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Nigeria football authorities shortlist five for Super Eagles top job

February 06, 2010 By: correspondent Category: nigeria news

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Ratomir Djugovic of Serbia may take over he Nigeria head coach of the Super Eagles, Shuaibu Amodu as he is the favourite out of five people shortlisted by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF)  as  new manager for the Super Eagles

Other coaches recommended by the NFF for the post of Technical Adviser are, both of the Netherlands

The federation said that it had not yet officially approached any of the managers but that a one month screening process would now commence with a view to appointing one of the shortlisted coaches as technical adviser.

It was also announced that the beleaguered head coach of the Super Eagles, Shuaibu Amodu, would not be sacked but would move aside to take charge of the affairs of the home based players.

The announcement was made late on Friday night by NFF technical committee chairman, Taiwo Ogunjobi who added that the meeting was adjourned until Tuesday next week.

Ratomir Dujkovic, who coached Ghana for two years, is currently the manager of the Under-21 Serbian team and has coached in various parts of Africa.

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European Investors storm Nigeria

February 06, 2010 By: Our Correspondent Category: Bussiness

A delegation of senior executives, led by EIB Vice President Plutarchos Sakellaris, will be in Nigeria from 7th - 12th February, to hold meetings with top Government officials and discuss deals with key players in the Nigerian financial sector.

The European Investment Bank is the European Union’s long-term lending institution, owned by all 27 member states, and last year invested in excess of EUR 79bn in projects across the European Union, Africa and beyond. Vice President Sakellaris is responsible for lending operations in sub-Saharan Africa

In recent years the European Investment Bank has provided over EUR 220m of funding for projects across Nigeria, alongside 3.5bn of investment in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific countries under the Cotonou Mandate.

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Nigeria’s Railway Corporation gets five new locomotives

February 06, 2010 By: correspondent Category: nigeria news

Nigeria’s Railway Corporation has received five diesel locomotives from the General Electric Co. the first in an order of 25, with the rest to be delivered in the second half of this year..

The locomotives were built by a GE subsidiary in Brazil.

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Impeach President Yar’adua now-OPC urges NASS

February 06, 2010 By: correspondent Category: politics

Press Statement by Founder of the Odua Peoples Congress, Dr Frederick Fasehun

Having watched with a mixture of disbelief, disgust and disappointment the unfolding events that have beset our Beloved Nation these past days, we wish to bring to your attention the need for the National Assembly to act promptly and decisively to stave off calamity arising from this disquieting drift.

Like anybody with any tinge of human feeling, we strongly wish Alhaji Umar Yar’Adua ultimate recovery from the ailment he suffers from. However, we wish to place on record that because of the impunity with which he has treated the Nigerian people and the Constitution that he swore to uphold, His Excellency has completely spent the goodwill of majority of Nigerians. Read the rest of this entry →

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Nigerian news: Super Eagles players not fit, says ex-NFA member

January 16, 2010 By: correspondent Category: football

Former NFA board member, Elder Bode Oyewole has says some of the players playing for the Super Eagles in the on going  Nation’s Cup in Angola are not fit.

Elder Oyewole, who had expressed reservation on the calibre of players selected to do battle for the Eagles in Angola said the players were not ideal, especially as some of them were not physically fit, adding that nothing could have been expected from players who are not good enough for their clubs. Read the rest of this entry →

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African Cup of Nations: Shuaibu Amodu faces imminent sack

January 16, 2010 By: correspondent Category: nigeria news

A draw or loss by Nigeria’s Super Eagles in the on going  will signal the sack of Super Eagles Coach Shuaibu Amodu

After losing 3-1 to defending champions Egypt in their opening group game on Tuesday in Benguela, the coach has come under tremendous pressure to deliver victory for Nigeria. Complete Sports has said that NFF officials have been debating pushing aside Amodu and handing the team over to assistant coach Daniel Amokachi. Read the rest of this entry →

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Nigeria, India to sign new trade aggrement

January 16, 2010 By: correspondent Category: Bussiness

Nigeria  will soon sign three key agreement with India  for trade promotion, investment protection and avoidance of double taxation.

