Showing posts from August, 2015

Power supply hit 4,029.83MW

Energy Sent out by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) last Sunday hit 4,029.83MW, The Nation learnt Monday.

UNIPORT students protest colleague’s death

There was pandemonium Monday at the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) over the mysterious death of Miss Kelechi Precious, a 200 level student of Theatre Art and Film Study who was said to have collapsed at her hostel bathroom and died after the University Teaching Hospital rejected her for lack of space.

NIMC shifts mandatory use of NIN to January

The National Identity Management Centre (NIMC) has shifted the mandatory use of National Identification Number (NIN) to January next year. It was earlier scheduled to commenced this month.

Probe: Jonathan, ex-ministers in secret meeting

Former president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, on Monday,  met with some former members of  the Federal Executive Council ( FEC) during his tenure to brainstorm on how best to  respond to the series of allegations of corruption being  levelled against them by the  All Progress Congress ( APC) over the last three months.

Buhari congratulates D’Tigers

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the national men’s basketball team, D’Tigers, on their victory over Angola in Monday’s final of  the FIBA Africa Basketball Championship  in Tunisia.

Fayose arrests 31 staff for lateness

No less than 31 civil servants in Ekiti State were, on Monday, caught for coming late by the State governor, Ayodele Fayose.

IPMAN gives DPR condition to sell petrol at N87

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria has said it would comply with the directive of the Department of Petroleum Resources to sell Premium Motor Spirit at the official pump price of N87 per litre on condition that depots will sell to marketers at N77.66 per litre.

Dog dispute leaves three dead in Portugal

Three people, including two police officers, have been shot dead and another wounded after a domestic row in Portugal, media and officials say.

NIMASA introduces new seafarer’s medical certification documents

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has introduced new Seafarer’s Medical Certification Documents in compliance with extant requirements of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006 and Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) 1998 as amended.



EPL: West Brom land Man United’s Evans

West Brom have agreed a fee of £6m plus £2m in add-ons with Manchester United to sign defender Jonny Evans.Evans, 27, will travel to the Midlands on Saturday and is expected to finalise the move over the weekend, reports the BBC.The Northern Ireland international will not be available in time to feature in West Brom’s match at Stoke.Evans made 198 appearances for United and won three Premier League titles, but has not got a future at Old Trafford under manager Louis van Gaal.

Libya boats search for more bodies

Fishing boats off the Libyan coast are searching for more bodies after two migrant vessels capsized on Thursday.Around 200 people are feared to have drowned as they tried to cross from Zuwara, west of Tripoli, to Italy.
The victims include Syrians, Bangladeshis and people from sub-Saharan Africa.Police in Italy have detained 10 suspected traffickers after 52 people were found dead in the hold of a ship off the coast of Libya on Wednesday.
The Libyan coast-guard worked overnight on Thursday to search for survivors from the latest tragedy.
But Libya is poorly equipped to carry out rescue operations as the boats available to its coast-guard are small, BBC North Africa correspondent Rana Jawad reports from Tunis.Dozens of bodies have been recovered, but it is difficult to verify the exact numbers.At least 150 survivors of the two sinkings have been taken to a refugee centre and a detention centre in Libya.While most of the victims are thought to be from Syria and African countries, a Bang…

Senate begins probe of power sector

Senate on Friday inaugurated a committee to conduct comprehensive investigation into allegations of unwholesome practices in the power sector over the years.The committee which is headed by Senator Abubakar Kyari of the APC (Borno North)  is charged with the task of looking closely into the entire power value chain (generation, transmission and distribution)‎ with a view to specifically identifying the problems.Senate President,  Bukola Saraki who inaugurated the committee, noted that the task before the committee was huge.
He lamented the continued absence of regular supply of electricity despite the country’s huge investments in the sector.
Kyari, in a remark, ‎provided detailed explanations into the nature of the investigation expected to be carried out on the sector.He said: “A close look at the entire power value chain (generation, transmission and distribution) calls for review of our policies in order to obtain optimum performances across the Board. The abysmal performance of t…

