Thursday, October 19, 2017

Cristiano Ronaldo is World’s richest sportsman (See top 10)

Cristiano Ronaldo is the richest sports personality in the world, according to the latest Forbes’ Rich List.

US embassy warns of 'credible threat' of terror attack in Senegal

The US embassy has warned its citizens in Senegal of a "credible threat" of a terror attack in the capital Dakar, advising them to take special care when visiting places and areas popular with Westerners.

Dasukigate: How N1.4 billion was allegedly diverted for national prayers – Witness

An Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, witness, Michael Adariku, on Thursday told an Abuja High Court how N1.4 billion security vote from the office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, was diverted.

Government's crackdown on Cameroon's anglophone 'may spark armed uprising'

Cameroon must urgently rethink a policy of "murderous repression" in its restive English-speaking regions or risk the crisis spiralling into an armed uprising, the International Crisis Group (ICG) warned Thursday.

Trump accused of telling family of slain US soldier "He knew what he was signing up for"

US President Donald Trump was snarled in fresh controversy Wednesday after he was accused of being disrespectful to a US soldier slain in an ambush in Niger, as well as showing insensitivity to the grieving family.

WhatsApp launches new feature to let you track your friends in real time

WhatsApp is launching a new feature that will let contacts track one another in real time.

We will soon tell Nigerians names of all suspected looters - FG

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abukabar Malami SAN has revealed that “President Muhammadu Buhari has directed all relevant agencies to compile documents on names of all looters with a view to promptly enforcing the judgment of a Federal High Court in Lagos ordering the government to release to Nigerians information about the names of high ranking public officials from whom public funds were recovered.”

Delta State records 6 suspected cases of Monkeypox

Six suspected cases of Mokeypox have been recorded in Agbor, Delta State.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

PHOTOS: Buhari takes his wife and children to Turkey on official visit

President Buhari, accompanied by his wife Aisha and two children, Halimat and Yusuf, travelled to Istanbul, Turkey for an official working visit on Wednesday 18th Oct 2017.

Tension in Togo: Police open fire on protesters, 5 dead, 60 arrested

At least five people were shot dead on Wednesday in clashes between protesters and security forces in Togo's two largest cities after soldiers and police launched teargas to prevent the latest anti-government protest.

Python Dance II: 'We arrested 106 suspects in Southeast' – Nigerian Army

The 82 Division Command Headquarters of the Nigerian Army, Enugu, said it arrested 106 suspects in the recent concluded Operation Python Dance II also known as Egwueke which was carried out by its personnel in the Southeast and South-South parts of Nigeria.

Church elder kills wife over disagreement, cuts remains into pieces and dumps her in refuse site in Akwa Ibom

A church elder killed his wife, cut the remains into pieces, gathered them in two sacks and dumped her in a refuse dump.

47 years after, Buhari approves payment of pension to retired Biafra Police

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the payment of pension to the police officers who served in the defunct Biafran Police during the 30 months Nigeria Civil war.

Atiku’s son remanded in cell

For disobeying a court order, Aminu, the son of a former Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, was on Wednesday remanded in the transit cell of Tinubu Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos.

Kenyan lawmaker thrown out of plenary over 'indecent dressing'

A Kenyan lawmaker was on Tuesday kicked out of the plenary session over 'indecent dressing'.

Nigerian man paid N5,000 'deliverance fee' to a church in Calabar (PHOTO)

A man in Calabar, southern Nigeria, paid N5,000 to purchase 'deliverance' at a church.

Tension in Togo over banned opposition marches

Several cities in Togo were tense on Wednesday following clashes between opposition supporters, soldiers and police as demonstrators prepared to hold another anti-government protest the authorities have branded illegal.

4 British nationals kidnapped in Delta State

Suspected militants have kidnapped four British nationals in southern Nigeria, police and community leaders said on Wednesday.

Hillary Clinton says U.S. threats of war with North Korea are "dangerous and short-sighted"

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton slammed President Donald Trump’s “dangerous and short-sighted” war of words with North Korea Wednesday, saying his Twitter tirades only benefitted Pyongyang’s attention-seeking ruler and hurt Washington’s credibility.

Buhari to governors: How do you sleep soundly without paying workers?

President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday in Abuja expressed concern on the growing complaints and agitations by workers in states over unpaid salaries and allowances, in spite of interventions by the Federal Government.

Uganda bans protests over presidential age limit bill

Ugandan police on Wednesday banned what it termed illegal demonstrations over plans to remove presidential age limits, seen as paving the way for President Yoweri Museveni to serve a sixth term in office.

Senate under pressure to drop probe of $25b NNPC contracts

The Senate has postponed the commencement of its planned investigation into the alleged award of $25 billion worth of contracts in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

Roselyn Akombe flees to New York fearing for her life, says Kenya’s electoral body IEBC is under siege

A senior member of Kenya's electoral commission (IEBC) has resigned and fled to New York.

BREAKING: IEBC commissioner Roselyn Akombe resigns, says Kenya can’t hold credible run-off election next week

Kenya is unable to hold credible elections next week, a senior member of the country's electoral commission (IEBC) has told the BBC.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

I can’t continue to stay alone, we love each other - 87-year-old ex-Senator defends wedding to young lover

An 87-year-old lawyer and former lawmaker, Senator Cyrus Nunieh, said he decided to marry another wife because he was alone and needed a companion.

North Korea says 'a nuclear war may break out any moment'

North Korea's deputy UN ambassador warned on Monday that the situation on the Korean peninsula "has reached the touch-and-go point and a nuclear war may break out any moment".

Airbnb rentals boom across Africa

Rent-a-room giant Airbnb said Tuesday that it had provided accommodation for 1.2 million visitors to Africa over the last year -- double the previous year as tourism expands across the continent.

N5.1bn fraud: Witness reveals how Dudafa laundered money for Patience Jonathan

A prosecution witness, Orji Chukwuma, in the ongoing trial of former Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 told Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, how Dudafa laundered several billions of Naira for former First Lady, Patience Jonathan.

Buhari pledges support for development of Niger Delta, signs University of Petroleum Resources Bill

President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday in Abuja pledged continued support for the socio-economic development of the Niger Delta region.

Trump's fortune slides by $600 million on Forbes wealth list

America's richest may be getting richer but President Donald Trump's fortune has slid by $600 million to $3.1 billion, according to a list of 400 billionaires released by Forbes magazine on Tuesday.

PHOTOS: 87-year-old Nigerian ex-Senator Cyrus Nunieh weds young lover

87-year-old Senator Cyrus Nunieh, a former lawmaker in the Second Republic and President of Bori State Movement, got married to his heartthrob, Miss Ijeoma Rosemary, on Tuesday in Port Harcourt.

Mugabe’s wife set to become 2nd female vice president

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s wife Grace is set to become the country’s second female vice president after the ruling Zanu-PF party’s 10 provinces agreed to have an extra-ordinary congress to amend the constitution.

Buhari to attend D-8 Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, hold private conversation with President Erdogan

President Muhammadu Buhari will Wednesday depart for Istanbul, Turkey to participate in the ninth Summit of the Developing 8 (D-8) on Friday, October 20, 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.