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Nigeria-Bound Terror Chief Was Coming On Invitation – Report

According to a report by Daily Trust, wanted terrorist, Ahmed Al-Assir, who was arrested in Lebanon on his way to Nigeria, was coming on the invitation of a foreign company operating in the country.  Sources in Nigeria’s security circles, who spoke to Daily Trust on condition of anonymity, said the visa was issued by a Foreign Service official in Beirut based on that invitation. According to the sources, without a letter of invitation the hate preacher’s visa application would not have been approved. Discussions within the security circles in Nigeria centred on a popular middle-eastern company...
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Kingsley Ohajunwa: The Certainty Of Growth, The Uncertainty Of Development In Nigeria

The most recent democratic dispensation in Nigeria led by Mohammed Buhari is already thronged with so many expectations. This is owing to the fact that the ruling party came in on the premise of “change” which acts as its slogan also. Whether Nigerians will experience this change is something only time can tell. Sadly however, this expectation of change may just be related to one of the salient words of the topic, “growth”. It is therefore understandable when the words “growth” and “development” are used interchangeably, perhaps the user in this regard may not have known that there is a...
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ISIS’ Fugitive Fleeing To Nigeria Nabbed

After more than two years on the run, Islamic State top cleric in Lebanon, Ahmed Al Assir was arrested by Lebanese authorities on Saturday as he attempted to fly out of the country on a forged passport. Lebanon’s official National News Agency reported that Mr. Al Assir was caught at Beirut’s Rafik Hariri International Airport on Saturday while trying to board a flight to Egypt using a fake Palestinian passport. Lebanon’s general security directorate said Mr Al Assir was planning on flying to Nigeria via Cairo. A photo posted by the National News Agency after the arrest revealed that Mr. Al Assir had...
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EU Bans Nigeria From Exporting Beans, Dried Fish, Meat, Others

Some agricultural food exports from Nigeria have been suspended by the European Union (EU). The food items banned from Europe till June 2016 are beans, sesame seeds, melon seeds, dried fish and meat, peanut chips and palm oil. The European Food Safety Authority had said that the rejected beans were found to contain between 0.03mg per kilogramme to 4.6mg/kg of dichlorvos pesticide, when the acceptable maximum residue limit is 0.01mg/kg. Senator Joshua Lidani (PDP-Gombe South) who has raised alarm over the health implication of the consumption of foods containing a high concentration of pesticide among...
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‘Boko Haram Still In Control Of Sambisa, 5 LGs’ – Yobe And Borno Governors Say..

Governors Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State and Ibrahim Shettima of Borno say Boko Haram militants are still in control of Sambisa forest, as well as five local government areas in both states. The governors said this during the National Economic Council meeting chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday July 23rd. The governors called for increased military actions in their states.
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Nigeria Needs Divine Intervention, Says El-Rufai

Governor Nasiru El-Rufai of Kaduna State on Friday said Nigeria needed divine intervention to pull out of its present socio-economic challenges. El-Rufai made the remark when he received the leadership of the state chapter of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) who paid him a courtesy visit in Kaduna. He said that the problems of security, dwindling economy, lack of jobs and general despair among the populace would require extraordinary efforts and God's intervention to surmount. El-Rufai expressed concern over the recent killings in some villages across the state and urged religious leaders to...
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Ayeyemi Named New CEO Of Ecobank

Pan-African bank Ecobank Transnational Incorporated has named Ade Ayeyemi as its new group chief executive. Nigerian Ayeyemi, currently head of Citigroup’s sub-Saharan Africa division, will replace Ecobank CEO Albert Essien who is retiring at the end of June. He will lead a bank headquartered in Togo that has operations in 36 African countries
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Nigeria’s Perspectives On Post-2015 Development Goals

On the 15th of May 2015, 19 journalists from 14 media houses converged at the Boardroom of the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Center in Abuja, Nigeria to attend a seminar on the Post 2015 Development Agenda The Millennium Development Goals set a few, highly effective targets for the world in 2000, e.g. halve the proportion of poor and hungry and reduce childhood mortality by two-thirds. The goals have been a huge success. Now, the UN and the world is to decide which new goals will take over in 2015. The Post-2015 development agenda is currently being negotiated in the UN and the UN’s Open Working Group has proposed...
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Okonjo-Iweala: Jonathan Incurred $21bn Of $63bn National Debts

Coordinating Minister for the Economy (CME) and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on Saturday put the nation’s total debt stock at $63.7 billion, which encompasses multilateral as well as domestic loans by successive federal and state governments since 1960. She said that of this figure, $21.8 billion was incurred under the outgoing government of President Goodluck Jonathan. Her disclosure is coming on the heels of remarks by Vice President-elect Yemi Osinbajo that the outgoing administration of President Jonathan will be leaving a huge debt of $60 billion for the incoming administration of...
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If I Knew Shekau’s Whereabouts, I Won’t Tell Nigeria- Chadian President

