Rob Announces Blac Chyna Split On Instagram

Rob Kardashian says in an Instagram post that fiancee Blac Chyna has left him and taken their month-old daughter with her.

The 29-year-old reality star wrote on social media site late Saturday that Chyna took baby Dream and “left this beautiful home that I just bought for us.”

In a subsequent post, he writes: “This wasn’t fake or some publicity stunt. Trust me. My one month old beautiful baby girl got taken from me along with my wife who left me.”

Kardashian and Chyna announced their engagement in April and pregnancy in May. E! tracked the couple’s relationship and baby preparations in a reality show called “Rob & Chyna” that aired earlier this fall.

The network’s “Rob & Chyna Baby Special” episode is set to air Sunday. No announcements have been made about a possible reconciliation special.

TIME Announces 2016 Person Of The Year, Meet The 11 Finalists

The shortlist of candidates for the 2016 Person of the Year—TIME’s annual selection of the person who most influenced the news, for better or for worse—was revealed Monday morning on NBC’s Today.

In alphabetical order, the 11 candidates chosen by TIME magazine’s editors are:

Simone Biles

Making her Olympic debut in Rio de Janeiro, the talented 19-year-old gymnast earned four gold medals and one bronze, leading her “Final Five” team to victory and affirming her status as the best in the world.

Hillary Clinton

The former First Lady, New York Senator and Secretary of State became the first woman to receive the U.S. presidential nomination of a major political party, going on to lose the election but win the popular vote—the culmination of a hard-fought, divisive presidential race.

CRISPR Scientists

These scientists have developed a groundbreaking new technology that can edit DNA, a technique that has the potential to transform science and the human experience, as it could be used to find and remove mutations responsible for incurable diseases.

Recep Tayyip Erdo?an

After an attempted military coup failed in July, the Turkish president has tightened control over the country, arresting political opponents, firing thousands of state employees and shutting down news organizations.

Nigel Farage

As head of the U.K. Independence Party, Farage was a face of the successful campaign for Britain to leave the European Union, positioning the referendum as the start of a global populist wave against the political establishment.

The Flint Whistleblowers

Local residents, along with civil-engineering professor Marc Edwards and local pediatrician Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, blew the whistle on the lead-poisoned water in Flint, Mich., drawing national attention to an environmental crisis that still has yet to be fully resolved.

Beyoncé Knowles

With a headline-worthy Super Bowl halftime performance, a world tour and a powerful second visual album, Lemonade, Beyoncé continued to surprise and provoke a global audience, using her platform to speak out about racial injustice, police violence and feminism.

Narendra Modi

At the head of a powerful government, the Indian Prime Minister has guided his country’s economy into position as the “emerging-market world’s most positive story.” Late in the year, however, he also stoked concern when he unexpectedly banned 500- and 1,000-rupee bills—a move that aimed to curb untaxed wealth but now threatens to slow the country’s economic growth.

Vladimir Putin

The Russian president made headlines this year with his country’s intervention in Syria and evidence showing that Russian operatives were responsible for the hack of Democratic National Committee servers.

Donald Trump

After campaigning as an anti-establishment, populist candidate, Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States—a stunning end to a presidential bid that repeatedly broke with political precedent.

Mark Zuckerberg

In the year that Facebook surpassed the 1 billion mobile daily users mark, the social-media titan has an unprecedented global reach. The CEO has also faced pressure to take responsibility for the site’s role in spreading fake or misleading news, amid criticism that those stories influenced the outcome of the U.S. presidential election.

