Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Study highlights high death risk for Africa twins

One in five children born with a twin sibling in sub-Saharan Africa dies before the age of five -- three times the rate among singletons, said a study Thursday.

Ethiopia shuts off mobile internet nationwide without explanation

Ethiopia said on Wednesday it had deactivated mobile internet service, but offered no explanation for the countrywide outage that also briefly affected the African Union headquarters and a massive UN facility.

Nigeria to teach Maths, Science subjects in Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo, other indigenous languages

The Federal Government says primary and secondary schools in the country will soon start teaching Mathematics and Science subjects in indigenous languages.

10 killed, police station burnt as Navy, Police clash over superiority in Calabar

Over 10 persons were feared killed and several others injured when Naval personnel and police men clashed in Calabar, Cross River State Akim police Station opposite a military Barracks.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Trump gives out unsecured personal cell phone number to world leaders, asks them to call him directly

President Donald Trump has been handing out his cellphone number to world leaders and urging them to call him directly, an unusual invitation that breaks diplomatic protocol and is raising concerns about the security and secrecy of the U.S. commander in chief’s communications.

North Korea threat: U.S. launches first missile-intercept test

The U.S. military said on Tuesday it had staged a successful, first-ever missile defense test involving a simulated attack by an intercontinental ballistic missile, as concerns mount over North Korea's advancing missile and nuclear program.

Osinbajo signs new laws to help small businesses: Movable assets now collateral

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday signed new laws that would compel banks to accept movable assets as collateral with which to issue loans to Micro Small and Medium Enterprises as well as other Nigerians.

Senate finally passes Buhari’s anti-corruption bill

The Nigerian Senate has approved and passed the Bill on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters between Nigeria and other Foreign States.

Senegal's ex-president in new power bid at 91

Senegal's former president Abdoulaye Wade, aged 91, will head a list of opposition candidates for parliament in an election to take place on July 30, according to aides.

AUDIO: Senator Dino Melaye 'caught on tape bribing tribunal Judge Akoh Ikpeme'

An audio tape obtained by Saharareporters has revealed how Nigerian Senator Dino Melaye compromised Justice Akon Ikpeme, the tribunal judge who handled his election case in 2015.

PHOTOS: Residents shut down South East Nigeria as they obey Biafra leader's "Sit at home" order

Shops, schools and businesses were shut in southeast Nigeria on Tuesday, 50 years to the day since an independent republic of Biafra was declared, sparking a brutal civil war.

Democracy, Biafra and a sense of history - By Reuben Abati

It is sad that many Nigerians today talk glibly about the possibility of a coup or of military intervention in politics. They make it seem as if this democracy is something we can exchange for something else. We need to be reminded, as we celebrate democracy day 2017, how we got to this very moment, and how precious democracy is to us as a sovereign people. From 1966 to 1999 (with the short break of civilian rule from 1979 – 1983) the military dominated the political landscape in Nigeria. It was eighteen years ago yesterday when our country returned to civilian rule.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Rwanda to pre-approve all social media posts from presidential candidates

There will be no spur of the moment Twitter rants by Rwanda's presidential candidates, as the election commission has ruled that it must pre-approve all of their social media updates.

Kenya unveils $3.2 billion first new railway in a century (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

More than a century after a colonial railway gave birth to modern Kenya, the country is betting on a new Chinese-built route to cement its position as the gateway to East Africa.

FULL TEXT, VIDEO: Acting President Osinbajo's 2017 Democracy Day Address To Nigerians

Dear Nigerians, I bring you good wishes from President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, who as we all know is away from the country on medical vacation.

Be ready to make sacrifices to rescue the country from decay - Osinbajo tells Nigerians

The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Sunday urged Nigerians to be prepared to make sacrifices to rescue the country from decay and make it great.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

How Chaplain was sacked, thrown out of residence a day after Governor Ambode’s wife 'left Church in anger'

The Presiding Chaplain of Chapel of Christ the Light in Alausa, Lagos State, Venerable Femi Taiwo, has been sacked allegedly on the orders of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode 24 hours after he (Taiwo) allegedly angered the Governor’s wife, Bolanle, during an anointing service on May 14.

