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Anambra govt mourns famous businessman, Abdulaziz Ude
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Anambra govt mourns famous businessman, Abdulaziz Ude

The Anambra State Government has mourned famous businessman, Alhaji Abdulaziz Chibuzor Ude, who recently passed on in Lagos State. Ude is a culture enthusiast, publisher and famous businessman. Anambra State Government, in a press release by the state Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C. Don Adinuba, said Ude, a philanthropist, would be missed. Adinuba said: “The people and Government of Anambra State have received with sadness the news of the death two days ago of Chief Abdulaziz Chivuzor Ude, the internationally renowned publisher, intellectual, art lover. “Ude is a pan Africanist, entrepreneur and philanthropist from Abor, Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State, who played a significant part in modern Igbo history. He died in Lagos in his late 80s, ...
Defection: Ignore Fani-Kayode’s mischievous claims on Gov Ugwuanyi – Onoh
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Defection: Ignore Fani-Kayode’s mischievous claims on Gov Ugwuanyi – Onoh

Chairman of Enugu Capital Territory Development Authority, ECTDA, Dr Josef Onoh has refuted the insinuation by Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode that Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi is among some governors of the Peoples Democratic party, PDP, expected to defect to the All Progressives Congress, APC, sooner than later. Onoh described Fani-Kayode’s gaffe as a “figment of his imagination” and borrowed former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s words to say that “Governor Ugwuanyi dey PDP kamkpe!” Onoh said that if anybody was in doubt of Governor Ugwuanyi’s stable and courageous character, such a person should refer to last Thursday’s Southern Governors’ meeting in Enugu where Ugwuanyi was the only substantive Governor from the South east zone that attended. According to Onoh: “What Femi Fani-Kayode said wa...
E-Naira: Things to know as CBN launches Nigeria’s digital currency
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E-Naira: Things to know as CBN launches Nigeria’s digital currency

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) will launch a digital currency, e-Naira in October to coincide with the nation’s independence anniversary. Governor Godwin Emefiele has assured that the advantages of the Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) are enormous. The apex bank chief urged Nigerians to embrace the e-Naira and explained it is safer than cryptocurrencies. Things to know and the benefits: Digital currency is the electronic form of fiat money issued by governments. However, many confuse it with cryptocurrency which is a store of value secured by encryption. The central bank of a country supervises digital currency. Cryptocurrencies are not regulated by any government, reason why authorities warn against bitcoin, ethereum and the likes. According to The Atlantic Counci...
Health expert, other stakeholders decry increased maternal, newborn deaths
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Health expert, other stakeholders decry increased maternal, newborn deaths

President, World Hepatitis Alliance, Dr. Danjuma Adda, has again raised an alarm over the increasing rate of maternal and newborn mortality across Nigeria and the world at large. Speaking on Friday in Jalingo, the capital of Taraba State at the World Patient Safety Day, he expressed sadness at the way and manner maternal and newborn issues are being handled by those in leadership positions with kid gloves. Adda who doubles as the Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Initiative and Development (CFID) expressed worry over the attitude of those thrust with the responsibility of making health facilities available to the people and how they drag their feet He said nearly 5,400 stillbirths occur on a daily basis across the globe. He said while 810 women lose their lives da...
Group accuses PDP, Abuja politicians of sponsoring crises in lmo
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Group accuses PDP, Abuja politicians of sponsoring crises in lmo

GoA group, Global Association of Concerned Imo Youths, GACIY, has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and some politicians living in Abuja of sponsoring cult boys disguising as Eastern Security Network, ESN agents against Imolites to promote lies against the person of Governor Hope Uzodimma. The group said some of these politicians live in Abuja from where they carry out their nefarious and dastardly actions against Imolites. Sir Collins Ughalaa ,the Convener of the Global Association of Concerned Imo Youths made this accusation in Owerri on Thursday while beefing DAILY POST. GACIY said today, evidence suggests politicians are cloning the ESN and God knows what else. “By using cult boys disguised as ESN agents, the sponsors project the narrative that violent separatism i...
We will keep borrowing. It is for the good of the country – APC tells PDP
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We will keep borrowing. It is for the good of the country – APC tells PDP

