Items filtered by date: Monday, 09 January 2017

At least eight people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack on a police station in North Sinai, Egypt.
Reports say the bomber rammed the building in el-Arish with a lorry filled with explosives.Militants then opened fire on the station.
No group has taken responsibility for the attack, but the area is often targeted by Islamists that have links with the so-called Islamic State (IS) group.
Islamist groups are thought to have carried out more than 400 attacks in the North Sinai region between 2012 and 2015.

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Monday, 09 January 2017 16:50

IBOK GIRLS: BBOG CONDEMNS FG’S FAILURE

The Bring Back Our Girls, BBOG campaign group, has reconvened at the Unity Park Abuja, in an effort to further urge the government to step up its search for the remaining abducted Chibok school girls.

The Co-convener of the group, Oby Ezekwesili, says members should continue their week long protest not minding the threats of the police.
On January 8, 2017, it became 1,000 days since over 200 girls were abducted by Boko Haram militants from Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno state.
Some of them have since been released while others managed to escape, but at least 195 girls are still in captivity.

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The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC today advised vehicle operators to install the speed-limiting devices in their vehicles, saying full enforcement would begin on February 1.
Sector Commander of FRSC in Ebonyi State, Sunday Iyama, said in order to ensure sanity on the roads in the state the Commission would intensify patrols and enlightenment campaigns for motorists.
Iyama told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abakiliki that motorists are cautioned against violating other rules and regulations guiding road usage.
He however advised officers and men of the corps to be civil, more dedicated and committed to their operations.

Published in Domestic
Monday, 09 January 2017 16:45

2019 AFCON QUALIFIERS DRAW HOLDS THURSDAY

The draw for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series will be held on Thursday in Libreville, Gabon.
The qualifiers are scheduled to begin on June 5 across the continent.
Cameroon will host the 2019 edition of the AFCON, 47 years after they staged the tournament.
Chad, which pulled out of the qualifiers for the 2017 AFCON, has been banned from this edition of the competition.
This year’s tournament kicks off on Saturday in Gabon, with nations like Nigeria, South Africa and Zambia missing out.

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Eight people are believed to have been killed in multiple explosions on Sunday night in Maiduguri.
Reports say a suicide bomber attacked a Civilian Joint Task Force check point around Muna garage, while another set of bombers invaded Kalleri ward.
The attack follows another in which an Army captain and five soldiers were killed in an evening attack at 27 Taskforce Brigade of the Nigeria Army in Yobe State.

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Novak Djokovic has ended Andy Murray’s 28-match winning streak in the Qatar Open final.
The world number one, Murray enjoyed a dream run to the very top of the sport, including victory over Djokovic at the 2016 season-ending ATP Tour Finals in London.
This time however, Djokovic gained some measure of revenge by retaining his title here with an captivating 6-3 5-7 6-4

Djokovic now has advantage ahead of the Australian Open, which runs from January 16-29.

 

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The Federal High Court has redeployed 11 judges.
They include Justice Mohammed Liman transferred from Port Harcourt to Enugu division and Justice Okon Abang from Abuja to Asaba division.
A circular addressed to all judges of the court said the postings would not affect the criminal cases which the redeployed judges were presently handling.
Recall that Justice Abang gave the judgment which sacked Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu last year which the appellate court reversed.
Justice Liman on his part gave the judgment that recognized the Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee of the People’s Democratic Party as the authentic body.

Published in Domestic
Monday, 09 January 2017 11:26

SARAKI PAYS TRIBUTE TO LATE KURE

Senate President, Bukola Saraki has expressed shock over the death of the former Governor of Niger State, Abdul-kadir Kure.

Kure was the Niger state governor from 1999 to 2007.
He died in a hospital in Germany on Sunday at the age of 60.
In a condolence message by his Special Assistant on New Media, Bami-kole Omisore, the Senate President described him as a man who sacrificed all he had for nation building.
Saraki added that late Kure was an inspiration for many, especially the downtrodden.
The Senate President also commiserated with the Family of the late Kure, especially his Wife, Zainab Kure who also served the country as a Senator.

 

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President of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Amaju Pinnick has promised to ensure the Super Eagles qualifiy for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, having failed to make it to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
Egypt displaced Nigeria in the qualifying series, and so, failed to qualify for their second successive AFCON.
The Super Eagles now tops their group with six points and hopes to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
Their next qualifier will be in August 28, 2017 when they host Cameroon.

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Venezuela's government is increasing in the minimum wage and pensions in the country.
President Nicolas Maduro announced a 50% increase amid runaway inflation.
He says the move will protect jobs and incomes but critics say it may worsen the crisis.

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