Japa: US Embassy interviews over 150,000 Nigerians for visas in 2023

December 4, 2023 Adejayan Gbenga Gsong 0

The United States Embassy in Nigeria said it has interviewed over 150,000 Nigerians, including 30,000 students, who applied for visas to their country this year. The head, Mr. David Greene, made this disclosure on Sunday during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja. He also assured visa applicants of the mission’s commitment to tackling all visa-related hitches. Read More

Breaking: Former influential US first lady is dead

November 19, 2023 Adejayan Gbenga Gsong 0

Former US first lady Rosalynn Carter, the wife of former President Jimmy Carter and a devoted advocate for mental health, died peacefully at home Sunday, the Carter Center announced. She was 96. “Rosalynn was my equal partner in everything I ever accomplished,” Jimmy Carter said in a statement. “She gave me wise guidance and encouragement when I needed it. As Read More

Portable wins first international music award

November 13, 2023 Adejayan Gbenga Gsong 0

Controversial Nigerian singer, Habeeb Okikiola, popularly known as Portable, has won the Best New Artist at the 2023 African Entertainment Awards, USA (AEUSA). This is Portable’s first international music award. Portable beat the likes of Blaq Bones, Odumodublvk and Seyi Vibez among others to emerge as winner. A renowned charts recorder, ChartsAfrica, announced this on Monday in a post on Read More

Breaking: At last, US House elects new Speaker

October 25, 2023 Adejayan Gbenga Gsong 0

Rep. Mike Johnson, a Republican of Louisiana, won election to become the speaker of the House on Wednesday, ending three weeks of chaos since Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s historic ouster and taking his place as second in line for the presidency. Johnson won election to the role with the support of all 220 Republicans in attendance, surpassing the 215-vote total that Read More

US court rejects request to compel FBI, CIA, IRS to release Tinubu’s documents

October 24, 2023 Adejayan Gbenga Gsong 0

The United States District Court of Columbia has declined a request to force the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA); Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); and Internal Revenue Service to release information on President Bola Tinubu. One Aaron Greenspan had filed the emergency motion seeking to compel the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (“EOUSA”), the Department of State, FBI, Internal Revenue Service, Read More

Breaking: 2 Americans regain freedom from Hamas

October 20, 2023 Adejayan Gbenga Gsong 0

Hamas on Friday released two American hostages — a mother and daughter — who were being held in Gaza. The Israeli military received them at the border and took them to an army base in central Israel to be reunited with family members, according to statements released by Hamas and the Israel government. The release of the hostages came on Read More

Atiku’s aide, Shaibu replies Ogala over Tinubu’s defeat in US court

October 2, 2023 Bode Olagoke 0

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s Special Assistant on Public Communications, Phrank Shaibu, says that the independence of the judiciary in the United States of America led to President Bola Tinubu’s ultimate defeat at the Northern District of Illinois court. Shaibu said this while reacting to the order by Justice Nancy Maldonado for the Chicago State University to release all of Read More

Don’t travel to 18 Nigerian states, US alerts citizens *See full list of states

September 22, 2023 Chizoba Ogbeche, Abuja 0

The United States of America has issued a travel alert on 18 states in Nigeria. Blueprint reports that the do-not-trave alert comes two days after the United States Deputy Treasury Secretary, Wally Adeyemo, visited Nigeria as part of U.S. efforts to strengthen economic ties between both countries. This is as President Tinubu continues campaign to boost the confidence of the Read More

Two-year-old shoots self dead in Las Vegas

July 12, 2023 Rosemary Moribirin 0

A two-year-old, Jaiangelis Stevenson, died after accidentally shooting himself at a caregiver’s home on Sunday. According to New York Post on Tuesday, Jaiangelis, whose mother was working, was being watched by a family member when the shooting occured. His aunt revealed that “We would actually call him ‘Blue’ because of his eyes,” she recalled of the youngster. “He would be Read More

Breaking: US Troops kill ISIS leader

July 9, 2023 Solomon Arowolo 0

U.S. forces killed ISIS leader Usamah al-Muhajir in an airstrike in eastern Syria on Friday, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) announced in a Sunday statement. Al-Muhajir was killed by the same MQ-9 reaper drones that had been harassed by Russian aircraft in the region. The two incidents occurred the same day, the U.S. says, with the drones carrying out the strike Read More

Breaking: Supreme Court stops Biden’s $400bn loan forgiveness plan in US

June 30, 2023 BBC 0

The US Supreme Court has blocked President Biden’s plan to forgive student loan debt for more than 40 million Americans. The ruling was 6-3, with the three liberal justices dissenting. His plan, announced last year, would have forgiven up to $10,000 (£7,800) per borrower, and $20,000 in some cases. Soon after it was announced, lower courts blocked it – leaving Read More

US slams sanctions on African firms funding Wagner operations

June 29, 2023 Solomon Arowolo 0

The United States took aim at Russia’s Wagner Group and imposed sanctions on Tuesday on companies it accused of engaging in illicit gold dealings to fund the mercenary force. The U.S. Treasury Department in a statement said it slapped sanctions on four companies in the United Arab Emirates, Central African Republic and Russia it accused of being connected to the Read More

