Allegations of cook up trail NNPC’s N287bn profit

Founder of IBTC Stanbic Bank, Atedo Peterside, has challenged the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation to clarify allegations that it dipped its fingers in the federation account in order to announce a profit of N287bn. President Muhammadu Buhari had announced a net profit by the NNPC for the first time in its 44-year history. The president had said, “I am pleased to announce the declaration of profit after tax of N287bn in the year 2020 by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. This is the sequel to the completion of the statutory…

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Draconian: APC expel LG chair for criticising Buhari

Hon. Sulaiman Adamu, Caretaker Chairman of Yola South Local Government Area, Adamawa State has been expelled by the All Progressives Congress’ Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee for criticising President Mohammadu Buhari. His expulsion from the party takes immediate effect, as contained in a statement titled, “APC Expels Yola South LGA Caretaker Chairman, Alhaji Sulaiman Adamu,” signed by the party’s National Secretary, Senator John Akpanudoedehe, in Abuja, on Thursday. The statement explained that the decision was part of the resolutions reached at the 16th meeting of the CECPC held at the Party’s National Secretariat,…

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Ogun suspends sand dredgers, insists on cooperation with host communities

The Ogun State Government has ordered that all dredging activities be put on hold until further notice when the State Government would have come up with agreed terms that would accommodate both the dredgers, miners and the communities involved. The Special Adviser to the Ogun State Governor, on the Environment, Ola Oresanya as a result of the distress call by Communities along the Ogun River whose living and livelihood have been threatened by the activities of the dredgers and miners. So also, Mrs Kikelomo Longe, Commissioner for Ministry of Industry,…

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Taliban’s co-founder Baradar returns to Afghanistan

Abdul Ghani Baradar Taliban’s co-founder returned to Afghanistan Tuesday following the group’s stunning takeover of the country, as a top spokesman insisted the insurgents will not seek “revenge” and declared a general amnesty. Earlier in the day, the insurgents told government staff to return to work — though residents reacted cautiously and few women took to the streets. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar’s arrival from Qatar — where he has spent months leading talks with the United States and the Afghan peace negotiators — crowns an astonishing comeback for the Taliban…

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Lagos/Ibadan Expressway: Work commences on installation of Makun Bridge

Work commenced on Wednesday at Makun section of the Lagos/Ibadan expressway as traffic was diverted on the ever-busy highway around Makun and is expected to last for 72 hours to enable the contractor to install a bridge beam. The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr. Olukayode Popoola, had hinted on Tuesday during an inspection of ongoing reconstruction/rehabilitation of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway project that there will be a diversion on the expressway for the purpose. He appealed for understanding and urged the public to disregard rumours that the road will…

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Gallant pilot escapes as bandits down NAF fighter jet

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has confirmed that it lost a fighter jet Sunday afternoon but revealed how one of its pilots survived the air crash after an attack by bandits on the boundaries of Zamfara and Kaduna State. National Infinity had reported a missing military aircraft “somewhere in Kaduna” yesterday but military authorities did not confirm the mishap. In a statement signed on Monday by Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, the pilot identified as Flight Lieutenant Abayomi Dairo survived after he successfully ejected from…

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Sanwo-Olu to Present Tourism Masterplan and Policy to Practitioners

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, will on Thursday, 1st of July, make a public presentation of a reviewed Tourism Master Plan and a Tourism Policy to guide the activities of the State Government and stakeholders in the sector on all tourism related activities in the State for the next couple of years. The public presentation of the reviewed Tourism Master Plan and a Tourism Policy event is supported by Sterling Bank Plc. and will hold at Adeyemi-Bero Auditorium, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos. In a Statement Released on Monday through…

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More troubles for Hadiza Bala-Usman as AGF issues 7 queries over multibillion-naira irregularities in NPA accounts

The Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation has issued seven queries on the audited accounts of the Nigerian Ports Authority in 2017. The queries include standalone financial statements, non-current assets (depreciation, addition to fixed assets, property, plant and equipment, and interest in joint ventures), current assets (cash and cash equivalent, trapped fund in Enterprise Bank, inventories, trade receivables, etc.), liabilities, statement of profit and loss, and other comprehensive income, expenditures and administrative expenses. The Auditor General, Adolphus Aghughu, in an audit report sent to the National Assembly, dated May…

