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Thursday, 11 May 2017

Soludo says Nigeria’s official exchange rate ‘redundant’

A former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Charles Soludo, on Wednesday said the bank’s official exchange rate of N306 to the dollar has become redundant.
Mr. Soludo said this in a keynote address at the eight annual Pan-Africa Investor Conference organised by Renaissance Capital, an international investment bank, in Lagos.

Court of Appeal reverses conviction of ex-NIMASA DG

The Court of Appeal in Lagos on Thursday reversed the sentence on Raymond Omatseye, a former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) on allegations of N1.5 billion fraud.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Evacuations as 'extremely serious' Cyclone Cook batters New Zealand

Cyclone Cook has been forecast as one of New Zealand's biggest storms in decades, with 16-foot waves and winds of up to 93mph.
Hundreds of people have been evacuated as the second major storm in a week batters New Zealand’s North Island.
Cyclone Cook downed power lines and caused flash floods and landslips after making landfall in the Bay of Plenty at 6.30pm local time (5.30am GMT), in what has been forecast as one of the biggest storms to hit New Zealand since 1968.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Prince Charles visits World War One battlefields with his sons and Justin Trudeau

Prince Charles and his sons walked in the former killing fields of northern France to commemorate a brutal World War I battle that helped forge the soul of the Canadian nation.

Laboso says that nominations will make or break Jubilee Party.

Jubilee governorship aspirants in Bomet County have warned the party against conducting nominations marred with irregularities, saying the primaries will either make or break the party.
In separate telephone interviews, National Assembly Deputy Speaker Joyce Laboso and former

44 die in attacks targeting Egypt's Christians

Egypt's president called for a state of emergency after suicide bombers struck hours apart at two Coptic churches in northern Egypt, killing 44 people and turning Palm Sunday services into scenes of horror.
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the violence, adding to fears extremists are shifting their focus to civilians, especially Egypt's Christian minority.

Young man who committed suicide yesterday.

The young man who committed suicide at FESTAC link bridge yesterday has been identified as Bayode Ahmad Lawal, a graduate of UNILORIN.
Read below what was shared by FESTAC online;

Nigeria working on closing some foreign missions – Minister


The federal government is currently working on closing some of Nigeria’s 119 foreign missions, an official has said.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, said though it is expensive to close a country’s embassy,it will be beneficial in the long run.

Buhari felicitates with Aliko Dangote at 60

Alhaji Aliko Dangote

President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with Africa’s renowned businessman and philanthropist, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, on his 60th birthday.
The President’s congratulatory message to Dangote is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Boko Haram commander confesses to marrying two Chibok girls

A former Boko Haram commander identified as Joseph David has confessed that he married two of the 278 Chibok school girls kidnapped almost three years ago.

According to The Nation, David who was earlier a Christian, explained that the two girls were part of his benefits for being a commander in the sect.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Famine Crisis: Massive funding shortfall threatens UN relief for drought-hit countries

The United Nations needs $4.4-billion by the end of March to avert “catastrophe” in parts of Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. So far, it has raised just 2% of that. By SIMON ALLISON.
A famine has been declared in South Sudan, and parts of Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen are on the brink, but the United Nations (UN) humanitarian response is woefully underfunded.

INVESTIGATION: How Jigawa Govt’s land grab for Chinese firm threatens livelihood of 150,000 citizens

The decision by the government of Jigawa State to hand over 12,000 hectares of land spread across four local government areas to a Chinese investor is threatening the livelihood of about 150,000 persons in the state.
The 12,000 hectares are spread across Gagarawa, Taura, Suletankarkar and Garki local government areas of the state.

PDP crisis: Stalemate as Sheriff storms out of Jonathan’s peace meeting

Abuja —A meeting called by former President Goodluck Jonathan to find lasting solution to the leadership crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, ended in a stalemate as Senator Ali Modu Sheriff maintained his ground that he must continue as the chairman of the party while Governors  Nyesom Wike (Rivers) and Ayo Fayose (Ekiti) and the National Assembly

You can’t intimidate NASS to do your bidding, Saraki, Dogara tell executive

Dogara and Saraki
SENATE President, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, yesterday, said no amount of intimidation from the executive arm of government will make the National Assembly abandon its core mandate.

