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We have Disbursed N58 Billion to the Less Privileged in 2 Months – FG
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We have Disbursed N58 Billion to the Less Privileged in 2 Months – FG

The Nigerian government has said that it has disbursed over ?58billion to Nigerians in the past two months under the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT). Halima Shehu, National Coordinator of Household Uplifting Programme, Conditional Cash Transfer (HUP – CCT), disclosed this in Yola, Adamawa State on Thursday November 12. Halima who revealed that the programme is directed mainly at people who live in rural areas where poverty and hunger is on the rise, added that it was initiated to support development objectives with the priority of improving households’ consumption. ”As we are all aware that poverty and hunger are high and prevalent among rural dwellers, especially, female-headed households with poor sources of income in Nigeria. "In furtherance to ...
Release Chiwetalu Agu, Igboho, and Nnamdi Kanu immediately” Actor Emeka Ike tells the Nigerian government
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Release Chiwetalu Agu, Igboho, and Nnamdi Kanu immediately” Actor Emeka Ike tells the Nigerian government

Actor/politician, Emeka Ike has called on the Nigerian government to release Chiwetalu Agu,  Sunday Igboho, Nnamdi Kanu and other "victims of conscience". He accused the government of tyranny and suggested dialogue instead. He then added that the world is watching and history never forgets. This comes after actor Chiwetalu Agu was arrested for wearing an outfit made with the Biafran flag. The Nigerian Army picked him up in Onitsha and claimed he was soliciting support for the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra,  IPOB. See video shared by Emeka Ike as he called for Agu's release below.
Twitter ban: Discussions with the Nigerian government have been respectful and productive – Twitter Spokesperson
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Twitter ban: Discussions with the Nigerian government have been respectful and productive – Twitter Spokesperson

Social media giant, Twitter has said that its discussion with the Nigerian government on restoration of its services in the country have been respectful and productive. A Twitter spokesperson in a statement made available to Peoples Gazette on Monday evening as the controversial ban hits 100 days, said they will continue to engage with the Nigerian government to discuss why Twitter has been blocked and ways to resolve the matter. The statement read; “Discussions with the Nigerian government have been respectful and productive – we look forward to seeing the service restored very soon. “We continue to engage with the Nigerian government to discuss why Twitter has been blocked and ways to resolve the matter. We are committed to charting a path forward to the restoration of Twit...
FG receives 177,600 doses of J&J Covid-19 Vaccine
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FG receives 177,600 doses of J&J Covid-19 Vaccine

The Nigerian government on Thursday August 12, received 177,600 doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. The single-shot J&J vaccine was acquired through the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT), with support from Afrexim bank. Africa Centre for Disease Control also revealed that the vaccines were partly manufactured in Africa.
FG Intervenes As MTN, Banks Trade Blame Over Shutdown
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FG Intervenes As MTN, Banks Trade Blame Over Shutdown

The Nigerian government says it has intervened in a feud between Nigerian banks and MTN, which left millions of phone users unable to buy airtime Friday. Talks to resolve a row over the sharing of fees on airtime sales between the two sides “reached an advanced stage” for suspended services to be restored, the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, announced on Twitter late Friday. “On the fallout between @MTNNG and some banks on USSD services today, I engaged with both regulators, the Governor of @cenbank and EVC @NgComCommission. We have reached an advanced stage of resolving the issues, for the services to be restored to our citizens. Many thanks,” he said. Banks removed the telecom giant from their platforms, disallowing MTN users from accessing their ...
Ngige Threatens Striking Doctors With No-Work, No-Pay Policy
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Ngige Threatens Striking Doctors With No-Work, No-Pay Policy

The Nigerian government said it might be forced to implement a no-work, no-pay policy for striking doctors if the ongoing industrial action persists. Nigeria’s labour and employment minister Chris Ngige on Friday stated that it will not hesitate to ‘invoke’ some labour laws on the doctors. “By Tuesday, I will invite them back. If they become recalcitrant, there are other things I can do. There are weapons in the Labour Laws, I will invoke them. There is no work, no pay,” Ngige said during a Channels Television programme Politics Today. “Their employers have a role also to keep their business afloat, to keep patients alive. They can employ local doctors. We won’t get there but if we are going to get there, we will use that stick.” Nigeria’s National Association of Resident Doc...
We Begged Niger Republic To Construct Railway For Them – Amaechi
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We Begged Niger Republic To Construct Railway For Them – Amaechi

