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Fuel ​Crisis: Depots “dry” nationwide — PENGASSAN

​F​uel ​scarcity hit harder in Abuja and its environs Friday, as another strike embarked upon…

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$88.1m needed ​ for ​’last mile’ of ​Ebola ​response — UN official

UN Assistant Secretary-General and Controller, Bettina Bartsiotas, says additional $88.1 million is needed to support…

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Youth protest in Kano; burn court house, storm Govt. House

Youth in Kano burnt down a sharia court scheduled to hear a case of blasphemy…

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Hundreds of children died from lead poisoning due to Jonathan’s inaction – Human Rights Watch

The failure of President Goodluck Jonathan to sign a $4 million intervention fund to clean up lead contamination in communities in northern Nigeria exposed to lead poisoning due to small scale and artisanal mining has contributed to the death of several hundreds of children and the maiming of thousands others,…

House Minority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila

Gbajabiamila lied, I didn’t ask to head House Appropriation Committee – Rep

A member of the House of Representatives, Nnenna Elendu-Ukeje, has denied demanding an assurance that she be appointed chairperson of the Appropriation Committee of the House as precondition for supporting any member eyeing the position of Speaker in the coming 8th Assembly. One of the leading contenders for the position…

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19 people killed monthly in Rivers election violence

A monthly average of 19 killings occurred in Rivers State between November 2014 and April 2015, a Rivers Commission of Inquiry has said. At the presentation of the final draft of the report to the Rivers State government, Thursday, the Commission noted that out of the 97 allegations of killings…

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Nigerians should give Buhari a chance to work—- Oronsaye, others

A former Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Steve Oronsaye, has advised Nigerians to be patient with the in-coming administration while it takes over the mantle of leadership on May 29. Mr. Oronsaye said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday that…

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Buhari confirms APC’s claim, says Jonathan’s team yet to brief incoming govt

The President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday confirmed claims by his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, that the incoming administration has yet to receive any briefing from the Goodluck Jonathan government as the country prepares for the transfer of power in a week. Mr. Buhari opened up while receiving the…

Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Okonjo-Iweala urges staff to support incoming administration

The Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on Thursday urged members of staff of the ministry to support the incoming administration for the growth of the country. Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala said this at a send-off ceremony organised for her and the minister of state for finance at the ministry in Abuja. She…

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Police in Equatorial Guinea beat up Nigerian diplomat

Police officers in Equatorial Guinea on Saturday beat up a Nigerian diplomat, Noah Ichaba, on the street of Bata in Equatorial Guinea. Mr. Ichaba, a vice-consul of Nigeria to Equatorial Guinea, was beaten to pulp at kilometre 6 Roundabout Bata police checkpoint. The diplomat said he was at a traffic…

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Senate Presidency: We will not compromise merit – Tinubu

The leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has said merit will not be compromised while choosing the Senate President. Mr. Tinubu said this in Abuja on Thursday after holding a closed-door meeting with the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari. He said he would not go against anything the party…

Former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, speaking during Thursday's protest

#BringBackOurGirls group challenges military spokesperson, Olukolade, to debate

The #BringBackOurGirls group has said it is ready for a debate with Nigeria’s defence spokesperson, Chris Olukolade, on any of the group’s monitoring, assessment and analysis of military’s war against Boko Haram insurgents and the rescue of the 219 girls abducted in April, 2014 by Boko Haram terrorists. In response…

Former Governor Timipre Sylva

N19.2bn Fraud: Ex-Governor Timipre Sylva’s case adjourned till May 27

The case involving a former governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva, being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, before Justice A. Y Mohammed of the Federal High Court, Abuja, has been adjourned till May 27. Mr. Sylva, along with Francis Okokwo, Gbenga Balogun, and Samuel Ogbuku, allegedly…

Nigerian Senate: Strengthening the law against rape

Senate probes lingering fuel scarcity

The Senate has ordered its Committee on Petroleum (Downstream and Upstream), to investigate issues surrounding the lingering fuel scarcity. This was raised by the senator representing Bauchi central, Abdul Ningi, at the plenary on Thursday. Mr. Ningi said it was the Senate’s duty to investigate and solve the issue as…

