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  • 2 weeks BREAKING: Commercial Motorcycle Riders Defy Lagos Government Ban, Resume Operations On Ikorodu Road, Others SaharaReporters
    Commercial motorcyclist popularly known as Okada riders have ignored a ban on their operation along major roads in Lagos by the state government and resumed activities in parts of the city especially on Ikorodu Road, one of the longest and busiest highways in the city.  The ban, which came into effect on February 1 and is being enforced by several security agencies, has been met with widespread criticisms.  But while the government has maintained its resolve not to back down on ... more
  • 2 weeks Accept Your Mistakes and Support Obaseki For Second Term, Edo Deputy Governor, Shuaibu, Tells Oshiomhole SaharaReporters
    Edo State deputy governor, Philip Shuaibu, has given the National Chairman of All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole conditions for reconciliation with Governor Godwin Obaseki.He said the suspended chairman must acknowledged the fact that Obaseki has taken governance in Edo to the next level, therefore he should return to the fold and give him full support as a father. He asked the former governor to return to the state and apologise to the governor. Shuaibu said he fell out with Oshiomhole because ... more
  • 2 weeks Bola Tinubu And Morbidity Of His Ambition By Remi Oyeyemi SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Remi Oyeyemi Remi Oyeyemi He is a man that is very gifted. No doubt about it at all. The seminality of his brilliance is unquestionable. His brilliance glows like a lone candle in the stillness of darkness. His smartness sparkles like the sullen seams of a dam. His audacity dilates dazzling fiery fireworks that are simultaneously fearful and  hypnotically attractive.    Without let or hindrance, effortlessly, he brims with sagacious sanguinity that astounds even those who think they are peers. His mind is ... more
  • 2 weeks Saboteurs Cause Pipeline Explosion In Imo SaharaReporters
    Pipeline explosion Pipeline explosion A pipeline explosion has occurred at Etekwuru community in Ohaji Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State. According to Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, Imo State Command, Chimeziri Lowell, the incident happened in the early hours of Tuesday. The NSCDC official said the explosion was triggered by illegal oil bunkering activities by some hoodlums in the community. He also noted that the state commandant of the NSCDC, Raji Ibrahim and his team, are on their ... more
  • 2 weeks Patient Receiving Coronavirus Treatment In Hong Kong Dies SaharaReporters
    A 39-year-old man being treated for Coronavirus has died on Tuesday morning, according to the AFP.  The man was a resident of Hong Kong, who had travelled last month to Wuhan, the Chinese city at the centre of the outbreak, returning home on January 23 via a high-speed rail link. Since emerging from Wuhan late last year, the Coronavirus has infected 20,000 people across China and spread to more than 20 countries. But so far only the Philippines and Hong Kong ... more
  • 2 weeks Lekki Residents Back Lagos Government On Okada, Keke Ban SaharaReporters
    The Lekki Estate Residents Association has commended the ban placed on the activities of motorcycle and tricycle riders in Lagos State.  The association said the ban would cut down on crime rate and insecurity in the state.  “We are happy about the inclusion of Eti-Osa Local Government (by extension Lekki Peninsula Scheme 1) in the ‘No okada and tricycle ban. "However, formal ban of Okada in our community has always been rendered a mere academic exercise due to delay or lack ... more
  • 2 weeks Oyo Government Kicks As Banned Okada, Keke Riders From Lagos Migrate To State SaharaReporters
    The Oyo State Government has warned motorcycle and tricycle riders banned in Lagos against migrating to the state. Chairman, Oyo State Road Transport Management Authority, Akin Fagbemi, said the state would control the influx and operation of commercial motorcycles in the state. He said the agency was awaiting the decision of Governor Seyi Makinde on the proscription of motorcycles on major highways. “The OYRTMA will continue with its special ‘operation one passenger’, which directs motorcycle operators within the state to carry ... more
  • 2 weeks #OkadaBan: Something Is Congenitally Lacking In DNA Of Nigeria’s Leadership –Ezekwesili SaharaReporters
    Oby Ezekwesili, former Minister of Education in Nigeria, has said that there was something congenitally lacking in the DNA of public leadership in Nigeria. She said this while speaking on the ban of motorcycles and tricycles on major roads by the Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu administration in Lagos. Ezekwesili in a tweet expressed her anger on the ban, as she said that it would inflict more suffering and hardship on the people. She also said that considering the outcry, traffic gridlock and ... more
  • 2 weeks Okada: We’ll Defend Ban To Supreme Court -Lagos Government SaharaReporters
    The Lagos State Government has said there is no going back on the ban placed on the operation of motorcycles and tricycles in the state. Commissioner for Information and Strategy in Lagos, Gbenga Omotosho, said the government was determined to defend the ban up to the Supreme Court. The commissioner sympathised with residents suffering the consequences of this ban but insisted that the government had no plans to review the new policy.  The commissioner stated, “There will be no review of ... more
  • 2 weeks Ban: National Union Of Tricycle Operators Demand Government’s Support SaharaReporters
    BBC National Union of Tricycle Operators has decried the ban of its riders in Lagos State.  Chairman of the National Union of Tricycle Operators, Yaba branch, Seun Adeleke, said the union voted in favour of the current Lagos State Government and demanded support in return.  He said, “We are the ones who voted for this government and we need the government to support us. Look at everybody here now, they want to work. We have over 500 tricycle operators in Yaba and ... more
  • 2 weeks China Places Visa Ban On Nigerians SaharaReporters
    China has placed visa restrictions on Nigerians pending when the Coronavirus ravaging the country was contained. The Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Nigeria, Zhou Pingjian, on Monday said the embassy had stopped the issuance of visas to Nigerians. The ambassador said China was concerned about the health of other nationals visiting China and has taken the measure to protect them. “Life comes first. The Chinese Government is committed to safeguarding the lives and health of the Chinese people. ... more
  • 2 weeks Suswam Pressured Me To Change My Statement -Bureau De Change Operator SaharaReporters
    Gabriel Suswan Gabriel Suswan EFCC A  bureau de change operator, Abubakar Umar, who gave testimony against a former governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, has told the court that he was pressured to change his statement. Umar was the fourth prosecution of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in the ongoing money laundering trial of the former governor.  During the trial on Monday, Umar told Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja that he was questioned by Suswam’s lawyer on the ... more
  • 2 weeks Dispatch Riders Exempted From Motorcycle Ban, Says Lagos Police SaharaReporters
    The Lagos State Police Command has said that dispatch riders were exempted from the ban on motorcycles and tricycles in Lagos. The police gave the clarification amidst outcry on the ban and explanation on the kind of motorcycles affected by the ban. Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Hakeem Odumosu, in a statement, warned police officers not to arrest motorcycles used for courier services as they were not part of the restrictions. The statement reads, "Lagos State Police Command wishes to ... more
