Saturday, March 17, 2018

North will resist restructuring of Nigeria – Prof Ango Abdullahi

The leader of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Professor Ango Abdullahi, says the region will resist any attempt to restructure the Nigeria based on the current agitation.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Nigerian Judge sentences man to 1,230 years in prison over N28m fraud

A Lagos High Court in Igbosere has sentenced a self-proclaimed site engineer and housing agent, Babatunde Habeeb, to 1,230 years imprisonment for a N28 million ($77,840) scam.

ABU Zaria to establish locally-built refineries in Niger Delta

The Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria is making efforts to establish conventional and standard locally-build refineries in Niger Delta to boost local oil production.

US accuses Russia of hacking its critical infrastructure like energy, nuclear, others

The Russian government is behind a sustained hacking effort to take over the control systems of critical US infrastructure like nuclear power plants and water distribution, according to US cyber security investigators.

Nigeria’s youngest House of Assembly Speaker snubs woman’s handshake, sparks controversy (PHOTOS)

The speaker of Katsina State House of Assembly, Aliyu Sabiu Muduru, 34, has sparked a heated argument online after being pictured allegedly snubbing the handshake of a woman.

Frustrated Nigerian entrepreneur threatens suicide unless Governor steps down

An entrepreneur in Kano, Malam Isma'ila Abdullahi Shabege, yesterday climbed a radio transmission mast belonging to Kano Broadcasting Corporation with a view to committing suicide unless the governor of Zamfara state, Abdulhaziz Yari steps down.

Buhari approves establishment of National Food Security Council, to be chaired by him

Days after he announced the intention of the Federal Government to establish a National Food Security Council, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the constitution of the Council’s membership.

Riots in Madrid as Senegalese migrant dies of ‘heart attack’ while being chased by police (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Spain's capital is grappling with the aftermath of violent unrest following the death of an African street vendor who had been running away from police officers.

YABATECH dismisses lecturer for exposing corruption

The African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL), has called on the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, to urgently intervene and void the sack of a lecturer, Mr Joseph Akeju, whose appointment was terminated by the governing council of Yaba College of Technology (Yabatech), Lagos, for exposing corrupt practices at the institution. 

N1.7billion fraud: EFCC arraigns FirstNation Airways’ Managing Director, Kayode Odukoya

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Lagos Zonal office, on Friday, March 16, 2018, arraigned Kayode Odukoya, Managing Director, FirstNation Airways before Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja on a four-count charge bordering on forgery, use of false information, perjury and stealing to the tune of N1, 741, 994, 962.04 (One Billion, Seven Hundred and Forty- one Million, Nine Hundred and Ninety -four Thousand, Nine Hundred and Sixty -two Naira, Four Kobo).

N500,000 ($1,390) paid as dowry for Aliko Dangote’s daughter

President Muhammadu Buhari, Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, were among the dignitaries that attended the wedding fatiha of Hajiya Fatima, daughter of Alhaji Aliko Dangote in Kano on Friday.

PHOTOS: Buhari, politicians attend wedding of Fatima Dangote, daughter of Africa's richest man

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday attended the wedding ceremony between Jamil Abubakar, son of former Inspector General of Police Alh. Mohammed Dikko Abubakar and Fatima Aliko Dangote, daughter of Business Mogul Alh. Aliko Dangote in Kano State.

BREAKING: Shaun Abrahams reinstates corruption charges against former president Jacob Zuma

Former South African President Jacob Zuma will be prosecuted for corruption relating to a 30 billion rand ($2.5 billion) arms deal in the late 1990s, chief state prosecutor Shaun Abrahams said on Friday.

Nothing is working in Nigeria, religion and tribalism taking us nowhere - Senator blasts Buhari (VIDEO)

Senator Isah Hamma Misau representing Bauchi Central, has lambasted President Muhammadu Buhari for seeking re-election while nothing is working in the country.

Church member drags Pastor to court after 'using fake prophecy to obtain SUV and money left in his bank account'

The police in Bayelsa State, on Wednesday, arraigned a pastor before a magistrate in Yenagoa for allegedly obtaining an SUV under false pretence from a churchgoer.