Many migrants feared dead in Libya

Hundreds of people are feared dead after two boats carrying up to 500 migrants capsized off the Libyan city of Zuwara, residents and officials say.The first boat, which signalled for help early on Thursday, had nearly 50 people on board.The second overcrowded boat, which sank much later, had about 400 passengers.Officials said about 201 people had been rescued by the Libyan coast guard but many people appeared trapped in the hold when the boat capsized, reports the BBC.A detention facility for illegal migrants in Sabratha, west of Tripoli, received 147 people, an official told Reuters.At least 100 bodies were taken to a hospital in Zuwara, west of Tripoli, a resident told the BBC.The victims included migrants from Syria, Bangladesh and several sub-Saharan African countries, the resident said, but the information could not be independently verified.About 2,400 migrants have died trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe so far this year, the UN says.More than 100,000 others have land…

More than 70 bodies in Austria lorry

Austrian officials now say more than 70 bodies, thought to be migrants, were in an abandoned lorry found on a motorway.They originally estimated that between 20 to 50 people died in the vehicle, found near the Hungarian border.Police discovered the decomposing bodies on Thursday morning after being sent to investigate the dumped lorry on the A4 motorway heading towards Vienna.The local police chief said it appeared those in the vehicle had been dead for one and a half to two days.The victims were probably already dead when the vehicle crossed into Austria from Hungary, authorities said.The vehicle was towed to a former veterinary border facility with refrigeration facilities in Nickelsdorf on Thursday.Forensic teams worked through the night to examine the bodies.

Senate probes Customs, FIRS over N600bn

The Senate has commenced investigation into an alleged N600 billion cost of collection withheld by the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) and the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).The probe followed a petition written by the Legislative Watch, a non governmental organisation to the Senate.The Executive Secretary of the organisation, Mr. Ngozika Ihuoma who appeared before the members of the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public petitions said for over 10 years the two agencies have not been remitting the cost of collection to the federation account.A document made available to the Senate by Ihuoma showed that Customs received N350bn and FIRS got N250bn in 10 years through the cost of collection.

Practice Match: Super Eagles beat Amakson Academy 3-0

Glo Premier League star striker Tunde Adeniji on Thursday scored twice as the Super Eagles defeated Amakson Academy of Abuja 3-0 in a practice match at the Abuja National Stadium.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that match is part of the Eagles' preparations for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Tanzania.The AFCON qualifier's first leg encounter is slated for Sept. 5 in Dar es Salaam.Adeniji who plays for Sunshine Stars FC of Akure got the brace in the first half of the match, before Godwin Obaje made it 3-0 few minutes to the end of the game.The striker later told NAN in an interview that he was optimistic of making the team's final list for the Dares Salaam game.He said the goal scoring form which had seen him score 13 goals so far in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) would be replicated in the national team."I will not say that I will score a particular number of goals, but my belief is that I am going to break the goal …

Dozens killed in Syria air strikes

At least 30 civilians have been killed by Syrian government air strikes targeting Idlib province and Damascus suburbs, Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Syria and a monitoring group said.The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 19 people, including four children, were killed in raids hitting several neighbourhoods in Idlib province. Ten others were injured in the attack.Al Jazeera’s correspondent in the province said barrel bombs and tens of air strikes had targeted the Jabal al-Zawiyah area.In the Damascus suburb of Douma, air strikes killed at least 11 people, including women and children, medical sources told Al Jazeera. Witnesses said massive destruction was caused.Douma has been under government attack for 13 days in a row, with a death toll rising to over 150 civilians.Al Jazeera’s Samara Kouatly, reporting from Douma, said aid workers have spent days trying to recover bodies from under the rubble.She added that Douma is running out of medical and aid supplies …

Al-Qaeda blows up Yemen army headquaters

Al-Qaeda militants on Wednesday blew up an army headquarters and set up checkpoints in the jihadist network’s southeastern stronghold of Mukalla, officials in Hadramawt province said.

Mourinho’s top target, Stones faces Barnsley

Everton defender John Stones was named in the starting line-up for the Merseysiders’ English League Cup tie at Barnsley on Wednesday, just a day after handing in a transfer request following repeated interest from Premier League champions Chelsea.