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, says he personally travelled to Niger Republic to beg the country to allow the Nigerian government to construct the $1.95bn railway from Kano State into Maradi in Niger Republic. Amaechi said this on Channels Television’s ‘News Night’ programme on Monday which was monitored by our correspondent. The railway is expected to run from Kano to Dutse- Katsina through Jibia and will end at Maradi Niger Republic. The minister said some had even accused him of serving northern interests even though his wife is Igbo. Amaechi said, “It is like the shout about Kano-Maradi rail. I said my wife is Igbo. She is not from Maradi. The worst is that they will say I am serving the interest of the North. Let’s assume that is the argument you will ma...
Amidst Paucity Of Funds, Nigerian Govt Proceeds With ₦42 Billion NASS Renovation
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Amidst Paucity Of Funds, Nigerian Govt Proceeds With ₦42 Billion NASS Renovation

Although Nigeria is planning to borrow money and sell some national assets to fund its budget, it is still proceeding with the controversial NASS renovation, at a higher sum. Despite the paucity of funds that will see the Nigerian government borrow over a third of the funds needed to finance the 2021 budget, the government is still pushing ahead to renovate its parliamentary complex with N42 billion. It is for the purpose of carrying out mechanical and electrical repairs in some parts of the National Assembly building that the government is planning to spend an equivalent of $113 million – an amount four times the total 2021 budget allocated to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, one of Nigeria’s biggest teaching hospitals, which caters for the health needs of millions of resid...
Nigerian Govt Awards 57 Oilfields To 161 Bidders, Hides Identities Of Companies
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Nigerian Govt Awards 57 Oilfields To 161 Bidders, Hides Identities Of Companies

The Nigerian government has announced the conclusion of the bid round for the award of 57 marginal oilfields, won by 161 of the bidding companies. The 161 successful bidders emerged from a pool of over 600 indigenous oil companies that jostled for the 57 marginal fields in the process that commenced in June 2020. The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, stated this on Tuesday in Lagos on the sidelines of the 2021 first quarter ministerial meeting of the chief executives of agencies under the Ministry of Petroleum Resources that letters informing the winners of the outcome had gone out. He, however, did not disclose the identities of the winners of the bid. He stated that the Nigerian government had received almost 50 per cent of the signature bonuses...
MTN’s 300,000 Doses Of COVID-19 Vaccines Arrive Nigeria
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MTN’s 300,000 Doses Of COVID-19 Vaccines Arrive Nigeria

The Nigerian government has taken delivery of the first set of 300,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines out of a total of 1.4 million doses designated for Nigeria by the AU. The vaccines are a combination of doses of AstraZeneca vaccines from the COVAX facility, and from the African Union’s (AU) COVID-19 vaccination programme, towards which the MTN Group contributed $25 million, the telecom company said in a statement on Tuesday. The vaccines will be distributed among health workers in Nigeria by the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency. Commenting on the vaccines, Dr Faisal Shuaib, Director-General of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHDA), said: “On behalf of health care workers in Nigeria, we commend the efforts of the Nigerian government and the Afr...
Nigeria To Spend N103 Billion Monthly On Petrol Subsidy
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Nigeria To Spend N103 Billion Monthly On Petrol Subsidy

As it has become clear the Nigerian government has continued to subsidise the price of petrol, a PREMIUM TIMES analysis has shown the nation may be expending a whopping N102.5 billion monthly to reduce the retail cost of petrol. The sum is higher than the N70 billion the government budgeted for the provision of Universal Basic Education (UBEC) in the 2021 budget, as well as the N45.19 billion allocated for immunization. This is according to a PREMIUM TIMES’ analysis of the revelations thrown up by the controversial price template released by the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) last week. PREMIUM TIMES reported how the agency came under attacks last Thursday when it released a template indicating a huge jump in the retail price of petrol from about N160 to ...
Zahra Buhari To Sue Sahara Reporters Over N51 Billion Fraud Story
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Zahra Buhari To Sue Sahara Reporters Over N51 Billion Fraud Story

President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter, Zahra Buhari-Indimi, has threatened to sue SaharaReporters over a publication exposing how a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Nasiru Haladu Danu and some top officials of the Nigeria Customs Service recently defrauded the Nigerian government of N51 billion. Zahra made the threat in a letter signed by her counsel, Nasiru Adamu, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), to the newspaper. SaharaReporters had reported how Danu and some top Customs operatives diverted over N51 billion meant to improve the agency’s revenue. A source said the fraud, which implicates the Comptroller General of the NCS, Col Hameed Ali (rtd), was named “Revenue Assurance Fraud" by some officials of the agency. Another source said N2.5 billion was als...
War Is Not Something Nigerians Should Wish For – Sultan Of Sokoto
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War Is Not Something Nigerians Should Wish For – Sultan Of Sokoto

