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Oyo Baale Docked for Land Scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Command, on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, arraigned 82-year-old Chief Olagoke Samson Amoo-Onidundu for alleged land fraud. Chief Amoo-Onidundu, who claims to be the Baale of Onidundu area of Akinyele, Oyo state. was arraigned before Justice Iyabo Yerima of the Oyo State High Court, sitting in Ibadan, for allegedly obtaining the sum of two million Naira from Oluwagbemi Ashaolu. Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC spokesman, said in a statement that the sum was part payment for four acres of land bought from the defendant. "The Octogenarian was docked on a four count charge bordering on obtaining money under false pretence, contrary to Section 1(1)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable u...
Man Arraigned for allegedly forging documents to stand as surety for Ex-Air Chief, Adesola Amosu
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Man Arraigned for allegedly forging documents to stand as surety for Ex-Air Chief, Adesola Amosu

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, July 13, arraigned one Jamiu Jimmy Ajose on a three-count charge bordering on forgery, possession of forged documents and making false statements to an officer of the EFCC before Justice Chukwujekwu of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos. A statement released by the EFCC says Ajose, in his quest to stand surety for a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosun, who is standing trial over an alleged case of fraud perpetrated while he was in office, tendered forged documents to a Court Registrar and made false statements to an EFCC operative. One of the counts filed against him in the court reads “That you, Jamiu Jimmy Ajose, sometime in 2021, in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable ...
Ogun Assembly Passes bill Banning Open Grazing
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Ogun Assembly Passes bill Banning Open Grazing

The Ogun State House of Assembly on Thursday July 8, passed a bill banning open grazing. The lawmakers while passing the bill, said it would address incessant clashes between herders and famers. The bill titled “HB No. 045/OG/2021- A Law to Regulate Animal Grazing, Establishment of Cattles Ranches in Designated Grazing Areas of Ogun State and for other Matters incidental thereto and connected therewith", scaled the third reading and final passage following the presentation of the report of the House Committee on Agriculture by the Sponsor, Ganiyu Oyedeji, at a plenary presided over by the Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo. The bill prescribed a jail term of not less than three years without the option of fine for violators of the ban. It read; Including the forfeiture of the herds ...
Businessman Prevented from Fleeing to the US after being Accused of Defrauding GTBank of N125m in Lagos
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Businessman Prevented from Fleeing to the US after being Accused of Defrauding GTBank of N125m in Lagos

The Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned one Andrew Warri before Justice Sherifah Solebo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos on a seven count charge bordering on stealing, obtaining by false pretence and issuance of dud cheques. Warri was arraigned on Friday, June 25, 2021, alongside two companies: A.M. Projects Consultancy Limited and Ranez Medical Consultancy Limited. One of the counts reads: "Andrew Warri, A.M. Projects Consultancy Limited, sometime in May 2012 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud, fraudulently obtained the sum of N125,000,000 from Guaranty Trust Bank Plc under the guise that the proceeds of the Rural Health Care and Referral contract with Niger Del...
Baba Ijesha pleads not guilty in alleged defilement case
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Baba Ijesha pleads not guilty in alleged defilement case

Embattled Nollywood actor, Omiyinka Olanrewaju James, popularly known as Baba Ijesha, has pleaded not guilty to the rape, sexual assault and abuse of a minor charges filed against him by the Directorate of Public Prosecutions at a Special Offences and Domestic Violence Court in Ikeja. Baba Ijesha is currently being arraigned before the Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo-led court. During the court proceedings, counsel to the Lagos state government, Olayinka Adeyemi, informed the court that the state had filed six-count charges against the defendant urging the court to take the plea of the defendant. The prayer was granted and Baba Ijesha pleaded not guilty to all the charges levelled against him. Subsequently, Mrs. Adeyemi asked for a trial date while asking the court to remand the defe...
Spray Naira Notes and go to Jail- CBN tells Nigerians
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Spray Naira Notes and go to Jail- CBN tells Nigerians

Worried by the rate at which Nigerians 'mutilate, deface, squeeze and even spray and sell' the naira notes during memorable occasions such as weddings and funerals, the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN has again warned that anyone caught doing such act will be arrested and sent to jail. An Assistant Director at the Currency Operations Department, Aladeen Badajo said this during the commencement of the CBN two-day sensitisation fair held in Abeokuta, Ogun state today June 10. He pointed out that the apex bank threatened that “abuse of the currency attracts a penalty of not less than six months or a fine of not less than N50,000 or both.” “Abuse of the currency attracts a penalty of not less than six months or a fine of not less than N50,000 or both.”Badejo reiterated at the event
Partey: Arsenal midfielder rejoins Ghana squad for Cote d’Ivoire friendly after Morocco absence
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Partey: Arsenal midfielder rejoins Ghana squad for Cote d’Ivoire friendly after Morocco absence

