Thursday, August 31, 2017

Trump to donate own $1 million to victims of Hurricane Harvey - White House

President Donald Trump is pledging $1 million in personal money to Harvey storm relief efforts.

Man brutally beats, drags his father's mistress in the middle of the street (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Horrifying video footage shows a man brutally beating up his own father's mistress in the middle of the street in a bid to get revenge on behalf of his mother.

Buhari directs emergency response to Makurdi flooding, sympathies with victims

President Muhammadu Buhari 'has received with great concern' reports of the flooding in Benue State, which, according to early estimates, has affected thousands of homes and displaced more than 100,000 persons in 12 local government areas.

Ethiopian Airline bids to take over Nigeria's Arik Air

Ethiopian Airlines has submitted a formal offer to take charge of troubled carrier Arik Air, which accounts for more than half of Nigerian air passenger traffic.

Britain to cut aid to Nigeria in half

Britain is to halve the amount of money it gives in humanitarian aid to Nigeria over the next few years, says the international development minister.

In video, 2 Indian doctors fight during operation while pregnant patient lies unconscious

Two doctors in India were temporarily released from their duties after a video surfaced of them arguing while standing over a pregnant patient during an operation, their hospital says.

Rwandan presidential hopeful Diane Rwigara disappears after police raid

Diane Rwigara

An opposition figure who was barred from challenging Rwandan President Paul Kagame in last month's election has been "taken" by police, her brother said Thursday, a claim authorities have denied.

Nnamdi Kanu rejects Southeast govs’ plea, insists on Biafra

The leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) headed by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu yesterday rejected the plea of the governors of the Southeast zone of Nigeria during a meeting between the pro-Biafra group and the politicians.

Ethiopian Airline bids to take over Nigeria's Arik Air

Ethiopian Airlines has submitted a formal offer to take charge of troubled carrier Arik Air, which accounts for more than half of Nigerian air passenger traffic.

Flood displaces over 110,000 people in Makurdi

Over 110,000 people in 24 communities including Makurdi, the state capital, have been displaced by flood in recent months, the Benue State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has said.

Nigeria’s corruption caused Buhari’s ill health – APC chieftain

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Modestus Umenzekwe, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s sickness was caused by “the monumental heap of corruption that he met when he assumed duty.”

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Nigeria approves construction of 3,050MW Mambilla electricity project at $5.7 billion

The Federal Executive Council (FEC), presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday approved 5.792 billion dollars (about N1.140trillion) for the construction of the 3,050 megawatts Mambilla Hydro-Power project at Gembu in Taraba.

Cameroon halts 'terror' trial of anglophone leaders

Cameroon's President Paul Biya halted on Wednesday the trial of leaders of the nation's English-speaking community who stand accused of terror-related charges over their fight for Anglophone rights in the French-majority nation.

Chimamanda Adichie honored with 'Doctor of Letters' degree by UK university

Nigerian writer and author Chimamanda Adichie has been honored with the ‘Doctor of Letters’ degree at the University of Edinburgh Scotland, United Kingdom.

South African student goes on spending spree after $1 million was mistakenly deposited into her account

A South African university student's spending spree on clothes, a party and a new smartphone slammed to a halt after it emerged the roughly $1 million fuelling her splurge had been given to her in error.

VIDEO: "Ole (thief)" - Senator Dino Melaye booed offstage by Nigerians in London

This is the moment Nigerians in London boo Senator representing Kogi West senatorial district, Dino Melaye, while addressing them during Notting Hill Carnival 2017.

Despite getting approval, Lagos ministry demolished my property, 15 others, without notification

On August 16, 2017, Adejoke Alabi received a call from her security guard telling her that a group of men from the Lagos State Government Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, along with 36 fully armed policemen and about 50 area boys, took possession of the Lagoon View Estate along Ibeshe Road, Ikordu, Lagos. Soon after, they demolished a total of 16 properties in the area, including those belonging to Mrs. Alabi.

