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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...
Covid-19: Nigeria not among countries red listed by UK – FG
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Covid-19: Nigeria not among countries red listed by UK – FG

The Federal Government has informed Nigerian travelers, not to be scared of  being subjected to “unnecessary” COVID-19 protocols/restrictions as a result of COVID-19 vaccination, saying the country is not red-listed by the UK. Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib, told journalists in Abuja, on Tuesday, October 5, that UK is doing its routine assessment to strengthen its borders and health of its people, hence some stringent measures to achieve its objectives and that travelers should disregard the media reports that the UK government did not recognize the COVID-19 vaccination process in Nigeria, He said: “I would like to comment on the UK Government’s statement which was released on Monday. I can confirm that Nigeria’s st...
Resident Doctors Call off strike after 9 weeks
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Resident Doctors Call off strike after 9 weeks

The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has called off its two-month-long strike. Recall that the doctors, in August, embarked on strike following a disagreement with the Federal Government over the non-availability of medical equipment at public tertiary hospitals. In a communique signed by the Nigerian Medical Association, Secretary-General Ekpe Philips Uche, after the meeting held among delegates of NMA and NARD on Sunday, October 3, in Abuja, the NMA advised NARD to stop the ongoing industrial action. At the meeting, NMA mandated the National Officers Committee, NOC, to ensure the implementation of the memorandum of understanding signed with the federal government on August 21. The association asked NOC to report back to the National Executive Council of NMA...
FG waging full scale war against the Shiites, IPOB members and journalists and has continued to treat so called bandits with kid glove – Falana
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FG waging full scale war against the Shiites, IPOB members and journalists and has continued to treat so called bandits with kid glove – Falana

Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Femi Falana, has accused the federal government of treating bandits with kid gloves while waging a war on Shiites, journalists and IPOB members. Falana in a statement released on Sunday, October 3, said bandits are not different from Boko Haram insurgents who are regarded as terrorists. He accused the federal government of “deliberately refusing” to declare bandits as terrorists. His statement in part reads; “For reasons best known to the Federal Government the criminal elements who are currently involved in the brutal killing of innocent people and abduction of thousands of people including primary school pupils in the North West Zone are called bandits and not terrorists,” the statement reads. It is undoubtedly c...
Anti-open Grazing law: FG Backs Herdsmen Planned Suit against South Governors
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Anti-open Grazing law: FG Backs Herdsmen Planned Suit against South Governors

Moves by herdsmen to sue southern governors over the anti-open grazing bill they recently signed into law, has gotten a support from the federal government. Special Assistant (Media) to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Dr Umar Gwandu in an interview with Punch, said Nigerians whose rights had been violated could go to court to seek protection. Most southern states, including Lagos, Ondo, Oyo, Osun, Ekiti, Abia, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Enugu, and just recently, Delta and Ogun states, signed the anti-open grazing bill into law. It was also gathered that police commands differed on the enforcement of the law. While Ebonyi and Osun state police commands said they would enforce the law. A source in the Lagos State Police Command told the publicati...
Ondo, Ekiti residents groan over deplorable Akure/Ado highway
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Ondo, Ekiti residents groan over deplorable Akure/Ado highway

Residents of Ondo and Ekiti states have berated both the Federal Government and the governments of both states over the deplorable condition of the highway linking both states. According to motorists and other road users of the highway, the governments had been paying lip service to the reconstruction of the road with nothing significant happening. The highway, which has continued to give motorists and residents nightmares, connects the capital city of both states, Akure and Ado-Ekiti. Both Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti and his Ondo State counterpart, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, had severally assured that the road, which had for long been in a bad shape, had been marked for dualization with both governors inspecting the road a few months back, a development which raised the hope of e...
Independence: Concerns as Nigeria battles insecurity, infrastructural deficit, economic misfortunes at 61
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Independence: Concerns as Nigeria battles insecurity, infrastructural deficit, economic misfortunes at 61

