*NNPC wrong on petrol price hike- Kachikwu *Security tight in Benin as Buhari starts 2-day visit

*NNPC wrong on petrol price hike- Kachikwu *Security tight in Benin as Buhari starts 2-day visit



NNPC wrong on petrol price hike- Kachikwu

The Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, says the recent N4 increase in the price of petrol in Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) filling stations, is wrong.

Kachikwu said this after receiving an award at an event organised by the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) in Abuja on Sunday. Read more

Security tight in Benin as Buhari starts 2-day visit

Security has been beefed up in and around Benin, the capital of Edo, ahead of President Muhammadu Buhari two-days official visit to the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the President who commences the visit on Monday, is expected to inaugurate a number of projects executed by Gov. Adams Oshiomhole, who is vacating office by Nov. 12. Read more

Into the Trump whirlwind for campaign’s final frantic hours

Five campaign stops in five states in a single frenzied day. An FBI bombshell announcement. Painful delays. And supporters both jittery and exuberant about Election Day, desperate to hear from their outsider hero.

Republican Donald Trump careened into the final 48 hours of a toxic and bruising US presidential campaign Sunday, shifting into overdrive his effort to flip Democratic states as he battles Hillary Clinton for the White House. Read more

Bayelsa Guber: Group accuses presidency of shopping for favourable judgment

As the Supreme Court prepares to deliver judgment on the Bayelsa State governorship tussle on Tuesday, there are strong indications that top officials in the Presidency were mounting pressure on the Supreme Court to cancel the election of Governor Henry Seriake Dickson and order a re-run within 90 days. This was revealed on Sunday by a civil society group, the Movement for the Independence of the Judiciary in the Niger Delta (MIJN). Read more

Buhari mourns military officers killed by Boko Haram

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday said the sacrifices of fallen officers and men in the war against terrorism in Nigeria would never go in vain.

He said their memories would be eternally etched in the hearts and minds of fellow citizens for whose sake they laid down their lives. Read more

Fayose visits Oni, says it is not political

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, on Sunday paid a surprise visit to former governor Segun Oni at his Ifaki Ekiti country house.

Fayose, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, said it was a mere courtesy visit that was proper for him as a governor and a leader to do. Read more

Cult members kill TASUED student over girlfriend

Hoodlums, suspected to be cult members, on Saturday unleashed mayhem in the Ijagun, Ijebu Ode area of Ogun State, during which they killed a final-year student of the Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the cult members, who were armed with cutlasses and guns, at about 12pm invaded Abapawa – an area off the campus – and chased students, during which the victim, Ganiyu Oloyede, was hacked to death. Read more

Troops kill 40 insurgents, free 85 captives in Borno

Troops of the Nigerian Army have killed 40 members of Boko Haram in two different operations in Borno State.

The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said in a statement on Sunday that the troops also set free 85 captives, comprising women and children from the Boko Haram. Read more

Catholic catechists arraigned for alleged possession of firearms

THREE catechists of the Roman Catholic Church were on Thursday arraigned at an Ogidi High Court, Anambra State, presided over by Justice Arinze Akabuo, for alleged unlawful possession of firearms.

A suspected accomplice, Solomon Igboji (the fourth accused), was reported to be on the run. Read more

FG expands charges against suspended judges

Reasons the Federal Government delayed the filing of charges preferred against judges suspected of corrupt practices in the course of their duties, emerged last night. Vanguard gathered that the Federal Government shifted the filing of already prepared charges against the judges last week, following the discovery of new evidence that might be germane to nailing the suspects in court. Read more

Child, 5, dies after fire engulfs modern art exhibition

A five-year-old boy has died after an art exhibition he was playing inside caught fire.

The child, Kento Saeki, was playing in the jungle gym-like structure at Meiji Jingu Gaien Park in downtown Tokyo, Japan, on Sunday. Read more

Theresa May refuses to bow to pressure from India to loosen visa restrictions

Theresa May has refused to bow to Indian pressure to loosen visa restrictions for its citizens during talks aimed at boosting trade.

The Prime Minister had announced a new scheme to fast-track visa applications and arrivals for some “high net worth” individuals and business travellers as she arrived for talks with her counterpart Narendra Modi in Delhi. Read more

WikiLeaks founder Assange to be interviewed at Ecuador embassy

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be interviewed at the Ecuadorian embassy in London next week, Swedish prosecutors have said.

In a move that could spell a breakthrough in a deadlock that has seen the Australian holed up in the embassy since 2012, Ecuador has granted a Swedish request for a hearing on 14 November. Read more

First female US Attorney General Janet Reno dies

The first woman to be US attorney general, Janet Reno, has died at home in Miami from complications linked to Parkinson’s disease, US media say.

Ms Reno, 78, was at the centre of several political crises while serving under President Bill Clinton between 1993 and 2001. Read more

Leaving the ICC may not save tyrants

Where is mass-murderer Charles Taylor serving his 50-year sentence for crimes against humanity?

And who offered a $2m reward for his arrest? Read more

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