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  • 2 days EXCLUSIVE: Oyo APC Leaders Angry As Adelabu Omits Ajimobi In First ‘Thank You’ Message Since Election SaharaReporters
    Leaders of the All progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State — including Abiola Ajimobi, Governor of the state — and their aides are unhappy with Adebayo Adelabu, governorship candidate of the party, following his first public statement since losing the election, SaharaReporters can report. Adelabu lost the March 9 governorship election to Seyi Makinde of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), winning only five of the 33 local governments in the state while Makinde won all the rest. The PDP candidate won in Ibadan North West, Ibarapa East, Atiba, Kajola, Ido, Lagelu, Iwajowa, Afijio, Orelope, Ibadan North East, Ibadan South East, Ibarapa ... more
  • 2 days UNCOVERED: 769 Civil Servants Working With ‘Fake And Forged Certificates’ In Osun SaharaReporters
    The Osun Government on Friday said it had discovered 769 workers in the state’s civil service who were working with fake and forged school certificates. Adelani Baderinwa, who is supervising the Information and Strategy Ministry, said in a statement that the discovery was made after five years of screening carried out by a consultancy firm employed by the state government. "A consultancy firm, The Captain Consultants, engaged five years ago by the state government to verify the results and other necessary documents of the workers in the state ... more
  • 2 days Two Black Snakes Sack Liberia President George Weah From Office SaharaReporters
    George Weah, President of Liberia, has been sacked from his office by snakes and is now forced to work from his private residence. According to Press Secretary Smith Toby, who spoke with the BBC, two black snakes were found in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs building housing Weah’s official place of work. Since Wednesday when the snakes were discovered, all staff have been told to stay away until Monday, April 22. "It's just to make sure that crawling and creeping things get fumigated from the building," Toby was quoted as saying. "The Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosts the office ... more
  • 2 days Court Sacks Ebonyi Senator Ogbuoji For Defecting From PDP To APC, Asks Him To Refund Salaries SaharaReporters
      The Federal High Court sitting in Abakaliki has declared the Ebonyi South Senatorial District seat being occupied by Sonni Ogbuoji vacant and ordered him to vacate the seat immediately. The judgment was delivered on Thursday by Justice Akintola Aluko of the Abakaliki Division of the court. Delivering a 71-page judgement, Justice Aluko held that that Ogbuoji, who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressive Congress (APC) in 2018, flouted Section 68(1)g of the 1999 Constitution. The said section 68 (1)g bars elected ... more
  • 2 days Ex-Bayelsa Security Aide Kpodoh Granted Bail After Nine Months In Prison For ‘Rape’ SaharaReporters
    Perekeme Kpodoh, former Bayelsa Security Adviser, has been granted bail over alleged two-count charge of rape filed against him by the state government. The Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, granted Kpodoh his bail condition after several attempts failed in Bayelsa state. In suit case CA/PH/17CR/2019, the Court of Appeal presided over by Justice M. Mustapha, ordered his immediate release from the Okaka Medium Prison custody, having met the bail condition in the sum of N2million and a surety of a Civil Servant of Level ... more
  • 2 days One Soldier Killed, Six Injured As Seven Zamfara Bandits ‘Bow To The Army’s Superior Firepower’ SaharaReporters
    The troops of the Nigerian Army, on clearance operation, have killed seven marauding bandits in Aljumana and Ketere Villages in Zamfara. The Nigerian Army, working in collaboration with the Nigerian Army Deep Blue Special Forces, the Air Force Component, and Local vigilantes, engaged the armed bandits in a fierce battle that lasted for hours on Thursday. According to a statement released by Major Clement Abiade, the acting Information Officer of Operation Sharan Daji (OPSD), the success was recorded by troops of the operation and those deployed in ... more
  • 3 days With N30,000 Minimum Wage, Buhari Has Fulfilled Another Election Promise, Says APC SaharaReporters
    The All Progressives Congress (APC) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari on his assent to the new and improved N30,000 minimum wage for Nigerian workers. Buhari signed the bill approving N30,000 as the new national minimum wage into law on Thursday, following passage by both chambers of the National Assembly following agitation by labour unions and further work by a tripartite commit on the matter. Commenting in a statement released on Friday by Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, its National Publicity Secretary, APC praised Buhari for matching his words with action. “Truly, our workers deserve a new, improved and implementable minimum wage ... more
  • 3 days ‘Private NEPA’ — Subsistence Electricity Sharing Centres On The Rise In Bayelsa Due To Persistent Blackouts SaharaReporters
    New local power distribution centres colloquially called 'Private NPEA' are emerging in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, to solve the persistent power outage and blackout in most areas in the state. NEPA, in full the National Electric Power Authority (NEPA), is the defunct organisation that governed the use of electricity in Nigeria. Investigations showed that those operating the local power distribution centres are private business owners who own lister diesel power generating sets and are willing to share with residents at a cost depending on your needs. Some residents of Azikoro Village, Ekeki and Azikoro road, who spoke with ... more
  • 3 days Soldiers Arrest Five Kidnappers Terrorising Ondo People During 1am Raid SaharaReporters
    The Nigeria Army (NA) from the 32 Artillery Brigade in Ondo State has announced the arrest of five suspected kidnappers terrorising locals.  The hoodlums were arrested in Owo Local Council Area of the state.  Captain Victor Olukoya, the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, 32 Artillery Brigade, Akure, confirmed the arrest of the five kidnappers to journalists in Akure, saying the hoodlums had first abducted some farmers and also demanded some huge ransom.  Acccordin to Olukoya, five victims abducted and held hostage by the kidnappers were later freed through the ... more
  • 3 days Dozens Shot As Bandits Attack Jigawa Village SaharaReporters
    Bandits on motorcycles invaded Abaya village along Wurma Road in Dutse LGA of Jigawa State on Thursday night, shooting at dozens of people. Details of the attack are still sketchy as of yet, but a security source told SaharaReporters that one person died while several others sustained varying degrees of injury. Details later... CRIME Insurgency News AddThis :  Featured Image :  Original Author :  SaharaReporters, New York Disable advertisements :  ... more
  • 3 days Nigerian Govt To Introduce Solar-powered Tricycles In 2019 SaharaReporters
    The Nigerian government has announced plans to introduce solar-powered tricycles and motorcycles into the Nigerian transport system. Rotimi Amaechi, Nigeria's Minister of Transportation, said this while swearing in some newly elected executives of the Amalgamated Commercial Tricycle & Motorcycle Owners, Repairs and Riders Association of Nigeria (ACOMORAN) in Abuja. The minister, represented by Anthonia Ekpa, Director, Road Transport and Mass Transit Administration of the Ministry, said the introduction of the tricycles will help to reduce the fuel challenges. It has already ... more
  • 3 days Two Die In Ibadan Petrol Tanker Explosion SaharaReporters
    Two people were burnt beyond recognition in an inferno caused by explosion from a tanker carry petroleum product on Thursday in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. This happened in Onipepeye area, along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Ibadan, Oyo State, when a tanker spilled its content on the road which led to the explosion. It was gathered that no less than six vehicles and 10 motorbikes were also burnt in the fire incident. Olugbenga Fadeyi, Oyo State Police Command’s spokesman, confirmed the accident. ... more
  • 3 days Buhari: We’ll Not Allow Merchants Of Evil Overwhelm Nigeria SaharaReporters
    Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari says his administration will ensure that "merchants of evil" do not overwhelm the country. Noting that the country is “currently gripped with gloom over unfortunate killings, kidnappings and violence", he assured Nigerians of his administration's determination to address insecurity. In his Easter message to Nigerians issued on Thursday, he expressed optimism and called for a stronger bond among Nigerians. He said:  “Let us use this auspicious season to show love to our neighbours, and cater to the ... more
  • 3 days Zamfara LG Vice Chairman Arrested For Serving As Bandits’ Informant SaharaReporters
    Troops of the 'Operation Sharan Daji' in Zamfara State have arrested Yahuza Wuya, the Vice Chairman of Anka Local Government Area of the state, for alleged link to bandits. This was made known in a statement issued on Thursday by Clement Abiade, the acting Information Officer of the operation. Abiade said the arrest was the result of an intelligent report linking the vice chairman to bandits, who operate at Sunke community. Wuya was picked up on April 13.   He alleged that Wuya “seamlessly ... more
  • 3 days PDP Blames Jimi Agbaje For Embarrassing Defeat In Lagos Governorship Election SaharaReporters
    The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has blamed Jimi Agbaje, its governorship candidate, for the defeat the party suffered at both the presidential and governorship elections in the state. Taofik Gani, Publicity Secretary of PDP in Lagos, stated this in an interview with The Nation newspaper, published on Friday. He blamed Agbaje and the overwhelming presence of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state for the party's loss of the elections in Lagos. He said one ... more
  • 3 days Onnoghen Should Have Resigned Honorably Instead Of Fighting Dirty, Says Sagay SaharaReporters
    Itse Sagay Itse Sagay, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and the Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Anti-Corruption, says Walter Onnoghen, the convicted former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) should have resigned earlier, instead of fighting dirty. In interview with New Telegraph, Sagay said Onnoghen should not have allowed some senior advocates and judges to deceive him into thinking he could win the trial. Onnoghen was convicted by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on the charges of fraudulent asset declaration. In ... more
  • 3 days Buhari Gave Me Go-ahead To Run For Senate Presidency Long Before Elections, Says Ndume SaharaReporters
    Ali Ndume, the lawmaker representing Borno South senatorial district, says he sought the permission of President Muhammadu Buhari to run for Senate President, long before the February 23 elections. He also said he did not rebuff any persuasion from Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s Vice-President, to abandon his ambition in the Senate, because he was never persuaded to do so. Ndume, an aspirant for the office of Senate President in the 9th National Assembly, said this in in reaction to allegations that he ... more
  • 3 days Onnoghen Appeals Conviction By Tribunal, Lists 16 Reasons Why He Should Be Acquitted SaharaReporters
    Walter Onnoghen, former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), has appealed his conviction for fraudulent assets declaration by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT). On Thursday, having found Onnoghen guilty, the three-man panel of the tribunal chaired by Justice Danladi Umar removed him from office as Chief Justice of Nigeria, as Chairman of the National Judicial Council (NJC), and as Chairman of the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC). It also said Onnoghen is to forfeit the money in his five bank domiciliary accounts that were not declared to the Nigerian Government because they were acquired illegally, and as well barred ... more
  • 3 days ‘Don’t Give Up On Our Nation’ — Jonathan Sends Easter Message To Christians SaharaReporters
    Goodluck Jonathan, former President, has urged Nigerians not to give up on their nation. Jonathan said this on Thursday evening in his Easter message to Christians. “Easter is a time Christians celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ who offered Himself as a sacrifice for the remission of the sins of the world. Christ's resurrection as a testimony of the new covenant is the justification for Christians’ commemoration of the triumph of life over death, freedom over bondage and hope over despair, at this time,” he said in a brief statement he released on his official Facebook page. ... more
  • 3 days ‘North Has Already Produced The President’ — 164 APC Lawmakers-Elect Back Gbajabiamila For Speaker SaharaReporters
    About one 164 newly-elected lawmakers of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in House of Representatives have expressed support for the speakership ambition of Femi Gbajabiamila, who is the party leadership's choice for the position. According to the members, it would be diffficult to go against the party and President Muhammadu Buhari. The members said it would be lopsided for the North to produce the President, the Senate President and also demand the Speaker of the lower chamber. The lawmakers-elect, who  formed a group known as the ... more
  • 3 days Our Democracy Is Faulty, Says Gbenga Daniel SaharaReporters
    Former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, has faulted the kind of democracy practised in Nigeria as a system that cannot bring about the best in all spheres of our national interest.  Speaking as the Special Guest of Honour at the 2nd Annual Lecture of a media outfit, Freedom Online, held at the Alvan Ikoku Hall, Radisson Blu, Ikeja on Thursday, Daniel lamented that Nigeria is still operating a system that has been in practice since 1960 without a change which, he opined, cannot bring about any meaningful development.  He argued that no nation can thrive on a static ... more
  • 3 days After Onnoghen, SERAP Asks CCB To Provide Asset Declaration Details Of All Presidents, Governors Since 1999 SaharaReporters
    In response to the judgment delivered by the Code of Conduct Tribunal convicting Walter Onnoghen, the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent a Freedom of Information request to Dr. Muhammed Isah, Chairman of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), urging him to use his “good offices and leadership position to urgently provide information on specific details of asset declarations submitted to the CCB by successive presidents and state governors since the return of democracy in 1999". SERAP is ... more
  • 3 days Wike Suspends 12 Local Government Chairmen SaharaReporters
    Nyesom Wike, Rivers State Governor, has suspended 12 local government chairmen for their failure to attend official state functions. Announcing the sanction through a statement released by his office, Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant to the Governor on Electronic Media, said the suspension took effect immediately.   "Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has suspended 12 Local Government Council Chairmen. The suspension of the council Chairmen is with immediate effect," he said.  Those affected are chairmen of Okrika, Emohua, Abua/Odual, Degema, Khana, Gokana, Ahoada East, Ikwerre, Eleme, Andoni, Omuma ... more
  • 3 days Middle-Aged Man In Prison For Defiling Two Male Minors — And Infecting Them With HIV SaharaReporters
    Adamu Abdulrahman, a middle-aged man, was on Thursday denied bail by a magistrate court in Yola, Adamawa State, for defiling two boys and infecting them with HIV. He was arraigned on April 4, 2019, before the magistrate court for allegedly Kidnapping and repeatedly raping Sani Fidelis and Martin Cosmos, 14 and 13 years respectively, through the anus. According to Police First Information Report (FIR), Adamu allegedly abducted his victims with intent to commit culpable homicide and wrongful confinement on 4/4/3019. The FIR, which SaharaReporters obtained, further reads ... more
  • 3 days Africa’s Rwanda, Nigeria’s Zamfara By Koye-Ladele Mofehintoluwa SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Twenty years ago, the world was greeted with the horror of people turned against one another, with one group aiming to exterminate the other from existence. Rwanda, the stage where this conflict holds, differs from others in that the Rwanda issue was not even one of outright tribalism but an economic distingushing which revolved around cattle ownership.  The Tutsi were those who had a certain number of cattle while the Hutu were those who did not. This was the only distinguishing ... more
  • 3 days Court Seizes Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia’s Passport International But Grants Her N10m Bail SaharaReporters
