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Former editor sues ThisDay newspaper over unpaid salaries

A former editor of ThisDay (Saturday) newspaper, Mr Paul Ibe, has prayed the National Industrial Court to order the media outfit to pay the salaries and entitlements due to him from 2000 to 2002. Mr. Ibe told the court on Monday in Abuja that he was owed 114,000 rands and 19,000…

Naval officer’s wife escapes assassination bid in church

The wife of Rear Admiral Ameen Ikioda, the Moderator at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies in Kuru, near Jos, on Sunday escaped an assassination attempt by an unknown person during a church service at Apapa, Lagos. Ikioda, the immediate past Flag Officer Commanding the Western Naval Command, was said to be…

South-East residents defy MASSOB’s sit-at-home directive

MASSOB had ordered a sit at home in the five South East states. Residents of South-East states on Saturday defied the directive of MASSOB to sit at home in protest against the killing of Igbo people in the North by the Boko Haram sect. The Movement for the Actualisation of…

Jonathan has fulfilled campaign promises to Nigerians, says Labaran Maku

The Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, on Friday declared that President Goodluck Jonathan had fulfilled his campaign promises to Nigerians. He said the areas where the presidency had fulfilled its promises included the investment in the power sector, road construction, railways, job creation through Subsidy Reinvestment Programmes (SURE-P), among others.…

How Amaechi Was Re-elected – Election Returning Officer, Okauru

Gov. Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers on Friday in Abuja re-emerged Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) in a fair and transparent election, the returning officer in the election, Asishana Okauru, has said. Mr. Okauru, who is also the Director-General of the forum's secretariat, said the election was free and…

Gov. Amaechi’s aide resigns

Obinna Anyanwu, Special Assistant to Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers on Conflict Resolution, has resigned his appointment. Mr. Obinna in a letter written to the governor on Monday, May 20, said his resignation took effect immediately. He  said his resignation was due to “recent political development in our great party,…

NNPC to build Africa’s largest gas city in Delta

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is set to build the largest Africa’s gas city in Ogidigben, Delta State. David Ige, the NNPC Group Executive Director, Gas and Power, made this known during the 4th International Conference and Exhibition on Free Trade Zone on Tuesday in Lagos. The conference was organised…

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Aviation workers insist on strike, as NAMA says Nigeria’s airspace will be open to traffic

Workers of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) under aviation unions on Sunday insisted that there was no going back on their planned protest slated for Monday, May 20. The unions said that the planned shutting down of the nation's airspace was to press home their demand for the implementation…

Hardship bites harder as price of gari rises by records 50% in Akwa Ibom

The price of gari has recorded more than 50 per cent increase in the Eket area of Akwa Ibom, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. Other items that also went up in the area, a NAN survey revealed, were the prices of other foodstuffs, including rice and fish. The survey…

Defence Headquarters says 14 Boko Haram insurgents killed in ongoing operations

The Defence Headquarters on Sunday confirmed that 14 Boko Haram terrorists had been killed in the ongoing military operations in the Northern part of the country. A statement by Brig-Gen. Chris Olukolade, Director of Defence Information said that three soldiers died and seven who sustained injuries were being treated in…

Flying Eagles name provisional list for FIFA U-20 World Cup finals

The Nigerian under-20 men football team, the Flying Eagles, on Saturday named a 30-man provisional squad ahead of next month’s FIFA U-20 World Cup finals in Turkey. Sammy Audu, the team’s Media Officer, said in a statement in Abuja that the squad includes 18 players which played at the African…

10 suspected terrorists killed, 65 arrested in Maiduguri, says Special Task Force

The Defence Headquarters said on Saturday in Abuja that 65 persons suspected to be terrorists had been apprehended by its Special Task Force (STF). A statement signed by Brig.-Gen. Chris Olukolade, Director of Defence Information, said the terrorists were caught while attempting to infiltrate Maiduguri as they fled their various…

