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Over 200 women, girls raped by Congolese troops, rebels – UN report

By Edwin Nwachukwu/NAN The United Nations says the Congolese armed forces raped more than 102 women and 33 girls, some as young as six years, during the advance of M23 rebels in Eastern Region in November 2012. The world body stated this in a report which detailed victims and eyewitnesses' accounts of…

Jigawa Governor, Sule Lamido

Jigawa govt. spends N12million on sun cream for 100 albinos

The Jigawa government said on Thursday in Dutse that it spent more than N12 million in the past six years to procure and distribute assorted cosmetics to 100 albinos. The Executive Secretary of the Jigawa Rehabilitation Board, Ibrahim Rabakaya, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria.  He said that…

Several Killed As Herdsmen Strike In Benue; 20 Policemen Killed In Nasarawa

Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue on Wednesday alleged that some Fulani herdsmen attacked Agatu Local Government Area of the state, leaving "high casualties including women and children". Mr. Suswan disclosed this to State House correspondents in Abuja after a closed-door meeting with Vice President Namadi Sambo at the Presidential Villa. He said he…

President Goodluck Jonathan

Jonathan blasts critics, says they’re “the most corrupt”

President Goodluck Jonathan has lambasted those criticising his administrations for corruption, saying they are the most corrupt bunch of Nigerians. Speaking Monday while addressing the Nigerian community in South Africa  in Cape Town, South Africa, Mr. Jonathan said reports of corruption in Nigeria are exaggerated and that those who criticise him…

President Goodluck Jonathan

Jonathan shocked by huge number of Nigerians in South African prisons

  By Debo Oshundun/NAN President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed shock over the large number of Nigerian citizens in various prisons in South Africa. The president also blasted those criticising his administrations for corruption, saying they are the most corrupt bunch of Nigerians. Mr. Jonathan told the Nigerian community in South Africa…

Idris Wada

Kogi Council elections: PDP wins 21 chairmanship, 225 councillorship seats

 The PDP has won all the 21 chairmanship positions in the Local Government council elections conducted in Kogi on Saturday, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), however, snatched 10 councillorship positions in five local governments areas. In the results declared on Sunday, ACN got…

Prof. Modupe Adelabu

Ekiti Names New Deputy Governor

Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has forwarded the name of Chairperson of the State’s Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Prof Modupe Adelabu,  to the State House of Assembly for consideration as the new deputy governor of the state. Governor Fayemi, in a letter dated May 3, 2013, and addressed to…

Joint Admission and Matriculation Board

JAMB candidate caught with pistol, ammunition on way to exam hall

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, on Friday confirmed the arrest of a 26-year-old man in possession of a French-made pistol during the just-concluded Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination conducted by the Joint Matriculation Matriculation Board, JAMB. The suspect, said to be from Awka, was arrested during a routine stop-and-search…

Julius Okojie, Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission

Owner of illegal university says he gave NUC boss N20,000 bribe for temporary approval

  The National Universities Commission (NUC) has filed a suit against one Pius Nwachukwu, 47, and his wife, Chika, at a Karu Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly operating an illegal university. But Mr. Nwachukwu shocked the court Friday when he alleged that he got temporary approval to operate the university…

Idris Wada

Fire guts Kogi election commission’s office on eve of LG poll

Fire on Friday gutted the Bassa Local Government office of the State Independent Electoral Commission (KOSIEC) in Kogi. The incident came few hours after three opposition parties had announced a boycott of Saturday's local government elections in Kogi, The incident occurred at about 8 p.m, shortly after the office had…

Jose Mourinho

Mourinho hints at departure as Real again fail to reach final

Jose Mourinho was the focus of attention on Wednesday after his Real Madrid narrowly failed to reach the final of the Champions League for the third straight season. Real beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 at home on Tuesday but nonetheless went out on a 4-3 aggregate, having lost the first leg…

Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola

Nigerian man bags 45 years imprisonment for stealing Governor Aregbesola’s phone

An Osogbo High Court on Monday sentenced a dismissed police officer, Kelvin Ighodalo, to 45 years imprisonment for stealing the cell phone of  Governor Rauf Aregbesola of  Osun. The accused was arraigned on a six-count charge of conspiracy, theft, obtaining by false pretence, obtaining by force and impersonation, among other offences. Justice Jide…

FRSC officials

Tragedy as family of 7 perish in road accident in Katsina

A ghastly motor accident has killed a family of seven on the Katsina-Kano road in Rimi Local Government Area of Katsina state. The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the Police Command in the state, Aminu Sadiq, told journalists that the accident happened on Saturday at about 8 p.m at…

Ousted PDP Chairman Bamanga Tukur ...

