Chinedu Asadu

    ‘It’s against their right’ — reps ask FG to halt relocation of almajiri kids

‘It’s against their right’ — reps ask FG to halt relocation of almajiri kids

The house of representatives has asked the federal government to stop the relocation of almajiri kids to their home states. At Tuesday's plenary session, the lower legislative chamber argued that such an action is against the fundamental rights of the children. This followed a motion sponsored by Aishatu Dukku of Dukku and Nafada constituency in Gombe state. Usually, between the age of four and 15 [...]

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    Bauchi gov: I survived COVID-19 but our people do not believe it’s real

Bauchi gov: I survived COVID-19 but our people do not believe it’s real

Bala Mohammed, governor of Bauchi, says residents of the state do not believe COVID-19 is real even though he survived the disease. Mohammed, who said this during an NTA programme on Monday, said the people of the state are refusing to adhere to guidelines to curb the spread of the disease. Mohammed, who was the index case of the coronavirus in Bauchi, [...]

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    INEC: Why we can’t postpone Edo, Ondo guber polls despite COVID-19

INEC: Why we can’t postpone Edo, Ondo guber polls despite COVID-19

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it cannot postpone the governorship elections in Ondo and Edo states despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Festus Okoye, INEC spokesman, said the commission could lose its right to fix election dates if it fails to conduct the two polls within the constitutional time frame. INEC announced the dates for the Edo and Ondo elections as September 19, [...]

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    COVID-19: We are being strained, says FG on evacuation of stranded Nigerians

COVID-19: We are being strained, says FG on evacuation of stranded Nigerians

The federal government says it is reaching saturation point regarding the evacuation of Nigerians stranded abroad over the coronavirus pandemic. Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, who said this at the presidential task force on COVID-19 briefing on Monday, said the country is being strained by the process. Out of the 4,000 Nigerians abroad willing to return because of the health crisis, [...]

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    ‘I acted in good faith’ — Wike speaks on demolition of hotels

‘I acted in good faith’ — Wike speaks on demolition of hotels

Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers, has dismissed the criticisms which trailed the demolition of two hotels in the state, saying he acted in good faith. In a statewide broadcast, the governor accused one of the owners of the hotels of unleashing thugs on members of the state task force when they visited the facility. Earlier on Sunday, Prudent Hotel, Eleme was pulled down [...]

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    55 COVID-19 patients recover in Madagascar after treatment with herbal drug

55 COVID-19 patients recover in Madagascar after treatment with herbal drug

At least 55 COVID-19 patients in Madagascar have recovered after being treated with the country's herbal remedy for the disease. The number of COVID-19 patients said to have been "cured" with the drug -- which is bottled as herbal tea -- rose after three recoveries were announced on Saturday. According to L'Express de Madagascar, the patients were among those that were administered the [...]

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    Report: 68 buried in Yobe LGA — in three days

Report: 68 buried in Yobe LGA — in three days

Sixty-eight persons have reportedly been buried in Potiskum local government area of Yobe state within three days. Although the deaths have not been linked to COVID-19, the unusual occurrence in the area was said to have caused apprehension among residents. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, strange deaths have been reported in various states, lately Bauchi, Kano and Jigawa The Nation quoted a cemetery worker as saying one [...]

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    ‘Fraud’: NDDC needs to be rescued, says Ondo rep

‘Fraud’: NDDC needs to be rescued, says Ondo rep

Olubumi Tunji-Ojo, a member of the house of representatives from Ondo state, says the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) needs to be rescued over allegations of fraud at the commission. Tunji-Ojo, who chairs the house committee on NDDC, said the green chamber is determined to reposition the commission for better performance despite antics from "inconsequential groups." The lawmaker, who said this via a [...]

