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Enugu APC crisis: Former Speaker, ex-governor, 39 others expelled
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Enugu APC crisis: Former Speaker, ex-governor, 39 others expelled

The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Enugu State has announced the expulsion of forty-one (41) members from the party. This is following their alleged violation of the provision of the party’s constitution. Those affected include a former Speaker of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Hon. Eugene Odo, former military governor, Group Capt. Joe Orji, a former Deputy Governorship candidate of the party in the State, Prince Chikwado Chukwunta, Gen. J.O.J Okoloagu, a former Reps member, Chukwuemeka Ujam and several others. Chairman of the APC Caretaker Committee in the State, Dr. Ben Nwoye announced this when he addressed journalists on Sunday. Nwoye said the members self-expelled themselves from the party by filing a suit in court without first exhausting the internal me...
PDP splits as 2 acting national chairmen emerge
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PDP splits as 2 acting national chairmen emerge

There was confusion on Tuesday, August 24, as the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) split into two factions. The two Deputy National Chairmen of the party - Deputy National Chairman (South), Elder Yemi Akinwonmi and Deputy National Chairman (North), Senator Suleiman Nazif - in separate announcements on Tuesday, claimed to be the party’s acting National Chairman. On Monday, August 23, a court issued an order restraining the substantive National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, from parading himself as PDP National Chairman and taking part in any activity of the party while the order lasts. To fill the leadership gap created by the suspension of Secondus, Akinwonmi and Nazif are laying claim to the position of the National Chairman. In a statement relea...
Gov Ikpeazu calls for new Nigerian constitution
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Gov Ikpeazu calls for new Nigerian constitution

Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu has re-echoed the call for a new Nigerian constitution, which will evolve from the will of the people and not foisted on Nigerians like the present 1999 Constitution. Ikpeazu posited that the new Constitution will restructure the country and devolve more powers to the federating units, entrench resource control by the states, establish federal, state, and local government police formations and be more responsive to the protection of the rights of all citizens, as well as provide a level playing field where all Nigerians will be treated equally. The Abia Governor made these calls today as Keynote Speaker at the 5th Osasu Show Symposium with the theme, “State of the nation, the Peoples Constitution” held at the International Conference Centre in ...
Yoruba Nation: Akintoye, others set for ‘One Million Man March’ at UN headquarters in New York
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Yoruba Nation: Akintoye, others set for ‘One Million Man March’ at UN headquarters in New York

Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-Determination (NINAS) has announced a “One Million Man March” to demand a referendum on self-determination and abolition of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria. The march will be held in front of the United Nations Headquarters in New York, United States of America at the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) starting from 14th to 21st September 2021. According to the group, the March will be led by Professor Banji Akintoye, respected Varsity Don, Prof. Yusuf Turaki, Secretary-General of NINAS, Barr. Tony Nnadi, and National Chairman of Ilana Omo Oodua, Professor Wale Adeniran, amongst others. NINAS is the umbrella body of leading regional Self-Determination Groups in the South and Middle Belt of Nigeria with Il...
Only National Convention can remove Secondus – Senator Seriake
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Only National Convention can remove Secondus – Senator Seriake

Former Governor of Bayelsa state and senator representing Bayelsa West in the Senate, Seriake Dickson has said that only a National Convention can remove embattled Peoples Democratic Party Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus. Speaking after a PDP House of Representatives Caucus called for Secondus' resignation, Dickson stated that the “illegal” National Working Committee meeting and that of the party’s caucus in the House of Representatives, including a protest at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja on Monday August 9, are all part of the plot to contrive a needless crisis in the PDP in order to set up a caretaker committee, which is illegal. Insisting that there is no crisis in the party, the lawmaker said what is happening is only a contrived media crisis orchestrated and fund...
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There is Danger ahead – Keyamo warns APC after Governor Akeredolu’s Victory at Supreme Court

Minister of state for labour, Festus Keyamo has warned members of the All Progressives Congress of danger ahead after the Supreme Court Judgement which ratified the victory of Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu. The dissenting judgement which was read by Justice Peter-Odili, centered on the legitimacy of Governor Mai Mala Buni as the All Progressives Congress (APC) national caretaker chairman. Recall that the Yobe state governor was appointed after the removal of elected Chairman Adams Oshiomhole on June 16, 2020 for an initial six month period, but his position was renewed indefinitely. Odili had disclosed that the APC, by Article 17(4) of its constitution has provided for how its affairs should be managed and what offices its members could occupy at a time. The dissenti...
We are our own problem in the north, that’s the reason power is about to vacate from the region – Governor Matawalle
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We are our own problem in the north, that’s the reason power is about to vacate from the region – Governor Matawalle

