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  • 9 hours Respect Sowore, Bakare’s Fundamental Rights, Group Tells Nigerian Government SaharaReporters
    Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare in court, February 2020 National President of Niger Delta Youth Association Worldwide, Comrade Victor James, in a statement to the British Human Rights Commission, has called on the Nigerian Government to respect the fundamental rights and dignity of activists, Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare. According to James, “Any attempt to rearrest Sowore and Bakare would worsen the existing abysmal human rights record in Nigeria and the existing loss of public trust in the judiciary and security service.” James said the call was in line ... more
  • 10 hours Lagos Lawmaker, Tunde Braimoh, Is Dead SaharaReporters
    A Lagos State House of Assembly member, representing Kosofe II, Tunde Braimoh, is dead. A former chairman of Kosofe Local Government Area, Braimoh was until his death the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Security and Strategy in the Lagos Assembly. The lawmaker is suspected to have died of COVID-19 complications at the isolation center in Yaba, according to findings by SaharaReporters. PUBLIC HEALTH News OBITUARY AddThis :  Original Author :  Saharareporters, New York Disable advertisements :  ... more
  • 10 hours Nigerian Man With New Ghana Voter ID Nabbed At Aflao Border SaharaReporters
    Emmanuel Phillip The Aflao Sector Command of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) has arrested one Emmanuel Phillip, suspected to be a Nigerian by nationality, with the new Ghana voter ID card. The Command, stationed in Ketu South in the Volta Region, nabbed the suspect on Monday, July 6 when he attempted to illegally enter Ghana through the main Aflao border, Ghanaweb reports A statement issued by Assistant Inspector Felix Klu-Adjei on Thursday said a search conducted on him found the new voter ID card.  ... more
  • 10 hours Retired Navy Admiral’s Daughter, Driver Killed By Kidnappers In Kogi SaharaReporters
    Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have shot dead the daughter of a retired Navy Rear Admiral, J Onubi, and his driver along the Lokoja-Abuja highway. The driver was identified as Pomtd Lifu Ji with navy number X9307. Their remains have since been moved to the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja. SaharaReporters gathered that Onubi’s orderly, Osca Ahmadu, who was in the same vehicle with the victims, escaped into the bush.  The incident happened hours after an unidentified naval officer and a woman in ... more
  • 10 hours Another Septuagenarian Caught Raping Nine-year-old Girl In Niger State SaharaReporters
    A septuagenarian, identified as Mallam Mohammad, was caught raping a nine-year-old girl in Chanchaga area of Minna, Niger State. Mohammad, who migrated to Chanchaga from Zamfara State, always threatened to kill the victim if she told anyone. The mother of the victim, who spoke with SaharaReporters, said Mohammad had been raping her daughter since February but was caught in the act on Thursday. “I was sick, my daughter was also sick, and while I was packing her dirty clothes to wash on Thursday, I noticed some stains on ... more
  • 10 hours 17 Parties To Participate In Ondo Election As INEC Vows To Enforce “No Mask No Voting” Policy SaharaReporters
    17 political parties have shown interest to participate in the October 10, 2020, governorship election in Ondo State. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) revealed this on Thursday in a statement. Festus Okoye, INEC Chairman in charge of information and voter education, said the 17 political parties had also settled for the "indirect mode" for their governorship primaries.  He explained that the commission had also directed the parties to submit a comprehensive list of all the delegates eligible to participate in their ... more
  • 10 hours NIPC Workers Demand Sack of Executive Secretary For Allegedly Spending N400m On Foreign Trips In 3 Years SaharaReporters
    The staff of Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC), on Thursday, in Abuja shut down their office complex in protest against the Executive Secretary, Yewande Sadiku, for allegedly spending over N400 million on foreign trips in three years. The protesting workers also called for the removal of Sadiku for milking the commission dry at the expense of the staff welfare. The Chairman of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), Yusuf Mustapha, said Sadiku ignored previous attempts to address the grievances of the staff.  ... more
  • 10 hours COVID-19 Lawsuit Baseless, Frivolous, China Replies Nigerians Seeking $200bn Compensation SaharaReporters
    The Embassy of China in Abuja has said the attempt by some Nigerians to institute legal actions against China over the COVID-19 pandemic is shoddy, with no basis in facts, law or International precedence. The Embassy made this known in a statement via its verified twitter handle, stating that the attention of the Embassy was drawn to the supposed legal action via some recent local media reporting. It stated that China, just like every other country, is a victim of the pandemic and acted responsibly from the outset ... more
  • 10 hours Myopic Competition Between Igbo, Yoruba To Hold Fulani Brief Case Makes Nigeria Colossal Failure —Ex-Anambra Governor Ezeife SaharaReporters
    A former Governor of old Anambra State, Dr Emeka Ezeife, has attributed ‘Nigeria’s colossal failure’ to the myopic struggle between the Yoruba and Igbo tribe to serve the Fulani people.  Ezeife said this in an open letter to Nigerians sent to SaharaReporters on Thursday.He said the Yoruba and Igbo people have harboured suspicions against one another, leaving the Fulani to hold sway over the country. According to him, the quest of certain leaders from both tribes to leave the country, speaks to the mistrust built from the competition ... more
  • 19 hours We Killed 40 Nigerian Soldiers, Snatched Five Military Vehicles, Weapons, Says ISIS SaharaReporters
    The Islamic State in statement have claimed its fighters killed 40 Nigerian soldiers and injured others in an ambush along Damboa/Maiduguri Highway, about 30 kilometres away from Damboa town. ISIS in the statement seen by SaharaReporters said ISWAP fighters captured five four-wheel drive vehicles, weapons and ammunition, and burned an armoured vehicle during the attack. The group mentioned Bulabulin as the exact location where the attack occurred. The Nigerian military had on Wednesday confirmed the attack but said only two soldiers were killed.  ... more
  • 19 hours We Used N1.5bn To Take Care Of Ourselves As COVID-19 Palliative, Says NDDC MD, Pondei SaharaReporters
    Kemebradikumo Pondei The sum of N1.5bn was used as COVID-19 relief fund for staff of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Kemebradikumo Pondei, Acting Managing Director of the commission, said. Pondei disclosed this at the investigative hearing on the N40bn corruption allegation against the commission. The Senate had on May 5 set up a seven-man ad-hoc committee to investigate the financial recklessness of the Interim Management Committee of the NDDC. The MD and other delegates from the commission appeared before the committee on Thursday for the hearing.  Kemebradikumo Pondei ... more
  • 20 hours We’ll Reopen For Visa Application In Nigeria Soon —British High Commission SaharaReporters
    The British High Commission in Nigeria has said that it would reopen the process of receiving applications from Nigerians intending to travel to the United Kingdom soon. The process had been suspended due to the global Coronavirus outbreak, which restricted international travels. In a statement posted on the commission's Twitter handle on Thursday, the UK Government said Nigerians, who wished to travel to the country were free to do so once international flights resume.  It reads, “We know there are many Nigerian ... more
  • 20 hours Plot By Nigerian Government To Rearrest Sowore Uncovered Months After Release On Bail SaharaReporters
