Saturday, December 31, 2016

President Buhari initiates moves for orderly transition in Gambia





Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has activated a process of ensuring orderly transition of power in The Gambia in discharge of his mandate as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) mediator in the political impasse in the country.
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PHOTOS: Buhari receives Shekau's personal Quran and Boko Haram's flag captured by Nigerian Army



The Nigerian Army on Friday night in Abuja hosted President Muhammadu Buhari to Guards Brigade Regimental Dinner and presented to him the captured Boko Haram flag and Quran.
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Friday, December 30, 2016

Russia-US row: Trump praises Putin for response to US sanctions



US President-elect Donald Trump has praised Russian President Vladimir Putin for his decision to delay his response to President Obama's sanctions.
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Russia responds to US sanctions, promises to retaliate in a huge way


Putin and Obama. Photo credit: Getty

President Barack Obama took unprecedented steps Thursday to retaliate against alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election, prompting vows from Russian authorities that Moscow will respond in kind.
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Thursday, December 29, 2016

"Mere propaganda" - Nigerian Army releases statement on new Boko Haram video featuring Shekau



The Nigerian Army has reacted to the newly released video by Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau in which it debunked Nigerian government's claims that the terror group has been crushed and flushed out of its Sambisa forest stronghold.
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Leaked AUDIO: 'Kill everybody you can kill'- Gov. Wike to Fayose during post-election phonecall



A leaked audio tape has surfaced online in which Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and his counterpart in Ekiti State, Governor Ayodele Fayose, celebrate Mr. Wike’s sharp maneuvers during the December 10, 2016 rerun of legislative elections in Rivers State.
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VIDEO: Shekau surfaces, says Boko Haram not crushed



Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has appeared in a new video to debunk Nigeria’s government claims that the group has been crushed and flushed out of its Sambisa forest stronghold.
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Shekau surfaces in new video, says Boko Haram not crushed



Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has appeared in a new video to debunk Nigeria’s government claims that the group has been crushed and flushed out of its Sambisa forest stronghold.
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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

France’s President Hollande pardons abused woman who killed husband



French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday pardoned a woman who killed her abusive husband, allowing her to walk free from jail where she was serving a 10-year sentence.
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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Keeping It Real With Adeola - Eps. 244 (James Ibori Released From Prison; How To Prevent/Stop Domestic Abuse)



This week on Keeping It Real, former Governor of Delta State, James Ibori is released after serving four years in a UK Prison.

A Nigerian woman in the US gets four years in Prison for stabbing and killing her husband.
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Nigerian govt prevents freed Chibok girls from celebrating Christmas with their families



Kidnapped girls freed from more than two years of captivity by Boko Haram Islamic extremists were prevented by Nigerian officials from spending Christmas at home with their families, relatives and a lawyer said Tuesday.
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Bill seeking equal inheritance for male and female children is un-Islamic - Sultan



The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, on Tuesday said the bill before the senate seeking equality in inheritance was against Islamic religion and, therefore, unacceptable to Muslims.
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Nigeria sacks 50,000 ghost workers, saves N200bn in 2016




The Federal government says it got rid of 50,000 ghost workers from its payroll and subsequently saved Nigeria a huge amount of N200 billion in 2016.
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30 Ugandan football players and fans drown on Lake Albert when party boat capsizes (PHOTOS)



At least 30 Ugandan members of a village football team and their fans drowned on Sunday when their boat capsized on Lake Albert during a party, police said Monday.
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Monday, December 26, 2016

N74m rent for Presidential Villa, N94m for tyres, N396m for cars... shocking details of Nigeria's 2017 budget



Shocking details have emerged from Nigeria's 2017 budget presented to the national assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, promising economic recovery.
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Obama says he could have defeated Trump; Trump fires back



Outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama said he could have defeated Republican Donald Trump in the November 8 presidential election if he had run against him.
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Sambisa forest to serve as training ground for Nigerian army after 'Boko Haram defeat' – Army Chief



The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Monday said Sambisa forest would serve as training ground for personnel of the Nigerian Army as from 2017.
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Saturday, December 24, 2016