Governor Matawalle has stated that the north is the cause of some of the problems witnessed in the region. Matawalle said this in an interview on DW Hausa while firing back at those calling for his removal over his defection. He also dismissed claim of moving to the All Progressives Congress from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) because he wanted to seal his second term deal. The Governor said; “Let the people of Zamfara continue engaging with their own business as usual. Those who are mongering this are ignorant. They are worried about the second term, not me. “No one is guaranteed for tomorrow, even an hour per se. I am contented with what Allah made me. As far as I am concerned, if I am done with this first term successfully, I am okay with that. I grateful to Allah a...
Nigerian Army Looking For Soldier Who Murdered Niger Delta University Student
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Nigerian Army Looking For Soldier Who Murdered Niger Delta University Student

The Nigerian Army is investigating the killing of a Niger Delta University student, Miss Jennifer Ugadu that was reportedly killed by a Nigerian soldier, James Matol. The army added that it is now looking for the soldier who is currently on the run. The Director Army Public Relation, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, said the student was shot in her apartment by the suspect now at large. Nwachukwu said there was no place for such barbaric act in the army, adding that the Nigerian army had commiserated with the family of the deceased. According to him, Nigeria army is an institution that is accountable to the people and would ensure the justice is served. ”The NA has taken the allegation seriously and joint investigation has commenced, while effort to profile and ascertain the tru...
APC Suspends Rochas Okorocha over alleged ‘Gross anti-party activities’
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APC Suspends Rochas Okorocha over alleged ‘Gross anti-party activities’

The national working committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has suspended the immediate past Governor of Imo State and Senator representing Imo West Constituency at the Senate, Rochas Okorocha over alleged gross anti-party activities. The suspension letter dated July 12 and signed by the Acting National Chairman, Mai Mala Buni and John Akpanudoedehe, Secretary of the Party, stated that one of the alleged anti-party activities include 'flagrant abuse on the person and Office of the President" "This is to communicate to you, the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Party ratification of your suspension by the Imo State Chapter of our great party for anti-party activities,” the letter addressed to the Senator partly reads. "The s...
Constitution Review: Southwest Governors Demand Return to Regional Govt, Scrap of States
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Constitution Review: Southwest Governors Demand Return to Regional Govt, Scrap of States

A proposal for Nigeria to return to regional system of government has been submitted by South West Governors Forum. The governors also want states to be scrapped. According to the governors, the six states in the geographical zone converted into federating units. This proposal was contained in a document presented to members of the national assembly from the zone by the governors as part of the review of the 1999 constitution. The document was dated July 5, 2021, with the title, ‘Proposals for the Review of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (As Amended): Presentation by South-West Governors’ Forum’. According to TheCable. In the document, the governors asked that sections 3(1) and (3) of the Constitution be amended. That is the section of the constitut...
Bill to create state police scales second reading
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Bill to create state police scales second reading

A bill seeking the creation of state police has scaled second reading at the house of representatives.   The bill which seeks to amend the 1999 constitution and make police a concurrent issue in the constitution, which will allow states to create and maintain police, is sponsored by Luke Onofiok (PDP, Akwa-Ibom).   Mr Onofiok who led the debate on the bill said;   "It seeks to move the item pertaining to police and government security services to the concurrent list so that both the federal and state government can both legislate on. I, therefore, solicit your kind co-operation in supporting the Bill for a second reading and subsequent passage into law. “This Bill seeks to excise Item 45 (Police and other government security services) from the Exclus...
Joe Biden stops federal executions of prison inmates restarted under Trump
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Joe Biden stops federal executions of prison inmates restarted under Trump

The US government under Joe Biden has ordered a halt on federal executions that were resumed in 2020 under the Trump administration after a 17-year hiatus. The Trump administration carried out 13 federal executions during the former president's final months in office, before the Trump the last execution occured 17 years ago during the Bush Administration. However President Joe Biden, who appointed Merrick Garland, the US government's attorney general, has paused the executions while Garland also ordered a review of the rules around the death penalty Garland also ordered officials to review the drugs administered during lethal injection amid reports that prisoners may have experienced severe pain while dying. In issuing the moratorium, Attorney General Garland cited the ...
Shehu Sani Breaks Silence Over Arrest of Nnamdi Kanu, Warns FG
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Shehu Sani Breaks Silence Over Arrest of Nnamdi Kanu, Warns FG