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    FLASHBACK: ‘I, not Babangida, annulled June 12’ — how late judge defended verdict

FLASHBACK: ‘I, not Babangida, annulled June 12’ — how late judge defended verdict

Did you know that Dahiru Saleh, a former chief judge of the federal high court, Abuja, took responsibility for the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election? Although ex-military president Ibrahim Babangida issued the proclamation that officially nullified that election adjudged as one of the most credible Nigeria has ever had, the judge, who died on Thursday, had said he [...]

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    El-Rufai inaugurates new board for Kashim Ibrahim Fellowship

El-Rufai inaugurates new board for Kashim Ibrahim Fellowship

Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna, has inaugurated a new governing board for the Kashim Ibrahim Fellowship, a capacity-building programme established by the state in 2018. Muyiwa Adekeye, the governor's spokesperson, said in a statement on Thursday the new board held a virtual meeting immediately after their inauguration. The board, which comprises 16 members, will be chaired by Dele Olojede, award-winning journalist. Members of the board [...]

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    Malami: Those who tried to frustrate return of $311m Abacha Loot should be ashamed

Malami: Those who tried to frustrate return of $311m Abacha Loot should be ashamed

Abubakar Malami, minister of justice and attorney-general of the federation (AGF), has tackled those who "wanted to frustrate" the repatriation of $311 million looted by Sani Abacha, the late dictator. Malami, in a statement on Wednesday, said such persons should "bury their heads in shame" over the successful repatriation. On Monday, the federal government received the funds from the United States and the [...]

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    Woman gives birth on aircraft conveying Nigerian returnees from Dubai to Lagos

Woman gives birth on aircraft conveying Nigerian returnees from Dubai to Lagos

The first batch of Nigerians expected from the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday had to return to base for a short period, after a woman went into labour mid air. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, confirmed this to TheCable on Wednesday. The plane made a U-turn after the woman who gave birth developed complications. "A Nigerian lady, Mrs. Kafayat [...]

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    Ohanaeze: We never appointed Gowon to lead campaign for 2023 presidency

Ohanaeze: We never appointed Gowon to lead campaign for 2023 presidency

Ohanaeze Ndigbo has denied appointing Yakubu Gowon, former head of state, to lead the campaign for a president of Igbo extraction come 2023. In a statement on Wednesday, Uche Achi-Okpaga, Ohanaeze spokesman, said the group never contemplated involving either Gowon or any prominent politician. He said the "purported pact" with the former head of state "exists only in the imagination of the [...]

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    THISDAY Dome donated as 320-bed isolation centre in Abuja ‘almost ready’ for use

THISDAY Dome donated as 320-bed isolation centre in Abuja ‘almost ready’ for use

Osagie Ehanire, minister of health, on Tuesday, inspected the THISDAY Dome donated as a 320-bed isolation centre in Abuja. The facility, which the federal government said is 98% ready, was donated by Nduka Obaigbena, publisher of THISDAY newspaper, to support the fight against COVID-19 in Abuja. The project is being handled in collaboration with Sahara Foundation, an arm of Sahara Group. Ehanire expressed satisfaction [...]

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    ICYMI: Reps agree to subject diseases control bill to public hearing

ICYMI: Reps agree to subject diseases control bill to public hearing

Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house of representatives, says the infectious diseases control bill will be subjected to public hearing. The speaker said the bill, which has been a subject of controversy, will reflect the opinions and wishes of Nigerians before it is passed. The green chamber introduced the bill last Tuesday and passed it for second reading, even with most lawmakers [...]

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    ‘We don’t fiddle with phones here’ — how rep tackled PTF members at plenary

‘We don’t fiddle with phones here’ — how rep tackled PTF members at plenary

Yusuf Gagdi, a member of the house of representatives, took a jab at some members of the presidential task force on COVID-19 on Tuesday, accusing them of fiddling with their phones at plenary. Gagdi, who represents Pankshin/Kanam/Kanke constituency of Plateau state, told the PTF team that "we do not press phones here." He had stood to ask the task force questions about [...]

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