Nigeria
Supermodel Naomi Campbell urges 'Vogue' to launch African edition
18 killed in Boko Haram attack on Nigerian army base, villages
Nigerian Senators get Sh3.8 million a month for choice expenses - politician
Fraud cases by bank staff rises — NDIC
INI DIMA OKOJIE: I admire Beyonce’s drive
Nigeria plane makes emergency landing in Ghana
Popular Nigerian musician, daughter killed; husband arrested
2018-04-09 04:55:32 LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Police in Nigeria say they have arrested the Danish husband of a popular local musician who was killed along with their 4-year-old daughter in Lagos. Police spokesman Chike Godwin Oti tells The Associated Press that 29-year-old Zainab Nielsen, popularly known as Alizee, was killed Thursday with her daughter in their apartment on upscale Banana Island. He says there were marks of violence on the bodies and the homicide unit is investigating   Read More ...
Boko Haram Raid Hits as Nigeria Pursues Peace Talks
2018-04-02 21:00:02 Updated April 2, 2018 1:41 p.m. ET MAIDUGURI, Nigeria—Boko Haram insurgents launched coordinated assaults on a Nigerian military base and villages close to this regional capital on Monday, a brazen operation that left at least 20 people dead just weeks after the government confirmed it was in talks with a breakaway faction of the extremist group. The dawn raids—which saw insurgents deploy suicide bombers, mortars and truck-mounted machine guns—sparked a protracted battle with Nigerian soldiers at a military base on the edge of Maiduguri, an army spokesman said   Read More ...
18 killed in Boko Haram attack in Nigeria: emergency services
2018-04-02 14:48:42 Kano, Nigeria | AFP | At least 18 people were killed and 84 wounded when Boko Haram jihadists clashed with Nigerian soldiers near the northeastern city of Maiduguri overnight, the emergency services agency said Monday. "So far we have recovered 18 dead bodies from the two villages Bale Shuwa and Bale Kura," on the outskirts of Maiduguri, said the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA)   Read More ...
Supermodel Naomi Campbell urges 'Vogue' to launch African edition
2018-04-02 13:47:41 Supermodel Naomi Campbell said on Sunday that Vogue magazine should launch an African edition to recognise the continent's contribution to a global fashion industry that has been criticised for its lack of diversity. Campbell, who was visiting Nigeria's commercial capital, Lagos, to appear on the runway at Arise Fashion Week, said there was a need for better representation of the continent   Read More ...
Suspected Boko Haram militants kill at least 15 in Nigeria's Maiduguri
2018-04-02 13:13:54 MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - A Boko Haram attack in the Nigerian city of Maiduguri killed at least 15 people and wounded 83, a military spokesman said on Monday, in the biggest strike since the government said it was in talks with the Islamist militant group. The military said the incident occurred late on Sunday and included gun battles between government troops and the militants as they tried to enter Maiduguri, a city in northeast Nigeria which is the epicentre of a nine-year conflict with Boko Harm that has caused the deaths of more than 20,000 people   Read More ...
18 killed in Boko Haram attack on Nigerian army base, villages
2018-04-02 13:01:58 Boko Haram fighters attacked a military base and two surrounding villages near the flashpoint Nigerian city of Maiduguri overnight, killing at least 18 people and wounding 84, officials said Monday.It was one of the most brazen attacks in recent months and was a precursor to a planned strike on Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State and the birthplace of the hardline Islamist group   Read More ...
18 killed in Boko Haram attack on Nigerian army base, villages
2018-04-02 12:47:06 KANO (AFP) - Boko Haram fighters attacked a military base and two surrounding villages near the flashpoint Nigerian city of Maiduguri overnight, killing at least 18 people and wounding 84, officials said on Monday (April 2). It was one of the most brazen attacks in recent months and was a precursor to a planned strike on Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State and the birthplace of the hardline Islamist group   Read More ...
Happy tears as Nigerian girls reunite with families after Boko Haram kidnapping
2018-03-26 21:00:50 The school girls kidnapped by the Boko Haram jihadist group in Dapchi, north eastern Nigeria, were reunited with their families on Sunday after spending nearly five weeks in captivity. The 105 girls, covered head to toe in burkas, arrived aboard five buses in the town of Dapchi, in Yobe state, where they were greeted by their parents at the boarding school from where they were snatched on February 19   Read More ...
Nigeria manufacturers reject Africa trade deal
2018-03-23 13:00:16 The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) has supported the country’s refusal to sign the African Continental Free Trade Area. Some 44 countries signed the agreement in Kigali, Rwanda on Wednesday, creating the world’s largest free market. However, 3,000 Nigeria manufactures praised their country for backing out, saying the deal would lead to gross unemployment at home as most local companies would die   Read More ...