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Olonisakin, Buratai get ambassadorial postings

Two former service chiefs, Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin and Lt. Gen. Yusuf Buratai have been posted to Nigeria’s missions abroad. Former Defence Chief, Gen. Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin (retd.), was named the Head of Mission to Cameroon while ex-Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai (retd.), was posted as Ambassador to the Benin Republic. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, according to a statement by the Information Officer in the ministry, Kimiebi Ebienfa, presented letters of credence to the ex-service chiefs, during a brief ceremony in Abuja. He said,…

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Nigeria’s unity and all the Iberiberism, By Femi Adesina

Which one is Iberiberism again o? What kind of English shall we not hear in this country? Well, the word is not regular English language, neither is it my creation. The copyright belongs to former Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, who created something being fast accepted in English from the Igbo word, Iberibe, meaning foolery, trickery, or stupidity. It is the act of being deceitful or untrue. Okorocha engaged in neologism when he created the word Iberiberism, and used it to describe political foolery and trickery or stupidity. Let’s divert…

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Journalism endangered as FG moves to regulate social media

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has restated the need for the country to regulate the social media. Mohammed spoke at the House of Representatives during a public hearing organised by the Hon. Odebunmi Dokun-led committee on Information, National Orientation, Ethics and Values, saying it would be in the best interest of the citizenry to monitor social media contents. The move according to observers of the media industry will lead to massive job loss as a result of anticipated shut down of several online outfits and at the same…

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Army redeploys 11 generals

The Nigerian Army has announced the redeployment of 11 Generals and other senior officers in a major shakeup, following the appointment of the new Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Maj.-Gen. Farouk Yahaya. The redeployment is coming few days after 29 Generals, who are seniors to the COAS, were reportedly retired. A statement on Thursday in Abuja by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima, reads: “The Nigerian Army has released postings and appointments of senior officers. This is in line with the Chief of Army Staff’s vision to have a…

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Why 70 Generals may quit, as CDS meets affected officers

The Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, on Thursday met with major-generals, Air vice Marshals and the rear admirals who are members of the Regular Course 36 and senior to the new Chief of Army Staff, Major General Farouk Yahaya. The meeting was convened with a view to tactically easing out no fewer than 70 major generals, AVMs and rear admirals out of the service, The PUNCH can authoritatively report. The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), had skipped 29 major-generals and appointed Yahaya who is a member of Regular Course…

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7yrs After Chibok Abduction! Life returns as Gov. Zulum commissions remodelled School and resettlement centre

7yrs After! Life returns to Chibok as Gov. Zulum invites Women Affairs Minister to commission remodelled Chibok School and resettlement centre Seven years after the 2014 abduction of the about 200 girls of the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, the Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, has rebuilt the school and also constructed a 200 unit resettlement housing scheme for Chibok community. The remodelled school was equipped with classrooms and desks, a computer room, laboratory, among other facilities, while a security team was being put in place. Government Secondary School,…

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See the list of 12 highways FG plans to privatise

The Federal Government has officially open a bid for value-added concession under the Highway Development and Management Initiative (HDMI) on 12 highways. According to a statement by the Director, Press and Public Relations in the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Boade Akinola, the exercise would be witnessed by the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) and relevant partners and stakeholders. The affected roads for privatisation consist of Benin-Asaba; Abuja-Lokoja; Kaduna-Kano; Onitsha-Owerri-Aba; Saagamu-Benin and Abuja-Keffi-Akwanga. The rest are Lokoja-Benin; Enugu-Port Harcourt; Ilorin-Jebba; Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta; Lagos-Badagry and Kano-Shuari-Portiskum-Damaturu.

