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Wike Imposes Curfew On All Rivers’ Land Boarders From 8pm – 6am
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Wike Imposes Curfew On All Rivers’ Land Boarders From 8pm – 6am

Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has imposed night curfew at all entry and exit points with Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa and Imo States. Governor Wike in State broadcast on Tuesday said the curfew which takes effect from Wednesday night, is necessitated by the recent security breaches and deadly attacks on security personnel by yet to be identified gunmen. “The Government of Rivers State has decided to restrict night movements into and out of the State from the land borders of the State. “Consequently, a night curfew is hereby imposed and no person or vehicle is allowed into and out of Rivers State from 8.00 p.m. to 6.00 a.m. from tomorrow (Wednesday) 28 April 2021 until further notice. “We wish to advise that those who have any legitimate need or reason to come int...
Imo, Uzodinma Under Attack By Enemies – APC
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Imo, Uzodinma Under Attack By Enemies – APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that enemies of Imo attacked the residence of Governor Hope Uzodimma and other public facilities. The party, in a statement on Monday, condemned the target on security personnel and formations in Abia, Imo, Ebonyi, Anambra and Rivers States. John Akpan Udoedehe, National Secretary of the APC Caretaker Committee, commiserated with agencies and families over the loss of law enforcement officers. Udoedehe said breaking into the Governor’s residence was an attack on democracy and constituted authority. The scribe said the party was in shock over the ugly turn of events after learning there were fatalities with others injured and maimed during the attack. He vowed that the party and security services will not allow persons and inte...
Gunmen Burnt Down Uzuakoli Police Station In Abia
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Gunmen Burnt Down Uzuakoli Police Station In Abia

Unknown gunmen in the early hours of Monday set Uzuakoli police station in Bende local government area of Abia State on fire. This is coming weeks after a similar incident took place in World Bank housing estate Aba when a police station was razed and property worth millions of Naira destroyed. Recall that the state government last week alerted the public of a planned attack in parts of the state, urging vigilance. All efforts by ABN TV to reach PPRO in the state, SP Geoffrey Ogbonna for a comment proved abortive as at the moment of this report.
Abia Bye-Election: Ikpeazu Restricts Movement In Aba North, Aba South LGAs
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Abia Bye-Election: Ikpeazu Restricts Movement In Aba North, Aba South LGAs

Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has approved the restriction of movements in Aba North and Aba South Local Government Areas (LGAs) from 8:00pm (2000hrs) Friday, 26th March, 2021 to 6:00am (0600hrs) Sunday, 28th March, 2021. Only voters, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials on election duty, workers on essential duties with proper identification documents and security operatives are exempted from the restrictions within the stated period. Meanwhile, the usual monthly environmental sanitation exercise will go ahead in the other 15 LGAs on Saturday, March 27. Concerned Local Government Chairmen are expected to lock down their respective LGAs within the period of the clean up exercise. Thank you. Chief John Okiyi Kalu Honorable Commissioner for In...
Abike Dabiri Hails Abia For Being The First State To Have A Diaspora Commission
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Abike Dabiri Hails Abia For Being The First State To Have A Diaspora Commission

PRESS RELEASE DABIRI-EREWA HAILS ABIA FOR BEING THE FIRST STATE TO HAVE A DIASPORA COMMISSION ABUJA, MARCH 23, 2021: Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has congratulated Abia State for being the first state in Nigeria to have its own Diaspora Commission. In a statement in Abuja by the Head of Media and Public Relations of NIDCOM, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, the NIDCOM boss said Abians have made history with the passage of the bill by the Abia state House of Assembly, Dabiri-Erewa expressed her appreciation to the Abia Parliamentarians as well as the Diaspora friendly Governor of the state, Governor Ekezie Ikpeazu. She equally thanked Dr (Mrs) Ngozi Ogbonna-Erondu, Special Adviser to the Governor on Diaspora Matters and Special Duties fo...
3 Policemen Shot Dead At Abia Police Checkpoint
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3 Policemen Shot Dead At Abia Police Checkpoint

Gunmen have attacked a Police checkpoint in Agu Eze amaogudu, Abiriba, Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State, killing three policemen. The dead officers were identified Inspector Austin Ugwu, Inspector Longinus Ugochukwu, PC Ama Ifeanyi. The Deputy Governor of Abia State, Rt Hon Ude Oko Chukwu, who in company of security agents, visited the community, assured residents that the State Government will deploy all necessary resources available to ensure their protection. Speaking to the people at Orie Akwa square in the community, Sir Oko Chukwu, who was accompanied on the visit by the state commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, called for community vigilance and support to security agents. He said, “The government is saddened by the unfortunate attack of th...
Hoodlums Kill 2 Policemen In Aba, Set Station On Fire
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Hoodlums Kill 2 Policemen In Aba, Set Station On Fire

