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Djibouti Veteran Leader, Ismail Omar Guelleh, 73, Re-elected as President for 5th Term
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Djibouti Veteran Leader, Ismail Omar Guelleh, 73, Re-elected as President for 5th Term

Djibouti veteran leader, Ismail OmarGuelleh has been re-elected as president for the fifth term after being declared the winner in Friday April 9 presidential election in Djibouti. "Thank you for your trust, thank you Djibouti. Let's continue together," Guelleh said on Twitter shortly after results were announced. Guelleh, 73, who has been in power since 1999 was re-elected with 98.58 % of the vote, defeating Zakaria Ismail Farah, an independent and a newcomer candidate. "President Ismail Omar Guelleh obtained 167,535 votes, which is 98.58 percent," Interior Minister Moumin Ahmed Cheick told public broadcaster RTD early Saturday, adding that confirmed results would be released soon by the Constitutional Council. Farah, a 56-year-old cleaning products importer, ended up ...
Why US Can’t Help Nigeria Fight Insecurity – Former US Ambassador To Nigeria, John Campbell
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Why US Can’t Help Nigeria Fight Insecurity – Former US Ambassador To Nigeria, John Campbell

John Campbell says it is unlikely for Nigeria to get technical and financial support from the US in its war against terror until the country addresses alleged human rights abuses by security forces. Campbell, a former US ambassador to Nigeria, made the comment on Friday at the maiden edition of Grow Nigeria Conversation themed: ‘Reversing the Flourishing Economy of Kidnapping and Banditry: Immediate & long-term solutions’. Amnesty International and other organisations had indicted the military of abuses under Nigerian and international laws in the course of its operations. President Muhammadu Buhari had said Nigeria would be looking forward to the support of a Joe Biden-led United States in the war against terrorism. Campbell, however, said US laws strictly prohibit the...
Kidnapping: Saraki Urges Global Collaboration
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Kidnapping: Saraki Urges Global Collaboration

Former President of the Senate Bukola Saraki has advised Nigeria to find solution to kidnapping through collaborate with countries that had successfully tackled the menace. He urged the country to learn from these successful countries’ experiences and measures adopted in addressing it. Saraki gave the advice on Friday during a webinar on the maiden edition of the Grow Nigeria Conversation (GNC), monitored in Abuja. The webinar was titled: ‘Reversing the Flourishing Economy of Kidnapping and Banditry: Immediate and long-term solutions’. The event was organised in partnership with The African Political Institute (TAPI) and Adopt A Goal for Development Initiative. Saraki, who was the convener of the dialogue series, said though kidnaping was not new in Nigeria, the current tren...
Tinubu: A Presidential Disaster Waiting To Happen? – By Farooq A. Kperogi
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Tinubu: A Presidential Disaster Waiting To Happen? – By Farooq A. Kperogi

Anyone who has watched Bola Ahmed Tinubu closely and dispassionately can’t help but notice that the man is not well. He is a walking psychedelic calamity. His endless verbal miscues and nonverbal cues constantly conspire to construct the profile of a man who is battling a troubling internal turmoil, who is held hostage by disablingly malefic inner demons. He appears to revel in his own self-created alternate universe that is always lightyears away from ours. When he speaks and walks, he strikes the observer as a man in a daze, in a cripplingly drunken or narcotic stupor. He slurs his words, slacks his attention, blanks out, has awkward gaits (which caused him to trip at Arewa House in Kaduna recently), and seems impervious to the world around him. That, for me, is the outward manife...
North Has Sunk Lower Under Buhari, NEF, ACF, CNG, Others Lament
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North Has Sunk Lower Under Buhari, NEF, ACF, CNG, Others Lament

Seventeen famous Northern groups, including the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) and Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) have lamented the region is worse off under President Muhammadu Buhari. This was one of the major outcomes after a two-day Northern People’s Summit in Kaduna. The groups, in a communiqué read by Professor Doknan Sheni, said: “The North invites the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari, Northern Governors and legislators to the fact that under their watch the North has sunk lower in all indices of human existence.” They lamented the region has been overtaken by insurgents, bandits and poor governance, urging political actors to change the narratives. The group added: “Delegates at the summit commit to continuously engage in searc...
Boris Johnson, Buhari, Biden, Atiku, Others World Leaders Mourn Prince Philip
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Boris Johnson, Buhari, Biden, Atiku, Others World Leaders Mourn Prince Philip

