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  • Soyinka spits fire!

    Jimmy Carter got me my Green Card, I never applied for it–Soyinka

    Wole Soynka

    By Kazeem Ugbodaga Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka on Monday disclosed that he never applied for an American Green Card and that it was former United States President, Jimmy Carter who got it for him. Soyinka, at a press conference at the Freedom Park, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria also took a swipe at Nigerians who criticised him and wanted to know if he would abide by his comment to dump his green card if Donald Trump should win. An unhappy Soyinka...

  • Call To Action!

    Buratai urges troops to ‘finish off’ Boko Haram

    Lt General Tukur Buratai: Chief of Army Staff

    The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has called on troops serving in the North-East to immediately embark on the final aggressive action and comprehensive sweep of the operational theatre to end the operation against the Boko Haram insurgents on a very high note. Buratai made the call in a message to the troops, a copy of which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja. “In this regard, no stone should...

  • Champion Again!

    Super Falcons beat Cameroon, win 8th AWCON title

    Falcons in joyous mood after scoring a goal

    Nigeria’s Super Falcons on Saturday in Yaounde won the 2016 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (AWCON) for the eighth time after beating hosts Cameroon 1-0 before a capacity 40,000 crowd. An 84th minute goal from Desire Oparanozie was enough for Nigeria to retain the trophy they won in Namibia two years ago, when they beat the same Indomitable Lionesses 2-0. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Super Falcons have dominated this competition,...

  • Trail blazer

    Candido da Rocha, The Generous Capitalist

    Candido da-Rocha

    There is a stock reply in Nigeria when a man is asked to spend money. He, in most cases, would say: “I am not another da-Rocha!” It is an expression that has to do with stupendous wealth or display of it or generosity or a combination of all. However, while many use the statement with ease, not all of them know anything about the man called Candido da-Rocha. We offer you his story this week and, later, other narratives of the lives and...

Nigeria’s first coup, Biafra: British Secret files (Part Two)

Posted on: Jun 19 2016 - 5:22am | #6
In: Featured, News, Nigerian News, Politics
Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu

Damola Awoyokun offers  the second and third part of his revealing fresh narrative on Nigeria’s first coup on 15 January 1966, using hitherto secret British diplomatic and intelligence files. This sequel tells how Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu held sway as military governor of Northern Nigeria for several days, how Yakubu Gowon in Lagos and David Ejoor in Enugu crushed the mutiny inspired by Emmanuel Ifeajuna and majorly ethnic Igbo military officers,  the days of national confusion  and political crisis  before the emergence of General Johnson Aguiyi Ironsi as Nigeria’s military head of state. The writer provides some other troubling additional insight: the pollution of  national values very early in Nigeria’s march to...

British secret files on Nigeria’s first bloody coup, path to Biafra

Posted on: Jun 12 2016 - 3:01pm | #43
In: Featured, News, Nigerian News, Politics
Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu

By Damola Awoyokun Damola Awoyokun, an engineer and historian has perused hitherto hidden dispatches from British diplomats and intelligence officers on Nigeria’s first coup—a very bloody one—executed by Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu and Emmanuel Arinze Ifeajuna on 15 January 1966. The coup in which political leaders and military officers of northern Nigeria extraction were majorly killed triggered a counter-coup and eventually declaration of Biafra and a civil war. TheNEWS today shares the rare insight into the bloody event of 15 January 1966 and we believe it may serve as a good lesson as the drums of war are being sounded in some parts of our country Kaduna It was a soundless morning, dark, pulsating, starless. The harmattan...

INEC to deploy 10,294 staff for Rivers rerun election

Posted on: Dec 6 2016 - 6:42pm | #0
In: Nigerian News, Politics
Professor Mahmood,   Yakubu, INEC boss

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it would deploy 10,294 staff to conclude the re-run National and State Assembly elections in Rivers scheduled for Saturday. INEC which stated this in its daily bulletin issued on Tuesday in Abuja that 14 categories of staff would be deployed to make up the 10,294 figure. The categories according to the commission, will include three Returning Officers for the three Senatorial Districts (DC); eight Returning Officers for Federal Constituencies (FC) and 10 Returning officers for State Constituencies (SC). INEC added that the categories include 23 Local Government Areas (Collation Officers; 221 Registration Area (RA), Collation Officers; 57 Collation Officers (for Collation only at RAs...

