Friday, March 24, 2017

Looting of govt funds: We've received 2,351 tips from whistleblowers - Finance ministry

The Ministry of Finance says it has so far received 2,351 tips from whistleblowers bordering on cases of embezzlement of government funds, looting of assets and contract inflation, among others.

House Republicans pull health care bill

The House has pulled the health care bill after failing to find enough votes to pass it.

Keeping It Real With Adeola 254 (Corruption In The Nigerian Judicial System)

This week on Keeping It Real, the rich and powerful continue to take advantage of Nigerians.

In Ethiopia, 113 people died after a landslide at Koshe dumpsite.

Gambia to probe notorious cases of deaths, disappearances under Yahya Jammeh

Gambia said on Thursday it would set up a Truth and Reconciliation Commission and offer reparations to victims of former President Yahya Jammeh's government, which is accused of the torture and killing of perceived opponents.

Chimamanda Adichie makes Fortune magazine’s list of 50 world leaders

Nigerian author, Chimamanda Adichie, has been named amongst the 50 greatest world leaders in the 2017 Fortune magazine ranking.

Arik Airline resolves lingering impasse, resumes flight operations

The management of Arik Airline says it has resolved the lingering impasse with labour unions in a meeting mediated by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

'Black Day' in Mediterranean: 250 feared dead in new African migrants boat sinkings

More than 250 African migrants were feared drowned in the Mediterranean Thursday after a charity's rescue boat found five corpses close to two sinking rubber dinghies off Libya.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Nigeria unveils online Visa-on-Arrival platform

Photo credit: NigerianEye
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has announced the introduction of a liberalised online Visa on Arrival (VOA) facility to the public, especially foreign investors willing to invest in Nigeria.

Again, Libya deports 159 Nigerians stranded after failing to reach Europe

Libyan authorities on Thursday flew home 159 Nigerian migrants stranded after failing to reach Europe, in the second such voluntary repatriation operation this week.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

4 dead, including attacker, in UK parliament 'terror' assault

At least three people were killed and 20 injured in a "terrorist" attack in the heart of London Wednesday when a man mowed down pedestrians on a bridge, then stabbed a police officer outside parliament before being shot dead.

Maiduguri bomb attack: Hungry 90-year-old IDP endangers self to search for burnt potatoes

A hungry 90-year-old Internally Displaced Person, Zahrah Musa, on Wednesday rushed to save her N300 potatoes, minutes after she escaped a bomb attack in Maiduguri, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Ghanaian girl becomes first black female neurosurgeon at US university (PHOTOS)

Photo by Hopkins Med News‏
Nancy Abu-Bonsrah from Ghana is making history in the United states after becoming the first black female resident to be accepted at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine's neurosurgical department in 30 years.

Corruption: ICC adds one year to ex-Congolese vice president Bemba's 18-year jail term

Former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre. Photo by Michael Kooren (Pool/AFP)
Former Democratic Republic of Congo Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba has been given a one-year sentence by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for corruption to add to the 18 years that he is already serving for war crimes.

Multiple bomb blasts rock IDPs camp in Maiduguri (PHOTOS)

Suicide bomb blasts rocked a camp for refugees who have fled Boko Haram insurgents near Nigeria’s restive northeastern city of Maiduguri early Wednesday, officials said.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

PHOTOS: Former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh farming in Equatorial Guinea

Former Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh has ventured into farming in exile in Equatorial Guinea.

Britain follows US, bans laptops, tablets on flights

London - Britain's government has banned electronic devices in the carry-on bags of passengers travelling to the UK from six countries, following closely on a similar ban imposed by the United States.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Plane carrying 44 people crashes at Wau airport in South Sudan (PHOTOS)

A passenger jet crash-landed at an airport in South Sudan's north-western city of Wau on Monday, leaving at least 14 people injured, a local official said.

Falling tree kills 18 students at Kintampo waterfall in Ghana

At least 18 people were killed when a large tree fell into the pool they were swimming in at the base of a waterfall in Ghana, crushing people enjoying a day out at a popular beauty spot, police said.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

“A necessary investment”: Ghana’s President defends decision to appoint 110 ministers

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo yesterday defended his controversial decision to appoint a 110-minister Government, calling it a “necessary investment” in the small, west African country.

UN wants men to lose positions to women

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has asked men to be prepared to lose more positions to women so as to ensure gender parity.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Trump's 'Irish proverb' appears to be a Nigerian poem

A Nigerian man has told CNN he was surprised to learn that US President Donald Trump had read a few lines of his poetry at an event marking St. Patrick's Day on Thursday.

Fanta, Sprite, Coke safe for consumption - Health Ministry

Coca-Cola products, Fanta, Sprite and Coke manufactured in Nigeria are safe for consumption. the Federal Ministry of Health said in Abuja on Friday.

South Sudan buys weapons amid famine - UN report

South Sudan's government is spending its oil revenue on weapons as the country descends into a famine largely caused by Juba's military operations, according to a confidential UN report.

Angola considers up to 10 years in prison for abortions

Angola's parliament votes next week on a proposal to imprison for up to 10 years women who have abortions and people who perform them, angering the president's daughter and others in the former Portuguese colony.

Malawian Airlines makes historic flight with first all-female crew (PHOTOS)

Photo credit: @mynassah (Twitter)
Malawian Airlines made history Thursday with an all-female operated and supported flight from Blantyre, Malawi, to Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania.

Boko Haram leader Shekau makes first appearance in months, slams President Biya

Boko Haram's elusive leader has made his first appearance in months, rejecting claims scores of his fighters have been killed and attacking Cameroon's President Paul Biya.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Sierra Leone pastor finds one of world's largest diamonds worth $62m, turns it over to govt (PHOTOS)

Diamond prospectors sift through the earth in the Corbert mine in Waiima, Sierra Leone. (Photo by AP/Adam Butler)
A pastor in Sierra Leone has discovered the largest uncut diamond found in more than four decades in the West African country and decided to turn it over to the government to help boost development in his nation.

Madagascar’s Ahmad Ahmad ends Hayatou's 29-year reign, emerges new CAF president

Ahmad Ahmad. Photo credit: AFP
Ahmad Ahmad of Madagascar was on Thursday elected president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), ousting veteran leader Issa Hayatou after 29 years in office.

$9.8m fraud: Ex-NNPC boss Andrew Yakubu remanded in prison after EFCC arraignment (PHOTOS)

A former group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Andrew Yakubu, was on Thursday arraigned and remanded in Kuje prison over the $9.8 million cash found in his house in Kaduna State.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Army detains 6 soldiers for allegedly brutalizing woman

The Nigerian Army on Wednesday said it had detained six soldiers and set up a Board of Inquiry (BOI) over the brutality of a woman in Lagos State.