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Nigeria: MMM – the Fool and His Money Are Parted

opinion By Yinka Odumakin Those who were in Lagos around 1991-2 would remember Forum Finance located on Allen Avenue in Ikeja,a company that employed a number of young men and women in flashy cars going about town duping the gullible of their hard earned money .Its famous advert was “Forum go double your money!”. It […]

Nigeria: Lassa Fever Kills Four in Nasarawa

The Nasarawa State Commissioner for Health, Daniel Iya, has confirmed that four persons have lost their lives to Lassa fever outbreak in the state. Mr. Iya told journalists on Monday in Lafia that 16 suspected cases have been recorded in the state, out of which four were confirmed positive and all of them have died. […]

Nigeria: Residents of Abia, Osun, Ondo Paid Highest Price for Kerosene in December – Report

By Oladeinde Olawoyin Abia, Osun and Ondo states recorded the highest average prices per litre of kerosene in December 2016, the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, has said. A report tagged the National Household Kerosene Price Watch for December 2016 stated that Abia recorded an average price of N211 per litre, while Osun and Ondo […]

Nigeria: University Attack – Shekau Claims Responsibility

By Richard Ngbokai Abubakar Shekau, leader of the Boko Haram group, has owned up to the bomb blasts that killed four people and injured 17 others at the University of Maiduguri, Borno state, yesterday. Shekau in an audio published on YouTube, said the mosque was attacked because it was “ungodly”. He also berated the Nigerian […]

Nigeria: Lagos Anti-Kidnapping Bill Stokes Controversy at Death Penalty Provision

By Joseph Onyekwere and Godwin Dunia Lagos State House of Assembly on January 5, 2017 passed an anti-kidnapping bill and prescribed death penalty for convicts whose victims die in their custody. Abductors, whose victims do not die in their hands would face life imprisonment. The bill aimed at curbing the rising cases of kidnapping in […]

Nigeria: Trucks With 145 Under-Age Boys Heading to Plateau, Others for Unidentified Reasons Intercepted

By Marie-Therese Nanlong Plateau State Police Command, yesterday, said it intercepted two trucks conveying 145 children, aged between four and eight, from Bauchi and Jigawa states. The command’s Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Terna Tyopev, in a statement in Jos, said the children were to be sent to Plateau, Kaduna and Nasarawa states. He said: “Our […]

Nigeria: Cleric Condemns Flamboyant Lifestyles of Pastors

By Charles Coffie Gyamfi Abeokuta — The General Overseer of Jubilee Christian Church International, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Rev. Kunle Adesina, has condemned the flamboyant lifestyles of some clerics, stressing that it was “shameful and regrettable” that some pastors no longer strive for God’s anointing, but rather give priority to material things in order to show […]

Nigeria: Court Orders NNPC to Reinstate Sacked Worker

The National Industrial Court on Monday adopted the terms of reinstatement of Francis Johnson, a sacked worker of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC. Justice Edith Agbakoba in her judgment also ordered NNPC to offer Mr. Johnson a new contract. Ms. Agbakoba’s judgment followed the court’s adoption of the terms of settlement endorsed by counsel […]

Nigeria: #BringBackOurGirls Group Arrives North-East for Sambisa Forest Tour

By Ebuka Onyeji Representatives of the BringBackOurGirls Group have arrived the north-east to observe efforts being made by soldiers to free the remaining abducted Chibok schoolgirls. The group will join a federal government delegation for the tour. The government delegation includes the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed; his counterpart for defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, and the […]

Nigeria: IMF Predicts 0.8 Percent Growth for Nigeria in 2017

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has predicted a slim rise in Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to 0.8 per cent in 2017. The IMF stated this in its World Economic Outlook titled: “A Shifting Global Economic Landscape,” released Thursday. It also predicted a 2.3 per cent GDP growth for the country in 2018. More to […]

Nigeria: Naira Stabilises At N497/$ As Hope of Recovery Imminent

The Naira on Monday stabilised at N497 to a dollar at the open market just as stakeholders expressed hope in its imminent recovery. The Nigerian currency, however, strengthened against the Pounds Sterling, but weakened against the Euro at the open or parallel market as it closed at N595 and N517, respectively; from N597 and N515 […]

Nigeria: Suicide Attack Hits University of Maiduguri

At least four people were killed and 15 others injured in a suicide bomb attack on a university campus in northeast Nigeria, police said. The blast happened on Monday at a mosque in the staff quarters area of the University of Maiduguri, and is thought to have been carried out by a teenage girl, a […]

Gambia: Jammeh’s Ploy to Remain in Office Legally Truncated By Supreme Court

By Nicholas Ibekwe The move by outgoing Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to stop the inauguration of the President-elect Adama Barrow suffered a major setback on Monday as the country’s Supreme Court refused to hear the application. Last Thursday, the country’s ruling Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction, APRC, filed an application for an interlocutory injunction […]

Nigeria: Why We Will Not Shut Unimaid Despite Bomb Explosions – Vice Chancellor

The Vice Chancellor, University of Maiduguri, UNIMAID, Abubakar Njodi, says the university will not close in spite Monday’s bomb blasts by Boko Haram insurgents that killed a professor and at least three others. Mr. Njodi spoke on Monday in Maiduguri, when Lucky Irabor, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole of the Nigerian Army paid […]