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France’s Macron threatens to pull troops out of Mali

France’s Macron threatens to pull troops out of Mali

President Emmanuel Macron warned in comments published on Sunday that France will pull its troops out of Mali if it lurches towards what he called “radical Islamism” following the second coup in nine months. France has about 5,100 troops in [...]

May 31, 2021 Military
Buhari’s lust for loans amid rising debts

Buhari’s lust for loans amid rising debts

The recent approval of two fresh foreign loans of $1.5 billion and €995 million respectively, by the Senate, has raised a lot of concerns among many stakeholders in the country. Many have considered it a very bad move in the [...]

May 31, 2021 Finance
ASUU elects new president

ASUU elects new president

The immediate past vice-president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Emmanuel Osodeke, has emerged as the new president of the union. Mr Osodeke, a professor of soil science at the Federal University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, was elected [...]

May 31, 2021 Government and politics
How We Killed Killers Of Jonathan's Ex-Aide, Gulak

How We Killed Killers Of Jonathan’s Ex-Aide

The killers of Ahmed Gulak, an All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain who was shot dead in Imo State on Sunday morning were arrested.  The announcement was made by the Nigeria Police noting that the driver of the vehicle that took [...]

May 31, 2021 Crime
Greenfield University: We Payed ₦180 Million

Greenfield University: We Payed ₦180 Million

Parents and family members of the remaining kidnapped students and workers of the Greenfield University, Kaduna State, said they were forced to sell their property to raise ransom as the remaining victims regained freedom. It was learnt that the bandits [...]

May 31, 2021 Crime, Societal issues
Nigerian rescuers find dozens of bodies after boat tragedy

Nigerian rescuers find dozens of bodies after boat tragedy

Nigerian rescue workers pulled more than three dozen bodies from the water on Thursday after an overcrowded riverboat sank leaving more than 150 people missing and feared drowned. Survivors and officials said only 20 people were rescued on Wednesday when [...]

May 28, 2021 Incidents
High death rates in March associated with hot weather

High death rates in March associated with hot weather

Unconfirmed reports suggest that more people, especially the elderly, die in March, from complications of non-communicable diseases such as heart attack and stroke, than any other month of the year. Previous studies had shown that extreme heat and poor air [...]

May 28, 2021 Health issues
Buhari appoints new Chief of Army Staff

Buhari appoints new Chief of Army Staff

President Muhammad Buhari has appointed Farouk Yahaya, a major general, as the new chief of army staff. This was contained in a statement by the acting Director of Defence Information, Onyema Nwachukwu. Mr Yahaya replaces Ibrahim Attahiru, a lieutenant general, who [...]

May 28, 2021 Government and politics
Vigilante Arrested For Killing US-based Nigerian In Abia

Vigilante Arrested For Killing US-based Nigerian In Abia

The Rivers State Police Command has arrested and paraded Okorie Chukwuma, a member of vigilante group in Abia State who allegedly killed his boss, Eyinaya Ogbonna. It was learnt that the deceased was a US-based Nigerian, who came to build [...]

May 28, 2021 Crime
LASG Declares For Safety Measures

LASG Seals Chinese Firm Declares For Safety Measures

The Lagos State Government has affirmed commitment to safety of lives and property of its citizens. This assertion was made by the Director General, Safety Commission, Mr Lanre Mojola while sealing Mingy Trading Company Limited, located at No 11, Ila [...]

May 28, 2021 Human rights
Sudan and main rebel group kick off peace talks in Juba

Sudan and main rebel group kick off peace talks in Juba

Sudan’s transitional government and the main rebel group have kicked off a new round of peace talks, officials have said, the latest effort to end a decades-long conflict in the East African country. South Sudan President Salva Kiir is hosting [...]

May 27, 2021 Africa
Zulum: Child Rights bill ready for assent in Borno

Zulum: Child Rights bill ready for assent in Borno

Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno has announced that the bill to domesticate the Child Rights Act is almost ready for his assent to become a law in the state. He made this known during an interaction with Ms Ulla Mueller, [...]

May 27, 2021 Human rights
160 feared dead in Kebbi boat mishap

160 feared dead in Kebbi boat mishap

The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) says it fears 160 people died in the boat mishap that happened in Kebbi State on Wednesday as most of them are yet to be found. The agency said only four dead bodies had [...]

May 27, 2021 Incidents
Security Is Every Nigerian's Business

Security Is Every Nigerian’s Business

President Muhammadu Buhari says the country’s security is the responsibility of all Nigerians, whether in office or not. “Addressing them (security challenges) effectively to restore peace and security remains the responsibility of all Nigerians in and out of the public [...]

May 27, 2021 Security
Seriake Dickson: You Don't Play Politics With National Security

Seriake Dickson: Don’t Play Politics With National Security

On Monday May 24, the Former Governor of Bayelsa State Senator Seriake Dickson held a conversation ; ‘Tweet Meet’ with Young Journalists and prominent Influencers from different parts of the country. Senator Seriake Dickson while speakking on his stand on [...]

