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Cameroon votes in presidential polls as conflict rages

Cameroonians voted in presidential polls on Sunday with octogenarian leader Paul Biya seeking a seventh term against a backdrop of deadly violence in the country’s English-speaking regions. The vote follows a last-minute opposition unity bid to dislodge the 85-year-old incumbent, one of Africa’s longest-serving rulers. Two leading opponents have formed the first electoral union since 1992, but talks between various other ...

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NCC to enforce consumers’ rights

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has said that it would commence enforcement of “all the rights” of the telecommunications’ consumers in the country in order to eradicate sharp practices against end-users. Already, the NCC has started enlightenment campaigns for the consumers across the country. Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, disclosed this yesterday during the 99th edition ...

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UN HUMANITARIAN, DEVELOPMENT CHIEFS JOIN FORCES TO SUPPORT CRISIS-AFFECTED PEOPLE IN NORTH-EAST NIGERIA

United Nations Development Programme Administrator Achim Steiner and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock on Friday called on national and international partners to reinforce joint efforts to address the dire humanitarian needs in the conflict-affected north-eastern Nigerian states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, while at the same time speed up the recovery of livelihoods. During a two-day joint official visit to ...

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Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Denis Mukwege, ISIS survivor Nadia Murad for fighting sexual violence

Nadia Murad, a rape survivor, who raised awareness about the abuses on 3,000 Yazidi women by the ISIS army, has won the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize. She was awarded for showing “uncommon courage in recounting her own sufferings and speaking up on behalf of other victims”. Murad was awarded alongside Denis Mukwege, a Congolese gynecologist, who has spent most of ...

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‘There Maybe Shortage Of Rice In Nigeria By Next Year’ – Minister

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, has said that if appropriate measures were not taken to replant after the recent flood, the country may experience rice shortage. Ogbeh disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday at the inauguration of National Agricultural Seed Council Molecular Facility and the 2018 Seed Fair and Farmer’s field day. He said that ...

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Tribunal restrains INEC from tampering with Osun gov poll results

The Election Petition Tribunal constituted to hear the petitions arising from the Osun State governorship election has granted an ex parte order to Senator Ademola Adeleke, restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission from altering election results as well as information contained in the card reader machines and other documents used for the poll. The tribunal, headed by Justice T.A. Igoche, ...

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UNDP ADMINISTRATOR ACHIM STEINER, HUMANITARIAN CHIEF MARK LOWCOCK TO VISIT NIGERIA, CHAD

UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock will be visiting Nigeria (5-6 Oct) and Chad (6-7 Oct) on a mission to highlight and support joint humanitarian and development efforts in these countries. In Nigeria, Mr. Lowcock and Mr. Steiner will meet with high-level government officials and representatives of the humanitarian, development and donor communities. On 6 October, ...

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UK SIGNS MOU WITH NIGERIA TO STRENGTHEN HEALTH SECURITY

The United Kingdom through its national public health institute, Public Health England (PHE) and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control(NCDC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today to strengthen health security in Nigeria. The IHR strengthening programme in Nigeria is part of a £16 million project funded by the UK Department of Health, to support the capacities of national ...

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U.S. Supreme Court snubs review of defamation suit against Cosby

Cosby’s bid to avoid a defamation lawsuit brought by a well-known former model who said the comedian sought to destroy her reputation after she publicly accused him of rape. The justices, acting six days after Cosby was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison in Pennsylvania for a 2004 sexual assault involving another woman, declined to hear his appeal ...

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GPBN WISHES NIGERIANS HAPPY 58th INDEPENDENCE DAY ANNIVERSARY AS GROUP HOLDS INAUGURAL LECTURE ON FAKE NEWS ON OCT 13

The Guild Of Professional Bloggers Of Nigeria (GPBN) wishes all Nigerians a Happy Independence as it is now set to host the first of its series of annual Lectures. The GPBN is a group of diverse bloggers founded in 2016, to exemplify professionalism in the business of news blogging in Nigeria. The 2018 Inaugural Lecture of the GPBN is themed: ...

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