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Female delegate slumps at National Conference

A female delegate, Ezenwa Ifeanyinwa, on Wednesday slumped at the National Conference, shortly after the resumption of the afternoon session. Mrs. Ifeanyinwa, a representative of the Market Women Association, was returning from lunch break and was heading towards the plenary chamber when she suddenly fainted. The ailing female delegate was immediately assisted by security agents, […]

Gunmen attack Jigawa police station, bank; kill 8

The bandits attacked a police station, a bank, and a Sharia Court.

Nigerian Government raises alert on Ebola virus

“Nigeria is in danger” of Ebola virus, the health minister said.

Nigerian Police arraign pastor for unlawful possession of firearm

The police said a pump action gun, number R-006258, was recovered in the pastor’s house. The police on Wednesday arraigned a pastor, Moses Chieke, at a Senior Magistrates’ Court in Wuse Zone 2, Abuja, for unlawful possession of firearm. Mr. Chieke, 43, the pastor in charge of Cross Over International Ministry, Bwari, is facing a […]

Police arraign 7 suspects over murder of 2 herdsmen in Benue

The suspects allegedly killed and burnt the corpses of their victims. Seven persons suspected to have killed two herdsmen were on Wednesday arraigned at a Makurdi Magistrates’ Court, in Benue. The accused, Terver Uva, Vershima Mngure, Msughve Ushir, Ikyaan Tarvershima, Aondosoo Tyozenda, Iorwuese Shaapera, and Vershima Gwaza are facing charges of criminal conspiracy, culpable homicide, […]

Former military Head of State, Sani Abacha

Court fixes June 3 for ruling on N100 billion suit by Abacha`s aide

Mr. Aminu claims he was wrongfully detained and convicted by the Lagos State government. An Abuja High Court on Wednesday fixed June 3 for ruling in a N100 billion suit filed by ex-army corporal, Aminu Mohammed, against the Lagos State Government. Mr. Mohammed, a former security aide to late Sani Abacha, is claiming the amount […]

U.S. expresses concern about herdsmen-farmers clashes in Nigeria

“As a friend and partner of this country, I am very concerned and interested in the violence here in the middle belt.” The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, has expressed his country’s concern about violent clashes between farmers and herdsmen, particularly in Nigeria’s north-central states. Speaking on Wednesday during a courtesy visit on […]

INTERVIEW: Nigeria needs mass movement against government corruption – Eze Onyekpere

“If one looks at the 2014 budget, one would find out that it is filled with lots of frivolous, unclear and wasteful expenditures.” Every day it appears Nigerians are losing the battle against corruption, as government officials continue to act with impunity towards efforts to rid the society of the menace. But, civil society groups […]

Otudeko vs. Dangote: Court adjourns $48 million suit

Oba Otudeko had filed the suit, claiming the sum of $48 million as damages for breach of contract. A Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday fixed May 5 for the continuation of trial in a suit filed by Oba Otudeko against Aliko Dangote, over a land dispute. Mr. Otudeko, Chairman of the Honeywell Group, […]

Nigerian Senate passes N4.6 trillion 2014 budget

The budget was laid December 2013

Governor Idris Wada of Kogi

Activist attacked, detained by police for demanding Kogi governor’s sack

The Governor has denied a role in the arrest. A man has been attacked and arrested by police in Kogi State allegedly for demanding the removal of the state governor, Idris Wada. Umar Goodman, a local activist, was whisked away by armed police officers Saturday-allegedly on the orders of the governor- after he led two […]

Boko Haram: North-East governors appeal to INEC on 2015 polls

The governors asked INEC not to postpone the polls in their states. The governors of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe, facing the challenges of Boko Haram insurgency on Wednesday, urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, not to postpone the 2015 general elections in the states. The call was contained in a statement jointly issued in […]

Gunmen kidnap Borno politician, Stephen Marama

The kidnappers asked Mr. Marama’s family to link them with Governor Shettima or Senator Ndume within an hour. Gunmen have kidnapped a former Borno governorship aspirant in the state. Family sources said Stephen Marama, a governorship aspirant during the 1979 general elections, was on Saturday kidnapped while on his way back to Maiduguri, the Borno […]