Nigeria, the ‘Giant of Africa’ and most populous, marks its independence every October 1. Understandably, the people are not happy about insecurity, economy, poverty level and general state of affairs. Majority of its citizens believe that at 61, it is extremely important for the nation’s tiers of government to work in the direction of infrastructure and economic development to stimulate growth and quality of life. Basic amenities and services such as water, roads, electricity, housing, health facilities, drains, street lights, playgrounds, transport among others are still insufficient. In a country of 200 million people, the federal government, states and local councils face the herculean task of ensuring that citizens enjoy democracy. Experts believe that with the change in N...
FG Suspends Passports of over 2,000 travelers for violating COVID protocol
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FG Suspends Passports of over 2,000 travelers for violating COVID protocol

The Federal government says it has suspended the passports of more than 2,000 in-bound travellers for violating the COVID protocol. Mukhtar Mohammed, national incident manager of the presidential steering committee (PSC), disclosed this at a media briefing in Abuja on Monday, September 27. “Our efforts, in terms of restrictions, have shown that compliance with these measures is actually very low. However, our efforts on compliance at point of entry has been shown to be quite appreciable. Since the anticipation of the third wave, we have strengthened our surveillance system in the airports, seaports, as well as land borders. We have identified certain countries that are very high risk, and provided some level of restriction for passengers arriving from these countries. We have i...
FG to use Army, Navy, Civil Defence officers in fight against crude oil theft in Niger Delta
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FG to use Army, Navy, Civil Defence officers in fight against crude oil theft in Niger Delta

The federal government has said operatives of the Nigerian Army, Navy and Civil Defense Corps would be effectively used in the fight against crude oil theft in the Niger Delta Region. Consequently, it has set up an Inter-Ministerial Committee on the recovery of the illegally refined petroleum products ( crude oil) in the Creeks of the Niger Delta Region. The Committee comprised of representatives from the Nigerian Army, Navy, Civil Defence Corps and the Federal Ministry of Defence. Others in the Committee are representatives of the Federal Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Environment, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation NNPC, Department of Petroleum Resources DPR and National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency. Performing the inauguration of the committee on Thursday in...
FG again explains why it can’t name sponsors of terrorism
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FG again explains why it can’t name sponsors of terrorism

The federal government has again explained why it can't name sponsors of terrorism until they are tried and convicted. Attorney-general of the federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami in a statement released by his spokesperson Umar Gwandu said the decision is a "product of constitutionalism and the law." According to him, naming and shaming in the Nigerian context must be rooted in constitutionalism and there must be a balance between constitutional presumption of innocence and evidential proof of reasonable ground for suspicion in making disclosures associated with terrorism funding and financing. The statement read; “Naming and shaming of suspects is not embarked upon as a policy by the federal government out of sheer respect the constitutional rights of Nigerians relating to pre...
Stolen Funds: FG moves to recover £200m stashed in the United States – Malami
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Stolen Funds: FG moves to recover £200m stashed in the United States – Malami

The Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, says the Federal Government has over £200 million to recover in the United States. Malami said this while speaking on the sidelines of the United Nations 76th General Assembly currently holding in New York. According to him, the Nigerian government is embarking on a massive recovery of assets belonging to the country. “We are looking at the possibility of recovering further 200m pounds among others but then, that does not mean they are not other associated assets being pursued, in terms of other countries of the world inclusive of Ireland. The government is trying to gather international momentum associated with the processes and procedures, in terms of making things easier for countries to recover as...
Reps to probe alleged exclusion of Rivers State from loan projects
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Reps to probe alleged exclusion of Rivers State from loan projects

The House of Representatives has resolved to investigate the alleged exclusion of Rivers State from the states to benefit from the world bank loans. It would be recalled that governor Nysom Wike had alleged that the federal government singled out his state from those eligible to benefit from the loans. The governor also alleged that only River State was excluded from the list of states initially pencilled to benefit. During Wednesday’s plenary, Solomon Bob from Rivers State moved a motion calling for an investigation into the allegation. It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari forwarded a loan request to the National Assembly for approval of $4 billion and €710 million external loans. While moving the motion, Bob said the “alleged exclusion is capable of being i...
There’ll be one-month lockdown in south-east if FG fails to bring Kanu to court – IPOB
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There’ll be one-month lockdown in south-east if FG fails to bring Kanu to court – IPOB

