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Death toll in Italy migrant boat wreck rises to 114, over 200 missing

Death toll in Italy migrant boat wreck rises to 114

The rickety fishing boat was the third of the night to head toward the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa, overloaded with African migrants seeking a better life in Europe. Most never reached shore. After the boat started taking on water, [...]

October 4, 2013 General
Lagos Plane Crash - ‘Another instance of failed regulation’

Lagos Plane Crash – ‘Another instance of failed regulation’

Failure of regulation may have been responsible for the crash of Associated Airlines plane at the Lagos airport yesterday, killing about 16 persons and injuring others. Reports have it that 20 persons, including seven crew members, were on board the [...]

October 4, 2013 General
Governor Ibrahim Gaidam

Yobe Foots N133 Million Medical Bill for Boko Haram Victims, Others

Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State yesterday approved the payment of N133 million hospital bill for 300 patients and victims of Boko Haram attacks whose conditions require medical treatment outside the state. This was contained a statement signed by the [...]

October 4, 2013 General
16 Killed in the plane crash near Lagos

16 Killed in the plane crash near Lagos

by Reuters Sixteen people were killed when a small passenger plane crashed shortly after takeoff outside Lagos airport’s domestic terminal on Thursday, Nigerian authorities said. The aircraft, operated by Nigeria’s Associated Airlines, came down in open ground, close to an [...]

October 4, 2013 General
Gambia pulls out of Commonwealth

Gambia pulls out of Commonwealth

Banjul – The Gambian government announced on Wednesday that the former British colony is pulling out of the Commonwealth with immediate effect, saying it would “never be a member of any neo-colonial institution”. “The general public is hereby informed that [...]

October 3, 2013 General
The Anambra State Police Command on Wednesday said it had begun questioning the policeman attached to one of its divisions in Onitsha, caught on video demanding a bribe of N10,000 from a motorist. The state conmmand’s Police Public Relations Officer, Emeka Chukwuemeka, who spoke with our correspondent on the telephone, said the outcome of the investigation would be made public as soon as it was concluded. Chukwuemeka, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said the manner the video was shot made it easy for the authorities to identify the policeman in question. The police spokesman, who assured members of the public that the policeman would be made to face the full wrath of the law if found guilty, said the police would not condone any acts of corruption. He said, “His identity was clearly revealed in the video that went viral on the Internet. An in-house investigation has since started and when we conclude, we will make the outcome public. It is noteworthy that the Nigeria Police Force remains one of the few organisations in this country that punishes one of its own whenever they err. “Corruption is bad and anybody caught in the web of corrupt practices will be punished in accordance with our statute books. All acts of corruption are condemnable and we will never condone it. Corruption is evil. We appeal that nobody condones it.” When asked for the name and rank of the policeman, Chukwuemeka declined to provide the information and directed our correspondent to check for it online. In the three-minute 18-second video which has since become an Internet sensation, the man in uniform was seen seated in the front seat with the driver demanding the N10,000 bribe after he had observed some discrepancies between the vehicle particulars and its chassis number. Several appeals by the driver who was coming from Akure, Ondo State, to Umuahia, Abia State, before he was stopped in Onitsha, fell on deaf ears. The drivers had explained that the mix-up was unintended, adding that the vehicle was not a stolen one. He even offered to pray for the policeman.

Police quiz cop caught demanding N10,000 bribe

The Anambra State Police Command on Wednesday said it had begun questioning the policeman attached to one of its divisions in Onitsha, caught on video demanding a bribe of N10,000 from a motorist. The state conmmand’s Police Public Relations Officer, [...]

October 3, 2013 General
INEC, NASRDA Sign MoU on Constituency Delimitation

INEC, NASRDA Sign MoU on Constituency Delimitation

By Chuks Okocha The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) on the usage of satellite to conduct the forthcoming constituency delimitation exercise in the country. [...]

October 3, 2013 Government and politics
Amnesty office withdraws sponsorship of six students in Russia

Attack on Nigerian embassy: Amnesty office withdraws sponsorship of six students in Russia

The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Kingsley Kuku, has withdrawn the sponsorship of Nigerian student-delegates at the Peoples Friendship University, Moscow, Russia, following their unprovoked attack on the Nigerian Embassy in that country. The decision was taken [...]

