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Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase

Police IG orders arrested pro-Biafra protesters charged with murder

The Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, has directed that members of the Indigenous people of Biafra, IPOB, arrested in connection with the killing of policemen during a clash on Monday, be tried for murder. At least five protesters were shot dead by soldiers near the Niger Bridge as the…

Niger Delta militants

Niger Delta Avengers says no member arrested by military

Niger Delta Avengers, the new militant group that has claimed responsibility for recent attacks on oil and gas installations in the Niger Delta, has denied a Nigerian military's claim that its members were arrested. The 4th Brigade of the Nigerian Army, garrisoned in Benin, had on Sunday announced the arrest…

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Why protesting MASSOB, IPOB members were killed — Nigerian Army

By Gbolahan Adediran The Nigerian Army said its troops, alongside other security agencies, acted in self-defence as well as in defence of lives and property of peace-loving Nigerians when it shot dead at least five members of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and Indigenous…

Wole Soyinka
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Soyinka disowns ‘disgusting’ Buhari comments attributed to him

Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, has denied making comments in an interview about President Muhammadu Buhari's one year in office. In a statement on Tuesday, Mr. Soyinka described a report quoting him as declaring his support to Mr. Buhari as a "disgusting forgery". "Once again, I notify the security arms of…

Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami
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Nigerian govt. constitutes presidential committee to recover AMCON loans

The Federal Government has set up a presidential inter-agency committee to recover loans granted commercial banks and corporate organizations by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON). The committee, headed by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has members ​drawn from various ministries, departments…

Ben Murray-Bruce
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How SSS blocked me from greeting Buhari at State House dinner — Ben Murray-Bruce

A senator from Bayelsa State, Ben Murray-Bruce, on Monday said operatives of the State Security Service prevented him from "greeting" President Muhammadu Buhari at a state dinner organised to mark 2016 Democracy Day. Mr. Murray-Bruce tweeted around 10:45pm on Monday, "I was at the Presidential Villa today, went to the…

Dr. Dakuku Peterside, NIMASA Boss

NIMASA to undergo major reforms – Dakuku Peterside

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) will undergo major reforms in the next one year to boast it's capacity to drive the growth and development of the Nigerian maritime industry. NIMASA's spokesperson, Lami Tumaka, quoted the agency's Director General, Dakuku Peterside, as stating this recently. Mr. Peterside said…

MASSOB protest

Many killed, police officers thrown into River Niger as MASSOB protests in Delta

No fewer than seven persons have been confirmed dead following protest by members of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), in Asaba on Monday. The Acting Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), in Delta, Charles Muka, who confirmed this in a statement, added that the police…


Marathoner against Stevens-Johnson syndrome completes 717-kms trek from Abuja to Lagos

Fadesola Adebayo, the Canadian-based Nigerian marathoner, who began a 717km-long trek against the spread of Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) from Abuja on May 13 finished at about 1.30p.m., on Monday in Lagos. The marathoner, who ended his solo marathon at the Gani Fawehinmi Freedom Park in Ojota, a suburb of Lagos,…

FILE PHOTO: Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed in Ogoni land

Buhari to launch Ogoni land clean-up June 2

President Muhammadu Buhari will launch the Ogoni land clean-up on June 2, a statement has said. This is contained in a statement issued by Chijioke Amu-Nnadi, Head of Corporate Affairs unit, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) in Port Harcourt on Monday. It stated that the Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed,…

Speaker, House of Reps, Yakubu Dogara.

Nigeria: House of Reps adopts electronic-voting system

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has announced the completion of electronic voting system for members of the lower chamber. Mr. Dogara said the adoption of the system was in tandem with the legislative goals of the 8th National Assembly. In a statement posted on his personal…

Dr. Christopher Ogbonnanya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology

Nigerian govt. to build six science, technology museums, says Minister

The Federal Government on Monday said it planned to build a science and technology museum in each of the country’s six geo-political zones. The Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, said in Abuja that the idea was to stimulate children’s interest in science and technology in the country. “Science,…

Governor Udom Emmanuel, Akwa Ibom State Governor

Protecting Governor Emmanuel, PDP, radio station halts live interview with APC chieftain

