Reps approve Buhari’s $5.5 billion foreign loan request

The House of Representatives on Wednesday assented to the $5.513 billion foreign loan request by President Muhammadu Buhari. The Senate approved the loan request last week. This means all three loan requests by the president before the National Assembly have been passed by both Houses. Last month, both Houses approved an ₦850 billion borrowing request made by the President, which is to be sourced from domestic markets “to fund critical capital projects in the 2020 budget.” Another $22.7 billion foreign loan which was approved by the Senate in March was,…

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Why we can’t reopen schools, worship centres yet – Makinde

By Yinka Adeniran, Ibadan Those eagerly awaiting the reopening of schools and lift of bans on religious and social gathering in Oyo State may have to wait a bit longer. This is because Governor Seyi Makinde said he is not in any haste to lift the ban without expert advice. He said such decision will be premised on positive risk situation analysis being carried out by experts. The Governor gave the hint while delivering his “State of the State Address” during a special plenary to commemorate the first year anniversary…

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Bill against stigmatisation of rape victims passes second reading

A bill to prohibit the stigmatisation of victims of rape and insurgency has passed second reading in the Senate. This followed debate on the general principles of the bill by the sponsor, Sani Musa (Niger-APC) during Wednesday’s plenary. The bill is entitled “A Bill for an Act to Prohibit the Stigmatisation of Victims of Rape and Insurgency in order to encourage victims of rape to testify in court and victims of insurgency to be reintegrated into the community of his or choice.” Leading the debate, Mr Musa said the bill…

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8 things you should know about new Director General of SEC, Lamido Yuguda

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Lamido Yuguda as the Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Below are some key points about the new SEC Director General: 1. In 1983, Yuguda obtained a B.Sc. in Accountancy from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He holds an M.Sc. in Money, Banking and Finance in 1991 from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. 2. Lamido also holds a certificate in Financial Asset Management and Engineering from the Swiss Finance Institute, Geneva, Switzerland. 3. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered…

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Senate To Consider 2020 Revised Budget On Thursday

The Senate will on Thursday, consider the revised 2020 budget. The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, gave the hint on Wednesday during plenary after the Committee on Appropriation laid the report on the 2020 revised budget. “Tomorrow, we can receive and consider the report to ensure that we don’t delay anything as important as that. So, this is the essence of altering the order paper,” Lawan said. The Senate had on Tuesday deferred presentation of the report over a delay by the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning,…

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Over 100m Nigerians Have No Identity – NIMC

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) says over 100 million Nigerians have no identity. The Director-General of the NIMC, Mr Aliyu Aziz, made the disclosure on Wednesday during a zoom meeting with editors. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Aziz spoke on the topic: “Strategic Roadmap for ID Development.’’ He said, “Over 100 million Nigerians have no identity (ID). “These include the poorest and the most vulnerable groups, such as the marginalised – women and girls, the less-educated people, migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, stateless persons, people with disabilities…

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Burundi president dies of heart attack at 55 Published June 10, 2020

4′ NEWS Burundi president dies of heart attack at 55 Published June 10, 2020 ‌ Burundi’s government says outgoing President Pierre Nkurunziza, 55, has died of a heart attack. In a statement posted on Twitter on Tuesday, the government announced “with great sorrow to Burundians and the international community” the passing of the president. According to the statement, Nkurunziza had attended a volleyball match on Saturday afternoon and was taken to hospital that evening after falling ill. Al Jazeera reports that although he appeared to have recover on Sunday, his…

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COVID-19: NYSC proposes camp reopening

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) says it has embarked on measures that will ensure safety and efficient operations post COVID-19 restrictions on socio-economic activities in the country. Mrs Adenike Adeyemi, the Director, Press and Public Relations of NYSC, said this in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday. The statement quoted Brg.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, the Director-General of the scheme, saying this during a courtesy visit to the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, in Abuja. Ibrahim informed the NCDC boss that NYSC suspended the…

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Boko Haram Terrorists Attack Borno Community, Kill 70 Persons

At least 70 persons have been confirmed dead and many others injured after gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram terrorists attacked Faduma Koloram under Gubio Local Government Area of Borno State on Tuesday. A security source told SaharaReporters that the insurgents arrived in three vehicles and motorcycles, shooting sporadically, burning houses and stealing unspecified number of cattle and camels. The source said the insurgents accused the people of the town of spying on them and vowed to teach them a lesson. He said over 70 bodies were collected after the…

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Ondo poll: the big five in APC Unity Forum

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has directed that the Ondo State All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary should hold in Akure, the state capital, on July 20. Aspirants have since intensified their consultations mobilisation and virtual meetings, ahead of the exercise. The Unity Forum, a body of aggrieved stalwarts determined to oust Governor Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) by producing a consensus candidate that will slug it out with him, is glued to the drawing board Contenders on platform are Akin Awodeyi Akinseyinwa, Olusola Oke, Jimi Odimayo, Jumoke Anifowose , Dapo…

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Neymar faces criminal complaint for homophobia

A Brazilian gay rights activist has filed a criminal complaint against Neymar for homophobia, after the football superstar called his mother’s boyfriend an anti-gay slur in comments leaked to the media. The Sao Paulo prosecutor’s office confirmed to AFP it had received the complaint, which it must now examine to decide whether to open a case against the Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil star. Neymar’s communications team declined to comment on the complaint. The case was brought by activist Agripino Magalhaes, who said on Instagram he planned to press charges against…

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COVID-19: Nigeria records highest daily infections with 663 new cases .

