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Month: November 2018

First Draft, ICIR Train Journalists On Tracking Fake News And Fighting Misinformation

Politics
As the general election in Nigeria draws near, First Draft, a New York-based non-profit organisation that uses research-based methods to fight misinformation globally, has partnered with the International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR) to train Nigerian journalists on how to address misinformation, fake news, and other information that can negatively impact the 2019 elections. The two-day verification training aims to provide technical and digital support for journalists on verifying information in public domain. The Mass Communication Department of the University of Lagos will be involved as a research partner to help test interventions and conduct computational research. Speaking on the training, Dayo Aiyetan, Executive Director of ICIR, noted that journalists must alw...

Tekno’s Vocal Box Damaged… Cannot Sing Or Perform ‘For A While’

Breaking News
These are trying times for Nigerian singer, Augustine Miles Kelechi, popularly known as Tekno, as his health seems to be failing him, his management has revealed. Tekno, who became a household name in 2013 after the successful release of his single 'Holiday', has been battling to get back to full health.  In a post on Instagram, the singer’s management team led by Ubi Franklin called on Nigerians and the fans of the singer to pray for him. Although the nature of his illness was not disclosed, the statement by his management revealed that Tekno’s vocal box was affected and he won't be able to perform or sing "for a while". The statement read: “These past few months have been really trying times for your favorite boy TEKNO MILES. “He had tried to down play the severity of his ai

Buhari Counters APC NWC, Says Aggrieved Party Members Can Go To Court

Politics
President Muhammadu Buhari has countered the position of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Working Committee (NWC) asking aggrieved members of the party to withdraw all cases related to the primaries in court. He made his position known in a statement by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), on Monday. According to Buhari, the court should "always be the last resort for the dissatisfied". Therefore, he urged members of the party who feel displeased to approach the court for redress. “We can’t deliberately deny people of their rights. We agreed that party primaries should be conducted either through direct, indirect or consensus methods, and if anyone feels unjustly treated in the process, such a person can go to court. The court should a

Nigerians Urge CBN to Stop Charges on ATM Transactions

Business
Nigerians have urged the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to stop charges on Automated Teller Machines (ATM) transactions. Noting that the charges were "worrisome and fraudulent, they made the call in Abuja on Monday during an interview with NAN. The bank users noted that customers’ withdrawals with the ATMs of other banks had been unattractive because of the continued charge of N65 for every transaction, while commercial banks in the Federal Capital Territory had re-programmed their ATM. The customers also lamented that if they had cause to withdraw N100,000 or more through other banks’ ATMs, it meant they would be made to part with more cash under the guise of ATM charges. Godwin Onmonya, a Zenith Bank customer in Gwagwalada, said the ATMs of virtually all the banks in the nei

EXCLUSIVE: Jonathan Govt’s Dubious OPL 245 Contract With Shell To Cost Nigeria ‘Up To $5.8bn’

Business
Once the Zabazaba and Etan Integrated Development Project comes on stream in 2020, Nigeria will lose out on 30 per cent of all revenues from crude oil sales made from the field. This is thanks to the resolution agreement on the ownership of Oil Prospecting Licence (OPL) 245 proposed by oil giants Royal Dutch Shell and Eni S.p.A. in 2010 and signed by the Goodluck Jonathan administration. According to industry experts, the #0percent revenue loss will be $4.5billion at the minimum, and could be up to $5.8billion.   In new email leaks seen by Sahara reporters, discussions between executives in Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), its subsidiary Shell National Exploration Company LTD (SNEPCO), its parent company Royal Dutch Shell, and Eni, identified the OPL 245 field as no longer...

65-Year-Old Among 33 IPOB Members To Be Prosecuted By Police For Terrorism

Breaking News
The Nigeria Police Force has said 33 members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), arrested on Friday will be prosecuted for terrorism. A statement by acting DCP Jimoh Moshood, Force Public Relations Officer, noted that the IPOB members would be arraigned for “other capital offences such as murder, attempted murder, rioting and malicious damage of government property”. The suspects, which ranged between the ages of 17 and 65, were paraded on Sunday. The statement read: “Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has been proscribed as unlawful and a terrorist group. The killing of a Police Inspector and setting ablaze of Police vehicle constitute a crime under the Terrorism Prevention Amendment Act 2013. “All the thirty-three (33) suspects arrested will be arraigned i

Obasanjo, Jonathan, Six Governors Attend Atiku’s Turbaning As Wazirin Adamawa

Politics
Two former presidents, Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan, were among the top dignitaries who graced the turbaning of Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as the 'Wazirin Adamawa' on Sunday. Bukola Saraki, President of the Senate, and Yakubu Dogara, Speaker of the House of Representatives, led a horde of National Assembly members to the occasion. Governors Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa State), Udom Emmanuel (Akwa-Ibom), Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto State), Ishaku Darius Dickson (Taraba State), Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe) and Adulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State were sighted by our reporter. Political coloration betrayed what was meant to be a cultural event, as PDP symbols filled Yola. All major streets were decorated in PDP colors such that one would mis...