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Trump is Kremlin’s puppet – Russian editor

Many Russians believe that President Donald Trump is a “puppet” in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s hands and is being used to fulfill his agenda of discrediting democracies across the world, the editor-in-chief of the Moscow Times, a prominent Russian newspaper critical of Putin’s politics, said Wednesday. Mikhail Fishman said popular opinion in Russia is that Trump is a “stupid, unstrategic politician” who can be manipulated ... Read More »

Cameroon repatriates 500 Nigerians fleeing Boko Haram – UN

Cameroon has forcibly repatriated more than 500 Nigerians who had fled into the country due to the Boko Haram insurgency, according to the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR). A total of 517 Nigerians were sent back to their home country, including 313 who had applied for asylum, according to a UNHCR statement reported by AFP. Boko Haram, a militant Islamist group that ... Read More »

CBN to sell $230m in FX forwards, intervenes on spot market

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) will auction $230 million in forward contracts on the official market on Thursday after selling $370 million this week to boost dollar liquidity and help narrow the gap between the official and black market rates, traders said. The Bank also sold $1.5 million on the spot market to help keep interbank rates at 305.50 ... Read More »

Buhari is getting better – Etiebet

Former Minister of Petroleum, Chief Don Etiebet, has assured Nigerians that President Muhammadu Buhari is doing fine in London. He said images of Buhari receiving visitors and discussing with them prove he was doing well. Etiebet urged Nigerians to be positive about the health issue of President Buhari and pray for his quick recovery. “I do not believe there is ... Read More »

Why Osinbajo cannot perform in Buhari’s absence – PDP chieftain

  A member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Isuwa Dogo, has stated that the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, cannot effectively perform in the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari. He said the fact was that appointees serving in the current government are only loyal to Buhari and would promptly act on any directive from him. Dogo, a ... Read More »

NDDC redeploys 11 directors

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has redeployed 11 directors to different offices and directorates to boost its performance in the development of the Niger Delta. The Managing Director of NDDC, Nsima Ekere, said on Thursday in Port Harcourt that the decision to shake-up the NDDC was taken after the commission’s retreat in Port Harcourt. He said the affected directors ... Read More »

Gambia: Police arrest Jammeh’s intelligence chief, deputy

The Police have arrested Gambia’s former head of the national intelligence agency and his deputy, part of President Adama Barrow’s attempts to re-establish democracy in the small West African nation, a police spokesperson said Wednesday. Spy chief, Yankuba Badjie, and director of operations, Omar Jeng, were detained on Monday and being investigated for potential abuses of power, spokesman Foday Conta ... Read More »

Reps investigate hike in petroleum gas price

The House of Representatives, on Wednesday, mandated its committee on Gas Resources and Petroleum Downstream to investigate the recent scarcity and reported hike in the price of liquefied petroleum gas. The mandate was subsequent to a motion sponsored by Hon. Sergius Ogun. Hon. Ogun, in his lead debate, said the price of gas has been on a constant rise, with ... Read More »

10,000 illegal immigrants apprehended in Oyo

No fewer than 10,000 illegal immigrants were apprehended in Oyo State between January and December 2016 by men and officers of the Nigeria Immigrations Service (NIS), Zone F, Ibadan. The disclosure was made at a press conference addressed by the Assistant Comptroller General of NIS in the zone, Olaseni Lawal, on Wednesday. The zone comprises commands of NIS in Oyo, ... Read More »

Moscow to demolish 8,000 Soviet-era housing blocks

  Moscow city authorities are to tear down about 8,000 blocks of flats built in the 1950s and 1960s in a major clearance programme that will involve rehousing 1.6 million people, according to reports. Mayor Sergei Sobyanin told a council meeting on Wednesday that the decision follows a positive review of an earlier, more modest demolition of about 1,700 of ... Read More »