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Reps begin constitutional amendment Thursday

The House of Representatives is to begin the process of amending the 1999 constitution on Thursday with the formal inauguration of the Special Adhoc Committee by Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad and chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Dr. Kayode Fayemi are some of […]

Lawan, Gbajabiamila promise to push Fed Govt to implement protesters’ demands

Senate President Ahmed Lawan and Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila on Thursday promised that the National Assembly would push the Federal Government to implement the demands of End SARS protesters. Lawan and Gbajabiamila spoke on a day protesters ignored the directive of Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Malam Muhammad Bello prohibiting protests and demonstrations in […]

Court voids sack of NIA’s ex-Acting DG

The National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) in Abuja has voided the dismissal of a former Acting Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Mohammed Dauda. In a judgment on Thursday, Justice Olufunke Anuwe, granted all the reliefs sought by Dauda, including an order for his reinstatement as a substantive director in the NIA. […]

Agency sensitises traders on hygiene

Traders have been urged to maintain good hygiene, especially in the sales of powdered milk. General Manager of Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency (LASCOPA) Mrs. Kemi Olugbode spoke at the sensitisation of traders on sale of unwholesome powdered milk at Onigbongbo. Olugbode said the sensitisation was continuous in keeping with the agency’s mandate to educate […]

Fayemi urges Ekiti residents to pay taxes, levies for development

The Ekiti State governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has urged residents of the state to pay their taxes and levies for sustenance of developmental drive and improved Internally Generated Revenue (IGR). Fayemi, who stated this during the commissioning of the new multi-million naira ultra-modern central market, popularly called “Oja Oba Market,” in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, […]

Makinde loses mother, Olubadan, Ladoja, Oyo Speaker mourn

Assembly approves N100b prosperity bond for projects The mother of Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde, Mrs. Abigail Makinde, is dead. According to a statement by the elder brother of the governor on behalf of the family, Chief Muyiwa Makinde, Madam Makinde departed in the early hours of yesterday in Ibadan at the age of 81. […]

NYSC sanctions 30 corps members as 8,340 pass out in Lagos

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has disclosed that it sanctioned 30 corps members who served in the Batch C, Stream 1 of 2019 in Lagos State. It said that the affected corps members would repeat their service year for absconding from their places of primary assignment, while 8,340 were awarded their certificates of national […]

Sweeping reforms needed to make police work, says Senate spokesman

THE Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Surajudeen Ajibola Basiru, on Wednesday said only sweeping reforms can make the police work. Basiru, who represents Osun Central in the upper chamber, in a statement, while presenting a Bill before the Senate on establishment of State Police said: “There had been a deep seated […]

El-Rufai hails peace moves in Southern Kaduna

KADUNA State Governor Nasir El-Rufai has attributed the growing momentum for peace in Southern Kaduna, to the peace-building initiatives of groups like the Southern Kaduna Peace Summit. El Rufai also praised the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), Rev. Yakubu Pam, the Agwatyap HRH Dominic Gambo Yahaya and community leaders from the […]

Protests continue as disbanded SARS teams quit states

MAJOR cities in the country, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, witnessed more protests against police brutality on Wednesday. The protests are continuing even when operatives of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) are handing over in the states to return to the Force Headquarters in Abuja. In Lagos, protesters defied rain. They laid […]

Obaseki hails Edo varsity on technology

Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has hailed Edo University at Iyamho for leading in technological in the country. He spoke at the institution’s third public lecture delivered by President of Federation of African Engineering Organisations Mr. Martin Manuhwa. Obaseki, who was represented by Commissioner for Education Jimoh Ijiegba hailed the university for not shutting down […]

‘Deduction into Police Fund illegal’

GOVERNORS elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have faulted the deduction of 0.5 per cent of revenue accruing to the Federation Account into the newly established Police Trust Fund. The Governors urged President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly to immediately repeal Section 4(1) of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund (Establishment) […]

Ministry, NANPF partner for leagues’ resumption, says Babangida

President of the National Association of Nigerian Professional Footballers (NANPF), Tijani Babangida, has revealed that his organisation is in partnership with the Ministry of Sports to ensure the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) and other competitions are resumed to give players the opportunity to practice their trade. Some home-based players went to town lamenting the […]