The Gunner has touched base with the Black Stars in Cape Coast as preparations continue for The Elephants Arsenal midfielder Thomas Teye Partey has linked up with Ghana’s squad for their upcoming international friendly fixture against Cote d’Ivoire on Saturday. The 27-year-old rejoined the Black Stars on Wednesday after being excused from the trip for Tuesday’s 1-0 away friendly loss to Morocco. CK Akonnor’s outfit are set to host Cote d’Ivoire in Cape Coast on Saturday as preparations continue for commencement of the second round of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in September.
Buhari takes delivery of first made-in-Nigeria cell phone
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Buhari takes delivery of first made-in-Nigeria cell phone

President Muhammadu Buhari has taken delivery of the first-ever Nigeria-made cellphone.   The phone called ITF Mobilewas presented to him today, June 9, by Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, just before the commencement of the week’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.   Introducing the phone to the President, Adebayo said it was produced by the Electrical/Electronics Technology Department of the Industrial Training Fund’s (ITF) Model Skills Training Centre, using locally sourced components.     Adebayo said: "Twelve indigenous mobile cell phones produced by the Model Skills Training Centre of the Industrial Training Fund; an agency under Ministry of Industry Trade and Investmen...
Nigeria Immigration Service suspends requests for passport booklets till June 8
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Nigeria Immigration Service suspends requests for passport booklets till June 8

Application for passport booklets has been suspended by an additional one week by the Nigeria Immigration Service. In a statement released on Tuesday June 1, the agency said the applications which was scheduled to resume on June 1, will now commence on June 8. According to NIS' spokesperson Amos Okpu, the congestion at its issuing centres will not allow the Service to accommodate new applications. The statement read;   “This situation will not allow the Service to accommodate new applications especially considering our desire to ensure that people who come to our offices comply with all the COVID-19 protocols. “Consequent upon the above, the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has extended the commencement of the new passport regime earlier scheduled for June 1,...
Rapper, Metro Marrs Arrested and Detained after Spraying $10,000 cash at his own high School Graduation Ceremony
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Rapper, Metro Marrs Arrested and Detained after Spraying $10,000 cash at his own high School Graduation Ceremony

Rapper, Metro Marrs has been arrested and detained by police for 'making it rain' at his own graduation. The rapper who graduated from Langston Hughes High School in Atlanta on Friday last week, celebrated by pulling out $10,000 in cash and throwing it all over the stage. His fellow graduating classmates went wild and cheered him as a wild money picking frenzy occured but school management was not pleased with the action. Police handcuffed the 18-year-old and escorted him out of the commencement ceremony. He was detained for attempting to 'start a riot and disorderly conduct', and ticketed for the offense. Marrs was reportedly detained for several hours. It’s unclear if he is facing any charges related to the incident. Video of his stunt when viral on social media wh...
Power is Yet to be Restored Despite NLC Calling Off its Strike – Kaduna Government
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Power is Yet to be Restored Despite NLC Calling Off its Strike – Kaduna Government

The Kaduna state government has said that power is yet to be restored in the state despite the suspension of strike by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC). The NLC which embarked on a five-day industrial to protest the recent disengagement of civil servants by the state government, suspended the strike on Wednesday to honour a meeting called by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige to resolve the rift it has with the Kaduna State Government. However in a statement released by El-Rufai's spokesperson Muyiwa Adekeye, the Kaduna state government said it is " yet to see evidence that the NLC is backing off from its campaign of economic and social sabotage against the people of the State." The statement read; “Electric power is yet to be restored after it was shut down...
University College Hospital Ibadan Delivers its First Set of IVF Triplets
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University College Hospital Ibadan Delivers its First Set of IVF Triplets

The University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan has taken delivery of its first set of triplets via an In Vitro Fertilization procedure in the hospital. The delivery of the babies lasted 45-minutes. Hospital authorities say the mother and the babies, all females, are in good condition. The babies weighed 1.4kg, 2.5kg, and 2.4kg respectively. The excited father of the babies, Dr. Kehinde Osiki of the Department of History and Strategic Studies at the University of Lagos, couldn't contain his joy as he watched the birth of his babies. While expressing delight over the delivery, the UCH Chief Medical Director (CMD), Prof. Jesse Otegbayo, described it as another success story for the hospital. He pointed out the commitment to take UCH to an enviable level had played out with the comm...
D’banj’s Cream Platform And Heritage Bank Fulfil Its Promises, Gives Out Millions To Fans At March 2021 Draws
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D’banj’s Cream Platform And Heritage Bank Fulfil Its Promises, Gives Out Millions To Fans At March 2021 Draws

