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News Analysis: Big blow on Nigeria’s military

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By Bayo Onanuga Skeptics of Nigeria’s military campaign against the murderous Boko Haram gunmen in Nigeria’s northeast now have a smoking gun to prove that all is not well with the campaign. Almost daily, Nigeria’s military authorities issue one bulletin after the other about their triumphs against the insurgents; the massive killings they have achieved, […]

Confab dissolves into 20 Committees

Justice Idris Kutigi: Confab chairman

The plenary session of the National Conference in Abuja drew to a temporary close on Thursday as delegates get set to move into committee sessions when they return from the Easter break. The list of 20 Standing Committees and their chairmen, co-chairmen and deputy chairmen was announced on Wednesday and made available to all the […]

First Earth-sized planet in star’s “habitable zone” found

An artist view of Kepler186f

As­tro­no­mers said they have found an Earth-sized plan­et, out­side our own so­lar sys­tem, or­bit­ing a star at a dis­tance suit­a­ble to al­low liq­uid wa­ter on the plan­et’s sur­face. But do not dream yet of living in the planet designated as Kepler-186F: Kep­ler-186f is meas­ured to be so far away from us that even mov­ing at […]

South Sudan: Gunmen storm UN refugee base, kill 20

White Army: a rebel force in South Sudan

At least 20 people were killed and another 70 injured by gunmen posing as peaceful protestors who stormed a UN base in South Sudan, the US ambassador to the world body said. Samantha Power strongly condemned Thursday’s “brazen, inhuman attack on unarmed civilians” where 5,000 people are sheltering inside the base of the United Nations […]

Student arrested for swindling WASC exam candidates

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The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has arrested a 20-year-old student for swindling candidates participating in the ongoing 2014 May/June Senior School Certificate Examinations. Mr Stephen Taiwo, WAEC’s Director of Administration, said at a media briefing in Lagos that the suspect confessed to having designed a Website where he claimed to supply solutions to examination […]

Total discovers oil in Cote d’Ivoire offshore

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French oil giant Total on Thursday announced the discovery of oil in Saphir-1XB exploration well in the deep offshore west of Cote d’Ivoire in West Africa. “Drilled in an abrupt margin play, this first well is the first discovery in the San Pedro Basin, a frontier exploration area in Cote d’Ivoire. “ Having confirmed the […]

Abducted school girls: Nigeria’s military say they goofed

Nigerian director of defence information maj-General Chris Olukolade: accepts army goofed

Nigeria’s military authorities have acknowledged that they goofed over their statement that all but eight of the 129 abducted school girls of a secondary school in Chibok, Borno state, have been freed from their Boko Haram captors. The statement was flatly denied by the principal of the school and the parents of the girls. A […]

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