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Nigeria’s coronavirus infections exceed 45,000

The number of coronavirus infections in Nigeria exceeded 45,000 on Thursday after 354 new cases were found in the nation in the past 24 hours, authorities have said. The latest figure – one of the lowest in over two weeks – brings the total number of infections in the country ...

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INVESTIGATION: How a Notorious Arms Dealer Hijacked Niger’s Budget and Bought Weapons From Russia

As militant groups spread across the Sahel, the West African nation of Niger went on a U.S.-backed military spending spree that totaled about US$1 billion between 2011 and 2019. But almost a third of that money was funnelled into inflated international arms deals – seemingly designed to allow corrupt officials ...

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COVID-19: Nigeria extends PhaseTwo of eased lockdown by four weeks

The second phase of the gradual easing of the lockdown in the country has been extended by four weeks, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, has said. Mr Mustapha while speaking at the bi-weekly Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing, on Thursday, said the extension ...

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Pension Scandal: LASU threatens legal action against PREMIUM TIMES

The management of Lagos State University (LASU) has threatened to take legal action against Nigeria’s foremost investigative newspaper, PREMIUM TIMES over a publication on the reappointment of Adebayo Ninalowo as the Pro-Chancellor of the institution despite his involvement in the controversial diversion of N198 million pension fund. Last year, PREMIUM ...

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Boko Haram, not soldiers, attacked Borno Governor’s convoy – DHQ

The Defence Headquarters has replied the Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, on the accusation that soldiers were responsible for the attack on his convoy last week Wednesday in Baga, a town in Kukawa Local Government Area of the state. This newspaper reported how Mr Zulum survived an ambush by gunmen ...

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Chinese loans constitute only 3.9% of Nigeria’s total public debt stock – DMO

Total loans by the Chinese government and affiliate agencies to Nigeria is about $3.121 billion and constitutes only about 3.94 per cent of Nigeria’s total public debt of $79.3 billion as of March 31, the Debt Management Office (DMO) has said. Also, in terms of external sources of funds, Chinese ...

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#RevolutionNow: Arrested protesters released in Lagos, Abuja, detained in Osun

Dozens of protesters who were arrested in Lagos and Abuja on Wednesday were released hours later. However, the protesters arrested in Osun were detained overnight. PREMIUM TIMES reported how scores of protesters were arrested in different states as security agencies used force to stop the largely peaceful #RevolutionNow protests. The ...

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Coronavirus: Nigeria records 457 new cases, 17 deaths

For five consecutive days, Nigeria has continued to record daily coronavirus infections below 500. On Wednesday, 457 coronavirus infections were confirmed, two days after 288 cases – the lowest number since June 8 – were reported. The latest figure brings the total number of infections in the country to 44,890, ...

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No repentant Boko Haram member has been absorbed into Nigerian military – Presidency

The presidency on Wednesday refuted the claim that some repentant Boko Haram fighters have been allowed to join the Nigerian military. The rumour has circulated on social media with many Nigerians questioning the government’s deradicalisation programme. The rumour worsened recently after the Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, said his convoy ...

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#RevolutionNow: Agba Jalingo re-arrested as security operatives crackdown on protesters nationwide

Several peaceful protesters under the umbrella of #RevolutionNow were molested and arrested Wednesday by security agents from the State Security Service (SSS), the Nigerian Army, and the police. The protesters were demanding good governance, proper infrastructural development, end to extrajudicial killings, the sack of service chiefs over the poor security ...

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