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January 14, 2012

Says the policy will help the country achieve total economic emancipation

A non-governmental organisation known as Fred Udeogu Fans Club, based in Abakaliki Ebonyi State, has thrown it weight behind the fuel subsidy removal by the federal government and called on organised Labour to call off the ongoing strike.

In a press briefing on Thursday in Abakaliki, the National President of the club, Chief David Uka stressed that this was the time to reason together and "see how we can move the country forward", noting that the decision was taken and implemented in the best interest of the country.

January 12, 2012

Five Commonwealth countries issue harsh travel advisories for their citizens regarding Nigeria

Five western countries, led by Britain and Canada, have slammed harsh travel advisories on Nigeria asking their nationals to stay away while street protests continue across the country.

Advisories from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London and the Canadian Foreign Affairs and International Trade office today advise against in-country travels for their citizens, and against what they call "non-essential travel" to Nigeria.

The other countries are Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand.

December 23, 2011

Apology to an angry person can sometimes be likened to pouring chilled water on a skin that has been dealt with by sun

The first step to amending a wrong done to someone is by saying ‘sorry’. Resentment, anger, pain can vanish with the two magic words - “I’m sorry”.

December 21, 2011

CPS announces there is sufficient evidence to prosecute him for racist slur at Anton Ferdinand

Chelsea captain John Terry is to face prosecution over allegations that he racially abused Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand.

December 13, 2011

Several bomb blasts were on Tuesday followed by gunshots

The Borno State capital, Maiduguri was on Tuesday hit by several bombs which have been blamed on Islamist sect, Boko Haram.

According to residents of the city which has been the target of several attacks by the terrorists, the bomb blasts were followed by sporadic gunfire.

"There was a heavy explosion in London Ciki (neighbourhood) this morning," said Lt. Colonel Hassan Mohammed, spokesperson for a military task force in Maiduguri.

December 5, 2011

The U23 coach's resignation caps a terrible year for Nigerian football

Nigeria’s Under 23 team coach, Augustine Eguavoen, 46, has tendered his resignation as manager of the team after his rated ‘Dream Team V’ failed to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

December 1, 2011

Widow of the late Ojukwu assures compatriots in the UK that they would play a part in the funeral processes

Bianca, the widow of late Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, on Thursday, expressed gratitude to Nigerians resident in the UK for their support to the family during the period of her husband’s hospitalisation.

November 30, 2011

The airline says new-generation Boeing 737-800 will be used on the route which reopens on December 12

Arik Air is set to resume its flights services between Abuja and London Heathrow on December 12, following the cancellation of services on the route at the end of the summer schedule.

November 26, 2011

The country sought re-election into Category 'C' of the International Maritime Organisation

Nigeria has lost a bid to get re-elected into Category 'C' of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) governing council.

Elections to the Categories 'A', 'B', 'C', and 'D' of the IMO were conducted on Friday at the 27th Regular Session of the IMO Assembly in London.

Category 'C' comprises countries with special interest in maritime transport or navigation and whose election into the council will ensure the representation of all major geographic areas of the world.

November 26, 2011

The Senate leaders and President Jonathan extended their condolences to the Ojukwu family

President Goodluck Jonathan has received with "much sadness and a deep feeling of great national loss", news of the passing of Chief Odumegwu Ojukwu.

Ojukwu, a businessman and political leader from Nnewi in south-eastern Nigeria who was born on 4 November 1933 at Zungeru in northern Nigeria, died in London in the early hours of Saturday after a long illness at Royal Berkshire Hospital  in the UK.

November 20, 2011

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, doctor of the London School of Economics, one-time reformer turned scourge of the rebels against his dictator father, was now a prisoner, bundled aboard an old Libyan air force transport plane near the oil-drilling outpost of Obari, deep in the Sahara desert.

The chic black sweater and jeans were gone. So too the combat khaki T-shirt of his televised last stand in Tripoli. Designer stubble had become bushy black beard after months on the run.

But the rimless glasses, framing those piercing eyes above that straight fine nose, gave him away despite the flowing nomad robes held close across his face.

November 16, 2011

The British government has reportedly reissued Arik Air's landing slots in London.

News reaching us in the last few minutes indicate that the British government has just before the expiration of an ultimatum given by Nigeria, reinstated the full landing rights of Arik Air in London's Heathrow Airport.