Nigeria’s first coup, Biafra: British Secret files (Part Two)

Posted on: Jun 19 2016 - 5:22am | #6
In: Featured, News, Nigerian News, Politics
Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu

Damola Awoyokun offers  the second and third part of his revealing fresh narrative on Nigeria’s first coup on 15 January 1966, using hitherto secret British diplomatic and intelligence files. This sequel...

British secret files on Nigeria’s first bloody coup, path to Biafra

Posted on: Jun 12 2016 - 3:01pm | #43
In: Featured, News, Nigerian News, Politics
Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu

By Damola Awoyokun Damola Awoyokun, an engineer and historian has perused hitherto hidden dispatches from British diplomats and intelligence officers on Nigeria’s first coup—a very bloody one—executed...

Oyo dismisses 662 workers, removes 2,021 others from payroll

Posted on: Dec 6 2016 - 5:21pm | #0
In: Issues, News, Nigerian News
Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State

GBENRO ADESINA/IBADAN The Oyo State Government has disclosed that it has summarily dismissed 662 workers from the state civil and public service for forged West Africa Secondary School Certificates Examinations,...

Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu

Nigeria’s first coup, Biafra: British Secret files (Part Two)

Damola Awoyokun offers  the second and third part of his revealing fresh narrative on Nigeria’s first coup on 15 January 1966, using hitherto secret British diplomatic and intelligence files. This sequel tells how Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu held sway as military governor of Northern Nigeria for several days, how Yakubu Gowon in Lagos and David Ejoor in Enugu...

Posted on: Jun 19 2016 - 5:22am | #6
In: Featured, News, Nigerian News, Politics
Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu

British secret files on Nigeria’s first bloody coup, path to Biafra

By Damola Awoyokun Damola Awoyokun, an engineer and historian has perused hitherto hidden dispatches from British diplomats and intelligence officers on Nigeria’s first coup—a very bloody one—executed by Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu and Emmanuel Arinze Ifeajuna on 15 January 1966. The coup in which political leaders and military officers of northern...

Posted on: Jun 12 2016 - 3:01pm | #43
In: Featured, News, Nigerian News, Politics
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Kidnapped journalist regains freedom in Makurdi

Richard Elesho A female Journalist Mrs Iyuadoo Tor Agbidye who was last week kidnapped by unknown gun men in Makurdi, the Benue State capital has regained her freedom. Mrs. Iyuadoo Tor-Agbidye, wife of the zonal manager of First City Monument Bank Mr Achia Tor Agbidye was released today. The senior editor with Benue State Radio,’ told newsmen that her abductors...

Posted on: Dec 6 2016 - 4:52pm | #0
In: Comedy, News, Nigerian News

Nigeria’s first coup, Biafra: British Secret files (Part Two)

Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu

Damola Awoyokun offers  the second and third part of his revealing fresh narrative on Nigeria’s first coup on 15 January 1966, using hitherto secret British diplomatic and intelligence files. This sequel tells how Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu held sway as military governor of Northern Nigeria for several days, how Yakubu Gowon in Lagos and David Ejoor in Enugu crushed the mutiny...

British secret files on Nigeria’s first bloody coup, path to Biafra

Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu

By Damola Awoyokun Damola Awoyokun, an engineer and historian has perused hitherto hidden dispatches from British diplomats and intelligence officers on Nigeria’s first coup—a very bloody one—executed by Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu and Emmanuel Arinze Ifeajuna on 15 January 1966. The coup in which political leaders and military officers of northern Nigeria extraction...

Osho Town residents protest against poor power supply

Osho Town protesters

By Ayodele Efunla The people of Osho town demonstrated their displeasure at the kind of services the Ikeja Electric company is rendering to the area. According to the residents, lack of power supply, crazy bills and weak power transformers had plagued the area for more than five years. The residents who couldn’t bear it any longer were seen carrying placards and singing songs outside...

