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Nigerian govt replies BringBackOurGirls on Sambisa tour

The Federal Government has rejected the conditions given by the Bring Back Our Girls, BBOG, group for joining a day search sorties for missing Chibok girls to Sambisa Forest. In a letter addressed to the convener of the group, Obiageli Ezekwesili, which was made available to the media on Sunday,…

Nigerian soldiers kill 13 Boko Haram members in Borno – Spokesperson

The Nigerian Army on Sunday said soldiers killed 13 suspected Boko Haram members during clearance operations in Bomboshe and Sinbaya in Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno. Sani Usman, the Director of Army Public Relations, said in a statement in Maiduguri that the operations were carried out on Thursday and…

ECOWAS defence chiefs meet, prepare for military action in Gambia

The Nigerian Chief of Defence Staff, Abayomi Olonisakin, on Saturday hosted colleagues from other West African countries as ECOWAS steps up preparation for a possible military action in the Gambia. The meeting, held at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja, was part of the preparation for the inauguration of an Ecowas…

Barrow leaves Gambia with Buhari, other West African leaders

President Muhammadu Buhari and other West African leaders have tactically taken Gambia’s president-elect, Adama Barrow, into safety after a botched attempt to persuade President Yahya Jammeh to voluntarily cede power after he lost the 1 December election. Mr. Jammeh’s tenure ends January 19. And both ECOWAS and the AU have…

Ex Bauchi State Governor, Mohammed Abubakar

Winners emerge in Bauchi Quranic competition, get new cars

The 31st Edition of Bauchi State Quranic Recitation Competition ended in Darazo on Saturday, with Malam Amir Yunusa and Miss Aisha Musa emerging overall winners in the male and female categories, and carting away brand new cars. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that other prizes distributed to participants…

Adamawa govt sacks revenue agency chairman

The Adamawa Government on Saturday announced the sacking of the Executive Chairman of the State Board of Internal Revenue, Idris Tuta . Briefing journalists on the outcome of a special meeting of the State Executive Council, the Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Ahmad Sajoh, said the removal of the chairman…

AFCON 2017: Guinea-Bissau deny hosts Gabon

Minnows Guinea-Bissau made a memorable start to the Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, on Saturday as a late Juary Soares equaliser saw them hold hosts Gabon to a 1-1 draw. According to CAF website reports, Soares headed home for the tournament debutants in the 90th minute of the 16-team championship’s…

Abbas meets Pope for Palestinian embassy opening in Vatican

Pope Francis on Saturday received Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas shortly before the opening of a Palestinian embassy in the Vatican City, the Vatican confirmed. The two leaders discussed the Middle East peace process, the French peace initiative and the fight against terrorism, said Mr. Abbas, speaking to Palestinian television after…

West African leaders set 4-day deadline to resolve Gambia crisis

Leaders meeting at a Franco-African summit in the Malian capital Bamako on Saturday set January 19 as deadline to solve the Gambian political crisis, Radio France Internationale quoted Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe as saying. January 19 is the date when president-elect Adama Barrow has vowed to take power, despite outgoing…

25,800 unaccompanied children from Nigeria, 3 others, arrived Italy in 2016 – UNICEF

No fewer than 25,800 unaccompanied or separated children mainly from four African countries – Egypt, Eritrea, Nigeria and the Gambia -- arrived Italy by sea in 2016, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says. Lucio Melandri, the Senior Emergency Manager at UNICEF, said the number of children arriving in Italy by themselves…

FILE PHOTO: #BringBackOurGirls protest in 2014 prior to the 2015 presidential election

Chibok Girls: Nigerian govt invites #BringBackOurGirls for Sambisa search

The Federal Government has invited members of the Bring Our Girls Back group to a short trip into Sambisa forest in search of the missing Chibok girls. The invitation extended to members of the BBOG, an advocacy group for the release of the missing school girls from Chibok, Borno, was…

Universities’ non-academic unions to begin 5-day warning strike

Non-academic unions in the Nigerian universities say they will on Monday embark on a five-day warning strike over the inability of the Federal Government to implement the 2009 Agreements with the unions. The unions are the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and the National…