The 2016 Person of the Year will be unveiled on Today on Wednesday morning, when the news will also be shared on


APC Finally Announces Oyegun’s Replacement- Report

As the agitation for the removal of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, John Oyegun, continues to grow, the suspended Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the party, Comrade Timi Frank, has said that the South-South zone will meet, to pick Oyegun’s replacement.
Recall, that Oyegun, who had fallen out with the National Leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, is in the good books of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Frank, on Sunday, November 20, in response to the question that the former Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has been penciled down to replace the APC National Chairman, maintained that the party would soon announce Oyegun’s replacement.
However, Frank feigned ignorance of such plans of replacing Oyegun with Oshiomhole, but stated that the Zonal Party Committee, would meet to bring a replacement, once Oyegun was removed.
He said: “I don’t know about any plan to replace Oyegun with Oshiomhole, but what l know, is that we have capable people from the South South that can replace Oyegun, and the zone would meet to choose a person that would replace the National Chairman”.
Some party members have called for the replacement of Oyegun with Oshiomhole, even as it is being alleged that Tinubu is in favour of Oshiomhole.
In 2014, when Oyegun emerged as the National Chairman of the APC, he had contested the position with three other aspirants. Among those were: former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chief Tom Ikimi; former Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva; and former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Dr. Sam Sam Jaja.
Recall, that Chief Ikimi left the APC, for what he considered undue process for the emergence of Oyegun as National Chairman.

Presidency Announces Slight Growth In Non Oil Sector

The presidency has said third Quarter GDP figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), reveal a consistent growth in agric and solid mineral sectors, indicating the success of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s economic policies even though overall economy is still in recession.

According to a statement by the spokesman of the Vice President, Laolu Akande, the over-riding impact of the oil and gas sector, where vandalism and sabotage of critical installations negatively affected production output, explains the persistence of the recession, as the non-oil economy posted a very slight growth.

 He said the assertions were made  by the Special Adviser to the President on Economic Matters, Dr. Adeyemi Dipeolu on behalf of the Economic Management Team  on their reaction to the latest NBS reports.

According to him, efforts to resolve the Niger Delta situation are however continuing as the Federal Government has opened several channels of communication with all relevant groups in the Niger Delta.

He added that also, urgent fiscal and monetary measures to spur the economy back to overall positive territory are certainly in the offing including those targeting manufacturing.

Dipeolu said:“The third quarter results just released by the National Bureau of Statistics show that the Nigerian economy is still in recession. Growth in Gross Domestic Product fell by -2.24% in the third quarter as compared to the decline of -2.07% experienced in the second quarter.

“The slight deterioration in national economic performance owes largely to the continued poor performance of the oil and gas sector which worsened to -22.01% in the third quarter as compared to -17.48% in the second quarter of 2016.

”  The immediate cause of this, as is now generally recognised, is the steep decline in oil and gas production in the third quarter of 2016 due to acts of vandalism and sabotage of oil export facilities.”

He asserted that remote causes include the continued outsized influence of the oil and gas sector on the rest of the economy as typified by its contribution to government revenue and foreign exchange earnings, which continue to be important motors of economic activity.

He, however, said pointed out that due to time lags, it is still too early for policy interventions of the Federal Government to begin to impact fully on economic activity saying” there are however some ‘green shoots’ of economic recovery beginning to emerge.

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Sultan Announces Monday, Sept.12 As Eid El-Kabir Day

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has announced Monday, Sept. 12 as the Eid-El-Kabir Day, 1437 AH.

This followed the declaration of Saturday, Sept.3 as the 1st of Zulhijja, 1437 AH.

This is contained in a statement signed by Prof. Sambo Junaidu, Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate Council of Sokoto and made available in Sokoto.

“The committee in conjunction with the National Moon Sighting Committee had received reports from various Moon sighting committees across the country.

‘ The reports confirmed the sighting of the New Moon of Zulhijja,1437 AH, on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, which was the 29th day of Zulka’ada, 1437 AH.

‘ The Sultan and President, Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), accepted the reports and accordingly declared Saturday, Sept. 3, as the first day of Zulhijja, 1437 AH.

‘ Therefore, Monday, Sept.12, which will be equivalent to 10th Zulhijja, and will be marked as this year’s Eid el-Kabir, it added.

