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Bello Lifts Lockdown In Kabba/Bunu Communities, says no COVID-19 in kogi

The Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has lifted the absolute lockdown placed on Kabba/Bunu communities over the alleged COVID19 index cases in those communities. The governor’s pronouncement was coming barely three days into the contact tracing and testing of people in the communities. According to the governor the purpose of the lockdown in […]

Unusual worship in Lagos State as mosques, churches reopen June 19

There will be unusual religious gatherings when the millions of worshippers in Nigeria’s commercial capital finally return to their centres of devotion in two weeks time. Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced the lifting of the ban on religious gatherings yesterday following the two-month abstention aimed at stemming the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. But […]

PPPRA removes price cap on petrol

The Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) has removed the cap on the price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) also known as petrol. The agency made the disclosure in a document it released in Abuja on Thursday entitled, ‘’Market Based Pricing Regime for Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) Regulations, 2020’’. It said in the document signed […]

UN puts Nigeria’s electricity access rate at 57%

No fewer than 110.7 million Nigerians out of a 195.8 million estimated population had access to electricity as of 2018, according to the latest global energy progress report. This represents a 57 per cent national electricity access rate compared with the global average of 90 per cent, says the report launched at the United Nations […]

FEC okays N1.7b as consultancy fee for Abuja second runway project

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the sum of N1.7 billion as consultancy fee for the construction of a second runway at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja. The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, who disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the third virtual meeting of the council […]

Buhari’s presidency amidst changing narratives

When then Gen. Buhari (rtd) threw his hat in the ring to contest the 2015 presidential election, the move completely changed the political rhythm ‎in the country. Campaigns heightened with many positing that with candidate Buhari in the contest, a Daniel had come to judgment. Gen Buhari basked with swagger as his campaign train traversed […]

Senate begins critical self-assessment after legislative year

The Senate leadership has commenced serious ‘stock-taking’ and assessment of its performance and failures in the last year. It was learnt that the exercise, among others, is aimed at identifying the key issues and challenges the upper chamber faced within the outgoing legislative session to determine how well such issues had been addressed. It was […]

‘Operation Katsina’ neutralises 392 bandits in North West, North Central

• Brigands slay two in Katsina Through land and air offensives, Nigerian soldiers have killed 392 bandits since the commencement of ‘Operation Katsina’ in the North West and North Central. The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations (DMO), Defence Headquarters, Maj-Gen. John Enenche, at a briefing yesterday in Abuja, disclosed that the operation degraded the activities of […]

LAWMA begins rehabilitation of dump sites, targets 850 daily trips

To ensure sustainability in its waste management and disposal efforts, the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) had begun rehabilitation of its five legal dumpsites. The exercise, which involves building 21 platforms on the sites will ensure the seeing off of wastes within 20 minutes, thereby increasing the PSP operators’ daily trips from 500 to 850. […]

Sahara Reporters, BudgIT, others shun Assembly’s panel on Obasa

• Lagos govt to reverse Land Use Charge, says, commissioner • ‘State disbursed N139m housing loan to civil servants in one year’ A panel of inquiry set up by the Lagos State House of Assembly to investigate the corruption allegations against the Speaker of the House, Mudashiru Obasa, has said that those invited by the […]

FG may relax interstate ban on June 21

Nigerian Government may remove the restriction on interstate travels on June 21, the National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 Sani Aliyu said. The interstate borders have been closed since March to curtail the spread of COVID-19. But Aliyu said the restrictions may be relaxed when domestic flights resume tentatively on June 21. […]

Obasa mourns Senator Muse demise, condoles family members

The Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has disclosed that the state miss the deceased Senator Munir Adekunle Muse’s gentleman approach to politics. Obasa made this disclosure while commenting on the personality of the late astute politician from the Lagos Central Senatorial District,noting that there were no indication of any […]