The Sultan, who spoke in a statement, also blamed government's inaction and unregulated statements on the social media as responsible for the avoidable conflicts. According to him, reckless statements from freedom fighters and other citizens have provoked reactions that have led to loss of lives and property over time. The Sultan, who spoke in a statement, also blamed government's inaction and unregulated statements on the social media as responsible for the avoidable conflicts. He called on traditional and religious leaders to educate and restrain followers from fuelling violence with their speeches. The traditional ruler also reiterated calls on the Nigerian government and state governments to act promptly. He said, “Nation building has always been a slow and painstaki...
Garba Shehu Speaks On The Bush Fire Incident At The Aso Villa
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Garba Shehu Speaks On The Bush Fire Incident At The Aso Villa

BUSH FIRE INCIDENT RECORDED OUTSIDE VILLA PERIMETER People in the country and even abroad have been expressing concerns over reports of a fire incident in Aso Rock Villa, the seat of the Nigerian government. I would like to clarify that there was no fire inside the Presidential Villa. In the evening of Saturday, March 6, a fire broke out burning shrubs between the outer wire fence and walls surrounding the Villa, precisely in the area between the Villa and the Barracks, towards Asokoro. The fire, as being speculated, might have started from a passerby dropping a burning cigarette. The Federal Fire Service will ascertain the reason for it when they complete their investigation. It suffices to say that this bush fire, which started and ended outside the perimeter walls of ...
ECOWAS Court Orders Nigeria To Pay German N63.6m, $10,000 Over Illegal Detention
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ECOWAS Court Orders Nigeria To Pay German N63.6m, $10,000 Over Illegal Detention

The ECOWAS Court of Justice has ordered Nigerian government to pay a German national about N63.6million and $10,000 for his about 11 days of illegal detention by the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) last year. Martin Gegenheimer married to a Nigerian citizen but based in Nairobi, Kenya, had in his suit filed at the court in Abuja claimed that he was illegally detained between February 24 and March 4, 2020. Mr Gegenheimer, a professional aviator with specialisation in commercial airline start-up, had said he was arrested at the boarding gate of the Kenya Airways aircraft while leaving for Nairobi on February 24, 2020. He said his passport was seized and he was held in a jam-packed detention despite the COVID protocol” and “without acceptable food as well as medical care.” ...
101 Boko Haram Suspects Sue Nigerian Government For N303 Million
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101 Boko Haram Suspects Sue Nigerian Government For N303 Million

Some suspected Boko Haram insurgents have urged the Federal High Court in Lagos to declare their detention for 12 years without trial as illegal and unconstitutional. Through their lawyer Mr Ahmed Adetola-Kazeem of the Prisoners’ Rights Advocacy Initiative (PRAI), they are praying for an order directing their unconditional release forthwith. They also seek an order of perpetual injunction restraining the respondents from further interfering with their fundamental rights in any manner. The Attorney-General of the Federation, the Inspector-General of Police, the National Security Adviser (NSA) and the Controller-General of the Correctional Service are the respondents. The applicants seek an order directing the Federal Government to pay them N303million as compensation for the...
Zamfara No-fly Zone: We Suspect Helicopters Are Used To Take Arms To Bandits — Garba Shehu
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Zamfara No-fly Zone: We Suspect Helicopters Are Used To Take Arms To Bandits — Garba Shehu

The Presidency has said there is a strong suspicion that choppers are being used to transport arms to bandits, while defending the Zamfara State no-fly zone order given by the Nigerian government. The Senior Special Assistant to The President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu told Daily Trust on Wednesday that the move was taken to boost security in the state. Also speaking on the ban on mining activities in the state, the presidential aide noted that there were strong suspicions that gold was being swapped for arms by criminal elements operating in the state. He said, “Even in Zamfara, there is a strong suspicion that some of those choppers are being used to ferry arms for bandits and also to evacuate gold and illegally smuggled out of the country, so the country lose...
Nigeria To Sell Refineries, ICC, 34 Others
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Nigeria To Sell Refineries, ICC, 34 Others

The Nigerian government is proposing to sell or concession no fewer than 36 of its properties to raise funds, largely to finance the 2021 budget. These properties cut across energy, industries, communication and infrastructural sectors. They are expected to be sold or concessioned between January 2021 and November 2022. This is contained in a document exclusively obtained by PREMIUM TIMES. The document was submitted to the National Assembly by the Executive and titled “NCP Approved 2021 Work Plan.” It shows the names of the “projects” (as described by the document), the sale strategy, the duration of the process as well as the cost of the properties. Top among these properties are the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), the Abuja International Conference Centre (I...
12 Governors & 40% Lawmakers In Nigeria Are Gay – Uche Maduagwu Says
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12 Governors & 40% Lawmakers In Nigeria Are Gay – Uche Maduagwu Says