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has threatened to impose a one-month lockdown in South-East region of the country, if the federal government fails to bring its leader, Nnamdi Kanu to court on October 21. Recall that the IPOB leader's trial was adjourned by Justice Binta Nyako on July 26 after the federal government failed to produce him in court. In a statement by IPOB's spokesperson, Emma Powerful, the proscribed group alleged that the federal government of Nigeria has perfected plans not to bring Nnamdi Kanu to court on the scheduled date. Stating that the alleged plan to "perpetually keep him behind bars without trial to see if they can demoralise him and Biafrans" won't work, IPOB said it will impose a one month lockdown in South-East to make the federal government ...
Hold your leaders responsible, stop shifting every blame to Buhari – APC chieftain tells Igbos
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Hold your leaders responsible, stop shifting every blame to Buhari – APC chieftain tells Igbos

Hon Austin Okezie Meregini, a stalwart of the All Progressive Congress (APC) from the southeast, has asked Igbos to hold their leaders responsible for the developmental backwardness of the region, rather than blaming President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration. Meregini, who spoke in a statement made available to DAILY POST on Tuesday, regretted that elected political leaders from the region receive huge sums of allocation from the Federal Government but have failed to live up to the expectations in the development of the southeast and her people. He expressed disenchantment on the alleged mismanagement of tranches of bailout funds and the COVID-19 relief materials released to states by the Buhari-led APC Federal Government’s Intervention Fund Programme aimed at curtailing the harsh ...
Borrowing to accumulate debt for next generations is criminal – Obasanjo
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Borrowing to accumulate debt for next generations is criminal – Obasanjo

Former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has reacted to the incessant borrowing by the Federal government. Recall that only days ago, President Buhari requested the approval of the National Assembly to borrow $4,054,476,863 and €710 million. Obasanjo, while speaking to Channels Television in South Africa, said it is criminal to accumulate debt for the next generation to pay. He said that if the existing debt remains unserviced or unpaid by the current administration, it might become a huge problem for successive governments. Obasanjo added that borrowing is not a problem, however, he said it would be better if the borrowed funds were used for development and there is a plan or capacity to pay back. He said: If you want to build a commercial house and you go and borr...
[BREAKING] COVID-19: FG removes India from restricted countries’ list
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[BREAKING] COVID-19: FG removes India from restricted countries’ list

The Federal Government has lifted the ban placed on flights coming into the country from India. The government had banned passengers, who visited India, Brazil, South Africa, and Turkey in the last 14 days from entering the country as part of precautionary measures to contain the virus in the country. But in the new travel protocol released on Sunday, the Chairman, Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, indicated that the ban placed on passengers from India has been lifted. The reviewed protocol took effect from September 14, 2021. However, the sanctions placed on airlines that convey passengers from restricted countries and travellers who are Non-Nigerians remain. Mustapha said, “Non-Nigerian passport holders and non-residents who visited Brazil...
FG to appeal judgment awarding N20bn to Sunday Igboho
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FG to appeal judgment awarding N20bn to Sunday Igboho

The federal government has confirmed it will appeal the judgment of an Oyo state high court, which on Friday awarded N20billion in damages to Yoruba nation agitator Sunday Adeyemo better known as Sunday Igboho. Igboho had sued the Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), the Department of State Services (DSS), and director of state services, Oyo state, demanding N5.5billion in damages over the raid on his Ibadan home on July 1. During the raid, two people were said to be killed, while 12 of his associates were arrested. Delivering judgment in the fundamental human rights suit on Friday, Ladiran Akintola, the judge, awarded N20 billion as exemplary and aggravated damages against the secret service. However, Malami speaking with NAN on Friday, said the decis...
FG is ready to listen to bandits and settle them without much costs – Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi
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FG is ready to listen to bandits and settle them without much costs – Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi

Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi has said that the federal government is ready to listen to repentant bandits and settle them without much costs, as part of the solutions to the insecurity issue in the north-west and north-central regions of the country. Dingyadi said this on Tuesday September 14, during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today. Commenting on the ongoing military operations against bandits in Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto and other states where their activities have been alarming, he said the present administration intended to reintegrate repentant bandits into the larger society, saying the government would closely monitor those who have turned a new leaf to ensure they do not return to their old way of life. He said; "Anybody willing to ...
COVID-19: 1.6 million Nigerians have been fully vaccinated – FG
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COVID-19: 1.6 million Nigerians have been fully vaccinated – FG

