Nigeria buys black market weapons to fight Boko Haram
The Nigerian government has been obliged to buy black-market weapons to fight Boko Haram because the West refused to give it any military help, a prominent member of Nigeria’s ruling party says.
Nuhu Ribadu, a former Nigerian anti-corruption czar who is now a star candidate for the ruling party in a northern state where the Islamist radical militia has wreaked havoc, said Nigeria was “desperate” for military supplies and had to turn to the black market because Western governments were unwilling to help. Read more
123 Boko Haram militants killed in Cameroon
Three soldiers and 123 Boko Haram militants were killed when the Islamist group attacked a Chadian army contingent in northern Cameroon, the Chadian military said.
Twelve soldiers were wounded in the attacks staged by the Islamists on Thursday and Friday near the border town of Fotokol, according to a military statement read out on national television. Read more
Ex-Maritime Academy boss gives recipe for economic decline
The former Rector, Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, Nseyen Ebong, has identified development of the nations maritime sector as the fastest way to bring Nigeria out of the present economic predicament.
Ebong based his stand on the consideration that Maritime sector, if well harnessed and developed, can generate three times what the nation is getting as revenue from the oil and gas sector. Read more
Debates: Nigerians line up 6,000 questions, says NEDG
General Secretary, Nigerian Guild of Editors, Mr Isaac Ighure, on Friday said Nigerians had “responded positively” by sending in 6,000 questions for the presidential debates, organised by the Nigeria Election Debate Group.
Speaking in Abuja on Friday, Ighure said the questions would be considered and harmonised by the Questions Harmanisation Committee of the NEDG. Read more
Operate within your mandate, Haruna tasks Peace Corps
The Minister of Youth Development, Boni Haruna, has charged the Peace Corps of Nigeria to ensure that its daily operations fall within the mandate for which it was established.
Haruna gave the advice recently in Yola, Adamawa State, when a delegation of the state command, led by the commandant, First Lieutenant Bello Kassim, paid him a courtesy visit. Read more
February Polls: MTN, INEC, NOA Unveil Election Monitoring Application
Telecommunications service provider, MTN Nigeria, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and the National Orientation Agency (NOA), on Friday in Abuja unveiled an innovative software application, called “BetterMe App”, designed to bring transparency to the electoral process through real time online election monitoring, voters education and engagement. Read more
AFYIDEF to deploy 800 election observers to Nigeria
The Africa Youth International Development Foundation (AFYIDEF) has said it would deploy over 800 observers to monitor the forthcoming general elections in Nigeria.
AFYIDEF is an internationally recognised non-governmental organisation with a special consultative status with the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council. Read more
We are non-partisan, NEDG tells APC
The Nigeria Elections Debate Group, NEDG, explained , yesterday, that is was non-partisan and that there was no justification for the All Progressives Congress, APC, to turn down its invitation to the on-going debate.
The group’s Media and Publicity Committee Chairman, Mr Tony Akiotu said in a statement that the activities of the group were not influenced by its Chairman Mr. Shola Omale, in spite of.his position as Director – General of the federal government -owned Nigeria Television Authority. Read more
NEMA delivers 540 metric tonnes of relief items to refugees
In a statement issued by the agency’s senior Information officer, Sani Datti, the agency said the items delivered include foods and non foods and are meant to provide succour to Nigerian refugees.
According to the statement, the materials were handed over to the governor of Diffa Region for onward distribution to beneficiaries. Read more
NNPC Releases 1,500 Trucks of Kerosene to C’River
It has been disclosed that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has released 1,500 trucks of kerosene for distribution to the public.
Media Officer of the Port Harcourt Refinery Petroleum Company Limited, Mr. Ikenna Okpani, disclosed this on Wednesday during the flag-off of the ‘kero-correct’ campaign in Calabar, Cross River State. Read more
Ibaka seaport on course, says Akpabio
Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio, has declared that the Ibaka Deep Seaport in the state has not been abandoned, as alleged in some quarters, following the presentation of the final outline business case (OBC) on the project to him. Read more
Buhari in Lagos, promises more jobs
Presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, On Friday at a rally held at Teslim Balogun pledged to invest recovered loot to fund education and create employment for the masses.
He also assured Nigerians of a better live if elected into office by curbing insecurity, creation of employment opportunities and zero tolerance for corruption. Read more
African oil sees market rise in wait for Nigerian offer
African oil producer Afren was pumped up 1p to 5¼p as the Takeover Panel extended the deadline to February 13 for Nigerian suitor Seplat to make a firm offer.
