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Lagos brutal murder of a policeman

•The slain police officer, Abonde By Emma Nnadozie More facts have emerged on the circumstances that led to the brutal killing of the police officer in charge of operations at the Lagos state police command headquarters, Ikeja, Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP, Kazeem Abonde, last Thursday, during a clash with commercial motorcyclists popularly called Okada…
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VAT War: PNG backs southern Govs, says it’s part of restructuring

•Condemns Buhari’s warm reception to Fani-Kayode The Convener of Pro-Nigeria, Mr. Lai Omotola, has broken silence on the Value Added Tax, VAT war going on currently between the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, and the Rivers, Lagos, Ogun, Ekiti, and Akwa-Ibom States. It will be recalled that a Federal High Court in Portharcourt gave a…
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FG expends N8.9 trillion on Infrastructures says Vice President

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the present administration spent the sum of N8.9 trillion on infrastructural development in 2020. Osinbajo made the disclosure at the inauguration of the 21-storey Dakkada Tower, in Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom, on Friday. “We have invested more than any administration on infrastructural development. “As at last…
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Halting acts of lawlessness by herdsmen

APART from Boko Haram and the North West “Bandits”, armed herdsmen embedded in farmlands and forests all over the North Central and Southern parts of Nigeria constitute the biggest threats to our collective safety. Herdsmen, in times past, were harmless nomads who went about tending to their livestock. But since Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association…
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We’ll open up maritime sector to huge investment opportunities – Amaechi

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi. The Minister of Transportation, Mr Chibuike Amaechi, has said that the maritime sector was being opened up for great investment opportunities given the ongoing removal of wrecks. Amaechi made this known on Friday, in Lagos, at the official launch of the removal of wrecks along the Badagry creek from Tincan…
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We’ll open up maritime sector to huge investment opportunities – Amaechi

The Minister of Transportation, Mr Chibuike Amaechi, has said that the maritime sector was being opened up for great investment opportunities given the ongoing removal of wrecks. Amaechi made this known on Friday, in Lagos, at the official launch of the removal of wrecks along the Badagry creek from Tincan Island to Navy Town, Lagos.…
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ICAN restates commitment to post-pandemic economic recovery, resilience

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), has reaffirmed commitment to support economic recovery and resilience as businesses gradually recovered from the negative impact of COVID-19 pandemic. ICAN President, Mrs Comfort Olujumoke, stated this at the inauguration of Dutse and District Society of the institute, on Friday in Dutse. Olujumoke said that the demand…
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12 persons test positive to HIV at Lagos medical outreach

At least 12 persons tested positive to HIV and cervical cancer at an Inner Wheel Club medical screening held in Lagos on Friday. Four of them tested positive to HIV while the eight others tested positive to cervical cancer. Chairman of the screening programme, Mrs Sunbo Osunbayo, said the medical outreach was organised to help…
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The crucifixion of Femi Fani-Kayode [OPINION]

. Femi Fani-Kayode is the latest butt of jokes in several circles. Many would say he brought this onto his own head. After verbally decimating the All Progressives Congress and President Muhammadu Buhari for about seven years, he eventually abandoned the Peoples Democratic Party for the APC he had vilified last week. Indeed, it was…
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How we tackle insecurity in Gombe – Gov Yahaya

Governor Yahaya Governor Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State, says the relative peace being enjoyed in the state in spite of its central position in the North East is a result of strategic planning. Yahaya stated this at the roundtable on the crisis situation in Afghanistan and its implications for Nigeria and Africa, organised by the…
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Buhari restates Nigeria’s call for UN Security Council reforms at UNGA

President Muhammadu Buhari President Muhammadu Buhari has renewed Nigeria’s position on the urgent reforms of the UN Security Council, saying the 15 years intergovernmental negotiations on the issue ‘‘have taken too long.’’  Buhari made the demand in his address at the UN General Assembly on Friday, in New York. READ ALSO:Buhari advocates debt cancellation at…
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Buhari advocates debt cancellation at United Nations General Assembly

President Muhammadu Buhari By Agbonkhese Oboh President Muhammadu Buhari has advocated a review of “eligibility criteria” for debt suspension and cancellation for the sake of countries facing challenges, just as he said there was need to review and expand of the Debt Service Suspension Initiative, DSSI. President Buhari made the plea while delivering his address…
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UNGA: Nigeria doesn’t intend to stay indefinitely looking for aid, Buhari tells World leaders