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has defended the borrowing of President Buhari, saying taking the foreign facility “is for the good of the country”.   The party said this while responding to the criticism from the PDP over President Buhari's fresh application for a foreign loan. The President on Tuesday sent a letter to the Nigerian Senate seeking approval to borrow $4 billion and €710 million external loans.   Defending the fresh borrowing, the party in a statement signed by the secretary of its Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) Senator John James Akpanudoedehe, said the borrowings under the APC-led administration were prudently and transparently utilised for the purpose they were secured for.  According to APC, borrowings under...
High flood risk – Osun govt warns residents of impending danger
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High flood risk – Osun govt warns residents of impending danger

Governor Gboyega Oyetola’ Special Adviser on Environment and Sanitation, Rufus Oyegbile says the state government has responded to the warning by the Nigeria Hydrological Service Agency (NIHSA) and the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET) on the risk of possible hazard over the volume of rain expected. The agencies in their forecast had issued warnings of possible hazards in some states including Osun State. The forecasts pitched Osun as one of the states in Nigeria with probable flood risk and asked the states to take action ahead by embarking on intensive flood control. DAILY POST had conducted a report on the aftermath of a flood that sacked residents in August and September in Osogbo, the state capital of Osun. The report had revealed that Osun State is sloapy, judging by ...
Only 21 percent of eligible taxpayers remit taxes – ZIRS boss
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Only 21 percent of eligible taxpayers remit taxes – ZIRS boss

The Executive Chairman, Zamfara State Internal Revenue Service, Alhaji Akilu Dama Bungudu, has lamented that only 21 percent of eligible tax payers in the state pay their taxes regularly. Speaking with DAILY POST in Gusau, the state capital, Bungudu said that some eligible persons refused to pay taxes regularly while some others do not pay the right amounts when due. He further explained that the service was facing serious resistance from the prominent people in the state in terms of tax payment. “Most of the prominent persons do not care to pay their taxes eve though they have the money, forgetting that the government uses the tax payers money to develop the state,” he added. The chairman explained that it is when the eligible tax payers pay their taxes as at when du...
Kaduna LG Polls: PDP won all councils but was rigged out – Lawal Adamu alleges
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Kaduna LG Polls: PDP won all councils but was rigged out – Lawal Adamu alleges

A Chieftain of People’s Democratic Party in Kaduna State, Lawal Adamu has alleged that the PDP won all the 23 local government areas of the state but was rigged out. The All Progressive Congress (APC) party won 17 Chairmanship positions in the 19 local government elections held in Kaduna on September 4, 2021. However, Lawal Adamu who was a PDP Kaduna Central Senatorial District candidate in 2019 said, winning eight out of 12 wards by his party was a pointer to what would play out in 2023. Adamu in a statement in Kaduna on Friday described the just concluded Local Government elections in Kaduna as two horses race between the state-controlled All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) He alleged that the APC controlled party in the state was...
Kogi govt set date to shut down all unregistered schools
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Kogi govt set date to shut down all unregistered schools

The Kogi State Government has vowed to shut down all unregistered schools in the state at the resumption of the 2021/2022 academic session. The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Wemi Ojo Jones, who disclosed this on Thursday while fielding questions from newsmen, said allowing unregistered schools to operate in the state would amount to mortgaging the future of the children. Jones equally disclosed that schools that are having the required facilities and decent environment but are not registered would be given three years to register by the Ministry of Education, after which they will be shut down if the fail to meet the conditions give to them for registration. The Commissioner urged both the registered and unregistered schools to come to the Ministry to a...
PIA: CSO calls for appointment of PAP permanent head
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PIA: CSO calls for appointment of PAP permanent head

A coalition of Civil Society Organisations under the umbrella of Peace for Niger Delta (PND) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint a permanent head for the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) before the full implementation of the recently signed Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) by 2022. It added that a permanent head would play an intermediary role between the government and ex-agitators as well as advocate for their economic wellbeing. Douglas Charles, who spoke on behalf of the group in a press conference held in Abuja, noted that the appointment of a permanent head became necessary in order to sustain peace in the Niger Delta region, adding that some ex-agitators have started asking questions over a perceived lack of attention on them. Charles, who called for regular...
Insecurity: We only suspend boarding facilities – Adamawa Govt
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Insecurity: We only suspend boarding facilities – Adamawa Govt

