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  • 23 hours UPDATED: Gunmen Kill Ambulance Driver, Injure Police Escort Conveying Lassa Fever Relief Materials SaharaReporters
    The Ondo State Health Commissioner, Dr. Wahab Adegbenro, has confirmed an earlier report by SaharaReporters that there was an attack on an ambulance travelling along the boundary between Ondo and Edo states on Friday. Adegbenro said some health officials in the ambulance were attacked.  He told SaharaReporters on Saturday that the attackers shot dead the ambulance's driver and wounded a police escort.  "What actually happened was that a convoy was coming from Port Harcourt via Benin to bring some consumables and ambulances ... more
  • 1 day AAC Expels Former Ogun Chairman, Gubernatorial Candidate For Anti-party Activities SaharaReporters
    The African Action Congress (AAC) in Ogun state has expelled it gubernatorial candidate in the 2019 general elections, Mrs. Otasanya Martins as well as the former state chairman, Francis Abayomi, for anti-party activities and gross misconduct.  Ifemosu Michael Adewale, AAC Secretary in Ogun state in a statement on Saturday said the duo were suspended for their role in the "unconstitutionally and unlawfully pseudo-NEC Meeting" to suspend its national chairman, Omoyele Sowore.  The statement read, "This is to notify the General Public, ... more
  • 1 day Murder, Kidnapping: Army Court-martials 14 Officers, Soldiers SaharaReporters
    The Nigerian Army said on Saturday it has begun proceedings to court-martial 14 officers and soldiers accused of murder, kidnapping and desertion, among other criminal offences. Inaugurating the court proceedings in Port Harcourt, General Officer Commanding Army 6 Division, Port Harcourt, Maj.-Gen. Jamil Sarham, said the suspects were officers and soldiers of the division. Sarham said the General Court Martial was convened in compliance to Section 131 of the Armed Forces Act guiding the professional conduct of the nation’s military. “The ... more
  • 1 day Names Of Ministers: Buhari To Submit List To Senate Before July 2 SaharaReporters
    Top-ranking lawmakers in Nigeria’s National Assembly said they were expecting President Muhammadu Buhari to submit a list of ministers that will form his federal executive council before or by July 2. The Ahmad Lawan-led 9th Senate would upon resumption from its two weeks recess in July begin a speedy screening and confirmation of persons whose names are expected to have been submitted by the Presidency before the July 2 resumption of the upper legislative chamber. A ranking senator told The Guardian, ... more
  • 1 day Shame Of June 12 Democracy Day: Grass Takes Over $360m MKO Abiola Stadium SaharaReporters
    Poor Condition Of $360m Stadium Named After MKO Abiola Vandalised seats at the swimming pool complex tv360nigeria The National Stadium, Abuja, now renamed Moshood Abiola National Stadium is in a state of disrepair following the failure of the government to maintain the facility, which has been taken over by weeds. Findings indicate that many facilities at the complex, built at a whopping $360m in 2003, had deteriorated while the environment looked unkempt and rough with grasses growing all over the walkways and ... more
  • 1 day EU Casts Aspersion On Buhari’s Re-election, Says Presidential Poll Not Transparent SaharaReporters
    The European Union Observers have said the 2019 presidential election that returned President Muhammadu Buhari to power was not transparent. The EU pointed out that the February 23 and March 2, 2019, general elections were not transparent and were marred by violence, harassment, and intimidation. These elements, the observers said, seriously damaged the integrity of the elections conducted under the watch of Buhari’s All Progressives Congress. “The elections became increasingly marred by violence and intimidation, with the role of the security ... more
  • 1 day Gunmen Attack Ambulance, Kills 2 On Ondo-Edo Boundary SaharaReporters
    Gunmen have attacked an ambulance conveying medical materials along the boundary between Owo in Ondo State and Edo State.SaharaReporters gathered that the ambulance, a white Toyota bus had some medical personnel and members of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) when it was attacked.An impeccable source who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the matter confirmed the attack to SaharaReporters.The source added that the ambulance was conveying some medical drugs meant for the ... more
  • 1 day State House Clinic Recruitment: We’ll Investigate, Prosecute Individuals Peddling Falsehood, Says Presidency SaharaReporters
    State House State House PM News Amidst reports that the Presidency has begun a recruitment exercise for the State House Clinic, the Permanent Secretary of the clinic, Jalal Arabi, has said the President Muhammadu Buhari administration is not employing any Nigerians at the moment, vowing that anyone involved in spreading such information will be investigated and prosecuted. Arabi urged the public to ignore notices of recruitment at the State House Clinic currently making the rounds on the Internet. In a Presidency statement, the Permanent ... more
  • 1 day Suicide: Nigerian Teacher, 40, Found Dead In His Room SaharaReporters
    A 40-year-old man, Femi Oguntumi, has been found dead and hung with a rope to a ceiling fan in his room at Dakata Quarters Kano. Oguntumi was a staff of Karish College in Kawaji area of Kano and there has been no indication yet as to what led to the incident. However, the police say they have launched a discreet investigation to determine whether it was suicide or not. Abdullahi Haruna, the Police Public Relations Officer in Kano State said in ... more
  • 1 day Sex for Marks: Another Nigerian Lecturer Caught Pants Down SaharaReporters
      The management of the Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado Ekiti, says it has begun investigations into an allegation of sexual misconduct involving one of its lecturers, Dr. O. O Aduwo. Mr. Bode Olofinmuagun, Head, Directorate of Information and Corporate Affairs of the institution in a statement on Saturday, said that the university had also queried the lecturer concerned. ”The attention of the management of Ekiti State University has been drawn to a video that has gone viral on an alleged ... more
  • 1 day Eagles Set For Friendly Against Teranga Lions SaharaReporters
    Senegal’s Teranga Lions is Africa’s number one-ranked team, but the Super Eagles (ranked third) are determined to give a good account of themselves when both teams square up in Ismailia on Sunday evening. Feelers from the camp indicate only a very positive ambience with players and officials thinking of how to bring honour and glory to the nation, when the whistle goes for kick off at the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations finals in seven days. The last time both Nigeria ... more
  • 1 day Wig-wearing Women Get Ready: Tanzania To Impose Wig, Hair Extension Tax SaharaReporters
    Illustration Illustration; Woman wearing wig. DHgate A row has broken out in Tanzania over the government's decision to impose a tax on wigs and hair extensions. Many male and some female MPs applauded and thumped their desks in approval when Finance Minister Philip Mpango announced the tax in parliament. Supporters of the levy say it will help women keep their hair natural. But there has also been public outrage, with women saying they are being punished for wanting to look good in wigs and ... more
  • 1 day International Dream Cup: Future Eagles Lose 4-1 To Japan SaharaReporters
