Nigeria’s ex-oil minister Alison-Madueke arrested in London

Reuters—Nigeria’s former oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke was arrested in London on Friday, a source from Nigeria’s presidency circle and another with links to her family said. Alison-Madueke was minister from 2010 until May 2015 under former president Goodluck Jonathan, who was defeated by Muhammadu Buhari at the polls in March. Buhari took office in May promising to root out corruption in Africa’s most populous country, where few benefit from the OPEC member’s enormous energy resources. ADVERTISING A police spokesman in London said he had no record of such an arrest.…

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Business Op-ed 

Africa’s Richest man Dangote Launches Major Expansion Drive

Dangote Cement, the largest listed company in Africa, has signed a $4.3bn contract with a Chinese contractor to build seven new plants across Africa, and one in Nepal. The plants, which will together add 25 million tonnes to Dangote’s current annual capacity of 45 million tonnes, are to be built by the China National Material Group, the largest cement equipment maker in the world. In Africa the new plants will be in Ethiopia, Kenya, Niger, Senegal and Zambia. In addition, work on two new grinding units have begun in Mali…

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Nigeria’s Segun Odegbami unveils Fifa presidential bid

Former Nigeria international Segun Odegbami has announced his intention to become the next Fifa president. The 63-year-old, who won the 1980 Africa Cup of Nations as a player, is the second African to go for football’s top job, after Liberia’s Musa Bility. “Africa must play a big role in world football,” Odegbami told BBC Sport. Candidates wishing to replace the outgoing Sepp Blatter have until 26 October to receive the backing of five Fifa members. “My life’s ambition has always been to use football to make a difference in my…

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Nigerian Army Chief Escapes Boko Haram Ambush

AP—Nigeria’s new army chief drove to the frontline of the war on Boko Haram and narrowly missed an ambush that killed one soldier and wounded two. The ambushed advance team nonetheless gunned down five insurgents and arrested five on Friday’s drive down the most dangerous stretch of road in Nigeria, from Maiduguri, the northeastern city where Nigeria’s Islamic uprising was born, northeast to Ngala, on the Cameroon border. The 140-kilometer (90-mile) ride took four hours with stops, including for soldiers to check for land mines. An AP reporter in the…

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Nigeria Seek To Improve Journalists Lots

Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki has called for comprehensive insurance cover for journalists in the country. He also said that it has become imperative for the salaries of media professionals to be enhanced in order to boost their morale and increase their productivity. Saraki made these remarks on Friday, July 24, 2015 during the opening session of the fifth Triennial National Delegates’ Conference of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Abuja. Saraki, who was represented at the event by the senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, said that recent…

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Politics 

Adeola Fayehun and why she beat up Robert Mugabe

Mugabe from grace to grass PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s unexpected roller-coaster in Nigeria last week after an ambush by local journalists who confronted him over when he will quit during his counterpart Muhammadu Buhari’s inauguration had its own hilarious and abrasive moments, yet it was also instructive. Editor’s Memo with Dumisani Muleya Led by Adeola Fayehun, who hosts Keeping It Real With Adeola, a satire show on African politics on the online Sahara TV, Nigerian journalists besieged Mugabe with questions on when he will go and allow change in Zimbabwe. Compared…

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News 

Newly Elected Nigerian Pres. Takes office

By Robyn Dixon contact the reporter Today could mark the beginning of governments where the people count.” Friday’s editorial in Nigeria’s Vanguard newspaper conveyed the massive swell of optimism in Nigeria as 72-year-old former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in as president – the first opposition leader to take power through an election since independence in 1960. Buhari told Nigerians, “I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody,” signaling his determination to rid Nigeria of the corruption that has pervaded government for decades, siphoning off billions of dollars,…

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NIGERIA MAY TAKE ZULU KING TO ICC

The Nigerian Senate is contemplating bringing Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for remarks in which he called immigrants to South Africa “ants” and “head lice,” remarks believed to have triggered a growing wave of xenophobic violence in that country. According to Nigeria’s Vanguard newspaper, Nigeria’s Senate met this week to discuss the possibility of the federal government bringing Zwelithini to the ICC for violation of international hate speech laws and inciting violence. Following a speech in which Zwelithini compared immigrants to “head lice,” South Africans,…

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Pres. Sireleaf Congratulates Nigeria’s President-Elect, Gen. Buhari

The President of the Republic of Liberia, Her Excellency Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a message of congratulations to His Excellency Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, on the occasion of his victory in the just ended Nigerian election. In her message to the Nigerian President-Elect, Gen. Buhari, Mrs. Johnson Sirleaf extended warmest congratulations to the Government and People of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on behalf of the Government and People of Liberia and in her own name on the occasion of the election of General Muhammadu Buhari to the highest…

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Editor's Desk 

Nigerian Rapper Spotted With Rap Legend Jay Z

Nigerian rap star Ice Prince has uploaded photos of himself alongside music mogul Jay Z and fans are going wild with anticipation and speculation Nigerian Entertainment website BellaNaija has reported. This week, Jay Z launched streaming service Tidal with powerhouse celebrities including Madonna, Beyonce, Usher, Alicia Keys, Rihanna and eleven others performers who announced they had become co-owners of Tidal. The service launched last October, but was recently bought by the Blue Print rapper, offers 25 million music tracks, fewer than the 30 million offered by many rival services. It…

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