Nigerian Redeemed Christian Church of God booted out of former Dartford nightclub amid planning dispute by Euan O’Byrne Mulligan

A Christian congregation have been booted out of a former Dartford nightclub where they hold their services amid an unholy planning battle. The Redeemed Christian Church of God bought the disused club in 2017, and has been meeting there ever since. But the site sits at the heart of a proposed 548 home housing development …

APC chairman reacts to Orji Kalu’s conviction by Agency Report

Orji Uzor Kalu Mixed reactions from two political party chieftains in Abia greeted Thursday’s judgment of a Lagos High Court, which sentenced the Senate Chief Whip and former Abia governor, Sen. Orji Kalu, to 12 years in prison over N7.65 billion fraud. The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in the state, Donatus Nwankpa, said …

A Tampa fraud case linked to the Black Axe, a fraternal organisation founded in Nigeria

FBI agents here linked a series of complicated financial scams to an organised crime ring that started as a fraternal organisation. Ikechuwku “Ike” Amadi, 38, is a dual Canadian and Nigerian citizen. He worked with a Nigeria-based criminal organisation known as the Black Axe Group. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office] TAMPA — It started with a …

Dear city of London, I am ashamed of you by Sonala Olumhense

As a Nigerian, I am thoroughly unhappy at the insulting way you are treating our great ruler, Muhammadu Buhari. This eminent son of Africa loves your elegant city, to which he sojourns again and again.  He likes that chill in the air, the crisp accent off your tongues, the predominance of white faces.  In the …

Pastor Stanley Omoregie and 22 Nigerians, one Frenchman sentenced to 7 years in prison for sex trafficking in France

23 Nigerians and one Frenchman said to be members of a Lyon-based sex trafficking ring, have been handed a prison sentence of up to 7 years by a French court after being found guilty of forcing Nigerian women into prostitution. One of Europe's most wanted woman and Edo-born fugitive, Jessica Edosomwan accused of being the head …

10 things you should know about the London Bridge attacker and “early release” by thesecretbarrister

No time can be afforded in 2019 to respect the dead. Not when there’s an election at stake, and the tantalising prospect of scoring cheap political points winks coyly at you from a special advisor’s email. So it is that, within 24 hours after the killings by Usman Khan at London Bridge, politicians have lined …

CNN’s African Voices Changemakers Meets Tony Elumelu an alumni of Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma

On this week’s African Voices Changemakers, CNN International meets Nigerian businessman and philanthropist Tony Elumelu. After years in the banking world, Elumelu is using his experience to help those eager to start their own businesses. Elumelu made his fortune in banking, making his mark in the business world with the merger of the United Bank …

10 beautiful ways to tie gele

A Nigerian woman has appropriate gele for every occasion: ceremonies, church activities, feasts and important events, and everyday activities. below are top 10 beautiful ways to tie gele 1. Colored turban Gele with a top knot This method is used for everyday wearing. It does not require much time and some special experience. How to …

Johnson accused of racial stereotyping with view on Nigerians by Josh Halliday and Joe Goodman

Boris Johnson has been accused of pushing racial stereotypes over a newly-unearthed column written during his time as editor of the Spectator in which he said young people had “an almost Nigerian interest in money”. The prime minister has been under pressure in recent months over a series of comments he made during his career …

Trever Noah set to produce movie about Tani Adewumi a formerly homeless, 8 year-old immigrant chess prodigy

Trevor Noah is amongst a group of celeb producers that are teaming up to bring the story of a homeless, 8 year-old Nigerian chess prodigy to the big screen. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images) An 8-year-old, Nigerian boy is getting a motion picture to be based off of his life. Paramount Pictures has green lit …

Judge tells Trump he’s not a king — the President is not so sure

Donald Trump is not going to like his Constitution 101 lesson: "Presidents are not kings." A federal judge's stunning rebuke of the White House on Monday came as the result of a case by House Democrats to force former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify. But it serves as a thematic frame for an …

Trump Sees New Polls and Orders Ukraine to Investigate Elizabeth Warren Andy Borowitz

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—After looking at the most recent polls for the Democratic Presidential race, Donald J. Trump has ordered the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, to investigate Senator Elizabeth Warren. “What Elizabeth Warren and her crooked kids have been doing in Ukraine is a disgrace,” Trump told reporters on the White House lawn. “This …

Nation Shocked That Giuliani Has Associates Andy Borowitz

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—After learning that two of Rudy Giuliani’s associates had been charged with federal campaign-finance crimes, millions of Americans expressed their stunned disbelief that Giuliani had associates. “By ‘associates,’ do they mean people who actually associate with Giuliani?” Carol Foyler, who lives in St. Louis, said. “This whole story doesn’t add up.” “I …

How schoolyard racist abuse inspired a troubled Nigerian teenager living in a small New Zealand town to become a UFC champion By Nic White

• The path Israel Adesanya took to UFC middleweight championship is storied one • The Nigerian born fighter was moved to New Zealand when just 10-year-old • He had to endure racial abuse and street fighting as he grew up in new country • On Sunday he solidified his status as one of the best …

Ambrose Alli University to honour Aisha Buhari, Bash Ali, Odion Ighalo

The management of Ambrose Alli University (AAU) in Edo says it will need about N500 million to construct a befitting mini stadium in the school environment in honour of the country’s sports men and women who graduated from the institution. Ignatius Onimawo, the vice-chancellor of the state-owned university, disclosed this while speaking on the preparations …

Donald Trump: xenophobe in public, international mobster in private by Robert ReichSun