The federal government has revealed that over a million Nigerians have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Executive-Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib made the announcement during the national briefing of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC), on Monday September 13. Shuaib said that while 1,692,315 persons have received two doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines as approved by the World Health Organization (WHO), as at Monday evening September 13, 4,052,756 eligible Nigerians have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccines. He said;   “This is made up of 2,645,020 persons with the first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine and 1,407,736 persons with first dose of Moderna vaccine. A total of 1,692,315 e...
Lebanese fraudster sentenced after pleading guilty; forfeits N100m, luxury SUV and iPhones to FG
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Lebanese fraudster sentenced after pleading guilty; forfeits N100m, luxury SUV and iPhones to FG

Lebanese cyber criminal, Hamza Koudeih has been sentenced to one year in prison by a  Federal High Court sitting in Lagos. Koudeih’s N100m which was hidden in the bank account of CHK Property Investment Ltd, is to be forfeited to the federal government alongside his luxury Mercedes Benz GLE43 SUV with Chassis Number: HJGEDGEBXHA063213, his two iPhones and a HP Desktop computer. The Lebanese fraudster was sentenced based on the plea deal he reached with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). When Koudeih was arraigned in November last year alongside his Nigerian co-defendant Kayode Philip, alias ‘Voice of the King’, they pleaded not guilty to a charge of engaging in cyber fraud and attempting to retain the sums of $6million and £1million in the Bank of China. T...
VAT: Buhari govt must stop policies impeding true federalism – Afenifere
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VAT: Buhari govt must stop policies impeding true federalism – Afenifere

The Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has asked the Federal Government to stop its actions and policies that are impeding the practice of true federalism in Nigeria. Afenifere was reacting to the ruling by the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Value Added Tax, VAT. Justice Stephen Dalyop Pam of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, while delivering judgments on August 9th in Suit No. FHC/PH/CS/149/2020, filed by the Attorney General for Rivers State against the Federal Inland Revenue Service and the Attorney General of the Federation had said that allowing the federal government, through FIRS, to continue to collect VAT will be negating the spirit of the federal system of government. Reacting, Afenifere commended the judge for the ru...
711 ministries, agencies in Nigeria join IPPIS platform
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711 ministries, agencies in Nigeria join IPPIS platform

The Federal Government has enrolled 711 Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) on the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS). Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF), Ahmed Idris made the announcement in Lagos on Monday at a training for IPPIS Role Players in the South-West. The MDAs now the platform are out of about 1,000 in the country. Represented by Salawu Zubairu, Director, Consolidated Account, Idris assured his office would ensure that all government employees get on the IPPIS. The AGF said the goal is to decentralise the management of payroll so that any issue encountered in the implementation could be resolved without travelling to Abuja. He explained that the training of IPPIS Role Players would help them to understand operati...
Why FG Should Make Wizkid Global Ambassador – Reno Omokri
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Why FG Should Make Wizkid Global Ambassador – Reno Omokri

Reno Omokri, a former presidential aide of ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, has revealed why the Federal Government should make Nigerian superstar, Wizkid a global ambassador. Omokri, in a post via his Instagram account on Saturday, revealed that Wizkid projects Nigeria more positively than all Nigerian embassies and high commissions put together. According to him, “The world should be seeing Wizkid repping Nigeria on CNN and other global media, our stamps, airports and embassies.” He also noted that proper rebranding, which is a projection of the positive aspect of our nation, should be done adding that the world should touch, see and hear Wizkid not everytime Boko Haram and 419. “By now, Nigeria should have made Wizkid global ambassador. “The young man projects Nigeria ...
Twitter ban remains as Nigeria loses N220.36bn
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Twitter ban remains as Nigeria loses N220.36bn

The Nigerian Communications Commission has said the Twitter ban in Nigeria is still in effect as the commission is yet to receive the green light from the Ministry of Information to lift the ban. This was disclosed by the Director, Public Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde. The NCC had sent a memo to Mobile Network Operators and Internet Service Providers to block access to Twitter for the ban imposed by the Federal Government to take effect. This comes after some Nigerians had on Wednesday September 1, reported gaining access to the app without Virtual Private Networks on their laptops. It was gathered that the reported access to Twitter had only been on Internet Service Providers networks, and not through the mobile networks. A source in ...
Nigerian govt to make COVID-19 vaccination compulsory for civil servants
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Nigerian govt to make COVID-19 vaccination compulsory for civil servants

