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Nnamdi Kanu’s trial adjourned till Jan 19 as he objects to fresh charges filed by FG
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Nnamdi Kanu’s trial adjourned till Jan 19 as he objects to fresh charges filed by FG

The trial of the leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has been adjourned till January 19 after he objected to the fresh charges brought against him by the Federal Government. The Federal Government had filed fresh terrorism charges against the detained leader of the proscribed IPOB leader before the Federal High Court on Monday, January 17. As a result, the initial seven counts bordering on treasonable felony and terrorism, against him, increased to 15. However, at his trial which was held at the Federal High Court Abuja this morning, Kanu objected to the fresh charges.
This is a Joke taken too Far- Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer reacts to fresh charges filed against the IPOB leader
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This is a Joke taken too Far- Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer reacts to fresh charges filed against the IPOB leader

Lawyer to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, has described as a joke taken too far the decision of the Federal government to file fresh 15-count amended charges against Kanu barely 24 hours of his appearance in court is a ploy to delay the case. Kanu will enter a fresh plea to a 15-count charge marked FHC/ABJ/CR/383/2015 and signed by Director of Public Prosecution, M.B Abubakar as it was filed yesterday. Reacting to this development, Ejiofor in a statement released, described the charges as a waste of legal procedures. His statement reads, “I visited Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in the company of Bar. Maxwell Opara and Prince Emmanuel Kanu, for a final brief on the level of our preparedness for tomorrow’s legal onslaught. The meetin...
FG Files Fresh Terrorism Charge against Nnamdi Kanu
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FG Files Fresh Terrorism Charge against Nnamdi Kanu

The terrorism charges against the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader Nnamdi Kanu has been amended by the federal government. The counts has increased from seven to 15 ahead of the resumed hearing today January 18, at the Federal High Court in Abuja. Kanu’s legal team said it was served with an amended 15-count charge filed on January 17, with eight new counts added. A lawyer in Kanu’s team, Maxwell Opara who described the amendment as a ploy by the prosecution to delay the case, added that they were served the amended charges while preparing to visit Kanu in the custody of the State Security Service (SSS). Opara told The Nation; “My annoyance is not about 15 worthless and empty amended charges, but it is just a calculated attempt to delay the trial and have an excuse ...
Twitter Ban: FG has no Right to Regulate Freedom of Opinion – Minority Reps
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Twitter Ban: FG has no Right to Regulate Freedom of Opinion – Minority Reps

Minority Caucus in the House of Representatives has accused the federal government of having an appetite to ‘suppress’ constitutionally guaranteed rights of citizens in Nigeria, following its recent “declaration” of lifting the ban on the use of Twitter in the country. The caucus, in a statement released on Friday January 14 by its Leader, Ndudi Elumelu, stated the the constitution guarantees freedom of speech and opinion by Nigerians, including expressing such through social media tools like Twitter. The lawmaker stated that this freedom of opinion should not be subjected to partisan approval or regulation under a democratic rule. The statement read; “That is why at the wake of the ban on the use of Twitter in Nigeria in June 2021, the Minority Caucus in the House of Represe...
Twitter must really have an effect on elections – Actress Nse Ikpe Etim reacts to FG lifting suspension of Twitter operations
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Twitter must really have an effect on elections – Actress Nse Ikpe Etim reacts to FG lifting suspension of Twitter operations

Actress Nse Ikpe Etim has reacted to federal government lifting suspension of Twitter operations in the country. MCI reported earlier that the federal government said it lifted suspension of the social media giant's operations in the country after reaching an agreement which include legal registration of operations, taxation, and managing prohibited publications in line with Nigerian laws. Reacting to suspension of the ban which came ahead of the 2023 elections, Nse stated that "Twitter must really have an effect on the election".
FG lifts suspension on Twitter; says the microblogging site will start working from midnight of Jan 13
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FG lifts suspension on Twitter; says the microblogging site will start working from midnight of Jan 13

The Federal Government has lifted the suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria. This was made known by the Chairman Technical Committee Nigeria-Twitter Engagement and Director-General National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, CCIE today January 12. In a statement released, Kashifu said the approval was given following a memo written to the President by Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof Isa Ali Ibrahim. According to the statement, Twitter has agreed to the conditions of the Federal government which includes establishing a legal entity in Nigeria during the first quarter of 2022, appointing a designated country representative to interface with Nigerian authorities, complying with applicable tax obligations on its operat...
Police officers in Zamfara allege delay in salary payments
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Police officers in Zamfara allege delay in salary payments

