Archive for the ‘WORLD POLITICS’ Category

Turkey Downs Russian Military Aircraft Near Syria’s Border

Turkish military aircraft shot down a Russian jet Tuesday after Turkey says it violated its airspace near the border with Syria, a major escalation in the Syrian conflict that could further strain relations between Russia and the West. Russian officials confirmed that a Russian warplane had been shot down but claimed it had been flying […]

India’s baby factory where hundreds of impoverished Indian women are being paid £5,000 to have babies for childless Westerners

The one-stop surrogacy shop – complete with a gift shop and hotel rooms – is under construction as part of India’s multibillion dollar commercial surrogacy industry. The medic behind the plans, Dr Nayna Patel, already runs a back street clinic in rural Gujarat which currently accommodates around 100

Resident doctors declare nationwide strike

The National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria, NARD, has said that the strike it embarked upon yesterday is painful but unavoidable. The association said the strike became necessary because of what it described as the failure of the Federal Government to

Nigeria @ 53: Tottering on the edge of disaster! By Theophilus Ilevbare

As Nigeria performs the ritual of celebrating the country at it marks 53-years as an independent nation and a member of the international community, without the usual pomp and fanfare that has been associated with such celebrations, this time would have added insult to our collective injury, the journey to democracy and nationhood has been […]

US begins government shutdown

The US government has begun a partial shutdown after the two houses of Congress failed to agree a new budget. The Republican-led House of Representatives insisted on delaying President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform – dubbed Obamacare – as a condition for passing a bill.

Nigeria ranks highest among peers in property transaction cost at 22%

Viewed from the prism of Lagos, its formal capital and commercial nerve centre controlling over 90 percent of its property market, Nigeria ranks highest in property transaction cost among its peers like include China, South Africa and India. Available record shows that whereas property transaction cost is as low as 3 percent of the value […]

Osun begins 4-5-3 educational system tomorrow

AS pupils of public schools in Osun State warm up for resumption on Wednesday, arrangements have been perfected by the state government to ensure successful take off of the new 4-5-3 educational system, which has culminated in the merger or re-classification of schools.

Canada Condemns Yobe College Attack

Following the senseless killing of students of  College of  Agriculture, in Yobe state by unknown gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram members, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has condemned the incessant killing of  students, while expressing his sympathy and that of  his country on the dastardly act.

7 beheaded on Maiduguri/Damaturu road

Seven people were killed in Makintamari village in Kaga Local Government in Borno state along the Damaturu/Maiduguri road. Eyewitnesses said the travellers were beheaded with their heads placed on their lifeless bodies on the main road. At the Makintafamari village, in a separate incident, gunmen also cut the throats of four persons on Saturday. They […]

23-yr-old cyber crime suspect arrested

A 23-year-old graduate of College of Education, Ilaro, Ogun State, who has been on wanted list of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), for notoriety on hacking into websites of government agencies and sale of fake recruitment forms has been arrested. The suspect, who simply gave his name as Adeniji Lukman, from Osun […]

Young inventor dazzles Jonathan with power-generating football

President Goodluck Jonathan some few months ago expressed delight over the creativity of a 25-year-old Nigerian, Jessica Matthews, who invented a power-generating football called SOCCKET ball. Matthews, who is a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Unchartedplay, was at the Presidential Villa, Abuja to present the ball,

French Hostage Asks FG, French Govt To Help Secure His Release

A French hostage kidnapped by members of the Ansaru Islamist group in Rimi town, Katsina state, northwest Nigeria, has asked for the help of the French and Nigerian government in securing his release. Agency reports indicate this in a video released by his captors, which appears to be the first visual sign of life from […]

Al-Qaeda Suspect Pleads Not Guilty In U.S. Court

A Nigerian citizen, Lawal Babafemi, who was extradited to the United States has pleaded not guilty in a U.S. Federal Court in Brooklyn to helping an Al-Qaeda affiliate recruit English-speaking people in Nigeria. U.S. District Judge, John Gleeson yesterday ordered that Babafemi be held without bail.

