Monday, February 18, 2019

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    PDP: FG behind invasion of Akwa Ibom assembly

PDP: FG behind invasion of Akwa Ibom assembly

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the federal government of plotting to take over Akwa Ibom state ahead of 2019 elections.Kola Ologbondiyan, spokesman of the opposition party, said this at a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday.He alleged that the federal government orchestrated the violence at the state assembly on Tuesday.Ologbondiyan called on Nigerians to speak against the alleged [...]

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    Buhari would rather lose than rig 2019 elections, says Femi Adesina

Buhari would rather lose than rig 2019 elections, says Femi Adesina

Femi Adesina says President Muhammadu Buhari would rather lose the 2019 presidential election than rig it.The presidential spokesman said this while speaking during a programme on ARISE TV on Tuesday.Commenting on concerns raised ahead of the 2019 elections, Adesina said the process will be free and fair."I'm surprised that this president has been with you for three and half years and [...]

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    Dasuki’s trial to continue in absentia, court rules

Dasuki’s trial to continue in absentia, court rules

The federal high court in Abuja has ordered that the trial of Sambo Dasuki, former national security adviser, will proceed in his absence.Dasuki is standing trial for alleged illegal possession of firearms and diversion of $2.1 billion.Dipo Okpeseyi, prosecuting counsel, on Monday told the court that Dasuki had refused to attend four court sessions since January 2018."He has been absent [...]

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    Govs tight-lipped after meeting Buhari over proposed N30k minimum wage

Govs tight-lipped after meeting Buhari over proposed N30k minimum wage

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met with state governors over the proposed N30,000 minimum wage.Following the meeting, the governors refused to disclose the outcome of their discussions with the president to journalists.The tripartite committee on the review of national minimum wage had on November 6 submitted its report to the president where it recommended N30,000 as the new national minimum wage.While [...]

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    Court remands OAU ‘sex-for-marks’ prof in prison

Court remands OAU ‘sex-for-marks’ prof in prison

Richard Akindele, a former lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has been remanded in prison.Akindele was arraigned on Monday by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) before Maureen Onyetenu, a justice of a federal high court in Osogbo, Osun state capital.He was arraigned on four counts bothering on alteration of age and demanding sex to pass his [...]

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    Group says Atiku’s policy document full of empty promises

Group says Atiku’s policy document full of empty promises

The New Initiative for Credible Leadership (TICP) has described the policy document of Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as half-baked and a package of empty promises.The group said after a careful analysis by its team of policy experts drawn from, it was unanimously agreed that the policy document lacks any meaningful development template for the [...]

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    Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to speak at leadership conference in Lagos

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to speak at leadership conference in Lagos

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, former president of Liberia, will deliver the keynote speech at Women in Successful Careers, (WISCAR) 2018 annual leadership and mentoring conference.Themed "Enriching Lives by Telling Our Own Stories", the conference is scheduled to hold on November 24 at the MUSON Center, Onikan, Lagos state.WISCAR is a non-profit 12-month structured mentoring programme focused on empowering and developing professional women in [...]

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    Army ‘kills’ spokesman of Boko Haram faction

Army ‘kills’ spokesman of Boko Haram faction

The Nigeria army says it has killed Ahmed Sale, spokesman of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), the Boko Haram faction which claimed responsibility for the abduction of Leah Sharibu and other schoolgirls in Dapchi, Yobe state.In a statement, the army said Sale was killed in an operation by troops in conjunction with personnel of the Nigerian air force."Reports [...]

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    NEMA probe: Group accuses reps of vendetta

NEMA probe: Group accuses reps of vendetta

A civil society group, Coalition of Civil Society Organization for Good Governance and Change Initiative, has accused the house of representative of vendetta in the probe of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).The lawmakers have indicted Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on illegal approval of N5.8 billion to NEMA and also demanded sacking of Mustapha Maihaja, director-general of the agency, over alleged [...]

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    Garba Shehu: Opposition has more money than government

Garba Shehu: Opposition has more money than government

Garba Shehu, spokesman of President Muhammadu Buhari, says the opposition has more money than the government.Shehu said the amount of money spent by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during its convention in Port Harcourt should be a major concern to Nigerians.He alleged that some opposition parties have taken it upon themselves to worsen the differences between Nigerians through religion and [...]

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    CAN to Buhari: APC becoming a safe haven for corrupt politicians

CAN to Buhari: APC becoming a safe haven for corrupt politicians

The Christian Association of Nigeria says the All Progressives Congress (APC) is becoming a safe haven for corrupt politicians.CAN said this during a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja on Friday.The visit was led by Samson Ayodele, president of CAN.The Christian body said Buhari must clear the negative impression that the anti-corruption war was targeted at people [...]

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    Eid-el Maulud: FG declares Nov 20 as public holiday

Eid-el Maulud: FG declares Nov 20 as public holiday

The federal government has declared  November 20 as public holiday to mark the Eid-El Maulud celebration.This was made known by Abdulrahman Dambazau, minister of interior.In a statement by M.B Umar, permanent secretary of the ministry,  Dambazau urged Muslim faithful to align themselves with the prophet’s teachings which "border on piety, charity, tolerance and peaceful co-existence".He called on Nigerians to uphold [...]

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    Judge orders White House to restore CNN reporter’s press pass

Judge orders White House to restore CNN reporter’s press pass

A federal judge on Friday ordered the White House to reinstate the press credentials of Jim Acosta, a CNN reporter.Acosta's pass was suspended indefinitely after a heated exchange with President Donald Trump at a news conference on November 7.During the conference, Acosta had reportedly angered Trump when he persisted in questioning the president after he tried to move on to [...]

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    ASUU strike continues as meeting with FG ends in deadlock

ASUU strike continues as meeting with FG ends in deadlock

The meeting between the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU) and the federal government on Thursday ended in a deadlock.Abiodun Ogunyemi, national president of ASUU, disclosed this to reporters after the meeting.He said the strike was still ongoing and would not be called off as ASUU’s demands had not been met.He said the  federal government and ASUU teams agreed [...]

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    EXTRA: Ganduje to receive Africa Value Award

EXTRA: Ganduje to receive Africa Value Award

Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano state, will on Friday receive the Africa Value Award for "effective leadership and economic empowerment".The award is scheduled to hold in Abuja, with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo as the special guest of honour.The ceremony is holding at a time Ganduje is enmeshed in a controversy. He has been accused of bribery.In videos released by Daily Nigerian, an online [...]

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    Boko Haram razes ‘100 houses’ in Maiduguri

Boko Haram razes ‘100 houses’ in Maiduguri

At least 100 houses were razed during a Boko Haram attack in Mammanti village, Maiduguri, Borno state on Wednesday night.Muhammed Mammanti, village head of the community, said many residents fled when insurgents attacked the town."When they came, they dropped their bicycles and crossed over the big hole sorrounding the town," he said."The villagers took to their heels when they heard [...]

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