The police officers in Zamfara State has alleged poor treatment by the federal government, alleging that the festivities were bleak for many families as their December salaries were just paid. Speaking with DAILY POST in Gusau, the state capital, a police officer identified as Godwin lamented that he could not provide the essential needs for his family. “Believe me, I did not buy clothes, shoes for any of my five children due to hardship. We are suffering as police people.” “Can we continue to live on borrowing even though we are fully employed by the federal government and we are not beggars” Other policemen people who spoke to DAILY POST expressed disappointment over the delay of salaries and allowances, warning that the delay in salary payment would not encourage officers to...
Nigeria loses N499.29bn as Twitter ban hits 200 days
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Nigeria loses N499.29bn as Twitter ban hits 200 days

The Nigerian economy has incurred N499.29bn losses since the microblogging app, Twitter, was shut down by the Federal government on June 4, 2021. According to the NetBlocks Cost of Shutdown Tool, Nigeria’s economy loses N104.02m ($250,600) every hour to the ban on Twitter. It has been 4,800 hours (200 days) since the social networking site was blocked. The Federal Government on June 4 announced the suspension of Twitter after the social media platform deleted a tweet by President Buhari. The suspension came with a directive to telecommunication companies to block access to Twitter for their subscribers. While giving his Independence Day speech, Buhari hinted that the ban would continue until Twitter registered in Nigeria, had a physical presence, and representation. Recently, the ...
We don’t have resources to meet ASUU’s demands at once – FG
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We don’t have resources to meet ASUU’s demands at once – FG

Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba has said the federal government does not have the resources to meet all the demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities at once. Countering claims of the union that the Federal government  blackmailing them, the Minister told Punch that it can't be blackmail when they've tried explaining to them that they will fulfil the agreements signed when the resources are available, Nwajiuba said; “We cannot possibly be blackmailing them; we tried to explain to them that we will fulfil the agreements when we have the resources. Agreements have been signed and they are meant to be fulfilled. “But we do not have all the resources to meet all the demands at once. The thing is that we all are working together – ASUU and the Federal...
We have disbursed N100bn in five years to unemployed youths and small businesses – FG
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We have disbursed N100bn in five years to unemployed youths and small businesses – FG

Minister of state for labour and employment, Festus Keyamo has said that the federal government has in the last five years disbursed N100bn to unemployed youths and small businesses. Keyamo said this at an empowerment programme held in Jos, in which he was represented by the Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo, Director-General of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE). In a statement released on Sunday December 19, the Minister disclosed that the disbursement of N100 billion was done through the Development Bank of Nigeria since 2017. He said; “You will all agree with me that unemployment is one of the remote causes of banditry, terrorism, corruption and other forms of criminality. “Even though the Federal Government is working hard at check terrorism and all other forms of crimina...
Open Onne export corridor to boost African trade – Exporters urge FG
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Open Onne export corridor to boost African trade – Exporters urge FG

The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) in Imo State have made a passionate appeal to the Federal Government to open the Onne export corridor in Rivers State as a way of boosting free trade in Nigeria and Africa at large. The exporters decried the loss of revenue which should have accrued to states of the South-South and South-East geo-political zones describing the loss as economic sabotage. The Coordinator of the Imo Exporters Summit, His Royal Highness Eze Emma Ekeh, made the appeal at an end of year performance appraisal and interactive session for exporters organized by the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) in Owerri on Saturday. Ekeh, who described Nigeria as the giant of Africa, said that free trade should begin in Nigeria. The Coordinator thanked the NEPC fo...
FG warns Nigerians as COVID19 cases increase by 630% in 10 days
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FG warns Nigerians as COVID19 cases increase by 630% in 10 days

The Federal Government has appealed to Nigerians to take their health seriously as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has risen astronomically by 630%. The Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunmimbe Mamora, made the appeal in an interview with Punch. He said there is need for Nigerians to take responsibility to tackle coronavirus as COVID-19 cases continues to increase with the country recording  5,398 infections between December 6 and 15. When asked on what the Federal Government would do in view of the increase in cases,  Mamora  stated that the government would continue to strengthen existing measures. “It’s essentially to strengthen the existing measures through advocacy, awareness creation, education and emphasis on the need for people to take responsibility for their...
Nigeria’s public debt increased by N2.5trn in three months – Debt Management Office
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Nigeria’s public debt increased by N2.5trn in three months – Debt Management Office

