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  • 1 week Osinbajo to Represent Buhari at Arap Moi’s Funeral ThisDay
    Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will Tuesday represent President Muhammadu Buhari at the state funeral for former Kenyan President, Daniel Arap Moi, in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital. Moi, who passed on February 4 at the age of 95, ruled Kenya for 24 years from 1978 to 2002. A statement by the vice president’s spokesman, Mr. Laolu Akande, said Osinbajo would join African heads of states and other world leaders expected at the funeral scheduled to hold at the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi. Akande said the vice president, who would be accompanied on the trip by senior ... more
  • 1 week Kogi Guber: PDP, Wada to Call 259 Witnesses against Bello’s Election ThisDay
    Alex Enumah in Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its governorship candidate in the last gubernatorial election in Kogi State, Mr Musa Wada, on Monday listed a total of 259 witnesses they planned to call to prove their petition against the return of Mr Yahaya Bello as governor. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Governor Bello and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), winners of the November 16 governorship poll having won majority of votes cast at the election. But Wada and PDP alleging rigging and other malpractices, which according to them substantially marred the election, ... more
  • 1 week Again, Gunmen Kill Three, Injure One in Fresh Attack on Plateau Community ThisDay
    Seriki Adinoyi in Jos No fewer than three persons have been confirmed dead, and another critically injured following an attack by gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen on Pyana village, Rahoss ward in Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau State on Sunday night. The member representing Riyom constituency in the state House of Assembly, Hon. Timothy Datong, who confirmed the attack, described the killing as unfortunate. He said the gunmen at about 9:34pm Sunday invaded the village and gunned down three persons, while one other person sustained injuries and is now hospitalized, adding that farms and harvested crops were ... more
  • 1 week APC Replaces Lawan with Akande in Reconstituted 12-Member Reconciliation Committee ThisDay
    Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has replaced the President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, with the former Interim national Chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande, in the reconstituted National Reconciliation Committee of the party. Lawan who was the chairman of the initial 10-member APC National Reconciliation Committee set up last year did not make the list, while the ruling party did not offer any explanation why his name was removed in the new committee. The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, in a statement issued Monday said that the ... more
  • 1 week Alleged Corruption: Court Discharges Ex-Niger Gov Babangida Aliyu, Two Others ThisDay
    Laleye Dipo in Minna A Niger State High Court sitting in Minna on Monday discharged a former governor of the state, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, and two others who have been standing trial for alleged corruption since 2017. The two others are the former Chief of Staff, Government House during Aliyu’s administration, Alhaji Umar Nasko, and the state’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman, Alhaji Tanko Beji. The trio were being tried for alleged diversion of N2 billion ecological fund. The case had lingered for over three years and had witnessed three separate trial judges presiding over it at different times. ... more
  • 1 week Osibanjo: Nigeria’s VAT Rate Lowest in Africa ThisDay
    By Igbawase Ukumba Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has said that Nigeria’s current Value Added Tax (VAT) rate is the lowest in Africa. The vice-president stated this in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital, Monday at the National Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Clinics for Viable Enterprises. According to Osinbajo, “Many people have said this is a higher tax rate for consumers and has complications on those who are trading as well. You must remember that this is the lowest VAT rate in the whole of Africa. “Why it is true is that Ghana has reduced its VAT rate from 15 per cent ... more
  • 1 week New Appeal Court to Ensure Access to Justice, Says Bulkachuwa ThisDay
    By Ibrahim Shuaibu The President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, has said that the newly commissioned Kano Division of the Court of Appeal is aimed at ensuring that access to justice is easily attainable everywhere. Bulkachuwa, who was in Kano on Monday to commission the newly approved division of the court in the state, said all the newly created divisions across the country will curtail the frustrations that litigants encounter while trying to exhaust their rights to appeal. She said the division will reduce cost of appeal, minimize the frustrations occasioned by distance and make all the ... more
