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  • 1 hour Lagos APC threatens member over case against Buni-led committee DailyTrust
    The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Friday threatened to sanction any member who institute any case against the National Caretaker Committee (NCC) of the party led by Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State. The party issued the threat in response to a court case allegedly instituted at a Federal High Court in Lagos against the NCC. APC crisis: The titanic battles before Buni committee APC NEC dissolves NWC, appoints Buni to head caretaker committee The NCC was inaugurated penultimate week after the dissolution of the National Working Committee (NWC) at a special ... more
  • 2 hours How to prepare Carrot Jollof rice DailyTrust
    Hey foodies, it’s been a long week, and a plate of Carrot Jollof rice will help give you and your family a spectacular weekend! Carrot Jollof rice has more vegetables. Carrots are rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber. They are also a good source of antioxidants. Below are the ingredients required to prepare this delicacy: 3/4 cups of rice (parboiled/drained), depending on your servings 8/10 medium carrots 1 large onion (chopped) 3/4 red bell pepper (blended) 1 clove of garlic (minced) Green peas 2/3 cooking spoon of groundnut oil 1 cup of meat/chicken stock Curry and thyme Salt and seasoning ... more
  • 2 hours President Resident Doctors in Nasarawa tests positive for COVID-19 DailyTrust
    Dr Peter Idoko, the President of Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) Nasarawa State chapter, has tested positive for COVID-19. Idoko confirmed this via phone to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Lafia. COVID-19: Why North cannot re-open schools now ‘COVID-19 exposes weaknesses in health system’ According to him, his sample was taken and the result came out positive and is currently receiving treatment at the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital (DASH) in Lafia. However, Idoko said that he is stable at the moment and needed to receive treatment because of the ... more
  • 2 hours COVID-19: Reps advise FG to reconsider WASSCE suspension DailyTrust
    The House Committee on Basic Education and Services on Friday said that the 2020 West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) should not be cancelled in Nigeria. The Chairman of the committee, Prof. Julius Ihonvbere (APC-Edo), made the committee’s position known in a statement in Abuja. WASSCE: Call meeting of West African nations, WAEC – Afenifere tells FG Adamu Adamu, end ASUU strike now Ihonvbere said that committee was amazed at the announcement by the Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu, where he stated that Nigerian students would not be participating in the 2020 WASSCE. The lawmaker said ... more
  • 2 hours Champions League final eight draw throws up possible Barcelona-Bayern clash DailyTrust
    Barcelona and Bayern Munich will meet in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League should both sides make it through, Friday’s draw for the final eight confirmed. Both teams still need to complete their last-16 ties, with Bayern almost there having won 3-0 away to Chelsea in the first leg, while Barcelona are due to host Napoli after a 1-1 draw in Italy. UEFA relaxes financial fair play rules amid coronavirus crisis Lewandowski hits brace as Bayern Munich go 10 points clear Meanwhile, if Manchester City can finish the job in their last-16 tie against Real Madrid, Pep ... more
  • 2 hours Ekiti to borrow N3bn to pay UBEC counterpart fund DailyTrust
    Ekiti State government has approved the borrowing of N3 billion to pay counterpart funding to enable it to access the 2019/2020 projects of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC). The approval for the loan was given on Thursday at the virtual meeting of the State Executive Council held in Ado Ekiti, the state capital. Buhari must spend UBEC funds himself Ekiti APC forum adamant on court case despite Buhari’s plea The Commissioner for Information, Mr.  Muyiwa Olumilua, said the loan was to enable Ekiti State Government to meet its statutory 50% counterpart obligation towards the release of funds ... more
  • 2 hours Ondo Deputy gov’s impeachment scuttled as CJ quashes Assembly’s panel DailyTrust
    The Chief Judge of Ondo State, Justice Oluwatoyin Akeredolu has turned down a request by the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Bamidele Oleyelogun  for the setting up of a seven man panel to probe the Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi over impeachable offences levelled against him. Fourteen members of the House out of twenty-six members had on Monday signed the notice of impeachment against the deputy governor while nine disassociated themselves from the plot. I have not been served impeachment notice — Ondo deputy governor Travails of Ondo Deputy Governor The Chief Judge in her reply dated ... more
  • 3 hours COVID-19: Why North cannot re-open schools now DailyTrust
    The Commissioners of education in the Northern states of the federation have backed the federal government’s decision to backtrack on the planned re-opening of schools. The minister of education, Adamu Adamu had announced on Wednesday that the schools under the control of federal government will not reopen until it is safe to do so. COVID-19: Nigeria ready to forfeit WASSCE 2020 as FG stops reopening of schools Schools resume in Oyo state as students comply with protocol He also announced that no school would participate in the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) earlier scheduled for August ... more
  • 3 hours Home venues to host Champions League, Europa’s last 16 second leg matches DailyTrust
    The four UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg ties postponed because of COVID-19 in March will be played next month, European football governing body UEFA said on Thursday. The matches will however be played in the stadiums of the home teams, providing travelling is possible without restrictions. Surajo reiterates Pillars’ readiness to excel when football resumes Ganduje reopens football viewing centres in Kano UEFA added in a statement that the same arrangements would apply to the outstanding second leg matches in the Europa League round of 16 ties. It also said that all matches ... more
  • 3 hours Again, Adamawa Govt imposes curfew on Lamurde, Guyuk LGAs DailyTrust
    The Adamawa State Government has again imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on the entire Guyuk Local Government Area and Lafiya town in Lamurde Local Government Area of the state, following renewed violence. The curfew was announced in a statement issued by Mr Humwashi Wonosikou, the Press Secretary to Governor Ahmadu Fintiri yesterday in Yola. Saudi lifts COVID-19 curfew as Umrah, international flights still halted Kaduna impounds 144 vehicles for curfew violation The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the conflict first broke out early in June between two warring communities of Waja and Lunguda over farmland demarcation in ... more
  • 6 hours Buhari approves Magu’s suspension-Malami DailyTrust
    The Attorney General of the Federal and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) has announced the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari to the immediate suspension of Ibrahim Magu as Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). According to a statement by the media aide to the AGF, Dr Umar Gwandu on Friday, the approval is “in order to allow for unhindered inquiry by the Presidential Investigation Panel under the Tribunals of Inquiry Act and other relevant laws.” Magu: How not to be EFCC boss Magu’s suspension: Mohammed Umar takes over as EFCC boss According to ... more
  • 6 hours Kaduna State Govt unveils 30-bed capacity COVID-19 isolation centre in Jema’a LG DailyTrust
    The Kaduna State Government has converted the sick Bay of the College of Nursing and Midwifery, Kafanchan into a 30-bed capacity temporary COVID-19 isolation centre in Jema’a Local Government. The 30-bed capacity temporary Covid-19 isolation facility in Kafanchan would service the entire southern Kaduna region until the permanent site proposed at the General Hospital, Kafanchan is built. Woman arrested in Kaduna for aborting, burying own fetus ‘How Southern Kaduna crisis displaced 3,099 Fulani’ The isolation centre is equipped with hospital beds, ambulances with oxygen facilities, Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), and would be manned by four Doctors, Pharmacists, Health ... more
  • 6 hours Conflict-hit Libya to restart oil operations DailyTrust
