Friday, September 20, 2019

Femi Owolabi

    Army shuts down NGO in north-east for ‘giving Boko Haram food’

Army shuts down NGO in north-east for ‘giving Boko Haram food’

Some soldiers on Thursday laid siege to the office of Action Against Hunger, an international non governmental organisation (NGO) in Damaturu, Yobe state capital.An aide worker in the town who does not want to be named told TheCable they got a message earlier in the week that soldiers were coming after some NGOs operating in the north-east.According to him, soldiers [...]

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    Army: Boko Haram insurgents now running for their lives

Army: Boko Haram insurgents now running for their lives

The Nigerian army says hundreds of Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) insurgents are being flushed out of their hideouts.Sagir Musa, army’s spokesperson, said this in a statement issued on Thursday.He said artillery and aerial bombardments of Boko Haram settlements have forced the insurgents to flee to north and central Africa sub-regions.“This mass movement for their [...]

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    Army: We’ll destroy Boko Haram if they come to Maiduguri

Army: We’ll destroy Boko Haram if they come to Maiduguri

The Nigerian army has dismissed the speculation that Boko Haram insurgents are planning to attack Maiduguri, Borno state capital.Over the months, there has been apprehension following the frequent exchange of gunfire between the insurgents and the troops in areas close to the city. But the army said the planned attack is a rumour.Ado Isa, a deputy spokesperson of the army, [...]

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    Buhari’s govt bribes bandits but harasses law-abiding citizens, says Falana

Buhari’s govt bribes bandits but harasses law-abiding citizens, says Falana

Femi Falani, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has condemned the clampdown on Sahara Reporters, a publication founded by Omoyele Sowore, and the invasion of the premises of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) where a pro-Sowore protest was scheduled to take place on Wednesday. In a coordinated exercise, security operatives laid siege to the offices of  Sahara Reporters [...]

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    ICYMI: Drama at court martial trying army general over N400m ‘theft’

ICYMI: Drama at court martial trying army general over N400m ‘theft’

Hakeem Otiki, a major-general standing trial over the alleged theft of millions of naira, has asked Lamidi Adeosun, a lieutenant-general, not to preside over the case.Five soldiers were declared wanted by the Nigerian army after they absconded with a large amount of cash allegedly on the orders of Otiki who was the general officer commanding of the army’s 8 [...]

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    More Nigerians leaving SA over xenophobic attacks to return on Wednesday 

More Nigerians leaving SA over xenophobic attacks to return on Wednesday 

A second batch of Nigerians fleeing South Africa over xenophobic attacks will arrive on Wednesday. They were earlier scheduled to arrive Nigeria 8pm on Tuesday but an Air Peace aircraft detailed to evacuate them was denied landing permit by the South African government. But Godwin Adama, Nigeria's consul-general in South Africa, later said the landing permit had been granted.“They will land tomorrow,” [...]

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    Falana asks court to grant Sowore bail on self-recognition 

Falana asks court to grant Sowore bail on self-recognition 

Femi Falana, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and counsel to Omoyele Sowore, has asked the court to grant his client bail on self-recognition. Sowore, who was the candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) in the last presidential election, was arrested in August by the Department of State Services (DSS) who accused him of threatening public peace and safety with [...]

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    OBITUARY: Okonjo, the expert who lectured in Soviet Union and touched many lives in his kingdom

OBITUARY: Okonjo, the expert who lectured in Soviet Union and touched many lives in his kingdom

If not for politics, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a former minister of finance, would have become president of the World Bank. Oh well, this is the sentiment of Chukwuka Okonjo, her father, who passed away on Friday at the age of 91. Indeed, at some point, there were speculations his daughter, who had risen to the number two position at the institution, could [...]

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    Dabiri-Erewa: Nigerians who fled South Africa to get loan, N40k airtime

Dabiri-Erewa: Nigerians who fled South Africa to get loan, N40k airtime

Abike Dabiri-Erewa, chief executive officer of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), says citizens who fled South Africa over xenophobic attacks will be empowered. She gave this assurance on Wednesday when she received the first batch of returnees at the tarmac of the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) in Lagos. She told the returnees that besides stipends to help them get to their [...]

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    Nigerians who fled SA over xenophobic attacks arrive in Lagos

Nigerians who fled SA over xenophobic attacks arrive in Lagos

The Air Peace flight which conveyed some Nigerians who left South Africa over xenophobic attacks touched down at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos at exactly 9:35pm on Wednesday.Abike Dabiri-Erewa, chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), led officials to receive them.Also on ground to welcome them back home are officials of the Nigerian Immigration Service, National Emergency Management Agency [...]

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    Nigerians returning from SA airborne — after 7-hour delay

Nigerians returning from SA airborne — after 7-hour delay

The first aircraft lifting Nigerians out of South Africa has taken off from the OR Tambo airport, Johannesburg.The flight, which was scheduled to leave at 9:10 am, was delayed for about seven hours.Abike Dabiri-Erewa, chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, confirmed that immigration issues caused the delay.She said immediately those on board arrive, they would be given SIM cards [...]

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    Policeman attacked by students in Ekiti feared dead  

Policeman attacked by students in Ekiti feared dead

A video circulating on social media has shown how a yet-to-be identified policeman was beaten by a mob in Oye Ekiti, Ekiti state. The mob was said to consist of students of the Federal University of Oye Ekiti (FUOYE) who on Tuesday also attacked the convoy of Bisi Fayemi, wife of the state governor. The students, protesting insufficient supply of electricity, had [...]

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    I don’t want to lose my life, says Nigerian as he leaves SA over xenophobic attacks 

I don’t want to lose my life, says Nigerian as he leaves SA over xenophobic attacks 

Hundreds of Nigerians on Wednesday gathered at the Nigeria consulate in South Africa where buses moved them in batches to the OR Tambo airport. This development follows a directive from President Muhammadu Buhari to evacuate Nigerians in South Africa.The president gave this order after receiving the report of the special envoy evaluating xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.Heidi Giokos, [...]

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    ‘Three killed’ as students attack convoy of Fayemi’s wife

‘Three killed’ as students attack convoy of Fayemi’s wife

Two students of the Federal University Oye Ekiti (FUOYE) and a policeman have been reportedly killed in a clash between the police and students.The students who were protesting insufficient supply of electricity had marched to the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) substation in Oye Ekiti, barricading the express road. The protesters reportedly vented their anger on Bisi Fayemi, first lady of [...]

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    REVEALED! Audio of Khashoggi’s gruesome killing: ‘I listen to music when I cut’

REVEALED! Audio of Khashoggi’s gruesome killing: ‘I listen to music when I cut’

Audio recordings between Jamal Khashoggi and the hit squad that killed him have been revealed. Kashoggi, a Saudi dissident and journalist with Washington Post who was in exile in the US, was killed, with his body allegedly dismembered on October 2, 2018 at the Saudi consulate in Turkey where he had gone to get documents for his marriage.In one of the [...]

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    Sultan: There are criminals in every ethnic group

Sultan: There are criminals in every ethnic group

Sa’ad Abubakar,  sultan of Sokoto, says criminality is a human trait and should never be about any particular ethnic group. The monarch said this on Monday while delivering a keynote address at the 2019 Ulefunta public lecture in Akure, Ondo state capital. Herders, especially those of Fulani extraction, have been blamed for the series of crises in the north-west and other parts [...]

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