  • 2 weeks EFCC Re-araigns Corps Member In Court For Alleged Fraud SaharaReporters
    The advance fee fraud section of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arraigned Iyonsi Timeyin Timothy, who was arrested as an off-shoot of a case reported by the FBI in the ongoing coordinated "Operation reWired".  The suspect was arrested sometimes in September 2019 at Abuja after months of discrete investigation about the suspect and his other accomplice. EFCC counsel, Kufre Uduak, arraigned the defendant on two counts of possession of fraudulent documents and obtaining money under false pretense.  EFCC said that Timothy ... more
  • 2 weeks Buhari Meets Senate President, Speaker In Closed-door Meeting SaharaReporters
    President Muhammadu Buhari has met with the leadership of the National Assembly, a report by PUNCH said. The President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, walked into the venue of the meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, at 3:04pm.The agenda of the closed-door meeting was not disclosed officially. However, it was gathered from credible National Assembly sources that Lawan and Gbajabiamila went to formally hand over last week’s resolutions of both chambers on the state of ... more
  • 2 weeks Okada Ban: Hike In Commercial Bus Fares Leaves Commuters Stranded At Lagos Parks SaharaReporters
      The attendant effect of the ban on Okada and Keke in Lagos has seen many Lagos residents stranded at bus-stops while commercial bus operators have cashed in on the situation. In many areas around the state, commercial bus driver now charge as high as 400 per cent increase of the initial fare. Despite the hike in price, Lagosians who can afford the new fare are still stranded as buses available cannot meet number of passengers on the ground. The Lagos ... more
  • 2 weeks Lagos State AAC Blasts Governor Sanwo-Olu Over Anti-People Policies SaharaReporters
      The Lagos State chapter of the African Action Congress has berated governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for throwing Lagosians into "undeserved hardship" brought by the ban on commercial motorcycles. The party in a statement signed on Monday by its Publicity Secretary, Elias Ozikpu, said the policy was a sign of failed leadership. The statement reads in part, "The recent ban placed on motorcyclists and tricycle operators is not only cruel, it is sheer wickedness and an attempt to frustrate ... more
  • 2 weeks EFCC Arraigns Ex-Rep Committee Chairman, Ebomo, For Alleged Fraud SaharaReporters
      The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Monday arraigned a former Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Niger Delta Development Commission, Nicholas Ebomo, Airworld Technologies LTD, Oyien Homes LTD, and one Blessing Mutu (now at large) before Justice F. O. G. Ogunbanjo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on an 11-count charge for alleged fraud and abuse of office. The defendant pleaded "not guilty" to the charges. Prosecuting counsel, Ekele Iheanacho, thereafter requested for a trial date, and ... more
  • 2 weeks Aviation Unions Dislodge Concessionaire, Take Over Lagos Airport Tollgate SaharaReporters
      There was uproar at the access gate of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, on Monday when the unions in the Nigerian aviation industry forcefully took over the management of the access gate from the concessionaire, Integrated Intelligent Imaging West Africa Limited. The unions alleged that the contractual agreement between the management of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria and concessionaire had ended since February 2019, rather than renew it, the concessionaire had been dilly-dallying with the renewal. According to one ... more
  • 2 weeks Notorious Gangster Linked To Governor Ayade Attacks Man With Cutlass, Demands N1m From Victim For Visiting Girlfriend SaharaReporters
      A dreaded gang leader in Cross River State known as Kingsley Utomobong has been caught on video assaulting one Eloka Nwankwo with cutlass. In the chilling tape obtained by SaharaReporters on Monday, Utomobong, who is notorious for freely extorting money from residents of the state and inflicting pains on anyone standing in his way, was seen landing machete blows on Nwankwo said to be a Shift Leader with UniCem, a cement manufacturing company, while four other members of his gang ... more
  • 2 weeks BREAKING: President Buhari’s Daughter, Hanan, Making Efforts To Evade Being Personally Served Court Process Over SIM Card Case SaharaReporters
      President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter, Hanan, is making frantic efforts to avoid being personally served court processes, SaharaReporters has learnt. Hanan is a defendant in suit number FHC/ASB/CS/3/2020 at the Federal High Court, Asaba, in which the Department of State Services and mobile telecommunication company MTN are co-defendants. The defendants are being sued by a young businessman, Anthony Okolie, who was illegally arrested and detained for 10 weeks at the DSS facility for lawfully purchasing an MTN SIM card, which was recycled and ... more
  • 2 weeks The Oppression Of Victims By ‘Fisayo Soyombo SaharaReporters |Opinion
    'Fisayo Soyombo 'Fisayo Soyombo   Victims! The spot of ‘victims’ in my headline was sealed six months ago by one of the senior officers of Pedro Police Station, Shomolu, Lagos. It was Friday July 19, 2019, the night I was released from Ikoyi Prison at the end of my undercover investigation on corruption in Nigeria’s criminal justice system only to be abducted by Pedro policemen. A last-minute twist of seemingly impossible events had climaxed with an order for the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) to release me. ... more
  • 2 weeks Keke And Okada Ban In Lagos: Matters Arising By Tony Ademiluyi SaharaReporters |Opinion
      Late last month, the Lagos State Government intimated the members of the public of its plan to ban motorcycles popularly known as Okadas and tricycles a.k.a Keke Napeps from some selected local government areas of the state. The affected areas are the Lagos Mainland, Lagos Island, Eti-Osa, the state capital, Ikeja, Apapa and Surulere. Its reason is that it wants to bring sanity to the roads of the economic nerve centre of the country and also in its bid to ... more
  • 2 weeks BREAKING: Edo Governor, Obaseki, Seeks Oshiomole’s Arrest, Petitions Police, DSS SaharaReporters
      The political crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress in Edo State on Monday took a new twist as Governor Godwin Obaseki called for the arrest of the National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole. The request for Oshiomhole's arrest was contained in a petition submitted to the Inspector-General of Police and Director-General of the Department of State Services by the Edo State deputy governor, Philip Shuaibu. The petition claimed that the APC National Chairman had consistently breached the peace of Edo ... more
  • 2 weeks Stray Bullet Hits Commercial Bus Driver During Police, Okada Riders Clash In Lagos SaharaReporters
      A commercial bus driver identified as Baba Ibeji has been hit by a stray bullet during Monday morning’s clash between policemen and Okada riders including Keke operators in the Ijora area of Lagos. The violence disrupted activities in the area as many school pupils were forced to return to their houses. The clash started around 7:00am on Monday at 7up Bus-stop and spilled into streets within Ijora Oloye. The Okada and Keke riders in the area had insisted on resuming ... more
  • 2 weeks Insecurity In Nigeria: When Not To Play Tribal Card By SKC Ogbonnia SaharaReporters |Opinion