‘N62.3b fraud: EFCC freezes 30 accounts of ex-NSITF boss, seizes 37 assets
2018-03-13 09:11:38 The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has frozen 30 accounts and seized 37 assets allegedly belonging to the former Chairman of the Nigerian Social Insurance Trust Fund, Dr. Ngozi Olojeme. The agency had earlier linked 38 houses to Olojeme but it has obtained a court order to seize 37. In one of the houses at No. 25, Kainji Crescent, Off Lake Chad Crescent, Maitama , Abuja, the EFCC detectives were said to have uncovered a state of the art bathroom suspected to have cost about $2m to $4million   Read More ...
Russia: ‘British threats to boycott World Cup hurt ties, sport’
2018-03-13 09:11:35 Russia’s foreign ministry said on Monday that British threats to boycott the 2018 FIFA World Cup would damage ties with Moscow and hurt world sport, Interfax news agency reported. The British government it would respond decisively to any Russian government’s involvement, in the wake of the poisoning of a former Russian double agent in England. Prime Minister Theresa May said earlier on Monday it was “highly likely” that Moscow was responsible for the attack   Read More ...
Nigeria struggles to contain dramatic spread of deadly Lassa fever
2018-03-13 09:01:02 IRRUA, Nigeria: Nigeria is battling on two fronts against an unprecedented outbreak of Lassa fever, a cousin of Ebola, that has already killed 110 people this year. Even as doctors are grappling to contain the threat, health watchdogs are struggling to understand why the deadly virus has spread so dramatically. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 353 Lassa cases since Jan 1, compared with 143 cases for the whole of 2017   Read More ...
Nigeria struggles to contain dramatic spread of deadly Lassa fever
2018-03-13 08:12:10 Nigeria is battling on two fronts against an unprecedented outbreak of Lassa fever, a cousin of Ebola, that has already killed 110 people this year. Even as doctors are grappling to contain the threat, health watchdogs are struggling to understand why the deadly virus has spread so dramatically. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 353 Lassa cases since January 1, compared with 143 cases for the whole of 2017   Read More ...
Nigerian Senators get Sh3.8 million a month for choice expenses - politician
2018-03-13 08:06:35 A Nigerian politician has revealed that Senators receive 13.5m naira [£27,000, $37,500, Sh3.8 million] every month to use on expenses of their own choice. Shehu Sani, a Senator for the governing All Progressives Congress [APC] party, said there is little accountability about how the money is spent. He has called for the payments to be scrapped, saying they are a key reason why people choose to enter politics   Read More ...
Kudos To Senator Shehu Sani -By Femi Falana
2018-03-13 06:11:18 In the current edition of The News magazine, Senator Shehu Sani made a disclosure which has serious implications for public accountability in Nigeria. Without mincing words the Senator blew the lid off federal legislators’ salary secrecy. For the first time since May 1999, the Senator disclosed the jumbo emoluments of the members of the upper chamber of the national assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria   Read More ...
NAPTIP Punishing Offenders, Beware -By Ekemini Eyoh
2018-03-13 06:11:14 If you ever doubted that NAPTIP is working, you need to check again before anyone close to you gets caught in their web. NAPTIP (National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons) created on 14th of July 2003 by the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act 2003 and is majorly out to rescue helpless Helps and individuals from their oppressors   Read More ...
Returning Kogi State To The Path Of Economic Recovery And Social Stability -By Usman Okai Austin
2018-03-13 06:11:10 . Kogi State is in a mess but there is a remedy. As regrettable as it is that Yahaya Adoza Bello is the governor of Kogi State, it is a tentative reality which everyone must live with. Besides the President of Nigeria, a Nigerian governor is about the most important public official in the country because with exception to just a few key state policies which affect the wellbeing of the entire country, virtually everything else revolves around an average governor   Read More ...
Ibadan shooting: Army probes killing of 30-year-old man
2018-03-13 03:09:08 The Nigerian Army has waded into the and killing of a 30-year-old man, Kehinde Adeleke, following an argument between him and another man at the car park of Trans Amusement Park in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. The 2 Division of the Army, whose men were accused of killing the man at the amusement car park, has begun an investigation into the killing, it was learnt yesterday   Read More ...
Video: U.S. to back 110 Dapchi girls’ rescue
2018-03-13 03:09:05 The United States yesterday promised to support the battle to rescue the 110 schoolgirls abducted by a faction of Boko Haram in Dapchi, Yobe State. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who visited Nigeria as part of his week-long tour of Africa, stated this during a joint news conference with Minister of Foreign Affairs Geofrey Onyeama at the Presidential Vila. He met with President Buhari and had another session with Onyeama   Read More ...
Dogara decries difficulties in accessing loans
2018-03-13 03:09:02 House Speaker Yakubu Dogara, has decried difficulties faced by Nigerians in accessing bank loans. Dogara, made this known in his keynote address at a public presentation/launch of a book: Banking Reform in Nigeria yesterday in Abuja. He said Nigerians were discouraged in managing their businesses as a result of their inability to access loans from banks. ” I have had cause to say this before, that unless you have assets or equipment, there is no way you can take loan, or access loans from Nigerian banks to do business   Read More ...
