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Crisis rocks Adamawa state university over ongoing ASUU strike

The Adamawa State University’s chapter of the  Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has been thrown into controversy over the ongoing nationwide strike by the union, with a faction announcing its withdrawal from the industrial action called by its national body. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the…

Chimamanda Adichie’s AMERICANAH wins American prize

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s third novel, AMERICANAH, has been awarded the2013 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for fiction. The Heartland Prize is a literary prize created in 1988 by the Chicago Tribune Newspaper. According to Elizabeth Taylor, the literary editor of the Chicago Tribune, the prize is awarded yearly in two categories, fiction and…

Chaos In Rivers Assembly As “Five Lawmakers” Attempt To Impeach Speaker

Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State today personally foiled an attempt to impeach the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, news website, SaharaReporters is reporting. The speaker, Otelemaba Amachree, had convened a session of the legislature in order to amend certain portions of the Rivers State budget. The session…

Nigerians score Jonathan low on anti-corruption-Transparency International

The report showed that corruption was a major issue globally. (more…)

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JTF impounds 28 vessels, badges involved in oil theft in Rivers

The Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta on Sunday said it had impounded 17 metal badges, 10 vessels and a tug boat laden with crude oil in Rivers. The JTF Commander, Maj.-Gen. Bata Debiro, said this after an assessment tour of JTF’s operational bases in Bonny, Rivers. Mr.…

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Police rescue 3 abducted NYSC members in Rivers

The Rivers police command said on Sunday in Port Harcourt it had rescued three members of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, who were abducted on  June 29. Angela Agabe, the command’s Public Relations Officer, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) the corps members were freed on July 6…

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Gunmen kill hotel owner, wife, set 2 others ablaze in Lagos

Unknown gunmen in the early hours of Sunday in Lagos attacked the 04 Hotel in Ajah, killing the owner, his wife and setting two others ablaze. Director of the Lagos State Fire Service, Rasaq Fadipe, who confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos said the…

North ready to negotiate over 2015 presidential election, says Gov. Aliyu

  The Chairman of the Northern State Governors’ Forum (NSGF), Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger, says the country’s Northern region would negotiate properly to safeguard its interests in the 2015 presidential polls. Mr. Aliyu made the remark on Sunday during the inauguration of an office complex for federal government workers at…

Rivers police yet to receive report on abduction of Bayelsa governor’s aide

The Rivers police command has said it was yet to receive any report on the alleged abduction of Olice Kemenanabo, the Special Adviser on Power to Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson. DSP Angela Agabe, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)…

NSCIA asks Muslims to look out for new moon for commencement of Ramadan Fast

The Nigerian Supreme Council For Islamic Affairs has asked Muslims in the country  to look out for the new moon of Ramadan on Monday, July 8 and report to top officials of the organisation. "Where the authorities are satisfied that the crescent has been duly sighted, The President-General and Sultan of…

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Soldiers injured in anti-Boko Haram operation to get best medical treatment – CDS

  The Defence Headquarters says the military will ensure that its personnel injured in the ongoing special operation to rid the country of  Boko Haram and other terrorist activities get the best medical treatment. This is contained in a statement issued on Saturday and signed by Brig.-Gen. Chris Olukolade, the Director,…

Buhari attributes poor education to ineffective leadership in Nigeria

A former Head of State, retired Major General Muhammadu Buhari, has attributed ineffective leadership in the country to the inability of government to provide effective education for Nigerians. Mr. Buhari said this in Zaria on Saturday at a conference with the theme "Uniting our People for Change’’ organised by a…

UPDATE: 2 Dead, Dozens Injured In San Francisco Air Crash

Update 3: All passengers and crew are now accounted for. Passengers have been allowed to leave the airport and operations are gradually returning to normal in the airport. Update 2: The San Francisco fire chief, Joanne Hayne-White, has announced that two people have been confirmed dead, dozens injured while 60…

