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NCDC registers 269 new COVID-19 infections for Nigeria –

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has registered 269  cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 155, 076. The NCDC disclosed this on its official Twitter handle on Sunday. It stated that till date, 158, 506 cases have been confirmed, 137, 875 cases have been discharged and 1, 969 deaths have […]

Nigeria records 269 new coronavirus infections

After reporting its lowest COVID-19 daily infection figure in seven months on Saturday, Nigeria recorded another relatively low number on Sunday with 269 new cases. This is according to an update by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Sunday night. In the update, however, Lagos, the epicentre of the disease in Nigeria, which on […]

Keynesian Bouquet For ‘Starboy’ At 64, By Louis Odion

Sobriety – if not austere aloofness – would ordinarily appear the chief trait that defines a varsity professor. This probably explains why far less public attention is paid to his other proficiency: master of spontaneous humor. Answering a question during a campaign town-hall meeting in Benin City in 2015 ahead of the March 28 presidential […]

Police officer kidnapped in Edo

A senior officer with the Edo State Police Command has been kidnapped. Newsmen gathered that gunmen broke into the Benin residence of the victim identified as ASP Clement Amoko in the early hours of Sunday and whisked him away. He was reportedly taken away in the presence of his wife and children. A source told […]

Edo govt, UNIDO meet heads of MDAs, others over state’s industrialisation drive – Nigerian Observer

The Edo State Government is collaborating with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) on the realisation of the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration’s industrialisation drive, aimed at ensuring economic growth and development. The state government and UNIDO recently held a technical session with the heads of Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in the state to […]

Oil palm firm re-strategises for optimal performance

The Okitipupa Oil Palm (OOP) Plc has embarked on some measures aimed at re-strategizing and putting the company on a solid footing to enable it respond effectively to emerging challenges and return it to its past leading role in the industry. The oil company has now partnered with the Nigerian Institute For Oil Palm Research […]

Nigeria records 195 new coronavirus cases

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says Nigeria recorded 195 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday — representing the lowest single-day count of 2021. The latest positive cases of COVID-19 were recorded in 16 states and the federal capital territory (FCT). Lagos, the state worst hit by the pandemic in Nigeria, topped the list […]

We didn’t divert N3 billion CBN Agric loan – Bayelsa Govt

The Bayelsa State Government on Saturday denied allegations that a N3 billion agriculture loan from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has been diverted by government officials. David Alagoa, the commissioner for agriculture in the state, described the allegations as “false, baseless and childish”. John Idumange, a former general manager of the state-owned Bayelsa Broadcasting […]

PEF chief asked to resign over alleged ‘lopsided recruitment’

The New Initiative for Credible Leadership (NICREL) has demanded the resignation of Ahmed Bobboi, Executive Secretary of the Petroleum Equalization Fund Management Board. The organization condemned a recruitment exercise conducted in 2020, alleging that of the 200 persons hired, only 17 persons were from the oil-producing states. Executive Director of the group, Cyprian Godknows, in […]

Obaseki meets Oshiomhole in Auchi, says no personal grudge with ex-APC chair … ‘PDP Zonal Congress to hold Tuesday’ – Nigerian Observer

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki at the weekend maintained that he has no personal grudges against his predecessor and former chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, but only dislikes his style of politics. Obaseki disclosed this to journalists in Auchi, Etsako-West Local Government Area of the state, at the […]

Obaseki pledges sustained investment in Edo’s healthcare system, more support for School of Nursing, Uzairue – Nigerian Observer

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has assured that the state government will support the Catholic School of Nursing and Midwifery, Uzairue in Etsako-West Local Government Area, as part of commitment to strengthen the healthcare system in the state. Obaseki gave the assurance at the Centenary Birthday Thanksgiving celebration of Msgr. Thomas Oleghe and […]

Lessons Niger Delta leaders must learn from Buhari – IYC president

The President of the Ijaw Youth Council, Peter Igbifa, said political leaders in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region must learn “very important lessons” from President Muhammadu Buhari, instead of joining others to criticise the president. The Niger Delta region has remained underdeveloped, despite producing the oil that sustains Nigeria’s economy. Agencies like the Niger Delta Development […]

APC boycotts local council elections in Delta

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta State said it pulled out of the Saturday local council elections in the state. The APC spokesperson in the state, Sylvester Imonina, said this in a statement in Asaba on Saturday. Mr Imonina said the party boycotted the election because the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC) and […]

Ex-APC chairman quits party after Supreme Court ruling

A former acting chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Rivers State, Igo Aguma, has announced his exit from the party, few hours after the Supreme Court affirmed his removal as the APC chairman. The former chairman had filed an appeal against the Court of Appeal judgment that upturned a High Court judgment that declared […]

Mobile court sentences 33 for various offences in Benin

File Photo A Mobile Court in Benin on Friday convicted 33 people for not wearing face masks, improper disposal of refuse and displaying wares in unauthorised places. Newsmen report that the Edo government imposed the use of face masks as a strategy to curb the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The prosecuting counsel, Mr G. O. […]

Nigeria records 371 new coronavirus cases, three deaths

Nigeria on Friday recorded 371 new COVID-19 infections in 20 states, health authorities have said. The new figure was a significant decrease from the 709 reported in the previous 24-hour cycle. Nigeria suffered its worst phase of the COVID-19 outbreak between December and January as daily infections averaged over 1,000. Recently however, infection figures have […]

COVID-19 protocols: A reporter’s Friday night experience

On the 27th of January, 2021, President Muhammadu Buhari signed the Coronavirus Health Guidelines Order with far-reaching provisions and restrictions that equally carried punishments for contraventions. The President, also directed the Nigeria Police Force, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Federal Road Safety Corps, Nigeria Immigration Service, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, and other relevant […]

Family of kidnappers nabbed in Ogun + Photo –

A kidnap syndicate made up of members of the same family has been apprehended by operatives of the Ogun State Police Command. This was disclosed by the spokesman of the Ogun State Police Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, in a statement on Friday. Oyeyemi said the family members were nabbed following series of kidnap cases within Sagamu […]

PDP celebrates Obasanjo at 84

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has felicitated with former President Olusegun Obasanjo on the occasion of his 84th birthday. In a statement by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Friday, the party described Mr Obasanjo as “a patriotic leader, global figure and exceptionally energetic administrator, who made immeasurable contributions, both as a military leader and as […]

Edo govt reads riot act against criminals removing steel manhole covers on major roads, walkways – Nigerian Observer

The Edo State Government has urged members of the public to report anyone or group of persons found removing manhole covers on major roads and walkways to the nearest security agency or to the Ministry of Environment and Sustainability. In a statement, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Sustainability, Lucky Wasa said security agencies have […]