The Chadian President, Idris Deby, who earlier this year was quoted as saying he knew the whereabouts of wanted Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, has backtracked on his claim while also insisting on keeping any possible knowledge of the location of the terrorist to himself. “I cannot tell you today that I know where Shekau is hiding and even if I knew I won’t tell you,” Mr. Deby told journalists on Monday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Mr. Deby spoke after a meeting with Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan. The Chadian President stated that the war against Boko Haram had not yet been totally...
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I Will Hand Over A Nigeria Completely Free Of Terrorist Strongholds – Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has pledged that he will do all within his powers to ensure that all Nigerian territory still held by Boko Haram insurgents are totally liberated before May 29th. He made the pledge when he had audience with a delegation of Heads of Customs from the West and Central African Region of the World Customs Organisation led by the Secretary-General of the organisation, Mr. Kunio Mikuriya. President Jonathan said that he was determined to hand over a country completely free of terrorist strongholds to the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari. The President said that ongoing...
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Chad’s Army Rescues 43 Boko Haram Child Soldiers In Nigeria

Col. Azem Agouna, Chadian Army Spokesman, said on Wednesday that they have repatriated 43 children, who had been kidnapped by Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram and forced to become child soldiers. He said in N’djamena that the children, who are aged 12 and older and are Chadian nationals, were found in the Nigerian town of Damasak, in North-Eastern Borno. Damasak was under Boko Haram control until Chadian and Nigerian forces recaptured the town in early March. Agouna said the children managed to escape during the clashes between the insurgents and soldiers, while the local families helped them to hide...
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US Aims To Broaden Ties With Nigeria

United States Vice President, Joe Biden, has affirmed his country’s readiness to expand collaborations with Nigeria on issues of common concern. These include economic and security matters. …

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Buhari On Boko Haram, Says PDP Humiliated Nigeria

President -Elect General Muhammadu  Buhari (rtd.) at the weekend spoke to newsmen in his home town, Daura, Katsina State after casting his vote on a number of issues. Excerpts... There have been reports that you promised to end Boko Haram within two months, but your media team reacted saying you never said so. We want you to use this opportunity to clarify that. I think I am too experienced in internal security to give two months deadline on Boko Haram. I don’t think I would have made that mistake because I tried to look at some of my experiences even when I was in uniform with the rebels from Chad when...
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The Plight And Story Of A Nigerian Graduate By Charles Obi

I have always wanted to visit the four ways of a university. Having written jamb and WAEC once, the thought of finally being free from their bondage was finally over. But most of all I wanted to experience the feeling of university life, independence and pursuit of academic excellence. That was why I enlisted the prestigious law into my jamb form with the hope of becoming a sound legal practitioner like Gani Fawehinmi, Femi Falana etc. Well, my hopes were dashed as after the post Ume, my name was nowhere to be found in the law admission list. I was later informed that I had been granted political science to...
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#StillOnTheMatter: Corruption In The Nigerian Police Force, How Do We Mitigate It? By Tam Kemabonta

The Nigerian Police was established as a small consular guard in the Lagos colony of 1861. The Law enforcement units in the various British colonies of in what is now Nigeria, like the Royal Niger company constabulary established in 1894, which eventually became the Northern Nigeria Police force and the Niger Coast Constabulary, which became the Southern Nigeria Police force, merged to become the Nigerian Police force in 1930. Like most government institutions during the colonial era, the Police was a prestigious one – worthy of global envy. But due to corrupt and repressive military governments and its...
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Nigeria’s Messiah is Not Jonathan, Says Famous Prophet

Apostle Perez Iyiola Oluyemi, an Ibadan-based popular prophet has affirmed that President Goodluck Jonathan is not the Messiah Nigeria needs. The cleric, who doubles as founder of Achievers Rock Commission International and President, Africa Evangelical Council, said Nigerians should expect another “messiah” who will lead them out of their social and economic woes and not the current leader. Apostle Iyiola made this prediction in his newly-published book entitled: ‘Prophetic Roadmap on Nigeria 2015 and Beyond.’ Copies of the books were made available to journalists in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital...
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Legacy Jonathan: A Litany Of Deceit, Blood Letting And Destruction

‘My dear friends on Facebook, I have said it before and I will continue to say and live by the fact that my ambition, and indeed the ambition of anybody, is not worth the blood of any Nigerian. Therefore, I urge all Nigerians to look forward in hope as we fulfill the dreams of our founding fathers to ‘build a nation where peace and Justice reign’. President Goodluck Jonathan on his Facebook page, 8th January, 2015. President Goodluck Jonathan has never failed to tell Nigerians and anyone who cares to listen that he is a man of peace whose political ambition isn’t worth the blood of any...
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Schools to Remain Open During Election

The federal government has directed that all schools from the primary to the tertiary level should remain open during the general elections. The decision was reached at a meeting between the federal government and the 36 states Commissioners for Education, including the F.C.T. Education Secretary. The meeting presided over by the Minister of Education, Ibrahim Shekarau, agreed that no holiday should be declared for the elections considering the fact that schools have lost much ground following their closure to prevent the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Shekarau promised the state governments...
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