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Eight killed as Nigerian Soldiers battle Boko Haram insurgents in Maiduguri

Boko Haram insurgents attacked the outskirts of Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria on Sunday, security sources said, their second assault in a week on a city they hope to make the capital of a breakaway Islamist state.

At least eight people were killed as the militants clashed with soldiers, witnesses and a hospital source said, but the military later said the attack had been repelled.

"There is heavy gunfire going on. Everybody is panicking and trying to flee the area," Idris Abubakar, a resident of Polo suburb on the southwestern outskirts of the city, said.

The insurgents, who arrived in several armed pick-up trucks and on motorbikes, attacked three places in the south of Maiduguri at around the same time, a security source said.

Resident Babagana Lawan said a grenade fell on his house, killing his brother and two factory workers living with him.

In a separate incident in the town of Potiskum, 230 km (140 miles) west of Maiduguri, a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the house of federal legislator Sabo Garbu, killing 10 people, according to security sources.

INEC and Mobile carrier, MTN launches election 2015 app

MTN Nigeria has launched the 2015 BetterMe app, which has been described as a milestone in voter education and engagement towards enhancing and deepening Nigeria’s electoral process.

Speaking at the unveiling the BetterMe app in Abuja, Oluwole Osaze Uzzi, director of voter education, described the app as a major platform for voter engagement and a big step forward in Nigeria’s quest for participatory democracy and enhancing their participation in the electoral process

Mr. Mike Omeri, Director General of NOA, also spoke at the event adding that the BetterME app was developed by a Nigerian which is an indication of the country’s potential in the IT world. With the app, Nigerians both within and outside the country would be able to witness and participate fully in the electoral process.

Fola Akinmolayan, CEO of NEO2, developers of the app, disclosed that the platform was secure and could be accessed via most mobile phones.

You can download the 2015 BetterME App by Sending the keyword 2015 to 131 via SMS. An SMS containing the link for download will be sent to you immediately. Tap on the link to download the App free of charge.

Please be aware that the app is only available for android platforms. Although, other platforms will be introduced in the course of time.

Buhari threatens AIT, NTA with lawsuit over anti-Buhari documentaries

The Presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC, General Muhammadu Buhari (ret), has threatened to take legal action against the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, and the African Independent Television, AIT, for airing hate broadcasts against his personality

In a protest letter lodged through the Legal Director of APC Presidential Campaign Council, Mr. Chukwuma-Machukwu Ume, SAN, Buhari, insisted that the two television stations must not only retract the “hate documentaries,” but also issue a public apology to him.

He said he would not hesitate to seek legal remedy should the television houses refuse to comply with the conditions.

The APC candidate said he had already petitioned the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission, NBC, and the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, asking them to investigate both NTA and AIT over the hate broadcasts and take necessary punitive actions.

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Nominations for The Future Awards Season 8 close on Tuesdays

The Central Working Committee for The Future Awards, which is going Africa-wide this season, has announced that nominations for the 8th season comes to a close come Tuesday, June 18, 2013.

The categories of The Future Awards Africa 2013 includes The Future Awards Prize in Advocacy & Activism, The Future Awards Prize in Science & Technology, The Future Awards Prize in Community Action, The Future Awards Prize in New Media.

You can nominate on or via telephone on 08022226712.

The awards are judged over a two-month period, supervised by a central working committee, a board of judges and an independent audit committee - an 8-year rigorous process with checks and balances that has produced many of Nigeria's most prominent young leaders in the past decade.

This edition is hosted in partnership with the youth office of the African Union Commission, based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and nominations for the awards' biggest prize, Young Person of the Year to be Africa-based nomination.

Six year old OzzyBosco becomes a mega brand ambassador

At 6 years, the kid dynamite OzzyBosco Wonderkid has just been signed on as “Tigo Ambassador” by CWAY Foods and Beverages. The contract will see the iconic OzzyB, regarded as the Youngest African Entertainer to be signed on by a mega company.

OzzyB will be in every media promo campaign and on the face of all the Tigo brand products for the next two years. He is also the first artist to be signed by Tigo.

According to the company's group brand communication director, Mr Auscar Ikoro, “signing of OzzyBosco is a major conquest for the company because this artist is priceless and visibly the most sought after Child Artist in Africa”. Continuing, Mr Ikoro said “with this dynamite kid on board, their brand will no doubt experience a massive breakthrough”.

This all-round entertainer and multi-award winner has produced many hit songs including Mama, and his latest, Tinini (featuring Olamide) curretly enjoying heavy rotation on Nigerian WebRadio and radion stations across Nigeria.

Fatai Rolling Dollar is dead!

Nigeria's oldest practicing musician and Highlife pioneer, Pa Fatai Olayiwola Olagunju, popularly known as Fatai Rolling Dollar has died after a brief hospitalisation. Aged 85, the legend passed on June 12th 2013 at Marritol Hospital in Surulere.

A legend of the music industry, performer extra-ordinare Pa Rolling Dollar will be missed. Re-live moments of his last TV performance at the Nigerian Idol semi-final show where he lit the stage with his usual energetic style.

His last performance which was the 14th of March, 2013 was on Nigerian Idol Season 3 stage, where he performed one of his all time classic’s ‘Won Kere si Number Wa’. He was later joined on stage by a group of contestants. After his performance, Fatai Rolling Dollar said, “I love what the young artistes are doing. They have a good message for the young crowd out there, and I absolutely love it.” His memories and kind words will forever remain in our hearts. He is survived by three wives and 16 children.

Rolling Dollar reportedly died of complications resulting from lung cancer.

Emotions ran high, Thursday, as his remains was laid to rest at his building site at Ikorodu, Lagos.

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