The Debt Management Office (DMO) has said that the country's total debt was N38.005 trillion at the end of the third quarter (Q3) of 2021. The debt agency in a press statement titled, ‘DMO publishes total public debt for Q3 2021’, and published on the DMO’s website, said the total debt figure comprised total external and domestic debts of the Federal Government , the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. The total debt stock rose by N2.540tn in three months from June 30 to September 30, 2021. The DMO attributed the increase to the $4 billion eurobonds issued by the federal government in September. According to the agency, the $4 billion eurobonds helped to increase the level of the country’s external reserves. The statement read; “In line with its practice, the Debt...
Simi and Adekunle Gold react after learning their wedding at Ikoyi Registry is considered invalid
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Simi and Adekunle Gold react after learning their wedding at Ikoyi Registry is considered invalid

Simi and Adekunle Gold have reacted after learning that weddings like theirs conducted at the Ikoyi Registry are considered invalid. A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos ruled that it is unconstitutional for the federal government to conduct marriages and all marriages conducted by federal marriage registries or through their agents are illegal and invalid. The judge submitted that the conduct of marriages and issuance of certificates are statutorily the job of the local governments as provided by the law. Reacting, Simi wrote on Twitter: "Ngbor  @adekunleGOLD we have been fornicating?" Her husband, Adekunle, responded: "My own na make dem do refund."
“Hey baby mama” Banky W reacts after a court ruled that marriages conducted at Federal Marriage Registries, including Ikoyi Registry, are invalid
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“Hey baby mama” Banky W reacts after a court ruled that marriages conducted at Federal Marriage Registries, including Ikoyi Registry, are invalid

Banky W has reacted after a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos ruled that it is unconstitutional for the federal government to conduct marriages. Based on the ruling, all weddings conducted at Federal Marriage Registries, including Ikoyi Registry, are "illegal and invalid". Banky W, who married Adesua Etomi 4 years ago in Ikoyi Registry, reacted on Twitter, jokingly telling Adesua she's his baby mama, not his wife. "So therefore @AdesuaEtomiW hey 'baby mama'." Banky wrote with several laughing face emoji.
Our next Strike will be Indefinite and it Won’t End Until all Agreements are Fulfilled – ASUU
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Our next Strike will be Indefinite and it Won’t End Until all Agreements are Fulfilled – ASUU

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, Owerri Zone, has warned that the next strike by lecturers in the country will be indefinite and won't end until all agreements it has with the Nigerian government are fulfilled. ASUU has been at loggerheads with the federal government over non-implementation of the 2009 agreement. Addressing a press conference in Anambra which was attended by ASUU leaders from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State University, Owerri, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Igbariam and Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, the union said the magnanimity of ASUU that resulted in various MOUs and MOAs arising from the 2009 agreement has been spurned by the Federal Government. ASUU Zonal Coordina...
ASUU threatens another Industrial action
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ASUU threatens another Industrial action

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has threatened to go on another strike action following the failure of the Federal government to implement the memorandum of Action they reached in 2020. ASUU members in the North East held a meeting in Adamawa state on Sunday, December 12, where they appealed to Nigerians to lend their voices to the calls to the Federal government to implement the memorandum of action they reached for them to call off its 9-months old strike in December 2020. The union said Nigerians should blame the Federal government if it embarks on a fresh round of strike action as it may be difficult to resolve the lingering issues with the government. ''It would be very uncharitable for Nigerians to blame ASUU this time around. ASUU is the only ...
We won’t reverse travel ban over FG’s threat – UK
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We won’t reverse travel ban over FG’s threat – UK

UK authorities have said the travel ban against Nigeria won't be reversed in spite of the federal government's threat to subject the European country to same. Spokesman for the British High Commission, Dean Hurlock who reacted to Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika's threat of UK, Canada and Saudi Arabia being placed on Nigeria’s travel ban on Tuesday December 14, maintained that travel abroad would be different this year and the UK is sticking to its “standard background lines.” He also told Punch that the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advice was kept under constant review and asked travellers to continue to check it for entry requirements of the destination they plan to visit. Hurlock said; “The UK government has been  clear that travel abroad will be diff...
We Didn’t Warn Workers There Will Be Delay In Payment Of December Salary – FG To Civil Servants
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We Didn’t Warn Workers There Will Be Delay In Payment Of December Salary – FG To Civil Servants

The federal government has said it didn’t release any circular warning civil servants December salary will be delayed. The Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HOCSF) debunked an earlier report that circulated yesterday. Read full statement below:  OFFICE OF THE HEAD OF THE CIVIL SERVICE OF THE FEDERATION DISCLAIMER RE: PREPARE FOR DELAY IN DECEMBER SALARY The attention of the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation has been drawn to a circular purportedly issued by the office advising civil servants to exercise caution in spending their November salary because of possible delay in the payment of their December salary. The fake news has unfortunately been published in some newspapers and some social media platforms without veri...
Biafra: Stop playing politics with our members – BNG warns Ralph Uwazuruike’s group
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Biafra: Stop playing politics with our members – BNG warns Ralph Uwazuruike’s group