Nollywood actor, Uche Maduagwu, who came out to recently to declare his sexual orientation as gay, made the claim in an Instagram post. He shied away from naming the people. He slammed the anti-gay law former President Goodluck Jonathan signed in 2014. The actor called on U.S. President Joe Biden to sanction Nigerian government over the 14-years jail term for homosexuals in Nigeria. Dear President Joe Biden i am proudly gay and i beg you to place sanctions on Nigerian government for its inhuman laws against law abiding homosexuals yet this same government pampers wicked fulani herdsmen who kidnap and cause trouble in southern part of Nigeria we are tired and scared despite the fact that more than 40% of current legislatures and over twelve governors are homosexuals in naija why t...
Boko Haram in trouble as FG orders 52 Ezugwu MRAPS to finish off terrorists
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Boko Haram in trouble as FG orders 52 Ezugwu MRAPS to finish off terrorists

The Nigerian government has placed a firm order of 52 Ezugwu, a locally made Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle to be delivered to the Nigerian Army and deployed to troops in the frontline fighting Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists in the northeast. This was disclosed by the special assistant to the Senate president on new media, Abubakar Sidiq Usman on Twitter.
We Won’t Allow Reckless Use Of Social Media – Lai Mohammed
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We Won’t Allow Reckless Use Of Social Media – Lai Mohammed

Minister of Informa­tion and Culture, Alhaji Lai Moham­med has stated that the Nigerian government will not fold its arm and allow the reckless use of social media. Speaking in Lagos on Friday on what transpired during the EndSARS protest and the ensuing, the minister said that the meeting, one of a series was necessary to draw lessons from the fallout of the protest with a view to forestall­ing a recurrence, especially of the mindless violence that fol­lowed the hijack of the peace­ful protest. According to him, social media must not be used as a tool for aggravating fault lines and throwing the country into turmoil While acknowledging the fact that social media had come to stay, the minister em­phasised the need for curbing its excesses, adding that the government will neith...
US condemns killing of 43 farmers in Borno state
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US condemns killing of 43 farmers in Borno state

The United States has condemned the killing of 43 rice farmers in Jere Local Government Area of Borno State, by Boko Haram insurgents over the weekend.   The US embassy in a statement released on Monday November 30, stated that abhorrent attacks are a stark reminder of why the United States stands with the Nigerian government and people as they fight to defeat terrorism and work to bring the perpetrators to justice.   It read;    “The United States condemns in the strongest terms the November 28 violent attack in Borno, Nigeria. The United States offers our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those killed or kidnapped. “These abhorrent attacks are a stark reminder of why the United States stands with the Nigerian government and people as...
Uk parliament calls for severe sanction on Nigerian government
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Uk parliament calls for severe sanction on Nigerian government

Members of the United Kingdom Parliament Monday pushed for possible sanctions against the Nigerian government officials over alleged human rights abuses during the #EndSARS protests. The calls for sanctions were made on Monday evening when the Petitions Committee of the UK Parliament held a debate in Westminster Hall on the motion “That this House has considered e-petition 554150, relating to Nigeria and the sanctions regime”. Petitions debates are general debates which allow members of parliament from all parties to discuss the important issues raised by one or more petitions, and put their concerns to government ministers. A member of the Petitions Committee, Theresa Villiers MP, opened the debate, while the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office sent a minister to res...
US Rescue Operation Not Violation Of Nigeria’s Sovereignty – Defence Minister, Bashir Magashi
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US Rescue Operation Not Violation Of Nigeria’s Sovereignty – Defence Minister, Bashir Magashi

The Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (rtd.), has said the recent rescue operation by the United States special forces on Nigerian soil was not a violation of the country’s sovereignty. He said the Nigerian government granted the US necessary permission to carry out the military operation. The United States Special Military Force, over the weekend, successfully rescued an American citizen kidnapped by bandits in the northern part of Nigeria. In an interview with journalists shortly after he defended his Ministry’s budget at the Senate on Tuesday, the minister said Nigeria gave permission to the United States “as a friendly country” almost as soon as it was contacted by the government. He ruled out theories that the United States might have violated Nigeria’s...
US Thanks Nigeria For Support As SEAL Team 6 Rescues Hostage
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US Thanks Nigeria For Support As SEAL Team 6 Rescues Hostage

