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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Video: Gov. Sanwo-Olu meets, commends armed police officer assaulted on duty after arresting ‘one-way driver’

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, met with Erhator on Monday at the Lagos Governor Office in Alausa for a “Governorship Handshake”. The governor also applauded the police officer for his “show of patience, decorum and what is expected of a police officer” in the face of provocation and urged other officers to emulate him. The policeman was then presented with a state plaque as a mark of honour and prestige to appreciate his commitment to promoting core values of modern policing and protection of fundamental human rights.

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Why FG bar Adeboye’s chopper from flying

The Federal Government through the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has grounded a private chopper belonging to Pastor Enoch Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God at the Lagos Airport, investigations by Sunday  PUNCH, has revealed. It was learnt that the aircraft, AgustaWestland AW139 chopper, with registration number 5N-EAA, was suspended from flying over two weeks ago, following the expiration of some of its papers and spare parts. The suspension, officials said, would also allow the regulator to conduct vital safety checks on its safety-critical components, especially some spare parts that are…

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Stop lying, you printed N60bn, Obaseki replies Finance Minister

Godwin Obaseki, the governor of Edo State has called out the Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, for denying that the Federal Government printed N60 billion in March to support allocation to states. The governor, who accused the Federal Government of “monetary rascality”, also tackled the finance minister for “playing the ostrich”. Obaseki said this while reacting to the denial by Ahmed that his claim on FG’s printing of N60bn was “untrue”. On Thursday, Obaseki tweeted, “While we do not want to join issues with the Federal…

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Buhari returns after London medical trip

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday evening returned to Nigeria from London after a prolonged medical check-up. The Chief of Staff to the President, Prof Ibrahim Gambari, led other top government officials to receive Buhari at the presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja. After the brief airport ceremony, Buhari and his entourage made their way to the Presidential Villa.

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Fireworks as Army Chief face Reps over arms purchase

Fireworks and fierce exchange dominated the day as Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, appeared before the House of Representatives Ad Hoc Committee on the Need to Review the Purchase, Use and Control of Arms, Ammunition and Related Hardware by Military, Paramilitary and Other Law Enforcement Agencies on Monday. The committee had earlier invited Attahiru and Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, on the 22nd of March and the 7th of April respectively to answer questions on the procurement of arms and ammunition. During Attahiru’s appearance…

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Buhari’s minister denies Boko Haram, Al-Quaeda links

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, has slammed reports linking him to Al-Qaeda terrorists. Pantami made this clarification on Monday, April 12, via a series of tweets that stated, “My lectures against the doctrines and all other evil people have been available for over 15 years, including debates that endangered my life against many criminals in Nigeria. If you can’t understand Hausa, get an objective Hausa speaker to translate for you objectively. “On the issue of NIN-SIM Verification to fight insecurity, there is no going back. Our priority as GOVERNMENT…

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NAF releases updates on missing jet

UPDATE ON MISSING NAF ALPHA JET AIRCRAFT Intelligence report gathered by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) indicates that the Alpha Jet aircraft (NAF475) that went off the radar with 2 crew members on board on 31 March 2021 might have crashed. The cause of the crash as well as the whereabouts of the 2 pilots remain unknown. The pilots are Flight Lieutenant John Abolarinwa and Flight Lieutenant Ebiakpo Chapele. Extensive search and rescue efforts are still ongoing by NAF surveillance aircraft as well as NAF Special Forces and Nigerian Army…

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No update on missing NAF fighter jet

Palpable anxiety and confusion pervade the Nigerian Aviation and Armed Forces circles as a Nigerian Air Force Alpha Jet involved in the anti-terror war against Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province that was reported to have lost radar contact in Borno State, Wednesday evening is still missing. NAF spokesman, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, in a statement on Thursday, said the Alpha Jet lost radar contact on Wednesday evening. The NAF spokesman, however, did not disclose the number of officers onboard the yet-to-be-found jet. The statement titled, ‘Nigerian Air…

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What Buhari told Service Chiefs before leaving for medical check-up in London