Politics

Professor Mahmood,   Yakubu, INEC boss

INEC to deploy 10,294 staff for Rivers rerun election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it would deploy 10,294 staff to conclude the re-run National...

Governor Nyesom Wike

Rivers rerun elections: Wike declares three days fasting

The Rivers Government has declared a three-day fasting to seek God’s intervention for peace and order in the state, ahead...

Business

Dangote: Chairman, Dangote Group of Companies

Dangote penalizes 244 company drivers

Richard Elesho/ Lokoja The renowned business conglomerate, Dangote group of companies has revealed that its operation “In...

OPEC headquarters in Vienna

Oil hits $55.33 after OPEC agreement

Crude rose above 55 dollars a barrel as rising prospects of a tightening market after last week’s OPEC landmark deal...

National News

INEC to deploy 10,294 staff for Rivers rerun election

Professor Mahmood,   Yakubu, INEC boss

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it would deploy 10,294 staff to conclude the re-run National and State Assembly elections in...

Oyo dismisses 662 workers, removes 2,021 others from payroll

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State

GBENRO ADESINA/IBADAN The Oyo State Government has disclosed that it has summarily dismissed 662 workers from the state civil and public service for forged...

Kidnapped journalist regains freedom in Makurdi

Nigeria-police-logo

Richard Elesho A female Journalist Mrs Iyuadoo Tor Agbidye who was last week kidnapped by unknown gun men in Makurdi, the Benue State capital has regained...

Dangote penalizes 244 company drivers

Dangote: Chairman, Dangote Group of Companies

Richard Elesho/ Lokoja The renowned business conglomerate, Dangote group of companies has revealed that its operation “In – House” cleansing...

World News

Saudi court sentences 15 to death for spying for Iran

criminal-justice-careers

A Saudi Court on Tuesday sentenced 15 people to death for spying for the kingdom’s arch-enemy, Iran, Saudi-owned media reported, in a ruling that could...

Presidency: Aid agencies claim of mass starvation in North East false

an  IDPs camp in North East Nigeria

The Presidency has dismissed reports by some aid agencies that a good number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North-Eastern part of Nigeria...

Nigeria Calls For Awareness Sensitization On Protection Of Cultural Heritage

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, addressing the International Conference on the Safeguarding of Cultural Heritage in Conflict Areas in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Saturday

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has called for the sensitization of local communities across Africa in order to raise their...

Don’t go, Fidel!

Bola Bolawole

By Bola Bolawole Perhaps, the last of my revolutionary heroes, Fidel Castro, died last Friday, aged 90 years (1926 – 2016). He ruled Cuba for about...

Sports

Blatter loses appeal against 6-year ban

Sepp Blatter

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has lost his appeal against a six-year ban for ethics violations, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on...

Super Falcons beat Cameroon, win 8th AWCON title

Falcons in joyous mood after scoring a goal

Nigeria’s Super Falcons on Saturday in Yaounde won the 2016 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (AWCON) for the eighth time after beating hosts Cameroon...

Buhari excited as Super Falcons win 8th AWCON title

Falcons in joyous mood after scoring a goal

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Nigeria’s Super Falcons on their victory over the senior female football team of Cameroon at the final...

Cazorla to have ankle surgery, faces 3 months out

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla is to have an ankle operation that could rule him out of action for a further three months. The 31-year-old Spain international...

Super Falcons beat South Africa, earn final ticket

(File photo) Super Falcons:

Defending champions Nigeria will take on hosts Cameroon in the final match of the 10th Women’s Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday, after beating South...

76 dead in crash of plane carrying Brazil’s soccer team

the-team

Condolences and tributes have continued to pour in respect of the plane clash that killed over 76 people including some members of Brazilian soccer team...

AWCON: South Africa, Cameroon in semi-finals

(File photo) Super Falcons:

South Africa’s Banyana Banyana on Friday joined hosts Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon in the semi-finals of the ongoing Women’s African Cup of Nations...

FIFA Rankings: Nigeria moves up 10 places, now world 50th

Super Eagles

Nigeria’s Super Eagles have moved 10 places up in the November FIFA World ranking to 50th. In the rankings on the website of the world football governing...

Opinion