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7 kidnapped triathletes freed in Mexico

Seven triathletes​, ​kidnapped while training in Mexico City​,​ have been released. A spokesperson for the National Security Commission said on Saturday, amid reports of a ransom payment. The Director of the Police Anti-abduction Unit, Renato Heredia, made this known to journalists in Mexico. "The four women and three men were…

Tight security in Damaturu as APC endorses Gaidam for 2015

Amidst tight security in and around Damaturu, the Yobe capital, Governor Ibrahim Gaidam was on Saturday endorsed for a second term as the 2015 governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC. Scores of security operatives were busy patrolling all the streets of the metropolis. Similarly, Damaturu Stadium, venue of…

PDP governorship aspirant in Taraba denies stepping down

A Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship aspirant in Taraba, David Kente, has denied stepping down for other aspirants. Mr. Kente told journalists in Jalingo on Saturday that he had not withdrawn from the race. "I want to first of all debunk the rumour making the rounds that I have withdrawn…

​P​olice warn political parties against mutilating opponents’ posters in Taraba

The Commissioner of Police in Taraba, Ademola Omole, on Saturday warned political parties in the state against destroying posters of aspirants of opposition parties. Mr. Omole gave the warning in Jalingo during interactive session with heads of political parties in the state. According to him, destroying such posters was one…

Brazil screens air passengers from West Africa for Ebola

​Air passengers from the three West African countries hardest hit by Ebola will be screened at Brazilian airports. The Health Minister, Arthur Chioro, disclosed this to journalists in Brasilia on Saturday. "The passengers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone must undergo a body temperature check and claim their health status…

Oil workers issue 14 days ultimatum to government over alleged victimisation of members

The two main unions for workers in the Nigerian oil and gas industry on Friday gave the Federal Government 14 days ultimatum to intervene in the alleged victimisation of some of their colleagues by multinational oil firms or risk industrial action. The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Natural Gas,…

Adamawa sets up committee for ​Mubi ​displaced persons​​

The Adamawa state governor, Bala Ngilari, said a high powered committee had been inaugurated to address the problems confronting internally displaced persons, IDPs, due to the recent attack on Mubi town by members of Boko Haram sect. He added that he had sent 77 vehicles in the past two days…

Benue evacuates students from Mubi

T​he Benue Government said it ha​s commenced the evacuation of students from Mubi in Adamawa following the recent attack on the town by Boko Haram insurgents. The Chief of Staff to the state ​g​overnor, Saint Gbilekaa, disclosed this when he received the first batch of the students from Adamawa in…

Power struggle in Burkina Faso as another officer announces self as Head of State

Another military officer, Isaac Zida, a colonel and former presidential guard to ousted President, Blaise Compaore, has announced he is assuming responsibility as the country’s head of state. Burkina Faso’s local media quoted Mr. Zida as making the declaration in Ouagadougou during a broadcast over a private television station on…

Nigeria protests maltreatment of citizens over Ebola; names 22 culprit countries

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aminu Wali, on Friday protested the continued discrimination and profiling of Nigerians by some countries over the outbreak of the Ebola disease in West Africa. At an interactive session with members of the diplomatic corps, Mr. Wali named 22 countries that had targeted and discriminated…

Gombe bus station blast ‘kills 23’

A deadly explosion that ripped through a bus station in central Gombe Friday, killed at least 23 people and injured many more, the News Agency of Nigeria, has reported. NAN quoted a hospital source as stating that at least 23 bodies were deposited at Gombe Specialist Hospital, while the injured…

President Sata’s body expected in Zambia Saturday

Zambia’s Secretary to the Cabinet, Roland Msiska, has announced that the President Michael Sata’s body would arrive in the country on Saturday from London where he died while receiving medical treatment. Mr. Msiska also disclosed on Thursday that President Sata would be buried on Nov. 11 at Embassy Park in…