    Nigeria’s U15 boys on Friday lost their second match of the 2019 International Dream Cup tournament to host nation Japan 1-4 at the Yurtec Stadium in Miyagi. Following their 3-1 win over Mexico’s U16 on Wednesday, the Future Eagles were confident of a result against the Japanese. But they got a lesson in marksmanship and staying power by the Japanese. Katsushima, who would eventually annex the match ball with a hat-trick, opened the floodgates in the 16th minute. Adeyeye Damilola equalized ... more
  • 1 day Buhari’s Cabinet: To Be Or Not To Be? By Fredrick Nwabufo SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Fredrick Nwabufo Fredrick Nwabufo “It will take the next two months before ministers can come on board. Bringing them in now may disrupt the clean-up going on. So, Nigerians just have to be patient.” This was Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, speaking to Reuters on July 1, 2015 on the hold-up in appointing ministers. He said the president was taking his time to assemble a team of “credible and competent” Nigerians. But after six months of suspense and wearisome wait, some persons of blemished ... more
  • 2 days No Prepaid Meter, No Electricity Supply, Nigeria’s Electricity Company Warns Customers SaharaReporters
      Anthony Youdeowei, Chief Executive Officer of Ikeja Electric, has warned that consumers who fail to procure prepaid meters would no longer enjoy electricity supply. He said this at the launch of its Meter Asset Provider (MAP) scheme in Ikorodu, Lagos. The CEO who was represented  Ugochukwu Obi-Chukwu said the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) mandate was for every Disco to meter all consumers under its network, saying Ikeja Disco was all out to carry out the effective implementation of the directive. MAP ... more
  • 2 days We’ll Seize Diplomatic Passports For Ex-lawmakers, Other At Airport, NIS Warns SaharaReporters
    Muhammad Babandede Muhammad Babandede The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) has warned that it would seize, at the airport, diplomatic passports from former commissioners, lawmakers, and ministers who refused to return theirs. Muhammad Babandede, the Comptroller-General of Immigration,  who spoke with Punch Newspaper said lawmakers who refused to return the passport will not receive their severance package. According to the law, holders of such passports are required to return them to the Nigeria Immigration Service at the expiration of their tenure. A diplomatic passport holder ... more
  • 2 days Disclose How Much You Spend On Security Issues, Ribadu Tells Governors SaharaReporters
    Nuhu Ribadu, former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), says Nigerian governors must make full disclosure of what is spent on security to check financial mismanagement. The former Petroleum Revenue Task Force said this on Friday during a convocation lecture at the Federal University, Dutsin Ma, Katsina State.  Ribadu said the huge security votes available to governors and other public officers without accountability is disturbing. He said: “To the credit of current management of the EFCC, and the political leadership under President ... more
  • 2 days Police Arrest 70-year-old Katsina Bandit, Two Others SaharaReporters
      The Police Command in Katsina State has arrested three suspected bandits and kidnappers, including one 70-year-old Bawa Naganda. The Katsina State Public Relations Officer, SP Gambo Isa, stated this in a statement in Katsina on Friday and said that the suspects were nabbed Kankara Local Government Area of the state. According to Gambo: “On June 23, 2019, a distress call was received that about 100 armed bandits were seen around Pauwa village, Kankara Local Government Area, with about 50 stolen ... more
  • 2 days 2019 Elections: EU Submits Report To INEC, Makes It Public Today SaharaReporters
    The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) has submitted its findings and recommendations on the 2019 general elections to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Maria Arena, EU Chief Observer, while submitting the report to INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, in Abuja, said the union would on Saturday make public the report of its monitoring of the elections. Maria Arena who did not disclose the content of the report, said that the submission would be made open to journalists and ... more
  • 2 days Nigerian Politicians Can Sell You For A Plate Of Porridge -Wike SaharaReporters
      It’s almost three weeks after Wike was sworn in for a second term in office as the Rivers State governor, and he pledged not to get carried away by the huge waves of congratulatory and goodwill messages on his victory at the poll. Governor Wike stated that as a politician, he was aware that people were in the habit of betraying those who trusted them, adding that it was necessary to be careful while dealing with politicians. Wike made these ... more
  • 2 days Herdsmen Attacks: 2,000 Children Out Of School In Nasarawa SaharaReporters
    A total of 2, 000 children of school age from about a total of 20 primary schools in Nasarawa State were attacked by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Akwanga Local Government Area of the state. Nothing less than 20 people lost their lives and property due to the herdsmen's attack in the communities in Akwanga between March 2018 and April 2019. The communities affected include; Manter, Katanga, Numan, Nidan, and Kochu. The Education Secretary, Akwanga LGA, Doko Kiga, explained that at the moment, pupils ... more
  • 2 days Law School: NOUN Graduates Write Buhari, To Opt For Mass Protests SaharaReporters
    NOUN graduates NOUN graduates Law graduates of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) have rejected excuses given for delaying their admission into the Nigerian Law School for vocational training six months after President Muhammadu Buhari gave assent to NOUN (Amendment) Act. The presidential assent was given to remedy the claimed irregularities in the NOUN Act as pointed out during a public hearing by the Senate Committee on Public Petitions. This was contained in a communiqué to Buhari by the aggrieved students under ... more
  • 2 days The Case For Transformational Leadership In The Nigerian Public Sector: Our TETFUND Experience By U. B Jubril SaharaReporters |Opinion
    TETFUND Intervention building TETFUND Project building Over the last 11 years, we have worked as technical support providers in the Nigerian public sector. In that time, we have had first-hand experience of individuals and institutions at every level of government in more than 70% of the country. As an organisation, we pride ourselves that we are defined by certain fundamental philosophies; one of them being a strong sense of belief in the entity that is Nigeria, and the subsequent belief that individual and ... more
  • 2 days National Assembly Will Pass Budget Within Three Months – Lawan SaharaReporters
    Ahmed Lawan Ahmed Lawan ChannelsTV Nigeria’s Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, says henceforth the National Assembly will ensure the passage of the nation’s appropriation bill within three months of its submission by the Executive arm of government. Lawan stated this known when he fielded questions from State House correspondents after joining President Muhammadu Buhari to perform the weekly Friday’s Juma’at prayer at the Aso Rock Mosque, Abuja. He, however, expressed the hope that the executive would always ensure early submission of the budget enable the ... more
  • 2 days Lampard Favoured To Land Chelsea Coaching Job SaharaReporters
    Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has hired some of the world’s highest-profile managers during his 16-year reign, but relative rookie Frank Lampard is emerging as the favourite to occupy the Stamford Bridge hot seat. With Italian Maurizio Sarri’s departure to Juventus being imminent, club talisman Eden Hazard already departed to Real Madrid and a FIFA transfer ban looming, Chelsea have arrived at a crossroads. Derby County boss Lampard is adored by the Chelsea faithful for his record-breaking goalscoring exploits during a trophy-laden ... more
