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Update: Governor Ortom directs Demolition of house used by kidnappers of Benue Commissioner’s Wife
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Update: Governor Ortom directs Demolition of house used by kidnappers of Benue Commissioner’s Wife

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has ordered for the immediate demolition of a house used by the kidnappers who abducted the wife of the State Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Solid Minerals, Mrs Ann Unenge and her driver. LIB reported that a gun duel with the kidnappers and men of Operation Zenda on Monday, August 2, led to the rescue of Mrs Ann Unenge and her driver who sustained injury on his left leg while three other suspects allegedly escaped. Governor Ortom gave the directive at the Nigeria Police Headquarters Makurdi where dead bodies of three of the kidnappers neutralised by men of Operation Zenda were displayed. The directive given by the Governor for the demolition of the house used by the abductors is in line with provisions of the Benue State Law on prohib...
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Chinese Billionaire who Criticised the Government is Jailed for 18 Years for ‘Provoking Trouble’

Sun Dawu, a Chinese billionaire pig farmer and agricultural mogul, has been sentenced to 18 years in prison and fined 3.11m yuan (£345,000) for crimes including “provoking trouble”, in a case observers believe was politically motivated. The court in Gaobeidian, near Beijing, said Sun was guilty of crimes including “gathering a crowd to attack state organs”, “obstructing government administration” and “picking quarrels and provoking trouble”, a catch-all term often used against human rights figures and dissidents. Sun, an outspoken supporter and friend of Chinese political dissidents, was arrested on 11 November alongside more than 20 others including his wife, two sons, and daughters-in-law. Groups including Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) say the prosecution is apparent...
Cholera outbreak ravages Abuja, death toll now 60
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Cholera outbreak ravages Abuja, death toll now 60

  The Federal Capital Territory Administration has announced plans to increase community sensitization as the death toll from cholera outbreak in Abuja is now 60. According to the FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, suspected cases of Cholera in Abuja have risen from 604 to 698 within the last 72 hours. The minister who was represented by the Ag. Executive Secretary of FCT Primary Health Care Board, Dr. Iwot Ndaeyo, noted that Abaji area council records 3 suspected cases, no death, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) records 281 suspected cases with 22 deaths, while Bwari Area Council records 134 suspected cases with 22 deaths. Also, Gwagwalada area council records 220 suspected cases with 9 deaths, Kuje area council records 23 suspected cases with 4 death...
Bandits Acting With Impunity Under ‘Sleepy Buhari’ – US Economist, Hanke Blows Hot
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Bandits Acting With Impunity Under ‘Sleepy Buhari’ – US Economist, Hanke Blows Hot

An American applied economist at John Hopkins University, Baltimore, United States, Steve H. Hanke, has taken a swipe at the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration as Nigerians continue to witness an upsurge in insecurity issues across the country. Hanke, who is one of the Buhari-led administration’s critics, said this in a reaction to the recent attack on a Nigeria Air Force jet by bandits. DAILY POST reported that Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Alpha jet that flew out of base for an assault on Sunday, crashed. The fighter plane routinely conducts air raids on the Kaduna-Katsina-Zamfara corridor. It was gathered that the aircraft crashed in Kaduna during an operation after it was attacked by bandits but no casualty was reported. Reacting, Hanke in a tweet via his Twitter a...
We Must do Everything Within our Power to end Insecurity – President Buhari tells NASS members
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We Must do Everything Within our Power to end Insecurity – President Buhari tells NASS members

President Buhari says his administration is ready to use everything within its powers to end insecurity in the country and bring perpetrators of criminal activities to book. The President, who spoke on Tuesday July 13, at a dinner with members of the National Assembly, held at the State House Conference Centre, Abuja, said ‘‘insecurity, manifesting as insurgencies, banditry, kidnapping and urban crime of all sorts is the single most difficult challenge we face today.’’ He expressed concern that insecurity had inhibited the government’s ability to build infrastructure, provide the much needed social services to the people, and to attract investments that drive innovation, create industries, and provide jobs and create wealth. ‘‘Some of the people who perpetuate these various mani...
Lagos ICT Business Park in Katangowa Kicks off with Alternative Financing
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Lagos ICT Business Park in Katangowa Kicks off with Alternative Financing

The administration of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu is determined to successfully accomplish the Computer Village relocation to a more conducive and business-friendly environment. This would help to address the environmental challenges created by the market in Ikeja.”   These are the words of the Honorable Commissioner of the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr Idris Salako, when he was speaking on the partnership between the state government and Bridgeways Global Projects Limited on the development of the Lagos ICT Business Park in Katangowa, with the Coalition of Associations in Computer Village (CACOVI) as the major beneficiaries funded by Sterling Alternative Finance.   The Lagos ICT Business Park, Katangowa is the first of its kind in Africa and wil...
Buhari is honest, transparent and sleeps. with Nigerians at heart”- Governor Badaru
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Buhari is honest, transparent and sleeps. with Nigerians at heart”- Governor Badaru

