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Nearly 1,300 Nigerians repatriated from Libya in November

Nearly 1,300 Nigerian migrants were brought home from Libya in November — nearly twice as many as in the previous month, the head of the National Emergency Management Agency said on Friday. “1,295 Nigerians voluntarily returned from Libya in Novem

Police shoot newlyweds’ car at checkpoint, kill one

…cop, protester die as mob burns patrol van Afeez Hanafi Two residents and a policeman have been confirmed dead in a clash between Gwari people and some policemen in the Lapai Local Government Area of Niger State. A trigger-happy policeman and some yout
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Police shoot newlyweds’ car at checkpoint, kill one

…cop, protester die as mob burns patrol van Afeez Hanafi Two residents and a policeman have been confirmed dead in a clash between Gwari people and some policemen in the Lapai Local Government Area of Niger State. A trigger-happy policeman and some youths were said to have been detained for the bloody crisis. PUNCH Metro […]

CBN bars banks with huge bad loans from paying dividends

Oyetunji Abioye The Central Bank of Nigeria has stopped the payment of dividends to shareholders by Deposit Money Banks and discount houses with huge bad loans and low capital base. This is due to the rising non-performing loans and the need to stop further e
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CBN bars banks with huge bad loans from paying dividends

Oyetunji Abioye The Central Bank of Nigeria has stopped the payment of dividends to shareholders by Deposit Money Banks and discount houses with huge bad loans and low capital base. This is due to the rising non-performing loans and the need to stop further erosion of the capital base of the banks and discount houses. […]

Katsina gov’s aide kills own daughter with car

Olaide Oyelude, Katsina Tragedy struck in Katsina on Friday when Governor Aminu Masari’s Special Assistant on Religious Affairs, Abdullahi Darma, accidentally crushed his daughter, Aisha, with his car. PUNCH Metro learnt that the incident occurred at Darma
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Katsina gov’s aide kills own daughter with car

Olaide Oyelude, Katsina Tragedy struck in Katsina on Friday when Governor Aminu Masari’s Special Assistant on Religious Affairs, Abdullahi Darma, accidentally crushed his daughter, Aisha, with his car. PUNCH Metro learnt that the incident occurred at Darma’s Katsina house while he was reversing the vehicle. Sources said the governor’s aide did not know that the […]

Awo, please help, Nigeria is crumbling!

Dear Awo, Good morning, Asiwaju omo Oduduwa. I’m sure a letter from an unknown fledgling like me is the least of your expectations in your celestial abode. I think a letter from Alhaji Lateef Jakande, the Baba Kekere himself, would’ve been a more plausibl
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Awo, please help, Nigeria is crumbling!

Dear Awo, Good morning, Asiwaju omo Oduduwa. I’m sure a letter from an unknown fledgling like me is the least of your expectations in your celestial abode. I think a letter from Alhaji Lateef Jakande, the Baba Kekere himself, would’ve been a more plausible expectation. Why has Baba Kekere not written you? I guess the […]

CCTV catches Lagos couple robbing commuters

Samson Folarin Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested a couple after they were allegedly caught on a mobile Closed Circuit Television camera robbing some commuters. The police said the suspects – Segun Latoye
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CCTV catches Lagos couple robbing commuters

Samson Folarin Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested a couple after they were allegedly caught on a mobile Closed Circuit Television camera robbing some commuters. The police said the suspects – Segun Latoye and Toyin Samuel –were arrested on Friday after being caught on camera three times […]

My visit to a varsity stopped me from becoming a lecturer –Eyimofe Atake (SAN)

In this interview, legal luminary, Dr. Eyimofe Atake (SAN), tells KEMI LANRE-AREMU why he chose to study law and how he reached the pinnacle of his career What would you attribute your fit and agile look to? I think it is as a result of daily exercise. I use
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My visit to a varsity stopped me from becoming a lecturer –Eyimofe Atake (SAN)

In this interview, legal luminary, Dr. Eyimofe Atake (SAN), tells KEMI LANRE-AREMU why he chose to study law and how he reached the pinnacle of his career What would you attribute your fit and agile look to? I think it is as a result of daily exercise. I used to be an athlete in school […]

Dad was quiet, he hardly showed it when angry — Chima Ubani’s daughter

Adaoha is a daughter of the late civil rights activist, Mr. Chima Ubani. She talks about her father’s ideals with GBENGA ADENIJI Tell us about yourself. I am Adaoha, a student and a daughter of the late Chima Ubani, who was a pro-democracy activist. What ca
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Dad was quiet, he hardly showed it when angry — Chima Ubani’s daughter