INEC seeks electoral offences commission, tribunal before 2019 poll
2018-03-13 03:08:58 The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has called on the National Assembly and other stakeholders to expedite action on the bill to establish the National Electoral Offences Commission/Tribunal ahead of the 2019 general elections. This is just as the Commission said it recorded 1,080 cases of electoral offences arising from the 2015 general elections and subsequent bye-elections. He stated that 124 of the cases were filed and 60 convictions secured in various courts across the country   Read More ...
Banks not impacting Nigerians, says Osinbajo
2018-03-13 03:08:55 Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday decried the low impact of commercial banks on the citizenry with no fewer than 40 per cent of the people under-banked. He spoke at the public presentation of the book “Banking Reform in Nigeria: the Law, the Prospects and the Challenges’’ written by a member House of Representatives Bode Ayorinde, in Abuja. ”It is perhaps accurate to say that for most Nigerians, banks have not really significantly impacted their lives or livelihoods   Read More ...
‘N62.3b fraud’: EFCC freezes 30 accounts of ex-NSITF boss, seizes 37 assets
2018-03-13 03:08:52 The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has frozen 30 accounts and seized 37 assets allegedly belonging to the former Chairman of the Nigerian Social Insurance Trust Fund, Dr. Ngozi Olojeme. The agency had earlier linked 38 houses to Olojeme but it has obtained a court order to seize 37. In one of the houses at No. 25, Kainji Crescent, Off Lake Chad Crescent, Maitama , Abuja, the EFCC detectives were said to have uncovered a state of the art bathroom suspected to have cost about $2m to $4million   Read More ...
Empty streets, protests as Buhari visits Benue
2018-03-13 03:08:46 Protests, empty streets and distraught residents — Benue State was in no holiday mood yesterday for the President. President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit was to condole with the people over killings by herdsmen and reassure them that the administration shared in their grief. The President met with leaders of thought, traditional rulers, stakeholders and government officials at the Peoples House, the Government House, before returning to Abuja   Read More ...
We are doing our best to end herdsmen attacks, says Buhari
2018-03-13 03:08:42 President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday appealed to leaders of various groups in Benue State to convince their constituents that the Federal Government was doing its best to end the recurring attacks by armed herdsmen in parts of the country. In a response to remarks by various stakeholders during a Town Hall meeting at the Government House in Makurdi, the state capital, the President also urged them to show restraint   Read More ...
I wasn’t aware IGP disobeyed my directives to relocate to Benue – Buhari
2018-03-13 00:12:24 President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday said he wasn’t the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, left Benue State for Nasarawa State after he was ordered to relocate to the state. He said this during a meeting with some stakeholders at the Government House in Makurdi, the Benue State capital. The President had on 9th of January ordered the Inspector General of Police to immediately move to Benue State to restore law and order and prevent further loss of lives and properties, due to attacks by herdsmen in the state   Read More ...
INEC may burn unclaimed PVCs before general elections– REC
2018-03-13 00:12:19 Dr Rufus Akeju, the new Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Ondo State, says the Independent National Electoral Commission is considering burning unclaimed Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) before the 2019 general elections. Akeju told newsmen on Monday in Akure that all attempts had been made by the commission thorough sensitisation campaign to reach out to the affected voters to collect their PVCs   Read More ...
Revealed! 40-year old Drogba retires October
2018-03-13 00:12:15 Former Chelsea and Ivory Coast star Didier Drogba plans to retire at the end of Phoenix Rising’s 2018 United Soccer League season. Drogba, now player-owner of USL side Rising, has enjoyed an illustrious career in football. The striker, who turned 40 on Sunday, started out in France, impressing with Le Mans, Guingamp and then Marseille, whom he helped to the 2003-04 UEFA Cup final, before losing 2-0 to Rafa Benitez’s Valencia   Read More ...
Breaking! Pellegrino Sacked at Southampton
2018-03-13 00:12:10 This came as the team is just one point and one place above the Premier League relegation zone with eight games left this season. The Saints have won just one of their past 17 league matches and lost 3-0 at Newcastle United on Saturday. Pellegrino, a former Argentina defender, was appointed in June as the successor to Claude Puel. Saints face Wigan on Sunday for a place in the FA Cup semi-finals   Read More ...
Court remands 20-year-old boy in prison over alleged minor’s defilement
2018-03-13 00:12:05 A 20-year-old, Sunday Abraham, who allegedly defiled a 10-year-old girl, is to cool his heels in prison for the next 22 days, an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court ruled on Monday. The Magistrate, Mrs Modupe Afeniforo, who did not take the plea of the accused, said he should remain behind bars until the next date of adjournment. The accused, whose address was not provided, is facing a charge of defilement   Read More ...
