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Labour Begins Indefinite Strike over N30,000 Minimum Wage in Nasarawa
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Labour Begins Indefinite Strike over N30,000 Minimum Wage in Nasarawa

The organised labour, comprising the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress, have commenced an indefinite strike in Nasarawa State over the partial implementation of N30,000 minimum wage and other welfare-related issues. The state Accountant General, Zakka Yakubu, had recently announced that the state government has commenced the implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage to only workers from levels 1 to 6. In reaction to the announcement, the organised labour declared strike yesterday in Lafia, the state capital, after a meeting with the State Executive Council (SEC). Addressing journalists after the meeting, Nasarawa State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Yusuf Iya, said the action became imperative due to the failure of the government to meet their dem...
Buhari writes Senate to confirm Farouk Yahaya as new Chief of Army Staff
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Buhari writes Senate to confirm Farouk Yahaya as new Chief of Army Staff

Buhari’s request was contained in a letter addressed to the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan and read during Tuesday’s plenary. “I hereby forward for confirmation by the Senate, the appointment of  Farouk Yahaya as the Chief of Army Staff of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. “His CV is herewith attached. It is my hope that the Senate will consider and confirm the nominee in the usual expeditious manner. “Please accept Distinguish Senate President, the assurances of my highest consideration,” the letter reads.
Five Persons Caught by Vigilante in Ughelli are Destitute not Ritualists – Police
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Five Persons Caught by Vigilante in Ughelli are Destitute not Ritualists – Police

The Delta State Police Command says the five persons caught by vigilantes in Ughelli are not ritualists but destitute contrary to reports by some online news media. Online reports had claimed that five suspected human parts dealers including four women were arrested by Otokutu Vigilantes Group under the Otokutu bridge in Ughelli South Local Government Area of the state on Thursday, May 27. The suspects were handed over to Otujeremi Police Station for further actions. However, the spokesperson of the Delta State Police Command, DSP Bright Edafe in a rejoinder said the story is entirely false and should be totally disregarded. "The Delta state command has been drawn to an online publication which says “ HUMAN PARTS SELLER CAUGHT IN OTOKUTU” and series of online publications sayi...
Olu of Warri designate to be crowned on August 21
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Olu of Warri designate to be crowned on August 21

The Olu Advisory Council of the Itsekiri kingdom in Delta state has announced August 21 as the date for the crowning of the Olu-designate, Prince Utieyinoritsetsola Emiko in Ode-Itsekiri, Warri South council area of the state Disclosing this to newsmen today May 27, the acting chairman of the Olu Advisory Council and Iyatsere of Warri kingdom, Chief Johnson Amatserunleghe, said the choice of Emiko as the new monarch came after a “rigorous process, which included a painstaking search within and amongst the descendants of the last three Olu’s, as required by tradition, custom and extant laws “as well as several consultation and eventual confirmation by the Ifa oracle” Chief Amatserunleghe, who is also the chairman of the Warri Council of Chiefs, also announced that the final rites ...
Abubakar Shekau allegedly dies as Boko Haram and ISWAP members clash in Sambisa forest
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Abubakar Shekau allegedly dies as Boko Haram and ISWAP members clash in Sambisa forest

Suspected members of Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) have reportedly caused the death of Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the dreaded Boko Haram, officially known as Jama’at Ahl as-Sunnah Lid Da’wah Wa’l- Jihad (JAS) during a fierce battle between the rival groups in their Sambisa Forest hideouts on Wednesday, May 19, Vanguard reports. According to the report, sources say hundreds of ISWAP fighters invaded Sambisa with heavy gun trucks during the week hunting for Shekau. It was revealed that Shekau was not actually or directly killed by ISWAP, the splinter rival group, but blew himself up and committed suicide when ISWAP attempted to capture him (Shekau) alive, during a gun duel. The report states that although there was no official statement or confirmation on the de...
Neymar Signs New PSG Deal Until 2025
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Neymar Signs New PSG Deal Until 2025