    The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned Justice Rita Ofili Ajumogobia on an 18-count charge preferred against her and Godwin Obla (SAN) before Justice Rilwan Aikawa sitting in Federal high court Lagos.  EFCC is accusing the embattled former judge of money lundering and conspiracy alongside former EFCC prosecutor Obla.  The anti-graft agency, through it's counsel Rotimi Oyedepo, alledged that the defendants conspired to indirectly conceal, procure and retain the sum of N18m, $170,000 in Diamond Bank account no, 0032091183. The agency said defendants ought to ... more
  • 3 days Danjuma Goje Survives Petition Seeking To Upturn His Senatorial Election Victory SaharaReporters
    Justice Raphael Ajuwa, Chairman of the Gombe State National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal, has granted the prayers of Lamido Umaru Chikaire, candidate of the People Redemption Party (PRP) in the election, to withdraw his petition against Danjuma Goje, candidate of the All Progressives Congress who was declared winner of the Gombe Central senatorial election.  Granting the prayers of the petitoner, Ajuwa said: “Going by the date for election petition and having heard the pleas of lawyers of the litigants, this panel will grant the motion for the withdrawal ... more
  • 3 days Jilted By Lover, 100-Level Female Student Commits Suicide By Drinking Sniper SaharaReporters
      Ayingba Rebecca Michael, A 100-level student of the Kogi State University (KSU), committed suicide on Wednesday after her lover broke up with her. The deceased was a fresh student in the university's Department of Philosophy. She was reported to have ended her life by taking sniper, an insecticide, when the lover, said to be a famous disk jockey (DJ) in Lokoja, informed her that he was no longer interested in the relationship.  According to a source, she committed suicide in their 200 housing unit residence, in ... more
  • 4 days Danjuma Goje Receives North-East’s Backing To Run For Senate President Against APC’s Choice Lawan SaharaReporters
    Danjuma Goje, a senator and former Governor of Gombe State, has received the backing of the North East Consultative Forum (NESF) and five other groups in the geopolitical zone in his quest to become President of the ninth Senate. The five groups are the North East Elders Mobilisation Forum, APC National Youth Caucus, Borno Discussion Circle, Gombe Political Associations and North East Youth Awareness for Good Governance. Rising from an emergency meeting held at the Zaranda Hotel, Bauchi, on Wednesday, the six groups encouraged Goje to immediately declare for the position. This is despite the decision of the leadership of ... more
  • 4 days BREAKING: Tribunal Sacks Onnoghen As CJN After Declaring Him Guilty Of False Assets Declaration SaharaReporters
    ‎The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has found Walter Onnoghen, who recently resigned as Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), guilty of false declaration of assets in breach of the provisions of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) for public officials.  Delivering its judgement on Thursday, the three-man panel chaired by Danladi Umar therefore removed him from the office as Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman of National Judicial Council (NJC). It also said Onnoghen is to forfeit the money in his five bank accounts that were not declared to the Nigerian Government because they were acquired illegally. Corruption CRIME ... more
  • 4 days BREAKING: Tribunal Throws Out Onnoghen’s Preliminary Objections To His Trial SaharaReporters
    Danladi Umar, Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), has dismissed the motion filed by Walter Onnoghen, former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), asking him to recuse himself from the further participating and adjudicating in the matter for fear of bias.  He dismissed the motion for lack of merit. He also dismissed Onnoghen's application challenging the jurisdiction of the tribunal to hear the matter. Umar held that the tribunal is not directly under the supervision of National Judicial Council (NJC) but the presidency. He noted that the Chairman and members of the tribunal could not be under the whims ... more
  • 4 days BREAKING: Onnoghen Smiles For The Cameras As CCT Members Arrive Late For Judgement SaharaReporters
    Justice Walter Onnoghen, former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), was all smiles on Thursday as he arrived the courtroom of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) for judgement in his trial for fraudulent assets declaration. Onnoghen arrived the court premises roughly five minutes before noon, dressed in a grey suit and wearing a smile as photo journalists beamed their cameras on him. The three members of the tribunal, led by their Chairman Danladi Umar, subsequently arrived the courtroom some 20 ... more
  • 4 days Easter In The Holy Land By Rifat Odeh Kassis SaharaReporters |Opinion
    The Way of the Cross is not confined to Easter week but has been going for 70 years in the Holy Land, writes Rifat Odeh Kassis For Christians in the Holy Land, Easter is the most important of Christian holy days. In fact, Palestinians refer to it as al-Eid al-Kabir (the Big Feast) while Christmas is known as al-Eid al-Saghir (the Little Feast). The Saturday before Easter Sunday is the climax of the Holy Week in occupied Palestine. ... more
  • 4 days BREAKING: EFCC Arraigns Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia For The Second Time In Three Days SaharaReporters
    The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned a former judge of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, over allegations of money laundering. The troubled former judge was arraigned before Justice Rilwan Aikawa of a Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos State. As of the time of filing this report, Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia pleaded not guilty to the 18-count charge as instituted against her by the anti-graft agency. On Tuesday, Justice Hakeem Oshodi of the Ikeja High Court, Lagos, had struck out corruption ... more
  • 4 days ‘A Man Who Stole N7,000 Plantain Shouldn’t Be In Prison While Those Who Stole Billions Walk Free’ SaharaReporters
    Justice Marshal Umukoro, Chief Judge of Delta State, says it is "wrong" that a 27-year-old man who stole a bunch of plantain worth N7,000 is in prison custody while those who stole billions of naira are walking free on the streets. Although Justice Umukoro set him free, he condemned the inmate for stealing somebody's else means of livelihood and charged him to work with his hands instead of stealing. The inmate had been in prison custody for four months. The Magistrate handling the matter had struck out ... more
  • 4 days Subsidy Removal As Fuel Price Increase (I): A response to Etu Mohammed By Kunle Wizeman Ajayi SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Since SaharaReporters published his succinct piece on fuel subsidy removal three days ago, I have just read Etu Mohammed's 'Nigeria Needs To Remove Subsidy in 2019'. I will start by saying that I had wanted to ignore the article given the fact that it follows the same pattern with which many pundits help the ruling class to build the prevailing idea overtime. But on reading Ibe Kachukwu-the petroleum minister saying the landing cost of fuel is now #180 and that he would resign in 2020 if local ... more
  • 4 days Police Invade Lagos Community, Arrest Seven For Staging Protest Demanding Distribution Of Prepaid Meters SaharaReporters
    Some personnel of the Nigeria Police Force on Wednesday stormed Mushin, Lagos, to arrest residents for staging a protest at the headquarters of Eko Distribution Company to demand distribution of prepaid meters. The police officers were deployed from Olosan Police division and stormed the community, chasing residents and arresting anyone they could catch. Some of the residents who spoke to SaharaReporters stated that the electricity distribution company usually employs the service of the Police to harass and intimidate residents whenever they demanded for their rights. Moses Ogunleye, spokesperson of the community, bemoaned the connivance of the Police with the ... more
  • 4 days Asthmatic Corps Member Dies After Parade SaharaReporters
    Magdalene Yohanna Magdalene Yohanna This Day Live Magadline Yohana, a Batch A corps member collapsed and died while participating in a parade at the orientation camp of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Bauchi State. The late Yohana, who died at the age of 28, was said to be asthmatic. It was gathered that although the incident happened on Monday, April 1, 2019, the management of the NYSC in the state had not yet made any official statement on it. A source said ... more
