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Abuja Car Fire Near British Embassy Frays Nerves A Nissan Sunny car belonging to the Federal Ministry Of Labour caught fire around 11:00 am local time today.It was a mysterious blaze that occurred in front of the British High Commission in Abuja, located at No. 33 Aguyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, a situation that fast created high tension and panic among the residents.READ MORE…
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Abuja Car Fire Near British Embassy Frays Nerves

A Nissan Sunny car belonging to the Federal Ministry Of Labour caught fire around 11:00 am local time today.

It was a mysterious blaze that occurred in front of the British High Commission in Abuja, located at No. 33 Aguyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, a situation that fast created high tension and panic among the residents.

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BREAKING: Nyanya Explosion: INTERPOL Hands Over Alleged Mastermind To Nigeria Aminu Ogwuche, the Nigerian accused of masterminding the April 14 bomb explosion in Nyanya, a suburb of Abuja, has been handed to Nigerian security officials by the International Police, INTERPOL.This was disclosed by the Defence Headquarters on its twitter handle on Tuesday afternoon.READ MORE…
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BREAKING: Nyanya Explosion: INTERPOL Hands Over Alleged Mastermind To Nigeria

Aminu Ogwuche, the Nigerian accused of masterminding the April 14 bomb explosion in Nyanya, a suburb of Abuja, has been handed to Nigerian security officials by the International Police, INTERPOL.

This was disclosed by the Defence Headquarters on its twitter handle on Tuesday afternoon.

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President Jonathan Is Nigeria’s Number One Enemy, Says APC

A scathing attack on the presidency of Goodluck Jonathan is circulating around Abuja-based media outlets, and in other major Nigerian cities. Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the National Publicity Secretary of the All People’s Congress, issued the statement late Tuesday evening, when SaharaReporters received a copy of it. Below is a copy of that statement.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has described President Goodluck Jonathan as Nigeria’s number one enemy because of his propensity to perpetrate impunity, abuse federal institutions and tolerate corruption, all in a dangerous clamor to win re-election at all costs.

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Christopher and his mother, who is First Lady, Patience Jonathan’s sister

Family Asks IGP To Order Inquest Into Drowning Of First Lady Patience Jonathan’s Nephew At Agura Hotel In Abuja

By SaharaReporters, New York

The Awin Family has petitioned the Inspector General of Police to order a full Coroner’s Inquest to establish the circumstances of the June 7 drowning of their son, 31-year old Christopher Onoriode Akpomowei Awin, in the swimming pool at Agura Hotels in Abuja. Christopher is a nephew of Nigeria’s  First Lady, Patience Jonathan

A statement by Festus Keyamo Chambers, on behalf of the family, pointed out that while post mortem has confirmed that if the victim had received help within five minutes of being submerged, he would have survived, enquiries have revealed that the guards on duty at the pool had at the time curiously left their duty post on flimsy excuses.

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World Bank Approves $495.3m To Boost Agriculture In Northern Nigeria -Daily Independent

The World Bank on Friday said it had approved 495.3 million dollars (about N80.7 billion) to boost agriculture in Northern Nigeria.

This is contained in a statement issued by Mr. Bamidele Oladokun, Communications Associate to the World Bank, in Abuja.

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Tragedy And Protests In Abuja As Demolition Bulldozer Crushes Child, Followed By Death Of Mother

By SaharaReporters, New York

Protests broke out today along Kubwa Express Road in Galadima, a section of Abuja, after a bulldozer being used by a demolition squad of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) killed a child. The bulldozer was being used to demolish illegal structures built on a parcel of land that a source belongs to an unnamed “influential person.” The child’s mother then died shortly after by stabbing herself, the two tragedies triggering protests by squatters and onlookers in the area.

A source at the location told SaharaReporters that the “influential individual” who owns the land had connived with officials of the Federal Capital Territory by pretending that he was building an estate on the land.

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Murtala Nyako

FG Grounds Governor Nyako’s Jet In Yola, As Adamawa Assembly Commences Impeachment Proceedings Against Him

By SaharaReporters, New York

As President Goodluck Jonathan continues to lash out in various directions against his political opponents, he today ordered the federal aviation authorities at the Yola International Airport to prevent the take-off of a private jet chartered to take Governor Murtala Nyako to Abuja.

The governor was billed to attend the inauguration of the newly-elected executives of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the nation’s capital.

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Some persons arrested with old and new balloting materials yesterday

Ekiti Gubernatorial Election: Police Give Security Assurance

By SaharaReporters, New York

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. MD Abubakar, has assured Nigerians, especially indigenes of Ekiti State, of the readiness of the Nigeria Police Force and other relevant security agencies to provide effective security and ensure a smooth and orderly conduct of the June 21 governorship election.

According to police spokesman Frank Mba in a statement, the IGP gave this assurance during a brief meeting with the Police Management Team today in Abuja.

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NOPRIN Calls On The Police Service To Dismiss Abuja Police Commissioner Joseph Mbu

By SaharaReporters, New York

Officials from the Network on Police Reform in Nigeria, known by the acronym NOPRIN, has called on the police service commission (PSC) to exercise its statutory oversight, and invoke its disciplinary powers against Mr. Mbu Joseph Mbu. He is the Commissioner for Police for the FCT, caught in a controversial move, his critics say, for subverting Nigeria’s constitution, and infringing on the fundamental rights of Nigerians over freedom of expression.

Mr. Mbu, his critics and those close to NOPRIN say, acted with malice, by purportedly banning protests by groups of citizens demanding that the federal government act swiftly to rescue over 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by terrorists about 7 weeks ago. The protest ban, they say, is not only unconstitutional, but it is a call that can only be made by lawmakers, and is beyond his powers. Yet, say critics inside NOPRIN, Mbu acted “in utter contempt of a subsisting Appeals Court judgment upholding the inalienable constitutional rights of Nigerians to express their opinions through peaceful protests and demonstrations.”

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Right To Assemble And Protest: A Teachable Moment For Abuja Police Commissioner Joseph Mbu

By Senator Babafemi Ojudu

Section 39 of the 1999 Constitution guarantees right to freedom of expression whilst Sec. 40 made provision for freedom of assembly and association.

Every person shall be entitled to assembly freely and associate with other persons and in particular he may form or belong to any political party, trade union or any other association for the protection of his rights.

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A scene of attack on #BringBackOurgirls protesters in Abuja

By SaharaReporters, New York

Protesters who have been holding #BringBackOurGirls protests in Nigeria’s federal capital of Abuja have vowed to continue with their peaceful advocacy, despite a government announcement yesterday banning further activities by the group.

A day after a controversial police commissioner, Mr. Joseph Mbu, declared that the police had prohibited further protests, the organizers of the event declared their intention to defy the ban by continuing with their sit-ins aimed at pressuring the government to intensify efforts to rescue more than 200 secondary schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno State, who were abducted on April 14 by members of the terrorist Islamist group, Boko Haram.

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Nigeria Police “Denies” Banning Peaceful Rallies

By SaharaReporters, New York

The Police High Command says that contrary to the announcement made by its Abuja Command yesterday, it has not banned peaceful assemblies or protests anywhere in Nigeria.

In a statement signed by spokesman Frank Mba, the Police said it only issued an “advisory notice” by which it urged citizens to apply caution in the said rallies, particularly in the Federal Capital Territory and its environs.

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