Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Dyepkazah Shibayan

    Pensioners block convoy of finance minister over 14 years’ arrears

Pensioners block convoy of finance minister over 14 years’ arrears

Some senior citizens on Tuesday staged a protest at the ministry of finance over 14 years pension arrears owed them by the federal government.The protesters demanded the payment of N45.3 billion which they claimed had been approved by President Muhammadu Buhari since 2017.The protesters, who are members of Nigeria Airways branch of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, blocked the [...]

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    Anti-Buhari coalition raises the alarm over ‘plot to remove Saraki, Dogara violently’

Anti-Buhari coalition raises the alarm over ‘plot to remove Saraki, Dogara violently’

The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) says some security agencies are working to provide cover for lawmakers who want a change of leadership at the national assembly.CUPP is the umbrella body of the parties that formed an alliance with the target of defeating Buhari in 2019.In a statement on Tuesday, Ikenga Ugochinyere, CUPP spokesman, said in a bid [...]

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    Rivers asks Amaechi to account for proceeds from sale of state’s assets

Rivers asks Amaechi to account for proceeds from sale of state’s assets

The Rivers government has asked Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, to account for proceeds from the sale of $308 million gas turbine power stations formerly owned by the state.Amaechi was governor of Rivers from 2007 to 2015. The gas turbines were sold to Sahara Energy, a company owned by Tonye Cole, governorship aspirant of APC.In a statement on Monday, Emma [...]

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    Yahaya Bello ‘runs to’ Buhari over flood in 10 Kogi LGAs

Yahaya Bello ‘runs to’ Buhari over flood in 10 Kogi LGAs

Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi, visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa in Abuja on Monday over the flood problem in the state.The governor disclosed this to state house correspondents after a private meeting with the president.He said over 10 local government areas that have been sacked by the flood.While appreciating the efforts of the National Emergency Management Agency [...]

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    Court strikes out case against Jones Abiri

Court strikes out case against Jones Abiri

An Abuja magistrate court has struck out a suit against Jones Abiri, a Bayelsa-based journalist.Abiri, publisher of Weekly Source Newspaper, was arrested by Department of State Services (DSS) in 2016 and accused of being the leader of the joint revolutionary council of separatist group, Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force.He was also accused of threatening oil companies and demanding money from them.Abiri [...]

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    Nigerians living in fear, says Lamido as he meets southern, middle belt leaders

Nigerians living in fear, says Lamido as he meets southern, middle belt leaders

Sule Lamido, a presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), says Nigerians are living in fear.Lamido said this on Monday when he met with the Southern and Middle Belt Forum in Abuja.The former Jigawa governor is the fourth aspirant to meet with the elders after former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, Attahiru Bafarawa, former Sokoto governor, and [...]

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    Agricultural agency offers support to farmers affected by flood

Agricultural agency offers support to farmers affected by flood

The Nigerian Agricultural Insurance Corporation (NAIC) has offered assistance to farmers who have been affected by floods.Kogi, Nasarawa and Niger are among the states that have experienced devastating floods.Farms and houses have been destroyed in the process leaving thousands displaced.Speaking with journalists at the weekend, Folashade Joseph, managing director of NAIC, urged farmers who have their insurance cover to go [...]

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    Babachir Lawal, Ribadu kick against indirect primary in Adamawa APC

Babachir Lawal, Ribadu kick against indirect primary in Adamawa APC

Some stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Adamawa have kicked against the option of indirect primary for elective positions in the state.Babachir Lawal, former secretary of the government of the federation (SGF), and Nuhu Ribadu, a former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), are among the stakeholders.On Monday, some APC members led by Boss Mustapha, [...]

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    Lai: Buhari not guilty of lopsided appointments

Lai: Buhari not guilty of lopsided appointments

Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, says President Muhammadu Buhari's appointments are not lopsided.Mohammed said this on Thursday when he paid a visit to the headquarters of Channels Television in Lagos on Friday.The minister said President Buhari cannot be judged by appointing Yusuf Bichi as director-general of the Department of State Services (DSS)."Those talking about balancing and federal character should [...]

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    Lai: The Economist prediction of PDP’s victory is fake news

Lai: The Economist prediction of PDP’s victory is fake news

Lai Mohammed, minister of information, says the prediction of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) victory at 2019 presidential poll by The Economist magazine is fake news.The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the research unit of the magazine, had said though the 2019 election would be "a close contest", the PDP would defeat the All Progressives Congress (APC).Speaking when he visited corporate [...]

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    Niboro, ex-spokesman of Jonathan, vying for house of reps seat under APC

Niboro, ex-spokesman of Jonathan, vying for house of reps seat under APC

Ima Niboro, former spokesman of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, has declared his intention to contest a house of representatives' seat under the All Progressives Congress (APC).Niboro, who defected to APC from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2016, is seeking to represent Ughelli north/Ughelli south/Udu federal constituency at the lower legislative chamber.In a Facebook post on Thursday, Niboro said he is [...]

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    Sources: Oshiomhole plotting Dogara’s removal

Sources: Oshiomhole plotting Dogara’s removal

Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), wants Yakubu Dogara removed as speaker of the house of representatives.A source told TheCable that Oshiomhole has been meeting with party members, particularly lawmakers in the lower legislative chamber, in a bid to remove Dogara.The source said the APC chairman intensified efforts to oust the speaker after news broke that [...]

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    Atiku petitions Buhari over ‘threat’ to life

Atiku petitions Buhari over ‘threat’ to life

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar says he and his family have received death threats via text messages because of his decision to contest the 2019 presidential election.In a petition dated September 7 and addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abubakar said the author of the message said his family is being closely watched.Abubakar said his wife and daughters received separate messages that unless [...]

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    Ex-police commissioner accuses Shehu Sani of forgery

Ex-police commissioner accuses Shehu Sani of forgery

Sani Magaji, a retired police commissioner of Akwa Ibom state, has accused Shehu Sani, senator representing Kaduna central, of forgery, vowing to take him to court.In a petition to Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Magaji alleged that the senator forged his signature on a document said to be an endorsement of direct primary election in the [...]

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    Dogara’s political future is bleak, says APC

Dogara’s political future is bleak, says APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) says Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house of representatives, is confused.The party said this in reaction to reports that the speaker had defected to the the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and obtained forms to recontest his seat.Yekini Nabena, acting spokesman of APC, said the political future of Dogara is bleak, accusing him of anti-party activities while in [...]

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    Labour gives FG 14-day ultimatum over minimum wage

Labour gives FG 14-day ultimatum over minimum wage

Organised labour has given the federal government 14 days to reconvene the committee on a new minimum wage or risk industrial action.Leaders of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, (TUC) and United Labour Congress (ULC) frowned at the decision of Chris Ngige, minister of labour, to adjourn the work of the committee indefinitely.Ayuba Wabba, NLC president, said [...]

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