By Johnbosco Agbakwuru President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in New York, called for non-discriminatory and equitable multilateral trading system that would stimulate economic growth and development. The President in his address at the 76th United Nations General Assembly, UNGA, told the World leaders that Nigeria and African countries do not intend to stay indefinitely looking…
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Lukaku wants more than taking a knee to fight racism

Romelu Lukaku says footballers can do more to tackle racism than just taking the knee and wants social media companies to meet with players to help combat the issue of online abuse. The Chelsea striker says the gesture alone is not enough as players are continuing to receive abuse. “I think we can take stronger…
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Ife/Modakeke killings: I killed Modakeke woman to avenge my four siblings, says 35-year-old Ife indigene

By Shina Abubakar, Osogbo Killings in the rural areas of Ife/Modakeke communities in recent times has become a source of worry for indigenes of the two towns. Between May and August this year, seven persons were reportedly killed by unknown gunmen with the casualties majorly on the side of Modakeke. On May 11, 2021, two…
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China to tighten clampdown on virtual currency mining

National Development and Reform Commission China, on Friday, said the country would step up its crackdown on virtual currency mining as part of the nation’s efforts to save energy and cut carbon emissions. A report published by the commission on Friday said the virtual currency mining is energy-intensive, produces high carbon emissions and contributes little…
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Police investigates killing of an officer in Lagos

The  Police Command in Lagos State has begun investigation into the killing of an officer, CSP Kazeem Abonde, at a  a raid of criminal hideouts in Ajao Estate, Lagos on Thursday. The spokesman for the command, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu,  announced this in a statement on Friday. Ajisebutu said the officer  died  when tactical teams of…
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Finding a way out of Nigeria’s high debt costs

By Ayo Teriba Ayo Teriba…Nigeria must build the buffers now By Ayo Teriba It is not clear what we should make of the well-established fact that interest payments on debt are perennially consuming nearly 100 per cent of the revenue available to the Federal Government of Nigeria. There is currently no consensus on the way…
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Cross River: Anti-tax Chairman vows to report politicians to EFFC over illegal tax

..says most govt officials are enemies of the people, democracy By Ike Uchechukwu The Chairman of the Cross River State Anti-Tax Agency Dr. Emmah Isong has vowed to report to the EFCC any politician including Local government Chairmen , Commissioners who will dare to approach him with intention to induce him with revenue points to…
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5 takeaways from King of Boys: The Return of the King

By Kunle Fayiga More than two weeks have now passed since the release of the second sequel of the King of Boys franchise, starring Sola Sobowale as the lead character and directed by Kemi Adetiba. The mini-series, which was the first of its kind from Nigeria to air on Netflix, shot itself all the way…
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Abusive appointments at Federal Character Commission

IN spite of numerous complaints and criticisms, President Muhammadu Buhari has continued to exhibit tendencies bordering on nepotism in his federal appointments. Never in the history of this country had one part of this country been favoured with the vast majority of important federal appointments and distribution of projects as in the current dispensation. This…
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CVR: INEC laments low voters’ registration in Ogun

….says INEC has ability to transmit election results electronically By James Ogunnaike, Abeokuta The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has lamented the low participation of eligible voters in the first quarter of the ongoing Continuous Voters’ Registration (CVR) exercise in Ogun State. The new Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Ogun State, Mr. Olusegun Agbaje who…
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The attenuation of integrity

By Adekunle Adekoya Up for consideration today is the issue of attenuating integrity in politics and management of public affairs as it concerns you and I. The dictionary defines attenuation as the reduction of the force, effect, or value of something. Perhaps attenuation can be made clearer from the perspectives of a physicist or electronic/electrical…
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Osun @30: Akeredolu, Oyinlola, Alaafin converge in Osogbo to honour Akande, Adeboye, others

….Aregbesola missing By Shina Abubakar, Osogbo Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu yesterday led personalities to Osogbo, Osun State capital to honour distinguished sons and daughters of Osun rewarded by the state government for their service to humanity. The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, former Oyo State Governor, Adebayo Alao-Akala, his Ogun state counterpart,…
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States’ve rights to collect VAT, say Govs Okowa, Emmanuel

•States prepared, well-positioned to collect VAT —Okowa •Decentralisation of VAT collection’ll favour every state —Emmanuel By Festus Ahon The raging controversy over Value Added Tax, VAT, continued yesterday with Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, and his counterpart in Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel, insisting that collection of the tax remained the responsibility of states.…
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FG coming with fresh charges against Igboho — Malami

•He’s making a political statement —Igboho’s lawyer •Rule of law’ll prevail, says Ilana Omo Oodua •Afenifere tackles FG By Dapo Akinrefon, with agency report THE Federal Government said, yesterday, it will file a fresh action against Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, fondly called Sunday Igboho, following the judgment of Oyo State High Court, which awarded…
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NIMASA boss named winner of 2020 Zik Prize in public policy

