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  • 1 week Effectively Tackling Corona Virus By Tony Ademiluyi SaharaReporters |Opinion
      Shortly before the celebration of the lunar year by the Chinese, the world was alerted to the emergence of the corona virus in the Wuhan province of China. A pastor friend of mine told me that it was one of the signs of the end times as strange ailments now plague the human climate. On January 28, some cases of deaths as a result of the virus had been reported but by February 10, the death rate had escalated to ... more
  • 1 week The Corona Virus Challenge, Nigeria And Other Responses By Reuben Abati SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Reuben Abati Reuben Abati The biggest threat to our collective humanity today is not the suspected threat of a Third World War, but a corrosive, debilitating, murderous pathogen known as new Corona Virus. The fear of a World War III was fuelled by tensions and differences among key super powers dictating contemporary geo-politics notably: the United States, China, Iran, Iraq, Israel, North Korea, South Korea and the entire Middle East. But while relationships with the world’s power axis will always have implications for ... more
  • 1 week We Shall Not Bow By Femi Fani-Kayode SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Femi Fani-Kayode Femi Fani-Kayode SaharaReporters Media   "I am the leader of Uthman Danfodio dynasty. I have never seen where in the hundred books that Uthman Danfodio said Nigeria belongs to the Fulani. What he wrote was the role of Islam in leadership, governance etc. He never mentioned of conquering any particular land or claimed ownership of any territory. People make comments that Jihad is to Islamise every country, but I said no. Danfodio never came to Islamise any country, he preached against bad ... more
  • 1 week The Madness In Ahmad’s CAF By Fred Edoreh SaharaReporters |Opinion
      The world expects FIFA to make the PriceWaterCooper audit report on the Confederation of Africa Football public in line with its promise on zero corruption. Meanwhile, stakeholders in world football are alarmed and already covering their noses on the putrid smell from little glimpses. The indication is like an orgy in a mad house of gang rapists. President Ahmad Ahmad apparently literally split the wrist of the continent’s football and tendered it to be sucked to death, suggests Musa Bility, ... more
  • 1 week Nigeria’s Democracy, Youth Restiveness And Drug Abuse By Ademola Orunbon SaharaReporters |Opinion
      It is the belief of many that democracy should guarantee people good life. A stable democracy piloted by visionary leaders who possess the intellectual clouts to see issues at their broader and more complex perspectives should ensure a strong, stable, vibrant, virile economy with an enabling peaceful and stable political environment. Under a condition like this, the citizens can benefits maximally and fullest from democracy - good living condition, employment generation, security of lives, property and equal opportunities for self-actualization. It ... more
  • 1 week In The Name Of Sabbatical: Colombia And Peru By ‘Tope Oriola SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Edmonton, Canada, can be brutally cold in January. I managed to escape just before a particularly cold period in the second week. Having taken a one-year sabbatical, I was determined to relax and explore new ideas. Destination? Cartagena, Colombia. Beautiful, touristy, welcoming and the household of all things entertaining, Cartagena lived up to the hype. Accommodation was at the old town, a colonial relic with a fortress. Old but still in fashion and the indisputable hub of Cartagena’s bubbly tourism sector, ... more
  • 1 week Immigration Visa And Okada Ban: Nigerians Besieged At Home And Abroad By Rachel Onamusi SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Techpoint Africa   Last week, Nigerians discovered two news reasons why being born Nigerian is an extreme sport. The first was Uncle Donald Trump and his immigration visa ban. We may choose to pontificate at length (our regular trademark) and adjudge the root causes of the ban to be racial or religious discrimination, or we may accept the facts as they are stated: Nigeria is under the grip of terrorism and the US cannot see any real reason to continue to allow ... more
  • 1 week The Trekkers Of Today Will Snatch Our Cars Tomorrow By ‘Fisayo Soyombo SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Fisayo Soyombo Fisayo Soyombo   I am not one the biggest fans of motorcycle as a means of transportation. I wasn’t always an antagonist; it all started in 2010. My friend was on a bike that collided with a danfo in the Ikorodu area of Lagos. It wouldn’t have been too bad if that was where it ended, but after she tumbled off the bike, an onrushing bus overran her right hip. She was a guest of the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, for ... more
  • 1 week A Dream On ÀMÒTÉKÙN Pillow By Remi Oyeyemi SaharaReporters |Opinion
      They were coming from all the nooks, crannies and corners to the village center. Men, women and children. Old, young and the vulnerable. Grim looks accompanied ghastly ones. Drab moods dragged the dim ones. Animosity was pulling annoyance by hand. Peevishness and petulance accompanied each other. Irritation seemed rankled. Aggravation was galled and goaded. As they gathered in the terrace of the town's Àkòdì, the Baálé was seated on a well rounded pèrègún, padded with a severally folded navy blue ... more
  • 1 week Governor Zulum’s Example For Elite By Femi Falana SaharaReporters |Opinion
    During an outing at 6:30am last Friday to assess public institutions in Borno State, the governor, Prof Babagana Umar Zulum met Mrs Mazi Obiageli already at Shehu Sanda Kyarimi 2 Primary School under Jere Local Government Area, waiting for her pupils. Completely overwhelmed by Mrs Obiageli’s dedication, Governor Zulum commended and rewarded her with personal cash of N100,000, nearly three times her monthly salary of N35,000 and recommended her for promotion. Barely 24 hours later, Mrs Obiageli's promotion from class teacher ... more
  • 1 week Buhari: The Resignation Imperative By Ozodinukwe Okenwa SaharaReporters |Opinion
    SOC Okenwa SOC Okenwa Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe is a federal parliamentarian representing Abia-South Senatorial District of Abia State at the upper legislative Chamber in Abuja. He came to national limelight or prominence when he co-signed a bail warrant for Mazi Nnamdi Kanu of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples Of Biafra (IPOB) few years ago. Following a military onslaught on his home in Umuahia then Kanu went 'missing' for months if not years. He re-appeared in Jerusalem, Israel, praying at the Lamentation Wall and putting an abrupt end ... more
  • 1 week Prune Northern Nigerian Mistletoe, Cure Nigeria By Festus Adedayo SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Google All right, you do not know what mistletoe is? It is, according to a dictionary definition of it, a “leathery-leaved parasitic plant which grows on apple, oak, and other broadleaf trees.” Yoruba call mistletoe afomo. What this weed does is stick to trees, either cocoa or kolanut tree. Farmers are always watching out for an afomo on their crash crops because, the moment a tree gets infested with it, it is on its way to barrenness. While the mistletoe has no root of its own, it bores ... more
  • 1 week Aburi: Emeka Ojukwu’s Unfulfilled Promise And The Lies Of Yakubu Gowon By Remi Oyeyemi SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Remi Oyeyemi Remi Oyeyemi   "Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon and the truth." -Buddha "Lies never last, History never dies, and the TRUTH is always constant." -Remi Oyeyemi During my active days in journalism, I never had the chance to interview the former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon. And I am not really sure I would want to interview him at this point. It is very much unlike a journalist to turn such an opportunity down, but ... more