Women, children slaughtered as fresh attacks claim 12 lives in Kaduna

Fresh attacks in Zangang Chiefdom in Kaura local government area of Kaduna state have claimed 12 lives, including women and children. The incident followed a rampage by gunmen on Monday night. The Council Chairman, Kumai Badu, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone interview.…

Court dissolves pastor’s marriage over wife’s wayward life

An Orile-Agege Customary Court in Lagos on Monday dissolved the four-year-old marriage of one Pastor Segun Fasina and his wife, Abosede, over the wife's alleged wayward life. The President of the court, Joseph Adewusi, said that the marriage had broken up irreparably. “Starting from today, you seize to be addressed as husband and…

Nasarawa Killings: My hands are clean, says Labaran Maku

The Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, on Sunday dismissed a media report associating him with the recent wave of violence in Nasarawa State. The minister made the denial via a statement signed by his Press Secretary, Joseph Mutah, in Abuja. The statement described the media report as false, unfounded and…

Nasarawa Killings: Police set up dedicated line for public to provide information

The Nigeria Police have established a dedicated telephone line to enable the public to partake in the ongoing investigation into the killing of some policemen in Nasarawa State. Some policemen were killed by unknown gunmen in the state on May 9. A statement issued by CSP Frank Mba, the Deputy…

Nasarawa police killings: ‘We were betrayed by saboteurs,’ Governor Al-Makura says

The Nasarawa Governor stated this on Friday. (more…)

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Over 200 women, girls raped by Congolese troops, rebels – UN report

By Edwin Nwachukwu/NAN The United Nations says the Congolese armed forces raped more than 102 women and 33 girls, some as young as six years, during the advance of M23 rebels in Eastern Region in November 2012. The world body stated this in a report which detailed victims and eyewitnesses' accounts of…

Jigawa govt. spends N12million on sun cream for 100 albinos

The Jigawa government said on Thursday in Dutse that it spent more than N12 million in the past six years to procure and distribute assorted cosmetics to 100 albinos. The Executive Secretary of the Jigawa Rehabilitation Board, Ibrahim Rabakaya, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria.  He said that…

Several Killed As Herdsmen Strike In Benue; 20 Policemen Killed In Nasarawa

Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue on Wednesday alleged that some Fulani herdsmen attacked Agatu Local Government Area of the state, leaving "high casualties including women and children". Mr. Suswan disclosed this to State House correspondents in Abuja after a closed-door meeting with Vice President Namadi Sambo at the Presidential Villa. He said he…

Jonathan blasts critics, says they’re “the most corrupt”

President Goodluck Jonathan has lambasted those criticising his administrations for corruption, saying they are the most corrupt bunch of Nigerians. Speaking Monday while addressing the Nigerian community in South Africa  in Cape Town, South Africa, Mr. Jonathan said reports of corruption in Nigeria are exaggerated and that those who criticise him…

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Jonathan shocked by huge number of Nigerians in South African prisons

  By Debo Oshundun/NAN President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed shock over the large number of Nigerian citizens in various prisons in South Africa. The president also blasted those criticising his administrations for corruption, saying they are the most corrupt bunch of Nigerians. Mr. Jonathan told the Nigerian community in South Africa…

Kogi Council elections: PDP wins 21 chairmanship, 225 councillorship seats

 The PDP has won all the 21 chairmanship positions in the Local Government council elections conducted in Kogi on Saturday, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), however, snatched 10 councillorship positions in five local governments areas. In the results declared on Sunday, ACN got…

Ekiti Names New Deputy Governor

Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has forwarded the name of Chairperson of the State’s Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Prof Modupe Adelabu,  to the State House of Assembly for consideration as the new deputy governor of the state. Governor Fayemi, in a letter dated May 3, 2013, and addressed to…

JAMB candidate caught with pistol, ammunition on way to exam hall

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, on Friday confirmed the arrest of a 26-year-old man in possession of a French-made pistol during the just-concluded Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination conducted by the Joint Matriculation Matriculation Board, JAMB. The suspect, said to be from Awka, was arrested during a routine stop-and-search…