N417m scholarship approves- Gaidam

Yobe State Governor, Gaidam 

Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State, yesterday, approved N417,014,410 for the payment of scholarships to 21,109 students in 50 institutions of learning across the country.
The Director of Press Affairs to the Governor, Abdullahi Bego, in a statement, said the payments to benefiting students will begin in July. Recall that in December 2016, the governor approved N104,326,454 for 3,776 students in institutions of higher learning in Maiduguri zone for the 2016

Friday, 27 January 2017

Black Panther: Marvel's first black superhero movie starts filming

The motion picture is being directed by Creed director Ryan Coogler and star's Chadwick Boseman in the title role.
Marvel Studios has begun filming its latest superhero epic which for the first time will feature a black actor in the starring role.
The comic book giant announced on Thursday that Black Panther had started production, with a full cast list and a release date.

Award-winning Gospel star dies after contracting TB

A South African gospel singer has died after a short battle with tuberculosis, his family have confirmed.

Lundi Tyamara, 38, had been admitted to hospital four weeks ago but passed away this morning. He became ill after returning from a trip to China.

Friday, 20 January 2017

The World's music features this week: Alsarah & The Nubatones, William Onyeabor and Chicano Batman

We love music at The World — and this week's music was no exception. From Sudanese retro-pop, to a Nigerian musican who never talked to us, give

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Police Inspector arrested for extra-judicial killing

The Edo Commissioner of Police, Haliru Gwandu, said the command would recommend a serving inspector being investigated for extra-judicial killing for ‘discharge’ from service if found guilty.
Mr. Gwandu, who stated this at a news a conference on Wednesday in Benin, said “there is no sacred cow in the force.”

Sydney sees in 2017 with a bang: New Year fireworks – in pictures

More than 1 million revellers crowded around Sydney harbour to watch the 9pm and midnight fireworks displays, and they weren’t disappointed.

Monday, 26 December 2016

Fayose approves severance package for ex-council chiefs, councilors

Ekiti State Government on Monday approved the payment N140m severance package to ex- public office holders in the state.

However, the approval covers only those at the local government level.

The Chief Press Secretary to the state governor, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, disclosed these in a statement in Ado Ekiti.

Borno State: Over 3,000 people return to Damasak

Following the clearance of Boko Haram terrorists stronghold in Sambisa forest and confidence-building visit to celebrate the Yuletide period with troops in Operation LAFIYA DOLE by the hierarchy of the Nigerian Army led by the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General TY Buratai, over 3,000 refugees and internally displaced persons returned to Damasak town, Mobbar Local

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Bar Refaeli keeps her post baby body under wraps in stylish military green winter coat as she steps out in Madrid

She’s wasted no time in showcasing her athletic post-pregnancy body, just two months after welcoming her first child with husband Adi Ezra.


No fewer than 4,200 officers of the Nigerian Army, Air Force and other special forces took part in the operation to uproot the Boko Haram terrorists from their Sambisa Forest bastion, some officers close to the operations told our correspondent yesterday.

Fire guts Nigerian Breweries Lagos office

An early morning fire on Sunday gutted Nigerian Breweries at Orile Iganmu area of Lagos State.

The cause of the fire had yet to be ascertained as of press time but it was gathered that fire fighters have arrived the area to put out the fire.

I’m not cut out for politics – 2face Idibia

Those expecting to see popular and beloved singer, 2face Idibia, soliciting for votes cap in hand, may be in for the proverbial wait for Godot.

Hearts failed to land ex-Nigeria assistant coach because of $5000 monthly salary

Hearts of Oak failed to land former Super Eagles assistant coach Jean-Francois Loscuito for their head coach job because the trainer was demanding $5000 monthly salary, Ghanasoccernet.com understands.

FG to re-open two major roads in Borno after Boko Haram defeat

The Federal Government will formally re-open two major roads in Borno later today following the total defeat of Boko Haram in the North-East by the Nigerian military.

Plateau governor urges citizens to rekindle spirit of togetherness

Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau has urged citizens of the state to use the Christmas celebration to rekindle the spirit of togetherness and shared value of community life.

Saturday, 24 December 2016

The AKIDA platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Kaduna State has raised alarm over recent developments in the party and the recurring killings in some parts of the state.

The APC AKIDA in a press statement signed by its’ Publicity Secretary, Murtala Abubakar, said, “We are deeply concerned over the course in our party, which events are taking, and we make these comments after careful and responsible assessment of all issues at our disposal.