  • 2 weeks #OccupyLagos: Awaiting The Peoples’ Marathon By Kunle Wizeman Ajayi SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Since the head of the Lagos ruling class, Bola Tinubu, "handed over" in 2007; his successors have been engaging in marathons of anti-people actions that have done two basic things: destroy the life of many, while a tiny few have become richer. To analyse the whole of the anti-people actions would mean writing volumes. This effort will however, take a short look at both issues of mass evictions and ban on Okada (and tricycles this time).  The term "Mega City" is ... more
  • 2 weeks Before Nigerians Are Infected With Coronavirus Disease By Arowona Abdulazeez SaharaReporters |Opinion
    The world woke up to the news of the outbreak of novel coronavirus (nCoV) in Wuhan in the Peoples Republic of China in mid-December 2019 and since then, the narrative is yet to change, rather, it is becoming more contagious and threatening to the global health situation. nCoV is capable of spreading from person to person and the World Health Organisation has since raised alarm on the need for nations across the world to be proactive and raise up to the ... more
  • 2 weeks #OkadaBan: Group To Take Protest To Venue Of Lagos City Marathon SaharaReporters
      Lagos residents under the auspices of #OccupyLagos group is set to storm venue of the 2020 Lagos City Marathon in protest against the ban on motorcycle and tricycle in the state. The group, not satisfied with the ban of two of the most effective transport systems in the state, has resolved to embark on a peaceful protest.  The protesters hope to pass on their demands through the annual marathon race organised by the state. “We chose that venue as that’s ... more
  • 2 weeks Ihedioha Seeks Review Of Supreme Court Judgment, Says Uzodinma Fraudulently Misled Judges SaharaReporters
    Emeka Ihedioha, ousted governor of Imo State, has filed for review of the judgment of the Supreme Court that kicked him out of office. Ihedioha posited that Hope Uzodinma, incumbent governor of Imo, fraudulently misled the court to pronounce him as winner of the election, adding that the judgment should be nullified. Ihedioha, who is seeking “an order setting aside as a nullity the judgment delivered by the court”, founded his application on the ground that the Court of Appeal had ... more
  • 2 weeks Ekiti University Students Urge Institution’s Management To End Academic Crisis SaharaReporters
    Ekiti State University students have called on the school’s management to make more efforts in ending a crisis with lecturers. According to the undergraduates, the disengagement of most lecturers of the institution has affected their studies and even delayed the posting of many of them for the National Youth Service Corps. In a plea broadcast sent on Friday, the students under the platform of National Association of Science Technology Students, said, “On behalf of all the staff, students of the Department ... more
  • 2 weeks Taraba: Two Persons Killed In Jukun/Tiv Violence SaharaReporters
    Two persons have been killed in a clash between Jukun and Tiv tribes in Taraba State. Spokesperson for the police in the state, David Misal, told SaharaReporters that several houses were also burnt when gunmen suspected to be Jukun militia attacked Ibua Village along Wukari-Ibi Road in Ibi Local Government Area on Thursday night. He said, “Information available to us indicates that gunmen suspected to be Jukun youths, attacked a Tiv village in Ibi LGA and killed two persons. "Some thatch houses were ... more
  • 2 weeks 14,045 Nigerians Repatriated From Libya Since 2017 SaharaReporters
      The National Emergency Management Agency has said that 14,045 Nigerians have voluntarily been brought back home since a repatriation programme was started by the International Organisation for Migration in 2017. Acting Coordinator for the Lagos Territorial Office, Ibrahim Farinloye, disclosed this while receiving a new batch of 161 returnees at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport on Thursday night. He said, “This batch brought the total number of voluntary returnees from Libya to 14,045, which is made up of 8,200 males ... more
  • 2 weeks Too Premature For INEC To Deregister Parties –Falana SaharaReporters
      Rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has said that it was premature for the Independent National Electoral Commission to deregister political parties in the country. Falana was reacting to the deregistration of 74 out of the existing 102 political parties by INEC on Thursday. He said, “In deregistering the 74 political parties, INEC has relied on the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Fourth Alteration, No 9) Act, 2017 enacted on May 4, 2017, which amended section 222 of ... more
  • 2 weeks Soldier Kills Police Officer With Anti-Aircraft Gun In Borno SaharaReporters
      An army corporal has killed a policeman with an Anti-Aircraft Gun following an argument over a lady at Makara area of Gwoza Local Government in Borno State. The unnamed army personnel killed Sergeant Rowland Tafida, who was among MOPOL Special Forces Team deployed to Gwoza last August on counter-insurgency operations, PRNigeria reports. It was also learnt that Tafida, a father of two young girls, had already planned to depart Borno on Saturday before he was murdered by the unidentified soldier. ... more
  • 2 weeks Okoi Obono-Obla Still Wanted –Anti-graft Commission, ICPC SaharaReporters
      The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission has said that the former Chairman of the Special Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property, Okoi Obono-Obla, is still wanted by the commission. ICPC spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa, announced this at a media briefing on the activities of the commission in the last one year. She said, “Yes, we have read in the media about his being available in the country, that he is making statements on social media platforms. ... more
  • 2 weeks Six Persons Arrested For Impersonating Custom Officers In Katsina SaharaReporters
      The police in Katsina State have arrested six persons for duping residents by pretending to be customs officers. Spokesperson for the police in the state, Gambo Isah, said the Special Anti-Robbery Squad apprehended the syndicate. According to Isah, luck ran out on the group after a dismissed soldier, Lawal Abubakar, and five of his colleagues, reportedly defrauded one Mark Udoh of Funtua Local Government Area in Katsina. They presented themselves to him as officers of the Nigeria Customs Service and ... more
  • 2 weeks Insecurity: Tone Down Your Anger, Governor Tambuwal Tells Religious Leaders SaharaReporters
      Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, has asked religious leaders in the country to "tone down" their anger over escalating insecurity in the country. Tambuwal said President Muhammadu Buhari was doing his best to fight insecurity and that the anger targeted at him was misplaced. The governor made the comments when Coordinator of the North-West border drill Assistant Comptroller-General of Customs, Mohammed Aliyu, paid him a visit at the Government House. He said, “I appeal to our leaders especially religious ... more