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FG/Twitter War: Malami says Nigeria will prosecute violators

Nigeria’s attorney general Abubakar Malami Saturday said the country will prosecute those who flout the government order to deactivate operations of twitter in the West African nation. Nigeria announced on Friday that it has suspended Twitter from operating in the country after a face-off between the authorities and the social media giant escalated earlier in the week. The ban came into effect on Saturday with millions of users blocked from accessing the site. Many young Nigerians are, however, circumventing the ban by using virtual private networks (VPN). Malami’s statement was,…

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Buhari bans Twitter

Nigeria’s Federal Government on Friday announced the suspension of Twitter operations in the country indefinitely. Nigeria’s information and culture minister Lai Mohammed announced Twitter’s suspension in a statement by his media aide Segun Adeyemi. The statement announcing Twitter’s ban was announced on Twitter via Nigeria’s ministry of information and culture Twitter handle. “The Federal Government has suspended, indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria,” Mohammed said. The Nigerian government’s spokesman cited “the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining…

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Holy Ka’aba’s Imam visits Zulum, says we monitor your achievements from far

Prof. Hassan Abdulhamid Bukhari, a Saudi academic and one of the Imams leading congregational prayers at the Holy Ka’ba (masjid Al-Haram) in Makkah, has paid a visit to Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum. The visit held on Wednesday evening at the Government House, Maiduguri. Imam Bukhari, who is the Dean, faculty of Arabic Studies for non-natives at Ummul Qura University in Makkah, was in Maiduguri on the invitation of Dr. Mohammed Kyari Dikwa, President of Al-ansar Foundation that is currently building Borno’s first private university, at a site in…

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Why Twitter punished Buhari

Social media, Twitter punished Nigeria’s President Mohammadu Buhari for posting a vexatious tweet considered as a violation of its rules Buhari had threatened those fomenting trouble in Nigeria’s southeast region that his government will “treat them in the language they understand.” “Many of those misbehaving today are too young to be aware of the destruction and loss of lives that occurred during the Nigerian Civil War. Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand,” Buhari tweeted…

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Buhari names Kingibe Nigeria’s ambassador to Chad basin

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Ambassador Babagana Kingibe as his special envoy with cabinet rank status, to Chad and the Lake Chad Basin Region. According to a statement signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, the appointment of a special envoy by the President is in line with the resolution of the Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Lake Chad Basin Commission Member Countries, on the situation in Chad on the 25th of May, 2021‘ Mustapha…

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NEMA: 7,000 affected as bandit attacks two Sokoto LGs

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has confirmed that about 7, 000 persons were affected by recent bandit attacks in Sabon Birni and Isa Local Government Areas of Sokoto State. A joint assessment carried out by staff of NEMA and Sokoto State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), established that about 6,200 of the affected persons are currently living in camps and host communities at Sabon Birni Primary School and Isa town in Sokoto State, as well as neighbouring Shinkafi town, in Zamfara State, respectively. The Head of NEMA’s Sokoto Operations Office,…

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Buhari appoints new Chief of Army Staff

The President, Muhammad Buhari has appointedMajor General Farouk Yahaya as the new Chief of Army Staff. Yahaya succeeds Lt. General Ibrahim Attahiru, who died last Friday in an Air Force plane crash.. Yahaya’ s appointment was announced today by Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, acting Director Defence Information Prior to his appointment, Major General Yahaya was the General Officer Commanding 1 Division of the Nigerian Army. He is also the incumbent Theatre Commander of the Counter Terrorism Counter Insurgency military outfit in the North East, code named Operation HADIN KAI.

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AGF flip-flops over return of Ibori loot to Delta

Mr Ahmed Idris, the Accountant General of the Federation has denied an earlier claim that the Federal Government has returned £4.2 million loot recovered from former Governor James Ibori to Delta State Government. Idris, had disclosed on Tuesday before the House of Representatives Committee on Recovered Assets, in Abuja, that the funds had been released to the oil rich state. The Delta State government had however denied receiving the funds. A statement from the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (OAGF) on Wednesday said: “ The statement read, “The…

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Kaduna Plane Crash: NEMA commiserate with Nigerian Army

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) deeply commiserates with the Nigerian Army over the death its gallant Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru in an air crash, in Kaduna, on Friday.According to NEMA Director, General AVM. Muhammadu Muhammed (rtd.), “The untimely death of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, in an air crash in Kaduna, on Friday, is shocking”. The NEMA Director General also condoles with the Nigerian Airforce and families of the other brave service men and air crew that perished in the crash…

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Tears as Kaduna crash victims bodies arrive for Church service

Tears flow freely as ambulances conveying the remains of some of the military officers who died in the Beachcraft 350 aircraft that crashed at the Kaduna International Airport on Friday have arrived at the premises of the Nigerian Air Force Protestant Church for the funeral prayer. Families of Brigadier General Olayinka, Flying Lt Asaniyi, Flying Lt AA Olufade, Sergeant Adesina and ACM Oyedepo are at the service.