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered security chiefs to identify and crush heads of bandits, kidnappers and their local collaborators to restore confidence in the society Buhari gave the order when he met the security chiefs at the State House, Abuja, on Tuesday, March 30. The National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno rtd., said the president gave the order when he met the security chiefs at the State House, Abuja, on Tuesday. Monguno, who briefed State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, quoted the president as warning that his administration would not accept…

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Buhari goes to London for medical check-up

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Tuesday embark on a medical trip to London. According to a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, “President Buhari billed for a routine medical check-up in London.” Adesina said Buhari was expected back in the country in the second week of April after what he called “a routine medical check-up.” The statement read, “President Muhammadu Buhari proceeds to London, the United Kingdom, Tuesday, March 30, 2021, for a routine medical check-up. “The President meets with Security Chiefs…

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Ban Open grazing now! -Yakasai

Salihu Yakasai, son of elder statesman, Tanko Yakasai, who was recently relieved of his appointment as media aide to Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has said that open grazing is no longer attainable and should be stopped. Yakasai was reacting to a video on social media that shows a woman in Ogun State lamenting as cows grazed on a vegetable farm while the herders watched. Sharing a tweet, he said, “This is totally unacceptable and stands condemned. Open grazing is no longer attainable and should be stopped immediately. This is…

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Sanwo-Olu lauds ‘impactful’ Dangote, say Lagos will complement efforts with road networks

Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has commended the Dangote Group for situating the biggest investment in the country in Lagos State, and for the positive development which the Dangote Oil Refinery and Dangote Fertiliser Complex would bring to Lagos and the Nigerian economy. President of the Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, on his part thanked the governor for his support and for making Lagos a haven for investors, and said the Dangote Group would do its best to make the Epe axis a hub of industrialisation through job creation and other…

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Gov. Ortom names sponsors of gun attack on his convoy

Samuel Ortom, governor of Nigeria’s Benue state whose convoy was attacked by gunmen along Gboko/Markudi road on Saturday afternoon has named the group who should be held responsible for the attack. Suspected gunmen believed to be bandits had attacked the convoy of Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom at Tyo Mu along Makurdi/Gboko road around noon. It was gathered that the Governor was on his way to Makurdi when the gunmen opened fire on his convoy but were repelled by his security men. In a statement, the governor said, “You know…

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Buhari names Expressway in Abuja after Niger’s President

President Muhammadu Buhari has named an expressway in Abuja after his Niger Republic counterpart, Issoufou Mahamadou. FCT Minister, Muhammed Bello, alongside Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, announced this on Tuesday during the inauguration of the road. Bello said, “Earlier today, the first phase of the on-going Outer Southern Expressway in Abuja was named the ‘Mahamadou Issoufou Expressway’ in honour of the President of the Republic of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou. “The road was named after the Nigerien President by President Muhammadu Buhari as a mark of deep appreciation for the…

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We are expecting N527bn Ibori loot from UK Govt -FG

Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), says the Federal Government is expecting over £100m (N527bn), allegedly stolen by a former Governor of Delta State, James Ibori, and his associates to be repatriated to Nigeria by the British Government. Malami made the revelation recently during a live interview programme, Politics Today; on Channels Television’s monitored in Lagos. He said apart from the Ibori loot, $100m traced to the late Head of State, Gen Sani Abacha, was also being expected. He said, “As it is we have succeeded in recovering £4.2m…

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Asari Dokubo declares New Biafra State proclaims self Head of State

Ex-Niger Delta regional war lord, Alhaji Mujahid Asari Dokubo, has declared a new state, new “Biafra de facto customary government” from the Nigerian Federation and declared himself as head of the government. Dokubo cited “injustice and marginalisation” on the Igbo found in various zones of the country as the reason for his aspiring for a “better life for his people.” According to a statement issued by one Uche Mefor, described as the Head of Information and Communication of the customary government. Copies of the statement were made available to journalists…

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RCCG fumes as Fashola’s Works Ministry pay another contractor N151m for Adeboye’s CSR project

Adeboye’s Redeemed Church raises alarm over alleged payment of N151m to construction company on road project completed by church as CSR. The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) has raised an alarm over the payment of N151m as reimbursement to a construction firm, Cartil Construction Nigeria Limited for a road project executed by the church as a corporate social responsibility project. According to reports, the Nigerian Senate has commenced a probe of the Federal Ministry of Works for paying the aforesaid construction firm N151m as reimbursement for a road project…

