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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies at 65

Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen has died from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma on Monday afternoon. Allen’s Vulcan Inc. announced that he died in Seattle at 65 years old. Allen’s sister, Jody, said he was “a remarkable individual on every level.” “While most knew Paul Allen as a technologist and philanthropist, for us he was a much-loved brother and uncle, and an ...

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SERAP condemns Buhari’s travel ban on 50 Nigerians; says it’s illegal, repressive

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has said that “The order banning 50 alleged high-profile corrupt Nigerians from travelling abroad without any legal basis and a judicial authorization is clearly arbitrary, repressive and illegal, as it breaches constitutional rights and the country’s international obligations, which protect the rights to freedom of movement, to leave one’s country, to privacy, and ...

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EFCC seizes N1.1b gold at Abuja airport, goes after four suspects

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has seized gold worth about $3, 131, 412.39 (N1, 127, 308, 460.39) being allegedly exported to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, illegally. It named one Abba Ali Yahaya as the brain behind the deal. Apart from impounding his passport, about €112,000 undeclared by Abba, has also been forfeited over alleged violation of the nation’s ...

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FG to commence N5000 cash transfer through NIPOST in Benue, Anambra, Nasarawa

The Federal Government would soon commence payment of N5, 000 to vulnerable Nigerians in three states using the newly introduced financial services of the Nigeria Postal Services (NIPOST) for the cash transfer. The government said the package is under the present administration’s social welfare programme to help the poor and the needy in the society. Under the new contract, NIPOST ...

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My grouse with Buhari’s govt – Bishop Oyedepo

The Bishop of Living Faith Church (aka Winners Chapel), Bishop David Oyedepo, yesterday explained his grouse with the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. Oyedepo alleged that the Buhari’s government has, since 2015, handled the killings of Nigerians in some Middle Belt states with kid gloves. Speaking in Ota, Ogun State, at the Church’s Sunday Service titled ‘Covenant Day of Open ...

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GlobalHandwashingDay: ‘Only 1 in 5 people wash their hands after going to the toilet’ – WaterAid Nigeria

Washing hands with soap and water reduces cases of diarrhoea by almost 50% – yet on average, around the world only 19% of people wash hands with soap after defecation. This Global Handwashing Day, WaterAid urges governments worldwide to prioritise handwashing promotion, alongside water and sanitation, to save lives. According to ‘The recipe for success: How policy-makers can integrate water, ...

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FG Pledges To Partner Guild Of Professional Bloggers Of Nigeria Towards Eradicating Fake News

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has advised Nigerians not to share any news they cannot vouch for. He stated this on Saturday at the inaugural lecture of the Guild of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria (GPBN), which held at Radission Blu, Ikeja, Lagos. The lecture which was titled: ‘Combating Fake News in the Cyberspace’, saw in attendance ...

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Credible elections: The press must put pressure on politicians to get it right – Okowa

Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has challenged journalists to put pressure on politicians to ensure they do promote free, fair and credible elections in the country. The governor gave the charge on Friday at the 14th All Nigerian Editors Conference with the theme, “Credible Elections, Sustainable Democracy and the Nigerian Media” in Asaba. He said that the politicians on their ...

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ActionAid trains Nigerian journalists on fight against social injustice, poverty

Twenty-nine Nigerian journalists have been trained by ActionAid Nigeria on how to help in the fight against corruption, social injustice, and poverty in the country. The journalists, drawn from different media organisations across Nigeria, converged in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, for the two-day training, which ended on Wednesday. ActionAid and its partners – Journalists Against Poverty (JAP) and Upright For ...

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“Every Nigerian Girl Child deserves to be educated” – Amb Emma Gabari

Every 11th October is the International Day of the Girl Child. It is commemorated all over the world to align with the struggles, challenges and difficulties that the girl child particularly the African girl child faces. A non-governmental organisation African Focus For Youth Development (AFFYD) Kano, with support from Youthub Africa, brought together students, activists, CSO coalitions, media and other ...

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