Review your operations, guidelines to check explosions, Senate tells DPR, others

To avert more deaths and destruction of property from explosions of trucks conveying liquefied gas, especially in Lagos, the Senate, yesterday, urged regulatory authorities to review the processes for gas operators. Specifically, the regulatory agencies include the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), State Town Planning Authority, the Fire Service, and the Federal Road Safety Corps […]

Your approach has redefined governance, Alaafin tells Makinde

• Oyo govt grants semi-autonomy to four hospitals • Awards N8.7 billion Saki-Ogboro-Igboho road The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, has described Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde, as a practical politician, who has used a leadership position to redefine governance in the state. The monarch said this on Tuesday when he hosted the […]

Presidency considers new business reform bill

The Presidency says it is considering a new bill to boost the different initiatives to transform Nigeria’s business climate. It is also aimed at consolidating and institutionalising the gains of interventionist programmes under the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC). Special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business, Dr. Jumoke Oduwole said the […]

Akeredolu orders schools to resume October 19

• Condoles with police, families of crash victims • Ondo APC expels only female lawmaker • PDP warns gov not to rejoice yet over victory Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has ordered all schools in the state to resume full academic activities by Monday, October 19, 2020. He further directed that all schools must abide […]

Family demands justice over man’s death during Lagos protest

Muslim centre tasks govt on impartiality The family of Ikechukwu Iloamauzor from Amofiabuzor Amokwe in Udi Council of Enugu State, who was killed by a stray bullet during the #EndSARS protest in Lagos on Monday, is demanding justice. The traditional ruler of Ibagwa Nike community in Enugu East Council, Igwe Emmanuel Ugwu, an in-law to […]

Government to make NIN mandatory for social services

The Federal Government is to make the National Identity Number (NIN) mandatory for Nigerians to access social services. Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Ibrahim Pantami, who dropped the hint yesterday in Abuja, called on the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to ensure a 500 per cent increase in monthly enrolment, translating from the current […]

Ministry urges NIMC to raise digital identity enrolment by 500 %

The Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, has directed the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), to raise its monthly digital identity enrolment of Nigerians from the current 500,000 to 2.5million. Dr Isa Pantami, the minister said while receiving NIMC’s management team in his office in Abuja. Mrs Uwa Suleiman, the spokesperson for the Minister, said […]

EFCC arrests nine suspected internet criminals in Abeokuta

The Ibadan zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested nine men, suspected to be internet fraudsters in Abeokuta, Ogun State. The suspects, whose ages range between 21 and 31 are Tobi Idowu; Gbeminiyi Samuel; Adekunle Gafar; Wusu Taiwo; Agbabaidan Idris; Olaiya Olamide; Adediran Rotimi; Ikegbuka Junior and Ridwan Garuba. They […]

Senate moves to avert further deaths through gas explosions

To avert unwarranted deaths and destruction of properties caused by gas explosions, the Senate has urged regulatory and licensing authorities to review its licensing regimes. The regulatory agencies include the Department of Petroleum Resources, (DPR), State Town Planning Authority, the Fire Service and the Federal Road Safety Corps, (FRSC). The Senate is challenging the agencies […]

NSE seeks increased liquidity in fixed income securities

The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has reiterated its commitment to providing a hybrid market for dealers as well as institutional and retail investors to continue to access increased liquidity in fixed income securities. Speaking at a webinar at the weekend, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), NSE, Oscar Onyema, said with a market capitalization of about […]

Abaribe, Lawan, others disagree on Buhari’s appropriation proposals

ActionAid Nigeria raises concerns over realisation of projections Senate Minority Leader, Eyinnaya Abaribe, yesterday, faulted sections of the 2021 budget as presented by President Muhammadu Buhari, saying the President failed to realise that oil boom was over. Abaribe, who spoke while contributing to the debate on the N13.8tr 2021 budget, said the proposal did not […]