    SKC Ogbonnia SKC Ogbonnia   The spate of insecurity bedevilling Nigeria has continued unabated because of stark hypocrisy within the political class. Consider, for instance, the recent speech by Enyinnaya Abaribe, the minority leader of the Senate, calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign for failing to secure the lives and properties of the Nigerian people. Perhaps such outburst is in order. The political responsibility of a good opposition leader is to constantly alert the public of the failures of government. However, instead ... more
  • 2 weeks Gunmen Kill Two Persons, Kidnap Three Others In Taraba SaharaReporters
      Two people have been reported killed, while three others kidnapped in Taraba State, SaharaReporters can report. A resident of Jalingo, the capital city, told our correspondent that heavily armed gunmen stormed Gullum, a satellite town on the outskirt of the capital, to carry out the act. Spokesperson for the police in the state, David Misal, confirmed the incident. He said, "Suspected kidnappers in their numbers invaded the community around 12:00am on Monday and kidnapped two persons. "They invaded the community and terrorised ... more
  • 2 weeks Nigerians On Social Media Condemn Ban On Okada In Lagos SaharaReporters
      Nigerians have taken to social media to protest the ban on commercial motorcycles better known as Okada and tricycles known as Keke in Lagos metropolis. The ban, which took effect on February 1 according to the Lagos State Government, was targeted at decongesting the city. On Monday morning however, many Lagosians were left stranded as they tried to commute to work due to lack of transportation options. Former Minister of Education and rights activist, Oby Ezekwesili, said Nigeria cannot continue ... more
  • 2 weeks SPECIAL: Lagos Hospital Where Patients’ Relatives Are Forced To Pay GOtv Subscription, Pregnant Women Abandoned To Deliver On Their Own SaharaReporters
    Hospital's pharmacy Emergency ward Hospital's morgue Main ward Mr and Mrs Fatai Oyewole on sick bed Payment section at emergency ward crop Victoria Oyewole Waiting area for children's ward Main ward SaharaReporters Media   Resting his jaw on his left palm while flicking his eyeballs from side to side that hot afternoon in front of the tiny shop, it was not so difficult to feel the grief racing through his mind. Though over three weeks since that sad experience, Akeem Fatai, a petty ... more
  • 2 weeks Okada Riders Take Protest To Ikeja Again, Call For Immediate Reversal Of Ban SaharaReporters
    Punchng   Commercial motorcycles riders popularly known as Okada in Lagos on Monday stormed the Ikeja area of the city to register their displeasure at the ban on their operations. This was after hundreds of riders including those on Gokada and Max platforms had taken to the state capital on Friday to protest the situation. On Monday, the agitated riders blocked parts of Allen roundabout in Ikeja to pour out their frustrations and condemn the ban on their operations in 15 local ... more
  • 2 weeks INVESTIGATION: ‘Bloody’ Farmlands: Inside Plateau Communities Where Killer Herdsmen Hack Helpless Farmers To Death SaharaReporters
    Mining pond in shared by locals in Ruku and Tenti, Bokkos LGA serves as a source of water to locals and herdsmen. Fertile plain and valley in Bokkos LGA. Rubble of Nghakudun where 30 people died after an attack by armed herdsmen. Sacked ghost-village in Bokkos LGA. Locals say it was attacked for it's farmlands which have now been converted to a grazing patches by herdsmen. Cecilia Iliya returned to her village to rebuild after staying at an IDP camp for over a year without government aid. With no alternative ... more
  • 2 weeks 199 Nigerians Killed By Bandits, Boko Haram, Herdsmen In Nigeria In January SaharaReporters
      Not less than 199 Nigerians have been killed in the month of January 2020. The deaths were caused by insurgent groups, herdsmen including Lassa Fever. In the research carried out by the Civic Media Lab, 24 persons were kidnapped by bandits in the month. Also, scores of people were left injured in the attacks that took place in different parts of the country. According to the research by the CML, 24 terrorists were killed by the Nigerian military in the ... more
  • 2 weeks Nigerians In Chinese Town Hit By Coronavirus Plead To Be Evacuated SaharaReporters
    Some Nigerians currently in Wuhan, the Chinese city where Coronavirus broke out two weeks ago, are appealing to the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to evacuate them, a report by TheCablesaid.  As of Monday morning, the virus had killed 362 people in China with many countries already evacuating citizens as a result of the health crisis. The latest development comes a week after Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, said 16 Nigerians in Wuhan had not indicated interest to return home. “I know we ... more
  • 2 weeks BREAKING: Police, Okada Riders Clash In Lagos SaharaReporters
      Okada and Keke riders in Ijora area of Lagos State are currently clashing with police. The riders insisted on going about their business despite the ban on their operations.The Lagos State Government had banned Okada and Keke in Lagos.  The ban took effect from February 1, 2020. It also affected Oride, Gokada and other motocycle hailing services. At the time of filing this report, two people had been hit by bullets.  A man and a woman, ... more
  • 2 weeks Fire Guts INEC Office In Anambra SaharaReporters
    Google The office of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State has been gutted by fire. This was confirmed by police spokesperson in the state, Haruna Mohammed, on Sunday. Haruna said the fire started from a nearby bush set ablaze by locals. He said, “At about 12:30pm on Sunday, there was another fire incident at INEC office Ogidi in Idemili North LGA of Anambra State. "Police patrol team led by DPO Ogidi Division rushed to ... more
  • 2 weeks Gas Explosion Injures Seven Persons In Onitsha SaharaReporters
    Google A gas explosion at Onitsha, Anambra State, has injured no less than seven people. The explosion occurred at 23 Emmanuel Church Road, Inland Town, Onitsha, in a property belonging to one Mbamalu Patty, where a newly acquired gas cooker exploded and destroyed two rooms. Police spokesperson in the state, Haruna Mohammed, said seven occupants of the building sustained varying degrees of injury from the explosion. He said, “On February 2 at about 10:30am, there was a fire outbreak at one Mbamalu ... more
  • 2 weeks Buhari! Absent By Perry Isa Brimah SaharaReporters |Opinion
      Buhari! Absent. That’s the class teacher calling the attendance and Nigeria’s President’s classmates responding. The Hausa will say, Ba anan. My Yoruba brethren will say, Kosinle. And the Biafrans refer to him as “Jibrin-al Sudani,” a clone. There are a few that still believe Muhammadu Buhari is aware and running the affairs of Nigeria. Africa’s largest nation is visibly on cruise control. The latest evidence of disconnect was when President Buhari denied knowing how the nation is be riddled with ... more
  • 2 weeks Ondo Christians Ask President Buhari To Resign Over Insecurity SaharaReporters
    The Christian Association of Nigeria in Ondo State on Sunday demanded the immediate resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari over rising insecurity in Nigeria.  The Christian group that converged at the Evangelical Church Winning All in Akure, the state capital, frowned at the consistent attacks, kidnapping and banditry in the country. They alleged that Christians worshippers were now targets of attacks and abductions at the hands of Boko Haram insurgents.  See Also The Nigerian Government has finally admitted being aware of the social media bill despite denials by Minister of information, Lai Mohammed.  The minister during an interview in the United Kingdom had denied the existence of the 'protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulation bill 2019', stating that he was sure nothing of such was pending before the National Assembly.  However, in a court process, President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Government have both filed an application to justify the need to regulate ... more
