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TRANSFER WINDOW FINALLY CLOSED

In Uncategorized on February 9, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Window Closed

Though it was a dawdling launch to the transfer window, it closed in intriguing style.

Bayo Akinloye

The traditional transfer window in January opened amidst a sluggish move in and out of players from various clubs across Europe, and with the turn of the month the curtain falls till the next transfer window is opened. Find out the big movers and the ousted players.

Manchester City full-back Wayne Bridge united with West Ham United on loan to the end of the season while Tottenham Hotspur midfielder David Bentley made a switch to Birmingham City. Midfielder Steve Sidwell moved from Aston Villa to Fulham for an undisclosed fee.

Edin Dzeko was the first big mover of the January transfer window. The striker signed for Manchester City from Wolfsburg for a fee said to be some £27m. It is also a record fee for a Bundesliga player. Another big move came out of the blue when Sunderland striker Darren Bent moved to Aston Villa for a fee of £18m.

After a successful loan spell with Stoke City, Jermaine Pennant signed full-time from Real Zaragoza for an initial fee of £1.725m while Hatem Ben Arfa completed a move to Newcastle United from Marseille. Wolverhampton Wanderers ratified a return to Belgium for homesick defender Jelle van Damme who has joined Standard Liege and Manchester United rubber-stamped their recent capture of goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard from Aalesunds for an undisclosed fee.

The transfer window closed on Monday 31st January. Below are some of the latest transfers in the English Premier League:

ARSENAL

IN: Ryo Miyaichi (free agent)

OUT: Havard Nordtveit (Borussia Moenchengladbach, undisclosed), Vito Mannone (Hull City, loan), Wellington (Levante, loan), Ryo Miyaichi (Feyenoord, loan), Aaron Ramsey (Cardiff City, loan), Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Cardiff City, loan)

CHELSEA

IN:

OUT: Ben Gordon (Scunthorpe United, loan)

EVERTON

IN:

OUT: Yakubu Aiyegbeni (Leicester City, loan), Zac Thompson (Leeds United, free), Steven Pienaar (Tottenham Hotspur, undislcosed)

FULHAM

IN: Steve Sidwell (Aston Villa, undisclosed)

OUT: Frederik Stoor (Valerenga, undisclosed), Rob Milsom (Aberdeen, undisclosed), David Elm (Elfsborg, undisclosed)

LIVERPOOL

IN:

OUT: Charles Itandje (Atromitos, free), Andras Simon (released), Nathan Eccleston (Charlton Athletic, loan), Stephen Darby (Notts County, loan), Ryan Babel (Hoffenheim, undisclosed)

MANCHESTER CITY

IN: Gai Assulin (free agent), Edin Dzeko (Wolfsburg, undisclosed)

OUT: Ben Mee (Leicester City, loan), Wayne Bridge (West Ham United, loan), Roque Santa Cruz (Blackburn Rovers, loan), Abdisalam Ibrahim (Scunthorpe United, loan), Javan Vidal (Chesterfield, loan)

MANCHESTER UNITED

IN: Anders Lindegaard (Aalesunds, undisclosed)

OUT: James Chester (Hull City, undisclosed), Ben Amos (Oldham Athletic, loan), Corry Evans (Hull City, loan), Federico Macheda (Sampdoria, loan)

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

IN: Bongani Khumalo (Supersport United, £1.5m), Steven Pienaar (Everton, undislcosed)

OUT: John Obika (Peterborough United, loan), Harry Kane (Leyton Orient, loan), David Bentley (loan, Birmingham City), Kyle Walker (Aston Villa, loan), Andros Townsend

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JUSTINE HENIN: A JUST RESIGNATION

In ESSAY on February 9, 2011 at 3:38 pm

JUST TO RESIGN

Justine Henin has announced her retirement from Tennis after recurring problems with an injury to her right elbow.

 

 

 

Currently ranked No. 13 in the world, Justine Henin who used to be No. 1 has announced her retirement from the world of professional tennis for the second time, five days after she lost in the third round of the Australian open to the No. 23 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova.