The agreements, aimed at doubling India’s trade with Nigeria to $20 billion, would be “the building blocks for negotiations on Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement,” Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma told reporters here on the sidelines of ‘Namaskar Africa’ organised by FICCI and West African trade bloc ECOWAS Commission.

He said the agreements are likely to be signed in June. Read the rest of this entry →

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Nigerian news: Beware of Pharaohs, Jay Jay Okocha warns Eagles

January 12, 2010 By: correspondent Category: football

Former Captain of the Super Eagles, Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha, has warned Nigerian players to beware of the Egyptian counterparts- the  Pharaohs as both of them clash today in the African Cup of Nations”They are double champions for a reason and a skillful midfield could carry them to a hat-trick,” warned Okocha.

Egypt are clear that this clash will go a long way in determining how well they will fare in their title defence in Angola.

“Our match against Nigeria will show how we will perform in the following matches, just like the 2008 tournament,” said Egypt skipper Ahmed Hassan.

At Ghana 2008, Egypt got off to a flying start with an impressive 4-2 opening group win over Cameroon in Kumasi and they then went all the way to clinch a record sixth Nations Cup crown at the expense of the same team three weeks later in Accra.

“Nigeria are a strong team, but we are now familiar with all African teams. I told the players they should do their best to realise their own dreams. Read the rest of this entry →

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CNN ireport speculates Yar’adua’s death

January 11, 2010 By: correspondent Category: nigeria news

A  posting at CNN ireport states that Nigeria’s President Yar adua died yesterday in Saudi Arabia. The full story is reproduced below:

AMERICAN CHRONICLE
By Hodderway Books
January 11, 2010

Nigerian President, His Excellency Umaru Yaradua is dead according to authoritative sources at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre.

He died on the 10th of December at 3.30pm at an Intensive Care Unit at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Jeddah Saudi-Arabia. Sources at the Hospital say that the First lady wants to keep the news secret for the next few days for personal reasons.

At the time of his death he was surrounded by his wife, Turai and a childhood friend, Nigerian Member of Parliament,

The president left Nigeria fifty days ago after complaining of Chest pains. Sources at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Jeddah say that the president suffered among many other things, kidney failure, stroke and massive brain damage.

The President has been bedridden ever since. Nigerian officials had previously lied to the country that the president’s health was getting better while his situation got worse. The president was conspicuously silent regarding the Christmas day bombing in which a 23-year-old Nigerian, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab tried to detonate a bomb on an aircraft that carried nearly 300 people.

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Nigeria, a toddler at 50

January 11, 2010 By: correspondent Category: politics

by Bankole Olubamise

Karl Maier’s seminal book on Nigeria –This House Has Fallen (Public Affairs 2000), Robert Kaplan’s “The Coming Anarchy” – The Atlantic Monthly – Feb 1994 and the recent presentation by Ambassador Princeton Lyman at the Brown University Colloquia on Chinua Achebe (2009), especially the statement that – “Nigeria is fast becoming irrelevant to the world”- which more or less sums up the entire presentation, are three external commentaries on Nigeria that we must all take to mind when considering the current state of the Nigerian nation.

We have been praying for many things! However, we have to face reality and do the RIGHT things for our prayers to be meaningful. Read the rest of this entry →

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Group plan protest rallies to ‘Save Nigeria’

January 11, 2010 By: correspondent Category: Civil Society

Save Nigeria Group is organising protests in Abuja, Nigeria and several other world cities from tomorrow to pressurise Nigeria’s  National Assembly to resolve the constitutional logjam created by the absence of of Nigeria’s President Umaru Yar’adua for the past 49 days ago
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US based Nigerian don backs security measures against Nigerians

January 11, 2010 By: correspondent Category: Crime

A  Nigerian-born academic  Osaore Aideyan says the U.S. has every right to take  stricter security measures agaisnt nationals of several countries including Nigeria considered as security risks

Osaore Aideyan, a visiting assistant professor of government at Franklin & Marshall College, said in a phone interview Thursday that some Muslims in his native country “have become too radicalized” and that Nigeria could develop into a fertile ground for al-Qaida and other terrorist organizations. Read the rest of this entry →

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January 10, 2010 By: babalobi Category: nigeria news

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African Cup of Nations-Stephen Keshi’s Mali in dramatic comeback