Boko Haram suspects on trial in Chad

Ten suspected Boko Haram members went on trial in Chad on Wednesday over their alleged roles in twin attacks that killed 38 people in the capital N’Djamena in June.

NDDC money not missing – MD

The Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Dan Abia, Wednesday, has denied that N183.7 billion is missing from the coffers of the commission as stated in a government audit report.

PDP inaugurates e-membership registration committee

Peoples Democratic Party National Working Committee (PDP NWC), on Wednesday, in Abuja inaugurated a committee to conduct a nationwide biometric registration of all members of the party.

Alleged corruption: EFCC may grill Akpabio today Investigation

Barring any change, operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), may grill former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Senator Godswill Akpabio Thursday, on allegations of corruption made against his government.

Nigerians fairing better under Buhari - Oshiomhole

Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, on Tuesday said Nigerians are fairing better under the President Muhammad Buhari's  administration.The governor noted that in less than three months of the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government, Nigerians had begun to feel the impact of the Buhari's leadership style."I understand now that electricity suppy is stable. It is just the fear of Buhari that leads to the stability of power," Oshiomhole said at the 27 Annual Education conference of the textile workers in Kaduna.The conference has as its theme 'Buhari administration: revival of the textile industry and employment creation'.He noted that the Federal Capital Territory that was noted for darkness because the "street lights" were not functioning, was now aglow with lights at night.This, he noted, was because it was no longer business as usual."I am now a proud Nigerian. The street lights(FCT) before now are not functioning but immediately Buh…

No diaspora voting for now -Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said the desire of Nigerians residing abroad to take part in the nation’s general elections from their places of abode will not be realised anytime soon.He said although the idea is futuristic, a lot of steps would be taken to make it become a reality.Buhari, who was represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, spoke at the opening of the 2015 Diaspora Day held inside the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.He listed some of the issues that must be resolved before the nation can adopt diaspora voting to include amendment of legislations and building of confidence in the electoral process.According to him, once greater confidence is built in the institutions and processes associated with it, diaspora voting could be considered.He said, “We are also aware of the importance of voting rights of Nigerians abroad. But to achieve this, the National Assembly will have to legislate. Diaspora voting is in Nigeria’s future.“Because obviously th…

Biden ‘consulting’ over 2016 White House bid

Vice President Joe Biden left the seclusion of the Delaware home where he’s been weighing a presidential run to meet Saturday with Elizabeth Warren — another influential Democrat who has faced calls to enter the 2016 race.The unusual weekend huddle with Warren, a Massachusetts senator, took place at the Naval Observatory, the vice president’s official residence, said an individual familiar with the meeting. An Obama administration official said Biden had travelled at the last minute to Washington for a private meeting and planned to return to Delaware the same day. Both of the individuals spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the meeting publicly.Biden’s meeting with Warren was the latest sign that the vice president is seriously considering entering the race, and that he’s increasingly discussing it with Democratic leaders outside of his small cadre of longtime advisers, reports The Associated Press.A rising star in the party, Warren was the subje…

Seven dead after plane crashes on major UK road

Seven people died when a plane crashed into cars on a major road during an aerial display at the Shoreham Airshow in West Sussex in the United Kingdom on Saturday.The aircraft, believed to be a Hawker Hunter jet, plummeted to the ground when it failed to pull out of a loop manoeuvre, smashing into the A27 in a huge fireball.The UK South East Coast Ambulance Service said: “SECAMB confirm 7 fatalities from the crash at the Shoreham air show today. Thoughts are with the families and loved ones.”The Punch

Why Buhari is after Jonathan’s men –Oshiomhole

Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole at the weekend declared that it was not wrong for President Muhammadu Buhari to beam his anti-corruption searchlight on men and women in the immediate past administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.He stressed that the cries of selectiveness of the Buhari's fight against corruption was uncalled for as Jonathan's men were fully in charge of managing the Nigerian economy that have been claimed to witness many corrupt practices.The governor spoke during the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) event for celebrating two media icons, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, and Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Friday night.Oshiomhole, who represented the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the Chairman of the occasion, said: "They are serving a President who appreciates that these problems have to be confronted headon. The Pre…