The most xenophobic and isolationist American president in modern history has been selling America to foreign powers for his own personal benefit. Trump withdrew American troops from the Syrian-Turkish border, leaving our Kurdish allies to be slaughtered and opening the way for a resurgent Islamic State. Trump’s rationale? He promised to bring our soldiers home. …

Court of Appeal cheatsheet on human rights in immigration cases By Iain Halliday

In GM (Sri Lanka) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWCA Civ 1630, handed down on Friday, the Court of Appeal provides a helpful summary of where we currently stand with private and family life cases under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. General observations on Article 8 As …

How to Beat Trump, According to Experts on Middle-School Bullies by Lizzie Widdicombe

When tangling with a bully, it’s more about power than content. But to truly topple a bully from the top spot you have to address the toxic forces that got him there. Illustration by Christine Rösch As the next Democratic debates approach, Joe Biden’s advisers are probably giving him a crash course on Spotify; Elizabeth …

50 years ago today since Colonel Shittu Alao’s death.

Rare colour picture of Colonel Shittu Alao (on the left) who died on October 15, 1969, in an air crash at Uzebba, about 50 miles northwest of Benin. Alao had been Chief of the Air Staff of Nigeria's air force and the second indegene to hold the office. Alongside Alao are Major General Yakubu Gowon, …

Queen Elizabeth appoints Nigerian-born Ugbana Oyet as Sergeant at Arms in the House of Commons

Queen Elizabeth has approved the appointment of Nigerian born Ugbana Oyet as Serjeant at Arms in the House of Commons. Oyet will replace Kamal El-Hajji who retired in July after three and a half years in the post.     Speaker John Bercow announced the appointment during sitting in the Commons on Tuesday, October 16th. Oyet …

“EVERYWHERE SHE WENT TURNED BAD,” SAYS MAN WITH SIX BANKRUPTCIES By Andy Borowitz

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In a blistering tweet on Friday, the former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, was accused of leaving a trail of destruction by a man with six bankruptcies and multiple business failures. “Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad,” wrote the man, who ran the now defunct United States Football League into the …

The Governor of Cross River State, Prof. Ben Ayade who enrolled for a Masters Degree in Law at the University of Calabar (UNICAL) has been spotted leaving school in a 20-Jeep convoy

The Cross River State Govenor said to have already started doing his assignments and also presenting seminars like a regular student, obtained his B.Sc. (Honours) in Microbiology at Ambrose Alli University in Ekpoma, 1988.He then proceeded to obtain his M.sc in Microbiology (1989 - 1990) and PhD in Environmental Microbiology from the University of Ibadan (1990-1994), …

If You Didn’t Already Think Trump Was Unfit for Office, Syria and Ukraine Should Change Your Mind David French

Throughout the 2016 presidential primaries and through the presidential campaign, those of us who were classified as “Never Trump” or “anti-Trump” conservatives repeated the same mantra, time and time again: Character is destiny. A man’s temperament, knowledge, and integrity inevitably shape his conduct. As much as voters may hope that the weight of the office …

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? THE VERY COMPLICATED STEPS INVOLVED IN IMPEACHING DONALD TRUMP

Nancy Pelosi announcing a formal impeachment investigation is only the start of what will be an epic legal and constitutional clash. Here is how impeachment goes from here. 1) Investigations step up Six committees are now tasked by Pelosi with investigating Donald Trump with the intention of deciding whether he should be impeached. They are …

Philanthropy: Femi Otedola’s Example by Reuben Abati

“God has been so kind, the only way I can show my gratitude to Him is to use my resources to support those who are underprivileged. This I intend to do for the rest of my life. In a world full of conflicts, diseases, calamities and inequality, we all need to show the milk of …

OBITUARY: David-West, the petroleum minister fired by IBB for drinking tea by Haleem Olatunji

Professor. Commissioner. Two-time minister under military regimes. And a Special guest at Nigerian prisons. Very few men in Nigeria’s history can boast of such a mix of professional dexterity and political ups and downs. The indomitable Tam David-West, as President Muhammadu Buhari fondly calls him, will be remembered for many things in Nigeria’s modern history, including …

Mobile phone loophole for filming drivers ‘to be closed’. By BBC

Getty Images The government plans to close a legal loophole that has allowed drivers who use mobile phones to film or take photographs to escape prosecution. It is illegal for drivers to call or text on hand-held phones but some have dodged punishment for taking photos. In July, a man overturned a conviction for filming …

Buhari Leaves Deputy Looking Weak Amid Nigeria Succession Talk by William Clowes

The relationship between Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is in the spotlight after the head of state embarked on a private overseas trip without handing over temporary authority to his deputy. While Buhari, 76, transferred power to Osinbajo, 62, during his first term when he traveled abroad for medical reasons, it’s …

VOODOO SEX TRAFFICKER WANTED BY EUROPOL

Jessica Esohe Edosomwan is currently wanted by the French judicial authorities Jessica Edosomwan has been on the run since 2017, accused of luring young girls from small Nigerian towns, with the promise of funding their journeys into Western Europe. But the girls were forced to take part in ‘juju’ rituals, that gave Jessica and her …

WhatsApp update finally puts a stop to a very awkward group chat problem by Aaron Brown

WHATSAPP has rolled-out a new update designed to fix one of the most awkward issues that can arise in its hugely-popular group chats. The latest update to WhatsApp should help users avoid some teeth-grindingly awkward moments (Image: GETTY • PICTURE POSED BY MODEL) WhatsApp, the most popular messaging app on the planet, has rolled-out a …