Uber driver nearly jumps into Third Mainland Bridge over N90k debt, leaves suicide note (PHOTOS)

A Uber driver, identified as Hammed Olojo, 31 was on Sunday afternoon restrained by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad on patrol of Third Mainland Bridge from jumping into the Lagoon.

Policemen batter lady for tattooing her body

A woman, Chioma Pius, has accused men of the Rivers State Police Command of assaulting her for having tattoos on her body.

Egypt promotes birth control to fight rapid population growth

Egypt is pushing to educate people in rural areas on birth control and family planning in a bid to slow a population growth rate that President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said poses a threat to national development.

Kidnapper Evans pleads guilty in court (PHOTOS)

The suspected billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, popularly known as Evans, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy and kidnapping before a judge of the Ikeja High Court.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

We plotted Jonathan’s fall in Sokoto - Amaechi

The plots that cost Dr. Goodluck Jonathan the 2015 presidential election were mainly planned, hatched and perfected in Sokoto, the seat of the Caliphate.

19 bodies from Sierra Leone landslide wash up 250km away in Guinea

Authorities in Guinea said Tuesday that they had found at least 19 bodies believed to have washed up from neighbouring Sierra Leone following catastrophic flooding and mudslides there.

Gunmen ambush bus, kidnap 11 passengers in Rivers State

Gunmen abducted 11 people from a bus as they travelled close to Nigeria's southern oil hub Port Harcourt late on Monday, a passenger who escaped from the attack told AFP.

Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church finally opens to Hurricane Harvey victims

Lakewood Church in Houston finally opened its doors on Tuesday, accepting victims of Hurricane Harvey who need a place to shelter following criticisms on social media.

15-year-old Ikeoluwa Abioye scores 9 A1s in WAEC and 305 in JAMB

A 15-year-old Nigerian student got 9 A1s in the 2017 May/June West African Senior School Certificate Examination, WASSCE.

5 Nigerian pilgrims die in Saudi Arabia

Five Nigerian pilgrims to this year’s hajj in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, have died.

South Korea drops 8 bombs near North Korea border, threatens to depose Kim Jong-un (VIDEO)

South Korea has threatened to 'exterminate' North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un if he continues to risk the safety of its population, as Seoul responded to this morning's ballistic missile launch over Japan.

Joel Osteen blasted for closing his megachurch as thousands are displaced by hurricane

Pastor Joel Osteen has been hit with criticism after he closed his Lakewood church to victims of severe floods following hurricane in Texas, saying "we are praying for everyone’s safety."

Monday, August 28, 2017

Pastor butchered, used for pepper soup in Rivers

Pastor Samuel Okpara from Edoha community in Ahoada East, Rivers State, was abducted, killed and used to prepare pepper soup.

North Korea 'fires missile towards Northern Japan, residents warned to take shelter'

North Korea fired a missile that passed over northern Japan early on Tuesday, the Japanese government said.

Nigerian neuroscientist Oshiorenoya Agabi builds computer that can smell explosives, cancer

Nigerian neuroscientist Oshiorenoya Agabi has created a computer chip based on mice neurons that could recognise the smell of explosives.

PHOTOS: Young lady uses recycled tyres to build furniture in Lagos

A young lady simply identified as Banke in Lagos State uses recycled tyres to create beautiful furniture.

Buhari receives briefing, delighted at 'improving state of the economy'

For almost two hours, President Muhammadu Buhari Monday received briefing from the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, and Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele, after which a delighted President declared that he was pleased with the progress being made on different fronts.

‎Court orders permanent forfeiture of N7.6 billion linked to Diezani Alison-Madueke

A Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered permanent forfeiture of N 7, 644, 700, 000.00 belonging to former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, to the Federal Government.