 

“I have undergone several tests the past few days, confirming that my elbow has sustained a lot more damage during my adventure in Australia. It is clear now that I have to accept that my career ends for good. Even if it is hard, very hard, at a time when I came back with enormous fighting spirit,” Henin announced.

 

 

She first retired in 2008 due to a lingering right elbow injury. But a year and eight months later Henin returned and reached the final of the 2010 Australian Open where she lost to a formidable opponent, Serena Williams. Thereafter, she tore a ligament in her right elbow when she fell down during a match at Wimbledon.

With this development she will not be able to play for Belgium against the United States in a Fed Cup match in February with Kim Clijsters.

NOTHING FOR NADAL

In ESSAY on February 9, 2011 at 3:36 pm

NADAL’S NADIR

With naff display, Rafael Nadal’s dream of wining four straight Grand Slam tournaments came to an end.

Bayo Akinloye

With teary eyes and a drooping head, the tennis player Rafael Nadal bowed to superior strength of his fellow Spaniard David Ferrer at the Australian Open, losing 6-4, 6-2, and 6-3. No thanks to his nagging injury.

”This is a difficult day for me. Today I can’t do more than what I did. I don’t have to tell you what I felt on the court, but it is obvious I did not feel at my best. I had a problem with the match at the very beginning, and after that, the match was almost over,” Nadal bemoaned.

He faced same fate last year when he felt subdued and retired in the quarterfinals against Andy Murray, because of a knee problem that kept him off the tour for two months. Nadal, who appeared to have tears in his eyes during a changeover while trailing 3-0 in the third set, took a medical timeout for an apparent leg injury after three games and was clearly out of sorts, failing to chase down balls that he would ordinarily return easily.

The tennis superstar saw it coming but tried gallantly to shrug it off by saying he was “perfect physically”. He had picked a virus ahead of the tourney which was evident as he sweated a lot during his matches.  ”In general, I had a virus. When you have a virus, your body goes down and you have more risk of everything. That’s probably what happened. That’s the simple thing,” he rued.

Just last year Nadal won the French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open, waiting only to add the Australian title so he could hold all four major trophies at once. With the game over for him in the quarterfinals at the Australian Open, he missed the golden chance of replicating the feat of Rod Laver. Rod Laver won four titles in a row in 1969.

For his seventh-seeded opponent, David Ferrer, it was a dream comes true though admitting that he would not likely have won if Nadal had been fit. “This is one big victory for me, but it’s not like a victory really. He was playing with injury … and I had luck. But I played my game.”

Nadal did not elaborate on his injury, saying he didn’t want to use injuries as an excuse.

FACES OF THE FUTURE

In ESSAY on February 7, 2011 at 9:48 am

PEOPLE (NIGERIANS) WHO WILL SHAPE YEAR 2011

Like Janus the characters that will likely dominate the theatre stage of 2011 have something about their past and their future set

OBASANJO: He was well known for supporting and facilitating many illegal executive actions and ignoring judgements against himself and his government including judgements delivered by the Supreme Court. Examples included the illegal withholding of funds due to Lagos State Local Governments for more than 2 years after the Supreme Court ordered its immediate release. He also supported the illegal impeachment of several corrupted state governors which the Supreme Court also reversed. The National Judicial Council demonstrated its independence by dismissing several judges who connived with the executive to undermine the constitution during his reign.

He was not able to trickle down reforms and development effective to states and local government level, even in the states controlled by his party. The states and local governments are still riddled with corrupt officials. Also, he failed to solve police and security issues in the country. He also didn’t provide uninterrupted power supply for Nigerians.