“May God kill me if a girl has worked for me” – Nigerian Pastor, Stanley Omoregie facing sex trafficking charges in France tells court by Chuks Azotani

35-year-old Nigerian Pastor, Stanley Omoregie who was arraigned before a Lyon court on Wednesday November 6, denied sex trafficking charges against him while stating that he only wanted to help members of his community. Pastor Omoregie denied running a prostitution racket and trafficking young girls from Nigeria to Europe, but he admitted renting apartments to Nigerian girls. He however said he never …

Nigerian ‘sex slavery’ ring goes on trial in France

Twenty-four suspected members of a sex trafficking ring accused of forcing Nigerian women into prostitution in France go on trial Wednesday, the latest case to highlight the growing use of Nigerian migrants as sex slaves in Europe. Nigeria was the main country of origin of the migrants arriving across the Mediterranean to Italy in 2016 …

Jimi Famurewa reviews 805: Hypnotic West African food in ‘visible-from-space’ portions

Resoundingly fed: Hearty portions at Nigerian restaurant 805 ( ES Magazine ) ES FOOD newsletter Ambience: 3/5 Food: 4/5 I don’t know if I will ever fully acclimatise to West African cuisine’s continued new life as a Hot Dining Thing. Where once the muttered rumour that Nigerians ate ‘bright orange rice’ was enough to draw suspicious …

10 things Nigeria does better than anywhere by Noo Saro-Wiwa

(CNN) — From email scams to oil spills and charlatan Pentecostal preachers, it's clear that Nigeria has something of an image problem. While the outside world's perception of Africa's most populous country hasn't always been overwhelmingly positive, there's plenty more to this nation than its unsavory associations. With its vibrant culture, sense of humor and …

Democracy without independence of judiciary by Punch Editorial Board

TWENTY odd years into the Fourth Republic, democracy is still taking baby steps. On a dispiriting note, the country’s chief jurist has reopened the long-running debate on the perceived lack of independence of the judiciary. The insight from Mohammed Tanko, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, alluding to the fact that the judiciary is still beholden …

Against Donald Trump

For the third time since The Atlantic’s founding, the editors endorse a candidate for president. The case for Hillary Clinton. The Editors Oct 5, 2016 In October of 1860, James Russell Lowell, the founding editor of The Atlantic, warned in these pages about the perishability of the great American democratic experiment if citizens (at the …

25 countries Nigerians can visit without visa

Traveling for Nigerians increasingly requires adequate planning. With Nigerian passport ranking 83rd in freedom to travel across the world, acquiring a visa is always difficult and strenuous. However, there are visa-free countries accessible to all Nigerian passport holders. With just a valid passport, you can gain entry into these African countries without having to stress …

Buhari, stay at your duty post by Punch Editorial Board

Saudi Arabia, 3 days Russia, 3 days, S/Africa, 4 days Japan, 4 days London, 16 days WHAT kind of President is Muhammadu Buhari?  In moments of national crisis, he abandons his duty post in preference for foreign trips of dubious value. Showing scant interest in domestic affairs, the President has embarked on another international trip, …

DSS files seven fresh charges against Omoyele Sowore including; ‘treasonable felony and cyberstalking President Buhari’ by LIB

Editorial Unfortunately, Nigeria now holds political prisoners with the judiciary sitting idly by. The Federal Government has slammed a fresh seven-count charge against detained political activist and convener of the RevolutionNow Protest, Omoyele Sowore, accusing him of treason, money laundering and cyberstalking President Buhari.   The case was filed at the Abuja Division of the …

The Beauty and Burden of Being a Nigerian Bride by Yemisi Aribisala

There are millions of pictures of Nigerian brides on Instagram, many of them taken by talented artists who work as wedding photographers on the weekends, to pay their bills. I know some Nigerian artists, on the other hand, who swear that they will never stoop so low, no matter how needed the remuneration. Their reasoning …

Only Trump can save “us”

There is fake news that the US special forces and the brave Kurds killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. There was no over rated general directing the operation. Field Marshal, Great Genius and President Big Boy Trump single handily eliminated Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. He had no support, only he could have carried out this mission. …

Memorial for Prof. Pius Adebola Adesanmi

The remains of renowed Nigerian-born Canadian professor, writer, literary critic, satirist, and columnist, Pius Adesanmi, will be laid to rest in Ottawa, Canada today Saturday October 26th.   Adesanmi was among the 157 persons who died in the ill fated Ethiopian airlne crash on March 10th this year.    Born on February 27, 1972, Adesanmi was the …

Nigeria to Give All of Its 200 Million People Identity Numbers by Ruth Olurounbi

Only 38% of Nigerians have some sort of formal identification Nigeria wants to issue identity numbers for as many as 50 million citizens per year in a bid to create a harmonized database of its population, the largest in Africa. The West African nation with a population of roughly 200 million has a fragmented identity …

WHERE ARE THEY NOW: Classic rock icons from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s

Bruce Springsteen has been a rock star since the 1970s. Brooks Kraft LLC/Sygma via Getty Images; Isaiah Trickey/FilmMagic via Getty Images • Whether you grew up listening to classic rock or not, chances are that you've heard a few of the many iconic songs from the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, David Bowie, and …

Understanding the Official Copy of Register of Title

The following notes have been prepared to help you understand the Official Copy of Register of Title. Please note that these notes are not intended to be a substitute for professional legal advice and should not be treated as such. The register is split into 4 sections: • Header • Property Register • Proprietorship Register …

