Today’s Scoops

Gov. Shettima visits victims of Rann military airstrike (Photos)

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54 victims of military airstrike in Rann, headquarters of Kala-Balge, are currently hospitalized in three hospitals in Maiduguri with all of them in stable conditions, the Borno State Commissioner for Health, Dr Haruna Mshelia, has said. Dr Mshelia said of the 54 victims, ‎32 persons are receiving treatment at the ...

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Nigeria confirms deployment of troops to Gambia as time ticks for Jammeh


The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has deployed a standby force to Senegal in order to enforce the December 1, 2016, election mandate in The Gambia. NAF spokesman, Ayodele Famuyiwa, a Group Captain, in a statement said the deployment was part of Nigerian contingent of Economic Community of West African States ...

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Gambia’s National Assembly extends Jammeh’s tenure for 3 months


According to Gambia  State Television, the Gambia’s National Assembly has extended the tenure of President Yahya Jammeh for three months, this followed on the heels of  Jammeh’s declaration of a 90-day State of Emergency on Tuesday. Jammeh, who has ruled the Gambia for the past 22 years had vowed not ...

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Take it or leave it: Gov. Okorocha says he has fulfilled 90 per cent of his promises


Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state says he has fulfilled about 90 percent of the campaign promises made to the people of the state. “My administration has already fulfilled about 90 percent of my campaign promises which includes the building of 27 new general hospitals in each of the 27 local ...

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Everyone is grieved over Rann airstrike tragedy – but here’s what must happen after grief


The one thing the Nigerian military got right after the deadly airstrike in Rann, Borno state, was that it immediately owned up to its deeds. There was no denial as it frequently does in the face of evidence. “Today’s military air strikes are a little bit disturbing. It is disturbing enough for ...

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Just In: Many feared dead as Army ‘mistakenly’ bombs aid workers, IDPs in Borno


Tragedy occurred in Kala Balge in Borno state on Tuesday as the Nigerian Army dropped a bomb in an area filled with civilians with many casualties resulting. Among those affected are humanitarian aid workers of the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), the Medicines Sans Frontiers, as well as some ...

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Liberia Pres. Sirleaf explodes as Gambia Pres. Jammeh leaks video of phone conversation with her

Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf with the president of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh

President Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia pulled a fast one on his Liberian counterpart, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, on Monday as he released the recording of a telephone conversation between the both of them without giving her prior notice. Sirleaf is the Chairperson of the Economic Community of West African States ...

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Gov. Ajimobi’s daughter is mad at the media for tarnishing her reputation


Ajibola Ajayi, the daughter of Oyo governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has denied being behind an Instagram account which described protesting students of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) as “mannerless children.” Last week, some LAUTECH students marched to the Oyo government house to protest the closure of their school for ...

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Define LAWLESS: Amnesty Intl kicks against detention of Sheikh Zakzaky for a year without trial


Since December 2015 when the Nigerian Army arrested Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, and his wife, they have been held without charge. Not even a court ruling ordering Zakzaky’s release has moved the Nigerian government. International rights group, Amnesty International, on Monday urged the ...

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BBOG joins FG delegation on guided tour of North East (Photos)


Selected members of The Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) movement are currently on a guided tour of the North East zone alongside a federal government delegation, the military and 15 journalists. The group had earlier given conditions to the government which it said should be met before it accepts the ...

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Abdulsalami peace committee embarks on a mission as tough as anything it has ever attempted

Kaduna peace elrufai

The national peace committee headed by Nigeria’s former head of state, Gen. Abubakar Abdulsalami (rtd), made a name for itself when it midwifed the peace accord signed in 2015 between the then incumbent president Goodluck Jonathan and presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari. That peace accord set the tone for the relatively ...

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Gov. Ganduje accuses ex-Gov. Kwankwaso of fraud, but it’s still hard to take him seriously


Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has described the overseas scholarship scheme of his predecessor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, as a scam. But it’s still too hard to take the governor seriously. Ganduje served as Kwankwaso’s deputy for two terms (1999 to 2003 and 2011 to 2015). And he was an aide ...

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No, you can’t: #OccupyCBN: The police is threatening to stop Nigerians from protesting again


The Nigeria Police Force does not learn anything. Otherwise it should know by now that it does not have the powers to stop Nigerians from protesting peacefully, and it has nothing to do with whether their cause is popular or not. The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command has warned ...

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Southern Kaduna killings: Soyinka, Osinbajo, Kukah express anger and share insights at book launch


Professor Wole Soyinka has criticised the manner in which both the federal and Kaduna state governments handled the killings in Southern Kaduna which resulted in the deaths of over 800 citizens. “What astonished me was not the admission by the governor but the astonishment of others at such governmental response ...

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EFCC investigation reveals that Justice Innocent is not innocent

Innocent Umezulike, former Enugu chief judge

Detectives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have traced over N632.2 million to former Enugu State Chief Judge Innocent Azubuike Umezulike’s account. Last September, the National Judicial Commission (NJC) recommended that the governor of Enugu state, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, should compulsorily retire Umezulike over several cases of malfeasance. The ...

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The untold stories of journalists working on the front lines of Boko Haram war


by Mercy Abang “A 9-year-old boy dressed for school turns to say goodbye, within the  twinkle of an eye, a bullet from an AK47 rifle makes its way through his body. I watched him drop dead immediately. His crime? He wore a school uniform and was headed for school.” 63-year-old veteran ...

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New Supreme Court justice withdraws from Abia governorship petition appeal


A petition challenging the nomination of Abia governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, as the nominee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2015 election was stalled at the Supreme Court on Wednesday because Justice Amina Augue recused herself. Augie who is only two months old on the bench of the nation’s ...

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“I will not participate”: Gov. Wike meets IGP’s panel on Rivers poll and accuses it of bias


Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has told the Nigerian Police Special Joint Investigation Panel on Rivers Rerun that they were established by the Inspector-General of Police with a predetermined goal, with the aim of assisting the All Progressives Congress at the Election Tribunal. Governor Wike also announced that the ...

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Pres. Buhari just appointed a veteran of the #StellaGate scandal as DG of NAMA

Fola Akinkuotu

The federal government has sacked four heads of agencies and colleges in Nigeria’s aviation industry and announced immediate replacements for them. The Managing Director of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA, Emma Anasi; the Director General of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NiMet, Anthony Anuforom; the Rector of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, ...

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A “Fayose prophecy” is about to come true and Buhari has to tell us why he’s letting that happen

Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen

Justice Walter Onnoghen is the first judge from the Southern part of the country to qualify to be Nigeria’s chief justice in 30 years. Since Justice Ayo Irikefe held that position from 1985 to 1987, all subsequent chief justices have hailed from the North. That isn’t a big deal, really. ...

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