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21 abducted Chibok schoolgirls released

21 abducted Chibok schoolgirls released

The Presidency has confirmed that Boko Haram insurgents have released  21 of the more than 200 abducted Chibok Schoolgirls. According to the Senior Special Adviser Media to the President, Malam Garba Shehu, the girls are now in the custody of the Directorate of State Services (DSS). Shehu confirmed the release of the schoolgirls through his twitter handle on Thursday. The ... Read More »

Explosion rocks CBN Calabar office

Explosion rocks CBN Calabar office

Eighteen persons have been injured, while two others are on critical condition, after a gas cylinder exploded in the Central Bank of Nigeria’s office in Calabar, the Cross River State capital. The explosion, which happened at about 11am on Friday, shattered the CBN banking hall and caused traffic jam on roads around the bank between 11am and 2pm as security ... Read More »

Explosion rocks Jimeta Police Division

Explosion rocks Jimeta Police Division

An explosion has occurred at the Jimeta Divional Police Headquarters in Yola, Adamawa State, Northeast Nigeria. Witnesses confirmed the powerful blast that shattered glass windows and doors. Read More »

Rene Angelil Dead: Celine Dion’s Husband & Former Manager Dies At 73

Rene Angelil Dead: Celine Dion’s Husband & Former Manager Dies At 73

This is incredibly sad. Rene Angelil, husband and former manager to music superstar, Celine Dion, has passed away. The man Celine called ‘the only boyfriend’ she ever had finally succumbed to cancer on. He was 73 years old. Read More »

Emirati gets death sentence for joining jihadists

Emirati gets death sentence for joining jihadists

A court in Abu Dhabi on Sunday sentenced to death an Emirati convicted in absentia of having joined both the Islamic State group and Al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria, a newspaper reported. Read More »

BREAKING: Jim Nwobodo dumps PDP for APC

BREAKING: Jim Nwobodo dumps PDP for APC

A former minister of information, and governor of the old Anambra State, Chief Jim Nwobodo, on Friday defected to the All Progressive Congress. Read More »

2 die in multiple crash near Enugu

2 die in multiple crash near Enugu

Two persons have died in a multiple crash at Ugwuonyeama on the Enugu-Onitsha road, leaving many others with various degrees of injuries. Read More »

FG to pay Unemployed, Poor Nigerians N5,000 monthly

FG to pay Unemployed, Poor Nigerians N5,000 monthly

President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration at the weekend declared that there are ongoing plans to implement one of its striking campaign promises that it will pay N5,000 each to the poorest Nigerians across the country monthly. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who gave the hint noted that government is “currently evaluating the best ways to collapse existing cash transfer and social welfare ... Read More »

Just 23 Days To Go: Katsina and Niger states Govs Face Impeachment

Just 23 Days To Go: Katsina and Niger states Govs Face Impeachment

Twenty-three days to the handover date of May 29, two outgoing governors from the North – Babangida Aliyu (Niger) and Ibrahim Shema (Katsina) – are now in a battle of wits as their state lawmakers have threatened to impeach them before the expiry of their tenure. In Niger State, the House of Assembly lawmakers have already impeached the speaker, Barrister ... Read More »

Boko Haram’s Child soldiers trend worrisome

Boko Haram’s Child soldiers trend worrisome

Boko Haram, the Nigerian-based insurgent group is notorious for sending young girls, some of them 10 year-old on suicide bombing missions. Now, the terror group is training young boys as part of its army, according to some photographs now in circulation. This surely is some nightmare for Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan to worry about. Al Urwa al Wuthaqa, a media ... Read More »

Soldiers Fire At Borno Governor’s Convoy

Soldiers Fire At Borno Governor’s Convoy

Nigerian troops in Maiduguri today opened fire on the convoy of Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State as the governor approached a military garrison near the airport to visit wounded soldiers. Nigerian troops on patrol near Maiduguri today Security sources told SaharaReporters that the governor’s protocol unit was to blame for the problem, as they had failed to notify the military ... Read More »

Curfew imposed on Maiduguri as Boko Haram tries to take over state capital

Curfew imposed on Maiduguri as Boko Haram tries to take over state capital

Nigeria’s Defence Headquarters has imposed a curfew on Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, following the ongoing operation around Maiduguri and Monguno as exchange of fire between the Nigerian military and Boko Haram terrorists continue. The insurgents had since Saturday night sustained attack on the two cities in a bid to seize them. Nigerian troops are trying to repel them. The ... Read More »