The Brexit Agonies of David Cameron by Rebecca Mead

How does David Cameron sleep at night? The former Prime Minister acknowledged this week that, like much of the country that he once led, he is preoccupied by the ongoing Brexit drama. With years of clotted negotiations having resulted in an extended parliamentary stalemate, the U.K. is six weeks away from the deadline upon which …

South Africans Are Used to Being the Targets of Racist Hatred. Now They’ve Become the Haters. By Eusebius McKaiser

The ANC government must acknowledge that xenophobic violence is a hate crime and a betrayal of the African allies that aided it during the darkest days of apartheid. A Zimbabwean man stands by one of his two cars that was set on fire after he survived a petrol bomb attack at his home near Durban, …

Democrats Beg Trump to Stop Impeaching Himself So They Have Something to Do by Andy Borowitz

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In an unexpected twist in the impeachment drama engulfing Washington, leading congressional Democrats have begged Donald Trump to stop impeaching himself so that they have something to do. In a press conference on Friday morning, Representative Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, and Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the …

Can a Nigerian with Dual Citizenship be Prevented from Contesting an Election? – By Agboola Osabia

In the freshly concluded election in Nigeria, Mr. Ikengbolu Gbolugi a member of the PDP representing the Irele/Okitipupa Federal constituency in Ondo State, won a seat to the House of Representatives in one of the two chambers of the National Assembly. Recently, the National Assembly Election Tribunal disqualified Mr. Gbolugi on the grounds that he …

Statement of the Special Rapporteur, Agnes Callamard, on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions on her visit to Nigeria

Agnes Callamard, United Nations Special Rapporteur for Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions Introduction 1 I conducted an official country visit to Nigeria from 19 August to 3 September 2019.  I warmly thank the Federal Government of Nigeria for their invitation to visit the country, and the officials I met for their availability and support. 2 …

In Major Shakeup, One of the Voices in Rudy Giuliani’s Head Resigns by Andy Borowitz

Photograph by Alex Wong / Getty WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In a shakeup that White House insiders said was a long time coming, one of the voices in Rudy Giuliani’s head has resigned. The resignation, which was officially tendered on Saturday morning, seemed inevitable after the former New York mayor made an appearance on CNN Thursday …

Nigeria Runs on Generators and Nine Hours of Power a Day By Ruth Olurounbi and Gordon Bell

Households spend $12 billion on self-generated power President Buhari’s reform efforts have failed to take hold A tailor uses a generator for power in Lagos. Photographer: Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP via Getty Images Kabir Sabo’s sewing machine hums busily as he hems a “babariga,” a popular dress in northern Nigeria, in his small corner shop on …

Why Nigerian cyber fraudsters are ‘role models’ by BBC

Online scamming: 'If it doesn't look right, don't trust it' In our series of letters from African writers, Nigerian novelist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani laments that internet scammers have become role models for many youths in her country. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the US has indicted 80 people - 77 of them Nigerians …

New allies fight Africa’s deadly scourge of fake medicines by FT

In 2013, soon after Vivian Nwakah moved to Nigeria, a close friend died after taking a malaria pill he had bought at a local pharmacy in Lagos that turned out to be fake. “One day he said he was feeling sick, he took a malaria pill and within a week he died,” she says. “That …

“How Has This Bastard Not Been Impeached Yet?” Nixon Asks in Hell By Andy Borowitz

Photograph Wally McNamee / Corbis / Getty HELL (The Borowitz Report)—The former President Richard M. Nixon became the latest person to call for Donald J. Trump’s impeachment on Monday, holding an extraordinary press conference in Hell to do so. “I see the news every day and I shake my head,” Nixon said, the infernal flames …

Trump’s Lawyers Argue That He Cannot Be Impeached Because He Was Never Actually Elected by Andy Borowitz

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In what they believe is a legal masterstroke, lawyers for Donald J. Trump are now claiming that he cannot be impeached because he was never actually elected. In a lengthy memo sent to the special counsel, Robert Mueller, the lawyers pushed back vehemently against any allegation that Trump was legally elected President. …

Impeachment: The Constitution’s Fiduciary Meaning of “High . . . Misdemeanors” Federalist Society Review

Article I Initiative • Constitution • Founding Era & History • Separation of Powers • Federalism & Separation of Powers Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group Federalist Society Review Note from the Editor:  This article explores the meaning of the phrase “high . . . Misdemeanors” in the Constitution’s Impeachment Clause. It concludes that …

Our women in Africa: the British ambassadors changing the face of diplomacy

On his royal tour of Africa, three of the four British ambassadors hosting Prince Harry are female. Christina Lamb reports on a diplomatic sea change NneNne Iwuji-Eme became Britain’s first black female ambassador last year when she was appointed high commissioner to MozambiquePORTRAIT BY ILAN GODFREY FOR THE SUNDAY TIMES MAGAZINE When Jane Marriott flew …

Sex for grades: BBC exposes Unilag lecturer/pastor caught in the act as he propositioned student for sex (video)

A UNILAG lecturer has been exposed by BBC Africa Eye after he was caught red-handed propositioning a student (an undercover reporter) for sex to make her pass. BBC Africa Eye sent undercover journalists posing as students inside the University of Lagos and the University of Ghana. Nigerian reporter, Kiki Mordi went undercover to UNILAG and succeeded in uncovering …

Trump Says If There Is Another Civil War He Will Get a New Note from Podiatrist By Andy Borowitz

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Shortly after tweeting that his impeachment could result in a civil war, Donald J. Trump clarified that, in the event of such a war, he would seek a new note from his podiatrist. Trump issued the clarification after military advisers cautioned him that, after starting a civil war, he might reasonably be …

