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Iniobong Umoren: Police arrest one over rape, murder of job seeker in Akwa Ibom
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Iniobong Umoren: Police arrest one over rape, murder of job seeker in Akwa Ibom

The Akwa Ibom State Police Command said it has arrested one Uduak Frank Akpan, 20, over the murder of one Miss Iniobong Umoren, who was declared missing a few days ago. The Police Public Relations Officer in the State, SP Odiko Macdon, who disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, said the suspect lured the victim to his house in the guise of offering her job. He said the suspect raped the victim in his house and killed her adding that in order to cover his tracks, he dug a shallow grave and buried her in his father’s compound. The statement also said that the suspect claimed to have reported his atrocity to his Local Government Chairman before he fled to Calabar for fear of apprehension. The statement in part, “The Akwa Ibom State Police Command has arrested one Uduak Frank Akp...
INEC office in Akwa Ibom set ablaze by unknown hoodlums
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INEC office in Akwa Ibom set ablaze by unknown hoodlums

The Independent National Electoral Commission has announced its office in Essien Udim Local Government Area in Akwa Ibom State has been set ablaze by unknown hoodlums. Festus Okoye Esq, the National Commissioner, and IVEC Chairman disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, April 2. The statement said the incident occurred in the early hours of Sunday and that the security guard on duty at the INEC office escaped unhurt.     It was also disclosed in the statement that the fire destroyed 345 ballot boxes, 135 voting cubicles, megaphones, water tanks and furnitures.     INEC, however, revealed that an investigation by the police into the incident has commenced. The statement read, “The Resident Electoral Commissioner for Akwa Ibom State, Ba...
Ogun State To Hold Local Government Election On July 24
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Ogun State To Hold Local Government Election On July 24

The Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC), on Friday announced that local government elections, into the offices of Chairmen and Councillors will hold on Saturday, July 24, 2021. The Chairman of the commission, Mr. Babatunde Osibodu, made this known in a statement explaining that as part of effort to ensure a free and fair electoral process, a press briefing has been scheduled to hold on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at the Cinema Hall of the June 12 Cultural Centre, Abeokuta, by 10:00 am The statement added that the press conference will serve as avenue for the commission to enable it unveils electoral guidelines to all political parties and the general public. Penpushing further reports that, the commission boss requested all registered political parties, wishing to p...
Local Government Poll: I Will Not Select Chairmen, Says Governor Abiodun
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Local Government Poll: I Will Not Select Chairmen, Says Governor Abiodun

The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has assured that the next council chairmen in the state would not be appointed, but democratically elected by the people, just as he also pledged that the forthcoming poll will be free and fair Penpushing reports that Abiodun made this known at an event held in Abeokuta to welcome new members into the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), and urged the new entrants to continue to work hard towards the continued development of the party and the state. “Very soon, the time table for the election will be released, we will not appoint chairmen for you at all, chairmanship will not be by appointment, it will be by election, everyone should continue to work hard,,” he said. The Governor emphasised that his administration would continue...
LGA Administration Getting Worse In Nigeria – Obasanjo
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LGA Administration Getting Worse In Nigeria – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday, stated that local government administration was getting worse in Nigeria, adding that the survival rests on divine intervention. He lamented that most of the councils could not even afford a grader for roads and perform other functions highlighted by the 1976 Local Government Reform. In a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, the Owu chief urged the council workers to be prayerful for things to get better. The ex-Nigerian leader, who received the new National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) president, Comrade Akeem Olatunji Ambali at his Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library Penthouse home, regretted that the reform had been allegedly abused by state governors. He said: “I am of the view th...
10 policemen injured in accident involving Governor Bala’s convoy
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10 policemen injured in accident involving Governor Bala’s convoy

An accident involving the convoy of Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State, has left 10 policemen injured.   The accident occurred on Monday March 1, while the governor was inspecting a 60- kilometer road project in Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area (LGA).   It was gathered that the Toyota Hilux conveying the police officers veered off the road around 1:30 p.m and somersaulted twice after losing control as a result of the huge dust that made visibility almost impossible.   No life was lost and those injured have been taken to Bununu general hospital in Tafawa Balewa LGA for treatment.
Boko Haram Allegedly Hoist Flags in Some Parts of Borno
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Boko Haram Allegedly Hoist Flags in Some Parts of Borno

Some suspected members of Boko Haram have reportedly hoisted their flag in parts of Marte local government in Borno State. Military sources told Channels Television that the insurgents attacked the local government within the week and neighbouring Dikwa local government on Friday February 19. They were however repelled in Dikwa by a combined effort of the air component and ground forces of Operation Lafiya Dole in a battle that lasted hours. It was gathered that the attack dislodged many residents of Dikwa who fled into bushes to take refuge. The insurgents also laid an ambush for the reinforcements deployed from the theatre command headquarters located in Maiduguri. While the casualty figure for the attack is still unknown, it is however coming barely two months after the ...
COVID-19 update: Osun records new infections
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COVID-19 update: Osun records new infections