VIDEOS: President Jonathan’s Media Chat on September 29, 2013

President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday said the country’s security forces will “look at different ways” in solving the security situation in the Nigeria. Jonathan said this while answering questions during the Presidential Media Chat.

46 year-old Nigerian accountant murdered in her Essex home

A 46-year-old UK based Nigerian accountant Tolu Kalejaiye has been murdered in her £350,000 four-bedroom property in Wickford, Essex. Kalejaiye’s body was discovered by Police last week and her son has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

FG To Handover PHCN To Successor Companies 30th September

Vice President Namadi Sambo has announced plans to handover the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) to successor companies by Monday 30th Setember next week. The Vice President who spoke at a meeting on power sector reforms in Abuja also announced that outstanding payments of pensions and

Nigeria: Militants Kill Students in College Attack

Suspected Islamic extremists attacked an agricultural college in the dead of night, gunning down dozens of students as they slept in dormitories and torching classrooms, the school’s provost said — the latest violence in northeastern Nigeria’s ongoing Islamic uprising. The attack, blamed on the Boko Haram extremist group, came despite a 4 ½-month-old state of […]

Kenyan Mall Massacre -Soldiers reveal gory details of the torture faced by hostages (Photos)

The siege  is officially over but shocking details continue to emerge about what the hostages went through while forces tried to takeover the mall. The details are sickening and unimaginable.. Below is the report by Daily Mail Soldiers told of the horrific torture meted out by terrorists in the Nairobi mall massacre yesterday with claims […]

Prof Wole Soyinka Escapes Death In Kenya

But for providence, Nigeria’s Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, would have been among the dead in the terror attack that took place at the Nairobi Westgate mall in Kenya last weekend. Speaking at a press conference at the Freedom Park in Victoria Island, Lagos, on Friday in honour of the late Ghanaian poet, Professor

NUT to shut down primary, sec. schools nationwide over ASUU strike, gives two weeks ultimatum

The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has given a two-week ultimatum to the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to resolve the strike, embarked upon by university lecturers. Mr. Michael Olukoya, the NUT President stated this in Abuja at the end of the Union’s meeting with teachers’ representatives across the

Truck crushes 12 in Ogun

No fewer than six people were feared dead, while six others were critically injured after a tipper driver rammed into roadside traders at old Ota Toll Gate in Ogun State. It was gathered that the accident, which happened around 11am on Thursday, was caused by brake failure.

B’Haram linked to group behind Kenya mall attack • US report says Nigerian sect may have anti-aircraft missiles

A report by a committee of  the United States House of Representatives has linked the  fundamentalist Islamist sect, Boko Haram,  to al Shabaab, the terror group that carried out the September 21 Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya. Al-Shabaab is a Somali-based group whose members are said to be highly proficient in suicide bombing.

Extortion by Men of The Nigeria Police Again Caught on Camera ( Video )

A citizen captured this video on his cellphone in Onitsha where an officer of the Nigerian police extorted money from a motorist. Its yet another indication that our Nigerian police careless about the consequences of been caught in the act of bribe and money collection even in the checkpoints and on the roads in general.

Private jet owners to pay $4,000 luxury tax per trip

The Federal Government has imposed a luxury tax on private jet owners and operators in the country. As a result, the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority has directed the owners and operators of private jets to pay the sum of $4,000 for every flight departure within the country.

Extortion by Men of The Nigeria Police Again Caught on Camera ( Video )

Extortion of innocent citizens by men of the Nigerian Police Force continues unabated as another video showing officers demanding money from a motorist in Anambra surfaces online. The officers who were allegedly involved in the incident include Stephen Iduh, Anselem Ukachukwu, J. O Daudu of the Servicom Unit.

