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Bus station blast near Nigerian capital kills at least 35

(Reuters) - A bomb at a crowded bus station on the outskirts of Abuja killed at least 35 people during rush hour on Monday morning, witnesses said, the first such attack near the Nigerian capital for two years. Body parts and blood were strewn across the station and an unruly crowd of several hundred onlookers were roaming around with security forces unable to keep them away. "I was waiting to get on a bus when I heard a deafening explosion then

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Nigerian senator: ‘135 civilians killed’ in attacks

Gunmen have killed 135 civilians in north east Nigeria since Wednesday, a senior official from the region has told the BBC. Borno state senator Ahmed Zannah said the killings took place in at least three separate attacks in the state. The attackers are suspected to be from the Islamist Boko Haram movement. At least 1,500 people, half of them civilian, have been killed in the restive north-eastern region this year, according to Amnesty International. The

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Nigeria says killed scores of Boko Haram militants

The Nigerian army on Tuesday said "scores" of insurgents had been killed over the weekend in an ongoing operation against Boko Haram strongholds in the Sambisa Forest in northeastern Borno State. "The assaults on terrorists' enclaves in Sambisa forests and surrounding locations… have been intensified," army spokesman Chris Olukolade said in a statement. Read more

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20 feared killed as Boko Haram attacks Mosque in Yobe

Unknown gunmen suspected to be members of Boko Haram sect reportedly attacked a mosque in Yobe State, killing no fewer than 20 worshippers. It was gathered that the gunmen numbering about 50, struck at the early hours of Saturday when residents of Buni Gari village were gathering for the first prayer of the day. The village is about 100 kilometers south of the Yobe State capital, Damaturu. Sources say one group attacked the army location in the town

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Diezani’s jet scandal: Reps panel under pressure, uncovers third aircraft

There were indications on Wednesday  that members of the House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts had come under intense pressure to tread softly on their ongoing investigation into  the   alleged  financial excesses of the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke. It was   also learnt in Abuja that Alison-Madueke   chartered a third jet for her use, besides the two already in the records of the committee.

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Reps uncover another jet used by Allison-Madueke

At a time, Nigerians are still furious about the use of chattered private jet by incumbent Petroleum Minister, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, another discovery has been made. The Minister is accused of maintaining a second jet, a Global Express XRS plane, specifically for her private and official trips. A return trip on the XRS plane allegedly costs taxpayers €600,000. It would be recalled that the House ordered an investigation into the use of a

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Sanusi Shocker: Police IG, Ministry deny receiving N19.7 billion helicopter, security equipment money from CBN

Police authorities and the police affairs ministry surprised lawmakers investigating disbursement of government funds Tuesday, denying the receipt of N19.7 billion from the Central Bank of Nigeria which the bank’s suspended governor, Lamido Sanusi, said was paid at President Goodluck Jonathan’s instruction for purchase of security helicopters and equipment. The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, told the House of Representatives

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Missing $20 billion: Jonathan never nailed NNPC – Abati

President Goodluck Jonathan never confirmed that Nigeria’s state owned oil company, NNPC, withheld $10 billion from the Federation Account, the presidency has said. The spokesperson to Mr. Jonathan, Reuben Abati, said in a statement on Tuesday that media reports that the president confirmed the ‘missing’ funds were untrue. The NNPC has been enmeshed in allegations of failing to remit $20 billion to the federation account as constitutionally

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Jonathan never confirmed withholding $10bn from federation account – Presidency

Reports in some domestic media today which quoted President Goodluck Jonathan as “confirming” in Amsterdam that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) wrongly withheld $10 Billion from the federation account are completely false and a total distortion of the President’s comments during his meeting with the Nigerian community in the Netherlands. At no time during the well-attended reception did President Jonathan also confirm any

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Lawyer says Call For Petroleum Minister’s Probe Is Malicious

Nigerian Lawyer, Liborous Oshomah, has described the call for the probe of the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Allison-Madueke, for waste of resources on the arbitrary charter and maintenance of a challenger 850 Aircraft for non-official use, as malicious and aimed at scuttling the second term ambition of the Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan. A member of the Nigerian House of Representatives, Babatunde Adejare, had raised a motion seeking

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