*Boko Haram kills four, torches 50 homes in Niger *Bello, Faleke supporters clash in Abuja

*Boko Haram kills four, torches 50 homes in Niger *Bello, Faleke supporters clash in Abuja


Boko Haram kills four, torches 50 homes in Niger

Boko Haram activists raided a border village in Niger, killing four people and torching some 50 homes, a local official said on Monday. Two other people were wounded in the assault on Saturday evening, said Fougou Boukar, an official from the restive Diffa region, adding that the attackers then fled to Nigeria.

“There has been enormous damage with about 50 houses burnt,” he told state television, putting the number of assailants at about 10. “The Boko Haram members were armed with Kalashnikovs and came across the Komadougou Yobe” river that divides Niger and Nigeria, Boukar said. Read more

Bello, Faleke supporters clash in Abuja

Supporters of Alhaji Yahaya Bello who was chosen to replace the late Prince Abubakar Audu in this weekend’s supplementary election in Kogi state and those of James Abiodun Falake clashed at the APC national Secretariat just as the party was about to begin a meeting with stakeholders in the state to announce their choice. Read more

Biafra: IPOB warns traders to shut markets in Aba

In continuation of the protest calling for the release of the detained leader of the Indigenous people of Biafra, IPOB and Director, Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu; members of the group has warned traders across markets in Aba, Abia state not to open for business tomorrow(Tuesday)

Vanguard gathered that IPOB members visited Ariaria International, Ngwa road, Cemetery and Ekeoha markets with public address system announcing to the traders to shut their shops. Read more

Ebonyi to make junior workers mainstay of state’s civil service – HOS

The Ebonyi government says it will make workers in the junior cadre of the state’s civil service, the mainstay of its workforce. Dr Chamberlain Nwele, state Head of Service (HOS) made the pledge on Monday in Abakaliki, during a workshop organised for workers in the junior cadre of the state’s civil service. Read more

FG inaugurates 2015 MDGs end-point report

The Presidency on Monday, through the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Millennium Development Goals (OSSAP-MDGs), inaugurated the 2015 MDGs end-point report. Mr Ochapa Ogenyi, Secretary of Programme, OSSAP-MDGs who launched the report at the 2015 Social Good Summit in Abuja, said Nigeria had also presented the report to the UN. Read more

Taraba: Bulkachuwa to decide venue for Ishaku’s appeal 

The President of the Court of Appeal Justice Zainab Adamu Bulkachuwa is to determine where the appeal filed by Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku of Taraba State would be entertained, The Nation gathered Monday. Read more

Jonathan was not attacked in Bayelsa – Police

The Bayelsa State Police Command on Monday debunked reports that former President Goodluck Jonathan was attacked in the state.

The state’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Butswat Asinim, who spoke to The Nation, said persons peddling the rumour were mischievous. Read more


U.S denies stopping funding of AIDs treatment in Nigeria

United States on Monday denied it has stopped the funding of AIDS treatment in Nigeria.

The U.S Ambassador to Nigeria, James F. Entwistle in Abuja said American government will continue to focus its attention to areas with the greatest HIV burden and will support most effective interventions. Read more

FG to implement Niger Delta Master Plan – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the Federal Government is focused on implementation of Niger Delta Master Plan to drive development of the region.

Osinbajo stated this at the inaugural meeting of Partners for Sustainable Development Forum organised by Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), in Port Harcourt on Monday. Read more

7 killed, 21 injured as fire razed Govt Girls College Kano

It was a harrowing experience for students of Kano Goverment Girls College, Jogana Monday morning when a mysterious fire that swept through their dormitory claimed 7 life, while 21 others were injured, officials said.

An insider who do not want his name in print told Vanguard that the fire outbreak was noticed during the wee hours by one of the senior student when other students were fast asleep. Read more


CBN says nation’s reserves dropped to $30.04bn

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said that the nation’s foreign reserves fell to 30.04 billion dollars as at Nov. 26. The bank disclosed this on its Website on Monday.