Algeria's President sacks minister 3 days after appointment over 'fake diploma, criminal record'

Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika sacked his tourism minister Sunday days after he was appointed to the post, the presidency said, with one television channel claiming he had a criminal record.

Biafra: a painful chapter in Nigeria's history

Fifty years ago, the Igbo people of southeast Nigeria seceded, declaring an independent Republic of Biafra and sparking a brutal civil war that left about one million people dead.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Arsenal wins record 13th FA Cup

Aaron Ramsey scored a 79th-minute header to earn Arsenal a stunning 2-1 win over Double-chasing Chelsea on Saturday and deliver embattled manager Arsene Wenger a record seventh FA Cup.

PHOTOS: Acting President Osinbajo joins Donald Trump, other world leaders at G7 Summit in Italy

Nigeria’s acting president Yemi Osinbajo on Saturday joined some world leaders for the ongoing G7 Summit holding in Italy.

President Buhari and the Battle for Nigeria - By Dele Momodu

Fellow Nigerians, let’s call a spade a spade, and not by any other name today. I’m seriously perturbed that while our dear President is indisposed, for now, some of his so-called friends are only interested in consolidating themselves in power. I think President Muhammadu Buhari deserves better than this. Hate him or love him, President Buhari remains one of the most honest Nigerians alive today. Not even his worst enemy would accuse him of being a corrupt leader. As a prominent Nigerian businessman once told us: “I can’t imagine anyone discussing deals with President Buhari… The atmosphere would not be conducive…” We all concur to that.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Unemployed graduates angry, ask Osinbajo to reverse secret recruitments

Unemployed graduates in Nigeria have expressed anger and disappointment with the secret recruitments carried out by government agencies since the All Progressives Congress came to power in 2015, asking the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo to reverse them.

Ethiopia jails journalist Getachew Shiferaw for talking to dissident

Getachew Shiferaw. Photo credit: Ethiopian Press (Twitter)

Ethiopian journalist Getachew Shiferaw was sentenced to 18 months in prison Friday for speaking to a dissident, capping a case that rights groups have called an assault on press freedom.

20 boats carrying thousands of migrants trying to reach Europe spotted on Friday - Libya navy

At least 20 boats carrying thousands of migrants on their way to Italy were spotted on Friday off the coast of the western city of Sabratha, the Libyan navy said.

PHOTOS: Acting President Osinbajo makes surprise stop at Garki market, interacts with traders

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday made a surprise stop at Garki market in Abuja to feel the pulse of Nigerians.

Jos court sentences 2 men to death by hanging for stealing motorcycle

A Jos High Court on Friday sentenced two men, Abdulahi Saidu and Mohammed Salihu, to death by hanging for robbing a man of his motorcycle and N20, 000 cash.

3 Nigerians jailed 235 years in US for online scamming

Three Nigerian scammers who befriended many of their victims on dating sites have been slammed  huge prison sentences by a Mississippi court after making tens of millions of dollars from their schemes.

Burundi orders cohabiting couples to get married by end of the year or face legal consequences

Unmarried couples have until the end of the year to legalise their relationships, the Burundi government said Friday, as part of an effort to reform morals in the country.

After trying to conceive for 17 years, Nigerian couple welcome sextuplets, 3 boys, 3 girls in US (PHOTOS)

A couple who tried to conceive for 17 years got everything they wished for and more when they welcomed sextuplets into the world at VCU Medical Center in Virginia.

24 killed, 27 injured as gunmen 'in military uniforms' open fire on Christians in Egypt's El-Minya

Gunmen attacked a bus carrying Egyptian Christians south of the capital on Friday, killing at least 24 people and injuring 27 others, the spokesman for Egypt's health ministry told state TV.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Man lynched for urinating near mosque in Abuja

An angry mob on Thursday lynched a man for allegedly urinating near a mosque at Jiwa area of Abuja. 

Biafra at 50: We are greater together than apart - By Acting President Osinbajo

Text of a speech by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo at a colloquium marking the 50th anniversary of the outbreak of Nigeria’s Biafra War

Introspection is probably what separates us from beasts. That ability to learn from history is perhaps the greatest defence from the avoidable pain of learning from experience, when history is a much gentler and kinder teacher.

