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Suicide Bombing: Army warns Nigerians on two tactics used by Boko Haram

The Nigerian Army has warned the public to be wary of new tactics devised by Boko Haram insurgents who engage children to unleash suicide bomb attacks. A statement signed by Onyema Nwachukwu, the Deputy Director Public Relations, Theatre Command, and issued in Maiduguri, said the insurgents had employed new methods…

Nigerian Army

Nigerian Army trains soldiers on weapons handling, map reading

The Army Headquarters Garrison in Abuja on Monday began a five-day competition and general drill for corporals and ranks below. The drill involves marching manoeuvres, weapons handling, map reading, physical fitness and obstacle crossing. Speaking during the event, John Malu, the commander of the garrison, said weapons handling and map…

FRSC officials on duty used to illustrate the story.

Abia Speaker whose police orderly shot FRSC officials visits victims

The Speaker of the Abia State House of Assembly, Chikwendu Kalu, on Monday visited the two Federal Road Safety Commission officials shot on Saturday by police officers attached to him. Mr. Kalu, who arrived the Living Word Mission Hospital, Aba, at about 10 a.m., said he came to see how…

Tankers at a NNPC depot

Calabar fire will not affect petrol, kerosene, diesel availability, NNPC assures Nigerians

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on Monday in Abuja advised consumers of petroleum products not to engage in panic buying following a fire that engulfed a tank farm at the Calabar Free Trade Zone (CFTZ) in Cross River on Saturday. At least 11 people have been confirmed dead from the…

Cross River state

Calabar tank explosion death toll rises to 11

The death toll of the fire outbreak that occurred at Linc Oil and Gas depot in Calabar on Sunday morning has increased to 11 from nine, the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports. The state Commissioner of Police, Hafiz Inuwa, had on Sunday confirmed that nine persons died as a…

Nigerian Vessel

Nigeria’s Appeal Court affirms conviction of five Filipinos, four Bangladeshi

The Court of Appeal, Lagos Division, on Monday affirmed the judgment of a Federal High Court in Lagos which sentenced nine foreigners to five years’ imprisonment each, for stealing crude oil from Nigeria. The convicts are Axel Jabone, Zahirul Islam, Juanito Infantado, Suarin Alave, Gatila Gadayan, Islam Shahinul, Islam Rafiqul,…

Hajj pilgrims travelling after being cleared by NAHCON

Abuja begins medical screening of intending Muslim pilgrims

The FCT Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board on Monday said medical screening for its intending pilgrims for this year’s Hajj in Saudi Arabia would commence on July 18. Muhammad Lawal, the Public Relations Officer of the Board, said this in a statement in Abuja. Mr. Lawal said the intending pilgrims would…

EU imposes sanctions on Syrian scientists, military officials

The European Union on Monday imposed sanctions on 16 Syrian scientists and military officials on Monday for their suspected involvement in a chemical attack in northern Syria in April which killed scores of civilians. Western intelligence agencies accuse the government of Bashar al-Assad of carrying out the attack, arguing that…

Baboon causes power cut in Zambian tourist town

A baboon plunged a Zambian tourist town into darkness on Sunday after tampering with equipment at a hydro-electric power station, the state electricity company said on Monday. The 108 MW power station in Livingstone, a hub for tourists visiting nearby Victoria Falls, is close to a national park, but it…

Court dissolves 21-year-old marriage over sex starvation

A Mapo Customary Court, Ibadan, on Monday dissolved the 21-year-old marriage between Babatunde Olasupo and his wife Shakirat, over starvation of sex. The president of the court, Ademola Odunade, dissolved the marriage on grounds of irreconcilable differences. “There is nothing more the court could do since Babatunde and Shakirat have…

Pregnant woman used to illustrate the story

Gynaecologist advises women on drug use after miscarriage

A gynaecologist/obstetrician, Nathaniel Adewole, has urged women with B-negative blood, who have had miscarriage before, to always take Rhogam, a drug, during subsequent pregnancies before delivery. Mr. Adewole told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja that taking Rhogam, a special immune globulin, could help prevent rhesus incompatibility in mothers…

Court

Man jailed two years for forcing five-year-old girl into oral sex

A Jos Upper Area Court on Monday sentenced a man, Shehu Baba, to two years’ imprisonment without fine option for forcing a five-year-old to have oral sex with him. The 38-year-old, a resident of Rikkos in Plateau, had pleaded guilty to gross indecency before the court sitting at Kasuwan Nama.…

