Just In! Bandits invade Kebbi school, abduct female students

Armed men suspected to be bandits have invaded the Federal Government College, Birnin-Yauri, Kebbi State and abducted a yet-to-be specified number of female students. Details of the incident are still sketchy but according to reports, a security operative was shot dead during the operation. The attackers, who rode on motorcycles, were said to have stormed the school from neighbouring Rijau Forest in the early hours of Thursday. They were said to have overpowered the mobile policemen guarding the school. The State’s Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Nafi’u Abubakar, is yet…

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Ease of Doing Business: Presidential C’tee ranks Gombe as No.1

From Umar Kaltungo Gombe State has been ranked first among States that have provided attractive environments that promote business growth in Nigeria. This was contained in a result of the ‘States Ease of Doing Business Survey’, undertaken by the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC), as a status report on the current attractiveness of States business climates for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, (SMEs). Gombe is followed by Sokoto, Jigawa and Akwa-Ibom States, who ranked 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively. The sub-national survey methodology framework was developed by the PEBEC-NEC Technical…

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INEC unveils 56,872 more polling units across Nigeria

…Announces dates for Ekiti, Osun gubernatorial elections…Says it’s ready for June 19 Kaduna by-election The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), has announced the addition of 56,872 more polling units in various parts of the country. INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, who made the announcement yesterday at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja, noted that the move was in line with the resolve to expand voters’ access to polling units. Prof. Yakubu disclosed that INEC has also made efforts to relocate many polling units from inappropriate places to public buildings accessible to…

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NBC Act amendment public hearing:  “Enact a law to regulate social, on-line media, private broadcasting” – Lai Moh’d

The Federal Government has called on the House of Representatives to enact a law to regulate social and on-line media in Nigeria. This call was made by the Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, at a public hearing organised by the house yesterday. Lai Mohammed asked the lawmakers to amend the National Broadcasting Commission, (NBC), Act to empower the agency to regulate social and on-line media. This is coming six days after NBC asked all social media platforms and online broadcasting service providers operating in Nigeria to apply for a broadcast licence.…

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7 million Nigerians dropped below poverty line in 2020 – World Bank

The World Bank has said that Nigeria’s Development Update shows that seven million Nigerians plunged below the poverty line in 2020 due to inflation. The global bank, in a statement on its website on Tuesday, said: “In 2020 the Nigerian economy experienced a shallower contraction of -1.8% than had been projected at the beginning of the pandemic (-3.2%). “Although the economy started to grow again, prices are increasing rapidly, severely impacting Nigerian households,” the statement read in part.  It said, as of April 2021, the inflation rate was the highest…

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House of Reps queries $10bn allegedly missing at NSA’s office

The House of Representatives ad-hoc committee investigating recovered loots and assets of government, at its hearing on Tuesday, raised eyebrows about $10 billion said to be missing from the coffers of the office of the National Security Adviser, (ONSA). The Committee also sought to know the status of another $6.1 billion paid by the ONSA into an account of one of its contractors without genuine implication. But the ONSA’s Director, Finance and Administration, Brig-Gen. Jafaru Muhhamed, who stood in for the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd), said…

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ISWAP fighters invade Borno community, burn military camp, vehicles

Terrorists, suspected to be members of the Islamic State of West Africa Province, (ISWAP), have razed a military formation in Kwamdi village, Damboa local government area of Borno State. It was gathered that the terrorists overran the formation on Tuesday evening and carted away weapons belonging to the military during a gun duel. The fighters were said to have stormed the area on 10 utility vehicles, burnt down one Armoured Personnel Carrier, (APC), as well as a gun truck. According to a member of the Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF),…

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FEC approves resumption of FCT Land Swap programme

The continuation of the Federal Capital Development Authority Land Swap scheme, which started under former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, has been approved by the Federal Government. This was disclosed by the minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mohammed Bello at the end of the weekly federal executive council (FEC) meeting in Abuja, yesterday. Recall that in 2015, the house of representatives committee on FCT had faulted the land swap programme, alleging that it is fraught with irregularities and a negation of the provisions of the original Abuja Master Plan.…

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“Appreciate President Buhari when he arrives”, Zulum begs Borno residents ahead of PMB’s visit

Ahead of the expected official visit by  President Muhammadu Buhari to Borno State today, Thursday, the State governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, has urged residents to show appreciation to the President during his visit. In his address to the residents yesterday, Zulum said the President will appraise the security situation in the North-East and commission some of the projects executed by the State government. During the visit, President Buhari is expected to also inaugurate the first phase of 10,000 houses he approved and for the resettlement of Internally-Displaced Persons (IDPs) and refugees. The Federal…

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JAMB releases 2021 mock UTME results

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, (JAMB) has announced the release of the result for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) mock exam which was conducted on June 3. This disclosure was made by JAMB’s Head of Media, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, through a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja yesterday. The mock examination, which was earlier scheduled for May 20, is part of the preparatory exercise that is used to get the candidates ready for the 2021 main UTME examination, which was shifted from June 19, to July…

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