Stepping Out On A wrong Foot: Uzodinma vows to probe past 10 years of Imo State

Newly sworn-in governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, shortly after he took oath of office initiated the process of the probe of contracts awarded from 2010 till date in the state. He also sought the comprehensive financial status of the state within the same period. Former governors Ikedi Ohakim, Rochas Okorocha and Emeka Ihedioha were in charge of the state during the period. The governor gave the order in his inaugural speech, after he was sworn in. He said his administration was anchored on rehabilitation, reconstruction and recovery. According to…

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FG declares Operation Amotekun illegal

The Federal Government has described as illegal the newly launched South-West security outfit codenamed, Amotekun. The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), who is the chief law officer, said security remains the exclusive preserve of the Federal Government. In a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the AGF on Media and Public Relations, Dr. Umar Gwandu, he said the outfit was illegal. The statement read in part, “The setting up of the paramilitary organisation called Amotekun is illegal and runs contrary to the provisions of the Nigerian law.…

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Sen. Uzodinma wins Imo Gov. at Supreme Court, ordered to be sworn-in

The Supreme Court has declared Senator Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressive Congress (APC)winner of the March 19 governorship election in Imo state, the apex court nullified the election of Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The court declared that the votes due to Senator Uzodinma were unlawfully excluded from the 318 polling units and that they be added to his votes. The apex court arrived at the ruling in a unanimous decision by the seven-man panel delivered by Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun ordered that the certificate of return…

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Iran admits killing 176 plane crash victims in error

Iran has admitted it fired a missile that brought down a passenger plane shortly after it took off from its main airport on Wednesday morning, effectively backtracking on fervent denials. “A sad day. Preliminary conclusions of internal investigation by Armed Forces: Human error at time of crisis caused by US adventurism led to disaster,” Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif said in a statement Saturday morning. “Our profound regrets, apologies and condolences to our people, to the families of all victims, and to other affected nations.” A Boeing 737-800 passenger plane operated…

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INTERPOL arrest Edo Commissioner on Gov. Obaseki’s entourage for alleged £2m money laundering

Interpol arrested and detained the Edo State Commissioner for Arts, Culture and Tourism, Mr Osaze Osemwingie-Ero, for alleged money laundering while on the entourage of Gov. Godwin Obaseki during a trip to France. Although the Edo State Government denied having anything to do with the arrest, but it was rumoured that $2m that he allegedly kept for Gov. Obaseki was reportedly found on him while on the said trip with the governor. Another source said the commissioner was being questioned for an offence he committed seven years ago. But the…

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El-Zakzaky’s feeding costs FG N164.5m

The Department of State Services spent at least N164.5m feeding the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, The PUNCH reports. El-Zakzaky was arrested by the DSS on December 12, 2015 and remained in custody until December 2019 when Justice Gideon Kurada of a Kaduna State High Court ordered the agency to transfer the IMN leader and his wife, Zeenat, to the Nigerian Correctional Centre, Kaduna. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, had revealed in November 2018 that the Federal Government spent a total of N3.5m to…

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‘We are not bothered about Fayose’s video’ -EFCC

The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has reacted to a video of Ayodele Fayose, dancing on a cruise ship while on a “medical trip” abroad. The special assistant on media and publicity to Mr Magu, Tony Amokeodo, on Thursday in a telephone interview with PREMIUM TIMES, said the commission is only prosecuting the former governor, not persecuting him. He added that since Fayose’s trial is still on, the EFCC can only wait till he returns on the next adjourned date for the continuation…

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Amaechi laments over Lagos/Ibadan rail project

The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, has described as embarrassing the delay by the China Civil Engineering and Construction Corporation in completing the 10 railway stations along the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail line. Amaechi made the remarks on Friday at the Abeokuta rail station under construction, during the monthly inspection of the on-going Lagos to Ibadan Rail project. According to him, CCECC, the contractor handling the 156km rail line, has reduced the pace of work between the last two inspections in November and December. “The delay is becoming an…

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Buhari @ 77: Don’t use my name to canvass for votes in 2023