Buhari reassures Adesina, AfDB President, of support

President Buhari hosting the AfDB President on a courtesy visit at the State House, Abuja, stated: “In 2015, when you were to be elected for the first term, I wrote to all African leaders, recommending you for the position. I didn’t say because you were a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Minister, and I belonged to […]

Sen Dino Melaye puts Gov Yahaya Bello, APC on fresh hot seat

Senator Dino Melaye has put Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, including the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on fresh hot seat in the politics of the state. The former senator was on Tuesday exonerated by the court from charges of false information which was raised against him by the federal government to frustrate his […]

Military arrest fake soldiers in Delta

Troops of the 63 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Asaba, Delta State, on Sunday arrested a fake soldier, Green Ogonna 25, during routine patrol security exercise known as Operation CHECKMATE. Assistant Director, Army Public Relations of the 63 Brigade Headquarters, Asaba, Captain George Okupe, in a statement in Asaba, disclosed that the suspect is from […]

Lagos recovers N1.24b debt for residents through mediation

The Lagos State Government yesterday said it had facilitated settlement of N1,242,765,569 debt among residents through mediation in the last one year. The state’s Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), who disclosed this yesterday at the yearly ministerial press briefing, said the sum came out of the 22,896 cases that were amicably […]

INEC forecloses electronic transmission of Edo, Ondo guber poll results

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday ruled out electronic transmission of results in the forthcoming Edo and Ondo states governorship elections, insisting that there would not be collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) for the polls and by-elections. National Commissioner and Chairman, Electoral Operations & Logistic Committee, Professor Okechukwu Ibeanu, disclosed this at the […]

Outrage over cut in health, education budgets

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the Federal Government’s slashing of the 2020 budgetary allocations for basic health care from N44.4 billion to N25.5billion, and for Universal Basic Education (UBE) from N111.7 billion to N51.1 billion. The opposition party described those reductions as the height of insensitivity to the plights of Nigerians. In a […]

Bandits intensify strikes as security chiefs brief Buhari

The nation yesterday woke up, yet again, to the news of killings by bandits, this time in Kaduna State. Barely a week ago, gunmen had stormed five villages in Sabon Birni Local Government Area of Sokoto State, massacring 72 persons. The incident, according to Lawal Kakale-Gobir, a resident of Sabon Birni, lasted hours as hundreds […]

Lagos Safety Commission begins registration of religious ahead of reopening

Lagos State Safety Commission has opened registration of religious and social centres in the state in preparation for full reopening. This is in furtherance of the Register-to-Open initiative of the state government, as directed by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the commission said in a release signed by Lanre Mojola, its director-general. “Further to the directive of […]

2020 African Freestyle Football Championship to begin July 1

• Organisers urge NFF encourage youths’ participation Organisers of the African Freestyle Football Championship, Feet ‘N’ Tricks, have revealed that the 2020 edition of the competition will kick off on July 1 and end on July 20. Unveiling the football championship in his organisation’s first virtual press conference held via Zoom at the weekend, Feet […]

Cross River, NJC row over appointment of substantive CJ

For six months running, Cross River State has remained without a substantive chief judge, as the National Judicial Council (NJC) and the Governor Ben Ayade administration have flexed muscles over the matter. Twice, the commission recommended to the state government to confirm and swear in Justice Akon Ikpeme as substantive CJ being the most senior […]

Fear grips Lagos LCDA as chairman dies days after council secretary

Palpable fear yesterday gripped officials of Agbado/Oke-Odo Local Council Development Area (LCDA) in Lagos State following the death of the council chairman, Augustine Adeoye Arogundade, barely few days after the Secretary to the Local Government (SLG), Alhaja Tawakalitu Abiodun Ayilara died after a brief illness, fueling rumours of coronavirus attack at the council secretariat. He […]

Nigerians, Cameroonians clash ‘over beer price’ in Dubai

Two persons were feared dead when groups of Cameroonian and Nigerian traders clashed in Deira, Dubai this week, a witness told The Guardian on Tuesday. The two persons killed were Cameroonians, two witnesses said in separate voice notes the witness sent to our correspondent. A video the witness sent showed a man suspected to be […]