The Adamawa State Government says it only suspended boarding facilities in schools but did not close any school. The government said in a statement late Monday evening that it did not close any school as was reported in some mediums. The state Ministry of Education was widely reported on Sunday as announcing closure of 30 boarding secondary schools across the state for security reasons. In a statement signed by Humwashi Wonosikou, the Press Secretary to Governor Ahmadu Fintiri, the government explained that a Ministry of Education statement earlier quoted and reported on Sunday was categorical on deboarding and not total closure. It said the Commissioner of Education and Human Capital Development announced that 30 Boarding Junior Secondary Schools out of the 34 in the sta...
Adamawa Assembly pushes judicial financial autonomy bill, approves N2bn executive loan
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Adamawa Assembly pushes judicial financial autonomy bill, approves N2bn executive loan

The Adamawa State House of Assembly has given accelerated reading to a bill for a law to provide for the management of funds accruing to the Adamawa State Judiciary from the consolidated revenue fund of the state. The bill scaled through first and second reading on Monday. The accelerated reading of the bill followed its presentation on the floor of the House by the Speaker, Aminu Iya Abbas and read by the Majority Leader, Hammantukur Yettisuri After considering the importance of the bill, the Speaker referred it to House Committee on Judiciary to scrutinise and report back within two weeks. The Assembly, also during its resumed plenary on Monday, approved for Governor Ahmadu Fintiri his request to take a loan of N2 billion to upgrade hospitals, particularly for COVID-19 care. ...
APC warns against parallel LG congress
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APC warns against parallel LG congress

The Ogun State All Progressives Congress (APC) Local Government Congress Committee has warned members of the party against conducting parallel congress in the state on Saturday. The Chairman of the five-member committee, Wale Ohu, disclosed this when the committee met with the local government congress electoral committee members, who would conduct the congress across the 20 local government areas of Ogun. Ohu warned that the party would not hesitate to sanction anybody engaging in anti-party activities. According to him, the list of the ward executive members were given to the committee by the from Abuja, saying the committee would work strictly according to the list. “We have been sent from Abuja to strictly work according to the guidelines of the party and to strictly work a...
APC Congress: Umahi inaugurates 171 APC elected wards executives
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APC Congress: Umahi inaugurates 171 APC elected wards executives

Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, on Friday inaugurated 171 executives of the All Progressive Congress, APC, who was elected during the ward congress of the party that took place at the 13 local government areas of the state. DAILY POST gathered that the inauguration took place ahead of the forthcoming APC local government congress slated to hold in the 13 LGA of the state on Saturday. The inauguration, which took place at the Christian Ecumenical Centre, Abakaliki, witnessed in attendance, all prominent stakeholders of the party including former federal lawmakers, among others. The governor, however, charged the newly-elected wards executives of the party to be loyal and be committed especially now that elections draw nearer. The governor also declared his readiness to suppo...
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...
Police to recruit 20,000 people very soon – IGP
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Police to recruit 20,000 people very soon – IGP

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, has said that the Nigeria Police in its bid to ensure community safety, will soon commence recruitment of not fewer than 20,000 officers across the 774 local government areas of the federation very soon. He stated this on Thursday during a one-day working visit to Katsina State. IGP Alkali also disclosed that recruitment for community policing will go on simultaneously though without salary payment for the who are expected to be citizens who are already gainfully employed but they will be exposed to rigorous police duty training. He made the disclosure while paying a courtesy call to Governor Aminu Bello Masari at the state government house on Thursday. The IG further disclosed that from the support they are enjoying fro...
New York declares a state of emergency as torrential flooding ravages city
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New York declares a state of emergency as torrential flooding ravages city

The government of New York City, on Thursday, September 2, declared a state of emergency after torrential rain caused heavy flooding resulting to reports of numerous water rescues. In New York City, a travel ban was implemented until 5 a.m Friday. According to an emergency alert sent by the government to citizens. All non-emergency vehicles must stay off the road, the alert said as the city's subway lines were suspended due to the flooding. The Metropolitan Transit Authority website announced that only the "7" line and the Staten Island Railway were operating with delays.   "We're enduring an historic weather event tonight with record breaking rain across the city, brutal flooding and dangerous conditions on our roads," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Twitter. &nb...
Taliban to unveil Afghanistan’s new government with presidential palace ceremony today
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Taliban to unveil Afghanistan’s new government with presidential palace ceremony today

