EKEDC’s ambiguous new bill

The Eko Electricity Distribution Company introduced a new, but self-contradictory, bill format effective January 2015. While indicating ‘NO METER’ for meter number, the company showed the precious and present meter readings with last reading date. There were repetitions of some information. The needless consumption analysis is at variance with the shown meter records. The billing... [Read...
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Ighalo hits four, Eduok scores on debut

Nigerian forward, Jude Ighalo, on Saturday continued his blazing form for Watford as he scored four goals in their 7-2 win over Blackpool in the English Championship. Ighalo struck in the 47th, 54th, 73rd and 81st minutes to hand the maximum points to his side in an encounter which was dominated by Watford at the... [Read...
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‘Political parties fail to address building, construction issues’

Stakeholders in the building and construction industry have expressed worries that issues affecting the industry are not included in the manifestos of contestants for political offices in the run up to the February general elections. According to the President, Building Collapse Prevention Guild, Mr. Kunle Awobodu, the construction sector is in a crisis due to... [Read...
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Fashola, help us

Now that the Lagos State Government through the Lagos State Public Works Corporation appears to be giving some inner pothole-ridden roads in the state some facelift, ostensibly to woo voters in the forthcoming elections, I use this medium to draw its attention to the shameful state of Brown Street, a very strategic street, a few... [Read...
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Players’ exodus good for Nigeria – Erico

A former assistant coach of the Super Eagles, Joe Erico, has said the recent transfer of players from the Nigeria Professional Football League to foreign leagues is good for the country’s league. This is contrary to the argument put up by some other Nigerian coaches that the players were leaving the country too soon and... [Read...
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Forestalling bloody revolution

Abimbola Adelakun is one Nigerian that chronicles what millions of other Nigerians hold dear, lampooning with a rare dexterity what many lack the courage to do. The 2015 elections are the alternative to a bloody revolution in the country. The All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, has become the nightmare of the Peoples Democratic... [Read...
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Letter to Mimiko

The situation of our road in Akoko North West Local Government Area, especially the road linking Arigidi to Okeagbe to Afin then to Ese and Ese to Irun remains the worst road not only in Ondo State but in the entire federation. It is very sad for a state that is among the states collecting... [Read...
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‘Ashamed’ Mourinho vows Chelsea will recover

Jose Mourinho insists Chelsea will quickly recover from their humiliating FA Cup exit against third-tier Bradford because most of his star players missed the stunning fourth round defeat. Mourinho suffered one of the most embarrassing defeats of his career as the Premier League leaders squandered a two-goal lead in their 4-2 loss at Stamford Bridge... [Read...
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SecureID unveils first smartcard manufacturing plant

SecureID Limited, a Nigerian company in smart card supply and personalisation business, has unveiled its SecureCard Manufacturing Plant in Lagos. The manufacturing plant is the first polycarbonate smartcard manufacturing plant in Africa, capable of producing 200 million cards per year in line with global standards, the company said. It said the achievement brought to birth... [Read...
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Sharapova, Nadal march on in Melbourne

Maria Sharapova was all business as she raced into the Australian Open quarter-finals on Sunday to set up a glamour showdown with Eugenie Bouchard, as Rafael Nadal continued his unrelenting Grand Slam march. The Russian world number two ended Chinese hopes by swatting aside 21st seed Peng Shuai 6-3, 6-0 as she lifts her game... [Read...
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Sportsmen back TAN

Many top sports stars and personalities have backed the Transformation Agenda for Nigeria and expressed faith in the programmes of President Goodluck Jonathan. The group of sport personalities led by such ex-national stars such as Henry Amike, who is the President of the Nigerian Olympians Association, and Sydney 2000 Olympic gold medallist, Enefiok Udo-Obong, said... [Read...
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Fraudsters hijack Ogun Homeowners’ Charter

The efforts of the Ogun State Government to reduce the problems associated with land title documentation may have been hijacked by persons interested in defrauding the residents, MAUREEN IHUA-MADUENYI writes Residents of some parts of Ogun State have raised the alarm that they are being visited by suspected imposters who pretend to be officials of... [Read...
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Super 4 will help Nigerian league – Glo

Title sponsor of the Nigerian Premier League, Globacom, has called on the teams participating in the 2015 Super 6 tournament to rekindle fans’ interest as the new season approaches. The Super 6, which started in Abuja last Saturday and will be rounded off next Saturday, is being played by reigning Glo Premier League champions Kano... [Read...
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Pillars confident of Super 4 victory

Glo Premier League champions Kano Pillars have expressed confidence in their ability to emerge winners in the ongoing Super 4 pre-season tournament in Abuja. Pillars won their opening match 2-0 against Dolphin with new signing Christian Obiozor scoring the second goal. The club’s media officer, Idris Malikawa, told our correspondent that the team hope to... [Read...
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Environmentalists identify poor funding as bane of research

