Nigeria
Una soprano nigeriana vuelve a Lagos para popularizar la ópera en su país
Cameroon's Anglophones flee to Nigeria as crackdown grows
African leaders meet in Paris ahead of G5 Sahel summit
Nigerian court drops most corruption charges against Senate president
Mark urges christian intending pilgrims to pray for Nigeria
UNICEF spends N200m to tackle HIV in Kaduna
Nigeria governors approve $1bn to fight Boko Haram
2017-12-14 20:37:45 Warri - A Nigerian governor says 36 state leaders have approved the transfer of $1bn to the federal government to fight the deadly Boko Haram insurgency. Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki said on Thursday the money from the Excess Crude Account will be spent on the purchase of security equipment, procurement of intelligence and logistics. The account is used to hold some revenues from the country's oil production   Read More ...
Una soprano nigeriana vuelve a Lagos para popularizar la ópera en su país
2017-12-14 20:30:16 La soprano nigeriana Omo Bello interpreta un aria de Puccini en una escuela de música, un espectáculo poco frecuente en la capital económica del país que atrajo a una cantidad de espectadores que sorprendió a la propia cantante. Cuando Omo Bello era estudiante en Lagos fue reclutada por los cazadores de talento y recibió una beca para estudiar en el prestigioso conservatorio de París   Read More ...
Nigeria governors approve $1 billion to fight Boko Haram
2017-12-14 19:45:57 WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — Dozens of Nigerian state governors on Thursday approved the transfer of $1 billion to aid the federal government's fight against the deadly Boko Haram insurgency, signaling that previous announcements of victory over the Islamic extremists had come too soon. Attacks have increased in recent weeks as Boko Haram turns to using women and children, often abducted and indoctrinated, as suicide bombers to target cities and towns in the country's vast northeast   Read More ...
Nigeria governors approve $1 billion to fight Boko Haram
2017-12-14 19:08:40 WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian governor says 36 state leaders have approved the transfer of $1 billion to the federal government to fight the deadly Boko Haram insurgency. Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki said Thursday the money from the Excess Crude Account will be spent on the purchase of security equipment, procurement of intelligence and logistics. The account is used to hold some revenues from the country's oil production   Read More ...
Nigeria governors approve $1 billion to fight Boko Haram
2017-12-14 18:46:00 WARRI, Nigeria – A Nigerian governor says 36 state leaders have approved the transfer of $1 billion to the federal government to fight the deadly Boko Haram insurgency. Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki said Thursday the money from the Excess Crude Account will be spent on the purchase of security equipment, procurement of intelligence and logistics. The account is used to hold some revenues from the country's oil production   Read More ...
The Historic Igbo-Yoruba Handshake: The Key To Southern Unification -By Charles Ogbu
2017-12-14 18:21:33 I have said it before and it bears repeating now, the day Ndigbo and the Yoruba decide to bury the very destructive but senseless rivarly between them and forge a common front on issues of common interest, that is the day the #TheChildrenOfTheSouth, and indeed the whole of Nigeria, will experience a new dawn. I have always waited for this day and as it would seem, January 11, 2018, appers to be the day my long wait will take its last breathe for that is the day these two great peoples will gather in Enugu in celebration of their age long but almost forgotten brotherhood in a historic event tagged “Handshake Across the Bridge” being put together by an Igbo socio-cultural group – NZUKO UMUNNA (The Bridge Builder) – under the auspices of the two apex socio-cultural groups of both peoples, Ohaneze Ndigbo and Afenifere   Read More ...
Unforgettable Moments -By Azu Ishiekwene
2017-12-14 18:21:29 There are many reasons why the world will not forget 2017. In just one year of his presidency, Donald Trump has changed the world beyond recognition. He has been compared to John Adams, Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson and John Tyler – all 19th Century US Presidents whose gift of rage made some wonder if they were all right upstairs. But none of them was quite exactly like Trump   Read More ...