Jigawa state governor, Muhammadu Badaru, has said that President Buhari is honest, transparent, and “sleeps with Nigerians at heart.” The governor disclosed this to Nigerians while speaking at a grand reception held in Yola, Adamawa state on Saturday, July 10 to celebrate the recent decamping of Senator Grace Bent from PDP to APC. The governor said the Buhari-led administration had made giant strides towards improving road, rail, aviation and power infrastructure, as well as various interventions designed to address social, economic and security challenges in the country “Buhari is honest, transparent and sleep with Nigerians at heart. Nigerians begin to see the effort of Buhari in all sectors and people are now joining the APC in thousands,” he said.
Rename Ministry of finance to foreign loans and debts accumulation – Civil Society group tells President Buhari
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Rename Ministry of finance to foreign loans and debts accumulation – Civil Society group tells President Buhari

Worried by the several foreign loans the Buhari administration has collected since assuming office in 2015, the Civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, has asked President Buhari to rename the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning to the Federal Ministry for Foreign Loans and Debts Accumulation. In a statement titled ‘Rename Finance Minister To Minister Of Foreign Loans Collection:- HURIWA Tells President Buhari’, and signed by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, and its Media Affairs Director, Zainab Yusuf, said the amount of loans being requested for by this administration is becoming worrisome. The statement was in reaction to the recently approved request by the Senate for the President to borrow N2,343,387,942,848, to...
‘Biased’ Buhari is not God, I can criticise him – Dele Momodu roars
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‘Biased’ Buhari is not God, I can criticise him – Dele Momodu roars

Media personality, Dele Momodu has reacted to allegations of supporting anyone who is against the President Mohammadu Buhari led-administration. Trouble ensued  after the media personality shared an old video of wanted secessionist leader, Sunday Igboho dancing with the caption “Happiness is FREE. OOSA.” Following the development, a follower who didn’t seem pleased with his post and caption took to the comment section to accuse him of always being in support of anyone who is against the present administration and who mocks the President. Reacting, Momodu in a response to the troll stated that Buhari is just a President and not God.
Pinnick to NPFL players: I will not allow you to join ‘mushroom clubs’ in Europe
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Pinnick to NPFL players: I will not allow you to join ‘mushroom clubs’ in Europe

The federation’s top official assures young players that his administration will do everything possible to help them progress Nigeria Football Federation President Amaju Pinnick has asked football agents to stop taking players from the country to unknown leagues in Europe. Instead, Pinnick, who also serves as a Fifa official, has promised to help players from the West African nation to join top clubs in major leagues in Europe giving examples of Villarreal, Valencia, and Lille. The FA President was speaking while addressing home-based Super Eagles players in Los Angeles on Saturday night ahead of their friendly against Mexico.
The President is not God. I have the right to oppose his ethnic bias – Dele Momodu tackles a commenter
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The President is not God. I have the right to oppose his ethnic bias – Dele Momodu tackles a commenter

Media personality, Dele Momodu has reacted to allegation of supporting anyone who is against the present administration and anyone who mocks the President. The exchange ensued after the media personality shared an old video of wanted secessionist leader, Sunday Igboho dancing with the caption "Happiness is FREE... OOSA." When accused of being in support of anyone who is against the present administration and who mocks the President, Dele Momodu countered the claim by saying that the President is not God. He added that though he accords the President respect, he also has the right to oppose his ethnic bias. See the exchange below.......
People are now leaving offices for agriculture – Buhari
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People are now leaving offices for agriculture – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed that the agriculture policy of his administration is paying off. The President who said this while receiving Hailemariam Dessalegn, former prime minister of Ethiopia on Friday July 2, disclosed that they fell back to agriculture because crude oil is no longer sustainable. Buhari also said Nigerians now eat what they produce because his administration also stopped the importation of many food products. He said;   “We needed to go back to the land, as petroleum could no longer sustain the country, particularly with fluctuating prices. “Today, we eat what we grow, and we have stopped importation of many food products. There’s no foreign exchange to even waste again. “Agriculture has also helped us to generate employment. W...
“A disgrace” – Trump blasts Joe Biden for reversing his border security policies
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“A disgrace” – Trump blasts Joe Biden for reversing his border security policies