President Muhammadu Buhari has warned those interested in seeking elective posts in 2023 to work hard as he will not allow anyone to use his name to canvass for votes while also assuring Nigerians that he will superintend over free, fair and credible elections in 2023. The president gave the assurance on Tuesday when some of his aides and staff of the State House and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha presented to him a birthday card to commemorate his 77th birthday anniversary at the…

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House to begin work on constitution review, PIGB next year – Gbajabiamila

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep Femi Gbajabiamila has assured that the House would commence work on the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) and the amendment of the 1999 Constitution next year. The Speaker said both the constitution review and the PIGB are part of the bills that the House would prioritise in 2020. He noted that the House would do everything within its powers to give Nigeria the best in terms of laws that would promote peace and good governance in the country. Gbajabiamila spoke at a…

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Elumelu, others win National Productivity Order of Merit Award

Tony O. Elumelu, CON, Founder of The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) and Chairman of the United Bank for Africa Group (UBA) and Heirs Holdings, was conferred with the National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM) Award by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, H.E. Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR in recognition of his continuous hard work and total commitment to the empowerment of youths in Nigeria and Africa. The award ceremony was held in Abuja, Nigeria on Thursday, November 28. The NPOM Award was instituted by the Federal Government through the Ministry of Labour and Employment…

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Sanwo-Olu vows to tackle trailer menace in Lagos

The Lagos State Government says it plans to restrict the movement of heavy-duty trucks in the metropolis during the day so as to ease traffic on the roads. Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, made this known on Monday at the Lagos House, Ikeja, when a team from the Nigerian Breweries Plc paid him a courtesy visit. Sanwo-Olu said that the government had been pushing the trailers off that whole corridor of Iganmu area to ensure that the journey towards Apapa continued to remain free. He said that the state would…

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Nigerian Navy decorates 16 new Rear Admirals

The Nigerian Navy on Thursday decorated (Shipping of stripes) 16 newly-promoted Rear Admirals with their new ranks. The Navy Board recently approved the promotion of 140 naval officers to the next ranks in the Nigerian Navy. Speaking at the decoration of the recently elevated flag officers in Abuja, the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ete-Ibas, said the 16 senior officers had distinguished themselves overtime to earn the confidence and endorsement of President Muhammadu Buhari. He said the significance of the occasion was the critical need for quality leadership…

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We’ll prioritise human rights issues – Gbajabiamila

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has said that the 9th House would give priority to issues related to human rights. As such, the Speaker said, the House would work closely with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to ensure that the rights of Nigerians are protected. Gbajabiamila, who spoke when he hosted the management of NHRC during a courtesy call in his office in Abuja on Wednesday, said the House would support the commission in any way possible to enhance its work. “We commend you…

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Gbajabiamila tasks NCC on SIM cards’ registration

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has tasked the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) to ensure the registration of all SIM cards in the country.The Speaker said unregistered SIM cards have high-security risks, which should be taken seriously by the commission.Speaking during a courtesy call by the management of the commission in his office on Wednesday in Abuja, Gbajabiamila said the House was ready to support the commission through adequate funding for effectiveness and efficiency.Describing communication as the bedrock of any society, Gbajabiamila said Nigeria has “to…

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Reps to support Greek Consortium on job creation – Gbajabiamila

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has said that the 9th House would encourage initiatives that would help create jobs for Nigerians. The Speaker said this while playing host to a delegation of the Greek Consortium in his office on Monday led by Mr Patrick Osobase.On the main focus of the consortium, which is to boost fishing in Nigeria, Gbajabiamila said it was a laudable initiative that the House would also support.“I was wondering what the Greek Consortium means, but we now know what it is. You…

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Balewa knew North had oil -Arewa leader

A former Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Amb. Yerima Abdullahi has said the first Prime Minister of Nigeria, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa (1912-1966), knew about the deposits of oil in the North but didn’t explore it. Abdullahi said Balewa’s intention was to allow the younger generations to explore the oil. He said the discovery of oil in the North, particularly the recent one in the Gondola Basin, had shamed those who tag the region as a parasite on Nigeria. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation recently announced the discovery of hydrocarbon…

