Students abductions: “Declare state of emergency in Kaduna” – HURIWA urges President Buhari

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, (HURIWA), has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency in Kaduna due to the rising cases of mass abductions and killings in the State. According to a statement issued yesterday by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, HURIWA lamented the latest attack on Greenfield University, the only operational private university in the State, coming nearly a month after a similar abduction at a neighbouring Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, also in Kaduna. Deploring the breakdown of security in Kaduna, the group…

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ATAR Communications set to launch another FM Radio Station in Kano, Digital TV Studios in Dubai

The Executive Chairman of ATAR Communications Nig. Ltd, Alhaji (Dr.) Ahmed Tijjani Ramalan, has announced that the Multi-Broadcast media company would soon launch its brand of frequency modulation FM Radio station, and in Kano, Nigeria and Digital TV Studios in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, (UAE). The new platforms, Liberty Radio 103.3FM, Kano and Liberty Black Entertainment Studios, in UAE, Ramalan said, are projects aimed at introducing top quality Hausa contents of News, Current Affairs, Politics on Kano RadioFM and Black Entertainment and Documentary Contents on TV for the…

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Chad’s President Déby killed by rebels after 30 years in power

By Ishaku Yohanna In a swift change of fate, a broadcast  on national radio today has announced the death of Chad’s veteran president, Idriss Déby after he  won a sixth term by 79.3%, according to provisional results on Monday. According to a confirmation from the national army of Chad read on national television, the newly re-elected President Idriss Déby has died of wounds he received while commanding his army in battles against rebels in the north. The country’s army released a statement saying that Deby died after being “injured on…

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Electricity: Tension, confusion as DISCOs clandestinely increase  tariffs by 100 percent

Many Nigerian electricity consumers were yesterday thrown into confusion following the decision of Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) operating in the country to clandestinely increase electricity tariffs by about 100 percent. It was reliably gathered that the increment was effected last week Tuesday; however, many Nigerians were not aware of it until yesterday morning when they visited the offices of their electricity providers to complain about their inability to load the token generated for energy purchased. According to a consumer who purchased energy units of N5,000 last Tuesday, he was unable…

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PDP debunks purported suspension of Sen. Kwankwaso by Kano faction

…Also clears air on Babangida Aliyu The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has debunked claims that former Kano State governor, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso has been suspended from the Party. This is coming amidst reports of the suspension of Kwankwaso and former Governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu by the PDP over the crisis that characterised the North-West Zonal Congress, which was held in Kaduna last week. The suspension was reportedly contained in a query letter issued to the former Kano-Central Senator by a faction of the party signed by its Secretary,…

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Insecurity: 65,000 Nigerians flee to Niger after Boko Haram attack – Report

No fewer than 65,000 residents in Damasak town, Borno State have fled their homes to neighbouring Niger Republic over incessant attacks by Boko Haram terrorists between April 10 and 14. This was made known in a joint statement issued by Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Action Against Hunger and the Norwegian Refugee Council in Geneva on Friday.  The report mentioned that since April 10, the jihadist sect has carried out three consecutive attacks on Damasak town and the humanitarian community.  The violent attacks by the terrorists have also halted multiple humanitarian activities…

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‘Expect continuity’, Buhari tells Nigerians on return from London

President Muhammadu Buhari has told Nigerians to expect continuity from his government after he returned from a medical trip to London, the United Kingdom, (UK). The President stated this to the Press when he arrived in the country via the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on Thursday afternoon. When asked what Nigerians should expect from his administration, Buhari answered, “Continuity”. He did not, however, specify any area. Recall that President Buhari’s two-week medical vacation in London had generated controversy in the country. Critics and members of the main opposition Peoples Democratic…

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Obaseki fires back at Finance Minister, insists N60bn was printed to bridge FAAC allocation

…Asks FG to end ‘Monetary Rascality’ The disagreement between Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki and the Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, has intensified, with the governor backing his claim concerning the country’s rising debt profile. Obaseki, yesterday, advised the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, to ‘rally Nigerians to stem the obvious fiscal slide facing the country’. The Edo State governor had last week averred that the Federal Government printed about N50-N60 billion to make up for state allocations. While speaking on the…

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“Be committed to Nigeria’s unity, peace”, Osinbajo urges Nigerians

…Presides over FEC meeting Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday urged Nigerians to recommit themselves to the unity and peace of the country. According to an issued statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, the Vice-President spoke in an interview with State House correspondents shortly after he presided over the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council, (FEC), at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He also asked Nigerian Muslims not to see the on-going Ramadan fast as merely a season of abstinence from food, drink and worldly pleasures.…

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Insecurity: Nigerien security intercepts cache of weapons from Libya en route to Nigeria 

Four arms smugglers were arrested and a large number of arms recovered from them included: 77 AK-47 rifles, 7 RPGs, 30,000 rounds of ammo and two rocket launchers smuggled in Toyota Hi-Lux vehicles coming from Libya en route to Nigeria. According to reports, a security source said the arms smugglers were headed for Nigeria and would have penetrated through the North-East region but for the Nigerien security. “They were headed for Maiduguri Nigeria, through Agadez before they were intercepted and we suspect that they are those who supply arms to…

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