Rihanna hits out at Snapchat over ad mocking Chris Brown assault, shares tumble

Rihanna on Thursday denounced Snapchat after an advertisement made light of her beating by fellow pop star Chris Brown, sending the company's share prices tumbling.

More PHOTOS: Osinbajo holds private traditional engagement for daughter Damilola inside Presidential Villa

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday held a traditional engagement of his daughter, Damilola, at the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa.

Gambia will ‘collapse’ if Nigerian professionals leave – Vice President

The Vice-President of The Gambia, Fatoumata Tambajang, has said that The Gambia would ‘collapse’ if Nigerian professionals in the country withdraw their services or leave the country.

Zimbabwe ‘has moved on’ from Mugabe era - Mnangagwa replies former leader (FULL STATEMENT)

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa said Friday that the country “has moved on” in response to claims by former president Robert Mugabe that he was ousted in an illegal “coup d’etat”.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Donald Trump Jr.'s wife files for divorce after 12 years of marriage and five children

The wife of Donald Trump Jr., the eldest son of U.S. President Donald Trump, has filed for divorce in New York, according to court records.

Alleged N400m fraud: Court gives condition for granting Olisa Metuh’s application to travel for medicals

Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High court sitting in Maitama, Abuja, on Thursday, March 15, 2018, gave condition upon which the court would decide whether or not to grant the application by the embattled former spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Olisa Metuh, to travel abroad for medical treatment.

Mugabe calls his ousting a 'coup d’etat’, says he never thought Mnangagwa would turn against him

Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe has described his departure from office in November as a 'coup d'etat' in his first TV interview since he was ousted.

Man accused of 'storing severed vaginas of 21 women in freezer’ gets two life terms in South Africa

A Danish gun shop owner in South Africa initially accused of storing women's genitals in a freezer was handed two life sentences Thursday for raping a child and conspiracy to murder.

AU names Nigeria’s President Buhari 2018 champion of anti-corruption

The African Union (AU) has tagged 2018 as the African Anti-Corruption year which aims to elevate the efforts and activities that all key players are deploying and implementing in fighting corruption on the continent this year.

'Multiple deaths' as new bridge collapses at Florida International University, people trapped

A new pedestrian bridge collapsed onto a road at a Miami-area college, crushing at least five vehicles under massive slabs and killing several people, authorities said.

Cameroon's President Biya vows to continue military crackdown on anglophone separatists

Cameroon's long-ruling President Paul Biya on Thursday convoked a rare cabinet meeting and vowed to push ahead with a military crackdown on English-speaking separatists in the francophone country.

PHOTOS: Osinbajo holds private traditional engagement for daughter inside Presidential Villa

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday held a traditional engagement of his daughter, Damilola, at the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa.

'Mnangagwa is illegal as President, we must undo this disgrace' - Mugabe (VIDEO)

Zimbabwe's former leader Robert Mugabe said President Emmerson Mnangagwa is illegal where he is and the disgrace must be undone.

Buhari commissions 50 billion Sunti Golden Sugar Estate in Niger State, to provide 10,000 jobs (PHOTOS)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday commissioned Sunti Golden Sugar Estate in Niger State.

U.S. hits Russia with sanctions for election meddling, cyber attacks

Donald Trump's administration on Thursday levied sanctions against Russia's top spy agencies and more than a dozen individuals for trying to influence the 2016 US presidential election and conducting separate cyberattacks.

Cameroon's aging President Biya holds first cabinet meeting since 2015

Cameroon's octogenarian President Paul Biya, who has ruled the central African country with an iron grip for decades, held his first cabinet meeting since 2015 on Thursday.

My husband smells my pants whenever I get home, woman tells court

An Ikorodu Customary Court in Lagos on Thursday dissolved a 30-year-marriage over alleged promiscuity.

In saner climes, no President will walk on Red Carpet when visiting State where 110 schoolgirls were kidnapped - Fayose

Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has blasted President Muhammadu Buhari for walking on red carpet while visiting Yobe State where Boko Haram kidnapped 110 schoolgirls.