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Synergy between Legislature, Executive for betterment of Nigerians – Gbajabiamila

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has said that a good synergy between the Legislature and the Executive arm of government would be for the betterment of the citizens.Gbajabiamila, who disclosed this while receiving a delegation of the Forum of Former Members of the House led by a former speaker, Rt. Hon. Ghali Umar Na’abba on Thursday in Abuja, said the two arms of government are partners in the progress of Nigeria.The Speaker said against the perception in some quarters that having a good relationship with…

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NJC appoint 4 Judges for Supreme Court, others

The National Judicial Council has recommended the appointment of four new Justices for the Supreme Court. They are Justices Adamu Jauro (North-East Zone); Emmanuel A. Agim (South-South Zone); C. Oseji (South-South Zone); and Helen M. Ogunwumiju (South-West Zone). The council at its meetings held on Tuesday and Wednesday also recommended the appointment of four new heads of court, 13 judicial officers for Federal and State High courts and one Kadi for the Sharia Court of Appeal. The NJC also placed eight judges under investigations for various allegations of official misconduct.

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January-December budget cycle will allow for proper implementation, says Gbajabiamila

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has said that the National Assembly is doing everything to return the country’s budget to the January to December cycle for proper implementation.Besides, the Speaker said, the 1999 constitution provides that the country’s budget should run from January to December, except as otherwise prescribed by the National Assembly where there are strong reasons to do so.Gbajabiamila, who spoke on Wednesday at the opening of a 2-day public hearing on the 2020 budget organised by the joint Senate and House Committee…

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Ogun govt mark 526 houses for demolition to free canals, drainages

The Ogun government on Saturday sealed off two dilapidated buildings in Abeokuta and ordered occupants of the houses to move out within 24 hours. The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Urban and Physical Planning, Mr. Nafiu Adebiyi, told newsmen during an inspection tour that 526 other houses built on waterways, canal and erosion channels had been marked for demolition across the state. Adebiyi said at the scene that the order became necessary to prevent loss of lives and another possible disaster which could arise from the partially collapsed buildings. The two…

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Buhari, Osinbajo asset declaration forms remain secret -CCB

The Code of Conduct Bureau has said it cannot disclose the information in the asset declaration forms submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and other current and ex-public officials because the information is private and not for public consumption. The bureau said the existing law guiding its operations did not allow for such disclosure and except the National Assembly amends the law, it had no power to make such information public. The CCB stressed that though it had custody of the asset declaration forms of Presidents, Vice…

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PDP chides Buhari over N5,000 National ID card levy

The Peoples Democratic Party on Wednesday said the decision of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress administration to “further squeeze Nigerians” by imposing a N5,000 fee for national identity card is “repressive.” The party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, said it rejected the decision. Ologbondiyan stated that the idea of the ID Card fee by the Buhari administration was “insupportable, reprehensible and completely offensive to the sensibilities of Nigerians as free citizens.” According to him, imposing “such unwarranted levy” on Nigerians for internal…

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Buhari reduces foreign trips, cuts estacodes for ministers, others

President Muhammadu Buhari has reduced the number and duration of foreign trips for ministers and other categories of government officials in a move described as ‘cost-saving measure’ to achieve fiscal prudence. In a statement signed by the Director of Information at the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Willie Bassey, the President also removed travel allowances known as estacode; while he also cut down the number of persons permitted to travel with ministers and other government officials for official trip. Buhari, however, approved the use of business class for ministers…

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Sanwo-Olu re-orders Lagos 2019 budget, seeks N250bn loan

Lagos Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has re-ordered the 2019 Budget of the state with a letter to the state Assembly seeking a loan of N250bn. According to the letter by Sanwo-Olu, the 2019 budget proposed by ex-Governor Akinwumi Ambode could no longer be funded, hence the need for its re-ordering and sourcing for more funds. The governor’s letter was read on the floor of the House during plenary on Tuesday by the Clerk to the Assembly, Mr. Sani Azeez. According to the letter, the loan was broken down as: a fixed…

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Sanwo-Olu orders massive construction on Lagos roads, declares state of emergency