  • 4 days Lecturers Connived With Politicians To Compromise Integrity Of 2019 Polls, Says Jega SaharaReporters
    Chairman Jega, of the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) Attahiru Jega, former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has accused lecturers used as ad hoc staff during the 2019 elections of conniving with politicians to compromise the integrity of the polls. He stated this in Kano, in his remarks at the 15th annual conference of Fulbright Alumni Association of Nigeria (FAAN), which took place at the Dangote Business School at Bayero University, Kano. Speaking as the chairman at the opening ... more
  • 4 days Senate Kicks Against Bill Seeking To Phase Out Petrol Cars SaharaReporters
    The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday rejected a bill that sought to phase out the use of petrol cars and introduce electric cars in Nigeria by the year 2035. Also rejected was the bill that sought to open up the Nigerian citizenship to other Africans. The two bills were sponsored separately by Ben Murray-Bruce, the lawmaker representing Bayelsa East senatorial district on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). According to Murray-Bruce, combustion cars were causing pollution and contributing to global ... more
  • 4 days BREAKING: Anxiety As CCT Postpones Judgement On Onnoghen SaharaReporters
    The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) sitting in Abuja has shifted its ruling on the trial of the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnonghen, to 12pm.  The Court Registrar gave the announcement minutes ago when the embattled former CJN was already at the court premises but still inside his Land Cruiser SUV.  Onnonghen arrived at the court at exactly 8:40am, with the ruling, as of then, expected to start by 10am. The court was yet to sit as of the time of filing in this report, but the consortia of lawyers of both prosecution and defence were also ... more
  • 4 days CCT To Deliver Judgment On Onnoghen Today SaharaReporters
    Walter Onnoghen, the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), who resigned his post recently over allegation of false declaration of assest will know his fate on today when the Code of Conduct Tribunal delivers judgement on the charges levelled against him. The CCT will also rule on two applications filed by the CJN, who tendered his resignation two weeks ago. One of the applications is challenging the jurisdiction of the tribunal to hear the case. The other application is asking the ... more
  • 4 days I’m Head And Shoulders Above Atiku In Terms Of Educational Qualifications, Says Buhari SaharaReporters
    President Muhammadu Buhari says he has more educational qualifications to have participated in the February 23, 2019, presidential election than Atiku Abubakar, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who was his closest rival in the election. Buhari accused Abubakar of not possessing the statutory educational qualification to contest the recently concluded presidential election. Buhari dared Atiku to produce his “educational certificates, indicating the schools attended by him, with dates", before the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal. The counter-accusation is in response ... more
  • 4 days 91,000 Nigerians Apply For 3,200 Customs Jobs In Less Than 24 Hours SaharaReporters
    Nigerian Customs ServiceNigerian Customs Service Barely 24 hours after the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) opened the portal for job applications, more than 90,000 persons have indicated interest. On Tuesday, the NCS had announced that 3,200 vacancies were available to be filled. The portal for the application was made available at 12am on Wednesday. However, as at 4pm on Wednesday, one of the officers in charge of recruitment at the headquarters of the NCS disclosed that 91,000 applications had been "successfully received". According ... more
  • 4 days Abuja: Saving A City Growing On Drugs SaharaReporters
    A young man took a girl on a date and bought her a bottle of alcohol. She had never tasted beer before, and she declined. But she remained seated and continued to listen to the guy’s persuasion. For how long can she hold on? But the same guy takes another girl on a date to the same place and offered her alcohol. The girl politely refused the offer, saying she doesn’t take alcohol. The guy tried to press her into having the drink, but the girl sensing ... more
  • 4 days Senate Inches One Step Closer To Passing Bill Overruling Buhari’s Veto On Budget SaharaReporters
    A bill to compel the President and state governors to lay their annual budgets before the legislature at most 90 days to end of a fiscal year has passed second reading at the Senate. The second reading of the bill is the second stage of process. If the bill passes the third reading with the required by two-thirds majority, and it gets the concurrence of the House of Representatives, then it becomes a law. The bill, The 1999 Constitution of Nigeria (Fourth Alteration, No. 28) Bill, was sponsored by Ike Ekweremadu, the Deputy Senate President, and was presented at ... more
  • 4 days Buhari Gives His Ministers One Week To Hand In Comprehensive Reports On Their Projects SaharaReporters
    President Muhammadu Buhari has asked his ministers to submit reports of projects in their various ministries by Wednesday, April 24. The notice for submission was contained in a statement issued on Wednesday, by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity. The submission of the reports forms part of activities to wind down the first term of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration. According to the statement, the President has asked for a comprehensive “status reports on policies, programmes and projects” from cabinet members ... more
  • 4 days Mother Weeps Profusely In Court As ‘Killers’ Of Her First Class Daughter Plead Not Guilty SaharaReporters
    Mother of the slain Miss Elozino Ogege, the first class 300 level student of Mass Communication, Delta State University (DELSU) who was gruesomely murdered sometime in November 2018 by suspected ritualists, wept profusely in court on Wednesday as the suspects arraigned before an Asaba High Court pleaded not guilty to the eight-count charge preferred against them by the state Attorney-General. Mrs. Elizabeth Ogege, was in court to observe proceedings, and she burst into uncontrollable tears demanding for justice immediately the suspects pleaded not guilty in court. She refused ... more
  • 4 days Ex Air Chief Amosun Plea-Bargains In N21.4bn Corruption Trial — The Third Time In Three Years SaharaReporters
    A former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu (retd.), and his colleagues who are facing trial for alleged diversion of N21.4bn budgeted for security operations have again indicated their intention to enter into a plea bargain with the government. Their lawyers — Bolaji Ayorinde (SAN), Norrison Quakers (SAN) and Wale Taiwo (SAN) — on Tuesday urged Justice C.J. Aneke, who is hearing the case at the Federal High Court in Lagos, to adjourn in order for them to explore plea bargain with the government. Tuesday was the ... more
  • 4 days BREAKING: EFCC To Arraign Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia On Thursday SaharaReporters
    Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is set to rearraign Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia on Thursday, SaharaReporters can report.. As reported by SaharaReporters, about 10 officials of the EFCC surrounded Ofili-Ajumogobia as she attempted to leave the courtroom of the Lagos High Court, Ikeja, at about 10:24 am on Tuesday after the ruling by Justice Hakeem Oshodi that struck out corruption charges against her. Upon sighting the officials, the judge hastily retreated upstairs into Justice Oshodi’s courtroom to seek the protection of the court from the EFCC ... more
  • 4 days Court Orders Arrest Of Dan Etete, Adoke Over $2.1bn Malabu Scam SaharaReporters
    The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Jabi, Abuja, has ordered the arrest of Mohammed Adoke(SAN), the immediate-past Attorney-General of the Federation; Dan Etete, the Minister of Petroleum resources under General Sani Abacha, the late military Dictator, and four others. The six are named in the charges filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in relation to the $2.1bn Malabu oil scam. The other four affected by court's warrant issued on Wednesday are Raph Wezels, Casula Roberto, Pujato Stefeno and Burrato Sebastino, and ... more
  • 4 days BREAKING: Senate Passes Seven Bills Rejected By Buhari SaharaReporters
