No evidence US air marshal attacked in Lagos
Nigeria’s aviation authorities on Wednesday said there was no evidence for the US claim that one of its air marshals was attacked as he tried to board a flight in Lagos.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said on Monday that the marshal, who was on duty, was attacked with a syringe on Sunday and was undergoing treatment in Houston, Texas. Read more
JTF arrests sewage truck loaded with stolen crude
The Joint Military Task Force in the Niger Delta, Operation Pulo Shield, says it has uncovered new tactics by oil thieves operating in the region who now use sewage trucks to carry stolen petroleum products to evade arrest.
The outfit’s Coordinator, Joint Media Campaign Centre, Lt.-Col. Mustapha Anka, said on Wednesday that its operatives operating on information, had intercepted a sewage truck with 12,000 capacity loaded with stolen crude oil. Read more
AFCON qualifier: Keshi picks Emenike, Salami in starting XI
Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, has picked Emmanuel Emenike and Gbolahan Salami in his starting XI for Wednesday’s African Cup of Nations qualifier between South Africa and Nigeria, africanFootball.com reports.
Both strikers started from the bench against Congo in Calabar at the weekend with Salami scoring Nigeria’s second goal in a 2-3 loss to the East Africans. Read more
Jonathan orders removal of #BringBackGoodluck posters
Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan has ordered the removal of signs and banners that mimic the social media campaign to release more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls, his spokesperson said on Wednesday.
Reuben Abati said the head of state shared the view that the #BringBackGoodluck2015 signs, apparently backing his re-election next year, were “offensive and repugnant”. Read more
INEC approves additional 1,169 polling units for Zamfara
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had approved additional 1,169 polling units for Zamfara, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Alhaji Jibrin Zarewa, announced on Wednesday.
Zarewa made this known in Gusau when he inaugurated a 11-member committee to review the location of the existing polling units and stations in Zamfara. Read more
Factional legislators continue sitting in Edo parliament
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) faction of the Edo House of Assembly on Wednesday summoned the state Director of the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) to appear before the house on Sept. 15.
Mr Festus Ebea, who led the PDP faction during its plenary in Benin, said the FERMA director should explain alleged misconduct of some officials of the Edo State Traffic Management Agency ( EDSTMA) on federal roads in the state. Read more
Nigeria league resumes after refs call off boycott
The Nigeria league will resume on Sunday after the country’s referees called off a boycott.
The League Management Company (LMC) announced the Nigeria Referees Association (NRA) have declared they are ready to resume officiating two weeks after they announced the boycott from the league. Read more
Ajimobi seeks empowerment of girl child
Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State on Wednesday urged government at all levels to focus on the empowerment of the girl child.
He spoke in Ibadan at the opening of a three-day National Women’s Summit organised by the Oyo State Officials’ Wives Association. Read more
Court remands 37-year-old man for alleged homosexuality
A Magistrates’ Court in Minna on Wednesday remanded in prison custody one Yakubu Danladi, 37, for alleged homosexuality.
Danladi was arraigned on a one-count-charge of an “unnatural offence’’ with a 14- year-old Ahmed Mohammed, in his house in Minna. Read more
Bayelsa trains 70 health workers
Bayelsa government on Wednesday began training of 70 health personnel in the state as part of its readiness to contain the outbreak of Ebola Virus disease.
Director of Public Health, state Ministry of Health, Dr. Wakiente Omubo, stated this during a two-day sensitisation programme entitled, “Training of Trainers on Ebola Virus Disease,” in Yenagoa. Read more
Italy tests suspected Ebola case, patient said to be from Nigerian
A Nigerian woman was hospitalized and isolated in Italy’s central region of Marche on Tuesday, after showing suspected symptoms of the deadly Ebola virus, authorities said. Samples of her blood were sent to “Spallanzani” National Institute for Infectious Diseases in Rome to be analyzed, and results were expected within 24 hours at latest. Read more
Naval Chief pledges Peace in Warri community
Nigerian Navy has assured Ugborodo community in Warri South West Local Government, where the Federal Government is about inaugurating the $16bn export processing zone project, that it would do everything to ensure that peace was restored.
The Commanding Officer, Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS Delta), Warri, Captain Musa Gemu, said on Wednesday in Warri that the force was already on the ground to provide the needed secure environment for the smooth take-off of the project. Read more
Hunters Kill 75 Members of Boko Haram
No fewer than 75 members of the outlawed Boko Haram insurgents have reportedly been killed by local hunters in Michika and Madagali local government areas of Adamawa state.
The insurgents which had taken control of the two local government areas of the state and parts of Borno State were reported to have ran short of ammunitions, a situation which left them unprotected. Read more
Rwanda murder plotters jailed in SA
A South African court has sentenced four men to eight years in prison for trying to murder Rwanda’s former army chief Gen Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa.
He was shot in the stomach in Johannesburg in June 2010, soon after he fled Rwanda after falling out with President Paul Kagame. Read more
Reps, NMA, Education Ministry meet over schools’ resumption
The House of Representatives Committee on Education has said that it would be holding a joint meeting with the leadership of the Nigerian Medical Association and the Federal Ministry of Education over the Federal Government’s directive to schools to resume on September 22 as against October 12.
The lower chamber of the National Assembly stated that the proposed meeting, slated for September 15, would address the appropriateness of a review of the September 22 resumption in view of the Ebola outbreak. Read more