Lai Mohammed calls Lagos AntiSARS panel report “tales by moonlight”

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Tuesday, insisted that there was no “massacre” at the Lekki toll gate on October 20, 2020. Mohammed, who also described the leaked report of the Lagos State panel as fake, stated this at a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday. The nine-member panel had in its leaked report alleged that at least nine persons were killed at the Lekki toll plaza when soldiers and policemen stormed the scene to disperse protesters on October 20, 2020. However, Mohammed described the allegations as…

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Finally, Lagos EndSARS panel confirm 48 protesters shot at Lekki Toll Gate, seek EndSARS memorial

The atrocious killing of unarmed protesters at Lekki toll gate on the night of October 20, 2020, can be equated to a ‘massacre’ in context, the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses and other matters has said. The Justice Doris Okuwobi-led panel made this known in its report submitted to the Lagos State Government on Monday. In the report, titled, ‘Report Of Lekki Incident Investigation Of 20th October 2020’, a copy of which was sighted by our correspondent, the panel said at…

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House ownership made easy as Fashola launches portal

Nigerians can now apply for houses built under the current Federal Government’s National Housing Programme (NHP) in 34 states of the country following the launch, Friday of the portal by the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN through which interested members of the public could apply for an allocation. The formal launch of the portal, https:// nhp.worksandhousing.gov.ng, which took place at the Conference Room of the Ministry in Mabushi, Abuja, throws open the door for Nigerians to apply online to buy the available 5,000 plus housing units, ranging from 1,…

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Ikoyi Skyscraper Tragedy: Death toll hits 44

Just as rescue operations is about to be rounded off at the site of the 21-storey building which collapsed on Gerrard Road, in the Ikoyi area of Lagos State, the death toll in the tragedy has climbed to 44. According to sources on the ground at the site, “on Sunday that two more bodies were recovered from the rubble, which increased the death toll to 44.” The source said one of the bodies was recovered around 8pm on Saturday, while the other body was recovered around midnight. “The recovery operation…

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Ikoyi Skycrapper Tragedy: Sorrow and tears as families identify corpses

Families of dead victims of the 21-storey building which collapse on Gerrard Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, on Saturday, besieged Lagos Mainland Hospital morgue in the Yaba area of the state to identify corpses of their loved ones. Eyewitness at the mortuary on Saturday afternoon observed a mix of emotions deep sorrow, tears and anger as families went into the mortuary premises. National Infinity reports that the skyscraper owned by Fourscore Heights Limited collapsed in the afternoon of Monday, November 1, 2021, trapping over 50 persons, including the firm’s Managing Director, Femi…

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Osibona still missing as Lagos Gov., Sanwo-Olu names survivors

The owner of Fourscore Heights Ltd, Femi Osibona was conspicuously missing on the list as Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu read out the names of survivors of the Monday afternoon 21 storey building that collapsed in Ikoyi who are presently undergoing treatment at the Lagos Island General Hospital, Marina. The state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, read out the names and ages of the survivors who were found under the rubble while addressing the press during his second visit to the site on Wednesday. According to the governor, six of the nine…

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Ikoyi Collapsed Building: Sanwo-Olu suspends LASBCA boss, 14 bodies evacuated

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has ordered the suspension of the General Manager of the Lagos State Building Control Agency, Mr. Gbolahan Oki, The governor also said the government would find out what went wrong and punish those indicted in the 21-storey building that collapsed in Ikoyi, Lagos State on Monday. The death toll in Lagos building collapse has increased to 14, the state government confirmed on Tuesday. The government also said nine men were also rescued alive, adding that more equipment and personnel have been deployed to the site…

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Ikoyi Collapsed Building: Firm warned owners over structural integrity before handing off

Prowess Engineering Limited, the company that began the construction of the building which collapsed in Ikoyi, Lagos on Monday withdrew from the project in February 2020, according to a letter now circulating online. The company withdrew its services on grounds that it no longer shared the same vision with its client believed to be Fourscore Heights Limited as addressed in the letter. Prowess Engineering Limited, which had constructed two other buildings for its client, said it couldn’t guarantee the integrity of the third (collapsed building) from anything above the fourth…

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Four dead, four rescued as Lagos Dep. Gov. visits scene of Ikoyi collapsed building

The Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, has visited the scene of the collapsed high rise building at Gerard road in Ikoyi. Just as reports Just as reports quoting Ibrahim Farinloye, South West Zonal Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) says no fewer than four persons have so far been rescued while four dead bodies have been evacuated from the rubble. The rescued victims have since been rushed to an undisclosed hospital for medical attention. NEMA team and that of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency…

