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Nigerian military announces surrender of more Boko Haram terrorists

Apart from the recent arrest of Khalid al-Barnawi, the leader of Ansaru terrorist group in Lokoja, Kogi State, the Nigerian military has confirmed that more terrorists have been arrested while other Boko Haram members have also surrendered to the security agencies. The Director Defence information, Brigadier Rabe Abubakar who confirmed…

FILE PHOTO: A cross-section of internally displaced persons

Nigerians displaced by Boko Haram resort to stealing food to survive

The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, in Borno has said that Internally Displaced Persons are now stealing foods in resident's houses in the state capital. The Commandant of the NSCDC, Ibrahim Abdullahi, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Maiduguri on…

Fuel Scarcity: Petroleum Minister, Kachikwu, apologises for ‘not-a-magician’ comment

The Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, has apologised to Nigerians for his comments last week that the current petrol scarcity will continue till May, and that only “magic” could bring a quicker end to the crisis that has already stretched beyond a month. Speaking to journalists last Wednesday…

Pope Francis waves to crowds as he arrives to his inauguration mass on 19 March 2013.

Pope urges use of ‘weapons of love’ to fight terrorism

Pope Francis has urged the world to use the "weapons of love" to combat the evil of "blind and brutal violence", following the attacks in Brussels. This was contained in his Easter message on Sunday at St Peter’s Basilica, after a week of sombre religious events commemorating Jesus' death. Francis,…

What we are doing to end Agatu killings — Nigerian Army

The Nigerian Army is adjusting the deployment of its troops as part of measures to end the massive killings in Agatu communities of Benue State, the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has said. Mr. Buratai, a Lieutenant General, who said this during his visit to a military tactical operational…

Iran President, Hassan Rowhani

Iranian billionaire bags death sentence for fraud

Iranian multibillionaire, Babak Zanjani, and two colleagues have been sentenced to death for fraud. Iranian Attorney-General, Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Eje'I, said on Sunday in Teheran that Mr. Zanjani was accused of secretly selling Iranian oil as part of a criminal gang during the presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, 2005-2013, and embezzling billions in…

Benin holds 6th presidential election

Voting commenced in Benin Republic on Sunday to elect a successor to outgoing leader, Thomas Boni Yayi. A media report on Sunday in Cotonou said more than five million voters were ready to cast their votes in the available 7,000 polling stations in place for the 33 candidates rearing to…

Yola blast caused by bombs recovered from Boko Haram – Police

Many police officers were feared dead in Thursday’s bomb blast at the headquarters of Nigerian Police Anti-Bomb Squad in Adamawa State. The blast, which occurred shortly before noon, affected all buildings within the office of the Anti-Bomb Squad, including the State Investigation Bureau (SIB), and Motor Traffic Division (MTD). The…

Sambo Dasuki, former National Security Adviser, Nigeria

Dasuki not a fugitive – Lawyer

The immediate past National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, is not a fugitive but a lawfully retired officer of the Nigerian Army, his Lawyer confirms. Mr. Dasuki legally left the Army in 1994 and his exit in the military was officially gazetted by the Federal government through the former Head of…

Lassa fever

Lassa fever claims 2 more lives in Plateau, spreads to Ekiti

Lassa fever has claimed two more lives in Plateau, the state government confirmed on Monday in Jos, the state capital. The state Commissioner for Health, Kuden Dayin, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the victims died at the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) on Saturday. The latest development…

Heat wave claims 11 lives in South Africa

South Africa authorities said on Sunday in Cape Town that 11 people have died of heat stroke, with a loss $269 million due to severe drought in the country. The health department said all the deaths were reported in the North West Province. The department’s spokesperson, Tebogo Lekgethwane, said the…

Barack Obama

US rejects third term bid by Rwandan President, Paul Kagame

The United States said on Saturday it is "deeply disappointed that President Paul Kagame has announced his intention to run for a third term in office". The spokesperson for that country's Department of State, an equivalent of Nigeria's foreign ministry, said with his decision to take a third shot at…

Bomb

How 14 suicide bombers descended on Maiduguri to kill dozens – Army

Fourteen female suicide bombers descended on Borno State on Sunday, killing 25 people and injuring at least, 85, the Nigerian Army has said. Yushau Abubakar, a Major-General, said during a press briefing in Mai‎duguri, Monday, that the suicide bombers blew themselves into bits as they attempted to invade the city.…