That PMB’s “wiz-man” On Counter Insurgency -By Israel Abiodun
2017-12-14 18:21:25 Buratai: That PMB’s “wiz-man” On Counter Insurgency -By Israel Abiodun President Muhammadu Buhari knows the appealing burden of leadership. Anywhere a leader finds him, there are huge responsibilities and enormous expectations, no matter how infinitesimal the position entrusted to him. Buhari knows a leader who sets his eyes on honest and dedicated leadership finds the burden of leading less cumbersome. Such leaders take the right decisions; opt for the right choices and do not falter before the antics of detractors   Read More ...
The Remaining 3-Count Criminal Charges Against Senate President Bukola Saraki Explained -By Abdulrazaq O. Hamzat
2017-12-14 18:21:19 Count Criminal Charges Against Senate President Bukola Saraki Explained -By Abdulrazaq O. Hamzat Kwara Must Change is pleased to bring back to the fore, the 3 criminal charges Senator Bukola Saraki must contend with at the Code of Conduct Tribunal as ordered by the Appeal Court in its recent judgement ordering the Senate President back to the CCT to enter his defense   Read More ...
Updated: Ekiti killer policeman dismissed
2017-12-14 18:12:22 The Ekiti State Police Command has dismissed a Mobile Police corporal, Ayodele Famodimu, who shot dead a commercial driver, Olabode Ojo, at a checkpoint in Oye-Ekiti on Tuesday evening. Famodimu was dismissed after undergoing an orderly room trial. He also appeared in court on Thursday and was remanded in prison custody. The dismissed corporal shot Ojo dead for refusing his demand for N50 gratification at the checkpoint   Read More ...
Army’s Mammy Market, a security threat – Embassies
2017-12-14 18:12:19 Foreign Embassies and High Commissions on Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Thursday described as security threat, the popular Nigerian Army Mammy Market operated in the neighbourhood. They also condemned the activities of touts crowding the parking lot near the Ahmadu Bello Way end of the crescent to scout customers. Their complaints were tabled before the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, during a joint visit to the command headquarters in Ikeja   Read More ...
NEC okays $1bn from ECA for anti-terror campaign
2017-12-14 18:12:14 The National Economic Council ( NEC ) on Thursday supported the Federal Government plan to spend $1 billion from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) to fight insurgency in the country. Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, briefed State House correspondents at the end of a NEC meeting chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He was with Gombe State Governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo and the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, at the briefing   Read More ...
Two arraigned over theft of church property
2017-12-14 18:12:10 Two men, who allegedly burgled a cleric’s residence and stole church property, on Thursday appeared before an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court on a three-count charge. Aladejare Adekunle, 29, and Agbetiloye Olaoluwa, 24, whose addresses were unknown, were charged with conspiracy, burglary and stealing. According to the prosecutor, Insp. Johnson Okunade, the accused and others at large burgled the residence of Rev   Read More ...
Army to remain apolitical – Buratai
2017-12-14 18:12:06 The Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Thursday assured Nigerians that the army would remain responsive and apolitical in the discharge of its constitutional duty. Buratai gave the assurance in Ibadan at the closing ceremony of the 2017 Chief of Army Staff Annual Conference. He appealed for the understanding of Nigerians as the army continues to perform its responsibilities as enshrined in the constitution   Read More ...
Ebonyi governor reshuffles cabinet
2017-12-14 18:12:02 Ebonyi State Governor, Chief Dave Umahi, on Thursday effected a minor cabinet reshuffle in the state. The Commissioner for Finance, Dr. Dennis Ekumankama was moved to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry while the Commissioner for Commerce and Industry Deacon Obinna Nwachukwu took over the Finance Ministry. Also, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Dr. Ignatius Unah was moved to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry while the Director of Accounts, Government House, Mr   Read More ...
Bauchi to distribute kits worth N1.5bn to women
2017-12-14 18:11:59 The Bauchi State Commission for Youths and Women Rehabilitation ( BACYWARD ) says it will distribute empowerment kits worth N1.5 billion to women in Small and Medium Scale businesses across the state. The commission Chairman, Mr Ahmed Faruq, made this known on Thursday during the graduation ceremony of 800 women and youths in skill acquisition programme in Bauchi. The programme was organised by the Future Assured Initiative for Youths and Women   Read More ...
