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Flying Eagles name provisional list for FIFA U-20 World Cup finals

The Nigerian under-20 men football team, the Flying Eagles, on Saturday named a 30-man provisional squad ahead of next month’s FIFA U-20 World Cup finals in Turkey. Sammy Audu, the team’s Media Officer, said in a statement in Abuja that the squad includes 18 players which played at the African…

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10 suspected terrorists killed, 65 arrested in Maiduguri, says Special Task Force

The Defence Headquarters said on Saturday in Abuja that 65 persons suspected to be terrorists had been apprehended by its Special Task Force (STF). A statement signed by Brig.-Gen. Chris Olukolade, Director of Defence Information, said the terrorists were caught while attempting to infiltrate Maiduguri as they fled their various…

Ramalan Yero, Kaduna state governor

Women, children slaughtered as fresh attacks claim 12 lives in Kaduna

Fresh attacks in Zangang Chiefdom in Kaura local government area of Kaduna state have claimed 12 lives, including women and children. The incident followed a rampage by gunmen on Monday night. The Council Chairman, Kumai Badu, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone interview.…

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Court dissolves pastor’s marriage over wife’s wayward life

An Orile-Agege Customary Court in Lagos on Monday dissolved the four-year-old marriage of one Pastor Segun Fasina and his wife, Abosede, over the wife's alleged wayward life. The President of the court, Joseph Adewusi, said that the marriage had broken up irreparably. “Starting from today, you seize to be addressed as husband and…

Minister of Information, Labaran Maku

Nasarawa Killings: My hands are clean, says Labaran Maku

The Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, on Sunday dismissed a media report associating him with the recent wave of violence in Nasarawa State. The minister made the denial via a statement signed by his Press Secretary, Joseph Mutah, in Abuja. The statement described the media report as false, unfounded and…

Mohammed Abubakar

Nasarawa Killings: Police set up dedicated line for public to provide information

The Nigeria Police have established a dedicated telephone line to enable the public to partake in the ongoing investigation into the killing of some policemen in Nasarawa State. Some policemen were killed by unknown gunmen in the state on May 9. A statement issued by CSP Frank Mba, the Deputy…

Umaru Tanko Al Makura, Nasarawa State Governor

Nasarawa police killings: ‘We were betrayed by saboteurs,’ Governor Al-Makura says

The Nasarawa Governor stated this on Friday. (more…)

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…