  • 2 days CBN Economic Intelligence Department To Investigate Oil Palm Importers SaharaReporters
    Godwin Emefiele, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, said in a meeting with executives of indigenous oil palm producers in Abuja Friday that the bank has begun the investigation of the accounts of companies importing the cash commodity into the country.  At the meeting which was attended by the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, Emefiele said N30 billion has so far been disbursed to palm oil producers. “We have started, our Economic Intelligence Department has started investigating the accounts of some of ... more
  • 2 days $8m Fraud: Ajudua Swore On Son’s Life Not To Defraud Me –Bamaiyi SaharaReporters
    A former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ishaya Bamaiyi, on Friday, told an Ikeja High Court that Fred Ajudua, an alleged serial conman, defrauded him in spite swearing on his son’s life. Bamaiyi made the disclosure while being cross-examined by Ajudua’s counsel, Mr. Olalekan Ojo, at the resumed hearing in allegedly swindling Bamaiyi of $8.4 million at the Kirikiri Maximum Prisons by Ajudua in 2004. “I trusted him completely; you don’t understand the concept and level of trust I had. I’m ... more
  • 2 days Orji Kalu Was My University Roommate in 1980 –Senate President Lawan SaharaReporters
    Nigeria’s new Senate President, Mr. Ahmad Lawan, says Abia State former Governor, Orji Kalu, was his roommate at the university. Lawan and the Senate Deputy President, Mr. Ovie Omo-Agege, were on Thursday hosted to a dinner by Kalu, who has now joined the league of former-governors-turned-senators. The event, which took place at Kalu’s residence in Abuja, was also attended by some senators, members of the diplomatic corps, among others. Lawan disclosed that the two-term governor of Abia, Kalu, was his roommate ... more
  • 2 days Protest In Ondo Over Raging Fire At Chevron’s Ojumale Oil Field SaharaReporters
    The coastal communities of Ugbo in Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State have protested over the harsh conditions they are passing through as a result of the explosion caused by the Ojumale oil field. Their protest came barely two months after the 'Ojumole Oil field' went up in flames and cause heavy inferno which spread to other areas.The protesters also carried different placards which inscriptions: "We are dying gradually due to poison"; "The Govt should come to our aide"; "Chevron ... more
  • 2 days BREAKING: Naira Marley Released 14 Days After He Was Granted Bail SaharaReporters
    Azeez Fashola, Nigerian musician better known as Naira Marley has been released from prison custody after perfecting his bail condition. The artiste was arrested and charged to court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on an 11 count charge of advance fee fraud popularly called 'yahoo yahoo'. Azeez Fashola, aka, Naira Marley, who had been in prison custody pending when he would perfect his bail conditions following his arraignment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) before Justice Nicolas ... more
  • 2 days Why I Chose To Be Called First Lady Of Nigeria – Aisha Buhari SaharaReporters
    The wife of the President, Mrs, Aisha Buhari, has announced her decision to be addressed as the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and gave a reason for doing so. Buhari disclosed her new official title at the presentation of awards to the former and current wives of governors of the 36 states. The event held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. “When my husband was elected newly I personally chose to be called the wife ... more
  • 2 days Oil Licence: Nigerian Claims To Be NNPC GMD, Dupes Korean Of N30 Million SaharaReporters
    A Kwara State High Court, Ilorin, on Friday, ordered the remand of one Jamiu Isiaka, 31, for allegedly impersonating the Group Managing Director (GMD) of Nigeria National Petroleum Cooperation ( NNPC ), Dr. Maikanti Baru and others. The suspect, with others still at large, allegedly used the names of the senior government officials to scam a South Korean National, Keun Sig Kim to the tune of N30 million. He said the defendant committed the act with the pretence of getting Kim NNPC ... more
  • 2 days Apapa Gridlock: Osinbajo Gives Presidential Task Force Two More Weeks To Clear Traffic SaharaReporters
    The Federal Government has extended by two weeks, the time given the Presidential Taskforce on the Apapa traffic gridlock to resolve the matter following a request for an extension by members of the taskforce and other stakeholders.  Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, approved the extension at a meeting of the Presidential Task Force with stakeholders held at the Presidential Villa, earlier in the week.  The task force which commenced its assignment on May 24 had up to June 7 to complete the ... more
  • 2 days Don’t Re-appoint Ngige, Fashola, Adamu, Adewole Nigerians On Facebook, Twitter Urge Buhari SaharaReporters
    Nigerians have asked President Muhammadu Buhari not to include Chris Ngige, ex-minister of labour and employment as well as Adamu Adamu, ex-minister of education, in the list of ministers that would work with him in his second term in office. Following the dissolving of the cabinet by President Buhari on the midnight of May 29, 2019, SaharaReporters conducted an online poll asking Nigerians to pick who they did not want President Buhari to be reappointed based on their performances. The poll ... more
  • 2 days Caleb University Issues Stringent Rules For Students’ Admission On Campus SaharaReporters
    The management of Caleb University has issued new and strict guidelines before students can be admitted on the university campus. The reason for the new guidelines might not be unconnected with a clash between students and some policemen over disciplinary actions taken by the institution on the two students. The students concerned had violated a memo released by the school authorities prohibiting students from hanging out between 7 pm and 8 am.  The students were sanctioned for violating the rule, which led ... more
  • 2 days 9 Terminologies New Lawmakers In The Ninth Assembly Should Know SaharaReporters
    Amidst the drama, intrigues, brinkmanship, and shenanigans that often characterize politics, regardless of where it is played, the principal officers of the  9th Assembly in Nigeria emerged on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Ahmed Ibrahim Lawal emerged as the Senate President while Femi Gbajabiamila as Speaker of the House of Representatives. Together, these two lawmakers will be calling the shots at the upper and lower chambers jointly known as the National Assembly. The legislature is the organ of government saddled with the ... more
  • 2 days 10 Air Crashes That Shook Nigeria SaharaReporters
    Scene of Boeing 737 crash Nigeria has suffered several terrible accidents, most of which are roads. Meanwhile, some air accidents have left the country with deep scars. Here is a look 10 air crashes that shook Nigeria. 1. On November 20, 1969, 87 people lost their lives in a Vickers VC-10 Airplane which crashed in Lagos, Nigeria. The VC-10 took off from London to Lagos with ... more
  • 2 days Lagos Announce 100% Increase In Allowance Of Traffic Management Officers SaharaReporters