  • 1 week Niger Gov Urges Communities under Bandits’ Attacks to Fish out Informants ThisDay
    By Laleye Dipo The Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has called on communities under bandits’ attacks to fish out informants among them who are divulging security strategies to the bandits. Bello said the activities of the informants are making the fight against banditry and other criminal activities in the state difficult. The governor gave the charge after he commiserated with the victims of last week’s attacks on Gurmana and other communities, who are currently receiving treatment at both the IBB specialized and Minna general hospitals on Sunday evening. The governor explained that both the state and federal governments ... more
  • 1 week (Updated) Malabu Oil Deal: FG Arraigns Adoke on Fresh 7-Count Charge ThisDay
    Court grants ex-AGF N50m bail By Alex Enumah The federal government on Monday arraigned former Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr Mohammed Adoke , on fresh  charges of money laundering. The Economic and Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting Adoke and one Aliyu Abubakar on a 7 count criminal charge bordering on bribery and money laundering in the region of N900m. Adoke and six others who were last month arraigned before Justice Idris Kutigi of a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) was this time arraigned before Justice Binta ... more
  • 1 week ECOWAS Leaders Constitute Committee on Closure of Nigeria’s Land Borders ThisDay
    By Omololu Ogunmade The concern generated by the closure of Nigeria’s land borders was a subject of serious attention on Sunday at the margins of the ongoing 33rd African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia as the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of States and Governments constituted a committee to study the situation and make a full report to the body. The decision to raise the committee, chaired by the President of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kabore, was the fallout of a resolution reached by the ECOWAS leaders at an extraordinary session called to discuss Nigeria’s land border ... more
  • 1 week 30 Killed in Boko Haram Attack on Maiduguri-Damaturu Highway ThisDay
    By Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri Not less than 30 people were killed by suspected Boko Haram terrorists in a night attack on Auno village on Maiduguri-Damaturu Highway. The villagers while narrating their ordeal in the hands of the terrorist group on Sunday night to Borno Governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum, said many other residents were abducted in the siege. They also lamented that 18 vehicles comprising of trailers, buses and cars were burnt by insurgents who laid siege to their village at about 9:50 pm on Sunday. The villagers, who were still in tears when the governor paid a ... more
  • 1 week Senate President Mourns Longjan ThisDay
    By Chuks Okocha and Deji Elumoye The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has commiserated with the family of Senator Ignatius Longjan who died at a Turkish hospital in Abuja on Sunday. Lawan also condoled with the government and people of Plateau State over the sad loss of the senator who represented Plateau South Senatorial District until his death. The Senate President acknowledged the contributions of Longjan both at the state and national levels as former Chairman of the Board of Governors of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies(NIPSS), Kuru; former Chief of Staff at the Government House ... more
  • 1 week South-east Govs Ask State Assemblies to Enact Laws on Joint Security Outfit, Write FG ThisDay
    Christopher Isiguzo and Gideon Arinze in Enugu The South East Governors’ Forum last night in Enugu asked the State Houses of Assembly in the five states of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo to come up with the necessary legislation to back up the formation of a South-east Security outfit. The proposed new law will also give a name and other details of the outfit which launch is expected to be supervised by the federal government. Rising from about five-hour closed-door meeting at the Government House, Enugu, the governors said they had already officially written the federal government on their plans, noting that ... more
  • 1 week Niger Senator Cries out over Renewed Bandit Attacks ThisDay