The Nigerian Conservation Foundation has identified lack of funds, poor background of research environment and lack of statistical knowledge as some of the barriers to conducting effective research works in the country and Africa in general. Other factors, according to the NCF, include the absence of workable laboratories, lack of skills to understand social issues,... [Read...
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Report highlights potential property hotspots in emerging markets

Most people buying an overseas property look to the safest markets such as France, the United Kingdom and the United States, but a new report highlights potential real estate hotspots in emerging markets. Emerging cities across Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America are filled with opportunities for those looking to invest in property,... [Read...
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Tears for Nigeria

I think it is high time our politicians stopped taking Nigerians as fools or playthings. With all the insensitivity going around in the country, they are all claiming to represent the people and who are the people if I may ask? The people they are taking for granted? Nigeria is becoming a country of the... [Read...
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Analysts optimistic about stock market

Despite the poor start made by equities to the year, capital market analysts have expressed optimism about the market, citing low price of shares and the expected rebound of crude oil prices as factors that will boost equities. In their outlook for equities this year, analysts at Vetiva Capital Management Limited adopted a 16 per... [Read...
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African IPOs set to rise by 25% —Report

The number of African companies listing shares could rise by a quarter this year if all the firms that have said they plan an initial public offering move ahead, international law firm Baker & McKenzie has said. Shares on many African bourses have offered enticing returns in the past five years, but investors have complained... [Read...
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Clear Ijora filth

The heaps of refuse in the Ijora Street in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State have made everywhere look untidy. The situation of the street is very critical because most times after the environmental sanitation done every last Saturday of the month, everywhere looks clean and neat but after the environmental sanitation, the street looks like a... [Read...
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Absurdity of politics

Politics, described as the art of the possible, has a way of presenting the good, bad, no so bright, ugly, not so ugly situations, etc. Otherwise, it is unthinkable to visualise a situation where an erudite professor of Law, is accepting to serve under a person whose minimum academic qualification for the office he is... [Read...
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NAHB predicts robust new home sales

Economists who spoke at the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas last week, said a strengthening labour market, low interest rates, improving mortgage availability and growing pent-up demand will help to significantly boost single-family housing production in the year ahead and move the housing recovery to higher ground. According to Worldpropertychannel, with economic growth near... [Read...
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Lawyers demand trial of Buhari for alleged forgery

A group of lawyers under the aegis of Coalition of Concerned Lawyers of Nigeria has called on the Inspector General of Police to investigate a case of perjury and certificate forgery made against the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.). In a statement by the leader of the group,... [Read...
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Investment in Egbin power plant now N50bn

A total of N50bn has been injected into Egbin Thermal Power Station since November 2013, when the company was privatised, the Chief Executive Officer, Egbin Power Plc, Mr. Mike Uzoigwe, has said. He said this in Lagos on Saturday when the Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, visited the company’s facilities. Uzoigwe said part of... [Read...
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Fashola asks APC members to eschew violence

The Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, has urged residents of the state, as well as supporters of the All Progressives Congress to remain calm and avoid violence despite provocations. Fashola, according to a statement by the Special Assistant, Media, to the Governor, Hakeem Bello, spoke in Badagry, adding that the opponents were looking for an... [Read...
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Fund manager extends HMK REIT’s N13.39bn IPO

The arrangers of Haldane McCall Real Estate Investment Trust have announced the extension of the Initial Public Offering, which opened on December 4, 2014. According to them, this comes after the Securities and Exchange Commission approved the extension of the offer period. Initially scheduled to close on January 14, the IPO will now close on... [Read...
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Amosun advocates diversification of economy

The Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has advocated the diversification of the country’s economy with special focus on agriculture. He made the call during his re-election campaign tour to Maun in the Ipokia Local Government Area of the state while addressing supporters and loyalists of the All Progressives Congress. He explained that Nigeria... [Read...
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Ronaldo sorry for card

Cristiano Ronaldo has issued an apology after being sent off for lashing out at an opponent towards the end of Real Madrid’s La Liga match at Cordoba. The three-time reigning world player of the year was shown a straight red card in the 84th minute for kicking out at Cordoba defender Edimar. Ronaldo, who could... [Read...
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Buhari, best for Nigeria —Bamidele

The governorship candidate of the Labour Party in the last election in Ekiti State, Opeyemi Bamidele, has said the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), is the best for Nigeria. Bamidele, who is representing Ifelodun/Irepodun in the House of Representatives, said his resolve to rid the country of corruption made him... [Read...
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Improving public confidence in insurance through complaint centres

The existence of two customer complaints bureaux is expected to stop the intermittent clashes between the insuring public and their insurers over claim settlement, NIKE POPOOLA writes A construction firm insured its business in 2000, which was renewed every year. In 2007, it incurred a loss of N40m. This was before the firm could pay... [Read...
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BoI plans technology fund for SMEs