Osun State on Sunday recorded 11 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 infections, a situation which brings the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 1,805. DAILY POST reports that a total of 1,401 cases accounting for about 78 percent of the caseload have also been successfully managed by the State. This recent update was disclosed through the data published on Sunday as part of the daily update routines of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). Meanwhile, 506 new confirmed cases and 20 deaths were recorded from 20 states in Nigeria, which included: Ondo (90), Kwara (89), Rivers (53), Borno (45), Gombe (32), FCT (28), Imo (26), Ogun (25), Lagos (22), Kaduna (14), Kano (14), Edo (13), Osun (11), Cross River (10), Yobe (9), Ekiti (7), Kebbi (6), Nasarawa (6), Oyo (5), a...
Young man shot dead by suspected cultists in Warri
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Young man shot dead by suspected cultists in Warri

Gunmen suspected to be cultists have killed a rival cult suspect at Ugbori community in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State.   The deceased identified as Ekpo Kperegbeyi, was shot dead in his house at about 2:30p.m on Wednesday, February 3.     The assailants reportedly arrived his house in an ash-coloured Toyota Camry car, shot him dead in his bed and fled the scene.   It was gathered that the deceased's mentor and leader was also killed a fortnight ago in Warri and Ekpo was alleged to have partaken in a revenge mission where four suspected cultists were hacked to death last week. He was reportedly counselled to relocate for his life, but refused.   Police operatives from “A” Division Police Headquarters, Warri, who arri...
#ZabarmariMassacre: Photos of the rice farmers slaughtered by Boko Haram in Borno
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#ZabarmariMassacre: Photos of the rice farmers slaughtered by Boko Haram in Borno

More than 43 farmers from Zabarmari, a farming community in Jere Local Government Area of Borno State were slaughtered by Boko Haram terrorists.   The incident happened on Saturday, November 28, at Koshebe village, in Mafa Local Government Area while the victims were working in a rice field.   One Mohammed Chiroma from Borno State, shared photos of the victims being recovered from the massacre scene. The photos shows that most of the farmers were beheaded.   The victims were buried on Sunday morning, November 29.
Robbers attack commercial bank in Ondo
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Robbers attack commercial bank in Ondo

A commercial bank in Ode-Irele, headquarters of Irele Local Government area of Ondo State was on Thursday November 26 attacked by robbers.   The armed men numbering about 30 attacked the bank around 4:00pm, shortly after the visit of the Inspector General of Police to the state command.     It was also learnt that the robbers attacked a police station in the community before proceeding to the bank where they carted away an undisclosed amount of cash.   Ondo police spokesperson, Tee Leo-Ikoro confirmed the attack and also disclosed that the robbers blew the armoury of the police facility open with an explosive device and made away with some rifles.     The command’s spokesman who insisted that no fatality was recorded in th...
Kano Sharia police destroys 1,975,000 bottles of beer worth over N200 million
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Kano Sharia police destroys 1,975,000 bottles of beer worth over N200 million

Kano State Hisbah Board has destroyed one million, nine hundred and seventy five thousand (1,975,000) bottles of beer worth over N200 million confiscated within Kano metropolis. The destruction exercise was carried out on Sunday, November 8, at Kalebawa in Dawakin Tofa Local Government Area of the state by Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.   Speaking at the event, Ganduje who was represented by his Deputy, Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, said that consumption of alcohol and all other intoxicants that can distort the mental capability of a person is forbidden in Islam.   “Even in Kano we have banned the consumption of beer in all parts of the State,” Ganduje emphasised. Ganduje said that the Hisbah Board was established with the aim of preventing evil social acts in ...
We have no excuse, we have to restructure Nigeria — Governor El-Rufai
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We have no excuse, we have to restructure Nigeria — Governor El-Rufai

Governor Nasir El-Rufai has called for the restructuring of Nigeria which he said will strengthen federalism and achieve national cohesion and healthy subnational competition.   The Kaduna state Governor who said this at a public lecture to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Arewa House held in Kaduna on Saturday October 31, back his campaign for restructuring with the 2018 recommendations of the APC committee.   El-Rufai recalled that the APC Committee on True Federalism proposed significant devolution of powers between the national government and the 36 States, and recommended further devolution of responsibilities between the States and Local Governments depending on local circumstances, culture, capacity and capability.  The Governor further stated that they have...
1.3m People Tested For HIV In 7 Months In Akwa Ibom
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1.3m People Tested For HIV In 7 Months In Akwa Ibom