N3b Scam: EFCC confiscates properties, Bank accounts of Ex-President Jonathan's godson, George Turnah (PHOTOS)

The Economic And Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has taken over some bank accounts and properties traced to a former Special Adviser to Dan Abia, erstwhile managing director of Niger Delta Commission, NDDC, Mr. George Turnah.

Nigeria approves closure of 5 foreign missions and embassies

The Federal Government has approved the closure of five foreign missions and embassies, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama said.

Ethiopian opposition politician Yonatan Tesfaye jailed for 6 years for Facebook posts

Ethiopian opposition politician Yonatan Tesfaye has been sentenced to more than six years after being found guilty of encouraging terrorism for comments he made on Facebook, the Addis Standard reports.

Buhari 'regains strength', awaiting doctor’s nod to return to Nigeria

Ailing President Muhammadu Buhari has regained his strength, significantly improved, and awaiting his doctor’s nod to return to Nigeria.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

VIDEO: Ghanaian prophet Nana Poku heals woman with kissing during service

A South African-based Ghanaian prophet, Nana Poku, has been filmed locking lips with a female member of his congregation during a healing session.

Egypt blocks 21 news sites, including Al Jazeera

Egypt blocked several media websites on Wednesday including those belonging to the Qatari Al-Jazeera news channel and an opposition television station based in Turkey, a security official said.

VIDEO/PICTURES: How late Karabo Mokoena, 22, was violently beaten for 7 months - family & friends speak out

In this video by eNCA's CheckPoint, Karabo Mokoena’s mother, brother, and friend speak out on the abuses that marked Karabo's seven-month relationship with her killer boyfriend, Sandile Matsoe.

Father and brother of Manchester bomber Salman Abedi arrested in Libya (PHOTOS)

Salman Abedi. Photo credit: Dailymail

The father and the younger brother of the suicide bomber who killed 22 people at a concert venue in Manchester have been arrested in Tripoli, a spokesman for a local counter-terrorism force said on Wednesday.

$9.8 million scandal: Court grants Andrew Yakubu permission to travel abroad for medical treatment

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday granted Andrew Yakubu, former Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) permission to travel abroad for medical treatment.

Over 30 migrants, mostly toddlers, drown as 200 fall from overcrowded boat on their way to Europe (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

More than 30 migrants including young children drowned Wednesday when they fell off an overloaded vessel in the Mediterranean, where tensions are rising between aid ships and the Libyan coast guard.

Mugabe's daughter appointed to Zimbabwe censor board, to regulate social media

President Robert Mugabe’s daughter Bona Chikore has been appointed to the Zimbabwe board of censors, state media reported Wednesday, the latest family member to take up an official role.

Trump calls North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un ‘madman with nuclear weapons’

President Donald Trump called North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un a “madman with nuclear weapons” during a telephone call with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, according to a transcript of the conversation released by US media Tuesday.

Evander Holyfield visits Gov. Ambode, donates $3m health facilities to Lagos State (PHOTOS)

Former world Boxing Champion, Evander Holyfield, on Wednesday said that his foundation would donate health facilities worth three million dollars to Lagos State.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Keeping It Real With Adeola - 263 (From Tragedy To Triumph: How A Nigerian Lady Made It To WNBA)

This week on Keeping It Real, Senator Dino Melaye launches his book on corruption.

The students of Tai Solarin University challenge the governor of Ogun State.

Man admits to trying to sell satellite secrets to Russia 'because he needed to pay for wife's medical treatment'

Federal authorities say a California man who worked as an engineer for a defence contractor has pleaded guilty to attempting to sell sensitive information used in military and commercial satellites to Russia.

How a pastor I trusted defrauded me of N918million - Atiku’s wife

Titi Atiku, wife of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, on Tuesday told an Ikeja High Court that she trusted a business partner who allegedly defrauded her of N918 million because of his status as a pastor.

Coup scare: Customs discover another container-load of arms in Lagos port

The Nigerian Customs says it has discovered another container-load of arms at the Tin Can Island Port in Lagos.