BREAKING: FG REDUCES FUEL PUMP PRICE TO N87 PER LITRE

BREAKING: FG REDUCES FUEL PUMP PRICE TO N87 PER LITRE

The Federal Government on Sunday 18th January announced the reduction of Petroleum Pump Price from N97 to N87 . It’s going to be a good news for the entire people of Nigeria as the decrease in the fuel pump price is expected to reflect positively on the citizenry  and prices of various commodity and transportation. The Nigerian government has announced ... Read More »

BREAKING: Damaturu under heavy Boko Haram attack

BREAKING: Damaturu under heavy Boko Haram attack

Damaturu, the Yobe state capital, has again come under intense assault by suspected Boko Haram militants, barely a month after a similar attack killed many residents. Residents and security operatives said the city is currently under heavy gunfire and multiple explosions forcing people to cringe in their homes. Umar Haruna, a civil servant residing in Damaturu told PREMIUM TIMES that ... Read More »

UPDATE: Residents and Soldiers flee to Chad as Boko Haram takes over Baga

UPDATE: Residents and Soldiers flee to Chad as Boko Haram takes over Baga

Baga, a town that has suffered several attacks from the Boko Haram in the past two years, fell to insurgents who overpowered soldiers of the Multinational Joint Task Force, MNJTF, and wrecked havoc on residents and property on Saturday, witnesses, a lawmaker, and security officials have said. Many resident of Baga, a fishing community in Kukawa Local Government Area of ... Read More »

BREAKING: Boko Haram seizes yet another Military base in Baga

BREAKING: Boko Haram seizes yet another Military base in Baga

The militant group Boko Haram has seized a town and key multinational military base in north-eastern Nigeria, officials and eyewitnesses say. A senator in Borno state said troops had abandoned the base in the town of Baga after it was attacked on Saturday. Residents of Baga, who fled by boat to neighbouring Chad, said many people had been killed and ... Read More »

BOKO HARAM: Military Repels Attack On Babbangida Village in Yobe State

BOKO HARAM: Military Repels Attack On Babbangida Village in Yobe State

Boko Haram militants have launched an attack on Babban Gida town, the headquarters of Tarmuwa Local Government Area of Yobe State north-east Nigeria, residents said. According to a report monitored on Channels TV, Sporadic gunshots were heard across the town as the rebellious group arrived by 6:30 p.m on Saturday and engaged Nigeria’s security forces in a gun battle. Babban ... Read More »

Tragic: Socialite, Mrs Adunni Bankole passes-on on  daughter’s wedding day

Tragic: Socialite, Mrs Adunni Bankole passes-on on daughter’s wedding day

Popular society lady and step mother of former speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representative, Dimeji Bankole, Chief Mrs Adunni Bankole has passed away. Mrs Adunni, who was the Iyalode of Gbagura in Ogun State and ex-wife of  Chief Alani Bankole, died today January 3rd after a battle with an unknown illness. Unfortunately, she died on the day one of her ... Read More »

Nigerian Army dismisses 203 soldiers after secret court martial held at night

Nigerian Army dismisses 203 soldiers after secret court martial held at night

The Nigerian Army has dismissed 203 soldiers after a secret court martial held in the dead of the night, for allegedly disobeying a direct order from their commanding officer. One of the sacked soldiers, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the soldiers were dismissed for asking for support equipment, following the army’s plan to convey them in a tipper ... Read More »

Boko Haram: Suicide bomber blew self up outside Gombe church

Boko Haram: Suicide bomber blew self up outside Gombe church

A suicide bomber blew himself up outside an evangelist church in northeast Nigeria on Thursday, injuring several people, witnesses and a rescue worker said. “There was an explosion outside the ECWA church this morning. A suicide bomber who was restrained from getting into the church blew himself up,” said Abubakar Yakubu, who heads the Nigeria Red Cross in Gombe. “Luckily ... Read More »

BREAKING: Bomb blast at Gombe bus station, Over 20 killed

BREAKING: Bomb blast at Gombe bus station, Over 20 killed

A bombing at a bus station in Gombe city in northeast Nigeria killed at least 20 people on Monday, the latest violence in the region repeatedly targeted by Boko Haram, the Red Cross said. “There was an explosion at the Dukku motor park. The Red Cross mobilised with 20 body bags and they have all been exhausted,” said Abubakar Yakubu ... Read More »