Neymar has signed a new contract with Paris Saint-Germain, committing to the Ligue 1 club until 2025. The 29-year-old previously stated in January that it was his preference to remain at the Parc des Princes, having been linked with a return to former club Barcelona last summer. Confirmation of a new contract also follows comments made by PSG sporting director Leonardo in March, where he revealed he was hopeful an extension could be reached. Neymar joined PSG from Barcelona in 2017, in a world-record £200m move. Speaking to the official club website, Neymar said: "I'm very happy to be extending my contract with Paris until 2025. titles, to try and achieve our biggest dream which is the Champions League. "So I'm happy to be staying at the club, to be a pa...
How Accountant Shot by Robbers Died after allegedly Being Rejected by Lagos Hospitals
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How Accountant Shot by Robbers Died after allegedly Being Rejected by Lagos Hospitals

An accountant who was shot by robbers in Lagos died after allegedly being rejected by hospitals. Odiri Onosigho, 32, was waiting at the First Gate bus stop, Festac, in the Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State, on April 15, when he was shot by robbers trying to collect his phone. His sister, who spoke to Punch, narrated how he died after Lagos hospitals allegedly rejected him due to a lack of police report. On the fateful day, Odiri and his friend, Michelle, were at the bus stop around 6am, waiting to board a bus to work. While waiting, robbers appeared suddenly and shot Odiri in the chest while dispossessing him of his phone. Passers-by and commuters ran to safety and when Michelle returned to search for Odiri, she found him lying on the ground in a pool...
Governor Sule Swears in Nasarawa’s First Female Chief Judge
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Governor Sule Swears in Nasarawa’s First Female Chief Judge

Justice Aisha Bashir-Aliyu was on Tuesday April 13, sworn-in as the first female Chief Judge of Nasarawa state. Bashir-Aliyu was sworn-in by Governor Abdullahi Sule after her confirmation by the Nigeria Judicial Council and screening by the State House of Assembly. Prior to this, she had worked as an acting Chief Judge for three months. Governor Sule in his speech at the event asked the new Chief Judge to see her appointment as a litmus test, urging her to bring her wealth of experience to bear in the discharge of her onerous task. Sule said; “As a Chief Judge you must realise that this is a call to serve the people and in carrying out your duties, I urge you to let the fear of God and public interest take precedence over personal preferences and i...
Police called to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s home 9 times
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Police called to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s home 9 times

Police have been called to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's California home 9 times since they moved in there. In July 2020, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex moved to their £11 million home in Montecito on the same estate as a number of celebrities. Since then, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office confirmed it has responded to multiple calls from the couple's property. The calls are listed as phone requests, alarm activations and property crimes. The data was obtained under Freedom of Information requests by the PA news agency after the couple shared fears over security in their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey. Police officers were called four times in July last year, just after the family moved there. One call is listed as a phone request, while the others are labe...
Rivers Assembly Confirms Second Most Senior Judge as Chief Judge
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Rivers Assembly Confirms Second Most Senior Judge as Chief Judge

Justice Simeon Amadi, the second most senior judge of River state High Court has been confirmed as the state's Chief Judge by the house of assembly. This came after Governor Nyesom Wike sent in a letter seeking Amadi’s confirmation and approval based on the National Judicial Council (NJC) recommendation. The incumbent Chief Judge, Justice Adama Iyaye Laminkara will reportedly retire on May 25. Governor Wike's letter read; “The NJC has recommended Simeon C. Amadi for appointment as Chief Judge of Rivers State following the imminent retirement of the incumbent CJ, Justice A. I. Laminkara, from service on 25, May 2021.” “I have considered NJC’s recommendation as well as qualification, character and service experience of Justice Simeon Chibuzor Amadi and found him proper and suit...
Real Madrid Star, Marcelo  Caught Violating COVID-19 Rules, Faces fine
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Real Madrid Star, Marcelo Caught Violating COVID-19 Rules, Faces fine

Real Madrid left-back, Marcelo, faces a fine for breaking the travel restrictions currently in place to halt the spread of COVID-19. This was decided after the Valencian regional government confirmed it had started investigating the Brazilian international on Monday. The confirmation came shortly after Marcelo posted a photo of himself and his family at the Malvarrosa beach in Valencia on social media. The current travel restrictions prohibit a resident in Madrid to leave the Comunidad de Madrid. All entry in the Comunidad Valenciana from other parts of Spain is also forbidden. For the Real Madrid player to take a family photo at a beach in Valencia, he must have done both. Sources in the Valencian government have described Marcelo’s behaviour as showing a lack of sol...
Confirmation Of Ex-Service Chiefs As Ambassadors A Betrayer Of Trust – Timi Frank
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Confirmation Of Ex-Service Chiefs As Ambassadors A Betrayer Of Trust – Timi Frank

Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, on Wednesday, condemned the Senate’s confirmation of the immediate past Service Chiefs as ambassadors in strong terms. Frank in a statement in Abuja, described the approval given by the upper chamber to the same ex-military top shots it had severally rejected and called for their sack over incompetence as a gross betrayal of the people’s trust. The Bayelsa-born political activist insisted that the action of the Senate smacks of raising personal gain above the wishes and aspirations of the generality of Nigerians who have spoken out strongly against the wrongful and ill-advised nomination of the ex-military leaders as ambassadors by President Muhammadu Buhari. He described the...
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have made their first public appearance after announcing they are expecting their second child. After sharing on Valentine's Day that they are expecting their second child and Buckingham Palace's confirmation last week that the couple won't return as working members of the royal family, Meghan and Harry made a surprise appearance at Spotify's Stream On event on Monday, Feb 22. The couple appeared on their couch in their Santa Barbara, California, home to talk about Archewell Audio, the production company they formed late last year that will create podcasts exclusively on Spotify. Meghan donned a sleeveless lemon-print Oscar de la Renta dress as she sat beside her husband. As the song "Electric Love" by Børns plays, Meghan says: "We're using po...
Buhari Appoints new Heads for Civil Defence and Correctional Service
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Buhari Appoints new Heads for Civil Defence and Correctional Service

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed new heads for the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and Nigeria Correctional Service. The President replaced Abdullahi Muhammadu who retired from service after completing his term as commandant-general of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), with Abubakar Audi. Buhari also nominated Haliru Nababa as the new head of the Nigeria Correctional Service. A statement released by Mohammed Manga, a spokesperson for the interior minister, Rauf Aregbesola read; New Appointments: President Buhari Appoints Audi, Nababa as NSCDC, NCoS Bosses President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR has approved the appointment of Ahmed Abubakar Audi PhD, mni as the new Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) ...
PDP Demands the Sack of Defence Minister, Bashir Magashi, for Asking Nigerians to Defend Themselves Against Bandits
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PDP Demands the Sack of Defence Minister, Bashir Magashi, for Asking Nigerians to Defend Themselves Against Bandits

< The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called for the immediate sack of the Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi, for ''abdicating his statutory duties'' by asking unarmed Nigerians to defend themselves against armed aggression by bandits and terrorists. Speaking at the National Assembly on Wednesday, February 17, Magashi while reacting to the abduction of staff and students of Government Science College in Niger state, said; ''Is it (security issue) the responsibility of the military alone? We shouldn’t be cowards. It is the responsibility of everybody to be alert and ensure safety when necessary. We shouldn’t be cowards. Sometimes bandits come with about three rounds of ammunition and when they fire shots everybody will run. In our younger days, we stand to fight...
Ambassadorial Nomination: SFD Writes Senate, Calls For Buratai’s Confirmation
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Ambassadorial Nomination: SFD Writes Senate, Calls For Buratai’s Confirmation

A group, Society For Development (SFD), has charged the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, to confirm the names of the ex-service chiefs as non-career ambassadors following their nomination by President Buhari. The SFD gave the charge in via letter to the National Assembly on Tuesday. The letter was titled, “PETITION AGAINST THE NON CAREER AMBASSADORIAL NOMINATION OF LT. GENERAL TUKUR BURATAI RTD, AND OTHER IMMEDIATE PAST SERVICE CHIEFS”. In the letter signed by Mr Akintunde Bello Sheriff, Coordinator, Society For Development (SFD), the group called on the Senate President to confirm Lt. General Buratai Rtd and other former service chiefs who have been nominated as non-career ambassadors without hesitation, saying the nominees performed well in securing the country during their se...
83 New Ambassadors Stranded Five Months After Senate Confirmation
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83 New Ambassadors Stranded Five Months After Senate Confirmation