Afghanistan's new Taliban rulers are set to announced their new government today as the country faces economic collapse and food shortages. This comes more than two weeks after the Islamist militia captured Kabul and brought a deadly end to 20 years of war, with the Taliban now back in control of the country as they were from 1996 to 2001. Taliban official Ahmadullah Muttaqi said on social media a ceremony is being put in place at the presidential palace in Kabul after the US withdrawal, while private broadcaster TOLONews said an announcement on a new government was imminent. Meanwhile, one-third of the country is facing food insecurity and is in desperate need of funds, according to the World Food Programme amid warnings of a humanitarian crisis in the country. The Taliban are...
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...
Ogun Assembly mulls resident’s permit for corps members, students, others
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Ogun Assembly mulls resident’s permit for corps members, students, others

The Ogun State House of Assembly is legislating on a bill that would ensure that all residents of the state are registered by the government. The bill, when passed into law, would consider resident’s permit for short-term residents like National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members and students of higher learning institutions. The bill entitled “H.B. No. 062/OG/2021 – The Ogun State Residents Registration Agency and the Registration of Ogun State Residents Law 2021” was on Wednesday deliberated on by stakeholders, at the Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta. DAILY POST learnt that there would be an Ogun State Resident Registration Agency, which would be saddled with the responsibility of capturing the database of people living in Ogun. Speaking on the bill, the Speaker, Olak...
If Buhari has done nothing, he has improved the value of land in your village – Amaechi tells Nigerians
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If Buhari has done nothing, he has improved the value of land in your village – Amaechi tells Nigerians

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has stated that value has been added to the lives of Nigerians by the Buhari-led administration. Reiterating that the infrastructural projects embarked upon by the current administration has rubbed off positively on people in different ways in an interview with Daily Trust, the Minister maintained that most of the problems people are blaming this government for predates it. Amaechi added that even if Buhari has done nothing since he was elected, he has increased the value of lands in villages as people are now competing in the purchase of lands following the construction of railways and roads. He said; “They blame us for insecurity, but they must not forget that the reason there is insecurity is that the economy does not empower Nige...
Kaduna residents lament insecurity, poor knowledge of voting machines ahead of local government elections
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Kaduna residents lament insecurity, poor knowledge of voting machines ahead of local government elections

Ahead of the September 4, 2021, local government elections in the 23 local government areas of Kaduna State, aspiring candidates for elective political positions have embarked on aggressive campaigns both at the local government levels and at the ward levels. The elections, pundits believe, are between the candidates of the ruling All Progressive Congress(APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) in the state. Although, the Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission (KAD-SIECOM) has expressed it’s preparedness for the conduct of the elections using upgraded Electronic Voting Machines (EVM), many residents in some of the local government areas of the state on Sunday, expressed fears of insecurity, coupled with poor knowledge of how to use the upgraded machines. Other...
Probe AuGF, Aghughu over contradictions on alleged missing N4.973trn – HURIWA to EFCC
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Probe AuGF, Aghughu over contradictions on alleged missing N4.973trn – HURIWA to EFCC

Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has asked the Auditor-General of the Federation, AuGF, Adolphus Aghughu, to avoid semantic gymnastics when he gives the nation a run-down of the audits of ministries and agencies. The rights group flayed Aghughu for recanting his findings on the consolidated financial statement of the Federal Government in 2019. It wondered how the AGF is denying that any cash was missing after he told the National Assembly on the 18th of August 2021 that unsubstantiated balances amounting to N4.973 trillion were observed by his office in the audit carried out on the consolidated financial statement of the Federal Government in 2019. HURIWA expressed shock that the President Muhammadu Buhari government which claims to be fighting corruption was ...
Catholic bishops take position on agitation for Nigeria’s break-up, insecurity
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Catholic bishops take position on agitation for Nigeria’s break-up, insecurity

The Catholic Bishops of Nigeria, CBCN, has taken a stand on the rising insecurity, electronic transmission of results and call for Nigeria’s break-up. The Catholic bishops, in a communiqué issued at the end of the Second Plenary Meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), Enugu, appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari’s government to adopt inclusion of all ethnic groups in decision making and policies of the nation in order to avoid a break-up. The clergy admonished Nigerians and the government to toe the path of unity and dialogue in order to unite the nation and not cause break-up. CBCN also demanded that the government ensures a just and fair trial of the arrested key players in the struggles to curb cases that trigger off further avoidable unrest and calls fo...
COVID-19: Ekiti commences second phase of vaccination exercise
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COVID-19: Ekiti commences second phase of vaccination exercise