A total of 1,355,203 persons have been tested for HIV in Akwa Ibom between April and October this year. The Deputy Director Technical, Strengthening Integrated Delivery of HIV/AIDS Services (SIDHAS), Dr Pius Nwaokoro stated this on Thursday in Uyo during an interaction with some media representatives on HIV treatment surge. He said the state has achieved 90 percent HIV/AIDS viral suppression rate and successfully controlled the epidemic in seven local government areas including, Uyo, Mbo, Okobo, Eastern Obolo, and Ibeno. Nwaokoro who revealed that 65,185 people in the state are HIV positive noted that the result was based on 10 years of consistent testing and counselling carried out in 21 local government areas of the state.
Seven arrested for invading Senator’s Folarin’s home where brand new motorcycles were carted away
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Seven arrested for invading Senator’s Folarin’s home where brand new motorcycles were carted away

Seven people have been arrested in connection to the invasion of Senator Teslim Folarin's home in Oluyole area of Ibadan, Oyo state's capital.   LIB reported earlier that some hoodlums invaded the Senator's home and carted away brand new motorcycles.   Serving an update, the lawmaker's elder brother Yinka Folarin told newsmen that the suspects were arrested at the residence of the lawmaker by the Oyo State joint security task force ‘Operation Burst’.   He further revealed that the looted items were meant for the 11 local government areas constituting Oyo Central Senatorial District.
Governor Simon Lalong declares 24-hour curfew in two Plateau local governments
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Governor Simon Lalong declares 24-hour curfew in two Plateau local governments

The Plateau state government has declared 24 hours curfew in Jos south and Jos north local government areas over violence.   Governor Lalong said he was forced to declare the curfew after “hoodlums attacked and molested innocent citizens who are going about their normal businesses.” He further revealed that this led to the death of 3 persons.   The Governor said;   “Government is left with no choice than to impose a curfew to stop further loss of lives and properties. “By this directive, all forms of protests are hereby banned in the two Local Governments Areas of Jos North and Jos South.”
Gunmen murder Council Director in Ekiti
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Gunmen murder Council Director in Ekiti

A Director in the Ekiti State Local Government Service Commission, Mr David Jejelowo was on Monday September 14, shot dead by some unknown gunmen.   The deceased was reportedly shot dead at his residence located at Umesi street, Igirigiri Area of Ado-Ekiti metropolis.   Ekiti police spokesperson, Mr. Sunday Abutu said Jejelowo suffered the attack around 1:00 am on Monday. Though the police have not been able to ascertain the intention of the assailants, it was gathered that the corpse has been evacuated to the morgue of the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti.   Abutu said;   “I can confirm to you that the man named David Jejelowo was killed at his residence at Umesi street, Odo Ado area of Ado Ekiti early this morning (Monday) by a...
Kidnappers mount roadblock in Kano, abduct 3
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Kidnappers mount roadblock in Kano, abduct 3

Three people were abducted on Monday August 31, by kidnappers who mounted a road block along Falgore Forest in Doguwa Local Government Area of Kano State.   Daily Nigerian reported that an eyewitness, Ado Musa told Freedom Radio that the incident which happened around 7am left many commuters injured including the Hisbah commander of the local government, Mukhtar Abdulmumin.   Kano Police Command spokesperson, Abdullahi Kiyawa confirmed the incident and also disclosed that the police have begun investigation into the incident.
Cross River LG election: PDP records landslide victory, wins all 18 Chairmanship positions
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Cross River LG election: PDP records landslide victory, wins all 18 Chairmanship positions

The ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in Cross River recorded a clean sweep of last Saturday’s council elections held across the 18 Local Government Areas, LGAs, of the state. The party also cleared all 196 councilorship positions at the ward level at the poll. According to CROSIEC,five political parties including PDP, YPP, APC , NNPP and LP participated. Vanguard, however, observed that in some local governments no other party contested against the ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP as it was a walk in the park for them. Announcing the result of the poll on Sunday in Calabar, Chairman of the Cross River State Independent Electoral Commission, CROSIEC, Dr Mike Ushie said that the results were not manufactured but also announced at various levels including wards, LGAs. ...
Burundi expected to announce Ndayishimiye next president
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Burundi expected to announce Ndayishimiye next president