    The Senator representing Niger East senatorial district, Mohammed Sani Musa, has cried out over the renewed bandit attacks on some communities in Niger State. He lamented that his constituents are being attacked by blood-thirsty barbarians. He said that the fresh attacks came after the people were settling down going by the promise of the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari. On Saturday, armed bandits attacked Gurmana and adjoining communities in Shiroro Local Government Area, communities near Beni in Munya Local Government Area, Adunu in Paikoro Local Government Area and Tufa in Gurara Local Government Area of Niger State. Musa, who ... more
  • 1 week When shall we get the next alert from our ancestors? ThisDay
    OUTSIDE THE BOX BY ALEX OTTI; alex.otti@thisdaylive.com Chinua Achebe was arguably the greatest writer of our time. His works remain evergreen and have been translated into numerous languages across the world. One of his titles that I can never get tired of reading is ‘Things Fall Apart’, the epochal tale of how the near perfect Igbo society was torn apart and its values destroyed by the arrival of the colonialists. One interesting episode he related in the book was about Obiakor, the palm wine tapper who, at some point quit his job, ostensibly after the oracle had advised him ... more
  • 1 week Northern Govs Reject Regional Security Outfit, Shege Ka Fasa ThisDay
    Say name of outfit derogatory, abusive   Insist on community policing South-east govs ask state assemblies to enact laws on joint security outfit, write FG Our Correspondents The plan by the Coalition of Northern Group (CNG) to establish a local security outfit known as “Shege Ka Fasa” as the region’s equivalent of Amotekun in the South-west has hit a brick wall as northern governors have rejected the initiative, THISDAY investigation has revealed. The governors who also described the name of the outfit as derogatory, indicated their preference for community policing to secure the region. Their rejection came a few ... more
  • 1 week Nigeria, Others to Raise $1bn to Fight Insecurity ThisDay
    Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja Nigeria and other member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have resolved to raise $1 billion to combat terrorism and other forms of insecurity bedeviling both the region and the Sahel. President Muhammadu Buhari, while announcing  the decision at the ongoing 33rd AU Summit in Addis Ababa, also canvassed the necessity by the African Union (AU) to evolve new strategies aimed at effectively preventing, managing and resolving  conflicts in the face of new circumstances and emerging challenges. The president praised what he described as the renewed vigour by ECOWAS member countries to ... more
  • 1 week Nigeria Ready to Contain Coronavirus, Says Minister ThisDay
    The Minister of Health, Prof. Osagie Ehanire, has stated that Lagos State, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, is well prepared and ready to contain the novel Coronavirus infectious disease, if eventually it breaks out in Nigeria. Ehanire gave this assurance yesterday, while briefing journalists after inspecting facilities at the Emergency Response Readiness designated for the Coronavirus victims at the Mainland Hospital, Yaba in Lagos. “I can say that Lagos State is well prepared; there is high level of readiness here, and also the awareness is there,” he said. Enahire commended the state government for its level of preparedness ... more
  • 1 week NNPC Records 16% Increase in Gas Supply for Power Generation ThisDay
    Peter Uzoho  The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has said  the daily average natural gas supply to gas-powered plants increased by 16.53 per cent to 645 million (mscfd), equivalent to  generate 2,178MW of electricity in November 2019. Comparatively, the October 2019 gas supply to power averaged 553mmscfd, which could generate 2,050 MW of electricity. Acting Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of NNPC, Mr. Samson Makoji,  in a statement yesterday, said the figure was extracted from the 53rd edition of the NNPC Monthly Financial and Operations Report (MFOR). The financial report also showed that national gas production in November ... more
  • 1 week House Seeks More Funds to Enhance Efficiency ThisDay
    Adedayo Akinwale and Udora Orizu in Abuja Despite the whopping N128 billion approved for the National Assembly in the 2020 budget, the House of Representatives has said paucity of funds hampers it from carrying  out its assignments. Its spokesman, Hon. Ben Kalu, while addressing journalists at the weekend in Abuja, called on the federal government to make more funds available to the legislature to boost its efficiency. According to him,  the House has been operating on the same budget in the last 10 years.  He said various  committees in the House  were struggling with funds, but expressed optimism that the ... more
  • 1 week Rewane: Coronavirus will Hurt Nigeria-China Trade ThisDay
