by Oge Okonkwo
Nigeria make world cup last 16 – Vanguard
Argentina beat Nigeria 3-2 to finish top of group, Nigeria qualify
A double from Lionel Messi a day after his 27th birthday inspired Argentina to a 3-2 win over African champions Nigeria and assured them of finishing top of Group F at the World Cup finals on Wednesday.
Nigeria’s defeat — their fourth in four meetings at the finals against Argentina — came with the considerable consolation that they still progressed to the second round as Iran lost 3-1 to Bosnia-Herzegovina in the other group game. Read more…
Abuja blast: Jonathan may cut short AU trip – The Cable
President Goodluck Jonathan may cut short his trip to Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, following the blast that killed 21 persons and injured 17 others in Abuja on Wednesday.
Jonathan had left Abuja for the 23rd Ordinary Session of the African Union’s summit of heads of state and government when the blast occurred.
A presidential aide told newsmen that the president learnt of the attack on arrival in Malabo.
Jonathan was originally scheduled to return on Friday after the summit. Read more…
NSA Dasuki writes Tambuwal, apologises for “mistreatment” of Speaker by security agents – Premium Times
The National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, has written to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, apologizing to him over his alleged harassment by security operatives, who allegedly insisted on searching his car for bombs.
The incident occurred on Monday at the 17th Hotel Kaduna, the venue of an international conference on security and development challenges of pastoralists in West and Central Africa. Read more…
Police say Adamawa explosion was “just roadside bomb” – Premium Times
The Adamawa police on Tuesday said the explosion that occurred at the Kasuwan Kuturu market in Mubi area of Adamawa State was just a roadside bombing.
The Adamawa State Public Relations Officer, Othman Abubakar, told newsmen that the explosion did not kill or injure anyone.
He also said information received from the Divisional Police Command indicate that no building or infrastructure was destroyed. He said the explosion occurred at 10.45 am. Read more…
Police deny escape of 8 abducted Chibok girls – Leadership
The Police Command in Borno said on Wednesday that no new abducted student of Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS), Chibok, had escaped from captivity.
According to reports, there were speculations that eight of the abducted school girls escaped from their captors.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Alhaji Lawan Tanko, told newsmen in Maiduguri that the story was not true. Read more…