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  • Fight of two elephants...

    Ondo APC primary election: Tinubu asks Oyegun to resign

    Tinubu

    A titanic battle is afoot in the All Progressives Congress. Two gladiators are in the ring and, in the weeks to come, party members and spectators, media and individuals across party divides will, in this political amphitheater, howl like wolves in a park, at the spectacle. Now, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has asked the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, to resign without...

  • Braggadocio!

    Boko Haram’s new video: Shekau declares he’s “in good health and safety”

    Abubakar Shekau:

    Abubakar Shekau, the embattled leader of Boko Haram insurgent group had appeared in a new video to dispute the claims of the military that he was badly injured or probably dead from airstrikes weeks ago. The Nigerian Air Force had in a statement last month said Shekau was badly injured from strikes targeted at a gathering of the militant group in Sambisa forest, believed to be the last stronghold of the insurgent group in Borno State. But in a 40...

  • Urgent Cry for Help!

    Boko Haram: $143m needed to save 6m people from hunger, says INGOs

    (File photo) people displaced by Boko Haram insurgency in North East Nigeria

      A group of 15 International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs) on Saturday said that no fewer than six million people in West Africa are facing threat of severe hunger arising from insurgency. The INGOs stated that the threat was as a result of the ongoing fight against Boko Haram activities in the sub-region. The organisations responding to the humanitarian crisis in the sub-region, in a statement, appealed to donors to dig deep to stop...

  • Stone builders rejected...

    Awolowo’s 50-year old letter from prison: 7 reasons he wanted Ironsi to release him, his colleagues

    Obafemi Awolowo

    Here is Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s letter from prison to Major General Aguiyi Ironsi, pressing for his release and that of his colleagues. Unfortunately, this did not happen. While many believed that Ironsi turned down the request, others argued otherwise. One of them is the Dr Raphael James, Director General, Center for Research, Information Management and Media Development (CRIMMD). He argued: “Gen JTU Aguiyi-Ironsi did not turn down the...

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...

Huge smoke as Shell pipeline ‘exploded’ in Ogoniland

Posted on: Sep 27 2016 - 12:01am | #0
In: Environment, Nigerian News, Oil & Gas
Scene of the explosion

  Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt   There was an explosion on 28 inch Agbada/Bomu Trunk line in Gio Community in Tai Local Government Area area of Ogoniland in Rivers State belonging to Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC,. The immediate cause of the explosion in the early hours of Monday is yet to be ascertained. There is now fire a huge black smoke that has enveloped the skyline polluting the environment.  Curiously, the eruption occurred  just few meters from the surveillance post mounted by security agencies. The first eruption which led to serious fire outbreak occurred in same community last July 10, 2016, leading to a complete destruction of livelihoods belonging to the entire Akpene kindred. United Nations Environment...

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...

Ekweremadu, Dogara, Tambuwal advocate timely submission of budget

Posted on: Sep 26 2016 - 11:46pm | #0
In: Issues, Nigerian News
Tambuwal

Principal officers of the National Assembly and Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state, have advocated timely submission of budget as antidote to the problems facing the document.   They made the submission on...

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
Russian President, Vladimir Putin:

Moscow accuses Kiev of manipulating Malaysian MH17 crash investigation

Russian Defense Ministry, on Monday accused Ukraine of hiding vital data on the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash and is manipulating the investigation of the 2014 catastrophe. Igor Konashenkov, Ministry’s Spokesman, said that it is no coincidence that the Ukrainian side concealed from investigators, relatives of the people killed and the world community the...

Posted on: Sep 26 2016 - 11:16pm | #1
In: Aviation, Law and Justice, World 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...

Nigeria will surmount economic problems, Buhari assures AfDB

Adesina (left) with President Buhari

  Nigeria has the people and the resources to surmount her economic problems, President Muhammadu Buhari has assured. Receiving President of the African Development Bank (ADB), Dr Akinwunmi Adesina, at State House, Abuja, on Monday, President Buhari said: “God has given us people and resources. It will take hard work on our part, but we will make it. We will get out of our...

Politics

Timi Frank

Party spokesman urges Buhari to intervene in APC crisis

  Mr Timi Frank, the Acting Publicity Secretary of All Progressives Congress (APC), has urged President Muhammadu Buhari...