    The Senate has passed seven of the at least 16 bills rejected so far this year by President Muhammadu Buhari. The bills are the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB), National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism Bill, National Research and Innovation Council Bill, Stamp Duties Act (Amendment) Bill, National Agricultural Seed Council Bill, Agricultural Credit Guarantee Scheme Fund (Amendment) Bill and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Act 2010 (Amendment) Bill. Buhari had expressed reservations about the constitutionality of passing the bills into law, and therefore wrote the Senate to reconsider them. The upper chamber also initiated moves to the override ... more
  • 4 days 16 Hours Of Agony With Arik Airline By Adewale Adeoye SaharaReporters |Opinion
    One of Arik's A340 jets Act one Scene 1 If Arik Airline is owned by a Nigerian military despot and operating under a totalitarian regime, I would not have bothered. We have had democracy since 1999. A child born at that period is no longer a baby.  Go with me: Now, I have had agonizing stories from Nigerians at the Airport. Last week Thursday, it was my turn. My tormentor was Arik Airline. The nightmare began on Tuesday. Arik had postponed the ... more
  • 5 days BREAKING: To Raise Policing To ‘Globally Acceptable Standards’, Senate Passes Police Reform Bill SaharaReporters
    The Nigerian Senate has passed the Police Reform Bill, 2019, following consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on Police Affairs at Wednesday’s plenary. The report was presented by Senator Tijjanj Kaura, after Senator Gbenga Ashafa had urged the upper chamber to look at what the bill stands for and Senator Mao Ohuabunwa seconded it. Among many other things, the bill seeks the establishment of a service-oriented and modern Police that will meet globally acceptable policing standards in a democratic setting. It also seeks to modernise the current Police Force (which was conceptualised and established in the Colonial ... more
  • 5 days Court Adjourns Okupe’s Trial To Thursday After Extensive Debate About NTA Programme SaharaReporters
    The ongoing trial of Doyin Okupe, a former presidential spokesperson, at the Federal High Court in Abuja has been adjourned till Thursday. In his evidence at the court, Musa Maiyaki, the former Director-General of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), said he authorised the programme ‘INSIGHT’ to be aired pro bono on NTA as a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) affir. However, Maiyaki admitted on further cross-examination that Okupe funded payments for personnel, resource persons and production charges for the programme, maintaining that it was only the airtime that ... more
  • 5 days Judges Should Rebuild The Temple of Justice By Bunmi Makinwa SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Nigerian judges Nigerian judges There was a time, and it was not too long ago, when in many communities the name or job of a parent qualifies a child for kindness or disdain. In the of qualification-by-association mindset, if one’s father or mother was a school teacher, the child was seen as disciplined and dilligent. The offspring of a well-educated person would get abundant respect. Similarly respected were the offspring of honest, reputable, hardworking folks. Some professions also bestowed respect and admiration on ... more
  • 5 days Thinking With You… If Pius Adesanmi Ran For President By Bayo Oluwasanmi SaharaReporters |Opinion
    As we continue to mourn the tragic loss of a great Nigerian, Professor Pius Adesanmi, it reminds us that Nigerians don't celebrate their heroes when they are alive. Rather, Nigerians prefer to celebrate villains, thieves, and destroyers of our nation.  We celebrate people without traditional qualities of the admirable leading man or woman. We celebrate those who lack courage, kindness and nobility, and moral goodness. We pour undeserved encomiums on people with character wrought with flaws and demons. There's no end ... more
  • 5 days BREAKING: Folagbade Olateru-Olagbegi, The ‘Olowo Of Owo, Is Dead SaharaReporters
    Oba Folagbade Olateru-Olagbegi, the Olowo of Owo, in Ondo State is dead, SaharaReporters has just learnt. Oba Folagbade, who died in the early hours of Wednesday, was born on June 26, 1941. He was 77 years old.  The deceased was a former Chairman of the Ondo State Council of Obas. He succeeded his father, Olateru, as the Olowo of Owo, in 1999. Oba Folagbade was the eldest son of the late Olowo of Owo, Sir Titus Olateru Olagbegi II, who ruled the town between 1910 and 1998. He was given the Staff of Office as the Olowo of Owo ... more
  • 5 days Four Gunmen Waste 25 Bullets On Ex-Anambra Party Chairman Frank-Anthony Igboka SaharaReporters
    Chief Frank-Anthony Igboka, former Anambra State Chairman of the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA), has been murdered. Igboka, who was also the President-General of the Nimo Town Development Union (NTDU) in Njioka Local Government Area of the state, was shot multiple times at close range in his car at Oye Nimo Market on Tuesday, with Police subsequently recovering 25 bullets from the scene.  The gunmen trailed Igboka in a Hilux truck as he drove himself through the community’s market square, before shooting him when they caught up with him. Haruna Mohammed, spokesman of the Anambra State Police Command, confirmed the ... more
  • 5 days BREAKING: Supreme Court Finally Kills Segun Oni’s Hopes Of Unseating Fayemi As Ekiti Governor SaharaReporters
    The Supreme Court has upheld the election of Kayode Fayemi as Governor of Ekiti State. Oni, former Governor of the state and an aspirant for the May 2018 primary of the All Progressives Cngress (APC), had challenged Fayemi’s eligibility to contest the primary on the grounds that he did not resign his appointment as Minister of the Federal Republic 30 days before the primary. He also added that Fayemi was indicted by the Justice Silas Oyewole commission of inquiry set up by former Governor of the state, Ayodele Fayose. The Appeal Court had ruled against Fayemi in February, and ... more
  • 5 days ‘Don’t Punish The Saints For The sins Of The Villains’ — Four Rights Activist Defend Jailed-For-12-Years IG Wala SaharaReporters
    Groups of human rights activists have condemned the judgment by an Abuja High Court sentencing popular activist, Ibrahim Wala, to 12 years in jail over a Facebook post, with a warning that the saints must not be unjustly punished for the offences of the villains. Wala was found guilty of unlawful assembly, public incitement and criminal defamation by Justice Yusuf Halilu. The rights groups, Free Nigeria Movement, MADConnect, Coalition In Defence of Nigerian Democracy, Concerned Nigerians as well as Frederick Nwabufo, Public analyst, argued that Wala should ... more
  • 5 days PHOTOS: Households Sacked, Buildings Destroyed As Flood Continues To Ravage Enugu’s Popular ‘100 Foot Road’ SaharaReporters
    The very popular 100 Foot Road in Nnewi, Enugu State, is now a death trap owing to years of festering erosion that hasn't seen to bother the Anambra State government, led by Willie Obiano. Major parts of the road, which leads to bank road and Mgbuka Market all in Nnewi have been overtaken by heavy erosion as Obiano as well as Chris Azubogu popularly known as Mr. Project, the member representing Nnewi North, Nnewi South and Ekwusigo Federal Constituencies in the House of Representatives ... more
  • 5 days Traditional Rulers Opposed Ambode’s Second Term Bid, Not Tinubu, Says Oba Durosimi SaharaReporters
    Oba Abedina Durosimi, the Osolu of Irewe Kingdom in Ojo Local Government Area of Lagos State, has said the failed second term bid of Akinwunmi Ambode, outgoing Governor of Lagos State, was the handiwork of traditional rulers and not Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC). In a series of political intrigues leading to the emergence of the APC governorship candidate for Lagos State, Ambode eventually lost the governorship ticket to Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who later emerged governor-elect of ... more
  • 5 days We Produce 90% Of The Rice We Eat, Says Nigeria’s Minister Of Agriculture SaharaReporters
    Audu Ogbeh, Nigeria's Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, says 90 per cent of the rice consumed in the country is produced locally. Ogbeh revealed this on Tuesday at the 2019 Annual Research Review and Planning meeting, which held at the Balarabe Tanimu Conference Hall at the Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR), Zaria, Kaduna State. Ogbeh, who was represented by Karima Babangida, the Director of Extension Services in the ministry, said this was achievable to local producers because of the backing ... more
