Guinea jails election officials over poll irregularities

Two senior Guinean election officials were sentenced to a year’s imprisonment each on Thursday over irregularities in the first round of the presidential election in June, two political parties said. The sentences imposed on Ben Sekou Sylla, president of the CENI election commission, and his head of planning El Hadj Boubacar Diallo, raised tension before […]

Ogbulafor’s son, brother battle for House of Reps Seat.

PRINCE Obioma Eze Ogbulafor, second son of immediate past National Chairman of the ruling, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor, has joined the race for Umuahia/Ikwuano Federal Constituency of Abia State. His declaration came barely a week after his uncle, Prince Chidi Ogbuluafor, his father’s younger brother, declared his interest for the same seat. […]

Russian sailors freed as SSS recovers $60,000 ransom

Men of the State Security Services (SSS) in Rivers State have effected the release of two Russians, Ivanoc Igov and Pukky Andrey, who were kidnapped by militant group five nautical miles off Bonny Fairway Buoy on August 11, 2010. The command also arrested one Emine, aka also called Onengie-Ofori Fubara, who acted as a middleman […]

How Dambazzau got news of his removal

The removed Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Abdulrahaman Dambazzau, was on a working visit to the United Nations (UN) on Wednesday, when President Goodluck Jonathan announced the appointment of all service chiefs. The UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that Dambazau, and other senior military officers were on the entourage of […]

EU okays Jan election dates

THE European Union heads of mission say they have welcomed the announcement by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that the next general election is to be held in January 2011. INEC had fixed National Assembly elections for January 15; presidential election, January 22 and governorship and state Assembly elections for January 29, 2011. In […]

Sack of security chiefs: Top military officers to go

A shake-up is imminent in the military, the police and the State Security Service, following Wednesday’s appointment of new heads for the security forces. More than a dozen senior officers in the security agencies are to retire immediately because of the elevation of their juniors to the top posts, official sources told Daily Trust in […]

2011: Niger-Delta Militants Declare Dokpesi Persona Non Grata.

THE seeming desperate presidential ambition of President Goodluck Jonathan, in the coming 2011 elections, has sharply divided the Niger Delta, a volatile oil and gas region that was a hot bed of low intensity war since 2006. Insurgent groups and Ijaw leaders who are pushing for their kinsman, Jonathan, to continue in office, are increasingly […]

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