Nigeria Police chief, Ibrahim Idris

Edo election: Police assure adequate protection of lives and property

  The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, has charged personnel deployed for the Edo governorship election...

Business

A cattle herdsman

Senate Committee orders slaughter of cows loitering within FCT

The Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has mandated the FCT Minister, Mohammed Bello, to impose N50,000...

Adesina (left) with President Buhari

Nigeria will surmount economic problems, Buhari assures AfDB

  Nigeria has the people and the resources to surmount her economic problems, President Muhammadu Buhari has assured. Receiving...

National News

Huge smoke as Shell pipeline ‘exploded’ in Ogoniland

Scene of the explosion

  Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt   There was an explosion on 28 inch Agbada/Bomu Trunk line in Gio Community in Tai Local Government Area area...

Ekweremadu, Dogara, Tambuwal advocate timely submission of budget

Tambuwal

Principal officers of the National Assembly and Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state, have advocated timely submission of budget as antidote to the problems...

Party spokesman urges Buhari to intervene in APC crisis

Timi Frank

  Mr Timi Frank, the Acting Publicity Secretary of All Progressives Congress (APC), has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to call a meeting of stakeholders...

Senate Committee orders slaughter of cows loitering within FCT

A cattle herdsman

The Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has mandated the FCT Minister, Mohammed Bello, to impose N50,000 As fine per cow on herdsmen who...

World News

Moscow accuses Kiev of manipulating Malaysian MH17 crash investigation

Russian President, Vladimir Putin:

Russian Defense Ministry, on Monday accused Ukraine of hiding vital data on the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash and is manipulating the investigation...

Survey says most firms consider relocating head offices after Brexit

British PM, Theresa-May

A survey of company CEOs in Britain, has suggested that a majority is considering moving some business away from the U.K. amid concerns about the country’s...

162 bodies retrieved in Egyptian migrant boat tragedy

(File photo) African migrants in Italy

  One hundred and sixty-two bodies have been found after a boat carrying hundreds of migrants capsized off an Egyptian coastal town this week, a provincial...

USAID gives N42bn assistance to South Sudan refugees

President Kiir of South Sudan

  The Administrator of USAID, Ms Gayle Smith, on Friday announced her government’s release of an additional $133 million (about N41.8 billion) for...

Sports

Nigeria’s U-17 Women’s World Cup squad unveiled

Nigerian FIFA U-17 Women football team

Head Coach Bala Nikyu has selected his final list of 21 players to represent Nigeria at the 5th FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup taking place in Jordan 30...

2018 World Cup Qualifier: Rivers to host Super Eagles, Algeria

Super Eagles

  Rivers Commissioner for Sports, Boma Iyaye, says the state is ready to host the 2018 World Cup qualifying match between Super Eagles of Nigeria...

2016 FIFA U-17 World Cup: We will give Nigerians good results, says Coach Nikyu

Nigeria under 17 female team

The head coach of National U-17 female team, Bala Nikyu, said on Saturday that the team would give Nigerians good results in the FIFA U-17 World Cup. The...

Nigeria call up Mikel, Moses, Iwobi, 20 others against Zambia

Super Eagles

Nigeria’s Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, has released a list of 23 players invited for next month’s 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Matchday 1 clash...

Yaya Toure narrates his most precious moments, as he leaves international football

Yahaya Toure

Four-time African footballer of the year Yaya Toure of the Ivory Coast announced his retirement from international football on Tuesday. The 33-year-old...

Paralympics Olympics and other stories

Paralympics-team-

By Bolanle Bolawole “People are crying but you are laughing. Is anything the matter with you?” “Those crying – na dem sabi. Why must a man...

Pele: Why Messi is a better football player than Ronaldo

Messi, Ronaldo

  Brazilian soccer legend and hero of three World Cups, Pele has weighed in on the debate on who is a better player between the Barcelona forward,...

Why Nigeria is not doing well in swimming competitions

nigerian-swimmers

  Inadequate funding has clogged Nigeria’s ability to produce world beaters in swimming, the President, Nigeria Aquatics Federation (NAF), Babatunde...

Opinion