US frees prisoner after 43 years in solitary

The longest-serving prisoner to be held in solitary confinement in US history, Albert Woodfox, has walked free in Louisiana after 43 years.

Woodfox was part of the group known as the "Angola Three", after the prison where they spent years in confinement.

He had been there since [...]

Sun, 21 February 2016

Uganda’s Museveni extends rule in controversial poll

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni extended his 30 years in power with official results showing that he has won majority of votes in a controversial election.

With more than 80% of the ballots counted, Mr Museveni has secured 61% of the votes.

His main rival Kizza Besigye, who is under ho [...]

Sun, 21 February 2016

EU referendum: Cameron sets June for vote

Britain will vote on whether to remain in the EU on Thursday, 23 June, Prime Minister David Cameron has said.

The prime minister made his historic statement in Downing Street after briefing the cabinet on his EU reform deal.

He said he had told ministers he will recommend remaining in a [...]

Sun, 21 February 2016

Only 1,500 trucks to run in Lagos ports from March - NPA

The Nigerian Port Authority, NPA, has said that only 1,500 trucks will be permitted access to the Lagos ports of Apapa and Tin Can Island from March 1, 2016.

This is because only that number, which will henceforth bear the agency's sticker, has met the certification of the agency which had [...]

Sun, 21 February 2016

Population commission to begin area demarcation in 29 states

The chairman, National Population Commission, NPC, Chief Eze Duruiheoma, has disclosed that 1, 214 staff would be engaged as demarcators for the second phase of the Enumeration Area Demarcation, EAD, exercise in 29 states of the country.

Duruiheoma, who disclosed this in Abuja at a press confer [...]

Sun, 21 February 2016

Kwara gov charges aviation operators on local content

Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara state has called on aviation operators in the country to employ more locally trained pilots toward making the sector an indigenous venture that will boost revenue.

Speaking at the flag-off of training of helicopter pilots by the state-owned International Aviat [...]

Sun, 21 February 2016

Pensioners kick against investment of N5.2trn on infrastructure

The Nigeria Union of Pensioners, NUP, has frowned at attempts by the federal government to invest N5.2 trillion contributory pension funds to meet some of the infrastructural gap in the country.

In a statement jointly signed by Comrade Abel Afolayan and Elder Zal Actor, the NUP insisted that th [...]

Sun, 21 February 2016

’Need for stiffer policies on female genital mutilation’

The Commissioner for Health, Lagos State, Dr. Jide Idris has said that improved guidelines, trainings and policies to ensure health professionals can provide counselling to young girls and women remains a major solution to the challenge of female genital mutilation in Nigeria.

Idris expressed t [...]

Sun, 21 February 2016



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