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    CBN bars 9 banks from forex transactions over failure to remit $2.1b to TSA

    Godwin Emefiele, CBN governor

      The Central Bank of Nigeria on Tuesday suspended nine banks from all foreign exchange transactions for failure to remit over $2 billion in various NNPC/NLNG accounts in their vaults to the Treasury Single Account as ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari last year. The  nine banks, made up of three tier-one lenders and another six tier-two deposit money banks were barred for hiding some $2.12 billion belonging to the nation’s oil corporation,...

  • The insurgents decimated?

    Shekau injured, 3 Boko Haram commanders killed in Sambisa air strikes – Army

    Shekau: injured

    The Nigerian army says Boko Haram leader, Abubakar  Shekau has been seriously wounded on his shoulder as he was among the militants of the insurgent group struck in an  air bombardment  by the Nigerian Air Force  on 19 August. Col. Sani Usman, acting Director, Army Public Relations said today that three other Boko Haram terrorists were confirmed dead in the attack. They were identified as  Abubakar Mubi, Malam Nuhu and Malam Hamman. Colonel...

  • Again, senseless killings!

    8 killed in Zamfara ‘Islam blasphemy’ riot

    Governor Abdulaziz Yari

        At least eight persons were killed on Monday in Talata-Mafara community in Zamfara, Northwestern Nigeria following violence that erupted over alleged blasphemy by a student of Abdu Gusau Polytechnic, Talata-Mafara.   Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, the governor of the state joined hundreds of people to bury the deceased, who were said to have all been killed when an angry mob set fire on the house of a man who tried to rescue the student.   The...

  • Getting set...

    Ondo Governorship: Eyitayo Jegede wins PDP primary election

    Eyitayo Jegede

    Eyitayo Jegede, former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Ondo State, on Monday, has become the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the Ondo State governorship election. Jegede, won the party’s primary after he scored 760 votes to defeat Hon Saka Lawal, his only rival, who scored 22 votes. Jegede had on July 23 resigned from his appointment in preparation to contest the governorship election by November 2016. Chairman...

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

Posted on: Jun 19 2016 - 5:22am | #5
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...

Nigerian Air Force kill 300 Boko Haram insurgents in air strikes

Posted on: Aug 24 2016 - 12:48am | #0
In: Crime, News, Nigerian News
newly weaponized  NAF alpha jet

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said it recorded a major success in the on-going counter-insurgency and counter terrorism operations against the Boko Haram Terrorist (BHT) sect in the North East on 19 August, 2016 with the killing of 300 members of the extremist sect in air bombardments.   “The current phase of intensified air operations over Northern Borno paid-off on the night of 19 August 2016 when the NAF, during an air attack, killed about 300 BHTs who had gathered to hold a meeting at a location between Malam Fatori and own troops location at Kangarwa.   “Prior to this fateful day the NAF,on 16 August 2016, had commenced series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions to corroborate human intelligence...

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

Posted on: Jun 19 2016 - 5:22am | #5
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...

CBN bars 9 banks from forex transactions over failure to remit $2.1b to TSA

Posted on: Aug 24 2016 - 12:32am | #0
In: Banking, Business, Featured, News, Nigerian News
Godwin Emefiele, CBN governor

  The Central Bank of Nigeria on Tuesday suspended nine banks from all foreign exchange transactions for failure to remit over $2 billion in various NNPC/NLNG accounts in their vaults to the Treasury Single...

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 | #5
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
Governor Kashim

U.S. to assist northern states to tackle underdevelopment

Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno said U.S. Government had indicated commitment to support the Northern states in job creation, solid mineral exploration and enhancement of girl-child education.   Shettima made this known while briefing State House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting between visiting U.S. Secretary of State, Mr John Kerry and selected...

Posted on: Aug 24 2016 - 12:02am | #0
In: African 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...

241 Nigerians repatriated from Libya

Murtala Muhammed InternationalnAirport, Lagos

Kazeem Ugbodaga At least, 241 Nigerians have been repatriated from Libya, the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has disclosed. NEMA’s spokesperson, Ibrahim Farinloye said the 241 Nigerians were repatriated on Tuesday from Libya and landed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport at about 3:41pm on Tuesday. “The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) facilitated...

Politics

Ise-Iyamu

Edo PDP to protest alleged arrest of members

Jethro Ibileke/Benin Factional chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Edo state, Chief Dan Orbih, has disclosed...

