Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Protest as Fulani herdsmen kill over 25 in Plateau, Delta

No fewer than 29 people were allegedly killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Nkei-Dongwro near Miango in Bassa Local Government Area, Plateau State, yesterday.

Cameroon's Prime Minister in troubled anglophone region for 'dialogue'

Cameroon's Prime Minister Philemon Yang on Monday began a visit to a troubled English-speaking region as part of what he termed a "dialogue" with the country's anglophone minority, state radio said.

Zuma reshuffles cabinet again, sacks Higher Education minister Blade Nzimande critical of him

South African President Jacob Zuma sacked a vocal critic from his cabinet on Tuesday, a move expected to further deepen tensions as an elective conference to the ruling ANC draws near.

Nnamdi Kanu absent in court as Senator who stood surety wants out

The leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, was absent in court on Tuesday morning as his trial for alleged treason continued at an Abuja court.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Al-Shabaab co-founder donates blood to victims of Mogadishu bomb attack

Mukhtar Robow, one of the founders of the al-Shabab militant group, has donated blood to survivors of the truck bombing in Mogadishu, capital of Somalia that killed more than 300 people and injured 429.

Prisoners escape jail for a few hours to visit girlfriends and smoke weed

An Oklahoma sheriff says two inmates briefly escaped to visit their girlfriends and smoke marijuana and then walked back to the jail.

Residents protest 8-month blackout in Ondo

Commercial activities were Monday paralysed for several hours in Kajola High School and Araromi Communities of Akure South Local government area of Ondo State, as residents protested the non-availability of electricity in the past eight months.

IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu still ‘missing’ on eve of trial for treason

The leader of a pro-Biafran separatist group in Nigeria has apparently gone missing, prompting speculation as to his whereabouts on the eve of his trial on treason charges.

Keeping It Real With Adeola - 282 ($25b NNPC Scandal; Cameroon Anglophone Crisis)

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari keeps mum as $25 billion contract scandal rocks NNPC.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

There is no $26 billion NNPC contracts anywhere - Presidency

Claims on social and traditional media that $25BN worth of oil contracts were awarded by the NNPC or that $25BN in NNPC funds is missing are both false.

30 years after: Demonstrators in Burkina Faso demand justice for slain revolutionary icon Thomas Sankara

Hundreds of demonstrators in Burkina Faso marked the 30th anniversary of Thomas Sankara's assassination by demanding truth and justice on Sunday for the assassinated revolutionary leader.

Remembering Thomas Sankara, one of Africa’s finest

Thirty years ago, the leader of Burkina Faso's revolution, Thomas Sankara, was cut down in a hail of bullets -- a bloody end to a turbulent yet charismatic life that today has gained cult status in Africa.

Death toll from blasts in Somalia's capital Mogadishu rises to 189, over 200 others injured

The death toll from the most powerful bomb blast witnessed in Somalia's capital rose to 189 with more than 200 injured, making it the deadliest single attack ever in the Horn of Africa nation, police and hospital sources said Sunday.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

North got lion’s share of World Bank projects under Buhari - Documents

Contrary to President Muhammadu Buhari’s claim on Friday that his discussion with the President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim, was twisted, a huge chunk of the financial institution-backed projects in partnership with the Federal Government is based in the North, SUNDAY PUNCH can report.

PHOTOS: Okorocha unveils road, giant statue of South African president Zuma in Imo, Nigeria

Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha has unveiled a giant statue of South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma and named a road after him during his visit to Owerri, the state capital this weekend.

500 arrested Anglophone protesters ‘packed like sardines’ in overcrowded prisons after mass arrests in Cameroon

At least 500 people remain detained in overcrowded detention facilities following mass arbitrary arrests in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon, and many wounded protestors fled hospitals to avoid arrest, Amnesty International said today.

George Weah and Vice-President Boakai edge towards Liberia presidential run-off

Former football star George Weah and incumbent Vice-President Joseph Boakai on Saturday edged closer to competing in a run-off vote for Liberia's presidency, with three quarters of polling stations counted.

25-year-old Nigerian, Wiseman Oputa, jailed 3 years in US over $1.3million wire fraud

A 25-year-old Nigerian living in Texas has been jailed for three years by a federal judge in Houston.

Final year student of Redeemers University expelled over Facebook post (PHOTOS)

A final student at Redeemers University has been expelled by the school over his post on social media.

Policeman sent thugs to beat up man for "sleeping with his ex-wife” in Edo (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

A man was brutalized, publicly humiliated, stripped of his clothing and locked up in a cell after being accused of sleeping with a police man’s ex-wife in Edo state.

BREAKING: Over 20 dead in Mogadishu bomb blast (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

More than 20 people were killed when a car bomb exploded on a busy street in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Saturday, a police official said.

Woman named to head sports federation in Saudi first

A princess has been named to head a Saudi multi-sports federation, in a first for women in the conservative Muslim kingdom where men dominate all sports, an official said Saturday.

Plane crashes into sea off Ivory Coast shortly after taking off from Abidjan in a storm (PHOTOS)

4 people were killed and two others injured when a propeller-engine plane crashed into the sea near the international airport in Ivory Coast's main city Abidjan on Saturday, the Ivorian security minister said.

North Korea preparing to launch missiles capable of reaching US territory - report

North Korea is believed to be preparing to launch a ballistic missile ahead of an upcoming joint naval drill by the US and South Korea, a news report said Saturday, citing a government source.

Electricity tariff may increase by 61.5% soon

The tariff payable by electricity consumers may increase by 61.5 per cent any time soon following the latest revelation by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission on Friday that it was waiting for a final approval from the Federal Government before implementing the new rate.

