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Boko Haram attacks girls school in northeast Nigeria.
Boko Haram jihadists launched an attack on a girls boarding school in northeast Nigeria but the students and teachers fled to safety, witnesses said Monday. A convoy of fighters in pickup trucks descended on Dapchi village in the Bursari area of Yobe state around 6 pm (1700 GMT) targeting the school, resident Sheriff Aisami told AFP. Unable to kidnap the girls, the Boko Haram fighters looted the school before fleeing.

Nigeria releases more Boko Haram suspects.
Nigeria has freed another 51 Boko Haram suspects in the latest round of dropped cases for lack of evidence, the justice ministry said Monday. Over the course of last week, hundreds of suspected Boko Haram extremists appeared before a court at the Kainji military base in central Niger state. A total of 526 suspects have been released from custody after it was found there was not enough evidence to prosecute them, underscoring concerns from human rights groups that the Nigerian military has been arbitrarily arresting and detaining civilians during the Islamist insurgency.

FG to dispose all unclaimed looted assets, says President Buhari.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday said all unclaimed looted assets including landed properties recovered by the Federal Government would be sold and the proceeds deposited into government treasury. The President made this known when he addressed members of Daura Emirate coalition who paid him a condolence visit at his country home, Daura, Katsina state.

Confident Nigeria‘s bobsled team hits track at Winter Olympics.
After a rather poor start by the Nigerian skeleton athlete, Simidele Adeagbo at the Pyeonchang 2018 Winter Olympics, the country‘s two-woman Bobsled team, Seun Adigun and Akuoma Omeoga will hit the track today in search of a medal. Adeagbo could not live up to expectations of the people in her event last weekend, placing last in 20th position. Today, the bobsled team will begin their chase for medals at the Sliding Center in Pyeon Chang, with Adigun leading the crusade as the driver, with Omeoga giving the needed support as brakeman. The bobsled team rounded up its scheduled three days of training on Sunday.

Discord in Corruption War as Malami Queries Magu over CCT Chairman, Umar‘s Prosecution.
Signs that the discord in President Muhammadu Buhari‘s war against corruption has deepened emerged on Monday as news broke of a query by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, to the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, asking him to explain his decision to file corruption charges against the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Mr. Danladi Umar. Also queried was a private legal practitioner, Mr. Festus Keyamo (SAN), who filed the charges on behalf of the EFCC. He is to explain to the AGF by whose authority he filed the case.

Pope Appoints New Apostolic Administrator for Ahiara Diocese.
After nearly a decade of protracted crisis over the leadership of the Catholic Diocese of Ahiara, Pope Francis I Monday appointed the Bishop of Umuahia Diocese, Most Rev Lucius Ugorji as the new Apostolic Administrator of Ahiara Diocese. In a statement issued by the Director of Communications, Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN), Rev Fr. Chris Anyanwu, he explained that the appointment came on the heels of the resignation by Most Rev Peter Okpaleke.

Adeosun Appeals for Global Cooperation against Tax-evading Multinationals.
The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has called for the designation of tax malpractices by multinational corporations in Nigeria and other developing countries as ‘foreign corrupt practices‘. She called on global organisations including the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), World Bank Group, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the United Nations (UN) to see the tax avoidance actions of multinational companies as corrupt practices. The minister made the call at the Platform for Collaboration on Tax (PCT) Conference in New York, the United States of America, which ended at the weekend. The PCT is an initiative of the OECD, World Bank Group, IMF and the UN. Adeosun explained that Nigeria was doubly affected by illicit financial flows as a result of corruption and tax evasion.

Kachikwu: Nigeria Targets 50% Local Shareholding in Oil Industry in 10 Years.
Nigeria will grow local investments and shareholdings of its oil and gas industry to 50 per cent within the next 10 years, the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, said on Monday in Abuja. Speaking just before President Muhammadu Buhari declared open the inaugural Nigerian International Petroleum Summit (NIPS), which kicked off Monday and would last until Thursday, the minister explained that current realities in the international oil market indicated that unless the country began to move away from just exploring and mining crude oil to processing it completely, it may be difficult for her to leverage the commodity to develop her economy.

Nigerians are angry over poverty, insecurity, Okogie tells Buhari.
A former President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Anthony Cardinal Olubunmi-Okogie, has said Nigerians are angry over poverty and insecurity in the country. The former Lagos Archbishop of the Catholic Church urged the Presidency to take note of the criticisms by former President Olusegun Obasanjo; former military dictator, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida; the Catholic Bishops‘ Conference of Nigeria and others, saying that they should not be dismissed as "wailers."

M‘Belt groups, Afenifere, others kick as ACF rejects state police.
The Arewa Consultative Forum has rejected the proposal for the creation of state police, saying the privilege will be abused. The ACF‘s position has, however, drawn heated reactions from organisations, including Middle Belt groups, pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere; and Civil Liberties Organisation. The All Progressives Congress‘ restructuring committee, led by the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, had recommended state police, among other suggestions.