    The Libyan National Oil Company announced Friday the resumption of oil production and exports after a nearly six-month shutdown due to conflict dividing the country. “The NOC has lifted force majeure on all oil exports from Libya,” the company said in a statement, adding that production will take time to return to previous levels. Oil falls, heads for weekly decline as virus cases hit record Over 600 companies bid for Nigeria’s 57 marginal oilfields, DPR “The increase in production will take a long time due to the significant damage to reservoirs and infrastructure caused by the illegal blockade ... more
  • 7 hours Oil falls, heads for weekly decline as virus cases hit record DailyTrust
    Oil prices fell on Friday, adding to steep losses from the previous session, and were headed for weekly declines on worries that renewed lockdowns following a surge in coronavirus cases in the United States and elsewhere would suppress fuel demand. Brent crude was down by 25 cents, or 0.6 per cent, at $42.10 a barrel by 0341 GMT, after falling more than two per cent on Thursday. ‘If COVID-19 meets oil pollution, we are finished’ Oil prices fall on demand as U.S. coronavirus cases surge U.S. oil ... more
  • 8 hours Anambra: Man kills son, buries corpse in compound DailyTrust
    A middle-aged man, Christian Alisigwe​ from ihite Azia in Ihiala local government area​ ​ of Anambra State has allegedly killed his four-year-old son, Ebubechukwu Alisigwe. Alisigwe was​ also reported to have buried the remains of his son in a shallow grave within his compound. 3 persons killed, many injured in auto crash Man kills son to punish wife, gets life jail Confirming the incident in a statement, the Anambra state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Haruna Mohammed said Police in Azia Police Station arrested Alisigwe for killing his four-year-old son. According to him, the suspect horridly​ buried the ... more
  • 9 hours ‘How I defied polio to achieve my dream’ DailyTrust
    Uzoamaka Anita Asiegbu is a disability advocate, creative writer and a communications strategist. She is the founder of Write Hand Hub, a platform for freelance writing. ‘There is ability in disability’ — BUK best blind graduate Centre urges FG to declare Jan. 17 National Disability Day Asiegbu is the founder of Disabilities Opportunities, an outlet promoting inclusive opportunities through the sharing of opportunities for persons living with disabilities. With various Panel discussions, media interviews, and articles publications to her credit, Asiegbu has continually sought for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the society. She writes for a ... more
  • 9 hours Lagos lawmaker, Tunde Braimoh is dead DailyTrust
    The Lawmaker representing Kosofe Constituency 2 at the Lagos State House of Assembly Hon. Tunde Braimoh is dead. He died at the early hours of Friday, barely one month after the death of another lawmaker from Kosofe, late Senator Bayo Osinowo. Lagos Senator, Bayo Pepperito Osinowo dies at 65 Lagos hints Senator Osinowo dies of coronavirus The cause of Braimoh’s death is yet to be unravelled but some of his colleagues insinuated he might have died of COVID-19. It would be recalled that his close friend, the late Osinowo died of complications from COVID-19. The late Braimoh until ... more
  • 11 hours Reps urge completion of 7000 MW Siemens power project DailyTrust
    The House of Representatives yesterday called for the completion of 7,000 megawatt electricity project agreement entered into by the Federal Government and the German company, Siemens. The call was made at the end of the two-day investigative hearing conducted by the House Adhoc Committee on Power Sector Reform. Buhari approves funding for 25,000MW Siemens power project Siemens trains graduates on engineering, field service operations The chairman of the committee and House Leader Alhassan Ado Doguwa, asked the Bureau of Public Enterprises to ensure the electricity project was completed by the German power company. BPE Director-General Alex Okoh said ... more
  • 11 hours ‘COVID-19 exposes weaknesses in health system’ DailyTrust
    The West Africa Health Organisation (WAHO) says the scale and nature of the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed weaknesses in the health system in the West African sub -region. Briefing newsmen on Thursday during the commemoration of the 33rd anniversary of the organisation via a zoom meeting with 15 countries, the Director-General of the organisation, Prof. Stanley Okolo, said the weaknesses in the health system undermined response efforts. COVID-19: FG launches kit to test 5 million farmers Africa records 30% increase in COVID-19 cases — WHO He cited weaknesses in infrastructure, human resources, diagnostic and therapeutic facilities, manufacturing capacity ... more
  • 11 hours ‘Arresting vessels at secured anchorage inimical to national security’ DailyTrust
    The Nigerian Ports Authority has been asked to tread with caution in its engagement with the Ocean Marine Solution Limited (OMSL), the company supporting the Nigerian Navy to provide security at the Secure Anchorage Area (SAA) of the Lagos delineation of the nation’s waters. The national chairman of New Nigeria Collective, Adeola Adewunmi, gave the caution in a statement on Thursday. Navy arrests 5 suspects for oil bunkering Piracy on decline in Nigerian waters — Navy He was reacting to the warning reportedly issued by the NPA to vessels against anchoring at the Secured Anchorage Area. He said ... more
  • 11 hours COVID-19: FG launches kit to test 5 million farmers DailyTrust
    The Federal Government Thursday in Abuja launched a diagnostic kit, RNASwift, for the identification of coronavirus’ causal agent. The acting Director-General of the National Biotechnology Development Agency, Prof Alex Akpa, whose agency produced the kit, said the kit would enable Nigeria to test five million farmers and labourers to ensure food security chain was not compromised by COVID-19. COVID-19: Doctors call for state of emergency in Kogi, C/River What you need to know about Nigeria’s new COVID-19 test kit According to him, the kit which was designed, developed and validated by Nigerian scientists, holds huge potentials for the ... more
  • 11 hours Matawalle gives security agencies 200 vehicles, asks bandits to surrender DailyTrust
    Zamfara State Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle has formally handed over 200 operational vehicles to security agencies in the state to aid the fight against banditry, kidnapping and cattle rustling. He expressed confidence that with the provision of the vehicles, the logistics problems faced by the security agents operating at various theatres across the state would be effectively and significantly addressed. How Zamfara bandits masterminded doctor’s murder Troops sustain onslaught, many bandits surrender in Katsina, Zamfara – DHQ The governor urged bandits to submit to either the peace process or be dealt with ruthlessly, warning that criminals would soon ... more
  • 11 hours Govs push for N2trn infrastructure investment fund DailyTrust
    Governors of the 36 states have advocated N2 trillion Nigeria Infrastructure Investment Fund to stimulate the economy. This was part of the outcomes of the Wednesday’s meeting of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum. Buhari signs revised 2020 budget Friday Buhari shops for Magu’s replacement In a communique released Thursday by the NGF Chairman and Governor of Ekiti State Kayode Fayemi, the governors also underscored the need to revitalize Nigeria’s Mortgage Bank to support the government’s ambitious housing programme. They also resolved to collaborate with the Ministry of Petroleum Resources to support the implementation of the National Gas Expansion Programme ... more
  • 11 hours Magu: Abdulsalami speaks on EFCC raid DailyTrust
    Former Head of State General Abdulsalami Abubakar on Thursday cleared the air on an op-ed penned by the spokesman of late President Umaru Yar’adua, Segun Adeniyi, in which he said EFCC operatives had at a time raided his (Abdulsalami’s) residence in Minna, Niger State, at the instance of Ibrahim Magu. The opinion article had since dominated media discourse. Confusion as presidency silent on Magu’s probe, replacement Dino Melaye mocks suspended EFCC boss, Magu Adeniyi had said that Magu’s travails might not be unconnected with some of his excesses, including touching some powerful people. However a statement by Abdulsalami’s ... more
  • 11 hours We can’t bear petrol subsidy any more – FG DailyTrust
    The Federal Government says it can no longer bear the burden of petrol subsidy. The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, said this in a statement on Thursday. FG: Why we deregulated petroleum products We no longer fix price of petrol — PPPRA He said the government had realised that it was unrealistic to continue with the burden of subsidising petrol to the tune of trillions of naira annually. The minister said the subsidy was largely benefiting the rich. He also said the government did not promise to keep the pump price of petrol permanently low. ... more
