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Oshiomhole promises to sign more death warrants

Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo has said he would sign the death warrants of convicts who killed their victims. Mr. Oshiomhole gave this assurance in Benin on Thursday when members of the Conference of Non-Governmental Organisations (CONGOs) paid him a courtesy visit. “There are seven convicts whose cases are being…

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Kenyan male prostitution causes rise in sale of pampers – Police

Some tourists are believed to target young Kenyan boys for sex. The Police in Kenya said Tuesday said they were battling to contain a new trend of commercial gay-sex tourism that targets young boys in the coastal towns of the country, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. The reports monitored…

Pistorius weeps in court as murder trial set for March 2014

Pistorius said he acted in self-defence. South African Olympic and Paralympic star, Oscar Pistorius, accused of murdering his model girlfriend, prayed and wiped away tears in a court hearing on Monday, as the court set March 3, 2014 as a new date for his trial. Double-amputee Pistorius, 26 and known…

Nuhu Ribadu, former Chairman, EFCC

Ribadu: How Gani Fawehinmi mentored me

Meeting late fiery human rights activists, Gani Fawehinmi was a morale booster for the former presidential candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Nuhu Ribadu, he admitted yesterday adding that Mr. Fawehinmi's mentorship helped him in shaping his ideological stance. Mr. Ribadu, who spoke at a mentoring programme organised…

“SaharaReporters under severe attacks”– Publisher Omoyele Sowore

New York-based news website, SaharaReporters, has issued a statement, saying its platform had come under sustained cyber attacks in the past three days. Describing the attack as a severe multi-pronged one triggered by unnamed attackers to bring down the dirt-digging platform, Publisher Omoyele Sowore said his company's server administrators were…

Egypt swears in 25 governors amidst nationwide protests

At least 10 people were injured during Friday’s protest. Egypt's interim leadership has sworn in new governors for the country's all but two governorates, state- run MENA news agency reported on Tuesday. The reshuffle includes 18 new governors, six old ones who would maintain their positions, and one who is…

Mohammed Morsi

Egyptian court detains Morsi for another 15 days as deposed president’s supporters continue protest

The pro-Morsi protesters continue their sit-in. (more…)

Presidency claims African Development Bank report indicting Nigerian government in fight against poverty is ‘political’

The AfDB report said poverty has risen in Nigeria. In what has become a norm with the Goodluck Jonathan administration to discountenance local and international independent assessments that appear unfavourable to the government, the Presidency on Saturday claimed that the African Development Bank (AfDB)'s report on Nigeria’s poverty reduction efforts…

Ebonyi governor sacks personal aide, commissioner, for alleged misconduct

Governor Martin Elechi of Ebonyi has sacked, Paul Okorie, the commissioner for environment, for alleged acts inconsistent with his office mandate. This is contained in a statement signed by Chike Onwe, the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, on Thursday in Abakaliki. The statement directed Mr. Okorie to handover all government…

Why Nigeria can’t disintegrate — Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday frowned at those predicting the disintegration of Nigeria by 2015, saying such people or organisations would be disappointed. Mr. Jonathan said this when Vice President Namadi Sambo and other Muslim faithful, paid him Sallah homage at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. According to him, some of…

Chidi Lloyd appearing in court

Detained Rivers Assembly Leader gets bail

A Port Harcourt High Court on Wednesday granted bail to Chidi Lloyd, the detained Majority Leader of the Rivers House of Assembly. Mr. Lloyd was arraigned before the court over a six-count charge of attempted murder, conspiracy, wounding, assault, and malicious damage. Justice Latan Nyordee granted Mr. Lloyd bail in…

Jonathan advises politicians to shun ethnicity, provocative comments

President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday in Abuja urged the country’s politicians to shun politics of ethnicity because Nigeria needed nationalistic political leaders. Mr. Jonathan gave the advice at a reception organised to mark the 80th birthday of Tony Anenih, the Chairman of PDP Board of Trustees, at the International Conference…

Al-Mustapha embarks on thank-you tour of Abuja Council

Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, who was recently discharged and acquitted of murder charges after 14 years of incarceration, on Friday, visited the people of Bwari Area Council of the FCT. He told the chairman of Bwari Area Council, Peter Yohanna, that he came to thank the people for their support while…

Obama willing to change controversial surveillance programme

The concession is a fallout of leaks by ex-CIA man, Edward Snowden. President Barack Obama on Thursday told lawmakers he is open to changing controversial surveillance programmes in order to restore public confidence and provide assurance the government is not violating citizens' privacy, participants said. "We understand the American people…

Mohammed Morsi

EU chief says Morsi ‘well’ after meeting deposed Egyptian President for 2hrs

Supporters of the deposed president insist they’ll continue with their protest. (more…)

Kano return

Update: Police confirm 6 dead, 6 injured in Kano explosions

The explosions occurred on Monday evening. (more…)

Judge Asks National Assembly to Restrict Application of FOI Act

A Federal High Court judge sitting in Abuja, Justice Gabriel Kolawole, has called on the National Assembly to amend the Freedom of Information Act, 2011, (FOI) to prevent persons who do not need information for specific reasons from applying for such information. The judge said the Act at present had…

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…