*JAMB scraps scratch cards *Rivers re-run election: Senate gives INEC ultimatum

*JAMB scraps scratch cards *Rivers re-run election: Senate gives INEC ultimatum


JAMB scraps scratch cards

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board says it will adopt “pin vending” for the 2017 UTME test, advising intending candidates to get familiar with the new approach.

The board’s Head of Media and Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin, said on Wednesday in Lagos that it would no longer use scratch cards. Read more

Rivers re-run election: Senate gives INEC ultimatum

The Senate on Wednesday gave the Independent National Electoral Commission December 10 ultimatum to conduct pending National Assembly elections in Rivers.

The Senate threatened to suspend its plenary if the electoral body failed to meet the deadline, pointing out that the state had remained without representation in the national assembly for a long period. Read more

Ondo election: Oke not elegible to contest, says Abayomi

A former governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress in Ondo State, Dr. Tunji Abayomi had said the governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy, Chief Olusola Oke, was not qualified to contest the November 26, governorship election.

He called on the Independent National Electoral Commission to disqualify Oke and his running mate, Mr. Gani Dauda, for allegedly not eligible to contest the forthcoming election. Read more

EKO Disco boosts electricity supply with N1.44bn

The Eko Electricity Distribution Company Plc on Wednesday said it had spent over N1.44bn on projects expansion to boost electricity supply to customers in the last three years.

The EKEDCP Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Oladele Amoda, disclosed this at a news conference in Lagos to mark three-year post privatisation of handing over distribution companies to owners. Read more

Soldiers kill kidnappers, rescue 16-year-old boy

Operatives of the Nigerian Army, 33 Artillery Brigade Headquarters, Bauchi, have killed two suspected kidnappers during an exchange of fire in Rafin Gigi village in Alkaleri Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

The operatives also rescued a 16-year-old boy who was kidnapped last Friday. Read more

Unsolicited messages: Court fines Airtel N5m

Justice Jude Okeke of an FCT high court Maitama on Wednesday slammed a fine of N5m Airtel Nig. Ltd for violation of customer’s right to privacy.

The plaintiff, Mr. Emmanuel Anene, on December 21 filed a suit against Airtel for continues disturbances through unsolicited messages to his line. Read more

South-East APC begs Senate to approve Buhari’s $29.9bn loan request

The South-East Chapter of the All Progressives Congress has appealed to the Senate to reverse its decision to reject President Muhammadu Buhari’s request to borrow N29.9bn.

The Senate voted against the request on Tuesday.

However, the South-East APC is begging the lawmakers to reverse the decision. Read more

We are yet to receive any forex concession from CBN — Foreign Airlines

The Association of Foreign Airlines’ Representatives in Nigeria (AFARN) on Wednesday said its members had yet to benefit from the concession granted to them to access foreign exchange at the inter-bank foreign exchange market.

AFARN President Kingsley Nwokoma told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the present exchange rate was seriously affecting their operations. Read more

Police express shock over female IDPs’ abuse report

The Borno State Police Command, has expressed shock over allegations of sexual abuse of girls and women by officials guarding Internally Displaced Persons camps in the state.

In its latest report, Human Rights Watch, an NGO, alleged that officials guarding IDPs’ camps in Borno sexually abuse young girls and women. Read more

Fight injustice to workers in Ogun, NULGE tells Labour

The Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees  has called on the leadership of Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress to fight the injustice of Ogun government on its workers.

NULGE President Ibrahim Khaleel, who made the call on Wednesday, said that the group’s members in all the states of the federation would be ready to back any action taken by the two trade unions in supporting workers in Ogun. Read more

Teenager arraigned for attempted theft of N.4m tricycle

An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday granted an 18-year-old auto mechanic, Benjamin John, a bail of N100,000, even as he is standing trial over attempted theft of a tricycle valued at N400,000.

John, who faces a two-count charge of conspiracy and theft, however, pleaded not guilty. Read more

Policeman sexually abuses 15-year-old rape victim

A Metropolitan Police officer who had sex with a 15-year-old rape victim he met online has been dismissed from the force and jailed.

26-year-old James Evans, was sentenced to four years in jail in August and he will be on the sex offenders’ register for life. Read more

Opposition leads protest against Jacob Zuma  

South African opposition parties, civic groups, unions and businesses on Wednesday marched in Pretoria in a protest against President Jacob Zuma and a string of scandals linked to him.

Reports said hundreds of people gathered at various points in the city, while some were chanting outside a court where Zuma’s application to delay the release of a report over allegations of political influence by his wealthy friends was due to be heard. Read more

Police detain imam over call to kill Muslims

Swiss police arrested an imam at a controversial mosque near Zurich on Wednesday after he allegedly urged followers to kill fellow Muslims who refused to join communal prayers.

In a statement, the prosecutor in Zurich’s cantonal government said the imam at the An’Nur de Winterhour mosque, who is an Ethiopian national, had been detained for incitement to violence. Read more

Saudi prince sentenced to flogging and jail

Saudi Arabia has flogged a prince convicted in a criminal case, a newspaper reported Wednesday, two weeks after another was executed for murder in rare punishment of the country’s royalty.

The unnamed prince was lashed along with other convicts in a prison in the Red Sea city of Jeddah on Monday, the Okaz daily reported. Read more

Chef fined $1.3m for wire in food

A piece of metal wire in a plate of coq au vin could cost award-winning French chef Daniel Boulud dearly: a jury has fined one of his restaurants  $1.3 million after a diner swallowed it and needed emergency surgery.

Coq au vin is a French dish of chicken braised with wine, lardons, mushrooms, and, optionally, garlic. Read more

Lyon Defiant ahead of Juve Challenge

Maxime Gonalons said sightseeing is off the menu when Lyon faces Juventus in Turin looking to salvage their Champions League campaign this evening.

Lyon went down 1-0 at home to 10-man Juve two weeks ago after Alexandre Lacazette had a penalty saved by Gianluigi Buffon, with Juan Cuadrado scoring the winner for the visitors. Read more

Klose: Germany’s All-time Leading Goalscorer Retires from Football

Germany’s all-time leading goalscorer Miroslav Klose has retired from football.

The former Bayern Munich striker, 38, helped his country win the World Cup in 2014, becoming the record scorer in the tournament’s history with 16. Read more


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