  • 11 hours Don’t allow people of questionable character as community policing members–IGP DailyTrust
    The Inspector-General of Police, Mohamed Adamu, has cautioned Nigerians against allowing people of questionable character to serve as members of community policing to effectively safeguard the lives and property of the citizenry. Besides, the IGP also said that only people of proven integrity should be considered in the proposed recruitment of special constables at the grassroots level for maximum performance. Community policing: Sultan warns against recruiting dubious characters Community policing key to fighting insurgency – Gov Buni. Adamu spoke on Thursday while inaugurating the Minna, Shiroro, Paikoro Area Command and Local Government Advisory Committee of Community Policing at ... more
  • 11 hours Clergyman blames devil for impregnating daughter DailyTrust
    A self-acclaimed pastor of the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC), Oluwakemi Oyebola, who was arrested in Ogun State for allegedly raping his daughter and aborting pregnancies for her three thrice, Thursday, blamed the devil for the act. He claimed that he was hit by “the devil’s arrow” targeted at him. Woman accuses police of inaction over rape threat, assault Fighting the rape epidemic in a pandemic The pastor was arrested following a complaint by his daughter who reported at Owode-Egbado police divisional headquarters. The daughter reportedly told the police that her father had been forcefully having carnal knowledge of ... more
  • 14 hours Senate, NDDC spar over N3.14bn palliatives to staff, police DailyTrust
    ‘Our agency hijacked by legislators for self-help’ Fruitless probe by N/Assembly not helpful – CSOs   The Senate and the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) engaged in a verbal war yesterday with the former accusing the latter of sharing N3.14 billion to staff and the police as COVID-19 relief package. The upper chamber is probing allegations of misappropriation of N40 billion by the IMC of the commission. At the commencement of public hearing in Abuja, the Chairman of the Senate Ad hoc Committee on Investigation of Alleged Financial ... more
  • 14 hours Panel orders EFCC directors to account for 5-yr role DailyTrust
    Some directors of the Economic and Financial (EFCC) Crimes Commission and other senior management staff yesterday appeared before the Justice Ayo Salami panel investigating allegations of corruption against the suspended chairman of the commission, Ibrahim Magu. Among those who appeared before the panel was the secretary of the EFCC, Olanipekun Olukoyede. Sources told Daily Trust that they were grilled for more than 12 hours. They were invited to give insights into some of the allegations against Magu. All heads of departments of the commission were said to have been asked to go and compile detailed reports about their activities from ... more
  • 14 hours 12 killed in Bayelsa road collision DailyTrust
    Twelve persons were yesterday burnt to death following a fatal motor accident on the Tombia-Ammassoma road in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. Also, nine persons are reported to have been burnt to death on the spot when a diesel tanker exploded after colliding with a 14-seater bus. Three others later died at the Niger Delta Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri. Daily Trust gathered that the incident, which occurred on Wednesday night, involved the diesel tanker truck believed to be conveying chippings to a construction site around the Ammassoma area. Witnesses told newsmen that the accident occurred at about 8.45pm, along ... more
  • 15 hours The blind teacher of Jos who has written a hundred books DailyTrust
    Sheikh Abdulqadir Mu’azu was struck with blindness at his prime when he was in his mid-20s but despite his disability has managed to write dozens of books and teachers thousand of students in his school. His ability to write, or correct written text has left many baffled.   At 55, Sheikh Abdulqadir Mu’azu has been blind for more than half his life. He lost his sight over two years, while he was between the ages of 25 and 26, but three decades later, he has about a thousand people sitting at his foot to learn and has written about ... more
  • 15 hours COVID-19: Decongestion of custodial centres, possible implications to national security DailyTrust
    Across the globe, penal institutions have embarked on swift decongestion of custodial centres with the intention of curtailing the wide spread of Covid-19. The Nigerian government has been closely monitoring the developments and listening to various kinds of advice after the Covid-19 outbreak, and taking some preventive measures. However, in line with the best global practices, the Federal Ministry of Interior under the leadership of the Minister, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Interior, the Controller General, Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) and the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation, exceptional decisions to swiftly decongest ... more
  • 15 hours COVID-19: Global wake-up call DailyTrust
    From COVID-19 to climate disruption, from racial injustice to rising inequalities, we are a world in turmoil. At the same time, we are an international community with an enduring vision – embodied in the United Nations Charter, which marks its 75th anniversary this year. That vision of a better future —  based on the values of equality, mutual respect and international cooperation —  has helped us to avoid a Third World War that would have had catastrophic consequences for life on our planet.  Our shared challenge is to channel that collective spirit and rise to this moment of trial and ... more
  • 15 hours Africa needs its own Nobel award DailyTrust
    Africans take more than solitary trips to the bookstore or even libraries, of which there is a very low density in most parts of the continent. I would like to see more locally-sponsored literary awards. I hate it when our local heroes are crowned by foreigners. I especially detest the Nobel Prize for Literature. Every year, African punters hold their breath hoping that a writer like Ngugi Wa Thiong’o or Assia Djebar will be crowned the new Nobel Laureate and they’re usually disappointed. In a continent of 1.3 billion people, only four Africans have ever scooped the Nobel Prize for ... more
  • 15 hours Magu: How not to be EFCC boss DailyTrust
    There was a time when the suspended chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, was a ‘Magun’ to Nigerian looters and scamsters. That’s, a thunderbolt. Then, at the mention of his name, politicians who had looted our commonwealth and stashed it in their coffers would be disturbed. He was tough and audacious. That was the period looters did drop the billions of naira they had stolen in abandoned buildings. The fear of Magu! He and his boys, ‘Magu Boys’, were seen in almost all the parts of the country, breaking looters’ coffers and recovering stolen funds. They ... more
  • 15 hours As FG eases the lockdown DailyTrust
    The federal government last week again eased the lockdown imposed nearly four months ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It permitted among others, interstate travels and the resumption of air travel subject to the observance of all COVID-19 safety protocols. Up until May, the whole world had been on a complete lockdown because of the pandemic. Government offices, businesses and schools remained shut. No land, sea or air travels were permitted. This year’s Muslim and Christian pilgrimages have been cancelled. All forms of sporting activities, including the European football (the new religion for the global youth), were suspended. Currently, there ... more
  • 15 hours Did Britain manipulate pre-independence polls in favour of North? DailyTrust
    I would advise people never to believe that rubbish from that former British colonial official Harold Smith that the British rigged the 1959 General Elections for the North to control Nigeria. It is a bunch of lies and disjointed attempt to ravish our country and her history. That man was a hired agent recruited to do that dirty job to entertain whoever was responsible for hiring him to do his bidding. I read this story a long time ago and dismissed it. I never bothered to react to it in the belief that no sensible person familiar with Nigeria will ever ... more
  • 17 hours Ondo: APC, PDP, 15 others adopt indirect primaries DailyTrust
    10 ruling party aspirants threaten boycott   Ahead of the October 10 governorship election in Ondo State, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that 17 political parties have adopted indirect primary election in picking their candidates for the election.INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC), Mr. Festus Okoye, said this on Thursday in Abuja at the end of the weekly regular meeting of the commission. “A total of 17 of the 18 registered political parties notified the commission of their intention to conduct party primaries for the Ondo Governorship election ... more