IBB: General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida CFR DSS mni (born August 17, 1941), popularly known as IBB, was a Nigerian Army officer and military ruler of Nigeria. He ruled Nigeria from his coup against Muhammadu Buhari on August 27, 1985 until his departure from office in August 27, 1993 after his annulment of elections held on June 12 that year. Babangida was the Chief of Army Staff and a member of the Supreme Military Council (SMC) under the administration of Major General Muhammadu Buhari. Babangida would later overthrow Buhari’s regime on 27 August 1985 in a bloodless military coup that relied on mid-level officers that Babangida silently and strategically positioned over the years.[citation needed]

He came into power in a military coup promising to bring to an end the human rights abuses perpetuated by Buhari’s government, and to hand over power to a civilian government by 1990.[citation needed].Eventually,he perpetuated one of the worst human right abuses and lots of unresolved political assassinations. In 1999, President Olusegun Obasanjo established the Human Rights Violation Investigation Commission headed by Justice Chukwudifu Oputa to investigate human rights abuses during Nigeria’s decades of military rule. However, Babangida repeatedly defied summons to appear before the panel to answer allegations of humans rights abuses and questioned both the legality of the commission and its power to summon him. His right not to testify was upheld in 2001 by Nigeria’s court of appeal which ruled that the panel did not have the power to summon former rulers of the country.[3]

The Oputa Panel Report would conclude that “On General Ibrahim Babangida, we are of the view that there is evidence to suggest that he and the two security chiefs, Brigadier General Halilu Akilu and Col. A. K. Togun are accountable for the death of Dele Giwa by letter bomb. We recommend that this case be re-opened for further investigation in the public interest.[

 

HENRY OKAH / GBOMO JOMO: Former leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta, MEND, Henry Okah has said he fears more unrest in the Niger Delta after next year’s election.

Okah,  who is standing trial in South Africa for alleged terrorism spoke to The Associated Press by phone, Thursday from jail, where he is awaiting trial on charges he was behind October 1 bombings in Abuja.Okah denies involvement in the bombings, saying he is not a member of the militant group Nigerian government holds responsible for the October 1 attack and for unrest in the delta. But Okah said he supports anyone “fighting for justice in the region.”

Nigerian politicians are known for arming militants to intimidate voters in the lead-up to elections. Okah said once the vote is over, weapons distributed during the campaign would be used in increased violence.

While both Okah and Jonathan are Ijaw, the dominant ethnic group in the Niger Delta, Okah said the  President lacks the vision to manage the grievances of different parts of Nigeria.

But Abuja denied his claim on Monday.

“Okah is talking nonsense, all he’s looking for is an avenue to sell his weapons,” Presidential spokesman Ima Niboro told Bloomberg.

“Even as Vice President, (Jonathan) was the one driving the amnesty process under (the late President Umaru) Yar’Adua.”

Okah, who is resident in South Africa, was arrested in Angola in 2007 on suspicion of gun-running.

He was later deported to Nigeria, where he was put on trial on 62 charges, including capital offences of treason and terrorism.

He was freed in July last year under the amnesty programme and returned to South Africa. Henry Okah, former leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), warned from his prison cell in Johannesburg at the weekend that the insurgency in the Niger Delta will continue until the region controls its oil wealth.

Okah faces terrorism charges in South Africa over the bombings in Abuja on October 1.

He called on “thousands of people who are willing to fight to continue to fight. I’m encouraging the people of the Niger delta to fight for their land.

“There are thousands of people who are willing to fight and they’ll continue to fight,” Okah told Bloomberg.

Reacting to the offensive the Joint Task Force (JTF) launched in Ayakoromor in Delta State last week, he said: “The military is only carrying out punitive actions against communities. The Nigerian army should be prepared to fight forever unless the real issues in the delta are addressed.”

 

 

GUSAU: Lieutenant General (retired) Aliyu Mohammed Gusau is a former Nigerian army officer who was appointed National Security Advisor by President Goodluck Jonathan on 8 March 2010. He held the same position during most of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidency. Before that he was in military Intelligence, and was briefly Army Chief. Aliyu Mohammed was born on 18 May 1943 in Gusau, Zamfara State.[2] The army added his birthplace to his name, making “Aliyu Mohammed Gusau”, to distinguish him from another General Aliyu Mohammed. Although Aliyu does not himself use “Gusau” in his name, it has been widely adopted by the media.[ With wide influence in both civilian and military circles, Aliyu played a central role in ensuring that the transition to democracy in May 1999 went smoothly.[6] Aliyu was the National Security Advisor in the crucial period when former political office holders in the armed forces were retired in June 1999, helping Obasanjo assume control of the armed forces as a civilian President. He remained National Security Advisor during most of Obasanjo’s presidency.[4] He left office to compete in the 2006 People’s Democratic Party (PDP) primaries for presidential candidate, coming third. The winner, Umaru Yar’Adua, went on to be elected President.[7]