January 10, 2010 By: correspondent Category: football

Mali midfielder Seydou Keita is amazed by his team dramatic come back in todays African Cup of Nations opening match agaisnt the Angolans to draw level at 4-4

Mali was trailing 4-0 with eleven minutes to end of match  but made a  a remarkable comeback against Angola

Barcelona midfielder Keita, who surprisingly started on the bench before entering the fray 35 minutes in, said

”There was a lot of pressure on us. I condeded a penalty and they kept scoring.”I just couldn’t imagine we could fight back like that. We wanted to win but of course we are happy to get a point in the end. We were bad in the first half, mentally we weren’t really at the races. Read the rest of this entry →

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Nigerian news:Super Eagles Captain Kanu denies rift with Amodu

January 10, 2010 By: correspondent Category: football

Super Eagles Captain  Nwankwo Kanu has denied questioning the tactics of  Nigeria coach Shaibu Amodu, just as the African Cup of Nations kicked off  today in Angola

Media  reports  had claimed there was disharmony in the camp as Kanu questioned Amodu’s tactics. However, Kanu insists the stories have no basis in truth and feels it is an attempt to unsettle the squad prior to the tournament.

“It is all lies. People are just spreading rumours to destabilise our team,” he told Kick Off Nigeria. “We don’t need that at this time. Read the rest of this entry →

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BBC names Drogba African Footballer of the Year

January 09, 2010 By: babalobi Category: nigeria news

BBC had named of Chelsea and Ivory Coast  2009 BBC African Footballer of the Year beating Samuel Eto’o, Michael Essien, Yaya Toure, and Tresor Mputu Mabi to the title.

The results of the poll – voted for by football fans around the world – were announced live from Angola on the BBC African Service Fast Track programme.

Drogba is preparing to lead his country at the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola, where the Elephants are favourites.

After a disappointing start to the year, Drogba saw his footballing fortunes vastly improve throughout 2009.

Frozen out of Chelsea’s team by then Blues coach Luis Felipe Scolari, the Ivorian striker had scored just one goal in 10 matches by February.

He also earned himself a lengthy ban for a foul-mouthed rant at live television cameras after Chelsea’s elimination from last season’s Champions League.

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The Ivory Coast captain is preparing to lead his country in Angola

He ended the year, however, with Chelsea challenging for the 2009/2010 English Premier League title and Champions League crown, an FA Cup winner’s medal in the bag and widely recognised as one of the most influential strikers in world football.

On the international scene, he secured qualification for the Ivory Coast at the 2010 World Cup and Nations Cup finals.

He scored six times in five games in the Elephants’ campaign, including the goal which would take them to the World Cup – an equaliser against Malawi which he scored minutes after coming on as a substitute in Blantyre.

Drogba is currently joint top scorer in the Premier League on 14 goals and heads to Angola with Chelsea currently top of the table.

He also claimed recently that he is aiming to break the club’s all-time goal-scoring record, having signed a contract extension to remain at Stamford Bridge until 2012.

Away from football, Drogba has campaigned for greater education in Africa to combat HIV/AIDS and has also raised money to build a new hospital in the Ivorian capital, Abidjan.

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Alleged Bomber, Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab,pleads not guilty

January 09, 2010 By: correspondent Category: Crime

Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab

, the Nigerian, accused of attempting to blow up a US bound plane on Christmas day has pleaded not guilty to the charges levelled against him.

Abdul Mutalab, 23, made the plea when he was arraigned at a federal courthouse in Detroit in the US on Friday.

He is accused of trying to blow up a Northwest Airlines plane carrying 290 people and he faces life imprisonment on six charges.

After a series of questions from Magistrate Judge Mark Randon, Abdul Mutallab’s lawyers informed the court that their client would stand mute — meaning he did not plead guilty or not guilty, but a plea of not guilty was entered on his behalf by the court. Read the rest of this entry →

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Kalusha Bwalya tips Super Eagles to lift Nations cup

January 09, 2010 By: correspondent Category: football

Former Zambian National Football team Captain and Present President of Zambian Football Association, Kalusha Bwalya, has tipped the Nigerians to lift the African Cup  of Nations Cup which kicks off tomorrow in Angola

Speaking  after the Zambian National team held the Nigeria’s Super Eagles to a draw in an International friendly, Durban last Wednesday, Kalusha,said:

”Absolutely. I think Nigeria can win the Nations Cup,” ”They have got some strong individuals, like Yakubu and Mikel. Read the rest of this entry →

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Nigerian news-Militants attack Chevron facility

January 09, 2010 By: correspondent Category: Niger Delta crises

Unknown militants have attacked a Nigerian crude oil pipeline, operated by U.S. oil major Chevron

“The Chevron Makaraba crude pipeline located in Delta state was attacked early today by some unknown persons,” one security source said.