Former Kaduna Senator, Shehu Sani has warned the federal government against abusing the rights of the leader of the Indigenous people of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu following his re-arrest. According to Sani, the government must ensure that all his rights are respected. “The fundamental rights of Nnamdi Kanu should be respected in compliance with the relevant articles of the constitution of the FRN.”   “His trial should be guided by justice, fairness and the rule of law and not sentiments, prejudice, hate, ill feelings, vengeance or bigotry.” Shehu tweeted. Recall that the federal government on Tuesday afternoon confirmed the arrest and extradition on Kanu. He was also ordered to be remanded in the custody of the Department of State Security following his arraignment before J...
Don’t corrupt our Judges – Acting CJ warns Community in Kogi
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Don’t corrupt our Judges – Acting CJ warns Community in Kogi

The Acting Chief Judge of Kogi State, Justice Richard Olorunju Olorunfemi has cautioned the Adumu community in Ofu local government area against corrupting judges operating in their locality. Justice Olorunfemi also appealed to the people to support the staff of the newly established Area Court in the community to enable it dispense unpolluted justice to the people. He stated this on Monday at Adumu community in Itobe district of Ofu local government area of Kogi State, during the official inauguration of Area Court established for the community by the Acting Chief Judge. The Chief Judge who warned the people of the community against inducing the Area Court Judge and other officers described the court as synonymous to development and bringing of justice close to the people. “Co...
Osun LG Polls: Democracy Vanguard threatens court action over caretaker Committees
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Osun LG Polls: Democracy Vanguard threatens court action over caretaker Committees

A pro-democracy group, Democracy Vanguard, has threatened to drag the Osun State Government to court if it went ahead to constitute caretaker committees instead of conducting elections at the local government level in the State. Speaking Wednesday on a radio programme in Osogbo, its Osun State Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Olowu stated that his organisation would not subscribe to the constitution of caretaker committees. Olowu noted that the election at the local government level was a constitutional matter and that a delay meant that the Nigerian Constitution was no longer supreme. He maintained that the position of the state government was not genuine and cannot hold ground. While accusing political leaders in the country of not taking elections at the local government level ...
Those talking about Restructuring have nothing to say – Buhari
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Those talking about Restructuring have nothing to say – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that those calling for restructuring of the country have nothing to say. In his speech at the launch of Kudirat Abiola Sabon Gari Peace Foundation in Zaria, Kaduna State, the Nigerian leader who was represented by the  Executive Secretary of Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission, Alhaji Mohammed Bello Shehu, stated that no country will ever agree to "dissolving a system and calling for an obscure conference to come and discuss how we can move forward as a nation." He said;   “You are telling us to dissolve a system and call for an obscure conference to come and discuss how we can move forward as a nation. That can never be done and no country will agree to that. There is no government in the world that will cede the...
Governors have Exercised Powers Beyond what Constitution Envisaged for them -Ita Enang
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Governors have Exercised Powers Beyond what Constitution Envisaged for them -Ita Enang

Senior special assistant to the president on Niger Delta affairs, Ita Enang has accused Governors of being the cause of some of the challenges witnessed across the country. In an interview on NTA on Monday June 14, the Presidential aide alleged that Governors in the country have exercised powers beyond what the constitution envisaged for them. Enang further said that if monies meant for local governments are disbursed, the challenges currently witnessed across the country will be curbed. He said;   “The governors have exercised so much powers that are beyond what the constitution envisaged for them — beyond what the law gave to them. The president has kept within his powers as president and does not interfere with the funds of the state governments. The governors have...
Edwin Clark Knocks Buhari Over Insistence On Open Grazing
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Edwin Clark Knocks Buhari Over Insistence On Open Grazing

Foremost Ijaw leader, Edwin Clark, has knocked President Muhammadu Buhari over his insistence on open grazing and recovering of grazing routes. Naija News had reported that the Southern governors resolved to ban open grazing in their region — a decision that sparked divergent views. The decision did not go down well with Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation, who argued that the ban on open grazing is against the freedom of movement enshrined in the 1999 constitution (as amended). Last week, President Muhammadu Buhari, while responding to questions on Arise TV on the position of southern governors and AGF’s stance, said he has asked the AGF to recover lands meant for grazing routes as stipulated in the first republic gazette. But in a statement on Monday, Clark desc...
There is nothing like grazing routes or grazing reserve law – Senate Spokesperson replies President Buhari
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There is nothing like grazing routes or grazing reserve law – Senate Spokesperson replies President Buhari

Spokesperson of the Nigerian senate, Ajibola Bashiru has said that there are no grazing routes or grazing reserve law in the laws of the federation of Nigeria. Bashiru who was responding to President Buhari's directive for reactivation of grazing routes to curb farmers and herdsmen clash in an interview with The PUNCH, said the gazette the Nigerian leader was referring to was a product of a decree promulgated in northern Nigeria in the 1960s. The Senate Spokesperson also said Nigerians should be concerned over whether the Nigerian president is actually getting the correct legal advice from his attorney-general and the legal team. He said; “Nigerians should be concerned over whether the Nigerian president is actually getting the correct legal advice from his attorney-general...
Sports ministry dissolves AFN board
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Sports ministry dissolves AFN board