By Elizabeth Adegbesan The Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Bashir Jamoh, has been named winner of the 2020 Zik Prize in Public Policy. Making the announcement yesterday in Lagos, the Chairman, Selection Committee of Zik Prize 2020, Professor Pat Utomi, said the capacity of Jamoh to have extensively managed…
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Labour kicks over FG’s plan to tax non-alcoholic drinks

By Victor Ahiuma-Young Organised Labour in the Food and Beverage sector has raised the alarm over plans by the Federal Government to impose excise duty on non-alcoholic drinks, warning that such tax will cripple the sector. Under the aegis of Food, Beverage and Tobacco Senior Staff Association, FOTOB, Labour decried excessive taxation of the industry,…
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NNPC pulls out N215bn petrol subsidy from July FAAC

By Obas Esiedesa The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has disclosed that it spent N175.32 billion on petrol subsidy in the month of July 2021 which will be deducted from its remittance to Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) in September. NNPC in its FAAC report said an earlier outstanding of N40 billion will be deducted…
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Policeman killed, scores wounded as Okada riders go on rampage in Lagos

By Esther Onyegbula Commercial motorcyclists popularly called okada, yesterday, went on  rampage killing a senior police officer, Chief Superintendent of Police, Kazeem attached to the  Operations Department of the Lagos State Police Command. The incident, which happened at Ajao Estate Junction Bus-Stop, Murtala Muhammed International Airport Road, started at about 11 am when the officers stormed…
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Police nab 3 members of bandits that kidnapped 126 Bethel Baptist School children

*I was paid N100,000 for the job — Bandits dressed in military uniform *Special Tactical Squad arrest gang who raided, stole musical instruments from 16 churches in FCT By Kingsley Omonobi Three members of the armed bandits, who kidnapped 126 students of the Bethel Baptist Secondary School, Maraban Damishi in Kaduna State on July 5th,…
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Strike: We’re not owing doctors —FG

•Says those not paid were illegally employed  •Laments disparity in payment of foreign, Nigerian doctors •Says some states pay foreign doctors five times higher than Nigerian counterparts By Johnbosco Agbakwuru THE Federal Government insisted yesterday that  resident doctors who were not paid were only those illegally recruited by Chief Medical Directors, CMDs, without necessary approval.…
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Sokoto govt pledges proactive partnership to strengthen healthcare services

The Sokoto state Commissioner for Health, Dr Ali Inname, has lauded USAID and Breakthrough Research, for their researches which had unravelled conditions of healthcare delivery and auxiliary services in the state. Inname made the commendation at the dissemination of Behavioural Sentinel Surveillance Survey (BSS) baseline results for the state on Thursday, in Sokoto. He pledged…
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Police arraign 6 suspected members of robbery gang in Kwara

Six suspected members of a robbery gang have been arraigned before a Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ilorin on Thursday by the Police in Kwara. The six suspects are Anafi Mudashiru, Lawal Abubakar, Abdulrazak Owoseni, Wasiu Babatunde, Olemilekan Adekalu and Ismaila Olarewaju. They were brought before Magistrate Soliu Mohammed on offences bordering on belonging to a…
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Nigeria moves to increase trade relations with Iran

The Federal Government has called for deepening of trade relations between Nigeria and the Islamic Republic of Iran as Iran considers direct shipping and flight to Nigeria. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chief Geoffrey Onyeama, made the appeal on Thursday during a bilateral meeting with the Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian. This was…
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3bn people cannot afford healthy diet globally – UN chief

United Nation’s Secretary- General Antonio Guterres UN Secretary-General António Guterres says every day, hundreds of millions of people go to bed hungry, three billion people cannot afford a healthy diet while two billion are obese and yet 462 million are underweight globally. Guterres said these were just some of the problems and contradictions laid bare…
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Man to receive 15 strokes of cane for stealing window burglary

An Ilorin Magistrate Court on Thursday ordered that one  David Olasunkanmi, convicted of stealing a window burglary, be flogged 15 strokes of the cane publicly. Magistrate Adebola Folorunsho of the Kwara State Magistrate Court, who handed down the judgment, also ordered the convict to pay the sum of N2,000. READ ALSO: Court remands 2 men…
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Aggrieved APC groups boycott Appeal C’ttee stakeholders’ meeting in Lagos