The United States Government working with the Nigerian government rescued an American citizen abducted last week in Niger but held hostage in Nigeria, according to multiple sources. The daring high-risk US military raid took place early Saturday morning in Sokoto State in Nigeria, sources familiar with the operation revealed. The mission was undertaken by elite commandos as part of a major effort to free the US citizen, Philip Walton, 27, before his abductors could get far after taking him captive in Niger on October 26. Fox News reported that it was the US Navy SEAL team 6 that conducted the raid and no American soldier was injured in the exercise. The CIA provided intelligence leading to Walton’s whereabouts and Marine Special Operations elements in Africa helped locate him...
2Face Blasts Nigerian Government Over Proposed Regulation Of Social Media (Video)
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2Face Blasts Nigerian Government Over Proposed Regulation Of Social Media (Video)

Nigerian singer, 2Face has blasted the Nigerian government over the proposed regulation of social media. Speaking in a video he shared on Instagram, the singer said; if the Nigerian government was responsible, they you would have blocked foreign social media apps and safeguarded apps developed by Nigerians. According to 2Face, that is the "true regulation". He also pointed out that there are many tech gurus in Nigeria who stopped pushing because they couldn't compete with foreign apps. 2Face noted that the country would have been the best place for indigenous apps to thrive because of the huge market. Watch the video below; https://www.instagram.com/tv/CG_7cibJVNr/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
Moesha Boduong Exposed After Allegedly Bragging In A Salon That Desmond Elliot Slept With Her
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Moesha Boduong Exposed After Allegedly Bragging In A Salon That Desmond Elliot Slept With Her

Social media users are drastically dealing with Nigerian actor turned politician, Desmond Elliot. Senator Desmond Elliot is being dragged after his insensitive comment about the EndSARS protesters. He has labeled them as children full of hate and has also advocated that the Nigerian government regulate social media to bar hateful comments. Following that, Nigerians are drastically bashing him as they’re him spilling all his dirty secrets out there. Currently, they’ve fished out one of his scandals that hit social media in 2017. According to claims, Ghanaian actress, Moesha Boduong bragged in a salon that Desmond Elliot allegedly slept with her. Already, Desmond Elliot has been exposed over his secret affairs with Ghanaian, actress Lydia Forson which his wife caught th...
Former US President, Bill Clinton urge the Nigerian government to engage in peaceful dialogue with the #EndSARS protesters
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Former US President, Bill Clinton urge the Nigerian government to engage in peaceful dialogue with the #EndSARS protesters

Former US President, Bill Clinton has reacted to the reported killings of unarmed #EndSARS protesters in Nigeria. Taking to his Twitter handle, Bill Clinton expressed his concern over the on going unrest in Lagos and urged the Nigerian government to engage in peaceful dialogue with protesters and end corruption. He wrote: "I am deeply concerned over reports of violence in Lagos and urge the Nigerian government to engage in peaceful dialogue with the #EndSARSprotestors for police reform and an end to corruption."  
You Are A Shame To The World – Ighalo Blasts Nigerian Government
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You Are A Shame To The World – Ighalo Blasts Nigerian Government

Manchester United and Nigerian International Footballer, Jude Odion Ighalo has taken to his Twitter handle to blast the Nigerian government. The striker posted a video on his verified Twitter handle saying he usually does not dabble into politics but can't keep shut over what is happening in Nigeria anymore, he further stated that the Nigerian Government is a shame to the world for sending military men to shoot and kill unarmed protesters. https://twitter.com/ighalojude/status/1318666220447715329?s=20
EndSARS Protesters Arrested In Egypt, Nigerian Government Denies Involvement
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EndSARS Protesters Arrested In Egypt, Nigerian Government Denies Involvement

Some Nigerians protesting against police brutality in their home country were arrested in Cairo, Egypt on Sunday. However, Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri, denied the Nigerian government involvement in the Nigerians’ arrest. She also explained that the Nigerians were not arrested at the Nigerian Embassy but at another location. In a video that surfaced online, the Nigerians were arrested by police in the state while they were chanting solidarity songs. While the policemen attempted to arrest them, the protesters continuously chanted #EndSARS. One of the protesters in the video explained to the policemen that the protest was not against police in Egpyt. Another was heard clarifying that by protesting at the Nigerian Embassy, they are believed to ...
No Rules Against Substitution — Nigeria Defends Okonjo-Iweala’s WTO Nomination
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No Rules Against Substitution — Nigeria Defends Okonjo-Iweala’s WTO Nomination