No fewer than 2 policemen were in the early hours of Tuesday feared dead by suspected hoodlums following the invasion of Abayi police station located at the World Bank Housing Estate in the commercial nerve centre of Abia. According to a police source who confirmed the story, the incident occurred at about 2am on Tuesday. The station was also set on fire, causing tension in the area. Names of the officers killed during the attack were simply given as SGT Emmanuel and ASP Vincent. The police armoury in the division was also looted while many vehicles were burnt to ashes. The source said there was a stiff resistance by the police operatives who were however overpowered by the hoodlums. Attack on police personnel and facilities in Abia has become a recurrent decimal in r...
Teenage Girl Chained By Mother Rescued In Abia
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Teenage Girl Chained By Mother Rescued In Abia

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) has rescued a teenage girl from Umuokoro Obinkita in Arochukwu Local Government Area of Abia State who was found chained by the neck and limbs and locked away in their house by her mother. The NSCDC said the rescue followed a tip-off and support from non-governmental organisations Vicar Hope Foundation and the Child Protection Network. Abia NSCDC spokesman said the rescue was effected after 24 hours of surveillance mounted at the victim’s home. The state commandant of the NSCDC has directed a thorough investigation of the incident. In an interview with reporters, the suspect claimed that her daughter had a mental challenge and that she had to chain her to prevent her from wandering off. The girl has been taken into custo...
16 Killed, 6 Missing In Abia/Akwa Ibom Boundary Clash
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16 Killed, 6 Missing In Abia/Akwa Ibom Boundary Clash

16 persons have been reportedly killed while 6 others are still missing following a boundary clash between the Usaka Ukwu, Azunchai, Ekpiri Ala-Ala, Ariam Elu Elu communities in Ikwuano council area of Abia State and their Nkari and Obot Akara neighbours in Ini and Obot Akara council areas of Akwa Ibom State. Other communities in Abia State affected by the boundary clash including Oboni -Upa, Ndiorie, Obugwu and Ekwelu, lament that they now live in fear of their neighbours who always lay ambush and kill their people on their farmlands. They urged the government to save them from the incessant killings and destruction of their properties. Addressing stakeholders of the affected communities including traditional rulers, town union presidents, and the Chairman of Ikwuano council, Chief...
Police Denounce Burning Of Fulani Herdsmen’s Houses In Abia
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Police Denounce Burning Of Fulani Herdsmen’s Houses In Abia

Abia State Police Command has debunked a viral video in which homes of people said to be Fulani herdsmen were burnt in a Sunday attack in Ogboko Ozuitem, Bende local government area of the state. Speaking with ABN TV on Monday, the state Commissioner of Police, CP Janet Agbede said the video did not emanate from the incident of Sunday, calling on mischief makers to desist from spreading falsehood. According to the Commissioner of Police, some hoodlums at about 4am on Sunday invaded an open field in the community where Fulani herdsmen were resting with their cows, killing about 15 livestock and injured a herder whose name was identified as Abdullahi. She further explained that the Bende incident did not take place in a settlement but an open arena and as such no makeshift house...
Orji Uzor Kalu To Convert His House To A Resort In Igbere, Abia
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Orji Uzor Kalu To Convert His House To A Resort In Igbere, Abia

Senator representing Abia North, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu says his home commissioned in 1999 will soon be converted to a resort and for the downtrodden. ABN TV reports that the former Abia governor's home was opened on May 28, 1999, a day before he was sworn in to take over the mantle of leadership upon the return of democracy in 1999. Kalu who spoke in his Igbere country home at the birthday celebration of a billionaire oil mogul, Mr. Jack Rich, the founder of Belema Oil. According to the Senate Chief Whip, there is no need to carry out further renovation work on the building which he said has become old-fashioned. While reiterating that everything about life is vanity, he said he can't provide answers as to why he has such magnificent edifice anytime his children seek answers fro...
“You Are a Hypocrite” – PDP Chieftain Blasts Cosmos Ndukwe Over ‘Anti-Party’ Activities In Abia
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“You Are a Hypocrite” – PDP Chieftain Blasts Cosmos Ndukwe Over ‘Anti-Party’ Activities In Abia