Akwa Ibom residents send SOS to FG, state govt over deplorable roads

Residents of Ikot Usop, Nnung Asan clan in Ikot Abasi and Ikot Uboh Akpe in Mkpat Enin Local Government area of Akwa Ibom State have lamented being cut off from vehicular access for eight months. The section of the road, which is part of Ekparakwa-Ikot Abasi-Port Harcourt road, has become a death trap, particularly to […]

Sanwo-Olu meets Buhari, IGP, sets up N200m trust fund for victims

Makinde releases N100m to repair Soun’s palace Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu yesterday met with President Muhammadu Buhari and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, in Abuja for executive briefing. Sanwo-Olu, who travelled to Abuja shortly after addressing protesters at Alausa in Lagos, during the meeting, presented the demands of Lagos youths for […]

PDP, Melaye, others kick as Buhari nominates Onochie for INEC job

A barrage of criticisms, yesterday, greeted the nomination by President Muhammadu Buhari of his Special Assistant on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie, as a national commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The letter communicating the decision had barely been read by Senate President Ahmad Lawan at plenary in the Senate than missiles began flying […]

No SARS official should be seen in public, IGP orders commissioners

Nigerian Police Force boss Mohammed Adamu has ordered all state commissioners of police to ensure no officer and other insignia of the Special Anti-robbery squad is seen in public. In the “police wireless message” dated October 12, 2020, seen by The Guardian, the state commissioners of police are to ensure “strict compliance” of the directive. […]

Sanwo-Olu sets up trust fund for victims of police brutality

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday announced the setting up of a Trust Fund to compensate the families of the victims of police brutality in the State. Sanwo-Olu’s media aide, Gawat Jubril, said‪ the Trust Fund ‬“will be completely supervised by Civil Society Organisation (CSO) appointed by members of the public.” Nigerians in Abuja, […]

We’ll push till you clinch WTO DG seat, Buhari assures Okonjo-Iweala

President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, assured former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, that Nigeria would explore every opportunity to seeing her emerge as next Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The Nigerian is one of two candidates contesting for the topmost job of the multilateral institution. Buhari, who received the one-time Managing Director (Operations) […]

Why we are partnering France on Oyo’s economy, by Makinde

Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde, yesterday, said the state was partnering with the French Government to broaden the state’s economy and ensure better life for its people. Makinde, who stated this while receiving a delegation of the French Government led by French Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Jerome Pasquier, at the Executive Council Chambers of the […]

Sanwo-Olu orders Police to release all arrested EndSARS protesters

The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has directed the Police to release all those arrested during the #EndSARS protests. To that end, the Police had released the following individuals: Nkemakolam Okpara Felicia, female; Nduka Treasure Chiamaka, female; Adefila Olanrewaju, male; Adeola Adebayo, male; Ayodeji Ayeni, male; and Adebola Ojabodu. Sanwo-Olu, in a statement signed […]

Police arraign three Ogun #EndSARS protesters for attempted murder

Nigerian Police Force on Monday arraigned three EndSARS protesters arrested during a peaceful protest in Ogun State. The three protesters, Adeniji Sodiq (25 years old), Mutairu Faruq (19 years old), Olatoye Olalekan (23 years old) were charged with four count charges including attempted murder, according to the charge sheet seen by The Guardian. The police […]

UK police arrest 31 suspected of online child abuse

Police in Britain said Monday they had arrested 31 suspected online child abusers and seized more than 300 phones, laptops and other items during a recent week-long operation. Officers from a unit dedicated to tackling online child sexual abuse and exploitation, which now features around 200 specialist officers, executed 91 search warrants during the operation […]

SARS dissolution is victory for Nigerian youths – Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said that the dissolution of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, was a victory for Nigerian youths. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the dissolution followed nationwide protests against the anti-robbery squad. Sanwo-Olu said this on Sunday while speaking with journalists […]

Okorocha faults critics of 2021 budget, attacks Imo panel

Former Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha has defended the Federal Government’s proposed N13.08 trillion budget for 2021. The N5.21 trillion deficit in the 2021 budget, representing 3.64 per cent, is to be financed with new borrowings amounting to N4.28 trillion. President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday presented the budget proposal to a joint session of the […]

