Saturday, November 18, 2017

'Today is independence' - Elated Zimbabweans celebrate as Mugabe era fades

Tens of thousands of overjoyed protesters flooded Zimbabwe's streets Saturday celebrating the crumbling of President Robert Mugabe's ruthless regime, which had controlled the country for nearly 40 years.

12 soldiers to face charges in Gambia amid fears a faction of the military remains loyal to Jammeh

A dozen Gambian soldiers will face charges for nine different offences, an army spokesman told AFP on Saturday, amid fears that a faction of the military remains loyal to ex-president Yahya Jammeh.

Official PHOTOS: Serena Williams weds Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian

Serena Williams on Thursday night tied the knot with Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian.

PHOTOS: APC shares plates of rice to voters in Nsugbe as Anambra governorship election is underway

Agents of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Saturday distributed plates of cooked rice to voters at Ilo Abito square PU001 Nsugbe ward 1 in return for a vote for Tony Nwoye, the gubernatorial candidate of the party.

Nigerian women make history as they become first ever African bobsled team to qualify for Olympics

Thirty years after the Jamaican bobsled team captured hearts around the world, three women from Nigeria stand on the brink of making history of their own in the same event.

Joined by the army, thousands of protesters in Zimbabwe ask Mugabe to resign (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

The tide seemed to be turning against embattled President Robert Mugabe on Saturday as thousands of Zimbabweans took to the streets in rallies sanctioned by the army to call for him to go.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Togo faces calls to end political crisis

Togo's authorities were on Friday urged to end their crackdown on anti-government protests and open talks to end a months-long political crisis.

EFCC arrests former Senate President Anyim Pius Anyim

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested former Senate President and immediate-past Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Sen. Anyim Pius Anyim.

Qatar fixes minimum wage at $200 for migrant workers

Qatar has set a temporary minimum wage for migrant workers worth around $200 a month, its labour minister said Thursday, a benchmark reform following widespread criticism of Doha's preparations for the 2022 World Cup.

Trump hits out at Democrat accused of groping broadcaster's breasts while asleep

After days of relative silence about a series of sexual misconduct scandals roiling the United States, President Donald Trump weighed in Thursday, bashing a leading Democrat now under investigation.

Cameroon's National Assembly building almost completely burnt down, foul play suspected (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Cameroon's government says an overnight fire has destroyed much of parliament in the capital, Yaounde.

Nigerian man declared wanted in US for various offences, cash reward offered for his arrest (PHOTOS)

A 52-year-old Nigerian man has been declared wanted by South Bureau Recovery Team in California.

‘There’s no going back’ - Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party tells Mugabe to resign

Leaders of Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party are meeting on Friday to draft a resolution to dismiss President Robert Mugabe at the weekend and lay the ground for his impeachment next week if he refuses to stand down, a senior party source said.

Mugabe attends university graduation in first public appearance since military takeover (VIDEO)

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe made his first public appearance since the military put him under house arrest this week, attending a graduation ceremony to applause, even as the military announced "significant progress" on talks for his departure and arrested some of his allies.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

U.S. wants 'new era' in Zimbabwe - official

The United States is seeking "a new era" for Zimbabwe, the State Department's top official for Africa said on Thursday, implicitly calling on long-time President Robert Mugabe to step aside as a political crisis mounts.

Jonathan’s govt won gold medal in corruption, money disappeared faster than Usain Bolt - Tinubu (VIDEO)

A national leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, on Thursday in Abuja said the Goodluck Jonathan administration won gold medal in corruption and a red card in good governance.

Military officers who allegedly stole N239m pension of dead officers get N1m bail (PHOTOS)

Justice D. Z. Senchi of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, sitting in Jabi, Abuja on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 granted bail to the two military officers accused of complicity in stealing monies meant for payment of death benefits of deceased officers.

Da Vinci painting of Jesus Christ sells for $450 million, breaks world record

A 500-year-old painting believed to be by Leonardo da Vinci has sold for $450.3 million in New York, blazing a new world record for the most expensive work of art sold at auction, Christie's said.

Judge reverses controversial BVN ruling, unblocks bank accounts

A federal judge who earlier granted an order for bank accounts not linked to bank verification numbers to be frozen has reversed himself.

Israel ready to cooperate with Saudi Arabia to face Iran - defence chief

Israel's military chief of staff said in an interview Thursday that his country was prepared to cooperate with Saudi Arabia to face Iran's plans "to control the Middle East."

221 police officers are attached to Anambra Governor Obiano for his protection - Nigerian Police

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) on Thursday said that 221 police officers were attached to Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra for his personal and office protection.

Google honours Nigerian author Chinua Achebe on posthumous birthday

Technology giant, Google, has honoured Nigerian literary icon, Chinua Achebe, considered the father of modern African literature, on its doodle.

Fall from Grace: Mugabe's wife was his weakness

President Robert Mugabe's downfall was caused by the ambitions of his combative wife Grace, whose emergence as his likely successor proved a step too far for Zimbabwe's military, analysts say.

Do more, Nigerians are suffering - Tinubu tells Buhari

A national leader of the governing All Progressives Congress, APC, and a former Governor of Lagos state, Bola Tinubu, on Thursday lectured President Muhammadu Buhari on how to use the remaining part of his tenure to move Nigeria forward.