  • 5 days Elections In Nigeria Are Getting Better, Says INEC Chairman SaharaReporters
    Professor Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says elections in Nigeria are "getting better" He stated this on Tuesday in Keffi, Nasarawa State at a dialogue organised by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), with the theme: 'Anti-corruption Policy Dialogue on Eradicating Electoral Corruption: Focus on Vote Buying'. According to Yakubu, the commission had put mechanisms in place to check politicians who intend to manipulate the process. He also stressed the need for the ... more
  • 5 days Endorsing Sanwo-Olu Was In The Best Interest Of The Igbo In Lagos, Says Ohanaeze SaharaReporters
    The Lagos State Chapter of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo says it endorsed Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor-elect of Lagos State, who emerged on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the interest of the Igbo in the state. Solomon Ogbonna, President of the Lagos State chapter of the group, said this in an interview with The Sun newspaper, published on Wednesday. Ogbonna affirmed that the Igbo supported Jimi Agbaje, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2015, but made a ... more
  • 5 days Our High Debt Profile Shows Postive Development, Says Edo Govt SaharaReporters
    Godwin Obaseki of APC The Edo State government says the state’s foreign debt profile shows positive development and “there is no cause for alarm”. Crusoe Osagie, the Special Adviser to the Edo State Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, said the state was able to access such huge loans, because of its transparent governance and prudent financial management. According to the records of the Debt Management Office (DMO), Lagos, Edo, Kaduna and Cross River states, in that order, are top on the ... more
  • 5 days Judicial Union Disrupts Court Activities To Enforce Strike Action In Nasarawa SaharaReporters
    The Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), Nasarawa State chapter, chased away lawyers and litigants, who were in various courts in Akwanga Local Government Area of the state, to enforce compliance with its strike action. JUSUN commenced an indefinite strike following the failure of state’s Chief Judge to meet their demands on welfare issues. Jimoh Musa, the Chairman of the union, said some of the union’s grievances included non-conversion or promotion of workers who went for further studies legitimately for the ... more
  • 5 days Produce Dasuki, Court Orders DSS SaharaReporters
    An FCT High Court in Maitama, Abuja, has ordered the Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS) to produce Sambo Dasuki, Nigeria's former National Security Adviser (NSA), in court for his trial. Justice Husseini Baba-Yusuf gave the order on Monday, as a result of the absence of Dasuki in court for his trial over allegations of criminal breach of trust and money laundering. Dasuki, who was charged alongside Aminu Baba Kusa, a former General Executive Director at the Nigeria ... more
  • 5 days Three Policemen To Die By Hanging For Kidnapping Deaconess In Akwa Ibom SaharaReporters
    The State High Court In Uyo, the Akwa Ibom capital has sentenced three policemen and four others to death by hanging for kidnapping a woman. Another woman, who was contracted to cook for the victim, Deaconess Ime Ekanem, while in the custody of the kidnappers, was also sentenced to death. Justice Joy Unwana sentenced the defendants according to the anti-kidnapping law of the state. A suit marked HU/13c/2012 was instituted against eight members of the gang in 2012. The defendants are ... more
  • 5 days Signing Deals That Only Benefit Politicians Affects Development, US Envoy Tells Nigerian Govt SaharaReporters
    John Bray, the United States Consulate General, has called on the Nigerian government to address the country's "endemic corruption", represented in signing deals that only benefit political leaders. The US envoy made this known while speaking on the theme: ‘A Multi-Stakeholder Approach to Addressing Nigeria’s Security Challenges,’ at the Securex West Africa conference in Lagos on Tuesday. According to Bray, Nigeria’s present economic challenges and future outlook are daunting in view of its explosive population projected to be 450 million by ... more
  • 5 days It’s Only In Nigeria People Wear ‘Aso Ebi’ To Court Premises, Says Falana SaharaReporters
    Femi Falana speaking at the launch of Sahara Repoerters Civic Media Center Femi Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), says Nigeria is the only country in the world where corrupt individuals are celebrated, rather than made to face the wrath of the law. The human right lawyer said this on Tuesday, while speaking at an in-house forum organised by Punch newspaper at its office. According to Falana, corrupt individuals pay bad lawyers, who then frustrate the cases at the court. He ... more
  • 5 days Atiku Blasts INEC’s ‘Crass Ignorance And Incomparably Low-Level Wretched Illiteracy’ SaharaReporters
    Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has criticised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for exhibiting “crass ignorance and incomparable low level wretched illiteracy” in its assessment of Dr. Livy Uzoukwu's qualifications, in the petition challenging the declaration of President Muhammadu Buhari as winner of the February 23 election.  In a counter-affidavit, INEC had challenged the choice of Uzoukwu as counsel in the petition, claiming the Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) was not on the roll call of lawyers called to the bar and therefore ineligible to practise in the country.  The counter-affidavit specifically referred ... more
  • 5 days EFCC Explains Reasons For Rearresting Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia SaharaReporters
    Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia in court The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said it rearrested Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, a former judge of the Federal High Court, in order to file a fresh criminal charge against her. Ofili-Ajumogobia was rearrested right on the premises of an Ikeja High Court, Lagos, by operatives of the EFCC on Tuesday just after Justice Hakeem Oshodi had struck out corruption charges against her. In his ruling, the judge struck out the 31-count charge bordering on an alleged perversion of the course of justice, unlawful ... more
  • 5 days Atiku Releases Details Of INEC Server ‘Proving’ His Victory Over Buhari In Presidential Election SaharaReporters
    Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has released further details about the server of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to back up his claims of his victory over President Muhammadu Buhari, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the February 23 presidential election. INEC had declared Buhari winner of the election, saying he polled 15,191,847 to defeat Atiku, who scored 11,262,978 votes. However, Atiku has since claimed he actually polled 18,356,732 votes to Buhari's 16,741,430, citing figures from INEC's server. In his submission to the Presidential Election Tribunal, the former Adamawa State Governor-Elect had ... more
  • 5 days BREAKING: INEC Suspends Further Action On Inconclusive Imo North Senatorial Election SaharaReporters
    The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it is suspending “all further proceedings and actions” on the Imo North senatorial election, which it earlier declared inconclusive in March. According to Mallam Mohammed Haruna, National Commissioner and Member, Information and Voter Education Committee, INEC made the decision in compliance with an ex-parte order mandating it to do so. “Further to our statement of 4th April 2019 on the setting up of a committee by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to investigate the veracity or otherwise of allegations ... more
  • 5 days ‘We Didn’t Beg Buhari For One Million Immigrants’ — Canada Tells Nigerians To ‘Shine Your Eyes Well’ SaharaReporters
    The Canadian High Commission in Nigeria has warned Nigerians to “shine their eyes” concerning reports that Canada is voraciously seeking millions of Nigerians to take up permanent residency in the North American country. Newspaper and magazine publisher Dele Momodu had tweeted the link to a story by CBTV claiming Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, has pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to allow one million Nigerians enter Canada under a new Employment and Migration Programme designed for immigrants.