Lagos Assembly holds emergency session over #EndSARS protest

Lagos State Assembly on Friday held emergency plenary to address the ongoing #EndSARS protest in the state. The protest which started on Wednesday with youths seeking the dissolution of the SARS unit of the Nigeria Police Force over cases of harassment and extortion by its personnel. The Nigerian youth in continuation of their protest on […]

Abductors planned killing me day I was rescued, lawyer narrates

Operatives of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the Rivers State Police Command have rescued an abducted lawyer, Bisola Ajayi. The 25-year-old female lawyer was kidnapped on Sunday at her residence in Rumuokwurusi Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State but was rescued on Wednesday in a thick forest in Etche Local Government Area of the state. […]

Protesters besiege force headquarters, demand scrapping of SARS

CSOs, NANs, others seek an end to the brutality, want decentralisation of police force Protesters against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), yesterday, besieged headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) in Abuja, demanding the scrapping of the unit. Leader of the #RevolutionNow campaign, Omoyele Sowore, joined the protesters, who disrupted vehicular movement along the Shehu […]

Why we don’t respond timely to emergencies, by NEMA

The Head, Gombe Operational Office of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Simon Katu, has explained that lack of resources prevents the agency from making it to disaster scenes in the target 20 minutes. Speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting organised for journalists in Bauchi yesterday, Katu said: “We need to let the public know that […]

NES refutes report describing economy under Buhari as unstable, directionless

The Nigerian Economic Society (NES) has debunked media reports that its president, Professor Sarah Olanrewaju Anyanwu, described the country’s economy under the Muhammadu Buhari administration as unstable and directionless. Addressing journalists at a media briefing in Abuja yesterday, Anyanwu said she was determined to correct the misrepresentation of facts and misleading report in a national […]

Abuja schools re-open October 11

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Muhammad Bello, has directed the re-opening of all schools in the territory on Sunday, October 11, 2020, for the 2020/2021 academic session. Bello disclosure this yesterday at a news conference in Abuja, explaining that while boarding schools resume on Sunday, day schools would resume on Monday, October 12. He […]

Troops kill more terrorists in North East, bandits in North West

Multiple accidents claim two lives in Ilorin The Armed Forces of Nigeria has announced the killing of Boko Haram/Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists in the North East and bandits in the northwest part of the country in various airstrikes and land operations. It also disclosed that the Nigerian Navy would participate in the […]

Emergency responders rattled as another gas explosion hits Lagos

Another heavy explosion has hit a gas station in Lagos. The number of victims is yet to be ascertained. According to National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) spokesman, Ibrahim Farinloye, the explosion occurred around 6.am at Best Roof Gas Station located at Unity Bus Stop, Fatade area of Baruwa in Alimoso Local Government Area of the […]

NFF confirms live coverage as Belmadi explains decision to play Eagles

Nigerians can watch tomorrow’s international friendly between the Super Eagles and the Fennecs of Algeria live through either African International Television (AIT) or SuperSports, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has disclosed. Nigeria will take on African champions, Algeria, in the first of two international friendly games in Austria this FIFA window. The second game against […]

FG okays N654m for hybrid spectrum against illegal frequencies in S’East

Approves $3.02b Port Harcourt-Maiduguri narrow guage project, others The Federal Government, yesterday, approved N653.8m to procure and deploy hybrid spectrum monitoring system to tame activities of illegal broadcast frequencies in the South East. This followed Federal Executive Council’s (FEC) approval of a memo, which sought to strengthen the security and Nigeria’s territorial integrity through adequate […]

Akpabio warns of flood disaster in Niger Delta

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, has warned of imminent flood disaster in the Niger Delta. Akpabio issued the warning at the official presentation of the Inter-Agency Committee’s report on the assessment of potential impact of flooding and level of preparedness in the region for 2020 seasonal rainfall in Abuja, yesterday. According to […]

Why Nigeria remains poor, by Peter Obi

Former Anambra State Governor Peter Obi insists only massive investment in education sector will make Nigeria a developed nation. Delivering the 60th Founder’s Day lecture titled: “Nigeria at 60 and the Journey So Far” at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), yesterday, he blamed inadequate funding for public education for the country’s poor economy. According […]