The Managing Director, Bank of Industry, Mr. Rasheed Olaoluwa, has said the bank will provide more funds for Small and Medium-scale Entrepreneurs to acquire indigenous technology in order to boost their operations. Olaoluwa stated this in Abuja when he led the bank’s management team on a working visit to the National Agency for Science and... [Read...
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Lagos not frustrating insurance monitoring – NIA

The Nigerian Insurers Association has denied a report that the Lagos State Government is not frustrating insurance monitoring in the state. A statement on Sunday by the NIA said the association was engaging stakeholders in the state including the Motor Vehicle Administration Agency, the Vehicle Inspection Office, and the Ministry of Transportation with a view... [Read...
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Nigeria should compete well with other countries — Surveyor

Nigeria should be competing favourably with other nations of the world with her rich collection of human capital and natural resources, Chairman, Nigerian Institution of Surveyors, Lagos Chapter, Mr. Hassan Elias, has said. Elias, who was represented by Mr. Gbenga Alara, at the 10th Annual Adekunle Kukoyi Memorial Lecture held in Lagos last week, said... [Read...
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Mutual Benefits explains housing development efforts

The Group Managing Director, Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc, Dr. Akin Ogunbiyi, said the company invested in real estate development to solve housing problems in the country. “Our foray into housing development is not for profit motive but a result of our genuine desire to provide affordable homes to fellow Nigerians,” he said. Ogunbiyi said housing... [Read...
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LP disowns Iwuanyanwu on endorsement of Jonathan

The Labour Party has disowned its Board of Trustees’ Chairman, Chief Dan Iwuanyanwu, for his statement that the party has endorsed the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, as the LP candidate for the February 14 election. The LP also berated Iwuanyanwu for stating that the party was in support of the postponement... [Read...
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UK should stay in EU – Cohn

The president of Goldman Sachs has said Britain should stay in the European Union to ensure London remains a “great financial capital of the world”. As reported by British Broadcasting Corporation, Gary Cohn said financial firms “want to stay in London” – and Britain staying in the EU was the “best thing for all of... [Read...
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Focus on issues, APC tells Jonathan

The All Progressives Congress on Sunday advised   President Goodluck Jonathan to focus on how he would tackle national problems in his campaign rather than attack its presidential candidate, Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.). The APC in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, flayed Jonathan for what it termed “perpetual and tiring mudslinging”... [Read...
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Experts to discuss housing, infrastructure at UNILAG forum

The Department of Building, University of Lagos, is to host a forum of experts to discuss current developments in policies, regulations, frameworks, funding and other related issues on housing and infrastructure in the country. Participants will also examine the role of project management system in the implementation of housing and infrastructure projects. The department said... [Read...
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Cameroon not favourites – Finke

Cameroon coach Volker Finke claimed that Saturday’s 1-1 Africa Cup of Nations draw with Guinea proved that his side should not have been considered favourites in an extremely tight Group D. “I have never said that we are the favourites in this group,” the veteran German told the AFP after his side failed to hold... [Read...
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Internet penetration in Africa fastest — Oracle boss

Amid challenges facing the Information Technology sector in the country, the Vice President, Enterprise Architecture and Industry Solution for Oracle Corporation, Deepak Mehra, speaks to OZIOMA UBABUKOH about efforts being made to make the sector more relevant How has the market responded to Information Technology simplification? We need to understand that the product of IT... [Read...
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UBA boss sees no significant naira devaluation

The Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, United Bank for Africa Plc, Mr. Phillips Oduoza, says he does not see any significant devaluation of the naira happening in the country as the country has enough external reserves to keep supporting the naira. As a result, he urged investors in Nigeria not to panic over... [Read...
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AfDB, MasterCard seek inclusive growth in Africa

The African Development Bank and MasterCard have announced a broad collaboration that aims to expand financial inclusion across the African continent. The collaboration seeks to develop solutions that drive inclusive growth in Africa by broadening access and usage of digital financial services. While MasterCard brings proven expertise to design and scale inclusive financial services solutions... [Read...
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Jonathan’s PhD certificate authentic — UNIPORT

FOLLOWING speculations in some quarters that President Goodluck Jonathan did not complete his doctorate degree programme at the University of Port Harcourt, the institution has come out in his defence. But the Uniport Deputy Registrar (Information), Dr. William Wodi, explained that apart from acquiring his first degree in the institution, Jonathan also got his Masters... [Read...
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Poll shift may return military rule —Ex-generals

Some retired senior military officers have warned against the postponement of the February general elections to avoid military takeover of the administration of the country. They warned that the postponement might lead to anarchy in the country, which, according to them, may lead to military intervention. A former Director of Procurement in the Defence Headquarters,... [Read...
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Niger Delta militants threaten war if Jonathan loses