  • 2 weeks The Northern Elite Created These Bandits By Fredrick Nwabufo SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Fredrick Nwabufo Fredrick Nwabufo A study by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) put the number of out-of-school children in Nigeria to 13.5 million – as of 2018. An unimpressive mass of this number comes from Borno, Adamawa, Yobe, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Zamfara, and other northern states. In December 2019, Jigawa State Government announced it would open a bidding process for the construction of 95 mosques across the state. This is a state with over 800,000 out-of-school children,According to a survey by the Education Sector ... more
  • 2 weeks From Ebola To Novel Corona Virus: What Are Lessons Learnt? By Mike Adeyemi Lawal SaharaReporters |Opinion
    When outbreaks occur, there is the possibility of activating a panic mode button in an attempt to immediately halt the spread or prevent further escalation of the situation. The panic response of Nigeria during the 2014 Ebola outbreak has become a success story in outbreak management, in spite of being described as “using a sledgehammer to kill an ant” in terms of resource deployment during the outbreak. Still, the question here is: What has the Ebola outbreak response taught us? Understanding ... more
  • 2 weeks Real Reason Rivers Governor, Wike, Is Honouring Appeal Court President, Bulkachuwa, With State Banquet SaharaReporters
    Facts have emerged as to the main reason River State Governor, Nyesom Wike, is staging a state banquet to honour President of Nigeria’s Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Adamu Bulkachuwa. The event, which comes up by 7:00pm on Friday (today), is expected to attract senior members of Nigeria’s judiciary and other prominent personalities to the state capital, Port Harcourt. But beyond being a normal state function, SaharaReporters, through interactions with close sources around the governor, discovered that the elaborate event ... more
  • 2 weeks Conviction Of Ex-Taraba Governor, Jolly Nyame, For Corruption Upheld By Supreme Court SaharaReporters
    Nigeria’s Supreme Court on Friday upheld the sentencing of a former governor of Taraba State, Jolly Nyame, by approving a 12-year imprisonment over N1.6bn corruption case. Leading a five-man panel, Justice Mary Peter-Odili set aside the N100m fine imposed on Nyame by the Court of Appeal in delivering the ruling. The apex court held that the Court of Appeal was wrong to have imposed the fine on him without hearing from the appellant.  “The lower court ought to have heard from ... more
  • 2 weeks Religion And Human Rights Abuse In Nigeria By Ademola Orunbon SaharaReporters |Opinion
      More than before, contemporary Nigerian society has been beset with religious conflicts that have threatened to tear the fabric of the country’s unity. To a large extent, one can say that Nigeria of the past boasted of religious flexibility and tolerance for many years. However, recently, it seems to have been shelved as gruesome stories relating to religion rear their ugly heads frequently, causing loss of lives. One can say that a curious feature of today Nigerian society is religious ... more
  • 2 weeks Àmòtékùn As A Cognomen By Remi Oyeyemi SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Well before the Yorùbá people and their leaders sprang the surprise of their Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed Àmòtékùn, one has been living with it in several facets of the bedroom. There are two windows in the bedroom draped in Àmòtékùn apparels. The closet, which had mirror doors, has scalloping on top of it, sewn in a manner to not inhibit the opening and closing. It is about nine inches in width.  Needless to say that the bedsheets and covers are ... more
  • 2 weeks President Buhari Departs Abuja For African Union Summit In Ethiopia SaharaReporters
      President Muhammadu Buhari is headed to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to attend the 33rd Ordinary Session of Heads of State and Government of the African Union. This was disclosed in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu,  He said the President will also attend other events before and after the  AU Summit, scheduled for February 9 and 10. He said, “President Buhari will join leaders from the 55-member countries of the African Union to participate ... more
  • 2 weeks Senator From Gombe Appoints 118 Aides SaharaReporters
      A senator representing Gombe South at the National Assembly, Bulus Amos, has appointed 118 aides in his constituency.  Amos, who disclosed this through his spokesperson, Abdul Lauya, said the aides were picked from the wards in his senatorial district. He represents  Balanga, Billiri, Kaltungo, and Shongom Local Government Areas of Gombe State. He explained that the appointment comprises two personal assistants from each ward and 38 special assistants. “While the PAs are to serve as links between the lawmaker and ... more
  • 2 weeks Coronavirus: Chinese Doctor Among Experts Behind Disease Detection Dead SaharaReporters
    Dr Li Wenliang, who tried to raise the alarm about the Coronavirus in December Dr Li Wenliang Handout A Chinese doctor, who was among the first to raise a public alarm about the deadly Coronavirus has died after being infected, CNN reports.  Ophthalmologists Li Wenliang passed away from the infection at 2:58am. Dr Li had died of the novel Coronavirus, but later reported he was instead critically ill.  Dr Li was declared dead at 21:30 local time on Thursday.Official media outlets were ... more
  • 2 weeks Nigerian Government Slashes Visa Fees For United States Citizens SaharaReporters
    The Nigerian Government has slashed its visa application charges for citizens of the United States from $180 to $160. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the old amount comprised $160 as visa fee and $20 as “processing and expedient fees”. According to the Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service, Mr Muhammad Babandede, the reduction followed a review of the US’ visa reciprocity policy for Nigeria. Babandede stated this in a February 5 memo marked NIS/HQ/CGI/806/7 and addressed to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign ... more
  • 2 weeks Nigerian Government Announces Budget To Prevent Coronavirus Outbreak SaharaReporters
      The Nigerian Government has announced that it will spend N620m to monitor, detect and contain the deadly Coronavirus. This was disclosed by Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Health. According to him, the fund would come directly from the service-wide vote. He stated that the move was in a bid to prevent an outbreak of the disease in the country and further protect citizens.  Ehanire further disclosed that government promptly released the sum ... more
  • 2 weeks Lagos Government Prosecutes 95 Persons For Crossing Highway SaharaReporters
    A total number of 95 persons have been prosecuted by the Lagos Environmental Sanitation Corps from January 2020 till date. Corps Marshal of the agency, Akinpelu Gbemisola, stated that the arrest was in line with the Environmental Sanitation Protection Law 2017 by the Special Offences Court of Lagos State (Mobile Court). Gbemisola also decried with dismay the unfounded rumour circulating on the social media that the Lagos State Government had directed LAGESC officials not in uniform to arrest people crossing highways, ... more
  • 2 weeks Afe Babalola, Soyinka, Others To Speak At Lecture On Knowledge-Based Society SaharaReporters
    Afe Babalola, Wole Soyinka Afe Babalola, Wole Soyinka Eminent Nigerian scholars, digital and social entrepreneurs and relevant stakeholders in education, research and innovations industry will on February 19, 2020 converge at a lecture to discuss on the needs for the Nigerian Government to shift focus from the traditional economy to building a knowledge-based economy and society. The lecture organised by a Yoruba Intelligentsia group, the Voice of Reason Advocacy for Social Development Foundation, will be chaired by Aare Afe Babalola (SAN), Noble laureate, ... more
  • 2 weeks President Buhari’s Judicial Reforms Adviser, Juliet Ibekaku-Nwagwu, Indicted For Illegally Diverting Public Funds SaharaReporters