The Lagos4Lagos Movement and other aggrieved groups of the APC in Lagos State,  were absent at the party’s  LGA Appeal Committee Stakeholders’ meeting held on Thursday. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Lagos4Lagos Movement, an aggrieved  group within the Lagos Chapter of APC, held parallel ward and local government congresses at different…
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Foreign investors exposure in equities rises 63.30% to N25.36bn

By Nkiruka Nnorom The total foreign portfolio investors’ commitment in equities rose to N25.36 billion in August, representing a 63.30 percent Month-on-Month (M-o-M) increase compared to N15.53 billion invested in the previous month in July. Also, the total foreign portfolio inflow witnessed 42.9 percent increase to N10.72 billion from N7.50 billion in July. Data on…
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Buhari, FFK, and the quality of mercy – Femi Adesina

Not a small ruckus has been caused by the defection of former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode (FFK), from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) last week. An icing on the cake, or the salt added to injury (depending on which side you are), was his reception at the…
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Lagos task force impounds 410 motorcycles in one week

The Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit (Taskforce) said it impounded 410 motorcycles plying prohibited routes in the state within one week. The Chairman of the task force, CSP Shola Jejeloye, confirmed the arrest in a statement issued by the Head of the Public Affairs Unit of the agency, Mr Femi Moliki, on Thursday.…
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APC group, Lagos4Lagos unveils 36 party exco for state convention

…Says there is no going back By Olasunkanmi Akoni and Nelson Alu A group in Lagos All Progressives Congress, APC, Lagos4Lagos, on Thursday, unveiled 36 members executive to participate in the forthcoming state convention of the party exercise, slated for October 16, 2021. The moves followed the conclusion of APC’s membership registration and revalidation exercise…
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Apostle Suleiman, Daisy Danjuma win Edo Man/Woman of the Year Award in Uk

. …Urhoghide, Idahosa gets the best senator, rep awards Fiery Man of God and general overseer of the Omega Fire Ministry (OFM), Apostle Johnson Suleiman, has clinched the Edo man of the year award at the 10th edition of the Edo festival and award ceremony held in London, united kingdom. Also rewarded for their contribution…
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Oil market: Prices hit the roof over low US stocks

.As Bonny Light hovers at $74.32 per barrel By Udeme Akpan The oil market, Thursday, reacted to the report of low stocks in the United States as price of Brent hit the roof at over $77.26 per barrel. The Brent price had hovered at $76 per barrel the previous day, even as the Organisation of…
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Man to receive 15 strokes of cane for stealing window burglary

An Ilorin Magistrate Court on Thursday ordered that one David Olasunkanmi, convicted of stealing a window burglary, be flogged 15 strokes of the cane publicly. Magistrate Adebola Folorunsho of the Kwara State Magistrate Court, who handed down the judgment, also ordered the convict to pay the sum of N2,000. ALSO READ: [VIDEO] Army Lt caught on…
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Reps probe leakages of classified security documents

. By Tordue Salem The House of Representatives has set up an inquiry on alleged leakages of classified security documents to the public. The House set up a panel for that today, after passing a motion on the “Need to Address Leakage of Classified Security Documents to the Public”, sponsored by Rep. Samuel Babatunde Adejare…
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Woman drags husband to court over alleged abandonment

A businesswoman, Mrs Tina Olu, on Thursday dragged her husband, Dele, before a Customary Court in Jikwoyi, Abuja, for abandoning her and two children. The petitioner, who resides in Nyanya village said this in the divorce suit she filed against her husband, before the court. “My husband has abandoned me and our children without food…
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KDSG set to reclaim 15 hectares of land through tree-planting

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai The Kaduna state government says it intends to plant over 15,000 tree seedlings in three Local Government Areas as part of efforts to reclaim degraded lands in the state. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the project is to be executed by the state’s World Bank assisted Nigeria…
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Ogun judiciary workers suspend strike

Judicial workers in Ogun on Thursday suspended their nearly two-month-old strike. The workers, under the aegis of Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), had embarked on the strike since August 11. They had accused the state government of allegedly short-changing them and demanded full payment of their salaries. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports…
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[VIDEO] Army Lt caught on camera dehumanising NYSC member in Calabar

By Ike Uchechukwu A Military Officer serving in the 13th Brigade Command of the Nigeria Army in Calabar simply identified as Lt. Chika Viola Anele was allegedly caught on camera dehumanizing a female youth Corp member. Vanguard learned that the victim whose name was given as Ezeiruaku Ifenyinwa Fidelia, a female corps member was reportedly…
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Osun communities seek IBEDC, Govt help over 4-month blackout

