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Wike Defends Obaseki’s ₦60 Billion Printing Claim
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Wike Defends Obaseki’s ₦60 Billion Printing Claim

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has said claims by his Edo State counterpart, Godwin Obaseki that Federal the Government printed about N60 Billion to share to the federating units in March cannot be regarded as spurious. The governor challenged the Central Bank of Nigeria to unequivocally declare if money was printed or not. Wike stated this while briefing journalists in Abuja on Sunday, according to a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, and made available to newsmen in Port Harcourt on Sunday. “Obaseki was in APC, so he understands them. So, Obaseki couldn’t have come from the blues to say they printed N60 billion. He knows them,” he stated. The Governor further said it was regrettable that instead of the Governor of Central Bank, Mr. Godw...
South South Governor, Emir Ensured My Release From EFCC Custody – Okorocha
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South South Governor, Emir Ensured My Release From EFCC Custody – Okorocha

A former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, on Sunday disclosed that an unnamed governor from the South-South region, an emir and a former senator from the North ensured his release from the custody of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Okorocha in a statement on Sunday by his spokesperson, Sam Onwuemeodo, asked the state Governor, Hope Uzodimma, to stop fighting him. The statement added that Uzodinma had usurped the position of the spokesperson of the EFCC in his case with the anti- graft commission. Onwuemeodo disclosed that the statement credited to Uzodimma’s Senior Special Assistant on Print Media, Modestus Nwamkpa, that Okorocha was freed from the EFCC facility on health grounds was false. The statement read in part, “About 45 minutes after the officers of...
Why Nigerians Are Rejecting Buhari’s Continuity Agenda – Ologbondiyan
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Why Nigerians Are Rejecting Buhari’s Continuity Agenda – Ologbondiyan

Kola Ologbondiyan, National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in this interview with TEMIDAYO AKINSUYI, speaks on latest developments in the polity, especiallly on the delay in signing the Electoral Act Amendment Bill with less than two years to the conduct of the 2023 general elections. Excerpts: We understand that the rumoured presidential bid of Bukola Saraki, former Senate President is already causing ripples in your party as some members are saying he is ineligible based on his position as Chairman of Reconciliation and Strategy Committee. How true is that? It is too early for anyone to say whether someone is eligible or not to contest as the party is yet to decide where it will zone the presidential ticket to. In the first place, How do they know if...
US warns Putin there will be consequences if activist Alexei Navalny dies in prison as doctors warn he could die any minute due to kidney damage
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US warns Putin there will be consequences if activist Alexei Navalny dies in prison as doctors warn he could die any minute due to kidney damage

The US has warned Russian president, Vladimir Putin, there will be consequences if Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny dies in jail after doctors warned his health is failing amid hunger strike. Navalny, an anti-corruption campaigner and Putin's most-prominent critic, was first arrested in January upon his return to Russia following a Novichok poisoning allegedly carried out by an FSB hit squad. He was then jailed for two and a half years the following month over an old embezzlement case, and transferred to a penal colony on February 26. Navalny, 44, has been on hunger strike since March 31 because he says Russian prison guards are refusing him proper treatment for acute pain in his back and numbness in his legs while Moscow insists he is being given adequate care...
PDP Asks DSS To Probe Pantami, Seeks Minister’s Sack
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PDP Asks DSS To Probe Pantami, Seeks Minister’s Sack

The Peoples Democratic Party on Sunday called on the Department of State Service to immediately invite the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, for questioning over his alleged affiliations with the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. The Party, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja, also demanded that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), should immediately sack the minister, given the sensitivity of the issue at stake. The party said its position was predicated on the heightening concerns in the public space and in the international arena of possible compromises by the communication minister. It noted that Pantami had access to sensitive government documents and information, in addition to data of all individua...
Rice Distribution: Don’t Undermine Humanitarian Efforts, Tinubu Warns Politician
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Rice Distribution: Don’t Undermine Humanitarian Efforts, Tinubu Warns Politician

The National leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has warned politicians not to undermine humanitarian efforts providing needed food to the poor. Tinubu gave the warning while further reacting to the distribution of rice bearing his name in the northern part of the country. Tinubu in a statement by his media aide, Tunde Rahman, on Sunday, said he had to issue the warning for fear that some malevolent elements may try to undermine and destroy the noble humanitarian effort because of their political opposition to him or simply because they have no love for their fellow man. “If these actors want to fight Asiwaju, so be it. But they should have the minimal decency to leave poor people alone and not to disturb or disrupt attempts to alleviate the hard...
I Asked God To Disgrace Magu Out Of Office For Detaining Me – Monday Ubani
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I Asked God To Disgrace Magu Out Of Office For Detaining Me – Monday Ubani