The statement further quoted the Sultan as felicitating with the Nigerian Muslim Ummah and wished them Allah’s guidance, as well as blessings.

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Family Announces Burial Plans For Killed Kubwa Preacher

Eunice Elisha, the Abuja preacher who was murdered over a week ago while conducting morning preaching, will be buried on July 23, her family has said.

Mrs. Elisha, 42, was murdered in the early hours of Saturday, July 9, in Kubwa, a suburb of Abuja.

Her sister, Bola Fatuashi, said the burial activities will start with a wake keeping at 5:pm on Friday, July 22, at the New Life Assembly Parish, Redeemed Christian Church of God, Kubwa.

She said lying-in-state will begin at 8: am on Saturday also in Kubwa.

Mrs. Elisha is survived by her aged parents, six siblings, her husband and seven children.

Mrs. Fatuashi had said that due to their aged father’s state of health, they could not relay the news to him.

“We have not told my father, but my mother already knows. My mother is stronger than my aged father. We will all meet at the village, after every thing, then find a way to relay the news to him, in such manner as to prevent another tragedy,” she had said.

The police say they have arrested six suspects in connection to the murder.

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Pipeline Bombings: Militant Group Announces 2 Weeks Ceasefire

A militant group, Niger Delta Revolutionary Crusaders, NDRC, based in Bayelsa State, Wednesday, declared a two-week armistice within which it urged President Muhammadu Buhari to review his hard-line stance to consequential dialogue with militants and first-rate leaders of Niger Delta to prevent total devastation of crude oil export facilities.

This came as the Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, accused ExxonMobil of telling lies about the bombing of its Qua Iboe 48-inch crude export pipeline on Monday evening. Spokesperson of the militant group, self-appointed Brig Gen Mudoch Agbinibo, stated: “ExxonMobil can deny and fool the general public about their Export Pipeline blown, yesterday (Monday). How long can they lie to their investors? Just in matter of days, the whole world will see the truth. Qua Iboe 48” crude oil export pipeline is down, so said the Avengers.”

NDRC, which recently blew up the Brass Creek Manifold, the largest in West Africa, situated in Peretorugbene, Ekeremor local government area, Bayelsa state, said: “With clear evaluation of the happenings and advice of well- meaning Nigerians and Niger Delta stakeholders, we hereby declare a two- week ceasefire for a sincere and proper dialogue.”

Spokesperson of the group, WOI Izon-Ebi, said in a statement: “We want the Federal Government to consult distinguished personalities, royal fathers and chiefs of the Niger Delta communities. Government should disassociate itself from negotiating with political jobbers in Abuja, but come down to the Niger Delta communities.”

“If after the two weeks of ceasefire, nothing meaningful happens, we have no option but to redirect our next phase of action to the exporting terminals to stop total export of our resources.

“We hereby call on Mr. President to do the needful by being sincere to himself and Nigerians to engage in meaningful dialogue to ensure a lasting peace in the Niger Delta and Nigeria in particular,” it added.

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Peter Okoye Announces New Management

Following the unfortunate drama trailing the twin sensational group, P Square, Peter Okoye, officially announces his new management.

Recalling the incident that led to the family fuss on social media, where Peter Okoye called for his brother, Jude Okoye, to step down as manager; Peter also announced his new management on Instagram.

He appreciated his fans for their love and support and gave detailed information of his new management for booking.

Even though fans of the duo have pleaded for the brothers to stay together, it seems things are gradually falling apart to suit individual differences. Paul Okoye is however busy with his new record label while Peter, the other half is planning on tours with dancers of the group.

PDP Announces Date For National Convention, Blasts Govt. Over Raid Of Ekiti Assembly

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party will hold its national convention to elect new leaders in May, in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

The date and venue was announced on Monday at the end the 69th meeting of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC), in Abuja.

The communique Of the NEC meeting, which was signed by the party’s national chairman and secretary, Ali Sheriff and Adewale Oladipo respectively also said the NEC approved the time-table for the party’s congresses.

