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February 15, 2012


  • Nigeria goes aborrowing!
    Nigeria goes aborrowing!
    Jonathan seeks Assembly’s nod for N1.3tr loan
    Senate claims ‘strange’ N1tr in 2012 budget
    NIGERIA’S debt profile is set to rise by N1 trillion. President Goodluck Jonathan, who says he is in dire need o...Read more...

  • Policeman dies in attempt to defuse bomb
    Policeman dies in attempt to defuse bomb
    THE dire state of the nation’s security system was again exposed yesterday in Kaduna where two bombs went off at separate locations in the capital city of Kaduna State. The first explosion occurred nea...Read more...

  • Govt invests $4.8b, creates 30,000 jobs in free trade zone
    Govt invests $4.8b, creates 30,000  jobs in free trade zone
    OPERATORS of the Oil and Gas Free Trade Zone (OGFZ) in Onne, Rivers State, have been directed by the Federal Government to industrialise the zone within the next four years. Read more...

  • Reps seek repair of Nigeria House in U.S..
    Reps seek repair of Nigeria House in U.S..
    THE House of Representatives has called on the Executive arm of government to make adequate provisions in the 2012 budget for urgent repairs of the Nigeria House in the United States (U.S.) in order t...Read more...

  • CJN urges Bar, Bench cooperation for better judiciary
    CJN urges Bar, Bench cooperation for better judiciary
    THE Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Dahiru Musdapher yesterday advocated professional cooperation between members of the Bar and the Bench. This, he said, would guarantee effective functioning ...Read more...

  • NNEWS Around the Nation - Jonathan seeks Senate’s permission to borrow $7.9 billion for pipeline projects
    February 15, 2012
    President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday in Abuja wrote a letter to the Senate President requesting approval to borrow about $7.9 billion for pipeline projects. NNEWS Correspondent

  • Anti-bomb policeman blown up in Kaduna •Two persons injured
    BARELY a day after a pastor, mistaken for a suicide bomber was shot at the Government House, Kaduna, a police officer with the anti-bomb squad was killed in Kaduna on Tuesday while trying to defuse an Read more...

  • Perjury: Court okays move to prosecute Salami •NJC not my employer —Salami
    A move initiated by a former governor of Ekiti State, Chief Segun Oni, to compel the prosecution of the suspended President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Isa Salami, for alleged perjury, received judicial  Read more...

  • Boko Haram: Kaduna bombed again
    … Policeman blown up, 2 others injured

    Exactly a week after multiple explosions rocked the military formations in Kaduna, another round of multiple bombs exploded yesterday in Kaduna metropolis. The explosions occured barely 24 hours after a bomb scare at the Government House, Kaduna where a director in Governor Yakowa’s ... |

  • Lagos boat mishap: I watched 8 of my schoolmates drowned -Pupil recounts ordeal

    A14-year-old pupil who survived Monday’s Lagos boat mishap in which several of his friends and schoolmates died has recounted the ordeal. The boy, Ade Hassan wept profusely as he reeled out names of the pupils of St. Mary Anglican Nursery and Primary School, Igbede, who drowned when the boat in which they rode to school capsized in the lagoon. He gave names of the victims as Mistura Hassan, 9; Fausat Hassan, 7; Micheal Eniola, 12; Afisat Hassan; Abigail Aminu; Oniru Muyibi; Nofisat Aminu; Aminat Tijani.... | Read more...

  • Death toll in Lagos boat mishap hits 12
    Deaths from the boat mishap tragedy said to have been caused by the rainstorm that ravaged different parts of Lagos on Monday has increased to 12. Daily Sun learnt that the boat which was conveying some pupils to the school located in Otto Awori Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of Ojo area of the state, suddenly capsized due to heavy rainstorm. 10 pupils and two women drowned. About 22 primary school pupils and women were said to have left a riverine community in Ojota and were heading to Agbede Village,  |

  • My husband not Boko Haram member –Wife
    The Director of Finance and Supply in the Ministry of Information and Home Affairs, Kaduna State, Pastor Isuwa Kiforo was on Monday shot by security agencies attached to the state Government House for not waiting for the routine security checks. Kiforo was immediately rushed to the 44 Army Reference Hospital.
    His action to forcefully enter the Government House, according to security report was likened to the style of the dreaded members of the Islamist sect, Boko Haram. |