It said that the figure dropped by seven million dollars from 30.11 billion dollars recorded in Oct. 26. It said the 30.04 billion dollars represented the ‘gross’ amount, 29.33 billion dollars was ‘liquid’, while $719.32 million was ‘blocked.’ Read more

Nigeria’s unity not negotiable, says Onu

Dr Ogbonaya Onu, the Minister of Science and Technology, says the unity of Nigeria is not negotiable, though the nation is facing some development and security challenges. Onu, who spoke on Sunday night in Abuja at a dinner organised in his honour by Ebonyi Elders’ Council, said he was committed to the unity of the nation. Read more

SON destroys N10bn worth of substandard goods

The Director General of Standard Organisation (SON), Dr Joseph Odumodu, on Monday said that organisation destroyed substandard goods worth N10 billion in the last four years. Odumodu disclosed this during his official visit to the Headquarters of National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) in Lagos.

He said said that the items were destroyed from 2011 to date. He urged freight forwarders to collaborate with the organisation to halt importation of substandard products. “In the next few years, we will reduce substandard products to 15 per cent. “Now, we are going through the period of change since the election of President Muhammadu Buhari, who was elected based on his honesty and integrity. Read more

Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar on shortlist for Ballon d’Or – FIFA

Barcelona pair Lionel Messi and Neymar were on Monday named on the shortlist for FIFA’s prestigious Ballon d’Or along with double reigning title holder, Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid. While Portuguese Ronaldo has triumphed over the last two seasons (in a total of three wins), Argentinian Messi has previously claimed the coveted award four times while Brazilian Neymar makes the shortlist for FIFA’s player of the year award for the first time. Read more


Buhari joins over 150 world leaders for Paris Climate summit (COP21)

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, is in Paris, France, where he and over 150 other world leaders are gathered with the aim of reaching a new and universal climate change agreement.

At the back of their minds as the meeting begins on Monday is the knowledge that they have already delivered an almost universal set of national responses to meet the long-term climate challenge before the conference even begins. Read more

Port Harcourt refinery begins operation once again

Subsequent to the comple­tion of repair works on its crude distillation unit where one of its columns collapsed in October, the Port Harcourt Refining Company (PHRC) Limited, will this week come on stream, Daily Sun reports. Read more

LASG tasks residents on proper waste water management

The Lagos State Government on Monday warned residents that anybody caught contravening the laws guiding disposal of waste water in the state would henceforth face wrath of the law.

The Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Samuel Adejare, made this known at a sensitisation forum on waste water management in Agege area of the state. Read more

Egypt’s Coptic Church condemns claims of normalisation with Israel

Egypt’s Coptic Church has refused claims of normalising ties with Israel and affirmed that Pope Tawadros II did not meet with any Israeli officials during his brief visit to Jerusalem, according to a statement released today.

Anadolu news agency reported that Tawadros II travelled to Jerusalem in order to pay tribute to Jerusalem Archbishop Anba Abraham who died last Wednesday. Read more

World athletics body suspends top Kenyan officials

Three leading Kenyan athletics officials have been suspended by the ethics commission of athletics’ governing body, the IAAF, over the “potential subversion of the anti-doping control process” in the African country.

Athletics Kenya president Isaiah Kiplagat, vice president David Okeyo and 2015 world championships team leader Joseph Kinyua have been suspended for 180 days “in the interests of the integrity of the sport,” the IAAF said in a statement on Monday. Read more

Brussels security delays St Nicholas

Heightened security has delayed his arrival in the Belgian capital from Monday to Friday, Visit Brussels says.

He had been due to land by steamboat at Peniches Quay on Monday morning.

Saint Nicholas, similar to Santa Claus, will distribute sweets and hot chocolate in a decorated marquee.  Read more

‘Inequality’ is behind the rise of Isis, says author Thomas Piketty

A year after his 700-page opus “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” stormed to the top of America’s best-seller lists, Thomas Piketty is out with a new argument about income inequality. It may prove more controversial than his book, which continues to generate debate in political and economic circles. Read more

HIV stigma in Uganda puts mothers and babies at risk

When Juliet Nalumu, overjoyed at her first pregnancy, visited her local hospital in eastern Uganda for a check-up, it turned into one of the worst days of her life.

She found out she was HIV positive. “All the joy and happiness disappeared.” Read more

Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin Meet on Sidelines of COP21 Climate Conference

President Barack Obama urged Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday to decrease tensions with Turkey, as the U.S. and Russian leaders met briefly on the sidelines of global climate talks outside Paris. Read more




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