    Omoyele Sowore in court. The national leadership of the African Action Congress has accused the Nigerian Government of planning to rearrest Omoyele Sowore, publisher of Sahara Reporters and convener of #RevolutionNow Movement. According to the AAC, the government planned using the Department of State Services to rearrest Sowore, who is the National Chairman of the party, and other activists on Friday and put them away before August 5, which is the first anniversary of the now famous #RevolutionNow protest. “We have be informed about a plan to rearrest our National ... more
  • 20 hours Lagos NCP Demands Reversal Of Fuel Pump Price SaharaReporters
    The Lagos State chapter of National Conscience Party has demanded the immediate reversal of the hike in pump price of petrol. The Nigerian Government last week announced the increase in the pump price of petrol from N123.5 to N143.5. In a statement jointly signed by Fatai Ibu-Owo, Chairman, and Sonaike Sakiru, Publicity and Publication Director, NCP described the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration as an insensitive, tyrannical and draconian government. The party said, “Nigerian Government is taking this pandemic as an opportunity to embezzle and  enrich themselves.  ... more
  • 21 hours Seven Persons Arrested For Multiple Bank Robberies In Ondo, Ekiti, Others SaharaReporters
    Police operatives attached to the Special Tactical Squad have arrested a seven-man criminal gang that attacked and robbed three comm​ercial banks in Ondo and Ekiti between 2019 and 2020, killing innocent citizens including six policemen and carting away several millions of naira. Investigation reveals that the armed robbers -- Tunbosun Ojo, Ismaila Ojo, Victor Oyeyemi, Dele Ariyo, Shola Oladimeji, Olubodun Folayemi and Adeniyi John – carried out the robbery of a commercial bank in Ile-oluji, Ondo State on February 7, 2020 where four policemen were killed.  Similarly, they were also involved ... more
  • 21 hours President Buhari To Sign N10.8trn Amended Budget Into Law On Friday SaharaReporters
    Zainab Ahmed, Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, has said President Muhammadu Buhari will sign the revised 2020 budget into law on Friday. Ahmed said the move was targeted at keeping with the December-January budget circle. “This for us is a journey towards ensuring that the progress that we have made as a collective to return the fiscal year to January-December is maintained for the 2021 budget as well.  “The President has directed that we must deliver the budget to the National Assembly by the end ... more
  • 21 hours Lebanese Ambassador To Nigeria Walks Out On House Of Reps Members During Meeting SaharaReporters
    There was mild drama at Nigeria's House of Representatives on Thursday after the Lebanese Amabassador to Nigeria walked out of a meeting targeted at addressing the harassment of Nigerian domestic workers in Lebabnon. Houssam Diab shortly after entering the conference room for the meeting with the House Commitee on Diaspora walked out, leaving the lawmakers shocked in the process. The ambassador reportedly stormed out at 10:50am because he expected a close door meeting with the lawmakers but met government officials and journalists, who were there to cover the event. Tolulope ... more
  • 21 hours COVID-19: Delta Government House Press Unit Shut Down After Over 43 Staff Test Positive For Coronavirus SaharaReporters
    Delta State Government House Press Unit has been shut down as two media aides to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and 43 other staff tested positive for Coronavirus. SaharaReporters gathered that Okowa's aides, Nelson Egware, Senior Special Assistant on Media, Fidelis Egugbo, Special Assistant on Media, and Kingsley Obiajuru, Public Relations Officer, Government House Press Unit, and 43 staff on Wednesday tested positive for the virus after their samples were collected and forwarded to Irrua Specialist Hospital in Edo State for screening. Governor Okowa, who tested positive with his wife ... more
  • 22 hours Ondo Assembly Speaker Asks Chief Judge To Set Up Probe Panel To Investigate Deputy Governor SaharaReporters
    As plans thicken to impeach Ondo State deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi, Speaker of the state's House of Assembly, Bamidele Oleyelogun, has written to the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Oluwatoyin Akeredolu, to set up a seven-man panel to investigate the notice of gross misconduct levelled against Ajayi. Recall that the state's House of Assembly members had on Tuesday served an impeachment notice on Ajayi with allegations including gross misconduct and abuse of office.  SaharaReporters had reported how a total of 14 out of 26 lawmakers signed ... more
  • 23 hours Gunmen Kill Naval Officer, Female Colleague In Kogi State SaharaReporters
    Gunmen on Thursday killed a navy officer and a woman in camouflage along the Lokoja-Okene Expressway in Kogi State. SaharaReporters gathered that the incident occurred at about 6:00pm.  This comes a few days after suspected bandits killed a Nigerian Army officer, GSM Abubakar, along the same highway.    Abubakar, a captain attached to the 353 Artillery Regiment, Ojo, Lagos, was travelling from Lagos to the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, in company with ... more
  • 23 hours Ex-PDP Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff, Visit APC Secretariat, May Contest Chairmanship Position SaharaReporters
    Ali Modu Sheriff A former governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff, has paid a visit to the National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress in Abuja ahead of the National Convention of the party.Sherrif arrived the secretariat at about 4:00pm on Thursday but declined to speak to journalists on his mission to the APC complex.  Ali Modu Sheriff Sahara Reporters Media He has been mentioned among those eyeing the chairmanship position of the party. SaharaReporters gathered that the former Borno governor is already reaching out ... more
  • 23 hours COVID-19: Afenifere Urges Nigerian Government To Reopen Schools SaharaReporters
    Afenifere, Yoruba socio-political organisation, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, for stopping the reopening of schools as the country battles the Coronavirus outbreak. The group said it was wrong to shut down schools while markets and other public places were open for business.  Adamu had on Wednesday said that schools would remain closed until the Coronavirus pandemic was brought under control.  Secretary-General of the association, Sehinde Arogbofa, who spoke in Akure, Ondo State, said the Nigerian Government should allow pupils ... more
  • 23 hours Joe Biden Promises To Make America Immigration Friendly, Restore Diversity Visa Lottery Within 100 Days If Elected President SaharaReporters
    Joe Biden Joe Biden, Democratic Party candidate in the US presidential election, has promised to make America more friendly to immigrants in his first 100 days in office. According to policy information provided on his campaign website,, Biden said if elected in November as President of the United States of America, he will reverse the ban placed on countries such as Nigeria with predominantly Muslim population, which prevents them from immigrating to the US. Recall that in February 2020, President Donald Trump added Nigeria to a list ... more
  • 1 day The Hunter Has Become The Hunted (The Story Of The Attorney-General And EFCC Chairman) By Achike Chude SaharaReporters |Opinion
    ACHIKE CHUDE This is the problem with power. It makes people mad. A man of wisdom once said that: 'No man is so wise and so good to be given absolute power'. It is because of the corrosive and corruptive influence of power that Baron Dr Montesqui warned people and nations everywhere to beware. Mobutu Seseseko Ngbendu Wa Ba Zanga, the dictator of the Democratic Republic of Congo, did not heed the warning.The butcher of the Central African Republic, Jean Bedel Bokassa, did not listen. Field Marshal Al Hadji ... more
  • 1 day Let The Church O Satan Be By Adeola Soetan SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Demolishing Church of Satan is Ungodly. Let's Respect people's fundamental right and freddom of worship. By consensus, it's agreed that Satan has more followers than God in Nigeria because of corruption, misgovernance, election rigging, electoral violence, vote buying, individual immorality in keeping sidechicks, sidecocks, drinking alcohol (minus cold Trophy and palmwine), womanizing, manizing, embezzlement of church, mosque and shrine fund, bribing of judges, rape, lawyers helping suspects to escape trial, government errant  task  force commercialising crime, nepotism, Abobakus' selective blindness on governance issues, teachers helping students to cheat, ... more