  Burundi’s election commission is expected Monday to declare Evariste Ndayishimiye the country’s next president, with all signs showing the ruling party’s candidate on track for victory following last week’s poll. The National Independent Electoral Commission will unveil the outcome of the presidential and legislative races at 1200 GMT. Local government results are also expected Monday. Partial results already announced on state media indicate that Ndayishimiye, an army general from the governing CNDD-FDD who was hand-picked to succeed outgoing President Pierre Nkurunziza, has an insurmountable lead over his opponents. Agathon Rwasa, the main opposition leader, has alleged foul play, saying early numbers showing his CNL party heading for a bruising defeat are a “fa...
COVID-19: Lagos Govt issues new guideline for reopening of market
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COVID-19: Lagos Govt issues new guideline for reopening of market

Amid efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19, the Lagos State Government has issued new guidelines for the reopening of markets and shopping malls across the state. Wale Ahmed, the State’s Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Dr Wale Ahmed, said that all markets and stores across the State would be allowed to open from 9.00p.m. till 3.00p.m. on selected days. In a statement he issued yesterday in Lagos, the Commissioner said the guidelines were necessary, NAN reports. He said that issuance of the guidelines followed Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s announcement on the gradual easing of the lockdown in Lagos from Monday. He said that everyone going to the markets and stores would be mandated to observe precautionary measures, such as physical distancing and high leve...
Coronavirus: Governor Ikpeazu orders curfew in Abia State
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Coronavirus: Governor Ikpeazu orders curfew in Abia State

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has ordered a curfew in Abia State following the recently confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the state.   The  6pm - 6am curfew which will take off from Sunday April 26, will last for 7 days and is expected to help in thorough contact tracing with special emphasis on the three local government areas of Ukwa West, Ikwuano and Umuahia North.   It was further gathered that the 2 Coronavirus cases in the state who are above 70 years and with underlying illness, are currently stable and responding to treatment.   A press statement from the Abia state government reads;   1. We are all aware that Abia has registered 2 Covid-19 cases at the Federal Medical Center (FMC), Umuahia. Though the patients are above 70 years in age and have ...
COVID-19: Despite zero-case, Yobe enforces lockdown in LGAs bordering Niger Republic, other states
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COVID-19: Despite zero-case, Yobe enforces lockdown in LGAs bordering Niger Republic, other states

The Yobe State COVID-19 Subcommittee on Security, Lockdown and Enforcement has taken its monitoring and evaluation campaign to communities bordering Niger Republic with a view to assessing strict adherence to the lockdown order. Gaidam, Yunusari, Yusufari and Nguru Local Government Areas located at the northernmost part of the state were visited by the subcommittee. Brig. Gen. Abdulsalam Dahiru (rtd), while briefing security operatives and the local government officials, emphasised on the need for them to work in harmony for strict compliance with the lockdown order. He said the idea was to contain trans-border importation of the dreaded COVID-19 as Niger Republic currently grappling with the virus. He also restated that only trucks conveying food items, medical supplies, build...
Oyo To Test 10,000 Persons For COVID-19
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Oyo To Test 10,000 Persons For COVID-19

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State says the state government will conduct COVID-19 test on at least 10,000 people in and across the state. The governor said this on Monday while speaking during a radio programme on Fresh FM 105.9, themed “COVID -19 situation report room.” According to Makinde, the move was part of the measures put in place by his administration at ensuring that COVID-19 is completely wiped away from Oyo state and its people. The governor stressed that his administration is determined at taking all the necessary measures towards curtailing the spread of Coronavirus in the state, if there should be the need to do so. “We have started collating data of people in the state, so that the right person gets the palliatives from the government. From my findings, I learn...
Covid-19: Makinde orders civil, public servants to stay off work
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Covid-19: Makinde orders civil, public servants to stay off work

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, on Wednesday, directed civil and public servants in the employment of the state, local governments and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) to stay off work for two weeks. The decision, DAILY POST learnt was taken as part of measures put in place by the State government to contain the spread of Coronavirus, also known as Covid-19. Makinde indicated that civil and public servants across all cadres in the state should stay off work as the state studies the situation. He, however, noted that only persons on essential services are allowed to remain on duty for now. Makinde in a statement made available to DAILY POST said, “The Oyo State civil service will shut down for two weeks from, Friday, March 27, 2020. Only workers rendering essential se...
Coronavirus: NYSC suspends group bio-metric clearance
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Coronavirus: NYSC suspends group bio-metric clearance

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has confirmed the suspension of group bio-metric clearance for corps members. A statement signed by the Director, Press and Public Relations, Mrs. Adenike Adeyemi said biometrics was suspended because of the deadly coronavirus. Ibrahim stated that NYSC has put measures in place to ensure that corps members do their monthly clearance seamlessly at their Local Government Offices without forming clusters adding that the safety of corps members is a priority.” “We have suspended the bio-metric clearance and Community Development Services.” He also appealed to our Corps Members to be conscious of their health and avoid places with large number of people. Recall that the scheme had earlier suspended its weekly Community Development Servi...
Pay Off Elected Chairmen Or Let Them Serve Their Tenure – Falana To Seyi Makinde
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Pay Off Elected Chairmen Or Let Them Serve Their Tenure – Falana To Seyi Makinde