Ambode’s wife advocates joint effort against child trafficking

Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, has ‎urged the Association of Orphanage and Homes Operators in Nigeria to assist in regulating home operations according to best practices.She also called for the strengthening of collaboration with government and other Non Governmental Organisations to eradicate social evils of child trafficking, child labour, child abuse, fake orphanage homes and the violation of child right laws.The governor’s wife said this at the maiden National Conference of ASOHON, held at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Saturday.Ambode commended the initiatives of orphanage homes and other caregivers in the country, urging them to promote awareness and respect for laws relating to rights of children.She added that caregiving for orphans and other challenged children was a humanitarian task that comes with pain and personal sacrifice.She said, “You took it upon yourselves within limited available resources, to keep and protect these vulnerable …

There’s no alternative to democracy -Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said there is no alternative to democracy, arguing that he almost lost his life to a dictator under a military rule.
He said this on Friday at his Hilltop residence in Abeokuta when officials of the National Association of Nigerians Students and some student union leaders from various institutions of learning paid him a visit.Obasanjo and some other retired military officers and civilians were jailed in 1995 by the military government of the late Gen.Sani Abacha, after he was found guilty by a military tribunal of allegedly plotting to overthrow  Abacha's administration.
He was released after the dictator's death in 1998 by the Abdusalami Abubakar military regime shortly after Abacha's death.Narrating his near-death experience under the late Abacha's administration, the former President said he would support the current democratic dispensation led by President  Muhammadu Buhari to succeed.He said, "I will work for the success…

Nigerian writer shortlisted for US fiction award

A book written by Nigerian Chigozie Obioma has been shortlisted for the first ever Center for Fiction Novel Prize.

Bank of NY Mellon sued by U.S. regulator over $2 billion in soured mortgages

A U.S. regulator sued Bank of New York Mellon Corp (BK.N) on Wednesday over $2.06 billion in residential mortgage-backed securities purchased by a failed Texas bank, and accused it of breaching its duties as bond trustee to protect investors.

Strong jobs, weak inflation data muddy Fed rate debate: minutes

U.S. Federal Reserve officials widely agreed last month the economy was nearing the point where interest rates should move higher, but worried lagging inflation and a weak global economy posed too big a risk to commit to "liftoff."

Eight soldiers killed, Istanbul palace attacked as Turkish unrest mounts

Gunmen fired on police outside an Istanbul palace and a bomb killed eight soldiers in the southeast on Wednesday, heightening a sense of crisis as Turkey's leaders struggled to form a new government.

New PDP chairman to emerge September

A new chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party is expected to emerge in September, following the expiration of the tenure of the acting chairman, Chief Uche Secondus, who is expected to revert to his former status as deputy national chairman.

Lagos JSS1 placement test result released

The result of the placement test held on July 11 for primary six pupils for admission into public junior secondary schools in Lagos State has been released.

N183.7bn: NDDC faults AGF’s report

The Niger Delta Development Commission, on Wednesday, faulted the Auditor General of the Federation’s report which claimed that N183.7 billion could not be accounted for by the commission.

FBI donates forensic equipment to EFCC

The United State’s Federal Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday donated a forensic equipment to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), a gesture aimed at enhancing the collaboration between the agencies in the fight against financial and economic crimes in Nigeria.

Nigeria can earn revenue from export services -NEPC Boss

The Executive Director/Chief Executive of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Olusegun Awolowo, has said that Nigeria can increase its foreign exchange earnings through the export of professional services.

Kogi LP suspends secretary over ‘anti-party activities’

The Secretary of the Labour Party, Kogi State chapter, Mr. Ibrahim Itodo, has been suspended by the national leadership of the party.

Cultists use tramadol, soft drink to kill victims –Police

The Kwara State Command of the Nigeria Police, on Wednesday in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, says it has uncovered a new strategy used by cultists and other hoodlums to poison their victims and dispossess them of their valuables.