Officials: Boko Haram kidnaps 185 women and children, kills 32 people

Officials: Boko Haram kidnaps 185 women and children, kills 32 people

Boko Haram insurgents kidnapped at least 185 women and children, and killed 32 people in a raid in northeastern Nigeria this week, local officials and residents said. Gunmen in pickup trucks attacked the village of Gumsuri, just north of Chibok, on Sunday, shooting down men before herding women and children together. “They gathered the women and children and took them ... Read More »

New N100 Notes goes into circulation on Friday

New N100 Notes goes into circulation on Friday

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says the commemorative N100 banknote that was recently unveiled by President, Goodluck Jonathan will go into circulation from Friday, December 19. A statement from the CBN said the new note would be launched by the Godwin Emefiele, CBN governor, at a ceremony in Abuja on Friday and would be immediately followed by a simultaneous ... Read More »

BREAKING: Twin Bomb Explosions rocks central Jos

BREAKING: Twin Bomb Explosions rocks central Jos

Twin bomb explosions have occurred in central Jos, the capital of Plateau State, with an unspecified number of deaths, residents and police have said. One resident told The News Agency of Nigeria that, the blasts occurred at about 6.30 p.m. Thursday near a busy motor park, operated by state-owned Plateau Riders. An outlet of popular fast food line, Mr. Biggs, ... Read More »

Seized arms in our airplane belongs to French mission in Chad —Russia

Seized arms in our airplane belongs to French mission in Chad —Russia

Less than 24 hours after denying that the Chad-bound arms-laden cargo aircraft arrested in Kano has links with its country, the Russian government has now admitted that it is indeed Russian. It however said the military hardware aboard the plane belongs to France. The Eastern European country had said through its embassy in Nigeria on Saturday night that the plane ... Read More »

Chad-bound plane detained by Nigeria has ‘AK-47s, bullet proof vests’ found on board

Chad-bound plane detained by Nigeria has ‘AK-47s, bullet proof vests’ found on board

A Russian airplane intercepted by Nigerian authorities Saturday on its way to neighbouring Chad, was transporting a large cache of AK47s and bullet proof vests, and other items, the News Agency of Nigeria has reported. Security operatives at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, on Saturday seized the plane which landed at the airport at about 2a.m. as a ... Read More »

Nigerian govt. to procure N9.3 billion Cooking Stoves, Wonderbags

Nigerian govt. to procure N9.3 billion Cooking Stoves, Wonderbags

The federal executive ‎council has approved the award of contract for the procurement of 750,000 units of “clean” cooking stove and 18,000 Wonderbags for the National Clean Cooking Scheme. Over 20 million clean stoves will be distributed free of charge in the next five years under the scheme aimed at reducing fuel costs, felling of trees and carbon emission. The Wonderbag ... Read More »

BREAKING: Oil benchmark reduced to $65 from $73 per barrel

BREAKING: Oil benchmark reduced to $65 from $73 per barrel

Federal government has reduced the revenue benchmark for 2015 budget to $65 from $73 per barrel of crude oil. This is as a result of falling oil prices. Following the plunge of the global price of crude oil, the federal government made the adjustment in relation to the 2015 budget. Paul Nwabuikwu, special adviser to Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the coordinating minister ... Read More »

BREAKING: PDP suspends former chairman, Bamanga Tukur

BREAKING: PDP suspends former chairman, Bamanga Tukur

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has suspended its former chairman, Bamanga Tukur, for taking legal action to reclaim his seat. The party said it sanctioned Mr. Tukur for failing to explore the party’s mechanisms for redress, before going to court to challenge his ouster. Mr. Tukur is asking the courts to nullify his resignation in January, saying he was compelled ... Read More »

State of Jersey to return £315 million Abacha loot to Nigeria

State of Jersey to return £315 million Abacha loot to Nigeria

The State of Jersey, the biggest territory in the Channels Island, is set to return to Nigeria £315 million stolen by a former military head of state, Sani Abacha. The Ballif of Jersey, Michael Birt, stated this at a dinner in honour of Nigerian High Commissioner to the UK, Dalhatu Tafida, during a State visit to the Island. Mr. Birt, ... Read More »