The Nigerian government has fired back at the African Union over its rejection of the nomination of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to contest for the office of the director-general of the World Trade Organisation. LIB reported earlier that the AU’s office of legal counsel had rejected the former Minister's nomination of grounds of coming after the November 30 deadline set by the ministerial committee on candidature for member countries to present their candidates. The Nigerian government in a Note Verbale which served as response to AU's stance on the nomination, insisted that they did not violate any law as it was a replacement of a previously presented candidate (Yonov Agah) and not a fresh nomination. It read in part;   "The permanent mission of the Federal Republic of Nigeri...
IPOB Spending 85,000 Pounds Monthly To Discredit Nigeria Internationally – Presidency
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IPOB Spending 85,000 Pounds Monthly To Discredit Nigeria Internationally – Presidency

The presidency has released the statement below accusing an outlawed separtist group of working to discredit the Nigerian government internationally, particularly in the U.S. and Europe. The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) wants an independent country of Biafra, made up of the Igbo-speaking part of Nigeria, largely in the South-eastern part of the country. The group was outlawed in Nigeria after the federal government accused it of terrorism, although most of its programmes and protests have been largely peaceful. The government has also clamped down violently on IPOB members with some of the attacks condemned by rights groups including Amnesty International. The leader of the group, Nnamdi Kanu, is currently on exile abroad after he jumped bail from his trial for treaso...
Nigerian Government To Tax Netflix, Facebook, Twitter, Others
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Nigerian Government To Tax Netflix, Facebook, Twitter, Others

The Federal Government plans to tax foreign digital service providers offering services to Nigerians and earning revenue in naira. Some of these service providers which are video streaming sites, social media platforms, and companies that offer downloads of digital contents are expected to pay digital tax to the Federal Inland Revenue Service. The Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, had issued the Companies Income Tax (Significant Economic Presence) Order, 2020 as an amendment of the Finance Act 2019. The order aimed to impose tax on a foreign entity with respect to certain services or digital transactions if it had a Significant Economic Presence in Nigeria. It further stated that the finance minister may by order, determine what constituted SEP in Nigeria. Netflix, Face...
Let Us See Evidence When You Kill Bandits, Ex-Lawmaker, Shehu Sani, Tells Nigerian Government
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Let Us See Evidence When You Kill Bandits, Ex-Lawmaker, Shehu Sani, Tells Nigerian Government

The Nigerian Army has come under immense scrutiny in recent times from citizens, who say the government had not been transparent and truthful in the fight against insurgency in the country. Shehu Sani, a former lawmaker from Kaduna State, has asked the Nigerian Government to always show proof that it was fighting insecurity in the country. The Nigerian Army has come under immense scrutiny in recent times from citizens, who say the government had not been transparent and truthful in the fight against insurgency in the country. Sani in a tweet on Sunday said when armed bandits kill Nigerians, gruesome photos of the mayhem are released. He therefore urged the Nigerian Government to show when it also kills bandits by providing evidence. He said, "Whenever the bandits kill, w...
Nigerian govt to Recruit COVID-19 Volunteers
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Nigerian govt to Recruit COVID-19 Volunteers

The Nigerian government has announced plans to engage community volunteers for COVID-19. They will embark on house-to-house sensitisation on the dangers and spread of coronavirus. Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, disclosed this on Tuesday at the Presidential Taskforce (PTF) briefing on COVID-19. He disclosed that the ministry was working with the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, (NPHCDA) on the modalities. Ehanire explained that the targets were “high burden” Local Government Areas, as 20 LGAs contribute nearly 60 percent of the COVID-19 positive cases. He said the COVID-19 burden not evenly distributed within the country and that Kano and Lagos bears the burden. The minister noted that a team from the ministry is in Lagos on an a...
COVID-19: Buhari Relaxes Lockdown in Kano
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COVID-19: Buhari Relaxes Lockdown in Kano

The Nigerian government on Monday eased the lockdown in Kano State. President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive was disclosed by Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19. Speaking at the daily briefing of the taskforce in Abuja, Mustapha also introduced phase one of the eased lockdown. He said: “Easing the total lockdown of Kano State and introduction of Phase One of the eased lockdown. “This is still a fight for life and our advancement to phase two does not mean that COVID-19 has ended. It is still potent and highly wasteful of human lives. “I implore all Nigerians and corporate citizens to take responsibility and play the expected role.” Mustapha had earlier a...
You Want To Rescue Us, But You Haven’t Rescued Yourself – Yemi Alade Writes To The Nigerian Govt
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You Want To Rescue Us, But You Haven’t Rescued Yourself – Yemi Alade Writes To The Nigerian Govt