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, has said the federal government will soon make COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for civil servants. Mustapha disclosed this during a meeting of the Health Commissioners Forum on Thursday in Abuja. He explained that the government wants civil servants to be vaccinated, as they represent Nigeria abroad sometimes. The SGF, who is also the chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 (PSC), further noted that some countries have banned unvaccinated persons is one of the reasons civil servants should embrace vaccination. “You should, in the course of this meeting, deliberate on the challenges caused by vaccine hesitancy all over the country. It is expected that you will come with policy al...
Zamfara Assembly begs FG to intensify efforts in ending security challenges in state
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Zamfara Assembly begs FG to intensify efforts in ending security challenges in state

In its resumed plenary after almost one month recess, the Zamfara State House of Assembly has passed a resolution calling on both state and federal governments to place more efforts in curtailing the decade old insecurity in the state. The resolution of the House followed a motion raised by the House leader, Faruk Musa Dosara under matters of urgent public importance. Dosara who in the first instance commended the efforts of the state government towards enforcing some emergency rules aimed at curtailing the excesses of bandits and banditry activities in the state, called on the people of the state to show understanding and corporate with the government and security agencies in the state He said the punitive measures are to end the precarious and protracted insecurity bedevilling t...
Buhari’s Government has Recovered Close to one N1trn Looted Funds – APC leaders
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Buhari’s Government has Recovered Close to one N1trn Looted Funds – APC leaders

Leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have said that the Buhari-led administration has recovered close to N1 trillion worth of stolen funds and assets, since assuming office in 2015. The claim was made in a statement released on Thursday September 2, by former National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr. Lanre Issa-Onilu; member of the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Barr Ismail Ahmed, Presidential Aide, Mr. Tolu Ogunlesi; and Director-General of the Progressives Governors’ Forum, Salihu Lukman. Reiterating that the Buhari administration is also focused on ensuring that taxes and other debts owed the federal government were recovered in full, the APC leaders under the aegis of APC Legacy Awareness and Campaign added that all final forfei...
Review current revenue sharing formula now – Masari tells FG
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Review current revenue sharing formula now – Masari tells FG

Katsina State governor, Aminu Bello Masari, has described the current federal government revenue formula as stale and lopsided while calling for a review to make it generally acceptable. According to Governor Masari, the current arrangement puts more resources at the centre while leaving the state and local government with a lot of burdens. The Katsina Governor made the remark while playing host to the Chairman, Federal Revenue and Fiscal Commission and his team who were in the state on a sensitization visit on Tuesday. According to Masari, Nigeria needs devolution of power to enable the state and local government to harness resources to develop the state.
Bad roads: ‘You’ve not been fair to Ogun’ – Gov Abiodun tackles Buhari govt
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Bad roads: ‘You’ve not been fair to Ogun’ – Gov Abiodun tackles Buhari govt

Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has tackled the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government, accusing it of not giving the state its fair share of road rehabilitation in the country. Abiodun stated this on Monday when he played host to Executive Chairman of the Federal Character Commission, Dr. Muheeba Dankaka, who was on a courtesy call with his team to the Oke-Mosan Governor’s office, Abeokuta. According to Abiodun, the Federal Government should operate the principle of Federal Character on road rehabilitations, saying Ogun deserves special attention in terms of road rehabilitation. He maintained that the Gateway State should be given better attention than it is currently getting from the Buhari government on its roads, especially because of its strategic location as t...
Boko Haram surrender should be encouraged to end insurgency – Lawan
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Boko Haram surrender should be encouraged to end insurgency – Lawan

Senate President Ahmad Lawan has said that reports of Boko Haram fighters coming out of their trenches to surrender to Nigerian troops is a welcome development and should be encouraged. Lawan stated this in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, at the Palace of the Shehu of Borno, Abubakar El-Kanemi on Monday. He was in the state, in company of the Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, on a condolence visit to the monarch who lost his elder brother and also to the family of former Foreign Affairs Minister, Ambassador Babagana Kingibe, over the death of his mother-in-law.   The Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, and his Deputy, Umar Usman Kadafur, were also on ground to play host to the visitors at Kingibe’s residence as well as the Shehu of Borno’s Palace. The ...
Four Weeks After, FG Refuses to Release El-Zakzaky And Wife’s Travel Document
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Four Weeks After, FG Refuses to Release El-Zakzaky And Wife’s Travel Document