Former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari

Why I did not promote myself to General as Nigeria’s Head of State — Buhari

A former Head of State, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd),  has given insight into why he remained a Major General rather than promote himself to the rank of full General while he reigned as Nigeria’s Head of State between December 31, 1983 and  August 27, 1985. Speaking in Zaria on…

Housewife drags husband to court over alleged return of ex-wife

A housewife, Aisha Umar, of Tudun Wada Quarters in Kaduna, has sued her husband, Umar Muhammad, at the Magajin Gari Sharia Court II, accusing him of reinstating his former wife. She told the court on Friday that since he divorced the ex-wife, Muhammad continued patronising her for food and relaxation, in spite of Islamic injunction prohibiting him from doing so after divorcing her three times. The…

Kano State Govt. earmarks N1bn for issuance of ID cards to residents

The Kano State Government announced on Friday that it had earmarked N1 billion for the issuance of identity cards to residents of the state. Governor Rabi’u Kwankwaso said in Kano at the launching of the programme that issuance of the cards was part of measures by government to monitor the influx of people into Kano city. He said that…

My father was jailed for refusing to let me attend school – Atiku

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar stunned his audience in far away Geneva, Switzerland when he recalled how his late father was jailed for refusing to let him attend school in his hometown of Jada, Adamawa State. The former Vice President made the startling revelation yesterday in remarks he made on…

Lagos Assembly Speaker Ikuforiji, aide, perfect N2 billion bail conditions

Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji and his Personal Assistant, Oyebode Atoyebi, on Thursday, met the bail condition granted them by a Federal High Court Lagos. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the accused are being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)…

FG bans civil servants from accepting chieftaincy titles

The  Federal Government on Tuesday banned civil servants from accepting chieftaincy titles. The announcement is contained in a statement signed by Tope Ajakaiye, Director (Communications), Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation. He said the ban also included other sundry awards until their retirement or disengagement…

Why I abandoned my baby in the bush — Abuja woman

  Favour Abdulazeez, who claimed to be the mother of a baby girl abandoned at the  backyard of an apartment in Kuje, Abuja, has solicited financial assistance from the public to enable her to claim and take care of the baby. Ms. Abdulazeez told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that…

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Our student did not flush baby in toilet – Obafemi Awolowo University

The Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU)  on Thursday clarified that Diana Rotimi Oyinlola, an undergraduate, who delivered a baby in the toilet on campus did not attempt to kill the baby. The were reports in a section of the media since the incident happened at Moremi hall on Wednesday that Oyinlola…

Ekweremadu, Deputy senate president

Senate rejects 61 requests for new states, says Ekweremadu

  The Deputy President of the Senate and  Chairman, Senate Committee on Constitution Review, Ike Ekweremadu said none of the 61 requests for state creation got the committee's nod. Mr. Ekweremadu stated this in Abuja on Wednesday when Enugu State Government Committee on the Actualisation of Adada State, led by retired Major Gen.…

Scramble for 2015 presidential ticket behind PDP, NGF crises — Gov. Jang

Plateau State Governor and self-appointed Chairman of  a faction of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), Jonah Jang, has said the quest for the 2015 presidential ticket was responsible for the crises in the Peoples Democratic Party and the NGF. He made the remark at the end of the meeting of the PDP Board of Trustees…

FEC approves N420bn contract for development of Onne Port –Maku

  The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved a 2.8 billion dollars (about N420 billion) contract for the development of the Onne Oil and Gas Free Zone in Port Harcourt, through concession. The Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, made this known when he briefed State House correspondents on the outcome…

Teenager bags 15-month imprisonment for stealing mobile phone

  A Grade 1 Area Court in Mararaba, Abuja, on Wednesday sentenced a student, Joseph Olowu, 19, of Aso Pada to 15 months imprisonment for stealing a mobile phone. The judge, Alfred Maga, convicted the accused on a two-count charge of stealing and constituting public nuisance. Mr. Maga, however, gave…