Africa owes a huge debt of gratitude to Mugabe —Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari says Zimbabwe and Africa owe a huge debt of gratitude to former Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, who he describes as a “highly intelligent and courageous leader.” The president’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, in a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja, said the President made the remarks in a condolence letter he signed and …

In pictures: The life of Robert Mugabe

Africa owes a huge debt of gratitude to Mugabe —Buhari Image copyright GETTY IMAGES Image caption Zimbabwe African National Union (Zanu) leader Robert Mugabe was elected prime minister after the end of white minority rule in the former British colony of Rhodesia (later Zimbabwe). Image copyright PA Image caption Mugabe was the only leader Zimbabwe …

Robert Mugabe: From liberator to tyrant By Joseph Winter

AFP Robert Gabriel Mugabe was a man who divided global public opinion like few others. To some, he was an evil dictator who should have ended his days in jail for crimes against humanity. • Zimbabwe's ex-president Robert Mugabe dies at 95 To others, he was a revolutionary hero, who fought racial oppression and stood …

Mugabe: His Legacy For African Leaders

The recent demise of the former president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, is an opportunity for a deep reflection on the style of leadership on the continent of Africa, writes Kunle Oderemi. The African continent boasts of the unenviable record of having the longest-serving presidents and heads of state. From West Africa to Central Africa, down …

Political life and career of Robert Mugabe

Former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has died at 95, President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced Friday. Mugabe became the first prime minister of newly independent Zimbabwe, formerly known as Rhodesia, in 1980. He held office for over three decades before being deposed in a coup in 2017. Mugabe gestures towards the media in Geneva, Switzerland, at a …

Why I feared Mugabe but also revered him

Fairfax / Getty Images Robert Mugabe in 1981, shortly after he was named prime minister of Zimbabwe Until he was ousted two years ago, Robert Mugabe was the only president I and the other "born frees" - the generation born after independence in 1980 - had ever known. Mugabe was my grandmother's president, my mother's …

Governor Obaseki hails late Dr. Oni-Okpaku for saving lives

Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki (middle); Widow of the deceased, Justice Abigail Oni-Okpaku (3rd left); Chief Justice of the State, Justice Esohe Ikponmwen (left); Commissioner for Environment and Sustainability, Dame Omua Oni-Okpaku (4th right); Chairman, Owan West Local Government Area, Frank Ilaboya (3rd right); dignitaries and members of the Oni-Okpaku family during the funeral …

Transcript shows President Donald Trump asked Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden (read Trump’s phone conversation)

A transcript of President Donald Trump's phone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky which was released by the White House, has revealed that he pushed Ukraine repeatedly to probe his political opponent Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, who sat on the board of a Ukrainian natural gas company. While Trump admitted to discussing Biden in a …

How France armed Biafra’s bid to break from Nigeria

Biafran soldiers on 31 July 1968 AFP France secretly armed Biafra in the self-proclaimed republic’s attempt to break away from Nigeria in a bid to weaken British and US influence in Africa, documents seen by RFI reveal 50 years after the beginning of a war that cost up to two million lives. The ethnic Igbo-majority …

No Continent for Old Men by Abdullahi Alim

Africa has the world’s youngest population and its oldest leaders. If the next generation wants change, young Africans must abandon dreams of private-sector success and enter the political arena. President of Cameroon Paul Biya (L) walks with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari (R) following his arrival at the airport in Yaoundé, Cameroon, on July 29, 2015. …

British and want an EU passport? Here’s where you can apply by Julia Kollewe

We run through the rules in European countries where Britons are seeking to escape Brexit •UK applicants for Irish passports ‘face excessive delays and costs’ When Guardian Money surveyed other major EU countries, it emerges that Ireland is taking the brunt of applications from British citizens, with remarkably few requests going to other EU nations. …

Convicted of murder, but a police officer pulled the trigger by Megan Thompson

Editorial Felony murder is another surviving Jim Crow and poor laws. It's an instrument of racial confinement. In 2015, an Alabama police officer shot and killed a teenager burglarizing a home. While the officer was cleared, four other teens who were involved in the crime were all charged with their friend’s murder. But how can …

Buhari Didn’t Defeat Atiku; The Judiciary Defeated Nigeria By Farooq A. Kperogi, Ph.D.

The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal’s tendentious and predictably predetermined judgement on September 11 that upheld Muhammadu Buhari’s electoral fraud was not such much a defeat of Atiku Abubakar as it was symbolic judicial violence on Nigeria and Nigerians. As I pointed out in my April 20, 2019 column titled “Atiku’s Citizenship and Buhari’s Illiterate Lawyers,” …

John Oliver Got Personal Talking About Legal Immigration on Last Week Tonight by Time magazine

Roy Rochlin—Getty Images “Immigration is the system that brought you Albert Einstein, Yo Yo Ma and me,” said John Oliver on Sunday’s Last Week Tonight. Immigration is one of the issues that President Donald Trump campaigned on, claiming that “the country is full” and arguing for a border wall. While Trump and the Republican Party …

Task of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by Punch Editorial Board

WHEN it comes to dislodging the excruciating poverty afflicting its people, Nigeria has a mountain to climb. Regardless of this, President Muhammadu Buhari is hopeful of a better future for the downtrodden in the country. Drawing inspiration from other countries that are overcoming similar odds, the President, on Democracy Day 2019, promised that the ruling …

The end of one of the world’s most successful political parties by Fareed Zakaria