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Lagos to close Falomo bridge for 6 weeks

The Lagos State Government has said Falomo Bridge would be shut down for six weeks with effect from Sunday, March 14, 2021. This was contained in a statement by the Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, on Friday. He stated that this follows the approval secured from the Federal Government for repair works on the bridge which will be completed on April 30, 2021. He said that “the repair works will run on a 24-hour shift in phases to enable the contractor complete repairs within the estimated time…

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COVID-19: Bulgaria joins Denmark, Iceland, Norway to suspend AstraZeneca vaccine

Bulgaria on Friday suspended the use of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine as it investigated the death of a woman with several underlying conditions who received the jab this week. The temporary suspension follows other countries in Europe, including Denmark, Iceland and Norway, which paused AstraZeneca vaccinations over safety concerns. “I order a halt in vaccinations with the AstraZeneca vaccine until the European Medicines Agency dismisses all doubts about its safety,” said a government press service statement quoting Prime Minister Boyko Borisov. The prime minister requested “a written statement with an accurate…

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Fuel Price Crisis: Ngige issues ‘open-ended’ statement, not foreclosing increment

Labour and Employment Minister, Dr. Chris Ngige is saying the Federal Government has assured Nigerians that there is currently no increase in the price of Premium Motor Spirit. A statement on Friday by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, said “there will be no increase in the price of PMS for now as discussions are still ongoing between government and the organised labour as well as other stakeholders on the matter.” Going by the statement, the government is at the same time not foreclosing an increment. Ngige…

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COVID-19: CACOVID donates Incinerator, 260 Oxygen cylinder to LASG

The private sector Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID), on Tuesday, fulfilled its pledge to the Lagos State Government by donating 260 medical oxygen gas cylinder and newly purchased Incinerator to Yaba Isolation centre in Lagos. Speaking to media at the commissioning of the Incinerator and presentation of gas cylinder to Lagos State government, Managing Director and CEO of Aliko Dangote Foundation, who doubles as an administrator of CACOVID, Zouera Youssoufou said, though a total number of 260 gas cylinder of different sizes were donated to the Lagos State government including incinerator,…

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35yrs After: Vatsa’s family begs Buhari for state pardon

Thirty-five years after his execution for alleged involvement in a coup plot, the family of the late General Mamman Vatsa has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to grant him a state pardon. Vatsa and some military officers were executed on March 5, 1986, after their alleged involvement in a coup plot, and the day was set aside by his family and the Vatsa community, Gulu in Lapai Local Government of Niger State for remembrance and special prayers for his soul. Speaking to newsmen after marking this year’s anniversary of his death…

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Again, bandits strike in Niger State, kill guard at Kainji National Park

Mallam Tanko Mohammed, a security guard with the Kainji National Park in Borge local government area of Niger state have been killed by armed Bandits, who invaded the park on Monday evening while several others were injured. The deceased National park guard hailed from Wawa town community in New Bussa. A source close to the Park told The Sun on telephone, Monday evening that no fewer than four other guards who were together with late Tanko Mohammed at the time of the invasion, also sustained varying degrees of injuries. They are currently…

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SGF, ministers, PTF members get vaccination today

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the Chairman Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, and members of the PTF will on Monday in Abuja receive doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines. The Director Press, Office of the SGF, Willie Bassey, said this in a notice on Sunday night. The development about 48 hours after the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, have received their doses of the vaccine, live, on Saturday at the Presidential Villa. The SGF and the PTF members…

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Nigerian Army reshuffles, about 100 General involved

The Nigerian Army has announced the redeployment and posting of over 100 senior officers with a charge to remain absolutely loyal to the Constitution of the nation. The Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier-General Mohammed Yerima, said the massive shake-up was in line with the bid to re-position the Nigerian Army (NA) for optimal performance, adding that all postings and appointments take effect from 10 March, 2021. According to the statement, “the NA has released postings and appointments of some affected senior officers. The posting, which was approved by the Chief…

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Buhari, Osinbajo jabbed in the Villa

