Nigeria named among highest new users of bitcoin

Nigerians usage of bitcoin has continued to rise despite warnings by the Central Bank of Nigeria that digital currencies are not legal tender. The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria disclosed this in its release on ‘The Nigerian Banker’, in its December 2019 edition. Part of its report on digital currencies read, “The CBN has […]

DSS frees Sowore, Bakare after court order, pays fine

SaharaReporters publisher, Omoyele Sowore, and his co-detainee, Adebayo Bakare, have been freed by the Department of State Service. They were freed hours after Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court in Abuja gave the DSS 24 hours ultimatum to release the two men. Their lead defence counsel, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), confirmed this development […]

N7.1bn fraud: Mixed reactions as Orji Kalu bags 12 years

The Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday convicted a former governor of Abia State, Orji Kalu, of N7.1bn fraud and sentenced him to 12 years’ imprisonment. The judgment, delivered by Justice Mohammed Idris, came 12 years after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission filed fraud charges against Kalu in 2007. Kalu was convicted alongside […]

Iran arrests eight ‘linked to CIA’ in street unrest

Iran has arrested eight people accused of links to the CIA and gathering information to send abroad during deadly street violence that erupted after a fuel price hike triggered demonstrations. A near-total internet blackout was imposed by the Islamic republic on November 16, the day after it made the shock announcement that petrol prices were […]

Protests against hate speech, social media bills rock Abuja, Lagos

• Police assault reporter, seize, release camera• Senate won’t force them on Nigerians, says Lawan• Ezekwesili urges women to resist passage The Senate yesterday said it would not force the controversial hate speech and anti-social media bills on Nigerians.The upper chamber gave the promise as scores of protesters yesterday stormed the National Assembly demanding the […]

IPPIS: FG says lecturers enrolling, despite ASUU’s opposition

The Federal Government has received the nominal roll of about 41 universities as part of moves to capture university workers into the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System. The Coordinator of IPPIS in the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, Mr Olusegun Olufehinti, confirmed the figure to one of our correspondents during a telephone interview […]

Ex-First Lady Michelle Obama visits Nigerian-born artist Njideka in her studio

United States former First Lady Michelle Obama has paid a visit to Nigerian-born Njideka Akunyili-Crosby. The renowned artist received the ex-first lady in her California studio. The visit, which happened on Saturday, was made known by Njideka’s sibling,  Chidiogo, via her Instagram handle. Chidiogo had hashtagged Njideka and posted: “So this just happened! Casual Saturday […]