Poor remuneration exposes Nigerian justices to temptation, Senate declares

Compromises and corrupt tendencies exhibited by Nigerian judges and justices in the adjudication and dispensation of justice has been blamed on poor remuneration packages. This was the submission of the Senate yesterday as its Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, disagreed over method to be adopted in screening the eight justices recently nominated […]

Amid opposition, Senate okays N4 trillion loan to fund 2021 budget

• Prunes Buhari’s entourage for fiscal document presentation Ignoring protests from some lawmakers, the Senate has given President Muhammadu Buhari the green light to borrow N4.28 trillion to fund the 2021 N13.08 trillion budget fraught with a N5.19 trillion deficit. Approving the 2021-2023 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP), the Red […]

FG announces two-day total shutdown of Third Mainland Bridge

The Federal Government has announced its plan to completely close a section of the Third Mainland Bridge for repairs within two days. This was announced yesterday in a statement by the Federal Controller of Works, Lagos, Joshua Popoola. The total closure of the section between Adekunle and Adeniji Adele will take place from midnight of […]

Budget 2021 presentation: Senate reduces President’s Entourage

Nigeria Senate disclosed on Wednesday that only governorship officials directly involved in budget preparation would be allowed to accompany President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly to present the 2021 budget proposal to the joint session of the National Assembly. The President is expected to present the 2021 national budget estimates to the joint session […]

Nigeria, 15 nations begin joint military operation in Gulf of Guinea

The Nigerian Navy on Wednesday deployed six warships and 65 gunboats in a joint multinational maritime exercise comprising 16 foreign Navies from Europe, America and Africa. The participating countries are the U.S., France, Italy, Brazil and Gulf of Guinea countries, including Angola, Benin, Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Others are Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, […]

Alleged extrajudicial executions: Senate mandates 3 committee to investigate SARS

The Senate on Wednesday mandated its Committees on Judiciary, Human Rights and Police Affairs to investigate alleged extrajudicial executions by officers of Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) in some parts of the country. The committees are also to investigate Human Rights abuses by Security Agencies in the country and make recommendations. The resolutions of the […]

Kaduna appoints Bamalli Emir of Zazzau

The Kaduna State Government has announced the appointment of Alhaji Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli as the 19th Emir of Zazzau. “He succeeds HRH Alh. (Dr.) Shehu Idris who died on Sunday, 20th September 2020, after reigning for 45 years,” Kaduna State local government affairs commissioner Ja’afaru Sani said in a statement. “Alhaji Bamalli is the first […]

NSE celebrates World Investor Week

The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has joined the International Organisation of Securities Commission (IOSCO) to celebrate World Investor Week (WIW), which started on October 5. It will end to Friday. World Investor Week is a week-long global campaign organised by IOSCO to raise awareness on the importance of investor education and protection, and highlight the […]

Jonathan urges Niger Delta youths to shun violence

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has urged Niger Delta youths to shun violence to support the economic development of the region and the country. Jonathan spoke on Tuesday in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, when executives of the Movement for Survival of Izon Ethnic Nationality in the Niger Delta (MOSIEND) visited him. Jonathan said the youth […]

Oyetola approves N708m to offset pension arrears

Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola on Tuesday approved N708 million to pay pension arrears of retired civil servants. He said payment of the approved funds would begin on October 8. A statement by Head of Service Mr. Festus Olowogboyega said N508 million was approved to pay the pensions of retired civil servants, while an additional […]

‘Best teacher award testimony of Fayemi’s commitment to education’

The emergence of an Ekiti teacher, Mr. Olaoluwa Asubiojo, as the ‘Best Teacher in Nigeria’, has been described as a testimony of Governor Kayode Fayemi’s commitment to improved education in the state. House of Assembly Speaker Mr. Funminiyi Afuye made the remarks on Tuesday in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media, Tai […]

Sanwo-Olu to deliver 3,004 houses

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has promised to increase the state’s housing stock through pragmatic models that will incorporate private sector partnership, encourage local contents and cut costs, while also creating employment. He spoke during the celebration of the World Habitat Day with the theme: ‘Housing for all; a better urban future’. The governor said: […]

