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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 ...
President Buhari Deeply Disappointed By INEC, Flies Back To Abuja After Election Postponement
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President Buhari Deeply Disappointed By INEC, Flies Back To Abuja After Election Postponement

President INEC has regretted the postponement of the presidential and National Assembly polls by the Independent National Electoral Commission. Recall that INEC had announced the postponement a few hours before the election this morning, upsetting the plans of many Nigerians. The President lamented that, despite giving all the necessary support to INEC, the exercise was postponed just hours to voting and after Nigerians had taken the pains to travel to vote. “I am deeply disappointed that despite the long notice given and our preparations both locally and internationally, the Independent National Electoral Commission postponed the presidential and National Assembly elections within hours of its commencement,” Buhari said in a statement he signed...
GUILD OF PROFESSIONAL BLOGGERS OF NIGERIA CONDEMNS INEC’S POSTPONEMENT OF ELECTIONS
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GUILD OF PROFESSIONAL BLOGGERS OF NIGERIA CONDEMNS INEC’S POSTPONEMENT OF ELECTIONS

Nigeria’s bloggers’ umbrella body; The Guild Of Professional Bloggers Of Nigeria (GPBN) has condemned the Independent Electoral Commission of Nigeria (INEC) for postponing the Presidential election scheduled for Saturday 16th February 2019. GPBN in a press statement signed by it’s National Secretary Mr Femi Adeoya on behalf of the Association, said the postponement of the election few hours before its commencement portrays INEC in a bad light. According to the Association, INEC had four years to prepare for the exercise and had repeatedly assured Nigerians that it was ready to conduct the elections. The postponement apart from its huge costs to Nigerians and some foreigners has also made Nigeria a laughing stock in the commity of Nations taking into considerations the number of lo...
2019 Election Postponement: President Buhari Speaks
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2019 Election Postponement: President Buhari Speaks

President Muhammadu Buhari has spoken on the 2019 election postponement, which was announced earlier today. Nigerians across the country had been anticipating the kick off of the 2019 presidential election, which was scheduled to hold today, before it was postponed to 23rd February 2019. STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT BUHARI ON THE POSTPONEMENT OF GENERAL ELECTIONS BY INEC I am deeply disappointed that despite the long notice given and our preparations both locally and internationally, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) postponed the Presidential and National Assembly elections within hours of its commencement. Many Nigerians have traveled to various locations to exercise their right to vote, and international observers are gathered. ...
Violence erupts in Anambra state ahead of general elections
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Violence erupts in Anambra state ahead of general elections

Barely hours to the commencement of the 2019 polls, Anambra state has recorded cases of election related violence. A member of House of Representatives, Mr. Gabriel Onyenweife, who defected from All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, after failing to secure a ticket of APGA, had one of the houses in his compound set ablaze in the Ayamelum Local Government Area while 30 motorcycles he assembled for empowerment were razed. Another victim of the violence was the member representing Nnewi North, Nnewi South and Ekwusigo federal constituency, Mr. Chirs Azubogu who lost a campaign vehicle to arsonists. On Thursday, the divisional police station  at Ajali in Orumba North local government area of the state was gutted by fire. Many policemen were beate...
Walter Onnoghen Finally arrives CCT For Arraignment
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Walter Onnoghen Finally arrives CCT For Arraignment

Suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, has finally arrived the Code of Conduct Tribunal for his arraignment. His arrival is in compliance with the warrant of arrest issued against him on Wednesday by the Danladi Umar-led tribunal over an allegation of non-assets declaration that culminated in his suspension by President Muhammadu Buhari. Onnoghen who was suspended by President Buhari on January 25th, is being arraigned over his alleged false declaration of assets. Since the beginning of his trial, Onnoghen has refused to appear before the CCT on grounds that the tribunal lacks jurisdiction to hear his case. DAILY POST reports that Onnoghen is now in the premises of the tribunal but has not yet alighted from his official Prado SUV. Security arrangement has been ...
FRSC Takes Peace Mass Drivers in Refresher Program
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FRSC Takes Peace Mass Drivers in Refresher Program