Army apologises for attack on Benue community

The Commandant, Nigeria Army School of Military Engineering, Makurdi, Maj.-Gen. Bamidele Ogunkale, has apologised to Governor Samuel Ortom for soldiers’ attack on a community in North Bank on August 15.

Nigerian Army kill many fleeing Boko Haram fighters in Gwoza – Army

The Nigerian Army has announced the killing of many Boko Haram fighters by troops of 26 Task Force Brigade in Gwoza, Borno State.

24-yr-old man arraign for defiling 10-year-old girl

A 24-year-old man, Moses Oga, was on Wednesday arraigned before an Ota Magistrates’ Court for defiling a 10-year-old girl.

The accused, who resides at No. 7 Fatoki Street, Onipanu, Ota, Ogun, was arraigned on a charge of defilement.

Prosecutor Chudu Gbesi told the court that the offence was committed at the accused’s residence.

Gbesi said the accused had an unlawful carnal knowledge of the girl by sleeping with her.

He said that the offence contravened Section 218 of the Criminal Code Vol. 1 of Revised Law of Ogun State, 2006.

The Senior Magistrate, Mr S.O. Banwo, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Banwo ordered that the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction, swear to an affidavit of means, and show evidence of tax clearance payment in the last three years.

He said one of the sureties must be blood relation of the accused, while the other should be civil servant not below GL 10 in Ogun.

The court said that the sureties sho…

Bangkok bomber carried out by a “network"

The bomb attack that killed 20 people at Bangkok’s Erawan shrine on Monday was carried out by a “network,” Thailand’s chief of police has said.

Shell confirms multiple spills in Bayelsa oil fields

The Shell Petroleum Development Company has confirmed multiple spills from its pipeline network in Ikarama oil fields in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

Shell confirms multiple spills in Bayelsa oil fields

The Shell Petroleum Development Company has confirmed multiple spills from its pipeline network in Ikarama oil fields in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

Pedro to join Chelsea

Premier League champions Chelsea have pipped Manchester United to the signing of Spain winger Pedro Rodriguez from Barcelona, according to British press reports on Wednesday.

Buhari orders probe of NITEL/MTEL sale

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday ordered an investigation into the sale of Nigeria Telecommunications Company (NITEL).

16 feared dead in Kwara cults clashes

No fewer than 16 people were feared dead at the weekend in   clashes of suspected cult members in  Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.

NPA generated N162b, spent N160b – Oshiomhole

Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomhole, on Tuesday said the Nigeria Port Authority (NPA) spent N160 billion out of the N162 billion it generated in one year, while remitting only N2 billion to government coffers.

Buhari to ministry: Develop ICT revenue potential

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, directed the Ministry of Communications Technology to work harder to fully develop the revenue-generation potential of Nigeria’s information technology sector.

NIPOST DG bows out, says N125.2bn worth of goods seized in nine yrs

The Post Master General of the Nigerian Postal Services, Ibrahim Mori Baba says the agency has seized goods worth N125.243 billion in nine years of his leadership.

Sri Lanka’s ruling party wins general election

Sri Lanka’s ruling United National Party has won the country’s parliamentary election, final results show, putting it in a position to form a stable government after eight months of minority rule.

Kachikwu pledges weekly financial reports to Presidency

The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Ibe Kachikwu, has pledged to make a weekly report to the Presidency on the dealings of the Corporation.

Fix charges not illegal -NERC

The management of the Nigeria Electricity Regulation Commission (NERC), on Tuesday, stated that the fix charges by electricity consumers were not illegal.

NNPC boss vows to open corporation’s books to Nigerians

The Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Ibe Kachikwu, on Monday pledged to embrace transparency and accountability through periodic publication of the corporation’s financial transactions.

NGE conference to hold in Bayelsa

The Nigerian Guild of Editors says it has concluded arrangements to hold its annual All Nigeria Editors Conference in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

NIDO backs Buhari’s anti corruption war

The Leadership of the Nigerians in Diaspora organization (NIDO) Europe, Americas, Asia and Africa have thrown its weight behind President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption war to save the country from economic crisis.