Ebola epidemic slowing in Liberia—WHO

The World Health Organisation, WHO, said on Wednesday in Geneva that the spread of Ebola in Liberia appeared to be slowing compared to the “heavy traffic” in the past. Bruce Aylward, who is in charge of WHO's efforts to fight the disease in West Africa, said there were indications that…

Pakistan claims killing 1,150 militants in months-long offensive

The Pakistani army said on Wednesday in Islamabad, that more than 1,150 militants have been killed in operations in the troubled north-west tribal regions. Maj. Asim Bajwa, military spokesman said that more than 1,100 rebels were killed in an offensive launched in mid-June in North Waziristan, once considered a stronghold…

Suspected cultists kill 2 in Bayelsa

Confirming the incident on Wednesday to newsmen, Alex Akhigbe, Police Public Relations Officer of the Bayelsa State Police Command, said his men were working to unravel the mystery behind the killing. “I am out of the state but our officers are working hard to unravel the mystery behind the killings…

2015: I will consult over governorship race, says Ngilari

Governor Bala Ngilari of Adamawa State said he would consult and pray before taking final decision on whether to contest for the governorship of the state in 2015 or not. Mr. Ngilari said this on Wednesday in Yola, when he received a governorship nomination form purchased for him by the…

INEC to distribute.4.8 million Permanent Voter Cards in Lagos

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Tuesday said that it was set to distribute 4.8 million Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs, in Lagos State. The third phase of the distribution of the PVCs will take place in Lagos and some other states from November 7 to November 9. Addressing journalists…

Fight against Ebola not over yet – Lagos Response chief

The Head, Ebola Response Team at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, Idi-Araba, Philip Oshun, on Tuesday said the fight against Ebola virus is not over yet. Mr. Oshun said in Lagos that health workers should continue to observe standard precautions in handling infectious diseases, especially Ebola virus. He said:…

Court adjourns trial of Fani-Kayode

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday adjourned till November 11 the trial of ex-Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, on charges of money laundering. Mr. Fani-Kayode, a former Minister of Aviation, is being tried for an amended 40-count charge on money laundering by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. The…

Discrimination against Nigerians over Ebola must stop — Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday in Abuja restated his government’s displeasure over the continued stigmatisation of Nigerians by some countries over the Ebola virus disease. A statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, quoted the president as making the remark when the Foreign Ministers of…

N4.7bn fraud: Babalakin’s firms ask court to quash charge

Two companies owned by Wale Babalakin -- Stabilini Visioni Ltd and Bi-Courtney Ltd -- on Monday asked an Ikeja High Court to quash the N4.7 billion fraud charge preferred against them. This is contained in separate preliminary notices of objection filed by the counsel to the companies before Justice Lateef…

Prosecution to appeal Pistorius’ 5-year manslaughter sentence

South African National Prosecution Authority on Monday said it would appeal against the five-year prison sentence handed to Oscar Pistorius for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Spokesman of the authority, Nathi Mncube, who made this known in Johannesburg, said that the body would appeal against the conviction and sentence of…

Lawmakers decry high cost of parties’ nomination forms

Lawmakers in Abuja on Monday decried the high cost of the forms for expression of interest and nomination for the 2015 general elections being sold by political parties in the country. Umar Jubril, APC-Kogi, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the costs of the forms would make qualified politicians…

APC holds extraordinary national convention October 29

The All Progressives Congress, APC, said on Sunday that it would hold an extraordinary national convention on October 29 in Abuja, to approve amendments to the constitution of the party. The convention, according to the party, would also adopt its manifesto for the 2015 general elections. A statement issued in…

Nigeria 2015: Oshiomhole wants change in politicians’ attitude

Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo has urged politicians in the country to change their attitude and work for the good of the country ahead of the 2015 general elections. Addressing All Progressive Congress, APC, supporters at a rally in Fugar, Etsako Central Local Government of the state on Sunday, Mr.…