FG reduces visa fee for US citizens to $160

The federal government has reduced the fee payable by citizens of the United States applying for Nigerian visas. The development came just 24 hours after the US government increased visa fee for Nigerians as a response to the high fee previously charged by the Nigerian authorities for American citizens. “The attention of the ministry of Interior has been drawn to the introduction of reciprocity of Visa Fees by the United States of America. The ministry acknowledges that there were engagements with the United States embassy on the issue and in…

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UK: Boris Johnson gets Queen’s nod to suspend parliament

British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, will limit parliament’s ability to derail his Brexit plan by cutting the amount of time it will sit between now and European Union exit day on Oct. 31, infuriating opponents who urged Queen Elizabeth to intervene. Johnson set Oct. 14 for the Queen’s Speech – the formal state opening of a new session of parliament that is preceded by a suspension of the House of Commons. The queen agreed to the date, effectively shutting parliament from mid-September for around a month. Incensed opposition leaders wrote…

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Man, 69, Shoots Childhood Bully At School Reunion 50 Years Later

A 69-year-old man shot dead his childhood bully who he claimed bullied him over 50 years ago. Thanapat Anakesri, a pensioner, shot dead Suthat Kosayamat, 69, during their school reunion. He accused Suthat of bullying him when they were both 16. Both men had attended the reunion on Saturday afternoon in Ang Thong, central Thailand. As the group sat down to enjoy wine, a buffet of Thai food and ice cream, former navy officer Thanapat confronted his former tormentor and accused him of bullying him decades ago.  But Suthat, a tailor, said he could not…

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153 more Nigerians return from Libya

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has received another batch of 153 stranded Nigerians from Libya. The Director-General of NEMA, Mr Mustapha Maihajja, represented by Mr Slaku Lugard, an official of the agency, received the returnees on Wednesday in Lagos. Maihajja said that the Nigerians arrived in the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, at about 3:45a.m. According to him, the returnees are brought via Al Buraq Air Boeing 737 aircraft with flight number UZ 189 and registration number 5A-DMG. He said that the Nigerians were brought…

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Kogi election: APC clears 5 more aspirants, disqualifies 7 others (See list)

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Wednesday, August 28, announced a review of the outcome of the screening of aspirants ahead of the governorship election in Kogi state. The leadership of the APC also cleared five of the already disqualified aspirants for the party’s primary election. “After a comprehensive review of the submissions by the two committees, relying on the party’s guidelines and the provisions of the electoral act, nine aspirants were finally cleared to contest the August 29, 2019, indirect governorship primary,” the…

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3 killed, dozens kidnapped on Kaduna-Abuja expressway

Three people have been killed by some armed bandits along the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway on Tuesday, August 27. Daily Trust reports that the victims of the bandit attack were travellers on the now deadly Abuja-Kaduna Expressway. Jibrin Adamu, a commercial driver plying the expressway, who escaped the attack said that the bandits also kidnapped dozens of some of the travellers along Olam farm at about 5.30 pm. Adamu said the bandits had during the attack opened fire on the vehicles killing three persons. “The gunmen blocked the expressway and opened fire…

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1999 Constitution hindering Nigeria’s growth – Afe Babalola

Legal icon and founder of Afe Babalola University(ABUAD), Chief Afe Babalola, says the current Nigerian constitution is inadequate to solve the myriads of problems confronting the country. He spoke on Tuesday in Ado-Ekiti during his conferment with the Africa Role Model and AU Agenda 2063 Ambassadorial Award by the African Union. Babalola said the 1999 constitution was antithetical to the development and progress of the country considering the loopholes inherent in its operational legal framework. He said it would be an herculean task for any leader to succeed in making…

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Buhari sends 16-man NDDC board nominees to Senate

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday appointed a 16-member new Governing Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). In a statement in Abuja, Olusegun Adekunle, Permanent Secretary, General Services Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, noted that the appointment was subject to the confirmation of the appointees by the Senate. According to Adekunle, the Interim Management headed by Prof. Nelson Brambaifa has been directed to hand over to the most senior director in the commission. He said: “ President Muhammadu Buhari, has, subject to Senate confirmation,…

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