Former US President, Donald Trump has blasted US president Joe Biden for reversing his border and Immigration policies even as the immigration surge at the southern border continues to take a turn for the worst. Trump together with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott joined a Fox News’ Town Hall on "Hannity" on Wednesday night, June 30, to reflect on his effective policies now reversed by President Biden. "It was over," Trump said. "We stopped a lot of the drugs that were coming in, which is very tough to do. And they have some real criminals bringing this stuff in. They have the toughest people, these cartels. These are tough, smart people." Trump called the increase in human and drug trafficking "a disgrace" since his administration had it "largely stopped" for months. "It's not like it was ...
Nigerians are the problem of the country – Buhari
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Nigerians are the problem of the country – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the problem of the country is Nigerians and not ethnicity or religion. Receiving members of the Muhammadu Buhari/Osinbajo (MBO) Dynamic Support Group, who visited the State House in Abuja on Wednesday June 30 to present a compendium of five years achievements of the administration, the President recounted his struggle to get justice after disputed results of presidential elections in 2003, 2007, and 2011. Buhari said that those who ruled against him were of his own ethnic stock and religious persuasion, while those who stood up for him were of other faith and ethnicity. The President said; “Our problem is not ethnicity or religion, it is ourselves. “After my third appearance in the Supreme Court, I came out to speak to those who w...
Multiple rockets hit US base in Syria less than 24 hours after Biden launched midnight airstrikes in Iraq-Syrian border killing 7 militants
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Multiple rockets hit US base in Syria less than 24 hours after Biden launched midnight airstrikes in Iraq-Syrian border killing 7 militants

Multiple rockets have hit a US military base in eastern Syria on Monday, June 28, less than 24 hours after US President Joe Biden launched airstrikes on Iranian-backed militia sites in the Iraq-Syrian border. Coly. Wayne Morrotto, spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, said: 'At 7:44 PM local time, U.S. Forces in Syria were attacked by multiple rockets. There are no injuries and damage is being assessed.' The attack took place at a site known as the 'Green Village' near an oil field, where 900 American troops are believed to be stationed. A US defense official speaking to CNN said the rockets were 'likely' fired by Iranian-backed militia in the area, but the origin had not yet been officially determined. Some of the missiles landed near US troops, according to th...
Ex-Bayelsa commissioner urges Jonathan’s kinsmen to support Gov Diri
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Ex-Bayelsa commissioner urges Jonathan’s kinsmen to support Gov Diri

A former Commissioner for Information in Bayelsa State, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, has called on the kinsmen of former President Goodluck Jonathan, to support the incumbent Governor of the state, Senator Douye Diri. Iworiso-Markson, who also hails from Ogbia Local Government with Jonathan, spoke at the weekend in Yenagoa, the state capital, during his birthday celebration. Describing Diri’s administration as “our prosperity government”, he told his kinsmen to embrace unity to enable Ogbia attract expected development from the government. He said Diri would prefer to work with a “united Ogbia” and not a “divided Ogbia” describing unity as the major principle that guided the Ogbia founding fathers. He thanked them for coming out in their numbers to celebrate his birthday, saying...
Gunmen kill wife of former Oyo Commissioner
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Gunmen kill wife of former Oyo Commissioner

Gunmen suspected to be armed robbers have killed Mrs Olayemi Grace Odetomi, wife of Peter Oluremi Odetomi, the former Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters under the administration of late Governor Abiola Ajimobi. It was gathered that Mrs Odetomi was shot dead by the gunmen at their family house around Ashi, Bodija, Ibadan in the early hours of Friday, June 25. The robbers were said to have stormed the victim’s residence on motorcycles, shooting sporadically before gaining access into the premises. Details of the incident were still sketchy, however, there are unconfirmed claims that the woman was assassinated. Spokesperson of the State Police Command, Adewale Osifeso, who confirmed the incident said it was a robbery incident. "The deceased, Olayemi Ode...
Adamu Garba reacts to allegation of taking money from FG to develop his app
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Adamu Garba reacts to allegation of taking money from FG to develop his app

Former Presidential aspirant and businessman, Adamu Garba has reacted to allegation of taking money from FG to develop his app. Some news platforms had reported yesterday that the "federal government has for two years been funding IPI Solutions, a software engineering firm owned by Adamu Garba to produce Crowwe, a platform, that would help the government silence existing social media platforms in the country." The news platforms which claimed that the "app was largely unusable pushing Buhari, his administration officials and supporters to move to Indian platform Koo following their exit from Twitter earlier this month", also alleged that they have bank documents to support the claim. However reacting to this, Adamu shared a Facebook post in which he called for a "party" to shame...
I feel so empty – Umahi weeps as Ebonyi Commissioner dies
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I feel so empty – Umahi weeps as Ebonyi Commissioner dies