    Predicts upswing in inflationary pressure Obinna Chima The raging Coronavirus epidemic will hurt Nigeria-China trade, the Managing Director of the Financial Derivatives Company Limited (FDC), Mr. Bismarck Rewane, has said. Rewane, who is a member of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Economic Advisory Council (EAC), gave the verdict in his monthly economic breakfast session titled, ‘Adapt or Perish,’ which he presented at the Lagos Business School, a copy of which was obtained yesterday. Trade between Nigeria and China reached $8.6 billion in the first half of 2019, according to data released by Chinese Consul-General in Nigeria, Chu Maoming. The Central ... more
  • 1 week Presidency: Northern Elders’ Forum Lacks Credible Membership ThisDay
    Group berates Buhari for rising insecurity, poverty Omololu Ogunmade and John Shiklam in Kaduna The presidency and the Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF) exchanged brickbats yesterday over the stewardship of President Muhammadu Buhari.  NEF spokesman,  Professor Ango Abdullahi, fired the first salvo when he accused Buhari of failing Nigeria by his inability to tackle the security challenges facing the country. Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, dismissed the claim, saying contrary to assumptions, NEF is a one-man squad, made up of only Abdullahi, a former vice chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University(ABU),  Zaria. According ... more
  • 1 week Senate Committee Meets NSA, Service Chiefs Today over Insecurity ThisDay
    Deji Elumoye in Abuja  The 18-man Senate Ad-hoc Committee on Security will today interface with the National Security Adviser (NSA) and the service chiefs over the lingering security challenges facing the country. The committee, headed by the Senate Leader, Senator Yahaya Abdullahi, was inaugurated last Tuesday by the Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, who charged its members to review the nation’s security architecture and recommend ways to improve on the present security situation.  THISDAY gathered that the committee upon inauguration immediately went into a closed-door session that lasted for about two hours, to fashion out its working agenda. Sources told ... more
  • 1 week Yobe Gov Advocates New Strategies to End Boko Haram ThisDay
    Michael Olugbode in Damaturu Yobe State Governor, Alhaji Mai-Mala Buni, has commended the military authorities over the ongoing war against Boko Haram, but charged the troops to adopt new strategies in order to finally get rid of the Boko Haram menace. Buni particularly applauded the efforts of security operatives working under Sector 2 Operation Lafiya Dole of the Nigerian Army for recording tremendous success in the fight against Boko Haram across Yobe State. The governor, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Security Matters, Brig. Gen. Dahiru Abdul-Salam (rtd), made the comments on Saturday during the Nigerian Army Social Activities ... more
  • 1 week Boko Haram Insurgents Now Fleeing War Zone, Says Ndume ThisDay
    Deji Elumoye in Abuja The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Army, Senator Ali Ndume, yesterday gave an overview of the security situation in the North-east region, saying the Boko Haram insurgents are now fleeing the zone. Ndume, who spoke to journalists in Abuja, also stated that the Nigerian soldiers have intensified their onslaught against the terrorists by taking the war to their operational bases.  He stressed that with the current activities of the Nigerian troops pushing the insurgents from the theatre of war, the government’s fight against terrorism will soon be accomplished. According to him, the Nigerian troops have started ... more
  • 1 week Police Arrest More Ansaru Terrorists, Nab Attackers of Emir of Potiskum ThisDay
    Kingsley Nwezeh in Abuja The Nigerian Police said weekend it arrested more members of the Ansaru terrorist group, who escaped after a fierce encounter with the police in Birnin Gwari, Kaduna State. The Police last week claimed it eliminated 250 members of the terrorist group in Kuduru Forest in Birnin Gwari. The insurgents had deployed anti-aircraft rifles and shot at a police helicopter providing aerial support for police operatives during the operation, resulting in the death of a police inspector while the pilot, co-pilot and eleven other police officers were wounded. It said some of the nabbed insurgents attacked the Emir ... more
  • 1 week SERAP Drags FG, Cross River to ECOWAS Court over Agba Jalingo’s Trial ThisDay
    A civil society organisation, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has dragged the federal government and Cross River State government before the ECOWAS Court of Justice in Abuja over what it described as “the prolonged, arbitrary detention, unfair prosecution, persecution, and sham trial of a journalist, Mr. Agba Jalingo. Jalingo, who is the publisher of CrossRiverWatch, was arrested on August 22, 2019 over a report alleging that Governor Ben Ayade diverted N500million belonging to the state. In the suit number ECW/CCJ/APP/10/2020 filed last week at the ECOWAS Court, SERAP argued that the sole objective of the federal government and Cross ... more