The Abia State Honourable Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Rt. Hon. Cosmos Ndukwe, has been described as an ‘hypocrite’ over alleged anti-party activities. This was after Ndukwe, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party in Abia, on Thursday, played host to a former governor of the state and Senate Chief Whip, Dr. Orji Kalu, an All Progressives Congress senator. The visit is raising eyebrows within the circles of the ruling PDP in Abia, who have given different political meanings to the visit, with rumours rife that the Commissioner may be on his way to the APC, having been seen in gatherings of the party of recent. Giving more credence to the rumour is the recent defection of heavyweights of the PDP in Abia to the APC amidst rumours that the State Governor, Dr. Okezie...
Ikpeazu Cries Over Poor State Of Federal Roads In Abia
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Ikpeazu Cries Over Poor State Of Federal Roads In Abia

Abia state Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, has called on the federal government to urgently intervene in the deplorable state of federal roads in the state. The Governor in a series of tweets via his official twitter handle @GovernorIkpeazu, noted that almost all roads linking Abia to other states are in total disrepair. He expressed concern over the untold hardship this has caused road users and business owners. "Abia as a State bordered by seven other States is replete with a number of federal roads cutting across the State into other States. However, almost all of such roads are in a state of total disrepair, causing untold hardship to road users from across the country. "I call for the urgent intervention of @NigeriaGov in revamping these roads which include: Aba-PH segment of...
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Police Evacuate 5 Bodies From Abia Collapsed Building, Arrest Contractor

No fewer than 5 dead bodies have been evacuated from the scene of a building collapse at No. 85 Azikiwe Road by Asa road, Aba Abia State, ABN TV reports. This is according to the State Commissioner of Police, CP Janet E. Agbede. She also said a male survivor who sustained minor injuries was rushed to the hospital, where he was treated and discharged while the contractor who handled the project has been arrested. Briefing newsmen in Umuahia on Friday, CP Agbede said the dead bodies comprise of two males and three females. While dispelling reports that the relevant agencies did not take action to rescue trapped victims after the incident, CP Agbede said the Area Commander Aba, ACP Kabiru Ibrahim along with all the DPOs and their personnel within Aba Area Command immediately a...
Coronavirus: Governor Ikpeazu orders curfew in Abia State
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Coronavirus: Governor Ikpeazu orders curfew in Abia State

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has ordered a curfew in Abia State following the recently confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the state.   The  6pm - 6am curfew which will take off from Sunday April 26, will last for 7 days and is expected to help in thorough contact tracing with special emphasis on the three local government areas of Ukwa West, Ikwuano and Umuahia North.   It was further gathered that the 2 Coronavirus cases in the state who are above 70 years and with underlying illness, are currently stable and responding to treatment.   A press statement from the Abia state government reads;   1. We are all aware that Abia has registered 2 Covid-19 cases at the Federal Medical Center (FMC), Umuahia. Though the patients are above 70 years in age and have ...
103 Killed by Lassa Fever in 16 States
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103 Killed by Lassa Fever in 16 States

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Wednesday February 19, revealed that that 103 people have been killed by Lassa fever since its recent outbreak on December 30, 2019. Late victims of the disease resided in Ondo, Edo, Ebonyi, Kano, Kogi, Kaduna, Taraba, Plateau, Bauchi, Enugu, Abia, Benue, Borno, Gombe, Sokoto and Katsina. A total of 586 cases have been confirmed across the country. Edo has the highest burden of confirmed cases at 35 per cent, followed by Ondo with 32 per cent and Ebonyi at six per cent. 26 states have also recorded at least one confirmed case across the 101 local government areas in the country. NCDC's report reads in part; “Cumulatively from week one to week 07, 2020, 103 deaths have been reported with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 17.6 per ...
Abia Will Soon Start Exporting Rice – Governor Ikpeazu
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Abia Will Soon Start Exporting Rice – Governor Ikpeazu

The state government on Sunday declared that its rice plants at Acha in Isuikwuato, Ofeme in Umuahia North and Uzuakoli in Bende LGAs were producing large quantity of rice enough for local consumption which will soon be exporting to other states. Chief John Okiyi Kalu, the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, told newsmen in Umuahia that Abia rice known in local parlance as “Osikapa Abia” will be ready for export soon. According to him, the rice mills had been equipped with modern technology that makes rice produced in them to be stone-free and nutritious. This, he added, makes Abia rice internationally acceptable because it meets the modern method of producing the grain. The commissioner further stated that the critics were indeed lampooning the government beca...
Police uncover baby factory, rescue 19 pregnant girls
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Police uncover baby factory, rescue 19 pregnant girls

