Breaking News this Afternoon in Nigeria Friday 21st February 2020

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Border closure: Businessman drags Customs, AGF to court

Chukwudi Nweje A businessman, Mr Umeh Ezeh, has dragged the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) before a Federal High Court seeking enforcement of his fundamental human rights and rights under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. In the enforcement of fundamental rights suit filed by his […]
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Trump’s peace plan can’t be stopped even if democrat wins -Netanyahu

 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday expressed confidence that the border changes outlined by President Donald Trump’s peace plan could not be stopped, even if Trump himself was voted out of office in November. “Once the Trump plan is put forward, the goalposts will have been moved. “And it will be very difficult for […]
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Nasarawa govt. proposes law to compel use of mother tongue – Commissioner

The Nasarawa State government has concluded plans to enact a law to compel parents and children to speak their local languages so as to preserve them from extinction. Dogo Shammah, State Commissioner of Information, Culture and Tourism, stated this in an interview with newsmen on Friday in Lafia. According to him, the rate at which […]
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Minister grieves over poverty, illiteracy levels in northern Nigeria 

 Agaju Madugba, Katsina The Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Ambassador Mariam Yalwaji Katagum, has lamented what she described as the alarming level of poverty and illiteracy in the North as well as the rate of unemployment in the area.  “According to statistics, there are about 13 to 14 million out-of-school children in […]
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S. Korea holds talks with U.S. over Iran

 A South Korean delegation has met U.S. officials in Washington for talks over Seoul’s efforts to resume humanitarian exports to Iran, the foreign ministry said on Friday. Hong Jin-wook, the ministry’s director-general for Middle East affairs and head of the delegation, held meetings with Brad Smith, deputy director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control […]
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INEC to determine date for Bayelsa senatorial bye-elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it will soon meet to determine the date for the conduct of bye-elections to fill the vacancies in Bayelsa Central and Bayelsa West Senatorial Districts. INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, dropped the hint on Friday in Abuja, at the Resident Electoral Commissioners’ (RECs) first regular meeting for the […]
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2 killed in failed Kaduna kidnap attempt

 Sola Ojo, Kaduna Two persons including a suspected kidnapper and targeted ‘cash-cow’ have reportedly lost their lives during a failed kidnap attempt at a community popularly known as Angwan Kaje, in Chikun Local Government area of Kaduna State. Chikun local government is second after Birni Gwari local government when it comes to banditry and kidnapping […]
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Edo, Ondo guber: INEC warns APC, PDP, others against conducting acrimonious primaries

 Romanus Ugwu, Abuja   The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has warned the All Progressives Congress (APC), the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and other political parties to avoid conduct of acrimonious party primaries for Edo and Ondo states governorship elections, fixing June 2 to 27 and July 2 to 25 respectively. Chairman of the  Commission, Mahmood Yakubu, […]
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Kano Fire Service receives 38 distress calls in 2 weeks

The Kano State Fire Service said on Friday that it received 38 distress calls from different parts of the state within the last two weeks. The Public Relations Officer of the service, Alhaji Saidu Mohammed, made the disclosure to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano. According to him, the service received 28 fire […]
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ACCESS BANK’S “W” INITIATIVE LAUNCHES NEW TV AD CAMPAIGN

 The W Initiative, home to over 12 million female customers, has launched a new TV ad campaign to create awareness on the W power loan -a product specially designed for its women owned Businesses.    The TV ad campaign encapsulates the vision of the Bank to empower women from all walks of life by encouraging them to […]
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US opposes FG’s plan to hand some of Abacha loot to Kebbi gov

* Says: ‘Bagudu was involved in corruption with Abacha’ The U.S. is opposing plans by Nigeria’s government to hand about $100 million the American authorities say was stolen by deceased former dictator Sani Abacha to a top ruling party official.The disagreement may hamper future cooperation between the two nations to recover state money moved offshore by Abacha, who Transparency International estimates may have looted as much as $5 billion during his 1993-98 rule. A commitment by Nigeria to transfer the funds to Kebbi State Governor Abubakar Bagudu appears to undermine Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s…

Nollywood actor, Frank Dallas, dies in hotel room in Abia

Nollywood actor, Frank Dallas is reportedly dead. He died on Wednesday, February 19 in his hotel room in Abia State while attending a summit.In a statement released by the Actors’ Guild of Nigeria (AGN) PRO Monalisa Chinda-Coker, it was gathered that the President of the Guild, Mr. Emeja Rollas cancelled all official activities for three days to mourn the late actor.The statement read: ”With heart full of sorrow, we announce the sudden death of the immediate past National PRO of GNU, Frank Dallas Ebulukwu.“The National President of AGN, Ejezie Emeka…