Tough anti-gay law: US slams sanctions on Uganda officials

June 17, 2023 Solomon Arowolo 0

The United States has imposed visa restrictions on Uganda officials after the African nation passed an anti-LGBTQ law that was condemned by many countries and the United Nations, the U.S. State Department said on Friday. The law, considered one of the harshest in the world, was enacted in May and carries the death penalty for “aggravated homosexuality,” an offence that Read More

Breaking: 2 kidnapped US Embassy staff rescued in Anambra

May 19, 2023 Admin III 0

Security operatives have successfully rescued the two United States Embassy staffers who were abducted in Anambra state. This was revealed by the spokesperson for Anambra State Police Command, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, on Friday May 19, 2023. He said, “In the early hours of today, 19/5/2023, the joint security forces rescued unhurt the two remaining victims abducted during the attack on Read More

US top official calls Tinubu ahead of May 29 presidential inauguration

May 17, 2023 Admin III 0

The Secretary of State for the United States, Anthony Blinken, has given his assurance to the President-elect of Nigeria, Bola Tinubu, that the U.S. is dedicated to enhancing the relationship between the two countries with the new administration. In a statement by U.S. State Department Spokesperson, Matthew Miller, on Tuesday, he said, Blinken called the Nigerian President-elect to discuss issues Read More

VIDEO: What US said after gunmen attack left 4 embassy staff dead

May 17, 2023 Admin III 0

The White house has confirmed that the United States Embassy convoy in Anambra State was targeted in a deadly attack. This was disclosed during a press briefing, by the spokesperson for the National Security Council, John Kirby on Wednesday. He also clarified that no U.S. citizens were involved in the incident. Kirby said, “What I can tell you is that Read More

Breaking: US pronounces visa ban on Nigerians who undermined democracy during 2023 general elections

May 15, 2023 Admin III 0

The United States Government has pronounced visa ban on Nigerians who undermined the nation’s democracy during the 2023 general elections. Speaking via a statement by the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, said, “Today, I am announcing that we have taken steps to impose visa restrictions on specific individuals in Nigeria for undermining the democratic process during Nigeria’s 2023 elections Read More

US open to talks with China – Envoy

May 2, 2023 Admin III 0

US Ambassador to China Nicholas Burns said Tuesday the United States is “ready to talk” to China, and expressed hope that Beijing would “meet us halfway on this.” Burns, however, did not give a clear answer about when Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s trip to China – which was postponed in February – would be rescheduled. “Our view is we Read More

Breaking: Biden formally declares re-election bid

April 25, 2023 The New York Times 0

President Biden has formally announced on Tuesday April 25, 2023 that he would seek a second term, arguing that American democracy still faces a profound threat from former President Donald J. Trump as he set up the possibility of a climactic rematch between the two next year. In a video flashing images of a mob of Trump supporters storming the Read More

Osinbajo in US, to deliver lecture on climate change

April 23, 2023 Admin III 0

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Saturday April 22, 2023 traveled to the United States of America to deliver a special lecture at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) in Philadelphia. This was disclosed by Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement in Abuja. Akade said the vice president would also participate in an interactive session with students and faculty coordinated by Read More

Teen brothers among 6 charged for Alabama shooting 

April 22, 2023 Admin III 0

Two teenage brothers, a 15-year-old, and three men are now under arrest after a deadly shooting at a party in Alabama last Saturday, authorities said. The shooting at a 16th birthday party celebration left four people dead and 32 others injured. The first arrests were made on Tuesday. All six suspects have been charged with four counts of reckless murder. Read More

Nuclear plant: US fires warning shot at Russia

April 19, 2023 CNN 0

The US has sensitive nuclear technology at a nuclear power plant inside Ukraine and is warning Russia not to touch it, according to a letter the US Department of Energy sent to Russia’s state-owned nuclear energy firm Rosatom last month. In the letter, which was reviewed by CNN and is dated March 17, 2023, the director of the Energy Department’s Read More

How Trump’s presidency weakened US institutions

April 17, 2023 Baba Abdullahi Machina 0

Donald Trump’s presidency was a tumultuous and unprecedented period in American history, marked by constant controversies, scandals, polarisation, and protests. Trump, who had no prior experience in government or the military, defied many norms and expectations of presidential behaviour and often clashed with the media, the judiciary, Congress, foreign allies, and even his administration. His unconventional and often erratic style Read More

Waldrum tips US, Canada, 5 others to win 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup

April 8, 2023 Admin III 0

Super Falcons coach Randy Waldrum has tipped countries he feels can win the upcoming 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup as he played down Nigeria’s chances. While speaking to the FIFA media, the American gaffer mentioned his native country the United States, Olympic champions Canada, Spain, European champions England, Sweden, and the Netherlands, and the host Australia. Despite being in charge Read More

Like US, UK hunt electoral offenders in Nigeria, to unleash sanctions

March 23, 2023 Admin III 0

The United Kingdom has promised to take action against those who engaged in or incited electoral violence during the March 18, 2023 governorship election. This was disclosed in a statement by the British Commission in Abuja on Wednesdays. The statement reads, “These are positive markers to build on for future elections. However, there were notable points of concern. Members of Read More