Adaoha is a daughter of the late civil rights activist, Mr. Chima Ubani. She talks about her father’s ideals with GBENGA ADENIJI Tell us about yourself. I am Adaoha, a student and a daughter of the late Chima Ubani, who was a pro-democracy activist. What can you recall about your father when you were a […]

I burst into tears hearing my wife’s screams in labour room — Walesax

Jazz saxophonist, Wale Adekanye, otherwise called Walesax, and his wife, Toyin, share their love story with TOLUWANI ENIOLA How did you meet your wife? Wale: I met her in a church during a youth choir gathering. We became friends when we both joined the churc
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I burst into tears hearing my wife’s screams in labour room — Walesax

Jazz saxophonist, Wale Adekanye, otherwise called Walesax, and his wife, Toyin, share their love story with TOLUWANI ENIOLA How did you meet your wife? Wale: I met her in a church during a youth choir gathering. We became friends when we both joined the church’s youth choir. My initial plan was to just be her […]

Has ANC shown way for APC?

Minabere Ibelema After growing dissatisfaction with President Jacob Zuma’s corruption-and-scandal-plagued administration, the African National Congress at last came to accept what the opposition has long said: that Zuma is not fit to govern. On Tuesday, th
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Has ANC shown way for APC?

Minabere Ibelema After growing dissatisfaction with President Jacob Zuma’s corruption-and-scandal-plagued administration, the African National Congress at last came to accept what the opposition has long said: that Zuma is not fit to govern. On Tuesday, the ANC issued an ultimatum to Zuma to resign or be forced out by a vote of no confidence or […]

2018 UTME: JAMB fixes Feb. 26 for Mock test

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board says the much-anticipated conduct of the 2018 Mock Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination will hold on Feb. 26. JAMB’s Head, Media and Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin, on Sunday in Lagos said a total of 245,7
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2018 UTME: JAMB fixes Feb. 26 for Mock test

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board says the much-anticipated conduct of the 2018 Mock Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination will hold on Feb. 26. JAMB’s Head, Media and Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin, on Sunday in Lagos said a total of 245,753 of the 1,652,795 candidates that registered for this year’s UTME are expected to write the […]

MKO Abiola and I acted Romeo and Juliet in school — Omotosho

Eighty-year-old retired nurse, Mrs. Oluremi Omotosho, shares the story of her life and career with TOLUWANI ENIOLA Tell us about your background. I was born in Lagos on February 17, 1938, to the late Mr. Olufemi Yewande of Okepopo, Lagos, and the late Mrs. Sw
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MKO Abiola and I acted Romeo and Juliet in school — Omotosho

Eighty-year-old retired nurse, Mrs. Oluremi Omotosho, shares the story of her life and career with TOLUWANI ENIOLA Tell us about your background. I was born in Lagos on February 17, 1938, to the late Mr. Olufemi Yewande of Okepopo, Lagos, and the late Mrs. Sweety Yewande. My father was a railway engineer while my mother […]

Will EFCC take Patience Jonathan’s bait?

Sonala Olumhense Nigeria’s former First Lady, Patience Jonathan, has proposed to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), an out-of-court “amicable resolution of all cases” the agency has against her. The proposal is dated January 30, the sa
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Will EFCC take Patience Jonathan’s bait?

Sonala Olumhense Nigeria’s former First Lady, Patience Jonathan, has proposed to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), an out-of-court “amicable resolution of all cases” the agency has against her. The proposal is dated January 30, the same date a federal court dismissed Mrs. Jonathan’s June 2017 breach of fundamental rights suit against the EFCC […]

Things to avoid doing before age 40

Dr. Sylvester Ikhisemojie Although doctors are often loathe to neatly categorising disease conditions according to age, it is important to understand here and now that sustaining a good level of health is one thing before the age of 40 years and entirely anot
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Things to avoid doing before age 40

Dr. Sylvester Ikhisemojie Although doctors are often loathe to neatly categorising disease conditions according to age, it is important to understand here and now that sustaining a good level of health is one thing before the age of 40 years and entirely another thing after that age. To be sure, diseases abound at all ages; […]

Scarcity: NBS puts average price of petrol at N191/litre

Ifeanyi Onuba Many Nigerians are still paying far above N145 per litre pump price of petrol approved by the Federal Government for the product, a report of the National Bureau of Statistics has indicated. The NBS in its Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) price wat
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Scarcity: NBS puts average price of petrol at N191/litre