  • 2 weeks Understanding Why Our Security Chiefs Deserve National Honours By Nkechi Odoma SaharaReporters |Opinion
      “Look at what we have on the ground before May 2015, the Boko Haram were even in Abuja, they were in Kano, they were in Kaduna. They were penetrating down to the South, we had to stop them. And for the past one and half years, we’ve not had any attack in Jos, neither in Abuja, in Kano, or in many other places, even as close as in Gombe.--- Gen. TY Buatai, Nigeria’s Army Chief and Leader, counter-insurgency operations in an ... more
  • 2 weeks Man Attempting To Bomb Living Faith Church In Kaduna Caught With IED SaharaReporters
    A major tragedy was averted on Sunday at the Sabon Tasha branch of the Living Faith Church (Winners Chapel) in Kaduna as a middle-aged man was caught with what is suspected to be an Improvised Explosive Device. The incident, which coincided with the day General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, led members on a prayer walk to decry insecurity in the country. SaharaReporters gathered that the suspect made several attempts to detonate the IED ... more
  • 2 weeks Insurgency: Retired Officers Behind Troops In North-East, Says Ex-Lagos Military Administrator, Marwa SaharaReporters
    A former Military Administrator of Lagos State, Brigadier-General Buba Marwa (retd), has said that retired military officers in the country were behind troops fighting insurgency in Nigeria’s North-East. Speaking as a guest during the 2019 West African Social Activities of the Army Headquarters Garrison, which held at Mogadishu Cantonment, Abuja, over the weekend, Marwa whose community, Michika in Adamawa State had witnessed several Boko Haram attacks in recent times, noted that troops were fighting under difficult conditions like bad weather and ... more
  • 2 weeks US Visa Ban: We Pray For Restoration Of Our Nation –Adeboye SaharaReporters
    General Overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has called on God to restore Nigeria back to its full glory.  The respected Christian leader made the call on Sunday during a special service of the church at the National Headquarters in Ebute Meta, Lagos. He spoke in reference to a recent visa ban on Nigerians by the United States.  Earlier in the week, the United States had announced fresh restrictions on immigrant visas for Nigerians and nationals of ... more
  • 2 weeks Church Must Rise Against Killings In Nigeria –CAN SaharaReporters
    The Christian Association of Nigeria has asked Christians in the country to speak up in condemnation against killings and insecurity in the country. Lagos State Chairman of CAN, Apostle Alexander Bamgbola, said this on Sunday while speaking on the deplorable state of security in the country and condemning government for not containing the killings. He said that Christians needed to constantly send a message to the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration and force the government to stop the killings across the country. ... more
  • 2 weeks Open Letter To Pastor E.A. Adeboye And Pastor W.F. Kumuyi Come To Macedonia And Help Us! By Bayo Oluwasanmi SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Bayo Oluwasanmi Bayo Oluwasanmi Dear Venerable Pastors: After a lot of inner turmoil concerning the situation in Nigeria, I decide to write you this open letter. Each time I visit Nigeria I experience a deep inner threat as to the direction of the country. I have deliberately addressed this open letter to the two of you out of more than dozen Nigerian Pentecostal and Charismatic Preachers with Mega Churches both at home and overseas. Three of you including Pastor Tunde Bakare in my ... more
  • 2 weeks Shehu Sani Commends Adeboye For Leading Protest Against Insecurity SaharaReporters
    A former federal lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani has commended General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, for leading a protest against killings and the rising spate of insecurity in Nigeria. Adeboye had on Sunday morning led his congregation in a protest walk to express his dissatisfaction with the level of insecurity in the country. Sani in a post on Twitter, said Adeboye had finally disembarked from the fence of caution and neutrality. 
    Pastor Adeboye finally ... more
  • 2 weeks RCCG Protest Signals A Call On Buhari To Resign By Tope Akinyode SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Tope Akinyode Tope Akinyode We commend the leadership and members of Redeemed Christian Church of God for exercising their constitutional rights as enshrined under Sections 38, 39, 40 and 41 of the 1999 constitution by taking to the street to protest against rising insecurity and wobbling economy in Nigeria. It is unfortunate that the backward President Muhammadu Buhari regime considers every criticism unpatriotic. The biggest disservice of the regime is its clamp down on human rights, free speech and press freedom. It is ... more
  • 2 weeks Supreme Court Or Supreme Cult? By Ozodinukwe Okenwa SaharaReporters |Opinion
    SOC Okenwa SOC Okenwa Senator Hope Uzodinma is about the happiest politician in Nigeria today. Not a few political animals in the declining 'Naira-land' would feel ecstatic (nay euphoric) were they to be in his position of power. The 'god' of power must have chosen Hope for Imolites for hope to come back post-Mbakwe, some may argue. The gubernatorial story of Senator Uzodinma could be likened to a miracle --God's supernatural intervention in the natural affairs of men -- if we all believe ... more
  • 2 weeks CORRUPTION: Nigerian Ports Authority Management Inflates Airfare Rates For Staff SaharaReporters
    An internal memo of the Nigerian Ports Authority dated January 24, 2020, and seen by SaharaReporters has shown how management of the agency had been siphoning public funds. In the document with reference number: Ref: HQ/GM/C&SC/OP/VF/045 and addressed to the Managing Director of the NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman, by the General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communication, Engr Adams Jatto, and titled: Review of airfare rates (local), the management could be seen engaging in sharp practices by jerking up the current rate of ... more
  • 2 weeks UPDATE: Employer Of Suspected Pranksters Deny Police Claim, Say Arrested Persons Are Journalists Investigating Lassa Fever SaharaReporters
    Suspected pranksters of Coronavirus being paraded in Abuja SaharaReporters Media The management of TheNigerian News and TeleVision Nigerian, an online news platform, has denied claims by the Federal Capital Territory Police Command that five persons arrested and paraded for allegedly faking being infected with Coronavirus were pranksters. Director of Public Health in the FCT, Dr Josephine Okechukwu, had on Saturday accused the five persons of going to Wuse District Hospital claiming that one of them had been infected with Coronavirus. But in the ... more
  • 2 weeks BREAKING: Despite Leading Protest Walk, Adeboye Refuses To Speak On Insecurity In Nigeria SaharaReporters
    General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has refused to make any comment on the ongoing insecurity in the country. Adeboye, who led a protest walk for peace to reign in the country in Lagos on Sunday morning, refused to answer questions on insecurity and human rights violation in the country. 