Banks not impacting on the Nigerian population, 40% under-banked – Osinbajo
2018-03-13 00:12:00 The Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, on Monday decried the low impact of commercial banks on the citizenry with no fewer than 40 per cent of the people under-banked. He said this in a remark at the public presentation and launching of the book “Banking Reform in Nigeria: the Law, the Prospects and the Challenges’’ written by a doctor of Law, former lecturer in the University of Ife and a member House of Representive, Bode Ayorinde in Abuja   Read More ...
Car crushes teenager to death in Osogbo
2018-03-13 00:11:57 A 15-year-old boy was on Monday crushed to death in Osogbo, the Osun capital, when a Sport Utility Vehicle lost control and rammed into him where he was standing to cross the road. An eye witness said the deceased, who went to Ayegbaju Market in the metropolis to buy pepper, was returning home when he was killed. The vehicle was said to have lost control while on speed and skipped off the highway before ramming into the deceased   Read More ...
Suspected mentally challenged man kills 2 pupils in Ogun
2018-03-13 00:11:54 A suspected mentally challenged man on Monday hacked to death two pupils of Saint John’s Anglican Primary School in Agodo, Ogun Waterside Local Government Area of Ogun. It was gathered that the assailant entered the school premises from a nearby bush and inflicted machete cuts on the children who were observing lunch break with their colleagues. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered that the assailant fled the scene at about 11 :15 am after the incident   Read More ...
NBA inaugurates electoral committee
2018-03-13 00:11:49 The president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Abubakar Mahmoud (SAN), on Monday inaugurated a five-man Electoral Committee ahead of the association’s election this year. The committee headed by Prof. Auwalu Yadudu (SAN), includes Mr. Tunde Busari (SAN) (alternate chairman), Mr. Bolaji Agoro (Secretary), Prof. Augustin Agom and Ms Gloria Ohia. The inauguration took place at the NBA national secretariat in Abuja   Read More ...
Oil theft: EFCC probes 16 Ukrainians
2018-03-13 00:11:45 The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said on Monday it is probing 16 Ukranians suspected to be oil thieves. It said the investigation of the suspects was being conducted in its Port Harcourt office. A statement by the Head of Media and Publicity of EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren said: “The foreigners are being investigated alongside a vessel: MT SAN PADRE PIO, with registration number IMO 9610339 NT 2444, handed over to it by the Nigerian Navy’s Forward Operations Base, FOB Bonny, Rivers State   Read More ...
INEC seeks electoral offences tribunal before 2019 poll
2018-03-12 21:13:15 The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has urged the National Assembly and other stakeholders to expedite action on the bill to establish the National Electoral Offences Commission/Tribunal ahead of the 2019 general elections. The Commission also disclosed that it recorded 1,080 cases of electoral offences during the 2015 general elections and subsequent bye-elections. INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, stated these in a memorandum he submitted to the Senate joint committee on INEC and the Judiciary on Monday   Read More ...
W/Cup Ticket Sales: Second round begins March 13
2018-03-12 21:13:12 Soccer fans across the world desirous of purchasing the World cup ticket have an opportunity to do so as the second round of sales begins March 13 from 12 noon Moscow time. World soccer ruling body FIFA dished out the information Monday informing that the ticket will be sold on first-come first served basis. The tickets the body further said can be purchased at FIFA   Read More ...
NSE trading opens for the week with a loss of 0.26%
2018-03-12 21:13:08 Trading on the Nigerian Stock Exchange ( NSE ) opened for the week on Monday with a drop of 0.26 per cent due to price depreciation of some blue chips. The All-Share Index dipped 111.35 points or 0.26 per cent to close at 43,056.51 as against 43,167.86 achieved on Friday. Also, the market capitalization, which opened at N15.507 trillion lost N105 billion or 0   Read More ...
Hamburg sack Hollerbach, upgrade Titz
2018-03-12 21:13:04 Bernd Hollerbach has been sacked as Hamburg head coach, with Christian Titz promoted from the club’s Under-21s to replace him until the end of the season. Hollerbach lasted less than two months in the job after he was appointed to succeed Markus Gisdol on January 22. Although his tenure started in relatively positive fashion with a 1-1 draw at RB Leipzig, Hollerbach ultimately never managed to guide Hamburg to a win   Read More ...
FIFA resumes sales of 2018 World Cup tickets
2018-03-12 21:12:58 A few days after celebrating 100 days to go until the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, the outcome of the most recent tickets sales period has now been confirmed. The FIFA Media Office, in a statement on Monday, said 568,448 tickets allocated following the second random selection draw sales window from Dec. 5 to Jan. 31. “This is on top of the 735,168 tickets allocated during the first sales phase   Read More ...