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Jos: Christians retaliate, death toll hits 19, fresh bloodbath averted

The timely intervention of security operatives prevented another bloodbath in Jos on Monday following Sunday’s bombing of the St. Finbarr’s Catholic Church, Rayfield, even as the death toll rose to 19. Tension mounted as the hostilities between Christian and Moslem youths that started on Sunday, escalated on Monday with unconfirmed reports of the disappearance of […]

Senate lambasts DPR over delay of gas monitoring projects

By Inalegwu Shaibu ABUJA —  The Senate has lambasted the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, over its inability to fast track the installation of gas pipelines to facilitate the supply of gas generated in the country. The Senator Nkechi Nwoagu-led committee on gas had summoned DPR to explain the continuous inclusion of the construction of […]

Police Inspector, soldier, 4 others killed in Adamawa

Mubi – A police inspector, a soldier and four other persons were killed in a Monday night attack by unidentified gunmen in Mubi, Adamawa. Eyewitnesses told journalists in Mubi that a unit of military patrol team were also attacked by the gunmen, injuring the men on duty. The witnesses said that unidentified gunmen attacked a military patrol vehicle […]

Taliban threaten to behead U.S. soldiers over civilian shootings

The Afghan Taliban on Tuesday threatened to behead U.S. troops in revenge for the massacre of 16 Afghan civilians by a lone American soldier in southern Afghanistan. “The Islamic Emirate once again warns the American animals that the mujahideen will avenge them, and with the help of Allah will kill and behead your sadistic murderous […]

Opinion: Still on Nigeria/South Africa imbroglio

The relations between Nigeria and South Africa over yellow fever vaccination took an alarmingly embarrassing turn recently with both countries deporting the citizens of each other. The ostensible reason for yellow fever vaccination was what both countries needed to unleash the age-long hostilities and rivalry on one another. This is the same South Africa when […]

FG urges new envoys to protect Nigerians abroad

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Olugbenga Ashiru, has urged new ambassadors to ensure the protection of Nigerians abroad. He said this just as he announced that the government’s policy on reciprocal diplomacy had come to stay. Ashiru said this in an address during the induction course for 88 Ambassadors-Designate in Abuja on Monday. According to […]

Sex assault: Nigerian jailed for four years, faces deportation

A Nigerian, who allegedly carried out two sex attacks on women he met in a Cambridge nightclub has been jailed. According to Cambridge First on Monday, Anthony Iyare, 29, attacked a woman in the toilets of the Fez Club in May, a year after sexually assaulting a woman he had met at the same club. […]

Three die, others injured in Bayelsa cult clash

March 13, 2012 by Mike Odiegwu, Yenagoa  Unidentified gunmen believed to be cultists attacked bars along Hospital Road Yenagoa, Bayelsa State on Sunday night, killing at least three persons including a sex worker. THE PUNCH learnt that the bandits, who allegedly wore police bulletproof vests, stormed the relaxation spots about 9.30pm and opened fire on […]

PDP Chair: Jonathan begs govs to back Tukur

March 13, 2012 by Olusola Fabiyi, Lekan Adetayo and Oluwole Josiah, Abuja  President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday begged governors from the North-East to back his candidate to be the new chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party. A source in government told THE PUNCH that the President did so at a meeting held at the Presidential […]

Policemen storm funeral of youth killed by DPO

March 13, 2012 by Kunle Falayi  As the three-day funeral of Abiodun Ademola, who was allegedly shot by a Divisional Police Officer, Mr. Segun Fabunmi, commenced at Yaya Abatan in Ogba area of Lagos on Monday, policemen stormed the venue of the event. The policemen, our correspondent learnt, were from the Pen Cinema Police Station, […]

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