Buhari orders probe on how ISIS leader got Nigerian visa

The Nigerian government has ordered a full investigation into how a wanted terrorist was granted Nigerian Visa in Lebanon to visit the country.

Sri Lanka’s ruling party wins general election

Sri Lanka’s ruling United National Party has won the country’s parliamentary election, final results show, putting it in a position to form a stable government after eight months of minority rule.

Bangladesh arrests three over bloggers’ killings

Police in Bangladesh say they have arrested three men, including a British citizen, in connection with the killing of two bloggers earlier this year.

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Resident doctors at LUTH suspend strike

The Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idiaraba, on Sunday suspended its ongoing strike after a congress decision.

Sunshine Stars topple Enyimba

The excitements of the Nigeria Premier League continued Sunday as Sunshine Stars returned to the top of the table in sparkling style after a 4-0 thumping of Giwa FC at the Sani Abacha Stadium in home.

NNPC GMD explains staff downsizing

The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, Sunday explained the downsizing in the Corporation.

Resident doctors at LUTH suspend strike

The Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idiaraba, on Sunday suspended its ongoing strike after a congress decision.

LUTH doctors suspend eight-week strike

The Association of Resident Doctors, Lagos University Teaching Hospital chapter, Idi-Araba, Lagos, has suspended its eight weeks strike over the non-reversal of the skipping policy for doctors working at the hospital.

Buhari taking us back to dictatorship -PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has faulted the claim of President Muhammadu Buhari that he is a converted democrat, accusing him of returning the country to dictatorship.

NAF bombs Boko Haram bunkers – Report

In continuation of military operations in the North East, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), at the weekend, bombed Boko Haram bunkers in Sambisa forest, Borno State.

Man City beats Chelsea

Manchester City set down a marker for the 2015/16 season with a 3-0 whitewash of defending champions, Chelsea, at the Etihad Stadium, leaving Chelsea with a nasty headache in a week that has been full of medical issues for the team.

I am alive and in control, says Shekau

Abubakar Shekau, leader of the Boko Haram sect, has broken his five-month silence, refuting the report of his death in an audio message posted on social media on Sunday.

10 things a man wants in a woman

Are you a single woman who has kissed umpteen toads but not yet landed the Prince? Or are you just holding on to something that was never meant to be? If you want to know what makes a man fall for a woman and willing to walk her down the aisle, read on...


“When you wrestle with a pig, the pig gets happy and you get dirty.”

Again,Odemwingie sustained injury

Nigerian striker, Osaze Odemwingie, will be out of action for at least two weeks as his English Premier League side, Stoke City managerm Mark Hughes, confirmed on Thursday that he is down with a hamstring strain.

ISIL claims Baghdad market truck bombing

At least 55 people have been killed and 200 others injured in a massive truck bomb attack in Baghdad, police and sources have said.

Moses gets Chelsea No.20, Mikel retains No.12

Nigeria internationals, John Mikel Obi and Victor Moses, have been handed Chelsea squad numbers ahead of the 2015/2016 season.

Al-Qaeda’s Zawahiri pledges allegiance to Taliban head

The leader of al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has pledged allegiance to the new head of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Mohammed Akhtar Mansoor, whose appointment has caused divisions within the Taliban.

NNPC GMD: More restructuring to continue

The Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, on Thursday gave indication that more sacking and deployment of personnel will take place in the Corporation.

Aregbesola reveals content of Ooni’s last text message

The Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, on Wednesday revealed the content of a text message the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, sent to him before he passed away.

Liverpool signs Nigerian foward, Taiwo Awoniyi

Liverpool have reportedly completed the signing of 17-year-old Nigerian striker Taiwo Awoniyi.

Ambode to pay N2.2bn bond to 658 retirees

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode is set to pay a sum of N2.2billion to a total number of 658 retirees in the 18th batch of Retirement Benefit Bond Certificate Presentation ceremony.

PHOTO: The Service Chiefs with President Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo after they were decorated with their new rank on Thursday.