Peace Mass Transit (PMT) Limited would continue to train and retrain professional drivers in its employ to ensure optimal performance on the high way, Vice Chairman, Chief Mrs. Emilia Onyishi has said. She spoke Monday at the flag off of a training programme conducted for PMT drivers by the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), at the PMT headquarters, Emene Enugu. “It is our duty to train and retrain drivers, and put them in the best possible conditions to minimize and possibly eliminate avoidable accidents on the high way” she added. She pledged that PMT would spare no resources to ensure the safety of its drivers and passengers. The PMT vice Chairman explained that in addition to the retraining programme conducted by officers of the FRSC, the company also had a regular retrai...
Okon Excited with Choice of Lagos as Host of NWPL’s Super 4
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Okon Excited with Choice of Lagos as Host of NWPL’s Super 4

Rivers Angels FC Head Coach, Edwin Okon, has described Lagos as a fertile ground for his side ahead of the Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) Super 4 Tournament. The football fiesta that crowns the new NWPL champions has been scheduled to hold in Lagos between January 23 and 26 at the Agege Stadium. The combatants are title holders, Nasarawa Amazons, Bayelsa Queens, Sunshine Queens and 2018 Aiteo Cup winners, Rivers Angels. Okon commended the leadership of the NWFL for their thoughtfulness in choosing a neutral ground like Lagos as the venue for its prime tournament which will give the contestants an even hand to properly express their football artistry. “Of course, I’m 100 per cent satisfied with the choice of Lagos as the venue for the upcoming Nigeria Women Premier League...
Workers’ Protest over Minimum Wage Begins Today
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Workers’ Protest over Minimum Wage Begins Today

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has directed its 36 state councils, affiliate unions and friendly groups, including Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to mobilise for the commencement of nationwide mass protest over the failure of the federal government to transmit the N30,000 minimum wage implementation bill to the National Assembly. Also debunking newspaper report that it had mobilised to resume strike today (Tuesday), the organised labour said it has not taken any such resolution. The General Secretary of NLC, Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson, in a statement yesterday in Abuja said when the organised labour decides to embark on strike, it would inform the public on it. According to the statement, “It has come to our attention that some section of the news media has largely misrepresented...
JAMB Issues Warning To 2019 UTME Candidates
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JAMB Issues Warning To 2019 UTME Candidates

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has issued a warning to candidates ahead of the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination. JAMB called on prospective candidates to disregard advertisements in the social media, announcing sales of registration documents with some illegal centres and subject combinations. This was made known by the board’s Head, Media and Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin, during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lagos. He said: “It has come to the notice of the board that some fraudsters have listed out centres for the examination and in the process, inserted some illegal ones. “Let me state here that all the processes concerning the board can only be done by approved Computer Based Centres (CBT...
Olopade Predicts Doom for Domestic Football
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Olopade Predicts Doom for Domestic Football

Bukola Olopade SUPER 8 PLAYOFF As the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) continues to maintain its stands over the proposed Super 8 playoff and a scheduled date for the commencement t of the next football season, former Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria National League (NNL), Bukola Olopade, has insisted having the playoff to produce four teams that will join the professional league rank NPFL is not the solution to the current challenges facing domestic football scene. The former commissioner for sports in Ogun State, yesterday warned that the League Management Company (LMC) and Nigeria Professional Football League Club Owners should accept the initial proposal that promotes all the teams to join the 20 existing clubs in the top division to save the impending logjam. Ol...
Apapa Gridlock: NPA Orders Shipping Companies to Remove Empty Containers Within Four Months
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Apapa Gridlock: NPA Orders Shipping Companies to Remove Empty Containers Within Four Months

