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Yobe State approves N150 million for prayers

The Yobe state government has approved a whopping sum of N150 million for the purpose of sponsoring a team of 70 Ulamas from across the state to go pray in Saudi Arabia for peace and tranquillity. According to latest reports, the deputy of the state, Engr. Abubakar D. Aliyu, who represented …

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Boko Haram kills four Nigeria troops in assault on Buni Yadi military base

Four Nigerian soldiers were killed and five injured in a Boko Haram attack on a military base in Buni Yadi in Yobe state, the army said on Sunday. The attack was the latest in a string in northern Nigeria and southern Niger in recent days. The insurgents used captured military …

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Reporter’s Diary: Still on the trail of Boko Haram

The city of Kano stands surrounded by 700-year-old mud-baked walls, constructed to deter foreign attackers. Yet the walls, completed in the 14th century to protect the people living in one of West Africa’s oldest commercial hubs – now Nigeria’s second largest city – couldn’t protect them from Boko Haram.   …

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Ninth National Assembly to get 15 ex-govs as senators

Niyi  Odebode and Chidiebube Okeoma No fewer than 15  ex-governors will be in the ninth Senate, which will commence in June. Some of the senators-elect are incumbent governors, while others are former governors. Based on the results of Saturday’s senatorial election released across the country, they include two ex-governors of …

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Nigeria’s president and main rival confident as polls close

ABUJA/MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) – Nigeria began counting votes in Saturday’s closely-fought presidential election although the electoral commission extended voting in some places where polling stations opened late or ballot machines malfunctioned. President Muhammadu Buhari and his main challenger, businessman Atiku Abubakar, both said they were confident of victory when casting …

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Suspected Islamists attack Nigerian town hours before poll, residents say

ABUJA (Reuters) – Suspected Islamist militants on Saturday attacked a northeastern Nigerian town, forcing people to flee hours before presidential election polls were due to open, residents said. “We have fled, along with our wives and children and hundreds of others,” Ibrahim Gobi, who lives in the town of Geidam …

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Live updates: Situation reports and collation of results across the country – Day 2

Aregbesola’s commissioner wins Senate seat in Osun Ajibola Bashiru, a former justice commissioner and senatorial candidate of the APC in Osun Central, has scored 132,821 votes to secure a win against Ganiyu Olaoluwa of the PDP who polled 106,779 votes. The results are reproduced below: Boluwaduro LG: APC – 5,428 …

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Yobe APC hails as PDP chairman decamps ahead of election

– PDP chairman in Yobe state, Alhaji Inuwa Nguru, has defected to APC – Nguru left the party after irreconcilable differences ahead of the presidential and NASS election – Alhaji Buni, the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate in Yobe, has described the defection as a victory for APC Alhaji MaiMala …

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