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives a speech during a visit to West Yorkshire, Britain, on Sept. 5. (Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Pool via Reuters) Britain’s Tories are arguably the most successful political party of the modern age. The Conservatives have ruled Britain more than 50 of the 90 years since 1929 (the country’s first election with …

Trial drama

In a trial, a southern small-town prosecuting attorney called his first witness a grandmotherly, elderly woman to the stand. He approached her and asked," Mrs Jones, do you remember me?" She responded, "why, yes, I do know you, Mr Williams. I've known you since you where a boy, and frankly, you've been a big disappointment …

Boris Johnson Takes on Parliament—and Loses Amy by Davidson Sorkin

On Tuesday afternoon, hours before Prime Minister Boris Johnson lost a historic vote in Parliament—one that may bring down his government and force new elections in a matter of weeks—he was standing in the House of Commons, plying a cardboard imitation of Winston Churchill. Members of Parliament were trying to bring a bill to the …

Nigerian Pharmacist, 70, posed as boy’s mother to have him circumcised by Tristan Kirk

“Massive violation”: Martina Obi-Uzom was found guilty of unlawful wounding ( Tony Palmer ) A devout Christian pharmacist posed as the mother of a young boy to have him circumcised against his parents’ wishes, a court heard.  Martina Obi-Uzom, 70, took the child to a Jewish mohel, trained in the procedure, for the operation.  Obi-Uzom …

Presidential Election Tribunal Judgment On Atiku’s Petition – with links to the judgement

The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja on Wednesday 11th of September dismissed the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari at the February 23, 2019 poll. The Justice Mohammed Garba -led tribunal unanimously dismissed the case for lacking in merit …

‘I lost my soul’: the teenage girls lured by traffickers from Nigerian camps by Philip Obaji Jr

Traumatised refugee children are being enticed by tempting offers of escape from poverty, then sold into slavery – but survivors are fighting back At the age of 15, Aisha and Halima were abducted from their compound in north-eastern Nigeria by Boko Haram insurgents. For a year they were held in captivity, and were raped. They …

P&ID to Nigerians : Justice Minister Malami cause of $9b nightmare

AGF and Justice Minister Mr Abubakar Malami: P&ID accuses him of failing to act in time and appropriatelyThe Irish company, P&ID trying to make Nigeria Nigeria poorer with a charge of $billion on national assets said the country should hold . Attorney General, Abubakar Malami responsible.It blamed Malami’s inaction and dilly dallying for the turn …

What to do if you lose your British passport abroad By John Vassiliou

You’ve just had a fantastic summer holiday in, let’s say, Greece — away from the daily grind, the misery of Brexit and British summertime weather. Sunshine every day, beach swimming, late nights, great wine, even better food. You’re basically 90% gyros by this point, but it’s all right, it’s a holiday. It’s been a long …

Boris Johnson’s suspension of parliament is an affront to democracy – Financial Times

MPs must pass a no-confidence vote in the government and trigger a general election Boris Johnson's protestations that he is doing nothing abnormal are as disingenuous as the claims plastered across the bus from which he fronted the Leave campaign in 2016 Boris Johnson has detonated a bomb under the constitutional apparatus of the United …

PDP vs APC: Igbinedion loses at Edo tribunal against Idahosa

The Election Petition Tribunal in Edo State has dismissed the petition by Hon. Omosede Igbinedion of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against Hon. Dennis Idahosa of the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the Ovia Federal Constituency seat. Igbinedion had asked the tribunal to declare her winner of the election on grounds that Idahosa was a …

Nigeria misses chance to transform lives – and must pay $9bn damages by Rod Austin

UK court ruling over aborted project means country will have to pay one-fifth of its foreign reserves to gas supply company Nigeria’s government stands accused of letting down its 201 million residents by failing to complete a gas supply and production agreement that would have transformed their lives. Instead, the country will now have to …

Let’s ask our governors questions by Martins Oloja

I would like to ask for permission to resist the temptation to join the debate on the very important detainee, citizen Ibrahim Yaqoub El-Zakzaky who just returned from a mission to India and the other detainee, Omoyele Sowore, who dared to ask for revolution now. These are current affairs, which are full of sound and …

Process and Industrial Development Limited P&ID vs. Nigeria: A Review by Reuben Abati

Money A British judge has ordered the Nigerian government to pay $9bn in assets to a small private company. The firm, P&ID, had reached a deal with the Nigerian government in 2010 to build a natural gas plant - but the deal fell through two years later. P&ID then sued the government for failing to …

Men of power: Nigeria’s most influential power brokers

Men of power In this piece, OLALEKAN ADETAYO attempts to unmask the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, and some of his activities that make many see him as the most powerful presidential Kyari: The ultimate power brokerAlthough he has two prominent namesakes who share both first name and surname with him — …

Robert Mugabe: former Zimbabwean president dies aged 95 by David Smith

Final years in power were characterised by financial collapse, surges of violent intimidation and a vicious internal power struggle Robert Mugabe, a hero of Africa’s independence struggle whose long rule in Zimbabwe descended into tyranny, corruption and incompetence, has died at the age of 95, president Emmerson Mnangagwa has said. Mnangagwa said in a statement …

Odega Shawa reacts to xenophobia in SA by listing the top crimes committed in SA by South Africans that cannot be blamed on Nigerians by LIB

Nigerian writer, Odega Shawa, who lost someone close in the recent xenophobic attack on Nigerians in South Africa, has addressed the xenophobia by listing the top crimes committed in South Africa by South Africans. The Flowers in the Dream of a Mad Man author took to Facebook to oppose the argument from some South Africans …

