Over 50 Die in Five Boko Haram Suicide Attacks Saturday
A woman strapped with explosives blew herself up at the busy Baga fish market. She was in a rickshaw, which is a two or three wheel passenger cart. The blast even killed children.
“A female suicide bomber exploded as soon as she stepped out of a motorised rickshaw,” stated Abubakar Gamandi, head of the fisherman’s union. “Eighteen people were killed.”
“I saw many dead bodies lying on the ground, many dead and several others badly injured,” cried market trader, Idi Idrisa. Read more
Morocco’s King snubs Jonathan
The patchy diplomatic relations between Nigeria and Morocco may worsen after King Mohammed VI of the North African country turned down a request from President Goodluck Jonathan for a telephone conversation.
It was learnt that the Moroccan monarch deemed such a telephone conversation a few weeks to the Nigerian presidential election as inappropriate. Read more
Boko Haram pledges allegiance to IS after carnage in Maiduguri
Boko Haram pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group in an audio message published online on Saturday, after multiple bomb attacks wreaked havoc in northeast Nigeria, killing about 58 and wounding over 100.
“We announce our allegiance to the Caliph of the Muslims, Ibrahim ibn Awad ibn Ibrahim al-Husseini al-Qurashi,” Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said, referring to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Shekau said the pledge was made because of religious duty to Islam and as it would “enrage the enemy of Allah”. Read more
Mixed Results Trail INEC’s Mock Trial of Card Readers
There were varied outcomes from yesterday’s field-testing of the smart card readers (SCRs) across the country by the Independent National Electoral Commission. The exercise held in 225 polling units and 358 voting points across 12 Registration Areas (i.e. wards) in 12 states of the federation, recorded excellent performance of the electronic devices in many areas. But there were reports of failures of the machines in some places. Read more
Police arrest book seller over assault on journalist
A team of operatives from the dreaded X-Squad of the Lagos State Police Command, Ikeja, has arrested a fleeing book seller-turned publisher, ‘Prince’ Jerry Amaukwu, over alleged assault on a journalist, Emmanuel Edom.
The suspect, who was said to be detained at a police cell in Ikeja, was since last year, reportedly shunned series of police invitations and evaded arrest by investigating officers from Area ‘M’ Command, Idimu. Read more
Fuel Crisis and the Debate on Downstream Deregulation
The latest crisis in petroleum products marketing in Nigeria has again raised the debate on the deregulation of the downstream sector of the oil industry, reports Festus Akanbi
When fuel queues resurfaced in Lagos and Abuja penultimate Saturday, some of the stakeholders fell into the familiar frenzy of blame game. For many people, fuel users who were caught napping as endless wait at filling stations became the order of the day could not understand why petrol could suddenly dry off from marketers’ tanks overnight. Read more
BVN as antidote to bank fraud in Nigeria
The Bank Verification Number (BVN) is an initiative of both the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Bankers’ Committee, an umbrella body of deposit commercial banks in the country. It was meant to find a final solution to cases of fraud in the nation’s banking sector.
“Nigeria and Nigerians need to be grateful to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Bankers’ Committee for coming out with the idea of a Biometric Verification Number scheme for Nigerian bank customers. Read more
With Eyes on Efficiency, More Revenue, NSC Targets New Port Order
Determined to make Nigerian ports more efficient, cost effective, generate more revenue and end diversion of goods to neighbouring countries, the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), which is the economic regulator in the system, has embarked on strategic measures as part of the new port order, writes Francis Ugwoke.
With growing uncertainty about oil revenue, the nation’s maritime industry appears to be the next target or hope to sustain the national economy. This is if all the loopholes through which government loses substantial revenue are blocked. Read more
Keshi Gets 10-day Ultimatum to Sign
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has given the Head Coach of the Super Eagles Stephen Okechukwu Keshi till mid-night, March 15, to accept the new contract offer sent to him or forget about the job entirely. NFF president, Amaju Pinnick gave the ultimatum while speaking to newsmen in Abuja on Friday.
Pinnick said that the football house had given the coach enough time to study and respond to the contract and, if somehow, he does not respond before or by mid-night of March 15, he should forget the job, because “time does not permit us to continue waiting for the coach”. Read more
Flying Eagles begin AYC campaign against host, Senegal
Nigeria’s national Under-20 football team, the Flying Eagles will begin the quest for the Confederation of African Football African Youth Championship (AYC) for the seventh-time, as the team faces host nation, Senegal, in its opening match at the Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor today.
Coach Manu Garba’s team has been unbeaten in its warm-up matches, coupled with the fact that the team won the Super Six tournament in Abuja, which paraded teams like Dream Team VI, Enyimba, Kano Pillars, Warri Wolves and Dolphins. Read more
Nigeria U23 team beat their counterparts from Gabon 2-0
Nigeria U23 team beat their counterparts from Gabon 2-0 at the Abuja National Stadium yesterday in the second leg preliminary round of All Africa Games qualifier. Read more
2 teens stopped at Sydney Airport from joining ISIL
Two Australian brothers aged 16 and 17 were stopped at Sydney Airport on suspicion that they were young jihadis headed to join the Islamic State group, officials said Sunday.
The young brothers from Sydney raised the suspicions of customs officials as they attempted to depart on Friday afternoon, Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton said. Read more
Ukraine Industry Seeks Ties With West, but Buckles in Crisis
Volodymyr Kuzovkin’s office is less than 50 miles from the European Union, but for him and his factory, the EU is a world away.
Despite Ukraine’s desperation to integrate with Europe, a desire so strong it sparked the protests that ousted pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych last year, much of Ukrainian business remains wedded to Soviet-era practices even as it is buffeted by a very modern economic crisis. Read more
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