. Says it encourages insecurity Shina Abubakar, Osogbo Some communities in Ife North Local Government Area of Osun State have cried out to the management of the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) over blackout in the communities. The affected communities include; Ipetumodu, Edunabon, Moro, Yakooyo, Asipa and Akinlalu who were represented by their spokespersons, Amos…
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Over 6000 delegates for PDP convention as Wike, Emmanuel chair sub-committees

. By Dirisu Yakubu, ABUJA Over 6,000 delegates will converge in Abuja to elect a new National Working Committee, NWC in October this year, Governor of Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa state disclosed this in Abuja yesterday. Fintiri who chairs the national convention organizing committee stated this at the party’s secretariat, Abuja, Thursday, shortly after inaugurating…
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NSN laments high rate of hunger, malnutrition in Nigeria

By Chinedu Adonu Nutrition Society of Nigeria, NSN, has declared that Nigeria is bedevilled with double tragedy of high rising hunger and malnutrition occasioned by lack of adequate food intake. The society also charged the Federal Government to urgently tackle insecurity In the country in order to ensure food security. President of the society, Dr…
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Corpse in Palace: Iwhreko sends SOS to Okowa over monarch’s ultimatum

The Iwhreko residents protesting. The people of Iwhreko community in Ughelli have called on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to come to their rescue as their lives were in danger from arrest threat issued by their monarch and unprovoked violent attacks by Ekiugbo people. The SOS call was made by the President-General of Iwhreko community, Mr. Godwin…
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Insecurity: We’ll leverage on Boko Haram surrender to restore peace in N/E – Zulum

…Demands standard gauge on PH-Maiduguri rail line By Emmanuel Elebeke & Inusa Marama – Maiduguri The Executive Governor of Borno state, Prof. Babagana Zulum, says his administration would join hands with Federal government to leverage on the ongoing surrender of Boko Haram insurgents to restore peace in the North East region.  He said the move…
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Leaked Memo: Ebonyi Govt fires back at PDP

. …to get FG supervise concession of Ebonyi Int’l Airport is a strategic economic policy By Peter Okutu, Abakaliki Ebonyi State Government, yesterday fired back at the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP for misinforming the general public on the State Government’s proposed arrangement to get N10 billion from the Federal Government and to have the Federal…
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Ex-lawmaker commences rehabilitation of damaged roads, vandalized boreholes in Kogi communities

By Boluwaji Obahopo Former House of Representatives member, Honourable Sunday Karimi has begun self efforts to repair damaged portion of roads in Egbe, in Yagba West Local Government Area of Kogi. Similarly, the former federal lawmaker has commenced the rehabilitation of several motorised solar power boreholes vandalized and broken down in Odo-ere and Egbe, said…
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We’re borrowing to build world-class infrastructure — FG

By Emmanuel Elebeke, MAIDUGURI The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said the Federal Government is borrowing to build world-class infrastructure and not for recurrent expenditure. The Minister disclosed this on Thursday in his opening address at the town hall meeting organised by his ministry on destruction of telecommunications and power infrastructure…
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Hajj refunds: Katsina pilgrims board disburses N768.9m

The Katsina State Pilgrims Welfare Board has refunded N768.9 million to 599 intending pilgrims for 2020 and 2021 Hajj in the state. The Executive Director of the board, Alhaji Suleiman Kuki, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Katsina. NAN reports that the Saudi Arabia authorities had…
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Man docked for allegedly threatening to kill neighbour

A 30-year-old man, Usman Ahmed, on Thursday appeared in an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court, for allegedly threatening to kill his neighbour. The police charged Ahmed, who resides at No 3, Gbajobi St., Allen Avenue, Lagos State, with threat to life, challenging to fight and breach of peace. He pleaded not guilty. READ ALSO: Tonto Dikeh’s estranged…
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Gunmen kill Police officer in foiled hotel attack in Abuja

By Kingsley Omonobi, Abuja The FCT Police Command spokesperson in Thursday confirmed that some unknown Gunmen in the early hours of Wednesday attacked a hotel, the Hilltop International Premium Hotel at Tunga-Maje in Gwagwalada area of the FCT, killing one Police officer, and injuring another through gunshot wound. FCT Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP…
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White helmets’ resolution: FG ready to collaborate with Argentina, says minister

Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development says the Federal Government was willing to collaborate with the Republic of Argentina on the adoption of White Helmets resolution of the UN General Assembly. Farouq disclosed this when the Ambassador of the Republic of Argentina to…
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Emir of Gaya: We have lost a promoter of peace, unity ― Lawmaker