On 8 March 2010, Acting President Goodluck Jonathan announced that he was removing Major-General Sarki Mukhtar as National Security Adviser and replacing him with Aliyu.[8] A few days later, Aliyu met with the service chiefs in Abuja to discuss the Jos crisis and the security situation in the country. There were rumors that a review of senior army and police assignments could be underway.[9] Speaking at a seminar in April 2010, Aliyu said the legal system seemed to promote crime and the law enforcement agencies appeared overwhelmed. He also said that efforts to fight corruption were perceived as selective and ineffective, and some of the agencies had credibility problems since their leaders had been accursed of corruption.[10]

In April 2010 it was announced that Aliyu would seek nomination to be a candidate in the 2011 Presidential elections.

 

BOLA AHMED TINUBU: Clearly, Tinubu is not a saint. But the parameters for selecting the LEADERSHIP Person Of The Year do not specify sainthood as a key requirement. By this choice, however, we acknowledge the capacity of focused individuals to change their society for the better. For providing clear, pragmatic leadership during a period of self-doubt by a citizenry under a political siege; by patiently deploying the instrumentality of law to achieve what many thought were lost causes; for becoming the arrowhead of a waning opposition vanguard and effectively checkmating a creeping totalitarianism, Tinubu is the LEADERSHIP Person Of The Year 2010. Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu was born in Lagos, on March 29, 1952. His political career began in 1992 when he was elected to the Nigerian Senate, representing the Lagos West constituency in the short-lived Third Republic. After the results of the June 12, 1993, presidential election were annulled, Tinubu became a founding member of the pro-democracy National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), which mobilized support for the restoration of democracy and recognition of the June 12 results. He went into exile in 1994 and returned to the country in 1998 after the death of military dictator Sani Abacha, which ushered in a transition to civilian rule.

In the run-up to the 1999 elections, Bola Tinubu was a protégé of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) leaders Abraham Adesanya and Ayo Adebanjo. He won the AD primaries for the Lagos State gubernatorial elections in competition with Funso Williams and Dr. Wahab Dosunmu, a former minister of works and housing. In April 1999, he stood for the governorship election on the AD ticket and won.

 

PEOPLE THAT WILL SHAPE EVENTS IN 2011

  1. 1. President Goodluck Jonathan

If the WikiLeaks report on President Jonathan’s discussion with erstwhile United States ambassador were a sufficient gauge, it would seem the University don turned politician didn’t bargain for the intrigues that accompany the highest office in the world’s most populous black nation.

 

However, luck entrusted on him the mantle of leadership when late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua died in Aso Rock on May 5, 2010. Months on the saddle, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan rode on the wave of popular goodwill to retain his office, a capital many believe is fast running out. Not with allegations of bribery and incompetent leadership. Worse still, the most vociferous voices have emanated from his party, the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, as segments within the North believe that his party zoning arrangement for elective offices among the geo-political zones in the country precludes him from contesting for election. With Jonathan’s hat fully in the ring and a determined opposition, he will surely be crucial in 2011.

 

  1. Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

Call him the living nightmare of Nigerian Bank CEO’s and you will not be wrong. Sanusi Lamido is different things to different people, but what is never in doubt is that he is not a man who likes to be contradicted. In one full swoop, he shot former bank CEO’s with egos the size of cathedrals, down from their lofty skyscraper offices to maximum security prisons.

Sanusi, 49, was appointed Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria by late President Umaru Yar’Adua on June 1, 2009, in the middle of a global financial crises. By August Sanusi has started stoking the fires of our own crises. He bailed 5 banks he believed were in crises with 400 Billion of public money, dismissed their executives and began a series of reforms many believe are prompted by vendetta or messianic complex. To prove he does not shy away from controversy, he recently accused the National Assembly of frittering away 25 per cent of the nation’s budget, an allegation that is still gathering storm. In 2011 we are sure to find the CBN Boss firing from all cylinders.