The Ekiti State Government has disclosed that the second phase of COVID-19 vaccination has commenced across the state, urging residents, especially those that have not been vaccinated during the first phase of the exercise, to make themselves available. The Ekiti Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr. Oyebanji Filani made this known in Ado-Ekiti recently while featuring on a radio programme to sensitize the residents on the need to make themselves available for immunization against the deadly virus. Dr. Filani explained that the Moderna vaccines are for eligible residents that haven’t received any jab of COVID-19 vaccination, stressing that anyone who has received the first dose of Astra-Zeneca vaccines should wait for the second dose that would arrive soon. The Commissio...
2022 World Cup qualifiers: Caf appeals to British government to grant exemption to African players
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2022 World Cup qualifiers: Caf appeals to British government to grant exemption to African players

Several African players are at risk of missing next month's international outings due to coronavirus restrictions in England The Confederation of African Football has appealed to the British government to allow African players to travel for next month’s 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers. After Liverpool blocked Mohamed Salah’s invitation to Egypt’s squad, the Premier League announced that other clubs will not release their players to travel to red-list countries due to fears of the coronavirus. However, Fifa responded to the statement with a personal message from President Gianni Infantino to British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson on Wednesday.
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...
Taliban to fail soon, another govt’ll arise in Afghanistan – Primate Ayodele
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Taliban to fail soon, another govt’ll arise in Afghanistan – Primate Ayodele

The Leader of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Ayodele, has disclosed that another government would be formed in Afghanistan. Primate Ayodele said Taliban would not be able to sustain the country. He said a coalition would rise up and take over the government of Afghanistan from The Taliban. In a statement by his Media Office, the clergyman said Talibans would seek the support of some other countries but will fail in the long run. The statement reads: “On the current crisis in Afghanistan, Primate Ayodele, who was the only prophet to foretell what’s happening in the country has said that he foresees a new formation of government in the country. ‘I foresee Taliban taking over some Nigerian states’ – Primate Ayodele releases fearful prophecies ‘’Taliban will not b...
NANS tells Gov Abiodun to appoint Rector for MAPOLY
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NANS tells Gov Abiodun to appoint Rector for MAPOLY

The Ogun State chapter of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has told Governor Dapo Abiodun to appoint a substantive Rector for Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY) Abeokuta. DAILY POST reports that MAPOLY is presently being run by Dr Adeoye Odedeji, who was appointed by Governor Dapo Abiodun as the Acting Rector in December 2019. Odedeji became the Acting Rector following the appointment of the former Rector, Samson Odedina as a Commissioner in Gov Abiodun’s cabinet. The State Government was said to have conducted interviews for candidates interested in becoming the Rector of the foremost Ogun polytechnic. However, government has not taken a decision on who becomes the substantive head of the polytechnic, even as different groups lobby for preferred candidates...
Tuition Hike: IBBUL SUG disagrees with Niger govt over proposed review
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Tuition Hike: IBBUL SUG disagrees with Niger govt over proposed review

The Student Union Government, SUG, of the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai, IBBUL, Niger State, has insisted on the absolute reversal of the recently hiked tuition in the institution. Muhammad Jibrin Lwafu, the SUG president of the school told the state government that he does not agree with its proposed downward review of the hike but expects a total reversal. He insisted that the tuitions return to N27,500 for returning students of Niger State origin and N52,500 for new students. The union in a press statement signed by Markus David Sakoma, the union’s Press Secretary in Minna said the government appeared to have lost touch with the current economic situation in the country. The Niger State Government had appraised the upward review of fees for students of the uni...
Dwindling revenue: Buhari government to embark on another borrowing spree
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Dwindling revenue: Buhari government to embark on another borrowing spree

From Monday to Thursday, the House of Representatives Committee on Finance had an interactive session with revenue-generating agencies on the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF). President Muhammadu Buhari had forwarded the 2022-2024 MTEF to the National Assembly for approval. However, what is alarming is that the government is proposing a deficit of N5.2trillion, which will be financed through borrowing. The MTEF is a rolling plan of three years, which contains macroeconomics projections for the three years under review. The MTEF projection is crude oil benchmark price of $57 per barrel for 2022, crude oil production of 1.88 million barrels per day, and a dollar exchange rate of N410.15 to one US dollar. At the public hearing, the Chairman of the Committee, James Faleke, app...
Killings: Plateau govt returns survivors to Ondo
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Killings: Plateau govt returns survivors to Ondo