Monday Ubani, a former vice-president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), says he prayed for God to disgrace Ibrahim Magu out of office for keeping him in detention for 23 days against a court order. Magu, former acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), was suspended by President Muhammadu Buhari in July 2020. He was alleged to have mishandled recovered loot and sold seized assets to his associates. Ubani, who was counsel to Ngozi Olejeme, former chairman of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), said Magu flouted court orders and embarked on media trial of suspects. Ubani had stood as surety for Olejeme after the EFCC declared her wanted in September 2017 over allegations of “criminal conspiracy, abuse of office, diversion of public ...
PDP Kicks As Kano Faction Suspends Kwankwaso For “Disrupting Congress”
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PDP Kicks As Kano Faction Suspends Kwankwaso For “Disrupting Congress”

A faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano has suspended Rabiu Kwankwaso, former governor of the state, for allegedly disrupting the party’s recent north-west congress. H. A. Tsanyawa, secretary of the faction, said Kwankwaso has been suspended for three months for allegedly leading thugs to disrupt the congress held on April 10. However, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP national spokesman, dismissed the suspension which he described as “mere fabrication.” “The PDP strongly cautions that it will not accept such reckless adventure by such misguided individuals, which its notes, is capable of destabilizing our party and bringing it to public disrepute,” he said in a statement. The PDP zonal congress held in Kaduna had been marred by violence after Kwankwaso’s supporters cl...
Secessionists Will Be First To Run Away When Problem Starts – Lai Mohammed
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Secessionists Will Be First To Run Away When Problem Starts – Lai Mohammed

Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, on Sunday said that secessionists will be the first to run away when any problem starts. The minister assured the Federal Government was working hard to improve national security and prevent all secession tendencies. Mohammed, who spoke on Sunday in Lagos when he appeared on Bond FM radio programme, “Ibi Abasede”, urged Nigerians not to listen to promoters of secession. “Those who support separation and secession will be the first to run away when any problem starts. “We should not listen to them as many of them have about four passports of other countries,” Mohammed said. Speaking specifically on issues around security, Mohammed said that Federal Government’s efforts in that respect necessitated the Town Hall...
2015 Presidential election: Babangida Aliyu is a pathetic fellow, I had no agreement with Northern Governors – Jonathan
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2015 Presidential election: Babangida Aliyu is a pathetic fellow, I had no agreement with Northern Governors – Jonathan

Goodluck Jonathan has described former Governor of Niger state, Babangida Aliyu as a ''pathetic fellow'' following his comment of the former president going against "an agreement" he had with Northern Governors in People's Democratic Party, on not seeking reelection. Reno Omokri, a former aide to Jonathan in statement he sent to THISDAY on behalf of his former principal said such agreement does not exist and also challenged the former Niger governor to name witnesses to the said agreement. Jonathan also pointed out that Aliyu gave a different claim when he was asked to give reasons he worked against him in Segun Adeniyi’s book titled: “Against the Run of Play: How an Incumbent President was Defeated in Nigeria.” The statement read;   “Babangida Aliyu is a pathetic fel...
Buhari Has Not Failed, I Think He Has Tolerated Us – Masari
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Buhari Has Not Failed, I Think He Has Tolerated Us – Masari

Masari, who was speaking in an interview with Television Continental (TVC), added that the president has not failed on his campaign promises. Buhari rode into power on a wave of goodwill after promising to fight insecurity, fix the economy and rid the country of corruption. But almost six years into his administration, the Boko Haram insurgency is still active in the north-east while citizens are being killed in criminal attacks — 3,326 killed in 2020 Nigeria’s economy is also struggling with inflation at 17 percent while the 33.3 percent unemployment rate as of the end of 2020 is the highest the country has ever recorded. In a clip from the interview shared by TVC, Masari said the All Progressives Congress (APC) remains the most reliable party in Nigeria notwithstanding th...
Over 1 Million Jobs Will Be Provided From Digital Switch-Over – FG
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Over 1 Million Jobs Will Be Provided From Digital Switch-Over – FG

The Federal Government announced, on Saturday, that it will commence the Digital Switch-Over (DSO) in Lagos, on April 29, as the country gradually transitions from analogue to digital broadcasting. It also said over one million jobs are expected to be provided from the scheme. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, disclosed this when he led the Ministerial Taskforce of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture on Digital Switch Over (DSO) on a courtesy visit to Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the Lagos House, Marina. Mr Mohammed said that the decision to transit to digital television followed an agreement signed at the Regional Radio Communication Conference (RRC-06) in Geneva, Switzerland, on June 16, 2006, to usher in ‘all-digital’ terrestr...
Currency Printing: APC Governors Knock Obaseki, PDP Governors Fire Back
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Currency Printing: APC Governors Knock Obaseki, PDP Governors Fire Back

The Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF) yesterday debunked claims by Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State that the federal government printed between N50 billion – N60 billion to bridge the shortfall in the distribution of federation revenues to the three tiers of government in March 2021, saying that the claims did not reflect the true position of things. The Forum, in a statement signed by its Chairman, Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, said at first, the impression it got was that it was an off the cuff remark made in a private meeting, but “we were however shocked to see yet another response from our colleague to the rebuttal by the HM Finance insisting that the March 2021 FAAC was augmented via the printing of money. The PGF states: “Given the significance of t...
SERAP Writes Buhari, Seeks Probe Of “Missing ₦106Bn In 149 MDAs In 2018”
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SERAP Writes Buhari, Seeks Probe Of “Missing ₦106Bn In 149 MDAs In 2018”

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to “direct the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Mr Abubakar Malami, SAN, and appropriate anti-corruption agencies to investigate allegations that N106bn of public funds are missing from 149 ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), as documented in the 2018 annual audited report by the Auditor-General of the Federation.” SERAP said: “Anyone suspected to be responsible should face prosecution as appropriate, if there is sufficient admissible evidence, and any missing public funds should be fully recovered.” SERAP also urges him “to direct Mrs Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning to create a system of public announcements to name and ...
Tinubu Mounted Pressure On Me To Join APC But I Refused – Fayose
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Tinubu Mounted Pressure On Me To Join APC But I Refused – Fayose

Former governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose has revealed that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, former governor of Lagos state did everything he could to make him dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC) but he refused to do so. Speaking in an exclusive interview with DAILY INDEPENDENT, Fayose who said President Muhammadu Buhari has destroyed the APC, said he also shared the views of Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike who likened the ruling party to a cancer. According to him, as a member of PDP, he supported the governorship ambition of Governor Kayode Fayemi in the Ekiti governorship election of 2009 and even campaigned for him because he wanted the PDP candidate, former governor Segun Oni who made life a living hell for him to be kicked out of offi...
Nigerian Leaders Need Prayers From Followers – Ahmad Lawan
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Nigerian Leaders Need Prayers From Followers – Ahmad Lawan

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has urged Nigerians to continue praying for the leaders in government as they tackle the various challenges facing the nation. Lawan, according to a statement released on Saturday by his media office, made the appeal at the launching of Pataskum Emirate Central Mosque Appeal Fund, at Potiskum, Yobe State. The Senate President, the statement added, announced a donation of N20 million to support the project. He said, “Every time, leaders need prayers, particularly from the followers. “Our leaders, particularly our President, Muhammadu Buhari, may God grant him good health, God has given him the leadership of this country through you. “He is trying his possible best for you and we too that are part of his leadership, we are trying our best ...
We Can’t “Continue” With Bad Governance – PDP Tells Buhari
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We Can’t “Continue” With Bad Governance – PDP Tells Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has been “disorganised, inefficient, and lethargic”. When the president returned from his medical trip to London, he had said Nigerians should expect continuity from his government. Reacting to the “continuity” comment, Kola Ologbondiyan, national publicity secretary of the PDP, said the president should be reminded that he is leaving office in 2023. Ologbondiyan said the country cannot continue with the “failed economy, hunger and starvation, banditry, killings, terrorism, kidnapping, abuse of human rights, treasury looting, mindless borrowing” under the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration. “The Peoples Democratic Party welcomes President Muhammadu Buhari from his medical to...
RCCG Apologises To Fashola, Ministry Over Petition On Ife-Ifewara Road
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RCCG Apologises To Fashola, Ministry Over Petition On Ife-Ifewara Road

The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Thursday in Abuja tendered an “unreserved apology” to the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing over its allegation of “false claims on the rehabilitation of Ife-Afewara Road in Osun State,” saying it was based on a false premise. The RCCG, in a petition to the Senate, had claimed that it had good reason to believe the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing had paid N151.51 million to Messrs. Cartill Construzioni Nigeria Limited for the rehabilitation of Ife-Ifewara Road, a work which, according to the petitioner, was indeed carried out by the Church. In the petition, dated 24th March, 2021, Secretary to the General Overseer of the RCCG, Pastor Niyi Adebanjo, said the Church, after carrying out the rehabilitation of the road, learnt tha...
“I Have Changed Several Positions Taken In The Past” – Pantami
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“I Have Changed Several Positions Taken In The Past” – Pantami

Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Ali Isa Pantami, has been under fire over comments which were interpreted as endorsing the extremist sects. Social media users and some government critics have asked President Muhammadu Buhari to fire him if he fails to step down. But while answering questions during his daily Ramadan lecture at Annor Mosque in Abuja on Saturday, the minister said he now knows better about some of the comments he made in the past. He said the campaign against him is politically motivated. “For 15 years, I have moved round the country while educating people about the dangers of terrorism. I have traveled to Katsina, Gombe, Borno, Kano states and Difa in Niger Republic to preach against terrorism. “I have engaged those with Boko Haram ideologi...
PDP Governors Did Not Work Against Jonathan, Jonah Jang Counters Aliyu
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PDP Governors Did Not Work Against Jonathan, Jonah Jang Counters Aliyu

A former Governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang, has said that there was no iota of truth that northern governors of the Peoples Democratic Party worked against the re-election bid of former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan during the 2015 general election as claimed by a former governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu. Aliyu had on Friday revealed that northern governors of the PDP worked against the re-election of former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015. He said they worked against Jonathan’s re-election because he reneged on an agreement not to seek a second term. Aliyu said this in a statement he signed titled, ‘Why We Opposed Jonathan’s Second Term Bid –Babangida Aliyu.’ He was reacting to his purported suspension by the PDP in Chachanga Local Government Area of Nig...
Katsina Man, Abubakar Rabiu Hosts Ram Party To Celebrate Buhari’s Return From UK
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Katsina Man, Abubakar Rabiu Hosts Ram Party To Celebrate Buhari’s Return From UK

Staunch Buharist, Abubakar Rabiu, was so stricken with joy at the President’s return from a medical trip, he threw a ram party to celebrate. On Friday evening, the party packed out a popular restaurant opposite the takeoff site of the Federal University Dustin-Ma. Rabiu, popularly called Abu Albarka, known for his staunch support for Buhari, has made it a culture to slaughter rams and party every time the president return home from abroad – especially on a medical trip. This is his eighth time. The get-together was graced by other Buharists who breakfast together and pray for the unity and progress of Nigeria as well as Buhari’s health. “This time about 40 people attended the feast to break their fast. This is the least number of participants we have, probably due to...
It’s Time Buhari Convoke Sovereign National Conference – Ezekwesili
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It’s Time Buhari Convoke Sovereign National Conference – Ezekwesili

Former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately convoke a Sovereign National Conference to address the numerous problems facing the nation. Ezekwesili lamented that the nation at this crucial period of crippling political and social dangers needed a conference to address the thorny issues. She said this had become inevitable in view of happenings in the country. Ezekwesili said the problem now was whether the Nigerian government led by Buhari would be willing to hold such an important conference. In her words: “Nigeria, at this time, the crippling political, economic and social dangers make the convocation of a Sovereign National Conversation inevitable. “The question is whether President Muhammadu Buhari’s Nigerian go...
Special-Agro Industrial Processing Zones Set To Commence In 7 States – Osinbajo
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Special-Agro Industrial Processing Zones Set To Commence In 7 States – Osinbajo

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has announced that the Special-Agro Industrial Processing Zones (SAPZ) Programme is set to commence in seven major states. Brand Spur Nigeria understands that Osinbajo disclosed this in a statement on Friday evening, citing that the scheme will enable Nigeria to achieve sustainability and increased trade. However, the scheme is in collaboration with the African Development Bank (AfDB) and other stakeholders such as the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Bank of Industry. The agro-processing centres will be provided with basic infrastructure such as water, electricity and roads as well as facilities for skills training. Small-holder farmers in the catchment areas will be linked to markets across the value chain. To set ...
“Stop Ethnicising Insecurity, It Is A Global Issue” – Keyamo
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“Stop Ethnicising Insecurity, It Is A Global Issue” – Keyamo

Yet, another mass shooting in the USA today. The statistics in the US is staggering. However, it’s no excuse for our state of insecurity & it is immoral for us to compare & say ours is even lesser. But we should stop ethnicising & politicising what is clearly a global phenomenon Festus Keyamo, SAN
Why Some PDP Governors Worked Against Jonathan In 2015 – Babangida Aliyu
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Why Some PDP Governors Worked Against Jonathan In 2015 – Babangida Aliyu

Ex-Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu of Niger State has said some governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) worked against former President Goodluck Jonathan’s second term bid. Reacting to his purported suspension by the PDP in Chachanga Local Government Area of Niger, the former governor said some PDP governors worked against Jonathan in 2015 because the immediate past president reneged on an agreement not to seek a second term. The PDP in the LGA had said Aliyu was suspended for anti-party activities, including working against Jonathan in 2015. Jonathan, the presidential candidate of the PDP in the election lost to President Muhammadu Buhari. He is the first incumbent Nigerian president to lose an election. But Aliyu, a former chairman of the Northern Governors Forum,...
“I Had The Opportunity Of Inspecting EFCC’s facilities…” – Okorocha
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“I Had The Opportunity Of Inspecting EFCC’s facilities…” – Okorocha

