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  • Deserted!

    Support for Gambia’s Jammeh crumbling as sixth minister resigns

    Gambia’s tourism and culture minister on Tuesday said he will step down, in what was a sign of dwindling support for Gambia’s outgoing president Yahya Jammeh, who refuses to recognise his loss in a recent election. Benjamin Roberts is the sixth member in the incumbent president’s cabinet to resign in less than 48 hours, following the ministers of trade, foreign affairs, finance, environment and sport. Observers believe the resignations showed...

  • Motivation...

    £15,000: 2 Nigerians, 1 South African shortlisted for 2016 Etisalat Prize for Literature

    Julie Iromuanya

    Etisalat Nigeria has announced the names of the three shortlisted authors for the 2016 edition of its pan-African flagship literary prize, the Etisalat Prize for Literature According to this year’s Chair of Judges, Helon Habila “In addition to originality of voice and literary excellence, our purpose was to also select a work that portrays an African sensibility”. The three shortlisted books are: Jacqui L’Ange (South Africa) The Seed...

  • 51 years ago!

    51 Years of Nigeria’s 1st coup: What British Intelligence officials wrote about it

    TheNEWS trilogy on the first coup

    It is exactly 51 years today that the military struck in Nigeria. In that intervention, a crop of First Republic politicians lost their lives: Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa; Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto and Premier of Northern Region; Chief Ladoke Akintola, Premier, Western Region and others. Tomes have been written on that putsch, led by Majors Kaduna Nzeogwu and Emmanuel Ifeajuna. However, the British filed certain information to London...

  • Olive branch...

    Niger Delta Crisis: Osinbajo Begins Meetings With Oil-producing Communities

    Vice President Yemi  Osinbajo

    * To visit Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers States In further demonstration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s readiness and determination to comprehensively address the Niger Delta situation, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, will be visiting a number of oil communities across some Niger Delta States starting on Monday, January 16, 2017, when he travels to Delta State. At a later date to be announced soon, the Vice President, Prof. Osinbajo would...

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 | #44
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...

Jameh loses support as sixth minister resigns

Posted on: Jan 18 2017 - 7:56am | #0
In: African News, News
Barrow: ended President Jammeh's 22 rule in Gambia

Gambia’s tourism and culture minister on Tuesday said he will step down, in what was a sign of dwindling support for Gambia’s outgoing president Yahya Jammeh, who refuses to recognise his loss in a recent election. Benjamin Roberts is the sixth member in the incumbent president’s cabinet to resign in less than 48 hours, following the ministers of trade, foreign affairs, finance, environment and sport. Observers believe the resignations showed that Jammeh, who ruled Gambia for 22 years with an iron fist, is increasingly politically isolated. The 51-year-old autocrat refused to accept the result of the Dec. 1 election, which saw him lose power to Adama Barrow, a real estate mogul little known before his candidacy. Barrow, who is scheduled...

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 | #44
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...

Trump says people are pouring in for his inauguration

Posted on: Jan 18 2017 - 7:44am | #0
In: News, World News
Trump

Against suggestions in certain quarters that the inauguration of Donald Trump on 20 January as the 45th U.S. will witness a low turnout, the president-elect has said that people are actually pouring into Washington...

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 | #44
In: Featured, News, Nigerian News, Politics
Buhari, Sirleaf, Koroma and Mahama holding at an earlier meeting with Jammeh in Gambia

US warns Yahya Jameh to peacefully hand over

The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN reports that the U.S. has warned the embattled President Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia, saying he is losing opportunities to peacefully handover to President-elect Adama Barrow and avoid the consequences of his actions. Jammeh’s tenure ends Jan. 19, the same day that Barrow is expected to be sworn-in as his successor. Both the African...

Posted on: Jan 18 2017 - 7:34am | #0
In: News, Politics, Security, World News
Habibu
Posted on: Jan 18 2017 - 12:22am | #0
In: Metro, News

Gambians mourn President- elect, Barrow son

Gambians are mourning eight –year- old son of the country’s President elect, Adama Barrow who died on Monday after a dog bite. According to BBC,  many Gambians on social media...

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...

Witness: How millions of naira was recovered from Justice Ademola

Justice Ademola and wife trying to avoid camera on the day of their first appearance in court. Photo: FEMI IPAYE

The second prosecution witness Mr Ike Onuoha, told an Abuja High Court on Tuesday how the Department State Services made startling recoveries from Justice Adeniyi Ademola’s house in Abuja, Ademola, his wife, Olabowale, and Joe Aji (SAN) were being tried by the Federal Government for alleged intent to receive gratification Onuoha, an officer of the DSS,  led the search team that...