Niger Delta militants have threatened to take up arms again if President Goodluck Jonathan failed to win in the coming February 14 presidential election. The former militants spoke when they met with the Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson on Friday. They said Jonathan’s re-election was not negotiable. Addressing the audience, a leader of the militant,... [Read...
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My husband will obey rule of law — Buhari’s wife

The wife of the All Progressives Congress Presidential candidate, Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, has said his husband, General Buhari, will be guided by provisions of the Nigerian Constitution in all of his actions. Mrs. Buhari said this in an interview with newsmen shortly after the inaugural meeting of APC Women Presidential Campaign Initiative, in Abuja,... [Read...
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Jonathan faces criticism over corruption

The Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders has chided President Goodluck Jonathan over his unwillingness to tackle corruption in the country. According to the group, corruption is the biggest problem the country is facing, besides the Boko Haram insurgency. CACOL’s Executive Chairman, Debo Adeniran, told SUNDAY PUNCH there was an urgent need to tackle the problem. “It... [Read...
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Jonathan, Amaechi lock horns over Rivers stadium

President Goodluck Jonathan and Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State locked horns again on Saturday over the use of the Rivers State stadium for a Peoples Democratic Party rally. The two fell out with each other several months ago leading to the defection of Amaechi from the PDP to the opposition All Progressives Congress. The... [Read...
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IG orders crackdown on political thugs, sponsors

The Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, has ordered a crackdown on political thugs and their sponsors nationwide. He has directed all zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and Command Commissioners of Police to investigate all acts by political actors, their sponsors and agents that contravene the provisions of the law. Political thugs had in the past... [Read...
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FG plans ban on porn websites, says NSA

The National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), says the Federal Government is planning to introduce a law that will ban and block all porn websites in the country.He stated this at the closing ceremony of a three-day workshop on use of social media organised for Islamic preachers, Imams and youths in Kaduna on Sunday.... [Read...
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Army, police tighten security around Jonathan in Borno

Security agencies, including Police, the Department of State Services and the Army, have restructured the security plan in the presidential convoy to forestall further attacks on President Goodluck Jonathan’s entourage in his ongoing presidential campaigns. On Saturday, policemen and soldiers prevented a huge crowd from coming close to the president. The few people that came... [Read...
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Why INEC database cannot be hacked — Jega

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, has assured Nigerians that its database is well fortified and cannot be hacked as alleged recently. The INEC chairman made the assertion on Friday evening during a Town Hall meeting hosted by BBC Media Action’s “Talk Your Own radio” programme, held at Protea Hotel,... [Read...
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Actress Toyin Aimakhu, husband separate

Barely two years after popular Nigerian actress, Toyin Aihmaku, tied the knots with her actor hubby, Niyi Johnson, at the Ikoyi Registry in Lagos, the pair are said to have parted ways. The news, which filtered in on Saturday, came as a rude shock to fans of the fun-loving couple known for displaying affection for... [Read...
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Stop mudslinging, let’s discuss issues, APC tells PDP

The All Progressives Congress has challenged the PDP to tell Nigerians how it plans to move from the near zero governance of the past six years of the Jonathan Administration to good and purposeful governance, instead of engaging in perpetual and tiring mudslinging. ”We believe that elections should be about issues that will be beneficial... [Read...
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PDP behind Katsina, Bauchi attacks on Jonathan — APC

The All Progressives Congress has accused the Peoples Democratic Party of sponsoring the attacks on President Goodluck Jonathan in Katsina and Bauchi State. The APC alleged that the ruling party orchestrated the attacks, as part of its “devilish” plan to demonise the opposition and force a postponement of the February general elections. In a statement... [Read...
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US Secretary of State Kerry, meets Jonathan in Lagos

US Secretary of State, John Kerry, on Sunday met President Goodluck Jonathan at the State House, Marina, Lagos. The meeting, whose agenda was not made known, was held behind closed doors. It is very likely that the duo might have discussed the situation of the country in the run-in to the February elections in Nigeria.... [Read...
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Firefighters save property worth millions of Naira in Ilorin

No fewer than four shops were saved from being destroyed by fire in Ilorin on Saturday, following the quick intervention of the men of the Kwara Fire Service. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the incidence occurred opposite Yusjib Industrial Medi-care Hospital in Offa Garage area of Ilorin in the afternoon. The Firefighters, who... [Read...
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Buhari promises Igbo youths one million jobs

The presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), has promised to create one million jobs for Igbo youths by revamping huge coal deposits in Enugu State for generation of electricity and export. A statement made available to our correspondent said Buhari spoke at the Enugu West APC zonal rally on Saturday, where... [Read...
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US troops to train Syria rebels

