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Kwara State governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed

Ex-Minister Saidu Isa is dead; Kwara governor mourns

A former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Saidu Isa, is dead. Mr. Isa’s death was confirmed by the Kwara State government in the statement below. The Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has described the death of a former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and one time Secretary to…

Xi Jinping

China’s Communist Party holds 19th National Congress

The Communist Party of China, CPC, opened the 19th National Congress at the Great Hall of the People on Wednesday in Beijing. President Xi Jinping delivered a report to the congress on behalf of the 18th Central Committee of the CPC. Mr. Jinping said the CPC will lead the country…

Death toll rises to 276 in Somalia explosion

Death toll rises to 276 in Somalia explosion

Death toll in the bombing in Somalia has risen to 276, according to official figures. Somalia’s Information Minister, Abdirahman Osman, said on Sunday on Twitter that around 300 others were also wounded in the explosion at a busy road junction. The truck bomb explosion also destroyed several buildings and vehicles.…

Ibrahim Coomassie

Gunmen storm home of Nigeria’s ex-Police IG Coomasie; kill policeman, injure another

Unknown gunmen on Saturday attacked the residence of former Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Coomasie, killing a mobile policeman and injuring another. Mr. Coomasie, an influential Northern leader, was the head of the Nigerian police in the last days of military dictatorship between 1993 and 1999. The News Agency of…

Boko Haram

Nigerian Court jails 45 Boko Haram members, discharges over 400 suspects

A Federal High Court in Kainji, Niger State, has convicted and sentenced 45 Boko Haram members to between 3 and 31 years in jail, following the conclusion of the first phase of the trial of some 575 suspects. The court discharged 468 suspects, and ordered they undergo de-radicalisation and rehabilitation…

President Muhammadu Buhari talking

Presidency clarifies Buhari’s statement to World Bank President on favouring ‘northern regions of Nigeria’

The presidency has clarified the statement by the World Bank President, Jim Kim, that President Muhammadu Buhari asked the bank to focus its development efforts on “northern regions of Nigeria.” “In my very first meeting with President Buhari he said specifically that he would like us to shift our focus…

High court

Judge orders arrests of four suspects in alleged N313 million fraud

Justice Hadiza Rabiu-Shagari of the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court on Thursday issued a bench warrant for the arrest of four persons accused of conspiring to defraud a businessman of N313 million. Chukwuemeka Anyanwụ, 50; Agboola Rasheed Gbade, 67; Nkechi Nwafor, 43; and Larry Balogun, 51, were absent…

British High Commissioner to Nigeria

NDDC PhD scholars protest at Nigeria High Commission in London

Some beneficiaries of a scholarship scheme put in place by the Nigerian government through the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, on Thursday protested at the Nigeria House in London over non-payment of allowances. The protesters, who are running doctorate programmes at different universities in the UK, said they have been…

Bad Road

Kabba-Kafanchan, Benin bypass, Onitsha-Enugu, Lokoja-Ajaokuta among ‘Nigeria’s worst roads’- Report

The Kabba-Kafanchan, Benin bypass, Mokwa-Jebba, Lokoja-Ajaokuta, Aba-Obigbo, Onitsha-Enugu, and Idoma-Benue highways have been listed as among Nigeria’s worst roads, according to a survey by SBM Intelligence. SBM Intelligence, a geopolitical and socio-economic research firm, undertook a study of the state of Nigeria’s major expressways by obtaining feedback from the roads'…

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State

Enugu LG Elections: Large turnout as Gov. Ugwuanyi flags off PDP Campaign

Ahead of the November 4 Local Government Elections in Enugu State, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi on Wednesday led leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state to flag off the party's campaign in the state, starting from Oji River and Udi Local Government Areas. The events, which witnessed a…

FRSC officials

FRSC official killed on duty

An official of the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, has been killed on duty. The Corps Marshal of the FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi, stated that the officer was knocked down and killed on patrol at Idu, Abuja, the News Agency of Nigerian reports. Mr. Oyeyemi expressed sadness at the event and…

Militants. [Photo credit: Pulse.ng]

Amnesty International calls for fair trial of Boko Haram suspects

As the mass trial of Boko Haram suspects on terrorism-related charges commences in Nigeria, Amnesty International Nigeria has said justice will remain a mirage for the suspects unless they get fair trials from the Nigerian authorities. In a press statement issued by Isa Sanusi, Media Manager, Amnesty International Nigeria, the…

Lagos Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode [Photo: Today.ng]

