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  • 5 hours Video shows youth at blows over court ruling on Zamfara APC DailyTrust
  • 5 hours Army arrests kidnappers who killed victim after taking ransom DailyTrust
    The Nigerian Army has disclosed that three suspected kidnappers, who collected N8 million ransom from their victim and later killed him, have been arrested. The Commanding Officer of 20 Battalion, Serti in Taraba State, Lt. Col. Adamu Mohammed Sani disclosed this while parading the suspects before journalists in Jalingo, adding that the suspects were arrested by soldiers at Goje villages along Serti-MayoSelbe road in Gashaka local government area of the state. According to him, the suspects had confessed that they were the one who kidnapped one Alhaji Maijama’a after collecting N8million from his family. He said the suspects had told ... more
  • 6 hours Shell Petroleum vows not to return to Ogoni DailyTrust
    Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, said that it has no plan to resume oil exploration activities in Ogoni land. Shell General Manager, External Relations, Mr Igo Weli disclosed this on Friday in Port Harcourt at the launching of 2019 edition of Shell In Nigeria briefing note. Mr Weli said that the negative narrative on the activities of Shell operatorship in Ogoni land was enough to discourage the company from doing business in the area. He said that since Shell stopped oil production in 1993 in Ogoni, it had remained in business, maintaining that the company will not go back to ... more
  • 6 hours Orji Uzor Kalu: Why I met Venezuelan President DailyTrust
    A former governor of Abia State, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu has explained that he visited President Nocolas Maduro of Venezuela as part of his objectives to promote world peace. Kalu, senator-elect for Abia North on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, stated that contrary to social media reports, his visit to Venezuela was not to cut oil deals. He said the visit was an initiative of the Orji Uzor Kalu Foundation and its partners across the globe, adding that he was also billed to meet with Afro-Venezuelan community in the country. In a statement by his media team, ... more
  • 6 hours BREAKING: Buhari arrives Ogun, set to commission Amosun’s projects DailyTrust
    President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived Abeokuta, Ogun State capital. Buhari is in the state to commission some of the projects of the outgoing Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, christened “Legacy Projects”. His presidential chopper, NAF 540, touched down at Arcade Ground, State Secretariat, Oke-Mosan at exactly 10:18am. He was received by Governor Ibikunle Amosun, Governors Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos); Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti) and Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo). Others who received him are; Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole; Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo and former Legal Adviser of APC, Muiz Banire. Daily Trust reports that Buhari, who skipped inspection of the guard ... more
  • 6 hours Buhari in Ogun to commission projects (photos) DailyTrust
    President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived Abeokuta, Ogun State capital. Photo by Peter Moses
    Buhari is in the state to commission some of the projects of the outgoing Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, christened “Legacy Projects.” Photo by Peter Moses
    His presidential chopper NAF 540 touched down at Archade Ground, State Secretariat, Oke – Mosan at exactly 10:18am. Photo by Peter Moses
    He was received by Govenor Ibikunle Amosun, Governors Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos); Kayode Fayemi ( Ekiti ) and Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo). Photo by Peter Moses The post Buhari in Ogun to commission projects (photos) appeared first on ... more
  • 8 hours APGA elects new officials in Katsina State DailyTrust
    The All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, in Katsina, has elected 26 new officials to run the affairs of the party for the next four years. Speaking during the congress, the party’s National Financial Secretary, Ibrahim Carefor said APGA was poised to bring internal democracy to fore, which is lacking in most parties, by ensuring that congresses take place at the right time. He charged the elected officials to always be ready to make sacrifices for the growth and development of the party as well as lead according to party’s laid down rules and procedures as enshrined in the party’s constitution. ... more
  • 8 hours Tight security as Buhari visits Ogun State today DailyTrust
    Security has been beefed up in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, as President Muhammadu Buhari is billed to visit the state today. Buhari would be commissioning some of the projects of the outgoing Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, christened “Legacy Projects.” Our correspondent, who went around the state capital this morning, observed that security agents have manned strategic places, most especially Kobape, Oke-Mosan, Kuto and Oke-Ilewo where most of the projects are sited. Some of the projects expected to be commissioned are; the Judicial Complex, along Kobape road, Amphi-Theatre in the City Centre and the renovated old Governor’s office at Oke-Ilewo. Others ... more
  • 8 hours Cloudy weather, thundery activities to prevail on Saturday – NiMet DailyTrust
    The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted cloudy weather conditions with prospects of thunderstorms activities over most parts of the country on Saturday. NiMet’s Weather Outlook on Friday, in Abuja, predicted cloudy conditions over the central states with prospect of thunderstorms over Abuja, Gombe, Bauchi, Taraba and Mambilla plateau axis in the morning hours. The agency also predicted thunderstorms over Abuja, Jos, Makurdi, Kaduna and Lokoja axis in the afternoon and evening hours with day and night temperatures of 28 to 36 and 19 to 25 degrees Celsius. It predicted that northern states would experience partly cloudy condition with prospect ... more
  • 8 hours Olusola-Eleka accepts Supreme Court judgment, congratulates Fayemi DailyTrust
    Prof. Kolapo Olusola-Eleka, former Deputy Governor of Ekiti and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in the last governorship election, has congratulated Gov. Kayode Fayemi on his election victory at the Supreme Court. While reacting to his loss at the apex court, the PDP candidate said he decided to congratulate Fayemi because of his nature as an “Omoluabi (cultured person). He, however, implored Fayemi to sincerely exhibit the true “Omoluabi” attitude Ekiti people were known for by focusing on governance in the true sense of it. He said: “My consolation at this time is that the people of Ekiti as ... more
  • 14 hours Zamfara: S/Court sacks APC, as PDP bounces back DailyTrust
    The Supreme Court yesterday declared that the All Progressives Congress (APC) had no candidates in the 2019 general elections, and therefore could not claim to have won. The five-member panel of justices, presided by the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, unanimously held that the party in the state failed to conduct primaries in accordance with party rules. The APC had won the governorship, national, and state assembly elections in Zamfara, leaving nothing for opposition parties. APC candidate Mukhtar Shehu Idris was declared governor by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) while Dr. Bello Muhammad Mutawalle of the ... more
  • 14 hours How students pay ‘mercenaries’ to write final-year projects DailyTrust
    It came as a shock coming across a sponsored post on Twitter from an account ‘Excellent Service Providers,’ advertising its services for students. The services included coursework, thesis, and dissertation writing, for pegged prices starting from N50,000. A thesis, or as it is more commonly known, a final-year ‘project’, is a researched essay in the area of a students’ course of study for their degrees. For most higher institutions in the world, Nigeria included, one of the main criteria of a degree being awarded is by writing a dissertation or thesis. But it has now become common for students to ... more
  • 14 hours Will Amaechi complete the Lagos-Ibadan fast rail? DailyTrust
    On March 7, 2017, the Federal Government took a big leap towards addressing the hydra-headed congestion in Nigeria’s premier port in Lagos and solving the mass transportation challenge in the nation’s commercial capital with the ground-breaking of the 156-kilometer Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail project. Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, who was then the Acting President, carried out the ground-breaking held at the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) compound in Ebute-Metta amidst excitement and expectations from Nigerians. The Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail was originally designed from Ebute-Metta, Lagos, to Ibadan but on the advice of the minister, the project was extended to the port ... more