By Bashir Bello The Member representing Albasu, Gaya, and Ajingi Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Abdullahi Mahmud Gaya has described the death of Emir of Gaya, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdulqadir as a loss of promoter of peace and unity. Gaya who expressed grief and sadness over the death in a condolence message issued to…
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Yoruba Nation: NINAS, Ilana Omo Oodua dissociates from October US rally

By Sola Isola, Ibadan The Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-Determination (NINAS), and the apex Yoruba self-determination group, Ilana Omo Oodua (IOO), have said that they have nothing to do with the Yoruba nation rally planning to hold from October 1-3, 2021 in the US. In a statement jointly signed by Otunba Shade Olukoya, Vice-Chairman,…
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Police parade suspected killers of Modakeke indigenes, robbery suspects in Osun

By Shina Abubakar, Osogbo Osun State Police Command on Wednesday paraded four suspects allegedly involved in the killings of some Modakeke indigenes over a farmland dispute. It would be recalled that two Modakeke indigenes were killed in June along Apata village on their way to farm, while another five persons were gruesomely murdered in August…
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Kanu: Ohanaeze kicks as IPOB threatens 30-day sit-at-home

•It ‘ll be counterproductive, not what Kanu represents —Ohanaeze  •No reason why he should not be produced in Court —ADF •S-East govs keep mum By Anayo Okoli, Chimaobi Nwaiwu & Chinonso Alozie Apex Igbo socio-Cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, yesterday, disagreed with the plan by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, to lock down the South…
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2023: Tension, as PDP zoning c’ttee begins work

•NWC offices may be swapped across zones, states •C’ttee to debate alleged marginalisation of some states in NWC •Southern leaders divided over Northern Presidency •Why S-West should produce next chairman •Atiku, Tambuwal back South to produce chairman By Clifford Ndujihe, Dayo Johnson & Dirisu Yakubu PALPABLE tension has gripped the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as…
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Insurance GDP bounces back to growth, posts 15.7% Yr-on-Yr rise

•It has been tough for the insurance sector – Operators By Rosemary Iwunze There are indications that the insurance sector has shaken off the impact of COVID-19 on its performance recording 15.7 percent Year-on-Year, YoY, growth in contribution to gross domestic product, GDP, in the second quarter of 2021, Q2’21. The industry’s revenue has recorded…
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Budget 2022: Experts frown as Senate passes MTEF, FSP

*Approves N13.98trn for 2022 budget *Pegs oil benchmark at $57, exchange rate at N410.15/US$, crude production at 1.88 mbpd *Projected GDP of 4.20%, inflation at 13% *Expert faults financial projections *Oil industry operators list challenges to output target *FG records N2.3trn deficit as expenditure, debt servicing rise       By Emma Ujah,  Abuja Bureau Chief, Udeme…
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Borrowings: Nigeria risks falling into another debt trap —Pat Utomi

By Godwin Oritse Prof Pat Utomi, a political economist, yesterday, warned that Nigeria runs the risk of a worsening economic situation and getting into another round of debt traps, if it does not stop borrowing. Speaking on the morning show on Arise Television yesterday, Utomi said the leadership of the country was currently focused on…
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ANTI-OPEN GRAZING: Your attack devious, Southern govs tell el-Rufai

•Say it’s a plot to externalise banditry •Law not meant to witch-hunt anyone —Oyetola •As Osun Fulani herders vow to obey law By Dayo Johnson & Shina Abubakar CHAIRMAN of the Southern Governors Forum, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, yesterday, described the verbal attack on the forum by Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State as devious and…
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Banks’ borrowings from CBN rise 737% to N2.3trn

•As liquidity drops 67% to N146 bn By Elizabeth Adegbesan Banks borrowings from the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) Standing Lending Facility, SLF, rose year-on-year (YoY) by 737 percent to N2.3 trillion in April 2021 from N274.65 billion in April 2020. Similarly, CBN earnings from the SLF during the period rose by 381 percent to…
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NDLEA arrests trafficker with N2.3bn cocaine at Abuja airport

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a drug trafficker, Okey Eze with 350 wraps of cocaine worth over N2.3billion in street value at Nnamdi Azikiwe International (NAIA) Airport, Abuja . NDLEA’s Spokesperson, Mr Femi Babafemi, made this known in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja. Babafemi said that the 38-year-old Eze, who…
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LG polls: Nasarawa Govt urges youths to shun violence

The Nasarawa State Government has urged the youths to shun violence during and after the Oct. 6  local government elections in the state. Mr Yusuf Musa, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, said this during a violence-free sensitisation on Wednesday in Wanna, Wamba Local Government Area of the state. The permanent secretary said…
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Restoring genuine peace to South East

CONTRARY to fears that the Muhammadu Buhari administration was set to declare an all-out, genocidal war in the South East, the security forces appear to have applied a less kinetic approach which is reducing the high-level insecurity in the geopolitical zone. In June, the president had raised tensions when he granted a rare interview to…
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Who will fix our health system?