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Kaduna Crash: Attahiru, other officers’ bodies arrive Abuja for burial

Bodies of the late Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, and 10 others who died in a Beachcraft 350 aircraft that crashed at the Kaduna International Airport on Friday have arrived Abuja, the federal capital, for burial. Corpses of the late officers were received at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja about 11am. They were being moved to the National Mosque and the Nigerian Air Force Protestant Church venues of funeral prayers amidst tight security. The crash claimed all 11 souls onboard including Attahiru.…

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Attahiru, Nigeria’s Army chief, 10 others killed in Kaduna plane crash

A Nigerian Air Force military plane crashed at the Kaduna International Airport on Friday, claiming all eleven officers and men onboard including the newly appointed Nigeria’s Army Chief, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru. National Infinity reports that the ill-fated aircraft, a Beachcraft 350 crashed at the airport’s runway at about 6 pm killing all eleven people on board. The Nigerian Air Force confirmed that there was an accident involving one of its aircraft in Kaduna but did not provide details. “An air crash involving a @NigAirForce aircraft occurred this evening near the…

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“Open grazing ban is same as Northern governors banning spare parts trading” -AGF Malami

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, on Wednesday, slammed Southern governors for banning open grazing in the region. According to the AGF, open grazing ban is the same thing as Northern governors banning spare parts trading in their own region considering the fact that Southerners comprise a majority of spare parts traders in the North. Malami spoke while featuring on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ programme monitored in Lagos About 17 southern governors met last week in Asaba, the Delta State capital, and resolved to ban…

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Hell looms as Governors mull N408 per/ltr for petrol

Nigerians may face more economic hardship if the recommendations of a committee set up by the Nigerian Governors Forum on Petroleum pricing see the light of the day. The committee, set up by the NGF and headed by the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, made known the recommended price band on Wednesday at a virtual meeting of the NGF. The committee called for the immediate removal of subsidy from petrol. El-Rufai explained that the current subsidy regime was unsustainable because smugglers and illegal markets in neighbouring African countries were the…

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FG gives passport issuing centres ultimatum, no request for new passports till June 1

FG Gives Passport Issuing Centres May 31 Ultimatum To Clear Application Backlog; Request For New Passport Starts June 1 All Passport Issuing Centres in Nigeria have been directed to clear existing backlog of applications on or before 31st May, 2021. A press statement from the Public Affairs Department of the Nigeria Immigration Service on Tuesday, 18 May, 2021 confirmed this directive. According to the statement, “requests for fresh and/or re-issue shall not be entertained with effect from 18th May 2021-31st May 2021 in all centres except for locations in the…

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El-rufai declares NLC President, others wanted as workers’ strike paralyse Kaduna

The Kaduna State Government has declared the chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba, and others wanted. Wabba had on Monday led workers in the state on a warning strike to force the state Governor, Malam Nasir El-rufai, to rescind his decision to sack workers in the state. The action by NLC led to the grounding of economic and social activities in the state with workers in the railway, aviation, medical sector and others joining the protest staged by the Congress. Reacting, Governor El-rufai, in a tweet yesterday, said…

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Windstorm Devastation: NEMA provides relief for 1,112 Cross River homes

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) at the weekend, distributed relief materials to 1,112 households devastated by a windstorm that swept through four communities in Ikom Local Government Area of Cross River State. Ogomogom, Akorofono, Nkarasi and Abinti communities in Ikom LGA bore the brunt of the windstorm which pulled off roofs, destroyed houses with loss of properties. NEMA Director General AVM Muhammadu Muhammed (rtd), who flagged off the relief distribution at Ikom LGA Secretariat, sympathized with the affected persons, noting the relief items were approved by President Muhammadu Buhari…