Constitute Amotekun corps now, Oyo Assembly tells governor

Pensioners laud Makinde over payment of N3.2 billion gratuities The Oyo State House of Assembly yesterday urged Governor Seyi Makinde to urgently constitute the Amotekun Corps, the state security agency network, to stem insecurity in the state. The House emphasised that the call became imperative to check the nefarious activities of criminal herdsmen who recently […]

Why government’s move against memo leakage may fail, by experts

• ‘Officials must state why certain info can’t be made public’ A current move by the Federal Government to stop the leakage of official communication may not yield the desired result, some experts have noted. Apparently worried about the alleged leakage of official memos, the President Muhammadu Buhari administration has decided to come hard against […]

Police foils armed robbery, kidnapping in kogi, kill two suspects

The joint task force under the Kogi state police command on Tuesday evening said it has gunned down two notorious armed robbers and kidnap kingpins that have been terrorizing the people in Idah Local government area of the state and its environs. DSP William Ovye Aya, Police Public Relations Officer, Kogi state police command, who […]

IPMAN: we can’t sell petrol at N121.5 per litre

Oil marketers yesterday said it was impossible for its members to sell petrol at the new government regulated N121.5 per litre. Acting under the aegis of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), the marketers said they have directed their members to sell petrol at N123.5 per litre. Reacting to the new price announced by […]

Alleged N5.5b SURE-P fraud: Ex-Katsina governor’s associate arrested

FIVE years after he was declared wanted in connection with alleged diversion of N5.5 billion during the administration of former Katsina State Governor Ibrahim Shema, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has taken into custody Mr. Idris Kwado. Shema is under probe in connection with the cash meant for the implementation of the Subsidy Re-Investment […]

Edo 2020: Odubu, Ogiemwonyi, Iduoriyekemwen buy APC forms

TWO more aspirants from the anti-Godwin Obaseki camp have collected the Expression of Interest and Nomition Forms to bid for the All Progressives Congress (APC) ticket. They are Chris Ogiemwonyi and Dr. Pius Odubu. Others who have collected the forms are Governor Godwin Obaseki, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and Matthew Iduoriyekemwen. Ogiemwonyi, a former Minister of […]

FG: If you’re 55 and above, avoid mosques, churches

FROM the Federal Government on Tuesday came an advisory to Nigerians: If you are 55 years old and above, avoid churches and mosques. Those with health conditions such as diabetes, cancer, HIV, among others, are also enjoined to stay at home to worship, the government added. It noted that the advice was necessary because places […]

Why Kalu is still in custody, by correctional service

HOURS after a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos ordered the immediate release of former Abia State Governor Orji Uzor Kalu, the senator was still in custody of the Nigerian Correctional Services (NCS) in Abuja last night. The NCS told The Nation last night that it was yet to get a valid court order to […]

Oyo retains ban on religious activities, curfew

Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force headed by Governor Seyi Makinde on Tuesday said it is yet to relax the ban on religious activities and curfew imposed as a result of the pandemic. Speaking through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa, Makinde said the decision was reached after a meeting of the Task Force which […]

Senate okays Buhari’s $5.513b loan request

The Senate on Tuesday approved President Muhammadu Buhari’s $5.513 billion external loan request to finance the revised 2020 budget. The approval followed the presentation and consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts, Senator Clifford Odia (Edo Central) by the upper chamber. Buhari had, in his letter of request, said […]

AfDB and the American affront

This time, perhaps, is the most of the troubling and worrisome of times in the life of the Nigerian born crack international technocrat and president of the Abidjan based African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, who has stuck out his neck to seek a second term of five years as the president of the 56-year old […]

Buhari directs security for telecom infrastructure

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), Defence Headquarters (DHQ) and other security agencies to protect telecom infrastructure across the country. This followed the request of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ibrahim Pantami. The Department of State Security, Department of State Service (DSS), the Police […]