Tokyo Olympics: Dance by Japan’s indigenous people dropped from opening ceremony

Japan’s commitment to the rights of its indigenous people has been questioned after organisers of this summer’s Tokyo Olympicsdropped a performance by members of the Ainu ethnic minority from the Games’ opening ceremony.Members of the Ainu community, originally from Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido, had been expecting to showcase their culture to the world in a dance at the Olympic stadium, but learned recently that the plans had been scrapped, reports The Guardian.The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee said the performance had been dropped from the ceremony due to “logistical constraints”.“Unfortunately, this…

‘Traumatised’ Africans stranded by coronavirus plead to be brought home

When Margaret Ntale Namusisi’s three daughters called her in Uganda to say they were being quarantined at their university in Wuhan, China, because of the coronavirus outbreak, she sent money and told them: “Run very fast and do shopping.”Valeria, Veronica and Vivian did just that. But nearly one month on, with no help from their government, they are now under lockdown in a crowded apartment with orders to stay indoors with the windows closed. Food, funds and morale are running low, reports Reuters.“They are traumatised,” said Namusisi, who wakes up…

‘Traumatised’ Africans stranded by coronavirus plead to be brought home

When Margaret Ntale Namusisi’s three daughters called her in Uganda to say they were being quarantined at their university in Wuhan, China, because of the coronavirus outbreak, she sent money and told them: “Run very fast and do shopping.”Valeria, Veronica and Vivian did just that. But nearly one month on, with no help from their government, they are now under lockdown in a crowded apartment with orders to stay indoors with the windows closed. Food, funds and morale are running low, reports Reuters.“They are traumatised,” said Namusisi, who wakes up…

China’s Hubei revises up coronavirus cases number

Hubei Province, center of the novel coronavirus outbreak, reported 631 new confirmed cases and 115 new deaths Thursday, according to the provincial health commission Friday.The commission revised up the number of confirmed cases by 220,reports Xinhua.The commission said on Thursday night, it received written reporting of 271 confirmed cases from the province’s prison system that is not connected to the infectious diseases online reporting system.After further check and verification, it found 51 cases have been counted in the earlier figure and the rest 220 cases were not counted. The prison…

Trump mocks Oscar-winning S’Korean film Parasite

  Donald Trump has mocked the South Korean film Parasite after it scooped the best picture prize at the Oscars – telling a crowd he wished for the return of Hollywood classics like Gone With The Wind.Director Bong Joon-ho’s commentary on class struggle made history when it became the first foreign language film to win the top prize at the Academy Awards this month.The film is shown with English subtitles.Parasite also earned Bong best director and won both best original screenplay and best international feature, reports Sky News.Neon, the North American distributor…

Nevada bans Wilder, Fury faceoff after weigh-in

  Heavyweights Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder, who will clash in a highly-anticipated rematch on Saturday, won’t be able to faceoff after Friday’s weigh-in, a Top Rank Boxing official said.The Nevada State Athletic Commission will not allow the fighters to stand toe-to-toe as is customary after a weigh-in, Top Rank media relations director Evan Korn said on Thursday.“The Commission wants to ensure the fight goes off without a hitch,” he said.The news comes one day after the two undefeated fighters shoved each other on stage at the outset of a…

Two killed as Australian train derails

  Two people were killed and 12 others were injured when an Australian interstate train derailed outside Melbourne on Thursday evening, police said.The train, which was traveling from Sydney, came off the rails near the town of Wallan, about 50 km (30 miles) from Melbourne.Police said on Friday an unnamed male driver and an unidentified man died in the derailment, reports Reuters.Local media carried photos showing several carriages of the train askew off the tracks, with the locomotive on its side.“It is believed the train traveling from Sydney to Melbourne…

Dollar dominates as investors dump yen, Asia currencies on coronavirus spread

The yen was headed for its worst week in two-and-a-half years on Friday, as worries about the coronavirus’ spread in South Korea, Japan and Beijing drove funds from Asia to the towering U.S. dollar.Two days of heavy selling, following weak domestic data and growing fears about the virus’ economic fallout, has the yen at its lowest since last April and investors questioning its worth as a safe haven. It has lost 2% on the dollar since Wednesday, reports Reuters.The virus has killed more than 2,200 people in mainland China and…

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