Lagos State Police Command has rescued 19 pregnant girls, between the age of 15 and 28, from a ‘baby factory’ at Ayanwale area of Ikotun. Two female suspects – 40-year-old Happiness Ukwuoma and 54-year-old Sherifat Ipeya – involved in the scandal, were arrested. The pregnant women were brought from Rivers, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Abia and Imo states. The Command has launched a manhunt of the principal suspect, Madam Oluchi from Mbano, Imo State. The victims were mostly abducted for the purpose of getting them pregnant and selling the babies to potential buyers. They were tricked with employment as domestic staff in Lagos. However, they are often held hostage on getting to Lagos. The babies are sold for N300,000 and N500,000 depending on the gender.
JAMB cancels results in two centres in Abia
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JAMB cancels results in two centres in Abia

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has cancelled results of two Computer Based Test (CBT) centres in Abia State over widespread irregularities during the just-concluded Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). It said the cancellation of the results followed visual evidence obtained from a careful review of Close Circuit Television (CCTV) recordings by a panel of experts engaged by the board. The board said all the results of the examination sessions conducted by the two centres from April 11 to 18, 2019 are therefore “null and void.” JAMB, in its Weekly Bulletin released in Abuja yesterday by its Head of Information, Dr. Fabian Benjamin,  identified the CBT centres as Heritage and Infinity CBT centre and Okwyzil Computer Institute Comprehensive School, ...
Nigeria Governorship Election: Nnamdi Kanu warns INEC over results in Rivers, Imo and Abia
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Nigeria Governorship Election: Nnamdi Kanu warns INEC over results in Rivers, Imo and Abia

The Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu has reacted to reports over alleged manipulation of governorship results in Rivers and Imo states In a statement on Sunday, INEC explained that they took the decision due to widespread violence in the state, during the March 9 governorship and State Assembly polls. The commission also claimed some of its staff were held hostage and materials including results sheets were destroyed. INEC has established a fact-finding committee, to assess the situation and report back within 48 hours. Reacting, Kanu on his Twitter page warned INEC over altercation of results from Rivers and Imo states. “With disturbing reports from Rivers, Imo & Abia governorship elections, we warn INEC that doctored results imposed against ...
Uncollected PVCs Set Ablaze As Hoodlums Attack INEC Office in Abia
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Uncollected PVCs Set Ablaze As Hoodlums Attack INEC Office in Abia

Several uncollected permanent voter cards have been set ablaze by unknown persons who broke into the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abia State in the early hours of today February 3rd. Over 15,000 uncollected PVCs were burnt as well as the register containing the number of registered voters. The state police say investigations have commenced and the culprits will be apprehended soon.    
Lady Accused Of Witchcraft, Stripped, Flogged & Paraded For Killing Lots of People In Abia
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Lady Accused Of Witchcraft, Stripped, Flogged & Paraded For Killing Lots of People In Abia

A yet to be identified lady who is accused of being a witch, was stripped, flogged and excommunicated by angry residents of Amuda Isuochi community, Abia state. A Facebook user identified as Peace Sampson who shared the post, stated that the alleged witch reportedly killed her mother. She further disclosed that the lady also killed another woman with four children. Read her Facebook post below; “This woman is a witch from Amuda Isuochi who has been killing people, she also killed my mother bt now she killed another wmn with four children, her secret opened up. Glory be to CHUKWU OKIKIE ABIA AMA PURU IME IHIE NILE” See more pictures below;
Federal Executive Council Approves Establishment Of Nigerian Army University In Biu
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Federal Executive Council Approves Establishment Of Nigerian Army University In Biu

The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved the establishment of the Nigerian Army University in Biu, Borno State. The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, disclosed this when he addressed State House correspondents after the council’s meeting which was presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo. “The Federal Executive Council has approved Ministry of Education’s memo for the establishment of a Nigerian Army University in Biu, Borno. “It is our hope that it will be the hub for developing a Nigerian Industrial Military Complex. It will be a very great university. It would be recalled that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.- Gen. Tukur Buratai, had in June 2017, said the army had already reached out to the National Universities Commission to secure approval for the university...
NCDC: Lassa Fever Death Toll Rises To 101
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NCDC: Lassa Fever Death Toll Rises To 101

The death toll from the Lassa fever disease ravaging the country since the beginning of the year has risen to 101, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has said. The health agency, in its situation report of April 8, said 408 cases of the disease had been confirmed from 20 states, where the disease has been active. The states are Abia, Anambra, Bauchi, Benue, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Gombe, Imo, Kogi, Lagos, Nasarawa, Ondo, Osun, Plateau, Rivers, Taraba and the Federal Capital Territory, with Edo, Ondo and Ebonyi having the highest reported cases. The NCDC epidemiological report for week 14 since the disease started, shows that 408 cases have been classified as confirmed and nine probable cases, including 101 deaths. There are also 4,480 contacts identified through ...
Nigerian Man Looking For A Life Partner; Promises Give Her iPhoneX And Corolla Car As Wedding Gifts
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Nigerian Man Looking For A Life Partner; Promises Give Her iPhoneX And Corolla Car As Wedding Gifts