Following the gridlock in Apapa ports’ access roads that has inflated the cost of doing business at the ports, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has announced measures to redeem the situation. Among the measures, the NPA has directed shipping Companies to immediately deploy sweeper vessels to evacuate empty containers from the ports to clear the backlog of empty containers littering the country within four months. The NPA also directed the shipping companies to use of Onne Ports for such sweeper vessels. The NPA in a statement yesterday stressed that the measures will reduce the attendant financial burden that the congestion at the Apapa and Tin Can Island Ports has brought on importers. According to the NPA, effective yesterday, there will be an increase in rent-free period for ...
50 Govt Agencies Yet to Remit N2.78tn to Federation Account
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50 Govt Agencies Yet to Remit N2.78tn to Federation Account

                 Ndubuisi Francis and James Emejo in Abuja No fewer than 50 Government-Owned Enterprises (GOEs) are yet to remit about N2.78 trillion to the Federation Account as operating surpluses in line with the provisions of the law. Some of the GEOs and agencies identified to be owing operating surplus to the Federation Account include the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), which is said to owe N801.18 billion; Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) N1.34 trillion; Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC)– N30.85 million; Nigeria Shippers Council (NSC)– N11.99 billion and National Examination Council (NECO)– N16.33 billion. Others are NIMASA– N192.10 billion; Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), and the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) N8.81 bill...
Yuletide: Police Beef up Security
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Yuletide: Police Beef up Security

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has ordered the implementation of robust and elaborate security arrangement that will ensure a hitch-free Christmas and New Year Celebration as well as provide adequate security for all political parties in the ongoing political rallies and campaigns across the country. The arrangement which involves  comprehensive crime prevention and detection strategies and other operational measures include the commencement of intensive raids of identified criminal hideouts, black spots and flash points across the country. The Inspector General of Police, according to a statement by Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Jimoh Moshood, further directed the Commissioners of Police and their supervisory Assistant Inspectors General of Police to be on groun...
EFCC Arraigns Man For Hacking into a Company Account and Moving N15.3M
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EFCC Arraigns Man For Hacking into a Company Account and Moving N15.3M

EFCC yesterday arraigned  one Christopher Okeke alongside his company, Sanfill Nigeria LTD before Justice D.Z Senchi of the Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Jabi, Abuja on a two-count charge of obtaining by false pretence to the tune of N15,300,000 (Fifteen Million Three Hundred Thousand Naira). Okeke was alleged to have fraudulently used his company to hack into the account of Chams Nigeria LTD and moved the total sum of N15,300,000 (Fifteen Million, Three Hundred Thousand Naira) only into his company, Sanfill Nigeria LTD. One of the counts reads: “That you, Christopher Okeke, whilst being the Director of Sanfill Nigeria Ltd. and Sanfill Nigeria LTD on or about 4th and 7th October 2016 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, ...
Court Begins Hearing on CCNL’s N15bn Suit against NBC over Licence Revocation
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Court Begins Hearing on CCNL’s N15bn Suit against NBC over Licence Revocation

The Abuja division of the Federal High Court will Monday begin hearing in a suit filed by Cable Channels Nigeria Ltd (CCNL) against the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) over the revocation of its licence. Sued along the NBC in the N15 billion suit is the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN). By the suit, the plaintiff wants a declaration that it is entitled to be paid special damages by the NBC for purportedly revoking its licence. When the matter was called up at the last sitting on October 30, none of the defendants were in court or represented by their lawyers. Subsequently, Justice Ahmed Mohammed ordered that hearing notice be served on the parties and adjourned the matter to Monday (November 19) for commencement of...
NSF: Abuja National Stadium Shuts Down For Cleaning
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NSF: Abuja National Stadium Shuts Down For Cleaning

As the date for the commencement of the 19th National Sports Festival draws nearer, the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has announced the closure of Abuja National Stadium for any activities as from the end of this week to allow for proper cleaning and maintenance in readiness for the Sporting fiesta Speaking in Abuja, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports development, Adesola Olusade said the closure became necessary to pave way for clearing of the bushes both within the stadium and its surrounding  Olusade who is also the chairman, main organising committee for the 19th festival said the stadium will be used for opening and closing ceremony in addition to other events that will take place in the edifice. “We have restored light and water to the st...
Labour in Strategy Meeting Friday, Mobilises for Tuesday’s Strike
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Labour in Strategy Meeting Friday, Mobilises for Tuesday’s Strike