    The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has announced a 100 percent increase in the allowances of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority officials. Sanwo-Olu announced the increase when he visited the LASTMA headquarters at Oshodi, Lagos. Sanwo-Olu promised that the increase would commence from the end of July 2019 while also saying that LASTMA officials would be entitled to free treatment. “From the end of next month, we are going to double your allowance, from the end of next month. If you ... more
  • 2 days Nigerian Army Launches Special Squad To Rid Ondo State Of Kidnappers SaharaReporters
    The Nigeria Army, 32 Artillery Brigade, Owena Barracks, Akure, says it is battle-ready to rid Ondo State and neighbouring states of kidnappers and bandits.  Brig. Gen. Zakari Logun Abubakar, Commander of the 32 Artillery Brigade, disclosed this to SaharaReporters in an interview on Friday.  Abubakar lamented the rampant cases of kidnapping which is fast becoming a growing 'business' for criminals who use the deep forest for cover and demand for a huge ransom.  He also said the military has put in ... more
  • 2 days Boko Haram Attacks Borno, Kills Commanding Officer, Other Soldiers On June 12 SaharaReporters
    Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau Boko Haram terrorists have attacked troops of the Nigerian army of the 158 Battalion located at Kareto Village, SaharaReporters can authoritatively confirm. The attack which took place as Nigeria's President, Muhammadu Buhari gathered world leaders to celebrate democracy day claimed the life of a Lt. Col commanding officer of 158 Battalion and other soldiers. A top military source who confirmed the attack to SaharaReporters said when the attacks happened at Kareto Village, Mobbar local government area of ... more
  • 2 days Request For Yoruba Oba Of France Is Ridiculous, Anti-Yoruba Culture -Alaafin Of Oyo SaharaReporters
    Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi, the Alaafin of Oyo, has condemned the proposed installation of a Yoruba king in France, describing it is a desecration of culture, custom, and tradition of the Yoruba race. The Alaafin made a statement following a letter written to him by the Mayegun of France, residing at 1 Pare D’Orgemount 95500-Gonesse, France, who sought Alaafin’s approval for the appointment of a Yoruba monarch in the European country. Oba Adeyemi said: “The challenge before us as keepers and custodians ... more
  • 2 days EXCLUSIVE: Nigerian Soldiers Face Impending Attacks In Damasak, Mallam Fatori, Magumeri, Gubio And Fuchimiram In Borno State SaharaReporters
    Nigerian soldiers may soon be attacked in Damasak, Mallam Fatori, Magumeri, Gubio and Fuchimiram area's of Borno state SaharaReporters can confirm.  Boko Haram terrorists who are planning the attacks are currently taking refuge in Fuchimiram village, six kilometres West of Kareto Village where they carried out a deadly attack on June 12, 2019. Military intelligence seen by SaharaReporters shows that the leadership of the Nigerian army and President Muhammadu Buhari were notified in advance of the democracy day attacks. The intelligence ... more
  • 2 days Amnesty Programme: Navy Recovers Over 2,000 Assault Rifles From Ondo Militants SaharaReporters
    Abdul Adamu, Admiral Superintendent NOD of the Nigerian Navy has announced the commencement of the destruction of 2,829 firearms recovered from participants in Ondo State Amnesty Programme. According to the superintendent, part of the arms are unserviceable firearms belonging to the service. This exercise marked the first since the depot’s establishment in 1966. The exercise was organised the Naval Ordinance Depot (NOD), Ojo, Lagos State, following approval by the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas. The weapons ... more
  • 3 days Nigerians Know Kidnapping, Don’t Let It Be A Feature Here, Ghanaian President Begs Citizens SaharaReporters
    Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Minister of Information, Ghana Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Minister of Information, Ghana Two young Canadian women freed from their kidnap ordeal by Ghanaian security forces were unharmed, the government said Wednesday, after the development volunteers were snatched at a golf club in the city of Kumasi last week. Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said five Ghanaians and three Nigerians are being held in connection with the kidnapping, a relatively rare incident of violence targeting foreigners in a country seen as ... more
  • 3 days Nigeria To Lose $9 Billion Assets Over Aborted Gas Project SaharaReporters
    A firm incorporated in the British Virgin Islands will ask a British court on Friday for the right to seize up to $9 billion of Nigerian government assets - some 20% of the oil-rich nation's foreign reserves - over an aborted gas project. The case highlights a risk to Nigeria's foreign assets, potentially clouding its appeal to some investors. The request is part of a long-running saga over a 2010 deal in which the Nigerian government agreed to supply gas to ... more
  • 3 days Tanker Rams Into Bar In Bayelsa, Five Casualties Recorded SaharaReporters
    A diesel tanker with registration number Lagos GGE 179 XP has rammed into a bar injuring five persons. The accident which happened at Duncan Eradiri junction of Azikoro, a suburb of Yenagoa, Bayelsa. It was gathered that the incident occurred at about 7 pm on Democracy Day when residents were hanging out. One of the victims and the owner of the joint, Kenneth Ighedosa, said the incident happened within a twinkle of an eye as the residents ran for their dear ... more
  • 3 days I Won’t Divorce My Wife Until She Pays N3.5M I Spent On Her, Man Tells Court SaharaReporters
    A businessman, Alhaji Murtala Adamu, on Thursday prayed a Gudu Grade II Court not to grant his estranged wife’s request for divorce until she returned the N3.5 million he had so far spent on her. Adamu made the request during divorce proceedings to end his one-year marriage to Layisatu Abubakar. He said that he would not divorce Abubakar until his conditions are met. Abubakar had filed a case against Adamu on the basis of ‘Khul’, (also called Khula, a procedure through ... more
  • 3 days BREAKING: Abaribe Emerges Minority Leader SaharaReporters
      The Peoples Democratic Party Senator representing Abia South Senatorial District, Enyinnaya Abaribe,  has been  named the Minority Leader of the Ninth Senate  Also, Emmanuel  Bwacha from Taraba South retained his position as Deputy Minority Leader.  The Senator representing the Federal Capital Territory,  Phillip Aduda,  also retained his position as the Minority Whip. Details later. Politics Breaking News News AddThis :  Original Author :  SaharaReporters, New York Disable advertisements :  ... more
  • 3 days Heavy Rain Destroys Delta Broadcasting Service Equipment SaharaReporters
    Delta Broadcasting Service, (DBS), Asaba, has been flooded following a downpour on Thursday that lasted several hours destroying many pieces of equipment. The flood which also affected some parts of the busy Okpanam road caused gridlock as motorists were forced to drive one-way while the road leading to the Junior Staff Quarters from Summit Road was totally cut off by the surging water. When visited the premises of the state-owned broadcasting station which is in a state of comatose, ... more
  • 3 days For Third Time In Two Years, Gov. Akeredolu’s Government Sacks Local Government Caretaker Chairmen SaharaReporters
    The Ondo State House of Assembly has dissolved the caretaker committees heading the 18 local government areas of the state. The committees were dissolved on Thursday via a text message.  The SMS directed all the caretaker committees to hand over to the directors of local government administration [DLA] in their respective councils. 18 interim management committee of the local governments and members stand dissolved today 13th of June 2019," the text message said.  This would be the third time within two ... more