A second security source said the pipeline was shutdown for repairs. Chevron officials could not be immediately reached for comment.

The pipeline has been vulnerable to attack in the past, most recently by militants linked to the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND

) in June 2009.

Violence in the oil-rich Niger Delta has subsided for the past few months after thousands of gunmen handed over their weapons and accepted President Umaru Yar’Adua’s amnesty offer.

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Nigeria-China in trade talks

January 09, 2010 By: correspondent Category: Trade

Nigeria and China’s has held talks  on oil exports and energy

“Specific issues of interest to China include …increased investment in transmissional power generation, export of oil and non-oil products to China by Nigeria,” said a statement from Nigeria’s foreign ministry.

China’s state oil giant CNOOC last year made an offer to buy six billion barrels of oil from Nigeria, but the bid was turned down.

Nigeria was for years Africa’s largest oil exporter but it has been caught up recently by Angola.

The six billion barrels of oil CNOOC is seeking to buy, is equivalent to one in every six barrels of the proven reserves in Nigeria. Read the rest of this entry →

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Trial of alleged Nigerian bomber begins

January 09, 2010 By: babalobi Category: Crime

Alleged Nigerian Bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’

s appeared before a judge for the first time Friday

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s arraignment was brief — less than five minutes — and a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf. He said little, telling the judge simply that he understood the charges against him.

A grand jury indicted him earlier this week on six charges. The most serious — attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction — could land Abdulmutallab in prison for life if convicted. Read the rest of this entry →

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Nigeria’s Central Bank raises fears over 2010 budget

January 06, 2010 By: Our Correspondent Category: Finance and Banking

Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)  speaking through its Monetary Policy Committee (MPC)  yesterday expressed concern over the possible inflationary impact the 2010 Appropriation Bill, continued implementation of the 2009 budget, the liquidity injection to recapitalise troubled banks as well as the eventual deregulation of the downstream sector of the petroleum sector might have on the economy. Read the rest of this entry →

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Nigeria news: UAC names Senator Udo Udoma as new Chairman

January 06, 2010 By: correspondent Category: Bussiness

Nigeria’s largest conglomerate -has named  Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, as its e new chairman of the Board of Directors

Udoma, 56, who assumed office on January 2, replaces Lt. Gen. Mohammed Inuwa Wushishi (rtd), who retired from office on January 1 having attained the age of 70.

UAC also announced the elevation of Managing Directors of two of its subsidiaries – Abdul Akhor Bello of UACN Property Development Company (UPDC) Plc and Joseph Ibrahim Dada of the Grand Cereals and Oil Mills Limited (GCOML) – to its Board as Executive Directors, while former Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Dr. Suleyman Abdu Ndanusa, comes on board as non-executive director. Read the rest of this entry →

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Obama admits failure to prevent Xmas day Terrorist attack

January 06, 2010 By: babalobi Category: nigeria news

The margin of error is slim and the consequences of failure can be catastrophic

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Obama admits failure to prevent Xmas day Terrorist attack

January 06, 2010 By: babalobi Category: nigeria news

The margin of error is slim and the consequences of failure can be catastrophic

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Obama admits failure to prevent Xmas day Terrorist attack

January 06, 2010 By: babalobi Category: nigeria news

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Obama admits failure to prevent Xmas day Terrorist attack

January 06, 2010 By: babalobi Category: nigeria news

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Obama admits failure to prevent Xmas day Terrorist attack

January 05, 2010 By: babalobi Category: nigeria news

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African Cup of Nations:Super Eagles arrive Angola tomorrow

January 05, 2010 By: correspondent Category: football

The Nigerian National football team- the Super Eagles will arrive in Angola on Wednesday for the 2010 .

