Monday, July 31, 2017

Corruption scandal: Malawi issues warrant of arrest for former president Joyce Banda

Malawi police on Monday issued an arrest warrant for former president Joyce Banda in connection with the country's "Cashgate" corruption scandal, which involved large-scale looting of government coffers.

Trump removes Anthony Scaramucci as communications director after 10 days

President Trump has decided to remove Anthony Scaramucci from his position as communications director, three people close to the decision told New York Times on Monday, relieving him just days after Mr. Scaramucci unloaded a crude verbal tirade against other senior members of the president’s senior staff.

Top Kenya election official tortured, murdered days to general elections

A senior Kenyan election official was found murdered on Monday, three days after he went missing, poll officials said, as opposition leaders warned the killing could plunge next week's national vote into turmoil.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

House approves $1.6 billion down payment for Trump's border wall

The House passed a $788 billion spending bill Thursday that combines a $1.6 billion down payment for President Donald Trump's controversial border wall with Mexico with a whopping budget increase for the Pentagon.

How Obasanjo knelt to beg Gaddafi, used me to wreck Atiku’s presidential ambition – Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has made some of the most far-reaching revelations yet about the years in office of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Boko Haram attack on oil exploration team in Borno killed 48

An attack on a Nigerian oil exploration team by Boko Haram Islamist militants killed at least 48 people, hospital and military officials in the northeast city of Maiduguri said.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos surpasses Bill Gates to become the richest man in the world

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos on Thursday became the world's richest person, as a jump in the share price of the US tech giant enabled him to overtake Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Forbes magazine estimated.

Grace Mugabe urges ageing husband to name successor

Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe on Thursday challenged her president husband Robert to name his preferred successor to end deepening divisions over the future leadership of the ruling ZANU-PF party, state television said in an online report.

Real heroes! How 9 soldiers gave their lives to rescue 10 civilians from Boko Haram

The Nigerian Army on Wednesday said it lost 9 of its men and a civilian while rescuing the 10 NNPC staff kidnapped by suspected Boko Haram terrorists in Borno on Tuesday.

Constitution amendment: Senate restricts vice president, deputy governors

Nigerian Senate on Wednesday amended a section of the constitution to restrict a vice president or deputy governor who serves out the tenure of his or her principal in office, in the event of death or permanent incapacitation, to one fresh term of four years.

Osinbajo launches world’s biggest fertiliser plant in Port Harcourt

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday visited Port Harcourt to inaugurate the world’s biggest fertiliser plant built by Indorama Eleme Fertilizer and Chemicals Limited.

Tunisia votes to 'end all violence' against women

Tunisia's parliament on Wednesday passed a bill designed to "end all violence against women", strengthening protection and help for victims in a move welcomed by rights groups.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Nigerian Senate backs plans to reduce power of presidency, boost the legislature

Nigeria's upper house of parliament backed a series of constitutional amendments on Wednesday that could weaken the presidency and boost the legislature, the latest twist in a two-year power struggle between the two institutions.

"Respect our core interests" - China warns Botswana over Dalai Lama visit

Gaborone - Beijing issued a warning to Botswana Wednesday over its plans to host the Dalai Lama next month, asking the African nation to respect China's "core interests".

PHOTOS: Buhari receives second batch of Nigerian governors in London

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in London received another delegation of Nigerian governors.

Stop stealing and start working for the masses - Shettima tells Nigerian governors

Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima has warned Nigerian governors that “what awaits the country will be worse than the Boko Haram insurgency” if they don’t stop looting from the public treasury and focus on enhancing the well-being of the masses.

Transgender people barred from US military - Trump

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that transgender people may not serve “in any capacity” in the US military, citing the “tremendous medical costs and disruption” their presence would cause.

Man cuts his wife’s neck for enrolling for nursing course in U.S.

A woman is nursing injuries at the hospital after her husband allegedly sliced her neck after informing him that her parents had enrolled her for a nursing course in the US.

Finally, Osinbajo swears in two new ministers

Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, has sworn in two new ministers into the federal cabinet two months after being cleared by the Senate.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Keeping It Real With Adeola - 272 (How Diezani, Aluko, Omokore Stole $1.6b; Togo Appease The Spirits Of The Dead)

This week on Keeping It Real, former Nigerian Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke helped Kola Aluko and Jide Omokore steal $1.6 billion.
Adeola shows what the money was spent on and what the money could have been used for in Nigeria.

Nigerian Pastor in Netherlands assaults wife by pushing her down the stairs (PHOTOS)

An Edo born Pastor living in the Netherlands, David Steven, has left his wife, Vivian, battling for her life after he allegedly pushed her down the stairs.

PHOTOS: Nigerian youths protest at National Assembly, demand passage of bill to allow them run for president

Protesters on Tuesday marched to the National Assembly in Abuja to urge lawmakers to vote to reduce the age limit to run for president from 40 to 35.

Parents ask court to let them take Charlie Gard home to die

Charlie Gard's mother returned to a London court Tuesday to ask a judge to let her and the baby's father take their critically ill son home to die.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Canadian man found guilty of polygamy after marrying 25 women and fathering 145 children, faces 5 years

Two former leaders of an isolated polygamous community in Canada were convicted Monday of practicing polygamy after a decades-long legal fight, setting up another potential court battle over the constitutionality of Canada's polygamy laws.

Publisher pulls 'Mandela's Last Years' after outrage from widow

A new book detailing Nelson Mandela's last days has been withdrawn after it was condemned by his outraged widow, publisher Penguin Random House said Monday.