    Canada’s Prime Minister begs Nigeria President for one million immigrants via @Latest News— Dele Momodu Ovation (@DeleMomodu) April ... more
  • 5 days Nigeria: How Not To Fight Corruption By Godwin Onyeacholem SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Between fighting corruption with bare knuckles in an inspired manner and wearing well-padded gloves to do half-hearted battle with a monster that has literally crippled the country, the Buhari administration has to make up its mind on which style to adopt. And because time is not on its side, it had better do so now. Although Buhari says he is fighting corruption, the question to ask is, how is he fighting it? It is true that waging war against corruption was ... more
  • 5 days University of Ibadan, Are you Guilty or Not? By Olabiyi Richard Aremu SaharaReporters |Opinion
    A big mark – a big question that lands students in trouble in the disciplinary council: the senate would turn down the explanation if the defendant says “no my Lord, with explanation” or even “yes my Lord, with explanation”.  There have been cases of crime committed by an individual based on several incidents, and in a University where a disciplinary committee is grounded, it has been confirmed that this committee does not go out of its way to make any finding but feels cool at punishing students ... more
  • 5 days 20 Elderly SANs Warn Buhari: Onnoghen’s Resignation Is Not Enough SaharaReporters
    A 20-man group of aged Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) under the aegis of the Justice Reform Project (JRP) on Tuesday said Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen’s resignation is not enough in view of “the grave nature of the allegations” against him. The group said justice should run its course in the Onnoghen matter, and also urged the Nigerian Government to sanction other judges whose legitimate earnings are not commensurate with their wealth,  According to JRP, extending the anti-graft exercise to other judges will restore confidence in the ... more
  • 5 days Ekiti Assembly Bans Former Deputy Speaker For Six Months For Interrupting The Speaker SaharaReporters
      The Ekiti State House of Assembly on Tuesday banned Segun Adewumi , a former Deputy Speaker and the Peoples Democratic Party member representing Ekiti West Constituency 1, for six weeks for unduly interrupting Speaker Adeniran Alagbada. The suspension followed a heated verbal exchange between the Speaker and the former Deputy Speaker at the plenary, prompting the Speaker to exercise his powers with which he banned him in accordance with Section 17 of the House Standing Order. Following the suspension, the Speaker said Adewumi would be prevented ... more
  • 5 days ‘I Was The First To Flag It’ — Nnamdi Kanu Claims Credit For ‘Atiku Is Not A Nigerian’ Debate SaharaReporters
    Nnamdi Kanu, leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), says the resurgence of the argument that Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is not a Nigerian but a Cameroonian, is proof that whatever he says on Radio Biafra is nothing but the truth. One of the hottest topics of Nigerian politics of the moment is last week’s claim by the All Progressives Congress (APC) that Atiku should have been ineligible to contest in the first place because he is not a Nigerian by birth. The party made this argument in its reply to the 139-page ... more
  • 5 days Court Frees Gwarzo, The SEC DG Accused Of 115m Corruption By kemi Adeosun SaharaReporters
    Mounir Gwarzo The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Maitama, Abuja, on Tuesday dismissed corruption charges involving alleged mismanagement of about N115m public fund levelled against Mounir Gwarzo, the suspended Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Zakwanu Garuba, a commissioner of the commission,  In November 2017, Kemi Adeosun, the former Minister of Finance, had suspended Gwarzo over allegations of financial improprieties, part of which formed the basis for the charges brought against him and Garuba. But, in a ruling on Tuesday, Justice Husseini Baba-Yusuf discharged ... more
  • 5 days Nigerian Businessman Igho Sanomi Forfeits Private Jet, Three London Homes To Swiss Bank Over $3m Debt SaharaReporters
    Igho Sanomi, a Nigerian oil trader, is set to lose his three apartments in London to a Swiss bank over $3million debt. Credit Suisse, the Swiss bank, has already seized Sanomi's private jet, and has gone ahead to put it up for sale. According to Bloomberg, Sanomi was guarantor for a credit facility extended to one of his companies by Credit Suisse Group AG.  Aside the Swiss Bank, Banque Cantonale de Geneva has already made a freezing order against the London properties, just as ING Groep NV has also filed a suit against Sanomi for Taleveras’s unpaid debts. In ... more
  • 5 days Lagos: Keeping Humanism Alive By Leo Igwe SaharaReporters |Opinion
    A humanist meeting organized on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, happened at a very short notice and brought out the best in Lagos. One of the council members of the Humanist Association of Ghana (HAG) was visiting and the event was to welcome her. So it was planned as a meet-up, an evening get-together. A talk on Pant Money Rituals and Superstition was added to spice the meeting and give attendees a common theme for discussion, something to talk about ... more
  • 6 days Unity In Diversity By Hannatu Musawa SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Fostering unity in diversity should be a key feature for a country such as Nigeria, which has a rich ethnic and tribal diversity. Accord, acceptance and understanding are necessary to counter conflictual division. Every so often, the camaraderie of Nigerians is tested by the very diversity that defines us. We saw a case in point recently when social media literally went up in flames over the news report of five Nigerians that were arrested in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, for allegedly ... more
  • 6 days El- Rufai Sacks All Political Appointees In Kaduna SaharaReporters
    Nasir el-Rufai, Kaduna State Governor, has instructed all political appointees in the state to submit their resignation letters on or before April 30, as he prepares for his second term in office. This decision, it is believed, will afford the Governor the opportunity to select the team for his second term in office. Also, the decision is in accordance with his constitutional prerogative, which allows him to decide on re-appointments while giving the Kaduna State Ministry of Finance adequate time to compute severance payments and reconcile any ... more
  • 6 days BREAKING: Nigerian Government Agency Demolishes AIT’s ‘Gate House’ SaharaReporters
    The Gate House, a building within the premises of DAAR Communications — owners of African Independent Television (AIT) and RayPower FM — is currently being demolished, SaharaReporters has been told. According to a staff member of AIT, who spoke with SaharaReporters on the phone, demolition of the building was being handled by officials of the Federal Capital Territory Development Authority (FCDA). “It is true that a demolition is going on but it is the Gate House for the security officials, and it is a little away from the main building,” said the AIT official who asked not to be ... more
  • 6 days Labour Union Kicks As LASPOTECH Management Arrests Union Members SaharaReporters
