Northern elders back dialogue with Biafra agitators

Members of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) yesterday urged the Federal Government to dialogue with the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). The leader of the forum, Wantaregh Paul Unongo, made the call in Abuja after an emergency meeting. He said the dialogue was necessary to encourage other aggrieved groups in the country to explore peaceful means in resolving their differences with the authorities. While supporting the proscription of IPOB, the forum urged the authorities to adhere to the rule of law in the interest of peace, unity and stability of…

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Concession of Lagos, Abuja airports long overdue

he concession of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International, Abuja, by the Nigerian government is a good call, respondents to the latest Guardian Poll have said. The Federal Executive Council (FEC) last week okayed the planned concession of Lagos and Abuja airports with the belief that their privatisation would ensure better management of the airports. The government owns 22 airports and it can no longer provide the sustained funding needed to operate them, aviation minister Hadi Sirika said on Wednesday. 79.9 percent of respondents to…

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Nasarawa revenue board clamps down on banks

Nasarawa State Internal Revenue Board NSIRS has begun to clamp down on commercial banks for allegedly hoarding information on personal income tax and connivance. At the last count, the board had sealed First City Monument and Diamond Bank in the state for alleged refusal to allow its consultant to access documents to analyse information on personally income tax a fortnight ago. The board had on Wednesday sealed Unity Bank allegedly for the same reason. A financial analyst who would not want to be named accusedNasarawa revenue bo the board of…

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UN focuses on countries hindering human-rights

The UN human rights office said on Wednesday in its eighth annual report on reprisals that a record of 29 states have retaliated against citizens who cooperate with the UN. It said that the state includes China, Iran and Saudi Arabia. “We are aware of cases where individuals we are communicating with have been abducted, detained, held incommunicado, or disappeared,” UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour said. He was presenting the report to the UN Human Rights Council, nine of whose 47 members are named in the report.

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Togolese call for President Gnassingbe’s resignation

Thousands of people took to the streets of Lome on Wednesday to protest the autocratic rule of Togo’s President Faure Gnassingbe, who has ruled the former French colony since 2005. Guarded by police, gendarmerie and soldiers, demonstrators in the capital city demanded constitutional reforms, including a two-term presidential limit, as they held up posters saying “Faure must go now.” Government supporters marched through the streets of Lome earlier on Wednesday. The demonstrations come a day after the West African nation announced it will later this week hold a referendum on…

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Pastor Bernard Towoju seeks divorce with wife after 25 years

A pastor, Bernard Towoju, who says he cannot tolerate his wife’s ill-nature and troubles, on Wednesday approached an Igando Customary Court, Lagos, seeking the dissolution of their marriage of 25 years. Towoju said his wife, Abosede, was in the habit of going naked to swear for him with her private part. “I cannot continue to make love with a woman who always swears for me with her private part,” he said. According to him, Abosede is stubborn, wayward and troublesome. “She once came to my office to fight me and…

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United States Senate Republicans set to repeal Obamacare

United States Senate Republicans have announced plans to vote next week on their latest bid to scuttle Obamacare, the popular health care law that had given insurance cover to 20 million vulnerable Americans. Former President Barack Obama on Wednesday warned  that the new move will cause  “real human suffering.” President Donald Trump, who has expressed frustration at the Senate’s failure thus far to pass legislation to replace Obama’s signature legislative achievement, said “47 or 48” Republican senators already back the new bill, which needs 50 votes for passage in the…

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Staff of defunct Nigerian airways get N45b

More than 12 years after they were laid off following the liquidation of the national carrier, Nigerian Airways, the staff, are to be paid their entitlements. The federal government has approved the release of N45 billion to pay the entilements of the personnel affected by the liquidation in 2005. The government regretted the deaths of some workers of the defunct airline occasioned by the delay in the payment of their entitlements. The defunct national carrier was liquidated by former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s regime in 2005, and the workers had been…

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Trump hosts Buhari, others in White House

President Muhammadu Buhari and some other African leaders were on Wednesday hosted by U.S. President Donald Trump. The working lunch for the African leaders is on the side-lines of the 72nd UN General Assembly in New York. Trump, who said he was greatly honoured to host the lunch, which took place at the New York Palace Hotel, described African leaders as “partners for promoting prosperity and peace. “I’m greatly honoured to be joined by leaders of Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Namibia, Senegal, Uganda and South Africa. In particular,…

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Kano State declares Friday public holiday to mark the new Islamic year.

The Kano State Government has declared Friday, Sept. 22, as public holiday to mark the new Islamic year. A statement by the state commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, on Wednesday the holiday to mark the first month in the lunar Islamic calendar. The Acting governor, Prof Hafiz Abubakar, congratulated the people of the state and Muslims the world over, for witnessing the new year. Abubakar appealed to Kano citizens to utilise the public holiday to offer prayers for peace and prosperity of the country. The acting governor had reassured…

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