FRSC spokesman, others decorated with new rank

The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, has decorated the Corps Public Education Officer, (CPEO) Mr Bisi Kazeem and others with the new rank of Assistant Corps Marshal. Boboye announced this in statement signed by Deputy Route Commander (DRC) (Media), Mr Festus Evarestus on Tuesday in Abuja. The News […]

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket flew over Nigeria on way to Space Station

The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, has decorated the Corps Public Education Officer, (CPEO) Mr Bisi Kazeem and others with the new rank of Assistant Corps Marshal. Boboye announced this in statement signed by Deputy Route Commander (DRC) (Media), Mr Festus Evarestus on Tuesday in Abuja. The News […]

Governor Abdullahi Sule has praised President Muhammadu Buhari for approving the Special Forces command headquarters in Doma, Nasarawa State

Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule has praised President Muhammadu Buhari for approving the Special Forces command headquarters in Doma, Nasarawa State. Sule spoke yesterday at the foundation laying/official inauguration of the building of the command headquarters. “I wish to also appreciate Mr President for the establishment of two super camps at Mararaban-Udege and Kanyehu in […]

Mechanics in FCT, others handed quit notices

Owners of mechanic workshops, automobile dealers and occupants involved in trading along the Apo road corridor, known as Outer Southern Expressway (OSEX), have been handed a seven-day notices FCT Ministerial Task Force on City Sanitation Chairman Ikharo Attah said the FCT Minister Muhammad Bello decried the continued defacing of the environment. He ordered that the […]

Obaseki: my relationship with Oshiomhole still frosty

There is no agreement between the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki on the mode of shadow poll for the choice of standard bearer for the September election. Obaseki acknowledged that his relationship with Oshiomhole was still frosty. He however said he was prepared to […]

Banks, hotels, others back as govt reopens businesses

Businesses got on Monday a new lease of life as government commenced the phase two of the ease of lockdown by gradually reopening the economy. Banks were given immediate clearance to operate fully. Hotels got the nod to reopen “but must observe all mandatory non-pharmaceutical intervention”. The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 Control unveiled […]

DSS confirms alteration in Bayelsa deputy governor’s certificate

Department of State Service (DSS) has said its investigation revealed alteration in the exemption certificate issued by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Bayelsa State Deputy Governor Lawrence Oborawharievwo Ewhrudjakpo. The Head of Legal Department at DSS, Abdulsalam Ibrahim (who represented service’s Director General), told the Bayelsa State Governorship Election Tribunal in Abuja that his […]

FG lifts ban on religious gatherings

The Federal Government on Monday lifted the ban on religious gatherings across the country. This was disclosed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, at the daily media briefing in Abuja. “The PTF submitted its recommendations and the PRESIDENT has approved the […]

Delta doctors begin two-day warning strike over abducted colleague

Medical doctors in Delta State have begun a two-day warning strike in protest of their abducted colleague, Dr. Wisdom Iboyitete, a Principal Medical Officer at the General Hospital, Ojobo, in Burutu council area of the state. In a statement made available to newsmen, the state chapter of the National Association of Government General Medical and […]

Four remanded for allegedly killing corps member

A magistrate’s court sitting in Osogbo yesterday remanded four men for allegedly killing a corps member, one Adebayo Mukaila, in Osun State. The defendants, Jelili Kareem, aged 29, Oludayo Oludele, 34, Awodeji Muyiwa, 36 and 25-year-old Anifowose Buliaminu were said to have committed the offence on January 28, 2020, at the Omo West area of […]

Students protest, demand justice for raped, murdered varsity student

With chants of ‘Say no to Rape’ and ‘Justice for Uwa’, protesters, including students of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), activists and concerned individuals yesterday stormed the headquarters of the state police command in Edo State demanding justice for Vera Uwaila Omozuwa. Clad in all black and carrying several placards amid the singing of solidarity […]

