamist head says ‘Tunisia model’ way to defeat IS

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Tunisia’s transition to democracy serves as an example of how to defeat extremists such as the Islamic State jihadist group, the leader of the country’s powerful Islamist movement said.

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Senator orders search of journalists over missing phone

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The chairman Senate Committee on Privatization, Senator Gbenga Obadara Wednesday ordered search of journalists shortly after an interactive session over his missing China smart phone in Kano.

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Terrorists kill four; raze churches, houses in Borno

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Barely two days when eight people including passengers and motorists were ambushed by suspected members of dreaded Boko Haram sect around the hilly road communities of Dzur in Hawul Local Government Area of Borno state, no fewer than four Christians were killed, living two churches and over 50 houses razed down by suspected insurgents in Pelachiroma community of Hawul on Tuesday.

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Five killed in Bauchi bus station blast

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A bomb blast at a bus station in a north Nigeria area previously targeted by Boko Haram killed five people, police said Thursday, in what appeared to be the latest crack in the government’s purported ceasefire with the Islamists.

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Fayose shuts Speaker, others’ fuel stations

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Ado Ekiti—The Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Dr. Adewale Omirin, has said that not even the shutting down of his fuel station by the state government will make him abandon his political party, the All Progressives Party, APC.

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CBN reacts to SERAP suit, says it isn’t funding Boko Haram

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Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has denied allegations that its facilities are being used by sponsors of the activities of insurgency of Boko Haram.

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Jonathan gets one-week ultimatum to declare for presidency

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AHEAD of the formal declaration of President Goodluck Jonathan for his re-election bid for the 2015 Presidential election, the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP yesterday gave the President and other aspirants vying for various elective positions, one week ultimatum to purchase their expression of interest and nomination forms, saying the party cannot go for a national convention to ratify someone who has not indicated interest to contest.

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2015: I’ll beat Jonathan easily — Kwankwaso

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Governor Kwankwaso and President Jonathan

Governor of Kano State and presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Alhaji Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso has said that President Goodluck Jonathan would be easy to defeat during the 2015 elections contrary to the expectations of the supporters of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

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‘Findings proved that some polytechnic graduates were better than their university counterparts’

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The Bill for an Act to Abolish and Prohibit Dichotomy and Discrimination between First Degrees and Higher National Diploma in the same Profession/Field and related matters on Wednesday scaled second reading in the Senate.

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One dead, 16 thugs arrested at Amosun’s Ilaro rally

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ABEOKUTA—Pandemonium broke out, yesterday, at Ilaro in Yewa South Local Government Area of Ogun State as two groups of hoodlums clashed, leaving one person dead.

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Bribery Scandal : Don’t extradite me to UK, ex-Mint boss, Okoyomon begs court

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Ehidiamhen Okoyomon

THE Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, yesterday, fixed December 1 to decide whether or not the former Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Security Minting and Printing Company, NSMPC, Mr. Ehidiamhen Okoyomon should be extradited to the United Kingdom to face corruption charges.

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Scores injured as group engage policemen in gun battle

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Pandemonium broke out yesterday at Ikosi area of Lagos, after some armed men suspected to be members of SURE-P, allegedly opened fire on a team of policemen.

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FIRS probes 6 firms over N2.4bn tax fraud

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The Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, has quizzed top officials of six firms, including oil companies operating in the country, for failing to remit tax revenue amounting N2.4 billion.

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2015: Ambode declares at Onikan Stadium tomorrow

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Akinwumi Ambode

LAGOS—Frontline governorship aspirant and former Accountant General of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode, will tomorrow, formally declare his intention to seek the candidacy of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

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Our Mechatronic Village, first of its kind in Nigeria—Aregbesola

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OSOGBO—Governor of Osun State, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, yesterday, disclosed that the state-of-the-art mechanical facilities being put in place in the state for assemblage and repair of automobiles is the first of its kind in the country.

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Ritualists kill man, pluck son’s eyes

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Bauchi—Suspected ritualists have killed a man and removed his son’s eyes in Toro Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

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Alao-Akala, Wali pick nomination forms

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Ahead of November 29 Governorship Primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP former governor of Oyo State, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala yesterday stormed the National Secretariat of the party to purchase his expression of interest and nomination forms to return to the Oyo State government House in the 2015 Governorship election.

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NGOs must pay tax — FIRS

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The Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, has commenced a fresh push for Non-Governmental Organisation s, NGOs, which would include religious bodies to pay tax.

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Sapele lawyers protest colleague’s kidnap

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Sapele—Sapele branch of Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, in Delta State yesterday stormed major streets in the city, protesting the kidnap of one of their colleagues, Barrister Desmond Dudu, last Sunday.

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Constitution Amendment: Why NASS opted for LG autonomy – Ihedioha

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Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, yesterday explained that the National Assembly voted in favour of full administrative autonomy for Local government councils during the constitutional amendment exercise to protect the councils from abuses of state governments.

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2015: Orubebe joins Delta gov race

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FORMER Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Peter Orubebe, yesterday collected the expression of interest and nomination form to run for governorship position in Delta State, declaring that he was the most qualified and experienced man to succeed Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan in May 29, 2015.

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Obuh, sent by God to govern Delta —Emami

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ASABA—AHEAD of the 2015 governorship election in Delta State, convener of Delta United for Tony Obuh, Chief Ayiri Emami, has described Mr. Tony Chucks Obuh, as God- sent to govern the state.

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Ex-Lagos SWAN chair picks APC ticket for Edo Assembly

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BENIN—sports journalist and former Lagos State chairman of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, SWAN, Mr. Frank Ilaboya, was among aspirants of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Edo State that picked expression of interest form to contest for the House of Assembly seat for Owan West Constituency.

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