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Police Deploy Special Squad To Zaki Biam, Benue State

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Security 

Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, has deployed a Special Tactical Force to restore order in Zaki Biam, Benue State. Scores of people were reportedly killed by unidentified gunmen and many were also injured on Monday. A statement issued by Mr Jimoh Moshood, the Force Public Relations Officer, on Tuesday in Abuja,...

Vietnam Sentences 9 Men To Death For Drug Trafficking

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International News 

Vietnamese state media say a court has sentenced nine men to death for trafficking more than 1,000 pounds of heroin. The Tuoi Tre newspaper reported that the court in Hoa Binh province also sentenced nine others to life imprisonment and four others from 17 to 20 years in jail at the end of...

US Prosecutors Oppose Easing Jail Conditions For Mexican Drug Lord "El Chapo" Guzman

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International News 

U.S. prosecutors and lawyers for Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman are sparring over jail conditions that the lawyers claim are so stressful he's hallucinating about music. The claim was contained in a defense filing last week that asked U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan to order Guzman released from an...

France Warns Against Cuts To UN Mission In D.R. Congo

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International News 

France’s ambassador to the United Nations warned Tuesday that drastic cuts to the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo would be tantamount to “playing with fire” as the country faces election turmoil. France has circulated a draft resolution to renew the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission, but...

Fmr. D.R. Congo V.P Jean-Pierre Bemba Sentenced For Bribing Witness

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International News 

Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) have added a year to Jean-Pierre Bemba's 18-year jail term following the former Congolese vice president's conviction for attempting to bribe witnesses during his war crimes trial. After a second trial on the separate charges, Bemba on Wednesday was also ordered to pay a...

Kenyan Police Detains Man For 'Hacking' Tax System, Siphoning Millions Of Dollars

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International News 

A man has been charged in Kenya with hacking into the country's revenue authority and stealing four billion shillings.  Alex Mutunga Mutuku, who is accused of electronic fraud, pleaded not guilty, The prosecution alleges that he is part of a wider network that is stealing money from several high profile Kenyan institutions...

Hameed Ali Fails To Appear At Senate

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Nation 

The Comptroller-General of Nigerian Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali (retd), on Wednesday failed to appear before the Senate, contrary to a directive of the upper chamber. The senate had on Thursday asked Ali to appear before it at 10 a.m. on Wednesday in Customs uniform to explain the rationale for directing...

Niger Delta militants cut Nigeria’s revenue – Kemi Adeosun

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Business and Economy  

The Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) on Tuesday shared N429.1 billion, about N36 billion less than what the three tiers of government shared as revenue for January. And the shortfall, according to the Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun was caused by the unrelenting sabotage of oil pipelines by Niger Delta militants and...

Samuel Galadima, Plateau Commissioner Dies Jogging

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Nation 

Samuel Galadima, Plateau housing and urban development commissioner, is dead. He died while jogging this morning with Governor Simon Lalong, at the Rwang Pam Stadium, Jos. Mr Emmanuel Nanle, Director of Press Affairs, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria. “Yes, the commissioner slumped while jogging and was rushed to...

Three Die In Bomb Explosion

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Security 

No fewer than three persons have been reported killed in a bomb explosion early morning of Wednesday in Maiduguri, Borno state. The explosion occurred at the camp of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at Muna garage. NAN...

NDDC Give Contractors 30 Days To Return To Work

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Nation 

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has started compiling a list of abandoned projects and given 30 days to defaulting contractors to return to work. The Commission warned the contractors who abandoned jobs in the nine oil-producing states that it was no longer business as usual. The Commission warned that defaulting contractors would...

Australian Police Minister Reports Himself For Using Phone In Car

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International News 

Australian police minister says he did not realise he was breaking the law when he picked up his mobile phone while driving. Troy Grant, a New South Wales MP, was stationary when he took a photo, which he later tweeted from home. After being alerted to the illegality, Mr. Grant reported...

CAF President Steps Down As VP Of The Madagascar Senate

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Sports  

Newly elected Confederation of African Football (Caf) president Ahmad Ahmad has stepped down as vice president of the Madagascar Senate. Ahmad, who is also the Madagascar Football Federation (MFF) boss, tendered his resignation on Monday at 4.45pm local time to vacate the office he has occupied since February 2016. The 57-year-old former...

DSS Investigates Alleged Threat To Life Of Prince Ken Emeakayi, By Gov. Willie Obiano.

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Nation 

The Department of State Services (DSS) in Anambra state has commenced investigation into the alleged threat to life of Prince Ken Emeakayi, State Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), by Gov. Willie Obiano. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Emeakayi had alleged that the governor threatened him for calling for...

Messi, Iniesta Will Sign New Deals - Barcelona Sporting Director

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Sports  

Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez is confident Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta will sign contract extensions. Messi's current contract expires in 2018, having last signed an extension in the summer of 2014, while Iniesta's deal also runs out at the end of next season. "Messi will renew, as I've always said," Fernandez told Cadena...

FIFA Bans Ghanaian Referee For Life For 'Match Manipulation'

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Sports  

Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey has been banned for life by Fifa for what it calls "match manipulation". The ban results from a penalty he awarded to South Africa in a 2-1 win over Senegal in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in November. He penalised Kalidou Koulibaly for handball, but replays showed the ball hit...

Ousted South Korean President faces prosecutors

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International News 

Ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye is being questioned by prosecutors over a corruption scandal that brought her down. After arriving at the office, she told reporters she was "sorry". Ms Park resisted efforts to question her when she was president, but lost her immunity when judges upheld parliament's decision to impeach...

Pope Begs Forgiveness For Church Role In Rwandan Genocide

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Religion 

Pope Francis has begged for God's forgiveness "for the sins and failings of the Church and its members, who succumbed to hatred and violence" in the Rwandan genocide. He was speaking during a meeting with Rwandan President Paul Kagame at the Vatican. The plea for forgiveness followed a request by Rwanda in...

US To Ban Tablets And Laptops On Flights From 8 Countries

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International News 

The US is banning electronic devices from cabin baggage on flights from eight mainly Middle Eastern and north African countries. A US government source said that the measure would affect nine airlines operating out of 10 airports. US media reported the order was sparked by intelligence gathered overseas. It will reportedly include all...

SA Pastor Banned From Using Insecticide On Congregation

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International News 

A South African judge has issued a banning order to prevent a controversial pastor from using Doom insect repellent for "religious healing". Judge George Phatudi of the Limpopo High Court ruled that pastor Lethebo Rabalago must stop spraying Doom on members of his congregation. Last November, Mr Rabalago said that he used...