Former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha has shared his experience with Nigerians after his detention at the Economics and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, facility over alleged financial misappropriation during his tenure. Recall that Mr Okorocha was arrested by the EFCC operatives at about 4:10pm on Tuesday at his Unity House office located at Garki, Abuja. He was released on Thursday after spending two nights with the anti-graft agency. But speaking through his media aide, Sam Onwuemeodo, Mr Okorocha said the anti-graft agency only invited him for clarifications on matters that are already in courts. Writing on his social media handle on Friday, the Senator representing Imo West said, after inspecting the EFCC facilities during his detention, he concluded that the f...
NDDC Is Broke, We Need More Funds – Akpabio
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NDDC Is Broke, We Need More Funds – Akpabio

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has asked for more funds for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) which he said is broke. The commission was in the news towards the end of last year over allegations of corruption running into billions. At a public hearing of the national assembly, Akpabio had accused federal lawmakers of being beneficiaries of corruption. But speaking on Friday at the NDDC Strategic Capacity Building Workshop in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital, Akpabio said the funding system is poor because budgetary provision for the commission is staggered and does not come as and when due. The minister, who called for an amendment to the laws establishing the agency if need be, said he was determined to leave the NDDC better than how...
Pantami Is My Friend, But He Can’t Be Defended – Farooq A. Kperogi
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Pantami Is My Friend, But He Can’t Be Defended – Farooq A. Kperogi

Saturday, April 17, 2021 By Farooq A. Kperogi Twitter: @farooqkperogi This is a difficult column to write because although scores of people have importuned me to intervene in the controversy regarding Communication and Digital Economy Minister Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami’s utterances before he came into government, my wife, who knows Pantami is my friend, pleaded with me to stay out of it. But I would be a hypocrite and betray the meaning of my name (and also my late father who taught me the meaning of my name when I was too young to fully grasp it and who never failed to remind me to live up to it) if I sidestep this consuming national controversy because it puts my friend in a bad light. The truth is that it’s impossible to deploy the resources of logic, reason, basic dece...
FG Yet To Rebuild Chibok College Seven Years After Destruction – Ndume
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FG Yet To Rebuild Chibok College Seven Years After Destruction – Ndume

Senator representing Borno South Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Ali Ndume, on Friday, lamented that the Federal Government had yet to rebuild the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, which was destroyed seven years ago by Boko Haram insurgents. Ndume, who is also the Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, said the Federal Government had adopted the Borno State-owned college, following the abduction of 276 schoolgirls by the terrorists in 2014. Ndume, who spoke with journalists in Abuja, also noted with concern that parents of the abducted schoolgirls were still living in pain without comfort since the unfortunate incident. He said, “It is seven years since the Chibok girls were abducted. Up till today, 112 of them are not accounted for. We hear storie...
North Is The Safest Place For Igbos – Ohanaeze
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North Is The Safest Place For Igbos – Ohanaeze

The Igbo apex socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has described northern Nigeria as one of the safest places for Igbos to live in and do their trades. The chairman of the group in the 19 northern states, Augustine Amaechi, yesterday in Abuja, stated that the region has accommodated Igbos beyond measures, saying that accounted for their prosperity. Amaechi while acknowledging that there have been some skirmishes with their host communities noted that it is unavoidable as “it is expected in a developing economy.” On the call for secession in the South East, he said the agitation was due to lack of jobs and employment in the region; stressing that since Igbos are traders, they need the North to maintain their financial strength. “Our elders are saying that even if the youth...
Death Of Children In Niger Republic School Fire Horrific – Buhari
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Death Of Children In Niger Republic School Fire Horrific – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday expressed “deep sorrow” over a fire incident at a primary school in Niamey, Niger Republic, which killed more than 20 children. President Buhari, in a message to President Mohammed Bazoum, the government and people of Nigeria’s northern neighbour, described the fire incident that led to the death of the mostly three to five-year-olds as “heart wrenching and extremely horrific.” “On behalf of the government and people of Nigeria, we commiserate with our brotherly neighbours on this tragic loss. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, families and communities affected by this unfortunate incident. Wishing quick recovery to those who were injured,” the President added in a statement issued by his spokesman, Garba Shehu.
PDP Backs Sanwo-Olu, Blasts Sagay Over Opposition To Lagos Rail Red Line Project
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PDP Backs Sanwo-Olu, Blasts Sagay Over Opposition To Lagos Rail Red Line Project