A private radio station in Akwa Ibom State on Monday abruptly ended a live interview with the Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress in the state, Ita Awak, after the guest mentioned the name of the speaker of the state House of Assembly, Onofiok Luke on air. Mr. Awak…

President Muhammadu Buhari (Photo credit: www.ibtimes.co.uk)

Buhari under fire for reneging on promise to reveal looters, recovered assets

Nigerian social critics and legal practitioners on Monday expressed disappointment over President Muhammadu Buhari's failure to make good on his promise to reveal details of stolen assets recovered from corrupt officials. Mr. Buhari had on May 14 said in London that he would personally provide specific details of all recovered…


FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup: Nigeria to battle Brazil, England

The Nigeria U-17 Women's team, the Flamingoes, have been placed in a seemingly tough group in the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Jordan as they will be facing Brazil, England and Korea DPR in the group phase. The draws for Jordan 2016 were conducted on Monday with Coach Bala Nikyu…


Police arrest 13 pro-Biafra activists in Enugu

By Gbolahan Adediran The police in Enugu on Monday arrested no fewer than 13 persons suspected to be members of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and the Biafran Independent Movement (BIM). The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Ebere Amaraizu, said the…

Ayodele Fayose, Ekiti State Governor

Fayose dares Buhari to stop him from travelling abroad, says, ‘I can’t be cowed’

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has dared the Federal Government to carry out the alleged plot of preventing him from travelling out of the country. "Under the federal system of government, state governors are not appendages of the President and as a leading opposition figure in Nigeria, he cannot be…

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje; Photo: DailyPost

Why I sacked my SSG — Governor Ganduje

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has said that there was nothing new in the removal of his former Secretary to the State Government, Rabiu Bichi. Mr. Bichi was sacked on Friday while two other aides to the governor were redeployed in a move seen by analyst as the weeding out…

Biafra Protesters

Biafra Day: Police storm prayer session, arrest pastors, 320 MASSOB members in Ebonyi

The Police in Ebonyi State on Monday arrested some clergymen who were conducting an inter-denominational service for members of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB). It was gathered that policemen numbering over 200 stormed the Nkaliki Primary School, field, Abakaliki, venue for the 2016…


How Jonathan shocked me during 2015 election — Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said he was shocked when former president Goodluck Jonathan called him to concede defeat while votes were still being counted during the 2015 election. Mr. Buhari made the disclosure on Monday at the Presidential Banquet Hall, Aso Villa, Abuja, when he hosted the State House Press…


Former Chadian dictator, Hissene Habre, jailed for life for rape, human rights abuses

The Extraordinary African Chambers in Dakar Senegal, on Monday, in a landmark judgement, sentenced former Chadian dictator, Hissene Habre, to life imprisonment for human rights abuses, extrajudicial killings and rape. The conviction and sentencing, which is the first of its kind, where a ruler of one country is convicted for…

Dave Umahi, Ebonyi State Governor

Ebonyi team wins Nigeria’s 2016 Democracy School Debate

The South-East state of Ebonyi has won the 2016 Democracy School Debate. It defeated Taraba and Police teams at the finals of the championship organised by the President’s School Debate Nigeria (PSDN) a non-governmental organisation from May 24 to May 28 in Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports…

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MASSOB, police in deadly clashes in Delta, Imo

A fight broke out between policemen and some people suspected to be members of the Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) in Asaba on Monday, witnesses said. The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the incident occurred along Anwai Road in the city when MASSOB members were marching…

Governor Jibrilla Bindow
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Senators, Reps, others shun Governor Bindow’s town hall meeting

There seems to be no end in the political crisis in Adamawa state, with senators, members of the House of Representatives and other key political actors on Monday shunning the town hall meeting called by the state governor, Bindow Jibrilla, tagged "Adamawa summit." The governor had in his inaugural speech…

Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami
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Recovered Loot: SERAP commences contempt suit against Nigerian govt.

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has commenced contempt proceedings against the Federal Government, Abubakar Malami (SAN), Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, and Ahmed Idris, the Accountant-General of the Federation. SERAP executive director, Adetokunbo Mumuni, said in a statement on Monday that the officials were deemed…