  • 3 days Job Seekers Besiege National Assembly Complex SaharaReporters
    In an unprecedented manner, the lobby of the National Assembly Complex in Abuja on Thursday was filled to the brim following the influx of job seekers.  The army of unemployed youths in their numbers, both male and female, stormed the nation's lawmaking building in search of legislative jobs and office assistance.  Most of them were seen with their credentials pleading with the lawmakers to offer them a job in their offices. Many of the job seekers would have been among ... more
  • 3 days Ezekwesili Leads Talks On Good Governance As Soyinka Turns 85 SaharaReporters
    Dr. Oby Ezekwesili Obiageli Ezekwesili, the Senior Economic Advisor, Africa Economic Development Policy Initiative (AEDPI) and Co-Founder of #BringBackOurGirls Movement, will give the keynote address on the theme, ‘Rethinking credible elections, accountable democracy and good governance in Nigeria’, at the 11th Wole Soyinka Centre Media Lecture Series. According to a statement by the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ), the event is slated for  July 13, 2019, at MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos Island, Lagos, to mark Wole Soyinka’s 85th birthday. ... more
  • 3 days Ezekwesili To Lead Talks On Good Governance As Soyinka Turns 85 SaharaReporters
    Dr. Oby Ezekwesili Obiageli Ezekwesili, the Senior Economic Advisor, Africa Economic Development Policy Initiative (AEDPI) and Co-Founder of #BringBackOurGirls Movement, will give the keynote address on the theme, ‘Rethinking credible elections, accountable democracy and good governance in Nigeria’, at the 11th Wole Soyinka Centre Media Lecture Series. According to a statement by the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ), the event is slated for  July 13, 2019, at MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos Island, Lagos, to mark Wole Soyinka’s 85th birthday. ... more
  • 3 days Why Nigeria Is Committed To Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic’s Independence –Buhari SaharaReporters
    President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Abuja restated Nigeria’s support for the people of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) and her quest for self-determination and independence. At an audience granted the President of SADR, Brahim Ghali at the State House, the Nigerian leader stressed that the country’s position is in line with the several resolutions of the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) on the matter. He said: “Nigeria remains committed to supporting the efforts of the AU ... more
  • 3 days OPEC Cuts Oil Demand Outlook SaharaReporters
    The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) says it has cut its forecast for global oil demand growth and warned of potential further cuts as international trade disputes continue to fester. OPEC said in its monthly report published on Thursday that world oil demand would rise by 1.14 million barrels per day (bpd) this year, 70,000 bpd less than previously expected. “Throughout the first half of this year, ongoing global trade tensions have escalated,” OPEC said in the report. It added ... more
  • 3 days Insecurity: We Need Firearms For Self-Defence, Nigerian Lawyer Tells Court SaharaReporters
    Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court Abuja, on Thursday, fixed September 30 for hearing in an application restraining the presidency from revoking firearm licences of Nigerians. The motion for the interlocutory injunction was filed by the Board of Incorporated Trustees of Malcolm Foundation. On May 22, President Muhammadu Buhari signed into law with executive powers to remove, revoke, and banish all firearm or shotgun certificate or licence in Nigeria. This executive order started June 1. Justice Okukwu said after ... more
  • 3 days Buhari, Make Ogbonnaya Onu Secretary To Government Of The Federation -Ohanaeze Youth Council SaharaReporters
    The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint the Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF) from the south-east. In a statement on Thursday, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, president general of the council, said this will enable equity, fairness in the country. He alleged that the region had been schemed out of the leadership of the country. The group nominated Ogbonnaya Onu, former minister of science and technology, for the position of the SGF. “The leadership of Ohanaeze ... more
  • 3 days Igbo Presidency Doesn’t Exist, Says Okorocha SaharaReporters
    Rochas Okorocha, Senator representing Imo West has called on people from the South-East region of Nigeria to abandon hopes of clinching Nigeria's top job in the future. He made the call while speaking to newsmen shortly after he was sworn in as a Senator on Thursday in Abuja. Okorocha said the rotation of power will not get to the South-east because, “Power is not given, power is taken." He said, “The South East cannot just fold their arms and expect power ... more
  • 3 days Dear Obasanjo, You’re Disillusioned. That’s Fine. But, Stop Being A Bigot By Churchill Okonkwo SaharaReporters |Opinion
    My dear Obasanjo, I understand that the day the results of the 2019 Presidential elections became clear will remain the worst day in your life. I was told that as the minutes’ tick-tocked to hours and then, days, your heart temporarily stopped beating when you realized that President Buhari has been re-elected. Immediately, you fell into a state of paralysis.  Tears fell from your eyes. Maybe it was all a bad dream, you initially thought. But you awoke the next day ... more
  • 3 days Forbes: Top 10 Highest Paid Athletes: Messi Edges Out Cristiano Ronaldo SaharaReporters
    Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi is the world's highest paid athlete, earning $127m (£99.8m) in the past 12 months, according to the Forbes top 100 ranking. Juventus's Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo is second on $109m (£85.6m) with Paris St-Germain's Brazil forward Neymar in third on $105m (£82.5m). Last year's highest earner, boxer Floyd Mayweather, has dropped off the list. Serena Williams is the only woman in the top 100, earning $29.2m (£22.9m). Five-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton and ... more
  • 3 days Dozens Killed In Major Boko Haram Attack On Cameroon Island SaharaReporters
    A weekend assault by suspected Boko Haram fighters in northern Cameroon killed dozens of people, including soldiers and civilians, officials have said, in one of the deadliest attacks by the group in the country. Cameroon's defence ministry said that "more than 300 heavily armed Boko Haram" fighters attacked military positions on Darak, an island near Lake Chad in Cameroon's Far North region some 1,000km from the capital, Yaoundé. The toll, which has been revised several times since the attack, was put at 24 dead, of ... more
  • 3 days Crude Prices Rise After Tanker Explosions In Gulf SaharaReporters
    Oil prices have surged after suspected attacks on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman near the Iranian coast. A unit of the United Kingdom's Royal Navy said it was aware of the incident on Thursday and the United States Navy's Fifth Fleet has said it was assisting after receiving distress calls. Iran's navy rescued 44 crew members from the two tankers, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported. Thursday's incident included one tanker on fire in the Gulf of Oman and followed sabotage attacks ... more
