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Mimiko formally dumps LP for PDP

Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo on Thursday in Abuja formally announced his defection from the Labour Party (LP) to the ruling PDP. He was received by Vice President Namadi Sambo on behalf of President Goodluck Jonathan at a brief ceremony held inside the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa. Mr.…

Hajj Pilgrims Boarding a plane

Three Borno hajj pilgrims die – official

The Secretary of the Borno Amirul Hajj committee, Adamu Timta, on Wednesday' confirmed the death of three pilgrims from Borno performing this years Hajj in Saudi Arabia. Mr. Timta stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Makkah. He said one of the pilgrims died before…

FG mounts tight security as dignitaries receive national honour awards

Security is tight around the International Conference Centre, ICC, Abuja, venue of the 2014 National Honours Award Investiture ceremony being performed by President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday. Heavily armed security personnel are stationed at strategic locations in and around the venue. The personnel comprise men of the military, police, civil…

Zamfara Govt. releases 500 rams, 40 cows for sallah

The Zamfara Government says it has released 500 rams, to be distributed free to the poor, for the forthcoming Eid El Kabir celebrations. The state's Commissioner for Religious Affairs, Abdullahi Shinkafi, a professor, announced this on Saturday in Gusau during a preaching session. The commissioner, represented by the Permanent Secretary…

Afghan President, Karzai, signs death warrants of five Kabul rapists

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday signed orders for the execution of five men convicted of rape and armed robbery, in a case that sparked nationwide outrage. The incident took place on Aug. 29 on the outskirts of Kabul, as a family was returning from a wedding ceremony. According to…

Jonathan gets approval to borrow $1billion to fight Boko Haram

The Senate on Thursday approved a request for external borrowing of not more than N1 billion dollars by President Goodluck Jonathan to tackle security challenges in the country. This followed the consideration of the report of the Joint Committees on Finance, and Local and Foreign Debts on the loan request…

Borno sends 36 Chibok schoolgirls to International schools

The Borno State Government on Wednesday granted scholarship and relocated 36 schoolgirls that escaped abduction in Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State when Boko Haram insurgents attacked the school and abducted over 200 final year female students on April 14. The 36 schoolgirls, who have been admitted into International…

Pro-Fayose thugs invade Ekiti court, chase away judge, beat up litigants

Hoodlums believed to be loyal to the Ekiti State Governor-elect, Ayodele Fayose, on Monday stormed the state High court, beat up litigants and chased away the trial judge in the case challenging the eligibility of the Governor-elect in the June 21 election. The case was brought by E-11, a group…

Wonder Goal: Enugu Ranger’s Eze dedicates Award to Family, lauds LMC

Family and friends of Enugu Rangers International FC Player, Emeka Eze, joined him on the occasion of the presentation of the Glo Premier League Wonder Goal Award at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium at which he thanked the family for supporting his career and the League Management Company (LMC) for innovations…

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Fuel crisis looms across Nigeria as supply drops by 36 million litres

Nigerians could experience acute petroleum products scarcity in the coming days if the strike by oil workers continues. The strike by the main oil industry workers union entered the second day on Wednesday; as daily average fuel supply, particularly Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, commonly called petrol, dropped by more than…

12 soldiers who shot at GOC in Maiduguri sentenced to death

A court-martial in Abuja on Tuesday sentenced 12 soldiers to death by firing squad for mutiny. The court, which handed the judgment at 1.35 a.m., also handed a one-month jail sentence on a soldier and freed five others. The condemned soldiers are Cpl. Jasper Braidolor, Cpl. David Musa, Lance Cpl.…

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NMA commends Nigerian government over reinstatement of sacked doctors

The Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, has welcomed the reinstatement of over 16,000 doctors sacked by the government, and the reversal of a ban on the doctors’ residency training. The National President of the NMA, Kayode Obembe, applauded government’s decision when he announced the development to members of the association during…

Ebola: Nigeria Govt directs schools to remain closed

The Federal Government on Tuesday directed all public and private primary and secondary schools in the country to remain closed till October 13. The Minister of Education, Ibrahim Shekarau, gave the directive when he briefed journalists after a meeting with Commissioners for Education in Abuja. “The minister and all commissioners…

Ebola: American doctor treated with Zmapp recovers, discharged from hospital

Two American aid workers, Nancy Writebol and Kent Brantly, who contracted the Ebola Virus Disease, while helping victims in Liberia, have been released from the Atlanta, USA hospital where they were treated with experimental drug, Zmapp. "Today is a miraculous day. I am thrilled to be alive, to be well…

Minister says five more Ebola patients recovering fast; discharged victim not Dr. Adadevor

Five other Ebola patients in Nigeria have almost fully recovered, the Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, has said. The Minister spoke on Saturday while breaking the good news that the first Nigerian confirmed to have contracted the Ebola virus had been discharged after full recovery. Mr. Chukwu, who briefed…

Israeli troops attack Al Jazeera Bureau in Gaza

Over 607 Palestinians including women and children have been killed during the ongoing fighting between Israeli Forces and Hamas fighters in the Gaza Strip. (more…)

Nasarawa youth protest moves to impeach Al-Makura

The Nasarawa State assembly had on Monday directed that Mr. Al-Makura be served with notice of impeachment. (more…)

Update: How Nigerian officials received Nyanya bombing suspect from Sudan

Aminu Ogwuche reportedly fled to Sudan immediately after the April 14 bomb blast. The International Police, INTERPOL, on Tuesday handed over the alleged mastermind of a Nyanya bomb blast, Aminu Ogwuche, to Nigerian security. The Defence Headquarters, DHQ, first said this through its twitter handle @DefenceInfoNG. “Ogwuche, the Nyanya Bombing…

former Senate President, David Mark

Senate passes N271 billion 2014 budget for Abuja

Highlights of the budget include the allocation of N31 billion for transport sector. (more…)

UPDATE: ASUP Strike suspended for three months

``The suspension is for only three months to give the new minister some time as requested...” (more…)

UPDATED: Jonathan nominates FRSC boss, Chidoka, one other as minister

The Nigerian senate has received communication from President Goodluck Jonathan nominating the Corps Marshall of the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, Osita Chidoka, and  Abubakar Olanrewaju from Kwara, as ministers. If confirmed by the senate, Mr. Chidoka, an indigene of Anambra state, would replace in the Federal cabinet the former…

Osun Governorship Election: Omisore accepts open debate with Aregbesola

The PDP governorship candidate in Osun, Iyiola Omisore, has accepted the challenge to an open debate with Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the All Progressives Congress. The acceptance is contained in a statement circulated to journalists in Osogbo on Tuesday by Diran Odeyemi, Mr. Omisore's Director of Media Affairs. Governor Aregbesola,…

UPDATE: How gunmen in military uniform bombed Bauchi hotel – Survivor

The police confirmed 10 people died from the explosion. (more…)

Shettima orders investigation into mass abduction of women

There were reports of about 60 women abducted in a place near Chibok. Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno has ordered an investigation into alleged abduction of 60 women by suspected insurgents in Damboa Local Government Area of the state. This is contained in a statement by Isa Gusau, his Special…

Boko Haram activities un-Islamic – Governor Aliyu

Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State on Monday in Kaduna condemned the activities of members of the Boko Haram terrorist group, saying that it was un-Islamic. Mr. Aliyu, who is the Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, said this at the international conference on Security and Development Challenges of Pastoralists…