  • 14 hours Nigeria, Germany need more bilateral approach – Amb. Yusuf Tuggar DailyTrust
    Ambassador Yusuf MaitamaTuggar is the Nigerian Ambassador to Germany. In this interview, he speaks on his experiences and a lot more on relations between both countries. Excerpts:   Daily Trust: What’s your experience since you became ambassador? Ambassador Yusuf MaitamaTuggar: It’s been a learning experience and for me. It has afforded me the opportunity to put into practice classroom theories because I’m a student of International Relations. I’m seeing it being acted out and Germany being the powerhouse of Europe, and also being a regional and global leader, it’s a very significant post and it affords me the opportunity to ... more
  • 14 hours Meet judges who are now traditional rulers DailyTrust
    Five Nigerian judges have turned to traditional rulers in different parts of the country. Daily Trust Saturday takes a look at the trend. Several Nigerians judges have put down their gowns for the royal garb, with Justice Idris Evuti and Justice Sidi Dauda Bage being the most recent monarchs. Others include Justice Lawal Hassan Gummi, Justice Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, and Justice Sadiq Abdullahi Mahuta. Evuti is now Etsu Evuti in Niger State while Bage is Emir of Lafia in Nasarawa State. Gummi is Emir of Gummi in Zamfara State, Gambari is Emir of Ilorin and Mahuta is the Galadiman Katsina ... more
  • 14 hours Kano losing ancient city wall to encroachment DailyTrust
    The constant disappearance and distortion of historical monuments has become a source of worry to many. In the ancient city of Kano, some concerned citizens have become greatly worried over the destruction of the Kano City wall. In an era where the Great Wall of China and the pyramids of Egypt still stand as sources of pride to their respective peoples, the ancient historic wall of Kano State is gradually disappearing due to encroachment by some individuals. For a typical Kano citizen, there is an old song that dares every boy and girl to memorise the names of the ancient ... more
  • 14 hours Kuti family ‘resurrected’ at ancestral birthplace DailyTrust
    “Our plan is to turn around the roots of all our notable citizens both dead and alive that have contributed not only to the growth of Ogun, but also Nigeria and even beyond, to tourist sites. It is not because of anything, but most importantly to keep history, to serve as education and clearly, the Kuti’s family is one of those citizens.” Those were the words of the Ogun State governor, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun, last week when he took around, the visiting Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Alh. Lai Muhammed, to the ancestral home of the great Kuti family ... more
  • 14 hours Freight handling activities not taking flight at Kano airport DailyTrust
    Air freighting is the fastest amongst the major means of transporting large quantities of goods, also helping make transportation cost-effective. But Daily Trust Saturday has observed a low level of freighting activities at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport in Kano, a state which, ironically, is the commercial nerve centre of Northern Nigeria. Some major businessmen spoken to attribute it to the current state of the economy, while others say it is as a result of the attitude of some of some Kano entrepreneurs towards air freighting. There are two major companies responsible for the handling of freight services. The companies ... more
  • 14 hours Zamfara: INEC meets today, announces decision Monday DailyTrust
    The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will meet today to announce its decision on Zamfara State’s nullified All Progressives Congress (APC) votes on Monday. INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, who disclosed this in a statement yesterday, said the commission would meet today to deliberate on matters arising from the Supreme Court judgment on the matter. “Following the Supreme Court’s judgment delivered today, 24th May 2019 on the governorship, National and State Assembly elections held in Zamfara State, the INEC held an emergency meeting to consider the court’s decision. It is expected that the ... more
  • 14 hours Marafa: Judgment is victory for democracy DailyTrust
    An APC governorship aspirant in Zamfara State, Kabiru Garba Marafa, has described the Supreme Court judgment on Zamfara APC candidates as a bitter-sweet one, but a victory for democracy, Zamfara State and the country as a whole. Reacting to yesterday’s Supreme Court judgment which declared that the APC had no candidates in the 2019 general elections, he said no matter how long it took, truth would always prevail over falsehood. “The judgment is a victory for democracy, triumph of truth over falsehood and redeemer of the integrity of the judiciary. “As we all know the APC was unable to conduct ... more
  • 16 hours ‘Game of Thrones’ finale: Nigerian celebs speak DailyTrust
    Wildly popular TV series ‘Game of Thrones’ just ended an 8-season run, with a finale which polarised its teeming millions of viewers. Daily Trust Saturday spoke to some of the show’s celebrity fans in Nigeria, and their views are as varied as the emotions stirred by the record-breaking episode.   To call ‘Game of Thrones’ a global phenomenon would be an understatement. The TV show has held in its thrall millions of viewers, ranging from regular folk, to world leaders, and celebrities themselves. Based on a series of fantasy books by George R.R Martin, and on a fictional kingdom’s distant ... more
  • 16 hours Emilia Clarke feared Beyoncé would hate her after ‘Game of Thrones’ ending DailyTrust
    Emilia Clarke wanted to beg for Beyonce’s forgiveness when the singer raved about her ‘Game of Thrones’ character at an Oscars party earlier this year, because she knew her Dragon Queen was about to go nuts. The star, who has played Daenerys Targaryen on the cult fantasy series from the show’s first season, previously admitted she “messed up” her opportunity to chat to Beyonce because she was so overcome with emotion when the pop icon approached her. Clarke recalled the encounter in a new interview with The New Yorker, and admitted she wanted to blurt out a spoiler from the ... more
  • 16 hours Actors and actresses who got hitched DailyTrust
    In Nollywood, a number of couples happened to find love on set, taken their relationship to the next level and gotten married. This week, Weekend Magazine takes a look at actors and actresses that met on screen and tied the knot.   Olu Jacobs & Joke Silva Olu and Joke have become Nollywood’s power couple, with a marriage that spans over three decades, and a growing family with children and grandchildren. The couple met while on set of filming Jero’s Metamorphosis back in 1981. Ever since then, they have remained inseparable.   Adesua Etomi & Banky W The Wellington’s wedding ... more
  • 16 hours Rihanna launches her Fenty fashion brand with Paris pop-up store DailyTrust
    Rihanna, the first black woman in history to head up a major Parisian luxury house, is unveiling her first fashion designs for Fenty at a pop-up store in Paris. The collection, named after the singer-turned-designer’s last name, comprises ready-to-wear, footwear, accessories, and eyewear and is available for sale Paris’ Le Marais area from Friday and will debut online May 29. “This is a moment in history,” Rihanna, 31, said at a preview of the store in a white structure tuxedo dress. “It’s a big deal for me and my entire generation.” News of the singer’s groundbreaking new deal with LVMH, ... more
  • 16 hours Disney conjures nostalgic magic to sell ‘Aladdin’ remake DailyTrust
    Almost the entire promotional campaign is rooted in showcasing how the new movie borrows elements from the original 1992 animated feature. Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin hits theaters May 24, just a couple months after the relatively underwhelming returns of Tim Burton’s Dumbo ($347 million worldwide) and a couple months before Jon Favreau’s anticipated update of The Lion King. For this one, Guy Ritchie directs a cast that includes Mena Massoud as the title character, Naomi Scott as Jasmine and Will Smith as Genie, a role voiced in the original by the late Robin Williams. This new version, opening during ... more
  • 16 hours Kidnappers, cattle rustlers to face death DailyTrust