  • 3 days Amaechi’s Train Ride For $2b Silence By Azu Ishiekwene SaharaReporters |Opinion
    If it had been news about the former sports minister who had defiantly sat on $150,000 mistakenly paid into the ministry’s account by the IAAF, I might have found it easier to believe. Never mind Solomon Dalung’s beret and fatigue, his recalcitrance over the miscued money is at odds with his socialist pretensions. The IAAF saga suggests that he likes money and covets it even more when it does not belong to him. Why seize $150,000 in spite of passionate pleas ... more
  • 4 days You’re Unfit To Govern Kaduna, Shehu Sani Tells El-Rufai SaharaReporters
    Senator Shehu Sani has described the Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, as somebody with "patented venom and perfidy, claiming that all the attempts by El-Rufai to emerge as the chairman of the Nigerian Governors' Forums failed. He added that the governor was unfit to run the state. He said this in a statement issued while reacting to a comment credited to El-Rufai, who reportedly claimed he had retired Sani and Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi from politics. In reaction, Sani told the ... more
  • 4 days Rename June 12 As M.K.O Abiola Day – CACOL SaharaReporters
    The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL) has asked the Nigerian government to rename June 12 as the MKO Abiola Day in the national calendar. Debo Adeniran, Executive Chairman, CACOL, said this while commemorating the inaugural celebration of the June 12 as the country’s Democracy Day. Commending President Muhammadu Buhari for honouring MKO Abiola by naming the National Stadium, Abuja, after him, Adeniran asked the President to order the electoral commission body to officially release the result of the June 1993 ... more
  • 4 days For Four Years, I Respected INEC’s Independence, Says Buhari SaharaReporters
    President Muhammadu Buhari said he respected the independence of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and gave it a pass mark for conducting what he described as free and fair elections in Nigeria. The elections which were marred by widespread rigging and violence has been described as the worse elections conducted in Nigeria since its return to democratic rule in 1999. The President made the commendation while delivering his address to commemorate Nigeria's democracy day. He said, "Today, we are privileged ... more
  • 4 days I’ll Dedicate Rest Of My Life To Keep Nigeria United – Buhari SaharaReporters
    President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he was part of the struggle to keep Nigeria as one indivisible entity.  He made the claim in his democracy day speech on Wednesday in Abuja. The statement is coming at a time when the president is accused of nepotistic and tribal appointments which favour the northern part of the country. It is also coming at a time when he is accused of being silent in 1993 when the June 12 general elections were annulled.  ... more
  • 4 days Methodist Church Pastor Fakes Own Kidnap, Demands N3 Million Ransom SaharaReporters
    Adegoke and his accomplice, Sunday at the police custody Adegoke and his accomplice, Sunday at the police custody Adewuyi Adegoke, a cleric with the Methodist Church, in Ado Ekiti, has been apprehended by the police for allegedly faking his own kidnap.  Rev'd Adegoke, who was nabbed by a crack of detective, was reported missing on the Esa Oke-Aramoko road while travelling to Ado Ekiti on Sunday. After his disappearance, the social media was awash with claims that he was abducted by herdsmen while ... more
  • 4 days June 12: Buhari Trying To Reap Where He Didn’t Sow, Says Reno Omokri SaharaReporters
    A former presidential aide under the Goodluck Jonathan regime, Reno Omokri, has slammed President Muhammadu Buhari for trying to reap where he did not so, explaining why he was embarrassed by the absence of Nigeria's former heads of state and a prominent June 12 advocate, like Prof. Wole Soyinka. Omokri said: "It has come to my attention that the Buhari Presidency, embarrassed that not a single former President or ex-head of state attended Muhammadu Buhari's June 12 celebration, is spreading tales, ... more
  • 4 days June 12th, Democracy Day And Nigeria’s Dance Of Death By Femi Fani-Kayode SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Today is June 12th, our nation's Democracy Day and I have some home truths to tell. The struggle for June 12th was indeed a noble, worthy, cataclysmic and monumental one. It was also something of a nightmare which littered our fields with many corpses and soaked the very foundation of our nation with blood, sweat and tears. I can confirm that because I was deeply involved in it and for many years I, along with many others, fought for it's actualisation. ... more
  • 4 days June 12 And The Way Forward By Raymond Oise-Oghaede SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Now that 12th of June has been officially signed into law as the country's `Democracy Day` and a public holiday, I am of the opinion that it will be pertinent to do a thorough review of its nitty-gritty for clarity and better understanding because there is more to `that date` in the history of our existence than meets the eye.  June 12, 1993 was a day Nigerians came out in droves to exercise their one of their civic responsibilities. But, unlike ... more
  • 4 days Desist From Making Comments Capable Of Causing Ethnic Clashes, DSS Warns SaharaReporters
    The Department of State Services (DSS) has warned Nigerians, especially public figures and community leaders against making comments capable of causing ethnic crises. Peter Afunaya, Public Relations Officer of the DSS said this in a statement, adding that individuals who make use of the social media do so to instill fear in the minds of the citizens. Afunaya said, “Findings revealed that these unpatriotic actors make unguarded public statements and/or use the social media platforms to instill fear in the minds ... more
  • 4 days REVEALED: MKO Abiola Borrowed My Phone To Do The Famous BBC Interview -Bolaji Akinyemi SaharaReporters
    Video of EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: MKO Abiola Borrowed My Phone To Do The Famous BBC Interview -Bolaji Akinyemi EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: MKO Abiola Borrowed My Phone To Do The Famous BBC Interview -Bolaji Akinyemi EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: MKO Abiola Borrowed My Phone To Do The Famous BBC Interview -Bolaji Akinyemi In this interview with SaharaReporters, former Minister of External Affairs, Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi, talks about his time with Chief MKO Abiola, the acclaimed winner of June 12, 1993, presidential election - what he thinks about the late politician and what he thinks June ... more
  • 4 days 12 Presidents Nigeria Never Had SaharaReporters
    Chief Obafemi Awolowo Dangiwa Umar Herbert Macaulay In certain climes where the purchasing power parity is reasonable, a dented apple is only fit for the bin and not the groceries of the shopper. If leaders were chosen based on the depth of smudge or twist on their character, some countries might not have any captain for decades. It is not too impossible that there are as many dented personas as there are dented apples, only a statistician can tell us. ... more
  • 4 days NAF Combat Helicopter Crash-lands in Katsina SaharaReporters
    A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Helicopter has crashed in the process of landing while returning from an anti-armed banditry combat mission in the Northwest Theatre under Operation HADARAN DAJI. Details of the cause of the incident, which occurred at the Katsina Airport at about 3.30pm today, 12 June 2019,  are still scanty. However, there was no loss of life, either of persons on board the helicopter or on the ground.  The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, ... more
