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Truckload Of Weapons Heading For Nigeria Seized In Ghana

Truckload Of Weapons Heading For Nigeria Seized In Ghana

Ghanaian security agents on Tuesday seized a truckload of arms and ammunition believed to be on its way to Nigeria and arrested five people, a senior police officer in Accra said yesterday. “The vehicle with Coca Cola inscription was loaded with the consignment which included pump action guns, double-barrel guns and a large quantity of cartridges,” Accra Regional Police Commander Rose Bio Atinga told Agence France Presse (AFP.) Police, acting on a tip-off, arrested two Nigerians and three Ghanaians. “After a check was conducted, we realised that the vehicle with a (Nigerian) registration number, was loaded with ammunition covered by … read more

Nigeria: Boko Haram Leader, Abubakar Shekau’s Message To Jonathan

Nigeria: Boko Haram Leader, Abubakar Shekau’s Message To Jonathan

  Video of New Boko Haram Leader Imam Abubakar Shekau The leader of Nigerian Islamist sect Boko Haram, Imam Abubakar Shekau, in his first video of him posted online, said recent killings of Christians were justifiable revenge attacks and President Goodluck Jonathan had no power to stop the group’s insurgency. Reuters says the 15 minute video of Abubakar Shekau posted on YouTube is similar in style to messages submitted by other Islamist groups like al Qaeda, a sign of the growing influence other jihadist movements are having on the sect. “Christians, everyone knows what they have done to us and … read more

Nigeria Loses N250billion (US$1.6 billion) To Ongoing Strike – LCCI

Nigeria Loses N250billion (US$1.6 billion) To Ongoing Strike – LCCI

The Director General of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, LCCI, Muda Yusuf, on Wednesday said that the country is losing a whopping N82 billion daily to the on-going strike, which started since Monday. Many economic activities in the country have been crippled by the ongoing strike which has entered its third day. Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Lagos, Mr. Yusuf said he arrived at the figure based on the country’s national output. In his words, “We have an estimated national output, which is a GDP of N30 trillion. If you estimate the daily output, … read more

Occupy Nigeria: New York Protest – Pictures

Occupy Nigeria: New York Protest – Pictures

Nigerians in New York and lovers of Nigeria on Tuesday joined in solidarity to protest against the fuel subsidy removal in Nigeria. Such protest is going on across the world. Here are some of the pictures from the protest:

Nigeria: ‘Boko Haram Members Are In Government’ – Jonathan

Nigeria: ‘Boko Haram Members Are In Government’ – Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has finally commented on who he thinks members of the deadly Islamic sect (Boko Haram) are, saying the group has successfully infiltrated the three arms of government at the federal level and security agencies. He revealed this on Sunday, at a remembrance church service to mark the 2012 Armed Forces Remembrance Day. He, however vowed to stem the menace shortly. In his words, “Some of them (Boko Haram sect) are in the executive arm of government, some of them are in the parliamentary/legislative arm of government, while some of them are even in the judiciary”. “Some are … read more

Mandela’s Life Story To Be Turned Into TV Series – AFP

Mandela’s Life Story To Be Turned Into TV Series – AFP

Anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela’s life story is to be turned into a six-part television mini-series co-created by his grandson, the producers behind the multinational project said Monday. Entitled “Madiba”, Mandela’s clan name, the series “will take a broad view of the inner passions and outside forces that guided him,” they said in a statement. With a budget of $30 million (24 million euros), the project will explore Mandela’s relationship with his mother, his political activism, imprisonment, rise as political leader and election as South Africa’s first black president. The producers did not say who would play the democracy icon, whose … read more

Egypt: U.S. Reaches Out To Muslim Brotherhood – AFP

Egypt: U.S. Reaches Out To Muslim Brotherhood – AFP

A once reluctant United States is reaching out to the Muslim Brotherhood in a nod to Egypt’s new political reality, but concerns linger about the group’s attitude toward minorities, women and the peace treaty with Israel. In the wake of president Hosni Mubarak’s ouster last February, the Freedom and Justice Party, the Brotherhood’s political arm, has claimed the lead in the final stage of parliamentary elections after leading throughout. Liberal and secular opposition parties have fared poorly. “It’s clear that they (the Brotherhood) are now the only game in town,” and US officials must talk to them, said Marina Ottaway, … read more

Nigeria: Policemen Shoot At Protesters In Kano, 30 Wounded

Nigeria: Policemen Shoot At Protesters In Kano, 30 Wounded

At least 30 protesters have been injured and 2 killed on Monday in the fuel subsidy protest in Kano as there were sporadic gunshots by policemen, said a Red Cross official. The protest across Nigeria by Country’s labour unions and civil society groups, which earlier today appeared largely peaceful have turned bloody. The paralyzing street protests across cities of the country has left about 9 people killed and 30 injured in clashes with police in Lagos and Kano. Report says the gunshots was around the Kano State Government House, which left 30 persons injured. Two have been confirmed dead. All … read more

Nelson Mandela’s Party Turns 100

Nelson Mandela’s Party Turns 100

By AP – In Bloemfontein, South Africa, tens of thousands of chanting and dancing revelers waved the green and gold colors of the African National Congress as Africa’s oldest liberation movement celebrated its 100th anniversary Sunday, though many South Africans say the party hasn’t delivered on its promises since taking power in 1994. A dozen African leaders and more former heads of state along with African kings and chieftains attended a midnight ceremony where President Jacob Zuma lit a flame, expected to stay alight the entire year, at the red brick, tin-roofed Wesleyan church where black intellectuals and activists founded … read more

Bigger and better! Nigerian Idol launches Season II… announces Charles Oputa as new judge and Tiwa Savage, Ill Rymz as new hosts

Bigger and better! Nigerian Idol launches Season II… announces Charles Oputa as new judge and Tiwa Savage, Ill Rymz as new hosts

After an electrifying first season that saw the crowning of the first ever Nigerian Idol, Yeka Onka, the global music phenomenon returns to Nigeria for a second season. Season II of Nigerian Idol is produced by the Optima Media Group (OMG) and Rapid Blue Format. It continues to enjoy the sponsorship of Etisalat, in association with Sony and Pepsi. This year, they have partnered with Beat FM and Air Nigeria which is the official airline of Nigerian Idol Season II. This was revealed at a media & VIP launch on 28 September 2011 at the Oriental Hotel in Lagos. The … read more