Ambode backs Tinubu on devolution of powers, federalism

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Tuesday said the State Government stood solidly behind the position of a National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, on the issues of devolution of powers and the need to entrench true federalism. Mr. Ambode, who spoke at the Fourth…

Victor Malu [Photo Credit: Channels TV]

Ex-Army chief Victor Malu is dead; Buhari mourns

A former head of the Nigerian Army, Victor Malu, is dead. Mr. Malu, a retired lieutenant general, was from Benue State. President Muhammadu Buhari confirmed his death in a condolence message his aide sent to Mr. Malu’s family. Read the presidency’s full statement below. President Muhammadu Buhari extends heartfelt condolences…

Rufus Egbegba

Nigeria bio-safety chief defends GMOs

Despite the criticism that has trailed the used of Genetically Modified Organisms, GMOs, Nigeria’s bio-safety chief has defended the use of such crops. Rufus Egbegba, who heads the National Bio-safety Management Agency, NBMA, said GMOs are the same conventional crops but improved versions for the purpose of sustainability and improved…

Maikanti Baru. GMD of NNPC

NNPC Scandal: Group Managing Director, Baru, breaks silence

The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Maikanti Baru, has finally responded to allegations of corruption and violation of contract laws raised by the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibeh Kachikwu. In a memo to President Muhammadu Buhari, leaked last week to the media, Mr. Kachikwu detailed…

Cornell Haynes [Photo Credit; npr.org]

American rapper Nelly arrested for alleged rape

The American rapper Cornell Haynes, popularly known as Nelly, has been arrested after a woman accused him of raping her in his tour bus. The Multiple Grammy Award-winning singer was arrested on Saturday in Auburn, State of Washington in the north-western part of the U.S. Police arrested Nelly in the…

The Super Eagles squad for the 2019 AFCON qualifying match against Bafana Bafana of South Africa, in Uyo on Saturday (10/6/17). Bafana Bafana won 2-0.
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Jonathan, Umahi, APC, others speak on Super Eagles’ World Cup qualification

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated the Super Eagles of Nigeria after qualifying for the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup. Nigeria became the first African nation to book a spot at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia after a 1-0 win over Zambia on Sunday in Uyo. Arsenal forward…

Bayelsa on Nigerian map

Monkeypox cases rise to 13 in Bayelsa

The number of patients receiving treatment for the communicable Monkeypox disease in Bayelsa State has risen from 11 to 13. The state's Commissioner of Health, Ebitimitula Etebu, disclosed this at a press conference on Friday in Yenagoa, the state capital. He however insisted that there was no cause for alarm…

Court

Judge orders substituted service on BOI MD over alleged mismanagement of N5.6 billion estate

A Lagos Division of the Lagos State High Court has issued an order of substituted service on the Managing Director of the Bank of Industry Investment and Trust Company Ltd, Betsy Obaseki, through the company's secretary in a suit alleging gross mismanagement of the estate of late philanthropist, Olatunji Alabi.…

Ibe Kachikwu [Photo Credit: THISDAYLIVE]

Kachikwu’s letter: SERAP asks Buhari to suspend NNPC chief Baru

A civil society group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to probe and prosecute the Group Managing Director Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Maikanti Baru, if the allegations of corruption were established against him. Even ahead of the probe, the group asked Mr. Buhari to…

Containers on Ship [Photo Credit: sims-waters.com]

Nigeria Customs seize imported fake drugs, others worth N356 million

Three container loads of fake Acicep, Lemdafil, and Ciprogyl drugs have been intercepted by officers of the Nigerian Customs Federal Operation Unit in Lagos.  Mohammed Garba, the Customs Area Controller, told journalists in Lagos on Wednesday that the goods which included fake drugs, cables and other contraband, were shipped into the country…

Baru and Kachikwu

FOR THE RECORDS: Kachikwu’s letter to Buhari on NNPC chief Baru

The Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, has reported the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Maikanti Baru, to President Muhammadu Buhari, urging him to take urgent actions on matters ranging from alleged illegal practices to insubordination. Mr. Kachikwu said he found it pertinent to call the attention of…

nlng

NIMASA to appeal NLNG tax holiday judgement

The director general of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dakuku Peterside, has expressed the agency’s dissatisfaction with the judgment of the Federal High Court by Justice M. B. Idris, delivered Tuesday in the case between NIMASA and the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas, (NLNG). “The agency’s Legal team are…

Speaker Yakubu Dogara

National Assembly moves to add environment matters to concurrent legislative list

The increasing spate of environmental and natural disasters across the world is proof that climate change is not a hoax, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has said. Delivering remarks at the opening of a national stakeholders summit on the legislative framework for environmental law and policy in…