Court orders arrest of Access Bank MD for ‘flouting’ order on accounts
2017-12-14 18:11:55 A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory ( FCT ), in Bwari, Abuja, on Thursday issued a bench warrant for the arrest of the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Access Bank Plc, Herbert Wigwe and two others. Also named in the arrest warrant were senior official of the bank, Mrs. Neka Adogu and Access Bank Plc. Justice Othman Musa issued the arrest warrant after lawyer for the prosecution, Osuebeni Akposinimingha complained of difficulty in getting Wigwe and others to attend court to answer charges pending against them   Read More ...
Shopkeeper charged with theft of N350,000 footwear
2017-12-14 18:11:52 A 26-year-old female shopkeeper, Rachael Omua, was on Thursday brought before a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for stealing 19 pairs of footwear valued at N350,000. The accused, who resides at No. 6, Wilmer Crescent, Apapa, Lagos, is facing a two-count-charge of conspiracy and theft. Omua, however, denied the charge. The prosecutor, Insp. Philip Osijiale, told the court that accused committed the offences on Sept   Read More ...
2018 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon: Dubai Marathon winner eyes gold
2017-12-14 18:11:48 The number of gold labeled athletes eager to compete at the 2018 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, slated for February 10, keeps growing by the day. The latest runners to join the ranks include a past winner of the Dubai Marathon, Kenyan David Barnasai Tumo, and his compatriot Levy Matebo Omari who has a personal best of 2:07:18 hours. It’s not just the bookmakers that didn’t give Barmasai a chance to win the Dubai Marathon   Read More ...
Cameroon's Anglophones flee to Nigeria as crackdown grows
2017-12-14 17:08:25 When soldiers burst into her village in southwest Cameroon last month with guns blazing, small farmer Eta Quinta, 32, raced into the forest with three of her children. "I found a canoe and I used it to cross over with my kids, not knowing where my husband and my (other) two kids are," she told Reuters across the border in Nigeria, where thousands of English-speaking Cameroonians have fled in past weeks   Read More ...
Nine ships arrive Lagos ports with petroleum products
2017-12-14 15:13:49 The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on Thursday said three out of nine ships waiting to berth in Lagos ports contained petrol. The ports authority said this in its daily `Shipping Position’ released in Lagos. The document indicated that the remaining six ships were laden with diesel, bulk maize, bulk fertiliser and aviation fuel. It said that 29 other ships with petroleum products, food items and other goods consignments were expected in Apapa and Tin-Can Island Ports between Dec   Read More ...
Girl docked for rice, vegetable oil theft
2017-12-14 15:13:47 A sales girl, Sylvanus Blessing, who allegedly stole bags of rice and vegetable oil valued at N793, 000, was on Thursday docked before an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court. Sylvanus, 21, who works at No. 21, Ogudu Road in Ojota area of Lagos, and resides at Ogba, is facing a charge of stealing. The prosecutor, Sgt. Ihiehie Lucky, told the court that on December 11, the complainant, Mrs Nnamdi Francisca, owner of the shop, reported the case at Ogudu Police Station   Read More ...
NNPC may ban petrol with high sulphur content
2017-12-14 15:13:44 he Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) may ban imported fuel with high sulphur content by December 31 this year, its General Manager, Group Public Affairs, Ndu Ughamadu, has said. NNPC had planned to ban petrol with high concentration of high sulphur content between July1, last year and last July 1, but was unable to do so due to some regulatory bottlenecks   Read More ...
Corporal kills driver over N50 bribe
2017-12-14 15:13:42 A police Corporal attached to the Ekiti State Police Command, Ayodele Famodimu, has allegedly shot a commercial driver to death at a checkpoint in Oye-Ekiti. Sources said Olabode Ojo Segun was coming from Ikare-Akoko in Ondo State and heading to Ilorin, Kwara State capital. The policeman reportedly demanded a bribe of N50 from the commercial driver, which he refused to give   Read More ...