  • 17 hours We’re not muscling INEC to favour Obaseki – PDP DailyTrust
    The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has dispelled claims that its leaders were mounting pressure on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to manipulate the Edo State governorship election in favour of its candidate, Governor Godwin Obaseki. There are reports that PDP leaders were putting pressure on INEC Chairman, Prof. Yakubu Mahmood, to rig the September 19 governorship election in Edo State in their party’s favour. But the PDP in a statement, Thursday, by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, alleged that the “fake” reports were sponsored. ... more
  • 17 hours APC has rubbished Buhari’s graft war with Ize-Iyamu —LP DailyTrust
    Labour Party (LP) governorship candidate in the forthcoming election in Edo State, Dr. Isaiah Osifo, says fielding a candidate facing criminal trial by the APC was a mockery of President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption fight. Recall that Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the governorship candidate of the APC and four others are currently standing trial at the Federal High Court, Benin over an alleged N700m fraud preferred against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The four other defendants in the suit are former Edo State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman Dan Orbih, state PDP chairman Tony Aziegbemi, former Deputy Governor ... more
  • 17 hours Britain did not rig election for North – Yakasai faults Smith DailyTrust
    An elder statesman and foremost Nigerian politician, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, has disputed a claim by a former colonial official, Harold Smith, that the British rigged the 1959 General Elections for the North to control Nigeria. In an article titled ‘My take on the claim of alleged British manipulation of the outcome of the pre-independence Nigerian federal elections’ made available to Daily Trust, Yakasai, 94, described the claim as an attempt to rubbish the history of the country. “It is a bunch of lies and disjointed attempt to ravish our country and her history. That man was a hired agent recruited ... more
  • 17 hours Convention: ‘Why APC should retain chairmanship seat in S’South’ DailyTrust
    Following the dissolution of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), some stakeholders within the party have urged the party stalwarts to retain chairmanship seat in the South South region. The stakeholders, under the auspices of a Non-Governmental Organisation, Power Arc Media warned that any attempt to zone national chairmanship position during next convention to another zone may cause disharmony, disaffection and adversely affect the “already troubled party”. Speaking through their director of operations in a statement, Mr. Tedd Avindigh, the stakeholders zoning the position from the south would create a sense of loss and ... more
  • 17 hours Sports ministry eager to resume sporting activities amid COVID-19 crisis DailyTrust
    The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has expressed its eagerness to resume sporting activities in the country as the world continues to grapple with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. This was made known by the Permanent Secretary, Gabriel Aduda during the donation of over 10,000 face masks produced by the National Youth Service Corps to athletes who will be participating at the National Sports Festival. According to Aduda, it was high time the nation joins the rest of the world in resuming its sporting activities which had been crippled by the COVID-19 virus. “We are here to ... more
  • 17 hours FCT FA chairman tasks NFF on appointment of competent coaches DailyTrust
    The Chairman of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Football Association, Alhaji Abba Mouktar Mohammed has tasked Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to ensure that transparency and fairness is the main criteria in the appointment of national team coaches. Mouktar, who spoke during a virtual personality interview segment on FCT Football Update said the selection must be open and transparent to ensure that only the best coaches are selected to handle the various national teams, especially the age-grade teams. “Let the NFF give the job to the best coaches especially at the age-grade levels. That’s the foundation of the future Super Eagles. ... more
  • 17 hours Rivers Angels deny Nwabuoku and Oluehi transfers to Europe DailyTrust
    Rivers Angels insist Evelyn Nwabuoku and Tochukwu Oluehi have ‘existing contracts’ with the Nigerian club and vehemently rejected reports of the duo signing for Spanish side Pozoalbense. The Nigeria internationals are on the books of Rivers Angels for at least six years, winning several domestic titles, including the 2019 Nigeria Women’s Premier League amid past moves abroad. However, the Reto Iberdrola outfit announced the signing of Rivers Angels midfielder Nwabuoku two weeks ago before the recent announcement of goalkeeper Oluehi’s acquisition on Wednesday. Following the reported signings of the Nigerian duo, the Port Harcourt outfit has moved to refute claims ... more
  • 17 hours Clijsters to keep comeback rolling at World Team Tennis DailyTrust
    Four-time Grand Slam winner, Kim Clijsters said she remains determined to revive her career after years away from tennis, even as the coronavirus outbreak seeds uncertainty in the professional schedule. Former world No 1 Clijsters and 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens are among the headliners as World TeamTennis (WTT) kicks off its three-week regular season on Sunday, at the Greenbrier resort in West Virginia. Clijsters’ 2020 comeback after nearly eight years away from the sport was put on abrupt hold in March due to the COVID-19 outbreak. ... more
  • 17 hours Rahm can pass McIlroy for World No 1 with PGA victory DailyTrust
    Spain’s second-ranked Jon Rahm can overtake Rory McIlroy and become world No 1 for the first time with a victory at this week’s US PGA Workday Charity Open. The 25-year-old Spaniard tees off Thursday alongside reigning US Open champion Gary Woodland and Norway’s Viktor Hovland at Muirfield Village in Thursday’s opening round. Four-time major champion McIlroy of Northern Ireland has topped the rankings since February, just before the start of a three-month hiatus due to the global coronavirus pandemic. ... more
  • 21 hours Buhari signs revised 2020 budget Friday DailyTrust
    President Muhamadu Buhari will on Friday sign into law the revised 2020 budget passed by the National Assembly last month. This was confirmed on the official twitter handle of the government, @NGRPresident. The federal government had on March 13 approved N10.523 trillion for revised 2020 national budget after a memo submitted by the ministry of finance, budget and national planning to the National Executive Council (NEC) for approval of the amendments of the Medium Term Expenditure Framework for 2020-2022 as well as amendment to the 2020 budget. President Buhari had in December 2019 assented to N10.59tn 2020 budget. The National ... more
  • 21 hours Two Oil thieves bag three years jail term DailyTrust
    Justice L. N. Oweibo of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos has convicted and sentenced two oil thieves to three years imprisonment. According to Dele Olawale, EFCC spokesman, the convicts, Paul Ovie and Frank Okuba, were arraigned alongside a vessel, M.V. Agbeke, by the Lagos Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission( EFCC) on Thursday, July 9, 2020, on three-count charges bordering on illegal dealing in petroleum products. They were arrested by the Nigerian Navy and subsequently handed over to the Commission for investigation and prosecution. One of the counts read “That you, Paul Ovie, Frank ... more
  • 22 hours Spurs fume over VAR in Bournemouth draw, Ings keeps golden boot bid alive DailyTrust
    Tottenham suffered fresh VAR frustration as Harry Kane was denied a clear penalty in their damaging 0-0 draw at Bournemouth, while Danny Ings boosted his bid for the Premier League’s golden boot in Southampton’s 1-1 draw at Everton on Thursday. Jose Mourinho’s side have won just once in their last three games and are in danger of missing out on European competition for the first time since the 2009-10 season. Harvard, MIT sue Trump over ban on foreign students Court asks Prof Bichi to step aside as Dutsin-Ma varsity VC Tottenham were off-key for long periods, but could ... more
  • 22 hours Ondo 2020: APC, PDP, 15 others adopt indirect primaries DailyTrust
