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The National Population Commission (NPC) has reassured Nigerians that the upcoming national census is an economic activity and not a political exercise. NPC Federal Commissioner for Lagos State, Abimbola Salu-Hundeyi, stated this in response to a comment by the spokesman to the Borno State Governor, Isa Gusau, who had described censuses as political and said every state wants to be seen as highly populated. Salu-Hundeyi argued that a census is an economic activity that helps with the development of a country, and that every spectrum of life is affected by it. She also mentioned that Lagos state government went to…

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has issued a directive to Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) in the state of Zamfara, ordering them to release new naira notes to Point of Sale (POS) operators or face penalties. The CBN Controller for the state, Alhaji Buhari Abbas, announced the directive during a sensitization exercise for POS operators in Gusau, stating that it is necessary to alleviate the financial difficulties being faced by residents and businesses as a result of the low circulation of new naira notes in the area. The move comes in response to public complaints about the shortage of new…

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The death toll in a bomb explosion that occurred on Tuesday night in Rukubi, a border area between Nasarawa and Benue States, Nigeria, has risen to 56. The cause of the blast is currently unknown and under investigation. According to eyewitnesses, many of the victims were butchers who were invited to slaughter cows that had fallen ill while in detention. Residents of the area had gathered to offload their cows after they had been held for days in Benue State as a result of a violation of the state government’s anti-open grazing laws. Some of the survivors have called for…

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The Benue state government and the All Progressives Congress (APC) have accused each other of colluding with armed herders in the state. The state government accused the APC of working with herders to cause mayhem in the state, while the APC alleged that Governor Samuel Ortom was working with the Benue State Livestock Guards and the Benue State Community Volunteer Guards to rustle cows, leading to reprisal attacks on Benue communities by herders. The APC also criticized the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law, which they believe should be reviewed to grant easier access to lands across the state…

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The Public Complaints Commission (PCC) has urged the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to improve its efforts in making the new naira notes available to the public. Hon. Kayode Bamisile, the PCC commissioner representing Ekiti State, stated that the distribution of the new currency has been lopsided and not fully implemented in the state, as evidenced by the numerous complaints received by the commission. He praised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for their efforts in ensuring that voters obtain their PVCs ahead of the upcoming elections. However, he also highlighted the challenges faced by customers accessing the new notes…

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Unknown gunmen kidnapped Chief Joshua Ahmadu, the traditional ruler of Chawai in Kaduna Local Government of Kaduna State, on Tuesday night. The President of the Chawai Development Association (CDA), Mr. Abel Adamu, confirmed the abduction and stated that the kidnappers stormed Ahmadu’s home in Zambina in large numbers at around 9:30 p.m. and took him away. A report confirmed that the CDA is working to ensure the safe release of the traditional ruler and has informed relevant authorities and security personnel. The Tsam Chiefdom has reportedly recently suffered a number of abductions and attacks by bandits and kidnappers, resulting in…

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A coalition of over 70 groups, the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room, has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to extend the deadline for the collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) ahead of the scheduled general elections. The Situation Room stated that the timelines given for people to collect their PVCs are unrealistic and will lead to disenfranchisement. The coalition also reported that many PVCs were not available for both new and old registrants, and in some cases, people were asked to return in February. Additionally, the Situation Room called for INEC to conduct mock elections in some states…

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Workers at the Egbin Power Plant in Lagos, Nigeria, held a peaceful protest on Wednesday to express their dissatisfaction with their working conditions and compensation. They accused the management of making their lives difficult and carried placards with slogans such as “Give us condition of service” and “We can’t continue to be a slave in our country.” The workers also stated that they will occupy the power plant until their demands are met. This is not the first time that the workers have protested, as a similar demonstration was reported in November 2020. Egbin Power Plc is Nigeria’s largest power…

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated in an interview that the NATO alliance is not and will not be involved in the conflict in Ukraine. He emphasized that NATO does not send its troops or aircraft to the country. However, he also mentioned that the alliance does support Ukraine with equipment, citing the country’s right to self-defense under the UN Charter and NATO’s right to support it in upholding this right. Additionally, Stoltenberg also mentioned that NATO countries may set a new “ambitious” target for defense spending at a meeting in Vilnius in July.

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On Monday, the Presidential Campaign Council of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC PCC made a statement regarding the resignation of the Director of Civil Society Organizations, Hajia Naja’atu Mohammed. APC Accuses Former Director of Incompetence and Being a Mole, denies her resignation. The statement claims that Naja’atu was sacked for incompetence, being quarrelsome, and for being a “mole” leaking sensitive information to opponents. The APC also denies that Naja’atu resigned and claims that her “sack letter with ignominy from the campaign and the party had just arrived at her desk”. The statement also refutes Naja’atu’s claims that the party’s…

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