October 3, 2013 Education
Resident doctors declare nationwide strike

Resident doctors declare nationwide strike

The National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD), has declared an indefinite strike action on the ground that the Federal Government has refused to empower residency training in the country. Addressing a news conference in Kano, the association’s National [...]

October 2, 2013 Health issues
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has banned the importation of all foreign currencies except with approval.

Nigeria bans import of foreign currencies

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has banned the importation of all foreign currencies except with approval. According to a statement signed by CBN Director of Corporate Communications, Mr Ugo Okoroafor, on Tuesday in Abuja, the move was sequel to [...]

October 2, 2013 Finance
Dangote to build diagnostic centre, hospital in Kano

Aliko Dangote to build diagnostic centre, hospital in Kano

Africa’s richest man and President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, said on Tuesday that he would construct a 1,000-bed hospital in Kano to improve health care delivery in the state. Dangote announced this while laying the foundation of Mariya [...]

October 2, 2013 Health issues
Nigeria sixth worst country to grow old, says UN report

Nigeria ranks 85 in global age index for best countries for older people

Nigeria ranked 85th place in a global index for best countries for older people, where Sweden was ranked number one and Afghanistan was described as the worst. The Global AgeWatch Index examined the quality of life of the elderly in [...]

October 2, 2013 Societal issues
How independent is Nigeria? Nigerians speak

How independent is Nigeria? – Here is what Nigerians have to say

Although, no country can be an island on its own, yet Nigeria, since independence, seems to be wallowing in underdevelopment. The Nigerian Tribune conducted an opinion poll, asking Nigerians if truly the country is independent.Doyin Adeoye brings the responses. Isa Busari: Nigeria [...]

October 1, 2013 What the papers say
Russia Congratulates Nigeria on 53rd independence Anniversary

Russia Congratulates Nigeria on 53rd independence Anniversary

Russia has congratulated Nigeria on its 53rd independence anniversary. The felicitation is contained in a message sent by Russian President Vladimir Putin to President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday. A statement issued by the Russian Embassy in Abuja quoted Putin as [...]

September 30, 2013 History
Jonathan to Address Nation at 7am Tuesday

Jonathan to Address Nation at 7am Tuesday

President Goodluck Jonathan will at 7am Tuesday,1st October 2013, make an Independence Day Broadcast to the nation. This was stated in a press statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Rueben Abati. According to the [...]

September 30, 2013 History
Tallest Building in West Africa Unvield - Fashola

Tallest Building in West Africa Unveiled – Fashola

Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, yesterday, unveiled the tallest hotel in West Africa, the Intercontinental Lagos built at a cost of N30 billion. The hotel located at Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, is a 23-storey building with 358 [...]

September 30, 2013 Business, Real Estate
Lawal Babafemi

Babafemi, Appears In U.S. Court For Allegedly Providing Support To al Qaeda

Lawal Babafemi, was on Friday arraigned in a U.S. Federal Court, Brooklyn, on charges of providing material support to al Qaeda and criminal use of firearms. Mr. Babafemi, 33, also known as “Ayatollah Mustapha’’, was arraigned on a four-count charge [...]

September 29, 2013 Law
Extremists gun down up to 50 college students: school official

Extremists gun down up to 50 college students: school official

By Adamu Adamu and Michelle Faul POTISKUM, Nigeria — Suspected Islamic extremists attacked an agricultural college in the dead of night, gunning down dozens of students as they slept in dormitories and torching classrooms in an ongoing Islamic uprising in [...]

September 29, 2013 Incidents
President Jonathan Holds Media Chat Tomorrow

President Jonathan Holds Media Chat Tomorrow

President Goodluck Jonathan will tomorrow, Sunday, speak on current national issues during a presidential media chat to be broadcast live at 7pm, local time. A statement by Reuben Abati, Special Adviser to the President, Media and Publicity says, President Jonathan [...]