The Super Eagles will become the second team to arrive in Angola, and they will begin a busy week at Angola’s airports as they welcome all of the participating nations.

Burkina Faso are the only other nation in Angola, having arrived on 31 December, according to the African Football Confederation (CAF).

CAF also confirmed the arrival dates of several other nations on Tuesday, including the arrival of the hosts late Tuesday night after their camp in Portugal. Read the rest of this entry →

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Nigerian muslims most peaceful in the world, says Foreign Minister

January 05, 2010 By: correspondent Category: Foreign News

Nigerian Foreign Minister Ojo Maduekwe says US classification of Nigeria as a security rick country is not acceptable  and on Tuesday protested to the US ambassador to the country

“I made it clear, through the US ambassador, to the US government that this is unacceptable to Nigeria,” Maduekwe told journalists after a meeting in his Abuja office with ambassador Robin Sanders.

“I told the US ambassador that listing Nigeria on the second tier of countries that are indicated on the radar of security measures from the US, is an unacceptable New Year gift to a friendly country like Nigeria,” he said.

Washington on Sunday introduced new security measures for passengers flying to the United States from 14 countries, including Nigeria, after a 23-year-old Nigerian was accused of trying to blow up a US jetliner over Detroit on Christmas Day.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a trained mechanical engineer, who had explosives sewn into his underwear, had boarded a Northwest flight from Amsterdam to Detroit.

The minister, a lawyer, underlined that Nigeria “has been traditionally friendly with America (and it is) a country whose 70 million Muslims are among the most peaceful Mulims anywhere in the world”.

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Terrorism: Dutch prosecutor says Farouk smuggled explosives from Nigeria

January 05, 2010 By: babalobi Category: Crime

Video recordings point to the fact that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab 23 year old Nigerian man accused of trying to blow up a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas acted alone and probably smuggled the explosives from Nigeria, the Dutch public prosecutor said on Tuesday. Read the rest of this entry →

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January 04, 2010 By: babalobi Category: nigeria news

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How Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab became a terrorist-Obama

January 02, 2010 By: babalobi Category: politics

President Barack Obama few minutes ago gave more insights into how 23 year Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab got indoctrinated into terrorism and attempted bombing a US airliner Christmas day

Speaking through his weekly Radio and Internet site, Obama alleged that al-Qaida affiliate in Yemen apparently ordered the Christmas Day plot against a U.S. airliner, training and arming the 23-year-old Nigerian man accused in the failed bombing,

“This is not the first time this group has targeted us,” Obama said, reporting on some of the findings of an administration review into how intelligence agencies failed to prevent Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab from boarding Detroit-bound Northwest Flight 253.

In his most direct public language to date, Obama described the path through Yemen of Abdulmutallab. He also emphasized that the United States would continue its partnerships with friendly countries — citing Yemen, in particular — to fight terrorists and extremist groups. Read the rest of this entry →

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Nigeria news: Kutigi swears in Katsina-Alu as new Chief Justice

December 30, 2009 By: correspondent Category: nigeria news

Aloysius Katsina-Alu was sworn in Nigeria's new Chief Justice Wednesday in the absence of President Umaru Yar'Adua, who is hospitalized in Saudi Arabia with an ailing heart.

Katsina-Alu assumed office at a ceremony presided over by outgoing Chief Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi at the Supreme Court complex in Abuja.


Ignoring calls for resignation over his ill-health, Yar'Adua has not formally handed over power and reports say that Nigeria is locked in a political deadlock.

Earlier this week, he signed a supplementary budget for the current financial year at a clinic in the Saudi Red Sea port of Jedda

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Maryam Babangida ’s death: What is cancer of the ovary?

December 30, 2009 By: Our Correspondent Category: Health

In this article, Onimisi Alao writes on the cancer scourge that has claimed the lives of several  prominent Nigerians, including the former first lady, Maryam Babangida

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December 29, 2009 By: babalobi Category: nigeria news

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Nigeria news: Group urges Federal Executive Council to speak on Yar’adua’s health

December 29, 2009 By: babalobi Category: nigeria news

“The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in a period of constitutional and moral crisis maintain their neutrality or silence” (Adapted from Dante) Read the rest of this entry →

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Lagos news:DPA calls on Governor Fashola to use perogative of mercy

December 29, 2009 By: correspondent Category: nigeria news

Democratic Peoples’ Alliance (DPA) has asked the Lagos State Government to free those it is detaining in detention facilities throughout the state in the spirit of Christmas and New Year.