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Buhari begs journalists over insecurity

President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to the media to change the tone, content, and standards of reporting issues of security and safety in Nigeria. According to a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Monday, Buhari appealed that the term “rising insecurity” should be replaced with the “reality of declining insecurity.” The statement was titled, ‘President Buhari Felicitates With Muslims On Eid-el-Maulud, Reassures That Significant Gains Are Being Made In Combating Insecurity.’ It partly read, “The President urges Muslims to…

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Fully vaccinated US ‘war hero’ Collin Powell dies of COVID-19 complications

Colin Powell, a US war hero and the first Black secretary of state who saw his legacy tarnished when he made the case for war in Iraq in 2003, has died of complications from Covid-19. He was 84. “We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American,” the family said in a statement posted to social media on Monday. The retired four-star general and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who served four presidents made his reputation as a man of honor distant…

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Corruption fighting back as CG Audi moves to sanitise NSCDC

Effort by Dr. Ahmed Abubakar Audi, Commandant-General,  Nigeria Security & Civil Defence Corps to halt corrupt practices within the para military agency has certainly incurred the wrath of some NSCDC contractors who have resorted to threatening his life via phone calls, text messages and voice recorded messages. The embittered contractors are hell bent in sustaining the old order of ‘’business as usual’’ which had triggered negative impact, especially on the finances and efficient administration of the Corps in the recent past. The embittered contractors are not alone in their resistance…

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34yrs after, trial of alleged killers of revolutionist, Thomas Sankara begins in Burkina Faso

A military court in Ouagadougou on Monday began the long-awaited trial of 14 men, including the former president, accused in the assassination of Burkina Faso’s left-wing leader Thomas Sankara 34 years ago The slaying of Sankara, a pan-Africanist icon, has for years cast a shadow over the poor Sahel state, fuelling its reputation for turbulence and bloodshed. Sankara and 12 others were riddled with bullets by a hit squad on October 15, 1987 during a putsch that brought his friend and comrade-in-arms Blaise Compaore to power. Compaore, the chief accused,…

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Legalising cannabis will be a national albatross -Marwa

The Chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), retired Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa, says the proponents of the legalisation of Cannabis Sativa cannot have what they desire. Marwa spoke at the 2021 Ulefunta annual public lecture organised by the Deji Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi, in Akure. In a statement by the agency’s Director Media and Advocacy, Mr Femi Babafemi on Friday in Abuja, the NDLEA boss emphatically laid the basis for his position. Marwa, represented by his Special Adviser on National Drug Control Master Plan, Mr Lanre Ipinmisho, said that…

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UK grants COVID-19 exemptions to fully vaccinated Nigerians

The United Kingdom has announced that fully vaccinated travellers from Nigeria to England will not need to take a pre-departure test, undertake a day 8 test or self-isolate for 10 days as previously required, with effect from Monday, October 11. This policy, it said, applies to those fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca (including Covidshield), Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson. In a statement on Thursday titled, ‘UK changes travel rules for fully vaccinated travellers from Nigeria,’ the British High Commission said the traveller must also have a valid proof of vaccination…

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Another costly mistake as NAF fighter jet kills Nigerian fishermen

At least 20 fishermen were killed accidentally in a Nigerian military strike on a jihadist camp in northeast Nigeria, two security sources and locals told AFP.  A Nigerian fighter jet early on Sunday bombarded Kwatar Daban Masara in Lake Chad, which straddles Nigeria and neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon, the sources said. The area is a bastion for the IS-affiliated Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP). The reports of casualties came less than two weeks after officials say another airstrike on Buhari village, in Yobe State killed nine civilians in…

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Protesters ground Edo over Gov. Obaseki’s compulsory COVID-19 vaccination order

Protesting members of civil society organisations and students on Monday took to major streets in Edo State to protest against the compulsory COVID-19 vaccination policy put in place by Governor Godwin Obasek. The protesters, who grounded vehicular movement in the metropolis, carried placards bearing inscriptions as: ‘We need security in Edo, not vaccine’; ‘We will resist any form of executive rascality’; ‘Hunger is killing us, not COVID-19’; ‘Obaseki obey court order’; ‘My body is my right’; ‘Share COVID-19 palliative’. They also threatened to completely shut down government houses, government agencies/parastatals,…

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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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