    Katsina State Governor Aminu Masari has signed into law an amended penal code law prescribing death sentence for cattle rustling and kidnapping. Similarly, rapists now get life sentence in addition to fines on convicts and compensation for victims. Speaking while signing the law, Masari said it was informed by the current security challenges in the state. He said the law was amended particularly in areas to do with kidnapping, cattle rustling, rape and other related offences,  adding that the decision to make the offences serious cannot be over emphasized.   The post Kidnappers, cattle rustlers to face death appeared first ... more
  • 16 hours ‘Project One’ launched to tackle illegal migration, violence DailyTrust
    A programme tagged, “I am a Nigerian” has been launched by Project One to tackle illegal migration and political violence among the youth in the country. The Coordinator of “Project One” Bisayo Busari-Akinnadeju who launched the programme in Abuja urged Nigerian youths to shun all forms of violence, particularly political violence and work together to promote unity and restore the glory of Nigeria. She said Project One would focus on political education of Nigerian youths to teach them to shun violence and unite despite differences. Lamenting that Nigerians are being discriminated against and negatively perceived across the world, she urged ... more
  • 16 hours CBN abused over policies – Emefiele DailyTrust
    Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele, has said the management of the apex bank had endured abuse for swimming against the tide with unconventional monetary policies. Emefiele made the remark in Ibadan at the 1st University of Ibadan “Distinguished Leadership Lecture Series” organised by the university in collaboration with the CBN. He added that no country does everything to isolate its industries from external dumping because it results in job losses. Emefiele also hinted that the CBN had reached an advanced stage with efforts to re-open textiles after resolving the issues of electricity and gas. The post CBN ... more
  • 16 hours Emir suspends Sallah festivities DailyTrust
      The Emir of Katsina, Abdulmumini Kabir Usman, has suspended the annual Sallah durbar and other festivities organised by the emirate to celebrate the Sallah festivities. Instead, special prayers would be held for peace in the state and the country. Usman in a statement signed by the secretary of the emirate and Sallama Katsina Bello Ifo said the decision was reached in view of the recent battacks by bandits in Batsari, Dan Musa, Kankara, Wagini and other areas. Eid prayers will take place as usual, he said. The post Emir suspends Sallah festivities appeared first on Daily Trust. ... more
  • 16 hours EU spends €20m on Nigeria reforms DailyTrust
    The European Union (EU) Support to the Federal Government Reform Programme (EU-SUFEGOR) has spent €20million on varieties of reforms, including taxation and budgeting, to deepen good governance in Nigeria. The Team Leader of the EU-SUFEGOR, Professor Olaseni Akintola-Bello, said this yesterday in Abuja at the formal winding-up of the five-year project. According to him, the Treasury Single Account (TSA), Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) and Bank Verification Numbers (BVN) among other policies are positive developments the country must strengthen and consolidate with others policies and strategies. He said the project was mostly implemented with the Bureau of Public ... more
  • 20 hours Amosun, Police, APC bicker ahead of May 29 inauguration in Ogun DailyTrust
    Outgoing Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun and the State’s Police Command are bickering over alleged plot to disrupt May 29 inauguration of the Governor – elect, Prince Dapo Abiodun. The Caretaker of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state has equally called out Amosun’s government over alleged blockade of entrance of MKO Abiola International Stadium and June 12 Cultural Centre, both in Kuto, Abeokuta, respectively which are the venues of inauguration lecture and swear in ceremony. Daily Trust recalls that Ogun Police Command in a statement issued on Tuesday by its Spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi alleged that “some unscrupulous elements” ... more
  • 21 hours Why Buhari should scrap N241bn governors’ security votes – CISLAC DailyTrust
    The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to move against security votes for governors which accounted to over N241.2bn annually in his second tenure. The Executive Director, CISLAC, Mr .Auwal Musa Rafsanjani made the call on Friday in Abuja at a news conference tagged “Setting the Anti-corruption Agenda for the Incoming Administration” He said it is regrettable that the same governors who claim not to be in charge of the security apparatus in their states still receive huge sums as security votes and which they mostly do not account for. “CISLAC and other civil society ... more
  • 21 hours APC appoints Acting National Secretary DailyTrust
    The National Working Committee (NWC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has appointed Hon. Victor Giadom as the party’s acting National Secretary, pending when Yobe State nominates a replacement for the former National Secretary, Mai Mala Buni, who is the Governor-elect of Yobe State. A statement signed and issued on Friday by APC National Publicity Secretary, Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu, said Hon. Giadom was the party’s Deputy National Secretary before the appointment. The statement seemed to have ended the ambition of those jostling for the position from Borno and Taraba States. The post APC appoints Acting National Secretary appeared first ... more
  • 21 hours Zamfara: Supreme Court ruling a sad one for APC -Chieftain DailyTrust
    Mr Hilard Etta, All Progressives Congress (APC) National Vice Chairman South South, has described the Supreme Court ruling which upturned the party’s electoral victory in Zamfara, as a sad one for it and its members. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the five-member panel of the Supreme Court justices, in a unanimous judgement on Friday, declared that the APC in Zamfara had no candidates in the 2019 general elections. This, it explained was because the party failed to conduct a recognised primaries in accordance with party rules. In the lead judgment by Justice Paul Galinji, the apex court ... more
  • 21 hours Fire destroys 38 shelters in Borno IDPs camps DailyTrust
    The Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) said that 38 shelters were destroyed by fire in two Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps at Ngala Local Government Area of the state. The SEMA Director of Rescue Operations, Malam Usman Kachala, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri on Friday. Kachalla said that 38 shelters were destroyed, while dozens of households in the camps were displaced during the fire outbreak which occurred on May 21. He said that the fire which started from an IDPs tent, gutted other shelters because there was no immediate ... more
  • 22 hours Katsina emirate suspends Sallah durbar, festivities to mourn victims of bandit attacks ‎ DailyTrust
    The emir of Katsina, Abdulmumini Kabir Usman has suspended the annual Sallah durba and other festivities organised by the emirate to celebrate the Sallah festivities. Instead special prayers shall be held for peace of the state and the country. Usman in a statement signed by the secretary of the emirate and Sallama Katsina Bello Ifo said the decision was reached in view of the recent bandits killings of Batsari, Dan Musa, Kankara, Wagini and the rest. “It is in view of this that the emirate resolved to suspend the Durba and other festivities to commensurate with the victims of the ... more
  • 22 hours FIFA U-20 World Cup: Nigeria beat Qatar DailyTrust
    Nigeria delivered a bold statement of intent with a 4-0 thumping of Qatar in their Group D curtain-raiser at the FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019,. The Flying Eagles, runners-up to a Joao Pinto-propelled Portugal in 1989 and a Lionel Messi-inspired Argentina in 2005, soared 2-0 up inside 25 minutes – and both goals were indebted to their left-back, reports FIFA. Ikouwem Utin duped his marker and unleashed a swerving shot, which Shehab Mamdouh could only push into the path of Maxwell Effiom, whose first-time volley broke the deadlock. The Nigeria No3 then somehow sprung four challenges down the left ... more
  • 23 hours Zamfara: We have to accept judgement — APC DailyTrust
    The APC National Vice Chairman, South South, Ntufam Hilliard Eta, says the ruling party has no option than to accept the ruling of the Supreme Court that nullified its victories at the governorship as well as state/federal legislative polls in Zamfara State. Eta, who fielded questions from journalists on Friday after a meeting of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee (NWC) at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja, said the party had learnt some lessons from the scenario in Zamfara State. He said with the judgement, “it’s a sad day for every member of the APC. It’s a very sad ... more