The party also demanded the freeing of all seized vehicles and business implements, like commercial motorcycles and buses, confiscated by the government and its agencies. Read the rest of this entry →

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Babangida, Nigeria’s ex Military President loses wife to Cancer

December 27, 2009 By: babalobi Category: nigeria news

(Mrs.) Maryam Babangida, wife of Nigeria’s former military president, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (retd.) died early today at the University of California Los Angele’s (UNCLA) Jonsson Comprehensive  Cancer Centre in Los Angeles, United States where she was receiving treatment for cancer

A statement signed by Ibrahim Ismail, Special Assistant to Gen. Babangida, stated that she died beside her husband who has been at her beside in the US hospital.

With total submission to the Will of Allah, we humbly announce the passing away of our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and amiable friend Hajiya Maryam Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida. Read the rest of this entry →

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Son of First Bank ex-Chairman faces charges in US over terrorist attack

December 26, 2009 By: babalobi Category: nigeria news

A 23 year old Nigerian,  son of Alhaji (Dr.) Umaru Mutallab, the immediate past Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria PLC is facing charges in United States over a foiled bid to blow up a plane in Detroit United States, yesterday

Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab is  an engineering student at University College London with suspected links to Al Qaeda.

Mutallab has allegedly tried to light up explosives while Flight 253 of Northwest was making a landing in Detroit on December 25.

He had an explosive device close to his groin and was successful at initial ignition of the device causing smoke to billow in the cabin. However, his further actions were stopped by passengers and crew, among them Jasper Schuringa, who wrestled the explosive device away from Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab and covered it with his own hands. It was reported the terror suspect behaved very calm after he was subdued.

It is being reported Mutallab was traveling without a return ticket

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Group calls for Revolutionary change in Nigeria

December 25, 2009 By: babalobi Category: politics

As Christians mark the birth of Jesus Christ today, the Movement for Revolutionary Change (MRC) has urged citizens  and mass movements  in Nigeria to imbibe the revolutionary messages and teachings of Jesus Christ and forge alliances towards delivering the country from the clutches of the cabal that have captured state power at all levels to fetter personal and clannish interests Read the rest of this entry →

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Shell plans to auction oil field in Nigeria

December 21, 2009 By: babalobi Category: Oil and Gas

The Oil field of Royal Dutch Shell in Nigeria is up for sale

Valued at $5 billion (3.1 billion pounds),  the auctionof the Oil field is influenced by insecurity in the oil-rich Niger Delta, government funding shortfalls and an uncertain regulatory environment.

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Truck accident claims 55 lives in Northern Nigeria

December 20, 2009 By: correspondent Category: nigeria news

A Truck accident in the Northern town of Dekina, in Nigeria claimed about 55 lives with dozens injured

The driver of a truck loaded with cement bags lost control of his vehicle and smashed into a crowd of people in the town of Dekina.

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Nigeria news: MEND launches fresh attacks on Oil Installations

December 19, 2009 By: Our Correspondent Category: Niger Delta crises, Oil and Gas

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta area, Nigeria early Saturday attacked a crude oil pipeline operated by Shell and Chevron, in an operation the militants said, tagged a ‘warning strike’

MEND said the “warning strike (was) carried out by five boats involving thirty five … fighters armed with assault rifles, rocket launchers and heavy calibre machine guns … at about 0200Hrs today… on a major Shell/Chevron crude pipeline in southern Rivers State.”

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta claimed the attack in an e-mail statement, like its previous strikes.

MEND had on October 25 announced an indefinite ceasefire in response to a government amnesty programme for militants in the restive oil region to lay down their arms. Read the rest of this entry →

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Lagos news: INEC allays DPA’s fear on voters registration exercise

December 14, 2009 By: babalobi Category: lagos

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has assured the Democratic Peoples’ Alliance (DPA) that the ongoing voters registration exercise would not be compromised.