The federal government has refused to allow the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife, Malama Zeenah Ibrahim travel abroad for medical treatment. This is coming four weeks after El-Zakzaky and his wife were acquitted by a Kaduna State High Court. According to Malam Ibrahim Musa, President Media Forum for Islamic Movement of Nigeria in a statement on Friday, both El-Zakzaky and his wife Zeenah’s international passports are still being held by security agencies and a new one has not been issued to them. “Both the Nigerian Intelligence Agency (NIA) and the Department of State Security (DSS) have denied being in possession of the international passports of the couple. “It is a known fact, however, that during the botched medical trip t...
Ortom: NANS condemns NBC ‘victimisation’ of Channels TV presenters
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Ortom: NANS condemns NBC ‘victimisation’ of Channels TV presenters

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Ogun State, has condemned the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) for summoning Chamberlain Usoh and Kayode Okikiolu of Channels Television to its Abuja office, describing it as victimisation. DAILY POST reports that two presenters of Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily were invited to NBC headquarters in Abuja over some “inciting comments” made against President Muhammadu Buhari by Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State when he appeared on the programme on Tuesday. In a statement signed by the Ogun NANS Chairman, Damilola Simeon, and made available to DAILY POST on Thursday evening, it was said that “The media, being the fourth estate of the realm, is an important pillar upon which the democracy of an heterogeneous nation like N...
COVID-19: Police told to enforce wearing of face masks
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COVID-19: Police told to enforce wearing of face masks

Police in Ogun State have been directed to enforce the wearing of face masks to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the state. Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 2, Johnson Babatunde Kokumo, gave this directive on Wednesday during his familiarisation visit to the Ogun police headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta. While saying COVID-19 is still in existence, Kokumo expressed worry that Ogun residents do not believe the disease still exists. The AIG said he observed, on entering the state, that only few people wore face masks, saying this was against what the Federal Government said. “I observed something while coming in here, I observed that people of Ogun State don’t believe that there is Coronavirus. Out of every 50, if you make a random sample of 50 to 100, h...
Primate Ayodele accuses officials of Buhari’s govt of terrorism
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Primate Ayodele accuses officials of Buhari’s govt of terrorism

The Leader of the INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele, has accused some officials in the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government of being responsible for terrorism in Nigeria. Primate Ayodele said officials who are against the Buhari’s government from succeeding are behind terrorism in Nigeria. The clergyman claimed these officials are pretending because they are determined to put the government in bondage. In a statement by his Media Office, the clergyman also pointed out that the Department of State Services, DSS, operatives need to move closer to God, stressing that the attack on the Nigerian Defence Academy, NDA, was a shame on them. He also blamed the security state of the country on the obstinacy of the Service Chiefs to reverence God and s...
Grazing routes: Igbo youths warn lawamker backing open grazing
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Grazing routes: Igbo youths warn lawamker backing open grazing

The Igboayaka O. Igboayaka-led Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC), a socio-cultural group, has warned members of State Houses of Assembly in Igbo land that are plotting and executing the plan of total open grazing law should drop the idea or face the wrath of angry Igbo youths from their various constituents. The warning comes on the heels of the recent directive by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government for the review of 368 grazing reserves in 25 states. OYC in a release sent to DAILY POST on Tuesday, called on state lawmakers from the southeast region to urgently pass the anti-open grazing bill into law in Igboland to save lives and property or be recalled. The Igbo organization also urged them to emulate their Rivers State counterparts that have acted on the request o...
Treat repented Boko Haram fighters like brothers — MURIC tells FG
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Treat repented Boko Haram fighters like brothers — MURIC tells FG

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has appealed to the federal government and the Nigerian army to treat Boko Haram insurgents who surrendered as brothers. The group in a statement released by its director, Professor Ishaq Akintola on Thursday August 19, also said that these Boko Haram insurgents and ISWAP fighters who are surrendering should be resettled and trained in vocations that can enable them to cater for themselves and their families in future. The statement partly read; “Boko Haram insurgents and ISWAP fighters who are surrendering should be resettled and trained invocations that can enable them to cater for themselves and their families in future. Quick and meaningful resettlement will encourage the remaining insurgents and fighters to embrace peace. “MURIC also app...
FIRS to introduce road tax
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FIRS to introduce road tax