NUT to shut down primary, sec. schools nationwide over ASUU strike, gives two weeks ultimatum

The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has given a two-week ultimatum to the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to resolve the strike, embarked upon by university lecturers. Mr. Michael Olukoya, the NUT President stated this in Abuja at the end of the Union’s meeting with teachers’ representatives across the

Taraba: My deputy betrayed me, says Suntai

AILING Taraba State Governor Danbaba Suntai has accused his deputy, Alhaji Garba Umar, of betrayal. Suntai said he least expected the deputy governor to lust for his (Suntai’s) office given the  confidence he reposed in him. Suntai, who spoke through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Sylvanus Yakubu, said the governor was […]

Boko Haram leader, Shekau, resurfaces, mocks Nigerian Army-(VIDEO)

Weeks after Nigeria’s army declared him dead, Africa’s most-wanted terrorist, a fundamentalist preacher named Abubakar Shekau, appeared in an online video hurling invective at the American president and British queen. Mr. Shekau, the 40-something-year-old figurehead of Islamic insurgency Boko Haram, wasn’t the only al Qaeda ally in Africa to return

Interpol issues alert for ‘White Widow’ sought in Kenya

The international police agency’s so-called “red alert” notice said Lewthwaite, 29, is wanted by Kenya on charges of  possession of explosives and conspiracy to commit a felony  dating back to December 2011. Lewthwaite, also believed to use the alias ’Natalie Webb’,  is the widow of Germaine Lindsay, one of the Islamist bombers  who carried out

Ex-Liberian President Charles Taylor Loses Appeal

A U.N.-backed appeals court upheld former Liberian President Charles Taylor’s conviction and 50-year prison sentence Thursday, reaffirming their decision to punish the disgraced leader for aiding rebels in Sierra Leone in a civil war that killed roughly 50,000. Taylor, 65, was elected president of Liberia in 1997 in the midst of the 11-year Sierra Leone […]

YOUNG NIGERIAN DOCTOR GETS OPPORTUNITY TO MEET BARACK OBAMA AT THE GLOBAL STARTUP YOUTH PROGRAM IN MALAYSIA

Dr Charles Immanuel Akhimien, 24, a medical doctor from Nigeria has been selected to attend the Global Startup Youth program in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 8-11 October 2013. This meeting of young people will feature 500 youth between the ages of 18-25 years old from 90 different nations comprising coders, hustlers, domain experts and youth […]

Why Jonathan fired Emordi, Olagunju

There have been reports that a fat sum of money, which was meant to be disbursed to sympathetic lawmakers was not properly distributed thereby infuriating those who made the money available.Some lawmakers were said to have receive a paltry $25,000 instead of $100,000 said to have been earmarked for them.

Abuja killing: SSS parades suspected Boko Haram member

Youth council president faults SSS The State Security Service on Friday paraded a suspected Boko Haram member it claimed is linked to the establishment of the hideout raided in Abuja Thursday night. Mohammed Adamu thereafter narrated how he met the sect in Abuja.

$15m bribe money: Ibori, Ribadu trade tackles in London court

A twist occurred yesterday in the disputed sum of $15 million (about N4.6 billion) which former Delta State governor, Chief James Ibori allegedly offered as bribe to former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu. Speaking through his counsel, Ivan Krolick, in a British court yesterday, Ibori said the allegation that […]

Why FG want ASUU strike to continue By Theophilus Ilevbare

Nigerian universities have been buffeted with agonising months of strikes for over a decade and until now, the story is pretty much the same. Government is still unwilling to give the education sector a shot in the arm. Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, have been on strike since June 30 and has dialogued with […]

PDP CRISIS: REPS EXCHANGE BLOWS-(MUST READ)

IT was a free-for-all on Tuesday, as two members of the House of Representatives belonging to the two feuding factions in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) publicly exchanged blows during the visit of the Alhaji Mohammed Kawu Baraje-led faction to the PDP caucus in the House of Representatives.

UK court shown clips of Governor Ibori’s opulent palace

A British court was shown footage on Wednesday of a palatial property built in Nigeria for jailed former Governor James Ibori, complete with marble columns and a private gym. The opulent mansion staffed by cooks, maids and chauffeurs was just one of a portfolio of properties across the world worth over 10

SHOCKING REVELATIONS: How FCT Officials Steal Houses, Lands From Abuja Indigenes In Huge Resettlement Fraud

Below is an the revealing details from an official investigation made by Premium Times regarding how FCT Officials partake in resettlement fraud to the detriment of Abuja indegenes: At the centre of the Apo Resettlement District, on the fringe of the Abuja city centre, sits an imposing High Court building, distances away from a police […]

Former Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Agagu Is Dead

He was born on 16 February 1948. Dr Agagu was the Deputy Governor of the state in the botched Third Republic, when he served with Evangelist Bamidele Olumilua. When Nigeria returned to civil rule in 1999, Dr Agagu was appointed as the Minister for Aviation by former president Olusegun Obasanjo.

