Doubts raised over Nigerian claim of Boko Haram ceasefire
Nigeria’s government said Islamic extremists from Boko Haram have agreed to an immediate ceasefire.
But many people expressed doubts about a development that could end an insurgency which has killed thousands and left hundreds of thousands homeless in Africa’s most populous nation. Read more
Critic of Pope Francis to be demoted
A leading American cardinal has told BuzzFeed that he is to be demoted from his position running the Catholic Church justice system.
Cardinal Raymond Burke is a staunch critic of Pope Francis’ moves to soften the Church’s stance on homosexuality. Read more
KIA Motors Nigeria Appoints Mitob Motors Distributor in Ikeja
KIA Motors Nigeria has announced a new partnership with Mitob Motors Limited to help bring the brand closer to people in Ikeja, Lagos and its environs.
Company officials said in addition to bringing to the market vehicles that deliver best-in-class features and affordable price for value, the goal of KIA is to take its world class facilities closer to its customers and manufacture vehicles that meet their dreams and aspirations. Read more
Death toll in Libya’s clashes hits 52
At least 18 people were killed in violent battles in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi between the renegade general Khalifa Hafter’s forces and Islamic militias, making the death toll rise to 52, medical sources said on Friday.
During the past two days, at least 34 people were killed in an attack launched by the army-backed forces of Major General Hafter. However, Friday’s clashes were the most violent in a densely populated area. Read more
EFCC releases Edo Speaker, others
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has released the Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Uyi Igbe; Majority Leader, Philip Shaibu and the Chief Whip, Folly Ogedengbe.
The three principal officers of house had been invited by anti-graft agency to appear before it on Wednesday. Read more
Health workers defy strike order in FCT
As the strike by the Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP) entered its second day, it does not seem to have any impact on most hospitals in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
A visit to the National Hospital and Maitama hospital on Friday showed that activities in the hospitals were normal without any interruption.
NUAHP commenced an industrial action at 8am on Thursday over unmet demands to the federal government. Read more
Jonathan’s govt most corrupt, Buhari insists
Former Head of State and All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential aspirant, General Muhammadu Buhari, has taken a swipe at the President Goodluck Jonathan administration, declaring that the Jonathan-led government is the most corrupt in Nigeria’s history.
In a statement signed by his spokesman, Engr. Rotimi Fasaki, Buhari said that it had never been in doubt that the present regime was the most corrupt, adding that “what has become clearly intolerable, is the predilection of this administration for shameful revisionism, denial of the truth and unpatriotic divisiveness. Read more
7 die, others injured in Osun road mishap
No fewer than seven persons were feared killed while several others sustained severe injuries in a ghastly auto accident that occurred at Ileri junction, along Ilesa-Akure expressway on Friday.
The accident occurred around 4.30am, when a truck and a commercial bus had a head-on collision at Ileri junction. Seven people died on the spot. Read more
Hong Kong protesters battle police, retake camp
Pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong have retaken streets in the Mong Kok district cleared by the authorities just a few hours earlier.
Some 9,000 protesters pushed back riot police, managing to retake territory south of a major intersection.
They have been occupying parts of the city for weeks, angered at China’s curbs on who can stand in Hong Kong’s next leadership election in 2017. Read more
NUJ demands release of Wali
Nearly one week after the immediate past president of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Barrister Okey Wali (SAN), was kidnapped by gunmen, the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Rivers State Council, has joined millions of Nigerians to call for his immediate and unconditional release.
The kidnapping of Wali, who is doing his best for the development of Rivers State and Nigeria at large underscores the level of moral decadence in the society and the unchecked resurgence of crime and criminality in the state. Read more
Mozambique opposition denounces preliminary election results
The leader and presidential candidate of the opposition Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM), Daviz Simango, demanded Friday night from what he considered “competent authorities” a full investigation into Wednesday’s general elections.
In a statement read out in Beira, Simango described the elections as “full of irregularities and violence.” Read more
Court upholds ban on hijab in Lagos schools
A Lagos State High Court in Ikeja on Friday upheld the prohibition on the wearing of hijab (Muslim head scarf) in public primary and secondary schools in Lagos State.
Delivering the judgement, Justice Modupe Onyeabor dismissed the suit instituted against the Lagos State Government by the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit, over the ban. Read more
Lebanon Pulled Into War With Islamic State Group
With all eyes on the Islamic State group’s onslaught in Iraq and Syria, a less conspicuous but potentially just as explosive front line with the extremists is emerging in Lebanon, where Lebanese soldiers and Shiite Hezbollah guerrillas are increasingly pulled into deadly fighting with the Sunni militants along the country’s border with Syria. Read more
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