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  • Persona Non Grata!

    Dissociate with Obasanjo, Nigerians, South Africans Tell UN Sec Gen

      A non-partisan coalition of progressive individuals in Nigeria and South Africa, has written an open letter, dated 18 September, 2018 to Antonio Manuel de Oliveira  Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations, expressing deep apprehensions and grave concerns over reports of his appointment of Olusegun Obasanjo as a member of the United Nations High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation consisting of 18 global leaders established in 2017. The...

  • Appeal!

    Exercise Restraint on Strike, Baru Appeals to Oil Workers

      The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru, has urged oil workers under the auspices of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), to halt their planned industrial action over a labour dispute involving the Management of Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), a Multi-national Oil Company...

  • The New Bride!

    INEC Fixes Thursday for Re-run, as Omisore Becomes Political Bride

    Gbenro Adesina The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC’s Chief Returning Officer in Osun State, Joseph Adeola Fuwape, today announced that the rerun for Osun State Governorship election would hold next Thursday 27 September 2018. Fuwape fixed the date for the election after holding a meeting with the representatives of the concerned parties and they all agreed to the date. Earlier today, the returning officer, who is the current Vice...

  • Stalemate!

    Why INEC declared Osun election inconclusive

      Gbenro Adesina The Independent National Election Commission, INEC, returning officer in the 2018 Osun State Governorship election, Professor Adeola Joseph Fuwape, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Technology, FUTA, Akure, has declared the election inconclusive. Fuwape said that his decision is based on the nation’s constitution. According to him, the difference between the two leading parties was a mere 353 votes as compared with...

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

Posted on: Jun 19 2016 - 5:22am | #11
In: Featured, News, Nigerian News, Politics

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 | #49
In: Featured, News, Nigerian News, Politics

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...

NIMASA starts rescue of 12 crew hijacked on Saturday — D-G

Posted on: Sep 24 2018 - 10:30pm | #0
In: Business

The Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) on Monday said it had started rescue operations for the 12 crew members hijacked on Saturday by pirates in Rivers. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that crew men of the vessel “MV Glarus”, owned by Allison Shipping, was hijacked by pirates off the Bonny Island in Rivers for a ransom. The NIMASA Director-General, Dr Dakuku Peterside, who was speaking to newsmen in Lagos, condemned the act, adding that the agency was working hard to ensure the release of the crew. “We are working closely with Forward Operation Base (FOB) of the Nigerian Navy, the Falcon Eye alongside others to secure their release unconditionally. “The agency is saddened about the attack and the perpetrator...

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

Posted on: Jun 19 2016 - 5:22am | #11
In: Featured, News, Nigerian News, Politics

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 | #49
In: Featured, News, Nigerian News, Politics

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...

PDP National Convention: Party leaders disagree over venue

Posted on: Sep 24 2018 - 10:20pm | #0
In: Politics

There are indications that the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have yet to agree on a venue for party’s presidential primaries fixed for Oct. 6, following a sharp disagreement between the party’s...

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 | #11
In: Featured, News, Nigerian News, Politics

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 | #49
In: Featured, News, Nigerian News, Politics

#OsunDecides2018: PDP heads to court over inconclusive poll

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is approaching the court to contend the declaration of Saturday’s governorship election in Osun as inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The party disclosed this in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Monday in Abuja. According to Ologbondiyan, the Sept. 22 polls...

Posted on: Sep 24 2018 - 10:14pm | #0
In: Politics

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 crushed the mutiny...

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 Nigeria extraction...

Court remands father, son, in prison for alleged armed robbery

An Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court on Monday ordered the remand of a father and his son in prison for alleged armed robbery and possession of firearm. The defendants, Christian Okoye, 44, and his son, Chidi, 22, of no fixed addresses, are facing a two-count charge of armed robbery and possession of firearm. The Chief Magistrate, Mr Adesoji Adegboye, ordered the prosecutor to...

Politics

PDP National Convention: Party leaders disagree over venue

There are indications that the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have yet to agree on a venue for party’s...

#OsunDecides2018: PDP heads to court over inconclusive poll

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is approaching the court to contend the declaration of Saturday’s governorship election...

Business

NIMASA starts rescue of 12 crew hijacked on Saturday — D-G

The Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) on Monday said it had started rescue operations for the...

Naira weakens against dollar at investors’ window

The Naira on Monday weakened against the dollar at the investor’s (I&E) window, exchanging at N364.28, weaker than...

National News

Troops eliminate 7 insurgents, rescue 73 women, children in Borno

The Nigerian Army on Monday said it eliminated seven insurgents and rescued 73 persons in two separate clearance in operations Sirdawala and Valley of...

10 females students get NNPC/Belemaoil JV scholarship to study overseas

    Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt    Indigenous Oil Company, Belemaoil Producing Limited has sent 10 females who are Rivers State indigenes to the...

Why I kidnapped APC Chairman’s four -year-old son – Suspect

A female kidnap suspect, Fatima Muhammed, says she has no regrets kidnapping the four-year-old son of Bukar Dalori, the Borno Chairman of All Progressives...

Court orders APC to conduct fresh election for post of National Organising Secretary

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday ordered All Progressives Congress (APC) to conduct fresh elections for the office of National Organising Secretary...

World News

Former SS guard, 94, to face trial for mass murder

A 94-year-old former Schutzstaffe (SS) guard at the Stutthof concentration camp run near Gdansk in Poland is to stand trial for being an accessory to murder,...

Half of world’s poor are children- UN

Half of those living in poverty around the world are under 18 years of age, according to UN data released on Thursday. The UN said that the data was based...

Buhari, 87 other Presidents for UN General Assembly Sept. 25

President Muhammadu Buhari and 87 other Presidents are expected to address the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday, Sept. 25 at...

1.3bn people at risk of tuberculosis- WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says that a quarter of the world’s population has TB infection or some 1.3 billion people, are at risk of developing...

Sports

FIBA Women’s World Cup: D’Tigress stun Turkey to make basketball history

Nigeria made history at the ongoing FIBA Women’s World Cup in Spain as the national women’s team stunned Turkey 74-68 in the Group B game decided...

Tiger Woods wins Tour Championship, ending five-year drought

Tiger Woods won his first title since 2013 when he captured the Tour Championship by two strokes in Atlanta on Sunday. Woods led throughout the final...

Lacazette, Aubameyang help Arsenal edge past Everton

Arsenal broke down a determined Everton defence to win 2-0 on Sunday, with Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring two second-half goals...

Chelsea drop first points with 0-0 draw at West Ham

Chelsea lost their 100 per cent Premier League record when London rivals West Ham United held them to a 0-0 draw on Sunday. Needing a two-goal win to...

Joshua retains heavyweight crowns with Povetkin TKO

Britain’s Anthony Joshua delivered a devastating technical knockout in the seventh round to defeat Russian Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium on...

Iheanacho on target as Leicester sink Hudddersfield

Leicester City eased the pressure on manager Claude Puel by beating Huddersfield Town 3-1 on Saturday to leave the visitors rooted to the foot of the...

Man United held 1-1 by Wolves to slip eight points behind leaders

Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw at home to promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford on Saturday, leaving them eight points adrift of...

Salah helps Liverpool thrash Southampton 3-0 to go top

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah netted his first league goal since Aug. 25 as the Reds thrashed Southampton 3-0 to get on top of the table on Saturday. That...

Opinion