Lagos floods: Ambode gives quit notice to owners of properties blocking drainage channels

In a bid to mitigate the incidence of flooding, the Lagos State Government on Sunday ordered owners of properties erected on drainage channels and impeding the free-flow of water to immediately vacate or risk being removed.

Ex-Biafran commander, Ogbonnaya Oji, dies 3 weeks after the death of his wife

A retired colonel in the Nigerian army, Ogbonnaya Oji, and his wife Mrs. Christiana Oji (Nee Isika), have been announced dead.

Mugabe lavishes sister-in-law with $60,000 birthday gift

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe lavished his sister-in-law with $60,000 on her birthday, state-owned media reported Monday, at a time when the country is running critically short of cash.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Veteran 'Saworoide' actor and poet Adebayo Faleti dies at 86

Veteran Yoruba actor, poet, and writer, Adebayo Faleti, noted for his roles in Tunde Kelani’s Thunderbolt and ‘Saworoide’ has died at the age of 86.

Ailing President Buhari meets with APC Governors in London (PHOTO)

Ailing Nigerian President Muhamadu Buhari on Sunday met with some All Progressives Congress (APC) governors and leaders in London.

U.S. set to go after Diezani Alison-Madueke

A former US State Department Nigeria specialist, Mathew Page, has suggested that a US civil forfeiture case to seize $144 million of assets from two cronies of Diezani Alison-Madueke, may just be the start of her legal troubles with America.

President's new media chief deletes old tweets in which he slammed his 'odd' boss Donald Trump, supported Clinton (PHOTOS)

Donald Trump’s new communications chief has deleted tweets in which he shared views contrary to the US president’s own, saying they were a distraction.

PHOTOS: 106 freed Chibok girls meet their parents again, to start school in September

Parents of the 106 freed Chibok girls met their children again in Abuja on Saturday.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Zambia's opposition leader arrested after overtaking president’s motorcade marks 100 days in jail

Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema who was arrested after his convoy overtook president's motorcade, has expressed concern over what he described as "inhuman prison conditions", as he marked 100 days in prison since being incarcerated.

ECOWAS leaders call for West African birth rate to be halved

Senior politicians in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Saturday called for measures to cut the birth rate in the region in order to bring the population explosion there under control.

"Children of politicians should attend schools in Nigeria," Fayose says as his son graduates from Covenant University

Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has called on Nigerian politicians to invest in the country's education sector, expressing belief that a Nigerian university can one day emerge best in the world with proper funding.

ISIS fighters dress up as women with make-up and padded bras in desperate bid to flee Mosul (PHOTOS)

ISIS fighters have dressed up as women and caked their faces in makeup in a bid to avoid being caught by Iraqi authorities after losing their stronghold in Mosul.

'Home Alone' actor John Heard found dead at California hotel

Actor John Heard, best known for playing the father in the "Home Alone" movie series, has died at 72.

How 100 men died, 70 others rendered impotent after sex with me - Ghanaian Prostitute

A 36-year-old Ghanaian sex worker has said that more than 100 of her clients have died and no fewer than 70 others rendered impotent after a Nigerian woman introduced her to the business.

PHOTOS: Massive trash-filled flood hits Akobi and Randle Ave, Surulere in Lagos

Lagos residents were on Saturday shocked to see their roads filled with water and massive trash after heavy rainfall.

Nigerians wishing ailing Buhari dead will reap what they sow - President's aide Femi Adesina

Special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, has urged Nigerians 'overtaken by hate against the president to remain hateful still' as a day is coming when everyone will reap just what he has sown.

'The fact that US can produce a Trump in this day and age, they're as human as Africa' - Obasanjo

Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo has said that there was some good in United States President Donald Trump's election because "the fact that America can produce a Trump in this day and age, it means Americans are as human as we are", adding that Trump has come so America can be humbled.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Now Our Youths Are Crying And Kicking - By Dele Momodu

Fellow Nigerians, I didn’t know whether to cry or laugh when I got a call early this week from Ambassador Dayo Israel, one of the brightest youths I had mentored in my own modest way some years ago. It was a plaintive cry for help after the debacle of a failed local government chairmanship aspiration bid and the death knell of the campaign for youth emancipation in the Senate.

Nigeria’s Army Chief gives his men 40 days to capture Boko Haram leader Shekau, dead or alive

The Chief of Army Staff, Nigerian Army, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, on Friday ordered the Theatre Commander, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, to capture Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau in 40 days, dead or alive.

Angry Mandela’s widow to sue his doctor over book detailing undignified episodes about his last days

Nelson Mandela’s widow on Friday threatened legal action over a book by his personal doctor that laid bare intimate details of his final illness and death in 2013.

India's richest man launches $23 phone with unlimited data

The Indian tycoon who punched his way into the country’s mobile phone industry by starting a carrier with free services took another swing at rivals, unveiling a cheap feature phone with access to unlimited data. Competitors’ shares plunged.

PHOTOS, VIDEO: Biafra’s Nnamdi Kanu defies Governor Wike, shuts down Port Harcourt

A mammoth crowd of Biafrans came out in Oyigbo West, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Friday July 21, 2017, to welcome leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

"They've done much harm to the people" - Mauritania president launches referendum to scrap Senate

Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz launched campaigning Friday for a constitutional referendum boycotted by opposition figures who call the vote a smokescreen to keep the ruling party in power.

Sean Spicer resigns as White House Press Secretary

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has quit, reportedly in protest at a shake-up of the communications team.

Nigeria's national wealth is being drained by a select few - Atiku

Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has thrown his weight behind Nigeria’s restructuring saying that “our national wealth is being drained by a select few instead of building a country for all of us.”