Eighty-three newly appointed Nigerian ambassadors are stranded in the country more than five months after their appointments were confirmed by the Senate. There are no indications yet as to when they will be posted out, according to investigation conducted by The Nation. The ambassadors-designate include career and non-career officers. They have not even been inducted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, an action that normally precedes their posting by the Presidency. Officials of the Foreign Affairs Ministry said only President Muhammadu Buhari can determine the fate of the ambassadors-designate. The President had on May 12 and July 1, 2020 written to the Senate to seek the confirmation of 42 career ambassadors and 41 non-career ambassadors-designate respectively. Wh...
Olusegun Adeniyi To Wear Major General Rank Pending Conviction Confirmation
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Olusegun Adeniyi To Wear Major General Rank Pending Conviction Confirmation

Despite his conviction and subsequent demotion by a court-martial in Abuja, the former Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj. Gen. Olusegun Adeniyi, would continue wearing his current rank until the judgment was confirmed by the military authorities. The tribunal had, while handing down its judgment on Monday, said the order was subject to confirmation by the authorities. However, it was learnt that the decision of the military high command on the judgment may take some time. Our correspondent could not ascertain on Tuesday if Adeniyi was given a command or office since he was removed from leading the counter-insurgency operations against the Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State in March. The tribunal had found Adeniyi guilty of violating military social media gui...
Ugandan singer, Bobi Wine arrested after confirmation as election candidate
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Ugandan singer, Bobi Wine arrested after confirmation as election candidate

Bobi Wine, the popular Ugandan reggae singer and opposition presidential hopeful, was temporarily blinded by police when he was arrested in Kampala on Tuesday, moments after being successfully certified as a candidate in next year’s election. Heavily armed police and army officers blocked Wine’s vehicle as he was leaving the Kyambogo University cricket grounds on the outskirts of the capital. They smashed the vehicle’s windows with a crowbar and bundled the 38-year-old into a waiting police van. Wine, who is hoping to unseat Uganda’s long-time leader Yoweri Museveni, said police had directed pepper spray into his face amid violent scuffles with his supporters. “We were abducted by the police and military … They were the ones that smashed my car,” the singer, whose real name is Rob...
FIFA president, Gianni Infantino tests positive for Coronavirus
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FIFA president, Gianni Infantino tests positive for Coronavirus

FIFA president, Gianni Infantino has tested positive for COVID-19, football's world governing body said in a statement on Tuesday, October 27.   Infantino, 50, reported mild symptoms and is in self-isolation and will quarantine for at least 10 days, FIFA added.   A statement read: "FIFA President Gianni Infantino has received confirmation today that he has tested positive for coronavirus. The FIFA President, who has reported mild symptoms, has immediately placed himself in self-isolation and will remain in quarantine at least for 10 days.   "All people who came into contact with the FIFA President during the last few days have been informed accordingly and they are being requested to take the necessary steps.   "FIFA sincerely wishes President In...
42 Ambassadors Await Postings 96 Days After Senate Confirmation
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42 Ambassadors Await Postings 96 Days After Senate Confirmation

Ninety-six days after the Senate confirmed the nomination of 42 career ambassadors, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has yet to assign them portfolios, The PUNCH has learnt. Similarly, the 39 non-career ambassadors and one additional career ambassador, who were confirmed on July 22, 2020, by the Senate have yet to be posted. In all, 82 ambassadors are waiting without a clue as to where and when they will resume. A diplomat, who spoke to The PUNCH on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak with the press, said the delay was not caused by the closure of the airspace due to COVID-19 but rather lack of funds and poor planning. The diplomat noted that Buhari similarly delayed the posting of ambassadors in 2016. “I know the governmen...
Buhari Snubs Magu, Gets Senate Confirmation For 207 Appointees
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Buhari Snubs Magu, Gets Senate Confirmation For 207 Appointees

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has been able to get the 9th Senate to confirm at least 207 appointees for him in the last one year of the existence of the current Senate. The 207 already confirmed include judges, ministers, ambassadors, commissioners and heads of agencies. However, Buhari has not considered the re-appointment of the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu. Magu was appointed by the President on November 9, 2015 subject to confirmation by the Senate. But he has remained in acting capacity since then. He was rejected twice by the 8th Senate, under the leadership of Dr Bukola Saraki, based on a security report by the Department of State Services. He, however, remained in office. Saraki’s tenure a...
Senate Confirms Dongban-Mensem as Appeal Court President
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Senate Confirms Dongban-Mensem as Appeal Court President

Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem has been confirmed as the President of the Court of Appeal by the Nigerian senate. Her confirmation is coming days after some Nigerians accused President Buhari of delaying her confirmation for ethnoreligious reasons, despite the recommendation of the National Judicial Council. President Buhari however defended himself by saying that security agencies were yet to conclude their background checks on her. Before being confirmed on Thursday June 11, Gabriel Suswam (PDP, Benue) who was a member of the committee that screened Ms Dongban-Mensem said “she is very experienced and qualified for the job and there is is no argument as to her qualifications." James Jiya John Kolo was also confirmed as a commissioner of the Federal Character Commission to repr...
Coachella 2020 Officially Cancelled
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Coachella 2020 Officially Cancelled

We all knew this was coming. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it became impossible for Coachella 2020 to hold, all we needed was an official confirmation. After initially being postponed until October, the 2020 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival has officially been canceled. The festival promoter Goldenvoice’s parent company, AEG, just made huge cuts across staff due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and statewide stay-at-home orders. On Monday, the company laid off 15 percent of its workforce, furloughed over 100 people, and instituted 20 to 50 percent pay cuts, per an internal note obtained by Billboard. Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser decided to cancel Coachella and Stagecoach Music Festival amid concerns that COVID-19 could get worse lat...
Buhari Yet To Send Supreme Court Justice Nominees For Senate’s Confirmation
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Buhari Yet To Send Supreme Court Justice Nominees For Senate’s Confirmation

The delay by President Muhammadu Buhari to forward to the National Assembly for confirmation, the four Supreme Court justice-nominees approved by the National Judicial Council (NJC) eight months ago, to fill the vacancies at the apex court, has triggered concerns in the judiciary, THISDAY’s investigation has revealed. Some senior lawyers described the delay in the confirmation of the justices as not in the interest of justice. The bench of the Supreme Court consists of 12 justices instead of the stipulated number of 21. Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Muhammad, had on several occasions lamented the excruciating workload of justices of the apex court as a result of the depletion of the bench. NJC, on October 24, 2019, had approved and forwarded names of four just...
FCT Confirms 14 new Cases of Coronavirus, one Death
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FCT Confirms 14 new Cases of Coronavirus, one Death

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COVID-19: Lagos govt confirms 2 new COVID-19 cases as toll rises to 179
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COVID-19: Lagos govt confirms 2 new COVID-19 cases as toll rises to 179

The Lagos State Government has confirmed two new cases of Coronavirus in the state. Prof. Akin Abayomi, Commissioner of Health in the state made the confirmation via his Twitter handle, on Monday. Abayomi disclosed that the two new cases now bring the total number of those infected in the state to 179. He also affirmed that five patients who have fully recovered have been discharged. Abayomi said: “Lagos confirmed 2 new cases of COVID19 infection on 12th of April. ”Total COVID-19 Lagos confirmed cases are now 179. ”Five COVID-19 patients discharged following full recovery. ”The Total number of discharged #COVID19 patients are now 55. ”For a greater Lagos.” Recall that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, on Sunday confirmed 5 new cases of Coronavirus acr...
Aston Villa Goalkeeper Pepe Reina Self-isolating after Showing Coronavirus Symptoms
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Aston Villa Goalkeeper Pepe Reina Self-isolating after Showing Coronavirus Symptoms

Former Liverpool goalkeeper, Pepe Reina, who currently plays for Aston Villa in the Premier League, believes he has contracted coronavirus after displaying symptoms of the deadly disease. The 37-year-old Spaniard is currently self-isolating at home like other players but he disclosed that he 'went through the bug' last week. Although he has not been officially diagnosed with the illness. Speaking in a recent interview with radio station Cope, he said: 'Last week it was my turn to go through the bug,' he told radio station Cope. 'It has been a different week, of taking precautions not to infect the people who live with me. 'Here tests are not conducted unless you are [in a] very bad [state]. Speaking to the doctors, the symptoms I had were of it, without official confirmation o...
Popular Journalist, Edmund Obilo Quarantined for Coronavirus at UCH, Ibadan
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Popular Journalist, Edmund Obilo Quarantined for Coronavirus at UCH, Ibadan