President Goodluck Jonathan and President-Elect General Muhammadu Buhari during their meeting today at the Aso Villa

Nigeria would’ve been in crisis if Jonathan disputed elections – Buhari

The President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, has again commended President Goodluck Jonathan for conceding defeat at the March 28 polls. Mr. Buhari, who gave the commendation in Abuja on Thursday when he received Nigerien President Issoufou Mahamadou, said Mr. Jonathan's action turned around Nigeria's nervous political process. He said: “The Nigerien president…

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Patience Jonathan’s “There is God” video Nigeria’s most viewed YouTube clip ever – Google

The famous, “There is God,” video skit by the first lady, Patience Jonathan, is Nigeria’s most viewed non-music footage ever on popular online video site, YouTube, the site’s owner, Google, announced Thursday. The video, published in 2014 by Channels TV, showed Mrs. Jonathan breaking down at a meeting over the…

Murtatala Nyako, impeached governor of Adamawa state

Court refuses to reinstate ex-Adamawa Governor, Nyako

Any hope of the impeached governor of Adamawa state, Murtala Nyako, being reinstated immediately was dashed on Thursday by a Federal High Court sitting in Yola as the judge, Bilikus Aliyu, dismissed a suit instituted by Mr. Nyako claiming he was wrongly removed. Mrs. Aliyu said the case brought before…

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CNPP to Blair: You’re wrong on oil subsidy removal in Nigeria

The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties has rejected some postulations offered by a former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, on how the incoming All Progressives Congress federal administration should fix Nigeria. Mr. Blair, who was the guest speaker at the APC two-day Police Dialogue on the Implementation of the Agenda…

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Attorney General, Adoke, lacks power to direct Bayelsa chief judge to swear in Wike – Jiti Ogunye

The Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke, has no powers to direct the Bayelsa State Chief Judge, Kate Abiri, to administer oaths to Rivers State Governor-elect, Nyesom Wike, Lagos-based constitutional lawyer, Jiti Ogunye, has said. In a statement Wednesday, Mr. Ogunye said the administration of oaths is the exclusive…

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Nigerian Military Court acquits Commander accused of failing to stop Boko Haram

The brigade commander of the 23 Armoured Brigade in Yola, Adamawa State, Victor, Ebhaleme, has been acquitted by a general court martial holding at the 9 brigade officer’s mess, Ikeja cantonment. Mr. Ebhaleme, a colonel, was accused of failing to ensure that support weapons approved for units under his brigade…

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NURTW members attack Hausa community in Ekiti

Sabo, a Hausa community in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital, was attacked on Wednesday allegedly by members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, allegedly acting on the instruction of the Peoples Democratic Party-led government in the State. The violence was a culmination of previous acts of harassment of…

Ahmad Fintiri, Adamawa acting governor

How former acting governor, Fintiri, piled debts for Adamawa in 3 months, diverted funds

When former governor Murtala  Nyako of Adamawa state was impeached in July 2014, some of the reasons given by the lawmakers for the removal of the governor and his deputy, Bala Ngilari, at the time was that the two leaders led the executive arm of government to fraudulently divert huge sums…

Murtatala Nyako, impeached governor of Adamawa state

Court to rule on Nyako’s impeachment today

The long-awaited judgement in the case of impeachment of the former Adamawa state Governor, Murtala Nyako, by the state House of Assembly has been slated for noon today, Thursday. The judge, Bilikus Aliyu, who is already in court, sent the court officials to tell the lawyers and other litigants the judgement…

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APC holds two-day retreat for senators-elect

The All Progressives Congress will hold a two-day retreat for all its Senators-elect in Abuja on Friday May 22 and Saturday 23. In a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party said the retreat would be held at the Ibeto Hotel in…

House Minority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila

House of Reps’ Speakership: Tinubu has no hand in my ambition — Gbajabiamila

One of the leading contenders for the position of the Speaker of the House of Representatives in the soon-to-be inaugurated 8th Assembly, Femi Gbajabiamila, has denied the involvement of a national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, in his ambition. Mr. Gbabiamila, who is the current Minority Leader…