FG Denies Importing 53 Gold-Plated iPhones

The Federal Government has debunked a claim by a foreign newspaper outfit that the Jonathan administration ordered 53 gold-plated iPhones to be distributed to individuals during the Nation’s 53rd Independence anniversary celebration. According to statement by the Press secreatary to the Minister of Information, Joseph Metuh, the story in question is totally false.

American jihadi rapper who fled to Canada reported killed in Somalia

A US Islamist fighting in Somalia was killed Thursday in a shootout with Al-Qaeda linked Shebab militants, former comrades he had fallen out with, witnesses said. Alabama-born Omar Hammami— better known as Al-Amriki or “the American” — was one of the most prominent

President Goodluck awards Okagbare, coach N6.5m

President, Goodluck Jonathan, has promised a cash prize of N3m to Nigerian queen track, Blessing Okagbare and N3.5m to her coach, Daniel Esebinimo, following the athlete’s laudable performance at the last IAAF World Championship in Athletics in Moscow, Russia.

Sunday Dare: The house of the PDP has fallen, let another take its place

For the answer as to why Nigeria is where it is today and what presently troubles it, we need not look any further. How can they claim to run a successful country when they cannot even run a political party successfully? The party in power wants to teach Nigerians lessons about leadership, yet they have […]

Atiku, Farida Waziri blast Obasanjo on corruption comments

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, through his media adviser, Garba Shehu has faulted  corruption charges  by former President Olusegun Obasanjo in an EFCC magazine “Zero Tolerance” that  the former Vice President risked jail if he travels  to the United States.

JONATHAN SACKS 9 MINISTERS •Ashiru, Rufa’i, Obada affected •Some board members also to go •Maku, Wike to oversee Defence, Education

PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan, on Wednesday, axed nine ministers in his cabinet. The affected ministers were Ruqa’yyatu Rufa’i (Education); Ita Okon Ewa (Science and Technology); Olugbenga Ashiru (Foreign Affairs); Hadiza Mailafia (Environment); Olushola Obada (State, Defence); Shamsudeen Usman

Jonathan Govt Orders 53 Gold-Plated iPhone For 53rd Independence Anniversary

British luxury products company, Gold and CO, has revealed that it has an order from the Nigerian government to deliver 53 customised gold iphones for the celebration of the next independent celebration. The founder of Gold and Co, Amjad Ali,, told the UK’s Independent newspaperthat the Nigerian government has

9/11 anniversary: After 12 years, new WTC finally taking shape after terror attack

Now soaring at its symbolic 1,776 feet, 1 World Trade Center is nearly done and only two years away from completion — though for local business owners, the new tenants and commuters cannot get there fast enough. For years, it remained heartbreakingly incomplete, a painful reminder of the worst terror attacks in U.S. history and […]

Ozekhome’s familiy cry out at kidnappers demand of N100m ransom

Whereabouts of human rights lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome, is still unknown as family sources have said that the legal luminary has not been released by his abductors due to the family’s inability to pay the N100m ransom demanded by the kidnappers. It was gathered that  the kidnappers rejected the money offered to them by Ozekhome’s family

ASUU strike: Union warns Maku to stop making unguarded comments

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has condemned a recent statement credited to the Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, on the ongoing strike. Maku had stated that Nigeria may shut down if the Federal Government accepts the demands of the striking lecturers as so much may leave government coffers.

(WAR)-Syria on edge over possible strikes as Obama prepares to make statement

United Nations inspectors left Syria ahead of schedule Saturday after being dispatched to investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons by President Bashar Assad, as people in Damascus and across the