  • 1 week NLC Suspends Strike in Niger ThisDay
    Laleye Dipo in Minna The Niger State Government and the state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) have resolved their dispute leading to the immediate suspension of the strike embarked upon by workers. The strike, which was declared last Tuesday was over the non-implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage to all category of workers in the state. The state government had commenced the payment of the new wage in January but only to workers on Salary grade levels 1 to 6. A statement issued by the NLC at the weekend which was made available to journalists said the government had agreed ... more
  • 1 week Police Arrest Chinese Men for Sodomy ThisDay
    Chiemelie Ezeobi The Lagos State Police Command has arrested two Chinese men for allegedly sodomising one of their roommates. The suspects, Yang Liang Ming, 41, and Wang Gui-Moi, 45, were arrested following a petition to Area F Command by one Jun Lan-Yin, the alleged victim. The incident allegedly occurred at No 49, Morrison Crescent, Alausa, Ikeja, on January 23, where the trio work for Lifemate Furniture and resided at the company’s quarters where the alleged rape occurred.  Lan-Yin, in his petition, alleged that the suspects forcefully sodomised him while he was asleep. Although the suspects denied the allegation, medical report ... more
  • 1 week Alleged Massacre: ECOWAS Court Decides Guinea’s Fate April 21 ThisDay
    Alex Enumah in Abuja The Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has fixed April 21 for the delivery of its judgment in an alleged massacre and human rights violation suit against the Government of Guinea. The court also in another suit filed against the Government of Niger Republic fixed May 30 for the delivery of its judgment in the suit challenging the alleged illegal acquisition of private lands by the government. Also sued alongside the Republic of Niger, is a Nigerian firm, Summerset Continental Limited, owners of the Summerset Continental Hotel that ... more
  • 1 week Alleged Financial Infractions: Banks to Refund N112.82bn to Imo  ThisDay
    * Committee urges Uzodinma to ensure recovery  James Emejo in Abuja Nine commercial banks are to refund a total sum of N112.82 billion to the coffers of the Imo State government as principal amount involved in an alleged financial infractions as well as attendant penalties arising from the aggregation of debit entries to the state accounts without proper explanations. This was contained in a letter by the eight-member Financial Advisory Committee set up by the erstwhile governor of the state, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha to among other things ascertain and document the locations of and balances on all bank accounts operated by the ... more
  • 1 week Ihedioha Begins Legal Battle to Reclaim Imo Governorship Seat ThisDay
    Iyobosa Uwugiaren in Abuja The legal battle between the sacked Governor of Imo State, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and his successor, Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC), may begin this week at the Supreme Court as the former governor is set to file a motion for accelerated hearing of the matter, THISDAY has learnt. A member of the Ihedioha and PDP’s legal team told THISDAY in confidence in Abuja that Uzodinma, APC and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had been served their application for an order to set aside the judgement of the ... more
  • 1 week Wanted Cult Leader, 11 Others Arrested in Lagos ThisDay
    Sunday Ehigiator Following a sustained monitoring, security operatives from Itire Police Station led by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), SP Barkfur Kromkyes, have arrested one Maliki Bello, the supreme leader of the notorious ‘Berry Boys Secret Cult’ with operational base at Itire. The 22 years old native of Lalopun, Kwara State, who resides at 23 Ayinla Street at Idiaraba area of Lagos State, has been on the wanted list of the police for violent crimes and gang clashes prior to his arrest on February 4, 2020. According to a statement from the state police spokesperson, Bala Elkana, “The suspect confessed ... more
  • 1 week Buhari has Failed in Tackling Insecurity, Poverty, Say Northern Elders ThisDay
    John Shiklam in Kaduna The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has said that President Muhammadu Buhari has failed the nation in tackling the security challenges facing the country. The group also lamented the pervasive poverty particularly in the north, which it alleged, has worsened under the Buhari administration. The forum, in a statement on Sunday signed by the convener of the forum, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, said the relationship between insecurity and poverty is fundamental, but the administration does not appear to have any idea on what will provide relief or solution. Abdullahi, a former vice-chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, ... more
