Friday, July 19, 2019

Femi Owolabi

    Army commander, 20 soldiers killed in Boko Haram ambush

Army commander, 20 soldiers killed in Boko Haram ambush

An army commander and at least 20 soldiers have been killed in an ambush by Boko Haram insurgents in Yobe state. The troops were ambushed on their way from Borogozo in Yobe where the headquarters of the army’s 29 task force brigade to Benisheikh in Yobe, where they have a forward operating base (FOB). A military source in sector 2 headquarters of [...]

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    THE INSIDER: Service chiefs are ALL overdue for retirement — but Buhari won’t let them go

THE INSIDER: Service chiefs are ALL overdue for retirement — but Buhari won’t let them go

Gabriel Olonisakin, chief of defence staff, Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff, Sadique Abubakar, chief of air staff, and Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, chief of naval staff, have one thing in common -- they are ALL due for retirement having spent more than 35 years in military service.But President Muhammadu is holding them back -- after first extending their services by [...]

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    Kukah to Nigerians: Stop demonising Fulani

Kukah to Nigerians: Stop demonising Fulani

Matthew Kukah, Catholic bishop of Sokoto diocese, says demonising herdsmen, especially those of the Fulani extraction, could lead to a breakout of violence. Kukah, who spoke on Tuesday at a colloquium on fake news and hate speech organised by the Olusegun Obasanjo centre for African studies, an arm of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), said hate speech often precedes [...]

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    UK visa system ‘discriminating against Africans’

UK visa system ‘discriminating against Africans’

The All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPG) for Africa says the UK visit visa system is widely inaccessible to many Africans and widely perceived as discriminating. In a statement released on Tuesday, APPG said a study it conducted showed that African applicants are more than twice as likely to be refused a UK visa than applicants from any other part of the world.“After six [...]

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    Gwoza monarch returns home, five years after displacement by Boko Haram

Gwoza monarch returns home, five years after displacement by Boko Haram

Mohammed Shehu-Timta, the emir of Gwoza in Borno state, has returned to his throne five years after he was displaced by Boko Haram insurgents.Shehu-Timta, with hundreds of other residents, had fled Gwoza since 2014 when the insurgents continuously attacked the town.Upon his return on Monday, the emir said he voluntarily returned home to build confidence and encouraged his subjects to [...]

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    Leaders should mind their language, says Garba Shehu on insecurity

Leaders should mind their language, says Garba Shehu on insecurity

Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the president on media, has called on leaders to watch the comments they pass over the death of Funke Olukurin, daughter of Reuben Fasoranti, Afenifere leader. Since the news of her death broke, different leaders have taken a swipe at President Muhammadu Buhari over the incessant attacks and kidnappings across the country.But reacting, Shehu said [...]

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    Lagos AAC rejects order removing Sowore as party chairman 

Lagos AAC rejects order removing Sowore as party chairman 

The Lagos state branch of the African Action Congress (AAC) has rejected a court order removing Omoyele Sowore as the party chairman. In May, a faction of AAC said it had suspended Sowore, presidential candidate of the party in the 2019 elections.He was said to have been suspended from the party over “failure to convene national executive council (NEC) meeting, financial [...]

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    It’s time to take the war to the enemy, says Oyinlola on Fasoranti’s daughter

It’s time to take the war to the enemy, says Oyinlola on Fasoranti’s daughter

Olagunsoye Oyinlola, former governor of Osun state, says "criminals have declared war on Nigeria", asking the federal government to rise to the challenge of securing lives and properties.Reacting to the death of Funke Olakunrin, daughter of Reuben Fasoranti, Afenifere leader, Oyinlola called on President Muhammadu Buhari to come out and address Nigerians on what his plans are on insecurity.He said [...]

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    Lagos resident ‘shot dead by SARS’

Lagos resident ‘shot dead by SARS’

Men identified as members of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) of the Nigeria police force have reportedly killed a man in the Ilupeju area of Lagos state. A witness told TheCable that incident happened on Ajisegiri street in Ilupeju, Odiolowo Ojuwoye local council development area of Lagos, on Monday morning.The victim was simply identified as Francis, while residents said he had [...]

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    Ohanaeze to FG: Don’t exonerate herdsmen in death of Fasoranti’s daughter

Ohanaeze to FG: Don’t exonerate herdsmen in death of Fasoranti’s daughter

Ohanaeze Ndigbo, apex Igbo socio-cultural group, says the murder of Funke Olakunrin, daughter of Fasoranti, Afenifere leader, is capable of throwing the country into anarchy. Olakunrin, 58, was heading to Lagos from Akure, Ondo state capital, when suspected kidnappers targeted her vehicle. In an attempt to escape, the attackers fired at her, and she died while being taken to the hospital. In [...]

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    Jennifer Lopez’s show on hold as power outage hits New York

Jennifer Lopez’s show on hold as power outage hits New York

Parts of New York was thrown into darkness as power outage hit the commercial city of the US on Saturday. According to Time newspaper, the outage made its way to Madison Square Garden where Jennifer Lopez, an award-winning singer and actress, was performing.Attendees told the newspaper that the concert went dark about 9:30pm in the middle of Lopez’s fourth song of [...]

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    Otedola: I’m glad to assist Christian Chukwu recover — rather than spend N50m on champagne

Otedola: I’m glad to assist Christian Chukwu recover — rather than spend N50m on champagne

Femi Otedola, billionaire businessman, says he is glad to have assisted Christian Chukwu, former coach of the Super Eagles, recover from prostate cancer. While receiving Chukwu, who just returned to the country after treatment abroad, the philanthropist said assisting people is his way of life and he would rather spend money on people than on drinks. Otedola had voluntarily offered to assist [...]

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    ‘One of Nigeria’s greatest prides’ — Buhari hails Soyinka at 85 

‘One of Nigeria’s greatest prides’ — Buhari hails Soyinka at 85 

President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a congratulatory message to Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate who clocked 85 on Saturday. In a statement issued by Femi Adesina, his spokesman, Buhari described the octogenarian as someone who lives his life for others. “President Muhammadu Buhari sends warm felicitations to Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, on his 85th birthday, July 13, 2019, rejoicing with the literary [...]

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    Amaechi: I know politicians who have suddenly become billionaires

Amaechi: I know politicians who have suddenly become billionaires

Rotimi Amaechi, a former minister of transportation, says some politicians have suddenly become billionaires.Speaking at the fifth edition of the Nigeria symposium for young and emerging leaders held in Lagos on Friday, the ex-minister asked Nigerians to hold those they elect accountable. He also asked politicians to invest in infrastructure and create jobs in order to make crime less attractive.“I know [...]

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    Nigeria excluded as South Africa grants Ghana visa-free entry

Nigeria excluded as South Africa grants Ghana visa-free entry

Nigeria was not listed among the seven countries recently granted visa free entry by South Africa. This addition follows the country’s new e-visa system which will be launched in November. In a statement on Thursday, Aaron Motsoaledi, South Africa’s minister of home affairs, said the development will boost tourism and contribute to the economy of the country. “We do this by making life [...]

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    Unravel the cause of our director’s death, Nigerian institute writes S’Africa

Unravel the cause of our director’s death, Nigerian institute writes S’Africa

The Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN) has asked South African authorities to unravel the cause of the death of Uju Ndubisi-Chukwu, its deputy director killed while attending the African Insurance Organisation (AIO) conference in Johannesburg. Ndubisi-Chukwu was scheduled to return to Nigeria on June 12 but her corpse was found at a room in Emperor Palace Hotel where she had [...]

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