Thursday, September 21, 2017

About 75 million Nigerians are illiterate – FG

The Federal Government on Thursday described the rate of illiteracy in the country as alarming.

Kenya pushes presidential election re-run to October 26

Kenya's electoral commission has moved the date for fresh presidential elections to Oct 26, as President Uhuru Kenyatta strongly criticized the court decision to hold new polls.

President Kenyatta slams Supreme Court ruling annulling his election victory as judicial ‘coup’

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said Thursday that a Supreme Court ruling annulling his recent election victory was a "coup" that stole democracy from the people.

NNPC extends oil search to Sokoto Basin, says it's determined to find oil in the North

The Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said it has started the process of oil and gas exploration in the Sokoto basin, adding that the corporation was determined to find oil in the northern part of the country.

Biafra: IPOB is a terrorist organization while Fulani herdsmen are just criminals - Presidency (VIDEO)

President Muhammadu Buhari's Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu on Thursday said the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is a terrorist organization while Fulani herdsmen who have reportedly killed thousands of people are just criminals.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Uganda bans protests amid bid to end presidential age limit

Ugandan police have banned a protest set for Thursday when lawmakers debate plans to scrap a presidential age limit, seen as a bid to pave the way for Yoweri Museveni to seek a sixth term as leader.

Biafra: The financial headquarters of IPOB is in France - Nigerian Government

The Nigerian Government on Wednesday said the financial headquarters of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is in France.

Many of my friends are going to Africa to 'get rich' - Trump

US President Donald Trump hailed Africa's business potential Wednesday, telling several leaders of African nations he has many friends going there to "get rich."

Journalists not terrorists: Cameroon using anti-terror law to 'silence critics'

Cameroon’s vague anti-terror law is being used by the government to arrest and silence journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has revealed in a new report.

PHOTOS: Nigeria’s Attorney General gets court order designating IPOB a terrorist organization

The Nigerian government has followed the legal process by getting a court order to legalize the declaration of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, a terrorist organization.

22-yr-old Tolulope Arotile graduates as the best flight student from Nigerian Air Force (PHOTOS)

22-year-old Tolulope Arotile graduated as the best flight student from the Nigerian Air Force.

248 killed in Mexico earthquake, including 22 children crushed beneath a school

Rescue workers scrabbled through piles of rubble on Wednesday in a harrowing search for dozens of children feared buried under a Mexico City school, among hundreds of buildings destroyed by the country's most lethal earthquake in a generation.

Minister of Interior, Dambazau, denies threatening to kill IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu

The Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, has denied reports that he threatened to kill the leader of the Indigenous people of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.

Health minister separates siamese twins

In most countries, health ministers are seen as bureaucrats more interested in paperwork than medical miracles.

VIDEO: Grace Mugabe’s son celebrates his 2 newly acquired Rolls Royce 'worth £4m' in bankrupt Zimbabwe

The eldest son of Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe has imported two Rolls Royce limousines into the bankrupt country.

After model assault, Mugabe's son goes on shopping spree in New York (PHOTOS)

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s son who was in the news last month when his mother  assaulted a 20-year-old South African model, was spotted in New York on Tuesday on a shopping spree.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Grace Mugabe's son buys 2 Rolls Royce (PHOTOS)

Despite Zimbabwe’s economic crisis, Grace Mugabe’s oldest son, Russell Goreraza, 33, from her first marriage, reportedly imported two Rolls Royce limousines into Harare on Sunday.

Imo Governor Okorocha owing workers salaries celebrates birthday with 27 cakes (PHOTOS)

Imo state Governor Rochas Okorocha who has not paid workers and pensioners for months is celebrating his birthday with 27 cakes.

Nigerian Airforce joins Operation Python Dance II in Southeast (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has joined the Operation Python Dance II campaign in the Southeast by deploying its air assets in support of the ground troops.

'At least 49 dead' after earthquake rocks Mexico City (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

At least 49 people were killed when a powerful earthquake rocked Mexico on Tuesday, toppling buildings in the capital and sowing panic on the anniversary of a devastating 1985 temblor.

Trump threatens to 'totally destroy' North Korea 'if forced to’

President Donald Trump warned Tuesday that the United States is ready to "totally destroy" North Korea and vowed to confront Iran's "murderous regime" over its weapons program.

BREAKING: 7.1 magnitude earthquake rocks Mexico City

A 7.1 magnitude earthquake has hit central Mexico, the US Geological Survey has said, on the anniversary of a 1985 quake that caused major damage, and 11 days after a huge temblor killed 96 people.

Our faith in democracy remains firm and unshaken - President Buhari tells the world

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured the international community of Nigeria’s firm and unshaken commitment to democracy in the country and the African continent.

Tanzanian newspaper, Mwanahalisi, suspended for 2 years for 'insulting president'

An independent Tanzanian newspaper has been suspended for two years, a government spokesman said Tuesday, accusing the publication of sedition and endangering national security.

FULL TEXT: President Buhari's Speech At UN General Assembly 2017

 Mr. President,
 Fellow Heads of State and Government,
 Mr. Secretary-General,
 Distinguished Delegates,
 Ladies and Gentlemen,

On behalf of my country, Nigeria, I congratulate you Mr. President on your election and Mr. Gutteres on his first General Assembly outing as our Secretary-General. I assure you both of my country’s solidarity and cooperation. You will indeed need the cooperation of all member States as we are meeting during extra-ordinarily troubled and dangerous times. Let me also thank former Secretary-General Mr. Ban ki Moon for his service to the United Nations and wish him peaceful retirement. 

EFCC recovers over N430 billion from treasury looters in 8 months

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has disclosed that the sum of over N430 billion in different currencies was recovered by the agency from January through August this year from those who looted the treasury. 