Gunmen kill masquerader, two others in Kogi.
A masquerader has been shot dead alongside two people at Inoziomi Quarters, in the Adavi Local Government Area of Kogi State. They were reportedly shot on Saturday during the Ebe Festival, a local celebration. A source, who witnessed the incident, said it occurred around 9pm when some gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on the victims. The state Police Public Relations Officer, William Aya, confirmed the killings.

NUC approves Elizade varsity Engineering programmes, others.
The National Universities Commission has given Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin, Ondo State full accreditation in all its Engineering programmes. The approved programmes are Automotive Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Information and Communication Technology. This is in addition to the full accreditation already given to programmes in the Faculties of Basic and Applied Sciences, Social and Management Sciences and Humanities by the Commission.

I paid DSS men, others N1m to bring in 661 rifles.
Mamudu Hassan, one of the accused persons standing trial over unlawful importation of 661 sophisticated pump action rifles into the country last December, yesterday told a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, that he paid a sum of N1 million to officials of the Department of State Security, DSS, and other security agencies to smuggle the guns out of Apapa Ports. Mamudu, a retired Assistant Comptroller of Customs, stated this in a recorded video during his interrogation by men of the DSS.

Letter to Buhari: Obasanjo ought to be on trial - Senator Adamu.
Chairman, Northern Senators Forum, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, APC, Nasarawa West, yesterday, took a swipe at former President Olusegun Obasanjo for writing and criticizing President Muhammadu Buhari, saying the former President ought to be on trial for his activities while in office. Addressing journalists, yesterday in Abuja, Senator Adamu, however, said he agreed with the position of Obasanjo that the anti-corruption war, as currently being prosecuted, was selective.

Grazing law: There are threats to my life - Gov Ortom.
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has raised the alarm that there are threats to his life over the recently enacted Open Grazing Prohibition Law by his administration. Ortom, who spoke, yesterday, in Makurdi, said he had already reported the matter to security agencies, with expectations that those behind the threats would be arrested.

Count me out of Obasanjo‘s Third Force - Soyinka.
Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has said he should be examined by a psychiatrist, if he joins the Coalition for Nigeria Movement, CNM, spear-headed by ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo. Obasanjo recommended the coalition in a letter he wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari last month. He also spoke about the letters which Obasanjo and former military President, Ibrahim Babangida, addressed to Buhari, saying people should get suspicious "when these soldiers speak" because there is the possibility that "what they have in mind is different from what we have in mind."

ISIS claims attack on Shiite militia in Iraq; 27 dead.
ISIS claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on a Shiite militia group near the Iraqi city of Hawija over the weekend, an ambush that left more than two dozen slain. It was the deadliest attack against Iraq‘s Shiite-led Popular Mobilization Units since the country‘s forces wrested Hawija from the terror group in October. At least 27 PMU fighters died in the Sunday night assault, southwest of Kirkuk, according to a statement released by the group on Monday. Dozens of ISIS militants attacked several PMU military checkpoints on a highway near the town of Hawija, security officials in Kirkuk said.

KFC is running out of chicken across the U.K.
The fast food chain has been forced to temporarily close hundreds of restaurants in the United Kingdom after a logistics snafu stopped chicken deliveries. About 800 of the company‘s roughly 900 locations in Britain were closed as of midday on Monday. Some had opened for business by the afternoon, according to the company‘s website. KFC, which is owned by Taco Bell and Pizza Hut parent Yum! (YUM), said the chicken shortage had been caused by a "couple of teething problems" with its new delivery partner, DHL (DPW).

Two aid workers killed, one kidnapped, in Congo.
Two aid workers were killed and one kidnapped over the weekend in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the United Nations reported Monday. The three humanitarian workers were from the French nongovernmental organization Hydraulique Sans Frontières. "The humanitarian country team condemns, with firmness, the latest attack that led to the tragic loss of colleagues engaged in emergency humanitarian assistance and calls for immediate and unconditional release of the person held hostage," said the UN‘s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, which is known as OCHA. Hydraulique Sans Frontières is based in Chambéry, France, and supports technical projects in developing countries. The nongovernmental organization focuses on clean drinking water, irrigation, sanitation and electrical generation, its website says.

‘Black Panther‘ brings in a record-breaking box office weekend.
"Black Panther," Marvel‘s first film directed by an African-American, brought in an estimated $201.8 million for its three-day debut in North America this weekend. That‘s the fifth biggest opening of all time. The opening for the film starring Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan did not just shatter expectations; it broke multiple box office records too. It blew away the record for the largest opening for an African-American director. That belonged to F. Gary Gray and "The Fate of the Furious," which opened to $98 million last April. Disney estimates that the film will bring in $235 million domestically for the four day holiday weekend. The film brought in an opening of more than $360 million around the world before revised estimates. Final global totals will be announced on Tuesday, according to the studio.

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