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Several civilians burned, hacked to death in DR Congo

Several civilians burned, hacked to death in DR Congo

Nineteen civilians in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo have been burned and hacked to death by Ugandan rebels, a local official said. Fourteen bodies were found on Saturday, a day after the incident, Kakule Kalunga told the AFP [...]

August 31, 2021 Crime
Ortom welcomes probe, gives timeline

Ortom welcomes probe, gives timeline

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has raised no objection to the call by the Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Senator George Akume, that anti-graft agencies should probe his administration. Ortom, however, asserted that since he assumed office as [...]

August 31, 2021 Government and politics
Nigeria’s GDP growth stunted by insecurity

Nigeria’s GDP growth stunted by insecurity

Nigeria’s latest impressive economic growth would have been better if the country had been more secure, the finance minister, Zainab Ahmed, has said. Mrs Ahmed said save for the country’s spate of insecurity that has affected growth in agriculture, the [...]

August 31, 2021 Economy
Unknown Gunmen Kill Fulani Leader In Kwara Community

Unknown Gunmen Kill Fulani Leader In Kwara Community

Unknown gunmen have killed the head of a Fulani village, Alhaji Alhaji Sheidu Madawaki, at Obuh Ruga cattle settlement, Oro Ago kingdom in the Kwara South Senatorial District. According to information from the security agents, Madawaki was attacked in his [...]

August 31, 2021 Security
CBN To Launch E-Naira Soon, Drafts Guidelines

CBN To Launch E-Naira Soon, Drafts Guidelines

The CBN recently sent a presentation to Nigerian banks about the eNaira project, revealing more details about its design and operational module. As seen by Nairametrics, the presentation described how the new currency would be designed and operated. In fact, the [...]

August 31, 2021 Finance
Mali releases ex-interim president and PM from house arrest

Mali releases ex-interim president and PM from house arrest

Former Malian interim President Bah Ndaw and his prime minister, Moctar Ouane, have been freed from house arrest by the authorities who deposed them in May, a committee monitoring the post-coup transition has said. Their detention by military officers in May marked [...]

August 28, 2021 Government and politics
Visually impaired Paralympian hit by self-driving bus

Visually impaired Paralympian hit by self-driving bus

A visually impaired man was hit by a self-driving bus in the Paralympic village in Tokyo, organisers said Friday, adding the accident left no “external injury.” The accident took place on Thursday afternoon, according to organisers and Toyota, which developed [...]

August 28, 2021 Incidents
Niger governor confirms death of kidnapped Islamiyya pupil

Niger governor confirms death of kidnapped Islamiyya pupil

Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, on Friday, said one of the kidnapped pupils from Salihu Tanko Islamic School Tegina on May 30 died in the captivity of their abductors. The governor disclosed this on Friday when he received 90 of the [...]

August 28, 2021 Crime
32 More Students Of Kaduna Baptist School Regain Freedom

32 More Students Of Kaduna Baptist School Regain Freedom

Bandits, on Friday, released 32 more students of Bethel Baptist High School, Kaduna. Joseph Hayab, Chairman of the Kaduna State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), confirmed the victims’ release on Friday. “Thirty-two of the students have been [...]

August 28, 2021 Security
Ortom Challenges Buhari To Debate On National Issues

Ortom Challenges Buhari To Debate On National Issues

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State on Thursday urged President Muhammadu Buhari’s led Federal Government to focus on ending the increasing killings of innocent Nigerians across the country instead of using his foot soldiers to attack him for dishing out [...]

August 28, 2021 Government and politics
Mali ex-PM Boubeye Maiga arrested over corruption claims

Mali ex-PM Boubeye Maiga arrested over corruption claims

Mali’s former prime minister, Boubeye Maiga, has been arrested for his role in the purchase of a presidential plane during the rule of deposed President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, his lawyer has said. The exact reason for the arrest was not [...]

August 27, 2021 Government and politics, Law
NNPC posts first profit of N287 billion after 44 years

NNPC posts first profit of N287 billion after 44 years

Known for loss making in the past 44 years of its existence, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has declared a N287 billion profit after tax (PAT). Although the audited report, which produced the figure is yet to be released, [...]

August 27, 2021 Business
136 Niger school pupils freed 86 days after abduction

136 Niger school pupils freed 86 days after abduction

The 136 abducted pupils of Salihu Tanko Islamiyya School, Tegina in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State, have been released. They were released on Thursday night in Birnin Gwari LGA of Kaduna State after 86 days in captivity. Birnin [...]

August 27, 2021 Security
Court Restores Uche Secondus As PDP National Chairman

Court Restores Uche Secondus As PDP National Chairman

Justice Nusirat. I. Umar, a vacation judge of the Kebbi State High Court on Thursday, ordered Prince Uche Secondus to return to his position as the National Chairman. Giving the order in a suit brought before her in Birnin Kebbi, [...]

August 27, 2021 Government and politics
ISWAP, Boko Haram Clash In Borno, 27 Terrorists Killed

ISWAP, Boko Haram Clash In Borno, 27 Terrorists Killed

Scores of ISWAP and Boko Haram members have been killed during a deadly clash between the terrorist groups in Northern Abadam, Borno State. According to a news agency, PRNigeria, Boko Haram militants who had planned to surrender came under heavy [...]