A Nigerian man identified as Ojeligbo Ayika is looking for a life partner on Facebook promises to give out an iPhoneX and Corolla car as wedding gifts to the lucky bride. The young man who is desperately looking a wife, said he is done searching for them as he makes the post hoping they would come to him instead. Emphasising on the failure of Anambra girls in being good wife’s or dates, he declared that the girls should hail from Enugu, imo, ABIA, Abakilike, or a calabar girl and she should be God fearing. He posted saying; “Any Anambra girl with God fearing needed a good husband should inbox me now , infact Enugu, imo, ABIA, Abakilike, calabar girls join because Anambra girls as failed. Less I forget iPhoneX and corollas is the weeding gift for the winner.”
Senate Tasks Federal Govt On High Mortality Rate
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Senate Tasks Federal Govt On High Mortality Rate

Senate yesterday called on the federal government to provide adequate primary healthcare delivery services in the country saying the condition has become highly alarming because for every single day now, Nigeria loses about 2, 300 under-five year olds and 145 women of child bearing age. To begin with, senate mandated its Committees on Women Affairs, and Health to meet the Federal Ministries of Women Affairs, and Health to identify ways to curb maternal, new born and infant mortality in the country and report back to it. Senate resolution followed a motion titled, “Alarming maternal and infant mortality rate in Nigeria”, moved by Senator Ahmed Ogembe (APC Kogi Central), who lamented that “Nigeria is the second largest contributor to the under-five and maternal mortality rate in the wo...
Senator Ohuabunwa: Cows, Dogs Have More Value Than Humans Under President Buhari
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Senator Ohuabunwa: Cows, Dogs Have More Value Than Humans Under President Buhari

Senator Mao Ohuabunwa, representing Abia North District, has cried out over the destructive activities of herdsmen. He said with the way the security threat was being treated, the APC Federal Government seemed to value the life of animals more than that of human beings. Ohuabunwa spoke while commissioning a project at Nneato community of Umunneochi Local Government Area. The lawmaker lamented the manner human beings were killed on daily basis by Fulani militia in Nigeria under the watch of APC government. “Nigeria is so insecure today that we no longer talk of killings, but the number killed. We have lost value for human lives. In Nigeria under APC, cows and dogs have more value than human beings,” Senator Ohuabunwa said. According to him, there was never a time in the histo...
House Of Reps Probes ECA Over NEC Approval Of $1 Billion To Fight Boko Haram
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House Of Reps Probes ECA Over NEC Approval Of $1 Billion To Fight Boko Haram

The House of Representatives on Thursday directed the House Committee on Finance to audit the Excess Crude Accounts, over the National Economic Council, NEC, approval of $1 billion to fight Boko Haram insurgency. Speaker of the House, Honourable Yakubu Dogara gave the directive after the motion sponsored by Honourable Ken Chikere, entitled “Need to deduct 13 percent derivation from the $1 billion approved by the National Economic Council to fight Boko Haram Insurgency” was stepped down. The Speaker gave the committee four weeks to carry out the exercise and report back to the House for further legislative action. The motion read: That at the 83rd meeting of the National Economic Council held at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja on 14 December, 2017, the 36 Gover...
Federal Govt Bans Open Drug Markets In 2019
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Federal Govt Bans Open Drug Markets In 2019

The Federal Government says it will shut down all open drug markets this year to curb unwholesome drug distribution system. The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, disclosed this in a statement issued after a ground breaking ceremony of the Coordinated Wholesale Centre (CWC) in Abia. Adewole, in the statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) by the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) on Wednesday, frowned at the chaotic drug distribution system in the country thereby endangering the lives of the populace. He noted that the closure of all open drug markets would immediately kick start full implementation of the CWC component of the National Drug Distribution Guidelines (NDDG). The minister, who identified unsatisfactory drug distribution system as one of ...
Senate Gives IGP 14-Days To Arrest Killers In Benue
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Senate Gives IGP 14-Days To Arrest Killers In Benue