​​Nigeria​ targets 1,200MW from nuclear plant

Erapamo Osaisai, the Chairman, Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission, says Nigeria plans to make each of its nuclear power plants to generate power in excess of 1,200mw. He ​said this​ in Abuja on Monday while speaking with State House correspondents after he submitted a report of the International Atomic Energy Agency…

Iwo stands still for new Oluwo of Iwo kingdom, Abdul-rasheed Akanbi

The ancient city of Iwo stood still on Monday when the Oluwo-elect, Abdul-rasheed Adewale Akanbi, entered the town for the commencement of his installation processes. Major streets in the city, witnessed heavy traffic jam as the convoy of the new Oluwo snaked through Ori-eru, Odo-ori, Ile-omosan and Ojaba axis of…

Nigeria League review: Enyimba win seventh title

Enyimba International have emerged champions of the Nigeria Premier League for the seventh time after they secured the needed point in their 0-0 draw against hitherto title contenders, Warri Wolves. The match was played on Sunday at the Aba International stadium home of Enyimba. The Aba Elephants who had to…

NDLEA officials

NDLEA raids drug stores, seizes 824 kg of hard drugs

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Plateau Command, said it seized 824 kilogrammes of hard drugs in a recent raid on drug stores. Its Commander, Ngozi Madubuike, who made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Jos on Sunday, also said the agency seized…

Cattle rustlers should get maximum punishment – Emir Sanusi

The Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sunusi II, has urged the Nigeria judiciary to punish cattle rustlers with the maximum legal punishment. The emir's statement follows the arrest of 72 suspected cattle rustlers in the notorious Falgore forest in Tudun Wada Local Government Area of the state. He also advised the…

Why I believe Buhari is best for Nigeria – Tunde Thompson

As a reporter with the Guardian Newspaper, Tunde Thompson was arrested and detained for months under Decree 4. But in this interview with PREMIUM TIMES' regional editor, Ibanga Isine, Mr. Thompson said Muhammadu Buhari had no hand in his ordeal. PT: During General Buhari’s military era, you were arrested and…

Niger Delta militants attack Shell facility, kill guard

Few days after an international security organisation warned of renewed agitation by militants in the Niger Delta part of Nigeria, some armed men stormed a Shell facility in the area killing one person. Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, on Sunday confirmed that its flow station in Bayelsa was attacked by…

2015 Abuja film festival to showcase economy, security

A Nollywood producer, Fidelis Dukar, on Thursday said the 2015 Abuja International Film Festival, AIFF, would be used showcase the need to diversify the country’s economy and on security. Mr. Dukar, who is organising the 12th edition the film festival, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja that it…

Pencom

Contributory pension fund hits N5 trillion — PenCom

Chinelo Anohu-Amazu, Director-General (DG), National Pension Commission (PenCom), on Monday said that Nigeria’s Contributory Pension Fund (CPF) had risen to over N5 trillion in its 10 years of operation. Ms. Anohu-Amazu disclosed this while speaking at the second edition of the World Pension Summit, Africa Special, held in Abuja. The…

El-Rufai lied, Jonathan spent only N333 million on independence anniversary in 3 years, ex-Minister says

The Goodluck Jonathan administration only spent N333 million on three independence anniversaries (2012-2014) and not the billions of naira alleged by the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, an ex-minister has said. Abubakar Sulaiman, the immediate past Minister of National Planning during the Goodluck Jonathan presidency, stated this in a statement…

Beyond the pardons, press freedom still under threat in Egypt

By Sherif Mansour/CPJ's Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator Today the Committee to Protect Journalists hosted a press conference for three Al-Jazeera journalists who have been convicted in absentia in Egypt. The journalists expressed solidarity with other members of the press who have been charged by the Egyptian government,…

Kenya: Kenyan runners take men’s, women’s titles at Berlin Marathon

Kenyan runners won both the men and women's titles at the 2015 BMW Berlin Marathon in Germany on Sunday, with Eliud Kipchoge clinching the men's title and Gladys Cherono the women's title. Kipchoge again proved himself to be the pre-eminent marathon runner of recent years when he won in a…