"We remember the Duke ... above all for his steadfast support for Her Majesty the Queen, not just as her consort, by her side, every day of her reign, but as her husband, has strength and stay of more than 70 years. And it is to Her Majesty, and her family, that our nation's thoughts must turn today." "Like the expert carriage driver that he was he helped to steer the royal family and the monarchy so that it remains an institution indisputably vital to the balance and happiness of our national life." - The UK PM, Boris Johnson   GERMAN CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL "The death of Prince Philip fills me with great sorrow. His friendship to Germany, his straightforwardness and his sense of duty will not be forgotten."   Prince Philip’s legacy will live on not on...
OPC, IPOB Are Just Like Boko Haram – Dambazau
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OPC, IPOB Are Just Like Boko Haram – Dambazau

  The immediate past Minister of Interior, Lt.-Gen. Abdul-Rahman Dambazau (rtd), on Friday said the O’odua People’s Congress (OPC) and the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are extremist groups like Boko Haram. Dambazau said this at Army War College in Abuja while delivering a lecture to participants of course 5/2021. He alleged that the two groups were sponsoring a new wave of extremism that could ignite ethnic conflict so as to achieve their aims of dividing the country. Dambazau said the Police have a critical role to play in quelling recent agitations across the country, “instead of leaving everything for the military”. “The two groups have been making efforts to ignite nationwide inter-ethnic conflicts through their violent attacks on northern resid...
Imo CP, Nasiru Mohammed Failed To Request MOPOL, Military Reinforcement
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Imo CP, Nasiru Mohammed Failed To Request MOPOL, Military Reinforcement

THE Imo State Commissioner of Police, Nasiru Mohammed, and his top officers have been booted out following Monday’s attack on the state Police Command headquarters and the Nigerian Custodial Centre which led to the release of 600 suspects and 1,884 inmates from the correctional facility. The PUNCH gathered on Thursday that Mohammed was removed alongside the Deputy Commissioner, Operations, Ilyasu Yahaya; and Assistant Commissioner, Operations, James Aikai, by the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu. Adamu, who was also relieved of his appointment by the Presidency while at the scene of the attack, announced the removal of the three officers while addressing the men of the command. A senior police officer said the CP was found to have neglected to ask for reinforcement ...
Presidency, Malami Plot To Deport Atiku To Cameroon Over Presidential Ambition
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Presidency, Malami Plot To Deport Atiku To Cameroon Over Presidential Ambition

Political weights in the Presidency aided by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, are intensifying plans to drown Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s 2023 presidential ambition with a court order that would label him a citizen of Cameroon and ineligible for the contest. SaharaReporters gathered from top sources that the eventual plan of the Aso Rock conspirators and the AGF is to have Atiku deported to Cameroon, away from the country during the 2023 elections. Although the AGF has denied instituting any citizenship case against former Vice president Atiku, sources said Malami and his cohorts are acting through proxies and non-governmental organisations which are positioned to actualise the drowning of Atiku’s presidential ambition. “I can confir...
LGA Administration Getting Worse In Nigeria – Obasanjo
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LGA Administration Getting Worse In Nigeria – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday, stated that local government administration was getting worse in Nigeria, adding that the survival rests on divine intervention. He lamented that most of the councils could not even afford a grader for roads and perform other functions highlighted by the 1976 Local Government Reform. In a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, the Owu chief urged the council workers to be prayerful for things to get better. The ex-Nigerian leader, who received the new National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) president, Comrade Akeem Olatunji Ambali at his Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library Penthouse home, regretted that the reform had been allegedly abused by state governors. He said: “I am of the view th...
Senate Wants Doctors Held Responsible For Any Dead Patient
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Senate Wants Doctors Held Responsible For Any Dead Patient

The Senate Committee on Health has faulted the strike embarked upon by resident doctors, asking Nigerians to hold the doctors responsible if any patient dies on account of the strike. Chairman of the committee, Ibrahim Oloriegbe, said this during a public hearing on the ‘Federal Medical Centre, Mubi, Adamawa State (Establishment) Bill, 2021’ sponsored by Senator Aishatu Ahmed (Binani).According to him, the National Assembly made every effort to avert the strike, to no avail. “We had a marathon meeting on March 21 and agreed on all the issues that were raised by the resident doctors,” he said, adding that three germane issues, including the payment of salary to house officers, were the major reasons they wanted to go on strike. “The second one was what they claimed to be paymen...
Any Woman Will Want To Associate With My Husband – Aisha Buhari
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Any Woman Will Want To Associate With My Husband – Aisha Buhari