Ifeanyi Onuba Many Nigerians are still paying far above N145 per litre pump price of petrol approved by the Federal Government for the product, a report of the National Bureau of Statistics has indicated. The NBS in its Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) price watch for January stated that on the average, Nigerians paid the sum […]

I enrolled in a drama academy while on crutches— Bayo Awala

Veteran filmmaker, Bayo Awala, speaks with TOFARATI IGE about his career and experience on sets such as the Village Headmaster and many others What are some of the interesting moments you can recall of your childhood? My childhood seems like a century ago (la
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I enrolled in a drama academy while on crutches— Bayo Awala

Veteran filmmaker, Bayo Awala, speaks with TOFARATI IGE about his career and experience on sets such as the Village Headmaster and many others What are some of the interesting moments you can recall of your childhood? My childhood seems like a century ago (laughs). I remember that I was an extremely volatile young man. My […]

Three girls suffocate inside parked car in Kano

The Kano State Police Command confirmed on Saturday that three girls died of suffocation inside a parked car in Sabon Gari area of Kano metropolis. The spokesman of the command, Mr Magaji Majiya, said, “The car has been parked there for more than one year;
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Three girls suffocate inside parked car in Kano

The Kano State Police Command confirmed on Saturday that three girls died of suffocation inside a parked car in Sabon Gari area of Kano metropolis. The spokesman of the command, Mr Magaji Majiya, said, “The car has been parked there for more than one year; the girls were playing around it and later locked themselves […]

ICYMI: Those asking Buhari to contest again are liars, he should go home and rest –Enugu Archbishop

Archbishop of the Enugu Anglican Diocese, His Grace, Most Reverend Emmanuel Chukwuma, in this interview with IHUOMA CHIEDOZIE, sheds light on his sermon during the burial ceremony of Second Republic Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme What inspired the message y
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ICYMI: Those asking Buhari to contest again are liars, he should go home and rest –Enugu Archbishop

Archbishop of the Enugu Anglican Diocese, His Grace, Most Reverend Emmanuel Chukwuma, in this interview with IHUOMA CHIEDOZIE, sheds light on his sermon during the burial ceremony of Second Republic Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme What inspired the message you delivered at the burial of Dr. Alex Ekwueme? What inspired me, I should say, was […]

Smugglers abandon N51m Range Rover SUV in Ogun

Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta The Ogun State Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service says it recovered a 2018 model Range Rover SUV inside a forest in Ifo Local Government Area where it was abandoned by smugglers as operatives of the command closed in on them
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Smugglers abandon N51m Range Rover SUV in Ogun

Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta The Ogun State Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service says it recovered a 2018 model Range Rover SUV inside a forest in Ifo Local Government Area where it was abandoned by smugglers as operatives of the command closed in on them. This vehicle was among the 13 smuggled used vehicles it […]

Army not aware of Shekau’s whereabouts – Kukasheka

The Nigerian Army on Friday dismissed as “misleading” reports indicating that the Boko Haram factional leader, Abubakar Shekau, escaped to Cameroun. Brig.-Gen. Sani Kukasheka, the Director, Army Public Relations, said in a statement issued in Maiduguri th
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Army not aware of Shekau’s whereabouts – Kukasheka

The Nigerian Army on Friday dismissed as “misleading” reports indicating that the Boko Haram factional leader, Abubakar Shekau, escaped to Cameroun. Brig.-Gen. Sani Kukasheka, the Director, Army Public Relations, said in a statement issued in Maiduguri that the army was not aware of the whereabouts of the fugitive Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau. Kukasheka said […]

Ethiopia imposes six-month emergency rule

Ethiopia said Saturday that a state of emergency will remain in place for six months, as the authorities banned protests to quell what they termed “chaos and unruliness” despite condemnation from key ally the United States. The council of minister
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Ethiopia imposes six-month emergency rule

Ethiopia said Saturday that a state of emergency will remain in place for six months, as the authorities banned protests to quell what they termed “chaos and unruliness” despite condemnation from key ally the United States. The council of ministers declared the country’s second emergency decree in two years on Friday evening, capping a tumultuous week […]