Lagos State Government has declared a state of emergency on various dilapidated highways and carriages. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Sunday at the Lagos House Marina, ordered massive construction work on critical roads and highways across the state, beginning from Monday (today). The governor’s directive followed the conclusion of his series of meetings with eight multi-national engineering firms, which began a few weeks back, a release signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile, states. It adds, “After his final meeting with the contractors on Sunday, which lasted for about three…

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Aisha Buhari returns, aide explains reasons for long holiday

Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari arrived Nigeria on Sunday morning after staying over two months outside the country. This was contained in a statement by the Director of Information to the First Lady, Suleiman Haruna. The statement said: “This morning, First Lady of Nigeria, Dr. Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari returned to the country after a long holiday in the UK.“She arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport at 4.30 am via a British Airways flight. “Speaking to reporters on arrival, Mrs. Buhari said she was happy to be…

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Presidency affirms Buhari’s wedding tales as false and deceptive

Femi Adesina, President Buhari’s Snr. Special Adviser on Media and Publicity has affirmed as untrue the rumoured wedding plans between President Mohammadu Buhari and a cabinet minister, Sadiya Umar Farouq. According to Adesina, the rumour was false. He stressed that the rumour was a deceptive manoeuvre by those who fabricated the news. Noting that the news was far from the truth, he said that no such marriage is taking place at the Presidential Villa. President Muhammadu Buhari had on Friday observed the weekly two raka’at juma’at prayers at the Presidential…

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Go nowhere! Prez. Buhari bar ministers, govt agencies heads from foreign trips

President Muhammadu Buhari has barred his cabinet ministers and heads of government agencies from embarking on any foreign trip until after their budget defence at the National Assembly. The directive, according to a statement by the Director of Information Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Willie Bassey, is to enable them to attend budget defence session at the National Assembly. The statement reads: “Sequel to the presentation of the 2020 Appropriation Bill by Mr President to the National Assembly, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the immediate…

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Budget 2020: Works, Power And Transport get lion shares

The Ministry of Works and Housing on Tuesday got the highest projected allocation of N262 billion from the N10. 33 trillion budget estimates. This was contained in the proposal as presented by President Muhammadu Buhari to a joint session of the National Assembly on Tuesday. He said that the projected allocation of Ministry of Power was N127 billion and that of Transportation was N123 billion “Other of the key capital spending allocations in the 2020 Budget include Universal Basic Education Commission; N112 billion, Defence; N100 billion. “Zonal Intervention Projects; N100…

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Why Sowore is still in custody -DSS

The Department of State Services has said the publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, was still in custody because his legal team had yet to serve it with a copy of the court order granting him bail. Spokesperson of the DSS, Dr. Peter Afunnaya said this in a telephone interview with our correspondent, in Abuja, on Thursday. He said the DSS as a law-abiding agency has the highest regard for the laws of the land and would not do anything to undermine law and order. Afunnaya said, “We have not received…

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Kashogi: Saudi Crown Prince owns up, says “it happened under my watch”

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince said he bears responsibility for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018 by Saudi operatives “because it happened under my watch,” according to a PBS documentary to be broadcast next week. Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s de facto ruler, has not spoken publicly about the killing inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The CIA and some Western governments have said he ordered it, but Saudi officials say he had no role. The death sparked a global uproar, tarnishing the crown prince’s image and imperilling ambitious…

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‘Common, stop insulting us’ -Senate Leader warns Nigerians over N5.5bn SUV criticism

Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi on Wednesday condemned the outcry generated by the senate’s planned purchase of sports utility vehicles amounting to N5.5bn for the senators, describing it as an insult. Senator Abdullahi stated this in an interview with journalists in his office in Abuja. He said the status of a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is not undeserving of a sport utility vehicle. He said each of the 109 senators in the upper chamber would get one SUV which would be paid for at the end of their…

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Finally, Buhari sacks Obono-Obla, asks Malami to take over

