293 Women and Girls are from Gumsiri
Following the rescue of 293 women and girls from Sambisa forest by Nigerian troops, the Borno State Government on Wednesday confirmed that the rescued women and girls are not the missing Chibok schoolgirls who were abducted a year ago by Boko Haram insurgents, but indigenes of Gumsiri village in Damboa Local Government Area of the state.
The Commissioner for Information, Dr. Mohammed Bulama, at a briefing, told journalists that the profiles of the 200 girls and 93 women rescued by the military on Tuesday showed that they were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents from Gumsiri village. Read more
FG Seeks Proper Burials for Nigerians Executed in Indonesia
The Federal Government of Nigeria has asked that the remains of the four Nigerians on Tuesday after being found guilty of drug offences be repatriated for proper burials.
The FG, which condemned the execution that disregarded global calls for leniency, in a statement released by the Public Communications Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja, said: “The Federal Government wishes to express its condolences to the families of the deceased,” adding that it has asked the Indonesian Government for the repatriation of the remains of the executed persons, so that they can be accorded decent burial in their various communities. Read more
Xenophobia: Zulu King probe unnecessary, says ANC MP
Chairperson of parliament’s portfolio committee on justice Mathole Motshekga, on Wednesday moved to shut down comments by South African Human Rights Commission chairperson, Lawrence Mushwana, about the Chapter 9 institution’s probe into controversial comments made by Zulu king Goodwill Zwelithini.
Opening the briefing to the committee, Mushwana confirmed to MPs that threats had been made against SAHRC staff as the commission investigates alleged xenophobic utterances by Zwelinthini last month which some have attributed to a wave of attacks on foreign nationals in parts of South Africa this month. Read more
Facebook to launch Internet.org app in Nigeria in May
Facebook has announced plans to launch Internet.org app next month in Nigeria. The Internet.org app encourages telecoms to provide free and affordable access to certain web services like Facebook and Wikipedia.
Announcing the plan for Nigeria, head of public policy for Facebook Africa Ebele Okobi, told participants at the Mobile West Africa 2015 conference, that the imminent launch in Nigeria follows similar ones in other African countries including Ghana, Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya. Read more
Having Nigerian husbands exposes us to daily discrimination – Wives
It is not a book club, a yoga club or a theatre club, but about 100 South African wives rely on their own social group to meet and share their experience of prejudice for being married to foreigners.
They say that having Nigerian husbands exposes them to daily discrimination, and that they had long predicted the wave of deadly xenophobic violence that has shaken South Africa in recent weeks. Read more
15 killed in Kenya floods
At least 15 people have been killed and six others missing in flash floods that hit Kenya’s Narok county, some 100 km from the capital Nairobi, following heavy rain pounded the region on Tuesday night.
Narok county commissioner Arthur Osiya said on Wednesday that rescue operations have been called off due to the rain, expressing fears that the death toll could rise. Read more
I’ll End Insecurity in Rivers – Wike
Rivers State Governor-elect, Barrister Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has assured international investors of an investment friendly environment beginning May 29, 2015, saying that his administration will work towards improving the security of lives and property in the state.
Speaking during a meeting with Ambassador John Groffen, the Netherlands Ambassador to Nigeria on Wednesday in Port Harcourt, Barrister Wike said that the alarming insecurity in the state will be frontally addressed to encourage investors to return to the state. Read more
Ortom Not Qualified to Contest Gov Elections –Tarzoor
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the 2015 governorship elections in Benue State, Terhemen Tarzoor, has urged the election tribunal to squash the election of Samuel Ortom on the grounds that he was not qualified to contest the election.
Ortom who was the former Minister Industry, Trade and Investment in the President Goodluck Jonathan administration contested the governorship election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and was declared winner. Read more
Lagos Saves N100.7b for Debt Servicing
Lagos State Government on Wednesday said it has perfected it’s financial strategy to ensure that funds it borrowed in the quest of realizing its objective of turning the state to Africa model megacity is repaid.