The Plateau State government has returned an undisclosed number of the surviving victims of the Jos attack to Ondo State on Friday. About 28 people were reportedly killed in the attack. The Deputy Governor of Plateau State, Mr Sonni Tiyoden, disclosed this when he accompanied the survivors to the Ondo State government house in Akure. He said that 25 suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident, while normalcy has been restored in the area as investigations are ongoing to bring the perpetrators to book. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the victims returned to Ondo are Fulanis, born and brought up in Ondo State, who were returning home after attending the annual Zikr (prayer session) in Bauchi to mark the commencement of the new Islamic Year. The de...
Jonathan, Buhari under scrutiny in tough debate over insecurity
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Jonathan, Buhari under scrutiny in tough debate over insecurity

Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, has been criticized for saying Nigeria is winning the war against terrorism. Mohammed is accused of being economical with the truth by stating that the current government is winning the war against terrorism. The minister had said the issue of insecurity regarding insurgency under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government is better if compared to President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration. Speaking with BBC, the minister maintained that the situation was worst under the Jonathan-led government. He pointed out that the “entire Northeast was a no go area” as schools, markets and hospitals were closed down due to insurgency activities.
Amotekun arrests underage herders, seizes 49 cows in Ondo
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Amotekun arrests underage herders, seizes 49 cows in Ondo

Two underaged herders have been arrested by the Ondo State Security Network Agency, known as Amotekun Corps, for flouting the government’s directive on open grazing in the state. The six-year-old herders were arrested for harassing a septuagenarian in Kajola area of Akure South Local Government area of Ondo State after leading their cows into her farm. It was gathered that the little herders identified as Audu Ibrahim and Musa Ibrahim who are twins, threatened the 70-year-old farmer, Mrs Victoria Ajayi with a cutlass. According to the septuagenarian, she was inside her room, when her grandson informed her that cows have invaded their farm. “As I was cautioning the children to move the cows out of my farm, one of them brought out cutlass and pointed it to my face. It was then th...
I will not exit government as a failure- President Buhari
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I will not exit government as a failure- President Buhari

President Buhari has said that he is not prepared to leave office as a failure come 2023. The President said this while speaking during a closed-door meeting with service chiefs at the statehouse today August 19. The President said he is determined to turn things around in the war against insecurity. The National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, who spoke to statehouse correspondents after the meeting, said although the military has “recorded successes”, the president is determined to achieve a turnaround in the fortunes of the country. “It is evident that a lot of successes have been recorded. Large numbers of people are surrendering in the Northeast as a consequence of the relentless efforts of the armed forces, intelligence and security agencies. This is very, ver...
Four dead as gunmen attack oil workers in Imo
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Four dead as gunmen attack oil workers in Imo

An attack by gunmen at Assa community in Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State, has left at least four workers of Lee Engineering Company dead. The oil workers were on their way to an oil plant Assa community when the gunmen opened fire on them, killing four and leaving many others severely wounded. National president of Congress of Ohaji Youths, Emmanuel Ugorji confirmed the incident and told Punch that some community leaders and security agents, including himself, have visited the scene. Ugorji called on government to beef up security in the area as gunmen have been terrorising the area in recent times. He said;   “The first attack by this group was attacked on Oil Serve company and second was the kidnapping of the Cluster Development Board Chairman, Go...
‘These killings are barbaric and heinous’ – Musa calls Nigeria government to action after Jos killings
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‘These killings are barbaric and heinous’ – Musa calls Nigeria government to action after Jos killings

The Super Eagles captain expressed his sadness after the recently attack that led to the death of almost two dozen people Ahmed Musa has challenged the Nigeria government and security authorities to work to end the "barbaric" killings across the country. The Fatih Karagumruk star took to his social media account to share his grief on Sunday after 22 people were killed while several others were injured during a road trip on Saturday morning. Travellers were coming from a religious event in Bauchi - a North Eastern state in Nigeria - in a convoy of buses when they were attacked at Rukuba road, in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State. Thirty-three victims have been rescued according to a police statement, but Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the killing as ...
Unijos suspends second semester exams over Plateau killing
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Unijos suspends second semester exams over Plateau killing