    Ahead of the October 10 governorship election in Ondo State, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that 17 of the nation’s 18 political parties have disclosed of their intentions to conduct indirect primary election in picking their candidates for the election. INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC), Mr. Festus Okoye, said this on Thursday in Abuja at the end of the weekly regular meeting of the commission. Indirect election: 10 aspirants may boycott Ondo APC primary No new registration of voters for Ondo election — INEC This is as he also ... more
  • 22 hours NEC includes govs in N2.3 trn stimulus package implementation DailyTrust
    The National Economic Council (NEC) has said that two state governors will be included in the implementation phase of National Economic Sustainability Plan (NESP). Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said this on Thursday after the governors had made a presentation at a virtual NEC meeting on how the States can collaborate effectively with the Federal Government on the implementation of the recently approved N2.3 trillion stimulus programme. 2015 elections: Reps demand refund of N73bn from INEC FG to review size of embassies abroad, TAC scheme Osinbajo, who chaired the NEC meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said the incorporation ... more
  • 22 hours FCTA health secretary tests positive for COVID-19 DailyTrust
    The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) Acting Secretary of the Health and Human Services Secretariat, Dr. Mohammed Kawu, has tested positive for COVID-19. According to a statement by Wisdom Acka, a staff of the information department of the FCTA, Dr. Kawu is currently receiving treatment at the Asokoro District Hospital. COVID-19: FCTA threatens to shut GTB branches He said the acting secretary went into isolation 12 days ago after he experienced feverish conditions. “This prompted him to take the COVID-19 test which turned out to be positive,” Acka said. “I want every Nigerian, like I’ve always told them ... more
  • 23 hours Former NMA chairman dies of COVID-19 in Ondo DailyTrust
    Former chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) in Ondo state, Dr Michael Adeyeri on Thursday died of COVID-19 Adeyeri who works with the Ondo state government died at the Federal Medical Center Owo. Ondo Gov, Akeredolu recovers from COVID-19 Ondo health commissioner dies of COVID-19 Mr. Adeyeri who is also the founder of Shekinah Hospital, Alagbaka in Akure was said to have attended to a patient shortly before his death. His death was confirmed by the current NMA Chairman, Dr Wake Oke. Sympathisers in their numbers have continued to pay visits to his hospital. It was gathered ... more
  • 23 hours We have no deal with INEC on Edo gov’ship poll — PDP DailyTrust
    The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has dispelled claims that its leaders were mounting pressure on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to manipulate the Edo state governorship election for its candidate, Governor Godwin Obaseki. There are media reports that PDP leaders were putting pressure on INEC Chairman, Prof. Yakubu Mahmood, to help rig the September 19 governorship election in Edo state. You’re a barefaced treasury looter, PDP replies Ganduje Edo 2020: We will send Wike to isolation centre — Ganduje But the PDP in a statement Thursday, by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, alleged that ... more
  • 23 hours Former PDP chairman, Modu Sherrif visits APC headquarters in Abuja DailyTrust
    A former governor of Borno State, Senator Ali Modu Sherrif, on Thursday paid a surprise visit to the national secretariat of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja. Sherrif, who came in a black G-wagon at about 4.15pm, spent less than 15 minutes in one of the offices of members of Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee (CEONCPC). The Borno born politician, however, declined to speak to newsmen on his mission to the headquarters of the ruling APC after a long time, particularly since his return from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Political analysts see his visit ... more
  • 23 hours Report on 5G deployment ready — FG DailyTrust
    The report on the deployment or otherwise of Fifth Generation (5G) network in Nigeria is ready but it will not go live until experts from all the country’s major sectors recommend its deployment, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Ali Ibrahim Pantami said. Pantami who spoke Thursday in a virtual Annual General Meeting and Induction of new members by the Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN) said the government would not deploy the newest telecom network until professionals from health, telecom, ICT, engineering, defense, financial, media sectors and others made recommendations for its deployment. Between 5G ... more
  • 1 day RCCG sacks pastor over alleged adultery DailyTrust
    The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) has excommunicated Gideon Bakare, one of its assistant pastors, over alleged adultery. In a viral video, Bakare was caught sitting half naked in a compromising position with a woman who is described as a wife of a member of the church’s branch in Akure, Ondo state capital. 44-year-old pastor allegedly rapes daughter, aborts pregnancy thrice Woman accuses police of inaction over rape threat, assault Olaitan Olubiyi, RCCG spokesperson, in a statement on Wednesday, said Bakare, by his act, had put the church in a bad light. “The Redeemed Christian Church of ... more
  • 1 day DisCos accuse NERC of wrong tariff, lose N14bn to estimated bills DailyTrust
    Power Distribution Companies (DisCos) have said the suspended Service Reflective Tariff (SRT) was not realistic as the companies lose N14 billion monthly to the capped estimated bills collection. The Managing Director of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), Engr. Ernest Mupwaya disclosed this in a presentation on behalf of the DisCos at a public hearing by the House of Representatives Committee on Power, on Thursday in Abuja. DisCos seek synergy with TCN, GenCos on 7,000MW target DisCos seek reduced gas price Engr. Mupwaya said there were outstanding requirements before the tariff should be implemented but the Nigerian Electricity ... more
  • 1 day NCoS gives working tools to 36 ex-offenders DailyTrust
    Nigerian Correctional Service, NCoS, has distributed after-care materials and tools to 36 ex-offenders that were trained in different vocations in the course of their incarceration at NCoS custodial centres. NCoS Controller-General, Ja’afaru Ahmed, while distributing the materials to the ex-offenders at the service headquarters in Abuja, said the beneficiaries were from custodial centres across the country. Aroke: NCoS CG orders investigation into $1m fraud NCoS Controller General, Ja’afaru bags EU merit award The vocational materials presented consist of carpentry, tailoring, electrical, barbing, hair dressing, masonry, laundry, and welding tools. According to him, the materials are to assist the ... more
  • 1 day Military eliminates 92 terrorists, 104 bandits — DHQ DailyTrust
    The military says it has eliminated 92 Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists and 104 bandits in its ongoing counter -insurgency and anti-banditry operations across the North East and North West in the last one week. The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, disclosed this while giving update on the Armed Forces of Nigeria operations between July 2 and 9 at a news conference on Thursday in Abuja. Insurgents ambush, kill 20 soldiers in Borno When I was a Boko Haram member Enenche revealed that in the North East, both the ... more
  • 1 day How banker attempted to rob customer of N5m savings in Sokoto DailyTrust
    The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested one Ezeagbor Chijeoke for allegedly attempting to rob a customer of his five million naira savings. The suspect was a contract staff of the First City Monument Bank (FCMB), Sokoto main office. Alleged money laundering: EFCC re-arraigns Air Commodore Umar EFCC arrests bank security personnel, 2 others for fraud The suspect was said to have opened the account for the customer and even helped him download the bank mobile application to ease his financial transaction. Daily Trust learnt that the customer made an initial deposit of five million Naira into ... more
  • 1 day Edo: ‘Fielding candidate facing corruption charges mockery of Buhari’s anti-corruption’ DailyTrust
