The small volcanic island of St Helena in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean finally has its first functioning airport. A monthly boat trip was previously the only way on and off the island.
In view of his pleas, the prosecution counsel, Nnaemeka Omewa, asked the court for a trial date and to remand the accused in prison. Counsel to the accused, Bolaji Ayorinde, SAN, told the court about a pending application for bail on behalf of the defendant. Ayorinde also pleaded with the court to remand his client in the EFCC custody pending the hearing of the bail application.
Before President Buhari came, Boko Haram was ravaging unhindered and ceaselessly in various parts of the North. She has even gone further to chastise those acute Buhariphobics who want to twist the President's request for political reasons. They ask why the World Bank President never said that President Buhari requested them to focus on the North but on the North-East. The whole hoopla is a mish-mash of ethnic cum partisan project to blackmail and demonize the President.
Former soccer star George Weah will face Liberian Vice President Joseph Boakai in a runoff election on November 7. Liberia held its presidential election on Tuesday, but no candidate secured 50 percent of the vote, which is required in order to win without a runoff. Mr Weah topped the poll with 39 percent of the vote while the vice president came in second with 29.1 percent. He has thrown his support behind the former FIFA World Footballer of the Year, Mr Weah.
The Nigerian government seems helpless over the killing of her citizens by a fellow African country, unjustly. From 1966 to the end of apartheid, Nigeria gave material and financial support to the freedom fighters in South Africa. From 1961 till black majority government was restored, Nigeria provided $5 million to the ANC and the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) annually. Nigeria boycotted the 1976 Olympics and Commonwealth games in 1979 as part of our protest against apartheid in South Africa.
This changed when violence broke out over the independence referendum held in Catalonia on 1 October in defiance of the Spanish central government and courts. The raids were condemned as primitive and cowardly by another secessionist movement, the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra. The military has repeatedly defended what it calls Operation Python Dance II - the heavy deployment of troops to the south-east to quell pro-independence protests.
Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos has dismissed the no case submission filed by a former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Patrick Akpobolokemi. Akpobolokemi and five others were charged for N2.6 billion fraud by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Oyedepo subsequently opened the case for trial during which he called 12 witnesses and tendered 77 exhibits in a bid to establish its case.
The Asokoro residence of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, in Abuja caught fire on Sunday evening. Sources familiar with the development confirmed to our correspondent that Kachikwu was not at home when the fire broke out. There is a police post close to the estate and their presence there was also instrumental. Our correspondent observed the presence of armed mobile security officers along the road leading to the exquisite estate where the minister resides in Asokoro.
Evans was in police custody for almost three months before he was charged to court last August where he pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy and kidnapping. The billionaire kidnapper, however, did not plead guilty to murder, armed robbery and other capital offences as stated by Mr Moshood in the police's statement. Mr Moshood said no police personnel involved in the investigation of all the cases linked to Evans engaged in sexual molestation of Ms Offor, describing the claim as entirely untrue and incorrect.
A renowned Nigerian professor and columnist, Pius Adesanmi, and other Nigerians have criticized Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha for honoring South African President Jacob Zuma. A road in Imo State was also named after the South African president. It has been reported that the statue cost Imo State N520m, but SaharaReporters was unable to independently verify the report. There are also unconfirmed reports that the Imo State government is planning to unveil six more statues of African leaders.
Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu said yesterday he is unaware of the whereabouts of leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu. Former Abia State Governor Orji Uzor Kalu said he was reliably told that Kanu had eloped to London through Malaysia. I have never called him on phone and he has never taken me into confidence as to what he does, where he goes. I don't have capacity to monitor him to know where he is, maybe journalists, through investigative journalism will know.
The AGF took the legal position backing Magu's appointment despite the reported strained relationship between the minister and the acting EFCC chairman. It was learnt that the President and the AGF took the same position in all of the suits seeking Magu's removal from office. In their response Buhari and the AGF contended that the court lacked jurisdiction to hear the suit because, among other issues, the plaintiffs lacked the locus standi to file the suit.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has obtained an order of interim forfeiture against Ontario Oil and Gas Limited, the company managed by Ada Ugo-Ngadi and Walter Wagbatsoma, who were sentenced to 10 years in prison for fuel subsidy fraud in January 2017. The EFCC said the money was acquired from the fraudulent sale of refined petroleum. That the petition alleged that the first respondent is a customer to Union Bank Plc, of Stallion Plaza branch, Marina Lagos.
One of the patients receiving treatment for the virus at the quarantine center in Bayelsa State reportedly committed suicide, state government officials said on Monday. The victim allegedly took his life on Monday at the makeshift quarantine center at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri, in Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state. Dr Etebu also confirmed the outbreak of monkeypox in the state following laboratory evidence from samples sent to the WHO reference laboratory in Dakar.
Four senior executives of Royal Dutch Shell have been charged by an Italian court for their role in a bribery scheme involving a former Nigerian petroleum minister, Dan Etete, that deprived Nigeria of over $1 billion. The four executives were charged alongside Shell. Mr Etete, who served as petroleum minister under former military dictator Sani Abacha, had awarded the OPL 245 block to his front company, Malabu.
The Egyptian capital Cairo has been described as the most dangerous megacity for women. The finding comes from the first international poll on how women fare in cities with over 10 million people. The survey was conducted in 19 megacities where experts on women's issues were asked about how well women were protected from sexual violence. Women's rights campaigners in Cairo blame centuries-old traditions for the discrimination there, with any progressive steps to help women extremely difficult.
The latest criticism took place when Kim, divulged that Buhari had asked the bank to concentrate on northern Nigeria. Titled 'Projects and Operations', these projects were listed under June 2015 - June 2017 projects. The implication is that in addition to solely getting the lion's share of the projects, the North also shared in the remaining 50 per cent with the South-West, South-East and South-South.
Everything that Buhari has done so far since he assumed office as president shows where he belongs to. It is apparent he belongs to nobody but the northerners - he does not belong to everybody in this country. Buhari will not bother to restructure the country because his people are the beneficiaries of the lopsidedness in the country. Buhari only sent the 2014 National Conference report to the National Assembly because he was pressured to do so.
At least 200 people were killed in twin bombing attacks in Mogadishu, Somalia on Saturday, according to government officials. No fewer than 300 others were wounded in the attacks, which officials have called one of the deadliest attacks in the history of Somalia. Police said a truck exploded outside the Safari Hotel in the K5 neighborhood, which is populated with government officials, stores, and restaurants.
A group of youths in Akure, the Ondo State capital, held a demonstration on Friday in which they condemned sexual abuse and domestic violence against women in the state and in Nigerian society as a whole. The group, mostly undergraduate students, rallied in a peaceful march through the popular Oba Adesida Road asking women to speak out against sexual molestation. Moyinoluwa Adeshipe, the founder of Kick Against Molestation Initiative, said 90 percent of women in Nigerian society have experienced molestation.