‘Men said we were immoral’: the aphrodisiacs challenging taboos by Wana Udobang

Nigeria’s traditional ‘Kayan Mata’ recipes have grown into a booming industry that’s empowering women to be more open about sex When Amra Mansur was working as a makeup artist in Abuja, while she studied law, she would overhear conversations between would-be brides and older relatives about how to please their men in the bedroom. The …

My life as Nigeria’s poorest Army general – ex-General Ishola Williams By The Sun

Meet General Ishola Williams(rtd), the man who made news in 1993 when he walked out on the Army and government headed by former Head of State, late General Sani Abacha. The bearded man who resigned from the Army on the premise that the military takeover that brought Abacha in was immoral, is an interesting personality …

When Soldiers Do Police Work: Disaster by Reuben Abati

If anyone is looking for a perfect illustration and confirmation of the “coming anarchy” in Nigeria, that person needs not look farther than the on-going conflict and crisis of mutual distrust between the Nigeria Police and the Nigerian Army. Turn away, for a moment, from Boko Haram (Nigeria is still unable to find a solution …

OPERATION AURE ANNIVERSARY: THE REVENGE AND BLOODIEST COUP IN NIGERIA’S HISTORY By Terhemba Osuji

Fifty three years ago, “Five Majors” and a group of subalterns predominantly of Igbo or eastern extraction struck with Nigeria’s first coup and by the time their guns were silent, several prominent politicians and military officers of Northern, Hausa and or Fulani origin lay dead murdered in cold blood, including: Politicians: 1. Prime Minister Abubakar …

The speech by General Boris Johnson on the very British coup

IN the name of Brexit , I declare martial law over the United Kingdom. The Constitution issuspended and the regional government and elected assemblies are hereby dissolved.All political and trade union activities, together with all demonstrations and unauthorised gatherings are banned until further notice.The aim of the Revolutionary Tory Brexit Council is to establish a …

Torture and officers of the law By Editorial Board

Despite the fact that Nigeria is a signatory to the United Nations Convention Against Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, it is strange that even some officers of the law in the country are still accessories after the fact of torture. Convention Against Torture is a treaty, which seeks to prohibit …

“The suave man drives a Range Rover but is penniless” reflections on living in Lagos by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Novelist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who has lived in Lagos on and off for a decade has written an essay for Esquire's new Travel & Adventure issue, in which she reflected on life in Nigeria's biggest city, Lagos. Read below: Lagos will not court you. It is a city that is what it is. I have …

Nigeria loses $2.9b yearly to tax waivers

About 30 percent of companies operating in Nigeria evade tax while 25 percent of registered companies in the country are not paying tax, an international non-governmental organisation, Oxfam in Nigeria, has said. The organisation said the country loses about $2.9billion or N580billion yearly to tax waivers granted to multinational companies. Oxfam in Nigeria Country Director, …

Analysis Steve Scalise says House Republicans didn’t disrespect Obama’s position. Let’s go to the tape. JM Rieger

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) on July 16 said while Republicans disagreed with former president Barack Obama, they “never disrespected the office.” (Reuters) House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) made quite an assertion Tuesday about how Republicans treated President Barack Obama while he was in office. “We had disagreements with a lot of Barack …

Nigeria loses billions in local, foreign tax evasions – Oxfam by Ebuka Onyeji

Nigeria’s tax system is fraught with crippling challenges of weak enforcement, corruption, and outright evasion. This is costing the country losses amounting to billions of naira, both locally and internationally, said Oxfam, an international development organisation. Oxfam also said about 30 per cent of companies in Nigeria are involved in tax evasion. It said records …

UK Home Office visa service discriminating against Africans By Iain Halliday

A cross-party group of MPs has published a highly critical report on the Home Office’s treatment of visit visa applicants from Africa. It forms part of an ongoing inquiry into the high level of visa refusals for Africans seeking to visit the UK for professional or business reasons. The report, published today, has been issued …

From heron spotting on the Oxford Canal to exploring the Venice of the North: Barge around Britain and you’ll see the country in a new light By Martin Symington

• Oxford Canal winds its Wind In The Willows-esque way through the countryside passing charming villages • The Cheshire Ring is a magnificent and varied circular route that threads six different waterways • The 33 mile-long Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal is the only one in the UK to have electric boats for hire   A holiday on …

Thousands trapped as Boko Haram seizes two local government areas in Borno

Thousands trapped as Boko Haram seizes two local government areas in Borno https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/top-news/348000-thousands-trapped-as-boko-haram-seizes-two-local-government-areas-in-borno.html — Read on http://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/top-news/348000-thousands-trapped-as-boko-haram-seizes-two-local-government-areas-in-borno.html

I and other politicians have suddenly turned billionaires – Rotimi Amaechi

  Former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has stated that Nigeria is a country without consequences, adding that citizens and voters have failed to hold him, politicians and other leaders accountable for his and others' actions and policies.     Amaechi said that he and other politicians have suddenly turned billionaires few months after taking …

The list of Nigeria ministers and their portfolios

Federal Executive Council Muhammadu Buhari has unveiled a cabinet dominated by politically connected loyalists, in a sign that Nigeria’s president intends to push harder on a series of reforms that are widely regarded as overdue.Mr Buhari was easily re-elected in February despite what critics regarded as a lacklustre first term in which his cabinet, his …

Naiveté as Obaseki’s hubris by Sufuyan Ojeifo

Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki. AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI I haven’t met the governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, before. My closest to “meeting” him is seeing him speak on television. I also read stories about him in the print media. Until anointed governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in …