Godwin Obaseki, APC governorship candidate at a rally

PDP evil, must not return to Edo – ex Gov. Osunbor

  Jethro Ibileke/Benin The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is an “evil party that must never be allowed to return...

Business

Godwin Emefiele, CBN governor

CBN bars 9 banks from forex transactions over failure to remit $2.1b to TSA

  The Central Bank of Nigeria on Tuesday suspended nine banks from all foreign exchange transactions for failure to...

Kemi Adeosun:

10bn dollars trapped overseas due to FG’s wrong policies — LCCI Director

Vincent Nwani, Director, Research and Advocacy, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), said Nigerian businessmen...

National News

Nigerian Air Force kill 300 Boko Haram insurgents in air strikes

newly weaponized  NAF alpha jet

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said it recorded a major success in the on-going counter-insurgency and counter terrorism operations against the Boko Haram...

CBN bars 9 banks from forex transactions over failure to remit $2.1b to TSA

Godwin Emefiele, CBN governor

  The Central Bank of Nigeria on Tuesday suspended nine banks from all foreign exchange transactions for failure to remit over $2 billion in various...

U.S. to assist northern states to tackle underdevelopment

Governor Kashim

Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno said U.S. Government had indicated commitment to support the Northern states in job creation, solid mineral exploration and...

Gowon urges support for President Buhari’s anti corruption war

Gowon meets Buhari

  Former Head of State, retired Gen. Yakubu Gowon on Tuesday in Abuja lauded the efforts and determination of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration...

World News

President Buhari assures U.S of institutionalisation of anti-corruption war

Buhari meets John Kerry

  President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday pledged that the anti-corruption crusade in the country would be deepened and institutionalized to last beyond...

241 Nigerians repatriated from Libya

Nigerian deportees (file photo)

Kazeem Ugbodaga   Nigerian deportees (file photo) At least, 241 Nigerians have been repatriated from Libya, the National Emergency Management Agency,...

Ronaldo, Beckham, Bieber, Eastwood to star in Real Madrid movie

Cristiano Ronaldo,Justin Bieber, David Beckham, Clint Eastwood

Real Madrid needs no help in building its global brand but it would appear that Cristiano Ronaldo could be in line to star alongside pop star Justin Bieber,...

Muslims not welcome in Czech Republic – Prime Minister

Sobotka

  Prime Minister of Czech Republic, Bohuslav Sobotka, has warned that its government did not want a larger Muslim presence in the country.   He,...

Sports

Ronaldo, Beckham, Bieber, Eastwood to star in Real Madrid movie

Cristiano Ronaldo,Justin Bieber, David Beckham, Clint Eastwood

Real Madrid needs no help in building its global brand but it would appear that Cristiano Ronaldo could be in line to star alongside pop star Justin Bieber,...

Rio 2016 declared “marvellous” as Olympics games close with samba celebration

The Olympics flag is passed from Rio de Janeiro to   Tokyo

South America’s first Olympic Games was declared over in pouring rain Sunday night, but also in a blaze of colour, vibrancy and samba-dancing as...

Rio 2016 ends with spectacular ceremony as Olympic flag goes to Tokyo

Spectacular display at Rio Olympics closing ceremony

  The Rio Olympics ended on Sunday with a spectacular carnival-inspired closing ceremony, ushering in the official handover to 2020 hosts Tokyo. The...

Rio Olympics: Africa shines in taekwondo as Ivorian Cisse wins gold

Cisse: wins gold

  Africa has emerged the new powerhouse of taekwondo after an Ivorian, Cheick Sallah Jnr Cisse, won a gold medal in the event at the Rio 2016 Olympics...

Siasia grateful to Dream Team VI players for bronze medal win

U-23 National Team

Coach Samson Siasia has commended his players, especially the Captain, John Mikel Obi, for ensuring that the country did not fail to return with a medal.   He...

Olympics: NFF hails bronze medal winning Dream Team VI

U-23 National Team

The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has congratulated the U-23 National Team for winning bronze at this year’s Men’s Olympic Football Tournament...

$390k Takasu’s money: NFF blasts Peterside as rumour monger

U-23 National Team

Nigeria Football Federation,NFF, has blasted former goalkeeper, Peterside Idah, for a mischievous post on his tweeter handle before Nigeria versus Honduras’...

Rio 2016: Adams wins women boxing’s flyweight gold again

Adams: historic victory

  Nicola Adams on Saturday became the first British boxer to retain an Olympic title for 92 years by winning the gold medal in the women’s flyweight...

Opinion