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Official says new leader of ISIL-linked group killed

Official says new leader of ISIL-linked group killed

Nigerian security forces have killed the new leader of an ISIL (ISIS)-linked group blamed for killing hundreds in Nigeria and neighbouring West African countries, a senior security official has said. Nigeria’s national security adviser Babagana Monguno said on Friday that [...]

October 23, 2021 Security
APC Convention: Group warns against imposition of officials

APC Convention: Group warns against imposition of officials

Ahead of the planned national convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC), concerned stakeholders have warned the Governor Mai Mala Buni-led caretaker committee against imposing any of the aspirants for the seat of national chairman and other offices on members [...]

October 23, 2021 Government and politics
Soldiers, suspected kidnappers clash in Ekiti

Soldiers, suspected kidnappers clash in Ekiti

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers engaged solders in a shootout in two different locations in Ayebode and Ilasa communities in Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State on Thursday. The police spokesperson, Sunday Abutu, who confirmed the incident to journalists in Ado-Ekiti [...]

October 23, 2021 Security
Nigerian Constitution Gives Prisoners Right To Vote

Nigerian Constitution Gives Prisoners Right To Vote

The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has said he would support the right of prisoners to vote during the 2023 general election. Represented by his technical adviser on Corrections, Michael Anugwa, the minister disclosed this while speaking on the sidelines of the [...]

October 23, 2021 Law
Fuel Crisis Looms As Private Depot Owners Raise Prices

Fuel Crisis Looms As Private Depot Owners Raise Prices

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, Kano has alerted the Federal Government over the imminent fuel crisis in the country following the decision by some private depot owners to unilaterally raise the prices of the product. The IPMAN chairman [...]

October 23, 2021 Economy, Oil & Gas
Nigerian separatist leader Kanu denies terrorism charges

Nigerian separatist leader Kanu denies terrorism charges

Nigerian separatist leader Nnamdi Kanu has pleaded not guilty to seven charges including “terrorism” and treason in an Abuja court, three months after his trial was delayed when authorities failed to produce him in court. The charges against Kanu, a [...]

October 22, 2021 Law
200 retirees get N331.7m benefits in Jigawa

200 retirees get N331.7m benefits in Jigawa

Jigawa State and Local Governments Contributory Pension Scheme have begun the payment of retirement benefits to 200 retirees. The Executive Secretary of the scheme, Alhaji Kamilu Aliyu, disclosed this to newsmen in Dutse, while speaking on the activities of the [...]

October 22, 2021 Human rights
Naira plunges at official market

Naira plunges at official market

Naira fell marginally against the U.S. dollar at the official market on Thursday, after the currency appreciated for three consecutive sessions on a stretch at the market segment. The currency traded with the foreign currency at N415.07 to a dollar, which [...]

October 22, 2021 Finance
Ex-Central Bank Deputy Governor, Mailafia For Burial November 5

Ex-Central Bank Deputy Governor, Mailafia For Burial November 5

The late former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr. Obadiah Mailafia, will be laid to rest on November 5, 2021. Obadia died on September 19, 2021, at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital in Gwagwalada. A former [...]

October 22, 2021 General
Super Falcons beat Ghana 2-0 in women’s AFCON qualifier

Super Falcons beat Ghana 2-0 in women’s AFCON qualifier

The Super Falcons took a two-goal lead over Ghana’s Black Queens in their Women Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture thanks to a brace by Sweden –based forward Uchenna Kanu at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena on Wednesday. The visitors had [...]

October 22, 2021 Sports
Ethiopia launches new air raids on Tigray region

Ethiopia launches new air raids on Tigray region

Ethiopia’s military has launched new air raids on Tigray, the second round of bombardments this week against rebel targets in the war-battered region. The air raids mark a sharp escalation in the near yearlong conflict in northern Ethiopia pitting government [...]

October 21, 2021 Military
Nigerian youths protest a year after bloody crackdown

Nigerian youths protest a year after bloody crackdown

Nigerian youths held memorial protests in Lagos and Abuja on Wednesday, one year after security forces violently suppressed mass protests against police brutality and bad governance. Under heavy police watch, dozens of protesters rallied in a procession of cars waving [...]

October 21, 2021 Security
Nigeria hails U.S. return to global climate change agenda

Nigeria hails U.S. return to global climate change agenda

The Nigerian government has praised United States President Joe Biden for returning to the global climate change agenda, even as the American government pledged support for Nigeria’s fight against insecurity. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo gave the commendation on Tuesday at [...]

October 21, 2021 Environmental issues
One Killed As Cult Members Invade Secondary School

One Killed As Cult Members Invade Secondary School

A female student of Ogume Grammar School, Ogume in the Ndokwa West Council Area of Delta State has been killed by hoodlums who invaded the school. Properties worth millions of naira were destroyed by the hoodlums, Tribune reports.  The hoodlums, [...]

October 21, 2021 Crime
FG Earmarks ₦71.6 Billion For Railway Projects

FG Earmarks ₦71.6 Billion For Railway Projects

The Federal Government has budgeted the sum of N71.6bn for new railway projects across the country. This is contained in the highlight of the 2022 budget of the Ministry of Transportation. The projects as contained in the 2022 budget presented [...]