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has said that it has sent a proposal to the federal government for a law on road tax. Executive Chairman of the agency, Mohammed Nami disclosed this during an interactive session organised by the house of representatives committee on finance on the 2022-2024 medium term expenditure framework/fiscal strategy paper (MTEF/FSP) for ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) in Abuja on Wednesday August 18. When a member of the committee, Afolabi Olalekan asked Nami to explain what FIRS has put in place to tackle tax evasion by people in the informal sector, he responded by saying that one of the measures include the introduction of road tax. He said;   “What we have done on the informal sector at a time was try to propose what we...
We won’t rest until social media is regulated – Lai Mohammed
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We won’t rest until social media is regulated – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said the Federal government will not rest until social media platforms are regulated. The minister said this in an interview with NAN in Washington while reacting to media reports that claimed he sneaked out of Nigeria to the US to meet with Twitter operators to resolve the ban on the micro-blogging site in Nigeria. Lai said fake news such as this reaffirms the need for social media to be regulated. Speaking during the interview, Mohammed said'; “Can a minister sneak out of Nigeria without people knowing? When you say I sneaked out of Nigeria, are you saying I went to board at a terminal where nobody is or I travelled to the Republic of Benin to fly out of the country?” I was at an international airport, where I present...
FG Receives 699,760 doses of AstraZeneca
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FG Receives 699,760 doses of AstraZeneca

The federal government on Tuesday Augusy 17, received 699,760 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines donated by the UK government. Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) Dr Faisal Shuaib who spoke during the official hand-over of the vaccine, said it is the first tranche of the 1,299,760 expected from the UK Government through the COVAX facility. Shuaib said; “I am glad to inform you that last night, we received 699,760 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine donated by the UK Government. We are most grateful to the government and people of the UK for this gesture. “This vaccine will be deployed immediately to the States (after NAFDAC’s approval), and would be administered as second dose to those who had earlier rec...
FG spent N2trn on debt servicing in six monthsb- Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed
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FG spent N2trn on debt servicing in six monthsb- Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed

The Minister of Finance, Zaina Ahmed, says the federal government has spent N2.02 trillion on debt servicing within the first six months of 2021 (January-June). The Cable reports that the Minister disclosed this when she spoke at the 2022- 2024 2022-2024 medium-term expenditure framework/ fiscal strategy paper (MTEF/FSP) committee interactive session in Abuja on Monday, August 16. Ahmed said the federal government’s retained revenue amounted to 67.3 percent of the target. Last year, out of total revenue of N3.42 trillion, the federal government spent N3.34 trillion on debt servicing – implying that for every N100 earned as revenue, N97 was spent on debt servicing. Given the breakdown, the minister said oil revenue was N492.44 billion, representing 49 percent performance, wh...
We’ve Spent N502.3bn on COVID19 intervention – Finance Minister
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We’ve Spent N502.3bn on COVID19 intervention – Finance Minister

The Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, has revealed that the Federal government has so far spent N502.3 billion to stabilize the economy after being hit by the rampaging COVID-19 pandemic. The Sun reports that Ahmed made the disclosure while speaking at the national dialogue on COVID-19 economic impact and assessment of national and states’ recovery plans and policy options in Abuja on Tuesday, August 10. According to the Minister, Nigeria was deeply affected by the pandemic because it was recovering from recession before COVID-19 led to an all-time fall of crude oil prices being the economic pillar of the country. According to Ahmed, the key interventions the N502 billion was used for include: the establishment of an N500 billion COVID-19 crisis in...
Two Nigerian fraudsters forfeit over N200m, luxury cars and properties valued at N260m to FG
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Two Nigerian fraudsters forfeit over N200m, luxury cars and properties valued at N260m to FG