The Senate has given the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mr Ibrahim Idris 14 day ultimatum to arrest and investigate the perpetrators of Benue killings. This position was sequel to the consideration of a report of the Senate Ad Hoc Committee on the Review of the Current Security Infrastructure in Nigeria. The committee had on Friday last week, visited Benue to ascertain the level of killings in the state. The report was presented by Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Ahmed Lawan during plenary on Tuesday. He said the recommendations of the committee included re-examining, revamping and reinventing the nation’s security architecture and infrastructure in order to ensure that no community or entity was left unsecured and unsafe. Lawan who is also the Senate Leader said other re...
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NUT Names 10 ‘Chronic’ State Debtors; Directs Teachers Resume In Affected States

The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has restated its position that the teachers in 10 states that are still owing salary arrears should not resume work until all arrears were paid. Mike Ike-Ene, General-Secretary of the union, spoke on the directive in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja. Mr. Ike-Ene said that 10 out of 36 states still owed teachers several months of salary arrears in spite of the Paris Club Refund given to states by President Muhammadu Buhari. He listed the states to include: Abia, Adamawa, Bayelsa, Benue, Delta, Ekiti, Kogi, Ondo, Kwara and Taraba, describing them as chronic debtors as far as teachers’ salaries are concerned. According to him, Abia owes primary school teachers four months and secondary school teachers one mon...
2017: Strikes, Corruption, Others Characterise Nigeria’s Education Sector
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2017: Strikes, Corruption, Others Characterise Nigeria’s Education Sector

In the course of 2017, all the major unions within the education sector had cause to down tools, putting students, parents and the entire country in a state of frustration. A bigger cause for distress came in August when Boko Haram terrorists extended their bloodletting to students and staff in the University of Maiduguri, killing and maiming. In the midst of the chaos, the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS lost its ex-president, Dauda Mohammed. Also, the Kaduna State Government commenced a controversial education reform meant to uplift the standard of education in the state but which involves the sacking of over 20,000 teachers. PREMIUM TIMES takes a look at the major highlights of the education sector in Nigeria in 2017. 1. ASUU’s “indefinite” strike ASUU ...
House Of Reps Insist On List Of Patience Jonathan’s Accounts Under Litigation
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House Of Reps Insist On List Of Patience Jonathan’s Accounts Under Litigation

The House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions has asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to make available the list of accounts belonging to former First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, that are not under litigation. The lawmakers made the request following allegation by the petitioner that the EFCC has repeatedly failed to obey court orders. They directed the EFCC to lift ban on bank account s belonging to the petitioner in the absence of any litigation. Counsel to EFCC, Mr. Ojogbane Johnson had in the course of the hearing maintained that reasons behind the commission’s decision to keep the accounts frozen was because they are still under investigation, a reason he said the commission appealed against court rulings directing that it de-freezes those accoun...
Buhari, Osinbajo Violate Nigerian Laws In New Board Appointments
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Buhari, Osinbajo Violate Nigerian Laws In New Board Appointments

President Muhammadu Buhari and his deputy, Yemi Osinbajo, breached the provisions of the constitution in the recent reconstitution of the Board of Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), PREMIUM TIMES can report. The duo also showed disregard for court processes by ignoring the pending suits on the dissolution of the former Board of CCB at the Court of Appeal and the National Industrial Court (NIC). Mr. Buhari had, on November 29, forwarded the names of 10 nominees and copies of their curriculum vitae to the Senate for confirmation. The nominees and their states of origin are Muhammad Isah (Jigawa State, North West) who will serve as chairman; Murtala Kankia (Katsina, North West); Emmanuel Attah (Rivers, South-South); Danjuma Sado (Edo, South-South); and Ubolo Okpanachi (Kogi, North Central)....
AGBAKOBA: Buhari Is Sleeping On The Job
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AGBAKOBA: Buhari Is Sleeping On The Job

A former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Dr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of sleeping on his job. Dr Agbakoba said this was apparent as he wondered why nobody has been sacked over the ‘Mainagate’ saga. Agbakoba who stated this apparently in response to issues of corruption that have continued to trail the current administration, also asked President Buhari to sack his entire cabinet. He noted that the government has failed, and wondered what government’s plan was for the unemployment situation in the country. He stated this when he spoke at a press conference in Lagos on Thursday entitled, “National Intervention Movement NIM,” explaining that the movement was not a political party but a network of people committed to make a difference in ...
Ambode, Aregbesola, Dickson Arrive Ibadan For Southern Governors Meeting
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Ambode, Aregbesola, Dickson Arrive Ibadan For Southern Governors Meeting

