Again, Sokoto empowers 350 women, youths

No fewer than 350 women and youths in Sokoto State at the weekend graduated from the skills acquisition programme organised by the state government under its citizens’ empowerment initiative. The programme, coordinated by the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, followed the re-cent graduation of 2,000 women from another empowerment initiative meant to enhance job creation and tackle poverty. Speaking at the graduation of the last batch of 132 trainees at the Wamakko Training Centre at the weekend, Governor Aminu Tambuwal, said the overall objective of his administration was to…

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Again, CBN boosts forex liquidity with $100m

Banks only able to pick up $68.51m Twenty four hours after it injected $280 million into the Foreign Exchange Market, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) yesterday carried out spot, wholesale interventions in the interbank forex market by offering a total sum of $100million to authorized dealers to meet the 7 to 15-day forwards requests of customers. The latest intervention was confirmed by the Acting Director, Corporate Communications Department, CBN, Mr. Isaac Okorafor, who, however, disclosed that the banks and authorized dealers were only able to pick up $68.51 million….

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US court halts two executions

  The top court in Arkansas has halted two executions that were due to start a series of seven in 11 days. The state’s Supreme Court acted hours before convicted murderers Don Davis and Bruce Ward were due to die, but the Davis decision could yet be reversed. Their lawyers had argued they were mentally unfit to face execution and were denied proper assessment. But there was a victory for the state when a federal court lifted an order that blocked all seven executions. A blanket ruling made on Saturday…

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NSA probes N15bn recovery

The National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Mohammed Monguno (rtd), has begun an investigation into the recovery of about N15 billion by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). This is as President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), to submit a report on the recovery. The EFCC had, last week Wednesday, recovered $43.4 million, £27,800 and N23.2 million totalling about N15 billion from a private apartment at the Osborne Towers in Ikoyi, Lagos. New Telegraph was informed…

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Malabu probe: Reps backpedal on Jonathan’s invitation

Barely a week after the House of Representatives’ ad hoc committee investigating allegations of corruption, malpractices, and breach of due process in the award of oil prospecting licence (OPL 245) better known as Malabu oil scandal, said it planned to invite former President Goodluck Jonathan, there are indications that the committee will no longer insist on the appearance of the former leader. New Telegraph reliably gathered that the ad hoc committee, led by Hon. Razaq Atunwa (APC, Kwara) may have considered the implications of the invitation of the former president…

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Karamajiji: A forgotten beggars’ colony

Some years ago, the then Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Nasir el-Rufai considered beggars a nuisance on the streets of Abuja and decided to forcefully evacuate them to a “special location”. The idea was to give Abuja, the Capital City, a facelift. However, many years after, the vision appears to have been derailed. CALEB ONWE reports     Karamajiji, a sprawling ghetto is home to both Gwari aborigines and other tribes, especially, low income earners. It is hidden right behind the National Military Cemetery, a few metres…

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Zenith B’ball League: First Bank, Dolphins win again as 1st phase ends

The first phase of the National Women’s Basketball League sponsored by Zenith Bank ended on Monday in Abuja with favorites First Bank and Dolphins maintaining winning streak. A total of 18 teams from various parts of the country took part in the competition which started on April 10 at the Package B Sports Hall of the National Stadium in Abuja. However, three top contenders maintained an unbeaten run so far in the league series which is expected to continue in Kaduna from May 1. First Bank, Dolphins and Customs after…

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