Gunmen kidnap 5 oil workers in Niger-Delta

File photo of Niger-Delta militants Five oil workers were on Tuesday kidnapped by gunmen within the Oil Mining Lease (OML) -55 operated by an indigenous oil company, Belemaoil Producing Limited in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers. Confirming the development, Rivers Police Command said all hands were on deck to ensure the unconditional release of the workers. The Police Public Relations Officer,  DSP Nnamdi Omoni, said that gunboats had been deployed to trail the abductors, while assuring that the victims would be released unhurt. “Yes, I can confirm that five…

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Plateau Governor, Lalong creates 2 traditional councils out of Jos Joint Traditional Council

Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau has approved the creation of two traditional councils out of the Joint Jos Traditional Council. A statement  signed by Alhaji Dayyabu Garga, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, named the new councils as Jos North and Riyom Local Governments Traditional Councils. The statement stated that the establishment of the councils was in line with Section 9(1) of the 2016 Local Government Law. “Consequently, all graded chiefs, district heads, village heads and their staff, who are under Jos North and…

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Your appointments should reflect all regions- Arewa youth tell President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari Barely two weeks to the inauguration of the second tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari, the Arewa Youth Assembly (AYA) in collaboration with Civil Society Organisations have called on the President to ensure that he spread his appointments across all the regions in the country. This call became necessary following the criticism that greeted the appointments made by President Buhari in his first term, where some regions and groups alleged lopsided appointment. The youths in a rally held on Thursday in Abuja, called on the President to look…

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Handball League: Defenders Babes beat Owena Queens 33-19

File photo of  a female handball game Defenders Babes on Thursday in Abuja secured their first win at the ongoing 2019 Prudent Energy Handball Premier League by beating Owena Queens of Akure 33-19. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that female handball team owned by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) led 13-11 before both sides went for the break. But when the game restarted, the Defenders Babes went a gear up and extended their lead to win 33-19. The win was their first in the competition…

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Senate confirms Emefiele’s reappointment as CBN Governor

CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele The Senate, on Thursday, confirmed the renewal of appointment of Mr Godwin Emefiele as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, for a second term. This followed the adoption of report of the Committee on Banking Insurance and Other Financial Institutions at plenary presided over by Senate President Bukola Saraki in Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had, on May 8, written a letter to the senate on his reappointment of Emefiele for a second term of five years as…

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2019 African Nations Cup: Ex-Green Eagles player advises selected players to be commited

Felix Owolabi ‘Owoblow’ is a key member of the 1980 Green Eagles Nations Cup winning team A former Green Eagles player, Felix Owolabi, on Thursday, advised selected players that made Coach Gernot Rohr’s provisional list to stay committed to the course of winning the tournament. Owolabi gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. NAN reports that the Nigeria coach has released a 25-man list ahead of the 2019 Africa Nations Cup in Egypt. “I believe the coach has scrutinised these players and…

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FRSC apprehends 3,000 offenders for using phone on wheels in Federal Capital Territory

File photo of FRSC officials on patrol The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says it has apprehended no fewer than 3, 000 offenders in the last 14 months in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) for using phones while driving. The corps’ Public Education Officer (PRO), Mr Bisi Kazeem, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, on Thursday. Kazeem described the trend as a serious offence in driving which the FRSC always frowned at. He said, “This bad driving behaviour has over the years led to several…

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India: Elections not kids affairs

Mathurapur, India:A woman wets the head of a child during an election rally in Mathurapur. The seventh and last phase of the elections will be held on Sunday. Photograph: Bikas Das/AP  

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Australia’s former PM, Bob Hawke, dies at 89

Former Australian Prime Minister, Bob Hawke Bob Hawke, a transformative and charismatic left-wing lawmaker with a “larrikin’’ streak who served as Australian prime minister from 1983 to 1991, died on Thursday aged 89, his family said. “Today we lost Bob Hawke, a great Australian, many would say the greatest Australian of the post-war era,” his wife and former biographer Blanche d’Alpuget, said in a statement. While others may have struggled to dismiss a reputation for boisterous, if well-meaning, behaviour, silver-haired Hawke said it helped him win favour with working-class voters.…

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