Shell accuses ex-exec over Nigeria oil deal

Shell has filed a criminal complaint in the Netherlands against a former employee in connection with a 2011 oil deal in Nigeria, a company spokesman said Wednesday.

News of the complaint, which was filed last week, comes at the same time the energy giant is facing a criminal trial in Italy over an allegedly corrupt scheme to acquire a Nigerian oil block called OPL 245.

Though the complaint is not connected to the billion dollar OPL 245 deal, the employee was working for Shell when both deals took place.

“Based on what we know now from an internal investigation, we suspect a crime may have been committed by our former employee…against Shell in relation to the sale process for Oil Mining Lease (OML) 42 in Nigeria in 2011,” said a Shell spokesman in an emailed statement.

“We have filed a criminal complaint with the Dutch authorities and are considering other steps we could take.”

The spokesman said that the two deals are “unrelated” and that there is “no case…

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Kano State approves payment of exam fees for indigenous students

Kano State Executive Council has approved N209 million for the payment of the 2018 internal examination registration fees for indigenous students. The fees cover the Basic Education Certificate Examination, Senior Secondary School Certificate qualifying examination as well as qualifying examinations for other Islamic education. The state Commissioner for Information, Youth and Culture, Malam Muhammad Garba, …

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Nigeria warms to news blogger Linda Ikeji is engaged

Toks David, Lagos

Nigeria’s favorite blogger, model and celebrity Linda Ikeji is engaged, as confirmed by credible sources on Wednesday.

Ikeji, much loved and loathed by Nigerians who follow the goings-on of celebrity gossip, is said to be engaged to ex-boyfriend and longtime confidant Big Sam of BroadwayTV.

As news slowly made its way from rumor to confirmed across social media, Linda Ikeji rose to the number one trending topic on Nigerian Twitter, with lots of commentary and speculation.

Her fiance is said to have once been based abroad before relocating back to Nigeria. The two hit it off from where they left off and the rest, as they say, is history.

37-year-old Linda Ikeji has for years been the subject of good and bad natured taunts online about when she would settle down. So at least, for now, Nigerians get to say “Finally” as the media maven relieves the pressure of having to answer the one question all single and successful men and women hate to hear:…

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