IGP orders removal of ‘illegal’ roadblocks nationwide

   The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, has ordered the dismantling of illegal revenue collection and other roadblocks across the country.  A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Jimoh Moshood, said to give effect to the directive, men of the X-Squad Unit will begin monitoring operations on Monday. The statement reads in part: “The Inspector General of Police…has deployed Special X-Squad Teams of the Force across the country to commence with effect from Monday, 17th April, 2017 the removal of all forms of illegal blockage…

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Nigerian interbank rate jumps on cash shortage

Nigerian interbank lending rates rose sharply by around 100 percentage points on Thursday, as commercial lenders scrambled for cash to pay for bond purchases and cover their positions, traders said. Overnight lending rates rose to around 300 per cent from 200 per cent at the end of Wednesday, as naira liquidity dried up in the banking system and some banks were forced to borrow from the central bank. Nigeria raised N105.32 billion ($345 million) from bond sales this week, and payment for the debt sale was due on Thursday, draining…

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Fire destroys Sokoto old market

Goods worth millions of naira were on Friday night destroyed by fire at a section of the Sokoto old market, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. NAN reports that dozens of shops containing assorted food stuff, cooking oil, detergents and other household items were consumed by the inferno. A similar incident occurred on July 24, 2016 at the textile section of the market. The Head of Operations, Sokoto State Fire Service, Mr Mustapha Mohammed, told NAN that “the inferno started at around 9pm yesterday night”. “But we were able…

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Edo guber: Obaseki floors Ize-Iyamu

PDP to appeal judgement   It was victory song for members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State yesterday as the state Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Benin, the state capital, affirmed Mr. Godwin Obaseki as the winner and duly elected governor in the September 28, 2016 governorship polls held in the state. The tribunal also dismissed the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, for lack of merit. The petition was filed on October 19, 2016 to challenge the…

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Entrepreneurial skill for 60 Vesico-Vaginal Fistula Survivors

Their health condition may have crippled them emotionally and socially, their husbands may have rejected them thereby giving the society a topic for discussion or something to gossip. One thing certain is that it is indeed not their fault neither is it by their designs to be scorned at or become abandoned wives. They are victims of Vesico- Vaginal Fistula (VVF) survivors in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State. Luck smiled on them when the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow, Ms. Chidinma Mbanasor, recently concluded a series of vocational rehabilitation and economic empowerment program…

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