The First Lady, Aisha Buhari, has said the future seemed unsure when she got married at an early age to her husband, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.). The couple got married in 1989 when Aisha Buhari was 18 years old. In a book launched yesterday titled ‘Aisha Buhari: Being Different’, the First Lady, however, said the marriage placed on her on the path of greatness. According to the book authored by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Administration and Women Affairs, Daji Sani, the First Lady said her husband is the kind of man any woman would want to associate herself with. According to a quote by Daily Trust, “In many villages in northern Nigeria, educating a girl is not considered a priority. In fact, early marriage affects every eight...
Wike Bans Meeting Of Igbo Group In Oyigbo, Rivers State
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Wike Bans Meeting Of Igbo Group In Oyigbo, Rivers State

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has placed a ban on a planned meeting of some Igbo residents in the Oyigbo Local Government Area of the state over fears that such a meeting could spark fresh unrest in the area. The meeting by a group known as the United Igbo community is scheduled to be held at Oyigbo on Saturday, April 10, 2021. Wike in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim directed security agencies to ensure that the said meeting does not hold to forestall a breakdown of law and order in the area. Oyigbo LGA which shares boundary with Abia state is considered a stronghold of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). Wike had in October 2020 declared a 24-hour curfew in Oyigbo after a police station and other facilit...
I Won’t Pay Ransom Even If My Son Is Kidnapped – El-Rufai
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I Won’t Pay Ransom Even If My Son Is Kidnapped – El-Rufai

The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-rufai, has spoken against the payment of ransom to kidnappers, saying he won’t involve in such even if his son is kidnapped. El-rufai said this during a radio interview on Friday. “I mean it and I will say it again here. Even if my son is kidnapped, I will rather pray for him to make heaven instead, because I won’t pay any ransom,” he said. The Governor also said his administration is not considering paying ransom to secure the release of the students abducted by bandits from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Kaduna, in March. According to him, the government is “absolutely not paying ransom” but considering other means to ensure the students are returned to their parents. The PUNCH reported yesterday that El-rufai said...
PDP SW Congress: Melaye To Head Screening Committee, Fayose Group Kicks
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PDP SW Congress: Melaye To Head Screening Committee, Fayose Group Kicks

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has appointed Dino Melaye as the Screening Committee Chairman for the South-West zonal executive congress. National Organising Secretary, Col. Austin Akobundu (rtd.) made the announcement on Friday. The National Working Committee (NWC) also named Emilia Ezude as Secretary to the committee. Members of the committee are Shetimma Laah, Ekeleme Ikieje and Egede Israel. The team will screen all aspirants for the zonal executive committee positions. The statement added that the exercise is scheduled for Saturday, April 10 at Osogbo, the Osun State capital. S’West PDP Congress: Fayose, Adebutu, Adeleke, Olafeso reject Dino Melaye as screening Chairman A group in the South West People’s Democratic Party (PDP) led by former Governor of Ek...
Imo Attack: Such Attitude Can Lead To Insurgency, Says Lawan
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Imo Attack: Such Attitude Can Lead To Insurgency, Says Lawan

Senate President Ahmed Lawan has described the recent attacks on public assets in Imo state as an attempt to distract the government, saying such actions can lead to insurgency. In the past days, there has been a series of attacks on government infrastructure in the state. On Monday, gunmen attacked correctional centre, and the police command headquarters in Owerri, the state capital. Over 1,500 prisoners were reportedly freed in the attacks. Speaking on Friday in Owerri where he inaugurated a road project, Lawan said those attacking government assets are enemies of the people. “We have been experiencing insecurity recently, especially in Imo state — the jailbreak, burning of police headquarters and so on and so forth. These may be attempts by enemies of the people to di...
Imo State Government Accuses former Governor, Rochas Okorocha, of being behind the attacks in the state
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Imo State Government Accuses former Governor, Rochas Okorocha, of being behind the attacks in the state

The Imo state government has accused a former governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha, of being the mastermind of the recent attacks on some state-owned facilities in Owerri, the state capital. According to Sahara Reporters, the state Commissioner for Information, Declan Emelumba, in a statement released, alleged that the former governor employed the services of thugs whom he had granted amnesty to unleash violence on the state. He said the state government was also in possession of information on how a Special Adviser to the former governor procured the thugs that invaded Owerri on Monday April 5, attacking the state police headquarters as well as the Owerri Custodial center. Emelumba said the aim of the former governor is to cause the state to be so troubled that the Federal gov...
Blaming 8th Senate For Insecurity Under Buhari Is Propaganda – Saraki To MURIC
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Blaming 8th Senate For Insecurity Under Buhari Is Propaganda – Saraki To MURIC