    The Joint Action Front (JAF) has condemned the arrest of eight union leaders of the Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu, Lagos, by the Police on the orders of Samuel Sogunro, Rector of the polytechnic. The union leaders were arrested on Monday while continuing with their demand for the reversal of the de-migration of their salary structure. They were also alleged to have attacked staff of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) during the mock exercise. Those arrested, who are members of the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU), Senior Staff Association of ... more
  • 6 days BREAKING: Court Sets Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia Free But EFCC Rearrests Her Immediately SaharaReporters
    Officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have arrested Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, a dismissed judge of the Federal High Court, after corruption charges against her were struck out. About 10 officials of the EFCC surrounded Ofili-Ajumogobia as she attempted to leave the courtroom at about 10:24 am on Tuesday after the ruling by Justice Hakeem Oshodi. Upon sighting the officials, the judge hastily retreated upstairs into Justice Oshodi’s courtroom to seek the protection of the court from the EFCC officials. However, when notified of the development, Justice Oshodi said there was nothing he could do as “the ... more
  • 6 days EXCLUSIVE: Nigerian Prisons Boss Ja’afaru Ahmed Blocks Investigation Of Sodomy At Maiduguri Prison SaharaReporters
    Ja’afaru Ahmed, the Controller-General (CG) of the Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS), and Sanusi Mu’azu Danmusa, the Maiduguri State Controller of the prison service, have blocked investigations into allegations of child prostitution, sodomy, and forced abortions at the Maiduguri Prison, SaharaReporters can exclusively report. On March 23, SaharaReporters had published excerpts from Charles Okah's 31-page piece entitled ‘Sodomy of Children in Maiduguri Prison and The ICRC Conspiracy of Silence’, which chronicled the harrowing experiences that prison inmates are subjected to, sometimes with the cooperation of prison officials.  In the report, Okah revealed cases of child prostitution, sodomy, abortions, and even outright ... more
  • 6 days Abuja Court Sentences Rights Activist IG Wala To 12 Years In Prison Over Facebook Post SaharaReporters
    IG Wala The Abuja High Court on Monday sentenced Ibrahim Wala, popularly known as IG Wala, to 12 years in jail after being found guilty of gathering unlawful assembly and criminal defamation of character. Delivering the ruling, Justice Yusuf Halilu ruled that Wala is guilty of three of the four charges brought against him by Abdullahi Mukhtar, Chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON). On September 26, 2017, Wala, convener of Citizens Action to Take Back Nigeria (CATBAN), had made a Facebook post accusing Mukhtar of corruptly ... more
  • 6 days Nigeria Needs To Remove Subsidy In 2019 By Ettu Mohammed SaharaReporters |Opinion
    We should understand that in 2019 Nigeria will spend at least $5.5bn on PMS subsidy and it can rise to $7bn depending on the international price of crude oil in 2019. The benefit of Subsidy removal is humongous and can't be quantified.  PMS subsidy removal will bring about a significant reduction in the government’s borrowing and save the country at least N1.7trillion in 2019. If we retain Subsidy, the Federal Government would borrow heavily to fund subsidy and recurrent budget in ... more
  • 6 days The People’s Revolt In Algeria And Sudan By Reuben Abati SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Young people are leading a people’s revolution in Algeria and Sudan, both developments remind us forcefully of the wages of mis-governance, the power of the people to seize control of their own destiny, and the role that the youth can play in a country’s development process.  It is encouraging to see that in both countries, we are witnessing the triumph of the people’s will. In Algeria and Sudan, it is Arab Spring (or Winter?) all over, with the people saying No to ... more
  • 6 days Finding Atiku’s Nigeria By Bright Ogundare​ SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Professor Wole Soyinka in his book "The open sore of a continent" expounded the idea of nationhood via analysis of the different definitions of what is a nation. The analysis converged on a point that nationhood is a state of the mind, a common will and sense of unity of purpose. This is what leaders should strive to promote rather than use force and rhetoric to ensure the unity of the nation. Unfortunately, Nigerian leaders have failed grossly in this duty ... more
  • 6 days Group Demands Immediate Trial Of Police Officers That ‘Killed’ NSCDC Officer Jumbo SaharaReporters
    The Joint Civil Society Action Against Extra-Judicial Killings has called on Adamu Mohammed, Nigeria's Inspector General Police (IGP), to immediately begin the trial of police officers involved in the death of ASC Ogah Jumbo. Jumbo, personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), was murdered by officers of the Nigeria Police Force on March 20, 2019, after he was accused of violating traffic laws. See Also Breaking News BREAKING: ... more
  • 6 days Nigerian Govt Asks Court To Order Arrest Of Innoson Boss SaharaReporters
    The Nigerian government has asked the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos to issue a bench warrant for the arrest of Innocent Chukwuma, Chairman of Innoson Nigeria Limited. The court order is also seeking the arrest of two of Chukwuma's employees. They are standing trial in a case bordering on fraud. The case is before Justice Ayokunle Faji. The Innoson boss and members of his staff are standing trial over allegations of shipping fraud, before the take-over of the case by ... more
  • 6 days EFCC Investigating FIRS Staff Over Fraudulent Payment Of Travel Allowance SaharaReporters
    The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is interrogating some top officials of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) for receiving billions of Naira as travel allowance without embarking on any trip. According to a report by Daily Trust, EFCC acted based on a petition it received informing the anti-graft agency of the activities in FIRS. It was observed that the money being paid to the staff were not funds received as tax, but the support services funds of the organisation. ... more
  • 6 days Panel Proposes Sack Of NHIS Executive Secretary, Usman Yusuf SaharaReporters
    The panel investigating the misconduct of Professor Usman Yusuf, Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), has proposed that the Nigerian government dismisses Yusuf for various infractions he has committed. The panel, led by Hassan Bukar, made the recommendation after the conclusion of its investigations. Yusuf was found to have negated the outline laid down by the Public Procurement Act. The panel also recommended the immediate dismissal of 13 senior officers in the agency in the report presented to ... more
  • 6 days Boko Haram Attacks Chibok On Fifth Anniversary Of Mass Abduction Of Girls SaharaReporters
    Boko Haram Insurgents invaded a village at Chibok, Borno State, on Sunday, wreaking havoc, exactly five years into the abduction of c276 girls from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok. A witness told SaharaReporters that activities to commemorate the fifth anniversray were still ongoing on Sunday when residents learnt of the invasion of Kwarangullum village by the insurgents. Mallam Bulama, District Head of the village, confirmed that the insurgents invaded his village although he could not state exactly how many people were killed on injured.   Insurgency News AddThis ... more
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