Troops recover eight more towns in Yobe, Adamawa
The Director of Defence Information, Maj.-Gen Chris Olukolade, has said that troops have recaptured more towns from the members of the Boko Haram sect.
Olukolade said in a statement on Friday that the troops handed out a crushing defeat to the insurgents and recovered the headquarters of Gulani Local Government Area of Yobe State, Bara, and the headquarters of Madagali Local Government area, Gulag, from them in the early hours of Friday. Read more
Boko Haram raid villages after Chadian offensive
Boko Haram fighters have raided villages in northeast Nigeria on the border with Cameroon, apparently in reprisal for a Chadian offensive against its hideouts, residents told AFP on Friday.
Scores of heavily armed militants on Wednesday rampaged through more than a dozen villages in the Kala-Balge district in Borno state, shooting, hacking residents to death and razing homes. Read more
Over 1m cards yet to be collected in Lagos – REC
About 3.67 million people in Lagos have collected their Permanent Voter Cards ahead of the general elections in March and April, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Akin Orebiyi disclosed in Sunrise Daily, a morning programme on Channels Television.
The agency now has an outstanding of about 1.8 million cards which members of the electorate are yet to collect, while 430,000 are still being expected from Abuja. Read more
Bring Perpetrators of Pre-election Violence to Justice
While presenting a report – Pre-election Report and Advisory on Violence in Nigeria’s 2015 General Elections – recently, the chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Prof Chidi Odinkalu, said that no fewer than 58 people have been killed in election- related violence in 22 states from December 3, 2014 to date. In a country where data is fraught with inconsistencies, we can safely assume that the casualty figure is moderated. Even at that, recording such a number within 50 days and confirming 61 incidents of election violence, with the majority of the cases recorded in three states of Lagos, Kaduna and Rivers, is scary, if we respect the sanctity of human life. Read more
Jega’s removal will lead to crisis – Agbakoba
Former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Olisa Agbakoba, on Friday urged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and indeed the Federal Government to perish the idea of sending the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, on terminal leave before the conduct of the general elections slated for March 28 and April 11, 2015.
Speaking on the state of the nation, Agbakoba warned that any attempt to remove Jega now would be unfortunate and not right, because everything must be done at this crucial stage to ensure that the elections are not just seen to be free and fair but must manifestly be seen to be so. Read more
Ambode’s Popularity Soars With ‘I Believe Concert’
The candidacy of Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Lagos State Governorship Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) received a massive boost recently at the I Believe Concert, as a host of A-list Nigerian entertainers turned out en masse to showcase their belief in the man and demonstrate support for his ambition. Simply put, the turn out and show indicated that, Ambode is the man of the moment.
Beyond the entertainers, there was also a massive turnout of well Lagosians, especially the youths at the concert which featured electrifying and mind blowing performances that had the crowd screaming for more all through the night. Read more
N4.3b spent to prosecute Ibori – Senate
It was shocking and earth-shaking in the Nigerian Senate, yesterday, when it was revealed that the Jonathan government spent a whooping 14 million Pounds (N4.3 billion) to secure the conviction of Chief James Ibori, former governor of Delta State.
The disclosure was made by Sen. Victor Lar, Chairman, Senate Committee on Drugs, Narcotics, Financial Crimes and Anti-Corruption, during the 2015 budget defence of N542,199,776 for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. Read more
Jonathan to kick-start N700b Abuja City Centre project
President Goodluck Jonathan has concluded plans to kick-start the development of the Abuja City Centre, which will cost 3.5 billion US Dollars (about N700 billion) before May 29, 2015.
Disclosing this yesterday in Abuja when investors in the Abuja City Centre project made an in-depth presentation to the FCT Administration’s team, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, Senator Bala Mohammed noted that the project was one of the milestone achievements of the Transformation Agenda of President Jonathan in the Federal Capital Territory. Read more
Diamond Bank CEO stars in new commercial
Chief executive officer, Diamond Bank Plc, Uzoma Dozie, is leading the bank’s drive as an innovative and technologically driven financial institution as he features as the lead character in a new television commercial for the Diamond mobile app.
Diamond Bank, a leading retail bank in Nigeria, is ranked among the top six commercial banks in the country. Following a successful rights issue last year mainly targeted at developing its information technology infrastructure, the bank has introduced several novel solutions that have transformed the Nigerian banking space. Read more
JTF fights oil theft with carrot and stick
The people of Igbemotoro l and ll of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, Bayelsa State, will forever remain grateful to the Maj.-Gen. Emmanuel Atewe-led Joint Task Force (JTF), Operation Pulo Shield for giving them water.
The people, perhaps for the first time in their history, are having a true-life experience of a military commander with a milk of kindness. Read more
Card reader does not violate Constitution, Electoral Act, says INEC
The use of card reader in the forthcoming elections does not violate the 1999 Constitution or the Electoral Act 2010 in any way, the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) said yesterday.
