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President Yar'Adua Approves Relief for Zimbabwean Refugees

President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua yesterday approved urgent humanitarian relief materials in support of South Africa 's efforts to take care of the influx of Zimbabwean refugees and the outbreak of cholera.The President disclosed the approval at a farewell audience with the out-going High Commissioner of South Africa, Mr. Bangumzi Sifingo , in State...

Organised Private Sector Raises Fresh Alarm In Nigeria

The Organised Private Sector (OPS) has raised the alarm over the continued decline in capacity utilisation in industries and the real sector of the economy. Also, multinational oil and gas exploration and production companies operating in Nigeria are re-appraising their commitment to outstanding projects on the strength of the inability of the...

Nigeria Loses N177 Billion Oil Revenue Due To Global Crisis

The crash in oil prices at the international market has manifested in the depletion of Nigeria's revenue as the nation recorded a drop of N177.52 billion in accruals to the Federation Account last November. The revenue that accrued to the Federation Account from oil, according to a communiqué by the Technical sub-committee of the Federation...

Jos Riot Continues In Nigeria

THE violence in Jos, Plateau State capital, continued, yesterday, with reprisal attacks leading to more deaths and loss of property, forcing the state government to extend the curfew in some areas to 24 hours. This happened as Governor Jonah Jang was said to have been summoned to Abuja by President Umar Yar'Adua on the crisis while an Assistant...

Death Toll in Jos Riot Rises to 350 in Nigeria

The Plateau State Government has ordered security operatives comprising men of the Nigerian Army, Air Force, and Mobile Police to 'shoot on sight' anybody fomenting crisis or defying the curfew order imposed on the state capital, Jos. The order was the government's latest response to end the riot in Jos, which death toll, as at yesterday evening,...

Vodafone Targets to Enter Telecoms Market in Nigeria

The largest mobile telecommunications network company in the world, Vodafone Group, has expressed its desire to operate in the Nigerian telecoms terrain. Vodafone, with its headquarters in Berkshire, England, UK has a market value of about £75 billion. It currently has operations in 25 countries and partner networks in a further 42 countries...

Atiku in Nigeria Hopeful About Supreme Court Judgment

  Former Vice President and Action Congress (AC) candidate in the 2007 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, returned to Nigeria yesterday after almost three months abroad, with optimism that he would unseat President Umaru Yar'Adua at the Supreme Court. Atiku who spoke to THISDAY last night through his media consultant, Garba Shehu...

Former Anti-Corruption Boss Ribadu's Case Takes New Twist

THE case filed by former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu challenging his demotion from the rank of Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) to Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) has taken new twist as the Federal Government yesterday filed an application seeking the transfer of the case to...

Nigerian militants warn oil workers in delta

Nigeria: Nigeria's most prominent militant group on Sunday declared an "oil war" in the restive Niger Delta after two days of major gunbattles with security forces. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), responsible for attacks that have cut a fifth of the OPEC member's oil output, repeated its warning for all oil...

Nigeria edge World Cup hosts South Africa

Port Elizabeth: Ike Uche snatched a 70th-minute winner to hand Nigeria a 1-0 win over South Africa in their World Cup qualifier in Port Elizabeth on Saturday. The result all but ends South Africa's chances of qualifying for the 2010 African Nations Cup finals in Angola, a major embarrassment for the hosts of the 2010 World Cup finals. Uche turned...

Nigeria president claims to be in sound health, return home soon

Lagos: A Nigerian newspaper on Monday quoted President Umaru Yar'Adua as saying that he would return home from Saudi Arabia soon, in an apparent effort to end speculation about the state of his health. Yar'Adua, known to have a chronic kidney problem, travelled to Saudi Arabia two weeks ago for the Islamic obligation of Umrah, the lesser Hajj. He...

Nigeria rejects allegation of attacks on militants

Nigeria: The Nigerian military has denied it clashed with militants in the oil-rich Niger Delta region. The militant Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (Mend) said it launched three coordinated attacks on Saturday. It claimed to have killed 29 soldiers in the attacks, which it said took place in three different states. But a military...

Ailing Nigerian president being treatment in Saudi

Abuja (Nigeria): Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua is receiving medical treatment in Saudi Arabia, a source in the presidency said on Sunday, reviving concern over his health and ability to govern. Yar'Adua, known to have a chronic kidney problem, travelled to Saudi Arabia two weeks ago for the Islamic obligation of Umrah, the lesser Hajj. He has...

Nigeria satisfies with football silver

Beijing: Argentina retained their Olympic men's football title as they overcame the heat to beat Nigeria 1-0 in the Bird's Nest stadium. Benfica striker Angel di Maria's neat chip after 58 minutes was enough to give the Argentines victory. Nigeria had their fair share of chances, but were unable to beat goalkeeper Sergio Romero. Play was stopped...

Britain ready to venture with Nigeria in energy sector

Lagos: Britain has expressed its readiness to collaborate with Nigeria for the development of the nation's energy sector, reported by Channels TV news on Wednesday. Malcolm Wicks, British secretary of Energy, stated this in Abuja on Tuesday at meeting with Nigeria's minister of energy Odein Ajumogobia and observed that many countries around the...