I feel no pain, says Osinbajo President Muhammadu Buhari, and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, Saturday, got vaccinated with the Astra-Zeneca Covid-19 vaccine at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The President and his Deputy received the vaccine following the launch of the vaccination exercise in the country with frontline health workers. The event was preceded by e-registration of President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo and filling out of their vaccination cards by Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib. The vaccination of President Buhari was…

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Lagos shut Marine Bridge for 3months

The Lagos State Government will close down the Marine Bridge partially for three months beginning from Tuesday, March 9, to Monday, June 21, 2021 for emergency repair works on the Apapa outward section of the bridge. A statement released by the Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde said the partial closure was necessary to maintain the bridge infrastructure. The repair work according to him includes removal, and cleaning of the existing expansion joints to prevent further deterioration. He also explained that during the period of the partial closure, traffic will…

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Buhari, Osinbajo to take COVID-19 vaccines Saturday

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, will receive shots of AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccines on Saturday. Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Faisal Shuaib, disclosed this at a State House briefing in Abuja on Thursday. According to him, the exercise will boost the confidence of Nigerians to receive the about four million doses of AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine shipped into the country this week. Shuaib said, “The next step in the vaccination programme given that we’ve now received the vaccines is a launch that will be taking place…

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No greetings from Prez. Buhari as the world celebrate Adeboye at 79

President Mohammadu Buhari’s birthday greeting was conspicuously missing as respected evangelist and God’s gift to Christendom, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, clocked 79. Many Nigerians including fellow clergies and the political class taken to the social media to celebrate the cleric whose influence amongst Christian in Nigeria and all over the world is beyond doubt. For the venerable man of God, this year’s celebration is without a goodwill message from fellow septuagenarian and President of Nigeria, Mohammadu Buhari, who has not…

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War on Bandits: FG strikes Zamfara with ‘no-fly zone’, bans mining activities

The Nigerian Government has declared bandits ravaged Zamfara State in Northern part of the country a ‘no fly zone’. The National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (retd.), on Tuesday announced that President Muhammadu Buhari, approved the declaration as part of efforts to tackle the security challenges being witnessed in the state. He said the President also approved the recommendation that mining activities in the state should stop immediately. Monguno who spoke with State House correspondents, at the end of a meeting of the National Security Council held at the…

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Sunday Igboho berates FG for attempted arrest, asks Buhari to pick Shekau, Gumi

Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, better known as Sunday Igboho, has advised the Federal Government to channel its energy towards arresting Boko Haram leader, Ibrahim Shekau, and Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, who has been holding meetings with bandits. Igboho said this during an interview with The PUNCH on Friday while reacting to the face-off between him and security agents around the Guru Maharaji bus stop along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. The Yoruba rights activist, who has been in the news for serving a quit notice on Fulani herdsmen in some parts of…

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US President, Biden revokes Trump’s visa ban

President Joe Biden has revoked former President Donald Trump’s order that limited the number of new work visas for temporary foreign workers in the United States amid the coronavirus pandemic.“The suspension of entry imposed in Proclamation 10014… does not advance the interests of the United States. “To the contrary, it harms the United States, including by preventing certain family members of United States citizens and lawful permanent residents from joining their families here,” Biden said in the order provided by the White House on Wednesday. In June 2020, Trump signed…

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What the pilot said before NAF plane crashed, killing 7 people

Pilot of the ill-fated Nigerian Air Force Intelligence Reconnaissance Aircraft which crashed in Abuja, on Sunday, reportedly complained of engine failure barely moments after takeoff. “The aircraft was on its way to Minna, on getting to Bassa Local Government Area, he informed the control tower that he had experienced an engine failure, reports The Punch.  The Pilot, the source continued “was advised to return to the Abuja airport immediately but it crash-landed” killing all 7 people on board. In a statement, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle…

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Petrol hits N170 per litre

Fuel marketers have started adjusting their petrol pump prices amid the supply shortage facing private depots in Apapa. Our correspondent observed that some filling stations in Lagos and Ogun states increased the pump price of petrol to N170 per litre on Tuesday from N162 per litre. Some of the stations were Capital Oil and Gas, Fatgbems and Amo Oil, all along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. Another station, Enyo Retail, adjusted its pump price to N165 per litre from N162. The National Operation Controller, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, Mr Mike…