    FLASH: Pastor @PastorEAAdeboye Leads Massive Protest Against Insecurity pic.twitter.com/O34qFkABS4— Sahara Reporters (@SaharaReporters) February 2, 2020 When SaharaReporters correspondent asked him why the church was silent ... more
  • 2 weeks BREAKING: Adeboye Prays For Peace As He Prepares To Hold Prayer Walk For Security In Lagos SaharaReporters
    General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has prayed for peace to reign amidst the raging insecurity in the country. Speaking at the church’s National Headquarters in Ebute Meta, Lagos, Adeboye added that he would be leading the church in a prayer walk to pray for killings and insurgency to end in the country. He said, “Let there be peace and security in Nigeria. God sees all things and knows where the terrorists are fighting, we ... more
  • 2 weeks Lassa Fever: FCT Police Command Arrest, Parade Journalists On Lawful Duty SaharaReporters
    Suspected pranksters of Coronavirus being paraded in Abuja The Federal Capital Territory Police Command have arrested, detained and paraded five journalists of TheNigerian News and TeleVision Nigerian, an online news platform, while performing their lawful duties. The arrested journalists were initially alleged by Director of Public Health, Dr Josephine Okechukwu, of being pranksters, who had gone to Wuse District Hospital claiming that one of them had been infected with Coronavirus. But in the latest twist of events, employer of the journalists has faulted ... more
  • 2 weeks Why Buhari Should Not Resign By Festus Adedayo SaharaReporters |Opinion
    The Nigerian parliament regained its balls last week. Before now, it was coasting home to victory as the most supine legislature in Nigeria’s recent history, especially with its leader’s effeminate claim that parliament would rubber-stamp every leaflet with presidency’s imprimatur, including any trash-receptacle from President Muhammadu Buhari’s lavatory. Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, it was, who burst Senate’s empty balls sack and stuffed it with some guts and grits, thereby resituating the parliament’s typecast as an assemblage of sissies and yes-men. While ... more
  • 2 weeks Six Months After Rearrest, Police, Army Silent On Kidnapper, Wadume SaharaReporters
    HAMISU BALA WADUME HAMISU BALA WADUME Some Nigerians have expressed concern over the silence of the police and army on the situation of Kidnap lord, Mr Wadume Hamisu, from Ibi community, Taraba State.  The police had on August 20, 2019 effected the rearrest of the kidnapper at his hideout at Layin Mai Allo Hotoro area of Kano State. Wadume disclosed that military personnel killed three policemen that arrested him while they drove him away in a red car. He said the soldiers after ... more
  • 2 weeks ADP National Secretary Calls On Lagos Governor To Review Motorcycle, Tricycle Ban SaharaReporters
    The Action Democratic Party has asked Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State to review the ban on motorcycles and tricycles in major roads in the state. The ban, which became effective on Saturday, has been met with criticism. Prince Adelaja Adeoye, ADP National Publicity Secretary, in a statement noted that while the government was trying to sanitise the state and get rid of lawlessness, it should not give a blanket law. He said that major cities in the world had different ... more
  • 2 weeks BREAKING: Fourth Abducted Kaduna Seminarians, Nnadi Michael, Found Dead SaharaReporters
    The slain seminarian, Nnadi Michael The slain seminarian, Nnadi Michael One of the four abducted Kaduna seminarian, Nnadi Michael, has been found dead. The students were abducted from their hostel by gunmen dressed in military uniforms on January 9, 2020. This was revealed in a statement on Saturday night issued by Registrar, Good Shepherd Major Seminary Kaduna, Rev. Fr. Dr. Joel Usman. SaharaReporters had reported the release of three other abductees of the seminary earlier in the week.   See Also ... more
  • 2 weeks BREAKING: Boko Haram Attack Borno Town, Residents In Distress SaharaReporters
    Suspected Boko Haram terrorists are currently attacking Askira town under Askira-Uba Local Government Area of Borno State. A local named Mohammed Askira, who spoke with SaharaReporters on Saturday night, said, "My town is currently under attack by Boko Haram Terrorists, please help us."  A traditional ruler Fenny Fwa, confirmed the attack on his Facebook page, saying, "My good friend Mohammed Askira has just reported that his town, Askira, is under Boko Haram attack. "The blood of innocent people have littered the ... more
  • 2 weeks Maryam Sanda: Rights Advocate Tackles Judge Over Ruling, Expresses Hope Of Judgment Reversal At Appeal Court SaharaReporters
    Maryam Sanda being whisked away from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Abuja after she was sentenced to death on January 27, 2020 Maryam Sanda being whisked away from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Abuja after she was sentenced to death on January 27, 2020 SaharaReporters Media A human rights activist and Director of Communication and Advocacy of Make A Difference Initiative, Lemmy Ughegbe, has decried the failure of Justice Yusuf Halilu to diligently follow the letters and processes ... more
  • 2 weeks FCT Authorities Debunk Coronavirus Rumour, Police Parade Suspected Pranksters SaharaReporters
    Suspected pranksters of Coronavirus being paraded in Abuja Suspected pranksters of Coronavirus being paraded in Abuja SaharaReporters Media The Federal Capital Territory Department of Public Health has assured residents of Abuja that there is no confirmed case of Coronavirus in the city and advised them to remain calm. Director of Public Health, Dr Josephine Okechukwu, revealed this following the arrest of pranksters, who allegedly went to Wuse District Hospital claiming that one of them had been infected with Coronavirus.  The incident led to panic ... more
  • 2 weeks Declare National Emergency Over Lassa Fever, Resident Doctors Tell Nigerian Government SaharaReporters
    Resident doctors in Nigeria have asked government to declare a state of emergency over Lassa Fever outbreak in the country. The Association for Resident Doctors made the call in Abuja on Saturday.In January, a total of 689 suspected cases with 258 confirmed cases were reported, with 41 deaths. Five health workers were among the 41 deaths recorded.The group in a statement said, “Due to these reasons, the association has deemed it fit to call on the government to get serious on finding ... more
  • 2 weeks Uzodinma Taking Credit For My Works, Says Ihedioha SaharaReporters
    Ousted governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha, has lashed out at Governor Hope Uzodinma, saying he was taking credit for what he did while in power. Ihedioha was responding to claims made by Uzodinma that he had provided for the needs of the people.  In a statement by Chibuike Onyeukwu, Chief Press Secretary to Ihedioha, he urged Uzodinma to desist from further attempts to pool wool in the eyes of the people with lies. He said, “We bear no grudge on his ... more
  • 2 weeks Civic Media Lab, HDI, Daily Trust Launch Report On UBE Activities In Nigeria SaharaReporters
    The Human Development Initiatives in collaboration with the Civic Media Lab and Daily Trust Foundation has launched a report on the activities of the Universal Basic Education in three states in Nigeria. The report, which was launched in Abuja, was done after a research was carried out on the six years of UBE activities with focus on Kaduna, Lagos and FCT. The report primarily centred on the spending of the Universal Basic Education Commission in the three states. It was revealed ... more