Human Rights Lawyer, Femi Falana waded into the local government crisis in Oyo State, on Monday, urging Governor Seyi Makinde to either allow the sacked elected Chairmen to serve out their tenure or pay them off if they won’t be allowed to complete their tenure. Falana who held that caretaker chairmen were unknown to the nation’s constitution, charged Makinde to rather speed up the process of conducting a local government election in the state. These were some of Falana’s remarks during the maiden edition of Emeritus Professor Muyiwa Awe Annual Memorial Lecture, held at the University of Ibadan, on Monday. Responding to journalists on way out of the local government crisis in Oyo State, Falana said: “The governor will have to speed up election of Local Government officials bec...
“I’ll Conduct Fresh Local Govt Elections In Imo State” – Hope Uzodinma
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“I’ll Conduct Fresh Local Govt Elections In Imo State” – Hope Uzodinma

The newly sworn in Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma, on Monday, said he plans to conduct fresh elections into the twenty-seven local government councils in the state, in line with the existing local government laws of Imo. The Governor made the revelation when the chairmen of traditional rulers from the 27 local government areas of Imo State led by the Chairman, Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers, His Majesty, Eze Agunwa Ohiri paid him a courtesy call in his office. In a statement made available to us by the Governor’s spokesman, he said Uzodinma reminded the monarchs that their role cannot be over emphasized in ensuring peace and tranquility. “The governor assured them that his policies will meet the yearnings and aspirations of Imo people,” the statement added...
Governors Hijacking LG Funds Will Face Trial – Presidency
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Governors Hijacking LG Funds Will Face Trial – Presidency

The Presidency yesterday said governors hijacking funds meant for their local government would face trial immediately after leaving office. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Ita Enang, according to a statement by his spokesman, Edet Etuk, gave the warning yesterday while featuring on the Federal Radio Corporation Network Service programme, “Issues of the Moment” . Enang charged the Accountant-General of the Federation and the Attorney-General of the Federation to monitor the spending of allocation of funds to the states. “Let the governors know that they would be made to stand trial in accordance to the extant law when their immunity is eventually lifted,” Enang said. He said most of the local government secretariats had been take...
Popular Nigerian Journalist, Janet Mba-Afolabi Becomes Queen In Osun
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Popular Nigerian Journalist, Janet Mba-Afolabi Becomes Queen In Osun

Award-winning journalist, Janet Mba-Afolabi, publisher of The Scroll magazine, and a former director of Insider has become the Queen of Apomu, Headquarters of Isokan Local government area of Osun State. This is by virtue of her husband, Oba-elect Kayode Afolabi, becoming the king of the town. The Senior journalist made a post today: “Dear Friends and colleagues, I’m pleased to inform you that my husband, Kayode Afolabi has been made the new king of Apomu, Headquarters of Isokan Local government area of Osun State. His appointment was approved by Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola on January 6, 2020. The installation took place Tuesday, January 7 in Apomu Town. Ooni Of Ife, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi has congratulated Afolabi on his installation and hailed the choice of Afola...
Dino Melaye Loses Local Government To Smart Adeyemi
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Dino Melaye Loses Local Government To Smart Adeyemi

The All Progressives Congress candidate in the Kogi West senatorial district re-run election, Smart Adeyemi, has defeated Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ijumu local government. Both candidates are from the local government. While Mr Adeyemi is an indigene of Iyara, Dino Melaye is from Aiyetoro, a neighbouring village. The final result for the local government was announced on Sunday morning. Mr Adeyemi’s APC polled a total of 11,627 votes while Mr Melaye’s PDP amassed 7,647 votes in the local government, according to the electoral commission, INEC. The candidate of the SDP, Natasha Akpoti, came a distant third with 49 votes. Ijumu is part of Kogi West senatorial district, the district the candidates seek to represent in the Senate. Elections in Ijumu were characterize...
‘I Know Exactly Why Gov Ihedioha Wants To Destroy Me’ – Okorocha
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‘I Know Exactly Why Gov Ihedioha Wants To Destroy Me’ – Okorocha