Edmund Obilo, a popular Ibadan-based broadcast journalist, currently quarantined for Coronavirus at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan. A source quoted by Nigerian Tribune stated that the journalist admitted on Thursday evening. Furthermore, his blood samples taken to Lagos for test and confirmation. Also, his test result expected to arrive March, 21st. Furthermore, the source said he complaining about his condition at the hospital quarantined center.
Cement Factory Quarantined As Govt Begins Contact Tracing Of Coronavirus Victim
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Cement Factory Quarantined As Govt Begins Contact Tracing Of Coronavirus Victim

According to a report by Daily Trust, the Ogun state government has said that the whole facility of Larfarge Africa Plc, Cement factory in Ewekoro, Ogun State  has been quarantined following the confirmation of the first case of coronavirus in Nigeria. The government said the victim, an Italian who is a consultant to Larfarge Africa Plc, had visited the cement factory on Tuesday. The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker who disclosed this on Friday while addressing journalists in Abeokuta, the state capital, said the victim had developed fever and was treated at the clinic located in Lafarge facility before he was rushed to Lagos on Wednesday when the case grew worse. The Commissioner who was flanked by the Special Adviser Public Communication, Remmy Hazzan, Chief Pres...
Buhari Confirms Adeniran as Nigeria’s Surveyor-General
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Buhari Confirms Adeniran as Nigeria’s Surveyor-General

President Muhammadu Buhari has confirmed the appointment of Mr Taiwo Adeniran as the Surveyor-General of the Federation (SGOF). Mr Abu Michael, Head of Press and Public Relations, office of the SGOF, made this known in a statement issued on Friday in Abuja. According to Michael, the appointment was conveyed in a letter signed by Mr Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Works and Housing. The letter was dated Jan. 29, 2020. Adeniran, before his confirmation, had acted as SGOF since Oct. 2019, following the retirement of Kurfi Muhammed, his predecessor. “The appointment is for a term of four years in the first instance and is renewable upon satisfactory performance,” the letter said.
Canada Says Second Coronavirus Case Is Presumptive
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Canada Says Second Coronavirus Case Is Presumptive

Canadian health authorities on Monday confirmed the country’s first case of a deadly coronavirus that originated in China and said the patient’s wife had also tested positive. The woman’s case is still listed as “presumptive,” pending final confirmation by a national lab in Winnipeg, officials said. Nearly 20 people are being monitored. The patient confirmed to have the virus — a man in his 50s who arrived in Toronto on January 22 from Wuhan, the epicentre of the epidemic — is being treated in isolation in a hospital there. His wife, who travelled with him, also is believed to have contracted the virus and is in self-isolation, David Williams, Ontario province’s chief medical officer, said in a statement. He qualified the risk to others in Ontario as “low,” given that the ...
Sagay Tells Buhari To Seek Senate’s Confirmation For Magu Again
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Sagay Tells Buhari To Seek Senate’s Confirmation For Magu Again

The chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Professor Itse Sagay, yesterday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to again approach the Senate to confirm Ibrahim Magu as substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Sagay made the call in Abuja when he led other members of PACAC on a visit to the acting chairman of the EFCC, Magu. He said since Magu took over the leadership of the commission in 2015, he had demonstrated firmness and courage in the fight against corruption. He said: “The EFCC (under Magu) is a body that has surpassed every other organization, past and present, in the fight against corruption. When something is good, when you see merit, dedication, courage…I think it’s (not fair) to say you are looking for something else....
Buhari To Re-present Magu To Senate For Confirmation
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Buhari To Re-present Magu To Senate For Confirmation