Governor Dave Umahi has expressed sadness over the demise of Ebonyi State Commissioner for Infrastructure Development, Engr. Fidelis Nweze, who died on Tuesday. DAILY POST has reported that the Commissioner died on Tuesday in Abuja after sustaining injuries in a road accident on Saturday along the Enugu-Abakaliki highway. He was said to have underwent a surgery to correct a ruptured intestine before he died. Governor Dave Umahi, while confirming the incident on Tuesday in Abakaliki the Ebonyi State capital, said he was saddened by the sudden death. “At Obunagu in Enugu State they rammed into a stationery truck. He was on seat belt and they were all conscious. He was rushed to Niger Foundation Enugu. “I got to know about it on Sunday and I insisted they move him to Abuja. I s...
Education in the North has always been a problem and it is getting worse with abduction of students — Lawan
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Education in the North has always been a problem and it is getting worse with abduction of students — Lawan

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan has said that the abduction of students in the north of which the latest is the abduction of teachers and students from Federal Government College in Birnin Yauri, Kebbi State, is threatening education in the northern region of the country. Speaking at the first solo exhibition of paintings and photographs by Stephen, son of Senator Binos Dauda Yaroe (Adamawa South), Lawan said insecurity which is plaguing the country is a challenge that must be prioritised and tackled jointly by all tiers of government for results to be realised. He said;    “In northern Nigeria, education has always been a problem and it is making it worse with this kind of abduction of students either in Islamiya school or normal secondary school or even in tertiary insti...
2nd Niger bridge will be completed in 2022- Fashola says
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2nd Niger bridge will be completed in 2022- Fashola says

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, says the Second Niger bridge which is currently being constructed, will be completed in 2022. Fashola spoke at a forum organized by the News Agency of Nigeria to mark the sixth anniversary of the Buhari administration in Abuja, today June 20. According to Fashola, the bridge, which will serve as a major link between the south-east and the south-west will be delivered between the second and third quarters of 2022. “So, what you see currently is the final work. The sub-structure which entailed building cement structures underwater often costs a lot of money. We should finish the bridge next year between the second quarter and third quarter.”he said The bridge is 1.6km long and furnished with other ancillary infrastructure, inc...
We need to prepare for dialogue and confrontation with the US – Kim Jong Un
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We need to prepare for dialogue and confrontation with the US – Kim Jong Un

North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un has said his hermit nation needs to prepare for both "dialogue and confrontation" with the US. North Korea had earlier snubbed efforts by President Joe Biden's administration to establish diplomatic communication between both countries and Kim's latest remarks tells his country "especially to get fully prepared for confrontation". It is the first time Kim has directly commented on Joe Biden's administration since he assumed office in January 20, 2021.   Kim spoke at a meeting of senior leaders in Pyongyang on Thursday, June 17, after he admitted his country was facing food shortages. Enforced by the UN and US, North Korea has been banned from importing or exporting food, military equipment, oil and minerals with other nations due to the ...
I Have First-hand Experience in War, I Can Tackle Nigeria’s Insecurity – Chief of Army Staff, Faruk Yahaya
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I Have First-hand Experience in War, I Can Tackle Nigeria’s Insecurity – Chief of Army Staff, Faruk Yahaya

The newly appointed Chief of Army Staff, Faruk Yahaya has said that he is capable of tackling Nigeria's insecurity. Yahaya who said this when he appeared for screening before the house of representatives joint committee on defence and army, disclosed that he has 36 years of military experience and participated in war and peacekeeping in Liberia. He said; “I have brought along with me 36 years of military experience, having joined the army on 27 September, 1985, as a member of 32nd regular course in NDA. “I passed out on 2nd September, 1990, and I was posted to the infantry corps as an infantry officer, and since that time, I have passed through all the relevant courses commensurate to my career as I grew up, and I had served in various capacities, including command, staff, in...
FG Reveals When Nigeria Will Get Second Batch of COVID-19 Vaccine
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FG Reveals When Nigeria Will Get Second Batch of COVID-19 Vaccine

The Federal Government has disclosed that the country is expecting the second batch of the Oxford/AstraZeneca covid-19 vaccine between the end of July and early in August. Naija News reports that this was made known on Tuesday by the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib, during a joint press briefing on vaccination updates, with the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF. According to Shuaib, the vaccines which will be gotten through the COVAX facility will be from non-Indian sources like South Korea, due to the pandemic situation in India. He stated that the administration of the second dose of the covid-19 vaccine will end by June 25, 2021, while it resumes the administration of the first dose of the vaccine in t...
Cardinal Okogie Tackles Buhari’s Administration, Accuses it of Worsening the Problems of Nigeria
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Cardinal Okogie Tackles Buhari’s Administration, Accuses it of Worsening the Problems of Nigeria

