Posted on Wed 17 Jul 2019, 09:21 AM

10 Turkish sailors have been kidnapped by pirates off the coast of Nigeria

Reports say the Paksoy-1 was sailing from Cameroon to Ivory Coast when the pirates boarded the ship in the Gulf of Guinea. It was not carrying freight and eight sailors managed to escape.

Turkey says it is working to secure the release of those seized and the International Maritime Bureau says the Gulf of Guinea is the most dangerous sea in the world for piracy. 

Spokesman for Turkey's ruling AK Party, Ömer Çelik, said the ministry was following the case closely and "working on it".

Posted on Wed 17 Jul 2019, 08:24 AM

Members of the Northern Elders Forum and the Coalition of the Northern Groups have ordered all Fulani herdsmen to return to the northern part of the country from wherever they may be around the southern part of Nigeria.

This directive is coming as tension continues to rise among ethnic groups, fueled by federal government's failure to properly manage the clashes between herders and farming communities.

The groups while issuing the order said it is only in the North that the security of the herders and their property can be guaranteed. 

Posted on Wed 17 Jul 2019, 07:11 AM

Nigeria's Super Eagles will be playing their last match in the ongoing AFCON 2019 today Wednesday, in an attempt to leave the continental football fiesta with a silverware. 

It is the third place play-offs with the Tunisian national team. 

This two team were squared up after the Tunisians lost to the Senegalese team 0-1 in extra time and Nigeria was beaten by the Algerians 2-1 in the semi-final round on Sunday

The match which will be played at the Al-Salam Stadium in Cairo will kick-off at 8pm.

Posted on Tue 16 Jul 2019, 01:29 PM

The first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the eastern DR Congo city of Goma has died, the governor of North Kivu province said on Tuesday.

The case — the first in a major urban hub in the region’s nearly year-old epidemic of the disease — has sparked deep concern in neighbouring Rwanda and at the UN.

“Unfortunately, I can confirm that the patient died,” Governor Carly Nzanzu told reporters.

The patient has been described as an evangelical preacher who had travelled from Goma to Butembo, one of the towns hardest hit by the outbreak.

Posted on Tue 16 Jul 2019, 11:37 AM

Baby foods on the market generally contain too much sugar, posing a source of health concern, a new report by the World Health Organisation has said.

The world health body said this in the report released to update guidelines for infant diets.

The UN specialised agency on public health based the conclusion on an examination by its European office of about 8,000 baby food products on the shelf between November 2017 and January 2018.

Posted on Tue 16 Jul 2019, 11:22 AM

A former Technical Adviser to the Nigeria Football Association, Tunde Disu OFR, has said that the senior national team, Super Eagles deserves a better goalkeeper to keep up with football’s current standard.

Disu made his stance known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday while commenting on the lapses of the first-choice goalkeeper, for the Super Eagles, Daniel Akpeyi.

Disu, a former Assistant Coach to Otto Gloria, the 1980 African Cup of Nation winning coach, said that the Eagles needed a more tactically experienced safe hand.

Posted on Tue 16 Jul 2019, 08:58 AM

Nigerian basketball player, Calistus Anyichie, has died from drowning at Buttermilk Falls State Park near Ithaca, New York on Sunday 

According to the New York Post, 'the Nigerian national played in 32 games as a freshman for the Bearcats, averaging 1.9 points and 2.1 rebounds. Anyichie was a scholar-athlete at St. Mary’s of the Assumption High School in Short Hills, NJ."

Posted on Tue 16 Jul 2019, 08:11 AM

I am constrained to write to you this open letter. I decided to make it an open letter because the issue is very weighty and must be greatly worrisome to all concerned Nigerians and that means all right-thinking Nigerians and those resident in Nigeria. Since the issue is of momentous concern to all well-meaning and all right-thinking Nigerians, it must be of great concern to you, and collective thinking and dialoguing is the best way of finding an appropriate and adequate solution to the problem.

Posted on Tue 16 Jul 2019, 08:02 AM

Derrick Addai, 48-year-old Nigerian was convicted of drug offences in Thailand.  He spent over 5 years in Thai prison before being repatriated to Nigeria in 2005.  He now spent 14 years in Nigerian prison because his name was omitted from the list of pardoned inmates approved by the presidency.

Read his story below:

Posted on Tue 16 Jul 2019, 07:44 AM

The Federal Government is still negotiating with Boko Haram terrorists for the release of the abducted Chibok school girls, Leah Sharibu and other kidnapped Nigerians.

Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this in a statement release in response to former CNN anchor, Isha Sesay.

Miss Sesay in her newly published book written that Nigerians and the government had forgotten the kidnapped girls because they were from poor homes.

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