CREAM Platform @creamplatform, Nigeria's premiere creative reward platform officially kicked off its partnership with Heritage Bank's YNSPYRE Initiative with the commencement of the CREAM Monthly draws on Friday - March 26th 2021, rewarding subscribers who dialed the *745*463# code, with lots of cash and other prizes. The very epochal event held on Friday - 26th March 2021 at Heritage Bank Plc's Building in Wuse Zone 5, Abuja, had in attendance, the Chairman of CREAM Platform - Daniel Oladapo Oyenbanjo popularly called D'Banj, Chief Damian Okoroafor - CEO of CREAM Platform, George Oko-Oboh, Regional Executive, Abuja and North, Heritage Bank Plc, Isaiah Ediae - Executive at Heritage Bank Plc, Popular Nollywood Actress and Ambassador - King Tonto Dikeh and Seyi Akinrinmade - General Man...
Bayelsa Government Bans Open Grazing, to Arrest and Prosecute Armed Herders
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Bayelsa Government Bans Open Grazing, to Arrest and Prosecute Armed Herders

Governor Duoye Diri has assented a bill prohibiting open grazing of livestock in Bayelsa state. The Livestock Breeding, Rearing and Marketing Regulation Law 2021 was signed into law on Wednesday March 10, at the Executive Chamber of Government House, Yenagoa. Diri stated that the essence of the law is to avert and forestall any clash between herdsmen, farmers, natives and non-natives as experienced in some states. The new law which established a livestock management committee to regulate livestock activities in the state, also stipulates that any herdsman found with arms, whether licensed or not, should be arrested. Diri said; “Bayelsa welcomes all and sundry to eke out a living legitimately. The people of Bayelsa want to have a mutual and harmonious relationship with non-...
Native Doctor Follows Omoyele Sowore to Court in Abuja
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Native Doctor Follows Omoyele Sowore to Court in Abuja

There was a mild drama at the Wuse, Zone 2 Magistrate Court Abuja this morning March 2, as a traditional spiritual leader dressed in full regalia accompanied human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore in solidarity for the commencement of his trial. Sowore was arrested alongside four others on December 31m 2020, for organizing a candlelight procession and charged for alleged criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly, and inciting public disturbance. The commencement of his trial was scheduled for today. The native doctor was seen waving his horsewhip and gourd in the air while chanting some incantations ahead of the commencement of trial.
Cattle Traders Begin Strike Today
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Cattle Traders Begin Strike Today

Cattle and Foodstuff dealers under the aegis of Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria (AUFCDN) on Thursday February 25, began a nationwide strike following the expiration of a seven-day ultimatum given to the federal government to attend to their demands. The union had demanded payment of N475 billion compensation for lives of members and properties lost during the #EndSARS protest and Shasa market chaos, and dismantling of all road blocks on federal highways due to problems its members get subjected to when carrying out their duties. Grand Matron of AUFCDN, Hajia Hauwa Kabir Usman who announced commencement of the strike asked the police not to disturb task force of the union who will carry out enforcement of the strike by ensuring that no food and cattle ...
Mr Macaroni, Nengi, Erica, Aisha Yesufu and Airopay Make Gage Awards 2021 Nomination Shortlist
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Mr Macaroni, Nengi, Erica, Aisha Yesufu and Airopay Make Gage Awards 2021 Nomination Shortlist

The GAGE Awards 2021 has finally opened its portal for voting of digital practitioners who have emerged from the 20 categories. After 2 long months of intense nominations, the final lists of nominees in the various categories have been released. Announcing the commencement of voting, the Convener of the GAGE Awards, Mr Johnson Anorh, disclosed that it wasn’t an easy task pruning down over 15,000 nominations as Nigerians made their choice on who best served them in the outgoing year using the digital platforms. The numbers have been overwhelming as in less than 24 hours, we have had over 1.4Million website visits. Nominees for the Banking App of the Year are VBANK, GTBANK, Zenith Bank, Access Bank and Alat by WEMA BANK. The Data Service Provider of the Year include; MTN, Airtel, G...
Wagner College also Revokes Honorary Degree Awarded to President Trump
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Wagner College also Revokes Honorary Degree Awarded to President Trump

Wagner College, a private school in the New York borough of Staten Island has revoked an honorary degree given to President Donald Trump. This is coming after Lehigh University, a private school in Pennsylvania also revoked same degree awarded to Trump in 1988. Individuals including cabinet secretaries and institutions have distanced themselves from Trump since his supporters vandalized the Capitol and disrupted Congress during Wednesday’s certification of the Electoral College count. A committee of the Lehigh’s board of trustees voted to strip the degree on Thursday January 7, followed by the full board on Friday January 8 according to a statement from the school Wagner’s trustees on the other hand, met in a special session to review the honorary degree granted to Trump in 20...
774,000 Jobs: Buhari Approves November 1 Commencement For Special Public Works
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774,000 Jobs: Buhari Approves November 1 Commencement For Special Public Works

