Tuesday, June 18, 2019

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    CDHR: FG flies the rich abroad for treatment but no hope for common man

CDHR: FG flies the rich abroad for treatment but no hope for common man

The Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) says the federal government fund medical treatment for the rich abroad while the common man lacks access to good healthcare.In a statement on Sunday, CDHR condemned government's "neglect of the nation’s health institutions in preference for foreign medical trips".It said such “worrisome” practice violates the right of every Nigerian to a healthy [...]

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    ‘GEJ bought you a car without announcing it’ — Omokri tackles Buhari over Ekwueme’s treatment

‘GEJ bought you a car without announcing it’ — Omokri tackles Buhari over Ekwueme’s treatment

Reno Omokri, ex-aide of former President Goodluck Jonathan, has criticised the government of President Muhammadu Buhari for publicising the overseas medical treatment approved for Alex Ekwueme, former vice-president.On Friday, Garba Shehu, a spokesman of the president, announced that Buhari had directed that the ailing former vice-president be flown abroad for medical treatment.Shehu said Buhari offered to help after receiving a brief [...]

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    Pope ‘considering allowing married men become priests’

Pope ‘considering allowing married men become priests’

Pope Francis has reportedly given nod to a debate to consider the possibility of married men becoming priests.Vatican sources were quoted to have said the pontiff has requested a conversation over allowing married men in the Amazon region of Brazil to be ordained as priests.This follows a request made by Claudio Hummes, a cardinal and president of the Episcopal commission [...]

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    Avengers might be working for Jonathan, says Buhari’s aide

Avengers might be working for Jonathan, says Buhari’s aide

Lauretta Onochie, personal assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on social media, says the fresh threats issued by the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) may be as a result of the court invitation to former President Goodluck Jonathan.On Friday, the militants said they would resume attacks on oil facilities in the Niger Delta.Announcing a suspension of its ceasefire with the federal government, the [...]

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    Again, MMM leaves Nigerians stranded, goes on ‘restart’ mode

Again, MMM leaves Nigerians stranded, goes on ‘restart’ mode

Controversial Ponzi scheme MMM has announced a “restart”, leaving over three million Nigerians who participated in the scheme stranded.In a message posted on its participants’ website on Saturday, the scheme said it has struggled to sustain its operations since the beginning of this year.MMM blamed the development on the “incautious actions” of the government and the media.“Unfortunately, we were unable to [...]

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    Garba Shehu: Reports on feud between Kyari, Oyo-Ita were fabricated

Garba Shehu: Reports on feud between Kyari, Oyo-Ita were fabricated

Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, says the reports on the clash between Abba Kyari, chief of staff to the president and Winifred Oyo-Ita, head of service of the federation, were fabricated.There was an altercation involving the two top officials before the commencement of this week's federal executive council (FEC) meeting.Although Oyo-Ita's countenance said [...]

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    Orji-Kalu: If Buhari decides to contest in 2019, he’ll be forced to have special interest in south-east

Orji-Kalu: If Buhari decides to contest in 2019, he’ll be forced to have special interest in south-east

Orji Kalu, former governor of Abia state, says the Igbo will support President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 if he gives the south-east an “emergency consideration”.“If the president is going to run again, we will force him to declare our area as special, and we are going to give him 75 percent of the votes,” Kalu said during an interview on [...]

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    I still can’t remember my dealings with Metuh, says Dasuki

I still can’t remember my dealings with Metuh, says Dasuki

Sambo Dasuki, former national security adviser (NSA) has told the federal high court in Abuja that he is still not able to remember if he paid any money to Olisa Metuh.Metuh, former spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party, is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly receiving N400 million diverted from Dasuki's office.Listed as defence witnesses [...]

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    Avengers suspend ceasefire, vow to cripple oil sector

Avengers suspend ceasefire, vow to cripple oil sector

The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) has announced a suspension of its ceasefire with the federal government.In a statement on Friday, Murdoch Agbinibo, the group's spokesman, said the group would renew hostilities.The militant said the fresh attacks would be worse than those of 2016.“We can assure you that every oil installation in our region will feel the warmth of the wrath [...]

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    Arabi: Why Aso Rock clinic does not have drugs

Arabi: Why Aso Rock clinic does not have drugs

Jalal Arabi, permanent secretary, state house, has attributed the lack of drugs at Aso Rock clinic to free medical treatment by those who are not entitled to it.He also said some medical personnel who no longer render services in the hospital have been getting allowances.Arabi said the doctors, sponsored by the state house, on residency programmes (usually for a two-year [...]

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    The Abuja you probably never knew exists

The Abuja you probably never knew exists

When Ibrahim Yusuf left behind his family members and childhood friends in Niger state in 2016, he felt Abuja was a city "flowing with milk and honey". After an endless search, he settled in Karu, a suburb in Nyanya.“To be sincere, it has not been easy. Although I was able to learn a trade -- I am now a tailor -- [...]

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    FG to recover $321m loot from Switzerland 

FG to recover $321m loot from Switzerland 

The federal government says it is set to recover another $321 million looted fund from Switzerland, in addition to the $85 million earlier recovered.Abubakar Malami, minister of justice and attorney-general of the federation, said this on Wednesday while speaking to state house correspondents after the federal executive council meeting."As you are aware, the federal government has been making efforts to [...]

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    Police: Ozubulu church attack masterminded by murder convicts in South Africa

Police: Ozubulu church attack masterminded by murder convicts in South Africa

The Anambra state police command says two suspects behind the attack on St. Philip Catholic Church, Ozubulu, in the state, are murder convicts in South Africa.The command gave the names of the suspects as Prince Charles Obi (a.k.a Gozila) and Dickson Nwodi.Unknown gunmen had invaded the church on August 6, killing 18 worshipers.Ten people were also injured in the attack which [...]

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    EFCC summons sacked NIA DG, wife

EFCC summons sacked NIA DG, wife

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has summoned Ayo Oke, former director-general of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), over the $43.45 million discovered in an Ikoyi apartment in Lagos state.In a statement issued on Wednesday by Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC spokesman, the commission said Folashade, wife of the intelligence officer, had also been invited.President Muhammadu Buhari sacked Oke, citing the recommendation [...]

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    We’re ready to help Nigeria achieve financial inclusion, says Netherlands queen

We’re ready to help Nigeria achieve financial inclusion, says Netherlands queen

Queen Máxima of the Netherlands says her country is ready to help Nigeria combat challenges in its way of achieving financial inclusion.Maxima, who is the UN secretary-general's advocate for financial inclusion for development, said this on Wednesday during her working visit to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).Maintaining that the potentials in achieving financial inclusion are enormous, she said it is [...]

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    ‘Memory loss’ hinders Dasuki from testifying in Metuh’s trial

‘Memory loss’ hinders Dasuki from testifying in Metuh’s trial

Sambo Dasuki, former national security adviser (NSA), on Wednesday failed to testify in the ongoing trial of Olisa Metuh, former national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party.Ahmed Raji, Dasuki's counsel, told the court that his client cannot testify at the sitting due to a loss of memory.He said having spent about two years in DSS custody, the ex-NSA needs [...]

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