PDP rejects Edo council election results, threatens legal action

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the results of the April 20 Edo council elections and described the exercise as a mockery of democracy. The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, who made this known while briefing newsmen on Sunday in Abuja, also said the party would challenge the…

Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram leader

Gunmen bomb Ringim town in Jigawa

Suspected gunmen on Sunday bombed many places in Ringim town in the Ringim Local Government Area of Jigawa, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. Witnesses told NAN the incident happened around 8.45 p.m. When contacted, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the state’s Police Command, Abdu Jinjinri, a Deputy…

JTF has been busy chasing down the Boko Haram insurgents

Wanted Boko Haram commander killed in Maiduguri — JTF

The Joint Task Force (JTF) on Operation Restore Order (ORO) on Saturday announced the killing of a suspected Boko Haram commander, Mohammed Chad, during a special operation in Maiduguri. JTF’s spokesman, Lt.-Col. Sagir Musa, made this known via a statement in Maiduguri on Saturday. "A special operation was conducted at…

Bamanga tukur

PDP Chairman, Tukur, fires political aides

PDP boss says he wants to re-organise his office for service deliver. (more…)

Goodluck Jonathan

Group begs Nigerians to support Jonathan’s reelection in 2015

A group, the South East/South South Alliance for Jonathan (SESSAJ), has pleaded with Nigerians to support President Goodluck Jonathan when he eventually decides to contest the 2015 presidential election. The National Coordinator of the group, Dr. Mike Egbuchulam, made the appeal at a news conference in Aba, Abia on Wednesday. He said that Nigerians should support…

gunmen

Gunmen attack ACN stalwart in Edo, kill 2, abduct wife

A stalwart of the Action Congress of Nigeria in Edo State, Patrick Akhimien, was on Wednesday attacked by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers in Ekpoma. The attackers killed Mr. Akhimien's younger brother, police orderly and injured some other people at the scene. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Akhimien is an ACN…

Items recovered by JTF during a suspected Boko Haram hideout in Kano

Suspected bomber lynched in Kano

A suspected bomber has been lynched by Kano residents during an unsuccessful attempt to detonate a bomb at Kofar Kwaru, near the Emir of Kano’s palace on Wednesday night. A witness, who pleaded anonymity, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that no casualty was recorded when the bomber threw…

Niger Delta militants

16 ex-Niger Delta militants complete training in South Africa as commercial pilots

By Debo Oshundun Sixteen ex-Niger Delta militants have received the Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) from the Afrika Union Aviation Academy (AUAA) in Mafikeng, South Africa, the academy’s Director, Capt. Allan Roebuck, has said. He made the disclosure on Sunday during the institution’s graduation ceremony held at the weekend, adding that the ex-militants completed 37 flying…

Late Deputy Governor Olufunmilayo Olayinka

My daughter died a natural death, says late Ekiti deputy governor’s father

The father of the late Ekiti State deputy governor, Festus Famuagun, on Monday dismissed speculations in political circles in the state that political opponents desirous of stepping into her post killed the late Olufunmilayo Olayinka, who died on April 6. Mr. Famuagun spoke while receiving members of the Ekiti State…

Nigerian Army

25 soldiers in mass wedding in Onitsha

No fewer than 25 soldiers from the 302 Artillery Regiment and 14 Field Engineer Regiment in the Onitsha Military Cantonment have wedded at the St. Peters’ Military Church, Onitsha. The mass wedding, which created great joy at the Cantonment, attracted a mammoth crowd of relatives, friends and well-wishers of the…

Ayo Fayose

I am the next Ekiti governor —Fayose

Ahead of 2014 governorship election in Ekiti State, former governor Ayo Fayose of the Peoples Democratic Party has vowed to recapture power and become the next governor of the state. In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan, Mr. Fayose said “there is no agenda in 2014, I…

Vice President Namadi Sambo

Federal Govt to establish 100 Almajiri schools nationwide, says VP Sambo

Vice President Namadi Sambo says the Federal Government will establish 100 "Almajiri" Special Schools across the nation as part of its efforts to prevent street begging. He stated this in Gusau, Zamfara , on Sunday at the end of the week long National Qur'an Recitation Competition. According to Mr. Sambo, the schools, when fully…