Police nab 69 kidnapping, robbery suspects in Adamawa

The Adamawa State Police Command has nabbed 69 people suspected to have been involved in kidnapping, armed robbery, homicide and violence in parts of the state. They include 19 suspected kidnappers, 25 suspected Shila Boys, six charged for criminal intimidation and extortion, and 18 for inciting communal clashes in Tigno in Lamurde LGA, and one […]

Makinde inaugurates mega plaza, promises to boost Oyo economy

Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State says his administration is committed to boosting the growth and development of the state’s economy. Makinde stated this on Monday in Ibadan at the inauguration of a multi-billion naira commercial centre built by Gastab, a private firm. The governor said the economic policies and programmes of his government had […]

New Oyo state CP assumes office

Mr Nwachuckwu Enwonwu the new Oyo State Commissioner of Police has assumed office in Ibadan. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that Enwonwu took over from Mr Shina Olukolu who was deployed to the Force Command Investigation Department (FCID) Lagos State. Speaking shortly after taking over on Monday, Enwonwu urged officers and men of […]

Rep lauds Buhari over appointment of Obioma as NECO Registrar

Rep. Benjamin Kalu (APC-Abia), has lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing Prof. Godswill Obioma as Registrar of the National Examinations Council (NECO). Kalu, who represents Bende Federal Constituency in Abia said this in a statement on Monday in Abuja. He said the appointment came at a time, the examination body was confronted with several challenges, […]

Policeman goes wild, allegedly kills colleague during shooting spree

‘Killer-cop’ fired 30 bullets at us, says eyewitness A policeman who went berserk yesterday and shot his colleague dead has been arrested by the Lagos State police command. The suspect, Inspector Monday Gabriel from No. 21 Police Mobile Force Squadron Abuja, on special duty in a Federal Government facility in Ikoyi, Lagos, went berserk and […]

Kogi accuses NCDC of unethical practice in ‘allotting’ COVID-19 cases

Kogi State Government has accused the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) of desperation to record a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) case in the state; hence it violated its protocols for declaring a case. The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Saka Audu, stated yesterday in Lokoja that some individuals were declared COVID-19 positive, even before testing them. […]

CAN can’t speak for Christians, Okotie insists

Pastor of the Household of God Church, Lagos, Reverend Chris Okotie yesterday restated his earlier viewpoint that the Christian Association (CAN) cannot speak for Christians, especially as it concerns their well being in the COVID-19 era. In a statement issued yesterday by his Media Adviser, Ladi Ayodeji, he said “CAN is an amorphous organisation sustained […]

Why President Buhari failed to address Nigerians on May 29, by PDP

THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has declared that President Muhammadu Buhari failed to address the nation on May 29, being the anniversary of his inauguration day, because he must have assessed his administration as a monumental failure. In a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, it stressed, “President Buhari must have been […]

U.S. pioneer AfDB director, Doley backs Adesina for second term

•Call American representatives to order, HURIWA tells President Trump •Vows to approach UN over Buhari’s non-constitution of NHRC board The United States (US) pioneer Executive Director on the Board of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Harold E. Doley, had expressed support for Dr. Akinwumi Adesina as president of the bank for a second term in […]

SERAP seeks audit of Buhari’s loans, review of ex-governors’ pensions

Lagos-based rights group, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to provide spending details of the loans obtained by his government since May 29, 2015, including details and locations of the projects the funds were deployed. In a Freedom of Information (FoI) request yesterday, the organisation also implored the first […]

Controversy trails decline of COVID-19 cases in Kano

Dipping figures of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in Kano State is generating mixed feelings amid growing concern on the credibility of the results being released by the authorities. Against the astronomic rise of active cases of the deadly virus across 34 states and Federal Capital Territory, Kano is incidentally witnessing unprecedented fall in the COVID-19 […]

Again, where are the Chinese ‘doctors’?