  • Wamakko’s many battles
    Since his election as Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko has always been trapped in political webs, including the legal challenge of his tenure, which dragged up to the Supreme Court. To many political observers, who have been following...|

  • Bayelsa gov sworn in, talks tough
    The new Governor of Bayelsa State, Henry Seriake Dickson was inaugurated yesterday as the fourth executive governor of Bayelsa State. After taking the oath of office and allegiance, Dickson set the tone of his administration with a declaration of free education from primary to secondary level ...|

  • Why Ikemba requested body to be taken to Aba –Bianca
    •We’ll meet up with March 2 burial, says Emeka Ojukwu

    The immediate family of Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu has assured that preparations for the burial of the late leader of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) party would be completed before the March 2 burial date. Ojukwu’s widow, Bianca and his son, Chief Emeka Ojukwu Jr. gave this assurance at the weekend when a delegation of The Sun Publishing Limited led by its Managing...
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  • N1trn fake projects smuggled into 2012 Budget –Senate
    ...As Jonathan plans further cuts

    The Senate yesterday raised the alarm that it has uncovered N1trillion fake projects allegedlly smuggled into the 2012 budget submitted last December by the Presidency. This is even as President Goodluck Jonathan is considering further cuts in the N4.79 trillion budget. Coordinating Minister on the Economy and Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, had three weeks ago, in company with the Director-General, Budget Office, Mr. Bright Okongwu, told the Senate Appropriation Committee...|

  • Nigeria Can Overcome Security Challenges

    Former American President, Bill Clinton
    Struggling against apparent security and economic challenges that have caught the attention of the world, Nigeria and her leaders received words of encouragement and hope from former American President Bill Clinton who spoke in Lagos Monday at the 17th Annual THISDAY Awards for Excellence. Read more...

  • ‘Internal Wrangling Portrays CPC as Rascals’
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    Senator Rufai Hanga
    The string of electoral misfortunes currently bedevilling the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) has been linked to the lingering conflict and crisis of confidence within the party, as an official saying the internal wrangling portrayed the organisation as consisting of a bunch of rascals. Read more...

  • Boko Haram kingpin names financiers
    . Bank managers, politicians fingered . Bomb disposal official killed in Kaduna blast
    Re-arrested kingpin of Boko Haram Islamic sect, Kabiru Sokoto, yesterday told security agents that some bank managers, politicians and traditional rulers are behind the operation of the sect. National Mirror learnt from reliable sources that Sokoto confessed to the various telephone handsets earlier recovered from him. Read more...

Nigeria business Today

  • Nigeria seals first pact for power purchasing in June

    THE Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET)- t...


  • AMCON moves to sell nationalised banks
    AMCON moves to sell nationalised banks
    THE Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) has concluded plans to sell off three nationalised banks this month. They are Mainstreet Bank, Keystone Bank and Enterprise Bank. They were created out o...Read more...

  • AMCON recovers N600bn from bank debtors •As Bankers Committee forecloses shift in penalty charges on Cashless Lagos
    THE Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), the agency set up to recover bad debts in the banking sector, has so far recovered N600 billion from bank debtors since last year. Read more...

  • External Reserves Climb Further, Now $34.985bn
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    Minister of Finance, Mrs Ngozi Okonjo Iweala
    Nigeria’s external reserves which have been on the upswing since this year extended its rally further to $34.985 billion as at February 9. Read more...

  • Dollar Supply Rises by 60% in January
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    Dollar notes
    The supply of the United States dollar by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) at its Wholesale Dutch Auction System (WDAS) increased significantly by 60 per cent, to $1.919 billion in January, compared with the $1.2 billion sold in December 2011. Read more...