The first advance detachment of US troops responsible for training moderate Syrian opposition forces will begin arriving in the Middle East in the next few days, a US Department of Defence official has said. Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said the troops, mostly special operations forces, were authorised last week and would begin... [Read...
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Civil societies set 12-point agenda for public office seekers

Some civil societies under the umbrella of Human Rights Agenda Network have spelt 12 issues for politicians seeking public offices in the February general elections.   A statement co-signed by the ‎network’s chairman, Chino Obiagwu, and it’s coordinator, Melissa Omene, said on Sunday that Nigerians would determine their choice in the elections based on the... [Read...
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INEC condemns destruction of campaign billboards

The Independent National Electoral Commission has flayed political parties for vandalising campaign posters and billboards mounted by their opponents. The Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Mr. Kayode Idowu, in an interview with SUNDAY PUNCH, said the actions of the parties were in violation of the commission’s Code of Conduct for Political Parties. He... [Read...
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LP leaders die in auto crash

Six members of the Labour Party in Ogun State were said to have lost their lives along Owode-Idi-Iroko Road, Yewa South local government area of the state   when the bus they were travelling in had a head-on collision with vehicles believed to be driven by suspected smugglers. Two prominent leaders among the victims were Ibrahim... [Read...
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Germany halts arms exports to Saudi Arabia

Germany has decided to stop arms exports to Saudi Arabia because of “instability in the region,” German daily Bild reported on Sunday. Weapons orders from Saudi Arabia have either been “rejected, pure and simple,” or deferred for further consideration, the newspaper said, adding that the information has not been officially confirmed. The decision was taken... [Read...
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Ohanaeze youths vow to retaliate attacks on Jonathan

The youth wing of the apex Igbo socio- cultural organisation, the Ohaneze Ndigbo, has strongly condemned the recent attacks on the campaign train of President Goodluck Jonathan in Katsina and Bauchi states. The National President of Ohaneze Youth Council, Mr. Okechukwu Isiguzoro, told our correspondent in Umuahia that Igbo youths would use their votes as... [Read...
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Voting begins in Greece general election

Greece has begun voting in an election expected to bring in a government led by the left-wing Syriza party, which has promised to take on international lenders and roll back painful austerity measures imposed during years of economic crisis. Barring a huge upset, victory for Syriza, which has led opinion polls for months, would produce... [Read...
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Borno: Jonathan promises to rebuild destroyed towns

President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday assured residents of Borno State that he would end the Boko Haram crisis and commence the process of rebuilding destroyed towns and villages in the state. Jonathan gave the assurance at Ramat Square in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital during his campaign to seek re-election in next month general elections... [Read...
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Buhari, the best for Nigeria -Bamidele

The governorship candidate of the Labour Party in the June 2014 election in Ekiti State, Opeyemi Bamidele, has said the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), remains the best presidential material for Nigeria. The member representing Ifelodun/Irepodun in the House of Representatives, said his resolve to rid the country of corruption... [Read...
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2015: FG to pay fresh N55.98bn petrol subsidy

Despite falling global crude oil prices as well as petrol prices, the Federal Government plans to spend another N55.98bn on petrol subsidy in 2015. Figures from the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company, a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, show that Nigeria consumes 40 million litres of petrol daily; and with the Federal Government’s... [Read...
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Ekweremadu, group lament growing electoral violence

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and a non governmental organisation, the Nigeria Prosperity Project, on Sunday lamented the growing cases of electoral violence in the country and noted that the development was heating up the polity. Ekweremadu, according to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Uche Anichukwu, in Abuja, therefore called on Nigerians... [Read...
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US Secretary Kerry, Buhari hold closed-door meeting in Lagos

US Secretary of State, John Kerry, met the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the February election, Maj. Gen. Mohammadu Buhari(retd.), on Sunday in Lagos. The meeting held behind closed doors at the US Consulate on Victoria Island. Pressmen were not told the purpose of the meeting, but it learnt that the duo... [Read...
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Sylva lobbies former aides, others for Buhari

Former Bayelsa State Governor Timipre Sylva has begun intense lobbying of his former top aides and leading members of the Peoples Democratic Party to support the All Progressives Congress candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, in the state. While Sylva has won over a former Nigeria’s Ambassador to Venezuela, Felix Oboro, one of the founding fathers of the... [Read...
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Oditah, Ogaga, others support Ambode

A group of old students of the Federal Government College Warri, the alma mater of the Lagos State governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, have said the background of the flag bearer had prepared him to provide the state with excellent leadership. A statement signed by a member of the group,... [Read...
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Group raises task force on Chibok girls

A United Kingdom-based group, SecurityinAfrica, has said it is setting up a taskforce to go to Sambissa Forest to secure the release of the more than 200 abducted Chibok schoolgirls. The founder of the group, Ben Oguntala, said in an interview with our correspondent via the Internet, “We have been carrying out some research based... [Read...
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Parade of suspects by police illegal — Falana