  1. 3. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari

It seems it doesn’t matter how often he wears his new trademark white Babaringa, the “General” would always follow the General. And so also his reputation as a former brutal dictator. While he enjoys the uncompromising devotion of the talakawas, the elites it seems view him with cordial disdain. And the talakawas often don’t get to choose the President. So it seems he remains the next best option – even then he must matter to an extent to enjoy such renown.

 

Born December 17, 1942, General Buhari was the military ruler of Nigeria from December 31, 1983 – August 27, 1985, and an unsuccessful candidate for president in the 2003 and 2007 presidential elections under the platform of the ANPP. The General who hails from Katsina State of the Fulani stock, is reputed to hate corruption, a fact many believed was strengthened in his days as PTDF Boss. In an election year, especially where the umpire is believed to have moral character and with a party, the CPC that is in talks with major opposition parties to field him as their Presidential standard bearer, it is not impossible that the General may just be awarded his command.

 

 

  1. 4. Professor. Attahiru Jega

When the story of Nigerian “academic activists” is told, one man whose name is sure to enjoy more than a passing reference is Attahiru Jega. A professor of political science and vice chancellor of Nigeria’s Bayero University, Kano, was drafted from the cold comfort of the Ivory towers to the murky waters of Nigerian Politics to add tissue to the political theories he’s spend a lifetime teaching.

A former consultant to INEC, former national president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, between 1988 and 1994, during which, his predecessor in office, Maurice Iwu, was the union’s vice president, also a member of the Justice Uwais Electoral Reform Group, whose report has been widely acclaimed as the required panacea for the nation’s electoral woes… Mr Jega’s qualification are absolutely not in doubt. His appointment it would be recalled for the first time in the nation’s chequered political history was applauded by both the ruling and opposition parties.

Come 2011, this 53 year old, academic from Jega in Kebbi State will be the cynosure of all eyes as he attempts to give Nigeria free and fair elections.

 

  1. 5. Pastor Tunde Bakare

Tunde Bakare is a Nigerian Pentecostal pastor. He has received national and international attention for his televangelism, which has sometimes been critical of the Nigerian government. As the Convener of the Save Nigeria Group, a group gradually morphing into a thorn in the flesh of corrupt government officials, it is easy to see why in 2011 the group will assume more political relevance.

 

  1. 6. Atiku Abubakar

Alhaji Atiku Abubakar (Turakin Adamawa), GCON (born 25 November 1946) was the Vice-President of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007. He is a Muslim native of Adamawa State, and was an influential member of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) until 2006 when he switched affiliation to the Action Congress party. The former Vice President made a controversial return to the PDP in 2009, a return that has won him more foes than allies. However as the election approaches, Atiku has grown in relevance especially after he was presented as the Northern Consensus candidate and promises to be a formidable opposition to the ambition of President Goodluck Jonathan.

  1. 7. Hafiz A. Ringim

Appointed in September this year when the menace of kidnapping was almost threatening the corporate existence of South Eastern Nigeria, Mr Ringim comes to the saddle with the huge task of superintending 2011 elections. If the political intrigues and smear campaigns already embarked upon by politicians is a good indication – as its often is – then Mr Ringim has his work cut out for him. Not only would he oversee elections that are prosecuted with the rhetoric of war, he’d would have the added task of not only saving the people from the politicians but also saving the politicians from themselves.

  1. 8. Samson Siasia

Perhaps no other Nigerian coach has endeared himself to the hearts of the millions of football loving Nigerians than this Bayelsa born tactician, Samson Siasia. A member of the most achieved national team the Super Eagles set of 1994, Nigeria’s coach to two successful junior world cups where he finished second, Samson rode on the back of popular support to clinch the highly lucrative job of Super Eagles gaffer on November 4, 2010, months after the Swedish tactician Lars Lagerback took Nigeria to a disastrous world cup

Samson Siasia, 43, goes ahead into the new year with so much promise and expectation as Nigeria seeks to qualify for the next African Cup of Nations.