Are tech companies Africa’s new colonialists? By David PillingJuly

Foreign-owned start-ups are driving an African tech revolution — and prompting old fears of exploitation Credit: Paul Garland © Paul Garland In 1886, barely a year after Europe’s great powers met in Berlin to carve up the continent of Africa, Queen Victoria granted Sir George Goldie a charter for his Royal Niger Company. The charter …

Trump didn’t fix the economy that Obama didn’t break by James Pethokoukis

Illustrated | AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, the8monkey/iStock, final09/iStock America's ongoing expansion is now the longest on record, a whopping 121 months of economic growth. But what else can we say about it? For sure not this: "The Economy is the BEST IT HAS EVER BEEN! Even much of the Fake News is giving me credit for …

Police forces reveal how fast you ACTUALLY have to go to get caught speeding

Police forces reveal how fast you ACTUALLY have to go to get caught speeding EVER wondered what speed you actually have to be doing to get caught by a speed camera? Could even 1mph over the limit do it? Or maybe you heard it was 10 per cent? Forces across the country have now cleared …

North backward, uneducated, unhealthy, says El-Rufai

Kaduna State Governor Nasir el-Rufai Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasiru El-Rufai, on Saturday described the Northern part of Nigeria as backward, uneducated and unhealthy. El-Rufai said during the Northern Youth Summit organized by Northern Hibiscus Initiative in Kaduna, that the region has made Nigeria a country of nations. “Looking at the statistics, Nigeria appears to …

Taraba killings: Army captain ‘had 191 phone chats’ with ‘kidnap kingpin’ in one month by Nigeria Vanguard

The Nigerian army captain who allegedly ordered the killing of three policemen in Taraba state had been in touch with Hamisu Wadume, the kidnap suspect, according to Vanguard. The captain was said to have had 191 phone conversations with the suspect being held when the policemen were killed. Police authorities are said to also believe he was …

A sweet tale: the son who reinvented sugar to help diabetic dad by Senay Boztas

The natural substitute helps diabetics, combats obesity and tackles climate change Javier Larragoiti was 18 when his father was diagnosed with diabetes. The teenager had just started a degree in chemical engineering in Mexico City. So he dedicated his studies to a side project: creating an acceptable alternative to help his father and millions of …

Is Rwanda’s Paul Kagame a Strongman, a Technocrat, or Something in Between? Karl Vick

Personal business is what’s brought the President of Rwanda to Manhattan. Paul Kagame’s daughter is graduating from Columbia University with a master’s degree in international affairs. “I probably will have to come back in two weeks again,” Kagame says of his U.S. visit, in a room in the Park Hyatt, half a block south of …

ICPC recovers ambulances from ex-Edo Rep, private clinic by Sola Shittu

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission has recovered three ambulances from a former member of the Federal House of Representatives, Pally Iriase,  and a private clinic owner in Otuo, Owan East Local Government area of Edo State. Two of the ambulances were said to have been recovered from the private clinic owned …

On Stella Oduah’s ‘Do the needful’ By Tony Afejuku

Stella Oduah A week ago – or slightly above a week ago – I saw the online story of Vanguard newspaper which the newspaper’s  crime editor, Emma Nodozie, reported in respect of what our soldiers are experiencing in the  north east where they are campaigning against Boko Haram. Actually, it was a telephone conversation that …

The photographer taking regal portraits of Nigerian brides by Jacqui Palumbo

This article was published in partnership with Artsy, the global platform for discovering and collecting art. Behind a chartreuse veil, stitched with pearls of the same color, a woman gazes at the camera. Her gele, a signifier of her Nigerian heritage, is artfully wrapped around her head and stacks of beaded necklaces encircle her neck. …

Edo 2020: Obaseki as mission impossible for Oshiomhole By Leo Sobechi

APC leader, Adams Oshiomhole It took the inauguration of Edo State House of Assembly for the crisis of confidence and political unease between Governor Godwin Obaseki and the national chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole to blow open. Prior to the proclamation and its attendant brouhaha, both leaders put up a vain show …

Obama Foundation: Adeyemo, who helped US fight recession, appointed as president

Adewale Adeyemo, a Nigerian-American economic expert, has been appointed president of the Obama Foundation.Adeyemo had served in the administration of former president Obama as deputy national security adviser (NSA) for international economics and he is reputed to have helped the US combat the global economic recession of 2008.According to the foundation, Adeyemo will lead ‘’the …

Buhari’s bland ministerial list by Punch Editorial Board

Five months after he was elected for a second term, President Muhammadu Buhari submitted the much-awaited ministerial nominees list to the Senate for consideration and confirmation. The team is made up of 43 names, 14 of them former ministers in his first term. To get him to release the names was like pulling the chestnuts …

Is Buhari’s nepotism the worst in Nigeria’s history? By Shaka Momodu

Fellow Nigerians, have you read the bombshell that was exploded in an interview in Saturday Punch published July 23, 2016, by the former Joint House Leader of the defunct Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), who was also the Chairman, Foreign Relations Committee and a member of the Defence Committee in the Second Republic, Dr. Junaid Mohammed? …

Presidency presents AAU Alumni Alibaba with Award of Excellence by PM News

Nigerian comedy icon, Ali Baba has been presented with an Award of Excellence for Social Impact and Entertainment in recognition his three-decade long career that has spawned several other careers and made comedy a viable industry in Nigeria. Born Atunyota Alleluia Akpoborome, Ali Baba received the award at The Banquet Hall, Aso Rock Villa, Abuja …