*Kogi poll : INEC distributes sensitive materials *Paris attacks: Mastermind Abdelhamid Abaaoud confirmed dead

*Kogi poll : INEC distributes sensitive materials *Paris attacks: Mastermind Abdelhamid Abaaoud confirmed dead


Kogi poll : INEC distributes sensitive materials

The elcetoral body, INEC (Independent National Electoral Commission) has distributed sensitive materials that would be used in Saturday’s governorship election in Kogi State.

A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) who was at the INEC office in Lokoja on Thursday to witness the distribution noted that the materials were escorted out to various destinations amidst tight security. Read more

Paris attacks: Mastermind Abdelhamid Abaaoud confirmed dead 

Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the key suspect behind the Paris attacks, was killed in a police raid early on Wednesday in the Saint Denis suburb, the Paris prosecutor said.

“Abdelhamid Abaaoud has just been formally identified … as having been killed during the raid” in a northern Paris suburb on Wednesday, Francois Molins said in a statement on Thursday.

The confirmation of his death followed fingerprint analysis, Mollins added. Read more

Lai Mohammed blast NTA, FRCN, others over inefficiency

The new Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed on Thursday blamed Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, FRCN, and other Federal Government-owned media organizations of throwing professionalism to the wind. Read more

Air Force degrades terrorists’ logistics, workshop in Sambisa

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said it had degraded Boko Haram terrorists’ logistics, vehicle workshop and a weapon storage facility after successful interdiction missions on their Sambisa forest hideout.

Air Commodore Isiaka Amao, the Air Component Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, said this while briefing newsmen in Maiduguri on Thursday.

Amao said that NAF had also destroyed a bomb making factory in the forest. Read more

Nigeria loses N4trn to illegal mining – Senate

The Senate on Thursday said the country was losing about N4 trillion to illegal mining activities annually and ordered investigation into the development.

Mandating its Committee on Solid Minerals during plenary to carry out the investigation into the issue, the senate said that the development was worrisome, especially with current low performance of the oil sector. Read more

Bayelsa Polls: Sylva unveils four-point agenda

AHEAD of the December 5 governorship polls in Bayelsa State, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the State, (APC), Chief Timipre Sylva has unveiled his blue print to transform the state if he is elected.

Before an enthusiastic audience of party supporters, stakeholders and private sector operatives, Sylva, a former governor of the state rolled a four-pronged programme that he said would liberate the people of the State from the poverty and fear. Read more

LASU, tackle the poor internet service in our e-library

A student of LASU, Mr Godwin Izu who us in his 300-level has asked the school authorities to tackle the problem of poor internet servive in its library.

Izu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the poor internet service was hindering effective usage of the University’s e-library by students. Read more


Ekiti Tipper Owners Embark on Indefinite Strike Over Outrageous Tax

Tipper owners in Ekiti State have embarked on an indefinite strike to protest the imposition of N1,000 tax per trip and a fine of
N50,000 on any defaulter by the Ayo Fayose administration.

Acting under the aegis of the Union of Tipper and Quarry Employers of Nigeria, Ekiti State chapter, they described the imposition of the tax as “unacceptable” and the fine of N50,000 imposed on any member who defaults in paying the tax as “outrageous.” Read more


Governors seek audience with Buhari over dwindling economy

The 36 states governors have resolved to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari towards finding a way out of the deteriorating state of the Nigeria economy.

According to them, they are struggling to meet up with expenditure especially payment of salaries due to dwindling monthly allocations caused by falling crude oil prices in the international market. Read more

DANA Air to begin flights to Accra

After seven years of foray into domestic operations, DANA Air has concluded plans to begin daily flights on the Lagos – Accra route .

The commencement of the West African regional flight by the airline is part of efforts to consolidate its operations on the routes it was designated by the government, the Accountable Manager of the airline, Mr Obi Mbanuzuo, disclosed in an interview . Read more

Tension in Kwara over Invasion of 16 Villages by Benin Republic

Palpable tension has enveloped the border town of Okuta in Baruten Local Government Area of Kwara State over the alleged invasion of 16 villages by the authorities of Benin Republic.

