Tension, as Southerners flee North over polls
Twelve days to the start of the general elections, indications are that non-indigenes in northern states are relocating en masse to their respective home states for fear of being caught unawares in the event of a post-election violence.
Many of such travelers who spoke to our correspondents across the 19 northern states say they prefer return to their roots to await the outcome of the Presidential election which they fear may lead to huge loss of lives and property, going by the unfriendly banters by the protégés of the major players. Read more
Bodies of Nigerian disaster victims due back in SA this week
Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe has announced that an SANDF plane will leave for Nigeria this afternoon to collect the remains of the remaining South Africans who were killed when a church building collapsed in Nigeria.
The aircraft is expected to land in Lagos in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The bodies are expected to back in the country by Wednesday evening or early on Thursday morning. Read more
Girls who escaped Boko Haram return to school
Four months after Boko Haram shocked the world by kidnapping more than 200 students, a small group of schoolgirls who narrowly escaped from the Islamist extremists were facing a new dilemma: Should they go back to school?
It was an agonizing decision for the girls from Chibok and their nervous parents, who were afraid of another horrifying attack if they let their daughters go to school again. Read more
Boko Haram Insurgency Gnawing at Nigeria’s Food-Supply
Nigeria’s militant group Boko Haram hasn’t only killed thousands of people in its campaign to impose Islamic law, or Shariah: it’s wrecking agriculture in some of the country’s main food-growing areas.
With farmers afraid to go to their fields in Nigeria’s northeast, rains that exceeded expectations failed to translate into a better harvest. Read more
S’East APC seeks probe of fire at Ohanaeze Secretariat
All Progressives Congress (APC) South East zone has called on the Inspector General of Police (IG) to urgently institute a probe panel to investigate those behind the fire incident, which nearly burnt down the National Secretariat of Ohanaeze Ndigbo last week.
The call was contained in a statement by its spokesman, Osita Okechukwu, on Sunday. Read more
‘90% of Bayelsa women bread winners of families’
Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, at the weekend, asserted that 90 per cent of the state women are the bread winners of their families.
According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, Dickson made the assertion while inaugurating the reconstituted boards of the state Women Development Centre and the Youth Development Centre, Yenagoa. Read more
CBN Gov, others in trouble over sale of Enterprise Bank
A Federal High Court in Lagos has granted leave for the commencement of committal proceedings against Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele, for supervising the final handing over of Enterprise Bank to Heritage Bank.
Other principal officers of the apex bank named in the committal proceedings before Justice Okon Abang are Sarah Alade, Alhaji Sulaimon Barau, Adebayo Adelabu, Augustin Anthony, Alhaji Musa Kafarati And Mr Lawson. Read more
NECO registrar refuses to proceed on retirement leave
Trouble is brewing at the national headquarters of National Examinations Council (NECO) in Minna, Niger State, following alleged refusal of the Registrar/Chief Executive Officer of the examination body, Promise Nwachukwu Okpala, to proceed on pre-retirement leave.
It would be recalled that Okpala was asked by the Minister of Education to hand over to the most senior director and proceed on retirement leave. Read more
Ighodaro Scores in Game against Raja
Ex Enugu Rangers Osaguona Ighodaro forward found the back of the net in his first competitive game for Raja Casablanca scoring in the 90th minute to seal a comfortable 3-0 victory for his team over Ittihad Khemisset.
The new signing made a goal scoring debut in a 2-1 friendly win over Tunisia side CS Sfax on the 18th of January and will be entirely delighted by his contribution as Raja moves to within two points of leaders Wydad Casablanca. Read more
Police arrest drug gang in central China
Police in central China’s Hunan Province on Monday announced that they had apprehended eight suspected members of a drug gang.
Police also seized 50 kilograms of ketamine, a pistol, 8 bullets and 3 knives in the crackdown in Changde City in late January. Read more
Pilots survive mid-air plane crash over Alaska in the US
Two pilots have survived a mid-air collision over the US state of Alaska that sent both their planes plunging to the ground.
Rescuers found the mangled wreckage of the two-seater Piper PA -18 planes a mile apart in the forests of the Matanuska-Susitna (Mat-Su) Valley. Read more
Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi in coma after dash to hospital
The daughter of the late Whitney Houston was in a medically induced coma in an Atlanta hospital last night after she was found face down and unresponsive in a bath at her home.
Bobbi Kristina Brown (21) is the only daughter of Bobby Brown and Houston, the hugely successful but troubled singer who was found dead in her bath in 2012. Read more
Shells hit Donetsk, five more Ukrainian soldiers killed
Artillery attacks on the Ukrainian city of Donetsk killed at least one civilian on Monday while Kiev’s military reported that five more Ukrainian soldiers had been killed in clashes with separatists in the east in the past 24 hours.
Municipal authorities in Donetsk said 15 civilians were killed over the weekend by shells, mortars or other missiles that hit residential areas of the city which is controlled by the separatists. Read more
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