Governors from the Southern part of Nigeria under the auspices of Southern Governors Forum are meeting today in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, DAILY POST reports. The governors from the 3 geo-political zones of South West, South-South and South-East are meeting at the Oyo State Government house, Agodi in Ibadan. An aide of Governor Abiola Ajimobi of the state confided in our correspondent that the meeting will have in attendance Governors from Southern states. Though, the time of the meeting has not been made public, the delay it was learnt may not be unconnected with the ongoing 6th National Women Conference of the Oyo State Officials Wifes Association (OYSOWA) currently taking place at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan. The conference which currently h...
Explosion Destroys Missionary School In Umuahia
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Explosion Destroys Missionary School In Umuahia

A huge fire from an explosion at Saclux Paints Industry in Umuahia, the Abia capital, on Sunday destroyed a missionary school building in the neighbourhood. Mr Emeka Okereke, the owner of the school, known as Love for Africa Mission, told NAN that a tanker, allegedly bearing ‘black oil’ exploded inside the company’s premises around 1 pm. He said that the fire started with an explosion shortly after they ended the Sunday service at the school. “We ended the Sunday service around 12:15 pm and I was trying to lock up the gate, when I heard a heavy explosion, accompanied with billows of heavy smoke and fire moving up the sky. “The incident caused panic and stampede as everyone of us scampered into different areas, including the nearby bush, for safety,” he said. He said that the...
Electing Victor Ikpeazu As Governor Was Best Decision Of Abians In 2015 – Vice-Chancellor
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Electing Victor Ikpeazu As Governor Was Best Decision Of Abians In 2015 – Vice-Chancellor

The Vice Chancellor of the Micheal Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike in Abia State, Prof. Francis Ogbonnaya Otunta, has extolled the leadership qualities of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, describing him as a pragmatic and indefatigable leader. Delivering his address at the 8th Convocation ceremony of the University on Saturday, Otunta commended Ikpeazu for his support to the University. He said: “With utmost delight and deep sense of honour, we welcome to our midst, the Executive Governor of Abia State, His Excellency, Okezie Victor Ikpeazu Ph.D. “Abians have remained in the mood of jubilation ever since he took over the mantle of leadership, for they exercised their franchise in the right direction. “He is the people’s Governor, a pragmatic and indefatigable le...
Soldiers Pursued Truck Loaded With Weapons Into Nnamdi Kanu’s Home – Army Chief Tukur Buratai
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Soldiers Pursued Truck Loaded With Weapons Into Nnamdi Kanu’s Home – Army Chief Tukur Buratai

Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff, says soldiers pursued a truck loaded with weapons into the family home of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), in Abia. In September, several people were said to have been injured after soldiers and members of IPOB clashed in Kanu’s family home. The army later raided the house and since then, Kanu’s whereabouts remain unknown. Thereafter, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, counsel to the IPOB leader, filed a suit at the federal high court, Abuja, seeking an order to compel Buratai to produce his client. In the suit, IPOB claimed the army took Kanu away. But in a counter-affidavit, the chief of army staff said Kanu has never been in the custody of army. He said the truck laden with weapons was “deliberately ignited” by IPOB membe...
NNPC, WAEC Partner In Promoting Technical Education
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NNPC, WAEC Partner In Promoting Technical Education

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), says it has entered into a partnership with the West African Examination Council (WAEC), the Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS), and the Science Teachers Association of Nigeria (STAN), to grow the country’s educational sector. Speaking at the grand finale of the 2017 National Quiz Competition, Group Managing Director of the corporation, Mr Maikanti Baru, said the partnership would help in deepening knowledge in science and technology Baru said that the NNPC prized education, dearly adding that the corporation was working with its partners to ensure that the best standards of its competition were maintained. He said that it was in realisation of the importance of science and technology that the NNPC decided to promote Sci...
PDP Governors, Chairmanship Aspirants Meet In Enugu
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PDP Governors, Chairmanship Aspirants Meet In Enugu

The 11 Governors of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are in a closed door meeting in Enugu with the eight national chairmanship aspirants of the party ahead of the Dec. 9 national convention of the party. The governors are Ishaku Darius, Taraba; Dankwambo Ibrahim, Gombe; and Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti and Chairman of PDP Governors Forum. Others are Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Enugu; Okezie Ikpeazu, Abia; Ifeanyi Okowa, Delta, Nyesom Wike, Rivers, Emmanuel Udom, Akwa Ibom; and Ben Ayade of Cross River. The others are Ebonyi Governor, represented by his deputy, and Serike Dickson of Bayelsa. The eight national chairmen aspirants in attendance are, Raymond Dokpesi, Bode George, Jimi Agbaje, Taoheed Adedoja, Tunde Adeiran, Uche Secondus, Gbenga Daniel and Rasheed Ladoja Also in the meeting wer...
I will Succeed Buhari As President – Ex-Governor Orji Kalu
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I will Succeed Buhari As President – Ex-Governor Orji Kalu