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Lagos state chapter on Friday said Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) lacks the moral justification to dictate to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on which project to embark on for Lagosians. Sagay had said it makes no sense for Governor Sanwo-Olu to embark on the rail ‘red line’ project when the Blue Line started almost 10 years ago is yet to be completed. However the PDP, speaking through Taofik Gani, its Publicity Secretary said Sagay should concentrate on his job as PACAC chairman and leave the governor to decide what is best for his people. According to the party, Sagay who had a cordial relationship with Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Works and Housing failed to speak out when ...
Aggrieved APC Candidates Criticize Amaechi Over Boycott Of Rivers Council Polls
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Aggrieved APC Candidates Criticize Amaechi Over Boycott Of Rivers Council Polls

Aggrieved members of All Progressives Congress (APC) loyal to Magnus Abe have lambasted the Minister of Transportation and leader of the party in Rivers State, Chibuike Amaechi, for writing to the State Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC), that the APC will not participate in today’s election. The Abe faction had conducted primaries for the Local Councils elections and the chairmanship and councillorship candidates emerged, hoping to be elected at the polls before the Supreme Court disqualified their faction and authenticated the Isaac Ogbobula camp which is loyal to Amaechi. The aggrieved APC members, while speaking yesterday in Port Harcourt, described the action of the minister as unfortunate, stressing that the unfavourable development came up after they had perfected al...
Forces Against NIN Policy Behind Attacks Against Me – Pantami
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Forces Against NIN Policy Behind Attacks Against Me – Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, has alleged forces against the Federal Government’s compulsory policy on National Identification Number (NIN) registration for all Nigerians and those residing in the country are behind recent attacks against him. Pantami in an exclusive interview with PREMIUM TIMES dismissed all the allegations against him, describing them as ‘untrue’. He further denied links to extremist views, saying criminals and other ‘entrenched interests’ are behind the attacks on him. He said: “I have no doubt about this. It has to do with the National Identification Number. Do you know one thing? This policy was started in 2011, it was not successful. Why? It was fought “…In 2015, it came up, it was not successful. In 2018 there was a tim...
Due Process Was Followed In The Appointment of Acting IG Of Police – Buhari
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Due Process Was Followed In The Appointment of Acting IG Of Police – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday explained how Usman Alkali Baba was appointed as acting Inspector-General of Police. The president was fielding questions from State House correspondents on his arrival from London after a routine medical check-up. The president said due process was strictly followed in the selection of the new IGP. He said: “Well, we went through the system. There was a committee by the Minister of Police Affairs, they gave me some names and he happened to be the one chosen. “He knows his job, he has been in it for a long time, he went through all the trainings; he has the necessary experience. So, we have a high expectation from him.” Buhari again challenged the new service chiefs and the acting IGP to work diligently towards meeting the expectati...
2023 Polls: NASS Under Pressure To Pass Electoral Act Amendment Bill
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2023 Polls: NASS Under Pressure To Pass Electoral Act Amendment Bill

Stakeholders are putting pressure on the National Assembly to pass the Electoral Act Amendment Bill. They warned that the reluctance by the leadership of the National Assembly to expedite action on the passage of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill may have negative consequences on the smooth conduct of the 2023 general elections. President Muhammadu Buhari had thrice rejected the bill, the third time being August 30, 2018 when he returned it to the National Assembly. However, lawmakers in the 8th National Assembly, under the leadership of then Senate President, Bukola Saraki, quickly incorporated the areas the president raised objections to and sent the bill back to him for his assent on November 7, 2018. After nearly one month on his desk, President Buhari in December 2018 aga...
Ezekwesili Petitions IGP, Asks Him To Prosecute Omojuwa For ‘Identity Fraud’
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Ezekwesili Petitions IGP, Asks Him To Prosecute Omojuwa For ‘Identity Fraud’

Obiageli Ezekwesili, former minister of education, has written to Usman Baba, inspector-general of police, requesting the prosecution of Japheth Omojuwa, a social media influencer, for identity fraud. Ezekwesili had dissociated herself from Alpha Reach, a company owned by Omojuwa, following the controversy over a social media campaign done for Alex Saab, an alleged money launderer. Omojuwa and some social media influencers were alleged to have been paid to tweet in support of Saab, Venezuelan envoy, accused of fraud. But Omojuwa denied any involvement in the campaign. He also said he got “full consent” from Ezekwesili before making her a director in his company, Alpha Reach Limited. The petition dated April 14, 2021, and signed by Marshal Abubakar of Falana and Falana chamb...
Anambra 2021: Former NNPC Director, Reverend Godwin Okonkwo Joins Governorship Race
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Anambra 2021: Former NNPC Director, Reverend Godwin Okonkwo Joins Governorship Race