Following a breakdown of the peace in some parts of Jos, Plateau State after the killing of over 20 people, and forcing the state government to impose a 24-hour curfew on Jos North LGA, authorities of the University of Jos have suspended ongoing second semester examinations till further notice. The university announced this on Sunday in a statement signed by its Deputy Registrar, Information and Publications, Abdullahi Abdullahi. According to the statement, “Following the unfortunate security breach that occurred in some parts of Jos Metropolis which has led the Plateau State Government to impose a 24-hour curfew on Jos North Local Government Area, management of the University of Jos has approved the suspension of the ongoing second semester examinations for the 2019/2020 academic se...
Group bemoans poor state of Primary Health Centers in Imo
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Group bemoans poor state of Primary Health Centers in Imo

A group, Connected Development (CODE), has lamented the lack of basic requirements in many primary healthcare centres (PHCs) in Imo State, saying its findings reveal that a vast number of health centres in the state lack doctors, nurses, toilets, chairs, beds or drugs. Team Lead, CODE – Imo State, Dr Chigozirim Akudo Osuji, stated this on Thursday during a town hall meeting in Okwu Uratta Primate Health Center in Owerri North local government area of the State. She said, “The poor state of Primary Health Centres in Imo has left the populace of many communities vulnerable to diseases with attendant high maternal and infant mortality rates.” Osuji said, “From the comprehensive report on the outreach for COVID-19 vaccines in Primary Health Care Centres (PHCs) held in four communities...
Lawyers, litigants stranded as JUSUN begins strike in Ogun
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Lawyers, litigants stranded as JUSUN begins strike in Ogun

Legal practitioners and their clients were left stranded on Wednesday as members of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), Ogun state chapter, embarked on an indefinite strike over alleged short payment of salary by the government. On Wednesday, courts in Abeokuta were under lock and key as a result of the indefinite strike. Some of the workers, who spoke anonymously to newsmen, said the industrial action may continue until the government agrees to their request to pay them in full. Tajudeen Edun, the Chairman of JUSUN in Ogun, disclosed that the strike was in compliance with a directive of JUSUN’s National Secretariat that ordered its commencement on August 11. Edun explained to newsmen that the union took the decision to embark on strike after a series of meetings with...
Saudi Arabia arrests 207 officials, foreigners on corruption charges
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Saudi Arabia arrests 207 officials, foreigners on corruption charges

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday announced the arrest of 207 citizens and foreigners on corruption charges. They include government employees, according to the kingdom’s anti-corruption body, Nazaha. The agency carried out the raid over the just-concluded month of the Islamic lunar calendar, Dhu al-Hijjah. In a statement, Nazaha said a number of the suspects work at the ministries of defence, environment, health, interior and justice. They are accused of involvement in bribery, fraud, and abuse of office. Another 461 people are facing different charges. Further investigations are ongoing. Saudi Arabia’s major crackdown on corruption, led by crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), commenced in 2017. Many high-profile royals and former state officials were detained; some were lat...
Sunday Igboho: Benin Republic stopped plane Buhari govt sent to pick agitator – Falana alleges
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Sunday Igboho: Benin Republic stopped plane Buhari govt sent to pick agitator – Falana alleges

Femi Falana, an activist lawyer, has disclosed that the Benin Republic government refused to put freedom fighter, Sunday Igboho, on a waiting plane after his arrest in the French-speaking country in July. Falana said the Nigerian government told their Benin Republic counterpart to repatriate Igboho, after his arrest. The Senior Advocate spoke during an interview on BBC Yoruba on Tuesday. He noted that the Benin Republic, however, informed the Muhammadu Buhari-led government to understand that obeying the law is sacrosanct to them. According to Falana: “The Nigerian government asked the Benin Republic government to repatriate Sunday Igboho. In fact, we heard they had even sent an aircraft to be used to bring him down to Abuja. “The Benin government made its Nigerian counterpa...
Nigerian Minister Threatens Doctors Over Strike, Warns His Children Who Are Doctors To Keep Working
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Nigerian Minister Threatens Doctors Over Strike, Warns His Children Who Are Doctors To Keep Working

Dr Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, has threatened to invoke the “no work, no pay” rule as the strike by the National Association of Resident Doctors bites harder in the country. Ngige, instead of resolving the contentious issues, said he had warned his children who are medical doctors to stay off the ongoing strike which he described as “nonsense”. The National Association of Resident Doctors is currently on strike based on the alleged failure of the Federal Government to honour an agreement reached with the association. Efforts to make the doctors back down on the strike did not yield meaningful results. But speaking on Channels Television’s interview on Friday, Ngige said he has a son and daughter who are practising doctors. The minister vowed to invoke...
District head raises alarm over influx of strangers into Bauchi forest reserve
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District head raises alarm over influx of strangers into Bauchi forest reserve

