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Bodija ClashThere was pandemonium at the Bodija market in Ibadan on Friday as Yoruba and Hausa traders clashed, resulting in the destruction of goods worth millions of naira.

No one could say categorically what triggered the clash, except what many of the traders regarded it as a built-up anger over the downturn in their economy since the killing of 14 Yoruba traders in Borno State on May 4 and June 28 this year, where they had gone to buy beans.

Since the killing of their colleagues (the second incident) on June 28, Yoruba traders have stopped travelling to the north-eastern state, where a certain specie of beans (Oloyin) loved by people in the South-West is usually found at cheaper price.

Aluu 4The unspeakable act, which took place in Omuokiri Aluu in Ikwerre Local Government Area, caused public disgust and condemnation of global proportion.

The young men were accused of stealing — and claims were later rejected by the police.

Below is a timeline of the painful, rocky investigation and trial processes which have not been easy, with the widespread notion of aiding and abetting on the crime by the police.

October 16, following media testimony by a sister to Tekenah, one of the victims, the police reportedly dismissed Sergeant Lucky Orji for alleged role in the murder.

Geraldine Echue... Emerges winner in global chemistry competition

 

Not too long ago in China, an avalanche of honours fell on Nigeria's path. It happened when one of her unsung heroines surprised the world by claiming a coveted prize at a recent edition of the ChinaNano Science Conference.

Her work in the field of Nano science and technology - an aspect of chemistry – won the best prize, outclassing over 1,000 other entries.

femi-falanaNigeria’s top human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has slammed a one billion naira lawsuit against the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, and a controversial government contractor, Emeka Offor, for the brutality meted out to an international businessman, Comrade Bony Okonkwo, who was arrested by the police on Saturday, July 13, 2013, and released after 18 days in solitary confinement.

Okonkwo, a social activist and businessman based in South Africa, was arrested in his home in Ilasamanja of Lagos by a team of Special Anti-Robbery policemen over comments he made on a listserv against the shady businessman.

Policemen reportedly sent from the police headquarters in Abuja handcuffed Bonny detained him in several police formations in Lagos before driving him to Abuja in the trunk of a police Prado vehicle for criticizing Offor in an online forum, according to a statement from the Falana and Falana Chambers signed by Samuel Ogala

Mrs.-Obiageli-EzekwesiliFormer Vice-President of the World Bank (African Region), Mrs. Obiageli Ezekwesili, yesterday, dared members of the National Assembly to publicly declare their remuneration package, after some lawmakers described as baseless her claim that the National Assembly’s eight-year spending of over N1trillion is a huge drain on the economy.

Ezekwesili, a former Minister of Education who was guest speaker at a Civil Society Roundtable on “Cost of Governance,” had proposed that the federal legislators should serve on part-time basis to save cost and allow government to re-channel the chunk of resources to other critical sectors of the country, a proposal greeted with a lot of criticisms and condemnation from some lawmakers at the National Assembly.

In a swift reaction, Ezekwesili took an exception to some of the criticisms that trailed her proposal, saying many of the lawmakers chose to haul verbal assaults and threats at her rather than addressing the issues at stake.

Thursday, 22 August 2013 09:44

OAU rated best in Nigeria, 8th in Africa

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Obafemi Awolowo_universityObafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State, has been rated the best university in Nigeria and the eighth in Africa in the latest webometric ranking.

This was contained in the university’s news bulletin issued on Tuesday, quoting the new Webometric rating by Cybermetric Lab of Spain, a world-renowned research council.

The publication stated that the council rated OAU higher on the ladder from number 14 to eight in Africa.
It also confirmed the university’s academic excellence and intellectual supremacy, saying this was the first time that a Nigerian university would be so ranked consecutively.

Plane LandingThe First International Flight yesterday landed at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, four days to the official landing of International commercial Flights.

The first flight, which flew into Enugu directly from Europe and Senegal, carried Billionaire businessman, Chief Arthur Eze.

The aircraft with registration number, No 5MPZE, which landed at the modernised airport at about 3.20pm direct from Senegal, is the first international aircraft to touch down at the airport after it was upgraded.

It could be recalled that President Goodluck Jonathan gave approval for the upgrading of the airport to an international status two years ago and laid the foundation for the construction of the international wing early this year.

Abubakar ShekauConfusion was the order of the day on Tuesday following announcement on Monday by the Joint Task Force (JTF) that the most wanted leader of the Boko Haram Islamic sect, Abubakar Shekau, may have died of gunshot wounds.

JTF spokesman, Sagir Musa, announced the death of Shekau in a statement on Monday.

Musa said the terrorist leader may have “died of gunshot wound received in an encounter with the JTF troops in one of their camps at Sambisa Forest on June 30, 2013.”

The statement added that “Shekau was mortally wounded in the encounter and was sneaked into Amitchide – a border community in Cameroun – for treatment from which he never recovered.”

MasterCardIn line with its agreement with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), MasterCard incorporated Tuesday disclosed that it would commence the pilot phase of the rollout of 13 million national identity smart cards before the end of the year.

The Vice President and Area Business Head of West Africa, MasterCard, Ms. Omokehinde Ojomuyide, disclosed this at a media briefing in Lagos.

The programme, which also supports the cashless policy had been described as the largest rollout of a formal electronic payment solution in Nigeria as well as the broadest financial inclusion initiative in the continent.

Ojomuyide said: “Initially, there were seven to eight banks, but now they are 14 banks and before it comes to an end, the plan is that every Nigerian bank would be able to issue cards as it would not be exclusive to a particular bank.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013 11:27

‘Nigeria Will Have Astronauts by 2015’

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Seidu MohammedIn this Interview, Professor Seidu Mohammed, the Director-General of the National Space Research and Development Agency explains what measures the agency has taken in preventing any death or disaster from possible flood this year. He further spoke on Nigeria’s quest for the first scientist to go into space, among other issues. Reuben Buhari presents the excerpts:

What are you doing about the application of space science to the socio-economic development of Nigeria?

Since our space agency is the custodian of space assets for the country, we have registered Nigeria as a member of the Disaster Monitoring International. Since the main focal point of disaster management in Nigeria is the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), we have become a member of this body so that in the event of any national disaster happening in the country, NEMA can invoke the charter so that images or usage of satellites of any of the member nations can be acquired when the coordinates in latitudes and longitudes is given to them, and we have been doing that for years which is a major contribution by NASRDA.

Boat Carrying_ImmigrantsFour boats carrying more than 350 migrants including Egyptians and Syrians have landed in Italy, officials said Monday, the latest arrivals due to the growing unrest in north Africa.


Ninety-nine people including 17 women and 11 children arrived on one boat that was intercepted by coastguard vessels and taken to Catania in Sicily. The migrants said they were from Syria and Egypt.

“Some of us are escaping from Egypt because there are people who lost relatives after the fall of (deposed Islamist president Mohamed) Morsi,” one migrant was quoted as saying by Italian news agency ANSA.

He said their journey had lasted seven days.

Facebook bug_oneA Palestinian information system expert says he was forced to post a bug report on Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook page after the social network’s security team failed to recognize that a critical vulnerability he found allows anyone to post on someone's wall.

The vulnerability, which was reported by a man calling himself ‘Khalil,’ allows any Facebook user to post anything on the walls of other users - even when those users are not included in their list of friends. He reported the vulnerability through Facebook’s security feedback page, which offered a minimum reward of US$500 for each real security bug report.

However, the social network’s security team failed to acknowledge the bug, even though Khalil enclosed a link to a post he made on the timeline of a random girl who studied at the same college as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.