    Labour Party governorship candidate (LP), in the forthcoming election in Edo state, Dr. Isaiah Osifo, has said that fielding a candidate facing corruption trial by the All Progressives Congress in the election is a mockery of President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption fight. Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the governorship’s candidate of the APC and four others are currently standing trial in the Federal High Court, Benin over an alleged N700m fraud preferred against them by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC. N700m fraud: Judge threatens to revoke bail condition for Ize-Iyamu, others Edo gov’ship: Wike tackles Ganduje over isolation comment ... more
  • 1 day COVID-19: How police, NDDC staff shared N1.5bn — Senate DailyTrust
    The Senate, on Thursday, said it has uncovered how the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) shared the sum of N1.5 billion among staff and the Nigerian Police Force as COVID-19 relief package. The National Assembly is currently probing allegation of misappropriation of N40 billion by the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the commission. NDDC: Akpabio failed to execute N500m projects —Senate NDDC: On the awaited forensic audit report… The Chairman of the Senate Ad hoc Committee on Investigation of the alleged Financial Recklessness in the NDDC, Senator Olubunmi Adetunmbi, gave the details ... more
  • 1 day Bauchi lawmakers want ban on commercial motorcycles lifted DailyTrust
    Bauchi State House of Assembly has adopted a motion, calling on the state government to lift the ban on commercial motorcycles, popularly known as ‘Okada’ in the state. It said the move will help to curtail the rising cases of criminal activities by suspected members of ‘Sara-Suka group’ across the state. Bauchi cuts 2020 budget by N39bn, prioritizes health sector Bauchi gov suspends emir of Misau over communal clashes The Speaker of the State Assembly, Rt. Hon. Abubakar Y. Suleiman, disclosed this on Wednesday shortly after plenary. The lawmaker, who moved the motion, Hon. Tijjani Muhammad Aliyu, said ... more
  • 1 day Tiwa Savage serves new single, ‘Dangerous Love’ DailyTrust
    Nigerian-born singer and songwriter, Tiwa Savage, has released a new single dubbed “Dangerous Love”. The singer dropped the link to her new track via her Twitter handle @TiwaSavage Diehard fan names son after Davido, tells the singer on Twitter Davido’s ‘Fall’ certified gold in the US and Canada “My New Single #DangerousLove available on all music DSPs” My New Single #DangerousLove available on all music DSPs https://t.co/JM8j6Vx4rS — Tiwa Savage (@TiwaSavage) July 9, 2020 The track is the first official single taken from her long-awaited fourth studio album ‘Celia’. ‘Dangerous love’, ... more
  • 1 day Gunmen kidnap 8 siblings in Abuja suburb DailyTrust
    Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers, on Thursday, invaded the private residence of a retired director of the Area Council Service Commission (ACSC), Alhaji Attahiru Abdullahi Pandagi, along Agyana road, Abaji, and abducted eight of his children. The victims are; Jibrin, 26 years old; Bashir, 24; Jamilu 26; Abdullahi 24; Abdulrahman 25; Abubakar 23; Muazu 22 and Isah, 12 years old. Gunmen kidnap APC chieftain’s daughter in Abaji My ordeal in kidnappers’ den – Village Head Daily Trust learnt that the gunmen, divided themselves into three groups and launched simultaneous attack on Anguwar Sabon – Tasha and a bush ... more
  • 1 day $25,000 Fraud: Witnesses narrate how they recorded Shehu Sani’s conversation DailyTrust
    The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 presented two additional witnesses who narrated how they recorded Senator Shehu Sani’s conversation before Justice I. E. Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja. Senator Sani, who represented Kaduna Central Senatorial District, is facing EFCC’s prosecution on two-count criminal charges, bordering on name-dropping, influence-peddling and obtaining by false pretence to the tune of USD$25,000.00 from Alhaji Sani Dauda. One of the witnesses, Mohammed Sani, son of Dauda, who is the plaintiff in the matter, disclosed how he followed the advice of the EFCC and recorded the conversations between ... more
  • 1 day Dino Melaye mocks suspended EFCC boss, Magu DailyTrust
    Dino Melaye, who represented Kogi West Senatorial District in the 8th assembly, on Wednesday, mocked Ibrahim Magu over his suspension by President Muhammadu Buhari as the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC). Melaye made the mockery in a video he captioned “Karma na shege…..” via his Twitter handle @dino_melaye. Infectious diseases bill: Court dismisses Dino Melaye’s suit   Court fixes June 1 to hear Dino’s suit against NASS over infectious bill “I talk am, I talk am, me I talk about Magu. Buhari no gree listen, now Buhari ... more
  • 1 day Nigeria develops, launches COVID-19 test kit DailyTrust
    The Federal Government of Nigeria, on Thursday, launched a diagnostic kit, RNASwift, for the identification of coronavirus’ causal agent.  The new diagnostic kit was designed, developed and validated by Nigerian scientists. It holds huge potentials for the country’s plan at scaling up testing for COVID-19, the acting Director-General of National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Prof Alex Akpa, whose agency produced the kit, said at the launch in Abuja on Thursday. COVID-19: Nigeria records 684 deaths as cases crossed 30,000 COVID-19: FG reverses decision on school resumption “The diagnostic kit is a product of cutting-edge biotechnology, which ... more
  • 1 day COVID-19: Nigeria records 684 deaths as cases crossed 30,000 DailyTrust
    The Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC, on Wednesday night, announced that the country has recorded 684 deaths to COVID-19 infections as the total cases crossed 30,000 on Wednesday. In its daily update through its official twitter handle @NCDCgov, the health agency announced 460 new cases. COVID-19: Kwara govt orders officials to proceed on isolation COVID-19 patient gives birth in Ogun The NCDC said that on July 8, new confirmed cases were 460 with 15 deaths recorded, while no new state had reported a case in the last 24 hours. According to the figures, a total of 30,249 cases have been ... more
  • 1 day NIPC workers protest ‘poor staff welfare’ DailyTrust
    Workers, on Thursday, grounded activities at the headquarters of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) over alleged poor staff welfare and institutional failures. The Chairman of the NIPC’s workers’ union, Comrade Yusuf Mustapha, demanded immediate sack of the commission’s executive secretary, Ms Yewande Sadiku, to save the agency from collapse. NIPC, NEPZA partner to attract investors to FTZs Confusion as presidency silent on Magu’s probe, replacement “Every civil attempt on our part has been met with a lack of decorum, dishonesty, and total disregard on the part of the executive secretary and her team. “It is on record ... more
  • 1 day Bagudu approves appointment of 5 district heads DailyTrust
    The Kebbi State governor, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, has approved the appointment of five new district heads and an emirate councillor. A statement by the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hassan Muhammed Shalla, identified the appointees as Hassan Suleiman Jega, as District Head of Dangamaji, Jega Local Government; Umaru Mohammed Dodo Aliero as District Head of Sabiyel in Aliero LGA; and  Dr. Abubakar A. Koko, as District Head of Lani in Koko Besse LGA. Others are; Aliyu D. Zagga, as District Head of Kende, Bagudo LGA; Bashar Aliyu Muzan Kimba, as District Head of Kimba, Jega LGA; while Alhaji ... more
  • 1 day Villagers flee as bandits retaliate military onslaught DailyTrust
    About 5000 people from some villages across Isa Local Government Area of Sokoto State are said to have fled their homes as bandits allegedly ransacked their communities in retaliation over the ongoing military onslaught in the area. Daily Trust reported that fighter jets have been bombarding suspected hideouts of the bandits in Kagara forest around Isa and Sabon Birni local government areas. Troops sustain onslaught, many bandits surrender in Katsina, Zamfara — DHQ How Zamfara bandits masterminded doctor’s murder Some of the bandits were said to have fled to nearby villages during the onslaught and later regrouped and ... more
  • 1 day COVID-19: Kwara govt orders officials to proceed on isolation DailyTrust
    Kwara State government officials, who had contact with the late Chief of Staff, Aminu Adisa Logun, in the past two weeks, have been ordered to proceed on self-isolation. Their samples have been taken for the COVID-19 test. A statement by Henrietta Adenike Afolabi-Oshatimehin, the state Commissioner for Communication, said, “Cabinet members, personal staff of the late Chief of Staff, and some medical personnel, who have recently had varying degrees of contact with the late technocrat, have now proceeded on self-isolation”. Kwara Gov’s chief of staff dies of COVID-19 complications Kwara gov reshuffles cabinet It stated that the government ... more