Friday, October 13, 2017

6-inch fish leaps into man's mouth, causes cardiac arrest

A British man’s heart stopped after he accidentally swallowed a 6-inch long Dover sole on a fishing trip in Boscombe, in southern England.

Buhari is a sectional leader, World Bank President’s revelation not surprising – Fayose

Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has said that he was not surprised by the comment from the President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim, that President Muhammadu Buhari directed specifically that the World Bank should shift its focus to the northern region of Nigeria, maintaining that “the President has never hidden the fact that he is a sectional leader and painfully, because of his nepotism, religious bigotry and favouritism, Nigeria is now more divided than ever before, with the unity of the country being threatened.”

Facebook launches U.S. food order and delivery service

Facebook Inc on Friday launched a service through which its U.S. users can order food for take-away or delivery directly through its app or website.

PHOTOS: Senator Dino Melaye shows off his exotic car collection, says “My Toys. My passion”

Flamboyant Nigerian Senator Dino Melaye has shared pictures of his fleet of luxury and antiquated cars worth billions of Naira.

Going on with election rerun without me would be illegal - Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga

Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga said on Friday his withdrawal from a presidential election rerun scheduled for Oct. 26 meant the poll had been "cancelled" and there should be fresh nominations for a new vote.

Buhari meets South-east leaders over IPOB, marginalisation, says will not let down any region

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday held a closed door meeting with leaders from the South-eastern part of Nigeria, and promised to ‘work honestly and faithfully with every region of Nigeria.’

2 shot dead as Kenya opposition defies protest ban

Two protesters were shot dead Friday as opposition supporters clashed with police in western Kenya, with hundreds defying a ban on rallies to express their anger over an increasingly uncertain presidential election.

Nigeria jails 45 Boko Haram members, frees 468 suspects

A Federal High Court sitting in Kainji, Niger State, has convicted and sentenced 45 Boko Haram members to between 3 and 31 years in jail, following the conclusion of the first phase of the trial during which 575 Boko Haram suspects were arraigned.

Earthquake hits North Korea near nuclear test site

A shallow 2.9-magnitude earthquake struck near North Korea's nuclear test site before dawn on Friday, weeks after Pyongyang's biggest detonation, but South Korean experts said the tremor did not appear to be man-made.

Trump calls Obamacare a 'broken mess', scraps key subsidies for millions of low-income earners

President Donald Trump on Friday urged Democrats to make a deal with him on healthcare after he scrapped billions of dollars in Obamacare subsidies to private health insurers for low-income Americans in a move that raised concerns about chaos in insurance markets and could face legal challenges.

Northeast Nigeria has always been priority for Buhari right from when he campaigned for President - Presidency

The presidency says 'Northeast Nigeria has always been a priority for President Muhammadu Buhari right from when he campaigned to be President.'

Presidency reacts to reports that Buhari asked World Bank to focus on northern Nigeria

The presidency has reacted to the claim of the World Bank Group that President Muhammadu Buhari asked the organisation to focus on northern Nigeria.

Cameroon probes deadly unrest in restive anglophone region

Cameroon has launched a probe into recent deadly violence linked to a symbolic declaration of independence in the west African nation's English-speaking region, the defence minister said Friday.

Presidential election: Ex-football star George Weah leading in 14 of Liberia’s 15 counties

Former international soccer star George Weah has taken an early lead in Liberia's presidential election as the West African nation begins releasing provisional results.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Buhari asked us to focus on northern Nigeria - World Bank President

The President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim, said on Thursday that the bank had concentrated on the northern region of Nigeria in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s request.

Minimum wage: Reps recommend N30,000 to avert looming strike

Members of the House of Representatives warned on Thursday that a nationwide strike by workers over low wages could force the country’s economy back into recession.

Davido releases statement, CCTV footages of the night his friend Tagbo died (VIDEO)

Nigerian pop star Davido on Thursday released a statement and CCTV footages of what transpired the night his friend, Tagbo Umeike, died.

ECOWAS court orders Nigerian govt to pay N18 million to women maltreated for allegedly being prostitutes

The ECOWAS Court on Thursday delivered its judgment in the case between Dorothy Njemanze and three others versus the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The case centred on the violent, cruel, inhuman, degrading and discriminatory treatment the plaintiffs suffered at the hands of law enforcement agents in Abuja, Nigeria.

Dogs in US have more radiotherapy machines than Nigerian people

A dog in the US is more likely to receive radiotherapy than a person in Nigeria, it has been claimed.

Lethal weapons, petrol bombs recovered from Nnamdi Kanu’s house - Abia Police Commissioner

The Commissioner of Police in Abia, Mr Anthony Ogbizi, has said that lethal weapons, including petrol bombs and one double-barrel gun, were recovered during last Sunday’s raid on the residence of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

Israel to withdraw from UN cultural body UNESCO along with US

Israel will withdraw from the UN's cultural and education body after a United States decision to do the same on accusations of bias against the Jewish state, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday.

US pulls out of UN cultural body, UNESCO, citing 'anti-Israel' bias

The United States said Thursday that it was pulling out of the UN's culture and education body, accusing it of "anti-Israel bias" in a move that underlines Washington's drift away from international institutions.

BREAKING: Buhari re-appoints Uche Orji as MD of Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority

President Muhammadu Buhari has re-appointed Mr Uchechi N. Orji as Managing Director of the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA).

Woman uses Facebook to annul her underage marriage

A young Indian woman has proved in court she was illegally married off as a minor after submitting evidence from her husband's Facebook page, a child rights activist said Thursday.

Kenya bans opposition protests as election crisis deepens

Kenya's government on Thursday banned protests in main city centres, citing lawlessness during opposition rallies against the electoral commission ahead of a scheduled presidential poll re-run.