October 21, 2021 Transportation
People in Africa threatened by climate change

People in Africa threatened by climate change

A new report by the United Nations has warned that more than 100 million “extremely poor” people across Africa are threatened by accelerating climate change that could also melt away the continent’s few glaciers within two decades. The report released [...]

October 20, 2021 Environmental issues
Firm joins Techstars Accelerator with new solution

Firm joins Techstars Accelerator with new solution

Rent Small Small, a Nigerian property technology startup that is redefining the home rental market, has joined the Techstars Toronto Accelerator Programme starting this October, making it the first African property technology platform selected to join the programme. Techstars is [...]

October 20, 2021 Technology
50 bandits killed in another security raid in Kaduna

50 bandits killed in another security raid in Kaduna

The Kaduna State Government says over 50 armed bandits were killed in a combined ground and air assault by security forces in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of the state. The state’s commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel [...]

October 20, 2021 Military
Imo Police Confirm Gruesome Killing Of Two Traditional Rulers By Gunmen

Imo Police Confirm Killing Of Two Traditional Rulers

The Imo State Police Command has confirmed the killing of two traditional rulers by unknown gunmen on Tuesday. The incident occurred in the Njaba local government area of the state. The State Police Public Relations Officer, Mike Abattam, confirmed the [...]

October 20, 2021 Crime
EndSARS: Insurance Companies Unveil Report

EndSARS: Insurance Companies Unveil Report, Pay ₦9 Billion Claims

Insurance companies under the aegis of the Nigerian Insurers Association have paid N9bn in claims to customers who suffered losses during the public protests against police brutality, also known as #EndSARS protests, in October last year. Lootings, destructions and deaths had marred [...]

October 20, 2021 Business
Opposition candidate Neves wins Cape Verde election

Opposition candidate Neves wins Cape Verde election

Opposition candidate and former Prime Minister Jose Maria Neves won Cape Verde’s presidential election on Sunday, as his main rival, the ruling party’s flagbearer Carlos Veiga, conceded defeat. Neves, 61, who served as prime minister from 2000-2016, will inherit the responsibility for [...]

October 19, 2021 Government and politics
First Black US secretary of state Colin Powell dies aged 84

First Black US secretary of state Colin Powell dies aged 84

Colin Powell, a US war hero and the first Black secretary of state who saw his legacy tarnished when he made the case for war in Iraq in 2003, died Monday from complications from Covid-19. The 84-year-old retired four-star general [...]

October 19, 2021 International
Security forces kill 10 bandits in Kaduna

Security forces kill 10 bandits in Kaduna

At least 10 armed bandits were on Monday killed by security forces in some flash points in Kaduna State, the state government has said. The security forces encountered the heavily armed bandits in Kwanan Bataru, on the outskirts of Fatika in [...]

October 19, 2021 Security
12 US Super Tucano Jets Deployed To North-East

12 US Super Tucano Jets Deployed To North-East

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said the Nigerian government has taken delivery of the final batch of the 12 A-29 Super Tucano fighter jets expected from the United States. He made this known on Monday when he [...]

October 19, 2021 Security
UK Warns Citizens Against Travelling To 12 States In Nigeria

UK Warns Citizens Against Travelling To 12 States In Nigeria

The United Kingdom (UK) has warned its citizens against travelling to twelve states in Nigeria over insecurity issues. This was disclosed in a travel advisory published by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). The UK government warned its [...]

October 19, 2021 Security
CAR declares unilateral ceasefire with armed groups

CAR declares unilateral ceasefire with armed groups

Central African Republic President Faustin-Archange Touadera has declared a unilateral cessation of fighting against armed groups, saying he hoped it would lead to peaceful dialogue. The country has seen recurrent rounds of rebel violence since former President Francois Bozize was [...]

October 16, 2021 Security
Buni reshuffles cabinet, creates new ministry

Buni reshuffles cabinet, creates new ministry

Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe has approved a minor cabinet reshuffle and announced the creation of a new Ministry of Wealth Creation, Empowerment and Employment Generation. This is contained in a statement signed by the Secretary to the State [...]

October 16, 2021 Government and politics
Nigeria inflation slows for sixth straight month

Nigeria inflation slows for sixth straight month

Nigeria’s inflation rate fell for the sixth consecutive month in September amid decelerating food prices, the National Bureau of Statistics has said. The statistics office said Friday that the prices of goods and services, measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), [...]

October 16, 2021 Economy
US Government Seeks To Equip 300 Nigerian Teachers

US Government Seeks To Equip 300 Nigerian Teachers

The United States government exchange alumnae-led organisation, in collaboration with the the country’s Consulate General, has launched a Street to School Initiative. The initiative is tagged “Re-imagining EducationX 2021: The Teacher on the Move.” Through this teacher capacity-building workshop, 300 [...]

October 16, 2021 Education
Naira Crashes To Record Low At Official Market

Naira Crashes To Record Low At Official Market

The value of the naira fell further by 1.68 per cent against the dollar at the official market on Thursday. At the Investor & Exporter foreign exchange window, the local currency opened at 413.15/$1 on Thursday but closed at 422.07/$1. [...]

October 16, 2021 Finance