  • 1 day EFCC: The ‘Mugu’ In Magu! By Ozodinukwe Okenwa SaharaReporters |Opinion
    SOC Okenwa When in 2003 during the Olusegun Obasanjo's 'babacracy' the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was formed genuine hope was raised in many quarters that Nigeria could still be saved from herself; saved from her national endemic corruption index. Three years prior to the establishment of the EFCC the then President Obasanjo had equally inaugurated the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), a less effective sister anti-graft agency.  With the ICPC and the EFCC Obasanjo (though himself enmeshed in high-wire corruption) had sought to ... more
  • 1 day Edo State Election: Adams Oshiomhole’s Last Dance By Osahon Pius Airewele SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Politics is the choice between the lesser of two evils (George Orwell). It is a settled matter now that Godwin Obaseki and Pastor Ize-Iyamu.aka POI, will present Edo State electorate with a binary choice in the forthcoming gubernatorial elections, both of them arranged under their new party leaders, with renewed and concerting measures in opposition to each other.  The Edo people, like four years ago, are again presented with the same candidates in swapped seats. Winston Churchhill once said: “Some men change their party for the sake of ... more
  • 1 day The Trump Complex By Joseph A. Ushie SaharaReporters |Opinion
    In the kingdom of the wild, birds found by the roadside a corpse with wings and, believing the deceased was one of their own, they went close to identify the body only to find the corpse with teeth and furs like the rodents’, particularly like the rats’. The birds then sent word to the rats to come pick the dead body of one of their own. When the rats arrived, they found that though the deceased had teeth and furs like theirs, the corpse had wings, unlike the ... more
  • 1 day EFCC New Pick: Buhari Is A Bigot And Nepotist By Bayo Oluwasanmi SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Bayo Oluwasanmi President Muhammadu Buhari continues to fester the sore of our historically fragile ethnic divide by his bigotry and nepotism. Since he assumed office, his appalling goal is to pit the North against the South. His motive is for crass political domination. In my piece titled After Magu, Another Muslim Fulani Police Officer Should Head EFCC published in SaharaReporters July 7, 2020, I predicted that another Muslim Fulani will replace Ibrahim Magu as the new EFCC chair.  A satire laden with witty bitter truth, I advised Buhari in ... more
  • 1 day Ondo Hospital Faces Total Shutdown Over Rising Coronavirus Cases SaharaReporters
    Late Adeyeri The General Hospital, Ikare Akoko, Ondo State, could be completely shut down any moment from now following the rising cases of Coronavirus at the health facility. Apart from seven health workers and a two-year-old child that reportedly died of Coronavirus at the facility, SaharaReporters on Thursday gathered that a former Chief Medical Director of the hospital, one Dr Adeyeri, also died recently as a result of COVID-19 complications.  Late Adeyeri An official of the hospital confirmed to SaharaReporters that the hospital management ... more
  • 1 day 70-year-old Man Remanded In Prison Custody For Raping Eight-year-old Girl Twice In Niger State SaharaReporters
    A 70-year-old man, Mohammed Sani Umar (Tela), has pleaded guilty to raping an eight-year-old girl, Amina Mahmud, in Chanchaga area of Minna, Niger State. Umar, who admitted before a magistrate court on Wednesday, said he raped the little girl twice because he loved her. The magistrate following the request of the prosecution, adjourned the case until July 23and ordered the suspect to be remanded at the Minna new prison. The suspect was arrested few days ago after the mother of the girl noticed her abnormal behaviour, which made her ... more
  • 1 day Will Trump Go If He Loses? By Azu Ishiekwene SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Azu Ishiekwene After three and a half years of his presidency, US President, Donald Trump, appears to have exhausted all surprises in the bag, except, of course, the next one. And that next one could be the big one: Will Trump leave the White House if he loses the Presidency on November 3?  Discussions about it first started in hushed tones and offline chats. But as poll after poll predicted a bleak future for Trump, discussions about his reaction to a possible defeat were forced into the open. The ... more
  • 1 day World Health And The Exit Of America’s Leadership By Osmund Agbo SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Effective July 6, 2021, America will cease to be a member of the World Health Organization. The Trump administration  earlier this week, notified both the US Congress and the United Nations, announcing the decision to begin the process of withdrawal. As the single largest contributor to the global health body, the United States provided more than $400m, about 15% of its total budget in 2019. This move is without doubt a heavy blow to the operations of the Geneva based organization founded in 1948 and given the mandate to ... more
  • 1 day EXCLUSIVE: Rector Of Federal Polytechnic, Ile-Oluji, Prof Fasakin, In Age Falsification Scandal SaharaReporters
    When exactly was Prof Emmanuel Adedayo Fasakin, Rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Ile-Oluji (FEDPOLEL) born? Could it be on March 5, 1958 as claimed in a document when he was employed at Federal University of Technology Akure, Ondo State, or March 5, 1956 visible in his curriculum vitae he submitted to the polytechnic management for employment? According to documents seen by SaharaReporters, Fasakin has at different times in his career used these two birth dates to manipulate the system to his favour. For instance, the professor used March ... more
  • 1 day US No Student Visa Policy Amid Nigeria’s Careless Approach To Education By Olabisi Deji-Folutile SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Olabisi Deji-Folutile I may not know the number of Nigerians that would be affected by the US latest decision not to issue visa to international students whose universities have moved their classes online, the figure is likely to be substantial. Going by the information credited to Morgan State University on the official website of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), Nigeria tops all African countries in the number of students sent to the U.S., approximately 12,000 per year. This number is equivalent to 30 per cent of all students ... more
  • 1 day Seven Years After, Businessman Who Dragged FCMB To Court Over Credit Card Error Yet To Get Justice SaharaReporters
    After seven years of prolonged trial, a businessman in Imo State, Mr Kingsley Unegbu, is begging the Imo State High Court to fast-track his case against First City Monument Bank (FCMB). Unegbu dragged the First City Monument Bank to court in 2013 after a mistake by the bank on his Mastercard which caused him to lose his business. The businessman, while speaking with SaharaReporters, said the bank put a wrong picture on his  MasterCard account, which made his foreign business partner pull out of their investments from the company. ... more
  • 1 day Bola Tinubu, Ibrahim Magu, The Cabal And 2023 By Rèmí Oyèyemí SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Remi Oyeyemi "For the innocent, the past may hold a reward, but for the treacherous it's only a matter of time before the past delivers what they truly deserve."          - Emily ThorneIbrahim Magu is not an innocent soul. Proving his innocence is akin to the deployed efforts of the blind man in the dark room searching for a black hat that is not there. Apologies to Lord Denning. It is a futility. The nausea oozing from the trails of his trajectory as the anchorman of ... more
  • 1 day United States Tops Three Million COVID-19 Cases, Trump Pushes For Schools To Reopen SaharaReporters
