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  • Customs shoot man to death in Lagos, injure three
    Samuel Awoyinfa  and Afeez Hanafi Commuters and passersby were caught in a pandemonium that broke out on Wednesday at the Abule Egba area of Lagos State when operatives of the Nigerian Customs Service opened fire on suspected smugglers’ vehicles. The shootings claimed the life of one Toyeeb Olayiwola and allegedly left three others injured. READ […]
  • Access Bank approves paternity leave for male employees
    Access Bank Plc has approved paternity leave for its male employees as lenders step up efforts to offer unique perks for their staff members. “Starting January 2018, male employees of Access Bank can take advantage of an enhanced parental leave policy that extends paid benefits to all mothers and fathers,” the lender said in a […]
  • Nigerian workers tackle French employers over restructuring
    Samson Folarin Workers of multinational pharmaceutical company, Swiss Pharma Nigeria Limited (Swipha), have protested against what they described as unfair treatment by the management of the company.  The workers, who sang solidarity songs as they crowded the company’s office in the Akowonjo area of Lagos State, on Monday, alleged that the firm’s new Managing Director, […]
  • Reps summon Buratai, others over disputed Delta land
    John Ameh, Abuja The House of Representatives’ Committee on Public Petitions on Wednesday summoned the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, over the lingering land dispute between the Nigerian Army and the natives of Effurun, in Uvwie Kingdom of Delta State. The committee, which is chaired by a lawmaker from Abia State, Mr. […]
  • Immigration officer wants NIS boss jailed
    Ade Adesomoju, Abuja An officer of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Mr. Daniel Makolo, has asked the National Industrial Court in Abuja to commit the NIS Comptroller-General, Mr. Muhammad Babandede, to prison for allegedly violating the orders and warnings of the court. Makolo, who has for years had a running legal battle against the NIS, is, […]
  • Herdsmen killings: Buhari lacks power to remove Ortom, says SAN
    Ade Adesomoju, Abuja A Senior Advocate of Nigeria and legal books author, Mr. Sebastine Hon, has said the speculation for a likely declaration of a state of emergency in Benue State following the killings by Fulani herdsmen was baseless. Hon, a citizen of Benue State, said, in a statement, that the speculation that President Muhammadu […]
  • Rohr signs another two-year contract
    ’Tana Aiyejina The Nigeria Football Federation on Wednesday in Lagos handed a new two-year deal to Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr. Rohr took charge of the national team in 2016, after they failed to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, and has largely turned around the fortunes of the side. Under the German, […]
  • Policeman, wife, daughter, relation die in Adamawa fire
    A police inspector, identified as Bobbo; his wife, Sgt. Grace, their daughter, and a constable have been burnt to death in an early morning fire at Karewa Police Barracks in Yola, Adamawa State. The Police Public Relations Officer, Adamawa Command, Othman Abubakar, said the incident occurred around 1am and the cause of the fire was […]
  • Grandma burns nine-year-old’s hands for eating brother’s food
    Femi Makinde, Osogbo The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in Osun State has arrested a 54-year-old grandma,  Mrs. Victoria John, for allegedly burning the two palms of her granddaughter with hot charcoal. Our correspondent gathered that the victim, Kehinde John, who is a primary 3 pupil at the African Church Elementary School in Erin […]
  • Herdsmen destroy ex-naval chief’s farms, Taraba rejects cattle colony
    Olufemi Atoyebi, Success Nwogu, Leke Baiyewu, Peter Dada, John Charles and Justin Tyopuusu A former Chief of Naval Staff, Vice-Admiral Samuel Afolayan, said on Wednesday that herdsmen had destroyed about 45 hectares of his 500-hectare farm. Afolayan’s cry is coming on the heels of fresh attacks by herdsmen in Benue State during which five people […]

Movie News

  • Report Shows Muslim Americans' Involvement in Violent Extremism Slides in 2017
    Fewer Muslim Americans were involved in acts of violent extremism last year, despite fears that the Trump administration’s hard-line policy on terrorism could set off a backlash from Muslim militants and lead to further acts of violence at home and abroad, a new report shows.  The number of Muslim Americans charged, convicted or associated with violent extremism dropped to 33 in 2017, down from 46 in 2016 and 81 in 2015, according to "Muslim-American Involvement with Violent...