  • 4 days Full Speech Of President Muhammadu Buhari At The 2019 Inaugural June 12 Democracy Day SaharaReporters
    Here in full is the text of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Democracy Day speech.  Protocols 1. All Praise is due to GOD Almighty Who spared our lives to be present at this great occasion. We give thanks also that the democratic process has been further entrenched and strengthened. 2. Twenty years ago, a democratically elected government took over from the military in a historic transfer of political power for our country. 3. Today, we are privileged to mark the longest period of ... more
  • 4 days Goje Corruption Case: Buhari Sacrificed Justice For Politics, Says HEDA SaharaReporters
    The Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA) has said the takeover of the N25 billion fraud trial of Senator Danjuma Goje signifies the sacrifice of transparency and justice on the altar of politics and horse-trading by President Muhammadu Buhari. Goje, a former governor of Gombe State is facing a N25bn trial by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Goje, a senator-elect signified interest in contesting the Presidency of the senate but President Buhari, who had a preferred candidate, ordered the EFCC ... more
  • 4 days UK PM Favourite Boris Johnson Vows To Deliver Brexit SaharaReporters
    Front-runner Boris Johnson is officially launching his campaign to be Britain’s next prime minister, telling fellow Conservatives they must take the UK out of the European Union (EU) or see the party wiped out by angry voters. Johnson plans to tell supporters at a campaign rally Wednesday that “delay means defeat.” Ten Conservative lawmakers are running to succeed Theresa May as party leader and prime minister. Johnson is the bookies’ favorite and has won the backing of many Brexiteer Conservatives by ... more
  • 4 days BREAKING: Buhari Names National Stadium Abuja After MKO Abiola SaharaReporters
    To immortalise the late politician, MKO Abiola, Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has renamed National Stadium Abuja after him. Abiola, the acclaimed winner of June 12, 1993, presidential election was died while in the custody of the then-military government of Nigeria. To date, the cause of his death has not been identified. It is yet to be seen whether there will be a proclamation or legislation that will recognise the politician as a former President, following the declaration by the federal government ... more
  • 4 days JUST IN: National Assembly Leadership: Take Your Insinuation To The Toilet, Tinubu Blasts Journalists SaharaReporters
    Bola Tinubu, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has expressed happiness over the election of the leadership of the 9th National Assembly. When asked about the insinuations that the legislature will be an appendage of the executive, Tinubu simply responded: "Take you insinuations to the toilet."  Tinubu is the political godfather of the newly-elected Speaker of the House of Representatives, FEMI Gbajabiamila. Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has said he was not seeking to make the senate and house ... more
  • 4 days Nigeria Is Greatest Contributor To Wealth In West Africa SaharaReporters
    The African Development Bank (AfDB), says Nigeria is the greatest contributor to wealth creation in West Africa, contributing about 75 percent of regional Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Mr Ebrima Faal, AfDB Senior Director for Nigeria said this in an interview with newsmen at the ongoing Annual Meetings of the Bank in Malabo. According to Faal, Nigeria’s trade policy is anchored on ECOWAS, as it continues to play a coordinating role in the region through both the government and its vibrant private ... more
  • 4 days Oyo State Cancels Mid-term Break For Public Schools SaharaReporters
    Oyo State government has announced the cancellation of the mid-term break, for the third term of 2018/2019 academic session, for public primary and secondary schools in the state.The announcement was contained in a circular signed by Mr I. O. Adeosun, the acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and made available to newsmen in Ibadan.The cancellation was as a result of many public holidays and strikes, which made pupils/students of public schools stayed out of classrooms for too long.The statement ... more
  • 4 days BREAKING: All Former Heads Of State, Including Goodluck, Obasanjo Absent At Inaugural June 12 Democracy Day SaharaReporters
    All former heads of state of Nigeria are conspicuously absent at the ongoing inaugural June 12 Democracy Day celebration in Abuja, SaharaReporters reports. There are no reasons yet for their absence. Politics Breaking News News AddThis :  Original Author :  SaharaReporters, New York Disable advertisements :  ... more
  • 4 days Ban Corporate Organizations From Making Donations To Politicians, Parties, Jega, Salami Urge Buhari SaharaReporters
    INEC Chairman Attahiru JegaAttahiru Jega, INEC Chairman Attahiru Jega, former INEC Chairman With 639 pre-election, 736 election petitions cases ongoing in Nigeria, Prof. Attahiru Jega, former Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and former President of Court of Appeal, Ayo Salami, have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to review extant laws to further deepen democracy in the country.Jega and Salami made the call on Tuesday in a paper he presented at a one-day National Democracy Day Anti-Corruption Summit held in Abuja.In ... more
  • 4 days LIVE: Inaugural June 12 Democracy Day Commemoration In Abuja SaharaReporters
    Human Rights Politics Breaking News News AddThis :  Featured Image :  Original Author :  SaharaReporters, New York Disable advertisements :  ... more
  • 5 days Political Exclusion Of Southeast Is Affirming The Propaganda Of Biafra Extremists By Fredrick Nwabufo SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Fredrick Nwabufo Fredrick Nwabufo “Onye Nigeria, I told you one day, there will be job adverts for positions in the federal civil service, and there will be a clause: ‘No candidate from the southeast allowed’; the exclusion of Ndi Igbo from the leadership of the three arms of government is just the beginning.” That was the message of an Igbo nationalist to me. Nnamdi is a "sparring mate", who scavenges for daily upsets and annoyances about Nigeria. He has been dutiful in this enterprise. We ... more
  • 5 days I’ll Be Fair In My Dealings, Says Nigerian Speaker, Gbajabiamila, Who Was Convicted In US SaharaReporters
    Femi Gbajabiamila, the newly elected speaker of the House of Representatives spoke yesterday of the Green Chamber of his dream and told Nigerians not to expect a rubber-stamped lower chamber and promised to hold the office in trust for all. In his acceptance speech after polling 281 votes to beat his only challenger, Umaru Bago, who recorded 76 votes, Gbajabiamila said there would be reform in the House but it would be gradual. He said probity and accountability would be his ... more
  • 5 days Forty Years After, Petrol Price Remains Irregular In Nigeria SaharaReporters
    The Marine Transport Average (MTA) Zibima referred to is a 15kobo Nigerians pay on every litre of petroleum product they purchase. The purpose of this surcharge is to make sure people living in the creeks of the Niger Delta and other riverine communities can buy petrol at a maximum price of N145. When multiplied by the 19,785,236,180.71 liters of petrol the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) supplied in the last year, the total funds accrued to the MTA in 2018 is N2.97 ... more