It has also been confirmed that British Airways will henceforth offer a 20% reduction on Business Class tickets along the lucrative London-Lagos, London-Abuja routes.

This development is a victory for Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah who had insisted that the British respect the Bilateral Air Services Agreement between both countries.

November 16, 2011

The Verge is reporting that Research In Motion’s first BBX smartphone — a fusion of the BB OS and the PlayBook’s QNX platform — could be the BlackBerry “London”

Although this new BB won’t be rolling out until June 2012, specs that are already floating around on the Interwebs about the London this morning:

November 16, 2011

Faith, or better religion, is at the root of most problems that plague the continent including that of witchcraft accusation.

I just returned from a two day conference on Witchcraft Branding, Spirit Possession and Safeguarding African Children; organised in London by a UK based charity, Africans United Against Child Abused (AFRUCA).

November 10, 2011

This collection of 37 short stories written by Bobo Omotayo takes the reader on a voyage through the controversial city that is Lagos.

“When will I get married? Which company shall I work for? Do I have the right friends? Which church shall I go to? How can I become a celebrity?”

November 10, 2011

The next question; and the real question to ask though is - what contract does the Glass House hold with the nation?

When individuals, organisations or countries cannot do a proper categorical assessment of past failures, then that person, company or country is not ready for real development; and it seems that is where the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has found itself with the myriad of disappointments that have followed each other over the past four weeks.

November 9, 2011

The Kaduna United says handling players in the ‘right manner’ is an important for success.

Coach of Nigeria Premier League (NPL) club, Kaduna United Coach, Maurice Cooreman believes sacked Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia made ‘several mistakes’ and has been quick to warn the incumbent, Stephen Keshi to avoid making the same pitfalls.

Siasia had well documented spats with several members of the Super Eagles team with Fulham’s Dickson turning down an invitation to play against Ghana in a botched friendly in London before declaring that he would never play for the team whilst the coach remained at the helm.

November 5, 2011

The team amassed the requisite number of points at the ongoing World Team Cup in Germany.

The Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), on Friday, disclosed that after coming second in their group at the World Team Cup in Germany, Nigeria has qualified for the female team event of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

November 4, 2011

The tanker, which was hijacked off Nigeria's coast, had over 20 crew members aboard.

Pirates have seized an oil tanker, which had over 20 crew members aboard, off the coast of  Nigeria. 

October 28, 2011

Included in the this year’s edition is the introduction & launching of new books including the Sentinel Annual Literature Anthology

The 2011 edition of the Sentinel Literature Festival holds this weekend in London. Nigerian UK based writer Nnorom Azuonye is the host and festival director of the festival -a biennial event organized by the Sentinel Poetry Movement. First held in December 2009, the festival now runs every other October.

October 27, 2011

The Lumia 800 is priced at $585 USD (about N 91 000), while the Lumia 710 is much more affordable at $376 USD (N 58 000)

Months of leaks and speculation on what Nokia’s inaugural Window Phone 7 smartphones would look like did not disappoint at Nokia World in London. The flagship Lumia 800 (codenamed “Sea Ray”) gets the bold look of the N9 and runs Mango rather than MeeGo, while the Lumia 710 (codenamed “Sabre”) is the budget Nokia WP7 with the same perks as the 800.

October 26, 2011

An initial autopsy found no traces of illegal drugs in her system.

British singer, Amy Winehouse, who had fought drug and alcohol problems for years, was found dead in bed at her London home on July 23 at age 27. An initial autopsy proved inconclusive, although it found no traces of illegal drugs in her system.

A British coroner is hearing about the final hours of Winehouse's life Wednesday at an inquest into the soul diva's death.

Winehouse's doctor, Dr. Christina Romete, said the singer had resumed drinking in the days before her death after a period of abstinence.

October 20, 2011

The falcons had a 2-1 victory over their opponent during the first leg played at the National Stadium, Abuja in August.

Nigeria’s Women National Team, the Super Falcons, will fly out of the country this morning for Saturday’s London 2012 Olympics Women’s Football Tournament final qualifier against Cameroon’s Indomitable Lionesses.
The fixture is delicately poised after the Falcons could only edge their opponents 2-1 in the first leg played at the National Stadium, Abuja in August.

October 18, 2011

A man has fallen to his death from a high-speed Eurostar train as it travelled through Kent.

Police said the 22-year-old Albanian was returning to Europe voluntarily having been refused entry into the UK.