  • 1 week DFID, FCA to Collaborate with SEC on Fintech ThisDay
    Ndubuisi Francis in Abuja The Department for International Development (DFID), Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have agreed to collaborate in developing the FinTech space in Nigeria. Speaking when she received officials of both organisations in Abuja weekend, the acting Director General of SEC, Ms. Mary Uduk, said SEC was enthusiastic about the collaboration as it would encourage responsible use of new technologies and digital finance in the capital market, influence increased international participation and cooperation, and also provide investors with more choices in the Nigerian Capital Market. SEC, she said, is looking to ... more
  • 1 week Workers Suspend Strike as Niger, NLC Resolve Dispute ThisDay
    Laleye Dipo in Minna The Niger State government and the state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) have resolved their dispute leading to the immediate suspension of the strike embarked upon by workers. The strike, which was declared last Tuesday was over the non-implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage to all category of workers. The state government had commenced the payment of the new wage in January but to workers on Salary grade levels 1-6. A statement by the NLC on Sunday said government had agreed to pay the new wage to all workers effective form this month (February). ... more
  • 1 week Ikpeazu Solicits S’East Reps Caucus’ Support for EEC Project ThisDay
    Emmanuel Ugwu in Umuahia The Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has urged the South-east caucus of the House of Representatives to give him the needed political support in order to actualise the proposed Enyimba Economic City (EEC) project. He made the call at the weekend when he received members of the House of Representatives from the South-east zone at the Government Lodge Aba, saying that the project has huge economic potential not only for Abia and South-east but the entire nation. The EEC, which enjoys the full backing of the federal government and has equally received the nod of ... more
  • 1 week No Suspected Case of Coronavirus in Lagos, Says Govt ThisDay
    Threatens purveyors of fake news with prosecution Martins Ifijeh The Lagos State government has denied reports on social media that there are large numbers of Chinese nationals infected with Coronavirus in Gowon Estate, saying preliminary investigation shows otherwise. The social media report had said the Chinese nationals in Osoba Close, Gowon Estate, recently came back from Wuhan and were treating themselves from symptoms of the virus in the estate. But the Commissioner for Health, Lagos State, Prof. Akin Abayomi, Sunday, said there was no Osoba close or street in Gowon Estate as speculated in the viral social media ... more
  • 1 week Akpabio Seeks CBN’s Alliance to Boost Agric in N’Delta ThisDay
    Ndubuisi Francis in Abuja The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has expressed the readiness of his ministry to form a strategic alliance with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for improved agricultural development and the provision of employment opportunities for the teeming youths of the Niger Delta region. The minister, who disclosed this during a meeting with officials of the bank when he paid a courtesy visit to the CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, in his office in Abuja, said the joint venture would not only help to explore the agricultural potentials of the region but also ... more
  • 1 week The North as Centre of Violence ThisDay
    Yakubu Dogara tasks the North to provide leadership and organise a society that works for all “To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself” – Soren Kierkegaard At this moment of our history, when graves litter the northern landscape promiscuously and the North has become a killing field, there is no better place to be than at an event such as this. This noble effort calling on us to rise again after we have failed can only come from patriots: for as Confucius reminds us, “Our greatest glory is not in never ... more
  • 1 week Funmilayo Waheed Plans Big for Valentine’s Day ThisDay
    There is a date on the Gregorian that is always anticipated by young lovers with both apprehension and sanguinity: February 14th, otherwise known as Valentine’s Day. With different opinions regarding the history and true nature of the date, the celebration of love is perhaps the only denominator across the globe. For the year 2020, Engineer Funmilayo Waheed has taken a most unconventional approach to taking the edge off for many a young man and lady, having them hang out with her – rather than participate in the mooning ambiance that characterises the day. Unknown to some, the Funmi Ayinde Humanity ... more