President Muhammadu Buhari has dissolved the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property (SPIP) as currently constituted with Mr. Okoi Obono-Obla as Chairman. The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice has been directed to immediately take over all outstanding investigations and other activities of the SPIP. This was contained in a statement issued on Tuesday by the Special Adviser on Media and publicity, Chief Femi Adesina. The panel was established in August 2017 by the then Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN to investigate specifically…

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Gbajabiamila to visit Katsina, teach at Kofar Sauri Sec School, meet IDPs, others

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila will on Monday, September 16, 2019, visit Katsina State as part of his resolve to go to some States and assess the situation on the ground. During the visit, the Speaker is expected to visit the Government Pilot Senior Secondary School, Kofar Sauri, where he will teach a class. This is part of the Speaker’s Voluntary Teaching Exercise, which he started in his Surulere 1 Federal Constituency of Lagos State in 2017 when he was House Leader. Now as the…

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System failure, slow check-in delay evacuation from South Africa as 188 Nigerians land in Lagos

One hundred and eighty-eight Nigerians who were evacuated from South Africa have landed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos. The evacuees, who departed OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, around 4 p.m aboard an Air Peace Boeing 777 aircraft, touched down at 9:34 pm. A foreign affairs ministry official, Mr. Kimiebi Ebenfa, who was on board the flight, confirmed their arrival. He said, “We just landed safely despite the delays in South Africa.” The returnees comprising men, women and children were the first batch of the 640 Nigerians who…

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‘Save us from land grabbers’ -Ogun communities beg Gov. Abiodun

Ogun State House of Assembly has implored Governor Dapo Abiodun to ensure swift enforcement of the State Anti-kidnapping and Land Grabbing Law, 2016, to enhance peace and tranquillity in the state. The Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo,  made the appeal on Tuesday while receiving residents of Magboro and Onikogbo communities in Obafemi-Owode and Ado Odo/Ota local government areas of the state, who came to protest the alleged invasion of their communities by suspected land grabbers under the guise of executing court judgment. Oluomo, who commended the peaceful conduct of the protesters, assured…

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Kidnapping: S/West to launch regional vigilante

Governors in the six Southwest states are putting finishing touches to the inauguration of a joint regional security outfit codenamed Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN). This followed the Approval in Principle given by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) for the zone to establish a Joint Task Force (JTF) to tackle killings, banditry and kidnapping in the Southwest. The governors rose from a security summit in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital in July, where they decided to defend their domain. A source close to the project confided in…

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My relationship with this ministry is distant, Aregbesola visits Interior Ministry

The newly appointed Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has said he knows little about the policies and operations of his ministry, adding that all he knows about the ministry was what he read in the newspapers. He said this when he visited the ministry shortly after he was inaugurated and assigned a portfolio alongside others by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, on Wednesday. The former Osun State governor said, “I don’t really know much about the operations or policies of the ministry apart from stories about the ministry on…

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Buhari, Mohammed, Ngige Retain Portfolios As New Ministers Are Inaugurated

President Muhammadu Buhari, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and Dr. Chris Ngige all retained their former portfolios even as former Lagos state governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola had the ministry of Power removed from his first term portfolio. Portfolios for the new ministers were announced by President Buhari at the state house in Abuja after inaugurating his second-term cabinet. The full list is below: Dr. Ikechukwu Ogah (Abia State) -Minister of State, Mines and Steel Development 2. Mohammed Musa Bello (Adamawa State) -Minister of the Federal Capital Territory 3. Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom…

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Electricity: FG injects N600bn

The Market Operator of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Engr. Edmund Ejie, on Wednesday, disclosed that the Federal Government has approved N600billion for injection into the nation’s electricity market. He broke the news to reporters at the Market Operator’s Participants/Key Stakeholders 2019 3rd Quarter Interactive Forum in Abuja. He said that the fund is ripe for disbursement any moment from now. According to him, the intervention is for the payment of the shortfall in electricity invoices for the entire market. He noted that the intervention is not restricted to…

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See who gets what in Sanwo-olu’s cabinet