Bukola Saraki, President of the 8th Senate, has condemned the “unenlightened propaganda” by Prof. Ishaq Akintola, Director of the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC). A statement by Saraki’s media aide, Oluwole Onemola had recalled an accusation against Saraki by MURIC, alleging that the 8th Senate worked against Buhari on insecurity. MURIC had claimed the 8th Senate rejected the President’s request for $1 billion for the purchase of arms. However, Saraki condemning MURIC’s claims explained that the 8th Senate never rejected any funding request for security but had insisted that due process provided by the constitution be adhered to, even by the executive. Onemola also recalled that on April 25, 2018, Saraki read a letter from Buhari, which stated that he had granted ‘anticipator...
Declan Emelumba Accuses A Former Governor Of Masterminding Imo Attacks
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Declan Emelumba Accuses A Former Governor Of Masterminding Imo Attacks

Imo State government has accused a former governor of the state for being the mastermind of Monday’s attacks on some federal facilities in Owerri, the state capital. Commissioner for Information, Chief Declan Emelumba, yesterday, alleged the former governor engaged thugs whom he had earlier granted amnesty to unleash violence on police and correctional centre to prod the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in Imo. Addressing a press conference in Owerri, Emelumba averred that all that took place in the state had the imprimatur of the ex-governor. He said government was also in possession of information on how a special adviser to the former governor procured the thugs that invaded Owerri that Monday morning. According to him, the fact that the former governor...
Journalists Must Be Sensitive In Their Reporting – Osinbajo
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Journalists Must Be Sensitive In Their Reporting – Osinbajo

He stated this on Thursday at the presentation of “The Making of The Nigerian Flagship: A Story of The Guardian,” a book by The Guardian newspaper. Osinbajo, who expressed concern about the proliferation of fake news, urged journalists to rise as professionals to challenge this. “It is said that journalism is the first rough draft of history. It is true that reportage shapes the perception and understanding of events,” he said. “It shapes memories and can influence behaviour for good or for ill. There are arguably no bigger influencers than those who report and interpret the world to us. This is considerable power and it comes with responsibility. “About four decades ago, The Guardian set new standards that forever transformed the practice of journalism. Today, a more compl...
“I Will Tell You How I Handled IPOB If You Consult Me” – Okorocha To Uzodinma
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“I Will Tell You How I Handled IPOB If You Consult Me” – Okorocha To Uzodinma

A former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has said that poverty and injustice were fueling insecurity in the country. On the insecurity in Imo State, Okorocha advised the state governor, Hope Uzodinma, to consult him. Okorocha disclosed that as a Governor of the state for eight years, he was able to consult widely. According to a statement issued by Okorocha’s media office in Owerri, the state capital, Okorocha spoke in Jos, Plateau State, when he paid a condolence visit to the family of late Mrs. Felicia Biskanga. According to the statement, insecurity would continue to persist until the political leaders come together to solve the problems of poverty and injustice in the country. Okorocha, who now represents Imo West at the senate, said, “The security situation ...
‘I’m Curious’ – Bayern Munich CEO, Rummenigge pays tribute to Marina Granovskaia
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‘I’m Curious’ – Bayern Munich CEO, Rummenigge pays tribute to Marina Granovskaia

  Bayern Munich CEO, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, has paid tribute to Chelsea Director, Marina Granovskaia, for the job she is doing at Stamford Bridge. Granovskaia is Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich’s right-hand woman at the west London club. The 46-year-old has grown to become one of the most powerful leaders in world football. She has built a reputation for her smart dealings in transfer transactions. Speaking to the Athletic, Rummenigge said, “I am curious to see if there will be one club in Europe that can break even this season. “It will be challenging, even for us. We have lost €4m to €5m per game, you can work out what that means in total. “After more than 1 year without fans, the income loss has been much greater for the big clubs. Some of the smaller clubs...
PDP Postpones SW Congress, Moves Venue To Osogbo
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PDP Postpones SW Congress, Moves Venue To Osogbo

@OfficialPDPNig NWC after extensively discussing the issues of concern in the South West resolves as follow: Moves the venue of the South West Congress to Oshogbo, Osun State The South West Congress is scheduled for Monday, April 12, 2021 Party assures of working with all stakeholders to achieve a seamless and unifying congress
2023: Tinubu Presidency Will Help Oduduwa Republic – Fani-kayode
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2023: Tinubu Presidency Will Help Oduduwa Republic – Fani-kayode

Femi Fani-Kayode, former Aviation Minister has hinted on the impact of the purported presidential ambition of Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on the agitation for Oduduwa Republic. Fani-Kayode stressed that Tinubu’s presidency would not stop the agitation for Oduduwa Republic.He maintained that Tinubu’s presidency would help actualise Oduduwa Republic. In a tweet, the former minister wrote: “The agitation for Oduduwa Republic cannot be deterred or dissuaded by a Tinubu Presidency. “As a matter of fact a Tinubu Presidency will only further strengthen the resolve of the separatists.This is because no-one is more hated by the Yoruba nationalists than Bola Ahmed Tinubu.” Tinubu has been so much linked to 2023 presidential ambition.But despite...
We’re Investigating Source Of Bomb Found In Primary School – Abia State Government
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We’re Investigating Source Of Bomb Found In Primary School – Abia State Government