23-year-old Gambian woman shot dead at work in Wisconsin




The Gambian community in Madison Wisconsin has been hit with tragedy after a 23-year-old lady, Fatoumata Jallow, who moved to the U.S. a few months ago, was shot dead while at work.
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Friday, December 23, 2016

'No court' can cancel Adama Barrow's win - Gambia opposition



The Gambia's opposition coalition vowed Friday to ensure that president-elect Adama Barrow is sworn in in January, despite President Yahya Jammeh threatening to hold on to power unless the Supreme Court orders him to step down.
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Buhari didn't attend Enugu summit because it was close to Christmas, not for fear of the unknown - Presidency



Contrary to media reports alleging that President Muhammadu Buhari snubbed the recent South-East Economic and Security Summit in Enugu following threats from Biafran members, the presidency on Friday said the president did not attend the summit because of the closeness of the date to Christmas.
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Egyptian and Ugandan presidential guards exchange blows at State House (VIDEO)



Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s bodyguards fought with the security forces of his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni on Sunday during an official state visit by Egypt's President, leaked footage released on social media shows.
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Libyan plane hijack: Hijackers give themselves up, ask for asylum in Malta (PHOTOS)



Gaddafi supporters who hijacked a Libyan plane on Friday and diverted it to Malta have surrendered to authorities, officials said.
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‘West African forces ready to force Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh out’



West Africa's regional bloc has put standby forces on alert in case Gambian president Yahya Jammeh does not step down when his mandate ends on Jan. 19, ECOWAS commission president Marcel de Souza said.
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Libyan plane with 118 people on board hijacked, diverted to Malta (PHOTOS, VIDEO)



A passenger plane with 118 people on board was hijacked over Libya and forced to land in Malta after two men reportedly threatened to blow up a hand grenade.
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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Don't let Nigeria end up like Zimbabwe - Ex-CBN director tells Buhari



A former director of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Prof. Akpan Ekpo, has warned the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari not to allow the economic situation deteriorate to the level of Zimbabwe.
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Diamond ring shame: Zimbabwe judge orders Grace Mugabe to return seized property



A Zimbabwean court has ordered President Robert Mugabe’s wife to return three properties she seized from a local businessman in a messy dispute over a $1.35-million diamond ring, a lawyer said Thursday.
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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Provide information about looted funds, get 5% of recovered loots - FG tells Nigerians



Nigeria's government has approved a policy that will see whistleblowers paid for exposing corruption.
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James Ibori released from UK prison



Former governor of Delta State, Chief James Onanefe Ibori has been released from prison. He was released a few minutes past noon upon a court order.
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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Protests erupt in Congo as President Kabila clings to power, soldiers open fire on civilians


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Security forces fired live bullets, teargas and arrested youths gathered in the streets of Kinshasa on Tuesday to demand that Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila step down after his mandate expired overnight.
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Monday, December 19, 2016

Keeping It Real With Adeola 243 - (Nigerian Church Collapses, 200 Dead; Jammeh Rejects Election Result)


   This week on Keeping It Real, Yahya Jammeh of Gambia cancels the 2016 election after conceding defeat.
A fake American embassy in Ghana operated successfully for ten years before it was busted.

After a Nigerian Pastor ignores stop-work order, his Church collapses killing about 200 people.
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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Tensions mount in DR Congo as end of President Kabila's term nears


President Kabila. Photo by Reuters/Tiksa Negeri

Security forces patrolled the tense streets of Kinshasa on Sunday after the suspension of last-ditch talks to find a peaceful way out of the nation's political crisis sparked by the end of President Joseph Kabila's mandate.
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Buhari orders investigation of top government officials accused of corruption



President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Attorney General of the Federation to investigate the involvement of any top government officials accused of corruption, adding that "If any of them are liable they will not escape prosecution."
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At least 20 dead in DR Congo gold mine collapse - minister



At least 20 people were killed in a gold mine collapse in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a local minister said on Sunday.
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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Gambia: We will not allow you stay longer than January 18 - ECOWAS tells Jammeh