September 28, 2013 Government and politics
Dr. Musa Asake, the Secretary General of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in a recent interview took a swipe at Mallam Nasir el-Rufai for his recent utterances. Dr. Asake emphasized that seeing the manner the former FCT minister has been approaching affairs of state, “psychiatrists should examine him”. He also told that in spite of the clamour for a president of northern extraction in 2015, Christians of that enclave “are solidly behind Jonathan,” and also described some of northern governors’ actions as religiously motivated. Read the excerpts of a big interview below: Q: Former FCT minister, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai in a recent interview, referred to the Christian Association of Nigeria as the mouthpiece of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), how did the statement come to you? I take his utterance as an insult. For him to take our leader and associate him with a political party is a total disrespect. It is not just an insult to our leader; it is also an insult to the Christian community in Nigeria. We cannot do that to the Muslims. I think psychiatrists should examine el-Rufai. The way he has been talking of recent is worrisome. I think he must tender an apology to the Christian body and our president, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor in particular. We know that the PDP has its own spokesman. How then will el-Rufai say that? That is total disrespect. A true Muslim knows that he cannot just disrespect a religious leader like that. Enough is enough. He’s been saying a lot of things and we can no longer tolerate that. Q: The same el-Rufai allegedly tweeted some derogatory things about Jesus Christ some months back… We responded to him then and also told him to shut his mouth. If it was a Christian that said something like that about Islam, this country would have gone up in flames. That tweet was deliberate. The man is so arrogant and opens his mouth wide. Q: The president of CAN, Oritsejafor revealed sometime last year that the Christian body would take Boko Haram to the International Criminal Court (ICC). We’ve not heard anything about it since then. What is the position of CAN right now on this? As at the time our leader, Oritsejafor made that statement, you would agree that things were really bad in the country. We were helpless then because nobody was listening to us. But when the Federal Government went ahead and proscribed them, things became different. We’ve not abandoned the plan to take the case to ICC. We have to study the whole situation. The Federal Government has done a lot, even by declaring a state of emergency. We are both living witnesses to the fact that the killings have reduced. So, we are warning. We are supporting what the Federal Government is doing right now. We support them. Christians are not being killed anymore the way they used to kill them. We’ve not dropped the idea. We are praying for the security agencies. Q: The atrocities committed by the sect for which CAN wanted to take it to ICC are still there. Does that mean CAN is now going to overlook all that since there is a planned amnesty for the sect? I am not saying that the atrocities will be overlooked. People are still being killed. If you look at it the way it was, things have slowed down. That was why I said we were watching. Our lawyers are studying the situation. Q: The president of CAN has openly declared that the proposed amnesty programme for Boko Haram members will fail. Judging by what you’ve said, does CAN still maintain that stand? CAN has been very consistent since the Federal Government came up with that word, amnesty. We said ‘no’ from the very beginning. We said you cannot give amnesty to somebody you don’t know. Let them come out. We’ve never supported amnesty because you cannot give amnesty to people you don’t know. That was why when the committee on dialogue invited CAN, we said we were not going to talk to them. There were two reasons for that. The committee was given 90 days and it invited CAN towards the last week of its sitting. We felt it was an after-thought. If you look at the combination of the committee, out of over 20, only seven of them are Christians. We felt there will be no justice. So, for us to go and sit down and begin to talk to a committee that had already finished its work, was not fair. We Christians are the people who are being killed and whose churches are being destroyed. We didn’t understand. CAN has never considered amnesty at all. The recent move by the Borno State government to demolish over 20 churches in the state has been described by many religious leaders as a ploy to Islamise the region and possibly the country, by shutting down churches. What is CAN doing about that? Everybody is entitled to his own opinion. In our office, we have a letter from the Ministry of Lands and Survey, Borno State. In that letter, they wrote, using the authority of the governor that they were going to remove the people living in that area. When we checked, we discovered that there are many churches there. These churches have about 600 acres of land. They have a school. That has a concern. They said they want to build a housing estate. These people they want to evict are fully settled. They were given the place a long time ago. For the state government just to come around and say that they want to demolish the churches, that raises some concern. We are not talking about Islamisation. We are talking about fairness. There are 20 churches there. I can even give you the names of churches in that area. READ MORE: http://news.naij.com/48381.html

El-Rufai Must Undergo Psychiatric Test – CAN

Dr. Musa Asake, the Secretary General of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in a recent interview took a swipe at Mallam Nasir el-Rufai for his recent utterances. Dr. Asake emphasized that seeing the manner the former FCT minister has [...]

