Nollywood producer announces movie on Ibrahim Babangida

Award-winning Nollywood producer and director, Obi Emelonye, has announced a new movie “Badamasi: Portrait of a General”, a work on former military Head of State, Ibrahim BadamasiBabangida. The filmmaker announced the project in Lagos. He said “Badamasi”, which would be released later this year, would paint an intimate portrait’ of IBB, the General that ruled Nigeria from 1985 to 1993. …

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Alexei Navalny: Russian opposition leader found guilty

Russia’s main opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, has been found guilty of embezzlement and handed a five-year suspended sentence. It bars him from running for president next year against Vladimir Putin. But Mr Navalny has vowed to take part in the race regardless. He denies the charges and says he will appeal against the verdict. His conviction came in a retrial …

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South African’s Jacob Zuma deploys troops to state address SONA

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has ordered the deployment of about 440 troops to maintain law and order in parliament for his annual state of the nation address on Thursday. Opposition parties have condemned the decision as a “declaration of war”. Previous addresses by Mr Zuma have been marred by protests and brawls as opposition MPs demanded his resignation. Mr …

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Somalia presidential vote at Mogadishu airport

Somalia’s MPs are electing the country’s president in a heavily guarded aircraft hangar in Mogadishu, as the rest of the country is not safe. Traffic has been banned, schools have been shut and a no-fly zone imposed over the capital to prevent attacks. Despite this, suspected militant Islamists fired mortar rounds close to the venue on Tuesday night. Somalia, marred …

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Bank of England sees inflation spreading beyond food and fuel

The Bank of England says price rises already seen in food and fuel will spread to other goods later this year. In a monthly report of business conditions, the Bank said the cost of manufactured goods would also rise. It said Companies, which made bets to mitigate against last year’s drop in sterling will soon see those bets expire, increasing …

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INEC Officials Linked To 111M Bribery Must Be Prosecuted Immediately – CACOL

In the meantime The Centre for Anti-Corruption Open Leadership, CACOL, has called for the prosecution of the INEC staff and others linked to the 111 million naira reported to have been recovered by the Joint Investigation Panel, which probed the legislative elections in Rivers State. The call was made known by CACOL through its Executive Chairman, Debo Adeniran, who stated …

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Rivers rerun: INEC yet to receive police report accusing staff of bribery

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it was yet to receive the report of the police panel that investigated activities surrounding the December 10, 2016 parliamentary re-run polls in Rivers. The panel, which was constituted by police high command, submitted its report to the Inspector-General of Police on Tuesday in Abuja. The report said that N111 million “bribe money” …

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Senate to Amaechi: Retract claim on foreign loans

The Senate has vowed to tackle the Presidency over claims by Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi, that the National Assembly was yet to approve loans that would be used for rail infrastructure. In a statement by its spokesperson, AliyuAbdullahi, the senate said Mr. Amaechi alleged that the non-approval of the loan was frustrating construction of Lagos-Ibadan, Ibadan-Ilorin-Minna-Kano rail lines. It said …

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CJN: Osinbajo sends Onnoghen name to Senate for confirmation

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, has sent the name of the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, to the National Assembly for confirmation as the substantive CJN. The presidency made the nomination known via its Twitter handle  Buhari had, on November 10, 2016, inaugurated Onnoghen as acting CJN following the retirement of Justice Mahmud Mohammed at the attainment …

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