  • 1 day COVID-19 patient gives birth in Ogun DailyTrust
    A 28-year-old coronavirus patient has given birth to a baby girl at the maternity unit of the Ogun State Hospital, Ijaye, Abeokuta. The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, disclosed this on Wednesday during an interview with newsmen in Abeokuta. COVID-19 pandemic and teenagers in Nigeria COVID-19: FG reverses decision on school resumption Coker said the mother gave birth on Tuesday and is doing fine at the hospital’s isolation ward. She applauded the frontline health workers for the successful delivery of the baby. “A team of our Obstetrics and Gynecologists, Pediatricians, and Nurse Anesthetists delivered the woman with ... more
  • 1 day Osinbajo denies receiving N4bn from Magu DailyTrust
    Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Wednesday night, denied receiving N4 billion from the suspended chairman of EFCC Ibrahim Magu. A statement by his spokesman, Laolu Akande, said: “The attention of the Office of the Vice President has been drawn to a series of tweets and online publications by PointBlank News and Newsreel.com.ng today 8th July 2020, credited to the same person, one Jackson Ude. Confusion as presidency silent on Magu’s probe, replacement The suspension of Magu “In essence, Ude’s story is that “embattled former Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, allegedly embezzled over N39 billion and gave ... more
  • 1 day Buhari replaces 2 non-career ambassadors-designate DailyTrust
    President Muhammadu Buhari has replaced the nomination of two non-career ambassadors-designate earlier forwarded to the Senate for confirmation. In a letter read on Wednesday during plenary by Senate President Ahmad Lawan, Buhari asked the Senate to recall his earlier submission of Mr. Oboro Effiong Akpabio and Brigadier General Bwala Yusuf Bukar from Akwa-Ibom and Borno State respectively. Ambassadorial nomination excites Abuja youths Buhari renews appointment of 12 non-career ambassadors He substituted Akpabio with Mr. John J. Usanga (Akwa-Ibom State) and Bukar (Borno State) with Air Commodore Peter Anda Bakiya Gana (Niger State). The letter reads: “In accordance to ... more
  • 1 day Customs intercepts goods, arrests 53 smugglers in 1 month DailyTrust
    The Nigeria Customs Service, North Central Zone, Sector 3, Ilorin, Kwara State, on Wednesday, said it has seized contraband goods worth N1.2 billion and arrested 53 suspected smugglers between May and June this year. The Coordinator of the Joint Borders operations comprising, Kwara, Niger, Kogi and Benue states, Muhammed Uba Garba, made the disclosure while addressing journalists in Ilorin. E-customs modernisation constitutes duplication of duty – Stakeholders ‘Merge Immigration with Customs to avoid duplication’ He said the Customs also intercepted a tipper vehicle from Kebbi State with over 140 bags of rice concealed under sand heap, as well ... more
  • 1 day FG to review size of embassies abroad, TAC scheme DailyTrust
    The Federal Government of Nigeria says it plans to review the operations of some of its embassies abroad as well the Technical Aid Corps Scheme. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffery Onyeama, disclosed this when he featured as the special guest on the News Agency of Nigeria Forum in Abuja. COVID-19: FG reverses decision on school resumption FG, NEXIM Bank, Sealink sign MoU on solid minerals’ transportation Onyeama said the review became necessary due to the dwindling resources of the country and the harsh socio-economic realities occasioned by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. According to him, although the government ... more
  • 1 day Power failure dampening Nigerians’ hope for devt – Gbajabiamila DailyTrust
    The speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, says the protracted power sector problem is dampening the hope of Nigerians for industrialization and overall development. Gbajabiamila said this in Abuja on Wednesday at the opening of a two-day investigative hearing by the House Ad-hoc Committee on Power Sector Reform. COVID-19: Reps Minority Leader, family test negative Reps react to rumoured COVID-19 infection among members He said: “It’s no longer news that despite huge investments in the power sector, little progress may have been made. “It’s becoming increasingly worrisome that successive governments have been unable to fix the ... more
  • 1 day Politician caught ‘defiling 2 girls’ in Nasarawa DailyTrust
    A politician, Christopher Ogah, has been caught in the act while defiling two girls in his house in Obi Local Government Area of Nasarawa State. A witness, Oyikobi Ambassador, said the suspect is the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Obi Ward.’ Board trains 10,000 youths in Nasarawa to tackle restiveness COVID-19: Goodluck Jonathan, Army give palliatives to Nasarawa He said that the girls were aged 12 and 13 years respectively. Another source, who preferred anonymity, said the politician lured the girls when they entered his house to fetch water in a well. He said it ... more
  • 2 days Confusion as presidency silent on Magu’s probe, replacement DailyTrust
    ‘Suspense’ at EFCC Nigerians in the dark – CSOs Why govt needs to speak – Lawyers   Four days after he was picked by security operatives, the presidency is yet to officially communicate to Nigerians on the probe of the suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu. Also, no official statement has been issued on the suspension of the EFCC boss, just as Nigerians await a presidential announcement on Magu’s successor. There is confusion as to who is in charge of the anti-corruption agency at the ... more
  • 2 days Kaduna court orders NAF to pay N5m for trespass DailyTrust
    Kaduna State High Court has ordered the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) to pay N5 million as general damages for trespassing into 74.436 hectares of land belonging Barakallahu community in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State. The trial judge, Justice Isah Aliyu, made the declaration yesterday while delivering judgment on a suit filed by Alhaji Yusuf Madugu Umaru and four others instituted against the NAF and three others for trespassing into their community land. Umaru, 70 years, a community leader of Kauyen Liman, and the four others who filed the suit on 28th October, 2014, requested the High Court to ... more
  • 2 days Strict protocols, scanty passengers as airports reopen with 4 airlines DailyTrust
    After about four months of suspension of domestic and international flights because of COVID-19 pandemic, operations commenced yesterday with low turnout and strict protocols. No fewer than four airlines started operations flying from the Murtala Mohammed Airport to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. They included Arik Air, Air Peace, Max Air and Ibom Air. Other airlines are expected to start today and in the coming days. The first flight from Lagos operated by Arik Air departed the General Aviation Terminal (GAT) popularly called MMA1 by 7:15 am with 78 passengers. The passengers boarded under the supervision of officials of the ... more
  • 2 days ‘If COVID-19 meets oil pollution, we are finished’ DailyTrust
    The People of Brass Kingdom in Bayelsa State are worried that 48 years of oil pollution might cause serious health hazards that could be mistaken for COVID-19 and are now locked in a tussle with an oil company to save their lives and their communities.   The reported discharge of 2.6 billion barrel of toxic waste over 48 years by the Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC) into communities in Bayelsa State has had the people of Brass Kingdom and Ologbobiri in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area living in a state of panic. There are worries about air, water and soil ... more
  • 2 days Appraising, re-tooling public health delivery in post-COVID-19 DailyTrust
    That the ravaging COVID-19, which has since the beginning of the year spread rapidly around the globe could leave a very serious public health crisis in its wake is no longer news. Like other developing countries, Nigeria now, more than ever before, has to seriously confront the challenge of creating a modern health services delivery system that guarantees efficient, fast and accessible solutions capable of curtailing fatalities associated with common diseases and their devastating impact on families, communities and development. Apart from the frightening mortality and morbidity data on malaria, lack of access to functional health services delivery system has ... more
  • 2 days Idoma governor and the force of a maggi cube DailyTrust
