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Again, Boko Haram kills 14 in Borno

THE CITIZEN ONLINE - 1 hour 33 min ago

At least 14 people were killed when Boko Haram jihadists attacked loggers in northeastern Nigeria, members of a militia force confirmed on Wednesday.

The group came under attack on Monday in Koshebe forest, 10 kilometres (six miles) from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, militia leader Babakura Kolo said.

The assailants were supporters of a long-time factional leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, he said.

“We have recovered a total of 14 bodies from the scene of the attack and we are still looking for four more,” Kolo said.

“We recovered nine bodies yesterday (Tuesday) and five more this morning,” said militiaman Mohammed Asheik, who was among the search team combing the bush for bodies.

Four other wood-cutters are missing and presumed killed, he said.

The loggers, who were in the forest to cut firewood, came from Lawanti village in Jere area, which the jihadists have previously targeted.

The bodies were scattered over a large area because the jihadists pursued the loggers and gunned them down as they fled, said Kolo.

Boko Haram has repeatedly targeted farmers, loggers and herders, accusing them of passing information on the group to soldiers and the pro-government militia fighting them.

Last month, four farmers were killed as they worked near Molai village, five km outside Maiduguri.

Boko Haram’s decade-long uprising to establish a hardline Islamic state in remote northeastern Nigeria has killed more than 27,000 people and displaced 1.8 million from their homes.

The conflict has spilt into neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon, sparking a humanitarian crisis in the region. – AFP.

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BREAKING: Gunmen in SUV kill Imo APC ward chairman

THE CITIZEN ONLINE - 1 hour 37 min ago

Gunmen have shot dead the All Progressives Congress (APC) chairman in Logara/Umuohiagu Ward in the Ngor Okpala Local Government Area of Imo State.

It was gathered that the deceased, Ifeanyi Ozoemena, was shot dead on Tuesday night two hours after he had finished presiding over a meeting of his party in the ward, in preparation for the rescheduled presidential and National Assembly polls billed for Saturday.

According to eyewitnesses, the APC Ward chairman was shot dead in his house in front of his family members.

The vice chairman of Logara Development Union, Mr. Martin Opara, who confirmed the killing to our correspondent, said that the community was taken aback by the incident.

He said that the community had never witnessed such political killing before, even as he urged the security agencies to fish out the killers of the APC ward chairman without any delay.

Opara said that the Eze-in-council, in conjunction with the community’s town union, had met and sent a delegation to Divisional Police Officer requesting that the masterminds be arrested without any hesitation.

The state Commissioner of Police, Dasuki Galadanchi, who confirmed the killing to our correspondent in a telephone conversation, said that the Police had evacuated the body.

According to the CP, the gunmen who killed the APC chieftain operated in an SUV.

The police boss said, “Investigation is on and it is an unfortunate situation. The gunmen came in a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) jeep and shot him dead.

“The incident happened at a time we were busy with the preparations for this weekend’s presidential and Nation Assembly elections.”

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BREAKING: Buhari swears-in eight permanent secretaries

THE CITIZEN ONLINE - 1 hour 46 min ago

President Muhammadu Buhari has sworn-in eight newly-appointed Permanent Secretaries.

Buhari performed the ceremonies at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, shortly before he began presiding over the Federal Executive Council meeting normally held on Wednesdays.

The new permanent secretaries are Mohammed Dikwa (Borno), Ajani Madaline (Delta), Olumuyiwa Enitan (Osun), Festus Yesufu Dawodu (Nasarawa).

The list also includes, Bakare Wadinga (Adamawa), Babatunde Lawal (Lagos), Ernest Afolabi Umahi (Edo) and Nnamdi Maurice (Imo).

The President asked them to be dedicated to duty and help the Federal Government in the execution of its policies diligently.

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Alleged N2.1bn Fraud: Absence of Dokpesi’s lawyer stalls trial

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - 1 hour 46 min ago

Court adjourns case to May 9 for the defence to open its case

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goFLUENT, LRMG sign deal to accelerate business language skills in Africa

THE CITIZEN ONLINE - 1 hour 55 min ago

goFLUENT, a leading disrupter in the language learning market, and LRMG, Africa’s leading provider of performance optimisation solutions, have signed a partnership agreement aimed at accelerating the language skills of professionals who are non-native speakers of English, Chinese, French, and other key business languages.

goFLUENT, which already operates a large existing development and support center in Mauritius, significantly expands its reach in the region by partnering with LRMG which has offices in Johannesburg, Capetown, Kenya, and Mauritius plus representation in 18 other African markets.

Having largely leapfrogged the personal computer with falling data costs and heavy adoption of mobile technologies, Africa is a continent bursting with potential.

Respondents to a November 2018 survey by McKinsey, believe that 20 years from now, Africa’s combined GDP will be among the fastest growing in the world. Google recently announced an initiative to help 10 million people across the continent become more employable by developing their online skills.

However, Africa is a continent of significant linguistic diversity with upwards of 2,000 different languages and to reach its full potential mastery of key business languages is essential.

“We believe our fully mobile and web-enabled language solutions provide a unique advantage for Africa,” said John Ambrose, goFLUENT President, North America, and Chief Strategy Officer. Ambrose is a former Skillsoft executive with a long track record of business partnerships in emerging markets.

“LRMG has a stellar reputation and track record of success in helping organizations improve the performance of their people. We are completely aligned around the importance of language skills for providing all employees an equal voice and opportunities to advance in their careers.”

