Philippines deploys helicopters in battle to retake city from rebels

Troops backed by attack helicopters battled dozens of militants linked to the Islamic State group holed up in a besieged city in the southern Philippines on Thursday after attempts to secure volatile areas met heavy resistance. The army sent about 100 soldiers, including U.S.- trained special forces, to retake buildings and streets in mainly Muslim…

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No hope for stable power supply – Senate

SOME Senators yesterday at the plenary ruled out any possible hope of enjoying stable electricity supply at affordable rate, especially by masses in the country. The lawmakers spoke while contributing to a debate on “DISCOs, Electricity Consumers and the Burden of Overbilling,” sponsored by Senator Dino Melaye (APC Kogi West). They lamented that the burden…

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Smuggling of migrants is criminal – NIS CG, Babandede

HOW HAS it been since you assumed duty here about a year ago? Has it been business as usual? To God be the glory for giving me the opportunity to head the Service. I came just almost a year ago. We met many things on ground; staff morale and output productivity were very low, service…

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Borno Christian pilgrims fast, pray for Buhari

Borno State Christians have ended a two-day fast for the restoration of peace truncated by Boko Haram terrorists and speedy recovery of President Muhammadu Buhari and his return back to the nation. The senior special assistant to the state governor on Media, Miss Kwapchi Bata, who is also member of delegation to Isreal, in a…

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Judicial panel: Fayose’s probe of Fayemi in bad faith – APC chieftain

Governorship aspirant and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ekiti State, Bamidele Faparusi, has described the newly constituted judicial panel set up by Governor Ayo Fayose to probe his predecessor as a predetermined and wellorchestrated attempt to ridicule President Muhammadu Buhari, but targeted at smearing the personality of Dr. Kayode Fayemi. Faparusi, who…

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Civil societies berate Kano Assembly for suspending probe of Emir

Civil Society Groups, yesterday, berated the Kano State House of Assembly for suspending its investigation on the alleged misappropriation of funds estimated at over N6 billion in the coffers of the emirate council by the Emir of Kano, Malam Muhammad Sanusi II. The group under the aegis of Coalition of Civil Societies on Movement for…

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FG to organise Children’s Cultural Extravaganza in Abuja

National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), has said it is organizing the 2017 Annual Children’s Cultural Extravaganza to commemorate the International Children’s Day, with the theme: “Our Culture, Our Pride and Heritage”. Executive Secretary, NICO, Prof. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, said the Children’s Cultural Extravaganza which is designed to educate children on the gains of embracing their…

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Amaechi seeks private sector involvement in ports reforms

MINISTER of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has called for total reforms of the Nigerian economy by reducing government’s overwhelming involvement in the ownership and daily operations of ports and harbours as well as other critical sectors of the economy. Amaechi, who spoke in Abuja, on the importance of outstanding transport sector reform bills being considered at…

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FATE OF NIEGRIAN WOMEN IN EUROPE

The trafficking of Nigerian women from Nigeria to Libya then unto Italy by boat is at an alrming rate, with steady rise in traffickers using reception centres as warehouses for these Niegrian women who later retrieved and forced inot prostitution in Italy and across Europe.In 2016, about 180,000 migrants arrived the shores of Italy about…

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Ranieri hopes to return to Premier League

Claudio Ranieri is hoping to be back in management somewhere in Europe before the start of next season and is not ruling out a return to the Premier League. “Why not? If a good project arrives, why not?,” the former Chelsea and Leicester City manager, sacked by the latter club in February, told Reuters on…

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Big Sam dumps Crystal Palace for family

Sam Allardyce announced Tuesday he was stepping down as Crystal Palace manager after just five months at the helm of the Premier League club for family reasons. The 62-year-old, who was previously in charge of England for just one game, said he had “no ambitions to take another job”, admitting he was turning his back…

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Federation revenue shrinks by N52.1bn in April

The Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) on Tuesday shared N415.7 billion, which is N52.1 billion less than what the three tiers of government shared as revenue for March. The Accountant-General, Mr Ahmed Idris, who represented the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, told journalists in Abuja that the N415.7 billion was distributed under four sub-heads….

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Nigerian economy maintains recovery path – Presidency

The Presidential Adviser on Economic Matters, Dr Adeyemi Dipeolu, has analysed the statistics released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) saying it showed the economy maintained path to recovery. According to Dipeolu, it is an encouraging indication of a steady, even if slow, progressive pace. He said by the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), figure…

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Customs intercept 440 pump action rifles at Tin-Can Port

Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) says it has intercepted 440 pieces of rifles at Tin Can Island Port, Lagos. About three months ago, the Federal Operations Unit of the service had intercepted 660 pieces of pump action rifles at Apapa port also in Lagos, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. Displaying the guns to newsmen…

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James Bond star Roger Moore dies aged 89

British actor Roger Moore, who played the womanising superspy James Bond over two decades with a suave wit, died Tuesday aged 89, his children announced. “It is with a heavy heart that we must announce our loving father, Sir Roger Moore, has passed away today in Switzerland after a short but brave battle with cancer,”…

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