  • 5 days Traditional Ruler Escapes Kidnap Attempt By Herdsmen In Ondo SaharaReporters
    Armed Fulani herdsmen Armed Fulani herdsmen David Olajide, the traditional ruler of Osi community in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State, has escaped being kidnapped by herdsmen.  The attempted kidnap occurred barely two days after two a mother and her stepson were kidnapped by some herdsmen in Osi. The duo have since regained freedom. Confirming the latest incident, the traditional ruler said: "I drove the woman and her stepson to the police station after they regained their freedom this evening ... more
  • 5 days EXCLUSIVE: How Lawmakers Were Given Vouchers, Credit Cards To Vote For Gbajabiamila SaharaReporters
    More facts have emerged on how lawmakers in the House of Representatives both old-timer and first-timer were induced with vouchers and credit cards to vote massively for Femi Gbajabiamila to emerge as the speaker. SaharaReporters can authoritatively report that all members were given vouchers and credit cards with dollar value with a view to influencing and inducing them for votes.  Though it could not be immediately ascertained the amount that was contained in each card.  The card which was customised with ... more
  • 5 days Finally, INEC Gives Okorocha Certificate Of Return SaharaReporters
    Rochas Okorocha, senator-elect of Imo west senatorial district has been issued a certificate of return by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Okorocha was initially denied the certificate by the commission over an allegation that he harassed INEC's returning officer during the election and forced him to announce the election results under duress. INEC said on Tuesday that the decision was in line with the federal high court’s directive. The Federal High Court in Abuja, on Friday, ordered the commission to ... more
  • 5 days Senate President: Lawan’s Arguably Most Patriotic Senator in Nigeria, Says APC SaharaReporters
    Ahmed Lawan Ahmed Lawan ChannelsTV The Ondo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the emergence of Senator Ahmed Lawan and Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila as the president and the speaker, respectively, of the 9th National Assembly as a good omen for a new phase of democracy and development in Nigeria. Mr. Alex Kalejaiye, the state’s Publicity Secretary of the party said this in a statement made available to journalists on Tuesday in Akure. Lawan polled 79 votes to defeat Senator Alli ... more
  • 5 days How Gbajabiamila, Idris Emerged Speaker, Deputy Speaker SaharaReporters
    The House of Representatives on Tuesday elected Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, convicted for fraud in the United States of America as the speaker of the 9th House of Representatives. Gbajabiamila was declared the speaker after an election following his nomination by the former Appropriations Committee Chairman, Mr. Jibrin Abdulmumin, a fellow member of the All Progressives Congress. Abdulmumin was considered as one of the lawmakers who worked against Gbajabiamila’s speakership ambition in the 8th National Assembly Three hundred and fifty lawmakers voted ... more
  • 5 days Nigeria Attracted $139.36 Billion Investment Through Reforms – Ministry Of Industry SaharaReporters
    The Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment (FMITI) says it attracted $139.36 billion dollars investment commitment from 2017 to September 2018 through its various reforms. The ministry made the disclosure on its official Twitter handle @TradeInvestNG, saying the amount was the highest on record. It said that in its efforts to attract investment, it revamped incentive programmes for investors, including a new Pioneer Status regime, and released the first compendium of investment incentives in Nigeria. It established bilateral Memorandum of ... more
  • 5 days Investors Lose N98 Billion At Nigerian Stock Exchange SaharaReporters
    Nigerian Stock ExchangeNigerian Stock Exchange Nigerian Stock Exchange Business Day Online The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) market capitalisation on Tuesday continued in a losing streak, dropping by N98 billion. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the market capitalisation which opened at N13.354 trillion shed N98 billion or 0.73 per cent to close at N13.256 trillion. Also, the All Share Index (ASI) dropped 222.36 points, representing a loss of 0.73 per cent to close at 30,099.83, against 30,322.19 recorded on Monday. The downturn ... more
  • 5 days Why I contested To Be Senate Deputy President Again –Ekweremadu SaharaReporters
    Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu Ike Ekweremadu Senator Ike Ekweremadu said he decided to contest the senate deputy president seat in protest against the nomination of Omo-Agege for the position. Ekweremadu, who represents Enugu West Senatorial District, made the disclosure while speaking with newsmen shortly after the election at the National Assembly complex, in Abuja, on Tuesday. Ekweremadu, who is the immediate-past deputy senate president, and Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege vied for the position. While Ekweremadu scored 37 votes out of the 105 votes, Omo-Agege ... more
  • 5 days UK Charity Commission Accuses Oxfam, Says it Failed to Spot Poor Behaviour SaharaReporters
    Oxfam has been disparaged by the United Kingdom Charity Commission for failing to halt wrongful behaviour by its employees in the Central American country of Haiti. After one-year since four employees of the British charity were accused of using prostitutes in the state after the 2010 earthquake, the UK not-for-profit regulator has faulted the firm for the way it dealt with claims of serious misconduct. In reaction to the report by the UK Charity Commission, Oxfam tendred an apology, saying what ... more
  • 5 days June 12 Celebrations: Good Triumphs Over Evil! SaharaReporters
    Like a stubborn sphinx that refused to be interred, June 12 has risen after 26 years to get its rightful place in the annals of the country’s history. When those that procured and sustained the annulment of the June 12 1993 election thought they had successfully buried that epochal historicity in the thick grave that enshroud the country’s chequered political history, that date has shot up and assumed its rightful place as the foremost Democracy Day when the labours of the ... more
  • 5 days Spoken Word: Separation Or Desecration Of Power By Hannatu Musawa SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Now that the leadership of the legislature has emerged with Senator Ahmad Lawan as Senate President and Honorable Femi Gbajabiamila as Speaker of the House of Representatives, we should all be able to breathe a sigh of relief. But the way and manor of their emergence, where members of the executive at the state and federal level were reported to have played a part in the negotiating process, might leave room for discomfort. Indeed the contentious emergence of the leadership of ... more
  • 5 days Aisha Buhari, Five African First Ladies Urge Youths To Embrace Agriculture SaharaReporters
    Aisha Buhari, wife of Nigeria's president, Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, led five other African First Ladies on a return to agriculture campaign in her hometown of Yola, Adamawa State. The African First Ladies are Rebecca Akufo-Addo (Ghana), Fatoumatta Bah-Borrow (Gambia), Dominique Folloux Ouattara ( Ivory Coast), Lalla Malika Issoufou (Niger) and the Chadian First Lady, Hinda Deby Itno. Mrs. Buhari accompanied by her counterparts visited her alma mater, Aliyu Mustapha College, Yola, where she launched a school agricultural programme in conjunction ... more
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