May 27, 2021 Government and politics
Mali’s military detains president, prime minister

Mali’s military detains president, prime minister

Soldiers in Mali have detained the president and prime minister of the interim government, according to the United Nations and the African Union, deepening political chaos in the country just nine months after a military coup overthrew its previous leader. [...]

May 26, 2021 Military
Akwa Ibom governor dispels defection rumours

Akwa Ibom governor dispels defection rumours

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, yesterday, maintained that he has no intention of defecting, saying those using social media to speculate his alleged defection were merely trying to make noise through the back door. He stated this at Oron [...]

May 26, 2021 Government and politics
£4.2 million Ibori loot paid to Delta govt

£4.2 million Ibori loot paid to Delta govt

The £4.2 million recovered from the former governor of Delta State, James Ibori, has been paid to the Delta State Government, the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, said on Tuesday. The fund, which the federal government recently received from [...]

May 26, 2021 Finance
Mob Burns Mentally Challenged Caught With AK47s

Mob Burns Mentally Challenged Caught With AK47s

A mentally challenged woman has reportedly been set ablaze by hoodlums after she was allegedly caught with three AK-47 rifles at Abule-Ado, Trade fair area in Badagry, Lagos State.  After retrieving the weapons from her, the woman was mercilessly beaten [...]

May 26, 2021 Crime
Attahiru: Tinubu, Akande, Others Visit Buhari

Attahiru: Tinubu, Akande, Others Visit Buhari

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu and other leaders of the party in South-West have visited the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), over the death of Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Attahiru Ibrahim, and other [...]

May 26, 2021 Government and politics
14 killed in Guinea-Bissau road accident

14 killed in Guinea-Bissau road accident

Fourteen people have died in southern Guinea-Bissau after a cargo truck crashed into village homes, according to police. The driver was speeding around a bend when he lost control and careered into the small village of Cambesse, 180km (120 miles) [...]

May 25, 2021 Incidents
Government to release Swiss vessel three years after

Government to release Swiss vessel three years after

Three years after detaining the Swiss-flagged vessel, San Padre Pio, for territorial waters violation and diesel smuggling, Nigeria is to release the ship after reaching an agreement with the Swiss government. The Swiss foreign ministry, at the weekend, said the [...]

May 25, 2021 Government and politics
IPOB hires another lobbying firm in fresh N300M deal

IPOB hires another lobbying firm in fresh N300M deal

The leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has engaged a new American lobbying firm to help the group win the support of the U.S. government. The one-year deal is slated to run for 12 months and [...]

May 25, 2021 Economy
How Fuel Tanker Exploded Early Morning In Lagos.

How Fuel Tanker Exploded Early Morning In Lagos

Adiesel-laden tanker exploded at Egbeda, Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos in the early hours of Tuesday. Investigation conducted by the state emergency team upon arrival at the scene revealed a fully loaded tanker with diesel had brakes failure and [...]

May 25, 2021 Incidents
Chukwuma Obidike: Count Me Out Of Alleged Plan

Chukwuma Obidike: Count Me Out Of Alleged Plan

A UK-based lawyer, Barr. Chukwuma Obidike has dissociated himself from an online publication in which his name was mentioned in relation to a planned attack in Igbere, home of Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu, Chief Whip of the Senate. The name [...]

May 25, 2021 Government and politics
Invest in nurses to fight the pandemic

Invest in nurses to fight the pandemic

Nurses around the world are in crisis, whether they are in the eye of the COVID-19 storm in India, the exhausted ranks of Britain’s workforce, organising against a 1 percent pay rise offer, or in Kenya where, in some areas, [...]

May 24, 2021 Health issues
‘Food production to increase with ban on open grazing’

Food production to increase with ban on open grazing

Nigerian farmers and agricultural scientists have expressed optimism that food production will receive a boost as the southern governors have declared a ban on open cattle grazing in the regions. For decades, open grazing of cattle has led to violent [...]

May 24, 2021 Agriculture, Food
Amidst COVID-19 challenges, Nigeria’s economy grows again

Amidst COVID-19 challenges, Nigeria’s economy grows again

Nigeria’s economy grew 0.51 per cent in the first quarter of 2021, a report published by the statistics office on Sunday shows. The latest report highlighted two consecutive quarters of growth following the negative growth rates recorded in the second [...]

May 24, 2021 Economy
Gunmen Abduct Wife Of Oyo APC Youth Leader In Ibadan

Gunmen Abduct Wife Of Oyo APC Youth Leader

The wife of the Oyo state youth leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Mrs Arikeade Oni-Salawu, was abducted by unknown gunmen in Ibadan, the state capital on Sunday evening. Mrs Salawu, who is a medical doctor, was said to [...]

May 24, 2021 Crime
Buhari, Osinbajo's Absence At Late Army Chief's Burial

Buhari, Osinbajo’s Absence At Late Army Chief’s Burial

The Absence of President Muhammadu Buhari and his Vice, Yemi Osinbajo at the funeral ceremony of Late Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, has drawn severe criticism from a lot of Nigerians. Attahiru and several other military officers [...]

May 24, 2021 Government and politics