  Following the discovery of an object suspected to be explosive at Union Primary School, Afaraukwu in Umuahia North LGA Abia State on Thursday, the state government has said it is currently working with relevant security agencies to unravel the source and nature of the explosive devices. The Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu disclosed this on Thursday in a statement made available to ABN TV. He said the object is suspected to be relics of the civil war era, adding that EOD department of the Police is currently investigating to definitely ascertain what it is. The statement partly reads, "While initial examination of the devices shows evidence of corrosion leading to suspicion of the materials being relics of the civil war era, we are awaiting a defin...
Aisha Buhari Is A Worthy Partner To Our Government – Osinbajo
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Aisha Buhari Is A Worthy Partner To Our Government – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday said First Lady Aisha Buhari has been a worthy partner to the current administration. The Vice President was physically present at a book launch in honour of Mrs. Buhari in Abuja. The book, authored by Hajo Sani, is titled ‘Aisha Buhari – Being Different’. Sani is the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Women Affairs and Administration. In an Instagram post, Prof. Osinbajo associated Mrs. Buhari with the values of courage, integrity and selflessness. “History has shown that it doesn’t matter how many degrees you have or how many titles precede or honours follow your name, or how high the position you hold,” he said. “The rare privilege of public service can only be justified by courage, integrity and selflessness. To t...
“I Am In London Taking A Short Rest” – Buhari
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“I Am In London Taking A Short Rest” – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari says he is taking a short rest in London, United Kingdom. This is contained in his letter on Thursday to King Abdullah ll Bin Al-Hussein, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, following the resolution of a recent rift in the royal family. Buhari said he felt much disturbed when he heard reports of the problem but felt reassured when he learnt that everything had been resolved amicably. “While here in London taking a short rest, I was profoundly disturbed to read from international news agencies of attempts to destabilise the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.” Buhari stated that the King’s exemplary leadership since ascending the throne has attracted worldwide admiration. The President observed relations between Nigeria and Jordan have been excell...
We Will Take Fight Against Corruption To The Next Level – EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa
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We Will Take Fight Against Corruption To The Next Level – EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa

The Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, has said he would take fight against corruption to the next level. He said this during his visit to Ibadan and Ilorin offices of the commission. In a statement signed by Mr Wilson Uwujaren, Head, Media and Publicity, he quoted the anti corruption boss as saying he would digitalize all the processes of the Commission. During the visit to Ibadan office, he charged the staff of the commission to be hardworking and devoted to work as Nigerians are looking up to them for success in the fight against corruption. According to him, “as the saying goes, the eagle is now in the hands of the EFCC but the mission and the vision of the Commission remain the same. Therefore, I urge you to be com...
Jonathan’s Administration, Best In Nigeria History – Gbagi
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Jonathan’s Administration, Best In Nigeria History – Gbagi

Former Minister of State for Education, Chief Kenneth Gbagi has described the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan as the best ever in Nigeria history. Gbagi who is vying for the Governorship of Delta State in 2023, insisted that he is the most qualified individual to take over leadership of the State from incumbent Governor Ifeanyi Okowa. Saying that he had rejected ministerial appointment on three different occasions, he said he established 13 universities, over seven Colleges of Education and various model and Almajiri Schools in the country to enable Nigerians to have more access to education as a Minister of State for Education under formal President Goodluck Jonathan. Gbagi who spoke during a courtesy visit to the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, Delta...
Bola Tinubu Hails Aisha Buhari, Describes her as a ”Voice of Conscience”
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Bola Tinubu Hails Aisha Buhari, Describes her as a ”Voice of Conscience”

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has described first lady, Aisha Buhari, as a voice of conscience calling politicians to be their better selves. Tinubu stated this while speaking at the public presentation of the biography of Mrs. Aisha at the Presidential Villa, Abuja today April 8. The book, “Aisha Buhari: Being different,” was written by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Administration and Women Affairs, Dr Hajo Sani. Speaking as the chairman of the occasion, Tinubu said “Given the First Lady’s achievement, no one can reasonably question the role of a First Lady any longer. Remember that there were those who argued that the constitution does not assign any official role to the First Lady. With Mrs Dr Aisha Buhari, their concern...
Afaka 39: Army Releases Names Of Rescued Students
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Afaka 39: Army Releases Names Of Rescued Students