A former governor of Abia State and chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Orji Uzor Kalu, has stated that Igbos don’t need anything else but Nigeria’s presidency. Kalu said this yesterday in Umuahia during the annual harvest of St. Peter’s Presbyterian Church. He declared that he would be found in Aso Rock come 2023 when, according to him, President Muhammadu Buhari will handover to an Igboman. He said the future of the Igbo in Nigeria politics is brighter now in APC than ever before, insisting that producing an Igbo president is a task every true Igbo indigene must key into, just as he noted that APC is the best platform to achieve the dream. “The future of Ndigbo is brightest today in APC. Once Buhari finishes his second tenure, I am assuring you that either...
Police Arrest IPOB Members In Abia
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Police Arrest IPOB Members In Abia

Some persons suspected to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, have been arrested by the Abia State Police Command. The suspected IPOB members were arrested for being in possession of Biafra currency. This was disclosed by the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Anthony Ogbizi, while addressing journalists over the weekend at the police mess in Umuahia, the state capital. Ogbizi said the arrest was possible following high level professionalism and redeployment of its men from the Command. The police boss vowed that those arrested would be made to face the full wrath of the law. He said, “These IPOB members were arrested with Biafra currency, so when we say that IPOB has gone beyond a particular stage, the public may seem to disbelieve us because of their propaga...
Ex-VP Alex Ekwueme In Stable Condition – Aide
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Ex-VP Alex Ekwueme In Stable Condition – Aide

A former Nigeria Vice President, Dr Alex Ekwueme, who is currently on admission in Memfis Hospital for Neurosurgery, Enugu is reported to be in stable condition. An aide of the former vice president, who spoke to newsmen on condition of anonymity, said that his boss was responding to treatment. When the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) visited the hospital, the manager said that it was against practice to give out information about patients. Meanwhile, the family of the former vice president had in a statement thanked members of the public for their concern on the health of their father. The statement signed by the traditional ruler of Oko, Prof. Laz Ekwueme, said that the former vice president would remain under close medical attention. The former Vice President was on Oct. 29,...
Igbo’ll Vote Massively For President Buhari In 2019 – Ex-Governor Orji Kalu
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Igbo’ll Vote Massively For President Buhari In 2019 – Ex-Governor Orji Kalu

A former Abia State governor and chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, has declared that the south-east as a region would vote massively for President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019. Speaking on a special interview session on Arise Television, on Thursday, in Abuja, Kalu said he joined the APC because of the personality of the president. He noted further that it would be unwise for any Igbo man to challenge President Buhari in 2019, saying that 2023 would be Igbo’s best chance adding that, “I don’t think it is the right thing to do. I believe in equity and justice. We should allow the north to have its eight years.” Explaining further why he joined the APC, Kalu said: “I will add a lot of value to the APC in the south-east. Buhari’s illness slowed ...
SportFootball Rangers International FC To Be On Nigerian Stock Exchange Soon
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SportFootball Rangers International FC To Be On Nigerian Stock Exchange Soon

Rangers International Football Club of Enugu will soon be floated on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), an official of the Administrative Commission of Inquiry on Rangers confirmed on Tuesday. Based on the submissions mate by the commission, the Enugu State Government will likely divest its shares and stakes in Rangers soon. About two months ago the state government had set up the Administrative Commission of Inquiry, which had been looking into the club’s activities. The seven-time league champions who won the 2015/2016 title about 32 years after the last time had a poor outing in the 2016/2017 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season. A member of the commission, Norbert Okolie, told NAN on Tuesday that putting the club’s shares at the NSE was part of the major recom...
Ex-President Obasanjo Faults Fed Govt’s Handling Of School Feeding Programme
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Ex-President Obasanjo Faults Fed Govt’s Handling Of School Feeding Programme

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has condemned the Federal Government’s involvement in the school feeding programme, saying it is essentially a programme that the states should execute. Obasanjo stated this in an interview at the venue of the World Food Prize in Iowa, USA, penultimate Friday. The President, African Development Bank and a former Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, was on the occasion, awarded the 2017 laureate of the World Food Prize, where Obasanjo was in attendance. The Federal Government had said in September that over N6.2bn had been paid to 14 states as part of efforts to meet its target of feeding three million primary school children in 2017 under the National Homegrown School Feeding Programme. The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publi...

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