Osun House orders Bola Ige son’s arrest
2017-12-14 15:13:39 Osun State House of Assembly yesterday issued a warrant for the arrest of former Commissioner for Lands, Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr Muyiwa Ige. He is to explain what happened in a land matter on Ilobu Road in Osogbo, the detail of which is not yet clear. Muyiwa, son of respected Ssecond Republic governor of old Oyo State, the late Chief Bola Ige, said he did not receive any invitation   Read More ...
Baby born with heart outside body survives surgery
2017-12-14 15:13:37 Vanellope Hope Wilkins, a baby born with heart outside her body has survived surgery to insert the heart back into her body, CNN has reported. Vanellope who is now three weeks old, was delivered by a team of 50 medical professionals at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester, UK, on November 22. The baby who underwent three intensive surgeries to insert her heart back into her body was reported to have been born with ectopia cordis, a congenital condition causing her heart to grow outside her body   Read More ...
Fayemi must account for N2.75b, 17 buses – Ekiti probe panel
2017-12-14 15:13:34 The Kayode Fayemi administration in Ekiti state awarded a N600m contract to a company with no fixed address, the Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by Ekiti State Government said. The commission headed by Justice Silas Oyewole to look into the financial transactions of the state during Fayemi’s tenure, late on Wednesday submitted its report to Governor Ayo Fayose. Fayemi, now the Minister of Solid Minerals was the governor between October 2010 and October 2014   Read More ...
Court jailed 19-year-old for criminal intimidation
2017-12-14 15:13:31 A Jos Chief Magistrates’ Court on Thursday sentenced a 19-year-old man, Shuaibu Abdullahi, to one imprisonment for criminal intimidation. The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Jovita Binjin, convicted Abdullahi of Bauch Road, Jos, after he pleaded guilty to a two-count charge of criminal intimidation and criminal force on arraignment. On count one, Binjin sentenced Abdullahi to four months imprisonment but with an option of N2, 000 fine, and six months imprisonment on count two, with N3, 000 fine option   Read More ...
SARS: ‘crime rate has dropped in Rivers upland region’
2017-12-14 15:13:28 Mr Akin Fakorode, the Commander of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad ( SARS ) in Rivers, says crime rate has dropped to the barest minimum in the upland region of the state. Fakorode disclosed this in an interview on Thursday in Port Harcourt. He assured the people of the state that the Squad would continue to tackle insecurity in the riverside region until peace was permanently restored following its collaboration with the Marine Police, Navy and other relevant security agencies   Read More ...
Osayomore to release ’30 days and 30 nights in evil forest’
2017-12-14 15:13:26 Edo ace musician and social critic, Osayomore Joseph, is set to release a new musical album detailing his experience in the den of kidnappers. The album is titled ’30 days and 30 nights in evil forest’. His wife was shot by his abductors who are yet to be arrested. He was said to have spent two weeks in intensive care unit after he was released   Read More ...
Nigeria to release $1 billion from excess crude account to fight Boko Haram: state governor
2017-12-14 15:10:05 ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigerian state governors approved on Thursday the release of $1 billion from a foreign reserves account to the government to fight Boko Haram, the governor of Edo state said. The money comes from the account which holds foreign reserves from excess earnings from sales of crude oil. “We are pleased with the federal government achievements in the insurgency war and in that vein state governors have approved that the sum of $1 billion be taken from the excess crude account by the federal government to fight the insurgency war to its conclusion,” Godwin Obaseki, Edo state governor, told reporters after a meeting of Nigeria’s national economic council   Read More ...
Nigerian soldiers warned after Boko Haram attack
2017-12-14 14:01:09 KANO, Nigeria: Nigerian troops fighting Boko Haram were on Thursday put on high alert after four military vehicles went missing during a raid on a army post in the restive northeast.   Read More ...