It was in deed a sea of Heads as Rev Godwin Okonkwo, a Reverend of the Anglican Communion and Former Managing Director of NNPC Capital visited APC Stat Secretariat to declare his support for APC and his ambition to become the next Gubernatorial Candidate of APC and next Governor of Anambra State come November 6, 2021. The Governorship Aspirant described his intention to contest the next governorship election on the platform of APC as one inspired by the fact that his understanding of the State’s political system and developmental challenges, coupled with his 35 years experience as a retired Director of Accounts and Retired Director of Capaital in the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), and other recorded performance across the 181 communities in the state, put him in a bett...
Money For Road Rehabilitated By RCCG Was Paid In 2011 And Not 2018 – Fashola
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Money For Road Rehabilitated By RCCG Was Paid In 2011 And Not 2018 – Fashola

The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, on Thursday explained how his Ministry paid N151m to the Cartil Construction Nigeria Limited for the rehabilitation of the Ife-Ifewara Road. The Redeemed Christian Church of God had in a petition filed by Pastor Niyi Adebanjo on behalf of the General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, and dated 9th February, 2021, accused the ministry of making payment to the tune of N151m to Cartil Construction Limited for the rehabilitation of the road which the church rehabilitated as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility. He had alleged that the ministry paid the money between 2016 and 2018 to the contractor that abandoned the road which was actually reconstructed by the church at a cost of N181m The RCCG therefore urged the Senat...
124,817 Pregnant Women Living With HIV In Ondo – Akeredolu
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124,817 Pregnant Women Living With HIV In Ondo – Akeredolu

Ondo State Government, yesterday, said no fewer than 124,817 pregnant women have tested positive for HIV between 2017 till date in the state. Governor Rotimi Akeredolu disclosed this at the launch of HIV Treatment Surge campaign in the state organized by APIN Public Health Initiatives in collaboration with CDC Nigeria and United States government. He said out of the infected pregnant women, 926 have accessed elimination of Mother-To-Child-Transmission of the disease.. He expressed the readiness of his administration to rid the state of HIV/AIDS. The governor, represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mrs Oladunni Odu said the launch of HIV treatment surge campaign was another first of its kind in the state. The governor also disclosed that almost two milli...
Anambra: APC Fixes N22.5 Million For Nomination Forms
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Anambra: APC Fixes N22.5 Million For Nomination Forms

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has fixed N22.5 million as fees to be paid by members contesting the governorship election in Anambra State. It also fixed June 26 for the conduct of the primary election. In its schedule of activities released on Thursday, the APC, fixed its Expression of Interest and Nomination forms at N2.5 million and N20 million respectively, bringing the total to N22.5 million. It, however, slashed by 50 per cent the fees to be paid by women and physically-challenged aspirants. “The Governorship Expression of Interest Form cost N2,500,000 while the Nomination form cost N20,000,000.00, totalling N22,500,000. “Female Aspirants and Physically Challenged Aspirants are to pay 50% of the prescribed fees for the position,” the party said. The ...
Nigeria’s Attorney General, Malami Collapses In Sokoto, Hospitalised – SR
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Nigeria’s Attorney General, Malami Collapses In Sokoto, Hospitalised – SR

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami on Monday collapsed in Sokoto state. Malami was in Sokoto for the inauguration of the reconstructed State High Court complex by Governor Aminu Tambuwal. It was gathered that the minister collapsed after delivering his address at the ceremony and was quickly revived by his aides and dignitaries who helped him to stand. He was subsequently hospitalised at a private facility upon his return to Abuja. Malami however attended the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday but was returned to the hospital few hours later, a source said. Known to be interested in taking a shot at 2023 presidency, SaharaReporters had in the past exposed how Malami acquired several properties whose value run ...
We Don’t Buy Arms, We Produce Locally – IPOB To DSS
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We Don’t Buy Arms, We Produce Locally – IPOB To DSS

The Indigenous People of Biafra has said it produces its arms locally. The secessionist group stated this on Thursday while debunking allegation credited to the Department of State Services that IPOB was plotting to attack banks to get money to purchase arms. The Media and Publicity Secretary of the group, Emma Powerful, described the allegation as a poor script. He said, “We are not looking for money to buy arms because we produce our arms locally. While assuring banks in the area of safety, the pro-Biafra publicist said IPOB members were freedom fighters and not criminals. The group’s statement read in part, “The DSS is propelling this wicked propaganda to blackmail Eastern Security Network and IPOB, and dent our global reputation. “IPOB and ESN are not criminals an...
Hundreds Of Yoruba Women From Diaspora At Ooni Of Ife Palace Over Yoruba Nation
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Hundreds Of Yoruba Women From Diaspora At Ooni Of Ife Palace Over Yoruba Nation

