DSS arraigns alleged kidnapper of Unity Bank manager in Rivers

The Department of State Services (DSS) on Wednesday arraigned the leader of a vigilance group, Emeke Agbabere, in a Chief Magistrates’ Court in Port Harcourt for allegedly kidnapping a banker. Agbabere, the secretary of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area Security, Peace and Advisory Committee, is facing a two-count charge of conspiracy as well as kidnapping and illegal detention. The prosecuting counsel, Mr Calistus Eze, told the court that the accused conspired with others at large to lure, kidnap and illegally detain one Johnson Oyedokun, the branch Manager of Unity Bank at…

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Leicester deny Mahrez has retired

Leicester City confirmed on Wednesday that star forward Riyad Mahrez is not quitting football after a bizarre post appeared on the player’s Facebook page announcing he was retiring. The post said the Algerian was retiring after a medical consultation, prompting an outpouring of disappointment from fans but also claims it was fake. “After the last consultation with many doctors, I’ve decided to stay away from football,” the Facebook post said. “As my time as a football player comes to an end, I would like to say few words. “I want…

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Syria army intensifies fight against rebels in Eastern Ghouta

Rebels in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta have reiterated they will defend the area and will not accept a negotiation for a Russian-proposed withdrawal, a military spokesperson of one of the rebel groups in the enclave said. Reuters News Agency on Wednesday reported that the spokesperson said “there are no negotiations about this subject”, referencing Russia’s offer to provide rebels and their families safe passage out of Eastern Ghouta. “The factions of Ghouta and their fighters and its people are holding onto their land and will defend it,” Hamza Birqdar told Reuters…

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Federal govt urged to make science, technology development national priority

Prof. Onuegbu Ugwu of Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo, Abakaliki, has called on government to consider the development of Science and Technology (S&T) as a national priority. Ugwu, the Director of Research and Development at the institution, made the call in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday on the side-line of the on-going Science and Technology Expo in Abuja. The expo with the theme, “Fast Tracking Sustainable Development of Nigeria through Science and Technology’’, is scheduled to end on Friday. He said that the country had enough…

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Israel gives Palestine condition for peace

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that President Mahmoud Abbas of Palestine must embrace peace and stop paying terrorists in order to end the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Netanyahu said this while on official visit to Washington DC, United States (U.S.). “To get peace, President Abbas has to embrace peace and to stop supporting terror … He pays about $350 million a year to terrorists and their families,” Netanyahu said during remarks to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference. The prime minister added that he…

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REA to develop 10,000 electricity mini grids for rural communities

The Rural Electrification Agency (REA), on Wednesday, announced that it would develop 10,000 electricity mini grids to support electrification of rural communities in the country. According to a statement by REA’s Director of Promotion, Mr Ayang Ogbe, the Agency’s Managing Director, Mrs Damilola Ogunbiyi, said this at a meeting with stakeholders of Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) in Abuja. The statement described RMI as an independent non-profit organisation involved in transforming global energy use to create a clean and secure low-carbon future. Ogunbiyi was quoted as saying that the current regulatory…

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Governor Tambuwal: High interest rate hurting small businesses

The prevailing interest rate charged by banks is hurting small businesses in the country and should be reviewed downwards to enhance growth and economic stability, Sokoto state Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has said. Speaking in Sokoto when he received the Managing Director of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, Mr. Ken Uzoka, Tambuwal said another challenge with high interest rate is that it is denying many individuals and small-holder entities access to loans, thereby limiting their ability to expand. “I want to urge banks in the country, and especially…

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Resource centre tasks govt on healthcare workers safety

Ethics Resource Centre Nigeria, an International Non-governmental Organisation (INGO), has appealed to governments to support capacity building conference on security of healthcare workers. Mr Ike Onyechere, the Chairman of the centre and coordinating agency of the upcoming national conference on security of hospitals and health workers, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. According to him, the conference will empower health practitioners on security best practices and protocols that will reduce their vulnerability to security threats and risks. He further noted that…

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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos named world’s richest man

The Forbes magazine has named the Amazon founder and chief executive, Jeff Bezos, as the world’s richest man with 112bn dollar fortune. Bezos replaced the Microsoft co-founder, Bill Gates, who fell back into second place with 90bn dollars. Forbes calculated that Bezos’s fortune, which is mostly held in Amazon shares, increased by 39.2bn dollars over the past year. The biggest ever one-year gain. Amazon’s shares have nearly doubled from 846 dollars a share last March to 1,523 dollars per share last night. Gates, who had topped the Forbes billionaires list…

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Nigerian emerges Italy’s first black senator

A 62-year-old Nigerian, Tony Iwobi, has been elected the first black senator in the history of Italy. The emergence of the Nigerian, who belongs to the Anti-Immigration League, was announced on Tuesday. Iwobi, of Spirano in Lombardy, announced “with great emotion” on his Facebook page that he had been elected to the Senate in Italy’s general elections. “After more than 25 years of fighting as part of the League’s big family, I’m about to start another great adventure,” Iwobi wrote, going on to thank leader Matteo Salvini and his other…

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