  • 2 weeks LASTMA Official Commits Suicide In Lagos SaharaReporters
    An official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency,  Tope Akinde, has committed suicide.  Akinde hanged himself on a billboard around Salvation bus stop in the Opebi area of Ikeja, the state capital.  It is still unclear what led the civil servant to take such a drastic step. Officials of the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps were said to have visited the scene of the incident to restore normalcy by controlling the crowd to enable vehicles have free movement.  Spokesperson for ... more
  • 2 weeks Nigeria’s Centre For Disease Control To Work With States In Fight Against Lassa Fever SaharaReporters
    Lassa Fever Lassa Fever The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control says it will continue to work closely with states affected by the Lassa fever outbreak in the midst of the novel Coronavirus outbreak. It said the move was to ensure that the 95 confirmed cases of Lassa fever in some states across the country within the week were effectively managed. Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director-General of the NCDC, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Abuja that the 95 established cases were the highest ... more
  • 2 weeks Coronavirus: Government Announces Contact Persons For Nigerians In China SaharaReporters
      The Nigerian Embassy in China has advised Nigerians living in that country to stay indoors, take all necessary precautions and strictly adhere to all medical precautions and instructions issued in respect of the Coronavirus epidemic. The mission also advised Nigerians to maintain regular contact with some officers and to apprise the Embassy of developments as they unfold. The mission, in a statement on Saturday, advised Nigerian nationals to reach out to the Minister Consular and Immigration, Mr Austine Ekeayanwu on ... more
  • 2 weeks Officials At Abuja-Kaduna Train Stations Horde Tickets, Sell To Rich Passengers At Inflated Rates SaharaReporters
      Officials at the Abuja-Kaduna train stations have been discovered to be raking in big bucks by hording and selling tickets at exorbitant rates to passengers, who can afford the price. The officials, who work closely with touts, create an artificial scarcity of train tickets and then offer same to passengers willing to pay at least twice the usual amount. Despite arriving at the train stations several hours before schedule for trips, many passengers are denied tickets and left stranded as ... more
  • 3 weeks Immigration Apprehends Five Stowaway At Lagos Seaport SaharaReporters
    Nigeria Immigration Service Nigeria Immigration Service Daily Post The Nigeria Immigration Service, Lagos Seaport Command, has arrested five stowaways aboard vessel MT IDI en route Las Palmas, Spain. Public Relations Officer of the NIS, Mr Sunday James, said that the stowaways were discovered through an intelligence report made to it by the master of the vessel about 156 nautical miles off Lagos Shoreline. Comptroller of the Command, Olubushola Fashakin, who was at hand to receive the arrested stowaways, cautioned desperate youths from embarking on ... more
  • 3 weeks Nigerian Tertiary Institution Launches Campaign Against Sex For Grade SaharaReporters
      The Management of the Federal Polytechnic Offa, Kwara State, led by Dr. Lateef Olatunji, has launched a campaign against sex-for-grade in Nigerian tertiary institutions. Olatunji said that polytechnic frowns at sexual activities between lecturers and students as he issued a red alert to all lecturers in the institution. He noted that the institution’s Disciplinary Committee set up by the management was always ready to take it up with any erring staff or student. He said, “The Federal Polytechnic Offa is ... more
  • 3 weeks Agba Jalingo Loses Younger Brother SaharaReporters
    Philip Agbebia Agba Philip Agbebia Agba Cross River Watch   Philip, sibling of Agba Jalingo, a Nigerian journalist facing charges of terrorism and cybercrime, has died at the age of 34. It was gathered that Philip has been down with sickness at the hospital for a while.   Jalingo, Publisher of Cross River Watch, who spoke from prison custody, said the death of his brother would be a constant reminder of “this trying period”. He said, “God knows why it happened while I am in ... more
  • 3 weeks Atiku Urges Trump Not To Punish Nigerians For Buhari’s Failure After US Visa Ban SaharaReporters
      Nigeria's former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has called on United States President, Donald Trump, not to punish Nigerians for the failure of President Muhammadu Buhari's regime.  The ex-VP while reacting to the latest visa ban slammed on Nigerians willing to relocate to the US, called on President Trump to rescind his decision for the sake of Nigerians he described as being a major force in America’s development. He said, “I received with sadness the policy of the government of the ... more
  • 3 weeks Eight Persons Killed In Delta Cult Violence, Scores Arrested SaharaReporters
    The Guardian Nigeria At least eight persons have been killed during a clash between members of Aiye and Bagger cult gangs in Orhuwhorun and neighbouring communities under Udu Local Government Area, Delta State. SaharaReporters reliably gathered that the clash between the two rival cult groups, which had lasted for over one week, has forced residents to desert their homes for fear of being attacked. A policeman, who asked not to be named, told our correspondent that over 60 persons suspected to members of ... more
  • 3 weeks Coronavirus: China Orders Citizens To Get Rid Of Pets SaharaReporters
    Communities around China have ordered their residents to stop keeping pets or risk getting them culled amid fears that animals could also catch the new Coronavirus that has killed 213 in less than three weeks, MailOnlinehas revealed. Residential committees, village officials and companies from various provinces and municipalities issued the strict order to locals after receiving instructions from superiors to tackle the epidemic, it has emerged. One village in Hebei urged all households to 'deal with' their pets within five days, otherwise ... more
  • 3 weeks I’ve Constitutional Power To Withdraw Any Case, Malami Says In Reaction To Dropping Goje’s N25bn Case SaharaReporters
    The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has said that he has the constitutional power to withdraw any criminal corruption case. He said this while speaking on the withdrawal of the N25bn fraud case against Gombe lawmaker, Senator Danjuma Goje. Malami was attempting to clear the air on why he was yet to prosecute any corruption case rather; he has been withdrawing cases during his five years in office as AGF. SaharaReporters had exclusively reported that Goje was asked by the ... more
  • 3 weeks United Kingdom Finally Leaves European Union SaharaReporters
    Britain has ushered in a new chapter outside the European Union as Brexit was at last delivered, drawing a line under 47 years of membership. On the stroke of 11pm last night, the United Kingdom officially divorced from the bloc after three years of bitter political struggle that split families and paralysed Westminster. Jubilant Brexiteers heralded the moment with celebrations across the country, including a flagship bash in London's Parliament Square headlined by Nigel Farage, according to Daily Mail.  Britain's last moments ... more
  • 3 weeks Odion Ighalo Becomes First Nigerian To Join Manchester United SaharaReporters