Women from Uruguay, Argentina, Mexico, United Kingdom, Papua Guinea, Venezuela, Spain, France, and other countries on Wednesday visited the Ooni of Ile-Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, in his palace to canvass for the creation of Yoruba Nation. Clad in traditional rural attire including body wrappers and beads, the women, under the aegis of Obinrin Oodua Agbaye, stormed the palace of the Ooni of Ife on Sunday. Led by their worldwide Leader, Yeye Simisade Kuku-Onayemi and their Secretary-General, Owowunmi Babalola-Okocha, the women said the gods in Yorubaland had mandated them to commence spiritual measures that would lead to the prompt actualisation of Yoruba Nation without bloodshed, hence, their visit to their fatherland. Omowumi, a resident of the United States, who was flanked b...
EFCC Releases Ex-Imo Governor, Okorocha
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EFCC Releases Ex-Imo Governor, Okorocha

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has released the former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha after he spent two nights in detention. Okorocha was released on Thursday evening, according to Daily Trust. The former Governor is presently at his Maitama residence in Abuja. DAILY POST recalls that the EFCC invited Okorocha on Tuesday for questioning. Okorocha, who governed Imo between 2011 and 2019, has been accused of embezzlement and misappropriation of state funds by the Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma. In February, the lawmaker accused Uzodinma of unleashing the EFCC and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) against him. Okorocha refuted the allegations, saying the state government had not been able to prove corruption allegations...
Digital Economy: Osinbajo Commends Abiodun Over Launch Of OGDEIP
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Digital Economy: Osinbajo Commends Abiodun Over Launch Of OGDEIP

The Nigerian Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, on Thursday, commended Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun, over the launching of Ogun Digital Economy Infrastructure Project in the state. Osinbajo gave this commendation while speaking virtually at official launch of the project, held at the Ogun TechHub, Kobape Road, Abeokuta, the state capital. The VP noted that digital economy technology is the future of all aspects of human existence such as business, education, healthcare, governance, security, and the practice of practically every profession, lauding Abiodun for his initiative of bringing broad-band to homes, businesses and homes in Ogun. He added that with the launch of the project, Ogun is taking hold of the future, saying making digital access available to all the ...
Mohammed Bello Faults IPPIS, Alleges Overpayment By Accountant-General
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Mohammed Bello Faults IPPIS, Alleges Overpayment By Accountant-General

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Mr. Mohammed Musa Bello, has exposed the gap in the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) that is currently managed by the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) as the platform from which the salaries of federal workers is paid. Bello alleged that there have been many instances where his salaries were either overpaid or underpaid. This anomaly in the IPPIS management was highlighted yesterday by the Chairman Joint Unions Action Committee (JUAC) FCTA/FCDA, Mr. Korede Matilukuro, when he briefed the workers on the outcome of the meeting with management to look into their 17-point demands on welfare following the expiration of their three-day warning strike. Matilukuro said that Bello, wh...
“We Lost Twitter Headquarters To Ghana Due To EndSARS Protest” – Lai Mohammed
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“We Lost Twitter Headquarters To Ghana Due To EndSARS Protest” – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alh Lai Mohammed has reacted to the choice of Ghana as the location for Twitter new African office over Nigeria and other countries. The Minister, while responding to question from Vanguard, said the decision by the US-based social media company to locate its African headquarters in Accra, Ghana was not a commercial and business one. But he was quick to condemn the unpatriotic attitude of some Nigerians, especially the media who he said have always struggle to outdo one another in painting Nigeria as a hail where no one can live. Mohammed argued that the natural expectation is that Nigeria should have been the hub of Twitter business in this part of Africa, given that fact that it has about 25m twitter users against 8m in Ghana. “The...
7,200 Joysticks Found In A Ship From Nigeria, Impounded In China – FFK
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7,200 Joysticks Found In A Ship From Nigeria, Impounded In China – FFK

Omo it's like we go begin get personal security for our joysticks or better still only me go go sell my own instead of someone else stealing it and sell it. But China sef, can any good thing come from China? Everything about them is today today there is no tomorrow or future Africa is finished. A ship from Nigeria has been impounded in China whilst trying to smuggle in 7,200 joysticks. Hundreds of thousands of Nigerian joysticks are smuggled into China every year. Nigeria is the worlds largest exporter of joysticks & this is why kidnapping & ritual killings are rife here. What do the Chinese do with these joysticks & why are they obsessed with Nigerian ones in particular? This is not joke but a serious question. The Chinese should leave our joysticks alone & tho...

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