NDE trains 800 Ekiti youths

The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has said it has begun the training of 800 youths from across Ekiti State under the Basic National Open Apprenticeship Scheme (B-NOAS), for vocational skill acquisition. The skill acquisition covers computer, fashion designing, shoe and bag making, GSM repairs, hair dressing, barbing, bead stringing and catering. The Coordinator, Mr. […]

Amateurs are killing Nigeria’s economy, NES tells Senate

Lawmakers pledge to actualise late Oko’s vision for education The Nigeria Economic Society (NES), yesterday, declared that the nation’s economy was being destroyed due to non-inclusion of its members in the National Economic Management Team (NEMT). Its President, Professor Sarah Anyanwu, who was accompanied by professors Peter Shibayan and Eyilola Olaniyi of the Department of […]

Fayemi to deliver Arewa House 50th anniversary lecture October 31

Arewa House, the internationally-acclaimed centre for historical documentation and research, has outlined an elaborate programme aimed at celebrating its 50 years anniversary. The one-week programme will kick-off on October 31, 2020 with a lecture to be delivered by Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi. This yearly lecture […]

Zulum raises panels for quick resettlement of Borno IDPs

Kogi medics seek speedy implementation of new pay Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State has inaugurated two panels to return Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to six border communities with Cameroon. The communities in Gwoza and Marte councils that were severally attacked by Boko Haram terrorists in the last decade include Marte, Kirawa, Ngoshe, Hambagtha, Asghashiya […]

Lagos Assembly set to criminalise encroachment on LASU lands

• VC alleges military annexing school’s property • House approves N153 billion for Lagos rail mass transit • Ogun to execute 60 projects across 20 local councils Lagos State House of Assembly has directed the management of the Lagos State University (LASU) to come up with a legislation that will criminalise anybody or a group […]

Alleged N2bn fraud: again absence of judge, Maina stall trial

The absence of Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja, and Abdulrasheed Maina, Chairman, defunct Pension Reformed Task Team (PRTT), on Tuesday, stalled the continuation of the N2 billion money laundering trial again. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) had reported that the ongoing trial of Maina was, on Monday, hindered by the […]

Buhari to present 2021 Appropriation Bill to NASS on Thursday Oct. 8

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Oct. 8, present the 2021 Appropriation Bill to the Joint Session of the National Assembly. President of Senate, Ahmad Lawan, read the letter from Buhari, conveying his intention to present the budget to National Assembly at plenary on Tuesday in Abuja. “May I crave the kind indulgence of the distinguish […]

Jonathan urges Niger Delta youths to shun violence

Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday urged Niger Delta youths to shun violence and embrace peace for the development of the region and the country at large. Jonathan gave the advice when the executive of Movement for Survival of Izon Ethnic Nationality in the Niger Delta (MOSIEND), paid him a visit in Yenagoa. The former […]

Buhari approves new salary, retirement age for teachers

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a special salary scale for Nigerian teachers as well as increased years of service from 35 to 40. The President made the announcement, yesterday, as the world marked World Teachers’ Day. The declaration came as the non-teaching staff of the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), yesterday, swelled the ranks of […]

Minister to investigate allegations against SARS personnel

The Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Muhammad Dingyadi, has pledged to ensure a comprehensive investigation into allegations of infractions against personnel of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police. The Press Secretary to the Minister, Mr Osaigbovo Ehisienmen, disclosed this in a statement on Monday in Abuja. Dingyadi said the idea was to […]

SAN applauds as court rules Exxon Mobil can be sued in Nigeria

Mr Emeka Ozoani, on Monday lauded a court ruling which upheld joining of Exxon Mobil Corporation in a suit challenging alleged unlawful retirement of an executive of Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN). Ozoani told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the ruling had erased doubts that the multinational company could be sued in […]

Buhari will not succumb to threats, undue pressure

The Presidency has reacted to the calls by some individuals and socio-ethnic groups calling for the immediate restructuring of Nigeria, saying the Buhari administration will not succumb to threats and undue pressure over the matter. Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, stated this in a statement on […]