It said congresses would commence on Saturday April 23, while the national convention would hold on Saturday May 21, 2016 in the Rivers state capital.

The NEC also approved the extension of the tenure of office of all organs of the party at all levels until the conduct of congresses and national convention, except those of Edo and Ondo states.

“NEC approved the setting up of four special committees in preparation for the national convention. They are National Convention Committee, Reconciliation Committee, Zoning Committee and Finance Committee,” the communique said.

The PDP NEC also said it had observed the “erosion of fundamental human rights and constitutionally guaranteed personal liberty of Nigerians” especially key leaders of the PDP by the APC-led Federal Government.

The party condemns “the incessant harassment, maltreatment and unlawful incarceration of PDP leaders at various levels by government-controlled law enforcement and prosecution agencies”.

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Ogun Police Announces Restrictions On Okada Riders

The Ogun State Police Command has restricted operators of motorcycle popular known as ‘Okada’ in order to check the increasing rate of robbery, kidnapping and other criminal acts in Ijebu Ode, Sagamu and its environs.

Announcing the restriction order which takes immediate effect, the Public Relations Officer of the Police Command, Mr Muyiwa Adejobi on Friday, said that criminal activities, especially kidnapping and armed robbery has been on the increase adding that it has continued to affect the peace of the area as well as commercial activities.

While asking for the cooperation of residents in this direction, the Command, however, said violators would be made to face the full wrath of the law.

Incidents of kidnapping has been on the increase which necessitated the Command to mobilize armed policemen to the Ijebu Ode axis to maintain law and order.

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Military Announces Plans To Close Markets In Borno, Yobe Aiding Insurgents

The Nigerian Army has announced plans to close designated markets in Yobe and Borno where traders have been found to be aiding Boko Haram terrorists with logistic supplies.

The acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, made the disclosure at a news conference in Abuja on Tuesday.
He said the plan was part of measures adopted to contain attempts by some unscrupulous elements to sabotage recent gains recorded by the military in the war against insurgency in the northeast.

Usman said any breach of the order of the closure of the markets would be punished and appealed to residents of the affected areas to support new measures, aimed at ending the insurgency permanently.

“It has come to the knowledge of the Nigerian Army that as concerted efforts are being made to finally clear all remnants of Boko Haram insurgents in the northeast, some unscrupulous elements have been thwarting the efforts for pecuniary gains.

“They engage in all manner of illegal commercial activities, such as trading and smuggling, especially during late hours, all aimed at sustaining terrorism and insurgency.

“Consequently, the Nigerian military and, indeed, the Nigerian Army are highly concerned with these unpatriotic acts .

“The Army is, therefore, taking drastic steps to curtail this illicit trading with terrorists, from now on, some markets identified engaging in this illegal trade with adversary in Borno and Yobe will be closed,’’ he said.
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Nigerian Army Nabs 7 Boko Haram Bomb Specialists

The Nigerian Army said on Sunday that it arrested 7 Boko Haram bomb specialists.

In a statement sent on behalf of the Army by PRNigeria, the army spokesperson, Sani Usman, said the suspects were arrested in Kaduna “after painstaking surveillance and proactive intelligence operations over period of time.”

Read the Army’s full statement below:
Another catastrophe was averted in Kaduna State and other contiguous areas when troops of the Nigerian Army arrested 7 suspected Boko Haram terrorists bomb and Improvised Explosive making Devices (IEDs) specialists.
The terrorists were arrested in Kaduna after painstaking surveillance and proactive intelligence operations over period of time.
From all indications, the suspects were in Kaduna to conduct suicide bombings, kill and maimed innocent citizens in the state and other surrounding areas during the festive period. Recall that recently in Maiduguri some of them were arrested while trying to detonate IEDs carried in food containers in public places.
The arrest of these suspects would no doubt assist in the fight against terrorism in the country, more so as the military have technically defeated the Boko Haram terrorists in the field, the terrorists have resorted to attacking soft targets through suicide bombings, IEDs and harassing attacks on isolated communities.
Therefore, the public are please requested to continue to be more vigilant and security conscious by reporting suspicious persons and movements to the security agencies.
This request has become necessary because the terrorists have resorted to mingling with the public across the country after sensing the futility of their encounter with troops in the north east. Therefore, they adopt other methods of perpetuating violence in the society.”