Tiv, Junkun, Kanuri people were never conquered by Fulani –Uwazurike

Chief Goddy Uwazurike is a lawyer and the President-Emeritus of Igbo think tank, Aka Ikenga. In this interview with GBENRO ADEOYE, Uwazurike, who was a delegate to the 2014 National Conference, says Prof. Umar Labdo of the Maitama Sule University, who recentl
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Tiv, Junkun, Kanuri people were never conquered by Fulani –Uwazurike

Chief Goddy Uwazurike is a lawyer and the President-Emeritus of Igbo think tank, Aka Ikenga. In this interview with GBENRO ADEOYE, Uwazurike, who was a delegate to the 2014 National Conference, says Prof. Umar Labdo of the Maitama Sule University, who recently described Fulani as destined to lead Nigeria, should seek more education What do […]

Customer goes ‘mad’ in Ondo bank, beats official

Peter Dada, Akure A man, 32-year-old Toluwalase Ojulowo, became violent in a branch of First Bank Plc at at Alagbaka area of Akure, Ondo State, on Friday, destroying expensive equipment and beating up an official at the bank in the process. The customer was s
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Customer goes ‘mad’ in Ondo bank, beats official

Peter Dada, Akure A man, 32-year-old Toluwalase Ojulowo, became violent in a branch of First Bank Plc at at Alagbaka area of Akure, Ondo State, on Friday, destroying expensive equipment and beating up an official at the bank in the process. The customer was said to have entered the banking at about 1pm to complain […]

Seven months after, FG fails to release looters’ list

Ade Adesomoju and Tunde Ajaja Seven months after a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos ordered the Federal Government to release to Nigerians the list of public officials from whom public funds had been recovered, the list has yet to be released by the author
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Seven months after, FG fails to release looters’ list

Ade Adesomoju and Tunde Ajaja Seven months after a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos ordered the Federal Government to release to Nigerians the list of public officials from whom public funds had been recovered, the list has yet to be released by the authorities. Justice Hadiza Shagari had on July 6, 2017, in her […]

Renowned playwright, Akinwunmi Ishola, is dead

Renowned playwright and cultural activist, Prof. Akinwunmi Ishola, is dead. According to family sources, the revered poet passed away on Saturday morning in Ibadan at the age of 78. Details later.
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Renowned playwright, Akinwunmi Ishola, is dead

Renowned playwright and cultural activist, Prof. Akinwunmi Ishola, is dead. According to family sources, the revered poet passed away on Saturday morning in Ibadan at the age of 78. Details later.

BREAKING: Three children, 10 others killed in Mexican minister’s helicopter crash

Thirteen people, including three children, were killed when a cabinet minister’s helicopter crash-landed on the way to the epicenter of an earthquake, state officials said Saturday. The military helicopter that went down late Friday carried Interior Min
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BREAKING: Three children, 10 others killed in Mexican minister’s helicopter crash

Thirteen people, including three children, were killed when a cabinet minister’s helicopter crash-landed on the way to the epicenter of an earthquake, state officials said Saturday. The military helicopter that went down late Friday carried Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete and Oaxaca state Governor Alejandro Murat, who were unharmed. But five women, four men, and the […]

Boko Haram member who served as guard in Lagos jailed 25 years

Ade Adesomoju The Federal High Court in Wawa Cantonment, Kainji, Niger State, on Thursday sentenced Babagana Ali to 25 years imprisonment for participating in Boko Haram’s attacks in different communities in Borno State in 2015. The court, although preside
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Boko Haram member who served as guard in Lagos jailed 25 years

Ade Adesomoju The Federal High Court in Wawa Cantonment, Kainji, Niger State, on Thursday sentenced Babagana Ali to 25 years imprisonment for participating in Boko Haram’s attacks in different communities in Borno State in 2015. The court, although presided over by another judge, also sentenced one Sunday Abana of the Askira Uba Local Government Area […]

Tips for making the most of your current account

You might think that your current account is free and doesn’t cost you anything, but depending on how you are using your account, it might be costing thousands of naira to run it. According to www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk, there is a need to make sure you
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Tips for making the most of your current account

You might think that your current account is free and doesn’t cost you anything, but depending on how you are using your account, it might be costing thousands of naira to run it. According to www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk, there is a need to make sure you’re getting the most from your bank account and switch if there […]

I stood out against PSG — History-making Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo says he “stood out” as Real Madrid beat Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie on Wednesday, Skysports reports. The European champions had trailed to Adrien Rabiot’s 33rd-minute strike at the Bernabe
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I stood out against PSG — History-making Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo says he “stood out” as Real Madrid beat Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie on Wednesday, Skysports reports. The European champions had trailed to Adrien Rabiot’s 33rd-minute strike at the Bernabeu, only for Ronaldo to equalise on the stroke of half-time from the penalty spot. That goal […]