The Nigerian Army has released the names of rescued students of Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna who were kidnapped by bandits on 11 March 21. The recovered students, according to the Director, Army Public Relation, Brigadier General Brigadier Mohammed Yerima, are Abubakar Yakubu, Francis Paul, Obadiya Habakkuk, Amina Yusuf and Maryam Danladi. He said, “The rescued students are currently receiving medical attention in a military facility in Kaduna. “The GOC 1 Division, Maj Gen DH Ali-Keffi has commended the troops for their effort and charged them not to rest on their oars until all kidnap victims are rescued and returned to their families.” Daily Trust had earlier reported that parents of the students had neither met nor been told the identities of ...
Owerri Prison Break: Police Ignored DSS Intelligence Report Of Planned Attack
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Owerri Prison Break: Police Ignored DSS Intelligence Report Of Planned Attack

Facts emerging from the recent attack on the Imo State Police Headquarters and the Owerri Correctional Facility revealed that the Commissioner of Police ignored credible intelligence sent from the DSS warning of the impending attack. The DSS, it was gathered, had following the receipt of the intelligence, discreetly conducted a vulnerability assessment of the 2 correctional facilities in Imo state and advised fortifications based on the discovered security weakness of the facility. The commissioner of police received a credible intelligence report 48-72 hours before Monday, warning of an impending attack on the Police Headquarters in Imo state between April 4 and 6. Yet, Police did not heed to actionable intelligence, the consequence of which has led to over 1800 inmates loose in...
Correctional Facilities: Lagos State Police Command Puts Formations On Red Alert
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Correctional Facilities: Lagos State Police Command Puts Formations On Red Alert

The Commissioner of @PoliceNG Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, in a bid to be proactive to fortifying security in and around Police formations and Correctional Centres in Lagos State, has summoned the Area Commanders, Mobile Police Commanders and Conmmanders of the Tactical Operational Units of the command to deliberate and review operational strategies of the command towards forestalling any attacks in the state. The meeting that was held on Tue 6th April, 2021, in the Conference Hall, State Headquarters, Ikeja, had in attendance the Deputy Commissioners of Police, Operations, Administration and State CID, Panti respectively, the fourteen (14) Area Commanders, Police Mobile Force Commanders, Commanders of RRSapid and Taskforce, Commanders of the Special Squad and Strike Team and the...
“My Husband Has Chased Me Out Of The House” – Lady Who Tattooed Tinubu’s Face
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“My Husband Has Chased Me Out Of The House” – Lady Who Tattooed Tinubu’s Face

You recall a woman who tattoo the great politician Asiwaju Bola Hamed Tinubu face on her back ?. Well their sis another breaking news about the woman. She came to her page on social media to cry out on how her husband chased her out of the house. She cries out in her page recently claims that the tattoo she did on her back has caused havoc in her marriage and she was been sent out of the house. Meanwhile, this breaking news has cause alot of controversy among Nigerians and has drop comment of different kind. Wahala be like Bicycle!!! “My husband has chased me out of the house because of the Tattoo” - Nigerian Woman Who tattooed Tinubu’s face on her Back Cries out My family esp my baby father insulted and deserted me because of the tattoo I draw and I was only showing how m...
At Federal Level, We Don’t Even have a Government – Jerry Gana Says as he returns to PDP
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At Federal Level, We Don’t Even have a Government – Jerry Gana Says as he returns to PDP

Former Minister of Information, Professor Jerry Gana has alleged that there is no government at the federal level in Nigeria. Gana who said this as he returned the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) with his supporters on Wednesday April 7, had dumped the party for the Social Democratic Party in 2018. Addressing party members in Bida, Niger State during a reception to mark his return to the party, Gana averred that the country is nosediving and needs urgent rescue. He said;  “Today is not a day for lecture. It is not a day for campaigns. We just want to rejoice that we are back together solidly; and we are going to work together solidly, that we are going to work together effectively, that we are going to campaign powerfully. “I tell you, we are going to go around strategical...
Ahmad Garba Gunna Emerges New Emir Of Kagara
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Ahmad Garba Gunna Emerges New Emir Of Kagara

The Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has announced the appointment of the Acting Chairman of the Niger State Revenue Board, Alhaji Ahmad Garba Gunna (Dan Majen Kagara), as the new Emir of Kagara. The appointment of the new Emir follows the death of the former Emir, Alhaji Salihu Tanko Kagara, on March 1st, 2021 after a protracted illness in Minna, the state capital. The Governor, through the Commissioner for Local Government, Community Development and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mallam Abdulmalik Sarkin Daji, made the announcement in Minna on Wednesday after receiving the reports of the 14 kingmakers, headed by Alhaji Ibrahim Muhammad (Madakin Gunna). Bello said the appointment of the new Emir was in accordance with section 3 subsection (1) of the Chiefs (Appointment...
Afenifere Denies Endorsing Tinubu
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Afenifere Denies Endorsing Tinubu