The commission,in a fact-sheet to educate voters ahead of the elections, said the introduction of the device is to improve the integrity of the electoral process and add “ value to the process in line with the yearnings of Nigerians for credible elections, and accords with international best practices.” Read more
Death toll in Jos bomb attack hits 18
The death toll in Thursday’s bomb explosion that rocked the Bauch Road Motor Park in Jos has risen to 18.
Our correspondent gathered on Friday that bodies were deposited at the Plateau State Specialist Hospital. Of the three injured victims of the explosion taken to the Bingham University Teaching Hospital, one person died while undergoing treatment. Read more
CBN begins MDAs’ revenue e-collections
The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN has notified Deposit Money Banks, (DMBs) that it had commenced the implementation of automated Revenue e-Collections of Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, directly into the Federal Government’s Consolidated Revenue Fund account.
The CRF account is managed by the apex bank. The notification was by a circular Number BPS/ CSO/CON/DIR/01/079 signed by the Director Banking and Payment System Department, Dipo Fatokun, to all the banks. Read more
USAID to support Nigeria’s non-oil exports with N600m
The United States Agency for International Development has disclosed plans to support the country’s non-oil sector with a special fund of $3m (N606.6m) following calls for increased investment in the sector in the face of falling crude oil prices.
The new Chief of Party, USAID/Nigeria Expanded Trade and Transport programme, Mr. Marc Shiman, stated this during a meeting with the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council, Mr. Olusegun Awolowo. Read more
High School Of ‘Jihadi John’ Under Scrutiny
A classmate of Mohammed Emwazi – the Londoner unmasked as “Jihadi John” – has told Sky News that “nothing in his high school could have left him radicalised”.
The fellow pupil of the Quintin Kynaston academy, who was two years older than Emwazi and does not wish to be named, believes the IS militant’s education beyond high school may be responsible for his transformation into a cold-blooded killer. Read more
Apple boss: Internet snooping ‘won’t catch terrorists’
The head of technology giant Apple believes privacy is a “basic human right” and no government or private company should be able to access personal information, he said in an interview.
Tim Cook, CEO of the US firm, also said invading people’s privacy would not solve the issue of terrorism and would punish the “99.999% of people who are good”. Read more
Mexico Captures ‘Most Wanted’ Drug Lord
One of Mexico’s most wanted fugitives – Knights Templar drug cartel leader Servando Gomez – has been captured, police have said.
The 49-year-old gang boss and former primary school teacher was detained by federal officers as he left a house in Morelia, Michoacan, following months of intelligence work, officials said. Read more
Lupita ‘Oscars gown’ found at hotel
A dress that appears to be the custom-made Oscars gown taken from actress Lupita Nyong’o’s Hollywood hotel room has been recovered.
Los Angeles sheriff’s spokeswoman Nicole Nishida said the dress, found at a West Hollywood hotel, “greatly resembles” the pearl-adorned Calvin Klein Collection by Francisco Costa dress Nyong’o wore to the Academy Awards. Read more
Eaglets seek redemption against Guinea
World champions Nigeria will engage Guinea in a battlefor supremacy when they clash in a third-place match at the 11th CAF U17 Championship in Niger Republic tomorrow.
Both teams battled to a 1-1 draw in their second group match with goals from Sam Diallo through a penalty kick after 17 minutes, while Kelechi Nwakali drew Nigeria level from penalty spot in the 85th minute. Read more
Sports journalists blast NFF over Keshi
The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Lagos Chapter, has called on the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, to take a clear stand on the engagement and status of Coach Stephen Keshi and save the Nigerian public the agony of having frequently to discuss him as the main issue of the nation’s football rather than the development and progress of the game.
Lagos SWAN made the call in reaction to a statement by the NFF accusing a section of the media of having lied in a report in which Keshi was quoted to have expressed some displeasure with the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, and the Football House. Read more
W’basketball team target friendlies
National wheelchair basketball team captain Mohammed Audu has said the team will play some friendly matches ahead of the 5th Victor Ochei International Wheelchair Basketball Championships, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
Audu told NAN during the week that the date for the annual championships had yet to be decided, attributing it to the forthcoming national elections. Read more
Keshi gets 14-day Ultimatum
Former Super Eagles chief coach Stephen Okechukwu Keshi has been given 14 days ultimatum to respond to the terms of the new deal sent to him by eggheads of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), if he wants to keep the job.
Going by the 14-day ultimatum, it means that the NFF will from the midnight of March 12, seek the services of another tactician to handle the team for its two international friendlies against Bolivia in Uyo on March 26 and Black Stars of Ghana in London on March 29. Read more
Blatter rejects Xmas World Cup final
FIFA President Sepp Blatter said on Friday that the 2022 World Cup final would not be held two days before Christmas but also ruled out paying compensation to European clubs for the winter tournament, AFP reports.
The governing body’s hints that the final of the Qatar tournament could be played on December 23, 2022 caused a backlash, particularly from British football leaders. Read more
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