LIVE VIDEO: President Buhari addresses UN General Assembly

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently addressing the gathering of world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly.

Nigeria's Amina Yuguda wins BBC World News Komla Dumor award

A journalist from north-eastern Nigeria has won the third BBC World News Komla Dumor Award.

Genocide: French, Rwandan presidents hold rare meeting amid tense diplomatic ties

Rwandan President Paul Kagame has met with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in New York for rare talks, Kigali said Tuesday, as diplomatic ties remain icy over the 1994 genocide.

CJN creates special court for corruption, financial crime cases

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen has directed heads of the divisions of courts to establish a special court for corruption and financial crime cases.

Monday, September 18, 2017

BREAKING: ASUU announces ‘conditional suspension’ of strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has announced a conditional suspension of it nationwide industrial action.

Diezani: EFCC uncovers $1.5 billion loot in Swiss bank, mansions in Dubai

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has traced about $1.5billion believed to be proceeds of crime to a Swiss account as part of the ongoing probe of former Oil Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke.

Togo ruling party calls rally to counter opposition

Togo's ruling presidential party on Monday urged supporters to take to the streets to coincide with planned opposition demonstrations against the slow pace of political reform.

UN gives top prize to Nigerian lawyer who negotiated with Boko Haram to release over 100 Chibok girls

A Nigerian lawyer who helped secure the release of more than 100 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram was on Monday awarded one of the United Nations' top prizes.

Proscription of IPOB, categorisation as terrorist organization are ‘unconstitutional’ – Senate President

Nigeria’s Senate President Bukola Saraki on Monday said the categorisation of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist organisation by the Nigerian military and its subsequent proscription by the Southeast governors were “unconstitutional and does not follow due process.”

Wayne Rooney banned from driving for 2 years, given 100 hours' community service

Former England captain Wayne Rooney was Monday banned from driving for two years and ordered to perform 100 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty to drink driving.

Explosions rock Borno, 15 killed, 43 others injured

At least 15 people were killed on Monday when two suicide bombers struck civilians receiving aid in northeast Nigeria, a rescue worker and a member of the civilian militia told AFP.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Police confirm officer killed, 59 IPOB members arrested, to face murder, arson charges

At least one person, a police officer, has been confirmed dead after an attack by suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Abia State, the police have said.

In election battle, Germany's first African-born black MP, Karamba Diaby, fights hate

He has been beaten up, received death threats and hundreds of insulting emails, but Karamba Diaby is not one to give up.

Kuwait gives North Korean ambassador one month to leave

US ally Kuwait has given North Korea's ambassador a month to leave the Gulf state and will downgrade its diplomatic representation with Pyongyang, a senior Kuwaiti diplomat told AFP Sunday.

Keeping It Real With Adeola - 279 (Biafra: Nigerian Army Declares IPOB A Terrorist Group; Togo Protests)

In this episode, Nigerian army invades the home of Biafran leader, Nnamdi Kanu, declares IPOB (Indigenous People Of Biafra) a terrorist group.

Togo continues revolutionary protest to end 50-year-rule of the Gnassingbe family.

Army to launch Operation Crocodile in South-South, South-West

As Operation Python Dance in the South-East region continues to generate controversy, the Nigerian Army said on Saturday that it would launch an operation, Crocodile Smile II, which would cover the South-South region and some parts of the South-West.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

“Terrorist group IPOB is just an ATM for Nnamdi Kanu" - Buhari’s aide, Lauretta Onochie

Personal Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie, on Saturday described the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a “terrorist organization” that is “nothing short of an ATM for Nnamdi Kanu.”

Minister disguises as patient, catches corrupt hospital workers collecting bribe before treatment (VIDEO)

Uganda’s health minister disguised herself as a patient and caught two medical workers demanding a bribe for free government services.

Open Letter To President Muhammadu Buhari On IPOB - By Charly Boy

My President: I bear my heart out in this letter with great respect and humility. Often times I wonder if you read any of my open letters. However, I write this open letter so fellow Nigerians will understand the ache in my heart.

We don't need international help in handling IPOB crisis – Foreign Affairs Minister

Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, says the country does not require any international help to curtail any threats posed by the Independent Peoples of Biafra (IPOB).

Video shows ‘drunk’ 19-yr-old stumbling around hotel kitchen into the freezer where she died

Newly released surveillance video shows Kenneka Jenkins stumbling around the hallways and kitchen of the hotel where she was found dead inside of the walk-in freezer hours later.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Biafra: Our Dear Army, Please Cool Temper - By Dele Momodu

Fellow Nigerians, let me confess my admiration for security forces generally. It is not just because of the cleanliness and crispiness of their uniform or the famed discipline that they imbue in their members. It is because I find their job too risky. I often wonder why any man or woman would voluntarily sign his or her death warrant. For me, they appear more like suicide bombers. As a toddler in the ancient city of Ile-Ife, I remember being told by older people that “soldiers are trained to kill” and we were told to avoid them. The myth flying around included that most of them were recruited without having much education. But as I grew up, I began to acquire a special fascination for them, especially the elite squads in the Navy and the Air Force. I would later interact with many soldiers at home and abroad. I love their uniforms, jackboots and in particular their menacing guns.

Southeast governors ban IPOB

The South East Governors’ Forum has announced the proscription of activities of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB).

Biafra: President Buhari must meet Nnamdi Kanu - Obasanjo

Nigeria’s former President Olusegun Obasanjo says President Muhammadu Buhari must meet with Biafran secessionist leader Nnamdi Kanu before violence between the army and separatists escalates into a full-blown conflict.