The South-West based socio-political group, Afenifere, has denied supporting the presidential bid of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, or any aspirant for the 2023 presidential election. This is coming on the heels of a viral statement by the leader of South West Agenda, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, purporting that his group secured the support of Afenifere for its candidate during a visit to Pa Reuben Fasoranti, erstwhile Afenifere leader, on Tuesday. However, Afenifere denied endorsing any candidate in a statement by its Director of Communications, Sola Lawal, titled, ‘Afenifere denies endorsing presidential aspirant’, on Wednesday. Lawal stated that the group is still mourning the demise of its Publicity Secretary, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, in whose honou...
“Wailing Cannot Stop The President From Seeing His Doctors” – Onochie
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“Wailing Cannot Stop The President From Seeing His Doctors” – Onochie

Senior Special Assistant on Social Media to President Buhari, Lauretta Onochie has replied critics of the President's foreign medical trip that the President will repeat the medical trip to the UK in 2022 and 2023, if need be. Condemnation has greeted the President's foreign medical vacation, contrary to his administration's promise to stop same, amid an indefinite and nationwide strike embarked upon by the National Association of Resident Doctors. It would be recalled that President Buhari had in 2015 promised to stop medical tourism and save the nation's scarce foreign exchange if elected president. In fact, he promised to ban elected Government officials from foreign medical trips after he rued the millions of dollars expended on medical tourism. Checks show that the Presid...
It Is Difficult To Find Loyal People After Leaving Power – Jonathan
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It Is Difficult To Find Loyal People After Leaving Power – Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan says it is difficult to find a loyal ally after leaving seat of power. Mr Jonathan made this known in Bauchi, while inaugurating the 6.25Km Sabon Kaura-Jos by-pass road constructed by the Bauchi state government. “There are people who act like they can’t eat without you when you’re in a position of power. But once you’re no longer in that position, they move on and act like you no longer exist. “It is a very big day for me and you know why? Because it’s not easy for somebody to work with you in Nigeria then after leaving office, that person still continues with that kind of strong fraternal relationship with you. “I have been in government for a reasonable time and I’ve served at quite a number of levels starting from deputy governor. “...
You’re Not Elected To Complain Of Ex-leaders, CAN Tells Buhari
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You’re Not Elected To Complain Of Ex-leaders, CAN Tells Buhari

THE Christian Association of Nigeria on Tuesday berated the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), describing him as incompetent. The CAN also described the current administration as being religiously biased. The President of the association, Samson Ayokunle, said this in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital while speaking at the Holy Convocation organised by the Victory Life Bible Church. Ayokunle, who spoke on the theme of the convocation, ‘The state of the nation: The way forward’, argued that the insecurity and other vices being witnessed in the country were as a result of negligence on the part of the Buhari administration. Ayokunle, who also worried about the spate of insecurity and criminality in the country, lamented that criminals were being more professional t...
Wike Attributes Insecurity To Parental Irresponsibility
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Wike Attributes Insecurity To Parental Irresponsibility

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has said insecurity will be minimal if parents become more responsible in the upbringing of their children. He said while the government would strive to make the society better, parents must nurture their children to become good citizens. A statement by Wike’s Special Assistant, Media, Kelvin Ebiri, said the governor spoke at the solemnisation of holy matrimony between Pearl Ile and Bobby Elechi, at St Peter Anglican Church, Rumuepirikom Deanery, Port Harcourt. The governor, represented by his Chief of Staff, Emeka Woke, said he attended the wedding because the couple had distinguished themselves as responsible citizens. He said: “We believe that if parents are responsible in the upbringing of their children, the society will be responsible, a...
Whatsapp Chat Between Sowore And Edward Onoja, The Deputy Governor Of Kogi State (Photos)
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Whatsapp Chat Between Sowore And Edward Onoja, The Deputy Governor Of Kogi State (Photos)

Interesting Whatsapp chat between Omoyele Sowore and the Deputy Governor of Kogi. It was reported that some people in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, flogged protesters who were spray painting anti-Buhari slogans on a wall and forced them to clean the wall. This has led to an interesting conversation between Omoyele Sowore, the ideological leader of the protesters and Chief Edward Onoja, the deputy governor of Kogi. Both men released screenshots of the conversation on their Twitter handles.
Panic As Bombs Hit Gunmen’s Hideouts, FG Goes After IPOB
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Panic As Bombs Hit Gunmen’s Hideouts, FG Goes After IPOB

