*David Mark Receives 6th Certificate of Return *FG to Repatriate 60,000 Nigerian Refugees from Cameroon

*David Mark Receives 6th Certificate of Return *FG to Repatriate 60,000 Nigerian Refugees from Cameroon


David Mark Receives 6th Certificate of Return

Immediate past president of the Senate Senator David Mark on Monday said that his victory at the Benue South rerun election is a renewed mandate to continue to serve God and humanity without blemish.

Senator Mark said this when he received his certificate of return at Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) headquarters today in Abuja. His words: “for the confidence, trust and love for me , I will continue to serve honestly with all my heart. My actions will be guided always with the fear of God”. Read more

FG to Repatriate 60,000 Nigerian Refugees from Cameroon

Nigerian refugees living in Cameroon have been assured of the Federal Government commitment to relocate them back to their communities in Nigeria. following the liberation of communities hitherto besieged by Armed Terrorist, and the gradual return of civil authorities.

This assurance was given by the Minister of Interior, General Abdulrahman Dambazau, when he visited over 60,000 Nigerian refugees in the Minawao camp, Maruoa in far North Region of Cameron as parts of his three days official visit to the country. Read more

We are compelled to support Buhari’s administration, says Ohaneze chieftain

The Chairman of Ohaneze Ndigbo in Anambra, Chief Chris Eluemuno, has said that the organisation is bound to support President Mohammadu Buhari in the interest of the Igbo. Eluemuno told newsmen on Sunday after being conferred with the traditional title of “Ogbuefi Nwajiugo” by his Nkwelle- Ezunaka community in Anambra that the apex socio-cultural organisation had no choice but to partner with the government. Read more

NCC confirms MTN payment of N50b

The Nigerian Communications Commission on Monday confirmed Federal Government’s receipt of the N50 billion from MTN Nigeria Communications Limited towards settlement of the fine imposed on the telecommunications firm.

The commission also confirmed that MTN has withdrawn its suit from the court. Read more

Buhari free to review his electoral promises -Al Makura

Nasarawa State Governor, Alhaji Tanko Al-Makura, on Monday said President Muhammadu Buhari was at liberty to review his party’s electoral promise of paying N5,000 monthly allowances to unemployed youths in the country.

He said Buhari cannot be challenged by anybody once he takes a decision on the matter. Read more

#FreeEse: Emir holding meeting on Ese, says Ezekwesili

A former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, has said the Emir of Kano is currently holding court as part of efforts to secure the release of Ese Oruru and her return to her parents in Bayelsa State. Ezekwesili, who has been in touch with the Emir, had promised to monitor developments leading up to her release. Late on Sunday, the former minister tweeted that she found that the Emir had since last year overruled the Sharia Commission and directed that Ese be returned to her parents. In one of her tweets, she quoted the Emir as saying that if he had been informed that the girl had not been returned, the issue would have been long resolved. Read more

Nigerians protest high bank charges

Nigerians are planning to boycott banking activities on Tuesday, to protest exorbitant deductions by banks, activities on social media are indicating. Consumer Advocacy Foundation of Nigeria, a not-for-profit group dedicated to advocacy for consumer rights and protection in Africa’s largest consumer market is leading the protest.

According to a petition posted on CAFON’s website by the organisation’s president, Sola Salako, the #NoBankingDay is aimed at pressuring Nigerian banks to review their charges downwards. The group is also calling for a review of bank forms and contracts to include more protection for consumers and for consumer complaints to be resolved promptly and satisfactorily. Read more

Court dismisses alleged forgery suit against Nasarawa senator

A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday dismissed an alleged forgery suit against, Sen. Solomon Adokwe, representing Nasarawa South Senatorial District in the Senate.

