Nigerian security forces: 5-hour gunbattle with extremists in northwest Sokoto …

Local news reports said the attackers were plotting to assassinate the Sultan of Sokoto, the pre-eminent leader of Nigeria’s tens of millions of Muslims, who preaches against extremism. Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is sacrilege,” has in the past threatened to kill the sultan. But deputy police superintendent …

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Army impounds petrol tanker loaded with arms in Kebbi

The Nigerian Army yesterday announced the interception of a petrol tanker loaded with arms and ammunition in Kebbi State. Speaking with newsmen after the operation, Commanding Officer, 1 Battalion, Nigerian Army, Lt. Col. Sunday Ilori, said that the vehicle, bearing the logo of Mobil Oil, was impounded on July 11, …

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Desertification, Erosion Remain North’s Albatross

Soil degradation resulting from gradual desertification of farmlands still remains a great threat particularly within the North-West zone, and this seems to have defied solutions, just as authorities have continued to claim committing huge resources to curtail the worrisome situation. MUAZU ELAZEH, Katsina and ABBA ABUBAKAR KABARA take a look …

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Katsina State’s "No Future" Budget, By Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai

Nasir El-Rufai In the days and weeks leading up to the faux pax that became the Nigeria Governor’s Forum (NGF) election, the Katsina state governor, Ibrahim Shehu Shema was mentioned several times as a possible compromise candidate, largely on account of what some perceive as his ‘performance’ as governor. The …

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PATHS2 Advocates Passage Of National Health Bill

THE Partnership for Transforming Health Phase II (PATHS2) national program manager, Mike Egbon, has challenged Nigerian politicians, traditional institutions and religious leaders to put health issues at the front burner of political agenda by ensuring that the national health bill is passed and assented to. Egbon who spoke at a …

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Nigeria: I am never a member of Boko Haram – Kabiru Sokoto

Nigeria: I am never a member of Boko Haram – Kabiru Sokoto Category: Nigeria News Published on Friday, 12 July 2013 10:06 Written by Codewit staff Hits: 150 I am never a member of Boko Haram – Kabiru Sokoto Kabiru Umar, a.k.a Kabiru Sokoto, the alleged mastermind of Christmas day …

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Nigerian state orders schools to close after massacre

LAGOS (AFP) –  Nigeria’s northeastern Yobe state on Sunday ordered the closure of all secondary schools after a massacre that saw suspected Islamist extremists kill 42 people in a gun and bomb attack on a boarding school. Yobe state governor Ibrahim Gaidam has “directed that all secondary schools in the …

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2015: No one will decide for North–Junaid Mohammed

Dr. Junaid Mohammed, the National Chairman of the recently deregistered Peoples Salvation Party (PSP), is a social and political commentator who has a reputation for bold and frank talk. In this interview with Desmond Mgboh in Kano, the Second Republic parliamentarian called for the immediate impeachment of President Goodluck Jonathan …

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Two Pregnant Women, Six Children Captured In Sokoto Shoot Out

A number of women, two of them pregnant and six children were captured in Sokoto on Thursday, after a seven-hour exchange of gunfire between security forces and members of a fundamentalist group in the state. Commander of the military task force in Sokoto state, Brigadier General Mohammed Tasiu Ibrahim led …

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World Bank invests N209mn on 3000 farmers in Kano

The project promotes the growth of drought tolerant maize. The World Bank said on Friday that it spent over N209 million on over 3000 farmers under its assisted Commercial Agriculture Development Project, CADP, in Kano State. A breakdown of the beneficiaries, according to the Bank’s Senior Operations Specialist and Task …

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