Friday, February 22, 2019

Ebunoluwa Olafusi

    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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    EFCC ‘seizes’ over 20 houses from Diezani, five from Fayose, Dasuki

EFCC ‘seizes’ over 20 houses from Diezani, five from Fayose, Dasuki

Former governors, ex-ministers, top military officers and businessmen are among owners of the properties seized by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).The highlights of the forfeiture were contained in a document obtained by The Nation.The document indicates that the EFCC is empowered by the law to place all suspicious assets under interim assets forfeiture – in line with sections 28 [...]

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    Ogun leads as Nigeria’s solid minerals output jumps by 33%

Ogun leads as Nigeria’s solid minerals output jumps by 33%

The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) says the solid minerals sector contributed N43.22 billion to government coffers in 2016.In a report released by the agency on Tuesday, it was also recorded that Nigeria's solid minerals production jumped by 33 percent in the same year, with Ogun state taking the lead in production and revenue receipt.The report, signed by Orji [...]

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    Kano assembly ‘bows to pressure’, suspends probe of Ganduje

Kano assembly ‘bows to pressure’, suspends probe of Ganduje

The Kano state house of assembly has stopped investigating allegations that Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of the state, collected bribe from contractors.This is in line with a court order. A group known as Lawyers For Sustainable Democracy in Nigeria, had asked the court to compel the assembly to halt the probe.Ruling on an ex parte application filed by one Muhammad Zubair, national coordinator [...]

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    ‘175 killed, 10,000 hospitalised’ in fresh Cholera outbreak in north-east

‘175 killed, 10,000 hospitalised’ in fresh Cholera outbreak in north-east

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) says cholera has killed 175 people in Borno, Adamawa state and Yobe states.According to the council, about 10,000 people have also been hospitalised in the three states.It attributed the cholera outbreak to crowded internally displaced persons (IDP) camps and host communities.In a statement on Tuesday, Janet Chenero, programme manager of NRC, said there is urgent need [...]

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    Amnesty International withdraws human rights award from Myanmar leader

Amnesty International withdraws human rights award from Myanmar leader

Amnesty International has withdrawn its highest honour, the Ambassador of Conscience Award, from Aung San Suu Kyi, in light of the Myanmar leader’s "shameful betrayal" of the values she once stood for.On 11 November, Kumi Naidoo, Amnesty International’s secretary general, wrote to Suu Kyi to inform her the organisation is revoking the 2009 award.Half way through her term in office, [...]

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    Julius Berger: Lagos-Ibadan expressway will be completed by 2021

Julius Berger: Lagos-Ibadan expressway will be completed by 2021

Thamm Olaf, operations manager, Julius Berger, says the Shagamu-Lagos end of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway project will be completed by 2021.According to PUNCH, Olaf said this when the senate committee on works inspected the project on Sunday.He was quoted to have said the project, which was supposed to be completed in 2017, was stalled due to paucity of funds and the [...]

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    Segun Adeniyi to unveil new book on Nov 22

Segun Adeniyi to unveil new book on Nov 22

Segun Adeniyi, chairman, THISDAY editorial board, will unveil "FROM FRYING PAN TO FIRE: How African migrants risk everything in their futile search for a better life in Europe", his latest book, in Abuja on November 22.Adeniyi disclosed this during a visit to Ford Foundation office at Banana Island, Lagos state, on Thursday.He said Muhammad Sanusi II, emir of Kano, would [...]

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    Timi Frank asks Okorocha, Yari, Amosun to defect from ‘house of deception’

Timi Frank asks Okorocha, Yari, Amosun to defect from ‘house of deception’

Timi Frank, ex-deputy spokesman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has urged governors Rochas Okorocha of Imo and Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun to ditch the ruling party.He also advised Abdulaziz Yari, governor of Zamfara, and Magnus Abe, senator representing Rivers south-east, to join the next batch of defectors from the APC.In a statement on Friday, Frank said Nigerians will soon [...]

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