*Appeal court dismisses Faleke’s case, affirms Bello’s election *I am still around, says Boko Haram leader Shekau

*Appeal court dismisses Faleke’s case, affirms Bello’s election *I am still around, says Boko Haram leader Shekau


Appeal court dismisses Faleke’s case, affirms Bello’s election

The Court of Appeal in Abuja, on Thursday dismissed the appeal filed by James Faleke, who was the running mate of the deceased Kogi State governorship candidate, Abubakar Audu, in the last year’s governorship election, challenging the emergence  of Governor Yahaya Bello, as winner of the poll. The All Progressives Congress substituted Bello as its governorship candidate and retained Faleke as its deputy governorship candidate after Audu died at the conclusion of the first round of the election held on November 21. Read more

I am still around, says Boko Haram leader Shekau

Boko Haram’s elusive leader Abubakar Shekau said in an audio message on Thursday he is around despite his reported ouster as leader of the Nigeria-based jihadist group by the Islamic State (IS). “People should know we are still around,” Shekau said in a 10-minute audio message. The Islamic State named Abu Musab al-barnawi as the new leader of Boko Haram on Wednesday.It is not clear what would or has become of Abubakar Shekau, who had led the terrorist group since its founder, Mohammed Yusuf, was killed in 2009. Read more

Nigerians back Mbaka, say hunger, poverty unbearable

Many Nigerians on Wednesday overwhelmingly backed the Enugu Catholic priest and Spiritual Director of the Adoration Ministry, Enugu State, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, for his blunt message to President Muhammadu Buhari. However, some Nigerians mocked the cleric on social media, saying he should have known that the President was not the ‘messiah’ the country needed before supporting him during the 2015 presidential election campaign. Mbaka had in 2015 prophesied the defeat of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, who he urged Nigerians to reject. Read more

Royal Exchange To list N3bn Bonds At The Stock Exchange By October

Royal Exchange plc has announced plans to list N3 billion bond on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) in October this year. A bond is a debt investment in which an investor loans money to an entity, typically corporate or governmental, which borrows the funds for a defined period of time at a variable or fixed interest rate. Bonds are used by companies, municipalities, states and sovereign governments to raise money and finance a variety of projects and activities. The Bond, if successful, would position the 95-years old firm to play big and underwrite big ticket risks in the nation’s insurance industry. Read more

I-naira Launches Nigeria’s First Online Auction Platform

I-Naira Integrated Resources Ltd, owners of i-naira.com brand, has launched the first online auctioning platform in Nigeria. Launched recently, i-naira.com is a wholly owned Nigerian company with speciality in consumer sales promotion. It was established to deliver value bargains to under-served consumers across the country. Speaking on the innovative platform, Hillary Nwaukor, CEO, i-naira.com, said the initiative was borne to fill a yawning gap in the market, which is delivery of value bargains to consumers.  Read more

ISIS Announces Nigeria’s Boko Haram Has A New Leader

Islamic State has named a new leader of Boko Haram, the Nigerian militant group which last year swore allegiance to it. Abu Musab al-Barnawi was named Islamic State’s governor for West Africa in a two-page interview in its weekly magazine, al-Naba, which was circulated late on Tuesday. Read more

Of Milk And Its Mileage

Since the creation of man, milk has always been part of his existence, the usual, being the breast milk which is necessary for growth and nurturing of new babies. This kind of milk offered by nursing mothers is as critical for survival as much as it is important for healthy growth. But many years after, it became necessary to have alternative particularly in situations when mothers cannot rely solely on the natural milk for their babies. Hence, one of the underlying reasons to conceptualise what is now packaged in cans, and packs as baby foods. Read more

Nigeria’s stranded football team rushing to Brazil

With just hours to spare, the Nigerian Olympic football team will travel to Brazil on Thursday to make its match against Japan in Manaus. Thanks to a tab temporarily picked up by Delta Air Lines for the charter flight, the stranded team is expected to land in Brazil at 2 p.m. local time. This gives the team just enough time to clear customs and stretch before kickoff at 9 p.m. Read more

Recover stolen funds, prosecute looters, Sanusi tells Buhari

The Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, has advised the Federal Government not only to recover looted funds from individuals and groups, but should also prosecute culprits to serve as a deterrent to others. He gave the advice in a lecture he delivered on the deregulation of the downstream oil sector and Nigeria’s economic development at the National Defence College, Abuja on Wednesday. He called on the Federal Government to ensure that those who looted the nation’s treasury were punished for their actions. Read more

Economic crisis may worsen as naira hits 390/dollar

The naira tumbled from 382 to 390 against the dollar at the parallel market on Wednesday as the scarcity of foreign exchange worsened. The local currency has been under persistent pressure against the greenback owing to dollar scarcity at both the interbank foreign exchange market and the black market. Read more

We kill militants but in vain

Towards the end of last year, American multinational conglomerate, General Electric, published the result of a research on the future of work in Africa.  The document, Skills White Paper, made projections into the enormous potential within the clutch of the continent and what it needs to do to appropriate an opportunity that could make the region the beautiful bride of the second half of this century. Read more

Dogara gave $25,000 to each Rep, says Jibrin

A former Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, Mr. Abdulmumin Jibrin, on Wednesday alleged that the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, handed out $25,000 to lawmakers so that they could pass a vote of confidence on the speaker. Jibrin claimed that Dogara opened a register at his Asokoro guest house where each member who signed was handed the cash. Read more

EFCC grills Nenadi Usman over N23bn Diezani bribe

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has quizzed the Director of Finance of the Goodluck Jonathan Organisation, Senator Nenadi Usman, for her alleged role in the N23bn ($115m) allegedly shared by the then Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, during the build-up to the 2015 presidential election. The commission also traced the payment of N1.85bn to two former governors and three senators from the Diezani funds. Read more

2016 Hajj: Pilgrims airlift begins on Monday

he airlift of 2016 intending hajj pilgrims from Nigeria to Saudi Arabia will start at the Sokoto Airport on Monday, with Zamfara State pilgrims, being the first set to be airlifted. The Media Assistant to the Sokoto State Pilgrims Welfare Agency, Faruku Umar, who confirmed this to our correspondent in Sokoto on Wednesday, stated that intending pilgrims from Kebbi and Sokoto states would follow suit in that order. He said that the hajj maximum fare for the Sokoto intending pilgrims had been fixed at N1, 080,400.00 for each male and N1, 083,400:00 for female pilgrims. Read more

Mourinho has a fierce will to win, says Rooney

Wayne Rooney has described Jose Mourinho’s low-key approach to life as Manchester United manager but insists the new Old Trafford chief has a fierce will to win. The United and England captain was talking after he marked his testimonial with a goalless draw against Everton, his team’s final preparation before Sunday’s Community Shield meeting with champions Leicester. Read more

Republicans may vote Hillary Clinton amid Trump stumbles

Internal party turmoil over Donald Trump spilled into public alarm Wednesday after unprecedented self-inflicted mistakes by the Republican nominee, as some conservatives prepared to do the unthinkable: vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton. While “dump Trump” calls have continued since the 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney trashed the billionaire’s candidacy early this year, it is unclear whether the trickle of defections to Clinton’s camp will become a flood after a series of bad stumbles by Trump. Read more



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Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. [email protected]

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