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Saraki Announces List Of Committee Chairmen & Vice Chair Of 8th Assembly (See Full List)

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has unveiled the List of Committee Chairmen and Vice Chair of 8th Assembly. See list below:

List of Committee Chairmen and Vice Chair of 8th Assembly




Committee on Rules & Business
Babajide Omoworare
Ali Ndume

Senate Services Committee
Ibrahim Gobir
Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi

Committee on Ethics & Privileges

Samuel Anyanwu
Bala Ibn Na’allah
Committee on Public Accounts

Andy Uba
Gbolahan Dada
Committee on National Security & Intelligence

Shaaba Lafiagi
David Jonah Jang

Committee on Agriculture

Abdullahi Adamu
Theodore A. Orji
Committee on Air Force

Duro Samuel Faseyi
Ali Wakili
Committee on Army

George Akume
Ibrahim Abdullahi Danbaba
Committee on Anti – Corruption & Financial Crimes

Godfrey Chukwuka Utazi
Sani Mustapha
Committee on Appropriations
Danjuma Goje
Sunny Ogbuoji

Committee on Aviation
Hope Uzodinma
Bala Ibn Na’allah

Committee on Banking, Insurance & Other Financial Institutions
Rafiu Adebayo Ibrahim
Achonu Nneji
Committee on Capital Market
Isiaka Adeleke
Ogola Foster

Committee on Communications
Gilbert Nnaji
Solomon Adeola Olamilekan

Committee on Cooperation & Integration in Africa & NEPAD
Abubakar Sani Danladi
Baba Kaka Garba
Committee on Culture & Tourism
Matthew Urhoghide
Abubakar A. M.

Committee on Customs, Excise & Tariff
Adamu Aliero
Samuel Anyanwu

Committee on Defence
Ahmad Lawan
Jeremiah Useni

Committee on Diaspora & Civil Societies
Rose Oko

Committee on Drugs & Narcotics
Joshua Lidani
Phillip Gyunka

Committee on Downstream Petroleum
Uche Ekwunife
Jibrin Barau

Committee on Ecology & Climate Change
Bukar Abba Ibrahim
Achonu Nneji

Committee on Education (Basic & Secondary)
Aliyu Wamakko
Rose Oko

Committee on Employment, Labour & Productivity
Suleiman Nazif

Committee on Environment
Olaka Johnson Nwogu
Oluremi Tinubu

Committee on Establishment & Public Service
Emmanuel Paulker
Suleiman Nazif

Committee on Committee on Federal Capital Territory
Dino Melaye
Mohammed Hassan

Committee on Federal Character & Inter Governmental Affairs
Salihu Hussain Egye
Suleiman Othman Hunkuyi
Committee on Finance
John Owan Enoh
Umaru Ibrahim Kurfi

Committee on Foreign Affairs
Munsurat Sunmonu
Shehu Sani

Committee on Gas
Bassey Albert Akpan
Abubakar Ahmadu Moallahyidi

Committee on Health
Lanre Tejuosho
Matthew Uroghdide

Committee on Housing
Barnabas Gemade
Francis Alimikhene

Committee on I.C.T & Cybercrime
Buhari Abdulfatai
Ogola Foster

Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission
Abubakar Kyari
Olusola Adeyeye
Committee on Information & National Orientation
Enyinnaya Abaribe
Ibrahim Abdullahi Danbaba

