4/13/2017

Evacuations as 'extremely serious' Cyclone Cook batters New Zealand

Cyclone Cook has been forecast as one of New Zealand's biggest storms in decades, with 16-foot waves and winds of up to 93mph.
Hundreds of people have been evacuated as the second major storm in a week batters New Zealand’s North Island.
Cyclone Cook downed power lines and caused flash floods and landslips after making landfall in the Bay of Plenty at 6.30pm local time (5.30am GMT), in what has been forecast as one of the biggest storms to hit New Zealand since 1968.

4/09/2017

Prince Charles visits World War One battlefields with his sons and Justin Trudeau


Prince Charles and his sons walked in the former killing fields of northern France to commemorate a brutal World War I battle that helped forge the soul of the Canadian nation.

Laboso says that nominations will make or break Jubilee Party.


Jubilee governorship aspirants in Bomet County have warned the party against conducting nominations marred with irregularities, saying the primaries will either make or break the party.
In separate telephone interviews, National Assembly Deputy Speaker Joyce Laboso and former

44 die in attacks targeting Egypt's Christians



Egypt's president called for a state of emergency after suicide bombers struck hours apart at two Coptic churches in northern Egypt, killing 44 people and turning Palm Sunday services into scenes of horror.
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the violence, adding to fears extremists are shifting their focus to civilians, especially Egypt's Christian minority.

Young man who committed suicide yesterday.


The young man who committed suicide at FESTAC link bridge yesterday has been identified as Bayode Ahmad Lawal, a graduate of UNILORIN.
Read below what was shared by FESTAC online;

Nigeria working on closing some foreign missions – Minister

GEOFFREY-ONYEAMA

The federal government is currently working on closing some of Nigeria’s 119 foreign missions, an official has said.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, said though it is expensive to close a country’s embassy,it will be beneficial in the long run.

Buhari felicitates with Aliko Dangote at 60

Alhaji Aliko Dangote

President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with Africa’s renowned businessman and philanthropist, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, on his 60th birthday.
The President’s congratulatory message to Dangote is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.

4/08/2017

Boko Haram commander confesses to marrying two Chibok girls

A former Boko Haram commander identified as Joseph David has confessed that he married two of the 278 Chibok school girls kidnapped almost three years ago.

According to The Nation, David who was earlier a Christian, explained that the two girls were part of his benefits for being a commander in the sect.

4/07/2017

Famine Crisis: Massive funding shortfall threatens UN relief for drought-hit countries

The United Nations needs $4.4-billion by the end of March to avert “catastrophe” in parts of Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. So far, it has raised just 2% of that. By SIMON ALLISON.
A famine has been declared in South Sudan, and parts of Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen are on the brink, but the United Nations (UN) humanitarian response is woefully underfunded.

INVESTIGATION: How Jigawa Govt’s land grab for Chinese firm threatens livelihood of 150,000 citizens

The decision by the government of Jigawa State to hand over 12,000 hectares of land spread across four local government areas to a Chinese investor is threatening the livelihood of about 150,000 persons in the state.
The 12,000 hectares are spread across Gagarawa, Taura, Suletankarkar and Garki local government areas of the state.

PDP crisis: Stalemate as Sheriff storms out of Jonathan’s peace meeting

Alimodu-Sheriff 
Abuja —A meeting called by former President Goodluck Jonathan to find lasting solution to the leadership crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, ended in a stalemate as Senator Ali Modu Sheriff maintained his ground that he must continue as the chairman of the party while Governors  Nyesom Wike (Rivers) and Ayo Fayose (Ekiti) and the National Assembly

You can’t intimidate NASS to do your bidding, Saraki, Dogara tell executive

Dogara and Saraki
SENATE President, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, yesterday, said no amount of intimidation from the executive arm of government will make the National Assembly abandon its core mandate.

N417m scholarship approves- Gaidam

Yobe State Governor, Gaidam 

Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State, yesterday, approved N417,014,410 for the payment of scholarships to 21,109 students in 50 institutions of learning across the country.
The Director of Press Affairs to the Governor, Abdullahi Bego, in a statement, said the payments to benefiting students will begin in July. Recall that in December 2016, the governor approved N104,326,454 for 3,776 students in institutions of higher learning in Maiduguri zone for the 2016