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Soyinka raises alarm: Nigeria on brink of another civil war

Nigeria is on the brink of collapse, and might descend into a civil if the growing insecurity in the country is not arrested, The Nation newspaper is quoting Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, as warning Thursday in Lagos. The paper also quoted the National Leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria…

Court bars NBA from raising practising fees for lawyers

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday ordered the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to allow lawyers maintain payment of the old practising fees, pending the determination of a substantive suit before the court. Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia gave the order in her ruling in a suit filed by five lawyers against the…

Abia PDP wants Achebe conferred Nobel prize posthumously

Abia PDP Chairman, Emma Nwaka, has called for a posthumous Nobel Laureate award on Prof. Chinua Achebe, the late literary icon. Mr. Nwaka made this known in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) when he reacted to the death of Nigeria’s foremost literary legend in Umuahia…

Ekiti women organise prayer session for deputy governor’s quick recovery

Women across Ekiti State, on Tuesday, converged on Ado-Ekiti where a prayer session was held for the quick recovery of the Deputy Governor, Funmilayo Olayinka, who is currently on sick leave. The Wife of the Governor, Bisi Fayemi, convened the session, which was also attended by top female officials of…

WIDOWS PROTESTING AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE IN UYO ON MONDAY (25/3/13).

Suffering widows besiege Governor Akpabio’s office, demand welfare package

Hundreds of widows in Akwa Ibom on Monday trooped to the Government House, Uyo, urging   Governor Godswill Akpabio to empower them financially to enable them establish small-scale businesses The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the widows, who came in buses from the 31 Local Government Areas in the state,…

Nigeria knows FIFA U-20 World Cup opponents Monday

The Flying Eagles and the other semi finalists at the on-going African Youth Championship (AYC) will know their first round opponents at the forthcoming FIFA U-20 World Cup on Monday. According to a statement by the team’s Media Officer, Sam Audu, on Sunday in Abuja, the opponents would emerge during…

Bayelsa LG Elections: One dead as PDP sweeps chairmanship positions

A 200-Level student of Political Science at the Niger Delta University (NDU), Teller Francis, died during Bayelsa local council election on Saturday, an official confirmed on Sunday. The Chairman, Bayelsa State Independent Electoral Commission (BYSIEC), Blessing Izagara, who confirmed the incident in Yenagoa, said Ms. Francis died while on election…

Chinua Achebe, a global icon of all time — ACN

The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) on Sunday paid tribute to Prof. Chinua Achebe, describing him as a global icon of all time. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the literary icon, Achebe, died on March 21, in the U.S. In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday…

INEC chair, Attahiru Jega, opens up on APC controversy

The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Attahiru Jega, said on Saturday that the commission was yet to register any of the three political associations jostling to take ownership of the APC acronym. Mr. Jega made the statement in Kaduna shortly after participating in a Hausa  programme of  the Kaduna…

Nigerian govt delegation in U. S visits Achebe’s family

By Edwin Nwachukwu A Nigerian Government delegation in the U. S on Saturday visited the family of the late Prof. Chinua Achebe, who died on Thursday night. The delegation, led by Nigeria’s Ambassador to the U. S, Ade Adefuye, and Nigeria’s Consul General in New York, Habib Habu, visited the…

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Court remands pastor for alleged rape of church member

An Ado-Ekiti Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday ordered that a pastor, Ilesanmi Emmauel of Christ Apostolic Church, be remanded in prison for alleged rape of a minor. Magistrate Adefunke Ajibade ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody pending the advice of the state Director of Public Prosecution. Mr. Ajibade…

Bayelsa considers amnesty for repentant cultists

The Bayelsa state government is planning to grant amnesty to members of the various cult groups in the state who are willing to confess their crimes and show repentance by turning in their arms and embrace peace. The state governor, Seriake Dickson gave this indication in a statement on Sunday…

FCT Area Council Poll: PDP wins three councils, ANPP one, Kwali, Abaji outstanding

Results of four of the six area councils have been released in Saturday's council elections in the Federal Capital Territory. The ruling Peoples Democratic Party won three while the opposition All Nigeria Peoples Party won one. The result of Kwali and Abaji Area Councils are still outstanding. Find details of…