Senator Rochas Okorocha who governed the Southeast state of Imo from 2011 to 2019, says he understands why his successor, Governor Emeka Ihedioha, is hell-bent on destroying all of the ‘good work’ he left behind. Ihedioha and Okorocha have been locked in a battle for supremacy of some sort since the former succeeded the latter on May 29, 2019. Ihedioha has wasted little time tearing down Okorocha-era statues and monuments, amid widespread allegations that the nation’s anti-graft agency, EFCC, has been dispatched after the former Imo governor on Ihedioha’s orders. “The Governor Emeka Ihedioha-led PDP government in the state is simply fighting back because of the defeat they suffered in 2011 and 2015 in the hands of Senator Rochas Okorocha”, the senator who represents Imo West in th...
House Of Reps Member, Abdulmumin Jibrin Spotted Babysitting His Baby-girl
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House Of Reps Member, Abdulmumin Jibrin Spotted Babysitting His Baby-girl

House of Reps member, Abdulmumin Jibrin, on Wednesday, has shared beautiful photos of his daughter, following his exclusion from the House Committee chairmanship list. The lawmaker said he has now taken to babysitting. He said this on his verified Twitter handle, where he shared photos of himself babysitting his baby girl, Farha. He tweeted, “Chairman Committee on babysitting and Member Babysitters party.”   Jibrin, who represents the Bebeji/Kiru federal constituency at the National Assembly added in pidgin English,“Make una no blame me o..na condition make crayfish bend. When you no get Committee and somebody say “u no be your party member”, you have to look for job to survive o. NB, my baby Farha has grown so fast.” Jibrin, who was recently suspended by the All Progressiv...
Sanwo-olu To Turn Campaign Offices To Citizens Consultative Centres
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Sanwo-olu To Turn Campaign Offices To Citizens Consultative Centres

To get his government and policies closer to the residents, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, would turn the four Independent Campaign Group (ICG) offices to consultative offices where citizens could submit policy inputs and demands that would help in achieving the developmental agenda of his administration. The Governor’s Senior Special Assistant, Political Matters, Mr Peter Ajayi, who inspected the various offices, stated that the essence of the visitation was to assess the campaign offices, as the Governor is keen on making his policies have people’s input. Ajayi disclosed that each local government and Local Council Development Areas (LCDA) would have an office in the centre with one representative each.
EFCC arrests Kwara State director, 6 microfinance bank MDs over alleged N2bn SME fraud
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EFCC arrests Kwara State director, 6 microfinance bank MDs over alleged N2bn SME fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ilorin Zonal Office has arrested Segun Soewu, Director General, Kwara State Bureau of Small and Medium Enterprise Development, over an alleged N2billion fraud.   Also arrested are Ogudu Samuel of Brightway Micro Finance; A.K. Imam of Magajingari of Micro Finance; Adeleke M.S. of Sincere Micro Finance Bank; Yusuf Muideen of Balogun Fulani Micro Finance Bank; Issa Abdulrasheed of KCMB Micro Finance Bank, and Oyebode Asimiyu of Apels Micro Finance bank.   Others who are also being investigated include, Lawal Ayo of Omu-Aran Micro Finance Bank; Tope Eniola of Iludun Micro Finance Bank; Lawal Folashade of Stockcarp Micro Finance Bank; Yusuf Tajudeen of First Heritage Micro Finance Bank, and Olawoye E.O. of Offa Micro Fina...
How Nigeria can end electoral violence and thuggery – Goodluck Jonathan
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How Nigeria can end electoral violence and thuggery – Goodluck Jonathan

Former President, Goodluck Jonathan has proffered solution on how the country can end electoral violence that has plagued the nation for decades.   Jonathan spoke on Thursday at the 2019 African Security Conference holding in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. According to him, the deployment of technology in the electoral process would serve as a means of ending electoral violence and political patronage of thugs. He said: “Our country needs to come up with an electoral system where thugs and bandits would no longer be relevant. Many countries have solved this problem through the deployment of technology and electronic voting. Some desperate politicians and people in power are known to protect notorious outlaws often linked to violent crimes because of their strong-arm tactics th...
Kidnappers Of Samson Siasia’s Mother Demand N70m Ransom To Release Her
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Kidnappers Of Samson Siasia’s Mother Demand N70m Ransom To Release Her

The kidnappers of Samson Siasia’s mother are reportedly demanding N70m ransom to release her. The gunmen were said to have called the ex-Super Eagles coach with a foreign number to demand a ransom after he spoke with his mother to confirm her safety. 76-year-old Beauty Ogere Siasia was kidnapped alongside two others at Odoni community, Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State on Monday July 15th. This is the second time Mrs. Siasia has been kidnapped. She was first kidnapped in November 2015 and was released after 12 days in the kidnappers’ den.
Tears As 13 Bodies Recovered From Building Collapse In Jos
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Tears As 13 Bodies Recovered From Building Collapse In Jos