THE question of who will fix our health system has become germane as it appears that those given the mandate to do so have abdicated their responsibility. President Muhammadu Buhari has not shown any interest in fixing our health system. After six years in office, he has continued to fly to foreign countries for medical…
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2023: Can Fani-Kayode change dynamics of the game? [OPINION]

. It is instructive, however, that Fani-Kayode’s return to the APC has no links to the leadership of the party in the South-west. For instance, Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State, which is Fani-Kayode’s home state was not involved in the negotiation; neither was Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the highest ranking member of the Buhari…
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Shun cyber crime, drug abuse, advance-fee fraud — NYSC counsels Corp members in Ebonyi

. By Peter Okutu, Abakaliki The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC in Ebonyi State, yesterday called on corps members to shun every form of societal vices including drug abuse, advance-fee fraud, cyber crime and cultism throughout the period of their service year in the State. The Corps further charged them to cultivate the culture of…
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Why Borno PDP suspended its 2019 gubernatorial candidate, others

By Ndahi Marama The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chapter in Borno state on Wednesday suspended its 2019 gubernatorial candidate, Hon Mohammed Alkali Imam and former state Chairman of the party, Hon Zannah Gaddama for alleged anti party activities and hijacking forms made for the coming Saturday Congresses. This was disclosed by the State Chairman…
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AMCON takes over mansion of former Kwara Governor

By Babajide Komolafe The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) has taken over the mansion of  former Governor of Kwara State, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, over alleged N5 billion indebtedness. AMCON said that the action followed the order of Hon. Justice A.M. Liman of the Federal High Court, Lagos Division, who  also ordered the freezing of the Bank Accounts of…
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LASG diverts traffic at Yaba for Red Line railway for 3 months

The Lagos State Government has announced diversion of traffic from Yaba for the first phase of the construction of the Redline railway project. The Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, said in a statement on Wednesday in Lagos that the diversion would last for three months from midnight of Friday, October 1, 2021, to January 1,…
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NIMASA mulls actions for Ballast Water management

By Godwin Oritse IN a bid to address the exposure of nation’s aquatic life to threat,  the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, has said the country has commenced moves to ensure proper management of the Ballast waters due to the high volume of ship traffic in the nation’s waters. Speaking at the 10th Meeting of…
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CSOs laud Emefiele’s economic innovations, management of Naira

. By Dapo Akinrefon THE Coalition of Civil Society Groups, CCSG, yesterday, passed a vote of confidence upon the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, just as the groups highlighted some of the achievements of the apex bank boss that warranted such clean bill of health. Addressing a press conference…
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APC will clear Nasarawa LG poll — Speaker

Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, the Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, has expressed optimism that the All Progressives Congress ( APC) will clear the Oct. 6 local government councils poll in the state. Abdullahi stated this at the commencement of the party’s campaign in Toto, headquarters of Toto Local Government Area (LGA) of the state on…
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Why our priority is on infrastructure, Buhari tells queen of Netherlands

By Johnbosco Agbakwuru PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday held a bilateral meeting at the margins of the United Nations General Assembly holding in New York, USA, with Her Majesty, Maxima Zorreguieta, Queen of The Netherlands,. President Buhari at the meeting told the queen that Nigeria was well aware of her limitations, and thus prioritized the provision…
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Kaduna rapists having field day despite castration, death penalties — Lawmaker

Rapists in Kaduna State are still having a field day in spite of a stiff penalty prescribed for offenders, Mrs Comfort Anwe, Chairperson, Committee on Human Services and Social Development, Kaduna State House of Assembly, observed on Wednesday. Speaking in Kaduna during a dialogue session with stakeholders on the challenges confronting education of girls in…
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Costa Rica 2022 Race: Falconets off to Douala for CAR clash

Africa’s most successful team at the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup finals, the Falconets of Nigeria will on Saturday commence another race to qualify for the global tournament when they square up to their counterparts from the Central African Republic in the city of Douala, Cameroon. Africa’s football-governing body, CAF has not approved any stadia…
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Burna Boy, Davido, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, others battle for continental honours