Ayuba Wabba Critical organs of the labour movement will meet in Abuja today to fine tune strategies for the implementation of the nationwide strike scheduled for Tuesday to protest the failure of the federal government to accede to its demand for N30,000 as new minimum wage in the country. Labour’s mobilisation for strike came just as the media support group of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, the Buhari Media Organisation, pleaded with Nigerian Labour Congress and its allies to sheathe their sword and seek an amicable solution with the government. As part of the series of engagements mapped out by the joint organs meeting of the labour movement, there would be a joint meeting of the Central Working Committees (CWCs) of all the Labour Centres in the country. The...
Don’t Drag Us Into NBBF Crisis, Gombe Bulls Tell FIBA
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Don’t Drag Us Into NBBF Crisis, Gombe Bulls Tell FIBA

Champions of the 2018 Kwese Premier League, Gombe Bulls Basketball Club have told the African regional body of FIBA that they should not be dragged into the lingering leadership dispute of the Nigeria Basketball federation, NBBF Chairman of the club, Ibrahim Saad said yesterday in reply to a letter written to the club by Julien Farran,  Competitions Manager, Africa of FIBA that players and teams in the Kwese Premier including Gombe Bulls are only interested in playing basketball and not politics. The Gombe side had written to the Abidjan office of FIBA Africa, intimating it that few days to the commencement of the Zone 3 qualifiers for the Club Championship which they qualified for, they are yet to get any information from Zone three whch is headed by a key member of the Musa Kida facti...
One killed as cultists fight at UNILAG
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One killed as cultists fight at UNILAG

A fight is reportedly ongoing around UNILAG, and according to sources cultists are reportedly paroling Ilaje. It was further gathered that the fight was caused by the murder of a notorious killer in the area, and 20 armed cultists reportedly stormed UNILAG all the way from Gbagada. The deceased was identified as ‘Ibro’ and while we are yet to get all the details about the fight, you should call your loved ones in the area. The fight is coming after the management of University of Lagos (UNILAG),  announced dates for the screening of newly-admitted students. The school’s Principal Assistant Registrar, Communication Unit, Mrs. Taiwo Oloyede, speaking to NAN, warned that the university would not hesitate to withdraw admission of new students who would test positive to hard drugs. Olo...
Court Adjourns Melaye’s Case Until Aug. 9
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Court Adjourns Melaye’s Case Until Aug. 9

A Senior Magistrate’s Court in Kogi has adjourned the trial of Sen. Dino Melaye, representing Kogi West Senatorial District and two others in the case illegal possession of firearms and arms dealing, until Aug. 9. Sen. Dino Melaye Senior Magistrate, Sulyman Abdullah adjourned the case at Thursday’s adjourned sitting for commencement of trial as the prosecution could not open its case due to absence of its lead counsel, Dr Alex Izinyon. Mr Theophilus Oteme, the Officer in Charge of legal department of Kogi command of the Nigeria Police, told the court that the lead prosecuting counsel, Izinyon had an emergency call on Wednesday that made it impossible for him to appear in court on Thursday. Oteme therefore applied for an adjournment until Sept. 23 for the commencement of trial in view...
Nigerian Lady Graduates Among 40 Exceptional Women From Harvard University
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Nigerian Lady Graduates Among 40 Exceptional Women From Harvard University

Congratulations are in order for a Nigerian lady identified as Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji who recently graduated as part of 40 exceptional Harvard women of the Harvard University Women and Public Policy Program.. According to her, the final graduation of her Master degree in Public Administration Degree Program will hold in May (this month) with Secretary of State John Kerry as the Commencement Speaker after which Harvard University will send them all forth the next day with Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg.

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