Former Catholic Archbishop of the Lagos Diocese, Cardinal Anthony Olubunmi Okogie, has come out to criticize the Buhari-led government accusing officials of worsening the problems of the country. In a statement released today June 15, Okogie who was a former President of the Christian Association of Nigeria mentioned that although the problems plaguing the nation had existed before this administration, the government seemed to have made matters worse by playing the ostrich. He condemned the recent ban on Twitter which he described as a ''hasty suspension''. The statement titled "Cardinal Okogie: Life at 85.’'' partly reads “Few weeks ago, on the occasion of the 6th anniversary of this administration, given the severity of the status quo of our socio-economic and political situat...
Yoruba Nation now, Yoruba nation now now – Igboho says as he thanks protesters
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Yoruba Nation now, Yoruba nation now now – Igboho says as he thanks protesters

Sunday Igboho has recorded a video in which he thanked a particular set of people that came out yesterday to demand a Yoruba nation. Truth is most people we saw that protested are the ones demanding a better governance from the Buhari-led administration. Igboho says some also came out to demand a Yoruba nation. In the video recorded, he thanked them as he threw kisses at them. Make una catch your kiss o, if you were part of those who marched for a Yoruba nation.
Attacks Won’t Make us Repeal the Anti-grazing law – Governor Ortom
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Attacks Won’t Make us Repeal the Anti-grazing law – Governor Ortom

Governor Samuel Ortom has said that the violent attacks against residents of Benue state won't make his administration repeal the anti-grazing law. Ortom who spoke during a media parley, disclosed that the recent attacks has made him commence the process of recruiting responsible people of 50 years and below into the Volunteer Guards. Insisting that they've cried enough, the Governor added that the duty of the Volunteer Guards is to support the conventional security agencies in defending their communities. He said; “A few weeks ago, Benue stakeholders met and gave this administration the mandate to activate and implement the Community Volunteer Guards Law enacted in 2000. “We have already commenced the process of recruiting responsible people of 50 years and below into the...
Teacher forced to resign after showing cartoon masturbation videos to first graders as ‘sex education’ lessons
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Teacher forced to resign after showing cartoon masturbation videos to first graders as ‘sex education’ lessons

A teacher who taught controversial sex education classes that included cartoon videos on masturbation for first graders at the prestigious Dalton School in New York has resigned. According to the New York Post, Justin Ang Fonte taught 'sex education' at Dalton, New York. At Dalton, parents pay $55,000 per year as school fees, and they were not pleased to hear about their kids learning about sex education. Last fall, the parents learned that first-graders were being taught sex-education lessons that included cartoons showing little kids talking about "touching themselves" for pleasure. She also reportedly taught a one-day workshop on "porn literacy" to juniors at Columbia Grammar & Prep School in May that angered parents. According to an email from Dalton’s head o...
There are no Grazing Routes in Bayelsa – Governor Diri Replies Buhari
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There are no Grazing Routes in Bayelsa – Governor Diri Replies Buhari

Governor Duoye Diri has reacted to President Buhari's directive for grazing routes to be reactivated in every state in the country. The Nigerian President who made the call during a recent interview, said the reactivation will help to curb herders/farmers clashes. Reacting to this during a media chat on Saturday June 12, Diri stated that there are no grazing routes to be revived in Bayelsa state as its indigenes are predominantly fishermen. He also disclosed that his administration had put in place a legal framework to ban open grazing and movement of cattle on foot, as he cannot afford to expose residents of the state to dangers of such practices. Diri said; “For us, there are no cattle grazing routes in Bayelsa State. “Our people are traditionally and occupationally f...
I’m Worried About Incessant Kidnappings, Killings – Buhari
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I’m Worried About Incessant Kidnappings, Killings – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his administration is worried about the incessant killings and kidnapping of men, women, and children all over the country. Speaking on Saturday morning during his June 12 Democracy Day Broadcast, Buhari noted that he has ordered security agencies to swiftly but safely rescue victims and bring perpetrators to justice. He said: “In the last two years, we have witnessed and overcome a good number of testy challenges that would have destroyed other nations especially relating to our collective security. “The indefatigable can-d0 Spirit of the Nigerian has sustained us and would keep pushing us to put these challenges behind us. “Unfortunately some of these challenges came in the shape of violent outrages leading to the loss of lives of many...
Why I Made June 12 Democracy Day – Buhari
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Why I Made June 12 Democracy Day – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday disclosed that he did not changed Nigeria Democracy Day from May 29 to June 12 because of people who fought for democracy alone. President Buhari made this claim in his nationwide broadcast to Nigerians to mark the 2021 Democracy Day. He further stated that the date was change to demonstrate his administrations commitment to satisfy the aspirations of the people and creating an environment for democracy to be an accepted way of life. Buhari further stated that he is committed to providing an enabling environment for a free, fair and credible electoral system. He, however, said Nigerians too must be ready to play their part by getting involved at any level they can by supporting a democratic system that works for all and not for a section o...
We Are On Track To Lift 100 Million Out Of Poverty – Buhari
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We Are On Track To Lift 100 Million Out Of Poverty – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday stated that his administration has lifted 10.5 million people out of poverty. MCI  reports that the president stated this in a nationwide broadcast to mark the June 12, 2021, Democracy Day. While listing farmers, artisans, market women among persons whose lives have improved, Buhari added that his administration is on track to lift 100 million persons out of poverty. He said: “I will be the first to admit that in spite of our efforts and achievements which are there for all to see, there is still much more to be done and we are doing our best in the face of scarce resources and galloping population growth rate that consistently outstrips our capacity to provide jobs for our populace. “Our overall economic target of lifting 100 million Nige...
War is knocking on our door, every ethnic group is now arming themselves – Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode
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War is knocking on our door, every ethnic group is now arming themselves – Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has raised an alarm of Nigeria plunging into another "war." In his speech at Nigeria's 2023 Presidential Transition Inter-Ethnic Peace Dialogue that was held recently at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, the former minister stated that many ethnic groups are "tuning out". He further explained that this means that ethnic groups in the country are now arming themselves ahead of another war. FFK who insisted that majority of Nigerians especially youths are no longer interested in restructuring but now talking about secession, stressed that there is need to acknowledge this, talk about it and also ensure that these groups don’t go into the mode of enforcing separation through use of arms. He also said that the policies of the present admini...
Nigerians are very Forgetful – President Buhari
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Nigerians are very Forgetful – President Buhari