A secessionist group, Biafra National Guard (BNG), has cautioned the Ralph Uwazuruike-led Biafra Independent Movement (BIM) not to play politics with the 19 members of the group recently released by the court after 15 years of incarceration. The BNG also threatened to deal decisively with anyone or any group of persons that indulge in trading with its name for selfish and financial aggrandisements. This was coming against the backdrop of the reported claim that the 19 BNG members, including the wife of its leader, Innocent Orji, are members of the BIM. DAILY POST also recalls that the said members were incarcerated in the Federal Correctional Centre in Onitsha for over 15 years on the accusation of violent agitation for Biafra. However, the BNG, in a statement by its spokesman,...
Declaring Bandits Terrorists is Waste of time. They are Faceless — Buba Galadima
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Declaring Bandits Terrorists is Waste of time. They are Faceless — Buba Galadima

A former ally of President Buhari, Buba Galadima, has dismissed the branding of bandits as terrorists by the Federal Government, saying it is a waste of time. Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal high court in Abuja last week declared the activities of Yan Bindiga and Yan Ta’adda bandit groups as acts of terrorism Reacting to this development, Galadima in an interview with Vanguard, said; ''In all honesty, don’t you think it is a waste of time? There are implications for this declaration. Those who declared these bandits as illegal or outlaws suggest that they know who the bandits are and have not done anything about them. For me, it’s a waste of time and a show of ignorance on the part of those who did that because I don’t know who answers bandits, whether they have address or lo...
Textile union warns FG against fuel subsidy removal, increase tariff on electricity
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Textile union warns FG against fuel subsidy removal, increase tariff on electricity

The President of National Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring of Nigeria, Comrade John Adamu, has warned the Federal government against removing subsidy on petroleum products or increasing tariff on electricity as currently being speculated. Adamu gave this warning in Minna at the 33rd National Education Conference in Minna, Niger State. He argued that any move in that direction will surely spell doom for the almost collapsing Industries in the country and make life more difficult for Nigerians. “Why is the government still talking about subsidy now. Where is the concept of subsidy. If we produce, why do you think of subsidy. Most Nigerians are already suffering under the hardship of high prices of foodstuffs and other goods and removing subsidy which means increase in price of...
Former Senate President, Joseph Wayas, dies at 83
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Former Senate President, Joseph Wayas, dies at 83

Second republic Senate President in Nigeria, Senator Joseph Wayas, has died in a London Hospital. He was 80 years old. Wayas was the Senate President between 1979 and 1983. Born in Basang, Obudu, Cross River State on 21 May 1941, Wayas attended the Dennis Memorial Grammar School, Onitsha. He went to the United Kingdom where he studied at the Higher Tottenham Technical College, London, the West Bronwich College of Commerce, Science and Technology, Birmingham and Aston University, Birmingham. He returned to Nigeria after his studies and worked as a manager or controller from 1960-1969 for several companies in Nigeria and the United Kingdom. Until his death, he was a member of the Society of International Affairs at the Lincoln University, United States. Late Wayas joined the...
We’ll suspend agitation if referendum on Biafra is held – IPOB to FG
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We’ll suspend agitation if referendum on Biafra is held – IPOB to FG

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has disclosed that it will suspend its agitation if the federal government sets a date to hold a referendum on the secession of the south-east region. Recall stakeholders have been clamoring for the restructuring of the country in a bid to calm the tension in the country. Reacting to the calls for restructuring, IPOB in a statement on Monday, said it is not against restructuring, but that “restoration of Biafra state” is the demand of the group. The secessionist group said those benefiting from the country’s “lopsidedness” are “unlikely” to heed the clamour for restructuring. “Nigerian government must bear one thing in mind; IPOB is not fighting restructuring. We are not against restructuring but our demand is not restructuring,” the sta...
Twitter has agreed to all FG’s conditions – Festus Keyamo
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Twitter has agreed to all FG’s conditions – Festus Keyamo

Festus Keyamo, Minister of State for Labour and Employment, said that Twitter, the social media platform banned by the Federal Government of Nigerian in June 2021, has agreed to conditions laid out by the government to lift the ban. Speaking during an interview with Channels Television on Sunday, Nov. 28, Keyamo said the committee set up by the Federal Government to review the operations of Twitter has made significant progress. Keyamo, who is also a member of the committee, said: "The reason the president took that step is to recalibrate our relationship with Twitter and not to drive them away from our country. "That recalibration, we have started it and the President graciously added me to the committee. "We also set up a technical committee to interface with Twitter and co...
FG asks grade level 12 civil servants and others to resume work at their offices from December 1
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FG asks grade level 12 civil servants and others to resume work at their offices from December 1