The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has dissolved the board of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), upon the expiration of its term. The ministry said this in a statement by John Joshua-Akanji, Special Adviser to the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, on Monday in Abuja. It stated the board was dissolved upon the expiration of its tenure.“Pursuant to article 10.4 of the 2017 constitution of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, the ministry hereby dissolves the board of the AFN, ” the ministry said. The ministry said it understood that the AFN would be holding an elective congress on Monday. “We have advised that the elections should be organised in accordance with the 2017 constitution of the AFN as contained in the agreement reached a...
I don’t know Why National Assembly is afraid of referendum – Ozekhome
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I don’t know Why National Assembly is afraid of referendum – Ozekhome

Mike Ozekhome, Senior Advocate of Nigeria and constitutional lawyer has asked why the National Assembly is afraid of ‘referendum’ and ‘a people’s constitution’. The senior lawyer in an interview on Channels Television, recalled how he took on frontally the Deputy Senate President, Senator Omo-Agege on this issue penultimate Friday June 11 at the International Conference Centre. Ozekhome said he explained on a blow-by-blow account how to bring about what we call a people’s constitution, after a referendum. He said;   “In trying to restructure this behemoth, this elephantine, this very unwieldy, unitary federation, which passes for a federal system of government, how do we go about it? That has always been the question. And I have never underrated the role of the Nation...
Buhari Gives Verdict On Restructuring, Devolution Of Power
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Buhari Gives Verdict On Restructuring, Devolution Of Power

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that true federalism and devolution of powers were issues requiring a constitutional amendment. According to the President, the demands for restructuring, state police and others should be directed to the National Assembly. He said this while hosting members of the Nigerian Inter-Religious Council (NIREC), led by the Co-Chairmen, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, and the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Dr. Samson Supo Ayokunle, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He said the National Assembly had already gone far with the required amendments to sections of the Constitution, adding that his position on devolving more power to the people had not changed. According to a statement issued by his Spec...
Albanian President Ilir Meta Impeached for Violating Constitution
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Albanian President Ilir Meta Impeached for Violating Constitution

Albanian President, Ilir Meta has been impeached by the country’s parliament for violating the constitution. The parliament voted 104-7 to discharge the president on Wednesday, June 9, while three abstained. The final approval lies with Albania’s Constitutional Court within three months. A report following a parliamentary investigation concluded that Meta had violated the constitution with his biased approach against the ruling Socialists during the April 25 parliamentary electoral campaign. The report said Meta violated 16 articles and also incited violence. “Ilir Meta has betrayed the mission of the president of ... Albania,” Prime Minister Edi Rama said in his speech before the vote. “Ilir Meta has humiliated the constitution.” Meta has denounced the investigation and im...
Constitution Review: CAN seeks ban of under 18 marriages in Nigeria
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Constitution Review: CAN seeks ban of under 18 marriages in Nigeria

The Christian Association of Nigeria in its presentation at the ongoing constitution review in the country, sought for ban of under 18 marriages in the country. CAN President, Olasupo Ayokunle who was represented by the Ondo State CAN Chairman, John Oladapo at a public hearing organized by the House of Representatives Special Committee On The Review Of The Constitution in Akure, Ondo State capital, advocated that 18 years should be the minimum age for marriage in the country. The Christian group which lamented that the girl-child has been exposed to series of indecent tradition in some parts of the country, also sought for rights of females to contest or seek for appointments based on equal opportunities. The group said; “It should be made a law that anybody below the age o...
I Never Asked President Buhari to Suspend the Constitution- Malami
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I Never Asked President Buhari to Suspend the Constitution- Malami

The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, has debunked media reports claiming he has asked President Buhari to suspend the use of the constitution. Some section of the media had alleged that the Minister in a secret memo to the president advised that the fundamental rights of all Nigerians as guaranteed under chapter IV of the constitution be suspended owing to insecurity. In a statement released by his media aide, Umar Gwandu, the Minister denied ever making such a suggestion to President Buhari. The statement in part reads “The attention of the office of the honourable attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN has been drawn to a false and fictitious report alleging that there was a secret memo emanating from the Of...
Diaspora Igbo insists on restructuring, fiscal federation
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Diaspora Igbo insists on restructuring, fiscal federation

condemns govt position on shouting youths on site By Chioma Gabriel Diaspora Igbo group, the Igbo World Assembly, IWA, is still insisting on  the  need to restructure Nigeria to ensure true federalism as it was in the 1963 constitution based on regions or zones respectively. This is even as the group has condemned in the Read More  
Lala Akindoju Criticizes Nigerian Leaders for their ‘Lack of Empathy’ for the People
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Lala Akindoju Criticizes Nigerian Leaders for their ‘Lack of Empathy’ for the People