  • 23 hours ‘EU spent €20m on Nigeria’s tax, budget other reforms’ DailyTrust
    The European Union (EU) Support to Federal Government Reform Programme (EU-SUFEGOR) spent a whooping €20m on varieties of reforms to deepen good governance in Nigeria. The Team Leader of the EU-SUFEGOR, Prof. Olaseni Akintola-Bello, said this in Abuja at the formal winding off of the five-year project. According to him, the Treasury Single Account (TSA), Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) and Bank Verification Numbers (BVN) among other policies are positive developments the country must strengthen and consolidate with others policies and strategies. He said the project was mostly implemented with the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR), Ministry ... more
  • 23 hours NGF: Tinubu congratulates Fayemi, seeks promotion of fiscal federalism DailyTrust
    The All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has congratulated Governor Kayode Fayemi over his election as the new Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF). Tinubu expressed confidence in the Ekiti State governor to deliver on the assignment given his credentials, competence, integrity and fine leadership ability. This was contained in a letter to the governor, personally signed by Tinubu personally and released on Friday by his media office. The APC leader urged Governor Fayemi to properly reposition the NGF to contribute positively to national development, advance the frontiers of important issues such as fiscal federalism ... more
  • 1 day Bagudu emerges chairman APC govs forum DailyTrust
    The Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), comprising all state governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has elected Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State as Chairman of the Forum. Director General of the PGF, Salihu Lukman, said in a statement signed and issued yesterday that Governor Bagudu was unanimously elected at their meeting which held on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Imo State Government Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja. The statement said the election of the governor of Kebbi State was in furtherance of the commitment of the Progressive Governors to deepen democratic governance in the country. It stated ... more
  • 1 day INEC meets on Saturday to deliberate on Supreme Court judgement over APC Zamfara DailyTrust
    The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will meet on Saturday to deliberate on matter arising from the Supreme Court judgement on the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara. The Commission made this known in a statement issued by Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee on Friday in Abuja. Okoye said that commission’s decision would be made know to the public on Manday. He disclosed that following the Supreme Court’s judgment delivered in Abuja on the Governorship, National and State Assembly elections held in Zamfara State, the INEC on Friday held an emergency meeting to ... more
  • 1 day Supreme Court’s Judgement: List of some PDP candidates likely to get Certificates of Return in Zamfara DailyTrust
    Following the judgement of the Supreme Court that the All Progressives Congress, APC had no candidate in the 2019 general elections in Zamfara state, candidates of the leading opposition party in the state, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP are expected to benefit. The five-member panel of justices, in a unanimous judgment on Friday, held that the party in the state failed to conduct primaries in accordance with the party rules. In the lead judgment by Justice Paul Adamu Galinji, the apex court declared that all votes cast for the APC as “wasted votes” and added that all political parties with ... more
  • 1 day NAPTIP seals brothels in Calabar DailyTrust
    The National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has sealed off two brothels in Calabar. This follows the order of the federal high court sitting in Calabar on Friday. The two brothels were raided two weeks ago by operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS) over alleged prostitution and child trafficking in Calabar Officials from NAPTIP handed the court order to journalists. The brothels are Onwuka hotel and suites and De Papes Corner hotel both in Calabar. 59 commercial sex workers were also allegedly to have been used for child trafficking. In suit numbers FHC/CA/MISC/62/2019 and FHC/CA/MISC/63/2019, ... more
  • 1 day Obasanjo’s “Fulanisation’’ “Islamisation’’ statement is diversionary tactics- UPN DailyTrust
    The Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) has described the statement by former President Olusegun Obasanjo on alleged “Fulanisation’’ and “Islamisation’’ of Nigeria, as tactic to divert government’s attention from probing his administration’s expenditure on power sector. The party said this in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Abubakar Sokoto, on Friday in Abuja. Sokoto said that making the pronouncement at the material time was diversionary tactic to distract Nigerians’ attention from the power sector probe promised by President Muhammadu Buhari if re-elected. “We can vividly recall that Buhari has repeatedly promised to investigate the issue of 16 ... more
  • 1 day Sultan urges Nigerians to support Buhari’s second term DailyTrust
    The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, on Friday in Abuja urged all Nigerians, irrespective of their political affiliation, to support the agenda of the second tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari. Abubakar III, who is also the President-General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), gave the advice at a Public lecture and Juma’at Special Prayers held at the National Mosque, organised by the Presidential Inaugural Committee. The Monarch, represented by the Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, urged government to be all-inclusive in terms of delivering to Nigerians services and treat them as one. He advised the government to ... more
  • 1 day Kidnappers, cattle rustlers gets death sentence as Gov Masari signs new law DailyTrust
    Katsina state governor Aminu Masari has signed into law an amended Penal code law prescribing death sentence for cattle rustling and kidnapping. Similarly, rapist now gets life sentence in addition to fine and compensation to the victim. Speaking at the ceremonial signing of the law, Masari said the need for the law was informed by the current security challenges being faced across the state. He said the law was amended particularly in areas to do with kidnapping, cattle rustling, rape and other related offences saying that ” the decision to make these offences serious with the above punishment cannot be ... more
  • 1 day Bayelsa govt appoints Jonathan as Honorary Special Adviser DailyTrust
    Governor Seriake Dickson on Friday announced the appointment of former President Goodluck Jonathan as the honorary special adviser to oversee the recently launched Education Development Trust Fund (EDTF) Dickson, who disclosed this during his remarks at the official launching of the education trust fund in Yenagoa, said that the former leader will take charge and supervises the collection of donations for the trust fund. He said: “Let me commend our leader, the former president for his educational strides during his time as the governor of this state, he laid the solid foundation for our educational system, that is why I ... more
  • 1 day Zamfara: Judgement gives Atiku hope of winning at tribunal DailyTrust
    The Zamfara state judgement upholding the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as winner of the March 9, 2019 governorship election has raised the hope of the presidential candidate of the party for the February 23, 2019 election, Atiku Abubakar who is challenging the outcome of the poll at the tribunal. In a statement on Friday by his Special Adviser on Media, Paul Ibe, Atiku said nothing was as pleasing to the ears of believers, as justice being served in the holy month of Ramadan. The former vice president said when justice prevails, the people rejoice, chains are ... more
  • 1 day Adeleke’s case: Prosecution Counsel escapes prison DailyTrust
    The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday, threatened to send Mr Simon Lough, a police prosecutor, to prison for violating an order of the court. Justice Inyang Ekwo, in his ruling, held that It was obligatory on every person to obey orders of the court. “This court stands to commit Mr Lough to prison custody for this blatant act of impunity and contemptuous disobedience. “The exercise of restraint by this court in not dealing with the learned counsel for the complainant/applicant (Lough) forthrightly is to demonstrate to the learned gentleman that the best of use of power is to restrain”, ... more