  • Kara Wai to Receive Excellence in Asian Cinema Award
    Hong Kong actress Kara Wai says she is ecstatic over receiving this year’s Asian Film Awards’ Excellence in Asian Cinema Award.  “This is not an acting award, it’s an achievement award, so I’m thrilled and feel as if I’m walking on clouds,” the star of Wu Xia said in a recent interview.  With a career that spans more than 40 years and success in both television and film, the 57-year-old actress was named Best Actress for the second time at Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards in...
  • Tillerson Pledges Long-term US Military Engagement in Syria
    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has outlined plans for the U.S. to remain engaged in Syria, both diplomatically and militarily, long after the defeat of the so-called Islamic State. Tillerson gave a major policy speech Wednesday on the way forward for the U.S. in Syria at an event at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University in California. He listed a number of reasons why it is crucial for the U.S. to remain in the troubled country, including preventing a resurgence of the...
  • Venezuelan Raid Victims’ Relatives Demand Bodies
    Relatives of the seven rebels killed in a raid by Venezuelan security forces on Wednesday demanded access to their bodies, which the government has threatened to cremate. The seven, led by rogue police pilot Oscar Perez, were slain Monday in a siege on their hideout in the small mountain community of El Junquito, government officials said. “They should deliver the body of my father and Oscar Perez,” Jeandribeth Diaz told journalists outside the Palace of Justice here Wednesday morning,...
  • VOA Interview: African Union Ambassador to US Chihombori-Quao
    VOA’s Cindy Saine talks with African Union Ambassador to the U.S. Arikana Chihombori-Quao. Saine: “Ambassador, what kind of reaction has there been in Africa to the derogatory comments on immigrants from Africa attributed to President (Donald) Trump?” African Union Ambassador to the U.S. Arikana Chihombori-Quao: "Well let me start by saying now that he has denied having said it, we are all neutral. However, prior to his denial, we were outraged, infuriated, disgusted and really...
  • Exclusive:Trump says Terminating NAFTA Would Yield the 'Best Deal' in Renegotiations
    U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that terminating the North American Free Trade Agreement would result in the "best deal" to revamp the 24-year-old trade pact with Canada and Mexico in favor of U.S. interests. Lawmakers as well as agricultural and industrial groups have warned Trump not to quit NAFTA, but he said that may be the outcome. "We're renegotiating NAFTA now. We'll see what happens. I may terminate NAFTA," Trump said in an interview...
  • Chief of Staff Kelly: Trump Immigration Views Have Evolved
    President Donald Trump's views on immigration and building a wall along the Mexico border have evolved since his presidential campaign, the White House chief of staff said Wednesday. Those changes are giving some people hope that a compromise with Congress on the thorny issue is possible. But they are perplexing others -- even as the clock ticks down to a showdown. John Kelly made the comments Wednesday at a closed-door meeting with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus,...
  • Afghan President Criticizes Pakistan’s Anti-Terror Islamic ‘Fatwa’
    Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says he believes an anti-terrorism Islamic edict, or fatwa, issued by Pakistan, should have covered the entire Muslim world, including Ghani’s war-torn nation. Ghani spoke Wednesday, a day after more than 1,800 Pakistani clerics unveiled the edict at a government-sponsored event in Islamabad. The directive declared as un-Islamic acts that include suicide bombings, sectarianism, and calls for jihad in the name of religion without the consent of the...
  • Trump Says Solar Tariff Decision Coming Soon, Stakes Huge for Industry
     U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would announce a decision soon on whether to slap tariffs on imported solar panels, and quipped that when countries dump subsidized panels in the United States, “Everybody goes out of business.” The solar industry is anxiously awaiting the decision, which will have wide-reaching implications for the sector. Domestic panel producers opposed to cheap imports would benefit from a tariff. But installers that have relied on the lower-cost...
  • US Seeks Extradition of al-Qaida Suspect Jailed in France
    The United States is seeking to extradite a suspected al-Qaida terrorist imprisoned in France. The Justice Department on Wednesday unsealed its indictment on federal terrorism charges of German citizen Christian Ganczarski, who also goes by several Arabic aliases. The charges include conspiracy to kill U.S. citizens and providing material support to al-Qaida. Tunisia attack Ganczarski is in prison in France for his part in a 2002 al-Qaida attack on a synagogue in Tunisia. U.S....