The plaintiff, Mr Mohammed Ozegya, a registered voter in the senatorial district, dragged Adokwe to court for alleged false information he supply to INEC. Read more

Court hears Bianca Ojukwu’s ejection suit April 26

An Igbosere High Court in Lagos will on April 26 hear a fresh application by Bianca Ojukwu, the widow of late Ikemba of Nnewi, Odumegwu Ojukwu, over alleged move by the family to eject her sons from the company’s properties located in Lagos. Read more

Army arrest 4 Boko Haram suspects responsible for Madalla Catholic Church bombing

The alleged Boko Haram surveillance of the Christmas day bomb blast that killed about 44 persons and wounded over 75 others at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church at Madalla, Niger State has been arrested at Alkaleri town of Bauchi by the Nigeria Army. The surveillance Victor Moses who was arrested hovering around a mosque in Alkaleri town claiming that he want to convert to Islam.
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Ekwunife, Umeh to Know Fate by March 3

The controversy trailing the Anambra Central senatorial zone assumed a new dimension on Monday as the Court of Appeal sitting in Enugu reserved ruling for Thursday, March 3, 2016, in an application asking the court to set aside the judgment of December 7, 2015, which nullified the election of Senator Uche Ekwunife.

In the event that the application is sustained by the five-man panel of justices led by Justice H. M. Ogunwimuji, the fresh election already scheduled by INEC to take place in the senatorial zone this Saturday may be put on hold. Read more

Army Parades 4 Boko Haram suspects in Bauchi

An alleged Boko Haram member, believed to have carried out the surveillance of St.Theresa’s Catholic Church, Madalla, Niger State, before it was bombed on a Christmas day killing about 44 persons and injuring over 75 others was on Monday paraded along three other suspected Boko Haram members by the Nigeria Army in Bauchi, Bauchi state.

The alleged Boko Haram surveillance, named Victor Moses, was said to have been arrested while hovering around a mosque in Alkaleri town. He was said to have claimed that he was “hanging around the Mosque because he wanted to convert to Islam”. Read more

Anti-Graft War: EFCC Now Buhari’s Political Tool, Says Ekiti Speaker

The Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Hon. Kola
Oluwawole, has accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of gradually becoming a tool for President Muhammadu Buhari to settle political scores with perceived opposition. Read more

SUBEB Blames Fayemi for Ekiti’s Inability to Access N2.8bn UBEC Fund

Ekiti State government has again restated that the ex- governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi’s alleged diversion of N852.9 million State Universal Basic Education Board counterpart funds
caused the blocking of the state from accessing the N2.8 billion UBEC fund.

The government disclosed that UBEC Deputy Executive Secretary, Dr. Yakubu Gambo, told the Senate Committee on Finance during the Budget Defence last Wednesday that Fayemi, who is now the Minister of Solid Minerals, allegedly diverted the N852.9 million counterpart funds for other purposes. Read more

Security Agencies Rescue Dickson’s Sister

The younger sister of Bayelsa State governor, Mr. Henry Seriake Dickson, has been rescued after spending over two months in the hands of kidnappers.

A statement issued on Monday by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said 26 year old Nancy Dickson, was rescued on Sunday evening from her abductors without any payment of ransom. Read more

Commercial driver to sweep police station for traffic offence

An Ogudu Magistrates’ Court Lagos, on Monday, ordered a commercial driver, Kolawole Olumide, 25, to sweep the Ogudu Police Station for five days for driving against traffic. The Magistrate, Mrs O. Sule Amzat, pronounced the sentence after the driver pleaded guilty to the three-count charge of driving without a licence and causing willful obstruction on the highway. Read more

6 cases of child ‘good luck’ sacrifice reported in run-up to Uganda elections – charity

Several children were murdered and mutilated as ‘good luck’ sacrifices in the run-up to the recent Ugandan elections, a charity has announced. It stated that many locals believe such acts bring wealth and power.

Six cases of mutilation and murder were reported in the lead-up to the elections, Shelin Kasozi of Kyampisi Childcare Ministries (KCM), a charity that cares for survivors of attempted child sacrifice, told Reuters. Read more

Suspected Ugandan rebels kill at least two in DR Congo

Suspected Ugandan rebels killed at least two people in an overnight raid on a village in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, officials and the army said Monday.

