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Cholera kills 54 in Bauchi – Health Commissioner

“The number of deaths recorded in our facilities was five, but there were lot of deaths in the homes because people refused to take their relations to the hospitals.” The Bauchi State Commissioner for Health, Sani Malami, on Thursday said cholera outbreak recorded across the state in the last two months had resulted in the […]

Pregnant woman, four others electrocuted

A source said fire broke out when the cable fell on a Toyota Camry car loaded with petroleum products. Five persons, including a pregnant woman, were allegedly electrocuted on Thursday in Lagos after a PHCN high-tension cable fell, causing fire and explosion. A witness told the News Agency of Nigeria that the incident happened around […]

Four injured as building collapses in Abuja

She said the command received a distress call of the building collapse at about 7:15 a.m. A five-storey building has collapsed in Maitama, Abuja, injuring four people. The building, which was still under construction close to the MTN telecommunication office, was said to have collapsed following the previous day’s rain. Three of the injured persons […]

Lawyer threatens to sue FRSC for misinforming Nigerians on new number plates

FRSC “cannot force upon Nigerians, a hastily conceived policy without any enabling legal framework.” The lawyer who filed the suit challenging the power of the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, to impound vehicles of motorists wearing old number plates has threatened another legal action against the agency. Two weeks ago, Justice James Tsoho of the […]

Suswam asks Nigerian Government to investigate chemicals used in herdsmen-farmers conflict

“We need to assure Nigerians and the International Communities that the chemicals are not weapons of mass destruction.” Gov. Gabriel Suswam of Benue on Thursday urged the Federal Government to investigate the composition of the chemicals allegedly used on Tiv farmers by herdsmen in the ongoing crisis. Mr. Suswam said this when he received the […]

Summoned Akwa Ibom journalists now to appear before Police Tuesday

Police agrees to NUJ leadership to accompany summoned journalists to the ‘chat’ next week. The police have asked four summoned Akwa Ibom journalists to appear before it on April 14. The journalists, publishers of four independent newspapers in Akwa Ibom State, were initially summoned for a ‘chat’ with the Special Intelligence Bureau, SIB of the […]

Nigeria’s Rebased GDP is ‘choreographed distraction’, APC says

“The so-called economic growth which the FG has been trumpeting with its dubious statistics is not a result of any deliberate government policies.” The All Progressives Congress, APC, has described as an orchestrated distraction and a mindless public relations gimmick, the ongoing ‘noise’ about the rebasing of Nigeria’s GDP which the government said has seen […]

SSS keeps mum as anger mounts over whereabouts of man who tweeted pictures of gunbattle at SSS headquarters

The Department of State Security, alias SSS, has remained evasive on the whereabouts of  Yusuf Onimisi Siyaka, a Nigerian citizen who witnessed the March 30 deadly gun-battle that rocked the headquarters of the SSS and posted pictures of the incident on twitter. Mr. Siyaka’s friends on Twitter Wednesday night raised the alarm that they had […]

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Nasarawa Fulani killings: Monarch calls for peace

The Chairman, Traditional Rulers Council, Keana Local Government Area, Nasarawa State, Emmanuel Elayo, on Thursday appealed for calm over the recent killing of some Fulani herdsmen in the area. The over 30 victims were killed in their homes by soldiers, witnesses and residents of the area have said. Mr. Elayo, the Osana of Keana, made […]


Corruption: Nigeria protests Mugabe’s comment; summons Zimbabwean envoy

“We want to present the strongest protest in that statement.” The Federal Government on Thursday summoned the Zimbabwean Head of Chancery over remarks credited to President Robert Mugabe, which depicted Nigerians as very corrupt people. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Zimbabwean Head of Chancery, Stanley Kunjeku, in Abuja to formally lodge a protest. […]

Gunmen attack football viewing centre, kill one, injure 6

The Police confirmed the attack. Gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram stormed a football viewing centre on Wednesday night, killing one person. The police in Yobe confirmed that the gunmen stormed the viewing centre in Potiskum Town of Yobe during the UEFA Champions League clash between Manchester United and Bayern Munich. Six […]

Jonathan administration’s investments in Nigerian Education will engender growth – Minister

The Minister said that the Jonathan administration in 2013 alone made budgetary allocations of N336billion to Federal Tertiary institutions. The Supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, on Wednesday said President Goodluck Jonathan’s “strategic investments” in the nation’s education sector will engender national growth. According to a Press Statement signed by the Minister’s Special Assistant (Media), […]

Former military Head of State, Sani Abacha

INTERVIEW: How I brought Buhari into politics only for him to humiliate my son – Maryam Abacha

She hardly speaks to the press. Since her husband died in 1998, she has been living a very quiet life, at first in Kano and now in Abuja. In this rare interview with TheNEWS’ ABUBAKAR HASHIM, Maryam Abacha speaks on key national and international issues, paying tribute to the late President of Sierra Leone, Tejan […]

Nigeria: 15 states most prone to electoral violence – Report

CLEEN Foundation says the security situation in the country is seen as a reflection of the failure of the Nigerian state to protect its citizens. Electoral violence is most likely to occur in 15 Nigerian states during the 2015 general elections, a research by a non-governmental organisation has shown. CLEEN Foundation, a non-governmental organisation that […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Nigeria’s federal civil service boils over alleged presidential waiver on directors’ appointments

A waiver purportedly granted by the presidency has led to the appointment of unqualified directors for the federal service.

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Nigerian Police arrest 14-year-old girl for allegedly killing own husband, two others

 “The husband and two of his friends died on the spot while 10 others were treated and discharged.’’

National Conference: Okurounmu wants presidential system jettisoned

Other delegates demand true federalism. The Chairman of the defunct Presidential Advisory Committee on National Dialogue, Femi Okurounmu, has advocated for the scrapping of the presidential system of government in Nigeria, saying the system is a breeder of corruption. He made the call while discussing President Goodluck Jonathan’s inaugural speech at the conference. Mr. Okurounmu, […]

How Enugu officials killed my teenage son – Mother

“When I got to the junction, I saw a group of boys beating my son, dragging him inside their bus.”

SSS operatives detain Sun newspaper editor at National Conference

 In protest against the detention of their colleagues, journalists threaten to boycott national conference proceedings

Okonjo-Iweala bags David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award

Ms. Okonjo-Iweala was recognized and honoured “for her uncommon courage and capacity to deliver on the economy and leadership, in a very difficult environment.”

APC members protest in Lagos over Ward Congresses

Out of the 377 wards where congresses were held on April 5, the committee declared re-run in 102 wards.

Ikorodu boat mishap: Private operators complain of low patronage

“For now, there is about 45 per cent patronage. We are still hoping that our regular passengers will come back.”

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Nigerian Senate withdraws amendment empowering President to initiate new constitution

“When we debated the other day there was a very controversial issue. The committee wisely met and advised themselves that they should withdraw it.”

20 U.S. students injured in mass stabbing at Pennsylvanian high school

The suspect was taken into custody shortly after the incident.

Jonathan under fire for advocating unregulated election expenses bazaar

The president says limiting election financing is not realistic.