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), tells BAYO AKINLOYE that police parade of suspected criminals is illegal, prejudicial and offensive to the Nigerian Constitution and urges the Nigeria Police to desist from the act You recently condemned the act of parading suspected criminals by the Nigeria Police. Why? Section 36 of the Nigerian Constitution says... [Read...
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Pressure mounts on Russia as Ukraine rebels launch offensive

World leaders ramped up pressure on Moscow Sunday to stop pro-Kremlin rebels from embarking on a major new offensive in eastern Ukraine after rocket fire killed at least 30 people in a strategic government-held port. The mayor of Mariupol’s office said 97 people were also wounded by dozens of long-distance rockets that smashed into a... [Read...
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I will revamp agriculture, employ teachers-Buhari

The All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Gen. Muhamadu Buhari (retd), has promised to carryout revolution in the agriculture sector and employ quality teachers, if elected president. He spoke on Saturday in Ado-Ekiti, while addressing the Ekiti State crowd that thronged the 12,000 capacity Ekiti Parapo Pavilion for the campaign. Despite the tension in recent weeks... [Read...
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Ibadan before lights-out!

Just that lights-out in Ibadan is 10pm. That is even being generous to some parts of the sprawling megalopolis once considered the largest and most populous city in Black Africa and, in all of Africa second then only to Cairo, Egypt. There is a common saying in Yoruba that compares Ibadan people with chickens for... [Read...
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Kaduna has less than 200 medical doctors -El-Rufai.

The All Progressives Congress governorship candidate in Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, said state is far short of medical personnel with the less than 200 doctors in the state’s employ. He said an APC government in the state, would recruit more medical personnel to man well-equipped hospitals. if elected as the governor of the state... [Read...
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APC demands removal of Enugu REC

The All Progressives Congress has called for the immediate removal of the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Enugu State, Prof. Eze Onukaogu. The chairman of the APC in Enugu State, Dr. Ben Nwoye, who made the demand at a Nigerian Union of Journalists’ Correspondents Chapel Forum, said the party had lost confidence in the REC’s ability... [Read...
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NIMC begins registration of Nigerians in Diaspora

The National Identity Management Commission has commenced the enrolment of Nigerians in Mexico as part of its grand plan to register all the nation’s citizens in Diaspora. The Director-General and the Chief Executive Officer, NIMC, Mr. Chris Onyemenam, said this at the Nigeria-South Africa Chamber of Commerce breakfast forum in Lagos. A statement by the... [Read...
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Wenger wary of Brighton attacking threat

Arsene Wenger has warned his Arsenal stars to beware of the goalscoring threat provided by Brighton and Hove Albion. Arsenal will have to quell the attacking threat of Brighton and Hove Albion if they are to prevail in Sunday’s FA Cup fourth-round tie, according to manager Arsene Wenger. The Frenchman watched on as his side... [Read...
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Latest IS hostage video likely authentic -Japan

Japanese top government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said Sunday that the latest video suggesting a Japanese hostage held by the Islamic State (IS) militants was killed is likely authentic, adding that Japan is still analyzing whether the clip was posted by the IS. Suga also said that Japan will cooperate with Jordan and other countries to... [Read...
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Court has not stopped parade of suspects — Police

The Force Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ojukwu, tells ADELANI ADEPEGBA there is no law prohibiting police parade of violent crime suspects What is the rationale behind the parading of crime suspects by the police? We have a duty to let the public know what we are doing because of accountability. It is a form of... [Read...
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Polio: Jigawa to immunise 1.5 million children

The Jigawa government on Sunday said it planned to immunise 1,578, 000 children against polio virus across the state in the first round of the 2015 exercise. The Immunisation Officer in the state, Alhaji Hassan Kwalam, disclosed this during the inauguration of the exercise in Dutse. He said there was no case of the virus... [Read...
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Uganda seizes massive ivory and pangolin haul

Ugandan wildlife officers have seized a huge haul of elephant ivory and pangolin scales, representing the deaths of hundreds of endangered animals, police said Sunday. Over 700 kilograms of ivory — worth almost $1.5 million on the black market — and over two tonnes of pangolin skins were discovered in boxes at Uganda’s main airport... [Read...
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20 die in Bayelsa cholera outbreak

No fewer than 20 persons have lost their lives in Bayelsa State as cholera outbreak hits two local government areas of the state. The LGAs so far affected by the epidemic are Sagbama and Southern Ijaw, where children and women were said to be the most hit. It was learnt on Sunday that fear had... [Read...
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Poultry farmers blames bird flu on illegal importation 

The Poultry Association of Nigeria has blamed the outbreak of Avian Influenza in some states in Nigeria on illegal importation of birds and poultry products into the country.   The Chairman of PAN in Osun State, Chief Oluyemi Olukiran, said this in an interview with our correspondent on Friday at the sideline of a seminar... [Read...
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FG alleges APC’s plan for post-election violence