    Juliet Ibekaku-Nwagwu, adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Judicial Reforms, has been indicted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for allegedly receiving monies illegally from former Attorney-General of Nigeria, Mohammed Adoke, and Damian D. Dodo.  Ibekaku-Nwagwu is fingered to have received part of a N150m largesse from Adoke paid as kickbacks by Dodo. The monies transferred through Sterling bank account: 000811505, was diverted in 2011 without an appropriation act of the National Assembly.  The offence is punishable under section 19 ... more
  • 2 weeks Man Arrested For Killing Wife In Bayelsa SaharaReporters
    A 30-year-old man identified as Monday Uwem has killed his 26-year-old wife and buried her in a shallow grave in the kitchen of their house located at Aparama Fishing Camp, Okumbiri Town, Akassa, Brass Local Government Area of  Bayelsa State. State Police Command confirmed this on Thursday in a statement released in Yenagoa, the state capital. Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Butswat Asinim, said investigation had commenced into the murder. He said, "The deceased was allegedly killed by her husband, one ... more
  • 2 weeks JUST IN: Robbers Attack Banks In Ondo, Kill Policemen SaharaReporters
    Scene of the attack. Scene of the attack. Scene of the attack Scene of the attack Scene of the attack. SaharaReporters Media Suspected armed robbers have attacked some banks in Ile Oluji under Oke Igbo Local Government Area of Ondo State. A trader, Mrs Remilekun Araola, revealed that the robbers gained entry into the bank through the use of dynamites. She disclosed that no fewer than four persons have been killed in the robbery attack.  Scene of the attack SaharaReporters Media ... more
  • 2 weeks Court Sentences Amobi Okoye To Six-year Imprisonment For Hiding Cocaine In Stomach SaharaReporters
    A Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday sentenced to six years imprisonment an Italy-bound traveller, Amobi Okoye, who hid cocaine in his stomach.Justice Jude Dagat convicted Okoye for attempted unlawful export of 1.030 kilogrammes of cocaine following a six-year trial.The sentence, which was without an option of fine, took effect from judgment day. The judge held that prosecution counsel, Mrs Juliana Imaobong Irubochi, successfully proved the National Drug Law Enforcement case against the defendant “beyond reasonable doubt.”He said the defence put ... more
  • 2 weeks JUST IN: INEC Fixes Date For Edo, Ondo Governorship Elections SaharaReporters
    The Independent National Electoral Commission has fixed dates for the Edo and Ondo states 2020 governorship elections. The commission announced this on Thursday, fixing 19th of September 2020 and 10th of October 2020 for Edo and Ondo states respectively. In the timetable for the election activities for Edo State governorship election, INEC stated that conduct of primary election and resolution of disputes arising from primaries would be between 2nd of June to 27th of June while campaign would kickstart on the ... more
  • 2 weeks How Ex-Zenith Bank Staff Authorised N700m Fraudulent Transactions -Witness SaharaReporters
      The trial of Omotola Fawehinmi, an employee of Zenith Bank Plc standing trial for an alleged N700m fraud, continued with the first prosecution witness, Prosper Eyitayo, narrating how the defendant authorised the fraudulent transactions. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is prosecuting Fawehinmi before Justice Chuka Obiozor of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos, on a five-count charge of forgery and failure to carry out due diligence. One of the counts reads, “That you, Omotola Fawehinmi sometime in February 2015 ... more
  • 2 weeks FULL LIST: 18 Parties Survive INEC’s Axe Ahead Of 2023 General Election SaharaReporters
    As the Independent National Electoral Commission deregisters 74 political parties in the country, Nigeria now has 18 parties. The electoral commission said the deregistered party did not satisfy the requirements of the fourth alteration to the constitution. INEC added that the Action Peoples Party filed a suit in court and obtained an order restraining the commission from deregistering it, "consequently, the party remains registered pending the determination of the case by the court." With the deregistration, political parties in the country ... more
  • 2 weeks EFCC Secures Forfeiture Of Building Belonging To Ex-Kwara Executive Director SaharaReporters
    The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ilorin Zonal Office, on February 5, 2020 secured the final forfeiture of a building belonging to Adebayo Sanni, immediate past Executive Director of Harmony Holdings Limited of Kwara State Government. Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin granted the application filed by the counsel to the EFCC, Sesan Ola, after the respondent failed to show up in court to challenge the legality of the proceedings. Ola, while moving the application, ... more
  • 2 weeks Marcus Brutus And His Cousins By Azu Ishiekwene SaharaReporters |Opinion
    One week after the Supreme Court overturned the election of Emeka Ihedioha of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) as governor of Imo State and installed Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC), nine lawmakers in the state house of assembly abandoned their party and joined the “winning team”.  Four of them were elected on the platform of the Action Alliance (AA); two were members of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA); and three were from the PDP which, until two weeks ... more
  • 2 weeks BREAKING: INEC Deregisters Over 70 Political Parties SaharaReporters
    The Independent National Electoral Commission has deregistered 74 political parties. Only 16 political parties have survived the latest exercise by the agency. The commission carried out a review of the performance of political parties after the 2019 general elections to ascertain the ones that qualify.  As a result, 74 parties were deregistered.   Politics Breaking News News AddThis :  Original Author :  SaharaReporters, New York Disable advertisements :  ... more
  • 2 weeks Nobel Laureate Faces Over 100 Lawsuits In Bangladesh SaharaReporters
      Bangladeshi Nobel laureate, Muhammad Yunus, is facing more than 100 lawsuits from disgruntled employees at the telecoms unit of his poverty-busting microfinance Grameen Bank, lawyers said Thursday. The cases filed against him and other senior managers in a Dhaka court relate to claims from Grameen Telecom employees for a share of profits, their lawyer Jafrul Hasan Sharif said. Yunus has faced mounting legal problems in recent years.  In 2011 he was sacked as head of Grameen Bank in a move ... more
  • 2 weeks El-Zakzaky’s Trial Adjourned By Kaduna Court SaharaReporters
    A Kaduna State High Court has adjourned the trial of leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat. Trial judge, Justice Gideon KURADA, fixed February 24 and 25 for continuation of hearing.  Justice Kurada also amended the charges against the defendants from four people to two and excluded two other accused persons still at large to enable the trial of the IMN leader and his wife to commence without delay. He ordered that the defendants should ... more
  • 2 weeks BREAKING: Court Returns Prophet, Six Others To Prison Over Missing Ondo Toddler SaharaReporters
    The Ondo State High Court in Akure, the state capital, on Thursday began hearing on the case involving the founder of Sotitobire Miracle Centre Akure, Prophet Alfa Babatunde, over a missing one-year-old boy in his church. The boy - Eniola Gold Kolawole, was declared missing on November 10, 2019 during a Sunday service, sparking public outrage. The prophet, who is standing trial alongside six other members of his church, is being charged by the Department of State Services. Peter Anjorin, one ... more