Zimbabwe's Mugabe resisting army pressure to quit, insists on finishing his presidential term - sources

President Robert Mugabe is insisting he remains Zimbabwe's only legitimate ruler and balking at mediation by a Catholic priest to allow the 93-year-old former guerrilla a graceful exit after a military coup, sources said on Thursday.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Adeola's Show 2 (Zimbabwe Coup; Buhari Spends $3 Billion Looking For Oil In The North)

Zimbabwean army seizes power and takes control of the country's capital, Harare, while keeping President Robert Mugabe and his wife under house arrest.

Ojukwu’s son dumps APGA, founded by his father, for APC, commends Buhari

Emeka Ojukwu jnr, son of the founder of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, late Chukwuemeka Ojukwu, has dumped the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Mugabe: Liberation hero turned despot

Zimbabwe's veteran leader Robert Mugabe once quipped that he'd rule his country until he turned 100.

US refuses to release Abacha loot because it's in dollars

The United States (US) Government has laid claim to hundreds of millions of dollars stashed abroad by the government of the late military ruler, Sani Abacha.

Africa's richest woman and daughter of Angola's ex-president sacked as state oil chief by father’s protege

Angolan President Joao Lourenco on Wednesday fired his predecessor's daughter from her influential post as head of the Sonangol state oil company, the presidency said in a statement.

I would have loved to wake up receiving a birthday congratulatory call from Buhari - Fayose

Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of not sending him any message to congratulate him on his 57th birthday.

Kenya's Supreme Court hears petitions to cancel presidential election, again

Kenya's Supreme Court on Wednesday began hearing two petitions to annul last month's presidential election, which was already a re-run ordered by the court after it annulled an earlier vote.

Pope Francis gets $237,000 Lamborghini as gift, but he puts it up for auction to raise money for charity

Lamborghini gave Pope Francis a personalised white supercar on Wednesday, but he put it up for auction to raise money for charity rather than give up his trademark popemobile.

Mugabe and wife under house arrest as army controls Zimbabwe capital

Zimbabwe's army said Wednesday it has President Robert Mugabe and his wife in custody and was securing government offices and patrolling the capital's streets following a night of unrest that included a military takeover of the state broadcaster.

Military takeover in Zimbabwe: Buhari calls for calm and respect for the constitution

President Muhammadu Buhari has called for calm, peace and respect for the constitution in Zimbabwe.

My life is in danger - Anambra Governor Obiano

The Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, says he is no longer comfortable standing for the November 18 governorship election in the state.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

FULL TEXT: Zimbabwe military's statement after seizing power

Below is the text of an address made by Zimbabwe military spokesman Maj Gen SB Moyo on national television after the military seized power:

VIDEO: Zimbabwe military takes over state television to broadcast message

Zimbabwe's military on Wednesday morning said it had seized power in a targeted assault on "criminals" around President Robert Mugabe who were causing social and economic suffering, but gave assurances the 93-year-old leader and his family were "safe and sound".

Zimbabwe army says takes power

Zimbabwe's military on Wednesday confirmed that it had seized power in a targeted assault on "criminals" around President Robert Mugabe, but gave assurances that the 93-year-old leader and his family were "safe and sound".

Nigerian govt links 2,671 seized rifles to Nnamdi Kanu

The Federal Government said on Tuesday that the 2,671 pump action rifles illegally imported from Turkey but intercepted by the Nigeria Customs Service  on four different occasions in 2017 alone could be linked to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu.

Tanks seen heading towards Zimbabwe capital a day after army chief said he was prepared to "step in” (VIDEO)

Four tanks were seen heading towards the Zimbabwe capital Harare on Tuesday, witnesses said, a day after the head of the armed forces said he was prepared to "step in" to end a purge of supporters of ousted vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Fulfill your campaign promises to Ndigbo - Muslim community tells President Buhari

The Muslim community in Ebonyi has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to fulfill his 2015 campaign promises to the South-East region.

Stay away from South East - IPOB warns Buhari

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to stay away from the South East.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Plateau killings: Rep wants Fulani herdsmen treated as terrorists

A member of the House of Representatives, Istifanus Gyang, has said that killer Fulani herdsmen should be profiled and classified by the Federal Government as insurgents and be treated like the Boko Haram members.

Trump's son releases his private messages with WikiLeaks after report suggests he secretly liaised with the group during campaign

President Donald Trump's son released Monday a series of messages he had with WikiLeaks after a report suggested he had secretly liaised with the group that published Hillary Clinton's emails during last year's election.

North Korean troops shoot a fellow soldier as he crosses the border to defect to the South

A North Korean soldier was shot and injured by his own side Monday while defecting to South Korea at the border truce village of Panmunjom, the South's military said.

Zimbabwe’s military warns Mugabe, threatens to ‘step in’

Zimbabwe's army chief on Monday demanded a "stop" to the purge in the ruling ZANU-PF party after the sacking of vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, and warned the military could intervene.

Unpaid 11 months salary: Security men, cleaners protest, lock UCH

Visitors, patients and workers of the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan got an early morning shocker on Monday as they were made to suffer serious difficulty while trying to gain entrance into the hospital premises.

Radio Biafra sacks Nnamdi Kanu as IPOB leader, names replacement

Security agencies were in a frenzy of activities in Abuja from early Sunday when Radio Biafra, the controversial mouthpiece of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) returned to the airwaves with a to broadcast announcing the shocking sack of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu as IPOB leader.

Zimbabweans turn to bitcoin as local dollars collapse

For most investors around the world, bitcoin is a volatile and highly speculative bet. For Zimbabweans, however, the cryptocurrency seems to offer rare protection from the onset of hyperinflation and financial implosion.