If there has been any incident during this COVID-19 pandemic that illustrates the shifty nature of this government, it is the saga of the so-called ‘Chinese doctors’. So sadly episodic has the event been that the term ‘Chinese doctors’ may well be a metaphor for the nonchalance and utter disregard for sincerity, which this administration […]

Man, girlfriend bag jail terms for stealing 64 chickens

A Chief Magistrates’ Court in Kafanchan, Kaduna State has jailed a 35-year-old man, Abdullahi Sani, and his 20-year-old girlfriend, Sarah Paul, for stealing 64 chickens. The police charged Sani and Paul with criminal conspiracy, house breaking, theft and mischief, contrary to sections 58, 332, 270 and 312 of the Kaduna State Penal Code. In his […]

For five years, Buhari ‘campaigned’ for corrupt politicians, CDD says

***says corruption in security, defence sector continues unabated ****hails president for increased asset recoveries, TSA A pro-democracy think tank, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of condoning corruption within his administration and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). The organisation, in its five-year assessment report of the anti-corruption programme […]

Ex-CBN director lauds MPC over interest rate reduction

A financial expert, Dr Titus Okunrounmu, has commended the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for reducing the interest rate by one-percentage-point from 13.5 per cent. Okunrounmu, a former Director, Budgetary Department at CBN, made the commendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ota, Ogun, […]

Lagos supports 2,204 businesses in one year to reduce unemployment

Lagos State Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Mrs Yetunde Arobieke said the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) has supported 2,204 businesses to expand with the aim of reducing unemployment in the state. Speaking at the Year 2020 annual ministerial press briefing to mark the one year of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in office, Arobieke: […]

Gunmen abduct Nasarawa CAN chairman

• Arewa leaders urge govt to protect citizens • Masari receives three kidnap victims Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Nasarawa State, Bishop Joseph Masin, has been kidnapped. A witness told The Guardian in Lafia that about five gunmen invaded the home of the CAN chairman at Bukan Sidi area about 11p.m. on Wednesday and […]

My wife always wanted to live in Nigeria, says Redknapp

After months of speculations that he had been lined up to take over the Super Eagles job, Harry Redknapp yesterday laughed off such claims. The former Tottenham and Portsmouth manager was rumoured to have been lined up by Nigeria’s Sports Ministry to replace Gernot Rohr. However, on Tuesday, the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) confirmed that […]

Akpabio orders closure of NDDC as director dies

As virus purportedly kills council boss in Rivers Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio has directed immediate closure of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC’s) Headquarters in Port Harcourt, Rivers State due to suspected outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement yesterday, its Director of Press, Deworitshe Patricia, Akpabio advised all employees of the […]

Why I ordered arrest of judge, by Katsina emir

Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumini Usman, yesterday explained that he ordered the arrest of an errant judge to serve as deterrent. Speaking during the inauguration of a Community Policing Advisory Committee by Governor Aminu Masari at the Government House yesterday, Usman said that prominent persons who break the law should not be treated with kid […]

Nigeria pays $11 million as ransom to kidnappers in four years

The security architecture in Nigeria has once again come under the spotlight after a new report said the Nigerian Government and citizens have handed over N4 billion ($11 million) to kidnappers for ransom in the last four years. “Between June 2011 and end of March 2020, What we have found shows that between June 2011 […]

HURIWA writes IGP, Enugu Governor over alleged dispossession of ancestral lands by traditional ruler

***Condemns arbitrary arrests of Delta state journalists The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has petitioned the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu and the Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi on behalf of Anakaedo and Obangene families of Ibagwa Nike community in Enugu over alleged dispossession of their ancestral lands by their traditional […]

Ganduje releases N170 million for distribution of FG palliatives

Kano State Government has said the distribution of food items donated by Federal government as palliatives during COVID-19 lockdown will commence on Thursday. Commissioner for local government in Kano, Murtala Sule Garo made this known at the routine state press briefing on COVID-19 at Government house. Kano State will kick off the distribution of 110 […]