Judgment day finally came for two Nigerian fraudsters, Tobilola Ibrahim Bakare and Alimi Seun Sikiru as they lost cash and properties in upscale Lekki axis of Lagos to the Federal Government following their arrest and prosecution by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. The forfeited assets include the sums of N196, 741, 216.82 and N7, 054, 852.01 in bank accounts; two vehicles, a Mercedes Benz E500 and a Toyota Hilux 2020. Others are; five bedroom duplex situated at Ibrahim Eleto Street, Osapa London, Lekki, Lagos, four bedroom semi-detached duplex situated at Ologolo, Jakande, Lekki, Lagos and another four bedroom semi-detached duplex in Southern View Estate, Mayor Court, Chevron Alternative Road, Lekki, Lagos. The two vehicles are valued at N30million while th...
NANS asks FG to declare bandits as terrorists
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NANS asks FG to declare bandits as terrorists

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has asked the federal government to declare bandits who are kidnapping students in the northern part of the country, as terrorists. The student body which maintained that anyone with propensity to kidnap and kill the students in large number should be declared as terrosrsits to any nation, also called for increased security in schools. NANS also announced that it has resolved its factional crisis, which sprang up recently with the emergence of a splinter group, led by one Abdumajid Oyeniyi that was challenging the leadership of the national president, Sunday Asefon. Asefon who addressed journalists in Ado Ekiti, recalled meeting with prominent Islamic Cleric, Sheikh Ahmed Gumi over kidnap of school children in the Northern r...
Second phase of COVID-19 Vaccination to begin on Tuesday
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Second phase of COVID-19 Vaccination to begin on Tuesday

The second phase of COVID-19 vaccination will begin on Tuesday August 10 in the country. The announcement was made after the federal government received over four million doses of the Moderna vaccine donated by the US government last week. A statement signed by spokesperson to the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, Mr Willie Bassey read; “The PSC has received over four million doses of Moderna vaccine donated by the U.S. Government to Nigeria. “In view of the above, the inoculation is scheduled from Tuesday, Aug. 10, at the Federal Medical Centre, Jabi, off Airport road, Abuja.”
Arewa Youths ask FG to ban BBNaija
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Arewa Youths ask FG to ban BBNaija

The Arewa Youth Advisory Forum (AYCF) has called on the Federal Government to ban TV reality show, Big Brother Naija. This year's show which is tagged ''Shine Ya Eye'' is currently ongoing. The AYCF National President, Yerima Shettima, made the call while speaking to newsmen today August 6. Describing the show as a calamity, Shettima said BBNaija should not be encouraged because it promotes "immorality."# In his words “It’s a calamity for me. I never believed in BBNaija and I don’t think it’s fair because the show is an act of immorality. Such a spectacle should not be encouraged. I have often said that this show encourages immorality and that the Nigerian government should ban it, it should not be allowed to be broadcast in our country. You see, a lot of people are watchin...
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Nigeria estimated to have lost over N132.8bn in two months of Twitter ban

Nigeria is estimated to have lost N132.8bn ( approximately $366,88m) since Twitter was banned in Nigeria by the Federal Government. The Federal Government banned Twitter in Nigeria on June 4 and the ban came into effect on June 5. It's been 61 days since the ban came into effect. Calculating the cost impact of the ban on the NetBlocks Cost of Shutdown Tool shows that Nigeria has lost $366,877,817 in 61 days. According to the tool, Nigeria loses $250,600 for every hour Twitter is banned. The NetBlocks Cost of Shutdown Tool estimates the economic impact of an internet disruption, mobile data blackout or app restriction in a nation using indicators from the World Bank, International Telecommunication Union, Eurostat and U.S. Census.
Tokyo Olympics: Nigerian Gold medalists to receive $15,000
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Tokyo Olympics: Nigerian Gold medalists to receive $15,000

  The Federal Government has announced a reward of $15,000, $10,000, $7,500 respectively for gold, silver, and bronze medalists at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics. This was disclosed by Simon Ebohdjaiye, who is the Director, Federation and Elite Athletes Department (FEAD), Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development. Ebohdjaiye stated this while speaking on Tuesday in Tokyo, shortly after wrestler Blessing Oborodudu won Team Nigeria’s second medal at the Games. He said the reward was reviewed, due to the dedication of the athletes. “Gold medallist will now be rewarded with 15,000 dollars, while silver and bronze medal winners will each get 10,000 dollars and 7,500 dollars respectively. “The earlier award is 5,000 dollars for gold, 3,000 dollars for silver, and 2,...

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