Bash Ali refuses to leave jail
Meanwhile Bash Ali has refused to leave jail despite meeting bail conditions. Read more
Fuel scarcity temporary, says Jonathan
President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday assured Nigerians that the difficulties being faced by motorists who are queuing for fuel across the country is temporary.
He said with the issue of payment being addressed by his government, fuel queues at filling stations would end in the next one or two days. Read more
We’ll fight until total victory is achieved – Army
Amidst recent wave of successes against Boko Haram terrorists, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has promised not to relent until every part of the country is finally rid of insurgency.
At a press conference in Abuja, spokesperson for DHQ, Major General Chris Olukolade, said: “We are conscious that the fight is not over and the Nigerian military will, therefore, not relent. Nothing will be taken for granted. All Nigerians are equally enjoined to maintain this posture.” Read more
Court can’t compel NASS to pass bills, judge rules
A Federal High Court in Lagos, on Wednesday, held that the principle of separation of powers forbids a court of law from compelling the National Assembly to pass bills into law.
Justice Ibrahim Buba, who handed down the verdict, held that any attempt to do so would amount to “going too far” on the part of a court of law. Read more
Confab report is fraud, APC tells South West
The All Progressives Congress (APC), on Wednesday, urged leaders of thought in the South West to ignore the promise by President Goodluck Jonathan that he will implement the recommendations of the National Conference report.
The opposition party, in a statement signed by Garba Shehu, the Director of Media and Publicity of the APC Presidential Campaign Organisation, said the confab report contains nothing that approximates to their collective interest and as such should be regarded as an attempt to defraud them. Read more
Uduaghan declares March 6 work-free for collection of PVCs
Gov. Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta has declared March 6 work free day to enable civil servants to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) before the March 8 deadline.
The governor made the declaration on Wednesday at during the State Executive Council meeting in Asaba. Read more
IMF Directors Propose Naira Devaluation
The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has called for the implementation of reforms, including the devaluation of the Nigerian Naira in order to shield the country from risks presented by uncertainties characterizing the economy.
The call follows the IMF directors concluding the Article IV consultation 1 with Nigeria last week. Read more
Nigeria Power Industry Held Back by Lack of Credit, Gas
Nigeria’s electricity industry is being hindered by producers’ inability to raise finance and natural-gas shortages, curbing companies’ ability to boost investment in output as the country suffers from daily blackouts, an energy regulator said.
Peak electricity output of Africa’s biggest economy is about 3,800 megawatts, with another 1,500 megawatts unavailable because of gas shortages, said Sam Amadi, chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, which oversees the power industry. South Africa, with a third of Nigeria’s population, has eight times more installed capacity. One megawatt is enough to provide energy to 2,000 average European homes, or about 333 in Japan. Read more
Mugabe: Nigerian Witchdoctors Planned to Kill Me
Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe has alleged that his former vice-president and other top officials in his ruling Zanu-PF sought the services of Nigerian witchdoctors in a bid to kill him.
The Africa Review reported that President Mugabe made the bizarre claims at the weekend as he celebrated his 91st birthday at a lavish party hosted by the party’s communist-styled 21st February movement. Read more
No money worries for Flying Eagles
Nigeria’s U23 coach, Samson Siasia says his boys are in fine fettle ahead of Saturday’s 2015 All Africa Games (AAG) qualifier against Gabon in Abuja.
The Dream Team VI, as the Nigeria team is fondly called, defeated the Gabonese 4-1 in Libreville and are now firm favourites to advance to the next round of the competition. Read more
Onigbinde, Nwosu knock NFF over Keshi’s contract controversy
Former Super Eagles coach, Adegboye Onigbinde, and ex-Golden Eaglets manager, Henry Nwosu, have knocked the Nigeria Football Federation for the lingering controversy over the appointment of a new coach for the national team.
Since November 2014, when Nigeria failed to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations, the NFF has not been able to get a fresh coach for the national team or renew Stephen Keshi’s contract. Read more
Ukraine passes law to boost armed forces by a third
Ukraine’s parliament passed a law on Thursday to increase the size of the armed forces by a third as Kiev fights pro-Russian separatists in the east.
The bill was approved with 270 votes in favour, well above the 226 required, and now goes to President Petro Poroshenko, who proposed the measure, to be signed into law. Read more
Islamic State torches oil field east of Tikrit – witness
Islamic State militants have set fire to oil wells in the Ajil field east of the city of Tikrit to try to hinder aerial attacks aimed at driving them from the oilfield, a witness and military source said.
Black smoke could be seen rising from oil field since Wednesday afternoon, said the witness, who accompanied Iraqi militia and soldiers as they advanced on Tikrit from the east. Read more
Russia Launches Large-Scale Military Exercises in Disputed Territories
Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Thursday that large-scale military exercises had started in southern Russia and in disputed territories on the country’s borders.
The exercises involve over 2,000 anti-aircraft troops and 500 items of weaponry and will last until April 10, Interfax news agency reported. Read more
Korean activist launches knife attack on US ambassador Mark Lippert in Seoul, leaving him with nerve damage and 80 stitches
The US ambassador to South Korea has undergone two and a half hours of surgery and received 80 stitches to his face after being targeted in a knife attack by a militant Korean nationalist.
Mark Lippert was attacked during a breakfast meeting at a performing arts centre in Seoul on Thursday morning, and doctors said he was left with an 11cm (4-inch) gash on the side of his face by an assailant using a small fruit knife. Read more
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