The Federal Government has directed civil servants on Grade Level 12 and below to resume duties on Wednesday, December 1. The civil servants were on March 4 asked to stay back and work from home as part of measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus. In a circular titled ‘Resumption of duties by Officers on GL 12 and below’ with reference number HCSF/3065/VOL.I/107, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan said the latest directive followed the advice of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19. The circular added that all civil servants are advised to comply with the directive of the Federal government to get vaccinated or show proof of a negative COVID19 PCR test results done within 72 hours before resumption of duties. “It will be recalle...
FG asks grade level 12 civil servants and others to resume work at their offices from December 1
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FG asks grade level 12 civil servants and others to resume work at their offices from December 1

The Federal Government has directed civil servants on Grade Level 12 and below to resume duties on Wednesday, December 1.   The civil servants were on March 4 asked to stay back and work from home as part of measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus.   In a circular titled ‘Resumption of duties by Officers on GL 12 and below’ with reference number HCSF/3065/VOL.I/107, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan said the latest directive followed the advice of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19. The circular added that all civil servants are advised to comply with the directive of the Federal government to get vaccinated or show proof of a negative COVID19 PCR test results done within 72 hours before resumption of duties. ...
FG lifts ban on Emirates airline
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FG lifts ban on Emirates airline

The Federal government says it has lifted restrictions on Emirates Airlines. The airline was suspended in Nigeria by the Federal government ten months ago following disagreements over the COVID-19 travel requirements on Nigerian passengers. Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, who announced the lifting of the ban, said the airline had removed some of its traveling conditions for Nigeria. “Today, we received communications from Emirates removing some of the conditions for travelling for which we had concerns,” he said. Having done that, it is necessary to lift the ban on Emirates. This subsequent lifting of the ban is a product of lengthy negotiations between us and them.”he said
Special forces eliminate bandits terrorizing Kaduna-Abuja road
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Special forces eliminate bandits terrorizing Kaduna-Abuja road

Special forces have eliminated a number of bandits laying siege at the Kaduna-Abuja highway in Nigeria’s North-West. After months of laxity, amid national outrage over kidnappings and killings, the federal government finally ordered reinforcement, additional equipment and increased surveillance. More than a dozen bandits were annihilated between Thursday and Friday in a major onslaught that followed viral videos of abductions and enemy gunfire. Intelligence operatives disclosed that some of the corpses were recognized as residents of nearby villages. “We have so far killed more than a dozen armed bandits who attempted to escape on motorcycles after sighting the movements of troops. “Most of them are behind recent abductions on the highways as some people identified the corps...
We will tackle soot in Rivers – FG
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We will tackle soot in Rivers – FG

The Federal Government has promised to take decisive action against the ravaging soot in Rivers State. The Minister of States for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, made the promise on Thursday while delivering his speech at the 6th National Council on Hydrocarbon held in Port Harcourt. The minister, who was represented at the event by the Permanent Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources Nasir Gwazor, said he was deeply concerned about the soot, adding that his ministry will work with the federal ministry of environment to tackle the issue. “My good people of Port Harcourt, the soot is unacceptable. It has made life hellish for residents. “The Ministry of Petroleum Resources, therefore, realises this problem and we are going to continue to work with the Minis...
ASUU strike won’t happen – Ngige reacts to three-week ultimatum given by the union
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ASUU strike won’t happen – Ngige reacts to three-week ultimatum given by the union

The Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige has assured that the strike threatened by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will not happen. ASUU issued a three-week ultimatum Monday, Nov. 15, to the federal government to implement the earlier agreement reached with the union. Emmanuel Osodeke, the ASUU national president, said: "We are giving the federal government a three-week ultimatum. If after three weeks they don’t meet our demands, we will be going on strike." However, speaking on Channels Television on Tuesday, Nov. 16, Ngige said funds were available for universities and the strike will not happen. He said: "The strike will not happen. For one, I know that the funds to pay are there and the ministry of education has assured me that by tomorrow, they will emanate ...
FG considering out-of-court settlement on VAT tussle – Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed
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FG considering out-of-court settlement on VAT tussle – Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed

Minister of finance, budget and national planning, Zainab Ahmed has revealed that the federal government is considering political paths to resolve the ongoing value-added tax (VAT) tussle. Zainab revealed this during an interview on Channels Television. The Minister who noted that there will be a positive political solution, added that she hopes the issue can be solved by sitting on the table, and not on the pages of newspapers or through disagreements. She said; “I have to do this carefully because they are issues in court, and I am not supposed to be talking about issues in court. “But, I do hope that this problem can be solved by sitting on the table, not on the pages of newspapers, not disagreements in court because it is possible to solve it on the table. “There’s a lot...
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It has been revealed that some residents of Anambra State, on Wednesday, observed the sit-at-home in solidarity with Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB who appeared in court earlier today, according to SaharaReporters. It was learnt that motor parks, banks, shops and markets across the major cities of Awka, Onitsha and Nnewi, were shut down. However, town service buses, like shuttle buses, Keke, motorcycles, were sighted operating on streets and compound shops were also half-door open to serve the people around the neighbourhood. A trader at Awkuzu junction, in Oyi Local Government Area of the state, Mama Opeyemi who spoke with Tribune, appealed to the Federal Government to release Nnamdi Kanu, noting that the non-indigenes were the ones suffering the mos...
FG is planning `Operation Feed Yourself’ to counter malnutrition –Osinbajo
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FG is planning `Operation Feed Yourself’ to counter malnutrition –Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that the federal government is considering launching `Operation Feed Yourself’ to counter malnutrition. Osinbajo's spokesman, Laolu Akande said the vice president disclosed this at a virtual High-Level Meeting on Nutrition. The Vice President said the initiative which will be a collaboration between the Federal Government and states, is under the aegis of the National Economic Council (NEC) and the National Council on Nutrition (NCN). Osinbajo said the initiative would encourage the establishment of urban farms and small home gardens as part of efforts to address malnutrition and related challenges in the country. He was quoted saying; “States and the FGN will promote what the convener has described as ‘Operation Feed Yourself’. This i...
It’s Safe and Intact — FG Debunks Rumour of Third Mainland Bridge “Opening Up” and “Shaking”
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It’s Safe and Intact — FG Debunks Rumour of Third Mainland Bridge “Opening Up” and “Shaking”

The federal government has debunked rumor of the Third Mainland Bridge “opening up” and “shaking”. Boade Akinola, spokesperson of the federal ministry of works who countered the claim via a statement released on Tuesday November 9, said Olukayode Popoola, the federal controller of works in Lagos drove on the bridge without noticing “any shaking” as claimed in social media messages. Commuters have been asked to ignore the claim as the bridge is safe to use. The statement read; “The federal controller of works in Lagos, Engineer Olukayode Popoola, has debunked insinuations making the rounds in the social media that the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos has “opened up” and “shaking” and, therefore, unsafe to traffic saying the claim was both false and unfounded. “Giving an on-the-s...
Anambra election: Nine governorship candidates ask FG to release Nnamdi Kanu
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Anambra election: Nine governorship candidates ask FG to release Nnamdi Kanu

Nine candidates in the forthcoming Anambra governorship election have appealed to the federal government to release Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). In a joint statement, the candidates said releasing the IPOB leader would help forestall “impending violence” in the south-east. The joint statement was signed by Ben Etiaba of Action Alliance (AA), Chukwuma Soludo of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Obinna Uzoh of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Akachukwu Nwankpo of African Democratic Congress (ADC), Onyejegbu Okwudili of Allied Peoples Movement (APM), Ifeanyi Uba of Young Progressives Party (YPP), Andy Uba of All Progressives Congress (APC), Nnamdi Nnawuo of Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) and Obiora Okonkwo of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP)....
Release Nnamdi Kanu, de-proscribe IPOB – South East traditional rulers and bishops tell FG
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Release Nnamdi Kanu, de-proscribe IPOB – South East traditional rulers and bishops tell FG

The South East Council of Traditional Rulers and representatives of Igbo Archbishops and Bishops have called on the Federal Government to release the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, who has been in the custody of the Department of State Service (DSS) since June and is facing trial for treason. A statement signed by 12 Igbo traditional rulers and Christian clerics also urged the government to de-proscribe IPOB as a terrorist organisation, saying the move will amount to an act of courage and statesmanship on the part of the Federal Government that will de-escalate the heightened state of insecurity in the South East zone. “We refer to our earlier request for the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to the South East Council of Traditional Rulers ...
Gumi is worse than worse than Abubakar Shekau and Al-Barnawi. He is a venomous snake and a wolf in sheep’s clothing – Femi Fani-Kayode
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Gumi is worse than worse than Abubakar Shekau and Al-Barnawi. He is a venomous snake and a wolf in sheep’s clothing – Femi Fani-Kayode