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Buhari goes to France

President Muhammadu Buhari has departed Abuja for Paris, France, on a four-day official visit to attend the African Finance Summit. Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, confirmed this in a statement in Abuja on Saturday. According to him, the summit will focus on reviewing the African economy following shocks from the Coronavirus pandemic and getting relief, especially from the increased debt burden on countries. He added that the summit, to be hosted by President Emmanuel Macron, would draw major stakeholders in the global financial…

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Buhari begs Nigerians for understanding

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, begged Nigerians to show more understanding on the current economic and security situations in the country. According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President made the appeal while speaking with State House correspondents shortly after observing the Eid prayers, marking the end of one-month-long Ramadan fast, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The statement was titled, ‘President Buhari pledges action against bandits’ threat to national food security.’ Buhari was quoted as saying that “I expect Nigerians…

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Banditry: IDPs in 14 Niger State LGAs get NEMA relief

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has commenced direct distribution of relief materials to 24,925 household of displaced persons affected by banditry in 14 Local Government Areas of Niger State.  Director General of NEMA AVM Muhammadu Muhammed (rtd.) flagged off the relief distribution in Kuta, the headquarters of Shiroro Local Government Area of the state.  The NEMA DG who was represented by the Head of Minna Operations Office, Hajiya Zainab Ahmad Saidu sympathised with the affected persons and said the relief materials approved by President Muhammadu Buhari were delivered to…

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FG announces new COVID-19 lockdown, restricts social gathering to 50

The Federal Government has announced a partial lockdown shutting down bars, night clubs and recreational centres in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country. The government also reintroduced COVID-19 restrictions across all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory with a nationwide 12am to 4am curfew as part of new efforts to curtail the further spread of the pandemic. The Head of Technical Secretariat of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, Dr Mukhtar Mohammed, said the new directive takes effect by midnight of Tuesday. He said…

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Just In: Ramadan ends tomorrow as FG declares Wednesday, Thursday public holidays

The Federal Government has declared Wednesday and Thursday as public holidays to mark the 2021 Eid-ul-Fitr celebration. The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government on Monday. A statement by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Dr. Shuaib Belgore, quoted Aregbesola as congratulating the Muslim faithful on the occasion. He also called “all Nigerians, at home and abroad to use the period of this year’s Eidul-Fitr celebration to pray for peace, stability and economic transformation in the land”. Aregbesola, who…

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Hardship may worsen as Economic Advisory Council ask Buhari to remove fuel subsidy

If President Mohammadu Buhari harkens to the advice by the Presidential Economic Advisory Council to remove subsidy on petrol and adopt a pricing regime that reflects the cost of the commodity, Nigerian may be in for more hard times. The council, set up in 2019 by Buhari and chaired by Prof Doyin Salami replaced the defunct Economic Management Team led by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo. The council, charged with the responsibility of advising the President on economic policy matters including fiscal analysis, economic growth and a range of internal and global…

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NPA Probe: El-Rufai leads others to lobby Presidency for soft-landing over Hadiza Usman’s probe

Powerful Nothern political forces with the Kaduna State governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, as the arrow head, have commenced underground moves to save the embattled Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Ms. Hadiza Usman. Usman was suspended last week as part of moves to allow independent audit of the accounts and remittance of the agency. Governor El-Rufai is however making franking efforts lobbying the Presidency to rescue and secure soft-landing for Usman who is his political daughter, According to details of a letter sent to President Muhammadu Buhari by…

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Why Buhari ordered Hadiza Bala-Usman’s suspension

President Muhammadu Buhari approved the suspension of the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala-Usman, to allow for investigation into allegations against her, an official has said. This was disclosed Thursday night by presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu. Ms Bala-Usman, an ally of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, was first appointed as the NPA MD in 2016. Her tenure was renewed for another five years in January this year. Mr Shehu did not disclose details of the allegations against Ms Bala-Usman but said Mohammed Koko has been appointment…

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Flood forecasting, management: NEMA provides automatic weather observatories to NIHSA