Cut off by flood, Sokoto community turns ‘island’

Flooding has cut off some communities from other parts of the state in a devastating around Hushi, Sokoto State. Hushi, a renowned farming and fishing community, has turned ‘island,’ where the major link-way, Hushi-Wurno road, collapsed at three remote points following heavy downpours and massive flooding. Among other hard-hit communities include Wurno town, Gidan Modi, […]

Court dismisses certificate forgery charge against lawmaker

An Abuja Area Court in Karmo on Friday dismissed the case of certificate forgery filed against Rep. Ahmed Ndakene, representing Idu/Moro/Pategi Federal Constituency. Ndakene was brought before the court indirect a criminal complaint on the alleged criminal breach of section 88(1), 89(3) and 109c of the Administrative Criminal Justice Act ( ACJA) 2015. The nominal […]

Sanwo-Olu empowers indigent Lagosians with Eko Care

In keeping with his promise to lift many people out of poverty at the grass-roots level, Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday empowered another set of 2,000 indigent citizens. Speaking at the second edition of the empowerment initiative, tagged: ‘Eko Care: Go forward, grow Lagos,’ the Special Adviser, Office of Civic Engagement, Princess Aderemi Adebowale, […]

Telcos can trade spectrum as NCC lifts suspension on trading guidelines

• Expert urges govt to unlock gas potential for economic development The Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) has considered lifting the suspended Spectrum Trading Guidelines (STG), 2018, pending the conclusion of ongoing review of the guidelines. By this development, telecommunication operators could trade spectrum that had been dormant with them, which would consequently ensure services become […]

Teledensity rises as active mobile subscribers hit 203.5m

Nigeria’s teledensity has risen by 2.2 per cent from 104.4 per cent to 106.6 per cent, even as 4.2 million new telephone lines had been connected for the country to hit a 203.5 million subscribers’ base. Teledensity is the number of telephone connections for every 100 individuals living within an area. It varies across nations, […]

October 1 protests hit Abuja, southern states

• 40 protesters arrested, 11 released, in Lagos, Osun • Activists march in Oyo, Edo, Lagos, Osun, Rivers, others • IPOB’s sit-at-home order partial success in S’East, Rivers • Gowon, Jonathan, others join Buhari to mark anniversary • SERAP flays attacks on journalists, peaceful protesters Nigeria’s 60th Independence anniversary was yesterday marked with mixed feelings. […]

Water resources bill unacceptable, threat to Nigerians, groups insist

The Amalgamated Union of Public Corporation Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE) and the Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) have condemned plans by some members of the House of Representatives to reintroduce the National Water Resources Bill, which was withdrawn on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 after a debate in the House. […]

NCC lifts suspension on spectrum trading guidelines

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has lifted the suspension on Spectrum Trading Guidelines (STG) 2018, pending the conclusion of ongoing review. Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, NCC Director, Public Affairs, in a statement on Thursday in Abuja said that the followed deliberations by the NCC Board at its special meeting. Adinde said that the board resolved that […]

Nigeria at 60: We are ready for electric cars, says Innoson

Just as the Presidency unveils auto-gas as an option for fuel in the country, Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Limited (IVM), has said the country is all ready for the world of electric car manufacturing. Chief Executive Officer of the indigenous vehicle manufacturing company, Dr. Innocent Chukwuma, said IVM had planned ahead for the new era of […]

ICPC rates Nigerian Correctional Service high on ethics

The Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) has been rated high on ethics and compliance by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC). The NCoS spokesman, Mr Chuks Njoku, made this known in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja. The statement stated that the rating […]

Nigeria greater together as one, says Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari says that Nigeria as an indivisible geo-political entity is more beneficial to its citizens than becoming units of nationalities. Buhari gave the advice in a nationwide broadcast to mark the 60th independence anniversary of Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation. According to him, Nigerians must collectively resolve to continue their journey beyond the […]

ASUU seeks adoption of UTAS to end strike‎

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has called for the adoption of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) in the country. Mahmud Lawan, Coordinator, Kano Zonal Coordinator of the association, made the call in a statement issued in Kano on Thursday, at the end of its meeting held at the Federal University, Dutse. […]