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has reacted to prominent Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi saying that there might be severe consequences should bandits be declared terrorists by the federal government. Alleging that Sheikh Gumi's father once said that a Christian must not rule Nigeria, FFK further stated that the Islamic cleric is worse than late Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekarau and late ISWAP leader, Al-Barnawi. He further described Gumi as a "venomous snake and a wolf in sheep's clothing." FFK wrote; Sheik Ahmad Gumi, the Rasputin of Arewa, whose father once said a Christian must not rule Nigeria & who himself said the FG must not declare the killer bandits as terrorists is worse than Abubakar Shekau & Al Barnawi. He is a venomous snake & a wolf in...
FG lists Diezani’s buildings, jewellery, bras for sale
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FG lists Diezani’s buildings, jewellery, bras for sale

The Federal Government has begun the process for the valuation of properties belonging to several politically exposed persons, including the embattled former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke. Punch reports that the former Petroleum minister's property located in Banana IslandForeshore Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos, include 18 flats and six penthouses located at Building 3, Block B, Bella Vista, Plot 1, Zone N, Federal Government Layout. Other notable properties listed include those belonging to the late Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, whose houses in the Wuse 2 and Maitama high-end neighbourhoods of Abuja were seized. They include No. 14 Adzope Crescent, off Kumasi Crescent; 19 Kumasi Crescent, Wuse 2; and 6 Umme Street, Wuse 2. Other reco...
Sokoto asks FG to suspend telecoms blockade
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Sokoto asks FG to suspend telecoms blockade

Sokoto State Government has announced that it has asked the Federal Government to suspend its telecoms blockade on 14 local government areas of the state. The blockade which was also imposed in Zamfara and Kaduna states, is part of the strategy employed to tackle banditry in North-West states. Sokoto State Government its appeal for a review of the blockade became necessary after an enlarged security council meeting on the fallout of bandits attack on Goronyo market which claimed the lives of 43 people last week. A statement released by Governor Aminu Tambuwal's media aide Muhammad Bello, read; “According to Gov. (Aminu) Tambuwal, the call for the rescinding of the blockade became necessary in view of concerns expressed by security outfits in the state that the outage was affect...
Declare state of emergency on Security – Governo
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Declare state of emergency on Security – Governo

Katsina State governor, Aminu Bello Masari, has urged the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency on the nation’s security. Katsina is one of the epicentres of banditry and kidnapping in Northern Nigeria. While speaking at the opening of a meeting of Conference of Speakers of the Legislature from the 36 states in the country on Saturday, October 23, Governor Masari said that the security agencies were doing their best in efforts at tackling the state of insecurity nationwide but that the Federal Government ought to adopt more measures towards resolving the problem. ''The Federal Government should declare a state of emergency on the nation’s security. The security agencies are doing their best to curtail the state of insecurity in different parts of three country but m...
End SARS: Nigerian govt receives final reports from 11 states
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End SARS: Nigerian govt receives final reports from 11 states

The Federal Government says 11 out of 28 states have submitted their respective final reports of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry into the 2020 EndSARS protest and its aftermath. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, disclosed this on Wednesday in Abuja at a media briefing on the first anniversary of the EndSARS protest and the purported Lekki tollgate massacre. Mohammed said the states which had submitted the report to the National Economic Council (NEC) were Abia, Ekiti, Enugu, Gombe, Kwara, Nasarawa, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Plateau, and Rivers. DAILY POST reports that NEC is the nation’s highest economic decision-making body presided over by the Vice President with all the state governors and selected ministers in attendance. It also reports that the judicial ...
FG must produce Nnamdi Kanu in court –Ohanaeze Ndigbo
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FG must produce Nnamdi Kanu in court –Ohanaeze Ndigbo

Socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has called on the Federal Government to produce the detained leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, in court on Thursday, October 21. According to the group, dialogue was the best solution to ending the crisis and youth restiveness in the South East . Its National Publicity Secretary, Alex Ogbonnia, in a statement, said Kanu’s appearance in court was necessary to prove to the global community that a shady judicial process is not contemplated while he is on trial. “Ohanaeze Ndigbo calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that our son, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is produced in court on Thursday, October 21, 2021. “Ohanaeze Ndigbo stands on a firm wicket to proclaim that the agitation and youth restiveness in the South East of...
FG budgets N104bn to maintain and purchase generators in 2022
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FG budgets N104bn to maintain and purchase generators in 2022