    The United States on Wednesday passed another grim COVID-19 milestone with three million confirmed cases, as President Donald Trump aggressively pushed for schools to reopen.  The coronavirus is surging in several southern hotspots of the nation, including Texas, Florida, Louisiana, and Arizona, while it has almost entirely receded from its former epicentre in New York and the north-east.  Johns Hopkins University put the total of confirmed cases of COVID-19 at 3,009,611, in its real-time tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases.   “At this point, ... more
  • 1 day 2023 Presidency: Ndigbo Should Exercise Caution ― Minister SaharaReporters
    Emeka Nwajiuba As the clamour for a President of Igbo extraction in 2023 continues to gather momentum, the Minister of State, Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, has urged the South East to exercise caution in its quest or campaign for the “Igbo Presidency”.  Nwajiuba also advised the people to make sure that whoever they would be presenting in the 2023 election would be accepted by every part of the country.  Speaking to journalists in his office, in Abuja, while reacting to the agitations for a president from the South-East extraction, the ... more
  • 1 day I Didn’t Collect N4bn From Magu – Osinbajo SaharaReporters
    Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has denied receiving N4bn from the suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu. The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, on Wednesday, said there was no truth in some reports claiming that Magu told the presidential panel probing him that he gave Osinbajo N4bn after the vice president asked him to release part of the recovered loot. Akande, in a statement made available to journalists, described the report as ... more
  • 1 day 24 Nigerians Arrested For Entering Ghana Through Unapproved Routes SaharaReporters
    Customs Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS), Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority, in the early hours of Tuesday, arrested 24 Nigerians for allegedly entering the country through unapproved routes. The immigrants, that included five females, admitted entering the jurisdiction but refused to give reasons for their entry. Chief Superintendent, Mr Shradrach Azangweo, South Tongu District Commander of the Ghana Immigration Service, told the Ghana News Agency that the Nigerians would be moved to Aflao to assist in further investigations.  "None of them ... more
  • 1 day AGF Designed A Prepaid Plan To Victimise Magu, Group Claims SaharaReporters
    A group called the civil society Network Against Corruption, (CSNAC), has accused the attorney general of the federation , Abubakar Malami of implementing a prepaid plan to get the chairman of the economic and financial crimes commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, out of office. The coalition of 150 civil society groups claim Malami’s intent is not to genuinely investigate Magu but to get him out of the way. "It stirs the conscience of Nigerians that an investigative panel meant to interrogate Mr. Magu had same day detained him and ... more
  • 1 day My Father Handed Over $25,000 As Exhibit To EFCC, Mohammed Dauda ASD Son Told Court SaharaReporters
    Shehu Sani in court Mohammed Dauda, a prosecution witness and son of Chairman of ASD Motors , Sani Dauda on Wednesday told a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja that his father handed over the $25,000 to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC ) as an exhibit. He made the revelation during the cross examination by defence counsel , Abdullahi Ibrahim in the trial of Senator Shehu Sani bordering on alleged fraud and name dropping. When asked if he was part of any discussion where money was ... more
  • 2 days APC Begins Screening Of Ondo Governorship Candidates Ahead Of Primary Election SaharaReporters
    Ahead of its governorship primary election on July 20, the All Progressives Congress has begun the screening of aspirants jostling for the party's ticket. Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State confirmed this on Wednesday on his Twitter page shortly after he was screened in Abuja.  He said, “I have just undergone screening by my party @OfficialAPCNg. Members of the committee were thorough, scrutinizing all documents amongst other questions. I believe the party made excellent choices for the committee members. Very professional and courteous." 
  • 2 days Ivory Coast Prime Minister, Coulibaly, Is Dead SaharaReporters
    Amadou Gon Coulibaly, Ivory Coast’s Prime Minister and the ruling party’s candidate for October's presidential election, has died. Coulibaly died on Wednesday after taking part in a cabinet meeting, Patrick Achi, Secretary-General in the presidency, said in a statement on national television. Achi said the 61-year-old late Prime Minister, who had heart surgery in 2012, became unwell during the weekly meeting and was evacuated to a hospital where he passed away.  He had returned to Ivory Coast last Thursday after two months ... more
  • 2 days Police Arrest Nasarawa APC Chairman For Raping Two Girls SaharaReporters
    The police have arrested the All Progressive Congress ward chairman in Obi Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, Christopher Ogah, for allegedly defiling two girls in his house in Obi town. Alhaji Mohammad Oyimoga Oyigye, Chairman of the Local Government Area, said he saved Ogah from being lynched by angry youth, who caught him and immediately handed him over to the police. A witness said the APC chairman lured the girls when they entered his house to fetch water, adding that it was not his first time of ... more
  • 2 days Nigeria Evacuates 162 Citizens Stranded In India SaharaReporters
    Nigerians stranded in India numbering 162 have been evacuated back to the country. Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Foreign Affairs, made the announcement in a tweet on Wednesday.  He said, “The third batch of 162 evacuees have departed New Delhi, India by Air Peace.  “The combined flight to Abuja and Lagos will first land at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja to disembark 48 passengers before proceeding to Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos with the remaining 114. “All evacuees will then proceed on ... more
  • 2 days Harvard University, MIT Drags US Government To Court Over Planned Deportation Of International Students SaharaReporters
    Following announcement by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement that it might deport foreign students taking online courses in US universities due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have sued the US government. ICE warned that students with specific visa types may not take a full online course load and remain in the country, adding that visas won’t be issued to those enrolled in fully online courses. The court papers read, “Immediately after the Fourth of July weekend, ICE threw Harvard ... more
  • 2 days Why We Suspended Ondo Deputy Speaker, Two Other Lawmakers, Assembly Explains SaharaReporters
    Ondo State House of Assembly The leadership of the Ondo State House of Assembly on Wednesday said it suspended three lawmakers of the Assembly over indiscipline.  The suspension came amid the impeachment plot against the deputy governor of the state, Mr Agboola Ajayi, by 14 members of the Assembly.  SaharaReporters had reported that the Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, Mr Iroju Ogundeji, representing Odigbo Constituency I; Mr Adewale Williams representing Ondo West Constituency II and Mrs Favour Semilore Tomomewo representing Ilaje I were suspended from Assembly. The trio were ... more
  • 2 days Fulani Herdsmen Kill Farmer In Southern Kaduna, Hide Body In Cave SaharaReporters
    Armed Fulani herdsmen Yohana Mutani, a farmer, has been hacked to death by suspected Fulani herdsmen with a machete when he went to tend to his farm. The 43-year old father of six children left his residence in Gengere, Maraban Kajuru in Kaduna State to his farm after he got word that his crops were being grazed by cows owned by the herdsmen. Mutani however, did not return home that day, sparking fears that he might have been killed.  Armed Fulani herdsmen A team ... more
  • 2 days Group Asks National Assembly To Suspend Annual Recess Over Electoral Reform Bill SaharaReporters