Already, the authorities of the neighbouring country have gone ahead to construct Gerdarmes Office (Police station) in the affected Nigerian communities and also hoist their national flag at the affected Nigeria villages. Read more

Again, STF Issues Security Alert on Jos

The Special Task Force (STF) on security in Plateau state on Thursday again issued an alert on some locations marked for possible attacks in Jos based on credible intelligence gathering.

It has therefore strongly advised residents to be vigilant and avoid crowded areas. Read more

Governors Urge FG to Compel MTN to Promptly Pay $5.2bn Fine

Governors of the 36 states of the Federation on Wednesday expressed support for the decision of  the Nigerian Communications Commissions (NCC) imposing a fine $5.2 billion (about N1.04 trillion) on MTN Communications Nigeria Limited.

The Governors who met at the presidential villa under the auspices of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) commended the NCC for its strict enforcement of the law in its regulation of the telecom sector. Read more

Rivers, Oyo, others qualify for 6th National Women’s Cricket Championship

The Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF) says five states have qualified for the 6th edition of the National Women’s Cricket Championship slated for Abuja later in the month. A statement issued on Thursday by NCF said the states qualified through preliminary matches held across five zones of the country. Read more

SA arrests 18 border officials

Eighteen police officers and two home affairs officials found themselves on the opposite end of the law after they were allegedly linked to corruption at the Botswana border post.

A sting operation and crime intelligence gathering between the SAPS and the Hawks led to their arrests on Wednesday, following accusations that they allowed people to bypass standard procedure when crossing the border in exchange for bribes. Read more

New NPC member appointed

President Jacob Zuma on Thursday appointed Percy Sechemane as a member of the National Planning Commission for a period of five years.

Sechemane, a former Rand Water Chief Executive Officer, joins 25 commissioners appointed by the President earlier this week. Read more

Syrians arrested trying to enter America with fake Greek passports

Greek officials, who alerted, their Honduran counterparts about the group’s imminent arrival, said none of the men arrested spoke Greek.

The men, whose names are not yet known, were planning to cross into Guatemala, then Mexico, from where they were going to head to the U.S. border.  Honduras police spokesman Anibal Baca said: “The passports were stolen in Athens. Read more

Drought in South Africa may devastate rooibos harvest

From frothy red lattes to rust-colored teas, popular rooibos drinks will likely become scarcer and more expensive because of a widespread drought in South Africa, including in scrubland where the rooibos plant normally flourishes.

A devastated rooibos harvest may lead to a 90 percent price increase, a trade council said on Thursday. The United States is one of the biggest importers of rooibos tea. Read more

Man arrested for stealing guns from Massachusetts Army center -officials

A 34-year-old man was arrested in the weekend theft of 16 rifles and handguns from a U.S. Army Reserve Center in Massachusetts, federal law enforcement officials said on Thursday.

James Morales is believed to have stolen six M4 rifles and 10 Sig Sauer 9mm pistols from the facility in Worcester, about 45 miles (72 km) west of Boston, on Saturday night, after breaking in though a kitchen window, federal prosecutors said in a court filing released on Thursday. Read more

Japanese sake rides an export boom to USA

Two thousand years after Japanese brewers figured out how to make a pleasing, potent fermented beverage from a handful of rice, the rest of the world is catching on to Japanese sake.

Exports of Japan’s national drink reached a record $94 million last year and are on pace for a new high this year. More than a third goes to the United States. With trade barriers expected to fall under the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, an export boom could be in the offing. Read more

10 killed in fighting for key Yemen province

Yemeni pro-government forces advancing into the strategic province of Taez were battling rebels on the outskirts of its second largest town on Thursday, military sources said.

Eight rebels and two loyalists were killed in the fighting for Rahida, the pro-government sources said. Read more

Erdogan urges united Muslim front against terror

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday called for a united front by Muslim leaders to fight extremism after the Paris attacks, warning that otherwise jihadists will commit further atrocities.

Erdogan warned that “calamities will happen again” if the rise of radical Islam is not halted in Europe, after the Paris attacks last Friday claimed by the Islamic State group which killed 129 people and suicide bombings in Ankara that left 103 dead in October 10. Read more


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