Cameroon's Anglophones flee to Nigeria as crackdown grows
2017-12-14 13:42:48 IKOM, Nigeria (Reuters) - When soldiers burst into her village in southwest Cameroon last month with guns blazing, small farmer Eta Quinta, 32, raced into the forest with three of her children. What began last year as peaceful protests by Anglophone activists against perceived marginalisation by Cameroon’s Francophone-dominated elite has become the gravest challenge yet to President Paul Biya, who is expected to seek to renew his 35-years in power in an election next year   Read More ...
Nigerian soldiers warned after Boko Haram attack
2017-12-14 13:37:39 Kano - Nigerian troops fighting Boko Haram were on Thursday put on high alert after four military vehicles went missing during a raid on a army post in the restive northeast. A message sent to all military bases across the region called for "all units and troops to remain at alert and not be taken by surprise". Two armoured cars and two all-terrain pick-up trucks were taken after the jihadists tried to take over a military base at the village of Mainok in Borno state on Wednesday   Read More ...
Stakeholders unite against NGO regulatory commission
2017-12-14 12:13:19 It may not be a smooth sail for the Bill seeking to regulate the activities of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) if proceedings at yesterday’s public hearing at the House of Representatives are anything to go by. VICTOR OLUWASEGUN, who monitored the debate, reports. PROMOTERS of the Bill for an Act to provide for the establishment of the Non-Governmental Organisation Regulatory Commission were yesterday shocked by Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs)   Read More ...
Suicide bomber kills 13 in police academy
2017-12-14 12:13:12 A suicide bomber in police uniform blew himself up inside a police training camp in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Thursday, killing at least 13 police officers, officials said. Police spokesman Maj. Mohamed Hussein said the attacker, with explosives strapped to his body, infiltrated the General Kahiye Police Training Academy and struck during a police parade. Abdikadir Abdirahman, the director of Amin Ambulances, told Reuters: “We have carried 13 dead people and fifteen others who were injured from the police academy   Read More ...
Boko Haram tries to take over military base in NE Nigeria
2017-12-14 09:37:57 Kano - Boko Haram fighters battled Nigerian soldiers for about an hour on Wednesday as they tried to take over a military base, in the latest attack against troops in the restive northeast. A former local government official, a civilian militia member and a motorist who witnessed the shooting said the Islamist militants tried to storm the outpost in the village of Mainok in Borno state   Read More ...
Why you should not join the “anyways” herd -By Azuka Onwuka
2017-12-14 06:39:13 Many people have asked me if “anyways” is correct. My answer always is: It has been added to the English dictionary, but I will never use “anyways,” not even in my dream. Why? This is its entry in Oxford Dictionaries (online): “anyways – North American dialect, informal, non-standard form of ‘anyway’. Example: You wouldn’t understand all them long words anyways.” The first reason is that unlike “mo” and “bike,” which are shorter than “moment” and “bicycle” respectively, “anyways” is longer than “anyway”; so, why should I use “anyways” when I can use “anyway”? Secondly, “anyways” is informal, while “anyway” is standard; so, why should I use an informal word that has a standard and well-known format? Furthermore, “Anyways,” as the example from Oxford Dictionaries above shows, is a non-standard American creation   Read More ...
Naira devaluation is not the only reason for Economic Depression in Nigeria -By Ehiogu Cyborg Emmanuel
2017-12-14 06:39:08 It is more genteel or less iconoclastic to assert that naira devaluation is not basically the reason for economic meltdown in Nigeria. Naira devaluation can simply mean the intentional or spontaneous lowering of a currency’s value compared to another country’s currency or a standard value. This causes some extraordinary decline in value of assets and the economy generally. It is especially galling to categorically point out other implicit or less elusive factors that have tacitly thrung the economic pack of cards in Nigeria   Read More ...
Is politics really not for the poor? -By Jide Ojo
2017-12-14 06:39:05 –A former Minister of Works, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe. Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe is a former senator and minister as well as a governorship aspirant in Lagos State. I watched him on Politics Today, a political programme of Channels Television anchored by Seun Okinbaloye on Friday, December 1, 2017. The topic was the chairmanship tussle of the Peoples Democratic Party. The party’s elective convention was held last Saturday in Abuja   Read More ...