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has approved the request of the Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Mr. Festus Keyamo, SAN, to reschedule the commencement date of the Special Public Works Programme from the 1st October to 1st November, 2020. The programme is engaging 1000 persons from each of the 774 Local Government Areas in the country for menial jobs for three months. *A statement signed by the Minister in Abuja yesterday, stated that the approval was based principally on his memo to the President informing him that most of the proposed project sites were still water logged and the rains have not abated, whereas the programme was designed for execution during the dry season. “It is believed that by the 1st of November most of the project sites would be ready for work,” the...
Ten Nigerian Pirates Charged with Hijacking Chinese Ship
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Ten Nigerian Pirates Charged with Hijacking Chinese Ship

10 suspected Nigerian pirates have been charged with hijacking a Chinese fishing vessel, FV Hai Lu Feng II in international waters off Cote D’Ivoire. The suspects who were arraigned on Monday July 13 by the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), were identified as Frank Abaka, Jude Ebaragha, Shina Alolo, Joshua Iwiki, David Akinseye, Ahmed Toyin, Shobajo Saheed, Adekole Philip, Matthew Masi and Bright Agbedeyi. Prosecution counsel Laraban Magaji said the incident which occurred in May this year, violated Section 3 of Suppression of Piracy and Other Maritime Offences Act, 2019 and was punishment under Section 2 of the same Act. Magaji said; “While armed with weapons, committed an illegal act of violence against the crew on board FV Hai Lu Feng II belonging t...
Trial of Cosmetics Surgeon, Dr Anu Stalled Due to Judge’s Absence
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Trial of Cosmetics Surgeon, Dr Anu Stalled Due to Judge’s Absence

The trial of controversial cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Anuoluwapo Adepoju, at the Federal High Court in Lagos today July 9, was stalled due to the absence of the trial judge, Justice Mohammed Liman. Dr Anu who owns Med Contour, was dragged before the court by the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission FCCPC over the death of one of her clients, shunning summons by the agency to appear and produce certain documents among other offenses. She appeared before the court for the first time last Friday, July 3 on a five-count charge. Counsel to FCCPC, Babatunde Irukera, said it received complaints against Dr. Anu from one Marlene Oluwakemi, Taiwo Temilade, and Vivian Onwuzuligbo that Dr. Anu's services “are unsafe for consumers,” and that she made “false, misleading and decept...
Court Discharges Senator Ademola Adeleke over Charges of Examination Malpractice
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Court Discharges Senator Ademola Adeleke over Charges of Examination Malpractice

Senator Ademola Adeleke has been discharged by a federal high court in Abuja over charges of examination malpractice. Ademola Adeleke, who was a former governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun state and a former senator representing Osun west was arraigned on October 31, 2019, on a four-count charge alongside Sikiru Adeleke, his brother, Aregbesola Mufutau, principal of the school, Gbadamosi Thomas Ojo, the registrar, and Dare Olutope, a teacher. The Adeleke brothers were accused of impersonating , both registering as students of Ojo-Aro community grammar school, Ojo-Aro, Osun state to enable them to sit for the National Examinations Council (NECO) examination of June/July 2017, while the other defendants were accused of aiding commission of the allege...
Soldiers Have Killed 1,015 Boko Haram Terrorists Since April – Buratai
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Soldiers Have Killed 1,015 Boko Haram Terrorists Since April – Buratai

The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai has revealed that troops have killed 1,015 Boko Haram insurgents since April 4 till date. The COAS disclosed this while hosting troops of Operation Lafiya Dole at an Eid-El-Fitr luncheon at Military Control and Command Centre in Maiduguri. Buratai who revealed that artillery airstrike and blockage operations conducted by troops at the Tumbuktu Triangles around Sambisa has been greatly successful, further disclosed that some notable encounters since the commencement of the operation include that of Buni Gari, Gaidam, Minok, Dapchi, Baga, Dikwa, Awulari, Ajiri, Pulka, Ngoshe, Alafa and different parts of Sambisa Forest as well as Gajiganna. He also said that a total of 84 high ranking members of Boko Haram logistics and informants were arre...
Chimamanda Adichie Delivers UPenn’s Commencement Address, Becomes 1st Black Woman Since 1978
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Chimamanda Adichie Delivers UPenn’s Commencement Address, Becomes 1st Black Woman Since 1978