Randgold Resources climbed 265p to a two-year high 5685p and Fresnillo added 36½p to 899p as investors took a shine to precious metals producers. Read more
No to poll shift, INEC insists
Despite pressure to shift the February general elections, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, and his national commissioners have closed ranks to stick to the poll timeline.
The INEC management members have opted to protect their integrity than postpone the elections. Read more
War threats: Niger Delta ex-militants give Danjuma 7-day ultimatum
Former defence minister, Gen. Yakubu Danjuma, yesterday got a seven-day ultimatum from a group of ex-militants in the Niger Delta to withdraw his statement in which he called for the arrest of some former warlords or face their wrath.
Gen. Danjuma had, on Wednesday, condemned last weekend’s meeting of the former warlords in Yenagoa where they threatened to unleash terror on the country if President Goodluck Jonathan loses next month’s election. Read more
N30bn Debt, MDG Contractors Deny Political Undertone
Contractors of various projects under the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) intervention have denied any political consideration in their agitation for payment of over N30 billion project funds by the federal government.
The contractors described allegations that they were being sponsored by the opposition political party to blackmail the government as untrue and ridiculous. Read more
CAF Champions League: Manu Tips Enyimba, Pillars to Excel
Flying Eagles chief coach, Manu Garba has tipped two time African champions, Enyimba International of Aba and league champions, Kano Pillars to excel in the 2015 CAF Champions League campaign which kicks off next month. Read more
Okenla urges NFF, FG to save football
Maroc ’88 Africa Cup of Nations silver medallist Folorunsho Okenla has expressed his disappointment with the state of Nigerian football, saying it is “not too encouraging”, the News Agency of Nigeria reports
The former Birmingham City forward lamented Nigerian football had remained backward, in spite of the growth of the game in other countries. Read more
Spain: Podemos to hold Madrid mass “March for Change”
The far-left Spanish party, Podemos, is to hold a mass rally in the centre of Madrid looking to build on the recent victory of Syriza in Greece.
The party has surged into the lead in recent opinion polls, and says it will seek to write off part of Spain’s debt if it wins elections later this year. Read more
US airstrike kills Isis chemical weapons expert in northern Iraq
An airstrike in northern Iraq has killed a chemical weapons expert operating for Islamic State (Isis), US officials said.
Authorities believe Abu Malik’s death is likely to be a significant setback for the Sunni insurgents, who captured vast swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria. Read more
Japan Says Efforts to Free Islamic State Hostage Deadlocked
A top Japanese diplomat says efforts to free a captive journalist from the militant Islamic State group have reached a “state of deadlock.”
The fate of veteran war reporter Kenji Goto has been linked to that of another hostage, Jordanian fighter pilot Lt. Muath Kaseasbeh, whom the extremist also have threatened to kill. Read more
Canada tightens anti-terror laws in wake of attacks
Tough new laws announced by Canada will make it a crime to call for a terror attack and allow police to detain anyone suspected of being involved in a plot without charge for up to seven days.
Work to toughen the law began in October after a gunman killed a soldier at Canada’s national war memorial in Ottawa before storming parliament. Read more
Iraqi Libraries Ransacked by Islamic State Group in Mosul
When Islamic State group militants invaded the Central Library of Mosul earlier this month, they were on a mission to destroy a familiar enemy: other people’s ideas.
Residents say the extremists smashed the locks that had protected the biggest repository of learning in the northern Iraq town, and loaded around 2,000 books — including children’s stories, poetry, philosophy and tomes on sports, health, culture and science — into six pickup trucks. They left only Islamic texts. Read more
Western Australia bushfires: several homes destroyed at Waroona
Several homes have been destroyed by a bushfire south of Perth after strong easterly winds pushed the blaze into Waroona town.
The fire was sparked by lightning and began in the steep terrain of the Darling range to the town’s east. Read more
North Korea introduces ‘mandatory military service for women’
North Korea is making military service mandatory for young women in a bid to strengthen the nation’s armed forces, sources inside the secretive state have told Daily NK.
The measure is said to apply to women aged between 17 and 20, and has been handed down to mobilisation offices in each province, city, and county. Implementation is reported to be already underway. Read more
AirAsia captain left seat to fix computer problem before jet lost control – reports
The captain of the AirAsia jet that crashed into the sea in December was out of his seat conducting an unorthodox procedure when his co-pilot apparently lost control, two people familiar with the investigation said.
Details emerging of the final moments of Flight QZ8501 are likely to focus attention partly on maintenance, procedures and training, though Indonesian officials have said that it is too early to draw any firm conclusions. Read more
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