FG issues guidelines for reopening of schools

Schools will remain closed until the Federal Government is sure pupils could attend classes without the risk of contracting COVID-19. Minister of State for Education Emeka Nwajiuba, who disclosed this at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 (PTF), said: “Until we are sure that our children can go to school and […]

Exchange expects more government, corporate capital in domestic market

The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), anticipates improved activities in the primary market, saying the Exchange would record increased inclinations from governments and corporates to raise capital in the domestic market. The primary segment of the capital market is the market for fresh issue of securities by companies that need funds for business expansion or governments […]

Telecoms body lists challenges of rural connectivity

• Urges telcos to upgrade 2G network sites to 3G/4G, invest in alternative power United Nation’s arm in charge of global telecommunications, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), is worried that rural and remote areas of many countries worldwide continue to be sparsely covered in terms of broadband connectivity. ITU said major challenges for rural and […]

Rivers government denies infecting demolished hotel manager with COVID-19

Youths condemn barricade of Ikoku market despite Wike’s unlocking order Rivers State government has described as ludicrous claims that the manager of the demolished Prodest Hotel in Eleme, Dr. Bariledum Azoroh, was infected with coronavirus on its instruction. The state’s Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim, said the call for a declaration of state […]

Governor Obaseki, Ize-Iyamu pick APC nomination forms for Edo guber race

Oshiomhole pledges fair primary, gov’s aide rejects consensus candidate The Obaseki Mandate Forum (OMF) yesterday purchased the expression of interest and nomination forms for Governor Godwin Obaseki at the All Progressives Congress (APC) national secretariat in Abuja. It, however, faulted insinuations that Governor Obaseki was jittery of direct primary as its Coordinator, Chief Nathaniel Momoh […]

NFF reposes confidence in Rohr, explains delayed deal

• Dreams of winning AFCON, qualifying for Qatar 2022 World Cup Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick, has restated that there was no time the ability of Coach Gernot Rohr to lead the Super Eagles successfully was called to question. Stating that the delay in the renewal of the German’s deal was to ensure […]

CNPP urges Buhari to probe National Assembly over infectious diseases bill

Group seeks total rejection The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has charged President Muhammadu Buhari to investigate the circumstances behind introduction of the Infectious Diseases Bill in the National Assembly. Expressing its readiness to work with pro-democracy and civil society groups to ensure that the sponsors of the bill were probed, it also demanded […]

Nigeria to disengage 500,000 N-Power beneficiaries ‘soon’

About 500,000 persons engaged in Nigeria’s social investment programme N-Power will have to look elsewhere for means of livelihood as the government is set to terminate their existing engagement. Their current engagement, spokesperson for the humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development ministry Rhoda Iliya, said in a statement has contributed to “the administration’s vision […]

High number of out-of-school children worries Senate President

The President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan yesterday expressed concern over the danger posed by the high rate of out-of-school children still prevailing in the country insisting it is unacceptable for the 21st Century Nigeria. Lawan stated this in his message to celebrate with Nigerian Children on their day. This was contained in a press […]

Senate, Reps return to consider revised 2020 budget

The National Assembly will resume on Thursday from its Sallah break to consider President Muhammadu Buhari’s Appropriation (Amendment) Bill, 2020. Both chambers had on May 20 adjourned plenary to June 2 for the Eid-el-Fitr festivities. Clerk of the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori, in a statement in Abuja yesterday, said Senators and House of Representatives members […]

Buhari didn’t cancel Kyari’s appointment, says Presidency

A report that President Muhammadu Buhari cancelled about 150 memos authorised by former Chief of Staff, the late Mallam Abba Kyari, was incorrect, the Presidency said last night. Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity Mallam Garba Shehu urged Nigerians to ignore the report in a statement. It reads: “The attention of […]

Reps accuse NDDC IMC of spending billions despite COVID-19

The House of Representatives said on Tuesday it will not succumb to blackmail in its quest to unravel the corruption allegations rocking the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). The House also promised that the probe would not in hinder the forensic audit of the commission ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari. The House described as spurious […]
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