President Buhari has said that Nigerians are very forgetful as they allow people who have been accused of corruption win elections. The President said this during his exclusive interview with NTA that was aired yesterday evening June 11. While accessing his administration's fight against corruption, the President said “When I was a bit younger, in uniform, when I came, I arrested president, vice-president, governors, ministers, commissioners, and put them under restriction or detention, and told them they are guilty until they can prove themselves innocent. Now, this is opposite – democratic system, as people would like to believe,” he said We put investigation panels, virtually based on the present geopolitical zones. For those who held positions and because it was a law for...
“They are being unfair”- President Buhari replies Nigerians who claim he is soft on bandits and insurgents but hard on other criminal elements
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“They are being unfair”- President Buhari replies Nigerians who claim he is soft on bandits and insurgents but hard on other criminal elements

President Buhari on Friday evening, June 11, had an exclusive interview with NTA where he quizzed on some very important national issues. When asked to expatiate on his recent statement saying those attacking security personnel and institutions would be treated in the language they understand, President Buhari said ''What I mean...How can you go to police station, kill the policemen there, loot the armoury and burn the place. What do you want to achieve? To go and open the prison and allow criminals that have been tried through the legal system to set them loose on the society. How can government sit and allow this confusion to be perpetrated? All they need is confusion and no government can allow confusion. Look at the EndSARS incident in Lagos. The previous governor of Lago...
Defend yourselves against bandits – Governor Matawalle tells Zamfara residents
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Defend yourselves against bandits – Governor Matawalle tells Zamfara residents

Speaking during a special prayer session to mark the second year anniversary of his administration, Matawalle said the directive became necessary to draw teams of agile youths that would be saddled with the responsibility of crushing criminals. He said;   “The insecurity situation has defied solution, as such people should defend themselves. “I am calling on the people of the state to defend themselves if the bandits attack them. “My government has approved that whenever the bandits attack you, don’t wait for the security personnel to come to your rescue. You should rise up and protect yourselves. “My government has also planned to recruit locals from each community who will be in charge of monitoring their villages to ensure that bandits don’t attack them. “I’m...
President Buhari’s reference to Lagos in his interview was not directed at Tinubu – Presidency clarifies
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President Buhari’s reference to Lagos in his interview was not directed at Tinubu – Presidency clarifies

The presidency has said reports claiming that President Buhari’s reference to Lagos while speaking on the future of the All Progressives Congress (APC) during his interview with AriseTV on Thursday, June 10, has nothing to do with the National leader of the party, Bola Tinubu. During his interview, the President was asked about his desire for the APC after his tenure, he said “The hope of this administration is to see APC last beyond it. Therefore, we should allow the party to decide. You cannot sit there in Lagos, for instance, and decide on the fate of APC on zoning. The restructuring of the party has begun from the bottom to the top with the membership card registration. Every member of the party must be involved. We will soon conduct our convention. No single member of th...
My Shoot-at-sight Directive on Criminals with AK-47 remains in Place – President Buhari
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My Shoot-at-sight Directive on Criminals with AK-47 remains in Place – President Buhari