Obama explains U.S. rejection of Trump’s veto advice on UN’s Israel/Palestinian Resolution

New York – Outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama has explained why his administration rejected incoming President Donald Trump’s advice on the Friday’s UN Security Council’s resolution on Israeli settlements on Palestinian territory.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, in a statement issued on Friday, said that the U.S. action was predicated on preserving the possibility of a two-State solution to the protracted Israeli-Palestine conflict.
Trump had on Thursday, pressured the U.S. to veto the Security Council’s Resolution initially sponsored by Egypt.
Following the pressure that Trump also reportedly put on the sponsor of the resolution, Egypt withdrew it and the vote was consequently delayed till Friday.
However, the resolution was put forward on Friday by Malaysia, New Zealand, Senegal and Venezuela and the 15-member Council adopted the resolution by a vote of 14 in favour and with one abstention – the U.S., which abstained from voting rather than veto the resolution.
“Today, the U.S. acted with one primary objective in mind: to preserve the possibility of the two state solution, which every U.S. administration for decades has agreed is the only way to achieve a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

Buratai salutes soldiers for insurgency fight

The Chief of Army staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai has commended the efforts and sacrifices of gallant officers and men of the Nigerian Army currently engaged in the counter-insurgency operations in the North East and other operations across the country and abroad.

Libyan plane hijackers were carrying fake guns and grenades

The two men who hijacked a passenger plane with 117 people on board were carrying fake guns and grenades.
The Libyan pair, Suhah Mussa and Ahmed Ali, eventually surrendered peacefully but not before they had diverted a domestic flight to Malta on Friday.

California man fights DUI charge for driving under influence of caffeine

Caffeine may be the “nootropic” brain drug of choice in Silicon Valley, but an hour’s drive north in Solano County, California, the stimulant could get you charged with driving under the influence.

Friday, 23 December 2016

Christmas Where It’s Hot

Australia — Our Christmas smells like pine needles and chlorine. My children help decorate the traditional tree at their grandparents’ house, then run outside to leap into the swimming pool. They sun themselves in the humid air of an Australian summer.

Did Russia Just Test a Weapon in Space?

On Dec. 16, the Russian military reportedly tested what appears to be an anti-satellite weapon—a rocket that can boost into low orbit and smash into enemy spacecraft.

Man's e-cigarette explodes in his pocket while riding on a bus

A man was taken to a Californian hospital after an e-cigarette exploded in his pocket while riding on a bus.

Witnesses said the man was trying to use the device on the bus, but was asked to stop by the driver.

Britain and Japan sign nuclear energy cooperation agreement

Britain and Japan have signed an agreement that significantly expands cooperation in the nuclear energy sector and paves the way Japanese companies to construct nuclear plants in the UK.

It also covers cooperation in the areas of decommissioning and decontamination and it is anticipated that the deal will give British companies with advanced technologies greater access to projects at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant, where three of the six reactors suffered melt-downs after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster.
Britain and Japan have signed an agreement that significantly expands cooperation in the nuclear

Friday, 16 December 2016

They were like WILD ANIMALS' Migrant mob beat workmates SENSELESS in horror beach attack

A RAMPAGING mob of African migrants beat two men senseless during a horrifying attack on a beach.

One of the victims of the savage assault, identified only as Andrew, described his attackers “animals”.

The terrifying ordeal unfolded when the gang of African teenagers began destroying fencing outside the St Kilda Life Saving Club on the famous Melbourne beach, Australia.

Donald Trump’s national security pick said president Obama lied about his race

'It is the biggest con I think I’ve ever seen,’ said Ms Crowley, referring to Mr Obama's ethnicity as an African American
Donald Trump’s pick for senior director of strategic communications for the National Security Council said president Barack Obama lied about his race and it was "the biggest con she had ever seen".

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Philippines jails at 'breaking point' amid Duterte's drugs war

There have been more than 40,000 drug-related arrests since a crackdown was launched by President Duterte earlier this year.
Prison officers in the Philippines are concerned that jail overcrowding as a result of President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody drug war is pushing the system to breaking point.

Why the Civil Service is desperate to know what Brexit means

With only a few months to go until Theresa May triggers Article 50, the civil service urgently needs to be told how to prepare for both the negotiations process and life outside the EU.