27 drown, 50 missing as Congo boat capsized

Local officials on Monday confirmed that twenty-seven people drowned and about 50 remain missing after the vessel transporting them capsized in Congo. Province Governor, Nicolas Bulukungu, said the accident occurred early Friday on the river Kasai in Idiofa territory in south-eastern Kwilu province. Mr. Bulukungu who said the motorised canoe…

Nigeria Police Officers

Police confirm rescue of kidnapped director

The police command in Nasarawa State on Monday confirmed the rescue of a director in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Sam Anzaku, who was kidnapped by gunmen on July 15. The spokesperson of the command, Kennedy Idrisu, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Kokona, near Lafia, that Anzaku was…

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Flood kills one, displaces 2,000 people in Katsina – Official

A 10-year-old boy has lost his life while over 2,000 people have been displaced by a flood disaster that ravaged Kaita town, in Kaita Local Government Area of Katsina State, a local official said on Monday. “The flood disaster happened following a heavy rainfall that persisted for several hours which…

Cameroon

Cameroonian govt says 30 people missing after military boat sinks

The Cameroonian Government said 30 people were missing after a boat belonging to a military unit sank off the coast on Sunday. According to a statement from the president’s office, the logistics boat belonged to the Rapid Intervention Brigade, which has fought Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram in recent years.…

Borno state on map used to illustrate the story

Irate youths attack rescue workers at Maiduguri bomb blast scene

A mob on Monday attacked officials of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), who were on rescue mission at the scene of a suicide bomb attack in Maiduguri. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the incident occurred at Londonciki-Simari area of Maiduguri, where a female suicide bomber…

A cross-section of candidates writing JAMB Exams

JAMB remits N5 billion to Nigerian govt; highest ever – Official

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, says it will not condone multiple registration for Direct Entry and Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME. The agency also said it had so far remitted more than N5 billion to government, the highest ever in the 40 years of its existence. A statement…

Ali Modu Sheriff

‘For now, we are still members of PDP’ – Sheriff faction

The Deputy National Vice Chairman of the defunct Ali Sheriff faction of the PDP, Cairo Ojouigboh, has said they are still members of the party despite the recent Supreme Court judgement. Mr. Ojouigboh said this in an interview with journalists on Sunday in Warri shortly after meeting with some members…

Map of Africa

Continental Free Trade Area negotiations to be concluded by end of 2017 – ECA

The Economic Commission for Africa, ECA, says the Continental Free Trade Area, CFTA, negotiations are moving in the right direction and while the first phase of the project is expected to be concluded by the end of 2017. David Luke, Coordinator, African Trade Policy Centre, ATPC, said this in a…

Ambode deposes Lagos monarch who allegedly planned own kidnap

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Sunday deposed the suspended Baale of Shangisha in Magodo, Yusuf Ogundare, for faking his abduction. The faked abduction allegedly took place on July 5 along Centre for Management Development (CMD) Road in Ikosi-Isheri Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of the State. Mr. Ambode…

Bukola Saraki

Group seeking Saraki’s recall not from Kwara – APC

The All Progressives Congress, APC, in llorin West Local Government Area of Kwara on Sunday dissociated itself from those calling for the recall of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, from the senate. Suleiman Bala, the APC Chairman in llorin West Local Government Area, told journalists in Ilorin that the group…

Nigerians in a tight queue to buy Kerosene

NNPC produces five million litres of kerosene daily, meets 60% domestic consumption – Official

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, says it supplies five million litres of Dual Purpose Kerosene (DPK) consumed in the country. The NNPC disclosed this in Abuja in a statement by Ndu Ughamadu, the corporation’s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division on Sunday. Mr. Ughamadu attributed the statement to…

Ekiti promotes 9,583 civil servants

The Ekiti State Government on Sunday said that it had just promoted 9,583 out of its public servants. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 6,993 of them are teaching and non-teaching staff of public secondary schools, while 2,590 are local government staff. The Chairman of the State Teaching Service…

Nigerians at airport

Nigeria accounts for less than 3% of tourists visiting Africa – Official

The Federation of Tourism Association of Nigeria, FTAN, says that less than three per cent of tourists visiting Africa annually choose Nigeria as their tourism destinations. Karim Rabo, the FTAN president, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Sunday that the figure was low compared to other African…