Actress, Lala Akindoju has criticized the Nigerian political leaders for not attempting to show empathy towards the citizens who elected them. She said it's troubling that despite the increase in insecurity in the country, Nigerian leaders carry on as though all is well. She added that they attend parties, give speeches but don't tackle the issues plaguing the nation. She also criticized the leaders for setting aside only 2 days for the constitution review, noting that they spend way more time and resources on political campaigns campaigns rallies. Read her post below.
I Don’t Report anyone to my Husband, I Fight for Myself – Remi Tinubu
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I Don’t Report anyone to my Husband, I Fight for Myself – Remi Tinubu

Senator representing Lagos central and former First Lady of Lagos state, Remi Tinubu has said that she fights her own battle and doesn't report anyone to her husband, Bola Tinubu. Speaking on TVC breakfast show ‘Your View’, Remi stated that she fights her own battles when she knows she is right without telling her husband, because she knows she will tell her she is wrong. She said; “That you have a position doesn’t mean you have to lose yourself to that position, because the position will go and then, do you go back and find yourself? You have to be yourself in every situation. “Most of the time when people see me talk strongly, yes, I am Asiwaju’s wife but Asiwaju is somebody that I don’t go home to report anyone to because he would tell me, ‘you are wrong’. “I don’t know...
Southern and Northern Kaduna Groups Agree to Split State into two
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Southern and Northern Kaduna Groups Agree to Split State into two

Kaduna state will now be splitted into two following an agreement reached by representatives of southern and northern Kaduna. The agreement was reached at a constitution review hearing at the state house in Kaduna. The hearing was attended by Governor Nasir El-Rufai, Uba Sani, senator representing Kaduna central; Kabiru Gaya, senator representing Kano south, and other stakeholders. Jonathan Askake, President of the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) who presented the group's demand for creation of Gurara state from Kaduna, also asked that the constitution be amended to allow for the creation of additional two geo-political zones. He also said that the planned Gurara state will be under a new zone called middle-belt west. Asake said; “I’m here to further expound on the m...
Pastor Okotie Throws his Weight behind restructuring as he suggests ways in solving the different crisis in Nigeria
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Pastor Okotie Throws his Weight behind restructuring as he suggests ways in solving the different crisis in Nigeria

Senior Shepherd of the Household of God Church International Ministries in Lagos, Rev Chris Okotie, has proffered two solutions which according to him, if implemented, could help salvage Nigeria from its current crises. In a statement titled, ‘Major Crisis Imminent, Okotie Warns.', the clergyman said the restructuring of the country to accommodate fiscal federalism and a total replacement of the 1999 Constitution are the two remedies to save the most populous black nation on earth. He, however, added that Nigeria will experience rebirth after a major crisis “Nigeria is at the cusp of a major crisis which is a precursor to its rebirth. Pristine forces which have been a perennial impediment to the fulfilment of Nigeria’s prophetic destiny are about to be pulverized,” the statement...
We should scrap this constitution and adopt the 1963 constitution that can contain everything that is being agitated for now – Sagay
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We should scrap this constitution and adopt the 1963 constitution that can contain everything that is being agitated for now – Sagay

Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Itse Sagay has called for the adoption of the 1963 constitution which he said will address the current agitations in some parts of the country. Sagay who spoke in an interview on Channels Television on Monday May 24, said scrapping of the 1999 constitution and adoption of the 1963 constitution will make everyone happy. He said; “My own personal preference is that we should scrap this constitution (referring to the 1999 constitution) and adopt the 1963 constitution that can contain everything that is being agitated for now. “We adopt it, with amendments here and there, to make it accomodate states rather than regions, which we used to have. “I think all these agitations will die down and everybody w...
Ban on Open Grazing: Miyetti Allah ask Herdsmen to Leave Southern Nigeria
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Ban on Open Grazing: Miyetti Allah ask Herdsmen to Leave Southern Nigeria

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), has asked all Fulani herdsmen to leave the Southern states following the recent ban placed on open grazing by the state governors. In a letter signed by the Chairman of the Bauchi State chapter of MACBAN, Sadiq Ibrahim Ahmed, the body urged herders operating in the south to urgently leave the region as “the governors of the 17 states that make up the region are bent on frustrating their business as well as turn the people against herders.” The letter in part reads “This is a simple calculation. We are heading for secession. The rulers are no longer interested in the people. If some people are banned from open grazing, there is nothing more. Fulani people should move out from there. It is very simple. Must we ...
Federal grand jury indicts Derek Chauvin and three former officer for violating George Floyd’s constitutional rights
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Federal grand jury indicts Derek Chauvin and three former officer for violating George Floyd’s constitutional rights