President Muhammadu Buhari may re-present Ibrahim Magu, the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to the Senate for confirmation as the substantive chairman of the anti-graft agency, Daily Independent has gathered. A presidency source who does not want his name in print disclosed this to our correspondent on Thursday. Efforts by President Buhari to get Magu confirmed by the 8th Senate led by Bukola Saraki, immediate past Senate President, were rebuffed by the lawmakers who rejected him twice, citing reports written against him by the Department of State Services (DSS). Magu took charge of the EFCC in an acting capacity following the expiration of the tenure of his former boss, Ibrahim Lamorde, in November 2015. He had presided over the affairs of...
Termites Ate My School Certificate – CJN Tanko Muhammad
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Termites Ate My School Certificate – CJN Tanko Muhammad

An affidavit which Tanko Muhammad, the new Chief Justice of Nigeria submitted to the Senate last week ahead of his confirmation as the head of the Supreme Court, revealed claims of termites destroying his primary school certificate. He alleged that his documents were destroyed beyond recovery, following a termite invasion at his Bauchi State home in 1998. “No portion of the certificate was salvaged,” Mr Muhammad said. It was further learnt that the new Supreme court head swore the affidavit on February 13, 2002, while he was a judge at the Jos Division of the Court of Appeal and before he became a Supreme Court judge in 2007. Justice Tanko Mohammed was sworn-in today as the new Chief Justice of Nigeria by President Buhari, following a senate confirmation.
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...
Magu Came To Beg Me For Confirmation, Saraki Tells CJ
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Magu Came To Beg Me For Confirmation, Saraki Tells CJ

Former Senate President Bukola Saraki says the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, visited him in 2016 and begged him to ensure that he was confirmed by the Senate. Saraki added that he explained to Magu that the Department of State Services had written a letter to the upper chamber of the National Assembly accusing the EFCC boss of corruption and being unfit to hold the office and thus should not be confirmed. Saraki’s letter was written in response to a previous letter written by the EFCC to the chief judge. The EFCC in a letter sent to Abdu-Kafarati, on May 21, accused Justice Taiwo Taiwo of being biased against it. However, in a protest letter signed by Magu, the EFCC requested the re-assignment of the two ex-governors’ cas...
Nigerians With So Much Money Buy Judgements – Senator Lawan
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Nigerians With So Much Money Buy Judgements – Senator Lawan

A leading aspirant for the 9th Senate Presidency, Ahmad Lawan, has stated that Nigeria was a country where very wealthy people buy judgments in their favor. The lawmaker, who represents Yobe North senatorial district on the All Progressives Congress, APC, platform, said that there was the urgent need to move away from this. Lawan, who is also the Senate leader, spoke on the floor of the Senate during plenary. He was commenting on the request by President Muhammadu Buhari, who sought for the confirmation of Abubakar Musa Sadiq as the President, Customary Court of Appeal, Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja. The Senate Leader said, “This is a very clear demonstration of how the three tiers of government work cooperatively. “We have suspended our rules to take this confirmati...
11 Missing Niger Soldiers Found Dead After Gunmen Killed 17
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11 Missing Niger Soldiers Found Dead After Gunmen Killed 17

The bodies of 11 missing Niger soldiers have been discovered after an ambush by armed men killed 17 of their colleagues on patrol near the Mali border, security sources said. “We have confirmation that the dead bodies of the eleven missing soldiers have been found, bringing the death toll to 28,” a source said late Wednesday. The military patrol was ambushed on Tuesday near the village of Tongo Tongo in the western Tillaberi region, sources said. One of the military vehicles had set off an explosive device. A source referred to what happened as a “terrorist attack”. Several troops were also injured and evacuated to the capital Niamey, a different source told AFP. According to the news site Actuniger, a patrol of 52 Niger soldiers happened upon a group of heavily armed men...
Manchester United make Final Decision on Martial
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Manchester United make Final Decision on Martial

Manchester United have told their forward, Anthony Martial, he will not be sold this summer, according to Daily Star. Martial has fallen down manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s pecking order at Old Trafford in recent times. The forward signed a new contract at the club in January. Solskjaer had also backed the Frenchman to be a big influence for Manchester United. However, a recent report claimed that Solskjaer was frustrated with the 23-year-old for what he deems a poor attitude. A training clip of Martial in the warm-up before a Premier League clash with Chelsea has also not helped the player’s cause. But, despite that, the newspaper reports that United have told the player he will not be sold this summer. Speaking after Martial signed his contract, Solskjaer had tol...
Why NASS Should Approve Diaspora Voting – Presidency
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Why NASS Should Approve Diaspora Voting – Presidency