To this end, the government revealed that N100.73 billion has been reserved in the state’s sinking fund reserve. Read more
Shell’s Q1 income before tax falls 32%
Royal Dutch Shell has posted Q1 income before taxation of $5.84bn, down 32% from a year-ago profit of $8.55bn. Revenue totalled $65.71bn, from $109.66bn. Q1 cash dividends totalled $2.9bn, and some 12.7m shares were bought back. CEO Ben van Beurden commented: “Our results reflect the strength of our integrated business activities, against a backdrop of lower oil prices. Meanwhile, in what is clearly a difficult industry environment, we continue to take steps to further improve competitive performance by redoubling our efforts to drive a sharper focus on the bottom line in Shell,” he said in a statement. Read more
NLNG supplies 80% of Nigeria’s domestic LPG
The Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (NLNG) supplies 80 per cent of the Liquefied Natural Gas (LPG) or cooking gas consumed in the country, while the balance is from other sources, The Nation reports.
The company’s Deputy Managing Director, Mr. Isa Inuwa, said NLNG’s supply for domestic use has helped to crash the price of the product, making it affordable. Read more
French soldiers accused of raping CAR children
France is investigating allegations that its peacekeepers sexually abused children in the Central African Republic after a leaked UN report said victims as young as eight were raped in exchange for food and money.
The French government “was made aware at the end of July 2014 by the UN’s high commission for human rights of accusations by children that they had been sexually abused by French soldiers,” the defence ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. Read more
Court Orders Coscharis to Release Details of Oduah’s BMW Cars
A Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered Coscharis Motors Limited to disclose details of the controversial BMW cars purchased for the former Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah.
Trial judge, Justice Mohammed Yunusa, ordered Cosharis to disclose the details of the transaction to a non-governmental group, Enough is Enough (EIE), Nigeria, as requested pursuant to the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act. Read more
NLC, Ekiti plotting to stall impeachment —APC
All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ekiti State has accused organised labour in the state of a grand conspiracy to cause labour crisis targeted at shutting down all government offices across the state.
APC Publicity Secretary in the state, Taiwo Olatunbosun, alleged that the plot with the state government was hatched to prevent APC lawmakers from going ahead with impeachment proceedings against Governor Ayodele Fayose. Read more
Buhari Warns Personal Aides to Steer Clear of Media Matters
The president-elect of Nigeria, General Muhammadu Buhari, has instructed all his staff, including the security personnel attached directly to him, to steer clear of all dealing with the media, and leave all media activities to his official media team.
In a statement released in Abuja Wednesday by the Directorate of Media and Publicity of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council, Buhari aligned himself with the pronouncement of his party, the APC which had earlier expressed disagreement with the temporary barring of the Africa Independent Television (AIT) from covering his activities. Read more
Lagos shuts 37 outfits over pollution, degradation
No fewer than 24 churches have been shut in the last one year over noise pollution just as 13 industries have equally been shut over offenses bordering on environmental degradation.
Commissioner for the Environment, Tunji Bello, and General Manager of t Lagos State Environment Protection, LASEPA, Engr. Ademola Shabi, disclosed this at the 2015 ministerial press briefing in Alausa, Ikeja. Read more
Lagos Cancels Third Toll Plaza on Lekki-Epe Expressway
The Lagos State Government on Wednesday said it had cancelled the third toll plaza on the Lekki-Epe-Eti-Osa expressway, which it said, was concluded after listening to the yearnings of the people and feedback from concerned residents.
The state government also said it had agreed to pay a sum of N40 billion to a consortium of senior lenders, which provided facilities to develop the project then contracted under a public-private partnership (PPP) arrangement. Read more
Malala Shooting: 10 Jailed For Life over Attack
A court in Pakistan has jailed 10 people over the attack on schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head in 2012.
Taliban militants had claimed responsibility for storming her school bus as she travelled home in Swat, northwest of the capital Islamabad. Read more
Kenya ‘ignored Garissa university raid intelligence’
Kenya’s interior minister has said security officers ignored intelligence reports prior to the attack on Garissa University College earlier this month.
Joseph Nkarissery, who is in charge of security, also admitted that the response was poorly co-ordinated. Read more
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