Military jet crash-lands in Yola
Pandemonium engulfed Yola airport on Friday afternoon when a military plane crashed landed.
The minor mishap occurred when the jet lost two tires during take-off at Yola airport at about 2:30p.m.
A military source who preferred anonymity, told reporters that the military aircraft was on a mission to airlift wounded soldiers in the ongoing fight with Boko Haram insurgency from Yola to Kaduna when the incident occurred. Read more
Sallah tragedy: 27-yr-old man stabbed to death
The Eid-el-Kabir celebration in the Odoshiwola area of Epe, Lagos State, last Saturday ended abruptly on a tragic note when a 27-year-old man, Segun Alatishe Boccos, was allegedly stabbed to death by one Nafiu, now at large. Panicky residents were said to have hurriedly halted the festivities and deserted the streets in the wake of the pandemonium that trailed the incident. Read more
Boko Haram releases 10 Chinese workers
Ten Chinese workers from a Chinese company and wife of Cameroonian Deputy Prime Minister Amadou Ali who were kidnapped in May and July respectively by suspected Nigerian Islamic militants Boko Haram were released, Cameroonian Communication Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary Confirmed to Xinhua on Saturday. Read more
26 Killed, 80 Houses Razed in Plateau in a Week, Say Berom Youths
No fewer than 26 persons have allegedly been killed and over 80 houses, including that of the late Senator Gyang Dantong, razed in Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau State in the past one week.
This was disclosed by the national caretaker committee chairman of Berom Youth Movement (BYM), Rwang Dantong in a press statement issued in Jos on Friday evening. Read more
Scores Injured, Few Feared Dead as Kirikiri Inmates Attempt Jail Break
An undisclosed number of inmates were yesterday feared dead and several others left with varying degrees of injuries following an attempted jail break at the Kirirkiri Medium Prison, Apapa area of Lagos.
Although the circumstances leading to the incident were unclear, the attempted jail break occurred about 4pm when some of the inmates attempted to overpower the prison officials and scale the huge gates. Read more
FG Appoints Six New Permanent Secretaries
President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the appointment of six new Permanent Secretaries in the Federal Civil Service.
The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HoScF), Mr Danladi Kifasi, who announced the approval yesterday, said that the appointments were made to fill vacant slots. Read more
Power Sector Gets $1bn Boost
President Goodluck Jonathan friday said that the completion of all necessary arrangements for the construction of the $1 billion (450 megawatts) Azura Independent Power Plant (IPP) in Edo State was a good testament to the federal government’s conviction in undertaking ongoing reforms in Nigeria’s electricity sector, despite reported odds against it. Read more
I won’t quit APGA, Obiano vows
Governor Willie Obiano is not planning to quit the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), his Special Assistant, Political, Owelle Onyeka Mbaso, said on Friday.
Rumours that Obiano will leave APGA spread across the state, following the defection of his predecessor, Peter Obi, from APGA to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) last Monday. Read more
Kurds Struggle to Defend Besieged Syrian Town
Syrian activists and Kurdish officials say fierce fighting is underway in a Syrian border town where Kurdish militiamen are struggling to repel advances by the Islamic State group.
The battle for Kobani is raging despite airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition targeting the militants. Read more
Cameroon: 27 hostages freed in north
Cameroon’s government announced Saturday that 27 hostages presumed to have been kidnapped by Boko Haram, including 10 Chinese construction workers and the wife of a vice prime minister, had been freed.
The hostages were returned early Saturday morning and “are safe and sound,” according to a statement from President Paul Biya’s office read on state radio. Read more
Powerful typhoon churns toward Okinawa with strong winds
A large powerful typhoon moved slowly towards Japan’s Okinawa island chain on Saturday, packing heavy winds that disrupted flights and knocked out power.
Typhoon Vongfong, Japan’s strongest storm this year, at 0500 GMT Saturday was about 150 km (94 miles) southeast of Naha City, the biggest city in Okinawa, and moving north at 15 kph (9 mph), Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said. Read more
Battle to stem Ebola: New York airport launches checks as UK undertakes national exercise
New York’s JFK airport has become the first of five US airports to begin screening procedures for west African passengers in a bid to stem the virus which has killed more than 4,000 people.
Passengers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will be screened for elevated temperatures before being asked questions about their health and whether they may have been in contact with an Ebola sufferer. Read more
AFCON 2012 Absence Re-echoes as Super Eagles Confront Sudan
Ahead of today’s Super Eagles clash with El Tahir of Sudan in the Group A of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier match in which Nigeria must win to stand a good chance of hoisting her flag at next year’s edition of the biennial football fiesta, after managing to amass just one point from two matches. What readily comes to mind is the 2012 edition of the competition jointly hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea in which the country failed to qualify. Read more
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