Committee on Interior
Georgeb Sekibo
Bayero Usman Nafada

Committee on Inter-Parliamentary Affairs
Bayero Usman Nafada

Committee on Industry
Sam Egwu
Buhari Abdulfatai

Committee on Judiciary Human Rights & Legal Matters
David Umaru
Godswill Akpabio

Committee on Land Transport
Olugbenga Ashafa
Phillip Aduda

Committee on Local & Foreign Debts
Shehu Sani
Phillip Gyunka

Committee on Marine Transport
Ahmed Rufai Sani
Ighoyota Amori

Committee on Media & Public Affairs
Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi
Murray Bruce

Committee on Public Procurement
Abdulsalami Ohiare
Joshua Dariye

Committee on National Identity & National Population
Marafa Kabir
Abubakar Sani Danladi

Committee on National Planning & Economic Affairs
Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso
Yele Omogunwa

Committee on Navy
Isa Hamma Misau
Osinachukwu Ideozu

Committee on Niger Delta
Peter Nwaboshi
Abubakar Abdulrahman

Committee on Police Affairs
Abu Ibrahim
Stella Oduah

Committee on Power
James Manager
Bukar Mustapha

Committee on Primary Health Care & Communicable Diseases
Mao Ohuabunwa
Nelson Efiong

Committee on Privatisation
Ben Murray Bruce
Abdullahi Yahaya

Committee on Science & Technology
Robert Ajayi Boroffice
Marafi Bashir

Committee on Solid Minerals
Joshua Dariye
Rilwan Adesoji

Committee on Special Duties
Murtala Nyako
Sunny Ogbuoji

Committee on Sports
Obinna Joseph Ogba
Marafa Kabir

Committee on States & Local Government
Abdullahi Gumel
Kashamu Buruji

Committee on Tertiary Institutions & TETFUND
Binta Masi Garba
Tijjani Yahaya Kaura

Committee on Trade & Investment
Fatimat Olufunke Raji Rasaki
Sabo Mohammed

Committee on Upstream Petroleum
Donald Omotayo Alaosaodura
Bassey Gershom

Committee on Water Resources
Mohammed Ubali Shittu
Emmanuel Bwacha

Committee on Women Affairs
Oluremi Tinubu
Stella Oduah

Committee on Works
Kabiru Gaya
Clifford Ordia

Committee on Poverty Alleviation & Social Welfare
Ali Wakili

Greek Finance Minister Announces Resignation

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has resigned after Greek voters delivered an overwhelming “No” vote in a referendum on whether to accept more austerity measures in return for new bailout cash.

In a statement published on his personal blog on Monday, Varoufakis said he was stepping down to allow Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to reach a new deal with European creditors.

“Soon after the announcement of the referendum results, I was made aware of a certain preference by some Eurogroup participants, and assorted ‘partners’, for my … ‘absence’ from its meetings; an idea that the Prime Minister judged to be potentially helpful to him in reaching an agreement,” Varoufakis wrote on his blog.

“For this reason I am leaving the Ministry of Finance today.

“I consider it my duty to help Alexis Tsipras exploit, as he sees fit, the capital that the Greek people granted us through yesterday’s referendum. And I shall wear the creditors’ loathing with pride.”

The announcement came as European Union leaders scrambled for a response on Monday, following the overwhelming “No” vote in Sunday’s referendum.

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NEMA Announces Closure Of Refugee Camps

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has closed and collapsed more Internally Displaced Persons’ (IDPs) camps in the North-east as a result of the successes the military recorded terrorists in the region.

Director General of the agency, Alhaji Mohammad Sani-Sidi, disclosed the closure when received the Executive Secretary of the newly established Centre for Crisis Communication (CCC) ,Yusuf Anas. “Following the successes being recorded by the gallant Nigerian military that are prosecuting the counter insurgency operation, some IDP camps have been closed or collapsed,” Sidi said.