  • 2 weeks Tanker Explodes On Lagos’s Badagry Expressway SaharaReporters
      A tanker carrying about 11,000 litres of diesel has burst into flames on the Badagry Expressway in Lagos. The incident happened at Abule Osun bus stop, inward Ojo Barracks, according to reports. The accident scene adjacent to China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation construction yard, has recorded no casualties so far. Confirming the incident, Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management agency, Femi Osanyintolu, said preliminary investigations indicated that the accident occurred when the rear spring of the tanker broke while ... more
  • 2 weeks Two Police Pilots Injured After Ansaru Militants Attack Helicopter In Kaduna SaharaReporters
      Two pilots are critically wounded after Ansaru militants opened fire on a police helicopter providing surveillance for security forces during a raid on the camp of the group in Kaduna State on Wednesday. SaharaReporters in January exclusively reported that the terror group, Jama'atu Ansril Muslimina Naijeriya better known as Ansaru, was planning a series of renewed attacks in North-Central Nigeria. Findings by SaharaReporters reveal that the group recently received tons of arms and ammunition from Chinese smugglers in Burkina Faso. The new ... more
  • 2 weeks Trump To Deliver ‘Victory Speech’ After Impeachment Acquittal SaharaReporters
      United States President, Donald Trump, will deliver a ‘victory statement’ on Thursday at the White House. Trump was acquitted by the Senate on both articles of impeachment on Wednesday. The acquittal allows him to remain in office after Democrats failed to muster the two-thirds super-majority needed for his removal. In a post on Twitter, Trump said, “I will be making a public statement tomorrow at 12:00pm from the White House to discuss our country’s victory on the Impeachment Hoax!” Trump ... more
  • 2 weeks JUST IN: Nigerian Senate Inaugurates 56-member Constitution Review Committee SaharaReporters
      President of the Nigerian Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Thursday, inaugurated a 56-member Constitution Review Committee headed by Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege. The committee, inaugurated during plenary consists of all the eight principal officers, one senator each from the 36 States and two members from each of the six geo-political zones. Members of the committee including the principal officers who will serve as the steering committee are Senate Leader, Senator Yahaya Abdullahi; Deputy Senate Leader, Senator Ajayi Borrofice; Deputy Chief ... more
  • 2 weeks $318m Abacha Loot To Be Handed Over To Nigeria Within 72 Days –Malami SaharaReporters
      The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), on Wednesday said the Nigerian Government will receive the sum of $318,460,329 looted by former Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha, from the United States of America within 72 days. Malami, who is also the minister of justice, made this known on Channels Television on Thursday during a telephone interview, according to PUNCH. Malami had on Tuesday signed a tripartite on behalf of the Nigerian Government, United States of America and the Island of Jersey ... more
  • 2 weeks Agba Jalingo: Amnesty International Accuses Nigerian Government, Cross River Of Manipulating Justice System SaharaReporters
      Human Rights group, Amnesty International, has said that the Nigerian and Cross River State governments were manipulating the criminal justice system to repress dissenting voices in violation of the 1999 constitution as amended as well as international and regional human rights treaties. Amnesty International also said that the continued detention of Agba Jalingo, a journalist who risks a death sentence if convicted for four charges bordering on terrorism and cybercrime preferred against him, was a “stain on the image of ... more
  • 2 weeks Special Anti-Robbery Squad/Anti-Cultist, Kidnappers In Police Disguise By Adekunle Taofeek (Scotty Aluta) SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Silence in the face of injustice is complicity with the oppressor. If you ever witnessed someone being oppressed, harassed or abused, you should always step up and say something, even if it doesn’t directly affect you. Oppression often don’t pick fair fight, they target people who they know probably can’t (or won’t) defend themselves. The rate anti-cultist police stationed at Olayemi Police Post, Ayobo, abduct innocent youth at its environs and neighbouring community most especially Egan-Igando is alarming. We are not ... more
  • 2 weeks Nigerian Government Incapable Of Protecting Citizens –Cardinal Okogie SaharaReporters
    Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie Former Archbishop of Lagos, Cardinal Anthony Olubunmi Okogie, has said that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration was not capable of protecting the people from attacks by Boko Haram terrorists and other insurgent groups. Cardinal Okogie said this while commenting on the increased call for improved security of lives of Nigerians. The former Acrhbishop also said that the presidential spokesperson, who combine insolence and mendacity rather than give honest responses to the people, insult citizens through constant statement ... more
  • 2 weeks US Senate Acquits President Trump Of All Impeachment Charges SaharaReporters
    The United States Senate on Wednesday acquitted President Donald Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress following a historic two-week trial. Fifty-two Republicans voted to acquit Trump of abuse of power while all 47 Democrats voted to convict and remove him from office, according to the AFP.  Utah Senator, Mitt Romney, was the only Republican to break ranks, voting for conviction on the abuse of power charge. But Romney sided with the Republican majority on the obstruction of Congress ... more
  • 2 weeks Police Kill 250 Terrorists As Bandits Shoot At Military Helicopter SaharaReporters
    The Nigeria Police Force has said that it has successfully eliminated 250 bandits and terrorists in Kuduru Forest, Birnin Gwari, Kaduna State. The police said that the operation was carried out jointly with the support of the Operation Puff Adder made up of the Police Mobile Force, Counter Terrorism Unit, Special Forces, Intelligence Response Team, Special Tactical Squad, and Special Anti-Robbery Squad. The police said it stormed one of the largest operational camps of the Ansaru terror group (also housing other ... more
  • 2 weeks Obafemi Awolowo University Submits Lecturer To Police Over Sexual Harassment SaharaReporters
    OAU OAU Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Osun State, has handed over a lecturer, Monday Omo-Etan, to the police over an allegation of sexual assault. The institution also suspended another lecturer.  Omo-Etan, a lecturer at the Distance Learning Centre of the school, was suspended for assaulting a 19-year-old female student. This was disclosed by the Public Relations Officer of the university, Abiodun Olarewaju, in a statement released on Wednesday.  He said, “Less than three weeks after the management of OAU, Ile Ife, expressed ... more
  • 2 weeks Ondo: 45-year-old Woman Remanded In Prison Custody For Assaulting Minor SaharaReporters
    Zainab Suleiman, a 45-year-old woman in Ondo State has been remanded in prison for assaulting her niece.  Suleiman was dragged before the Magistrates Court sitting in Akure by the police for inflicting physical injuries on the 12-year-old victim.  The accused had on January 31, 2020 committed the offence at Oke Odu area along Ipinsa Toad in Akure, the state capital, by using her fingernails to inflict injuries all over young girl's body.  The woman was dragged to the court on a two-count ... more