  • 1 day Court remands man for beating teenager to death DailyTrust
    An Ebute Meta Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Friday ordered the remand of one Femi Aderounmu in prison for allegedly beating a teenager to death. Aderounmu, 29, who resides at No. 1, Moshalasi St., Iponri, Lagos is facing a charge of murder. His plea was not taken. The Magistrate, Mr Tolu Agbona, remanded the defendant in Ikoyi Prisons and ordered that the case file should be sent to the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions for advice. Agbona adjourned the case until June 26. Earlier, the Prosecutor, Insp. D. Raphel, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on ... more
  • 1 day Davido features in new video ‘Next To You II’ DailyTrust
    Popular Nigerian Afr0-Pop Star, Davido has featured in a new video, Next to you II. The song produced by Jamaican music producer, singer, Tarik Johnston also known as ”Rvssian” is a remix of an earlier released version of the song that only featured Rvssian. American singer, Becky G and Digital Farm Animals released her new single titled, ‘Next To You’ and it featured producer, Rvssian in April. However, the singer surprised her fans with a follow-up to that song titled, ‘Next To You II’ which features Nigerian superstar, Davido and Rvssian. Becky G wrote that, “I’ve been a massive fan ... more
  • 1 day Kenya set to rule on legality of gay sex DailyTrust
    Kenya’s High Court on Friday was set to decide whether same-sex relations are crimes in the East African nation. The case challenges colonial-era laws that criminalise homosexuality with a maximum jail sentence of 14 years. “The potential landmark ruling is hugely significant for Kenya and the continent,’’ Human Rights Watch researcher Neela Ghosal told dpa. According to Ghosal, if it is positive, it will be the first time on the African continent since the mid-1990s when South Africa decriminalised homosexuality that a court has made such a decision. Friday’s ruling came after three Kenyan gay rights organisations filed petitions to ... more
  • 1 day Gunmen kidnap Kannywood director Salisu Mu’azu, demand N10m ransom DailyTrust
    Unidentified armed robbers and kidnappers have kidnapped prominent Kannywood actor, producer and director, Salisu Mu’azu and two others, Daily Trust reports. Daily Trust learnt that the director and the two others were kidnapped at Saya Village of Bassa local government area of Plateau state on Thursday while on their way back to Jos from Kaduna after attending a one day conference organized by Central Bank of Nigeria and Bankers Committee on Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) in Kaduna. It would be recalled that Salisu Mu’azu was the Chairman Reconciliation Committee under the Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria (MOPPAN) that ... more
  • 1 day Wenger says his football future may not be in management DailyTrust
    Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger wants to return to football soon, but says he is at crossroads and is not sure if he should take up another role as manager. Arsene Wenger gestures as he arrives at the ceremony REUTERS/Eric Gaillard Wenger left Arsenal at the end of the 2017-18 season after 22 years in charge of the London club where he won three Premier League titles and a record seven FA Cups. The 69-year-old has kept himself busy as a television pundit and conference speaker since leaving the Gunners, and said in October that he had received offers to ... more
  • 1 day Armed men abduct film maker, demand N10m ransom DailyTrust
    A renowned film maker and media practitioner Salisu Muazu, has been abducted by some armed men on Thursday evening on Kaduna-Jos road. Confirming the incidence to NAN on Friday, the elder brother of the victim who is also a film maker, Sani Muazu, said they were travelling together with two other persons at the time of the incident. “We were returning from a conference in Kaduna when we were stopped and robbed by some armed men around Jengre village. “They robbed us and I was able to escape, yet they went away with my younger brother Salisu and two other ... more
  • 1 day Barber remanded for stealing Tecno phone worth N42, 000 DailyTrust
    A Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Friday remanded a 20-year-old barber, Joshua Adetunji, who pleaded guilty to the theft of a Tecno phone worth N42, 000 from a student. Chief Magistrate Oluwatoyin Oghere ordered that Adetunji be remanded at the Ikoyi Prisons, Lagos pending the review of the facts of the case and sentencing. The defendant is facing a two-count charge bordering on conspiracy and stealing. The Prosecutor, Sgt. Modupe Olaluwoye, told the court that the defendant committed the offences at 1p.m. on April 30, at Awolokun High School, Gbagada area of Lagos. Olaluwoye said that the defendant ... more
  • 1 day Zamfara: PDP’ Bello Mutawalle set to become governor after supreme court verdict DailyTrust
    The Zamfara state governorship  candidate for Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the 2019 general election, Dr Bello Muhammad Mutawalle is set to become the governor of the state according to results declared by INEC in March this year. The supreme court judgement nullified all APC votes in the state and ordered that parties with second highest votes take over. READ: NEWS FLASH: Zamfara Election: Supreme court voids votes for APC How ever, the results declared by the INEC showed that the  PDP’s Mutawalle is set to take over the mantle of leadership in the state as he came second behind ... more
  • 1 day Security guard docked for allegedly stealing electrical cable DailyTrust
    The police on Friday arraigned a security guard, Michael Adekunle, in a Kado Grade I Area Court, Abuja, for allegedly stealing 10 rolls of electrical cable valued at N120,000. Adekunle, a staff of August Eye Security Ltd, Abuja, is charged with theft. The Prosecution Counsel, Ijeoma Ukagha, told the court that one Noah Taiwo of same address, reported the matter at the Utako Police Station, Abuja, on May 15. The prosecutor said that the defendant who was seconded to Vita Construction Company, Jabi, Abuja as a security guard, while on duty stole 10 rolls of electrical cable from the company. ... more
  • 1 day Ekiti gov’ship: S/Court dismisses PDP’s appeal DailyTrust
    The Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal by Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and its governorship candidate, Kolapo Olusola-Eleka challenging the election of Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State. In a unanimous judgment, five-member panel of justices presided by the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad held that the appeal challenging the outcome of the election lack merit. In the lead judgment delivered by Justice Johm Inyang Okoro, affirmed the judgments of both the Ekiti State Election Petition Tribunal and the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal that the petitioners could not establish electoral irregularities and substantial non-compliance ... more
  • 1 day Speakership: APC, PDP Reps move to strike deal DailyTrust
    Lawmakers of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and their Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterparts in the House of Representatives are working to forge “an understanding” ahead of the inauguration of the 9th National Assembly, Daily Trust reports. It was gathered that the decision for a working deal between the two dominant parties followed a meeting called by the PDP caucus in the House yesterday‎ in Abuja. Although the PDP lawmakers used the opportunity of the meeting to ask all aspirants for Speaker of the 9th House to outline their manifestos, it was learnt that its main purpose was to ... more
  • 1 day Insecurity lingers despite huge human, capital investment in defence ministry DailyTrust
    Before November, 2015, Nigeria’s Ministry of Defence (MOD), saddled with the executive supervisory role of providing policy direction and coordination for the Armed Forces of Nigeria, was engaged in an internal war with insurgents in the North East of the country. At that time, large parts of Nigerian territory, arguably over a dozen local government areas across Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states, were in the control of the Boko Haram terrorist group despite denials by government officials and the military hierarchy. At the inception of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, he promised to revamp the defence sector and immediately ... more
  • 1 day Osinbajo, governors raise alarm over population explosion, ‘tiny’ economy DailyTrust
    Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the 36 state governors yesterday raised alarm over population explosion and the size of the country’s economy. They spoke during a valedictory meeting the National Economic Council (NEC) presided over by Osinbajo at the State House, Abuja. “In the next few years our population will double with the attendant challenges of jobs, education, health care, security and infrastructure. Destiny and future of the Nigerian masses rest on the elite group. “The privilege of executive leadership at this level is the one only few of us will ever have. When I say few of us, it ... more
  • 1 day We received N470.8bn from N1.5trn social investments budgets in 3yrs – Uwais DailyTrust
    Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Investments Mrs. Maryam Uwais has said the budgetary allocations to all the social investments programmes have amounted to N470.8bn out of the N1.5trn cumulative budgets in three years. Mrs. Uwais disclosed this yesterday in Abuja while giving a score card of the social investment programmes in three years. She said in spite of the low budgetary releases to the National Social Investment Office (NSIO); the programme has been a success. He said out of an annual approved budget of N500bn, between 2016 and 2018, the total sum of N470.8bn has so far ... more
  • 1 day Police council confirms Adamu as IG DailyTrust
    Police council under the chairmanship of President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday confirmed Mohammed Adamu as the substantive Inspector General of Police. This was announced at the end of the council meeting presided over by Buhari at the State House, Abuja. It was attended by 36 governors and chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), Musliu Smith. Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, who spoke at the end of the meeting, said Adamu was confirmed by a unanimous decision of council members who attested to the professionalism and experience of the new the IGP. The governor said Adamu’s competence saw him become the ... more
  • 1 day Oyo workers begin indefinite strike DailyTrust
    Workers in Oyo State yesterday commenced  an indefinite strike after  the 48-hour ultimatum given to the state government to address outstanding salaries and other issues affecting them. A memo to workers last night by the state secretary of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Mohamed Ibrahim, stated the strike would be in force until further notice. The three-paragraph memo, made available to journalists and titled “Commencement of Indefinite Strike,” read: “It is highly unfortunate that the state government has decided to write us without finding concrete solutions to the deteriorating plight of workers of Oyo state. “Consequently, in line with the notice ... more
  • 1 day Southern, Middle Belt leaders kick against herdsmen radio DailyTrust
    The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum has opposed the plan by the Federal Government to set up an Amplified Modulation (AM) Radio Station for herdsmen. The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, had said in Abuja that the radio service would operate on frequency of 720KHz and would be strictly in Fulani language. The group, in a statement yesterday by Yinka Odumakin (southwest), Prof Chigozie Ogbu (southeast), Senator Bassey Henshaw (south-south) and Dr Isuwa Dogo (Middle Belt), said the move smacked of hypocrisy. According to them, setting up a radio station strictly for herdsmen is unconstitutional. “Section 55 of the ... more
  • 1 day Katsina killings pathetic, horrifying – Chief of Defence Staff DailyTrust
    The Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, has described the recent killings by bandits in Katsina State as “pathetic, horrifying and terrible.” Olonisakin, however, assured that “we are doing everything possible to save the situation.” Olonisakin, who was represented by Maj.-Gen. B I Ahonotu, promised to evolve viable and proactive measures to end killings in the state. “We have listened to various security officials operating in the state, that was why we also decided to come to the government house to have more information about the situation,” he added. Governor Aminu Masari, represented by his deputy, Mannir Yakubu, ... more
  • 1 day …Masari cancels May 29 celebration DailyTrust
    The Katsina State Government has cancelled all activities for the May 29 celebration except the swearing-in of the governor and his deputy in order to mourn those killed by bandits this week in the state. The Secretary to the State Government, Mustapha Inuwa, yesterday said the decision was arrived following the unfortunate incessant attacks by armed bandits in some parts of the state. “This is also to commensurate with the families and other people who lost their loved ones or property as result of the dastardly acts of the bandits,” he stated. According to him, the attacks have led to ... more
  • 1 day Major flood predicted in 5 Sokoto LGs DailyTrust
    The Sokoto State Government says Sabon Birni, Yabo, Wurno, Shagari and Tambuwal Local Government Areas of the state are prone to major flood. The Commissioner for Water Resources, Umar Bature, who disclosed this yesterday in Sokoto, said this was based on the warning from the Nigerian Meteorological Agency. He added that milder flood was also predicted in Gada, Raba, Goronyo and Kware Local Government Areas. He said his ministry, in collaboration with others, federal and non governmental agencies, were strategising on how to tackle the possible natural occurrence. The post Major flood predicted in 5 Sokoto LGs appeared first on ... more
  • 1 day ABU, Kadpoly, Unilorin, Unimaid, RSU win performance award DailyTrust
    Five higher institutions across the country have worn the2018 National Tertiary Admissions’ Performance Award in different nominated brackets. Each of the winners, was given a certificate and the cash prize of N25 million by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), at brief award ceremony in Abuja. University of Ilorin (Unilorin), emerged as the Most Subscribed Institution with a total of 86,401 candidates out of which it enlisted about 10,000. On the other hand, Kaduna Polytechnic (Kadpoly), won the award of the Most National Institution in terms of Spread of Intakes. The institution admitted candidates from each of the 36 ... more
  • 2 days Babachir: Court fixes June 17 to rule on documents’ admissibility DailyTrust
    An FCT High Court in Maitama has fixed June 17 for a considered ruling on the admissibility of some documents as exhibits in the ongoing trial of a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal. Lawal was arraigned on a 10-count charge bothering on conspiracy and fraud to the tune of N544million along with Hamidu David Lawal, Suleiman Abubakar, Apeh John Monday and two companies, Rholavision Engineering Ltd and Josmon Technologies Ltd. They had all pleaded not guilty and were admitted to bail in the sum of N50 million each. At the resumed hearing yesterday, while ... more
  • 2 days CSO urges FG to release Zakzaky for treatment abroad DailyTrust
    The Initiative for Conciliation and Right Protection (ICRP) has urged the Federal Government to allow the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenatuddeen to seek urgent medical treatment abroad. The group, led by Barrister Geoffrey Neto Chukwu, Comrade Godwin Ekoja, Barrister Bala Hassan, Comrade Ahmad S. Isa, and Prince Adelaja Adeoye, during a briefing yesterday in Abuja, however, commended the federal government for allowing foreign medical doctors to examine the detained cleric and his wife. They said the report of the foreign medical team suggests that the couple need urgent medical treatment ... more
  • 2 days Okorocha: Imo accounts frozen 3 months ago DailyTrust
    Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, yesterday, lamented the closure of the state accounts in some banks by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for the past three months. Okorocha cried out during the commissioning of some projects in the state by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who represented President Muhammadu Buhari. The Imo governor said the action of the anti- graft agency had crippled the activities of his administration. He said despite his laudable achievements in the state, his detractors were still bent on rubbishing his accomplishments. Acting Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, had earlier in the week confirmed ... more
  • 2 days Court discontinues certificate case against Kwara gov-elect DailyTrust
    The Kwara State High Court is to strike out the suit seeking to disqualify the Governor-elect, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, at the request of the petitioner. Adekunle Oluwafemi Abraham said in a notice of discontinuance of Suit No. KWS/73/2019 that he “hereby wholly discontinue” the case against the defendant. The application was dated May 21, and filed May 22. Abraham, a member of the PDP, did not state any reason for the sudden decision to terminate the case. However, sources within the court said his decision was predicated on the filing of the official confirmation of AbdulRazaq’s WAEC certificate in the respondent’s ... more