 

  1. 9. Aloysius Katsina-Alu

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mr Aloysius Katsina-Alu assumed office amid a controversy he had no hand in either its creation or execution. He was sworn in as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria on Wednesday 30 December 2009 by his predecessor as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Idris Legbo Kutigi. There was some controversy over the ceremony, since in all previous ceremonies the Oath of Office was administered by the President of Nigeria. However, President Umaru Yar’Adua was unavailable on account of ill health since November 2009, and had failed to hand over to his Vice President Goodluck Jonathan.

His reputation like a pendulum have swung from right to left between lawyers who see him as tough and others who say the nation should expect a more vibrant judiciary under him. Born in 28 August 1941 and of the Ushongo in what is now Benue State, Katsina-Alu has been a member of the court since 1998 and will have to prove his mettle when the elections petitions start flooding the hallowed chambers of the Supreme Court in 2011.

 

MAJOR EVENTS OF 2010 IN NIGERIA

In ESSAY on February 7, 2011 at 9:45 am

MAJOR EVENTS OF 2010

Jonathan Goodluck sworn in as Nigeria’s Acting President

February 10, 2010 – National Assembly votes to transfer power to the Vice-President, Goodluck Jonathan, until Yar’Adua is able to resume presidency. Mr Yar’Adua returns to Nigeria but does not return to work.

Jonathan sacks Maurice Iwu

April 28, 2010. The five-year reign of Maurice Iwu as the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission came to a sudden end when the Acting president, Goodluck Jonathan, ordered him to proceed on a pre-disengagement leave, with immediate effect. Mr Iwu’s tenure expired on 13th June, 2010 and he had actively lobbied for an extension of his service.

President Umaru Yar’Adua dies in office

May 6, 2010 – Umaru Yar’Adua dies after a long illness. His vice-president, Goodluck Jonathan, already acting in Yar’Adua’s stead, succeeds him. The president, who had been gravely ill since he left the country for medical treatment in Saudi Arabia on November 23, last year, passed on at the Presidential Villa, Aso Rock, Abuja.

Yar’Adua, who had earlier been diagnosed of a heart problem, acute pericarditis, lost the gallant battle for life at the age of 58. He was Nigeria’s 13th Head of State and the fifth to die in office. He was buried in his hometown in Katsina State.

Jonathan dissolves cabinet including the sack of Aondoakka

17 May, 2010. Acting President Goodluck Jonathan sacked ministers and other members of the Federal Executive Council. The sack came as a surprise to the ministers who had earlier in the day deliberated for seven hours with Jonathan during the weekly FEC meeting in Abuja. The sacked ministers, include former Education Minister, Dr. Sam Egwu, and former Commerce Minister, Chief Achike Udenwa, and former Minister of Justice Mike Aondoakaa

Nigeria crashes out of the world disgracefully

June 2010. This year’s disappointing World Cup, where they failed to win a match and finished bottom of Group B. 30 June 2010, following its early exit and poor showing,  President Goodluck Jonathan suspended the national football team from international competition for two years. The suspension put the team at risk of being banned from international football by FIFA for reasons of political interference,  hence on On 5 July 2010, the Nigerian government rescinded its ban of the national football team from FIFA/CAF football competitions

 

Top officials of the NFF Sacked

July 4, 2010. Three top officials of the NFF the president, Sanu Lulu, his vice president, Amanze Uchegbulam and head of the technical committee Taiwo Ogunjobi were sacked following Super Eagles poor showing at the World Cup in South Africa in 2010.

Sanusi sacks bank chiefs

August 13 2010. CBN Governor Mr. Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, announced the sack of five bank chief executive officers they are Intercontinental Bank Plc, Mr. Erastus Akingbola; Sebastine Adigwe of AfriBank Plc; Okey Nwosu of Finbank Plc; Mrs Cecilia Ibru of Oceanic Bank Plc and Barth Ebong of Union Bank Plc.

To replace them are John Aboh for Oceanic Bank Plc, Mahmud Alabi (Intercontinental Bank), Nebolisa Arah (Afribank), Suzanne Iroche (Finbank) while Funke Osibodu takes over at Union Bank Plc. The removal of the banks’ chiefs was allegedly due to excessively high level of non-performing loans, which was attributable to poor corporate governance practices, lax credit administration processes and the banks’ credit risk management practices.