To enhance operations of the Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency, (NIHSA), the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has provided three automatic Weather Observation Stations in support to NIHSA. Speaking in Abuja, at the unveiling of the 2021 annual flood outlook by the NHSA, NEMA’s Director-General, AVM Muhammadu Muhammed (rtd) said the weather stations which are at various stages of installations are located in Nasarawa State University, Keffi; Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti and Federal University, Kashere. According to AVM Muhammed, NEMA values “collaboration with our partners and are ready to strengthen…

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Civil Defence, Police intercept Four Truckloads of herdsmen and cows

Men of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the Nigeria Police in Kwara State have intercepted four truckloads of Fulani/Bororo herders and their cattle in the state and have sent them back to where they came from. Sources revealed that the herders had planned to settle in Offa, Offa Local Government Area of the state before they were intercepted at Ipee town, in Oyun Local Government Area of the state. It was also gathered that the combined efforts of the men of the NSCDC and the police…

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Gov. Ganduje owing pensioners N26bn -NLC

The Kano State chapter of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has appealed to Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje to consider the payment of outstanding pensions, gratuities and death benefits of N26 billion to retirees. Mr Kabir Ado-Minjibir, the NLC Chairman in the state, made the call while briefing newsmen on Saturday in Kano to mark the 2021 workers’ day. The chairman said that the payment of the outstanding benefits was part of their requests to the state government for consideration. Other requests he said include: review of retirement age for all civil servants…

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Fr. Mbaka dumps Buhari, Uzodinma, blesses Kanu

Fiery Priest and Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Fr Ejike Mbaka, has stated that God had directed him to withdraw his support for the President, Muhammadu Buhari and Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, and to prophesy against them. The respected Catholic priest made the assertion during a recent sermon in his church also blessed the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, for championing the cause of his people. He also spoke highly of Kanu whose group has been proscribed and labelled a terrorist organisation by the…

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FG declares Monday work-free day

The Federal Government has declared Monday, May 3, 2021, a public holiday to mark this year’s International Workers’ Day celebration. The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, congratulated Nigerian workers for witnessing this year’s celebration. He commended them for their patience, understanding and support in driving the policies and programmes of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari “in its determination to move the country to the next level of socio-economic development.” Aregbesola in a statement on Thursday by the Permanent…

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NBC hammers Channels TV’s ‘Politics Today’ over IPOB interview

Nigeria’s broadcast regulatory agency, National Broadcasting Commission on Monday wielded its big stick on Channels Television by ordering an immediate stoppage of one of its programmes, ‘Politics Today’ with a fine N5 million for breaching the broadcast code. The commission said it took the decision following the a live interview the station had with the spokesperson for the Indigenous People of Biafra, Emma Powerful. In a letter to the Managing Director of Channels Television signed by the Acting Director-General of the Commission, NBC, Armstrong Idachaba, the Commission referred to Channels…

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India’s COVID-19 variant giving Nigeria sleepless nights

The Nigerian government has resolved to introduce additional control measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 strain in India to Nigeria. The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, who disclosed this on Sunday said the issue would be a subject of discussion at the ministerial experts’ committee meeting on Monday (today). India is currently witnessing what has been described as a devastating second wave of COVID-19 with confirmed cases and deaths increasing in the past weeks. The country is said to recording more than a quarter million cases per day.…

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Sack Pantami now -Elumelu

Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, on Wednesday, urged the House to demand resignation or sack of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, over his controversial sermons and utterances backing the activities of Jihadist movements and deadly Islamic sects. Pantami has been under fire for once preaching the violent cause of extremist Islamist sects and Jihadist narratives of al-Qaeda and the Taliban before he became a member of the Federal Executive Council in the Buhari administration. At the plenary on Wednesday, Elumelu raised…

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Petrol lands at N216/ltr as daily subsidy hits N4.6bn

With the continuous increase in global oil prices and further depreciation of the naira against the dollar, the landing cost of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) imported into Nigeria has jumped to N216.31 per litre. The Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency had in March released a pricing template that indicated the guiding prices for the month. The template, which showed that petrol pump price was expected to range from N209.61 to N212.61 per litre, was greeted with widespread public outcry and was later deleted by the agency from its website. The…

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