Award-winning Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has been reportedly named the first black woman in the world, since 42 years ago, to deliver a speech at the University of Pennsylvania. Introduced by the school’s president Amy Gutmann, Chimamanda became the first black woman to deliver the Ivy League school’s Commencement address since 1978, when then-US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Patricia Harris did so. Chimamanda spoke virtually to the class of 2020, who chose her as their Commencement Day speaker, telling them about what strange times we live in. These may be strange times – they certainly are for me – but I want to urge you to remember that there is so much to celebrate. You’ve done it. You’ve graduated. Congratulations. The author will be speaking p...
Fake Bayelsa Muslim Pilgrims Coordinator bags 28 year jail sentence over N12m fraud
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Fake Bayelsa Muslim Pilgrims Coordinator bags 28 year jail sentence over N12m fraud

A fake Bayelsa State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board Cooridnator identified as Muhammad Halim Ogbobio, has been handed a 28 year jail sentence after being found guilty of N12m fraud by Justice J.E. Iyang of the Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. The suspect who posed as the coordinator of Muslim Pigrims Welfare Board from 2009-2012, was first arraigned on a 5-count charge bordering on forgery and obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of Twelve Million One Hundred and Thirty Naira (N12,130,000.00) in bogus hajj fees on March 19, 2015 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Port Harcourt Zonal office. Muhammad Halim Ogbobio ran out of luck after his victims who were introduced to him by one Adodo Yusuf Oristsegbubemi, were unable to attend th...
Ramadan: Wait for official announcement before commencing fast – MUSWEN warns Muslims
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Ramadan: Wait for official announcement before commencing fast – MUSWEN warns Muslims

Muslim Ummah of Southwest Nigeria (MUSWEN), the umbrella body of Muslims in the South West region on Sunday, warned Muslim faithful against commencement of this year’s Ramadan fast without an official announcement. MUSWEN Executive Secretary/ Chief Executive Officer, Professor Muslih Tayo Yahya, gave this warning via a statement made available to DAILY POST in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. Yahya, a retired Professor and one time Director, Academic Planning and Administration at the University of Jos, in the statement, advised Southwest State Muslim Communities as well as Muslim organizations to wait for an authoritative official announcement by the Sultan before commencing this year’s Ramadan fast. He admonished all Muslims in the region to guard against any speculation about the...
#Covid-19: “We have began immediate cash transfer to poorest households” – Sadiya Farouk
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#Covid-19: “We have began immediate cash transfer to poorest households” – Sadiya Farouk

The minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, Sadiya Farouk, says the commencement of cash transfer has began by the ministry. According to her, the money transfer are done for the poorest households in the nation to ease the Coronavirus effect. She made the announcement during a press briefing by the presidential task force on disease on Monday in Abuja. Furthermore, she said more options will still considered during the infection time. In her words: “Because of this COVID-19, the vulnerable groups have to expanded, because we are aware that there are people who live on daily wage, so we are also going to look at those groups of people to see how we can get this food relief intervention to them in this period.” Moreover, the minister...
How to Report Church and Social Gatherings Above 50 People
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How to Report Church and Social Gatherings Above 50 People

If you are wondering how you can report social and church gatherings above 50 people in Lagos, then you can call these numbers provided below. The Lagos state government had on Saturday advised that there should be no gathering beyond 50 people across the state, especially on Sundays when churches hold their services. Reports on social media show that many churches across the state went contrary to this order and officers of the Nigeria Police Force have been spotted in some areas dispersing the crowd in the churches. A check however revealed that many of the top churches in the state opted for online services. For instance, the House On The Rock Churches informed members to watch out for the commencement of online services starting from today. A statement signed by th...
Nigerian Navy Starts 2020 Recruitment Exercise [How to apply]
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Nigerian Navy Starts 2020 Recruitment Exercise [How to apply]

The Nigerian Navy has announced the commencement of its recruitment exercise for the year 2020. It disclosed that the recruitment exercise will begin on March 11 and end on the 21st of April, 2020. A statement signed by Navy Secretary disclosed that interested applicants should apply online at www.joinnigeriannavy.com and its free. The Nigerian Navy stated that applicants must possess a minimum of five credits which should not be more than two sittings in WASSCE, SSCE, GCE, NECO, NABTEB, (English and Mathematics inclusive) It noted that “applicants must be between the ages of 18-21 years or 18 – 26 years for those with ND and NCE, Nurse, motor transport department respectively. Applicants with qualifications higher than those specified in the guideline should not apply. “Mus...
I Didn’t Commit Fraud on American Soil, FBI Searched my Phones and Laptops Illegally – Obinwanne Okeke tells US Court
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I Didn’t Commit Fraud on American Soil, FBI Searched my Phones and Laptops Illegally – Obinwanne Okeke tells US Court