“The village of Ntombi in the Beni territory was the scene of an attack by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). Two bodies have just been found, decapitated by machetes,” territorial administrator Amisi Kalonda told AFP. Read more

Gabon’s President Bongo to run for re-election this year

President Ali Bongo Ondimba, whose father ruled oil-rich Gabon for 41 years, on Monday said he would seek a second term in polls this year and pledged to fight “unwarranted privilege” in the tiny African nation.

Speaking from a bridge under construction in the rural Ozouri area, where oil was first discovered in the mid 1950s, Bongo said “I am announcing my candidacy at this year’s presidential election.” If elected, he pledged he would “fight with determination against unwarranted privilege and build a better life together” for Gabon’s 1.6 million people, most of whom are mired in poverty despite the oil wealth. Read more

India pledges billions for farmers in ‘populist’ budget

India’s government promised billions of dollars to help struggling farmers and boost the rural economy as it unveiled its annual budget on Monday, looking to kickstart growth and bolster its flagging popularity.

India is now the world’s fastest-growing major economy. But two years of drought and a failure to create jobs for a burgeoning young population has left millions of rural residents struggling and led to deadly protests in recent weeks. Read more

Zuma plays down reports of tension with Gordhan

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma has denied that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s position is in jeopardy.

This follows statements by Mr Gordhan as well as African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, indicating that there was a concerted effort to discredit the finance minister and the Treasury. Mr Gordhan received a letter from the Hawks last week, questioning him about his knowledge of an alleged rogue unit at the South African Revenue Service, days before he had to deliver last week’s all-important budget address. Read more

Pakistan hangs hangs killer of Punjab governor

Pakistan has hanged the former police bodyguard who shot dead Punjab’s governor over his opposition to blasphemy laws.

The execution triggered protests in several cities denouncing the hanging after some religious and political leaders, as well as militant groups, publicly defended the killer. Read more

Former Nazi medic may be too sick to stand trial

The trial of a former SS medic on 3,681 counts of accessory to murder for allegedly helping the Nazis’ Auschwitz death camp function appeared close to collapse Monday, after a doctor found the 95-year-old unfit to be transported to the court.

Presiding Judge Klaus Kabisch told the Neubrandenburg state court Monday that proceedings couldn’t begin after a doctor on the weekend found Hubert Zafke was suffering from stress and high blood pressure, and had suicidal thoughts. Read more

Workers Begin Destruction of French Migrant Camp

Under the eye of hundreds of riot police, workers began pulling down tents and makeshift shelters in the sprawling camp in Calais on Monday, dismantling the fragile structures that have served as temporary homes for migrants hoping to make their way to a better life in Britain.

A flashpoint on the edge of the Channel, the camp sprang up less than a year ago in the port city, which has both ferries and the Eurotunnel rail route to Britain.  Read more

US election 2016: Republican Ben Sasse ‘won’t endorse Trump’

Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse says he will not back Republican front-runner Donald Trump for president, the highest-ranked elected party member to do so.

He says he is “frustrated and saddened” and will look for a third option if Mr Trump wins the Republican nomination. Read more

ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s teen wife ‘flees terror group’ as Islamist fiend sends troops to re-capture her

The German wife of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has fled Iraq with two other women, it has been reported.

Teenager Diane Kruger has escaped the war-torn region and al-Baghdadi has reportedly sent trusted troops to bring her back, reports Iraqi media. It is not known why she fled. ISIS has recently lost vast swathes of territory in Iraq to Kurd and Iraqi government forces. Read more

Baby’s body found on footpath in Oxfordshire village

A baby’s body has been found on a footpath in a village near Oxford.

The child was found by a member of the public on the path in Marston at around 9.20am on Monday, and police are treating the death as unexplained. Officers are trying to trace the baby’s mother, who they have urged to come forward. Read more

Milan striker Niang suffers car accident
AC Milan striker M’baye Niang was involved in a car accident on Saturday night, but claimed Monday it was a minor incident in which he had been merely a passenger. Earlier that evening he had helped Milan beat Torino 1-0 at home in lashing and relentless rain. “I and my driver are both in good health. The car was aquaplaning, there was more fear than harm. Ready for the rest of the season with Milan, Forza Milan,” the Frenchman, who does not have a driving licence, wrote on Twitter. 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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