  • 1 week Fresh Crisis Hits PDP….as North-East Elders Accuse Governors of Betrayal ThisDay
    The northern political axis of Nigeria has never really excelled in the theatrics that characterise the other regions. If anything, the region has always come across to most onlookers as gruff, concise, with a touch of being frustratingly confident. All that might be changing as the political scrambles are shedding light on the nuances that run in the pipelines. For those who aren’t in the know, the recent emergence of Aminu Tambuwal – the Executive Governor of Sokoto State – as the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum (NGF) has not been met with open arms in ... more
  • 1 week Pointing to Right Direction…Why Babajide Sanwo-Olu May ThisDay
    Be Most Successful Lagos Governor in Recent Times Biographies and autobiographies are always quick to mention the mountains and valleys heroes had to traverse to enter into history books. Try as one might, one is hard-pressed to encounter any such celebrated tome whose protagonist did not walk alone in the height of gloom or glory. When the winds and dusts have settled at the end of Sanwo-Olu’s dispensation, historians will do well to remember that the man was humility incarnate, constantly heeding the nods and says of his elders, and unwilling to take all glory to himself. Not even a ... more
  • 1 week Makinde Faults Ajimobi’s Architect of Modern Oyo Claim ThisDay
    Kemi Olaitan in Ibadan Oyo State Governor, Mr. Seyi Makinde yesterday faulted his immediate predecessor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi’s claim that his administration built a modern Oyo, saying the claim was unjustifiable and bogus. Contrary to Ajimobi’s claim, the governor noted that the present administration inherited a decayed system in the governance of Oyo State in May 2019. He faulted his predecessor in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa yesterday, noting that there was nothing modern about Oyo State when he took over. He explained that the Ajimobi administration, which claimed it built a modern ... more
  • 1 week Nsima Ekere Recoils into his Shell ThisDay
    A television character once said it is not bravery to plunge without return at the helm of a sinking ship. Better, said he, to make a rowboat of the side beams and live – albeit in quiet ignominy, than become sea fodder without the prospect of rising again. A sound reasoning, and one that has been adopted by countless individuals of note who have suffered spectacular failures, crawled back to their men cave to recuperate, and emerged after a reasonable period of forced hibernation and exile. Former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Nsima Ekere has passed ... more
  • 1 week Lagos Group Warns against Violent Protest ThisDay
    A pro-democracy organization, Movement for a Better Lagos yesterday cautioned protesters against the restrictions placed on commercial motorcycles and tricycles from certain major highways and bridges in Lagos. However, the movement urged all affected interests across the state to comply with the directive of the state government, saying the state governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu restricted commercial operations of motorcycles and tricycles in public interest The leader of the movement, Mr. Ukudina Ibrahim made the appeal in a statement yesterday, asking all the operatives of commercial motorcycles and tricycles to show some understandings and cooperate with the state government. Ibrahim commended ... more
  • 1 week Agric Ministry under Probe over $1bn Donor Funds ThisDay
    Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja The House of Representatives has ordered the probe of the Ministry of Agriculture and its parastatal over $1 billion donor assisted fund spent on various agricultural projects in Nigeria over the years. This followed the adoption of a motion moved by Hon. Awaji-Inombek Abiante, on the need to investigate the administration and performance of donor assisted agricultural project funds. He said that over the years, the federal government had been partnering and acquiring loans and grants from donor agencies such as: World Bank, the African Development Bank (AfDB), United Nations (UN), International Fund for Agricultural Development ... more
  • 1 week After Rice Boom, CBN Revival of Tomato, Textile Sectors Yielding Result ThisDay
    •Emefiele wants all uniformed services, medics to source local cotton and textile James Emejo in Abuja After the rice boom that has seen many homes ditching expensive imported rice for home grown local rice consequently saving the country huge foreign exchange, the President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s quest to diversify the economy received added boost as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) recently commenced efforts to revive commercial production of tomato and textile in the country, in a remarkable lift to the economy. CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, announced this while explaining a multifaceted commodity approach adopted by the bank ... more