A federal grand jury has indicted Derek Chauvin and three other former Minneapolis police officers on charges of violating George Floyd's civil rights during the arrest that led to his death last year. Chauvin, 45, Tou Thao, 35, and J. Alexander Kueng, 27, were each charged with two counts of deprivation of rights under color of law, according to the indictment from the U.S. Department of Justice. Thomas Lane, 38, was charged once with deprivation of rights under color of law.   In a video shot by a bystander, Thao could be seen standing between onlookers and his fellow officers as they pinned Floyd to the pavement. Lane and Kueng were also spotted on top of Floyd as Chauvin applied pressure to the victim’s neck. Chauvin "willfully deprived George Floyd of the right, secur...
We’ll no longer tolerate those seeking to throw Nigeria into anarchy – DSS warns
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We’ll no longer tolerate those seeking to throw Nigeria into anarchy – DSS warns

The Department of State Services (DSS) has warned that it will no longer tolerate the actions of “misguided elements” who are threatening Nigeria’s unity and peaceful co-existence.   In a statement by DSS spokesperson, Peter Afunanya, the service said it will henceforth, not tolerate those whose aim is to “throw the country into anarchy.”   The statement in part reads   “While the Service reaffirms its unambiguous support to an indivisible, indissoluble and united Nigerian State in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution, it will no longer tolerate deliberate machinations by subversive and hostile groups whose agenda is to throw the country into anarchy so as to serve the interests of their sponsors. Consequently, the Servcie is assiduously work...
Zulum hands over to Deputy as he goes on 21 days vacation
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Zulum hands over to Deputy as he goes on 21 days vacation

Governor of Borno State Babagana Umara Zulum has handed over the government of Borno state to his deputy, Umar Usman Kadafur. Zulum had on April 23, 2021, written to the Borno Assembly, seeking the lawmakers’ approval to proceed on 21 days vacation. The Governor had also requested that in compliance with provisions of section 190 (1) of the constitution, which made him notify the House, the Assembly should approve the Deputy Governor to serve as acting Governor throughout the 21 days, in order to constitutionally give him the full powers to handle Borno State’s affairs without resort to the Governor. However, a statement on Saturday by Zulum’s spokesman, Mallam Isa Gusau, said the Borno State House of Assembly has approved the governor’s request.
This Country won’t Stay together Under this Present Constitution, Buhari’s Actions Encourage Secessionists – Afenifere
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This Country won’t Stay together Under this Present Constitution, Buhari’s Actions Encourage Secessionists – Afenifere

Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, has said the ''failure'' of Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari to restructure the country is fuelling agitations of secession by groups within the country. Afenifere leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, 93, alleged Buhari's stubbornness to implement federalism will only make secession inevitable while also saying Buhari was hiding in the 'Fulanization' of Nigeria The Yoruba chieftain also said the 2023 election will not happen in Nigeria if the current state of insecurity is not handled while claiming the country's leadership has no clue on how to handle the security crisis in the country. "The people in charge have no clue to manage the country. And as long as you are not carrying every section of the country along with you, you can’t win any ...
Buhari has a Hidden Agenda for Rejecting Calls for Restructuring, he is Encouraging Secession – Afenifere Leader, Ayo Adebanjo
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Buhari has a Hidden Agenda for Rejecting Calls for Restructuring, he is Encouraging Secession – Afenifere Leader, Ayo Adebanjo

Acting national leader of Afenifere, Ayo Adebanjo has alleged that President Buhari has a hidden agenda for rejecting calls for restructuring. Reacting to presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu's dismissal of calls for disintegration and insistence that Buhari won’t be bullied into “settling” secessionists in an interview on Arise TV on Wednesday April 21, Adebanjo wondered why the presidential spokesperson will say the president is not interested in restructuring when the people have said it is what they want. He said; “It’s that sovereign national conference, which was attempted in 2014, that Buhari has refused to do — that is the cause of the problem. If he doesn’t do it, he wants to impose this military constitution on us. And that what’s causing people, who feel cheated, to...
Bola Tinubu Hails Aisha Buhari, Describes her as a ”Voice of Conscience”
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Bola Tinubu Hails Aisha Buhari, Describes her as a ”Voice of Conscience”