  • FAAN commences test run of Owerri Airport runway
    The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has commenced test run of the runway of the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, Owerri years after the runway was shut for resurfacing. Before now, the airport has been operating 12 hours flights daily on only one runway because of the closure of the other, but the hours would be increased to 16 daily when the test run is completed and approved by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.
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  • Statistics bureau seeks improved funding
    Apparently conscious of the need to meet stakeholders expectations on timely provision of updated and reliable statistical data on areas of the economy, the National Bureau of Statistics has solicited for improved funding in order to enable it discharge its responsibilities more efficiently.
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  • Fuel Subsidy: In the defense of the 'real suffering masses'
    We are premising this article on our believe that all parties to this subsidy debate are patriotic, and all mean well for the country. The president has never been known to fib to us before, and the people who want subsidy to stay approximate the name of the suffering masses to pursue their claim to the impending post subsidy removal doom. Our recommendations under this condition is, if the president is too timid to take a bold step like Prime Minister David Cameron did in the UK when he took over, he should work on how this subsidy works for all real suffering masses. This should be the fair solution after the NLC and the TUC have won their battle:: NigerianNews Editorial
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Special Columns
  • Tunde Adenodi's Current Column

    Fighting Terrorism: The Nigerian Model
    by Tunde Adenodi.
    Boko Haram is the anti-western anti-establishment Islamist terrorist organization causing mayhem in northern Nigeria at this time. Its stated goal is to overthrow the Federal Government and enact Sharia law for the whole country. It was led by Mohammed Yusuf who was probably among those seen being shot extra-judicially by the Nigeria Police in a YouTube video seen around the world. It follows in the footsteps of the Kano-based Maitatsine rioters of 1980 which was led by Muhammadu Marwa, killed in Kano along with hundreds of his followers. There is Sheik Ibraheem Zakzaky based in Zaria. He is a Shi’ite leader who has been forced to change his violent rhetoric after being in and out of prison nine times in a total of 8 years under Buhari, Babangida and particularly Abacha.  NigerianNews Special
    | Read more articles by Adenodi

  • Frisky Larr's Current Column

    Who doesn’t wish Obasanjo back as President?
    by Frisky Larr
    Putting all jokes aside, I can assure whoever takes time to read this essay that the number of people who quietly wish to have Olusegun Obasanjo back as President may be growing by the day if a frank and earnest statistic is taken. I will come back to this issue later. NigerianNews Special
  • |Read more articles by Larr | Book Review

  • Atsar Terver's Current Column
    ECHOES:Commentary on burning public issues

    We Must Beg the President
    by Atsar Terver
    If you need anything from a President Jonathan there is something you must know how to do very well. Begging! The man loves to be begged. Begging moves the body, soul and spirit of the president faster than strikes and street protests. This is one lesson ASUU has not learnt and hence their prolonged strike to which the man has not given them as much as a glance. NigerianNews Special

  • |Read more articles by Terver

  • Madaki O Ameh's Current Column


    by Madaki O Ameh 
    Once again, Nigerians are being put through the pain and trauma of the debates, posturing and propaganda around removal or non removal of ‘subsidy’ on petroleum products.  In the last decade, this debate has had crippling effects on the economy, as speculations around it always results in needless suffering for the citizenry, evidenced by panic buying, hoarding of petroleum products, and the attendant long queues at petrol stations, which we are already witnessing all over the country.  From all indications, this will be a bleak Christmas indeed, judging from the kilometers long queues at petrol stations all over the country, barely one week to the Christmas festivities. NigerianNews Special |Read more articles by Welcome

  • M O Welcome's Current Column

    Menizibeya Osain Welcome
    r's Current Column

    Employing A Super-Multimodal System, Avoiding The Usual Business, No Negotiations, Plus…

    by Menizibeya Osain Welcome.

