Four killed in Odidi community pipeline explosion in Delta
Four residents of Odidi community in Delta State, a mother and her three daughters, on Tuesday died due to an oil spill.
Reports said they died after an explosion arising from fire outbreak following the oil spillage.
At press time, the body of the woman had been brought out, while the rescue workers were still searching for those of the daughters. Read more
S. African girl caught trying to join Islamic State
A 15-year-old South African girl was on Sunday pulled from a flight moments before trying to leave the country to join the Islamic State jihadists, state security said.
“We can confirm that she was planning to leave the country with the intention of joining IS and had been actively engaged with social media networks,” State Security Minister David Mahlobo told local daily, The Star. Read more
Lagos PDP calls for Akiolu’s suspension
The Peoples Democratic Party has demanded the immediate suspension of Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, till after the governorship and state House of Assembly elections in Lagos State.
The party called on Governor Babatunde Fashola to suspend the first-class monarch. Read more
Professional group backs Amosun’s re-election
A socio-economic group, Ogun Professionals for Development (OPD), has thrown its weight behind the re-election of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, in Saturday’s governorship poll.
It premised its support for the governor on the prevalent peace and security in the state, which is conducive to growth and development, noting that “Ogun cannot afford to return to the dark days of insecurity, violence, mismanagement of public funds and other atrocities that scared away investors and stagnated development.” Read more
Nigeria unity unquestionable – Cleric
The Anglican Bishop of Awka Diocese, Right Reverend Dr. Alex Ibezim on Monday, said the prediction that Nigeria will disintegrate by 2015, had failed, adding that the unity of the country now unquestionable.
Ibezim in his 2015 Easter message at St. Mathew’s Anglican Church Nibo, Awka, noted that God has taken charge of affairs of Nigeria, urging politicians and political officer holders to re-unite and embrace peace for development of Nigeria. Read more
IS beheads four for robbery, murder in Iraq
The Islamic State group has beheaded four men for armed robbery and murder in the northern Iraqi province of Nineveh, according to an online propaganda video seen by AFP Tuesday.
The undated video portrays the group, which has been steadily retreating recently from Iraqi forces backed by Iran and a US-led coalition and Iran, as still capable of maintaining law and order and dispensing justice. Read more
Edo PDP raises alarm over plans to rig polls
EDO State chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Dan Orbih on Monday raised alarm that officials of the State government and the APC have perfected plans to collude with INEC officials in the State, especially in Edo South Senatorial zone to ensure that card readers do not work during this weekend State House of Assembly election.
Orbih who raised the alarm while speaking with journalists in Benin said this was to enable them use cloned cards and strangers to rig the election especially in Orhionmwon local government area. Read more
Aondoakaa quits PDP
Former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Mike Aondoakaa, has resigned his membership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Aondoakaa told Vanguard, yesterday in a telephone interview in Makurdi, the Benue state capital,that he was leaving partisan politics to take care of his personal business and also engage fully in his law practice. Read more
Engineers warn against using refuse to reclaim land in Lagos
Mr Olalekan Taiwo, the Apapa Branch Chairman of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), on Monday advised the public not to use refuse to reclaim land in some parts of Lagos.
Taiwo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the practice was “like sitting on a time bomb.” Read more
SA-Nigeria relationship to ‘warm’ after election
Relations between South Africa and Nigeria could change with the west African country’s historic peaceful transition to a new administration this week.
Nigeria’s elections commission last week formally announced that Muhammadu Buhari had unseated Goodluck Jonathan as president in an election that was hailed as mostly peaceful by observers and the international community. Read more
Kenyan air strikes ‘destroy’ Al-Shabab camps in Somalia
The Kenyan air force has said it destroyed two al-Shabab camps in Somalia, in the first major military response since the armed group massacred students at a Kenyan university last week. Read more
INEC exposes reasons Card Readers failed
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has maintained that it will not allow manual accreditation for Saturday elections.
The commission, in a statement in Abuja yesterday, said unlike in the presidential and National Assembly elections where the commission relaxed the rules, Card Readers will be used for governorship and state Houses of Assembly elections. Read more
Caucasian boyfriend turns out to be Nigerian conman
A 46-year-old woman was shocked when her Caucasian boyfriend, who she fell in love with on the Internet, turned out to be a Nigerian.
On Saturday, the teacher met the 36-year-old Nigerian at a hotel in Jalan Tun Perak for the first time because he wanted to repay the RM130,000 that she had lent him. Read more
Super Eagles Tackle Stallions for CHAN Ticket
Nigeria’s home-based Super Eagles will trade blows with their counterparts from Burkina Faso in the qualifying series of the 2016 Orange African Nations Championship set to be Rwanda.
The West African affair between the two teams is the highlight of the African Nations Championship qualifier draw which was conducted on Sunday 5th April at the CAF headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. Read more
Armed attack on Fenerbahce team bus brought back ‘terrible flashback’ for Emenike
Fenerbahçe striker Emmanuel Emenike revealed that the armed attack on the team bus brought back bad memories from Nigeria.
“I’ve been involved in a terrible accident in Nigeria before, where my mother suffered severe bruises, and for a moment I had a terrible flashback when that bus was swerving all over the road,” Emenike told the BBC. Read more
74 children killed in Yemen battle
At least 74 children have been killed since the Yemen conflict intensified almost two weeks ago and more than 100,000 people have left their homes in search of safety, the UN children’s agency says.
Unicef said hospitals are struggling to treat large numbers of wounded people with insufficient supplies. The agency added that at least three health workers have been killed in attacks. Read more
Australia acts on illegal downloads
Internet service providers (ISPs) have lost an Australian court battle to keep secret the names of users suspected of illegally downloading Hollywood film Dallas Buyers Club over file-sharing networks.
The Federal Court ruling is a landmark win for copyright holders in a country which has a reputation for being home to some of the world’s most prolific internet pirates. Read more
Lost Australian boy found after going missing for five days
An 11-year-old Australian boy who went missing during a family camping trip five days ago has been found alive.
Luke Shambrook, who has autism, was spotted from the air about 3km (1.8 miles) from where his family had been camping beside Lake Eildon in Victoria. Read more
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