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ECOWAS holds off on troop deployment to The Gambia


West Africa leaders not ready to send soldiers as they negotiate with outgoing President Jammeh to relinquish power. West African leaders are still pursuing mediation to ensure a peaceful transfer of power in The Gambia where President Yahya Jammeh refused to accept defeat in an election last month. Liberia’s president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, told reporters on Saturday, after a meeting ...

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N’Delta Avengers threatens devastating attacks

Niger Delta Avengers

The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) has warned the International Oil Companies (IOCs), foreign nation partners, as well as locally owned oil and gas companies captured in the 2017 budget as contracting firms and allies to the federal government to re-evaluate their contracts in the region as this year would witness surprise devastating attacks. Speaking against the backdrop of the Federal ...

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‘156 journalists killed in 2016’


Geneva-based Press Emblem Campaign said on Thursday that 156 media workers were killed in 2016 in 33 countries According to the PEC, the figure is the highest in 10 years and an increase of 15 per cent compared to 2015. The figure included the nine Russian journalists killed in a plane crash in the Black Sea on December 25 on ...

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George Michael dies at 53

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The global singing sensation “passed away peacefully at home” according to his publicist in a statement issued at 11pm on Christmas Day Global singing sensation George Michael has died on Christmas Day, aged 53. Police are describing the death as “unexplained but not suspicious”. They said paramedics attended his home in Goring in Oxfordshire at 1.42pm on Sunday – where ...

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Christmas tragedy: 92 killed as Russian plane crashes

Alexander, a former member of the Alexandrov Ensemble, a well-known military choir lays flowers at the military choir’s building in Moscow, Russia, Sunday following the plane crash. (AP)

All 92 passengers on board a Russian military plane have been confirmed dead after the aircraft crashed into the Black Sea on Sunday.  Remains of the victims were said to have been recovered. According to a report from the British Broadcasting Corporation, the Tu-154 was said to be conveying soldiers, reporters and 64 members of the famed Alexandrov military music ...

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Ibori freed, FG begins ex-Delta governor’s extradition process

A motorcade in Oghara, Delta State, (left) celebrating the release of a former state governor, James Ibori, and Ibori with the Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Mr. Monday Igbuya, in London after the ex-governor’s release from prison... on Wednesday.

The Federal Government has commenced the process of extraditing a former governor of Delta State, Mr. James Ibori, from the United Kingdom,. The Southwark Crown Court had, on April 17, 2012, sentenced Ibori to 13 years in prison after the ex-governor pleaded guilty to 10 counts of money laundering and stealing $250m from the Delta State treasury. Ibori, a Peoples ...

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Ghana Election: Nana Akufo-Addo defeats incumbent president


*Ghana President Mahama concedes defeat Reports from two popular private radio stations in Ghana say Nana Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party, NPP, has won the 2016 Presidential elections. Nana-Addo won the election with an absolute majority over the ruling President,John Dramani Mahama of the National Democratic Congress, NDC. The results, the station said was based on its count ...

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Donald Trump appoints Nigerian, Ogunlesi President’s Strategic and Policy Forum


President-elect Donald Trump On Friday appointed a Nigerian man, Adebayo Ogunlesi as member of the President’s Strategic and Policy Forum. The Forum, which is composed of some of America’s most highly respected and successful business leaders, will be called upon to meet with the President frequently to share their specific experience and knowledge as the President implements his plan to ...

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Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro dies at 90

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•  Buhari, others mourn Fidel Castro, the Cuban revolutionary leader who built a communist state on the doorstep of the United States, is dead. Castro, who for five decades defied U.S. efforts to topple him, died on Friday at the age of 90, state-run Cuban Television said. Castro had been in poor health since an intestinal ailment nearly killed him ...

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Military killed 150 pro-Biafra protesters –Amnesty


The latest reports of the Amnesty International (AI) have revealed how no fewer than 150 pro-Biafra protesters in the South East were killed by the Nigerian security forces led by the military. The group, in a press statement Wednesday, based its figure on analysed 87 videos, 122 photographs and 146 eyewitness testimonies relating to demonstrations and other gathered between August ...

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