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    Fact-checking Lai Mohammed’s claims on pay-as-you-go Pay TV

Fact-checking Lai Mohammed’s claims on pay-as-you-go Pay TV

The debate over the ideal Pay TV model in Nigeria has been on for ages. It has, however, been taken a notch higher, as  Lai Mohammed, the minister of information and culture, on June 30 made a case for the pay-as-you-go (PAYG) model at the national assembly. Among the other benefits he listed, he said PAYG would grow an untapped low-income [...]

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    INSIDE STORY: Why Tinubu decided to clip Aregbesola’s wings

INSIDE STORY: Why Tinubu decided to clip Aregbesola’s wings

They were like David and Jonathan -- but their friends and associates may have to brace up to save the day so that they do not end up as Cain and Abel. On Tuesday, Bola Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), disbanded all political groups within the party in Lagos state "to bring about discipline". Two weeks ago, Rauf Aregbesola, [...]

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    APC groups in Lagos dissolved as Tinubu cuts Aregbesola ‘to size’

APC groups in Lagos dissolved as Tinubu cuts Aregbesola ‘to size’

All political groups within the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos have been dissolved. The Mandate Group and the Justice Forum, the two most powerful groups, will no longer exist, according to the communique issued by the party leaders in the state after a meeting on Tuesday. This is coming two weeks after Rauf Aregbesola, minister of interior, reorganised the Mandate Group without the [...]

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    FACT CHECK: Did Alakija donate 10m hand sanitisers to Nigerians?

FACT CHECK: Did Alakija donate 10m hand sanitisers to Nigerians?

The internet has been abuzz with stories that Folorunsho Alakija, the billionaire businesswoman and philanthropist, has donated materials running into millions of units to the fight against the coronavirus in Nigeria. Coming just before members of the Nigerian Private Sector Coalition against Covid-19 -- made of Aliko Dangote, Abdulsamad Rabiu, Femi Otedola, Tony Elumelu, Herbert Wigwe, Segun Agbaje and Jim Ovia -- [...]

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    EXTRA: Yahaya Bello is 44, mom dies at 101 — did she have him at 57?

EXTRA: Yahaya Bello is 44, mom dies at 101 — did she have him at 57?

Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi state, has announced the death of his mother, Hauwau Oziohu. In a statement on Monday, Bello said his mother died at the age of 101 after a brief illness. Bello, who is said to be the youngest of six children, was born on June 18,1975. So his mother was 57 years at the time of his birth. The [...]

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    Adoke: I opposed sovereign guarantee for Azura — and I’ve been proved right

Adoke: I opposed sovereign guarantee for Azura — and I’ve been proved right

Nigeria should not have issued a sovereign guarantee that allowed a private company, Azura Power, access World Bank loan because it broke a standing rule, a former attorney-general of the federation has said. In his memoirs, “Burden of Service: The Reminiscences of Nigeria’s Former Attorney-General”, Adoke said the decision not to give guarantees on behalf of private companies was taken by [...]

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    Adoke: How Abacha family hid $1bn loot — and how we smoked them out

Adoke: How Abacha family hid $1bn loot — and how we smoked them out

The Abacha family thought they had done Nigeria a favour by giving up $1.3 billion but the Goodluck Jonathan administration soon discovered that they still had $1 billion hidden in various accounts in Europe, according to Mohammed Bello Adoke. Using the Nigerian legal system, Mohammed Abacha, the eldest surviving son of the late head of state, had tried to stop the [...]

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    Magu: Osinbajo did NOT send EFCC after Adoke

Magu: Osinbajo did NOT send EFCC after Adoke

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    Adoke: Why we did not challenge the Bakassi handover at ICJ

Adoke: Why we did not challenge the Bakassi handover at ICJ

Nigeria did not challenge the International Court of Justice (ICJ) judgment which ceded the Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroon because it would have made the country look "irresponsible" in the comity of nations, Mohammed Bello Adoke has said. The former attorney-general of the federation also revealed for the first time that Cross River state got a compensation package of N12 billion from the [...]

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    Adoke: How EFCC desperately cooked up evidence against me over Malabu

Adoke: How EFCC desperately cooked up evidence against me over Malabu

Mohammed Bello Adoke, the former attorney-general of the federation, says the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) manufactured evidence to implicate him in the bribery allegations over the Malabu/OPL 245 transaction. The senior advocate is currently on self-exile, alleging that the EFCC wants to humiliate him and also insinuating that there were plans to assassinate him because of the "powerful toes" he stepped [...]

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    ‘Have you come to tell me I lost to Buhari?’ — Adoke reveals Jonathan’s post-election blues

‘Have you come to tell me I lost to Buhari?’ — Adoke reveals Jonathan’s post-election blues

The day after the presidential election in 2015, President Goodluck Jonathan already had a feeling that things did not go well -- according to Mohammed Bello Adoke, who served as his attorney-general for five years. In his book, “Burden of Service: The Reminiscences of Nigeria’s Former Attorney-General”, due for release in Nigeria on September 16, Adoke described in detail the days following [...]

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    EXCLUSIVE: Jonathan was under pressure to prosecute Buhari over certificate, says Adoke in new book

EXCLUSIVE: Jonathan was under pressure to prosecute Buhari over certificate, says Adoke in new book

President Goodluck Jonathan came under pressure to prosecute Candidate Muhammadu Buhari over various allegations in the run-up to the 2015 presidential election -- but he declined and eventually lost to the former military head of state. Mohammed Bello Adoke, who was attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice under Jonathan, made this revelation in his memoirs, “Burden of Service: The [...]

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    Lulu-Briggs’ sons demand fresh autopsy, write Ghana police

Lulu-Briggs’ sons demand fresh autopsy, write Ghana police

There is yet no resolution in sight to the controversy surrounding the death of Benson Lulu-Briggs, the Kalabari high chief and chairman of Moni Pulo Limited. Lawyers to the three son of the late billionaire have written a protest to the director general, criminal investigation department of the Ghana police service, demanding another autopsy in accordance with the order of the high [...]

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    Five things Buhari’s latest appointments tell us about his next cabinet

Five things Buhari’s latest appointments tell us about his next cabinet

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday re-appointed Abba Kyari and Boss Mustapha as his chief of staff and secretary to the government of the federation, respectively. While these appointments were not particularly surprising, they tell us a few things about Buhari's next cabinet. TheCable takes a look at a few signs from the very recent past, and the current situation of things. The [...]

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    $20m and 4,460 Tony Elumelu entrepreneurs after, what next?

$20m and 4,460 Tony Elumelu entrepreneurs after, what next?

As one thought that the question had been asked and answered, and therefore rendered irrelevant, the growing passion for training young entrepreneurs continues to give life to it. The question resumed its relevance when it came from the respected President of one of Africa’s successful democracies, Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana at the last forum of the Tony Elumelu Foundation in Lagos Sharing [...]

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    FAKE NEWS ALERT: Is this Amina Zakari doing 4+4 with Aisha Buhari?

FAKE NEWS ALERT: Is this Amina Zakari doing 4+4 with Aisha Buhari?

You must have seen the trending picture -- Aisha Buhari, wife of the president, showing off her tattoo and the 4+4 hand sign canvassing another four years for her husband in office. In one of the pictures are four persons all in the "4+4" mood with their hands raised and smiles etched on their faces. This was at the inauguration of Women [...]

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