32-year-old CEO of Invictus Group and Forbes-rated young Nigerian billionaire, Obinwanne Okeke who is facing two counts of computer and wire fraud in the United States has filed a prelimnary objection to the charges. Obinwanne Okeke stated that the American authorities lacked jurisdiction to charge him for fraud as he did not commit the offence he is being accused of in America, neither was any American companies or individuals defrauded at the time of his indictment. The businessman's lawyers who asked for the case to be struck out as the arrest should have never happened, pointed out that prosecutors only stated in the indictment that he swindled Unatrac, a subsidiary of American equipment manufacturer 'Caterpillar' of $11 million. They also cited multiple previous authorities ...
Ikpeazu Issues Ultimatum to Abia Electoral Commission to Conduct LG Election
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Ikpeazu Issues Ultimatum to Abia Electoral Commission to Conduct LG Election

The Abia State Executive Council has directed the Abia Independent National Electoral Commission (ABSIEC) to provide details of the cost and required logistics support to conduct local government elections in the seventeen local government areas of the state on or before September 30th, 2020. This is coming after the opposition All Progressives Congress(APC) and All the Progressive Grand Alliance(APGA) in Abia, frowned at the existence of Transition Committee chairmen in the seventeen local government areas in the state. The parties claimed that the development has paved way for those in political offices to continue looting the funds meant for the development of the local areas. But the Abia SEC in a press statement made available to reporters on Saturday ...
Two Chinese firms win bid to construct Ibom Deep Seaport
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Two Chinese firms win bid to construct Ibom Deep Seaport

Two Chinese companies have won the bid to construct the multi-billion dollars Ibom Deep SeaPort, a public-private partnership project located in Mbo Council of Akwa Ibom State. The lucky companies are the Bollore-PowerChina consortium which emerged as the preferred bidder and China harbor engineering company as the reserved bidder. Chairman of the Ibom Deep Seaport Technical Committee, Mfon Usoro, disclosed this in Uyo, the State capital during a meeting with the ministerial project development committee, stating that the next stage would be the commencement of negotiation with the preferred bidder in compliance with all extant rules stipulated by the committee. According to her, the Committee went through all the internationally accepted procurement processes that will lead t...
Five Visa Fraudsters Apprehended By EFCC
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Five Visa Fraudsters Apprehended By EFCC

The Abuja Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, January 30, 2020, arraigned five suspected visa fraudsters before Justice Olubukola Banjoko on a seven-count charge, bordering on false pretence and obtaining by tricks to the tune of N1.8 million. The defendants are: Ifeyinwa Mbamalu, Christian Akor, Grace Oluseun Akinwunmi, Samuel Chinedu Iwuagwu and Adebola Saheed Adewale. They were accused to have connived to obtain sums of money from their victims in the guise of helping them to obtain Canadian visas. One of the charges reads: “That you, Christian Akor between October 13th and 18th 2018, in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, dishonestly converted to your own use, the sum of N300, 000, being part of the sum of N1, 8...
Labour Gives States Jan 31 Deadline to Pay Minimum Wage
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Labour Gives States Jan 31 Deadline to Pay Minimum Wage

The Trade Union Congress of Nigerian (TUC) has given the 36 states a deadline to sign all the negotiation agreements and commence implementation of the N30, 000 national minimum wage latest by January 31, 2020. This is coming as the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has said that it would not extend the December 31, 2019 deadline given to the states to conclude negotiations on adjustments to minimum wage, insisting that it has set the machinery in motion to receive and analyse reports from each state on the progress made on the minimum wage negotiations. The TUC has also threatened to ensure total shutdown of states that fail to act accordingly, saying government of such defiant states should be responsible for whatever that happens as a result non-compliance. The position of the tr...
Aisha Buhari and First Ladies from other African countries pictured in Mecca for Hajj
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Aisha Buhari and First Ladies from other African countries pictured in Mecca for Hajj

Aisha Buhari and First Ladies from some other African countries were pictured in Mecca as they prepared for the commencement of Hajj.   The First Lady of Nigeria was pictured with the First Ladies of Guinea Conackry, Niger Republic, Gambia and Somalia.     Sharing the photos, Ms. Buhari wrote: "I and the First Ladies of Guinea Conackry, Niger Republic, Gambia and Somalia, as we set to enter Mina for the commencement of the Hajj, I pray to Allah to answer our prayers for peace and rahma in our various countries and the rest of the world, Ameen??."  
Kano State election tribunal rejects PDP’s plea to amend names of witnesses
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Kano State election tribunal rejects PDP’s plea to amend names of witnesses

The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Kano on Tuesday dismissed a prayer by Abba Kabir-Yusuf, PDP governorship candidate seeking to amend the names of witnesses earlier presented alongside the petition.   The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its governorship candidate, Kabir-Yusuf, are challenging the declaration of Ganduje of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as winner of the March 23, governorship election in Kano state. In his submission, the lead counsel of Kabir-Yusuf, Asiwaju Adeboyega Awomolo said he brought the petition to correct some errors made on the names of their witnesses earlier filed on April 11, 2019.   He maintained that his application would not amend or alter the statement of fact but to sustain the ground prayer of their peti...
Ministerial List Delay: Defence, Health, Education Worst Hit
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Ministerial List Delay: Defence, Health, Education Worst Hit