There was panic among residents of the Essien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State on Tuesday as the military bombarded the Ikot Akpan forest in the area. The PUNCH learnt that the military operation was aimed at flushing out hoodlums who had been attacking police formations in the state. Residents, who share boundaries with hoodlums’ hideouts, told one of our correspondents that the bombing of the forest started at 8am and ended at 12 noon on Tuesday. The military exercise came barely 24 hours after gunmen attacked the Imo State police command headquarters and the Nigerian Correctional Service in Owerri, the state capital, where 1,844 inmates were freed. The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media ...
There Will Never Be Biafra Again – Lauretta Onochie
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There Will Never Be Biafra Again – Lauretta Onochie

Lauretta Onochie, Senior Special Assistant on Social Media to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), says there will never be a Republic of Biafra again. She stated this on Monday following Imo attacks which the police have accused members of the Indigenous People of Biafra of being the masterminds. Onochie, who is from Southern Nigeria, tweeted a video showing the then Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, receiving the then Biafran Vice President, Major General Philip Effiong, who facilitated the surrender of the Biafran State to Nigeria in 1970. Effiong had assumed leadership of the secessionist state after the Biafran leader, Colonel Chukwuemeka Ojukwu, fled to Ivory Coast in the heat of the civil war. “The very day nails were put in the coffin of Biafra. There’ll n...
NNPC Signs $1.5 Billion Contract For Rehabilitation Of PH Refinery
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NNPC Signs $1.5 Billion Contract For Rehabilitation Of PH Refinery

The drive by the Management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to boost in-country refining capacity was bolstered on Tuesday with the signing of the Engineering, Procurement, Construction, Installation and Commissioning (EPCIC) contract for the rehabilitation of the 210,000 barrels per day capacity Port Harcourt Refinery in Alesa-Eleme, Rivers State. The rehabilitation project which has a completion timeline of between 18 and 44 months under a three-phase arrangement was awarded to Milan based Tecnimont SpA at a lump sum contract price of US$1.5 billion, inclusive of VAT and other statutory payments. An elated Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, described the PHRC rehabilitation project as a dream come true, noting that the project was in l...
Paris Loan funds Bribery Accusation: Fayemi, Name The Bribers
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Paris Loan funds Bribery Accusation: Fayemi, Name The Bribers

The public saga around the return of the Paris Club loan funds has taken a strange twist. It seems a coterie of individuals and companies are trying hard to pinch much of the $419 million from the government’s coffers. This is the tale within the tale. These businesses claim they are due handsome commissions for helping to procure the Paris club paybacks. These claims are dubious and backed by contracts in need of the most ardent scrutiny. The EFCC and the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) scorn most of these claims and cast significant doubt on others. However, the powerful claimants who have swiftly obtained judgments based on these claims are not without their allies. Amassed on their side purportedly stand several ministers and senior members of the president’s...
Don’t Allow Nigeria To Disintegrate – Emir Of Gwandu Warns
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Don’t Allow Nigeria To Disintegrate – Emir Of Gwandu Warns

Emir of Gwandu and Chairman, Kebbi State Traditional Rulers, Alhaji Muhammadu Iliyasu Bashar, has charged Nigerians to remain obedient and respect their leaders to bring sanity to the nation. The monarch, who gave the advice, yesterday, at the launching of Zoramawa Development Association (ZODA) Educational Endowment Fund, almanac and award presentation held at the Presidential Hall, Birnin Kebbi, cautioned Nigerians against allowing the country to disintegrate. The ruler commended ZODA for championing the cause of unity among members to live as their brothers’ keepers. “I preach to the citizenry to remain obedient, have respect for leaders and co-exist as indivisible nation, just as I caution proponents of He commended Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu for his moral and mater...
Ex-IGP Adamu’s Removal: ‘They Didn’t Even Allow Him Return To Abuja’ – Reactions
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Ex-IGP Adamu’s Removal: ‘They Didn’t Even Allow Him Return To Abuja’ – Reactions

Nigerians have taken to Twitter to express their views about the termination of the appointment of Mohammed Adamu as Inspector General of Police. President Muhammadu Buhari replaced Adamu with Usman Alkali Baba on Tuesday afternoon. Adamu was inspecting the havoc wreaked on the headquarters of the Imo State Police Command when the news of the termination of his appointment broke. In February, his appointment had been extended by three months but he had only spent two months and three days of that period when he was relieved of duty. Below are some Twitter reactions: Senator Shehu Sani @ShehuSani Goodbye Adamu, rest well and regain your lost weight Babatunde Olatunji @Babatun09050838 Abi now . Very funny country , on assignment and removed from there. My country Ni...

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