    Former Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo, has joined Manchester United on a six-month loan deal, becoming the first Nigerian to team up with the English Premier League side. Ighalo was signed from Chinese Super League club, Shanghai Shenhua, to provide attacking options for Manchester United, who are without injured attacker, Marcus Rashford, and have had troubles hitting in goals needed to boost their chances of qualifying for Europe next season. The 30-year-old Nigerian striker is the second senior addition to Ole ... more
  • 3 weeks BREAKING: Gunmen Kidnap NBA Vice Chairperson In Taraba SaharaReporters
    Sahara Reporters Media Vice Chairperson of Nigerian Bar Association in Taraba State, Zainab Kishimi, has been kidnapped. Kishimi, who is also a senior member of the International Federation of Female Lawyers, was seized around 8:00pm on Friday from her residence behind Central Bank in Jalingo, the state capital; according to a close family friend. He said, “Zainab Kishimi, Vice Chairperson of the Nigerian Bar Association, Jalingo Branch, was abducted from her house at about 8:00pm last night. “It is sad and terrible ... more
  • 3 weeks United States Imposes Immigrant Visa Ban On Nigeria, Others SaharaReporters
    The United States Government has imposed an immigration visa ban on Nigeria. Eritrea, Myanmar and Kyrgyzstan are the other countries affected by this new policy expected to take effect from February 21, according to The Wall Street Journal. Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, was quoted as saying that the new immigration restrictions were designed to “address security concerns in the way the banned countries track their own citizens, share information with the U.S. and cooperate on immigration ... more
  • 3 weeks BREAKING: US Confirms Seventh Case Of Coronavirus SaharaReporters
    The number of people affected by the Coronavirus in the United States of America has risen to seven. US health officials also said that a person from Illinois infected with the Coronavirus in China has transmitted the virus to her spouse, marking the first known instance of person-to-person spread of the virus in the US. “Our assessment remains that the immediate risk to the American public is low,” CDC Director, Robert Redfield, maintained. As of Thursday, health officials have recorded more ... more
  • 3 weeks BREAKING: Presidency Makes U-turn, Says Buhari’s Daughter, Hanan, Will Receive Court Processes Over SIM Card Case SaharaReporters
    Garba Shehu, Presidential spokesperson, has called Anthony Okolie's lawyer, Mr Tope Akinyode, stating that Hanan Buahri was prepared to accept court processes earlier refused at the Aso Villa by Presidency officials.  The phone call to Okolie's lawyer came amidst media backlash on the Presidency and President Buhari's family for showing disdain for legal processes.  Garba Sheu said, "She now has a lawyer and is ready to collect the court process and sign undertaking to collect it.  "I'll forward your number to her ... more
  • 3 weeks Coronavirus: Nigeria, 12 Other Countries Listed By WHO As Top-risk African States SaharaReporters
    Nigeria and 12 other countries have been listed by the World Health Organisation as high-risk African states for coronavirus. The others listed include Algeria, Angola, Ivory Coast, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.  See Also PUBLIC HEALTH WHO Declares International Emergency On Coronavirus 0 Comments 14 Hours Ago A statement from WHO said the identified African nations have direct ... more
  • 3 weeks Abductors Release Three Of Four Kidnapped Kaduna Seminarians SaharaReporters
    Three of the four Catholic seminarians kidnapped by gunmen in Kaduna State have been released. The gunmen had stormed the Catholic Good Shepherd Major Seminary Kakau in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State and kidnapped four seminary students. Announcing the release of the students, Registrar of the school, Reverend Father Joel Usman, said three were released while one was still with the kidnappers. Reverend Father Joel in a statement, urged Nigerians to keep praying for the release of the remaining ... more
  • 3 weeks Expert Urges Nigerian Government To Stop Taxing SMEs SaharaReporters
    Chief Executive Officer of ConnectNigeria.com, Emeka Okafor, has called on the Nigerian Government to stop the collection of tax from Short and Medium Enterprises in the country. He also asked the government to relax policies for start ups to help businesses develop. Okafor made this call while addressing journalists ahead of the 8th edition of Connect Nigeria Business fair scheduled for March 6 and 7 2020. He pointed out the challenges hindering the growth of start-ups to include lack of information ... more
  • 3 weeks I Am Not Disturbed By PDP’s Move To Seek Judgment Review, Uzodinma Says SaharaReporters
    Imo State governor, Hope Uzodinma, has said that he is not disturbed by the decision of the Peoples Democratic Party and Emeka Ihedioha to seek a review of the judgment that made him governor. The Supreme Court had on January 14 sacked Ihedioha and made Uzodinma the governor of the state. The court added excluded votes from 388 polling units where results were cancelled by the Independent National Electoral Commission due to high violence and electoral malpractices. Speaking with journalists in ... more
  • 3 weeks Buhari Was Right Not To Handover To Osinbajo, Court Rules, Lawyer Kicks SaharaReporters
    A Federal High Court in Lagos presided over by Hon. Justice A. O. Faji has ruled that President Muhammadu Buhari was right not to have handed over power to Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, during his visit to the United Kingdom in 2019. Justice Faji held that President Muhammadu Buhari did not violate the provisions of the constitution when he proceeded on vacation to London from April 25, 2019 to the 5th May, 2019. A Lagos-based lawyer and activist, Mr Inibehe Effiong, ... more
  • 3 weeks Shehu Sani Returns To Social Media, Thanks Nigerians For Support SaharaReporters
    A former senator, Shehu Sani, is back on the social media after a month away in the detention center of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Sani also thanked Nigerians for supporting him during his detention and trial. The former lawmaker representing Kaduna Central Senatorial district at the National Assembly was arrested by the anti-graft agency for allegedly collecting $24,000 from the Chairman of ASD Motors, Alhaji Sani Dauda to bribe Acting Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu. See ... more
  • 3 weeks Despite Calibration Of Lagos Airport, Virgin Atlantic Diverts Flight To Accra SaharaReporters
    In spite of the publicised calibration of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, Instrument Landing System about two weeks ago by the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, foreign airlines still divert flights out of the airport to neighbouring African countries. The latest of such diversions was Virgin Atlantic from Heathrow London, which could not land at the airport on Friday morning due to inclement weather conditions. The pilot had to divert the flight to Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana. A source close ... more
  • 3 weeks Buhari Won’t Resign Until He Islamise Nigeria By Bayo Oluwasanmi SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Senator E.H. Abaribe (Abia State) called for the resignation of General Muhammadu Buhari due to the prevalent insecurity, widespread violence, and indiscriminate killings in the country. Abaribe’s statement went blitz in the social media. As expected, it ignited fireballs of attacks and counter attacks from both supporters and critics of Buhari. Abaribe’s statement is in order. If Buhari was the president of a corporation, he would have been fired five years ago. However, I believe Buhari won’t resign until he Islamises ... more