    The recent wave of agitation for an Idoma governor appears to be waning the hitherto substantial agency of adversarial elements who have been using a maggi cube to misdirect the Idoma people. It seems Idomaland is about to witness a genuine political consciousness and a purposeful revolution. The transformation is occurring in an era in which the pervasive means of communication are affording more and more individuals and groups the ability to increasingly become reasonable, truthful, innovative and creative without much socio-economic hindrances. So far, three unprecedented impressive historical moments have been recorded. The first were the voice and platform ... more
  • 2 days COVID-19 pandemic and teenagers in Nigeria DailyTrust
    It is no breaking news that the COVID-19 pandemic has made the world more chaotic. This virus popularly referred to as the coronavirus or COVID-19 is something that no one could have anticipated; it has taken a huge toll on every one and even the greatest economies in the world have been affected and among this list of affected people, we also have teenagers. Being the teenagers that we are, we made jokes about it and some ignorant ones even claimed that younger ones couldn’t be affected but they were proved wrong. The whole world at large didn’t take this ... more
  • 2 days World’s food waste could feed 2 billion people DailyTrust
    Almost USD 990 billion food is wasted a year. What is the world doing about that? If this could be controlled, we would be so close to ending world hunger. If this would also be spent on infrastructure, imagine how much can be built. What I’m saying is that please, we should learn to do our own part not to waste any food no matter how little. If humans can’t eat the leftovers, we should put it in a good place or container outside our homes for other living creatures to eat. The lord commands us not to be extravagant ... more
  • 2 days Another no to increase in electricity tariffs DailyTrust
    Last week Monday, the National Assembly torpedoed plans by power sector leaders to increase the cost of electricity supply in the country by as much as 50 percent. Reason prevailed and the ding-dong over increase in electricity tariffs was shifted to the first quarter of 2021. The root of the tariff increase is the electricity Generation Companies (GenCos) who have threatened to declare a force majeure and down tools because of the failure to commence new service tariff plan billed to start July 1. For the GenCos, they are owed considerable amounts of money and would drag the federal government ... more
  • 2 days Civil Wars DailyTrust
    The way the results of the 2019 general elections played out, you should expect the country to be moving with such speed and determination to be making up for lost time and opportunities in Buhari administration’s first term, and breaking new grounds at this stage. Look, the APC and President Buhari got another shot even after a lackluster performance it blamed on a past that had been more damaged than it thought, and leakages in  what should have been its assets in the legislature. Nigerians could have said, ‘sorry Baba, you had your chance and bungled it’. Boko Haram is ... more
  • 2 days FG proposes scholarships for students to take up teaching DailyTrust
    The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Architect Sunny Echono, explains why the fixed deadline for teacher certification was not implemented.   The federal government had set December 31, 2019, as deadline for teachers to get licensed by the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) or they will not be allowed into the classrooms. What is the situation now? TRCN management has been in touch with states, particularly, the states where the number of unqualified teachers is very high and we have got huge response from them after which special diet for the examination was organized for 67,000 candidates as part ... more
  • 2 days Kogi poly warns contractors against shoddy jobs DailyTrust
    The Acting Rector of Kogi State Polytechnic, Dr Salisu O. Usman, has warned contractors handling projects of the institution against shoddy jobs. Speaking during the presentation ceremony of award letters to contractors who emerged victorious after competitive bidding process for seven Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) projects to be executed in the institution, the rector advised the beneficiaries to maintain the highest standards in the execution of the contacts or risk being blacklisted. He noted that the era of ‘abandoned projects syndrome’ had gone forever and advised the contractors to comply strictly with the bill of quantities. He deplored the ... more
  • 2 days New COEs will give greater access to education – Students DailyTrust
    Students have said the establishment of six additional colleges of education by the federal government will make higher education more accessible. The president, National Association of Nigerian Colleges of Education Students (NANCES), Comrade Mahmud Abubakar, made the assertion in a statement. He said the new colleges would also foster national development and reduce poverty by increasing access to education. “This move is a step in the right direction. NANCES as a family passes a vote of confidence on the federal government and the National Commission for Colleges of Education and urged the government to speedily kick start academic courses in ... more
  • 2 days Impeachment plot: Ondo deputy speaker, 2 more deputy gov loyalists suspended DailyTrust
    The leadership of Ondo State House of Assembly, yesterday, suspended three lawmakers for unruly behaviour, amidst the impeachment move against the embattled deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi. The affected lawmakers were the Deputy Speaker Iroju Ogundeji representing Odigbo Constituency 1; Hon Favour Semilore Tomomewo from Ilaje Constituency 2 and Hon Adewale Williams from Ondo West. The suspension was based on allegation of violation of the standard rule of the House. Their suspension was announced at the plenary which was brought to an abrupt end yesterday. The lawmakers are loyalists of the embattled deputy governor. Ajayi had dumped APC for PDP to ... more
  • 2 days No conspiracy against Electoral Act amendment – Senate DailyTrust
    The Senate has assured of the timely passage of the Electoral Act Amendment bill currently undergoing legislative actions. It also denied that there was a conspiracy to stop the legislature from amending the Electoral Act. The Senate Committee Chairman on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Senator Kabiru Gaya (APC, Kano), stated this on Wednesday during the confirmation hearing of INEC Commissioner nominee from Osun State, Dr. Adeniran Rahmo. “We are all committed to seeing this act completed within the next few months. As soon as we come back from vacation, the electoral act will be laid on the floor of ... more
  • 2 days Senators hail Osinowo’s ‘heroic’ contribution to democracy DailyTrust
    The Senate yesterday held a valedictory session to honour late Senator Adebayo Osinowo, who, until his death, represented Lagos East Senatorial District. The lawmaker died in Lagos on June 15, 2020, following a brief illness at the age of 64. The Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi (APC – Kebbi North) in his motion, read the biography of the late Senator. Minority Leader Eyinnaya Abaribe described Osinowo as a soft-spoken, complete grassroots politician, who will be missed by his colleagues and constituents. Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, hailed Osinowo as a grassroots politician who left his mark on the sands of ... more
  • 2 days Aguma heads to S/Court over Rivers APC chairmanship dispute DailyTrust
    The embattled caretaker chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Igo Aguma, has indicated intention to appeal a ruling of the Court of Appeal on the chairmanship dispute in the state. Aguma had through his counsel, Emeka Etiaba (SAN), opposed the abridgment of time for the former caretaker committee chairman of the party, Isaac Abott Ogbobula, to compile and file the records of the Rivers State High Court in Port Harcourt which sacked him from office. But in a ruling on Wednesday, a three-member panel of justices presided by Justice Stephen Adah agreed with Ogbobula’s counsel, Tuduru ... more
  • 2 days I nearly died playing for BCC Lions against Orlando Pirates — Douglas DailyTrust
    A former captain of the once dreaded BCC Lions football club of Gboko, Bolaji Douglas has revealed how he nearly lost his life while playing for his team in the CAF Champions League against South African giants, Orlando Pirates. It will be recalled that BCC Lions battled Pirates in the second round of the 1995 Champions League with the South Africa side edging out Lions on 2-1 aggregate. The first leg played at the Aper Aku stadium in Makurdi on May 7, ended 1-1 after Bruce Ramokadi in the 73rd minute cancelled out Arthur Madueme’s opener in the 2nd minute of ... more
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