He said in Adamawa State, for instance, the camps had been collapsed from 11 to six. It is expected that more camps in other affected areas would be collapsed or closed as soon as it is practicable. There are currently 22 camps in operation while about 1,4 million. Of this number of IDPs, ninety percent are victims of insurgency while majority of them are from Borno State” Sidi said.

Sidi meanwhile described the establishment of the CCC as timely and stated that information and communication were critical in disaster management.

Anas said the core objectives of the centre were to provide needed support and intervention in crisis information management. “The Centre will provide coordinated platform for early warning alerts, timely response to crisis situation and sensitization efforts. The centre will engage in capacity building, research and management of crisis communication” Anas said.

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Boko Haram: U.S. Announces $5bn Contribution To Joint Task Force

The U.S. says it has announced a five billion U.S. dollars contribution to the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) to boost the military operation against the Boko Haram insurgency.

The U.S. Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, announced this at news briefing via telephone from the African Union Summit on Monday on the U.S. interests in Africa,

“We have been working with Nigeria as well as the African countries innovation to address their concerns about Boko Haram because we don’t see this as just a Nigerian problem.

“We are having discussions with President Buhari on how we might bolster our support. We have already been working with them and providing information.

“We are providing some training and support and we’ll love to work with the new administration to see how we might increase the level of support to Nigeria.

“At the same time, we’ve just announced at the venue of the AU, five billion dollars contribution to the Multinational Task Force.

“We are also providing some equipment and support and we have a number of meetings with the countries who are members of the Multinational Joint Task Force to look at other areas we might support.”

Thomas-Greenfield said that Africa had faced “some really horrendous terrorist attacks” over the past two years.

He said that the West Gate and Garissa University attacks in Kenya, and the Boko Haram attacks particularly, the kidnapping of the Chibok girls among others.

“While I would not say Africa is under siege, Africa has some major security challenges.

“That requires a very strong and very concerted strategic effort by African countries and partners to address the security concerns of Africa.”

According to her, the U.S. is providing a strong support to AU on security as the U.S. has a strong partnership with the continent on security.

“We are working closely with the Lake Chad Basin countries: Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon to address the issues of Boko Haram,” she said.

She said that U.S. had so far trained about 250,000 African peacekeepers, saying U.S. highest priority in Africa remained security.

The U.S. envoy expressed support to the warrant of arrest issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Sudan President Omar Al-Bashir.

She said that the U.S. frowned at plans by some African leaders to subvert the constitution to extend their terms in office, saying U.S. supports two-term limit in office.

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Akwa Ibom Administration Announces Key Appointments

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has announced the appointment of aides to fill key positions in his administration. He appointed Etekamba Umoren as the new Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and Pastor Bassey Umoh as the Permanent Secretary, Governor’s Office.

Ekerete Udoh was appointed Senior Special Assistant (Media) and Chief Press Secretary to the Executive Governor while Aniekpeno Mkpanang was appointed as the new Permanent Secretary for Special Services Department (SSD).

Edmond Uffang has been appointed as Protocol Chief. The appointments are said to be part of Emmanuel’s agenda to reposition the state. “The governor wishes the newly appointed aides the very best in the discharge of their responsibilities,” read a statement.

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Skye Bank Announces Key Executive Appointments

The Board of Directors of Skye Bank has announced the elevation and appointments of four new executive directors to the board.

Officials said this was part of efforts to uphold the high standards and tradition of professionalism which have become the Bank’s driving force for service excellence and leadership.

The new Executive Directors are Bayo Sanni (Executive Director, Lagos Commercial Banking), Idris Yakubu (Executive Director, Abuja and Northern Region), Markie Idowu (Executive Director, Technology and Service Delivery
Channels) and Abimbola Izu (Executive Director, Corporate Services).

Announcing the new board appointments, the Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the bank, Timothy Oguntayo, expressed confidence that the new directors would further strengthen and reposition the bank for improved performance.

He congratulated them on their appointments which he said would take effect in June and July 2015.

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