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Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, minister of interior, says home delivery of passports will start in June. Tunji-Ojo spoke on May 24 when he inspected the electronic gates at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport’s new terminal in Abuja. He said the delivery will not include every location to avoid overloading and damaging the system. The minister said the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) would start home delivery in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Kano, and Abuja. Tunji-Ojo said for those in the diaspora, the service would begin in the United States and the United Kingdom, with testing to ensure its effectiveness. According to the…

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Two women were killed in the FESTAC area of Lagos State when lightning that characterised a downpour on Friday night led to their electrocution. The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, disclosed this in a post on X.com on Saturday. He stated that the victims were living in a shanty built under the high-voltage wires which caught fire as a result of the lightning. Hundeyin wrote, “Somewhere on First Avenue, Festac, two women remained indoors during the downpour yesterday. “Lightning struck, electrocuting them instantly and causing a fire outbreak. They lived in a shanty built under…

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THE National Judicial Council (NJC) is encouraging the entrenchment of e-proceedings in the Nigerian legal system and won’t be punishing Justice Abdullahi Muhammad Liman for issuing an interim order from the United States of America temporarily stopping the return of Muhammadu Sanusi II as the Emir of Kano. Liman, of the Federal High Court, Kano, on Thursday night asked parties in the dispute over the throne to stay actions in a motion brought by Aminu Babba Danagundi, the Sarkin Dawaki Babba. The state government disregarded the interim order and returned Sanusi to the throne. A top source in the NJC…

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A Nigerian woman, Abigail Katung, has been announced as the 130th Lord Mayor of Leeds City in England, becoming the first person of African descent to hold the position. The announcement was made following the Leeds City Council’s annual general meeting on Thursday night, as confirmed by a statement on the website of the council. The statement read, β€œTaking over the role from Al Garthwaite, Councillor Abigail Marshall Katung becomes the city’s 130th Lord Mayor and the first person of African descent to hold the position. β€œCouncillor Marshall Katung will be supported throughout her tenure as Lord Mayor…

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Following the rainstorm that ravaged houses and displaced hundred of residents of Ita-Ogbolu in Akure North council area of Ondo state, early this year, the state government has donated some relief items to those affected to cushion the impact of the disaster. Making the donation in Ita-Ogbolu on Thursday, the governor of the state, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, reiterated his administration’s social contract with the people of the state, which is to prioritize their welfare at all times. The governor was represented by his deputy, Olayide Adelami, who doubles as chairman of Ondo State Emergency Management Agency (ODSEMA). Adelami recalled the…

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The federal government says Glencore, a British mining and trading group, is expected to pay Nigeria a $50 million penalty for bribery. Lateef Fagbemi, the attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, made the disclosure in Abuja on Friday during the ministerial sectoral update for the present administration. He said the resolution was reached after the federal government entered a settlement agreement with the firm. β€œThe ministry on behalf of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on April 25, 2024, concluded negotiation of a settlement agreement with Glencore International A.G. wherein Glencore is expected to pay the sum of…

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Chukwudi Akasike, Godfrey George, Deborah Tolu-Kolawole and Animasahun Salmanv Kindly share this story: Organised Labour has said it will not accept anything less than N100,000 as minimum wage as the negotiations between its representatives and the Federal Government heighten, Saturday PUNCH has learnt. Several impeccable sources from both the Trade Union Congress and Nigeria Labour Congress who spoke to Saturday PUNCH stressed that the Federal Government and the organised private sector should not expect labour to accept anything less than a six-digit offer. The unions said the government was not serious about the negotiations, adding that the shift from…

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Former National Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Iyiola Omisore has revealed how he delivered Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as the party’s flag bearer in 2022. Omisore made this revelation in an interview with Channels Television on Friday. The former Osun State deputy governor confirmed that the then APC National Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, wanted the North to retain the Presidency after the eight years of President Muhammadu Buhari, who is from the North-West. He said, β€œIn politics, everybody has their mindsets, we came from different (geopolitical) zones to the NWC (National Working Committee) that time, representing differing…

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The National Anthem bill was passed on Thursday after it scaled first second and third reading at the same sitting. The House of Representatives, on Thursday, passed a bill to revert to the old National Anthem. The process was done in the green chamber amid opposition from lawmakers across party lines. The bill, sponsored by the House Leader Julius Ihonvbere (APC, Edo) and titled: β€œAct to Provide for the National Anthem of Nigeria, and for Matters Related,” was given a speedy passage during plenary. Tinubu’s Interest in Old Anthem The manner of passage of the bill in the House…

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Nigeria, is one of the continent’s wealthiest nations, thanks to its abundant natural resources like coal, tin, and iron ore. The richest states in Nigeria are the main drivers of this wealth, significantly contributing to sectors such as tourism, cultural heritage, education, and intellectualism. These states, with their robust economies and developed infrastructure, play a crucial role in the nation’s economic prowess. Their rankings are determined by major industries, contributions to the national GDP, and the abundance of natural resources. 1. Lagos State β€” GDP: ₦41.17 trillion Lagos State, the commercial nerve centre of Nigeria, takes the crown as…

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