Secret Talks With Boko Haram Over Chibok Girls?
[Premium Times]Despite the Nigerian government's public rejection of any prisoner swap with extremist Boko Haram sect, its officials, alongside the Red Cross, are currently in talks to trade Boko Haram militants for more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls abducted by the sect in April, the U.K. Telegraph reported Friday.
Four Days Inside Boko Haram's Bloody 'Caliphate'
[Daily Trust]It is Saturday afternoon and the time is five minutes past two. At Government Secondary School, Uba in Borno State, a boy, about seven years old, seats on a table behind empty classrooms. Holding a gun-shaped broken arm of a chair, he takes aim across the field, squints his left eye for a perfect shot.
Social Media Sees Meteoric Growth
[Balancing Act]London -In 2013 Balancing Act carried out a detailed market research study in seven Sub-Saharan countries in the vanguard of adopting the Internet and social media. The study has four parts - which are available for free as downloads - and looks at how the Internet and social media are changing Africa's communications and media landscape. Russell Southwood highlights some of the key findings from the study.
Oil Workers Suspend Strike
[Guardian]THE National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, on Friday night suspended its five-day-old strike.
UN Ebola Mission Launched
[UN News]Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has officially established the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response and has instructed the advance teams for the first-of-its-kind operation to head to its base in Accra, Ghana, by Monday, 22 September.
25 Hours Under Church Guesthouse Rubble
[Premium Times]One of the survivors of the building collapse at The Synagogue Church of All Nations, Friday, told journalists that the incident was a demonic attack on the church.
Update On the South African Citizens Affected By the Church Building Collapse in Nigeria
[SA Govt]Ladies and gentlemen of the media, Fellow South Africans,
84 South Africans Dead, 17 Unaccounted For in Collapse
[Premium Times]The number of dead South Africans at the collapsed five-storey guest house owned by the Synagogue Church of all Nations has increased from 67 to 84, the country's High Commissioner to Nigeria, Lulu Mnguni, has said.
Dozens Killed As Boko Haram Attacks Borno Market
[Leadership]Dozens of traders at a rural market in Borno State may have been killed and several others injured during an attack by Boko Haram members yesterday afternoon, eyewitnesses and security operatives have said.
Party Endorses President Jonathan for Re-Election
[VOA]Prominent members of Nigeria's ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) unanimously endorsed incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan to be the group's candidate in February's presidential election, according to Senator Walid Jibrin, Secretary of the party's Board of Trustees.
Another Church Collapses in Benin
[This Day]Survivor recounts 28 hours under the rubble ordeal Chiemelie Ezeobi and Adibe Emenyonu Two days after the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and other emergency workers wound up rescue operation at the Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN), the figure of deaths yesterday jumped to 86.
SA, Nigeria Cooperate in Building Collapse Tragedy
[SAnews.gov.za]Minister in The Presidency and chair of the Inter-Ministerial Task Team on the Nigeria tragedy, Jeff Radebe, says authorities in Nigeria and South Africa remain committed to identifying the deceased and assisting the survivors of last Friday's building collapse.
Church Collapse Rescue Ends
[Premium Times]Rescue operations at the site of the collapsed building at The Synagogue Church of All Nations, Lagos, have ended with 80 people confirmed dead.
How Patrick Sawyer Infected Us With Ebola, Doctors Who Treated Liberian-American Speak
[Premium Times]The survivors of the Ebola Virus Disease have narrated their experiences, speaking of the trauma they went through and how Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American who brought the virus to Nigeria, lied to health workers who attended to him.
South West States Announce New Ebola Measures in Schools
[Daily Independent]Many states across the South West Zone are putting in place new strategies to contain any outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease to meet Monday's resumption date announced by the Federal Government.
JAFAC Denies Involvement in U.S.$9.3 Million Deal in South Africa
[Daily Independent]Maiduguri -Sir Felix Chidi Idiga, has debunked the allegation that his private jet was involved in the smuggling of $9.3 million to South Africa to purchase arms.
No Evidence That Ewedu Plant Concoction Can Cure Ebola
[Africa Check]A medical professor has told the Nigerian press that drinking a concoction made of the ewedu plant can prevent and cure Ebola. Her claim is not supported by the available evidence.
Up to 84 S. Africans Killed in Nigerian Church Collapse - Report
[SAPA]Johannesburg -The number of South Africans killed in a building collapse in Nigeria has increased from 67 to 84, SABC radio news reported on Friday.
Boko Haram and the War Against Terror
[Fahamu]Nigerian security forces have killed as many people as the militant group Boko Haram in the ongoing war against terror. What must be appreciated is that Boko Haram is a symptom of serious economic and social problems and an indication of the level of despair that many poor people feel. Military force alone will not quash the insurgency
Torture is Not Official Policy, Say Nigerian Police
[Vanguard]Lagos -The Nigeria Police Force has faulted the report of Amnesty International, saying that torture is prohibited. In a statement by Force Public Relations Officer, Ag.CP Emmanuel Ojukwu, it stated that there is a zero tolerance for corruption and abuse of power, stressing there is no Immunity for impunity in Nigeria Police Force.