Ahead of the 2015 presidential election, the Federal Government has alleged that the All Progressives Congress was plotting to instigate political crisis in the country should President Goodluck Jonathan emerge the winner of the poll. Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Chairman, Presidential Amnesty Programme, Kingsley Kuku, made this allegation on Sunday... [Read...
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Kwara PDP assures Jonathan of safety in Ilorin

Peoples Democratic Party’s stakeholders in Kwara State on Sunday assured President Goodluck Jonathan of his safety ahead of the presidential campaign holding in Ilorin, the state capital on Monday. The assurance was against the background of last week’s attack on the President’s convoy during his campaign visits to Katsina and Bauchi States. There are fears... [Read...
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NDLEA arrests 185 suspects, seizes drugs in Bayelsa

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency on Saturday said it arrested 185 suspects and seized 247.495 kilogrammes of different illegal drugs and psychotropic substances in Bayelsa State in 2014. State Commander, NDLEA, Mr. Frank Hanachor, also said the agency secured 25 convictions last year. He, however, did not indicate the number of male and female... [Read...
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Ensuring better understanding of the game (2)

This piece is in continuation of the serial that began last week as the 30th edition of AFCON 2015 Equatorial Guinea kicked off, in the hope that it would facilitate a better understanding of the game for fans and critics alike. It contains excerpts from my handbook on football, BEYOND kicking the Ball. Play to... [Read...
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Polls: Jitters over PVCs

OLUSOLA FABIYI writes on the insistence of the Independent National Electoral Commission to use Permanent Voter Cards for the general election and the fear it has generated across political divides It is just few days to the commencement of the general elections. Fretfulness has gripped the nation. Politicians are anxious. The eyes of the international... [Read...
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Poll: Defecting in search of tickets

LEKE BAIYEWU writes that defections by politicians, who are seeking for tickets to contest in the forthcoming general elections, have continued to spread across the country The much-awaited general elections will hold in less than one month away. Some of the candidates emerged through primaries, while others emerged through adoption, consensus agreement and, in some... [Read...
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Profit should not be main motivation for business — Muo

Twenty-seven-year old Donald Muo is a lawyer by training but a designer, an event planner and the publisher of La’crème magazine. The Chief Executive Officer of House of La’creme Nigeria spoke with PETER OKEUGO about his experience in publishing How long have you been in business? I have been in business for five years although... [Read...
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English FA back Nice over Ben Arfa FIFA case

Nice have shared a new Football Association statement supporting their case to be allowed to register recent signing Hatem Ben Arfa. Ben Arfa, 27, capped 13 times by France, is yet to feature for his new side due to article 5.3 of FIFA’s transfer regulations, which prevents players representing three clubs in the same season.... [Read...
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PFAs pay N59bn to deceased workers’ relatives

About 22,611 relatives of deceased workers have been paid N59.12bn as pension settlement for their benefactors. The payment was made by the Pension Fund Administrators under the Contributory Pension Scheme between 2004 and the second quarter of 2014. These details were contained in a report of the National Pension Commission on the death benefits approved... [Read...
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My wife, secret of my success — Quadri

Nigeria’s number one table tennis star, Aruna Quadri, was amazing in 2014, rising from 237 to 30 in the world rankings before emerging the ITTF Star Player of The Year. He talks about his heroics and more in this interview with ’TANA AIYEJINA How do you view the ongoign African championships in Cairo and do... [Read...
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Nigeria’s gas supply market hits 2bn cfpd -NNPC

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation says Nigeria has grown its gas supply market from 300 million to two billion cubic feet per day. The Group Executive Director, Gas and Power, NNPC, Dr David Ige, stated this in an interview with newsmen in Abuja. Ige attributed the feat to successful implementation of the Nigeria Gas Master... [Read...
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AFCON 2015: E’Guinea through to Q-finals, beat Gabon 2-0


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INEC distributes 1.7m PVCs in Plateau -Official

The Independent National Electoral Commission says it has so far distributed over 1.7 million Permanent Voter Cards in Plateau State. Mr Yagba Kundu, INEC’s Head of Electoral Operations in the state, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Jos, on Sunday, that the cards were for those that registered in 2011. “Those that registered in... [Read...
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May 29 handover date sacrosanct, says Jonathan 

President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday assured all stakeholders that the May 29 handover date remained sacrosanct. He made the assurance amidst calls by some individuals, including the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), for the postponement of the February general elections. According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr.... [Read...
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APC tackles NCC in court over fundraising ban