No fewer than 13 bodies have been recovered from the rubbles of the building collapse which happened in Jos, Plateau State, on Monday evening. The Landlord and his wife are said to be among the body that has been recovered from the debris of the collapse site. The building before the collapse was located at Butcher Line in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau state. The rescue and emergency team are said to be working assiduously towards ensuring that all the debris is cleared before the end of today.
It Is Discriminatory To Expel Pregnant Schoolgirls And Leave The Boys  – First Lady Says
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It Is Discriminatory To Expel Pregnant Schoolgirls And Leave The Boys – First Lady Says

Mrs. Bisi Fayemi, the Ekiti State First Lady, has said it is discriminatory to expel pregnant schoolgirls from school while allowing the boys who impregnated them to continue their education. Mrs. Fayemi said this Thursday during a meeting in Ado-Ekiti with wives of Coordinating Directors and Community Development Officers of the 16 Local Government Councils in the state. She pointed out that all girls, regardless of their status, have a right to education. The Ekiti State First Lady acknowledged that pregnant girls face various forms of punishments, including discriminatory practices that deny them their right to education. She went on to reveal that the state government is ready to implement relevant laws, including the Child Rights Act, Gender Equality and other laws to protect...
We Transmitted Result To INEC Server – Atiku’s Witnesses Claim
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We Transmitted Result To INEC Server – Atiku’s Witnesses Claim

After weeks of legal filibustering, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, kickstarted its case in earnest with the presentation of six witnesses at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, Abuja, yesterday. PDP and its presidential candidate had approached the tribunal to challenge the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 23 poll. PDP and Atiku have the next nine days to establish their case. Hearing continues today at the tribunal. Former spokesperson for the Atiku Campaign Organisation, Alhaji Buba Galadima, who claimed he was still a member of the ruling party led five others to testify against the APC and President Buhari. Mr. Adejuyitan Olalekan, a Presiding...
Bandits beg Masari for amnesty in Katsina
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Bandits beg Masari for amnesty in Katsina

Group of bandits in their hideout in the forest between Dandume Local Government Area of Katsina State and Birni Gwari in Kaduna State have pleaded with Governor Aminu Bello Masari for dialogue and to grant them amnesty. Their leader, Malam Idris Yahaya, during an arranged meeting with reporters near a primary school located at Dankolo Village in Sabuwa Local Government Area, said his members were tired of violence and suffering from deprivation imposed on them by the local security vigilance groups in the area. He said the meeting with the reporters was facilitated by the peace pact recently entered into between the local communities and the bandits to enable farming activities to go on uninterrupted. Yahaya explained: “We are tired of violence. Again, we have discovered that the...
Yobe Cancels Democracy Day Celebration For Reception Of Senate President, Ahmed Lawan
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Yobe Cancels Democracy Day Celebration For Reception Of Senate President, Ahmed Lawan

There will be no fanfare in the celebration of democracy day in Yobe State. Investigation has revealed that the state arrived at the decision following contemplation as to whether to merge the celebrations with the State reception of the new Senate President, Dr. Ahmed Lawan, the son of the soil to the state. No one is sure when the celebrations will be held as according to the chairman of publicity Sub-committee Mala Musti said some adjustments have been made to the initial arrangements of activities for the democracy celebration in the state. “The chairman Publicity Sub committee for the inauguration of the Executive Governor of Yobe state, Alhaji Mai Mala Buni and the 2019 democracy day celebration, Alhaji Mala Musti wishes to inform the general public that some adjustments hav...
Abia Govt Releases N6Bn For Completion Of Road Projects
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Abia Govt Releases N6Bn For Completion Of Road Projects

This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Onyebuchi Ememanka, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Umuahia on Monday. It said the state government was committed to providing basic infrastructure and urged residents to cooperate with the contractors to enable them meet the deadline. The statement disclosed that contractors handling major road projects across the state were expect to achieve 75 per cent completion of pending road projects in the next 100 days. The statement revealed that N1 billion had been released to the contractor handling the Osisioma Flyover Project, as it was expected that the project would be completed within two months. It noted that construction activities would resume on Friday in Aba on the Umueze-ABSUTH...
State, LG police require constitutional amendment, says Falana
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State, LG police require constitutional amendment, says Falana

Rights activist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr Femi Falana yesterday advised the Federal Government that it needs to amend the 1999 Constitution before it can implement state or local government police. He said without going through the National Assembly, a single-handed implementation by the President would be null and void. Yesterday, President Buhari received a report on the reform of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) prepared by the National Human Rights Commission Presidential Special Panel on SARS Reforms. The report recommended, among others, the establishment of state and local government police. The President requested that the report be studied and a white paper produced within three months. Falana said: “The issue of State police is a constitutional ...
Eid-El-Fitr: Zamfara Approves N83m To Purchase 750 Cows
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Eid-El-Fitr: Zamfara Approves N83m To Purchase 750 Cows