“As the number of multinationals doing business in Africa increases, so does demand for business-level proficiency in English, Chinese, French, and other commerce languages,” said Ricky Robinson, LRMG Founding Member, and CEO.

“The partnership with goFLUENT brings the industry’s leading digital platform for seamlessly blending live human interaction with contextualized business content to accelerate the ability of people to listen, speak, read and write expressively in a non-native language.”

goFLUENT accelerates language learning by delivering hyper-personalized solutions that blend human interaction, technology, and content available globally on any device.

Today, L&D leaders of over 1,000 international corporations in 100+ countries use goFLUENT award-winning digital language learning solutions to speed up the acquisition of language skills needed to build confidence, empower career growth, and make a global change in diversity and inclusion in their organizations.

Since its founding, goFLUENT has helped one million people become better business communicators.
Comprised of eLearning, Live Lessons, Virtual Classroom, eWriting, Live Support, Learning Consultants and a global presence in 18 countries across all continents, goFLUENT provides companies the solutions they need to adapt to a global economy where linguistic skills are a competitive differentiator.

LRMG aligns people and environments to optimal performance through a unique understanding of the connected mechanisms and contexts that drive positive people and organisational outcomes.

It has been delivering performance solutions that result in a measurable impact since 1997, and its solutions continue to evolve to address the capacity, competence and capability its clients will need tomorrow.

LRMG has offices in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Kenya and Mauritius and representation in another 18 African territories.

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NUJ Housing fraud: Action Subscribers vs Deji Elumoye, Ifeyinwa Omowole case for court hearing

THE CITIZEN ONLINE - 2 hours 5 min ago

The Concerned ACTION Subscribers of Abaren Land-PenJewel case against the former chairman of Lagos Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and incumbent President, Nigerian Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Mrs. Ifenyinwa Omowole & Co will come up for hearing tomorrow, Wednesday, February 20, 2019, at the Igbosere High Court, Lagos.

Mr. Elumoye, Mrs Omowole and gang were dragged before the court over a multi-million Naira fraud orchestrated by them on members in the name of housing estate alongside Primewaters, even as Wednesday session will be the second hearing on the case.

It may be recalled that the duo and their partners defrauded members of the Lagos NUJ council several millions of Naira and foreign dollars in the name of providing housing scheme for them and relatives who subscribed in the project.

The counsel handling the case, Barr. Olayinka Olujimi confirmed this, assuring his team is prepared for Wednesday court session.

He charged all members of ‘Action Subscribers’ and entire affected members of NUJ to turn out enmass for the hearing.

Meanwhile, the aggrieved stakeholders of the Mowe-Abaren Land at the weekend in Alausa-Ikeja, urged members whose money were misappropriated by Mr. Elumoye and Mrs. Omowole under the guise of housing scheme to mobilise and attend the Alternative Dispute Resolutions at the Lagos High Court, Igbosere-Obalende with placards and later visit the ThisDay Newspapers and News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) managements where the two lead fraudsters currently work.

In addition, the ‘Hall of shame’ issue to be revisited on those responsible for the mismanagement of the funds at the February Congress.

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Court sacks Enugu East APC Senatorial candidate

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - 2 hours 36 min ago

The court also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and the party to immediately recognise the plaintiff, Adaku Ogbu-Aguocha, as the candidate for Saturday's election.

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Super Sand Eagles’ Assistant Coach Is Dead

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - 2 hours 40 min ago

Before his death, Mr Agbo, at different times, also worked with the Flying Eagles and Enugu Rangers.

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Buhari swears in 8 new Permanent Secretaries

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - 2 hours 43 min ago

They were sworn in on Wednesday, inside the council chamber of State House Presidential Villa.

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Why European Commission included Nigeria among 23 ‘dirty money’ blacklist

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - 2 hours 46 min ago

Six African countries are on the new list, namely Libya, Tunisia, Ethiopia, Botswana, Ghana, and Nigeria.

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Help, my health is deteriorating, Baba Suwe cries out

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - 2 hours 55 min ago

The comic actor is battling diabetic complications, among other ailments.

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The law will take its course on ballot box snatchers – INEC boss

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - 3 hours 4 min ago

The law, clearly, does not make provisions for the killing of electoral offenders.

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Botswana sack coach David Bright after poor Nations Cup campaign

BBC NEWS AFRICA - 3 hours 25 min ago
Botswana Football Association sacks national team coach David Bright after a poor 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign.

EDITORIAL: Halt Harassing Electoral Officials

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - 3 hours 30 min ago

PREMIUM TIMES calls for support for INEC, to help the body conduct credible elections beginning from Saturday.

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Elections: Presidential candidate withdraws, supports Atiku

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - 4 hours 8 min ago

The presidential candidate also gives reasons for declaring support for Atiku Abubakar of the PDP.

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Nine companies get three years tax holiday

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - 4 hours 24 min ago

An official said the nine companies that were granted approval in principle, created 1,733 direct jobs in the period under review.

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Police confirm kidnap of Nasarawa monarch

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - 4 hours 31 min ago

Mr Usman said that the monarch was abducted from his house at about 1:25 a.m. on Monday.

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Police confirm kidnap of Nasarawa monarch

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - 4 hours 32 min ago

Mr Usman said that the monarch was abducted from his house at about 1:25 a.m. on Monday.

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