August 27, 2021 Boko Haram And Terror
Niger: At least 16 soldiers killed in Boko Haram attack

Niger: At least 16 soldiers killed in Boko Haram attack

Hundreds of Boko Haram fighters have attacked a military post in southern Niger, killing 16 soldiers and wounding nine more, the defence ministry says. About 50 attackers from the group were killed in the resulting combat in the West African [...]

August 26, 2021 Boko Haram And Terror
Okowa, Adebanjo, others harp on new constitution

Okowa, Adebanjo, others harp on new constitution

Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, leader of Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, Pa Ayo Adebanjo and other eminent Nigerians have insisted that until the country changes the current 1999 Constitution to a truly federal article, current challenges to its unity, economy [...]

August 26, 2021 Law
Despite mounting killings, Buhari again tackles Ortom

Despite mounting killings, Buhari again tackles Ortom

The Presidency has again condemned the ‘promotion of ethno-religious politics and divisive utterances’ by Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue. The condemnation comes amidst sporadic and strident lamentations and criticisms of the president by Mr Ortom whose state over the years has become [...]

August 26, 2021 Government and politics
20-year-old Who Defrauded American Of $500 On Facebook

20-year-old Who Defrauded American Of $500 On Facebook

A High Court sitting in Ilorin, Kwara State has sentenced 20-year-old Udoh Sunday Okon to one-year imprisonment for defrauding an American, Kimberly, to the tune of $500 on Facebook. The Ilorin Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), [...]

August 26, 2021 Crime
FG Blamed As Saudi Arabia Recruits Nigerian Doctors

FG Blamed As Saudi Arabia Recruits Nigerian Doctors

THE Federal Government on Monday feigned ignorance as a firm concluded arrangement to recruit Nigerian doctors for Saudi Arabia. The firm, Meed Consultants, is recruiting doctors in different specialities under a programme tagged, ‘Saudi Ministry of Health Doctors Recruitment August [...]

August 26, 2021 Law
South Africa’s unemployment rate is now highest in the world

South Africa’s unemployment rate is now highest in the world

South Africa’s unemployment rate surged to the highest on a global list of 82 countries monitored by Bloomberg. The jobless rate rose to 34.4% in the second quarter from 32.6% in the three months through March, Statistics South Africa said [...]

August 25, 2021 Employment
‘Nigeria building alliance to stop defunding of oil projects’

‘Nigeria building alliance to stop defunding of oil projects’

Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has disclosed that the country is forming a coalition with other affected countries in order to stop attempted moves to halt funding of fossil fuel. Mounting pressure towards zero-emission has been drying up investment for [...]

August 25, 2021 Oil & Gas
NDA: How gunmen attacked, killed, abducted officers

NDA: How gunmen attacked, killed, abducted officers

The Nigerian Army has confirmed the killing of two of its officers and abduction of a senior officer at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), in Afaka, Kaduna State. A statement by the Academy’s spokesperson, Bashir Jajira, a major, said unknown gunmen carried [...]

August 25, 2021 Crime, Security
Borno Governor: We Should Accept The Terrorists’ Surrender

Borno Governor: We Should Accept The Terrorists’ Surrender

Babagana Zulum, Borno governor, has said he has been attacked by Boko Haram insurgents “more than 40 to 50 times”. Speaking on Tuesday while briefing state house correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Zulum said [...]

August 25, 2021 Boko Haram And Terror
Mayweather Acquires 7 New Stunning Supercars In All White

Mayweather Acquires 7 New Stunning Supercars In All White

As the highest-earning boxer of all-time, Mayweather reportedly has a net worth of well over $500m (£360m), and as such, the boxing legend’s Instagram feed is packed with snaps of his private jet, enormous mansions, and designer clothes. Most recently, [...]

August 25, 2021 entertainment
US sanctions Eritrean general over rights abuses in Ethiopia

US sanctions Eritrean general over rights abuses in Ethiopia

The United States Department of the Treasury on Monday sanctioned an Eritrean official it accused of engaging in serious human rights abuses committed during the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. The Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is [...]

August 24, 2021 Human rights
Security crisis drives up Nigeria’s food worries

Security crisis drives up Nigeria’s food worries

Rice farmer Donald Amokaha spends his days weeding a temporary plot outside the city of Makurdi, on the fringes of the Benue river in Nigeria’s agricultural heartland. Two hours drive away into the countryside, Amokaha has a swathe of prime [...]

August 24, 2021 Food
Nigeria’s electricity companies and their perpetual loss-making

Nigeria’s electricity companies and their perpetual loss-making

Almost all of Nigeria’s 11 electricity distribution companies reported huge losses in seven straight years, a distressing scorecard that highlights the struggles of a sector that has failed to meet the power needs of Nigerians nearly a decade after the [...]

August 24, 2021 Power
Welfare Programme For ‘Repentant’ Boko Haram Commanders

Welfare Programme For ‘Repentant’ Boko Haram Commanders

The Muhammadu Buhari-led government has been funding another secret programme aimed at rehabilitating and integrating the “repentant” Boko Haram terrorists into the society. The program titled “Sulhu” was exposed in a report by The New Humanitarian. The media outlet stated [...]

August 24, 2021 Boko Haram And Terror
EFCC Arrests 37 Alleged Internet Fraudsters In Oyo

EFCC Arrests 37 Alleged Internet Fraudsters In Oyo

The Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Friday, August 20, 2021, arrested 37 suspected internet fraudsters. The suspects were arrested at Ibadan and Oyo town, Oyo State following intelligence on their alleged involvement in [...]

August 24, 2021 Security