Monday, February 18, 2019

Dyepkazah Shibayan

    Senate confirms Ayine as new auditor-general of the federation

Senate confirms Ayine as new auditor-general of the federation

The senate has confirmed Anthony Ayine as the new auditor-general of the federation (AGF).On December 13, Senate President Bukola Saraki read a letter from President Muhammadu Buhari nominating Ayine for the position."The curriculum vitae of A. Ayine is hereby attached. I have accepted this recommendation and hereby present the nomination of Anthony Ayine for confirmation by the senate," the letter [...]

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    Ndume accepts Lawan as senate leader, says ‘it may be Ekweremadu tomorrow’

Ndume accepts Lawan as senate leader, says ‘it may be Ekweremadu tomorrow’

Ali Ndume, ousted senate leader, has accepted Ahmed Lawan as the new majority leader of the upper legislative chamber.On Tuesday, Bukola Saraki, senate president, announced Lawan as the new senate leader.Speaking on the floor of the senate on Wednesday, Ndume thanked his colleagues for the opportunity to serve as senate leader.The former senate leader said although more than 30 senators signed [...]

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    Saraki: Power sector has failed… nobody is willing to tackle the errors

Saraki: Power sector has failed… nobody is willing to tackle the errors

Senate President Bukola Saraki has attributed the poor performance of the power sector to errors in the privatisation process, saying "nobody appears willing to tackle the issue head-on".Addressing his colleagues at the end of a three-week break on Tuesday, Saraki faulted the model through which the sector is being operated.He said the senate had taken it upon itself to find [...]

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    Senate rejects Buhari’s nominee for NERC chairman

Senate rejects Buhari’s nominee for NERC chairman

The senate has failed to confirm Akintunde Akinwande, the nominee of President Muhammadu Buhari for the chairmanship position of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).Citing his failure to appear before it for screening, the upper chamber of the national assembly asked Buhari to send another nominee for confirmation."We should go ahead and do our function and request the president to [...]

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    Islamic clerics blame ‘reckless utterances’ for southern Kaduna crisis

Islamic clerics blame ‘reckless utterances’ for southern Kaduna crisis

The council of Imams and Ulamas in Kaduna state say "reckless utterances of southern Kaduna political and religious leaders" is the cause of the crisis in the southern part of the state.On December 24, 2016, the Kaduna state government declared a 24-hour curfew Kaura, Zangon-Kataf and Jema’a local government areas owing to the persistent killings going on there.The curfew has since [...]

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    Police ‘smash’ criminal gang that ‘kidnapped’ former minister

Police ‘smash’ criminal gang that ‘kidnapped’ former minister

The police say they have arrested suspected kidnappers of Bagudu Hirse, a former minister of state for foreign affairs.Bagudu was kidnapped on November 20, 2016, in front of the Kaduna residence of Mamman Daura, President Muhammadu Buhari’s nephew. But he regained freedom on six days letter after a ransom was paid to his captors.Speaking with journalists on Monday, Don Awunah, force [...]

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    Ezekwesili: We thought Chibok girls would be freed within 30 days

Ezekwesili: We thought Chibok girls would be freed within 30 days

Oby Ezekwesili, leader of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) movement, says it is a "monumental failure" that the federal government has not rescued the remaining 195 Chibok girls after 1,000 days in the hands of the Boko Haram insurgents.The girls were abducted in April 2014 from Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno state.Addressing members of the BBOG movement, Ezekwesili described [...]

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    Hundreds of policemen storm BBOG protest ground

Hundreds of policemen storm BBOG protest ground

Officers of the Nigeria police in their hundreds have stormed the Unity Fountain - meeting ground of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) movement.On Wednesday, the BBOG movement issued a statement announcing its intention to resume its protests demanding the release of the remaining 195 of the Chibok schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram in April 2014.They said they would embark [...]

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    ‘I’m sorry’ says Ghana’s new leader after plagiarising ex-US presidents

‘I’m sorry’ says Ghana’s new leader after plagiarising ex-US presidents

Nana Akufo-Addo, Ghana's new president, has apologised for plagiarising the speeches of three former US presidents.According to the NAN, Akufo-Addo lifted excerpts from the speeches of John Kennedy, George Bush and Bill Clinton, while giving his inauguration speech on Saturday.On January 20 1961, Kennedy had said in his inauguration address: “If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it [...]

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    Agwai to el-Rufai: Compensate all parties, not only herdsmen

Agwai to el-Rufai: Compensate all parties, not only herdsmen

Martin Luther Agwai, a retired military general, says if there is going be compensation given to anyone as a result of the southern Kaduna crisis, all aggrieved parties should included.Reports said that the Kaduna government was a negotiating a compensation for Fulani herdsmen who lost their cattle to the attacks.But speaking in an interview with DAILY TRUST, Agwai said that [...]

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    Pastor calls on Christians to boycott cow meat over ‘herdsmen’ killings

Pastor calls on Christians to boycott cow meat over ‘herdsmen’ killings

Dele Ikeorha, a pastor and president of the Laybible Translation Group, wants Christians all over the country to stop eating cow meat to protest the killings of Christians by Fulani herdsmen.The herdsmen have been accused of repeated attacks on farming communities across the country.In a piece entitled 'Call to National Indefinite Cow Meat Boycott', Ikeorha said it was time for Christians [...]

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    6 policemen fired for ‘using their firearms for Wike’ during poll

6 policemen fired for ‘using their firearms for Wike’ during poll

Six police officers attached to Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers state, have been dismissed for "misusing their firearms" during the Rivers legislative rerun election of December 10, 2016.The decision to dismiss and prosecute these officers was sequel to a report from a panel set up by Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police, on the incidents recorded during the legislative re-run election.Addressing a [...]

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    Foreign airlines ‘reject’ Kaduna airport

Foreign airlines ‘reject’ Kaduna airport

Representatives of foreign airline operators say the Kaduna airport is not an option to them during the period the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja will be under repairs.On December 19, Hadi Sirika, minister  of state for aviation, said the Abuja airport would be closed for six weeks between February and March 2017 to enable repair on the damaged runway.Sirika also [...]

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    Finally, Buhari breaks silence on southern Kaduna killings… orders IGP to take ‘strong actions’

Finally, Buhari breaks silence on southern Kaduna killings… orders IGP to take ‘strong actions’

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of the police (IGP), to take "strong actions" in putting a stop to acts of violence in the southern part of Kaduna state.Before this directive was given, Buhari was criticised for not taking action to end the crisis.But According to a statement on Thursday by Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, Buhari also directed the IDP to personally [...]

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    Femi Adesina: If this govt tells you something, you can take it to the bank

Femi Adesina: If this govt tells you something, you can take it to the bank

Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, has urged Nigerians to disregard Ayodele Fayose's claim that the payment of N5,000 stipend to vulnerable citizens has not begun.Adesina said the Buhari administration is built on "integrity and accountability" and "does not lie to Nigerians."On Monday, Laolu Akande, the spokesman of vice president Yemi Osinbajo, said the federal government had commenced payment of the N5,000 stipend to poor [...]

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    Kaduna govt relaxes 24-hour curfew by 12 hours in two LGs

Kaduna govt relaxes 24-hour curfew by 12 hours in two LGs

The Kaduna state government has relaxed the 24-hour curfew in Jema'a and Zangon-Kataf local government areas but the restriction continues in Kaura local government area.On December 21, the Kaduna government declared curfew in Jema’a, Zangon-Kataf and Kaura local government areas due to the persistent killings going on there.After the curfew was imposed, Goska village in Kaura was attacked, leaving several people [...]

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