Saturday, February 17, 2018

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    Okorocha backtracks, says APC govs yet to decide on Buhari’s re-election

Okorocha backtracks, says APC govs yet to decide on Buhari’s re-election

Rochas Okorocha, governor of Imo state, says governors in the All Progressives Congress (APC) are yet to decide whether or not to support President Muhammadu Buhari's re-election bid.He said this on Friday while addressing journalists after the governors met with Buhari at his residence in Daura, Katsina state.Okorocha dismissed reports that their mission to Daura was aimed at convincing the [...]

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    Police: Cattle rustler, hunters behind Zamfara killings

Police: Cattle rustler, hunters behind Zamfara killings

The Zamfara police command has revealed details of how dozens were killed in an attack by unknown gunmen.On Wednesday, unknown gunmen attacked Birane village in Zurmi local government area, killing many.Although the police said 18 persons were killed in the incident, residents told journalists that at least 41 persons lost their lives.Muhammad Shehu, spokesman of the state police command, said [...]

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    Yari moves from Abuja to Daura… ‘abandons’ Zamfara despite fresh killings

Yari moves from Abuja to Daura… ‘abandons’ Zamfara despite fresh killings

Abdulaziz Yari, governor of Zamfara state, is among the 13 governors currently meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Daura, Katsina state.The governor, who has reportedly not visited Zamfara since suspected bandits killed 41 persons, left Abuja for Katsina on Friday.Unknown gunmen had attacked Birane village in Zurmi local government area, killing dozens of residents.Premium Times reported that the governor was [...]

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    Okorocha: I won’t demolish Zuma’s statue… he resigned honourably

Okorocha: I won’t demolish Zuma’s statue… he resigned honourably

Rochas Okorocha, governor of Imo state, says he is not going to pull down the statue of Jacob Zuma, former South African president, which was erected last year.Okorocha said this on Friday in reaction to recent calls for the statue to be pulled down.In October 2017, the Imo government erected a statue of the former South African president in Owerri, the [...]

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    24 states pass ‘Not too young to run’ bill

24 states pass ‘Not too young to run’ bill

Twenty-four out of the 36 state houses of assembly in the country have passed the ‘Not too young to run’ bill.The bill, which is part of the process to amend the 1999 constitution,  seeks to reduce the minimum age requirement for elective positions in the country.It was first passed by the senate and the house of representatives in July 2017.The latest [...]

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    IGP: My heart troubled over security challenges

IGP: My heart troubled over security challenges

Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police (IGP), says he is troubled by the security challenges confronting the country.He said this and his experience as a police officer inspired him to write a book titled ‘Security and justice: The pathway for peace and reconciliation in Nigeria’.Idris said this on Thursday while addressing journalists after the public presentation of the book in Lagos.He [...]

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    ‘Attention-seeking gambits of desperate politicians’ — el-Rufai speaks on query

‘Attention-seeking gambits of desperate politicians’ — el-Rufai speaks on query

Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state, has described as a “sham” the query which a faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state issued to him.Accusing the governor of “anti-people/anti-party activities and inhuman policies", Shuiabu Wada, chairman of the faction, gave el-Rufai 48 hours to respond to the query.The faction had also suspended Uba Sani, the governor’s political adviser; [...]

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    Reps to probe trade ministry over $160m World Bank project

Reps to probe trade ministry over $160m World Bank project

The house of representatives has resolved to probe the circumstances surrounding the engagement of consultant for a $160m World Bank project in the country.The house also mandated the ministers of industry, trade and investment as well as finance not to renew the consultant engaged for the growth and employment (GEM) project.The resolution was sequel to a motion of urgent public [...]

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    DSS quizzes Labaran Maku

DSS quizzes Labaran Maku

The Department of State Services (DSS) on Wednesday summoned Labaran Maku, a former minister of information.The Nasarawa state command of the service summoned the former minister for reasons yet to be ascertained.Maku, who was a minister under the immediate past administration, was quizzed by operatives of the service for about an hour.Addressing journalists after his encounter with the service, the national [...]

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    Falana writes IGP, demands reports of investigations into large-scale killings

Falana writes IGP, demands reports of investigations into large-scale killings

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, has written a letter to Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police (IGP), requesting reports of probes into various large-scale killings.In a letter dated February 14, the lawyer demanded the reports on killings which occurred from 2011 to 2017.He said the demand was necessitated by the failure to prosecute armed gangs that have engaged in the “mindless” [...]

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    Former CJNs to get N1.3bn retirement benefit in 2018

Former CJNs to get N1.3bn retirement benefit in 2018

Former chief justices of Nigeria (CJNs) will get N1.3 billion as retirement benefit in 2018.Ahmed Saleh, secretary of the National Judicial Council (NJC), disclosed this on Tuesday when he appeared before the senate committee on judiciary, human rights and legal matters, for budget defence.He said the allocation is about N325 billion higher than the N975million budgeted for retired CJNs in 2017.Saleh [...]

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    Okorocha’s ‘amnesty’ to wanted persons splits lawmakers

Okorocha’s ‘amnesty’ to wanted persons splits lawmakers

Members of the house of representatives were divided on Tuesday over the amnesty reportedly granted by Rochas Okorocha, governor of Imo state, to some criminal suspects declared wanted by the Rivers state government.Last week, Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers, had said: "That amnesty offered by Governor Okorocha cannot cover Rivers state. These criminals are still wanted for their crimes against [...]

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    Missing N36m: Shehu Sani storms JAMB headquarters with snake charmers

Missing N36m: Shehu Sani storms JAMB headquarters with snake charmers

Shehu Sani, senator representing Kaduna central, stormed the headquarters of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) in Bwari, federal capital territory, with snake charmers, on Tuesday.Sani also presented snake repellents and chemicals to the board.He said the visit was to enable stakeholders to get to the bottom of the issues surrounding the reported case of missing N36 million from [...]

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    Reps panel gives police 48 hours to vacate Peace Corps headquarters

Reps panel gives police 48 hours to vacate Peace Corps headquarters

The house of representatives committee on public petitions has ordered the police to vacate the headquarters of the Peace Corps of Nigeria in Abuja.At its meeting on Tuesday, the committee asked the police to vacate the headquarters within 48 hours.The meeting followed a petition written to the house of representatives over the purported refusal of Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police, [...]

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    Kingibe, NIA DG appear before house of reps committee

Kingibe, NIA DG appear before house of reps committee

Ahmed Abubakar, newly appointed director-general of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), appeared before the house of representatives committee on national security and intelligence on Tuesday.Members of the panel which the president set up to restructure the NIA also appeared before the committee.The three-member panel is headed by Babagana Kingibe, former secretary to the government of the federation.The panel was set [...]

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    INEC: We don’t have control over underage voters in Kano LG election

INEC: We don’t have control over underage voters in Kano LG election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has no control over the underage voters who allegedly took part in the local government election in Kano state.Some pictures and videos showing underage thumb printing ballot papers in an election have been circulating online.Reacting to this on Tuesday, INEC said it cannot be held liable for the purported underage voting.“The commission wishes [...]

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