    A non-governmental organisation, Center for Advancement of Civil Liberties and Development, has called on the Nigerian Senate to halt its plan to go on annual recess until the passage of the Electoral Reform Bill. The group said though the decision may not be convenient for the lawmakers but it would cast the name of the members of the Ninth Assembly in gold.   The group disclosed this in a statement jointly signed by Co-conveners, Ariyo-Dare Atoye and Adebayo Raphael on Wednesday in Abuja.  The group ... more
  • 2 days DPR Shuns CSO Request To Reform Marginal Oil Field Bidding Guidelines SaharaReporters
    The Department of Petroleum Resources has refused to acknowledge a letter it received from a coalition of civil society and media organisations asking it to reform the guidelines it released for the recently announced bidding rounds for marginal oil fields. In the document sent on June 16, the DPR was reminded of the mistakes it made in previous auctions and asked to modify the latest rules to make the bidding process more transparent. National Coordinator, Publish What You Pay, Peter Egbule, said the DPR had ignored every attempt ... more
  • 2 days BREAKING: Nigerian Government Reverses Schools Resumption, Stops WASSCE SaharaReporters
    The Nigerian Government has reversed its earlier announcement on schools resumption. Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, disclosed this while speaking with journalists at the end of the Federal Executive Meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday. Adamu said that Nigerian schools will not reopen any time soon until it was safe to do so because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  He also said no school will participate in the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations earlier scheduled for August 5th and ... more
  • 2 days Oyedepo’s Faith Healing Claims: Churches And Misinformation About COVID19 In Nigeria By Leo Igwe SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Leo Igwe My attention has been drawn to a report in one of the national dailies (The Nation, June 29, 2020) titled, 114 Church Members, Healed of Coronavirus-Says Oyedepo. In this report, Bishop Oyedepo of the Living Faith Church International also known as Winners' Chapel claimed that over 100 members of his church had been healed of the coronavirus. However, the report contains some discrepancies in the figures. While the headline has 114 members, the body of the text says 10. It is not clear how the reporter came ... more
  • 2 days EXCLUSIVE: Saraki, Other PDP Leaders Pressure INEC Chairman To Rig Edo Governorship Election In Party’s Favour SaharaReporters
    Plans by a former President of the Nigerian Senate, Bukola Saraki, and other leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party to rig the forthcoming Edo governorship election in favour of the party had been uncovered. SaharaReporters gathered that Saraki and others are piling immense pressure on the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, to help them ‘deliver’ the state for PDP. A source in the know told SaharaReporters that Saraki recently reached out to the INEC Chairman through the PDP Deputy National Chairman (North), Suleiman ... more
  • 2 days Sowore’s Supporters Protest In Abuja Over Delay In His Trial SaharaReporters
    Dozens of supporters of human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore, on Wednesday in Abuja besieged the headquarters ofthe Court of Appeal and Federal High Court to protest the delay in his trial. The protesters demanded the withdrawal of the trumped-up charges against the activist. They gathered at the main gate of the Court of Appeal before proceeding to the Federal High Court located in Maitama alongside the activist to register their displeasure at the slow pace of his trial.  A protester, ... more
  • 2 days Ribadu, Waziri And Magu: EFCC’s History Of Chairpersons With Unceremonious Exits SaharaReporters
    Since the establishment of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in 2003 to investigate financial crimes in Nigeria, the agency has been entrenched in controversy, partly for its approach in fighting corruption, which experts have described as “selective” and for the character of persons that steer its affairs. Nuhu Ribadu Nuhu Ribadu was the pioneer Chairperson of the EFCC starting his tenure in 2003 at the instance of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.  He became the poster boy for ... more
  • 2 days Group Condemns Hike In Pump Price Of Petrol SaharaReporters
    The Movement for a Socialist Alternative has condemned the hike in the price of petrol by the Nigerian Government, saying it was a delibrate move to further impoverish citizens in the country.The MSA in statement signed by its spokesperson, Dagga Tolar, on Wednesday called on labour leaders to mobilise for a strike on behalf of the masses to protest the price increase. It reads, "The price of petrol was raised from N125 to N143, making a mockery of the reductions four months ago, and consequently mocking the Nigerian ... more
  • 2 days BREAKING: Again Appeal Court Fails To Hear Sowore’s Bail Variation Suit SaharaReporters
    As part of effort by the Nigerian Government to frustrate and delay the hearing of the appeal filed by the human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore, seeking the variation of his bail conditions, the Appeal Court sitting in Abuja refused to hear the case slated for Wednesday (today).The court had on June 3, 2020 fixed July 8 fot the adoption of the brief by the parties in the case. But upon arrival at the court for the case, the court officials told Sowore's lawyer, Marshal Abubakar, that ... more
  • 2 days Two Detained Nigerian Air Force Personnel In Benue Cry Out For Help, Allege Plot To Murder Them Over Cooperative Society Activities SaharaReporters
    Two detained officers of the Nigeria Air Force in Makurdi, Benue State, have cried out for help over what they described as false accusations levelled against them by senior officers in the service. The men, Military Warrant Officer Oyebanji and Warrant Officer Paul Atteh, were detained after they set up a Multipurpose Cooperative Society to service soldiers and interested civilians outside of the Nigeria Air Force to the disdain of their superior, one Air Commodore L. I Oluwatoyin, a family source said.  Air Commodore Oluwatoyin, who is not ... more
  • 2 days All Schools In Kenya To Remain Shut Until January 2021 SaharaReporters
    The Government of Kenya has said all schools will remain closed until January 2021 due to rising cases of COVID-19 in the country.  Final year exams, usually written in October and November, have also been cancelled.  George Magoha, Kenya's Education Minister, said students would repeat a year as schools had closed in mid-March, three months after the school calendar had begun, the BBC reports.  Daily Active "The 2020 school calendar year will be considered lost due to COVID-19 restrictions," he said. The decision ... more
  • 2 days Nigerian Government Accused Of Abandoning Chibok Girls On Scholarship At American University Yola SaharaReporters
    The Kibaku (Chibok) Area Development Association (KADA) has accused Nigerian Government of abandoning and neglecting the Chibok Girls who enrolled for scholarship programme at American University of Nigeria, Yola, Adamawa State. The group said 10 out of them had pulled out of the programme out of frustration.  In a statement on Tuesday jointly signed by Dauda Ndirpaya Iliya and Manasseh Allen, the National President and Director of Media and Publicity respectively of the association said the girls were discriminated against and not allowed to mingle, interact, and socialise ... more
  • 2 days Suspended EFCC Chairman, Magu, Spends Second Night In Detention SaharaReporters
    Ibrahim Magu, suspended Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, was detained for a second night since his arrest on Monday. Magu was arrested by a joint team of operatives of the Department of State Services and men of the Nigeria Police Force and then taken to the Presidential Villa where he was grilled for many hours.  The embattled anti-graft official was grilled on Tuesday for many hours as well while the DSS and the police also raided his house. ... more
  • 2 days The Spirit Of Bob Marley By Rèmí Oyèyemí SaharaReporters |Opinion
