Ogechi Ekeanyanwu

The Nigerian bar association: ahead of the bigger malaise

Just when it seemed my pen had run dry of juristic ink, battling with what ostensibly was the feeling of the nation’s ache has really not been so easy for a while now. I had the conviction that such helplessness is not made to be for a permanent period of time, but for the records, it always come at the rate of metronome. The moment [...]

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    UPDATED: Four surveyors drown in Ekiti, but ‘they’re not World Bank staff’

UPDATED: Four surveyors drown in Ekiti, but ‘they’re not World Bank staff’

Four people drowned in the Egbe dam in Gbonyin local government area of Ekiti state on Wednesday during a World Bank assessment of the dam. After the boat conveying the workers capsized, Sade Akinrinmola, chairman of the local government, had invited local fishermen to embark on a rescue mission. Albert Adeyemi, public relations officer of the police in the state, confirmed the tragedy, saying there were three survivors. "Three of [...]

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    North-east facing staggering humanitarian crisis, says UN

North-east facing staggering humanitarian crisis, says UN

The north-east is facing a staggering humanitarian crisis and needs an increased scale of assistance, Toby Lanzer, UN assistant secretary general and regional humanitarian coordinator, says. Lanzer said this on Tuesday at a media briefing after he visited the region. He explained that the successes of troops in the region have opened up news areas, formerly under the hold of Boko Haram, for [...]

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    North Korea fires submarine-launched ballistic missile towards Japan

North Korea fires submarine-launched ballistic missile towards Japan

North Korea fired a submarine-launched missile on Wednesday that flew about 500 km towards Japan. Having the ability to fire a missile from a submarine could help North Korea evade a new anti-missile system planned for South Korea and pose a threat even if nuclear-armed North Korea's land-based arsenal was destroyed, experts said. The ballistic missile was fired at around 5:30 a.m. [...]

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    FLASHBACK: Exactly 7 years ago, UN honoured Nigeria police for exceptional service in Liberia

FLASHBACK: Exactly 7 years ago, UN honoured Nigeria police for exceptional service in Liberia

So it does seem that the Nigeria police has a bad reputation - corrupt, bribe collectors, harassers, the unfriend lot and all. But they have had their good times. At the peak of the war in Liberia, Nigeria police officers were deployed for a peacekeeping mission. They shone and were celebrated for their outstanding performance while in the country. So on August 22, [...]

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    The most virulent corruption is in the judiciary, says Magu

The most virulent corruption is in the judiciary, says Magu

Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), says Nigeria's oil industry and pension administration is hugely corrupt. Magu said this in Lagos on Friday as he presented a paper titled 'This is our Chance' at a symposium for the National Association of Democratic Lawyers (NADL). "The biggest form of corruption is not the ones you find in [...]

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    Doctor killed in fresh outbreak of Lassa fever in Anambra

Doctor killed in fresh outbreak of Lassa fever in Anambra

A medical doctor, and two other persons, have died of Lassa fever in Anambra state. Emmanuel Okafor, director of public health in the state ministry of health, disclosed this during a one-day workshop on Lassa fever. The workshop was organised to sensitise health professionals in the state on the disease. Okafor said the outbreak was not yet at an epidemic proportion in the state. He [...]

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    UN: Boko Haram has triggered a humanitarian crisis

UN: Boko Haram has triggered a humanitarian crisis

The unprecedented increase in violent attacks by Boko Haram since 2009 has triggered a humanitarian crisis that needs to be checked, says Chaloka Beyani,UN special rapporteur. The rapporteur, in a statement issued by Lucky Musonda, communication specialist of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), said the humanitarian crisis in the country posed a challenge to the Nigerian government. "The challenges confronting Nigeria and [...]

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    NOIPolls: Nigerians experienced decline in electricity supply between January and June 2016

NOIPolls: Nigerians experienced decline in electricity supply between January and June 2016

Nigerians experienced a decline in electricity from January to June 2016, a survey done by NOIPolls has shown. The decline, according to NOIpolls, are outcomes of oil vandalism and gas installations in the Niger-Delta region - and in places like Escravos area of Delta state, that especially caused a drop in power supply from 3,600 megawatts (MW) to 2,500 MW in [...]

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    Divine Oduduru crashes out of 200m semis ‘when we never expected it’

Divine Oduduru crashes out of 200m semis ‘when we never expected it’

Divine Oduduru failed to qualify for the Rio Olympic 200 metres final, crashing out of the race after finishing seventh in the semi-final heat. Oduduru showed enormous potential in the heats, with a personal best of 20: 34 seconds in the semi-final, coming second behind world's fastest man, Usain Bolt. The performance of the I-never-expected-it runner at the heat raised the expectations of Nigerians for at least [...]

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    6 ex-militants graduate with first class from Benson Idahosa University

6 ex-militants graduate with first class from Benson Idahosa University

Six former militants bagged first class degrees from the Benson Idahosa University, Edo state, the amnesty office has announced. The ex-militants were granted amnesty under the presidential amnesty programme and were admitted to the university. Owei Lakemfa, media and communications consultant of the amnesty office, said the result, as released by the institution, showed that one ex militant graduated with a first class [...]

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    Remember Divine Oduduru who ‘never experred it”, he made it to 200m semis behind Usain Bolt

Remember Divine Oduduru who ‘never experred it”, he made it to 200m semis behind Usain Bolt

Divine Oduduru, Nigerian sprinter, has qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympic's 200 metres semi final after he clocked a time of 20:34 seconds, his personal best, just behind Usain Bolt. Bolt ran in 20:28 seconds. Oduduru became popular after a video of him talking about his experience in a race, saying he never "experred" his victory, went viral. He was seen rejoicing and [...]

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Buhari would respond ‘appropriately’ to report on Shiite clash, says Shehu

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured international and local human rights groups of appropriate response on the report of judicial inquiry into the soldiers and Shiite members clash. In a statement, Garba Shehu, the president’s senior special assistant on media and publicity, said Buhari was already studying details of the report and would make appropriate response soon. According to the statement, the president's [...]

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    Top 500 universities unveiled – and none is Nigerian!

Top 500 universities unveiled – and none is Nigerian!

No university in Nigeria made it to the top 500 universities in the 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) released on Monday. The ranking is released by ShanghaiRanking consultancy, which uses "transparent methodology and third-party data". The methods include "the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, the number of Highly Cited Researchers, the number of articles published [...]

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    8000 Boko Haram members voluntarily surrendered, say military

8000 Boko Haram members voluntarily surrendered, say military

The Nigerian military on Tuesday in Abuja said no fewer than 8000 Boko Haram members had voluntarily surrendered to its "operation safe corridor" in the north-east. Rabe Abubakar, the director of defence information, disclosed this at a lecture organised by the FCT correspondents’ chapel of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ). The lecture with the theme, "Media-Military Relationship in the Fight against [...]

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    130 million people depend on aid to survive, says UN chief

130 million people depend on aid to survive, says UN chief

No fewer than 130 million people depend on humanitarian aid to survive, Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary-general, says in his message for the 2016 World Humanitarian Day campaign. The Day is commemorated on August 19 and the theme for this year’s campaign is ‘World You’d Rather’. “A record 130 million people are dependent on humanitarian assistance to survive. Grouped together, these people in [...]

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