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Pray For Peaceful Polls in 2015, Atiku Urges Catholic Bishops

3 years ago /
Nation 

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has called on the Catholic bishops in Nigeria to pray for peaceful elections in 2015 and the emergence of a God-fearing administration that will make Nigeria spiritually, morally and socially sanctified. Atiku Abubakar in a goodwill message to the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria and made available...

I Regret Not Signing Cristiano Ronaldo And Drogba - Arsene Wenger

3 years ago /
Sports  

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says his biggest regret in the transfer market is missing out on signing Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in 2003. Ronaldo left Sporting Lisbon to join Manchester United for £12.3m as an 18-year-old of huge promise, going on to establish himself as one of the greatest players...

NIAA To Honour Gowon, Adenuga And Dangote

3 years ago /
Nation 

Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, Chairman of Globacom, Dr. Mike Adenuga and Africa’s richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote amongst other notable personalities are to be honoured at this year's Nigerian International Athletes Association (NIAA) Diaspora Award. They are to be honoured at the award night/banquet scheduled to hold at...

Teacher Captures An Anaconda After It Ate His Friend's Dog

3 years ago /
International News  Oddities 

A maths teacher waded into a shallow river and captured a 17ft anaconda hours after it snatched his friend's dog from the bank. Sebastien Bascoules, who lives in Matoury, French Guiana, hauled the 175lb snake onto land in nearby Montsinery, after a friend phoned him with news of his beloved pet,...

Lagos, Rivers, Enugu Generated The Most IGR In 2013

3 years ago /
Business and Economy  

Lagos State increased its lead among the 36 states of the federation in the area of internally generated revenue (IGR) in 2013, generating about N384.2 billion compared to N219.2 billion in the previous year. This was followed by Rivers State which also witnessed increased revenue generation from about N66.2 billion in...

Thailand Murder Investigation Stalls As DNA Shows No Match

3 years ago /
International News 

Thailand has police admitted they are struggling to find the killers of two British tourists, after it crime scene DNA did not match that of any suspect. Hannah Witheridge, 23, and David Miller, 24, were found dead on a beach on the island of Koh Tao on Monday. British brothers Christopher and...

IS Releases New Video Of Captured British Journalist, John Cantlie

3 years ago /
International News 

Isis have released a new video in which a captured British journalist promises to expose the ‘truth behind Islamic State.’ In the haunting video, John Cantlie, a former war photographer and correspondent for The Sunday Times, The Sun and The Sunday Telegraph, speaks to the camera from behind a table in a darkened room, The shocking clip...

I Assisted Daniel To Claim Ogun Indigeneship — Amosun

3 years ago /

Governor Ibikunle  Amosun of Ogun State, yesterday, said he was part of those that aided his predecessor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel to claim indigeneship of Ogun State in 2003. According to Amosun, Daniel was an indigene of Isoko in Delta State, but, requested for assistance from him and some other unnamed persons...

FAAC Disburses N607.7 Billion For The Month Of August

3 years ago /
Nation 

The Federation Account Allocation Committee has disbursed N607.7 billion for the month of August 2014. The committee proposed 35.549 billion for distribution under SURE-P.  As usual 15% of the statutory allocation goes to the federal government, 35% for the local government councils. The gross revenue of N601.648 billion received for this month is...

Newborn Girl Freed From Inside A 7 Inch-wide Sewer Pipe After Mother Gives Birth In A Toilet

3 years ago /
Oddities 

A newborn baby girl has been discovered wedged inside a sewer pipe at a Chinese university after her student mother gave birth and then fled, leaving the child behind. Police believe that the young woman hoped to hide the pregnancy by leaving her helpless daughter to fall down the toilet at...

 

Ebola: More Than 700 New Cases In One Week - WHO

3 years ago /
Health 

The World Health Organization says more than 700 more Ebola cases emerged in West Africa in one week, a statistic that shows the outbreak is accelerating. Just three weeks ago the number of new cases was around 500 for a one-week period. The number of people believed to have killed is...

Ukraine Crisis: President Poroshenko In Key US Visit

3 years ago /
International News  Security 

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is beginning a key visit to the US to seek further support to tackle what he describes as Russian aggression. He is at the state department in Washington for talks with the Secretary of State John Kerry. Mr Poroshenko will also hold talks with US President Barack Obama...

2015 Election: PDP NEC Adopts President Jonathan As Flag Bearer

3 years ago /
Politics 

Members of the National Executive Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party have adopted President Goodluck Jonathan as the party’s sole presidential candidate for the 2015 election. This decision was taken at the on-going meeting of the body, which is being held at the party’s national headquarters, Abuja, today. Members of the NEC...

 

Amnesty International Calls On Nigerian Government To Criminalise Torture

3 years ago /
Nation 

Amnesty International on Thursday urged Nigeria's government to criminalise torture, as it published a new report documenting widespread abuses in the criminal justice system and military. The London-based rights group's report, "'Welcome to hell fire' -- Torture and Other Ill-treatment in Nigeria", catalogues the testimony of hundreds of victims compiled over...

Service Chiefs, NSA, Kifasi For National Honours

3 years ago /
Nation 

The president, Goodluck Jonathan has approved 2013/2014 National Honours award to 305 Nigerians and friends of Nigeria with Service Chiefs and other top Security Chiefs leading the way. The approved list, was announced on Thursday in a statement signed by the Director(Special Duties Office), Mr. Adeyemo Tunde, for the Secretary to the Government...

China Announces $32.54m New Package For Combating Ebola

3 years ago /
Health 

Chinese President Xi Jinping, on Thursday in New Delhi, announced 32.54 million dollars aid package for Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to combat Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). He said during his state visit to India that the aid would include cash, food and materials. Jinping said that his country would also provide...

Rising Inflation May Justify Further Monetary Tightening As MPC Meets Today

3 years ago /
Business and Economy   Nation 

Given rising inflation seen for the sixth consecutive month to 8.5 percent in August, expectations are high that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) could raise benchmark rates or at best maintain the status quo as the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) begins its two days meeting today. Nigeria’s inflation which is...

MFBs’ 45.70% PAR Puts Depositor Confidence, N220bn MSMEDF At Risk

3 years ago /
Business and Economy   Nation 

The N220 billion Micro Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) development fund, along with depositor confidence, may be at risk as microfinance banks’ Portfolio-At-Risk (PAR) remain 45.70 percent, higher than the prescribed maximum ratio of 5 percent. Although the figure declined from 61.9 percent, where it stood as at December 2012, available...

Sierra Leone To Have 3 Days Ebola Lockdown

3 years ago /
Health 

Freetown (AFP) - Sierra Leone prepared Thursday for an unprecedented three-day nationwide lockdown to contain the deadly spread of the Ebola virus in a controversial move which experts claimed could worsen the epidemic. The population of six million will be confined to their homes from midnight (0000 GMT) going into Friday...

Energy Firms Seen Raising Equity Capital To Moderate Debt

3 years ago /
Business and Economy  

Energy firms active in the oil and gas and power sector are seen approaching the Nigerian capital markets in the near future to raise equity to help pay down expensive debt incurred during asset purchases. “Many energy companies will seek equity funding to moderate debt that asset buyers have on their...