4 years in jail: Kenya imposes world's toughest law against plastic bags

Kenyans producing, selling or even using plastic bags will risk imprisonment of up to four years or fines of $40,000 from Monday, as the world's toughest law aimed at reducing plastic pollution came into effect.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Corrupt leaders should be banned from politics - Niger Governor Abubakar Bello

The Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Bello, has said that if Nigeria must forge ahead, corrupt politicians and civil servants should be barred from participating in politics.

“Tell Buhari that anyone who tries to arrest me will die” – Nnamdi Kanu

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, on Sunday dared President Muhammadu Buhari over attempts to re-arrest him, vowing that anyone who attempts to arrest him would die in the process.

BREAKING: Nigeria's D'Tigress beat Senegal to become African Champion

Nigeria Senior Women’s Basketball team, D’Tigress, on Sunday beat Senegal to be crowned African champions.

"We the leaders, myself inclusive, have failed Nigeria and the younger generation" - Dino Melaye

The lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial district, Senator Dino Melaye, has admitted that Nigerian politicians, including himself, have failed the country and its younger generation.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Buhari’s return: Aso Villa cabal stages a comeback, sidelines Osinbajo

With the return of President Muhammadu Buhari from London, United Kingdom, where he spent 104 days receiving medical treatment, the cabal in the Presidency has again gained control of power and influence, SUNDAY PUNCH has learnt.

Corruption: You can’t go scot free anymore - US warns African looters

The United States has sent a strong warning to corrupt African political office holders, who illegally enrich themselves at the expense of their people, that “if they attempt to use the U.S. financial system to hide their bribe money they will be investigated, held accountable, and punished.”

US jails ex-Guinea minister 7 years, orders him to pay back $8.5m for laundering bribes

Mahmoud Thiam

A former Minister of Mines and Geology of the Republic of Guinea was sentenced to seven years in a US prison on Friday and ordered to pay back $8.5m for laundering bribes paid to him by a Chinese conglomerate in exchange for mining rights.

Keeping It Real With Adeola - 276 (Rats Chase Buhari From Office; 499 Dead In Sierra Leone Mudslide)

This week on Keeping It Real, Nigerians celebrate Buhari's return from London by killing camel and holding parades.

PHOTOS, VIDEO: Police shoot protesters, kill 10-yr-old boy as govt demolish Eke Ukwu market in Owerri

A 10-year-old boy has been reportedly shot dead at Owerri, the Imo state capital, after security men opened fire on protesters during the demolition of popular Eke-Ukwu market.

Man surprises girlfriend with engagement ring in workplace proposal - then punches her in the face when she says no

A 25-year-old man punched his girlfriend in the face when she turned down his marriage proposal.

It would be tragic for Nigeria if Nnamdi Kanu is rearrested - IPOB warns

The Indigenous Peoples Of Biafra (IPOB) has vowed that many tragic events would happen if Nigerian authorities re-arrest its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

The Speech President Buhari Failed To Deliver - By Dele Momodu

Fellow Nigerians, congratulations on the arrival of our dear President Muhammadu Buhari from a prolonged medical vacation. Let’s all raise our voices and thank God for performing what the President himself described as a miracle. “I’ve never been this sick,” the President had repeatedly told well-wishers. Before his sudden departure from Abuja House, the official residence of Nigeria’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, events were getting rough and embarrassing as some aggrieved Nigerians had started making a willow cabin at his gate, raking and ranting about the President’s decision to seek medical succour abroad while the state of healthcare back home remains pitiably scandalous.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Tanzanian court starts trial of founders of whistleblower website for exposing corrupt officials

A Tanzanian court on Thursday began hearing a case against two co-founders of a whistleblower website who are charged with obstructing justice by refusing to reveal the identities of users who post details of suspected corrupt officials.

Nigerians need to restructure their mentality first - Obasanjo

Nigeria’s former President Olusegun Obasanjo says he will not be a part of the ongoing debate over Nigeria’s restructuring because he believes that Nigerians first of all need to restructure their minds.