The inability of President Muhammadu Buhari to form his cabinet 45 days after commencing his second term in office appears to have slowed down activities in most of the federal ministries at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. Buhari had been sworn-in for the second term on May 29 after being declared the winner of the February 23 presidential election. It took about six months for the President to appoint his ministers at the commencement of his first term in 2015 with many Nigerians voicing concerns about the implications for a then-ailing economy that required urgent attention by a federal cabinet to fix. The concerns about the need for a cabinet to address economic and security issues besetting the nation are no less on the front burner, as Senate President Ahmad Lawan...
Another blow for Ghana as injury reportedly rules Alfred Duncan out
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Another blow for Ghana as injury reportedly rules Alfred Duncan out

The 26-year-old will play no part of the Black Stars' bid for a fifth continental title due to fitness issues Sassuolo midfielder Joseph Alfred Duncan will be unavailable for selection for Ghana's Africa Cup of Nations squad, according to local media reports. The midfielder is reportedly set to undergo surgery on a problematic ankle during the off-season in a bid to make a timely recovery before the commencement of the 2019-20 Italian Serie A season. The news is a massive blow to Ghana, whose squad have already been disrupted by injuries and controversies.
Gov. Bello Allegedly Walks out Kogi CJ, Ajanah from Function in Lokoja
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Gov. Bello Allegedly Walks out Kogi CJ, Ajanah from Function in Lokoja

The Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, on Tuesday allegedly walked out the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Nasiru Ajanah, from a function. The incident occurred at Government House, Lokoja during the swearing-in ceremony of new Grand Gadi of the state. The function was attended by top government officials and others from the Judiciary sector. The Chief Judge, who was officially invited by the protocol officer of government house was seated before the arrival of the governor. However, some minutes later before the arrival of the governor, the Chief Security Officer to the governor approached the Chief Judge and informed him that the governor gave a directive that he should not be allowed to attend the function. The Chief Judge, Justice Nasiru...
Buhari Greets Nigerians On Commencement Of Ramadan
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Buhari Greets Nigerians On Commencement Of Ramadan

President Buhari has sent his greetings to Nigerians and Muslims, at the commencement of the month-long Ramadan fast.Recall that the Sultan of Sokoto on Sunday night declared Monday as the first day of Ramadan fast in Nigeria, after the crescent moon heralding the Islamic month of Ramadan was seen in several states. He said the new moon was sighted in various places across the country which indicates that Sunday is the end of 8th Islamic month of Sha’aban. The Sultan said that reports of the moon sighting were received from Muslim leaders and organisations across the country. President Buhari who sent his greetings to Muslims and Nigerians at the commencement of the Ramadan fast, called for the continued peace, progress and prosperity of the country. President Buhari according to a ...
FG Approves Commencement of Work on Nigeria-Seme-Benin Road
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FG Approves Commencement of Work on Nigeria-Seme-Benin Road

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, says the Federal Government has approved commencement of work on the Nigeria-Seme-Benin Republic road project. Mr Hakeem Bello, the Special Adviser to the Minister on Communication, made this known in a statement on Sunday in Abuja. Fashola was quoted as disclosing this at the 12th Ministerial Steering Committee and Experts Meeting for the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Highway Development Programme in Lome The minister, who is also the chairman of the committee, said that the project would be executed in a flexible manner to improve commputer service. He said that work on the project would be done in a manner that would make it adaptable to the results of the feasibility and technical studies. Fashola expressed del...
Top Civil Servant Sent to Prison for Alleged Forgery
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Top Civil Servant Sent to Prison for Alleged Forgery

The Federal Capital Territory High Court, Gudu, Abuja, has remanded a deputy director in the office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Bassey Ikang, for allegedly forging award of contract letter and for issuing dud cheques of N40m, N20m, N18m and N60m at different times to the Managing Director, Fortress Project Limited, Okenna Oguneche. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had arraigned Ikang on eight counts bordering on issuance of dud cheques and forgery. A statement yesterday by the acting EFCC spokesman, Tony Orilade, said the accused pleaded not guilty to the charges. Counsel for the EFCC, Aisha Ibrahim, thereafter, prayed the court to give a date for the commencement of trial and also requested the court to remand the defendant in pr...
Man lands in Prison Custody for N113.4m Oil Fraud
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Man lands in Prison Custody for N113.4m Oil Fraud