Nigeria at 60: Nigerian Army has played its part effectively – Buratai

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, says the Nigerian Army has discharged its constitutional responsibilities effectively in defending the sanctity and integrity of Nigeria in the last 60 years. Buratai, while speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the country’s journey so far at 60, said the army would also continue […]

PENCOM appointments cause uproar in Senate

• As lawmakers condemn abuse of federal character principle Fresh appointments to fill vacancies in the National Pension Commission (PenCom) caused pandemonium among legislators on the floor of the Senate yesterday. Senators across party divides were upset immediately Senate President Ahmad Lawan read a letter from President Muhammadu Buhari announcing Aisha Umar as Director-General of […]

Reps to revisit controversial water resources bill

The House of Representatives is to reconsider the Water Resources Bill viewed in certain quarters as an attempt to reintroduce the rejected RUGA policy. The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, who dropped the hint, insisted that the decision was in the best interest of the country. Recalling how the lower legislative chamber was forced to retrace itself […]

Stakeholders canvass overhaul of labour unions, activism

• ACF commends NLC, TUC for suspending strike • Unionists betrayed Nigerians, says CNPP Stakeholders have advocated an overhaul of labour unionism and activism in Nigeria, insisting that their approach to critical state matters were dated, especially in the way they handled negotiations with the Federal Government over Monday’s suspended strike. Majority of them who […]

Senator fined for sex toy shop assault

A Nigerian senator has been fined $130,000 (£100,000) and told to apologise to a woman he physically assaulted in a sex toy shop last year. A high court in the capital, Abuja, found that the assault by Senator Elisha Abbo was ‘’inhuman and degrading” and violated the fundamental rights of the victim, Osimibibra Warmate. The […]

ICPC uncovers N2.67 billion diverted school feeding funds

• Recovers N16b, others from agric ministry The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), yesterday, said it had uncovered an N2.67 billion payment curiously made to some federal colleges for school feeding during the COVID-19 lockdowns, but yet diverted to personal accounts. It also discovered over N2.5 billion appropriated by a deceased […]

Army pledges support to Borno govt relocation, resettlement of IDPs

The Nigerian Army says it is fully in support of the ongoing efforts of Borno State government to relocate and resettle the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the state back to their ancestral homes. The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, disclosed this in a statement on Monday in Abuja. Musa described the […]

FG launches digital Nigeria portal, mobile app

The Federal Government has launched a Digital Nigeria Portal and Mobile Application in furtherance of the Digital Nigeria Programme, which was kick-started by President Muhammadu Buhari, on March 19, 2020. Dr Isa Pantami, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy (FMCDE) performed the virtual launch of the mobile application on Monday in Abuja. Pantami said […]

FG unveils historical exhibition to celebrate nation’s independence

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has restated the role of arts in the promotion of national unity. He stated this in Abuja, yesterday, at the opening ceremony of the Historical Exhibition, being organised to celebrate Nigeria’s 60th independence anniversary. Mohammed stressed the importance of arts in promoting Nigeria’s togetherness, which he said, is […]

Labour under attack

• Labour compromise that got citizens angry • Wins 113 buses for mass transit in major cities • You betrayed us, Nigerians tell NLC, TUC • Afenifere, PANDEF cry foul • Lawyers say leaders suspended strike like a thief in the night • Accord with Buhari shortchanges Nigerians, says HURIWA The Organised Labour, yesterday, came […]

Fed Govt shifts ground in bid to stop Labour strike

Electricity tariffs for renegotiation NLC, TUC rethink industrial action The Federal Government on Sunday night granted concession to Labour to avert the strike in protest against hike in petrol price and electricity tariffs. An industrial action spearheaded by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) would have commenced on Monday. But […]

APC suspends Ekiti governor Fayemi, accuses governor of funding PDP

The State Executive Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has suspended Governor Kayode Fayemi and accused the governor of funding the campaign of People’s Democratic Party’s candidate in the last governorship election in Oyo State, Seyi Makinde. “Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the Executive Governor of Ekiti State is hereby suspended from the […]
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