SomaliPress.com

Nigeria

War in Niger Delta - JTF Sacks Okerenkoko Community

Troops on Tuesday intensified their offensive against Okerenkoko, another community in Delta State, razing down all buildings in the all-out confrontation against militants intent on making life impossible in the Deep South. Community leaders said over 200 homes in Okerenkoko, the second largest settlement after Oporoza in Gbaramatu Kingdom, were...

War in the Creeks of Nigeria - Stop This Carnage, Say Niger Delta Leaders

AS the Joint Task Force (JTF) yesterday continued its attacks on Ijaw villages in a bid to raze down suspected camps of militants, a cacophony of voices has risen in condemnation of the offensive. Ijaw national leader, Chief Edwin Clark (CON), while condemning the attack implored President Umaru Yar'Adua to order an immediate ceasefire as many...

Tragedy! Luxury Bus Rams Into Stationery Tanker Loaded With Diesels in Nigeria

TRAGEDY struck in Edo state today when a luxury bus rammed into a stationery tanker loaded with diesel killing over fifty persons on the spot. The incident which occurred between the university town of Ekpoma in Esan West Local Government Area and Irrua at about 5:30pm threw residence of the area into mourning. it was said that the tanker exploded...

Ekiti - Police Grill INEC Staff Over N250 Million Bribe in Nigeria

More revelations emerged yesterday on the N250 million bribe rocking the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the Ekiti State governorship rerun. The 31 workers of the commission engaged as collation and presiding officers for the rerun made statements to the police yesterday. THISDAY learnt last night that the police had written...

PDP Wins Ekiti Re-Run Polls of Nigeria Protests Erupt

VIOLENT protests broke out in Ado-Ekiti last night as the results of the gubernatorial re-run elections in Ekiti State yesterday were announced by the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mrs. Ayoka Adebayo. The PDP candidate, Mr Segun Oni was returned as the winner, polling 111,140 to Dr Kayode Fayemi of the AC's 107,017 votes. The results were...

Could Ekiti Voting Debacle Be Turning Point

On April 22, South Africans went to the polls for the fourth national elections since apartheid ended. These were orderly and peaceful. Three days later in Nigeria, a country just a year from its 50th anniversary, thuggery and ballot-box snatching returned in force in a partial re-run of the 2007 gubernatorial elections in Ekiti State. Even...

Mutiny - 27 Soldiers Get Life Sentence in Nigeria

Twenty-seven out of the 28 soldiers standing trial on mutiny charge at the 323 Army Artillery Regiment, Owena Barrack, Akure, Ondo State capital were yesterday sentenced to life imprisonment by the Military Court Martial presided over by Brigadier- General Ishaya Bauka. The remaining accused, Private Bala Aliyu, was, however, discharged and...

Nigerian Fuel Scarcity Bites Hard Nationwide

THERE is seeming confusion over the current status of government's deregulation of the downstream sub-sector of the Nigerian oil, resulting in the scarcity of petroleum products across the country. The scarcity has resulted in long queues at filling stations in Lagos metropolis and nearby Ogun State last weekend, following the stoppage of loading...

Nigerian Minister, 29 Others Under Probe

In a renewed onslaught against graft, President Umaru Yar'Adua may have approved the investigation of the Minister of State for Power, Mr. Nuhu Somo Wyo, and officials of the Ministry of Power, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), National Universities Commission (NUC), and National Office of Technology Acquisition (NOTAP) for violation...

Nigerian Govt Seeks Swiss Assistance to Recover More Looted Funds

The Federal Government has made a passionate appeal to the government of Switzerland to assist Nigeria in the bid to recover more looted funds from Swiss banks. Switzerland had Wednesday assured the Federal Government of its willingness to assist Nigeria recover the $150 million Halliburton bribe money trapped in Swiss bank accounts if Nigeria...

14 Militants Killed in Nigeria

A confrontation on Sunday night between militants and soldiers of the Joint Task Force (JTF) along the Okilo Creek near Igbomotoru River, Tebideba Route, Bayelsa State, has left 14 suspected militants dead. The casualty figure on the side of the military was unknown as at press time. THISDAY gathered that at the end of the battle, the militant...

Yar'Adua Confesses - 'I Can't Sleep Over Power Situation'

The current power supply situation in the country is taking a heavy toll on President Umaru Yar'Adua who has confessed that he "can hardly sleep again," on account of the situation. He has consequently given Power Minister, Mr. Lanre Babalola, a blank cheque to deal with the problem fast and to the satisfaction of the generality of Nigerians....

Religious Clashes in Nigeria Worries U.S.

There are indications that the frequent religious clashes in Nigeria may have become a source of concern to the United States government and major institutions working in the area of religious tolerance in the country. The recent Jos and Bauchi clashes have prompted questions on what steps the Nigerian government is taking to ensure long-term...

Obasanjo Not Yet Cleared, Says EFCC in Nigeria:

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said it is still investigating the allegation of corrupt practices against former President Olusegun Obasanjo. This is contrary to the claim by the ex-president that he remains the only former leader that has been investigated by both the EFCC and Indep-endent Corrupt Practices and Other...

Yar'Adua - We'll Grant Amnesty to Militants in Nigeria

In what may be a major shift in the attitude of the Federal Government towards Niger Delta militants, President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua yesterday promised amnesty to those who are willing to lay down their arms and be integrated into the lawful society. Meanwhile, the Rivers State government has issued a white paper on the Justice Kayode Eso panel...