Politics

Buhari, Sirleaf, Koroma and Mahama holding at an earlier meeting with Jammeh in Gambia

US warns Yahya Jameh to peacefully hand over

The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN reports that the U.S. has warned the embattled President Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia, saying...

Rochas Okorocha

I have achieved 90% of my campaign promises – Okorocha

Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha says he has fulfilled about 90 per cent of the campaign promises made to the people of...

Business

Sirika

Abuja Airport closure: FG meets with foreign airlines

The Minister of State, Aviation, Mr  Hadi Sirika, says the Federal Government has addressed 95 per cent of the concerns...

Abuja airport:

Runway of Abuja Airport could be fixed without closure- Julius Berger

The Managing Director, Julius Berger, Mr Wolfgang Goetsch, has said that the runway at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International...

National News

4 dead in A’Ibom, Cross River boundary crisis

Police confirmed the bloody clashes

  Four persons were feared dead and scores of persons injured in the renewed boundary crisis between Oku Iboku community in Akwa Ibom and Ikot Offiong...

Witness: How millions of naira was recovered from Justice Ademola

Justice Ademola and wife trying to avoid camera on the day of their first appearance in court. Photo: FEMI IPAYE

The second prosecution witness Mr Ike Onuoha, told an Abuja High Court on Tuesday how the Department State Services made startling recoveries from Justice...

Kogi Assembly rejects staff audit committee’s report

Kogi House of Assembly

The Kogi House of Assembly on Tuesday unanimously condemned the report of the State Staff Audit Committee, and ordered it to furnish the house with its...

Ishekhure, Benin Chief Priest suspended

Oba of Benin, Ewuare II.

Jethro Ibileke/Benin The Benin Traditional Council (BTC), has announced the suspension of  the Ishekhure of Benin Kingdom, Chief Nosakhare Ishekhure,...

World News

Trump says people are pouring in for his inauguration

Trump

Against suggestions in certain quarters that the inauguration of Donald Trump on 20 January as the 45th U.S. will witness a low turnout, the president-elect...

US warns Yahya Jameh to peacefully hand over

Buhari, Sirleaf, Koroma and Mahama holding at an earlier meeting with Jammeh in Gambia

The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN reports that the U.S. has warned the embattled President Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia, saying he is losing opportunities...

101 journalists killed in 2016 – UNESCO

Cross section of journalists at an event.

No fewer than 101 journalists were killed in 2016 while doing their jobs, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), said on Tuesday. Frank...

Coretta Scott King the architect of Martin Luther King Jr legacy–Daughter

Coretta Scott King

Coretta Scott King revealed for the first time intimate stories of her life with the legendary civil rights activist Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in...

Sports

New rules stop Diego Costa Chinese football deal

Diego Costa cheering the Chelsea fans

Tianjin Quanjian’s bid to sign Diego Costa from English clubside Chelsea FC has been scuppered by new rules in the Chinese Super League, club owner...

Chinese League limits foreign players to 3 per game

Mikel with his new Chinese team

Chinese Super League clubs will only be allowed to feature three non-Chinese players per game in their next season which begins in March. A rule change...

National Football League: Cripples storm Bauchi stadium for Wikki Tourists

Wikki-Tourists

Physically challenged persons turned out en masse to watch their darling team, Wikki Tourists FC of Bauchi, play its first match of the 2016/2017 National...

Fans go wild after Rangers’ loss to Abia Warriors

Rangers FC of Enugu: lost first game in 2017 NPFL season to Abia Warriors

Several security personnel on Sunday rescued centre referee Hadiza Musa from angry fans after visiting Abia Warriors Football Club of Umuahia beat Rangers...

Everton whip Manchester City 4-0

Lukaku:

Everton produced a brilliant performance on Sunday to stun Manchester City and deliver a serious blow to Pep Guardiola’s English Premier League title...

NPFL Match Day 1 Results

NPFL-NEW-LOGO1

Following are the results of Match Day 1 fixtures in the 2016/2017 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), played on Sunday: Shooting Stars 2-0 Lobi...

AFCON 2017: Mahrez double earns Algeria 2-2 draw against Zimbabwe

Riyad Mahrez

Riyad Mahrez scored twice as Algeria left it late to earn a 2-2 draw with Zimbabwe at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) on Sunday. The Leicester...

3SC beat Lobi Stars 2-0 in NPFL opener

3SC

Shooting Stars Sports Club of Ibadan (3SC) on Sunday defeated visiting Lobi Stars Football Club of Makurdi 2-0 in their first match of the Nigeria Professional...

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