September 28, 2013 Religion
At least 42 people were drowned in a boat mishap on River Niger close to Malilli Village in Borgu Local Government Area of Niger State on September 27, 2013, Friday.

Breaking News: 42 Dead, 100 Missing in Niger Boat Wreckage

At least 42 people were drowned in a boat mishap on River Niger close to Malilli Village in Borgu Local Government Area of Niger State on September 27, 2013, Friday. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 100 others on [...]

September 28, 2013 Incidents
LASU Students Beg Governor Fashola To Save Them From Harassment by Lecturers

LASU Students Beg Governor Fashola To Save Them From Harassment by Lecturers

Dear Sir, The issue of intimate harassment and misconduct by lecturers in Nigerian universities has always been reoccurring in some of our universities and many lecturers have been found culpable in this ignoble act to the detriment of students. So [...]

September 27, 2013 Law
At 53 - Nigeria's Senators Decry Slow Pace of Development

At 53 – Nigeria’s Senators Decry Slow Pace of Development

BY JOHNBOSCO AGBAKWURU AND JOSEPH ERUNKE AS Nigeria clocks 53 years of independence on Tuesday, senators, yesterday, lamented that the country had not met the expectations of its founding fathers. The senators, who spoke during debate on the motion, titled [...]

September 27, 2013 Media representation
Durban - Interpol issued a Red Notice on Thursday for the arrest of “White Widow” Samantha Lewthwaite, 29, the suspected terrorist who is also believed to have obtained a fraudulent South African passport in Durban under the name Natalie Faye Webb.

Wanted: The White Widow

Interpol joins hunt for ‘white widow’ Kenya widens mall attack probe ‘White widow’ had debts in SA – report Government mum on ‘white widow’ ‘White widow’ shot at me – witness SA to probe ‘white widow’ passport Interpol secretary-general Ronald [...]

September 27, 2013 Uncategorized
Toddler, Three Others Killed as Buildings Collapse in Lagos

Baby Toddler, Three Others Killed as Buildings Collapse in Lagos

Gboyega Akinsanmi and  Chiemelie Ezeobi   Tragedy struck Thursday in Lagos as another building collapsed, killing a four-year-old girl, an  octogenarian and two others, with 10 others left with varying degrees of injuries. Although some victims were still buried under [...]

September 27, 2013 Incidents
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Delta kidnap kingpin’s charm maker arrested – Uduaghan calls for cautious movement

FOLLOWING the arrest of notorious kidnap kingpin, Kelvin Prosper Oniara, Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan has urged the people of Kokori to avoid moving around the community from 6.00pm just as the juju priest, who provided charms for the alleged criminals, has [...]

September 27, 2013 Uncategorized
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IMMIGRATION TO MONITOR ALL ECOWAS IMMIGRANTS IN NIGERIA

Comptroller General of Immigrations, Mrs. Rose Uzoma has announced plans to screen, register and monitor all Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) citizens desirous of staying in Nigeria saying the service will no longer tolerate the presence of anybody [...]

September 27, 2013 General
Bomb Scare At Nigeria House In New York

Bomb Scare At Nigeria House In New York

There was panic at the Nigeria Permanent Mission House in New York on Thursday, after a bomb alarm was raised by security agencies. The house is located on Second Avenue, 44th Street.   People scamper for safety as the American [...]

September 27, 2013 Uncategorized
Governor Suntai

You Betrayed Me – Governor Suntai

Ailing Taraba State Governor Danbaba Suntai has accused his deputy, Alhaji Garba Umar, of betrayal. Suntai said he least expected the deputy governor to lust for his (Suntai’s) office given the confidence he reposed in him. Suntai, who spoke through [...]

September 27, 2013 Government and politics
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Yero Congratulates New Kaduna State Assembly Speaker

Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero has congratulated the new leadership of the Kaduna state House of Assembly led by Shehu Tahir and his Deputy, Peter Adamu, in spite of the crisis rocking the Kaduna parliament, following last Tuesday’s impeachment of the [...]

September 26, 2013 Government and politics