    The Street was heedless of the obvious dull on - going activities on its peripheral tethers. It pretended to be deaf and dumb as well as uninterested in its historical importance.   The Corvid-19 must have had a lot to do with the sparse movements this Tuesday morning as the beauty of the Street was enhanced by the trees lining the right side of the Street from the edge of West 22nd Street. Approaching the block between the West 23rd and West 24th Streets, the Park where he used ... more
  • 2 days Imperative Of Criticizing Of Religion In Africa By Leo Igwe SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Leo Igwe Africa has been designated as a deeply religious society. An African scholar, John Mbiti described Africans as notoriously religious. He stated that religion permeated all aspects of African life, thought, and culture. Indeed. polls after polls have pointed to the African continent as the global headquarters of religion and epicenter of global religiosity. The region has more people who profess Christianity and Islam than some traditional Christian and Muslim societies. But African religiosity is predicated on some factors. And one of them is a lack of ... more
  • 2 days How 14 Ondo Lawmakers Got 10 Million Naira Each To Impeach Deputy Governor SaharaReporters
    Fourteen members of the Ondo State House of Assembly, who signed the "impeachment notice" of the state Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi, were bribed to begin the process, SaharaReporters has gathered. It was gathered on Tuesday that the members were paid a sum of 10 million naira each to ensure Ajayi was removed from his position. The 14 members who received the kickback were Samuel Aderogboye, Festus Adefioye, Oluwole Emmanuel, Olajide Olamide, Gbegude Ololade, Adeyemi Olayemi, Muhammed Oladele and Abioun Falaye.  Others were Simeon Borokini, Falemu Olusegun, Akintomide Akinrogun, ... more
  • 2 days Plot To Impeach Me Dead On Arrival, Ondo Deputy Governor Says SaharaReporters
    Agboola Ajayi, Ondo State Deputy Governor, says the impeachment plot against him will fail. Ajayi spoke with SaharaReporters on Monday night. Fourteen members of the state House of Assembly had on Tuesday reportedly served Ajayi a notice of  impeachment.  The allegations levied against the deputy governor include gross misconduct, financial recklessness, abandonment of office, official duty and other assignments among others.  SaharaReporters gathered that nine other members of the Assembly have pulled out from the plot. The Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, ... more
  • 2 days CSOs Ask Kwara Governor To Account For Over N500m Spent On COVID-19 Palliatives SaharaReporters
    Kwara State governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq Civil Society Organizations (CSO) in Kwara State have asked Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazak to give details of how over N500m was spent on palliatives in the state. The CSOs and some individuals who monitored the distribution of COVID-19 palliatives by Kwara State Government (KWSG) wrote a letter to Mr Kayode Alabi, Deputy Governor and Chairman, Kwara State Technical Committee of COVID-19, asking him to clarify how ₦525,277,030 was spent by his committee on palliatives in the state.  The groups said the official statement from Mr ... more
  • 2 days Again, Bandits Invade Zamfara, Kill Seven, Abduct 20 Women SaharaReporters
    Bandits struck again in Zamfara State, killing seven persons and kidnapping 20 women in Danfasa village, Dansadau Emirate of the Maru Local Government Area of the state. Many houses were set ablaze, while several animals were rustled by the hoodlums. One of the villagers, Malam Adamu Danfasa, who escaped into the bush, told ThePunch that the bandits entered the village on motorcycles around 4 pm on Monday and opened fire on the residents, killing seven persons and injuring 13 others.  Adamu stated ... more
  • 2 days Ghana Reopens 600 Shops Belonging To Nigerians SaharaReporters
    Over 600 shops belonging to Nigerian traders in Ghana had been reopened by the Ghanaian government. President of the National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS), Dr Ken Ukaoha, disclosed this during a solidarity visit to the Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, on Tuesday in Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that in November 2019, Ghana Union of Traders Association closed down foreign-run shops said to be violating a Ghanaian law barring non-nationals from operating in the domestic retail space.  ... more
  • 2 days Igbo are Co-owners, We Not Leaving Nigeria For Anybody — Ohanaeze SaharaReporters
    Apex Igbo socio-cultural group in Nigeria, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has said that Igbo people will not leave Nigeria for anybody, citing the contributions of their forebears in the actualisation of  independence for Nigeria.  Speaking through its National Deputy Publicity Secretary, Mazi Chuks Ibegbu, Ohanaeze says there is no reason why the Igbo will ever leave Nigeria.  “Why should we leave Nigeria and for who? For settlers or foreigners? No way. We partly own Nigeria and instead of leaving it, settlers and foreigners will leave it for us,” Vanguard quotes ... more
  • 3 days Nigerian Government Has Declared War Against Arts And Its Producers —Soyinka SaharaReporters
    Wole Soyinka Nobel laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, described the amended 6th Broadcasting Code by the National Broadcasting Commission as a war by the government on arts and its producers. The NBC had reviewed some parts of the broadcasting code, which affect content producers on web/online media. In a statement on Tuesday, Soyinka said after reading excerpts from the newly proposed NBC broadcasting code, he discovered some potentially dangerous aspects of it. “I think it is about time the government come out openly and admit that it has declared war ... more
  • 3 days BREAKING: DSS Currently Searching Suspended EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu’s House SaharaReporters
    Ibrahim Magu Operatives of the Department of State Services and Nigeria Police Force are currently searching the house of Ibrahim Magu, suspended Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. The search is taking place at Magu's residence in Karu and Maitama in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, sources say.  Ibrahim Magu Magu was arrested on Monday over allegations of corruption and diversion of public funds.  He is currently undergoing investigation.   See Also Breaking ... more
  • 3 days Sexual Harassment Bill Not Targeted At Educators, Says Senate President, Lawmakers SaharaReporters
    Senate President Ahmad Lawa Ahmed Lawan, Nigeria’s Senate President, has said the passage of the Sexual Harassment Bill by the Senate was targeted at protecting students and not victimising educators in the county. Lawan in a statement said the move was necessitated by the prevalence of abuse in Nigeria’s tertiary institution. The bill sponsored by the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, follows the consideration of the report of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters. Lawan said, “This is a very important and landmark legislation that this ... more
  • 3 days The Arrest, Grilling And Detention Of Ibrahim Magu: The Ephemerality Of Power By Mike Ozekhome (SAN) SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Mike Ozezhome Mr Ibrahim Magu has been acting as EFCC Chairman for over five years. The Senate on two occasions refused to confirm him, based on a clear report on damning allegations of corruption levelled against him by government secret agency, the DSS. Magu's compromised supporters and cheap publicists, eating from his table and those afraid of public denigration in the so called "anti-corruption war" hailed and 'ranka dede-d' him. They abused the Senate and spat on people with plural voices, who dared call for Magu's sack, or at ... more
  • 3 days Police Dismiss Four Officers For Murder Of Mechanic In Rivers State SaharaReporters
    Ikwunado Four police officers linked to the killing of Chima Ikwunado and torture of four other auto mechanics at the Ikokwu area of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, in December 2019 have been dismissed from the Nigeria Police Force. The death of Ikwunado had last year sparked outrage on social media, which brought about the launch of #JusticeForChima and #Ikokwu4 on Twitter. This was confirmed in a statement by the spokesperson for the state’s police command, Nnamdi Omoni. The dismissed officers arrested the late Ikwunado and his colleagues on December ... more
