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Nigerian Senate contemplates 10 years jail term for generating sets importers, sellers

 Importers and sellers of electricity generating sets in Nigeria may be in for tough times as the Senate in Nigeria passed for first reading a bill proposing 10 years jail term for generator importers and sellers.  The bill christened “A Bill for an Act to prohibit/ban the importation/use of generating sets to curb the menace …

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Nigeria’s Senate President seeks UN’s assistance on repatriation of looted funds

The President of the Senate in Nigeria, Ahmad Lawan, has sought the assistance of the United Nations on the repatriation of looted funds back to Nigeria. Lawan made the appeal on last Wednesday when the United Nations Country delegation paid a visit to his office at the National Assembly, Abuja.  The Senate President, while responding …

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Nigeria loses $20.4b yearly to oil theft

Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila on Tuesday said the country is losing  400,000 barrels of oil per day (BPD) amounting to about $20.4 billion annually to theft. But the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation said there was no record of the …

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New Kano Emir in Nigeria named

Hours after removing and banishing Muhammadu Sanusi, the former Emir of Kano in Northern Nigeria, Kano State governor, Umaru Ganduje has announced Aminu Ado Bayero as the new emir of Kano. Announcing the new emir of Kano, secretary to the state government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji disclosed that the new appointment was in consonant with section …

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Top Nigerian Traditional Ruler removed over insubordination

The government of the northern Nigerian state of Kano today announced that the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II has been dethroned over what it described as disrespect to lawful instructions from Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State and other lawful authorities.  The dethronement of the Emir followed the decision of the State Council …

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Marijuana now legal in Malawi

Malawi’s legislators have passed a bill to legalize cannabis, the plant that produces hemp and marijuana for medical use, as the country looks to reduce its reliance on tobacco. Parliament last week Thursday passed the Cannabis Regulation Bill which seeks to distinguish the criminalised Indian hemp (chamba) from medicinal cannabis through cultivation, production, possession and …

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Guinea Bissau interim president resigns after 2 days

The man appointed interim president of Guinea-Bissau by the side beaten in the December presidential election has stepped down because of death threats, less than two days after being nominated. “Given the death threats against me and my bodyguards, I have decided to give up the role of interim president for which I was nominated, …

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Nigerian lawmakers discuss Bill to confer immunity on their leaders

A Bill for an Act to alter section 308 of the 1999 Constitution to extend immunity to cover presiding officers of legislative institutions has passed second reading in the House of Representatives.  The which was sponsored by Rep. Odebumi Olusegun (APC-Oyo) was passed at the plenary on Tuesday. Leading the debate on the bill, Olusegun …

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President Gnassingbé wins re-election in Togo

Incumbent candidate Faure Gnassingbé has won his fourth presidential term.  Togo President Faure Gnassingbé was declared the winner in the country’s presidential elections early this week, clinching his fourth term as leader of the impoverished West African nation. Provisional results from the national electoral commission (Ceni) showed the incumbent had received 72% of votes. Going into …

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Just in : Former Nigerian Opposition Party Spokesman jailed for Corruption

The Federal High Court in Abuja has sentenced a former National Publicity Secretary of the opposition  Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of Nigeria, Mr Olisa Metuh, to seven years in prison. Justice Okon Abang handed down the sentence on today Tuesday in his judgement on seven counts of money laundering and criminal diversion of funds to the …

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