* Amnesty backs Biafra group’s shooting claims* Ambode dissolves 57 councils’ caretaker c’ttees

* Amnesty backs Biafra group’s shooting claims* Ambode dissolves 57 councils’ caretaker c’ttees



Amnesty backs Biafra group’s shooting claims

Amnesty International on Friday claimed the Nigerian military shot dead unarmed civilians before a march to mark the anniversary of the 1967 Biafran declaration of independence. Police have said at least 10 people were killed — five in the town of Onitsha, Anambra state, and five in Asaba, in neighbouring Delta state — in violence linked to the commemoration on May 30.  Read more

Ambode dissolves 57 councils’ caretaker c’ttees

Following the resolution of the Lagos State House of Assembly yesterday  relieving the Executive Secretaries of the 57 Local Governments Councils and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the State of their responsibilities, the State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode has approved the immediate dissolution of the Caretaker Committees. Read more

From realtor to rescuer: the Nigerian businessman helping Boko Haram victims

When Nigerian businessman Garba Buzu noticed a significant increase in the number of children begging and foraging for food on the streets of Maiduguri, capital of Borno state in northeast Nigeria, he knew he had to act. Maiduguri has been inundated in the past three years by people fleeing their homes and Boko Haram militants, sending the city’s population surging to two million from about 600,000 and putting pressure on housing, health, food, and water supplies. Read more

Lumos Plans East Africa Mobile-Power Rollout After Nigeria

Lumos Ltd. plans to roll out its affordable solar-panel kits to East Africans living without electricity after supplying the home-power systems in Nigeria, the continent’s biggest economy, through a mobile-network operator.           Read more

Workers block Mimiko, reject gov’s plea to end strike

Striking civil servants in Ondo State on Thursday blocked the main gate to Government House in Akure, preventing Governor Olusegun Mimiko from entering. The workers commenced the industrial action last week Wednesday to protest the non-payment of their five-month salaries. Read more

Oil prices dip on stronger dollar

Crude prices dipped further in Asia on Friday on a stronger dollar, dampening a rally that saw the commodity hit 11-month highs earlier in the week. The losses were in line with a sell-off on equities markets from Asia to the Americas fuelled by worries about the state of the global economy. The greenback was boosted by better than expected US unemployment numbers, making oil more expensive and dampening demand. Read more

Lagos community boils after man rapes, kills Ghanian

Residents of Oke Ota community in the Ibeshe, Ikorodu, Lagos State, on Thursday blocked the Ibeshe Road to protest against the rape and killing of a Ghanaian resident, Grace Obinna, by a man identified simply as Badoo. PUNCH Metro learnt that apart from 27-year-old Obinna, Badoo had raped two other women in the area, cutting them with knives afterwards. Read more

Female genital mutilation: S-West first ladies converge on Ekiti

Wife of the Ekiti State Governor, Mrs Feyisetan Fayose will today in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State capital host critical stakeholders, including  three other first ladies from the South West, to strategize on how to eliminate female genital mutilation in the region. Read more

Hijab crisis: Osun CAN orders Christian students to attend classes in church robes

Osun State Christian Association of Nigeria, OSCAN, has directed all female Christian students in both primary and secondary schools in the state to wear their church garments to their different schools, beginning from Monday. Read more

GDP: Telecom adds over N1.4trn in Q1, 2016

The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Prof. Umar  Danbatta, yesterday, declared that the telecom industry alone added about N1.4 trillion into the Nigerian economy at the end of first quarter of 2016. Read more

Dickson orders payment of 50% workers’ salaries

Bayelsa State governor, Mr Seriake Dickson has ordered the immediate payment of 50 per cent of the salaries of workers in the state. Dickson, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, gave the directive after a meeting with the state Finance Committee in Yenagoa. Read more

Lagos floating school collapses in heavy rains

A landmark floating school that provided classes to children on a lagoon in Nigeria’s biggest city, Lagos, has collapsed during heavy rains, its headteacher said on Thursday. “The structure collapsed at around 10:00 am (0900 GMT) on Tuesday following a rainstorm,” the school’s director, Noah Shemede, told AFP. Read more


Nigeria healthcare award receives over 1,259 nominations

The Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Awards (NHEA) has received over 1,259 nominations from different healthcare organizations, individuals, NGOs, and Foundations nationwide. Nominations for various award categories are still ongoing. Read more

12 Nimbo community herdsmen victims for burial

All is set for the burial this weekend for 12 of those killed by herdsmen in Nimbo in Uzo-Uwani Local Council of Enugu State last April 25. Parish priest of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Nimbo Rev. Fr. Joseph Obetta Okeke made this known to visiting coalition of non-governmental organisa-tions (NGOs) from Enugu led by Fr. Ambrose Ekereku of the Carmelite Prisoners’ Interest Organization (CAPIO).       Read more

How to shop in Nigeria: Use your ears

Nigeria’s commercial capital is home to dozens of thriving markets, each with vendors that boast a unique calling card: their own sound.

Mobile tailors walk proudly on the streets, loudly clinking their scissors to woo customers who might need an emergency fix. This kind of work is done on a sidewalk, on the street or anywhere that can accommodate a sewing machine.

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Boxing legend Ali to be laid to rest

Muhammad Ali will be laid to rest Friday, the culmination of a two-day farewell for the beloved boxing legend and civil rights hero who electrified crowds the world over. Thousands from near and far are expected to line the streets of Ali’s native city of Louisville in the southern US state of Kentucky to bid goodbye to the three-time heavyweight world champion who died last week at 74 after a decades-long battle with Parkinson’s. Starting at 9 am (1300 GMT), the funeral procession will wind through the city of 600,000 where Ali was born at a time of racial segregation.     Read more

Merkel says Russia sanctions no end in themselves, but implementing peace deal is key

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that sanctions imposed against Russia over the Ukraine crisis were not an end in themselves and that implementation of the Minsk peace agreement was key to getting them lifted. Merkel also said that in the long term, the European Union should aim for a common economic zone with Moscow which would extend from Russia’s Pacific port of Vladivostok to Lisbon. Read more

To defend nation, Indonesia to give weapons training to Bali “gangsters”

Indonesia’s army will give “semi-military” weapons training to people including unemployed men and “gangsters” on the island of Bali, a spokesman said on Friday, under a programme that has raised concern about the re-emergence of military influence. President Joko Widodo’s administration has become increasingly uneasy about the military-run “Bela Negara” or “Defend the Nation” programme aimed at guarding against “foreign influences” like communism, religious extremism and homosexuality. Read more

EU keeps us safer, UK says at Luxembourg ministers’ meeting

Britain’s interior minister said on Friday that remaining in the European Union would keep the country safer, as she arrived at her last EU ministerial before a referendum on whether to leave the bloc. “I’ve been Home Secretary for six years now and I’ve been regularly attending these meetings. And I do so for a reason, because I am very clear that decisions taken here help to protect the United Kingdom’s security and safety,” Theresa May told reporters as she arrived for the talks in Luxembourg. Read more

Indian men given life for gang-rape of Danish tourist

Five Indian men were sentenced to life in prison on Friday for raping a Danish tourist in the heart of New Delhi’s tourist district in 2014, in a case that reignited worries about sexual violence against women in India. The men, all in their twenties, were found guilty by a Delhi court on Monday for robbing and raping the 52-year old Dane at a secluded spot close to New Delhi railway station. 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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