Tier-2 banks face capital shortfall on naira depreciation –Fitch

Oyetunji Abioye A number of Nigeria’s tier-2 banks (banks with total assets less than N2tn) will fall below the capital adequacy ratio of the Central Bank of Nigeria should the naira depreciate to 450/United States dollar, Fitch Ratings has said. This was t
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Tier-2 banks face capital shortfall on naira depreciation –Fitch

Oyetunji Abioye A number of Nigeria’s tier-2 banks (banks with total assets less than N2tn) will fall below the capital adequacy ratio of the Central Bank of Nigeria should the naira depreciate to 450/United States dollar, Fitch Ratings has said. This was the result of a recent stress test carried out on the Deposit Money […]

We can’t provide information on Buhari’s UK treatment –Emefiele, CBN

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Central Bank of Nigeria and its Governor, Godwin Emefiele, have opposed a suit requesting them to provide information on the money spent on President Muhammadu Buhari’s treatment in London, United Kingdom. The CBN and Emefiele argue
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We can’t provide information on Buhari’s UK treatment –Emefiele, CBN

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Central Bank of Nigeria and its Governor, Godwin Emefiele, have opposed a suit requesting them to provide information on the money spent on President Muhammadu Buhari’s treatment in London, United Kingdom. The CBN and Emefiele argued that it was not within their immediate responsibilities to provide such information on the treatment […]

Seven months after changing to woman, father becomes man again

A father of two who transitioned to be a woman after eight years of marriage is transitioning back to being a man after just seven months. James Cohen, 36, told his wife, Eirian, 36, that he wanted to become a woman after claiming he’d hidden his gender sec
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Seven months after changing to woman, father becomes man again

A father of two who transitioned to be a woman after eight years of marriage is transitioning back to being a man after just seven months. James Cohen, 36, told his wife, Eirian, 36, that he wanted to become a woman after claiming he’d hidden his gender secret since he was a child. But James, […]

Army offers N3m reward for information on Shekau

The Nigerian Army has placed a N3 million reward for information that will lead to the arrest of Abubakar Shekau, the fugitive factional leader of the Boko Haram terrorists group. The army announced the bounty in a statement signed by its Spokesman, Brig.-Gen
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Army offers N3m reward for information on Shekau

The Nigerian Army has placed a N3 million reward for information that will lead to the arrest of Abubakar Shekau, the fugitive factional leader of the Boko Haram terrorists group. The army announced the bounty in a statement signed by its Spokesman, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, on Thursday. “Anybody with such credible information can either contact […]

German football league breaks revenue record

Revenues in Germany’s top two divisions have increased for a 13th straight season and topped four billion euros for the first time, the German Football League reported on Thursday. The annual figures for the DFL, which is made up of the Bundesliga and B
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German football league breaks revenue record

Revenues in Germany’s top two divisions have increased for a 13th straight season and topped four billion euros for the first time, the German Football League reported on Thursday. The annual figures for the DFL, which is made up of the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2, show a 4.2 percent growth in revenue for the 36 […]

Why Jacob Zuma resigned

South African President Jacob Zuma resigned on Wednesday as the ruling ANC party finally turned against him after nine years of corruption scandals, economic slowdown and falling popularity. Zuma railed against the African National Congress (ANC) for “
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Why Jacob Zuma resigned

South African President Jacob Zuma resigned on Wednesday as the ruling ANC party finally turned against him after nine years of corruption scandals, economic slowdown and falling popularity. Zuma railed against the African National Congress (ANC) for “recalling” him from office and threatening to oust him via a parliament no-confidence vote due on Thursday. In a […]

Gunmen kill first class graduate, 400-level student

Some gunmen believed to be armed robbers killed a first class graduate of Economics and a 400-level student of English Department of the Federal University, Lafia. PUNCH Metro learnt that the robbers invaded Mararaba-Akunza village in the Lafia Local Governme
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Gunmen kill first class graduate, 400-level student

Some gunmen believed to be armed robbers killed a first class graduate of Economics and a 400-level student of English Department of the Federal University, Lafia. PUNCH Metro learnt that the robbers invaded Mararaba-Akunza village in the Lafia Local Government Area of the state around 10pm on Tuesday. The men shot continuously, killing the two […]

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