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday swore in his commissioners and special advisers at an event held at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium in Alausa, Ikeja. The Lagos Assembly had on Monday confirmed 35 persons as members of Sanwo-Olu’s cabinet. Three persons were not confirmed. Photos from the swearing-in were shared on the verified Twitter handle of the Lagos State Government Mr. Rabiu Olowo Onaolapo (Finance) Mr. Tunji Bello (Water Resources and Environment) Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo (Education) Prof. Akin Abayomi (Health) Dr. Idris Salako (Physical Planning and Urban Development) Mr. Gbenga Omotoso…

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Yes, we are investigating Ex-Gov., Ambode, EFCC confirms

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, on Tuesday, has confirmed that the anti-graft agency is investigating former Lagos State governor Akinwunmi Ambode but denied raiding his Epe home. EFCC’s visit to Ambode’s country home in Epe is coming weeks after the agency secured a court order placing an embargo on three bank accounts totalling N9.3bn allegedly linked to the former governor In a statement issued by the EFCC spokesman, Tony Orilade, the anti-graft agency said since Ambode no longer enjoys immunity, it was investigating him and the visit to his…

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EFCC to question 2 ex-ministers, 16 other top govt officers in OBJ’s $16bn power project probe

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has listed 2 former ministers and 16 other former and serving government officers for questioning as the anti-graft agency begins the probe of $16 billion power project of the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo. There had been conflicting figures on the exact cost of the project as some people put it at $16 billion while others say it is $13.8 billion. It was gathered last night that the anti-graft agency may arrest key contractors involved in the power project scam which extended…

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Shi’ite raises fresh alarm over El-Zakzaky

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), on Wednesday, raised an alarm that the federal government has prevented doctors from treating its leader, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky in India. The Secretary-General, Academic Forum of the IMN, Abdullahi Musa, who briefed reporters in Abuja on the development disclosed that the security agents that accompanied El-Zakzaky have just given him two hours to accept to be treated.

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Hajj 2019: Gbajabiamila mandates Nigerian pilgrims to pray for country

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila has urged Nigerian pilgrims to pray for the country as they join millions of Muslims across the globe to observe the Arafat tomorrow, Saturday. Gbajabiamila made the plea in Mina, Saudi Arabia, on Friday. The Speaker expressed optimism that with prayers, Nigeria can move to the next level the current administration yearns for. “I want to urge all our pilgrims to pray for the unity of Nigeria. We need the prayers because the government is not relenting as it is striving to…

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El-Zakazky: Govt, may appeal court ruling

Counsel to the Kaduna State government and Director of Public Prosecution, Dari Bayero has hinted that the state government may appeal the ruling of a Kaduna state High Court granting the request of detained Islamic cleric, El Zakzaky to travel abroad for medical reasons. A Kaduna State High Court, earlier today granted the embattled leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky leave to travel abroad for medical attention. The court in granting the leave said Zakzaky and his wife are to go on the medical leave…

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Ooni Ogunwusi leads Yoruba Obas to Prez. Buhari

Ooni of Ife, Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi recently led selected traditional rulers from SYorubaland on a visit to the President, Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa in Abuja. Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and Mohammed Adamu, Inspector General of Police, were among top government functionaries that welcomed the monarchs to the seat of government.

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Gov. Abiodun leads Ogun elders into meeting with Buhari

Ogun State Governor, Prince Dr. Dapo Abiodun on Tuesday led elders and leaders of thought from Ogun State into a meeting with President Mohammadu Buhari. The meeting started around 3.04pm at the Council Chamber of the State House, Abuja. Those at the meeting alongside the governor included former state governors, Olusegun Osoba and Gbenga Daniel. Also at the meeting are Segun Awolowo, traditional rulers and members of the National Assembly from the state and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha. The meeting was still in progress…

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Gov. Abiodun begins Amosun’s probe

The need to put Ogun State back on the path of development and probity under the Prince Dr. Dapo Abiodun administration began has begun with plans by the state government to probe the eight years administration of former Governor Ibikunle Amosun during the week. The Dr. Dapo Abiodun led administration during the week announced the setting up of a committee to probe the contracts and projects innitiated by Amsoun’s administration. According to sources at the Oke Mosan Governors Office, the committee is to among other things, identify all outstanding significant…

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