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Illegal Detention: Ondo Gov., Akeredolu orders CJ’s probe

Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has ordered an immediate probe of the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Olanrewaju Akeredolu, for allegedly detaining her half brother, Olupelumi Fagboyegun, for three years. The probe is sequel to a viral video in which Fagboyegun accused the chief judge of causing his arrest and detention because he went to their father’s home. Fagboyegun, who said he had been living abroad for over 30 years before he returned to Nigeria in 2018, said he had been arraigned five times while the charges had also…

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Jakande ex-Lagos Gov., laid to rest

The first Executive Governor of Lagos State and frontline journalist and founding father of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande, who died on Thursday morning in his residence in Lagos, has been laid to rest. His burial at Volts and Gardens cemetery on Friday was preceded by pre-burial Islamic prayers at his residence in the Ilupeju area of Lagos State. His son, Deji, other family members, and lovers cried as his body was being interred after the Muslim prayer by the Chief Imam of Lagos, Abou-Nolla. Jakande…

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#EndSARS: Youth rep pulls out of Lagos panel

A representative of youths on the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry probing alleged killing of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers at the Lekki toll gate last October, Rinu Oduala, has stepped down from the panel. She made the disclosure on Friday in a piece, ‘Let’s stay the course of justice, partial wins are not enough’. The activist, who faulted the planned reopening of the Lekki toll gate, maintained that justice has not been served to victims of the Lekki shootings of October 20, 2020. She wrote “I will be stepping…

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Meet Brig. Yerima Mohammed, Nigerian Army’s new spokesperson

The Nigerian Army has appointed a veteran Public Relations practitioner, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima as its Director of Public Relations. Yerima replaces Brig.-Gen. Saghir Musa, who has been redeployed to the Nigerian Army Training Centre, Kontagora in Niger State. Yerima, a one-time Acting Director Defence of Information, was until his appointment, the deputy director reserve at the Defence Headquarters. According to the profile released by the Army Headquarters, Yerima is a graduate of Political Science from Ahmadu Bello University. He enrolled in the Nigerian Army in October 1989 and was commissioned…

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How we paid for 1m Coronavirus vaccine, BUA replies CACOVID

The management of BUA has reacted to a statement issued by CACOVID disputing Abdulsamad Rabiu’s claims that the frontline businessman has purchased one million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines for Nigeria. BUA stated that after extensive deliberations, there was no agreement reached and despite members being offered the opportunity to donate funds towards procuring the doses, none offered. It stated, “BUA then took it upon itself to offer to pay for the one million doses at the agreed rate of $3.45 per dose totalling $3.45m which translates to N1.311bn. “The…

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Sanwo-Olu names Iponri housing estate after Fashola

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Wednesday honoured former governor, Babatunde Fashola by naming the LagosHOMS, Iponri after him. The project is now known as ‘BRFHOMS, Iponri’. The governor commissioned the project on Wednesday, delivering additional 132 homes to the housing stock in the area. The governor said the stride underscored its readiness and avowed commitment to reducing the housing deficit in Lagos State. “The commissioning of this beautiful estate marks the third ceremony of its kind in the past few days. On Saturday, we were at Idale where 252…

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COVID-19: PTF may lockdown Lagos, Abuja others

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19sayas its is considering targeted lockdown in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja; as well as Lagos and Plateau States. Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme monitored in Lagos, PTF National Incident Manager, Mukhtar Muhammed, who stated this on Friday, described as alarming, the rising cases of Covid infections recorded in the three urban areas. Muhammed said data showed that urban local governments in the affected places recorded the highest cases of Covid amid the second wave of the pandemic in Nigeria. According to data by the…

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FG announces complete closure of 3rd Mainland Bridge

The Federal Government says it would completely shut down the Third Mainland Bridge for three days to allow for ongoing rehabilitation works on the bridge. Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Olukayode Popoola, who announced the development on Wednesday, said the closure would take effect from 12 am on Friday, January 29th to February 1st. He said the closure was necessary to allow for repairs of the fragile and crucial expansion joints replacement. “The construction works has reached the stage for casting concrete on additional three expansion joints, hence the…

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