Yesterday, David Davis MP repeated his desire for talks to complete within the two year period and result in a “smooth and orderly” Brexit. But there is work to do if he wants to deliver on these promises and avoid a “cliff-edge”.

Progress has been made. The new Department for Exiting the EU (DExEU) is up and running, with currently over 300 staff driving cross-Whitehall boards and working groups.

It is acting as a beefed up co-ordination unit, extracting information from departmental teams to provide Theresa May with options that will inform the UK’s negotiating position.

With DExEU in a co-ordinating role, Whitehall departments are providing the analysis, expertise and horsepower behind much of the Brexit work. But their contributions are hindered by the opacity of the process they are feeding in to.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

AWCON 2016: Super Falcons beats Cameroon 1-0, they are Champions for the 8th time.

Super Falcons of Nigeria has won the 10th Edition of African Women’s Cup of Nation, AWCON after beating Cameroon 1-0 in Yaounde. Nigeria by this victory has now clinched the AWCON title for a record eight times.

Friday, 2 December 2016

An illegal oil vessel arrestsed at the point of discharge - EFCC

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested an oil vessel off-loading products suspected to be Automated Gas Oil, AGO, along Eagle Island in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Allies defend Corbyn over comments about Castro’s ‘heroism’

Jeremy Corbyn’s allies have defended him after criticism of comments in which he praised Fidel Castro’s “heroism”.

The Labour leader said that “for all his flaws” the former Cuban president had been a “champion of social justice”. Mr Corbyn was accused of glossing over of human rights abuses and political repression.

I had to eat 'in pitch blackness' during five days of 'torture' while facing 'extra-marital sex' charge said UK wife who claimed she was raped by two Britons in Dubai

A woman who claimed she was raped by two Britons in Dubai says she had to eat 'in pitch blackness' during five days of 'torture' while facing charges of 'extra marital sex'. 
The 25-year-old who had stopped off in the United Arab Emirates on her travels to Australia claimed she was assaulted by cousins Louis Harris and David Butlin.
A campaign was launched by her parents to raise £30,000 for lawyers' fees after her report to police led to her imprisonment for extra marital sex charges.
Prosecutors in Dubai dropped the rape case after saying that mobile footage showed the sex was consensual.
After flying back to Britain, the IT consultant described her ordeal of being locked up in Al Barsha prison for five days.

10 shot in US city's French Quarter

One man was killed and nine people were injured after a shooting in the bustling French Quarter of New Orleans.

Jacob Zuma South African president facing vote that could see him sacked

SOUTH Africa's scandal-plagued President Jacob Zuma is facing a vote of no confidence by the ruling party's executive committee.

Eight dead and 58 injured in shootings in Chicago over the Thanksgiving weekend as the city's homicide rate hits a ten-year high

About 58 people were shot in Chicago over Thanksgiving weekend, leaving eight dead as the city faces the highest number of homicides in more than a decade.
The latest victim is an 18-year-old who was shot dead in his vehicle at 2pm on Sunday.
Two gunmen outside a house party on Saturday night left one dead and five others injured, while another shooting killed a 16-year-old boy on Friday evening. 
In October, Chicago surpassed 600 homicides this year, in numbers that have not been seen since 2003. There were 468 murders in 2015, and 416 the year before. 
On Sunday afternoon, an 18-year-old was in a parked vehicle when a suspect in an SUV opened fire in a drive-by shooting.
The victim was hit several times, and drove himself to the Christ Medical Center about five miles away, where he was pronounced dead. His name has not been released.
Rickey J King, 37, was shot in the head just 10 minutes before, by someone who opened fire from across the street in East Garfield Park and ran off, police said. 
Eric Peoples, 30, died on his own birthday, according to the Chicago Sun Times.
He was in a parked vehicle with a 31-year-old when two men emerged from a silver car at 2.38am on Sunday and opened fire, police said.

Most experienced Britain's sniper tells of his frustration in Iraq

Soldier training Iraqi army in remote base says he would love to help fight against Isis in Mosul but has not been allowed out
One of the most experienced snipers in the British army, who is currently based in Iraq, says he has not been allowed beyond the perimeter fence of Camp al-Asad, a remote, highly fortified base in the desert of Anbar province.