  • 2 weeks Amnesty International Condemns Use Of Administrative Procedures To Prolong Jalingo’s Trial SaharaReporters
    Amnesty International has condemned what it described as the use of administrative procedures to prolong the ordeal of Agba Jalingo, who has been in prison since August 2019. Jalingo, a journalist and Publisher of Cross River Watch, was arrested and has been in detention for publishing an article questioning the whereabouts of N500m approved for Cross River State Microfinance Bank. AI, who sent a team to the Federal High Court in Calabar on Wednesday to witness the proceedings, expressed disappointment over ... more
  • 2 weeks 1.4 Million Refugees In Urgent Need Of Resettlement –United Nations SaharaReporters
    A new report by the United Nations has shown that around 1.4 million refugees are in urgent need of resettlement worldwide. 63,696 were resettled through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 2019.  The UN noted that the number of refugees resettled in 2019 did increase modestly by 14 per cent when compared to the previous year when 55,680 people were resettled but the agency maintains that “a tremendous gap remains between resettlement needs and the places made available”. The UN ... more
  • 2 weeks Declare State Of Emergency Over Insecurity, Muslim Council Tells Buhari SaharaReporters
      The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs has urged the President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency to tackle insecurity, especially kidnapping, terrorism, armed robbery and banditry in the country, News Agency of Nigeria said.  Director, Administration of NSCIA, Mr Yusuf Nwoha, made the call while speaking at a news conference on the state of the nation in Abuja. Nwoha said that the security situation in the country requires desperate measures in the collective interest of all Nigerians. He ... more
  • 2 weeks BREAKING: Lawyer Challenges Okada Ban, Drags Lagos State Government To Court SaharaReporters
      Human rights lawyer and National President of Revolutionary Lawyer's Forum, Mr Tope Akinyode, has dragged the Lagos State governor, Speaker of the House of Assembly and Attorney-General of Lagos to court over the ban of commercial tricycles and motorcycles popular referred to as Keke and Okada. Lagos residents have expressed displeasure over difficulty in movement since February 1, 2020 when a ban on Okada and Keke came into effect. Tricycles and motorcycles are widely used by Lagos residents attempting to ... more
  • 2 weeks Suspected Kaduna Bomber Intended To Cause Religious War, Inter-faith Group Claims SaharaReporters
      The National Inter-Faith and Religious Organisation for Peace has said that the man caught with Improvised Explosive Device at a Living Faith Church Worldwide (Winners Chapel) in Kaduna on Sunday, Nathaniel Samuel, planned to cause religious war in Nigeria. The incident, which happened in Sabon Tasha under Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna, sent panic across and beyond the city. Samuel after being spotted by CCTV was accosted and handed over to the police at the Sabon Tasha Divisional Police ... more
  • 2 weeks Hoodlums Invade Corps Members Lodge In Ondo, Molest Young Ladies SaharaReporters
    Mrs. Grace Akpabio, NYSC Ondo State Coordinator during her visit to the female corps members who were molested during the attack at the NCCF lodge in Okitipupa Mrs. Grace Akpabio, NYSC Ondo State Coordinator during her visit to the female corps members who were molested during the attack at the NCCF lodge in Okitipupa SaharaReporters Media   Some hoodlums have attacked members of the National Youth Service Corps posted to Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State. The bandits numbering about five and armed ... more
  • 2 weeks Agba Jalingo: Case Adjourned Until Friday As Prisons Fail To Produce Journalist SaharaReporters
    Officers of the Nigerian Correctional Service has failed to produce detained journalist, Agba Jalingo, in court prompting the adjournment of the case. Jalingo, who was charged with terrorism and cybercrime, was billed to appear before Justice Simon Amobeda, who presides over Court 2 of the Calabar division of the Federal High Court after 55 days of no activity on his matter. A lawyer in his defense team, James Ibor, explained to journalists that it was due to an administrative issue as ... more
  • 2 weeks Court Reinstates Colonel Suleman, Orders Nigerian Army To Pay All Entitlements SaharaReporters
    The compulsory retirement slammed on a serving military intelligence officer, Colonel Mohammed Auwal Suleman, by the Nigerian Army Council in June 2016 has been voided and set aside by a law court. The court rejected the mischievous claim of the Nigerian Army that Colonel Suleman ought to serve 18 years only in the military service. Colonel Suleman, a multi-award-winning counter-insurgency officer, had served diligently in the Presidential Guard, Military Intelligence Unit and coordinated the activities of the Anti-Terrorism Joint Taskforce that ... more
  • 2 weeks Nigeria: A Convenient Fiction, Forget About Restructure, Oduduwa Republic Beckons! By Bayo Oluwasanmi SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Bayo Oluwasanmi Bayo Oluwasanmi Since the amalgamation of Nigeria by the British, Nigeria never knew peace. The amalgamation produced a “convenient fiction” known as Nigeria. The political arrangement makes for no political cohesion but political confusion and contradictions.  The long running monopoly of power at the centre by the northerners anchored on politics of exclusion, gives undue and unmerited advantage and privilege to the northerners at the expense of other ethnic groups. The non-inclusive politics and governance practiced by the northerners, arbitrarily ceded ... more
  • 2 weeks Forum Demands Investigation Into Weaponised Drones Intercepted At Lagos Airport By Military After SaharaReporters Story SaharaReporters
    The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum has called on the Nigerian Government to further investigate the origin and destination of two weaponised drones intercepted by military intelligence at the local wing of the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos, on January 28, 2020. SaharaReporters had on Wednesday exclusively reported how the items were seized by personnel of the Nigerian Army Department of Military Intelligence at about 5:00pm that fateful day at the cargo section where the suspicious package concealed in cartons were discovered. ... more
  • 2 weeks Is Buhari Aware That Bandits Are Taking Over FCT By Fredrick Nwabufo SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Fredrick Nwabufo Fredrick Nwabufo The scale of bandit enterprise is much more petrifying with the incursive attacks of criminal gangs in the Federal Capital Territory – the province from where President Muhammadu Buhari presides over the country. Also, the FCT is the headquarters of the police, army, navy, air force, DSS, NIA, and defence ministry. It hosts all federal ministries and the other two arms of government. Unarguably, the incidents of banditry and kidnapping in the nation’s capital ring aloud the complete collapse ... more
  • 2 weeks BREAKING: School Pupil Killed By Stray Bullet As Transport Union Hijacks Okada Ban Protest In Lagos SaharaReporters
    A young school pupil has been killed after being hit by a stray bullet during a clash by police and commercial motorcycle riders popularly known as Okada riders in the Iyana-Ipaja area of Lagos following a ban on their activities by the Lagos State Government.  Policemen trying to disperse the protest, which has since been hijacked by members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, fired bullets in the crowd, hitting and killing the little girl in the process. The ... more