The All Progressives Congress says it has instructed its lawyers to challenge the shutdown of some of its fundraising platforms by the National Communications Commission. Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, said this at a meeting of the Fundraising Directorate of the APC Presidential Council, in Abuja, on Sunday. He explained that the party was... [Read...
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Amosun advocates diversification, targets agric

Following the slump in the global price of oil, Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, on Saturday advocated diversification of the country’s economy with special focus on agriculture. He said this while addressing supporters of All Progressives Congress during the continuation of his re-election campaign tour to Maun in Ipokia Local Government Area of the... [Read...
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Coach Abdullahi’s death shocking, painful -NFF

The Nigeria Football Federation on Sunday in Abuja said it was pained by news of the death of one-time Head Coach of the national under-17 team, Musa Abdullahi. Abdullahi, who suffered a stroke several years ago and had been confined to his home in Lokoja, Kogi State, since then, died on Sunday and was buried... [Read...
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Boko Haram raids six Adamawa villages, abducts women

Boko Haram insurgents have raided six villages in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State, according to a local hunter, Ibrahim Gulak. Gulak, who spoke on the telephone from Michika, said the insurgents killed “several people” in the attack; kidnapped several youths and women and destroyed property worth millions of Naira in the areas. He... [Read...
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Military lifts Maiduguri curfew on Monday -Spokesman

The 7 Division of the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri said on Sunday that the 24-hour curfew imposed on Maiduguri would be lifted on Monday morning.Spokesman for the division, Col. Sani Usman, stated this in a statement in Maiduguri. The statement said residents of Maiduguri were free to go about their business as from 6am on... [Read...
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PDP rejects call for poll shift

The Peoples Democratic Party has restated its readiness for the February general elections. Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the party, Alhaji Ibrahim Jalo, who spoke with our correspondent on the telephone in Abuja on Sunday, insisted that the ruling party was not behind the calls for the shifting of the elections. Jalo said since the... [Read...
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3,500 security operatives to guard Jonathan in Kwara

The Commissioner of Police, Kwara State Command, Mr. Salihu Garba, has said 2,000 police officers would be deployed in strategic locations to provide security Presidential campaign rally of the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan, in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, on Monday. Garba, who spoke through the command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ajayi... [Read...
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Jonathan not interested in free, fair election -Amaechi

Rivers State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has said that contrary to President Goodluck Jonathan’s claim, the President was not interested in a free and fair election. Amaechi, who was reacting to soldiers’ occupation of the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium ahead of Jonathan’s political campaign in the state on Wednesday, said the action of the President was... [Read...
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NDIC grants banks N192.6bn insurance rebate

The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation on Sunday said a total sum of N192.6bn had been granted as insurance rebate to Deposit Money Banks within the last three years. The corporation, in a statement in Abuja, said the reduction of insurance premium paid by DMBs from 0.5 per cent to 0.40 per cent was responsible for... [Read...
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Rivers APC accuses police of killing member

THE All Progressives Congress in Rivers State, on Sunday, accused the Nigeria Police of killing one of their members identified as Mr. Chibuike Olocha. AN APC chieftain in the State and Commissioner for Lands and Survey, Mr. Ezemuonye Ezekiel-Amadi, said the late Olocha was arrested and detained since 2014 by policemen in Igwuruta, Ikwerre Local... [Read...
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LP disowns Iwuanyanwu over Jonathan’s endorsement, poll shift

The Labour Party has disowned its Board of Trustees Chairman, Chief Dan Iwuanyanwu, for his statement that the party has endorsed the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan, as the LP candidate for the February 14 poll. The LP also berated Iwuanyawu for stating that the party was in support of the postponement... [Read...
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FA Cup: Arsenal defeat stubborn Brighton 3-2


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Kaka vows to beat Kashamu, APC candidate

A Senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Adegbenga Kaka, has said he is not scared of his two opponents, Mr. Buruji Kashamu and Dapo Abiodun who are contesting the Senatorial seat with him in the coming election. Kashamu is vying for the Senate seat of the district on the platform of... [Read...
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Nine soldiers, 56 insurgents killed in failed Maiduguri invasion

Nine soldiers and 56 insurgents might have been killed in the attempt of the Boko Haram sect  to  capture Maiduguri on Sunday morning. The attack on the town began at about 12.30am and could not be totally suppressed until about 11am. It was gathered that hundreds of heavily armed insurgents tried to gain entrance into... [Read...
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11 killed in Egypt while marking 2011 uprising

Eleven people have been killed Sunday during protests across Egypt to mark the the fourth anniversary of the January 2011 uprising, state-run Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.
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Two girls hacked to death in Ondo

Police in Ondo State are searching for a man who gruesomely murdered two girls, Oyinkasola Owoeye and Folasade Bello, at College Road, Iju, Akure North Local Government Area on Saturday. The bodies of the girls who were both 12 years old, were found at the nearby Igbo Ajogun forest by residents who immediately called the... [Read...
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