The Commission gave the assurance at a meeting it held with leaders of Lagos DPA at their party secretariat in Jibowu area of Yaba Lagos. Read the rest of this entry →

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UN to visit Nigeria over fight against malaria

December 11, 2009 By: Our Correspondent Category: Health

Ray Chambers, the U.N. secretary-general’s special envoy for malaria, “is visiting Nigeria and Kenya this week, the two nations which together account for one third of the estimated 1 million deaths worldwide from the deadly disease,” the U.N. News Centre writes.

Chambers is visiting Nigeria first and will highlight the country’s progress in fighting the disease.

“Ensuring universal access to malaria-control tools – insecticide-treated mosquito nets, indoor spraying with insecticides, and effective medication – by 2010 is critical for both countries to reach the Secretary-General’s goal of near-zero global malaria deaths by 2015,” according to

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Nigeria: NNPC to build refinery by 2017

December 11, 2009 By: correspondent Category: Oil and Gas

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Is partnering with ONGC Mittal Energy (OMEL), Oando and other oil firms to build a crude refinery in more than 20 years.

Mohammed Barkindo, group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corp., said NNPC will partner investors to develop the Lekki Greenfield Refinery near the commercial capital Lagos with the aim of starting production in 2017. Read the rest of this entry →

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Nigeria’s Finbank declares N94b loss

December 11, 2009 By: correspondent Category: Nigeria's economy

Or of Nigeria’s troubled banks- Finbank on Friday has declared a 94.35 billion naira ($630 mln) pre-tax loss for the 11 months to September, hit by provisions and exceptional items totalling more than 120 billion Read the rest of this entry →

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COP 15: Nigerian women issue position paper

December 07, 2009 By: correspondent Category: nigeria news

Recognizing that  Climate change is a reality and its impacts are already been experienced by all, ironically the world’s poorest and most marginalized people will be affected the most by Climate change despite contributing least to its causes .

Aware that  gender and women issues have been absent in UNFCCC , Kyoto Protocol and in almost all CC negotiations  and discourses at the international level and that this have made it convenient for gender and women’s concerns to be relegated to the backburner in CC responses in Nigeria. Read the rest of this entry →

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EU launches project on Nigeria’s Gas and Renewable Energy Resources

December 07, 2009 By: correspondent Category: nigeria news

The European Union will launch a project in Nigeria on the sustainable utilization of gas and renewable energy resources today

The project, funded by the European Union, is called EU SUNGAS and will be implemented by the International Institute for Energy Development (IIED), UK.

The project seeks to improve access to energy by Nigeria’s citizens from renewable and non renewable sources. It will be implemented in the Niger Delta region over the next three years, at a cost of 460 Million Naira (about €2.3 million).

The launching ceremony will take place  at the conference hall of the Valencia Hotel in Abuja, and is expected to give the general public the opportunity to know more about the project.

Expected at the event are the representative of the current presidency of the European Union Sweden, EU member states and the Delegation of the European Union in Nigeria.

The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the reduction of poverty and conflict and achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and the Nigerian government’s goals of National Vision 20/20 by enhancing the potential for Nigeria to resolve its energy crisis using its own energy resources in a sustainable manner.

This project is also in line with the 7-point agenda of the current administration of the Federal republic of Nigeria and will contribute to the reduction of the impact of Climate Change in the Niger Delta region.

The project would be managed by a group of three national NGOs (Social Development Integrated Centre, Niger Delta Wetlands Centre & Living Earth Nigeria Foundation) and an international NGO (Living Earth Foundation), under the leadership of the UK-based IIED.

At the end of the project it is expected that a reformed policy framework to promote sustainable utilization of gas flaring for community based electricity provision and energy is developed.

In addition, a community based demonstration project for utilization of flared gas to generate electricity for household and enterprise consumption, support to public services in the target communities and five community-based renewable energy facilities. The product would work on scaling up and replicating lessons and successes of the pilot initiatives in order to satisfy the energy service requirements of communities in the Niger Delta.

The project would also initiate networks and build capacity of Institutions managing Energy issues in Nigeria to be able continue work beyond the life of the project, including a multi-stakeholder Energy Policy Forum, a civil society coalition to address energy policy, and Community Energy Councils in target communities.

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