  • 2 days APC congratulates Fayemi as new govs chair DailyTrust
    The National Working Committee (NWC) of the ruling APC has congratulated the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, on his election as the new Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF). The APC National Publicity Secretary, Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu, said in a statement yesterday that the NGF’s unanimous election of Fayemi to lead the forum till 2021 was a right choice judging by his proven record of progressive leadership and experience as a development expert, minister, governor, among other endeavours. Issa-Onilu said the non-partisan NGF had been a strategic partner in deepening democracy and entrenching good governance in the ... more
  • 2 days BCO slams Obasanjo over ‘Fulanisation’ comment DailyTrust
    The Buhari Campaign Organisation (BCO) has tackled a former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, over his comment on insecurity across the country, saying insecurity and insurgency started in Nigeria during the regime of the former leader. The president’s support group urged Nigerians to ignore Obasanjo over what it called “his diatribe on Buhari”, which it said was targeted at pushing the country into crisis by inciting violence. Obasanjo had while speaking at the second session of the Synod of the Anglican Church held at the Cathedral of St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Oleh, in Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State, accused ... more
  • 2 days List of promises on social media purportedly from me is fake — Sanwo-Olu DailyTrust
    The Governor-elect of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, yesterday met with a group of journalists in Lagos to debunk, as fake news, a long list of promises which has been circulating on the social media.   There has been a long list of promises on the social media believed to have been made by you on solving, within six months, the many problems confronting Lagos. How do you respond to that list?  I saw the list, too. In Lagos, everybody is now a Sanwo-Olu. But the reality is that it’s just a wish list; it’s fake news. It’s not ... more
  • 2 days Nigeria’s economy not under recession threat – Experts DailyTrust
    Some economic and financial experts have said the country’s economy is not under threat of recession as all indices have shown consistent improvement since 2018. Though the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Godwin Emefiele Wednesday warned that the high rate of unemployment may push the country into economic crisis, the experts said the consistent growth recorded since the country exited recession insulated against any recession soon. Mr. Johnson Chukwu, the Managing Director of Cowry Assets Management, in a chat with Daily Trust, said the country was not in danger of recession given the recent indices. Mr. Chukwu said, “I ... more
  • 2 days FG earned $3.1bn dividend from NLNG under Buhari DailyTrust
    The Federal Government earned $3.102 billion through the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for its 49 per cent shareholding in the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (NLNG) between 2015 and 2018. Analysis of the company’s financials contained in its 2019 Facts and Figures 2019 publication shows that the government earned the amount out of a total of $5.453bn dividend paid to shareholders within the period. The dividend earnings in the first four years under President Muhammadu Buhari was $751.2m higher than the $2.351bn earned by other shareholders – the International Oil Companies (IOCs) made up of Shell, Total and Eni ... more
  • 2 days Court stops Gov. Lalong from tampering with Gbong Gwom Jos stool DailyTrust
    A Plateau State High Court on Thursday issued an interim injunction stopping Gov Simon Lalong from tampering with the composition of the Gbong Gwom Jos Traditional Council. The injunction was issued by Justice Christine Dabup, after listening to Mr Niri Darong, Counsel to seven “illustrious sons of Berom nation”, who had dragged the state government before him over the creation of two traditional councils out of the Jos Traditional Council. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the state government last week created Riyom and Jos North Traditional Councils out of the Jos Joint Traditional Council. The creation of ... more
  • 2 days Alleged money laundering: Court fixes May 31 for hearing DailyTrust
    Justice Rilwan Aikawa of the Federal High Court, Lagos, Thursday, fixed May 31, for hearing of a motion by embattled former Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice  Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, challenging her trial before the court. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), May 15, this year re-arraigned Ofili-Ajumogobia and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Godwin Obla, on 18 counts bordering on Conspiracy, Unlawful Enrichment, retention of Crime Proceeds and Money Laundering. The duo pleaded not guilty to all charges. The court had granted them bail in the sum of N10million each, with two sureties in like sum. When the ... more
  • 2 days Nigeria is not at ease, says Bode George DailyTrust
    Former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George o Thursday reflected on the 20 years of Nigeria’s democracy, concluding that the nation is not at ease. Addressing a press conference in Lagos, George explained that his intervention was not driven by political or affinity but remarking as a concerned Nigerian elder and patriot. He said, “Our democracy is now 20 years old of successive, uninterrupted continuity and maturation” “This by any standard or any stretch of historical interpretation ought to be celebrated if we were in normal times.” “But unfortunately, we are not in normal ... more
  • 2 days Reps pass new PIGB, concur with Buhari DailyTrust
    The House of Representatives on Thursday re-committed and passed the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB). This was to tally with concerns raised by President Muhammadu Buhari when he declined assent to the bill last year, according to the lawmakers. The lawmakers, however, passed the bill after removing certain provisions the ‎president disagreed with. According to them, the decision to withdraw the affected clauses in the original bill was because the president’s observations were germane to the smooth operations of the oil industry in the overall interest of Nigerians. Buhari had rejected the much anticipated bill, citing reasons, namely‎, that permitting ... more
  • 2 days Aviation: Sirika engages salary commission to resolve impasse DailyTrust
    The Minister of State Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika on Thursday visited the Executive Chairman, National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission, Dr. Richard Onwuka Egbule to resolve the contentious issues of outstanding approval on revised conditions of service for the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) staff. The minister said the visit to the Commission was to fulfill his promise to the unions he will personally lead them to the Commission to facilitate the quick approval of their demands as regards conditions of service. He said the other demands of the unions, the organogram the non-inauguration of boards of aviation agencies have ... more
  • 2 days Kano: PDP accuses Ganduje of championship misplaced priorities DailyTrust
    The opposition party in Kano Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted on Kano State Government’s. The reaction came through the opposition leader and the People Democratic Party governorship candidate in the recent 2019 general election Engineer Abba Kabir Yusuf (Abba Gida Gida). Speaking at an iftar congregation with members of various associations in the transportation sector, Engineer Abba K. Yusuf blasted Ganduje for what he termed as championing misplaced priorities in the state, such as the creation of four new emirates, sacking of all the permanent secretaries and casting aspersion on the reputable Islamic scholars in the state. “At a ... more
  • 2 days Okorocha laments closure of Imo accounts since 3 months DailyTrust
    Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state has lamented the closure of the state’s account by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for the past three months. Okorocha said that the action of the anti graft agency has crippled the activities of his administration. Speaking when President Muhammadu Buhari commissioned some projects in the State on Thursday, the governor said that despite his laudable achievements in the state, his detractors are still bent on rubbishing his accomplishments. The governor said that he has more than 1,000 projects to his credit, adding that if he were to commission all the projects, ... more
