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Nig.army Gwoza


In a bid to prevent the Boko Haram insurgents from transporting livestock into the border, the Nigerian Army has blocked all routes. The troops have been reported to have cleared four camps occupied by Boko Haram terrorists in Faldan, Kidiziromari, Kuroshini, Kurumari and Ngulda area of Aulari in the Sambisa forest.


According to Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, Acting Director of Army Public Relations, one Boko Haram member was killed while trying to escape from the camp and 31 hostages were rescued. An underground storage facility, farm produce in metal drums, several bicycles and motorcycles were discovered by the troops. Farmland yet to be harvested were set ablaze by the terrorists. A wooden rifle used for training and practice by the terrorists was also retrieved.


By Kindness Okoli


mourinho dismay



Chelsea sacked Mourinho after the 52-year-old Portuguese, who took charge of the club in June 2013, has struggled against being amidst the bottom three in the league table. His sack is coming seven months after he won the Premier League title and League Cup title for the club, last season. 


However, this season, the club has lost nine of their 16 league games and presently occupies 16th position on the table. Mourinho's last match for the club was on Monday in which they were defeated 2-1 by Leicester City.


Speculations have it that either Pep Guardiola, Guus Hiddink, Brendan Rodgers or Juande Ramos would be a likely replacement for Mourinho. Below is the statistics of Mourinho's performance in the Barclays Premier League:

Season.     M.    W.   D.   L.    W.   %

2004-05.    38.   29    8.   1.   76.    32

2005-06.    38.   29    4.   5.   76.    32

2006-07.    38.    24  11    3.   63.    16

2007-08.      6.      3.   2.   1.   50

2013-14.     38.    25   7.   6.   65.      7

2014-15.     38.    26   9.   3.   68.     42

2015-16.     16.      4.   3.  9.   25


Note: S=Season. M= Managed. W= Won. D= Drew. L=Lost. W=Win %


By Temitope Bamidele


buhari  73


Messages of goodwill have flooded most social media platforms as Nigerians all over are showering the President, Muhammadu Buhari with prayers and good wishes as he celebrates his 73rd birthday today.


Buhari was born on December 17, 1942, in Daura, Katsina State, to his father Adamu and mother, Zulaihat.


He was Nigeria's Head of State from December 31, 1983 to August 27, 1985 after overthrowing the government of PresidentShehu Shagari in a coup. 


By Chika Jones


nnamdi kanuu


The embattled Radio Biafra Director, Nnamdi Kanu, may finally have survived the long incarceration. The Abuja Federal High Court has ordered his immediate release. 


This comes a day after the Senior Magistrate Court in Wuse Zone 2 discharged Kanu of the allegations brought against him by the DSS.
The accused person is hereby discharged and the case struck out," Magistrate Shuaibu Usman ruled.


Recent reports show that prosecution counsel, Moses Idakwo, said the DSS had found some facts which showed that the accused had been involved in terrorism and had also been financing terrorism hence the matter was no longer under the jurisdiction of the court.


"The complainant is, therefore, applying to discontinue the matter under section 108(1) of the administration of criminal justice act 2015." Idakwo said.


By Chika Jones


ijaw royal fathers


12 royal fathers in the Southern Ijaw area of Bayelsa Sate have sued the Independent National Electoral Commission to Court in relation to the recently concluded polls in the State. Also the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice was sued too. 


They claim that they were excluded from the voting, a violation of their rights. The plaintiff asked the court to declare: "That he, as a duly registered voter in ward 12, polling unit 11 (Alegbebiri, Tamakunu Primary school) in Eniwari community, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa state has a right to vote in the State gubernatorial elections, initially slated for December 5 and later rescheduled for December 6".


The plaintiff also prayed the court for an order directing the INEC to ensure that voting materials are made available at the applicant's polling unit.


"A declaration that the 1st respondent has a duty to make electoral materials available in the applicant's polling unit 11 for the yet to be rescheduled Bayelsa governorship election. A declaration that the 2nd respondent has a duty to ensure that the applicant exercises his right to vote in an environment that is devoid of violence and insecurity."


By Chika Jones



Kwara poly protest


Following the protest by students of the Kwara State Polytechnic over the N10,000 late registration fees proposed by the school authorities, the Management of the Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin has directed students to proceed on a semester break. 