  • 2 weeks Trial Of Ex-Benue Governor, Suswam, Stalled As Judge Orders Police, Secret Service To Investigate Social Media Reporting Of Alleged Meeting SaharaReporters
    Gabriel Suswan Gabriel Suswan EFCC Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday adjourned the trial of former governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam until February 10 and 11, 2020 due to some complaints. The judge disclosed that some reports on social media had alleged that he had meetings with the prosecutor and some All Progressives Congress leaders in a bid to have the former governor sent to jail for corruption.  Justice Abang said he was inviting security agencies to unravel ... more
  • 2 weeks We Need $17bn China Loan To Boost Economy, Says Nigerian Government SaharaReporters
    The Nigerian Government has said that it needs a $17bn loan from China to enhance the economy and boost infrastructural development.  It said other lending institutions like the World Bank and the African Development Bank were not showing much interest when Nigeria approached them during recession. Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, stated this while defending the decision to borrow $29.96bn loan to fund critical infrastructure across the country at the Nigerian Senate.  She said, “The funds ($22.8bn) will be channelled to ... more
  • 2 weeks Missing Ondo Toddler: Trial Of Suspects Set To Resume At High Court On Thursday SaharaReporters
    Trial in the case of the missing one-year-old boy, Eniola Gold Kolawole, at the Sotitobire Miracle Centre in Akure, Ondo State, is set to resume at the state’s High Court on Thursday.  At the resumed hearing of the case on Wednesday at the Magistrate Court Oke Eda, court clerks confirmed to SaharaReporters that the matter was moved to the high court following an advice from Directorate of Public Prosecution. One of the court clerks, who asked not to be named, said, “The case ... more
  • 2 weeks Christian Association Of Nigeria Tackles Buhari Over Claim That 90 Per Cent Boko Haram Victims Are Muslims SaharaReporters
    The Christian Association of Nigeria has taken a swipe at President Muhammadu Buhari for claiming that at least 90 per cent of victims attacked and killed by Boko Haram terrorists were Muslims. Buhari had made the comments while paying tribute to Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Michika, Adamawa State, Pastor Lawan Andimi, who was beheaded by Boko Haram members recently. The Nigerian President insisted that it was false to claim that Christians were the primary targets of Boko ... more
  • 2 weeks Weaponised Drone Intercepted By Military Intelligence At Lagos Airport As Commander Receives Order To Release Suspect SaharaReporters
    Personnel of the Nigerian Army Department of Military Intelligence at the local wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, have arrested a man for being in possession of two highly weaponised drones. The incident happened on January 28, 2020 at about 5:00pm while DMI officers at the cargo section discovered a suspicious package concealed in cartons. Upon opening the cartons, the officers discovered parts of two highly weaponised drones and the supervisor told the man that brought it ... more
  • 2 weeks Police, Okada Riders Clash Continues In Lagos SaharaReporters
    Men of the Nigeria Police Force and Okada riders are currently engaged in a face-off at Iyana-Ipaja area of Lagos State. The police are firing life bullets to disperse the commercial motorcycle operators, who are insisting on resuming operations on the road despite a ban on their activities by the Lagos State Government. The latest incident follows a similar development on Monday when Okada and Keke operators clashed with policemen in Ijora and Yaba areas of the city. 
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  • 2 weeks Police Charge Wadume, Army Captain With Terrorism After SaharaReporters Story SaharaReporters
    HAMISU BALA WADUME HAMISU BALA WADUME The Nigeria Police Force has slammed 16 counts bordering on terrorism, murder, kidnapping and illegal arms running against suspected kidnap kingpin, Bala Hamisu popularly known as Wadume, Captain Tijjani Balarabe and 18 others. This is coming six months after Wadume was allegedly assisted to escape on August 6, 2019, by soldiers attached to Battalion 93, Takum, Taraba State, led by Balarabe. Wadume escaped when policemen, who arrested him and was taking him to the state command in Jalingo, ... more
  • 2 weeks Group Calls For Evacuation Of Refuse Heap In Lagos Community SaharaReporters
    The Socialist Party of Nigeria in Ajeromi Ifelodun Local Government Area of Lagos has called on officials of Ministry of Health, and Environmental Sanitation Department under the local council to immediately evacuate piles of refuse blocking canals around Okoya and Opeleye axis of the community.  In a statement, the SPN said that the heaps of dirt posed grave danger to peoples' health around the area and should therefore be quickly removed.  The statement signed by Publicity Secretary of the party in ... more
  • 2 weeks Falana Makes Case For State Security Outfits, Social Security SaharaReporters
    Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has made a strong case for state police. In the maiden Memorial Public Lecture in memory of late Prof Olumuyiwa Awe delivered at the Trechard Hall, University of Ibadan, Oyo State, Falana said, “In view of the clear provisions of the constitution on the establishment of one police force for the federation state governors should ensure that the institution is superintended by the NPC.” According to Falana, “State governments which are not secured under the present ... more
  • 2 weeks Exposed: How Vehicle Inspection Officers In Abuja Release Defaulting Cars After Taking Bribe SaharaReporters
    Vehicle Inspection Officers at Asokoro, Abuja – Nigeria’s capital – have been found to be involved in corrupt practices against the dictates of their jobs, according to an investigation by SaharaReporters. On Tuesday afternoon, the team led by a senior official popularly known as Dodo, flagged down a Honda saloon car with registration number UND 672 CX few meters away from the busy AYA roundabout in Asokoro and asked the driver to pull over by the side of the road. Our ... more
  • 2 weeks Another Nigerian Lady Rescued From Lebanon By NAPTIP SaharaReporters
    Julie Oka-Donli Julie Oka-Donli SaharaReporters Media   The National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons says it has rescued another Nigerian lady, Mrs Kikelomo Olayide, who was allegedly deceived to Lebanon for employment, according to the News Agency of Nigeria. Lagos State Commander of NAPTIP, Mr Daniel Atokolo, said this at a news conference organised by the agency in Lagos on Tuesday. This is coming weeks after Omolola Ajayi, a Kwara-based 23-year-old single mother trafficked to Lebanon on the pretext of becoming an English ... more
  • 2 weeks Brigadier-General Nengite’s Wife, Chizoba, Denies Claims Of $15m Found In Her US Bank Account SaharaReporters
    The Source Magazine   Wife of Brigadier-General Charles Nengite, Chizoba, has denied allegations that between $11m and $15m was found in her bank account in the United States. Mrs Nengite also said allegations that she was being investigated for money laundering in America were false. She threatened to seek legal redress against sponsors or publishers of such "false information". There were reports last December that the Nigerian Army detained Brigadier-General Nengite following the discovery of $16m in a bank account belonging to ... more
  • 2 weeks Over 20,000 Admission Seekers Apply For 3000 Undergraduate Positions In FUTA SaharaReporters
