Nigerian Customs Hands Over Seized Drugs and Donkey Skin to NDLEA and NAQS+30

The Nigerian Customs Service in Kebbi State has handed over seized parcels of Indian Hemp (cannabis) to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and donkey skin to the Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Services (NAQS) in a bid to enhance interagency collaboration. The Customs Area Controller emphasized the importance of anti-smuggling activities and acknowledged the sacrifices made by customs officers in the line of duty. The items seized had an approximate value of over 164 million Naira, indicating the significant impact of illicit activities on society. The state commandants of the NDLEA and NAQS expressed gratitude for the collaboration and stressed the need for parents to be vigilant in detecting signs of drug addiction in their children.

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The Crisis Deepens: Neighboring Countries Prepare to Intervene in Niger's Coup+30

Mutinous soldiers in Niger have given approval for military support from Mali and Burkina Faso against any attack, as the regional bloc ECOWAS insists on the use of force to restore the deposed President. This article explores the deepening crisis in Niger and the potential for military intervention from neighboring countries.

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Anambra State Government Working to Preserve Data Collated in Local Government Areas for Developmental Purposes+30

The Anambra State government, under the leadership of Governor Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, is taking significant steps towards preserving data collated in local government areas. With the distribution of laptops to rural areas and training programs for department heads, the government aims to improve data management and security. This move aligns with the government's vision to digitize governance processes.

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The Need for Female Leadership: Ondo State's Quest for Change and Rapid Development+30

Secretary to Ondo State Government, Mrs Oladunni Odu, advocates for the emergence of a female Governor in the 2024 governorship election in the state. She attributes the family-centric nature of women and their leadership qualities as factors that can bring about desired change and rapid development. This article explores the importance of female representation in politics and the potential impact it can have on Ondo State.

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Fifteen Engineering Graduates Successfully Complete Lafarge Africa Graduate Trainee Programme+30

Fifteen engineering graduates have successfully completed the 18-month intensive Lafarge Africa Graduate Trainee Programme. The program, focusing on attracting and nurturing young talent in the industrial field, saw over 5,000 applications, with sixty percent of the successful applicants being female. The trainees received functional training, classroom learning, and functional rotations before concluding with a final learning session in collaboration with the Lagos Business School. The graduates are set to transition into their respective positions within the Industrial Department and contribute to the organization's operations.

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Urgent Appeal for Justice Following Deadly Attacks in Plateau State, Nigeria+30

Musa Bagos, Representative of Jos South/Jos East Constituency, has issued an urgent appeal for justice following the recent deadly attacks in Plateau State, Nigeria. Bagos called on security agencies to swiftly apprehend and prosecute the perpetrators responsible for the tragic incident in the Baton and Rayogot communities. The attack has further heightened the sense of insecurity and posed significant challenges for the affected population.

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West African leaders meet to discuss coup in Niger+30

West African leaders are holding an emergency summit to address the recent coup in Niger. The military junta, which overthrew President Mohamed Bazoum, has defied calls for a return to civilian rule. While ECOWAS is seeking a diplomatic solution, military intervention is not ruled out. The junta has appointed a new government, further challenging international pressure. This coup marks another blow to the politically unstable region, already grappling with a jihadist insurgency.

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International Customers Owe Nigeria $16.11 Million for Electricity Supply+30

Three international customers owe Nigeria $16.11 million for electricity supply in the first quarter of 2023, according to the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC). The customers from Benin Republic, Niger, and Togo failed to remit the outstanding debt, prompting NERC to address the issue of payment indiscipline among market participants. Additionally, Ajaokuta Steel Company Limited and the host community owe a significant debt to the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading and Market Operations. NERC has reached out to the federal government seeking intervention to resolve the longstanding non-payment issue.

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Federal Government Urged to Involve External Investigators in Probing Crude Oil Theft in Niger Delta+30

Former presidential candidate Dumebi Kachikwu has called on the Federal Government to engage external investigators to probe the issue of crude oil theft in the Niger Delta region. Kachikwu expressed concerns over the Nigerian Navy being involved in the investigation since it cannot be a judge over a matter involving itself. He urged the National Security Adviser or President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to establish an investigative panel immediately.

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Zenith Bank Official Testifies at Election Petition Tribunal in Ogun State+30

A Zenith Bank official appeared before the governorship election petition tribunal in Ogun State to testify about allegations of vote buying through preloaded ATM cards. The witness presented letters and documents that indicated the request and delivery of 200,000 preloaded ATM cards to Oladipupo Adebutu, a candidate in the gubernatorial election. Witnesses also testified about the distribution of these cards on election day and the disruption caused by members of the People's Democratic Party.

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Middle Belt Forum Advises Tinubu to Tread Carefully in Niger Republic Crisis+30

The Middle Belt Forum (MBF) has urged President Bola Tinubu to exercise caution and avoid interference in the ongoing crisis in Niger Republic. With Nigerien citizens supporting the military coup and tensions escalating in the region, the MBF advises Tinubu and ECOWAS to tread carefully to avert any form of warfare and an avoidable humanitarian disaster.

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England Edges Nigeria to Reach Women's World Cup Quarterfinals+30

England overcame a potential upset against Nigeria in the round of 16 match at the Women's World Cup with a 0-0 draw through regulation and extra time. Despite being down to 10 players after star forward Lauren James received a red card, England won the penalty shootout 4-2 to advance to the quarterfinals. The English team, plagued by injuries and setbacks, showed resilience and adaptability as they continue their campaign in Sydney.

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England Women's Team Clinch Victory in Last-16 Penalty Shootout against Nigeria+30

England's women's national football team secured their place in the Women's World Cup quarter-finals after defeating Nigeria in a nerve-wracking last-16 penalty shootout. Chloe Kelly scored the winning spot-kick, enabling England to triumph with a 4-2 victory after a goalless draw in 120 minutes of play. Despite playing with 10 players for the entire extra time, following Lauren James' red card, England's composure and determination prevailed. England will now face either Jamaica or Colombia in the quarter-finals, continuing their pursuit of World Cup glory.

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Gunmen Abduct Catholic Priest and Seminarian from St. Peter's Catholic Church in Gyedna+30

Gunmen suspected to be armed bandits infiltrated St. Peter's Catholic Church in Gyedna, Niger State, abducting a Catholic priest, Reverend Fr. Paul Sanogo, and a Seminarian, Mahinini Dominis, from their residence. The incident, which occurred on Wednesday night, has left the tight-knit Catholic community in shock and despair. Efforts are underway to rescue the victims and bring the perpetrators to justice.

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Ike Destiny and Alexander Chibuzor Win 2023 Mike Okonkwo National Essay Competition+30

Ike Destiny from VIK International School and Alexander Chibuzor of Archbishop Heerey Technical College have emerged as the winners of the 18th Mike Okonkwo National Essay Competition for Secondary School students in Nigeria. The theme of the competition was "Nigerianisation of Nigerians: A Look Inward." The chief examiner praised the winners for their ability to address the topic with passion and independent thinking. The first-place winner will receive N500,000, a trophy, and a plaque, while the second-place winner will receive N250,000 and a plaque.

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