Nigeria has recorded its highest daily COVID-19 infections with 663 new cases. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said this brings the total number of infections in the country to 13,464. The NCDC announced this on Tuesday through its official Twitter handle and said that four deaths were recorded in the country on June 9. The health agency said that Lagos State recorded the highest number of infections for the day with 170 cases while Ogun and Bauchi had 108 and 69 cases respectively. The NCDC said that the…

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‘Soyinka’s, Obasanjo’s books highly pirated’

Can the war against piracy be won any time soon? Director-General National Copyright Commission, Mr. John Asein is very optimistic that victory is feasible. In this chat with Assistant Editor (Arts) OZOLUA UHAKHEME, he speaks on how to end piracy, save the life and soul of books, among other issues. At popular bus stops in cities such as Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Aba and Onitsha, you find heaps of books on the floor. They are in different sizes, colours and qualities. From Holy Bible to motivational books, bestsellers and popular…

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NEWSEdo Election: INEC releases primary election dates for 15 political parties

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released dates for primaries of 15 registered political parties for the Edo Governorship election. Mr Festus Okoye, the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, in a statement after a virtual meeting on Tuesday in Abuja, announced that party primaries for the Edo Governorship election will hold between June 2 and June 27. “The All Progressives Congress (APC) direct primary will take place on June 22, while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would hold indirect primary between June 19 and June…

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Man Who Made Disturbing Comments About Simi’s Daughter Finally ‘Apprehended’ BY GABS JUNE 8, 2020 1 MIN READ

Man Who Made Disturbing Comments About Simi’s Daughter Finally ‘Apprehended’ BY GABS JUNE 8, 2020 1 MIN READ Advertisement The Twitter user who made derogatory remarks about Simi’s baby, saying among other things that he will rape the girl when she turns 18 has finally been identified with his photos and background made public.

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Coronavirus live updates: Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Ghana… cases, deaths and news, today AS ENGLISH

Coronavirus live updates: Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Ghana… cases, deaths and news, today AS ENGLISH 09/06/2020 12:34 COMMENT Coronavirus live Africa: latest Covid-19 news – 9 June Africa Africa Covid-19 update: 11:00 WAT on Tuesday 9 June (12:00 CEST) According to the latest figures published by Johns Hopkins University, 7,136,366 cases have been detected worldwide, with 406,913 deaths and 3,309,447 people now recovered. Nigeria: 12,486 cases / 361 deaths South Africa: 50,879 cases / 1,080 deaths Ghana: 9,910 cases / 48 deaths AstraZeneca accelerates testing of COVID-19 antibody treatments AstraZeneca…

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decade on, South Africa insists World Cup worth investment

A decade on, South Africa insists World Cup worth investment Thursday marks 10 years since South Africa hosted a World Cup highly charged with symbolism but dogged by questions about the wisdom of spending billions on a sports event that might have been better used elsewhere. Hosting the first soccer World Cup in Africa was seen as a coming of age for the embattled continent. But the month-long tournament, which had a US$3-billion price tag, also came at a time when the country faced an enormous backlog of social needs…

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New Commissioner of Police assumes duties in Ebonyi

The new Commissioner of Police in charge of Ebonyi State Police Command, CP Philip Sule Maku, yesterday assumed duties at the Command’s Headquarters, Abakaliki. In a statement signed by the State Police Spokesperson, DSP Loveth Odah, the new CP “was the immediate past Commissioner of Police of Bauchi State, the former Commissioner of Police Administration, Department of Logistics and Supply, Force Headquarters Abuja, the Deputy Commissioner of Police Cooperative Society, Lagos State, Deputy Commissioner of Police Federal Operations (Fed-DOPS), Abuja, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zonal Criminal Investigation Department, Zone 12…

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Police prosecute 27 for murder, cultism in Akwa Ibom

The Akwa Ibom state police command says it has prosecuted a total of twenty-seven persons allegedly involved in the cult clashes in Inen Clan in Oruk Anam local government area of the state for murder and cultism. The Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Fredrick Nnudam who disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen in Uyo, said the suspects were arrested after the April 26, 2020 clash between members of rival cult groups, the Debam and Iceland which culminated in the death of two persons. Nnudam disclosed that last…

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Did Covid-19 begin in August 2019 The novel coronavirus may have been spreading in China as early as August 2019,

Did Covid-19 begin in August 2019 The novel coronavirus may have been spreading in China as early as August 2019, according to Harvard Medical School research based on satellite images of hospital travel patterns and search engine data. ‘Increased hospital traffic and symptom search data in Wuhan preceded the documented start of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic in December 2019,’ according to the research. ‘While we cannot confirm if the increased volume was directly related to the new virus, our evidence supports other recent work showing that emergence happened before identification at…

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