The Kaduna Zonal Office of EFCC on Thursday March 21, 2019 arraigned one Nurudeen Musa Abdullahi before Justice P. Mallong of the Federal High Court, sitting in Kaduna on a two-count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of N113,490,000 (One Hundred and Thirteen Million Four Hundred and Ninety Thousand Naira). Nurudeen was a consultant/software developer with Sofftech Computer Ltd, a company engaged by the Nigeria National Petroleum Company, NNPC, to develop and manage its billing software, used in the lifting of petroleum products in PPMC/ NNPC Depot, Kaduna. The defendant was responsible for overseeing the running of the billing software, taking care of any new report, training of NNPC staff and any update that may be needed on price changes...
Voters sell votes to highest bidder during polls –Centre
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Voters sell votes to highest bidder during polls –Centre

The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) on Saturday in Abuja said voters were scrambling to sell their votes to the highest bidder during Saturday elections. Prof. Adele Jinadu, Chair, CDD Election Analysis Centre (EAC), while briefing newsmen said vote-buying prevailed in spite of the warning by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agencies and the anti-corruption agencies. Jinadu said that the centre sent out observers to monitor the elections in the states and came out with its findings. “On the ground, our observers reported seeing EFCC arresting people involved in vote buying, for example, the EFCC arrested some prominent party stalwarts in Benue and Kwara. “However, reports from our observers indicated significant role played by voters and pol...
EFCC Arraigns Fake Football Agent for N3.2m Fraud
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EFCC Arraigns Fake Football Agent for N3.2m Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, yesterday March 1st, arraigned one Abdulhadi Bushra Ahmed, Managing Director of Ali- Alia Travels and Tours before Justice O.A. Adeniyi of Federal Capital Territory, FCT High Court, sitting in Apo, Abuja on a one-count charge bordering on obtaining by false pretence. The charge reads:  “That you, Abdulhadi Bushra Ahmed, Managing Director of Ali- Alia Travels and Tours on or about the 4th day of August 2013 within the jurisdiction of this High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, obtained a sum of N3,240,000 (Three Million Two Hundred and Forty Thousand Naira) from one Ugochukwu Prince Diki, a football coach, under the false pretence of being a licensed football agent who can produce visas for Europe and Asia, and serves as a ...
PDP Presidential Candidate: Atiku Yet to Cast His Vote
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PDP Presidential Candidate: Atiku Yet to Cast His Vote

Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate, Abubakar Atiku yet to cast his vote at his polling unit of Ajiya in Yola North Local Government Area of Adamawa. The election in the area is reported to have begun since 8:00am, but the presidential candidate has not yet been accredited. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that voting has commenced in earnest at the unit and other centres across the metropolis. Some of his aides who arrived at the unit, however, said the PDP flag bearer  “should be coming any moment from now.” President Muhammadu Buhari, the APC candidate, voted in Daura, Katsina State, four minutes after the commencement of polling.
Election: Voters Turnout Impressive In Gombe
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Election: Voters Turnout Impressive In Gombe

Turnout of voters for the Presidential and National Assembly elections in Gombe was impressive as people were seen eagerly waiting for the commencement of accreditation and voting. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that people were seen at the various polling units in Gombe Local Government Area as early as possible patiently waiting for the commencement of the exercise. At Jalo Waziri ward sarkin pata unit 2 of Gombe LGA, the presiding officer Joseph Ezekiel said they were waiting to commence the exercise at 8 a.m. At Dawaki ward unit 005, the Presiding Officer Fatima Ahmed said they were still awaiting some materials as at 7:47 a.m. Also at unit 006 of Dawaki ward, voters were patiently waiting to cast their votes as the Presiding Officer Sadiya Ibrahim said they were ...
Election Update: Maiduguri Under Attack
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Election Update: Maiduguri Under Attack

Maiduguri is under attack by suspected Boko Haram terrorist, just few hours to the commencement of the 2019 general elections in Nigeria. According to a report by Sahara Reporters, residents of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, are currently in panic as series of explosions have rocked the city all within ten minutes. The report claims there have been seven explosions in the city today, the explosions began at around 5:50am and ended a little around 6am. Residents of Maiduguri, Borno state are said to be worried about their safety, especially with the presidential and National Assembly elections scheduled to begin in less than two hours. At the time of this report, it was not clear the number of casualties, or how much properties were destroyed.
What Election Postponement Has Done To Nigerians – Saraki
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What Election Postponement Has Done To Nigerians – Saraki

Senate President Bukola Saraki has said the postponement of the general elections has caused a great inconvenience to many Nigerians who wanted to vote in new leaders for the executive and the legislature. Naija News had reported that the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, had announced the postponement of the presidential and National Assembly by one week. Reacting in a statement signed by Yusuph Olaniyonu his Special Adviser (Media & Publicity), Saraki said expressed shock and disappointment that after all the preparations by the electoral commission, the security services and other agencies of government, issues of logistics and related matters are now said to be responsible for postponing ...

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