National Conference: Delegates demand reform of government structure

A delegate canvassed three vice presidential slots, rotation of presidency, governorship and inclusion of Office of First Lady in Constitution. More delegates to the National Conference, on Tuesday canvassed for the reform of the structure of government to ensure more participation of Nigerians and its component units in governance at the federal and state levels. […]

National Conference to come clean on delegates’ allowance Wednesday

Delegates are bothered about media reports and speculations on their allowance. The National Conference would, on Wednesday officially disclose how much the delegates would be paid as allowances for the three months the conference would last. The Chairman of the conference, Idris Kutigi, stated this following complaint by a delegate from Sokoto State, Aishatu Madawaki, […]

Fulani leaders insist Nigerian soldiers killed unarmed herdsmen, seek probe

The Fulani Herdsmen said confrontation is a wrong approach to ending clashes with farmers in the region. An association of cattle breeders in Nasarawa State has insisted that it was Nigerian soldiers that invaded Keana Town, a Fulani settlement, last Thursday. It also called for a thorough probe of the incident. Muhammad Salihu, the Secretary […]

Nigeria Police summon publishers considered ‘unfriendly’ by Akwa Ibom govt.

The invited journalists run newspapers considered critical of the Akwa Ibom state government.  Representatives of four independent newspapers in Akwa Ibom state have been summoned for a ‘chat’ with the Special Intelligence Bureau, SIB of the Akwa Ibom State Command of the Nigeria Police Force. The four media representatives, who are also the publishers of […]

While fighting APC, Fani-Kayode holds secret meeting with Jonathan

Mr. Fani-Kayode says he has no plan to dump APC now. President Goodluck Jonathan and a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode met behind closed-doors at the Presidential Villa on Tuesday. The meeting, which was also attended by a man who could not be immediately identified, lasted for about one hour in the president’s office. […]

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Gunmen kill 10, burn 20 houses in Taraba

“I can also confirm to you that 15 people are badly injured and about 20 houses were set ablaze,” the police spokesperson said. The Police Command in Taraba has confirmed that gunmen on Tuesday killed 10 people in Jibu Village in Wukari Local Government Area of the state. The police spokesperson, Joseph Kwaji, told journalists […]

Ekiti doctors suspend warning strike

The state government secured a court injunction. Members of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, in Ekiti on Tuesday announced the suspension of their three-day warning strike. The suspension followed a court injunction secured by the state government at the National Industrial Court in Abuja on Tuesday which declared the strike illegal. Obitade Obimakinde, the Chairman […]

Ogun APC crisis: Ward congresses suspended indefinitely

Two factions of the party held parallel congresses and produced two different executives in all 235 wards across the state. The Congress Committee of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ogun State on Tuesday suspended the proposed re-run congress after a faction of the party staged a protest over the controversial congresses that held on Saturday. […]

CBN Suspension: Court to decide Sanusi’s fate May 20

Mr. Sanusi is challenging President Jonathan’s powers to suspend him. A Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday reserved judgment till May 20 in the case by Lamido Sanusi, the suspended governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, challenging his suspension by President Goodluck Jonathan. The judge, Gabriel Kolawole, fixed the date after hearing […]

Hot weather: Snake bite victims up 70 per cent in Gombe – Official

“We received six to seven cases in the last three weeks but now the number has increased to 20”. The number of people bitten by snakes has increased in Gombe State in the last three weeks due to the hot weather, a health official, Abubakar Balla, has said. Mr. Balla, who is in-charge of snake […]

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Kutigi, Bakare clash again over religious recitation at National Conference

A delegate, Dan Nwuanyanwu, advocated death penalty for corrupt public office holders. The Chairman of the National Conference, Idris Kutigi, and Lagos-based pastor, Tunde Bakare, again clashed over the use of religious recitation during Tuesday’s plenary session. Mr. Kutigi had on March 18 recited a Muslim prayer, “Bismi-llāhir-raḥmāni r-raḥīm,” meaning, “In the Name of God, […]

Nigerian military denies targeting Muslims in its operations

“The Nigerian military remains non-partisan, non-sectarian and will continue to be the symbol of patriotism.”