    Federal University of Technology - Akure Federal University of Technology - Akure Nigeria Schools   The Federal University of Technology Akure, Ondo State, has said that over 20,000 admission seekers applied to study in the institution for the 2019/2020 academic calendar.  Vice Chancellor of FUTA, Prof Joseph Fuwape, made the disclosure on Tuesday at an orientation programme held on the campus for newly admitted students. Fuwape said out of the large figure, a total of 11,000 applicants seeking to study different undergraduate degree programmes ... more
  • 2 weeks FAAN Terminates Contract With I-CUBE Over Access Gate Crisis SaharaReporters
      After about 35 hours of crisis between the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria and its concessionaire on toll gate, Integrated intelligence Imaging, the agency has finally terminated its contractual agreement with the firm. I-CUBE had been in charge of the access gate at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, for about 10 years, but the current agreement was entered into in 2014 and ran out in 2019. FAAN in a memo dated February 4, 2020, signed by its Managing Director, Capt ... more
  • 2 weeks Insecurity: Pastor Adeboye, CAN Rallies Commended By Presidency SaharaReporters
    SaharaReporters Media   The Presidency in Nigeria has said that the recent ‘prayer walk’ by the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, and the Christian Association of Nigeria over the rising insecurity in the country represented the peaceful right of all Nigerians to express their views on matters of religion, ethics, politics, and society, according to the News Agency of Nigeria. Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu, said this in a ... more
  • 2 weeks Boko Haram Tag: PRNigeria Publisher Sues ‘Youth Leader’ Over Malicious Allegations SaharaReporters
      Publisher of PRNigeria, Mr Yushau Shuaib, has instituted legal action against Terrence Kuanum, leader of Benue Youth Forum, for accusing him of sponsoring Boko Haram activities after his article titled: 'A Memo to President Buhari on the Service Chiefs' went viral in the media. Terrance in his own article titled ''A Rejoinder to an Impenitent Boko Haram Empathizer, Yushau A. Shuaib’s Spleen in Memo to President Buhari on Service Chiefs” described Yushau as "a Boko Haram and Islamic State West African ... more
  • 2 weeks Corruption Is Nigeria’s Biggest Problem –EFCC SaharaReporters
      The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has said that corruption remains the biggest challenge in Nigeria and not leadership. Head of Uyo Zonal Office, Theresa Nwosu, said during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday. She explained that the EFCC had put all hands on deck to ensure the eradication of corruption in order for Nigeria to succeed. She said, “You heard Mr President sometimes ago when he said that if we don’t kill corruption, it will kill the ... more
  • 2 weeks Be Ready To Repay Abacha Loot If Stolen Again, United States Tells Nigerian Government SaharaReporters
      The United States has warned Nigeria to be prepared for repayment if the $308m Abacha loot about to be released to the country was stolen again. Spokesperson for the US State Department, Morgan Ortagus, in a statement that this was part of the deal with the Nigerian authorities before the Island of Jersey where the funds are being kept, agreed to its repatriation.  The statement reads, “The funds will be used by the Nigerian Independent Sovereign Authority for three infrastructure ... more
  • 2 weeks Missing N500bn: AMCON Boss, Adamu, Admits Gap In CBN Balance Sheet In Court, Says He’ll Keep Quiet If He Catches Thief SaharaReporters
    Edward Adamu, former Central Bank of Nigeria deputy governor, who helped Godwin Emefiele, governor of the bank, cover up N500bn stolen and used for a deal that went wrong in Dubai, United Arab, Emirates, has admitted in court that there was a gap in the bank's balance sheet. In the certified true copy of Adamu's testimony before a Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja on January 27, 2020 obtained by SaharaReporters, he said his conversations with Emefiele at the time ... more
  • 2 weeks OOU Students Union Denies Supporting Solidarity Rally For Disgraced Professor, Sidi Osho SaharaReporters
    Prof. Sidi Osho Prof. Sidi Osho The students union body of the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State, has distanced itself and indeed undergraduates of the institution from the recent rally held in support of a disgraced former lecturer of the school, Sidi Osho. Osho was sacked from the university for misconduct and was recently considered for appointment as Commissioner for Education in Ogun State. The move was halted after a SaharaReporters exclusive story revealing how she was dismissed for gross misconduct.  In a ... more
  • 2 weeks President Buhari Appoints Daniel Amokachi As Nigeria’s Football Ambassador SaharaReporters
    In recognition of his dedication and for putting Nigeria on the global football map, President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed ex-footballer, Daniel Amokachi, as Nigeria’s Football Ambassador. The appointment was announced on Tuesday in a statement by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.  It was noted that the role would be a ceremonial one as he would also assist to scout for players for the country. Amokachi was part of the Nigerian team that won Olympic gold medal in 1996.  ... more
  • 2 weeks JUST IN: Saudi Arabia Ambassador To Nigeria Dead SaharaReporters
      Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Adnan Mahmoud Bostaji, has passed away. A statement by the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia on Tuesday confirmed the news.  The statement reads, “With the deepest sense of sadness and complete submission to the will of Allah, Royal Embassy announces the passing away of His Excellency, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Nigeria, Mr Adnan Mahmoud Bostaji. May his blessed soul rest in peace.” News OBITUARY AddThis :  ... more
  • 2 weeks Customs Impounds $8.1m At Lagos Airport SaharaReporters
    SaharaReporters Media   Officials of the Nigeria Customs Service attached to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, have impounded the sum of $8,065,612m about to be illegally ferried out of the country through one of the international airlines. The service said that the sum was discovered in 20 wraps inside a coaster bus at the tarmac of the airport on January 16, 2020 at the E-Wing of the airport. Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Col Hameed Ali (retd), said that the money ... more
  • 2 weeks FAAN/I-CUBE Crisis: Air Force, Police Take Over Access Gate At Lagos Airport SaharaReporters
    Barely 24 hours after some unions and staff of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria took over the management of the access gate at the Lagos Murtala Muhammed Airport, security personnel have taken over the point. The access gate, which was previously managed by Integrated Intelligent Imaging West Africa, was taken over on Monday by aviation unions following the expiration of the agreement. According to the unions, the agreement, which was signed over a decade ago by both parties, elapsed last February ... more
  • 2 weeks Coronavirus: Reps Reject Motion Seeking Evacuation of Stranded Nigerians From China SaharaReporters
    Members of the House of Representatives have rejected a motion seeking the urgent evacuation of Nigerians trapped China.There have been calls by groups and individuals for the Nigerian Government to rescue Nigerians living in the city of Wuhan, China, and bring them back home.The lawmakers voted against the motion brought by Benjamin Kalu (APC, Abia), under matters of urgent public importance, pursuant to order 8 sub rule 6 of the House Standing Orders.This was despite a protest by another lawmaker, Uchechukwu ... more
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