    • Know where they are; Lash them when they move
    • High precision intelligence gathering techniques
    • Sanitation of the system  
    • Use option F

    The weakness and corruption in local intelligence gathering have been the major causes of the Boko Haram success. Nevertheless, there is always a solution. The terrorist group can be tracked down, and get their wings ripped off. Modern knowledge and technology provide the secrets for a high-standard intelligence gathering system. Here are some points to consider.   NigerianNews Special |Read more articles by Welcome

  • Theo I Oguune's Special Column

    Theo I Oguune's Current Column
    Theo Ikes Ogune, Esquire
    Before you read the two sides to the story, you should recall the background.  There was a time when former President Obasanjo was hailed as the hero in Nigeria for showing the so-called “Maradona” that he was “Pele” and “Dunga” combined -- that was when we hailed him for taking the ball from Babangida and dribbling around him to score Goodluck Jonathan for us.  Even despite the mud on Jonathan from wrestling with Atiku or being tossed around at a time when he was trying to fill the shoes of a dead president whose shoes contained plenty pebbles when he died, the hope in him led some of us to lay down our arms against Jega’s pretense that the elections after Iwu were free and fair. NigerianNews Special
    |Read more articles by Ogune


  • AN INTERVIEW WITH Former Governor Donald Duke of Cross River
    NigerianNews Interview Series

    Fmr Gov Donald Duke
    "Those that are now fanning themselves out to serve on the platform of PDP, and now appear to be the solution to the problem of Nigeria, are indeed the problem of Nigeria. The problem cannot all of a sudden turn out to be the solution. I have problem with that. To me Nigeria is sacrosanct, PDP is not." NigerianNews Interview click here


    Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ojo Maduekwe, was recently in the United States as a participant in the 'Nigeria Meets The World Conference' organized by ThisDay, and the United Nations General Assembly session. He spoke exclusively with NNews at the New York Millennium Plaza. NigerianNews Interview
  • Leadership Failure: Nigerians Are Walking Prisoners In Austria
    Report by Uzoma Ahamefule
    Mr President Sir, members of the honourable national Assembly and House of Reps, the foreign Affairs Minister and fellow Nigerians, when one extends hands of friendship it is natural that one has exposed oneself to danger. Today not only that I have extended those hands of friendship but I have equally once more exposed my emotions and love to public ridicule and attack because of my affection for Nigeria. NNEWS Correspondent
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Religious Special Columns

    Practice Forgiveness: A Powerful Tool to Open the Door of God's Blessings

    Minister Ayodele Mobolurin
    The goal of forgiveness is restoration. Restoration of your peace of mind and restoration of a broken relationship. The second goal may not be possible, because the other party does not want to put away the contention. However, the first is achievable, since it depends only on one party to the contentious issue. Forgiveness is a powerful tool for restoring your peace of mind.  You are at peace even with those that consider you an enemy. The scripture commands forgiveness  NigerianNews Religious Special
    |  Read more articles by Prof Mobolurin


    by Pastor Joseph Idowu
    In John 3: 16 and 17 we read “
    For God so love the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” . NigerianNews Religious Special | Read more articles by Pastor Idowu

Guest Columns
  • If I were to be the new Inspector-General of the Nigerian Police Force
    by Adewale T. Akande
    First of all, I will thank the almighty God for helping me to reach the highest level of my career and also thank the Presidency and the entire Nigerians for giving me this opportunity to serve as the 16th Inspector-General of Police of the most populous black nation of the world since the appointment of the first indigenous Inspector-General of Police in 1964 in person of late Mr. Louis Orok Edet. I am aware of the task ahead of me to be the I-G of a nation which characterized by diversities and contradictions arising from population heterogeneity, urbanization, industrialization and conflicting ideologies on religion, socio-political and economic sectors. A country that is seriously and urgently in demand of the minimum elements of democratic policing which include accountability, efficiency, equality and justice NigerianNews Guest Column

  • Fuel Subsidy Removal Debate: The Way Forward
    by Dr Bello Mukhtar
    In the last few weeks, there have been lots of discussions, claims & counter claims, threats & counter threats, etc, on the deregulation of the downstream petroleum sector. This came to a peak last week with the government announcement that the deregulation has started and the immediate effect of this has been the removal of the subsidy on petrol.  First of all, there are many Nigerians who believe that there is no petrol subsidy in Nigeria instead it is even over priced at N65/litre. Prominent among them is the former oil minister, Prof. Tam David-West. NigerianNews Guest Column