…as AFRIMA releases 2021 nominees list By Benjamin Njoku Organizers of the prestigious All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, have released the 2021 nominees list with South Africa’s sensation duo, Blaq Diamond leading the pack with eight nominations for their song, ‘SummerYoMuthi.’ They include, ‘Best Male Artiste in Southern Africa’; ‘Artiste of the Year in Africa’;…
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Rivers NASS caucus kicks against Buhari’s loans, says it’s unconstitutional, discriminatory

 The Rivers State National Assembly Caucus has declared that loans being requested by President Muhammadu Buhari are unconstitutional and discriminatory in approach and scope.   Recall that the Federal Government had written to the National Assembly on resumption from its annual recess last week demanding for fresh loans of $4billion and €710million.  The Rivers caucus apparently disappointed with…
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Investigation of Boko Haram sponsors ongoing — Malami

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami …insists time not ripe to disclose their identities ….says over 1000 Boko Haram case files reviewed, 285 charged to court By Ikechukwu Nnochiri The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, has assured that no stone would be left…
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We’ll abide by anti-open grazing law — Osun Fulani herders

. Law is not meant to witch-hunt anyone – Gov Oyetola Shina Abubakar, Osogbo Fulani herders in Osun State on Wednesday disclosed their readiness to abide by the Anti-Open grazing law recently signed by Governor Adegboyega Oyetola. The herders who spoke through the Seriki Fulani and the Secretary in the State, Ibrahim Babatunde and Oluwatoyin…
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FG records N2.3 trn deficit in Q1

Zainab Ahmed By Emma Ujah The federal government recorded a budget deficit to the tune of N2. 293 trillion in the first quarter of this year. This is contained in the First Quarter (Q1) Budget Implementation Report (BIR) by the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed. According to the report, “The…
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Police parade suspected killers of Modakeke indigenes, robbery suspects in Osun

. Shina Abubakar, Osogbo Osun State Police Command on Wednesday paraded four suspects allegedly involved in the killings of some Modakeke indigenes over farmland dispute. It would be recalled that two Modakeke indigenes were in June along with Apata village on their way to farm, while another five persons were gruesomely murdered in August this…
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Defection: FFK was attacked even when he fought APC, supported Nnmadi Kanu, Sunday Igboho [OPINION]

. By George Onmonya Daniel I see some Nigerians are emotionally charged and all riled up over Femi Fani-Kayode’s defection from PDP to the APC. The fact is that the man does not owe you anything. Nothing. It’s ok to be all emotional and irrational. Most of you screaming here never liked him anyway. For…
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Teenager drowns in open water in Kano

Kano map Kano State Fire Service on Wednesday confirmed drowning of a teenager, Umar Ali,  in an open water at Bela in Ungogo Local Government Area of the state. The Public Relations Officer of the service, Alhaji Saminu Abdullahi, confirmed the incident in a statement in Kano. Abdullahi said that the victim, aged 15,  went…
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Teenager drowns in open water in Kano

Kano State Fire Service on Wednesday confirmed drowning of a teenager, Umar Ali,  in an open water at Bela in Ungogo Local Government Area of the state. The Public Relations Officer of the service, Alhaji Saminu Abdullahi, confirmed the incident in a statement in Kano. Abdullahi said that the victim, aged 15,  went to take …
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Buhari hints on establishment of 10 new National Park to tackle biodiversity loss

By Johnbosco Agbakwuru PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has hinted that the Federal Government is planning to establish ten new National Park across the country as one of the measures to tackle biodiversity loss in the country. The President also declared  that Federal Government has initiated some specific actions to tackle and reverse the severe trend of biodiversity…
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APC postpones state Congresses

By Omeiza Ajayi The ruling All Progressives Congress APC has rescheduled its nationwide State Congresses earlier slated for October 2. The exercise has now been rescheduled for Saturday, October 16, 2021. While no reason was advanced for the postponement, Vanguard gathered that it was due to logistic challenge and the need to carry every stakeholder…
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Man arraigned in court for stealing 5 amplifiers from school

Twenty-one-year-old, Chidiebere Emenike, who allegedly stole 5 amplifiers from a school, was on Wednesday arraigned in an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos. The defendant was brought on two-count charges of stealing and conspiracy. He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges. The Prosecutor, Insp. Kehinde Olatunde, told the court that the defendant had…
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Borno PDP suspends guber candidate, others; impossible, they respond

By Ndahi Marama, MAIDUGURI The opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Borno State, on Wednesday, suspended its 2019 gubernatorial candidate, Mohammed Alkali Imam and former state Chairman of the party, Zannah Gaddama, for alleged anti-party activities and hijacking forms made for the coming Saturday’s congresses. This was disclosed by the State Chairman of PDP, Alhaji…
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