Presidential aide, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, on Sunday told Nigerians in the Diaspora to prevail on the National Assembly to approve voting for Nigerians in the Diaspora. Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Foreign Affairs and the Diaspora, made the call at a Diaspora Leadership Conference, organised by the Nigerian Consulate in New York, U.S. The SSA, whose confirmation as chair of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission is pending in the senate, said that Diaspora voting was one of the things the commission would pursue relentlessly when operational. She said that while the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had indicated its readiness for Diaspora voting, the lawmakers were uncomfortable with th...
South African Police allegedly Kill Nigerian man
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South African Police allegedly Kill Nigerian man

A Nigerian man identified as Ebuka Udugbo has been allegedly killed by the South African police. This is according to a report by the president, Nigerian Citizens Association South Africa (NICASA), Ben Okoli, who made the confirmation of the Ebuka’s death to NAN. Okoli, in a letter to the Consul General, Nigerian Consulate in South Africa, explained that the late Ebuka Udugbo on April 28 had a disagreement with one Miss Linda, who was his girlfriend and was subsequently arrested by South African Police. He was later reported dead in their custody. He said: “The information we got initially was that he committed suic*de while in the South African Police custody in Cape Town. We conducted our own preliminary investigation over the circumstances surrounding his death. ...
Okpekpe Organisers Give Timeline for Registration of Athletes
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Okpekpe Organisers Give Timeline for Registration of Athletes

Organisers of the Okpekpe International 10km Road Race have given Wednesday, May 22, as the closing date for registration of athletes for the seventh edition of the only IAAF Silver Label road running event in Africa in 2019 which holds on Saturday May 25 in Okpekpe, Edo State. Zak Amodu, the race’s Director of Organisation said the online registration for the historic race will close on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019. ”Accreditation and number pick up will begin on Thursday, May 23 and end the next day, Friday May 24. It will start at 8:00 a.m. each day at Yak Hotel along Auchi-Benin Road,” revealed Amodu who insisted that there will be no accreditation on race day. ”To pick up your race number you will need to print a copy of your order confirmation email or Order Number and p...
Ezekwesili Reacts To NBS Confirmation That 21 Million Nigerians Are Unemployed
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Ezekwesili Reacts To NBS Confirmation That 21 Million Nigerians Are Unemployed

The presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili, has assured Nigerians that the increasing rate of unemployment in the country would stop if she emerged as the President. In a press statement issued on Thursday in reaction to the recent data released by the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS), she warned Nigerians against voting for “candidates that have no idea of how to solve the challenges facing the country.” The ACPN presidential candidate reiterated that no fewer than 80 million Nigerians would be lifted out of poverty by her administration. She said that her administration would implement a productivity and competitiveness initiative that would create new opportunities and jobs in some key sectors. Among the sectors ...
Atiku Asks Buhari to Resign over  State of Economy
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Atiku Asks Buhari to Resign over State of Economy

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, yesterday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign from office, saying the president’s recent assessment of the nation’s economy, in which he stated that it had gone out of control, was enough evidence that he had failed. The president had told state governors last Friday in Abuja that the economy had become so bad that new strategies had to be found to revamp it, admonishing Nigerians to brace up for rough times ahead. Atiku in a statement in Abuja yesterday by his Special Assistant on Public Communication, Mr. Phrank Shaibu, described the president’s assessment indicating Nigeria’s economy had collapsed under his watch as not only a self-indicting ploy to attract the sympathy of Nigerians, ...
Senate in Rowdy Session over EFCC Board Nominees
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Senate in Rowdy Session over EFCC Board Nominees

The Senate on Tuesday witnessed a rowdy session as Senators were sharply divided over the report of the Senate Committee on Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes seeking the confirmation of four nominees as members of the Board of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. No sooner had the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Chukwuka Utazi (Enugu North), finished the presentation of the committee’s report at plenary than Senator Enyinanya Abaribe (Abia South) observed that the nominees were from four geo-political zones while leaving out South East and South South zones. He averred that the report be stood down until the composition of the Board is reviewed to take care of the interests of all the six zones in the country. Senate Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan, and his pred...

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