NNPC appoints new GGMs

The President, Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointments of new Group General Managers for the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) after 38 management staff were retired early this week.

Torres: Pedro’s perfect for EPL

Fernando Torres believes Pedro would be a hit in the Premier League if he makes the move this summer.

We won’t sell Stone to Chelsea – Roberto Martinez

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has insisted defender John Stones will not be sold to Chelsea.

Defeat Boko Haram in three months, Buhari tells military *As he swears in

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, gave the Service Chiefs three months to end the Boko Haram insurgency in the country.

Chopper's crash: Bodies of pilot, co-pilot recovered

The bodies of the remaining two persons missing from Wednesday’s Bristow helicopter crash in Lagos have been recovered by the search and rescue team, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

Senate approves World Bank loan for Edo

The Senate, on Thursday, has approved the $75 million World Bank loan for the Edo State Government.

Police lost 12,000 men in two years – Commission

The Police Service Commission (PSC), has said that Nigeria Police lost 12,000 officers between 2013 to 2015 due to death, dismissal, desertion and or retirement.

12 arraigned for cultism in Edo

12 people have been arraigned before an Oredo Magistrate Court from allegedly belonging to an unlawful society.

Barca seek fifth trophy against Bilbao amid Pedro saga

Barcelona can extend their trophy haul this year to five when they face Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Super Cup while much of the attention will again be on the future of unsettled striker Pedro and whether he starts in the first leg on Friday.

Oyo tribunal admits Ladoja’s 89 exhibits against Ajimobi

Aside the 62 exhibits tendered and admitted on Tuesday, the Oyo State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Ibadan Wednesday admitted yet 27 additional documents tendered by lawyer to Senator Rasidi Ladoja of the Accord Party against Governor Abiola Ajimobi of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Buhari vows to ensure Nigerians have steady electricity

President Muhammadu Buhari said in Abuja on Wednesday that his administration will give the fullest possible attention to boosting power supply in Nigeria because it was convinced that steady electricity will launch the country into faster socio-economic development.

SEC retires 43 senior staff

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Wednesday said it had retired 43 senior members of staff and closed down its four zonal offices.

Power generation hits 4,600MW

The Federal Government, on Wednesday, disclosed that the country power generation has increased to 4,600 Megawatts from about 3,000 Megawatts.

WAEC to release withheld results of indebted states in 24 hours

The West African Examinations Council, WAEC, Wednesday explained why it would release the results of the , May/June 2015 West African Senior School Certificate, WASSCE, that was earlier withhold due to indebtedness by the states, said it was because of the prevailing economic challenges facing the country.

Assembly okays Ortom’s request for N5bn loan

Benue House of Assembly, on Wednesday, gave approval to the state government to obtain a loan of over N5bn to settle accumulated counterpart fund contributions.

Stop political interference in NNPC —PENGASSAN

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to halt political interference in the operations and activities of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, as part of the ongoing reforms in the oil and gas industry.

Its President, Mr. Francis Johnson, said only this step would make the corporation efficient and enable it to compete favourably among its peers in the world, such as the Saudi Aramco of Saudi Arabia, Petronas of Malaysia and Petrobras of Brazil.

Johnson was quoted in a statement from PENGASSAN to have said that interference by political leaders was a major stumbling block to effective and efficient performance of the NNPC.

He spoke at the Addax Petroleum Branch of PENGASSAN Triennial Delegates’ Conference in Abeokuta, where Chris Ogiemwonyi was elected as the branch chairman for another three years, while John Omojefe and Gerald Agwu emerged vice chairman and secretary, respectively, among other elected executive…

Gunmen release three DPR workers

Three employees of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) abducted by unknown gunmen in Bayelsa State have regained their freedom.

Ooni to be buried on Friday – Son

Son of the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, Adetokunbo Sijuwade, on Wednesday, officially announced the death of the monarch, saying he would be buried on Friday.

Reps summon CBN gov over dollar deposits

The House of Representatives on Tuesday summoned the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, over the apex bank’s decision to bar deposit banks from accepting cash dollar deposits.