West African leaders, under the aegis of ECOWAS, have sent an unmistakable signal to President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia that they would not allow him to stay longer than 18 January in power.
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More pictures from Zahra Buhari’s wedding



Nigeria's First Lady, Aisha Buhari, on Saturday released more pictures from her daughter's wedding to Ahmed Indimi.
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Recession: NBTE boss projects more job loss


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Dr Adamu Kazaure, the Executive Secretary for the National Board for Technical Education (NABTE), has said that more jobs losses were probably on the way as Nigeria fights harder to end the economic recession.
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Friday, December 16, 2016

PHOTOS: President Buhari's daughter, Zahra, weds Ahmed Indimi



Zahra, the daughter of Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari got married to Ahmed, son of billionaire businessman, Mohammed Indimi on Friday.
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Nigerian man produces cars according to customer’s spec in Imo State (PHOTOS)



A Nigerian man who reportedly has a catalog of various car designs and specifications and builds them according to customers taste has unveiled a new automobile in his workshop in Owerri, Imo State.
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Hillary Clinton blames Russia's Putin, FBI for her election loss



Hillary Clinton blames Russian President Vladimir Putin, who had a “personal beef” against her, and a late-hour FBI intervention over her email scandal for her loss to Donald Trump in the US election, a newspaper reported Friday.
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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Gambian President-elect Adama Barrow 'to declare himself president'



The Gambia's President-elect Adama Barrow has told the BBC that he will declare himself president on 18 January if Yahya Jammeh does not step down.
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92-year-old Mugabe to stand in 2018 Zimbabwe election



Zimbabwe's ruling party says the country's 92-year-old president, Robert Mugabe, is certain to be endorsed as the party's presidential candidate for elections in 2018.
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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Buhari orders immediate payment of Super Falcons’ allowances




President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the immediate payment of all outstanding allowances and bonuses being owed the Super Falcons, an official said on Wednesday in Abuja.
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ECOWAS says ‘could send troops’ if Yahya Jammeh refuses to go



Military intervention in The Gambia is "possible" if President Yahya Jammeh does not step down after having lost elections, the head of the West African regional bloc ECOWAS has said.
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FULL TEXT: President Buhari's address at Presentation of 2017 Budget



SPEECH OF H.E. PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI ON THE 2017 BUDGET OF RECOVERY AND GROWTH AT JOINT SESSION OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY 14TH DECEMBER 2016

Protocols

1. It is my pleasure to present the 2017 Budget Proposals to this distinguished Joint Assembly: the Budget of Recovery and Growth.

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As ex-military ruler, we need Buhari's experience to unseat Jammeh - Gambia's Coalition



The coalition of seven political parties that produced Adama Barrow, President-elect of The Gambia, looks earnestly up to President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria to deploy his vast experience, alongside other African leaders, to resolve the political logjam in the West African country.
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PHOTOS: Super Falcons protest unpaid allowances at National Assembly, Presidential Villa




Nigeria's victorious women's football team, Super Falcons, on Wednesday protested outside parliament and  the presidential in Abuja over unpaid win bonuses.
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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

African leaders fail to reach a deal with Gambia's Yahya Jammeh



Gambian President Yahya Jammeh's ruling party challenged his defeat in a Dec. 1 election at the Supreme Court on Tuesday as West African leaders failed to reach a deal that would see him accept the result and end a deepening political crisis.
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Man drinks insecticide in Otukpo over alleged crash of MMM, 2 weeks to his wedding



A soon-to-wed man simply identified as Adakole is currently between life and death after allegedly taking insecticide following the alleged crash of Ponzi scheme, Mavrodi Mondial Moneybox, famously known as MMM.
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Gambia: Yahya Jammeh was very receptive to mediators - President Buhari



Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari said on Tuesday that Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh had been very receptive to a delegation of West African leaders who were expected to urge the long-ruling leader to step aside following election defeat.
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PHOTOS: President Buhari, Sirleaf, Mahama meet Gambia's President-elect, Adama Barrow



A team of ECOWAS leaders on Tuesday met Gambia’s President-elect, Adama Barrow in Banjul, the country’s capital.
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