US ORDERS ALL AMERICAN CITIZENS TO LEAVE NORTH KOREA BY SEPTEMBER 1

The US has ordered that all US passport holders should leave North Korea by September 1. Also, Americans who want to travel to North Korea will have to obtain special validation from now on. US authorities said that the validation will only be granted in “limited circumstances”. Ever since Donald Trump became president, US relations with North Korea have deteriorated and tensions between both countries have been growing, with the US recently testing its ballistic missile intercept system in Alaska. North Korea’s president also threatened that he could strike the entire continental…

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MAGU TOLD UK NOT TO GIVE ME VISA SAYS PATIENCE JONATHAN

Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja Mrs Patience Jonathan, the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, said the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr Ibrahim Magu, wrote a letter to the British High Commission in Nigeria, asking the British Government not to issue her with a visa. Patience said this in a petition written by her lawyers, Granville Abibo (SAN) & Co. which was addressed to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara. Patience said the British Government subsequently investigated her and found her not wanting…

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10 ENVOYS CANNOT ASSUME DUTIES IN THEIR COUNTRIES’ EMBASSY BECAUSE OF BUHARI’S SICKNESS

Olalekan Adetayo and Adelani Adepegba The medical vacation of President Muhammadu  Buhari has prevented no less than 10 foreign ambassadors from resuming duties at their respective embassies in the country. Findings by SUNDAY PUNCH on Saturday indicated that the envoys had been unable to present their letters of credence at the Presidential Villa due to the absence of the President, who has been out of the country for about two months. However, a government official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak on…

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BAN ON IMMIGRANTS: US SUPREME COURT OKAYS TRUMP’S ACTION

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday handed a victory to President Donald Trump by allowing his temporary ban on travellers from six Muslim-majority countries until it reviews it later this year. The court also allowed ban on all refugees to go into effect for people with no connection to the U.S. while agreeing to hear his appeals in the closely watched legal fight. It narrowed the scope of lower court rulings that had completely blocked Trump’s March 6 executive order. The court said that it would hear arguments on the legality…

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ANOTHER 175 NIGERIANS RETURN FROM LIBYA, SEE PICS

Another batch of One Hundred and Seventy-five (175) Nigerians voluntarily returned from Libya on Tuesday aboard a chartered Nouvelair aircraft with registration number TS-INA. The aircraft landed at 7.50p.m at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. The returnees were made up of of 34 males, 122 females, 10 children and nine infants. They were brought back by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the Nigerian Embassy in Libya. They were brought back by the International Organisation for Migration The returnees were received at the Hajj Camp area of the…

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READ FG’S REACTION TO THE REPORT THAT NIGERIANS WERE GIVEN TILL JUNE 16 TO LEAVE SOUTH AFRICA

Nigerian government on Thursday said reports of a quit notice given to Nigerians leaving in South Africa to depart the country by June 16, 2017 or face dire consequences were totally false. Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Sola Enikanolaye, said the ministry was unaware of any threat to Nigerians living in South Africa, adding that the mission in South Africa was yet to report any of such to the ministry. Similarly, Acting High Commissioner to South Africa, Ambassador Martin Cobham, advised the public to ignore the news which…

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DATES DONATED FREE BY SAUDI GOVT FOR FASTING MUSLIMS BEING SOLD IN OPEN MARKET IN ABUJA- FG APOLOGISES TO DONOR

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has apologised to the government of Saudi Arabia over the sales of free dates donated by the kingdom to Nigeria. About 200 tons of dates packaged and circulated as gifts to Nigerian Muslims observing the Ramadan fasting are being sold in the open market in Abuja. The ministry, in a statement by its spokesperson, Clement Aduku, expressed “disappointment” over the “unfortunate turn of events” but said the matter is being investigated to avoid a repeat in the future. Aduku said the dates were warehoused by…

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82-YR OLD FORMER JUDGE FINALLY CONFIRMED AS AMBASSADORIAL NOMINEE BY SENATE

Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Senate on Wednesday confirmed the nomination of three non-career ambassadors, including 82-year-old retired Justice Sylvanus Nsofor (Imo State), whose appointment was earlier rejected by the lawmakers but was renominated by President Muhammadu Buhari. Also confirmed, based on the recommendation of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, were Joseph Iji from Ondo State and Commodore Yusuf Jonga Hinna (retd.) from Gombe State). In the report read by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Monsurat Sunmonu, the panel said the three nominees were cleared by the security…

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NAMELESS NIGERIAN REPRESENTED THE ECOWAS SUMMIT ATTENDED BY ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER SAYS FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama yesterday said Nigeria was represented at the 51st ECOWAS Summit of Heads of State and Government in Liberia. Onyeama, however, did not mention the Nigerian government representatives at the summit, which was also attended by Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. The minister was responding to a question on why Nigeria was absent at the summit, which ended on Sunday in Monrovia, Liberia’s capital. When asked further on the country’s absence at such crucial meeting, Onyeama insisted that “Nigeria was represented. Nigeria was adequately…

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NIGERIA ABSENT AS ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER MEETS ECOWAS LEADERS

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a group photograph with West African leaders at the 51st ECOWAS Summit of Heads of State and Governments in Monrovia, Liberia. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is second from left on the back row. Nigeria was conspicuously absent from the 51st ECOWAS Summit of Heads of State and Government held in Liberia’s capital Monrovia, Daily Trust reports. The two day summit, which started on Saturday, was attended by Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. He will be the first non-African leader to ever address an ECOWAS…

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