Nigerian singer, Yemi Alade has written an open letter to the Nigerian government over the poor treatment of citizens during the coronavirus pandemic. Yemi did this via her Twitter page where she reacted to the video of patients isolated at an infectious disease center in Gombe complaining about their poor treatment. According to them, they have not received any treatment during their isolation of two weeks. Some patients said that they did not even see any doctor and even had to buy their own drugs to treat themselves. Yemi reacted to the sad incident with a letter to the Nigerian government. The “Shekere” singer wrote that the government wants to rescue people but is yet to save itself. As a concerned citizen, Yemi said its time to rebuild. She wrote: To whom it may concern, De...
Lockdown: Free Electricity Is Not For All Nigerians – FG
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Lockdown: Free Electricity Is Not For All Nigerians – FG

The two-month free power supply promised by the Nigerian government, as part of measures to reduce the effects of COVID-19 lockdown, is not for all, according to authorities. On Thursday, the House of Representatives and stakeholders in the power sector agreed to set up a joint implementation committee to arrive at those poor and vulnerable Nigerians who will enjoy the package. The proposed free electricity was part of the stimulus packages to alleviate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, who was quoted in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, said the joint panel’s mandate is to work out modalities for the proposed two-month bill waiver for the most vulnerable people in the country. He added that the committ...
Nigerian Government Ignores El-Zakzaky, To Pardon Orji Kalu, Other Ex-Governors Jailed For Stealing Public Funds
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Nigerian Government Ignores El-Zakzaky, To Pardon Orji Kalu, Other Ex-Governors Jailed For Stealing Public Funds

The Nigerian Government appears to have ignored leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria in its latest pardon of prisoners in the country. On Thursday, Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, said government was freeing 2,600 inmates in various prisons in a bid to curb the spread of Coronavirus in the country. According to Aregbesola, inmates including those from 60 years and above, especially those suffering from ill-health likely to end in death, serving at least three years and have less than six months to serve, persons with mental issues, and with options of fine not exceeding N50,000, are among those to be considered for the state pardon. “This amnesty will not apply to inmates sentenced for violent and extreme offences such as terrorism, kidnapping, armed banditry, rape, ...
Nigeria Revokes Eleven Oil Licenses (Names)
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Nigeria Revokes Eleven Oil Licenses (Names)

The Nigerian Government has revoked Oil Mining Licences (OML) of 11 oil and gas companies operating in the Marginal Fields. The Guardian learnt that the affected companies include Movido–Ekeh, Goland – Otiti, Independent Energy – Ofa, Associated-Tom Shot Bank, Bayelsa – Ayala, Sogenal – Akeni and Delsigma–Ke. Others are Bicta–Ogedeh, Guarantee–Ororo, Eurafic-Dawes Island and Sahara–Tsekelewu. While The Guardian learnt that the companies were served letters on Monday to hands-off the asset, a spokesperson for Department of Petroleum Resources, Paul Osu, who did not directly confirm the development, requesting a time to establish the truth, justified any decision to terminate the licenses, stressing that the companies have been offered enough time to turn the assets around. Osu i...
Abacha Loot: UK Backs US, Opposes Fg’s Plan To Pay Bagudu $110m
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Abacha Loot: UK Backs US, Opposes Fg’s Plan To Pay Bagudu $110m

The United Kingdom has joined the United States in resisting a plan by the Nigerian government to give Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu, about $110m (N41.8bn) out of the $155m (N58.9bn) stolen by late dictator, Sani Abacha, Bloomberg reports. The US, the UK and Nigeria are involved in a dispute over investment portfolios worth $155m traced to Abacha and held in trust for Bagudu and his family. Nigeria is seeking the approval of a UK court for Nigeria to take ownership of the assets before returning 70 per cent of the proceeds to Bagudu under the terms of a 2018 deal. Nigeria’s Attorney-General, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has denied ever entering a deal with Bagudu but court papers say otherwise. The UK government’s National Crime Agency is now “opposing the Federal Republic o...
If The Buhari Government Is Begging For Ventilators In Public, Imagine What They Beg For In Private – Imam Of Peace
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If The Buhari Government Is Begging For Ventilators In Public, Imagine What They Beg For In Private – Imam Of Peace

Popular Islamic cleric, Imam of Peace, has taken a shot at the Nigerian government. Recall that yesterday, the Ministry of Finance via its Twitter handle, appealed to UK billionaire businessman, Elon Musk, to help the Nigerian government with ventilators. Elon Musk, who is the co-founder and CEO at Tesla, tweeted: “We have extra FDA-approved ventilators. Will ship to hospitals worldwide within Tesla delivery regions. Device & shipping cost are free. Only requirement is that the vents are needed immediately for patients, not stored in a warehouse. Please me or @Tesla know.” And the verified Twitter account of Nigeria’s Ministry of Finance replied to the tweet, writing: “Dear @elonmusk @Tesla Federal Government of Nigeria needs support with 100-500 ventilators to assist w...
Coronavirus: Mamora Says Each Test Costs The Government ₦10,000
Health