The Federal Government of Nigeria has budgeted an estimated N104bn on purchasing generators, fuelling and servicing them for Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the FG. This is contained in the 2022 budget proposal which has yet to be approved by the National Assembly. The Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, headed by Zainab Ahmed, set aside N82.03bn for generators, that is 80 per cent of the entire budget, making it the ministry with the lion’s share of the generator budget. When it comes to agencies, the budget also shows that the Federal Inland Revenue Service is the agency with the highest budget for generators. The agency earmarked N250m for maintenance, N1bn for fuelling the generators and N550m for purchasing new ones, given a total of N1.8bn. ...
Heal the wound of 1967 civil war on Igbos, Oluwo of Iwo tasks FG
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Heal the wound of 1967 civil war on Igbos, Oluwo of Iwo tasks FG

The Oluwo of Iwoland in Osun, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi, has tasked the federal government of Nigeria under President Muhammed Buhari, to heal the wound of the damages inflicted on various ethnic groups most especially the Igbos by the 1967 civil war. Oba Akanbi expressed the need to call a unification conference to assess the destruction of the civil war to Igbos and provide palliative capable of promoting long term affinity among diverse ethnic groups in the nation. Oluwo commended the resiliency and magnanimity of the Igbos towards Nigeria, describing the injury as enormous. He stated the Igbos are major stakeholders in Nigeria's technological advancement, innovation and invention, calling on federal government to call a stakeholders meeting to assess and render profici...
Biafra, Oduduwa: Why Buhari should grant Sunday Igboho, Nnamdi Kanu amnesty – Methodist Prelate
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Biafra, Oduduwa: Why Buhari should grant Sunday Igboho, Nnamdi Kanu amnesty – Methodist Prelate

The Prelate of Methodist Church Nigeria, His Eminence, Dr. Samuel Chukwuemeka Kanu-Uche, has urged the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to grant amnesty to secessionists like Sunday Igboho and Nnamdi Kanu. Kanu-Uche said granting Igboho and Kanu amnesty would put an end to the agitation for self-determination in the Southern part of the country. Addressing newsmen in Abuja, the cleric said the Federal Government should reach out to prominent Nigerians who have the listening ears of these secessionists. Kanu-Uche also pledged to help the Federal Government negotiate with secessionists in the Southeast. He said popular businessman, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu should be involved in the negotiation in the Southeast. “Let government also offer amnesty to Nnamdi Kan...
Declare state of emergency on deplorable roads in Nigeria – Senate tells Buhari
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Declare state of emergency on deplorable roads in Nigeria – Senate tells Buhari

Irked by the deplorable conditions of roads in many parts of the country, the Senate has called on the federal government to immediately declare a state of emergency on federal roads and improve its funding for their maintenance. Specifically, the upper legislative chamber on Tuesday urged the Federal Ministry of Finance to, as a matter of urgency, release adequate funds to the Federal Road Maintenance Agency, FERMA for the purpose of carrying out emergency repairs on all federal roads in the country. It also urged the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing to immediately introduce weight bridges on relevant portions of all federal highways to check overloading of trucks and tankers beyond the engineers lead bearing capacity of such roads. These resolutions were sequel to a “Motion...
State of Emergency: ”That’s a very unfortunate comment by the Attorney-General”- Governor Obiano
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State of Emergency: ”That’s a very unfortunate comment by the Attorney-General”- Governor Obiano

Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state has tackled the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice for saying the Federal government might declare a state of emergency in Anambra state. Obiano disclosed this to State House Correspondents after a meeting with the president in the statehouse, Abuja today October 7. He said he reported the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, to the President on the matter. Berating Malami for his comment, Governor Obiano said “That’s a very unfortunate comment by the Attorney-General. Malami. Very unfortunate. I also reported that to the President and this is not in the books of the President because he knows that Anambra has been the safest state in Nigeria for seven years plus.'' He said he ...
How can you leave Borno, Yobe, Kaduna, Zamfara and Niger and declare emergency in Anambra?- Reno Omokri tackles FG
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How can you leave Borno, Yobe, Kaduna, Zamfara and Niger and declare emergency in Anambra?- Reno Omokri tackles FG

Reno Omokri has reacted to threats made by the Federal government to declare a state of emergency in Anambra state following the worsening state of security in the state. Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, on Wednesday, October 6 announced the Federal government may declare a state of emergency in Anambra ahead of the November 6 governorship election. Reacting via his Instagram page, Reno wrote   ''Abubakar Malami’s threat to declare a state of emergency in Anambra may very well be the spark that ignites what he can’t put out. How can you leave Borno, Yobe, Kaduna, Zamfara and Niger (where Boko Haram controls 500 communities) and declare emergency in Anambra? This is what happens when the government is so imbalanced that there i...

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