  • President Jonathan and Boko Haram: A comparative analysis
    by Abubakar Alkali Sokoto
    The enthusiasm, doggedness and patriotism expressed by all Nigerians against the removal of fuel subsidy by President Jonathan are remarkable and a turning point in the annals of our dear country Nigeria. One hopes that the occupy Nigeria group that is an offshoot of the fuel subsidy riots will remain a fighting force in our liberation struggle against our leaders, against indigenous colonialism, against a brother’s inhumanity to his own brother. NigerianNews Guest Column
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  • You need patience to make it in acting –Orhorha
    Is he really deaf and dumb? For people who admire Jude Orhorha, that is what readily comes to their minds when they meet the Warri, Delta state-born actor cum comedian; but he is not. It is just a character (Gbenro), which he has so well interpreted in a sitcom, Fuji House of Commotion, from the stable of Amaka Igwe Productions
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  • Nollywood pays better than Kannywood – Hauwa Maina
    She’s appeared in a couple of Nollywood movies after attaining superstar status in Kannywood, but Hauwa Maina says the English-speaking Nigerian movies attract a bigger payday. Weekend Magazine cornered her for a chat on her iconic role as Queen Amina of Zazzau, family life and many others. Excerpts: Read more...

  • ‘Only a real man can approach me’

    Amina Ndim may not ring bell in the minds of movie lovers. However, she is one of the upcoming actresses who knows her onions and has created a niche for herself by the way she interprets her roles. Amina, who says she is a Nigerian, is the fourth child among six siblings. In this interview with Saturday Sun, she talks about her life and challenges in the industry. | Read more...

  • Star actress, Monalisa Chinda lands N30m endorsement deal

    Multi million Naira endorsement deals are currently flying left, right and centre in Nollywood with most of the stars involved smiling heavily to the banks with mouth watering offers. | Read more...

  • AGN commences Nollywood mega city projcet

    For doubting Thomases who may think that nothing good can come out of Actors Guild of Nigeria, they have to brace up to the fact that the proposed Nollywood City project have commenced. | Read more...

  • Day Soyinka led Nollywood’s invasion of Kenya
    It was an invasion that will not be forgotten in a hurry. The street of Nairobi, capital city of Kenya, was literally taken over by Nigerian movie stars, who had come in droves to showcase the magic of | Read more...

  • I love Nigerian men but ... - Yvonne Nelson
    Yvonne Nelson
    I’m not dating Jim Iyke BENJAMIN NJOKU With a superb  body and sexy long legs, Yvonne Nelson is one actress to behold. A popular face in Ghollywood, ...Read more...

  • NDLEA places 9 Nollywood stars on watch-list
    It is no longer news that celebrated comic act, Babatunde Omidina popularly known as Baba Suwe was arrested on Wednesday while allegedly attempting to smuggle cocaine out of the country. What is, however, of interest to many now is that cocaine is yet to be found in his system. The actor, whose career spans over two decades was arrested on his way to France | Read more...

  • Heralding a Nollywood Project
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    Nigeria and Nollywood are strange bed-fellows. Perhaps, not so strange since Nollywood is a product of the Nigerian media content. It only follows that a multitude of genetic traits travel from mother Nigeria through the cinematic veins of Nollywood Read more...

  • Nollywood gave Nigeria identity –Keppy Bassey

    Popular actor, Keppy Ekpeyong Bassey, is one of the pioneer stars in Nollywood. The Akwa Ibom State-born actor is also a talk-show host and producer. He studied Linguistics and holds a second degree | Read more

  • Shan George blasts Silverbird

    Veteran Nollywood screen goddess, Shan George, is fuming and blowing hot. She is angry with president of Silverbird Group, Ben Murray-Bruce, ver his alleged comment that any movie not premiered | Read more...

  • My man, my marriage –Ini Edo

    Ini Edo is tired. Very tired. The actress, who lit the screen with her presence, confessed she’s tired of doing same of the same movies. “I am taking a stand against bad jobs,” she said. | Read more...

  • Presidency, Filmmakers Dialogue On Fortune Of Nollywood
    THE Presidency at the weekend, in Lagos, appealed to practitioners in the Nigerian film sector to use their craft and resources to help redefine the image of the country, especially at this time that ...TheGuardian


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