Coronavirus: Mamora Says Each Test Costs The Government ₦10,000

The Nigerian government says it spends around N10,000 to test one individual for coronavirus - This was disclosed by the minister of state for health, Dr Olurunnimbe Mamora, on Monday, March 30 - Mamora, a former minority leader in the Nigerian Senate, is a graduate of medicine and surgery from the University of Ife Minister of state for health, Dr Olurunnimbe Mamora, on Monday, March 30 disclosed that it costs the Nigerian government about N10,000 to conduct a COVID-19 test on one individual. Mamora, a graduate of medicine and surgery from the University of Ife, stated that the testing method by the government is the World Health Organization (WHO) validated Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) which produces an accurate result. Mamora made the comment while speaking to journali...
Coronavirus: Our leaders only care about what they can get in their pockets and families – Yemi Alade
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Coronavirus: Our leaders only care about what they can get in their pockets and families – Yemi Alade

Yemi Alade took to Twitter to ask Nigerian leaders the stimulus package they have for Nigerians following the outbreak of coronavirus in the country. The singer who wondered why the Nigerian Government will budget N150 billion for 500 Legislators without any package for its citizens, stated that Nigerian leaders only care about what they can get in their pockets. Yemi Alade tweeted; Mr President @MBuhari  AND the Senate what is the economy stimulus PACKAGE for the citizens of this country, as you say all should stay at home? #COVID19 The Nigerian Government can budget #150 billion Naria for 500 Legislators. But don't have any package for it citizens sitting at home. How can our leaders only care about what they can get for theirs pockets and families. Even if Nigeria is a busi...
Pastor Urges Nigerian Government To Reject Coronavirus Test Kits From Jack Ma
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Pastor Urges Nigerian Government To Reject Coronavirus Test Kits From Jack Ma

Senior Pastor of Awaiting The Second Coming Of Jesus Christ Ministry, Adewale Giwa has warned Nigeria not to accept Coronavirus test kits and prevention materials donated by Chinese Billionaire, Jack Ma. The materials were said to have been received on Tuesday by General Manager, Ethiopian Airlines, Nigeria, Firihiewot Mekonnen, who appreciated the Jack Ma Foundation for their generosity. However, Giwa, in a statement to DAILY POST on Wednesday, urged Nigerian government to make its local kits available for the people. “It is not advisable for Nigerian government to accept these kits from China. “While the outbreak started in China, the bulk of cases and fatalities are now everywhere in the world. “Let us make use of our own prevention materials. I believe the state gove...
Nigeria Not Doing Enough To End Insecurity — French Envoy, Jerome Pasquier
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Nigeria Not Doing Enough To End Insecurity — French Envoy, Jerome Pasquier

French Ambassador to Nigeria, Jerome Pasquier has stated that the Nigerian government is not doing enough to address the security challenges witnessed across the country. Pasquier said this yesterday February 26, while speaking at a workshop on “Addressing Rural Insecurity and Violence in North-western Nigeria” organised by the Pastoral Reserve, the Search for Common Ground, the Nextier SPD and the French Embassy. The French ambassador who was represented at the event by Ellien Helios who is the Head of Cooperation Embassy of France in Nigeria, urged Nigerian authorities and stakeholders to device new strategies in tackling insecurity. He said; “There are many factors affecting the northwest region for years now, there are also many actors, but I don’t think there is enough...
Nigeria Appeals To U.S Over Visa Ban
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Nigeria Appeals To U.S Over Visa Ban

The Nigerian Government on Thursday urged the United States of America to consider the long standing relationship between the two countries and reverse its visa restrictions on the country. Ministry of Interior Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, made the call on Thursday, when the American Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Leonard, and her team paid him a visit in Abuja. Aregebsola said Nigeria had complied with most of the issues of concern raised by America, adding that Nigeria is not a pariah nation. The minister said the cooperation with the U.S. would solve Immigration and Consular issues in control of persons seeking to enter both countries through issuance of visa, passport and other travel documents. According to Aregbesola , Nigeria should be commended rather than sanctioned ...
Court Orders FG To Pay Fine Of N200,000 To Sowore, Bakare
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Court Orders FG To Pay Fine Of N200,000 To Sowore, Bakare

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Nigerian Government to pay N200,000 each to Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare, who are both standing trial in a case brought against them by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration. Ojukwu’s action was necessitated by the prosecution’s sloppy showing on Wednesday where A. Aliyu standing in for the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), tried to slow down proceedings and further delay the commencement of the trial proper by making several false statements.

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