Thursday, August 6, 2020

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    Customs intercepts container laden with military hardware

Customs intercepts container laden with military hardware

The Nigeria customs service says it intercepted a container load of military hardware along Aba-Port Harcourt road. Joseph Attah, spokesman of the service, said personnel of the service’ federal operations unit, zone C, intercepted the hardware on Friday. “The container was taken to Owerri, where proper examination in the presence of the representative of the owner revealed the following: 11 bales containing [...]

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    FRSC: We’re committed to making Nigerian roads among 20 safest in the world

FRSC: We’re committed to making Nigerian roads among 20 safest in the world

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says it is committed to making Nigerian roads among the top twenty safest roads in the world by 2020. Boboye Oyeyemi, FRSC corps marshal, said this on Friday at the 2018 annual training workshop of the Nigerian Motoring Journalists Association in Lagos. A statement from Bisi Kazeem, the corps public education officer, also quoted Oyeyemi as [...]

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    Shake-up in army, top military commanders redeployed

Shake-up in army, top military commanders redeployed

The Nigerian army has announced a major shake-up with redeployment of top military commanders and senior officers. The redeployment, which was announced on Friday, affects principal staff officers both at the defence and army headquarters as well as general officers commanding (GOCs). Texas Chukwu, director of army public relations, said the postings and appointments are to take effect from 1 August this [...]

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    Melaye resurfaces, says he spent 11 hours in the wilderness

Melaye resurfaces, says he spent 11 hours in the wilderness

Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi east, says he has regained his freedom after spending 11 hours in the "wilderness". Melaye's brother had raised an alarm on Thursday that the senator had been kidnapped. Ben Murray-Bruce, a senator from Bayelsa, had quoted him (the brother) as saying Melaye was bundled into a Toyota Sienna while he was travelling to Kogi. Writing via his Twitter [...]

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    HURRAY! Your Nigerian passport will now be valid for 10 years

HURRAY! Your Nigerian passport will now be valid for 10 years

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that the validity of passports issued in the country should be increased from five to 10 years. Muhammed Babandede, comptroller-general of Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), made the disclosure on Thursday when he visited the Ikoyi passport office in Lagos. He said the president also approved improved security features and quality for the passport booklets. “He (Buhari) has approved [...]

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    Keyamo: PDP harvesting fake news to survive

Keyamo: PDP harvesting fake news to survive

Festus Keyamo, spokesman of President Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation, has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of “harvesting chaff and fake news” ahead of the 2019 elections. Keyamo said this while debunking a “fake news” allegedly engineered by the PDP. He said a media report circulated by the opposition party had quoted Rotimi Amaechi, director-general of of the campaign organisation, as describing [...]

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    Reps panel asks NERC to reverse suspension of Ibadan DisCo directors

Reps panel asks NERC to reverse suspension of Ibadan DisCo directors

A house of representatives panel has asked the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to rescind its decision to suspend the board members of the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company Limited (IBEDC). The house committee on power gave the order during its investigative hearing on Wednesday. The NERC had in June suspended the board of directors and key management staff over over a N6bn [...]

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    Finally, Ortom dumps APC for PDP

Finally, Ortom dumps APC for PDP

Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue state, has defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The governor announced his defection at a meeting with local government chairmen and councillors at government house, Makurdi, on Wednesday. He said his resignation letter had been sent to the chairman of the APC in his ward. "I have formally resigned from [...]

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    Bill to establish state police scales second reading at house of reps

Bill to establish state police scales second reading at house of reps

The 1999 constitution amendment bill seeking to accommodate state and community policing on Tuesday passed second reading at the house of representatives. The bill sponsored by Femi Gbajabiamila, majority leader of the house, seeks to delete item 45 of the constitution – which domiciles policing exclusively with the federal government – from the exclusive list and move it to the concurrent list. Gbajabiamila, [...]

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    Rep who sponsored Not Too Young To Run bill leaves PDP

Rep who sponsored Not Too Young To Run bill leaves PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lost one of its members at the house of representatives, a day it also gained huge membership.  Tony Nwulu from Imo state announced that he was resigning his membership of the party while addressing journalists after plenary on Tuesday. Earlier at plenary, 32 representatives had defected to the PDP. The lawmaker, who sponsored the Not Too Young [...]

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    Siege at Saraki’s residence stage-managed, says Jimoh Moshood

Siege at Saraki’s residence stage-managed, says Jimoh Moshood

Jimoh Moshood, spokesman of the Nigeria police force, says the siege at the residence of Senate President Bukola Saraki was "stage-managed for public sentiments". Speaking on a Channels TV programme on Wednesday, Moshood said the force had no hand in the incident. In the early hours of Tuesday, some police vehicles and officers were seen stationed at the entrance of the senate [...]

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    FULL LIST: 10 from Kano, six from Kwara — 37 reps who dumped APC

FULL LIST: 10 from Kano, six from Kwara — 37 reps who dumped APC

On Tuesday, the All Progressives Congress (APC) suffered a major loss in the national assembly. While 15 members of the upper legislative chamber abandoned the party, 37 from the lower chamber did the same. A total of 32 members moved to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) while four decamped to the African Democratic Congress (ADC), with one outstanding. Below is a full list [...]

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    Buhari rejects five national assembly bills

Buhari rejects five national assembly bills

President Muhammadu Buhari has withheld assent to five bills on constitution amendment passed by the national assembly. The president communicated his decision to reject the bills via a letter which was read during house of representatives plenary on Tuesday. Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house, listed the bills as constitutional amendment bills nos eight, 15, 22, 24 and 28 on the issue [...]

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    Oshiomhole describes defectors as big masquerades with little electoral value

Oshiomhole describes defectors as big masquerades with little electoral value

Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), says the party is not bothered about the members who decamped. At plenary on Tuesday, 15 senators and 37 house of representatives members left the party for other political parties. Fourteen of the senators and 32 of the representatives joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Speaking with state house correspondents after meeting with [...]

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    32 APC reps defect to PDP

32 APC reps defect to PDP

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has lost 32 of its members in the house of representatives to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Four other APC members defected to the African Democratic Congress (ADC), while a rep left the party without stating his new direction. In all, the ruling party lost 37 members. This comes hours after 14 APC senators moved to the [...]

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    PDP reps celebrate defection of 14 APC senators

PDP reps celebrate defection of 14 APC senators

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