  • 2 days Buhari congratulates India’s Modi on election victory DailyTrust
    President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on their election victory. A statement by Mr Femi Adesina, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, in Abuja on Thursday, quoted President Buhari as describing India as Nigeria’s largest trade partner and expressed appreciation over the mutually beneficial Nigeria-India relationship. According to him, he looks forward to expanding existing cooperation on energy, infrastructure, agriculture, manufacturing and health. He recalled that under Prime Minister Modi, India hosted the successful India-Africa Forum in Oct. 2015 and Nigeria proudly recognized India as a strategic ... more
  • 2 days Oyo workers begin indefinite strike DailyTrust
    Workers in Oyo state on Thursday commenced indefinite strike following the 48 hours notice ultimatum given to the state government to address the outstanding salaries and other issues affecting workers in the state. A memo circulated to civil servants on Thursday by the state Secretary of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mohamed Ibrahim stated the action would be in force until further notice. A three-paragraph statement made available to journalists and titled “commencement of indefinite strike”, read as follows: “It is highly unfortunate that the state government has decided to write us without finding concrete solutions ... more
  • 2 days Atiku alleges plot to smear his personality DailyTrust
    The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar has raised an alarm on alleged plans by “unscrupulous and anti-democratic elements to contrive skirmishes in the coming weeks aimed at smearing his personality.” Abubakar raised the alarm in a statement issued by his Media Adviser, Mr Paul Ibe, on Thursday in Abuja. The former Vice President said that it was being revealed the grand plot orchestrated by some agents of evil to stage-manage pockets of upset targeted at attacking his reputation. “We wish to blow the whistle as an early warning alert of the grandiose scheme being put together by ... more
  • 2 days Amnesty: CSO urges N/Assembly, EFCC to investigate Dokubo over security votes DailyTrust
    The Niger Delta Transformation Forum (NDTF) has urged the National Assembly (NASS), the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other law enforcement agencies of government to probe the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator, Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Prof. Charles Dokubo, for alleged corrupt activities. President of the forum, Mr. Joel Osborne, at a protest rally on Thursday at the entrance of the National Assembly in Abuja alleged that Prof. Dokubo is lobbying some National Assembly members and other enforcement agencies to see that the case of mismanagement and corruption leveled against him is swept ... more
  • 2 days Katsina: May Day celebration suspended over killings DailyTrust
    Katsina state government has cancelled all activities lined up for the inauguration of the new administration in the state to mourn the death over the unfortunate bandit attacks that rocked the state this week. The secretary to the government of the state Mustapha Inuwa said the decision was reached following the unfortunate incessant attacks by armed bandits in some areas of the state. “This is also to commensurate with the families and other people who lost their loved ones or property as result of the dastardly acts of the bandits” he added According to him, the attacks has led to ... more
  • 2 days Recruitment: NNPC begins computer-based test for candidates June 1 DailyTrust
    The ongoing recruitment exercise by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) which kicked off via nationwide on Wednesday, 13 March, 2019, followed by shortlisting of qualified candidates which commenced from about 27 March, 2019, has entered a third phase. A statement on Thursday in Abuja by the corporation’s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, quoted NNPC Chief Operating Officer (COO), Services, Mr. Isa Inuwa, as informing in a broadcast that shortlisting of candidates for the exercise has been concluded. The release stated that shortlisted candidates have been scheduled to sit for Computer Based Testing (CBT) on ... more
  • 2 days Police Council confirms Adamu as IGP DailyTrust
    The Police Council headed by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, confirmed the appointment of Mr Mohammed Adamu as Inspector-General of Police. A member of the Council and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, made this known to State House correspondents at the end of the council’s meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The president appointed Adamu as acting IGP on Jan. 15 following the retirement of his predecessor, Ibrahim Idris. “The Council looked at the records of the acting Inspector-General of Police, who has been on the saddle now since Jan. 15, 2019. “A cross section of members of ... more
  • 2 days Recruitment: NNPC to hold CBT for shortlisted candidates June 1 DailyTrust
    The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says all shortlisted candidates for its recruitment will sit for Computer Based Testing (CBT) on Saturday, June 1, 2019 across the Country. Mr Ndu Ughamadu, the corporation’s spokesman, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday. He said that the scheduled CBT for shortlisted candidates marked the third phase of the recruitment process. Ughamadu noted that the CBT would be administered in about 50 centres across the country, saying that those who emerge successful in the test would subsequently be invited for oral interviews for final selection. “Notification of progression to the next ... more
  • 2 days Sokoto approves N1.5m as 2019 hajj fare DailyTrust
    Sokoto State Pilgrims Welfare Agency has approved the sum of N1,540,428.10 as fare for the 2019 Hajj exercise. This was contained in a statement signed by the Director General Of the agency, Shehu Muhammed Dange . The agency has also fixed June, 15 2019 as the deadline for intending pilgrims to complete their payment. It added that the deadline was in line with the directive given by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON). The statement however, advised intending pilgrims to hasten the completion of their deposit and submit their E-passport, 15 copies of passport photograph, National Identity card and ... more
  • 2 days Ex-NFF chief, Lulu, joins race for Kogi governorship DailyTrust
    A former president of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), Sani Lulu, has joined the race for the governorship of Kogi State under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Lulu, who made his intention public during a chat with journalists in Abuja, said there was a general consensus ‎that the current administration in Kogi State has under-performed, hence his resolve to join the race. He said he was bringing his wealth of experience as a sports administrator that has transformed the Nigerian football and took it to enviable heights. ‎”Going to the next level requires that every Nigerian should ... more
  • 2 days NGF Chairmanship: Fayose congratulates Fayemi DailyTrust
    Immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose has congratulated the State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi on his emergence as the Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF). Fayose, in a statement by his Media Aide, Lere Olayinka, said Fayemi’s emergence as NGF Chairman was well deserved to him and the people of Ekiti. He said; “I congratulate Governor Kayode Fayemi on his appointment and elevation as Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF). “It is well deserved for you and the entire people of Ekiti. Politics will come and go, but Ekiti State will remain eternal. “Once again, you have ... more
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  • 2 days Fayose congratulates Fayemi, says he deserves to be NGF Chairman DailyTrust
    The immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, on Thursday said his successor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, deserved to be chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, (NGF). This is contained in a congratulatory message he sent to the Ekiti state governor. Fayose, in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) by his Media Aide, Lere Olayinka, said Fayemi’s emergence as NGF Chairman was ” well deserved of him and the people of Ekiti”. He said: “I congratulate Governor Kayode Fayemi on his appointment and elevation as Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) “It is ... more
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