Outrage over N6bn donation to Jonathan’s Otuoke church

Yesterday’s donation of over N6 billion in aid of St. Stephen’s Anglican Deanery and Youth Development Centre, Otuoke, Bayelsa State, hometown of President Goodluck Jonathan, has sparked outrage across the country, The Nation newspaper is reporting this morning. The fundraiser, attended by Mr. Jonathan, and held at the Civic Centre…

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Kano Pillars trounce AC Leopards 4-1

Kano Pillars FC on Saturday defeated AC Leopards of Congo Brazaville 4-1 in the second round of the ongoing Orange CAF Champions League in Kano. Pillars’ midfielder, Mustafa Musa, found the net in the 9th minute with a header. In the 45th minute, Musa scored the second goal through another header after displacing the visitors'…

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Court sentences police officer to death by hanging

An Umuahia High Court on Monday sentenced an ex-police Corporal Umaru Muhammed to death by hanging. Justice Agwu Kalu held that the prosecution proved that the gunshots fired at one Cpl. Clement Amechi, at close range by Muhammed killed the deceased. The court held that the action was an offence punishable under…

Amaechi, five other governors shun PDP governors’ meeting

The Peoples Democratic Party Governors’ Forum  got off to a poor start Monday with the embattled Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, Rotimi Amaechi, and five other governors shunning the maiden meeting of the group in Abuja. Governors Amaechi, Sullivan Chime (Enugu), Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Saidu Dakingari (Kebbi), Sule Lamido…

Police arrest Senator Yerima over comments on radio

The police on Saturday arrested former Governor of Zamfara, Sen. Sani Yerima over alleged "inciting’’ comments on a live radio programme run by Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Kaduna. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Olufemi Adenaike , led policemen…

Funeral for Hugo Chavez holds in Caracas

A state funeral was held on Friday for Hugo Chavez, who died of cancer complications at the age of 58. Leaders from around the world including Presidents Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, Raul Castro of Cuba and Enrique Pena Nieto of Mexico took turns to keep brief watches over the casket…

Former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari calls for Jega’s sack, accuses INEC of deep corruption

Nigeria’s former head of state Muhammadu Buhari, has called for the sack of the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Attahiru Jega, and other top officials of the commission, saying the electoral body, as presently constituted, cannot be trusted to deliver on credible elections. Speaking in London at the 4th British-African Diaspora conference held…

Commonwealth considers visa-free regime among member nations

President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday in Abuja held a closed door meeting with the visiting Commonwealth Secretary-General, Kamalesh Sharma, during which a proposal for a visa free regime was discussed. Mr. Sharma and members of his delegation were accompanied to the meeting at the Presidential Villa, by the Minister of…

Another LASU student killed by suspected cultists

Another student of the Lagos State University (LASU), simply identified as Kabiru, was on Sunday night allegedly killed by suspected cultists. Sources told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that Kabiru was shot dead at about 10:00 p.m. at Abeokuta St., Okokomaiko, Lagos. Another student of the university, Damilola Damochie,…

NBC moves against Atiku, Adamawa’s radio stations, suspends programmes

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has suspended the broadcast of Dimokradiyya a you on Radio Gotel, Yola. It also suspended Taba Kidi Taba Karatu on Adamawa Broadcasting Corporation, Yola, with effect from Feb. 14, 2013. The suspensions are contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday by  Awwalu Saliu,…

ACN raises alarm, says Nigeria economy on brink of collapse

The opposition Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) on Sunday raised the alarm that Nigeria is broke and pointed at an impending collapse of the economy, unless the Federal Government cuts the astronomical cost of running a bloated government and takes urgent measures to diversify the economy and shore up the…

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Catholic Bishops blast Jonathan, governors, over massive corruption, rights abuses

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) on Friday in Abuja expressed worry over the lack of accountability and transparency at all levels of government in Nigeria, saying the situation is responsible for the massive poverty and insecurity in the country. The bishops said by failing to uphold probity in…