Deputy Registrar, information and Communications of Kwarapoly, Allh Moshood Amuda asked the students to proceed on mid-semester break.


By Chika Jones



President Roch Marc Christian Kabore of Burkina Faso will be inaugurated on the 29th of December. Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari will be present at the inauguration. 


 He said that his decision to witness the event followed a special invitation extended to him by the out-going interim president.


"I congratulated (Michel Kafando) him personally for conducting free, fair and credible elections. That is why I accepted the invitation to go to the inauguration on Dec. 29, instance.''


 Kafando had earlier expressed his country's appreciation to Nigeria for restoring democracy in his country.


By Chika Jones


nlc shiite


The Nigeria Labour Congress, has issued a statement concerning the Shiite killings. Mr Ayuba Wabba the factional president said: "For a country that has witnessed and still coping with senseless violence with attendant mass deaths, especially in the North East, this is one additional violence most condemnable. NLC commiserates with the families of those who lost their lives during the December 12, Zaria crisis and call on the Federal Government to increasingly be proactive in responding to crises in the country."


"We therefore, call on the authorities to take necessary measures to ensure that this unnecessary conflict was brought to a permanent end. Federal Government must urgently investigate the root causes of frequent mutually destructive violence between MIN and the Army. We recall that this is not the first time the movement had been involved in a clash with the military. In 2014, some members of the movement including the sons of Zakzaky reportedly lost their lives during a similar clash."


At a time Nigeria had lost several lives and properties through insurgency, we must guide against further disaster. While contending that it was bad for any group of people to have allegedly blocked the road, restrict the movement, and threaten the life of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant Gen. Tukur Buratai.

By Chika Jones

Mountain top university


Prof. Elijah Ayolabi the Vice Chancellor of Mountain Top University, MTU, Ibafo, Ogun State, said the newly established university will be a dynamic center of academic excellence for the production of top-rate morally sound graduates of distinction who will be globally competitive for outstanding impact on local and global development.


He said: "150 of the 270 students who passed the post-UTME have registered. Though admission is open to people from different religions, but they would have to abide by our rules and regulations. Though there would be no stipulated dress code, but the student would have to dress responsibly to conform to the image of God."


"Each student will be provided with a mobile learning device on gratis with 24 hour access to our e-library resources and the laboratories and lecture rooms are equipped with digital learning facilities. Tuition for Art students isN450,000 while Science students would pay N570,000 and this covers hostel accommodation, medical and mobile device."


In line with NUC approval, academic activities would commence for 2015/16 session with College of Basic and Applied Sciences and College of Humanities, Management and Social Sciences.


By Chika Jones


Rotimii Amaechii


Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi said the Federal Government will create seven more rail corridors of standard gauge railways in the country. He made the plan known in Port Harcourt at the inauguration of Port Harcourt Aba Mass Transit Train Services. He said the initiative was a public-private-partnership which sought to modernise and expand railway transportation across the country.


According to him, the initiative is aimed at remodelling and redeveloping the major railway stations within the country. Amaechi said the Ministry of Transportation has carried out feasibility studies to create seven additional rail corridors of standard gauge railways under the public-private-partnership initiative. 


He added that government would soon sponsor five bills for passage into law by the National Assembly to enable effective private sector participation in the transport sector. The Minister said that the bills included the Nigerian Railway Authority Bill; National Transport Commission Bill, National Port and Harbour Authority Bill and the National Inland Waterways Authority Bill.


Earlier, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia said the Port Harcourt-Aba train service would boost economic activities and reduce pressure on federal roads in the area. Represented by his deputy, Mr Ude Okochukwu, Ikpeazu called on the Federal Government to extend the train services to Ovim through Aba-Omoba-Mbawsi-Umuahia-Uzoakoli-Ovim axis in Abia.


He said the Abia Government was willing to partner the Federal Government to rehabilitate the rail tracks on the route and buy coaches that would ply the route. Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers, who was represented by Mrs Ebere Wigwe, the Permanent Secretary of the State Ministry of Transport, said the project would ease traffic and reduce accidents on the roads.


By Kindness Okoli

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