42 Die after drinking pond water in Yobe

August 24, 2010. No fewer than 42 people including children died after taking contaminated water drawn from wells and ponds in 10 council areas of Yobe State. Also 484 others were reported infected with water-borne disease known as gastro-enteritis.

PHCN workers go on strike

August 25, 2010. Total outage was experienced all over the country following an industrial action embarked upon by electricity workers nationwide. The aggrieved workers under the aegis of National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) and Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEC) ordered their members to stay away from work due to non-payment of their monetization arrears since 2003.

 

President Jonathan Declares Presidential Ambition

September 18, 2010. President Goodluck Jonathan announced to a mammoth crowd at the Eagle square Abuja.

 

Bomb blasts rocks Independence day celebration

October 1, 2010. Two car bombs went off simultaneously to mar the independence day celebrations. Gideon Okah was arrested and arraigned in South Africa.

Cecilia Ibru jailed

October 8, 2010. Cecilia Ibru, the former managing director of Oceanic Bank PLC, was convicted of several counts of bank and security fraud by a federal high court in Lagos presided by Justice Dan Abutu to six months in jail and to forfeit over N190 billion naira in assets and cash.

Lead Poisoning kill 400 Children in Zamfara

October 6 2010. The international humanitarian group Medecines Sans Frontieres (MSF) announced that lead poisoning had killed 425 children in Zamfara. A lead poisoning epidemic linked to illegal gold mining hit the state at the start of the year. The intoxications were caused by the illegal extraction of ore by villagers who could transport crused rock home from the mines to extract the gold. The soil containing lead deposits would then be hap-hazardly disposed of, exposing children to inhalation or ingestion.

 

Late Esiaba Irobi wins NLNG Literary prize

October 9, 2010. Late Writer and Poet Esiabi Irobi won the 2010 NLNG Prize for literature for his play Cemetery Road.

Fayemi wins at Appeal Court Tribunal

October 15, 2010. Kayode Fayemi become the governor of Ekiti State three years after he launched a legal challenge to the declaration of INEC that Segun Oni won the state’s 2007 governorship election.  Oni was relieved of his job by the federal appeals court ruling in Ilorin that his opponent and Action Congress governorship candidate in the 2007 election, Fayemi was the rightful winner of the election. The court, ruling on a legal challenge to a rerun election held in the state last year, cancelled the result of voting in Ido Osi and Ifaki, saying these were fictitious. The 8000 votes were then deducted from the PDP result – thus handing over victory to the Action Congress candidate.

Arms seized at Lagos port

October 26, 2010. Container containing arms and ammunitions are discovered aboard a ship from Iran. The weapons included rocket launchers, grenade, mortars and light weapons stacked with ceramic tiles packed in crates.

Super Falcons Wins AWC

November 21, 2010. The Super Falcons’ clinching of their 6th African Women’s Championship Title and their qualification for Germany 2011.  They beat the female national team of Equatorial Guinea, the Nzalang Nacional 4-2 to clinch their 6th title in the history of the African Women’s Championship.

Siasia appointed as Super Eagles Coach

November 4, 2010. Samson Siasia appointed Super Eagles Coach

 

Aregbesola wins

   

 

November 26, 2010. Justices of the Court of Appeal in Ibadan declared the candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Rauf Aregbesola, winner of the 2007 governorship election in Osun State and ordered that he be sworn in as governor by 12 noon the next day. The judgment sacked the Peoples Democratic Party government headed by Olagunsoye Oyinlola.

Ibori Arrested and jailed

Pa Enahoro Dies at 87

15 December 2010. One of Nigeria’s formost politicians who fought for Nigeria’s independence, Anthony Enahoro at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) at the age of 87. Following a coma, in October he was rushed to the Intensive care unit of UBTH and never fully recovered. Mr Enahoro, famously moved the motion for Nigeria’s independence in 1957, devoted his life pro-democracy movement and fought tenaciously the military government of the late Sani Abacha.

PDP Consensus candidate

Jega asks for his billions

Amos Adamu accused of bribery

NLC Goes on strike

South East University lecturers strike

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