Bello Matawalle, governor of Zamfara, has approved N83 million for the purchase of 750 cows for Eid-el-Fitr celebration. Idris Gusau, the governor’s spokesman, disclosed this in a statement. He said the cows will be distributed to the less-privileged, internally displaced persons (IDPs), orphans and widows in the 147 wards of the 14 local government areas in the state. The spokesman said the measure is part of the present administration’s commitments to improve the welfare of the people. “The cows would be slaughtered and shared to enable them to celebrate Eid- el-Fitr despite the current economic hardship and security challenges confronting the state,” he said. Matawalle urged residents of the state to use the ongoing Ramadan period and the forthcoming celebration to pray f...
Imo: Why I’m Finding It Difficult To Work – Gov. Ihedioha Cries Out
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Imo: Why I’m Finding It Difficult To Work – Gov. Ihedioha Cries Out

The Governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha, has decried the failure of his immediate predecessor, Rochas Okorocha to handover documents containing the financial stance of the state to him. Ihedioha lamented that he has no documents showing the financial status of the state, hence the difficulty of his administration to hit the ground running. Against this backdrop, the governor said he asked all financial institution to stop transacting with his predecessor. The governor also decried the condition of the state’s Government House, saying he can’t work from office. He maintained that the Government House was an eye sore. Vanguard quoted Ihedioha as saying yesterday: “We have difficulties operating from Imo Government House now. But I told Imo people that we will start work and ...
Ikpeazu promises 1million jobs in Abia
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Ikpeazu promises 1million jobs in Abia

The governor of Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has promised that his administration would create 1million jobs for Abians within the next four years of his administration. This is even as he promised to consolidate on the achievement recorded by his administration in the last four years. Ikpeazu stated this at the Umuahia Township stadium during his inauguration speech after being sworn-in for second term in office. The governor who also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for supporting the vision of the Enyimba Economic City to be sited in three Local Governments of Ugwunagbo, Ukwa and East and West respectively promised to sustain the ease of doing business in the state. Ikpeazu who agreed that much is needed to be done to better the lots of the indigenes of the state, pledged to d...
Ebonyi State Governor Umahi Promises To Retain Commissioner For Second Term
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Ebonyi State Governor Umahi Promises To Retain Commissioner For Second Term

Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi has promised to retain the Commissioner for Human Capital Development and Monitoring, Mr Uchenna Orji, for his credible performance in office. Umahi made the promise in Abakaliki during the state’s Empowerment Day ceremony organised on Saturday by the ministry, noting that Orji’s case was “exceptional’’. “Actually, we don’t have plans for people to perpetuate in their offices, but if we return you as a commissioner, we will return you to the same office. “I can say boldly that we have succeeded in this particular ministry and while orji was speaking, I noticed his passion for the ministry. “The PDP National Vice-Chairman asked me if Orji was given money specially, I said no, and that these people he brought together are differently endowed in health, nu...
I Was Forced To Carry Head Of My Husband After It Was Cut Off By Gunmen – Wife
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I Was Forced To Carry Head Of My Husband After It Was Cut Off By Gunmen – Wife

Residents of Rumuekini have been thrown into mourning as unknown gunmen shot dead a man in Rumuekini community in Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State and beheaded him. According to the deceased’s wife, Bisi, her husband’s head was cut off with the kitchen knife they compelled her to fetch and forced her to carry the husband’s head in a bowl before taking it away. The horrified wife of the victim narrated that after her husband, Chima was shot dead in her presence. “My husband and and his sister, Ogechi, were in the parlour when we heard the sound of a gun. I was startled. As I made my way to another room in fright, I saw the lifeless body of my husband. They barked at me that if I make any move to escape, I will be shot dead too. “They asked me to bring the kitchen...
Police Recover Edo Girl Sold For N850,000
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Police Recover Edo Girl Sold For N850,000

The Edo State police command has recovered Christabel Omokpia in Enugu State who was sold for N850,000 by an orphanage in Rivers State. Christabel was two years old when she and her sister, Amanda, were stolen away from Utesi village in Ovia North East local government area by two female tenants of their father in June last year. Their mother, Faith, left them in the care of the tenants, Mary and Rose, who disappeared with the children to an unknown destination. Christabel was first sold for N450,000 by the tenants and resold for N500,000 to one Ogechi Favour. She was later sold again for N850,000 to one Anioke Augustine in Enugu State. Relative of Christabel identified as Beauty said the family was happy to have her back. Beauty said Christabel could not recognise her parents aga...

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