UK, US, France, Germany point to Russia over spy attack

Britain, France, Germany and the United States condemned a nerve agent attack on a Russian ex-spy and his daughter, saying there was “no plausible alternative explanation” to Moscow’s involvement.

Buhari’s politicizing of Dapchi abduction right before grief-stricken parents is worrisome - PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described as iniquitous, the attempt by President Muhammadu Buhari to use the heartbreaking abduction of innocent schoolgirls in Dapchi, Yobe state, to score cheap political points.

Saudi will develop a nuclear bomb if Iran does, Crown Prince warns as he likens regime's leader to Hitler

Saudi Arabia will develop a nuclear bomb if its arch-rival Iran does so, the kingdom's 32-year-old crown prince said in a preview of a television interview released on Thursday.

New study links smoking to an increased risk of hearing loss

A new Japanese study suggests that smoking increases the risk of hearing loss, in what the researchers believe is the largest to date investigating the link between tobacco and a decline in hearing. 

8 killed, 13 others injured in Senegalese helicopter crash

A military helicopter crashed in southwest Senegal, killing eight people and injuring 13 others, the army said on Thursday.

'Stop contesting the title of incompetence with Jonathan, leave him alone'' - Aisha Yesufu tells President Buhari

The co-convener of the BringBackOurGirls, BBOG, advocacy group, Aisha Yesufu, has launched a fresh attack on President Muhammadu Buhari asking him to stop contesting the title of incompetence with former president Goodluck Jonathan.

BREAKING: Lagos govt reduces controversial Land Use Charge

The Lagos State Government on Thursday said it has reduced the Land Use Charge.

Blocked from America, Atiku sells controversial $2.95 million U.S. home

A luxury mansion co-owned by a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, and his fourth wife, Jennifer Douglas, in the posh neighbourhood of Potomac, Maryland, United States, has been auctioned.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Herdsmen kill 23 civilians, 2 soldiers in Plateau, army arrests 7; Governor declares curfew (PHOTOS)

23 civilians and two soldiers were killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen on Wednesday after the herders opened fire on troops convoy responding to distress calls from locals in Miango community, Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State.

'Panama Papers': The law firm that helped politicians, businessmen & criminals hide their riches, ends operations

The law firm at the heart of the "Panama Papers" global tax evasion scandal that brought down two world leaders announced Wednesday it would shut down operations, citing negative press and what it called unwarranted action by authorities.

Libya issues arrest warrants for 205 alleged traffickers of African migrants

Libya has issued arrest warrants for more than 200 Libyans and foreigners suspected of involvement in a smuggling network for Europe-bound migrants, the attorney general's office said on Thursday.

We are overwhelmed by nude pictures - Kenyan lawmakers cry out (VIDEO)

Lawmakers in Kenya have asked police to rein in increasing incidents of unsolicited messages including naked pictures that have almost broken their families and cost them their jobs.

US says Russia 'responsible' for chemical weapon attack in Britain, warns New York could be next target

The United States said Wednesday that Russia was "responsible" for a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in England, and urged the UN Security Council to hold Moscow accountable.

Video evidence detailing how a bag containing $1million was found in house linked to Alex Badeh played in court

A video recording detailing how a bag containing $1million was found in a property linked to a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Alex Badeh (retd), was on March 14, 2018 admitted as exhibit against him in a N3.9billion money laundering case brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Emirates crew staff opens emergency exit door and 'jumps off' plane

A crew member of Emirates Airline opened the emergency exit door and jumped out of the plane on Wednesday.

Kidnapped Dapchi girls: I responded better than Jonathan who was insensitive - Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari says his administration’s response to the abduction of 110 secondary school students is better than how former president Jonathan responded to the kidnap of Chibok schoolgirls.

PHOTOS: Buhari visits Dapchi school where Boko Haram kidnapped 110 girls

President Buhari on Wednesday visited Government Girls Science and Technology College in Dapchi, Yobe State, where 110 students were abducted by Boko Haram terrorists on February 19.