  • 1 week NPA Revokes LADOL’s Land Lease Agreement over Infraction ThisDay
    •Says firm profitted $45m from SHIN, paid only $524,105 to FG •LADOL declines comment, says matter in court Eromosele Abiodun The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has sanctioned the Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base (LADOL) for violating the terms of the land lease at Tarkwa Bay, near Light House Beach in Lagos. This, it claimed, was part of the efforts to boost accountability and ensure transparency which the fulcrum of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, as well as boost the confidence of local and foreign investors in Nigeria’s operating environment. LADOL, it was learnt, profitted at the expense of the federal ... more
  • 1 week Electricity: N1.684tn Owed Gencos Worries FG, Says Power Minister ThisDay
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  • 1 week Resurgent Everton up to Seventh ThisDay
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  • 2 weeks Pandemonium as Explosion Rocks Ado Ekiti ThisDay
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  • 2 weeks Statistics on Religion of Terror Victims Immaterial ThisDay
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  • 2 weeks House Probes Agric Ministry over $1bn Donor-assisted Projects ThisDay
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  • 2 weeks Women Group Protests, Petitions IGP over Brutality, Harassment ThisDay
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  • 2 weeks N1.6bn Fraud: Supreme Court Upholds 12 years Prison Term of Ex-Taraba Gov Nyame ThisDay
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  • 2 weeks First Bank to Partner Osun in Mining ThisDay
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  • 2 weeks Grant Judiciary Financial Autonomy, CJ Tells Govs ThisDay
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  • 2 weeks Buhari Pledges More Funding, Equipment for Armed Forces ThisDay
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  • 2 weeks President’s Economic Advisory Council Laments Slow Growth Rate ThisDay
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  • 2 weeks FG to Receive $308m Abacha Assets in April, Say Malami, Orji ThisDay
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  • 2 weeks Ibrahim Obanikoro: I Want to Leave Footprints on People’s Heart ThisDay
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  • 2 weeks Nigerian Artist Creates Museum Model to Honour Bola Ahmed Tinubu ThisDay
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  • 2 weeks RCCG Victory House Parish Donates Laptops to Blind Students ThisDay
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  • 2 weeks Yeye Cabaret Set to Celebrate Mothers ThisDay
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  • 2 weeks Political Parties Kick as INEC Deregisters 74 ThisDay
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  • 2 weeks Lagos Expresses Worries Over High Rate of Work-related Injuries ThisDay
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  • 2 weeks FG to Raise N25bn Green Bond to Fund Environmental Projects ThisDay
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  • 2 weeks Transforming Maritime Academy ThisDay
    Eromosele Abiodun writes that the simulators acquired by the Maritime Academy of Nigeria will save Nigeria significant capital flight and enhance manpower development The Nigerian maritime education and training system was established to provide training for all levels of manpower for the maritime sector of the Nigerian economy. However, due to technology advancement and international conventions, the system encountered many of problems. For instance, it does not have sufficient and qualified manpower, facilities and equipment to train modern day seafarers. Realising the important role of shipping in the development of a nation’s economy, the Nigerian government in 1959, established a ... more
  • 2 weeks Customs Seizes Pangolin Scales Worth N10bn in Lagos ThisDay
    Eromosele Abiodun The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone ‘A,’ Ikeja, has intercepted N10 billion worth of Pangolin scales in Lagos. Briefing journalists in Lagos, the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd), said officers of the roving team of the FOU intercepted the consignment. The Pangolin scales, he added, were recovered in an abandoned warehouse at Isheri Estate, Lagos following an intelligence report received that some Chinese were planning to smuggle the consignment out of the country. Pangolin is one of the animals classified by the United Nations (UN) as endangered species that needs to ... more
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