  • 3 days 774,000 Jobs: Labour Minister, Ngige, Apologises To National Assembly Members SaharaReporters
    Nigeria’s Minister of Labour, Productivity and Employment, Chris Ngige, has apologised to the leadership of the National Assembly over last week’s face-off between the Minister of State for Labour, Festus Keyamo, and the joint Senate and House Committees on Labour, Productivity and Employment. Ngige tendered an apology on Tuesday in an address delivered when he led a delegation from the ministry on a visit to the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, at the National Assembly, Abuja. Ngige said, “Having visited your domain to the Joint Committee on Labour, Productivity ... more
  • 3 days Bandits Kill Army Captain, Abduct Wife, Mother In Kogi SaharaReporters
    Gunmen Suspected bandits have killed a Nigeria Army officer, GSM Abubakar, along the notorious Okene-Lokoja Highway in Kogi State. SaharaReporters gathered that Abubakar, a captain attached to the 353 Artillery Regiment, Ojo, Lagos, was traveling from Lagos to the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, in company with his wife and mother to participate in this year’s junior officers course when bandits opened fire on them, killing the soldier instantly.  FILE PHOTO: Gunmen They later abducted his wife and mother. The officer’s remains was ... more
  • 3 days BREAKING: Kwara Governor’s Chief Of Staff, Logun, Dies Of COVID-19 SaharaReporters
    Alhaji Adisa Logun, Chief of Staff to the Kwara State governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, has died of COVID-19 complications. SaharaReporters gathered that Logun died on Tuesday evening a few hours after the test of his COVID-19 result returned positive. He is the first confirmed death from the Kwara treatment centre. Rafiu Ajakaye, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Abdulrazaq, in a statement confirmed the death of Logun.  He said, “With total submission to the will of the Almighty Allah, we wish to announce the passing of the ... more
  • 3 days United States President, Trump, Paid Someone To Take SAT For Him, Niece Writes In Book SaharaReporters
    President Donald Trump of the United States had someone else take the SAT for him when he was in high school, his niece, Mary Trump, wrote in her forthcoming book, according to Washington Examiner. As the book would tell it, Trump, who grew up in New York City, paid someone to take the standardised test for him and got a score that helped him gain admittance to the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania as an undergraduate. The claim from Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family ... more
  • 3 days Boko Haram Confirms Link With Terror Groups In Niger State In New Video, Asks Unbelievers To Repent SaharaReporters
    FILE PHOTO The Abubakar Shekau’s faction of Boko Haram, Jama’atu Ahlussunnah Lidda’awati Wal Jihad, has released a new video and confirmed its link with the armed groups in Niger State that also operate in the North-West. According to HumAngle newspaper, the six minutes and five seconds video shows fully armed fighters speaking in Hausa, English and Kanuri. “Special greetings from your jihadi brethren in the Lake Chad Basin. Greetings to our leader Abu Muhammad Ibn Muhammad Abubakar Asshakawy.  FILE PHOTO “My second message is ... more
  • 3 days Students Block East-West Road To Protest Non-payment Of Scholarship Allowance SaharaReporters
    Students and beneficiaries of the Federal Government Presidential Amnesty Programme have protested the non-payment of their scholarship allowance for over 30 months.  The angry students had been complaining that the Nigerian Government had refused to pay their In- training allowances.  They blocked the Kaiama area of the East-West Road of Bayelsa axis for over five hours chanting different solidarity songs on Monday.  The demonstrators, who were armed with placards, also caused heavy gridlock on the major highway road and ... more
  • 3 days COVID-19: Delta State Information Commissioner, Aniagwu, 21 Others Discharged SaharaReporters
    Charles Aniagwu Delta State Commissioner for Information, Charles Aniagwu, has been discharged after testing negative to Coronavirus. Aniagwu and the Secretary to the State Government, Chiedu Ebie, had on June 20 tested positive for COVID-19 and taken to an isolation centre in Asaba for treatment.  Charles Aniagwu The state government in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Olisa Ifeajika, on Tuesday announced the discharge of Aniagwu and 21 other persons from the isolation centres in the state. However, ... more
  • 3 days Panic At National Assembly As Over 50 Lawmakers Allegedly Test Positive For COVID-19 SaharaReporters
    The House of Representatives on Tuesday adjourned plenary until next week following news that over 50 legislators may have been tested positive for Coronavirus A lawmaker told journalists that about 50 of his colleagues had been tested positive for the virus with some of them seriously ill.  Findings also revealed that many of the lawmakers in both chambers of the National Assembly have tested positive for COVID-19 but refused making it known to the public. It cannot be ascertained if the recess ... more
  • 3 days Ondo Governor, Akeredolu, Asks Security Agents To Probe Former SSG’s Comments Of Manipulating 2016 Governorship Election In His Favour SaharaReporters
    Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has called on security agencies to investigate the former Secretary to the State Government, Ifedayo Abegunde, over the allegations that the 2016 governorship election in Ondo State was manipulated in his favour. Abegunde had on Monday during a radio programme on Crest 87.7 FM in Akure alleged that Governor Akeredolu didn't win the 2016 poll but the results were manipulated in his favour. Akeredolu in a statement on Tuesday by his Chief Press Secretary, Segun Ajiboye, said the allegations of the former Ondo SSG showed ... more
  • 3 days Between I And A Man Caught Pocketing Dollars Who Deserves To Be Isolated, Rivers Governor, Wike, Asks While Firing Back At Governor Ganduje SaharaReporters
    Rivers Governor Wike Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Campaign Council for the Edo State governorship election, Nyesom Wike, has said threats by his counterpart in the All Progressives Congress, Abdullahi Ganduje, to “isolate” him until the elections were over, had exposed the plot by the ruling party to take undue advantage of security agents. Ganduje had on Monday said the APC will humiliate Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State by isolating Wike. Reacting on Tuesday, Wike said it is the man, who pocketed dollars that deserves to be ... more
  • 3 days Senate Receives President Buhari’s Request To Confirm 11 Judges For FCT High Court, Others SaharaReporters
    The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday received a formal request for the confirmation of 11 nominees as judges of the Federal High Court of the Federal Capital Territory. The request was contained in a letter read on the floor during plenary by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan. The letter reads, “In accordance with Section 256(2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, I have the honour to forward for confirmation by the Senate, the under-listed names of eleven (11) nominees as judges of the ... more
  • 3 days Do You Know Hate Speech Bill Is Still Alive And Well At The Senate? By Fredrick Nwabufo SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Fredrick Nwabufo Social media/Internet freedom is a basic human right. It is unalienable. In the pool of freedoms, it is as basic as the right to exist. Take away the power of thought and expression from a man, and you have a breathing cadaver. On June 25, The Economic Community of West African States Community Court of Justice ruled that the September 2017 internet shutdown ordered by the Togolese government during protests was illegal and an affront to the applicants’ right to freedom of expression, this is according to ... more