Senate scraps electricity fixed charges

Disturbed by complaints of electricity consumers across the country, the Senate has directed the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to halt community metering and the monthly N702 fixed charges on electricity bills to consumers.

Police rescue 78-year-old woman from female Corper in Suleja

A serving  corper based in Awodi close Kwamba Osato in Suleja is being criticised and rescue by the Suleja ‘A’ police men after admitting to use violent words on a 78-year-old woman.

El-Rufai appoints new Accountant-General

Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, on Tuesday appointed Umar Hassan Waziri as the Accountant-General for the state.

Chelsea set to ban club doctor, Eva Carneiro

Chelsea club doctor Eva Carneiro is reporedly to be banned from sitting on the Blues bench during matches.

No regrets appointing Oliseh — NFF President, Pinnick

The President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, has said the NFF does not regret choosing Sunday Oliseh as the country’s national team coach.

No regrets appointing Oliseh — NFF President, Pinnick

The President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, has said the NFF does not regret choosing Sunday Oliseh as the country’s national team coach.

N25.7bn theft: EFCC appeals Atuche’s discharge

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has urged the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal to upturn a judgment of a Lagos State High Court which freed a former Managing Director of the defunct Bank PHB, Francis Atuche, of N25.7bn theft charges filed against him.

Senate seeks abolition of fixed electricity charges

The Senate on Tuesday asked the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to abolish the collection of fixed charges from electricity consumers in the country.

Five die, six injured in two Lagos accidents

Five persons have been confirmed dead and 11 others injured in two separate accidents in Lagos on Tuesday.

Ambode seeks disbandment of presidential task force

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to disband the Presidential Task force Implementation Committee on the alienation of Federal Government Landed Properties.

N350m training fund: ICPC has cleared Okiro – ICPC *Commission to retire N133.4m to treasury

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), has cleared the Chairman, Police Service Commission (PSC), Sir Mike Okiro, of allegations that he mismanaged N250 million meant for training of the Commission’s staff.

Trial of looters to begin soon – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday declared that the prosecution of persons who have stolen national resources will begin in a matter of weeks.

APC stalwart, two others killed in Benue

A former member of the Benue State House of Assembly, who represented Ukum State Constituency, Mr. Douglas Bergha, alongside two other persons, have been killed by gunmen in Kundav, Ukum Local Government Area of the state.

Girls virginity publicly tested as King of Swaziland chooses new bride

A common tradition in Swaziland (Swazi) permits the King, Mswati, to choose a new bride every year.

Ooni: OAU warns students to remain indoors

The management of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), has reminded all the students to remain indoors on Wednesday (today) as the palace prepares its traditional rites to formally announce the death of the Ooni of Ife Oba Sijuwade.

50 killed in Borno bomb blast

About 50 people were, on Tuesday, killed when an explosion occurred at the cow section of Sabon Gari market in Damboa local government area of Borno state.

Why I supported Dogara for Speaker —Tambuwal

The Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, on Monday admitted to supporting Yakubu Dogara over Femi Gbajabiamila, to clinch the Speakership of the House of Representatives.

Obama predicts support for Iran deal will grow

US president, Barack Obama, has predicted that opposition to his nuclear deal with Iran will erode as the agreement is implemented and a “parade of horribles” fails to materialize.

Jonathan moves to revive PDP for 2019

Former President Goodluck Jonathan and other leaders and stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party have endorsed a blueprint for the revival and rebuilding of the party in preparation for the 2019 elections.

A meeting to ratify the roadmap held on Monday at the Peoples Democratic Institute in Abuja, where some party leaders including Senator Ahmed Markafi and former Minister of Environment, Mrs. Laurentia Mallam, discussed the restructuring plan which was designed by the steering committee of the ‘Restart PDP Project’.

The Convener of the parley, Nwosu Butches, who addressed journalists shortly before the meeting went into a closed-door session, stated that the blueprint for the revival of the PDP had been circulated to all the party leaders including the former president, adding that the roadmap was well received by the party leaders and other important stakeholders.

Butches explained that the party had learnt lessons from its past mistakes, noting that impunity and imposition of…