President Buhari on Thursday June 10 reiterated that his directive to security agencies, to shoot any person or persons found illegally wielding AK-47s and other assault weapons, remains in place. The President said this at the handing over of security equipment by the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu to the Lagos State Police Command during his one-day official visit to the State. The President also vowed that his administration will act firmly and decisively ‘‘against any and all persons fomenting or carrying out attacks on our Police Force and other security personnel.’ President Buhari warned that ‘‘a nation that turns its Police personnel and infrastructure into targets of violence and destruction is a nation on the path of self-destruction.’’ ‘‘As Commander-in...
We are Recruiting 10,000 Police Officers – Buhari
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We are Recruiting 10,000 Police Officers – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has announced his government's plan to recruit 10,000 new police officers to boost national security. The President disclosed this on Thursday June 10, while delivering a speech in Lagos on his one-day visit for the inauguration of various  projects. Buhari said; “We are currently recruiting 10,000 new police officers to reinforce our personnel capacity across the country. “I have directed the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission to carry out an upward review of Police salaries and benefits”. The President also maintained that no government since 1999 has been as committed as his administration in reforming and repositioning the Nigeria Police Force and national policing architecture. Buhari added; “In 2019, I signed into law the Act...
Democracy day: FG declares Monday June 14 public holiday
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Democracy day: FG declares Monday June 14 public holiday

The Federal Government has declared Monday, June 14, 2021 as a public holiday to mark this year's Democracy Day celebration.   The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, congratulated Nigerians on this occasion and urged all citizens to support the present administration in its efforts at ensuring a United and prosperous Nation.   Aregbesola said any form of agitation that threatens the unity of the country should be shunned for the good of all, saying the space known as Nigeria would be a haven of peace, unity and progress if all citizens love his or her neighbour and embrace the spirit of brotherliness.   "As we mark another Democracy Day in the history of our dear country, let us reflect on the e...
Buhari flags off Lagos-Ibadan rail service, calls feat milestone
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Buhari flags off Lagos-Ibadan rail service, calls feat milestone

President Buhari on Thursday inaugurated the commercial operations of Lagos-Ibadan railway at the Mobolaji Johnson Railway Station, Ebute Meta, Lagos. He described the feat ‘‘as another milestone in the drive of this Administration to revitalise the railway system and establish it as a choice mode of transportation for both passengers and freight.’’ The President pledged that his administration would continue to prioritise the railway system as a transportation backbone that can transform industrial and economic activities in the country. On the benefits of the Lagos-Ibadan corridor as well as other on-going railway projects across the country, President Buhari said: ‘‘This vital line establishes an end-to-end logistic supply chain in railway transport within its short corridor...
President Buhari Arrives Lagos for Commissioning of Projects (video)
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President Buhari Arrives Lagos for Commissioning of Projects (video)

President Buhari has arrived Lagos for the commissioning of some Projects. He arrived Lagos in the company of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila. He was received by the Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and many other government functionaries. The President is expected to commission the 156km Lagos—Ibadan standard gauge railway line in Lagos, the first double-track standard gauge rail in West Africa, and the first Nigerian railway line to be started and completed by the same administration, since 1960. The Construction started in March 2017, and test-running commenced in December 2020. The Ebute Metta Station, known as the Mobolaji Johnson Station, is the largest railway station in West Africa with a holding capacity of 6000 passengers...
Can anybody tell me why APC should not win next election? – Governor Hope Uzodinma asks
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Can anybody tell me why APC should not win next election? – Governor Hope Uzodinma asks

Nigerians to give reasons why the All Progressives Congress (APC) should not win the 2023 general elections in the country. Addressing newsmen after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday June 8, the Imo state Governor claimed that no one has come in concrete terms to accuse the Buhari-led administration of failure. Uzodinma also alleged that part of the problem this government is facing is the deliberate attempt by some group of people to pull it down. He said; "Part of the problem of this government is the deliberate attempt by some group of people to pull (it) down. “Because nobody is telling me that this government is not performing, that salaries are not being paid or that the roads are not being constructed or the railway is not going or the various i...
IGP Orders Clearance of Impounded Vehicles in Police facilities
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IGP Orders Clearance of Impounded Vehicles in Police facilities

Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali has ordered the clearance of impounded vehicles in police facilities across the country. Alkali who gave the directive to police commissioners in the country during a meeting with top police officers at the International Peace Keeping Centre in Abuja on Monday June 7, said police premises should not be junkyards as is currently the case. The IGP who had also ordered the suspension of the issuance of tint permits and spy number plates, said the measures are part of the efforts his administration is putting in place to combat the rising insecurity in the country.
Isaac Herzog Elected as Israel’s 11th President
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Isaac Herzog Elected as Israel’s 11th President