  • 3 days After Magu, Another Muslim Fulani Police Officer Should Head EFCC By Bayo Oluwasanmi SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Bayo Oluwasanmi Ibrahim Magu, EFCC Chair, was arrested Monday in Abuja. The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, accused Magu of “insubordination and re-looting of recovered funds.”  The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission was established in 2003. All the chairpersons have been Muslim Fulani and police officers: Nuhu Ribadu (2003-2007), Ibrahim Lamorde (2008), Farida Mzamber Waziri ( 2008-2011), Ibrahim Lamorde (2011-2015), and Ibrahim Magu (2015-present). President Muhammadu Buhari’s presidency is reputed for nepotism. Buhari’s open display of ethnic bias and favouritism is unrivaled in the history of Nigeria. Under ... more
  • 3 days Harm Reduction: Science, Sociology And Restrictive Regulations By Seynabou Sall SaharaReporters |Opinion
    At an online panel discussion on Tobacco Harm Reduction on June 23, 2020, Prof Reuven Zimlichman, Director of the Brunner Institute for Cardiovascular Research in Tel-Aviv University, and Dr Peter Harper, oncologist, and Gizelle Baker, an epidemiologist and PMI’s Director of Scientific Engagement, discussed scientifically-proven harm reduction tools with regards to tobacco. Nowadays, more than one billion people smoke in the world and the World Health Organisation predicts that this number will not decrease until 2025. In the meantime, progress is being made on alternatives to cigarettes in ... more
  • 3 days Impeachment Plot: Ondo Deputy Governor, Ajayi, Approaches Court To Stop Process SaharaReporters
    Agboola Ajayi As plot to impeach him thickens, Agboola Ajayi, deputy governor of Ondo State, has approached a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to stop the impeachment process. Ajayi in an originating summon on his fundamental human rights sought the declaration of the court to restrain members of the state's House of Assembly from impeaching him as deputy governor. SaharaReporters obtained the copies of the court documents on Monday, which was filed by Agboola's lawyer, Barrister I. Olatoke, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.   Agboola Ajayi ... more
  • 3 days Magu A Victim Of Power Play With Malami, Others —PACAC SaharaReporters
    A member of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof Femi Odekunle, has reacted to the alleged arrest of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission boss, Mr Ibrahim Magu. SaharaReporters had on Monday reported how Magu was whisked away by a combined team of Department of State Services and Force Criminal Investigation Department and then taken before a panel at the Presidential Villa for questioning. This happened a few days after Abubakar Malami, Attorney-General of the Federation, accused the anti-graft czar of gross infractions.  ... more
  • 3 days EFCC Receives Petition To Prosecute Katsina Governor, Masari, Over N52bn Security Votes Misappropriation SaharaReporters
    A resident of Kastina State, Muhammad Mahdi Shehu, has asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to investigate Governor Aminu Masari for alleged misappropriation and misapplication of over N52bn spent as security vote in the state from June 2015 to April 29, 2020. Shehu in a petition addressed to the EFCC said the daily attacks by bandits in the state calls for serious question on the sincerity in the security management by the state government.  He said, “This petition and the annextures are intended to draw the attention ... more
  • 3 days The Return Of Electoral Robbery By Amir Abdulazeez SaharaReporters |Opinion
    During this lockdown period, I managed to read significant parts of Dr.Goodluck Jonathan’s book, ‘My Transition Hours’. I have been trying to avoid the book like others similar to it, simply because I don’tbelieve in the sincerity of politicians telling their own stories. But, what other ways can you cope under a three-month lockdown? One conclusion I reached was that the former President’s memoir was a tactical expression of his self-convincing feeling that he never lost freely and fairly to General Muhammadu Buhari in the 2015 presidential elections. All other things in the book were in my opinionmore or less secondary to this. The more pages I read in that book, the more I found it difficult to disconnect President Jonathan and his henchmen with the Orubebe incident that ... more
  • 3 days Thinking Through Social Protection Programs In Nigeria: From The Past To Present By Olasunkanmi Habeeb Okunola SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Over the years, Nigeria has witnessed huge and seemingly growing insecurity problems, rapid increase in poverty rate, high inequality and concurrent threats of instability. The recent report by National Bureau of Statistics affirmed that forty percent of Nigerians live below the poverty line and more than two million are internally displaced. These and many more challenges posed serious threats to national development. In a bid to address various problems facing Nigeria and other developing countries, social protection is increasingly being seen by the international community, regional bodies and ... more
  • 3 days In Defence Of Senior Advocates By Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa On July 4, 2019, the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee, LPPC, rolled out the names of thirty-eight legal practitioners deserving to be conferred with the prestigious rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN. How some despise the rank! Some don’t want it ever mentioned near them at all, for several reasons. I used to be in that class, given my background, as an activist. Not long after setting up my law practice, a friend approached me for what he termed a ‘private chat’. According to him, he had ... more
  • 3 days Mele Kyari And NNPC: One Year After By Reuben Abati SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Reuben Abati A year ago, Mele Kolo Kyari was named as the Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). He succeeded Maikanti Baru, now of blessed memory. On July 8, 2019, the then incoming GMD made the following promises: (i) There will be no corruption without discretion. We will work with all shareholders within the NNPC group to ensure there is no discretion in the system; (ii) We will build this company to enable it to compete with its global peers. We are not saying ... more
  • 4 days COVID-19: Students Face Deportation As United States Releases New Directives On Visas SaharaReporters
    The State Department The United States government said it would not grant visas to international students enrolled in a school whose programme is fully online for the Fall semester. It said students in the country on an F-1 or M nonimmigrant visa would be asked to leave the country if they are unable to switch to another school where they can take physical classes. The Coronavirus pandemic had forced some US universities to convert in-person classes to online. “Nonimmigrant F-1 and M-1 students attending schools operating entirely online may ... more
  • 4 days Election: Crisis Brews In Ondo SDP As Chairman Begs Police To Seal Off Party Secretariat SaharaReporters
    The Acting Chairman of the Ondo State chapter of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Mr Dele Thomas, has urged the Ondo State Commissioner of Police to immediately seal off the party secretariat in the state over the ongoing crisis within the party. Thomas said the closure of the party secretariat would curb the escalation of the crisis in the party. The State Working Committee of the SDP, which had been embroiled in a leadership tussle, had declared its dissolution by the Prof. Tunde Adeniran-led National Working Committee (NWC) ... more
  • 4 days APC Governors Get 150 Slots In N-Power Recruitment SaharaReporters
    FILE PHOTO: President Buhari And APC Governors, At A Meeting In State House, Abuja Some All Progressives Congress governors were given 150 slots in the ongoing N-Power recruitment exercise, SaharaReporters has gathered. SaharaReporters had earlier reported how the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Sadiya Umar Farouq, had converted the N-Power scheme to political patronage.  A recent discovery by SaharaReporters shows that the minister has been giving out free slots to politicians and influential individuals with at least 150 slots given to some governors in the country.  ... more
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