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has described first lady, Aisha Buhari, as a voice of conscience calling politicians to be their better selves. Tinubu stated this while speaking at the public presentation of the biography of Mrs. Aisha at the Presidential Villa, Abuja today April 8. The book, “Aisha Buhari: Being different,” was written by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Administration and Women Affairs, Dr Hajo Sani. Speaking as the chairman of the occasion, Tinubu said “Given the First Lady’s achievement, no one can reasonably question the role of a First Lady any longer. Remember that there were those who argued that the constitution does not assign any official role to the First Lady. With Mrs Dr Aisha Buhari, their concern...
Miyetti Allah to Southerners: Be Ready to Leave the North
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Miyetti Allah to Southerners: Be Ready to Leave the North

Alhaji Sadiq Ibrahim Ahmed, the Bauchi State chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) on Saturday, February 20 pledged that the association would resist any attempt by Southern governors to evict herdsmen. The MACBAN chairman said it would be tit for tat by the north should the herders be evicted from the south. According to Alhaji Ibrahim Ahmed, everyone has the right to live anywhere he or she wants. He said; “In fact, herdsmen, based on their activity of pastoralism, own every part of Nigeria. So why should anyone go against the constitution? ‘’If the southern governors insist on sending our people away, we will have no option than to send their people packing too. “We are no fools. We are only studying the situation. We are all human...
Governor Bala Mohammed Punished Abuja Residents for Trespassing but Defends open Grazing — Falana
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Governor Bala Mohammed Punished Abuja Residents for Trespassing but Defends open Grazing — Falana

Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN) has faulted Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed's stance on grazing by Fulani herdsmen in the Southern part of the country. In a statement made available to journalists on Saturday February 20, Falana insinuated that it was hypocritical for Bala Mohammed who demolished people’s houses because they encroached on government land as Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, to say that herdsmen have a right to stray into people’s land and reside in forest reserves without government permission. The lawyer who also wondered why the Governor who defended herdsmen carrying AK-47 rifles could go on to demolish a house storing such guns, averred that Section 43 of the constitution allows freedom of movement but does not give anyone the freedom...
Presidency Should be Zoned to the South in 2023 – Governor Ganduje
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Presidency Should be Zoned to the South in 2023 – Governor Ganduje

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state has said that the presidency in 2023 should be zoned to the South. Speaking in an interview with Channels Television’s Politics Today which aired on Friday February 12, Ganduje said that though zoning is not enshrined in the constitution, it is however a strategy for winning elections. He said; “The Southern part of the country but there should be a consensus of the members. “Zoning system even though it is not in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, it is a strategy for winning elections.” When asked if the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has done well for Nigerians since coming into power in 2015, the Kano state Governor said the ruling party under President Muhammadu Buhari’s leadership improved on Nigeria’s ...
US House impeachment managers request former President Donald Trump testify at his trial over January 6 riots at the Capitol.
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US House impeachment managers request former President Donald Trump testify at his trial over January 6 riots at the Capitol.

The US House impeachment managers on Thursday requested Donald Trump testify at his upcoming Senate impeachment trial over his role in the January 6 riots at the Capitol. Lead impeachment manager Jamie Raskin sent a letter to Trump's attorney Thursday requesting that the former US president testifies before or during the upcoming impeachment trial, which begins next Tuesday, arguing that his testimony was needed after he disputed the House's allegations that he incited the insurrection at the Capitol. "Two days ago, you filed an Answer in which you denied many factual allegations set forth in the article of impeachment," Raskin, a Maryland Democrat, wrote. "You have thus attempted to put critical facts at issue notwithstanding the clear and overwhelming evidence of your consti...
Herdsmen’s Actions Illegal, Presidency Misinterpreted Constitution – Adegboruwa
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Herdsmen’s Actions Illegal, Presidency Misinterpreted Constitution – Adegboruwa

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has faulted the presidency’s opposition to the vacation order given to herdsmen in Ondo State by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu. The PUNCH reports that Akeredolu had asked herdsmen to leave the state’s forest reserves within seven days. Apart from ejecting the herdsmen, Akeredolu also banned under-aged grazing, night grazing, movement of cattle within the cities and highways. But the presidency in a statement on Tuesday by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said Akeredolu lacked the power to unilaterally sack herdsmen from Ondo forests. Reacting in an interview with The PUNCH, the senior advocate said the presidency misinterpreted sections of the constitution. Adegboruwa said...
1999 constitution makes politics lucrative – Afe Babalola
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1999 constitution makes politics lucrative – Afe Babalola

Founder of Afe Babalola University, Afe Babalola has stated that the 1999 constitution makes politics lucrative in Nigeria.   Babalola who said this at an event organized by his university, called for a new constitution which will put a check on  “transactional leaders".   He said;   “There is a very simple solution to that. We need a new constitution where the different nations can develop at their own rate. “West was doing well under the old constitution, east was doing well under the old constitution, north was doing well under the old constitution. “But the present constitution puts leadership in a position that politics becomes the only lucrative business in Nigeria. “We don’t want transactional leaders anymore; we want transformational leaders, w...
Reviewing the constitution is a waste of time and energy – Northern Elders says
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Reviewing the constitution is a waste of time and energy – Northern Elders says