Jewish Agency chairman, Isaac Herzog has been elected as the11th president of the State of Israel after receiving 87 votes from parliamentary members in a secret ballot vote in the Knesset plenum. 60-year-old Herzog's opponent, Israel Prize-winning educator Miriam Peretz received 27 votes and three Members abstained. Had she been elected, Peretz would have become Israel’s first woman president. It was the largest victory in any presidential election in Israel’s history. Herzog will take over from President Reuven Rivlin when his term ends on July 9. Wednesday’s presidential vote came as Israeli politicians from across the spectrum were holding 11th-hour negotiations to cobble together a new administration aimed at ending Prime Minister Netanyahu’s 12 straight years in office. ...
Those who want my administration to fail will soon be shocked– President Buhari issues stern warning
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Those who want my administration to fail will soon be shocked– President Buhari issues stern warning

President Buhari today June 1 said a rude shock awaits those who are bent on destroying the country through promoting insurrection and burning down critical national assets. The President spoke after he received a briefing from the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, on series of attacks on facilities of the electoral body around the country. “I receive daily security reports on the attacks, and it is very clear that those behind them want this administration to fail. Insecurity in Nigeria is now mentioned all over the world. All the people who want power, whoever they are, you wonder what they really want. Whoever wants the destruction of the system will soon have the shock of their lives. We’ve given them enough time.”the Pr...
IPOB’s sit-at-home order: Get cutlasses, defend yourselves or forfeit your shops – Governor Umahi tells traders
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IPOB’s sit-at-home order: Get cutlasses, defend yourselves or forfeit your shops – Governor Umahi tells traders

Governor David Umahi has asked residents of Ebonyi state to ignore the sit-at-home order of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and defend themselves if attacked. Seccessionist group, IPOB had declared a sit-at-home in the south-east region from May 29 to 31. Umahi who warned that traders who comply with the sit-at-home order on Monday May 31 will forfeit their shops, charged those who have no weapon to get cutlasses for self-defence. The Governor Umahi  in a state-wide broadcast on Saturday May 29 to mark the sixth anniversary of his administration, also directed that all markets, shops, and offices should open for business on Monday. The statement read; “There should be free movement of people in the state on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and other days of the y...
President Buhari’s administration is the healthiest since 1999. We respect citizens’ rights – Garba Shehu
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President Buhari’s administration is the healthiest since 1999. We respect citizens’ rights – Garba Shehu

  Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, says no administration since 1999 has performed better than that of President Buhari in terms of respecting the rights of citizens. Garba said this during an interview on NTA on Friday, May 28. Shehu was speaking on 22 years of uninterrupted democracy in Nigeria, and how the current administration has performed so far. “Before the coming of the present administration, there was flagrant and deliberate refusal to obey the courts. People in the political opposition were detained without trial, and courts would say release this person or that person, and they were not released. I want to think that the current justice administration under Malami is governed by a global philosophy, which places...
Bandits kill Pastor and his 2-year-old son in Niger State
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Bandits kill Pastor and his 2-year-old son in Niger State

A 39-year-old missionary and evangelist, Pastor Leviticus Makpa Markus and his 2-year-old son, Godsend Makpa, have been brutally murdered by armed bandits in Niger State. Details of the incident are still sketchy at the time of this report, however, it was gathered that bandits few days ago, attacked Kamberi village where the University of Jos graduate was serving as a missionary and slaughered him and his son while his wife managed to escape with their daughter. Father and son were laid to rest after a service of songs at the family house in Suleja, Niger State on Sunday evening, May 23. Meanwhile, condolence messages and tributes have continued to pour in from friends, former classmates and colleagues. One Samuel Solomon described the late missionary as a "rugged ...
Southern Governors ban on open grazing grazing is irreversible, Malami’s response to it has shown his mindset – Governor Akeredolu
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Southern Governors ban on open grazing grazing is irreversible, Malami’s response to it has shown his mindset – Governor Akeredolu

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has again stated that the Southern Governors ban of open grazing is irreversible. In his speech at the 2021 Nigerian Bar Association (NBA-SPIDEL) annual conference in Ibadan, the Ondo state Governor disclosed that all governors were in agreement on full autonomy for the Judiciary and Local Governments administration. Akeredolu also added that the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami's response to the ban on open grazing is most uncalled for and has also shown his own mindset. He said; “The southern governors at our meeting in Asaba took a decision. We want to say that the decision is irreversible and we are maintaining it. “Although for one reason or the other, I couldn’t attend the All Progressive Congress (APC) Southwest leaders f...

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