  • 3 weeks BREAKING: Aso Villa Officials Stop Court Bailiff From Serving Buhari’s Daughter Over SIM Card Case SaharaReporters
      Officials working at the Aso Villa on Friday declined to receive court processes on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter, Hanan, from Bailiff of the Federal High Court. SaharaReporters had reported how Anthony Okolie, a young businessman, who lawfully purchased an MTN SIM card was illegally arrested and detained by the Department of State Services for 10 weeks because the SIM was once used by Hanan. Okolie, whose arrest and detention at the DSS facility was masterminded by Hanan, had ... more
  • 3 weeks I Am No Mandela –Adama Barrow By Tony Ademiluyi SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Yahyah Jammeh came to power in a bloodless coup in The Gambia in 1994. The then junior military officer who was just twenty-nine years old seized power and sacked the democratically elected government of the nationalist and founding father of the tiny former British colony, Sir Dauda Jawara. Jammeh ruled with an iron fist and spared no dissenting opinions to his authoritarian government. Dissidents were clamped into detention or forced to flee the country for their dear lives. His human rights ... more
  • 3 weeks BREAKING: Police Take Over Research Institute To Bar Staff From Protesting Acting DG’s Certificate Forgery SaharaReporters
      Operatives of the Lagos State Police Command have taken over the premises of the Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi, Lagos, to stop staff from continuing the protest over the certificate forgery of the Acting Director-General, Dr Chima Igwe. Staff of the institute had embarked on a protest to demand Igwe make a public presentation of his doctoral degree or resign from the position as Acting DG. The police and the ... more
  • 3 weeks EXCLUSIVE: United States Government Summons Malami, Four Other Nigerian Ministers To Washington Over Worsening Rights Violation SaharaReporters
    Abubakar Malami Abubakar Malami The United States-Nigeria Bi-national Commission has summoned five ministers from Nigeria to discuss issues of trade, investment and particularly Nigeria's worsening human rights record. The meeting is set to take place from February 1 to 3, 2020 in Washington DC. SaharaReporters can confirm that two ministers have already left for the United States via the United Kingdom on Friday morning.  The ministers attending the meeting are Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sadiya Umar Faruk, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster ... more
  • 3 weeks United States Denies Bishop Oyedepo Visa SaharaReporters
    The United States Embassy in Lagos has denied renowned preacher, Bishop David Oyedepo, of Living Faith Church Worldwide visa in what appears to be an escalation of President Trump’s anti-immigrant stance. A report in ThisDay also said Kris Asimonye, wife of popular comedian, Abovi Ugboma (Bovi), was also denied visa on Thursday even though the comedian’s application was approved. The United States Embassy in Nigeria has been hard on Nigerians seeking visas.  A report by THEWILL stated that Nigerians with valid United States ... more
  • 3 weeks Nigeria Customs Impounds Pangolin Scales, Arrests 20 Suspects In Adamawa SaharaReporters
    The Nigeria Customs Service has impounded pangolin scales smuggled into the country among other contraband seizures. The Comptroller, Adamawa/Taraba Area Command, Kamardeen Olumoh, gave the breakdown of the seizure on Friday in Yola.  The command has also arrested 20 suspects in connection with the elicit trade across the Nigerian/Cameroon border. He said, "A total of 74 seizures were made with the arrest of 20 suspects. "The seizures include pangolin scales,  foreign rice, 33,400 liters of petroleum products." Kamardeen further revealed that ... more
  • 3 weeks Nigerian Embassy In China Still Has Jonathan As President On Its Website Almost Five Years After Buhari Assumed Office SaharaReporters
    https://beijing.ngembassy.org/?lang=en&&page=aboutus   The Nigerian Embassy in China, under the leadership of Ambassador Baba Ahmad Jidda, still has former President Goodluck Jonathan on its website as Nigerian President. This is in spite of the fact that Muhammadu Buhari replaced Jonathan as President since May 29, 2015. The website contains no information or advisory for Nigerians on the deadly Coronavirus currently ravaging parts of China, a report by Daily Post said.  The deadly virus, which has hit over 10 countries, has claimed dozens of lives. ... more
  • 3 weeks Youths Shut Oil And Gas Industrial Park In Bayelsa Over Employment Ratio SaharaReporters
    Ijaw Youth Council and affiliates on Thursday shutdown an ongoing construction work at an oil and gas park in Bayelsa State. The facility is being built by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board located at Emeyal under Ogbia council area of the state. According to the youth, their action was caused by the lopsidedness on the employment ratio due the host community.  They said the companies working at the site failed to comply with the Local Content Development and Monitoring ... more
  • 3 weeks WHO Declares International Emergency On Coronavirus SaharaReporters
    Director-General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Director-General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Google The World Health Organisation has declared the outbreak of Coronavirus as a public health emergency of international concern. The declaration was made at the second meeting of the emergency committee convened by the WHO Director-General under the International Health Regulations regarding the outbreak of Coronavirus in China and spread to other countries. In China, more than 7700 cases have been confirmed, and 170 people have died.  There ... more
  • 3 weeks BREAKING: Boko Haram Terrorists Attack Troops In Borno SaharaReporters
      Troops fighting Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State are currently under attack in Damasak area of the state.  Sources, who spoke with SaharaReporters, said there is heavy gunfight currently ongoing. The area was attacked on Thursday, sources said.  “Pray for our troops in Damasak. They are presently under attack by Boko Haram.  “An attack was repelled yesterday in the same location only for Boko Haram to relaunch attack this evening. We pray our troops stand this one," one of the ... more
  • 3 weeks Thugs Attack LASEMA Officials After Extinguishing Ketu Fire SaharaReporters
      Some thugs have attacked officials of the Lagos State Emergency Agency trying to put out the fire that erupted in a building at Ketu. After successfully putting out the fire, thugs moved in to attack the officials. Public Affairs Officer of the Lagos State Emergency Agency, Nosa Okunbor, said the officials were forced to leave the area after escaping being lynched. News AddThis :  Original Author :  SaharaReporters, New York Disable advertisements :  ... more
  • 3 weeks Again, PDP Protest Removal Of Ihedioha In Imo SaharaReporters
      Members of the Peoples Democratic Party in Imo State have embarked on another protest to continue to express their dissatisfaction at the removal of Emeka Ihedioha as governor of the state. Members of the party had a few days ago stormed the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, to protest the removal of Ihedioha. At the protest on Thursday, the protesters stormed the state capital, urging the Supreme Court to reverse the judgment.  See Also ... more
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