Ex-Gambia leader, Yahya Jammeh

ECOWAS to take all necessary actions in Gambia – Chambas

UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) says ECOWAS has decided to take all necessary actions to enforce the results of the Dec. 1, 2016 presidential election in The Gambia. Mohamed Chambas, Head of UNOWAS, disclosed this while briefing the UN Security Council on the political and security…

Osinbajo begins Niger Delta peace tour

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will be visiting a number of oil communities across some Niger Delta States starting on Monday. He will visit Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers State. His office said the visits are in “further demonstration of President Muhammadu Buhari's readiness and determination to comprehensively address the Niger Delta…

Sokoto Govt. earmarks N32 million for mass wedding

Sokoto State Government on Friday said it had earmarked N32 million for the mass wedding of 100 couples in the state. The State commissioner for Religious Affairs, Mani katami, disclosed this at the inauguration of the committee on Islamic Marriage Mediation in Sokoto. He said ‎beneficiaries would be drawn from…

How Nigeria is improving on TV digitisation – NBC

The National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, says it has achieved tremendous success in the recently launched television Digital Switchover, DSO, in Abuja. The Director-General of the commission, Ishaq Kawu-Modibbo, made the remark while briefing journalists on the success of the Abuja Digitisation on Friday. He said that in the three weeks…

Gambia: AU will not recognise Jammeh as President from January 19

The African Union will cease to recognise Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh as the nation’s legitimate president with effect from January 19. It is the date he is due to hand power to Adama Barrow, the winner of the December 1 election. The AU’s Peace and Security Council made this declaration after…

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4 kidnap victims rescued in Port Harcourt

The State Security Services, DSS, says it has rescued four oil company kidnap victims from their abductors in Port Harcourt. This is contained in a statement by DSS spokesperson, Tony Opuiyo, in Abuja on Friday. Mr. Opuiyo said the victims were rescued during an operation supported by the military. He…

Cross River Assembly approves N301 billion 2017 budget

The Cross River House of Assembly has passed the 2017 budget of N301 billion, the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports. On October 31, 2016, Governor Ben Ayade presented a N301billion budget proposal to the assembly for scrutiny and passage. Jonas Eteng-Williams, Chairman, House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, presented…

Trump accuses Democrats, Republicans of plotting against him

The U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has accused both Republicans and Democrats he called his political opponents of plotting against him. Mr. Trump made the accusation in a series of tweets in an apparent reference to the ongoing screening of his cabinet nominees and allegations of links to Russian hacking to…

Dollar and Naira bills [Photo credit: NairaFX]

Naira plunges further as CBN resumes dollar sales to BDCs next week

The Naira on Friday depreciated further at the parallel market as dollar scarcity worsened, the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports. NAN reports that the Naira may be seeing its worst times as the CBN will be resuming dollar sales to Bureau De Change, BDC, operators next week. The Nigerian…

UPDATE: Nine dead as NEMA confirms suicide bomber had baby strapped on her back

At least nine people were killed when three female suicide bombers struck in Madagali, Adamawa State, on Friday, a rescue agency has said. The National Emergency Management Agency also confirmed that one of the three female suicide bombers died with a baby strapped on her back. PREMIUM TIMES reported residents…

Paul Pogba

Mourinho ‘let me free’, Pogba says on improved Man Utd performance

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba says his recent upturn in form has been helped by manager Jose Mourinho letting him “free” on the pitch. The 23-year-old France international started slowly after rejoining United for a £89m world-record fee last summer, but he has been instrumental in United’s recent nine-match winning…

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Police inspector, NSCDC official killed in herdsmen, farmers clash

A Police Inspector, an officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, and a civilian were on Thursday night killed in a clash between herdsmen and farmers in Sabon Daga Village in Niger. Bala Elkalla, the Public Relations Officer of the Niger Police Command, confirmed the deaths to…

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose

Fayose dares FG, orders federal agencies in Ekiti to pay rent or leave

The Ekiti Government on Friday gave seven days ultimatum to defaulting Federal Government agencies occupying its property to vacate. The government insisted that the agencies must comply with its directive by either buying the property they are presently occupying or pay the normal rent on the property. The News Agency…