The Northern Elders Forum has criticized the 9th senate's move to review the 1999 constitution.   The NEF in a statement released after the constitution review ad hoc committee chairman, Ovie Omo-Agege asked the general public, executive and judicial bodies, civil society organisations, professional bodies and other interest groups to submit memoranda or proposals for further alteration(s) of the 1999 constitution within two weeks from August 26, described the proposal as a waste of time, energy and the nation's resources.   The Northern Elders who noted that the recent attempt of reviewing the constitution is not likely to bring in any genuine effort to address the basic requirements of securing a stable, secure and prosperous Nigeria, added that the Legislature ...
INEC Rules Out Electronic Voting Until Constitution Is Amended
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INEC Rules Out Electronic Voting Until Constitution Is Amended

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday clarified that there cannot be any electronic voting in Nigeria until the 1999 Constitution as amended is further amended to authorise it. “What the policy says under “ICT and Voter Registration” (Roman figure v – page 12) is that INEC will pilot the use of electronic voting at the earliest possible time (not Edo and Ondo), but work towards the full introduction of electronic voting in major elections starting from 2021. “The key words here are pilot, work and towards,” he stated. He said these connoted a different meaning from the headlines in some media reports yesterday. A section of the media while reporting the release of guidelines for the Edo and Ondo States’ governorship elections later this year, had sa...
Tribunal Affirms Yahaya Bello’s Election as Kogi State governor
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Tribunal Affirms Yahaya Bello’s Election as Kogi State governor

The Kogi state governorship election tribunal sitting in Abuja has affirmed the election of Yahaya Bello as Kogi state governor. Bello was the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC ) in the November 16, 2019 poll in Kogi State. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its governorship candidate, Musa Wada, had petitioned the state election tribunal, challenging Yahaya's election. They alleged that the election was characterized by irregularities, violence, ballot snatching and stuffing, and non-compliance with the electoral act, constitution and INEC’s guideline for governorship elections. The tribunal in its ruling delivered today May 23, struck out the petition for lack of substantial evidence by the opposition.
Suspected Gang Members Express Displeasure Over Disruption of Candle Light Procession for Colleagues in Ikotun
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Suspected Gang Members Express Displeasure Over Disruption of Candle Light Procession for Colleagues in Ikotun

Police officers raided a candle light procession held in Agbaranje, Ikotun, by some suspected criminals in honor of their members who were killed via jungle justice in the area and this angered the suspected criminals. Police operatives from Ikotun Division raided the area on Tuesday evening and dispersed the group that had planned a candle light procession to honour the deceased who were unjustly killed over suspicion that they were ‘One Million Boys’, PM Express reports. Some of the suspects who organized the procession in honor of their slain members were arrested while many escaped and were said to be at large. The publication adds that some of the members, mainly the youths in the area, who are suspected members of a gang, have expressed their anger at having police disru...
Buhari has no power to restrict movement – Adegboruwa
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Buhari has no power to restrict movement – Adegboruwa

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Ebun Olu-Adegboruwa (SAN), said on Sunday President Muhammadu Buhari has no power to restrict movement in Lagos and Abuja. In a statement made available to Vanguard, Adegboruwa said: “The President has no powers to restrict the movement of persons without recourse to the National Assembly. The President has not invoked his powers under the Constitution to declare any state of emergency, which must be approved by the National Assembly. “We are running a constitutional democracy and it is illegal for the President to take over the affairs of any State of the Federation without the express consent of the people of that State through their elected representatives. “It is only the Governor of the State through the House of Assembly of the State that can ma...
How I Married The Wrong Man At Right Time – Actress, Monalisa Chinda Opens Up
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How I Married The Wrong Man At Right Time – Actress, Monalisa Chinda Opens Up

Beautiful and talented actress, Monalisa Chinda has been dominating the movie scene ever since her debut in Pregnant Virgin.  Having experienced a bad marriage to a label owner, she bounced back and now enjoying her second marriage to Victor Tonye Coker. In this interview, the mother of one shares her marital regrets and joy of her new position as the PRO of Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN). Enjoy it. You have just been appointed the PRO of Actors Guild of Nigeria; can you tell us more about this? Basically, I am the director of communication (national), which means I have to foresee everything that has to do with publicity, packaging the guild, making sure that nobody is stepping out of order. Our guild has rules and regulations, so I am to make sure that members do not break the...

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