The district head of Lame in Toro Local Government Area of Bauchi State, on Friday evening raised the alarm over the influx of strangers into the popular Lame Burra game reserve in the area. The district head, Alhaji Aliyu Yakubu Lame, who doubles as the Sarkin Yakin Bauchi, confirmed the presence of strangers inside the game reserve to journalists, saying that the development is worrisome. According to the traditional leader, the strangers were young men who either came to the forest from Zamfara State in the North-West or the Southern part of the country, adding that the matter had been reported to both the state government and the Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu. “We have already profiled many of the youths in the area and we are monitoring their activities to ens...
Bandits are Worse Security risk than IPOB, Igboho – Shehu Sani
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Bandits are Worse Security risk than IPOB, Igboho – Shehu Sani

Senator Shehu Sani has stated that North Eastern Nigeria would be a safe place if the government spent a fraction of the time spent on fighting self determination agitations on bandits. Sani stated that Kaduna 'is under siege' by bandits and criminal elements and that because banditry and kidnapping have become very lucrative, stopping it now will be very hard. Speaking to SunNewsOnline, Sani said; "Kaduna is a state under siege; armed bandits have taken over most parts of the state, they are impoverishing our people by forcing them to sell their homes, land and other property in order to pay ransom to get their loved ones freed. " "They have destroyed our agricultural system in the sense that farmers can no longer go to their farms. Our educational system has been disrupte...
$12bn cash payment to service Foreign Debt in 2005 was a Wrong Move –Fashola
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$12bn cash payment to service Foreign Debt in 2005 was a Wrong Move –Fashola

Nigeria's Works and Housing Minister,  Babatunde Fashola, has criticized the decision of 2005 Olusegun Obasanjo led government to pay $12 billion in cash to Nigeria’s creditors, out of the $30 billion sovereign debt in 2005. According to Fashola as at the time tackling infrastructure was the more smarter move and he would have vehemently opposed the action if he was a member of the Federal Executive Council then. He argued that such a huge chunk of cash was better channeled into strategic investment in infrastructure, which would have been used to repay the debt later on. Fashola, who spoke at a town hall meeting organised by Business Hallmark themed; “Nigeria’s infrastructure revolution; Road to a New Future”, maintained that tackling infrastructure decay was a higher priority t...
How Orji Kalu Used ‘Fake University Of Ibadan Professor” To Attack EFCC In Alleged N7.1billion Fraud Trial
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How Orji Kalu Used ‘Fake University Of Ibadan Professor” To Attack EFCC In Alleged N7.1billion Fraud Trial

According to Sahara Reporters, senator Orji Uzor Kalu, a former Abia State Governor reportedly sponsored a news report in which a non-existent University of Ibadan Professor, Yemi Adetunmbi, attacked Rotimi Jacobs, counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. The report said this happened during his (Kalu’s) N7.1billion fraud trial. The fictitious Adetunmbi, who claimed to be Professor of Law at the University of Ibadan, had in the report said Jacobs lacked the professional ethics and decorum to represent any responsible government. The fake UI professor was quoted as saying, “Some days ago, July 2, specifically while waiting for my friend’s case in Court 5, Federal High Court here in Abuja, the case between Federal Government and Orji Uzor Kalu was fortunately and unf...
Troops Chase Boko Haram Terrorists Out Of Yobe Town
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Troops Chase Boko Haram Terrorists Out Of Yobe Town

An attack by Boko Haram terrorists in Geidam, a town in Yobe State was repelled by troops on Wednesday evening. The terrorists reportedly retreated after being overpowered by troops who acted on a tip-off. Governor Mai Mala Buni has now commended the security operatives for the bravery during the attack. A statement released by his media aide, Mamman Mohammed read; “It is heart warming that, although the enemy withdrew, the soldiers gallantly pursued them and cleared an ambush mounted on their way. “The government and people of Yobe state appreciate this act of bravery to secure the general area and allow the people of Geidam to continue celebrating the Sallah festivities peacefully.” Buni also called on people of the state to always volunteer useful and timely information t...

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